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Hello Future Menlo Park Academy Families!

We hope you enjoyed our inaugural edition of Menlo Junior last Thursday. Our weekly roundup of all things educational and entertaining continues, with one goal: to help you keep your children engaged during their learn-at-home time.

Today’s second edition is filled with everything from a Sidewalk Symphony to a virtual ecosystem tour, and even a cute handwashing video from the creators of “Baby Shark”’ve been warned!

For the parents, our very own Child Psychologist Dr. Sylvia Rimm is back with “Family Talk with Dr. Rimm” to answer a question submitted by one of you. (Don’t forget to submit your questions for Dr. Rimm.)

Our faculty and staff continue to share fun and educational ideas, activities and sites so we can help you keep your future Menlo Wizards busy. Let us know what you’d like to see in next week’s edition.

Until next week, stay well!
Jennifer Ingraham
Assistant Director of Admissions

Mini Tornado Weather Experiment

Menlo Park Academy’s K-1 Teacher Mrs. Peters shared this idea with her students...create your very own mini tornado! All you need is a water bottle and some dish soap, and if you want to jazz up your simple tornado tube, add some food coloring and glitter. The lesson learned is: “rotation” is the ingredient thunderstorms need to form tornadoes. Click here to learn more about this experiment, courtesy of 19 First Alert Weather School’s Kelly Dobeck. 

Photos courtesy Cleveland 19 News

Virtual Ecosystem Tour at Cleveland MetroParks’ Beyer’s Pond

Ms. Blackburn, Menlo’s 7/8 grade Science Teacher, created an Ecosystem Virtual Tour of Beyer’s Pond in Middleburg Heights. Complete with audio and slides, her tour shares insects, reptiles, birds and mammals found at Beyer’s Pond. Enjoy!

Standing Ovation! Sidewalk Symphony

Menlo's Vocal & K-4 General Music Teacher Ms. Jakubczak suggests making your own "Sidewalk Symphony" for a fun and creative outside activity. Grab your sidewalk chalk and start composing. Your student can enjoy the sunshine and create music! Use these hashtags if you post your creations on social media: #SidewalkSymphony #MusicChangesLives.

Dr. Sylvia Rimm Answers One of Your Questions...

Dear Dr. Sylvia,
My three children usually went to their grandmother’s house after school. They’re at home with my hubby and me since the coronavirus has us working from home. My mom is isolating herself to be safe since she realizes that her age puts her at high risk for the virus. My 8-year old son asked me privately and tearfully if Grandma is going to die of the virus. Can you suggest any way to help him through his anxiety?  --Worried Mom

Dear Worried Mom,
This is an important time for reassuring all your children that their Grandma is only following the advisories for her safety, and is therefore likely to avoid getting sick. If Grandma is near enough to your home, you could walk the children to her window to wave and throw kisses. That should be good for all. If not, it’s a great time for the kids to make and send cards, stories and pictures with lots of love messages to Grandma and also to any other older adults who may be alone.

If you have a question for Dr. Rimm, please submit it here. We'll return your email privately and share the answer in an upcoming edition of Menlo Junior so others may also benefit. (All names will be withheld to respect your privacy.) 

Dr. Sylvia Rimm is a nationally known Child Psychologist on staff at Menlo Park Academy. She is a former TODAY Show contributor and NPR radio host. Dr. Rimm specializes in working with gifted children and their parents. 

Here’s a “catchy” video our K-4 Art Teacher Ms. Kreiger shared with her students. The creators of “Baby Shark” made this handwashing video

Warning: Like the original, this little melody may stay in your head the rest of the day!

New! Virtual Tour of Menlo Park Academy

We wish we could share our beautiful school in person, but under these unusual circumstances we did the next best thing and put together a quick video. We hope you enjoy this whimsical Virtual Tour of Menlo Park Academy to see a typical school day. We look forward to taking you on an in-person tour soon!

Free Testing Day (Tentatively) Rescheduled -- May 2

Our Free Testing Day on Saturday, April 4 has (tentatively) been rescheduled for Saturday, May 2. The Testing Day is still from 9 a.m.-Noon., and we will honor your previous time slot. Please email if you cannot attend the new date. We also plan on adding Testing Days over the summer and are exploring other options. Stay tuned!
Menlo’s First-ever Virtual
Information Night -- April 28

We’re going digital for our already scheduled Information Night on Tuesday, April 28 from 6-6:45 p.m. As we get closer to this virtual event’s date, we’ll share a link with you, but go ahead and submit your questions now. Assistant Admissions Director Jennifer Ingraham and Communications Director Karen Uthe will be your hosts, taking a deep dive on all things Menlo to make sure you have what you need to make decisions for next school year. If you haven’t yet registered for our first-ever Virtual Information Night, please click here.
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