Week of October 24-28
Calendar & News
Newsletter #10

Dear Park Maitland Parents,
Florida fall has arrived, and although its debut brought cloudy and stormy weather, we also felt our first "hint" of cooler days. As Floridians, we don't often get a sense of a "real" change of season, the leaves barely change, and cooler days for us are in the 70's and 80's. At school, teachers create ways to remind or teach our students what fall and other seasons look like by emulating activities that are traditional to this time of year.

In kindergarten, we started our first week of fall learning about the history of Johnny Appleseed, culminating in a festive day of fall fun. Children, teachers, and parents played and worked together to make applesauce, apple pies, apple graphs, and just about anything you could possible think of having to do with apples! A few weeks ago, our 5th graders hosted their fall "garage sale" in an effort to raise money for global and local outreach. Thanks to our generous and helpful parents, they received donations from all grades and came together with friends and families to sell hundreds of donated treasures and bags full of baked goods.

This past Friday evening, hundreds of parents, siblings, teachers, and students gathered in our school gym to celebrate the season in an exciting yet eerie way!  One of our many 6th grade curriculum themes is Gothic fiction, and it has proven to be a great genre for stimulating the interest o f middle school students. The spooky descriptions seem to tantalize their imaginations and have them eager to read more. Students begin reading classic Gothic fiction short stories such as "The Tell Tale Heart". They then write their own stories incorporating different elements including the patient building of suspense, advanced vocabulary, and figurative language. Simultaneously, they work on their acting skills through Gothic scene studies in drama class, and they create black and white videos for a spellbinding silent picture show in Smart Tech. The culminating event is Gothic Fiction Night! It is a celebration of all things macabre and uns ettling -- and it i s so much fun!

We wait with g reat anticipation for the upcoming annual Jack O' Lantern Contest and Halloween Fun Day..

While the main purpose of the se events and activities is to teach our children in a fun, creative, and engaging way, another important outcome is building " comm unity spirit!" A warm, loving, and strong sense of community is tradition at Park Maitland School! Life-long fri endships are built here bet ween students and their families. The division of work, feeling of association, togetherness, and cooperation -- all these help in establishing a healthy atmosphere filled with unity, harmony, family, and friendship. A sense of togetherness lies in the soul of every individual. We are so fortunate to be able to nurture this "community spirit" at Park Maitland School!
Cindy Moon
Head of School
Park Maitland School
Partnering with Parents
Success Without Stress 
Wednesday, November 8th 
For Parents of Students in All Grades
Join us for a very important Parent Chat on Wednesday, November 8th. Professionals will discuss how parents can achieve balance in our over-scheduled society --

1.  Successful strategies to minimize stress
2.  EQ vs IQ (Emotional Intelligence)
3.  Successful parenting techniques to allow your child to be happy and healthy
Space is limited, please RSVP today!

Due to a scheduling conflict the Science Expo date has been moved to March 8th.  Please update your calendars to reflect this very important change in our school calendar.  

"Hats On for Haiti" Day
Wednesday, October 26th
Konor N., a very compassionate 3rd grade student, knew of Haiti's plight after the terrible earthquake in 2010.  When Hurricane Matthew tore through the vulnerable country, she knew she had to help.  Konor devised "Hats On for Haiti" to raise money for the relief effort.  On Wed., October 26th, students will be allowed to wear hats for a $2 donation (or a monetary donation of any kind).  Money raised will be donated to HopeforHaiti.com. We applaud Konor's act of thoughtfulness and invite all students to help spread kindness on October 26th!
The Teal Pumpkin Project is making Halloween safer for children with
food allergies.  
Follow this  link   to find out more!


Congratulations to our Eagles volleyball team on an amazing season.  They earned an undefeated regular season record and won 2nd place in the playoff competition. The girls have shown great skill, sportsmanship, and determination all season.  We are so proud!  A HUGE thank you goes to their amazing coach, Sam Miller, who motivated and inspired the team all the way to the championship!

Congratulations to our 
YMCA Spirit League 
Soccer Team 
on their Championship Win!
(top row: left to right) Nico S., Jack B. Finn D., Lance H., Gavin F., Christos R.
(bottom row: left to right) Ashton P., Linden S., Sammy L. and Ben D.
(coaches: Jay Rooth, Todd Demetriades and Robert Davidescu)

Our YMCA Spirit League girls' team showed a lot of heart and played hard all season.  Way to go, girls!
(top row, left - Coach Brian Moore, Isabella, Caitlyn, Olivia, Eileen, Coach Ivan Garibay)
(bottom row, left - Victoria, Maddie, Sadie, Alexa)



Great Links
Calendar Events
- Week of Oct. 24th- 
24  Mon -- Grade 1 & 2 Parent Chat, Development & Phases
25 - 28 (Tues - Fri) -- Jack O'Lantern Contest
26  Wed -- Hats On for Haiti Day
26  Wed -- Honored Elders Visit Local Retirement Community
26  Wed --
Grade 3 & 4 Parent Chat, Development & Phases

27  Thurs -- Admissions Open House (9:30 a.m.)
Calendar Looking Ahead
31  Mon -- K4-K5 Fun Day / JFF Halloween Celebration
 1  Tues -- Grade 6 Preview Night for Parents (See below) /
 Tues -- 
Kindness T-shirt Day / 
Grade 4 Shows 
 1  Tues -- 
Official Trinity Prep Visitation Day (Grade 6 only)
  2  Wed -- Grade 1 to see "Stuart Little"
 3  Thurs -- Grade 3 to see "Stuart Little"
 3 - 4 (Thur - Fri) -- 
Grade 5 to C
amp Wewa  
 8  Tues -- Picture Retake Day
 8  Tues -- Williamsburg Chaperone Meeting
 9  Wed -- K-5 Shows / JFF "I am Thankful For" Book  
11  Fri -- Veteran's Day Assembly / Early Dismissal Day


4th and 5th grade parents are invited to join us for a fun, informative night where you will hear from alumni, teachers, and administrators on what makes Park Maitland's 6th grade year  SUPER!
Tuesday, November 1st at 6:30 p.m.
Park Maitland School - Arts & Athletics Center 
Security Message from Mr. Johnson:
With Halloween just around the corner, I thought I'd pass on a few Halloween safety tips:
  • Masks can affect a child's vision as they walk through yards and on streets. Consider non-toxic, hypoallergenic makeup instead.
  • Make sure wigs and costumes are flame-retardant.
  • Encourage children to select brightly-colored costumes and to carry a flashlight.
  • Make sure the costume is appropriate for the weather.
  • Any swords or stick accessories should be short and/or flexible.
  • Go trick-or-treating with neighbors and friends. Do not go alone. Do not enter homes unless you are with an adult you know.
  • Use established crosswalks wherever possible.  Look both ways before crossing the street.
  • All candy should be inspected by an adult before it is eaten. Eat only factory-wrapped treats. Avoid eating homemade treats made by strangers. Any candy that is tampered with should be reported to local law enforcement immediately. 
And be on the alert for CREEPY CLOWNS!!!
If you have any questions please feel free to email me at: jjohnson@parkmaitland.org or call (407) 647-3038 x248.  Let's all work together to ensure the safety of the students, parents, faculty, and
staff at Park Maitland School!
Jesse Johnson

 Park Maitland's Veteran's Day Celebration

We would like to honor our veterans by inviting them to attend a special "Veteran's Day" assembly on Friday, Nov. 11th!  If you or
your family members that are veterans would like to attend this special event, please contact Ms. Lauren Kuharske by email at 
lkuharske@parkmaitland.org  or by calling
407.647.3038, ext. #160 by Friday, November 4th
so that we may send them a formal invitation by mail. 
We wish that we had the space to invite all of our families, but  space is very limited during assemblies, and we must limit attendance to veterans and their families only.
P U M P K I N   C O N T E S T

Pumpkin contest entries are in, and it's almost time to start designing!  Please note pumpkin drop-off dates and times below:

Tues., Oct. 25th between 7:30 and 10:00 a.m.
Wed., Oct. 26th between 7:30 a.m. and 10:00 a.m. 
 Wed., Oct. 26th between 2:00 p.m. and 4:00 p.m.
(Absolutely NO entries are to be set up after 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday.)

Please see the linked  entry form for important labeling information before you submit your entry.   

Volunteers Still Needed!
We are in need of parents volunteers to help collect contest entries at carpool on the dates and times listed above.  Please contact Ms. Belle Warren at bwarren@parkmaitland.org if you are able to lend a hand.

Partnering with Parents
If you are a parent of students in 1st-4th grade, we hope you can join us for our final two  "Stages & Phases" Parent Chats this week.  They will be insightful and informative  chats highlighting ways that you can help your child navigate the stages and  phases of these young years.  All chats will begin at 8:15 a.m. Please note meeting rooms below.

Grades 1-2 -- Monday, Oct. 24 -- Room SP2
Grades 3-4 -- Wednesday, Oct. 26 -- Room M1D1 (Gym)
First graders estimate the weight of a large 17 pound pumpkin. Congrats to our best estimators in each color class. 
Alex B. (1 blue) had the best estimate among all 95 mathematicians.  

Students help by reading to kindergarten kids at Killarney Elementary School. 
Park Maitland Daisy Troop 1606 had a fun fall time at a local pumpkin patch! 
Dr. Taylor's dental office surprised our K-5 students with a special visit.
Luke and Chloe played their golf tournament at Championsgate on Saturday, and Luke K. (2-Red) placed second!   We are very proud of Luke and Chloe, both skilled young golfers! 
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Cheryl Tight
Communications Manager
Park Maitland School
407-647-3038, ext. 122

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