In this edition
Upcoming Dates
School Events
Important Announcements
Academic Information
Upper & Lower School Newsletters
Volunteer Central
Supporting MPA
Extracurricular Activites
Student Council
"ceREAL" Drive Update
Kudos Corner
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Upcoming Dates                     
11/26 - Tuesday - "ceREAL" Field Trip to Browns Stadium
11/27-29 - Wednesday, Thursday, Friday - Thanksgiving Break!

12/6 - Friday- Winter Concert - Doors open at 5:30pm, Concert at 6:30pm
12/13 - Upper School "Winter Majesty" Dance

TBD - Lower School Winter Festival 

Save the dates....
2/22/14 - MPA night @ the Lake Erie Monsters
3/14/2014 - MPA K-4 Math/Pi Night, 6:30 pm 

Upcoming Hot Lunches
11/26 - Mac & Cheese
12/3 & 12/5 - Corn Dogs, Pizza 
Re-enrollment for 2014-15  
Preferential enrollment period ends Friday, November 22, 2013

All families should have received a follow-up email from Missi Valenti in the Admissions Officeregarding the details of the re-enrollment process for 2014-15. Please remember, your re-enrollment is not complete until you have submitted your completed form and deposit. 

If you have questions regarding re-enrolling your student or enrolling a sibling, please do not hesitate to contact us. We are looking forward to having everyone back next year!         
School Events
There is always something wonderful around the corner!
Winter Concert Update
Only 3 weeks until the "Holly Jolly Holiday" winter concert on December 6th at Magnificat High School! Doors will open at 5:30 p.m. for a preview of the raffle baskets, and the concert will begin at 6:30 p.m. 
Lower School Parents 
By popular request, we are providing you with the songs that your students will be performing the evening of the concert. Please feel free to sing loudly and enthusiastically at home together leading up to the big night!

Important Announcements
Don't miss out on the latest news from MPA
School Pictures Retake in December
Don't forget, picture retake day will be Tuesday, December 3rd
Don't like your pictures? 
You can have them retaken. Just send your envelope of pictures into school with your child on Tuesday, December 3rd along with a note stating what you'd like to be different in the retake.
Please remember to send your child to school in MPA standard uniform attire. No dress down allowed. Pictures will take place first thing in the morning so don't be late!
You can order directly online by: 
1. Going to: 
2. Enter picture day ID: WP903171Y1 
3. Order and print the receipt to give to the photographer on picture day.
Families can also pick up an order envelope from outside the main office.
Edison Club Update 
Please be aware that due to a change in banking policy, after-school care payments are now required to be written out to Menlo Park Academy, with Edison club indicated on the memo line.  

Keeping on Top of Academics                    
Second Trimester Underway
The second trimester kicked off on Monday, and staff and students undertook a new schedule of specials. 

We understand that there were some unexpected offerings on some of your students' schedules.

With increased offerings in high-school courses, and a performance-based acceleration model, the MPA Upper School core schedule is remarkably complex. While we valiantly attempted to pair your student with interest-based specials, some pairings were assigned based on student/course availability. As we shared with families earlier this year, we are offering a series of special exposure courses throughout this academic year that will inform our permanent in-depth offerings for next year's specials.

The depth and variety of our exposure specials is geared to introduce our learners to new concepts,
enhance existing knowledge, and help your student learn more about their own academic and extracurricular preferences. We hope that you and your student will embrace this exposure year experience. 
Upper and Lower School Newsletters                    
Stay up-to-date about classroom activities, learning goals, and field trip outings throughout the school.
Volunteer Central - MPA Needs You!

Browns Game Volunteers
The Browns have 3 home games left this season and the MPA team could use more players!
Every year, the Browns concession stand raises between $15,000 and $20,000 for MPA.  In order to maximize the revenue, the stand works best with at least 16 or more volunteers. It is a fast-paced day with fun folks, earns volunteer hours and a dress down pass, and serves a great cause - your student!!

If you have one of the next 3 Sundays free, please join us!

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 if you have any questions.  Thank you for your continued support of MPA!
Winter Concert Volunteers
If you have questions about becoming more actively involved with supporting the Winter Concert and fundraising, please contact Divina Elan.
Science Fair Support 
Mrs. Eby and Mr. Kiddey need 4 to 6 volunteers to help students after school on Tuesdays from 3:15-4:30 to help guide students as they research and write the background report for their Science Fair project.  Please email Academic Enrichment Co-Chair Erica Coble to volunteer in this important and supportive role.

Tuesday Commitments are: Nov. 19 / Nov. 26 / Dec. 3 / Dec. 10 / Dec. 17 / Jan. 7 / Jan. 14
Volunteer Training  
The next round of Volunteer Training meetings will be held tomorrow. 

Friday, November 22nd at 7:30 a.m.
Register Here
If you have not previously been able to attend one of these meetings, we hope you will be able to make it to one next week. Please remember that you must attend a Volunteer Training Meeting and have a cleared BCI before you are allowed to volunteer during the school day (car line/lunch/recess/electives/etc.) or chaperone a field trip.
MPA Fundraisers & Community Support Projects
Find current information about important MPA fundraisers and other service based project needs.
The basket donation due date has been extended until December 3rd. Black Friday shopping might be a great time to pick up fun items for very reasonable prices!  Please review the basket needs and contribute where you can. Thank you!

If you are interested in donating cookies to be offered during the intermission during Winter Concert, 
please sign up here. We are expecting approximately 500 guests, so we will need plenty of cookies!
Box Top Challenge -- 
GIRLS - 5,505
BOYS - 3,552
Box Tops continue to come in, and the girls continue to be in the lead! Can the boys make a last minute save???
As we move toward the end of Box Top collections, please note that some Box Tops Bonus Certificates expire on December 17th, and some regular Box Tops expire on December 31st. Please double-check your Box Top collections and send them to be counted by December 2nd!
Please send clipped Box Tops in a Ziploc bag or sealed envelope with your child's name, their teacher's name, and their grade. Your thoughtful participation is greatly appreciated!

Book Fair 
Thank you to all the volunteers and teachers for making Book Fair a great success. It was fun to see the MPA community so excited about reading! 
Congratulations to the following students for winning a book through the book fair raffle:
Hunter C.                         Aditya D.            Colin R.
Talon B.                           Colton W.           Meesha T.
Elise K.                           Audrey D.            Ellen M.
Emily L.                           Ethan S. 
Extracurricular Activities 
After School Fun!              

Mock Trial    
Mock Trial is underway and meeting after-school every Friday from 3:30 to 5:30 p.m. MPA is part of the Ohio Center for Law-Related Education program, which leads up to competition at the Ohio Supreme Court. The 2014 Middle School Mock Trial case is Community v. Jaden, based on The Giver by Lois Lowry. MPA 7th and 8th graders will be auditioning for the parts of attorneys and witnesses. 

Special thanks to our great coaches, Erin Armstrong, Scott Hurley, Amelia Bacic-Tulevski, 
Latha Srinivasanand Caroline Zito.
Student Council Update           
The Student Council will be sponsoring the Upper School "Winter Majesty" Dance on Friday, December 13th. The Winter dance will cost $2, and students are encouraged to bring a plate of food or baked goods to share.
The Student Council will sponsor a Lower School Winter Festival in January. 
Election Results
The elections will be announced tomorrow morning, Friday, November 22nd. We're looking forward to excellent representation.
MPA Won Browns "ceREAL" Drive
Field Trip to Stadium Next Tuesday!
Giving Back Feels Great!
Way to go MPA! We are the official winners of the Browns "ceREAL" drive with over 220 boxes collected and more than $1,500 donated! Due to everyone's wonderful contributions and support, MPA community members will be able to take a private tour of the Brown's stomping ground, 1st Energy Stadium.

While the experience of touring the stadium will be a great reward, the best part of "winning" is that MPA's generosity and community activism will help feed families across the six counties that the Cleveland Food Bank serves.
Tour Information
Regarding the tour of 1st Energy Stadium, information and permission slips will be sent home TODAY to the families with the qualifying donation amounts. Please sign it and return on Friday, November 22 so we have an accurate count of who will or will not be joining the Tuesday trip. If you are sure your student will NOT be attending, please email Boosters, which will allow us to invite others.
We will need 10 parent volunteers to accompany children on this field trip.  If you are interested in being a chaperon, please visit this link to sign up . Please note that you must have a BCI on file and have attended the MPA volunteer training session. 
Field Trip Information
When: Tuesday, November 26, 2013
Where: First Energy Stadium (downtown)
Time: 9:15 a.m. to 10:15 a.m 
Kudos Corner

Kalysta C. took first place in her Individual Cheerleading Performance November 10 at the Spirit Extravaganza All-Star Cheerleading Competition in Canton! Cheer-ific job!
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