Congratulations to this week's Hero Chris Lucas. We hope you enjoy your up-close parking spot.
Two Words - ABOVE AND BEYOND - that is Chris Lucas (MCS Band Teacher):In every way he goes above and beyond from the time, heart, and discipleship he pours into every student, to leading our school - elementary and middle school - into worship, to building a rocking band, to lugging equipment and students off campus for class, to being the king of flexibility, to maintaining a positive spirit no matter what. I don't think many others can match his resiliency or willingness. He is the definition of a passionate servant leader and he is Spirit filled on top of it! We are blessed above and beyond with Chris on the Team!
There are a plethora of words that describe CHRIS LUCAS, but let's take the opportunity to highlight a few:
ANNOINTED - This man loves Jesus with every ounce of his being and uses his gifts and talents to glorify God and advance the Kingdom. He is Holy Spirit led in everything he does, and boldly pursues where God is calling him.
PASSIONATE - You only have to see him worship to see his passion for Jesus! Chris pours himself into his students, his programs, and his purpose at MCS. He sees our students and empowers them in their giftings, encouraging them to step out and take ownership of their faith.
MENTOR - It's such a blessing to see Chris live out his calling everywhere he goes. What he teaches our students goes so far beyond music..it's more of discipleship training. For evidence of his mentorship, just look at how many of our alumni are leading worship in their local circles.
TEAM PLAYER - He is ALL IN ...ALL THE TIME! He is a contributor, he is flexible, he is encouraging, and he makes everyone around him better. He constantly goes out of his way for the betterment of others. A perfect example is his willingness to fill the need for male chaperones in Pine Valley (those students are so blessed to have him there!).
HUMBLE - The only way to know how talented this outstanding musician is, you would have to watch him live his life...because he is too humble to talk about it!
HERO - He embodies the definition of HERO: "A person who is admired for courage, outstanding achievements, or noble qualities."
LifeChanger of the Year Nominee Mrs. Heather Harrison
Dear MCS Community,
We have an awesome opportunity to support one of our own Life Changers Mrs. Heather Harrison, our
Middle School Principal. Mrs. Harrison has been nominated by one of our parents as "LifeChanger of the Year" https://www.lifechangeroftheyear.com/. Of course we all know how deserving she is of this nomination.....but we want #LCOY to know as well! We invite you to share your Middle School Principal -Mrs. Harrison- story as follows:
3. add your name and email and share your Heather Harrison - Life Changer story.
Taken from the LifeChanger of the Year website:
"All comments are taken into consideration by the selection committee when determining winners! The LifeChanger Spirit Award will be given to the nominee whose community demonstrates the most support for his or her nomination."
You can also help us honor Mrs. Harrison (our LifeChanger nominee) on social media. Start by following LifeChanger of the Year on Facebook, Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram. Be sure to use the hashtag
Middle School What's4Lunch Orders Due | October 14th
SOCK-tober | October 15-19
Middle School Share Day | October 16th
Middle School Wear Day | October 17th
PTF Timree Christmas Fundraiser | Now through October 17th
8th Grade DC Photography Contest | October 19-26
MCS Grandparents and Veterans Invited to Salute to Veterans | November 12th
Happy SOCK-tober! OCTOBER 15-19
We are excited to kick off our first DIFFERENCE MAKER collection drive of the 2018-19 school year with a sock drive!
SOCKTOBER will launch in our Elementary School this Monday and run 10/15-10/19. We are asking all MCS students to donate a pair or package of new or gently used socks (adult size) to help bless the homeless.
HOW WILL THIS WORK? -Each homeroom class will have their own "Difference Maker Collection Box."
-Students will drop their socks in the box after they enter their class in the morning.
-Elementary students can bring their sock donations anytime next week (10/15-10/19)!
Thank you for your help with empowering our students to be DIFFERENCE MAKERS FOR HIS KINGDOM!!! Speaking of Difference Makers, we would like to introduce you to a team of elementary and middle school students who were selected to lead a Difference Maker project that is going to empower all of our MCS students to help care for the homeless here in our community.
They will lead 2 all school drives (SOCK-tober in October and the Fall Food Drive in November) that will serve to help us collect the items needed for this project. The Food Drive will also bless Project Giving Light's food pantry at Skyview Elementary. Stay tuned for more details on their project.
Jacob Good, Trenton Plate', Sutton Harrington, Sara Read
PTF Timree Christmas Catalogue Fundraiser Ends this Wednesday, October 17th
The PTF Timree Christmas Catalogue Fundraiser runs through Wednesday, October 17. Take a minute to see all the colorful gift ideas for young and old on your Christmas list, including the special MCS 2018 Ornament with our HIS theme verse for your family Christmas tree!
Orders may be turned in to the Christmas Box at the front desk, or sent with your child. More
catalogues and order forms are available at the front desk.
For more information, contact
Heather Motichko, PTF Coordinator, at
email@example.com. Thank you for supporting PTF in this fun way!
An Invitation for MCS Grandparents and Veterans - Parents Please Forward and/or Hand Deliver a Copy
MCS Grandparents and Veterans
are cordially invited to the
MCS Salute to Veterans
Monday, November 12, 2018
Dear MCS Parents,
On Monday, November 12th, Mariners Christian School will host our annual "Salute to Veterans" event
honoring MCS Grandparents and Veterans.
We extend a special invitation to MCS Parents and Alumni who have served or who are currently serving in the military (spouses are welcome to join in the festivities). Due to space limitations, this event is not open to MCS Parents, except those mentioned above. The event will be available to view via Livestream. We will forward the link to you a few days prior to the event.
Monday, November 12, is a regular full day of school for grades TK-8th. Student dress for November 12th is Regular School Uniform or Girl/Boy Scout Uniform.
The primary reason for this email is to ask you, our parents, to forward (or hand deliver) the
enclosed invitation to your students' Grandparents and remind them of the following:
Parking:The front lot near the school entrance is designated for guests with special needs. Parking for everyone is available at the far end of the front lot, the playground blacktop, and on the street at Fischer and Airway Avenues.
Event Details: The event begins at 9:00 a.m. with a light breakfast and welcome on our new Middle School Patio behind the gym. At 10:30 a.m. our students join our guests in an assembly room for a special Veterans Day tribute which includes a guest speaker, music, and a special focus.
Please Note: Students will return to their classroom following the program as this is a regular full day of instruction.
All parents are warmly welcome to join Parents in Prayer on Monday weekly at 8:15AM in the ASP Room to pray for our school community. Please contact Kristen Derbyshire at
firstname.lastname@example.org if you have questions.
Celebrating Transitional Kindergarten
Unplanned TK Teacher matching day.
Honoring our Specialists
A big thank you to our Parent Teacher Fellowship volunteers for providing an opportunity for our students to honor our Specialist Teachers on their Birthday this year! We hope you had a wonderful Birthday Mrs. Sanita.
In The Know
Please remember to order Choice Lunch for your student(s) for September and October. Thanks so much!
Lost and Found Donated to Wear & Share Monthly
Lost and Found will be donated to Wear and Share the last school day of every month at 3:30PM. Please have your students check for their belongings before that time.
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
email@example.com for more information.
Early Pick-Up - Important Procedure
Please email the school no later than 12PM if you plan to pick up your child(ren) before regular dismissal due to a necessary appointment. Students may not be checked out between 2:20-2:35 (for K-3) and 2:40-2:55 (for 4th-8th), without pre-arrangement.
If you would like to share your special rock design and person in E-News, please forward your photo to
Middle 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 Chapel with Our Very Own Mr. Brown
During Monday's 6th and 7th grade chapel on the field, our students were blessed to hear from our very own math teacher, Mr. Brown, about what it means to love our enemies. After sharing about the many ways Jesus loved his enemies, Mr. Brown challenged the students to consider that since God is love, and they are children of God, they too should be loving because that is what children of God do. In homeroom, students were able to debrief together about what might keep them from loving their enemies and how to step out in love.
While the 6th and 7th graders were soaking in what it means to love our enemies, the 8th graders were in a DC Preparation Chapel, as they prepared their hearts and minds for what God purposes while they are in DC.
Middle School Only What's4Lunch? Wednesday (10/17)
(orders due before 11:45PM on Sunday (10/14)
Middle School Takeout Tuesdays have a new name and a new day! However, the concept remains the same! Once a month we will bring in an outside vendor to supply lunch for our middle school students who order in advance.
Our vendor for the month of October is Pick Up Stix, and our first What's4Lunch? Wednesday is coming up on Wednesday, 10/17!!!
Pick Up Stix is offering 2 delicious meal choices! Your child can choose from a House Chicken/white rice bowl or the gluten-free Emperor's Chicken/white rice bowl. All meals are complete with a fortune cookie, a piece of fruit, and bottle of water for a cost of $5.50.
Remember to send your receipt with your child on 10/17 for an expedited meal pick up!
Middle School Share2Wear - Happy SOCK-tober!
Share Day - Tuesday (10/16): Share Adult-Size Socks
Wear Day - Wednesday (10/17): Sports Attire
SOCK-tober will launch in our Elementary School on Monday and run 10/15-10/19.
Middle School students are going to participate in SOCK-tober with Share2Wear! They will
"share" a pair or package of new or gently used socks (adult size) on
Tuesday, October 16th, in order to
"wear" Support-A-Sport attire! The socks collected in the middle school will go with our 7th graders during their serve week to bless the homeless ministry at Lighthouse Church.
Any middle schooler who shares socks on Tuesday (10/16), will get to participate in our theme dress on Wednesday (10/17). For Support-A-Sport attire, students can choose to dress like a player or dress like a fan of their favorite sport! Students must have at least 2 items showing that they are participating in our theme. We hope to see jerseys, uniforms, hats, socks, sweatbands, scarves, eye black, and team colors represented everywhere! We hope our hallways look like a sports haven on Wednesday!
Thank you for your help with empowering our students to be DIFFERENCE MAKERS FOR HIS KINGDOM!!! Speaking of Difference Makers, we want to introduce you to the students who are working hard behind the scenes to collect the items needed for our MCS students to be empowered to intentionally care for the homeless in our community. We can't wait to share more about the project they will be leading over the next couple of months! Stay tuned for more details ...
Jacob Good, Trenton Plate', Sutton Harrington, Sara Read
Calling All 8th Graders! Annual DC Photography Contest
Calling all 8th graders!
The annual Washington, D.C. photography contest is taking place October 19-26, and photos are due by Monday, November 5.
Submission details will be posted on the 8th-grade Schoology homepage.
Winning photographs will be enlarged and on display for our Veterans Day Assembly on Monday, November 12.
You don't have to be in the photography elective to participate, so snap those photos! If you have questions, please contact Mrs. Thurston via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
All 3 Football Teams Have a Perfect Record Thus Far!
Families are invited to stay and cheer on our LIONS during their HOME GAMES:
All 3 of the MCS Boys Flag Football Teams go into the halfway point of the season with a perfect record. Great job boys and coaches!
THIS WEEK'S HOME GAMES
Monday (10/15) 3:15PM: 7th Grade Boys Football Game vs. Valley Christian
Tuesday (10/16) 3:15PM: 8th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Valley Christian
Wednesday (10/17) 3:15PM: 8th Grade Boys Football vs. Valley Christian
Thursday (10/18) 3:15PM: 7th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Valley Christian
Monday (10/22) 3:15PM: 6th Grade Girls Basketball vs. Calvary Costa Mesa
Monday (10/22) 3:15PM: 7th Grade Boys Football vs. Vineyard
Monday (10/22) TBA: 6th Grade Boys Football vs. Calvary Costa Mesa
To view the fall athletic schedules for all teams,
Middle School Schoology Fall Parent Workshop
This fall, MCS will be offering Schoology Fall Parent Workshops to go over the key features of Schoology for Middle School parents. These will be a great, small workshop for parents to learn more about how to use Schoology and answer any questions you may have! Specific dates will be announced at a later time.This Fall, MCS will be offering Schoology Fall Parent Workshops to go over the key features of Schoology for Middle School parents. We will cover how to:
* View your child's upcoming assignments and missing assignments
* View their grades
* View and use the "Schoology Agenda" feature
* Use the Schoology Calendar
* Message your child's teachers through Schoology
We are limiting the sessions to
groups of 5 so we can maximize the ability to help attendees and address any questions.
This will be a great, small workshop for parents to learn more about how to use Schoology and answer any questions you may have! The next Workshop will be held on
Monday (October 15th). Please click on the link below to sign up for one of our sessions.
JSerra Catholic High School: Fall Open House - Monday, October 15th -
click here for details. Admission to JSerra home football games is FREE for all families of prospective students. Next games is vs. Mater Dei on Friday (10/19) at 7PM. Any prospective students can visit our School Relations tent from 5:00-7:00 p.m. to receive complementary tickets for the whole family! We can't wait to see you there! Contact Chris Harrington at
Crean Lutheran High School: Prospective students and parents are invited to an Organizational Skills Workshop on October 17th from 6:30-7:30PJM in room 207A. Please contact Mrs. Tara Mathis for more information at email@example.com.
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