Friday, May 1, 2020
Be transported to a land far, far away...
MCS Middle School Proudly Presents a Special 3-part Shrektacular! Our student's have been hard at work preparing this performance of Shrek: The Musical, Jr. and you're not going to want to miss it! Delivered digitally in three parts throughout the month of May, this special production is something for the entire family to enjoy together! So get your popcorn ready and join us as we journey to Duloc on Friday, May 8, 15, and 22!
Meet The Cast of Shrek: The Musical, Jr.
Our Middle Schoolers put together this awesome promo for the upcoming show. Check it out!
Acting in a Pandemic
Please enjoy this video skit written, acted, filmed, and produced by our middle school theater elective. Who needs a stage to have fun while acting? Free Trial for MCS
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Flashback Friday
Flashback Friday was a success! Click the button below to see the pictures!
Pets of MCS
Did you see the compilation video from Week 4 of our MCS Challenges? Check it out now! Edited by 6th Grader, James Brewster.
PTF News
Join PTF in Appreciating our Amazing MCS Staff!
Staff Appreciation and PTF Blessing Fund 2020
Dear MCS Parents,

As a PTF Board, we have been in awe of our teachers, aides and staff during this time of uncertainty in this unprecedented season. Our school year has just been dramatically altered...and while we are all apart in location, our hearts are still intertwined on a daily basis with the love that is being poured out on our children by the Mariners Christian School staff community.

Every year, there are two main ways that PTF shows our appreciation to our MCS teachers, aides and staff members: Staff Appreciation Week and The Blessing Fund. Please see below as to how your family can participate from afar in two special ways to honor our truly spectacular MCS Staff.
Staff Appreciation Week (May 4-8)
The PTF Board has taken the initiative to lead out this week in the MCS Weekly Challenge! We would like to encourage all families to create a short video shout out (30 seconds or so) to those faculty and staff that care for your children. Send it directly to the teacher or staff person as an attachment (this is different from the other weekly challenges – this is an individual blessing, not a compilation.) We want to do a surprise attack directly to their email so they are loved on throughout the week! Our PTF Board families have created a special video to start the fun! See the link below.
The Blessing Fund (May 1-15)
The annual Blessing Fund is a way for MCS families to collectively show our appreciation to our wonderful teachers, aides and staff. Traditionally, it is given to the staff as individual cash gifts “With Love from MCS Parents” during Character Quality Week at the close of school. PTF invites your family to participate. It is totally voluntary, and open to contributions of any size. This year, with all our families learning from home, in efforts to make it as convenient as possible, we ask that you donate to The Blessing Fund through Venmo (click here for instructions) .  Since we are not on campus to treat our faculty and staff, PTF will be using the allocated budget for Staff Appreciation Week towards the Blessing Fund as well. The Blessing Fund will be open for contributions from May 1 – May 15. PTF thanks you in advance for contributing in this tangible way to honor all our MCS staff for taking such good care of us!

With love from your PTF Board,

Robyn Gundlach, PTF President
Sue Celek, PTF Liaison
Spirit Rock Photos
The Spirit Rock is still being painted to celebrate our amazing students! Since carpool's closed, check out the pictures here!
MCS Covid-19 Relief Fund
We desire to follow the biblical model of Christian generosity and stewardship  (Acts 2:44-45, Acts 4:32-35)  to support our staff and families during this time in which many are facing financial hardships. That's why we're launching the MCS COVID-19 Relief Fund. This will allow us to provide short-term financial assistance to staff and/or their spouses who are facing wage loss or unemployment, as well as emergency tuition aid to families who have been specifically impacted by COVID-19.

Families can apply for emergency aid in accordance with the school’s established COVID-19 Emergency Tuition Assistance process. Assistance will be awarded based upon demonstrated COVID-19 related need that has led to the inability to continue tuition payments.

To support this fund  and serve the MCS community, we seek donors with the capacity and heart to live out Acts 2.  If your family feels compelled to contribute,  click here.  You can learn more about this fund by clicking the button below.
CHOC Covid-19 Hotline
We all have questions about COVID-19, but it can be hard to know where to turn. That's why the Children's Hospital of Orange County has opened up a 24/7 hotline for parents to speak with a registered nurse. They have invited us to share this with our community. If you have questions about the Coronavirus, call
1-844-GET-CHOC today.
MCS May Staff Birthdays
5/2 Amanda Majkrzak
5/3 Courtney McDonald
5/5 Terri Rodriguez
5/8 Christina Vanian
5/14 Polly Ernst
5/19 Nancy MacLeod
5/20 Brian Jones
5/26 Julie Hellriegel
5/28 Allison Petrovich
5/31 Talene Campbell