Maplewood Memo

October 26, 2022

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What's in the memo

1. Message from Principal Galloway

Letter from 4th Grade Students about Bus

2. Save the Date

3. School News

Thanksgiving Food Boxes // TAG // Yearly verification - Urgent Deadline // Speed Limit

4. News from Staff

Cafeteria // Library & Technology // PE // Art // Counselor // Counseling Intern // Social Worker

5. Volunteer

Volunteer information

6. Foundation & PTA

Foundation info // PTA Meetings & Info // Fundraisers // Dine Outs

7. Reading Friends

8. Health

9. Nutrition Services

information // October menu

10. Flyers

Girls Lacrosse

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Principal's Message

Dear Maplewood Families,

There are many factors that contribute to the success of your child in school. Arriving on time and good attendance are two of them. Our school start time is 8:00 and students are expected to be in their seats and ready to go by 8:00. Anytime you can schedule appointments outside the school day is a huge benefit to your child as there are many things they miss out on that can never be made up. Please keep this in mind as you make winter travel plans as well. Of course, if your child is ill, we want them to stay home and get well. Thank you for your support in helping your child arrive on time and maintain consistent attendance.

Parent teacher conferences are just around the corner and we look forward to all of our parents having the opportunity to conference with their child’s teacher. These conferences are a great way to find out more about your child’s daily routine, classroom expectations and how your child is progressing so far this year. We will be sending home report cards on November 7th so you can discuss report cards at your child’s conference this year as well. Attending your parent conference is a great way to get involved with your child’s education and be part of the team that helps your child be a successful learner.

We have had a few successful fundraisers so far this fall - both for our Foundation and for the PTA. You blew the pie orders out of the park! And we are wrapping up the Maplewood in Motion fundraiser for our Foundation. (As a reminder, the Foundation money is for staff, like Educational Assistants, and the PTA money is for stuff.) The Foundation, PTA and I are working to put together a yearlong overview of the fundraisers coming up so you can plan your donations.

If your child rides the bus, please remind them that our school expectations apply to the time they are on the bus as well. Being safe, kind and responsible are key to transporting our students to school. During a recent morning circle in grade 4, the students began to share some frustrations they were having on the bus around students’ behavior. They decided to take action and write the rest of the school a letter asking us all to make the bus ride a more positive experience for everyone.

Please take some time to reiterate the importance of good bus behavior with your child if they ride the bus to school.


Kit Galloway

Below is what they wrote:

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Save the Date

Every Tuesday
OHSU Covid Test Returned - Optional

October 26

Monthly Parent Tag Office Hours 6:00pm

October 27
School Pictures

October 28

OBOB Team Registration Deadline

October 30

Fundraiser at Hammer & Stitch

November 04,

No School - Teacher Planning Day

November 09-22

Book Fair - online

November 11

No School Holiday Veteran's Day

November 14-18

Book Fair

November 15

PTA Meeting 6:30pm

Zoom Link:

November 21 & 22


November 23, 24, 25

No School - Holiday Thanksgiving

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School News

Thanksgiving Food Boxes:

Maplewood Elementary is working together with Neighborhood House again this year to deliver boxes of food during the Thanksgiving Holiday break for our families. If you would like to participate, you can have a box delivered (on Tuesday the 22nd), pick up a box, and/or help donate or volunteer!

There will also be donation bins at Maplewood to accept items. The bins will be located just inside the front door, and outside at the side door (please see pics below). If you would like to donate, you do not need to sign up. You can simply bring any of the requested items at any time! Requested items are; Dry & Canned Beans, Canned Fruits & Vegetables, Canned Soup, Chili, & Stew, Canned Tuna & Chicken, Brown Rice & Whole Grain Pasta, Nuts & Nut Butters, Whole-Grain Cereal/Breakfast Items, Snack items.

Click the LINK to sign up for a box or let us know if you would like to volunteer!

Responses will go directly to the school social worker, Jeremy Schlott (, and the school counselor, Kendall Cunningham-Parmeter (,



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 10/26/22, 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, October 26 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!


Parent access to view gradebook and student information will be disabled after October 28th if you do not complete your Yearly Verification. You can do this by logging into your ParentVue account.

If you have never logged into your PVUE you will need an activation key code, or can provide you with your activation key code if you need it.

It is important that you update your correct address, contact numbers and emergency contact numbers.

Thank you!

Speed Limit 15!

Please be respectful of the speed limit and our neighborhood community. For the safety of your children, please do not drive more the 15 miles per hour when driving your children to and from school.

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News From Staff


Hello Friends. The first week in November we are switching up the menu for two days. We normally have Brunch for Lunch on Wednesdays, but Wednesday Nov 2nd will be Burgers or Chicken nuggets. Brunch will be on TUESDAY NOVEMBER 1ST. For the new families, we do not serve syrup with our pancakes. I make a fruit compote. This menu will have strawberry compote. Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

Library & Technology:

Tech... (I see half of Maplewood students in grades 2-5 every six weeks - here what we've been up to, or will be doing with the second six-week session).

1. Typing Club ( backpack: Edtech: Typing Club: Maplewood Portland). Students can access and use the Typing Club at home, too. (Grades 3-5)

2. Internet Safety -- We've discussed this, and how important it is to build trust with adults at home. Students played the E-Volve game (bullying/upstander) on the Common Sense Digital Passport website. Other internet safety games here: . (Grades 3-5) And these add'l games, if you want more: Digital Citizenship Week activities on BrainPOP

3. World Book Encyclopedia Online (research, citations, copying/pasting text and images -- depending on the grade level) (Grades 2-5)

4. Creating/adding to their online e-journal (Google Doc skills, word processing skills, returning to a document). (Grades 2-5)

Elin Kordahl

Teacher-Librarian & Computer Teacher

PE News:

We have been playing games in PE that help us practice dynamic throwing and catching along with strategies, cooperation, teamwork, communication, and SPORTSMANSHIP!

Now that the weather has turned and kids are wearing rain boots, please remind them to throw a pair of tennis shoes in their backpack for PE. If you have an old pair you want to leave in the gym, I have space for that!

If your child has an injury and needs to sit out, please email me at or send a note with them!

Thank you.

Ms. Weatherill


Great news - all art classes now have a parent volunteer! Thank you wonderful Maplewood community. It is helpful in more ways than I’d imagined!

All grades learned about artist Paul Klee and made art using pencil, oil pastels and baby oil! These are based on his drawing of Cat and Bird 1928. Below are some examples:

We’ve now moved on to another Paul, Paul Cezanne. More on that in the next newsletter.

Reminder: art can be messy so you may want to dress accordingly on your art day!

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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Foundation and PTA

Maplewood Foundation

Foundation is SEEKING ADDITIONAL MEMBERS. If you have an interest in making a big impact at our school, are interested serving with other mission- and impact-driven parents with different backgrounds, skills, and capacities, and/or have an interest in advocating for more investment in our school and a more equitable future, then we could really benefit from having someone like you serve on Maplewood’s Foundation. Out primary focus is to raise funds to help close the gap in the school’s budget for necessary educational staff. See our website for more info:

If interested and/or have questions, please email ( or call/text Jeannette Taylor at 503.901.9813.

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:

- Passcode: PTA

- Full details 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

Maplewood in Motion 2022

Thank you to all that participated!

Whether you are tracking at home or through 99 Pledges, we greatly appreciate all the work you and your students put in to help fund the staff that Maplewood relies upon.

99 Pledges

Sunday was the last day to earn minutes. You can finish up loading your information for the pledges through today (Tuesday 10/25). This would be a great time to ask those who did not pledge per minute to help with a one-time donation.

Paper Tracking

For those of you who tracked using the paper handout, your next step is to collect those checks and bring them to the Maplewood Foundation box in the front office. If this causes a barrier, you can email and we can find a pick-up/drop-off solution.

Again THANK YOU. We know that fundraisers are work for all involved. Any support is appreciated by the whole community, but especially our EAs and students!

Your Maplewood Foundation Team

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

Hammer & Stitch - Dining for dollars, All day Sunday, October 30, Mention the Maplewood Dining for Dollars and 15% of your sale will be donated to Maplewood PTA.

2377 NW Wilson St., Portland,

Yalla - Dine Out December 12th

PTA Reflections:

Participate in our friendly ARTS CONTEST at Maplewood! The theme this year is "Show Your Voice!" More information coming soon. If you have any questions, email Clémence at

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Reading Friends


The Maplewood Reading Friends Program is looking for volunteers to read with students during the 2022-23 school year. The Reading Friends volunteer works with a student once a week individually to help grow their confidence in reading out loud/more fluently.

The program starts after Thanksgiving and runs until the end of the school year.

The time obligation will be an orientation of approximately an hour, and then 30 minutes once a week with the student. The session is the same day and time each week.

Interested in volunteering? Please fill out this registration form at

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

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Health Room


A reminder from the health room. Please bring any medications that your child must take during school hours and consent forms to Health Office. This is for prescribed medications that must be taken during the school day. If your child is in grade three, four or five, you may fill out a form for them to self subscribe enhalers or cough drops. Please fill out appropriate form for permissions. You can contact Julie Ries our Student Health Aid (SHA) for more information. If you have any questions please contact the school, or email our nurse, Cheryl Bell at or Healthy Aid Julie Ries at for further information.

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Nutrition Services


The Nutrition Services team has been so excited to see so many students enjoying school meals 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. All families can check their account balances online with SchoolCafe at any time (and there is no charge to view your accounts).

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*

  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.

*Payments can be dropped off at the school office. Please put the payment in an envelope labeled 'cafeteria'. Checks can also be mailed to PPS Nutrition Services, 501 N Dixon St, Portland, OR 97227.

Whitney Ellersick, Senior Director,

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