Week of December 12-16
Calendar & News
Newsletter #16
Twas a few weeks before Christmas; the rush not yet done.
The teachers in their classes planning lots more fun.
There is much, much excitement in store
For all of the children that we just adore.
The teachers and staff deserve so much merit,
For at Park Maitland, 'tis evident it's bursting with spirit.
There's Hanukkah, Kwanzaa, Ramadan, Diwali, Christmas, and more celebrations
It's important to recognize our students' special occasions.
Students and teachers synergizing galore
As they "reflect" on their blessings, families, and more...
Mr. Bellon and Ms. Talbert dancing with the stars
Bring laughter and cheers from near and far.
The 1st and 2nd grade students singing and dancing
Fill our hearts with joy with their holiday show prancing.
And if that's not enough, there's dancing with a twist
As our students in PE learn dancing with bliss.
The fun doesn't stop there as young swimmers learn strokes;
Their amazing teachers give them Olympic hopes.
Ms. Talbert has been busy as busy can be
Setting up the book fair for a fun holiday spree.
And there is Ms. Kuharske elf sporting a joyous hop
As she runs the much adored Holiday Shoppe.
There are snowflakes in the halls and in pajamas they dress
As 2nd graders go aboard the Polar Express.
Right jolly folks are Mr. Courson and teachers divine
With student ambassadors showing compassion of heart and mind...
From Honored Elders, Hungry to Help, We Kids In Action, Kudos, and more
These young leaders are certain to make many hearts soar.
There are sights and sounds in the classroom halls --
Students boasting memorization of math facts, Greek mythology, Science Expo, and all.
Shows they're learning while having a holiday ball.
This year the students have not skipped a beat
With math competitions, spelling bees, geography bees, and more
Students are learning to take on the heat.
Our designers and makers are growing by leaps and bounds
As the Tinkering Lab has brought on many happy sounds
The dedicated and talented art teaching team
Has gone beyond our wildest dreams.
They have inspired their students to create and imagine
Decorating Cocina 214 and the town with all of their creations.
Another sure sign that the spirit is hot
Are the thousands of gifts brought for "Toys for Tots"
More evidence that the spirit is really here
Is our students emptying their piggy banks...learning to care.
This year we continue with our 10 months of sharing.
It's a wonderful way to teach about caring.
It has been joyous to hear our Glee Club and all of the grades sing
As Ms. Davis, Mr. Nelson, and Eleazers lead in making voices ring.
There's more fun on the way, holiday assembly, cultural celebrations, and surprises too.
Parents we know that we must not forget you!
Your support and appreciation are felt in all that you do.
We share gratitude and joy with each one of you.
Teachers, the school merriment comes from all that you do.
We thank you all from the bottom of our hearts
For spreading the spirit while making the children smart!

Love and Happy Holidays!
Santa Moon

Holidays Around The World
Monday, December 12th 

This wonderful event, which will be student led this year, gives students the opportunity to experience various cultural celebrations and holidays from around the world.  There are seven venues that each class visits: Hanukkah, Christmas, Diwali, Ramadan, Chinese New Year, Three Kings Day, and Kwanzaa.  The children learn much about the holidays celebrated by their friends, and the marvelous result is a higher level of understanding and respect for all of our friends, no matter what religion or beliefs they embrace.

Please Forgive Our "Oops!"
The email that was sent out earlier on Friday 
told all about the upcoming event, "Holidays Around the World," as described above.  We want you to know that we do, indeed, know that "holidays" is plural and that "holiday's" is possessive.  Unfortunately, the event was called "Holiday's..." several times in the email. This is SUCH a busy time of year, and mistakes are easily made.  We do apologize!
Dec. 16th is the LAST DAY to  donate to  our  Toy Drive!
The class that brings in the most toys for our toy drive will win the COVETED Blitzen trophy wall mount!

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!

Our audience was dazzled by the adorable acts, cute songs, wonderful singing, and dancing performed by our talented and confident 2nd grade stars!  A special thanks to Mr. Nelson and Ms. Ballard for putting together this amazing performance!
Congratulations to our grade five Spelling Bee finalists. These students will have the honor of representing their grade during the s`chool Spelling Bee on January 11, 2017.

Green: Tavish Ward and Juliana Tu
Orange: Grayson Lee and Benjamin McNeill
Red: Leo Raden and Claire Pankros
Yellow: Cole Joseph and Jaiden Rivera
Blue: Stella Myers and Ava Palceski
Park Maitland Eagle News - November Edition 
Watch Park Maitland School's 
Eagle News -- November Edition

Photo Day 
KoPIXmo will be taking large, black and white photos of students at school from Jan. 24-26.  There is nothing special that parents need to do for these engaging, casual photos but look forward to receiving something special!
We are positive the "Poetry of Positivity" event will make lots of people feel good!  Watch the sixth graders' video describing this whole school activity. The students invite you to join in the positive fun and kindness!  This charming activity was inspired by third grader, Paige O'Lenick!


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!

Nicholas Chouljian is proud to have reached his goal and achieved Eagle Scout status this year, which is the highest honor in scouting. 
He is part of Boy Scout Troop 200 and was recognized by his troop leader at the recent
Court of Honor. 

Nicholas is an alum who graduated in 2011 and has been in Scouting since first grade at Park Maitland.   We are very proud of him!

Emma Bean has been such a success. Beginning after the holiday break, students will be able to order Emma Bean catered lunch five days a week!  Simply  use this link to view the menu and place your order.  Order by 8am for same day delivery!  Bon Appetit!  
Come out to support and cheer on our Eagles Flag Football team!

Saturday, Dec. 10th (2 Games!)
vs. The Christ School
10:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m.
Orlando, Game Trotter #1

vs. Warriors
12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
Orlando, Game Trotter #5

Tuesday, Dec. 13th
vs. Highlanders
8:00 - 9:00 p.m.
Orlando, Game Trotter #1 

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 separate performances:
December 17th - 18th.
View the flyer for more information!



Great Links
Calendar Events
- Week of Dec. 12th -
Sat.  --   Eagles Flag Football (2 Games - 10 a.m. and 12 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
                       Eagles Flag Football (8:00 p.m.)
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
17     Sat. --    Eagles Flag Football Game
19     Mon. --  Winter Holiday Break Begins 
Calendar Looking Ahead
 3       Tues. -- Teacher Return After Holiday Break
 4       Wed. --  Students Return from Holiday Break
                        Kindness T-Shirt Day
 7       Sat.  --   K-4 Screening Day
11      Wed. --  Grades 4-6 Spelling Bee
13      Fri.  --    Grade 6 Winter Ball

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 you may go directly to the party room!

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
  Wednesday, 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!

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!   

Dear Park Maitland Families,

I wanted to take this opportunity to send out a big thank you to all of you.  From the parents of the Daisies and Brownies, to the parents driving students on field trips -- and for those who exercise great patience during arrivals and/or dismissals:  2016 has been such a great year, and I know 2017 can be another safe and stellar year if we all work together.  It is because of your efforts and willingness to work with faculty, staff, and other parents that Park Maitland School is such a safe and special place.

As we move into the holiday season, we want to make sure that we are safe and have joyous times with our friends and families.  Let's continue to practice the safe habits we demonstrate here as we travel during the holidays.  Please don't text or engage in any activities that will distract you while driving. Ensuring the safety of you and your family is the greatest gift you can give us here at Park Maitland School.

Have a great holiday break!

If you have any questions please feel free to email me at: jjohnson@parkmaitland.org or call (407) 647-3038 x248.

Thank you in advance for your cooperation, and let's all work together to ensure the safety of the students, parents, faculty, and staff at Park Maitland School!
Jesse Johnson

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
If you would like to outsource your ad design to a professional,
Amber Scott is available for hire!  Amber is an expert designer with
years of photography and yearbook design experience. 
Email her at amberlas@gmail.com for more information.  

Krafty Kids Holiday Fun Day!
It's starting to look a lot like the holidays, and kids will be 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 from which to choose...click the link to find out more!
Our 2nd grade students hopped on the  Polar   Express  on Tuesday as they experienced
the true magic of the imagination!  Jump on board and watch the magic
performed by our amazing teachers!

Ms. Nepple's Guest Scientist       
Guest scientists surprised Ms. Nepple's classes throughout the day conducting fun experiments and creating wonderful memories for our K5 children.  We love our innovative and creative Park Maitland parents! 
Mr. & Mrs. Grenade, aka "Dr. Gingerbread" and "Gumdrop," challenged the K-5 scientists to use all five senses to help label baking ingredients that got mislabeled in the lab. 
They made snow, tested how a cookie dissolves in water, and made gingerbread men
and ladies to snack on later that day. The Grenades also surprised Ms. 
with her very own Guest Scientist lab coat.

Mr. Tabatabai turned the science room into a Planetarium for K5 Red -- complete with
nine planets (balloons carried by children) that revolved around the sun. 
You had to see it to believe it!  
Ms. Knalson's visit in  K-5 Science was electric!  She shocked and wowed the students as they learned all about electricity conductors.  
Park Maitland made a big splash at the Winter Park Holiday Parade.  Over 100 students walked with Ms. Dawson and Pup-Pup for Winter Park Lost Pets.  Thank you to Ms. Finwall who graciously provided a trolley for her grandchildren's classes.  The students and parents
had a wonderful time spreading holiday joy!
Ms. Baum joined K-5 Orange to share how holidays are celebrated in Ireland.
K-5 Red students had so much fun learning about Hanukkah with Ms. Nicholson and 
Ms. Tabatabai.
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