Newsletter 2 | Week of August 28 - September 1
Calendar of Events
WEEK OF AUGUST 21-25
Mon. 8.28 - Gr 6 Parent Night at 4:30 pm
Tu. 8.29 - Gr 4 Parent Night at 4:30 pm
Wed. 8.30 - Gr 5 Parent Night at 4:30 pm
Thu. 8.31 - Gr 3 Parent Night at 4:30 pm
Fri. 9.1 - Confidence T-Shirt Day
LOOKING AHEAD
Mon. 9.4 - Labor Day - NO SCHOOL
Tu. 9.5 - K-5 Parent Night at 4:30 pm
Wed. 9.6 - Gr 1 Parent Night at 4:30 pm
Thu. 9.7 - K-4 Parent Night at 4:30 pm
Fri. 9.8 - Gr 6 Movie Night/Gr 6 Parent Meeting
Mon. 9.11 - Gr 2 Parent Night at 4:30 pm
Tu. 9.12 - Parent Chat at 8:15 a.m.
Thu - Fri 9.14 - 9.15 - Gr 5 Camp Wewa
Wed. 9.20 - Early Dismissal Day
Wed. 9.27 - Student Portrait Day
We cannot wait to see you all at the upcoming “Parents' Night" events. Your special meeting is a great opportunity to hear from your child's teachers and learn about their curriculum for the school year. We understand how busy week nights can be, so we have streamlined the format in order to make your time with us more productive and efficient.  We will email a packet the night before each grade level event. We encourage you to bring your iPad or other mobile devices to peruse this packet the day of the event! In addition, we will also hand out Parent Night cards that will have a QR code on the back. This code will also give you access to the grade level packets. We recommend you download the QR Code Reader app prior to the event.

To download a QR Code Reader for your mobile phone, follow these steps:
1. Open your mobile app store (App Store or Google Play)
2. Search for QR Code Reader. (Popular and free QR Readers are: QR Reader, QR Scanner, or Bakodo) 
3. Download the QR code reader to your phone, open it and you are ready to use it to scan the back of the Parent Night card. 

DON’T FORGET YOUR UMBRELLA!  
We’ve learned from years past that Florida's weather does not always cooperate during this event!

Please arrive at or before 4:25 p.m.; the tour will begin promptly at 4:30 p.m. To help you plan your evening, please keep in mind that these events will last approximately two hours.

CHILD CARE:  Because t hese informative sessions are not geared to children, Club Eagle AfterCare has arranged for child care for parents who need a place to safely leave their child(ren) during "Parents' Night." If your child does not normally go to AfterCare, and you would enjoy this service for only $15 per child for the entire event, please contact Club Eagle by email at  aftercare@parkmaitland.org  or by phone at  407-647-3038 , ext. #159. This service is for Park Maitland children only - no younger siblings, please. Children can either go straight to the AfterCare at the end of their school day, or you can arrange to drop them off with the AfterCare staff when you arrive for "Parents' Night.” 

PARKING:   When you arrive for "Parents' Night," please park in any available space on campus. Our teachers and staff will park off campus for your convenience. 

We are looking forward to having each of you join us for a peek into your child's home away from home!
Message from the School Nurse:

Back to school is a time of excitement, but it can also bring an outbreak of sickness . We continue to remind students to wash hands often and/or use hand sanitizer that is provided in each classroom and in common areas around campus. We all must work together to be extra vigilant in our efforts to help our students stay as healthy as possible.

On that note, please help us by following the school health protocol as stated in our Parent Handbook. Bringing your child to school with the symptoms listed below puts other children and school staff at risk of becoming ill. This information is offered so that you will have information to help you make a decision about your child attending school. Here are some guidelines from your school nurse to help you decide:

Fever:  If your child has a fever, please keep him home. Children must stay home until they are fever free at least 24 hours without the use of fever reducing medication. 

Appearance/Behavior:  If your child is unusually tired, pale, or doesn't want to eat it may indicate an illness is beginning.

Eyes:  If your child has mucus or pus coming from the eyes, this may be an eye infection that needs treatment. Keep your child at home and take him to your healthcare provider.

Nasal Drainage and/or Constant Cough:  If your child has ​​excessive drainage that is ​either ​clear, ​yellow, ​​​​or green, please keep your child at home. If other symptoms of illness are also present, ​he/she should see a healthcare provider. A cough that is constant is very distracting in a classroom. The nurse may be calling you to pick up your child if the cough is loud and never ending.

Sore Throat:  If your child has a sore throat with fever and/or swollen glands, he/she should stay home and see a healthcare provider. The flu can be treated if anti-viral medication is started early.

Diarrhea:  If your child has 2 or more watery BMs in a 24 - hour period, he/she should stay home, especially if they also have nausea and look pale. If there is an accompanying fever, see a healthcare provider.

Vomiting:  If your child has vomited 2 or more times in the past 24 hours, please keep him at home. If there is an accompanying fever, see a healthcare provider.
 
If a student contracts a fever or has stomach virus symptoms while in school, we ask that you pick them up as soon as possible.  
 
Thank you for supporting our efforts to keep students and staff as healthy as possible.

To avoid morning waits, please arrive earlier. 
Students can be dropped off as early as 7:00 am.

Message from the Security Manager:

I wanted to take a moment tell you how proud I am of your children. Last week we conducted our first fire drill on campus. All of the students performed incredibly, moving from the classrooms to their designated areas quickly and quietly.

Arrival:
The City is replacing a lift station just north of the Enzian. This requires them to close the curb lane of 17-92 north bound while they are working. The work should only take a week and the roadway will be clear again.

For only the second week of school our carpool drop off has been proving to be very efficient. I was amazed that we were able to have 340 cars drop off students in 45 minutes. A couple of parents have told me that they are saving time by arriving 5 minutes earlier during morning drop-off. The line starts to back up on 17-92 at approximately 07:25. Once you are at Domino's it is only taking 6 to 7 minutes until you will reach the drop off stations. Please refrain from parking in the businesses around the campus and walking to campus. We want to ensure the safety of our students by safely dropping them off at the designated drop-off stations.

Remember we must all work together to ensure the safety of our students, parents, faculty, and staff at Park Maitland.

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at: jjohnson@parkmaitland.org or call (407) 647-3038 x248.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation,
Jesse Johnson
For Prospective Park Maitland Families
Friday, September 22nd
9:00 a.m.

Join us for an in-depth tour of the school and the outstanding curriculum we have to offer! 

Current Parents: Please invite your friends and family with Park Maitland-aged children to attend this Open House event!

To celebrate the launch of our new website (and our new look) e ach Park Maitland School family should have received a car magnet at your child's Meet & Greet. If you did not receive a magnet, please contact Ms. Jessica Plummer at jplummer@parkmaitland.org. Also, if you did receive a magnet but would like to purchase an extra, they are available for $5.
Don't Forget...Wednesday, September 20th 
is an Early Dismissal Day!
   
During the 2017-2018 school year, we will have several "Early Dismissal" days. This time will be used for staff training and for professional development. 

We want to remind our new families who have more than one child attending Park Maitland -- if you have a dismissal "A" child that needs to go home after dismissal "B," please send in a note to that effect. We will have supervision in the gym for those children.

EARLY DISMISSAL SCHEDULE
  
  K-4, Grades 1, 3, and 5 -- 11:25 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.
Gate opens at 11:25 a.m. -- closes at 12:00 p.m.

K-5, Grades 2, 4, and 6 -- 12:13 p.m. - 12:45 p.m.
Gate opens at 12:13 p.m. -- closes at 12:45 p.m.

AfterCare Options
You will have the option of picking up your child at the assigned early dismissal time, or they could go to our "Club Eagle AfterCare" program. "Club Eagle" will provide special child care for students
who are not actively enrolled for only $15 per child. Simply contact Club Eagle by
email at  aftercare@parkmaitland.org  or by calling 407.647.3038, ext. #159.
Children who attend AfterCare regularly can follow their usual after school protocol.
"STAGES and PHASES"
Parent Chats with Carol Miller
and Matt Pearce

Mark your calendar for these very interesting parent chats. The coming sessions will be broken into four different events based on age groups so that you, as parents, get the most specific information relevant to your child or children. 

All chats will begin at 8:15 a.m.  Please sign-in in front of the AAC/gym and pick up your name tag.

K-4 and K-5 -- Wednesday, Sept. 6
Grades 5-6 -- Wednesday, Sept. 27 
Grades 3-4 -- Wednesday, Oct. 4
Grades 1-2 -- Wednesday, Oct. 18

  • Learn what your child is up to in personal and social development in this phase of life. 
  • Identify play and its purpose in the life of your child. 
  • Walk away with useful tools for talking to and playing with your child during this phase of life. 
  • Understand the social needs of your child. 
  • Learn about setting and maintaining limits. 
  • Parent to support your child in today's world.

"SMART SOCIAL MEDIA USAGE"
Parent Chat with Lori Smith
and special guest, Jim West

This important Parent Chat with Attorney, Lori Smith, will focus on the importance of smart social media usage. We also welcome special guest, Child Psychologist, Jim West, who will share the perils of technology addiction.

Tuesday, September 12th
8:15 a.m
Please sign-in in front of the AAC/gym
and pick up your name tag.

Lori W. Smith of Zimmerman, Kiser, & Sutcliffe, P.A., will be here to discuss how youth can use social media in a smart way. She will highlight successes of young teens who have used social media in school, entertainment, and youth related businesses. Ms. Smith will also highlight common social media mistakes.

In today's world of fast-paced and varied technological communication, children and adults are often surprised at the ramifications of hitting that "send" or "post" button without careful consideration. As a result of Ms. Smith's previous presentations, many adolescents seem to be rethinking their social media and communication choices. 

We ask that at least one parent of our 5th and 6th grade students attend this timely and relevant chat. Mrs. Smith will also meet with grade 5 and 6 students following the parent session.


There has been a wave of "Beltaphobia" that has hit our school and we wanted to gently remind our grades 3-6 students of our dress code guidelines so that this outbreak doesn't spread! 

As stated in the handbook: Third graders and up must wear a dark leather (brown or black) or sturdy, dress code approved fabric belt with their uniform pants, shorts, or skirts having waistbands with belt loops. Belts are not required with elasticized waists. Belts must show when shirts are tucked into waistbands. On "Casual Days" students may wear different belts. Children in K-4 through grade 2 are not required to wear belts.
WEBSITE TUTORIAL
Pl ease watch this informative tutorial which will help
you navigate the Parent Portal on our new website.
It was an epic day of hands on learning, celebrating, and viewing the rare eclipse of the sun!  
Grade 3-6 welcomed author James Ponti as he debuted his new book, Vanished , and delivered an insightful Q&A to our students.
Our Super Seniors had a blast at their Beach Bonding retreat this week!
K-4 students celebrated the letter "M" by sharing monster mittens, marshmallows, monkeys, and much more!
For many, the projection of the sun into scattered, flickering images on the ground was far and above the best part of the eclipse. (Photo taken by the multi-talented Ms. Marilyn Blythe.)
GRADE LEVEL LINKS
(Please note, teacher pages are not updated for the following week until Sunday at 4:00 p.m.)
K-4
K-5