Newsletter 14 | Week of Nov. 20 - Nov. 24

You can't live a perfect day without doing something for someone who will never be able to repay you.  ~ John Wooden

Park Maitland students brought in over 5,000 food items, a record-breaking number, to give to local families during this holiday season!  

Dear Parents,
What would November be without giving thanks for all that we have? We also recognize the importance of a lifelong attitude of gratitude to enjoy life, spread goodwill, and keep the right perspective on our blessings and opportunities!
As our students (from the tiniest up) line up here at school to drop off the hundreds of canned food items and prepare to spend their own money on "Toys for Tots," you can see the looks of pride on their faces and the feelings of gratitude that they gain from learning to take care of others in order to make the world a happier and brighter place. I receive countless thank you notes from our students (in their very best handwriting) as they show appreciation for everything that they enjoy here at school. Teaching children to show thankfulness and gratitude to others by expressing it in writing (good old fashioned, hand-written thank-you notes) or by giving their time or "things" to those in need are lessons that will last a lifetime and help them to live happier, more productive and more fulfilled lives.
As we focus more on what we are grateful for during this special time of Thanksgiving, I'd like to take the time to thank each of you for your ongoing support and partnership as we work together to educate your precious children. I also feel deep gratitude and appreciation to the outstanding group of teachers, administrators, and staff who are part of our Park Maitland family. Their ongoing dedication and love for your child and for what they do is expressed each and every day by their dedicated efforts to celebrate your children's gifts and strengths while enlightening their minds and spirit.
I feel truly blessed to be part of such an extraordinary school community!
Happy Thanksgiving, All!
Cindy Moon
Head of School

The best portion of a good man's life-his little, nameless, unremembered acts of kindness and love. ~ William Wordsworth
Calendar of Events
WEEK OF NOV. 27 - DEC. 1
M-F 20-24 - Thanksgiving Holiday!
Tu. 11.28 - Grade 5 Monument Avenue
Wed. 11.29 - K5 to Green Meadows / Free Dress Down Day
Th. 11.30 - Grade 2 Shows
Fri. 12.1 - Admissions Open House / Confidence T-shirt Day / Greek Fest / Winter Park Tree Lighting / K4 Superhero Day / Toys for Tots Collection Begins
Mon. 12.4 - Founder's Day
Tu. 12.5 - Holiday Art Show - Cocina 214
Th. 12.7 - Grade 1 Shows
Fri. 12.8 - Grade 4 to St. Augustine
M-F 12.11-12.15 - Grade 2 Polar Express Week / Holiday Book Fair and Holiday Shop
Tu. 12.12 - Grade 2 Pajama Day
Th. 12.14 - Glee Concert
Fri. 12.15 - K4 Umbrella Day
Tu.12.19 - K4 Holiday Parties
Wed. 12.20 - Toys for Tots Assembly / K5-Grade 6 Holiday Parties / Early Dismissal Day
Mark your calendars for these upcoming shows!

2nd grade show -- TV Holidayland
Thursday, Nov 30
8:25 am -- 2 Orange and Red
10:00 am -- 2 Blue and Green
12:15 pm -- 2 Purple and Yellow

1st grade show -- Interrupting Chicken
Thursday, Dec 7
8:25 am -- 1 Orange and Purple
10:00 am -- 1 Blue and Green
12:15 pm -- 1 Red and Yellow

Your child's YOUNG MASTERS personalized brochure has been sent home. You are now able to order a variety of products with your child's artwork printed on them. They make great gifts for the upcoming holiday season... as well as cherished keepsakes for years to come! 
Please place your orders before DEC. 13th in order to receive them directly to your door before the holiday break. Thank you in advance for considering ordering and supporting the ARTS at PARK MAITLAND SCHOOL!
Our grade 1 students celebrated traditions of the past, sang beautiful songs, created "historical" videos, and more at the annual Harvest Festival! It was a sweet and wonderful way for our young students to share their knowledge and pride!  
Grade 3 students had an amazing day of total immersion into the world of early Native Americans! The beautiful songs and dances, the amazing demonstrations and lessons from Jim Sawgrass, the bountiful feast, and the fun and interesting Native American games -- it was a day that will be in their hearts forever! 

Check Park Maitland's SmugMug page later this week for more Native American Festival photos. You can find a link to our SmugMug page by logging into the parent portal on
Winter/Spring Clubs offerings are now available. Please follow the links below to find club descriptions, dates, and our easy online enrollment form! 

BRAVO to our Little Elves and Shoemakers on a show stopping performance! The students wowed the audience with their beautiful singing, great dancing and movements, poise, and confidence! 
Book Fair & Holiday Store 
Coming Soon!
December 11th - 15th

The Book Fair and Penguin Patch Holiday Shop are coming to Park Maitland the week of December 11th! Students will have an opportunity to visit at scheduled times during the week so as to not interrupt their academic classes. Envelopes will go home the week of December 4th.
The book fair will be will be open Mon. - Thur. from 7:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Parents are welcome to visit the store at any time during the open hours. Contact Ms. Talbert at  if you have questions.

The Holiday Shop will be open Mon. - Thur. from 7:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and Friday from 7:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Contact Ms. Sonntag by email at  for Holiday Shop volunteer opportunities.
We ask that parents send money for the Book Fair and Holiday Shop in the provided envelopes and clearly mark your child's name, grade, and class. This is MOST important! Envelopes can be returned to your child's homeroom class.
Because students will visit the Holiday Shop and Book Fair during the same period, we are asking that you indicate if leftover money can be spent or should be returned home.
Calling all siblings of Park Maitland students!

If you have a child going into K-4 next school year : Our K-4 Screening Fun Day will take place on January 13 th , 2018 from 9:30 am to 11:15 am. Students will spend the morning doing fun activities on campus, from Art to Story Time to Centers while parents attend a brief and informative Information Session. Teachers and administrators will be screening these applicants individually throughout the morning.  Click here to register!

If you have a child entering K-5 through Grade 6 Students applying to K-5 to Grade 6 are required to attend a shadow day. Your child will be paired with a current Park Maitland student who will act as their buddy throughout the whole day. Shadowing students will also meet with an administrator during their shadow day in order to complete their admissions   screening.

Please contact Kelsey Scott, Director of Admissions,
to schedule your child’s shadow/screening.
She can be reached at  or by phone at  407-647-3038 ext. 110 .
Park Maitland Annual Toy Drive
School-wide Collection
December 1 - 20

Toys collected will go to the Toys For Tots organization which distributes to local children in Central Florida.

December 1st through December 20th
Bring in new, unwrapped, unopened toys for Orlando area children. Look for the collection bins during morning carpool.

The homeroom that collects the most toys will receive the Blitzen Wall Mount to display in their class and a munchkin party!

If we collect over 1,500 items, the whole school gets a dress down day on January 10th!

Park Maitland students brought in over 5,000 food items, a record-breaking number, to give to local families during this holiday season!  Because of the amazing generosity from our Park Maitland School family, students have earned a free dress down day on Wednesday, November 29th!

(Due to the K-5 Green Meadows field trip, K-5 students should wear field trip attire on this date. K-5 will have a dress down day on another date.)

DATE: T uesday, Dec 5th 2017
TIME:        K4-2nd Grade: 4:00- 5:00
                3rd-5th Grade: 5:00- 6:30
WHERE:  Cocina 214,
WHO: Select artists will be notified of participation the week after Thanksgiving.


Reservations may be made online or by phone: 
ONLINE: www.  
PHONE: Cocina 214 at: 407-790-7997
Full Sail Labs
Filmmaking Workshop
Cartoons are fun to watch, but have you ever wanted to make your own? Have you ever wanted to bring your toys to life? You can with the magic of film!Stop-Motion Animation lets you be in control of every frame of your movie without ever having to draw a thing. In this workshop, you’ll be animating poseable figures on a green screen background into fun scenes. You will edit your movie to perfection by keying in the backdrop of our choice and adding titles, credits, transitions, and music in iMovie.
Monday, December 11th
3:30 - 5:30 p.m.
Cost: $50/2 hours

Monday, December 4th
2:35-5:35 p.m.
Cost: $75/3 hours        

Be the Change...Wear the Change
"Wear the Change" is a fundraising campaign to help raise money for Puerto Rico. Even one month after hurricane Maria there are still about one million Americans there without water. We want to give the whole school a chance to get involved and “Be the Change.” Use the order form linked below to order your necklace and help us reach our goal. Fill out the order form and send in $7.00 for each necklace you wish to purchase. You can turn in your order form to your homeroom teacher or to the front office.

*Each necklace is hand stamped "united."

We welcome Ms. Stephanie Schnitker to the Park Maitland family! Ms. Schnitker comes to us after teaching for the past 14 years at Brookshire Elementary, co-teaching alongside none other than our own Ms. Meghan Berzovich! In addition to teaching 2nd grade, she has served as their 3rd and 4th grade teacher, Gifted Resource teacher, and Gifted Coach. Ms. Schnitker will assume the 2nd grade math position on November 27th. We wish Ms. Salmons the best of luck in Kentucky!
Ms. Lorena Godoy-Ramos, will assume the position of Yearbook Designer. After leaving the corporate world while raising her sons, Lorena has fueled her passion for photography and uses her creativity to document many happenings at home and for the past few years at our school! Ms. Godoy-Ramos will be the point person for any yearbook related questions. Additionally, she welcomes any photos parents have to share! You can email Ms. Godoy-Ramos at . We are so excited to have her join our team!
Ms. Ashley Diaz will be taking over as the new Early Childhood Spanish Teacher. Many of you may remember the outstanding job Ms. Diaz did last year as the long term substitute for both Ms. Infantino and Ms. Martinez during their maternity leave. We wish Ms. Infantino the best of luck as she spends precious time with her son. Welcome to this new role Ashley!
Ms. Lori Willis will be assuming Ms. Diaz's current role as K-5 Teacher Assistant. Ms. Willis recently joined us as a substitute teacher and comes with much experience as a wonderful early childhood teacher and teacher assistant. Her enthusiasm, hard work ethic, and love for children makes her a welcome addition to our faculty!
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 - grade 6.
Party from 6pm Saturday, December 31st to 10am Sunday, January 1, 2018.

It's the best night of the year!!!
Food, dancing, games, fun, and more fun!

Follow this  LINK   for more details and registration form.
The Hour of Code is Back! 

The Tech Team is excited to announce that we are hosting our third annual Hour of Code event here at Park Maitland School! 

The Hour of Code is a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify code and show that anybody can learn the basics. The Hour of Code has become a global movement reaching tens of millions of students in 180+ countries.

This coding experience is offered to our 3rd-6th graders. The voluntary and FREE sessions will take place on either:

Monday, December 4th or 
Tuesday, December 5th
3:30 - 4:30pm

Students in 3rd grade will be offered complimentary child care in Parker's Gang until the 3:30pm event begins.

Any questions can be directed to Evelyn McCulloch, 5th-6th grade Design Thinking Teacher: .  
Thanksgiving Break Camps
Krafty Kids
Belle's Krafty Kids will offer a one-day holiday fun camp for students in K-4 to grade 3.

Monday, November 20
8:30 a.m. - 1:30 pm  

Please complete linked  registration and return to front desk.

For more information contact Ms. Belle Warren at
PE Camp
PE Camp will offer three days of PE fun for students in grades 3-6. Students can choose individual days or attend all three!

Monday, Tuesday, and/or Wednesday
November 20
November 21
November 22
8:00 am - 1:00 pm

Please complete linked  registration and waiver and return to front desk.

For more information contact Coach Mike Larrimore,
Send us your best pics for the yearbook!

Email photos (or share your photo album) to .
Thanksgiving break is a great time to complete November's Club Read calendar!

Check Ms. Talbert's Read To Lead info on her teacher page to download this month's calendar activities and reading log, and to learn more about how your child can participate. You can find a direct link to the Club Read to Lead page below. Happy Reading!

Yearbook Ads On Sale!
Celebrate your special student by purchasing a yearbook dedication! Ads can be purchased and designed directly through Balfour's yearbook ad maker.

The yearbook ad builder will close on January 15, 2018 , so don't delay. Follow the directions on the flyer and purchase your ad today!* (Ads are sold on a first-come-first served basis, until all allotted pages are sold.)

Full page -- (6th grade only) $365
1/2 page -- $265
1/4 page -- $190

(*Yearbook ads can not be accepted
after January 15th.)
(Please note: Teacher pages are not updated for
the following week until Sunday at 4:00 p.m.)