March 13: Friday - End of Second Semester
March 20: Friday - Record Day (No School)
March 20: Friday - OPEN HOUSE (PS, Pre-K and K)

(Click this 2019-2020 link for more details)
Message from Mrs. Obbink

Are You Weary?

Do you ever feel worried or does your heart feel burdened? Friday, I was feeling that way. Thankfully, Matthew 11:28-29 is always comfort.  

28   “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29   Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.

God’s words from Matthew were not only running through my head, but His faithful presence was apparent from the very beginning of the day.

As we crossed the street to go to Chapel the rain fell softy on our heads. Once inside Chapel, the students sang their hearts out like they haven’t for a long time. They were singing and laughing and doing all the motions to the songs. Rhonda Rhock Hound, (aka- Mrs. Hughes) reviewed what we have been learning in chapel by playing Jeopardy with Mr. Eric Warren as Alex Trebek. The contestants were the world-renowned Professor Geode (Mrs. Moses), all the way from Tualco Loop Road, Coach Austin, and our own virtuosa singer (Mrs. Rodriguez). Rhonda Rhock Hound quickly changed so that she could be Vanna (we all know that is a different game show). The categories included: A Heart of Stone, A Stone’s Throw, and Rock Out!

The audience of students roared with laughter, answered questions, and cheered for their favorite contestants. Chapel ended with the song Confidence by Sanctus Real. The chorus is

Give me faith like Daniel in the lion’s den

Give me hope like Moses in the wilderness

Give me a heart like David Lord be my defense

So, I can face my giants with confidence

Thank you, Mrs. Hughes for reminding me during Chapel where our source of comfort, confidence, and joys lies- In God Alone! You are a blessing to me and to each student in our school! 
2019 Noval Coronavirus (COVID19) Update

We acknowledged that some of you continue to have concerns surrounding the COVID-19 virus. At this time, there are still NO KNOWN CONFIRMED CASES of this virus in our school. We will continue to monitor the Snohomish County Health District , Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for any updates. With any changes or update you will be notified through our normal notification policy via text messages.

The MCS Board has been in constant communication regarding what is best for our school and our students. At this time, we will remain open. If for any reason you do not feel comfortable sending your child/ren, missing school work will be available in the office at the end of each school day from 2-3pm.
As a reminder to best protect us all and our community, we encourage you to follow the recommendations of the Snohomish County Health District , the Washington State Department of Health (DOH), and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). We also ask that you be more diligent about standard hygiene habits to prevent the spread of germs.

  • Try to avoid close contact with sick people.
  • While sick, limit contact with others as much as possible to keep from infecting them.
  • If you are sick with flu-like illness, CDC recommends that you stay home for at least 24 hours after your fever is gone except to get medical care or for other necessities. (Your fever should be gone for 24 hours without the use of a fever-reducing medicine.)
  • Cover your nose and mouth with a tissue when you cough or sneeze. After using a tissue, throw it in the trash and wash your hands.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand rub.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Germs spread this way.
  • Clean and disinfect surfaces and objects that may be contaminated with germs like flu.

Thank you for your patience, support and understanding.
OPEN ENROLLMENT!

Open enrollment continues! Please let your family, friends and co-workers know what an amazing place MCS is and invite them to visit. As mentioned on our previous newsletters, we have Family Referral Offer cards available in the office. Write your name on the card, give it to a potential family, and when the new family enrolls, they receive free registration, and  YOU receive a $500 tuition credit for Kg-8th grade or $250 for Preschool/PreK,  regardless of the time of year they register! And yes, you can receive tuition credit from multiple referrals. It's a win-win! You are the best and most important marketing tool to grow our school!
AUCTION!

Theme:   "Knight At The Carnival"
Date:   Saturday, April 4th, starting at 4:00 p.m.
Location:   The Rock Church in Monroe
Caterer:   Famous Dave's

The auction invitations are here and being sent home today with the MCS students. These beautiful invitations were designed by Melina and Pablo Guerrero! Please return your RSVP as soon as possible and no later than March 20th. This will help us greatly with auction meal planning. Do you know someone who would like to receive an invitation? Give their address to the office and we will send an invitation to them.

Have you brought in your procured donation/s yet? Need ideas? Here's a list to get your creative juices flowing:   Donation Ideas. No time to shop? We can use gift cards for $20, $25 and $50. Please bring donated items to the school as soon as you can! If you are unable bring them to the school for any reason, please email a description and value of your item to secretary@monroechristian.org so it can be included in the catalog.

Please remember to follow up with businesses that you have visited regarding auction donations if they did not donate at the time of your initial visit.   Also bring donations in to the school office as soon as you have them along with the filled out procurement form. 

We are continually receiving donations and here are more samples of what we've received for the auction!

The Light of Christmas 2020 Festival passes from Warm Beach Camp
Andy's Fish House Shirt, Logo & Gift Card
Snap Heat Medical Set
Museum of Pop Culture Admission tickets
Feel Good Medical Supplies Basket from Pharm A Save
Anthony's Restaurant Sunday Brunch for Two
Basket of Girl Scout Cookies and plush
Birthday Party Bash for 10 basket from
Blessed Home Entrance set from

We still need 13 desserts for the Dessert Dash portion of the auction. If you would like to donate a dessert (it can be homemade, procured, or purchased), please contact Becky Werkhoven at 360-794-8200 or  becky.werkhoven@monroechristian.org
Golden Ticket

We have a new feature to the MCS auction this year! Your invitation will contain one Golden Ticket for a guest to attend the auction for free. We ask that you please reserve the use of this ticket for a grandparent, friend or family member who will support MCS. Additionally, please include their information on the RSVP card. If you have any questions regarding this ticket, please contact the office at 360-794-8200. Thank you.
OPEN HOUSE
FOR PRESCHOOL/PRE-K & KINDERGARTEN!

Open house for the Preschool/PreK and Kindergarten is almost here. It is scheduled for Friday, March 20th from 9am-12pm and 6–7pm. Invite your family and friends! Invitation cards are available at the office, if you know of anyone who is interested.  This is a great opportunity for prospective and current families to visit.
DOUGHNUT DAY!

This Wednesday, March 11th, is Doughnut Day. Doughnuts will be available for $1 each. Thank you to Franz Bookkeeping (The Franz Family) for sponsoring this week's Doughnut Day! If you or anyone you know (business or family) would like to sponsor a Doughnut Day, the cost is $129.
PIZZA LUNCH DAY!

This Friday, March 13th is Pizza Lunch Day! If you would like to pay in full for the remainder of the school year , p lease bring in-full payments to the office. Individual payments can go directly to theTAPP's collection table. Please note, any missed days will not be refunded.
 
7 - 1 slice of pizza (cheese or pepperoni) = $28.00
7 - 2 slice of pizza (cheese or pepperoni) = $42.00
 
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  
LOVE AND LOGIC TIP 

You’ve probably seen stories or videos like this—a child is wearing a sign around his or her neck stating, “I stole from this store,” or a parent is video-recording their child performing some task as a punishment while the parent gloats about the lesson that their kid is learning.
 
When these things circulate on the Internet, we are often asked, “Is that Love and Logic?” Or even worse, some people might declare, “This is a great example of Love and Logic!” Not so much.
 
The Love and Logic philosophy is based on a few core principles and the first is Preserve the Dignity . We always strive to preserve the dignity of the child AND the adult in every interaction. If you’ve ever ranted or yelled at kids, you know what it is like to lose some of your own dignity. As for the dignity of the child, this is one reason we don’t endorse using public shame.
 
If we deliberately set out to make kids feel bad and think that public shame will “teach them a lesson,” we have probably veered off the consequence road and into the punishment ditch. Let’s be blunt – consequences that are intended to make kids feel shame are definitely not Love and Logic. The best consequences happen when kids get to solve the problem they caused. And it often feels pretty good to solve problems. It is a myth that we need to make them feel really bad.
 
There is a reason that a great teacher will often walk over and address misbehavior in a quiet voice versus calling students out from across the room. We know that kids’ defenses go up and their ability to reason goes down when they feel shame or embarrassment.
 
Of course, in the real world, we sometimes feel embarrassment as a result of poor decisions. It never feels good to be pulled over for speeding and see the judging eyes of all the passing motorists. If the logical result of a behavior is feeling some embarrassment, so be it.
 
We know a mom whose son was sentenced to doing some community service (picking up trash) for damaging property in their town. The mom asked if her son could pick up trash in the next town over so that he wouldn’t be embarrassed in front of his home community. The judge said,” No,” and we would agree – feeling embarrassed would be a reasonable part of the logical consequence. We should not coddle kids when they make poor decisions.
 
It’s when we go out of our way to make kids feel embarrassed, or try to pile on the guilt, that we get off track and lose sight of the real goal, which is learning. To be honest, we have all blown this at one time or another.
 
So, let this be a guiding question when considering whether something is a Love and Logic response: Does this preserve the kid’s dignity? If I’m posting something on social media that I know will humiliate a child, it’s a safe bet that the answer is emphatically no.
Thanks for reading! Our goal is to help as many families as possible. If this is a benefit, forward it to a friend.
Dr. Charles Fay and Jedd Hafer
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