Maple Dale Aviator News

Friday, September 2, 2017

Thank you for attending Maple Dale's Curriculum Preview on Wednesday evening!


Please take note that Maple Dale will now be sending out our weekly "Maple Dale Aviator News" on each Friday, instead of Tuesday as previously mentioned.

Mark Your Calendars!

September 5th - Labor Day/No School

September 7th - Preschool Curriculum Preview from 6:00-7:00

September 13th - Picture Day! Get those smiles ready!

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News from the Principal, Ann Marie Reinke

Dear Parents,

What a wonderful opening to the school year! Although it poured rain the first day, we had a lot of smiling (albeit wet) faces the first day of school.

Thank you for all your efforts in preparing your children for the start of school! They arrived rested, with a bounty of school supplies and ready to learn.

There have been many changes this year to the life of our school. First, your children are learning all about how to be “PeaceBuilders” at school, at home and in the community. Ask about how they have learned to be PeaceBuilders in the cafeteria. Mrs. Zellner and I, along with our fabulous lunch supervision team of Mrs. Rasnik, Mrs. Waite, and Mr. Lawson, have observed the students at lunch. They are showing respect each day as they pick up their trash and recycle it. They are using quiet conversational voices. Most importantly, they are using excellent manners! Once again, thank you parents for reinforcing these manners at home. You would be so proud of your kids!

Another big change has been our move to “houses” for specials. Our fine arts team of Mrs. Smith, Mr. Chaney, Mr. Conklin and Mr. Schneider report that all is going smoothly with this new plan. I hope your children are excited too!

I look forward to speaking with parents at any time. Please call or email me with any news you might have, or any concerns you have.

Here’s to a great year!

Ann Marie

PTO News

Our next meeting is on Thursday, October 13, from 9:30-11:00. We hope to see you there! In the meantime, you can click here to join our Maple Dale PTO as well click here for the directory information. The deadline for directory submissions is September 7.

The Maple Dale Staff would like to thank our wonderful PTO for providing a delicious dinner on the evening of Curriculum Preview! Thank you!

Student of the Week!

Students of the Week (previously known as Stars of the Week) will be starting Monday, September 12th. We are looking for 4-6 volunteers Mondays from 9:15am-10am and 1 volunteer for the one PM Kindergarten class. We won't be meeting during weeks with a Monday holiday or shortened weeks due to holidays. Younger siblings are welcome to join us.

We need help from volunteers to congratulate and interview the selected students, send them to the main office to meet with Mrs. Ann Marie Reinke or Mrs. Mindy Zellner, give them a Student of the Week spirit stick and help put up the completed interview sheets in the display case. This year we are tying Student of the Week to the PeaceBuilders program the school has recently implemented, so each student will be chosen for a specific reason. Come help us celebrate these deserving students!

If you are able to help volunteer, please contact Jen Phoenix at or you can sign up at:

Parent Communication Forms

Please remember to put the first and last name of the person picking your child up on the Parent Communication Forms that are turned into the office. This helps us ensure the security of our children. This is especially important if someone other than the parent is picking up. For example, grandmother, grandfather, sibling, or some other relative or friend. We do check identification and it helps us match the name on the I.D. with the name on the dismissal form.

Reading Buddy/Mentor Opportunity

Want to be more involved with students at Maple Dale? Join our Reading Buddy Program. We are looking for adults to partner up with a student and become their reading buddy/mentor. We introduced this program last year and had a lot of success. The students look forward to meeting with their buddy to have that one-on-one time.

WHAT WE NEED: Reading Buddy/Mentor - You will be paired with one student (more if you wish) to read and work on school work each week

WHEN: When YOU are free - We will work out a scheduled time based on your availability

HOW OFTEN: 30 minutes each week (per student) throughout the school year

We want to build positive relationships between our buddy and student so consistency is key. Please fill out the following form if you are interested and we will pair you up as soon as we can!

Thanks for your consideration in joining this incredibly beneficial program!

Please click here to sign up for this opportunity!

G.E.A.R.'s Coffee and Conversation with Mr. Henry

Wednesday, Sep. 21st, 9:30-11am

UC Wing of Blue Ash Elementary School

The GEAR (Gifted Education, Advocacy and Resources) program is off to a strong start with Coffee with Mr. Henry. Mr. Henry is the K-2 Gifted Intervention Specialist for all four elementary schools at Sycamore. During the school year, he will observe and challenge your child. Come meet Mr. Henry and learn about his special role he plays in our K-2 classrooms. This program is ideal for ALL parents of kindergarten through 2nd grade students!

Click here for Sycamore GEAR's website and membership information.

Parenting Partners

Tuesday, Oct. 4th, 5:30-7:30pm

9541 Plainfield Road

Cincinnati, OH

Are you interested in building skills to help your child become more successful in school and resist negative influences? Learning more about family literacy activities, how to create a strong home learning environment and positive ways to communicate with teachers and staff in your child’s school? If so, Parenting Partners may be for you!

Parenting Partners workshops bring parents the best practices in youth development. Each week you will gain more manageable, effective parenting skills, including effective discipline. Classes will be taught by Sycamore teachers and parents and will cover several topics:

  • Positive Parenting: Building on Strengths and Practical Tools

  • Creating Confident Kids: Building Grit, Curiosity and Resilience

  • Communication that Works: Listening and Setting Expectations

  • Deflecting Arguments and Setting Boundaries: Avoiding Power Struggles

  • The Discipline Difference: Effective Consequences and Consistency

  • What Kids Need to Succeed: Helping Our Students Maximize School Opportunities

Parenting Partners believes that every parent is a leader and can make a profound contribution in the life of their child. We look forward to working with you and hope you can join us for this interactive and fun class!

Childcare will be available, free of charge, for all participants.

Dinner will be served in the cafeteria at Blue Ash Elementary between 5:00-5:30 p.m.

Parenting Partners will meet, in the University of Cincinnati wing of Blue Ash Elementary School, from 5:30-7:30 p.m.

Our class will meet on a series of four Tuesday nights:

October 4, 2016

October 11, 2016

October 18, 2016

October 25, 2016

Space is limited. We ask that participants commit to attend each of the four classes.

Click HERE to register!

For questions please contact

Monya Jones, Assistant Principal at Blue Ash Elementary,

at 686-1710 ext. 1151

or by email at:

Emily Williams, ESOL Coordinator

at 686-1700 ext. 5022

or by email at:

Sycamore Composts Day!

Creative Compost Challenge! All schools will compete using their creativity, innovation, and overall performance in promoting Sycamore Composts Day on September 22, 2016. The winning school will be announced on Friday, September 30 and be featured by Mr. Forsthoefel in one of his upcoming video announcements to the entire district. Best of luck to all students and staff in celebrating this important day!