MCS E-Newsletter | May 7, 2021
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SAVE THE DATE FOR OPEN HOUSE! MAY 13TH!
PTF BLESSING FUND!
Two Ways to Give
1. Check 
(Payable to Mariners Christian School with 'Blessing Fund' in the memo) 
and drop it off at the front desk.
2. Venmo
 
Thank you for your generosity in blessing our incredible staff at MCS!
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
6TH GRADE ORIENTATION FOR
CURRENT 5TH GRADE FAMILIES!
6th Grade Parent Orientation
We are excited to have the fifth grade parents visit with the middle school administrators for a 6th Grade Parent Orientation in-person. We will gather together in the Center for Worship on Friday, May 21st at 8:30-9:30 am. During this time parents will be able to meet teachers, understand the sixth grade courses, receive a list of electives, learn of all extra-curricular activities, and much more. Masks are mandatory to attend the event and we are grateful for your partnership. 

Incoming 6th Grade Student Orientation
The 5th grade teachers, the middle school administrators, and the 6th grade teachers will meet with the incoming 6th grade class on Friday, May 21st during their Specialist Block at 11:15 am in the Center for Worship. This time will provide an overview for the students of what to expect next year. It will complete with a tour guided by our Middle School ASB. 
MCS CELEBRATES NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER
AND THANKFUL THURSDAY!
During Monday’s chapel students were able to write and draw prayers about their own sin that keeps causing them to stumble. On Thursday each student read over Psalm 103:12 and sent their paper airplane prayers away from them to symbolize God’s goodness and the gift of prayer.
CHAPEL RECAP!
Have you ever thought about yourself as a sheep in God’s eyes? Using a current popular Youtube video, Mrs. Drevlow illustrated Romans 7:14-25 which talks about our human tendency to repeat sinful behaviors, even when we really know better. She challenged us to think about what our “ditch” of sin is, and how God has made a way through Jesus to remove that from us. Mr. Lucas led, as all the students worshipped through song and with chopsticks.

Psalm 100 reminds us that we are “the sheep of His pasture” and Jesus comes to rescue us when we wander. When you come to Open House, have your child show you what we have displayed from this chapel time!
8TH GRADE WASHINGTON D.C. TRIP!
Thank you to everyone who was covering our 8th Grade Washington DC Trip in prayer! God heard and answered every prayer for health, safety, divine appointments, and memorable experiences, and we saw Him move mightily throughout this trip. We are so grateful that God opened the door for our 8th graders to continue this time-honored tradition, and that our students embraced every opportunity to reflect His light and His love to those we came into contact with. This was a trip that is worthy to be celebrated!
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!  
EVENING OF HONOR FRIDAY, MAY 28!
Permission slips and RSVP’s for all 7th and 8th grade students attending Evening of Honor are due this Monday, 5/10. The official invitation was sent via Paperless Post. If you have not received it, please check your spam mail.

The permission slip can be found HERE. Please sign it and send it with your student to be handed in to the Homeroom Teacher by Monday, May 10th at the latest so we can make final arrangements, including seating placements for that evening.

We are looking forward to an incredible evening, and we hope that all 7th and 8th grade students are able to attend this special event!
TAKE OUT TUESDAY, MAY 18!
Middle School TAKE OUT TUESDAY will be held on Tuesday, MAY 18th. Our final vendor of the year is: HOUSE OF YOGURT
House of Yogurt!!!
You supply the lunch, and we'll supply the dessert!


For just $6.50 you have a choice of:
SALTED CARAMEL
MINT OREO
VANILLA
CAKE BATTER
CHOCOLATE
NON DAIRY MANGO SORBET
Toppings Bar Included!
All orders must be placed by 11:45 PM on Saturday, May 15th. Late orders are not accepted.
TODAY WAS FUN FRIDAY!
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MCS E-Newsletter | May 7, 2021