"The earth is [ His]  and everything in it, the world, 
and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1 NIV
Merry Christmas from Your MCS Family

Thank you to 7th grade student Elise Breed for providing the beautiful artwork for this year's MCS Christmas Card.  We wish you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Table of Contents
  1. 100% for HIS Bright Future
  2. From the Admissions Department
  3. Upcoming Events & Activities 
  4. Elementary Highlights
  5. January 2019
  6. February 2019
  7. March 2019
  8. April 2019
  9. Happy Birthday and Spirit Rock Fun
  10. Middle School E-Newsletter 
100% for HIS Bright Future
Thank You for Your Participation! JUST 10 DAYS LEFT to Reach 80% Participation for a Student/Staff In-N-Out Bash
Let's reach 80% family participation by 12.31.18 so that all MCS students and staff can enjoy an All-School In-N-Out Burger Bash
, underwritten by a generous alumni parent.

For details, please view the recent letter from our MCS Board of Trustees,  at this link..

AS OF DECEMBER 20, 2018 - Thank You!
From the Admissions Department
Sibling Applications for 2019-2010 OPEN!
Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 school year for siblings of current MCS students! We give priority to our current families applying for new siblings, and space is most limited in TK, Kindergarten, and 7th grade. Apply today! Please contact Ashlee Cowell acowell@marinerscs.org or Gisela Roufs groufs@marinerscs.org in the Admissions Department with any questions.
Preview Night for Prospective Parents January 17th
Thursday, January 17th, is our Preview Night for prospective parents. We invite you (our current parents) to share the enclosed invitation flyer with your friends and family who are  interested in quality Christian education. Thank you!
Join Us for "A Charlie Brown Christmas" December 21st at 9AM

Half Day of School Friday, December 21 (No ASP/TK Care)
Please note that Friday, December 21, is a half day of school and there is no ASP or TK care.
Half Day Dismissal Schedule:
*TK-K: Students dismissed at 11:55 & cars dismissed at 12:10
1st-3rd: Students dismissed at 12:00 & cars dismissed at 12:10
4th-8th: 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.
Christmas Break: No School December 24th-January 4th

School will be closed December 24th through January 4th as we celebrate the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

School will resume on Monday, January 7th.
Elementary Highlights
Merry Christmas from our Elementary Principal and Dean

Wishing you and your family a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year!

january2019January 2019
An Invitation for MCS Parents
MCS Parents are invited to stop by the front lobby for Starbucks coffee, morning treats, and fellowship. The dates are 1/9, 2/13, 3/13, 4/10, and 5/8. Hosted by the MCS Advancement Department, we hope to have a cup of coffee with you!
Uniform Wear and Share January 8th and 9th

Elementary Parent Meeting for Upcoming Production
January 11th
If your student is interested in auditioning for the upcoming and first-ever Elementary Production "School House Rock Live!, Jr.," please attend the parent meeting on Friday, January 11th, at 2PM. Location TBD. We look forward to sharing all about this unique opportunity for our K-5th grade students with you.
Bingo Night January 25th, 2019

Save the Date: TK-6th Grade Daddy Daughter Dance
Elementary MIA Presents "School House Rock Live! Jr." March 22 & 23
Click here for the announcement that was sent this week from our Elementary Principal.
Save the Date: Elementary Talent Show

Save the Date: Spring Celebration and Auction

If you are interested in being part of the 2019 Auction Volunteer Team, please email Barbara O'Brian at bobrian@marinerscs.org. This is a great opportunity to be part of one of our biggest fundraisers of the year and is also a great way to get to know fellow MCS Parents.
intheknowIn The Know
Choice Lunch

Please remember to order Choice Lunch for your student(s) for December and January. 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 Friday, December 21st. 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!


Leilen Shelton 12/8
Christopher Lucas 12/10
Gisela Roufs 12/12
Natasha Lomakin 12/15
Sady Amend 12/28
Crystal Willis 12/30


snowflake-cookies.jpg Robin Walker 1/1
Sue Celek 1/2
Keven Kroehler 1/3
Troy Moore 1/5
Vanessa Gentry 1/11
Mirranda Parks 1/11
Jennifer Crowell 1/12
Kristin Knecth 1/12
Dianne McVay 1/16
Melissa Pena 1/18
Lynda Lynch 1/21
Allison Skelly 1/22
Kelly Han 1/24
Trang Nguyen 1/31

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
Chapel Recap
Mr. Pax stepped out from behind the sound booth this week to share a message of encouragement with our students. He spoke of a time that he felt desperate, hopeless, and unseen by God. He got to the point of asking God, "Don't you even care that I'm going through this pain?" He related that time in his life to what the disciples were feeling in Mark 4:35-41, when they got caught in an intense storm in the Sea of Galilee. The disciples thought they were going to die in that storm, meanwhile Jesus was sleeping through it, fully at peace. When the disciples awakened Jesus, He didn't understand their panic. He commanded the wind to be still, which immediately brought the storm to a full stop. THIS is the God we serve! He sees the future and knows the important plans He has in store for us, and He stays calm when it seems like chaos is abounding.  

Through the power of the Holy Spirit, He will bring us through the storms we are facing right now. In Him is where our hope and future lie!
Christmas Dodgeball Tournament
The Annual Christmas Dodgeball Tournament took place this week, and Homeroom Pride was on the line! There were many intense battles including diving saves, jailbreaks, tie-breakers! Congratulations to the following Homerooms who took the Dodgeball Championship Trophy back to their homeroom for this year:

6th Grade - Ms. Green's Homeroom
7th Grade - Mrs. Liu's Homeroom
8th Grade - Mr. Spurgin's Homeroom

Middle School Door Decorating
The theme for this year's Annual Middle School Christmas Door Decorating Contest is Christmas Songs!  Each homeroom drew a song and then brought that song's theme to life on their door.  The judging criteria is 2-fold: 1) Best representation of the song on the door, and 2) most creative use of items on the door.  The hallways are looking very festive, and the winners will be announced Friday morning before we leave for Christmas Break.  Check our Instagram page @mcs_middleschool_lyfe to see which homerooms are crowned victorious!
HSPT Private School Entrance Exam Review Sessions
We are offering four review sessions to help our MCS students prepare for private school entrance exams, specifically the High School Placement Test (HSPT) and the Independent School Entrance Exam (ISEE). Math and English will be reviewed in each session. All four sessions will be different, so we recommend you attend all four. Students are encouraged to purchase the HSPT or ISEE test books available at Barnes and Nobel or online. Any version of the HSPT or ISEE test book is fine. Please have your child bring the book to each session.

Students may attend any or all of the following sessions:

Wednesday, January 9th (3:00-4:30pm)

Location: Meet in Mrs. Thurston's room at the start of each session

The sessions are long, but are designed to allow review of both Math and English. We will also provide a short snack break. These sessions should provide a good stretching of our students' "test endurance." Generally, entrance exam testing periods are three to fours hours in length. Most middle school students are not used to sitting and testing for so long!

All four sessions are included in the $40 fee. Your FACTS account will be billed after the first session you attend.

Please RSVP to tthurston@marinerscs.org if your child will be attending any sessions.

***Please let us know if you'd like to donate snack items for these review sessions. It would be much appreciated by the hungry students.

High School Information

Corona del Mar High School: Prospective Parent Night for parents who are looking for an option for the 2019-20 school year. Held on Tuesday, December 11, at 6:00PM in the CDM Learning Resource Center. If you have questions, please contact Julie Rahmatulla at 949.515.6037.

Newport Harbor High School: Tours of NHHS will be held on Wednesday, December 12th, 12:00-11:30AM, and on Thursday, January 17th, 10:00-11:30AM. All 8th graders and parents are welcome! No reservation necessary. Questions? Please contact Diana Long at dlong@nmusd.us or 949.646.1556, ext. 1

Pacifica Christian High School: Contact Sarah Parsons, Director of Admissions, with questions at sparsons@pacificaoc.org.

Early College High School: ECHS Information Night will be held on January 30, 2019 from 6:30-7:30PM in the multi-purpose room.  Call 714.424.7990 for details. Located at:  2990 Mesa Verde Drive, Costa Mesa, CA 92626.

Orange Lutheran High School: Click here for important Admissions Dates including Prospective Student Open House on October 24th. Mariners Shadow Day click.

JSerra Catholic High School: Athletic Open House on Monday, November 5th, from 6:30-8:00PM. Questions, please contact Chris Harrington at charrington@jserra.org.

Crean Lutheran High School  - UPCOMING EVENTS December and January:  Prospective students and families are cordially invited to attend these upcoming December and January events.Questions, please contact Mrs. Tara Mathis at mathis@clshs.org .