“He has made EVERYTHING beautiful in its time.”

It has never been more important to take care of our own mental and physical health so we can be there for our children’s.

“He has made EVERYTHING beautiful in its time.” Ecclesiastes 3:11

What a trying time we are all in right now. Anxiety and depression are at an all-time high. As parents our job is to protect and guide our children but in this temperamental and unpredictable world, it can seem quite challenging at times, especially in 2020. If we don’t know what the future holds, how can we guide our own children through it?  It has never been more important to take care of our own mental and physical health so we can be there for our children’s. All we can do is take care of today and leave the rest of our worries at the foot of the cross, HE has got you and your entire family in His hands. His love for you and your family is unconditional and more than we can ever imagine.  

When you are anxious or stressed, take a moment to think of one or two things that you are thankful for. I am so thankful for the students at St. John’s, I say this with sincerity. As the PE and health teacher for elementary-aged children, I see students in grades K-6 each week and every day they make me smile. Their smile and excitement brings me back to the basics in life. Thank you for trusting us at St. John’s with your sweet children!  As we pause and head into Thanksgiving break, share with your children things that you are thankful for. Ask your children what they are thankful for. Get outside and spend time in nature, being in nature can ease anxiety for people of all ages. Take this unprecedented time to spend time with your loved ones, be active together outside: go on a hike, a walk, go to the park, the beach, or the mountains. We are truly blessed to live in a place where it doesn’t get too cold in the winter, we can still enjoy the outdoors. 

Yes, this is a challenging time, we are all feeling it in various ways, but God is transforming us and our children. He has not left us, this is one of His many promises. We will come out stronger through this, God has each of us in the palm of His hand. Remember, diamonds were not formed overnight, they were formed over time under extreme pressure. Just like diamonds, God is making us beautiful. 

Have a blessed Thanksgiving St. John’s families. Praying for each of you.

In Him,

Mrs. Christine Miller

For ideas for hikes in the area download the app called “All Trails”  😊

Honoring our Veterans

In Mrs. G’s First Grade we have been learning about our country and special fall holidays. We are learning about Veteran’s Day and Thanksgiving. We did a chapel about men and women who helped protect our country by being in the military. We thanked all the branches of the service for their dedication to God and our country.

We are thankful for the military service members give our country. We continue to pray and think about them and their sacrifices that keep the USA safe. In addition to the Veteran’s Day Holiday we are learning about Thanksgiving and how our country was started by brave men and women who came to our east coast to start a life that included worshipping God. We also made Native American hats to think about how they helped the Pilgrims through their first winters in America. Thanks you God for our Country and all the people who protect it and us. 

We read many books about the beginning of America. Happy Fall!

By: Mrs. Glaeser, 1st grade

Higher Order Thinking in Social Studies Using Minecraft?

By Angie Bender, Middle School Teacher

After completing our social studies unit on Medieval Europe, students in the seventh-grade were tasked with demonstrating their understanding of the role of a medieval manor by constructing a feudal manor using Minecraft. Minecraft allows students an opportunity to work on mathematics, visual arts, storytelling and digital learning in an engaging environment. Some students gain their first experience learning how to code while others continue to hone and advance their coding ability. 

Class time was given to students to design their manor. Some students used iPads and others used their laptops. Once the Minecraft design was created students then had to record a four-minute video explaining what life on a manor was like. Many students added a final touch by incorporating medieval music to their video.

Technology is evolving everyday and at St. John’s our students to explore, build and create so that they have an opportunity to develop a passion for science, technology, engineering and math. Here is an example of the final Medieval Manor Minecraft Video Project from Avery and Olivia:

Minecraft Village

California Landmarks: Learning and collaborating

As part of the history-social science standards in third grade, students are to learn about landmarks, both on local and national levels. Our students just enjoyed a fun learning experience that allowed them to learn about a variety of our famous landmarks here in California. 

The California Landmarks project is one of the first collaborative projects done in third grade each year. Students were assigned a partner and specific landmark for this activity. Throughout the project, pupils utilize and develop a variety of academic and social skills. The research was done online, so students practiced digital learning and citizenship. Once they finished their research, students communicated the information they learned by designing a poster that sharing interesting facts, marked its location on a map, and included an illustration of their landmark. The final step incorporated Mrs. Grack’s STEM class and saw students design a ‘Clips’ presentation of their landmark. Throughout this learning process, students collaborated with a partner, which increased learning and more importantly, developed teamwork.

The collaboration between students was not just occurring in the classroom. Currently there are students participating in the Mustangs Online program and learning from home, and in this particular project, in-person students in the classroom were able to connect with Mustangs Online students via Zoom. These partners worked together over the course of multiple days and brought students in our ‘classroom’ together.

By: Mr. C – 3rd Grade

13th Annual Junior Martin Luther Competition

October 29th, 2020 at 8:30AM in the St. John’s Historic Sanctuary

As a Lutheran church and school, we are proud of our Christian heritage and the Junior Martin Luther Competition was designed as a way for us to celebrate the life and teachings of Dr. Martin Luther.  It was his courage that laid the foundations of our faith today.  Every 6th grade student that has attended St. John’s since 2008 has spent the month of October participating in a variety of classroom learning activities that have exposed them to a deeper understanding of Martin Luther’s life, his relationship with God, the condition of the early church during his lifetime, and the good news of our Salvation that is found in the New Testament.

Three finalists and an alternate were selected from each 6th grade homeroom.  Their participation in class, quality responses to weekly reflection questions, results from the Reformation in Disguise scavenger hunt, knowledge and understanding of Luther’s Table Talk memoirs, memory test scores, and Luther’s Dates quiz results were just a portion of the criteria that earned them a spot in this year’s competition.  This competition consisted of several rounds of questions that pertain to the important dates in Martin Luther’s life, his favorite passages from Scripture, his Table Talks memoirs, his small catechism, and much more.

This was a single elimination event.  One incorrect answer removed a finalist from the competition.  All correct answers were confirmed with the statement, “this is most certainly true.”  After 35 minutes of intense competition, Matthew, from Mrs. Matthew’s homeroom, won the competition!  After winning the competition, Matthew proceeded to nail the 95 theses on the Castle Church door.  The 2018 winner presented him with a Martin Luther bobble head doll along with the Luther Cup Trophy that will be displayed in his homeroom for the remainder of the 2020-2021 school year.  His picture from this event will also be displayed in the Middle School hallway on the Junior Martin Luther Legends wall of fame.  Congratulations Matthew!