"The earth is [ His]  and everything in it, the world, 
and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1 NIV
Table of Contents
  1. Illuminate
  2. Upcoming Events & Activities
  3. Elementary Highlights
  4. Happy Birthday and Spirit Rock Fun
  5. Middle School E-Newsletter 
MCS Hero of the Week
Congratulations to this week's Hero Chris Carpenter. We hope you enjoy your up-close parking spot. 
Chris Carpenter - Middle School Science Teacher: Mr. Carpenter is the whole package and everything a great teacher should be! I could go on and on about how awesome he is but I'll narrow it down to a few things. He makes learning fun, he is always striving to make his lessons better and more engaging without ever losing the integrity of the content. He is dedicated. Most days he is the first on campus and often gives his prep period to answers questions, review content, or help students struggling. He also gives up his lunch to offer great lunch clubs like the Frisbee Club and STEAM Team. He is compassionate and dedicated. He strives to make sure every student that comes into his classroom is seen, loved, and feels successful. He will do whatever is needed to help any student learn. Lastly, he is playful with a great sense of humor, something that is necessary with middle schoolers. If it's silly or crazy, creative or fun, look no further than Mr. C. He is able to make any lesson, activity, or spirit day competition off the charts! And, at the heart of all of that, Mr. C wants to learn and grow just like he wants his students to learn and grow. He seeks ways to be a better teacher, he is humble and teachable, and he is dedicated to being a life-long learner! And he is an all-around great team member! Mr. C is truly a hero to all of us.  
illuminateIlluminate 2019
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Bright Future Phase Two Construction Goal

Bright Future Phase Two!

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  • Middle School Share2Wear | April 9th and 10th
  • Middle School Band and Orchestra Concert | April 9th
  • Middle School What's4Lunch? Wednesday | April 10th
  • Dads Carpool, Fellowship & Prayer | Thursday, April 11th
  • 2nd & 3rd Grade Music Informance | April 11th
  • Elementary Spirit Day - College Gear | April 12th
  • Spring Celebration & Auction  | Friday, April 12th | Tickets on Sale Now
  • Half Day of School & ASP Closes at 3PM | April 12th
  • Imaginology | April 13th & 14th
  • Good Friday and Easter Break | April 19-26 (no ASP)
  • Alumni Chapel | April 29th
  • Middle School Terra Nova Testing | May 7th & 9th
  • Alice in Wonderland | May 17th & 18th (corrected)
Dads Carpool - Fellowship & Prayer - See you April 11th!
DADS! Join Us on Thursday morning, April 11th
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! 
April Late Start Lattes and Wear & Share Cancelled
Please note that we have canceled the April 9th and 10th Wear and Share as well as the April 10th Late Start Lattes with love. We will be focusing our time and talents on preparing for the Auction on Friday (4/12) but we  look forward to seeing you at our last Late Start Lattes with Love on May 8th and our Wear and Share on May 7th and May 8th. See you then! 
2nd & 3rd Grade Music Informance Thursday, April 11th
Parents and Grandparents Invited

Definition of informance (Oxford Dictionary): A performance intended to be both educational and entertaining; especially a musical concert which includes an informative talk about the piece or instruments being played.
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Elementary Spirit Day -COLLEGE GEAR- Friday (4/12)
In honor of March Madness, our upcoming  Elementary Spirit Day  theme will be  College Gear Day! Come dressed up in your favorite college gear and jeans on Friday, April 12th You may accessorize, but please leave any items at home that would be distracting during school hours such as foam fingers and pendants. 

Themed Dress Guidelines Reminders: Themed dress days are not free dress days. Hats appropriate to the theme are acceptable. No colored/dyed hair. Girls' shorts or skirts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee. All outfits must be neat, clean, modest, safe, and may not cause a distraction to the learning environment. Students must wear specified colors/theme, or the MCS uniform must be worn. 

Friday, April 12th: Half Day of School & ASP Closes at 3PM
Please note the afternoon carpool schedule for April 12th as follows:

*TK-K Dismissal/Carpool: Students dismissed at 11:55 & cars dismissed at 12:10
1st-3rd Dismissal/Carpool: Students dismissed at 12:00 & cars dismissed at 12:10
4th-8th Dismissal/Carpool: Students dismissed at 12:30 & cars dismissed at 12:40

*No front lot carpool for TK on Early Dismissal days. All carpools dismissed from the field area.

This will allow our staff and families extra time to prepare to attend the auction. We look forward to seeing everyone at the Spring Celebration and Auction.
Free Imaginology Event at the OC Fairgrounds
Saturday, April 13th, and Sunday, April 14th
MCS will have projects displayed by over 300 MCS students again at this year's Imaginology Fair.  Don't forget to stop by the MCS booth and say hello to our Maker Education Team, and our Admissions/Advancement team. To find us, visit the Information Booth. For more information about this STEAM event, visit: https://ocfair.com/imaginology/ 

Good Friday & Easter Break: April 19 - 26
No School & NO ASP: Good Friday (4/19) and April 22-26
silhouette of three crosses on a hill with a sunburst behind them
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.
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.
Save the Date:
Middle School Musical Production May 17th and 18th (corrected)

Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts
Friday, May 17th, at 7PM and Saturday, May 18th, at 2PM & 7PM
 elementaryhighlightsElementary Highlights 
2nd Grade Book Tasting
Parents enjoyed reading reviews their child wrote about their favorite books and characters at this week's 2nd Grade Book Tasting event.
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 Skyler. Love your rock presentation!  Great job! Such a darling panda bear rock Charlotte - have a magical birthday! May God bless you both.

 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!


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


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.
MCS Girl Scout Troop in the Community
The MCS Brownie Troop earned their Community Gardening badge at Rogers Gardens this week. Great job girls.
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
Lion Pride Awards Chapel
Monday's chapel was a special opportunity to recognize students for Christ-like character through the third quarter Lion Pride Awards. The students honored were nominated by their homeroom teacher then confirmed by the entire middle school staff as individuals who represent the qualities and characteristics of a GROWING DISCIPLE (6th grade), the BEATITUDES (7th grade), or LEADERSHIP (the Joshua Award, 8th grade). Congratulations to the following students:

8th Grade: Leadership
7th Grade: Beatitudes
6th Grade: Growing Disciple

Charlie Chambers
Andrew Capron
Aidan Rieke
Andrew Sutherland
Peter Read
Sergio Maggette
Lauren Hseih
Declan McDonald
Dylan Gallagher
Jack Burton
Sara Read
Lucy Stewart
MCS Cinematic Art visit Universal Studios
MCS Cinematic Arts Universal Studios Field Trip 2019
Video highlights of this week's Cinematic Arts Field Trip to Universal Studios.
Middle School Spiritual Emphasis Week 2019
Intro to Spiritual Emphasis Week 2019
Spiritual Emphasis Week will span across five days beginning Monday, April 8th and continuing Monday, April 15-18. We are excited to see how God will move in us and through us during this time as we learn more about Jesus. 

For more detailed information about the week including the first ever "UNPLUG to PLUG IN Week" that will accompany Spiritual Emphasis, click here
Share2Wear: Share Tuesday (4/9) 
and Wear "Free Dress" Wednesday (4/10)

Next week is our April Share2Wear!  This month we are coming alongside an alumni student who is seeking to make a difference and help people who have a desperate need.  MCS Alumni Taegan Choi is in pursuit to raise money to help a community in Fiji to have access to clean water.  We see this worthy cause, and we want to help!  So, on Tuesday, the s hare item is $5.  And on Wednesday,
your wear theme is Free Dress!!!!  Please see "Free Dress Guidelines" at this link.

Your money is going to a worthy cause AND you get Free Dress!!! Of course, all school dress code guidelines apply. And remember, only those who "share" on Tuesday can "wear" on Wednesday!
An Invitation to Our Middle School Band & Orchestra Concert on April 9th
Save the date and invite your extended family and friends to hear the amazing sounds of our Middle School Band and Orchestra on Tuesday, April 9th, at 6:30PM
Middle School What's4Lunch? Wednesday! April 10th
Our middle school April What's4Lunch? Wednesday is taking place on Wednesday, 4/10, and our vendor is Raising Cane's!!!  For $7 students will receive a meal that consists of 3 chicken strips, signature Raising Cane's sauce, French fries, a piece of Texas Toast, and a bottle of water.  As always, if your middle school student has a big appetite, you are welcome to order more than one meal for your student.  

All orders must be placed before midnight on Sunday, 4/7.  Late orders will not be accepted.

Please click the link to place your order: http://marinerscs.org/w4lw-april2019

*Special Note - If your student is participating in the 8th Grade Fountain Valley Basketball Tournament on Wed, 4/10, we will stop for Cane's on the way back to school from the tournament, so no need to purchase here.  If you have already purchased at this link and need to be reimbursed, please email pseaman@marinerscs.org
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.
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!
Save the Date:
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.