Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 1/10/13

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Open Enrollment
Spirit Wear
MS Dance
Quiz Night
Family Night
Annual Fund
Website Highlights
MS Dance   
Cookies & White Lights Needed
  Would you be willing to donate a batch of yummy treats to the cookie for the the Middle School dance on Friday?  If so, please send them to the office on Friday. (Please remember cookies should be nut free). 
Also, white lights are needed as decorations for the dance.  If you have some Christmas lights we could borrow, please send them to Mrs. Padrutt or Mrs. Kneidle.  Place your name on the lights with masking tape. We can be sure to get them returned to you!
FYI: Dates to Remember

1/7 - 1/18 - Open Enrollment for incoming new students
1/11 - Friday - MS Science Fair workshop after school; MS dance 6:30-8:30 pm
1/17-18 - Thursday/Friday - Parent-Teacher Conferences; no school for students
1/21 - Monday - no school for students
2/8 - Friday - MS Science Fair workshop after school
2/15-18 - Friday/Monday - no school for students
2/22 - Friday - MS Science Fair workshop after school
2/23 - Saturday - Menlo Park Family Night/Monsters Hockey Game
2/28 - Thursday - End of trimester
Open Enrollment 
January 7-18th
Open Enrollment for the 2013-14 school year runs from January 7-18, 2013. New students should complete and submitthe 2013-14 Enrollment Application , along with the $100 non-refundable activity & material fee deposit and other required information.  Please contact our Admissions 
office if you have any questions. 
Box Tops
More than $1,100 earned so far!  
Keep sending in your Box Tops & Campbell's Labels for Education - so far the MPA Boosters have collected more than $1,100 from its Box Tops efforts! Every student who sends in 25 Box Tops between December and January will receive a special MPA pencil. Please be sure to check out the Box Top Race to the Top chart in the hallway to see which class in winning the race!
Spirit Wear 
Still available! We still have a supply of MPA shirts, pencils, pens & window stickers available for purchase. Please contact Janie Zell at to purchase items.  Thanks for showing your MPA spirit and helping support the Boosters! 
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm 
We're back.  Remember to order this Sunday by 7 PM to ensure delivery for next Thursday's folder.  And thank you to those who supported scrip during the break by using ScripNow & PrestoPay.

Add it to your New Year's resolutions to support scrip at least once a month, & twice a month if you're already a supporter.

Share your testimonial with us & get a moment of fame in the next scrip scrap newsletter.
Make sure to
to learn about the current offers that earn additional funds for our school.  
Magazine Fundraiser - All Year Long
Please remember that magazines purchased through Menlo Park
Academy's magazine fundraiser donate 40% of the total to MPA! With more than 700 titles priced well below retail, there is something for everyone. There are also fabulous gift items available.
* Use your School Code: 2738540 and follow the instructions online.
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.
Weekly Update - 1/10/13
Quick Links
Parent-Teacher Conferences
No school 1/17 or 1/18
Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held:
Thursday, January 17th from 10am to 7pm
Friday, January 18th from 7:30am to 3:00pm.
There is NO school for students on these two days. Teachers will be directly contacting those parents with whom they would like to have a conference.  If you receive such an email, please consider coming in to share ideas for improving your child's academic success.  MPA staff is eager to work with and signing up right away will ensure a spot for that discussion to take place.
Second round of conferences are not mandatory, but please know that we value every family's partnership with MPA.   If you feel the need to speak with your child's teacher, you are encouraged to do so. Time slots will be in 15 minute increments, designated at one time slot per student to allow for all families to participate. Watch for an e-mail with sign-up links that will be sent out Friday morning (1/11/13) at 10:00am.
Chess Lessons Begin Friday
Still accepting new participants!   
Menlo Park Academy is pleased to offer students in grades K-8 the exciting opportunity to learn and play the game of chess.  No previous experience necessary - students start at their own level. Instruction provided by Progress with Chess, a local non-profit organization with chess programs over 40 area schools and recreation centers. Sessions will include interactive lessons and structured open play in a supportive environment.

SESSION: Begins January 11 through March 22 (8 weeks)
WHO: Students in Grades K-8
WHEN: Every Friday school is open, 3:15 - 4:15 pm
WHERE: Menlo Park Academy
FEE: $56 per student. Please make checks payable to Progress with Chess.
CONTACT: Michael Joelson, 216-321-7000,
Progress with Chess 
Sunday lessons begin 1/13/2012
Progress with Chess will be offering Sunday group lessons for scholastic players again this winter at Beachwood Community Center starting January 13th and lasting for ten weeks. The Sunday classes are designed to inspire every child and give them the necessary skills to progress to the next level. Many group members made great strides last school year.Our Fantastic Foundation group is designed for players who know the basic rules and now want to be prepared for tournament competition. Participants will learn to record moves, use a chess clock, and explore basic checkmates, strategy and tactics. Championship Challenge includesexperienced tournamentplayers who are striving to improve. Weekly sessions include interactive lessons and one USCF rated tournament game that is analyzed by the PWC staff. Online Registration is available here.
Make A Wish Middle School Dance 
Friday, 1/11/2013, 6:30-9pm
Friday evening is our first middle school dance (grades 5-8) of the year.  It will run from 6:30-9:00.  The theme is "Make a Wish" for the new-year.  This is a dress up event.  
To build enthusiasm for the dance, we will have some school wide (k-8) activities during the week.  For example, on 
Friday  Mrs. BW will play DJ at lunch.  Students may bring in CD's of their favorite (school appropriate) music. 
Throughout the week, we will highlight children from the "Make A Wish Foundation" on the morning announcements and in homeroom/advisory.  Information about the Make a Wish Foundation is at: .  Students and Staff are encouraged to bring in $1.00 to contribute to the Make A Wish Foundation.  The total amount will be donated to the foundation (if everyone were to bring in a dollar, we would raise almost $400 for Make a Wish).  Students should turn in their dollar bill to advisory/homeroom teachers.  On Friday, we will calculate and announce the amount. 

MPA will relate this effort to our COMPASSION trait focus for January.  Students will be receiving their heart medallions throughout the month as they demonstrate compassion through actions and words.  Look for lists of books and movies to share with your child on this topic in upcoming January newsletters.
3rd Grade Reading Ohio Achievement Assessment Results
The Fall OAA results for third grade have been released.  As usual, our students scored exceptionally well.  88.6% scored in the Advanced/Accelerated range. 
Individual student reports have been mailed home and you third grade parents should receive those in the next few days.
Enrollment for New Violin Students Open
Are you interested in learning to play violin?  Ms. Billey is accepting new students at this time.  New players meet during lunch/recess on Wednesdays.  Ms. Billey will provide a violin as part of her instructional fee.  You can pick up a enrollment form from the office at anytime.
Science Fair - Volunteers Needed 
Friday, 1/25/2013 
Anyone make New Year's Resolutions to complete more volunteer hours at MPA in 2013? We can help!  
Science Fair will be Friday, January 25th.  We need volunteers for the following positions:

- Several volunteers are needed to help students unload science fair materials (specifically the boards) from car line and probably buses, too, and get them to their assigned table in the church hall and set up.  Parents should be aware that this is happening and allow themselves a little extra time during morning arrival, as the line may get backed up earlier and/or be especially backed up approaching 8:30.
- Ten people from 1:00-3:15 pm to judge projects by 3rd graders.   Don't know how to judge science fair?  No sweat - a brief training will be provided that day!  
The only restriction is that you NOT have a 3rd grade student.   

This is a great way to get volunteer hours while helping to encourage budding scientists!  Volunteers are also needed that day to set up (8:00-8:45 am) and clean up (5:00-6:00) from the event.  Contact Natalie Hudak at 
330-701-6246 or to sign up. 

Watch the newsletter and/or e-mail next week for more information about when parents will be able to come view the projects, and what the specific schedule will be for Middle School science fair participants.
MPA Quiz Night at Brennan's 
Saturday, 2/9/2013, 6pm-midnight

Tickets can be purchased online or through cash or check payment.
Family Night at Lake Erie Monsters Hockey 
Saturday, 2/23/2013  
Come and enjoy a family night out with MPA and the Lake Erie Monsters! Join us for a night of fun on Saturday, February 23rd when the Monsters take on the Texas Stars.  Tickets are only $10 each. MPA students who purchase a ticket will be entered into a raffle to participate in the Broom Ball game that takes place on the ice during intermission (20 winners will be chosen)! Tickets must be purchased by Monday, January 28th to ensure that the MPA crowd is seated together. Please make checks payable to MPA Boosters. Flyer is 
attached and will also be sent home in this Thursday's folder. Questions can be directed to 
Annual Fund
Make sure to put your name on your donation!
A quick request from Mrs. Zito:  "When you send in your annual fund donation, please be sure to write your name and other information on the postcard. I have had 2 cards come through, one with a $200 pledge though Paypal with no identifying information, and one pledge for $2,000 payable in 5 installments of $400 each with no identifying information. We'd like to thank those generous donors - but we don't know who they are!  Please call in and identify yourselves!" 
And if you haven't sent in your donation or pledge yet, remember: The annual fund allows Menlo Park Academy to address the diverse learning needs of our gifted students.  It helps MPA provide high quality teachers, allows access to technology, increases creative programming and so much more.  Please consider contributing to our annual fund. With your help we can achieve our goal of 100% participation! Please note that many businesses offer employer match donations to educational nonprofits. Be sure to check with your human resources representative to see if your company has a donation matching program in place.
Weekly Website Highlights 
Sharing the news about Open Enrollment

Don't forget that our most important source of advertising for MPA during Open Enrollment is YOU!  If you know anyone who might be interested in sending their child to MPA next year - especially if the child is entering Kindergarten - please direct them to the following pages on our website to learn more about the admission process:
-  Qualifying for Enrollment (includes information specific to Kindergarten, and FAQs)
2013/2014 Enrollment Application Form
If you have any specific questions or feedback about the new site, please contact  
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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