Ahoy Bookaneers, this week is our Scholastic Book Fair; W here books are the treasure ! Our theme this year is Pirate!


Be sure to ask your students about our special guest speaker today! They may even know a magic trick to share.
A huge thank you to Mrs. Bailly for organizing the book fair again this year. It is a big task, but she completes it well! Check out all the opportunities available this week for our students to enjoy and celebrate books. 
Book Fair Shopping hours : Mon-Fri 8:15-8:45 AM, Mon-Fri 3:00-4:00 PM

Today was all school assembly and Pop in for Popcorn with a Pirate. All the students were delighted to meet our Pirate (George A. Magician.) See photos on our facebook page .

Here is the schedule for the rest o the week:
Tuesday : What’s your Pirate name?
Wednesday : 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 . Our online Fair is available until October 25th.

Remember, all purchases benefit our school.
We began the raffle for the bicycles! 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. 

Winners will be randomly chosen during the Chapel in November 22nd. Each student has 4 opportunities to put their names into the prize tumbler. Tickets will be issued based on the number of minutes read each month.

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

3 rd -5 th : 125 minutes per week
6 th -8 th : must read 60 minutes per week in addition to their assigned homework

Making time to read each day with your child can be difficult or even frustrating. Keep trying! Need an idea or strategy? Check with your child’s teacher, they have ideas and book titles that may work for your child. Research has shown the following:
The South Wing Potluck for Preschool to 5th grade students is Wednesday, October 23rd from 5:30-7:30 PM. We are so excited for this evening to support the importance of reading along with fun food and fellowship!  

Please log into the following link to sign up for a dish or side to bring.

The link is:   
Select “Find”
Coordinator last name: Bailly
Password: 7433
Potluck 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 .
The last home soccer game for MCS is Wednesday, October 23rd. Come cheer and support our team. The game begins at 4:00 p.m. Bring blankets and chairs to sit on. Go Knights!

Friday, October 25th, is the end of the league party at New Hope Fellowship (NHF). Ice cream and root beer floats will be provided along with handing out of awards.

This Friday, October 25th is Pizza Lunch Day! If you would like to pay in full for the entire school year, please refer to the following:

16 pizza lunches (1 slice) = $64.00
16 pizza lunches (2 slices) = $96.00

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.
TAPP is holding its Annual Holiday Bazaar on Saturday, November 30 th here at MCS from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM. If you are a crafter and would like to be a part of this bazaar, complete the attached application and return to the MCS office with a check by November 22 nd
Questions? Contact Kathlyn Hughes at
On behalf of our MCS Board, the staff and faculty members, we would like to thank you for your donation to our Knight’s Challenge fundraiser. To date, over 60% of our goal of $25,000 has been met. Your contribution, and the contributions of your friends and families will go a long way in supporting our need to put up fencing and some additional security cameras. 
To TAPP for helping last week with popcorn, Yoforit, pizza lunch, and working on the Holiday Bazaar. You had a busy week!

To each of the Committees for your continued work to make MCS strong and relevant for this generation of children.  

MCS Board, Finance Committee, Education Committee, Promotion Committee, TAPP, and Building and Grounds. We are all blessed by your commitment and your willingness to serve. If you are interested in finding out more about one of these committees, please stop in the office and ask for Mrs. Obbink.

Franz family for the beautiful piece of art that you donated to MCS. The painting features Jesus surrounded by children from all around the world. Freely, welcoming each of them to join Him. It is stunning. We will find the perfect place for it!

Melinda Grazier for serving our school each Monday. Melinda has spent hours organizing the sick room, creating forms, checking up on vaccinations. We are truly blessed that you are using your professional skills as a nurse to make a difference for our students. Your gentle spirit is sincerely appreciated when working with students who are not feeling well.

Laurie Ukrainetz for making the office and sick room so beautiful. Your knack for decorating has made our workplace one that is peaceful and attractive.  Thank you!
Violent video games are bad for kids. This isn’t new information, but we think it’s worth repeating.
Are there more young people who lack a true understanding of how final and profound death really is?
Are there many who lack concern for the value of human life? Are you noticing more who seem de-sensitized to violence? Do many lack empathy? Are many amused when someone is hurt, more concerned with recording video than helping the person in need?
Of course, we can’t lay the blame for societal violence solely at the feet of violent video games. But they do play a role.
“Not so!” many cry. “Most people who play video games don’t turn into killers.”
True. But… are these games really necessary? What benefit is there in making a game out of shedding blood? Do we really want such “games” going on in our homes?
The video game industry has found a way around this… at least in their own minds. “The objects being destroyed are not people,” they argue. “They are aliens, zombies, droids, and other non-human things.”
Most have eyes, ears, legs, arms, hands, heads, and other human attributes. Could it be that this killing of human-like, non-human things contributes to the mindset that nothing is truly human? This could be a stretch, or maybe not. For a game… a simple plaything… is it really worth taking the risk with our children’s impressionable minds?
Do you know any kids who argue when it’s time to get off the game? Any kids who insist they are completely unaffected (as their pulses race and their blood pressure rises)?
When young brains repeatedly practice and celebrate the violent destruction of life there are consequences. Those brains are affected in real and negative ways.
You may want to read a research paper for yourself:
Anderson CA, Shibuya A, Ihori N, Swing EL, Bushman BJ,
Sakamoto A, Rothstein HR, Muniba. (2010) Violent Video Game
Effects on Aggression, Empathy, and Prosocial Behavior in Eastern
and Western Countries: A Meta-Analytic Review. Psychological Bulletin.
Do we want our children’s brains rewarded for violence and destruction? Do we want them rewarded for this with points, scores, progress along levels, and accolades from others? Might it be better if our kids experienced the good feelings associated with generosity and kindness?
“How naïve!” some will argue. “What’s wrong with having a little fun?”
We’d rather see our kids having fun engaged in healthier activities.
Dr. Charles Fay & Jedd Hafer
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