Knightly News

MCS Weekly Announcements
  • March 19: Records Day - NO SCHOOL
  • March 21/22: World Down Syndrome Day
  • March 29-April 2: Iowa Assessments
  • April 4: Easter
  • April 5-9: Easter Break - NO SCHOOL

WORLD DOWN SYNDROME DAY

MCS is celebrating World Down Syndrome Day on Monday, March 22!!! Wear your mismatched socks to school to celebrate our friend Benji in Mrs. Hughes’s class! We wear our crazy socks to remember that being different is fun!
GROUNDS COMMITTEE

Are you interested in being a part of the field/playground committee. If you are interested, meet Janet Gjerde (MCS Board President) and Elaine Obbink on March 25 at 6:30 in room 5. We need your input! Let us know if you will be attending elaine.obbink@monroechristian.org
IOWA ASSESSMENTS
 
Standardized testing has been an important part of assessing the yearly progress of our students in 1st-8th grade. The testing is also another way of verifying the validity of our curriculum. Please mark your calendar, the Iowa Assessment testing is the week of March 29- April 2, 2021. All testing will be done in-person.
ANNUAL MCS AUCTION
 
Our annual MCS auction is right around the corner! The auction will be a little different this year because we will be hosting an online auction rather than in-person. The online Auction will be May 1st-8th.
Every year, we ask all MCS families to help make our auction a success by contributing something. Some ideas from previous years include:
 
·    Timeshare usage for vacations (Hawaii, Wenatchee, etc.)
·    ¼ side of beef
·    Landscaping plants, statues, pottery, garden art
·    BBQ Grills
·    Hammocks
·    Hotel stays (Leavenworth, Great Wolf Lodge, etc.)
·    Handmade yard games
·    Handmade quilts
·    Handmade functional art (cutting boards, furniture, wine stoppers, etc.)
·    Handmade jewelry
·    Cheese & Cracker Baskets
·    Cookie Baskets
·    Relaxation Baskets
 
In addition to the large auction items, the school can also use gift cards to your favorite restaurant, hair stylist, masseuse, or recreational spot; just to name a few.

The school will provide you with a “Procurement Form” to give to businesses that you procure donations from. This form serves as their donation receipt for tax purposes.
MCS GEAR

Thank you to our promotion committee for making it possible to get new MCS apparel and accessories. There are 2 logos to choose from with 169 product possibilities! Use this link MCS Apparel and Accessories to check out all the great items that are available. Find something that you like, place your order, and it will be sent directly to you.
FREE & EASY WAYS TO HELP THE SCHOOL

There are many ways you can help the school that are free and easy.

  • Matching Employer Funds - Many larger employers offer matching funds when their employees donate to the school through their portals. Check with your employer to see what they may offer!
  • General Mills Box Tops for Education - Save Box Tops from all participating products, then drop off the accumulated clipped Box Tops in the school office or submit them digitally.
  • Fred Meyer Rewards - Link Monroe Christian School to your Fred Meyers Rewards card through the "Community Rewards" setting and a percentage of your eligible purchases will go directly to MCS. If you have already designated MCS as your Community Reward, please take a minute and check if it is still active. (The community reward must be renewed yearly.)
  • AmazonSmile - Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible purchases to MCS. Simply go to smile.amazon.com to get setup.
  • Office Depot - Use our school ID #70106855 when making purchases at Home Depot and we will receive credit towards future purchases.
  • Rite Aid - RXfundraising and Rite Aid are willing to give a portion of every dollar spent on prescriptions and purchases made at Rite Aid to support our school. Register your Rite Aid card with RXfundraising and choose - "support MCS".

MOMS PRAYER GROUP

The Moms in Prayer group meets every Monday at 9am in the MCS library. This group provides a good way for moms to connect with other moms, support each other, and most importantly pray together. This is a very open and welcoming group. Feel free to share as much or as little as you would like, ask for prayers, or simply sit with us to enjoy the love and support of other moms in the same stage of life.
We understand schedule constraints so please feel free to come when you are able.
We look forward to meeting you and praying with you!
UPDATED SCHOOL CALENDAR

We have made some updates to the school calendar.

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 symptoms have subsided.
LOVE AND LOGIC

Even though the pandemic has been constantly on our minds for the past year, there are still many other risks in the world that we need to keep in mind and help our kids avoid. Many of us lament the “good old days” when our kids were free to roam the neighborhood and play with their friends unsupervised by adults. In this day and age, parents are wise to keep a much closer eye on their kids.
 
How can we do this at the same time as helping our kids understand that nobody can ensure their safety if they habitually place themselves at risk? Here are some tips for striking a balance:
 
Don’t sugarcoat the world.
 
As soon as kids are able to walk, talk, and understand the basics, parents are smart to help them understand some unfortunate truths: there are some very bad people in the world who do very bad things to kids, sometimes “bad people” look like “good people” and vice versa, and there’s a difference between “good touching” and “bad touching.”
 
Children need to understand that there are also physical dangers and that kids who do unwise things, like running into the street in front of cars or placing their hands in the garbage disposal, stand a good chance of being maimed or killed.
 
Model calm confidence.
 
Obviously our goal is not to traumatize children with inappropriately vivid details. Our objective is to tell the truth in a simple and developmentally appropriate manner.
 
Our demeanor will make all of the difference. If we share the truth with anxiety, our kids will become anxious. If we do it calmly and with confidence, the odds increase that they will become calm and confident.
 
Help them see that they are ultimately responsible for their own safety.
 
Ask your child the following question:
 
“We love you and want to do our best to help you be safe.
Even though this is true, do you think we can keep you safe
if you aren’t trying hard to keep yourself safe?”
 
Make sure they are making as many small mistakes as possible.
 
The “price tag” of mistakes goes up every day. When we allow our kids to make plenty of small mistakes and experience the consequences, they are far less likely to make life-threatening mistakes later in life.
 
The goal of Love and Logic is to raise kids who know how to keep themselves safe rather than consistently relying on someone else to do so. Using these tips with kids of all ages can help you achieve this goal.
 
It is especially effective to start using these principles in early childhood. Parents of young kids can learn more in our book, Love and Logic Magic for Early Childhood.
 
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."