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Friday, February 2, 2018

ATTENTION - Please read about Lobby Guard!

Maple Dale will soon be implementing a district-wide system to enhance our security and allow us to manage our visitors more effectively. We will be using "Lobby Guard" which will require all visitors planning to enter Maple Dale to have and produce identification. If visitors do not have an ID, they will not be given access to the school. We will provide more information as we get closer to the implementation date.

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) 686-1756

Mark your calendars!

February 5 - iSpace make-up date (day 2)

February 11 - Family Fun Night at Castle Skateland from 4:30-6:30

Week of February 12th - Book Fair and Love Your Library Week

February 14 - All Pro Dad Breakfast

February 16 - Winter Olympics for grades 1 - 4

February 22 - Spring Pictures Day!

Health Alert: Elevated Influenza in Schools

Dear Parent,

Maple Dale Elementary requests your assistance to help protect the health of children and staff this influenza season. Because influenza or “flu” can be easily spread from person to person, we are asking your help to reduce the spread of flu in our facility. We want to work with families to keep Maple Dale open to children and functioning in a normal manner during this flu season.

Here is what you can do to help:

Teach your children to wash their hands often with soap and water or an alcohol-based hand rub. Adults can set a good example by doing this too.

Teach your children not to share personal items like drinks, food or unwashed utensils, and to cover their coughs and sneezes with tissues. If tissues are not available, coughs and sneezes can be covered with the elbow, arm or sleeve instead of hands.

Know the signs and symptoms of the flu. Symptoms of the flu include fever (100 degrees Fahrenheit or 37.8 degrees Celsius or higher), cough, sore throat, a runny or stuffy nose, body aches, headache, and feeling very tired. Some people may also vomit or have diarrhea. Symptoms usually start suddenly.

Keep sick children at home for at least 24 hours after the fever is gone without using fever-reducing drugs. By keeping children home when they have a fever, we can reduce the number of new people who may get infected.

Do not send children to Maple Dale if they are sick. Children who are determined to be sick while at school will be sent home.

Check with your doctor about getting yourself and your children vaccinated for seasonal influenza.

For more information, please go to www.cdc.gov/flu or call either

[For schools within Cincinnati:

Ruby Bond or Margaret Sheldon of the Cincinnati Health Department’s Communicable Disease and Prevention Unit at 513-357-7462; OR

For schools in Hamilton County, outside of the Cincinnati city limits:

Alexis Grimes Trotter at Hamilton County Public Health’s Epidemiology and Assessment Division at 513-946-7924.]

We will keep you updated with new information as it becomes available.


Ann Marie Reinke


Send in Box Tops Now

It’s time to clean out your drawers, send in your box tops. Collections starting now. Turn them in by putting them in an envelope marked "Kid Mail - Box Tops" and send them to school with your student.

Thank you, for the cardboard!

Thank you to all the families who donated cardboard for our STEAM challenge. We no longer have a need, so please recycle your cardboard at home. We are looking forward to the creations that will be produced by the students.

Veteran's Day 2018

We WANT you! Are you a veteran that is willing to share your story? Maple Dale Elementary will be celebrating Veterans Day on November 9, 2018, and is looking for a “Few Good Men or Women” to speak to our students. You would need to plan to talk for about 5 minutes about your military experience. If you are interested, please contact Stacey Mathews: mathewss@sycamoreschools.org.

Grandparents Day 2019

Thank you to all of the grandparents who attended our Grandparents Day this year. It was a great success! Grandparents Day will be celebrated every other year and will occur again in September of 2019. Be watching for a Save the Date in the spring of 2019!

iSpace: February 5 (Take 2)

Our second day of iSpace has been rescheduled for Monday, February 5th. The program, "Living and Working in Space" will return for our 1st graders, 3rd graders, and Mrs. Carey's, Mrs. Howard's and Mrs. Roell's (afternoon) kindergarteners. We need five volunteers for the morning session (3rd grade & Mrs. Carey's class) and five for the afternoon (1st grade, Mrs. Howard's and Mrs. Roell's classes). Volunteers will assist iSpace staff at one of four stations for the students. Those of us who volunteered at the January 11th iSpace day can attest - this is an incredibly fun volunteer experience! Si​gn up here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d44a9a728a20-ispace1

JOIN US for Maple Dale Family Fun Night at Castle Skateland

Make sure to mark your calendars for the Maple Dale Family Fun Night, Sunday, February 11, 2018, 4:30-6:30 pm at Castle Skateland in Loveland. Enjoy skating, food, and fun with lots of Maple Dale families! Pre-purchase your tickets through kidmail or online through our transaction center to save $1 off per ticket. To purchase tickets online, please go to our transaction center at http://mdpto.3dcartstores.com.

We are also in need of volunteers to serve pizza during the second half of the event! To volunteer, please click on the following link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/10c054aa8ae2ca75-maple

If you have any questions, please contact Courtney Herrera at 832-385-9456.

Hope to see you all there!

One effortless way you can help Sycamore Community Schools gain $4,000.

Hi! My name is Bennett Heyn and I am a Senior at The Sycamore High School. I really enjoy the field of marketing and also I am a big advocate for helping the environment. According to a Live Science article, “Western lowland gorillas and Cross River gorillas are critically endangered, with a population reduction of more than 80 percent over three generations. Only 100,000 lowland gorillas still in existence.” Gorillas are dying and are going extinct and so I would like to call upon the strong Sycamore community to help save this endangered species. Cell phones help save Gorilla habitats because most cell phones contain a mineral called coltan and recycling our cell phones would decrease the demand for this precious mineral. When there is less demand, cell phone companies do not mine as many habitats because of the recycled supply of coltan.

Now there is a very easy opportunity for parents and students inside the Sycamore community to help the world and help us attain a lot of needed funds. From the start of the 2017 school year through the end of March 2018, Sycamore High School and other participating schools will be collecting cell phones to raise money.

I have created a Sycamore wide Cell Phone Recycling Campaign to compete in the Cincinnati Zoo’s Saving Species Project. This competition gives a total of $4,000 to the school or organization that collects the most cell phones. It is very easy to get involved with this project. All you have to do is find any cell phones that you would be willing to donate and drop them off at the bin inside the main entrance of Sycamore High School. Sycamore also has other convenient locations such as the Junior High, Maple Dale Elementary, Blue Ash Elementary and Greene School.

It is not certain that Sycamore will win the grand prize but if everyone helps by donating cell phones, there is a high probability of winning. Everyone who donates a cell phone is a winner because recycling cell phones saves gorilla habitats and helps the earth. Most cell phones contain precious minerals that companies extract from gorilla habitats. By recycling cell phones, demand for these minerals decreases significantly. So, please round up any unused cell phones you have and donate them at the Sycamore High School or other participating locations. Thanks for your help!


  • February 23 – Last day to apply for the full-day kindergarten lottery drawing ($100. deposit or tuition waiver is required)

  • Week of February 26 – Parent notification letters sent for full-day lottery results

  • March 16 - Remainder of tuition due to your building to secure full day spot ($300.)

  • May 4 – Kindergarten Orientation at your school – 10:00-11:00 – Parents AND students attend!

  • August - notification by mail of half day placement (AM/PM), staggered start day, and teacher assignment

**Tuition is $375 monthly from October through May.

Will Hillenbrand is coming to Deer Park Library


My name is Sarah Howison, and I’m the children’s librarian at the Deer Park Branch Library. The Deer Park School District, with the library’s support, is hosting author and illustrator Will Hillenbrand on Tuesday, February 13th at 6pm, and we would like to invite your students and their families to join us.

The event is being held at Holmes Elementary School, and I’m attaching a PDF of a poster to the email if you’re interested in displaying it in your school.

If you have any questions about the event, please feel free to send me an email or call the Deer Park Branch Library at 513-369-4450.

Thank you!


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Maple Dale Parent Survey

Thank you to the many parents who have completed the Maple Dale Parent Survey!

We value your opinions and feedback. In a continuing effort to provide the best possible educational experience for your child, we would appreciate your input to this survey if you have not yet had a chance to complete this.

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Sycamore HS Annual Cabaret Feb. 10!

The Sycamore Vocal Boosters proudly present the 2018 Cabaret @ Sycamore High School in The Hub starting at 7p on Saturday, February 10th. The Cabaret features members of the HS Choral Program as soloists and in small ensembles in a coffeehouse atmosphere, singing jazz standards, musical theatre, folk, classical and foreign language pieces. Tickets $10. Tickets available starting February 1 @ http://www.aveschoir.org/Cabaret-Tickets. Limited seating. Proceeds benefit the Sycamore High School Choral Program and Sycamore Vocal Boosters.
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