Newsletter #14 2020-2021
Peace • Love • Park Maitland
Beginning this month, we will provide an updated COVID count at Park Maitland School this number will be updated at the beginning of each month.

December 2020; 6 cases
November 30 - December 18: Park Maitland Annual Toy Drive
December 9: 2nd Grade Polar Express Pajama Day
December 17: K-4 Holiday Party (students only)
December 18: K-5 - 6 Holiday Party (students only); Early Dismissal
January 4: Student Holiday/Teacher Workday
January 5: Empathy T-Shirt Day
January 8: Re-enrollment Begins

This week we are excited to welcome a special guest writer, Mrs. RoseMary Ayers!


     As we celebrate Founder’s Day 2020, I have been enjoying a trip down memory lane and wanted to share some thoughts with my Park Maitland Family. Let me take you back in time to the summer of 1980. I was a newly graduated teacher from Auburn University, getting ready to be married in August, and moving to Orlando. I was looking for my first teaching position, when my soon to be sister-in-law, Barbara Dick, told me about this cute little school where she worked in Maitland called Park Maitland School. So, I went there, looking for the perfect job in education. The minute I set foot on campus, I knew I had found my home. I was introduced to Mrs. Cohen, the owner of the school. She was such a nice, Southern lady, and we hit it off right away. 
I started off as a substitute here, then became a full-time teacher when a position opened. Park Maitland was truly the perfect place to work! I loved the homey feel, the small classes, and especially the people working here. I learned so much about the school itself. Mrs. Cohen started this school 52 years ago; she saw the need for so many “extras” such as swimming classes, teaching the arts, etc. The first person she hired was a swim instructor because she saw that children needed to be safe since there were so many pools and lakes in the area. She had music, art, and drama classes. Manners and cleanliness were of the utmost importance,  Daily, she would walk the campus, picking up litter and speaking with the students as they changed classes. She would always tell them to stop and look her in the eye when she spoke to them, and, if they saw any litter, whether it was theirs or not, to pick it up. I can remember going to Williamsburg on one of the class trips, and before we departed on the train, she told everyone to make sure that when they left the train, bus, hotel, or any other place that we visited, it should be cleaner than when we arrived.
      Now, let me talk to you about tradition. Park Maitland abounds with this! Starting in K-4, with the QU wedding, through 6th grade, with the Greek Festival, there are many tried and true traditions here. I was able to experience so many fun and educational events as both a teacher and parent of 3 Park Maitland graduates. Class plays, Native American festivals, trips to St. Augustine, Williamsburg, and Washington, D.C. are only a few of Park Maitland’s traditions. Not only do we have these same events today, but new traditions have been started as well. Through our Ambassador programs, our “Helping Hand” in the community is quite extensive. I was amazed at the outpouring of donations for the food drive, and I am sure we will have an amazing turnout for our Toys for Tots drive.  For this, I am very proud. Even in these trying times, Park Maitland still continues to practice so many of the traditions set forth in earlier years. But, most importantly, we are making new traditions, as well as tweaking old ones to fit the present. However, to me, the greatest tradition is our legacy of students. I am now teaching the second generation and it is so exciting to see former students bringing their children here. They, too, will experience many of the old as well as so many new events  here. I know that at this time of the year, Founder’s Day, we can all send a word of thanks to Mrs. Cohen for her vision and the diligence to carry it out. And I am sure, she is smiling down on us, saying “Keep up the great work!” And…..”Don’t forget to pick up that litter!!”


Mrs. Ayers

Students enjoyed a moving tribute to Mrs. Nell Cohen, celebrating this year's Founder's Day. This year's event also included a celebration of Mrs. Cindy Moon. Please enjoy the video assembly.
Colleen Finwall, 6th Grade Social Studies Teacher

I am honored to teach at Park Maitland School for 32 years in the subjects of World History and Geography. Mrs. Cohen hired me many years ago, and both my children graduated from this wonderful school, and my grandchildren are currently in attendance. Some of my proudest moments are my efforts inaugurating Greek Fest and the trip to Medieval Times 32 Years ago. In addition, I also started Jelly Fudge Friends 30 years ago. I look forward to hosting this 6th grade at our house for 21st Beach Bonding as soon as Covid makes an exit.

"Mrs. Finwall is awesome because she uses songs to teach us and then I can remember it."

"She is a great balance between strict and loving."

"She always makes learning super fun!"

wen750 "Jadon is loving every minute of your class. Thank you for giving everything to our kids ❤️❤️❤️"

cadybb "My inspiration to become a teacher!! Thank you Mrs. Finwall!"
If you missed our Teacher Tuesday post on social media during Thanksgiving Break here is Kathy Parkins.
Kathy Parkins, K-5 Teacher

I have been at Park Maitland for 27 years. I teach K5 Math and Language Arts.
My favorite thing about teaching is seeing the excitement on children's faces when they master a new concept, especially when it hits them that they have learned to read! I love to READ and watch old movies with my family, especially old musicals and old horror films. We are huge college football fans and love to watch Clemson play on Saturdays. Go Tigers!

"She is kind and friendly!" Armand

"She was a great math teacher." Liam

"She was a good reading teacher." Gemma

brittany_leider "We love Ms. Parkins ❤️❤️❤️❤️ She is amazing and we could never be more grateful for her being Soleil’s champion 💙"

Marybeth Harter-Schultz
My name is Marybeth Harter-Schultz, originally from Cleveland, Ohio but now residing in Lake Mary, Florida for the past 2 years.

I’ve been in the education field for almost 20 years. I have been an elementary school teacher, Assistant Principal and Principal of an elementary school, Instructional Coach and Educational Consultant. I am certified to teach in the states of Ohio and Florida. I have a Master of Education degree from John Carroll University, an Administrative/Supervision Certificate from Baldwin Wallace College, a Gifted Education Endorsement K-12 from University of California, San Diego and a Transformative Leadership Certificate from the University of Notre Dame, Notre
Dame, Indiana.

A life-long learner, I enjoy leading others to be at their best in school and in life. In
my free time, I enjoy spending time with my family and friends, running, traveling, attending concerts, and reading all kinds of books.

I'm excited to be joining the Park Maitland family!
Please do not park on or near campus and walk your child in; this slows down carpool and violate our safety protocols.
On behalf of the Art Department, we would like to announce this year's WINTER PARK CHAMBER OF COMMERCE HOLIDAY CARD COMPETITION WINNERS! Many local schools participate in this art contest. There were at least 500 entries...and TWO of the 4 winners were from Park Maitland!

(Drumroll please!!!)

The grand prize winners are:


Congratulations! The winners will have their artwork scanned and printed on large holiday banners that will hang in downtown Winter Park through the holiday season. They also will each receive an award of $100, and be honored on stage at the lighting of the Winter Park Christmas Tree Ceremony! 

Congratulations to these young, budding artists! We are all very proud of you! CONGRATULATIONS! 
Spreading kindness everywhere, student Lee G. collected student holiday letters to share with military and 1st responders. Wow!

The letters were delivered to Mission BBQ, who brings them to the local United States Organization (organization that supports military troops), and they send the letters to active military men and women serving overseas during the holidays! Thank you for what you do!
Great News!

Lifetouch Pictures are in and students are taking them home this week. Please be on the look out.
* Online Academy can pick up their packets at the front desk with Marilyn Blythe.

Retakes will be on Thursday, January 21st, to learn more, click here.

If you have not received your order and ordered online, yours will be shipped to the school for distribution.
Let's stay connected! We are eager to have every Park Maitland Family follow us on social media. Sign up through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and YouTube for your class to win.

The class with the most connected through social media will receive a dress down day on Thursday, December 17th.
Thursday, December 10th, students earned a well deserved dress down day. A big thank you to everyone that help bring food items for the food drive. We have two winners that collected the most food items, Ms. Berzovich with her 2-Red and Ms. Finwall's Fantastic Barracuda's in 6th grade. Both of these classes donated more than 2,000 items each. The total overall was 11,000! They will receive the golden turkey trophy and a lunch treat from the school.

Donations were made to Killarney Elementary school, Riverside Elementary School, Dramatic Education Group, and One Heart For Women and Children.
Each week Park Maitland School will be featuring two Super Seniors. We hope everyone enjoys this opportunity to get to know our awe-inspiring 6th grade students!
Getting To Know Your 
Super Senior: 
Zaina Ahmar

1. # of Years at Park Maitland: 
  • 8 (started in K-4)
2. Favorite Activity: 
  • Coloring and painting
3. Favorite Movie: 
  • Work it
4. Favorite Subject: 
  • English
5. Favorite Thing About Park Maitland: 
  • "That everyone is a team and understanding."
Getting To Know Your 
Super Senior: 
Luke Kang

1. # of Years at Park Maitland: 
  • 7 (started in K-5)
2. Favorite Activity: 
  • Golf
3. Favorite Movie: 
  • Black Panther
4. Favorite Subject: 
  • Math
5. Favorite Thing About Park Maitland: 
  • "Getting to do "Bees" in Math class."
Don't Forget! One week has already passed and we have collected 100 donations so far! Great progress and thank you all for your generous contributions! Students look forward to this magical Park Maitland tradition. Now through December 18th, bring in new, unwrapped, unopened toys for Orlando Area Children. Look for the collection bins during morning carpool. To learn more, click here.

Celebrate your Super Senior by purchasing a yearbook dedication! Ads can be purchased and designed directly through Balfour's yearbook ad maker.

We are partnering with Balfour to offer an exclusive 5% discount on Full Page ads for all grades! This special deal is available now until December 31st!

Please call 1-800-BALFOUR if anyone is needing any help with their ads or having any ordering issues.

New photos are updated in SmugMug!
You can view the latest photos around school.
Click SmugMug to visit the page.
The password to access is: empathy2021.
Click HERE to access the Read to Lead page. For your convenience, you can also access the Read to Lead page through the Grade Level Pages on our website.
(Please note: Teacher uppages are not updated for
the following week until Sunday at 4:00 p.m.)
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