Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

October 26, 2018

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) 686-1726


October 31: Harvest Parade

November 1: Evening Conferences

November 1: Murphy the Therapy Dog Visits Maple Dale

November 7: Picture Re-take Day

November 9: Veteran's Day Celebration

November 14: All Pro Day Breakfast

November 15: Murphy the Therapy Dog Visits Maple Dale

November 15: 3rd Grade Performance

November 21-23: NO SCHOOL - Thanksgiving Break

School Happenings

You are Invited! Maple Dale Harvest Parade

Parents and Grandparents, Please join us next Wednesday, October 31st for the Harvest Parade. The parade will commence at 2:30, with the route stretching around the entire exterior of our school. Guests should feel free to take a viewing spot along the route. We will make two complete “loops” so that everyone can see their student twice, beginning on the playground, around the front sidewalk of the school, around the back of the school and around again. Look for the Maple Dale staff’s costumes honoring their favorite characters from books!

As parking is always an issue, consider parking at the Presbyterian Church on ZigZag and make the short walk to Maple Dale. Or, the field in front of the District Offices will be open for you to park on. Once the parade is over, parents may choose to take students home. Please make sure you sign them out in the office as you leave.

In the case of inclement weather, the parade will take place inside the gym.

We can’t wait to see the kids and their costumes!

Lost & Found


We have a good amount of items in our lost and found. Please have a look through the items during conferences, at which time, if things are still left in the lost and found, they will be donated to Matthew 25.

We recommend you put your student's name on the following items to avoid them being put in the lost and found:

  • coats

  • shoes

  • water bottles

  • lunch boxes

  • anything of importance or value

We try really hard to return items back to their owners, however, a name on the item would make it so much easier.

Thank you for your cooperation.

Help Wanted:

We are looking for a chair for Family Fun Night! Responsibilities would include choosing and securing a venue (in the past we have used Castle Skateland) and organizing the event. There is already a group of volunteers ready to help out! Contact PTO Board Co-VP of Programs Jennifer Phoenix at jenford02@yahoo.com if you are interested or have any questions!

Glow Run Success - Thank you!!

On behalf of the Maple Dale PTO Board, we want to thank all of our students, families, faculty and friends for supporting our Second Annual Maple Dale Glow Run on Friday! With your help, we raised over $27,000, a new record! We want to extend an extra thank you to Joe Fieler, the chair of the Glow Run this year, to Becky Gohr, our PTO Board Treasurer who worked countless hours handling the donations, to our dedicated and enthusiastic Fine Arts Team of Mr. Schneider, Mrs. Smith, Mr. Conklin, and Mr. Chaney, and to all of the volunteers who helped count money, set-up and clean-up for the run, and who made the day of the Glow Run such a success! We couldn't have done it without you!

My Energy Kit Challenge has started!

Our school is taking the My Energy Kit Challenge and has a goal to save at least 20,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. That’s like taking 40 cars off the road for a whole year! We’ll reach this goal when at least 100 families sign up for a FREE Energy Kit from Duke Energy and use it to make their homes energy efficient. These FREE kits contain items like LED bulbs, faucet aerators and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. When we meet the challenge, our school will automatically win $250. Let’s get a head-start! You can take the My Energy Kit Challenge and sign up for your FREE kit now at MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548.

Have you already received a My Energy Kit? Do you still want to help your school receive free money? Great! Even if you have requested and received a kit before, you can request again and your request will count towards your schools goal of 100 energy efficiency kits. If they get to 100 kits they receive 250 dollars! So help your school out and request your kit today, even if you have already received one.

Veteran's Day Celebration

Thank You to the men and women that have served and currently serving our country. We wish to extend a special invitation to the veterans who are family members of our students. If you are a veteran, or are currently in the service, fill out this survey by October 31st. For the families and friends of other veterans that you wish to honor, please be prepared to share a copy of a photo or drawing of that veteran and send it with your child on the assigned paper that will be sent home.

Flight Fest Success!

Thank you to our families who made it out to the J.H. Flight Fest this year. It was great weather with lots of excitement in the air. Food and festivities afterwards made it a HUGE success!

Dance For Kindness - November 11th

IT'S TIME TO DANCE! Please join us as we dance with people from all over the world in celebration of World Kindness Day!

Here's the information:

1. The dance is free but if you would like to register online it is a $5 donation. A portion goes to our local St. Joseph's Orphanage and the rest of the $5 will go to LifeVest Inside which is a nonprofit organization promoting kindness worldwide through education.

Please register one of two ways: online or emailing me

Registrations online please click the link below.


email me nicholsj@sycamoreschools.org

2. Please wear ORANGE to our event. You can order this year's shirts from Deanna ReGruth. The link to order is Dance for Kindness

3. The dance will be at Summit Park on the stage in front of the tower.

4. Practice for the dance is from 1-1:30 pm with Julie Swart and The Queen City Dance Academy

5. The dance will go live at 1:30 pm.

6. We will conclude no later than 2 pm.

Even if you are not a dancer PLEASE come with your family and celebrate kindness with us on World Kindness Day.

We ALWAYS need flag wavers!

Let's start dancing... code #DFK2018

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Like Us on Facebook!

Parents, please click here to take you to our Maple Dale Facebook page and "like" it! We will utilize FB more often to share community events, such as Junior High's Aviator Flightfest 5K, as well as to share pictures and news of Maple Dale happenings. So please "like" us on Facebook!

Green Team Tip of the Week

Green Team Tip of the Week: This week, Maple Dale students learned the why, what and how of composting and recycling at the sorting table in the lunchroom. This Sycamore Community Schools green initiative diverts 400 bags of trash from the landfill EACH WEEK. If you would like to learn more, here is a short video about the sorting tables and their district-wide impact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcGoXc85GUE

Mind Stretch Tutoring

Recently, Academic Tutor Jan Filitti began offering her services to students at Maple Dale. Her private tutoring sessions use the Orton Gillingham method to increase skills in reading decoding and comprehension using a multisensory approach. Jan also specializes in spelling, phonics, writing and math skills at grades 2 and 3.

Jan is willing to meet your child at Maple Dale before or after school for sessions. Her contact information is: 828-333-3973 or jantutors@gmail.com or www.MindStretchTutoring.com



Please join us November 2nd for Blue Ash Elementary's Haunted Festival, our annual family-friendly night of fun for the entire community. There will be food, games, baked goods, prizes, class baskets, Bid 'n Buy, Blue Ash Bashes, and much more. Come in your favorite family-appropriate (non-spooky) costume. Haunted Fest is Blue Ash Elementary PTO's biggest fundraiser of the year. We are so excited to have you join us! Invite your friends! The flyer and all details can be found online at: https://tinyurl.com/HauntedFest2018

Need some volunteer hours…Volunteer for the Blue Ash Elementary Haunted Festival! This is a fun volunteer opportunity for everyone 5th grade and above. There are 3 shifts 1st Shift 4:50-6:30pm, 2nd Shift 6:20-8:00pm, and 3rd Shift/Clean Up 7:50-9:30pm (games volunteers will be done by 9:10). Volunteers may choose the shift and assignment. We can provide a certificate for all hours worked. Find additional information and sign up at: https://tinyurl.com/HFvol18

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2018 Ohio Kentucky Indiana Children's Literature Conference

#ReadLocal - Discovering Treasures in Your Own Backyard

Saturday, November 3rd, 2018

8 a.m. - 4 p.m.

Thomas More College - Crestview Hills, KY

For more information, check out their website:


University of Findley's Mazza Museum Conference

2018 Two-day Weekend Conference

Mazza’s Weekend Conference is a two-day conference where teachers, librarians, and book lovers delight in educational and engaging presentations from some of the top authors and illustrators in the picture book industry.

Friday and Saturday, November 9 and 10, 2018

Mazza Museum is located in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavillion

Welcome to our keynote speakers Phil Bildner, David Carter, Lauren Castillo, Scott Magoon, Ethan Long and Jane Yolen.

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.