Wednesday, January 25, 2012

MPA Newsletter 1/25/2012

Congratulations to Julia Bowlerwinner 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!

Development Information:

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.


Student Information:

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:

Explorers:
    1st      Kathleen O'Donnell
    2nd     Hector Cummings
    3rd      Sparsh Balabadrapatruni
    HM      Charlie Clausing
    HM      Patrick O'Malley
    HM      Isabel Veloso
 Adventurers:
    1st      Liam Kovach
    2nd     Teresa Szczecinsky
    3rd      Delilah Stack & Sam Ammari
    HM      Emily Carroccio
    HM      Lily Mayle
    HM      Sophia Ross
 Researchers:
    1st      Ojas Nadkarni
    2nd     Alexandra Harrison & Marshall Monnette
    3rd      Grant Gibeault & Sydney Hofstetter
    HM      Nora Kelley
    HM      Nicholas Hiti
    HM      Kehley Coleman
Investigators:
    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.


Volunteer Information:

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!


Calendar Highlights:
  • 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
  • Feb. 20 (Monday) - Holiday - school closed
  • Feb. 22 (Wednesday) - First Grade field trip to LENSC
  • 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 19 (Monday) - Photo make-up, club and candid day
  • March 31 (Saturday) - Quiz Night fundraiser (more info in future newsletter)
  • April 20 (Friday) - Lego Olympiad at LCCC
  • April 27 (Friday) - 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?  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!

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