Maple Dale Aviator News!

May 19, 2017


Did you move? Do you still want to attend Maple Dale? If so, parents may request to have their child attend an alternate elementary school. Limitations to this include sufficient space at the alternate/accepting school. If you have any questions, contact Linda Overbeck, Montgomery Elementary principal, at 513-686-1730. A separate application must be completed for each child. Send completed applications by June 15th to your current building of attendance. This application applies only to the upcoming school year and families must reapply each year. Decisions are made on a first come, first served basis and are final. Please come to the office to obtain an application.

Mark Your Calendars!

May 22: Field Day

May 23: Field Day Rain Date

May 25: Last Day of School

Attendance line: 686-1726

Maple Dale Field Day Info.

Maple Dale Field Day 2017 will be here before we know it! Want to be a part of the action? Volunteers are needed for both sessions on Monday, May 22nd (Rain date: May 23rd).

The 2nd & 4th grade festivities begin at 10:00am and conclude at 11:30am. The 1st & 3rd grade fun begins at 1:30pm and goes until 3:00pm. There will be 10 stations and we'd like to have 2 adults at each. Feel free to invite grandparents, aunts, uncles, nannies, etc. All volunteers are welcome!

If you're interested, please contact Maggie Broerman at or (513) 237-2690.

Winton Hills Teacher Appreciation Luncheon 2017

It's that time of the year again! Time to spoil the very deserving staff at Winton Hills Academy!

This is seriously my favorite lunch appointment of the year!

The lunch is scheduled for Monday, May 22nd.

What do you think is the best way to spread the word? I'm attaching a flyer, and here's the link to the sign up genius:

Thank you!!!

Deanna DeBrosse & Gina Daly

Beth's Cultural Tidbits

Maple Dale has students and families who speak more than 20 different languages (including English!) and represent more than 22 different countries!

Growth and Development Talk Info.

The 4th grade students had the Growth and Development talk today with Mr. Chaney and Mrs. Muskal. You may access the 4th grade Growth and Development curriculum on Blackboard by following these steps:

Login to Blackboard

Click on find a Teacher

Type in Muskal

Click on “2016 Maple Dale Elementary –Muskal, RN” ( on right side of page)

Click on Growth and Development ( left side of page)

Click on Parent Growth and Development Program

Slide show should start

Thank you! Thank you! Thank you!

We are so lucky to have a wonderful PTO! On Monday, our PTO put together an AMAZING Staff Appreciation Breakfast which included gits from some local vendors - Cinque, FirstWatch, Woodhouse Day Spa, Denny McKeown's Bloomin Garden Centre, Rhino's, and Marx Hot Bagels.

Greene 101 Registration

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(Optional) Summer MAP Administration

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

Summer MAP Testing Sign-Up

2nd Grade Mini Society

First Lego League Applications

Applications for FIRST LEGO League (FLL) are now available for students entering grades 4 to 8 in all elementary schools, Greene, and Junior High. FLL involves research, robotics, presentations, and teamwork. Download the form at and follow all instructions. Applications need to be postmarked by Saturday, May 20.We also need volunteer coaches. Please indicate on the form if you are interested or know someone interested.

Girls on the Run is SO much fun!

Hey Coach (insert your name here)!

We need YOU to lead our Girls on the Run program next fall! (We also need assistant coaches!!) Otherwise, Maple Dale will not be able to have a team. Please consider taking on this rewarding position. Below are some things to consider…

*The deadline to register a team for Maple Dale is June 1, 2017.

*The fall 2017 season runs from September 11th to November 18th.

*Practice is twice a week for 10 weeks.

*Head coach takes care of registration paperwork.

*Head coach needs to have current CPR training.

*Coaches receive one day of training on Girls on the Run program and curriculum.

*Program for third and fourth grade girls. (15 girls on the team) If head (or assistant) coach is a parent, their child gets an automatic slot. Other slots are allotted via a random computerized lottery through the GOTR office.

*If you’re interested, contact Jen Thiel at or Debbie Emrick at ASAP.

All Pro Dads Visit From Dhani Jones

End of the year medication pick-up

Dear Parent/Guardian,

If your child has medications at school, please plan on picking up the meds on or before the last day of this school year. The Medications will need to be picked up by an adult on or before Thursday, May 25th. The nurse will also be in the building on Friday, May 26th. Please call 686-1723 to arrange for pick up on Friday. Any medication remaining here at the beginning of next school year will be discarded as per Sycamore Community Schools Medication Policy.

If your child will need to take medications at school again next year, you will need to obtain a new order from your physician. Make an effort to obtain the order on time for the first day of the next school year. No medications can be given without a physician and a parent signature on file.

All our district forms can be printed from our school website at . under Health services/Health forms.

I hope you and your family enjoy a healthy and safe summer.


​Julie Muskal R.N

​Maple Dale Elementary Nurse

Aves Cross Country Camp

Proudly sponsored by

Fleet Feet Cincinnati

I would like to invite your son/daughter to the first annual Sycamore Aves Cross Country Camp. The camp will introduce key concepts and training associated with our junior high and high School programs. We also want the runners to come away with positive experiences and benefits associated with cross country. - Coach Shomo

GRADES: 2017-18 incoming 5th - 8th graders.

CAMP DATES: Choose one of the following sessions. Will accept up to 50 runners for each session.

  • June 5th – June 15th with a 2 mile Race on June 16th (Please arrive 15 minutes early on Monday, June 5th)

  • July 3rd – July 13th with a 2 mile Race on July 14th (Please arrive 15 minutes early on Monday,July 13th)


CAMP LOCATION: Sycamore High School (will meet by track)

CAMP COST: $50 Please pay through Sycamore Parent Portal prior to first day. If space is available, walk up registrations may be accepted the first day. Checks would be made out to Sycamore Community Schools.

Campers will receive

  • Discounted and fitted footwear from Fleet Feet 9525 Kenwood Rd #42, Blue Ash, OH 45242

  • Instructions on how to warm-up and cool down properly

  • Instructions on strengthening exercises

  • Instructions on correct running form and gait.

  • Teaching on how to train for distance running.

  • An introduction to injury prevention and nutrition.

  • A camp t-shirt

Aviator Summer Tennis Clinic!!!

1st thru 5th Grade Boys & Girls (grades for 2017-18)

Hosted by Mike Teets, Boys & Girls Varsity Tennis Coach

Assisted by varsity boys & girls players

Mondays - June 12 & 19, July 10 & 17

6:00 - 7:00 pm at the High School Courts

Cost is $35 (includes t-shirt & prizes!)

Questions & To Register:

Know! To Focus On Mental Health

If our pancreas has a chemical imbalance, we seek treatment. If our kidneys are not physiologically working right, we seek treatment. When our most complex organ, the brain, is not physiologically working right or has a chemical imbalance, for some reason we ignore or hide it. May is Mental Health Month; an opportunity to break the negative stigma that surrounds mental illness and promote the well-being of the whole individual.

Mental health conditions are far more common among teens than most people would imagine. In fact, one in five youth ages 13 to 18 have or will develop a serious mental illness.

They are disorders that affect a person’s thinking, feeling or mood, impacting their ability to interact with others and function in their daily lives. However, just like many physical conditions, mental health conditions can be treatable and people can and do recover and live happy, full lives.

Mental illness is no one’s fault and is rarely the result of one particular thing. Instead, research suggests that there are multiple linking causes including genetics, environment and lifestyle. According to the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI), extreme stress, traumatic events and substance abuse are among the factors that can make a person more susceptible.

The importance of early detection and intervention is crucial, yet the average delay between the onset of symptoms and intervention is usually between 8 to 10 years - and lack of treatment can be fatal. Suicide is now the second leading cause of death for 15 to 24-year-olds, and the third leading cause of death for 10 to 24-year-olds. More than 90% of young people who die by suicide have a mental health condition.

Adolescents with untreated mental illnesses are also more likely to drop out of school, have chronic physical health conditions in adulthood and have a shortened lifespan of up to 25 years.

Half of all lifetime cases of mental illness begin by age 14. For some youth, the onset of symptoms can be scary and confusing, and for some parents, it can be unclear whether what they are seeing in their teen is typical adolescent behavior and personality changes or symptoms of a mental health condition.

Every child with mental illness will have different experiences, even those with the same diagnosis. However, common warning signs include:

  • Feeling sad or withdrawn for more than two weeks (crying, fatigued, unmotivated)
  • Trying to harm or kill oneself or making plans to do so
  • Out-of-control, risk-taking behaviors that can cause harm to self or others
  • Sudden overwhelming fear for no reason (racing heart, physical discomfort, fast breathing)
  • Significant weight loss or gain (not eating, throwing up or using laxatives to lose weight)
  • Severe mood swings that cause problems in relationships
  • Repeated use of drugs or alcohol
  • Drastic changes in behavior, personality or sleeping habits
  • Extreme difficulty in concentrating or staying still that can lead to problems in school
  • Intense worrying that gets in the way of daily activities, including hanging out with friends and going to class

As a parent who suspects there may be an issue with your child, there are four very important things you can do, according to the experts at NAMI. Talk with your pediatrician, get a referral to a mental health specialist, work with your child’s school and connect with other families experiencing similar situations.

A teen experiencing symptoms of mental illness needs to know they are not alone, and that they have many resources available to them as well, including – an online opportunity to connect with other young people who may be going through the same things as them.

To connect with a trained crisis counselor to receive free, 24/7 crisis support via text message – text NAMI to 741-741. For additional information and support, call the NAMI helpline at 800-950-NAMI or visit the National Alliance on Mental Illness at

Source: National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI): Know The Warning Signs; Mental Health by the Numbers; Fact Sheet Library.

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Sycamore Community Schools Mobile App

Sycamore Community Schools is excited to announce our new mobile app designed specifically to keep families better informed and connected to what's going on in our schools.

The app features:

  • The latest district and school news

  • Push notifications about breaking news, closures, weather, events, and more

  • Easy access to lunch menus and calendars

  • School and staff directory

  • Parent log-in to access grades, fees, attendance, and bus information

The app is FREE and available for download today!

Having trouble logging into the app? Please reset your Parent Portal password online. You will need to wait 24 hours for the system to refresh before trying to log back into the app.

Flying Pig Results (Updated)

Congratulations to all our Maple Dale students that participated in the Flying Pig events this past weekend!

3rd graders Seton Squeglia and Luke Carter completed the 5K as well as 4th grader Will Horenziak who not only completed the 5K, but he placed 5th!!

Lilly & Grace Davis, Bryce Kuethe, Naomi & Sam Broxterman, Caitlyn Meyer, Matteo Meli, Owen Carrle, Andrew & Jason Zhou completed the Kids' Marathon 26th Mile event.

About Maple Dale

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.