Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

Friday, October 6, 2017

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!

October 13 - End of 1st Quarter

October 16 - No school

October 18 - All Pro Dad Breakfast

October 19 - PTO Meeting 9:30 am - 11 am

October 19 - Glow Run

October 20 - Report Cards go home

October 26 - Evening Conferences

October 27 - Parent/Teacher Conferences (NO SCHOOL)

October 31 - Harvest Parade @ 2:30 pm

Take the My Energy Kit Challenge

Our school is taking the My Energy Kit Challenge and has a goal to save at least 20,000 kilowatt-hours of energy this school year. That’s a year’s worth of electricity for two homes! We’ll reach this goal when at least 100 families sign up for a FREE Energy Kit and use it to make their homes energy-efficient. These FREE kits from Duke Energy contain items like LED bulbs, a low-flow shower head, and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. If we meet the challenge, our school will automatically win $250. Take the My Energy Kit Challenge and sign up for your FREE kit at MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548.


Please consider volunteering for the annual Vision Screens for Kindergarten AND First grades. 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 sign up using the link below. Questions: Contact Vanessa Shafer at vdwilhelmus@yahoo.com


Lego Donations

Are you tired of stepping on Legos? How about you donate them to the Aviation Station? Does your child have WAY too many Legos? How about you donate them to the Aviation Station? Can you tell we are looking for Lego Donations? If you and your child(ren) are willing to part with the Legos, we will be happy to take them off your hands. Bring your donations to the office and we will make sure they get to the Aviation Station. Thank you!
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Maple Dale PeaceBuilders Shirts Available for Ordering!

We have an optional opportunity for your child to show PeaceBuilder pride! Please click here to order your child's PeaceBuilder shirt. The shirts come in four colors to represent each of the four houses: Rockets = Red, Pioneers = Green, Flyers = Blue, and Mavericks = Yellow. Preschoolers may choose any color they wish!

If you wish to order via check, please send in your check made out to "Maple Dale Elementary" along with your child's name, grade, shirt size, and color preference.

We do have funds set aside to purchase shirts for families who are experiencing financial difficulties. In this case, please email Mrs. Reinke and Mrs. Zellner directly with your child's name, grade, shirt size, and color preference.

We will wear these shirts for special events as well as designate one Friday each month as a "PeaceBuilder Day" to encourage our students and staff to wear their PeaceBuilders shirts.

The deadline for ordering a shirt is Friday, October 13th. We cannot accept any orders after this date!

In Other News...

2nd graders from Maple Dale and Symmes Elementary worked in small cooperative groups to create a project that explained a part of the PeaceBuilder Pledge. On Wednesday and Thursday students met their PeacePal. The students shared their projects, played together, and ate lunch. Friendships were made, and smiles were abundant. #peacebuilders #mapledale #symmes

Maple Dale Glow Run

GLOW RUN is scheduled for Thursday October 19! Now is the time to invite family and friends to support our school and our PTO programs. Credit cards donations can be made online at the Maple Dale PTO Transaction Center.

We need your help to make this fun and healthy fundraiser a success! Parent volunteers are still needed for counting money on October 17, setting up after school on October 18, and distributing prizes and monitoring/walking with students during the Glow Run on October 19 (see schedule below). Please sign up here or contact Heather Parzynski (heatherparz@gmail.com) if you are able to help or are interested in participating in the Glow Run with your child.

9:35-10:25 - 2nd grade

10:30-11:20 - 3rd grade

11:25-11:55 - a.m. Preschool & a.m. Kindergarten

12:40-1:30 - 1st grade

1:35-2:25 - 4th grade

2:30-3:00 - p.m. Preschool & full-day Kindergarten

Thanks in advance for supporting Maple Dale PTO!

Exciting Change Coming to Maple Dale!

Dear Parents,

We would like to let you know of an exciting change coming to the end-of-the-day routine at Maple Dale! Beginning on November 6, we will begin curbside pickup of students who are normally picked up from the Media Center.

Parents and guardians will be permitted to pull into the circular driveway and we will bring your student to you!

Each parent will be issued two car placards that will identify students in their family. These should be placed on the car rearview mirror so the number is visible. No child will be released unless we can verify that a school-issued placard is in the window.

More specific information about this change will be coming home in Monday packets on October 23. Families will receive their car placards the week of October 30.

We are choosing to change our typical routine due to a lack of parking spaces at dismissal time and to help parents save time. It is our hope that we can dismiss all students being picked up in a more timely fashion as well.

Should you have questions about this change, please feel free to reach out to Mrs. Reinke or Mrs. Zellner.

We look forward to a smooth transition to this new system!

The Front Office Team,

Angie, Kathy, Jenny, Mindy and Ann Marie

Looking to volunteer during the day???? The Buddy Program has grown!!

We are looking for volunteers to come in each week for thirty minutes to work with a specific child or small group of children. These volunteers need to be willing to commit to the same time and day each week. We do understand that things come up, however, our goal with this program is not only to improve academics, but also build a positive relationship with an adult role model. So consistency is key! This year we have expanded beyond just reading buddies.

Reading Buddies- work one-on-one with a child on reading skills.

Math Buddies- work with a small group of children on math skills.

Homework Buddies- help some of our students that go to champions complete their homework.

Each buddy will be provided with a basket of activities, work to complete, books to read, and more. All you have to do is love our kids and show up each week! Sign up for one session, or as many as you would like!

Please fill out the following survey (BELOW) and we will get you set up with a buddy or buddies as soon as possible!

Lazer Craze

Sycamore Society Bookclub invites all 3rd-6th graders who like to read to join us for an evening of fun at Lazer Craze. Read Among the Hidden by Margaret Paterson Haddix and then come to the event on October 17. See the image below for more information and to RSVP. We hope to see you there!
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Join Dr. Richard Baum, president of Adolescent Substance Abuse Programs, for the discussion: “Why Good Kids Use Drugs.” Parents will leave with effective strategies to prevent issues before they start, identify warning signs of substance abuse, and steps to get teens help if a problem cannot be properly managed at home.

Aviator Flight Fest - Sycamore Junior High - October 21, 2017

Please join us for a 5K walk/run, 10K run and festival (a.k.a. carnival)

Registration is now open!


New this year – take advantage of the early bird registration perk and receive a custom race bib with your name!

Immediately after the race, come join the festival fun!

There will be inflatables, games, bid-n-by, karaoke, food and more!

Aviator Flight Fest help support over 20 extra-curricular clubs and activities for our 800+ students in grades 7 and 8 at Sycamore Junior High School.

This is the only school fundraiser for the year so we need your support! Interested in volunteering – please email avesflightfest@gmail.com

Lynx Project will present their inaugural Autism Advocacy Project, a world premiere concert of newly commissioned art song with text by youth with autism who live in the Cincinnati area.

Concerts take place on Friday, October 27th at 7:30 pm and Saturday, October 28th at 9am at Mason Middle School and Cincinnati Art Museum, respectively. Friday’s concert is family-friendly, interactive, open to the public at large, and features a pre-concert art-making workshop with Visionaries+Voices as well as a post-concert dessert reception.

Pre-sale tickets are $20 for adults, $5 for children under twelve, and $5 for students and teachers with ID. Group rates are available. Tickets are available at lynxproject.org/tickets or by calling 513-235-0538. Saturday’s concert is in conjunction with Cincinnati Art Museum’s Autism Family Exploration, InspireCareEmpower

October​ ​Newsletter​ ​2017​ ​~​ ​Mason​ ​Middle​ ​School where the museum opens before-hours for a sensory-friendly experience. Entry is free and open to families with children with autism. A project of this type is completely unprecedented, occurring for the very first time right here in the Cincinnati area. This ground-breaking artistic collaboration magnifies voices which often go unheard, but whose messages resonate deeply. These four youths’ powerful words and the composers’ musical responses have inspired Lynx Project to ask communities, “how will you speak into the world today”?

Join the conversation. For More Information Contact: Megan Moore, Lynx Project Co-Executive Director Email: megan@lynxproject.org Website: lynxproject.org/aap

There's a new fourth grade Girl Scout troop at Maple Dale!

Calling all fourth grade girls! There's a new Girl Scout troop with openings for girls and assistant leaders. Troop 44669 will meet at Maple Dale two Wednesday evenings per month. There will be lots of fun activities throughout the year, and you don't want to miss out on the fun! Please contact Lori Zieg at lorizieg@gmail.com for more information.

Don’t throw away money! Save your Box Tops!

Each year Maple Dale receives almost $1000 from the Box Tops for Education program. To keep this stream of funding coming we need your participation. Please begin to collect Box Tops from the products you already buy then watch for word on when to send them in. Our first collection will be in October.

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