Maple School NEWS BRIEFS: Maple School’s Sensational Science Team Speeds to Victory

Maple School NEWS BRIEFS:  Maple School’s Sensational Science Team Speeds to Victory

Maple School’s Sensational Science Team Speeds to Victory

Every year the annual Middle School Electric Car Competition is organized and sponsored by Argonne National Laboratory, and held at Case New Holland International's research and development facility in Burr Ridge. Case New Holland is their "partner" in this event! Maple’s Science Team with eighth grade science teacher Robin Dombeck participate and compete annually with 19 other middle school teams. They compete for the title of fastest car and best design. Maple students work for months on their vehicles after school with Ms. Dombeck. They always do well and learn so much.

On March 16, during this year's Electric Car Competition, Ms Dombeck reported, “The Maple Mustang Science Team’s electric car went straight and fast and clinched second place for our regional race competition! We also excelled in our engineering, teamwork, and innovation and were awarded with a second recognition for the Design Competition.”

“What an exciting day. Wow! Go Maple Mustangs, we brought home the metal! The kids were amazing and really persevered! Thank you Case New Holland and Argonne National Laboratory for hosting this event," she exclaimed.

Read more about this competition at…/middle-school-electric-car-competition


Maple Students Capture Essence of Endearing Orphan in "Annie JR."

Even without the traditional unruly, curly red hair, student Maya Fliegler played a very convincing orphan Annie, in the recent production of the classic story of "Annie" at Maple School.

Her voice was strong, sweet, and soulful, especially when she sang "Tomorrow." All of the 22 actors in this musical were excellent in their roles, and truly captured the essence of the tale of a young girl's adventure's in finding a family to take care of her "forever."

There was Alex McGarry as the tyrannical Ms. Hannigan, who runs the orphanage where Annie resides with other children who have no parents/guardians.

David Kang played Oliver Warbucks who reenacted the role of the wealthy industrialist who wants to adopt Annie.

Other amazing student/actors in the show included the following: Ally Endres as Molly; Atchaya Muthupalaniappan as June; Ellie Schmidt as an usherette; Eric Nardulli as Mr. Bundles; Jenna Horwitch as Grace Farrell; Judy Marsh as Drake; Maia Abrahams as Duffy; Matthew Blonder as Rooster; Maya Pawlik as the announce; Maya Hermann as Officer Ward; Mimi Solomon as Cecille; Naomi Szmuilowicz as Mrs. Greer; Noah Gesite as Bert Healy; Olivia Thursby as Lily; Sophia Abrahams as Kate; Sophia Santos as Tessie; Sundia Wilkins as July; Victoria Caputa as Pepper; and Zoe Greenfield.

Musical numbers included "Maybe," "It's the Hard-Knock Life," "Little Girls," "I Think I'm Gonna Like It Here," "N.Y.C.," "Easy Street," "You Won't Be An Orphan Long," "Maybe," "You're Never Fully Dressed Without a Smile," and "I Don't Need Anything But You."

Cameo performances included Principal Dr. Nate Carter who played President Franklin Delano Roosevelt, and Assistant Principal Betty Holzopf, who donned a dog costume and played Annie's beloved pup Sandy.

The crew included Aaron Haskin, Arthur Bellows, Chloe Zhu, Ethan Chiang, Giacomo Cavallaro, Max Wadhwa, Alexander Chae, Becca Servedio, Declan Noyes, Eubene In, and Joselyn Amaan. Film crew members were Leah Casey, Jiya Sheth, Aaron Haskin, Jonathon Tian, and J.J. Oshinowo.

Renee Yoo's orchestra provided beautiful music throughout the performance.

The producer was Debbie Hicks; Director/Choreographer was Jeri Hart; Music Director was Aaron Kaplan; Set Design/Crew Director was Darlene Orzechowski; Costume Design Coordinators were Jeri Hart, Leora Kurtz, and Samantha Youseph; Lighting Director was Adam Pascolini; Sound Director was Nancy Lifshitz; and Publicity Coordinators were Katie Wessler and Debbie Hickey.


Student Council Serves Breakfast to Raise Funds for Food Pantry

On March 13, platter-sized pancakes were flying off the grill, and donuts quickly disappeared during Maple School Student Council's pancake breakfast fundraiser! 

Staff helpers included sponsors Lynn Reimer and Iris Zhang and pancake flippers Principals Dr. Nate Carter and Betty Holzkopf! Members also sold breakfast items like bacon, fruit, cocoa, and bagels to hundreds of hungry students and faculty. 

Funds raised will be donated to Northfield Township Food Pantry. The Student Council holds two pancake breakfast fundraisers during the school year to help support the food pantry. Thousands of food items have also been collected in the last few weeks that are being donated regularly to help fill pantry shelves.

Ms. Reimer said that two of the Student Council's main goals every year is to help those in need and to better serve the community. Other fundraisers that the members are currently working on include bake sales during volleyball games to support the Philly Baer Foundation; and bake sales will be held at the Maple musical "Annie JR." tonight and Friday, March 15, to support the Maple School playground fundraiser


Leon Logothetis To Host Parent Presentation on April 9

Wescott School's PTO has announced that Leon Logothetis, author of "The Kindness Diaries", will host a "parent only" presentation at 7:00 p.m., Tuesday, April 9 at Wescott School. Mr. Logothetis is the host of the television series "The Kindness Diaries", which is streaming on Netflix.  He has documented his travels and experiences for media outlets included "Good Morning America", "Los Angeles Times," "San Francisco Chronicle", "Outside", "Good", "Psychology Today," and "The New York Times." For more information on Mr. Logothetis, go to

PTO Speaker Series representatives Joanna Kaplan and Grace Jeon, reported, "All District 30 parents are invited to attend this special event. At that time, the PTO will be raffling signed copies of his books."

For more information, contact PTO Speaker Committee chairs Joanna Kaplan at or Grace Jeon at


Maple School's Career Day Began With a Handshake and Ended on a High Note

On March 1, Maple School’s annual Career Day began with a hand shake and ended on a high note, for eighth-grade students at Maple School. This one-day workshop was designed to help them learn about the connection between what they are learning in their classroom and real-life careers/professions. For most of the kids, this began with a handshake, eye contact, and a big smile. Many were observed practicing these gestures with each other prior to participating in mock interviews with professionals during the morning periods. In addition, everyone was “dressed for success” in board room attire.

In the morning, generous community professionals (many district parents) volunteered their time to participate with the students in mock interviews included Russ Larsen, Wintrust Banking, Dr. Videsha Kulkarni, Glen Medical Associates, John Finan, Glenbrook North High School, Susan Swidler, Keshet, Joel Fliegel, Wealth Enhancement Group, Jenny Deloy, Marcum, Jeff Sommer, XPO Logistics, Christie Hartbarger, Strategy Source, Marcy Carl, Crate and Barrel, Nick Tryfonopoulos, Exelon, Tom Artz, Society of the Divine Word, Jeff St. John, Sheridan Road Financial, Melissa Carr, Dominican University, Michael Shmarak, Sidney Maxwell Public Relations, Jeffrey Zuercher, U.S. Army Corp of Engineers, and Dr. Nate Carter, Maple School Principal.

In the afternoon, eighth graders attended presentations by another group of dedicated professionals, who offered wisdom and valuable insights about their professions/careers, as well as their individual journeys. They discussed personal stories about their career paths in an interactive, hands-on approach. The kids heard about a a variety of career choices:  Emergency room physician, insurance executive, marketing expert, technology pro, physical therapist, foundation co-founder, crystallographer, restaurateur, and more!

These individuals included Superintendent of District 30 Schools, Dr. Brian Wegley, Dr. Elyse Esrig, physician at Northwestern University Hospital, Hollie Williams, social worker, Amy Abrahams, owner, Efficiency Media, Jill Factor, attorney, senior managing director, Guggenheim Partners, Dr. Yanina Purim Shem-Tov, emergency physician, Rush University Medical Center, Maya Devakiamma, senior technology leader, Discover Financial Services, Thomas Yang, general attorney, Department of Treasury, Snehal Mehta, physical therapist, Optimum Physical Therapy, Chuck Gitles, senior vice president in commercial lending, First Bank of Highland Park, Keith Karchmar, owner, insurance/finance, Diana Semmelhack, co-founder of the Up Foundation, Charlotte Stern, staff crystallographer, Department of Chemistry, Northwestern University, Dori Mages, social worker/author, Chris McDermott, founder, The Pasta Bowl, Kevin Houston, operations at REM-Fit, and Nick Effler, architect at Crate and Barrel.

Principal Dr. Nate Carter and Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf said, “Thank you to our wonderful community volunteers and PTO Committee chairs Zivit Blonder and Bobbi Miller for organizing Career Day." 

Maple School Wins Township Quiz Bowl!

Congratulations to the Maple School Quiz Bowl Champions!

District 30's Gifted Coordinator/Differentiated Instruction Specialist, Robyn Kogan reports that on February 19, a group of Maple eighth graders competed at the 22nd Annual Village of Northbrook Quiz Bowl against the other middle schools in Northbrook, and won! This amazing team included Skyler Elliott, Kyle Joseph,
Darshan Kommanapalli, and Rohan Mitra. Great job students!

Student Council's Food Drive Runs from March 4-April 5

Did you know that 698 people rely on the Northfield Township Food Pantry every day?

Maple School's Student Council will be collecting canned foods and perishable items starting March 4-April 5 for the Northfield Township Food Pantry!

Advisories will be entered into a bracket similar to the NCAA tournament. The March Madness Food Bracket will be hung on the wall in the multipurpose room. Advisories bringing in most food items will advance to the next round of the tournament every Friday.

Food items must be dropped off during lunch so the Student Council board members and representatives can keep a tally for each advisory room! The advisory that brings in the most food items will win a pizza party.

Foods needed include mashed potatoes, soup, chili, stew, tuna, cereal, stuffing, pasta, pasta sauce, canned fruits and vegetables, peanut butter, and 100% fruit juices in single serving boxes!
For more information, contact Co-sponsors Lynn Reimer or Iris Zhang at or

Maple Celebration and Graduation Dates Confirmed
  • Wednesday, May 22, Graduation Party 6:30 pm - 8:30 pm at the Renaissance Hotel, Northbrook. 
  •  Thursday, May 23, Maple Closing Ceremony, 2:00 pm - 3:30 pm
  •  Thursday, May 23, Maple Open House, 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm
  •  Friday, May 24, Graduation Practice, 8:30 am - 11:30 am at Maple 
  • Tuesday, May 28, Graduation Practice, 8:30 am - 11:30 am at GBS• 
  • Tuesday, May 28, Graduation Ceremony, 7:00 pm at Glenbrook South High School

Maple Playground Fundraiser is Scheduled for April 13

Save the Date:  Join the PTO at Bowlero in Buffalo Grove for a fun adult night of dinner and bowling at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, April 13.  This is a district-wide fundraiser for the new All Abilities Maple School playground. For more information and to purchase tickets for the Maple School All Abilities Playground fundraiser, go to

2019 Lew Blond Run T-Shirt Boasts New Logo by Local Designer and District 30 Parent - Greg Itahara!
On January 23, the new t-shirt for the 19th Annual Lew Blond Run was displayed at a Lew Blond Run Executive Committee meeting.

Designer Greg Itahara and Maple/Committee Chair, Principal Dr. Nate Carter showed the members in attendance the bold blue dri-fit shirt with classy new logo, designed by Mr. Ithara.

Reminder: Lew Blond Run registration is now open at
The race takes place at 8 AM, Saturday, May 18.

Volunteers are also needed on May 16-18. To help,
contact Roy Grober at

Northbrook and Glenview Park Districts Offering Additional Programs to District 30 Families!

The Northbrook and Glenview Park Districts are offering programs for students from the end of May through September 3. For more information go to (for Glenview programming), and (for Northbrook programming)

Tours of New Maple School are Underway!

Maple Principal Dr. Nate Carter and Assistant Principal Betty Holzkopf held the first faculty tour of the new Maple School with a dozen staff members on January 10. Tours are scheduled on Thursdays throughout the next few months.

At the Board of Education meeting, held on January 10, Dr. Carter reported that the teachers were collectively very impressed, amazed and extremely grateful to have a new school that will strongly support 21st-century learning. He thanked Superintendent Dr. Wegley and the Board for their ongoing support.

He added that "The facility truly will match today's instruction. There will be so much natural light, and it is a fun space too. I can't wait for the kids to experience their first walk into the building on September 3!"

View photos of new building and tour at

Registration is Now Open for the Lew Blond Run!
Go to to sign up today!

The 19th Annual Lew Blond 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2019!

The 19th Annual Lew Blond Memorial 5K Run/Walk, 1 Mile Run will be held at 8:00 a.m., Saturday, May 18, 2019, at Maple School. It is an esteemed Cara Circuit Race and is USATF certified. The event is among the top running events in the north suburban area.

For 18 years, this fundraiser has been helping to support research for Lou Gehrig's Disease (ALS), in memory of Lew Blond, a Maple School teacher who passed away from this disease in February 2000. Proceeds benefit ALS research through the Les Turner ALS Foundation, and support scholarships for prospective teachers at the Glenbrook High Schools and special District 30 projects. The 2018 race drew over 1,000 participants and volunteers. Total funds raised over 18 years exceeds $450,000. For more information, go to

Volunteers Needed for the Lew Blond Run

Contact Roy Grober at to volunteer on race day, or one of the days prior to race day. Thank you for your support!