Wednesday, February 13, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 2/7/13

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Shop with Scrips
Boys' Basketball
Math Night
Third Trimester Electives
Power of the Pen
Mock Trial Team
FYI: Dates to Remember

2/8 - Friday - MS Invention Convention workshop after school; Boys' Basketball Tryouts at 4:15pm
2/9 - Saturday - Girl's Basketball Game @ Westpark YMCA 2:00
2/9 - Saturday - Quiz Night
2/13 - Wednesday - Boys' Basketball Tryouts, 4:15pm
2/15-18 - Friday/Monday - no school for students
2/20 - Wednesday - Boys' Basketball Tryouts at 4:15pm
2/22 - Friday - MS Invention Convention workshop after school; Boys' Basketball Tryouts at 4:15pm
2/23 - Saturday - Power of the Pen Regional Competition
2/23 - Saturday - Menlo Park Family Night/Monsters Hockey Game
2/28 - Thursday - End of trimester
3/1 - Friday - NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS (teacher in-service)
3/6 - Wednesday - Invention Convention
3/7 - Thursday - Chemistry Competition, 6pm
3/9 - Saturday - Destination Imagination
3/14 - Math Night for K-4th grade
4/12 - Friday - Lego Olympiad
4/26 - Friday - Spelling Bee
4/27 - Saturday - State Chemistry Challenge
Congratulations, Mrs. Weber! 

Alexander Christopher Weber was born February 1st. 
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.   
Attention 8th Graders!          
We want to hear about your exciting plans for next year!

Does your 8th grader have exciting news to share about future plans?  Email Mrs. B-W so that we can mention it in upcoming newsletters.
Canned Food Drive             
February 8th - March 4th
Girl Scout troop 70029 will be collecting canned goods for a Community Service Project for the Fairview Park Food Bank from 2/8--3/4. Collection boxes will be located on the 1st floor. Thank you for your support!
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 - 2/7/13
Quick Links
Authentic Writing 
 A School Wide Valentine Project
Over the next several weeks, students in all grade levels will be participating in a letter writing project. Teachers will introduce formal letter writing format and set up writing centers in their classrooms.  Parents are encouraged to participate as well.  Drop mail to students or staff in the mailbox located near the main office and it will be delivered for you.  Feel free to encourage your children to write at home.  Please be sure to include on the envelope:
  • Full Student Name
  • Grade
  • Homeroom/Advisory Teacher 
MPA Parent Directory
The MPA Parent Directory is finished and available for anyone who would like a copy. It can be obtained by sending a request to You MUST include:
Your name
Your child's name and grade
Your current e-mail address
Your current phone number  

Requests that do not include ALL of the above information will not be honored nor replied to.  Once your information is verified, you will receive an e-mail with a pdf copy of the directory. By requesting a copy of the directory, you agree to the following Terms of Use:

Menlo Park Academy 
reserves the right to suspend access privileges to any member of the school community who does not use the information contained in the directory in a responsible manner.

Menlo Park Academy does not assume responsibility for, or guarantee the accuracy of, information contained in the directory.

This directory is for official Menlo Park Academy 
use and for individual communication of a personal nature between members listed therein. Use of the directory for any other purpose, including but not limited to, reproducing and storing in a retrieval system by any means, electronic or mechanical, photocopying or using the addresses or other information contained in this directory for any private, commercial or political communication is strictly prohibited and is in direct violation of copyright and constitutes misappropriation of property.
Spring Boys' Basketball Tryouts 
Begin this Friday at 4:15pm

The tryouts for the Boys Spring Basketball (Grades 4-8) team start this Friday Feb 8th from 4:15-6:00 at the Westpark YMCA. All students must turn in medical paperwork into the school office before attending tryouts (Players on the Winter Team that attend tryouts already have turned in medical paperwork). Tryouts will also be held from 4:15-6pm on February 13th, 20th and 22nd. Teams will be announced on the evening of February 22nd. Any questions, you may contact Coach Willie at
Got Pi? 
Volunteers and pies needed for K-4 Math Night, 3/14/2013
MPA's K-4 Math Night is on Pi Day, Thursday, March 14, 2013, at 6:30 p.m.! Activities will include fun and interactive math-related puzzles and games for our elementary students. This event was a smashing success last year thanks to MPA volunteers. The STEM Team thanks the many volunteers who have already volunteered for this year's event! But we still need a few more volunteers for the event and pie donors. (Pies will be for eating not for any activity)! We are looking for volunteers for setting up beforehand (4pm and later), manning activities and other tasks during the event (6-8pm), and cleaning up afterward (8-8:45pm). If you can help with volunteering or donating a pie, please contact Latha at LMS54321 AT gmail DOT com. Thank you!
Third Trimester Elective
Volunteers Needed
Thank you to Coordinators Jenn Ingraham and the Carr Family!
MPA's second trimester ends February 28th, which means it's time to start organizing the electives that will be offered during the third trimester.  Jenn Ingraham is stepping down after many successful trimesters of running electives.  Thank you so much Jenn!  This trimester, Mr. & Mrs. Carr have graciously agreed to coordinate.  
If you would be interested in leading or assisting with an elective for any grade level during our final trimester, please contact Jeanne Carr at and let her know.  Electives will be held onThursdays from 2:15-3pm for K-1, Mondays from 2:15-3pm for grades 2-3, and Fridays from 1:15-2pm and 2-3pm for grades 4-8.  Be a part of what makes our school so different and so great - all while earning volunteer hours! 
Power of the Pen 
Congratulations to our participants!
After competing against 230 students at the district Power of the Pen tournament, the following students were recognized for their creative writing talents:
Julia M. 3rd Place
Teresa S 13th Place
Emily C. 18th Place
The following students have advanced to the Regional Tournament to be held at Perkins Middle School on Saturday, February 23rd.

7th graders
Teresa S.i
Nell S.
Julia M.
Emily C.

8th Graders
Nick H.
Marika O.
Congratulations, and best of luck at the regional tournament!
Mock Trial Team  
Timekeeper-Bailiff Spot Available
The Middle School Mock Trial Team needs a timekeeper! This position involves keeping time during the competition and also being the bailiff. This is a great opportunity for a 6th or 7th grade student who is thinking about joining Mock Trial next school year - you get to see how a mock trial is prepared and done! Practice is generally on Fridays after school. The competition is on Friday, April 12 so if you are interested, you must be available that day. Any MPA student in 6th, 7th, or 8th grade is eligible for the position. Please contact Latha, Mock Trial Coach, at LMS54321 AT gmail DOT com if you can help out! Mock Trial needs you!
K-1 Recess Pilot Program             

The K-1 recess pilot program is off to a great start.  If your child wasn't in the first round of activities we would like to offer a second session beginning in a few weeks.  Right now, we're looking for interested parents to volunteer on Mondays from 12:00-12:45pm to help run fun team-building activities with Mrs. B-W.  Just let her know if you're interested in helping out!
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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