Introducing Our Theme for the 2017-18 School Year: I BELONG!
 
T his year's theme is I BELONG based on Isaiah 43:1b:  Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine .
This year we will reflect on what it means to belong to the Christian community past, present, and future, one each trimester.  We will also be raising awareness and helping three different missions - Matthew House, Food Bank, Quarters for Calcutta.  Serving one another is just part of showing to whom we belong.  
 
Weekly Chapels are held at 8:35 on Fridays at NHF.  Parents are always welcome to join! 
Preschool & Pre-K
Mrs. Jansons
& Mrs. Meyer
Kindergarten
Mrs. Sytsma
First/Second Grade
Mrs. Bailly
Third Grade
Miss Smeenk
Fourth Grade
Mrs. Hughes
Fifth Grade
Mrs. Baxter
Sixth Grade Homeroom
Mrs. Moses
Seventh Grade Homeroom
& Music
Mrs. Rodriguez
Eighth Grade Homeroom
Mrs. Froelich
Administration :
MCS Administrator
Admin. Assist./Bookkeeper
Secretary
 
Mrs. Obbink
Mrs. Fielder
Mrs. Barron
2017-18 FACULTY
The administration and teachers are excited to begin the new school year!  Please welcome back Miss Amanda Smeenk, who will be teaching 3rd grade!  Our 1st and 2nd grade classes remain smaller this year, and Mrs. Bailly will be teaching this combination 1 st and 2nd grade class.  Mrs. Sytsma enjoyed the Kindergarteners so much last year, she's teaching Kindergarten again this year.  We are looking forward to an awesome year!  

MEET-THE-TEACHER DAY and NEW PARENT MEETING:
THURSDAY, AUGUST 31, 4:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m
 
Meet-the-Teacher is open house-style, so come by any time between 4:00 and 7:00 (Returning families, please note the change in time).  The New Parent Meeting is 6:30-7:00 p.m., and parents will leave their child/ren in the classroom with the teacher for this meeting.
 
STUDENTS - Bring your supplies, see your friends, meet your new teacher, and choose your new t-shirt size. (Parents, please remain at the school with your child.)
 
PARENTS - The students wear their theme t-shirts to Chapel every Friday and on classroom service project days and field trips. The cost for students is included in tuition.  Due to printing restrictions, August 31st is the one and only opportunity to order your child's shirt, possibly an extra shirt, and shirts for parents, if desired. Shirts are $10 for non-student or extra student shirts, and payment is due the same day. Only paid orders will be processed, so come prepared with cash or check (credit or debit if over $20) . This is the only day we can take orders! 

ALL HANDS ON DECK!
 
Are you available on Saturday, August 12, at 9:00?  Gloria Werkhoven, lead of Building and Grounds, has planned for a big day for us.  These are some the tasks that we would like to accomplish: pressure wash the preschool play gym, pressure wash the exterior of the school, hang blinds, remove a tree, wash all the windows, make a dump run, place some items in the attic... the list is long - many of the supplies will be provided.  Whether you can help for an hour or more, you are welcome!  Help get our school ready for the new school year, hang out with some remarkable people, and earn service hours, too!  Contact Gloria so that she knows you can help:
FAIR DAYS PARADE

The City of Monroe is hosting their 80 th annual Monroe Fair Days Parade on August 26.   Our plan is to walk in the parade wearing MCS apparel.   Students who have been on any sport's teams can borrow uniforms the morning of the parade.  Cheer girls, please wear you Cheer uniform!

The parade begins at 11:00, and the line-up is in front of Park Place Middle School.  P lease arrive between 8:30-10:00.  Because the parade route on Main Street will be closed from 7:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m., parking at the school will unfortunately not be an option. 
 
This year's theme for the parade is "Harvest the Memories."  Plan on joining us and making family memories of your own.  We want our community to know that we are here and supportive.  In addition, we want other families to know about our mission to engage, equip, and empower our students for lives that are transformative and fulfilling. 
 
For more information, contact Jennifer Simpson at 425-785-5868.
WALK-A-THON
 
Our 10th annual Walk-A-Thon is happening on Friday, September 29th, at Lake Tye Park. This is one of MCS's major fundraisers which help us keep tuition as reasonable as possible.  Each family is asked to send out 15 (or more!) letters to individuals and businesses that they think would be willing to financially support Monroe Christian School through a donation.  You can also send letters via email.  In preparation, please gather your list of names and addresses and/or email addresses prior to the start of school.
 
Would you like to get a head start on sending letters out?  Below is the link for the donation request letter you can send out digitally.  Please keep track of how many you send out, so we can keep our classroom count accurate.  If you prefer to mail the letter, packets will be available for you on Meet-the-Teacher Day (Aug. 31).
 
 
On Friday, September 29 , we meet at Lake Tye Park in Monroe immediately after school (no E-Care that day), and each class will walk around the lake with their teacher and families.  We will have hotdogs and treats, too!  This is a great event for fellowship and getting to know each other better, and the kids love it!
CURRICULUM-PARENT NIGHT:  Tuesday, September 12, 6:30 p.m., at New Hope Fellowship
 
ALL parents are asked to attend Curriculum-Parent Night, with all parents meeting at New Hope Fellowship at 6:30.  New information will be presented by the Board, so please come!  After this brief all-parent meeting, everyone will cross the street to the school, where you will go to the individual classrooms at designated session times.
Parents only, please.
 
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL
 
Remember that the first day of school for Kindergarten through 8th grade is Tuesday, September 5th , with a noon dismissal PreK will begin on Wednesday, September 6th; Preschool on Thursday, September 7th. 
  
SPORTS NEWS
 
MCS Co-Ed SOCCER CAMP:  In preparation for soccer season, Coach Stima will be holding a Soccer Camp for 5th-8th grade MCS students on August 15, 16, and 17, 9:30-12:00, here at MCS.  Parents, you will be completing forms when you arrive on the first day.  The camp is free to MCS students. Students need to wear appropriate attire and bring water, a snack, and shin guards.  If you have questions, please contact Coach John Stima at 425-422-1955.

ATHLETIC DIRECTOR NEEDED:  Janel Klingsheim has been be filling the AD role for 10 years, and she's been amazing!  Due to her schedule, she is needing to step down this year.  If you are interested in the Athletic Director position, please contact Elaine Obbink at: elaineobbink@monroechristian.org.
STUDENTS, ARE YOU READING? 
 
Students, have you been reading over the summer?   Are you keeping track of your minutes?   Remember we have 2 brand new bikes looking for owners.   The new owners will be chosen at the first Chapel.   To qualify for a chance to win a bike in the drawing in the fall, students need to meet or exceed the reading minute goals shown below for their grade in 2017-18.  Teachers will collect names of qualifying students on the first day of school.
  • PS - 1st grade     1,000 minutes
  • 2nd  grade           1,500 minutes
  • 3rd   grade           2,000 minutes
  • 4th-5th grade       2,500 minutes
  • 6th-8th grade       3,000 minutes
LOVE & LOGIC - FINAL WEEKS OF SUMMER
 
As much as many kids are reluctant to admit it, a new school year is just around the corner.  We're already seeing the back-to-school ads on television and many websites.
 
What can we as Love and Logic parents do right now, during these final weeks of summer, to help our kids enjoy the best academic success when they return to class?  The answer may surprise some of you: Ensure that our kids are contributing to the family by consistently helping with housework, yard work, and other duties.
 
Kids in the habit of successfully completing chores are far more likely to develop a habit of successfully completing academic assignments .
 
Low self-esteem and entitlement go hand in hand. Both equal low achievement motivation.  To prevent this from happening... or to begin the process of healing... follow Love and Logic's ABC's for training kids to do chores:
 
A: Assign every member of your family some meaningful contributions.
 
Ask yourself, "What am I doing that my kids could do on a regular basis?"
 
Many parents find it helpful to post this list on the refrigerator complete with names next to each contribution.
 
Caution: Don't say, "Do it now."  This just creates power struggles.  Instead, allow them to have a deadline for each contribution.
 
B: Be quiet.
 
Avoid reminding or nagging.  Remember: Kids who have to be nagged into doing their chores are kids who need to be nagged into doing their schoolwork and homework.
 
C: Consequences preceded by sincere empathy will do the teaching.
 
When their children refuse to do their chores, forget, or do them haphazardly, many parents find it helpful to complete the chore for their child... and expect their child to repay the time and energy expended to accomplish those contributions.
 
Sometimes this means doing extra chores for the parent.  Sometimes this means staying home or doing without some privilege so that the parent has time to rest and relax.  Other times this means paying the parent or a professional to do the job.  A memorable example involved a teen who had to pay a maid service to complete her housework contributions.
 
The key to success hinges on sincere empathy!  Remember: Anger and frustration create resentment, while sincere empathy creates responsibility.
 
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.
 
Dr. Charles Fay

Calendar and Supply Lists
 
Here are links for the school calendar and supply lists for the 2017-18 school year.


The lists can also be accessed via our school website: https://www.monroechristian.com/