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Posted June 22, 2020

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Posted May 28, 2020


As our teachers and students begin to wrap up the last week of instruction, we are filled with mixed emotions. We are sad to know that our teachers will be saying “goodbye” to their students at a distance and not able to give them a farewell hug. Yet, we are happy to begin planning for the 2020-21 school year. This school year was different to say the least, but through it we found success. We are so grateful that MCS has a supportive group of parents who continued encouraging our students and teachers during this difficult time. We want to provide you with a few reminders as this week quickly comes to an end.

  • Materials/Book Drop-off: Please remember to bring your student’s school materials/books and Chrome Books to the school on Thursday, June 4th between 1:00pm-4:30pm. We ask that those entering the building wear masks, have a bag ready to pack up personal items from classroom desk and lockers, and enter through the appropriate door laid out in last week’s email. If you are not comfortable with coming into the building, we are providing a drive-thru service. If using the drive-thru service, have student materials/books in a bag and labeled with student name, grade, homeroom, and locker number (middle and high school). We will also have our school secretary available to help with re-enroll if you need assistance! (Specific instructions are on the website. Click on the red COVID-19 Response button to access these instructions!)
  • Miss Amos Celebration Drive-Thru: Join us as we honor Miss Amos on Thursday, May 28th from 6:30pm-7:30pm here at MCS! We would love to see as many of Miss Amos’ past students and parents come through to honor her!
  • Graduation: Please be praying as our seniors prepare for their graduation! We will be holding graduation here in the MCS auditorium on Friday, June 5th. There will be two identical ceremonies, one at 5:00 and one at 7:30. Students and their parents will be in attendance while necessary safety precautions are being taken to ensure we keep all attendees safe. There will be a live-stream link available on our MCSlions website for those of you who would like to watch as our seniors receive their diplomas. This live-stream will begin at 7:30pm.
  • Graduation Drive-Thru: Please join us on Friday, June 5th from 6:30pm-7:15pm to celebrate the seniors! We will be allowing anyone who wants to participate in the drive-thru celebration to drive in and cheer as our seniors stand on the sidewalk between the two graduation ceremonies!

As we wrap up the 2019-20 school year, we are beginning to proactively plan for the 2020-21 school year. We are looking forward to seeing our classrooms and hallways full again of smiles, laughter, and excited faces! We are excited to see what God has in store for MCS as perspective student tours begin this week! Please continue praying for the mission of MCS and all of our current families as well as those who will be joining us for the first time next year!

Thank you and God Bless,

Kristen Devlin, School Administrator
Samantha Corderman, Assistant Principal

Posted May 22, 2020


As we are all looking forward to the end of this school year, we are thankful for the support you have all given us at MCS. This year turned out to be very different than we anticipated, but we have found success through it all. In order for us to finish out this school year, we will need to set up a materials/book drop-off. Please read through the following list for more information.

We will be opening our doors on Thursday, June 4th from 1:00-4:30 pm. This time is designed to allow students to come in and drop off any materials or books they used throughout this school year. They will also be given an opportunity to retrieve any materials they have in their desk or locker. Some students may have already cleaned out their locker or desk, but we will be placing art projects and other materials in their locker or desk for them to pick-up. Lost and Found will be set up for families to go through. Please take the time to look through the Lost and Found tables to see if there are any items your child may have lost!

  • Kindergarten: Please be watching for an email from Mrs. Case.
  • ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: Enter through the doors they are typically dropped off at in the morning. Students will be directed to go to their homeroom, drop off materials/books, pick-up materials from their desk, and promptly exit the school from the same doors they entered.
  • MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: Enter through the doors they are typically dropped off at in the morning. Students will be directed to stop at the table downstairs in the FLC foyer to drop off their Chromebook. They will then go upstairs and drop off books on the designated tables. Students will then be able to retrieve personal items from their lockers. Students will promptly exit the same doors they entered once they are finished collecting their personal items. Please have a bag with you to pack up personal belongings from locker!
  • HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Enter through main lobby doors. Students will go directly to the designated tables and return materials/books and Chromebook. Students will then exit the same doors promptly. Please have a bag with you to pack up personal belongings from locker!

We will have an employee available to help with re-enrollment. If you are having a difficult time re-enrolling your student(s), please take advantage of this opportunity.

Our facilities team continues to do an amazing job sanitizing the whole building. There has not been any evidence of COVID-19 within our MCS or CWC family, but precautions are still being taken in order to ensure community safety. Employees will be wearing masks and gloves during the drop-off period. We also ask that you wear a mask as well when in the building. If you have a medical condition that prevents you from wearing a mask, we will have you use the drive through process.

PLEASE NOTE: We are asking that you wear a mask when coming into the building, unless you have a medical condition that does not allow you to wear a mask. Our employees will also be wearing a mask for the duration of the materials/book drop-off.

If you are not comfortable with your student(s) coming into the building: We will have a designated person waiting for you at the main lobby doors. Please pull up, honk your horn, and have student materials/books in a bag, labeled with the student’s name, their grade, and their locker number (middle and high school) or homeroom (elementary school). We will then have someone bring your student’s personal belongings to you and return their materials/books to their teacher(s).

Posted May 6, 2020


We are excited to send out another weekly update to you as our school year is quickly wrapping up.  Please read through this email for quick updates to help you plan out the rest of the 2019-2020 school year.  As always, these updates are tentative and dependent on Governor Wolf’s updates.

  • Summer Day Care- We are excited to confirm that we will be able to provide summer day care this year.  Please be watching for an email with summer day care updates from Mrs. Veronica Young.
  • Material/Book Drop-off- We are looking to have a materials/book drop-off TENTATIVELY scheduled for Thursday June 4 from 1:00pm-4:30pm.  As soon as this date is confirmed, based off Governor Wolf’s restrictions, we will email you.  Material/book drop-off will be organized like the material/book pick-up.  Additional information will be sent in an upcoming email. Please be watching for that email.
  • Graduation- Graduation will be held on Friday, June 5 at 7:00pm. We are limiting attendee numbers in order to follow Governor Wolf’s group gathering restrictions. As he updates his state opening plans, we will be adjusting graduation details. Due to limiting the number of attendees at the graduation, we are encouraging families and friends to watch the live broadcast that will be available.  Additional information and details will be sent out in an upcoming email.
  • Reaccreditation- As you are aware, MCS was supposed to go through the ACSI reaccreditation process this Spring. Unfortunately due to COVID-19, our reaccreditation was rescheduled for October. As more details become available to us, we will pass the information on to you.

We are all looking forward to seeing our hallways and classrooms filled next year. Please make sure you re-enroll your students for the 2020-2021 school year! It is important that we know how many students we will have in each grade for next year in order to extend contracts to our teachers. If you are experiencing financial difficulties at this time, please reach out to Julie Fetter for assistance. We pray that each family and student is finding success this week and are looking forward to the last three weeks of instruction. Our teachers have been working diligently throughout this school year. If your student is in need of extra support, please do not hesitate to contact their teacher! We are so grateful for the support our families have given us during this time!

 Thank you and God Bless,

Kristen Devlin, School Administrator
Samantha Corderman, Assistant Principal

Posted April 30, 2020


Posted April 17, 2020


Today is Parent Appreciation Day, and I want to start off by saying how much we appreciate you and the support you have given us at MCS throughout this year. Although this year took an unexpected turn, we are grateful you have all shown your support for our students, teachers, and staff as home-based, online learning became our new norm. As we move into the fourth quarter, we want to update you with a few adjustments we are making to finish out this school year.

Student electives will be optional for the fourth quarter for all grades (K-12). This includes music, P.E., Health and Wellness, and art. Elementary Spanish will not be offered during the fourth quarter. If your student(s) enjoys learning Spanish, there are fun apps and online resources they can use to continue growing their Spanish vocabulary. Teachers will continue providing activities for students to enjoy during free time, but the activities will be optional. Our teachers still want to continue providing activities for our students to engage in throughout the fourth quarter as a school work break or a fun family night activity.

Over the last three weeks, Mrs. Devlin, Julie Fetter, Chad Heise, and I have been working diligently on finding financial solutions to come alongside our families, while still being able to pay our teachers. We understand that some of our families are experiencing financial difficulties during this time. We as a school, have a responsibility to provide quality education to our students. We also have the responsibility to continue paying our teachers, who have shown their heart for our students and dedication to providing quality education. Although the year looks different than anticipated, we are continuing to provide quality education to our students with no financial savings to the school by going online. You as parents have taken on a new role at home as our state has transitioned to online educational instruction. We are forever grateful for our students, teachers, and parents for their flexibility and support throughout this transition. Please be in prayer as we wait for God’s direction and answers to possible solutions we have been tirelessly working through.

We are hopeful that all of our students and families are finding success through this third week of online instruction. If you have any questions or concerns with your student’s academics, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. They are here to help and want success for all of their students! There are many decisions we continue working through and ask that you pray for wisdom and guidance through each decision we need to make. We understand that you may have questions regarding different areas of the school year or finances. Please know that we are updating you as quickly as possible with all the information we have. As new information becomes available to us, we will update you.

Kristen Devlin, School Administrator
Samantha Corderman, Assistant Principal

Posted April 13, 2020


Over the last month, Mrs. Devlin and I have sat down to write an email to our families each week with updates and reminders. We never imagined we would have to write this specific email, moving into this Spring. With Governor Wolf’s most recent update, we will need to extend the home-based, online learning to the end of this academic year. We know this was not expected at the beginning of the year, but we are grateful for how our teachers, students, and you as their family have responded to the transition. Looking ahead, we want to provide you with a few quick updates.

Mrs. Devlin and I understand that some of our families are experiencing financial difficulties during this time. We as a school, have a responsibility to provide quality education to our students. We also have the responsibility to continue paying our teachers, who have shown their heart for our students and dedication to providing quality education. Although the year looks different than anticipated, we are continuing to provide quality education to our students with no financial savings to the school by going online. While taking everything into consideration, we have been working diligently on finding solutions to come alongside our families, while still being able to pay our teachers. Please be in prayer as we wait for God’s direction and answers to possible solutions we have been navigating.

All of our Spring events have been canceled due to the restrictions COVID-19 has placed on us. Looking ahead, we are exploring different scenarios and opportunities in order to provide our high school seniors with a graduation. Although it will look significantly different, we want to create an environment that highlights our graduating seniors and allows them to have a graduation ceremony. As we continue exploring the different graduation opportunities, we will continue being proactive and will update you when final decisions have been made.

We are hopeful that all of our students and families are finding success through this second week of online instruction. If you have any questions or concerns with your student’s academics, please do not hesitate to contact your child’s teacher. They are here to help and want success for all of their students! There are many decisions we have been working through and will continue working through. We understand that you may have questions regarding different areas of the school year or finances. Please know that we are updating you as quickly as possible with all the information we have. As new information becomes available to us, we will update you.

HAVE A BLESSED EASTER BREAK!

Sincerely,

Kristen Devlin, School Administrator
Samantha Corderman, Assistant Principal

Posted April 1, 2020


We are so appreciative of you and all the amazing support and feedback you have provided us during this unprecedented times. We could not have asked for more caring and dedicated families! As we look ahead, we want to make sure we update you with the most recent information from Governor Wolf and how it impacts us as a school and you as a family. President Trump has extended social distancing requirements on Sunday until April 30. Today, Governor Wolf has announced that he is extending school closure until an indefinite amount of time. This means that he does not have a definite return date, so neither do we. We understand that this extension is not something we expected, and certainly did not hope for. We know this will postpone and potentially cancel certain events that were scheduled in April, like Formal and Legacy. However, we are waiting for future announcements in order to make official decisions on whether we can schedule these events at a later date.

Our teachers recognize that this is a learning curve, not only for them, but also for our students and you as their parents. We want to ensure that our students are still receiving quality educational instruction, but keeping you in mind as a family. If you are finding that you are having difficulties with completing assignments or need more assistance educationally for your students, please reach out to your child’s teacher(s). Our teachers are here to not only teach your child, but to also support you and them in this time. Communication is vital in making this process successful. If you or your child is feeling overwhelmed in any way, please do not hesitate to reach out to their teacher(s) and work together on finding a solution.

Thank you for partnering with us! We will continue communicating with you as new information become available. We are prayerful that our students are enjoying the educational instruction their teachers are providing them and will continue growing spiritually during this unprecedented time, knowing that God is in control.

Posted March 23, 2020


As we continue to proactively plan and prepare for potentially beginning online, home based educational instruction, we want to give you an update. As of today, we have been informed that Governor Wolf has extended school closure for another 2 weeks. With this, we will begin home based educational instruction on Monday, March 30. We understand that this brings some concern and questions as online instruction is new for all of us. Please read the information below for some clarification on how our teachers are preparing for instruction.

Our teachers have been focusing on their preparations and working in collaboration with our technology team. Teachers will be using a variety of instructional strategies, similar to what they already use in their classrooms. This instruction will look different, depending on the grade level and specific teacher. You may see educational instruction methods like Google Meet, Google Classroom, Zoom, YouTube videos, pre-recorded videos, and emailed instruction. Teachers will have the flexibility to utilize methods that benefit their instruction best. Teachers may use a variety of methods within the week in order to best accomplish the objectives for that class.

Communication is vital. We are in unprecedented times and all growing together in this learning experience. If you find that your student needs more instruction, or they are not receiving emails from teachers, please reach out to the teacher personally (we have been informed that some emails from MCS are going to parents’ “junk/spam” folder. Please check there periodically.). Our teachers are also learning to navigate these new methods. Through all of this, we are extending grace to our teachers and students.

We recognize that parents may still be expected to work throughout the day. Your child may be in the care of other family members while you are working. Please know that we understand and will adjust as much as possible. We will continue to provide the best quality education possible during this uncertain time. We know each students’ learning style is unique to them and will work with teachers to adapt materials accordingly. If you find your student is struggling with instruction or material, please reach out to their teacher. Our teachers are here to help and want success for each of their students. Communication is important while we begin online instruction.

Our teachers will be doing their best in keeping account of their students and the work they are completing. Please know that this is necessary in ensuring no student slips through the cracks during this difficult time. Assessments will look different due to online learning. As we navigate, we want you to be aware of the different assessments your child may be taking. For example, online quizzes, open book tests, and projects, may be used depending on the class and grade level. Assessments are used to ensure our students are mastering the objective that are being taught. We understand that the students are learning and teachers are teaching in a different manner than what is typically done. Because of this, we want to continue using assessments to understand areas where objectives may need to be reviewed.

Our goal is to continue providing quality education for our students, while also adjusting to new educational methods. Our teachers are learning along side our students, and we are very grateful for their flexibility. Though this time is full of adjustments in our teaching methods, we also recognize that our families are also adjusting within their homes. Grace will be shown in all areas as we grow together during this uncertain time. Please continue praying for our families, faculty, staff, and the ministry of Meadowbrook Christian School.

Posted March 18, 2020


As a reminder, our teachers will be diligently working through this week and next week to continue proactively planning and preparing lessons. Students will not have educational instruction until Monday, March 30. This instruction will begin on March 30 whether we are back in school or utilizing remote learning methods from home.

We want to take a moment and thank you all for the flexibility and understanding you have shown during this unprecedented time. Our goal is to continue providing quality educational instruction throughout the school closure. Of course, instruction will look and feel different to everyone involved. However, we strive to provide the best for our students no matter what circumstance we may face. The steps we are taking at this time are still proactive. We do not have the ability to determine how long schools will be closed. However, we will continue being proactive and making decisions that keep our students, faculty, and staff safe.

We also want to thank a few of our team members here at MCS that, without their help, we would not be able to make this all happen. Our facilities team has been here every day sanitizing our entire building. They have been amazing partners in this process and have worked daily to help provide a safe environment for all of us. Our technology team has also been extremely helpful in preparing chrome books for our middle school students to utilize during home instruction. They have been helping our teachers prepare for online instruction and providing us with resources to use as well. Finally, our teachers, who have been flexible in adjusting their teaching methods and learning new skills through this proactive planning period.

We are so grateful that so many of our families were able to adjust their schedules and come pick-up their students’ materials. We are so blessed by the amazing turnout! We understand that schedules are sometimes difficult to adjust in short notice, so we have placed student materials at the church reception desk for you to pick-up at your earliest convenience. The church receptionist is here Monday-Friday, 8:00 am to 4:00 pm.

We will continue updating you via email as new information is presented. Our prayer is that we are able to open our doors again on Monday, March 30. However, we are unable to know that at this time. Please remember, educational instruction will begin on Monday, March 30 whether or not we are in school or having remote instruction.

If you have any additional questions, please do not hesitate to contact us.

Thank you and God Bless,

Kristen Devlin, School Administrator
Samantha Corderman, Assistant Principal

Posted March 17, 2020


Our plan is to extend our Winter Break from  March 13 through March 27, 2020. Educational instruction will resume on Monday, March 30. Educational instruction will resume whether or not we are able to return to school or not. If we have to extend our school closure, our teachers will provide flexible instruction done at home.

We are opening our doors on Wednesday, March 18th from 1:00-5:00 pm. This time is designed to allow students to come in and pick up the necessary materials needed in the event of an extended school closure.

Please read the list below for instructions regarding this Wednesday, March 18.

PRESCHOOL (NURSERY SCHOOL, JUNIOR KINDERGARTEN, KINDERGARTEN) STUDENTS: Enter through school main lobby and go to the reception desk. Parents can pick up their student’s materials at the reception desk (you do not need to bring your student or go to the classroom. All materials will be at the school reception desk).

ELEMENTARY STUDENTS: Enter through the doors they are typically dropped off at in the morning. Students will be directed to go to their homeroom, grab necessary materials from desk, pick-up materials provided by the teacher, and promptly exit the school from the same doors they entered.

MIDDLE SCHOOL STUDENTS: Enter through the doors they are typically dropped off at in the morning. Students will be directed to go upstairs to their lockers, grab necessary materials from lockers and teachers (who will be stationed by Mr. Rehm and Mrs. Kauffman’s rooms), and return downstairs promptly. After returning downstairs, students will hand in their signed STEP agreement form they received last Thursday and receive a chrome book (if students lost their form, extras will be available. Parents and students must both sign the form.). After receiving their chrome book, students will promptly exit the same doors they entered.

HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS: Enter through main lobby doors. Student will go directly to their lockers and then the reception desk for their necessary materials. Students will then exit the same doors promptly.

If you are not comfortable with your student(s) coming into the building: We will have a designated person waiting for you at the main lobby doors. Please pull up, honk your horn, and hand them a piece of paper with you students’ name, their grade, and their locker number. We will then have someone grab the students’ materials and bring them to you.

These steps are being taken as a proactive measure. It is still not clear if we will or will not be extending our school closure. We want to still provide our students with quality educational instruction, even if they are not in our classrooms. In order to do this, our teachers and staff have been and will continue to diligently work on proactive plans. We understand that this may not be our plan, however, God is not surprised by any of this and will continue guiding us through it.

We do not have anyone stationed here at the school to receive phone calls. If you have any questions or concerns, please email individuals directly. We are trying to minimize the amount of people in the building in order to observe social distancing recommendation.   We do not have the ability to forecast how long schools will be closed. We will continue being proactive and planning beyond what is currently presented. We are striving to do our best in making conscious decisions as new information present itself, almost hourly. We want to thank all of our MCS families for your patience and understanding during this unprecedented time.

 
 

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