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March 1, 2019
Dear Maple Families,
While the cold, ice, and snow seem to be ongoing, we are warming up with learning, positive behavior, and student events at Maple!  Thank you to those who joined us for gamified learning and making at our family event last night.  We enjoyed interacting with your families and watching you support your child in learning and fun!
The next Maple PTO meeting is Monday, March 4th, in the library at 6:30 PM.  We hope you can join us as we plan ahead for spring events.  
As a result of the ninth unplanned missed school day on Wednesday, February 27th, school will be in session on Friday, March 22nd(originally no school for spring break) to ensure the last day of the 2018-2019 school year is on Friday, June 7th.  The last day for 3rd quarter will be on Friday, March 22nd and will be an early dismissal for staff professional development.  Thursday, March 21st will be a full day.  This day was originally planned to be an early release to end 3rd quarter.
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Kindergarten Screening for Incoming Students
Maple Elementary School's Fun Run
READY, SET, GO!!  We are running to help our school!  Maple Elementary's Fun Run kicks off on March 11th with a pep rally in the gym.  Grades K-2 will attend at 2 PM and Grades 3-6 will attend at 2:45 PM.  Team Days will occur March 12-19th, with each class participating in character building and excitement around this year's theme of MIND SPARK MYSTERY LAB.  
The Fun Run will take place in the gym on February 20th, with each class participating at the following times:
  • Grades K-1 at 9:30 AM
  • Grades 2-3 at 10:45 AM
  • Grade 6 at 1:00 PM
  • Grades 4-5 at 2:15 PM
Parents are encouraged to volunteer to assist at the run and come cheer on their students!  Students are running to earn money for technology, flexible student seating, and student programs at Maple Elementary!  Our goal is to raise $15,000, and the top student in each grade level will get to slime Dr. Hawkins and Dr. Carlin!   
Happy #MeaningfulMarch!  What is one way you can make this month remarkable?     
          Dr. Rena Hawkins               Dr. Eric Carlin
                  Principal                   Assistant Principal
Mar. 4-8:  School Social Worker Week
Mar. 4:  Maple PTO meeting at 6:30 PM in the Library
Mar. 6:  Late Start Weds. School begins @ 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Mar. 8:  Missouri Read In Day-Dress as your favorite storybook character.
Mar. 11:  Maple Elementary Boosterthon Fun Run Pep Rally at 2:00 PM (K-2) and 2:45 PM (3-6) in the gym
Mar. 12-19:  Boosterthon Team Days
Mar. 13:  Late Start Weds. School begins @ 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Mar. 14:  PTO Label Pick Up
Mar. 20:  Late Start Weds. School begins @ 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Mar. 20:  Maple Elementary Boosterthon Fun Run
Mar. 21:  Full day of school**This is a change in the original school calendar due to snow day make-ups.**
Mar. 22:  3rd Quarter Ends, Early Dismissal at 1:00 PM**This is a change in the original school calendar due to snow day make-ups.**
Mar. 25:  Spring Break, No School
Mar. 27:  Late Start Weds. School begins @ 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Apr. 1:  Maple PTO meeting at 6:30 PM in the Library
Apr. 3:  Late Start Weds. School begins @ 9:05 AM, No EC Classes
Apr. 3:  Paraprofessional/Instructional Assistant Appreciation Day
Technology and Innovation News from Mrs. Freeman
Mark your calendars for the 68th Annual Greater KC Science & Engineering Fair 
April 3-7, 2019
Union Station Kansas City

The region's oldest and largest Science & Engineering Fair for area students to compete for ribbons, awards, & cash prizes. Students in grades 4-12 showcase their projects from 15 categories covering everything from Animal Sciences to Inventions.

For more information visit
We need your help!
Sixth Grade students  are working to develop their product and invention ideas and they need your feedback!  If you would please take a few minutes to fill out some of our Customer Interest Surveys, we would greatly appreciate it!  You can access the surveys here:
Please feel free to pass along to others that may also be interested in giving us feedback!
Sixth Grade
Students have learned more about their digital footprint and online identities.  They have also learned how they can keep their information private. You can view some of the reflections  here.  
We were also fortunate to have Tom Gray, cohost of the Make 48 TV show, come and speak with us about the invention and design process.
Fifth Grade
These students are wrapping up furniture designs using TinkerCAD.  Once complete they will print out their furniture using our 3D printer. These houses will be auctioned off to raise money for the Veterans Community Project.  You can findout more about this local charity here.

Fourth Grade
These students are ready to challenge others to see who will take home the Battlebots trophy!  Competition started this week.

Third Grade
Students in third grade have started to build trebuchet snowball launchers.

Second Grade
These students have wrapped up our instrument design challenge and have completed online reflections about their learning.  You can view these here.  

First Grade
First Grade has worked really hard on our animal habitats!  It's not too late if you have anything that you want to send in that would enhance your students' habitats please send that in with their name on it.  These can be easily collected outside - sticks, rocks, etc. If you have any questions, please contact me.

Students have learned about the basic steps in the design process, Think, Make, Improve.  We have also continued to build our letter recognition skills on the keyboard.
Library News With Mrs. Davis
Kindergarten students are now selecting books from the regular shelves. In addition, students are bringing home two books each week.
First grade can now browse the shelves in the regular non-fiction. They will be learning to use the OPAC for book searches using our Destiny System.
Second grade is working on ABC order in preparation for practicing dictionary skills lessons this month.
Third and Fourth grades are using Storyworks, a Scholastic publication that exposes students to short, interesting articles about relevant topics. It provides critical thinking questions prompting students to think deeply about the text.
Fifth grade is working on researching and writing Opinion pieces, and sixth grade is practicing Readers Theatre.
Thank you for participating in our community reach out program, Reach Out and Read KC's Hooked on Books drive. Gently used books were donated to this organization who then distributes them to children in need. We had over 300 donations!
March 8 we will celebrate Missouri Read In Day. We are looking forward to see students and staff dress up as their favorite book character.