Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

September 20, 2019

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


September 27: Professional Development Day - no school!

September 30 - October 4: Vision & Hearing Screening Week

October 11: Fun Run

October 23: All Pro Dad Breakfast

October 24: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 25: All day Conferences - no school!

October 30: Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

October 31: Harvest Parade

School Happenings

Important Message from our Principal!


As we enter the season when temperatures fall, we typically see an increase in head lice among our students. Here is some information for parents about head lice. As always, if lice occurs, we partner with families to assist them in discussing treatment options. We keep this information confidential. Please contact our school nurse, Carolyn Adee if you have any questions or if you want her to check your child for lice.

Information for Parents About Dealing with Head Lice

Maple Dale Warrior Run - 2019!

Get ready to test your skills and strength on Friday October 11. Our kids will be running, climbing, and jumping to raise money for their school. Click this link to find out more information!

Students of the Week (Week of 9/16)

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The art room is looking to collect egg cartons for an upcoming project with our 3rd graders, for their musical performance in November. We will be needing a lot of egg cartons so we are starting the collection process early in order to have enough time to complete our projects. If anyone has any empty egg cartons laying around we would love to use them. I will have a large cardboard box outside of the art room for donations.

-Thanks everyone!

Mr. Conklin

Maple Dale Art

Notes from the Office

Label Your Child's Belongings!

Please remember to label your child’s belongings…most importantly their jackets, lunch boxes, backpacks, and water bottles with his/her first and last name. These items tend to go missing from time to time and even though we encourage responsibility, having these items clearly labeled allows us to return them, when found.

Lost items are placed in the Lost and Found area located by door #8, to the left of the stage. Parents can check the lost and found anytime.


Maple Dale Media Center “Birthday Book” participation Form

Thank you to all the families that have donated to the Birthday Book Club!

The response has been overwhelming and I'm excited to get those new

books in our student's hands! I will be pulling the September Birthdays at the end

of the month to be sure we have enough great books to choose from the carts.

The support of our Special's Team and our programs enrich us all!

Mrs. Smith

Media Specialist

Birthday Book Club Link: https://www.titlewish.com/1092685

Please support the “Birthday Book” program at Maple Dale by allowing your child to donate a new library book in celebration of his or her special day! With your $10-$20 donation, your child or children may select a brand new book during their birthday month (summer birthdays will choose on their ½ birthday) from newly purchased titles. A personalized bookplate will be placed in the book and a picture of your student with their book selection will be posted and sent home. Your child will also be the first to check-out his or her choice! Feel free to email Mrs. Smith, smithni@sycamoreschools.org with any questions.


This is the QR code to go directly to the site:

Tip: Help Your Child w/Separation Anxiety at School.

From Miss Seiler - School Counselor

PTO Corner

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Reserve Your Maple Dale Elementary School Yearbook online!

Yearbooks are now available to preorder! Click here to order now.

How It Works

  1. Your yearbook team captures amazing images throughout the year.
  2. Your yearbook team creates a personalized yearbook for your school.
  3. Your yearbook will be delivered to you later in the year.

Help our school grow!

Shop locally at Pipkin's and they will give our PTO 4% back on your receipt. It's simple....

  1. Shop at Pipkin's.
  2. Don't leave without your receipt.
  3. Bring your receipt to Maple Dale.
  4. Put your receipt in our yellow watering can.
  5. Then watch our school grow!

Kroger Community Rewards

Did you know you can earn money for Maple Dale by shopping at Kroger, at no cost to you? Sign up for Kroger Community Rewards today! Click on the following link for instructions on how to link your card to Maple Dale:



Keep Clipping!! Box Tops has made a transition to an easier way to earn money for Maple Dale, but there are still plenty of paper box tops that are waiting to be clipped. In the meantime, you can download the Box Top App from your App Store, connect to Maple Dale Elementary School, and start scanning away. You only need to scan your receipt. SUPER EASY! Watch this 40-second video to see how the process works. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Hh94b2BvFK4&feature=youtu.be

Thank you for your continued support!

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Sycamore Child Nutrition

Free and Reduced lunch/breakfast applications

The date for the roll-over cut off for free and reduced-price meals benefits is quickly approaching. On September 25th, if you have not filled out a new free and reduced-price meal application your student(s) will lose their benefits. Apply online today: https://sycamore.payschools.com or fill out a paper application and turn it into the office. Contact the Child Nutrition Office with questions - (513) 686-1796.

Please turn it into the school or you can mail to child nutrition office. 5959 Hagewa Drive, cincinnati, OH 45242

Monthly Lunch Menu

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Around Sycamore

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Reporting Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Incidence

In an ongoing effort to provide a safe learning environment, Sycamore is requesting parents, students, and staff to inform administration (or whoever) of any perceived incidences of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Per the Sycamore Board of Education policy JFCF, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are defined as any provoked and intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both:

  1. causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and

  2. is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student.

To view the complete policy, visit www.sycamoreschools.org, under the Board of Education tab, scroll down to “Policies”, search for policy “JFCF”.

Sycamore will do everything possible to address any complaints of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. We encourage students, staff, parents, and community members to report this type of behavior to the district if help is needed to solve a problem.

To report an incident of harassment, intimidation, and bullying,

  1. Go to the website, www.sycamoreschools.org under Academics, General Education, Parent Resources, Anti-Bullying

  2. Scroll down until you see the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Incident Reporting Form for the individual schools.

  3. Fill the form on-line and submit it electronically.

  4. Hard copies of this form are available in each of the schools.

Complete the hard copy of the report form and turn it into the building principal.

The building principal or designee will promptly investigate all reported incidences.

It is difficult to investigate reported incidences that are anonymously submitted. However, every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the reporter. Deliberate false reporting of harassment, intimidation, and bullying is prohibited.

HIB Process/Form Revisions

View New state video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Y0h21zbcl0

  • Education and access to form-parents

  • Data collection and roll up

  • Alignment around consideration of what we determine to be bullying

  • Safety plan in writing for victim

Hazing and Bullying Policy http://z2.ctspublish.com/osba/Z2Browser2.html?showset=sycamore-osba

Review each of the items in the HIB Classroom to ensure compliance:

  1. HIB Info/Timeline

  2. Review of Administrator Responsibilities

  3. HIB Process Chart

  4. Directions and Procedures

  5. Reporting Form

  6. Hazing/Bullying Statement

  7. Survey Language

  8. Website information


Mark your calendars for the 9th Annual Sycamore Junior High Aviator Flight Fest 2k/5k/10k Race on Saturday, October 19, 2019! Please visit our website at www.aviatorflightfest.com to Register for the Race, Sign Up to Volunteer or learn more about Family Sponsorships.

The first 100 people to register for the race will be entered in a raffle to win one of two fun gift cards!


Review the Flight Plan that arrived this week, build your team and load the app for the SJH Scavenger Hunt! All the fun starts on September 27th and will close the week of Flight Fest. Winners will be announced at the Pep Rally on Friday, October 18th!


The online auction is open! Be sure to check in weekly for new items as they are added. Items will continue to be added up to October 9th! The online auction closes on October 19th at 10am. The link to view the auction is below.


Please contact Michelle Ciotola at avesflightfest@gmail.com to learn about business and family sponsorships, volunteer opportunities, or any questions regarding Aviator Flight Fest.

#speakupAVES Mental Health Awareness Month

Sycamore Community Schools has made mental health, fighting its stigma, and advocating for its awareness, a priority among all buildings and within all grade levels. For the entire month of September, we will be engaging students, staff, and families in important conversations through our #speakupAVES campaign.

Unfortunately, mental health issues are a drastically rising problem among adolescents. According to research performed by the Child Mind Institute, one in five teens and adults suffer from mental illness and 20% of children ages 13-18 live with a mental disorder. It impacts people of all ages, demographics, and income levels. That is why Sycamore is committed to caring for the whole child and providing support for students, families, and staff.

#speakupAVES and Warrior Run

Sycamore Community Schools continues to collaborate with 1N5, a local nonprofit organization committed to stopping the stigma and starting the conversation by increasing awareness and education about mental health.

#speakupAVES Month is focused on raising awareness and will culminate with Sycamore High School’s participation in the 1N5 Warrior Run on October 5. As a part of the high school challenge, every dollar raised by the team will be reinvested back into Sycamore High School for mental health, mindfulness, and suicide prevention programming. Click here to sponsor the “Sycamore sAVES” team and select “donate.” You can also join the team by registering to be a part of the race by clicking here and select “join the team.”

School-Based Therapy Services

Meanwhile, Sycamore Schools continue to provide better access to mental health services for students. All seven Sycamore schools are now staffed with school-based therapists for the 2019-2020 school year. Children’s Hospital provides on-site independently licensed therapists at all seven schools at no cost to the district to confidentially serve students with significant mental health challenges.

Medication Management Services

Beginning in September, Cincinnati Children’s Hospital will also begin offering medication management services to families engaged in school-based therapy. These services include the evaluation, prescription, and management of medication for clients. Medication management services are delivered by an Advanced Practice Registered Nurse (APRN). The APRN will be at our District Office at 5959 Hagewa Drive two half-days per month. If parents are interested in engaging with medication management services, parents can schedule appointments directly through their building therapist. To receive these services, students must be active clients of the school-based therapist.

Help Us Start the Conversation, Stop the Stigma

But it doesn’t end with therapy and medication. It’s about providing a safe environment for students so that they can come to school feeling comfortable and ready to learn. District administrators have initiated the process of developing a comprehensive, three-year strategic plan based on feedback from a voluntary survey on mental health. Simply put, mental health awareness is not limited to the month of September in Sycamore Community Schools.

As a superintendent, I am proud of the work our school counselors, teachers, and staff are doing to increase their own awareness while supporting the whole child. As a parent, I am continually reassured by the commitment our educators have to student social and emotional wellness.

So for the month of September, let’s engage in tough and important conversations with one another around mental health. But let’s not let it end there. This is a year-long, lifetime battle, and Sycamore Community Schools is committed every day.

To discuss any of our mental health services available or with questions regarding services, Lisa Zelvy, Pupil Services Supervisor, is available to assist you. She can be reached at (513) 686-1700 or zelvyl@sycamoreschools.org.

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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.