Maple Elementary School

January Newsletter

January 10, 2020

Dear Maple Families,

Happy New Year! We were excited to see the smiling faces of students return to school. It has been a successful week as we created and shared goals and dreams for the new year.

The second semester kicked off on Monday. We have activities to promote learning, growth, and fun for students, staff, and families in the months ahead. There is no school on Friday, January 17th, due to teacher meetings or Monday, January 20th, in celebration of Martin Luther King Junior Day.

In January, we look forward to:

  • After school movie nights
  • Class picture day
  • 6th Grade Band Concert
  • Book Drive to support the community
  • January Leadership Hour and Assembly

This week we started reviewing PBIS expectations for school areas with some creative activities including Jeopardy, cooperative learning activities, and student-created posters to display cafeteria expectations.

This month we are also continuing golden spoons to support meeting cafeteria expectations. Students will have a focus each week to earn a daily golden spoon for their class. Once the class earns ten spoons they will receive a VIP lunch on the stage. In addition, students continue to earn Tribe Tickets, allowing them to make purchases from the Winter Tribe Ticket Menus.

Winter NWEA MAP will wrap up within the next two weeks. Here is a link to a parent toolkit with valuable information about this assessment.

We look forward to accomplishing goals as learners, school citizens, and friends in the new year. Our school goals include 96% attendance or better for each student every month, reading 20 minutes a day at least 5 times a week, and promoting positive behavior in all areas of the school. We will check in on these goals throughout the month and celebrate our growth at our next assembly on January 31st at 2:30 PM in the gym. We would love to have you join us!


Dr. Rena Hawkins, Principal

Dr. Eric Carlin, Assistant Principal

Important Upcoming Dates

Jan. 13-15: MES Movie/Activity Night 4:00-5:45 PM;Monday-K-2nd Grades; Tuesday-3rd-4th Grades; Wednesday-5th-6th Grades

Jan. 14: 6th Grade Band Concert at 6:30 PM at Smithville Performing Arts Center

Jan. 15: Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes

Jan. 16: PTO Label Pick Up

Jan. 17: Teachers’ Meetings, No School

Jan. 20: M. L. King, Jr. Holiday, No School

Jan. 22: Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes

Jan. 22: Class Picture Day

Jan. 22: Spread a Little Joy Day (Wear a color of hope to support a loved one who has battled cancer. $1 donation is optional.)

Jan. 27-Jan. 31: Reach Out and Read KC’s Hooked on Books Student Book Drive

Jan. 29: Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes

Jan. 31: MES Leadership Hour at 1:15-2:15 PM & Assembly at 2:30 PM

Feb. 3-7: National School Counseling Week

Feb. 3: Maple PTO meeting at 6:00 PM in the Library

Feb. 5: Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes

Technology and Innovation News with Mrs. Freeman

Students of all ages celebrated Computer Science Education Week in December by taking part in plugged and unplugged activities.

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Attention First Grade Families -

**If you received a new pair of shoes over the holidays, please save the box! We will need these for our upcoming animal project. You can send it in with your child’s name. Thanks!**

As we have welcomed students back into the Innovation Lab this week we have worked on our team building, collaboration and communication skills.

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These skills will serve us well as we begin new build projects for the quarter.

The Digital Citizenship Lego board was designed by Lily Baird, Rayna Williams, and Emily Hooper.

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Art with Mrs. Haddock

6th Grade: We began clay this week! Students are required to create a piece of FUNCTIONAL art. This is more challenging than they first thought.

5th Grade: Students are drawing with the right side of their brain. We drew a stool 4 different ways, and tried duplicating a drawing upside down. There are many exercises to experiment with that you can try at home. I will be extending an Faces/ vases challenge to them.

4th Grade: In Fourth Grade students start to become so critical of their own drawing and frustrated at their perceived lack of success. We are focusing on drawing faces with realistic proportion. They will practice facial features and draw them realistically and creatively this quarter.

3rd Grade: Students will create artwork focusing on shapes and forms. They will sculpt, draw, print, and embellish shapes and forms in many different ways.

2nd Grade: Students will use texture in art. The will collage with texture as well as add it to their clay piece.

1st Grade: Students will use primary colors, learn about art from Asia, and create clay animals to accompany their classroom and Technology and Innovation research. They will have so much work ahead of them.

Kindergarten: We will be painting! Lots and lots of painting! We will use liquid tempera, watercolors, and tempera cakes. We will be washing paintbrushes and working on the technique of holding the paintbrush.

Maple Library Happenings with Mrs. Kathcart

Happy 2020!

We will have our annual “Hooked on Books” donation drive beginning on January 27 and lasting through the 31st. If you need to clean out some of your child’s book shelves at home, please consider donating those gently used books to a good cause. Our donations will go to KC area programs where students are in need of books. A donation box will be situated outside the library door. The donation drive is for children’s books with interest levels for all ages and new or gently used books will be appreciated.

In this first week back from our holiday vacation, we have learned a great deal about Bald Eagles. Each year, as we have these magnificent birds migrate into our area, we have the community program called “Eagle Days.” We used the database “PebbleGo” to research facts about our winter visitors. Students have been fascinated to learn about these wild animals which we can see in our own neighborhoods and local parks.

Keep your eyes to the sky and ask your student about the Bald Eagles you observe. Happy reading!

Music with Mrs. Hill

Before the Holiday break our Kindergarteners performed 4 holiday songs at the Golden Living Nursing home here in town. The residents loved it and our students had a blast performing their songs!

Our first and second graders have been learning how to identify and sing Solfege symbols Do, Mi, Sol and La. Make sure to ask them about their favorite game SolLaMi! This week second graders will start rehearsing for their musical with the third graders. Letters will be sent home soon regarding this performance.

Since returning from break our third graders have been learning about dynamics in music. Their favorite dynamic to perform is Forte or Fortississimo which are loud and VERY loud. Our fourth graders have picked up where they left off with recorders and are playing their little hearts out to some of their favorite songs from last year such as "Ba Ba Oo La La".

Our fifth graders have started their Ukulele unit so, if your kids are coming home complaining about their fingers hurting that is why. The sixth graders are finishing up two of their pieces for their performance in February and are starting a third piece that is the most difficult of them all. They are constantly surprising me though with what they are able to accomplish and I have great faith in their ability to perfect all three pieces by their performance!

Upcoming music dates:

  • Maple Marvels choir will resume on Monday, February 17th at 7:50 a.m.
  • Thursday, February 20th from 6:00-6:30 p.m. in the Maple Cafeteria team three 6th graders will have their bucket drumming informance.
  • Tuesday, February 25th from 7:00-7:30 p.m. at the PAC the 2nd and 3rd grade will be performing their musical "It's A Hit!"

Innovation Learning

Innovation Learning is Smithville School District’s resident before and after school program. At Innovation Learning we believe in giving children access to quality learning and fun outside the classroom. We focus on STEAM(Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math) learning, exercising through play, and social emotional learning.

So far this month we have been learning how to be engineers! We have designed and created a lot of interesting technology, like devices to help people live on the moon and a shelf for an elf! During our SWITCH time, we have started to use the Choose Love Enrichment curriculum to teach kids that courage+gratitude+forgiveness+compassion=choosing love.

In January, there are two no school days coming up. Did you know that Innovation Learning will be open? We will have our Vacation Day programming on Friday January 17th, and Monday January 20th. These days are going to be filled with fun activities and opportunities to learn and are available for any Maple student, so you do not want to miss out! Even if you are not signed up for our program yet, you can still take advantage of this opportunity! Just sign up online at or call Andi Gilbertson at 816-532-5949 for more information. We hope to see you there!

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