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Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

Friday, May 4, 2018

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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

Mark your calendars!

Week of May 7 - Aviation Station and Earth Week

May 8 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Symmes Elementary

May 9 - All Pro Dad Breakfast

May 9 - 2nd Grade Field Trip to Swaim Park

May 10 & 11 - 4th Grade Field Trip to Symmes Nature Trail

May 11 - 3rd Grade Field Trip to Bicentennial Commons & Yeatman's Cove

May 14 - Book Swap

May 16 - 4th Grade Move-up Day

May 17 - 4th Grade Performance/Celebration 7 - 8:30 pm

May 18 - 1st Grade Picnic

May 18 - PTO Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon 1:15 - 3:15 pm

May 21 - Field Day

May 22 - Field Day RAIN DAY

Mother's Day Plant Day - May 11th

Friday, May 11th is a special day at Maple Dale - it's our Mothers Day Plant Day! We need several volunteers throughout the day to help children choose their flowers. This is a very fun way to be involved in our school! Follow this link to sign up to take a morning or afternoon shift: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0d44a9a728a20-mothers2

Field Day is May 21st!

It is one of the students' favorite days of the year and you can be part of it. Field Day is a fun finale to the school year and we need volunteers. There is a morning session (2nd and 4th graders) and an afternoon session (1st and 3rd graders). We need 20 volunteers for each ~1.5 hr session. Mr. Chaney and other teachers have everything planned. As a volunteer, you will work one of the stations and help the kids with that given event. Easy and fun! http://www.signupgenius.com/go/4090b44abaa2ca1f58-maple

Maple Dale Book Swap- May 14 & 15, 2018

Maple Dale Elementary students are invited to participate in a Book Swap on May 14 and 15, 2018. Bring in your gently used books and trade them in for “new to you” books to read! Here’s how the Book Swap will work:

From April 30, 2018 to May 11, 2018 students may bring in any ‘gently used’ books to their classroom for donation. We will be collecting (Kindergarten through 4th grade appropriate) books brought in by each student.

May 14th/15th students will be invited to visit the Book Swap tables and select a book(s) of their choice. The number of books students will be allowed to select will be based on the number of books that are donated in total. The more books we get, the more books students will be allowed to take home! However, if a student is unable to donate a book they will still be able to choose a book(s) on the day of the Book Swap.

Please consider volunteering for the Book Swap-


Questions- Amie Leigh Reece amieleighreece@gmail.com

Help Wanted: Volunteers Needed

The PTO hosts a breakfast each year to celebrate the entire staff and faculty of our beloved school. PTO volunteers cook up delicious breakfast dishes, and bring prepared foods/drinks to be enjoyed in the morning before school starts. This year's celebration is on Monday, May 14. This sign-up will include 12 casseroles, muffins, bagels, fruit, milk, and orange juice. These dishes can be dropped off at Maple Dale the morning of the breakfast (between 7:30-7:45 am) or they can be dropped off at my house the day before. http://www.signupgenius.com/go/20f0d44aeae28a1ff2-2018

All Pro Dad Breakfast - May 9

The last Maple Dale Elementary All Pro Dad breakfast of the school year will be held on Wednesday May 9th from 8-9 am in our school cafeteria. All fathers and children are invited to join us for this free monthly program sponsored by our partner Chick-fil-A who will be catering chicken biscuits along with drinks from the PTO.

This month’s topic is technology. When used in moderation technology can be used to positively impact the world around us.

Please RSVP by May 5th if you will be attending via this link https://allprodadsday.com/chapters/5004.

Summer MAP Testing Opportunity

Sycamore Schools is offering an optional summer MAP administration for grades 2-8. Please click on the link for more details and to register your child for this opportunity. If you have any questions, please email Mindy Zellner, District Gifted Coordinator, at zellnerm@sycamoreschools.org.

Summer 2018 MAP Testing Sign-Ups

Do you have a 4th Grader Going to Greene School Next Year?

Green Team Tip of the Week

The cities of Montgomery and Blue Ash both offer curbside recycling through Rumpke. The following can be placed in your bin to be recycled. If you don’t have a container, contact Rumpke at (513) 745-8538 to obtain one for free.

· Plastic bottles and jugs

· Glass bottles and jars

· Aluminum cans

· Steel cans and lids

· Paperboard (like cereal boxes)

· Cardboard

· Office paper

· Envelopes and junk mail

· Newspapers, magazines and inserts

· Telephone books and catalogs

· Cartons

For other items that you need to get rid of, please check your city’s website as well as Hamilton County Recycling http://www.hamiltoncountyrecycles.org/residents/recycling_and_reuse_outlets

Apply Now for Sycamore FIRST Robotics Teams for the 2018-2019 School Year

Online applications are now available for the following FIRST Robotics programs at the Sycamore Community School District.

  • FIRST LEGO League Jr. (for rising 3rd graders)
  • FIRST LEGO League (for rising 4th through 8th graders)
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (for rising 7th through 9th graders)

Visit the Sycamore Robotics website at http://sycamorerobotics.weebly.com/ to get started.

The applications include parent and student portions as well as instructions to submit a participation fee.

Apply by May 19 for on-time submission.

Note that junior high students will have the ability to choose between FIRST LEGO League and FIRST Tech Challenge. Be sure to select the program you desire. Note also that applicants who are rising high schoolers will receive additional details following the application submission deadline for joining the high school team.

For information about all of these programs, visit www.firstinspires.org.

Want to see more Sycamore Robotics teams in action? Visit our booth at the district-wide STEAM Showcase on Sat., May 12 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. at E.H. Greene Intermediate.

Questions? Contact the Sycamore Robotics Boosters Board at SycamoreRoboticsBooster@googlegroups.com.

Summer Bridge Program Info Kit


Each summer, several parents ask me about what to use when working with their child to sharpen skills over the summer months.

There are online tools available to our Maple Dale students such as Raz Kids and Compass Learning throughout the summer.

Another more "portable" option is a workbook. One I recommend is Summer Bridge. I know we get one each summer and my daughter Caroline has a "school" time each day. She is motivated to finish her bridge book before school begins and we reward her efforts with a special outing of her choice at the end of the summer.

The order form below offers the books to you at a reduced cost. The online ordering form will allow you to order online and have the book shipped directly to your home. Maple Dale is not making a profit on these materials, simply offering them to you as an affordable option.

Summer will be here before we know it!


Ann Marie Reinke

Parents will visit our dedicated ordering website for this option and order online ( www.SummerBridgeDirect.com ). They will need to use the school code: “MAPLE”

We then ship the books directly to their homes.

Most orders ship within 24 hours and they will receive a confirmation email from us with post office tracking #’s.

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Mental Health Matters

This is the final installment of Mental Health Matters at Maple Dale! This month is National Foster Care Month. In this blog, I have provided a video, infograph, and classroom supports that capture the complications that could come with students who have transitioned through multiple foster care homes. Whether you have a student in Foster Care now, in the past, or will in the future, this is a very important installment!


Thanks again for your kindness and support as I piloted this website!

All the best,


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You are invited to Sycamore Community Schools first-ever K-12 STEAM Showcase on Saturday, May 12 from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at E.H. Greene Intermediate.

The purpose of the event is to spotlight district-wide STEAM learning and local businesses and organizations that utilize STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art, math) in their work. The showcase will consist of live demonstrations, presentations, competitions, giveaways, and hands-on activities for all ages.

Some of the local organizations who will be participating include UC Blue Ash, Kroger Technology, Apple, Gorilla Maker, and the city of Blue Ash and Montgomery.

We are also excited to show off some of the work that is happening in our classrooms, including live demos of the AVES electric car, Blue Ash GeoCity, Montgomery PBL Carnival, and FIRST LEGO League. There will be opportunities for families to work with robotics, Makedo, and virtual reality. Come make a Mother’s Day present on our 3D printers!

Local food trucks will be serving food and refreshments from 11:00 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

We anticipate a large turnout for this indoor/outdoor event. A free shuttle service from Maple Dale Elementary to E.H. Greene will run between 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m.

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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.