Tired of packing lunches yet? Hot Lunch Program Sign-Up
The MPA Boosters are expanding hot lunch options for the 2013-2014 school year! Lunches are now available on Tuesdays and Thursdays, with two new food selections available. Remember, all hot lunches need to be reserved and paid for in advance. If you haven't returned your form yet, you can find a copy here. Forms and payments are due to the school on Friday, September 13.
Here's the schedule of when students will be taking lunch and recess this year:
Lunch is the first 25 minutes of each period.
Please remember that if you plan to take your student out of the building at lunchtime (either for an appointment or a lunch date), you must sign the child out in the office.
Parent Book Club
A Discussion Group for Parents Raising Gifted Children
MPA parent Dr. Dave Silverberg, will be hosting a parent book discussion group this year. Meetings will be on the second Thursday of each month from 5:00-6:00, begining in September.
A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children, Webb, Gore, Amend, DeVries (2007)
Interested parents are encouraged to contact Dr. Silverberg at:
An informational meeting about MPA's Mock Trial Team will be held at the school on Tuesday, September 10, 2013 at 6:30pm.
Any MPA student in grades 6, 7, or 8 is eligible to try out for the team. The team coaches, attorneys and MPA parents Latha Srinivasan and Erin Armstrong, will be providing interested students and parents with information about the showcase competition, team practices, and a general overview of mock trial. Interested parents are welcome to attend with or without their student. Can't attend the meeting but still want to know more about Mock Trial? Contact Coach Latha Srinivasan.
Celebrating MPA Students
This week we're celebrating the performance of our car line volunteers (and participants!). On Tuesday we had 103 cars in the afternoon car line, and our volunteers still managed to get all the students safely in their cars by 3:40. Thank you, parents, for your assistance with making this afternoon tradition move smoothly and safely so far this year!
If you have a student who should be recognized in the Kudos "Korner" send your information here.
Vote for MPA now and every week until September 21st here!
9/9 - Monday - School Day Support Volunteer Training (9am and 6pm), Sylvia Rimm Kindergarten Meeting 6:30
9/10 - Tuesday - Mock Trial Meeting (6:30pm), Sylvia Rimm New Family Meeting 6:30
9/19 - Thursday - Curriculum Night; Parent Book Club (5pm)
9/13 - Friday - SDS Volunteer Training (7:30am)
9/16-9/18 - Camp Fitch
9/18 - Wednesday - Boosters meeting (6pm)
9/24 - Tuesday - Pizza Day!
10/2 - Wednesday - Girls' Basketball program info meeting (6pm)
10/6 - Sunday - Boosters' Bowl-A-Rama at Fairview Lanes, 3pm
10/25 - Picture Day
Update your Email Info
It is extremely important that we have your correct email contact information so that you receive the weekly updates. Remember, there are no "Thursday Folders" this year, so all information and forms will be coming electronically!
Sign up to receive MPA emails or confirm that we have your correct email
Menlo Park is going to utilize One Call Now to alert MPA families of late breaking news, school cancellations, and special invitations. We will be testing this system on Friday, September 6th at 12:00 PM. If you would like to update your information, please visit: MPA Emergency Alert System You will have the option to opt-in to receive text messages, and also the option to opt-out of all communications, at the end of the message.
Please contact Lynn Wilson if you have any questions about the One Call Now emergency alert system.
Each MPA family has committed to 5 hours of MPA volunteerism monthly. As we improve our volunteering process, the first step is to find out interest and skills of volunteers. The Volunteer Survey that you received this summer is an important part of that process.
The Volunteer Survey will be retiring on Sunday, September 8th at midnight. If your family has not signed up to commit to volunteer at MPA you will be assigned to a volunteer team at that time.
The MPA community is one dedicated to enriching the lives of children. Each family's commitment to five hours of service a month make that an achievable goal. Thank you for your support.
Now that the Browns season is underway, please consider signing up to help out at the MPA concession stand! You can sign up to volunteer here. Questions? Please contact Chris Harrison, team leader, for more information at 216-375-2117 email@example.com.
School Day Support/Field Trip Chaperon Training
Parent volunteers make all the difference in our day to day operations. Whether you are serving up pizza slices, teaching an elective, chaperoning a field trip, or leading an after-school activity, it's important that you understand school protocols and procedures.
To make sure we're all on the same page, this year we will hold MANDATORY parent training sessions for school day support volunteerto help ensure consistent communication and student safety.
Sessions will last approximately 30 minutes and will be held several times at the start of each trimester. The dates and times for these meetings are:
If you are interested in getting your BCI check at this time please bring you checkbook (sorry, no credit cards). The cost for BCI check is $37.00. Fingerprinting will be done from 5:30-7:00.
Help MPA Maintain Safety & Security
If you pick your child up at the walker door,
just a few reminders that will help us keep students safe:
1. Please park on the street. Having moving vehicles other than car line in the parking lot creates potential risks.
2. Dismissal begins at 3:15 from the walker door. Please wait for a staff member to open the door to release students. Students should not be exiting independently. We wish to ensure that the appropriate adult is picking up students at dismissal.
Your assistance in this process is greatly appreciated!
Dr. Sylvia Rimm Returns Introductory Parent Meetings
Dr. Sylvia Rimm, Dr. Rakow, and Dr. Brewer will be on the MPA campus again this year to facilitate student group sessions on giftedness. We are excited to be able to offer this service to our families.
Dr. Rimm will hold two informational parent sessions for families. At these sessions she will discuss the unique nature of gifted students and the parenting challenges. Dr. Rimm speaks nationally on this topic as well as others and has practical advice for parents. New families are highly encouraged to attend. Sorry, no childcare is available.
Come meet your child's teachers, find out what's on the curriculum for the year, and meet other parents in your class. Thursday, September 19 is the day - the schedule is below:
6:30-7:00 Curriculum Overview/General Meeting in Cafetorium
7:00-7:45 Class Visitation
7:15-7:45 Curriculum Overview/General Meeting in Cafetorium
7:45-8:45 Class Visitation
Don't forget! Tryouts for the Boys' Basketball teams will begin Wednesday, September 11th at the Westpark YMCA on Lorain Road. These tryouts will be for both JV (grades 4-6) and Varsity (grades 6-8), and will be held on the following dates:
Wed Sept 11
Friday Sept 13
Wed Sept 18
Friday Sept 20
All tryouts will be held from 3:45 - 5:15pm. The boys that make the team (s) will be notified by email to the parents and the school on Sept 21st.
An informational meeting for the MPA Girls' Basketball program will be held at MPA on Wednesday, October 2nd, at 6pm.
Parents of girls in grades 4-6 who are interested in learning more about the team are encouraged to attend.