Week of November 21-22
Calendar & News
Newsletter #14

Dear Parents,
What would November be without giving thanks for all that we have?  We also recognize the importance of a lifelong attitude of gratitude to enjoy life, spread goodwill, and keep the right perspective on our blessings and opportunities!
As our students (from the tiniest up) line up here at school to drop off the hundreds of canned food items and prepare to spend their own money on "Toys for Tots," you can see the looks of pride on their faces and the feelings of gratitude that they gain from learning to take care of others in order to make the world a happier and brighter place.  I receive countless thank you notes from our students (in their very best handwriting) as they show appreciation for everything that they enjoy here at school.  Teaching children to show thankfulness and gratitude to others by expressing it in writing (good old fashioned, hand-written thank you notes) or by giving their time or "things" to those in need are lessons that will last a lifetime and help them to live happier, more productive and more fulfilled lives.
As we focus more on what we are grateful for during this special time of Thanksgiving, I'd like to take the time to thank each of you for your ongoing support and partnership as we work together to educate your precious children.  I also feel deep gratitude and appreciation to the outstanding group of teachers, administrators, and staff who are part of our Park Maitland family.  Their ongoing dedication and love for your child and for what they do is expressed each and every day by their dedicated efforts to celebrate your children's gifts and strengths while enlightening their minds and spirit.
My thanks wouldn't be complete without recognizing and expressing the deep gratitude that we all have to Mary Margaret Bowen, Liz Smith, and Carolyn Fritch for carrying on the Park Maitland legacy!  Their love for each and every child here and desire to give them the very best education possible is evidenced in all they do to make Park Maitland the unique and wonderful school that it is.  I feel truly blessed to be part of such an extraordinary school community!
Happy Thanksgiving, All!
Cindy Moon
Head of School
P.S. Tuesday is the last day to donate canned and other nonperishable items for this month's "Thanksgiving Food Drive!"   
5th Grade Williamsburg Field Trip 
Our fifth grade students traveled to Williamsburg, VA last week to learn about Colonial history up close and personally.  Their itinerary was packed with  lively reenactments, interactive battles, hands-on and engaging tours, and so much more.    One 5th grade student was chosen each day to share their experiences while on this amazing field trip.   We invite you to visit our Williamsburg Google site (linked below) to read about their journey through early American history.

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

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 -- 4:00-6:00 p.m.

Cocina 214 will be hosting the beloved art show this year. Come see all the beautiful art pieces that will be displayed throughout Cocina 214's private dining room. 

The viewing will be from 4:00-6:00 pm. 

We encourage you to make a dinner reservation for your family for after the viewing. You can call Cocina 214 at  407-790-7997  to make your reservation or you can make a reservation online at  http://cocina214.com/locations/

Finding tons of great information about our after school programs is easier than ever!  Simply follow the links below to find club descriptions, dates, and our easy online enrollment form! 

See some of our current and previous Park Maitland students in "Clara's Nutcracker Dream" in two different performances:
December 17th - 18th.
View the flyer for more information!

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  ldanhof@parkmaitland.org if you have questions.

Don't Forget!  
Club Read to Lead reading logs are  due at the end of each month!
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!
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.


Great Links
Calendar Events
- Week of Nov. 21st -
21 Mon.  -- Grade 3 Native American Festival w/Jim Sawgrass 
21 Mon. -- JFF Tinkering and Book Exchange
22 Tue. -- Grade 1 Harvest Festival
23-25 W - F -- Thanksgiving Holidays for students and teachers
Calendar Looking Ahead
29  Tues. -- Holiday Art Show at Cocina 214
30  Wed. -- Gr. 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/Red)  (10:05 am - Yellow, Green, and Purple)
2   Fri. -- Glee Performance at Winter Park Tree Lighting
3   Sat. -- Winter Park Holiday Parade
5   Mon. -- Founder's Day
9   Fri. -- Grade 4 trip to St. Augustine
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/Yellow) 
     (10:05 am - Blue/Green) ( 12:15 pm - Orange/Purple)


Due to a date change involving the 6th grade show, we have had to change the date of the K5 Bridging. 
The K5's will now "Bridge to First Grade" on Wednesday, May 24th.    K5 Green, Red, and Blue will bridge at 8:30.  K5 Orange, Yellow, and Purple will bridge at 10:00.  Please change your calendar now, as you are not going to want to miss this very special event.

Since there is now no school on Friday, May 26, 2017, the K5's "End of Year Carnival" will be on Thursday, May 25, 2017.  Thursday will be the last day of school for K5's. They will not come to school at all on Tuesday, May 30, 2017.

K4-5th graders have had their amazing art masterpieces printed onto personalized brochures that were sent home for you to view. Directions on how to order your child's artwork are on the form.  ALL ORDERING WILL BE 100% ONLINE! 

Please visit www.youngmastersart.com and click "ORDER ONLINE". Enter your child's YM ID # (found in the top right corner of the front of the brochure) to view his or her art. You may then select the desired products you wish to purchase.  Keep in mind that personalized art makes a WONDEFUL gift for the holidays! Your family and friends will cherish special keepsakes for years to come. 
Thank you in advance for supporting the ARTS at Park Maitland and considering placing an order!

K-4 & K-5 Admissions Screening
If you have a rising K-4 or K-5 child for the 2017-18 school year you can have them screened NOW!  As long as they are 3 1/2 years old, there is no need to wait until our official screening day on Saturday, January 7th.  Classes fill quickly, so don't delay!  Please contact Kirsten Telan at  407.647.3038, ext. 110 or by email at ktelan@parkmaitland.org for more information.
Ms. Keckley's sixth grade classes studied Greek myths in reading and then performed those scenes for their classmates to help review for the comprehension test.  Students created their own props, scripts, and staging. 

Book Fair & Holiday Store 
Coming Soon!
December 5th-9th

The Book Fair and Penguin Patch Holiday Shop is coming to Park Maitland the week of December 5th! Students will have an opportunity to visit at scheduled times during the week so as to not interrupt their academic classes.
The book fair will be  will be open Mon. - Thur. from 8:00-3:30 and Friday 8:00-1:00.   Please note that the Holiday Shop will not be open before school. Parents are welcome to visit the store at any time during the open hours. Contact Ms. Talbert at ctalbert@parkmaitland.org if you have questions.

Can't make it to the book fair? Don't worry...you can shop online!  From Nov. 30th to Dec. 13th, you can shop the Scholastic Book Fair by following this link -- Scholastic Book Fair online.

 The Holiday shop will be open Mon. - Thur. from 8:00-3:30 and Friday from 8:00-1:00. Please note that the Holiday Shop will not be open before school. Contact Ms. Kuharske by email at lkuharske@parkmaitland.org for Holiday Shop volunteer opportunities.
We ask that parents send money for the Book Fair and Holiday Shop in the provided envelopes and clearly mark your child's name, grade, and class. This is MOST important! Envelopes can be returned to your child's homeroom class.
Because students will visit the Holiday Shop and Book Fair during the same period, we are asking that you indicate if leftover money can be spent or should be returned home.

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.

1st grade Daisy Troop 1561 took a field trip on Friday, November 11th to Freedom Ride. 

Fifth grade students visited the final battleground in Williamsburg, VA.

Second grade students enjoyed their field trip to watch "Stuart Little," and they had a post-show lunch in the park.

Congratulations to Luke who got first place at the Disney Oak Trail Little Linkster yesterday!   (Chloe placed 7th and had fun!)
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