H I S
"The earth is [ His]  and everything in it, the world, 
and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1 NIV
All-School 
04.18.19
Table of Contents
  1. Illuminate
  2. Upcoming Events & Activities
  3. Elementary Highlights
  4. Happy Birthday and Spirit Rock Fun
  5. Middle School E-Newsletter 
Jenna Van Leer
 
MCS Heroes 
of the Week
 
 
Shelby Johnson
Terri Rodriguez
Reggie Biancalani
 
Reggie Biancalani: Elementary Principal  
We would like to nominate Reggie Biancalani as our Hero of the Week! She is really a hero of the Year in the way she leads our elementary team! Reggie comes in each day and commits 110% to supporting her staff. She goes beyond the day to day demands to create an exceptional school environment. She is our biggest cheerleader and valued advisor. Above all, Reggie seeks God in all that she does and it is evident that she lives out her faith. It is an honor and a pleasure to work for her and we are beyond blessed for her leadership and her passion for this school. She is most deserving of this award! Love, The TK team!

Reggie: We are so blessed to work with you. You never expect us to do anything you are not willing to do yourself. With all of the extra work which has surfaced through our phase 1 renovation, you have stepped up to working even harder and longer to make MCS a success. When there are conflicts that occasionally arise, you always ask good questions, offer advice that helps us think and grow, and you leave us with encouragement that helps us continue to fall forward and move ahead. You work hard to plan our meetings and in-services so that all of us will walk away challenged and better prepared to serve our students. When you sense that we are in a slump, you find a reason for a celebration. We feel blessed to have you as our leader. The Kindergarten Team

Reggie: We are so grateful for the way you lead, support, and invest in our elementary team. Thank you for pouring out wisdom and speaking into our strengths. We appreciate the many ways you give us opportunities to grow and take on leadership. All that you do does not go unnoticed. Thank you for leading with Him at the center. We are incredibly blessed to have you leading our team. We love you! First Grade
   
Shelby Johnson, Middle School Math Teacher
Shelby s a hero! Not only has she tackled the challenging subject of math as a new teacher, but always stays positive and optimistic in the crazy of the school year. She has a calming peace she brings to any room she enters and is a blessing to be around! I've never heard her say a negative thing about anyone and believe she honestly views everyone in in their best light. She chooses to see their heart and has belief in who God has made them to be. I wish I had a teacher like Shelby when I was in middle school!

Being a first year teacher at MCS can be difficult but combining that with being a first year math teacher is quite the feat! But, she does so with diligence, dedication, hard work, and positivity. She wants to grow and learn and is so humble. Shelby deserves to be recognized as a hero even though her humility would probably prompt her to want to go unnoticed!

Jenna Van Leer, 5th Grade Teacher
Your passion for teaching and your heart for kids are evident in all that you do. You take the time to make sure that every student is valued. That is an inspiration to us. Your 5th grade team

Terri Rodriguez, Educational Technology/Maker Education Strategic Planning Director
Terri is an amazing, hard-working hero! She tirelessly shares her gifts with a servant's heart and is ALWAYS willing to lend a helping hand. She never ceases to amaze with her many, many talents and creative mind and is always willing to take on a new challenge. She is an inspiration to her students and us all! Her kindness is a true reflection of God's love.

The epitome of a Godly selfless leader, her love for MCS is evident in her tireless hours of maker space advancement, Blackbaud trainings, Renweb mastery and robotics leadership. On top of that, she is always willing to help out with any issue small or large with a gracious smile and happiness. MCS is truly blessed to have such an amazing Godly leader in our Technology and Maker Departments.

Unless you work closely with Terri, you wouldn't know she is a true Renaissance woman, full of so many unique talents and gifts. From sewing to building to programming to designing and more, there's nothing that she can't do! And she so willingly lends her gifts and talents wherever they are needed. Terri is also brilliant and has a great mind for planning and details while also being able to see big picture with great vision. It is rare for a person to have both the ability to see the small and dream for the big but Terri is able to do both. She has been faithful to doing both at MCS for many, many years and she deserves recognition. Though much of what she does happens behind the scenes and isn't always recognized, it makes an impact, a huge impact! And we are thankful for our hero, Terri!

Thank you Terri! We all rely so much on you and we are so thankful for all you do!
illuminateIlluminate Celebration Photos Are Here!
Please enjoy the photos taken by event photographer, Jimmy Cheng Photography www.jcp.la | instagram.  Questions: Contact Barbara O'Brian or Lisa Bahadoor 
 

To access the photos , visit: https://tinyurl.com/MCS-ILLUME-photos 
IMPORTANT Letter from Mr. Moore
Bright Future Phase 2 Construction Update as of 04.17.19

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If you have not yet had the opportunity to read today's communication that was sent from Mr. Moore about the Bright Future Phase 2 Construction Update  click here .
Town Hall Meeting
Tuesday, April 30th
8:15AM
Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts
  • Dads Carpool - Fellowship & Prayer | May 2nd
  • Good Friday and Easter Break | April 19-26 (no ASP)
  • Alumni Chapel | April 29th
  • PTF Staff Appreciation Week | April 29 - May 3
  • Town Hall Meeting | April 30th
  • PTF Spirit Wear Blow Out Bash on Campus | April 30 - May 2
  • PTF Spirit Wear Day | Friday, May 3rd
  • Uniform Wear & Share | May 7th & 8th
  • Late Start Lattes | May 8th
  • Middle School Terra Nova Testing | May 7th & 9th
  • MCS Open House | May 9th
  • Elementary Grandparents & Special Friends Day | May 10th
  • Early Dismissal for Elementary and Middle School | May 10th
  • Alice in Wonderland | May 17th & 18th 
Dads Carpool - Fellowship & Prayer - See you May 2nd!
DADS! Join Us on Thursday morning, May 2nd
for our next Dad's Carpool - Fellowship - Prayer Morning
 
Carpool from 7:30-8:10 then fellowship and prayer from 8:15-8:45. Feel free to just show up at your convenience or sign up at the following link:    tinyurl.com/MCSDadsFellowshipHope to see you then! 
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All-MCS Alumni Chapel w/Middle School: MONDAY (4/29)
Be sure to share the word with your MCS Alumni friends and family members about our upcoming All MCS Alumni Chapel.  For all the details and contact information, click here.
Good Friday & Easter Break: April 19 - 26
No School & NO ASP: Good Friday (4/19) and April 22-26
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Please note that school and ASP will be closed on Good Friday, April 19th, and April 22nd-26th as we remember the Death, Burial and Resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.
MCS Teachers & Staff Are Superheroes!
PTF Staff Appreciation Week: April 29-May 3rd

PTF is so excited to announce that our MCS Staff Appreciation Week is April 29 - May 3 when we return from Easter Break. PTF has been working hard to create a week of special blessings for our remarkable staff!

On Tuesday - Friday we will be creating a fun themed lunch for all staff in a special location on campus. The school has been divided up into grade level blocks as listed below to help with the potluck style themed meal of the day.  A special communication and sign-up link will be emailed to the families in that grade level/date block with what is available for families to contribute. There will also be any additional notes about that particular lunch on the sign-up link. 


When you receive your communication, take a look at the sign-up to find a spot to join in this school-wide show of practical fun during lunch - our staff are definitely the super heroes that keep our school doing amazing things!!!
  • Tuesday, April 30:    Lunch will be hosted by TK, Kinder & First Grades
  • Wednesday, May 1:  Lunch will be hosted by 2nd, 3rd & 4th Grades
  • Thursday, May 2:      Lunch will be hosted by 5th & 6th Grades
  • Friday, May 3:           Lunch will be hosted by 7th & 8th Grades
For more information, contact:
Dana Fiori, Elementary Room Mom Coordinator danalauren13@yahoo.com
Valerie Riener, Middle School Room Mom Coordinator - vriener@gmail.com

Thanks for loving on our teachers with us!

Your PTF Board
Town Hall Meeting - Tuesday, April 30th at 8:15AM

Town Hall Meeting

Tuesday, April 30th
8:15AM
Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts
ALL MCS Parents Invited
(view letter linked below for details)

If you have not yet had the opportunity to read today's communication that was sent from Mr. Moore about the Bright Future Phase 2 Construction Update  click here .
PTF Spirit Wear Blow Out Bash on Campus April 30-May 2
ALL ITEMS ARE $2.00 OFF
Tuesday, April 30 7:30-8:30 AM Flagpole
Tuesday, April 30 2:00-3:30 PM Lunch table patio
Wednesday, May 1 8:00-9:30 AM Flagpole
Thursday, May 2 2:00-3:30 PM Lunch table patio
T-shirts, Socks, Sweatshirts, Hats, etc.! This is a great time to stock up, and be ready for the Spirit Wear Day on Friday, May 3. This sale is available on campus only, and the on-line order link will be closed during the week of April 29 - May 3.

It's PTF Spirit Wear Day - Friday, May 3rd
To celebrate the fun of being an MCS Lion, our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) will be serving a special treat to all students during the lunch periods. See the super Spirit Wear Sale information above to stock up at a great price! 

Dress for students that day is either Spirit Wear or MCS uniform, with the exception of our amazing TK students who will be dressed for their special Safari Day adventures. It is not a free dress day. 
Next Late Start Lattes with Love - Wednesday, May 8th
We hope to see you in the front lobby on May 8th for a fresh cup of coffee and conversation.
Uniform Wear & Share Tuesday (5/7) & Wednesday (5/8)
Please contact Trisha Nabal at 714.392.4551 if you have questions.
MCS Open House - May 9th
Elementary Grandparents & Special Friends Day May 10th


Dear Elementary Parents: Our Elementary Grandparents & Special Friend Day will be held on Friday, May 10, 2019 at 10:00 a.m. This event is a much loved tradition at Mariners Christian School. It is a time when your elementary student (TK-5th grade) may invite grandparents or another adult who plays a special role in his or her life to visit our campus. The day begins in the Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts with a special elementary program. Following the program, the guests will meet the students in their classrooms for campus tours. Click here for continuation of the letter from Mrs. Biancalani.

Please forward the below link to your TK-5th grade student's Grandparents/Special Friends.
Elementary Non-Uniform Special Dress Day May 10th
Girls' Guidelines: Nice dress or skirt/pants and blouse. Skirts/dress must be no higher than 3 inches above the knee. No spaghetti straps allowed.

Boys' Guidelines: Nice pants with collared shirt or polo shirt. No jeans or t-shirts.

All outfits must be modest and honoring to God.
Elementary & Middle School Early Dismissal May 10th
Elementary Dismissed at 12:00 (school begins at 8:10 a.m. as usual):
Students may leave with their guest at 12:00 after checking out with their teacher. If your child is not leaving with his/her guest, parents are asked to park, come into the building, and pick up their student(s) from the classroom at 12:00. ASP will be available from 12:00 until 6:00 p.m. Please contact Mrs. Angie Nakamoto at anakamoto@marinerscs.org or ext. 153 if your child will need ASP care on May 10th.

Middle School Dismissed at 12:30PM - Regular Uniform Dress Day:
May 10th is a half day of school for middle school as well, but they are not involved in Grandparents/Special Friend day. As much as possible, early check-outs of middle school students should be avoided. In the event that a middle school student will be checked out by your elementary student's guests, they will need to be checked out at the front office downstairs. If a middle school student will be checked out early, it would be helpful and appreciated to pre-arrange the early dismissal by contacting Robin Walker in the middle school office at rwalker@marinerscs.org . When emailing, please include the student name as well as the name of the adult that will be checking the student out. All middle school students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. and will walk through carpool in the field area as usual. Cars will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m.

Buy It Now is Open for May 10th Date Night/Babysitting
Middle School Musical Production May 17th and 18th 

Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts
Friday, May 17th, at 7PM and Saturday, May 18th, at 2PM & 7PM
 elementaryhighlightsElementary Highlights 
Elementary Spiritual Emphasis Week
With the theme of His Story, our elementary students spent a special week focusing on the Easter Story. They heard from five characters whose stories intersected with His: Pilate's wife, the Soldier at the Cross, Joseph of Arimathea, Mary Magdalene, and Simon Peter. Each class had time in the Reflective Space - a quiet time using the art and other objects to think about Jesus, His death and resurrection, and to create a personal journal writing or drawing to place in the wooden HIS letters. Mr. Hellriegel, 5th grade Bible teacher, talked to our fifth grade students about owning their faith in a chapel just for them called the Chair Talk. Our verses this week were John 20:31 and Matthew 16:16. 

Our challenge to the TK- 5th grade students has been "to know the story so you can tell the story" and to answer the question, "What is YOUR story?" Enjoy a few pictures CLICKa short video CLICK, and the links to the  worship songs (below) from this week. Take some time as a family over the Easter holiday to talk about how God impacted your child's heart this week. Click on the blue button following the videos to view the photo gallery.
Resurrecting
Who You Say I Am
How Can I Keep from Singing
Imaginology 2019
What a successful weekend at Imaginology! Our school's booth was busy all weekend long with visitors from all over Southern California.

In the large gallery, MCS had over 300 students with work on display, and we even had two projects that were division winners. Congratulations to Mary Jane Pfaff and Sophia Cowell for winning the Cardboard Engineering contest and to Talia Proctor for winning the Haiku contest.

All students who had work entered in the exhibits will receive their ribbons later this week. Projects will be on display in the Makerspace during Open House and Grandparents' Day.
Elementary Talent Show Photo Gallery

Look for the April 5th Talent Show Photo Gallery in the next E-Newsletter. 
intheknowIn The Know
Choice Lunch

Please remember to order Choice Lunch for your student(s) for April and May. Thanks so much! www.choicelunch.com.
All Lost and Found Items Donated the Last School Day of the Month

Please note that lost and found items will be donated at the end of the school day on Tuesday, April 30th. Please take a moment to look for your lost items periodically.
Volunteers Needed!

Looking for a great way to volunteer that can  fit your schedule? Lost and found distribution would love your help. There are lots of items wanting to find their owners! Please contact Jen Crowell at jcrowell@marinerscs.org for more information. 
happybirthdayHappy Birthday & Spirit Rock Fun!
Happy Birthday Matteo. You're officially a teenager! Looks like you have some awesome character qualities. Wishing you everything good during your teenage years! May God bless you and your sister.

 If you would like to share your rock design and special person in E-News, please email a photo to nenglish@marinerscs.org.  Thank you!

April

Heather Harrison 4/3
Paulette Seaman 4/7
Morgan Knight 4/11
Lisa Bahadoor 4/12
Chris Carpenter 4/16
Susan Conners 4/26
Natalie English 4/26


May

Terri Rodriguez 5/5
Christina Vanian 5/8
Polly Ernst 5/14
Brian Jones 5/20
Julie Hellriegel 5/26
Pax Pulido 5/28
Reggie Biancalani 5/29
Desiree Alford 5/31
Talene Campbell 5/31




This list is provided to you by our Parent Teacher Fellowship.
middleschoolenewsMiddle School E-Newsletter

  H I S
"The earth is [ His]  and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1 NIV
04.18.19
Middle School Spiritual Emphasis Week

Look for an overview of Spiritual Emphasis Week in the 5/3 E-Newsletter.
S ixth Grade Luau

Look for a luau photo gallery in the next E-Newsletter.
All-MCS Alumni Chapel w/Middle School: Monday (4/29)
Be sure to share the word with your MCS Alumni friends and family members about our upcoming All MCS Alumni Chapel.  For all the details and contact information, click here.
It's PTF Spirit Wear Day - Friday, May 3rd
To celebrate the fun of being an MCS Lion, our Parent Teacher Fellowship (PTF) will be serving a special treat to all students during the lunch periods. See the super Spirit Wear Sale information above to stock up at a great price! 

Dress for students that day is either Spirit Wear or MCS uniform, with the exception of our amazing TK students who will be dressed for their special Safari Day adventures. It is not a free dress day. 
Middle School Terra Nova Testing May 7th & 9th
Save the date! All middle school students will participate in Terra Nova testing on Tuesday, May 7th, and Thursday, May 9th. 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!
MCS Open House - Thursday, May 9th
Middle School (and Elementary) Early Dismissal Friday, May 10th
Middle School Dismissed at 12:30PM - Regular Uniform Dress Day:
May 10th is a half day of school for middle school as well, but they are not involved in Grandparents/Special Friend day. As much as possible, early check-outs of middle school students should be avoided. In the event that a middle school student will be checked out by your elementary student's guests, they will need to be checked out at the front office downstairs. If a middle school student will be checked out early, it would be helpful and appreciated to pre-arrange the early dismissal by contacting Robin Walker in the middle school office at rwalker@marinerscs.org . When emailing, please include the student name as well as the name of the adult that will be checking the student out. All middle school students will be dismissed at 12:30 p.m. and will walk through carpool in the field area as usual. Cars will be dismissed at 12:40 p.m.
 
Elementary Dismissed at 12:00 (school begins at 8:10 a.m. as usual):
Students may leave with their guest at 12:00 after checking out with their teacher. If your child is not leaving with his/her guest, parents are asked to park, come into the building, and pick up their student(s) from the classroom at 12:00. ASP will be available from 12:00 until 6:00 p.m. Please contact Mrs. Angie Nakamoto at anakamoto@marinerscs.org or ext. 153 if your child will need ASP care on May 10th.
Middle School Musical Production May 17th and 18th

Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts
Friday, May 17th, at 7PM and Saturday, May 18th, at 2PM & 7PM
Spring Dress Code Reminder
It's springtime - flowers are growing, trees are growing, and your children are growing! Unfortunately, their uniforms can't grow with them, which means the uniform that fit your student at the beginning of the year may no longer fit appropriately now. Please take a few moments this week with your student to make sure their uniforms fit well and still follow middle school dress code guidelines.

As a reminder, skirt hemlines should be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee, and pants must be full-length; no folded, shortened, or frayed pant legs.

In addition, given the unusual amount of rainy days we have been experiencing, please keep in mind that all students may wear rain jackets for the rain or MCS sweatshirts. Students may not wear fashion jackets (jean jackets etc.), and only 8th grade students may wear university or DC sweatshirts.

If you have any questions about uniform or dress code guidelines or how these policies are implemented, follow this link to the MS Uniform Guidelines page here, see our MS Uniform Reminders page here, or contact Mrs. Niles at kniles@marinerscs.org.
High School Information

Mater Dei High School: Please more information about entrance exam dates and admissions, click here.

Corona del Mar High SchoolIf you have questions, please contact Julie Rahmatulla at 949.515.6037.

Newport Harbor High School:  Contact 949.515.6300 if you have questions. 

Pacifica Christian High School:  Contact Sarah Parsons, Director of Admissions, with questions at sparsons@pacificaoc.org .
 
Early College High School: Questions, call 714.424.7990 for details. Located at:  2990 Mesa Verde Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.
 
Orange Lutheran High School: To view OLu's UPDATED AND UPCOMING Shadow Days , CLICK HERE. You are cordially invited to attend OLu's Spirit of Spring Concert featuring Jazz Band, String Ensemble, Orchestra and several Choirs. It will be held on Sunday, March 3rd, at 2PM, in the Alexandra Mechita Center for the Arts. An invitation to attend "Hairspray - The Broadway Musical" April 11, 12, 13, and 14. To purchase your tickets, visit: lhsoc.org/arts or call 714.282.4699.
 
JSerra Catholic High School: Questions, please contact Chris Harrington at charrington@jserra.org.

Crean Lutheran High School: Summer Youth Camps. Visit clshs.org/youthcamps for more information.   Contact Mrs. Tara Mathis at mathis@clshs.org or at 949.387.1199, ext. 2417.