Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

Friday, September 8, 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!

September 12 - PICTURE DAY!

September 15 - Grandparents/VIP Day!

September 28 - Maple Dale Family Math Night 6:00-7:30 PM

September 29 - No school

Sharing our goals for the year: Spotlight on Goal Three - Feedback

One of the most powerful tools to increase understanding is the use of immediate and specific feedback to students while they are engaged in active learning. The term feedback is often used to describe all kinds of comments made after the fact, including advice, praise and evaluation. But none of these are feedback, strictly speaking.

As we define effective feedback, we see it as powerful information about how a student is learning and growing in the mastery of academic goals. It should be specific, timely and relevant to the learning goal.

At Maple Dale, we have set a goal to increase the use of feedback through the use of strategies including formative assessments, student and teacher conferences, student self-assessment and exit tickets. Research in the educational field suggests that this may be the best way to accelerate student achievement and growth. In a meta analysis by researcher John Hattie, effective feedback during the learning process has a very high effect size when compared to other learning strategies.

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Milers is BACK! (PTO sponsored)

MAPLE DALE MILERS is our walking program held Wednesdays at lunch recess. The program is optional and students can choose to walk or not walk each week. Students in Grades 1, 2, 3 & 4 enjoy walking supervised laps around the blacktop playground and get a chance to earn foot tokens as they rack up the miles throughout the year. Parent volunteers will oversee and supervise the students as they walk.


Our kickoff will be Wednesday September 13th

(wear your sneakers/ tennis shoes on Wednesdays)


This program can only exist with adult volunteers! We will need volunteers to help set up, monitor the kids, and complete minimal paperwork to record the miles. It’s a great way to see your child during the school day
CLICK on link if you’d like to volunteer for a day

1st & 2nd grades 11:30am-12:45pm
4th & 3rd grades 12:30am-1:45pm

**If you DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE in the program at ANY time this year, please email chair Diane VanderBrink at dvanderbrink@yahoo.com by September 14t.

GEAR 2017 Welcome Back Picnic

Please invite other families that would be interested to come to this event! You do not have to be a member to attend. It is a great time to interact with other Sycamore families and for the children to have a good time!

(See invitation below.)

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Would your son benefit from being part of a singing "Team"?

Tell them about Cincinnati Boychoir AUDITIONS on Monday September 11!

Ø Open to boys in grades 1-12: Sept. 11, 6:30 – 7:45pm at Aronoff Center for the Arts

o Register for an audition at www.cincinnatiboychoir.org/register

o Auditions are short, fun, painless (Row Row Your Boat, Happy Birthday, etc) and require no advance preparation

o Before auditioning, there’s a short information meeting with Mrs. Nelson for parents, and all auditionees get to sing some warm-ups with Dr. Eanes and the Ambassadors (advanced SATB).

o Please copy and distribute the attached recommendation letter to any interested boys.

Bring them to the FREE All-City Boychoir Festival on Sat. Nov 4 at the Aronoff!

Ø Open to boys in grades 1-12

o 12:30 check-in and rehearsals, 5pm concert P&G Hall at Aronoff Center for the Arts

o Includes a tshirt, snack and music – including songs from South Africa, where our Ambassadors will tour in June 2018!

o Mollie Stone, an expert in authentic music performance from around the world, will be our guest to teach the boys South African pieces AND to run our FREE Teacher Workshop.

o Copy and distribute the enclosed registration forms (front is for boys, back is for teachers) and return by mail (650 Walnut St., Cincinnati 45202) or scanned via email (kellyann.nelson@cincinnatiboychoir.org) by Friday, Oct 20.

o OR register online (separate registrations for singing boys and workshopping teachers) at www.cincinnatiboychoir.org/register

Picture Day Volunteers Needed

Do you want 50% off your picture package from Lifetouch? Then, perhaps you'd like to volunteer your time on picture day, Tuesday, September 12th. We are looking for 1 to 2 volunteers to work the following shifts:

9 am - 3 pm


12:30 pm - 3:00 pm

Please contact Kathy Lake at lakek@sycamoreschools.org.

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Grandparents/Special Person Day: REMINDERS

In order to make our very first Grandparent/Special Person Day a success on September 15th, we'd like to offer a few suggestions and reminders. Parents/Guardians, please communicate this information with the appropriate people.

1. If a student is going to go home with their grandparent/special person, parents/guardians will NEED to fill out a Parent Communication Form. NO student will be allowed to go home with another adult unless we have written consent.

2. Due to indoor recess we will have parking available for guests in our playground parking lot.

3. We will be asking ALL grandparents/special people to leave at 3:30/3:35 in order to accommodate our buses in the back parking lot and to help dismissal run smoothly.

4. Don't forget your cell phone or camera. There will be plenty of photo opportunities!

Maple Dale Elementary PTO Volunteer Sign-up

This is your chance to get involved at Maple Dale! Here’s how it works:

  1. Browse the opportunities in this form.

  2. Indicate your interest on the Response Sheet form, attached.

  3. Return the Response Sheet ONLY to school with your child by

Monday, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Please note: slots fill up fast for many of the programs and are first come, first served.

The activity chair will contact you regarding your interest. Thank you for volunteering!

Sycamore High School's City BBQ Fundraiser

Come and eat at City BBQ the weekend of September 22-24 and 25% of your receipt will benefit the PTO's Scholarship Fund! Families should bring a copy of the flyer with them.

City BBQ Fundraiser Flyer

Save the Date: Family Math Night

On Thursday evening, September 28, 2017, from 6:00 –7:30 pm, Maple Dale Elementary will hold an exciting event called Family Math Night! (Please note the correct end time is 7:30 pm, not 8:00 pm as shown on the district calendar.) Students, parents, siblings, and other relatives are invited to attend a fun-filled evening of mathematical pleasure. More information to follow.

The Wright Brothers

The Flyers House is named for two famous aviators, Wilbur and Orville Wright.

On December 17, 1903, two brothers from Dayton, Ohio, with no formal engineering training defied gravity in their curious flying machine over the dunes of North Carolina’s remote Outer Banks. By making what many consider the first powered, sustained and controlled manned airplane flights, Orville and Wilbur Wright ushered in the era of flight and soared into history. Check out some interesting facts you may not know about the aviation pioneers.

  • Thanks to a coin toss, Orville was the first brother airborne. The brothers tossed a coin to see who would first test the Wright Flyer on the sands of Kill Devil Hills, North Carolina. Older brother Wilbur won the toss, but his first attempt on December 14, 1903, was unsuccessful and caused minor damage to the aircraft. Three days later, Orville, in coat and tie, lay flat on his stomach on the plane’s lower wing and took the controls. At 10:35 a.m., the Wright Flyer moved down the guiding rail with Wilbur running alongside to balance the delicate machine. For 12 seconds, the aircraft left the ground before touching down 120 feet away in the soft sands. The brothers exchanged turns at the controls three more times that day, and each flight covered an increasing distance with Wilbur’s final flight lasting nearly a minute and covering a distance of 852 feet.

  • A toy - a model helicopter made of cork, bamboo, and paper - launched their flying obsession.

  • The Wright brothers once printed a daily newspaper together.

  • The Wright brothers flew together just one time. Orville and Wilbur had promised their father, who feared losing both sons in an airplane accident, they would never fly together. The father made a single exception, however, on May 25, 1910, and allowed the brothers to share a six-minute flight near Dayton with Orville piloting and Wilbur the passenger. After landing, Orville took his 82-year-old father on his first and only flight. As Orville gained elevation, his excited father cried out, “Higher, Orville, higher!”

  • After the first day airborne, the 1903 Wright Flyer never flew again. The brothers made four flights in the Wright Flyer on December 17, 1903, and as Orville and Wilbur stood discussing the final flight, a sudden strong gust of wind caught hold of the aircraft and flipped it several times. The aircraft sustained such heavy damage to its ribs, motor and chain guides that it was beyond repair. The Wright Flyer was crated back to Dayton and never flew again.

  • Neil Armstrong carried a piece of the Wright Flyer with him to the moon. When another aeronautical pioneer from Ohio, Neil Armstrong, became the first man to step foot on the moon in 1969, inside his spacesuit pocket was a piece of muslin fabric from the left wing of the original 1903 Wright Flyer along with a piece of wood from the airplane’s left propeller.

About us

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.