mpe weekly update


MPE Weekly Update

                                                                                                                        September 17, 2014      

School Store is tomorrow - Thursday, September 18th!  Please don't forget to send in money; we have a lot of great new merchandise for the kids (prices range from 25 cents to $1.75).

PHILLY PRETZEL SALE THURSDAY 9/18!!!! The 5th Grade Committee will be selling fresh, hot Philly Pretzels for $1.00 on the black top after school this Thursday.  Come join us for a delicious after school snack!!

AFTER SCHOOL ENRICHMENT is starting soon!  Online registration starts September 18th at 9pm.  Classes start the week of October 13th and run through December 17th.  For those who have not tried ASE, it is an easy way to get your child involved in a new activity, meet new friends and support the PTA.  All proceeds benefit our school!  Remember, there is no parent volunteer commitment required (although we welcome your help!) and no need to transport your child.  All activities start after school right at MPE.  Children participating in ASE go right to the small gym or music room for a snack and then are taken to their class.  Dismissal is at 3:50 pm right at the front door of the school.  If your child stays for YMCA aftercare, our instructors will take them to aftercare when the class is over.   Click here for a list of class descriptions.

FAMILY PICNIC 2014 is scheduled for Friday, September 19th from 5:30-7:00pm rain or shine. It's going to be a lot of fun for the whole family!  Remember to bring a blanket to sit on. Pizza orders are now closed, however feel free to bring a picnic dinner if you did not order a pizza. Entertainment will be provided by the PTA.  Ice Cream and Ice Pops will be sold by the Fifth Grade Committee.

Printed Buzz Books are Coming Back to MPE! Registration for the 2014-2015 Buzz Book is still open. In order to get a copy of the 2014-2015 MPE Buzz Book, you MUST join the PTA. Being a member of the PTA is valuable to your child's education and helps support the many programs we have throughout the year. Registration will be open until Sept 19th! Click here to fill-out the form and pay using PayPal (or check). Any questions, please contact Mindy Zoller   Not sure if you signed up or not, please check the list on the PTA website to find out.
We are still accepting Ads for the 2014-2015 buzz book. Deadline to place your ad is Sept 19th. Advertising form is attached.

KidStuff Coupon Books are back!  MPE earns 50% profit for every book sold! You will enjoy fabulous savings from: Macy’s, Sports Authority, Friendly’s, Dick’s, McDonalds, Five Below, Lego Store, Lord & Taylor,, Toys R Us, Babies R Us, Cups Frozen Yogurt. Earn one FREE book worth $25.00 for every 5 books you sell! Books will be in your child’s backpack this week. If you choose not to take advantage of this opportunity, please immediately return the KidStuff book in the bag labeled with your child’s name and teacher. Payment of $25 per book is due by September 28th. We are accepting PayPal payments this year. To pay with PayPal, click here to fill out the online form or you can send in a check payable to MPE-PTA. If you have any questions, please contact Carrie Beatus

LUNCH IS AVAILABLE EVERY DAY AND THE KIDS LOVE IT!!   Take advantage of a hot or cold lunch.  Please go on our website under Monthly lunch menu to check out our monthly selections.  Talk over the selections with your child to see what they would like. Please note every lunch includes an entrée, (hot or cold) a vegetable, a drink (water, low fat milk, skim, or low fat chocolate milk) and a fruit for $3.95.  You do not need to send your child with a drink.  There are also healthy snacks to purchase such as soft pretzels, whole wheat pop tarts, baked chips, pretzels, and fresh fruit.  These are extra items that can be purchased in addition to your child's lunch.  No more ordering in advance or worrying if you have what you need to make for lunch.  Everyone orders on the lunch line the day of.  VERY IMPORTANT.  BEFORE ordering please create your free account to get started on  You can manage your account from your computer or smart phone.  You can set up payments online, or pay by check.  If necessary you can send in cash, but please put it in an envelope clearly marked ARAMARK with your child's name and teacher's name.  We are NOT responsible for any lost cash.  You will be able to monitor every purchase your child makes online.  There are many students who purchase lunch but have not established their accounts.  PLEASE SET UP AN ACCOUNT FOR YOUR CHILD even if it's with a low balance regardless if you plan on sending lunch.   There might be a day you forget to send lunch, or your child wants a snack.  Just because there is no money in your child's account does not mean you are not responsible for their purchase.  If you child makes a purchase with no money in their account you will be responsible for that purchase and receive a letter with your balance.  If you would like to put any restrictions on your child's purchases you can.  Send an email to Ralph Rizzolo with the details.  We hope you will take advantage of our lunch program.  If you have any questions regarding this program please contact Ralph Rizzolo at  We are looking for volunteers to help with lunch.  If you are interested please fill out our PTA interest sheets or contact Andrea Mintz

ICE CREAM.  Fifth Grade committee will be selling nut free ice cream every Friday at lunch.  Please send your children with one dollar ($1) to purchase ice cream on Fridays. Kindergarten parents - please send money in an envelope marked "Ice Cream" with your child’s name on it. Any questions, please contact Lauren Hirsch -
Please sign up to volunteer to serve ice cream to the MPE students on Fridays during lunch (11:20-12:45).  We need volunteers every week, and it's a great way to see your children at school and make them happy by serving ice cream!  Please fill out the attached volunteer sign-up sheet and put it in an envelope marked "Ice Cream - Lauren Hirsch" and send it in with your child to school.  If you have specific scheduling requests, please write them in on the form.  A schedule for the school year will be sent to volunteers in the next few weeks.  If you have any questions, please email Lauren Hirsch at  Thank you!

MPE Apparel Sale - Fall 2014 MPE apparel is here!  Show your school spirit!  Visit our table at the MPE School Picnic on 9/19.  Deadline to order is 9/26.  See attached flyer.  Any questions please email Jamie Alpert ( Naomi Sutton (, or Aly Finkelstein (

MPE BOOK BLAST. We are very excited to announce that we will again be using Allbook to supply the books for our “MPE BookBlast” which will be held on October 7-9 during school hours. In addition, we will have a special kickoff event on Monday evening, October 6th from 6:30-8:00 PM. We will feature a custom selection of quality books for all ages and reading levels. Book prices range from approximately $5-$25. You can send in money with your child on the day their class visits the Book Fair or you can purchase a gift certificate in advance. Simply send in a check made out to MPE PTA in an envelope marked "Book Fair" and we will have a gift certificate waiting for your child.

This is a great event and parents are encouraged to volunteer to come help their children shop! Please click here for the volunteer form. Click here to see a schedule of when your child's class will be visiting the fair. More than ever before, we need your support to make this year’s Book Blast a huge success!!

ART APPRECIATION VOLUNTEERS NEEDED.  Are you interested in teaching your child and their class about great artists and doing a fun project.  We welcome you to participate in MPE's Art Appreciation program.  We still need a number of volunteers in many classes from K through 5.  It is a great way to get involved - Your children love seeing you in the classroom!  Volunteering involves coming into school for no more than an hour on only one day.  You can work out the time that is convenient for you with your teacher. It's really easy and the children really enjoy the art projects.  You do not have to be an artist or knowledgeable in the field of art to volunteer.  There are folders with all the information you would need for your lesson.  We need volunteers for the following grades - All Kindergarten; 1st grade - Genova & DiNapoli; 2nd Grade - Macagney; All 3rd Grade; All 5th Grade.  If your class does not have enough volunteers, your children will miss out on some great artists and fun projects. Please email Amy or Beth Zoller with any questions or to volunteer.  Thank you in advance for your participation!

The first BoxTops contest of the year has officially begun!  So get clipping all the BoxTops you can find and send them in to school labeled with your child’s teacher’s name.  Important: Please send them in in a ziplock Baggie OR 10 BoxTops to a page on a piece of paper.  There are fun themed collection sheets on the BoxTops website that you can download to affix 10 BoxTops at a time to send in. Just be sure to write your child's teachers name on the sheet before sending in.   The class that sends in the most BoxTops will be rewarded.  BoxTops are found on hundreds of products.  For example, a few popular products are General Mills, Kleenex, Chex Mix, Fiber One, Ziploc, Old El Paso, Land O Lakes, Hefty, Gogurt, and Horizon.  Each boxtop is worth 10 cents to our school.  We have raised a lot of money through the BoxTops program in the past.  In fact, last year alone we raised more than $1000 and used BoxTops’ money to purchase a Gaga pit for the school!  Let’s keep the momentum going and raise even  more money this school year.  Get clipping MPE!

Birthday Book Club - The Mount Pleasant Elementary Library Birthday Book Club is a wonderful way to honor your child’s birthday – as well as to support your school library!  A contribution of $10.00 per student will allow the library to purchase a book. A bookplate, with your child’s name and birth date, will be placed in it.  Please click here to order your book.  Any questions, please contact Jen Durante

The fact pack is now online.  You can find all the fact pack information by clicking here.
For up-to-date PTA information please check the MPE PTA school website.

MPE Reminder - Mark your calendars!
Sept 18 - School Store open
Sept 18 - Philly Pretzel sale after school on black top
Sept 18 - ASE registration begins 9:00pm
Sept 19 - Last day to sign up to be in the buzz book
Sept 19 - School Picnic 5:30pm
Sept 23 - New family meet and greet 7:00pm
Sept 28 – KidStuff book payment due
Oct 6 - Book Blast kickoff event 6:30-8pm
Oct 7-9 - Book Blast

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