Monday, January 13, 2014

Weekly Update - January 3, 2014

In this edition
Important Announcements
School Events
Volunteer Central
Student Council
Upcoming Dates                     
 
January 
1/16 - Lower School Winter Festival
1/20 - MLK Day: No School
1/21 - Teacher In-service: No School
1/23 - Science Fair 
1/31 - Career Day (school hours)
1/31 - Upper School Winter Dance 

Save the dates....
2/10/14 - Group Photo Day for Yearbook
2/21/14 - Invention Convention
2/22/14 - MPA night @ the Lake Erie Monsters
3/14/14 - MPA K-4 Math/Pi Night, 6:30 pm 
Important Announcements
The latest news from MPA 
Severe Winter Weather 
Winter Weather is here to stay, and there promises to be much more on the way this weekend. Important school closings and delays will be communicated through the One Call Now system. If you have not signed-up, please do so immediately.

School closings or delays will also be sent to the local news networks by 6:30 a.m., with Fox News 8 reporting first. 
School Events
There is always something wonderful around the corner!
 
Awards Assembly 
Friday, January 10, 2014
Please join the MPA community on Friday, January 10th, from 2 to 3 p.m. in the cafetorium for the 1st Trimester Awards Assembly. MPA students have a lot to be proud of, and we hope you will consider being a part of recognizing their successes and achievements.  
Volunteer Central - MPA Needs You!

Volunteer Training in the New Year
MPA requires that all volunteers interested in working directly with or around the students to have completed a 30 minute volunteer training session hosted by the school and have a B.C.I. report on file.
 
B.C.I. reports can be done at any local BMV for a modest fee, and can be sent directly to Menlo Park Academy.
 
Volunteer Training sessions will be offered several times throughout the semester.  
  • Thursday, January 9 at 8:15 a.m. (No sign-up required for this session)
  • Monday, March 10  at 9:00 a.m. and 6:00 p.m. (sign-up will be posted shortly)
  • Friday, March 14 at 7:30 a.m. (sign-up will be posted shortly)
Student Council Update           
                                       
Lower School Winter Festival
The Student Council sponsored Lower School Winter Festival on Thursday, January 16, from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m., will be here soon!  
 
The Winter Festival is geared for MPA kindergarten through 4th grade classes, and will feature fun activities, crafts, and games. Parents are welcome to attend but not required.
 
If you would like for your child to attend the festival, a signed permission slip must be returned to the school by January 13, 2014. 
 

If you have time, please consider volunteering for this fun event! Please contact Ms. Nicole Yousef  to sign-up and for additional details. 
Have Something for the Newsletter?
Information can be submitted via email to: communications@menloparkacademy.com for review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.
This email was sent to avonhokie@yahoo.com by menlopark@menloparkacademy.com  
Menlo Park Academy | 14440 Triskett Avenue | Cleveland | OH | 44111

Weekly Update - December 19, 2013

In this edition
Important Announcements
Kudos Corner
School Events
Volunteer Central
Support MPA
Student Council
Academic Information
Extracurricular Activities
Upcoming Dates                     
 
December  
December 23 - January 3: Winter Break

January 
1/16 - Lower School Winter Festival
1/20 - MLK Day: No School
1/21 - Teacher In-service: No School
1/23 - Science Fair
1/31 - Upper School Winter Dance 

Save the dates....
2/10/14 - Group Photo Day for Yearbook
2/21/14 - Invention Convention
2/22/14 - MPA night @ the Lake Erie Monsters
3/14/14 - MPA K-4 Math/Pi Night, 6:30 pm 
Enjoy Winter Break!                    

Enjoy the family time, the downtime, and all the seasonal treats you can eat!
We look forward to welcoming another great New Year, and to seeing everyone return rested, healthy, and happy.

Happy Holidays, and see you back in school on Monday, January 6, 2014!
Important Announcements
The latest news from MPA
Safety and Security 
It is vitally important for all car drivers to obey the traffic cones throughout the parking lot.
Because we have morning outside time, outdoor recess, and the entire 4th grade located in the modular units, the parking cones and good general parking lot behavior are necessary for the safety of all children. 

This is also true for the cones located on the Grapeland side of the parking lot and building. Drivers are absolutely NOT to move the cones for either entrance to or exit from the general parking lot. Please take the extra moment to go around to the entrance on Orchard Street.

We appreciate everyone's partnership in keeping our parking lot safe for the students of Menlo Park Academy.

Keeping Healthy
Virus season has arrived, and MPA students have had an unfortunate run of strep and stomach bugs.
Please remember that if your child has a fever, or if they are sent home from school with one, they must be fever free for a full 24 hours before returning. The particular stomach virus that has been circulating is very quick acting, so please be extra aware of complaints about tummy aches.
Wishing everyone a healthy winter break!
 
Yearbooks On Sale 
It is time to order your 2013-14 MPA Yearbook. Don't miss out on this important keepsake.
Yearbooks can be ordered online or you can pick-up an order form at the front desk. 

Order online
Go to: ybpay.lifetouch.com
Enter Yearbook ID: 10096814
Follow the simple steps and pay!
Kudos Corner
 
Menlo Park Academy Families
Thank you !!!
 
As we pause for a brief moment between one year and the next, we would like to extend our deep appreciation of the tremendous amount of time, effort, and heart you share with
Menlo Park Academy.
 
As the school continues to grow, the role parents play is as meaningful today as it was on our first. Thank you for your help with the school day, with electives, with events, with hot lunches, with fundraising, with extracurricular activities, with field-trips, with copying, with office work, and all the various and sundry things we ask of you and you provide. 
 
Never doubt that we value the tireless effort you put forth to help. Have a wonderful and restful holiday season. 
School Events
There is always something wonderful around the corner!
 
Winter Parties
Tomorrow!
 
It's time to celebrate family and friends, and enjoy some much earned rest!
Let's end the calendar year with a fun day of celebrating together. 
 
Lower School
Lower school classes are celebrating the winter festivities by having individual classroom parties. Room parents have been coordinating with teachers and other families. If you have any questions about how you can support the fun, please contact the Room Parent committee.
Upper SchoolThe girls and boys basketball team are going to square-off against a team of their favorite teachers and administrators for a chance of glory and bragging rights.  Parents are welcome to come and cheer on their favorite team. The game will start in the cafetorium at 2 p.m.  See you there!
Volunteer Central - MPA Needs You!

Lend a Hand with Community Service Learning Programs
The second trimester Community Service Learning Program advisory classes are looking for parent volunteers to help work under the direction of the teacher and with the students around their chosen community service project.  Parent volunteers would need to come in on Thursday mornings from 8:30 to 9:00 a.m., from January 6th through February 27, 2014.  

The classes will also need volunteer chaperons on field-trips in January and February to the Community Service organizations or destinations. 
 
Interested volunteers can download more information here. 
Volunteers must have BCI and have attended a volunteer training session
Support MPA                    

Annual Fund Appeal
As you plan your holiday and year-end giving, please keep Menlo Park Academy in mind.
The Annual Fund at MPA plays an important role in helping meet the needs of our students and school. Every gift of every size makes a positive difference!  Donate Today.

Box Tops
Keep cutting and sending in your Box Tops! The child who has turned in the most Box Tops by January 31st will receive 2 free tickets to the MPA Night with the Monsters, and will be the winner of the Zamboni ride at the game!
 
Student Council Update           
                                       
Lower School Winter Festival
The Student Council will sponsor a family-friendly festival on Thursday, January 16, 2014 from 3:30 to 5:00 p.m. at MPA and in St. Mel's Church hall. 
 
The Winter Festival is geared for MPA kindergarten through 4th grade classes, and will feature fun activities, crafts, and performers. Family members are encouraged to attend but not required.
 
If you would like for your child to attend the festival, a signed permission slip must be returned to the school by January 13, 2014. 
 
If you would like to serve as a parent volunteer for this event, please contact Ms. Nicole Yousef.
 
Keeping on Top of Academics                    

School Newsletters
Learn more about what is going on in the classrooms!
 
 
 
Extracurricular Activities                     
Boy Varsity Basketball  
The Varsity team kicks-off playing in their new league in January. The games are always free, so come out and support our Varsity Wizards!
 
Saturday, January 4, 2014
North Olmsted H.S.
10:50 a.m. vs. Magic
Saturday, January 11, 2014
MH Junior High
3:30 p.m. vs. Grizzlies
Have Something for the Newsletter?
Information can be submitted via email to: communications@menloparkacademy.com for review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.
This email was sent to avonhokie@yahoo.com by menlopark@menloparkacademy.com  
Menlo Park Academy | 14440 Triskett Avenue | Cleveland | OH | 44111

Weekly Update - December 12, 2013

In this edition
Important Announcements
Academic Information
School Events
Volunteer Central
Extracurricular Activities
Support MPA
Student Council
Kudos Corner
Upcoming Dates                     
 
December  
December 23 - January 3: Winter Break

January 
1/20 - MLK Day: No School
1/21 - Teacher In-service: No School
1/24 - Science Fair
1/31 - Upper School Winter Dance 

TBD - Lower School Winter Festival 

Save the dates....
2/10/14 - Group Photo Day for Yearbook
2/21/14 - Invention Convention
2/22/14 - MPA night @ the Lake Erie Monsters
3/14/14 - MPA K-4 Math/Pi Night, 6:30 pm 

Upcoming Hot Lunches
12/17 & 12/19 -  Pizza and Hot Dog
Important Announcements
Don't miss out on the latest news from MPA
No Board Meeting Tonight, 12/12 
Please be advised that December MPA board meeting was held earlier in the week. There will be no board meeting this evening.
 
The next board meeting will be on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6 p.m. 
 
Winter Weather 
Cleveland's winter season is shaping up to be a cold one. From bitter cold temperatures to strong storms, we all know anything can happen!
 
Warm Winter Wear 
Please remember to double-check your student has everything they need to stay warm during the school day. MPA policy is to have outdoor recess until the temperature falls below 25 degrees, or unless there is freezing participation. Warm coats, hats, scarves, and gloves are all important.
 
One Call Now 
With snow falling, now is a great time to make sure your contact information is updated in One Call Now. If needed, MPA will send out school delays or closings from One Call Now.  When checking local news for closures, Fox 8 News is always the first news station to be updated. 
 
Hot Lunch Sign-Up Deadline Here!
If your family would like to participate in the Hot Lunch options, please fill out the form and return it to school in an envelope marked Hot Lunch by tomorrow, Friday, December 20. 

Each lunch option is only $13.75 for the remainder of the year! Checks should be made payable to MPA Boosters. If you have questions, please contact Boosters.                           


Yearbooks On Sale 
It is time to order your 2013-14 MPA Yearbook. Don't miss out on this important keepsake! 
Yearbooks can be ordered online or you can pick-up an order form at the front desk.
 
Order online
Go to: ybpay.lifetouch.com
Enter Yearbook ID: 10096814
Follow the simple steps and pay!
Keeping on Top of Academics                    

OAA Results
The 3rd Grade Fall Ohio Achievement Assessment results are in the mail. Please be on the look-out for their arrival.  
  
School Newsletters
Learn more about what is going on in the classrooms!
 
 
 
School Events
There is always something wonderful around the corner!
 
Winter Parties
Only one more week until Winter Break!
 
Winter Break and the start of the New Year are almost upon us. To be sure we all leave in a properly festive mood, MPA will be celebrating the holiday season on Friday, December 20.
 
Lower School
Lower school classes will be celebrating the winter festivities by having individual classroom parties. Room parents have been coordinating with teachers and other families.
If you have any questions about how you can support the fun, please contact the Room Parentcommittee.
Upper SchoolBack by Popular Demand -- The famous (or infamous) Student vs. Staff Basketball game!
The girls and boys basketball team will square-off against a team of their favorite teachers and administrators for a chance of glory and bragging rights.  Parents are welcome to come and cheer on their favorite team. The game will take place in the cafetorium from 2 to 3 p.m. 
Volunteer Central - MPA Needs You!

School Day Support
Find a Volunteer Fit!

Vision and Hearing Screening
If you have extra time in your schedule, please consider volunteering on Monday and Tuesday, December 16 and 17, to help with MPA Vision and Hearing Screening day.

The screenings will run all day long, volunteers are needed from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Full day volunteers or those that can volunteer for 2 hour blocks will be much appreciated. 

Car Line and Indoor Recess
With colder weather, indoor recess always benefits from the support of parents. Additionally, the afternoon car line also still needs additional volunteers to assist with the smooth and safe exit of our students. 

To sign-up to volunteer in one of these volunteer opportunities, please contact School Day Support.

See the full volunteer schedule at the MPA Volunteer Spot sign-up
Extracurricular Activities                     
Basketball 

Boys Basketball
There are 2 openings for spots for the Boy's Varsity (7th-8th grade) Basketball team. The season starts on Jan 11th so interested students need to make a decision to play by December 13th in enough time to order and receive a uniform.  Interested parents looking for more information may contact Coach Willie.

The Varsity team plays their final Fall League game this Saturday at 3:00 p.m., at the North Royalton YMCA.

JV BLUE TEAM DECEMBER SCHEDULE:
  • Game #2 - 12/14/13 vs. Columbia Coleman @ 12:30 at MH Junior High
JV WHITE TEAM DECEMBER SCHEDULE: 
  • Game #2 - 12/14/13 vs. Blue Devils @ 1:30 at MH Junior High
 
Girls Basketball 
ORANGE AND WHITE TEAM PLAY EACH OTHER!
Game #2 - 12/14 MPA vs. MPA  @ 1:30 at MH Junior High

Ski Club
Skiers and Snowboarders
The December 20th deadline for Ski Club sing-up will be here soon! For more information, go to BMBW.com. Our user name for the club membership page is Skadiski, and the password is Member. Please contact Ms. Basiewicz with any questions.
 
Young Rembrandts 
Young Rembrants is now accepting enrollment for their January classes. Learn More.
Support MPA                    

Annual Fund Appeal
Menlo Park Academy Development Committee is actively reaching out to families to solicit financial support of the school, and share information about how that support shapes the school.  We hope that all families will read about the Annual Fund and consider participating. 

Box Tops
Keep cutting and sending in your Box Tops! The child who has turned in the most Box Tops by January 31st will receive 2 free tickets to the MPA Night with the Monsters, and will be the winner of the Zamboni ride at the game!
 
SCRIPS
Shop for the holidays and support MPA with SCRIPS! Parents can purchase gift cards in the form of plastic (traditional), or the kind that can be printed out at home (ScripNow) after payment has been received. 
 
New users must input enrollment code B1BFLA8B23626 for MPA to earn rebates. No credit card payments.  Checks made out to MPA & must be received before cards are received.  
Student Council Update           
                                       
New Plans for the New Year
The Student Council is hard at work planning for serious fun in 2014!  

Lower School Winter Festival
The Student Council will sponsor a family-friendly festival the week of January 12th.  Activities will include crafts, a child-friendly giant slide, live performances, and snacks. More information will be shared after the return to school.

Upper School Dance
After a brief postponement, the Upper School dance is going to be held on Friday, January 31. The dance will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafetorium. Additional details will be made available soon.

To help raise funds to support the initiatives of the Student Council, they will be hosting a Malley's Chocolate Bar fundraiser in January/February.
Kudos Corner
 
Check Mate
Young K. was inadvertently overlooked in our updates last week. Congratulations for being the Co-Champion for your grade/division Young!  

Way to Go Varsity Boys B-Ball 
The Varsity Boys team played in a "heated" contest in North Royalton last weekend where they hung-on 35-31 to remain undefeated in the YMCA Fall league. Zach P. (10 points, 8 rebounds) and Sam Z. (11 points and 7 rebounds) led a great inside/outside attack. Excellent work team! 
Have Something for the Newsletter?
Information can be submitted via email to: communications@menloparkacademy.com for review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.
This email was sent to avonhokie@yahoo.com by menlopark@menloparkacademy.com  
Menlo Park Academy | 14440 Triskett Avenue | Cleveland | OH | 44111