Our school’s annual Fall Fest is held around Halloween and features fun stations such as bouncy house, ring toss, haunted house, pumpkin decorating, cakewalk, costume contest, dance party, and photo booth. The Fall Fest is open to all ages and anyone who loves to have fun. Costumes are encouraged. Email our PTA (firstname.lastname@example.org) for more information or visit our MySchoolAnywhere account to volunteer.
The Mustang Stampede is an annual fun-run and fundraiser for our PE and student wellness program.
This one mile fun run/walk is a healthy way to raise money for our school! In the past, we’ve raised funds for the PE department as well as enough money to get us started on achieving 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.
Families can run with us and then stay for the rock climbing wall, bouncy houses, a special performance by the Maplewood Teacher Band and the annual teacher experience raffle.
While we encourage families to help us meet our fundraising goal, there is no cost to participate in the fun run or to enjoy the festivities afterwards.
Every October, beginning on Parent Conference Day, the Maplewood Library hosts a week-long Scholastic Book Fair fundraiser.
Every December, BookPeople hosts an in-store book fair fundraiser for Maplewood Library. We receive 20% of all sales after customers show their Maplewood In-Store Book Fair flier at checkout.
Maplewood Library also hosts book swaps and book giveaways twice a year, before winter and summer breaks.For more information about our book fairs and swaps, please contact the school librarian, Ms. Braziel, at ABraziel@austinisd.org.
The Hour of Code started as a one-hour introduction to computer science, designed to demystify “code,” to show that anybody can learn the basics, and to broaden participation in the field of computer science. It has since become a worldwide effort to celebrate computer science, starting with 1-hour coding activities but expanding to all sorts of community efforts. Maplewood has eagerly participated in this event since 2014.
For more information about Computer Science Week or Hour of Code activities, please contact the Campus Innovation Coach/ Librarian, Ms. Braziel, at ABraziel@austinisd.org.
Cherrywood Art Fair is an art filled two-day event showcasing local artists, live music, kids activities and great food in a free, family-friendly environment. More than 8,000 visitors stroll through the fairgrounds looking at art, listening to beautiful music and sampling some of Austin’s finest food trailer cuisine. Since its 2002 inception, the Fair has served as a destination for discerning holiday shoppers seeking unique and artful items from Texas artists and makers.
For more information, visit Cherrywood Art Fair.
Maplewood Elementary Science Fair is open to PreK through 6th grade participants each January. About 12 finalists advance to the Austin Energy Regional Science Fair in February. For more information on Science Fair rules and regulations, visit the Regional Science Fair website.
The first ever Maplewood Parent Prom was held in February of 2015 and has since become an annual fun and fundraising tradition at the Spiderhouse Ballroom, featuring live music followed by a DJ spinning dance music, prom picture photo booth, and silent auction with a portion of drink sales benefiting our school. Corsages and boutonnieres are even available for order with advanced ticket purchases. AND, as a bonus, babysitting at Maplewood is also available for an extra fee for the first 30 kids who sign up. Parent Prom is an absolute blast as we dance the night away while raising money for our fabulous school!
Spring Fling is our annual celebration of Spring on the lovely grounds of Maplewood Elementary! In the past, this family-friendly event has included performances from Maplewood Mustangs and the epic premiere of the Dad Band! Activities included: a dunking booth, the giant inflatable “wrecking ball” for big kids, a bouncy house for gentle jumpers, Tiny Tails petting zoo, spiffy new looks at the Mustang Makeover Salon, and pictures in the photo booth.
Since 2002, Maplewood has participated in Screen-Free Week, an annual, international celebration during which schools, families, and community groups pledge to spend seven days without digital entertainment. Instead of watching TV, surfing the web, or playing video games, they read, play, think, create, get physically active, and spend more time with friends and family.
Screens are so important to modern life that sorting out what’s entertainment and what’s work or communication can be difficult. You absolutely don’t have to stop using your computer for work or school—but if screens of any kind are interfering with your family time (including meals), you may want to think carefully about how you’re using them.
Regardless of whether children are consuming “good” or “bad” programming, it’s clear that screen media dominates the lives of far too many kids, displacing all sorts of other activities that are integral to childhood. Excessive screen time is linked to poor school performance, childhood obesity, and attention problems. And it is primarily through screens that children are exposed to harmful marketing.
Screen-Free Week is a fun and innovative opportunity to reduce our dependence on entertainment screen media, including television, video games, computers, and hand-held devices. It’s a chance for children—and adults—to rediscover the joys of life beyond the screen.