Home / Archive by category "Events"
Kindergarten Play Date – Saturday, Aug 12

Kindergarten Play Date – Saturday, Aug 12

A great way for children to get to know each other is to create a play date at a playground! Maranatha Christian Academy’s Kindergarten Play Date is designed for our kindergarten families to have a chance to meet prior to the start of the school year.

This event will take place on Saturday, August 12 from 9-10:30 a.m. at the MCA playground located at the west end of the building. Kids will have the opportunity to play, parents will have a chance to meet, and our staff will be able to get to know the kindergarten families. We will also have some food and beverages available.

Lower School (Grades 1-5) First-Year Family Picnic – Saturday, Aug 12

Lower School (Grades 1-5) First-Year Family Picnic – Saturday, Aug 12

Coming to a new school is an exciting (and potentially worrisome) time for a new student. Maranatha Christian Academy has designed an easy transition plan for new students and their families. One of the aspects of this plan is our first-year family events.

On Saturday, August 12 from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the MCA playground (located on the west end of the building), we are hosting a First-Year Family Picnic for Lower School (Grades 1-5) families, their Parent Ambassador families, some other MCA students, and MCA staff. It is a great way for our first-year families to connect with other families and meet some of our staff.

The kids will be able to play on the playground, while the parents get a chance to meet other parents. We will be serving lunch as well.

Upper School (Grades 6-12) First-Year Family BBQ – Thursday, Aug 17

Upper School (Grades 6-12) First-Year Family BBQ – Thursday, Aug 17

Enrolling in a new school is a major change in a family’s life. With events like Maranatha’s First-Year Family BBQ, we purpose to make this transition a bit easier. Every year, Maranatha hosts this event to welcome the newest members to the MCA family in Grades 6-12.

This year the First-Year Family BBQ will be held on Thursday, August 17 from 6-8 p.m. at Maranatha Christian Academy in Brooklyn Park, MN. We will gather in the cafeteria and gym. If the weather permits, we will have some outdoor activities as well.

All first-year families, their Parent Ambassador families, and the upper school staff are invited to come and enjoy a fun-filled evening. We will be grilling up hamburgers and hot dogs for our guests along with other delicious items.

We look forward to meeting all of our families.

All-School Back-To-School Night – Monday, Aug 21

All-School Back-To-School Night – Monday, Aug 21

Are you ready for the 2017-18 school year? With so many new initiatives, programs, and a renewed energy and excitement, this academic year has the potential of being the best year the Academy has ever seen.

To help get off on the right foot, we are hosting our Annual All-School Back-To-School Night on Monday, August 21 starting at 6 p.m. We will gather as a school community initially in the sanctuary and then release various groups to visit classrooms, meet teachers, get locker assignments, receive various materials, and make sure to visit the various tables representing areas of the school such as M.O.M.S., DADS, music lessons, and more.

We will have a Help Desk available for anyone who has general questions or needs general information. We will also have a table to make sure you know all about PlusPortals and how we plan on using this communication tool this year.

Below you will see an agenda for the evening:

6-6:20 p.m. – Pre-kindergarten families are able to drop their student off at their classroom. Parents will be able to proceed to the sanctuary after.

6:30 p.m. – Back-To-School Program begins

7 p.m. – Dismissals begin from the sanctuary. These will be systematic and organized to best accommodate our families.

7-8:30 p.m. – Parents and students visit classrooms and informational tables. Instructions will be given as guest leave the sanctuary.

7:30 p.m. – Pre-kindergarten parents are asked to pick up their student from the classroom.

We are looking forward to the special night to kick-off the school year!

Coffee with the Head of School. Get To Know Maranatha Christian Academy – July 27 @ 9 a.m.

Coffee with the Head of School. Get To Know Maranatha Christian Academy – July 27 @ 9 a.m.


A great way to get to know someone is over a cup of coffee. The Head of School of Maranatha Christian Academy in Brooklyn Park, MN invites you to join him to learn more about the Academy over a cup of coffee on Thursday, July 27 at 9 a.m.

This casual atmosphere allows you to gain insight about this academically rigorous, yet distinctly Christian college-prep school from Mr. Sullivan, the current Head of School.

The conversation will start at 9 a.m. and coffee will be provided! Bring a your favorite mug, a friend, some questions, and a willingness to find out more about this amazing pre-kindergarten through Grade 12 school.

We look forward to seeing you!

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.