Tuesday, May 14, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 3/21/13



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In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Log your volunteer hours online
Congratulations
Technology Donation
Walk-A-Thon
Math Night
Spring Musical
Spelling Bee
Basketball


FYI: Dates to Remember

March
3/21 - Ohio Diagnostic Field Test (K-2 Mathematics)
3/25-3/27 IOWA/EXPLORE/PLAN
3/26 - Tuesday - Taco Bowl Day
3/28 - Thursday - Walk-A-Thon
3/29-4/8 - Spring Break
  
April
4/9 - Students return to school
4/12 - Friday - Lego Olympiad
4/15 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school
4/22 - OAA (3-8 Reading)
4/23 - OAA (3-8 Mathematics)
4/24 - OAA (5 & 8 Science)
4/26 - Friday - Spelling Bee
4/27 - Saturday - State Chemistry Challenge
4/29 - Monday - Girl Scout meeting after school

May
5/3 - Friday - Spring 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.


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!

Reading Program           
Keep reading over spring break!

All students should have received a poster to track their progress in the Crushers reading program.  Make sure to keep up with the record-keeping throughout March and over spring break.  Signed charts are due back April 11. Students in grades 2-8 should read 20 minutes for 20 nights. Kindergarten and first should read 20 books.  Questions?  Contact your child's homeroom teacher.

Congratulations!

Seventh grader Andrew B. has been playing hockey with the Elyria Panthers for the last 6 seasons.  A few weeks ago they won their PeeWee A1 Division and recently they won the playoff championship as well. Way to go, Andrew! 

Technology Donation from Progressive Insurance   
The Menlo Park Academy community is excited to accept Progressive Insurance's generous technology donation. 

As a part of Progressive Insurance's Social Responsibility Committee efforts, the company has donated 30 laptop computers, 50 desktop computers, and 50 monitors. The donated computers will be used to update older model classroom computers for student instructional use and will be placed in all MPA classrooms. This donation is valued at $32,000. 

We appreciate the coordinated efforts of MPA parent Joe Camera, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Shamblin, and Mr. O'Donnell, who worked together to secure and oversee the receipt of this gift.  
Weekly Update - 3/21/13
Quick Links

Fish Fry Parking &
After School Door

The St. Mel's church will be finishing out their FISH FRY this Friday.  Please check out their delicious food if you haven't had a chance.

Also, families are reminded not to parn in the lot after 4:00 to allow for ample parking for this huge event!

In addition, families are encouraged to use the side, Edison Club door after 4:00.  Thank you for your assistance.

Walk-A-Thon Pledges Due Friday  
Friday, March 22nd
Don't forget to turn in your Walk-A-Thon pledge sheets AND MONEY by Friday, March 22nd.  Every student who raises at least $50 will receive a special MPA Walk-A-Thon t-shirt.  And if your family raises at least $100, your name will be displayed on the back of the shirt as sponsors!

For additional information on the event and a pledge sheet for your student, please click here. Please contact Melissa Adell (Melissa.Adell@menloparkacademy.com(216) 539-0422) with any questions. Thanks for your support!

K-4 Math Night Winners
Thanks again to all the families who came out to Math Night last week.  A couple of the stations were run as contests and we are pleased to announce the winners! 
Congratulations to the following winners of Math Jeopardy at K-4 Math Night:
K/1 division - Coryn C.
2/3 division - Ian M.
4th grade division - Jackson C.

Congrats also to the following winners of the Pi Recitation contest - students had to accurately input digits of pi from memory in 30 seconds:
Kindergarten - Dae San K.
1st grade - Willa M.
2nd grade - Karthik O. (who was also the overall grand prize winner with 67 digits)
3rd grade - Dominic M.
4th grade - Ella K.

Special thanks to 5th grader Joe H. who wrote a computer program specifically for the Pi Recitation contest at Math Night!
CONGRATULATIONS EVERYONE!!
 

Math Night Survey
The STEM Enrichment Team sincerely thanks all of the volunteers and families who made MPA's 2013 K-4 Math Night a huge success. If you attended Math Night, we'd love to have your feedback so that we can incorporate your ideas and make Math Night even better each year. The STEM Team takes feedback to heart - many modifications were made to Math Night this year based on your feedback from last year! Here's a link to our 2013 Math Night survey:
Thanks for taking the time to help us update and improve our events!

Walk-A-Thon Songwriting Contest
Win dress-down passes, plus fame and glory!
Create a short song describing what is special about Menlo for ALL to sing during our walkathon.  Set it to a common tune like "Row Your Boat".  Build instruments out of recycled materials to compliment your tune.  WIN - Dress Down Passes (all participants receive one pass, winning song writers receive ten). Sign Up in the Main Office by Friday, March 22 - click here for a list of the contest rules and guidelines.

NEW Technology Equipment:
Thank You Progressive Insurance!

The Menlo Park Academy community is excited to accept Progressive Insurance's generous technology donation. As a part of Progressive Insurance's Social Responsibility Committee efforts, the company has donated 30 laptop computers, 50 desktop computers, and 50 monitors. This donation is valued at $32,000. We appreciate the coordinated efforts of MPA parent Joe Camera, Mr. Kennedy, Mr. Shamblin, and Mr. O'Donnell, who worked together to secure and oversee the receipt of this gift. The donated computers will be used to update older model classroom computers for student instructional use and will be placed in all MPA classrooms.

Spring Musical Basket Contributions
See link below for class basket themes
Spring is in the air! The spring concert will be held on Friday, May 3rd at Magnificat High School. This is a whole-school event and MPA is asking each student to contribute a NEW item (about $5+ value) to a "themed" gift basket to be used to raise funds at the event. These baskets have been very popular in the past because they are made up of items from our students and families. 

Collection boxes will be placed in each homeroom starting on March 25th. Feel free to partner with another parent in your child's homeroom to contribute a bigger item. Items may be split into multiple baskets.

The deadline for contributing items is April 26th. We need 100% participation in order to make this a success. Thank you in advance for your support! For specific details on your student(s)'s classroom basket please *click here* As always, thank you for support and generosity!

Listen for the buzz ...  All-School Spelling Bee will be Friday, 4/26
Haul out those dictionaries - qualifying rounds for the spring spelling bee will be held in classes this week, with winners for each classroom being eligible to participate in the school-wide spelling bee.  Students who qualify for the school-wide bee will receive word study lists on Thursday, March 21st, and their parents will receive e-mails at that time with more information about the event.
Then on Friday, April 26th, the spelling bee begins at 8:45am in the Multi-Purpose Room.  Parents, friends, and family members are welcome to come cheer on the competitors.  Bring your cameras - there's nothing cuter than our pint-size spellers nailing words that are longer than they are!

Boys' Basketball Update
Go Wizards!
Who cares about the Miami Heat winning streak? The hottest team in basketball are your MPA Boys JV and Varsity teams and they are putting together a nice string of wins themselves.

Last Saturday in Westlake, the JV boys improved to 2-0 this Spring, defeating the Sonics 17-3. They held their opponent scoreless in the first half to lead 9-0 at Halftime. Fifth grader Jacob L. led the team in points (nine) and rebounds (seven) in the game. The JV defense has played so well over the first two games, in 56 total minutes, they held a team without a point for a stretch of 38 minutes.
  
The Varsity team also continues to roll, winning their third straight game 35-25 over the Knicks in a rematch from last week to improve to 3-1 so far this spring. Eighth grader Brian M. led the team in points (11) and rebounds (12) in the game. Also, Seventh grader Marshall M. scored a season high 10 points, including draining two three-pointers.

Come on out this weekend and support your Wizards as they try to keep the winning streaks going. This week's games are at the Lakewood YMCA with no admission costs and times are as follows (JV team is playing a double-header this week):
  • JV Game #1 @ 12:00pm vs. the Cavs
  • JV Game #2 @ 1:00pm vs. Sonics
  • Varsity Game @ 2:00pm vs. Pistons



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

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