Maplewood Memo

December 7, 2022

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What's in the memo

1. Message from Principal Galloway

2. Save the Date

3. School News


4. News from Staff

Counseling // Library & Technology // PE // Art

5. Volunteer

Volunteer information

6. Foundation

Foundation info

7. PTA

PTA Meetings & Info // Dine Outs

8. Reading Friends

9. Nutrition Services

information // December menu

10. Flyers

Bipoc // Yearbooks // Yalla // Yoga // Electronic Music

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Principal's Message

Warm greetings to all our Maplewood families,

This will be our last memo before winter break. I don’t know where the time has gone!

I am excited to share that this Friday will be our second BIPOC listening session. This is an opportunity for families of color to share their experience of being a member of our school community and to connect with each other. Hopefully, from these sessions, we can also learn about ways to help make our community more inclusive and welcoming to all. If you are a person of color, or the parent of a student of color, please join this listening session this Friday from 6-7:30 (ZOOM MEETING: Meeting ID: 870 4617 9115 / Passcode: 683198.) These BIPOC sessions are facilitated by Teneshia Taylor who is an educator, author and parent of color. She has facilitated listening sessions for parents at Maplewood and for parents and educators at US embassies and American schools overseas.

You may have noticed that our new PTA and our Foundation is doing a fantastic job of fundraising. We recognize that there are so many events planned that sometimes they may take us by surprise. We are working on creating a flier with the calendar of fundraisers and events for the remainder of the year to help with budgeting and planning for your participation. Stay tuned!

Coming soon to the Maplewood Memo! Our wonderful school parent, Katie Unger, will soon be submitting ideas for things to do at home with your children. This is a fun way to help parents think outside the box in ways to engage their kiddos. Thanks Katie!

I hope you all have plans to rest, relax, and enjoy time together over this winter break coming up. This time of year can be a stressful time for many families. Be sure to schedule time to breathe and take care of each other and yourselves.



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Save the Date

Every Tuesday
OHSU Covid Test Returned - Optional

Friday Dec. 9, - 6-7:30pm

BIPOC/Multicultural Parent Listening Session

December 5-12

Read-a-thon (Maplewood fundraiser)

December 12

Yalla Dineout (Maplewood fundraiser)

December 19-January 2

Winter Break

January 17

PTA Meeting 6:30

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School News


Parent Office Hours with the TAG (Talented and Gifted) Department

Ask questions and receive information related to TAG identification, services, processes, etc.

We will meet on Zoom, 6:00-7:00 PM on 1/25/23, 2/22/23, 3/22/23, 4/26/23, and 5/31/23.


NEW! Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department

The October focus will be the TAG referral process

Our next meeting will be January 25, 6:00-7:00 PM

Zoom link for Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department

A list of questions and answers from past meetings are in this FAQ document.

We look forward to seeing you!

Every Day Labs Attendance Communication Program for the 22-23 School Year

Attending school every day possible helps students learn and stay on track.

● This year, you may receive mailed letters and/or text messages from your school about your student’s attendance.

● To ensure you receive these updates, please contact your school to make sure your contact

information is up to date.

If you need attendance support or have questions about these communications, we’re here to help: call 503-868-6970 to connect to our Family Support Team.

Family Resources:

As Winter Break approaches, we are compiling resources for families. See below for a information::

  • Here is a condensed list of resources compiled by Funded Programs, including Mental Health Resources, Food Pantries/Banks, Housing/Shelters, and Clothing Resources.

  • Included this folder are fliers with information about specific Food Box resource options available over Fall Break and Winter Break from Sunshine Division.

  • The PPS McKinney Vento Resource Page has more resources for families.

  • We are also reaching out to our SUN partners to understand what other resources they have available over the next few months.

You can always reference the for additional resources.

Between 2 Maples Podcast:
I am sure you are aware that I have started a podcast with the help of Robin Roemer, the father of Coralie and Thea. The first two episodes are about homework. I would love your feedback! You can listen to is here:

(and hopefully soon on iTunes, google or wherever you get your podcasts).

In these two episodes we talk about homework at Maplewood. Why did Maplewood move away from its “no homework policy”, why and how homework can be an important part of children’s learning process, how do homework and equity interact, I also answer questions under pressure in a lightning round and we discuss how families can support their children in their homework.

Our next episode(s) we will talk about "Reading" - how do kids learn to read and how can we help them?

We welcome any feedback and questions at

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News From Staff


Hello Maplewood community!

The holidays can be a stressful time so I hope you are able to find a few moments of peace and practice self-care. A few things that I wanted to mention:

*If your family is struggling financially, please reach out to me so that we can send along resources, vouchers, and information. My email is

*We are collecting $25 Fred Meyer gift cards to distribute with food boxes over school breaks. If you'd like to donate these to the school, please bring those to the main office. If you'd like a tax receipt, please let us know and we can provide that.

*We partner with Neighborhood House to provide food boxes for Maplewood families. If you'd like a food box over winter break, please reach out to me or Jeremy Schlott, Maplewood School Social Worker. If you do end of the year giving, consider a donation to this charity that works in our neighborhood serving Maplewood families. You can donate online at

As always, I am available to you. Feel free to reach out if you need support or have concerns you want to discuss.

Thank you Maplewood! It is an honor to serve this community.

Kendall Cunningham

Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

M-F 7:45-3:30


Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!

Counseling Request Google Form

Library & Technology:

From Principal Galloway's podcast, Between 2 Maples, Episode 1, Part 1:

9:25 "Reading helps you become a better reader by just reading." (research-based)

14:49 (paraphrased) "...reading homework needs to be at the student's level, so there is no frustration around that. Or even a little bit below, so that you can find a little joy in it."

What can you do to help with daily reading homework (10 minutes for K/1, 20 minutes for 2/3, 30 minutes for 4/5)?

Look at the library books the student in your house chose at library time, and read them with your student. Whatever they are. Ask why they chose those books.

Extra credit: Find other resources that connect with and match their reading interests: a youtube video on origami folding, play Minecraft together, draw using book directions, find other titles by the same author/genre/topic, bake a recipe from a cookbook, make graphic novels, help them train the pet you have (or get a pet)!

Happy winter reading!

(Email me if anyone needs book suggestions:

From the Tech Room:

Hour of Code - fun coding activities!

Elin Kordahl, Maplewood Teacher-Librarian

PE News:

Looking to get your kids out of the house and moving during the winter break? There are a lot of free or inexpensive things you can do in the neighborhood like walking, hiking in Forest Park on Macleay Trail to the Witches House, bike/scooter/skateboarding at any empty school or church parking lot in your neighborhood during the week or swimming at the Gabriel Park Community Center's indoor pool.


HIKING AND MULTI-MODAL in town adventure on the 4-T! FREE! Using the trail, train, trolley and tram, being at the zoo and hike to Council Crest, then down to OHSU where you take the tram, trolley and MAX train back to the zoo. Stop for hot chocolate and holiday spectating along the way! Look for more information HERE

JACKSON BOTTOM WETLAND PRESERVE- FREE! Walk around and enjoy the cool 4.5 miles of trails through a variety of habitats. They have an eagle's nest on display in tbe (free) visitor center. Information HERE

ICE SKATING at Winterhawk Skating Center on Beaverton-Hillsdale Hwy near Jesuit. $20 includes skate rental. Kids under 5 skate free. More information and open skate schedules HERE

BOWLING at Tigard Bowl: $4. per person per game with $3.50 shoe rental fee. For more information, click HERE

SLEDDING: If we get lucky and it snows in Portland, Gabriel Park is a great, close place to sled! However, if you're looking for a bigger snow sledding experience, click HERE

ROLLER SKATING at Oak's Park costs $12 per skating and that includes skate rental. More information HERE

Megan Weatherill

Maplewood PE



Artist of the Month in Art Special: The Students!

This month students had the opportunity to enter an art contest through Reflections and the National PTA. Students created a work of art on the given theme: SHOW YOUR VOICE! Some of you may remember this contest last year which had the theme of "I Will Change the World." The goal is to help students explore their own thoughts, feelings and ideas, develop artistic literacy, and increase confidence. Both art and signed entry form were due this week.

It’s Sweater Weather! At least in art special! Students designed and painted their own ‘Ugly Sweater’ - but none of them were actually ugly. ♥ They now line the halls of Maplewood.

As Oscar Wilde once said, "The smallest act of kindness is worth more than the grandest intention". Thank you to all who have helped me start a new art program here at Maplewood Elementary. I couldn’t have done it without you.

Enjoy your Winter Break and I look forward to seeing your students in January!

♥ Ms. Smith

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Volunteer info

We are excited to welcome volunteers into the building and classrooms this year. All volunteers must show proof of vaccination, clear a background check (, and sign-into the Raptor system located at the main office on arrival and sign-out when leaving campus.

We can’t wait to have you in school with us!

Lunch Volunteers

We need 2-3 parents to volunteer for lunch duty, to help keep kiddos on task eating and give our teachers a break. Here are the time slots - message Lauren at 541-968-9140 or to sign up!

  • K-1st: 11:20-11:45

  • 2nd & 4th 11:50-12:15

  • 3rd & 5th: 12:20-12:45

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Maplewood Foundation is a volunteer, parent-led, non-profit that raises funds for staff at Maplewood Elementary. This year we have a goal to raise $60,000 to fund two Educational Assistant positions for next school year. Check out this link to learn more about what EAs do for our school.

Seeking Volunteers for the Spring 2023 Auction

The auction is our largest fundraiser of the year and is a fun and meaningful way to get involved and support critical staffing needs for our school. Some ways you can get involved include:

  • Event team. For the in-person part of the event, the event team handles theming, decorations, hosting guests, and the check-in and check-out processes.
  • Social Media and Communications. This is the auction’s voice and main promotion strategist. Seeking volunteers who have marketing or PR experience and/or are active on social media.
  • Donate to the auction or help gather donations. Do you have a vacation home? We are looking for vacation rentals for the virtual live auction. Do you have a service or an item to donate? Can you help us connect with local businesses and vendors to gather donations for the auction?

Please consider volunteering. Our current team is small but mighty and cannot do this without your help. If you are interested or have questions please email us at or call Jeannette Taylor at 503.901.9813.

Other Ways to Donate

  • Monthly recurring donation. A monthly donation is the most convenient and effective way to give to Maplewood. Even small monthly donations make a big impact over time. Set up your monthly recurring donation here.
  • One-time contribution. This is a great option for grandparents, extended family, and loving neighbors to support your Maplewood student. Make a one-time contribution here.
  • By check. We are happy to receive donations by check made out to Maplewood Foundation and dropped off at the school or mailed to the school at 7452 SW 52nd Ave, Portland, OR 97219.
  • Fred Meyer Rewards Program Contribution. If you shop at Fred Meyer and are part of their rewards program, you may designate those reward savings to the Maplewood Foundation. It’s super easy and you can learn more here (sign in and search for Maplewood Foundation or IF500):
  • BottleDrop Donations. Individuals can donate funds from their BottleDrop account balance to your Give account by logging into their account and using this link or connecting with the Foundation for bag tags.
  • Matching employer contribution. Ask your employer if they have a matching program for donations to non-profits. Click here for a list of already participating employers.

Slides: Why do we need Educational Assistants

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PTA Meetings

Join us at the PTA meeting every month to learn about upcoming projects, events, priorities, and to share your thoughts! PTA Meetings occur the third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Become an Oregon PTA Member; this supports our school and allows you to vote during meetings. (You don't have to be a member to attend meetings, just to vote.)

January PTA Meeting

January 17, 6:30pm

Full details and recaps of past meetings at

Maplewood PTA
The Maplewood PTA strives to serve our school’s community of teachers, staff, parents, and students. We have lots of amazing things planned this year to support our school!

Stay up to date on events and more

Fundraising to Support Maplewood

Take this brief survey to let us know your preferences about which fundraisers you love (or don't) to help us plan out the 2022-2023 school year!

Amazon Smile

Make sure you've selected "Maplewood Elem PTA" as your Amazon Smile donation recipient. Link:

Once selected, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Maplewood at no cost to you! Make sure you shop using More information here:

Dine Outs

Yalla - Dine Out December 12th


We are excited to share that the 2022-23 yearbooks are now available for purchase! You can order yours now online at: (school ID #709537), for the early bird price of $22 through January 31, 2023 ($25 thereafter).

Paper order forms will be sent home in the weeks ahead for cash and check orders.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the PTA's Yearbook Committee at

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Reading Friends

The PTA Reading Friends program is still looking for volunteers!

This is a once a week, 30 minute time commitment - starting the week of November 28th until the end of the school year.

You get to pick the time that works best for you out of many time slots. Help foster the love of reading by being a Reading Friend!

We welcome grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors...they just need to have filled out the PPS volunteer information:

If you are interested, please fill out this survey and the coordinators will be in touch with you:

Any questions? Reach out to Kari Martin and Clémence Tiradon, our Reading Friends Coordinators, at

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Nutrition Services



The Nutrition Services team is so thankful to see and serve so many students this year. To help communicate meal account balances to families, the Nutrition Services department will start sending notifications and friendly reminders to families whose student’s meal account no longer has funds on it to purchase school meals. Remember, families may apply for free or reduced price meals at any time throughout the school year and must apply every year to maintain eligibility. We recommend that families continuously check their student account balances. All families can check their account balances online with SchoolCafe at any time (and there is no charge to view your accounts). The school kitchen teams and the NS central office is also happy to assist with checking account balances and status.

Families have the following options to pay for school meals:

  1. Pay as you go: Bring cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) directly to the cafeteria or school office.

  2. Prepay for meals with cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) in the cafeteria*. Funds will be deposited into the student meal account. Purchases will be deducted from the account balance.

  3. Pay with a debit/credit card using SchoolCafe, a secure online meal payment system. NOTE: There is a minimum payment of $15 and a 5% fee per online transaction.

Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director,

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