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Volunteer Appreciation Video and Prize

The last PTA meeting of the year was held on May 18, and a special video was screened for our community. Over the previous weeks, students, faculty and staff had participated in a project honoring volunteers for their service, and it was truly marvelous! The PTA also presented Daniel Colimon the inaugural Volunteer of the Year award. Daniel has been an integral part of the school for the entire time his son Nicolas has attended, and lent a hand everything from Wednesday Folders (he’s a page counting machine), to the front desk, tutoring and mentoring students. He’s also organized the Maplewood Food Pantry for the last few years, and helped support countless families in our community. This is his last year as a Maplewood parent and we will always be grateful for his many contributions!

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Daniel Colimon, Volunteer of the Year

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PTA Proposes Peace Sign Sculpture by Chris Levack for Maplewood

East Austin-based sculptor Chris Levack presented a proposal for a peace sign sculpture to welcome students, families, teachers and staff to Maplewood at the May PTA Board Meeting.  Our school is proud to teach students to be Peacemakers, and this sculpture would reinforce our community values.

Chris is the father of two recent Maplewood grads, and  specializes in large-scale outdoor artwork inspired by the Texas landscape. You can see lots of examples of his work at http://texassculpture.com, and may already be familiar with the pollen and rocket ship sculptures on the Mueller Southwest Greenbelt.

Daniel Colimon and Jennifer Rappoport have generously offered to sponsor the sculpture in honor of the six years their son Nicolas spent at Maplewood, and the entire 2017 6th grade graduating class. The board voted in favor of the proposal, and Chris will present it at the PTA General Meeting for approval on May 18th at 6 p.m.  If approved, the sculpture will be installed before the start of the 2017-2018 school year.

Peace Sculpture Proposal Chris Levack

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Spring Fling Fun

The 2017 Spring Fling took place on a beautiful sunny day, and the Maplewood community enjoyed the performances by students and the Dad Band (they’ll be invited back!), custom tattoos, a dunk tank with the obliging Ms. Magrath, adorable baby animals from the Tiny Tails petting zoo, and endless hot dogs and cookies. Thanks to the organizers and everyone who attended for a great afternoon!

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Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller

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Spring Fling is May 13

Please join us for some free family fun to celebrate Spring on the lovely grounds of Maplewood Elementary! Watch performances from Maplewood Mustangs and the epic premier of the Dad Band! Test your throwing skills at the Dunk Tank. Get your bounce on in the ‘wrecking ball’ for big kids an the bouncy house for gentle jumpers. Meet some fuzzy friends from Tiny Tails petting zoo. Get a spiffy new look at the Mustang Makeover Salon. Enjoy free hot dogs and drinks, and bring a side or individually wrapped sweet treats to share. And even more fun, including a photo booth, and a Thank-You Card station where you can make a lovely card to share with the mamas in your life! Don’t forget to bring a blanket or lawn chairs to watch the music. Hope to see you there!!

Special thanks to our sponsor Austin Vet Hospital!

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Maplewood Spring Fling 2014