Pizza With The Principal

Left to right: Griffin MacPherson, Principal D’Elia, Natalie Biryla, Kiera Adams, and seated is Paige MacPherson.
Left to right: Griffin MacPherson, Principal D’Elia, Natalie Biryla, Kiera Adams, and seated is Paige MacPherson.

One of the ways Maplewood Principal Dr. Vito D’Elia works to increase attendance at PTA meetings is to hold an informal contest where the winner’s child gets to have lunch with the Principal.  Dubbed ‘Pizza with the Principal,’ Dr. D’Elia began this popular program when he first came to Maplewood about nine years ago.

“Parents sign-in at each PTA meeting, at the end of the meeting I randomly call out a number and whose-ever name is on that line wins,” said Dr. D’Elia.  “The winning child gets to invite three friends to lunch and the whole arrangement works great for two reasons,” said Dr. D’Elia. “First, it’s a great way for me to have one-on-one with a few students and get to know them, and second, we are seeing better attendance at our PTA Meetings.”

In September the winner was Maplewood 4th grader Paige MacPherson. Paige got to invite her brother Griffin, a Maplewood 3rd grader, and fellow 4th graders Kiera Adams and Natalie Biryla.

Congratulations to our October winner, Julia Seifried, a 4th grader in Mrs. Brendel's class.