MCS E-Newsletter | April 23, 2021
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We are excited that the 8th grade students will be able to attend the Washington, D.C. field trip! May the Lord watch over our 8th grade students, faculty, staff and parents who will be going to Washington, D.C.!

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 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)
Dear MCS Families:  
We’re pleased to present Michelle Vail and Chase Emery to you as candidates to serve on the Mariners Christian School Board of Trustees. The purpose of the MCS Board is to secure the school's fiscal health, appoint and evaluate the Head of School, and ensure the school fulfills its stated mission of Building a firm foundation through Christ-centered education. More information regarding the Board is available on our website in the "About MCS" section.
We believe that Michelle and Chase will bring a wealth of experience and discernment to the Board that will help us fulfill our duties with faithfulness and excellence. However, before any candidate is approved for the Board, it’s our practice to send a notice to the MCS Community to determine if there are any opinions relative to either candidate's suitability. 
Please contact us on or before May 7, 2021 at if you have any feedback.

Clifton Chang, Melinda Choi and Jim Harmon
MCS Nominating Committee
Michelle and Blake Vail have been married for 19 years and have 3 children - Knox (17) and Heath (15) are both MCS alumni and now attend Pacifica Christian High School and Tatum (11) will continue her education at MCS as a 6th Grader in the Fall. The Vail family are members of Grace Fellowship Church. 
A Texas native, Michelle graduated from Baylor University with a degree in Art/Education. Her professional career includes creating and implementing the K-8th grade art curriculum for the Lexington, Texas school district as well as teaching 4th grade in Highland Park, Texas. Michelle also teaches art on a volunteer basis to students at Skyview, an alternative school serving primarily at-risk youth throughout Northern and Central Orange County. 
Blake and Michelle met in Dallas and served at Watermark Church as leaders in the Pre-married and Newly-married ministries. Michelle also served for 8 years as a board member of Council for Life, an organization that funds pro-life ministries including crisis pregnancy centers in Dallas. Blake and Michelle co-founded the Manna House girls home which provides housing and life-skills training to young women who have aged out of the foster care system. Michelle has been blessed to take mission trips to Uganda and Haiti and continues to be involved in childrens’ ministries in Kampala and Mbale, Uganda. 
As an MCS parent, Michelle has volunteered in various roles on campus and has also had the privilege of Co-leading Parents in Prayer. She is firmly committed to the mission of MCS as we continue to yield to the authority of Christ and support our teachers, staff and families in their journey to raise the next generation of Christ-followers. 
Chase and Casey Emery have been married for 12 years and have three children: Mason (MCS Class of 2027), Miles (2030), and Monroe (2033). The Emery family loves adventuring, fishing, mountain biking, and spending time with family and friends. They have attended Mariners Church in Irvine for many years, where Chase and Casey first met in Jr. High.  

Chase has served as the MCS Construction Committee Co-Chair for the past two years, working closely with the MCS Board of Directors and school staff to complete the Phase 2 Construction. He has a heart for how MCS’s staff develop children’s faith and character while also offering strong academics. He’s passionate about continuing to enhance the connectivity and life-in-community with parents and families at MCS. 

Chase works as the EVP of Multifamily for Steadfast Companies where he develops and manages multifamily apartments throughout the country. He assists the management and strategic direction of the company, sourcing projects, and providing development leadership. Chase earned his Bachelor of Science in Urban Planning & Development from the University of Southern California. He is excited to contribute and is honored to serve MCS and work alongside the talented staff that have such hearts for the Lord and our children.
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To close out our final focus on the events of the Easter Story, the students heard the Luke 24 version of The Road to Emmaus done as a reader’s theatre with MCS faculty. Mrs. Harrison and Mrs. Drevlow guided the narration portions, Mr. Lucas and Mr. Lucas provided the voices of the angels at the tomb, and Mr. Soyring and Mr. Brown read the words of Jesus. Mrs. Celek helped the students interact with portions of the story, and artwork on the screen brought the events to life. This Saddleback Kids video gave the students a chance to hear the story again in a light hearted manner. Click here to enjoy.
TK is so excited to be continuing the tradition of Safari Day! TK students went on a safari exploration looking for wild animals! We had some "wild TKers" enjoy the exploration and discovery! Look at the fun day we had in TK Safari Day!
Dear Middle School Parents,

God is so good! All the time! He has blessed and covered MCS through an incredible season. It's hard to believe that we're now three-quarters of the way into the 2020-21 school year. And as we transition into our final quarter, I'd like to share with you access to your child's third quarter progress report. 
The third quarter progress reports will be available for viewing at the end of the afternoon. As a reminder, progress reports are not transcripted or final grades. Rather, they serve as a means, in the middle of the semester, to monitor the progress of students. Though not final grades, progress report grades are important in determining academic eligibility standards have been met. 
To view the electronic progress report, please follow these steps:
Login to Blackbaud which can be accessed using this MCS Lions Ed link or by visiting the Mariners Christian School website. From the menu bar select "I am", in the drop down menu select "MCS Family," then select Parents' Portal."  

Once logged in, at the far left, your student(s) name(s) will be listed.
Select your student’s name then access his/her progress report under the Progress tab.

Click on Report Card and Progress Report Semester 2. The progress report will open in a new window. 
Thank you for your continued partnership and support.


Sam Joo
Middle School Principal
Another successful and fun TAKE OUT TUESDAY! MCS students, faculty and staff had a great time chowin' down on Chick-Fil-A! Take a look at the pictures!
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MCS E-Newsletter | April 23, 2021