Our school’s annual Fall Fest is held in late October and features fun stations such as classic carnival games, haunted house, pumpkin decorating, cupcake walk, costume contest, silly races, and photo booths. The Fall Fest is free and open to all ages and anyone who loves to have fun. Costumes are encouraged.
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. Bass.
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. Our campus participation is managed by volunteer and Science Teacher, Anne Goshorn. For more information on Science Fair rules and regulations, visit the Regional Science Fair website.
Spring Fling is our annual celebration of Spring on the lovely grounds of Maplewood Elementary! This year, the festival will lean into the Spring and include information and education about pollinators, native plants, and our ecosystem, and will have games, music, and fun for all ages.
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.