When you give a mouse a cookie!

In  Mrs. G’s First Grade they are reading some books by Laura Numeroff about a mouse that likes cookies and goes to school!

The mouse does the same things at school that we do. He eats lunch, plays soccer, and eats cookies! He also reads books and does hard math problems.

He makes such a mess at the science experiment table that he must take a bath in the school bathroom.

We made our own books with sentences and here we are with a picture of the mouse that we drew and colored ourselves.

We hope you like our drawings!

Mrs. G – 1st Grade

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Rockin’ Recorders!

Third graders were rockin’ the last week of school at their “Rockin’ Recorder” concert!  This concert culminated their year of recorder lessons in music class.  In class, students learned how to read music, play a wind instrument, work together as a group, and persevere as they play the recorder.  They also take part in the “Recorder Karate” program, as they earn different colored “belts” that wrap around their recorder.  They enjoyed showing off the belts they have earned based on the different songs they have learned and mastered.  Parents, families, 2nd graders, and 1st graders were in the audience to listen to their progress.  The younger students are now looking forward to third grade so they can play the recorder, too!  Third graders now have a great foundation to build upon as they are given the opportunity to join band in fourth grade and also play the ukulele in fourth grade music class.  We love our “Rockin’ Recorders” and the third graders who play them!

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Photography 101: Online elective powered by CREAN Lutheran

This year, our students have had the opportunity to take a photography class online during the elective period. Hosted by CREAN Lutheran, Mrs. Bloomfield shares her expertise in photography with the students.  Not only do they learn about how to take great pictures, she also empowers them to become experts of their own devices. Whether it is an iPhone, DSLR, or a point and shoot camera, she teaches them how to take their photos to the next level.

Students are allowed to walk around campus during their elective, try new things out with their friends, and have fun while accomplishing her challenging tasks.  Whether they are playing with light settings, foreground focus, shutter speed, or symmetry; these students grow in their ability to recognize both candid and fixed opportunities for photographs.  

Please take a moment to look at the pictures below.  This class is so exciting for the young photographer, I strongly encourage anyone with this interest to take this course.

–Mr. Harrison, 8th Grade

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A Tradition Spanning Over 50 Years

The Eighth Grade Play is a St. John’s Tradition.  That’s right.  Our Eighth Grade Literature teacher, Mrs VB, was in the Eighth Grade Play way back when – back when our kindergarten teacher, Mrs. Cariker’s, father (Mr. Paul Koehnke) was the Eighth Grade teacher and the director.  Since 1991, Mrs. VB has been the director, and she is ready to present her 29th production – “Lost in Space and the Mortgage Due!”

Do you love the battle between Good and Evil.  This year we have it all.  A dastardly villain trying to take advantage of a poor “humble” couple – Grandpa and Grandma Humble.  A Hero – Space Cadet Bob of the 25th Century – who will save a damsel in distress.  Evillina Craven (the creature no man can resist) attempts to assist our villain, Commander Snidely Backlash, but their evil plot is thwarted when Bob’s rocket takes off.  That’s all we can share.  Come see the show on Thursday night, May 23, at 7PM in the Auditorium.  Admission is free!

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Partnering with Specialists

A huge benefit that we have at St. John’s is the ability to partner with our specialist teachers to tailor lessons across curricular areas. This year, Mrs. Barber our librarian, had students create poems using the spines of books in the library. Students were given no limit on the books they were allowed to utilize. Not only did students enjoy wandering the library with their arms full of literature, but many students ended up reading the books that they had chosen for their poetry.
In technology, Mrs. Grack taught students how to program using 3D printing technology. The fourth graders were able to print a 3D map of California with the location of their Ca Project gold site, mission, presidio, rancho, or Native American tribe. Students not only learned a new technology, but reinforced what they have been learning in the classroom.
We are blessed at St. John’s with awesome specialists that make it a priority to partner with classroom teachers and allow students to reinforce standards with creative projects and play!
Miss Goins, 4th Grade

A Reason to Celebrate!

Last week at St. John’s was one of the highlights of each school year – Expression Explosion and V.I. P. Day.  It was a week to celebrate our students’ talents and hard work throughout the year.  Our 2nd graders have been working hard on their writing skills the past few months and got a chance to share them with our Expression Explosion guests and V.I.P.’s.  They had persuasive letters to their parents with very convincing arguments.  They created their presidential profile with campaign promises if they become president someday.  Their sincere hopes and concerns for our country and its citizens is very inspiring.  They’ll have my vote someday!  April is poetry month so they wrote Haikus and Couplets to work on their descriptive skills.  Jack described a leopard as a “slinky animal” and “hunting predator” and Slater described a viper as a “ terrifying slitherer” in their Haikus.  Working with rhyming in couplets was a challenge, but Autumn wrote that “Monkeys swing to trees on bendable knees” and Emily wrote, “Listen as the donkey brays.  If it’s hungry, it will graze.”  It’s so fun to read all of the wonderful poetry the 2nd graders wrote!

The week ended with classrooms packed with V.I.P.’s.  Our 2nd graders practiced their public speaking skills by presenting one of their writing projects to our guests, working on reading with expression.  They were very polished and definitely impressed their audience. What a blessing to have so much loving support through these special V.I.P.’s, including grandparents, parents, older siblings, and family friends.

The greatest reason we all have to celebrate as a family of God is coming up – Easter.  As we journey to the cross throughout Holy Week, we focus on the loving sacrifice our Lord made for all so that we can have new life in Him.  We have so many blessings at St. John’s to celebrate, but that is the greatest one of all!

By: Mrs. Cathy Meier, 2nd Grade

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SJLS Band at Angels Stadium!

“Oh say can you see, by the dawn’s early light…”. (Click to listen!)

St. John’s Advanced Band had the honor and opportunity to perform our National Anthem at the Angels’ game on Saturday, September 15th.  Our small but mighty band of 8 joined with about 600 middle and high school students from around Orange County to play our nation’s song.

Before the game, they rehearsed with conductor John Carnahan from Cal State-Long Beach.  They quickly found out that it could be challenging staying together with 600 students stretched out the length of a football field.  They couldn’t rely on their ears to tell them if they were playing together.  Rather, they had to watch the conductor very closely.

After rehearsal, they walked onto the warning track at the stadium and performed in right field.  What an honor!  Later they watched the game with all the St. Johns families who came to support them!  It was a fun evening to sit in the St. Johns section of the ball park, where we knew many of the people nearby.  The band students continued to have fun by dancing together to see if they could get on the Jumbotron.  Their efforts were rewarded when they were showcased on the Jumbotron for all to see!  The evening ended with a fireworks show and a Nick Jonas concert.

Music is said to bring people together.  This is certainly true for St. John’s band.  They were brought together to honor our nation with the 600 students performing, a university band conductor, the 42,000 people at the game who heard them play, and the St. Johns families who came to support them!

By: Mrs. Krista Elliott, Music Teacher

 

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