Slices – Weekly Newsletter – 9/17/2019

From Dr. Hollatz

Volunteering on Campus

REMINDER: Any and all volunteers on the school campus MUST complete the Protect My Ministry background check. We use this information to keep your children safe. All personal information on the form is required (including the SSN); however, we shred all paperwork after the background check is complete. We do this to keep your identity safe. Thank you for complying with this policy.

Almond Avenue Construction

Construction may be starting on Almond Avenue October 1. The first part of this construction will CLOSE the Shaffer/Almond intersection completely. Pick up and drop off for all 2-8 students will be relocated for 3-4 days. Please watch for more information in coming days/weeks.

MAP Growth Testing

The Measures of Academic Progress testing is St. John’s yearly standardized testing regiment that is required by our accreditors and instrumental in assessing and providing excellent education. The MAP testing window began yesterday and will run through the end of the month. More information about MAP testing can be found at

Trip to South Korea!

6th – 8th grade students that their parents are invited to visit South Korea in October. The trip would be $700 + airfare (about $800). One week in Busan and Seoul touring the cities, country and schools (one night Korean homestay). If you are interested, please contact Dr. Hollatz. Deadline for interest is 9/29.

Teach a Middle School Elective

Do you have a special skill or talent that you would like to share with middle school students? We are looking for parents or others who would like to teach an elective for the spring semester starting January 22. Electives are Mondays and Thursdays from 1:17-2:35. If you are interested, contact Miss Sara Doyle.


Chapel is held every Wednesday at 8:30 in the Sanctuary. Chapel tomorrow will be led by the middle school chapel skit team. Parents are encouraged and welcomed to attend. Please check in at the office  and get an ID badge before coming over to chapel. Chapel offerings this quarter are going toward the GrantParent program.

Principal’s Prayer Blog

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Get Social!

Classroom Instagram: sjlsorange(grade#)

Calendar Reminders

  • Thursday 9/19 – Grade 6 Outdoor Ed parent meeting. 7pm in Room 203.
  • Friday 9/20 – Grs. 7/8 OLu Visitation Day 9:15-2:30pm
  • Friday 9/20 – Welcome Back Parent Mixer – See details below!
  • Mon 9/23 – Fri 9/27 – Grade 7 Catalina trip!
  • Thursday 9/26 – General Auxiliary Meeting – 8:30am in Walker Hall dining room. See details below!

School News

Student Well-being

At St. John’s we believe in supporting the whole child, and that includes their social and emotional well-being.‎

Theme shirts are HERE!

All students received their FREE theme tee shirt this week. These are to be worn on field trips and denim for dollars days, or other days determined by staff (we’ll always post in Slices for school-wide days). GREAT NEWS! If you want to order an extra theme tee, or you would like a v-neck or ladies cut option, they are NOW AVAILABLE on our U4U site! Rock that SJLS swag with pride, Mustangs! Click HERE to order. PS… keep checking in with the U4U site. We’re always adding fun new options for you, your kiddos, and beyond!

After School Enrichment

Outside Program Offered (call/email/click to sign up):


Martial Arts

Jeremiah Batson – (714) 812-8991


Nicole Robbins (714) 396-8355

Moms in Prayer

Moms In Prayer meets in the Cornerstone every Tuesday @ 8:15am, all are welcome! Contact Katrina DuPree with any questions or prayer requests.

Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.─ 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18


Games starts this week! Schedules are here! GO MUSTANGS!

Auxiliary News

Check out the Auxiliary calendar HERE!

All-Parent Welcome Back Mixer

A great way to meet or catch up with your fellow St. John’s parents! All parents are invited – preschool too! Join us Friday, September 20, 6:00pm at the Old Crow Smokehouse. While you are at the mixer, childcare will be provided at St. John’s. RSVP to

Auxiliary Meeting 9/26

Please join us Thursday morning, September 26 at 8:30am in the Walker Hall Dining Room for the first Auxiliary meeting of the year! Who is Auxiliary? YOU ARE! Every parent is a member of Auxiliary, and these meetings are where the magic happens. We’ll be keeping you up-to-date and involved in all school happenings. Receive one PIP Hour for attending. Free childcare available in the nursery. Please email your child’s name and age to

Jog-A-Thon – Time to register!

Hooray – PledgeStar is fixed! We apologize for the hiccup with their programming. They have resolved the issue and registration is back up and running (get it?). Our annual Jog-A-Thon will be happening on October 15 for Middle School, and October 18 for grades K-5. Sign up at and start getting those pledges! Popsicles will be handed out on Friday, 9/27 and Friday, 10/5 for anyone who has signed up. Please contact JAT Chairs with any questions: Cindy Warren, or Rachel Otero Vogel at

Purchase your Gift Cards through St. John’s Scrip Program!

Make your gift giving easy. Purchase gift cards through the St. John’s Scrip Program and not only give a gift to your loved one, but raise money for the school! For a list of retailers to choose from, visit To place your order – or to answer questions – questions contact Monica Alston or Lan Ngyuen at

Scrip Delivery Dates:

Order by 10/4 to deliver 10/10

Order by 12/6 to deliver 12/12

Order by 2/7 to deliver 2/13

Order by 4/3 to deliver 4/9

Orange Lutheran Cheer & Song Clinic

Saturday October 5th , 2019 – Come learn the traditional chants and band routines our cheerleaders and songleaders have been doing for years! We are happy to share with all our young fans just what it is like to be a Lancer Spiritleader for a day!

In addition to learning cheers, dances, jumps and basic tumbling at this one day clinic led by the OLHS Spiritleaders and their coaches, clinic participants will receive a cheer and song clinic t-shirt, a cheer/song leader buddy, and the opportunity to perform with the spiritleaders in a spectacular half-time performance at a Lancer Football game against St John Bosco High School at Orange Coast College on Friday, October 18th , 2019 Registration forms are available in the school office.

Notice From the City of Orange

The city’s Annual Rideshare/Health Fair will be held on Thursday, Sept. 19th from 11:30am – 1:30p.m. The event is open to the public. However, the the City Hall parking lot will be closed beginning Sept. 18th at 5:30p.m. until Sept. 19th at 5:30p.m. There will also be no parking on the west side of Center Street during the event.

St. John’s Church Ministry

Red Letter Challenge

Fall 2019 Life Groups launching 9/15-10/20. The Red Letter Challenge – a life group study and individual 40-day life-changing challenge – taking Jesus’ words and learning how to apply them to our lives so that we become a better testimony to the world. We want everyone at St. John’s Church and School to be a part of a life group.  You can sign up on Sundays, starting on 8/18 in the courtyard, on-line, or stopping by the church office. For more information, contact Christina 714 288 4425,

Family Ministry Events

FNL for 3rd, 4th and 5th Graders – September 13th // 6:30-8pm meet in the Cornerstone // Nerf Dodgeball

JH Scavenger Hunt for 6th, 7th and 8th graders – September 13th // 6:00 – 9pm meet in The Garage // Sign up online!

Bible Study! Join us as we do the Red Letter Challenge along with the whole church starting September 18th:

Preschool – 1st grade: 3-4:30pm in the Dining Room and Preschool Building (register online) ~ read more

2nd – 5th Grade: 6:30-8pm in the Cornerstone (register online) ~ read more

6th – 8th Grade: 6:30-8pm in the Garage ~ read more

High School starts September 22nd: 6:30-8pm in the Garage ~read more

Singles Ministry

MOVIE NIGHT – Fairhaven Cemetery (Sat, Sep 21st)
ANGELS GAME (Sat, Sep 28th – 6:07pm)
DINNER AND SERVICE aka Sunday’s @ 7 – Walker Hall (Sun, Sep 29th)

RSVP: Email:

Meet St. John’s

Next Date 9/22/19 at 11 a.m.Interested in what it means to be a part of the St. John’s community?

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 and you will get the opportunity to meet our senior pastor. You will also have an opportunity to sign up for a 7-week experience that will help you grow in your faith and leads towards membership. – RSVP

Men’s Ministry

Social Saturday – Saturday, October 12th, 2019

Do you love BBQ?  Do you love college football?  Come and join us!!

Enjoy some awesome BBQ, two great college games, raffle prizes, and games like ping pong, ladderball, and cornhole!  

4:00 – 8:30 PM in the Walker Hall Great Room. Just $5.

Click here to sign-up today and be ready to have a blast.  This is a GREAT chance to invite a friend!

St. John’s Men’s Ministry Fall Retreat!

November 15th-17th! Our St. John’s Men’s Retreat is BACK!  Come join us in Thousand Pines for a great retreat featuring our special speaker, Dr. Micah Parker. 

Learn about putting all of our TRUST in God as He shapes us for His purposes.  

Thousand Pines has plenty of activities to enjoy and the weather in November should be perfect.  Join us!  It’s going to be a great time of connecting to God and growing together.  $195, register by October 16th  

Click here to REGISTER TODAY!

St. John’s Music Conservatory

The Fall Session of private instruction on instruments and voice begins the week of September 9. Music Box classes begin the week of September 16. Sign up today! For information, please call Kathy Hayes in our Conservatory – 714-288-4433, or email

Worship With Us!

Wednesdays (School Chapel) @ 8:30 – Sanctuary (NOTE: Please check in at the office first!)

Saturdays @ 6:30 pm – Sanctuary

Sundays – Sanctuary @ 8:00, 9:30 & 11:00 am; Walker Hall @ 9:30 am & 7:00 pm


Delivering the restorative hope of Jesus.
Create disciples of Jesus Christ who CONNECT to God, GROW together, and SHARE Christ.
St. John’s Lutheran School nurtures faith in Christ, inspires reasoning minds to become critical thinkers, builds successful communicators, and responsible citizens to participate in God’s world.

St. John’s Lutheran School Vision Statement