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Open House – July 27th, 2017

Open House – July 27th, 2017

There are many ways to describe Maranatha Christian Academy (Brooklyn Park, MN). REMARKABLE is one word that defines the Academy and all it has to offer.

You are invited to learn more about our academically rigorous, yet distinctly Christian college-preparatory school at our upcoming Daytime Open House.
Thursday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m.

This event is designed for potential students and families to learn what makes Maranatha REMARKABLE. The daytime Open House will start with a nice cup of coffee with our Head of School, followed by a tour given by our principals. This will allow you to see the “Academy in action.” This event will start at the posted time, so please try to arrive a few minutes early to get settled in.

We look forward to showing you our new S.T.E.A.M. Center and our new Entrepreneurship Center of Excellence. In addition, introducing our Associate of Arts Degree Program and how our programs vertically align from Pre-K through Grade 12.

Commencement Celebration – Friday, June 2 @ 7 p.m.

Commencement Celebration – Friday, June 2 @ 7 p.m.

Commencement at Maranatha Christian Academy in Brooklyn Park, Minnesota is unlike any graduation ceremony you’ve ever witnessed. You will hear student testimonies and stories, be entertained by these talented students, and listen, laugh, and cry as Mr. Sullivan, Head of School, acknowledges each student in his final address to “his favorite” senior class (he says that every year).
You are invited to join us in this celebration of the Class of 2017 on June 2 in the sanctuary at 7 p.m. You will be entertained and inspired.
Staff Retirement Celebration – May 23

Staff Retirement Celebration – May 23

When a family member, friend, or colleague retires, it’s certainly a time of celebration.  Families and co-workers gather to thank and honor the retiree.  For organizations, the retirement of valued staff and people who you love is challenging, yet there is a tremendous amount of gratitude for their contributions and an excitement for their future.  On Tuesday, May 23 from 4-6 p.m. MCA will host a retirement celebration to thank and acknowledge these staff members.  The event will be hosted in the school’s gymnasium and the format will be much like an Open House.  Cards and notes of gratitude, as well as gifts for these treasured servants, are recommended.  To see this event listed on Facebook, click here. The list of the retirees being honored on May 23 is as follows:

Sara Henderson
Sara is a gifted communicator, who has been a cornerstone here at Maranatha for the past 30 years. As a kindergarten and second grade teacher, Sara inspired her students to do and be their very best.  Mrs. Henderson has a wonderful gift of organization and is a brilliant leader which made her a logical choice as a pre-k and lower school principal.  MCA has reaped countless benefits and made excellent programming strides with Sara at the helm of this department.  As many of you know, Sara is a published author and tells her stories with a great deal of humor, but a life lesson is sure to be tucked away in there as well.  I know Sara has taught us all many valuable life lessons.  We wish her all of God’s very best in her next steps.

Linda Halme
Linda Halme has been at MCA for 14 years and is not only an excellent instructor, having taught art as well as being a pre-k teacher, but is an artist in her own rite as a jewelry maker and sculptor.  Linda is creative and nurturing, which is exactly what is necessary to be a successful pre-k instructor.   What some of you may not know is that Linda is a prayer warrior who has led MCA’s staff prayer for the past several years.  There is a wonderful boldness about Linda.  She is able to speak even difficult things into the lives of her colleagues.  She will definitely be missed.

Shelley Hovan
Shelley started at MCA 28 years ago as a part-time bus driver.  If any of you have ever driven a school bus, you know that if you can do that, you can do just about anything.  She then moved into the position of Transportation Coordinator and even stepped into the Business Office for a season.  Then MCA discovered that Shelley was one of our greatest assets as our Student Services Secretary.  In that role, as in any role Shelley has taken on, she has been faithful, gracious, and compassionate.  In my humble opinion, Shelley is the heart of MCA.   She is the first face that most parents and students see in the morning and the last face before they leave for the day.  As a mom, with 9 grandchildren and 5 great grandkids, Shelley knows how to pray.  She has been a prayer and ministry leader and has led a prayer group that I have been a part of for a number of years.  I made Shelley promise me that she would keep in touch, sub for us, and continue to run a prayer group.

Steve Higley
Steve predated my arrival to MCA in 1985, he started in 1981, and Maranatha started in 1978. Wow!  That means he’s been teaching here for 36 years!  Steve has done just about anything that needed to be done here at MCA.  For example, he coached basketball, refereed, ran Promise Keepers, launched the Engineering Program, and (I am dating myself now) assisted me in purchasing and setting up our first computer, a Commodore 64S.  During his time at Maranatha, Steve has been faithful, dependable, and someone who is always willing to help.  You never heard, “I’m too busy” from him.  Steve’s next steps include enjoying time with his wife, reading, getting more in touch with his inner scientist, and he’s agreed to sub at MCA.

Please plan on joining us on Tuesday, May 23 to celebrate and honor these extraordinary staff members.  Maranatha would not be who we are today without their contributions.

Mr. Brian Sullivan
Head of School

Upper School Awards and Grade 5 Promotion

Upper School Awards and Grade 5 Promotion

Maranatha Christian Academy is an academically rigorous institution. As such, when our students excel, they deserve recognition. On Tuesday, May 30 at 7 p.m. the Academy will host its annual Awards Ceremony honoring students who have achieved high levels of success.
Also, on this night, our lower school students moving into middle school will be promoted. This landmark event is a major step in a student’s journey through Maranatha.
You are invited to join us.
Pre-K Promotion and Kindergarten Graduation

Pre-K Promotion and Kindergarten Graduation

There are some accomplishments in life that require celebration. The Maranatha Christian Academy Kindergarten Graduation and Pre-kindergarten Promotion are two that deserve attention.
This event will feature our youngest learners reciting bible verses, singing some amazing songs, and, of course receiving their certificates as they move on to their next step in their journey through the Academy.
Please consider yourself invited to this special night in our calendar. The event will begin at 7 p.m. on May 25 in the sanctuary.
Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Summer Camp Registration Now Open!

Summer is coming upon us quickly, and we are ready. The months between school years represent a terrific opportunity for our students to have a lot of fun, learn new things, take on new challenges, and make new friends. This summer we are pleased to be able to offer a diverse array of camps across athletics, engineering, math, science, the arts, and even a culinary camp!

These camps are great for students who are looking to explore new areas of possible interest, for those looking to build athletic conditioning prior to the next sports season, or for someone just looking for a creative outlet—there’s something for everyone. There are even some athletic opportunities in which you, the parent, can participate right along with your student!

New this summer, MCA will offer a full-day experience for our campers going into grades 1–6 for the 2017/18 school year. The full-day camp has two options to choose from: Option 1) Monday through Friday from 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m., price per student is $3,360. Option 2) Monday through Thursday from 8 a.m.–5:30 p.m., price per student is $2,688. The full-day experience will be offered for ten weeks from Monday, June 5 to Friday, August 18 with a break during the 4th of July Holiday week.


Breakfast With Brian

Breakfast With Brian

Come to Breakfast with Brian May 24 at 8 a.m.. This will be the last Breakfast with Brian of the year, so be sure to clear your calendar. This is a great time to fellowship with other parents, hear from our Head of School, Brian Sullivan, and enjoy some great coffee and breakfast treats.
The event takes place in the cafeteria and will begin at 8 a.m. We look forward to seeing you here.
Athletic Events Today 4/26/17

Athletic Events Today 4/26/17

Practice today:

Girls Golf: Canceled

Boys Golf: Canceled

Varsity/JV Track & Field: Gym B and C from 3:30-4:30

MS Track: Canceled


Games today/Practice if game is called:

Softball: Game canceled, practice in the gym from 4:30-6PM

Baseball: Game canceled, practice in the gym from  3-4:30PM

Spring Splash – Friday, May 12

Spring Splash – Friday, May 12

Spring in Minnesota brings forth many things: green grass, warming temps, outdoor softball and baseball games, longer days and shorter nights, golf on a beautiful course, ice cream, and more. It also means Spring Splash is right around the corner. What is Spring Splash? It is a celebration of Spring sports at Maranatha Christian Academy and includes many of the things listed above:

  • Softball game
  • Green grass
  • Ice cream
  • Plus…
  • Pepfest
  • Live music
  • Stomper
  • And more…


Join us on May 12 as our girls softball team faces St. Croix Prep Academy at the Zane Sports Fields. There will be music, ice cream from Cullen’s, and treats. All of this begins at 3:45 p.m. First pitch is 4:15 p.m. Pre-K through Grade 4 students are welcome to run the bases with Stomper before the start of the game!


Don’t forget the pepfest that will start at 2 p.m. in the MCA gym.


We look forward to seeing you at this fun event!

Breakfast with Brian – Wednesday, April 26

Breakfast with Brian – Wednesday, April 26

If you have never made the time to attend Breakfast With Brian at Maranatha Christian Academy (Brooklyn Park, MN), you have another chance on Wednesday, April 26 at 8 a.m. This event takes place in the cafeteria and is a great way to meet other parents, hear from Head of School, Mr. Sullivan, ask questions, and enjoy some great coffee and breakfast snacks. In addition, Ms. Lissa Flaaten, school counselor, will be discussing the topic of “Drama Proofing Your Kid.”



Date: Wednesday, April 26

Time: 8 – 9 a.m.

Location: MCA Cafeteria