Thursday, March 22, 2012

MPA Newsletter 3/22/2012

Student Information

Trick out the kids' ride!  We're hoping someone can loan the school one or more sets of cartop luggage carriers to use for the Middle School trip to Washington, D.C.  We'd need to use them from April 30-May 4.  If you have a set the school can use, please contact and let her know.  Thanks!

Doggone it, we missed hot lunch because of a field trip!  Not to worry ... the 1st grade, 5th grade & the 3 middle school Gardening Elective students who missed hot dog day today won't miss out.  We will be serving their hot dogs on Thursday, March 29th.  Bon Appetit!
Tryouts for the spring basketball league will finish this Friday 4:30-6pm at the Kamm's Corner YMCA.  Boys in grades 4-6 can come tryout to be on the team - there are still two spots available.  The spring team's first game will be Saturday, March 24th at 2:15 at the Lakewood YMCA.  The only cost for parents will be a team t-shirt (which is waived if your son was on the team this winter and can reuse his shirt).  Contact Coach Littlejohn at to let him know your child will be attending the tryout on Friday, or call him at 216-287-8786.

Mrs. Wilson wants you to clean your drawers ... and your closets.  There is a bin in front of the school office to use for donations of clean, good-condition school dress code clothes.  A parent has volunteered to sort and store these over the summer to make them available for families to use next year.  Since the weather has warmed up, it might be a good time to sort through those shirts and pants to see what's too short on your child (but would still look presentable on a smaller child) and get it out of your closets and drawers.

UFO alert!  The hallway outside of the school office is once again filling up with UFOs - Unclaimed Found Objects.  The weather has been so warm that many jackets, sweaters, and other cold-weather gear has been shed all over school property and left unclaimed.  Please ask your child to check through the items for anything you may be missing from your child's wardrobe.  And to the Brownie Scout who is missing her sash, complete with pins and badges - Mrs. Wilson is holding it for you at her desk.  Please come and claim it soon!

It's music to our ears: Congratulations to the MPA violinists and pianists who participated in the National Federation of Music Clubs Junior Festival on Saturday, March 17. There were around 400 student musicians jamming the hallways of Cleveland State University.  The MPA violin "team" played beautifully and was awarded Unanimous Superiors (the highest possible marks) and Excellents! Other students performing on piano won gold trophies, as well as one student who was awarded "Unanimous Superiors" on both piano and violin on the same day.  Mrs. Billey says: "I am so proud of their courage to compete and their dedication to preparation, which resulted in a great performance that day.  I thought you would enjoy knowing about these honored students!"

Science rules! Congratulations also go out to the students who participated in NEOSEF, a science/engineering fair that Mrs. Eby describes as "a step above CONSEF - over 600 participants, 425 of whom were 7th and 8th graders."  Nick Hiti and Sydney Hofstetter took third place and Quintin Kovach got an honorable mention.  Way to go!

Excellence in action: And finally, congratulations go to first grader Liza Woods, who recently received the MENSA Excellence in Reading award for completing their suggested reading list for K-3rd grade.  Liza is the first student in Ohio to win this honor, which makes it even more special.  Awesome job, Liza!

Development Information

Best before: Have you checked the expiration date on the Box Tops you're saving?  Many expire on March 31st!  Yes, EXPIRE!!  Send them in by Mon 3/27 so the Box Tops coordinator can get them ready and sent in before the expiration date.  Thank you!

Ahem:  Have you paid what you pledged to the MPA Annual Fund?  Checks made payable to MPA (with Annual Fund in the note section) can be sent to Tanya Reno via Thursday folders or any other school communications.  Please make sure that it's obvious who the check is from so we can properly credit your family for the donation.  Thanks for your support!

Left, right, left, right: Thursday, April 5th, will be our annual MPA Walk-A-Thon.  Please remember that unlike last year, all Walk-A-Thon donations must be collected before the event and are due Wednesday, April 4th. Students who raise more than $50 will receive a special edition MPA t-shirt.  So grab those sneakers (and checkbooks) and let's get walking!  If you are interested in volunteering for this event, please contact Kay O'Donnell at to sign up.

Are you smarter than an MPA 5th grader?  Quiz Night is coming up - time to start getting together your team of eight adults to tackle our trivia challenges.  The event is Saturday, April 28th, at Brennan's (13000 Triskett Road).  Tickets are $40 per person and include hot and cold appetizers, non-alcoholic beverages, dessert, and one door prize ticket.  Check out the attached flier for more information and a sign-up sheet. And don't worry if you don't have enough people for a team - we'll be happy to help form a team for you. 

Volunteer Information

What a Pi of a night!  A big THANK YOU to the MPA community from the STEM Enrichment Committee for an awesome turn out at K-4 Math Night! The gym was packed and buzzed with activity! This was truly a demonstration of our MPA community all coming together to put on a fun, educational, and great event! Special thanks go out to all the volunteers who made all the yummy pies for the event and to the following parent/family volunteers (in alphabetical order) who helped to make Math Night happen:  Sara Atkins, Leah Barmasse, Julia Bowler, Sheila Buchanan, Mandy Czech, Ryan Czech, Rachel Didytch, Pat Harrington, Grant Henson (our fearless leader!!), Jennifer Henson, Natalie Hudak, Margie Kaufman, Heather Keirn-Swanson, Laura Koski, Renee Krohn, Cathie Leimbach, Stephanie Melnyk, Mary Romano, Brianna Ryan, Bridget Ryan, Jamie Ryan, and Latha Srinivasan. And thank you to the following Middle School student volunteers who did a great job helping out at the event: Natasha Didytch, JD James,Shannon Leimbach, Ojas Nadkarni, and Kaela Ryan. THANK YOU TO ALL!  We'd also like to recognize the following organizations for supporting MPA and Math Night: Math Monkey of Cleveland for donating their time, activities, and knowledge; Environmental Water Solutions for donating all of those awesome Math Night T-shirts; Mirabel Promotions, Ltd. for printing those T-shirts and donating the set-up fee; and Comfort Foods for donating the mini-pie door prizes! Thank you for supporting MPA!  Finally, the STEM Enrichment Committee would like to hear from YOU! Please take a few minutes to complete this survey so the Committee can make K-4 Math Night even better next year: Thank you for your feedback!

Walk this way:  We're looking for volunteers to help with the Walk-A-Thon on Thursday, April 5th.  We'll need folks to help corral the kids (we're walking outside, weather permitting), do recordkeeping, and so on.  Contact Kay O'Donnell at if you'd like to help out.

Binding contract: We're looking for some volunteers to help assemble and bind the books our students have prepared for the Young Author's program.  We'll be working on this the entire week of April 30th, so if you're available to come in to school and help with it any time during that week, please contact  And if anyone has an extra binding machine we can borrow for the week, we'd be happy for the extra equipment.  

Calendar Highlights:
  • March 21-23 (Wednesday-Friday) - Fifth Grade field trip to Camp Fitch
  • March 24 (Saturday) - Power of the Pen regional competition in Sandusky
  • April 5 (Thursday) - Walk-a-Thon; New Board member elections will be held at the regular Board meeting
  • April 6-16 - No school for students - spring break and inservice days
  • April 20 (Friday) - Lego Olympiad at LCCC
  • April 23-27 - OAA standardized testing
  • April 26 (Thursday) - Seventh and Eighth Grade field trip to see Romeo and Juliet
  • April 27 (Friday) - School-wide Spelling Bee
  • April 28 (Saturday) - Quiz Night; Invention Convention
  • April 30-May 4 - Eighth Grade field trip to Washington D.C.; Sixth and Seventh Grade field trip to Mohican
  • May 10-11 - Fourth Grade field trip to COSI in Columbus
  • May 14-17 - Iowa Tests for grades K-4; Explore Tests for grades 5-8
  • May 17 (Thursday) - 3:30 - 5 pm K-4 Carnival Sponsored by Student Council
  • May 18 (Friday) - 6:30 - 8:30 Middle School Dance
  • May 21 - 25 - Student Council Sponsored Spirit Week
  • June 1 (Friday) - Field Day at Lakewood Park
  • June 3 (Sunday) - Crushers baseball game
  • August 26 (Sunday) - Back to School picnic at Lakewood Park
If you've got something you'd like to share with the school - a need for volunteers for your school event, an exciting achievement your child has made outside of school, or anything else you think MPA parents should know about - send the information to Gretchen Woods at  The submission deadline for the weekly newsletter is each Wednesday at noon.

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