Aviator Air Newsletter
Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication
Friday, November 3, 2017
Our Flight Plan
Attendance Line: (513) 686-1756
Mark your calendars!
November 6 - Curb-side Pickup Begins
November 8 - Picture retakes
November 9 - MD PTO Meeting
November 12 - Dance for Kindness
November 15 - All Pro Dad Breakfast
November 22 to 24 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL
November 30 - 3rd Grade Performance
2017 Dance for Kindness
Attention ALL PEACE BUILDERS!
Please join us as we represent Cincinnati for the
2017 DANCE FOR KINDNESS
Sunday, November 12th at 2 pm
At Maple Dale Elementary
Join us as we gather with over 50 countries all over the world to show others that kindness can truly make a difference.
Register: https://www.danceforkindness.com/register-to-dance/ $ 5 registration per family
or email firstname.lastname@example.org no fee per family
Last year’s dance can be seen at Dance for Kindness 2016 Worldwide Montage on youtube.
WEAR ORANGE! or order a T shirt at Dance for Kindness
Please submit orders by Sunday Nov. 5th. I will pick them up for everyone. Please know you can register online or just join us on Sunday the 12th.
ALL ARE WELCOME!
The Maple Dale PTO is an active group that funds and organizes more than 50 different programs, events, services and materials that make our school unique. PTO membership is encouraged for all who work or send a child to the school. Although active participation is not required, there are many opportunities to help if you are interested. Please join the PTO today by completing our online membership form. If you prefer to print and send the membership form and donation to the school, please click here.
TOP 5 REASONS TO VOLUNTEER WITH THE MAPLE DALE PTO:
- Gain understanding of what Maple Dale is like during the school day!
- Develop new skills!
- Spend time with other parents, teachers, and staff!
- Help make Maple Dale a truly unique school!
- Children love seeing parents in their school building!
PTO members will help orient parents who are new to a volunteer job at Maple Dale. In the beginning of the year, an group orientation meeting is held for new committee chairs and anyone else who wants to come and learn about volunteering at Maple Dale!
To stay informed about what’s happening with the Maple Dale Elementary PTO, parents are encouraged to join the PTO, attend PTO meetings (2nd Thursday of most months), watch for announcements in the Aviator Air Newsletter, and look for notes and flyers that are sent home with each student throughout the school year.
Questions about the PTO can be directed to email@example.com.
A Groovin' Staff Halloween
Help Wanted: Maple Dale Media Center
Interested in a volunteer opportunity that fits with your schedule? Ongoing help is needed in the library/media center. The main responsibility is returning books to the shelves. You can go in at any time of the day, even when your own children are in there. This is also a great opportunity for any grandparents who would like to volunteer. If you are interested, please contact Kristen Laughlin at firstname.lastname@example.org and you'll receive a link to the signup genius. View the available days and sign up for whatever works for your schedule. There is no obligation and any help is appreciated!
November 15 - All Pro Dads Breakfast - RSVP
Maple Dale Peacebuilders: Helping Children Praise People
Dear: Maple Dale Parent and Guardian:
This month, we are working on the first principle of Peacebuilders, which is “Praise People.” What does “Praise People” mean? First, our staff promises to set a good example at our school. We praise your students for behaviors that make Maple Dale such a peaceful place and acknowledge students for positive behavior. As a school, we are also acknowledging one another for Praising veterans, performers, staff, students and community members.
Why do we do this? WE believe that praise encourages each of us to try harder and accomplish more. If we do not praise students, then they may not know when they’re doing well. In fact, many children maybe think they are making mistakes if they don’t receive praise. AS we all know, children need attention. If we don’t give attention when they exhibit positive behavior, they are more likely to act inappropriately to get the attention.
Here are some ways we are “Praising People” at Maple Dale this Month…
Veteran’s Day cards and Pictures- We honor and praise our veterans for all they did and do for our country! Our students and teachers are working on different activities to praise our Veterans this month.
Performer Praise-Our 3rd Graders will be performing November 30th at 7:00pm for our community and we want to be able to praise our young performers with notes and clapping hands.
Family and Community Praise-Family is a huge deal with our wonderful students and they want to praise their wonderful and supportive families, so you will be seeing some different cards and things coming home as well as lots of hugs and high fives!
PraiseNotes and Secret Praise notes- Students will be working with building friendships using written communication of encouragement and praise throughout the day!
Video Announcements- This month, we will be performing different skits about Praising people throughout Maple Dale. We will be using students and staff members to incorporate the true meaning of praise and how it makes you feel.
What can you do at home?
Talk to your child about how these ideas are similar to what we do as adults. Writing a PraiseNote is similar to writing a thank you letter or doing a favor for a neighbor who helped you. Tell your child about times when you have been praised: perhaps your boss complimented your work or your co-workers thanked you for helping them. Talk about how the praise made you feel. Be sure to notice times when your child says nice things and praises you.
Praising people helps us focus on the positive things we do to help one another in life. By praising children for their successes and good deeds, we teach them that their actions and efforts make a difference.
As always, Maple Dale thanks the wonderful and amazing parents, guardians, and community for building peace everyday.
The Maple Dale Staff!______________________________________________________________
Lesson plans for home!
Praise At Home
This activity will help families acknowledge and give positive praise for desired behaviors at home.
What You Need:
- Construction Paper
How This Activity Works:
1. As a family, brainstorm a list of desired behaviors that the family could work on.
2. The children make a sign or poster each week or month that encourages the types of things you want praised at home.
3. For example: “Wise parents praise PeaceBuilders for being ready for dinner,”or “PeaceBuilders say Thank You to their parents,”“Wise parents praise
PeaceBuilders for doing their homework.”
Good News Notes
This activity will help children practice praising other people. Caring is being
kind, compassionate, loving and considerate. The use of Good News Notes exemplifies these traits.
What You Need:
-Good News Notes (located in Praise People Section)
How This Activity Works:
1. Once a week, help your child pick someone to praise.
2. Your child can praise his or her teacher, a relative, a family member, or a friend.
3. Brainstorm a list of things your child could praise people for.
Examples: “Thank you for helping me with my homework because it helps me
do better in school.” or “Thank you for playing with me.”
Girls On The Run Practice Pics - October 30th
On Monday, October 30th our 3rd and 4th Grade Girls on the Run team completed their practice 5K gearing up for their big race on November 18th! At their practice 5K they were supported by Maple Dale teachers, Coach Shomo and Sycamore High School runners, and of course their running buddies. Congrats to all Girls on the Run team members for finishing their practice 5K and good luck on November 18th!
Each year Maple Dale puts together a Girls on the Run team for 3rd and 4th grade girls, but we need volunteer coaches in order to do this. If you are interested in coaching next years GOTR team next fall, please contact Jen Thiel at email@example.com. The season runs mid-September thru mid-November. More information about coaching opportunities will be delivered in the spring as well.
The Aviation Station is rolling....
Another exciting component to this new classroom on wheels is our Homework Assistance outreach. Four days a week (M-TH), we travel to local neighborhoods after school (4pm-6pm) to provide homework help on the Aviation Station after school.
Monday: Fields Ertel Townhomes
Tuesday: Hazelwood Community Center
Wednesday: The Villages at Symmes Crossing
Thursday: Blue Ash Kohl’s
Our students bring their homework assignments with them as they enjoy a light snack and assistance from an adult or student helper. Once they complete their homework, students are provided with the opportunity to participate in STEAM challenges of their choice on the Aviation Station in small groups. Helpers provide guidance and direction as needed.
We are looking for parent volunteers to assist us with this outreach endeavor. A certified Sycamore staff member will always be present to answer any specific questions. You can sign up here to assist at any location. SignUpGenius-Aviation Station Homework Assistance
Please go to our website to find out more about the AVIATION STATION.
If you have additional questions, please contact Chris Beech at firstname.lastname@example.org
Green Team Tip of the Week
You may have noticed that Maple Dale now has a sidewalk that runs behind the school and a bike rack up front, making the school easily accessible by bike or foot for a large portion of the Maple Dale population. On a nice day, consider biking or walking the kids to school. The outdoor activity will be a great way to start their day! Stopping in to volunteer or have lunch with your kids? Why not bike or walk instead of drive? Attending an all school family event and don't want to deal with the crazy parking? Yes, biking or walking might be the answer. (Any kids who bike or walk to school MUST be accompanied by a responsible adult.)
Sycamore High School Variety Show
Sycamore High School Hosts Variety Show November 18th @ 7p in the Auditorium. Tickets $10 available pre-sale at www.aveschoir.org starting November 1st, and at the door. Family ticketing available too! Nuclear families up to a family of 5 for $30. Family ticketing available at in-person sales only (11:36a - 12:36p in the HS Commons on November 16th and November 17th) and at the door.
Acts feature groups and soloists who are members of the student body including vocal and instrumental groups, cool human tricks, gymnastics, a performance by all choral ensembles and more! Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Vocal Boosters.