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Cold Weather Gear Time! Come to school prepared
After months of mild weather, it's finally cold outside and MPA students will have outside recess unless it's actively raining or snowing. Children are not allowed to come inside just because they are cold, so it's important that everyone brings whatever hats, scarves, and mittens they might need to spend half an hour outside. So put away their shorts, pull out the warm pants and tights to wear under skirts - it's time to bundle up for school.
Reminder - Picture Day is tomorrow!
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: mylifetouch.com 2. You will enter picture day ID: WP903171Y0 3. Order and print the receipt to give to the photographer on picture day.
Pumpkin Carving Contest!!
Bring in your best pumpkin design for a school wide pumpkin carving contest. Pumpkins may be brought in on Wednesday, October 30 or Thursday, October 31. All students and staff will vote on Thursday during our Halloween festivities. Carving themes are: Traditional, Scary, Non-scary, Painted. Fabulous prizes for winners in each theme.
FALL FESTIVAL IS TOMORROW!
Friday, October 25, 2013 5:30 PM - 8:30 pm St. Mel Hall
GAMES - PRIZES - DJ - BAKE SALE
ADMISSION: $5.00 -Includes dinner of pizza, popcorn and unlimited drinks ($25.00 max/family)
Game tickets will be available for sale.
Pumpkin Sale to Benefit 8th Grade Field Trip
Menlo Park Academy is selling pumpkins to raise funds for the 8th grade Washington D.C trip. Pumpkins will be sold for $5.00 each. You can order a pumpkin before school, after school, and during lunch and recess. Don't worry, pumpkins will be delivered to the homeroom at the end of the day, or parents can pick them up when the order it, the day you order it. We have over 100 pumpkins to sell. The pumpkins are going fast so put an order in now!
REMINDER - Clothing and Toiletry Drive for Homeless Shelter
DROP OFF DONATIONS BY THIS MONDAY (10/28)!
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:
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!
Reminder: Entrepreneurship Classes 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.woundedwarriorproject.org/)
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 email@example.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:
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:
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!
Open House for Prospective Families
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Get your CEREAL ready!!!! MPA is partnering with the Cleveland Foodbank and the Cleveland Browns to emphasize the most important meal of the day, breakfast!Students are asked to contribute new, unopened boxes of cereal (or monetary contributions) to MPA beginning Tuesday, November 5th. The collection will rununtil Friday, November 15th.
If MPA collects the most cereal & monetary donations, the top 100 donors in the school will win a personalized tour of First Energy Stadium for 100 students on Tuesday, November 26th. Each homeroom will have list of students names to keep a tally of donations, each box/bag of cereal = 1pt, each $1 = 4pts. So dig out the change, throw a few extra boxes of corn flakes in the cart, and help MPA give back to our community!
Please note that cereal donations must be in the original manufacturer's packaging, and must not have the BoxTops or UPC codes removed. The food bank won't accept packages that are "damaged," and we want to make sure everything that gets donated is able to be used to help needy families in our area.
Author Mark Newman to Speak at MPA
Students to learn about environmental topics on Monday, November 11
Author Mark Newman will be at MPA on November 11 to speak with students about invasive species and the heath of the Great Lakes. His Sooper Yooper books make this topic fun and understandable for all ages.
Parents may order personalized/signed copies of the book in advance that will be distributed when the author is on campus. They are $15.00 each can be ordered with the attached form and sent into school. Orders must be submitted by November 5.
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 until6:00 PM with the MPA Boosters hosting a bake sale and selling spirit wear at this time.
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).
Science Fair & Invention Convention Updates
SCIENCE FAIR UPDATE! Science Fair will be held January 24th. All 5th and 6th graders plus all 8th grade Biology students will be participating. Other grades may participate as well depending on teacher choice.
This week, 5th and 6th graders will be bringing home a packet that spells out in great detail how the project can be accomplished with a minimum of parent supervision and participation. The packets will be discussed in great detail in class as well. Students must turn in a project choice to Mrs. Eby by October 30th. When the project has the go-ahead from Mrs. Eby, parents will be asked to sign a form indicating their approval as well.
Eighth grade Biology students have already begun discussing science fair projects in class. They have been given an orange packet that describes the steps to a successful project. It is hoped that many of these students will participate in more than one external science fair. A list of external science fairs will be posted on Mrs. Eby's website in the very near future.
INVENTION CONVENTION UPDATE! Invention Convention will be held Feb 21st. 7th & 8th graders in Mr. Kiddey's science classes will be participating in Invention Convention. More information coming soon.
Grades K-4 will be selecting one of these options to participate in. Look in the upcoming newsletter for your child's focus area.
One Call Now!
Automated Alert System Comes to MPA
One Call Now! Menlo Park is going to utilize One Call Now to alert MPAfamilies 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.
Remember, the student who brings in the most Box Tops from the first day of schooluntil January 10, 2014 will win 2 free tickets & 1 Zamboni ride at the Monsters gameon 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 from the Boosters 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.
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:
Campbells Labels For Education: We just sent in more than 7,600 UPC codes for this program. Combined with the labels we collect throughout the year, this will allow us to purchase items to use for Field Day. Keep clipping those codes!
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