Maple Dale Aviator News!

Friday, November 4, 2016

Mark Your Calendars!

November 8th - In-School Election Day! (The school election will not include the presidential candidates.)

November 9th - Picture Re-take Day

November 9th-10th - 3rd Grade State Reading Tests

November 10th - Evening PTO Meeting from 7:00-8:30 pm in Maple Dale Cafeteria

November 11th - Veterans Day Assembly

November 16th - Board of Education Meeting at EH Greene at 7:00 p.m.

November 17th - 3rd Grade Performance at 7:00 p.m.

November 23rd-25th - Thanksgiving Break/No school!

Notes from the Nurse

The nurse's office stock of clothes is running low and will gladly accept donations of lightly used items. We are especially in need of boys' and girls' pants in sizes 6-8, preferably with an elastic waist, as well as long sleeve shirts. Donations of lightly used or new kids' shoes, socks, underwear, and/or coats will also be much appreciated!

Pokemon Cards

With the recent rise (again) in the popularity of Pokemon cards, we have unfortunately had problems around students bringing Pokemon cards to school. Pokemon cards are beginning to interfere with learning time and taking up teacher time as they try to sort out issues involving these cards. Therefore, we kindly request that Pokemon cards no longer be brought to school. Thank you for your support in this matter.

Strike Up the Band for Hunger!

Saturday, Nov. 5th, 6-6:30pm

7670 Cornell Road

Cincinnati, OH

The Sycamore High School Marching Band would like to invite you to their 2nd Annual “Strike Up The Band For Hunger” event! The Band has teamed up with Operation Give Back to help fight hunger in the Sycamore School District. Come see the SHS Marching Band perform their award winning 2016 show, “Vortex”, while helping fight hunger in the Sycamore School District. Admission to this event is a donation of two non-perishable food items. (No donation required for elementary students and younger.) This event will take place on Saturday, November 5th from 6:00pm-6:30pm at the Sycamore High School Soccer Stadium located at 7400 Cornell Road. In case of rain, the event will take place in the Sycamore High School Main Gym. (This event was originally scheduled for 11/4 but has been rescheduled due to the high probability of Sycamore making football playoffs.)

PTO Meeting with Dr. Edward Amend

Maple Dale is excited to host Dr. Edward Amend as a speaker for our evening PTO meeting which will take place on Thursday, November 10, from 7:00-8:30 pm in the Maple Dale cafeteria. The focus of Dr. Amend's presentation will be helping children deal with stress and anxiety, including how to recognize the signs, strategies for parents, how to work with the school, etc. This topic is geared towards all grade levels and families at Maple Dale.

Dr. Amend is co-author of two award-winning books: A Parent’s Guide to Gifted Children; and Misdiagnosis and Dual Diagnoses of Gifted Children and Adults: ADHD, Bipolar, OCD, Asperger’s, Depression, and Other Disorders. Dr. Amend has authored or co-authored a number of articles, book chapters, and columns about gifted children.

Dr. Amend has a private practice, Amend Psychological Services, which provides comprehensive psychological services including assessment and evaluation, consultations, counseling, and therapy for children, adolescents, and their families. Populations served in his practice include:

*Students with LD, ADHD, or other learning and behavior difficulties

*Gifted/talented students

*Special needs students

*Twice exceptional learners

*Children experiencing life adjustments associated with divorce and other family transitions

Born in Uniontown, Pennsylvania, Dr. Amend graduated with highest honor from Saint Vincent College in Latrobe, Pennsylvania. He completed his doctoral training at the Wright State University School of Professional Psychology in Dayton, Ohio, where he worked under the supervision of Dr. James Webb. He completed his internship/residency at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and served as Chief Intern. Dr. Amend currently resides in Lexington, Kentucky with his wife and two children.

Veterans Day Recognition on November 11th!

Dear Maple Dale families,

On Veterans Day, November 11th, we will give praise and thanks to the men and women who have served or actively serving in the military.

Last year, Maple Dale sent 21 boxes filled with snacks and letters to soldiers in the 101th Airborne (Assault) division. Since then, many of those soldiers have deployed. The soldiers sent a photo as a thank you for all the encouraging letters and snacks. We were told there wasn’t a dry eye after reading your letters.

This year, Maple Dale Elementary will participate in “Support the Troops” by writing letters and collecting snacks to send to Air Guard (Air Force), Airborne (Army) and

1st Cavalry (Army).

Some units are deployed over seas and others are in full training mode for the next several months as they get ready for deployment. Your letters and snacks will bring a smile to these soldiers, who are far away from their families, protecting all of us.

Here are some of the snacks the soldiers like:

Any kind of cookies

Beef Jerky

Slim Jims


Granola bars

protein bars

Candy - (This will be after Halloween so any left over candy is great!)

We would like to have all the snacks sent in by November 8th.

Thank you for your support!

Dance for Kindness!

We are excited to take our philosophy of PeaceBuilders outside of our school and into the community. World Kindness Day is coming on November 13th (the time and location will be confirmed soon!). We invite each one of you to come and dance with us to show that kindness can truly make a difference.

We are hosting a private event representing the state of Ohio. The dance will be open to Maple Dale staff, students, families,and friends. It will also be open to the Sycamore APE program and their High School support students.

If you are interested in participating with us, please email Joy Nichols at with the following information:

First and last name


email address

This is a free event!

T-shirts can be ordered for $8.50, but all you really need is to wear orange.

Once Mrs. Nichols receives your email, you will receive the video of the 3-minute dance so you can start practicing. Additionally, we will have one practice before the event and one the day of the event.

The event will be aired worldwide as it is happening and a portion of our video will be in of the worldwide Montage Video that will be created in December.

Make a difference...come and dance with us!

The purpose of World Kindness Day is to look beyond ourselves- beyond the boundaries of our country, beyond our culture, our race, our religion, and realize that we are citizens of the world and that kindness is the common thread that unites us all.

If Life Gives you Lemons...

Thank you to all the staff, parents and students that supported our lemonade stand! Our Mon/Wed Girls on the Run team raised $137.08 in under an hour for Giving Hope for Cincinnati Children's Hospital.

Way to go, Maple Dale!

High School Variety Show!

Saturday, Nov. 19th, 7pm

7400 Cornell Road

Montgomery, OH

Sycamore High School Hosts Variety Show November 19th @ 7 p.m. in the Auditorium. Tickets are $10 and are available pre-sale at as well as at the door. Acts feature members of the student body including vocal and instrumental groups, juggling, the Flyerettes, SEE1 and a performance by all choral ensembles. Proceeds benefit the Sycamore Vocal Boosters.

CogAT Testing Information

All 2nd graders will take the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT) the week of December 5, 2016, during the school day. For those students in the other grades, you may request that your child participate in this round of testing. This is in accordance with HB 282, which requires that school districts provide two opportunities for testing to identify students as gifted. PLEASE NOTE THAT SCORES ON KINDERGARTEN and FIRST GRADE TESTS WILL NOT BE TAKEN INTO CONSIDERATION FOR PULL-OUT GIFTED SERVICES.

Parents of 2nd graders do NOT need to request testing since it is an automatic process. However, if your child is not in 2nd grade and you would like to have your child participate in the December administration of the CogAT, use the below link to request testing. The deadline to submit your request is November 30. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this testing opportunity will take place on Saturday, December 10, at Maple Dale Elementary from 9:00 until 12:00. Please note that it is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation to and from Maple Dale.

All testing requests must be submitted using the below link. Email requests cannot be accepted. If you have any questions, please email Mindy Zellner, District Gifted Coordinator, at

Click here to request CogAT Testing for December 2016

After-School Hours Classroom Access

Due to Maple Dale being open in the evening for activities such as basketball, boy scouts, etc., we are working to keep the academic wings secure due to confidential information and valuable equipment. Our classrooms will be locked after school hours, as a result. Please help reinforce the importance of remembering to bring home the needed materials each day with your child. Thank you for your support in this matter.

About Maple Dale

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.