September 4th, 2016
Calendar & News
Newsletter #3

Dear P arents and Friends,
Students celebrated Kindness T-shirt day last Thursday and raised over $800 to help flood victims in  Lousiana. (Some even emptied piggy banks!) The overriding message was -- we can all help someone by reaching out and being kind -- small deeds or large.

Pass It On
Each student received a "Kindness Coin" and was encouraged to pass the kindness onto others.   As we move into this holiday weekend, ask your child about our "Kindness Begins with Me" chant and start a discussion about how our school family can work to spread the kindness to each other and around the World.  Please watch the video below which shows the "Butterfly Effect" of kindness in action.  (This video will be shared with your child in his/her homeroom next week.) 

Click to watch The Butterfly Effect of Kindness 

Warm wishes to all,

Cindy Moon
Head of School

NEW 2016/2017 KEY TAG  

Don't forget to get your new security key tag!  This is an important part of our campus security measures.  All previously issued key tags are deleted from the system at the end of each school year. Simply bring in your current driver's license when you check in at the front office!

Eagles Volleyball Schedule
All games are played at
Gym is at the back of the property. 
Sept. 10th,  9:00am 
vs Orlando Christian Prep (gold)
Court 2

September 17th,  9:00am 
vs The First Academy (gold)
Court 1

September 24th,  9:00am
vs The First Academy (blue)
Court 1

October 1st,  9:00am
vs Eastland Christian (black)
Court 1

October 8th,  9:00am
vs Conrad Academy
Court 1

October 15th,  9:00am 
vs Orlando Christian Prep (blue)
Court 1

Due to Tropical Storm Hermine, Grade 3 Parents' Night was rescheduled to Tues. Sept. 13.    

Mat h Olympiad Tryouts!

When: September 12th-16th
Where: Math Lab/Enrichment Class
For: Grades 3-6
Results: Students that meet the qualifying score will be contacted via email.  

Please click here for more information.

Want to prepare?
Visit Mrs. Sullivan's website for
practice material.  
Partnering with Parents  
"Smart Social Media Usage"
Thursday, Sept. 8th 
8:15 a.m.

Don't forget to register for our first chat which will focus on " Smart Social Media Usage."  All of our parents are invited to attend this important session, but this chat is specifically designed for those with students in grades 5 and 6.  
Please park at the Enzian for this event.  Name tags will be given upon entering campus.  
Congratulations Luke K. who placed third in chipping & sixth overall at the SubRegionals in the 7-9
year old category at the "Drive, Chip, Putt Competition!"

Special Fall Break 
-Friday, October 14th Only-
"Krafty Kids" Club will be offering a special SPOOKY camp for students in K-4 to grade 3 on Friday, Oct. 14th from 9:00 am - 1:30 pm while school is closed for fall break.  
Please see the attached flyer for more information or c ontact Ms. Belle Warren  at with questions.

Thank you Mrs. Johnson for sharing your wonderful book, "Beautiful Baby Butterfly" with Ms. Dick's class.  (pictured with her son, Miles, 2-Red.)

We love it when our students
take pride in 
their work!

Makers in action!

Teamwork makes the dream work!

Thank you, Ms. Finwall for an amazing 6th grade beach bonding trip.



Great Links
Calendar Events
- Week of 9.5- 

  Mon. Sept. 5 -- NO SCHOOL - Labor Day Holiday
  Tues. Sept. 6 --  Parents' Night (K-5) at 4:30 p.m.
  Wed. Sept. 7 --  Parents' Night (Grade 5) at 4:30 p.m.
  Thur. Sept. 8 -- Parents' Night (K-4) at 4:30 p.m.
  Thur. Sept. 8 -- Partnering with Parents, 8:15 a.m.,   RSVP  
Calendar Looking Ahead
  Mon. Sept. 12  -- Parents' Night (Grade 2) at 4:30 p.m.
  Sept. 12-16 -- Math Olympiad Tryouts
  Tues. Sept. 13 -- Parents' Night (Grade 3) at 4:30
  Wed. Sept. 14 -- Gr. 1 & 6 - The first "Jelly Fudge Friends" meet up
  Fri. Sept. 16 -- Grade 6 Movie Nite
  Wed. Sept. 21 -- Early dismissal day for students
  Fri. Sept. 23 -- K-5 "Johnny Appleseed Day"
  Sat. Sept. 24 -- Gr. 5 "Yard Sale" 
  Wed. Sept. 28 -- Individual Student Portraits
  Thurs. Oct. 6 -- Speech and Hearing Evaluations
Message from the Security Manager:

I want to take a moment tell you how proud I am of your children. Last week we conducted our first fire drill and weather alert on campus. All of the students performed incredibly, moving from the classrooms to their designated areas quickly and quietly.

For only the second week of school our carpool drop off has been proving to be very efficient.  I was amazed that we were able to have 332 cars drop off students in 45 minutes. A couple of parents have told me that they are saving time by arriving five minutes earlier during morning drop-off.  The line starts to back up on 17-92 at approximately 07:25. Please refrain from parking in the businesses around the campus and walking to campus. We want to ensure the safety of our students by safely dropping them off at the designated drop-off stations.

We have received several complaints from our neighbors in the community.  Many of the problems are caused by parents arriving early for dismissal.  By arriving early parents either park in the parking lots of businesses around the school or they drive slowly (at a snail's pace) around the block including on 17-92.  Businesses have called to complain about parents parking in their lots and we have received several calls about near crashes as a result of this type of driving. Several neighbors have told me that the Maitland Police Department has been called.  Both of these situations can be avoided by our parents just arriving after the gates open.  

One way we can improve the dismissal process is by leaving the hanging name placards up until your child/children are in your vehicle. As you are pulling up in front of the Gym the teachers are looking at those name placards to make sure your child is standing at that station. If you have put your placard away, the teachers must wait and ask you for your child's name if they are not ready or at the wrong station.  This is one little thing we can do to speed up the process or slow it down for everyone.  Parents, keep up the good work and remember to refrain from using cell phones.   Remember we must all work together to ensure the safety of our students, parents, faculty, and staff at Park Maitland.

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

Thank you in advance for your cooperation,

Jesse Johnson

The first week of "Parents' Night" was a huge success!  We're excited to continue the fun this week as we welcome our K-4, K-5, and Grade 5 parents to visit our wonderful school.  This fun, informative event will start promptly at 4:30 p.m. in your child's first period classroom.  The presenters have much great information to share with you about your child's "home away from home."
"Club Eagle AfterCare" will provide special child care for Park Maitland students who need a place to "hang out" (so that you can enjoy the "Parents' Night" events).  Childcare is available for only $15 per child.  Simply contact Club Eagle by email at or by calling 407.647.3038, ext. #159. Children who attend AfterCare regularly can follow their usual after school protocol and be picked up after the "Parent's Night" event. 

On September 1st, we kicked off our highly successful reading incentive program, "Club Read to Lead" with a school-wide assembly.  Each student was given a Brag Tag as an initial welcome to the club and can earn more tags throughout the year.  W e can't wait to see all the "bragging" this year will bring!  Readers are Leaders and with your enthusiasm, support, and guidance, together we can accomplish the goal of creating lifelong readers at Park Maitland School! 
Over the summer our older Summer Adventure Campers built three "Little Free Libraries".  They were unveiled at the assembly and will be placed around the campus so that students can have their very own book exchange. Visit or watch this  video  on how "Little Free Libraries" are spreading across the US.
 Welcome our New AfterCare Staff 
My name is Ms. Renee Ross, and I am married and the mother of a 14 year old daughter.  For the past seven years I have been a stay-at-home mom. My daughter started high school this year, and I felt like it was a great time to start working again. While living in Jacksonville, I worked in aftercare for both public and private school.  I love working with children and I'm so excited about my new position here at Park Maitland. In my spare time I love to read and have a passion for cooking.
My name is Sarah Zeh, and I am a 24 year old mother of two. I have a  three year old daughter and a five month old son.  I have always had a passion for teaching and have worked in child care for the past six years.  I am so grateful to be working for Park Maitland School and to be a part of Club Eagle!  I was born and raised in Orlando, Florida, and, in my spare time, I like to take the family to the beach, the park, and to Disney. 
My name is Rachel Fore and I am a full time student at Valencia Community College.  In my spare time I volunteer at New Hope for Kids Center as a grief counselor. This inspiring organization has helped me settle in on my major in Psychology where I am studying to be a child psychologist. I have previous experience in the preschool setting and it has given me a chance to use my fundamentals and gain hands on experience working with children. Helping children has always been a passion of mine, and I am so excited to be working with your lovely children this year.
My name is Aspen Lee, and I feel honored to have been chosen  as a  teacher for Club Eagle.  I grew up in the small town of Gulf Breeze located in the panhandle of Florida. Dreams of obtaining a college education brought me to the Orlando area where I currently attend the University of Central Florida and am pursuing a degree in elementary and special education. I aspire to one day have my own elementary school classroom during the school year and run a camp for special needs children and their families in the summer. I truly have a passion for working with children and families, and my hopes are that I can impact others in the same positive way many of my own teachers impacted me.

Grade 5 Yard Sale
"10 Months of Smiles"  
Grade 5 students are having a yard sale on Saturday, Sept. 24th!  Proceeds  from the sale will benefit various charitable projects taken on by our  ambassadors!  Last year's yard sale was used to package 35,000 meals for the homeless here in Orlando and in Africa.

This year the money will be used to package 40,000 meals through Feeding Children Everywhere for those in need as well as help fund our major Ambassador program needs. 
Take a look at the linked "Yard Sale" flyer    for details and a list of ways  in which you can help this incredible effort!
Cheryl Tight
Communications Manager
Park Maitland School
407-647-3038, ext. 122

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