MCS E-Newsletter | April 1, 2021
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If your family plans to travel during Easter Break and will have high levels of exposure, we ask that you adhere to travel guidelines and self-quarantine following travel. Absent work can be arranged with the teacher(s) however, remote learning or at-home learning options will not be offered to students already participating in in-person learning.

More than any other book in the New Testament, James places the spotlight on the necessity for believers to act in accordance with our faith. How do your actions mirror the faith that you proclaim? Join us for a 4-week Love God Greatly Bible Study on the book of James, and take a deeper look into God’s wisdom when it comes to suffering, the power of prayer, the importance of controlling the tongue, and the danger of wealth. 
Wednesdays April 14 - May 12 @ 9:30am



Please contact Jill Gunderson with any further questions you may have.

Thank you for participating in our Chipotle Spirit Night! All proceeds went towards treating the MCS faculty and staff to a morning goodies cart.

Join us as we champion KINDNESS by celebrating LET'S BE KIND DAY at MCS and beyond!!!  

Let’s Be Kind Day was originated in 2018 by a student named Rebekah at Costa Mesa Middle School simply because she noticed a lack of kindness on her campus and wanted to create change! She decided one day to bring pizza and share Let’s Be Kind t-shirts for her classmates, and the response was astounding! The movement sparked kindness on her campus that spread into the families and surrounding Newport Mesa schools! Just 3 short years later, Newport Mesa Unified has now adopted Let’s Be Kind Day, and each school in the district is celebrating by promoting kindness, inclusion, encouragement, and respect on their campuses. To learn more about Let’s Be Kind Day, click here:

On Monday, 4/26, MCS will celebrate KINDNESS in the following ways:

  • Each student who ordered a LET'S BE KIND t-shirt will both receive it and wear it on Monday, 4/26
  • Chapel for each grade level will focus on KINDNESS 
  • Students will be be reminded of ways they can live out the second half of the Great Commandment of loving their neighbor as themselves
  • MCS is sponsoring 2 local schools! For every $10 t-shirt that was purchased by an MCS student, a child at Victoria Elementary or Killybrooke Elementary will also receive a t-shirt.

We hope to bring KINDNESS beyond our own MCS walls and into our neighboring schools, allowing students from other campuses to also celebrate Let’s Be Kind Day! Our goal is to outfit every student on those 2 campuses with a Let’s Be Kind t-shirt, and help spread the attitude of kindness throughout Costa Mesa!

Thank you for joining us in championing this cause of KINDNESS both on our campus and to our neighboring schools!


Attention ALL MCS Alumni - Scholarship Match!
We have an exciting new opportunity for all MCS alumni with disabilities, The Be Brave Scholarship, which is generously funded by our very own Student Support Specialist Crystal Willis and her husband Jeff. This amazing $5000 scholarship has been recently matched by an anonymous donor for a total of $10,000. Two students will be awarded this year.

The Be Brave Scholarship can be used for:
-Undergrad or Graduate School
-Community College
-Trade school
-Training programs or internships for employment

*Recipients can use the scholarship for beginning or ongoing educational pursuits.
Apply Now! Deadline is April 30, 2021
Attention MCS Alumni-Class of 2017!
Each year the faculty and staff of MCS donate funds for the Alumni Heritage College Scholarship with the intent of encouraging college-bound alumni in their educational pursuits. Since its founding, the Alumni Heritage College Scholarship has generated over $32,000 in funding. There are typically multiple recipients awarded $1000 to $2000 so you do not want to miss out! 
Apply Now! Deadline is April 30, 2021
Alumni of the Year - Deadline to Nominate April 30, 2021
Established in 2018, this annual award recognizes an MCS Alumni whose accomplishments, affiliations, career and/or ministry has brought honor to the MCS legacy within the community. Our awardee should reflect the 5 Core Values of MCS: Love for Christ, Exemplary Academics, Whole Child Development, Innovative Culture, and Connected Community. Any student who graduated from MCS in 8th grade is eligible for a nomination.

Nominations can be made by any member of the MCS Community, including staff, parents, students, grandparents, and fellow Alumni.

Please submit your nomination to

When submitting the nomination, please include:
Alumni Name
3-5 Sentences about why you believe this person is deserving of the award
Alumni contact information (email, cell phone, address, and/or parents’ email/phone).
Any relevant links or websites that support your nomination – OPTIONAL (for example, a local news article featuring the Alumni)
4/3 Heather Harrison
4/7 Paulette Seaman
4/11 Morgan Knight
4/12 Lisa Bahadoor
4/13 Kathryn Seiber
4/16 Chris Carpenter
4/23 Abby Jones
4/26 Susan Conners
4/26 Garrett Shipley
Our elementary students shared a very special Spiritual Emphasis Week together exploring the theme, “Deep Love.” Using the verses, John 3:16 and Eph. 3:17-18 as the basis, the students explored the “what” and the “why” of the Easter Story. Our theme song was “How Deep The Father’s Love For Us,” and each day the students learned more about each verse of the song. Click here for the video.

In our classrooms, there were daily grade leveled teachings, writing and drawing prompts, hands on activities, videos, and time to go deeper with understanding God’s love for us through Jesus’s death and resurrection. Each class helped create a beautiful stained glass Easter picture made of tissue paper that is displayed in our atrium window. The students attended a special Reflection Space in the Multi-Purpose Room that allowed them to touch, read, pray, journal, and have a quiet place of reflection. Our rooftop garden was also another spot that provided a place for time with the Lord.

Our final chapel included Mr. Dogterom and Mr. Shipley who portrayed two Roman soldiers at the foot of the cross. They told their stories about what they saw, and how their heart reacted to the person of Jesus. Our final worship activity was to write a thank you note to Jesus. The notes were put into colorful envelopes on our hallways to remind us to keep an attitude of thankfulness long past Easter.

Be sure to ask your child about what made an impact in his or her heart this week at MCS as you celebrate Easter together.

Click here to see a walkthrough of a quiet space that students were able to reflect on God's love for them.
Here are some pictures of students during Spiritual Emphasis Week! Starting with our Remote Learners!
Students who were part of the middle school artwork piece for SEW. Students are (from left to right) Mia Zublin, MacKenzie Motichko, Ava Solei Hernandez, Mia Patterson, Blake Baek
Wow! What a week it has been. We saw God move in ways that are beyond what we could ask or imagine. So many of our students connected to Christ and His sacrifice in exciting and new ways. The theme of relentless love was one that was definitely directed by God, as we saw students thirsty for His love, and walk away feeling refreshed by all of the messages, videos, and worship. Click here for a recap video of what occurred during our Spiritual Emphasis Week. 
For live footage from SEW chapels, follow our middle school Instagram page!
Here is the winning easter video from the Digital Media Design elective class. The student who created it was 6th grader Stirling McLaughlin! Click here for the video.
The Friday after we return from Break, 4/16/21, we will hold our April Fun Friday during middle school lunch! That means that Mr. Brown will do a Lions Pact Card Raffle Drawing for some fun prizes. Along with that, we will open the Snack Bar to middle school students who would like to purchase items such as candy, chips, and drinks for $1 each.
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IMMUNIZATIONS - The school year is moving fast. Here in the health office, we are already preparing some of our records for next year. For students entering TK/K and 7th grade next year, we will soon begin reviewing immunizations. Please help us keep our records current by making sure your TK or 6th grader is up to date on the required vaccines and that the health office has a current copy of his/her immunization record. A copy of the record can be dropped off at the front desk, emailed to or faxed to 714-437-7976.

Here are the immunizations required by the state of California for students attending school:
Immunization Exemptions- Starting January 1, 2021, all new medical exemptions for school and child care entry and existing medical exemptions needed to be carried over at admission to new school or next grade level check point (TK/K or 7th) must be issued through CAIR-ME. Parents and physicians can register and create an account in CAIR-ME at any time. Once registered, parents can log in to CAIR-ME to request a medical exemption. Parents take the exemption request number to their child’s physician who can log in to CAIR-ME to issue the exemption. Once the exemption is issued, the physician prints the two-page form and provides a copy to the parents to give to their child’s school or child care facility.
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MCS E-Newsletter | April 1, 2021