Aviator Air Newsletter

Maple Dale Elementary's Parent Communication

November 30, 2018

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


December 4, 5, 6: CogAT Testing for 2nd and 4th Grades

December 12: All Pro Dad Breakfast

Week of December 10: MAP Testing for Grades 1-4

December 21: Teacher Records Day - NO SCHOOL

December 24 - January 4: Winter Break - NO SCHOOL

January 10: PTO Meeting 9:30 - 11 am

January 11: Report Cards Go Home

January 16: All Pro Dad Breakfast

January 18: Cultural Heritage Night 6 - 8 pm

January 21: MLK Jr. Day - NO SCHOOL

School Happenings

After School Enrichment Program Info - 2019

The After School Enrichment (ASE) Committee of the MD/PTO is pleased to offer a variety of after school classes to provide fun, enriching experiences for our children. We encourage your child’s participation.

Click here for important facts that you need to know for the 2019 program.

The Notebook of Doom: Rise of the Balloon Goons

“Day” Dads Lunch December 11

Are you a full-time, part-time, or occasional stay-at-home during the day dad? Have you ever been asked what you do all day? Are you tired of eating bonbons by yourself? Come join other men in similar situations for lunch.

Tuesday, December 11, 11:30 am at Sammy’s Craft Burgers, 4767 Creek Road. RSVP to Brian Gath (bdgath@me.com, 614-301-5064) by noon 12/10 so we can be sure to have enough room.

RSVP for the All Pro Dad Breakfast - December 12th

Please join us at the Maple Dale Elementary All Pro Dads breakfast on Wednesday December 12th 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 generosity. Most people live life looking to take rather than give. Being generous is an important attribute to teach and model for our children. Giving can fuel the general happiness and well-being in not only the person that we help, but also in us when we give. Generosity demonstrates that we truly value others and are willing to reach out and meet their needs.

If attending please RSVP by Sunday December 9th 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 be aware that a school delay or closure cancels the breakfast.

My Energy Kit Challenge has started!

Our school is taking the My Energy Kit Challenge and has a goal to save at least 20,000 kilowatt-hours of energy. That’s like taking 40 cars off the road for a whole year! We’ll reach this goal when at least 100 families sign up for a FREE Energy Kit from Duke Energy and use it to make their homes energy efficient. These FREE kits contain items like LED bulbs, faucet aerators and other useful gadgets that can make a big difference toward saving energy at home. When we meet the challenge, our school will automatically win $250. Let’s get a head-start! You can take the My Energy Kit Challenge and sign up for your FREE kit now at MyEnergyKit.org or call 1-855-386-9548.

Have you already received a My Energy Kit? Do you still want to help your school receive free money? Great! Even if you have requested and received a kit before, you can request again and your request will count towards your schools goal of 100 energy efficiency kits. If they get to 100 kits they receive 250 dollars! So help your school out and request your kit today, even if you have already received one.


You may request that your child be tested on the Cognitive Ability Test (CogAT). If you wish to have your child participate in this round of testing, all requests must be made through the below online link by December 6th. If you have a child in 2nd and/or 4th grade, they will take the test during school with their class. For other grade levels, we are offering an optional testing opportunity. In order to decrease disruption to your child's instruction, this testing opportunity will take place on Saturday, December 8, at Maple Dale from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm for all four elementary buildings. To sign up your child for this opportunity, please click here.

Please note it is the parents' responsibility to provide transportation to and from Maple Dale on morning of testing. Also please note Sycamore cannot use kindergarten or first grade scores for gifted placement.

OGB Holiday Store - All Pro Dad Shopping Guide

We are excited to announce a joint service project between Operation Give Back and Maple Dale Elementary this holiday season. Our goal is to engage our children in collecting, packaging and providing needed items for local families right here in our community.

Operation Give Back (OGB) is a non-profit organization that provides after-school support for the growing number of economically disadvantaged children in the Sycamore Schools. They also host a Holiday Store in their Blue Ash facility which serves our local families by providing needed items during this season of giving.

Maple Dale Elementary, in conjunction with their PTO and All Pro Dad fatherhood program, is partnering with OGB this school year. We are demonstrating for our children what it means to care for others while taking action on behalf of those in need.

Please reference the shopping guide below in consideration of what you may wish to contribute towards this worthwhile initiative.

If anyone would like to make a donation you can drop it in the barrel in the office by the end of the month.


  • Packaged Socks

  • Packaged Underwear

  • Winter Coats (gently used is great)

  • Hats and Gloves


  • Art supplies

  • Baby toys

  • Barbies/Dolls (all ethnic groups)

  • Legos

  • Puzzles and Games

  • Trucks and cars


  • Bar Soap

  • Deodorant

  • Toilet Paper

  • Tissues

  • Diapers

  • Paper Towels


  • Peanut Butter/Jelly

  • Cereal

  • Canned fruits

  • Pancake Mix/Syrup

  • Boxed potatoes

  • Canned Pasta Sauce

  • Canned Ravioli

  • Rice or Dry Pasta

  • Canned chicken or tuna

  • Soup

  • Paper Towels

  • Lysol Wipes

  • Toothbrush/Toothpaste

  • Bar Soap

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Like Us on Facebook!

Parents, please click here to take you to our Maple Dale Facebook page and "like" it! We will utilize FB more often to share community events, such as Junior High's Aviator Flightfest 5K, as well as to share pictures and news of Maple Dale happenings. So please "like" us on Facebook!

Green Team Tip of the Week

Green Team Tip of the Week: Did you know? Maple Dale students can recycle and compost lunch waste in the lunchroom. This Sycamore Community Schools green initiative diverts 400 bags of trash from the landfill EACH WEEK. If you would like to learn more, here is a short video about the sorting tables and their district-wide impact: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kcGoXc85GUE


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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.