Wednesday, October 16, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 10/10/2013

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Submit to the Newsletter
BROWNS & The Cleveland Foodbank
Browns Volunteers Needed
Young Rembrants
Picture Day
Fall Festival and Pumpkins
Halloween 2013
21st Annual Young Astronaut Day
Kudos Korner
Box Tops Update
One Call Now!
October 10, 2013 Newsletter 
FYI: Dates to Remember
10/15 - Tuesday - Taco Plate hot lunch
10/17 - Thursday - Pasta hot lunch 
10/18 - NO SCHOOL - inservice day
10/22 - Tuesday - Young Rembrandts after school program begins
10/25 - Picture Day; Fall Festival for MPA families

11/1 - Friday - NO SCHOOL - parent/teacher conferences
11/2 - Saturday - NASA Young Astronaut Day
11/4 - Monday - NO SCHOOL - parent/teacher conferences
11/14 - Thursday - MPA parent book club, 4:30
11/18 - Monday - Scholastic Book Fair beginsQuick Links
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Information can be submitted via email to: for review and inclusion in the weekly update. Submissions are subject to Director approval.
Browns Visit MPA to Kick Off Food Drive
Students learn about the importance of breakfast, and giving back to the community

Our thanks go out to the members of the Cleveland Browns organization who took time to visit MPA on Tuesday.  If you weren't on hand to see the event, you can see highlights from the event on the Browns' website here

This event was designed to promote the November 3-15 "ceREAL" Food Drive for the Cleveland Foodbank.  Schools earn points for all donations: 1 point for each box of cereal donated, and 4 points for each $1 donation.
At the end of the drive, the top point-earning school will select 100 students to go an an exclusive trip to FirstEnergy Stadium, Home of the Cleveland Browns on Tuesday, November 26! 

Watch this space in future newsletters to learn more about how you can donate to this worthy cause!
Want to get in some volunteer hours this weekend?
Speaking of the Browns, they have a home game this Sunday, 10/13.  The video from Tuesday's ceREAL Browns/FoodBank kickoff is to play on the big screen, so what a great day to be in the MPA stand!
Thanks to everyone who worked the last game.  Our gross sales were over $18k!  This is directly related to the fact that we had a fully-staffed stand.  
For this week, we have 12 volunteers signed up so far.  We need 4 more to set us up for the best success.  Click here to volunteer: 
All the details, as well as links to sign up for future games can be found on the MPA web site here.  Just contact our team lead, Chris Harrison, at 216.375.2117 or cjharrison68@, if you have any questions.  Thank you for your continued support of MPA!
Young Rembrandts K-6th After School Program
Popular program returns; session begins Tuesday, October 22nd

Young Rembrandts teaches drawing with a see-touch-do method that all kids can succeed with, learn from and love! Watch your child reach a brand new level of confidence and potential with this engaging, award-winning program. 

Classes will be held Tuesdays, from 3:20-4:20pm, beginning October 22nd.  The session runs for 6 weeks, and costs $57.  More information on the program can be found here.
Enroll your child at or call 440.979.1ART (1278).  
Picture Day is Friday, October 25th

Flyers on picture day will be coming home today (Thursday 10/10).  Can't wait to order?

You can order directly online by
1.  going to:
2.  You will enter picture day ID: WP903171Y0
3. Order and print the receipt to give to the photographer on picture day.

If you do not want to order online you may still order using the order envelopes that will come home next week Thursday 10/17.

Please remember to send your child to school in MPA standard uniform attire. No dress down allowed on that day!
The week leading up the to Fall Festival and the week prior to Halloween, 8th graders will be selling pumpkins in school for $5.00 each! Be on the look out for more information. Proceeds will help support the Washington DC field trip. 
Halloween 2013 - Schedule of Activities
Are you ready for a spook-tacular celebration?  MPA's Halloween events will be held on Thursday, 10/31/2013.  Here's the schedule of everything that's going on that day:
  • 8:15-12:05 pm Pumpkin carving contest voting
  • 8:30-9:15 am Group and Upper school costumes judged in the gym
  • 9:30-10:50 am Scheduled visits to lower school classroom for costume judging
  • 10:50-12:30 normal lunch periods; special lunch with Mrs. B-W
  • 12:30-1pm Upper school room parents setup for party in gym - all things to the edges to accommodate assemblies
  • 1-1:25pm K-4  Lower school assembly in the gym, costume contest awards pumpkin carving contest awards. Lower school room parents setup classrooms.
  • 1:25-1:30 K-4 Lower school exit gym and parade through upper floor ending into their classrooms. Lower school parties start.
  • 1:30-2pm 5-8 Upper school assembly in the gym; costume contest awards, pumpkin carving contest awards
  • 2-2:45pm Upper school party in the gym. Lower school parties continue in each classroom.
  • 2:45-3pm Clean up and get ready for dismissal
Costume Guidelines:
Students may wear their costumes to school but please keep in mind that they are required to function in their normal activities (walk up and down stairs safely, sit in their desks, use the bathroom independently)
No weapons or anything that could remotely be used as a weapon, no violent or gory costumes, no masks, no lewd or revealing costumes. Keep in mind that we have younger students in the building so no scary costumes please.

Prizes will be awarded in the following categories:
  • Historical figure
  • Contemporary figure
  • Literary figure
  • Invention or technology
  • Animal (real or legendary)
  • Group costume (two or more students involved in the same costume idea)
  • Best artistic merit
Remember, our judges will be looking for creativity, interesting use of materials, artistic merit ... And great ideas of course! 
21st Annual Young Astronaut Day at NASA Glenn
Saturday, November 2

NASA Glenn is offering a hands-on science and engineering program from 10:00am to 3:00pm on November 2.  Kids will have an opportunity to team with their fellow MPA students to compete in events such as:
  • Wind tunnel Aerodynamic Design Challenge 
  • Shuttle Repair Mission Specialist 
  • Launch Challenge 
  • Robotics 
  • Remote Sensing 
There will be 2 divisions for teams to compete:
Pilots (grades 1 - 6)
Commanders (grades 7-12)
MPA has one team for each division.  Twelve children will be allowed to compete in Pilots and Twelve in Commanders.  We will accept names until Wednesday, October 16th.  On that date, we will draw names to select the groups.
If your child is eager and available to participate or if you have any questions please contact Bobbi Kibbey:  Provide your child's name and grade. 
Kudos Korner

5th grader Lillian R. makes her medium-stage theatrical debut in an ensemble production of School House Rock Jr. - Live! at the TrueNorth Cultural Center starting on 10/18/2013. Tickets are still available if you'd like to see the show. Check out the flyer or head to the website.
Fall Festival
The 8th Graders of Menlo Park Academy invite you and your family to a FALL FESTIVAL Fundraiserto Help Raise Money for Our Trip to Washington, D.C.
Friday, October 25, 2013 5:30-8:30 pm St. Mel Hall
ADMISSION: $5.00 -Includes dinner of pizza, popcorn and unlimited drinks. 
$25.00 max/family and Game tickets will be available for sale at the festival.
Check out the flyer here.
Girls Rocket to the Lead in Box Tops Battle

What a week it was for submitting Box Tops for the girls! As of October 4th the girls have sent in 1,909 Box Tops. 1,269 of those Box Tops were sent in last week. Way to rally, gals! The boys' total is 1,226. The Minions are full of excitement wondering what will happen this week. Minion Carl wanted to give an extra "Ba ba ba ba ba Banana" shout out to Amy Z. who submitted 481 Box Tops last week and to Alex L. for having the best trimmed Box Tops a few weeks ago.

At the end of October the Minions will have to ship all the Box Tops collected since June in order for MPA to receive a rewards check. Rewards checks are only sent to schools twice a year so it's important to send in as many Box Tops you have saved up at home by the end of October. Last Friday the Minions received a large amount of Box Tops from the St. Mel's church collection bin. These Box Tops are still being trimmed and counted but once that is complete we'll let you know how either the Boys or Girls could win this total to add to their tally.

Please send clipped Box Tops in a Ziploc bag or sealed envelope with your child's name, their teacher's name and grade. It would also help if you wrote "Boy" or "Girl" as some children have gender-neutral names. There is a collection bin on each floor at school. Please help us out by trimming the Box Tops as best as you can. The 5 minutes this takes you at home saves the Minions hours of trimming time.

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

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