Cowboy Parent Courier
November 30, 2018
Message from Dr. Epperson
It was wonderful welcoming our students back from Thanksgiving break! The second quarter ends in three weeks, so make sure your student is checking HAC and keeping up with grades.
The holiday season if fun and festive, but it can also be stressful for families for a variety of reasons. Our children often feel that stress even if they can't articulate it, and it can impact life at home and school. I have included the information below from the American Psychological Association that families might find helpful.
Have a wonderful weekend!
Helping Families Manage Holiday Stress
- Strengthen social connections – We know that strong, supportive relationships help us manage all kinds of challenges. So, we can view the holidays as a time to reconnect with the positive people in our lives. Accepting help and support from those who care about us can help alleviate stress. Also, volunteering at a local charity on our own or with family can be another way to make connections; helping others often makes us feel better, too.
- Initiate conversations about the season – It can be helpful to have conversations with our kids about the variety of different holiday traditions our families, friends and others may celebrate. Parents can use this time as an opportunity to discuss how some families may not participate in the same holiday traditions as others. Not everyone needs to be the same. It is important to teach open-mindedness about others and their celebrations.
- Set expectations – It is helpful to set realistic expectations for gifts and holiday activities. Depending on a child's age, we can use this opportunity to teach kids about the value of money and responsible spending. We need to remember to pare down our own expectations, too. Instead of trying to take on everything, we need to identify the most important holiday tasks and take small concrete steps to accomplish them.
- Keep things in perspective – On the whole, the holiday season is short. It helps to maintain a broader context and a longer-term perspective. We can ask ourselves, what’s the worst thing that could happen this holiday? Our greatest fears may not happen and, if they do, we can tap our strengths and the help of others to manage them. There will be time after the holiday season to follow up or do more of things we’ve overlooked or did not have the time to do during the holidays.
- Take care of yourself – It is important that we pay attention to our own needs and feelings during the holiday season. We can find fun, enjoyable and relaxing activities for ourselves and our families. By keeping our minds and bodies healthy, we are primed to deal with stressful situations when they arise. Consider cutting back television viewing for kids and getting the family out together for fresh air and a winter walk. Physical activity can help us feel better and sleep well, while reducing sedentary time and possible exposure to stress-inducing advertisements.
2019-2020 MISD Calendar Approved
Andrew Dutton Memorial Scholarship
1. Mr. Williams, the head CMS band director and dear friend of Mr. Dutton, has arranged for an original piece of music to be commissioned in Mr. Dutton's name. The piece will be inspired by the music Mr. Dutton loved. The piece will be played at a concert and dedicated to Mr. Dutton at that time. The concert will be, Thursday, May 23rd at McKinney North HS. The concert will start at 6:30 pm.
2. We are asking that a score of that piece be framed with a memorial plaque to hang in our building.
3. Our staff has coordinated with McKinney Education Foundation (MEF) to create an endowed scholarship to be awarded annually at the MEF scholarship awards banquet in Mr. Dutton's name. Once endowed, this fund will provide a $500 scholarship each year to a graduating senior who attended CMS and meets criteria designated by the Dutton family. You may support this endowment by making a contribution directly to MEF.
You can make a direct donation to the fund on the MEF website HERE. In the Order/Transaction section you can designate your gift to an endowment and include Andrew Dutton's name. The first $500 dollars collected by MEF will be captured for the scholarship this year. After that, all funds will go to the endowment fund for future years. Feel free to share this link and information in our community using social media to help us reach former students and others impacted by Mr. Dutton.
2019-2020 Cheer Try-Out Meeting
PTO News and Info
We need a couple more copy room volunteers! If interested, contact Rosa Mena at email@example.com
We need additional volunteers in the snack shack! This is a quick, fun way to volunteer and support the school. Sign up using the link. View the Snack Shack calendar and sign up here.
The PTO is always looking for businesses interested in partnering with CMS PTO. If you would like to be included please contact Anel Bangs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Food Delivery Guidelines
Want to Substitute Teach?
McKinney ISD is pleased to announce that it is raising its substitute teacher daily pay rate to $100 for subs who hold a bachelor’s (or higher) degree and raising the daily rate to $110 for subs who hold teacher certification.
The increase was implemented to keep MISD competitive with neighboring districts and to continue to attract the most qualified substitute candidates. The new pay rate goes into effect on Monday, Nov. 12.
Join the team! MISD is currently seeking highly qualified substitute teachers. For more information, visit http://bit.ly/2JSmjUQ today!
It's time for the annual MNHS Children's Holiday Theatre Workshop!
Want to Volunteer?
If you would like to volunteer at CMS, please complete the Volunteer Background Check. If you have been approved in the past, you have until September to update your application for the new school year. You must complete a new form each year. Please note that if you do not complete the proper paperwork, you cannot help chaperone field trips or help with the school in any way. We need and want your help, so please fill out the forms now.