Welcome Back to School

  H I S
"The earth is [ His]  and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it." Psalm 24:1 NIV
Hello MCS Families!

We are hopeful that you have had a wonderful summer full of experiences that bond families and friendships together. While time to recharge the batteries is essential, please know that we have missed all of you. The building has been torn apart and is quickly returning to a redesigned state, and is ready to come alive again with the kind of life and vibrancy only YOU can bring. Even though we will not be fully back together until this coming Monday, the MCS Staff has been communicating and I can say with certainty that they are ready and excited for the new year. With only two short weeks left until your return, we wanted to reach out to you with some important updates about the 2018-2019 school year.

2018-2019 MCS Theme
The Administrative Team has prayed through and been in significant discussion over the theme this year. All ideas and verses that came forward seemed to have this connectedness to where our individual identity, our school identity and where MCS's Bright Future is found. The 2018-2019 MCS Theme will be: "HIS" and our theme verse will be Psalm 24:1 (NIV)  "The earth is [His] and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it."  We are His and we look forward to exploring His plans for each of us in relationship with Him as He has called us to be His Difference Makers for His Kingdom.

It has been quite a summer at MCS! We are excited to unveil all God has done within our Phase 1 Bright Future renovation. Our Construction Team is maintaining their deadlines and we are on target to be ready for your arrival back on campus for Meet the Teacher Day on September 4th. For details on the construction progress, please visit this link.

Elementary Class Placement
Class placement for elementary students will be sent on Wednesday, August 29th, via email from Mrs. Biancalani. 

Middle School Schedules and Homeroom Teacher
Middle School Parents may log on to RenWeb beginning Friday, August 31st, to access their child's assigned schedule and homeroom teacher.

Elementary and Middle School Goals
Our team stands ready to further develop our five MCS Core Values: Love for Christ, Exemplary Academics, Whole Child Focus, Connected Community, and Culture of Innovation. For more details on specific goals for Middle School and Elementary please take the time to read these welcome back letters from our Middle School Principal Mrs. Harrison and our Elementary Principal Mrs. Biancalani.

Meet the Teacher Day
We look forward to having the MCS Family back together and greeting our New Families on Tuesday, September 4th. We have a staggered schedule planned with TK-5th grade from 8:30-9:45AM and 6th-8th grade from 10:00-11:15AM. Rest assured that no family is precluded from coming at the earlier or later time based upon a specific scheduling conflict. For more details, please click here.

Welcome New Faculty and Staff
Please take a moment to meet our new incoming Faculty and Staff (below) for the 2018-2019 school year. We are so grateful for each and every person God has led to MCS.

A Prayerful Community on the First Day
Once again this year, we want to call upon our community to spend a few more minutes together in prayer to our King and the plans He has for MCS this year. On Wednesday, September 5th, our gates will open at 7:30 as normal. We will then all join together as a Middle and Elementary School and pray over our students corporately at 8:00. For this day only, all of our students will go in together at 8:10 (with the exception of 8th grade who will have their picture taken). From 8:15 to 8:45 our Parents In Prayer (PIP) group will have stations set up around the school with prayer topics to bring before the Lord. We hope you will be able to stop at one of the stations or even a few. Prayer station topics and locations will be sent to you in advance. Please mark your calendar to join us!!

In  HIS service,

Troy Moore
Head of School
Mariners Christian School

Welcome New Faculty & Staff
Kelly Han: First Grade Teacher

Miss Han is a California native and graduated from the University of California, Riverside with a B.A. in Art History. She received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential at the University of California, Irvine. After receiving her credential, Miss Han taught at international schools in China and South Korea for six years. She taught first grade and kindergarten in Shanghai for two years followed by teaching kindergarten in Seoul for four years. Miss Han is a member of Exodus 3 Church in Irvine. She enjoys visiting museums, bouldering and all things crafty. Miss Han joined the MCS staff in 2018.

Briana Petrarca: Second Grade Teacher

Mrs. Petrarca graduated from Vanguard University of Southern California with a BA in Liberal Studies and a minor in Psychology. She continued her graduate education at Vanguard where she received her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and is currently working on her MA in Curriculum Development and Assessment. Prior to joining Mariners, Mrs. Petrarca taught first grade in the Saddleback Valley Unified School District for two years. She and her husband, Dillon, are members of The W Church, in Newport Beach, where Dillon is the Family Pastor. Mrs. Petrarca is the proud mother of her son, Grayson, who will be two in February. She enjoys Disneyland, working out, crafting, and making memories with her family. 
Mirranda Parks: Third Grade Teacher

Miss Parks grew up in Fresno, California and moved to southern California where she attended California Baptist University. She earned her Master's in Education and Multiple Subject Credential and has taught third grade in the Riverside Unified School District for the past two years. There she was a leader for Personalized Learning for her grade level, which facilitated her passion of meeting the needs of all learners. Miss Parks attends Rock Harbor Church where she serves by leading a women's Bible study. She loves the outdoors, traveling, and spending time with friends and family. 
Angie Rounsevell: Fifth Grade Teacher

Mrs. Rounsevell was born and raised in Newport Beach, and graduated from Indiana University with a B.S. in Marketing.  She worked in entertainment media after college, but felt called to teaching after volunteering with the middle school ministry at RockHarbor. She earned her Multiple Subject Teaching Credential and Master's Degree from UCI, and has taught in both public and private schools.  Recently, she has been teaching Language Arts, Math, and History at the middle school level and also has experience teaching in both first and third grade. Mrs. Rounsevell was married this summer, and she attends Grace Fellowship Church with her husband Jared. She loves cooking, spin classes, and traveling. 
Middle School
Jonathan Brown: Middle School Math Intervention Specialist

Mr. Brown graduated from CALTECH in Pasadena where he earned his electrical engineering degree. He has worked as a missionary for many years through Campus Crusade's high school ministry, Student Venture, and has taught every level of math from 6th grade to AP Calculus.  God has gifted him to be able to present potentially complex and confusing information in ways that feel understandable and to empower students that feel overwhelmed. He is a specialist in identifying learning styles and deficits then teaching in a way that builds confidence and mastery. Mr. Brown and his wife Melissa are the proud parents of 8 amazing children. They love family and often assist others through parenting and marriage workshops. Mr. Brown is excited about joining the MCS family this year and looks forward to what God will do. 
Shelby Johnston: Seventh Grade Math Teacher

Ms. Johnston grew up in the East Bay Area. She graduated from Pepperdine University with a B.A. in Math Education and a California Teaching Credential. Her passion is for sharing her intellectual curiosity with students and helping them develop a growth mindset for mathematics. Ms. Johnston has served on the worship team at Malibu Presbyterian Church for the past two years. She enjoys playing piano, ukulele, and singing. Ms. Johnston is thrilled to be joining the MCS staff.
Elementary Aides
Corrie Cisneros: First Grade Aide

Since the first grade Mrs. Cisneros has wanted to become a teacher. Mrs. Cisneros graduated with a B.A. in Liberal Studies/Elementary Education in 2009 from Cal State Fullerton. With a background in music and art, passion for children and Christ, she feels blessed and excited to be joining the MCS family. Raised in Southern California, Mrs. Cisneros loves being active at the beach, swimming, doing yoga, and spending quality time with her friends and family. She strives to live a Christ-centered life with her husband Charlie and two children, Rylie age 2 and Barrett age 4. She attends Saddleback Church Newport-Mesa. 
Vanessa Gentry: First Grade Aide

Mrs. Gentry was born and raised in Orange County, California and has an AA degree in Administration of Justice from Cerritos College. She has a background of working in Special Education with children ranging from preschool through young adults. Married with two children and currently serving as Children's Ministry Director at MFH (My Friend's House) Church in Whittier, Vanessa enjoys spending time with family, taking trips to new places, and cooking/baking with her daughter. 
Natasha Lomakin: TK Aide

Miss Lomakin was born and raised in Southern California. She has an A.A. in Liberal Studies and a B.A. in Psychology from California Baptist University. Miss Lomakin is very involved in her church where she helps out in Sunday School and sings on the worship team. She loves spending time with her family, hanging out with friends, and going off roading. 
Advancement Department
Lisa Bahadoor: Associate Development Manager

Mrs. Bahadoor was born and raised in Los Angeles. She grew up participating in track and field, volleyball and basketball which led her to Vanguard University where she played and graduated with a B.A. in Sociology.  She has been married for over 25 years to Tim Bahadoor who is a Middle School Bible teacher at MCS.  She has three boys, two are MCS alumni and the youngest currently attends MCS.  She began employment at MCS in 2000-2001 as the girls 6th grade basketball coach, boys 6th grade volleyball coach and assistant to the Junior High Vice Principal. Mrs. Bahadoor has also served as a kindergarten aide and as an assistant in the admissions office.  Her heart and passion is to bless and support those who God puts in her path. She feels it is an honor and privilege to work alongside people who are passionate about serving our loving and caring families. She's a crazy cat lover and a super hero/Star Wars fan.  And, she loves to read!   
Gisela Roufs: Associate Admissions Manager

Mrs. Roufs grew up in Corona del Mar and later earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Healthcare and Emergency Services Administration at California State University, Chico. She was a successful Account Executive focusing on raw materials and specialized manufacturing in the nutraceutical industry prior to being at home with her children. She is a proud mom to three wonderful boys; Dane (currently attending Point Loma), Drew (MCS alum) and Dawson (MCS second grader).  She and her husband, Jim, attend Canopy Church and are actively involved in Safe Families. You can find her on the sidelines watching her boys participate in various sports and activities if not coaching.  In her free time she enjoys the beach, hiking Crystal Cove State Park and being in community. She joined the MCS family last year as a first grade aide before moving into her current position.
Rachel Ruga: Customer Experience

Mrs. Ruga is a Southern California native who grew up all over the Southland, later graduating from California Baptist University with a B.A. in History and a minor in Philosophy. After briefly interning with the Pacific Justice Institute in college, she worked, prior to and after graduation, as a legal assistant in the Inland Empire until earlier this year. Her passions include writing, problem-solving, and being of service to others. She has been married to her husband, Jeremy, for six years and they have a son, Jad, who will be two in December. Mrs. Ruga and her family found their church home at Friends Church in Orange, where she recently joined the baking ministry. She enjoys reading good books, Disneyland excursions with her husband, being outdoors, and spending time with loved ones. And she is absolutely delighted to be working at the MCS front desk this year!
New Assignments
Karly Hammans: Transitional Kindergarten Teacher
Ellyn Gibo: Will start the year as a long-term sub for Mrs. Wilson
Ali Bray: Difference Maker Architect

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