Week of May 4-8, 2015

We have several school events happening this week and next:

Talent Show! May 28 – rehearsals start this week.
For those families that signed their children up to participate in the MLK Elementary Night of the Stars Talent Show, please check your children’s backpacks for an important announcement about rehearsals, which will take place during school on the following days. Students will not miss any academic instruction; rehearsals will take place during class gym period.

May 6, 13, and 30: rooms K2, K3, 7, 8, 11, 12, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, & 23

May 8, 15, and 22: rooms K1, K4, 13, 27, & 28

Please send us an email at mlkpto@gmail.com with any questions. And everyone: mark your calendars for 6:00pm, May 28! The Talent Show will be fabulous.

The MLK Falcons basketball team has once again won a spot in this year’s championship game!  Come support our team as we play Veazie Street in the final at the Providence Career & Technical Academy (41 Fricker Street) on Thursday, May 7, at 4:30 p.m.  Go, Falcons!

On Friday, May 8, at 9:30 a.m., we are offering a tour of King for prospective parents. We’re looking forward to welcoming many new families who plan to send kids to King as well as others who are looking ahead to make plans for the future. Please email mlkpto@gmail.com or call the school office at 456-9398 with any questions.

Teacher Appreciation! May 8 – help needed (calling all bakers)
Next week, we are celebrating our fabulous teachers with a teacher appreciation lunch. The lunch is being catered by Ristorante Pizzico, and families will provide dessert. Please take a moment to sign up: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/409044babaf22a31-desserts. Thank you — and thanks to our teachers! You’re going to have a great (and delicious!) day.

Also on Friday, May 8, there will be a Mothers’ Day-themed dance to celebrate moms, grandmothers, aunts, and other female role models!  It will be held at the school from 6:30-8:30 p.m.  Look for more information this week in backpacks.

BikeFest RI has all sorts of fun things planned for you to do on your bike!  This weekend bicycling enthusiasts from all over the state are coming to the MET School in Providence (325 Public Street) for this celebration of the cycling life, the only statewide bike festival —with a little whipped cream on top.  The day will begin Saturday, May 9, at 10:00 a.m. with a scavenger hunt around Providence, in which participants will cycle around the city, take photos of the items on the list and compete for prizes.  Then at noon, bike pie jousting is scheduled to commence.  Interested parties should sign up beforehand, and spots are limited to sixteen in a bracket competition.  Costumes are “highly encouraged” and the organizers say you should be prepared to get messy.  Bicycles and whipped cream pies will be supplied as part of the entry fee, which is $10 for adults and $7 for students.  (Proceeds will go to Women Bike Rhode Island.)  The winner of each bout will be determined by how much whipped cream is on a competitor’s face.  In the case of a tie, audience applause will determine the outcome.  “First and second place will take home the glory and prizes, TBA,” the organizers say.  Even if you’re not up for getting pie-d in the face, Bike Fest RI is a great opportunity to learn how to make some repairs and check out some new equipment, listen to music, and let your child jump up and down in a bouncy house.  It’s organized by the Met School, Recycle-A-Bike, Rhode Island Bicycle Coalition, FULLCYCLE @the MET, Bike Newport, Women Bike Rhode Island and Circuit BMX.  Anyone who would like more information can email Ed Raff at edward.raff@metmail.org.

May 12 PTO Meeting, 6:00-7:00pm King families, we want you to join us for May’s PTO meeting. We will be making plans for the PTO’s structure and activities for next year. If you have not been to a PTO meeting this year – or have not been to one recently – we really hope that you can come. We want to make the PTO more vibrant and accessible, and absolutely need your input on the ways we structure our work and make our activities and financial support for MLK happen. We PROMISE that you will be done by 7:00. Pizza and childcare will be provided.

If you are planning to participate in the PTO next year but cannot make the meeting, please email us at mlkpto@gmail.com or call PTO treasurer Jill Davidson at 401-345-2464. Following the May 12 meeting, we will send out additional information about ways to be involved. Thank you!

There will be a Chuck E. Cheese fundraiser held on Friday, May 15, at the Chuck E. Cheese in Attleboro.  MLK will receive 15% of all sales from our group that evening (including food and tokens.  All students will receive some free tokens and all staff will receive free meals.  Please come join in the fun while raising money for our school!

The Mount Hope Learning Center step team, including several recent MLK alums, won first place at the Rochester regional Break the Stage competition!  Providence, RI came to represent!  Next stop is Atlanta on June 13th where they will compete for a national title!

We hope to see you at some of these great King events.  Have a wonderful week!

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