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Maximizing Your Maranatha Conference Experience

Maximizing Your Maranatha Conference Experience

In preparation for conferences, beginning October 5, it is important to talk to your child about their experiences in and out of the classroom. This discussion will allow you to have an open-minded dialog with the teacher about how your child is feeling.  It is also vital to understand that your student may perceive things differently than others.

One of the core values of Maranatha is to partner with parents and conferences gives us this opportunity. A positive attitude can set the stage for a productive meeting with your child’s teacher. When both parties focus on how your student can be supported and overcome challenges, the conference will produce great results. While it is important to discuss academic progress and potential, teachers also want to be apprised of any changes your child is facing in their personal or family life, and how he or she behaves at home in comparison to how he or she acts at school. By having conferences early in the year, it allows us to build upon our partnership and create clear next steps toward a successful year for your child. When you are finished, be clear about the teacher’s communication protocol, so future interactions will be efficient and productive as well.

Conferences are laid out differently in upper school and lower school. Lower school conferences are by appointment in the teacher’s classroom and last around 20 minutes. Upper school conferences are in an open format in the gym to allow you to meet with all of his or her teachers. Each meeting should last around five minutes so as to give every parent the chance to meet all of your child’s teachers. If you feel the need to discuss things further, it is perfectly fine (and encouraged) to set an appointment with that teacher after conferences. We encourage upper school students to attend the conferences. It is recommend that only parents attend the lower school conferences and talk with your lower school student afterward. We are so excited to meet with you during conferences and build the partnership to ensure your students’ success.

Pie in the Face – Throw a Pie at an MCA Staff Member

Pie in the Face – Throw a Pie at an MCA Staff Member

In conjunction with Fall Fest and the Carnival held at Living Word Christian Center, Maranatha Christian Academy (Brooklyn Park, MN),  will have its first-ever “Pie in the Face” booth on Friday, September 29. That’s right, you will have a chance to throw a pie at one “lucky” staff member.

Details are as follows:

Date: Friday, September 29
Time: 3:30-4:30 p.m.
Location: Living Word Carnival (West side of the building)
Cost: $1 per pie or buy 5 and get to throw 6!
Payment: Cash only on the day of the event

Here are the times when staff will be present*

  • 3:30-3:45 p.m. = Mr. Billy Campbell (Lower School Phy Ed Teacher)
  • 3:45-4 p.m. = Mrs. Deb Larson-Wooton (Lower School Principal)
  • 4-4:15 p.m. = Mr. Jerry Oehler (Upper School Learning Commons)
  • 4:15-4:30 p.m. = Mr. Tim Ford (Upper School Principal)


*times and staff are subject to change

Parent Conferences – October 5 & 6

Parent Conferences – October 5 & 6

Partnering with parents is one of Maranatha Christian Academy’s core values. One way that we do this is by meeting our parents at Parent-Teacher Conferences. Maranatha (Brooklyn Park, MN) has intentionally moved its conferences up so that parents and teachers can meet, plan, and work together to help each child succeed.

Lower School conference schedules were sent out to parents via email and are by appointment only.

Upper School conferences are held in an open format in the gym. No appointment is necessary.

Upper School Times for conferences will be:

  • Thursday, October 5 from 2-8:30 p.m.
  • Friday, October 6 from 12-6 p.m.

We look forward to seeing everyone for these important meetings.

Water Baptism – October 9

Water Baptism – October 9

Maranatha Christian Academy (Brooklyn Park, MN) is an academically rigorous college-prep school. What sets it apart from many other college-prep schools is that it is distinctly Christian as well. But what makes a school distinctly Christian?

At Maranatha everything is taught from a Christian worldview. Curriculum is embedded with the Word of God. At the Academy, the spiritual development of its students is as important as high ACT scores.

On Monday, October 9 one of the most important events of the year will take place. During the middle school and high school chapel services, there will be an opportunity given for students to be water baptized! The Water Baptism will take place on the west end of the building in the Living Word Christian Center youth ministry area.


What: Water Baptism
Location: The Rock Youth Area
When: Monday, October 9
– High School @ 9:35 a.m.
– Middle School @ 11:45 a.m.

Daytime Open House – Sept. 20 @ 9:30 a.m.

Daytime Open House – Sept. 20 @ 9:30 a.m.


Have you ever wondered what makes a school remarkable?

Have you ever thought, “What if my child truly loved school?”

Join us on Wednesday, September 20 at 9:30 a.m. for a Daytime Open House. Here, you will be able to grab a cup of coffee with the Head of School, Mr. Brian Sullivan, and learn more about Maranatha Christian Academy (A pre-k through Grade 12 Christian college-prep school located in Brooklyn Park, MN), in a casual, yet informative environment. Later, the principals will take you on a tour while the school is “in action.” Finally, you will have the opportunity to meet our admissions team to answer any further questions you may have.

Please note, the event starts at 9:30 a.m., but we would like to invite you to arrive a few minutes early and enjoy some breakfast and coffee. Simply enter through the main MCA entrance (located on the northeast side of the building), and you will be directed where to go.

We look forward to meeting you.

Breakfast with Brian – “Maximizing Your Maranatha Experience”

Breakfast with Brian – “Maximizing Your Maranatha Experience”

Breakfast with Brian is a unique opportunity to gather as an MCA family and get some first-hand information from Head of School, Mr. Brian Sullivan. In addition, this year we are including a section of Breakfast with Brian as part of Maranatha Christian Academy’s Parent University, where a special guest speaker will address a timely topic to help your parental journey.

The first Breakfast with Brian of the school year will be on Wednesday, September 20 beginning at 8 a.m. The event is usually done in around an hour timeframe. Plus, breakfast will be served for our welcomed guests, including pastries, fruit, juice, and good coffee.

This month’s topics are:

  • Making the most out of your parent teacher conference
  • Maximizing your Maranatha experience
  • Mustang Golf Classic
  • The Beyond Impact Entrepreneurial Center of Excellence
  • Questions

A casual Open House follows Breakfast with Brian, so if you know of anyone that may be interested in MCA, this is a great way for them to learn more in a casual atmosphere.

FORE! Come Golf With Us at the Mustang Golf Classic

FORE! Come Golf With Us at the Mustang Golf Classic

Let’s be honest, Monday’s can be a bit of a drag! Unless, of course, you are on one of the nicest golf courses in the Twin Cities!

Join us on Monday, September 18 for the Mustang Golf Classic! It is 18 holes of fun at Rush Creek Golf Club in Maple Grove, Minnesota. The Classic is an annual event hosted by Maranatha Christian Academy (a private pre-k through Grade 12 college-prep school located in Brooklyn Park, MN). Funds raised through this event help to support the Academy’s aggressive financial aid program, helping to provide a first-rate Christian education to deserving children.

We would love to see you on the tee box! If you cannot golf, we are always open to sponsorships.

To learn more about the Mustang Golf Classic, please click here.

All-School Chapel – Monday, September 11

All-School Chapel – Monday, September 11

Please consider yourself invited to our first All-School Chapel of the 2017-18 school year on Monday, September 11 starting at 8:30 a.m. in the sanctuary. The time spent together as a school in praise and worship, prayer, and learning more about God’s direction for the school is vital to a successful year here at Maranatha Christian Academy. Mr. Sullivan, Head of School, will share what God put on his heart, including this year’s theme verse.

We hope to see you here.

2017-18 Theme Verse
“Be Joyful. Grow to Maturity. Encourage each other. Live in harmony and peace. Then the God of love and peace will be with you.” 
II Cor. 13:11 (NLT)