MCS E-Newsletter | March 12, 2021
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Let’s Be Kind Day!!!

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 orders 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 is 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! 

If you would like to donate additional funds toward t-shirts for our sponsored schools or toward the Let’s Be Kind initiative, there is an option for you to do so on the SignUpGenius page. 

Please click here to order your t-shirt or donate

*NOTE - All t-shirts must be ordered before 11:59 on Monday, 3/15. 

Thank you for joining us in championing this cause of KINDNESS both on our campus and to our neighboring schools!
Exciting Alumni News!
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 carla.colaianni@mariners.org

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)
Featured This Week at MCS...
Since the start of the year, our 8th grade scientists have been forming companies, researching our amazing galaxy, and forming a plan to create a Space Base somewhere beyond our planet. This is all done under the umbrella we call M.A.S.E.C., or the Mariners Agency for Space Exploration and Colonization. This week our base proposals were submitted in the form of a 3D model, a trifold brochure, and an infomercial selling their base to investors. While there is a grade component, there is also a competitive aspect where each team (company) is trying to convince investors (4th-8th grade students and staff) to give them millions of dollars (fake but fun) to make their designs a reality. I could not be more proud of their hard work, creativity, and teamwork. The bases speak for themselves, but trust me when I say that we have many future engineers and scientists in our 8th grade class! Excited to see what else they can do as we continue to explore God’s amazing universe!
-Mr. Carpenter
MCS SPORTS CAMPS GO UNTIL APRIL 1ST!
The after school sports camps, girls' volleyball and boys' basketball, are up and running! Our teams just finished week 4 out of 6 and they are coming up to their mini tournaments in the camp. They have been showing much improvement in their athletic skills, developing their fitness, and growing their team bond week after week. We are looking forward to being able to celebrate all that our student athletes have accomplished during this camp with a team party, which will take place during the week of March 29 - April 1st. Go Lions!
SPIRIT NIGHT MCS, MARCH 24TH!

Come out and support our next Spirit Night MCS with dineout from Chipotle! Check the flyer below for more details. NOTE: orders must be placed online to use the drive thru. You may also do walk-in orders.
LOST AND FOUND, PICK UP BEFORE MARCH 31ST!

Lost and found items that are not picked up by Wednesday, March 31st will be donated. If your student is missing an item (sweatshirt, water bottle, lunch box, etc.), please have them check the Lost and Found before Wednesday, March 31st. If they need assistance, please have them ask an aide during recess or lunch. In addition, please have your student’s belongings labeled with their first and last name and grade and class or home room. For example, Jennifer Crowell 4K. Thank you! 
PARENTS IN PRAYER (PIP)

Come and join us in prayer over our school, staff, teachers, and fellow MCS families. Parents in Prayer is foundational to the beloved traditions of MCS. It is an honor to carry the burden of praying over the school and confirmation that you really do fall in love with those whom you pray for. It is a protected place and remains the heartbeat of our school. If you have a prayer request that you would like the prayer team to prayer over or if you would like to be included in the communication for prayer meetings, please contact Dana Fiori and Chris Blue here:

Day of Prayer: Fridays 
Time: 8:15AM-9:30AM
WELCOMING NEW MCS STAFF

Brandon Franco: ASP Aide
Brandon Franco was born and raised in Orange, California. He graduated from Vanguard University in 2016 with his B.A. in Interpersonal Communication. He then worked in Residence Life at Biola while pursuing his M.A. in Spiritual Formation and Soulcare. Brandon is currently engaged and is looking forward to getting married in May. He loves movies, baking, and board games. Brandon loves Disneyland and always looks forward to spending time there.
ALL GRADES CAN DRESS UP

*Middle School Only
St. Patrick's Dress Day is coming up on Wednesday, March 17th, which means it’s an all-school Green, White, and Gold Dress Day! We encourage all students to come in their festive St. Patrick’s Day attire. Your outfit MUST have green in order to qualify. If you don’t have green or white bottoms, blue jeans or uniform bottoms are acceptable (no black leggings or black jeans). Board shorts, athletic shorts, or sweat pants MAY ONLY be worn if they are a green, white, or gold. If one of your clothing items has a small amount of another color, you may wear it, but your dominant colors must be Green, White, and Gold. Accessories that go with the theme are acceptable. This is not a free dress day, but students should be very clearly participating in the theme, or they should be in their school uniform. Note: No pajamas. Also, black and grey are not St. Patrick’s Day colors ;)
MARCH BIRTHDAYS
3/4 Jene’ Stratton
3/16 Jamie Kruse
3/19 Angie Nakamoto
3/19 Kayla Roberts
3/21 Bing Liu
3/21 Karri Meyer
3/24 Erica Roberts
3/26 Sara Lunsford
3/26 Kim Wilson
3/29 Rona Drobot
3/31 Rick Contreras
Second Grade Construction Zone Ahead…

On Monday, our second grade students launched their new phonics unit. The students will work to become WORD BUILDERS. This fun and interactive learning experience got the students excited about phonics and the work that is ahead.
ELEMENTARY CHAPEL
Gratitude was the theme for this week’s elementary chapel. With the help of two fun videos, Mrs. Drevlow, Mrs. Harrison, and Mrs. Celek helped the student explore what gratitude looks like, and what happens to our hearts when it is missing! 

“Taken for Granted” Click here.
 “Man- Sized Gratitude” Click here.
100 Days of School

On Tuesday, March 9th TK and Kindergarten students joined this cherished tradition of dressing up as 100 years old! Teachers and students participated in a day full of fun activities to celebrate this special day. The dedication to keeping this tradition alive was a top priority for our team this year.
101 Days of School

On Wednesday, March 10th our First Grade students had a dog-gone good time as they celebrated the 101st Day of School in 101 Dalmations' fashion! The day was packed with fun traditions like jazzercise (101 different exercises, of course) and making Puppy Chow to snack on. We are grateful for the traditions that are still continuing this year.
CHAPEL RECAP
MS Chapel Debrief

This Monday we had the pleasure of having one of our very own alumni share in Chapel. Kendall Schmidt, class of 2013, brought a message from Romans 12:1 that was able to reach every single student right where they are at. Kendall shared her own MCS experiences with our students, which mirror many of their own stories including friends, sports, etc. She then authentically expressed how she had not kept God at that top priority in her life and instead valued achievement, success, winning, being accepted, and grades as equal or even above God. Like our students, Kendall grew up in Christian home, with a Christian education, and with Christian friends. She spoke about how as a result of allowing those things to be prioritized above God, her life spiraled and before she knew it, she hit rock bottom. She cried out to God to tangibly show Himself to be true if He was in fact real, and God did what ONLY He can do. He answered. Kendall now leads worship at Beach Cities in Huntington Beach, and she leads a youth group as well. 

Kendall closed our time together out by having Steven Guder, another MCS alumni, join her on stage to lead us in worship. 

We encourage every parent to listen to the highlights of Kendall’s message on our middle school Instagram page Instagram page.
Middle School Takeout Tuesday, March 23rd!

Middle School Take Out Tuesday will be held on Tuesday, March 23rd, and our restaurant for this month is Sgt. Pepperoni's!!!

The choices are as follows ($7 per meal):
1. One MASSIVE slice of cheese pizza, garlic knots, a cutie orange, and a bottle of water
2. One MASSIVE slice of pepperoni pizza, garlic knots, a cutie orange, and a bottle of water
3. One MASSIVE slice of gluten free pepperoni pizza, a cutie orange, and a bottle of water
Please note: If your child has a healthy appetite, you are welcome to order 2 meals for him or her!

All orders must be placed by 11:59 PM on Saturday, March 20th.
*Late orders are not accepted.
Pi DAY!
Do you remember when a Google employee calculated the number pi to 31.4 trillion decimal places just two years ago?? Well, the math department celebrated this irrational number with discoveries, creative Pi shirts, and food galore. Not only did we increase our circumference by enjoying delicious, round treats, we also explored the meaning of Pi by discovering various circumferences and areas. It was definitely an inspiring day!
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MCS E-Newsletter | March 12, 2021