The Campus Store Returns!
After a near three-year COVID-induced hiatus, the MPH Campus Store returned to glory (and eager crowds) this week due to the efforts of a group of MPH students led by teacher Meghan McBennett and MPH Senior Kate Chaffee. Sales were brisk this week with a variety of snacks for purchase, and even some healthier choices made available to LS students who were allowed to pick one item this week. Ms. McBennett says the students are already getting some fantastic hands-on learning experiences regarding staffing, stocking, and more.
Athletics note: The most-recent athletics schedule is always available through Schedule Galaxy and can be accessed on the MPH Calendar page or via the Schedule Galaxy mobile app. The schedule included below is subject to change after the date of distribution, so please check Schedule Galaxy before heading out to a contest.

Monday | Day 2
4:00 p.m. 7/8 Volleyball @ Bishop Ludden
5:30 p.m. JV Volleyball @ Fabius-Pompey
7:00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball @ Fabius-Pompey
7:00 p.m. Upper School Winter Concert | Coville Theater

Tuesday | Day 3
5:30 p.m. JV Volleyball vs. Stockbridge Valley
7:00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball vs. Stockbridge Valley

Wednesday | Day 4
8:30 a.m. Lower School Grades 3-5 Concert | Coville Theater
11:00 a.m. Upper School Orchestra Performing at the Festival of Trees | Everson Museum of Art
4:30 p.m. 7/8 Basketball vs. Jordan-Elbridge

Thursday | Day 5
5:30 p.m. JV Volleyball @ Weedsport
7:00 p.m. Varsity Volleyball @ Weedsport

Friday | Day 6
5:30 p.m. JV Basketball vs. Jordan-Elbridge
7:00 p.m. Varsity Basketball vs. Jordan-Elbridge
Reminder: Upcoming Winter Concerts

Upper School Winter Concert
Monday, Dec. 12 | 7 p.m. in the Coville Theater

Lower School Grades 3-5 Winter Concert
Wednesday, Dec. 14 | 8:30 a.m. in the Coville Theater
Alumni Gather at SoFi Stadium
MPH alumni and friends gathered at SoFi Stadium in Los Angeles in the JMA Wireless Suite last Sunday for the Seahawks/Rams. In addition to former students of MPH, including the Manlius Military Academy, former parents as well as an incoming MPH family joined the festivities that included a chance to meet incoming Head of School Jim Foley.
MPH Apparel Store
NOTE: The only option for delivery of these orders is shipping to an address customers provide. There will be no orders from this store delivered to the school.

The official Manlius Pebble Hill clothing store is now live with a wide variety of selections for all sizes, genders, and ages. A couple key points:

  • It's an online store, but it's open for the whole year
  • We have two designs available now - a script Manlius Pebble Hill School and an "MPH" option; you'll see the selections in the drop-down menus for each item
  • We'll be adding designs throughout the year, so keep checking back - and check Snapshot - we'll let you know when we've got new items
Weekly Lunch Menu
You'll find the weekly lunch menu here in Snapshot every Friday, but it also lives on the MPH website (you can find it through the direct link or on the left column of myMPH). And this week we welcome the return of Nutrislice, which lets users sort menu items by nutritional data, ingredients, and allergens.

Spanish Club Creates Traditional Papel Picado Craft
Last week, MPH’s Spanish Club made, designed, and created Papel Picado, a traditional Mexican Craft, with tissue paper. Papel Picado is used in all the celebrations to decorate houses, streets, and various other places. The Papel Picado can be made in a lot of vibrant colors. This time, the Spanish Club used white in order to celebrate the approaching winter season. The students made their Papel Picado with stencils and/or hand designs to be hung in the Spanish room. Officers of the club also gave an excellent presentation about the Mexican craft. It was a festive and enjoyable time for everyone. 
Senior Kari Maxian Performs at All-State Music Conference
Congratulations to senior Kari Maxian for representing MPH at the All-State Music Conference, December 1-4 at the Eastman School of Music in Rochester. Kari was one of sixteen violists across the state to earn this prestigious honor through an extensive audition process. Additionally, Kari will be representing MPH at the All-Eastern Music conference in April, Bravo!
"Neurobiology of Sleep" Students Share Tips with School
Sue Foster’s Neurobiology of Sleep class created and presented this video with guidance regarding sleep health and good sleeping habits to fellow students during advisory last week.
MPH Zonta Club Honored in Syracuse
The MPH Zonta Club was invited to attend the Syracuse Zonta Club Holiday Brunch this past Saturday at the Bellevue Country Club. Members were honored for their dedication and fundraising efforts. Zonta International advocates for women's rights, as well as equality, education, and an end to gender-based violence. MPH Co-Presidents Molly Pratt and Caroline Mezzalingua offered a brief presentation to the Syracuse Zonta Members regarding recent MPH activities and future endeavors. All MPH students present were asked for their input regarding ways to strengthen relationships between the two clubs and with clubs from other schools; MPH was the only school in attendance at the brunch. Those attending found the experience both uplifting and yummy. 
Roots and Shoots Club Holding Holiday Book and Bottle Drive
The Roots and Shoots Club is holding a holiday Book and Bottle Drive from Dec. 12 to Dec. 16 during which MPH families can bring in bottle and cans and leave them in bins posted around the school. Any refundable cans and bottles are welcome. The club will then return the bottles and donate the profit to the Sierra Club. In addition, the club is hoping to collect any old books that families have outgrown. To promote the reuse of books, the books will be given to the Salvation Army. 
National Honor Society Collecting Gifts for Families Just Arriving to Syracuse
The National Honor Society (NHS) at MPH is running a holiday gift drive for Interfaith Works this December. Please bring a gift by Monday, December 19 for members families that have just immigrated to Syracuse. Marked donation boxes will be placed around the school. 
This year, the families do not celebrate Christmas, so please avoid giving gifts that are explicitly holiday-related. Examples of acceptable gifts: winter supplies (such as warm clothing, gloves, boots, etc), toys, gift cards, household items, and kitchenware. However, something like a blanket with Santa on it would not be permitted. Additionally, please do not wrap the gifts.
Lost Items Beget More Lost Items
Further to last week's message that unlabeled lost items are stacking up in the lost and found, Nurse Christine has sent a picture of more of the items found around the school and delivered to their hopefully-not-forever home. These are nice items, Nurse Christine says, so if your child is missing a coat or a shirt or a sweater or two coats and a shirt and a sweater, send them down.
Health Office Reminder:
Let's Keep What's Going Around Around as Little as Possible
A reminder from the Health Office: With the increase in influenza-like illness, including RSV, in our area, we are seeing an increase in our community, as well. Please keep your child home if they are sick and could make those around them sick too. Students who are ill may not return to school until they are fever-free for 24 hours, without fever reducing medication. For gastrointestinal illnesses, please do not send your child to school until they have not vomited or had diarrhea for 24 hours. Please feel free to contact the Health Office with any questions. 
Grade 6 Computer Students Share Google Slides Tips to Grade 2
Last week the Grade 6 computer literacy class was joined by Grade 2 students who learned how to utilize Google slides and use specific feature, such as transitions, animations, and linking slides. Students worked together to create an “All About Me” slideshow about Grade 2 students in the slides. 
Reminder: Lower School Holiday Gift Policy
As we head into the holiday season, we ask that you’re mindful of our Lower School Gift Policy. We cannot thank you enough for your partnership and support!
Thank you,
Amy Abdo and the LS Faculty and Staff
2022-2023 MPH Lower School Gift Policy: 

  • We ask that you please refrain from sending any individual gifts or gift cards to MPH Lower School faculty and staff.  

  • Please know that gifts are never expected. LS faculty devised this idea in an effort to streamline possible giving.

  • Our favorite gifts are the plentiful smiles from your children!

  • While we greatly appreciate the generosity of our community, we request that any gestures of thanks (at holidays, end-of-the-year, etc.) are focused on the Lower School Amazon Classroom Wish List (see QR code below). This link includes links to specific classroom gift lists.
Driver Education and SAT Preparation | Grades 10-12
Registration is now open for the Winter/Spring 2023 session. See our website for additional information and to register or call the Community Programs office at 315-446-2452.
Parents' Association "Stocks the Lounge" (and the CEL)
A big thanks from the MPH staff to the MPH Parents' Association for stocking the lounge and CEL with a big selection of snacks healthy (and, thankfully, not so healthy) to help us get through the week before the week when everything gets, well, a little ramped up.
PA Conducting Survey
As you may know, MPH Parents’ Association (PA) has recently become active again following a limited role during the pandemic. The PA Leadership Team would like to take this opportunity to gather some information from the parent community regarding what aspects of the Parents’ Association are most important to you and what you would be interested in having the PA accomplish going forward. We would greatly appreciate your responses to the survey linked below. Feel free to contact any of us for more information or to elaborate suggestions/concerns further, or respond to this email.

The survey closes on December 16.

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