ON THE SCHOOL SCENE…
It’s one of the hardest things to do as a parent.
Perhaps you’ve experienced it? Maybe it was standing helpless in an emergency room watching the medical personnel look after your child? Perhaps it was sitting (but not for long) in the stands, or on the sidelines lines of a game and seeing your precious one little fall to the ground? Or, it may have been as an eyewitness to an innocent mishap that you saw coming, but just couldn’t do anything about—that left your child cut and bleeding?
As parents, we’ve all probably been in that kind of situation—some more than others. Our inclination as parents is to intervene, to rescue, and to console. This is a good thing—it’s called good parenting!
But sometimes, it is not our place to intervene, to try and stop what is happening. Our place in some instances is to be patient, to wait, to be quiet, to just be there when it all settles down. It can be so tough to “wait it out,” but sometimes that is the best thing we can do. We remind ourselves that, “it won’t last too long,” —but, sometimes that moment can seem like an eternity!
As we are now in the midst of the season of Lent, and anticipate Jesus going to the cross to die for our sins, it might be good to consider for a moment what our heavenly Father had to endure, as he saw his only Son…
Mocked and beaten
Sentenced to die—for crimes he did not commit
Struggle as he walked up the hill to Calvary
Struck with nails in His hands and feet
Ridiculed by a thief hanging next to Him
Crying out, wondering if He had been abandoned
Dying the death of a common criminal
Who of us would let our child go through any of these things? It wouldn’t make sense to us one bit—but it did make sense to our Heavenly Father. In this act of “parental self-restraint” our Father in Heaven allowed his very Son to be sacrificed for your sins and mine. What a painful thing to endure, what a loving gift to give!
Sometimes as parents, we know that a moment of pain, can in the long run—produce a greater good. On certain occasions this can work for us. On one special occasion, called Good Friday, it worked for our Heavenly Father.
God’s continued blessings in your Lenten journey,
Dr. Steven Christopher, Principal
A WORD FROM
The Joy of Pain
Special Worship Opportunities
Celebrating God’s Love this Lenten Season
Wednesdays in Lent - Thy Will Be Done!
Each Wednesday in Lent through March 21st, we invite you to gather at 7:00 pm in the church to worship,
explore God’s Word and spiritually GROW. This year’s theme is “Thy Will Be Done”.
March 14th — “God’s Will and My World View”
March 21st — “God’s Will and My Response”
Stations of the Cross Maundy Thursday, March 29th —8:30—11:00 am
This is led by the middle school.In this service each person will walk to different stations, each with a special meditation on the passion of our Lord.Please consider joining us for this special worship experience.First group starts at 8:30 am and the last group will be 11:00 am.
Maundy Thursday, March 29th —7:00 pm
We will remember our Lord’s Last Supper with His disciples when He instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Good Friday, March 30th —7:00 pm
We will be holding a Service of Darkness (Tenebrae) in remembrance of our Lord’s death on the cross.
MAR 25-29 - Scholastic Book Fair
APR 2 - APR 6 - Easter Break K-8th
WED. MAR 14 - Talent Show @ 9am
THU. MAR 8 - Curriculum Fair @ 6 pm
Spirit Day T-shirts
FRI. MAR 9 - Early Dismissal @ 11:30
End of 3rd Qtr.
3/16 - $1,000 off tuition
3/30 - $500 off tuition
4/13 - $400 off tuition
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TUE. MAR 13 - Campus Pride Day
WED. MAR 21 - 3rd Qtr Awards
Please join in making this years' book fair successful and take advantage of incorporating more reading into your lives.
If you would like to volunteer to help at the book fair, please e-mail
Viki Battaglia at firstname.lastname@example.org.
A Word From Pastor John
So, it seems at least once a month one of my relatives or friends from back east telephones or emails and asks, "John, are you all right?"
Los Angeles gets all the national news headlines. Whether it's fires or floods or earthquakes (although there have been ominously few of those lately), it always sounds to those back east that our metropolitan area is full of unceasing disaster. One reason for that is because people back east have little awareness of the immense size of southern California's metropolitan area. So a disaster that happens in a place far away from us can seem as if it's happening all over the city. We may have our disasters here, but so do those poor saps in the Midwest and east: hurricanes, floods, glacial winters, and tornados! Sometimes it seems “The end” is near.
I remember sitting smugly in class at the seminary convinced I need not fear the second coming of Christ because, after all, "The gospel of the kingdom will be preached to the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come" (Matthew 24:14). Of course, modern communication has brought the gospel of Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth. For the first time in the world's history, the Gospel of Jesus Christ has reached just about every corner of the world. There are some remaining tribes which have never seen or heard the outside world, largely in the Amazon and in New Guinea, but how long will it be until all of them have access to the Christian Gospel?
Rather than always asking the question, "Is this the end?," perhaps we should ask the real question: "Is this the beginning?" The time when Christ will return is unknown to everyone but the Father. But as we work through this penitential season of Lent in anticipation of Christ's death and resurrection, we can be confident that no matter when the Lord returns, it will be a great and wonderful day. It will be the end of strife and the beginning of eternal bliss.
In high school, I used to think about our Lord's return, and I'd often pray: "Please, Lord, don't come until after graduation!" I'm sure you've prayed similar prayers: "Come, Lord Jesus...but not too quickly!" There are still goals to achieve, successes to generate, important experiences to enjoy. And we forget that no matter how much we long to see our dreams fulfilled, God's eternal home will make the greatest of our earthly experiences appear dull.
The joys of heaven are particularly brought into focus as we near the celebration of Christ's resurrection. Because He died for our sins and rose from the grave -- burying our sins forever -- we have the hope of a spectacular future. We can look towards tomorrow not as the end of all things, but rather, as the beginning of all things new. When the stone was rolled away from the Lord's tomb, a door was opened from our desperate world into God's world of endless possibilities. Have a blessed Easter celebration this year and remember:
Angels rolled the stone away
Angels rolled the stone away
Was it not a happy day
When the stone was rolled away!
- Pastor John
"ALL THINGS NEW"
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
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"FILL THE HILL"
Calling all GREEN Thumbers! Get involved next Tuesday assisting our students in various projects celebrating CAMPUS PRIDE DAY. Bring your pruning tools, saws, and energy!
Please meet in the Gym with Dr. Christopher at 8:30 am
MAR 14 - Chancy & Bruce Testing Room 3, Pre-K only
MAR 8 - Spirit Day!
Dates to Remember
MAR 16 - St. Patrick's Day Celebrations. Wear Green
MAR 28 - Kinder Round-up @ 6pm Chancy & Bruce Parent Workshop @ 7pm
MAR 27 - Easter Class Parties
What a wonderful month February was to us here at preschool! We were blessed with an abundance of love for our Valentine’s celebrations and had an amazing Open House Event! Praise God for all He is doing here at Mt. Calvary! As we enter the month of March, we look forward to celebrating Dr. Seuss’s Birthday with Green Eggs and Ham, St. Patrick’s Day celebrations, as well as celebrating the resurrection of our Savior, Jesus! For our Pre-K children, we are hosting our Kindergarten Readiness Testing through a company called Chancy and Bruce on March 14th. This test will further help assess your child’s readiness for kindergarten. If you would like to sign up for this test or have any questions, please complete the form and return it to the office no later than March 9th. I pray that as another month comes and goes, our little ones continue to grow socially, emotionally, physically, cognitively, as well as spiritually in their love for the Lord!
Ocean Animals, Zoo Animals, Jungle Animals, Easter
Jesus Rides Into Jerusalem, Mary and Martha, At The Last Supper, The Crucifixion.
R+Blu = Pur, R+Y= O, Bla+W=Gra
Square, Clover, Pentagon, and Cross
ABC Patterning, Identifying Missing Numbers, Yesterday and Tomorrow
Letters for the Month
X, Y, Z, Review
Outing of the Month
Aquarium of the Pacific
This month we are learning all about ocean animals! Why not take a trip to our local aquarium and see for yourself all the majestic creatures our Lord God created.
App of the Month
This months app helps your child with his or her fine motor skills and hand eye coordination. In this app, we will buzz around pollinating beautiful flowers!
Book of the Month
“Leprechaun on the Loose” by Marsha Thornton Jones
Head to the library and pick out this silly book about what happens when a leprechaun gets loose in the classroom!
Song of the Month
“Jump Into the Light” by Jana Alayra
CD: Jump Into the Light (1995)
Music and movement time helps support a productive release of energy. Let’s get singing and dancing!
Welcome to February!
MAR 13 - Campus Pride Day
of the month
Savannah Rogers has earned February’s Student of the Month in eighth grade. Savannah daily shows her Christian values. She shows her Christ-like attitude in her willingness to help others and with her positive and out-going attitude. Savannah has shown her Academic advancement as she has been more focused in the classroom lately taking care of the task at hand. She has matured in her academics putting forth the effort needed to be successful. She works diligently on tasks put before her. She stays focused and makes positive behavioral choices each day thus showing she is a Responsible citizen. Savannah always has a smile and friendly hello and good-bye each day. I know she will continue to do well, not only for the rest of this year, but in high school as well. Congratulations, Savannah!
7th Grade, Mr. Cox
Regina Lee is February's Student of the Month. She has made a wonderful adjustment to our classroom; and has worked hard to adapt to new textbooks and procedures. She reflects a Christlike attitude in her interaction with other students; being thoughtful and courteous with those around her. Her dedication to learning scripture each week shows in her high marks. She has been organized in her daily work and responsible for turning in all assignments completed to best of her ability. She has asked questions to help her understand work that she is not familiar with; thus developing communication skills to help her as well. Regina has accepted responsibility and demonstrated self discipline in her thoughts, words, and actions. We're glad to have her as part of our school.
4th Grade, Mrs. Paxton
8th Grade, Mrs. Cox
Alexa Rodriguez is puppy trainer for this month. Quite frequently during lunch or recess you can find Alexa interacting with Juana; Alexa often goes through Juana's commands and then plays games with her. She spends a tremendous amount of her free time playing with Juana during break and sometimes after school puts in another 15-20 minutes.
She has been a wonderful help in getting Juana to be a nice girl both in and out of the classroom. Your dedication to her is deeply appreciated Alexa !
Kindergarten, Mrs. Hobbs
Ian Li | Academic Advancement
Charles Olsen | Academic Advancement
Virginia Lee has earned Student of the Month honors for February. Enrolling in a new school always brings with it a special set of challenges. When a student changes schools after the midpoint of the year, those challenges may be compounded and magnified. Virginia has met all of those challenges as she has become an outstanding member of the seventh grade class at Mt. Calvary. Virginia demonstrates her Christian values by her conduct and by the ways she treats others. Academically, she has demonstrated great skill, especially displaying the qualities of an independent learner. She possesses a strong, calm spirit, and adds to the classroom with her effective communication skills. Virginia has been a great addition to our classroom, and I am sure she will have great success as she continues her hard work through middle school. Congratulations.
The fourth grade student of the month for February is Julia Mahfouz. Julia is a wonderful and pleasant student to have in class. She works cooperatively with the other students in all group work. Her attitude in class is consistent and she takes initiative to get her work done. She has grown into a more independent student over the course of the year. I am very proud of her hard work and dedication to her studies. Julia displays a Christian attitude in not only her words but her actions, too. She is a mature and honest young lady. Overall, it has been wonderful to get to know Julia this school year and she should be very proud of the progress that she has made. Congratulations, Julia!
2nd Grade, Mrs. Wright
Ethan Tam | Academic Advancement
Kristina Reynen | Academic Advancement
1st Grade, Mrs. Stade
Jacob Villa | Responsible Citizen
Mareena Haddadin | Responsible Citizen
5th Grade, Mrs. Trotter
3rd Grade, Mrs. Thomason
Kaylee Houston | Responsible Citizen
Irvin Zhao | Academic Advancement
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