plans for the new year?
Okay, so maybe you gave up making resolutions for the New Year because you have had little success in keeping them. I have a suggestion. Instead of making resolutions, why not focus on your plans?
Plans—we all have them, from the big and bodacious, to the quick and simple. We make plans about what we will wear for the coming day, what meals we will eat, what activities and schedules we need to keep. Plans happen! Sometimes as we planned them, other times as adjusted based on the circumstances of life.
For some people the idea of planning comes naturally. They make lists in their head or on paper, and always seem to have clear direction on what is coming next in their life. These are the kind of people who know that, “if you fail to plan, then you have planned to fail.” They also know that it is good to “measure twice, and cut once,” as well as to “plan your work and work your plan.”
Others find planning to be a struggle, as they are distracted by all the possibilities that they want to accomplish. They think that planning, “takes away from spontaneity, or that it will, “cramp their style.” We’d all like to think that life could be light and carefree, but if you are a grown-up person, you know that world places demands on our time, demands our attention, and requires us to act—whether we want to or not.
As the people of God, we can entrust our plans to Him. We can share our inner most thoughts, our big crazy dreams, as well as our simple hopes for today. We have a Savior who comes along side us to encourage us on our way. We have Jesus who goes out in front of us to prepare the way He would have us go. We have a Savior who comes up behind us, to support us as we move forward, and who will always have our back.
Plans don’t always come about as hoped for, and when they don’t—we have a loving Heavenly Father who forgives us our shortcomings, who comforts us, who gives us His Son Jesus to be the Savior of all—going all the way to the cross to die for our sins, which gives us the gift of eternal life. Because Jesus rose from the dead, we know that the plan of our salvation is assured! That’s a plan we can all get behind!
ALL IN with all of you in 2019!
Dr. Steve Christopher
A WORD FROM
Robotics & Coding
MCL Middle School
Our primary grades will not be left out! Each grade will be participating in STEAM projects within one of their units of study. They will be showcasing their work at our annual Curriculum Fair in March.
MCL's middle school students will be programing the smart robot "Evo" this quarter! Special thanks to our PTL for making it happen.
Evobot makes STEAM engaging and supports lessons ranging from math and science to art and literature.
Students will learn robotics and programming with a hands-on approach.
Ozo Blocky lessons guide students through introductory to advanced programing, including concepts as loops, variables, and functions.
MCL 4th graders, under the supervision of their teacher Mrs. Trotter, is partnering with Canine Companions for Independence as volunteer puppy raisers.
Each student will rotate weekly as "lead trainer". They will be responsible for teaching a number of basic obedience commands, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love. Their training will be vital to Fame's future success as a disability assistance dog.
We are excited our students are able to help members of our community in a proactive way! Go MCL!
For more information about Canine Companions for Independence click HERE.
4th Grade Welcomes
Jan 17 Spirit Day! Wear your "ALL IN" shirts Student Assembly (2 pm)
Jan 18 Early Dismissal
Jan 20 Joyful Noise Sings in Sunday Chapel (9 am)
Jan 21 No School | K-8th Preschool and SAC open
Jan 23 100th Day of School!
Jan 27 National Lutheran Schools Week Details on our special dress days coming soon
Feb 7 Open House / Preview Night (5-7 pm)
Feb 8 Early Dismissal (11:30 am)
Got BOX TOPS?
We are collecting BOX TOPS!
Download your collection sheet HERE
Did you know you can support MCL while shopping at Amazon? All you need to do is enter the “Amazon Door” via the Mt. Calvary website at mcldb.org, scroll all the way down until you find the special “Amazon button.” No extra cost or fees to you, just enter via our website and we benefit!
Interested? Contact Mrs. Mawhorter or Ms. Ann
February 26 & 28
Shop Amazon with MCL
OPEN HOUSE & PREVIEW NIGHT
Join the MCL DRAMA CLUB
Parents and students are invited to see what's in-store for your child next year. Talk to teachers, ask questions, and check out the curriculum.
If you know a family who may be interested in attending MCL next year, this is the event for them! Stop by the office for a flyer.
**Reminder: If you refer a student who attends the full year, you get $500 off your tuition!**
Thur, fEB 7TH 5-7 PM
We want to see you in action . . . don't forget to #mcldb!
ALL ACTS MUST BE WELL REHEARSED AND NO LIP SYNCING WILL BE ALLOWED.
ANY QUESTIONS, PLEASE SEE MRS. WRIGHT OR MRS. HOBBS.
No experience is needed!
Open to all 3rd - 8th graders
Club will meet after school (dates to be determined)
Students will have an opportunity to perform!
Long-term ESL Substitute Teacher
New Long-term ESL Sub Joins Mt Calvary Staff!
We are pleased to Introduce Miss Vanessa Rosella, who will be serving as our Long-term ESL Substitute while Ms. Lei is out on maternity leave. She will be keeping the same schedule with the students, working out of Room 13.
Miss Rosella holds a BA from Cal State Fullerton and has done graduate studies at Chapman University in the area of Leadership Development. She is currently seeking a Multiple Subject Teaching Credential from the University of Redlands. Vanessa has recently served as a substitute teacher in the Orange Unified School District and Centralia Elementary School District in Orange County.
In addition to her professional pursuits, Miss Rosella has been a Volunteer Summer Camp Counselor with the Girl Scouts, a Volunteer Mentor with the Olive Crest Foster Care Program, and a volunteer Mentor for the Promising Futures First-Generation College Student Program at Chapman University.
Miss Rosella will be with us here at Mt Calvary at least through mid-March.
Please give her a warm MCL welcome!
We are pleased to introduce Mr. Keith (Coach) Lovell who will begin serving us in a part-time capacity as our new Facilities Manager here at Mt. Calvary. Many of the boys know him from serving as our Football Coach over the past number of years.
He has served Mt Calvary already in many ways already by doing some projects like cutting down the “old spooky tree,” coordinating the installation of our new scoreboard, and painting new handicap parking spaces.
Yes, he is related to Miss Ann, as he is her husband. He will be starting later this week. Please give him a warm MCL welcome!
MCL Facilities Manager
of the month
7th Grade, Mrs. Cox
6th Grade, Mr. Cox
Eleni Kort has been chosen student of the month for December in Sixth grade. Eleni has earned this recognition because she exhibits and displays the qualities of a well-rounded successful student. She continued to show these qualities during the hectic holiday season, while taking on additional responsibilities with a role in the Advent play. Eleni is an excellent student who makes sure her schoolwork is done well and submitted on time. She is self-disciplined and takes personal responsibility for her work. When she doesn’t understand a concept she will take the initiative to ask a question of the teacher, and does so in an appropriate manner. Her hard work has earned her Honor Roll recognition. She has a vibrant, willing spirit which adds positively to the classroom environment. Her behavioral choices are outstanding, and provide a positive example to her classmates. Eleni has had a great year, and will continue to have success in the future. Congratulations!
5th Grade, Mrs. Gonzalez
Karina "Kitty" Shi
4th Grade, Mrs. Trotter
2nd Grade, Mrs. Wright
Wyatt Hilliard | Responsible Citizen
Riley Duggan | Responsible Citizen
3rd Grade, Mrs. Mawhorter
Isabella Mariano | Effective Communicator
Kristina Reynen | Effective Communicator
Lucas Drake has earned December’s Student of the Month in Seventh grade. Lucas has been a great addition to our school. He has made great strides in adjusting to the challenges of middle school here at MCL. Lucas is a strong academic student. He is well prepared for his tests and completes his homework on time. Lucas has read over one million words in AR since the beginning of the year and has accumulated over 230 points. He has been improving on his overall behavior knowing when it is okay to have fun with his classmates and when it is time to stop. He is willing to help others with anything they may need. Lucas also volunteered to be a cast member in the Advent play and knew his lines well and did a great job. I know that Lucas will continue to excel the rest of the year and will carry it on in the future. Congratulations, Lucas!
1st Grade, Mrs. Stade
Noah Franco | Responsible Citizenship
Aaron Moon | Responsible Citizenship
Our Fourth grade Student of the Month is Juliana Fuentes. I'm sure no one is surprised because she always reflects a Christ-like attitude in the classroom and on the playground. Juliana displays empathy for others and requests prayers for family and friends thus growing her relationship with Jesus Christ.
She has worked hard to maintain a 4.0 GPA. and participates in classroom activities and discussions. This will ensure her academic advancement and success throughout the year.
Juliana is a dependable individual who demonstrates self-discipline and accepts responsibility. She brings a wonderful attitude into our classroom and is a joy each and every day. Congratulations Juliana!
Karina “Kitty” Shi is Fifth grade’s student of the month. Karina is an outstanding student who works incredibly hard and is constantly pushing herself to excel. Although English is Karina’s second language, her proficiency level is outstanding and consistently stays at the top of her class. Most recently, Karina took on the challenge to read a very lengthy autobiography for this quarter’s book report. This required Karina to dedicate many hours to reading, as well as comprehending many new vocabulary words.
Karina, is a great leader and role model to her classmates and is always quick to help her peers and offer encouragement. She always tries to be kind and appreciative to everyone she meets and always has a great big smile on her face. Congratulations Karina!
Kindergarten, Mrs. Hobbs
Scarlett McNulty | Academic Advancement
Mason Cervantes | Responsible Citizen
After months of planning and waiting, Mt Calvary is pleased to announce that a new gym scoreboard has been installed! It is just in time for the basketball season!
Special thanks to the following for their part in funding this project:
Mt Calvary Graduating Class of 2018
Bill Sippel, owner of the Mobil Service Station, corner of Golden Springs and Diamond Bar Blvd
City of Diamond Bar Community Development Block Grant
Special thanks also to Mr. John Cox for his vision and research in locating and ordering the new scoreboard, and to Mr. Keith Lovell for guiding the installation process along with the assistance of Mr. David Salama, and Mr. Cox.
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23300 Golden Springs Drive