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January 5, 2019
Dear Maple Families,
Happy New Year! We were excited to see the smiling faces of students return to school.  It has been a successful week as we created and shared goals and dreams for the new year.
The start of second semester is around the corner, and we have activities to promote learning, growth, and fun for students, staff, and families in the months ahead.  The second quarter ends on Friday, January 18th, with an early dismissal.  There is no school on Monday, January 21st, in celebration of Martin Luther King Junior Day.  Beyond January, we look forward to:
  • Our PTO sponsored Valentine's Day Party on February 14th
  • Family Curriculum Night on February 28th
  • Our Maple Fun Run on March 20th
  • Screenings for incoming kindergarten students the week of April 8th
Stay tuned...there is additional information to come regarding each of these events.
Our short week back allowed us to begin reviewing PBIS
expectations for school areas with some creative activities including solving clues to open a breakout box to review recess expectations, creating posters to display cafeteria expectations, and writing and performing songs to remember bus expectations.  Student-created posters and songs highlighting some of this work are featured in yesterday's Friday Video Announcement.  
This month we are also introducing golden spoons to support meeting cafeteria expectations.  Students will have a focus each week to earn a daily golden spoon for their class.  Once the class earns ten spoons they will receive a VIP lunch on the stage.  In addition, students continue to earn Tribe Tickets, allowing them to make purchases from the Winter Tribe Ticket Menus. 
Winter NWEA MAP will be administered to K-6students from January 22nd through February 5th.  Teachers will make families aware of the specific assessment dates for individual classes.  Here is a link to a parent toolkit with valuable information about this assessment.  
PTO is holding a meeting this Monday, January 7th, at 6:30 PM in the library.  Parents who are interested in helping to plan the upcoming PTO sponsored Valentine's Party are requested to attend.  As the event approaches, be on the lookout for the volunteer sign-up form to be distributed digitally.  
We look forward to accomplishing goals as learners, school citizens, and friends in the new year.  Our school goals include 96% attendance or better for each student every month, reading 20 minutes a day at least 5 times a week, and promoting positive behavior in all areas of the school.  We will check in on these goals throughout the month and celebrate our growth at our next assembly on January 25th at 2:30 PM in the gym.  We would love to have you join us!
                      Dr. Rena Hawkins             Dr. Eric Carlin
                             Principal                 Assistant Principal
Jan. 7:  Maple PTO meeting at 6:30 PM in the Library-Valentine's Day Party Planning
Jan. 9:  Late Start Weds., School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Jan. 16:  Late Start Weds., School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Jan. 17:  6th Grade Winter Band Concert at 6:30 PM at the PAC
Jan. 17: PTO Label Pick Up
Jan. 18:  End of Second Quarter, Early Dismissal 1:00 PM
Jan. 21:  M. L. King, Jr. Holiday, No School
Jan. 21-25:  MO School Board Recognition Week
Jan. 23:  Late Start Weds., School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Jan. 23-Feb. 8:  Reach Out and Read KC's Hooked on Books Student Book Drive
Jan. 25:  MES Leadership Hour at 1:15-2:15 PM & Assembly at 2:30 PM 
Jan. 30:  Late Start Weds., School begins at 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Are you interested in after school clubs or activities for your student?  Here are offerings for Innovation Learning Enrichments including Spanish and Karate at Maple Elementary beginning January 22nd (scroll to page 3 to see offerings at our school) and Bricks 4 Kidz Lego Classes at Maple Elementary beginning in February.
Students will go outdoors for recess unless the temperature or wind chill is below 20 degrees Fahrenheit.  Please make sure students are bundled to keep fingers, heads, faces, and bodies warm during these winter months.  
Please note that we will have full school days on Monday, February 18, 2019 (President's Day), and May 31, 2019 (originally scheduled as the last day of school) to make up the two snow days that have accumulated this school year.  Pending no additional snow days, the school year now ends on Monday, June 3, 2019, with an early dismissal.  
Mrs. Freeman's Technology and Innovation News
Thank you from our Maple Makers Leadership Group!  Our Holiday Store was able to raise $160 for families in our community!  We appreciate your support!
I hope everyone had a wonderful break with their families and friends!  Now that we are back, we have some exciting projects students will be working on...

Sixth Grade
Students have started to identify an area that they would like to focus on creating an invention.  They are approaching this project with an empathy lens, meaning, how can they help others? This could include other people, groups, animals, the environment, etc.  Students should be choosing something they feel passionate about. We will be narrowing down our ideas for an invention and will be conducting a customer interest survey.  Please ask your student about what ideas they have and what they might invent!

Fifth Grade
These students have started working on their rough
 drafts for our Veterans Tiny House Project.  In this project, they will design and build a tiny house out of clay in Art Class. They will also design print out a 3D piece of furniture for the house with TinkerCAD software in the T&I lab.  These houses will then be auctioned off to raise money for the Veterans Community Project. You can find out more about this local charity  here.
Fourth Grade
These students have worked on giving constructive comments and feedback to their peers and have continued to build their digital drawing tool skills.  They also worked on their coding skills. They are starting a new project where they will design and build battle armor for our Sphero robots Battlebots style!
Third Grade
Students in third grade have learned how to compose and respond to an email message.  They will also begin a new design challenge where they will build trebuchet snowball launchers.

Second Grade
These students spent some time reviewing skills on how to format text and add pictures to documents.  They will begin to design and build musical instruments that can be played by hooking up to the Makey Makey's.
First Grade
First Grade has worked really hard on learning all about how to create documents and format text.  These students will begin their animal unit shortly where we will research and create an animal habitat.  Stay tuned for more details about this project soon! It will be sent home with your student.
Students have continued to work on their mouse and letter location skills.  We built houses to protect our pigs from the big bad wolf using our 3D shapes.  We will start to learn about usernames and passwords and how to log in.
You can see more by follow our journey on Twitter: @sara_freeman,on Instagram at, and on Facebook at   
Library News from Mrs. Davis
Maple Elementary is joining schools throughout the Kansas City area for the annual Hooked On Books book drive. It's a great opportunity for kids to help kids. All books collected are distributed to medical clinics, schools and literacy organizations that need your help. Maple Elementary will be collecting new or gently used books for ages 3-12 beginning January 23. Book Drive collection ends Feb. 8.