Just a reminder that the last day of school for the year is . Holiday parties will begin in classrooms at 1pm; the school-wide sing-a-long will be in the gym at . Families are welcome to attend the sing-a-long, but please remember that bleacher seating will be limited. Also, we will not be sending home Thursday folders thatweek.
Congratulations to MPA's boys' basketball team on their first game. Coach Littlejohn says, "Well, the effort was there and we played hard, but too many turnovers led to a loss to Cuyahoga Hts. So proud of our MPA boys, and we will get better and be ready for 's game vs. Columbia Station! GO WIZARDS!!!!!!!"
The MPA Community cares! If you know one of our MPA families who might be in need of a get-well message, new baby congratulations, sympathy or other message from MPA please let us know. Or, you can contact Brenda Klein on the Community Building team at .
Mark your calendar - the annual State of the School meeting will be held . This is an event for MPA parents - most of our students and siblings will not have the interest or patience to sit quietly throughout the meeting. We are arranging to have limited child care available, but please make your own sitter arrangements if possible.
Fourth grader Asia George-Huff will play one of Santa's Elves in the Rainey Play . Break a leg, Asia! Also, second grader Dominic Mayhew attended the 2011 Ohio K-12 Grade Chess Championship at University of Akron. He won four out of five matches and was awarded the fifth place trophy on a tie-breaker. Congratulations on doing so well in this all-day event! We'd love to share other MPA students' accomplishments with the world. Send the information you'd like shared with the MPA community to Gretchen Woods at firstname.lastname@example.org and she'll make sure it gets in the newsletter or blog.
Earn DOUBLE volunteer hours on January 1, 2012 for working at the MPA Concession stand at the Browns Game! Yes, that's right! Your family can earn double hours just by providing a volunteer to work at the January 1 game. And, if you're over 10 hours with the doubling, the hours can carry over into the next month. It's like double-over-time holiday pay! Don't miss this opportunity to help out MPA! Click here to sign up. Have questions? Contact Chris Harrison at email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org, or Click here for more information.
Sunday, January 8, 2012 will be MPA's annual Open House for prospective families. We'll need lots of help to make sure our school is ready to be shown off - can you help? The morning of Saturday, Jan. 7th we'll be cleaning up the school and getting all the chairs/tables/displays set up. And from 1-3pm on Sunday, Jan. 8th we'll need parents to help check in visitors, conduct tours, and answer questions. If you can help with either of these tasks, please Sign Up Now or contact Connie.Lindemann@menloparkacademy.com if you have any questions. This is a great way to get some volunteer time in outside of normal business hours!
Have you ever mentioned MPA to someone, then come up blank when it was time to share the school's web site or phone number? Check your Thursday Folder this week for folded business cards the Communications Team has created - they're a great way to share information about the school when you're talking with friends and family members. Just keep one or two in your wallet, and you'll always be able to help our school with effective word-of-mouth marketing. Contact us for extras, too, when you run out! Thanks for your help!
- Dec. 15 (Thursday) - Scrip gift card orders due; Kindergarten field trip to Cleveland Botanical Garden
- - Last day of school before winter break; classroom parties and sing-a-long in the afternoon; gift cards ordered in December are delivered
- - Last day to volunteer at the game concession stand
- Jan. 4, 2012 (Wednesday) - School resumes
- Jan. 5, 2012 (Thursday) - School board meeting at MPA, 6:30pm
- - Open house for prospective families,
A final thought: Do you ever visit MPA's page on Facebook? It's full of timely updates, fun facts and enrichment opportunities, and interesting links. Don't miss it!