Thursday, September 5, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 5/26/2013

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Recognition Corner
2013-2014 Paperwork
Extravaganza Parking and Pickup
Cake Decorating Call
Recognition Assembly and Yearbook Signing
Kindergarten Promotion
Field Day Volunteers
Crushers Game - Fun For All
Girl Scouts
FYI: Dates to Remember

5/24 - Friday - Multiples Day; Free Corn Dog Lunch; Power of the Pen Competition
5/27 - Monday - School Closed for Memorial Day
5/29 - Wednesday - Assembly for yearbook signing
5/30 - Thursday - Field Day; Kindergarten Promotion
5/31 - Friday - 8th Grade Graduation
6/2 - Sunday - MPA night at the Crushers baseball game
Shop with Scrip Sunday by 7pm 
Don't forget to purchase Scrips to support MPA at no additional cost to you!
  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.
WordMasters Challenge
The WordMasters Challenge is a national competition for students that encourages growth in vocabulary and verbal reasoning.  Each year, nearly 250,000 students from some of the best public and private schools throughout the United States participate in the WordMasters Challenge. The contest addresses higher-level word comprehension and verbal reasoning by challenging students to complete analogies based on relationships among words.
     Excellence in the competition requires both a mastery of the meanings of the vocabulary words and thoughtful reasoning about the relationships between these words and more familiar language used in the competition's analogies.
   This week MPA held our third round challenge meet for the Grade 5 Blue Division Wordmasters Challenge. Two MPA students received a perfect score!

Rhiannon B. and
Aria S. for their terrific work!
Recognition Corner
Elizabeth C. took first place in her piano recital on Friday, May 17.  She received 100% on her performance piece, "Ice Skating", and won a trophy. She has been playing for a year and a half.  Congratulations, Elizabeth!
2013-2014 Paperwork Due in July
New and returning MPA students for next year will need to submit registration information for the 2013-2014 school year.  The forms will be available online beginning approximately July 1st.  An email notifying families of the forms availability will be sent out.  Completed paperwork will be accepted at school on the following days:

Monday 7/22 - 9am-3pm
Tuesday 7/23 - 11:30am - 6:30pm
Wednesday 7/24 - 7am - 2:30pm

Please remember that all families - new and returning - must bring all completed forms, plus the materials fee, plus proof of residency dated in July 2013 (utility bill, mortgage or rent paperwork).  We will not be able to accept incomplete paperwork.  Please contact Mrs. Colby at MPA if you have any questions about what will be required.  

Thanks for your assistance with this, and we look forward to seeing you in July!
Weekly Update - 5/26/13
Quick Links
Water, Water, and More Water
Students Stay Hydrated, Stay Healthy

water  The weather has turned summer like and staying hydrated is incredibly important.  Please send your child to school with a water bottle this week and discuss the need to drink frequently in the heat.  We recommend that you write the student's name on the bottle in permanent marker so that it doesn't end up in lost and found!

Extravaganza - Thank You

The First Annual MPA Extravaganza was a huge success despite the weather!  Thank you to all the parents & staff who jumped in to help us relocate to the indoors after a deceptively sunny late afternoon. 

The student performances and art work were certainly the highlight of the evening.  We have such a talented group of young people gracing the halls of Menlo Park Academy.

A huge thanks to Mellissa Adell, development coordinator, for all of her hard work and attention to detail in putting together a new event. 

Embrace the Earth Extravaganza
Cake Decorating Winners

An amazing level of creativity was demonstrated in our first cake decorating contest.  There were 25 fabulous cakes submitted which made voting a real challenge.  Thank you to everyone who participated and a big congratulations to the winners:

First Place:  Sophia Ross - Round Earth Cake with Heart on Top

Second Place:  The VanGlahn Family - Compost Cake

Third Place:  Mrs. B-W and daughters - Embrace Middle Earth Cake (Hobbit House)


Dress Down Days
Tuesday, Thursday, Friday

There are several dress down days this week:
Tuesday:  Reward for Fabulous Fire Drill Behavior
Thursday:  Field Day (wear your field day shirt)
Friday:  Last Day Celebration (8th graders are asked to dress up NOT down for graduation activities)
Recognition Assembly
Wednesday @ 2:15

Final grades will not be complete but MPA will be holding an abreviated version of our recognition assembly this Wednesday.  Students who have participated in clubs/sports will be acknowledged.  There will be time for students to sign yearbooks at the end of the assmbly.
Parents are welcome to attend.
Don't forget to check LOST and FOUND when you are in the building.  All items left after June 1 will be donated to charity.
2013 Yearbooks 
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.
Volunteers Needed
Kindergarten Promotion celebration, 5/30
We are in need of volunteers who do not have a child in Kindergarten to help with set-up for Kindergarten Promotion on Thursday May 30th at 5pm. If you are able to help, please email Angie at  Thanks!
Videographer Needed
If you're handy with a video camera and editing software, we could use your help!
 MPA would like to include some brief video clips on our website.  If you're handy with a video camera and editing software, we'd love to have your help producing them.  Please contact Karen Peacock at if you can help out with this!
Field Day
Volunteers Needed Thursday, May 30 

Field Day is coming Friday, May 30th and we DESPERATELY need you!
This year's event will be held at the YMCA. Rain or shine the fun will occur!  Come make memories with your child.
Please see the attached flyer and send into school if you are interested in volunteering. If you have any questions or would like to volunteer, please email Tina Garlauskas,  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.
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!
Volunteers Needed
Tuesday, June 4th at MPA
Want to take advantage of one last chance to volunteer this school year?  Come by the school on Tuesday, June 4th, to help our teachers and staff get the classrooms ready for the summer. 
Contact Mrs. B-W if you are availble for this much needed assistance.  Even an hour of your time will help our teaching staff efficiently close out the year.  Thanks!

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- for further information.
Information can be submitted via email to: for review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.

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