Wednesday, December 7, 2011

MPA Newsletter, 12/7/2011

Deadline: The deadline for re-enrollment forms for the 2012/2013 school year is Friday!!!!  So far we have received forms for about 200 students, so we know there are still a few procrastinators out there.  We're serious - we can't hold a spot for your child unless the form and fee have been received by the school by December 9th.  The enrollment forms (for returning students and their siblings) are available on the MPA web site here

Development Information:

Bid: Our fundraising auction is live and runs through Dec. 13!  There are gift certificates from local restaurants including Saffron Patch, Chipotle and Romeo's.  Or if you prefer, a custom automotive pin-striping certificate and ski lift tickets are also featured.  These and many other items can be yours, so check it out and start shopping for the holidays at www.biddingforgood.com/mpa.  

Gift: Due to popular demand, we are offering one last chance to order Scrip gift cards before the holidays.  For the month of December, Scrip gift card orders are due by Thursday, December 15th.  These orders will be delivered/available for pick-up on Wednesday, December 21st.  This is an excellent opportunity to support the school and get some last minute shopping done at the same time. Log onto www.shopwithscrip.com (MPA enrollment code is B1BFLA8B23626) to place your orders!

Pledge:  If you have already sent in your Annual Appeal pledge form, THANK YOU!  About one-third of our families have responded so far, for a total of more than $30,000 pledged.  If you haven't sent in your pledge form, please do so as soon as possible.  Remember, you don't have to send in money at this point, just the pledge form.  If you would like to send in money now, remember that MPA can accept checks, or donations can be made via PayPal.  Just click here to sign in and make your donation.  Pledge forms are due at the end of this month, so if you don't want to receive "The Call" from our development team, get your form in soon!

Student Information:

Rally: Friday, December 9th, is the first Pep Rally of the year.  We have a lot to recognize - the Lego First Robotics teams, the boys' basketball team, our math and science winners, etc.  Students and teachers will be gathering in the gym at 2:40pm to celebrate our victories and root for our future successes.  Go, Wizards!

Quarantine: Please, please, please - do not send your child to school if you suspect they may be sick.  Students who have vomited or had a fever should wait at least 24 hours after their symptoms are gone before returning to school.  Help keep all of our kids healthy and able to learn - keep the sick ones home!

Lunch: The voice of the people has been heard!  Students, parents, and even the MPA Student Council all requested thatstudents have a longer lunch period, and now they do.  The new lunch schedule is: 11:20-11:45 first lunch, 11:45-12:10 second lunch, 12:10-12:35 third lunch.  Thanks for your input, and let's hope the longer lunch works out well for everyone!

Milk: Speaking of lunch, re-order forms will be going home soon for students who purchased milk for only part of the year.  If you'd like to join the milk program and don't receive an order form, contact Connie.Lindemann@menloparkacademy.com.
 
Memories: Yearbooks for the 2010-2011 school year went home in last week's Thursday Folders.  If you believe you ordered one last year but didn't receive one, please contact Connie.Lindemann@menloparkacademy.com.

Donations:  MPA Girl Scout Troop 854 is still looking for donations for Laura's House.  Suggested items to donate include: Pop tarts, cereal bars, crayons, markers, coloring books, construction paper, fruit snacks, fruit roll ups, toothbrushes, toothpaste, shower gels, kids' soaps, pencils, pens, plain paper, reading books for adults and children, small chip bag snacks, and anything fun for the holidays.  Collections will continue until Friday, December 9th.  

Achievements: Parents have sent in a couple of student achievements this week.  First, Grant and Paige Gibeault are appearing in Mrs. Bob Crachit's Wild Christmas Binge with the Medina County Show Biz Company. This is Grant's third production and Paige's second with the theater company.  Shows run December 9-10.  And secondly, one of our eighth grade students, Quintin Kovach, scored a 99.9% on the entrance exam for St. Ignatius High School.  Way to go, Quintin!  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 avonhokie@yahoo.com and she'll make sure it gets in the newsletter or blog.

Gifts: From Mrs. Marino, our Gifted Coordinator: If you're looking for some toy suggestions for the upcoming holidays, why not take a look at the list on the National Association for Gifted Children web site?  And if you have any toy favorites you think would be enjoyed by other MPA students, why not share the idea on our Facebook page?  


Volunteer Information:

Copier: Mrs. Lindemann is looking for a few good men and women to help out with some office tasks on Wednesdays and Thursdays.  On Wednesday afternoons we need help with copying materials for Thursday folders, as well as general office help and filing.  On Thursday mornings we need help collating materials and filling the Thursday folders.  We're also looking for volunteers to help with the front desk during the day.  Occasionally Mrs. Wilson needs a day off, and we need someone to be on call to fill in for her during the day.  The volunteer for this position will need to have a completed BCI on file and will need to sign a confidentiality agreement.  If you can help with any of these needs, contact Connie.Lindemann@menloparkacademy.com.

Desk: We're also looking for a volunteer to help staff the desk during Edison Club in the afternoons.  This volunteer would answer phones, help check children in/out of the club, and admit parents to the building.  If you're able to assist with this during any days of the week, please contact Edison.club@menloparkacademy.com.

Tour:  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 contactConnie.Lindemann@menloparkacademy.com.  This is a great way to get some volunteer time in outside of normal business hours!

Pie: MPA's K-4 Math Night will be on Pi Day, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, at 6:30 p.m.! We will be looking for volunteers to help out that evening, including setting up beforehand, during the event, and cleaning up afterward. We are also looking for parents who can donate PIES (get it?!) or T-SHIRTS for K-4 Math Night, or provide them to MPA at cost. If you can help or need more info, please contact Latha at LMS54321@gmail.com. Thank you!


Calendar Highlights:
  • Dec. 9 (Friday) - Collection of items for Laura's Home Women and Children's Shelter ends; all re-enrollment forms and fees due for returning students
  • Dec. 13 (Tuesday) - Bidding for Good auction ends
  • Dec. 15 (Thursday) - Scrip gift card orders due; Kindergarten field trip to Cleveland Botanical Garden
  • Dec. 21 (Wednesday) - Last day of school before winter break; classroom parties and sing-a-long in the afternoon; gift cards ordered in December are delivered
  • Jan. 1, 2012 (Sunday) - Last day to volunteer at the Browns game concession stand
  • Jan. 4, 2012 (Wednesday) - School resumes
  • Jan. 8, 2012 - Open house for prospective families, 1-3pm
  • Feb. 23, 2012 - "From the Heart" school concert
  • Feb. 27 - March 2, 2012 - Save the date for the MPA Scholastic Book Fair  
  • March 14, 2012 (Wednesday) - K-4th grade math night
  • April 27, 2012 (Friday) - School-wide spelling bee
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!  

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