In Today's Newsletter

Upcoming Events:
Mar 23 - Annual Auction

Glimpse from Mrs. Obbink:
The young child cautiously approached her teacher. "Teacher, I'm afraid." Her words were barely audible. The teacher immediately replied,  "Don't be afraid," as she bent down and scooped up the child in her arms. The gentle words washed over the child, but there was more. "I'm afraid, and I have to go to the bathroom. "What is going on? Why are you afraid?" The child boldly shared her concern trusting that her teacher would help. The child had recently seen something scary on the vast screen at the movie theater, and now going into the "big" empty bathroom was causing a lot of apprehension. The teacher lovingly helped the child work through her fears, reaffirming the child each step through the conversation. The child inquired with great concern, "Why did I have to see that?" The teacher gently replied that sometimes Mommy's and Daddy's don't know there is a scary scene in the movie, and if they did know, they would never take you. "Your Mommy and Daddy love you very much. They would never want you to be afraid or want you to worry."

This sweet moment happened in the middle of several other requests and needs: one child was upset; another child had placed himself in time out because of what happened at recess but forgot to tell the teacher. Despite the busyness, each need was met with gentleness and great love.

This is just a ten-minute glimpse into the life of preschoolers and their teachers. There is constant movement, shared concerns, and endless assistance as young problem-solvers work their way through lessons both written and unwritten, all the while preparing children for PreKindergarten, Kindergarten, and beyond.

We are blessed beyond belief and inspired with the work and the love that Mrs. Jansons and Mrs. Meyer provide abundantly to their students. These precious women of God desire to be instrumental in the development of every child in their classes. They are totally committed to developing students: socially, emotionally, academically, physical, and spiritually. Thank you both for being such wonderful examples of God's unconditional love. You are appreciated!

Report cards will go home with students on Wednesday.  Please ensure all accounts are paid before then.  Thank you!
We are in need of one more Spotter for the Live Auction.  Spotters watch for bidder cards and ensure the auctioneer recognizes the bid.  If interested, please contact Laurie at or call the office.
Tuesday night is the LAST Yoforit Night for this school year!  All sales between 5 pm - 8 pm on March 12th will directly support our school.  However families can go there right after school to get a frozen treat, and if you let the staff know you are there on behalf of MCS, then those sales will get added to the final total.  Thank you for supporting this event!
We would like to put together a business directory that highlights the businesses of MCS parents.  This directory would then be posted on the school website.  If you would like your business listed in this directory please send business contact information to Megan VandenHeuvel ( or Riley Anderson (
THANK YOU, Claudia Mendoza, Melinda Grazier, and Stephanie Penick for joining Mrs. Meyer to greet and assist students each morning in the roundabout!  Claudia and Melinda stepped up last week to fill the need posted in the newsletter - thank you!
TAPP will have a meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) at 7:00 pm in the school library. 
Don't forget to turn in your Flower Bulb orders in to the school office by tomorrow, March 12th.  
This Friday, March 15th, 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:

7 pizza lunches (1 slice) - $28.00
7 pizza lunches (2 slices) - $42.00
Teachers and parents sometimes express the following worry: "When I calmly delay a conversation or a consequence instead of squashing defiance (or other frustrating misbehaviors), do I look weak? If I don't bring the wrath in that moment, will kids or adults who are watching think I'm a pushover?"
No. No, they won't.
Imagine this: You're in a restaurant enjoying a lovely meal. But some lady at the table off to your right is having the opposite of a lovely meal. And she's bringing the wrath. She's getting louder. She wants to see the manager. Somebody is going to pay for this! She gets more and more red faced and threatening.
As you watch her, what is going through your mind? She's so powerful? She's so impressive? You wish you could rant and rave like that?
Probably not. You're probably thinking she ought to control herself and calm down. You're probably the opposite of impressed.
Self-control is actually a form of strength. There is much more power in the ability to keep our cool than there is in yelling, threatening, and lecturing.
Some people even repeat this phrase to themselves in moments when they need to remember to remain calm: "Anger and frustration feed misbehavior. Anger and frustration feed misbehavior..."
Put your mind at ease. You don't lose an ounce of power when you choose not to yell or "drop the hammer" in the heat of the moment - you gain power. By staying calm and creating a more thoughtful response, you are enhancing your authority as an adult/leader. You can do this!
Jedd Hafer