Principal Message

April 19, 2020

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Dear Maple Hill Families,

I hope that all of you were able to find some time to decompress and refuel over the Spring Break. I unplugged from my devices and it was much needed. April 20th marks the first day of Distance Learning. Our teachers have been working diligently on creating their plans. As I shared in my "Distance Learning Overview" video that I sent out to all parents several weeks ago, your child's participation in Distance Learning is required and they will be graded. Your child's Distance Learning Schedule will either be emailed to you or posted on the educational platform of the teacher's choosing between 9 a.m. on Sunday and 9 a.m. on Monday, every week, from your child's teacher. If you should have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or you can email me at

In an effort to focus on the whole child during the school closure, this newsletter contains suggestions for art activities and art resources. Providing creative outlets can help bring peace and security to a child's mind and spirit during unpredictable times.

In partnership,

Ms. Morris

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Maple Hill, Let's All Join A FIBO Art Class Together!

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April 30th at 11:30 a.m.

You are invited to join a FREE art class with Fibo just for our school! When you log on to the Zoom session, you will be in a class with Maple Hill students, learn all about the artist, Robert Wyland, and practice drawing 3 different types of fish. How fun will it be to hang out with our Maple Hill friends and get creative at the same time??

Check out the flyer below for more specific details, including the supplies you will need.

Topic: Maple Hill School Class

Time: Apr 30, 2020 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 528 731 028

Password: 238979

"The Dot" Read Aloud

"The Dot" is a great book that encourages our reluctant students to explore their artistic abilities. Many students get hung up on how their art should "look" and then feel discouraged. Helping students understand that art is an outlet for emotions and feelings and the end product is secondary to the experience.

The Dot by Peter H. Reynolds | Read aloud Book for kids

Online Art Tutorials With Artists

Have your child join a master class with a recognized artist!

Online Art Tutorials

  • 10 am PDT or 1 pm EDT
    Wendy MacNaughton drawing lessons
    Instagram: @wendymac

  • 11:08 am PDT or 2:08 pm EDT
    Youth in Arts – Art lessons
    Instagram: @youthinarts
    Facebook: @youthinarts

Check out these videos created by Art in Action kids! Art in Action is Maple Hill's Art Program. Art in Action is providing these step-by-step video directions on how to make awesome art activities with everyday home supplies.

  • Spring Chickens
  • Sock Puppets
  • Marble Art
  • Salt Dough Creations
  • Hot Rocks
  • Paper Flowers

Online Scholastic Book Fair

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Visit Maple Hill's Online Scholastic Book Fair, April 29th-May 12th. Free Shipping on book-only orders of $25 or more and 25% of all proceeds go to purchasing new books for Maple Hill's Library.

Click on the link above to preview some of the books that will be available for purchase starting April 29th. The flyer below contains more details about our Online Scholastic Book Fair.

Social and Emotional Learning Tips From Our School Counselor, Ms. Chavez

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"Controlling Emotions" By: Ms. Chavez

Does your child’s emotions go from 0-100? Is he or she calm one moment and then upset and unsettled the next?

The COVID pandemic disrupted routines and impacted mental health. During this time of uncertainty, our kids need to feel safe, loved and protected.

Here are some tips:

1. Teach your child feeling words.

(Mood Meter:

2. Create opportunities to talk about feelings.

(5 SEL games to play:

3. Teach your child how to deal with feelings.

(Make a coping skills wheel: )

4. Reinforce positive ways to express feelings. Model it.

(Ex: “Wow, I’m angry that car just pulled in front of me.” Then take some deep breaths or model another healthy coping skill so your child can learn to recognize the skills you use when you feel angry.)

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5th Grade Memories Slide Show Presentation

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Send us your 5th grader's photo memories from their K-5th grade years!

Dear 5th grade parents,

We are still taking pictures for the 5th grade "Memories" slideshow. This will include a slideshow composed of pictures of your student. The slideshow, when completed, will be emailed to all 5th grade parents to keep and cherish. Please start looking for school pictures from Kindergarten to present (individual or group) and send them to me digitally at so that we can add them to the slide show (10 pictures maximum). Please note that we may not be able to include all of the pictures that you send in.

Some time will be needed in order to create this slideshow, so the deadline to turn in pictures will be April 30, 2020.

If you have any questions please email, call, or text at the following:

Thank you,

Saralie Ekowibowo (5th Grade Parent Coordinator)