Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

October 19, 2018

Our Flight Plan

Welcome to the Maple Dale Elementary Newsletter! We will share important information and highlight the great things our students and teachers are doing at our school. You can expect this in your inbox each week on Friday afternoons.

Attendance Line: (513) 686-1726


October 23 & 24: 3rd Grade ELA AIR Testing

October 25: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 26: Conferences - NO SCHOOL!

October 31: Harvest Parade

November 1: Evening Conferences

School Happenings

Vision Screening Volunteers Needed

Vision screens will take place on October 23, 24 and 25th for Kindergarten, First and Third Grades. Please consider volunteering for the annual Vision Screens. This is a fun and easy way to get involved. The vision screens are important to catch visual problems early and would not be possible without parent volunteers. No experience necessary. The school nurse will provide a short training during your volunteer time. Please signup using following link. If you have any questions please email Vanessa Shafer at vdwilhelmus@yahoo.com


Lost & Found


We have a good amount of items in our lost and found. Please have a look through the items during conferences, at which time, if things are still left in the lost and found, they will be donated to Matthew 25.

We recommend you put your student's name on the following items to avoid them being put in the lost and found:

  • coats

  • shoes

  • water bottles

  • lunch boxes

  • anything of importance or value

We try really hard to return items back to their owners, however, a name on the item would make it so much easier.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Help Wanted:

We are looking for a chair for Family Fun Night! Responsibilities would include choosing and securing a venue (in the past we have used Castle Skateland) and organizing the event. There is already a group of volunteers ready to help out! Contact PTO Board Co-VP of Programs Jennifer Phoenix at jenford02@yahoo.com if you are interested or have any questions!

My Energy Kit Challenge has started!

Our school is taking the My Energy Kit Challenge and has a goal to save at least 20,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. That’s like taking 40 cars off the road for a whole year! We’ll reach this goal when at least 100 families sign up for a FREE Energy Kit from Duke Energy and use it to make their homes energy efficient. These FREE kits contain items like LED bulbs, faucet aerators and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. When we meet the challenge, our school will automatically win $250. Let’s get a head-start! You can take the My Energy Kit Challenge and sign up for your FREE kit now at MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548.

Have you already received a My Energy Kit? Do you still want to help your school receive free money? Great! Even if you have requested and received a kit before, you can request again and your request will count towards your schools goal of 100 energy efficiency kits. If they get to 100 kits they receive 250 dollars! So help your school out and request your kit today, even if you have already received one.

Veteran's Day Celebration

Thank You to the men and women that have served and currently serving our country. We wish to extend a special invitation to the veterans who are family members of our students. If you are a veteran, or are currently in the service, fill out this survey by October 31st. For the families and friends of other veterans that you wish to honor, please be prepared to share a copy of a photo or drawing of that veteran and send it with your child on the assigned paper that will be sent home.

Third Grade Testing

October, 2018

Dear Sycamore Families,

Next week, our 3rd grade students will be presented with the opportunity to demonstrate their progress on grade level Reading standards via the Ohio AIR assessments. These assessments will be taken online and will be taken in two parts on two separate days.

The state’s annual assessments provide a snapshot of your child’s progress in their understanding and application of curriculum standards. From a district perspective, these results allow us to benchmark ourselves against similar districts and to identify trends in data that will guide our work with teachers and students. Our teachers work diligently to fully prepare your child to be successful on these assessments and in other aspects of their growth and development.

Below, you will find a link that delineates the testing dates scheduled for students in grade 3. Information regarding specific times for assessments will be generated at each building and communicated via their newsletters and blogs. Any questions can be directed to your building administrator.

Grade 3

We are so appreciative of the support you provide your children in our partnership together toward academic excellence. If you have any questions regarding testing, please contact your building administrator.


Karen B. Naber

Assistant Superintendent

Save the date: Dance For Kindness

Dance For Kindness Sunday, November 11th, 2018.

The location and time to be announced.

We can't wait to dance with all of you!

Let's show Cincinnati that Kindness can change the world.

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Don't Miss Out - Order Your Yearbook Today!

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Like Us on Facebook!

Parents, please click here to take you to our Maple Dale Facebook page and "like" it! We will utilize FB more often to share community events, such as Junior High's Aviator Flightfest 5K, as well as to share pictures and news of Maple Dale happenings. So please "like" us on Facebook!

Green Team Tip of the Week

Green Team Tip of the Week: Next week, Maple Dale students will have an assembly where they will learn the why, what and how of composting and recycling at the sorting table in the lunchroom. You can learn more about the sorting table and encourage your child or children to help reduce waste by watching this video together! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcGoXc85GUE

Thank you to the volunteers who took part in last weekend’s Maple Dale Beautification Day! These Maple Dale families planted 90 daffodil, hyacinth and crocus bulbs by the school entrance for all to enjoy each year in the spring!

Photo credit: Susan Clancy

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Show your Support for the Sycamore PTO Scholarship Fund!

City BBQ will donate 25% of any sales on 10/19, 10/20 and 10/21

(Flight Fest Weekend) with the attached flyer.

Feel free to share with friends and family!

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Books by the Banks - Cincinnati Regional Book Festival

Meet Authors. Buy Books. Get them signed!

Saturday, October 20, 2018

10 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Duke Energy Convention Center

For more information, check out their website: www.booksbythebanks.org

2018 Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children's Literature Conference

#ReadLocal - Discovering Treasures in Your Own Backyard

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thomas More College - Crestview Hills, KY

For more information, check out their website:


University of Findley's Mazza Museum Conference

2018 Two-day Weekend Conference

Mazza’s Weekend Conference is a two-day conference where teachers, librarians, and book lovers delight in educational and engaging presentations from some of the top authors and illustrators in the picture book industry.

Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, 2018

Mazza Museum is located in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavillion

Welcome to our keynote speakers Phil Bildner, David Carter, Lauren Castillo, Scott Magoon, Ethan Long and Jane Yolen.

About us

At Maple Dale Elementary, staff, parents, and students work as a team to promote success and provide a welcoming, safe, and positive learning environment for all.