The Tiger’s Pause – Maywood Hills Elementary Newsletter
Important Dates for October 10/8 – Curriculum Night – K and 1st Grades – 6pm 10/15 – Watch D.O.G.S. Info Night – 6:30pm 10/18 – Jog-A-Thon 10/26 – Monster Mash – 6:30pm 10/30 – Picture Retakes – 9am
Hello Maywood community,
Wow, what an amazing first month of school!
We hope you enjoyed the crazy, busy and fun-filled month as much as we did. Michelle and I especially want to thank Principal Hoeft, her teachers and staff for all they did to make the back-to-school experience a smooth transition.
And what can we say about the Back to School BBQ? It was a great party, and the amount of volunteer support we received for the event was wonderful! Thank you to everyone who helped to plan and volunteer at the event – you truly made it an amazing night, and it wouldn’t have happened without you.
On deck for October, we have the Watch D.O.G.S. Information Night (for dads and kids) as well as the ever-popular Monster Mash dance.
Please note that our Jog-A-Thon has been moved to Tuesday, November 5th.
Thanks again for your support of the PTA. Together we can truly have a positive impact on our kids and the Maywood Community!
On to October…. Kelly Frost and Michelle Kono
Maywood Hills PTA Co-Presidents
We have had a great start to the school year! We are at almost 40% of our student population represented by a Membership and about 65% of our staff have a membership. Thank you to everyone who have purchased a PTA membership so far!
We would LOVE to get 100% of our students represented by a membership. To work toward that, for the month of October, we are going to have a little contest. If we can get 50% (or more!) of our student population covered and 100% of our staff with a membership, the PTA will do an all school popcorn day! The crows (and kids!) will LOVE it!
So maybe you have bought a membership already…is your spouse a member? How about your student, grandparents, other family members or close friends? Maybe you would like to buy a staff membership to gift a teacher or other staff members at Maywood? Anything goes and the more members we have, the stronger our voice to be able to influence important issues that affect our students and staff school-wide as well as state-wide.
So download a form here or on our website and send it to school with your payment, sign-up online using our Google Form and paying with Paypal or look for a membership form coming home soon in Kid Mail. Washington State PTA offers several benefits with your membership, check it out! Questions or concerns? Contact Kelly Hennessey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Let’s get everyone involved in PTA and show our school how much we support them!! Help us build a strong community…one member at a time!
Our first Staff Appreciation Lunch of the 2019-20 school year will take place on Tuesday, October 15th, and will be a “Celebration of our Souper Staff!” Please consider looking over our easy online sign up link, and consider donating an item or two for our Lunch. We welcome both homemade and store bought contributions. Our sign up has specific items listed, but we welcome creativity, if you feel like making something a little different than you signed up for. (For example, if you sign up for tomato soup, it’s totally fine if you make your famous Minnestrone instead!)
We are asking that all food contributions be dropped off to the staff room (located in the Maywood Office) no later than 9:30am on Tuesday, October 15th. If you need to drop your items off a different day or earlier, that is fine, however, we ask that you mark your items clearly for “Staff Appreciation 10/15” and place them either in the fridge or on the back counter in the staff room.
Also coming quickly is our November Staff Appreciation Lunch which will be a Football Tailgate Party, and will be held on Thursday, November 14th. The staff will be encouraged to wear their favorite spirit wear for their favorite team, and will enjoy a build-your-own-sandwich style lunch! Again, we need your help to make this happen! If you are interested in helping with the November lunch, please look over our sign ups!
Watchdogs is an amazing program where fathers and father-figures come into the school to spend time with their student and serve the school. It’s a great opportunity for dads to get to see their kids in the school setting and demonstrate that they care.
There is a pizza party and informational night on October 15th at 6:30 in the Maywood Gym.
We still have a couple of vacancies on our board: Breakfast Club and State Testing Support. We are also looking ahead to next year and will need to train for the following positions: Membership, Emergency Prep, Festival of Cultures, Health Screen Day, Hispanic Community Connections/Cultural Diversity Committee, Office Volunteers and Spirit Wear. If you’d like more information you can reach out to email@example.com
Threads and Treads
Threads and Treads provides Northshore families free, quality, donated clothing for the entire family. Clothing items include: school-appropriate clothing for the school day and special events, sportswear, shoes, and accessories. All NSD families in need of clothing assistance are welcome to shop each month for 3 outfits, and school event attire. Threads and Treads is open every Wednesday from 3-6pm and now will be open the first Saturday of the month 9-12pm starting October 5th!! T&T is located in the portables on the side of the Canyon Park Middle School Gym.
Threads & Treads Needs Donations!
Threads and Treads accepts new or gently worn, fashionable clothing from sizes 5T to adult. Clothing items that are consistent with school dress-codes, special occasions and professional work place attire are preferred. Donations can be brought to the main office of Canyon Park Middle School during the school day or directly to the Threads & Treads portables on Wednesdays during open hours.
Threads and Treads also needs new socks and underwear in all sizes. School or business drives are a great way to collect these items and donate to T&T. Talk to your ASB or Community Service Coordinator about arranging a drive! Groups wishing to arrange a clothing drive, contact Kelly Hennessey at firstname.lastname@example.org
Threads & Treads needs Volunteers!
Wednesday Mornings (or first Friday morning of the month) from 9:30-11:30am – Sort donations, stock items, and display fashions! Organize and prep for open hours!
Wednesday Afternoons from 3-6pm (or 1st Saturday of the month 9-12pm) – Volunteers assist patrons select clothing items for families while sorting and displaying clothing donations.
For more information or to sign up to volunteer, visit our website!
It’s All In for Kids Time
Each fall, the community – parents, district leaders, teachers, business owners, and volunteers – donate to help fund grants that will make a difference in classrooms across the district right away. We call this annual campaign All In For Kids. This a time when we can all help make this district a place where each student can stretch, engage, and dive into deep learning.
Your donation powers innovative, engaging programs for students across the district. When you give by October 31st your donation can be put to work by January.
Thank you community members, businesses, donors and volunteers for doing what it takes to provide 823 backpacks for students who need them in our community. Without your help these students would go without the school supplies they need to be successful.
We can’t say enough for the outstanding support of Inspirus Credit Union, Amerigroup, Mill Creek Sound Storage, Liberty Road Foundation, Guruduara Sikh Center of Seattle, and Supply All Kids.
Do you, or a family you know, need assistance this year? Please look for the backpack symbol in your school’s office to get any needed supplies.
When you buy a cookie this month at Canyon Park Chick-fil-A, .25 cents is donated to support the important work of the Foundation. Eat more cookies and support the Foundation!
Our First-Ever Video Contest
We are excited to kick off our first-ever social media video contest. You are invited to submit a family-friendly video, under 90 seconds, to help us spread the word of the important work of the Northshore Schools Foundation.
Video Must Include:
• An apple
• The line “ All in for Kids”
• Answer the question: “Why we need the Northshore Schools Foundation!”
All submissions are due by October 4, 2019. The maker of the video with the most shares and likes by midnight October 27, 2019 will be awarded a prize.
First place is $300, Second Place is $200 and Third place is $100.
We are looking for science docent volunteers for each classroom! Parents, grandparents, or any adult in these kid’s lives. This is a fun way to get them excited, engaged and enthusiastic about science! I have a second grader and have been a science docent for the past two years and this is my first year as coordinator for the science docents at Maywood Hills, and I am looking forward to working with other parents (or family/friends) and helping them get into the classrooms and work with the teachers to learn more science!
There are a variety of ways a science docent can enhance the classroom. You can serve as an extra adult in the classroom to help with the new science curriculum or prep materials for teachers. You can teach their own lessons, once a month or even just a few times throughout the year. There are lesson kits available to volunteers as well as we are always developing new lesson kits science docents can bring in and present. These would mostly include hands on lessons for the students to explore different science concepts. Examples of lessons include:
“What’s in your dirt?” Explore a dirt bin with earthworms
Why should you recycle? Sort through typical garbage and discuss how long items take to decompose
For 2nd grade and up: Lego Simple Machines
Bird Identification through Beaks
Surface Tension. Explore the power of surface tension by dropping water on a penny
We will have a Science Docent Orientation on October 15th at 7pm, as well as the Maywood Hills Science Fair is on June 2, 2020. Science docents would be responsible for helping to supervise a room(s) and helping students prepare for the fair.