Maple Dale Aviator Newsletter

Friday, August 25, 2017

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) 686-1756

Mark your calendars!

August 28 thru 31- MAP Testing!

August 29 - Curriculum Preview 6:00-7:30 PM

September 4 - Labor Day/School closed

September 12 - PICTURE DAY!

September 28 - Maple Dale Family Math Night 6:00-7:30 PM

September 29 - No school

Sharing our goals for the year: Spotlight on Goal One - PeaceBuilders

Last year we began PeaceBuilders, a wonderful school wide initiative that:

  • Provides a consistent message across our school about behavioral expectations,

  • Builds a sense of resilience and empathy in students,

  • Empowers students and staff to recognize peaceful behaviors at home, at school and in the community.

In year two, our Building Asset Team is working to provide teachers with a year-long curriculum that is different from last year’s curriculum and builds upon the foundations of the program. Led by Mr. Schneider and Mrs Zellner, this team creates lessons for teachers and provides whole school assemblies centered around the principles of the program.

As part of the program, your child can earn a “Peace Note.” Students are recognized for their work in building peace within our school. Please post these notes in a prominent place when they come home!

New Absence/Tardy/Early Dismissal Policy

The Sycamore District has instituted a new attendance policy regarding tardy to school and early dismissal. The guidelines have changed from 90 minutes to 60 minutes. A student arriving at Maple Dale after 9:15 am but before 10:15 am will be considered tardy. A student leaving after 2:45 pm will be given early dismissal. Please refer to the 2017-2018 Student Parent Handbook for complete attendance guidelines and expectations.

School Safety

Maple Dale families,

Safety at Maple Dale is of the utmost importance to us. As required by the state (HB 178) we will conduct school safety drills throughout the year. We are required to simulate at least 1 full scale evacuation drill, such as an active threat in the building. We will be evacuating the entire building on these dates and practicing the full scale evacuation with police and fire presence. Other drills may be simulations with discussion, or practice lock-downs. We partner with the Blue Ash Police Department, at times, who walk our building from time to time. We will still conduct monthly fire and/or tornado drills in accordance with the house bill requirements.

It is always our intent to make sure we are as prepared as possible for a crisis to occur and keep our students safe. We appreciate your assistance in talking with your child about the importance of these drills and how critical they are to practice the drills. Should you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Mrs. Reinke or Mrs. Zellner.

Save the Date: Family Math Night

On Thursday evening, September 28, 2017, from 6:00 –7:30 pm, Maple Dale Elementary will hold an exciting event called Family Math Night! Students, parents, siblings, and other relatives are invited to attend a fun-filled evening of mathematical pleasure. More information to follow.

Picture Day - UPDATE!!

Please take note:

Picture day is SEPTEMBER 12. The school calendars that were mailed out to families, are wrong, please make the change on your calendar.

Bessie Coleman

The Maverick House is named for a famous aviator, Bessie Coleman. Bessie was someone who demonstrated great perseverance. She followed her dreams and through hard work and dedication she became the first civilian licensed African-American pilot in the world.

Some fun facts:

  • Bessie was born in Atlanta, Texas in 1892. She was the tenth of thirteen children and her parents were sharecroppers.

  • Bessie attended a one room school.

  • In 1915, at the age of 23, Bessie moved to Chicago to live with her older brothers, who had both served in France during World War I.

  • Her brother John one day said, “I know something that French women do that you’ll never do---Fly!”

  • Because of this comment, Bessie decided to become a pilot. She had to learn French first so that she could go to flight school in France.

  • When Bessie returned to the United States, she knew she needed publicity to attract paying audiences. Her first appearance was an air show on September 3, 1922 at Curtiss Field near New York. In a plane borrowed from Glenn Curtiss, she was checked out in the Jenny in front of the crowd. More shows followed in Memphis and Chicago, and then in Texas in June 1925.

  • Bessie used her profits from flying to start an aviation school in the United States.

  • On a test flight in 1926, she and her mechanic took a plane up for a test flight. Tragically, the plane malfunctioned and the mechanic lost control. Bessie fell from the cockpit and died.

  • Only after her death did Bessie Coleman receive the attention she deserved. Her dream of a flying school for African Americans became a reality when William J. Powell established the Bessie Coleman Aero Club in Los Angeles in 1929. As a result of being affiliated, educated or inspired directly or indirectly by the aero club, flyers like the Five Blackbirds, the Flying Hobos, The Tuskeegee Airmen and others continued to make Bessie’s dream a reality.

GEAR 2017 Welcome Back Picnic

Please invite other families that would be interested to come to this event! You do not have to be a member to attend. It is a great time to interact with other Sycamore families and for the children to have a good time!

(See invitation below.)

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Aves Hanger - Upcoming Shopping Hours

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Signup Now and Kroger Will Donate to Maple Dale When You Shop

Thanks to their Community Rewards Program, Kroger will make a contribution to Maple Dale Elementary every time you use your Kroger Card if you let them know.

The process is easy, takes less than five minutes to set up, and must be renewed each April. The instructions ( are on our website.

Before-School Language Program!

The before-school morning Language Program is back again this year at Maple Dale for students in grades K-4.

Multiple levels of Spanish and Chinese Mandarin will be offered for a 20-week session beginning the week of October 1st and running till Spring Break, end of March. A packet with more details will be sent home on Tuesday, September 5th.

Registration is due September 18th. Please contact Berna Akalin ( for more info.

FALL 2017 Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops

Sycamore Positive Parenting 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 including:

  • 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

The Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops believe 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!


Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Sept. 26 - Oct. 24, 2017


Blue Ash Elementary School- University of Cincinnati Wing


Any Sycamore family parent or guardian.


Free! Childcare is also available at NO additional cost.



Workshops are offered in English y en Español!

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Thank you for your interest in Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops!

We are excited to have you join us!

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.