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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!

SIGN UP TO VOLUNTEER: https://utexas.givepulse.com/event/50202-The-Maplewood-Elementary-Spring-Fling

 

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Maplewood Spring Fling 2014

PTA Board Meeting Agenda, May 3, 2017

Maplewood Elementary School Library, 5-6 p.m.

  1. Treasure’s Report
  2. Discussion and possible Action: Presentation by Chris Levack, sculptor
  3. Discussion and possible Action: Creating a Financial Reconciliation Committee –three people who are not signers and not the treasurer
  4. Discussion and possible action: Review of Potential Budget for Next Year
  5. Spring Fling Updates/ Call for volunteers
  6. Committee Updates
  • Teacher Appreciation
    Technology
    Communication
    Membership/Volunteer Appreciation
    Directory
    Parent Prom
    Landscaping Gardens
    General PTA Meetings
    Volunteer Coordination
    Grant writing

7. Items Not on Agenda

For more information, email maplewoodptapres@gmail.com.

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Green Team in Action During Keep Austin Beautiful

By Amanda Braziel

The Maplewood Green Team, in conjunction with FrOG, participated in Keep Austin Beautiful‘s Clean Sweep on the lovely, cool, mosquito-free morning of April 8. About 13 volunteers, including several students from Maplewood and folks from the surrounding community, showed up to clean Upper Boggy Creek between Cherrywood Green and Lafayette Ave. We mailed letters to private property owners along the banks of the creek in advance of our event so we could do a more thorough job than when we cleaned just the public creek areas on It’s My Park Day back in March.  We filled several bags of trash and recycling and pulled out a couple of bulky items, including box springs and a massive tangle of wires that had evidently been left behind by utility crews. The most interesting piece of litter we recovered was a love note! We also moved some rocks and natural debris and removed algae overgrowths to improve the flow of water in the creek.  We even saw fish upstream from the Green! Unfortunately, we also discovered a HUGE deposit of single-use styrofoam and plastic water bottles that we did not have enough bags or volunteers to completely remove that day. We really need to get back in there to remove all of that pollution soon.

Sunshine and Emily Mathon led a group of volunteers in a KAB cleanup of Willowbrook Reach, and they picked up 5 bags’ worth of trash from creek. If you are interested in assisting with future Green Team-sponsored clean ups, please email me.

Photos by Amanda Braziel

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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

 

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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 austinisd.org.

Connect with other new Maplewood parents at the Facebook event.

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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.
https://givepul.se/ccbte

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.
https://givepul.se/ykd0e

3) I want to help Maplewood Elementary School: We’ll be mulching with about 20 people at Maplewood. https://givepul.se/l1a6b

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.
https://givepul.se/6t5ca

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.
https://givepul.se/l1dxa

I want FREE childcare: https://goo.gl/ 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.