Starting the School year with a Growth Mindset

Learning can be fun and exciting, but it can also be challenging at times.   Mrs. Marko, our school counselor, visited our class and helped us to start our year with an open and growth mindset.   After Mrs. Marko shared some information, examples, and even a very entertaining video, 2nd graders were quick to realize that having a growth or open mindset could better help them achieve any goal they had… earning more winner tickets in class, getting faster at math facts, becoming a better soccer player on their team, and even becoming an Olympic gymnast someday.  

To help visualize these goals, 2nd graders built and labelled a model of their goal with everyone’s favorite building block… Legos!!   Before we were done, Mrs. Marko talked with students about their goals, and we also shared our Lego creations and goals on our class’ Seesaw blog.  Students may now continue to share comments and encourage each other.  With a growth or open mindset, 2nd graders are more ready to face the challenges that come their way.  

Mrs. Todd, 2nd Grade Teacher

First Grade Apple Day

The First Grade celebrated Johnny Appleseed’s birthday and the first day of autumn with a fun-filled day of apple activities! “This is the best day ever!” remarked one of my students as they were busy writing out the recipe and then making their very own Apple Pizzas, sampling the ingredients along the way. This day was the perfect way to put all our learning into action as we have been studying our 5 senses and how to describe what we see, feel, taste, touch, and hear using adjectives: sour, sweet, crunchy, smooth, round, juicy, yummy, red, yellow, and green. Our students also compared the tastes and textures of 3 different apples. They decided which one was their favorite, and then we collected the data by creating a picture graph. 15 students chose Red Delicious apples as their favorite in my class which was by far the most liked apple. We sang apple songs, read apple books, and watched a fun video about Johnny Appleseed. Finally, all 3 First Grade classes met up at the picnic tables to enjoy eating our Apple Pizzas together.

By: Mrs. Willett, 1st grade

Friendship Flower

In Mrs. Nelsons kindergarten class, we had a great time creating our “Friendship Flower.” We did this the 2nd week of school when the students were still getting to know each other. The importance of socio-emotional development is something I am extremely passionate about. Kindergarten is a particularly important period for this area of development; it’s where the foundational skills for appropriate social behavior are learned and embedded. I like to focus on various milestones and incorporate them into our lessons throughout the year.

Creating our class friendship flower gave each student the chance to connect and converse with their new classmates. They all learned new things about their peers and were able to feel comfortable asking and answering questions. It was wonderful to see them begin to build healthy, mutually beneficial, long-lasting relationships.

What is a Friendship Flower?

We started with 13 large flower petals that were cut in half like puzzle pieces. Each child was given a blank ½ of a petal. They designed and created their own petal however they wanted. After the decorating was done the students had to walk around and find which one of their peers had the other matching half to their petal. When they found their partner, they sat down and asked their partner 3 different questions. Their partner then asked them 3 questions that they answered. The students then got to “introduce” each other to the class and give one new fact that they learned about their new friend. We taped the petals together and put them up on a bulletin board and created our class flower. The mismatched patterns and colors make for some very cool art! We love looking at our flower every day and are thankful for all our new friends!

COVID Masking Protocol

Dear St John’s Families,

Blessings to you in the name of our Lord Jesus!

We very much appreciate the transparency with which you have communicated to us on your family’s health, and we will continue to do so on our end as circumstances shift throughout the school year.   In that spirit, we must share with you a letter from Tomás J. Aragón, the Director and State Public Health Officer for the California Department of Public Health.

This document is from the California Department of Public Health and has recently been reinforced in direct communications from the Orange County Health Care Agency. After much prayer and discussion with our campus leadership, Trustees, School Board, and legal advisors, we are updating our Covid-related language as follows:

In alignment with the California Department of Public Health and Orange County Health Care Agency, St. John’s Lutheran School requires all individuals (students, faculty, staff, volunteers, visitors, etc.) to wear masks in indoor school settings.

St. John’s Lutheran is compelled by state and county authorities to inform our families of the multifaceted Covid protocols in place which include:

  • Masks are available at the school office and in all classrooms
  • Parents and students will be informed as to the benefits of wearing masks
  • Teachers will remind students at the start of each day of the requirement to wear masks and will have masks available for students
  • Parents are asked to partner with us in reminding students of the mask requirement
  • Signs will be placed at multiple locations, reminding all stakeholders of the requirement to wear masks when indoors
  • Quarantine requirements will be carefully administered, following all OCHCA decision making tools and guidelines for contact tracing, including both curricular and extra-curricular activities

The full letter from St. John’s Church and School Leadership is here:

God’s blessings to you all,

St. John’s Lutheran Church and School

Board of Trustees

Council of Schools

Administrative Leadership Team