Wednesday, May 30, 2012

MPA Newsletter, 5/30/2012

A quick note from Dr.B. "I wish you all the very best as you strive to shape this vibrant, exciting place.  Thank you for all the smiles and support you have given me. Best wishes for a safe and happy summer. See you on down the road, Dr. B."

Volunteer Information

Don't forget that Field Day is Friday, June 1st.  Volunteers:  please meet at Lakewood Park as close to 8:30 a.m. as possible and wear your MPA t-shirt if you have one.  Don't forget your sunscreen and a water bottle - it may be a hot day, and we're going to be busy the whole time!

We're looking for a parent who would be interested in organizing and/or coaching a girls' basketball team at MPA next year.  Please contact Coach Willie Littlejohn at to get all the details on what you need to get this program off the ground.  We have lots of girls who would like to participate - won't you give them an assist?

Student Information

Our Girls Scouts would like to say: Thanks to everyone who donated items to Girl Scout Troop 70854 for the Berea Animal Rescue Shelter!  The girls will be taking all the items to the shelter this Saturday to present them to the animals.  MPA's support of our troop throughout the year has been greatly appreciated!  See you in the Fall, and have a safe and happy summer!

A couple of quick notes from Mrs. Wilson:
  • Lost and Found items will be donated to charity on June 5th, so make sure you take a look through for any items that might belong to your family.
  • If your student has medications on file with the school, you need to make arrangements with Mrs. Wilson to pick up the medications. You can come in during the school day or arrange with Mrs. Wilson to come once school is done for the year.  Any medications not retrieved by June 15th will be discarded.
  • Field Day t-shirts will be sent home Thursday, May 31st (see below).  Please remember to have students wear the shirt on Friday to Field Day, and again on Sunday for the Crushers game.
Don't forget that Field Day is Friday, June 1st.  Students will have their normal arrival and dismissal procedures to and from the MPA building on this day.   The school will be divided into two teams, Blue and Orange.  T-SHIRTS in team colors will be sent home  with students on Thursday.  Please remind kids to wear their team shirt, comfortable sneakers and shorts.  They should also bring a water bottle (labeled with student’s name) and apply sunscreen before coming to school.  Also, please encourage a healthy breakfast!  Lunch will be provided for students, teachers and volunteers.  It will consist of cheese pizza, carrot sticks, a slice of watermelon & 2 cookies. Please pack a lunch for your child if you have any allergy concerns.  We hope everyone can show their spirit in a fun way!  Go blue!  Go orange!

Don't forget to attend MPA's night at the Crushers game, this Sunday, June 3rd.  You can still purchase vouchers for tickets through the school if you send in money by TOMORROW, Thursday, May 31st.  Vouchers purchased tomorrow will be sent home in the Thursday Folders.  If you would like to sit with other MPA families, please request tickets in sections 114 or 115 when redeeming.  Please have students are dressed in MPA shirts and report to the Fan Services area on the 1st base side of the field no later than 4:30pm so they can take the field to sing our national anthem.

Cue the Pomp and Circumstance - MPA year-end celebrations are fast approaching!  On Monday, June 4th we'll begin at 2pm, 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.  Then at 5:30pm in St. Mel's Hall, the Kindergarten class will return to the school to celebrate their first year of school.  Any teachers, staff, volunteers, and students who would like to attend are welcome at the "moving up" celebration!

Our second MPA Basketball Camp is now opened to ALL students - boys AND GIRLS - entering grades 4 thru 8. Space is limited, so please register soon.  The camp, July 25-26th from 1:00-6:00 and July 27th from 9:30-3:30pm at the Olmsted Community Center at 8170 Maple Way Drive in Olmsted Falls, Ohio. If you have any questions,  please contact Coach Willie Littlejohn at to get all the details.

Are you looking for a few ways to beat the heat and help your student bridge the summer learning gap?  Look no further than the Technology web page on our site for links to the various learning programsubscriptions that will be active over the summer, including Brainpop, Scratch, and Atomic Learning.  The links are included in the document attached to this message, and can also be accessed directly this way:
1.       Go to the MPA Home Page
2.       Click the Classroom Web Sites link on the left hand side
3.       Click the Specials link at the bottom of the page
4.       Click the word Technology on the left-hand side
5.  Click the Websites and Downloads link

Development Information

Don't forget to bring some cash to the Crushers game on Sunday, June 3rd - volunteers will be selling 50/50 raffle tickets to benefit MPA!  If you have questions, please contact Tanya Reno @ (216)452-9070.  

The development team - and the whole school - would like to continue to express our thanks to the families who supported MPA's annual fund this year.  This week, we send out a special "thank you" to the families who pledged AND DONATED in the Wizard and Light Bulb categories. (Category descriptions can be found online at ):
  • Wizard: Atkins, Balabadrapatruni, Bouchard, Burwell, Carroccio, Cummings, Doughman, Elan, Hamilton, Henson, Koubeissi, Littlejohn, Lukavich, Marasco, Mayhew, Mayle, Mingus, Peacock, Ratycz, Rosbough, Rose, Sandu, Seffo, Stech, Tonsing, Vaidyanathan, Whitman
  • Light Bulb: Homolka
If you didn't see your name listed in the past few messages, there's still time to get in your donation - don't start the summer with this final task hanging over your head!  Contact for more information on how to pay your pledge.

Also, if your family pledged at the Wizard Level or higher for the 2011-2012 Annual Appeal, your child can attend the Pizza Party on Monday.  Families should have received notes in last week's folder.    Contact if you have any questions about whether your child will be participating.  And thank you for your support!

We have exciting news for the coming year - MPA has been awarded a $10,000 challenge grant from the Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust!  When we raise $10,000, they will match that amount.  We are planning to use the money for a Mobile Technology Initiative which is geared towards providing more mobile technology in the classrooms.  So keep that in mind as you start planning your donations for next year - your pledge could be doubled by the nice folks at the Fred A. Lennon Charitable Trust!

Calendar Highlights
  • June 1 (Friday) - Field Day at Lakewood Park
  • June 3 (Sunday) - Crushers baseball game in Avon, game time 5:05pm but students must be there by 4:30pm
  • June 4 (Monday) -  8th Grade Graduation 2-3 pm;  Kindergarten celebration 5:30 pm
  • July 23-25 - 2012/2013 MPA Enrollment forms will be due
  • August 26 (Sunday) - Back to School picnic at Lakewood Park

Final notes from the editor - While this is the last official newsletter for the 2011/2012 school year, I will be working with the teachers and staff to send out occasional e-mail updates over the summer.  If your child does something noteworthy, don't wait until September to let everyone at school know!  Send the information to Gretchen Woods at, and I'll see if I can get it in the next message.  My personal thanks go out to all the teachers, staff, and volunteers who have helped me collect the information for this newsletter each week - I couldn't have done it without you!  Have a great summer, and I'll see you at the picnic in August!

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