Book Festival 2019 Schedule

reading to therapy dog book festival 2018The goal of Book Festival is to promote the joy of reading. The MPA Parents Association invites you to come enjoy the many activities offered during Book Festival week, February 25-28!

February 25-28
Bookstore in the Gallery & Used Book Sales During Lunch
Used, donated books will be for sale outside the cafeteria during lunch. All books $0.25 each!

February 28, 3-6:30 PM
Book Festival Family Night
Lots of activities, games, and crafts in the Makerspace, plus the bookstore and dinner.

If you have any questions or want to get involved, contact Seema Anwar at seema_anwar@hotmail.com.


Volunteer At These Parents Association Events

Lower schooler reading to therapy dogLast week the Gallery became New York City with the help of many, many volunteers. We want to thank everyone who volunteered, whether you donated drinks/snacks, decor, time, or ideas and hard work on the planning committees. It was so wonderful to see the entire Middle School joyfully sharing the same space! An additional thank you to Vern and his facilities staff for helping with heavy lifting and keeping our space clean, as well as Chef Doug and his kitchen staff for providing additional food, NYC style. A special thank you to MPA parent Melissa Johnson and her son Oliver (MPA class of ‘18) for helping to create our vision of NYC, from Central Park to the Food Truck to Bill’s Bodega. It truly made the Gallery a special place last week. We hope everyone had a great time. A huge thank you to Susan Knapp and Tara Lafferty too! It took lots of planning and hard work to put it all together. Kudos to both! Read More


Middle School Cafe And Upcoming Book Festival

Middle School girls singing karaoke

There’s one day left to experience the Middle School Café—it’s “New York, New York” in the Gallery through this Friday. Breakfast for students and coffee for parents is being served from 7:40-8:15 AM. Click here to see a collection of moments from this week’s event!

Next month, February 24-28 is the Winter Wonderland Adventures: 2019 MPA Book Festival. The Gallery bookstore will be open during that week and Family Night will be on Thursday, February 28, 3:15-6:30 PM with booksellers, crafts, activities, and dinner. Mark your calendars now and plan to attend this signature MPA Parents Association event! 


Experience NYC At The Middle School Cafe!

middle school cafe 2018

No plane ticket necessary! Experience New York City at the Middle School Cafe, January 14-18. The Parents Association is transforming the Gallery into the Big Apple with street food, Bill’s Bodega, Central Park, and our (slightly smaller) Statue of Liberty! Parents, come and join us for coffee and conversation each morning at 7:45 AM!

Parents are also invited to sign up for volunteer shifts during Cafe Week. It’s going to be a great time you and you won’t want to miss being a part of it!


Faculty and Staff Appreciation Gift Wrapping

PA Faculty and staff appreciation gift wrappingThe MPA Parents Association is still looking for volunteers to help out with Faculty and Staff Appreciation Gift Wrapping! As a continuation of Faculty and Staff Appreciation during the school year, the MPA Parents Association has a tradition of wrapping gifts for the MPA Faculty and Staff. Come be a part of this joyful experience!

Sign up here to volunteer and wrap gifts for one hour, two hours, or as long as you like! The Parents Association will provide the gift wrapping and all the necessary equipment. We will also provide snacks and drinks–maybe a little holiday music, too! Please contact Tara Matthews-Lafferty at TMattRN@aol.com with any questions.


Parents Association Opportunities & Events

pa gift wrappingJoin the Parents Association for these exciting upcoming volunteer opportunities and community events!

All School:

MPA Faculty and Staff Gift Wrapping

There are still a few slots open to help with Faculty and Staff Appreciation Gift Wrapping! As a continuation of Faculty and Staff Appreciation during the school year, the MPA Parents Association has a tradition of wrapping gifts for the MPA Faculty and Staff. This year, there will be two gift wrapping events. Come be a part of this joyful experience!

Sign up here to volunteer and wrap gifts for one hour, two hours, or as long as you like! The Parents Association will provide the gift wrapping and all the necessary equipment. We will also provide snacks and drinks–maybe a little holiday music, too! Please contact Tara Matthews-Lafferty at TMattRN@aol.com with any questions. Read More


Join The Parents Association For These Upcoming Events!

sports swap 2017Join the Parents Association for these exciting upcoming community events!

All School:

MPA Faculty and Staff Gift Wrapping

Join us for the annual MPA Faculty and Staff Gift Wrapping! As a continuation of Faculty and Staff Appreciation during the school year, the MPA Parents Association has a tradition of wrapping gifts for the MPA Faculty and Staff. This year, there will be two gift wrapping events. Come be a part of this joyful experience!

Sign up here to volunteer and wrap gifts for one hour, two hours, or as long as you like! The Parents Association will provide the gift wrapping and all the necessary equipment. We will also provide snacks and drinks–maybe a little holiday music, too! Please contact Tara Matthews-Lafferty at TMattRN@aol.com with any questions. Read More


Upcoming Parents Association Events

PA gift wrappingThe Parents Association has many exciting upcoming community events! There are all-school, Lower School, Middle School, and Upper School events to join in on.

All School:

MPA Faculty and Staff Gift Wrapping

Join us for the annual MPA Faculty and Staff Gift Wrapping! As a continuation of Faculty and Staff Appreciation during the school year, the MPA Parents Association has a tradition of wrapping gifts for the MPA Faculty and Staff. Come be a part of this joyful experience! Sign up here to volunteer and wrap gifts for one hour, two hours, or as long as you like! The Parents Association will provide the gift wrapping and all the necessary equipment. We will also provide snacks and drinks–maybe a little holiday music, too! Please contact Tara Matthews-Lafferty at TMattRN@aol.com with any questions.

Parent Coffee

On Monday, November 12, from 8-9 AM in the Atrium, all parents are invited to join us for coffee and refreshments. This Parent Coffee is generously hosted by the Lower School grade reps.

Book Festival

Book Festival is an enjoyable community-building event that celebrates the joy of reading. The Parents Association encourages parents to help with planning this event! A planning meeting will be held on Friday, November 30 from 2-3 PM in the PA room. We hope to see you there! Read More


Coffee With The PA On Saturday

PA hosts coffee Don’t miss this new opportunity to meet the Parents Association! This Saturday, November 3, the PA is hosting several neighborhood coffee events, where you can come and meet MPA parents who live in your neighborhood. Parents of all grades are welcome!

Your coffee hosts will be at the following locations:

Amore Coffee–St. Paul
879 Smith Ave, W.
St. Paul MN 55118
9-11am

Dunn Brothers Coffee–Minneapolis
5008 Xerxes Ave S
Minneapolis, MN 55410
9-11 AM Read More


Middle School Cafe Planning Meeting

middle school cafe 2018The Middle School Cafe is a week-long, beloved tradition at MPA, where fifth through eighth graders get a chance to come together and socialize with their peers. The Parents Association is looking for volunteers to help plan this event! If you would like to get involved, please join us for a planning meeting on Thursday, November 15 from 1:30-2:30 PM in the PA Room, and stay to enjoy the Give to the Max “Lip Sync” Assembly with us!