Principal Message

April 26, 2020

Music for the Soul

Our 4th and 5th grade Choir students go virtual with their love for singing! Ms. Lindenbaum, our choir teacher, did a wonderful job of bringing the Performing Arts to our students' homes.

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Dear Maple Hill Families,

Week One of Distance Learning was a success! Hard to believe that five weeks ago we were teaching students sitting in desks and now we are connecting in households across cities, states, and countries. I greatly appreciate the long hours from the teachers in creating online platforms and resources to teach our students from afar. And I especially want to extend a BIG THANK YOU to all of our Maple Hill Families in assisting our children with their virtual learning. I know that logging on to Zoom sessions, accessing documents, uploading work, managing the workload of multiple students in one household, means that our families are also going outside of their own comfort zones. We are all in this together and things will get easier as we hit our groove! I understand that this experience can present challenges for each family and I want to ensure you that we are here for you to answer your questions and to walk alongside you on this journey.

In addition to your child's teacher's office hours, Maple Hill is going to begin offering additional online support for parents each week during Distance Learning to provide time for parents to ask questions and get support. Mrs. McNeil, Maple Hill’s Elementary Learning Specialist (E.L.S.), will oversee this support feature. If you need translation services, our Bilingual Aides, Mrs. Yi (Korean translator), and Mrs. Hsu (Mandarin translator) will also be available to assist in the conversation. Mrs. McNeil's hours will be Tuesdays and Thursdays, 10-11 am, and 1-2 pm. If you would like to set up a time to meet with Mrs. McNeil, please text her at (909)248-4404 (phone number is not Mrs. McNeil’s personal phone number) with the following information:

  • Your Name
  • Your Child’s Name
  • Brief description of what you would like to talk about
  • If you need translation services

Example Text: Hello, my name is Anna Kim and my child’s name is Hunter Kim. I would like to set up a time to ask you some questions about Google Classroom. I need a translator.

Once you have sent a text to Mrs. McNeil, she will respond and set up a date and time to meet, as well as instructions on how to log into the virtual meeting with her.

We look forward to the opportunity to continue to partner with our families during these unique times.

Warm regards,

Ms. Morris

"Let's Get Physical!"

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We really want to encourage our children to be physically active during the school closure. However, the weather is starting to get hotter and being outside in the heat has its limitations. Your child might also be experiencing some boredom with the same outdoor activities day in and day out. I was watching the news the other day and saw a segment about a company called "CF Fitness". This company teaches students games to play during recess and at home. They have a whole video library of quick and easy games to play with your child, outside or inside, during the quarantine. Games like "Hot Lava", "Mr. Wolf", and "Steal the Planets", just to name a few. We appreciate small businesses like "CF Fitness" sharing their resources during school closures. Check these videos out and enjoy exercising as a family!

Click the link above to get started.

  • Click the link above.
  • Click on the "Play Games" tab.
  • You will be directed to their Video Library of games.

A Read Aloud With Ms. Chavez

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This is a story about how twins realize there is an invisible string connecting all people who love one another…you can feel it in your heart and always be connected, even from afar. Staying safe at home and not seeing loved ones during this quarantine can take an emotional toll on our children. This book can help reassure them during this time.

"The Invisible String" Read Aloud with Ms. Chavez

Maple Hill, Let's All Join A FIBO Art Class Together!

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April 30th at 11:30 a.m.

You are invited to join a FREE art class with Fibo just for our school! When you log on to the Zoom session, you will be in a class with Maple Hill students, learn all about the artist, Robert Wyland, and practice drawing 3 different types of fish. How fun will it be to hang out with our Maple Hill friends and get creative at the same time??

Check out the flyer below for more specific details, including the supplies you will need.

Topic: Maple Hill School Class

Time: Apr 30, 2020 11:30 AM Pacific Time (US and Canada)

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 528 731 028

Password: 238979

Online Scholastic Book Fair

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Visit Maple Hill's Online Scholastic Book Fair, April 29th-May 12th. Free Shipping on book-only orders of $25 or more and 25% of all proceeds go to purchasing new books for Maple Hill's Library.

Click on the link above to preview some of the books that will be available for purchase starting April 29th. The flyer below contains more details about our Online Scholastic Book Fair.

Social and Emotional Learning Tips From Our School Counselor, Ms. Chavez

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"Me, Myself, and I" By: Ms. Chavez

Child: "I’m bored!"

Parent: "Go play something."

Child: "I don’t know what to do??"

Does this sound like your child? Has "Cabin Fever" started to set-in with your child and they are expressing that they feel bored? Does your child expect you to entertain them all of the time and they don't want to play on their own?

Below are 6 tips by Dr. Laurie Hollman, psychoanalyst and author, to encourage independent play among elementary aged children.

Our School Librarian, Mrs. Nava, reads aloud "Velma Gratch & The Way Cool Butterfly"

This School Library Journal Best Book of the Year celebrates everything butterfly, from migration to metamorphosis! It's hard to be Velma entering first grade. That's because everyone has marvelous memories of her two older sisters, who were practically perfect first graders, and no one even notices Velma. But all that changes on a class trip to the butterfly conservatory, a place neither of her sisters has been. When a monarch roosts on Velma's finger and won't budge for days—no one will ever forget it . . . or her! Kids will love reading about Velma's own transformation in this perfect addition to any science curriculum.

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Mrs. Nava, school librarian, reads aloud "Velma Gratch"