Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

August 16, 2019

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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


August 21: All Pro Dad 8 a.m. - 9 a.m.

August 22: Welcome Back Coffee/PTO Meeting 9:30 a.m. - 11 a.m.

August 27: Curriculum Preview 6 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

August 27: Preschool Curriculum Preview 6 p.m. - 7 p.m.

School Happenings

School Hours

Grades 1–4 and full-day Kindergarten: 9:15 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.

AM kindergarten: 9:15 a.m. – 12:10 p.m.

PM kindergarten: 12:50 p.m. – 3:45 p.m.

AM Preschool session 9:15 - 11:45

PM Preschool session 1:15 - 3:45

*Preschool students are not in session on Fridays.

Grandfriends' Day Information - September 6, 2019

Click this link to RSVP and get more information about the day.

*Do not drop off students before 9:05 a.m. as there is no supervision before that time.

Transportation/Dismissal Plan Changes

We understand dismissal plans sometimes change. If this should occur, please complete a Parent Communication Form and email (lakek@sycamoreschools.org) or fax it to our front office by 3:00 pm. Our fax # 513-792-6112. The end of the day gets very busy for our office staff and we want to make sure that your children get where they need to be safely.

If your child is riding the bus home with another student, a parent communication form MUST be completed. Please do not send in a handwritten note, our bus drivers WILL NOT accept them. Extra Parent Communication Forms can be found on the district website, under “Transportation”, then “Forms”, or can be picked up at the front counter in our office.

*Do not email the teacher with transportation changes as they may not have an opportunity to check their email prior to the dismissal of students.

Thank you for helping us keep your child safe.

Girls on the Run Program Registration - Maple Dale Elementary

What is Girls on the Run?

Meeting twice a week in small teams, Girls on the Run teaches life skills through dynamic, interactive lessons and running games. The curriculum is taught by certified Girls on the Run coaches and includes three parts: understanding themselves, valuing relationships and teamwork, and understanding how girls connect with and shape the world at large.

This is not a running club or competitive. Girls on the Run is a physical activity, positive youth development program.

To register or for more information click on the link below.

Reunification Plan - ICE

Dear Sycamore Families,

Sycamore Community Schools takes the safety and security of our staff and students very seriously. As part of an Ohio Revised Code requirement, the District is required to inform students and parents/guardians before the first day of school each year of our emergency parental notification protocols.

In the event of an emergency where an evacuation of the school building is necessary, students will be transported to safety at Sycamore Community Schools’ reunification site:

Blue Ash Recreation Center 4433 Cooper Rd. Blue Ash, OH 45242

Please watch this short video for important information on our reunification plan.

In the event of an evacuation, families should report to this location to pick up their student(s). A Reunification Information Document will be used in an event of an emergency where a reunification process is required. This document will be made available at the Blue Ash Rec Center to assist us in releasing your child to you.

In any emergency, we will disseminate information through our mass notification system, which includes phone calls, emails, mobile app alerts, as well as the district website and social media. Additionally, we will continue to provide updates through the above avenues as needed.

We are asking parents to verify their emergency contact information is up to date in Final Forms in order to be contacted in case of emergency. If you make any changes to your contact information in Final Forms, please confirm that the changes have been received by your child’s school by calling the front office.

PTO Corner

All Pro Dad Breakfast - 8/21

You are invited to the Maple Dale Elementary All Pro Dads breakfast on Wednesday August 21st from 8-9am in the school cafeteria. This free monthly breakfast is sponsored by fathers, Chick-fil-A, and the PTO.

Mr. Redlegs from the Reds will be our special guest on 8/21!

The meeting theme is leadership. Being a leader means seeing something that needs to be done and bringing people together to do it. A leader serves, gives directions, and inspires others to reach a goal. As an All Pro Dad you are a leader. The example of leadership you display is invaluable for teaching your children how to be a leader.

If attending please RSVP by noon on Monday August 19th via the link below so the correct amount of food is ordered.


Reminders- please do not walk your child to their classroom, please park down at the district offices to free parking spaces for staff members, and please be aware that a school delay or closure cancels the breakfast.

How would you like to be a Homeroom Parent?

Welcome back to school parents! At the beginning of the year, we look for volunteers to be Homeroom Parents for the classroom. We are looking for 2 homeroom parents for each class in K through 3rd grade. This is a very fun way to volunteer in the classroom. Some of the things a Homeroom Parent may help with are listed below. If you are interested, please see the registration form below !

  • Homeroom parents assist the classroom teacher when asked, with field trips, parties, and planned events. **Most common**

  • Homeroom parents serve as a contact between the Maple Dale PTO, the teacher, and the classroom parents.

  • Homeroom parents attempt to contact every family in the class regarding their opportunity to participate as a volunteer for the planned class events & other Maple Dale functions.

Registration Form: https://forms.gle/khVw6YFX3TayPYxX7

Let Amanda Brauch know if you have any questions at brauch.amanda@gmail.com. Thank you for considering becoming a Homeroom Parent this year!

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

Children need healthy meals to learn. Sycamore Community Schools offers healthy meals every school day and some students may qualify for free or reduced-price meals. Sycamore Child Nutrition now offers parents the opportunity to complete a Free and Reduced-Price Family Meal Application online! By applying online you will get an immediate response as to how your family qualifies for meal benefits. Reminder, you must reapply every school year to see if you qualify for a meal benefit. To avoid disruption in your meal benefits from a previous school year, you must apply within the first 30 days of the new school year. You may apply at any point during the school year.

Go to http://www.sycamoreschools.org/Page/2292 and complete each prompt to successfully apply today.

Breakfast is offered at EVERY Sycamore school building!

WHEN? Daily for 15 minutes before the first school bell rings.

HOW MUCH? For ONLY $1.50, you can get an entrée, side and milk!

Receive free or reduced price meals at lunch? Did you know that by qualifying at lunch, you also qualify at breakfast! Reduced breakfast costs only $0.30!

Our point-of-sale system offers convenience for our families expedites our sales process and minimizes daily handling of money. You may set up your child’s account online using Parent Portal.

Ohio Department of Education regulations state that a National School Lunch Program is only permitted to provide meal substitutions to students with a life-threatening food allergy and/or an illness covered by the American's with Disabilities Act. Therefore, the Sycamore Department of Child Nutrition has revised the food allergy procedure accordingly. If you have not completed the Food Allergy Notification and Medication Order Form, you can access it through the district website. Child Nutrition staff will not be able to provide meal substitutions without this documentation.

NEW: The menu will be updated every 5 weeks and is posted on the sycamoreschools.org website. Once on the site, click on “Services”, then “Child Nutrition”. Paper hard copies of menus will not be distributed, however we will include all updates to the menu in our SMORE.

Meal Prices


Elementary Breakfast $1.50

Edwin H. Greene Breakfast $1.50

Secondary Breakfast $1.75

High School – Smoothie Breakfast $2.00

Reduced – Price Breakfast $.30


Elementary & Edwin H. Greene Lunch $2.75

Edwin H. Greene Super Lunch $3.00

Secondary Lunch $3.00

Secondary “Deluxe Lunch” $3.50

High School – Aviator Special $4.00

Reduced – Price Lunch $ .40

Milk $.50

Monthly Lunch Menu

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Around Sycamore

Sycamore Community Schools Mobile App will keep you up to date!

If you have not done so already, we recommend that you download the district app.

The app features:

  • The latest district and school news

  • Push notifications about breaking news, closures, weather, events, and more

  • Easy access to lunch menus and calendars

  • School and staff directory

  • Parent log-in to access grades, fees, attendance, and bus information

The app is FREE and available for download today! Visit www.goav.es/sycamoremobileapp for more information.

"Having trouble logging into the app? Please reset your Parent Portal password online. You will need to wait 24 hours for the system to refresh before trying to log back into the app."

Sycamore Bridges Information

Sycamore Community Schools has launched a new effort to connects people who need help with those who can pitch in.

The district has connected with Neighborhood Bridges to start Sycamore Bridges, which will bridge the gap between students and families in need and local advocates and donors.

“Our community has a history of being incredibly generous,” said Karen Naber, Assistant Superintendent. “Sycamore Bridges will be a fantastic way to spread kindness, linking those in need with those who want to help.”

Counselors, teachers, administrators, and clergy who learn about needs can post them on the Sycamore Bridges website. Requests can be for anything from financial assistance to clothing, food, and furniture needs. Those who want to help can sign up to fill the needs. It's all anonymous and helping is as simple as clicking a button.

Donors can drop off items at the Blue Ash Fire Station 13 on Kenwood Road or the Montgomery Fire Station on Montgomery Road.

“We want to remove barriers so kids can come to school every day ready to learn,” said Lori Drasnin, Sycamore Bridges Director.

Anyone can sign up to be a donor. Click here to learn more information. Be sure to follow Sycamore Bridges on Facebook and Twitter.

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In The Community

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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.