Week of November 14 - 18
Calendar & News
Newsletter #13

Patriotism is alive and well at Park Maitland School!  This week, we enjoyed honoring our heroes, the United States Veterans, during our Annual Veteran's Day Ceremony!  It was heartwarming to see the pride on the faces of our many honored Veterans and the looks of respect and awe in the faces of our students.  Stories were told, songs were sung, poetry recited, lessons taught, flags folded, ROTC marching, scouts leading, Veterans sharing, and more -- all in honor of the special men and woman who have or are still sacrificing so much for our freedom!

A special thanks to:
  • Major General Metcalf, our passionate keynote speaker, Honored and decorated US Veteran and Winter Park resident.
  • Drill Sergeant Foley for his leadership with our Cub Scouts.
  • The many honored Veterans who attended our ceremony and allowed us to pay our deepest respect and gratitude!  You are our heroes!

Patriotism and respect for our country and its history remain a valuable and integral part of our school curriculum and our daily celebrations as we work to prepare our students to be productive and successful leaders and peacemakers of tomorrow!   The need for us to model the importance of our nation coming together as a human race to show love, kindness, and respect towards our Veterans and one another is stronger than ever.

Yes, patriotism is alive and well at Park Maitland School!

God Bless America!

Cindy Moon

Click HERE to view a slideshow of Park Maitland's Veterans Day Assembly!

Picture Retake Day  Order Information
For students who participated in picture retake day, photos will be sent home after the Thanksgiving break. Your child will bring home an envelope containing printed proofs, along with a URL created just for you. Simply enter that web address into a browser to order photos. If you have any questions regarding photos or ordering, please contact Cady Studios customer service at 800.547.6237.

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.  

When:  Tuesday, November 29th

Grades 3-6
December 6-8
3:30-4:30 pm

The Tech Team is excited to announce that we are hosting "Hour of Code" here at Park Maitland School! This coding experience is only offered to our 3rd-6th graders. The voluntary sessions will take place  December 6-8--a mini week of coding. Each session will be an hour from  3:30-4:30pm. The students will use the desktop computers in the lab and the laptops in the library. We have included a Google Form sign-up sheet for you to register your child. We are allotting space for 60 students per day as they can double up and work together. We are so excited to offer this cool educational experience to our students!  Please email ldanhoff@parkmaitland.org  if you have questions.

Celebrate at the New Year's Eve Lock-in

Come join Ms. Ballard, Ms. Rios, and some other surprise guests and celebrate New Year's Eve -- - kid style!
Open to all students!! 
K-4 through Sixth grade.
Party from 6 pm Saturday, December 31st to 10 am Sunday, January 1 2017.
It's the best night of the year!!!
Food, dancing, games, fun, and more fun!

Follow this LINK for more details and registration form.


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.

Emma Grace was born October 27 at 10:17am, weighing 8lbs 9oz,  and measuring 20.27 inches. 
She is the daughter of Rebecca ( Davis ) and  Erik Herrera, and the granddaughter of  Susan  and Alan  Davis .

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 personalized brochure!  Once the brochures are sent 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! 

Thank you to all students who donated on "Hats on for Haiti day."  Because of your generous donations, we raised $1,610.50 for the Haiti Relief Fund!

Our Honored Elders Ambassador Group visited their friends at the Mayflower Senior Living Home.

Due to our sc hool closing during Hurricane Matthew, the Speech  and Hearing Screenings have been moved to Nov. 15th.


Great Links
Calendar Events
- Week of Nov. 14th-
14  Mon -- Wear Blue for World Diabetes Day ($2 donation)
15  Tue. -- Grade 4 to Atlantic Coast Theater FL Treasure / Speech & Hearing Screen
15-18 T-F -- Grade 5 Williamsburg, VA trip
17  Thurs. -- Grade 2 to Stuart Little
Calendar Looking Ahead
21  Mon. -- Grade 3 Native American Festival w/Jim Sawgrass / JFF Tinkering
22  Tue. -- Grade 1 Harvest Festival
23-25 W-F -- Thanksgiving Holidays for students and teachers
29  Tues. -- Holiday Art Show at La Cocina 214
30  Wed. -- Grade 6 Greek Festival / Admissions Open House Event at 9:00 am

1   Thur. -- Kindness T-Shirt Day
2   Fri. -- 2nd Grade Show, TV Holidayland
    (8:30 am - Orange and Red)  (10:05 am - Yellow, Green, and Purple)
2   Fri. -- Winter Park Tree Lighting Ceremony / Glee Performance
3  Sat. -- Winter Park Holiday Parade
5  Mon. -- Founder's Day
5-9  M-F -- Polar Express Week / Holiday Store and Book Fair 
6  Tue. -- Grade 2 Pajama Day
8  Thur. -- Grade 1 Show, Interrupting Chicken   (8:30 am - Red and Yellow) 
    (10:05 am - Blue and Green) ( 12:15 pm - Orange and Purple)
9  Fri. -- Grade 4 trip to St. Augustine


Wear Blue for World Diabetes Day  -- Monday
We gathered on Thursday to hear two brave Park Maitland students, Lukas and  Mikella, tell their story of living with Type 1 diabetes. We would like to recognize and support them on World Diabetes Day, Monday, November 14th by raising money for Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation.  

Students will be allowed to wear blue tops and accessories and casual day bottoms for a $2 donation (or a monetary donation of any kind).  Please donate and help us create a world without T1D!

November is Diabetes Awareness Month, to find out more about Type 1 Diabetes and the signs and symptoms please follow this  link.

Many of you may not know, but one of our parents happens to be one of the top tenors in the world and he is about to film a TV Special at The Dr. Phillips Center.  He's opened for Lionel Richie, Barbra Streisand exclaimed "You're going to be a big star," and now he comes home to where it all started in Orlando.  Fernando Varela (father of Zeke Varela in 1st Grade Purple) is signed to Universal Music and filming his debut PBS TV special on Nov. 30th at 7:30 PM.  This breathtaking tenor will be backed by a 60 piece orchestra and David Foster's band.  The million dollar production includes special guest Jackie Evancho, along with a few other surprises.  Fernando has offered a discount code just for Park Maitland parents at 50% off.  The code is: BOGO - use the code once you are on the ticket page at the Dr. Phillips Center website. Let's come out on November 30th and support one of our fellow parents.   To find out more about Fernando go to:  www.fernandovarela.com  or to go directly to the ticket page visit:  www.FernandoPBS.com

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.

                                    by:  Katie Alvarez (3 Red)
Ms. McGuire's 3rd grade class found inspiration in artistic photography taken by one of our wonderfully talented owners, Ms. Mary Margaret Bowen.  Ms. McGuire  printed photos taken by Ms. Bowen and made a collage for each group of tables in her class.  We love how artistic photography sparked imagination and thought!

Tuesday, November 8th wasn't only Election Day, it was National Steam Day!  Our very kind K5 Purple class surprised Mrs. Blomquist with an appreciation parade during homeroom class.  Ms. Blomquist was overwhelmed with gratitude as the students cheered "we believe in STEAM" and presented her with a chalkboard that said "You STEAM so much to us!"

Guest Scientist, the Kohn Family, introduced "Elephant Toothpaste" to a K5 class.

On Tuesday, Park Maitland students went to the polls to vote their choice for President!  Voting occurred during Social Studies classes inside patriotic voting booths constructed by 5th and 6th students. Votes were collected on iPads via Google Forms. Our youngest 4 and 5 year-old students even joined in the fun by casting their ballots on the type of plant they would like keep in their classroom -- fern or cactus.
Pup Pup "The Mayor" joined us on Election Day to cast his ballot.  He even stuck around to have a professional photo shoot by Cady Studios!
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