ON THE SCHOOL SCENE…
We had just landed in paradise!
Back when I was a youth director I was able to take about 25 youth from our church to Hawaii for a special Lutheran Youth Gathering. It was the first time in Hawaii for many of the youth. All of us were excited about seeing the beauty of this tropical state.
But we weren’t ready for what we saw first.
Our plane had landed on the west coast of the Big Island of Hawaii, often called the Kona Coast. This is a section of the island that doesn’t look very tropical at all. It gets very little rain, there is scarce vegetation, and it looks more like the plains of New Mexico than what you imagine our 50th state to look like. As we drove the 45-minutes to the hotel, the sightseeing wasn’t very good. No palm trees swaying in the breeze, no lush vegetation—just a lot of rocks.
Yet, it was an interesting drive, because people had written messages with the rocks. There were numerous places where people had gathered stones together to spell out the name of their group, the name of a person, or a message of humor or hope. This first glimpse of Hawaii, wasn’t what we had expected at all, but we were captivated with our surroundings none-the-less.
After the rush of excitement on Palm Sunday…the arrest and quick sentencing of Jesus to death was not what the followers of Christ were expecting. They saw the crowds of people welcoming him, and singing hosannas! They certainly didn’t expect him to be betrayed by one of disciples, beaten and mocked, and then nailed to a cross to die by Friday afternoon.
On the Sunday following the crucifixion of Jesus, several of the woman who were followers of Jesus came to the tomb where the body of Jesus had been laid. As they approached the grave, these women were concerned about who would roll away the heavy stone from the entrance to the tomb. It was far too large for them to move it. When they came upon the grave of Jesus, they discovered the stone had been rolled away! Jesus was not in the grave. His body was gone. He had risen, just as he said he would!
There was a magnificent message in that single stone there in front of the tomb. It was only one rock, a big rock, with a big message! It said, that death had been conquered. It said that Jesus was alive It said that sin had been defeated. It said that whoever would believe in Jesus, and his resurrection would have everlasting life. It said, the gift of eternal life is yours through the death and resurrection of Jesus!
It said, welcome to paradise!
Dr. Steven Christopher, Principal
A WORD FROM
A Message Written in Stone
April 20 Family Magic Night in the MCL Gym 6:30 pm
May 2 Principal’s Roundtable 8:00 am
Student of the Month Presentations 8:45 am
May 4 Track Meet
May 6 Mother’s Day Tea 2:00 pm
May 11 Field Day
May 17 Sports Awards 5:30 pm
May 23 Kindergarten Promotion 10:00 am
8th Grade Graduation/Baccalaureate 5:30 pm
May 24 Awards Presentation 10:30 am
Closing Chapel 11:00 am
Final School Dismissal 11:30 am
School Picnic Noon-2 pm
Pre-School Graduation 6:00 pm
A Word From Pastor John
I'm writing this on Good Friday, just two days before the Resurrection celebration. When I was eleven years old, a massive earthquake hit Anchorage, Alaska on Good Friday. The earthquake measured 9.2 on the Richter scale, the most massive earthquake ever to hit North America. For a young child like myself, this brought on horrible visions of people being swallowed by the earth, and buildings falling on numerous victims and tsunamis racing across the ocean. It seemed very apocalyptic. And, having occurred on Good Friday, one could not help but associate the Alaska earthquake with the earthquake which shook the land when Jesus was crucified.
50 years later, I'm still amazed at the apocalyptic features of Jesus' death: darkness, earthquake, the tearing of the temple curtain. But despite the awful natural phenomena surrounding Jesus' crucifixion, only two days later Jesus would rise from the dead. So what appeared to be the end of the world, turned into the salvation of the world. The Lord works in mysterious ways.
We are now in the post-resurrection season. During these 40 days before Jesus ascended into heaven, he appeared to the disciples again and again, and taught them how the remarkable prophecies of the Old Testament were fulfilled by Jesus. And then on the 40th day, He left them with the promise of the coming of the Holy Spirit.
I'm hoping we can learn a lesson about our own coping skills. When all seems lost, when hope seems to be slipping away, the end result may be, in some unexpected way, salvation. I hope when my time comes, I can view life's ending as if it were a roller coaster. The roller coaster cranks the car up to the top and as you begin the descent, all you can do is trust that all will be well. And it always is. So it will be when our lives come to an end. Trust in The Lord. All will be well. Wait on The Lord and He will not fail you. The Easter story shows us the proof.
- Pastor John
Security Upgrades are occurring at MCL, especially in light of recent school violence around our country. So far, we have done the following here at Mt Calvary:
Evaluated our security situation and made notes of areas of concern
Adding 4 new security cameras for a total of 12 cameras here at MCL
Planning for additional office monitors for more easy viewing of camera feeds
Plans have been made to seek additional evaluation from professional security companies, and to enact those plans as resources become available
March 28th @ 6 pm
Preschool Class#3 kids meet in Kindergarten
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!
Show your MCL PRIDE when your on the road.
See the school office for your decal.
May 29 - Aug 8
6:30 am - 6:00pm
Everything you wanted to know about Kindergarten but didn’t have a chance to ask.
The Amazing Race
GET YOUR CAR DECAL TODAY!
Wednesdays & Fridays
Shop Amazon with MCL
The Eagle Cart will be selling ice cream on Wednesdays and Fridays after school to help support our Student Assistance Fund.
APR 23-27 - Room 1 Conferences
APR 22 - Joyful Noise Sings @ 9am
Dates to Remember
March was a month of green eggs and ham and silly Leprechaun visits, and as always, was full of joy and laughter! In the month of April, we will learn that God sent His one and only son Jesus to die on the cross for our sins, and he rose again! We are LOVED! With spring upon us, we are also gearing up for Spring Assessments, end of the year parent conferences, and Graduation for our Pre-K friends! Please keep an eye out for conference sign up forms which will be sent home in early April, as well as summer registration information, and the 2018/19 school year re-enrollment information. As we prepare for the end of our school year, we thank you for continuing to allow us to love your little ones and help them grow in their love for the Lord!
Easter, Bugs and Butterflies, Plants and Seeds, Weather
The Easter Story, On the Road at Easter, The Crucifixion and Resurrection, etc
Bla + W = Gray, Blu + Y = Green
Triangle, Oval, Diamond
ABC Patterning, Identifying month, Date and Year, Ovals, Counting and Writing to 20
Letters for the Month
Outing of the Month
This month we are learning about nurses and all the hard work they put into taking care of us when we have “ouchies”. I encourage you to take your child to pretend city where he/she can pretend to care for patients!
App of the Month
“Shapes! Toddler Kids Games”
This month’s app helps your child further develop their cognitive skills including shape and color recognition. Take the time to download this free app today!
Book of the Month
“The Very Hungry Caterpillar”
By Eric Carle
“The Tiny Seed”
By Eric Carle
“What Makes the Seasons”
By Megan Cash
Song of the Month
“Happy All the Time
(In right, Out right)” by Unknown
Music and movement time helps support a productive release of energy. Let’s get singing and dancing!
Welcome to April!
APR 16-20 - Room 2 Conferences
of the month
Eleni Kort is the fifth grade student of the month. She has shown her Christian values in her church attendance, her personal daily choices, and how she interacts with classmates; being a peacemaker when issues arise.
Eleni has worked hard in class got herself on the Principals Honor Roll. She is a responsible citizen both in and out of class. She was a participant in sports this year not only improving her communication skills, but also helping the teams
7th Grade, Mr. Cox
Jaden Fernandez-Ponce has earned March’s Student of the Month in eighth grade. Jaden has become a student that CAREs. He has been showing marked improvement over the past few months. He has been using his time better in class; completing assignments on time and with better accuracy. He even has been staying after school to complete tasks that require more focus. Jaden’s sense of humor adds a unique and fun dimension to the classroom environment. He has displayed his gifts in athletics by outstanding performance and leadership on the school’s teams. Even though it occurred in April, there is one anecdote that especially shows Jaden’s growth and caring attitude. On the plane returning from D.C., Jaden’s interaction with the passenger sitting next to him led the passenger to say, “I wish my nephew was like you.” With this continued improvement, Jaden will make a positive transition into high school next year and will become a great addition to that school. Congratulations, Jaden!
4th Grade, Mrs. Paxton
8th Grade, Mrs. Cox
Anthony Battaglia has earned Student of the Month Honors for 7th grade in March. Anthony consistently displays the qualities of an exemplary student. Academically, he has achieved Principal’s Honor Roll during the school year. He uses his class time very effectively, working on assignment in a self-directed manner. He demonstrates improved and more effective communication as he learns to ask more specific questions of the teacher to clarify concept , rather than general ones. He shows his Christian values both through his conduct, and his regular worship attendance. Anthony’s diligence and hard work will lead him to continuing success; now and in the future. Congratulations.
Kindergarten, Mrs. Hobbs
Sophia Kort | Christian Values
Jacob Salama | Christian Values
The student of the month for March is Sofia Mariano. Sofia is a great student and awesome reader. She surpasses her AR goal each quarter by well over one hundred points. She has earned great grades all year long. Her neat handwriting shows how she truly cares about her work. She maintains a positive attitude in the classroom and never complains about her work. Also, Sofia shows her love for Jesus by her regular church attendance. She displays kindness by helping other students in need. Overall, Sofia is a wonderful student to have in class and it has been a joy to get to know her.
2nd Grade, Mrs. Wright
Russell Del Castillo | Academic Advancement
Sienna Peredia | Academic Advancement
1st Grade, Mrs. Stade
Jonah Fletcher | Responsible Citizen
Carys Alcorn | Christian Values
5th Grade, Mrs. Trotter
3rd Grade, Mrs. Thomason
Jeremy Wan | Academic Advancement
Irvin Zhao | Academic Advancement
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