Welcome back!  We hope you enjoyed a wonderful Christmas Break with your family and friends!

Please welcome Michele Kelly! She is a teacher candidate from Western Governors University (WGU). Mrs. Kelly will be working closely with Mrs. Brown (student teacher supervisor) and the students in 3 rd , 4 th , and 5 th grade. She is completing her Bachelor of Arts, in Interdisciplinary Studies (K-8) Mrs. Kelly will be a part of our team for the next 12 weeks. Mrs. Kelly is excited to learn from the staff, students, and parents at MCS. When she is not busy studying, Mrs. Kelly loves cooking, sewing, reading, and walking her dog.  
LET'S SHARE OUR STORY

We have received many gifts to support our "Time to Give" campaign. Thank you to 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. We are proud of our teachers and the amazing work that they do with our children.

COLD WEATHER

Please remember to send your children to school with coats, gloves, hats, boots, and/or scarves to keep them warm during recess time. 

Additionally, this is the best time for you to read our school policy on school closures and schedule changes. MCS follows the Monroe Public School decision when there is inclement weather or an emergency.
PIZZA LUNCH DAY
 
This Friday, January 10, 2020 is Pizza Lunch Day! If you would like to pay in full for the entire school year, please refer to the following:
 
11 pizza lunches (1 slice) = $44.00
11 pizza lunches (2 slices) = $66.00
 
 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
BASKETBALL SEASON

Basketball season is starting this month. The 4th through 6th grade students are invited to join. If your student is still interested in joining and has not signed up, please to contact Coach Austin at coach@monroechristian.org for more details.
KNIGHTS AUCTION

Our annual MCS auction is around the corner! Here is a glimpse of additional auction items we have received so far:

Mariner Game by Lee Johnson AutoFamily (4 terrace club seats plus parking pass)
Everett Aqua Sox (4 upper box tickets).
Revive Painting (6 hours of free labor)
Northwest Outdoor Center (2 hrs. of fun kayaking)
Northwest Railway Museum (4 passes for scenic train excursion)
Wild Waves Theme & Water Park (2 complimentary tickets)
Triple Play Family Fun Park (4 passes to indoor waterpark)
Lynnwood Ice Center (10 admission skate passes and skate rental)
Monroe Medical Massage (1 hr. massage for 2)
Backstreet Salon (free haircut and color)
Napa Auto Parts

Please spread the word about our MCS auction and let's add to this list! The deadline for procurement is March 21, 2020.
SERVICE OPPORTUNITY

We are still in need of Recess Duty volunteers for the following days:

  • Tuesday, Wednesday & Thursday - for AM recess (10:00 - 10:15 AM)
  • Wednesday & Thursday - for lunch recess (12:00 - 12:20 PM)
  • Tuesday, Wednesday and Friday - for PM recess (1:45 - 2:00 PM)

Every recess worked counts as one service hour! Please contact the office at (360) 794-8200 or email secretary@monroechristian.org, if you can help. The teachers GREATLY appreciate this support!
LOVE & LOGIC TIPS

Which is more powerful, a question or a statement?
 
Saying, “Stop behaving that way,” is more likely to create resistance than saying, “Can you save that behavior for later?”
 
“That’s too expensive. I’m not buying it,” will probably create more of a battle than, “How are you planning to pay for that?”
 
“Take out the trash. I’m not taking you to your friend’s house until you do,” stands a better chance of starting a protracted argument than, “When do you suppose I’ll be willing to take you to your friend’s house?”
 
Many times, a thoughtful inquiry has a far greater impact on our kids’ thinking and behavior than a statement. Why is this?
 
Statements tend to create resistance.
Questions are more likely to create thinking.
 
Why are questions so powerful? Do they cause our minds to search for closure in the form of answers? Does the brain have less energy to fight when it’s busy pondering a question?
 
Examples of strategic questions include:

  • When do I allow kids to enjoy treats?
  • When do I listen to kids?
  • Who needs to decide what type of life you have? Can I make sure that you have the skills you will need to get a job, or is that something that is really up to you?
  • What do you think might happen if you don’t let me know where you are? If you ran into a serious problem, how would I know where to find you in order to help?
  • When I pick up your toys for you, who gets to keep them?
  • How can you prove that you are ready to drive the car?
As our children get older, will they need even better decision-making skills than we needed when we were their age? Are the consequences of their decisions far more serious than they were even a decade ago? Are there more life-and-death questions today? How will our children get good at thinking?
 
Sometimes it’s smart to tell our kids what to do, but will we enjoy fewer power struggles if we keep this to a minimum?
 
What’s another benefit of asking questions? We communicate a very powerful and loving message:
 
I know that you are a thinker! I believe in you!

Dr. Charles Fay
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