In Today's Newsletter

Upcoming Events:
Jan 21 - MLK Day - No School

MCS Glimpse from Mrs. Obbink:

Happy New Year! In the matter of 24 hours filled with count downs and parties and fireworks, one year turned into the next year. The air is filled with anticipation. We imagine: a clean slate, a fresh start, a new beginning. We pause to examine our lives and see where we can make improvements in our relationships, in our priorities, in our health. We wonder: what will this new year bring?

Then we remember these words, "I am not my own but belong body and soul to my faithful Savior Christ Jesus." We are God's dearly beloved children. Our lives are on purpose for a purpose. Our ordinary and extraordinary days.

When the newness of this year wears off and we may feel overwhelmed, tired, or face dark days of trouble, remember the Jesus we just celebrated at Christmas. Not only the
approachable baby in a manger, but the crucified and risen Lord of Lords and King of Kings.

Isaiah 11:1-5 from The Message reminds us that God's faithfulness exists-now! The freshness that we are experiencing can be found in every second of every day because of the love of the Father and the forgiveness of sins we find in Jesus.

"A green Shoot will sprout from Jesse's stump, from his roots a budding Branch. The life-giving Spirit of God will hover over him, the Spirit that brings wisdom and understanding, the Spirit that gives direction and builds strength, the Spirit that instills knowledge and Fear-of-God. Fear-of-God will be all his joy and delight. He won't judge by appearances, won't decide on the basis of hearsay. He'll judge the needy by what is right, render decisions on earth's poor with justice. His words will bring everyone to awed attention. A mere breath from his lips will topple the wicked. Each morning he'll pull on sturdy work clothes and boots, and build righteousness and faithfulness in the land.
I hope that you will feel His love and presence in your lives today and throughout every part of 2019. Happy New Year!

Welcome back!  We hope you had a wonderful Christmas Break with your family and friends!
We have received many gifts to support our "Time to Give" campaign. Thank you all who gave so generously. We are truly thankful for your continued support. Your gifts help our school to run smoothly and meet student needs in areas that are not covered by tuition.
Please share this link with your family and friends, or someone who may be interested in MCS for next year. We are proud of our teachers and the amazing work that they do with our children.
This Friday, January 4th, 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:

11 pizza lunches (1 slice) - $44.00
11 pizza lunches (2 slices) - $66.00

Are you interested in learning how to draw realistically or learning to paint landscapes?  Please check out the link below.  By request, Jerrie Froelich is offering two after school art classes.  You must be in 5th grade or above.  All proceeds collected will go toward a mission trip to Haiti that Mrs. Froelich is taking with her granddaughter.  Payments for these classes are to be paid directly to Jerrie Froelich and are not processed through MCS.

There is still a chance to order MCS apparel - we have a few items in the office for sale and immediate pick up or you can place an order through Spotlight Creations. 
The MCS Attendance Policy was sent home prior to Christmas break with report cards.  As a reminder here is the revised portion:

After five (5) absences, a notice from the Administrator will be sent home to parents.   This notice must be signed and returned to the office the following school day.
For purposes of this policy, a "tardy" is defined as arriving after 8:30 a.m., an early dismissal or late arrival, or missing any part of the school day.   Under this definition, if a student accumulates 8 tardies, this will be counted as a full-day absence.  (If a student misses half of a school day, it will be counted as a .5 day absence.)
Thank you Mark Clear and Roy Barron for the hours you worked over Christmas Break to update our network, address individual teacher needs, and work in the lab. Your work is sincerely appreciated by the staff and students.
Thank you: Gloria Werkhoven, Kraig Klingsheim, and the Building and Grounds Team. Thank you for the hours you spent working on a long list of needs and repairs. Thank you for your dedication and care providing for our building.
If you have purchased pizza or popcorn throughout the school year, then thank you for supporting TAPP. With your help, TAPP organized a delicious lunch for the MCS staff and a game/puzzle exchange. Thank you to each parent who supervised a classroom so that the staff could enjoy food, fun, and laughter. Thank you, Missy Hughes and Carrie Cox, for organizing this special time.
Thank you, Staff Wellness Committee for taking such good care of the staff the month of December. Thank you for making the teacher space cheerful and festive. Thank you for all the yummy treats and the hot chocolate with all the fixings. Those days before Christmas swirl with activities and late nights for students and staff. Thank you for supporting teachers, so they can be at their best for the students. 
You've probably noticed that kids are not born with this skill, and many are not shy about demonstrating their lack of appreciation for anything that delays the immediate delivery of their desires...This is normal for young children.
Parents understand they can pay now or pay bigger in the future. As such, they embrace the short-term commotion, wisely allowing their kids to experience the healthy struggle of wait time. These parents may provide some brief suggestions to their kids, such as:
"Some kids decide to concentrate about something they really like. Sometimes that makes the time go faster."
"Some kids decide to repeat to themselves, 'I can do this. I can do this. I'm big. I can do this.'"
"Some kids decide to bring a book to read."
Wise parents also demonstrate this skill in front of their kids. Of course, this can be the most challenging part for many of us. While in traffic, while waiting in line at the store, they allow their kids to hear their thoughts. They think out loud:
"Waiting is hard. Sometimes it's not very fun. But... it's such good practice. Good things come to those who wait!"
Finally, Love and Logic parents notice when their young ones do a good job of waiting, and they demonstrate that good things come to those who wait. While we don't believe in going overboard with rewards, it is fun and effective to occasionally provide a small one.
"I noticed that you waited the entire time I was on the phone without interrupting. What do you think about going for ice cream?"
Learning to delay gratification is one of the most important skills we can give our kids.