Heart Week and Mufu Day

Mufu Day is Approaching....

Thursday, February 14th, 2019!

In February, we traditionally have Mufu Day (formerly known as Manna Day). This year, Mufu Day will be on Thursday, February 14. The focus of the day, and in fact the whole week (which we are calling Heart Week), is on raising funds for an orphanage called the Mufu Home in Kenya.

Starting February 4th, there will be a coin race in the Elementary and Jr. High that will run until February 14th. More information on the coin race can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

During Heart Week (February 11-14), there will be many fun activities planned: Pancake breakfast, Teachers vs Students hockey game, Jr. High Skiing, Sr. High Box Lunch Social, among others.  However, the biggest and best activities are saved for Mufu day itself. Here is a summary of what happens on Mufu Day. A more detailed itinerary including times for each event can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

Mufu Day will begin with an assembly in the gym. This gives us all an opportunity to reflect on how richly God has blessed us as individuals and as a community, and puts the events of the day into the proper perspective of being truly cheerful givers. The rest of the morning will see the elementary students participating in a Winter Mini-OlymPICS featuring lots of unusual outdoor events. The Sr. High students volunteer each year to be group leaders for the younger students. While this is going on the Jr. High students will be setting up a carnival in the gym and in some areas in the high school end. They will also be helping to run a small concession and assisting the teachers in running the Mini-OlymPICS events. After lunch the carnival will be opened up for all to enjoy. The games will cost from 25 to 50 cents for the elementary students to play!

*Please note that concession items and prices will be coming in next week’s newsletter. 

During the afternoon there will also be a rummage sale, with the proceeds going to the Mufu Home. This is when previously donated items are offered for sale at bargain prices. The kindergarten students always get the first crack at the sale, and after that we will work our way up through the grades. (Consider this also to be an appeal to donate gently used toys, books, teddy bears, etc. They can be sent to school with your child, or dropped off at the office.) All in all, it is a wonderful day of fund raising and school spirit.

Everyone is encouraged to come out and enjoy Mufu Day!

Parents of elementary students are welcome to come in the morning and watch as their children have fun participating in the Winter Mini Olympics! Parents are also invited to stay for the afternoon, to shop at the rummage sale (after the students have had a chance to browse), and to watch their children playing the fun carnival games! We hope to see you there!

Fundraising Goal:

Attention all students! If we are able to raise $8000 for the Mufu Home, Mr. Dewit will shave off his hair! We would all be excited  to see that happen!

$2000 - one hair
$3000 - trim split ends
$4000 - 2 inches
$5000 - 4 inches
$6000 - regular hair cut
$7000 - bowl cut FOR A WEEK

For High School: The grade that raises the most money can pick an outfit for Mr. Veldkamp for him to wear for the day(from a list). The elementary class that raises the most money can have an epic snowball fight with Mr. Leffers.

Mufu Day Rummage Sale Donations

It’s that time of the year again! We are asking for Rummage Sale Donations for our annual sale on Mufu Day. If you have any gently used items that you would like to donate (books, toys, handbags, etc) please package them well (as they will be in storage for a few weeks) and bring them to school!

Elementary Coin Race – Journey Through The Seas!

This year, the Elementary classes will be racing in sailboats across the seas to collect coins for the Mufu Home! Who will be the first grade to reach the lighthouse? The more coins you bring, the faster your sailboat will travel. There will be a fun incentive to collect the most coins which will be announced in the next newsletter. The coin race is for almost two weeks! It starts on Feb. 4th and ends on the Mufu Day, Feb. 14th!

While we will have fun collecting coins, we want to remind students that giving is an act of the heart. “Each one must give as he has decided in his heart, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (2 Corinthians 9:7)

Heart Week in Junior and Senior High

Heart Week is coming up and that means some extra fun events (even compared to normal weeks at PICS) for the Junior and Senior High students!

Junior High will work together through the month of February with the goal of sponsoring a child from the MUFU Home.  Students are encouraged to find extra jobs and/or other creative ways to raise money and bring those proceeds to their homeroom teacher.  A display will be set-up in the HS end to track progress being made.  Approximately $480 is needed for an annual sponsorship, and if everyone works together, we can make our goal!

Monday (February 11) is the pancake breakfast. Junior and Senior high students will be paired up with elementary students, help them get their food, and share this great meal with them.

Tuesday at lunch is the annual students vs. teachers’ hockey game! Curtis De Haas is organizing the students’ team while Mr. Tyler Hoeksema is putting together the teachers’ team.

The Junior High students will have a day trip to Rabbit Hill on Wednesday, February 13. More information regarding this trip can be found elsewhere in this newsletter.

Also, on February 13, the Senior High students will participate in the Box Lunch Social. All boys are expected to make a lunch for two; the girls will purchase the lunches at an auction in Mr. Meliefste’s room (201). Students will be excused from class starting block 3. The boys will head to the kitchen to prepare their feasts, and the girls will decorate room 201. Students will return to class for block 7.

Thursday, February 14 is Mufu Day! The entire school will assemble in the gym at around 8:40. Senior High students will start the day leading the Elementary students through their OlymPICS events which are mostly outside, so please dress appropriately for the weather (see elsewhere in this newsletter for more information on the OlymPICS). Junior High students will spend the morning setting up their Carnival games, the Rummage Sale, and working the concession. Senior High students are permitted to leave school for the day once their tasks are completed. Junior High students will spend the afternoon manning their stations and then cleaning up in time to get on the bus at 3:30.

We are looking forward to an exciting week. We also want to encourage all students to remember that this week is first and foremost about charity and giving generously to those less fortunate than us.

On behalf of the Junior and Senior High teachers,

Brad Van Raalte

Junior High Heart Week Child Sponsorship Fund

Attention junior high students and parents! This year we have decided to sponsor a child from the Mufu home as part of Heart Week! This is a project for junior high students. There will be jars in the students’ homeroom that they can put their donations in. By the end of the week we hope to have made enough money to sponsor someone for a year. Every donation is appreciated and if everyone brings a little, we can make this happen! Thank you for your support!

The PICS soul team


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