Wednesday, October 23, 2013

MPA Weekly Update - 10/17/2013

In This Issue
Dates to Remember
Picture Day
Young Rembrants
Return Visitor Badges Please!
Magazine Drive Finale
Open House
Clothing and Toiletry Drive
Fall Festival
Entrepreneurship Classes Begin Sales Drive
Halloween 2013
Pumpkin Sale
Scholastic Book Fair
One Call Now!
Box Tops Update
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October 17, 2013 Newsletter 
FYI: Dates to Remember
10/18 - Friday - NO SCHOOL - inservice day
10/22 - Tuesday - Pizza hot lunch - Young Rembrandts after school program begins
10/24 - Thursday - Hot Dog lunch
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
11/7 - Thursday - Open House for prospective families, 6-8pm
11/14 - Thursday - MPA parent book club, 4:30
11/18 - Monday - Scholastic Book Fair begins

Save the date ...
2/22/14 - MPA night with the Lake Erie Monsters
Quick Links
Picture Day is Friday, October 25th

Picture day will be Friday, October 25th. To enhance the continuity of MPA group photos, picture day is a "uniform" day. Please send your children to school in their uniforms on picture day, Friday October 25th. Order envelopes came home today (Thursday 10/17) so check those backpacks!
Please fill out your order envelope and have your child bring it to the photographer on Picture Day

You can also 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.

4 volunteers needed to assist during Picture Day (8:15am to 11am) Friday October 25th.
  • Pick up classes
  • Manage lines
  • Help make our kids look great!!
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).  
Who Knows What Lurks in the Cupholder in Your Car???
The front office began this year with 100 visitor and volunteer badges ... they now have 12.  PLEASE CHECK YOUR PURSE, CAR, BRIEFCASE, AND LAUNDRY BASKET for any badges that may have accidentally made a trip home with you!  Many thanks for all of your volunteer hours ... and for remembering to drop off your badge on your way out the door!
A Big Monkey "Thank You" to Our Fundraisers!
Thanks to the efforts of our students (with a lot of help from parents, friends, and parents' coworkers!), the 2013 magazine fundraiser brought in more than $4,200 for MPA!  
Our top individual sellers included Mara Jane S., Elliot B., Angelina P., Madeline H., Kendall G., Peyton B., Ava E., Carter E., Aiden E., and Gavin W.  They all sold between $200 and $500 of merchandise - way to go!
Our top-selling classroom was Mr. Thompson's class, which sold more than $1,000 of items.  Janna J. was the winner of the $10 Mystery Monkey prize, and Mara Jane S. was lucky enough to win the $50 bill with her cash pick!
Thank you to all who participated, including those who sold 1 or 2 items.  A special drawing will be held for these students for a chance to win a Splat Monkey, Lanyard, or Collectible Monkey Keychain.  MPA is proud of our community's ongoing support, and we are humbled by your generosity.  We couldn't do what we do without your support and we want you to know how much we truly appreciate each and every one of  you.  Thank you!
Menlo Park Academy Open House 
Thursday, November 7th,  
Pass the word along to any families you know who might be interested in learning more about the school!

Also, we are in need of tour guides for the event.  Information will be provided to you, so don't try to tell us you "don't know enough to lead tours!" If you are interested in assisting please email
Clothing and Toiletry Drive for Homeless Shelter
Help Mrs. Weber's advisory class make a difference this fall!

Mrs. Weber's homeroom will be collecting items for the Lakeside Men's Homeless Shelter.  Your donations would be greatly appreciated! You don't have to go out to the store and buy the things needed!  Just look around your house for extra, unused items.  Here are items we are looking for:

Toilet paperCan openers Bar soapWash ragsLaundry Soap Bath Towels
 ShampooDeodorantToothpasteDish Soap Dish rags/towelsPaper towels
 Toothbrushes Combs Q-tipsCleaning suppliesSock/underwear  

Drop the donations off in Mrs. Weber's room (203) no later than Monday October 28th!   Thank you for helping Mrs. Weber's Advisory Class give back to our community!
Friday, October 25, 2013 5:30 PM - 8:30 pm St. Mel Hall
ADMISSION: $5.00 -Includes dinner of pizza, popcorn and unlimited drinks ($25.00 max/family)
Game tickets will be available for sale.  
Entrepreneurship Classes Begin Sales Drive
Our two Entrepreneurship (ENT) classes are just about to kick off their end of the trimester sales drives!  Both classes are learning business basics while competing against each other in the same school market.  Net profits will be donated to the organization/fund their class chose.

ENT Classes, Products, & Net Profit Donations:
  • The 5/6 grade ENT class will be selling their MPA logo'ed draw-string sports bags for $10 each.  The bags are well made and can be used as a book bag as well a sports bag.  These young entrepreneurs will be selling their bags from Tuesday, Oct 22-Friday, Oct 25.  All 5/6 ENT class net profits benefit the Wounded Warrior Project (http://www. )
  • The 7/8th grade ENT class will be selling their "Water Wizard" water bottles from Monday, Oct 28-Thursday, Oct 31 during lunch time.  These MPA logo'ed water bottles are "sleek, but don't leak!" Bottles are $15 each.  All "Water Wizard" net profits go toward the 8th grade Washington, D.C. trip.
CASH ONLY.  Items will be sold during upper school lunch/recess (4th period).  Due to the nature of the project items will only be sold to upper school students.  If you have any questions please contact Mr. Kiddey at ryan.kiddey@menloparkacademy. com . 
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! 
Pumpkin Sale to Benefit 8th Grade Field Trip
Menlo Park Academy is selling pumpkins to raise money for the 8th grade Washington D.C trip! Pumpkins will be sold for $5.00 each. Bring your cash or check (made out to Menlo Park Academy) into your homeroom teacher, and you will get a ticket to pick out your pumpkin at the end of the school day. Don't worry, middle school students will be on hand to help load pumpkins into cars and on the bus.  The sale starts Thursday, October 10th and lasts until we are out of pumpkins.
Scholastic Book Fair - November 18-21

The MPA Book Fair is coming! The annual Scholastic Book Fair will take place on Monday, November 18th- Thursday, November 21st in Saint Mel's Hall (located directly next door to MPA)! Each class will have a day to browse the selections and compile a wish list for their parents to review. Students then will have the opportunity to shop for whatever items they decided upon.  Teachers will also be compiling a classroom wish list for parent review...a perfect opportunity for you to get your holiday gift shopping done! The Book Fair will be open Monday -Thursday from 9:00 AM- 3:00 PM. Extended hours will be offered on Wednesday, November 20th until 6:00 PM with the MPA Boosters hosting a bake sale and selling spirit wear at this time. 

If you would like to assist with the Book Fair, please visit the sign up link below.

Additionally, if you would like to donate an item to the Bake Sale on Wednesday, 11/20, please feel free to drop off your donation that morning (please make sure items are clearly labeled for allergy concerns).
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. 
Girls Retain the Lead in Box Tops Battle

The Minions can hardly contain themselves! It's Box Tops individual contest time.The child who has brought in the most Box Tops since the first day of school until January 10, 2014 will win 2 free tickets & 1 zamboni ride at the Monsters game on February 22, 2014. Along with helping your gender "rule the school" you also have a chance to win this cool prize! More details will follow about this Monsters game. This would be a good time to start calling relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers asking them to clip and save Box Tops for your child. Expired Box Tops do not count towards your child's total. 
The girls are still ahead of the boys! As of October 10th the girls have sent in 2,610 Box Tops. The boys total is 1,577. The Minions apologize for not updating the 1st floor wall poster last week but they were feeling under the weather. Thanks to all of you who trimmed your Box Tops. It was a tremendous help and gave the Minions extra time to throw a karaoke party. Singing Minions everywhere!

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 October 24th. 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 is also collecting:
- Labels For Education, which earns items for MPA
- Tyson Project A+ Labels, which gives MPA 24 cents per label
- Coke Rewards codes (on bottle tops and inside 12-pack cartons), which we use to purchase recess equipment
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