Maplewood Elementary Presents the Third Annual Parent Prom

Maplewood Parent Prom 2017


Maplewood Elementary is thrilled to announce the Third Annual Parent Prom on Saturday, Jan. 27 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Spiderhouse Ballroom. The evening will feature live music by The Recliners and DJ Andy Smith playing hits of the ‘80s and ‘90s, an exciting silent auction, a peacemaker themed photo booth, dancing, and much more. The event is open to the public and proceeds will benefit Maplewood Elementary. Tickets for the evening are $20 each. For info on advance tickets (as well as boutonnière’s and corsages) please see here.

“This year’s theme is Peace and Love,” said Elizabeth McQueen, Maplewood PTA Chair, KUTX DJ and local musician. “We started out the school year by celebrating Maplewood’s 65th birthday with the dedication of Chris Levack’s ‘Peace Sculpture’ in front of the school. So it just seemed natural to have a Peace and Love themed Prom! We’ll be celebrating Maplewood’s adult ‘Peacemakers,’ which is an important theme in our school. It’s going to be an amazing night.”

Maplewood Parent Prom 2018

“It doesn’t matter if you show up in a prom dress or jeans,” said PTA Board Member Erin Dooner. “You don’t even have to dance. We just want to hang out with you! This night is about letting loose, building community and leaving the kids at home – but keeping them in our hearts.”

There’s still time for local Austin businesses to become a sponsor of the Parent Prom and opportunities to donate an item, service or a piece of art to the event’s exciting silent auction. For more details, please email president@maplewoodelementary.com.


Maplewood is an elementary school for grades pre-K through sixth located in East Austin. Opened 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. The school is celebrating its 65th
anniversary this year.

Each school year, Maplewood students make the “Peacemaker Pledge” at the beginning of the year. The pledge is: “I promise to do my best to treat everyone fairly, be kind to everyone – even if they are not like me. If I see someone being hurt or bullied, I will act as an ally if I feel safe or report it to an adult. Everyone should feel safe and happy at our school.” The school’s goal is to promote peaceful, inclusive behaviors between students, parents and all members of the community, and it has earned a “No Place for Hate” distinction from the Anti-Defamation League for five consecutive years.

“Modeling and practicing core social emotional skills are the foundation of the teaching that our staff does each day,” said Kelli Kirk, Maplewood School Counselor. “We work to help students become self aware, regulate their emotions, make responsible decisions and in turn, become more socially aware and empathetic. What could be more important than raising children who bring those skills into the world as adults?”

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. 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” awards program where students are recognized for courageous behavior during morning assembly.

Parents David and Priscilla Boston’s sons attended Maplewood in the ‘90s, when the “Increase the Peace” program was first implemented. She remembers how much they valued their “Peacemaker” awards and said the program “was a real asset to their education. I think it really stuck. They’ve incorporated what they learned into how they interact with family, friends and coworkers.”

Working closely with our staff and 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 annual events throughout the year such as Fall Fest, Spring Fling, Mustang Stampede Fun Run and more. It is a resource to the surrounding community, serving as an official polling location and the venue for the Cherrywood Art Fair, one of Austin’s most cherished holiday markets. For more information on Maplewood Elementary, please see www.maplewoodelementary.com.


To RSVP for the Parent Prom as working media, or for pre-coverage opportunities or inquiries, please
contact the team at Juice Consulting:
Heather Wagner Reed Tyler Ostby
713 208 3891 210 854 9119
heather@juiceconsulting.com and tyler@juiceconsulting.com

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