Tuesday, May 14, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 4/20/13

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Middle School Dance
Peer Play Study
Shop with Scrip
Volunteers Recognized
Spelling Bee
Parent Online Survey
Earth Day Lunch Challenge4
Boosters Election
MPA Photos & Video Needed
Crushers Game - Fun For All
Raffle Basket Contributions
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.
MSpring Dance
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.  The students decided on a Hawaiian theme with casual clothing.

*Chaperones needed*  Please contact Mrs. B-W if you are willing to attend.
 Peer Play Study 
Permission Due
Would you like your child to participate in the k-1 study with Case Western Reserve University?  Packets are due back by Friday, April 26.
Shop with Scrip Sunday by 7pm 
Don't forget to purchase Scrips to support MPA at no additional cost to you!

We've earned $1,870.00 with 40 families participating, including grandparents, extended family & friends. To help out, shop at the Scrip site, and pay with Presto Pay for additional entries every time you shop!  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!
Girl Scouts          
GS Troop 70029 would like to Thank ALL MPA Families for supporting our FP Foodbank Drive. We will be delivering all the food collected to the Foodbank to help families in need!!

Meeting Schedule until end of the year:
4/22 Bronze Girls Meet
4/29 Regular GS Meeeting     
5/6 Regular GS Meeting
5/10 Bronze Girls meet off site
5/13 Bronze Girls meet
5/20 LAST GS Meeting
Weekly Update - 4/20/13
Quick Links
 Ohio Achievement Assessment
 Grades 3-8

This week students in grades 3-8 will be participating in the Ohio Achievement Test (OAA).  Testing will take place from 8:30-11:00 each day.  The testing schedule is:

Monday:  Grades 3-8 Reading
Tuesday:  Grades 3-8 Math
Wednesday:  Grades 5 & 8 Science
Alternate Testing:  April 29-May 1

Please help us to make this a successful three days.  Parents can assist in the following manner:
1.  Make sure students are on time each day.  Students who arrive late WILL NOT be testing with their peers to avoid disruption.  Student who are tardy will be tested on alternative test dates and will miss instructional time.
2. Encourage students to get a good nights rest
3. Eat a good breakfast
4. Bring a reusable water bottle to keep hydrated.  Earth Day is Monday.  We encourage students to bring a reusable water bottle to class so that they can stay hydrated throughout the morning and make a difference for the environment at the same time.
5.  Speak with your child about testing.  MPA understands the reality of state achievement testing but does not want this experience to stress your child in any way.  Please talk about the upcoming experience and reassure your child that this is just one of many ways that academic growth is reviewed. 

Your help in this matter will be most appreciated.
Musical Canceled 
"Embrace the World Extravaganza" 
Thursday, May 23 from 4:00-7:30
Due to production difficulties, MPA has 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. 
Take advantage of this end of year celebration to fulfill your volunteer hours and have fun in the process. We need family members who can:
Sign Up online at:  MPA Extravaganza
Students who would like to perform musically or artistically throughout the event are encouraged to consider performance pieces.  Sign up for student perfromance will be in next week's newsletter.  
Free Games and Food @ Carnival
Your time is appreciated and MPA wants you to honor you.  All families that have logged hours online this year will be sent game and food tickets to the end of year Extravaganza. 
We will also have some special recognitions throughout the evening.  What you do every day makes such a difference in the lives of children.  Thank you for your commitment to MPA.
If you haven't volunteered yet, we need you!  Upcoming events such as:
Field Day - May 30
Graduation & Promotions - May 30 & May 31
End of Year Field Trips
Lunch & Recess (11:00-12:45)
Math Tutoring (anytime you are in the building)
Carline morning (8:00-8:30 and 3:00-3:45)
We hope you will take part in the fun over the next few weeks.
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 hours anymore - all hours MUST be entered into the computer if you want credit for them
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!
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:
Zero Waste Lunch Challenge   
Monday, April 22 - Earth Day

To honor the day, Mrs. Eby's advisory is holding a "zero waste lunch" contest. The trash generated from each lunch period will be weighed and compared and each lunch period will be competing to see who can waste the least amount of food and packaging.
We will have a food waste collection bucket in the cafeteria during lunch periods for such items as; apple cores, banana peels, orange peels, etc. If your family has a compost collection at home and would be interested in picking up the "remains" at the end of lunch (or end of the day) we'd be happy to hold them for you. If you're interested in this "earth-while" duty, please contact Julie Kovalik atjulie.kovalik@menloparkacademy.com
to make arrangements.
To help students waste as little as possible, please pack their lunches in reusable containers and encourage them to finish all  their food. They may bring home any whole foods they do not consume, such as an uneaten apple or a sandwich half. Hopefully this will generate awareness about food waste and show student how little actions can add up to a big difference!
Boosters Elections   
To be held Wednesday, May 8th at 6pm
Calling all parents! The Boosters elections will take place in May. If you are interested in running for President, Vice President, Secretary or Treasurer, please email your name to boosters@menloparkacademy.com by Monday, May 6th. Elections will take place at the last Booster meeting of the year, May 8th @ 6pm.  Our thanks go out to everyone on the Boosters for helping make this such a great year for the MPA students and staff!
MPA Movies 
Intern To Promote Menlo

Mrs. B-W's daughter, Maya, will be completing her senior project at MPA,making movies that communicate and promote our programming (Perhaps you saw the Invention Convention Video she produced at the last recognition assembly?)  She will be on campus throughout the month of May. 

Photos and video clips are needed for this endeavor. If you have any footage you would like to share, please email it to Mrs. BW at paige.bw@menloparkacademy.com.  
MPA Night at the Crushers Game
Sunday, June 2nd at 5pm
The annual Menlo Park Academy night with the Lake Erie Crushers will take place on Sunday, June 2nd at 5:05pm versus the Joliet Slammers. Menlo Park students will sing the National Anthem. Come join us for an evening of fun and friends!  Tickets are $9 each and can be ordered using this flyer.  All ticket orders are due by Monday, May 6th, in order to be guaranteed seats in the MPA section.
Boys' Basketball Results
Junior Varsity
Last Saturday, the JV team won two games defeating the Suns 21-11 and then defeating the Pacers 19-15. In the victory over the Suns, the team was led by 5th graders Jacob L, and Matt H, and 4th grader Alex G. Also scoring baskets were 4th graders Jack H and Joey C.
Meanwhile, the Varsity team also improved to 5-1 (and they have won 5 in a row) by winning a 34-33 overtime thriller last Saturday.
Game #1 - Saturday, April 20th @ Berea High School at 4:30pm vs Lake Erie Storm Game #2 - Saturday, April 20th @ Berea High School at 6:45pm vs SMAC Premier Game #3 - Sunday, April 21st @ Independence Field House at 9:00am vs SPA Shooters (6354 Selig Drive Independence, 44131)

So, whether you want to support the JV team in Lakewood or the Varsity team in Berea, come show your support for the Wizards this weekend! They have worked so hard and are playing great and exciting basketball. Don't miss a chance to see the boys in action before the school year ends!!!!
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!
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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