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!

Dr. E

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

As many of you know, at the end of last year, we lost one of our CMS staff members, Andrew Dutton. CMS is family, and this loss was felt across our entire community. We continue to heal and have spent time considering how to thoughtfully honor Andrew Dutton with a legacy memorial from the CMS community. Three ideas have developed that we want to share with you.

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

If your child wants to participate in cheerleader try-outs for the 2019-2020 school year, please attend an informational meeting on Thursday, December 6th at 6:00 pm. Contact Coach Wandersee if you have questions.
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PTO News and Info

We need a couple more copy room volunteers! If interested, contact Rosa Mena at

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.

For questions, contact Stacy Powell ( or Regina Paley (

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

Food Delivery Guidelines

We can not accept student lunch deliveries from restaurants or third-party food delivery services. Parents are welcome to drop off lunch, but only for your own child. Parents may not bring lunch for friends. Thank you!

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 today!

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MNHS Cheer Clinic

McKinney North is hosting a Junior Cheer Clinic, grades K-8th! Girls will perform at a Varsity Basketball Game during halftime! Sign up @
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It's time for the annual MNHS Children's Holiday Theatre Workshop!

Children enrolled in the workshop will learn all about costume and prop design, improv, dance, acting, theater games, makeup and more right alongside our McKinney North High School theater students! The day ends with a "one of a kind" performance for parents inspired by the popular children's holiday classic "How the Grinch Stole Christmas". Space is limited-register early!
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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.

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