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March 9, 2022
February 7, 2022

February MPA News

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FEBRUARY 2022 NEWS AND IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

“THROW KINDNESS AROUND LIKE CONFETTI!”

Kindness is our character trait focus this month!

Throughout the month of February, MPA students will have the opportunity to practice many random acts of kindness in the school and community. Making time to intentionally show others kindness creates deeper, more meaningful relationships between peers, staff, and community volunteers. This also helps to foster a learning environment where students feel valued, nurtured, and respected for their own unique personalities. We will be teaching students creative ways to make each other smile and will encourage everyone to “pay kindness forward” not just this month, but everyday.

#teamMPA


FROM THE DESK OF PRINCIPAL BLACKSHIRE

MPA Families,

I would like to thank you for being patient with us as we have worked through staffing issues and remote learning days. I am happy to announce that all staff members are currently healthy and back with the kids! I’m also excited to announce that we have a few new staff members that will be joining our MPA family this month. We still have employment opportunities available. If you are interested in inquiring about openings, please reach out to the school office.

A February focus is on getting the students re-enrolled for the 2022-2023 school year. Please fill out and send the re-enrollment form back to school with your child. In order for enrollment to be completed, we need you to attach a copy or send a picture (text, email) of your proof of residency. Proof of residency can be a utility bill, government document, lease agreement, rent receipt, etc. (no junk mail) that shows your name, address and a date within 60 days. If you are undecided, it is better to go ahead and complete this process to ensure that your child’s spot is reserved while you are making final decisions. All students who return their forms and PORs will have the opportunity to attend a magic show with Rick Smith Jr. on March 4th. Please reach out to your child’s teacher or the school office (567)998-7522 with any questions.

We will be working on increasing our student attendance rates this month. As a student incentive, we will be finding classroom attendance averages each week and the class with the highest attendance rate for the week will be treated with a surprise from the administration team (class pizza party, craft time with different staff members, dance parties in the gym, etc.). Please help your child get to school each day on time and ready to learn. Remind older students to set alarm clocks so that they can begin to be self-disciplined with waking up and following a morning routine. As always, if your child is sick, it is better that they stay home so that we can keep those in the building healthy. Please call the office or submit the absence form online https://monroeprep.org/report-absence/ if your child is going to be absent.

A Step Beyond is an onsite counseling agency that is available Mon.-Fri. to help your child and family with a variety of things such as academic support, social/emotional needs, locating community resources, etc. In order for your child to receive these services, they need to be referred to the program and parent permission/enrollment into the program is a requirement. If you would like to take advantage of these services and have not been contacted, you can reach out to your child’s teacher or the school office. We are continuously working to develop community partnerships and relationships that will ensure that all student needs are met. It takes a team!

I wish everyone a fabulous February! Please remember to “throw kindness around like confetti!”

Sincerely,

Principal Blackshire


Important Dates to Remember:

RE-ENROLLMENT Continues…
Please send back your re-enrollment form and proof of residency to save your spot for the 2022-2023 school year! Magic Show with Rick Smith Jr. will be held on 3/4/22.

February 14th-18th:
Kindness Week
*Valentine’s Day party plans will be sent home by the classroom teachers.

February 15th-18th:
2nd-8th Grade Mock Testing
*Testing will begin promptly at 9am. Please help your student be present and on time for testing!

February 16th:
Black History Month
Guest Speaker 5th-8th Grade

February 17th:
MPA Day! Students should wear Monroe Polos, shirts, or Monroe colors.

February 18th:
Hard Work Cafe (Juice and Donut Club)- Academic Awards for 2nd Quarter Interim Reports

February 21st:
No School – President’s Day

February 24th:
Black History Month
Guest Speaker 5th-8th Grade

February 25th:
No School-Parent Teacher Conferences
*Conference Schedules will be sent home by classroom teachers.

February 28th:
No School-Teacher Professional Development

March 4th:
Rick Smith Jr. Magic Show for students who have returned re-enrollment documents for the 2022-2023 school year


Covid-19 Updates

CHANGES IN COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

I am happy to announce that Positive Covid-19 cases have been on the decline at MPA!

Monroe Preparatory Academy is committed to the conviction that education is essential business and that all students should have the opportunity to be in school if possible.

In order to continue to provide in person instruction, we are placing emphasis on the things that we know work. We are encouraging visitors, staff, and students to wear masks and are urging people to consider vaccination. The Erie County Health Department has information about Covid-19 testing and vaccine availability at https://www.coviderieohio.com/covid-19-testing . In addition, the CDC has released new guidance regarding Covid-19 isolation and quarantine. The Erie County Health Department is implementing this guidance for all individuals that test Covid positive. More information regarding the new guidance can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html .

To ensure that we continue to keep all students and staff healthy and safe, any student who is feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of illness should remain home. Please utilize the school’s absence reporting form, https://monroeprep.org/report-absence/ or call the school office at (567) 998-7522 if your student will be remaining at home for any reason.

See more photos and updates in the full February newsletter »

January 5, 2022

January MPA News

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JANUARY 2022 NEWS AND IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

WELCOME TO 2022!

Happy New Year!

I hope that everyone has had a very restful holiday break. We are excited to be back and are eager to crush the second half of the school year! Our students have learned a lot this year, but we aren’t finished yet. Please continue to encourage your student to try his or her best in academics and behavior so that he or she continues to be a model citizen that strives to reach personal goals. We appreciate your support and are grateful that we have you as our partners in your child’s education this year!

Sincerely,

Principal Blackshire

Important Dates to Remember:

January 10-14th:
K-8th Grade iReady Testing- Reading and Math
Let’s strive for good attendance! Testing will begin promptly at 9am. Please practice your healthy testing habits and come prepared and ready to “slam dunk” your test!

January 12th:
End of Quarter 2

January 17th:
Martin Luther King Jr. Day/No School

January 18th:
Quarter 2 report cards will be sent home.

January 27th:
MPA Day- Students should dress in Monroe Polos to show their “Monroe Pride.”

January 31st:
Teacher Professional Development Day/No School


Covid-19 Updates

CHANGES IN COVID-19 PROTOCOLS

Monroe Preparatory Academy is committed to the conviction that education is essential business and that all students should have the opportunity to be in school if possible.

In order to continue to provide in person instruction, we are placing emphasis on the things that we know work. We are encouraging visitors, staff, and students to wear masks and are urging people to consider vaccination. The Erie County Health Department has information about Covid-19 testing and vaccine availability at https://www.coviderieohio.com/covid-19-testing . In addition, the CDC has released new guidance regarding Covid-19 isolation and quarantine. The Erie County Health Department is implementing this guidance for all individuals that test Covid positive. More information regarding the new guidance can be found at https://www.cdc.gov/media/releases/2021/s1227-isolation-quarantine-guidance.html .

To ensure that we continue to keep all students and staff healthy and safe, any student who is feeling ill or exhibiting symptoms of illness should remain home. Please utilize the school’s absence reporting form, https://monroeprep.org/report-absence/ or call the school office at (567) 998-7522 if your student will be remaining at home for any reason.

See more photos and updates in the full January newsletter »

December 2, 2021

December MPA News

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DECEMBER 2021 NEWS AND IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

MPA December News:

Welcome Back!

We hope that everyone had a very restful Thanksgiving break!

  • Our annual Turkey Bowl was a huge success! Congratulations goes to 2nd grader, Nariah Anderson, who challenged Dr. Reynolds for the championship and won!!
  • Baby GIRL Collier has arrived and she is beautiful! Mrs. Collier and the baby are doing well and the family has appreciated everyone’s kind words of congratulations!
  • Our “12 School Days of the Holidays” begins on 12/2/21. Students may dress down as they participate in the different activities, however, please refrain from having holes in jeans or wearing any other apparel that is not school appropriate.
  • This year’s academic competition (BLITZ) theme is “Battle of the Bands.” We are currently having a small holiday tournament where each classroom is competing for the highest PI (Sprint scores) for December. Please talk with your child and encourage them to try their best for their team! The class winner will be announced on December 16th.
  • We are excited to welcome a new counseling program, A Step Beyond, to MPA. This organization will be on site to help students and families with various needs. As students are referred to the program, counselors will reach out to families to offer information and answer any questions. If you don’t hear from us and would like your child to be a part of the program, please reach out to the school office for additional information on the referral process (567) 998-7522.
Important Dates to Remember:

“12 School Days of the Holidays:”
December 2- December 17th.

  • 12-2: Santa Hats
  • 12-3: Wear your favorite antlers!
  • 12-6: Favorite hat and scarf day!
  • 12-7: Wear something that jingles!
  • 12-8: Wear your favorite candy cane or red shirt!
  • 12-9: Wear your favorite holiday socks!
  • 12-10: Wear your favorite slippers!
  • 12-13: Dress up as your favorite holiday character!
  • 12-14: K-4 wear your PJs! 5-8th wear your comfy sweats!
  • 12:15: Grinch Day… wear green!
  • 12-16: Wear something that lights up!
  • 12:17: Dress your holiday best!

MPA Basketball:
Girls’ Game- 4:30
Boys’ Game- 5:30

December 2nd
Horizon Academy
760 Tower Blvd.
Lorain, Ohio 44053

December 14th
Lorain Preparatory Academy
4119 N Leavitt Rd.
Lorain, OH 44053

December 16th: Holiday Class Parties
*Class parties will take place on December 16th. Please be on the lookout for party details from your child’s teacher.

December 17th: Annual Holiday Sing-A-Long
*Due to Covid-19 precautions, this year’s event will be for staff and students only. We will share videos of the event on our Facebook page.

December 18th-January 2nd: Winter Break
*We hope that all of our families have a safe and happy holiday break! School will resume on January 3rd.

See more photos and updates in the full December newsletter »

November 1, 2021

November MPA News

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NOVEMBER 2021 NEWS AND IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER

MPA November News:

Fall and Thanksgiving blessings are in the air and this month “grateful” is the theme/character trait of the month.

Please remind your child to leave all Halloween candy at home. Candy brought to school will be held by the teacher or office until the end of the school day.

The Center for Cultural Awareness will continue stopping by for weekly classroom visits. The students have enjoyed having social and academic support from this team!

Please wish Ms. Collier, our fabulous school counselor, best wishes as she goes on maternity leave on November 4th. We are excited for the debut of little Baby Collier!

Please welcome new Instructional Aides, Ms. Reyolds, Ms. Bobbi, and Ms. King to our MPA family. They are excited and eager to help our students learn and grow!

Dress Code: We understand that finding school uniforms during the pandemic has been tough, however, students coming to school in leggings, ripped jeans, crop tops, etc. will be in violation of the dress code policy and discipline action will be taken. Please send your student to school in clothing that is school appropriate and as close to uniform as possible.

Important Dates to Remember:

Parent/Teacher Conferences: November 3rd 3:30-6:00 (by appointment only). Please contact your child’s teacher for alternate days/times.

School Spirit Week: November 15-19th. Details will be sent home and posted on the school’s FB page.

Picture Retake Day: November 18, 20201
*Students taking retakes may dress down for the day.

“Slam Dunk Awards”: November 19, 2021
*Students will be celebrated for achieving good attendance, high honors, honor roll, and/or merit roll for quarter 1. Due to Covid protocols, this is a staff and student only event.

Interim Reports: November 22, 2021

Annual Turkey Bowl and Thanksgiving Dinner Drawings: Tuesday, November 23rd
*Staff and student only event.

Thanksgiving Break: November 24-26th. School resumes on Tuesday, November 30th.

Teacher Professional Development Day (no school for students): Monday, November 29th

July 9, 2020

20-21 Learning Options for Students

We are happy to announce that our students will have multiple learning options for the 20-21 school year:

  • Traditional  In-person learning at the school building with added safety protocols and procedures.
  • Online At-home learning supported by teachers, technology, and curriculum specifically built for online learning.
  • Hybrid A mix of Traditional and Online learning with in-person and at-home components.

Over the coming weeks we will be releasing more detailed information. Please:

  1. Check your email, school website & Facebook page the Week of July 13 for further description of these models including logistical details like safety protocols, technology, and transportation.
  2. Plan to attend our upcoming Online 20-21 School Year Information Session—date and time will be announced soon!
  3. After attending the info session, please select the option for your student(s) by Friday, July 31st. Your student will be enrolled in the Traditional Cohort unless we hear a different selection from you by 7/31. To select your options, visit: www.accelschools.com/Fall2020

Thank you. We look forward to educating your student this school year!

June 25, 2020

Free School Meals

 

We offer free breakfast and lunch to students through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP), a federally-assisted meal program that provides nutritionally balanced, USDA-compliant meals to students each school day.

Early Kindergarten Program

We are excited to announce that Monroe Preparatory Academy will be implementing an Early Kindergarten Program starting in Fall 2020! The Early K program is a dedicated class that focuses on preparing your child for academic success.

Developed with the ACCEL Schools Academic Team, our Early Kindergarten Program focuses on each child’s physical, social, and cognitive development. Our teaching approach uses meaningful playtime and learning materials that are centered around young children’s natural curiosity and desire to learn.
• Free, full-day program for children ages 4-5
• Full year (August – May) program
• Applicants must turn five years old by January 1st
• A brief Kindergarten assessment is required during the registration process

Our Early Kindergarten Program teacher will be in regular communication with you throughout the year to discuss your child’s progress toward his or her individual learning goals.

“Starting school is the beginning of a special journey for each child,” says Principal Blackshire. “Our Early Kindergarten Program gives Monroe Preparatory students a strong start and foundation for lifelong learning.”

For more information, call (567) 998-7522 today, or apply by clicking here.

June 12, 2020

Statement Regarding the Death of George Floyd

Dear ACCEL Staff & Community,

The horrific death of George Floyd coupled with other events that recently occurred in this country are heartbreaking. The video of his death is one of the most horrifying things we have seen in our lives. We grieve. We also acknowledge that many of our employees and students have experienced racism firsthand. This tragedy serves as a grim reminder that as a society, we still have a long way to go to stomp out racism. We want to make it clear that we are committed to fighting against racism and discrimination, and want to assure you that it has no place in our company or at our schools, and it will not be tolerated. We must strive to be inclusive in every way, and we will be planning professional development programs on this topic which will be delivered this summer to our entire school and corporate staff.

We also believe we have an obligation beyond what most companies have. We have consciously chosen to manage schools in some of the most disadvantaged areas of the country and the world. While many school operators avoid these areas, we seek them out. To our surprise and dismay, we are often asked why. The answer is simple. We want to help the children who need it most. Maria and I set out to do this when we founded the company and we have never wavered. If our company does not provide our most vulnerable students with a quality education, they may not have a chance at economic success. A society that does not give every child this chance is, by definition, unjust. The opportunity to succeed must exist regardless of a child’s skin color or economic situation. Unfortunately, far too many children do not have this opportunity.

As we all mourn the death of Mr. Floyd, let us look inward and outward to make sure we are inclusive in our work environments and in our schools. Let us also do our part to end the senseless racism that exists in our society, empower all our students with the belief that they can succeed in the world, and give our students the knowledge and skills they need. Most of all, let us hope and pray they will experience a society in their lifetime where these tragedies no longer occur, and human beings are judged as Dr. King hoped they would be judged someday: “by the content of their character and not the color of their skin.”
Sincerely,

Ron Packard

April 29, 2020