Friday, October 26, 2012

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.

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