Saturday, August 13, 2011

Second Summer Newsletter

Please note: The Menlo Park Academy school office is currently under construction.  Because the work stations in this area have been temporarily relocated, you may experience some delays in reaching MPA staff members during the construction.  Please be patient and rest assured that the staff is returning all voicemails and email messages as soon as possible.

As a community school, Menlo Park Academy is highly dependent on parent participation and involvement.  In order to maintain a lean cost structure, Menlo Park Academy does not employ a management company but instead relies on parent volunteers and occasional part-time professionals to execute the primary functions of the school.  These include but are not limited to daily operations, marketing, development/fundraising, information technology, and academic/curriculum development. 

Volunteer opportunities exist on many levels, both inside and outside the school and during many different hours.  Whether you actively participate on one of the school operating committees or volunteer in the classroom or office, during recess or lunch, or assist with other school activities, we deeply appreciate and rely on your help.

Descriptions of the various volunteer teams and responsibilities will be sent out to parents later this month, giving you plenty of time to choose how you’d like to contribute before we ask you to officially sign up in late August.  In the meantime, here are a few volunteer opportunities available this summer:

We Want You (and your cleaning supplies)!
This Saturday, August 6th, is an excellent opportunity for Menlo Park families to come together to help make the school a little nicer for our students.  Starting at 8am, we’ll be washing windows until they gleam, getting lockers ready for a new year of backpacks and brown bags, and vacuuming up all the dust bunnies that have accumulated over the summer.  Many hands make light work – and many squeegees, shop vacs, rags, buckets, and paper towels make everything go faster, too, so plan to bring some cleaning supplies with you.  We’d like to know ahead of time how many workers to expect, so please sign-up here to let us know you’ll be coming.  And don’t forget to log your volunteer hours online when you’re done!  You can find the link online here.

Go Browns! Go Volunteers!
This year MPA will once again be working concession stand #148 at all Cleveland Browns football games.  This stand is a great way for MPA family adults to get some volunteer hours AND help earn some money for the school.  Our first commitment is Browns Family Fun day on Saturday, August 6th.  You do not need to have attended the concession stand training to attend this event, so it’s a great opportunity to get "on the job" training working in the stand.  Please click the link below to sign up and work this fun event.
Family Fun Day Saturday, August 6, 2011
After this initial event, volunteers at the concession stand need to have attended the appropriate training in order to participate.  Luckily, the Browns have added additional training dates.  Just click a link below to register for a training time:
Returning Volunteers
NEW Volunteers
Training sessions last between 2.5 and 3.5 hours.  Visit our Browns Concession Page here to see all the details and to choose which games you can volunteer.  Just contact our team lead, Chris Harrison at 216.375.2117 or by Email here if you have questions.

Volunteer School for School Volunteers?
That’s right – we’ll be offering training for all MPA family adults who would like to volunteer during the school day.  This training is designed for anyone who is interested in working during arrival or dismissal, helping out with lunch or recess, leading an elective or club, working on the Thursday folders, or helping out in the school office.  Basically, if you’re going to be at the school during school hours and want the volunteer credit, you should attend one of these training times!

All training will take place on Monday, August 29th.  There are four sessions to choose from: 1pm2pm6pm, and 7:30pm.  More information on this training will be sent out soon, as well as information on how to sign up for your session of choice.

Party Time!
Want to meet other MPA families, have some fun, and get first crack at signing up for all the volunteer teams? Then Lakewood Park is the place to be on Sunday, August 28th, from 5-7pm.  We’ll be meeting in the Kiwanis pavilion – conveniently located near both the playground and restrooms – for a picnic and all-school playdate.  Bring dinner for your family, meet MPA teachers and parents, and get primed for a great school year!  Click here for a map to the park, which is at the intersection of Belle and Lake Avenues in Lakewood.

Coming Soon …
More information will be sent out soon on volunteer team sign-ups, the open house/supply drop-off on Monday, August 29th, and Edison Club orientation (also on August 29th).  We’ll also be letting parents know what to expect from the new Singapore Math curriculum, as well as introducing some of the new teachers.  In the meantime, enjoy your summer, and we hope to see you at the school (or at the Browns Family Fun Day) on August 6th!

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