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MCS Weekly Announcements
  • January 22: Pizza Day
  • February 5: Pizza Day
  • February 12: Teacher Work Day - NO SCHOOL
  • February 15: President's Day - NO SCHOOL
SHOW YOUR MCS SPIRIT

Below you will find the link from our Promotion Committee to get your very own MCS apparel.  Find something that you like. Place your order and it will be sent directly to you. You will find 2 logo choices, 3 color choices, and 169 product possibilities! Place your order soon and show your school spirit. MCS Apparel and Accessories
Thank you, MCS Promotion Committee! 
PIZZA DAY
This Friday is Pizza Day. Thank you TAPP, for making a hot lunch available to our students.

Future Pizza Days and Yoforit Nights can be found on this downloadable TAPP calendar.
A LOOK INSIDE THE CLASSROOM

Mrs. Bailly 2nd Grade
Congratulations 2nd Graders!
Last week, the 2nd grade class celebrated, filling their Marble Reward Jar, with a winter party. They played games, made snowflakes and snowballs, tried to knock down targets with their snowballs, and listened to winter stories. Their treats were snowflake cookies, snowmen cheese sticks, and melted snow to drink. Several students shared that it was their favorite party ever! 
PARENT / TEACHER CONFERENCES

Conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, February 16th and Wednesday, February 17th.
We will be emailing families with a scheduled time slot for each child (Kindergarten through 8th grade). Conferences will be 20 minutes long. Please arrive on time so that you can receive the full benefit of this time set apart for you and your child’s teacher. If you find that you need more time with the teacher, please request an additional meeting for a future date. Thank you for respecting the 20 minute time slot so that teachers can provide the same individual attention to each child’s parents.
*Note: There will be NO SCHOOL on these days
CHANGE OF CLOTHES

We are seeing many of our students having a wonderful time playing outside at recess but then find themselves more than a little wet afterwards. If you'd like to send a change of clothes to school with your child, it could make their afternoons a little less soggy.
FRIENDLY REMINDER ABOUT ILLNESSES

We know there is a lot of information out regarding what you need to do if you have been exposed to or infected with COVID 19.

It is our school policy that if anyone in your household has been exposed to the virus and/or is being tested, we ask all students to stay home until a negative test result is received. Should anyone in your household receive a positive test result, we ask all students to stay home for the 10/14 days that your doctor has specified.

To do our part, we will continue taking temperatures before your student enters the school and ask that if your student has any of the following symptoms, please keep them home.
  • Temperature above 100.2 (without the use of a fever reducing medication)*
  • coughing
  • shortness of breath
  • headache
  • sore throat
  • muscle or body aches
  • loss of taste or smell
  • congestion
  • nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea*

*Note: Any family members that have fevers and/or vomiting, we ask that you keep all students home for 48 hours after the fever has subsided.
UPDATED SCHOOL CALENDAR

We have made some updates to the school calendar.


FREE & EASY WAYS TO HELP THE SCHOOL

MATCHING CONTRIBUTIONS: Does the company you work for (Boeing, Microsoft, etc.) match contributions you make to a non-profit company? Take a moment to find out. When you donate money to the school for a fundraiser or any other reason, follow your company's system to record it and designate MCS to receive matching funds! (If someone you know works at a participating company, they can also designate MCS!)
LOVE AND LOGIC

Those familiar with Love and Logic hear a great deal about empathy and know that sincere empathy characterizes our approach. In fact, it’s the hub around which our entire approach revolves. In the home or classroom (real or remote), whenever we precede consequences with a sincere dose of compassion and concern, we increase the odds that the child will view their poor decision as the “bad guy” while continuing to perceive us as the “good guy.”
 
Consider the following empathetic statements:
   
“I love you. This is so sad. When you guys argue and fight in the car, it really drains my energy. One way you can replace this energy is by working together to clean the bathrooms. Will you have that completed by bedtime or by noon tomorrow?”
“I know you love to play videos games. The sad thing is that I don’t feel like I can trust you with the computer right now. What do you think you can do to rebuild this trust?”
 
When we can provide sincere empathy first, is it far more likely they’ll learn responsibility rather than resentment? Does this also affect our stress level, by enabling us to avoid toxic anger, lectures, threats, and frustration? Does it allow us to parent, or provide discipline in our classroom, without feeling guilty?
 
Sincere empathy opens the heart and mind to learning.
 
It enables us to lay our heads on our pillows each night
without harboring regret over how we treated others.
 
Although empathy is powerful, many of us struggle with applying it in consistent ways. Because I can relate to this personally, I’ve spent the last two decades grappling with deep questions over why this is the case. Might some of these challenges have to do with forgetting what empathy truly is and is not? Here are some contrasting examples of what empathy is and is not:

  •  Empathy is about a sincere desire to understand another’s feelings.
It is not a flippant, “I know how you feel” or “I’m so sorry.”

  • Empathy is an honest message of caring.
It is not about manipulating or instilling guilt.
  • Empathy is about maintaining emotional boundaries while showing concern.
It is not about making the other person’s problem our own.
  • Empathy is about modeling confidence and strength.
It is not about demonstrating weakness.
  • Empathy is about forgiving others as well as forgiving ourselves.
It is not about trying to be perfect.
 
The first and primary rule of Love and Logic involves taking good care of ourselves, especially in these challenging times, so we can remain positive role models. As we pursue our desire to become ever more loving and effective parents or educators, does it make sense that doing so involves extending empathy to ourselves?
 
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible.
 
Dr. Charles Fay
Our scripture theme for this year is based on Hebrews 11:1-3
"Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see. This is what the ancients were commended for. By faith we understand that the universe was formed at God’s command, so that what is seen was not made out of what was visible."