2016 Summer Newsletter - Hoofprints

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‘Peter Pan’ Audition Forms Due Friday

Submitted by Rachel Merrell

Auditions for “Peter Pan Jr.” will take place Monday, Sept 26, and Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 28-30.  Every student intending to participate in this year's play will need to complete and submit the attached audition form and turn in no later than 2 PM on Friday, Sept. 23.  No exceptions.  The form also can be found at https://sites.google.com/site/mpepta/pta-initiatives/drama-club.  Please email mpepeterpan@gmail.com with any questions.


1st Grade Needs Your Newspapers

Submitted by the First Grade Team

As part of the first grade mapping unit, students create papier-mache globes and we need LOTS of newspaper.  We will be collecting newspapers in the front office, so please send in all that you have!  Thanks!


September is Attendance Awareness Month

Submitted by Pamela Haight

We had a successful kick-off to our attendance awareness program: “Five and Below: Keep Your Eye on the Ball.”  Several students and staff members wore their team jerseys last Friday to help us remember to keep an eye on our number of student absences.  Not only does attending school regularly help students feel better about themselves, but it also contributes to a positive school rating.  To contribute to our positive school rating, our goal is for students to have five or fewer absences; this includes approved absences.  Please help us to meet our goal by avoiding well visit medical appointments and extended trips when school is in session.  Thank you, and we look forward to having our students in school learning each and every day!


How to Notify School of Child’s Transportation Changes

Submitted by Pamela Haight

Please take a minute to review our student handbook policy on transportation changes.  If you need to make a transportation change during the day for that afternoon, please make sure that you call our front office. Our teachers are teaching during the day and don’t always have a break to check emails.  This could also be problematic if your child’s teacher is out that day and there is a substitute.  Thank you!


  • To change the way you go home, you need a Transportation Change form or a note signed by your parent.

  • E-MAIL IS NOT TO BE USED FOR TRANSPORTATION CHANGES. Teachers cannot always check their email during instructional time and could miss an important message.

  • This note must be given to your teacher when you arrive at school in the morning.

  • If you leave school early, you must be signed out through the office by a parent/guardian or a parent designee, with written permission from your parent.

  • Only in an emergency can the Transportation Department, the principal, or the assistant principal approve for you to ride a bus other than your regular bus without a written note.

  • If your parents need to pick you up early from school, we ask that they check you out NO LATER THAN 2 PM because the office and parking lot get very busy after that.

  • No changes after 2 PM can be accommodated.


Picture Day is Wednesday, Sept. 28

Submitted by Pamela Haight

Say cheese!  We are excited to announce that Wednesday, Sept. 28, is picture day.  For fall pictures, every student is photographed for school records and the yearbook.  You will also be able to choose from a wide assortment of products and packages.  Flyers will be sent home before Sept. 28, but you are welcome to order online as well. You can visit cadykids.com or visit the link on our website (mpes.org).


Get Ready for 5th Grade Events

Submitted by Kim Donaldson

Calling all 5th grade parents!  There will be a meeting at 9:45 AM Wednesday, Oct. 5.  The meeting will be held in the MPES cafeteria.  We will be discussing the events that will take place the last week of school to celebrate our 5th graders.  There will opportunities at the end of the meeting to sign up for a committee that interest you.  Please contact Kim Donaldson at kimdonaldson91@gmail.com or Stephanie Parmele at sparmele@gmail.com with any questions you may have.


Science Expo Applications Due Oct. 3

Submitted by Sarah Hailey

Calling all scientists!  It’s time to break out the beakers and start your experiments. The 13th Annual Science Expo will be held in the cafeteria 6-7:30 PM Thursday, Oct. 13!  Applications have been sent home with your kids and are due by Oct. 3.  We cannot wait to see what our amazing students come up with this year and look forward to your participation.  

Please contact Sarah Hailey if you have any questions at haileyfamily840@gmail.com.


Register for the Reflections Art Contest

Submitted by Wanda Nielsen

Thank you for the great response so far from those who want to participate in the Reflections Art Contest.  If you have not yet registered your child to participate, please consider doing so.  All artwork will be displayed around MPE for everyone to enjoy!

DEADLINE — Friday, Oct. 14

THEME — “What’s your MUSTANG Story”


Students may choose from one or more of the available arts categories:

  • Dance choreography

  • Film production

  • Literature

  • Music composition

  • Photography

  • Visual arts

The class with the MOST art submissions WINS a special treat, compliments of the PTA.  Information is also available on the MPE PTA website:


For any questions, copies of student entry form or official rules, please contact Wanda Nielsen at wanda.nielsen@gmail.com.


Parents Invited to Chat with Certified Parenting Expert

Submitted by Stacy Perlman

Oct. 19 is the day — 7:50-8:35 AM is the time!

Parent Chat with certified parenting expert Sharon Egan, MS, CPC:

Sharon will share with you one of her secret ingredients for school success, cooperation and peace at home.  Sharon is a former MPE mom and has been educating and coaching families since 2004 to make families stronger and to help children thrive.

Come learn what you can do to fill your parenting toolbox with the tools you need to stay sane and raise responsible kids!  For questions, contact Sharon at 404-432-1590 or e-mail her at sharon@parentingforhappyfamilies.com.


Academic Assistance Volunteers Needed

Submitted by Jill Underwood

Are you looking for a way to directly support our awesome MPE teachers and help our little Mustangs gain confidence and achieve success?   

I can tell you from experience that becoming an Academic Assistance Volunteer is a fun and rewarding way to get involved!

If you have an extra hour or two a week, we will match you with with one of our fabulous teachers in need (based on your grade level preference) and together you can decide on the best time(s) to volunteer.    

Please contact Jill Underwood at ljgpants75@aol.com to sign up or learn more about this worthwhile opportunity.


MPE Yearbooks on Sale Now

Submitted by Loreta McPartland

Buy your MPE yearbook now and save!  Yearbooks are currently on sale for the lowest price available all year.  Save 15 percent on either hard- or soft-cover yearbooks until Friday, Sept. 30.  Every yearbook comes with two free pages for you to customize with personal memories of your student's year.  Don't have time to customize?  No problem. Pages that are not customized will be left as autograph pages.  To purchase your Yearbook go to www.treering.com/validate and enter school code 1014080408472412.  PLEASE NOTE: For returning students please update your current homeroom teacher so that distribution in May is accurate. Questions?  Contact Loreta McPartland jlmcpart@aol.com.


PTA Highlights

Submitted by Sabrina Howry and Susan Westbury

Save the date for the DAD’S CLUB TAILGATE!  Bring the family to cheer on our Roswell Hornets as they face the Milton Eagles at Milton Stadium on Friday, September 30.  The MPE Dad’s Club will be tailgating at Northwest Middle School adjacent to MHS.  Stay tuned to your email for more details and to sign up!  For more information on being part of Dad’s Club, please email Leslie Turner liturner10@gmail.com.


Volunteer Opportunities

Submitted by Traci Hartog

Grandparents Day — Get involved with one of MPE’s most beloved annual traditions!  Our Grandparents Day Committee is forming now to plan this FUN event being held in November.  This is such a great way to get involved in MPE!

Holiday Extravaganza Delightful Deals Committee — Do you thrive on finding the best deal?  We are looking for a few people to work with our Delightful Deals Chair for Holiday Extravaganza.  You will work together as a team to solicit local businesses to donate items to be used in our Delightful Deals area during Holiday Extravaganza.  Items that are donated will be sold at 50 percent off retail value during the event.

Please contact Traci Hartog at tracihartog31@gmail.com if you are interested in either of the above opportunities. \


Georgia Tech Offers Workshop for 3rd-5th Graders

Submitted by Stacy Perlman

Learn to program while having fun playing the game Minecraft.  During the workshop, students will use Minecraft to learn fundamental coding principles and functionality.  They will use the LearnToMod software, which uses JavaScript (one of the world's most widely used programming languages) to create personal modifications in the Minecraft world. No prior experience necessary.

The mission of the workshops is to expose students to the creative side of computing so that they can add computing to their skill set and use it as a lifelong means of expression.  More information on these workshops can be found below and on the website:

Topic: Minecraft, Learn to Mod

Grades: 3rd-5th

Time: 1-5 PM

Date: Saturday, Sept. 24

Location: Georgia Tech College of Computing, rooms 345 and 347

Cost: $60 per student (snack provided)


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September/October Calendar

*Fridays are Spirit Days!

  • Sept. 26, 28-30 | “Peter Pan Jr.” Drama Club Auditions

  • Sept. 28 | Fall Picture Day

  • Oct. 3-4 | Book Fair Preview

  • Oct. 5-7 | Book Fair

  • Oct. 7 | School Governance Council Meeting, 7:30 AM

  • Oct. 8 | Roswell Youth Day Parade

  • Oct. 10 | Columbus Day, NO SCHOOL

  • Oct. 11 | Professional Development Day, NO SCHOOL

  • Oct. 13 | Science Expo, 6-7:30PM

  • Oct. 17 | Zaxby’s Spirit Night 3:30-8:00PM

  • Oct. 17-21 | Bus Driver Appreciation Week

  • Oct.18 | Staff Appreciation lunch 1st and 4th grades hosting

  • Oct. 19 | Community Board Meeting with Katha Stuart, 6:30-8 PM, MPE

  • Oct. 19 | Parent Chat with Certified Parenting Coach Sharon Egan, 7:50-8:35 AM

  • Oct. 20 | Progress Reports Sent Home

  • Oct. 20 | PTA General Meeting, 5th Grade Performing, 6 PM

  • Oct. 21 | Parent Coffee, 8 AM

  • Oct. 24-28 | ITBS Testing for Grades 3 and 5; No Volunteers or Visitors

  • Oct. 31 | Storybook Character Day, Grades K-2

Dates and venues subject to change.

For current calendar information, please visit mpepta/calendar


Thank you to our BUSINESS PARTNERS!

Aurora Cineplex  *  Brookfield Country Club

CoreMatters  *  Crabapple Tutoring  *  The Exercise Coach

Liberty Mutual Insurance  *  Lucia’s

Mathnasium of West Roswell  *  Music Matters

Northside Hospital  *  Publix – Mountain Park

Roswell Urgent Care  * Southprint of Georgia

Tania Gardère MacLeod – Harry Norman, REALTORS®

Turf Masters  *  VIPdecals.com  *  Zoe’s Kitchen