Maple Dale Aviator News!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Mark Your Calendars!

October 31st - Maple Dale Fall Parade at 2:30

November 3rd - Evening Parent/Teacher Conferences

November 4th - GEAR Coffee and Conversation at Maple Dale from 9:30-11:00

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!

Maple Dale Fall Harvest Parade!

Maple Dale staff and students are looking forward to a fun Fall Harvest Parade on Monday afternoon! This parade will start at 2:30. You will be able to see your child and their class from either the playground sidewalk or the cafeteria since this year's route is both indoors and outdoors to accommodate for our longer line of students! The staff asks that you not stop the children for photo opportunities until after the parade ends since we need to keep the line moving. The parade will make two loops through the cafeteria and around the playground and will start with 4th grade in the front and preschool/kindergartners bringing up the back of the line.

Since the staff will park at District Offices, we anticipate some additional parking in our Maple Dale parking lot. Additionally, you may park at Montgomery Presbyterian Church parking lot on Zig Zag Road and walk to Maple Dale through the Zig Zag entrance.

Please contact our office with any questions or concerns. Thank you and happy Halloween!

Parent-Teacher Conferences!

Parent-Teacher Conferences are quickly approaching! If you have not yet signed up for a conference with your child's teacher, please contact them directly to schedule a conference time.

Here at Maple Dale, we pride ourselves on the partnerships with our parents. Please click here for some helpful tips as you meet and partner with your child's teacher. Our teachers are looking forward to meeting with you!

Walk-A-Thon Final Update!

What a Wonderful Walk-A-Thon!

Thank you, thank you, thank you - to all of the students, parents, teachers, principals, and staff who helped to make this year’s WALK-A-THON such a fantastic event! We raised more than $19,000 (which will be used to create a MakerSpace in the Media Center and to support many other PTO programs that occur throughout the school year). We also collected 84 pairs of shoes to donate to Free Store’s Back on Track Program! Maple Dale families are awesome!

Monday was a beautiful day. Collectively we sang, danced, walked, and ran for thousands of laps before our principals and more than 20 of our teachers volunteered to get silly stringed by 150 kids! We had a blast!

The winners of the classroom PJ Popcorn Parties are: PK: Battershell PM and Garrett PM (tie), K: Howard, 1st: Marino, 2nd: LeLoup, 3rd: Thiel, and 4th: Bates.

A Special Thank You!

The PTO Board would like to recognize and thank Heather Parzynski for her leadership of the Walk-A-Thon fundraiser. This is a very important PTO Chair position since the Walk-A-Thon is only one of two fundraisers sponsored by the Maple Dale PTO. It is critical each year for the Walk-A-Thon to meet its financial goal in order for the PTO to fund its programs for the students, staff and community, and contribute to a major improvement benefiting the school. Heather did an excellent job of organizing the many volunteers, coordinating walking schedules with the Maple Dale staff, sending out communications via the weekly electronic newsletter, and insuring everyone walked on a gorgeous autumn day. Thank you, Heather!

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!

Girls on the Run Community Service Project

Giving back to the community is an important life lesson! For their community impact project, the Mon/Wed Girls on the Run team will be hosting a lemonade stand on Monday, October 31st after the Fall Harvest Parade until 4 p.m. All proceeds go to Giving Hope- Cincinnati Children's Hospital community philanthropy program.

The lemonade will cost 50 cents a cup. Please bring your spare change for a good cause!

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.)

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 this picture 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.

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.

About Maple Dale

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