In Today's Newsletter



 





WELCOME
The MCS Board and Staff are ready to welcome our school families back for another year. We are also excited about the new families and new staff joining our community! We are looking forward to a great year! The staff has been working diligently on preparing their classrooms and their lessons with your students in mind.
 
Mrs. Orcutt is acclimating to her new role as MCS secretary. As you stop by the office, please take the time to welcome her.
 
The Board and Building and Grounds Committee have worked tirelessly along with Mike Hamilton to get our 4 bathrooms updated. Stop by and peek at their work on Wednesday. 
FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL GATHERING
Let's all get together out on the big field and catch up after school is released at noon on Wed., Sept. 5!  (All MCS families are most welcome to join us. Even the students who haven't started yet like our Preschoolers.)  The Board is providing hot dogs and beverages.  We'd love the families to bring side dishes or dessert (see below).  Please bring your item when you come at noon.  Feel free to bring lawn chairs or blankets and any outdoor games.   
 
If your last name begins with A - L, please bring a side dish (salad, fruit, veggies, etc.).
If your last name begins with M - Z, please bring a dessert (cookies, dessert bars, etc.) or chips.
  


SOCCER
Soccer practice will take place on Tuesday, September 4 from 3:30-5:00 pm and on Thursday, September 6 from 3:30-5:00 pm with a required parent meeting at 5:00 pm on Thursday for about 30-40 minutes. Necessary paperwork will be handed out at the meeting as well as schedules.  Looking forward to a great year, Coach Stima.

Here are the home games that are currently scheduled (these start at 4 pm):

  • Friday, September 14 Grace Christian Academy 
  • Thursday, September 20 Cedar Park

  • Thursday, October 11 Northshore Christian

  • Thursday, October 18 Zion Lutheran
     

CLASSROOM NEEDS
Do you have any of the following items or know of someone who is looking to gift the following to our teachers?
  • Kindergarten- Mrs. Hughes is looking for a rocking chair.
  • 2nd grade- Mrs. Bailly is searching for a Rubbermaid style storage shed for a MCS science gardening area.
  • 3rd/4th grades- Mrs. Brown is looking for any older laptops or I-pads for her students to use in the classroom.
  • 6th grade - Mrs. Moses is looking for an arrow to use for her bulletin board.
  • 7th grade- Mrs. Rodriguez is hoping someone has an outdoor wicker set that is looking for a new home.
  • 8th grade- Mr. Warren is wondering if you have a podium.
If you have one the above-mentioned items, please call the school. The teachers are eagerly preparing for the new school year. Donation receipts are available. 
ARE YOU A TECHIE?
If you have experience with networks and computers and would like to help out, please contact Elaine Obbink at elaine.obbink@monroechristian.org.
NEEDED: ATHLETIC DIRECTOR
The Athletic Director coordinates and plans all MCS sports for 5th-8th graders:  Co-ed Soccer, Basketball, Cheer, Track & Field.  This position pays a small stipend for each sports season.  If interested, please contact Elaine Obbink in the school office or via email:  elaine.obbink@monroechristian.org.
FAMILY PHOTOS
If you provided a family photo for the "I Belong" bulletin board last year and would like it back, please come pick it up from the office by September 21st. Photos will be shredded after Sept. 21st.
IMPORTANT DATES TO REMEMBER
There will be no Meet-the-Teacher Day this year.  (We're mixing it up, remember?)

Tues., Sept. 4
No school; Meeting for new parents only (6:30 - 7:15 pm)
Wed., Sept. 5
First day of school (PreK-8th), Noon dismissal - Hot dog lunch for all MCS families at noon!
Thurs., Sept. 6
First day of Preschool
Tues., Sept. 11
Curriculum Night (parents only)
Fri., Sept. 28
Walk-a-Thon here at MCS
Mon./Tues., Oct. 1 & 2
School in session
Sun. - Sat., Sept. 30 - 
Oct. 6
Washington DC Trip (7th-8th)
Wed., Oct. 3

Parent-Teacher Conferences
 
Thurs./Fri., 
Oct. 4 & 5
No school (teacher training)
MCS STAFF FOR 2018-19
Grade/Class
Teacher/s - Staff Member
PS
Sue Jansons/Chasity Meyer
PK
Sue Jansons/Chasity Meyer
Kindergarten
Dorie Hughes
First
Leanne Sytsma
Second
Deanna Bailly
Third & Fourth
Amanda Brown
Fifth
Sydney Obbink (Miss O)
Sixth homeroom
Heather Moses
Seventh homeroom
Rose Rodriguez
Eighth homeroom
Eric Warren
PE
Austin VanBelle/YMCA
Music
Rose Rodriguez
Library
Each teacher (Rose-Librarian)
Administration
Elaine Obbink/Administrator
Laurie Fielder/Admin. Asst./Bookkeeper
Mindy Orcutt/Secretary
YOUR MCS SCHOOL BOARD
Board Member 
Position on Board/ Committee

Janet Gjerde
 
President/Treasurer
Craig Cox*
 
Board Member/
Building & Grounds
Kathlyn Hughes

Board Member/TAPP

Cheryl Jansen

Secretary

Stephanie Penick
 
Board Member/
Promotions & Fundraising
Kathleen Poole
 
Board Member/Education

Brian VandenHeuvel*
 
Board Member/
Promotions/Technology
Ben Werkhoven*
 
Board Member/Finance
  *new this year

SMART TUITION ACCOUNTS
Please be aware that Smart Tuition assigns a new account number to parent accounts each year.  If you use auto-pay from your checking account, please make sure your bank has the new account number.  Your new account number will be on your Welcome Letter for 2018-19.
FREE & EASY WAYS TO HELP THE SCHOOL
Matching Employer Funds - Many larger employers offer matching funds when their employees donate to the school through their portals. Check with your employer to see what they may offer!

General Mills Box Tops For Education - Save Box Tops from all participating products. Please drop off accumulated Box Tops in the school office.

Fred Meyer Rewards - Go to www.fredmeyer.com, click on  "Rewards," choose Community Rewards from the drop-down menu and follow the instructions to link your card. If you have already designated MCS as your Community Reward, please take a minute and check if it is still active. (The community reward must be renewed yearly.)
 
AmazonSmile -Click here  Amazon Smile for more information and instructions to register. 

Office Depot - Use our school ID #70106855 and we will receive credits towards future purchases.  
 
My Coke Rewards - Save the lids from bottles and the codes on the inside of 12 or 24 packs of Coke products. Bring the accumulated lids & codes to the school office.

Together for the Kingdom: Drop off clothing and reusable household items in our collection bin. For more information regarding the non-profit: www.togetherforthekingdom.com.