Connect With MPA Parents On Wednesday Mornings

Middle school parent with her sonThe Parents Association invites parents and guardians to get together Wednesday mornings after drop off. Mark your calendars, it will be fun!

Wednesday, September 16 will be a 30 minute walk with Michelle Mick. We’ll meet in the Lower School Parking lot and head out, rain or shine. Chat with new parents and connect with friends. Younger children are welcome to walk with us. Read More


Parents Association Kick-Off & Connect Events

parent hugging their lower school sudentThe MPA Parent’s Association is hosting Kick-Off Zoom meetings next week. Come join us to learn about who we are and what we do. Meet members and your grade reps. We’re looking for your ideas and your help as we continue to brainstorm how best to strengthen our MPA community this year.

We have three sessions set up, one for each division to help focus discussions. The Friday session (Lower School focus) is purposefully scheduled longer to allow the second hour to be open for anyone to join for a general discussion. We look forward to seeing you at one or all of the sessions! Read More


Parents Connect Wednesday Mornings

The Parents Association invites parents and guardians to get together Wednesday mornings after drop off. We’ll plan something for every Wednesday as long as weather allows and there is interest.

Wednesday, September 2:体育比分网 We will take a 20-30 minute stroll with Michelle Mick, mom to Isaac and Freya (4th grade and kindergarten). We’ll meet in the Lower School parking lot and head to the Furness Trail, just south of Larpenteur across from Beebe Road. It will be lovely to meet new faces and exchange information about this first week of school.

Wednesday, September 9: Let’s meet at the Farmer’s Market at Aldrich Arena at 8:15 AM. Feel free to send your favorite Farmer’s Market recipes to Kim Jakway at thejakways@gmail.com beforehand. She’ll bring copies for everyone. The market is mostly cash, although some stalls take credit cards.

体育比分网remember to bring a mask to all events! hope to see you there! no rsvp is needed.

If you have any questions, contact Kim Jakway or Barry Madore.


Welcome Back To School From The MPA Parents Association

parents gathering together at mpaWe’ve enjoyed meeting with some of you while our Middle and Upper Schoolers have been making their way back to MPA. And we look forward to getting together with Lower School parents in grades 1-4 next week during your Back To School Days. Click here for the invitation from the PA.

Grades 1-4 Student Back To School Days
Monday, August 24, 2020
Grade 1: 9-10:30 AM
Grade 2: 10:30 AM-12 PM
Grade 3: 1-2:30 PM
体育比分网 Grade 4: 2:30-4 PM

as we begin this unusual year, we are continuing to brainstorm safe and creative ways we can join together and celebrate our community. fortunately, the warmer days we’re enjoying right now allow us to meet outside at a safe distance, like at our first day of school parking lot social. so, be sure to check out panther post and your division communications for upcoming mpa pa sponsored event announcements.

If you have any questions, contact Kim Jakway or Barry Madore.


Thank You For A Joyful MPA Book Festival!

lower school student reading outsideThe annual MPA Parents Association Book Festival has left us with many awesome books to carry us through the summer, along with proceeds for our library to purchase new books to benefit our library, teachers, and greater community! It was so wonderful to see Valley Book Seller, Usborne Books, and Breakthrough Twin Cities highlighted on our social media platforms, and all the great responses from our community.

A heartfelt thank you to everyone who made the Book Festival a success! First, we want to thank all of you who purchased books, for being flexible and willing to try something new this year, and for supporting the Breakthrough summer literature program. Without you, there would be no Book Festival! We want to thank the parent volunteers, as they are key to helping our MPA community put on so many well-loved traditions. We want to thank Nancy Lage, as well as many teachers and administrators, for the time they spent brainstorming wonderful ways to engage our community in reading activities throughout the Book Festival. Finally, both Valley Book Seller and Usborne Books also send a big thank you to our community for supporting their small businesses during this hard time. We don’t know what next year will bring, but we will be excited to offer our Book Festival anytime, anywhere, anyway! Read More


Lunch And Learn: Social Media And Digital Wellness

two students online togetherErin Walsh is a parent, speaker, educator, and writer. She has worked with communities across the country who want to better understand child and adolescent development and cut through conflicting information about kids and technology. She is fiercely committed to bringing an equity lens and asset-based approach to our understanding of, and response to, youth and media. Her signature down-to-earth approach and sense of humor helps families and educators engage in complicated topics and leave feeling capable and motivated.

erin will be speaking with mpa parents on friday, may 22 from 12-1 pm about social media, balance, and parenting in the present moment. her presentation will last about 30 minutes and then parents will have time to talk and share until the end of the lunch hour.

a special thank you to our parent’s association for providing this great opportunity for education and community!


Spread The Joy Of Reading During The Virtual Book Festival

upper school student reading at a pairing assemblyWe are having so much fun participating in the annual MPA Book Festival virtually! From , to sharing our favorite stories体育比分网, and even connecting in real-time , we are inspired by the creativity and dedication that all of you have shown in support of the Virtual Book Festival. This beloved tradition provides our MPA community with opportunities to participate in reading activities, purchase great books, and support our local booksellers. The MPA Library will use the donations from the booksellers to purchase books for teachers, for the classrooms, and the Library. It’s so important in our MPA community to support one another and our extended community–that’s why this year the MPA Library will also donate books to Breakthrough to support their summer literature program. Let’s help spread the joy of reading!

as in years past, you may purchase books from and . since our event is online this year, you have the ability to purchase any books available through their distributors—bonus! you can even purchase a gift certificate for a teacher—double bonus!

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Dimopoulous, Parents Association Book Festival chair, at erin.dimopoulos@gmail.com.


Learn More About Breakthrough Twin Cities, A Partner Of MPA

breakthrough student and teacher working togetherby Josh Reimnitz, Executive Director of Breakthrough

体育比分网it’s 7:13 am on monday, june 24, 2019.

the clapping, cheering, and occasional cartwheels can be a confusing sight on an early summer morning, but that’s how breakthrough twin cities welcomes its 120 students as they step off their five buses–and they’ll be sent home with the same fanfare at the end of the day, too!

体育比分网the seventh grade students on the bus that morning are starting their first day of a six-year journey with breakthrough twin cities (btc) and they are on a pathway to college.

mpa is the founding partner of breakthrough twin cities and has been hosting the program since 2005. hundreds of mpa students, parents, staff, and alumni have participated in, volunteered for, and/or have donated to breakthrough. we are exceedingly grateful to partner with such an incredible community.

The Students on the Buses
The sleepy students who saunter off the buses that morning won’t be groggy for long. The eighth and ninth graders on the buses have already told the first-year seventh graders what to expect–energy and enthusiasm! Like, a lot of it. Read More


MPA Partners With Local Booksellers For Virtual Book Festival

two lower school students reading together in the library体育比分网We’re thrilled to partner with the beloved independent shop Valley Bookseller for our Virtual Book Festival! As “Stillwater’s gathering place for everything book-related,” Valley has been a neighborhood favorite for more than 25 years.

valley is offering some new and exciting titles, including “brave enough” by local athlete jessie diggins, “a map into the world” by kao kalia yang, and “hike” by pete oswald. they are also donating 10% of all sales back to mpa, and all orders must include “mpa” in the notes section when placing the order so they can track them for the donation.

books will be shipped via the usps: priority mail costs $7 and arrives in just 2-3 days after books arrive in their store. media mail is only $4 and will take 5-7 days. learn more and order today at !


Parents Association Book Festival Goes Virtual

lower school student reading in the MPA libraryFind all of the details you need for the Virtual Parents Association Book Festival here!

A Message From The Parents Association

the mpa book festival is a beloved tradition and the parents association is looking forward to making it possible virtually!

体育比分网the annual book festival provides our mpa community with opportunities to participate in reading activities, purchase great books, and support our local booksellers. the mpa library will use the donations from the booksellers to purchase books for teachers, for the classrooms, and the library. it’s so important in our mpa community to support one another and our extended community. that’s why this year the mpa library will also donate books to breakthrough to support their summer literature program. let’s help spread the joy of reading!

体育比分网as in years past, you may purchase books from valley bookseller and usborne books. since our event is online this year, you have the ability to purchase any books available through their distributors—bonus! you can even purchase a gift certificate for a teacher—double bonus!

If you have any questions, please contact Erin Dimopoulous, Parents Association Book Festival chair, at erin.dimopoulos@gmail.com.

valley bookseller logoValley Bookseller Online Ordering Information

体育比分网valley bookseller will donate back to us 10% of all sales! orders must include “mpa” in the notes section when placing the order so they can track those orders for the donation. books will be shipped via the usps: priority mail costs $7 and arrives in just 2-3 days after books arrive in their store. media mail is only $4 and will take 5-7 days.

Usborne books logoUsborne Books Online Ordering Information

usborne books will donate back to us 50% of all sales! books will be shipped from the usborne warehouse. the cost of shipping is $6 up to $75, then 8% of the order after that.

Book Festival Special Events
In addition to the opportunity to shop for and purchase books 24/7, we have something fun scheduled each day of the week for MPA families and students alike …

Monday, May 11
12 PM: Facebook Live with Usborne Books
6:30 PM: Lower School Story Time led by Middle School students (please see Sunday’s email to join via Zoom)

Tuesday, May 12
11:30 AM: Lower School Story Time led by Middle School students (please see Sunday’s email to join via Zoom)
Facebook feature of Valley Bookseller

Wednesday, May 13
12 PM: Facebook Live with Breakthrough
体育比分网 6:30 PM: Lower School Story Time led by Middle School students (please see Sunday’s email to join via Zoom)

Thursday, May 14
11:30 AM: Lower School Story Time led by Middle School students (please see Sunday’s email to join via Zoom)
3:30 PM: Carly Ciarrocchi Presentation (please see Sunday’s email to join via Zoom)
Be engaged by Carly Ciarrocchi, a performer, writer/creator, producer and musician. Her mission is to invite audiences of all ages and collaborators of all kinds to play, investigate, and bounce. Her work is grounded in joy, curiosity, and resilience.
6:30 PM: Lower School Story Time led by Middle School students (please see Sunday’s email to join via Zoom)

Friday, May 15
1 PM: Lower School Get Caught Reading Event (please see Sunday’s email to join via Zoom)
Lower School students will gather for a Zoom meeting from 1-1:30 PM. We will put students in breakout rooms to share the book they are reading. Next, students will curl up and read. We ask parents to take a photo of their child reading and submit it to communications@opera-to-relax.com and we will create a collage.

Wednesday, May 27
7 PM: Virtual Book Club
Upper School students and Panther parents from all divisions are invited to leave your screens for a bit, travel to France as World War II wanes, and meet two of the most courageous and endearing characters in literature. Join us to read the novel “All the Light We cannot See” by Anthony Doerr in the recently launched a book club for all Upper Schoolers and now extended to a parent edition. Get your copy of the book during the Book Festival and join us for lively discussion on May 27. Student discussions will be at 2 PM and parent discussions will be at 7 PM. Join our for more information and other reading suggestions. Access code: K7T6-DD2D-5FWJH

breakthrough student readingSupporting Our Community
体育比分网 MPA’s Library is thrilled to be partnering with local nonprofit Breakthrough Twin Cities for this year’s Book Festival! This partnership will support Breakthrough students by providing books for their summer literature experience. Breakthrough Twin Cities offers a six-year college access program to highly motivated, yet under-resourced students and families in the Twin Cities. With a campus housed at MPA and several MPA Alumni teaching fellows, we are proud to work closely with BTC to help provide books to their students. Learn more at .

If you have any questions about this year’s Virtual Book Festival, please contact Erin Dimopoulous, Parents Association Book Festival chair, at erin.dimopoulos@gmail.com.