Knightly News

MCS Weekly Announcements
  • March 26: Pizza Day
  • March 29-April 2: Iowa Assessments
  • April 2: Pizza Day
  • April 4: Easter
  • April 5-9: Easter Break - NO SCHOOL
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
CALLING ALL 8TH GRADE PARENTS

If you are interested in finding out more about Monroe Public High School and signing your student up for next year, please accept the meeting from Lisa Woodward sent to you by Mr. Warren. This meeting is scheduled for Thursday at 6:30 via zoom. If you need the link again, please let us know.
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 administered in-person. All testing will take place during this week. The afternoons will also be filled with meaningful activities. On Friday, after all the testing is complete, our students will be celebrating Good Friday and Easter in their classrooms or with their cohorts.
WASHINGTON DC INFORMATION MEETING
 
There is an informational meeting for students in 7th and 8th grade who are signed up to go to Washington DC this year. This meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, March 31 at 3:30 in Mr. Warren’s classroom. If you are unable to attend, please let us know. eric.warren@monroechristian.org or elaine.obbink@monroechristian.org
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.

Hopefully you received a procurement form that was sent home with your student last week. The "Procurement Forms" are for businesses that you procure donations from. This form serves as their donation receipt for tax purposes.
MCS GEAR

If you haven’t already done so, be sure to check out all the terrific MCS gear.
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

We cannot make young people excited about learning, but we can create homes and classrooms where they are inspired to develop this passion from the inside out. Do we desire kids who always require outside-in motivation or do we want them to have it from the inside out?
 
When we slide toward the cliff of trying to coerce kids into becoming highly motivated students, we take on the task of trying to control someone else. Because we can only control our own behavior (and that is often quite difficult as well!), we find ourselves becoming more and more frustrated with the child and with ourselves. It does not take long for all this frustration to push us toward counterproductive behaviors such as threats, lectures, punishment, begging, bribing, and taking more responsibility than the child for learning.
 
Inspiring high achievement is a puzzle of many pieces. An essential piece involves inspiring by modeling. That is, demonstrating our own excitement and commitment to four essential values for achievement:
 
Curiosity
 
Willingness to take healthy risks
 
Perseverance
 
Awareness that paying dues earlier in life leads to more contentment later
 
These values are most effectively transmitted when our children overhear us describing our real-life experiences. Kids are far more likely to listen when we are talking to someone else just within earshot. They are also far more likely to internalize these lessons when they see that we are positive and passionate about the experience. At least once or twice a week, let them overhear a story like the following:
 
  
I’ve always been so curious about the software that some people are using at work. It’s a bit complicated and I spent most of Monday afternoon trying to get it to work and couldn’t. It’s taken me all week to figure out how to create the spreadsheets correctly, but it seems like I’m starting to get it. I felt like giving up, but now I see how great it’s going to work. That’s exciting! I guess it’s like everything else. If it’s worth doing, and it makes life better, it’s probably going to be a bit tough in the short term.
 
Whether at home, in the classroom, or in an online class, successfully motivating our kids and students comes down to modeling and building positive relationships with our kids and students. This will help them take the risks required so that they can learn that perseverance and hard work will give them a great sense of accomplishment.
 
In my book, From Bad Grades to a Great Life!, I described a variety of strategies for building intrinsic motivation.
 
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible.
 
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."