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District Announcements
2014-15 Instructional Calendar

The MPCSD School Board has approved the 2014-15 school calendar. The first day of instruction of the new school year will be Wednesday, August 20, 2014.

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2014-15 New Student Registration

For New Student Registration Information, please 
click here.

School Announcements

Coming up at Encinal...

This Week's Calendar
Fri, Apr 11: Talent Show
K-3 viewing from 9:15-10:15 and 10:30-11:30
4-5 viewing from 12:30-2:30
Next Week, Apr 14-18: Spring Break
Coming Up...
Apr 22: PTO General Mtg.
Apr 25: SPINGO/Science Fair
Apr 26: Common Core Presentation
Apr 26-27: Debate Tournament (at Oak Knoll)


  Talent Show
Encinal's 4th and 5th graders will be performing in a school-wide talent show this Friday! Come see your students rock!
Performance times:
Performing for K-3 graders from: 9:15-10:15, 10:30-11:30
Performing for 4-5 graders from: 12:30-2:30

  Imagineering by Wizbots
ROBOTS + IMAGINATION + ENGINEERING = FUN. That's what Wizbots Imagineering Labs are all about! We combine LEGO® robotics with a vast array of interesting projects, materials and choices to provide an outstanding range of possibilities. Our dynamic labs indulge the imagination while enriching the mind, so girls and boys learn without even knowing it! Week to week, students are always doing something new to move forward and engage their inventive minds!
2014 SPRING Session Details:
  • Open to 3rd-5th grade students
  • Fridays, 3:05-4:35 pm
  • April 11-June 6 (no lab on April 18)
  • $200
  • Register here
  PTO General Meeting
April 22, 7:30 PM, Encinal Library
Please come to the PTO's last General Meeting! We have a great line-up this quarter: M-A Principal Matthew Zito, District Superintendent Maurice Ghysels, Director of Student Assessment Alicia Bowman, Director of Curriculum Jennifer Kollman, and our very own Principal Sharon Burns. They will be answering questions about Common Core, Smarter Balance, M-A, and Encinal.
In addition, we will vote on next year's budget and the the proposed slate of PTO Executive Board members.

Mark your calendars! Encinal's SPINGO Family Fun Night is Friday, April 25, from 5 to 7pm. This PTO-sponsored evening will include food (pizza by the slice and sandwiches from The Melt's food truck), bingo, interactive science exhibits from the Lawrence Hall of Science, live music from M-A musicians, a welcome to the rising fourth graders from Laurel School, and Encinal's first annual science fair.

Come enjoy an evening with your family and friends!
Volunteers are still needed. For more information and to sign up to help, please email Melissa B.

  Common Core Math Standards Presentation
April 26, 12-2 pm, M-A PAC
Presented by Stanford professor Dr. Jo Boaler
  • Learn about the Common Core State Math Standards
  • Learn about the CCSSM instructional practices
  • Learn how the CC standards affect college and career readiness for students
Spanish translation provided, and childcare is available for children ages three and older.
Click one of the following links for more information:

  Speech & Debate Tournament
April 26-27
Oak Knoll School is hosting the district's second Speech and Debate tournament!
Online registration is now open. Registration closes on April 17 at 4 pm. LATE REGISTRATIONS WILL NOT BE ACCEPTED under any circumstances.

  Encinal-Laurel 3rd Grade Mixer
SAVE THE DATE: Friday, May 9, 5-7 pm
All third graders are invited to a pizza party/scavenger hunt with the Laurel third graders! Come help introduce the Laurel students to Encinal and meet your future classmates: next year, you all will be fourth graders together!
Click here for the evite! And look out for an email from the HRPs.

  Developmental Assets + Project Cornerstone
April's Asset of the Month: Student Engagement

This month we will focus on Student Engagement as the Project Cornerstone Developmental Asset of the month.
Students are actively engaged in learning at school.
Teachers value and support varying learning styles of students.
Activities at Home
We all have different learning styles. Take this quiz at home with your child to find out his or her preferred learning style. There's no 'right' or 'wrong' style! But being aware of your child's instinctive style and exploring how to engage that style is a great way to support his or her engagement in learning, both at school and at home.
Activities at School
"Mini Maker Faire" - At school, students will have the opportunity to express their creativity and personal learning style with a Mini Maker Faire craft project. All students will be given miscellaneous supplies (Q-tips, rubber bands, cardboard, etc.), and will have a short period of time to "make" their own creations. This exercise is a great way for students to practice being free thinkers and share their unique creative visions. Students will display their creations for fellow Encinal students.
Life Skills Book of the Month
Noah Webster and His Words by Jeri Chase Ferris. Webster's American Dictionary is the second most popular book ever printed in English. But who was that Webster? This clever, hilariously-illustrated account shines a light on early American history and the life of a man who could not rest until he'd achieved his dream. An illustrated chronology of Webster's life makes this a picture perfect bi-og-ra-phy [noun: a written history of a person's life].

Questions or comments? Please contact Kari or Robin.

Get Ready to Walk and Run on June 1!
This year's District-wide Are You IN Run for Education takes place on Sunday, June 1. The event is presented by Nelson Roberts Investment Advisors. It features the same 5K course enjoyed last year by 1,500+ running and walking enthusiasts from MPCSD's four schools and the community.
Signups open online April 7, for participants and Family Sponsors. Register before May 16 for discounted pricing of $25. Join the fun!

  MPAEF News
Thank You for Making the MPAEF Auctions, Raffle, and Spring Event a Success!

You did it! You made the MPAEF Auction, Raffle and Spring Event a huge success! Thank you to for donating amazing parties, events, items, and experiences to the auctions! Thank you for being out there in front of the schools, selling and buying raffle tickets. Thank you for participating in the online auction. Thank you for celebrating over 30 years of MPAEF with us at A Night in Monte Carlo on Saturday night! Thank you for donating so generously to the Fund-a-Student program! Thank you to all those in the community who have volunteered time, resources, or energy to make the Spring Auction and Event such a huge success! Thank you for being part of the MPAEF spirit and for supporting our schools. Thank you for being IN!
For over 30 years, the MPAEF has provided the Menlo Park City School District with an annual grant, which becomes part of the district operating budget. For over 30 years, the Foundation has relied on community volunteers to achieve the financial goals for this grant. Thank you for 31 years and counting of commitment and dedication from families like yours!

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 Parent Ed Opportunities: District Webpage
For district-wide parent education opportunities - ongoing or upcoming -
click the underlined link above.

  Family Community Service Opportunities
"I have found that among its other benefits, giving liberates the soul of the giver."
- Maya Angelou

For family service opportunities, including InnVision, Save the Bay, and the Ronald McDonald House,
click the underlined link above.

An ongoing, updated list of community events, sports, classes and other opportunities for kids, adults and families. Click the underlined link just above to read them all!

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