April 2019 Newsletter

Help Your Kid Feel More Confident in Less Than 2 Minutes

By K. Kvols
Would you like your child to be more confident, perform better and have a healthy self-concept? Silly question! Of-course we would like to have this for our children. Did you know that 80% of our communication is non-verbal. So the way your child carries their body is very important.

Social psychologist and bestselling author, Amy Cuddy is an expert on the behavioral science of power, presence, and prejudice. According to her research, your child’s body language influences their behavior. If your child just takes a “power pose”; like the “Wonder Woman”& “Super Man” for two minutes they will feel more powerful. Biologically speaking, their testosterone level (which makes one feel powerful) will increase and their cortisol level (stress responsible hormone) will decrease. This works
for every age and sex.

Armed with this knowledge, you can really be helpful to your child. Teach them to adopt “power pose”(anywhere like a bathroom or stairs, for example), before a stressful situation such as a test or a game.
Help them to follow these simple steps:
 Chin up
 Feet wide apart
 Fists on hips
 Hold the pose for 2 minutes
 The outfit is optional! LOL

You may be thinking that all of this is “artificial” and the change is only momentary, maybe you are right ….however we know that tiny tweaks can lead to big changes. The brain can literally be reconfigured. All they have to do is make the pose frequently.

Parenting Practice – Practice this stance with your child several times this week. Take note of how you and your child feel differently.


The meeting minutes from January are in the coatrooms. We will meet Thursday, May 9th at 6:30pm at CMP.  ALL parents are welcome, snacks and beverages will be served!

If you are not able to attend the PAB meeting but would like to be involved please shoot me an email and I can follow up with you to share what we are working on.

The Touch-A-Truck on Saturday May 18th 10am-2pm at the Northside Town Center, will be a family friendly event where children of all ages are allowed to explore various machines that are an integral part of our community.  Children will be allowed to sit, touch and learn about each vehicle. The money raised from this event will go toward the many needs of our school including new wood bookshelves for each classroom and funding for financial assistance.

We will also be holding a food and toiletry drive in partnership with Food for Thought benefiting the food pantry at Mendota Elementary School.

In order to make this event as successful as possible we need your help! If you can help in one of the following ways please let us know.

  • We are still looking for a few vehicles for the event. Do you have a connection to a tractor or earth moving machine (backhoe, excavator, bobcat, bulldozer, etc..)?
  • We are looking for donations to underwrite the costs of the event. Would you be interested in sponsoring Cotton Candy, the Bobcat Bounce House, fencing, kids construction hats or making a general donation to the event?
  • Spread the word! Let your friends and neighbors know about this fun event! Word of mouth is the best advertisement! Flyers and promotional materials will be coming soon!
  • Please use sign up to help out the day of the event! We need as many hands as we can get to make the event a success! Consider asking other family members (older siblings, aunts, uncles, grandmas, grandmas, etc) or neighbors who might enjoy helping out. Volunteer groups are also very welcome to sign up!

    Dates to Remember
    May 6th-10th – Teacher Appreciation
    May 9th – PAB Meeting at 6:30pm
    May 18th – Touch A Truck Event
    June 6th – CMP Picnic in the Backyard

    Tax Information:
    MP’s Federal Tax number is- 39-17-53172
    Please allow 2 weeks for all year receipt requests.

    Parent Reminders:
    2019-20 School Year:

    1st week tuition payment is overdue!
    Please refer to the new tuition rates to ensure your payment is correct. If you have any questions, please be sure to check with Debby in the office.

    Staff Book Recommendation:

    Emotional intelligence is the ability to identify and manage your own emotions and recognize the emotions of others. It is generally said to include three skills: emotional awareness; the ability to harness emotions and apply them to tasks like thinking and problem solving; and the ability to manage emotions.

    Parents are the child’s first teachers of emotional intelligence. The following books are supportive tools for children and parents that are presented through fun and beautiful illustrations and promote discussion about emotions with your child. Enjoy! – Ms Patty

    In My Heart: A Book of Feelings (Growing Hearts) by Jo Witek (Author), Christine Roussey (Illustrator)

    SPRING Garden Volunteers NEEDED

    We are looking for helpers both big and small to garden and do outdoor clean up tasks. Please visit our spring sign up for the full list of task and consider scheduling a play date with your fellow CMP classmates while you help CMP; let your child’s teacher know if you need help contacting a family to schedule something together.

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