Wednesday, March 28, 2012

MPA Newsletter 3/28/2012

We'd like to send some special recognition to the families of students in Mrs. Timko's Kindergarten class- they have the distinct honor of being the only class to have no absences or tardy students for six days in a row!  We all know how hard it is to keep everyone healthy and on-time this time of year, so we know what an achievement this actually is.  Way to go!

Student Information

The 1st grade, 5th grade & the 3 middle school Gardening Elective students who missed hot dog day last week won't miss out.  We will be serving their hot dogs on Thursday, March 29th.  Bon Appetit!

The school held a state-mandated tornado drill this morning.  The students behaved well, moving to the safer locations within the school quickly and quietly.  I was there to see the drill, and I've never seen that many K-2nd graders be so quiet in my life!  There will be more tornado drills in the future, so don't be surprised to hear about them from your students in the coming months.

Has your child made use of any of our Emergency Replacement Lunches?  Please remember that these lunches are for kids who forgot to bring a lunch - not for kids whose parents just don't feel like packing a lunch that day.  The school does not make any profit on the sale of the lunches, and currently we have to use funds from other school areas to make up the almost $150 we are missing because parents haven't paid for the lunches their children have used.  Please contact if you need to pay the school for replacement lunches - she'll be happy to help you figure out how much you owe.  Thanks for your help with this!

Our art teacher Mrs. Padrutt is in need of the following supplies: styrofoam egg cartons, newspaper, and small (6-8 ounce) plastic yogurt containers.  If you can send these items in between now and the end of April, she'd greatly appreciate it.

MPA is having a snack sale during lunch periods to benefit the students who will be traveling to Washington, D.C. later this spring.  Prices range from $0.25 to $2 for chips, granola bars and candy.  Keep in mind that the last snack sale sold out quickly, so students should bring in money soon if they'd like to participate.
Congratulations to the team of Ojas Nadkarni and Brian Mingus, who took third place this past weekend at the BEST Medicine science fair in Akron with their project using a hydraulic pump to help people in wheelchairs. The third place in this fair is much more impressive than at CONSEF because at the BEST Medicine fair, they give out only one first, one second and one third place. No one else won anything (no honorable mentions, etc.) so the boys were in fact the third best in their category. At the other science fairs, there were several winners at each of the various levels.  Plus, the boys won a cash prize for this competition!  Congratulations, guys!

Here we go Wizards, here we go!  The MPA boys' spring basketball team won their first game of the year this past weekend.  Awesome game, boys - let's keep up that undefeated record!

Congratulations to sixth grader Marshall Monnette, who took the ACT in February.  His composite score was 28, which places him in the 90th percentile.  He also scored a 34 on the Science section, which places him in the 99th percentile.  This is the same test given to high school juniors and seniors, so placing that high is quite an accomplishment.  Way to go, Marshall!  

Dr. Bouchard asked me to share a couple clarifications on the school's policy on the use of electronic devices (game systems, iAnything, phones, etc.):
  • Use of electronic devices in classrooms (including during indoor recess) is only allowed with specific permission from the teacher.
  • Electronic devices may NOT be used during outside recess.
  • Telephones may only be used at the end of the day, not during school hours.
  • The school will not be held responsible for any damage or loss that occurs to electronic devices that are brought to school.
We hope this clears up any questions you have about the policy.  If not, feel free to contact directly for more information.

Menlo Park Academy will again be having the ARTS FAIR & ICE CREAM SOCIAL on April 22, 2012 from 2:00-3:30 p.m.   Like last year, this event is FREE and is not a fundraiser!  Instead, it is a celebration and show case of the many talents of our MPA students.   Like last year, there will be an opportunity to play an instrument, sing, perform a dance or poem, or act out a famous historical character as a “wax figure”.  Students can perform individually or in a group.  In the next few weeks, your children will be receiving more information about the event and a sign-up sheet will be available soon.  Please have your child begin to think about how they would like to participate in this exciting event!  In addition, many of your children’s beautiful works of art will be on display throughout the building for you to enjoy and there will be a fun craft for the children to make and take home.  At the end of the event, we will celebrate with a yummy ice cream treat!  Check out the attached flyer for more information on this fun event.

Thanks go out to the Hamilton family, who has agreed to loan the school a cartop carrier.  We're hoping someone can loan the school one more cartop luggage carrier 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!

Monday, May 7th, will be the day for candid and group photos for the yearbook.  If your child participates in a club, team, or other MPA organization, check with the group leader for information on when and where the photo will be done.  This information will be available in a few weeks.

Development Information

Mmmm, Mmmm, Good:  Thanks to the combined efforts of our parents collecting and submitting Campbell's points, our current balance is 21,787 points.  Campbell's points do not expire and we can roll them over from year to year, so 21,000 points is a great start towards some of the items in the Campbell's points catalog.  Thanks for your diligence in sending these in - keep up the good work!

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.  And it's not too late to pledge if you haven't already - every dollar (and family participating!) counts!  Thanks for your support!

Hut, 2, 3, 4: 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 $50 or more will receive a special edition MPA t-shirt.  Check out the attached documents for more information on the event and a copy of the pledge sheet (just in case you filled up the one that went home last week).  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 student?  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.  There will be cash prizes for members of the winning team.  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

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  We'll need someone to head up the project, as well as at least two volunteers per day during that week.  And if anyone has an extra binding machine we can borrow for the week, we'd be happy for the extra equipment.  

Calendar Highlights:
  • 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 22 (Sunday) - Arts Fair and Ice Cream Social, 2-3:30 pm at MPA
  • 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 7 (Monday) - Candid and group photo day for the yearbook
  • 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, 5:05pm in Avon
  • 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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