In Today's Newsletter

Upcoming Events:
Feb 19 - 28 - Re-Enrollment Begins

This Friday (2/22) is the due date for auction RSVPs and donations.  It helps planning and preparations immensely to have these turned in on time.  Thank you!
We still need 19 desserts for the Dessert Dash portion of the auction. If you would like to donate a dessert (it can be homemade, procured, or purchased), please contact Becky Werkhoven at 509-595-5662 or
Thank you!
This year we opened Re-enrollment (current families) for next year early, beginning yesterday.  If you haven't yet registered, and you would like to receive a $75 discount off the $500 registration fee, be sure to register before February 28th.  Stop if the office any time between now and then.
Girl's Day, organized by Mrs. Brown and Miss O, has been moved to March 1. Thank you for returning your permission slips. Mrs. Brown and Miss O are looking forward to spending time with your 4th-8th grade girls. Don't worry, parents of 4th-8th grade boys. Mrs. Moses is planning something very engaging for the boys 6th-8th. Mrs. Obbink has prepared several George Washington activities for the 3rd-5th grade students.
Spread the Love is a service project sponsored by Mrs. Bailly and the 2nd grade class. Older students may remember how they brought peanut butter and jelly to school in support of the Sky Valley Food Bank. Bringing in peanut butter and other food staples has previously taken place during the month of February. Due to circumstances beyond our control - snow and a lot of it, we will be collecting items for this local charity the first two weeks in March. The collection bins have already been dropped off, so if you just can't wait, feel free to drop off your food donations at any time from now until March 15. All items must be new, sealed, and within expiration dates. The Sky Valley Food Bank has requested high protein food such as peanut butter to help our friends in need.
Standardized Testing has been an important part of assessing the yearly progress of our students in 2nd-8th grade. The testing is also another way of verifying the validity of our curriculum. The procedures for testing and the company that previously administrated the testing have both changed. To accommodate these changes and to ensure the accuracy of the students' results, we are moving our Iowa Assessments to the week of April 1-5. In order to share the results with you, Parent-Teacher Conferences originally scheduled for April 11 will be changed to Thursday, May 23. Students will come to school on Thursday, April 11.
If you have signed up for Amazon Smile and named Monroe Christian School as your charity, thank you!  We just received a disbursement of $287.31 for sales between Oct. 1 and Dec. 31, 2018.  If you have not signed up yet, it's easy!
This Friday, February 22nd, is Pizza Day.

The cost is $4.00 for one slice of cheese or pepperoni plus Capri Sun and a treat or $6.00 for two slices.  Individual payments will go directly to the teacher. Please bring in-full payments to the office.  If you would like to pay in full for the remainder of the school year please refer to the following information:

8 pizza lunches (1 slice) - $32.00
8 pizza lunches (2 slices) - $48.00
Tim's mom used to worry that he had very few friends. She told us he didn't socialize much with the other kids. He didn't have friends over like other kids did and he seemed mostly content to just sit at home by himself.
She had already realized that when she tried to force the issue, it often made things worse. If she tried to get her friends to make their kids come over, invite him to things and spend time together without some mutual interest, it mostly backfired.
The story got happier. While the problem didn't magically get better right away, she did share some factors that helped improve things over time.
What helped?
She got him off screens - the more time he spent on screens, the worse his issues with peers seemed to get.
They played a lot of board games versus watching videos. Even quiet kids have to look up, respond, and interact when playing board games. Plus, games have some structure and a beginning and end.
She kept up his chores and contributions to the family. There is a powerful sense of belonging that is forged as we work and contribute together.
And the number one thing that helped?
He got a part-time job at a local shop (money is a pretty strong motivator for some teens and tweens - especially if we're not buying them everything they want).
The results were amazing. Every day Tim was "forced" to greet customers and smile, he grew more comfortable. The necessity of doing this well, caused him to improve and he became much more adept in other social situations.
Mom reports he's still more of a loner than some kids, but he is able to get along in a variety of situations without feeling the discomfort he used to feel. And best of all, a few nice kids have really been drawn to him "because they can tell he's just a good guy."
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible.
Jedd Hafer