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
The Mustang Musicians in St. John’s Advanced Band kicked off the year with a bang! They performed in their first concert just a week into the school year! The band was invited to perform at Pretend City Children’s Museum in Irvine for their Kidstock exhibit. Museum-goers attended the concert and had fun interacting with the music. The band played a variety of familiar children’s songs, passed out bells so the children could play along with “Jingle Bells,” and played their favorite band piece, “Shark Attack.” It was so much fun to see the children’s faces as they watched the band, and fun to see our middle school students being role models for the kids! Not to mention, the musicians loved getting to miss a morning of school!
St. John’s Lutheran School has a school board that makes policy for the school. The purpose of the board, on behalf of St. John’s Lutheran Church, is to see to it that St. John’s Lutheran School:
- Achieves appropriate results for the appropriate persons at an appropriate cost.
- The appropriate persons are those from within and outside the Congregation who use and benefit from the ministries offered by the school.
- The ministries and services of the school shall be provided at a fair cost to the congregation and the school’s consumers.
- The school shall provide the highest quality ministries and services with honesty, integrity and grace.
- Avoids unacceptable actions and situations that would, in any way, put the ministries of St. John’s Lutheran Church in jeopardy.
The board does not run daily operations of the school nor supervise any staff member. Rather the board’s additional purpose is to support the entire faculty and staff of St. John’s Lutheran School. The board meets 11 times a year at closed meetings.
The school board for 2021-2022 consists of the following board members:
Sheri Ledbetter, Chairwoman – Sheri is a mom of two sons who both graduated from St. John’s. Sheri is a Communications Officer at UCI.
Richard Rohm – Richard is a dad of two daughters (3rd and 7th) here at St. John’s. Richard owns and operates his own CPA business here in Orange.
Michael Crawford – Mike is a dad of two daughters (2nd and 4th) here at St. John’s. Mike is the Director of Admissions at St. John’s Bosco.
Amanda Lebrecht – Amanda is a mom of a son and daughter (2nd and 5th) here at St. John’s. Amanda is the Dean of Students at Vanguard University.
Cameron Early – Cameron is the dad of two daughters (5th and 8th) here at St. John’s.
Julie Brown – Julie is the mom of 1 daughter (3rd) here at St. John’s and 4 children who graduated from St. John’s. Julie coordinates our Pizza Wednesday program.
Elise Ozawa – Elise is the mom of two daughters (3rd and 5th) here at St. John’s and one son (preschool). Elise is in sales at Mannington Mills. Elise is also the St. John’s Auxiliary President for 2021-2023.
Scott O’Day – Scott is a dad of two daughters (6th and 8th) here at St. John’s. Scott is in the FBI and is the Board of Elder’s representative to the school board from St. John’s Church.
Jake Hollatz – Jake is the dad of two daughters (3rd and 4th) here at St. John’s and is the school principal.
**All members of the school board are members of St. John’s Lutheran Church.**
Anyone wishing to get in touch with the school board can email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Every summer, two weeks before the upcoming school year begins, over twenty 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students from the St. John’s Lutheran School Student Leadership Team attend an on-campus “retreat.” This year’s retreat was held in the Garage Youth Room on August 2nd, 2021. Our dedicated Student Leaders were able to receive the training necessary to help them lead our school during the upcoming year. At the retreat our Student Leaders were able to plan, prepare, and strategize for the major events they will be hosting during the upcoming school year, including:
- Packaging 90 “Survival Kits” for the incoming 6th graders (distributed at Open House)
- ASPIRE presentation training with Mr. Mercier
- “Habitudes” (images that form leadership habits and attitudes) training with Mr. Mercier
- Peer Counseling training with Mrs. Marko
- Shepherding training with Mr. Stuewe
- Life Group training with Mr. Mercier
- The National Lutheran Schools Week Fall Pep Rally
- Spring Spirit Week Theme and Devotions
After eating a delicious pizza and salad lunch from Lamppost Pizza, our Student Leaders spent time doing team building activities. Not only were these activities fun and engaging, they were also designed to help our students experience the power of effective communication. Good listening, engaged body language, eye contact, and empathy were just a few of the skills practiced during our afternoon games. These games also gave our Student Leaders an opportunity to get to know each other in a fun, safe, encouraging environment.
The St. John’s Student Leadership Team is excited to serve our school’s 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 2021-2022 school year!
By: Mr. Mercier, 6th grade, Student Leadership Advisor