Week of September 19-23
Calendar & News
Newsletter #5
Education is not the filling of a bucket, 
but the lighting of a fire!

Dear Parents and Friends,

On my way to a K-5 Morning Meeting this week, I was drawn to a small group of 6 th grade students standing by the Koi pond with little nets and gloves.  I found out that they come to school early in the mornings to collect the eggs of the Cuban Tree Frogs.  "These frogs secrete a poisonous mucus when threatened and they eat many native animals and insects," explained the students.

Later that day- I walk into my office to see a large cardboard "robot" on my desk with a note attached- a gift from two young girls who had just come from the Tinkering Lab.  They measured, cut, and put together a beautifully crafted unique design that will be programmed to "help our world!"

Just this morning, an excited group of 3 rd grade students asked me to join them as they ventured across the street to learn from a renowned Arborist about the initiative the Enzian is taking to save their live oak trees.  Our young "diagnosticians" took out their magnifying glasses and began searching for symbiotic plant relationships, "good fungi" and signs of tree malnutrition and more!

Who could ask for a better job?  Seeing the fire and excitement in the eyes of our children as they so eagerly learn about ways to make our world and our Earth a better place for us all!

The future looks bright!

Warm regards,

Cindy Moon

PLEASE -- on every piece of written communication AND during phone voice mails or email messages -- state your child's first and last name, grade, and class! This helps us with speed and efficiency!
Saturday, September 24th
"One man's trash is another man's treaure...and we need your treasures!
Grade 5 students are having a yard sale! 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!
If you have not received your child's textbooks, please contact Ms. Belle Warren by email at 
to make arrangements now!

Please come out to support, encourage, and cheer on our awesome Eagles this week!

Swim Meet
Monday, Sept. 19th, 6:00pm
Tuskawilla Montessori hosts at Trinity Prep

Volleyball Game
Saturday, Sept. 24th, 9:00am 
vs The First Academy (gold)
Court 1


Students observing these upcoming religious holidays will be excused from school on the following dates: 
Rosh Hashanah
Monday, 10.3 & Tuesday 10.4

Yom Kippur 
Wednesday, 10.12

Speech & Hearing Screenings
Don't miss this opportunity to have your child screened for speech and hearing!  We highly recommend that all new K-4s and any K-5 - grade 6 students that have never been screened participate!  Please 
register online by Thurs., Sept. 29.  

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.  $60  
Please see the attached flyer for more information or c ontact Ms. Belle Warren  at bwarren@parkmaitland.org with questions.

While the school is closed on 
October 14 th, come join
Mrs. Blomquist and your school 
friends for a day of fun in the
Tinkering Lab!
Who:   K4 - Grade 6 students
What:   A fun day of making
When:   Fri., 10/14   8:00am - 3:00pm
Where:   Park Maitland School
Cost: $65

Contact Ms. Emily Blomquist at eblomquist@parkmaitland.org with questions.



Great Links
Calendar Events
- Week of Sept. 19- 
Wed. 9.21 -- Early dismissal day for students (see below)
Wed. 9.21 -- Kindness Matters/International Peace Day
Fri. 9.23 -- K-5 "Johnny Appleseed Day"
Fri. 9.23 -- Admissions Open House (9:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.)
Sat. 9.24 -- Gr. 5 "Yard Sale" (8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.)
Sat. 9.24 -- Volleyball Game vs. First Academy (9:00 a.m.)
Calendar Looking Ahead
Wed. 9.28 -- Individual Student Portraits
Wed. 9.28 -- K4 & K5 Partnering with Parents Chat (8:15 a.m.)
Sat. 10.1 -- Eagles Volleyball vs. Eastland Christian (9:00 a.m.)
Thurs. 10.6 -- Speech and Hearing Evaluations (see below)
Don't Forget!
This Wed., Sept 21st, is our first Early Dismissal Day
During the 2016-2017 school year, we will have several "Early Dismissal" days. This time will be used for staff training and for professional development.  These "Early Dismissal" days will occur on the following dates: Wednesday, Sept. 21st, Friday, Nov. 11th, and Tuesday, Feb. 14th.  

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.

AfterCare Options
You will have the option of picking up your child at the assigned early dismissal time or they could go to our  "Club Eagle AfterCare" program.  "Club Eagle" will provide special child care for students who are not actively enrolled for only $15 per child. Simply contact Club Eagle by email at aftercare@parkmaitland.org or by calling 407.647.3038, ext. #159. Children who attend AfterCare regularly can follow their usual after school protocol.
Kindness Matters/International Peace Day
 - a day to reflect on peace and kindness -

On Wednesday, September 21st,  we will hold a school-wide day of giving where all students will help pack backpacks with school supplies to donate to Killarney Elementary (funds to purchase items were raised by Student Ambassadors).   Each student will also write a personal note of "kindness" to go inside each backpack. 
Students will be allowed to wear their Kindness Tshirt on this day with casual day bottoms.  Or they can always wear their school uniform.   
"Open House"
... for prospective parents! 
Invite your friends and family with 
Park Maitland School-age children 
to the upcoming "Fall Family Fun"
admissions event on:
Friday, September 23rd 
9:30-11:30 a.m. 
Contact Ms. Kirsten Telan, 
Director of Admissions 
407-647-3038, ext. 110 
to R.S.V.P. today!

Our AfterSchool clubs start next week and we are so excited about the many fun, active, and educational offerings we have this year!  If you have not signed up there is still room in the following clubs.   

Availability is limited so act  quickly!  
Cheerleading - Mon. / Grade 1-3     3:00-4:00 (Girls)
Dance - Tues. / K4-K5
 1:50-2:35 (Boys & Girls)
Fairy Tale Etiquette-Wed./K4-K5
1:50-2:35 (Oct. only)
Giggle Factory - Tues. /
K5-Grade 3, 
ISEE Review - Tues. / Grade 6 
Krafty Kids - Thurs. / Grade 1-3   2:35-3:20    
  Lego - Thurs. / Grade 1-3         3:15-4:15    
 Let's Dance - Thurs./Grade 1-3 
Public Speaking & Debate -Wed. Grade 5-6 
Rocking Reading - Mon./Gr. 1-2
Grade 2-3 
Science - Wed. / Grade 1-3   
Sewing - Thurs / Grade 4-6   
Tinker Time - Mon. / Grade 1-3
3:00 - 4:00 
Taekwondo - Wed / K4-K5
Taekwondo - Wed/Grade 1-3  
Our Makers and Tinkerers Need Your Help!

We are in need of the following items for an upcoming school-wide cardboard challenge.  We would appreciate any donations for this exciting event!  Please drop off items at the gym in the Green Room behind the stage.

Large cardboard boxes -- (used Amazon boxes)
PVC pipes
Gigantic appliance or furniture size boxes
Zip ties
Assorted pieces of rubber, plastics, or Styrofoam
Duct tape
Cardboard tubing (from paper towels, toilet paper, etc.)
Partnering with Parents
Mark your calendar for some very interesting chats on the horizon.  The coming sessions will be broken into four different events based on age groups so that you, as parents, get the most specific information relevant to your child or children.   All chats will begin at 8:15 a.m. 

K4 - K5 -- Wednesday, Sept. 28
Grades 5-6 -- Monday, Oct. 10
Grades 1-2 -- Monday, Oct. 24 
Grades 3-4 -- Wednesday, Oct. 26
  • Learn what your child is up to in personal and social development in this phase of life. 
  • Identify play and its purpose in the life of your child. 
  • Walk away with useful tools for talking to and playing with your child during this phase of life.  
  • Understand the social needs of your child. 
  • Learn about setting and maintaining limits. 
  • Parent to support your child in today's world.
Message from the Security Manager:
Carpool drop-off has been going well. However, we are always evaluating the process and trying to make improvements.  I would like to ask all of our parents to work with us to ensure the safety of all of our students by following the rules below.
  • Please do not park at the businesses around the school and walk through carpool traffic. I have seen several parents parking in businesses on the west side of 17-92 and crossing at Magnolia. By activating the pedestrian crosswalk light an extra cycle is being added and actually slows down our drop-off. 
  • Please have your child ready to exit the vehicle when you arrive at the drop-off station.  
  • Leave 5-10 minutes earlier -- Parents continue to comment about saving time by arriving 5 to 10 minutes earlier.
  • There has been an increase in the use of cell phones when in the carpool lines. Please do not text, read emails, or talk on cell phones while in the carpool lines.  
  • Please refrain from staging in the Domino's parking lot or in the circle in front of the school. 
  • Please remember to leave the hanging name placards up until your child/children are in your vehicle during dismissal. As you pull up in front of the gym teachers are looking at your name placards to make sure your child is standing at their 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.   Please continue to be patient and "KIND".  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 of Park Maitland School!

Jesse Johnson

JFF met their match on Wednesday!  
Follow this  link  for more JFF photos !
Ms. Nepple's K5 classes welcomed their first guest scientists!

  Lemonade Wars in 3rd Grade       Noises & Noses in K4 Science

Congratulations to our Eagles Volleyball Team on winning their first two games!  Come out and show your support next Saturday as they take on First Academy.

Cheryl Tight
Communications Manager
Park Maitland School
407-647-3038, ext. 122

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