MCS E-Newsletter | April 30, 2021
Catch Us On Social Media!
8th grade students had a great and memorable time in Washington, D.C.! Thank you for your constant prayers over the Faculty, Staff, Parents and Students! Check us out on our Instagram page to see more of this memorable story!
SAVE THE DATE FOR OPEN HOUSE! MAY 13TH!
STAFF APPRECIATION WEEK!
MAY 10TH - MAY 14TH!
During this week, we will love on our teachers daily with lunches, sweet treat, gifts, and more! We will have an Amazon registry so you can help us make this happen. If you are led, you can purchase anything from the practical of our paper goods, to the fun decorations, gifts and raffle items! Please feel free to take a look through our needed items on that registry and see the many ways you can help make this week a success!
NEW MCS BOARD CANDIDATES!
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 mcsboard@marinerscs.org if you have any feedback.
 
Sincerely,

Clifton Chang, Melinda Choi and Jim Harmon
MCS Nominating Committee
MICHELLE VAIL
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 EMERY
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.
SUPPORT MCS WHILE SHOPPING ON AMAZON!
A super easy way you can support Mariners Christian School is by shopping online on Amazon! There is no cost to you!

STEP 1: Go to www.smile.amazon.com
STEP 2: Sign in with your Amazon e-mail and password
STEP 3: Go to Account & Lists, select "Your AmazonSmile" from the drop down menu
STEP 4: Under "Your Current Charity" click on "Change charity"
STEP 5: If you have no charity listed, go to "Or pick your own charitable organization", search for Mariners Christian School.
STEP 6: Select the 1st option: Mariners Christian School - Costa Mesa
STEP 7: Verify the top left corner of your screen that you are "SUPPORTING MARINERS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL"
STEP 8: Happy Shopping!
MAY
BIRTHDAYS
5/2 Amanda Majkrzak
5/5 Terri Rodriguez
5/8 Christina Vanian
5/14 Polly Ernst
5/20 Brian Jones
5/28 Allison Petrovich
5/28 Pax Pulido
LET'S BE KIND DAY IN CHAPEL!
Monday MCS celebrated “Let’s Be Kind Day” schoolwide. Wearing our special “Let’s Be Kind” t-shirts, we learned that being kind first starts in our heart, and then moves into action to meet the needs of others. We saw a video prepared by Rebekah Robeck, Costa Mesa High School student and founder of the “Let’s Be Kind” initiative.

Our TK-2nd grade students wrote Blessing Cards to our community firefighters, police officers, and medical responders. Our 3-5th graders packed a Blessing Bag with several items and a verse card that could be given by their family to someone in need. Thank you to our PTF for their help with these connections to bless our community!
REMOTE LEARNERS CELEBRATING KINDNESS!
3RD GRADE AMAZING RACE!
NATIVE AMERICAN EDITION!
3rd grade students enjoyed the beautiful weather outdoors to learn and participate in the Amazing Race Native American Edition!
MIDDLE SCHOOL LET'S BE KIND BLESSING BAGS!
TERRA NOVA TESTING!
TUESDAY, MAY 11TH AND THURSDAY, MAY 13TH!
Save the date! All middle school students will participate in Terra Nova testing on Tuesday, May 11th and Thursday, May 13th. Please avoid scheduling appointments or trips during testing if at all possible. Over the course of the two days, students will complete grade level assessments in English and Math. Testing will occur first thing in the morning, so it is important that all students arrive to school on time. Make-up testing will occur on Friday and Monday following testing.

We want all of our students to do their best on the tests and we encourage good sleep, a good breakfast, and a commitment to success!  
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The numbers of COVID cases in Orange County continue to decrease and we rejoice in this. Please be mindful, however, that as a school we are still following CDPH guidelines. As per the waiver each family signed when starting the school year, children should be screened each morning for symptoms and should NOT be in school if they have any of the listed symptoms, unless cleared by a doctor. We are seeing many children with coughs, cold symptoms, and sick tummies being sent to school. Please continue to abide by guidelines of keeping children home until 48 hours after symptoms have resolved. There is no way to ensure these symptoms are COVID without a test, even if they are far more likely to be a cold and even if there is no fever. If you need a copy of the symptoms checklist that should be completed each morning, click here.  

We have had confirmed cases of strep throat at MCS.  Please let us know if your student does test positive for influenza or strep throat.  We will keep their identity confidential, but it is helpful to notify classes of cases.

As a reminder, children should not be in school if a family member has been tested positive or is exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19, they must follow Quarantine guidelines.  Please notify the school of this so that we can ensure they are provided learning during this time.  

We have not had a cohort affected by COVID-19 since February but we have had students quarantined because family members test positive in the past couple of weeks.  We would like to avoid school exposure, we thank you for continuing to follow guidelines.
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MCS E-Newsletter | April 30, 2021