Friday, October 26, 2012

Weekly Update - 10/25/2012

In This Issue
Fall Fest - Thank You!
Log your volunteer hours online
Free to good home
Spirit Wear
Dates to Remember
Thursday Folder
Positive Behavior Supports
School Picture Day
Yearbook Cover Art Contest
Drop-Off Procedures
Food Drive & Penny War
Halloween
Re-Enrollment
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm - Update
From the Boosters 
Thank you to all the families who braved the weather to attend the MPA Fun Fest that was held this past Saturday. We had more than 150 people come and enjoy the beautiful surroundings. The kids didn't seem to mind the weather and had a blast trying stilt walking, playing in the hay barn and navigating their way through the corn maze! Just a note, if you purchased tickets but did not attend, the tickets can be used at any other time. They do not expire! 
Log your volunteer hours online 

Any hours you put in the paper log over the summer or earlier this year WILL be entered for you - you just need to enter your CURRENT hours.
Free to good home:
Madagascar Hissing Cockroaches! These clean, quiet pets cannot fly or bite and are extremely easy to care for. Unfortunately, I have too many to keep in my classroom, so I am looking for people to take several of them off my hands. They could make good subjects for a science fair project! If you think your child would be interested in caring for one, contact Janeth Eby at janeth.eby@menloparkacademy.com. 

Spirit Wear
MPA Spirit Wear is coming!!! Check this week's Thursday Folder for more information and an order form.  There are a variety of MPA themed items being offered: shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, basketball tee-shirts, lanyards and knapsacks! Show your pride for MPA and order your spirit wear using the form here
FYI: Dates to Remember
OCTOBER
10/26 - Friday - School photo day 
10/29 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
10/30 - Tuesday - Mac-n-Cheese Day; Yearbook Cover Contest artwork is due
10/31 - Wednesday - Halloween Costume Parade at 1:45pm, with class parties to follow

NOVEMBER 
11/1 - 12/14 - Re-enrollment period for current students and their siblings
11/05 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
11/06 - Tuesday - Pasta Day 
11/13 - Tuesday - Pizza Day
11/14 - Wednesday - Open House for Prospective Students, 6-8pm
11/15 - Thursday - End of the Trimester
11/16 - Friday - Teacher Inservice - No School for Students
11/19-23 - Thanksgiving Break - no Scrip card orders or deliveries this week
11/26-29 - Scholastic Book Fair
11/27 - Pizza Day    
  
Weekly Update - 10/24/12
Quick Links
Thursday Folder
  • Shop With Scrip card orders (if you purchased them)
  • Shop With Scrip paper order forms
  • Food Drive and Penny War information 
  • Spirit Wear information and order form
  • Picture Day reminder 
Positive Behavior Supports: Communication
Our administrators have begun working with students in upper grades (Mr. Kennedy) and lower grades (Mrs. B-W) on the social skill of Communication.  Specifically, students are being taught to use "I" messages to resolve personal conflicts in class.  The steps include:
  1. Say how you feel.
  2. Tell the person what they did.
  3. Suggest how to make it better.
You may wish to help students practice these skills at home, too, where they may lead to more peaceful interactions between siblings and playmates.  You may hear your students refer to "speaking Giraffe," which is how the technique has been introduced to younger children - see if they can remember why the Giraffe was chosen to represent this communication style!  Contact Mr. Kennedy or Mrs. B-W if you'd like more information on the communication technique or other Positive Behavior Supports being introduced this year.
School Picture Reminders  
Picture Day is this Friday, October 26th. Please remember:
  • Please send your check in ON PICTURE DAY with your order forms.  If you have already sent in the form, we will hold onto it for you and make sure it gets to the photographer with your child.  
  • Don't put the picture day materials in your Thursday folder - send it in loose in your child's backpack.  We will be starting the photography before the time when volunteers normally "unstuff" the returned Thursday folders.
  • Please dress students in standard dress code clothes, not gym clothes or dress-down outfits.
Visit Lifetouch.com  for online payment details and more. 
Yearbook Cover Art Contest 
This year's yearbook team is pleased to announce a contest to determine whose art graces the cover of the 2012-2013 yearbook!  All art submitted must: 
  • be on a standard 8 1/2"x11" piece of paper
  • use ONLY paint or markers 
  • include the student's name, grade, and homeroom teacher on the BACK of the artwork (lightly in pencil, so it is not visible from the front)
  • be submitted to the office by Tuesday, October 30th.
And the theme? Anything goes, as long as you think it somehow represents the students at MPA!  

Students, staff, and parents will be voting on the artwork later in the fall to pick a winner.
Drop-Off and Tardy Procedures 
As you may be aware, we are trying our best to ensure a quick and easy drop-off process for the morning car line.  In order to do this, we have been implementing a three-lane system, similar in layout to what is used during afternoon car line.  We are asking cars to pull as far forward in each lane as possible and limit the gaps between the cars.  One car from each lane in turn will be sent toward the unloading zone - the lane closest to the building will go first, followed by the middle lane, then the lane farthest from the school.  If congestion on Grapeland and Triskett roads becomes an issue, we will create a fourth lane.

Mr. Kennedy will be overseeing drop-off each morning until 8:30am.  At 8:30 he will hand a "LAST CAR" pass to students in the last car in each lane.  All students riding in cars in line at 8:30am will be considered on time.  When the students with the "LAST CAR" passes come inside, they should take the passes to Mrs. Wilson in the office BEFORE going to class.  Any students who arrive after the "LAST CAR" passes come inside will be considered tardy.

We understand that traffic and the weather make timing your morning commute difficult at times, and we appreciate your help in making sure students arrive at school by 8:30am.  Please know that we are working to streamline this start of the day routine to better accomodate our increased enrollment. 
Food Drive & Penny War
The MPA Student Council (with support from the Boosters) will conduct its first Food Drive and Penny War in support of the national effort for Hunger & Homeless Awareness. Collections will run November 1st-15th. Proceeds will be donated to the Salvation Army, Cleveland Food Bank, and St. Mel's Pantry. There will be a kick-off assembly on Friday, November 2nd with guest speakers from each of the organizations. This effort helps our school community to connect with the community beyond MPA walls.  Please see your child's Thursday folder this week (or the file here) for more information. 
Halloween Day Festivities 
MPA celebrates Halloween with a costume parade and contest!

Students may wear their costumes to school, but costumes may not include masks or anything that could even remotely be considered a weapon. The parade will begin at 1:45pm on Wednesday, October 31st, and will be held on the sidewalk around the school. 

Parents are welcome to come observe the parade, and visit the Multi-Purpose room, where costume judging and prizes are being awarded at 2:15pm.  

Prizes will be awarded in grades K-3 and 4-8 for the following categories:
  • Historical Figure
  • Contemporary Figure
  • Literary Figure
  • Invention or Technology
  • Animal (real or legendary)
  • Group Costume (two or more students involved in the same costume idea)
  • Best Artistic Merit
Remember, our judges will be looking for creativity, interesting use of materials, artistic merit ... and great ideas, of course!   
After the costume prizes have been awarded,  
it's time to party!   

Grades K-4 will be having parties in their rooms on Wednesday, October 31st, starting at 2:15pm.  These parties will each be organized by the room parents for each classroom.   

Grades 5-8 will be having a group party in the Multi-Purpose room.
   
Admissions 
Re-Enrollment of Current Students 
The re-enrollment period for current students will be
Thursday, November 1st, through Friday, December 14th. Keep your eyes open for the re-enrollment form, which can be used for current students and to apply for admission for incoming siblings. 

Please remember, incoming siblings who are new to the school MUST have qualifying test scores on file with MPA in order for their application to be considered complete.

Open House for Prospective Students & Families
Wednesday, November 14, from 6-8pm at MPA  

Volunteers will be leading tours of the building, administrators will introduce the school and curriculum, and teachers will be here to answer parents' questions about the school.  

Prospective students and their parents are welcome to come take a look around.  

Stay tuned for more information on how you can help make this event a success - and in the meantime, let your interested friends know about the event.  
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm - Update  

This year we're making deliveries every week, so it's more convenient than ever! Get started atwww.shopwithscrip.com - Create an account using code B1BFLA8B23626 for MPA to receive the revenue.  Even if you're not an Internet shopper, there is a way we can order cards for you! Contact Ramona Boggins at 216-832-6666or fundraiser@menloparkacademy.com if you have any questions.
  
Shop for Scrips every Sunday by 7pm and be entered in the weekly and monthly prize drawings.  You will receive your cards in the Thursday folder each week.
Information can be submitted via email to: communications@menloparkacademy.com for review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.
 

Weekly Update - 10/18/2012

In This Issue
Drop-off Reminder
School Pictures
Log you volunteer hours online
Lost & Found
Boosters Meeting
Family Fun Fest
Fundraising Team Meeting
Dates to Remember
Thursday Folder
Wish List
Behavioral Supports
Yearbook Cover Art Contest
Enrichment
Re-Enrollment
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm - Update
Drop-off Reminder
If you arrive before 8am to drop your children off, please form a line around the corner of the building (where the pick-up line forms in the afternoons), as to not block teacher/staff parking spaces and the Edison morning drop off throughway. 
School Pictures

Picture Day is coming Friday, October 26th.

Please send your order form in ON PICTURE DAY with their order forms.  If you have already sent in the form, we will hold onto it for you and make sure it gets to the photographer with your child.  

Visit Lifetouch.com  for online payment details and more.
Log you volunteer hours online 

Any hours you put in the paper log over the summer or earlier this year WILL be entered for you - you just need to enter your CURRENT hours.
Lost & Found  

You've got one last chance to review the items in Lost and Found before they are donated - come in before Friday (10/19/12) to claim your child's items!
Boosters Meeting

The next Boosters meeting will be this Thursday, October 18th @ 6:30 pm. If you wish to be a part of decisions regarding upcoming plans and events, be sure to attend!

Boosters are supporting the MPA Scholastic Book Fair which is coming up
November 26-29th. Please come to our next meeting if you would like to volunteer. We will need volunteers for a variety of times over the 4 days.  
Family Fun Fest @ Patterson Fruit Farm
Tickets for this event will be sent home via this week's Thursday folder. Be on the look out for them in your child's backpack! Once you arrive to the farm, you must trade your tickets in for wristbands at the ticket booth. We do not have extra tickets, so if you forget yours, you will have to purchase others from the farm for full price!  
 
MPA will have the Iroquois Pavilion from 11-4pm where guests can take a break and enjoy light snacks/beverages courtesy of the Boosters. Please feel free to bring a snack to share! 
Fundraising
Fundraising Team Meeting
 
WE ARE MENLO PARK ACADEMY!!

WE ARE Ohio's only public community specifically dedicated to meeting the needs of gifted learners.

WE NOW educate over 340 students in grades K-8 from over 40 different school districts.  
Every year we fund-raise within our community and beyond to raise operating dollars in order to continue to provide educational experiences designed to meet and exceed the unique needs of gifted students.

WE ARE willing to work hard to raise these funds!

Please join us at the 1st Fundraising Team meeting on 10/24/12 at 6pm at MPA.  Can't attend but want to lend a hand, please email fundraiser@menloparkacademy.com  
FYI: Dates to Remember
OCTOBER
10/18 - Thursday - Girls' Basketball practice at YMCA; Boosters meeting at 6:30pm
10/20 - Saturday - MPA Fall Fest at Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland
10/23 - Tuesday - Pizza Day; Cub Scout meeting at 6pm
10/24 - Wednesday - High School enrollment information open house at MPA for grades 5-8, 5-6pm; Fundraising Team meeting at MPA at 6pm 
10/26 - Friday - School photo day 
10/29 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
10/30 - Tuesday - Mac-n-Cheese Day; Yearbook Cover Contest artwork is due
10/31 - Wednesday - Halloween Costume Parade at 1:45pm, with class parties to follow

NOVEMBER 
11/1 - 12/14 - Re-enrollment period for current students and their siblings
11/05 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
11/06 - Tuesday - Pasta Day 
11/13 - Tuesday - Pizza Day
11/14 - Wednesday - Open House for Prospective Students, 6-8pm
11/15 - Thursday - End of the Trimester
11/16 - Friday - Teacher Inservice - No School for Students
11/19-23 - Thanksgiving Break - no Scrip card orders or deliveries this week
11/26-29 - Scholastic Book Fair
11/27 - Pizza Day    
  
Weekly Update - 10/18/12
Quick Links
Thursday Folder
  • Tickets to Boosters Fun Fest (if you purchased them)
  • Shop With Scrip card orders (if you purchased them)
  • More information on the Shop with Scrip program
  • More information on ordering for Picture Day
Wish List
If you have access to any of the following items and can donate them to the school, our teachers and staff would really appreciate it!
  • Disposable plates/utensils/cups for staff lunchroom
  • Baby Monitors
  • Fish bowl
  • Used CDs
  • Used or new board games and puzzles for indoor recess
Behavioral Supports  
Mrs. B-W would like to thank parents for their support of her earlier message regarding some reinforcements she is making to the behavioral supports at the school.   
 
We all have a stake in helping our students learn to support each other, make caring and responsible choices, and build community.  

Please refer back to her e-mail or contact her directly if you have any questions about the silent lunch and detention options that will be used to help the few students who may need additional guidance making appropriate choices at school.
Yearbook Cover Art Contest 
This year's yearbook team is pleased to announce a contest to determine whose art graces the cover of the 2012-2013 yearbook!  All art submitted must: 
  • be on a standard 8 1/2"x11" piece of paper
  • use ONLY paint or markers 
  • include the student's name, grade, and homeroom teacher on the BACK of the artwork (lightly in pencil, so it is not visible from the front)
  • be submitted to the office by Tuesday, October 30th.
And the theme? Anything goes, as long as you think it somehow represents the students at MPA!  

Students, staff, and parents will be voting on the artwork later in the fall to pick a winner.
High School Open House at MPA
Students in grades 5-8 (and their parents) are invited to attend an MPA High School Open House, to learn more about entrance requirements and application time tables.

High Schools Confirmed to attend
  • Magnificat & Saint Ignatius
  • St. Edwards & St. Joseph's Academy
  • Lutheran High School West
  • Cleveland Lutheran High School Association

Pizza will be served!  Please contact MPA if you plan to attend for pizza planning purposes. 
Enrichment 

Halloween Day Festivities 
MPA celebrates Halloween with a costume parade and contest!

Students may wear their costumes to school, but costumes may not include masks or anything that could even remotely be considered a weapon. The parade will begin at 1:45pm on Wednesday, October 31st, and will be held on the sidewalk around the school. 

Parents are welcome to come observe the parade, and visit the Multi-Purpose room, where costume judging and prizes are being awarded at 2:15pm.  

Prizes will be awarded in grades K-3 and 4-8 for the following categories:
  • Historical Figure
  • Contemporary Figure
  • Invention or Technology
  • Animal (real or legendary)
  • Group Costume (two or more students involved in the same costume idea)
  • Best Artistic Merit
Remember, our judges will be looking for creativity, interesting use of materials, artistic merit ... and great ideas, of course!   
After the costume prizes have been awarded,  
it's time to party!   

Grades K-4 will be having parties in their rooms on Wednesday, October 31st, starting at 2:15pm.  These parties will each be organized by the room parents for each classroom.   

Grades 5-8 will be having a group party in the Multi-Purpose room (details on that to come).
 
Cub Scout Pack 110 
It's not too late to join the PACK! Tuesday October 23 at 6:00pm will be the first pack meeting. The pack will come together as a whole and then break into grades (ranks) to get to know each other, schedule den meetings (time and day), & answer questions.
 
Girls Basketball 
The first girls' basketball practice will be held Thursday, October 18th at the West Park YMCA.   If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Theiss

Science, Technology, Engineering & Math (STEM) enrichment events: 

It's not too early to put these dates on your calendar! Watch this newsletter for more information as the events draw near.

Grades 5-8: STEM Career Night on 1/9/2013
Grades K-4: Math Night on 3/14/2013 (Pi Day) 
Admissions 
Re-Enrollment of Current Students 
The re-enrollment period for current students will be
Thursday, November 1st, through Friday, December 14th.  Keep your eyes open for the re-enrollment form, which can be used for current students and to apply for admission for incoming siblings. 

Please remember, incoming siblings who are new to the school MUST have qualifying test scores on file with MPA in order for their application to be considered complete.

Open House for Prospective Students & Families
Wednesday, November 14, from 6-8pm at MPA  

Volunteers will be leading tours of the building, administrators will introduce the school and curriculum, and teachers will be here to answer parents' questions about the school.  

Prospective students and their parents are welcome to come take a look around.  

Stay tuned for more information on how you can help make this event a success - and in the meantime, let your interested friends know about the event.  
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm - Update  

$274.22 raised for MPA in one week!  
  
So far, 7 families were able to generate these rebates. Imagine how much we could be making for MPA if everyone used the program.
  
Weekly Drawing Prize: Dave & Busters Power Card
Weekly Drawing Winner: Woods Family 
 
This year we're making deliveries every week, so it's more convenient than ever! Get started atwww.shopwithscrip.com - Create an account using code B1BFLA8B23626 for MPA to receive the revenue.  Even if you're not an Internet shopper, there is a way we can order cards for you! Contact Ramona Boggins at 216-832-6666 or fundraiser@menloparkacademy.com if you have any questions.
  
Shop for Scrips every Sunday by 7pm and be entered in the weekly and monthly prize drawings.
You will receive your cards in the Thursday folder each week.
Information can be submitted via email to: communications@menloparkacademy.com for review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.

Weekly Update - 10/10/2012

Menlo Park Academy
Weekly Update- October 10, 2012
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This week...
Reminders
Boosters News
Room Parents
Enrichment
Sports
Sports
Dates to Remember
Reminders
Lost and Found:
Articles in the Lost and Found will be available for parents to review during conferences on Thursday and Friday.  Please be sure to check there if your child is missing any items (jackets, lunch boxes, etc.).  All items remaining in the Lost and Found area on Monday will be donated to a local charity.

Forms due:
The Boosters' Fall Fun Fest at Patterson Farms in Chesterland on October 20th. The sign-up form is attached to this message - the final date for turning in your money is Monday, October 15th @ 3:00pm.  Please print on the form and return to school in an envelope labeled Fun Fest. Make checks payable to the MPA Boosters. 

Volunteers:
Your time is appreciated! Please log your volunteer hours onlineclick here 

Change of Address:
Please notify Mrs. Wilson if you have any changes to your home address, home or cell phone number, or e-mail address.  It is very important that we have this information correct in our records.
Boosters News
  •  Tickets for the Fall Fun Fest will be distributed via the Thursday folder on the 18th. The Boosters will provide snacks and beverages.  Please feel free to bring a snack to share with the others. In case of inclement weather, we will be sending out an email with the status of the event.
  • Our Free Funds initiative is in full swing! Please keep clipping those Box Tops and Labels for Education! Please be sure to read this weeks flyerregarding how you can help with these programs. Children who send in 50 Box Tops in October will receive a dress down day in November. For your convenience there is a collection sheet attached so you can easily track your Box Tops!
  • The next Boosters meeting will take place Thursday, October 18th @ 6:30. If you would like to hear more about what is planned for this year or help us plan, be sure to join us.
  • In an effort to help others this holiday season, the MPA Boosters and the Student Council will be having a food drive and penny war to benefit a local food bank and homeless shelter. Efforts will run November 1-16th. Be on the look out for more information.
  • We've got spirit yes we do...the MPA Spirit Wear is coming. Order sheets will soon be delivered so that you can place your order for tee shirts, long sleeve tee shirts, sweatshirts and sweatpants. We will also be offering the opportunity to place your orders for MPA basketball spirit wear!
  • The Scholastic Book Fair is coming November 26-30th! A sign-up sheet will be in this week's Thursday folder for volunteers who would like to help staff the Book Fair.
Academics
Parent/Teacher conferences are this week and we are eager to meet with you to discuss our partnership in your child's growth.  We will review and revise Written Education Plans (WEP) during this time.  
 
Your child is welcome to attend this conferencing time and is particularly encouraged to do so at the upper grades.  However, be aware that there will be no childcare available for siblings.  
 
If you have a lengthy topic of discussion such as IEP or acceleration requiring teacher input, please schedule an individual or team meeting outside of parent/teacher conference time.  These conferences are designed as a quick check in on progress and an opportunity for families to clarify areas of uncertainty.
 
You may schedule conference times online at:
 
Specialists will be here on the following days and times for drop in conferences:
Thursday and Friday:  Cassaundra Hickman, Molly Leib, Ms. Kneidel
Thursday Only:  Ms. Levien, Diane Padrutt (10:00-3:00 & 6:00-8:00), Edison Club (Kelsey Busser, Kirsten Dyer)-4:00-7:00
Friday Only:  Elisa Bredendiek-12:00-3:00

Mr. Mould will not be available but you may email him at:john.mould@menloparkacademy.com

In an attempt to ensure that all families who wish to conference may do so, teachers will also offer drop in times the two weeks following conferences.  Those hours will be sent via email on Monday, October 15. 
Enrichment
Junior Girl Scouts:
We are  participating in our Girl Scout Council's Fall Product Program. This program helps girls earn money to support our Girl Scout Leadership Experience, including fun educational and service activities that contribute to making the world a better place. The girls are learning to manage the business online, as well as setting goals, making decisions, managing money, working with people and practicing business ethics. This is a great opportunity to help your favorite Girl Scout, as well as to purchase a great product.

Just click here to view the many different varieties of nuts, candies, and gift items available. You can purchase using a credit card and have them shipped to you or shipped to a friend as a gift.  This is a private link for you and orders can be placed through the end of our Fall Product Activity 11/26/2012.  Your order and information will be treated confidentially, and not shared for other reasons, other than to help Girl Scouts. 

Thanks so much,
   
Troop 70029
Girl Scouts of North East Ohio
Sports
Girls' Basketball: 

The first girls' basketball practice will be held Thursday, October 18th at the West Park YMCA.   If you have any questions, please contactKatie.Theiss@MenloParkAcademy.com .


Fundraising
Shop with Scrip Every Sunday by 7pm: 

MPA is once again participating in the Shop with Scrip program, which generates revenue for our school every time you use it to purchase a prepaid shopping card or gift certificate through the program.  

More information on this program will be coming home in Thursday folders, but here are the basics:
  • These cards are similar to ones you would buy at the grocery store or other retailer.
  • You pay only the face value on the card.  
  • The cards are available for thousands of local and national retailers.
  • Cards are available for everything from gas and groceries, to holiday gifts, to rental cars and hotel rooms.  
  • MPA earns revenue (anywhere from 2-15% of the card's face value, depending on the merchant) when you use the cards to make household purchases you would have made anyway.
  • Purchases can be paid for by check, or paid directly though PrestoPay, the preferred payment method.
  • Cards will be sent home in students' Thursday folders each week - place your order by Sunday at 7pm to get your cards the following Thursday!
MPA will be offering a gift to each family as they participate in the program for the first time, and families will be entered to win prizes throughout the year when they use the program.  

Get started at www.shopwithscrip.com - create an account using code B1BFLA8B23626 for MPA to receive the revenue.  Once you have signed up, check out theUser Guide here for more details on how to use the site, or contact Ramona Boggins at 216-832-6666 or fundraiser@menloparkacademy.com if you have any questions.

FYI: Dates to Remember
OCTOBER
10/11 - Thursday - P/T Conferences - No School for Students; Meeting for potential Boy Scouts at 7pm
10/12 - Friday - P/T Conferences - No School for Students 
10/15 - Monday - Washington DC - 8th Grade (Through 10/19); Girl Scout meeting after school 
10/16 - Taco Day
10/18 - Thursday - Girls' Basketball practice at YMCA; Boosters meeting at 6:30pm
10/20 - Saturday - MPA Fall Fest at Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland
10/23: Pizza Day
10/26 - Friday - School photo day 
10/29 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
10/30 - Tuesday - Mac-n-Cheese Day; Yearbook Cover Contest artwork is due
10/31 - Wednesday - Halloween Costume Parade at 1:45pm, with class parties to follow

NOVEMBER 
11/05 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
11/06 - Pasta Day 
11/13 - Pizza Day
11/15 - Thursday - End of the Trimester
11/16 - Friday - Teacher Inservice - No School for Students
11/19-23 - Thanksgiving Break - no Scrip card orders or deliveries this week
11/26-30 - Scholastic Book Fair
11/27 - Pizza Day   
Thursday Folder
- Scholastic Book Fair volunteer sign-up sheet
- Scripp gift card program information
- Box Tops for Education program information
- Lifetouch Picture Day order form
Wish List
If you have access to any of the following items and can donate them to the school, our teachers and staff would really appreciate it!
  • Baby Monitors
  • Fish bowl
  • Used CDs
  • Used or new board games and puzzles for indoor recess
Art Contest
This year's yearbook team is pleased to announce a contest to determine whose art graces the cover of the 2012-2013 yearbook!  All art submitted must: 
  • be on a standard 8 1/2"x11" piece of paper
  • use paint or markers (that's easier to scan for the cover)
  • include the student's name, grade, and homeroom teacher on the BACK of the artwork (lightly in pencil, so it is not visible from the front)
  • be submitted to the office by Tuesday, October 30th.
And the theme? Anything goes, as long as you think it somehow represents the students at MPA!  Students, staff, and parents will be voting on the artwork later in the fall to pick a winner.
Volunteer Sign In
As was announced last week, each volunteer is now responsible for logging his or her own hours into the computer directly.  They still need to sign in to the log book when they arrive and depart school grounds, but that sheet will not be used for tracking the hours worked.  Instead, you'll need to go online to log your hours on our website.  You can either do that when you return home after volunteering, or on the Netbook computer outside of Mrs. Wilson's office at the school.  No matter which computer you use, the link to the volunteer log is here.
School Pictures
 
Mark your calendar! Picture Day is coming Friday, October 26th. Look for more information on your child's Picture Day flyer / order form. VisitLifetouch.com for online payment details and more. Remember, children should wear the usual (non-gym) dress code clothing for Picture Day.
Supporting Gifted Kids
OAGC Parent Day is coming up on Sunday, October 14 at the Columbus Hilton Easton. Registration begins at 2:30 pm for the program, which begins at 3pm . Come join us for an afternoon devoted specifically for parents of gifted children. For more information, an agenda, and a registration form, please visit the following links:
Halloween Costumes
This year we will be celebrating Halloween with a costume parade and contest!  Students may wear their costumes to school, but costumes may not include masks or anything that could even remotely be considered a weapon.  The parade will begin at 1:45pm on Wednesday, October 31st, and will be held on the sidewalk around the school.  The parade will end in the Multi-Purpose room, with costume judging and prizes being awarded at 2:15pm.  Judges will be chosen from the staff, parents, and even some impartial guests!  Prizes will be awarded for the following categories:
  • Historical Figure
  • Contemporary Figure
  • Invention or Technology
  • Animal (real or legendary)
  • Group Costume (two or more students involved in the same costume idea)
  • Best Artistic Merit
Remember, our judges will be looking for creativity, interesting use of materials, artistic merit ... and great ideas, of course!  Good Luck - we can't wait to see the great costumes our students make!
Halloween Parties
Once the costume prizes have been awarded, it's time to party!  Grades K-4 will be having parties in their rooms, each organized by the room parents for the classroom.  Grades 5-8 will be having a group party in the Multi-Purpose room (more details on that to come).

In accordance with the revised federal nutrition guidelines for schools, we will be trying to limit the number of sugary treats offered to our students during the school day.  Room parents have a list of healthier alternatives that children enjoy, and will be suggesting these to parents who wish to bring snacks for the parties.  Thanks for your cooperation!

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