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 
03.21.19
Table of Contents
  1. From the Admissions Department
  2. Illuminate
  3. MCS in the Community
  4. Upcoming Events & Activities
  5. Elementary Highlights
  6. Happy Birthday and Spirit Rock Fun
  7. Middle School E-Newsletter 

John Hellriegel
MCS
Heroes of the Week



Sady Amend
 
Congratulations to this week's Heroes John and Sady. We hope you enjoy your up-close parking spot. 

John Hellriegel, Middle School Bible Teacher
A hero is someone you look up to. Someone who is faithful, consistent, and who responds to situations in a way that you would hope to under similar circumstances. A hero is someone who is not immune to struggles and hardships, but someone who admits that they need the help of the Holy Spirit, and then seeks His wisdom and guidance before acting. There is no surprise as to why God selected this humble, yet mighty hero to teach Bible to middle school students. John Hellriegel, year after year you equip our students with the Biblical and spiritual tools they need to impact those around them for His Kingdom. You answer the hard questions truthfully and without compromise. You model how to speak truth in love and how to use God's Word as a manual for everyday life. You are a gifted speaker and communicate in terms that help the students understand the high calling that has been placed on them. We only see a small amount of the fruit of your labor, but one day when you stand before God, you will see orchards full of fruit because you faithfully lived out your calling. You are a hero!

Sady Amend, 4th Grade Teacher
You are an incredibly talented instructional teacher who leads by example! Your hard work and dedication to your students, co-team, and elementary family is a true blessing! You have an incredible mind and ability to see exactly what your students need. We honor you and appreciate you!!! You are an incredible blessing to this school and the 4th grade team. You always go the extra mile and help us all to stay organized. You are the backbone of 4th grade and we appreciate you!! Sammy and Jen
illuminateIlluminate 2019
A Message from Justin Flom for MCS



inthecommunityMCS in the Community
Spirit Run 2019
Mariners Christian School was well-represented at this year's Spirit Run in Fashion Island. Thank you to everyone who came out to support our school and cheer on our runners. Look for sign up information in early 2020 to participate in next year's Spirit Run. A big thank you to MCS Mom Jen Awad for helping with this event.
Soccer6 35+ Gentlemen's League Headed Into Playoffs!
FC Lions (made up of MCS Dads) head into playoffs to defend their title as Champs  in the soccer6 35+ Gentlemen's League.   Good luck Dads!!
  • Elementary Trimester 2 Report Cards 
  • No School - All Students "Professional Development Day" | Friday, March 22nd
  • TK-7th Gr Yearbook Dedications | Due Friday, March 22nd
  • Elementary Musical Production | March 22nd and 23rd | Purchase Your Tickets
  • Pastors Breakfast & Chapel | March 25th
  • Dads Carpool, Fellowship & Prayers | Thursday, March 28th
  • K & 1st Music Informance | Thursday, March 28th
  • 4th-8th Gr "HIS" Photos | Submission due March 29th
  • Elementary Talent Show | Friday, April 5th
  • Middle School Band and Orchestra Concert | April 9th
  • Spring Celebration & Auction  | Friday, April 12th | Tickets on Sale Now
Elementary Trimester 2 Report Cards Communication

If you have not yet had the chance to read the letter from Mrs. Biancalani about 2nd Trimester Report Cards, please view it here. Thank you!
TK-7th Grade Yearbook Dedications Due March 22nd

It's that time of year again! You have the opportunity to honor your TK - 7th grade child with a dedication in our annual yearbook. The focus of the written dedication is to affirm, bless, and honor your MCS child.

Here are the details:
  • Each dedication costs $20 for 1/8th of a page
  • Words only, no photos (We save the photo dedications for when your child is graduating.)
  • There is a limit of 80 words for your dedication. Please proofread your submissions.
  • Billing for the dedication will be through FACTS at a later date.
Please note that there is limited space for dedications, so make sure to submit your dedication early to guarantee that it will be included. Submissions will be accepted until all available spots are purchased. The final deadline for submissions is March 22nd. If you wish to purchase a dedication, please send your 80 word submission to: yearbook@marinerscs.org.

Thank you in advance for helping to make this yearbook a blessing to our students. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at yearbook@marinerscs.org

In Him,
Sam Brooks and Sharee Pfaff  - MCS Yearbook Advisers
No School Day - Friday, March 22nd
Professional Development for Staff

There is no school on Friday, March 22nd, due to a staff Professional Development day. 

Don't forget to attend the School House Rock Live, Jr. production on Friday evening, March 22nd, at 6PM. Click here for Friday tickets. See below for more details.
Additional Parking for School House Rock Live, Jr.
March 22nd and 23rd

In order to accommodate parking for the March 22nd and 23rd Elementary Musical Production, we will open up the back field area. Please take a moment to read the guidelines if you have not already done so. View it here. Thank you!
Don't Miss Our First Ever Elementary Musical Production
Friday, March 22, 6PM & Saturday, March 23, 2PM & 6PM


Pastors Breakfast and Chapel This Monday, March 25th
We are looking forward to having our local church leaders join us for a chapel with our students this coming Monday, March 25. There is still time to hand deliver the invitation to the youth/children's pastor, small group leader, or church volunteer that makes a spiritual impact in their life. 

Please see the attached parent letter and downloadable copy of the invitation.
Dads Carpool - Fellowship & Prayer - See you March 28th!
DADS! Join Us on Thursday morning, March 28th
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!  Troy
K & 1st Grade Music Informance Thursday, March 28th
 

Following the informance, parents and guests are invited to stay for coffee and refreshments hosted by the advancement department.
4th-8th Grade "HIS" Photos: Submission by March 29th
The MCS Yearbook team is looking for photos that best display our theme of "HIS"! All students in grades 4th-8th are invited to submit a photo to yearbook@marinerscs.org. Here are the details:
  • Only one photo per person
  • You may have people in your photo, but clothing must follow school dress code and your must have their written permission
  • Photos must be original work by you
  • Editing is allowed
  • No picture taking during the school day
  • You may use a photo taken in the past
  • Pictures taken on a phone are accepted and must be in jpeg format
Students in the yearbook elective will be selecting the photos that best capture our theme of HIS. Selected photos will be displayed on a special page in the yearbook.

Click here for flyer.
An Invitation to Attend the 1st-5th Grade Elementary Talent Show April 5th at 6:00PM
We are looking forward to seeing our students shine for Him! Don't miss this fun, family event!

 elementaryhighlightsElementary Highlights 
Celebrating Community Impact

Thank you for your participation in our Thoughts From the Heart valentine grams sales! The proceeds were donated to help establish a community garden at The Shalimar Learning Center, and we are celebrating that it has been planted!
intheknowIn The Know
Change in Parking Availability for Parents

As always, the safety of our students is a high priority. To increase safety during morning drop-off, staff park will now park in our parking lot against the field. This will keep parents from pulling in and out of those spots (across the student path of travel) while students are arriving).

To compensate for this, staff will not park on Fischer Avenue along our property, leaving these spaces available for parents.

IMPORTANT REMINDER TO PARENTS: During morning drop off, please do not drop off students in the street or while parked on the street. You may park in the parking lot or you may park along Fischer Avenue, but you must accompany your student into the school. Parents must park and walk student(s) into school if you are not using the designated drop-off areas. There is NO STUDENT DROP OFF in parent parking areas. We cannot have students crossing the car path of travel without being accompanied by an adult.

Please see the enclosed diagram for details. If you have questions, please contact Keven Kroehler at kkroehler@marinerscs.org.  Thank you for your partnership.
Choice Lunch

Please remember to order Choice Lunch for your student(s) for March and April. 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, March 29th. 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 Izzy. Such a happy little rock design that you and your family painted.  Do you have a dog like this darling one? We wish you everything good and every good thing from God. 

 
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!

March

Jené Streeter 3/4
Angie Nakamoto 3/19
Bing Liu 3/21
Karri Meyer 3/21
Barbara O'Brian 3/24
Sara Lunsford 3/26
Kimberly Wilson 3/26
Rick Contreras 3/31

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




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
03.21.19
Middle School Chapel with Mrs. Niles
Coming on the heels of our family conversation with Mrs. Harrison last week, Mrs. Niles shared a Chapel message that gave practical methods of implementing the charge that was given by Mrs. Harrison to shift the culture of our campus. Mrs. Niles posed the question, "How do we stop stereotypes and avoid participating in gossip?"  The answer is simple, yet profound: "We get to know people." When we have an understanding of someone, where they come from, and what they are going through, it makes it much easier to see things from their perspective.  

When we hear an untruth or a negative word spoken about them, it's much easier to stand up on their behalf and denounce the untruth.  Mrs. Niles was the first to let others get to know her, as she led by example and shared about herself.  She opened up about some funny moments, some challenging moments, and some things she enjoys doing in her free time!  She encouraged the students to do the same, and be vulnerable with each other taking opportunities to get to know someone different. 
Share2Wear March

Thank you to every family who donated books for our March Share2Wear item.  We collected 540 books school-wide that go into the 2 "free little libraries" that are a Difference Maker project from a current 5th grade student!  It's amazing to see the ideas that God placed in our students' hearts come to fruition through the MCS Difference Maker Program!  All middle school students who shared a book got to dress up as one of their favorite childhood book characters!  Please enjoy the photos from our Share2Wear Day!

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.
Pastors Breakfast and Chapel This Monday, March 25th
We are looking forward to having our local church leaders join us for a chapel with our students this coming Monday, March 25. There is still time to hand deliver the invitation to the youth/children's pastor, small group leader, or church volunteer that makes a spiritual impact in their life. 

Please see the attached parent letter and downloadable copy of the invitation.
TK-7th Grade Yearbook Dedications Due March 22nd

It's that time of year again! You have the opportunity to honor your TK - 7th grade child with a dedication in our annual yearbook. The focus of the written dedication is to affirm, bless, and honor your MCS child.

Here are the details:
  • Each dedication costs $20 for 1/8th of a page
  • Words only, no photos (We save the photo dedications for when your child is graduating.)
  • There is a limit of 80 words for your dedication. Please proofread your submissions.
  • Billing for the dedication will be through FACTS at a later date.
Please note that there is limited space for dedications, so make sure to submit your dedication early to guarantee that it will be included. Submissions will be accepted until all available spots are purchased. The final deadline for submissions is March 22nd. If you wish to purchase a dedication, please send your 80 word submission to: yearbook@marinerscs.org.

Thank you in advance for helping to make this yearbook a blessing to our students. If you have any questions please feel free to email us at yearbook@marinerscs.org

In Him,
Sam Brooks and Sharee Pfaff  - MCS Yearbook Advisers
No School Day - Friday, March 22nd
Professional Development for Staff

There is no school on Friday, March 22nd, due to a staff Professional Development day. 

Don't forget to attend the School House Rock Live, Jr. production on Friday evening, March 22nd, at 6PM. Click here for Friday tickets. See below for more details.
4th-8th Grade "HIS" Photos: Submission by March 29th
The MCS Yearbook team is looking for photos that best display our theme of "HIS"! All students in grades 4th-8th are invited to submit a photo to yearbook@marinerscs.org. Here are the details:
  • Only one photo per person
  • You may have people in your photo, but clothing must follow school dress code and your must have their written permission
  • Photos must be original work by you
  • Editing is allowed
  • No picture taking during the school day
  • You may use a photo taken in the past
  • Pictures taken on a phone are accepted and must be in jpeg format
Students in the yearbook elective will be selecting the photos that best capture our theme of HIS. Selected photos will be displayed on a special page in the yearbook.

Click here for flyer.
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


High School Information

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

Corona del Mar High SchoolUpcoming Open House/Incoming 9th Grade Parent Night - ANOTHER DATE CHANGE:  New date is: Monday, March 25th at 5:30PM . If you have questions, please contact Julie Rahmatulla at 949.515.6037.

Newport Harbor High School:  New Sailor Families Invited (for incoming Freshmen) - Open House on Monday, March 25th , from 6:00-8:00PM in the Main Gym. Contact 949.515.6300 if you have questions.  Food Trucks in the parking lot between 4:00 and 8:00 PM. 

Pacifica Christian High School:  Click here to register for an upcoming Open House Event or schedule your visit here . 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.