Wednesday, January 18, 2012

MPA Newsletter 1/18/2012

In this week's message: Stunning victories!  Important forms!  Pie!  (and a hidden chance to win a gift card!)

Development Information:

So, do you ever buy gas?  Shop for groceries?  Eat at a restaurant?  Of course you do!  Wouldn't it be convenient if you could take care of those things and raise money for the school at the same time?  You bet!  That's why the Scrip gift cards are such a great idea.  You order your gift cards through the school, MPA gets a percentage of the purchase price.  Gift card Orders are due by January 25th, for delivery during the first week of February.  You can find more information on the program here.

Another easy way to earn money for the school at no cost to you - check with your employer's HR department to see if they match employee donations to educational institutions.  And don't forget that some companies have programs that match employees' volunteer hours with gifts of money to the program where they volunteer.  Just get the form from your employer, fill it in, and return it to Tanya Reno at the school.  Easy peasy!

A tisket, a tasket, have you donated to your (class's auction fundraiser) basket?  You should have been contacted by your room parent to solicit donations for your class's themed basket.  These baskets will be auctioned off at the From the Heart concert and fundraiser on February 23rd.  They are a fun way to show your class's enthusiasm and raise some money for the school.  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.  And if you'd like to make a personal donation of items or services that don't fit with the theme of your class's basket, don't fret!  Fill in the attached form and drop off the item to Tanya Reno at the school, and she'll make sure it's made available at the auction.  Thanks for your generosity!



Student Information:

Important information for parents - there is a form that needs to be signed to acknowledge that your family has read and understood the MPA school handbook.  This form also acts as a blanket permission slip for field trips - teachers will not be sending home permission slips for individual field trips, just the pertinent information about when and where the field trips will be held.  *****Students who do not have a completed handbook acknowledgement on file will not be allowed to go on field trips until the form is completed - and we have field trips starting FRIDAY.*****  (You can tell this is important because I figured out how to use the highlighter function in the e-mail system)  You can find the form online here (it's also attached to this message).

Dust off those skates and mittens - our Community Building Team invites you to join MPA families at Winterhurst Ice Rink for a Family Skating Party! The party will be Sunday, January 22, from 1:30-3:30pm at Winterhurst Arena.  See the attached flyer for more details.  Hope to see you there!

Author Shelley Pearsall will be visiting MPA on January 24th to meet with students throughout the school. She's scheduled to have a writing workshop with our 7th and 8th graders, as well as lead assemblies for both the lower and middle schools.  She'll also be signing copies of her book, which are available for pre-order before the event.  Fill in the attached form and return it to school with payment as soon as possible to reserve copies for your family.

GOOOOOO, WIZARDS! The MPA boys' basketball team won their first game of the year this past Saturday with a 20-11 victory over the Olmsted Falls Bulldogs.  Sixth grader Zach Peacock led the scoring with 13 points, while Jacob Love, Marshall Monnette, and Ojas Nardkarni also contributed points.  Coach Littlejohn described the team defense as "amazing," and said, "The support from the stands is being praised as the best the league has seen in years and the other cities are amazed at how loud and excited the Westpark crowds are at the games. The Olmsted Falls crowd was suprised how loud MPA was at the game. [The league director] told me our support has been the best so far this season in any grade level and the best he has seen in years!"  The team celebrated with a meal at BW3's, thanks to a donation from Sunnyside Audi.  The team has two games this week - one Thursday night at 7:15 at Berea High school, and another this Saturday at 3:30 at Midpark High School.  Stop by and cheer our boys to another victory!

We're nearing the midpoint in the trimester, and we want to make sure that all parents are aware of their students' progress for the term.  Parents of 4th-8th grade students who are currently receiving a grade of "C" or below in any class will receive a printout of their Progress Book page in this week's Thursday Folder.  This copy needs to be signed by parents and returned to the school so that we know you're aware of your child's grades.  Students with grades of B or above in every class will not receive a Progress Book printout - but feel free to access the program on your own to see exactly how your student is doing!

If your child participates in the Boy Scout or Girl Scout troops associated with MPA, they are welcome to wear their troop uniforms to school (in place of standard dress code clothes) on the days of their meetings.

Two health checkup dates are coming up this month: on January 26 and February 2 we will be testing the vision and hearing of all students in odd-numbered grades, and any student new to the school.  On January 30-31, we will be doing state-mandated BMI checks on grades K, 3, and 5.  If you do not want your student to participate in the BMI screening, please fill in the attached form and return it to the office as soon as possible.



Volunteer Information:

Thanks to all the volunteers who helped make our State of the School meeting a success!  Whether you served refreshments, directed cars in the parking lot, added to the presentation, or just listened attentively - your help was appreciated.

Parent volunteer Rachel Didytch would like to thank everyone who assisted with the movie party our student council held for the lower school last week.  Parents and older students helped show more than 100 students a great time on Friday after school!

Our From the Heart Concert & Auction will take place February 23rd. We are looking for volunteers to assist with 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. Thank you so much to all the parents who have offered to volunteer at Math Night and who have volunteered to make food items for it!  But we still are in need of additional volunteers who can manage activity stations during the event and clean up afterward. We are also looking for parents who can donate 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!

We are looking for leads &/or co-leads for a number of upcoming events. Please see below and let Tanya.Reno@MenloParkAcademy.com know if you are able to assist or lead any of these events.
  •  Walk-a-Thon - We need a chair for this event!  If you are interested, we have all the materials needed to run this event and volunteers will be there to help. The event is scheduled to take place in April, date TBD. We will also need volunteers to assist the day of the event: tracking laps, recording class totals etc.
  • Quiz Night - This event will take place Saturday, March 31st in Strongsville. Willie Littlejohn is already helping lead this event. We are looking for others to assist in the details (decoration, seating, invitations etc.) as well as assisting the night of: setting up, selling raffle tickets, check-in, scoring, etc.
  • If you read this message carefully, you deserve a reward!  Send an e-mail to avonhokie@yahoo.com with the answer to the following question, and people with the correct answer will be entered into a drawing for a gift card of your choice from a supply the school has on hand:  Question: What grades will be getting BMI tested at the end of this month?  Drawing will be held January 25th at 10am, so get your entry in before then!
  • Crushers Game - The annual Crushers game will take place on Sunday, June 3rd @ 5:05pm. For those of you new to the school, this is an annual event that takes place at the minor league Avon Lake Crushers stadium. The students gather on the field & sing the National Anthem and we will be auctioning off first pitch at the upcoming From the Heart Concert. MPA sells tickets and keeps a profit from each ticket sale. We are looking for someone to assist in tracking RSVP's, selling 50/50 raffle tickets etc. This is a very easy event and is used more as a community building event.  
  • Golf Scramble - We are just beginning to plan this event, which will take place in September, location & exact date TBD. If you are interested in being on the planning committee for this event, please let Tanya know. We will be planning our first meeting shortly.

Calendar Highlights:
  • Jan. 19 (Thursday) - MPA middle school science fair (open for viewing 12-2:30pm)
  • Jan. 20 (Friday) - Second grade field trip
  • Jan. 21 (Saturday) -  Game #6 at Midpark HS @ 3:00pm, Game starts at 3:30pm
  • Jan. 22 (Sunday) - Family Skating Party at Winterhurst Arena, 1:30-3:30pm
  • Jan. 24 (Tuesday) -  Author Shelley Pearsall will be visiting MPA 
  • Jan. 25 (Wednesday) - Scrip gift card orders due
  • Jan. 28 (Saturday) - Game #7 at Midpark HS @ 12:00pm, Game starts at 12:30pm
  • Feb. 20 (Monday) - Holiday - school closed
  • Feb. 23 (Thursday) - End of second trimester; "From the Heart" school concert and fundraising auction
  • Feb. 24 (Friday) - No school for students
  • Feb. 27 (Monday) - No school for students - Parent conferences scheduled 
  • Feb. 28 (Tuesday) - No school for students - Parent conferences scheduled
  • Feb. 27 - March 2 - MPA Scholastic Book Fair  
  • March 14 (Wednesday) - Math Night from 6:30-8pm
  • March or April (TBD) - Walk-A-Thon fundraiser
  • March 31 (Saturday) - Quiz Night fundraiser (more info in future newsletter)
  • Friday, April 27, 2012 for the School-wide Spelling Bee
  • June 3 (Sunday) - Crushers baseball game (more info in future newsletter)
  • Sept. (TBD) - Golf scramble fundraiser (more info in future newsletter)
Did you know ... more than 63% of families have pledged to the Annual Fund, for a total of more than $58,000?  Remember, we're still looking for Annual Fund pledges of any amount, and 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, credit cards, or donations can be made via PayPal.  Just click here  to make a pledge.

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