Congratulations to this week's Heroes Morgan Knight and Lynda Lynch. We hope you enjoy your up-close parking spot.
Morgan Knight: Middle School Science Teacher
It is hard to believe that Morgan has not yet received this award because Morgan is everyone's hero every week! Morgan is kind, dedicated and hard working. Morgan is passionate about science and about finding ways to help students develop their own love for science! Morgan deeply cares for her students and always has their best interests at heart - working hours after school and on weekends to make sure that she always gives her best. Morgan is the kind of teacher that any school would be delighted to have. We are blessed to have Morgan at MCS!
An Ode to Morgan Knight: Teacher Extraordinaire
Always up for trying new things, Morgan makes learning so fun.
Despite the size of her small class, she keeps students on the run
Dealing with those 6th graders! A wild and motley crew,
Making it look easy, each day feeling fresh and new.
Labs and projects, small and large, her kids are always engaged,
She does it all with flare and grace, her colleagues are just amazed.
Tucked away from middle school, an island among the tiny,
She does her best to please the 'littles', even when they are whiny.
She keeps her PLC afloat, their bow pointed straight downstream,
A level head, always well said, she humbly leads the science team.
Kindness and grace abound in her, she is full of affirmation,
Despite her dodging all the praise, she is truly a teacher sensation.
A woman of faith and warrior of prayer, she always points back to Him,
Her happy spirit is contagious, joy filled beyond the brim.
Not afraid to join the silliness, even dawning Geyser Girl hair,
Here's to Morgan, colleague and friends, teacher extraordinaire!
Lynda, you are such a sweet teacher who cares deeply for your students. You do an incredible job caring for your parents and take such good care of them to ensure you answer all of their questions and on-board them well to MCS. You also have a great sense of humor! Thank you for representing your grade by joining the math team and piloting envision. Thank you for all you do, you are loved!
Lynda Lynch is a wonderfully balanced teacher. She is very kind and loving to her cherubs and takes communication with her parents very seriously. They always feel heard and understood and that their feelings and opinions are highest in priority for her. She is also a teacher who constantly looks for opportunities to improve her craft. She is a hard worker who is constantly improving. Mindy Gatchell
Recent Bright Future Communication
from our MCS Board of Trustees Chair
To view the May 27, 2019 communication that was sent to our MCS Families from our MCS Board of Trustees Chair
click here. The communication includes Bright Future FAQs and approved calendars. Please note that all future calendar updates will be noted on our website calendar
at this link.
Thank You MCS Parent Volunteers
Our school rocks with the most incredible parent volunteers! Every day you bless our campus with loving support in a thousand ways. We hope you enjoy this Thank You Video that highlights just a few of the ways parents care for MCS! We send a loud heartfelt, "Thank You!!!" to each and every one who contributed to making this a super year for us all.
Thank You, PTF Board!
Billy Morris, MCS Dads; Jane An, Treasurer; Anna Jeffers, Events Coordinator; Jill Bangert, Events Coordinator; Dana Fiori, Room Mom Coordinator; Kelly Cefalia, Secretary; Robyn Gundlach, President; Adam Ah You, Treasurer and Spirit Wear Coordinator
Thank you to our amazing Parent Teacher Fellowship Board for creating MCS spirit and community fun for us all! You have supported our teachers, students, and families with HUGE hearts in a variety of ways. We appreciate your gift of time and service to our school. Check out the link to celebrate the PTF Year of Highlights. May He bless your summer!
3rd Grade Student/Parent Music Informational Meeting
Wednesday (6/5) Following Character Quality Awards
Please make special note that next week directly after 3rd grade Character Awards on June 5th, we will be inviting all 3rd grade students and parents to a special Music Informational Meeting to preview the three offerings through the musical ensemble program. Please join us in the Argyros Center to learn more about the process of selecting either choral, band, or orchestra for next school year. Mrs. Boler, Mr. Lucas, and Dr. Um will be showcasing the options and musical instruments so that students and parents can make informed decisions.
Final 2019 Uniform Wear & Share June 10th-14th Downstairs Patio
Last Day of School: Wednesday, June 12th - NO ASP
Please note that Wednesday, June 12th, is the last day of school and ASP will NOT be provided.
In The Know
New Law to Go Into Effect July 1, 2019
There have been recent changes to school entry immunization requirements that go into effect July 1, 2019. We are sharing these changes with you so that you may work with your child's healthcare provider to make sure your child is vaccinated (California Code of Regulations Title 17, Division 1, Chapter 4.) There has been the addition of a second Varicella vaccine requirement for entry into elementary school at Transitional Kindergarten (TK)/Kindergarten (K) and/or seventh grade, administered by a licensed California Healthcare Practitioner.
Grade Number of Doses Required of Each Immunization
3 Hep B
7th Grade Advancement
California schools are required by law to check the immunization records for all new student admissions at TK/Kindergarten through 12th grade and all students advancing to 7th grade before entry. Students meeting all immunization requirements will be unconditionally admitted to school. Students may also be unconditionally admitted if they have a permanent medical exception in accordance with Section 6051. Your child may receive the necessary vaccines from his/her primary care practitioner or pharmacy. It is important to get your child vaccinated early so there will be no issue with school entry. Please make sure you bring your child's vaccine record to the school so it may be on file. Should you have questions, please contact the MCS Health office or your child's health care provider.
Please remember to order Choice Lunch for your student(s) for June. Thanks so much!
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, June 14th. Please take a moment to look for your lost items periodically.
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
firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Special Extended Thru June 3: Get $150 Off Every Week
GET $150 OFF EVERY WEEK.
The countdown to Galileo summer camp is on! Our first camps kick off on June 3 and our remaining spots are filling fast. Don't miss your chance to sign up and save $150 on every camp week, through Hybe 3rd only.
Use promo code SAVE150 to save $150 per week at any Camp Galileo (pre-K - 5th grade) or Galileo Summer Quest (5th - 8th grade) location. Discount not applicable to previously purchased camp weeks. Combinable only with Refer A Friend and Multi-Session discounts. Discount expires at 11:59pm PST on June 3, 2019.
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 email@example.com.
Kid Entrepreneur Academy
If you are a parent of a kid (grades 5, 6, 7 or 8) who is interested in business or wants to be in business, then the
Kid Entrepreneur Academy (KEA) summer day camp is an essential learning activity. KEA helps kids develop the business skills that will make them smart, savvy and successful in all areas of their lives. If you are a parent of a teenager, please visit the
Teen Entrepreneur Academy. Kids are naturally creative, have amazing ideas, and are born risk-takers; all positive traits for creating successful businesses. At the Kid Entrepreneur Academy, we share skills and practical knowledge to facilitate your child's business journey.
Pre-Packaged 2019-2020 Grade Level School Supplies
shipped directly to your home (details coming soon)
We are happy to announce that pre-packaged MCS school supplies for 2019-2020 will be available to purchase online through School Tool Box. Please look for details coming your way in future e-Newsletters.
1st-3rd: Enter 11:50/students dismissed 12:00/cars dismissed 12:10
4th-7th: Enter 12:15/students dismissed 12:30/cars dismissed 12:40
8th Grade "Last Hurrah" to Knott's Berry Farm Details
for Friday, June 7th (permission slip due 6/3)
This event is the Class of 2019's final class field trip in which our 8th graders will celebrate the culmination of their MCS careers together at Knott's Berry Farm!
On Friday, June 7th, we will leave MCS together at 9:20AM and return at 5:00 pm.
1. Permission Slip (due 6/3):
Please read the details of the permission slip (2 pages) carefully before both you and your child sign your names.
Click here for permission slip.
Please staple the permission slip to your Signup Genius receipt (see below).
2. The cost is $48* per student,which covers the Knott's entrance fee and the bus transportation fee. To register and pay, visit: https://tinyurl.com/SignUpGenius8thLastHurrah. Attach a copy of the printed receipt to your signed permission slip as an indication of payment.
*If your student already has a Knott's Annual Pass, you may pay for transportation only.
Please select the "Transportation Only" option when purchasing, and he or she MUST bring their pass with them the day of the trip (tickets are pre-purchased so we will only be given what we have ordered in advance).
3. Class of 2019 T-Shirts Available to Purchase: There are a few Class of 2019 T-shirts available for purchase. Please email Ms. Seaman at firstname.lastname@example.org you are interested in purchasing one for the trip. You will see on the permission slip that if a student does not have a class T-shirt, they must wear a uniform shirt for this event.
Please do not hesitate to ask if you have any questions regarding this event. We are looking forward to a great day with our 8th graders at Knott's!
Paulette Seaman Student Life Director
P.S. Please note that June 7th is the confirmed date and was the original date after having been moved to 6/4 briefly.
NEW DATE! Friday, June 7th
8th Grade "Last Hurrah" to Knott's Berry Farm
See details above.
Monday, June 10th, 8:15AM
8th Grade Academic Awards by invitation only
8:15-9:30: Held in the MCS Argyros Center for Worship and Performing Arts: Please note that attendance at the Academic Awards Ceremony is by invitation only. Invitations sent Friday, May 10th, to parents of students receiving awards.
Monday, June 10th, 9:30AM
8th Grade Blessing
9:30-11:30: All parents attend and participate. Held at Mariners Christian School - locations TBA. Eighth grade students may leave with parents following the Blessing. View 8th Grade Blessing details below.
Monday, June 10th, 1:00-3:00PM
1:00-3:00PM: 8th Grade Graduation Rehearsal will be held at St. Andrew's Church: 600 St. Andrews Rd., Newport Beach
Tuesday, June 11th
NO SCHOOL for 8th Grade Only
There will be no school for 8th Grade only on Tuesday, June 11th.
Tuesday, June 11th, 12:45PM
"Class of 2019" Photo at St. Andrew's Church
12:45PM: 8th Grade Class of 2019 Photo at St. Andrew's Church: 600 St. Andrews Rd., Newport Beach
Tuesday, June 11th, 2:00PM
Graduation Ceremony at St. Andrew's Church
2:00PM: 8th Grade Graduation Ceremony at St. Andrew's Church: 600 St. Andrews Rd., Newport Beach
IMPORTANT - PLEASE NOTE:St. Andrew's has required that no leis be worn during the ceremony or inside the building. Leis must be given after the ceremony.
Graduation Day Dress
Boys: dress shirt (button down or straight collar), tie, dress pants (no jeans), and dress shoes.
Girls: skirt and blouse or dress and dress shoes. Please adhere to the MCS s
tandards of modesty. No casual attire please.
Gowns will be worn over clothing and will be given to each student the last week of school. Gowns must be returned directly following the ceremony.
Invitation for Families & Friends
Enclosed is an electronic invitation you can email (or print and mail) to your family and friends. There is a space for you to write in your child's name. If you would like color copies of this invitation, please feel free to pick up as many as you need from our receptionist.
DVD Order Form
If you would like to purchase an MCS Graduation Memory Video of the day's events, please complete the attached form and return to Mrs. Walker in the middle school office by Monday, June 3rd. Order forms are also available in the front lobby and in Mrs. Walker's office. Please contact Mrs. Niles at email@example.com if you have questions.
Photo Packages from Lifetouch Portraits
Also, Lifetouch Portraits will be our photographer for the "Class of 2019" photo and other key moments of the day such as capturing your son or daughter receiving his/her diploma. Shortly after graduation, you may view and order your portraits at: events.lifetouch.com (password: MCGRAD19). Photos will be available online for 90 days. After 90 days, a $10 late charge will apply.
8th Grade Blessing
Monday, June 10th
at Mariners Christian School
One of the sacred traditions of graduation week is the 8th Grade Blessing which will be held on Monday, June 10th, 9:30-11:30 a.m. at Mariners Christian School.
The 8th Grade Blessing is an opportunity for parents of graduates to speak words of affirmation over their child - acknowledging their character and excellence, encouraging them to follow God's plan during their upcoming high school years, and speaking God's promises into their future. We ask that only parents be present and that siblings and other family members celebrate at another time. If you are unable to attend, perhaps a grandparent, aunt/uncle, or family friend who has been an important part of your child's life would be willing to step in. If both you and your representative cannot attend, your child's homeroom teacher would be honored to read your written blessing to your child on your behalf. Simply write your words down and email them to Mrs. Walker at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The homeroom classes meet in separate rooms (click for location) with parents and students sitting in two circles. This is your time to bless your child in the presence of their peers. It is an opportunity to give them the gift of affirmation expressing a recognition and appreciation for who they are, separate from what they do. It is also an opportunity to communicate how proud you are of who they are becoming. You may want to read a meaningful scripture verse or other selection, pray for them, express your desires for their high school years, simply tell them how much you love them, and/or wish them Godspeed as they move on to the next chapter in their life. We do ask that you limit your time for sharing to 2-3 minutes.
This is a wonderful way to end the school year and to send our graduates into the future God has prepared for them. Please RSVP to Robin Walker at email@example.com or 714.437.1700, extension 157, by May 22nd that you (or someone else) will be attending and giving a blessing to your graduate. Thank you
Printable End-of-the-Year Schedule: June 3-12, 2019
REGISTER FOR LION ENGAGE Summer Program at JSerra: As we say goodbye to the Class of '19, we welcome future '24, '25, and '26 students to be a part of our summer program! Lion Engage allows young minds to get a firsthand look at what it's like to be a part of the many courses and programs we offer on campus. Lion Engage is comprised of programs such as Engineering, Business, Law, and Arts paired up with such courses as TV Broadcasting, Marine Biology, and Graphic Design. There is sure to be something for your middle school son or daughter to enjoy! Lion Engage takes place 8:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. from Monday 7/8 to Friday 7/12, Limited spaces are available for each course so be sure to sign up ASAP. Click here to get started!
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.