"The earth is [ His]  and everything in it, the world, 
and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1 NIV
Table of Contents
  1. Board Candidates
  2. Upcoming Events & Activities
  3. Elementary Highlights
  4. Happy Birthday and Spirit Rock Fun
  5. Middle School E-Newsletter 
Board Candidates boardcandidates
Board Candidates Letter from MCS Board Vice Chair
Dear MCS Families:  

I am pleased to present Melinda Choi and David Giunta 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. Information regarding the Board is available on our website at the  "About MCS" section.

We believe Melinda and David will bring a wealth of experience to the Board that will help us fulfill our duties with faithfulness and excellence. However, before any candidate is approved for the Board, it is 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 me on or before May 13, 2019 at mcsboard@marinerscs.org if you have any feedback.


Brian Darrow
MCS Board Vice Chair
Nominating Committee Chair
Melinda Choi Biography

Danny and Melinda Choi have been married 22 years and have 5 children: Taegan (MCS Class of 2016), Zeke (MCS Class of 2019), Dylann (MCS Class of 2020), Bennett (MCS Class of 2022), and Nixon (MCS Class of 2025). They are deeply grateful their children attend MCS and consider it a gift to have them raised with a Christ-centered education. 

The Choi family enjoys spending time together, whether it be snuggling their Yorkies, Sugar and Spice, or exploring the amazing world God has created. Fiji has a special place in their hearts and they support the nation by working with Give Clean Water to provide sustainable clean water to rural villages. As a family, they attend the W Church in Newport Beach. 

As a couple, they have served as high school and college leaders as well as premarital counselors. Melinda has her BA in English from UCI and is passionate about mentoring young women and single mothers as they pursue Jesus with their whole hearts.  She loves her family and considers it her dream "job" to be a wife and mom. Melinda is humbled and honored to serve on the MCS Board. 
David Giunta Biography

David and Beth have been married for 18 years and have five children, including three at MCS: Kiana (MCS Class of 2020), Kamryn (MCS Class of 2022), and Micah (MCS Class of 2027). Their oldest daughter, Kayla, obtained her Master's in Occupational Therapy from USC and their oldest son, Dylan, attends CDMHS where he receives special education for Down Syndrome.

David earned a B.A. from Ohio University where he graduated cum laude in Accounting and Business Law. Beth graduated from San Diego State and received her Master's in Clinical Psychology from Azusa Pacific.

David commenced his career as a CPA auditing public companies with Arthur Andersen, the world's largest accounting firm in the world at the time. David parlayed this experience in the private sector by transitioning to full balance sheet financial advisement for high net worth individuals. Currently, David is the Managing Partner of BlackPlum Partners, a private wealth management and alternative investments company.

Outside of his career, David enjoys spending time with his family and pursuing philanthropic initiatives. David serves on the Board of Directors for the Down Syndrome Foundation of Orange County, a cause that is close to his heart. David and Beth have been ardent advocates for the integration and mainstreaming of children with special needs.

David also serves on the MCS Finance Committee and is eager to serve on the Board of Trustees. David is passionate to serve the Lord in the capacity of a Board member. He hopes to use his testimony, his experience as a parent at MCS for the past eight years, and his financial and business acumen to serve the school with humility and in any way that God wants to use him to help maintain and strengthen the spiritual core and academic excellence that set MCS apart.

The Giunta family regularly attends Watermark Church, a Mariners Church plant started by Pastor Bucky  Dennis. They reside in the One Ford Road community of Newport Beach.
  • 3rd-6th Grade Pilot Cup After School Practices | May 13-24
  • Dads Carpool - Fellowship & Prayer | May 16th
  • Alice in Wonderland | May 17th & 18th 
  • Middle School What's4Lunch? | May 22nd
  • Auction Teacher of the Day | May 22nd
  • 5th Grade Parent Meeting | May 23rd
  • 4th & 5th Grade Music Concert | May 23rd
  • Magician Justin Flom at MCS | Saturday May 25th
  • Memorial Day - No School | May 27th
3rd-6th Gr Pilot Cup After School Practices

May 13-24: After School Practices

    • Girls: Monday & Wednesday
    • Boys: Tuesday and Thursday
May 28 - Jun 2: Daily Pilot Cup Tournament

Coaches needed!  Please  contact Coach Thompson at  mthompson@marinerscs.org .
Dads Carpool - Fellowship & Prayer - See you May 16th!
DADS! Join Us on Thursday morning, May 16th
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! 
Middle School Musical Production May 17th and 18th 
Auction Teacher of the Day - NOW Wednesday, May 22nd

To the families whose students will be Teachers of the Day: This is just a follow-up reminder that Teacher of the Day has been moved to Wednesday, May 22nd. Please contact Lisa Bahadoor at lbahadoor@marinerscs.org if you have questions about the day.
5th Grade Parent Meeting "Transition to Middle School" 
Thursday, May 23rd, at 8:15AM
You are invited to a 5th Grade Parent Meeting on Thursday (5/23), at 8:15AM in the Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts. The discussion will provide parents with important information regarding the transition from 5th grade to middle school. 

A thorough presentation from Mrs. Harrison and some of our amazing middle school teachers will be provided followed by an opportunity to have all of your questions answered. 

Please contact Robin Walker in the middle school office at rwalker@marinerscs.org if you have any questions. Thank you!
4th and 5th Grade Music Concert - Thursday, May 23rd
The MCS community is invited to come out and hear our fabulous 4th and 5th grade musicians at 6:30PM on Thursday, May 23rd, in the Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts.
A Fun Memorial Day Weekend Event!
Magician Justin Flom at MCS - Saturday, May 25
Justin Flom Promo: May 25th Mariners Christian School
A Message from Justin Flom:  Purchase your tickets at the front desk or online at: http://transparentproductions.com/events/justin-flom
MCS Argyros Center for Worship & Performing Arts
Please forward this link to your family, friends, & church community: TransparentProductions.com/Events/Justin-Flom
Memorial Day, Monday, May 27th - No School

There will be no school on Monday, May 27th, in honor of Memorial Day.
elementaryhighlightsElementary Highlights
Elementary Color Dress Day
Greetings from your Elementary Students
Greetings from your Elementary Students
TK Safari Day
Welcome to the Jungle!  The 5th Annual Safari Day is the culmination event of a thematic unit in which the children study the habitat of the rainforest and the creatures that reside there. Our TK students have had fun learning about the rainforest through song, arts and crafts, literature both non-fiction and fiction, videos of animals in the wild, and engaging emergent writing activities to enhance their learning.  It is fascinating to see how God perfectly designed each animal for their habitat and equipped them with special features to survive in the jungle.  

For the past month, the two Transitional Kindergarten classrooms have literally transformed into a jungle.  On Safari Day, students and TK parents are invited to go on a hunt to locate the escaped animals. They quietly scour the campus with binoculars in full safari attire to find the creatures.  Then they share facts they have learned about each animal.  The day also includes a visit from Prehistoric Pets!  They bring in safari reptiles and creatures for students to learn about and even touch. The day concludes with a safari feast sampling all sorts of Amazon food: gorilla munch, kiwis, banana chips, coconut water and much more! This event has become a well-loved tradition at MCS that students eagerly anticipate and one that surely will be remembered for years to come!
intheknowIn The Know
Choice Lunch

Please remember to order Choice Lunch for your student(s) for May and June. 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, May 31st. 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. 
Special Summer Offer for MCS Families from Galileo

Hello, MCS families!

Galileo is thrilled to announce our brand new School Rewards program. Through May 31st, Galileo will donate $25 to Mariners Christian School for every family that enrolls at Camp Galileo or Galileo Summer Quest. Plus, you'll get $50 off camp with  code SCHOOLREWARDS

This special partnership opportunity ends May 31st-learn more and enroll today:   https://galileo-camps.com/details/pricing/promotions/school-rewards/

The Galileo Team
Camp Kick It! June 17th-20th: 9:00AM - 12:00PM 
Join us this summer for Camp Kick It June 17th-20th from 9AM-12PM, For ages 4-11. The cost is $165. For all the details and to sign up, visit: www.campkickit.com. Questions, contact Mac Thompson at mthompson@marinerscs.org.

happybirthdayHappy Birthday & Spirit Rock Fun!


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


Heart made of sea shells and the starfish lying on a beach sand summer background
Judy Bagby 6/3
Chris Spurgin 6/7
Katie Niles 6/8
Ali Bray 6/15
Chelsea Dogterom 6/22
Eric Choi 6/26
Kristine McCarty 6/29

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
Middle School Talent Show
Some of our middle school students' God-given talents were on display Monday morning in our annual Middle School Talent Show!  We are so proud of the students who courageously stepped on stage in front of their peers and let their talents shine! A special thank you to our host Mr. Jones and our 8th grade emcees Luke Ianni, Hudson Wooton, and Charlie Chambers!  Check our middle school Instagram page for more footage @mcs_middleschool_lyfe.
OC Marathon
MCS ASB students represented our school and our Savior well last Sunday morning, as they sacrificed to be at the OC Marathon at 5:00 am to serve the marathon runners!  The students wrote encouraging messages and scriptures using chalk on the ground and making signs to be held up as the runners passed by.  They also handed out cups of water to hundreds of runners, as our water station was the halfway mark to the finish line!  It was a morning full of encouraging, dancing, cheering, and spreading joy...and our students were honored to do so!  Shout out to our favorite runner who passed us, Mrs. Sanita!!!
Mary Fila Classic Volleyball Tournament
In keeping with tradition, we saved our favorite middle school homeroom competition for last...The Annual Mary Fila Classic Volleyball Tournament!  This tournament was named in honor of the beloved 8th grade retired Science Teacher who won the tournament 6 years straight in an undefeated reign.  Congratulations to our 6th grade champs - Ms. Green's Class, our 7th grade champs - Mrs. Johnston's Class, and our 8th grade champs - Mrs. Thurston's Class!  The 8th graders won the playoff round Thursday at lunch, so they will take on the middle school faculty and staff at lunch on Tuesday, 5/21, in what surely will be a battle until the final point!  Stay tuned for the results of that game!

3rd-6th Gr Pilot Cup After School Practices

May 13-24: After School Practices

    • Girls: Monday & Wednesday
    • Boys: Tuesday and Thursday
May 28 - Jun 2: Daily Pilot Cup Tournament

Coaches needed!  Please  contact Coach Thompson at  mthompson@marinerscs.org .
Middle School Musical Production May 17th and 18th 
What's4Lunch? Wednesday, May 22nd (orders due 5/19)
In our final What's4Lunch Wednesday of this year, we are pleased to offer House of Yogurt as our vendor! On Wednesday, 5/22, you bring your lunch, and we'll provide the dessert!!! For $6, students will select from any one of the following 6 flavors: Ghiradelli Chocolate, Vanilla, Salted Caramel, Mint Oreo, Tart, Passion Orange Guava.

Students will be able to select from an unlimited toppings table to add to their treat! Please click the link to place your order: http://marinerscs.org/w4lw-may2019. All orders must be placed before Sunday, 5/19. at midnight. Late orders will not be accepted.

Eighth Grade
End-of-the-Year Information
8th Grade Parents:  To view the letter that was sent this week from Mrs Harrison with details about the end of the year schedule for 8th grade, click here.
Pacifica Christian H.S. Informational Coffee for MCS Middle School Parents - Monday, May 20th, at 8:30AM

You are invited to a special Pacifica Christian High School informational coffee hosted by Ali Bray and Michelle Vail! Come and hear from Pacifica Christian's Head of School, David O'Neil, and Director of Admissions, Sarah Parsons, as they share about the mission and vision of Pacifica Christian High School specifically to our MCS middle school parents. 

This will take place on Monday, May 20th, at 8:30AM at the Vail home! RSVP to Ali Bray ( alibray@mac.com) or Michelle Vail ( michellevail21@icloud.com).
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.