Red Hill Lutheran 2019-2020

January Issue

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2019-2020 School Theme

Reach, Renew, Rejoice

Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5.16-18

Principal's Corner

Happy New Year and welcome back to RHLS. I hope you enjoyed your Christmas and New Year break with family and friends. Thank you to everyone for their cards, gifts, and festive Christmas and New Year greetings!

This New Year brings many exciting events and activities that are discussed in this month’s newsletter, please take some time to read this January issue to make sure you are up to speed on all the upcoming plans.

During this month of January, we are looking forward to hosting the His Little Feet International Children’s Choir again. We need home stays for members of the group; this is a great opportunity (one that you won’t soon forget) for you and your family to get to know these amazing young girls and boys. More information is provided in this newsletter about the upcoming concerts and how you can participate.

Also, you will notice several new student faces with us for the next several weeks. A small select group of International students will be learning in classes (2nd – 8th grades) alongside RHLS students. Several of these students are returning to RHLS from past years’ experience and will be familiar faces to their RHLS classmates. Ask your child about the short-term international students that are in their classes, and encourage them to learn more about these new students, and help make them feel welcome.

Thanks for your continued prayerful support and partnership in the eternally important process of Christian Education as we enter a new calendar year together in His grace and love.


Dr. Paul Marquardt, Principal

January Christian Character Quality: Enthusiasm

Bible Verse: Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (ESV)

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His Little Feet

Concert Dates:

Friday, January 24th

1:30 pm

Sunday, January 26th

8:30 am & 10:00 am

As part of our hands-on support for this philanthropy, we seek to provide host families for choir members and adult chaperones. We ask that you prayerfully consider being a host family this year. For more specifics on the host family experience, please contact Mrs. Rebecca Walter (

December Christian Character Quality Award Winners: Fostering

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December Philanthropy- Hope4Kids

Below are three photos that show the notes and gift bags provided to each of the five foster families that were supported by our efforts via Hope4Kids during December. Here is a quote from the Hope4Kids representative who picked up and delivered the notes and gift bags to the foster families.

Hope4Kids is astounded by the generosity of RHLS! What a beautiful and giving family. There is a large collected of gift cards for each family and some nice gifts as well. The student cards are so sweet and intentional, as they contain prayers, encouragement, and love. What a beautiful way to shine Jesus this Christmas!

December chapel offerings of $453.15 were also directly donated to Hope4Kids.

In addition, thank you for the generous support for our RHLS family in need, and the donations provided for the RHLS Christmas Family Surprise for this family. I wanted to share the following quote from the family: "These gifts and outpouring of love and support means more than you will ever know for our family. God's grace and love is never ending. Thank you all so much!" Please continue to include in your prayers a request for God's healing to shrink the cancerous growth that has been evading treatment for the mother of this family.

December Events:

String Orchestra Performed at Knotts Merry Farm

Preschool had a Visit from Santa

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Music & Performing Arts

Family Movie Night Under the Stars

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January Dates to Remember:

20: No School/Campus Closed: Martin Luther King Jr. Day

21-23: Kindergarten-3rd Grade Free Vision Screening

25: Father-Daughter Dance/Mother-Son Bowling

27-31: National Lutheran Schools Week

30: PreK Chancy & Bruce Result Evening

(Parents Only- NO Childcare Provided)

Buy Tickets Now- Father Daughter Dance- January 25th

Buy Tickets Now- Mother Son Bowling- January 25th

Tickets on Sale Now for a Rockin' Good Time

Join us as we travel back to the 50’s and put the FUN back in FUNdraising.

Enjoy retro diner-style cuisine, silent & live auctions, and so much more!

This will be a night of entertainment you won’t want to miss!

Recommended attire for the evening is 50’s theme wear.

Click HERE to buy your tickets, we expect to sell-out!

Tickets are $125 per person

Parent Teacher Fellowship- ALL are Welcome!

Meeting Dates:

January 16th

7:00 pm


March 27th

8:30 am

Peter's Parish

Garden Harvest Visits- VOLUNTEERS NEEDED

ATTENTION RHLS FAMILIES! It’s HARVEST TIME in the RHLS Learning Garden and we NEED YOUR HELP. We NEED 4 volunteers per K-5 class for the Harvest Garden Visit coming up January 13th-16th!

This is a big deal and the more volunteers we have the better to help the students harvest, clean, prepare, and eat their veggies that they will harvest!

Sign Up HERE or on the RHLS app.

What's Going On?

Parents in Prayer: Parents and church members are invited to join our "Parents in Prayer" group. This group meets every Friday, from 8:30-9:30 am in the School Office Conference Room.

The purpose of the group is to pray for our school, teachers, administrators, staff and students on a weekly basis. There is a prayer box in the school office; please feel free to drop off any prayer request. You may also submit prayer request on the RHLS APP. Please contact Katie Gillin with questions at

Attendance: Please submit all K-8 absences through the RHLS app Absence Form, this informs both the office and teacher.

Free Dress Fridays: Every Friday, K-8 students, are allowed to pay $2 and wear free dress. All money raised will go to the ASB for student activities and service projects. Free dress Monday is only if you have a free dress pass.

Spirit Shirt Fridays: Students may wear their spirit shirt with uniform bottoms every Friday.

Coffee Connection: Join us every Wednesday morning on the church patio from 8:00 - 8:35 am before Chapel. Come visit with Principal Marquardt and Pastor Seth, and enjoy the company of other RHLS parents.

Hot Lunch Options: Chick-Fil-A is served every Tuesday. Pizza is served every Thursday. Choice Lunch is served Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday (No Tuesdays). All lunch order payments must be made through the app, and purchased by 9:00 am the day before.

Snack Shack: Snack card money for recess can now be added to your FACTS account, or by paying with cash or check in the front office.

K-8 Ice Cream Sales: Ice cream will be sold during lunch on Wednesdays.

Kindergarten-1st Grade = $.50

2nd Grade- 8th Grade = $1.00

Come by the snack shack for a cool treat!

*(no ice cream served on rainy days- snack cards cannot be used for ice cream)

New Month! Lunch Orders!

It's January, and that means it is time to log-in and place your new monthly orders for Chick-Fil-A Tuesday and Pizza Thursday!

Pride Hour Opportunities


Snack Shack

Morning Car Line

Pizza Thursday

K-3 Vision Screening

Click on the "apple" below to sign up & don't forget to enter your Pride Hours in RenWeb

Middle School News

Citizenship Award Winners

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Writing Contest Award Winners

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Preschool News

Chancy & Bruce Information Night for PreK Parents

January 30th

Individual student results will be available from the Chancy & Bruce screening done in early January. Bonnie Bruce, owner and executive director, will present information about the screening and the importance of how development in the specific skill areas affect learning.

Topics that will be addressed:

  • What development is necessary for school success?
  • Is my child's development at a level to meet with continued success based on the demands of the school's curriculum?
  • What is today's classroom like?

The evening will conclude with information about Kindergarten at RHLS, and the rich programs included in our full day Kindergarten program.

All PreK parents are encouraged to attend this informative event.

Childcare is not available.

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Preschool Playdate

Saturday, February 8th

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Eagles Athletics

Varsity Girl's Basketball

1/15: St. Paul's (B) vs RHLS 3:00 pm at St. Paul

1/22: RHLS vs Brea 3:30 pm at Trinity Gym

1/29: RHLS vs St. Paul's (A) 3:30 pm at Trinity Gym

1/31: St. John's vs RHLS 3:30 pm at St. John's

*RHLS home games played at Trinity Presbyterian Church

Directions can be found online or in the school office

Varsity Boy's Basketball

1/14: Christ Brea vs RHLS 3:30 pm at Brea

1/16: RHLS vs Salem (B) 3:30 pm at Trinity Gym

1/23: RHLS vs Friends 3:30 pm at Trinity Gym

1/28: St. John's (A) vs RHLS 3:30 pm at St. John's

1/30: St. Paul's vs RHLS 3:30 pm at STP- Church gym

*RHLS home games played at Trinity Presbyterian Church

Directions can be found online or in the school office

Tustin Little League

Sign-Up NOW!

4-7 yrs, (T-Ball) Register

7-14 yrs, Register - Try Outs, Saturday 1/11

Box Tops- No More Clipping!

Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state-of-the-art technology to scan your store receipt, find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to your school's earnings online. Download the app to start collecting Box Tops today!
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Pick up your ~FREE~ car decal in the school office and show off your Eagle Spirit!

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Red Hill Lutheran Church

Middle School Youth Group

Every Wednesday from 5:30 pm: Peter's Parish

High School Youth Group

Every Wednesday 7:00 pm: Peter's Parish


Carmen Gogosha

Kindergarten-5th Grade

Beth Stoffregen

For more information, please contact Shelli Haynes, Youth and Family Ministry Director

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Children's Ministry

Red Hill Lutheran Church offers a weekly Children’s Ministry Program for all children in Kindergarten through 5th Grade. Using a combination of large group and small group activities, we intentionally strive to create an environment where children come to Know Jesus, Impact the world around them, become Disciples of Jesus and Serve others – K.I.D.S.!

If you do not already have a church home, we invite you to join us. Family Worship is on the first Sunday of the month, at which time whole families are invited to worship together during our 10:00 am Contemporary Worship Service in the Sanctuary.

For more information, please contact Children's Ministry Coordinator, Beth Stoffregen.


Gingerbread Christmas Party

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YFM Request!

We are in need of 2020 decorations from your New Year's Eve celebrations! Do you have anything you can share with us? We are hoping to find crazy 2020 glasses, head gear, signs, photo booth decor, balloons, etc.

We would SO appreciate it!

Thank you~ Your RHL Youth & Family Ministry Team

January Teaching Series: Lutheranism 101 for Kids

Sunday, January 12th

Sunday, January 19th

Sunday, January 26th


This 3-week series is designed to help our kids learn more about God’s love for them in Christ and their faith as a Christian. Each small group will focus on age appropriate topics using different parts of the Bible, Martin Luther’s Small Catechism and the Lutheran Hymnal.

KINDERGARTEN: The Books of the Bible and The Lord's Prayer

1ST GRADE: The Great Commission and Baptism

2ND GRADE: Confession and Communion

3RD GRADE: The 10 Commandments/Law and Gospel

4TH/5TH GRADE: Worship/Suffering/The Apostles' Creed

Red Hill's Congregational Care Team

Red Hill’s Congregational Care Team Members and prayer warriors provide a “God with us” personal connection including compassion and empathy that can help deepen and strengthen our hold on the promises of God when life causes us to waiver and wonder. Heaven is nearer when two souls lift praise and thanksgiving to Jesus in prayer.

Beginning January 8th, congregational care is offered on Wednesdays, 8:00am – 10:00am and on Sundays, 9:30am – 11:30am in the Prayer Chapel, located to the right of the Sanctuary entrance.

Or you may contact Angela Calderon at to schedule a preferred time with one of our team members.

“Let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and truth.” 1 John 3:18


Many families are checking out books from our Family Resource Cart. THIS IS SO FANTASTIC! We love getting these resources into your hands! Our Phase Books are of particular interest to many families. Because of this high demand, we have purchased additional copies of each Phase Book, covering every phase from Newborn Baby to 12th Grade.

Stop by our Family Resource Cart and see what the Phase Books have to say about the phase your child is currently in.

Once you have found the book you are interested in, simply fill out the card located inside the front cover and drop it in the wood box on the Family Resource Cart. When you are finished, bring the book back & put the card back inside the front cover!

Can't find the information you are looking for? Let us know.

We will see if we can help find that resource for you.

Our Family Resource Cart can be found on the courtyard patio on Wednesday and Sunday mornings and in the Narthex (lobby) of the Church on all other days.

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Family Music Morning

Our third Family Musical Morning, Opera for Kids: Elixir of Love, is coming up on Saturday, January 18th, 2020. All families are invited and welcome to use promo code ClassAct1920 for 20% off all tickets.

Please see flyer below, and click for more details.

Troy High School

Interested in attended a highly ranked local Magnet high school? Check out Troy High School-

Troy High School was recently named #39 on Newsweek's 2020 Top STEM High Schools list and #44 on US News & World Report's 2019 list. The Troy Tech Program offers rigorous pathways in media, business, computer science, cyber defense, engineering, and leadership.

Troy Tech Prospective Student FLYER. Testing dates are January 11, 18, and 25, 2020. Applicant events and information can be found at

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Crean Lutheran High School: Important Dates

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Orange Lutheran High School: Important Dates

Birthday Bonanza!

January Birthdays for RHLS Teachers & Staff:

3: Mrs. Tracy Coggins (4th Grade Teacher)

12: Mrs. Carla Chun (Resource/ Art Teacher)

17: Ms. Molly Schroeder (Preschool Aide/ Music Teacher)

18: Mr. Juan Sanchez (Custodial Staff)

26: Mrs. Jill St. George (School Office Staff)

New Year's Resolution Ideas

Please label all RHLS sweatshirts, jackets, lunches, water bottles, etc. with student names. Also, with the new year, consider cleaning out your closets and remember our gently used uniforms in the office.

Thank you!

RHL Swag

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Red Hill Lutheran Mobile App

Have you downloaded the Red Hill Lutheran School mobile app? The app is designed for current students and parents, and has all the RHLS information you need, right at your fingerprints.
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