Wednesday, November 28, 2012

MPA Weekly Update - 11/15/12


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In This Issue
Fall Break
Log your volunteer hours online
Dates to Remember
Thursday Folder
Re-Enrollment
Recess
End of Trimester
Basketball
Food Drive & Penny War
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm - Update
Fall Break
Don't forget - MPA students will be off November 16th through November 25th for Fall Break.  Students should return to school Monday, November 26th, ready to begin the new trimester! 
Log your volunteer hours online 

Your time is appreciated! Please log your current volunteer hours online, either on the netbook near the sign-in at school, or at home.  We are not using the paper logs to record your hours anymore - all hours MUST be entered into the computer if you want credit for them!

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.
Congratulations
Goes out to Mrs. Rokas, who delivered her baby this Thursday.  We wish the best of luck to you, baby John, and your whole family!

While Mrs. Rokas is enjoying her new little guy, Ms. Busser (who has worked as a teaching aide at MPA this year) will be taking over her class.  Ms. Busser has her K-3 teaching license, and she's looking forward to working with the kids in this Second Grade classroom each day.

While Ms. Busser is subbing for Mrs. Rokas, Ms. Kautz will be joining MPA as a new teaching asstant.  She is a veteran teacher from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District who is working toward her Reading Endorsement.  During her time at MPA she working with Mrs. Fredmonsky on her action research project involving readers' theatre later this year.  Welcome, Ms. Kautz!
FYI: Dates to Remember

NOVEMBER 
11/1 - 12/14 - Re-enrollment period for current students and their siblings
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    
 
December
12/7 - Friday - pasta dinner from 4:30-6pm, followed by school concert from 6:30-8pm  
12/24 - 1/1 - Winter Break
 
January
1/2 - Teacher Inservice - No school for students
Weekly Update - 11/15/12
Quick Links
Thursday Folder
  • Shop With Scrip card orders (if you purchased them)
  • Shop With Scrip information
  • Winter Concert information - Cookie sign-up, and Pasta Dinner Reservation form
  • Scholastic Book Fair Information
Admissions  
Thank You!
 A big thank you goes out to all of the volunteers who helped out at the Open House yesterday - we introduced 51 families to the school.
Re-Enrollment of Current Students Now Open!
The re-enrollment period for current students continues through Friday, December 14th.  Re-enrollment can be done online or in person the  form is available on our website here, and payments can be submitted by check or via the website here.  The only way to guarantee your child a seat in next year's class is to have all of the enrollment information and the $100 non-refundable deposit (this will be applied to your child's activities fee upon enrollment) - turned in to the office by Friday, December 14th.  

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.  Please contact Nancy.Colby@MenloParkAcademy.com in the admissions office to learn more about applications for siblings of current students.
Yes, we have winter outdoor recess  

Just a couple quick reminders for parents as we enter the season of slightly chilly weather at recess:
  • Students play outside at recess unless conditions warrant the need for indoor recess.  Recess will be outdoors at 25 degrees and above.
  • Children may only stay inside during recess due to illness or injury with a doctor's note. 
Please remind your children to bundle up in the cold! If they can't zip or button their jackets practicing at home can be helpful.  They can also ask an adult for help at school.  And please make sure your child is wearing weather-appropriate clothing (i.e. tights or leggings under skirts, warm pants) when they come to school.
End of the First Trimester 
MPA's first trimester grading period ends Thursday, November 15th. Report cards will come home on Thursday, November 29th. Thank you for your patience this term as we worked together with our sponsor to reorganize and streamline the GradeBook interface for parents, teachers, and students.

Parents of students in K-3, please be aware that the format of your report cards will look a little different this year.  We have changed the format and standardized them so that they are more aligned with Core Curriculum standards.  K-3 is still using the non-letter-grade system, it just will look a little different.  A letter explaining the changes will acompany the cards when they come home after break.
Boy's Basketball 
From Coach Willie Littlejohn: 
About last Saturday's games, I was very proud of all 20 boys today. Win or lose, they all played really hard, tried their best and gave effort, which is what I told them that's all I want each game.
For the Varsity Team, the boys had a much better effort than last week and they played great in their 32-18 win over the Tigers. Seven different Varsity players scored a basket today, which shows a great team effort. The Varsity record is now 1-1, and if we get that effort next week and if it translates into a win next Saturday vs. the 2-0 Bulldogs, we can go into the Thanksgiving break tied for first place. My favorite stat from the game was that Zach Peacock (14 points), Brian Mingus (5 points) and Marshall Monnette (4 points) combined to grab 34 rebounds in the game. Way to hit the boards guys!!!!

For the Junior Varsity team, there is a bright side, despite today's 35-9 season opening loss. The team we played had 6th graders and that team has actually played together for the last 3 seasons. The other teams in the league at this level are all first year teams with players in 4th-5th grades. While we have to play the Hawks again, I believe we will turn in a better effort and will win a few games this season against the other teams...and maybe the Hawks in a re-match in a few weeks. It is also my goal to TRY and get ALL the players on the team in every game (Joey C and Gino P are now on the team, no longer mentors). Now, I believe I need to work with the JV team a little more this week to get them ready for their next game, so I would like them to come to the Wednesday and Friday practice for this week.
This week's schedule is:
Wednesday 11/14 - ALL Players Practice (JV + Varsity) 4:15-6:00
Friday 11/16 - ALL Players Practice (JV + Varsity) 4:30-6:00
Saturday 11/17 - MPA JV Game (0-1) @ 10:00am vs. JV Tigers (0-1) (Same Warrensville YMCA) - Free Admission
Saturday 11/17 - MPA Varsity Game (1-1) @ Noon vs. E Prep Bulldogs (2-0) (Same Warrensville YMCA) - Free Admission
Admission is Free to all games. GO WIZARDS!!!!!! 
Winter Concert Information 

Cookies and beverages will be served during the intermission of "FOUR SEASONS, an MPA Winter Concert." Please help us provide these refreshments with a cookie donation.  Bring your cookies to Magnificat High School on Friday, December 7 when you arrive for the concert.  Label your cookies if they contain nuts or if they address specific allergy concerns.  Please return the attached formto the school by Monday, December 3rd, to let us know you're bringing goodies! 
 
Also, simplify your evening before the concert and enjoy dinner with your MPA friends.  Join us at the pasta dinner sponsored by the Boosters at Magnificat High School before the students take the stage. Dinner includes penne pasta with marinara, garlic bread,
salad and a beverage.  Reservations are required, and can be made using the attached form. Reservations and payment are due no later than Monday, December 3rd.

Here's the schedule of all the events for our concert evening, Friday, December 7th, 2012:
4:30-6:00 - Pasta Dinner
6:00-6:30 - Auction Viewing & Open Seating
6:30-8:00 - Concert 
 
Mrs. Leib would like to let parents know the clothing requirements for the concert - NO JEANS!  Please send kids in wearing either standard school uniform clothes, or dress clothes of your choosing.  It's not a black-tie event, but it IS fun to see the kids all spiffed up.
Penny War - Help us count the coins!
We're looking for Student Council Members (and their families!) who are willing to come in on Friday, November 16, beginning at 9:30am, to help count and roll all the change from our Penny War.  Please visit this site to sign up - and we'll see you on Friday!
Looking for a few good people ...
... to help us let volunteers know they're valued throughout the year.  Mrs. B-W is looking for a few people to help her keep up with expressing our thanks to volunteers.  It's a great way to get in some volunteer hours from home or in the evenings - making phone calls, writing thank you cards, and other small tasks that make a big difference.  If you can lend a hand, please contact her at Paige.BW@MenloParkAcademy.com. 
Focus on Academic Enrichment 
This year we're planning to introduce parents to some of the academic enrichment opportunities our students are offered throughout the year.  This week:  Power of the Pen.

MPA's participation in this event is coordinated by Mrs. Belko.  Students in grades 6-8 learn to respond to a writing prompt within a certain amount of time.  Competition begins at the local level, with winners moving on to regional and state competitions.  In the past our students have performed very well in this competition, reaching the state-level competition.

For more information on the Power of the Pen competition, contact Mrs. Belko, or visit http://www.powerofthepen.org/ .
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm 

NO SCHOOL NEXT WEEK, so there will be NO ORDER going in on the 18th, resuming on Sunday, the 25th to be received in the Thursday folder on the 29th. BLACK FRIDAY & CYBER MONDAY specials will be available for PrestoPay users who purchase ScripNow.  Check www.shopwithscrip.com on Thanksgiving for details.  If you are using ReLoad, ScripNow or ReLoad Now & paying with PrestoPay, you can shop any time & any day.
 
Have you started earning "free" money for our school yet?  Get started at www.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.
 

Wednesday, November 14, 2012

MPA Weekly Update - 11/8/12

In This Issue
Fall Break
Log your volunteer hours online
Winter Concert
Dates to Remember
Thursday Folder
Re-Enrollment
Recess
End of Trimester
Basketball
Food Drive & Penny War
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm - Update
Fall Break
Don't forget - MPA students will be off November 16th through November 25th for Fall Break.  Students should return to school Monday, November 26th, ready to begin the new trimester! 
Log your volunteer hours online 

Your time is appreciated! Please log your current volunteer hours online, either on the netbook near the sign-in at school, or at home.  We are not using the paper logs to record your hours anymore - all hours MUST be entered into the computer if you want credit for them!

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.
Save the Date! 
MPA's winter concert will be held December 7th from 6:30-8pm.  There will be tons of exciting things going on that day: Boosters are organizing a pasta dinner before the concert, there will be auctions and raffles to raise money for the school, and, of course, the students will perform!  This year's theme is The Four Seasons.  Watch your inbox for more information in the coming weeks on how you can help with this fun event! 
FYI: Dates to Remember

NOVEMBER 
11/1 - 12/14 - Re-enrollment period for current students and their siblings
11/13 - Tuesday - Taco Bowl 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    
 
December
12/7 - Saturday - pasta dinner from 4:30-6pm, followed by school concert from 6:30-8pm  
12/24 - 1/1 - Winter Break
 
January
1/2 - Teacher Inservice - No school for students
Weekly Update - 11/8/12
Quick Links
Thursday Folder
  • Shop With Scrip card orders (if you purchased them)
  • Shop With Scrip information
  • Flyer for the Open House on 11/14 - please share with interested families or post in a library or coffee shop
Admissions  
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.  

Check your Thursday Folder for a flyer you can share with any families you think might be interested in the school for next year.  You can also post the flyer on bulletin boards at libraries, coffee shops, rec centers, your office - anywhere you think families of Gifted students might be hanging out!
Re-Enrollment of Current Students Now Open!
The re-enrollment period for current students continues through Friday, December 14th.  Re-enrollment is being handled entirely ONLINE this year - the form is available on our website here, and payments can be submitted by check or via the website here.  The only way to guarantee your child a seat in next year's class is to have all of the enrollment information - AND THE $100 ADMISSION FEE - turned in to the office by Friday, December 14th.  

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.  Please contact Nancy.Colby@MenloParkAcademy.com in the admissions office to learn more about applications for siblings of current students.
Yes, we have winter outdoor recess  

Just a couple quick reminders for parents as we enter the season of slightly chilly weather at recess:
  • Students play outside at recess unless conditions warrant the need for indoor recess.  Recess will be outdoors at 25 degrees and above.
  • Children may only stay inside during recess due to illness or injury with a doctor's note. 
Please remind your children to bundle up in the cold! If they can't zip or button their jackets practicing at home can be helpful.  They can also ask an adult for help at school.  And please make sure your child is wearing weather-appropriate clothing (i.e. tights or leggings under skirts, warm pants) when they come to school.
End of the First Trimester 
MPA's first trimester grading period ends Thursday, November 15th. Report cards will come home on Thursday, November 29th. Thank you for your patience this term as we worked together with our sponsor to reorganize and streamline the GradeBook interface for parents, teachers, and students.

Second trimester begins Monday, November 26th.  Middle School students will be focusing on Organizational Skills (at school and at home!) during their Advisory sessions - look for more information on that throughout the trimester.  
Boy's Basketball 
From Coach Willie Littlejohn: We played hard, tough and determined but too many turnovers (due to nerves) led to a 45-31 season opening loss to the Lions. The Varsity team captain and starting small forward Zach Peacock had his best game ever with a career high of 18 point, 17 rebound performance. Just like last season, the boys played nervous in their first game but they are already looking forward to next week and wanting to play better. And again, the loudest people in the gym are the rocking Menlo parents who are huge supporters of the boys. The JV game was cancelled because of the recent storms. This week our games are back at the Warrensville Hts YMCA and are listed as follows:
  • Junior Varsity @ 10:00am vs. The Hawks - Season Opener
  • Varsity @ 1:00pm vs The Tigers - Second Game of the Season
Admission is Free to all games. GO WIZARDS!!!!!! 
Food Drive & Penny War
The Food Drive & Penny War are ON! Please send in your non-expired, non-perishable food items and your spare change. Collections will benefit Salvation Army, the Cleveland Food Bank and St. Mel's food pantry. More information can be found on the attached flyer.
Electronics and Toys- Not for School
Please remember that students should not bring electronics or toys to school unless they have prior approval from a teacher to use them for educational purposes.  If your child has a phone for emergency use, it should be kept in backpacks or lockers during the school day. The potential for items being broken or lost is too great!  
 
Students who break this school policy will have their personal item held in the office for parents to pick up. 
Yearbook Cover Winner

yearbook cover art
Congratulations to 5th grader Melissa Kazazic, winner of our first Yearbook Cover Contest!  Her space-themed entry was chosen by popular vote on Tuesday - no electoral college needed!
 
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm 
Have you started earning "free" money for our school yet?  Get started at www.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.
 

MPA Weekly Update - 11/3/12

In This Issue
Hot Lunch
Log your volunteer hours online
Spirit Wear
Dates to Remember
Thursday Folder
Re-Enrollment
Science Fair & Invention Convention
Food Drive & Penny War
School Cancelation Information
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm - Update
From the Boosters 
Please note that the Hot Lunch (Mac & Cheese) will be offered/made-up today, November 2nd.Due to logisitics there will be no replacement lunch for 4th grade students on the field trip today.
Log your volunteer hours online 

Your time is appreciated! Please log your current volunteer hours online, either on the netbook near the sign-in at school, or at home.  We are not using the paper logs to record your hours anymore - all hours MUST be entered into the computer if you want credit for them!

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.
Spirit Wear
MPA Spirit Wear orders are due by Friday, November 2nd. Orders will be delivered after Thanksgiving break. Please use the attached order form and make checks payable to MPA Boosters.  There are a variety of MPA themed items being offered: shirts, sweatshirts, sweatpants, basketball tee-shirts, lanyards and knapsacks!  
FYI: Dates to Remember
 
NOVEMBER 
11/1 - 12/14 - Re-enrollment period for current students and their siblings
11/3 - Boys Basketball Game
11/3 - Young Astronauts/NASA
11/05 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
11/06 - Tuesday - Pasta Day 
11/13 - Tuesday - Taco Bowl 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 - 11/3/12
Quick Links
Thursday Folder
  • Shop With Scrip card orders (if you purchased them)
  • Food Drive & Penny War Update
Admissions 
Re-Enrollment of Current Students Now Open!
The re-enrollment period for current students is
Thursday, November 1st, through Friday, December 14th.  Re-enrollment is being handled entirely ONLINE this year - the form is available on our website here, and payments can be submitted by check or via the website here.  The only way to guarantee your child a seat in next year's class is to have all of the enrollment information - AND THE $100 ADMISSION FEE - turned in to the office by Friday, December 14th.

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.  Please contact Nancy.Colby@MenloParkAcademy.com in the admissions office to learn more about applications for siblings of current students.

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.  
Science Fair & Invention Convention  
This year MPA will be expanding it's project based science fair to include invention convention. Grades k-3 will focus on the traditional science fair concept while 4th grade will be introduced to invention convention. Grades 5-8 will have the option to select whether they would like to participate in science fair or invention convention. Both options are rigorous, research based activities of equal value but provide students varying ways to apply science topics. More information will be coming home soon with students.
Election Day and Parking 

Next week the presedential election will be held. Here at Menlo we will hold an end of day Presidential assembly on Monday.  On Tuesday, students will participate in a mock election.  We encourage you to talk with your children about the presedential election before they vote on Tuesday.  This is a teachable moment with lifelong impact.

PLEASE be aware that St. Mel's church is a voting location. If you are volunteering or visiting the school on election day, please use street parking.
 
Boy's Basketball Game
Saturday November 3!
 
The first games of the season for JV and Varsity will be at the Warrensville YMCA at 4433 Northfield Road, Warrensville Hts, Ohio 44128. Come support the team!
10:00 AM - Menlo Park Academy Junior Varsity vs. Warrensville Hts.
11:00 AM - Menlo Park Academy Varsity vs. Lion of Judah Academy
 
Food Drive & Penny War
The Food Drive & Penny War begins November 1st! Please send in your non-expired, non-perishable food items and your spare change. Collections will benefit Salvation Army, the Cleveland Food Bank and St. Mel's food pantry. More information can be found on the attached flyer.
School Cancelation Information
Please be aware that MPA closes school automatically when Cleveland Municipal School District closes due to inclement weather. MPA may close at other times if road conditions warrant. Emergency closings will be posted on Channels 3, 5 and 8. It is recommended that you sign up for one of these station's automatic updates. This will send you a text message if MPA should submit a school closing update. 
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm - Update  

This year we're making deliveries every week, so it's more convenient than ever! Get started at www.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.