Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

Friday, November 10, 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!

November 12 - Dance for Kindness

November 15 - All Pro Dad Breakfast

November 22 to 24 - Thanksgiving Break - NO SCHOOL

November 30 - 3rd Grade Performance

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This year, Maple Dale Elementary wants to “Support our Troops” by participating in R.E.D. ( Remember Everyone Deployed) Fridays. On Fridays, people across America wear a Red shirt to serve as a reminder of how important it is to let our servicemen and servicewomen know that we have not forgotten them, and that we appreciate their sacrifice for our country. The R.E.D. movement is focused on the support of the troops, their families and their sacrifices during deployments. Within our own Maple Dale families and staff, there are family members and friends who are deployed at this time.

2017 Dance for Kindness


Please join us as we represent Cincinnati for the


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 nicholsj@sycamoreschools.org no fee per family

Last year’s dance can be seen at Dance for Kindness 2016 Worldwide Montage on youtube.



Code: #DFK2017

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.


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 kristenhobe@yahoo.com 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!

Cozy Clothing Collection Drive

Our Maple Dale Girls on the Run team is collecting cozy winter clothing to donate to children in need. The drive will run all next week November 13 - November 17. If you have any new or used winter clothing like hats, gloves, coats and warm shirts and pants please consider donating them to this cause. There will be bins located in the cafeteria all week to collect these items.

November 15 - All Pro Dads - RSVP & Operation Give Back 2017 Holiday Store Info.

Please RSVP if you plan on attending the next All Pro Dads Breakfast at https://allprodadsday.com/chapters/5004. This will help ensure they have enough food for everyone. Thank you!

Maple Dale Dads,

Here is an overview with instructions in terms of how your family can support our service project with Operation Give Back. Our intention is to provide an example for our children as we help those who are less fortunate by collecting, packaging and distributing items at the 2017 Holiday Store. Below is the timeline of events surrounding this worthwhile initiative.

Nov 15 – All Pro Dad launches Operation Give Back Holiday Store drive at our meeting.

Nov 20 through Dec 4– Collect items and place in the OGB bins at school.

You may use this letter plus shopping guide below to inform your friends and neighbors.

Just place in their mailboxes with the date and time you will be stopping by.

Dec 5 through 14 – Volunteer opportunities to package items (signup genius will follow).

Dec 15 & 16 – Holiday Store event held in OGB Blue Ash facility at 6465 Creek Rd.

Please feel free to call at any time with questions regarding this project. Thanks in advance for your participation and demonstration of giving as role models to our children.


Zach Eckert




You may request your child be tested on the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT). If you wish to have your child participate in this round of testing, all requests must be made through the below online link by December 6th. If you have a child in 2nd and/or 4th grade, they will take the test during school with their class. For other grade levels, we are offering an optional testing opportunity. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this testing opportunity will take place on Saturday, December 9, at Maple Dale from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm for all four elementary buildings.

Please note it is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation to and from Maple Dale on morning of testing. Also please note Sycamore cannot use kindergarten or first grade scores for gifted placement.

2017 December CogAT Testing Sign-Ups for Elementary Schools

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…

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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!

  4. PraiseNotes and Secret Praise notes- Students will be working with building friendships using written communication of encouragement and praise throughout the day!

  5. 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.

Peacefully yours,

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

- Markers

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.”

PTO Corner

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.


  • 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 mdpto@sycamoreschools.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.)

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The Aviation Station is rolling....

With the help of our PTOs and local business sponsors, Sycamore Community Schools recently rolled out a “first-of-its kind” classroom on wheels aimed at getting kids excited about science and math! The Sycamore STEAM Aviation Station provides our K-6 students the opportunity to explore science, technology, engineering, art, and math (STEAM) opportunities at school under the guidance of our science leaders and the help of classroom volunteers. Equipped with high tech items such as touch screens, Raspberry Pi computers, and virtual reality equipment, as well as low tech materials such as Keva planks and Makedo tools, activities have been designed to explicitly teach design thinking and collaboration through grade-level, standards-based challenges.

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 beechc@sycamoreschools.org

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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.

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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.