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December 7, 2018
Dear Maple Families,
Last week, November ended with celebrations!  We attended our second student-facilitated assembly.  Recognizing accomplishments, we met our attendance goal with 96.13% of Maple students arriving on time, every day over the course of the month.  The top 3 classes for attendance were Mrs. Garrett, Mrs. Henshaw, and Mrs. Reade's classes.  
Congratulations to Harper Grindel, Brody David, Josh Hook, Kate Crim, Nate Charley, Jaxon Laybourne, Abby Craig, and Helena Overschmidt for going above and beyond and earning the Warrior Award!
Another highlight from last month's assembly was silly stringing the principals!  Students who sold 16 or more items in the Clubs Choice fundraiser emptied their cans on Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Carlin.  We were prepared for this fun!
Maple Elementary School's Toy Drive started this past Monday,
December 3rd, and will run until Wednesday, December 12th.  Toys collected will be donated to the toy store at Grace Church to help local families in need this holiday.  If you can help, please send an unwrapped, new toy to school with your child.
The SPARK leadership group created a Kindness Challenge for students and staff at Maple Elementary.  This is a perfect way to promote #DaringDecember.  
This month we asks students to step up, be brave, and show kindness to others!  Students are tracking their acts of kindness.  Encourage your child to participate and check in frequently to see how it is going!  
The School Beautification Leadership Group has turned our hallways into a winter wonderland!  If you haven't seen it, we encourage you to stop by for lunch and check out the student made decorations and classroom door decorations.  We are decking the halls with "falala" this season!  Big thanks to Mrs. Herndon who donated a live Christmas tree to stand in front of our school.

The Service Leadership group is selling Holiday Grams on December10th, 11th, and 13th.  Sales will run from 8:30-8:50 AM in the music room.  All holiday grams are $1.  Students can purchase for a friend or for themselves.  Proceeds will stay at MES and go towards funding future leadership group projects! 
The Maple Makers Leadership Group has also been busy making goods!  Their Holiday Story will be open on Fridays in December.  Items can be purchased for $.50 or more.  Proceeds will be donated to help Smithville families this season.
Remember with the frigid temperatures that students will go outdoors for recess unless the temperature or wind chill is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  Please make sure students arebundled to keep fingers, heads, faces, and bodies warm as the temperatures continue to drop.
Families in Grades 4-6, please note that MAP results from the state assessment given last spring will be mailed home within the next two weeks.  Once you receive these results, please let us know if you have questions. 
We wish you and your family a happy holidays!  Our break will run from December 24th-January 1st.  Students will return on Wednesday, January 2nd.  Please remember this is a late start Wednesday, with school beginning at 9:05 AM.  Early childhood classes will resume on Thursday, January 3rd.  
                           Dr. Rena Hawkins             Dr. Eric Carlin
                                  Principal                 Assistant Principal
Dec. 12:  Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Dec 13:  Second & Third Grade Concert at the Performing Arts Center at 7:00 PM
Dec. 18:  Maple Marvels Choir Concert at the Performing Arts Center at 7:00 PM
Dec. 19:  Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Dec. 21:  MES Assembly @ 9:30 AM
Dec. 24-Jan. 1:  Holiday Break, No School
Jan. 2:  School in session
Jan. 2:  Late Start Wednesday, School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Jan. 2-9:  PBIS Expectation Review

Freeman's Technology and Innovation News
A HUGE thank you to all the families that have been sending in donations for our innovation supplies!  We really appreciate it! If you have anything that you would like to donate, please send it in with your child!  Here are the items we are looking for.

Kindergarten students have been working on developing their mouse and letter location skills.  We have also worked on 3D shapes and how to build from the bottom up. First grade has been working on "special" keys on the keyboard.  They also planned and built a "corn" maze. Second grade has been working on how to stay safe online and will continue their work on circuits.

Third and Fourth graders are working on their touch typing skills and wrapping up Google Slide decks including using the drawing tools and hyperlinking.  Fifth graders have wrapped up our first design process challenges.  And lastly sixth graders are working on comparing design processes.  We are kicking off our invention projects.

Computer Science Education Week
The 2018 Computer Science Education Week will be December 3-9.
Computer Science Education Week is held annually in recognition of the birthday of computing pioneer Admiral Grace Murray Hopper (December 9, 1906).  Every student should have the opportunity to learn computer science. It helps nurture problem-solving skills, logic and creativity. By starting early, students will have a foundation for success in any 21st-century career path.

Technology is transforming every industry on the planet. In 2015, 7 million openings in the U.S. were in occupations-including art and design-that value coding skills.  We know that regardless of what our students do when they grow up, whether they go into medicine, business, politics, or the arts, knowing how to build technology will give them confidence and a competitive edge.

Engineering Writing Contest!
  • WHO: Students in grades 3-12.
  • WHAT: Write an original, fictional story in which the main character is a female who uses engineering skills to solve a problem.
  • WHEN: Submissions are due Feb. 1, 2019. Read the full rules and entry details.
More information can be found  here.

A few snapshots of our work this month.

You can see more by follow our journey on Twitter: @sara_freeman,on Instagram at, and on Facebook at   
P.E. with Mr. Opperman 
This past month students in physical education have been working hard on game concepts, juggling, and fitness.  Examples of these are juggling scarfs, playing the board game Fitness Skillastics, steal the flag, wall ball, frisbee foot tag, and the hospital game.  The students have been doing an awesome job and showing me great effort.  Keep up the good work!
Library News from Mrs. Davis
Thank you for supporting our Fall Book Fair. Our Family Night and Grand Event were well attended. Funds from the fair purchased fiction and nonfiction books to enhance grade level curricula. A big thank you to all who helped at the fair.
We appreciate the support of our Maple family!
With Christmas break right around the corner, here are some things you can do to get and keep your child reading over break:
  • Play board games. Scrabble or Boggle are specifically good for building vocabulary and spelling.
  • Learn "how to." Is there something your child would really like to do, such as perform magic tricks or add sequins to her jeans? Encourage him/her to find out how by reading about it.
  • Get cooking. Invite your child to help you bake a cake or a special meal together. If necessary, simplify and rewrite a recipe's instructions so he/she can read it to you.
  • Make cards. Have your child make his/her own cards for holidays, birthdays, party invitations, and thank-you notes. Help him/her write a personal message to each recipient.
  • Create signs and labels. Help your early reader build vocabulary by creating stickers or signs for his/her room that identify toys or furniture: "bike," "desk," etc.
News From Mr. Espey
We have lots of happenings in the music room!  Our 2nd and 3rd grade choirs will be performing their holiday musical "Narbert the Narwhal's North Pole Neighbors" on Thursday, December 13th at the Smithville Performing Arts Center.  The show starts at 7 and doors will open at 6:45!  Also, our 4th-6th grade choir, "The Maple Marvels," will be doing a joint concert with the all the other elementary choirs in the district on December 18th starting at 7 pm.  It should be an amazing show!  Happy Holidays everyone!