Thursday, September 5, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 5/16/2013

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Shop with Scrip
Young Author's Week
Cake Decorating Call
Spirit Week
Embrace the World Extravaganza
Field Day Volunteers
Shop with Scrip
Crushers Game - Fun For All
FYI: Dates to Remember

May
5/13-5/17 - Young Author's Week
5/18- Saturday - Soapbox Derby
5/20-21 - Book Swap drop off period
5/20 - Monday - Hawaiian Day
5/21 - Tuesday - Fashion Disaster Day
5/22-24 - Book Swap at school
5/22 - Wednesday - Retro Day/Favorite Animal
5/23 - Thursday - Famous Person Day; Extravaganza, 4-7pm
5/24 - Friday - Multiples Day; Free Corn Dog Lunch; Power of the Pen Competition
5/27 - Monday - School Closed for Memorial Day
5/30 - Thursday - Field Day; Kindergarten Promotion
5/31 - Friday - 8th Grade Graduation
  
June
6/2 - Sunday - MPA night at the Crushers baseball game
Volunteer Hours
Please be sure to update your volunteer hours log. We will be celebrating our volunteers at the Embrace the World Extravaganza, and we want to be sure to recognize all of our parents for their helping hands!
Shop with Scrip Sunday by 7pm 
Don't forget to purchase Scrips to support MPA at no additional cost to you!
 
Big news for families who use ScripNow products!  On May 20th, the company will be offering some of the highest rebates ever offered from some of your favorite ScripNow retailers.  This is a one-day event, so make sure to mark your calendar and have PrestoPay set up on your account before then!  

The "top secret" list of participating retailers will be revealed at 12:01 am on May 20th.  But you don't have to wait until then to help support MPA!  To help out, shop at the Scrip site, and pay with Presto Pay for additional entries to the MPA gift card raffle 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.  A whole list of additional rebates goes into effect on Saturday, including increased rebates on Scrip from Home Depot, Buca de Beppo, LL Bean, Subway, Petco, and iTunes!
Boosters Officers
Congratulations to the MPA Boosters officers! At last Wednesday's meeting, officers for the 2013/2014 school year were chosen: Jessica Tonsing (President), Janie Zell (Vice-President), Pam Elliott (Secretary) and Willie Littlejohn (Treasurer).

Thanks for your willingness to serve, folks, and we look forward to seeing what fun and enriching activities you come up with for next year!
Recognition Corner
Kenny M, a 7th grader, attended Ohio Music Education Association's Solo and Ensemble competition on April 20th, at Aurora High School. He received a "1-Superior" rating for his alto saxophone solo, Sonatina-Divertimento #2 by W.A. Mozart.  Congratulations, Kenny - can we convince you to perform an encore for us at the Extravaganza next week?
Recognition Corner
Kenny M, a 7th grader, attended Ohio Music Education Association's Solo and Ensemble competition on April 20th, at Aurora High School. He received a "1-Superior" rating for his alto saxophone solo, Sonatina-Divertimento #2 by W.A. Mozart.  Congratulations, Kenny - can we convince you to perform an encore for us at the Extravaganza next week?
Mrs. Tigue is going to be on TV!
Some of Cleveland's finest musicians, including Menlo Park Academy's own Marysa Tigue, will play a tribute to The Rolling Stones on Cleveland's Fox 8 Morning Show on Wednesday, May 22. Fox 8 in the Morning airs at 6:30am to 9:00am, weekdays.  After Fox 8 in the Morning, the band, "Jim Tigue and Friends" will headline at Night Town in Cleveland Heights to play two sets of all Rolling Stones music.  The show will benefit Roots of American music-- raising funds to help inner city students achieve academic goals using traditional American music such as blues, country, bluegrass, folk, jazz and gospel.  If you're interested in learning more about her upcoming concert or where to purchase tickets, please contact Mrs. Tigue directly.
Weekly Update - 5/16/13
Quick Links
Thank You 
From The Director

Dear Menlo Park Academy Families,
     Last week we celebrated teacher & staff appreciation week.  During that time the MPA staff was presented with such affection and recognition that our cup really did run over!  The generosity that all of you brought to the occasion was overwhelming.  I know I speak for all the staff when I extend a hearfelt THANK YOU for everything.
  
Paige BW
  
Young Authors Week Activities
May 13-17, 2013

 
Guest Readers:  Lower school teachers made special visits this week to read to the studens they will be receiving next year.  This fun, reading focused time gave students an opportunity to meet their new teachers.

Guest Author:  This Thursday, May 16, we will host author
Dr. John Becker. Dr. Becker has authored numerous books both non-fiction as well as fiction. Our students grades k-5 will participate in assemblies the day of his visit. He will also enlighten our 2nd graders to the mysteries of big cats and assist our 5th grade writers in a focused writer workshop.
There will be a student/author luncheon held as well, allowing budding authors to ask more focused questions. Interested students submitted questions for the author to classroom teachers. Those names were then randomly drawn by grade level to participate in the event.
  
You can learn more about Dr. Becker's work here:
Students may purchase books and have them signed by the author during this day long event. If you are interested in this opportunity, please send a check written to Dr. John Becker in a sealed envelope with your child on Thursday. Cost of his books are as follows:

Mugambi's Journey
$16.00
Wild Cats Past & Present
$20.25
Frenemies for Life (Soft Cover)
$9.50
Frenemies for Life (Hardback)
$20.25

 
Student Writing: The Embrace the World Extravaganza on May 23rd will showcase student writing done over the past weeks.   There will be a display table for finished Young Author pieces for families to read. This will be a great chance for everyone to see how accomplished our Young Authors are!
Embrace the Earth Extravaganza
Cake Decorating Competition

cake 

What: Make a Cake and Decorate It with the Extravaganza Theme "Embrace the Earth"
Where: MPA
When: Thursday, May 23
           Bring Your Cake To School in the Morning -
Students, Staff, and Parents Will Vote for the Most Creative Cake
Why: WIN * WIN * WIN

1st Place - Fabulous Trophy and $20.00 in Movie Tickets
2nd Place - $10.00 in Movie Tickets
3rd Place - 5 Dress Down Passes (good for this year or next)

All cakes will be used in the cake walk game that evening at the extravaganza. Students will have the opportunity to win their favorite cake!

Possible Themes:
CULTURES - ENVIRONMENTAL - WORLD FLAGS - ANIMALS - FLOWERS - TECHNOLOGY - EXTREME WEATHER - HISTORICAL EVENTS -

Let your imagination be your guide!
Spirit Week Themes Announced
May 20-24, 2013
Get those wacky outfits ready - Spirit Week is coming!  Here are the dress-up themes for each day; students who wish to participate can skip the usual dress code clothes as long as their outfit is "in theme" for the day!

Monday:  Hawaiian Day
Tuesday:  Fashion Disaster Day
Wednesday:  Retro Day or Favorite Animal
Thursday:  Famous Person Day
Friday:  Multiples Day

We can't wait to see the creative clothes our students dream up for these days!
Embrace the World Extravaganza
Thursday, May 23 from 4:00-7:30 
Spring is in the air, and preparations for the first-annual MPA "Embrace the World" Extravaganza are well under way. This event will feature games, a student art show, crafts, tasty treats, music and fun for the whole family!   
 
Bake Sale 
The Boosters will be having a bake sale at the upcoming World Extravaganza event on May 23rd (4-7pm). If you are interested in donating baked goods for this event, please email boosters@menloparkacademy.com 
 
Seeking volunteers for Thursday, May 23 from 2-8 pm at MPA. 
Day-of volunteers will be helping with:
  • Prize table
  • Silent auction/raffle
  • Serving food
  • Various game and activity booths
We also need help before the event with:
  • Building games
  • Classroom basket assembly
Student Performers
We are seeking student musicians to perform at various locations throughout the Embrace the World Extravaganza. Students can sign up to perform at:
  
Please let Ms. Adell or Mrs. Padrutt know if you have any questions.
EDISON CLUB
and the
EXTRAVAGANZA

Edison club will be in operation during the "Embrace the Earth Extravaganza".  Please note that students will NOT be able to attend the extravaganza without parents.  We hope that you will be able to attend with your child, but if not, MPA wants to ensure that students have the consistency of their after care program.  You may pick your child up in the computer lab on May 23.
Car Line & Parking
at the
Extravaganza 
The "Embrace the Earth Extravaganza" will begin at 4:00 on Thursday, May 23.  Since much of the parking lot will be needed for activities and games there will be an adjusted carline procedure.  A map and directions for that pick up will be sent seperately next week. 
  
If you plan to attend the event right after school, we encourage you to find street parking and come into the school and pick up your child.  There will be trivia games, run by Mrs. BW, in the St. Mel's Hall from 3:15-4:00 for students and parents while set up is completed.
  
If you are coming later in the evening for the Extravaganza, please remember that street parking will be necessary.
2013 Yearbooks go home next week

Thanks to our intrepid volunteers, the 2012-2013 MPA yearbooks will arrive next week!  Yearbooks will be given directly to the students who pre-ordered them.  Students will be asked to sign that they have received a yearbook.  

On Wednesday, May 29th there will be an all school assembly where students will have time to sign yearbooks.  PLEASE mark this date on your calendar and remind your child to bring his/her yearbook to school that day!

Didn't pre-order a yearbook?  We have 14 extra books to be sold on a first come, first serve basis.  The price is $15.00 a book, and checks can be made out to Menlo Park Academy.  Have your child bring payment to the main office to purchase a yearbook.
MPA Book Exchange Next Week
Bring in your old books exchange them for others!
 
Not sure what to read next? Dive into your summer reading by trading in your well-read books for some "new" ones!  Your used books will be collected Monday 5/20-Tuesday 5/21.  Boxes will be located outside the gym doors.  Then Wednesday 5/22-Friday 5/24 students who brought in books will be able to select the same number of books to bring home with them.

Check out the attached form explaining the event, and be sure your student(s) bring in the bottom portion during their swap times later in the week.
Free Corn Dog Lunch from the Boosters!
Friday, May 24th  
 To acknowledge all of the students who have voiced their desire for Corn Dogs at lunch, the MPA Boosters will offer a FREE CORN DOG lunch on Friday, May 24th. Please fill out and return the attached flyer with the name of your child/children who would like to participate! Lunch will consist of a Corn Dog, Applesauce, Animal Crackers and a 100% juice box. Please note, you MUST return the flyer with your child/children's names by Monday, 5/20 to ensure your child can participate.
Field Day
Volunteers Needed Thursday, May 30 
Field Day is coming Friday, May 30th and we still need volunteers!Please see the attached flyer and send into school if you are interested in volunteering. If you have any questions, please email Tina Garlauskas, garlauskas@ymail.com.  This is a great way to fulfill numerous volunteer hours and have fun doing it.  

Field Day t-shirts
Team t-shirts for Field Day should be delivered to students at school on the 29th.  On May 30th - Field Day - students should wear their team shirt and weather-appropriate clothing and sneakers.  Also, don't feel left out if you forgot to pre-order a shirt for yourself.  We will have extra t shirts for sale at MPA on Field Day.  The cost will be $5.00 for Youth-Adult XL, and $7.50 for extended sizes.  Checks should be made out to Menlo Park Academy.
Photobugs, Unite!
We're looking for your photos from the last few competitions

MPA would like to use YOUR photos from Lego Olympiad, Invention Convention, and CONSEF.  If you've got any great pictures, send them to Karen@creativetechpartners.com.  Thanks!
Physical Education 2013-2014
Your Feedback Needed
Menlo Park has been partnering with the YMCA to provide Physical Education opportunities for your children.  Together we are reworking the course offerings to better meet student needs.  Please take a few minutes to complete this brief survey.
Annual Appeal
Help us meet our goal of 100% family participation in this important fundraiser
The 2012-13 school year is coming to an end, but it's not too late to make a tax exempt contribution to the Annual Family and Friends Appeal. We would like to remind you, as a supporter of MPA that your contributions matter and play a significant role in helping us to provide challenging, rewarding educational experiences to all of our gifted learners: more than 335 students from over 40 school districts spread across 6 counties in Northeast Ohio - learning and growing together at MPA.  

Please demonstrate your commitment to Menlo Park Academy by making a gift in support of the AFFA. 

ATTN: Annual Fund
14440 Triskett Road
Cleveland, Ohio 4411
MPA Night at the Crushers Game
Sunday, June 2nd at 5pm
The MPA afternoon with the Lake Erie Crushers is quickly approaching on June 2nd @ 5:05pm! Due to overwhelming demand, the deadline for the MPA afternoon with the Crushers has been extended! If you are interested in purchasing tickets, you now have until Friday, May 24th. This is a great way to celebrate the end of the school year! MPA students will be singing the National Anthem on the field and a lucky winner will be throwing out the 1st pitch! Please send in orders with checks made payable to MPA Boosters. Here's the flyer with all the details!
Girl Scouts
Girl Scout Troop 70029 is now taking registrations for 2013-14 school year.  Early Registration Deadline is June 9, 2013. We would WELCOME 5th Grade Juniors and 6th Grade Cadettes. If you have another age level of interest we can provide you contact information.If you cannot register now we will register again in the Fall.  Thank you and Happy Summer!!!
You can email- gs.troop.mpa@gmail.com for further information.
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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