Principal’s Message March 2014

Dear Parents,

For sports fans, the term “March Madness” will be on their minds as they anticipate the upcoming NCAA Basketball tournament culminating with the championship game on April 7. For our Grade 9 students and their families, March might be considered “Mexico Mission Month”. All of the planning and preparation which has gone into the annual Grade 9 Mission Trip culminates with our grade nines serving God in Fabens, Texas from March 15-27.

Please join us on Monday March 10 from 5:00 – 7:30 pm in the MCS gym for Mexican Fiesta Night for a taco dinner, presentations, entertainment and a silent auction, all in support of this Mission Trip. On Friday March 14 from 2:35 – 3:20 pm, you are invited to come to the Commissioning Service in the MCS gym as we offer support, encouragement and prayers for those undertaking this Mission.

It is hard to briefly describe the efforts our MCS students and staff have gone to in preparation, and I know this Mission Trip experience will have a lasting legacy, both in Fabens and for all of our participants. The Mission Trip will provide support and donations to a refugee center, to two separate Christian outreach programs and to the Susanna Wesley Collegio School in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico. Our students will share their testimonies’ and lend a helping hand renovating a refugee center, repairing churches and doing outreach to youth who are in detention facilities.

The grade nines have spoken in each of our MCS classes and some have also spoken in their home churches. One of the priorities of Edmonton Public Schools and a core value of MCS School is for our students to develop empathy as a key character trait. Meadowlark Christians’ 4 L’s: Learning, Living in Christ, Leading by serving others and Loving with strength of character will be reinforced through this Mission Trip – we are taking the learners of today and supporting their development into the leaders of tomorrow!

I want to acknowledge and thank the MCS Foundation, MCS staff, students and their families and those in our community who are supporting this Mission Trip. The Bible teaches us in Philippians 2: 3-5, “Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility, value others above yourself, not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interest of others. In your relationships with one another, have the same mindset as Christ Jesus.”

Darren Oskoboiny, Principal

Open House – March 13, 2014

MCS Family BBQ

MCS SHINES presents The Prodigal Star

Download your order form here.

Spring Break

Students will be returning to school from Spring Break on April 2nd.

Mexican Fiesta

Due to weather conditions, the Mexican Fiesta has been postponed to Thursday, April 4th.

MCS Foundation Christmas Newsletter

Hot Lunch Day Update

The regularly scheduled Hot Lunch Day will occur as planned this week.

Those students who ordered wraps and drinks from Booster Juice for Thursday, Nov. 22 will still receive them, regardless of whether they are attending classes at MCS or Westlawn.

Arrangements have been made for students at both schools (MCS and Westlawn) to receive their pre-ordered lunches on the regularly scheduled day.

Thank you to the volunteers who stepped up to make this happen.

School Reopens Wednesday for K-6

Dear Parents and Guardians:

It’s business as usual for elementary school students at Meadowlark Christian School!

Kindergarten to Grade 6 students will be returning to regular classes at Meadowlark Christian School on Wednesday, November 21.

Junior high students will have to wait until Monday, November 26 to return to the Meadowlark Christian School building.

Although the air quality has been repeatedly tested and declared safe in the junior high wing, there is still a slight smoke odour in that area of the school. Students who are hypersensitive to their environment may be affected by this odour, so all junior high students will remain at Westlawn Junior High School for the remainder of the week.

For those students riding the yellow bus, the schedule will remain the same.

Thank you for your co-operation, support and understanding during this challenging time for us.

Sincerely,

Mr. D. Sweeney
Principal

Thursday Fire Update

Dear Parents, Families and Guardians:

As the cleanup at Meadowlark Christian School continues, it has been determined that the school will not be ready for students and staff to return to until Wednesday, November 21, at the earliest.

Although the air quality in the building is improving, there remains a strong smell of smoke in the school.

Some of the work that is taking place in the school includes the removal of scorched equipment from the science classroom and smoke sealing. Lockers also need to be checked for smoke and cleaned, if necessary.

The transition to the host schools has gone very well.

Additional information will be shared on SchoolZone, as it becomes available. Please see the link on the menu at the top of this page.

Wednesday Fire Update

Dear Parents, Families and Guardians:

An early morning fire at Meadowlark Christian School resulted in the cancellation of classes today. The fire was confined to a junior high science room and a gymnasium storage area, causing smoke damage and limited water damage.

The school district is ventilating and cleaning the school, and starting work on the areas affected by the fire. Damage to the school is estimated at $100,000. The fire remains under investigation, but has not been deemed arson.

It is not possible for students or staff to enter or occupy the building for the next few days. For the rest of the week, or until they are able to return to the building, students will be temporarily relocated. The following arrangements have been made:

All elementary (Kindergarten to Grade 6) students will be temporarily housed at Youngstown School, 10330 – 163 Street.
All junior high (Grade 7 to 9) students will be temporarily moved to Westlawn School, 9520 – 165 Street.

Students Walking or Driving:
Students that would normally walk or drive to school will need to make their own arrangements for travel to either Youngstown School or Westlawn School.

Students using Yellow Bus service:
Bus routes 421, 488 and 490 will pick-up and drop-off students at their regular times. All buses will travel to both Youngstown and Westlawn Schools.

Students using ETS:
ETS service is available to both Youngstown and Westlawn Schools. Additional information about trip planning is available from ETS on their website at: www.takeets.com

  • Start time is 8:50 a.m. on both Thursday and Friday.
  • Thursday dismissal is at 2:10 p.m. and Friday dismissal is at 3:20 p.m.
  • Lunch times are the same as at MCS.

Both of these schools have room to accommodate our students, and we thank them for their kindness in welcoming them.

Edmonton Public Schools is making arrangements for each student to have resources, papers and pens while at the temporary schools. Students will need to bring clean, inside footwear with them.

This is a difficult time for our students and staff and we thank you for your support and understanding.

Check back here on Friday afternoon, for an update on Meadowlark Christian School.

D. Sweeney

 
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