Dear MCS Community, 

If you have not yet had an opportunity to view the video message sent earlier today, you can view it here. The video message provides context and further explanation for this follow up communication. 

As shared in the message, our Christmas break will begin earlier than originally planned. The break will now be Thursday, December 17th through January 3rd with the return to school on January 4th. The final day before break, Wednesday, December 16th, will be a full day including late start as usual. 

All Christmas celebrations will now occur on Wednesday, December 16th. Speaking of Christmas celebrations, I am excited to share a very special, schoolwide activity all students, whether remote, at home, or in-person, will participate in TK through 8th grade: Christmas Cookie Decorating Extravaganza. Our amazing room moms are helping organize this activity for in-person students. All of our students learning from home-- remote, at home, and quarantined due to exposure-- will also participate in this activity. Teachers will communicate the details on the time in which your child’s class will decorate cookies ensuring all students, whether in person or at home, enjoy this special activity together. All students learning at home will be provided an individual cookie deco kit through the following: 

Cookie Kit Drive Through Pick Up 
Who: Only for Remote/At Home/Quarantined Learners (in-person will receive theirs in class)
When: Tuesday, December 15th, 3:30-4:30 
Where: MCS Afternoon Carpool Route 
Other Details: If you have a gift you would like to drop off for your child’s teacher, you may do so during the drive through pick up. We will be sure to get your gift to the teacher, even those quarantined! 

Also shared in the message was a request for your family’s prayerful consideration. Just as experienced after Thanksgiving Break, we anticipate potential increase in positive COVID cases and subsequent exposure at school following Christmas. If your family will travel or gather with multiple people during the break, we ask that you consider self-quarantine from school with your children participating in remote learning for the week (7-10 days) following our return. We will support the temporary transition to remote or at home learning. Contact Mrs. Drevlow at adrevlow@marinerscs.org (elementary) or Mr. Joo at sam.joo@marinerscs.org (middle school) to initiate remote/at home learning. 

By choosing self quarantine we hope to minimize the exposure to school thereby reducing the number of students and staff that might have to transition to remote learning. One positive case impacts an entire cohort of students. For middle school, this is a grade level (87-96 students) and all staff. For elementary, the cohort is a single class, teacher and classroom aids, specialist teachers, and any other student or staff member identified through contact tracing. A decision to quarantine following break will minimize exposure and protect in-person learning for all students, faculty, and staff your child comes in contact with. Please consider supporting this request and help keep us all healthy and in school. 

Praying God’s presence, peace, protection, and hope over each of you. May this time of celebrating the birth of our Savior be blessed. Thank you for your continued care and partnership. 

For His Name’s Sake, 
Heather Harrison 
Head of School