Friday, October 26, 2012

Weekly Update - 9/20/12

Menlo Park Academy
Weekly Update- 9/20/12
Fall is here and we are excited about the fun and productive year ahead of us! Here are some important updates and a taste of what is in store for the days, weeks, and months to come. 
This week...
From the Business Office
Upcoming Dates
Volunteer Spotlight
Hot Lunch
Gradebook (previously know as Progressbook) passwords will come home to families in the Thursday folder. Please know that your teachers just gained access to Gradebook as well and we appreciate your patience as we get past assignments uploaded.  K-3 parents should be on the lookout for information coming home Monday about the report card this year and how Gradebook will be used as a communication tool.
Re-enrollment of current students and siblings will be starting in November. Please watch for more information in the coming weeks.
REMINDER:  If you have a kindergarten sibling, they MUST have their qualifying test scores done by re-enrollment time for preferential placement, as do the rest of the students.  Test your kindergarten student BEFORE 12/1/2012.  Make the appt. now, so you are sure to get your child in on time.
From the Business Office
  • The MPA business office will no longer be accepting cash payments. All payments need to be check or cashiers check.
  • If you are are on a materials fees payment plan, please remember to make your payments at the beginning of the month.
We need YOU at the Browns Game!
Volunteers are still needed to fully staff the MPA stadium at Browns stadium this Sunday and for every home game this season. 
Your support will help raise over $15,000 in operational funding! 

Learn more about how to become part of the awesome Browns team and sign up today! 
I'm a Booster, You're a Booster!
Each member of the MPA community is a Booster, formerly known as the Community Building team. With students coming to MPA from more than 40 Northeast Ohio school districts, the Boosters work hard to instill a sense of community within our school. The mission of the Boosters, is to encourage a sense of an MPA community by offering recreational activities to our students, their families and the staff of MPA.

Join us tonight, 9/20, in the MPA gym, to elect the Booster Executive Board and learn more about our plans for the year.

The Boosters support MPA and have a separate budget and executive board whose members are elected by the parents of MPA. Our events and activities are not fundraisers. We offer recreational and community activities to the students and the MPA community.The Booster's work in collaboration with the school administration to support Menlo families.

If you can't make it tonight, here is a quick peek at how we plan to make a difference at MPA:
09/25 - Hot lunches begin @ MPA!!
10/20 - Family Fun Fest at Patterson Fruit Farm.
11/10 - Student Council Food Drive 

02/23/13 - Fun day with the Lake Erie Monsters - More information to come!
Upcoming Dates
09/20 - Thursday @ 6:30pm - Boosters Elections @ MPA
09/21 - Friday - Teacher Inservice - No School for Students 
09/21 - Friday @ 4:30-6pm - Basketball try-outs at Westpark YMCA
09/25 - Tuesday - Hot Lunches begin!
09/26 - Wednesday @ 4:30-6pm - Basketball try-outs at Wetspark YMCA
09/27 - Miller's Apple Orchard - Kindergarten Field Trip
09/28 - Nordson Corp/Amherst - 8th Grade Field Trip
09/28 - Friday @ 4:30-6pm, Basketball try-outs at Westpark YMCA 

10/11 - Thursday - Parent-Teacher Conferences - No School for Students
10/12 - Friday - Parent-Teacher Conferences - No School for Students 
10/15 - Washington DC - 8th Grade (Through 10/19) 
10/20 - Saturday - MPA Fall Fest at Patterson Fruit Farm in Chesterland
10/26 - Friday - School photo day 

11/15 - Thursday - End of the Trimester
11/16 - Friday - Teacher Inservice - No School for Students
11/19-23 - Thanksgiving Break 
 Sell Magazines in Support of MPA!
School Code 2738540
MPA receives 40% of each order
Magazine Drive Update

59 NEW Subscriptions Sold!

9/19 Lei Awardees 

Peyton B. (2) 
Tucker G.r (24) 
Anna L. (2)
Dylan H. (9)
Eliot B. (1)
Nathan S. (3)
Riley M. (6)
Audrey D. (7) 

New Dress Down Day Earners 

Peyton B. 
Audrey D. 
Dylan H. 
Grace K. 
Anna L. 
Riley M.
Emmerson R. 
NEW Top Selling Family 


New Lunch 
Raffle Entries

Audrey D. 
Riley M. 
Dylan H.
Overall Top Sellers

K - 3rd
Tucker G. (35)
Elliot B. (14) 

4th - 8th
Nathan S. (9)
Audrey D. (7)
Top Classrooms
K - 3rd
Mrs. Katschke's  (44!!)
Mrs. Tigue's (14)

4th - 8th
Mr. O'Donnell's (9)
Ms. Shuder;s (7)
Volunteer Spotlight
THANK YOU to Ramona Boggins for chairing the Magazine Drive!  

Remember - A new feature of this newsletter is going to be the Volunteer Spotlight.  If you know a volunteer who's going above and beyond the call of duty, tell Mrs. BW via email. We'll recognize these incredible volunteers in future newsletters!   
Hot Lunch @ MPA Begins Tuesday!
Here's a summary of the dates Hot Lunches will be served this year. Mark your calendars!

Pizza Day: 9/25, 10/23, 11/27, 1/8, 2/5, 3/5, 4/9, 5/7

Mac-n-Cheese Day: 10/2, 10/30, 12/4, 1/15, 2/12, 3/12, 4/16, 5/14

Pasta Day: 10/9, 11/6, 12/11, 1/22, 2/19, 3/19, 4/23, 5/21

Taco Day:  10/16, 11/13, 12/18, 1/29, 2/26, 3/26, 4/30, 5/28
Please advise MPA of absences by calling 440.925.6365.

Any student who arrives at school at 8:35am or later is considered tardy, and must be signed in by their caregiver.
Don't forget to log your volunteer hours online!
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 Newsletter worthy information for can be submitted via email for review and inclusion in the weekly newsletter. Submissions are subject to Director approval.

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