Congratulations to this week's Hero Keven Kroehler. We hope you enjoy your up-close parking spot.
A Note to Keven Kroehler, Director of Business Operations:
Keven Kroehler is the middle school hero of the week! We will bet Keven did not know that part of his job would be moving furniture, hanging TVs, unclogging toilets, fixing air conditioners, taking out trash and helping to manage a massive construction project. This, on top of running the business/finance side of the school. But he does it all with a servant's heart, without complaint, and as fast as he can. He is an example of what it looks like to go above and beyond everyday. He doesn't draw attention to it or expect thanks. He does it all because he is a hero!
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
Welcome Back Bash | September 29th - BUY YOUR TICKETS TODAY
5th-8th Grade Mobile App Class | October 1st
Ladies Event "HIS! Blessed, Beautiful and BRIGHT" | October 16th
TK-8th Grade Picture Day is September 27th (Non-Uniform)
Picture Day for all MCS students (grades TK-8th grade) will be held on Thursday, September 27th. Picture retakes will be held on October 31st. There are two ways to order:
Beginning September 13th, visit: www.mylifetouch.com ,enter RO138066Y0, then order your perfect package. No need to return any paperwork.
Complete the Lifetouch form that was sent home today and return it to school with payment on Picture Day, September 27th. (Students will hand their order form directly to the photographer.)
Late order forms will be accepted through Monday, October 1st, and may be submitted to your child's teacher or to Mrs. Niles. After that date, parents are encouraged to place orders online. Note: There will be a few weeks between Picture Day and Retakes Day (Oct. 31st) when the online system will not be available. If you are unable to order online between Picture Day and Retakes Day, please allow for one to two weeks before trying again.
We will be taking both individual portraits as well as whole-class pictures on Picture Day. If you order a package that includes a class picture, the class picture we take on Picture Day will be the class picture you receive in your package.
Picture Day Non-Uniform Dress Guidelines:
Students are encouraged to wear a nice outfit for school pictures
All students are to have a neat, clean and modest appearance at all times, including free dress days
Girls' shorts or skirts must be no shorter than 3 inches above the knee
If leggings are worn, tops must extend past the fingertips
Tank tops must have width of three fingers
Jeans are acceptable on free dress days (and on picture day)
Students are not to wear: torn clothes, pajamas, sweats or yoga pants, excessively tight-fitting clothes, spaghetti straps, tops that expose the midriff, clothing with cut-outs, or costume-type clothing
If there is any question that an item is inappropriate for dress, it should not be worn. Students will be required to change if clothing is not appropriate.
See You at the Bash Next Saturday, September 29th!
We would love your help! If you would like to volunteer to work an activity and meet some more MCS parents, please check out the link (CLICK HERE)and sign up for something that looks fun to you!! We would so appreciate it and it will help make this event a HUGE success.
New Spirit Wear items will be REVEALED at the Bash.
5th-8th Mobile GameApp Creation Class Begins October 1
When: Mondays & Wednesdays: 3:00 - 5:00pm
Where: Mariners Christian School
First Class: Monday, October 1st
Showcase Date: Wednesday, December 5th, at UC Irvine
In this exciting 10 week program, students will work in a team to develop and design a STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) related mobile game app that will ultimately be presented at a showcase finale event at UC Irvine. At the showcase event, students will present their apps on stage in front of hundreds of attendees while competing against other middle school students from schools all over Orange County for prizes. This is a unique opportunity for your child to grow and learn about technology and careers while receiving mentorship from college undergraduates specializing in STEM areas.
Sign your child up today to expose them to STEM and be a part of a network that has educated and raised awareness about Computer Science and technology to hundreds of students.
Questions? Please contact our Educational Technology/Maker Education Strategic Planning Director Terri Rodriguez at
Blessed, Beautiful, & BRIGHT Luncheon October 16th
We look forward to seeing HIS blessed, beautiful, and bright ladies at this year's luncheon.
Click here or above to purchase your tickets and for more details.
See You At The Pole (Updated Format)
Please note that the event format has changed and it is now a middle school classroom experience which is a change from previous communication. Take a moment to read about SYATP in the middle school section of this newsletter. Thank you!
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.
Pictured L-R: Billy Morris (MCS Dads), Jane An (Treasurer), Anna Jeffers (Community Events), Jill Bangert (Community Events), Dana Fiori (Room Mom Coordinator), Kelly Cefalia (Secretary), Robyn Gundlach (President), Adam Ah You (Treasurer)
MCS is pleased to announce our new PTF Board for 2018-19. They are excited to serve our amazing school!
PTF Timree Christmas Fundraiser
Our Parent Teacher Fellowship is thrilled to share with you an exciting new opportunity that has presented itself to our school community. Last year our school hosted its First Annual PTF Christmas Boutique and it was a huge success. As you are aware, there are a lot of exciting things going on around campus, and we have very little space, including room for our Christmas Boutique. With the help of one of our friends, Timree, who was a vendor from last year's event, we have come up with an alternate plan for this year.
Welcome to the PTF Timree Christmas Fundraiser! This event is designed to be simple and straightforward. And the best part is 20% of the proceeds will come directly back to MCS!
Look for the Timree Christmas Catalogue to come home with your child next Friday. Besides the colorful, fun artwork on ornaments and home décor,
Timree has created two special ornaments just for MCS! Each catalogue will come with ordering instructions. In
addition, Timree will have a display booth at the Welcome Back Bash on September 29th. Come check it out!
We hope you will consider this creative way to support PTF and get a little Christmas shopping done, too!
Parent Teacher Fellowship Volunteer Interest Form
The PTF Volunteer Interest Form will remain open through October 5th. There are many fun spots to join a great group of parents in various serving opportunities.
Click on the following link to sign up: http://marinerscs.org/2018-19ptfvolunteer
This list does not include those families that have requested confidentiality. Our school family information is for the purpose of building healthy community relationships. MCS does not allow any school information to be used for outside business purposes. If you would like your information kept private in the RenWeb directory, you may choose to set the privacy preferences at any time.
Carpool Procedures 2018-2019
If you have not yet had the opportunity to read the 2018-2019 carpool procedures letter that was sent out last week, please
Help us ensure the safety of our students by following the guidelines and the instructions of our wonderful carpool assistants (pictured left).
Afternoon Bus Service to Bonita Canyon Park and Mike Ward Park
Thank you to the many families who have signed up their students to take the bus.
If you have not already signed up and are interested in the 2018-2019 afternoon bus service to Newport Beach and Irvine please email Keven Kroehler at
email@example.com for more details.
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.
Are You Missing Your Glasses?
The front desk has quite a collection of prescription glasses.
Stop by the front desk anytime to retrieve yours. Looks like there's a watch in there too!
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.
Mr. Moore kicked off our elementary chapel this year with a very special video and song to highlight our MCS Theme:
H I S (Psalm 24:1). Enjoy hearing his words of encouragement to our students in grades TK-5.
Popsicles with the Elementary Principal
Mrs. Biancalani invited our new students to have their lunchtime with her today as a way of getting to know them better. During this time, they shared their interests and had the opportunity to ask Mrs. Biancalani any question they wanted to ask. Afterwards they all enjoyed Popsicles with their Principal! It was a wonderful time "chilling" with Mrs. Biancalani. Enjoy these pictures from today's event.
Meet Our Elementary Team 2018-2019
We accidentally left off our wonderful kindergarten team in the last week's intro video. Enjoy meeting the whole elementary team.
MCS Cub Scout Pack 360 welcomes boys grades 1 through 5 to join our dynamic Pack! Den meetings will be held the 1st, 3rd and 4th Tuesday monthly from 3-4:15PM. Pack meetings will be held from 6:00-7:15 pm on the 2nd Tuesdays monthly. For more information, email Cubmaster Brian Cowell:
firstname.lastname@example.org or Miyuki Smith-Richardson:
email@example.com. Come visit our information table at Back to School Night!
Upcoming Scout Events: First Den Meeting - September 25; Campout -October 5-7; Pinewood Derby & Bear Carnival - December 1.
K-4th Father-Daughter Adventure Events
MCS Dads: are you looking for an incredible way to make lifelong memories with your daughter? The Orange Blossom Native Nation (formerly known as Indian Princesses) is open to new MCS fathers and daughters to come enjoy some events such as camping, archery, rock climbing, fishing, horseback riding, San Diego Zoo Safari, surfing, canoeing, sledding, pumpkin carving, daddy/daughter dances, and other fun adventures.
This is open to MCS girls in Kindergarten through 4th grade. These monthly events are some of the most treasured experiences for these girls and their fathers. For more info, text or email Larry Birnbaum - 714.655.8108 - Larry@LmbEnterprises.com.
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
This week our Head of School Mr. Moore used fire, water, and balloons to deliver a message to the middle school students. His core message was this: When we are filled with the living water of the Holy Spirit, we can withstand the attacks from the enemy! That living water brings 4 important "P's" including His Provision, His Protection, His Plan, and His Peace. Without that living water inside of us, we burst when the fire from the enemy comes our way. However, when we are all filled the Holy Spirit, we can carry out the plan He has for us as HIS community!
Share2Wear Next Week
Share Day: Tuesday (9/25)
Wear Day: "Too School for Cool" Wednesday (9/26)
Our first Share2Wear of the year is upon us! Share2Wear days are one way that middle school helps reach out to our community and participates in a fun themed dress day! There has been a slight change in procedure this year for Share2Wear days. Starting next week, our "share" days will be on Tuesdays and our "wear" days will be on Wednesdays! Here's what this means for next week:
On Tuesday (9/25) the students will bring in a box of band aids to "share". These band aid boxes will go into blessing bags, along with other items we collect as the year continues. Once completed, these blessing bags will be given to homeless people who are desperately in need of items like band aids. Without daily shelter it's easy to pick up scrapes and cuts, so band aids are a cherished item for homeless people. If your student forgets to pick up a box of band aids on Monday night, they can bring $1 on Tuesday morning instead, which will go towards purchasing band aids. Students MUST "share" the item on Tuesday if they want to participate in the "wear" themed dress day on Wednesday. If they forget their share item on Tuesday, they have one last opportunity to bring it Wednesday morning if they want to dress in the theme.
Then, On Wednesday (9/26) the students who "shared" will dress in our selected theme for this month..."TOO SCHOOL FOR COOL!" Our students can deck out in "studious" attire including: bow ties, neck ties for both girls and guys, glasses, well-groomed hair, tucked-in collared shirts, khaki shorts, tall socks, and other things that display preppy clothing! All school dress code guidelines apply. As always, a trophy will be awarded to the Homeroom with the most participation and the most creative homeroom photo!
We encourage 100% participation from our middle school students so that we can do our part in caring for those in need in our community, and see those around us through the lens of Jesus.
Middle School See You At The Pole Updated Format
(we will no longer meet before school at the flag pole)
We believe See You At The Pole is an important day to stand in solidarity with all of our brothers and sisters in public schools around the world, as they boldly meet and pray around their school flagpole.
As a way to allow all of our middle school students to participate in this act, we have redesigned See You At The Pole to be a middle school classroom experience. During History classes throughout the day, each student will be given the opportunity to pray over our schools, fellow believers, our nation, and the world. We believe in the power of prayer, and we know something special happens when Christ followers come together to pray and to seek HIS will for HIS Kingdom!
no longer meet before school on Wednesday (9/26)
as communicated in the previous e-newsletter. Instead, students will pray together during History class.
For more information on See You At The Pole, please visit their website at www.syatp.com.
Middle School Schoology Fall Parent Workshop (3 dates)
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 Workshop days are
Monday (October 1st),
Monday (October 8th) and
Monday (October 15th). Please click on the link below to sign up for one of our sessions.
JSerra Catholic High School: Admission to JSerra home football games is FREE for all families of prospective students. 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
JSerra Pep Squad camp for a mini cheer/dance camp from 4:00-8:30PM on October 5, 2018. For more information,
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
300 Fischer Avenue
Costa Mesa, CA 92626
Phone 714.437.1700 · Fax 714.437.7976
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