Wednesday, September 25, 2013

MPA Weekly update - 9/19/2013

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Submit to the Newsletter
Dress Down Day Tomorrow!
Curriculum Night Schedule
FYI: Construction
Lost & Found
MAgazine Drive Info
Chess Club
OAGC Parents' Day Event
Bowling Event
Ski Club
Vote for MPA
Hot Lunch
Box Tops
Volunteer Spotlight
Parent Book Club
Kudos "Korner"
One Call Now!
Classroom Updates
September 19, 2013 Newsletter 
FYI: Dates to Remember
9/19 - Thursday - Curriculum Night
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
10/10 - Tuesday - MPA parent book club, 4:30
10/25 - Picture Day
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Information can be submitted via email for review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.
Dress down day Friday (TOMORROW)!  
Congratulations to Menlo Park Academy students and staff who completed today's fire drill in 2.1 minutes!! They have earned a dress down day tomorrow, so leave those uniforms at home! 
Curriculum Night - TONIGHT!
Thursday, September 19 

Let's kick the new school year off right!  
Come meet your child's teachers, find out what's on the curriculum for the year, and meet other parents in your class.  There is no childcare provided.  Thursday, September 19 is the day - the schedule is below:
Grades K-4  
6:30-7:00 Curriculum Overview/General Meeting in Cafetorium
7:00-7:45 Class Visitation

Grades 5-8  
7:15-7:45 Curriculum Overview/General Meeting in Cafetorium
7:45-8:45 Class Visitation
Construction on Triskett Ave for the next 2 weeks!  
Construction on Triskett at both Harvey and Grapeland for next two weeks.  Your patience and flexibility are appreciated. Please look to the map below. We suggest you come up Grapeland Ave from Warren Rd.
Lost & Found  
Notice how that little guy over there is growing? --->
So is our Lost and Found department!  Parents, please make sure you label everything that comes to school that could possibly get left behind (backpacks, lunch bags, sweatshirts, jackets, books from home, etc.) with your student's name.  That will make it easier on everyone when you need to sort through the pile of stuff that's outside the Gym doors to find all those lost mittens and shoes.            
Don't Monkey Around - It's Magazine Drive time!
Chess Club Starts Friday
Come join the fun!
Menlo Park Academy is pleased to offer students in grades K-8 the exciting opportunity to learn and play the game of chess. No previous experience necessary - students start at their own level.
Instruction provided by Progress with Chess, a local non-profit organization with chess programs over 40 area schools and recreation centers. Sessions will include interactive lessons and structured open play in a supportive environment. Come join the fun!  The session begins Friday, September 20, and runs through December 13 (10 weeks). 
OAGC Parents' Day Event
Sunday, 9/22 from 3-6pm 
The Ohio Association for Gifted Children will be hosting an event on Sunday, September 22nd, from
3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. (doors open at 2:30 p.m.).  It will be at the Hilton Easton, 3900 Chagrin Blvd., Columbus, OH 43219  This event will feature keynote speaker Dr. Colleen Boyle, who will speak on "Defying Expectations: The Social and Emotional Reality of Gifted Children."  Registration is $5 - please see the attached flyer for more details.
MPA Bowling Event
Get to know the MPA community 

Don't miss your chance to mingle with other MPA families at our upcoming Bowl-A-Rama on Sunday, October 6th at Fairview Lanes from 3-5 pm. Space is limited so make sure to send your forms/payments in ASAP. Cost is $5 per person and includes 2 hours of bowling, shoe rental, snacks and beverages. 

Please send in your form and payment (cash or check) made payable to MPA Boosters in an envelope labeled MPA Bowling.  Registration deadline is end of the school day on Friday, October 4th. Clickhere for the full flyer and reservation form.  
Plan Ahead, Skiers and Snowboarders!  
Ski Club will be back beginning in January
Skadi Ski Club will be back on the slopes of Boston Mills on Saturdays from 4pm-8pm beginning in January.  Club membership includes weekly skiing, five lessons, four extra passes for only $10 each and rentals if you choose.  Please visit program.html for more information or contact Kari Basiewicz at  See you on the slopes. 
Vote for MPA now and every week until September 21st here!
Share with your family and friends!!!

Hot Lunch Begins Tuesday 
This week's menu: Tuesday (9/24)- Pizza Day and Thursday (9/26)- Hot Dog Day! Please note that if you signed your child up but have not yet paid your amount due or arranged a payment plan, your child WILL NOT receive his/her lunch this week. If you have questions please email:
It's Box Top Season!
Who will support MPA most - the boys or the girls? 

Supporting MPA doesn't have to cost you anything - we gain valuable support when you send in Box Tops and labels from items you were already buying anyway!

Our goal for this school year is $2,000 which is 20,000 Box Tops Labels. Please see the attached informational flyer which lists the details of the Box Tops for Education program and the Box Tops for Education product list.

MPA Boosters are also collecting:
- Labels For Education, which earns items for MPA
- Tyson Project A+ Labels, which gives MPA 24 cents per label

All labels can be put in the Box Tops for Education collection bins located on both floors at MPA.  Please be sure to label your bag with the student name, grade, teacher, and whether they are a boy or girl (in case of gender-neutral names).  And don't forget to check the tally board in the school hallway to see whether the boys or girls are ahead this month!
Volunteer Spotlight
Highlighting the people who help keep our school great! 

This week we'd like to recognize the volunteers who have helped get the mobile library cart up and running this year.  They include:  Amy Hogg, Kelly Payne, Susan Mason, Tricia Barney and Janie Zell.  Whether they came in over the summer to cull our library books down to the "best of the best," wheeled the cart from classroom to classroom, or helped students find just the right book, all of these volunteers have helped encourage our young readers.  Thank you!
Speaking of Books ...
Parent Book Club dates and topics announced 

Interested in meeting some fellow parents of gifted students, and exploring some of the rewards (and pitfalls) to raising a gifted child?  Join the parent-led book discussion group, which meets on the second Tuesday of each month.
Facilitator: Dr. David Silverberg
Time: 4:30 PM - 5:30 PM
Location: MPA Counseling Office, 2nd Floor
Book: A Parent's Guide to Gifted Children, Webb, Gore, Amend, DeVries (2007) 

10/10     Chapter 1. Defining Giftedness
               Chapter 2. Characteristics of Gifted Children

11/14     Chapter 3. Communication: The Key to Relationships
 Chapter 4. Motivation, Enthusiasm, and Underachievement

12/12     Chapter 5. Establishing Discipline and Teaching Self-Management
 Chapter 6. Intensity, Perfectionism, and Stress
Kudos "Korner"
Celebrating MPA Students 

Congratulations to MPA 4th grader Brendan A., who has been accepted into The Singing Angels reserve chorus. Brendan has enjoyed music and piano classes for four years. This is his first year with The Singing Angels.  Bravo, Brendan!

If you have a student who should be recognized in the Kudos "Korner" send your information here. 
One Call Now!
 Automated Alert System Comes to MPA

One Call Now!
Menlo Park is going to utilize One Call Now to alert MPA families of late breaking news, school cancellations, and special invitations.  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.
Classroom Updates
On September 24 and 26 the Nature Tracks traveling classroom will be on campus doing activities with our lower school students.

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