SJLS Band at Angels Stadium!

“Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…”. (Click to listen!)

St. John’s Advanced Band had the honor and opportunity to perform our National Anthem at the Angels’ game on Saturday, September 15th.  Our small but mighty band of 8 joined with about 600 middle and high school students from around Orange County to play our nation’s song.

Before the game, they rehearsed with conductor John Carnahan from Cal State-Long Beach.  They quickly found out that it could be challenging staying together with 600 students stretched out the length of a football field.  They couldn’t rely on their ears to tell them if they were playing together.  Rather, they had to watch the conductor very closely.

After rehearsal, they walked onto the warning track at the stadium and performed in right field.  What an honor!  Later they watched the game with all the St. Johns families who came to support them!  It was a fun evening to sit in the St. Johns section of the ball park, where we knew many of the people nearby.  The band students continued to have fun by dancing together to see if they could get on the Jumbotron.  Their efforts were rewarded when they were showcased on the Jumbotron for all to see!  The evening ended with a fireworks show and a Nick Jonas concert.

Music is said to bring people together.  This is certainly true for St. John’s band.  They were brought together to honor our nation with the 600 students performing, a university band conductor, the 42,000 people at the game who heard them play, and the St. Johns families who came to support them!

By: Mrs. Krista Elliott, Music Teacher

 

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United in Christ!

The theme for the 2018-2019 school year is “Called To Be United in Christ.” It is a wonderful theme to encourage students, families, teachers, and the whole community. It reminds us that God has called each and every one of us to be connected to St. John’s and to each other. We are walking with the Lord together. 

Mrs. Fink’s class started the year off creating a puzzle. Each piece of the puzzle represents a student and their unique abilities, talents, and personalities. When we put the puzzle together though, we noticed there was a gap created in the middle that was in the shape of the cross. This reminds us that our completeness, or “oneness” is not something we can accomplish on our own – but we are consistently and daily called back to the cross. 

The students also participated in creating a video to show our theme verse! 

May God Bless our school year and let us truly learn how to be united in Christ. 

Korean Cultural Experience

This summer Dr. Hollatz had the privilege to travel to South Korea to visit two partner schools and tour the country. St. John’s is blessed to have a total of 4 partner schools in southern South Korea that bring students to St. John’s to learn English and American culture in the winter and summer. Here are a few pictures from Dr. Hollatz’s travels this summer.

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First Grade Fun!

The beginning of the year is such an exciting time! Everyone gets new shoes, new backpacks, new school supplies, new friends, and a new teacher. Students enter classrooms expectantly. Some are raring to go while others are more cautious.

Teachers are just as excited to meet their new classes and plan for a wonderful year. There’s a lot of work that goes into each person’s role.  Learning routines takes up a great deal of time and effort. Knowing that God has his hand on our shoulders gives us just what we need to do our best.

At the end of the first week of school, the first graders and their teachers celebrate all their hard work with a popsicle break. Job well done first graders!

By: Mrs. Demarest, 1st grade

136th Academic Year!

Today St. John’s begins it’s 136th academic school year. St. John’s church was founded in 1882 and the school one year later. We are blessed with many things. One of those huge blessings is our faculty!

  • Over 650 years of combined teaching experience!
  • 51% have master’s degrees and higher
  • 100% committed to Christian education!

Check out some of our awesome faculty!

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New faculty installed 8/19 – L to R: Laura Nelson (K), Jeff Courvoisier (3), Natalie Lincoln (3), Rachel Ligatti (PK), Jacqui Anderson (MS).

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Faculty team building at Bowlmor, Anaheim Garden Walk, 8/17

28th Annual Student Leadership Retreat

Every summer, two weeks before the upcoming school year begins,  twenty-four 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from the St. John’s Lutheran School Student Leadership Team attend an on-campus 2 day “retreat.”  The activities of August 6th and 7th, 2018 were designed to serve two purposes:

1) The Student Leadership Team planned, prepared and strategized for the major events it will host for the upcoming school year, including:

    • Spring Spirit Week planning
    • Packaged 90 Open House “Survival Kits” for the incoming 6th graders
    • Habit of Mind presentation training with Mr. Mercier
    • Peer Counseling training with Miss Doyle
    • Life Group Leader training with Mrs. VB
    • Shepherding instructions with Mr. Stuewe
    • Team building pool party at Mrs. VB’s house

2)   Two Camp Counselors (Goose and Unka Ric) came to campus from Palomar Christian Conference Center and led us through four breakout sessions that helped this year’s team focus on how to be an effective Christian Leader.   The character traits that were the focus of our four sessions included:

    • Christian Integrity
    • Christian Service
    • Christian Leadership Applications and Teambuilding

The St. John’s Student Leadership Team is excited to serve our schools student body, our congregation and community.  What a blessing it is to have such a dedicated group of students and teachers who want to make a positive difference in the lives of so many people during the 2018-2019 school year.

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Real Safety in an Unsafe World

This week, many of St. John’s Lutheran School classrooms are introducing the Safe Kids “H.E.R.O.” initiative, a five-part training program designed to help students (and their teachers) survive an armed intruder attack.  It’s sobering stuff to be teaching children – but, sadly, a necessary one to teach, given the constant danger under which schools around the globe find themselves.

The good news?  In my Homeroom, my Seventh Graders identified that, on the “Feel Safe” continuum, they feel safer at St. John’s than they feel in the greater Orange community.  Clearly, our administrators have been doing their job of lessening the stress and anxiety that students feel while on our historic campus.  The surprising impression (for me, at least) is how much tactical understanding the students already have regarding active shooter psychology, intent, and method.  Everyone, it seems, has a story to tell about something they have heard about the subject.

In such anxious times, it is good to reflect upon Someone outside ourselves Who has our back – the Lord Jesus Himself.  I find the words of Psalm 34: 7 particularly helpful when I consider the potential for danger that faces our children (and us!) every time we step out of our doors:

“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him, and he delivers them.”

In this incredible passage of assurance, King David offers the two promises we need to rely upon the most –  security (“The angel of the Lord encamps around those who fear Him”) and physical protection (“. . .and He delivers them.”)  King David’s words are exactly the sort of reminder we all need during these times of anxiety and fear.

St. Jhn’s Lutheran School needs the H.E.R.O. infinitive right now.  Our students need to know how to protect themselves in the event that. . .well, you know.  Even more so, though, St. John’s Lutheran School needs the confidence in Our Lord’s Hand of protection that King David declares in Psalm 34.  I rely upon it daily.  So should you.

May God continue to bless our school and all who call it home!

Together, with you, in Christ’s service,

Kevin G. Smith, Seventh Grade Language Arts