Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

March 8, 2019

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


March 11-15: MAP Testing (NOT 2nd Grade)

March 27-28: MAP Testing (ONLY 2nd Grade)

March 27: 4th Grade Field Trip - Music Hall

March 29: Report Cards Go Home

March 29: 3rd Grade Field Trip - UCBA

School Happenings

Save the Date!

Grandparents Day will be on Friday, September 6, 2019! More information to come later.

All Pro Dad Breakfast - March 13th

Please join us at the Maple Dale Elementary All Pro Dads breakfast on Wednesday March 13th from 8-9am in the school cafeteria. This free monthly breakfast is sponsored by fathers, Chick-fil-A, and the PTO.

The meeting theme is perseverance. Everyone is going to face challenges in their life, even our kids. Perseverance is never giving up. It's not being stopped by a bad outcome or difficult task, but always moving forward. Teaching our children to be perseverant, even at a young age, will help them grow into being successful adults.

If attending, please RSVP by Sunday March 10th 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.

Interested in Getting Involved at Maple Dale Next Year?

The Maple Dale PTO would love to welcome you aboard for the 2019-2020 school year! There are openings for next year on the PTO Board as well as opportunities for program chair positions. Come get involved and discover how YOU can be part of an amazing team of people! If you are interested in finding out more please contact a current member of the Board who can give you more information (Brian Gath, Jennifer Phoenix, Jamie Rosen, Jeff Stechschulte, Becky Gohr).

Brian Gath


Jamie Rosen


Jennifer Phoenix


Jeff Stechschulte


Becky Gohr


Betsy Schatz


Flying Pig Race Info (Team Maple Dale)

Earlier this week during lunch, the flying pig mascot visited with the kids at Maple Dale. The kids have the opportunity to participate with the Flying Pig event by signing up for a Maple Dale team! All kids signed up with Maple Dale will receive a team t-shirt for the event if registered by the deadline of March 19th, 2019. Parents are responsible for their own transportation to/from event. I know Kindergartners do not participate in Milers, but if they would like to run they are more than welcome - provided parents register and provide transportation to/from the event.

The two events we expect enthusiastic participation in and allow you to enroll on the Maple Dale team are:

  1. Kid's Marathon 26th Mile (for kids who are close to doing a full marathon due to participating in Milers for the fall and/or spring sessions): Please email Jessica Allison at jessie0603@yahoo.com to ask if your child is close to the 26 mile mark. Even if your child is not close to the 26th mile, it's fine if they are comfortable running a mile and they will receive a medal at the end of completing the one mile run. (Date: 5/4 @ 12 pm)
  2. Flying Pig 5K (Date: 5/4 @ 10 am)

The link to sign-up for this event is below:

Please register for an account with raceroster.com, and after creating the account, sign in and click on the "Register" link on the left hand side of the page. In the section where it asks about Relay Teams | Youth Program Groups, please select the option "Yes, I am participating on one of the above Teams/Groups". Two drop-down menus will appear after making that selection. Please select "Youth Programs" and then select "Maple Dale Elementary" from the two drop down menus that appear.

Thank you! Please direct all questions to Jessica Allison at jessie0603@yahoo.com.

Hope to see you at the event!

Student Information for Classroom Placement for Current Kindergartners through 3rd Graders!

The placement of students each year is a task that our staff takes very seriously. Please click here to complete this optional form. This form is optional for parents. While considering your child’s learning characteristics and social interaction style, your child’s current teachers are carefully placing your child in a friendly, collaborative group with other children with whom he/she works well. If you would like your child to be placed with a specific peer, please complete the form below. Every effort will be made to place your child with one of the students listed below. Please list six names to ensure a classroom placement with a peer. If fewer than six names are provided, the likelihood of your child being placed with a peer listed is decreased.

Please complete by April 19, 2019.

From Mr. Tudor to current 4th grade parents!

Welcome to Greene Intermediate School! We are looking forward to the arrival of your child in the fall. Below is a link to a letter that explains our placement process. Within the letter you will find the link to our Student Information Form. This form will be used to place students on teams. Please submit the form no later than Sunday, March 24, 2019 at 11:59 pm.

Rising 5th Grade Parent Letter - Current 4th Graders


Although your child may or may not have taken the CogAT in December, you may request that your child be tested on the Otis-Lennon School Ability Test (OLSAT). If you wish to have your child participate in this round of testing, all requests must be made through the below online link by March 15, 2019. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this testing opportunity will take place prior to the start of the school day. We have scheduled this 45-50 minute testing session to be administered from 8:00 to 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at (School Name).

Please note it is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation the morning of testing to your child’s building. Additionally, know that Sycamore cannot use kindergarten or first grade scores for gifted placement.

Summer Solutions

It's time to start thinking about summer! Attached below, please find our 2019 Summer Solutions Parent Flyer. The flyer contains our school code and ordering instructions for parents. Our school code has been activated, so parents can begin ordering at any time.
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PBIS and Social Emotional Learning

PBIS Is a framework to help address social-emotional learning in schools. In order to better understand the "why" of incorporating PBIS at Maple Dale as well as Sycamore Schools, there are two articles linked. The first article shares an overview of social-emotional learning and also links to other articles about social-emotional learning. The second article is longer but is equally important as it discusses the nine competencies for teaching empathy. As educators and parents ourselves, we are so appreciative of our partnerships with our Maple Dale parents and believe this article is powerful from both an educator's and a parent's perspective. Thank you for all you do to support your child and Maple Dale.

Ann Marie and Mindy

The Social-Emotional Learning Moment

Nine Competencies for Teaching Empathy

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Don't Miss Out - Order Your Yearbook Today!


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GEAR Bookworms "Pizza School" - March 25th

All K-2 students and their parents are invited to come back to “Pizza School” after Spring Break! Join us at the Harper’s Point Dewey’s Pizza from 5-7PM on Monday, March 25th to enjoy the book, Pizza! An Interactive Recipe Book by Lottie Nieminen, and make personalized pizzas. Please RSVP (using the link below) by Monday, March 18th.


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Nutrition Nuggets

Check out this month's Nutrition Newsletter (below) provided by the Sycamore District Wellness Committee! Visit the District Wellness Committee Tab to view previous newsletters.

Check us out on our new twitter account for daily nutrition tips! @AvesWellness

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.