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!

Pumpkins Everywhere in Kindergarten!

It’s October! In kindergarten we are diving into all things Fall. This week in Mrs. Nelson’s class we are focusing on pumpkins. Some of our favorite pumpkin books so far are Pumpkin, Pumpkin by Jeanne Titherington, From Seed to Pumpkin by Wendy Pfeffer, and It’s Pumpkin Time by Zoe Hall.

It’s Pumpkin Time begins with two children preparing for one of their favorite holidays. Of course, they have to plant pumpkin seeds to get ready for Halloween!  As the story, unfolds we learn all about the life cycle of a pumpkin… 

As a class we explored some cool videos of a pumpkins life cycle and created a flow chart together. Each student then demonstrated their knowledge by creating their own pumpkin sequencing activity.

We even planted our own pumpkin seeds a couple of weeks ago when we were studying plants. We were able to watch them sprout and begin to grow bigger by the day! The plant was getting too big to keep in the small pot in our classroom, so it was transported to, our wonderful aid, Mrs. Pietras’s garden. She is taking pictures of it for us and we are hoping to see a pumpkin flower soon.

Up next this week, pumpkin anatomy! We will be exploring the insides of a real pumpkin and learning all of its specific parts and their functions.

By: Laura Nelson, K Teacher

St. John’s Lutheran School Waiver Application Process and Safety Protocols

On Friday, July 17, Governor Gavin Newsom put forth the COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California. St. John’s Lutheran School is an elementary school located in Old Towne Orange, California. St. John’s Lutheran School has continuously operated in Orange since 1883, serving families with a high-quality education.

St. John’s Lutheran School has nearly 700 students. These families serve our community in a wide variety of ways from doctors and nurses to firefighters, law enforcement, and many other “essential worker” positions. The school is a critical piece of all family’s life, not only educating their child, but caring for the children while they are working, working even during the pandemic.

Waiver Application (p. 6)

School Waiver St. John’s Lutheran School August 4 2020

Background Information

St. John’s Lutheran School – private school

Number of schools – 1

Enrollment – 511

Superintendent (or equivalent name) – Dr. Jacob D. Hollatz

Grades/Number of Students Proposed to Reopen:

Kindergarten: 73 – 3 classes

1st grade: 62 – 3 classes

2nd grade: 75 – 3 classes

3rd grade: 65 – 3 classes

4th grade: 73 – 3 classes

5th grade: 79 – 3 classes

6th grade: 84 – 3 classes

Date of proposed reopening: August 18, 2020

Name of person completing application: Dr. Jacob D. Hollatz

Phone number: (714) 288-4406

Date: August 4, 2020

I. Consultation

Labor:

The teachers, instructional assistants, and office staff at St. John’s deeply desire to be back at work and have students physically in classrooms. The staff was presented with the health, safety and re-opening protocols on July 20 and have agreed that they overwhelmingly prefer to teach in person than online. The teaching, support, and administrative staff were surveyed about their desire for teaching modality. 90% of them want to come back.

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Parent and Community Organizations

School Age Care (on side day care) – July 20, 2020 consultation – the day care staff results are included in the staff results above and are overwhelmingly ready to start school face-to-face.

St. John’s also has a parent Auxiliary or PTA. The executive board of this organization was surveyed and they unanimously want to come back to school. They were consulted on July 30, 2020. Parents were also surveyed on July 14. 73% of parents desired the school to open face-to-face and that survey had a 95% response rate. See the survey results below.

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Since St. John’s is a private school, we have no official labor organization. Our teachers were provided with an anonymous survey to express their interest in returning to campus and the results are in the above graphs.

II. Elementary School Reopening Plans

The information below in the documents confirms that St. John’s Lutheran School reopening plan(s) address the following, consistent with guidance from the California Department of Public Health and the local health department, have been published on the website of the local educational agency (on this site and on http://www.sjls.org):

Cleaning and Disinfection

See the Infectious Disease Prevention Plan below.

Cohorting

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below.

Entrances, Egresses, and Movement Within the School

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below as well as the entrance/exit maps below.

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CAMPUS_MAP_StJohnsOrange PM Drop off areas

Face Coverings and Other Essential Protective Gear

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below.

Health Screenings for Students and Staff

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan and the Infectious Disease Prevention Plan below.

Healthy Hygiene Practices

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below.

Identification and Contact Tracing

Staff and student protocols are in place to identify where staff and children have been to help in contact tracing. Weekly guidelines for staff include: Weekly Guidelines for Covid-19 8.3.20, postings on every door to identify where staff and children are at all times and a comprehensive attendance monitoring system (LMS/Learning Management System).

See the Infectious Disease Prevention Plan below as well.

Physical Distancing

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below as well as the Campus Maps above.

Staff Training and Family Education

All staff are trained on COVID identification using an HR approved online course. See the St. John’s Waiver and Infectious Disease Prevention Plan below. Families will receive training through parent orientations scheduled for the beginning of the year.

Testing of Students and Staff

See the Health, Safety and Reopening Plan below, the Infectious Disease Prevention Plan and the Waiver Re-Opening below. Additionally, the school has isolation areas set up for students, published protocols for staff and community partners for testing. Our insurance fully covers COVID testing for staff. Community testing locations and partnerships are provided to all staff and families. St. John’s follows all OCHCA, CDPH, and CDC guidelines as published in St. John’s attestation that is on file on our campus. Teachers and school staff will also be able to utilize the Orange County teacher COVID testing site.

Triggers for Distance Learning

St. John’s will follow the CDPH guidelines when it becomes necessary to close down and return to all distance learning.

Communication Plans

St. John’s will follow all CDPH, CDC and HIIPA guidelines when it comes to communicating to families about regular COVID protocols and when a COVID incident happens on campus. Additionally, we have a COVID certified HR staff member to liaison between our organization and the proper health departments.

School Website

Content are published here on our school learning and communication blog as well as on https://sjls.org/admissions/welcome-visit.us.

Additional Resources:

St. John’s Waiver for Re-Opening

Health, Safety and Reopening Plan

Infectious Disease Prevention Plan [1]

CDPH and Cal/OSHA Guidance for Schools and School-Based Programs

Click to access guidance-schools.pdf

California Department of Education Stronger Together: A Guidebook for the Safe Reopening of California’s Public Schools

https://www.cde.ca.gov/ls/he/hn/strongertogether.asp

CDPH COVID-19 and Reopening In-Person Learning Framework for K-12 Schools in California, 2020-2021 School Year

https://www.cdph.ca.gov/Programs/CID/DCDC/CDPH%20Document%20Library/COVID -19/Schools%20Reopening%20Recommendations.pdf

July 20, 2020 Update

St. John’s parents – Below is the update that went out via email today, as well as another way to get in touch with Supervisor Wagner.

St. John’s Waiver for Re-Opening

St. John’s Waiver Parent Letter

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