Friday, October 26, 2012

Weekly Update - 10/3/2012

Menlo Park Academy
Weekly Update- October 3, 2012
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This week...
Boosters News
Room Parents
Dates to Remember
Please remember that all parents, visitors, and volunteers must enter the school ONLY through the main parking lot door during school hours.  

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

And we now have a place for volunteers to securely store their personal belongings while they're at school.  Next time you come in, bring a padlock and Mrs. Wilson will tell you where the volunteer lockers are located.
Boosters News
1) The Menlo Park Academy Boosters are proud to announce that it has elected its new official officers; Jessica Tonsing- President; Janie Zell- Vice President, Pam Elliot- Secretary, Willie Littlejohn- Treasurer. We had many great people attend our first meeting on 9/20 and appreciate everyones input and ideas! Be on the look out for information about the next Booster meeting.  There is lots of fun activities planned for this year. If you have any questions or comments for the Boosters, or would like to help plan any of the upcoming events, please email
2) Remember, the Fall Fun Fest @ Patterson Farms in Chesterland on 10/20. The details and sign-up form are attached to this message - make sure to return the form and money by Monday, October 15, so we have an accurate count of who will be joining us.
3) The hot lunches are off to a fantastic and warm start! Please remember this coming Tuesday will be our pasta day. If you're confused about how the program works or which dates you signed up for, feel free to contact Pam Elliot ( with any questions.  If you missed out on signing your child up for this service, please know that we will be offering the opportunity to do so again in early December.
Room Parents
Do you love to plan and organize? Do you want to be more involved in your student's classroom? Consider becoming a Room Parent!
This year in the lower school (grades K-4) we are looking for at least one Room Parent for each classroom. In the upper school (grades 5-8) we will build a team of Room Parents representing each grade. 
Room Parents play a vital role in each classroom. They handle the coordination and planning of classroom events and help organize volunteers for the "behind the scenes" work to keep the classroom running smoothly. 
As a Room Parent you will: 
  • Act as liaison between the teacher and your classroom parents to coordinate and organize classroom parties, activities and events.
  • Work with the teacher to determine classroom needs and find volunteers to fulfill these needs. (ex: updating bulletin boards, organizing bookshelves, etc.)
  • Act as liaison between MPA and classroom parents to help coordinate volunteers and supplies/donations for fundraising activities or events
  • Assist the MPA Boosters with classroom donations for events such as Teacher & Staff Appreciation Week.  
As a Room Parent you are not obligated to be present at every party or event. We want all of our MPA families to feel included in classroom activities and events. Don't hesitate to delegate and get the other classroom parents involved.
To be a Room Parent send your name, contact information and what classroom you are interested in to Kelly Fortune-Somerville - 2012-2013 Room Parent Coordinator at
She will then contact you with important information on how to proceed.
If several parents are interested in being Room Parent for the same classroom they can choose to share the responsibilities.
Chess club: What a wonderful response to our after school chess club this past week - more than sixty students participated!  Next week for pick up, students will remain in their classroom upstairs.  Names will be posted outside so that parents and caregivers may sign out their child.  If you are planning to carpool, please call the school indicating that your child is permitted to leave with another family.  Remember that whoever picks up your child must have been given permission on your emergency form.  You may update this form at anytime if needed.

Violin:  Ms.Billey had her first round of violin lessons this week.  It was great to have her on campus!  If you have a child that has never taken lessons and you are interested in being a part of strings, contact Ms. Billey at  Ms. Billey books her lessons independently and can even provide your child with a violin.  Please be aware that portions of some lessons require your child to miss class time.  This schedule will change second trimester when our modulars open allowing for elective block lessons.
Girls' Basketball: On Thursday, October 4th, at 6pm there will be an information night for any families interested in girls basketball.  This will be for any girls in grades 5-8.  If you have any questions or are unable to attend the meeting, please .

Boys' Basketball: Congratulations to all who tried out for the MPA Boys' Basketball teams - you showed a lot of skill, persistence, and heart!  Without further ado, here are the rosters for this year's teams:

Zach P.(Team Captain), Brian M., Marshall M., Sam Z., David M., Owen C., Patrick O., Jaylon E., Sam P.
Jacob L. (Co-Captain), Hunter C. (Co-Captain), Matt H., John H., Charlie C., Talon B., Miles M., Dylan C., Jack H., Alex G.
Gino P., Hazen D., Joey C.
FYI: Dates to Remember
10/09 - Pasta Day
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 - Washington DC - 8th Grade (Through 10/19) 
10/16 - Taco Day
10/20 - Saturday - MPA Fall Fest at Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland
10/23: Pizza Day
10/26 - Friday - School photo day 
10/30 - Mac-n-Cheese Day

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 
11/27 - Pizza 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!
  • Baby Monitors
  • Fish bowl
  • Used CDs
  • Used or new board games and puzzles for indoor recess
Safety Drill
The first safety drill of the year was held on Wednesday at MPA.  This drill is designed to ensure student safety in the unlikely occurrance that an intruder would be in the building.  These drills are required by law and occur three times a year.  Occasionally safety drills may cause anxiety in children as they consider the purpose for them.  You are encouraged to have a conversation with your child about the safety drill.  The greater the understanding regarding the rarity of a real incident, the better students feel.
Boy Scouts
Is your young man interested in joining Boy Scouts?  Mr. Sweet from the Boy Scouts of America will present to students on Wednesday, October 10, during the school day, and then to parents on Thursday, October 11, at 7pm.
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. for clothing suggestions, online payment details and more. 
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:
High School?!?!

If your Middle School student is starting to think about where they'd like to attend high school, now is the time to start checking out the options and requirements.  While MPA cannot endorse any particular school, we feel that it is important to promote awareness for the options available to our students and their families.  See the attached list for open house and testing dates for some of the local non-public schools.

Information can be submitted via email tocommunications@menloparkacademy.comfor review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.

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