Maplewood Memo

November 23, 2022

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What's in the memo

1. Message from Principal Galloway

2. Save the Date

3. School News


4. News from Staff

Counseling // Library & Technology // PE // Art

5. Volunteer

Volunteer information

6. Foundation

Foundation info

7. PTA

PTA Meetings & Info // Dine Outs

8. Reading Friends

9. Health

10. Nutrition Services

information // November menu

11. Flyers


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Principal's Message


With the Thanksgiving holiday upon us, I want to take this opportunity to express how grateful I feel to be part of this special community of teachers and learners at Maplewood. It is a true gift to work among such talented staff and students. I want to also thank the parents and guardians for their support and for being such an important part of our children’s lives. I hope you all have a safe and enjoyable Thanksgiving.


Principal Galloway

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Save the Date

Every Tuesday
OHSU Covid Test Returned - Optional

November 23, 24, 25

No School - Holiday Thanksgiving

December 5,

Picture Retake Day 8:00-10:00am

Friday Dec. 9, - 6-7:30pm

BIPOC/Multicultural Parent Listening Session

December 5-12

Read-a-thon (Maplewood fundraiser)

December 12

Yalla Dineout (Maplewood fundraiser)

December 19-January 2

Winter Break

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School News


Parent Office Hours with the TAG (Talented and Gifted) Department

Ask questions and receive information related to TAG identification, services, processes, etc.

We will meet on Zoom, 6:00-7:00 PM on 11/30/22, 1/25/23, 2/22/23, 3/22/23, 4/26/23, and 5/31/23.


NEW! Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department

The October focus will be the TAG referral process

Our next meeting will be Wednesday, November 30, 6:00-7:00 PM

Zoom link for Parent Office Hours with the TAG Department

A list of questions and answers from past meetings are in this FAQ document.

We look forward to seeing you!

Every Day Labs Attendance Communication Program for the 22-23 School Year

Attending school every day possible helps students learn and stay on track.

● This year, you may receive mailed letters and/or text messages from your school about your student’s attendance.

● To ensure you receive these updates, please contact your school to make sure your contact

information is up to date.

If you need attendance support or have questions about these communications, we’re here to help: call 503-868-6970 to connect to our Family Support Team.

As Fall and Winter Break approach, we are compiling resources for families. See below for a information::

  • Here is a condensed list of resources compiled by Funded Programs, including Mental Health Resources, Food Pantries/Banks, Housing/Shelters, and Clothing Resources.

  • Included this folder are fliers with information about specific Food Box resource options available over Fall Break and Winter Break from Sunshine Division.

  • The PPS McKinney Vento Resource Page has more resources for families.

  • We are also reaching out to our SUN partners to understand what other resources they have available over the next few months.

You can always reference the for additional resources.

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News From Staff


Hope that everyone is enjoying their break and getting some rest. A few things that I wanted to mention:

*If your family is struggling financially, please reach out to me so that we can send along resources, vouchers, and information. My email is

*We are collecting $25 Fred Meyer gift cards to distribute with food boxes over school breaks. If you'd like to donate these to the school, please bring those to the main office. If you'd like a tax receipt, please let us know and we can provide that.

*We partner with Neighborhood House to provide food boxes for Maplewood families. If you do end of the year giving, consider a donation to this charity that works in our neighborhood serving Maplewood families. You can donate online at

Thank you Maplewood! It is an honor to serve this community.

Kendall Cunningham

Maplewood Elementary School Counselor

M-F 7:45-3:30


Check out my website here for videos, resources, and info on our program at Maplewood!

Counseling Request Google Form

Library & Technology:

Many thanks to the amazing PTA-run Book Fair!

Ms. Kordahl

PE News:

We are starting jump roping next week! Students will be making personal goals and striving to reach them. We will be using our growth mindsets (click HERE to know what a growth mindset is) to understand that we all learn at different rates and we can continue to learn and grow. How do we get better at jumping rope? We just keep jumping rope! WEARING TENNIS SHOES WILL HELP KIDS BE SAFER AND MORE SUCCESSFUL WHEN USING JUMP ROPES!

Ms. Weatherill


Artist of the Month in Art Special: Paul Cézanne

Paul Cezanne was an artist who lived in France during the 1800’s and was known for being a ‘post impressionist’ painter focusing on shapes, colors and forms. Cezanne was most famous for his still life, meaning objects on a table close together. All students worked on their own version of his famous Still Life with Apples. We started with sketching in our art journal with pencil, then moved on to sketching onto gray paper and adding color using oil pastels, baby oil, and our finger!

Ms. Smith

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Volunteer info

We are excited to welcome volunteers into the building and classrooms this year. All volunteers must show proof of vaccination, clear a background check (, and sign-into the Raptor system located at the main office on arrival and sign-out when leaving campus.

We can’t wait to have you in school with us!

Lunch Volunteers

We need 2-3 parents to volunteer for lunch duty, to help keep kiddos on task eating and give our teachers a break. Here are the time slots - message Lauren at 541-968-9140 or to sign up!

  • K-1st: 11:20-11:45

  • 2nd & 4th 11:50-12:15

  • 3rd & 5th: 12:20-12:45

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Maplewood Foundation is a volunteer, parent-led, non-profit that raises funds for staff at Maplewood Elementary. This year we have a goal to raise $60,000 to fund two Educational Assistant positions for next school year. Check out this link to learn more about what EAs do for our school.

Seeking Volunteers for the Spring 2023 Auction

The auction is our largest fundraiser of the year and is a fun and meaningful way to get involved and support critical staffing needs for our school. Some ways you can get involved include:

  • Event team. For the in-person part of the event, the event team handles theming, decorations, hosting guests, and the check-in and check-out processes.
  • Social Media and Communications. This is the auction’s voice and main promotion strategist. Seeking volunteers who have marketing or PR experience and/or are active on social media.
  • Donate to the auction or help gather donations. Do you have a vacation home? We are looking for vacation rentals for the virtual live auction. Do you have a service or an item to donate? Can you help us connect with local businesses and vendors to gather donations for the auction?

Please consider volunteering. Our current team is small but mighty and cannot do this without your help. If you are interested or have questions please email us at or call Jeannette Taylor at 503.901.9813.

Other Ways to Donate

  • Monthly recurring donation. A monthly donation is the most convenient and effective way to give to Maplewood. Even small monthly donations make a big impact over time. Set up your monthly recurring donation here.
  • One-time contribution. This is a great option for grandparents, extended family, and loving neighbors to support your Maplewood student. Make a one-time contribution here.
  • By check. We are happy to receive donations by check made out to Maplewood Foundation and dropped off at the school or mailed to the school at 7452 SW 52nd Ave, Portland, OR 97219.
  • Fred Meyer Rewards Program Contribution. If you shop at Fred Meyer and are part of their rewards program, you may designate those reward savings to the Maplewood Foundation. It’s super easy and you can learn more here (sign in and search for Maplewood Foundation or IF500):
  • BottleDrop Donations. Individuals can donate funds from their BottleDrop account balance to your Give account by logging into their account and using this link or connecting with the Foundation for bag tags.
  • Matching employer contribution. Ask your employer if they have a matching program for donations to non-profits. Click here for a list of already participating employers.

Slides: Why do we need Educational Assistants

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PTA Meetings

Join us at the PTA meeting every month to learn about upcoming projects, events, priorities, and to share your thoughts! PTA Meetings occur the third Tuesday of every month from 6:30 - 7:30 pm. Become an Oregon PTA Member; this supports our school and allows you to vote during meetings. (You don't have to be a member to attend meetings, just to vote.)

November PTA Meeting

Please join us at the next PTA meeting on Tuesday, December 20, from 6:30 – 7:30 pm.

- Zoom Link:

- Passcode: PTA

- Full details and recaps of past meetings at

Maplewood PTA
The Maplewood PTA strives to serve our school’s community of teachers, staff, parents, and students. We have lots of amazing things planned this year to support our school!

Stay up to date on events and more

Fundraising to Support Maplewood

Take this brief survey to let us know your preferences about which fundraisers you love (or don't) to help us plan out the 2022-2023 school year!

Amazon Smile

Make sure you've selected "Maplewood Elem PTA" as your Amazon Smile donation recipient. Link:

Once selected, Amazon will donate 0.5% of your eligible purchases to Maplewood at no cost to you! Make sure you shop using More information here:

Dine Outs

Yalla - Dine Out December 12th

Reflections Contest

Participate in our friendly Arts Contest at Maplewood! The team is "Show Your Voice!"

The PTA Reflections submission deadline is December 1st.

Unleash your children's creative talent in drawing, creating, writing, photography, dance, music or videography! More information on the flyer and in the student packet.

Contact Clémence at for any questions.


We are excited to share that the 2022-23 yearbooks are now available for purchase! You can order yours now online at: (school ID #709537), for the early bird price of $22 through January 31, 2023 ($25 thereafter).

Paper order forms will be sent home in the weeks ahead for cash and check orders.

If you have any questions, please reach out to the PTA's Yearbook Committee at

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Reading Friends

The PTA Reading Friends program is still looking for volunteers!

This is a once a week, 30 minute time commitment - starting the week of November 28th until the end of the school year.

You get to pick the time that works best for you out of many time slots. Help foster the love of reading by being a Reading Friend!

We welcome grandparents, aunts, uncles, neighbors...they just need to have filled out the PPS volunteer information:

If you are interested, please fill out this survey and the coordinators will be in touch with you:

Any questions? Reach out to Kari Martin and Clémence Tiradon, our Reading Friends Coordinators, at

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Nutrition Services



The Nutrition Services team is so thankful to see and serve so many students this year. To help communicate meal account balances to families, the Nutrition Services department will start sending notifications and friendly reminders to families whose student’s meal account no longer has funds on it to purchase school meals. Remember, families may apply for free or reduced price meals at any time throughout the school year and must apply every year to maintain eligibility. We recommend that families continuously check their student account balances. All families can check their account balances online with SchoolCafe at any time (and there is no charge to view your accounts). The school kitchen teams and the NS central office is also happy to assist with checking account balances and status.

Families have the following options to pay for school meals:

  1. Pay as you go: Bring cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) directly to the cafeteria or school office.

  2. Prepay for meals with cash or check (payable to Portland Public Schools) in the cafeteria*. Funds will be deposited into the student meal account. Purchases will be deducted from the account balance.

  3. Pay with a debit/credit card using SchoolCafe, a secure online meal payment system. NOTE: There is a minimum payment of $15 and a 5% fee per online transaction.

Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director,

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Watercolor for Kids Holiday Pop-Up:

3 Weeks, $75,

Thursdays, Dec-1-15, 2:20-3:30

No matter which winter holiday your family celebrates, the paintings that the kids will create will bring joy and love to your home.

Cardinals, Holiday Sloths, and Gingerbread People

Sign up here:

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