H I S
"The earth is [ His]  and everything in it, the world, 
and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1 NIV
All-School 
01.11.19
Table of Contents
  1. From the Admissions Department
  2. Upcoming Events & Activities 
  3. Looking Ahead
  4. Happy Birthday and Spirit Rock Fun
  5. Middle School E-Newsletter 

Bing Liu
MCS
Heroes of the Week



Brandy Sick
 
Congratulations to this week's Heroes Bing and Brandy. We hope you enjoy your up-close parking spot. 
 
A Note to Bing Liu, Science Teacher:
Bing Liu is a hero!!! She loves God with all her heart and strives to serve Him with each decision she makes. Bing does not say a negative word about anyone, but only uses her words to encourage and build people up, as spoken in Ephesians 4:29. (She has an amazing filter!) She is faithful in her convictions, wise in her decision making, and humble in her spirit. In addition to all of that, she is absolutely hilarious! Her students adore her which speaks to her passion for science, her desire to see her students succeed, and her willingness to be authentic with her kids.

At any given point in the week, she can be heard reciting "the 5 skills of a good scientist," preaching "safety first" when doing science experiments, dissecting cow eyeballs with her bare hands, and any other number of things that instill important life skills to our students. We love you, Bing! And you are our hero!!!

A Note to Brandi Sick, Elementary Dean:
Brandy, you have done such a beautiful job transitioning into the MCS community. You have brought your leadership, creative ideas, and numerous strengths to our school and we are grateful!  You are always willing to step in and serve in any capacity and your heart for the staff and for students is evident! On behalf of the team, we celebrate you!

Mrs. Sick: You have jumped right in and supported us in so many ways! We are so grateful for all that you do and how you're encouraging our students to make decisions that glorify God.  Love, The Fifth Grade Team
THE GYM IS OPEN!
Students are LOVING the New Living Legacy Athletic Center!  With gratefulness to the Lord for His goodness to MCS.
From the Admissions Department
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Sibling Applications for 2019-2010 OPEN!
Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 school year for siblings of current MCS students! We give priority to our current families applying for new siblings, and space is most limited in TK, Kindergarten, and 7th grade. Apply today! Please contact Ashlee Cowell acowell@marinerscs.org or Gisela Roufs groufs@marinerscs.org in the Admissions Department with any questions.
Preview Night for Prospective Parents January 17th
Next Thursday, January 17th, is our Preview Night for prospective parents. We invite you (our current parents) to share the enclosed invitation flyer with your friends and family who are  interested in quality Christian education. Thank you!
  • Difference Maker Chapel | Monday, January 14th
  • Sibling Applications for 2019-10 | NOW OPEN
  • 4th Grade Parent Sacramento Meeting | Wednesday, January 16th
  • Dads Carpool & Fellowship | Thursday, January 17th
  • Preview Night for Prospective Parents | Thursday, January 17th
  • No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day | Monday, January 21st
  • Middle School Only What's4Lunch | Wednesday, January 23rd
  • Middle School Finals & Early Dismissal (for MS Only) | January 24th & 25th
  • Bingo Night | Friday, January 25th
  • TK-6th Daddy Daughter Dance | Friday, February 8th
  • Elementary Talent Show | Friday, April 5th
  • Spring Celebration & Auction  | Friday, April 12th
Difference Maker Chapel Monday, January 14th
Come hear the stories of how their obedience to step out in faith, to listen to the people they are called to partner with and serve, and dream BIG for God's Kingdom has transformed lives (including their own).

Happy New Year, MCS Families!

As we are launching into 2019 with many exciting opportunities for our students, we are preparing for the Difference Maker Grant applications to be available to our MCS 4th-8th graders. The Difference Maker Grant Program gives our students the opportunity to dream about a project they would like to execute during the 2019-20 school year in order to make a difference in the world around them. Selected recipients will receive seed funding and mentoring in order to take their idea and make it a reality! Grant applications will be available to our students in February, but in order to help prepare our students' hearts and minds, we are thrilled to be hosting our annual Difference Maker Chapels THIS MONDAY, January 14th.

These chapels provide the opportunity for our students to hear from individuals who are DIFFERENCE MAKERS in our local community. We will be honoring Randy Barth, founder of Shalimar Learning Center and founder & CEO of Think Together in the Middle School chapel. We will be honoring Kim Bagramian, co-founder of Project Giving Light in our elementary chapels. We cannot wait for our students to hear them share about how God awakened the passions that have led them to step out in faith to serve God in very tangible ways in Orange County. Their stories are inspiring and compelling.
Our MCS parents are always invited to our chapels, but we want to extend an extra invitation for you to join us for these chapels on Monday! 

Blessings,
Ali Bray
Difference Maker Architect
Mariners Christian School
4th Grade Parent Sacramento Meeting January 16th
4th Grade Parents are invited to the Sacramento trip meeting which will be held in the NEW Center for Worship and Performing Arts on Wednesday, January 16th, at 3:10PM. If you have questions, please contact your student's teacher. 
MCS Dads Carpool  Fellowship & Prayer Thursdays Weekly
Next: January 17th 
Skylar, Michael, and Larry missed you this week!

DADS: Join us on Thursday mornings weekly at 7:30AM - volunteer for morning carpool. Then hang around for some fellowship and prayer from 8:15-8:45.

For more details, sign up at the following link: tinyurl.com/MCSDadsFellowship

Hope to see you this Thursday, January 17th! Troy

MCS Parents Invited to Host Students from Zhuhai, China


The MCS Middle School is once again excited to host 34 7th & 8th grade students from Wenyuan Middle School in Zhuhai, China. Last year this was a highlight as our students and staff enjoyed interacting and sharing Jesus with new friends from far away and our host families reported excitement for the experiences they had in their home. This year we have gone back through the feedback to create even better conditions for everyone to be successful.  The students will arrive on Sunday, January 27th, at 4:00 pm and will leave on Saturday, February 2nd, at 8:00 am.

We are looking for families who would like to host two males or two females in their home for the 6 nights.

Why Does MCS Do This?
Given my experiences in China, it is clear to me that an opportunity for MCS to host Middle School students for a short period of time would yield eternal benefits in these areas:
  • The opportunity to share Christ's Love with those who may not have heard of Him.
  • The opportunity for our students to have interactions with students just like them who live a world away.
  • The opportunity to further expose our students to cultural diversity.
  • We want to build upon the success of our first year of hosting.
Details of Interest
  • Most of the students have been learning English since 1st grade. They are also savvy on translation apps.
  • These students are very excited to see what life is like in an American school and home.
  • We will once again have Cultural Experience Coordinators. They will be available at anytime for guidance and will provide you with resources and training before the students arrive.
  • We will be providing conversation starters and details from the day for the dinner table, etc. We will also provide guidance on how to integrate Jesus into the discussion.
  • Because the in-home arrangements will be by gender, the students can stay in the same room and may prefer that.
  • Host homes will receive $50 per night per child to help with costs associated with having more people in the home.
  • Host families will receive the students at a Beach Bonfire Party on Sunday, January 27th, from 4:00 pm - 6:00pm.
  • One night during the week, MCS will host a Bowling get together for host families and any others who want to attend.
If you would like to be considered as a host family, please CLICK HERE and sign up by Sunday, January 13th. We are also working to provide a communication opportunity between the two families before the students arrive.

This is an exciting opportunity for MCS, our families and the students from China. Please join me in praying over this experience and that His Glory is revealed in mighty ways!

Click here for complete letter from Mr. Moore including testimonials from last year's families.

No School: Martin Luther King Jr. Day January 21st

School will be closed on Monday, January 21st in honor of Martin Luther King Jr. Day.
Tickets Now on Sale! Bingo  Night January 25th, 2019
TK-6th Grade Daddy Daughter Dance

Check the Website Calendar Often

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lookingaheadLooking Ahead
Save the Date: Elementary Talent Show

Save the Date: Spring Celebration and Auction

If you are interested in being part of the 2019 Auction Volunteer Team, please email Barbara O'Brian at bobrian@marinerscs.org. This is a great opportunity to be part of one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and is also a great way to get to know fellow MCS Parents.
intheknowIn The Know
New Law to Go Into Effect July 1, 2019
There have been recent changes to school entry immunization requirements that go into effect July 1, 2019. We are sharing these changes with you so that you may work with your child's healthcare provider to make sure your child is vaccinated (California Code of Regulations Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 4.) There has been the addition of a second Varicella vaccine requirement for entry into elementary school at Transitional Kindergarten (TK)/Kindergarten (K) and/or seventh grade, administered by a licensed California Healthcare Practitioner.

Grade                   Number of Doses Required of Each Immunization
TK/K-12 Admission 4 Polio 5 DTaP 3 Hep B 2 MMR 2 Varicella
7th-12th Grade 1 Tdap



7th Grade Advancement 2 Varicella 1 Tdap



California schools are required by law to check the immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Students meeting all immunization requirements will be unconditionally admitted to school. Students may also be unconditionally admitted if they have a permanent medical exception in accordance with Section 6051. Your child may receive the necessary vaccines from his/her primary care practitioner or pharmacy. It is important to get your child vaccinated early so there will be no issue with school entry. Please make sure you bring your child's vaccine record to the school so it may be on file. Should you have questions, please contact the MCS Health office or your child's health care provider. 
Choice Lunch

Please remember to order Choice Lunch for your student(s) for January and February. Thanks so much! www.choicelunch.com.
All Lost and Found Items Donated the Last School Day of the Month

Please note that lost and found items will be donated at the end of the school day on Thursday, January 31st. Please take a moment to look for your lost items periodically.
Volunteers Needed!

Looking for a great way to volunteer that can  fit your schedule? Lost and found distribution would love your help. There are lots of items wanting to find their owners! Please contact Jen Crowell at jcrowell@marinerscs.org for more information. 
happybirthdayHappy Birthday & Spirit Rock Fun!
Happy Birthday Bennet.  We hope you have a wonderful Birthday year.
Wishing you much success in your lacrosse career. God bless you!

 If you would like to share you rock design and special person in E-News, please email a photo to nenglish@marinerscs.org.  Thank you!

January

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Robin Walker 1/1
Sue Celek 1/2
Keven Kroehler 1/3
Troy Moore 1/5
Vanessa Gentry 1/11
Mirranda Parks 1/11
Jennifer Crowell 1/12
Kristin Knecth 1/12
Brandy Sick 1/14
Dianne McVay 1/16
Melissa Pena 1/18
Sarah Kim 1/20
Lynda Lynch 1/21
Allison Skelly 1/22
Kelly Han 1/24
Trang Nguyen 1/31
Happy January 12th Birthday Mrs. Knecht!

February
Kristen Chandler 2/2
Lisa Collier 2/9
Amy Green 2/27
Jan Bryant 2/28

This list is provided to you by our Parent Teacher Fellowship.
middleschoolenewsMiddle School E-Newsletter

  H I S
"The earth is [ His]  and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1 NIV
01.11.19
Middle School Chapel Debrief 

This week in Chapel we were incredibly blessed to have 2 MCS parents share their story of how God moved mountains to answer their prayers of starting a business. Joe and Tiana Bard are the owners and founders of Banzai Bowls, a very popular chain which sells multiple variations acai bowls. During Chapel they shared about the inception of their dream to open an acai bowl restaurant, and how they were met with obstacle upon obstacle. Through perseverance and relentless prayer to the God of the impossible, doors that had been slammed shut began to open. Over the years God has showered His faithfulness on the Bards as they now have 7 stores and have chosen to use Banzai Bowls to bless others by sponsoring athletes from multiple sporting backgrounds. They shared how the words in Philippians 4:13 became very real as they stood upon that verse through trial after trial, "I can do all things through God who strengthens me." They encouraged our students by sharing that, "When you feel like you are at the end of your rope, tie a knot and hang on!" When we have nothing left to give, that's when God can show how powerful he is! 
And much to the delight of the students and staff, Joe and Tiana brought Banzai Bowls for the entire middle school!
Middle School Chapel
Click for short video clip.


We were blessed by Tiana and Joe on every level, and are so grateful for their willingness to share their story and generously share their delicious product!

Congratulations to Andrew An!
Our Orchestra Director Dr. Um wanted to share some exciting news about the success of one of hie students Andrew An. Enjoy!

MCS 8th grade student Andrew An has been selected to be part of the 2019 California All State Junior High School Orchestra by audition (Cello).  He will be performing with other students who have been selected at the CODA All-State Honor Orchestras California All-State Music Education Conference in Fresno, February 14-17, 2019.

Congratulations Andrew. It is a great honor to have been selected for this Orchestra. We're very proud of you!

For more details about California Orchestra Directors Association, CODA, click here.
Middle School Only: January What's4Lunch Wednesday, January 23rd
Our January What's4Lunch? Wednesday is taking place on Wednesday, 1/23/19, and the restaurant is Chick-Fil-A!  Students can select either an Original Chicken Sandwich meal or a Grilled Chicken Wrap meal.  Both meals cost $8 and come with chips, a cookie, and a bottle of water.  Please CLICK HERE to sign your middle school child up.

As usual, if you have a middle school student with a big appetite, you are welcome to purchase them more than one meal. 
**Note - Signups close Sunday, 1/20/19, at 11:45 pm.**
Middle School Finals & Early Dismissal January 24th & 25th
Semester finals will be conducted on Thursday, January 24th, and Friday, January 25th. Due to finals, middle school students will be dismissed at 11:00 on both days

ASP is not available for middle school these days.
MCS Parents Invited to Host Students from Zhuhai, China


The MCS Middle School is once again excited to host 34 7th & 8th grade students from Wenyuan Middle School in Zhuhai, China. Last year this was a highlight as our students and staff enjoyed interacting and sharing Jesus with new friends from far away and our host families reported excitement for the experiences they had in their home. This year we have gone back through the feedback to create even better conditions for everyone to be successful.  The students will arrive on Sunday, January 27th, at 4:00 pm and will leave on Saturday, February 2nd, at 8:00 am.

We are looking for families who would like to host two males or two females in their home for the 6 nights.

Why Does MCS Do This?
Given my experiences in China, it is clear to me that an opportunity for MCS to host Middle School students for a short period of time would yield eternal benefits in these areas:
  • The opportunity to share Christ's Love with those who may not have heard of Him.
  • The opportunity for our students to have interactions with students just like them who live a world away.
  • The opportunity to further expose our students to cultural diversity.
  • We want to build upon the success of our first year of hosting.
Details of Interest
  • Most of the students have been learning English since 1st grade. They are also savvy on translation apps.
  • These students are very excited to see what life is like in an American school and home.
  • We will once again have Cultural Experience Coordinators. They will be available at anytime for guidance and will provide you with resources and training before the students arrive.
  • We will be providing conversation starters and details from the day for the dinner table, etc. We will also provide guidance on how to integrate Jesus into the discussion.
  • Because the in-home arrangements will be by gender, the students can stay in the same room and may prefer that.
  • Host homes will receive $50 per night per child to help with costs associated with having more people in the home.
  • Host families will receive the students at a Beach Bonfire Party on Sunday, January 27th, from 4:00 pm - 6:00pm.
  • One night during the week, MCS will host a Bowling get together for host families and any others who want to attend.
If you would like to be considered as a host family, please CLICK HERE and sign up by Sunday, January 13th. We are also working to provide a communication opportunity between the two families before the students arrive.

This is an exciting opportunity for MCS, our families and the students from China. Please join me in praying over this experience and that His Glory is revealed in mighty ways!

Click here for complete letter from Mr. Moore including testimonials from last year's families.

High School Information

Mater Dei High School:  Future Monarch Information Night: Tuesday, January 15, 2019. Tours at 6PM and Presentation at 7PM.  Entrance Exam: Saturday, January 26, 2019 at 7:45AM. Register today at: www.materdei.org/entranceexam * All incoming 9th Graders must take the Entrance Exam.

Corona del Mar High School:  If you have questions, please contact Julie Rahmatulla at 949.515.6037.

Newport Harbor High School: Tours of NHHS will be held on Thursday, January 17th, 10:00-11:30AM. All 8th graders and parents are welcome! No reservation necessary. Questions? Please contact Diana Long at dlong@nmusd.us or 949.646.1556, ext. 1

Pacifica Christian High School:
Pacifica Christian High School Open House Event - Saturday, January 19, 2-4 PM
Pacifica invites MCS middle-schoolers and their families to join us for Open House, where you will have the opportunity to:
* Understand how our mission & vision equip young people to think and live well
* Hear about life at Pacifica from our student ambassadors
* Learn about our academic, art & athletic programs
* Meet our faculty, staff & parent ambassadors
Click here to register for an upcoming Open House Event or schedule your visit here. Contact Sarah Parsons, Director of Admissions, with questions at sparsons@pacificaoc.org.

Early College High School: ECHS Information Night will be held on January 30, 2019 from 6:30-7:30PM in the multi-purpose room.  Call 714.424.7990 for details. Located at:  2990 Mesa Verde Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Orange Lutheran High School: An Invitation to Attend OLu OPEN HOUSE: Monday, January 28th. Click here to RSVPDiscover the Orange Lutheran difference! Speak with students, hear from our Head of School and Principal and learn more about our academics, athletics, arts, and extracurricular programs. You're invited to Orange Lutheran's production of "The Diary of Anne Frank"  1/18/19). Click for details.

JSerra Catholic High School: Questions, please contact Chris Harrington at charrington@jserra.org.

Crean Lutheran High School  - UPCOMING EVENTS January:  Prospective students and families are cordially invited to attend these upcoming December and January events.Questions, please contact Mrs. Tara Mathis at mathis@clshs.org .