Wednesday, March 20, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 2/21/2013

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Math Interventions
Grade Book
Invention Convention
Dress Code
Young Authors' Week
FYI: Dates to Remember

2/21 - Thursday - Boosters Meeting, 6pm
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
3/11 - Monday - Second Trimester Awards Assembly    
3/14 - Math Night for K-4th grade
4/12 - Friday - Lego Olympiad
4/26 - Friday - Spelling Bee
4/27 - Saturday - State Chemistry Challenge

Seventh grader Ian O. will
represent MPA at the Cleveland Plain Dealer (Scripps) Spelling Bee on Saturday, March 2, at Cuyahoga Community College.  Congratulations, Ian, and best of luck to you! 
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.
Math Interventions 
Volunteers needed!
After analyzing data and creating math activities, we are ready to begin working with students on Singapore gaps.  If you volunteered to help already - THANK YOU!  Mrs. B-W will be contacting you for availability.  If you haven't volunteered and might have some daytime hours available,  pleasecontact Mrs. B-W to sign up. These 5 minute math refreshers do not take special training.  
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!
Shop with Scrips Sunday by 7pm 

Vacationing during Spring Break?
BONUS rebates recently posted for Marriott & more.  Plan ahead & purchase SCRIP cards to pay your way.  Choose from HUNDREDS, including:  Panera, Starbucks, Chipotle, Subway & Wendy's to eat along the way.  Bon Voyage!  
Remember to order this Sunday by 7 PM to ensure delivery for next Thursday's folder.  And don't forget that ordering Scrip enters you into the weekly drawing for a bonus gift card, as does using PrestoPay.  Don't miss out on this great way to raise funds for the school without any additional cost to you!
Weekly Update - 2/21/13
Quick Links
No school for students next Friday, 3/1/2013, due to a teacher inservice day. 
Elective assistants wanted! 
Come lend a hand during third trimester

Elective assistants are needed on Wednesdays for 2nd and 3rd grade from 2:15 to 3:00.  Please contact Mrs. Carrat if you are available.
Grade Book 
Kindergarten through third grade spent some time with our Grade Book support team creating a more workable document.  Begining third trimester, all k-3 teachers will be using Grade Book to keep parents updated on homework and progress on Ohio State Standards.  Look for more information in the next newsletter to better understand the formatting.
Also, please be aware that Grade Book will be undergoing a large upgrade that needs to be installed starting at 6:00 p.m. Friday, February 22nd and should be completed by 3:00 p.m. Sunday, February 24th. During this time Grade Book and Parent Access will not be available.  So if you need to check on any missed assignments or grades, take care of it early this Friday, or you'll have to wait until Monday.

PASSWORDS?  If you do not know the user name and password for accessing Gradebook, please contact Nancy Colby 216-586-3746 or  You will find attached a parent manual on how to manuever Gradebook for your information.
Invention Convention 
Wednesday, 3/6/2013
This fun filled day will showcase the amazing inventions from grades K, 1, and 4-8.  The Awards ceremony will be from 4:00-4:30pm that afternoon.  Only students whose parents will be attending the ceremony should stay after school that day.
We could use parent support in a variety of areas to make this event a success.  Can you lend a hand?
  • In the next weeks, parent assistance could be extremely helpful with Kindergarten Rollercoaster construction and first grade egg drop design.  Contact classroom teachers if you would be interested in these engineering endeavors.
  • On Tuesday, 3/5, we need 4-6 volunteers from 3:30-4:30 to set up tables in the gym for the event.  Pleasecontact Chris Whitman if you can help. 
  • On Wednesday, 3/6, we will need help throughout the day. Please contact Chris Whitman if you can help in any of these areas:
    • 8-9am - Need 4-6 volunteers during drop off to help get the IC participants and their projects safely into school and set up.
    • 9-11am  - Need 2-4 volunteers to assist the teachers in allowing all MPA student to come and view the projects (all that is needed is to make sure the projects are not harmed during the walk through), with 1 or 2 hours shifts
    • 11:45-3pm -  Judges still needed (cannot have a child participating in IC) 
    • 4:30- 5pm - Need 4-6 volunteers to help clean up the gym after the awards ceremony.
  • Wednesday - March 6, the cafeteria will be used all day for IC because the church hall is unavailable during Lent.  Parent support would be greatly valued during lunch (11:00-1:00) as we will be eating in the rooms that day.  The more support teacher's have, the less fuss eating in the classrooms will be.  Please contact Mrs. B-W if you are able to come in that day.
Destination Imagination 
Appraisers needed for Saturday, 3/9/2013

MPA is in need of appraisers to judge for Destination Imagination on Saturday, March 9th.  This competition encourages students to work collaboratively to solve a problem.  The problems require that students combine creativity, science, art, music and performance.
It is an all day affair at Chagrin Middle School.  We have five teams of students participating and we are supposed to supply an equal number of appraisers. If anyone is interested and available, please contact Mrs. Belko.  Thanks, and best of luck to our teams!
Dress Code Reminder 
Make sure your students are "in code" before they leave the house!

MPA's staff has noticed a recent increase in dress code non-compliance.  In order to make sure all of our students are clear on what is and is not allowed in the code, we will have a "Do and Don't" student fashion show this Friday to review proper dress code with students.  Beginning next week, February 25, students not in dress code will be sent to the office.  We will have some replacement garments but not in all sizes.  If your student is not dressed to code and can't find suitable replacement garments in the supply, you will need to come and bring appropriate clothing.  Students who are not in dress code will be required to make up any work missed while they are in the office waiting for appropriate clothing.  Please speak to your children and make them aware that we will be strictly enforcing MPA's dress code
 (click link to see the whole policy).  Thank you for supporting us in ensuring that all students are treated equitably in regard to following this school policy.
Please know that student council officers are working with the administrative team to bring back a regularly scheduled dress down day.  Hopefully this will allow students the opportunity to exercise their individual fashion choice in a more regulated manner.  Look for more information on this in coming newsletters.
please remember that MPA has a "dress code swap box" located in the hallway outside of the school office.  Bring in your gently-used-but-outgrown school clothes to donate, or check the box to see if there are any in a size your child is growing into.  Much easier than trying to find a source for khakis in February!
Young Authors' Week 
Begins May 13th

On Monday, May 13,MPA will be hosting a guest reader series.  If you know someone (athlete, fireman, policeman, etc.) who might be interested in participating, please contact Mrs. B-W.   Parent leads are also needed to work with students to write letters during lunch/recess requesting guest readers, organize a poetry slam as well as an author study fair.  Contact Mrs. B-W if you are available. 
Girls' Basketball                     
Championship Tournament Schedule

Congratulations to the MPA Girls' Basketball Team on their first season!  The season will be capped by a single elimination tournament, with the first game on Tuesday night (2/26) at 7:00 at the Brookpark Recreation Center against the Brookpark Mercury. If they win there, the team will advance to play the North Olmsted Sparks at North Olmsted Middle School on Saturday, March 2nd, at 10:50am. If they win that 2nd game, they will play for the "C" division title on March 9th, time and place to be announced.  Good luck, ladies - and GO WIZARDS!
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