I didn’t really get to know Mrs. Fielder until her son, Brian, was in my morning 2 nd grade class. She was the mom who always volunteered. If I needed a classroom project typed, classroom documents embellished, really anything, she would happily help. I remember her big smile and her servant’s heart. As time marched on, MCS needed a preschool teacher. Laurie agreed. Her class was the best behaved 3-year-old class we have ever seen. Organized, prepared, fully capable.  Those are the words I would have used to describe Laurie then. Now, in addition I would add trustworthy, grace under fire, and remarkable. 

In 2006, MCS needed someone to handle the finances of the school. Laurie stepped up and worked to earn the title Administrative Assistant and Bookkeeper. With Laurie in that position, it allowed MCS to pursue a dream that was a long-time coming; to be accredited.  Laurie had the needed organizational skills to make that dream a reality. As you all know, when Laurie sets her mind to something, it will be accomplished and completed skillfully. This character quality has been a significant part of all the processes and procedures that make MCS what it is today. Laurie has been extremely involved in documenting for accreditation and for our everyday needs, all the paper behind policies and all the mechanics that keeps everything running smoothly. Over the years, Laurie’s role at MCS has evolved from a reliable 2 nd grade volunteer, to teacher and colleague, to an important and valuable component in the mechanism and movement of MCS. 

What does this mean for MCS?  It means that we have been the beneficiaries of 15 years of irreplaceable focused work, countless prayers, tears of sadness and tears of joy. When I say beneficiaries, I wish we could say grateful beneficiaries. But Laurie has a difficult job. Her job is to guard the finances of the school. This is not an easy task. It is not easy to say, “I’m sorry, that does not fit in our budget.” Can you hear the collective sighs that she has had to endure? And the countless phone calls ordering, comparing, following up, investigating…

We have been blessed!  After August 15th it will not be Laurie’s voice you hear on the other end of the phone when you have questions about E-care, billing, field trips, etc. - it will be someone else’s. We will officially be recognizing Mrs. Fielder's retirement at the Awards Chapel in June. For now, it is not goodbye, it is celebration of sacrifice and faithful service to God, parents, students, staff, and to me. 

The next TAPP meeting will be held tomorrow, May 14th, at 7 pm in the library.

Monroe Christian School Society Meeting - Date Change!
Monroe Christian School's annual business (society) meeting has been changed to Tuesday, May 28, at 7:00 p.m. at New Hope Fellowship.  All parents are welcome and encouraged to attend.

You are warmly invited to help the 8 th grade students celebrate their graduation from MCS on Thursday, June 6 at 7:00 pm at New Hope Fellowship. Many of the students in this class have been a part of MCS since preschool! We are really going to miss you. We also know each of you are excited for all the adventures God has in store for you and your future.  The students graduating this year are:  

Evan Davis
Daniel Dirks
Ethan Hane
Cade Jansen
Katie McDermott
Jaden Meyer
Ashley Neufang
Alex Penick
Esther Poole
Sadie Shelford
Ethan Stima
Lizzie Werkhoven


Dr. Charles Fay begins this week’s tip with comments such as these:

  • “all of us dedicated educators want to be appreciated for our hard work, long hours, and willingness to be exposed to every germ known to humankind.”
  • “It’s nice to be appreciated for the fact that we choose to love kids even when they behave badly and produce noxious fumes.”
Great teachers are amazing!
The best gift we can give them involves our own parenting. The most wonderful display of our appreciation is to send them students truly ready to be respectful, responsible, and eager to learn. No doubt this gift also benefits our children, who will rise to the top when equipped with such character attributes.
Listed below are just a few things you can do:
  • Make sure that your kids overhear you saying positive things about their school and their teachers.
  • Ensure that they are doing chores without reminders at home, so that they know how to do assignments without reminders at school.
  • Allow very little time with technology, including video games, texting, surfing the web, watching videos, television, etc. These activities make it more difficult for our children to remain calm and content at school.
  • Have family meals together, where you enjoy each other and talk about all of the things you’ve learned during the day.
Thanks for reading, and thanks for raising great kids who have what it takes to benefit from the privilege of schooling!   Dr. Charles Fay

Dr. Fay is right on about the best thing we can do for our children is to parent them. Set clear boundaries and stick with those boundaries. Talk daily with our children. Be available. Give children small responsibilities from the time they are very small and increase those responsibilities so that they learn the importance of consistency and dependability. Raise them in the fear and knowledge of the Lord.

We all fail, and we need the support of fellow believers, friends, and family to help us stay the course. We are so thankful that you have chosen to partner with all of us at MCS to play an important role in your children’s lives. We are honored! Thank you for your support!