We are still in need of volunteers to help with the auction and hit the streets. Please contact the office at 360-794-8200 or email if you can help.

Attached is a digital copy of the Procurement Letter and Procurement Form you can provide to businesses . Be sure to attach a copy of the form to the donated item, and leave a copy with the donor as their tax receipt.

This past week, we sent you a letter along with the procurement form. We ask every family to procure at least one donation item for the auction. Click here for  auction donation ideas . The deadline for procurement is March 21, 2020. Thank you for supporting our annual auction.

MCS continues its partnership with Kaleidoscope Academy for violin and piano lessons. A new string class is being offered to Jr. High or Middle school group. Although the Spring classes have already started, we have room for Elementary violin classes if your child is still interested. The class has a new teacher, Mina Choe and the schedule will remain during school hours. 

The group lesson will cost $15 a week for 3-7 students. The students will need to provide their own instruments. Kaleidoscope Academy has a limited number of rental instruments available on a first come, first served basis. Instrument rentals are also available at Kennelly Keys in either Everett or Lynnwood.

For the Middle school group strings class, the students can choose to play a violin, viola, or cello. An additional music book will be required for purchase for $11, which can be paid directly to the teacher. No prior experience is necessary. This is a great opportunity to learn a new instrument.  Register for Kaleidoscope Classes today at this link.  (More information available upon registration.)
Elementary School Group Violin  | 30 min. | 10 weeks - $150 for Winter Unit | 8 weeks - $120 for Spring Unit | violin required
Middle School Group Strings  | 30 min. | 10 weeks - $150 for Winter Unit | 8 weeks - $120 for Spring Unit | Instrument required

* If more than 8 students sign up for a group, then the price drops to $100 for the Winter Unit, and $80 for the Spring Unit. 

This Wednesday, February 5, is Donut Day. Donuts will be available for $1.00 each. Thank you to Better Air Design, LLC (Taber Family) for sponsoring this week's Donut Day! If anyone knows of a business or family that would like to sponsor a Donut Day, the cost is $125.

This Friday, February 7 is Pizza Lunch Day! If you would like to pay in full for the remainder of the school year, please refer to the following:
9 pizza lunches (1 slice) = $36.00
9 pizza lunches (2 slices) = $54.00
 Please bring in-full payments to the office. Individual payments can go directly to the TAPP's collection table. Please note, any missed days will not be refunded. Thank you.
The scheduled pizza, popcorn and Yoforit dates can be found on this downloadable TAPP calendar. If you would like to be part of TAPP or would like to volunteer for any of these events, please sign-up to this link  
We are looking forward to seeing you at the Parent-Teacher Conferences. Conferences will be held on Tuesday, February 18. Please bring all of your questions and concerns. Appointment times were emailed to you. If you are not able to make your scheduled conference, please let the teacher know to set up a different time and date to meet.

Is your child missing a coat (or two), socks, pants, or another miscellaneous articles of clothing? Our lost and found has been growing lately! Stop by and check it out during drop off or pick up time - we might have just what you've been looking for. Additionally, please make sure to write your child's name in their coat.

Is it healthy for children to believe that they can interrupt adults?
Ironically, we reinforce this bad behavior when we repeatedly tell them to stop interrupting. In effect, we are encouraging them to interrupt. To make matters worse, there are few things more rewarding to a child than being able to control the color of our faces, the volume of our voices, or the number of words produced by our tongues.
Teach Them How to Get Your Attention and Wait for Your Reply
Children as young as two or three can learn how to ask for attention in healthy ways. This involves showing them how to approach you silently and wait for your reply quietly. This takes a lot of work, patience, and practice, but it is doable.
One Love and Logic mom commented, “We have five kids under ten. That’s why we can’t afford to let them think that they can mob us for what they want anytime they want it. My husband and I taught each of them what we call the ‛sneaky statue’ routine. When we’re talking, they know to sneak up and stand like statues. We gradually taught each of them to wait longer by celebrating their success in being ‛sneaky as spies’ and ‛silent like statues.’
Use the “Stop Sign” Signal
Wise parents understand that responding to interruptions with words usually makes it worse. Instead, they continue talking while signaling with their hand that the child must stop talking and wait. Parents must maintain eye contact with the adult they are talking with. If they are on the phone, they should look away from their child.
Give Your Signal Special Meaning by Following Through
When our kids insist on interrupting, it’s essential that they see this does not pay off. With children young enough to be carried safely, parents can silently place them in a highchair, playpen, or some other safe spot, and then immediately resume their conversation. Older kids should be expected to replace the energy they have drained from their parents. This may involve doing extra chores, allowing their parents to rest instead of expecting them to drive them somewhere, paying for their own babysitter so that their parents can go on a date with each other, etc.
When kids learn that it’s okay to interrupt adults, they begin to think that they are on the same level as adults. This isn’t good for them… or for us. The happiest kids are the ones who learn early on that the world does not revolve around them.
Dr. Charles Fay
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