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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STEM Lab Excitement!

The NEW St. John’s School STEM Lab has some exciting updates in construction!

  • Nana Wall (folding glass wall) is up!
  • Tech storage cabinets are up!
  • Ceiling tiles are nearly ready to go in!

Technology still to come:

  • THREE 85″ Flat-screen panels for instruction display
  • Apple TVs for all display panels
  • 3D printing lab (FOUR 3D printers already purchased!)
  • Integrated audio system for presentations
  • Steelcase Makerspace furnishing by Tangram Designs

Thank you to our school Auxiliary, church and outside donors who made this all possible!

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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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Giving Thanks!

I thank my God always when I remember you in my prayers, because I hear of your love and of the faith that you have toward the Lord Jesus.  Philemon 1:4

It’s a great week at St. John’s to give thanks!  We started the week with excitement and thankfulness for the successful Gala and Auction on Saturday.  So many dedicated people worked tirelessly to plan this annual event that has brought many blessings to our school over the years.  The outpouring of love and support through the generous donations is overwhelming and it’s exciting to look forward to our new STEM lab and other ways our school will benefit in the next year.

Our Track & Field Days are another reason to give thanks this week.  St. John’s students ran, jumped, kicked, threw, and cheered each other on as they demonstrated power, strength, and an abundance of energy in their bodies.  What a celebration of the strong healthy bodies with which they are blessed!

Teacher Appreciation Week brought fun surprises each day.  It’s a blessing to be a teacher at St. John’s!  So many parents and students to thank for their treats, gifts, cards and loving notes!  It’s also a good time, as one of these blessed teachers, to thank God for the support and friendship of a faculty and staff that is so committed to serving the Lord and His people each day and building one another up.

What a week!

But what about the weeks that aren’t so exciting and fun-filled?  Can we still give thanks then too?  Aren’t there days and weeks when the funds are tight and budgets are a concern?  What about the people we know who don’t have strong healthy bodies to celebrate?  Or the races lost and getting the 8th place ribbon instead of 1st place? The school project hours were spent on, only to earn a mediocre grade?  The pain of fractured relationships and discord?  Can we still give thanks then too?  Yes!  God promises to supply every need of ours according to His riches in Christ Jesus (Philippians 4:19).  He uses adversity to exhibit just how wonderfully perfect His love is for us through our Savior.  If we leave ourselves open to seeing God’s blessings through the difficult times, we will see His love manifested in our lives and know the true peace and joy that are His gift to us.  That’s a reason to give thanks!

By: Mrs. Cathy Meier, 2nd grade!