Week of November 7 - 11
Calendar & News
Newsletter #12
The principle goal of education in the schools should be creating men and women who are capable of doing new things, not simply repeating what other generations have done. -- Jean Piaget

Dear Parents,

The administrative team and a few teachers had the opportunity to attend the 2016 FCIS (Florida Council of Independent Schools, our accrediting organization) annual convention this past week.  We walked away feeling affirmed and reenergized.  One of the keynote speakers, Paul Tough, renowned author and journalist, spoke on helping children succeed:

What Works and Why
.  Tough challenges -- our  culture's belief that intelligence, endlessly measured by test scores is the sole indicator of value in our education system.  He ushers in a tidal change in thinking and argues that non-cognitive skills or character are better indicators of success: curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism, self-control, and grit.  Children need opportunities to collaborate, think critically, create, make mistakes, and play!

See the adorable attached video, just one of five videos produced by Emily Blomquist, our Tinkering Lab teacher. It describes the wonderful process the kindergarten students have enjoyed as they prepare for their big show this Wednesday -- The Three Piggy Opera!  You can see from the expressions on their adorable faces that our K-5 students are quenching their curiosity, learning optimism, practicing lots of self-control, and developing grit!

Once upon a time in the Tinkering Lab, the big bad wolf blew down the three little piggies' houses! Our K5 children used the engineering design process to solve this BIG problem. K5s learned about architecture and engineering through amazing pieces of literature, "Iggy Peck Architect" and "Rosie Revere, Engineer." They found inspiration and endless possibilities for design thinking through the story, "If I Built a House." They planned, designed, learned to collaborate, took risks, made mistakes, learned how to make improvements to their work, and tried their very best. These little engineers with big imaginations created new piggy houses to hopefully withstand the huff and the puff of the big bad wolf!  Way to go, K-5 Tinkerers!  We could not be more proud of you!  The piggy houses will be on display at The Three Piggy Opera  on Wednesday, Nov. 9th for the children to show off to all their families and friends.  Come take a peek!

See the adorable video -- click HERE

To participate in an important discussion and learn more about helping your child succeed without too much stress, come to our Parent Chat this  Tuesday, November 8th at 8:15! All parents are invited!

Picture Retake Day  - Nov. 8th
Student photos went home last week. If you ordered photos and did not receive them, or if there was a problem with your order, please call Cady Studios at 800.547.6237.

If you would like for your child to participate in retake day on Tues., Nov. 8th, please email the name, grade and class color to ctight@parkmaitland.org.  If your child was absent on photo day, he/she is already on the retake day list.

Patriotic Dress Day
On Friday, November 11th students are asked to wear patriotic (red, white, and blue) shirts or dresses with denim or uniform bottoms as we pay tribute to our Veterans!

Wednesday, Nov. 9th
K-5 Blue & Purple -- 8:30 a.m.
K-5 Orange & Green -- 10:05 a.m.
K-5 Red & Yellow -- 12:15 p.m.

C oach Larrimore will be offering a special PE FUN Camp for students in grades 3-6 on Wed. Nov. 23rd from 8:00 am - 1:00 pm while school is closed for Thanksgiving break.  $50  
Please see the  attached flyer for more information or email Mr. Mike Larrimore  with questions.

Thanksgiving Break Camp
Join Ms. Blomquist for 
"Friendsgiving Fun Day"

K-4 - Grade 6 
Wed. Nov.  23rd
8am - 3pm

Follow the link for camp registration! Space is limited, sign up by Nov. 21 st.

Partnering with Parents
Success Without Stress 
Tuesday, November 8th 
at  8:15 a.m.
For Parents of Students in All Grades
Join us for a very important Parent Chat on Tuesday, 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!

Ms. Ballard's (aka Ms. Pickles) 
dress up collection needs your donations!

Please donate any unwanted Halloween or dress up clothes. 
(Nothing scary or gory, please).  
* Only clothing, please -- masks, shoes, accessories are not needed.

* Costumes that would fit a K-4 to 4th grade child are ideal. 

*Please have students bring donations to school with Ms. Ballard's name clearly labeled.

Thank you in advance for your help!
Due to our sc hool closing during Hurricane Matthew, the Speech  and Hearing Screenings have been moved to Nov. 15th.
Thank you to our amazing teachers and parents for putting the "FUN" in 
Halloween Fun Day!



Great Links
Don't Forget!
This Friday, November 11th is an Early Dismissal Day
During the 2016-2017 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.

Please note:  Students who have veterans coming to the assembly may check out with their special veteran after the brunch.

Our next Early Dismissal Day will be Tuesday, February 14th.

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.

 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 member(s) who are veterans would like to attend this special event, please email Ms. Lauren Kuharske or call 407.647.3038 x160 by  Friday, Nov. 4th  with a name and address so that we can mail a personal invitation. 
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.
Calendar Events
- Week of Nov. 7th-
7  Mon  -- Williamsburg Chaperone Meeting
8  Tues -- Picture Retake Day / Parent Chat, "Success without Stress"
8  Tues -- Park Maitland Mock Presidential Election
9  Wed -- K-5 Shows / JFF "I am Thankful For" Book  
11 Fri -- Veteran's Day Assembly / Early Dismissal Day
Calendar Looking Ahead
15  Tue. --  Grade 4 to Atlantic Coast Theater "FL Treasure" 
15-18 T-F --  Grade 5 "Williamsburg, VA" trip
17  Thurs. -- Grade 2 to "Stuart Little"
21  Mon. -- Grade 3 "Native American Festival" w/Jim Sawgrass 
22  Tue. -- Grade 1 "Harvest Festival"
23-25 W-F -- Thanksgiving Holidays for students and teachers
30  Wed. -- Grade 6 "Greek Festival"/ Admissions Open House Event

Where:  COCINA 214 (*Change in location from the Wells Fargo Bank Art Show of previous years)

What:  Select student artwork will be on display to kick off the holiday season in style! Participants will be notified after Thanksgiving.  
We wanted to share that your child's YOUNG MASTERS artwork has been completed in art class and has been shipped to the company for printing of a full color personalized brochure! We will send them home to you as soon as we receive them back. Once the brochures come home, you will be able to order (online) your child's artwork printed on a number of different products...and cherish these keepsakes for years to come!

More information regarding the YOUNG MASTERS program will follow, along with the due dates for your orders to assure a quick delivery before the holiday season. Thank you in advance for considering ordering and supporting the ARTS at PARK MAITLAND SCHOOL!  

Bring in non-perishable food items (cans, boxed foods, etc.) from now until Nov. 22nd to help support school-wide efforts to feed the hungry right here in Central Florida! 

If we reach our school-wide goal of 1,500 cans, students will earn a "dress down day" where they can wear casual, nonuniform clothes to school on Nov. 29th! 
The homeroom that brings in the most food items will win the  GOLDEN TURKEY trophy to  be displayed all year!

All donations will go to "A Grateful Mind," a local organization that packages and cooks meals weekly to bring to impoverished families throughout the Maitland and Orlando area. See their website for more information at  www.agratefulmind.org.


Come out to support our Eagles Flag Football team this season.  
All games will be played at Trotter's Park, 1905 Lee Road, Orlando.

Tues., 11/8 -- 7-8 pm
@ Highlanders,  Field #5
Thurs., 11/10 --  7-8 pm
vs. CP Gators,  Field #4
Sat.,  11/12 --  12-1 pm
@ CP Raiders,  Field #5
Tues.,  11/15 -- 7-8 pm
@ Warriors, Field #5
Sat.,  12/3 -- 10-11 am
@ CP Gators,  Field #4
Sat., 12/10 -- 10-11 am
vs. The Christ School, Filed #1
Tues., 12/13 -- 8-9 pm
vs. Highlanders, Field #1

Grade 4 students lit up the stage with their amazing performance of "La Florida."

Ms. Dawson's class enjoying the Halloween parade!

 Students and teachers participated in the Halloween fun!
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