Slices – Weekly Newsletter – 3/30/2021

What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us?

Romans 8:31

2021-2022 School Calendar

You can find the 2021-2022 School Calendar by clicking on the link.

Temperature Checks Discontinued

Based on new CDC and CA State guidelines for school, St. John’s will no longer be taking student temperature checks when students arrive at the school gates/doors. Students who arrive late, will still check in at the office and get their temp checked, but when students arrive between 7:50 and 8:10, they will enter through their usual entrances, and proceed directly to their classrooms. Please complete a symptom and exposure screening at home each day before leaving for school by checking for these COVID-19 Symptoms. If your child exhibits any of these symptoms, please keep them home and notify Nurse Allie.

Travel over Spring Break

St. John’s wishes all families a blessed Spring/Easter Break! We know that many families may be traveling. There is no quarantine required; however, please use your best judgement and monitor yourself and children for any COVID-19 Symptoms upon your return. Please report any COVID exposures to Nurse Allie

Easter Camp @ SAC

Easter Break Camp @ SAC is still open (April 6-9) Last Day to sign up will be March 31, 2021 – Lots of FUN for all, Come join us! Contact Teri Wire with any questions.

Classroom Homeroom Reconfigurations 21/22

Due to retirements, teacher desires, and other necessities, St. John’s administration has been carefully working with faculty on new grade level team assignments. There are several changes in homeroom teachers/grade level team for next year. Here are all of the teacher homeroom assignments for next year in K-5 (new/changes are in bold):

  • Kindergarten – Mrs. Harrision, Mrs. Nelson, Mrs. Cariker (no changes)
  • 1st grade – Mrs. Glaeser, Mrs. Demarest, NEW teacher (the search committee is currently interviewing applicants)
  • 2nd grade – Mrs. Todd, Mrs. Meier, Mrs. Ramsay
  • 3nd grade – Mr. Courvoisier, Miss Neben, Miss Goins
  • 4th grade – Mrs. Fink, Miss Clark, Mrs. Morner
  • 5th grade – Mrs. Knego, Mrs. Schirmacher, Mr. Duport (no changes)
  • Our amazing specialist teachers will continue to teach Spanish, technology, art, music, choir, PE, and library K-8.

NOTE: Changes always take place, so there is always a chance that these teaching assignments may change slightly with teachers moving before now and the beginning of the next school year.

Middle School Reorganization 21/22

St. John’s is always striving to enhancing the learning experiences of our students. Not only do our we want our students to have an exceptional academic experience, but also spiritually, socially, and emotionally wholesome school experiences. To that end, a middle school reorganization will be taking place for the 2021 school year. The goals and objectives are below:


To provide a middle school learning experience for students that is 

  1. robust, 
  2. personal, 
  3. specialized, and 
  4. relational for students.
  5. To equip teachers with the time to plan individual lessons and to collaborate with peers.


a.                   Create a schedule centered around the students’ academic needs

b.                   Create a schedule centered around the teachers’ needs

c.                   Create a schedule that allows for teachers to get to know students more personally

d.                   Create a schedule that provides teachers with 2 planning periods

e.                   Create a schedule that allows for PE to be accomplished reasonably

f.                    Create a schedule that allows for Spanish, electives, and Exploratories to continue. 

g.                   Create a schedule more age-appropriate for each developmental level of the students.

h.                   Create a schedule that provides a transition from 5th grade and to high school.

i.                     Create a schedule that utilizes gifts of teachers.

To facilitate these changes, some teachers will be changing homerooms, some will be changing their grade level, and some their subject area of expertise. Below are the changes to the middle school grade level teams/subject specialties (new/changes are in bold):

  1. 6th grade – Mr. Mercier (Science), Mrs. Matthews (English/Language Arts), NEW teacher (Math)
  2. 7th grade – Mrs. Smith (English/Language Arts), Mrs. Stuewe (Science), Ms. Forrest (Math)
  3. 8th grade – Mrs. Bender (English/Language Arts), Mrs. Barillier (Math), Mrs. Kruse (Science)
  4. PE – Mr. Harrison (done by homerooms, not by grade levels)
  5. Spanish – Sr. Stone (7/8th) and Sra. Pallete (6th)
  6. All homeroom teachers will be teaching Christian Faith and Life (CFL) and History to their homeroom to better facilitate deep and meaningful relationships. 

St. John’s looks forward to a fantastic 2021-2022 school year and beyond with our amazing teachers and our innovative, student-centered school programming.

NOTE: Changes always take place, so there is always a chance that these teaching assignments may change slightly with teachers moving before now and the beginning of the next school year.

Who’s ready for Summer in the Son? Summer Camp fun close to home!

Registration NOW OPEN!

Contact Teri Wire with questions –


When: Wednesday, March 31st  / Time: 1:00-3:30pm / Where: Walker Hall Dining RoomSORRY……NO KIDS PERMITTED!

Prices: Plaid skirts, shorts and jumpers, polo dresses and sweatshirts/jackets – $10 –

Polo shirts for boys/girls, PE clothes, shorts and all other items – $5

*** PLEASE NOTE: This will be our only sale before the August Ice Cream Social so come and stock up NOW! ***

Covid guidelines: Due to Covid 19 guidelines the following will apply:

– Only 10 shoppers will be allowed to shop at a time

– Only exact cash or check will be accepted – NO CREDIT CARDS please

– Masks are required to be worn at all times

– Temperatures will be taken at the door and shoppers will be asked to sign in for tracking purposes

– Please enter the Dining Room on the Almond “ramp”

Questions? Contact Heidi Byrnes:

Athletic Schedule Week of 3/29/21

2020-2021 School Calendar

Expression Explosion and VIP Day 2021

Expression Explosion is St. John’s annual family open house where each student, classroom, and grade gets to show off student learning to families. In pre-pandemic years, VIP Day was a special half-day when we invite those very special people to campus to celebrate learning. St. John’s is excited that Expression Explosion and VIP Day will continue in 2021, but in a little different format this year! Please carefully read the guidelines below for the event below:

  • Expression Explosion and VIP Day will be rolled into one, multi-day event this year!
  • This open house event will be Thursday, April 22, 4:30-8:00 PM AND Friday, April 23, 8:30 AM- 12:00 PM.
  • School will be CANCELLED for Friday, April 23 (including preschool and SAC). This will allow for families to come Thursday OR Friday.
  • Families will sign up for a time slot using Campus capacity will be capped at 120 people (15% capacity) per 30 minute time blocks. Sign up with your friends and attend together. Feel free to bring as many family members as you like, just indicate the number in the online signup. Just sign up for one time slot and bring the family/VIPs! NOTE: this is the same system that was used for parent/teacher conferences, so the same login info can be used.
  • Families will be free to visit classrooms, check out their child’s projects, as well as check out other classrooms (sneak peak at next year’s teachers and projects!).
  • Teachers will be around to talk to, ask questions, and get to know more!
  • Masks and social distancing are required.
  • No food will be served at the event, but we encourage families to plan outings at the Orange Plaza, before or after your time slot, and patronize our local businesses.
  • St. John’s family-owned businesses at the Orange Plaza (The Circle): Byblos, Watson’s, Don Jefe Jalapeños. Restaurant with Christian values: Kimmie’s Coffee Cup.

We are super excited to host families on campus and get to show off classrooms and fantastic student work!

The Book Fair is COMING!

St. John’s will host a Scholastic Book Fair on campus from April 19-30th. The book fair will be outside, under the tent from 3:30-5 PM daily, plus extra hours during Expression Explosion/VIP Day open house times. Families will need to book a shopping appointment using this link:

NOTE: This is the same link to sign up for Expression Explosion/VIP Day Open House walkthrough times. Use the dropdown menu to make both appointments!

Here’s a Sneak Peek of St John’s Book Fair homepage:

Online shopping is available via our book fair homepage.  Free shipping on book purchases of $25 or more.

**If you would like to volunteer at the book fair, please contact Wendy in the school office for details on how to complete the volunteer steps!**

Calendar Reminders

  • 3/29-4/2 – Holy Week
  • 3/31 – Used Uniform Sale – see info above!
  • 4/5-9 – NO SCHOOL – Easter Break
  • 4/19-30 – SJLS Bookfair
  • 4/22-23 – Expression Explosion/VIP Day


Chapel tomorrow will have 8th Grade in person.

Live stream with the links below. This will be the weekly chapel link while we are inside.

For families using a PC – here is a “PC friendly” link:

St. John’s COVID dashboard can be found here:

The dashboard will be updated daily. We remain blessed that our school is able to robustly serve children and families! Please continue to let Nurse Allie know about any COVID diagnosis and exposures. We need to keep our campus as safe as possible!

What is Auxiliary?

The St. John’s Auxiliary is a volunteer organization that promotes Christian fellowship among the faculty, parents and students of St. John’s Lutheran School.  The Auxiliary also engages in ministry work of the school and assists the faculty when needed through fundraising efforts.  All parents and guardians of a child enrolled in St. John’s Lutheran School or Preschool are considered a member of the Auxiliary.  

The Mustang Stampede Jog-A-Thon is ON! We’re not horsin’ around!

Register your student runner THIS WEEK and raise at least $10 in donations to get FREE DRESS Thursday, April 1.

Our Mighty Mustangs will be running April 29 (grades 2-5) and 30 (grades K-1 and 6-8). Our goal is to raise $100,000 to support St. John’s Lutheran School. Your un-BRIDLED giving will directly impact all of our students in the best possible way. 

Event Questions? Email Cindy Warren:

Registration Questions? Email Kelly Early:

Family Paint Night – Friday, April 16

Please join us for a fun night of painting with the family. For only $25 per person, you will receive all supplied needed to return home with your very own art piece! Check in starts at 6:15pm at the entrance to the 2-5 Playground, the class will begin at 6:30pm. Be sure to grab dinner at Woody’s Diner or Blaze Pizza beforehand… show them the Paint Night image seen here and 20% of your purchase will go back to St. John’s! Sign up for the event at No walk-ins will be allowed. Masks must be worn at all times, and tables will be socially distanced.

Important Parent Auxiliary News:

Spring Elections are here for our Auxiliary Executive Board! The parent auxiliary plans and coordinates many of the school functions, enrichment programs and fundraising efforts like the upcoming Jog-a-thon! All of this is made possible by the service of our parents here at St. Johns.

This year we have extended a special opportunity for parents to prayerfully consider serving on our Executive Board. The executive board works to oversee committees and volunteer groups to handle many of these important school events. This year we have 3 open executive board positions. 

Open Positions: (2 year terms)VP of Membership: New FamiliesVP of Social: Social EventsVP of Programs: Teacher Appreciation & Enrichment
President (Must have previous executive board service at St. Johns)

For additional information on each role please see the auxiliary handbook here.
We’d love to hear from you if you are interested in serving this next year. Please send any interest and questions to before April 8, 2021.

Sign Me Up!

We are always looking for volunteers with a variety of talents.  To learn more about our opportunities, please complete Google Form

Mom’s in Prayer!

“I call on you, my God, for you will answer me; turn your ear to me and hear my prayer.” Psalm 17:6

Moms in Prayer is meeting online!  NEW TIME!  Tuesdays at 8:15 am via Zoom.

No experience needed, just a willing spirit.  We will pray for every student (Preschool-8th grade) and every teacher individually by name throughout the year and cover them with prayer.

Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 852 8220 6907Passcode: MIP

For those who are unable to attend please send prayer requests to Brooke Hollatz at


MomsLife is a community of moms with kids of all ages.  Join us as we grow together and hold fast to the God who created all things and gives hope for a future because of His love and faithfulness to us. 

Join us this Thursday, April 1st at 9 am via Zoom as we learn about Bible Journaling and Visual Faith ( 
Grab some paper and colored pencils and join us for this interactive session.

Topic: MomsLife- Spring 2021Time: April 1st at 9 am
Join Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 675 951 9154Passcode: ML2021

1st Thursdays- Large Group Session (via Zoom) 

3rd Thursdays- Community Small Groups (via Zoom)–spring-2021/

COVID Family Training Resources

Use the link to find some helpful family training videos to help teach your children about hand washing, social distancing and more. FAMILY COVID TRAINING VIDEOS.

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Mustangs Online

The Mustangs Online Guidebook can be found here. This is our guide to online instruction.

St. John’s Lutheran Church Ministry

Go to for up-to-date ministry event information.

New Worship Schedule!

8:30am – Sanctuary In-Person** + Online Worship  //  Auditorium In-Person Worship**

9:00am – In-Person Worship Under the Tent (No RSVP required, bring a chair!)

10:30am – Sanctuary In-Person Worship**  //  Auditorium In-Person** + Online Worship

As always, we will continue to keep our congregation safe with Covid-friendly protocols like **RSVPs for INDOOR services, health checks, face coverings, and cleaning between services.

Online services are available at or on our website at Sermons are also available for on-demand viewing at

Meet St. John’sMonday, April 26th 7pm, Zoom

Join Pastor Tim for this interactive ZOOM gathering and find out what it means to be a part of St. John’s! Focusing on our discipleship pathway of CONNECT to God-GROW Together-SHARE Christ,  Meet St. John’s offers a better understanding of what it really means to be part of the community here at St. John’s. Meet the pastors and learn more about Discover, a 5 week experience that will help you grow in your faith and leads towards membership.

Register online at
Questions? Contact Megan

Family Easter Event on campus// April 3rd

Our fun-filled morning is specifically designed to engage your family as a whole and will be filled with worship, an Easter message, family activities, a special craft for each child and an interactive journey through the Easter story as you “HUNT” for treats!! 2 sessions 9 & 11AM.  Sign up online. MORE INFO

Sunday School: Preschool – Grade 8
Zoom with us on Sunday Mornings at 10am or check out our video and materials on our website. More info HERE.

Delivering the restorative hope of Jesus.

St. John’s Lutheran School mission statement

Create disciples of Jesus Christ who CONNECT to God, GROW together, and SHARE Christ.

St. John’s Discipleship Pathway

St. John’s Lutheran School Purpose Statement

St. John’s student scholars communicate and collaborate effectively, think critically, and use creativity throughout their academic and fine arts learning.

Scholars use technology and digital media responsibly and innovatively across subjects and 21st century themes to build life and learning skills.

St. John’s student scholars and staff receive and deliver the restorative hope of Jesus through connecting to God, growing together, and sharing Christ. They make responsible decisions to grow in understanding, empathy, and appreciation of God’s diverse creation and people.

St. John’s Lutheran School 2020-2021 Theme