St. John’s Lutheran School – Summer and Fall 2020 Updates


Choice Lunch Update #2

Also, visit our A La Carte website at and download the compilation of frequently asked questions from all of the Zoom meetings in May.


Choice Lunch Updates for Fall 2020 – Hot Lunches will be SAFE and healthy!

Click to access Planfor2020_FAQs.pdf


Zoom Town Hall Audio Recordings

Kindergarten-1st Grade

2nd-3rd Grade

4th-5th Grade

6th-7th Grade

New Parent

8th Grade

Excellent Resource for Research-Based Information about COVID-19


FAQs from Zoom Town Halls

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Recently California Governor, Gavin Newsom, said that schools might start early (July). St. John’s will be starting at the normal start date as posted in our 2020-2021 calendar. First day of school: Tuesday, August 18, 2020.

2020-2021 Calendar


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Click for an important video announcement concerning learning at St. John’s


St. John’s will be continuing online learning the week of 4/20/2020.

Re-Opening Information

  1. California:
  2. Federal Government:
  3. Federal Government Press Release:


Yesterday Governor Newsom stated: “”We should not prepare to bring our children back into the school setting,” Newsom said, adding that school districts should instead be focused on improving and enhancing distance learning. Newsom stopped short of issuing an executive order related to school closures.”” (Quoted from LA Times). THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT ST. JOHN’S WILL BE ONLINE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. St. John’s is and will continue to make the call about school coming back on campus based on local, state and federal health department recommendations.

Keep praying! 


SJLS Parents – Yesterday the State Superintendent for School in CA stated that “it appears that our students will not be able to return” to classrooms this school year. THIS DOES NOT MEAN THAT ST. JOHN’S WILL BE ONLINE FOR THE REST OF THE YEAR. First, the state superintendent does not govern private schools. St. John’s is and will continue to make the call about school based on local, state and federal health department recommendations. Second, the superintendent said “it appears.” Even he doesn’t know for sure. Third, much of the decision making at the state schools level is also based on negotiations with public school teacher unions.

St. John’s feels that making decisions week-by-week is the best way to plan wisely. We will be online through April 10 and most likely through April 30, but we will make that call in a week or two.

Easter/Spring Break is April 10-19. There will be NO online instruction during that time.


Family resources for talking with your children about COVID-19


Although Orange USD has announced they will remain closed through May 8, St. John’s will continue to make the call about campus closure on a week-by-week basis. See below.

St. John’s Lutheran School will continue to follow federal, state and local health officials with regards to the length of this online learning period. St. John’s will make the call week by week as to when school will resume on campus. The school (preschool – 8) will be online the rest of this month (March) at the least. If school moves back to face-to-face, that information would be sent out to all parents as soon as the decision is made. 

If your student needs a technology device during this time, please reach out to your child’s teacher (K-8).

Tuition: St. John’s continues to offer education, so we will continue to collect tuition. The economic hardships for each family are different, and there are some that need help during this COVID-19 economic downturn. St. John’s will work with each family individually to reschedule payments (there are no payments in June, so that is an option for some) as needed by each family situation. Tuition questions should be addressed to Dr. Hollatz and Shannon Arnold (school bookkeeper).

Families impacted by the current economic downturn and COVID-19 need easy to access free resources available to the community.  Many resources are scattered here and there, thus I put together a Facebook page with links to free resources, like food pantry, grab and go bags, grocery store runs and etc. (From a SJLS mom!)
It is a public site.  Please feel free to share it to anyone who might benefit from it. 


Today’s chapel message:

If you are having fun with an activity at home and would like to share it so that I can share it on SJLS social media, please send me pictures or videos. We would love to showcase the various activities going on at home to provide others with hope and encouragement! Be sure to follow us on social media: @sjlsorange on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter to follow the fun! Try this to upload larger files My email is

St. John’s continues to do everything we can to make sure that our child experiences a full and robust learning experience! We are praying for your families each day. Please pray for us during this time as well. You can pray with us as a community at


No SAC or Preschool childcare per OC Health Guidelines posted today.

School Office hours 10:00-2:00.

The most up-to-date information will be posted to this page and stored in this Google folder

Continue to check your email and Slices for up to date information!

Pray with us on Dr. Hollatz’s prayer blog


2nd Grade Writing and STEM Integrations

Our 2nd graders have been busy integrating writing, science, and technology for their animal reports.  They’ve grown so much in their writing skills while having fun learning about an animal and creating a virtual habitat.  Getting to visit their classmates’ habitats with the STEM Lab’s special goggles was a great way to end the project! See below to check out our project.

By: Cathy Meier, 2nd Grade

Affordable Christian Education

St. John’s always strives to provide affordable, excellent Christian education. To help accomplish this we keep the cost of education low. Over the last two years, we have increased the cost of education LESS than the rise of inflation. LESS THAN 2%!

St. John’s has also give out over $1.5 million dollars in financial assistance over the last 20 years. Annually, we provide well over $100,000 in need-based assistance. If your family desires a Christ-centered, excellent education, but thinks that St. John’s is unaffordable, we’ve got help!

If you are a current family, financial assistance forms can be accessed through FACTS SIS (RenWeb). If you are a new family, stop in or call our Admissions Direction, Jodi, at (714) 288-4406 for more information! Check out our website too: We look forward to serving your family!

Outdoor Education – 1st Grade Style!

Last week all three first grade classes went to the Environmental Nature Center in Newport Beach for a learning experience called Eco Explorers. The children traveled with a naturalist and parent volunteers to various locations within natural settings to learn about ways seeds travel and adaptions animals have to help them survive in their habitats.  The activities were very hands-on! The students were able to dress up as different animals and discussed why that creature needed to live in a certain environment. They were given tiny seeds and were able to scatter them in a spot that had all the essentials they’d learned that plants need in order to grow. The experience also delighted the children’s sense of fun, as they were given time to jump over a creek, climb on rocks, look at tadpoles in the water and just enjoy exploring an outdoor environment. They were asked to think about animal adaptions and creatively imagine how an adaptation might be used to create an invention to help people. They were able to illustrate and share their ideas within their groups. All in all, it was an awesome time of learning and growing together in a very beautiful outdoor setting.

By: Mrs. Cook, 1st grade

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7th Grade Sowers

Inspired by an article in the Seventh Grade literature anthology, students enrolled in Mr. Smith’s LA: 7 course got positively agricultural on Tuesday, January 29, 2019.

The article, Hillary Schwei’s “Urban Farming is Growing a Greener Future,” depicts in words and photographs how today’s farmers are often city-based, using any available free space to raise fruits and vegetables.  Students in the class were offered an opportunity to embrace their inner farmer while competing to raise a plant on Mr. Smith’s classroom balcony.  The “Best of Show” winner would receive a $25.00 gift card of their choice.

Suddenly, after a lackluster initial reaction, the students were excited about urban farming.

To compete, students first had to participate in a “Research Race,” using their laptops to scour the internet for articles and pictures that fit several agriculture-specific topics and criteria.  This activity alone took up twenty minutes of class time and was quite competitive, as the pictures show.

The top two finishers in each class received a clay pot, planting soil, and their choice of seeds – both vegetable and floral.  (The students could provide their own pot, if desired.). Once planted, students watered their seeds and hoped – as all farmers do – for a successful growing season.  In a few days’ time, God provided some rain.  And more rain.  And even more rain.

Students who did not “win” were also encouraged to bring a gardening pot and a desire to grow.  While not in the running for the gift certificate, they could (and did!) share in the experience of urban agriculture.  Several students undertook the challenge and their plants (when they break through the soil) will stand proudly alongside the “winner.”

In a few weeks, Middle School teachers as yet unnamed will evaluate the plants students are currently raising.  These unnamed educators – not Mr. Smith! – will make the final decision as to which Seventh Grader has the greenest thumb.

This activity was designed to encourage Seventh Grade students to actively embrace gardening, witnessing for themselves the miracle that occurs each time a seed is planted.  It is hoped that seeing the plants grow, and tenderly caring for them, will serve as a reminder of the manner in which Our Lord plants each of us and tends us every day of our lives.  God is present even in the smallest of miracles! 

Spring helps us all to remember that simple truth.

By: Kevin Smith, 7th grade, ELA