Thank You For A Joyful MPA Book Festival!

lower school student reading outside欧洲杯哪里投注The 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欧洲杯哪里投注, 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!

欧洲杯哪里投注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

欧洲杯哪里投注It’s 7:13 AM on Monday, June 24, 2019.

欧洲杯哪里投注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!

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 libraryWe’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.

欧洲杯哪里投注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.

欧洲杯哪里投注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

欧洲杯哪里投注The MPA Book Festival is a beloved tradition and the Parents Association is looking forward to making it possible virtually!

欧洲杯哪里投注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!

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

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

欧洲杯哪里投注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
欧洲杯哪里投注 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
欧洲杯哪里投注 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)
欧洲杯哪里投注 Facebook feature of Valley Bookseller

Wednesday, May 13
12 PM: Facebook Live with Breakthrough
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@chandiworld.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
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.


The Annual MPA Book Festival Goes Virtual: May 11-15, 2020!

student looking through library booksWe are excited to partner with Valley Bookseller and Usborne Books for the annual MPA Book Festival—Virtual 2020! The MPA Book Festival is a beloved tradition sponsored by the MPA Parents Association, and we are looking forward to making it possible virtually. As always, the proceeds from the Book Festival sales (10% of sales from Valley Bookseller and 50% credit of total sales from Usborne Books) support local bookstores, MPA teachers, classrooms and library. New for this year, proceeds will also provide books to Breakthrough Twin Cities to support their summer literature experiences. Breakthrough is the amazing college access program that operates at MPA on Saturdays and throughout the summer, to support highly motivated, yet under-resourced students and families.

Throughout the week of the Book Festival, there will be special events including author readings, Middle and Lower School book pair-ups, Book Festival partner highlights, and more! And although we are disappointed that we cannot hold the Book Festival in person, there is a silver lining. MPA families are not limited to what the sellers bring to the school or what they have on store shelves; any book that is available through their distributor can be part of the Book Festival. Read More


Celebrate National Teacher Appreciation Week!

Mr. vergin teaching in his classroomThe MPA Parents Association feels incredibly lucky to be part of the MPA community and in honor of National Teacher Appreciation week, May 4-8, we are asking our community to show us who you feel lucky to have at MPA! Instead of a pot of gold, who, or what, is at the bottom of your MPA Rainbow? Take a picture of a poster or sidewalk chalk drawing that shows your MPA Rainbow and what you love at the end! It could be a teacher, staff member, an entire department, team, club, or a special space on campus that makes you thankful for MPA. Share your photos with us by emailing them to communications@chandiworld.com欧洲杯哪里投注 and using #ThankATeacher on social media!


MPA Parent Schoology Groups

two third graders using the makerspace computer欧洲杯哪里投注Since we transitioned to virtual learning, parents and guardians are no longer able to connect with one another on campus, at events, or at activities. We know that your relationships are just as important to our school community as your children’s relationships, so we have created a virtual way for you to continue fostering them.

欧洲杯哪里投注We recognize that some grade levels have private Facebook groups and those are wonderful—as a school community, however, we know that not every family is on Facebook. We do know that every family is on Schoology, so we’ve decided to use that as a tool to further facilitate grade-level parent and guardian communication and collaboration. These groups will be for you and by you; they will not be used for the school to communicate information. We will continue to use Panther Post, institutional emails and division emails to fulfill that need.

These groups are an opportunity for you to share resources, ask questions, post events or photos, and to support one another as MPA parents. Students are not a part of these groups. Your Parent’s Association grade representative(s) can provide additional guidance and ideas on ways to utilize these groups for additional parental support and connections. Read More


Parents Association Virtual Happy Hour

parents gathering together at mpa The MPA Parents Association invites all parents to gather for a virtual happy hour next Tuesday April 14 at 7 PM. There is no agenda! Ask, answer, share, vent, laugh, cry–whatever your mood moves you to do. We all miss the in-person conversations and socializing that a given week at MPA provides. While online gatherings can’t be a true substitute, let’s give it a try!

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