In Today's Newsletter

Upcoming Events:
Dec. 6 - Christmas Program, 7 pm
Dec. 7 - No School
Dec. 19 - Jan 1 - Christmas Break

The MCS Christmas Program is this Thursday, December 6th at 7:00 p.m. It will be held at the Wagner Performing Arts Center on Main Street.  Kindergarten through 8th grade will be singing in German, Spanish, French, and Japanese. The stories behind some of our cherished traditions will be shared. Please have your student wear black to school that day for the dress rehearsal and performance that night.  Doors open at 6:30, students will meet in the back hall at 6:45 to get ready.  Please have them leave their coats with you.     
"Go Everywhere and Tell Everyone!"
With report cards coming home next week, this is a good time to remind you that in order to receive your child/ren's report cards on time, all school accounts must be current: tuition, E-care, fines/fees, etc.  Thank you!
TAPP will be having a bake sale on Monday, December 10.  All items will cost $0.50.  

Bakers are needed - if you are able to contribute to the bake sale please sign up through this link:
We are in need of Recess Duty volunteers on Tuesdays and Thursdays for all 3 recess times as well as Friday AM and PM recesses.  Every recess worked counts as one service hour!  Please contact Mindy ( if you can help.  The teachers GREATLY appreciate this support!
This Tuesday, 12/4, is the next TAPP popcorn day.  $0.50 for popcorn or $1.00 for popcorn and Capri Sun.  Pay your teacher for the day or pay in full at the office.
The next TAPP meeting will take place tomorrow, 12/4, at 7 pm in the MCS library.
Do you remember, last year we posted everyone's "We Belong" photos in the hallway?  This year let's post our Christmas cards in the hallway.  It is a great way to celebrate the season and to stay in contact with one another.  Just turn one into the office and we will post it.
Thank you Jeanne Bush for donating art supplies for the preschool / pre-kindergarten classroom and for the wonderful, waterproof, outdoor toy storage.  Your generosity is appreciated!

Thank you T.A.P.P. for the brand new laminator!  After 30 years of service, our current laminator died.  The staff is so thankful for this much needed resource.
Here is another fun Christmas event that you can take your family to.  This is a list of upcoming concerts featuring Bronn Journey.
Have you ever been at a complete loss for an effective consequence? One of the most common requests we get is:
"Can you give us a list of consequences?"
The reason you won't find this in any of our materials is that effective discipline involves far more than simply picking the right consequence. It involves building and maintaining loving relationships so that: (a) kids are less likely to rebel; and (b) they experience genuine remorse when they blow it. It also involves setting effective limits, sharing control within these limits, and teaching skills so children are prepared for life's tough challenges.
With this said, there are a variety of consequences that often outperform the others. It's called "restitution." We at Love and Logic call it the "Energy Drain" approach. Performing restitution means to restore. It means to make things right by performing any action that repairs the inconvenience or damage inflicted on another.
It's the preferred type of consequence because it:
Leaves kids seeing they can solve the problems they create.
Requires real thought, action, and learning.
Builds healthy self-esteem and efficacy.
Meets the need to reconnect when relationships have been damaged.
While it's not always possible to repair a concrete object, it's almost always possible to replace energy drained from another person. Having kids replace voltage they sap is the approach of choice, particularly with youth who feel poorly about themselves and need to see they are capable of doing good.
The next time your child drains somebody's energy you may want to experiment with saying:
"This is so sad. What an energy drain. How are you going to replace that energy?"
Then provide some options, such as:
"Some kids decide to do extra chores."
"Others decide to wash the person's car inside and out."
"Some decide to stay home instead of being driven to practice."
Be positive and thankful about their energy replacement efforts. Don't try to make them feel bad, and don't be surprised if they appear to enjoy replacing your energy.
Kids don't have to feel horrible to learn from restitution. In fact, many will feel good about it. When this happens, it often translates into fewer battles for everyone involved.

Dr. Charles Fay