MCS E-Newsletter | March 19, 2021
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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)
Featured This Week at MCS we take a look at MCS' Makerspace Classes, taught by Maker Education Facilitator, Sharee Pfaff. In our beautiful new Makerspace, students are always excited to come and try something new! While each lesson might cover a different topic, students are always communicating, collaborating, thinking critically, and being creative. Our days in here are busy, messy, loud, spontaneous, and full of smiles! Click Here for the Video!
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!

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.

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.

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 at

Day of Prayer: Fridays 
Time: 8:15AM-9:30AM

Lost and found will be placed outside the front lobby Monday March 29th - Wednesday March 31st, from 8:30am - 2:00pm for parents to have access and assist in finding lost items. The 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 by 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! 

Take a look at the fun students had dressing up for St. Patrick's Day!
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
Elementary school students have completed the second trimester of the year! Report cards will be available to view at the end of the day on Friday, March 26th. Parents will receive information from Mrs. Drevlow once report cards are availble with instructions on how to access the electronic report.
As we progress through the academic year, an important and valuable touch point for teachers and parents is Spring conferences. These conferences are by invitation only. Teachers will reach out directly to parents to arrange a time as they are needed. 

Elementary Conferences will be conducted 
Monday, March 22nd through Friday, March 26th.
1 Thessalonians 5:11
“Therefore encourage one another and build each other, just as in fact you are doing.”
Our fifth grade students practiced speaking truth over each other by sharing affirmations
with their classmates. These affirmations were to encourage the things that
God is doing in them and through them.
We Choose To Build Each Other Up With Kindness!
Maintaining a connected classroom is a foundational element formed in every class at MCS Elementary. Our fourth grade students seek to support each other in their growth as writers through the work that they do in partners.
This week for our Exemplar Lions Affirmations chapel, our grade level teachers, specialists, and aides celebrated students who were selected for displaying the L.I.O.N.S’ Pact attribute of “Support.” In Hebrews 10:24 it says, “Let us think of ways to motivate one another to acts of love and good works.” These students have been recognized for intentionally working to grow in this area. The Kindergarten students from Mrs. Gibbs’ class did a great job as worship leaders teaching us a new “Psalm 23” worship song. Way to go, Lions!
On Monday, our Chapel speaker literally walked across the street to join us! Our neighbor Stevy York, Youth Pastor at Rock Harbor, came to share God’s Word with our students! Stevy reminded us that sometimes being “too familiar” with God’s Word can be a problem. We battle the mentality of, “Oh, I already read this part. Let’s move on.” But Stevy camped on just half of Psalm 23:5 to show us that God’s Word is deep and rich and living, even the parts we have heard multiple times before. If we sit with it and let God speak to us through the verses, He will show us something new, even on those parts we are familiar with. 

From Psalm 23:5a, Stevy dove into how God “prepares a table for us in the presence of our enemies.” People aren’t the enemy...the enemy is the enemy! And Jesus is our waiter. He wants to take care of us and meet our needs but we have to learn how to receive from Him. Receiving from God starts with trusting God. When we trust Him, we can let go of control, and when we let go of control, He is free to move!

For live footage of Stevy’s message, follow our middle school Instagram page!
Middle School Take Out Tuesday will be held on Tuesday, March 23rd, and our restaurant for this month is Sgt. Pepperoni's!!!  

Click HERE to order

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.
Next week is our March Share2Wear, and we want to make a difference with a share item that we can often take for granted. SOCKS! We always have them in our drawers, and they are a normal part of our day that we don’t have to think about. But that isn’t true for everyone. For many of the kids at Project Giving Light, socks are not always an option, and the ones they use are either hand-me-downs or very worn down because they wear them nearly every day. We are going to help change that!

Our Share item on Tuesday, 3/23 is going to be a pack of NEW KIDS SOCKS. It can be any kid age 2 to 18, and it can be a large pack or a small pack. It doesn’t matter. What matters is that we are helping these kids have a very important item and we are blessing them with something practical. The more socks we can get in the better! If you can’t get to the store to purchase socks, you can bring $5 instead, and we’ll buy socks for you.

When students “share” on Tuesday, on Wednesday, 2/24 they get to “wear” Dress Like A Teacher attire! Boys dress like male teachers, girls dress like female teachers. It’s not just homeroom teachers, but also the Bible Teachers, Mrs. Brooks and Mr. T (if they want to wear sweats), or Mr. Rahm, Mr. Fan, Mr. Joo, or Mr. Brown. So many great options to choose from! Whoever the students pick, it MUST be done in a respectful manner. Think about things they always wear…a scarf, a checkered shirt, a polo, bright colors, etc. This is NOT a free dress day, and students should very clearly be participating, or in their school uniform.
Early College High School is located in Costa Mesa, California and is part of the Newport-Mesa Unified School District.

8th graders are invited to a Virtual Open House Event occurring on 
March 25th at 6:00 p.m.
Please click the links below for more important information for this event.
In this section of E-News, we highlight the most important and up to date information on local high school news and events. If you see a spinning square box around the school logo, that means new information is available for this week's E-News. To view the high school's most up to date information, click on the high school's logo to be taken to their sites.
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 | March 19, 2021