The Light of Christ
Light is all around us!
We experience wonderful sunlight here in Southern California as the Los Angeles area averages around 329 days of sunshine per year. We find many businesses that are opened 24 hours per day, thus providing a great deal of man-made light keeping operations going. At night it is often difficult to see the stars in the sky due to the predominance of artificial light across the SoCal region.
We also have many light-producing items in our homes and workplaces:
Fireplaces (both indoor and outdoor)
The many screens on our electronic devices
Security lights—both inside and outside
And my favorite, because it is so convenient – the cell phone flashlight!
On January 6th, we celebrated the Day of Epiphany in the Christian Church, which commemorates the arrival of the Wise Men coming to visit Jesus. Contrary to a number of Christmas card photos, and many a Children’s Christmas program—the wise men were not at the manger soon after Jesus was born. They finally arrived in Bethlehem when Jesus was about two years old. They followed the star placed in the sky on Christmas night, and following a long journey from the East, became the first non-Jewish people to see the Son of God here on this earth.
Christ came into the world and defeated the darkness of sin, death and the power of the evil one. He came and lived a perfect life among us, and then died to save us from our sins giving us the gift of eternal life. The light of Christ overcame the darkness of this world. Christ is light, and in Him there is no darkness!
Our response then is to be light! We are called to reflect the love of Christ in our life to others. We are called to share our faith with others by offering spiritual insight and support; and we are to bring the light of Christ to the world around us as we serve others in the Name of Jesus.
May your New Year be filled with the light of Christ every day in 2020.
Dr. Steve Christopher
A WORD FROM
Parents are welcome to join us in the gym
2nd Quarter Awards | 8:45 am
K-8 Classes/Preview Night in the Preschool and Infant Care Center
National Lutheran Schools Week
Wear your "Made in His Image Shirt"
SAC will be open after school
100th Day of School!
Preschool and SAC will be open
Stop by and see us at our game booth
Diamond Bar Snow Fest | MCL Game Booth @ 8am-2pm
Special celebrations in various classes
MLK Jr Day | No School K-8
Family Movie Night "Jonah" | Doors open at 6 pm
K-8 Early Dismissal | 11:30 am
We will have a special chapel on Wednesday as well as an all school assembly on Friday, and special dress days to celebrate being a Lutheran School.
Bring blankets, pillows, and chairs
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OPEN HOUSE is an evening for parents of current students to browse in the classroom of their child, speak with the teacher, see student work, ask questions, and note the progress their child is making in their current grade setting. They can also visit the classroom of the grade their child will be in next year and get a preview of the great things yet to come!
PREVIEW NIGHT is designed to welcome parents who do not have a child currently attending Mt. Calvary but are considering a new educational setting for their son or daughter. They are invited to visit the potential next classroom for their child, chat with the teacher, connect with other parents, and meet the Principal. We especially welcome parents of Pre-School students to “preview” our educational opportunities and consider Mt Calvary for the next school term.
2nd Grade, Mrs. Wright
Cael Alcorn · Responsible Citizen
Charles Olsen · Responsible Citizen
1st Grade, Mrs. Stade
Emanual Kirk · Effective Communicator
David Wang · Christian Values
Lexi Arrieta is 5th grades student of the month. Lexi radiates kindness and compassion to everyone she meets. Her quiet demeanor and sweet disposition encourages her classmates to be kind to one another. Lexi, also has a great work ethic and actively participates in all her classes. She is not afraid to ask questions when she needs help and is always willing to learn more. She works very hard in each of her classes and she does so while being involved in extra-curricular activities, such as dance and volleyball. Congratulations Lexi for a job well done.
Genesis Gurrero has been chosen student of the month for December in 6th grade. She has earned this recognition because she exhibits and displays the qualities of a well-rounded successful student. She continued to show these qualities during the hectic holiday season, with schedules changed due to the Advent service. Genesis has also continued to show great improvement during the year. Being new to the school, she has consistently demonstrated an understanding of the academic expectations, and has given the effort needed to match them. She is becoming more self-disciplined and is taking more personal responsibility for her work. When she doesn’t understand a concept she is increasingly taking the initiative to ask a question of the teacher, and does so in an appropriate manner. She has a vibrant, willing spirit which adds positively to the classroom environment. Her behavioral choices are outstanding, and provide a positive example to her classmates. Genesis has had a great year, and will continue to have success in the future. Congratulations.
3rd Grade, Mrs. Mawhorter
Jacob Villa · Effective Communicator
Sophia Soliman · Effective Communicator
7th Grade, Mr. Cox
7th Grade, Mrs. Cox
Alexa Rodriguez has earned December’s Student of the Month in seventh grade. December is often a difficult month for students to keep their focus both academically and behaviorally. Alexa maintained the focus needed to be successful. She not only memorized excellently the songs for the advent service, but she also had a very long part in the play that she handled very well. She did all that and maintained her regular academics showing her Academic Achievement. She always puts 100% or more into her academics by using her time wisely and maintaining consistent effort as well. Alexa also shows her Christian Values each day. She shows her love for Jesus to all people she comes in contact with. She also comes to school with a positive attitude and with a calm spirit which has made her a great leader in the classroom and a great role model for her peers making Alexa a Responsible Citizen. By being able to handle all of this with all the holiday excitement, Alexa has shown that she will be able to maintain her focus as the year progresses and in the rest of her academic years. Congratulations, Alexa!
Kindergarten, Mrs. Hobbs
Scotland Guzman · Responsible Citizen
Sofia Soliman · Responsible Citizen
Nicholas is the fourth grade student of the month. He shows his Christian values in his daily actions and in his questions in furthering his relationship with Christ. Academically, Nicholas is very gifted and puts forth a great deal of effort in doing his work correctly and turning it in on time. He works independently and asks questions appropriately. He is a responsible citizen and can be asked to take on classroom tasks and be proficient at carrying them out. Nicholas is becoming an efficient communicator not only by the questions he asks but also by the comments he makes and insight he has in class. It has been a pleasure to see his growth throughout the school year. I look forward to his continued success.
4th Grade, Mrs. Trotter
5th Grade, Mrs. Gonzales
of the month
On Sunday, January 26th, at the 9 am worship service at Mt. Calvary we will start our celebration of National Lutheran Schools week centering around the theme: “JOY: FULLY LUTHERAN.” This week of observance and celebration is an annual event in the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod that recognizes the over 200,000 students enrolled in over 1100 Pre-schools, over 750 Elementary Schools, over 80 High Schools—as well as 3 international settings where Lutheran schools are located across the Pacific in Shanghai, Hanoi, and Hong Kong.
This wonderful system of Lutheran Christian education traces its’ roots back to the mid-1800’s when a group of German immigrants found their way across the Atlantic Ocean, then up the Mississippi River, eventually settling in southern Missouri and the greater St. Louis area. This group of brave souls eventually organized with other immigrants to form what we now know as the Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod, a major United States denomination numbering over 2 million members, of which Mt. Calvary Lutheran School is affiliated with confessionally and organizationally.
Mt. Calvary began serving the educational needs of Diamond Bar and neighboring communities by opening our preschool in 1973, followed by the establishment of the elementary school in 1983. Since that time we have taught the Word of God, instructed students according to high academic standards, supported the growth of the Christian faith in the homes of students, seen our graduates succeed well in the levels of education, and eventually become strong contributing members of the community. It has been exciting to see some of our alumni return recently as members of the staff, as well as welcome back alumni who now enroll their own children at Mt. Calvary Lutheran School and Pre-School.
And… we continue, some 37 years later, serving the educational needs of children through our Infant Care Center, age 6 weeks to 2 years of age; in our forma preschool, ages 2 through 5; and in our K-8 elementary school. Our enrollment in all of the schools of Mt Calvary we total over 190 students! While many changes have occurred over the years here at Mt Calvary, our mission of teaching the Word of God and raising up the next generation of followers of Christ is the same. This mission is supported by our expected schoolwide learning results, which focus on: creating strong Christian Values, Academic Advancement, and instructing students to become Responsible Citizens and Effective Communicators.
So, at the end of January we will have a week of celebration as a Lutheran School. A week that will include fun dress-up days, a special guest presenter/singer at our Chapel on Wednesday, an all School Assembly on Friday afternoon, and the formal Installation of our 3rd Grade teacher to the Teacher Roster of the Lutheran Church on Sunday, January 26th.
It should be a great week and with all that lies ahead, we ask for the personal prayers of our parents that Mt Calvary Lutheran Schools remain faithful in the teaching of God’s Word, strong in academic instruction, and focused on preparing the next generation of believers to joyfully serve others in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
LUTHERAN SCHOOLS WEEK 2020
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Diamond Bar, CA 91765
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