Wednesday, February 8, 2012

MPA Newsletter 2/1/2012

Development Information:

The final deadline for all donations for each class's themed basket (to be auctioned off at the From the Heart concert and fundraiser on February 23rd) is Friday, February 3rd. Please make sure you mark your donation with YOUR name and your TEACHER'S name.  Thanks to everyone who has already donated!

Speaking of donations, our thanks go out to the Costco location in Avon, which donated a membership for the auction.  They also have shared a membership deal with us - see the attached form to learn more about it.

Please make sure that any time you send money in to school - for dress down day, a donation, teacher gifts or room party supplies, whatever - you mark it with your child's name and teacher.  It's very difficult to make sure we're crediting the correct students with dress down funds, for example, when we're getting unlabeled dollar bills!

We've got a new New Box Tops reward!  For every 50 Box Tops sent in from January 1st through February 13th, each family will earn one raffle ticket for the "From the Heart" concert and auction held on February 23rd!  Sent some in already in January?  No problem!  You've earned credit as long as they were labeled with the student's name, grade, and teacher.  Turned in more then 50?  That's fantastic!  You can earn a raffle ticket for every group of 50!  Please remember, this is for Box Tops for Education ONLY.  Campbell's Labels for Education, Coke Rewards, and Tyson labels do not count for this reward or the classroom competition. The deadline to turn Box Tops in to the collection bins at school for this promotion is absolutely Monday, Feb 13th!  No exceptions can be made due to the time needed to tally and get the raffle tickets to those who earn them.  Thank you for your support!

Student Information:

The deadline to register for the Lego Olympiad to be held at Lorain County Community College on April 20 has been extended to Thursday, February 2.  You must Register Here by MIDNIGHT on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 2 to be guaranteed a spot. You will need the following info to register: child's name, grade, parent name, phone, e-mail, and division in which they will be competing (Theme Team - Grade 4-8; Open Individual - Grade k-8; Open Team - Grade k-8).  See the attached handout for more information.  If students are competing on a team, please list the team members or indicate if you would like them to be placed on a team. Note that parents are responsible for coordinating practices with the team members. An e-mail with the other team members names and phone numbers will go out next week so that parents can approve the list before it is submitted to Lorain Community College.  For more info about the competition, please go to:  LEGO OLYMPIAD or e-mail Maryanne Hiti at

Good luck to our Power of the Pen competitors this Saturday!  Seven students from grades 7-8 will compete this Saturday in Bay Village at the district tournament.  Last year, two of our students advanced to regionals.  Write on!

MPA is sending 21 students to CONSEF, a regional science and engineering fair, on March 3rd.  That's six more students than last year.  Good luck!

Wanted: colorful latex paint.  Art classes are creating gorgeous painted furniture to be auctioned off at the February 23rd concert.  Send in your leftover BRIGHT housepaint to Mrs. Padrutt as soon as possible!

Mrs. Eby will be holding an informational parent/student meeting about the 6th/7th grade field trip to Mohican School in the Out-of-Doors on February 6th at 6:00 pm in the Science Lab. All 6th grade students and parents are invited as well as the following 7th graders and their parents: Payton Crowley, Stefani Hayne, Sydney Hofstetter, Nora Kelley, Shannon Leimbach, Brennan McQuinn and Brian Mingus. Representatives from Mohican will be there to talk and answer questions. 

A quick note from Coach Littlejohn - Basketball team, please remember that there is no practice this Friday, February 3rd, and no game this Saturday, February 4th.  Our next game will be Thursday, February 9th, at Midpark High School at 7:30 pm.  The tentative date for the Dads vs Team Scrimage Game will be Friday, February 17th during practice. Winner gets huge bragging rights at the team dinner on February 25th. All Dads are encouraged to attend practice that day and be dressed to scrimmage the team. We will play for about 20 minutes towards the end of practice in a half court game. All Moms are encouraged to film and take pictures!

Here are some details about the From the Heart student concert on Thursday, February 23rd at Magnificat High School in Rocky River.  All MPA students will be performing in this event.  The students' concert attire should be dressy - avoid jeans, t-shirts, and sneakers.  The event will open at 5pm, which gives families plenty of time to view and participate in the silent auctions and raffles in the lobby.  Please drop students off backstage at 6pm.  Teachers will be chaperoning the students before and during their performance, which begins at 6:30pm.  If you have any questions about the concert, please contact Mrs. Leib at

The end of the second trimester is fast approaching, and report card time will soon be upon us again.  Please read the attached message from Dr. Bouchard regarding the timing and distribution of report cards for this grading period, as well as the updates that were made based on feedback from teachers and parents.

Volunteer Information:

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. 

Calendar Highlights:
  • 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. 9 (Thursday) - Basketball game 7:30pm at Midpark HS vs the Strongsville Knicks
  • Feb. 15 (Wednesday) - Second Grade field trip to see Fish Face at LCCC
  • Feb. 17 (Friday) - Tenative Date for the Dads vs MPA Basketball Team Scrimage Game during practice
  • Feb. 18 (Saturday) - Basketball game at 2:30pm at Berea High School vs Columbia Ross 
  • 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. 25 (Saturday) - Basketball team dinner
  • 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 3 (Saturday) - CONSEF science and engineering fair
  • March 14 (Wednesday) - Math Night from 6:30-8pm
  • 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 .  Go check it out!

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