MCS soccer home game is today and Wednesday. We will be playing against Grace Academy and Zion. Come cheer us on and show your school spirit by supporting our team. Both games begins at 4:00 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Check out the remaining soccer games and practice for the season. Go Knights!

YoForIt
Tomorrow night is TAPP's first Yoforit Night for the school year. This is a fundraiser event where 10% of the sales goes to support MCS. All sales between 5 pm - 8 pm on October 15th will directly support our school, however, families can go there right after school to get a frozen treat. Just let the staff know you are there on behalf of MCS and those sales will get added to the final total.
POPCORN DAY
This Wednesday, October 16th is Popcorn Day; $0.50 cents for popcorn or $1.00 for popcorn and a Capri Sun. If you would like to pay in full for the entire school year, please refer to the following:

14 popcorn only = $7.00
14 popcorn and juice = 14.00

Please bring in-full payments to the office. Individual payments can go directly to the teacher. Please note, any missed days will not be refunded. Thank you.
 
The scheduled pizza, popcorn and Yoforit dates can be found on this downloadable  TAPP calendar.
PIZZA LUNCH
This Friday, October 18th is a special pizza lunch day sponsored by StartUp Teriyaki ! If your child would like pizza, they may choose cheese and/or pepperoni, no need to pack them lunch. For those students who prepaid for the year, thank you. Your donation will go towards the TAPP funds.

Thank you StartUp Teriyaki for your generosity!
SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR
The Scholastic Book Fair is next week, stop by before and after school to browse and make your purchases. It's a great opportunity to get started on Christmas shopping! Remember, all purchases benefit our school. 
Book Fair dates: October 21-25, 2019
Shopping hours: M-F 8:15-8:45, M-F 3:00-4:00

Special activities :

Monday : All school assembly & Pop in for Popcorn with a Pirate
Tuesday : What’s your Pirate name?
Wednesda y: Dress up like a pirate, P-5 th evening Pot Luck, 6-8 th special event during school day
Thursday : Scavenger/Treasure Hunt
Friday : Pirate Booty snacks

If you are unable to attend the Fair in person, we invite you to visit our online Book Fair at scholastic.com/fair . Our online Fair is available from October 18th to the 25th.
Alongside the opening of the Scholastic Book Fair on October 21 st , we will begin a raffle for the bicycles that are currently located in our hallway. These bicycles were donated to encourage our students to read. For students to earn tickets for the raffle, they need to read their assigned class minutes. Those minutes must be signed off by parents and teachers. For each week that the assigned minutes are read, then tickets will be issued. On November 22 at Chapel, winners will be randomly chosen. Each student has 4 opportunities to put their names into the prize tumbler. To qualify students must read or be read to as follows:

Preschool and Prekindergarten: 10 books for the month 

Kindergarten: 25-30 books for the month

1 st : 5 minutes per night

2 nd : 20 minutes per night

3rd-5th: 125 minutes per week

6th-8th: must read 60 minutes per week in addition to their assigned homework
SOUTH WING POTLUCK
Preschool to 5th grade students' evening Potluck is October 23rd from 5:30 - 7:30 PM. The theme this year is "Pirate".
 
Order of Events :

5:30 - 6:00 - Dress up like a pirate
Parents can visit the classrooms and/or visit the Book Fair.
 
6:00 - 6:30 - Dinner
Tables will be set up in the hallway for the Potluck. Families will eat in the classroom with their children.
 
6:30 - 7:00 - Break Out
Students will go to a specific classroom for an activity, and parents will stay in their classroom. 
 
7:00 - 7:30 - Book Fair/Clean-up/Visiting
 
The "special" Book Fair area will be set up in Room 1, for adults only .

Teachers will distribute details for the Potluck sign up by October 16th.
WALK-A-THON UPDATE
As of today, $14,544 has been donated towards our $25,000 goal. Please remind and/or follow-up with people you sent letters to, so we can meet our goal. 
LOST AND FOUND ITEMS
Any "lost and found" items that are turned into the school office will be kept for two weeks. If they are still unclaimed after two weeks then they will be donated. There are plenty of jackets that have been turned in after recess. Please check to see if any of these belong to your child. Lost and Found items can be located in the cubbies on the right hand side of the hallway when first entering the school.
BOX TOPS
MCS participates in the Box Tops for Education program. Please continue to bring all accumulated Box Tops clipping to the office this month since the next submission date is November 1st. You can also download the Box Top Bonus App and scan receipts electronically. You will have to download the app and scan your receipts within 14 days of purchase to get the credit. It’s a free and easy way to support the school. T hank you for your support!
 
ANNUAL AUCTION
We are gearing up for our annual auction being held on April 4, 2020! As the end of 2019 approaches, now is the time to ask for donations both monetary and physical items to be auctioned. The spirit of giving is strong, and people are ready take advantage of tax benefits before the new year.

If you would like to be part of the committee and didn't get the chance to sign up, no problem . Contact Becky Werkhoven or Lita Timmerman at the MCS office @ 360-794-8200 or email secretary@monroechristian.org and we will be happy to add you to the list.

Additionally, do you love to shop?

We would love to have you on the team as well! Use your love of shopping to help the school by visiting businesses and asking for donations for the auction! We are in need of volunteers to hit the streets and also complete online corporate donation forms. 

Attached is a digital copy of the Procurement Form . Be sure to attach a copy of the form to the donated item, and leave a copy with the donor as their tax receipt.

Thank you for helping to make this auction our best yet ever!
LOVE & LOGIC TIPS
Have you ever felt so angry that tears fill your eyes? That’s the state I found myself in as I listened to my own precious children say some hurtful things to me — to me, the woman who birthed them, loved them, fed them, schlepped them places! My mind and mouth were gearing up for an epic stream of threatening and guilt-producing words, and then I remembered the greatest gift I’d received from Love and Logic, that “anger and frustration feed misbehavior.” This gem, boiled down to its most basic construct, taught me that I could choose — actually decide — to stay calm. Love and Logic gave me written permission not to get mad.
 
It may sound almost foolish to some, and yet, I was stuck in a belief system that my own children (and others) were “making” me angry. It didn’t matter that I already had two college degrees and one of them was a Master’s in Counseling. I continued to lose my cool on a regular basis. How had I bought into the belief that others controlled my emotions? It started with modeling. Anger was a frequent visitor in my childhood home, and as my (amazing) older brother, Mark, said: “We weren’t taught that you could disagree without being disagreeable.” Another wise person once said, “What we experience we learn, what we learn we practice, what we practice we become.” (I have googled for the author of this quote to no avail.) We all know that practice can make permanent. As I grew into adulthood, I was stuck in the false narrative that “blow-ups” were just part of life, and I was not owning the fallout they caused because I continued to point fingers.
 
One of the most beautiful features of Love and Logic is its simplicity. It is not complicated, but it requires practice. As I practiced the art — yes, the art — of empathy and remaining calm during stressful events, I noticed something amazing. I was changing. I wasn’t changing into someone wimpy and permissive but, quite the contrary, I was becoming stronger, clearer, and warmer. I learned I could delay consequences, and come back later when I was calm. I could decide not to take things personally, take a deep breath, and even crack a genuine smile and say, “I love you too much to argue. What did I say?” I could even choose to sternly say, “I am feeling upset right now — I need to get myself together before I make any decisions.” Our kids are watching how we handle frustrations. Again, modeling.
 
It used to feel more natural to get angry, and yet I can attest to the fact that the more you use (and practice) the principles of Love and Logic, the less you have to “use” them — they just become part of who you are. Cooler heads prevail!
 
Kate Turner LPC