Week of December 5-9
Calendar & News
Newsletter #15
Tis Better to Give...

Dear Parents,

Maya Angelou once said,  "When we give cheerfully and accept gratefully, everyone is blessed."  

Nothing is more heartwarming than watching a child serve food to the homeless, or create crafts with the elderly and lonely in a nursing home, take their time to "use their very best handwriting" to create a handmade card for the sick, our Veterans or special note to a friend or family member.  Just this week, I helped one of our 2 nd graders empty a small bag of toys that he purchased from his own piggy bank!  He told me that he had been saving this money by doing his chores at home.  At Park Maitland, we offer many ways for our students to practice charity and learn gratitude by participating in activities like the ones I mentioned above.

Next week, as we celebrate Founders Day and honor Nell Cohen and her daughters we will have each of our students write a Kindness Poem. These poems will be circulated by our older Ambassador Students to windshields of over 600 cars in our community.  It is our hope that these handwritten notes will spread cheer and put a smile on the face of the recipient!   We are certain that Nell Cohen would have been so very proud of our students for living the mission and core values of the school by learning to show kindness and compassion!

Children, and adults, are bombarded by media with messages that herald that this is the time of year to buy, buy, buy, and to get, get, get!  The message isn't hidden or subtle; we are bombarded with this "you must have this" mentality.  Children are given the message that they have to have the newest popular toy, the improved and updated version of an electronic product, or the biggest and best there is on the market.  They are encouraged to make a list of all the things they think they can not live without.

As parents and educators, we have an opportunity every day to teach about the difference between needs and wants and how gratitude includes giving as well as receiving.   Charity doesn't always  need to include shopping and buying a big ticket item.  Children can gift someone by helping with yard work, feeding birds in your yard, or making a card or picture for a long-distance relative.  Children will learn that they can give themselves.

We all adore our children and want to show it by giving them everything they desire.  The biggest gift we can give them is the gift of gratitude, charity, and generosity.  True happiness comes from learning the joy of sharing and giving and reaping in the benefits of making others happy. During the hustle and bustle of this holiday season, let your child practice the spirit of giving and feel the joy that comes from that experience.

With gratitude,

Cindy Moon
Head of School

Grade 2 Pajama Day
Tuesday, Dec. 6th
To kick off Polar Express week, 2nd grade students and teachers will be allowed to wear pajamas all day!   Please remember that pajamas need to be appropriate and have your child wear regular school shoes, please no slippers.

Toys for Tots
Toy Drive
School-wide Collection
Now Through
December 16th!

Help your student's class win the COVETED Blitzen trophy wall mount by bringing in toys for our Toy Drive!

Bring in new, unwrapped toys to help support school-wide efforts for Toys for Tots right here in Central Florida!

If we reach our school-wide goal of 1,500 toys, students will earn a "dress down day" where they can wear casual, non-uniform clothes!  
There has been a wave of "Beltaphobia" that has hit our school and we wanted to gently remind our 3rd - 6th grade 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 two are not required to wear belts.
K-4 Super Hero Day
K-4 Super Hero Day

We're so proud of our K-4 Super Heroes and all of their SUPER Powers!
Don't Miss our 1st Grade performance of  Interrupting Chicken
on Thursday, Dec. 8th.

 8:30 a.m. - Red and Yellow
10:05 a.m. - Blue and Green
12:15 p.m. - Orange and Purple

Grade 6 students celebrated the history of eastern thought and philosophy at Wednesday's Greek Fest!  
Our Greeks from Grade 6 social studies were togaed and wreathed for their oral presentations to parents, teachers, and fellow students.


We Schools in Action is offering the chance for students to show awareness for the problems facing our world by being leaders and "wearing the change" as an outward expression of their commitment to helping those in need.

Get your handmade bracelet and show your support! See the attached   flyer  for the order form!
Don't Forget!    
"Club Read to Lead" reading logs are
due at the end of each month!  December's logs will be accepted when we return to school in January!

Konor Nichols
We would like to wish a very special "congratulations" to 4th grader Konor Nichols, our winner of the Winter Park Chamber of Commerce's annual Holiday Art Card Competition! Out of hundreds of entries, Konor's art was selected as a winner! She will be honored at the lighting of the Winter Park Christmas Tree ceremony on Friday, Dec. 2nd at dusk.

Konor will receive a $100 savings bond and a $15 gift card to Art Systems. She will have her art displayed on a banner in downtown Winter Park throughout the holiday season. We are so proud of her and her beautiful holiday peacock design!

Flag Football Game
Come out to support and cheer on our Eagles Flag Football team!

Vs. Warriors
Saturday, Dec. 10th
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Orlando, Game Trotter #4

1905 Lee Rd Map 
Orlando, FL 32810 
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.

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!



Great Links
Calendar Events
- Week of Dec. 5th -
5    Mon.  -- Founder's Day 
5-9 M-F --   Polar Express Week
                  Holiday Store and Book Fair
6    Tues.  -- Grade 2 Pajama Day
8    Thur.  -- Grade 1 Show, "Interrupting Chicken"
                                 8:30 a.m. -- Red & Yellow
                               10:05 a.m. -- Blue & Green
                               12:15 p.m. -- Orange & Purple

9    Fri. --     Grade 4 Trip to St. Augustine
Calendar Looking Ahead
10     Sat.  --   Eagles Flag Football -- 12:00 p.m.
12     Mon. --  Holidays Around the World
13     Tues. -- Grade 5 to "Every Christmas Story Ever Told"
                       Glee Concert -- 5:30 p.m. -- AAC Building
15     Thur. --  Grade 6 to "Every Christmas Story Ever Told"
                       JFF Winter Holiday Celebration
                        K-4 Class Parties
                        Congo Golf 
16     FrI. --      Early Dismissal Day
                        School-wide Toys for Tots Assembly
                        End of 2nd Quarter Grading Period
                        K-5 and Grades 1-6 Class Parties
Big Announcement!
This year's sixth grade show is...

 Mark your calendars for Thursday, May 25th, and plan to join us at the 
Bob Carr Theater for the big event!
Sibling Admissions
Current families planning to apply for a sibling's admission to Park Maitland School are given acceptance priority. Please fill out the online application by visiting the "Admissions" section of the school's website.  

K-4 Fun Day Admissions Screening
Saturday, January 7th
If you have a rising K-4 for the 2016-17 school year, please mark your calendars for the "K-4 Fun Day."  

Information Tour & Curriculum Fair
Sunday, January 25th
9:00 - 11:00 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/relatives with Park Maitland-aged children to attend this informational tour and curriculum fair to learn about the school!

Contact Ms. Kirsten Telan, Admission Director at 407-647-3038 , ext.110 or by email at ktelan@parkmaitland.org for more information regarding any of the above admissions events!

The Native American Fest was a visual feast that can't be described with words.  Take a glimpse at this short video which only shows a sample of what our lucky 3rd grade students experienced first-hand.

Book Fair & Holiday Shop
December 5th-9th

The Book Fair and Penguin Patch Holiday Shop are 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 and holiday shop will be will be open Mon. - Thur. from 8:00-3:30 and Friday 8:00-1:00.  Please note that the Book Fair and 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 regarding the book fair.  Contact Ms. Kuharske at lkuharske@parkmaitland.org if you would like to volunteer to help at the holiday shop.

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, please indicate if leftover money can be spent or should be returned home.

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

Last Day of School -- Winter Break Information
Friday, Dec. 16th is an early dismissal day for students and is the last school day of 2016!  Regular lunch arrangements should be made for this day, but the dismissal schedule has been adjusted to accommodate an early dismissal.

*Please note: There is no "Club Eagle" AfterCare today!

All students will be dismissed after they've had lunch according to the following 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.

If you have a lunch "A" child that needs to go home after lunch "B," please send in a note to that effect.  We will have supervision in the gym for those children.

Holiday Parties
K-4 parties will be on Thursday, Dec. 15th.
K-5 - Grade 6 parties will be on Friday, Dec. 16th.

Parties will be held prior to lunch. Those parents who have signed up to volunteer will receive instructions for parking and to pick-up their pre-printed name tags for the event.  If you wear your pre-printed name tag, you will not need to check in at the front office but may go directly to the party room!

Don't Miss the Co ngo River Golf Event
Thursday, Dec. 15th 5:00-8:00 pm
The 4th annual miniature golf event at Congo River is coming soon!  Tickets are available now for only $10 each.  See the attached flyer for details!

Ways You Can Help:
1. Buy tickets for friends & family for only $10 each.

2. Sponsor a hole at the event for only $30.

Last year's event was a ton of family fun! We hope to see you there!   

Join Camp Glen Arden Staff to share tales from the past, comment on the importance of a camp experience in our current culture, and ask questions about what makes Glen Arden so special.

For girls in 2nd - 6th grades.
   Bring friends to learn about 
Camp Glen Arden!  

 Date: Sunday, December 4th 
4:00 p.m.
Place: 140 E. Kings Way
Winter Park, FL 
Hosted by: The Matthias Family Please 

RSVP to bellcather@hotmail.com or office@campglenarden.com


Yearbook Ads
Reserve your space and submit payment by January 15th
Art due by February 15th

We are "re-inventing" our school yearbook this year and have moved to a new eco-friendly yearbook provider, TreeRing!  With the move to TreeRing our ad submission process has also changed.  If you are interested in submitting an ad for your student, you may reserve your space by completing the linked form below.  Because our yearbook will be smaller this year, only our 6th grade students will be able to purchase full-page ads.  K-4 to Grade 5 will be able to choose ¼ or ½ page ads.  

For art guidelines and design tips, please click the link below.

IMPORTANT: All ads should be submitted in person or by email to Cheryl Tight at ctight@parkmaitland.org.  Please make check payable to Park Maitland School.  Ad space is limited and will be offered on a first come-first served basis.  Space will not be reserved until payment is received.
*  Quarter page is $190 -- 3.5 in wide X 5 in. high
*  Half page is $265 -- 7 in wide X 5 in high
*  Full page is $365 -- 7 in. wide X 9.75 in high


Krafty Kids Holiday Fun Day!
It's starting to look a like the Holidays  and kids are out of school.....Whatever will you do?
Holiday singing, stories, craft making, great food, and FUN!
Mrs. Warren and her elves will be hosting a little holiday fun for your little children. (K4-4th)   There are three options to choose...click the link to find out more!

   Our 1st Grade students had a wonderful time celebrating Harvest Fest before the Thanksgiving Break.  

The annual holiday art show was an amazing success filled with wonderful art from our students!  We thank all of our parents and students who came out to support the arts at Park Maitland School.

K-5 celebrated Diwali with Mrs. Das and Mrs. Patel

Our K-4 dinosaurs had a "prehistoric" good time learning about the letter "D" 
on Dinosaur Day!

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