Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 1/17/13

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Open Enrollment
Student Council Elections
Science Fair
Quiz Night
Family Night
Annual Fund
Website Highlights
FYI: Dates to Remember

1/19 - Power of the Pen
1/21 - Monday - no school for students
1/25 - Friday - Science Fair
2/8 - Friday - MS Science Fair workshop after school
2/9 - Saturday - Quiz Night
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
3/6 - Invention Convention
3/7 - Chemistry Competition
3/14 - Math Night
4/16 - Spelling Bee
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. 
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.
Make sure to
to learn about the current offers that earn additional funds for our school.   
More (FREE) ways to support MPA 
Did you know in addition to your Box Tops, Campbell's Labels for Education and Tyson labels you can also donate your used ink cartridges and Coca-Cola bottle tops to MPA?! Just send in your empty ink cartridges and/or Coca-Cola bottle tops in a plastic bag and place them in the Box Top collection bin outside the school office. We can redeem our Coke points for a variety of school items such as gym/recess equipment, and the ink cartridges give us store credit at Staples to purchase office items. Its a win win for everyone!   
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 - 1/17/13
Quick Links
Team Building
k-1 Recess Activities
     Over the next week, Mrs. B-W will be visiting k-1 classrooms to discuss the opportunity to participate in a pilot of facilitated team building games during recess.  Students will take part in activities such as obstacle course running, construction tasks, artistic endeavors and more.  The pilot will be on Mondays and run for four weeks, beginning January 28th. 
     Students will bring home an information form in the Thursday folder next week for interested parents to sign up.  Students must commit to the entire four Mondays.
Volunteers are needed to help run these fun-filled recesses from 12:15-1:00.  If you are interested, please contact Mrs. B-W.  A huge thanks to Mr. Hudak for helping to start this process. 
Middle School STEM Career Night
We want your feedback!   
Thanks to those who attended Middle School STEM Career Night: Meet the Experts on Jan. 9th! We hope it was a valuable experience. As always, the STEM Enrichment Team seeks to improve its events. If you attended the event, we'd very much appreciate it if you would fill out this feedback survey: Thank you!
Student Council Elections 
Tuesday, 1/29/2013   

School-wide assemblies will be held on Monday, January 28th, and Tuesday, January 29th, during which the fifth-eighth graders running for office will present short speeches.  Student Council officers will be working with administration to develop and adjust school policies.  Administrators will also be working with the Diversity Center to train students in leadership in the areas of tolerance and anti-bullying to help lead school-wide events.  Student Council officers will be taking on significant responsibility and be an action-oriented group.  If your child has submitted his/her name to run, please discuss their level of commitment so that they are sure they wish to participate. 
Science Fair  - grades 2, 3, 5-8 
Friday, 1/25/2013  
Science Fair this year will include grades 2, 3, and 5-8.  It will be held on Friday, January 25.  Awards for grades 5-8 will be presented that day during an assembly at 4 pm.  Parents are welcome to attend.  Students may stay after school for a science assembly from 3:15-4 pm if their parents will be here to transport them home immediately following the awards assembly.

Later this spring, grades K,1,4, and 5-8 will participate inInvention Convention.  It will be held Wednesday, March 6.  A similar schedule to Science Fair will be followed - look for more information closer to that event.
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  
Monsters tickets are on sale now! Come spend the night with Menlo Park as we watch the Lake Erie Monsters take on the Texas Stars on Saturday, February 23rd! Game time is 7:30, but gates open at 6:30 for FREE face and/or hair painting. This is a great opportunity for the MPA community to have a fun family night out. Tickets on sale now for $10/each and must be purchased by Monday, January 28th to ensure our group will be seated together. BONUS... every MPA student who purchases a ticket will be entered into a raffle to take part in the intermission broom ball show on the ice (20 kids will win)! Please make checks payable to MPA Boosters. Flyer is 
attached . Questions? Contact 
Annual Fund
Make sure to put your name on your donation!
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 
Resources for Parents

 MPA has collected links to many of the most useful resources for parents of gifted children.  Visit the Gifted Resources pageon our website to find articles about gifted education, links to online resources, and suggestions for things like summer camps and other educational experiences.

And don't forget that you can find lots of information about MPA itself - including policies and procedures, dress code, school calendar, and much more - in the "MPA Community" section of the site.  Just click on "Parents" in the dropdown menu, and choose the tab labeled "Resource Center."
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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