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 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  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 . 

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

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   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:

Menlo Park Academy
14440 Triskett Road
Cleveland, OH  44111

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