Wednesday, May 16, 2012

MPA Newsletter, 5/16/2012

Student Achievements
Shay Tanna participated in a Regional Spelling Bee contest held at CWRU by the North South Foundation on May 13th, 2012.  There were approximately 50-60 kids who participated in the Junior Spelling Bee and Shay came in 3rd place!  Congratulations!

Maura Ingraham (who we learned last week was a finalist in the Time Warner Cable 2012 Coolest Creations competition for her wearable jump rope invention) is now competing in the Viewer’s Choice competition. The contestant with the most views wins the Coolest Creations Award!  To help Maura win, Tune to Time Warner Cable Channel 411 and Select the Viewer’s Choice tab.  Each view is a vote, so watch as many times as you can from May 14-June 25.

Student Information

Is your child ready for Spirit Week next week?  Make sure you plan ahead so your student can come dressed in the appropriate theme each day: 
  • Monday (May 21) -Retro Day
  • Tuesday (May 22) - Fake an Injury Day
  • Wednesday (May 23) - Hawaiian Day
  • Thursday (May 24) - Twin Day
  • Friday (May 25) - Crazy Hair/Clothes day
STEM CAREER NIGHT AT MPA IS THURSDAY, MAY 24! STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. Science is fun, but can you make a career out of it? From 6:30 to 8 pm, more than 10 scientists and engineers will give brief presentations and lead discussions about their chosen fields. They will tell students what it's like to be a civil engineer, environmental engineer, geologist, chemist, rocket scientist, software developer, actuary, doctor, veterinarian, and more. This event is targeted at grades 5-8 but younger students, siblings and parents are welcome.

Volunteers are what keep MPA an active, vital school - and now it's time for us to express our gratitude to all of them!  If you've volunteered for the school this year, drop by the gym on Friday, May 25th between 2pm and 3pm for some treats and a token of the school's appreciation. See you there!

Yes!  Girls Scout Troop 70854 is still accepting the following items to donate to the Berea Animal Rescue Shelter in Berea: slightly used cloths, hand towels, pillow cases, and bath towels.  Donations of NEW pet items will also be accepted.  Please bring items in by Friday, May 25th, and place them in the marked box in the Gym.  Thank you for your support of our Girls Scouts and the animal shelter!

MPA Field Day is coming to Lakewood Park on Friday, June 1st. This event is a wonderful time for our kids to take a break from books, work their bodies and have some fun.  We spend the day playing games like football toss, sack races, standing long jump, ring toss, rubber chicken throw, corn hole, washer toss, kickball, and an obstacle course just to name a few. The school will be divided into two teams, Blue and Orange.  T-SHIRTS in team colors will be sent home just before Field Day.  Please remind kids to wear their team shirt, comfortable sneakers and shorts.  They should also bring a water bottle (label with student’s name) and apply sunscreen.  Also, please encourage a healthy breakfast!  LUNCH will be provided for students, teachers and volunteers.  We are providing a pizza lunch that includes carrots and a cookie.  There are going to be refreshments in the pavilion for students including bananas, apple slices, popcorn and cereal bars.  Beverages will include lemonade, fruit punch and ice water.  Please pack a lunch for your child if you have any allergy concerns.

Cue the Pomp and Circumstance - MPA's first Eighth Grade Graduation celebration is almost here!  On Monday, June 4th at 2pm we'll be celebrating our five graduating eighth graders.  Parents and families are welcome to join the school to celebrate their accomplishments and wish them luck for the future.
Please come in to check through the Lost and Found items for any that belong to your student.  We will be donating to charity any items that remain after the last day of school, so make sure to claim your items before June 5th!
Mrs. Wilson would like to remind parents that any medications they have on file with her for their children need to be picked up within several days of the end of the school year. Please come in during the school day or make arrangements with Mrs. Wilson to come once school is done for the year.  Any medications not retrieved by June 15th will be discarded.

There are still a few slots open in the MPA summer basketball camp, which will be held July 25, 26, and 27 at the Olmsted Community Center in Olmsted Falls.  The camp is open to all boys who are entering grades 4-8 this coming year.  Please contact Coach Willie Littlejohn at for more information or to sign up! 

Development Information

If you didn't make the deadline to order tickets to the MPA night at the Crushers game on Sunday, June 3rd, don't despair!  You can still purchase ticket vouchers and join us for the game.  Vouchers will be sent home in Thursday folders and may then be redeemed at the Crushers box office during normal business hours.   If you would like to sit with other MPA families, please request tickets in sections 114 or 115 when redeeming.  Tickets are $9 each, and can be ordered using the attached form.  You may also purchase tickets on-line at and enter promo code MENLO (all caps please).  Select select box office tickets and order in sections 114 or 115.  A $1.00/per ticket surcharge will apply to online purchases.  If you have questions, please contact Tanya Reno @ (216)452-9070.  

The last scrip card order for the year is fast approaching - do you have your order in?  Orders are due Sunday, May 20th.  Stock up so you have plenty of cards for your summer activities (and birthday gifts, and travel, and groceries ...), as we will not be running this fundraiser over the summer.

It's time to start recognizing the families who supported our Annual Appeal this year.  Thank you to the families who pledged AND DONATED in the Inventive and Inspired categories. More donor recognition is coming next week, so don't worry if you donated and don't see your name yet! (Category descriptions can be found online at ):
  • Inspired: Ahmed, Ananiadis, Bauer, Beck, Begeman, Begen, Bemer, Chang, Clausing, Dillon, Ebright, Fawole, Fechner, Freed, Gielty, Gundayao, Hiti, Ingraham, James, Kazazic, Kelley, Koski, Leimbach, Madhavaram, Mahoney, Monnette, Nadkarni, Nealis, Olijar, O'Neil, K. and K. Payne, Roberts, Romano, A. and T. Ross, Ryan, Sanghvi, Soltesz, Vidovich, Watson; and extended family members Daugherty, Ebright, and Travinsky
  • Inventive: Aldrich, Bialowas, Farley, George-Huff,  Gibeault, Harrington, Kranz, Kim, Krohn, Pfister, Seibert, Sluder, Mitchell, Veloso, Youshak, Zsigray; and extended family members Peacock and Clausing
And there's still time to get in your donation - contact for more information on how to pay your pledge.

Volunteer Information

Field Day is coming to  Menlo Park  Academy on Friday, June 1st, and we still need a lot of volunteers to make this event successful.  We need help setting up, running, and cleaning up games and lunch.  Field Day will begin with individual events like football toss, Frisbee toss, sack race, standing long jump, etc.  Students will travel by grade levels to six different zones.  The groups will be in each zone for about 30 minutes.  Volunteers are needed for each event/game to keep score and make sure the kids have fun.  There will always be five zones having events and one zone on break.  Volunteers must keep tally of how many times students from each team compete in their event.  LUNCH will be provided for students, teachers and volunteers.  We are providing a pizza lunch that includes carrots and a cookie.  All of the help is needed on “game day” so it’s a great way to get in some volunteer time while having fun without any pre-work.  Just sign up on the attached form and show up.  If you have any questions, please contact Tina Garlauskas  Thanks, and we'll see you there!

THE MPA STEM TEAM IS RECRUITING VOLUNTEERS. STEM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. The STEM Team's goal is to provide STEM enrichment opportunities for all MPA students. We organize K-4 Math Night, 5-8 STEM Career Night, STEM-related electives, competitions, events and field trips. Volunteers are needed to plan and manage events, develop and teach electives, develop and maintain an enrichment website, and contribute new ideas. We usually meet on Friday mornings after drop-off, but it is not necessary to attend the meetings in order to participate. You do not have to be a scientist; all you need is an interest in the team's activities. Please contact Grant Henson ( to express interest.

Calendar Highlights
  • May 17 (Thursday) - 3:30 - 5 pm K-4 Carnival Sponsored by Student Council
  • May 18 (Friday) - No school; 6:30 - 8:30 Middle School Dance
  • May 21 - 25 - Student Council Sponsored Spirit Week
  • May 23 (Wednesday) - Debate elective students compete at Lakewood High School
  • May 24 (Thursday) - Middle School STEM career night, 6:30 pm
  • May 25 (Friday) - Volunteer Appreciation event, 2-3pm in the gym
  • May 28 (Monday) - No school (Memorial Day)
  • May 29 - June 1 - Eighth Grade Celebration Week
  • June 1 (Friday) - Field Day at Lakewood Park
  • June 3 (Sunday) - Crushers baseball game, 5:05pm in Avon
  • June 4 (Monday) - Eighth grade graduation beginning at 2pm
  • July 23-25 - 2012/2013 MPA Enrollment forms will be due
  • 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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