A WORD FROM
This summer is already different.
We knew it would be, because spring was different. We went through an unprecedented time in our world, in our country, in our homes. The Covid-19 health pandemic has affected jobs, schools, our very way of life. It has also affected our plans. Perhaps you had a big family trip on the calendar this summer? Maybe you were thinking of doing local activities here in SoCal on a daily or weekly basis? If you were planning a “staycation”—that may be the one plan that could still happen!
In thinking about all that has happen, three things stand out as I reflect on what has taken place.
It has been hard. It has not been easy to make the all the adjustments this pandemic has forced upon us. It has affected us emotionally, financially, physically, socially, and spiritually—with those items often intersecting all the same time. We have felt a toll in our lives.
It has gone on longer than we thought. At first we were thinking it was only for a few weeks—then it stretched for over a month. We had hoped that when things “opened up” some of our burdens would be lifted. That may not be the case for many of us, as we don’t sense anything concluding in the near future.
We are tired. Because of the length of the quarantine, the restrictions we are placed under, the uncertainty of the future, our energy is low. We may be feeling a lack of motivation, especially in everyday matters. When it comes time for bed, even though we are tired; we don’t sleep well, as we remain anxious.
How do we address these concerns as they continue to visit and revisit us in these uncertain times? We go to a certain source—our certain God! He provides truth and words of assurances for these times and all times. Please consider that…
God gives us strength. When we are depleted of physical and emotional energy and feel like we have nothing left—Christ our Lord lifts us, he renews us, and lifts our spirit like wings on eagles.
God will not leave us or forsake us. During those times when we feel lonely, afraid, or lost—we can be assured that God has not abandoned us, but that He will walk forward with us, always present in our lives.
God will always love us. Jesus will love us with an everlasting love that doesn’t wear out, nor does it decrease toward us, even when we are not always loving. God’s love abounds and remains ever present in our lives in Christ Jesus.
It is my hope that this summer, as unique as it already is, as different as it will become—will be one filled with the promises of God that you recognize and experience in new and different ways.
Trusting in His Promises,
Dr. Steve Christopher
Mrs. Trotter Retires
Get Ready For School
Welcome Ms. Jacob
2020-2021 Year at a Glance
We continue to “BLAST OFF INTO SUMMER” here at Mt Calvary!
We wanted to remind you that our Summer School Age Care (SAC) opened up a few weeks ago for students Grades K-8. We are now available to take your child, Monday-Friday, 7 am to 5:30 pm, in our regular SAC Room facility.
We are limiting registration to 16 children, so please call the MCL Office, 909.861.2740, for more info and to reserve your spot! We will be following health guidelines and precautions to assure safety for the children.
Hope to see you at MCL sometime this summer!
COVID Related Update
Much discussion has taken place recently on the public airwaves regarding concerns related to reopening businesses and other venues. We have seen shifts regarding use of facemasks when out in public and other changes in guidelines for associating in groups. In spite of all the discussion, like other schools in California, we do not know exactly what the public health status of our community or state will be this coming August.
Our plan at Mt Calvary is still focused on an on-time opening of the Mt Calvary School Year on August 12, 2020, under the theme: “A Piece of God’s Plan.” We are cautiously hopeful that with the distinct advantages of our small class sizes and hilltop campus, that we will be able to safely open for school in accordance with state and local guidelines.
MCL Re-Opening Guidelines that will be developed for the 2020-21 school are as of yet still unfolding in the details, but as of now we see them organizing in the following manner:
Health Orders from the County and State. We will of course, plan to follow all guidelines as prescribe by the local and state authorities. We will adhere to all such protocols required of us. Particularly, we will have guidelines focusing on the following areas:
use of face masks by students
use of face shields and face masks by staff
Please know, that our cleaning company has already upgraded their cleaning supplies and are using the strongest cleansing agents allowed that are still safe for a community like ours at Mt Calvary. We will consider the health and well-being of all students, faculty and staff on campus at MCL our highest priority.
Classroom Management. Instructional organization and delivery of our advanced curriculum will be a top priority as we incorporate the required health and safety standards considering:
student enrollment in each classroom
arrangement of desks at a safe social distance
strict limit of classroom visitors
scheduling that limit interaction with other classes
monitoring of student health and well-being by our teachers/staff
Please know that we will consider all the best practices regarding instructional guidelines required by our curriculum and health guidelines so that our student receive the best education possible under these unusual circumstances.
Curricular and Programmatic Operations. Various adaptations to our class schedules and use of buildings will need to be considered based on distancing guidelines. We will create safety guidelines for how we will:
arrange lunch tables and organize class eating scheduling
assure the safe distribution of our hot lunch orders
keep a safe distance walking to/from the field and blacktop play area
limit access and use of the gym
conduct our sports programs
manage visitors in the MCL office
hold chapel for our students
offer our extracurricular activities
host PTL events
create a safe and healthy recess environment emphasizing solo play
Certainly, more details will be forthcoming. We look forward to welcoming our students, families, teachers, and staff back to campus with appropriate safety modifications in place.
We hope to be seeing you soon. Have a safe summer!
Dr. Steven L. Christopher
Thinking Ahead to August
Pre-K Class of 2020 Graduation @ 5 pm
MCL Quad Area
THE YEAR AT A GLANCE - CLICK HERE
Labor Day - Campus Closed
No school, SAC, or preschool.
Summer Camp Ends
All good things must come to an End!
Back to School Night
More information coming
Family Sock Hop
More information coming
First Day of School
Early Dismissal for K-8th grades • 8 am - 11:30 am
As we closed the 2019-20 School Year, Mrs. Peggy Trotter, long-time teacher at Mt Calvary, and most recently our 4th Grade Homeroom teacher, informed the Administration that she is choosing to retire. She is looking forward to spending more time with her husband Jim, who recently retired and with her extended family.
Mrs. Trotter has filled many roles here at MCL, including Middle School Science and Math teacher, 5th Grade Teacher, 4th Grade Homeroom teacher, instructor for Middle School Electives such as cooking and sewing. Mrs. Trotter was also very active in having students work outside to help beautify our campus with special projects as well as helping guide our annual campus clean-up day.
She is especially known for bringing “service dogs in training” to the MCL campus. This puppies who would frequent our campus required specific duties that our students would carry out, in helping these pups to become socialized, learn good manners, which allowed many of our school children to learn new responsibilities as they cared for the puppies. We fondly remember, Gandalf, Juana, and Fame.
When it can be arranged later this Fall, Mrs. Trotter will make a return visit to campus where we celebrate her service among us, and shower her with love and appreciation.
Happy Retirement Mrs. Trotter!
Pre-K Class of 2020 Graduation will take place on Thursday, August 6th at 5 pm in the MCL Quad area. Please save this date, and look out for more information to come as we approach this date.
Things are looking a little different these days here at MCL Preschool. We are blessed that all of our staff and families have stayed healthy and safe during this time of uncertainty, and continue to send love to those who have not yet returned. School re-opened on Tuesday May 26th with 14 students, and things have been fun and relaxing since our return! We are filling our days with art projects, outside exploration, and all around fun with our friends. It has been a true blessing to have more one on one time with our little friends during this unprecedented time.
Sending love and prayers to all as we close out the summer and get ready for an exciting new school year!
Pre-K Class 2020 Graduation
Re-enrollment Coming to a Close
Re-enrollment for the 2020/21 school year is coming to a close. Please keep in mind that all Gradelink re-enrollment and registration fees are due no later than July 1st to ensure a spot in our program. Please be in touch if you need assistance logging into Gradelink, or have any specific questions.
Hot Lunch Program 2020-2021
Be uniform ready! New uniforms are available at Dennis Uniforms or shop our lightly used uniforms in the school office.
You can find more information on the uniform policy on page 19 of our Parent-Student Handbook below. All uniform items with the MCL Logo must be purchased from Dennis Uniforms.
Mt. Calvary Lutheran welcomes back Southland Catering to service our students for the 2020-2021 school year.
For more information and their commitment to safe service during the COVID-19, please click below
School Supply List
Mt. Calvary Lutheran School’s handbook is loaded with information about school rules, academic guidelines, uniform policy and general school information. It is a valuable tool! Please refer back to this often as it includes all pertinent information regarding the school.
Students are ask to bring supplies on the first day of school. See the supply list by grade.
We know there is a short supply of antibacterial products, please do your best at securing the items on the list.
The Board of Education at Mt Calvary Lutheran School is pleased to announce the hiring of Miss Casey Jacob for the position of 4th Grade Homeroom Teacher, for the 2020-21 School Year. This year, the position returns to full-time status.
Miss Jacob is someone who is very familiar with Mt Calvary, having attended our school from Preschool through the 8th Grade. Following her graduation from MCL, she attended Ontario Christian High School, and then went to Biola University in La Mirada where she graduated in 2019 with a BA degree in Elementary Education and a Minor in Biblical Studies. She finished her student teaching this past spring at Elementary Schools in the area, and also completed the requirements for her California Multiple Subject Teaching Credential.
Many of you may know Miss Jacob, as she has served on our Summer Staff in SAC for the past few years as well as a substitute in SAC during the school year.
Welcome Miss Jacob! God’s blessings as you being your service among us here at Mt. Calvary!
Miss Casey Jacob
Our new 4th Grade Teacher!
Since the Covid 19 campus shut-down in March, much progress has been made on many projects here at Mt Calvary. We are grateful that we had some extra time to get the following things completed.
Tree Removal on the north side of the Church parking lot is complete. Palm trees around campus and other trees have been trimmed. Preschool stump has been removed.
Cement walkway leading into the Pre-school has been repaired.
Plumbing Issues: Leaky pipe in the Church Restroom Maintenance closet near the entry to Infant Care has been resolved.
NEW ESL Room / ESL Coordinating Office (upstairs storage room) has been completely cleaned out and painted. Music items were relocated to the Church. New carpeting has been installed and furnishings will be moved in this summer.
Computer Lab redesigned as STEAM Room: New desks and chairs donated from Orange Lutheran High School have been on campus since last summer, and will be moved into the STEAM Room when ESL moves to their new location.
MCL Campus Projects During Shut-down and Summer 2020
If you have been on campus lately, perhaps you have noticed some of these special “gems of encouragement.” They were painted and donated by Mrs. Sandy Hardin, long-time teacher at MCL, special projects volunteer in many of our classes, and member of our Mt Calvary Board of Education.
Thank you Sandy! You rock!!
Mt. Calvary Lutheran School
23300 Golden Springs Dr.
Diamond Bar, CA 91765
909.861.2740 · email@example.com
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