Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

Friday, September 1, 2017

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) 686-1756

Mark your calendars!

September 4 - Labor Day/School closed

September 12 - PICTURE DAY!

September 15 - Grandparents/VIP Day!

September 28 - Maple Dale Family Math Night 6:00-7:30 PM

September 29 - No school

Sharing our goals for the year: Spotlight on Goal Two - PLCs

PLC, short for Professional Learning Communities, are groups of educators that meet regularly, share expertise, analyze student data, and work collaboratively to plan instruction based on student needs. The essence of our Maple Dale PLCs is a focus and commitment to the learning of each and every student. Our Maple Dale PLCs meet weekly and while the specific activities and goals may vary from week to week, the following are a few examples of common activities that may take place in meetings:

  • Gathering evidence of current levels of student learning
  • Developing strategies and ideas to build on strengths and address weaknesses in that learning
  • Implementing those strategies and ideas
  • Analyzing the impact of the changes to determine what waas effective and what was not
  • Applying new knowledge in the next cycle of continuous improvement

The goal is not simply to learn a new strategy, but instead create conditions for an optimal learning environment in which innovation and experimentation are the norm and all lead to a growth mindset. Frequent common formative assessements represent one of the most powerful and positive impacts in our PLC toolbox. As Richard DuFour, an American educational researcher, said, "Schools cannot achieve the fundamental purpose of learning for all if educators work in isolation."

Welcome to the Maple Dale Music Room!

This year, Mr. Schneider is using Google Classroom to inform students and families as well as other staff members about what is going on in the room! Attached is a friendly google doc that will help you and your student log into the Musical Google Classroom! If you have any questions, please feel free to email at Schneiderb@sycamoreschools.org or call my Extension 1329. Here's to a wonderful and MUSICAL year!

Google Classroom Instructions for Music

Yearbook Pictures Needed!

Do you love taking pictures? Are you looking for a fun way to volunteer your time this school year?

If this sounds like you, we want you to join our team by helping us capture precious memories for the 2017-18 Maple Dale Yearbook! For more information email Gina at ginamahoney@yahoo.com or Julie at japrior1967@yahoo.com.

Save the Date: Family Math Night

On Thursday evening, September 28, 2017, from 6:00 –7:30 pm, Maple Dale Elementary will hold an exciting event called Family Math Night! (Please note the correct end time is 7:30 pm, not 8:00 pm as shown on the district calendar.) Students, parents, siblings, and other relatives are invited to attend a fun-filled evening of mathematical pleasure. More information to follow.

Picture Day - UPDATE!!

Please take note:

Picture day is SEPTEMBER 12. The school calendars that were mailed out to families, are wrong, please make the change on your calendar.

SAVE THE DATE: Grandparents/Special Person Day

On Friday, September 15, 2017, we would like to honor those important people in our lives who love us and help us grow!

Watch for more information to come home on Tuesday, September 5th!

With that, we are in need of some Maple Dale parents to help us during Grandparents/Special People Day on September 15. Specifically, we are asking for parents to help with the refreshment table, helping seniors with directions to the rooms, being greeters at the doors and generally assisting with hospitality. Please consider signing up for a time slot to help. Mrs. Reinke will give you specific directions when you arrive. You may sign-up at our SignUpGenius.

Milers is BACK! (PTO sponsored)

MAPLE DALE MILERS is our walking program held Wednesdays at lunch recess. The program is optional and students can choose to walk or not walk each week. Students in Grades 1,2,3&4 enjoy walking supervised laps around the blacktop playground and get a chance to earn foot tokens as they rack up the miles throughout the year. Parent volunteers will oversee and supervise the students as they walk.


Our kickoff will be Wednesday September 13th

(wear your sneakers/ tennis shoes on Wednesdays)


This program can only exist with adult volunteers! We will need volunteers to help set up, monitor the kids, and complete minimal paperwork to record the miles. It’s a great way to see your child during the school day
CLICK on link if you’d like to volunteer for a day

1st & 2nd grades 11:30am-12:45pm
4th & 3rd grades 12:30am-1:45pm

**If you DO NOT WANT YOUR CHILD TO PARTICIPATE in the program at ANY time this year, please email chair
Diane VanderBrink at dvanderbrink@yahoo.com by
September 14th

GEAR 2017 Welcome Back Picnic

Please invite other families that would be interested to come to this event! You do not have to be a member to attend. It is a great time to interact with other Sycamore families and for the children to have a good time!

(See invitation below.)

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Substitute Nurses Needed!

The Sycamore Community School District is currently looking for registered nurses who would like to be employed as substitute nurses. Applicants must have current nursing experience, preferably ​with children,​ special needs​,​​ diabetes and an active nursing license.

If you qualify and are interested, please call Julie Ferron, R.N. at 686-1743 or email atferronj@sycamoreschools.org

Signup Now and Kroger Will Donate to Maple Dale When You Shop

Thanks to their Community Rewards Program, Kroger will make a contribution to Maple Dale Elementary every time you use your Kroger Card if you let them know.

The process is easy, takes less than five minutes to set up, and must be renewed each April. The instructions (https://www.sycamoreschools.org/site/default.aspx?PageType=3&DomainID=663&ModuleInstanceID=4272&ViewID=6446EE88-D30C-497E-9316-3F8874B3E108&RenderLoc=0&FlexDataID=1295&PageID=2714) are on our website.

Maple Dale Elementary PTO Volunteer Sign-up

This is your chance to get involved at Maple Dale! Here’s how it works:

  1. Browse the opportunities in this form.

  2. Indicate your interest on the Response Sheet form, attached.

  3. Return the Response Sheet ONLY to school with your child by

Monday, SEPTEMBER 18, 2017

Please note: slots fill up fast for many of the programs and are first come, first served.

The activity chair will contact you regarding your interest. Thank you for volunteering!

The Share Table

Our "Share Table" is finally ready to roll out! Starting on Tuesday, September 5th, Maple Dale will roll out a sharing cart in the cafeteria. We can accept unopened, uneaten, pre-packaged food. The food will be available to all our students and, once a week, the leftoverwill be picked up for OGB. The rules are simple: it must be unopened, sealed packages, nothing homemade; whole, uneaten fruit; unopened milk or yogurt or Go-Gurts.

For example, Suzie gets a Moo Meal and she eats only her cheese and goldfish, she may take her untouched yogurt and granola to the appropriate bins on the cart.

There will be two bins, one for packaged foods and one for foods that need to be kept cold (milk & yogurt). If you have anny questions, please call Ms Georgia at 686-1725.

Before-School Language Program!

The before-school morning Language Program is back again this year at Maple Dale for students in grades K-4.

Multiple levels of Spanish and Chinese Mandarin will be offered for a 20-week session beginning the week of October 1st and running till Spring Break, end of March. A packet with more details will be sent home on Tuesday, September 5th.

Registration is due September 18th. Please contact Berna Akalin (bernaka@gmail.com) for more info.

Would your son benefit from being part of a singing "Team"?

Tell them about Cincinnati Boychoir AUDITIONS on Monday September 11!

Ø Open to boys in grades 1-12: Sept. 11, 6:30 – 7:45pm at Aronoff Center for the Arts

o Register for an audition at www.cincinnatiboychoir.org/register

o Auditions are short, fun, painless (Row Row Your Boat, Happy Birthday, etc) and require no advance preparation

o Before auditioning, there’s a short information meeting with Mrs. Nelson for parents, and all auditionees get to sing some warm-ups with Dr. Eanes and the Ambassadors (advanced SATB).

o Please copy and distribute the attached recommendation letter to any interested boys.

Bring them to the FREE All-City Boychoir Festival on Sat. Nov 4 at the Aronoff!

Ø Open to boys in grades 1-12

o 12:30 check-in and rehearsals, 5pm concert P&G Hall at Aronoff Center for the Arts

o Includes a tshirt, snack and music – including songs from South Africa, where our Ambassadors will tour in June 2018!

o Mollie Stone, an expert in authentic music performance from around the world, will be our guest to teach the boys South African pieces AND to run our FREE Teacher Workshop.

o Copy and distribute the enclosed registration forms (front is for boys, back is for teachers) and return by mail (650 Walnut St., Cincinnati 45202) or scanned via email (kellyann.nelson@cincinnatiboychoir.org) by Friday, Oct 20.

o OR register online (separate registrations for singing boys and workshopping teachers) at www.cincinnatiboychoir.org/register

FALL 2017 Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops

Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops bring parents the best practices in youth development. Each week you will gain more manageable, effective parenting skills, including effective discipline. Classes will be taught by Sycamore teachers and parents and will cover several topics including:

  • Positive Parenting: Building on Strengths and Practical Tools

  • Creating Confident Kids: Building Grit, Curiosity and Resilience

  • Communication that Works: Listening and Setting Expectations

  • Deflecting Arguments and Setting Boundaries: Avoiding Power Struggles

  • The Discipline Difference: Effective Consequences and Consistency

  • What Kids Need to Succeed: Helping Our Students Maximize School Opportunities

The Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops believe that every parent is a leader and can make a profound contribution in the life of their child. We look forward to working with you and hope you can join us for this interactive and fun class!


Tuesdays from 6:00-7:30 p.m.

Sept. 26 - Oct. 24, 2017


Blue Ash Elementary School- University of Cincinnati Wing


Any Sycamore family parent or guardian.


Free! Childcare is also available at NO additional cost.



Workshops are offered in English y en Español!

Click HERE to register in ENGLISH or go to http://bit.ly/2w9gE8s

Haga clic AQUÍ para registrarse en ESPAÑOL o busca http://bit.ly/2vL5ENx

Thank you for your interest in Sycamore Positive Parenting Workshops!

We are excited to have you join us!

Amelia Earhart

The Pioneer House is named for a famous aviator, Amelia Earhart.

Fun Facts:

  • Amelia Earhart saw her first aircraft at the Iowa State Fair in 1908 at the age of 10. Her father wanted her to take a ride, but she did not want to, citing that the biplane was “a thing of rusty wire and wood and not all that interesting.”

  • Earhart became a nurse’s aid with the American Red Cross in 1917 at a medical hospital.

  • It wasn’t until 1920 that Earhart and her father visited an airfield in Long Beach, California and she took her first ride on an airplane. Amelia said, “I knew I had to fly.” She worked a variety of jobs to save up $1,000 for flying lessons.

  • Earhart's commitment to flying required her to accept the frequent hard work and rudimentary conditions that accompanied early aviation training. She chose a leather jacket, but aware that other aviators would be judging her, she slept in it for three nights to give the jacket a "worn" look. To complete her image transformation, she also cropped her hair short in the style of other female flyers.

  • Six months later, Earhart purchased a secondhand bright yellow biplane she nicknamed "The Canary". On October 22, 1922, Earhart flew the Airster to an altitude of 14,000 feet (4,300 m), setting a world record for female pilots. On May 15, 1923, Earhart became the 16th woman to be issued a pilot's license.

  • Earhart earned celebrity status as she made several successful transatlantic flights.As the first woman to fly solo nonstop across the Atlantic, Earhart received the Distinguished Flying Cross from Congress.

  • Amelia planned to fly around the world, circling the globe. It would be a long and arduous flight of 29,000 miles. Her first attempt in 1937 ended when the aircraft’s landing gear collapsed.

  • Her second attempt at flying around the globe ended in Earhart’s mysterious disappearance over the Pacific Ocean.

  • There were many search attempt to find Amelia Earhart funded by her husband, George Putnam. They were unsuccessful and As a result, Earhart was declared legally dead on January 5, 1939.

  • Earhart's accomplishments in aviation inspired a generation of female aviators, including the more than 1,000 women pilots of the Women Airforce Service Pilots (WASP) who ferried military aircraft, towed gliders, flew target practice aircraft, and served as transport pilots during World War II.

New Absence/Tardy/Early Dismissal Policy

The Sycamore District has instituted a new attendance policy regarding tardy to school and early dismissal. The guidelines have changed from 90 minutes to 60 minutes. A student arriving at Maple Dale after 9:15 am but before 10:15 am will be considered tardy. A student leaving after 2:45 pm will be given early dismissal. Please refer to the 2017-2018 Student Parent Handbook for complete attendance guidelines and expectations.

Visitor Procedures

Dear Maple Dale Families,

As we have welcomed your children to Maple Dale these last few weeks, we also wish to welcome you. Below are our visitor procedures that help us to maintain a safe and secure school.

  • All visitors to Maple Dale must first come to the office and sign in.

  • If you are picking up a student, you will be asked to show identification.

  • For any student arriving late to school or returning from an appointment, we ask that you sign them in and say goodbye in the office. Students that may require additional assistance getting to class (i.e. crutches, etc.) will be given that assistance from a Maple Dale staff member.

  • If you wish to visit or meet with a staff member we ask that you provide 24 hours notice to schedule a meeting.

We thank you in advance for your assistance and support.

Reporting Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Incidences

In an ongoing effort to provide a safe learning environment, Sycamore is requesting parents, students, and staff to inform administration (or whoever) of any perceived incidences of harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

Per the Sycamore Board of Education policy JFCF, harassment, intimidation, and bullying are defined as any provoked and intentional written, verbal, electronic or physical act that a student has exhibited toward another particular student more than once and the behavior both:

  1. causes mental or physical harm to the other student; and

  2. is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive that it creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for the other student.

To view the complete policy, visit www.sycamoreschools.org, under the Board of Education tab, scroll down to “Policies”, search for policy “JFCF”.

Sycamore will do everything possible to address any complaints of harassment, intimidation, and bullying. We encourage students, staff, parents, and community members to report this type of behavior to the district if help is needed to solve a problem.

To report an incident of harassment, intimidation, and bullying,

  1. Go to the website, www.sycamoreschools.org

  2. Under the tab “Forms”, scroll down until you see the Harassment, Intimidation, and Bullying Incident Reporting Form for the individual schools.

  3. Fill the form on-line and submit it electronically.

  4. Hard copies of this form are available in each of the schools.

Complete the hard copy of the report form and turn it into the building principal.

The building principal or designee will promptly investigate all reported incidences.

It is difficult to investigate reported incidences that are anonymously submitted. However, every effort will be made to maintain the confidentiality of the reporter. Deliberate false reporting of harassment, intimidation, and bullying is prohibited.

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.