Tuesday, May 14, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 4/16/13

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Log your volunteer hours online
Middle School Dance
Technology Growth
Parent Online Survey
Shop with Scrip
Raffle Basket Contributions
Spelling Bee
FYI: Dates to Remember
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
5/6-5/10 - 6th Mohican Trip
5/11 - Invention Convention Regional Competition
5/13-5/17 - Young Author's Week
5/18- Soapbox Derby
5/30 - Field Day
5/30- Kindergarten Promotion
5/31 - 8th Grade Graduation
6/1 - MPA Crushers Night
Recognition Events

Kindergarten Promotion
Thursday, May 30
6:00 at the St. Mel's Hall

8th Grade Graduation
Friday, May 31
12:00 Luncheon Hosted by 7th Grade
1:00 Ceremony
2:00 School Wide Clap Out

8th Grade Parents are asked to send photos (past and present) of their child to Ms. Wilson,lynn.wilson@menloparkacademy.com
for a special commemoration.
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.
 Middle School
Spring Dance
Mark Your Calendar
Friday, May 3
6:00-7:00 (7 & 8 Grade Only)
7:00-8:30 (5-8 Grade)

The last middle school dance of the year will be held on Friday, May 3.  Students are encouraged to submit music requests in advance to Mrs. B-W:


More details in the next newsletter.
*Chaperones needed*  Please contact Mrs. B-W if you are willing to attend.
Congratulations to the Katschke Family!

Parker Matthew Katschke
9 pounds 13 ounces
22 3/4 inches long
Born April 3 at 11:21 am
Weekly Update - 4/16/13
Quick Links
Spring Musical Canceled 
"Embrace the World Extravaganza" Planned
Due to production difficulties, MPA has unfortunately canceled this year's spring musical.  But, an exciting new Menlo Park Tradition is in the making!  Come join us for an end of year celebration like no other. 
Your family is invited to a carnival/art & music show/volunteer appreciation event/and SO much more.  Here is some of what you will encounter at the extravaganza:
Carnival Games
Balloon Sculptures
Art Creation Stations
Face Painting
Dunk Tank (dunk your favorite staff member!)
Frisbee Golf
Cake Decorating Contest and Cake Walk
Live Musical Performances by students and others
Student Art Displays
Volunteer Recognition Raffle and Special Events
More information forthcoming in a seperate email tomorrow.
Technology Growth at MPA
Progressive Donation & iPad Matching Grant Achieved
Menlo Park is thrilled to announce the arrival of fabulous new technology to the campus!

1.  Progressive Insurance Donation:  Thanks to Parent Mr. Camera who is a Progressive employee, MPA recieved 30 desktop computers with flat screens and 30 laptop computers.  The desktops are faster than our current classroom computers and are being hooked up to our Smartboard hardware.  This should greatly enhance our interactive capacity with students. The laptops are targeted for upper school to compliment our current Netbooks as well as get more computers in student's hands.

2.  Lennon Matching Grant:  Last year we won a matching grant for $10,000 to purchase iPad carts for our lower school.  Thanks to the generosity of our MPA families through events and the capital fund drive, we matched those funds and have two new carts on campus.  Staff will be attending iPad in education trainings at WVIZ as well as tap in to our on staff "Apple experts" (Mr. Thompson, Mr. O'Donnell, Mr. Shamblin, and Ms. Brier).

This is a wonderful example of how the Menlo Park  Family works together to build a better school.  Thank you to all! 
MPA Parent Online Survey  
Your Insight Matters
It has been a year of growth for Menlo Park.  We have come a long way but have much left to do.  Your insights on what has been successful and what should be a focus in 2013-2014 is incredibly valuable!  Please take a few minutes to complete the parent survey  posted online at the American Educational Consultants website.  The survey will be available for completion begining Thursday, April 18 and will remain open until Friday, May 3.  You may access it at:
Menlo Sweeps Mock Trial & Design Squad

This year Menlo Middle Schoolers competed in two new events:

1.  Mock Trial - This competition is held at the state courthouse in Columbus.  Students role play all aspects of a full trial before real judges.  Congratulations to our MPA winners:
Dillan Zigray - Best Lawyer
Emily Carrocio - Best Lawyer
Natasha Didytch - Best Witness
Lexi Harrison - Best Witness

2.  Design Squad - This competition was held at WVIZ Idea Center.  Students were presented with three physical science challenges throughout the day.  Congratulations to our first place team who all received a Kindle Fire for their efforts.
Nick Hiti
Owen Kranz
Claire Forrestal
Alex Whitman
Shop with Scrip Sunday by 7pm 
Don't forget to purchase Scrips to support MPA at no additional cost to you!
Congratulations to the Woods Family who won a $15 iTunes gift card in our March Shop with Scrip drawing.  Want in on the action?  Just shop at the Scrip site, and pay with Presto Pay for additional entries every time you shop!  Check Thursday folder for a 2 sided flyer of ideas for Teacher Appreciation & Mother's Day gift card ideas.   And don't forget to check their "What's New" page to see all the latest companies that support MPA with extra $$$ when you purchase their scrip cards.  You can earn extra support for the school by shopping at JCPenney, Panera, Lands End, and more!
BoxTops Classroom Challenge 
Turn in your BoxTops by 4/26 to help your class take (or keep) the lead!
The Box Tops Classroom Challenge is in its final weeks!  The top classrooms are Cukrowicz, Katsche, Nagy, and Tigue followed closely by Thompson and Timko!  Turn in the Box Tops you've collected by April 26 to have them added to your classroom's total.  Please label the bag/envelope/collection page clearly with student name, grade, and teacher.  The funds earned from collecting Box Tops are used to support Menlo Park Academy Boosters!
Embrace the World Extravaganza
Basket Contributions
See link below for class basket themes
Spring is in the air! The end of year EXTRAVAGANZA will be held, May at Menlo Park Academy. 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 funds will help to purchase apps for our new lower school iPads as well as build a leveled book room for MPA that will ehance our ability to differentiate language arts curriculum.

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!
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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