In this edition
Important Announcements
Academic Information
School Events
Volunteer Central
Extracurricular Activities
Support MPA
Student Council
Kudos Corner
Upcoming Dates                     
December 23 - January 3: Winter Break

1/20 - MLK Day: No School
1/21 - Teacher In-service: No School
1/24 - Science Fair
1/31 - Upper School Winter Dance 

TBD - Lower School Winter Festival 

Save the dates....
2/10/14 - Group Photo Day for Yearbook
2/21/14 - Invention Convention
2/22/14 - MPA night @ the Lake Erie Monsters
3/14/14 - MPA K-4 Math/Pi Night, 6:30 pm 

Upcoming Hot Lunches
12/17 & 12/19 -  Pizza and Hot Dog
Important Announcements
Don't miss out on the latest news from MPA
No Board Meeting Tonight, 12/12 
Please be advised that December MPA board meeting was held earlier in the week. There will be no board meeting this evening.
The next board meeting will be on Thursday, January 9, 2014 at 6 p.m. 
Winter Weather 
Cleveland's winter season is shaping up to be a cold one. From bitter cold temperatures to strong storms, we all know anything can happen!
Warm Winter Wear 
Please remember to double-check your student has everything they need to stay warm during the school day. MPA policy is to have outdoor recess until the temperature falls below 25 degrees, or unless there is freezing participation. Warm coats, hats, scarves, and gloves are all important.
One Call Now 
With snow falling, now is a great time to make sure your contact information is updated in One Call Now. If needed, MPA will send out school delays or closings from One Call Now.  When checking local news for closures, Fox 8 News is always the first news station to be updated. 
Hot Lunch Sign-Up Deadline Here!
If your family would like to participate in the Hot Lunch options, please fill out the form and return it to school in an envelope marked Hot Lunch by tomorrow, Friday, December 20. 

Each lunch option is only $13.75 for the remainder of the year! Checks should be made payable to MPA Boosters. If you have questions, please contact Boosters.                           

Yearbooks On Sale 
It is time to order your 2013-14 MPA Yearbook. Don't miss out on this important keepsake! 
Yearbooks can be ordered online or you can pick-up an order form at the front desk.
Order online
Go to:
Enter Yearbook ID: 10096814
Follow the simple steps and pay!
Keeping on Top of Academics                    

OAA Results
The 3rd Grade Fall Ohio Achievement Assessment results are in the mail. Please be on the look-out for their arrival.  
School Newsletters
Learn more about what is going on in the classrooms!
School Events
There is always something wonderful around the corner!
Winter Parties
Only one more week until Winter Break!
Winter Break and the start of the New Year are almost upon us. To be sure we all leave in a properly festive mood, MPA will be celebrating the holiday season on Friday, December 20.
Lower School
Lower school classes will be celebrating the winter festivities by having individual classroom parties. Room parents have been coordinating with teachers and other families.
If you have any questions about how you can support the fun, please contact the Room Parentcommittee.
Upper SchoolBack by Popular Demand -- The famous (or infamous) Student vs. Staff Basketball game!
The girls and boys basketball team will square-off against a team of their favorite teachers and administrators for a chance of glory and bragging rights.  Parents are welcome to come and cheer on their favorite team. The game will take place in the cafetorium from 2 to 3 p.m. 
Volunteer Central - MPA Needs You!

School Day Support
Find a Volunteer Fit!

Vision and Hearing Screening
If you have extra time in your schedule, please consider volunteering on Monday and Tuesday, December 16 and 17, to help with MPA Vision and Hearing Screening day.

The screenings will run all day long, volunteers are needed from 8:45 a.m. to 2:45 p.m.  Full day volunteers or those that can volunteer for 2 hour blocks will be much appreciated. 

Car Line and Indoor Recess
With colder weather, indoor recess always benefits from the support of parents. Additionally, the afternoon car line also still needs additional volunteers to assist with the smooth and safe exit of our students. 

To sign-up to volunteer in one of these volunteer opportunities, please contact School Day Support.

See the full volunteer schedule at the MPA Volunteer Spot sign-up
Extracurricular Activities                     

Boys Basketball
There are 2 openings for spots for the Boy's Varsity (7th-8th grade) Basketball team. The season starts on Jan 11th so interested students need to make a decision to play by December 13th in enough time to order and receive a uniform.  Interested parents looking for more information may contact Coach Willie.

The Varsity team plays their final Fall League game this Saturday at 3:00 p.m., at the North Royalton YMCA.

  • Game #2 - 12/14/13 vs. Columbia Coleman @ 12:30 at MH Junior High
  • Game #2 - 12/14/13 vs. Blue Devils @ 1:30 at MH Junior High
Girls Basketball 
Game #2 - 12/14 MPA vs. MPA  @ 1:30 at MH Junior High

Ski Club
Skiers and Snowboarders
The December 20th deadline for Ski Club sing-up will be here soon! For more information, go to Our user name for the club membership page is Skadiski, and the password is Member. Please contact Ms. Basiewicz with any questions.
Young Rembrandts 
Young Rembrants is now accepting enrollment for their January classes. Learn More.
Support MPA                    

Annual Fund Appeal
Menlo Park Academy Development Committee is actively reaching out to families to solicit financial support of the school, and share information about how that support shapes the school.  We hope that all families will read about the Annual Fund and consider participating. 

Box Tops
Keep cutting and sending in your Box Tops! The child who has turned in the most Box Tops by January 31st will receive 2 free tickets to the MPA Night with the Monsters, and will be the winner of the Zamboni ride at the game!
Shop for the holidays and support MPA with SCRIPS! Parents can purchase gift cards in the form of plastic (traditional), or the kind that can be printed out at home (ScripNow) after payment has been received. 
New users must input enrollment code B1BFLA8B23626 for MPA to earn rebates. No credit card payments.  Checks made out to MPA & must be received before cards are received.  
Student Council Update           
New Plans for the New Year
The Student Council is hard at work planning for serious fun in 2014!  

Lower School Winter Festival
The Student Council will sponsor a family-friendly festival the week of January 12th.  Activities will include crafts, a child-friendly giant slide, live performances, and snacks. More information will be shared after the return to school.

Upper School Dance
After a brief postponement, the Upper School dance is going to be held on Friday, January 31. The dance will be from 5 to 8:30 p.m. in the cafetorium. Additional details will be made available soon.

To help raise funds to support the initiatives of the Student Council, they will be hosting a Malley's Chocolate Bar fundraiser in January/February.
Kudos Corner
Check Mate
Young K. was inadvertently overlooked in our updates last week. Congratulations for being the Co-Champion for your grade/division Young!  

Way to Go Varsity Boys B-Ball 
The Varsity Boys team played in a "heated" contest in North Royalton last weekend where they hung-on 35-31 to remain undefeated in the YMCA Fall league. Zach P. (10 points, 8 rebounds) and Sam Z. (11 points and 7 rebounds) led a great inside/outside attack. Excellent work team! 
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