In Today's Newsletter

Upcoming Events:
Mar 23 - Annual Auction
Apr 1-5 - IOWA Assessments
Apr 12 - Teacher Work Day (No School)
Apr 22-26 - Easter Break
You've asked for it and it's happening this year . . . the option to pre-register your credit/debit card for the auction!  Starting today, you can bring your credit card to the office, and Mindy will enter it into our auction payment software.  When you arrive at the auction, you just need to check in to get your packet, and off you go!  At the end of the auction, you may simply gather your winnings and leave - no need to go to the check-out line.  Your final receipt will be sent to you the week following the auction.  If you have guests who are not parents at the school, please pass this information on to them as well.  (If you do not wish to pre-register your card, you will go through the regular check-out process at the end of the auction.)
We're excited for the "Life is Good Here - Celebrating the Best of the Pacific Northwest" Auction.  Over 160 RSVP's have been received and we are expecting a night filled with fun, laughter, a delicious dinner, and great items to bid on.  Check out the list of this year's live auction items - Live Auction.  Doors open at 4:00 pm this Saturday - see you there!
As next year's budget is being finalized, staffing is being determined, and textbook ordering is underway, we need firm numbers for returning students.  If you have not re-enrolled yet, please do so as soon as possible.  Thank you!
This Wednesday, 3/20, is the next TAPP popcorn day.  $0.50 for popcorn or $1.00 for popcorn and Capri Sun.  Pay your teacher for the day or pay in full at the office. 
The act of chasing joy is like chasing a frightened cat. The more we run after it, the more elusive it becomes. In contrast, the happiest times often pop up at the least expected times, often when we aren't pursuing them.
According to most definitions, the term "serendipitous" refers to something positive discovered or experienced by chance.
How important is it that our children learn that true happiness and contentment are not found in the accumulation of material goods or exciting activities, but are often found in seemingly chance experiences when they struggle with boredom and experience fulfilling relationships?
I wasn't thinking this through too deeply when I thought about how nice it would be to have some quiet time with my son, Cody. "This will be great. Let's have a technology-free weekend!"
He was less than impressed. "Aw, Dad. No... this is going to be the worst."
At first his forecast seemed spot on. Clouds and high winds swirled around as he moped about the house. "Oh, man... this is so boring."
Searching for something to fill the time, I sat at the table reenacting an activity I'd learned from my grandmother: making a cabin out of wooden matchsticks, toothpicks, and school glue.
Bored stiff and still huffing and puffing, Cody sat by my side and began his construction project. Using a hot glue gun instead of my slow-drying variety, he created an entire village, complete with livestock, before I'd finished the fourth wall of my first cabin.
His upset turned to elation as he shared his creation with his mother and then posed for a photo.
While joy does seem serendipitous, we can up the odds of it by creating more times where we relate to each other without the distractions of technology or highly stimulating activities. What's the tough part? It's weathering the boredom storms so we can experience the rainbows.
Dr. Charles Fay