Wednesday, December 5, 2012

MPA Weekly Update - 11/29/2012

In This Issue
Art Contest
Mrs. Belko
Apples for Schools
Dates to Remember
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm - Update
Cornell Notes
Singapore Math
Winter Concert Info
Meet Mr. Burton
Ski Club?
Yearbook Cover

Winter Concert Program Cover Art Contest
Students, grab your art supplies and start creating - we need your art for the cover of the winter concert program!  Here are the details of the contest:
  • Drawing must be in marker or pencil on a piece of 8 1/2"x11" paper, with student's name and grade on the back
  • Drawing subject should fit one of the four seasons - spring, summer, fall, or winter.
  • There will be four winners (one for each season), who will have their art featured on the concert program.  They'll also win art supplies, and their art will be auctioned off as part of the fundraiser at the auction.
  • Submissions must be received by Mrs. Padrutt by Monday, December 3rd, in order to be considered.
  • Students may submit as many entries as they wish, but each student may only win once.

In Our Thoughts... 
Over the Thanksgiving break, Ms. Belko, our middle school Language Arts teacher, suffered a minor stroke.  She will be out for several weeks as she goes through rehabilitation.  Her prognosis is good and she and her family are in our thoughts.  Mr. Fowler will be subbing for Ms. Belko during this time period.

You can email Ms. Belko

Spirit Wear is Here!  

MPA spirit wear has arrived! If you ordered your spirit wear, it will be delivered this week. If you missed your chance to order, don't worry, additional items will be for sale at the upcoming Holiday Concert.

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.

Book Fair                  
Thanks to Audrey Greiner and all the parents who have volunteered their time in helping staff the Book Fair! The Book Fair will run through Thursday, so don't miss your chance to stop in and view all the great items available.

Apples for Schools
Support MPA as you do your holiday grocery shopping!

Each time your Giant Eagle Advantage Card® is scanned through March 17, 2013, your purchases automatically earn our school FREE educational awards.  Sign up at
or by calling 1-800-474-4777.  MPA School ID # 2875 
Here's a printable version of the information you can share with family and friends who might be interested in helping our school earn more rewards.

MPA second grader Young Kim won 4 out of his 5 chess matches to place third in the state in the second graders' division at the 2012 Ohio Grade-Level Chess Championships held on November 17 at the University of Akron.  Way to go, Young!

FYI: Dates to Remember

11/26-29 - Scholastic Book Fair
11/27 - Pizza Day    
12/4 - Lifetouch Photo re-take day; Student Recognition Assembly, 2pm
12/5 - Winter Concert Program Cover contest entries due to Mrs. Padrutt
12/7 - Friday - pasta dinner from 4:30-6pm, followed by school concert from 6:30-8pm
12/12 - Wednesday - Meet new math teacher Mr. Burton at MPA, 6pm and 6:45
12/21 - Friday - MPA Basketball Team vs. Parents game, Westpark YMCA, 4:45pm
12/24 - 1/1 - Winter Break
1/2 - Teacher Inservice - No school for students
2/23 - Menlo Park Family Night/Monsters Hockey Game

Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm 
 Have you started earning "free" money for our school yet?  Get started - 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 ofundraiser@menloparkacademy.comif you have any questions.

Once you're registered, you can take advantage of the many bonus rebates that are being added daily.  Check your "WHAT'S NEW" tab & then the "special offers" tab on the left for what's available for a limited time.  THE GREAT GAP GIVE-A-WAY is going on! Orders placed by families on ShopWithScrip® from 12/1 - 12/7/2012, that contain at least $100 total in any Gap brand purchase*, will be entered in a drawing for some pretty incredible prizes to be held at the conclusion of the promotion.  Go for details.  
Shop for Scrips every Sunday by 7pmand be entered in the weekly and monthly prize drawings.  You will receive your cards in the Thursday folder each week.
Weekly Update - 11/29/12
Quick Links

New Website Design Debuts 
Time to update any bookmarked MPA pages

The MPA Marketing and Communications Team is pleased to announce the launch of the new and improved design  This new design includes the same information and links that were in the old site, just in a way that is more user-friendly for current and prospective parents, potential corporate donors, and the public at large.
If you have previously bookmarked any MPA pages (such as the enrollment page, or the school calendar), you'll need to update the URLs to get them to go to the new pages.  We'll be sharing more information in the coming weeks about how to get the most from the new design.  If you have any specific questions or feedback, please send them to  In the meantime, here are links to some of the pages that are most useful to current parents:

Getting Organized with Note Taking

In an effort to assist students in grades 4-8 with their
organizational strategies and study skills, the teachers will be
introducing the use of Cornell Notes across content areas.
Teachers have committed to teaching this format in all
classes to students during a two week period. Cornell Notes help students plan out their thinking and streamline studying.

You can view a sample of Cornell Notes here:

Mathematics Support and Enrichment 

Last year MPA adopted the Singapore Mathematics Program.  This year we will be making a focused effort to analyze it's fit for our students and to address individual student needs.  In that effort, over the next few weeks, all students will take the placement test from the previous academic year. We will then analyze the data to look for student needs and any trends of group gaps by standard. The staff will then work together to design intervention activities to address these areas. These activities will be used in math class but also during study halls and advisory periods.

In addition, staff will begin tracking individual student mastery of math strands, using the Singapore scope and sequence checklists. This data will help to drive instruction so that spiraling content that has been mastered can be skipped or given as independent review. This approach will allow for teachers to complete the entire scope and sequence for that given year, increasing the effectiveness of the Singapore Mathematics Program while meeting individual student needs.

Academic Excellence and Student Recognition Assemblies                
Monday, December 10th, 2pm

Our first celebration of student achievement for the year will be held on Monday, December 10 at 2pm.  We will recognize academic excellence as well as numerous other skill areas.  Parents are welcome to attend.
And if you're planning ahead, the date for second trimester recognition assembly will be Monday, March 11.

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 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.

The general schedule of 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 
Childeren should wear 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.

American Girl Doll Raffle     
Support Menlo Park Academy at the Four Seasons Winter Concert & Fundraiser by purchasing raffle tickets to win an American Girl doll - Girl of the Year 2012: McKenna. 
Every year, American Girl introduces a brand-new character with a story about finding success in the face of challenges today. From making friends to overcoming mistakes and more, each Girl of the Year discovers something new about herself and the
 world around her.

Physical value: $105.00
Making your child's dreams come true: PRICELESS

Order forms are coming home in this week's Thursday Folder. There is also a form attached to this update.
Tickets will be available for advanced purchase on Friday, November 30 through 3pm on Wednesday Dec 5, 2012. Any monies turned in at school after the advanced ticket sale ends at 3pm on Dec 5th will be returned to the entrant.

The winner will be announced at the Four Seasons Winter Concert & Fundraiser on Dec 7th. Winner need not be present to win.  This is a great chance to take care of your holiday shopping - only 200 tickets will be sold!

Questions should be emailed to 

Auction Items Needed

Support MPA /Donate Items for Winter Concert Auction
Do you have an aution worthy item or personal contact who might donate something?  Exciting auction items make an exciting auction.  Help us help Menlo.  Please email information about your donation or drop it off at school by Monday, December 3:

Meet Mr.Burton
Wednesday, December 12 at 6pm
Mr. Frank Burton recently joined us as the middle school mathematics instructor. Parents, please join us for an overview of Mr. Burton's classroom practice and get a chance to meet our newest addition (6th grade from 6:00-6:45 and 7 & 8 grades from 6:45-7:30). 

Boy's Basketball 
From Coach Willie Littlejohn: 
Our last game was a great effort by the JV team, despite the 25-14 final score. They all played hard and smart, were very aggressive and despite the Tigers' "height disadvantage", I felt their performance was light years better than last week on both offense and defense. 
The 2nd Annual Parents vs.Team game will be at the Westpark YMCA on Friday. December 21st at 4:45 - 6:00. 
·         December 1st - Varsity at Noon vs. Knights, JV @ 1:00 vs. Spartans
·         December 8th - Varsity at Noon vs. Titans, JV @ 1:00 vs. Hawks
·         December 15th - Varsity at Noon vs. Sabers, JV @ 1:00 vs. Tigers
·         December 22nd - Varsity at Noon vs. Falcons, JV @ 1:00 vs. Spartans
Admission is Free to all games. GO WIZARDS!!!!!! 

Homeless and Hunger Awareness Drive Results
Thanks again to all who participated in the Homeless and Hunger Awareness Drive.  Our families collected over $1,700 dollars and collected more than 1,000 food items!  Our youngest students were very motivated and swarmed the penny war jars every morning- the k-3 team brought in enough contributions to win a pajama party and movie, which will be in December.  The 1st grade class was declared winners with a total $16.42 (after all their silver & paper money was deducted).  Thanks again to the Student Council and everyone who contributed, helped count, roll & package these items. What a great & positive way to start the holiday season!

Interested in Skiing or Snowboarding? 

Would you be interested in participating in a ski/snowboard club that would begin the end of January? Possible days include M-Th after school, Saturday morning, or Sunday afternoon. The sessions run for five weeks and includes a lesson each time. After the 5 weeks, the group can continue to attend on the set time as long as there is snow. Estimated costs would be $139-159 if you have your own equipment and $199-219 if you need to rent equipment, which is a group rate. This is not a school-sponsored activity so parent/chaperone involvement is needed. Depending on the number of interested participants, we will either carpool or consider a bus, which would be an additional expense. Children must be at least 8 years old by January 1, 2013 to be eligible to attend. Email Kari if you're interested in learning more, and include the number of adults and students who might attend so that interest can be determined.

Information can be submitted via email to: for review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.

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