In Today's Newsletter
DATES TO REMEMBER:
 
May 16: Tuscano's Night
May 18: TAPP Meeting; 7:00
May 19: Pizza Day
May 23: Annual Business Meeting 7:00 pm



Glimpses of MCS from Mrs. Obbink
Yesterday, I had the privilege of spending the day with the 5th graders! Their Bible lesson was based on Luke 5:1-11.
 
Push Out into Deep Water
 
5:1-3 Once when he was standing on the shore of Lake Gennesaret, the crowd was pushing in on him to better hear the Word of God. He noticed two boats tied up. The fishermen had just left them and were out scrubbing their nets. He climbed into the boat that was Simon's and asked him to put out a little from the shore. Sitting there, using the boat for a pulpit, he taught the crowd.
 
4 When he finished teaching, he said to Simon, "Push out into deep water and let your nets out for a catch."
 
5-7 Simon said, "Master, we've been fishing hard all night and haven't caught even a minnow. But if you say so, I'll let out the nets." It was no sooner said than done-a huge haul of fish, straining the nets past capacity. They waved to their partners in the other boat to come help them. They filled both boats, nearly swamping them with the catch.
 
8-10 Simon Peter, when he saw it, fell to his knees before Jesus. "Master, leave. I'm a sinner and can't handle this holiness. Leave me to myself." When they pulled in that catch of fish, awe overwhelmed Simon and everyone with him. It was the same with James and John, Zebedee's sons, coworkers with Simon.
 
10-11 Jesus said to Simon, "There is nothing to fear. From now on you'll be fishing for men and women." They pulled their boats up on the beach, left them, nets and all, and followed him. The Message
 
 
This familiar story held a new insight for the students and for me. In verse 8, Peter falls on his knees and says to Jesus, "Go away from me, Lord; I am a sinful man!" (NIV) You can hear the fear and the astonishment mixed in Simon Peter's voice, astonished at the catch, and fearful at the thought of who this Jesus must be. We talked about why Peter would react this way. The students were insightful and honest. They said that sometimes they feel the same way, not "good enough" to be in the presence of God. Sometimes this feeling is so pervasive that it keeps us from spending time in prayer or time reading our Bibles. We talked about how nothing could be further from the truth! God knows our very being. He formed us and knew us before the foundations of the world. And the simple truth is that He longs for us to spend time with Him. Psalm 139 gives us a glimpse into God's great love for us.
 
Psalm 139
 1-6 God, investigate my life;  get all the facts firsthand.
I'm an open book to you; even from a distance, you know what I'm thinking.
You know when I leave and when I get back; I'm never out of your sight.
You know everything I'm going to say
before I start the first sentence.
I look behind me and you're there,
then up ahead and you're there, too-
your reassuring presence, coming and going.
This is too much, too wonderful- I can't take it all in! The Message
 
Janet Gjerde shared the Luke 5:1-11 passage at the last Board Meeting - the very same passage that the 5th grade had spent time examining. This time the lesson/devotional was focused on how fisherman were called as disciples because they had the patience to spend as much time mending their nets as they spent fishing. The fishermen knew the value of hard work and how sometimes there would be times of abundance and, despite the effort, times when the nets would be empty.
 
We need to stay close to Jesus at all times. As we remain close to Him, we can trust Him to work through us as we do all that He's called us to do.

NOTICE OF ANNUAL BUSINESS MEETING
Join us for the yearly Society (Business) Meeting on May 23, at 7:00 pm. All parents are welcome. You will have the opportunity to hear from our current School Board members, the teaching staff, and see the fun class videos that were shown at the auction. The meeting last approximately 45 minutes and you will leave with a new appreciation of all the work that happens behind the scenes at the school.  

The Monroe Christian School Society meets annually to elect new Board members, vote in new Society members, discuss the business of the school, and approve the annual budget.  The meeting is held at New Hope Fellowship.  So WHO IS THE "SOCIETY?"  Parents, YOU are the "Society!"  We urge you to join us for this meeting and become informed about and involved in Monroe Christian School.  Want to know more?  Check out this link:  Monroe Christian School Society
 
Click here to read the bio's of our prospective Board members.

CALLING ALL CURRENT 5TH & 6TH GRADE PARENTS
There will be an introductory Washington DC meeting on May 23 at 6:15-6:45 p.m. at New Hope Fellowship. We will be talking about the itinerary for the October 2018 trip, handing out some FAQs, answering questions, and getting an initial count of students/parents interested in attending the trip. It may seem like the trip is a long way off, but we need to start making plans already! I am excited to share with you what the students will be learning about Gettysburg in June. Bonus - The Society Meeting follows this meeting, so you will be early for that meeting.
TUSCANO'S NIGHT - TONIGHT
TAPP will hold a fundraising night at Tuscano's tonight, May 16, 6:00-9:00 pm. Please show your server the attached flyer and TAPP will earn 20% of your bill. Valid on dine-in or to go orders.

TAPP MEETING
The last TAPP meeting for the school year will be held on Thursday, May 18, at 7:00 pm in the school library.
TOUCH-A-TRUCK
What are you doing on June 10? Helping with Touch-A-Truck? Call the office (360-794-8200) and we will get you plugged in! Or contact Jennifer Simpson (jennifersimpson72@hotmail.com), Janet Gjerde at (theghouse1@gmail.com), or Elaine Obbink (elaine.obbink@monroechristian.org ).
 
Touch-A-Truck offers children and families a hands-on opportunity to explore trucks, heavy machinery and public service vehicles, and to meet the people who build, protect, and serve our community.  Vehicles on display include construction trucks, emergency responders, tractor trailers, utility trucks, race cars, and more! The event also features pony rides, face painting, inflatables, games, crafts and local food and retail vendors.  Click on the link for more information! https://www.monroechristian.com/touch-a-truck/
ANNOUNCEMENT
We have a new position at MCS - Marketing Coordinator! Jennifer Simpson, long-time MCS parent and marketing professional, has been contracted to manage our marketing and promotions. This fills a huge need for MCS, and we are excited about the new ideas and expertise Jennifer brings to our school! Have you seen the new school website ( www.monroechristian.com )? Have you been following the MCS Facebook page? This year has seen many changes, a lot of it behind the scenes, in the ways we promote our school and communicate with current and future families. Much of this groundwork has been done by Jennifer.
 
Due to the shift in marketing and creation of this new position, the family referral program will change as well. If a current MCS family refers a new family, and the new family notes this on their application, the referring family will receive a tuition credit of $500 (K-8th) or $250 (PS-PK) in September of the new school year. Please note that at this time we will not be offering free registration to new families. (We will not be using the pink referral cards.) WE NEED YOU, our wonderful MCS families to keep spreading the word about our wonderful school! Thank you for your faithful support!

WHO'S RETIRING?
Our beloved janitor, Charles, will be retiring after this school year.  Charles and his wife, Dorothy, have blessed us with excellent service with great attitudes for several years. They have been flexible with our school schedule and work with integrity.  They will be GREATLY missed and difficult to replace! 
 
Do you know of an independent janitor who might be interested in serving our school?  If so, please contact Laurie Fielder (laurie.fielder@monroechristian.org) as soon as possible.
THANK YOU
Thank you, Sofia Moro-Huerta, for sprucing up the flower pots in front of school! They are beautiful and welcoming. Your contribution is genuinely appreciated.  
LOVE & LOGIC
Do you know people who are trying to create a perfect environment for their children? Are they more concerned about getting the world to adjust to their kids than they are about helping their kids learn to cope with and deal with the world as it exists today?
 
In spite of the efforts of many to create a perfect country where no one will ever be offended, where bad decisions will have limited consequences, where good outcomes are guaranteed regardless of effort and sacrifice, and where kids never have less than the neighbors' kids, our kids are still living in a world that requires effort and resilience.
 
Our love for our kids tempts us to do all we can to make their childhood better than ours. It tempts us to try to eliminate disappointment, struggle, and inconvenience from their lives.
 
Each day we need to remind ourselves: Whose needs are being met when we attempt to guarantee that our kids are never disappointed, never get less than an "A" grade, never have to struggle, never take risks, never fail, and never have less than the neighbor kid?
 
Is it my job to make the world adjust to my kids, or is my job to help my kids develop resilience so that they can fit into a world they're going to face?
 
Trying to create perfect environments for our children is about as successful as creating perfect children. In my eyes, to think otherwise is a delusion.
  
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.
 
Jim Fay
 

PARENTING TEENS ONLINE EVENT
Check out this free online event June 1-15, sponsored by Axis!  This company brings together excellent Christian resources for parents of pre-teens and teens, and the information is applicable to all age groups.
 
Sign up today - it's free!
7TH GRADE ROAD TRIP
The 7th Grade class has been studying WA State History. They will be embarking on a road trip to the Olympic Peninsula and Mt. St. Helens in June. If there are jobs around the house that you would like to hire a 7th grader to do, please contact Mrs. Rodriguez at rose.rodriguez@monroechristian.org as soon as possible. Thank you.
7TH GRADE JOB FAIR
7th grade parents, you are invited to come view "JOBS in WA STATE" in Mrs. Rodriguez's room. After chapel on Friday, May 19th from 9:45 to 10:45.
AMAZON SMILE
We recently received a check from AmazonSmile for $103.07. Bookmark this link: AmazonSmile and all your eligible shopping will benefit Monroe Christian School.
FOUND
A sapphire and diamond earring has been found. If you lost one, stop by the office to pick it up.