On Thursday, September 21, the Maple Ridge PTA hosted the annual fundraising carnival. Parents, teachers, students braved the crazy weather to enjoy a fun carnival atmosphere. A themed basket silent auction took place as well. Each class in the school took donations for these baskets, to raise money for the school.
New this year to Maple Ridge Elementary is the N.O.V.A. program. The mission of N.O.V.A. is: "Nurturing youth to seek out positive Opportunities, internalize good Values, and to accept Accountability for their choices in life. N.O.V.A. assists parents, families, and communities in protecting youth from the potentially devastating effects of illegal drugs, violence, and negative media exposure." Officer McCoy with Mapleton police, will come in weekly to teach the sixth grade classes the importance of these principles. In between his classes, he has the opportunity to play with students out at recess, and get to know the students in the school to develop a positive rapport with them.
Every school year, the school district focuses on a theme. This year is 'Nebo Heroes,' and being the everyday hero. Principal Matis always goes above and beyond in her interpretation of the theme, and came dressed as Wonder Woman when teachers first came back from their summer break. Teachers look forward to this first day in anticipation of what she will wear and do. Throughout the day, teachers participated in a variety of super hero like activities to get excited for the new school year.