MGP Family Newsletter

April 2022

Spring Break Next Week!

MGP Families,

As we approach our spring break, we wanted to take a moment to thank our families for your collaboration with us this year! Many of our families attended spring conferences last week to partner with our teachers on your child's educational journey! Whether you joined by zoom, over the phone, or in person, thank you for prioritizing this conversation!

As we look ahead to spring, we're excited to invite you to a couple of school-wide events on campus! Please read the details about "Be a Wildcat Night," on April 28th and our PTA's Spring Luau on May 20th. We are so excited to be able to have our families on campus again in a more normal way! We hope you'll join us!

We want to wish you and your family a fun and safe spring break. Whether you're having a "staycation," or travelling, we hope you enjoy your time together with friends and family. Have a GREAT week, everyone!

Andrea Sperry, Principal

Be a Wildcat Night!

MGP teachers and staff want to invite you to our first annual, "Be a Wildcat Night!' on Thursday, April 28! Families and students are welcome to come to school, visit classrooms, visit specialist classrooms, and enjoy a hot dog dinner at no cost!

Each teacher will host 3, identical sessions in his/her classroom. Grade level teams have chosen a content area to highlight for you (ELA, math, science, SEL). If you have more than one child attending MGP, this schedule allows you to visit multiple classrooms. There will be a short presentation in each session, followed by some hands-on learning together! There may even be some "make and take" learning tools that go home with you!

Our specialists (art, library, health/PE) will also host 3 identical sessions!

If your student is in one of our intervention programs, be looking for a special email invitation to visit those classrooms as well!

We hope this format allows some flexibility for our families to attend! We can't wait to welcome you back into the building to see what your child has been learning!

*Be looking for an email from your child's teacher to sign up for your sessions!

Please see a schedule for the evening below.

5:00-6:00 Hot Dog dinner in our cafeteria

5:30-5:55 Session 1

5:55-6:00 Transition to new session

6:00-6:25 Session 2

6:25-6:30 Transition to new session

6:30-6:55 Session 3

7:00 Event Ends

MGP Book Fair Information: Save the Date


MAY 9 - MAY 13

SBA Testing Information

3rd and 4th graders will be taking the Smarter Balance Assessment later in April. Dates for this assessment are listed below. We ask that you limit scheduling appointments or travel during this time so that each student has the best opportunity to do his/her best on the assessment.

3rd Grade Testing Dates

English Language Arts (ELA): April 26, 28, and 29

Math: May 3 and 5

4th Grade Testing Dates

English Language Arts (ELA): May 19 and 20

Math: May 24 and 26

We want every child to do his/her best on this assessment. Students and teachers have been working hard all year to prepare. Our teachers do a great job encouraging students to do their best while being cognizant of individual stress/anxiety around testing.

Talking with your child about getting a good night's sleep, eating a healthy breakfast, and trying their best will be a great way to support them from home.

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher or to Mr. Ziegler, our testing coordinator.

PTA News

The next general meeting for our MGP PTA will be on Thursday, April 21th at 7:00 PM.

PTA volunteers will be discussing Teacher Appreciation Week as well as our Spring Luau, planned for May 20th from 6:00-8:00 PM.

Zoom link to attend.

2nd Grade News

Children learned about a variety of shapes, such as triangles, quadrilaterals, and trapezoids. Then they used these shapes to find the area of the interior region of a two-dimensional shape.

From our Music Class

Music class is busy this spring! Thanks to our amazing PTA, we now have a FULL CLASS SET of ukuleles! 4th graders began just this past week, soon to be followed by 3rd grade later on this spring. Here are some clips from 4th grade classes practicing for the first time: 4th graders ukulele

3rd grade is building ensemble skills by singing in parts, in rounds, and playing a piece using xylophones, drums, triangles and a Latin scraping instrument called the guiro. Kindergarten, 1st and 2nd grade are busy learning the building blocks of music (beat/rhythm, ta/titi and so/mi respectively) as they continue to build their repertoire of songs, games and movement skills.

We are so pleased to have Choir back at Maple Grove! Wildcat Choir begins on April 13, and meets Wednesdays during lunch. We will perform at the Luau on May 20, and another time towards the end of the school year TBD. Please click here for more information and here to register your child.
4th grade ukulele

A Message From the Art Room

Our 4th grade Batik projects are finally wrapping up! 4th grade artists have been hard at work for months on a multi-step process called Batik. They have planned, glued, painted, washed to create original fabrics, and then pinned their sewing patterns, and many have even hand sewed their project or worked on the sewing machine with me.

Check out some of these amazing bags, pillows, and banners!

Calling all Spring Cleaners!

Are you and your family finding things you don’t need anymore? Help out our earth and the Art Room!

To celebrate Earth Day at the end of April, all grade levels will be doing a recycled art project. Recycled arts use a variety of materials might be thrown away to make beautiful art instead! If you have any of these things about to get thrown away, donate them to Art Room instead!

Some of the supplies/materials we could use:

All donations must be family approved. Please do not bring materials with food waste on it!

  • Cardboard boxes in cool shapes and sizes

  • Flat pieces of cardboard in all thicknesses

  • Blank, scratched, or old cds and dvds

  • Old plastic containers with lids

  • Colored or patterned paper scraps

  • Bits of backing foam or bubble wrap

  • Nuts, bolts, screws

  • Leftover wire or springs

  • Fabric scraps and yarn bits

  • Puzzle pieces, game pieces, small trinkets or that random barbie shoe

  • Feathers, stones, shells, and sticks

  • Old calendars or magazines

  • Googly eyes, popsicle sticks, pompoms

  • Other odds and ends

I will be collecting donations until Earth Day! Please bring your donations to the Recycled Arts Donation Station by the art room, and write your name on our list of donors to get credit for saving the planet and helping MG Arts!

Art On!

Kindergarten enrollment in Battle Ground schools is open now!

Calling next year's kindergartners!

Online enrollment is open for 2022-23 kindergartners (can you believe the Class of 2035 is already starting school?). Any child who will be five years old by Aug. 31, 2022 is eligible to enter kindergarten in the fall. To enroll, parents will need proof of their child's birth date (such as a birth certificate) and a signed and completed Washington state Certificate of Immunization Status form. Please note that the State of Washington requires that immunization records be medically verified.

Have your documents ready and enroll online now so that you and your child can attend kindergarten orientation in the spring.

Enroll online at

Now enrolling the Class of 2035!

Upcoming Events

Spring Break: April 4-8

Be a Wildcat Night: April 28

PTA Spring Event: Luau May 20

MGP 22-23 Kindergarten Orientation: May 25 from 5:00-6:00 PM