Wednesday, October 26, 2011

MPA Newsletter, October 26, 2011

Student Information

Give Them a Hand(book): The school board and administrators are pleased to announce that the 2011/2012 school handbook is now available online here!  Please note that all MPA parents and students must read and understand the handbook, then sign and return the acknowledgement page at the end of the handbook.  As stated in the handbook, the acknowledgement form also serves as blanket permission for your student(s) to participate in all field trips.  Parents will receive at least 24-hours notice in advance of trips.  If you do not want your child to participate in a specific field trip, please communicate this to the teacher/school in writing or by email.
  
Party Time!: MPA's Fall Character Festival will be held during school this Friday, October 28th.  There will be parties in the classrooms and a costume parade at 2pm for all grades.  Parents are welcome to observe the parade, which will be held outside, weather permitting, or inside the school if the weather is bad.  Parents who are volunteering at their students' classroom parties can do the setup for the parties beginning at 2pm. Parent volunteers should coordinate this with teachers to make sure that any allergies or other student needs are addressed.  And parents, please remember to tell your child's homeroom teacher if the child will be leaving school with you at the end of the day - we want to make sure everyone gets home safely.

Dressing Up: Students should NOT wear their costumes to school in the morning on Friday, October 28th.  They can bring in a costume based on any character found in a book - costumes must be able to be put on in the classroom (not in the restroom) by the students with no assistance from an adult.  Please limit the number of "props" to go along with the costume, and do not send in anything that could even remotely be viewed as a weapon (pretend knives, guns, swords, ninja weapons or throwing stars, brass knuckles, etc.).  

Dressing Down: Just a reminder that dress-down days have been moved to Wednesdays, effective today.  Donations from students participating in dress-down day will still be returned in the Thursday folder (paying on Friday for dressing down the Wednesday of that same week).

Enroll-ing Along: Hard to believe, but it's already time for current MPA students and their siblings to start thinking about enrolling for next year.  The forms for new and returning enrollment have been sent out in Thursday folders; see below for a quick summary of the timeline:
  • November 1st - December 9th - re-enrollment applications and deposits will be accepted for current students and their siblings
  • December 12th - January 5th - enrollment applications and deposits will be accepted from students on this year's wait list
  • Sunday, January 8th - MPA open house for new students; beginning of open enrollment period
Please contact Nancy Colby at Nancy.Colby@menloparkacademy.com if you have any questions about admissions or enrollment.

Spare Time: Join MPA families for an afternoon of bowling at Mahall's 20 Lanes in Lakewood.  We'll be meeting Saturday, November 5th at 1pm for an afternoon of fun and friendship.  Bumper bowling will be available.  Payment will be made at Mahall's, but please RSVP to dawnmichellewatson@yahoo.com so we know how many people to expect.  Visit the MPA blog  here for pricing and more information.
  
Keep Out: Please do not drive through the MPA parking lot during the school day.  Between recess, gym classes, and other outdoor activities, kids could be outside in that parking lot at virtually any time of the school day.  If you arrive after the beginning of school, or know you will be leaving before the end of the day, please park on the streets near the school instead of in the parking lot.  Thanks for helping to keep our kids safe!

It's that time of year: The St. Mel "Holiday Boutique" will be held in the church hall on November 12th and 13th.  There will be Holiday Crafts and Gift Items, Special Activities, and a cafe.  Admission is free, and the event supports St. Mel Parish.  For more information, contact Gail: 216-216-219-1266 or Barb: 216-990-3320.

Conference Time: Mark your calendars for November 21st and 22nd, which are teacher in-service days (no school for students).  These days are used for holding parent-teacher conferences.  If you know you will be unable to attend on either of those days, please contact your child's teacher(s) directly to schedule an alternate date.  We'll be sending out more information on scheduling conferences closer to the actual days.

Make-Up Day: Wednesday, November 30th will be school picture makeup day.  If your student missed the first photo session, please make sure they attend this one so they will appear in class pictures and the yearbook!

Volunteer Information:

Full House: A GIANT "Thank You" goes out to all the volunteers who helped out at the Browns game last week.  Our concession stand was fully-staffed with parents, and even a few teachers!  Volunteers included Ashley and Ryan Schroeder, Doug Thompson, Devon Lavinder, Stephanie Boyd, Kris Payne, Adnan Kazazic, Tom Doughman, Erich Hahn, Brad Dean, Laura Szczecinski, Jessica and Shawn Tonsing, Angela Mitchell, and Chris Harrison.  Way to go - and we hope your kids enjoy the free dress-down day this week!  Let's keep that level of participation going for the rest of the season!

Station Break: Here's a message from Maggie Gibson, the volunteer coordinator for 90.3 WCPN: "We really enjoyed having parents and staff from Menlo Park Academy volunteer during the October pledge drive!  Their hard work is much appreciated.  $2,024.30 in pledges was called in while all of you were here on October 15, and $6,325 was pledged while you and your colleagues were here on October 22!  This contributed to the drive total of $507,494!  Thank you so much for your efforts in recruiting a terrific group of volunteers.  Please pass along our thanks to those volunteers for their good work and time given! Thanks from the MPA administration, too, for your time helping the station (which in turn helped publicize our school).

Weekend Warriors: MPA is trying to free up some storage space by selling off unneeded textbooks, workbooks, and other classroom materials.  We'll be having a sale at the school on Saturday, November 19th, from 9am to 2pm.  We'll need a few volunteers to help set up the sale the day before, work during the event, clean up afterwards, and transport any leftover books to the recycling center.  Click here to sign up to help with any of these events (great for working parents who are short on volunteer hours!).  And please distribute the flyer included in Thursday folders to local libraries and businesses that might be able to post it on a community bulletin board.

Buff, polish, shine: MPA will be having a Facilities work day on Saturday, November 19th, from 8am to 3pm.  We'll be cleaning, painting, fixing, and organizing - all the little (and big!) jobs that help keep the school building nice for our students.  You can sign up for the work day here.  Please note that we will not have any supervision available that day for younger children and there will be many non-MPA people in and out of the school for the book sale, so please make sure you only bring older, responsible (and helpful!) children along to the work day.

Reservations Required: Volunteer teams are welcome to hold their meetings at the school ... but team leads need to check with Connie Lindemann ahead of time to make sure the schedule is clear.  We have to work our schedule around various other meetings/activities/church functions/etc., but a quick phone call or e-mail will insure you've got a time and place to have your meeting.

You Ought to be in Pictures: We're starting to gather information for the 2011/2012 MPA school yearbook, and we're looking for help!  Ideally we'd like to have one volunteer from each grade (or each classroom, if possible) to collect information, photos, quotes, and other fun stuff for that grade's entry in the yearbook.  You won't be responsible for actually TAKING all the pictures, just tracking down and organizing  photos taken by parents and volunteers throughout the year.  If you're interested in helping out for your grade, contact Kelly Fortune-Somerville at kellyfs@me.com.  And no, we haven't forgotten about the 2010/2011 yearbook, which has been completed and will be available soon.



Development Information:

Flower Power: This fundraiser is ending Friday, so go online (link) to order right away!  

Magazines:  Visit the site online here, fundraiser code 1074398

Gift Cards: Thanks to all the parents who participated in the gift card sale for November delivery.  Future orders are due by the 20th of each month, and will go home in the first Thursday folder of the following month. Place your order by Sunday, November 20th, to insure your cards' delivery in the December 1st Thursday folder.  This is a great time to get a jump on holiday gifts!  Visit the MPA blog for detailed information (link).  
  
Solicitors Wanted1st Annual Holiday On-Line Auction will take place November 17 - December 13, 2011.  This auction will feature donations from local and national businesses, as well as items generously donated by MPA families and friends.  Please use the business donation letter sent home in Thursday folders to ask for a donation from your favorite local businesses - your hairdresser, local store, favorite restaurant, friend who owns a business, etc.  There's also a form which needs to be filled in and accompany each donation (attached, and in your Thursday folder) so that we can keep track of who collected which donations.  The class which has the highest percentage of students who submit donations will receive a hot cocoa party, courtesy of Dr. Bouchard!  The deadline for donations for the auction is Monday, November 7th, but later submissions are welcome and will be used in later fundraising events.  Thank you for your help!



Calendar highlights:
  • Oct. 27 (Thursday) - Browns Concession Stand Volunteer training at 5:45pm at the Grille
  • Oct. 28 (Friday) - Fall Character Festival costume parade at 2pm; classroom parties at end of school day; boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • Nov. 1 (Tuesday) - 4th grade field trip to Stocker Arts Center to see We the People
  • Nov. 2 (Wednesday) - 7th/8th grade field trip to the Maltz Museum
  • Nov. 10 (Thursday) - Volunteer team leads to meet with school administrators
  • Nov. 11 (Friday) - 4th grade field trip to Hale Farm
  • Nov. 19 (Saturday) - 9am - 12pm Facilities Team work day at school
  • Nov. 20 (Sunday) - Gift card orders due for December delivery
  • Nov. 21 (Monday) - No school for students; parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled
  • Nov. 22 (Tuesday) - No school for students; parent-teacher conferences will be scheduled
  • Nov. 30 (Wednesday) - school picture makeup day
  • Jan. 8, 2012 - Save the date!  Open house for prospective families, 1-3pm


Thursday, October 20, 2011

MPA Newsletter, October 20, 2011


Student Information

Wednesday was picture day?!?: If you were unable to log into the Lifetouch website to order school pictures in time for Wednesday's photo session, don't despair!  You have two days to order pictures after the fact.  Visit this site and use MPA's school code (KR211192YO) to start the order process.  The photo order envelopes that were sent home a few weeks ago can also be submitted at school Thursday, Oct. 20th if you prefer to do things the old-school way.

Hot off the pressesThe MPA Family Phone Book and Student Handbook are now available!!!!!!!  The phone book was sent out via the weekly e-mail newsletter (contact Lynn Wilson if you need an alternate delivery method).  While we have made every effort to make sure the information in it is correct, please e-mail any corrections you need to Lynn.Wilson@menloparkacademy.com .  

Wacky Wednesdays: We're moving dress-down days to Wednesdays, effective October 26th.  Donations from students participating in dress-down day will still be returned in the Thursday folder (paying on Friday for dressing down the Wednesday of that same week).

Parents on Parade: MPA's Fall Character Festival will be held during school on Friday, October 28th.  There will be parties in the classrooms and a costume parade at 2pm for all grades.  Parents are welcome to observe the parade - it's always fun to see what the kids come up with as costumes!  The parade will be held outside, weather permitting, or inside the school if the weather is bad.  Parents who are volunteering at their students' classroom parties can do the setup for the parties beginning at 2pm. Parent volunteers should coordinate this with teachers to make sure that any allergies or other student needs are addressed.  And parents, please remember to tell your child's homeroom teacher if the child will be leaving school with you at the end of the day - we want to make sure everyone gets home safely and no one gets lost or left behind.

Costume Conundrums: Students should NOT wear their costumes to school in the morning on Friday, October 28th.  They can bring in a costume based on any character found in a book - costumes must be able to be put on in the classroom (not in the restroom) by the students with no assistance from an adult.  Please limit the number of "props" to go along with the costume, and do not send in anything that could even remotely be viewed as a weapon (pretend knives, guns, swords, ninja weapons or throwing stars, brass knuckles, etc.).  

Enroll-ing Along: Hard to believe, but it's already time for current MPA students and their siblings to start thinking about enrolling for next year.  Check this week's Thursday folder for the re-enrollment application; see below for a quick summary of the timeline:
  • November 1st - December 9th - re-enrollment applications and deposits will be accepted for current students and their siblings
  • December 12th - January 5th - enrollment applications and deposits will be accepted from students on this year's wait list
  • Sunday, January 8th - MPA open house for new students; beginning of open enrollment period
Please contact Nancy Colby at Nancy.Colby@menloparkacademy.com if you have any questions about admissions or enrollment.

Alley-oops! Join MPA families for an afternoon of bowling at Mahall's 20 Lanes in Lakewood.  We'll be meeting Saturday, November 5th at 1pm for an afternoon of fun and friendship.  Visit the MPA blog at here for pricing and more information.

From Father Fedor: Ten parking spaces near to the church and rectory have been designated as for "Church Parking only."Faculty, staff and parents must respect and abide by the designations on the parking lot surface both in regard to "No Parking" and "Church Parking Only."  This also applies to short term parking or stopping in those areas so designated.  Street parking is available on Harley and Grapeland Avenues if the parking lot is full.

It's that time of year: The St. Mel "Holiday Boutique" will be held in the church hall on the following dates:
  • Saturday, November 12, 2011, 9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
  • Sunday, November 13, 2011, 9:00 AM - 2:00 PM
There will be Holiday Crafts and Gift Items, Special Activities, and a cafe featuring Stuffed Cabbage, Noodles & Cabbage, Italian Sausage, and Meatball Sandwiches.  Admission is free, and the event supports St. Mel Parish.  For more information, contact Gail: 216-216-219-1266 or Barb: 216-990-3320.


Volunteer Information:

Geek Squad: The MPA IT Team is having a work day on Saturday, October 22, from 8am to 12pm.  It is not necessary to have tons of computer experience to help out - but if you're computer savvy, we could especially use your help.  Please contact Scott Carman at scott@dsbyc.com to let him know you'll be able to come, and any special skills you have to contribute.

Buff, polish, shine: MPA will be having a Facilities work day on Saturday, November 19th, from 9am to 12pm.  We'll be cleaning, painting, fixing, and organizing - all the little (and big!) jobs that help keep the school building nice for our students.  Save the date on your calendar - more information and sign-ups for specific jobs will be coming in a future message.

Sorry, Charlie: It's field trip season, and Dr. Bouchard would like to remind our parent volunteers that we are not able to accommodate non-school-age siblings on any MPA field trips.  Minding younger children during a field trip takes a volunteer's time and attention away from the students they are supposed to be chaperoning, and we want to make sure that all of our field trip participants are safe and well-cared-for.  Thank you for your understanding.

What are you waiting for?: Want to get your volunteer hours in but aren't sure what we've got that would fit your schedule?  E-mail connie.lindemann@menloparkacademy.com and let her know what days/times you're available, and we'll find a way for you to help.  And make sure that any volunteer hours you work are logged, either in the book in the front office, or online (link).  We ARE keeping track of the hours each family accrues, so make sure you're all recorded!

Development Information:

Fun-draising: Here's a list of the current MPA fundraisers - please participate!
  • Flower Power: This opportunity is ending soon, so go online (link) to order right away!  
  • Magazines:  Visit the site online here, fundraiser code 1074398
  • Gift Cards: Visit the MPA blog for detailed information (link).  We've had great participation in the gift card fundraiser so far, and the deadline for requesting cards for November is fast approaching.  Get your order in by Tuesday, October 25th, to insure your cards' delivery in the first Thursday folder in November.  Please remember that cards ordered by you, your friends, and your family will all be coming to you in your child's folder, and you will be responsible for distributing them from there.  So encourage your friends and relatives to participate ... but understand that you will need to drop off or mail them the cards they order.
(No) Soliciting: As mentioned in last week's fundraising letter, the 1st Annual Holiday On-Line Auction will take placeNovember 17 - December 13, 2011.  This auction will feature donations from local and national businesses, as well as items generously donated by MPA families and friends.  Please look in your Thursday folder for a business donation letter and use it to ask for a donation from your favorite local businesses - your hairdresser, local store, favorite restaurant, friend who owns a business, etc.  We are looking for donations for the Holiday On-Line Auction, the From the Heart All-School Performance Auction, and possibly the golf scramble.  Thank you for your help!

Calendar highlights:
  • Oct. 20 (Thursday) - MPA Board of Directors meeting at 6pm; Girl Scouts meeting at 4pm   
  • Oct. 21 (Friday) - boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • Oct. 22 (Saturday) - 8am-12pm IT Team work day at school
  • Oct. 24 (Monday) - Mrs. Eby's 6th grade class trip to LENSC
  • Oct. 25 (Tuesday) - Kindergarten field trip to firehouse and library; gift card orders due for November delivery
  • Oct. 26 (Wednesday) - 7th/8th grade field trip to the Maltz Museum; boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's CornerYMCA
  • Oct. 27 (Thursday) - Browns Concession Stand Volunteer training at 5:45pm at the Grille
  • Oct. 28 (Friday) - Fall Character Festival costume parade at 2pm; classroom parties at end of school day; boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • Nov. 1 (Tuesday) - Ms. Shuder's 4th grade field trip to Stocker Arts Center to see We the People
  • Nov. 19 (Saturday) - 9am - 12pm Facilities Team work day at school
  • Jan. 8, 2012 - Save the date!  Open house for prospective families, 1-3pm
A final thought: Did you know you can now find back issues of the e-mail newsletters online? Check out the archives on the blog here.

Wednesday, October 19, 2011

New MPA video - Lego Magic!

MPA family bowling event

Event coordinator:  Dawn Watson (dawnmichellewatson@yahoo.com)

Date/Time:   Nov. 5, 2011 at 1:00 p.m.

Location:  Mahall’s 20 Lanes.  Lakewood, Ohio

Cost:  Families to pay own costs
            $2.50 per person per game
            $2.00 per person per shoe rental
 
Refreshments: Each family to bring an item to share with a request of no peanut or nuts.  Each family to only bring one item (those with 2 or more students, just pick one item to bring). These items can all be purchased for $3.00.  Bridget Ryan to supply paper plates and serving spoons.

            1st grade parents:  Chips/pretzels
            2nd grade parents:  Store bought/homemade  dip
            3rd grade parents:   Chips/pretzels etc
            4th grade parents:   Dozen Dessert/cookies etc
            5th – 7th grade parents:  Dozen Dessert/cookies etc

Event description:   Mahall’s 20 lanes is a vintage bowling alley.  The prices per game are the lowest in the area.  They are reserving the lower alley which has 10 lanes for MPA.  Each lane can accommodate 6 bowlers.  They also have a party room which they will allow MPA to use, and bring in outside food.  All drinks/beverages must be purchased at Mahall’s.  Food/snacks will be supplied by each  family. 

Contact Info:   Mahall’s 20 Lanes.  (216) 521-3280

Get a jump on your holiday shopping

The St. Mel* "Holiday Boutique" will be held in the church hall:

Saturday, November 12, 2011
9:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2011
9:00 AM - 2:00 PM

There will be Holiday Crafts and Gift Items, Special Activities, and a cafe featuring Stuffed Cabbage, Noodles & Cabbage, Italian Sausage, Meatball Sandwiches

Admission is free, and the event supports St. Mel Parish.  For more information, contact Gail: 216-216-219-1266 or Barb: 216-990-3320.

*St. Mel is the church that owns the building currently housing MPA.

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

MPA Newsletter, 10/12/2011


Student information:

In this corner, representing grade 3:  Congratulations to the winners of the classroom representative/liaison elections for student council.  The representatives are:
  • Kindergarten: Kaela Ryan
  • First grade: Patrick O'Malley
  • Second grade: David McDonald
  • Third grade: Natasha Didytch
  • Fourth grade: Ojas Nadkarni
  • Fifth grade: Emily Carroccio
  • Sixth grade: Andrew Beck
  • Seventh/eight grade: Payton Crowley
Hot diggety dog: Second graders who paid for hot dog lunches on Wednesdays will be provided with their hot dog meal on Thursday (to make up for the fact that they missed the regular lunch day due to a field trip).

A Basketball Carpool:  MPA parent Karen Peacock is trying to coordinate transportation logistics for any basketball families who are interested in having their sons stay at MPA until basketball practices and tryouts begin.  She writes: We have been given permission to have the boys stay at the school from 3:20-4:30 with a supervising parent.  The kids can either do homework or play outside when weather permits.  The supervising parent can then transport the kids to the YMCA for 4:30 practice.  This will require a couple of trips, but it is only 1/2 mile away.  Ideally, we would have one or two volunteer parents come to the school at 3:20 to gather the kids, supervise & transport.  We could make life much easier for all if everyone just pitches in a little.  If you are interested in being part of this effort, please e-mail me at kmpeacs@zoominternet.net or Coach Willie (or call him direct at 216-287-8786) so I can begin to create a schedule.  

You ought to be in pictures: MPA will be having school photos taken on October 19th.  Please send students to school in standard dress code apparel that day, and don't forget to pre-order your photos online at www.lifetouch.com.  And remember - that day is pasta lunch day, so it might be wise to send in a spare shirt with your child, just in case things get messy before he or she sits for photos.

They're such characters: MPA's Fall Character Festival will be held during school on October 28th.  There will be parties in the classrooms for the lower school students, a combined party for the middle school students, and a costume parade at 2pm for all grades.  Parents are welcome to come observe the parade - it's always fun to see what the kids come up with as costumes!  Students should NOT wear their costume to school in the morning.  They can bring in a costume based on any character found in a book - costumes must be able to be put on in the classroom (not in the restroom) by the students with no assistance from an adult.  Please limit the number of "props" to go along with the costume, and do not send in anything that could even remotely be viewed as a weapon (pretend knives, guns, swords, ninja weapons or throwing stars, brass knuckles, etc.).  


Volunteer information:

Yet another reason to volunteer: Children of the parents who volunteered at the MPA concession stand get a free dress-down day the Monday following the Browns game at which the parents volunteered.

Wanted: Our staff wish list has expanded ... if anyone has a laptop they are ready to retire, we could REALLY use it at school.  Please contact Connie Lindemann if you're able to help with this request. 

Valiant Volunteers! Additional volunteers are needed for lunch and recess help on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Lunch and recess run from 11:25 until 12:45. If they could plan to be there by 11:15 and leave around 1:00 that would be perfect for set up and clean up. To sign up, go to the Menlo Park website, go to volunteer corner and click on the volunteer spot logo. After clicking on the link, it takes them to volunteer spot where they enter and then re enter their email address to log in to the website. The volunteer calendar for lunch and recess shows up. Volunteers can sign up for a slot. If they have questions, they can email me at heathersyracuse@hotmail.com . 

Speaking of volunteersThe Edison Club is STILL looking for a volunteer to work the door every Thursday afternoon.  If you're available to help (and would like your child(ren) to get free admission to the club on those days), contact Edisonclub@menloparkacademy.com.

Development information:

Fundraiser Facts:  We're in the middle of two important fundraisers at school, the Flower Power bulb sale and the online magazine sale/renewal fundraiser.  Please visit the following sites to help support our school and make your life a little brighter (and better read!):
Going once, going twice: Next month we will begin an online fundraising auction.  If you know anyone who would be interested in donating an item or service for this, please have them contact Development Coordinator Tanya Renoat tanya.reno@menloparkacademy.com.   We are also looking for volunteers to work from home contacting potential donors.  MPA will provide leads and a script; volunteers will just need to collect pledge information and convey their enthusiasm for the school.  We'll need help with this now through the first week of November.  Contact Tanya as soon as possible if you can help out, and thank you!

Get carded: Check the Thursday folder for information on our newest fundraiser, the Great Lakes Scrip Center gift card sale.  It allows parents, other family members, and friends to purchase gift cards for everyday purchases (just like what you'd buy at the grocery store) and have MPA receive a percentage of the sale.  This fundraiser will be going on for the rest of the year, so make sure you get signed up and start helping MPA earn money for purchases you'd make anyway.

"Pizza Guy" supports MPA
Stop in to Third Place/ Gionino’s Pizza in Warren Village (the restaurant who supplies the pizza on Wednesdays), where they're having a raffle to benefit MPA The winner gets a Budweiser MP3 Tower.  Many thanks, Kevin, for taking the initiative to set this up for us.  You're awesome! (and so is your pizza!)


Calendar highlights:
  • Oct. 13 (Thursday) – Volunteer team leader meetings with Dr. Bouchard and Mrs. Lindemann (various times); Browns Concession Stand Volunteer training at 5:45pm at the Grille
  • Oct. 14 (Friday) – Teacher in-service day - no school for students; boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • Oct. 18 (Tuesday) - Kindergarten field trip to Apple Hill, Third Grade field trip to historic downtown Cleveland
  • Oct. 19 (Wednesday) – Picture Day - please wear standard school uniforms; boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • Oct. 20 (Thursday) - MPA Board of Directors meeting at 6pm; Girl Scouts meeting at 4pm   
  • Oct. 21 (Friday) - boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • Oct. 26 (Wednesday) - boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • Oct. 27 (Thursday) - Browns Concession Stand Volunteer training at 5:45pm at the Grille
  • Oct. 28 (Friday) - Fall Character Festival costume parade at 2pm; classroom parties at end of school day; boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • Jan. 8, 2012 - save the date!  Open house for prospective families, 1-3pm
A final thought: Did you know you can now find back issues of the e-mail newsletters online? Check out the archives on the blog at: http://menloparkacademy.blogspot.com/p/newsletter-archives.html

-- 
Menlo Park Academy
14440 Triskett Road
Cleveland, OH  44111
440-925-6365
 

Wednesday, October 5, 2011

MPA Newsletter, 10/5/2011


Breaking news: Congratulations to our new Student Council officers: President Jason Hahn, Vice President Owen Crowley, Secretary Marika Olijar, and Treasurer Nora Kelley.  Way to go!  Now that the officers have been elected, it's time for individual homerooms to each elect a representative to meet with the Council.  Students who are interested in running for the representative position should contact homeroom teachers as soon as possible and start campaigning now; the election will be held on October 12th.  Campaign materials are welcomed, provided they speak only to the qualities of the candidate and do not mention any opponents.  Posters may be no more than 22"x28", the size of a standard poster board.  Printed handouts and wearable campaign items such as buttons or stickers may be distributed, but no food or any other type of giveaway is allowed.  Candidates should prepare a short speech (less than three minutes long) that addresses why they are the best person for the job without mentioning other candidates.  If there are any questions about this process, please contact the Student Council adviser, Mrs. Hahn, at lakeshorehahns@roadrunner.com .

New Developments: A big welcome this week goes out to Tanya Reno, who now serves as the Development Coordinator at Menlo Park Academy.  She received her B.A. in Business Administration with an emphasis in Marketing from California State University, Fullerton. Tanya lives in Strongsville, Ohio with her husband and three kids.  As the mother of three gifted children, she says is excited to be working at Menlo Park Academy.  Welcome to MPA, Tanya!

Fundraiser Facts:  We're in the middle of two important fundraisers at school, the Flower Power bulb sale and the online magazine sale/renewal fundraiser.  Please visit the following sites to help support our school and make your life a little brighter (and better read!):
Next month we will begin an online fundraising auction.  If you know anyone who would be interested in donating an item or service for this, please have them contact Development Coordinator Tanya Reno at tanya.reno@menloparkacademy.com.  And if you're interested in REALLY helping out with the auction ... we're looking for someone to run the project.  If you are good at making phone calls and organizing things, we'd love to have you head up the auction.  Contact Tanya as soon as possible if you can help out, and thank you!

On my honor: The MPA Girl Scouts have their first meeting Thursday, October 6th from 4:00-5:30pm.  Girls should bring their registration forms, registration fee, and a notebook or folder with paper.  Subsequent meetings will be held on the first and third Thursdays of each month.  For more information or to join the troop, contact troop leaders Katherine Pfister ( KatherinePfister@aol.com or440-227-4098) and Sara George (cuteladybug0267@aol.com or 440-801-1588).

Johnny-on-the-Spot: Many thanks to Heather Syracuse for getting our lunch and recess support set up on Volunteer Spot, an online calendar the school can use to track volunteer needs.  This program allows each volunteer to see which spots are available on the schedule, as well as to sign up for volunteer shifts in advance.  For volunteers who have agreed to come in on a weekly basis, Heather has added you on the calendar for a number of dates weekly through the end of school for ease of scheduling.  If you need to make any changes to your schedule throughout the year, you can make them yourself online at  http://www.volunteerspot.com/login/entry/3323456345987820127, or contact Heather directly at 440-822-5193.

Speaking of volunteers: The Edison Club is looking for a volunteer to work the door every Thursday afternoon.  If you're available to help (and would like your child(ren) to get free admission to the club on those days), contact Edisonclub@menloparkacademy.com.

Bounce on in: Boys' Basketball tryouts begin Wednesday, October 12th.  View the attached flyer for more information on dates, times, and what to bring.  See you on the court!

They're such characters: MPA's Fall Character Festival will be held during school on October 28th.  There will be parties in the classrooms for the lower school students, a combined party for the middle school students, and a costume parade for all grades.  Students should NOT wear their costume to school in the morning.  They can bring in a costume based on any character found in a book - costumes must be able to be put on in the classroom (not in the restroom) by the students with no assistance from an adult.  Please limit the number of "props" to go along with the costume, and do not send in anything that could even remotely be viewed as a weapon (pretend knives, guns, swords, ninja weapons or throwing stars, brass knuckles, etc.).  We can't wait to see what the kids come up with this year!

Girls Go! Science: For girls in grades 6-12, the Great Lakes Science Center is sponsoring a day-long workshop of hands-on sessions led by women working in science, technology, engineering and mathematics.  The date is Saturday, October 29.  Cost is $35, $27 if you are a member of the science center.  You can find more information at http://www.glsc.org/girlsgo.php.

Tiny Tidbits: 
  • Title I forms are going home in Thursday Folders this week.  This information is required so that MPA qualifies for various types of private and federal funding.  Names are not required on the forms.
  • The Lost&Found box outside of Mrs. Wilson's office is OVERFLOWING with lots of sweaters and jackets.  Unclaimed items will be donated on October 13th, so if your child is missing anything, have them come down to the office to look for it soon!
  • We are no longer providing straws in the lunchroom for milk, because we have found there is less waste and spillage when students drink directly from the cartons.  If you'd like your child to have a straw at lunchtime, please send a disposable one in with their lunch each day.
  • Did you know that MPA is collecting Coke Rewards points? We will soon have a specific bin where students can drop off Coke product bottle caps, which volunteers will enter into the website for us.  We can redeem the points for art/classroom & gym/playground equipment, like balls and jump ropes, etc., so send in those bottle caps!
  • We're keeping track of the number of Boxtops turned in by each classroom for September and October, and so far Mr. Thompson's class is in the lead.  Will they hold on to the lead for the rest of the month, or will another classroom surge ahead?  Send in those Boxtops and let's see who wins!
  • Want to help us win $45,000 for the school?  Visit http://campbellsoup.promotionexpert.com/labelsforeducation/fs/index.html EVERY DAY to enter for our school to win a $45,000 tech makeover (and some goodies for you, too!).  If we all enter EVERY DAY until the contest ends at the end of the year, we'll have thousands of chances to win.
  • Do your best: Cub Scout Pack 110 meetings have begun for the year.  If your son is interested in joining but was unable to attend the first meeting, please contact Tom Doughman at tomdoughman@att.net .
  • Wow!  We just totaled up the volunteer hours that have been worked so far this school year (including the summer), and we've gotmore than 2700 hours accumulated!  We had more than 1500 hours worked in September alone.  Way to go, volunteers - keep up the good work!
  • Save the date: Parent-teacher conferences will be held November 21st and 22nd - more information to follow closer to the date.
Calendar highlights:
  • - Oct. 6 (Thursday) - MPA Board of Directors meeting, 6pm
  • Oct. 12 (Wednesday) – Second Grade field trip to Lake Erie Nature and Science Center; Student Council classroom representative elections; boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • Oct. 13 (Thursday) – Volunteer team leader meetings with Dr. Bouchard and Mrs. Lindemann (various times); Browns Concession Stand Volunteer training at 5:45pm at the Grille
  • Oct. 14 (Friday) – Teacher in-service day - no school for students; boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • - Oct. 18 (Tuesday) - Kindergarten field trip to Apple Hill, Third Grade field trip to historic downtown Cleveland
  • Oct. 19 (Wednesday) – Picture Day!  More information from Life Touch to follow soon; boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • - Oct. 20 (Thursday) - MPA Board of Directors meeting at 6pm; Girl Scouts meeting at 4pm   
  • - Oct. 21 (Friday) - boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • - Oct. 26 (Wednesday) - boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
  • - Oct. 27 (Thursday) - Browns Concession Stand Volunteer training at 5:45pm at the Grille
  • - Oct. 28 (Friday) - Fall Character Festival parties and costume parade; boys' basketball tryouts 4:30pm at Kamm's Corner YMCA
A final thought: Did you know you can now find back issues of the e-mail newsletters online? (probably not, since it just went live this week!) Check out the archives on the blog at: http://menloparkacademy.blogspot.com/p/newsletter-archives.html

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Menlo Park Academy
14440 Triskett Road
Cleveland, OH  44111
440-925-6365