Slices – Weekly Newsletter – 10/12/2021

“Truly he is my rock and my salvation; he is my fortress; I will not be shaken.”

Psalm 62:6

Parent/Teacher Conferences – Noon Dismissal 10/28 & No School 10/29

Please mark your calendars for October 27-29. Fall parent/teacher conferences at St. John’s is mandatory for all families. Sign-ups for conference times will go out next week. Watch for an email from the school office. Conference time slots will be: Wednesday 10/27 – 3:40-5:40 PM; Thursday 10/28 – 12:40-6:00 PM; Friday 10/29 – 7:40 AM – 12 Noon. 

Memorial Service for Kriss Glaeser

The memorial service for Kriss Glaeser has been scheduled for Saturday, October 23 and 10:00 AM at St. John’s Lutheran Church in Orange. There will be a reception after the memorial service. School families and students are encouraged to attend. Cards for the family can be dropped off at the school office or at the memorial service or reception on 10/23.

Check out the Latest from the Learning Blog!

Used Uniform Sale – Tuesday, Oct. 19th!

Need to pick up a few more uniform pieces? Kid hit a growth spurt again? We’ve got you covered! All plaid & sweatshirts $10. Polo shirts and shorts $5. The next Used Uniform Sale will be Tuesday, October 19th from 1:00 to 3:30pm in the Walker Hall Dining Room. 


The Mustang Stampede is only 2 days away and we are $9,759 away from our $100,000 goal!!

Donate today,!

We’ve got just a few more days to reach prize levels:

  • $100 in donations means the In-N-Out truck will bring lunch for your student. 
  • $200 in donations enters them into the grade-level Grand Prize drawing for fun and exciting prizes like a $350 gift card to Disneyland, an iPad, a GoPro, and lots of others!! 
  • Don’t forget the Win One for the Teacher prize that gets the teacher in the top class in each grade a $50 gift card to a local restaurant.⠀
  • Oh – and ONE MORE THING! We’ve just added a special “Lunch with the Principal” for the students with the top 5 donation totals! Check the Leader Board for the stats! 

Questions? Contact Cindy Warren at

National Junior Honor Society Book Drive

This upcoming week of October 18-22, 2021 the St. John’s chapter of National Junior Honor Society (NJHS), will be encouraging students to bring in new or gently used children’s books. The books will be donated to Reading To Angels, an organization which takes children’s books and gives them to kids who are less fortunate than us, and cannot afford them. The grade which collects the most books in their designated boxes by the end of the week, will be rewarded with a free dress day on October 28, 2021.

Author Day, October 27th for K-5th Students! Featuring Lesa Cline-Ransome

Students have the opportunity to pre-purchase books by the author and have her sign them the day of our event.  Order forms were sent home with K-5 students and are due this Friday, October 1st to your child’s classroom teacher.  Cash or checks made out to St. John’s, please.

Note:  Finding Langston (chapter book appropriate for 4th grade and up) is on St. John’s Battle of the Books list this year.  Students in K-3rd will hear our librarian read Young Pele as part of their library lesson.  4th-5th graders will hear Game Changers as part of their library lesson.  Mrs. Cline-Ransome’s books have won many awards and quite often include the theme of overcoming adversity.  We are so excited to learn about this celebrated author and welcome her to our school.


Chapel tomorrow will be led by Mrs. Barillier’s 8th grade class. Music by 2nd grade. Parents are welcome to attend. Please check in at the office before coming over to chapel. Parent seating is in the back of the Sanctuary. 

Chapel offerings this quarter will go toward Garuna, whose mission is to support and encourage the proclamation of the grace, mercy and compassion (garuna) of Jesus Christ to the peoples of Thailand, Cambodia and surrounding countries.

Pizza Ordering for Quarter 2 is Open NOW!

Pizza Wednesday ordering for Quarter 2 is now open! Place your orders for Q2 from October 4 through October 15. Don’t miss out! Simply go to to order! Students will get their Q2 pizza starting Wednesday, October 20th.

2021-2022 School Calendar

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


Games and practice schedules are hereGO MUSTANGS!

California Mandatory Vaccine Information

Last week Governor Newsom announced that all age eligible California school children will be required to receive the COVID-19 vaccine. The leadership at St. John’s is in consultation with legal counsel and other outside authorities on the implications for our school community. Any decision on this issue will involve parent feedback and input, as we value your continued partnership through this evolving landscape. Your feedback in the questionnaire below is requested. In the meantime, here are some points to keep in mind:

  • We are in communication with our legal counsel and so are many other schools…we are not alone.
  • The mandate would not be applicable until the first school term after the FDA fully approves the vaccine for students. It is estimated that this may not take effect until the 22-23 school year at the earliest.For now, it would only apply to middle school students aged 12 and up.
  • Because it is not mandated through legislation, students could seek exemptions from the COVID-19 vaccine for medical and personal beliefs. 
  • We are looking into the scope of these exemptions.As in the past St. John’s will be taking each of these mandates/guidelines/requirements in small bites and intentionally slow step by step to figure out what is best for our community.
  • Dr. Hollatz is happy to try and answer any questions anyone may have.
  • Pray! Pray! Pray! God is in control, even when it doesn’t seem like it. He has a plan for us because he loves us! We will not be shaken!
  • Please tell us what you think by taking the COVID-19 Vaccination SJLS Family Survey
  • Healthy Campus Protocols

    In alignment with the California Department of Public Health and Orange County Health Care Agency, St. John’s Lutheran School requires all individuals (students, faculty, staff, volunteers, visitors, etc.) to wear masks in indoor school settings.

    St. John’s Lutheran is compelled by state and county authorities to inform our families of the multifaceted COVID protocols in place which include:

    • Masks are available at the school office and in all classrooms
    • Parents and students will be informed as to the benefits of wearing masks
    • Teachers will remind students at the start of each day of the requirement to wear masks and will have masks available for students
    • Parents are asked to partner with us in reminding students of the mask requirement
    • Signs will be placed at multiple locations, reminding all stakeholders of the requirement to wear masks when indoors
    • Quarantine requirements will be carefully administered, following all OCHCA decision making tools and guidelines for contact tracing, including both curricular and extra-curricular activities

    You can find this information on our website at

    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. 

    St. John’s Golf Classic – Just a few spots left!

    There are only 4 more Foursomes left for our Golf Classic on October 25th!

    Sign up today!

    Set on the gorgeous links of Yorba Linda Country Club, St. John’s Golf Classic returns for another exciting year on October 25, 2021. Proceeds from the tournament support the people, places, and programs that make the St. John’s experience excellent! All ages and skill levels welcome. 


    We’re looking for some great sponsors to help us out. We really enjoy showering our sponsors with love, so there are great benefits for all levels of sponsorship – on campus and off!

    Food and Beverage Hosts

    Feeding golfers is a tough job!  If you know of a beverage company or restaurant that would enjoy hosting one of the holes and offering food, snacks or beverages to players, please let us know, we’d love to arrange something.


    But wait, there’s more!   We need lots of volunteers to work out on the course: running games, handing out food and beverages, and just having a great day outside!  This is a wonderful chance to connect with other St. John’s parents.  NO GOLF EXPERIENCE NECESSARY!


    Even if you can’t play with us there are even more ways to help!  We are looking for game prizes and special raffle items.  Some examples of what we’re looking for:

    Gift cards – to any business – value $20 and up

    Outdoor Adventure Gear – for the beach or the mountains

    Athletic Items – specifically Golf Foursomes – we are looking to raffle off at least 10 foursomes at local courses, so if you have a contact, or are interested in helping us secure those in any way, please let us know! 

    We’re also looking for donations of snacks and canned drinks for the course – these can be brought by the business office at any time through this week.

    Soda (Coke, Diet Coke, Sprite, Dr. Pepper, Diet Dr. Pepper) – cans only

    Beer/Spritzers – Cans only

    Visit the Golf Website for more information or to sign up.  

    Gala 2022

    After a year hiatus the countdown for Gala 2022, Come Sail Away has begun!  Anyone interesting helping plan and execute this year’s event is welcome to join our first brainstorming meeting on THURSDAY evening October 14th, from 5:30-6:30pm in the garage.  There’s something for everyone – no experience or big commitment necessary!  We are looking for people to help decorate, organize volunteers, acquire auction items, plan afterparty games, gather prizes, recruit sponsor partners, offer other event ideas, manage technology, and so much more!  Any questions?  Contact Heather Carr, Gala Chair, at, or Megan Gjersvold, Development Associate at

    Volunteers on Campus- Paperwork Requirements

    All parents who would like to volunteer on campus or attend school events, must complete the required paperwork. To be cleared, volunteers must complete and submit the following:

    • Volunteer Application
    • Protect my Ministry
    • Mandated Reporter training/certificate
    • Covid training/certificate
    • Live Scan

    If you have not completed this paperwork and would like to volunteer on campus, please email Heidi Byrnes at

    Moms in Prayer

    Join other St. John’s moms every Tuesday morning at 8:15 am in The Garage teaching room to cover the school, students and staff in payer. We will pray for every student (Preschool-8th grade) and every teacher individually by name throughout the year.

    If you have any questions about Moms in Prayer or prayer requests please email them to Brooke Hollatz

    St. John’s Lutheran School App!

    The school has a NEW app for your phone! The new SJLS app is connected to FACTS so you can now view the school directory, make payments, register, see grades and schedules, and so much more, right from your phone! To download the new app, just click here: or search for St. John’s Lutheran School CA in your phone’s app store.

    Social Media

    St. John’s Lutheran Church Ministry

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

    Worship Schedule!

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

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

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

    Sunday School: Preschool – Grade 8

    Women’s Night Out: Thursday, November 4th at 7pm. 

    Let’s learn to live in the freedom of considering ourselves BELOVED,  from a place of love and safety. Join us to be nourished, nurtured, and poured into. 

    • Worship 
    • Speaker: Kirsten Casillas
    • Dessert & Fellowship

    Invite your friends to join you for this FREE event! MORE INFO

    Junior High Students! Costume Dance!

    October 29th – 7-9 pm

    Take out the Halloween box and get ready for another Jr. High Dance. All 6th-8th graders are welcome to dance the night away! $5 either by registering on our website or at the door! Parents – please make sure costumes are appropriate for a church dance. I will have a special costume for those that need to change.


    Jr. High Bible Study:

    Wednesdays, 6:30 PM – 8:00 PM in the Garage. We will do some games, Bible Study and small group time.

    More info

    In-Person Sunday School – Preschool – 5th Grade

    8:30 am & 10:30 am 3 Years and Under – Nursery, Located between the Sanctuary and Walker Hall off the Courtyard.
    10:30 am 3 Years (Potty Independent) to 5 Years – Cornerstone, entrance located along Almond of Walker Hall.
    10:30 am Kinder, First & 2nd Graders Room – Room 101*
    10:30 am 3rd, 4th & 5th Graders – Room 102*

    *Elementary Sign in at the K/1 Play ground


    MIDWEEK BIBLE STUDYKindergarten – Fifth Grade

    It’s not too late to join! St. John’s Kids is taking the Being Challenge!

    This Kids series will help children learn the five key habits that Jesus practiced in his life and encourage them to put them into practice every day.

    Wednesdays 6:30 pm-8:00 pm

    More info

    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 2021-2022 Theme