Summer Camp: Korean Friends!

For two and a half weeks this summer, St. John’s hosted 37 students from South Korea as part of an English language camp. Students learned about American culture, literature, art and STEM from our own SJLS teachers! They were assisted by students from our middle school. Many wonderful friendships and learning opportunities were made! THANK YOU to Mrs. Demarest, Mrs. G, Mrs. Fink and Mrs. Elliot for all of their hard work and enthusiasm for teach our Korean friends!

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

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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Tide Pool Learning Fun!

The 5th grade students and teachers wrapped up their school year by exploring the tide pools at Little Corona Beach.  Before going to explore the tide pools the 5th graders studied what the tide pools are made of and the different types of animals that can be found in the tide pools.  After visiting the tide pools the students then created an animal that they thought would be perfectly adapted to live in the tide pools.

By: Mr. Kyle Duport, 5th grade

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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

 

Physical Education and Health

In the world of Elementary Physical Education at St. John’s, students just completed Track and Field Day.  Grades K – 4 spent several weeks learning and practicing the various events that take place on Track and Field Day.  Students get to test their running ability, jumping skills, and practice teamwork in relay races. It is such a joy to watch the students on the actual day; they are having fun while exercising and learning how to compete in a friendly and safe environment.

5th graders have had an exciting year preparing themselves as they make their way on to middle school.  In 5th grade PE, students are tested on units of study from the past three years (e.g. disc golf, basketball, and volleyball).  Additionally, they are tested on new units as well (e.g. hockey, the F.I.T.T. principle, and finding target heart rate).

Making healthy choices and exhibiting good sportsmanship play a big role in physical education.  In addition to PE, students in grades 2-4 had had Health Class for 8 weeks over the course of the school year this year. The overall focus of the class was how to be good stewards of the body that God gave us tied into the National Standards for Health.  This year we really focused on the importance of good nutrition for your body.  Recently, students had the opportunity to try new fruits and vegetables and then rated the foods on a scale of 1-5.  Most of the students were excited to try vegetables such as raw mushrooms, sweet potato, micro greens, kiwi, red peppers, and mini cucumbers.

It has been an exciting year with each grade level.  The students are such blessing to me.  It is so exciting to work with individual students in each class and to watch them grow physically and emotionally throughout the school year.  I pray God’s continued blessings on you and your family and hope you have a safe, healthy and active summer.

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