Student of the Month
Revised Year At a Glance
A WORD FROM
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Hello Mt Calvary,
This is my report for what I did over Christmas break. I had plans to have a relaxing Christmas, listening to beautiful music and maybe do some grading (fun)! But as we remember this year, I am a Piece of God’s Plan and He had other plans. On Thursday before school let out I was starting to feel crummy – maybe a bit of a cold coming on. The crumminess deepened and by Thursday night became a fever. Oops, no school for me on Friday, which I was NOT planning on. I had a telemedicine “visit” (just a phone call) on Friday and to be careful, they ordered a COVID test for me. Fever all weekend, missed church (I’m the “DJ” for our live stream), COVID test at Kaiser on Monday. Test results: ah dang, yep - COVID! I’m youngish, but not young; healthyish but not a perfect specimen. I’m worried.
The next days are a blur of fever, chills, fatigue, coughing, and vomiting. I stare at the TV but never really watch anything. I read some but my eyes don’t focus. I’m mildly dizzy and disoriented. My sister-in-law in Chicago is worried too and orders a fingertip pulse oximeter to make sure I have enough oxygen in my blood. I do (yay, oxygen)! Days go by with very little food until I emerge from my cocoon on Sunday, December 27, fever broken. It has been ten days. The good news is I lost weight (what grownup doesn’t need some of this, right)? The great news is, I did NOT go to the hospital.
I have now been fever free for over a week. According to CDC guidelines, I am safe and no longer under quarantine. The CDC does not recommend getting a negative test to “prove” I no longer have COVID because there are still too many people who needs tests without people like me clogging the works.
I’m not sure how I contracted the virus. I have been regular in my mask wearing and avoiding places. They say the infection rate in the county is at 1 in 80 so that means for any trip to the grocery, there was possibly someone already infected in the store. The last time I was out shopping was December 14. Was it then? Now it’s InstaCart for me.
We skipped Christmas entirely so we were happy to realize we will have an opportunity to celebrate it on January 7 with our Eastern Christian celebrants.
I write this because fortunately, many people don’t personally know someone who has had COVID. I had a moderate case and can say it was among the sickest I have ever been, right up there with pneumonia (another potential killer). Wear your mask, wash your hands, know this is real and real serious and never forget, you are a Piece of God’s Plan.
Happy to be back.
2nd Grade Update
NEW Changes to the MCL Calendar
The Mt Calvary Board of Education, with support of the Church Council has now scheduled “Teacher/Student Workdays” for every other Friday beginning January 29th and continuing at least through the end of March. This means there will be no instruction, either on-campus or on-line, on January 29, Feb 12 & 26, March 12 & 26.
The reason for this is to give teachers a chance to get caught up on grading and lesson planning, and students a chance to catch-up on assignments and special projects. Previously scheduled ½ days will no longer occur on those previously scheduled dates.
SAC will be open regular hours (6:30 am to 6 pm) on these “off days” at no charge, for K-1-2 students and Grades 3-8 students who have been regularly coming to campus.
We are all a bit weary, we could all use some extra time to get caught up, and get things done.
Valentine's Day & Chinese New Year Parties
More details forthcoming
Teacher/Student Workdays | No K-8 Classes
SAC is open
Ash Wednesday Chapel
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Teacher/Student Workdays | No K-8 Classes
SAC is open
Lutheran Schools Week
Each day has a theme. Make sure to dressup! Flyer HERE
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MCL Welcomes Our New Long-Term 2nd Grade Substitute Teacher!
Hi, I’m Yesenia Siria, the newest addition to the second grade! I am a Biola University graduate and a first year teacher. I am passionate about teaching students, and being able to do so in a Christ-centered setting. I am ready to serve this school and all of its students this Spring. If not at school you could probably find me at the beach, with friends or family, or practicing a new recipe. I hope to meet you very soon!
As many of you may know, due to health concerns, it was not safe for Mrs. Wright to return to campus to teach students in person in January. We thank for your prayers and patience as we continue to plan for a safe return of our 2nd graders to the Mt Calvary campus.
Here is the plan for now, as we move forward in making the transition to our long term substitute:
Mrs. Wright will teach all 2nd grade students, on-line the week of Jan 11 to 15. Please note that Friday is a half-day of instruction.
Monday, January 18th is Martin Luther King Day, and we will observe this at Mt Calvary by not holding and classes for K-8 students. SAC will be open for students who need day time supervision.
On Tuesday, Jan 19th and Wednesday, Jan 20th Mrs. Wright will teach her final two classes, on-line, for all 2nd grade students.
Beginning on Thursday, Jan 21st, Ms Yesenia Siria, a 2019 Graduate of the Teacher Education program at Biola University in La Mirada, will begin her role as the new long-term substitute for 2nd Grade. For the remainder of the School Year, she will teach 2nd grade students who choose to return to the MCL campus, as well as teach the other 2nd Grade students who want to remain on-line.
Please note that we will inform all 2nd grade families, as well as the rest of the MCL community and former students, of plans to honor and recognize the teaching career of Mrs. Wright as they develop in the days ahead.
Second Graders Returning to Campus
Mrs. Mawhorter writes . . .
The third grade student of the month award is in Academic Advancement and it is awarded to Hayden Ross. Hayden has been at our school only since November and has shown so much growth academically. She has put a tremendous amount of effort into getting familiar with our curriculum and has shown great improvement since her first days here at Mt. Calvary. I am so proud of her! Congratulations, Hayden!
Mrs. Wright writes . . .
Parker Mortorff and King El-Asar are receiving the award of Responsible Citizens for the month of December. December is always a busy month and then staying focused while on Zoom even makes it more challenging. Parker and King have kept up will all their assignments making sure they completed correctly and turned in on time. In class discussions both students participate and add fun facts to our conversions. They have excellent manners and make sure others have their turn to add to our group discussions. In addition to working hard in class both students also reached their AR goals for the month. Great job boys!
Mrs. Hobbs writes . . .
Olivia Mares is receiving the award for Effective Communication for December. Olivia has been doing a great job expressing herself during online learning. She asks for help when she needs it and is prompt in letting me know when she needs help with something. She also has been doing a great job communicating with her classmates and getting to know them while online. It is wonderful to see her smile each morning as she logs on to class.
I have another student who also met the challenge of December. He was and still is kind and respectful. He gets along with all his classmates. It impresses me how caring he is about others. He is truly interested in what others say and do. He knows how much he is loved by Jesus, and is willing to share that through his words and actions. This student is Peyton Zhang.
Mrs. Gonzales writes . . .
The Student of the Month in the fifth grade class is Nicholas Battaglia. Nicholas is a conscientious student and a critical thinker. He has grown tremendously in his work ethic and determination to succeed in all subjects. Nicholas went above and beyond to achieve his AR goal by committing to daily and weekly reading goals. His commitment to these goals allowed him to achieve his AR goal midway through the quarter. He received the Principal's Honor Roll first quarter and worked diligently through all of 2nd quarter. Congratulations Nicholas.
Mr. Cox writes . . .
Ria Choi has earned Student of the Month Honors for 7th Grade in December. Ria has consistently displayed the qualities of a successful student. She has earned Honor Roll recognition for her academic performance. Ria has adapted well to the online learning environment, participating in class discussions, and answering when called upon. Not to be overlooked is her positive, upbeat attitude and her sharing of personal anecdotes which brighten the classroom environment. Ria will continue to have a successful year, whether online or in person. Congratulations
STUDENT OF MONTH
Scarlett McNulty is receiving the award for Academic Advancement. Scarlett has worked so hard this month to make sure her work is done correctly and neatly. She comes to class prepared with everything she needs for the day. She participates in our class discussions. Her handwriting is very neat. She is an avid reader. She is also a very creative author and illustrator and has produced several great stories that she shared with the class. Good work Scarlett!
Mr. Cox writes . . .
Sadie Fletcher has earned Student of the Month recognition for 6th Grade in December. Sadie deserves recognition for her adjustment to the online learning environment. Since the beginning of the school year, Sadie has improved in submitting her assignments in a timely manner. She always is willing to participate in class discussions, and increasingly demonstrates the proper time to start and stop her discussions. Sadie demonstrates her Christian values by regular worship attendance, even when worship moved to an online setting. Sadie has shown much growth in many areas, and will continue to do so in the years to come.
Ms. Jacobs writes . . .
Jonah Fletcher has earned Student of the Month in fourth grade for December. Jonah has been doing great this school year despite the challenging circumstances. He is a student who shows all the true aspects of a student who CAREs. He reflects a Christ-like attitude every day. He shows love and respect for his teacher as well as his fellow students. He gives everything his full effort. He actively participates in class discussions. He communicates well with his teacher when he does not understand something. Jonah always stays on for homework help to make sure that he is fully understanding. Jonah’s positive attitude shows through his willingness to participate and diligence in his work. He is self-disciplined and completes all his work on time. He is a joy to have in class. I believe that he is going to continue to do great this school year no matter what challenges come his way. Congratulations, Jonah!
Mrs. Stade writes . . .
December was a challenging month with the excitement of Christmas. However, I had a student who met that challenge. She was a good listener, followed directions, and willing to participate in discussions. Her work was done to the best of her ability and turned in on time. She was always looking to help those around her. Most of all, she was kind and respectful. She did everything with a smile. Jesus’ light shone in her and still does shine in her heart. This student is Isabella Hempstead.
Mrs. Cox writes . . .
Lucas Arrieta has earned December’s Student of the Month in eighth grade. Lucas has all the characteristics of a student who CAREs. He continues to be a role model for his fellow classmates by making choices that are appropriate. Lucas is hard working and diligent. He attends all of his Google Meets classes and turns in quality work, showing that he has given his best effort. Lucas strives for excellence. He knows what he needs to improve on and continually works hard to make those improvements. Lucas is self-disciplined and trust worthy. His love of Jesus shines through with the way he treats those around him. I know that Lucas will finish off this year successfully and will be a great asset to the high school he attends next year. Congratulations, Lucas!
Spring 2021 Chapel
This spring, we will join in with other Lutheran Schools in our region and support the “Hearts for Jesus” project which will gather funds for the LeadaChild organization based out of Olathe, Kansas. For more information about them go to: www.leadachild.org. This wonderful organization seeks to fund Christian education programs for children on four different continents! We are going to “aim high” and set our starting goal at $1500 for the coming spring! Reach deep Mt Calvary! Continue to give as you have given in the past — in sacrificial ways which benefit others who want to hear the teaching of God’s Word. More information about this great organization and wonderful project will be shared in the coming weeks in our Chapel broadcasts, as well as the progress we are making toward our goal.
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