Congratulations to Julia Bowler, winner of last week's "I actually read the whole newsletter" gift card drawing. Keep your eyes open and read the newsletters each week - you never know when we're going to run the drawing again!
A quick request from our room parents: When you bring in donations for your class's themed basket (to be auctioned off at the From the Heart concert and fundraiser on February 23rd), please make sure you mark your donation with YOUR name and your TEACHER'S name. We've received a few unlabeled envelopes of cash that ended up in Mrs. Reno's office, and we don't know which class basket to add them to. Check the information from your room parent to see when donations for your basket are due - all of the due dates are fast approaching. For information on what other themed baskets are going to be available, check out the MPA blog here.
Congratulations to Mr. Thompson's classroom, which just achieved 100% participation in the Annual Appeal! Way to go, first grade families! Mr. Thompson's students will receive a Young Audience program for their class as a reward for their participation. Still up for grabs: a bingo party for the first entire grade to reach 100% participation, and a Jungle Terry program for the whole school if we get 100% participation from all families.
Congratulations to our Gifted Coordinator, Sara Marino, who added baby Drake Michael Marino to her family on January 17th. Mrs. Marino says, "He is a happy, content, alert baby! Everyone is doing great and he is a great addition to our family." Congratulations, and best of luck to the Marino family in the coming weeks!
Mrs. Wilson would like to remind everyone that the preferred item to leave at the front desk when you check in is your ID, NOT your keys. Collecting IDs allows us to quickly determine exactly who is on school property at any time, which is especially important during things like emergency drills. We will accept keys if for some reason you must retain your ID (such as going on a field trip with a class outside of school property) or you have forgotten it. But please use your keys as a last resort, not an everyday choice.
Our thanks go out to Jenn Ingraham, the Academic Enrichment team, and all the volunteers who helped make last week's science fair a rousing success. We had some really great projects and innovative ideas; here are the ones judged to be the best of the best:
1st Kathleen O'Donnell
2nd Hector Cummings
3rd Sparsh Balabadrapatruni
HM Charlie Clausing
HM Patrick O'Malley
HM Isabel Veloso
1st Liam Kovach
2nd Teresa Szczecinsky
3rd Delilah Stack & Sam Ammari
HM Emily Carroccio
HM Lily Mayle
HM Sophia Ross
1st Ojas Nadkarni
2nd Alexandra Harrison & Marshall Monnette
3rd Grant Gibeault & Sydney Hofstetter
HM Nora Kelley
HM Nicholas Hiti
HM Kehley Coleman
1st Aidan Harrington
2nd John Antolik
3rd Jason Hahn
HM Ashley Hofstetter
HM Quintin Kovach
Mrs. Wilson would like to thank everyone who donated the 10 blankets and quilts for use in our "sick room." We should be fully stocked for the rest of the cold and flu season!
Has your student visited Brain Pop recently? MPA provides all students with a license to access all of the content on BrainPop.com, an online learning site that's popular with kids in all of our grades. From the web site: "BrainPOP is used in numerous ways in classrooms, at home, and on mobile devices, from introducing a new lesson or topic to illustrating complex subject matter to reviewing before a test. Content is mapped to Common Core, aligned to academic standards, and easily searchable with our online Standards Tool. Uniquely suited for 21st-century learning, all products are fully compatible with interactive whiteboards, learner response systems, projectors, Macs, and PCs. No downloading, installation, or special hardware is required." To log in under the MPA license, click "Log In" and input username "MPA2011" and password "gifted247". This login also works for Brain Pop Jr, which is geared toward K-3rd grade students.
Calling all Lego Lovers! The Lego Olympiad at LCCC will be Friday, April 20th. If your student hasn't participated before, check out the attached flier for more information on the event. You can register your student for individual or team competition online here. All students must complete this registration process through Menlo by MONDAY, JANUARY 30 to be guaranteed a spot.
Our art teacher is looking for someone who can demonstrate the art of henna hand art for a Middle School art class. If you can demonstrate or can refer us to someone who can, please contact Diane.Padrutt@menloparkacademy.com.
Our From the Heart Concert & Auction will take place February 23rd. We are looking for volunteers to assist the night of the event: selling raffle tickets, overseeing the silent auction, closing out the winners/high bidders. The event opens at 5:00 with the actual concert beginning at 6:30. We will need people there early 3:30ish to assist in set-up etc. Click here to sign up to volunteer for this event.
MPA's K-4 Math Night will be on Pi Day, Wednesday, March 14, 2012, from 6:30 to 8 p.m.! Activities will include fun and interactive math-related puzzles and games, including Math Jeopardy, and creative ways to calculate pi. We are lucky to have Math Monkey of Cleveland (www.mathmonkeycleveland.com) as a sponsor of some of our activity stations! Thank you so much to all of the parents who have already volunteered for Math Night, but we still are in need of additional volunteers who can manage activity stations during the event and/or clean up afterward. This will be a fun way to help fulfill your volunteer requirement in March! Thanks to many pie-making volunteers, there will be plenty of pie to munch on while we contemplate pi; however, we could maybe use a couple more pies to round it out. We are also still looking for parents who can donate printed T-shirts for the event, or provide them to MPA at cost. If you can help or need more info, please contact Latha at LMS54321@gmail.com or call her at (216) 233-0162. Thank you!
- Jan. 28 (Saturday) - Game #7 at Midpark HS @ 12:30pm
- Feb. 1 (Wednesday)- Kindergarten field trip to see Jack and the Beanstalk
- Feb. 3 (Friday) - First Grade field trip to see Skippyjon Jones at LCCC
- Feb. 6 (Monday) - Fourth Grade field trip to see Freedom River at LCCC
- Feb. 15 (Wednesday) - Second Grade field trip to see Fish Face at LCCC
- April 27 (Friday) - School-wide Spelling Bee
Did you know? The school-wide events calendar can now be found at Communication Central on our web site at https://sites.google.com/site/menloparkacademy/parent-central/school-event-calendar . Go check it out!