Slices – Weekly Newsletter – 9/29/2020

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

Romans 8:31

Weekly Update

We are into week 7 of the school year and are blessed! Here are two exciting things happening this week:

  • Denim 4 Dollars is this week Friday! Bring a dollar and wear an SJLS theme shirt or uniform polo shirt. All proceeds will go to (see info below)
  • Saturday, October 3 the 2nd-8th grade lunch table covering is being replaced. Thanks to a generous donor, the new cover is clean and water resistant! Along with the fans that were added over the summer, this will be a great, year-round place for activities and lunches.

Heat and Air Quality Safety

St. John’s ALWAYS works to keep your children safe. If the outside temperature is above 95 degrees, students stay inside for lunch and recess, as well as PE.

The air quality is always a concern when there are wild fires. St. John’s will follow the air quality rating at Should the air quality become “unhealthy” (red category) we will limit time outdoors for students. Should the air quality become worse (purple or maroon), we will keep students inside.

Denim 4 Dollars! This Friday 10/2!

October Denim 4 Dollars is supporting The Sheepfold, which is a Southern California ministry providing shelter, safe refuge and a new beginning for homeless, abused and forsaken women with children.   Students pay $1 and may wear “appropriate” denim with their uniform shirt or NEW theme shirt, which we are hoping are delivered this week! For more information, please visit

Cool Weather Clothing

The mornings are a little cool and some students may be starting to wear jackets or sweaters. REMINDER: Per the uniforms guidelines, all outerwear must be SJLS theme/logo. Cool weather clothing can be purchased at our uniform store.

Picture Day

Picture day for 2020 has been delayed due to COVID 19. School pictures will now be done in November. There will be no paper order forms. All ordering will be done online. An email will be sent out by the end of October with ordering instructions. There will be no “Class” pictures taken this year. The following are school picture dates for this year:

  • 11/16 – Individual School Pictures – K-8
  • 11/19 – School picture make-up day
  • 12/16 – School picture retakes

Colds and the Flu

Most St. John’s students are back on campus and that means that the typical fall germs are in the air. Students are staying home with colds and some with the flu. All of our students who are out are monitored by Nurse Allie. THANK YOU parents for being cautious and keeping your child home when they are not feeling 100%. This is normal and to be expected since children have been isolated for 5+ months. Again, we are COVID-free, so that remains a HUGE BLESSING for our school!

We want to thank those of you who have been cautious and forthcoming when it comes to sick students, we have been pleased with the open disclosure. Moving forward, we ask all of our families to seriously consider keeping your child home if there is an ill family member in your household, especially if there is a fever present. This includes parents, grandparents, siblings, babysitters, or anyone else who has direct contact with your child.

For example, if you have multiple children attending St John’s and one child has a fever or other symptoms, the other child/children should also stay home. Please consider the effect an exposure will have on multiple students and staff members versus your child/children missing a few days of class. Our teachers have been working very hard and are well prepared to assist families by sending work home and keeping in touch to prevent students from falling behind when they are absent.

We want to keep everyone on our campus healthy but, to do this, we need to work as a team, and we must all be on the same page. Communication is key during this time, please contact Nurse Allie with any questions or concerns.

~ Dr. Hollatz & Nurse Allie, RN, 714-288-4406 ext 1306

Principal’s Prayer Blog

Join Dr. Hollatz in prayer for our school, community and world.


Each week our students meet for chapel to worship together. This week our K-2 students will meet together on the turf field, while our 3-5 and 6-8 students worship online through Zoom.

If you would like to be added to our online Zoom invitation list, please click here to join the mailing list. Mustang Online students always have the chapel Zoom link in their weekly plans from their teacher.

Chapel offerings this quarter benefit Hearts for Jesus. Students can bring their offering or donate directly.

St. John’s official parent organization!

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.  

Volunteers Welcomed and NeedEd!

We are always looking for volunteers with a variety of talents.  To learn more about our opportunities, please complete this 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 meets every Tuesday at 9 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.

The next prayer Zoom will be September 29nd at 9:00 AM

Join Zoom Meeting

Meeting ID: 779 3313 2725

Passcode: 0K51Xq

For those who are unable to attend, please send prayer requests to:

MomsLife  – This Thursday, October 1st – Large Group Zoom with Guest Speaker Melanie Brown.

It’s not too late… Register today and join us! It’s FREE!

MomsLife is a community of moms with kids of all ages.  Join us this Fall 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. 

1st Thursdays- Large Group Session with Speaker (via Zoom) 

3rd Thursdays- Community Small Groups (via Zoom or off campus)

Register to receive the Zoom link and Small Group times.–fall-2020/

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.

Important Information

2020-2021 School Calendar

Calendar Reminders

  • 10/2 Denim 4 Dollars – See details above!

Social Media

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!

8:00 am Service In-Person and Live-Streamed from The Sanctuary 
9:00 am Outdoor Service under the tents
10:30am Service In-Person AND Live-Streamed from Walker Hall 6:00 pm Outdoor Service under the tents

As always we will continue to keep our congregation safe with Covid-friendly protocols like RSVPs, health checks, face coverings, and cleaning. More details on this will be announced in next week’s emails.

Sermons are also available for on-demand viewing as well!

Looking for a new path?

If you’re Kingdom-minded and want to make an impact then consider joining the St. John’s team. You’ll be challenged.  You’ll be inspired.  You’ll be a part of what God is doing through the people of St. John’s  in the City of Orange and beyond.

  • Database Coordinator
  • Technology Specialist
  • Maintenance Porter

To access more information and full job descriptions:

Confirmation for all 8th Graders: LAST DAY TO REGISTER IS OCT. 4TH!

St. John’s Confirmation program instructs the student in the study of God’s word and Lutheran Doctrine, equips them to become disciples serving in the community and our church, and empowers them to develop attitudes like that of Christ Jesus our Lord. All students in confirmation meet in life groups with adult leaders to serve in the community, learn more about God in bible study and grow closer in their relationships with God, family and friends. More info HERE.

Seedling for Preschoolers (Friday Mornings):

Sign up for a FREE Online, in-home Seedlings. You will receive a craft kit, and a Zoom code to join a secured lesson every Friday. Two classes will be offered weekly, Fridays at 9am OR Fridays at 10:30am. You get to choose!
More info HERE.

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

Midweek Online Study (Kindergarten – 5th Grade):

With the help of some animated friends, Phil walks through the entire book of 1 John to answer the question, “What is a Christian?” Large group lessons, worship music, games and small group time engage, inspire, and entertain while answering the question, “What is a Christian?”. Wednesday nights via ZOOM starting September 16th.

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