Maple Elementary School

February Newsletter


February 5, 2021


Dear Maple Families,


We have had an exciting week to start the month of February as we look forward to watching the Kansas City Chiefs in the Super Bowl this weekend.


The PTO sponsored Valentine's Day party will take place next Thursday, 2/11. Please make sure any cards and/or Valentine boxes are at school today, Friday, 2/5, in order for items to quarantine before being distributed. There is no school on Friday, 2/12, due to teacher meetings. Smithville schools are in session on President's Day, Monday, 2/15, to make up a previously missed snow day.


This month's leadership activity and virtual assembly will take place on Friday, February 26th. We are working hard to academic, and behavior goals this month.


Wishing You Well,


Dr. Rena Hawkins, Principal, hawkinsr@smithville.k12.mo.us


Ashley Doll, Assistant Principal, dolla@smithville.k12.mo.us

Maple Elementary Parent Survey

To keep our school a safe and motivating learning environment for all students, we are reviewing some of our current programs and practices. Please complete this form by Wednesday, February 10th.

Important Upcoming Dates

Feb. 9-15: Missouri School Board Recognition Week

Feb. 10: Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes

Feb. 11: PTO Sponsored Valentine’s Day Celebration

Feb. 12: Teachers’ Meetings, No School

Feb. 24: Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes

Feb. 25: PTO Label Pick Up

Feb. 26: MES Assembly

Mar. 1: Maple PTO Meeting at 6 PM

Mar.1-7: School Social Worker Week

Mar. 2: Maple Elementary Boosterthon Kick Off Assembly

Mar. 3: Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes

Mar. 3-10: Boosterthon Team Huddles

Mar. 10: Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes

March 11: Boosterthon Dance Fit Event

Boosterthon Dance Fit Event

READY, SET, DANCE!! We are dancing to help our school! Maple Elementary's Boosterthon Fundraiser is coming back in March! This year's theme is SPORTS CITY and will focus on the character traits of teamwork, care, courage, grit, and celebration. The following events will take place with the Maple Elementary Glow Run:


March 2nd: Fundraiser Kickoff will be held outdoors with students in their cohorts

March 3rd-10th: Team Huddles with a combination of virtual meetings and outdoor meetings by cohort

March 11th: Maple Elementary Dance Fit Event in each classroom


We are very excited to again host this fundraiser with the Boosterthon Team. It will look different this year as we ensure safety measures are in place for safety. More information will be coming home soon.

Kindergarten Screening Information Coming Soon-Welcome Class of 2034

Help us spread the news!


2021-2022 Kindergarten Screening for students beginning in kindergarten in the fall of 2021 will be held at Maple Elementary School all day on Monday, March 22nd and in the AM on Tuesday, March 23rd.


Information about online enrollment will be shared soon. Please visit www.smithvilleschooldistrict.net for a boundaries link to view which elementary school is available based on where you live. Your child must be 5 years of age on or before July 31, 2021. The following documents will be needed for enrollment: Birth Certificate, Immunizations, and Proof of Residence.


Incoming Kindergarten Family Night for our new learners entering Maple Elementary in the fall will be held on Tuesday, April 13th, from 5:30-6:30 PM. This event will most likely be virtual and more information will be shared soon.

Counseling Highlights from Mrs. Hough

This month we’re talking about the beautiful character trait of Kindness. The dictionary defines it as: “the quality of being friendly, generous, and considerate.” But it is so much more than that! The definition we are using in class is:


Kindness: the choice to act with words, gifts, or actions to

bring appreciation, positivity, and encouragement to others and yourself.


The key part of this definition? Kindness is a choice that we get to make every day to bring good things into our lives and the world. Those good things can look like more than just some kind words; Kindness is given through our actions and our encouragement and our attitude and our gifts. We will spend time thinking about how to be kind to ourselves, to our environment, to animals, and to one another. We will get to experience meaningful words through compliments and feel the joy that comes from showing appreciation to others.


For your reading:

The Maple Library Leaflet with Mrs. Kathcart


It’s February and we are reading about football and the activities students love to do. We shared a book titled, Don’t Throw It to Mo! This story is about a boy who LOVES football but he’s smaller than his teammates and has trouble catching the ball. It’s fun when a book has a happy ending and the students cheer for the main character. We give this book FIVE STARS!!!


For the last several months we have worked many hours making signs for the nonfiction book shelves. We devised a plan to hold the signs and created them so students can easily find the subjects they enjoy. This is an ongoing project that will take many months to complete but it is great to see progress.


Have you ever wanted to learn a foreign language? Did you know that if a person is bilingual, they can earn 10%-20% more per year in many professions? Our fourth through sixth grade students learned to access a database on the Mid-Continent Public Library student resource page that helps them learn foreign languages. This database makes learning a new language fun and it can be accessed from anywhere. The instructions are below:


https://www.mymcpl.org/


  1. Click on Research and Learning

  2. Click on Homework Help for Kids - View Resources

  3. Find “Muzzy Online”

  4. Choose the language you want to learn and begin playing the games


Keep calm and read on!

Mrs. Kathcart

PE with Coach V.

Through the month of January students at Maple have accomplished a lot in the gym! Students in grades 3-6 have finished their second round of muscular strength and flexibility fitness testing, played two new tag games, and have participated in two new scooter activities. K-2 students have participated in fitness stations, played an introductory version of kickball, and learned two new tag games as well. Looking forward to next week, students in grades 3-6 will complete their second and final round of cardiovascular fitness testing and students in grades K-2 will learn a cardiovascular centered tag game and learn introductory skills for manipulating hockey sticks.