February Newsletter 2018

MLK Day of Service at MEC

Maxine Green, a philosopher, believed that art informs and has power only when we make a personal connection to a work of art. When that happens, art alters our vision of the world and of ourselves.

Greene also observed that often, as educators, we can actually see that alteration take place in our students. And, I would agree with her. It was a rainy day when we worked together to write down our commitments for a better world during our “I Will…” campaign. Rain, at times, can bring some heightened energy into the classroom, but not on this day. On this day, there was a calmness that spread itself across campus like a cozy blanket. The children seemed to carry the hopes and promises they were about to express with great reverence, and it made them ten feet taller. Even our littlest of loves seemed to understand the sacredness of this project.

The classrooms were alive with purpose when the children were writing their commitments on ribbons. Through art, we can build a new sense of ourselves, explore possibilities, and find a way of seeing outside of ordinary. The MLK Day of Service project offered many entry points for conversation. It unearthed what was waiting to be spoken, and it helped clarify our vision and purpose. Their reverence carried on until the next day when each child stood before the fence and offered up their promise. With each new ribbon, the art piece became something different; it changed with the passing of time and transformed itself into something glorious, hidden inside it were all our hopes and wishes. We came together to share an experience, even if we see the world through different eyes. The expectation is not that everyone will or should have the same experience; the celebration is that we considered it worthwhile to share such an experience at all.

Much like Maria Montessori believed about learning, art reveals itself through engagement and connections. This revelation can bring great thought, action, and purpose.  Please take the time to click the link below and view our MLK Day of Service video.

https://youtu.be/a2nvrXHUOCI

by Cassi Mackey, M.Ed

Valentine Mercado

The Valentine Mercado continues to provide basic lessons in economic principles, financial literacy and collaborative learning, but it is also an opportunity for our community to give back to those in need by hosting students from Children First Academy, which is a school for homeless and underprivileged children. Because we want the CFA children to feel comfortable and not overwhelmed with crowds; because we want our students to focus on hosting these children; and because we want to assure that booths stay adequately supplied, we are asking MEC parents to not attend the Valentine Mercado. As with every choice we make, this request is made with all intentions toward the best interest of the child, and, in this case, that includes your children, as well as some very deserving guests. You will have an opportunity to attend our Family Mercado in May.

by Cassi Mackey, M.Ed

We Still Need Donations

Hearts for the Homeless - It has become one of our school's favorite traditions to collect necessities and fun items for the students from Children First Academy (school for the underprivileged and homeless). We are hosting a class this year that has 25 students. They will be coming to our Valentine Mercado on Thursday, February 8th. Not only will they get the opportunity to shop at our students' stores, but they will also take home much needed items that we collect in our community. 

Together we can make their visit one to remember!

Gary 3B shampoo/conditioner/lotion (travel size only)
Cassi 3A new toys for girls/boys (small/medium)
Kathy 2B girls' t-shirts for 8-9 yrs (not undershirt)
Nadine/Hollie 2A new stuffed animals (small/medium)
Romie/Genine 4A girls' socks for 8-9 yrs
Cyndy 4B toothbrush/toothpaste
Laurie 4C new colored pencils and markers
Jenna/Laura 1A boys' socks for 8-9 yrs
Tabitha 1B boys' t-shirts for 8-9 yrs (not undershirt)
Cecile/Susan 1C girls' hair accessories and wrapped candy
Heather/Vari 1D snacks for snack bags (fruit snacks, raisins, cheese crackers, etc.)

 

Please bring items no later than

Tuesday, Feb. 6th.

Thank you for your support and generosity.

Youth Rising

It is important for our youth to hear stories of kids as social-change agents. It can be inspiring and motivating, and hopefully will help our children understand that they too can make a difference in their world.

Autumn Peltier, a 13-year-old Anishinaabe water advocate from Wikwemikong First Nation, will be speaking on March 22 (World Water Day) at the UN General Assembly as they declare 2018-2028 the International Decade of Action on Water for Sustainable Development.

Her journey to becoming an international water advocate began when she was just eight years old. Autumn was inspired by her aunt, Josephine Mandamin, who walked the shores of all five Great Lakes to raise awareness for water conversation and indigenous water rights. Autumn found it difficult to believe that there were some children her own age who did not have access to clean water. Learning this and talking with her aunt inspired her to advocate and to pass on knowledge about the sacredness of water to both indigenous and nonindigenous people. She attended the Children’s Climate Conference in Sweden, where she delivered her message about the importance of clean drinking water. The Assembly of First Nations’ Youth Council passed a resolution supporting Autumn’s advocacy with the creation of a fund to assist First Nations people across Canada dealing with water crises. She was also nominated for the 2017 International Children’s Peace Prize. Her work continues with talks and presentations to young people around the world.

Below is a list of young people from different backgrounds who have helped to change the world in a positive way. They stand as examples of courage and integrity. Take some time with your children and read about what the young people on this list have done:

Joan of Arc

St. Therese of Lisieux

Sophie Scholl

Anne Frank

Hector Pieterson

Samantha Smith

Iqbal Masih

Xolani Nkosi (Nkosi Johnson)

Om Prakash Gurjar

Malala Yousafzai

Muzoon Almellehan

Auli’i Cravalho

Mikaila Ulmer

Krtin Nithiyanandam

Salvador Gomez Colon

Rayouf Alhumedhi

 

by Cassi Mackey, M.Ed

Primary Mustangs
The Mustangs are back for spring! Coach Cody invites primary students (3-6 years) of all experience levels to join our co-ed athletic camp for one week in February. We will be focusing on teamwork, sportsmanship, coordination, speed, and having FUN!

Primary Mustangs will practice February 5th - 9th (Monday through Friday).

Practices will run from 3:20 pm - 4:30 pm.

Snack and hydration will be provided during practice.

Water bottles are required. Please label with first and last name.

When practice is over at 4:30 pm, players will be taken to carline on Robin Lane. Carline will run from 4:35 pm until 4:45 pm. Any child not picked up in carline will go to LEAP and will need to be signed out in the office when picked up.

Commitment forms are due by Thursday, February 1st. 

 

Elementary Mustangs Basketball

Upper elementary Mustangs will practice every Wednesday starting February 14, with the final scheduled practice on April 25.

Lower elementary Mustangs will practice every Thursday starting February 15, with the final scheduled practice on April 26.

Both upper and lower elementary practice will run from 3:30-5:00 pm.

Snack and hydration will be provided during practice.

Water bottles are required. Please label with first and last name.

Carline on Robin Lane will run from 5:05-5:15 pm.

Commitment forms due Friday, February 9, 2018.

Dates to Remember

Book orders are due Friday, February 9th. Please make checks payable to MEC (not Scholastic Reading Club).

No school Monday, February 19th for Presidents' Day.

Acknowledgements

  • Thank you to all the families that turned in Box Tops! We received a check for $285.00. Way to go!
  • Thank you to all the families that turned in their re-enrollment on time. 
  • Thanks to those who made the effort to come see our "I Will" art piece.  It is not too late to come check it out. 

Reminders

  • Toddler and Preschool - For the 2018-2019 school year, tuition will increase by $50 per month, and the enrollment fee will increase to $75.00 (one time annual fee).
  • LEAP - If you are picking up your child in LEAP, please stop at the front desk and let Roc's Ann know. Once she has called your child, please sign them out, then WAIT for them outside on the back patio. 

The Arizona State Tax Credit Program

allows you to direct up to $400 for a married couple or $200 per individual to our Charter Extra-Curricular Fund. This donation replaces dollar-for-dollar funds that you otherwise would owe in state income taxes. Donations can be made anytime but must be received by April 17, 2018 to qualify for the 2017 tax year.