Maplewood Fall Fest a Spooktacular Success

This year’s Maplewood Fall Fest was a runaway hit, with hundreds of children and their families coming to campus on a beautiful Saturday afternoon for fun and games. There was a Spooky Salon for face painting, a pumpkin emoji decorating station, lots of carnival games, a Monster Mash dance party in the gym, Dia de los Muertos themed photo booth with a mustang skeleton and decorations made by the dual language classes, and best of all  the infamous Maplewood Haunted Portable was back! The PTA is deeply grateful to the parent and UT volunteers who helped to run the festival and made it such a wonderful community event, and especially to Fall Fest Chair Erin Dooner for her leadership and scary good imagination.

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Photos by J. Potter-Miller/Maplewood PTA


Maplewood Fall Fest Brings Community Together for Spooky Fun on October 22

October 22 from 3-5pm at Maplewood to get into the seasonal spirit! There will be bounce houses, a Spooky Salon, Pumpkin Emoji decorating, carnival games, Storytelling, a Monster Mash Dance, and the return of the infamous Maplewood Haunted Portable! Fall Fest is open to all ages and anyone who loves to have fun. Costumes are encouraged. Join us… IF YOU DARE!

If you’d like to volunteer, sign up for a 30 minute or 1 hour shift on GivePulse. For more info, email
or check out the Facebook event page.



October Garden Work Day at Maplewood is All About the Mulch

Maplewood families and UT volunteers spent the morning of Saturday, October 8 tackling the second half of a mountain of mulch delivered in September by AISD. We moved several cubic yards to the root zone of the 200+ year old oak tree in the school courtyard, and used it to protect several other trees along the interior of the school. We also removed some overgrown agave to make room for more kid-friendly plants, detangled an invasive vine growing all over the courtyard’s rose bushes, trimmed branches hanging low over walkways, and gave two more picnic tables a fresh coat of paint. Thank you to all our great volunteers for another great garden work day!

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Garden Work Day October 8 at Maplewood

Maplewood families and community volunteers will meet on campus on Saturday, October 8 9am-12p.m. for another garden work day. Our priorities include:

  • moving the giant pile of mulch to our trees, where it can get to work keeping them healthy
  • moving the four picnic tables we painted a few weeks ago to the hill behind the Maplewood Playhouse
  • painting the four remaining picnic tables needing a facelift
  • weeding and repairing 2 or 3 classroom vegetable gardens

We had such a successful work day in September and hope to keep the momentum going cleaning up our campus after the construction that took place over the summer!

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    Photo credit: J. Potter-Miller