Thursday, September 15, 2011

MPA Newsletter, 9/14/2011

Can we have your (doctor's) autograph? A request from Mrs. Wilson – please remember to bring in any medications your child requires – including EpiPens, inhalers, and cough and cold medicines – in the original packaging and with a Medication Administration Record signed by the child’s doctor The form was sent home via email, and can be requested from Mrs. Wilson by phone or email.

Spread the word! If you currently forward this newsletter to other interested family members, let us know – we can add additional addresses to our distribution list.  Please send the e-mail address you’d like to add to the newsletter distribution list to .

Parents of students new to MPA – we need your IEPs ASAP!  Please contact your student’s previous school to make sure any relevant IEP or 504 paperwork from past years gets forwarded to Lynn Wilson at MPA.

Hot dog!  We're looking for volunteers to work at the MPA concession stand at the next Browns home game, which is Sunday, September 25th Find more information at

Early birds - Please remember that any students who arrive at the school early MUST be enrolled in the Edison Club, or must remain in their parents’ car until 8am.  For the safety and security of our students we cannot have unescorted students roaming the halls before the school opens for the day.

Do we really need to go over this again? PLEASE MAKE SURE YOUR CHILD IS READY TO EXIT YOUR CAR WHEN YOU REACH THE FRONT OF THE DROP-OFF LINE Finishing breakfast, saying lengthy goodbyes, and finding books/backpacks/lunches/umbrellas/coats – all of that slows down the drop-off line and potentially makes children late for school.  Please take care of all these tasks BEFORE you get in front of the school, and the drop-off line will run much more smoothly.  Thank you!

New this year – rather than having an actual magazine fundraising drive (with order forms and incentive gifts and all that), we’re having a passive fundraiser.  If you’re planning to renew any magazine subscriptions, purchase a new subscription, or order a gift subscription, please use the MPA fundraiser code 1074398 at MPA gets a percentage of each order placed with our code, and it can really add up.

Raise funds while raising flowers: Welcome to the Menlo Park Academy's Fall Fundraiser!  District schools receive funds from their local tax base. At MPA, we are called upon to recognize that we must actively help our school thrive. Help us leverage our fundraising dollars to provide a well-rounded gifted education to all MPA students. For every purchase made on this site, Flower Power Fundraising will give 50% back to Menlo Park Academy.  Brighten the world this spring by purchasing flowers in support of MPA today! Please visit the following link to see how you can help today!  Thank you for your support!

Try, tri again: Did you know MPA is operating on a trimester system this year?  There will be three grading periods for the year, ending on November 18,February 23, and June 5.  But parents don’t have to wait until the end of the trimester to see how their students are progressing. Check out this week’s Thursday Folder for the logon and password necessary to access Progress Book for your student(s).  The interface is not complete yet and may have some errors, so please be patient with us as teachers finalize class lists.  If you notice any mistakes in your student’s record, please contact the school at .

Bounce on in ... An MPA basketball team is now being formed for boys in grades 4-6.  If your son is interested in participating, come to the informational meeting Thursday, September 29th at 6:15 in the school gym And keep your eyes open for more information soon on forming a girls’ team next year!

Girls (Scouts) just want to have fun.  An informational meeting for potential girl scouts and their parents will be held on Monday, September 26 at 7pm in the gym Contact Katharine Pfister or Sara George for more information: .

Save the date!  Curriculum night is scheduled for THURSDAY, September 22, beginning at 6:30pm This evening is a chance for parents to meet teachers and learn about the curricula planned for the year in each subject (including the new Singapore Math).  This is a well-attended event, so please mind the volunteers from the Facilities team as they direct you in the parking lot.  Child care will not be available, so please leave your children at home if possible.

Grades K-4 Curriculum Night schedule:
6:30 – Time in homerooms
7:00 – Welcome and introduction to Singapore Math curriculum, Cafeteria
7:40 – Visit Specials classrooms, and visit middle school rooms of older siblings
8:00 – Finished for the evening
Grades 5-8 Curriculum Night schedule:
6:30 – Welcome and introduction to Singapore Math curriculum, Cafeteria
7:00 – Report to homeroom
7:10 – Follow student schedule
7:50 – Visit Specials classrooms, and visit lower school rooms of younger siblings
8:00 – Finished for the evening

Calendar highlights:
Sept. 22 (Thursday) – Curriculum night at MPA, beginning at 6:30 pm
- Sept. 23 (Friday) – Teacher in-service day - no school for students
Sept. 29 (Thursday) – 6:15 Boys’ Basketball Team organizational meeting in the gym
Oct. 13 (Thursday) – Volunteer team leader meetings with Dr. Bouchard and Mrs. Lindemann
Oct. 14 (Friday) – Teacher in-service day - no school for students
Oct. 19 (Wednesday) – Picture Day!  More information from Life Touch to follow soon.

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