Week of October 29 (11)
Celebrating 50 years of tradition!
October 31: Read to Lead Due / Halloween Festive T-Shirt Day
November 1: Tradition T-Shirt Day
November 2: Grade 4 Show
November 4: Daylight Savings Ends (Fall back!)
November 6: Grade 2 @ Gatorland / Photo Retake Day
November 7: K5 Show
November 9: Veteran's Day Assembly
November 13: Grade 1 Harvest Festival
November 14: Grade 3 Native American Festival
November 16: Grade 5 @ Shakespeare Theater: Elf
November 19-23: Thanksgiving Break
November 28: Admissions Open House
November 29: Grade 2 Show
November 30: Grade 6 Greek Fest
By popular demand, we are so excited to share a brand new fundraising opportunity for Park Maitland students! Yankee Candle fundraising packets will be going home on Monday, so look out for them. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go directly towards enhancements for your child's classroom.
We would like to honor our veterans by inviting them to attend a special "Veteran's Day" assembly on Friday, Nov. 9th! If you or your family members that are veterans would like to attend this special event, please fill out the below form by Friday, Oct. 26th so that formal invitations may be sent by mail.
We wish that we had the space to invite all of our families, but space is very limited during assemblies, and we must limit attendance to veterans and their families only.

Don't forget to complete your Veteran's Day stars and turn them in to your homeroom teacher. These stars will be displayed inside the AAC during our upcoming assembly.
Our Honored Elders student ambassadors has a great time at their recent visit!
K-5 students had a great time carving pumpkins in
Ms. Nepple's class!
Halloween Fun Day was a BIG success for our K-4 and K-5 students. Thanks to all that participated in this special Park Maitland tradition!
3rd Graders enjoyed reading Flat Stanley with Ms. Talbert in the Media Center this week.
4th Graders enjoyed some team building in their homeroom class with Helium Sticks.
Thank you to our 4 Yellow Mystery Reader, Ms. Allen!
This past Friday evening, many parents, siblings, teachers, and students gathered in our school gym to celebrate the season in an exciting yet eerie way! One of our many 6th grade curriculum themes is Gothic fiction. Students begin reading classic Gothic fiction short stories such as "The Tell Tale Heart". They then write their own stories incorporating different elements including the patient building of suspense, advanced vocabulary, and figurative language. Simultaneously, they work on their acting skills through Gothic scene studies in drama class. The culminating event is Gothic Fiction Night! It is a celebration of all things macabre and unsettling -- and it is so much fun! 
Enjoy these talented selections of Gothic Fiction story writing:

Expanded Spanish Instruction !

We welcome back Mrs. Ashley Diaz to our early childhood Spanish department. She has been away caring for her newborn baby girl and we are thrilled to have her back with our eager learners! Mrs. Leon has done a fantastic job working as a long-term substitute in her absence. We are thrilled to have Mrs. Leon resume Mrs. Echelberger's duties as K-4 Classroom Assistant where she and Mrs. Scarleto will teach Spanish to students throughout the week in their regular coursework!
We are excited to announce that Mrs. Rachel Eichelberger will be joining the team as yet another extraordinary addition to our stellar Physical Education department! Mrs. Eichelberger has been a special part of Park Maitland School for over 20 years, first as a parent of her 3 amazing children (Kalee, Kobe and Kendra) who all attended Park Maitland. When she found herself out of the carpool line she felt drawn back and just couldn't stay away. The last five years she has been a much loved part of the K-4 and K-5 teaching team.

In her spare time she has run 16 marathons, 3 half Ironmans and countless 5K and 10K races. She is excited for the opportunity to combine two things that she loves, physical fitness and working with children. she hopes to spark the desire in each child to continue healthy choices and maybe even inspire them to run a marathon one day! We are thrilled to have Mrs Eichelberger put her amazing athleticism and outstanding teaching expertise to work in this new position. We feel blessed to have a much-loved and respected member of the "family" join the PE department.
We are thrilled that Mrs. Scarlato, who was initially hired as a long-term substitute as a K-4 Classroom Assistant will remain in that position! Ms. Scarlato comes to Park Maitland through an exciting journey. She enjoys working with children and first fell in love with teaching when she designed her photography program, Visual Kids, for after school program. You can see her engaging, problem-solving, enthusiasm each day which brings a unique creative side along with her. 

Angela has an A.S. degree in web design, and photography. She has had a great opportunity to work at Disney as a photographer and photograph newborns at our nearby hospitals. Life gives us challenges and beautiful experiences. She is a life learner and is continuously learning things that make her happy. 

When Angela is not working you can find her exploring the world with her family. Angela was born in New York where her love for musical theater all began. Angela has an amazing son who goes to Park Maitland. She is enjoying the memories she is making with him. 

Tickets are on sale now, and tables are limited. For more event information CLICK HERE .
K4 and K5 students are looking forward to a fantastic "Halloween Fun Day" on Friday, Oct. 26th. The children will wear costumes and participate in a parade around campus. 

On Wednesday, October 31st, all students may celebrate by wearing a festive Fall shirt with casual day bottoms and fun accessories - such as a Halloween headband or spooky socks!
Example of festive attire for Grades 1-6
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 10% discount on Full Page ads for Super Seniors! This special deal is available now until November 16th!

Please note: Ads will go on sale to all other grades on November 17th, and will be 5% off until December 31st!

THANK YOU to all of the amazing parent volunteers that assisted with our Annual Jack-O-Lantern contest. And to Ms. Bittenbinder for taking on the technical side of the event by doing the spread sheet and also calculating the tallies of the judge We could not have done it without you!
If your child was absent on photo day, or you are not satisfied with their first photo, there will be a retake day on  Tuesday, November 6th .
We are excited to share that we have seven soccer teams this year. View their schedules below and come cheer them on!

The 2018 Orlando Maker Faire is approaching! Come out on Saturday-Sunday, November 10th-11th 2018, at the Central Florida Fairgrounds! Maker Faire Orlando is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and who love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, Maker Faire is a venue for these makers to show hobbies, experiments, projects. It is coined the Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth – a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

For the first time ever, Park Maitland 3rd-6th graders are designing and hosting their own creative booths! Sign-ups for these students will be released soon from 3rd-6th grade Design Thinking teachers! K4-2nd grade students are encouraged to attend the Maker Faire, come by the Park Maitland booths, and enjoy the Faire too! 

More information can be found at:  https://www.makerfaireorlando.com/
In preparation of our 50th Celebration, we also ask our Alumni to fill out THIS DEMOGRAPHICS SURVEY to assist in gathering Alumni information. Please complete by September 28th. Thank you for your participation!

It's that time of year again! Please send all photos that you would like to share with our Communications or Yearbook staff to:

*Please do not shrink photo/file size before sending*
Club Read to Lead is underway! Don't forget to check Ms. Talbert's Read to Lead section on her Teacher Page to download the monthly calendar activities and reading log, and learn more about how your child can participate. You can find a direct link to the Club Read to Lead page below. Happy Reading!

(Please note: Teacher pages are not updated for
the following week until Sunday at 4:00 p.m.)

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