Thursday, November 14, 2013

Weekly Update: 11/7/2013

MPA Safety
H.S. Information Night
Academic Information
Cereal Drive
Winter Concert
Open House
Dress Down Days
Upcoming Dates                     

Tuesday's hot lunch is Taco Plate, Thursday's is Pasta.


11/14 - Thursday - MPA parent book club, 4:30

11/18 - Monday - Scholastic Book Fair begins

11/20 - Wednesday - Boosters meeting


Save the dates....
Re-enrollment for 2014-15  
Monday, November 11, 2013 is the official start date for re-enrolling your current student, or for enrolling siblings.  In an effort to streamline the re-enrolling process this year, families will be able to complete the process online. Please watch for emails from the admissions office in the coming days. 

We look forward to seeing everyone back next academic year (as well as the new faces of any siblings)!
Important Safety and Security Updates                     
Please Review

Menlo Park Academy takes the security of our students and campus very seriously.

In an ongoing effort to make sure we are always proactively managing safety and security measures, please review the following:


Building Security
Over the summer a MPA installed a new security system in the building.  The new system monitors all the doors in the building, and they are alarmed.  As such, please do not open doors (other than the main doors) for adults and inadvertently trigger the security measures.

Edison Club
If you are NOT the adult picking your child up from after care on given day, please contact Katie Gerba by 3 p.m. to inform her of the change, and to provide her with the name of the person picking up in your place.  Please remember that in order for your child to be released to an adult other than a parent, that person must be on the authorized pick up list you provided MPA.


Also, after 4 p.m. please go to Edison Club door to gain entry into building.

Attendance Policies
If your child is going to very tardy or absent, please call Mrs. Wilson at the main line by 8 a.m.    


Leaving with Friends
If your student is leaving school with another MPA family, both families need to have notified the front office by either calling Mrs. Wilson at the main line, or by submitting a pink slip to their students' homeroom/advisory teachers.

Bus Riders Dismissal Bus Line: If your child is not going to be riding the bus home after school on a given day, please notify the office by 8 a.m. by calling Mrs. Wilson, or by providing a pink slip your student can give to their homeroom/advisory teacher.  This will provide the dismissal bus teacher with an accurate roster of riders.


Parking Lot Safety
Please remember to be cautious and follow the safety cones during the very busy pick-up and drop-off times. Also, please do not allow your child to cross the parking lot during dismissal time to re-enter the building to retrieve forgotten items. It's best if they take a few moments at the end of the day and gather everything they need to take home for the evening.


Thank you for being wonderful partners in safety.

High School Information Night                    
It's never too soon or too late to find the right fit!

MPA is hosting its second annual High School Information Night next week on November 14th, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the cafetorium. 
All students from 5th through 8th grades are encouraged to attend the event and get to know some of the outstanding high schools in our area. MPA knows this is a big decision, and we hope to help students and families feel prepared throughout the process.
Some of the high schools attending are:  
- St. Edward           - Magnificat
- St. Ignatius           - University School
- Laurel School        - Albert Einstein Academy 
Please feel free to invite family members and friends who might also be exploring what high school options exist in the Greater Cleveland area.

If you have additional questions or thoughts, please contact Mr. Kennedy.
Keeping on Top of Academics                    

School Day Assistance
Several upper school teachers provide class assistance and review work during recces in the cafetorium. Upper school students who desire to participate need to let advisory teachers know in order to be included in the daily scheduling. 


Parents can set important alerts on Gradebook that will enable email notifications about grade ranges and missing assignments. It is quick, easy to select, and can make a big difference.  
This feature can be accessed through the side bar navigation on Gradebook under Alerts.

NEW: Upper and Lower School Newsletters
To keep you better informed about classroom activities, learning goals, and field trip outings, we have created a newsletter update straight from our teachers.  This will be a standing feature in the Thursday newsletter moving forward. Take a look at the amazing educational work happening at MPA!

Cereal Drive for Cleveland Foodbank

Cereal and cash donations accepted November 5-15


As you are aware, the CEREAL drive has begun! MPA  has partnered 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 until Friday, November 15th. If MPA collects the most cereal & monetary donations, we will win a personalized tour of First Energy Stadium for 100 students on Tuesday, November 26th. 
Students may turn in their donations to their homeroom where they will be recorded with the following point values:  1 box of cereal = 1pt, each $1 = 4pts. If MPA wins the competition, the top 100 donors will get to attend the stadium tour! 

*Please refrain from trimming the Box Tops from the cereal as we cannot donate packages that have been altered*
Yearbook Cover Contest 
Calling all artistic talent

The 2nd Annual Yearbook Cover Contest will be held on November, 22, 2013. This year in honor of Menlo Park Academy's 5th birthday, the artistic theme of the contest is all things5!
Students wishing to be a part of the judging need to have their submissions turned into Mrs. Chernisky by the end of the school day on November 21st.  The artwork cannot be done in pencil, and needs to fit on 8 1/2 by 11 paper. 
The winner will be announced on November 23rd. Good luck artists! 
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. Thank you in advance for making sure items are clearly labeled for allergy concerns.
Winter Concert                     
Donations and Volunteers Needed 
The Winter Concert is fast approaching, and the MPA community is looking forward to aHolly Jolly Holiday!  This year the winter concert will be held on December 6th at Magnificat high school.

In keeping with tradition, in addition to the festive performances, the MPA will be hosting a raffle and silent auction as a fundraiser for the school.  Each class throughout the school is now collecting donations to contribute to their themed basket for the raffle portion of the evening. 

Parents are encouraged to review the class listings and contribute where they can. All thoughtful contributions will be accepted and appreciated! If you have questions about becoming more actively involved with supporting the concert and fundraising, please contact Divina Elan.
Young Astronauts Day Results           
Young Astronauts Day was an out-of-this-world experience - it even included a presentation from an astronaut who orbited the Earth over 600 times!  Our teams competed in several events.  

The commander team won 3rd place in their materials competition.  A pilot group won 2nd place for the balloon rocket car competition.  Congratulations to all of our competitors, and thanks again to the STEM volunteers for organizing MPA's participation in this event!
Thank You for Your Clothing Donations
Mrs. Macey's 5th and 6th grade advisory would like to thank all the students who donated to the clothing drive. The clothing was delivered to the Laura's Home shelter on Thursday morning.  They were thrilled to receive such a wonderful bounty! 
Box Tops Battle Rages On!


BOYS - 3,144


Remember, the student who brings in the most Box Tops between the first day of school and January 10, 2014 will win 2 free tickets and 1 Zamboni ride at the Monsters gameon February 22, 2014! Don't be shy about enlisting the aid of relatives, friends, neighbors and co-workers to clip and save Box Tops for your child. Expired Box Tops do not count towards your child's total. More details will follow from the Boosters about this Monsters game.


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. Your thoughtful participation is greatly appreciated!

Volunteer Badges Still M.I.A.                    
We are still missing a ton of volunteer badges - you know, the ones we use to help keep the school safe and secure - and we'd really like them back.  Actually, we want them back so badly that Mrs. Wilson is now offering a dress-down pass to each student who finds and returns a missing badge!  So check those coat pockets and laundry baskets again, folks, and earn some jeans-time for your student! 
Dress Down Fridays!                 
The MPA Student Council is back in action and listening to their constituents! After engaging with the student body, the Student Council is pleased to announce they have secured every Friday (beginning tomorrow!) as a S.C. sponsored dress down day.
This year the Student Council is led by:
Kaela Ryan: President
Aria Schottelkotte : Vice President
Asia George-Huff: Treasurer
Rhiannon Bryk: Secretary

Coming weeks will highlight the ongoing accomplishments, undertakings, and goals of this outstanding student leadership group.  
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