Mustangs Stampede around Mueller Lake

The annual Mustang Stampede was held at Mueller on April 1st, and over 240 students participated in the fun run. They raised a whopping $26,852 for the PE department and  toward our BIG Goal of providing a 1:1 ratio of Chromebooks for kids in Grades 3-6, a computing lab for grades Pre-k-2 and a 3:1 ratio of Mobile devices for all kids. There was also a rock climbing wall, bouncy houses, a special performance by the Maplewood Teacher Band and the annual teacher experience raffle.

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Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller



Maplewood Kindergarten Roundup is April 4

Join incoming Kindergartners, their families, and Maplewood teachers and staff at the 2017 Kindergarten Roundup on April 4! At this orientation, parents and caregivers will receive information about the Austin School District’s full-day kindergarten program, including curriculum, daily schedules, attendance requirements, the school year calendar, how to help a child prepare for school, and information specific to the individual campus.

WHEN: Tuesday, April 4, 9-10 a.m.
WHERE: Maplewood Elementary School Cafeteria

Early kindergarten registration assists the District in determining enrollments, assigning staff, and meeting individual school needs. Accurate enrollment projections reduce the need to reorganize classes and teachers after school has started.

Enrollment Information:

* Kindergarten students must be five years old on or before September 1, 2017.

* All students new to Austin ISD must provide a birth certificate, current record of immunizations, child’s last report card, proof of address (rental contract or utility bill with valid address), parent photo identification or driver’s license, and the child’s Social Security Card (optional).

For more information, call Maplewood Elementary School at (512) 414-4402 or visit the

Connect with other new Maplewood parents at the Facebook event.


RESCHEDULED FOR 4/8! Service Sunday: Volunteer at Maplewood, Patterson, Cherrywood Green, Willowbrook Reach, and Servant Church on April 2

UPDATE: Unfortunately there was a tornado warning on Sunday morning, so we rescheduled the volunteer day for next Saturday, 9-11 a.m. We hope to see you at one of the sites!

Our friends at Servant Church are organizing a neighborhood-wide service day, and invite the Maplewood community to join them! There are five places to volunteer this Sunday, April 2 from 10:30-12:30. There is professional childcare available at Servant Church if you prefer, but kids welcome at most of the work sites. We are grateful to Servant Church for being such fantastic neighbors, and for bringing willing hands to help out at our school!

Let’s get together on Sunday morning to make our neighborhood environment beautiful, fun, and life-giving! There will be work for people of all skill levels, interests, and ages at ALL sites but childcare is provided at Servant Church if that’s wanted/needed. Sign up below for a site or for childcare. You don’t have to sign up to join in any of the fun but it WILL help us prepare and have enough supplies, food, and childcare workers.

Also, Servant Church is having a short outdoor service of prayer and communion at 10am if you’d like to start your day that way.

OK, enough info. Time to sign up:
1) I want to play with mulch: We’ll be working at Patterson Park with 30 of our closest new friends to provide some TLC to the trees. Volunteers will move nutrient-rich mulch to trees and spread it under the tree canopy and the critical root zone of Heritage trees on the western edge of the park, off Cherrywood Rd. We will also do some light trash pick up, as needed.

2) I want to prune and weed: We need about 8-10 people at Cherrywood Green who like to cut some plants and give others room to grow. Bring supplies if you have them but we do have some tools to loan if needed.

3) I want to help Maplewood Elementary School: We’ll be mulching with about 20 people at Maplewood.

4) I want to pick up trash: Willowbrook Reach needs some love, y’all. It’s got trash to clean from Airport Boulevard to Cherrywood Road. If you and 20 other people don’t mind getting down in the creek and using trash grabbers, this is a great job for you. Wear pants and long sleeves because there is some poison ivy at the reach! Meet at the red swing at the corner of E. 40th St. and Willowbrook Dr.

5) I want to feed the hungry/work inside: We’ll be baking cookies and packing “survival kits” at Servant Church for the homeless to hand out and donate to Mobile Loaves and Fishes.

I want FREE childcare: forms/zRiQFeRqRKEk468x1 Servant Church is providing professional, quality childcare from 10am-12:30. The children will participate in service activities at the church as able and do projects about caring for the environment.

For more info, email Ashley Croswell or Pastor Abigail Parker-Herrera.


Refreshing our Campus

The Maplewood Gardening and Landscaping Committee has big dreams for the campus! We held a work day on March 23 to refresh our school’s vegetable garden boxes for the spring 2017 growing season, do some general cleanup of the grounds, and plant three trees. There are also plans in progress to build an outdoor classroom deck in the school’s courtyard, and we have solicited a proposal from Delwood 2 artist Chris Levack to create a steel peace sign sculpture for the entrance. Plans for next year include applying for funds to install a demonstration food forest at the entrance to the school, and continuing to beautify the campus with native plants. If you are interested in helping with classroom gardens, please email the Gardening and Landscaping Chair.

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Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller


Maplewood Garden Work Day, Saturday March 23

Join the Maplewood community on Saturday morning to refresh our school’s vegetable garden boxes for the spring 2017 growing season, and do some general cleanup of the grounds. Bring your kids, gloves, and garden tools. We’ll have water, snacks, and a truck load of supplies courtesy of the Sustainable Food Center’s resource giveaway on Thursday, including compost, seeds, and seedlings. There are several projects that need tackling, including overgrown flower beds outside portables. Come help us dig in the dirt and beautify the school!

WHEN: Saturday, March 25, 9am–12pm
WHERE: Maplewood Greenhouse

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October Garden Work Day at Maplewood. Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller.



Students Fundraising for School at Mustang Stampede

It’s time for the 2017 Mustang Stampede! The 1K fun run will take place on April 2 at Mueller Lake Park, and students can register at The Get Moving Crew. It’s easy, and you can even do it on your phone! Then you can invite your family and friends to help support our school.

The PTA has a couple of goals this year. First, we want to involve every kid who wants to be involved in the run. Every child who signs up will get a pedometer immediately, 15 tickets for the teacher experience raffle, and a t-shirt on the day of the run. If you know of a kiddo who needs help signing up please email

We’re also raising funds for the PE department as well as money to get us started moving towards our Big Goal of providing a 1:1 ratio of Chromebooks to kids in Grades 3-6, a mobile computing lab for grades Pre-k-2 and a 3:1 ratio of mobile devices to kids for the whole school.

Go Mustangs!


Mustangs March for Peace to Patterson Park

On Friday, March 10, the last day before Spring Break, the entire student body marched from campus to Patterson Park in the first Maplewood March for Kindness. Teachers, parents and staff joined them, as did members of the McCallum marching band and cheerleading squad. The band led the way down Maplewood Ave., and younger students walked hand in hand with students from older grades. Parent volunteers were stationed along the road to keep traffic away.

The theme of the march was “No Place for Hate,” and there were songs, chants and guest speakers after everyone gathered at the park. Officer Kelly from Austin Police Department spoke to the students about being a No Place for Hate school and had all students recite our Resolution of Respect together. Jared Lindauer, Maplewood parent and board member of the Anti-Defamation League (Austin) talked to them about the importance and power of spreading kindness at every opportunity, and Lauren Rizzo from the Refugee Services of Texas spoke about how our values as a No Place for Hate school make ours a welcoming community for ALL families!

The march was covered by the Austin American Statesman, KEYE TV (CBS Austin), and Fox 7 News. Many thanks to the amazing Ms. Kelli Kirk and Social Emotional Learning committee for organizing this outstanding event! For more information on the March for Kindness, contact Maplewood School Counselor Kelli Kirk at

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Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller

Video by Sunshine Mathon



Maplewood Elementary Announces the March for Kindness, March 10

By Heather Wagner Reed

Austin ISD school Maplewood Elementary is proud to announce the Maplewood March for Kindness, a school-wide march from Maplewood Elementary School to Patterson Park. The march will take place on Friday, March 10 from 8:30 to 10:30 a.m. The event will be accompanied by music, community speakers and chants celebrating peace.

Maplewood Elementary, having earned a “No Place for Hate” distinction for five consecutive years, will center the parade around a “No Place for Hate” theme. The entire student body will start the parade at Maplewood at 8:30 a.m. and will march two blocks to the neighborhood park, Patterson Park, to participate in a short rally.

The school has also invited dancers, cheerleaders and band members from McCallum High School to lead the students in song and cheers that promote peace.

Community speakers from the city government as well as Austin ISD will be at the Patterson Park rally to greet the marchers. These speakers will address the group with words of cohesion and inspiration to promote an inclusive environment before the students return to Maplewood.

Our March for Kindness is the perfect way for Maplewood to express the main mission of our school: promoting peaceful, inclusive behaviors between students, parents and all members of our community,” says Kelli Kirk, Maplewood School Counselor. “Each day at Maplewood Elementary, students and adults strive to ‘Increase the Peace’ by listening to and learning from each other, by resolving conflicts with respectful communication and by seeing the good in each other and ourselves every day. Please celebrate peace and inclusivity with us on Friday, March 10!

Maplewood March for Kindness

Maplewood Elementary has been lauded as a beautifully diverse representation of Austin, offering dual-language learning and an incorporation of the arts into all of its classes. The school’s mission statement, “to develop the WHOLE child – one who feels valued and is successful within a cooperative, safe learning environment,” resonates in the lessons taught in and events held out of the classroom.

Maplewood is an elementary school for pre-K through grade six located in East Austin. Opening in 1952, the school is known for its diverse student body and its motto “Increase the Peace.” The school is rated exemplary in the areas of overall performance, the fine arts, wellness and physical education, community and parental involvement, digital learning environment, dropout prevention strategies, educational programs for gifted and talented students, its Second Language Acquisition Program and its 21st Century Workforce Development Program.

One of the key attributes of Maplewood is the focus on Social Emotional Learning (SEL), which can be seen daily in the school’s “Peacemaker” program where students are recognized in front of the whole school when doing something good for others. “Working closely with our staff, parents and the community, we strive each day to ensure that every child is confident, successful and respected,” said Vickie Jacobson, Maplewood Principal.

Maplewood also hosts a number of events throughout the year such as Parent Prom, Fall Fest and Carnival, Spring Fling and Fun Run and more. As a resource to the surrounding community, the school is also an official polling location and the venue for the annual Cherrywood Art Fair, one of Austin’s most cherished holiday markets.

For more information on the March for Kindness, contact Maplewood School Counselor Kelli Kirk at

For more information on Maplewood Elementary, please see:

For media inquiries on the upcoming March for Kindness, please contact Juice Consulting:
Heather Wagner Reed





2nd Annual Maplewood Parent Prom Raises $12,000 for the School

On Saturday, February 4 Maplewood parents and friends danced the night away at the Parent Prom Presented by Cherrywood Coffeehouse. The Spiderhouse Ballroom was chock full of people decked out in sequins and ruffled tuxes rocking out to the songs of their youth. There was live music by The Recliners and DJ Andy Smith, a silent auction, photo booth and much more. “It was so much fun, because it was that rare time that the community of parents at our school gets to interact with each other as adults. “ Last year’s prom proceeds were used by the PTA to help the school purchase technology, additional books and classroom supplies, and supported the Maplewood food pantry.

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Photos by Jennifer Potter-Miller




The Beloved Community Comes Together at Maplewood Elementary School to Discuss Upcoming Legislation

The Maplewood Parent Support Team hosted The Beloved Community on January 26 in the school cafeteria. The evening was focused on educating parents, families, and community members on legislation that could impact our communities and our schools. Additionally, we focused on empowerment and communication, and our school’s commitment to increasing dialogue between all members of our diverse community, and creating safe spaces that foster authentic, respectful, and courageous conversations.

There were speakers from Equality Texas, The Austin Justice Coalition, Interfaith Action of Central Texas, Emma S. Barrientos Mexican American Cultural Center and immigration attorney and Maplewood parent Hannah Silk Kapasi. Representatives from Texas Appleseed and Black Lives Matter were also in attendance. The panel was moderated by Jared Lindauer, a volunteer with the Anti Defamation League and Maplewood parent. There was translation provided by teachers in the school’s dual language program and other volunteers. The event wrapped up with a demonstration by the No Place For Hate student committee.

The idea behind The Beloved Community was a concept popularized by Dr. Martin Luther King, who believed that people committed to and trained in the philosophy and methods of nonviolence could attain the ultimate goal of “genuine intergroup and interpersonal living — integration.” In this Beloved Community; homelessness, poverty, and hunger are not tolerated and racism, discrimination, and prejudice against others are replaced with an understanding that we are all connected to one and other.

Event organizer Camille Smith said “I was so grateful for the support of the PTA presidents and the parent volunteers who helped make this happen, especially Jared Lindauer who took on the role of moderator that my stage fright would not allow me to do. I’m also grateful for our highly knowledgeable presenters and speakers, but most of all to the parents and Community members who came out to participate in this important event. I’m excited to keep the momentum going and continue my efforts to create awareness and encourage communication in our diverse community.”

In the Beloved Community, love and trust will triumph over fear and hatred.

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