Red Hill Lutheran 2018-2019

January Issue

HAPPY NEW YEAR 2019... Welcome Back!

2018-2019 School Theme


Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

~Romans 12:2

Principal's Corner

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

During the break, we did some redecorating of our school office that includes pictures of our 56 graduating classes (since the founding of RHLS in 1961). Please stop in and view our new RHLS Legacy wall of photos when you have a moment.

This new year brings a lot of exciting events and activities that are shared in this month’s newsletter, please take some time to read through this January issue to make sure you are up to speed on all the upcoming plans.

We are looking forward to hosting the His Little Feet International Children’s Choir again this year. 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.

Have you seen the latest edition of Parenting OC magazine? RHLS is featured in this month’s issue with a full page of colorful photos of our students and information about the many programs RHLS provides for students and parents.

I want to make special mention of our new Enrichment Program Director, Mrs. Caroline Elias. Mrs. Elias begins with us this new year and will work along with Mrs. Stacey Martinez to expand our before and after school enrichment programs (more information on Mrs. Elisa in this newsletter). Please join me in extending a warm RHLS welcome to Mrs. Elias.

You will notice several new student faces with us for the next two months. A small select group of International students from South Korea, and one student from China, will be learning in classes (2nd – 8th grades) alongside our RHLS students. Several of these students are returning to RHLS from last year, and will be familiar faces to their RHLS classmates. Ask your child about the new international visiting students they may have in their classes and encourage them to learn more about these new students and help make them feel welcome too.

Finally, please look for your personalized re-enrollment information coming in email on Monday, January 14th. Priority registration for current families to secure Fall 2019 spaces runs for two weeks until January 25th. Open enrollment for new families starts January 28th. We anticipate many classes quickly filling up to capacity.

Thanks for your continued prayerful support and partnership in the eternally important process of Christian Education.


Dr. Paul Marquardt, Principal

January Christian Character Quality: Wisdom

Bible Verse: "But the wisdom from above is pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy, and good fruits, impartial and sincere." James 3:17

Philanthropy: Senior Serve

During the month of January, we will have the opportunity to make valentines for seniors who live at home, but are unable to go out without a lot of assistance. These little reminders of God's love for them are sure to have a big impact on their recipients, who often feel a bit lonely. Additionally, all chapel offerings collected will go to support SeniorServ's Meals on Wheels program, which delivers meals via friendly volunteers to those who are unable to shop and/or prepare meals for themselves.

December Christian Character Quality Recipients: Integrity

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December Philanthropy: Acts of Appreciation

During the month of December, our 1st through 8th grade classes wrote letters to the military. These letters were sent to Camp Pendleton to soldiers and their families. Thank you students and teachers for sharing your love and prayers to those who serve our country.

Mr. Smith's 6th graders teach us all about Integrity

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Looking Ahead at February's Philanthropy

His Little Feet

Save the Date! Wednesday, February 6th during chapel at 8:30, His Little Feet will perform a concert for our students. At 6:30 pm that same day, they will have an encore concert for all families. More details to follow.

Please prayfully consider being a host home for 2-3 children and 1 staff member (only 1 bedroom needed for all) for the nights of February 5, 6 & 7. If this opportunity interests you, please contact Rebecca Walter at for more information.

Congratulations to Middle School Honor Roll Award Winners (Trimester 1)

Congratulations to our Middle School Citizenship Recipients (Trimester 1)

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Middle School Preview Days

January 24th and 25th will be Middle School Preview Days for current 5th grade students, and prospective middle school students. There will be a rotation in math, science, history, language arts and STEAM classes from 8:30-12:40.

January 24th: Miss Evans' class

January 25th: Mrs. Mattlin's class

Parents are welcome to attend. Please RSVP (parents) to Lori Browne if you are able to join:

December Events

RHLS Music & Performing Arts

Family Movie Night

Thank you to those who made it to our Christmas Family Movie Night. We sold 253 seats at the Marketplace Edwards Theater, for a special RHL showing of The Grinch. A special thank you to Crean Lutheran High School for partnering with us to supply snack packs for all the kids, and to Orange Lutheran High School for bringing the movie to life with The Grinch, Max and special carolers after the show.

Preschool News

Chancy & Bruce Information Night for PreK Parents:

January 31st, 6:30 - 8:00 pm

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.

January Dates to Remember:

  • January 7: School Resumes- Welcome Back!
  • January 14-25: Priority Registration Opens to all Red Hill Families
  • January 21: No School/Campus Closed- Martin Luther King Jr. Day
  • January 24-25: Middle School Preview
  • January 28: Open Enrollment Begins
  • January 28-February 1: National Lutheran Schools Week
  • January 31: PreK Parent Night (Chancy & Bruce Presentation)

PTF Meeting

Meetings in Peter's Parish from 8:30-9:30 am

All are welcome!

Meeting Schedule:

January 11th

February 8th

March 8th

May 10th

*One pride hour given with Free Dress Pass Raffle

December PTF Meeting Minutes


Help us make a difference! Our first Annual Gala is coming up on Friday, March 15th, 2019 at The Center Club. This is our largest fundraiser of the year and our goal is to raise $100,000.00. All funds directly benefit the students by providing:

New technology for students and teachers

Playground/field revisions

Classrooms with reading materials and math supplies

STEAM programs

Music and Art programs

Buy your tickets now!

Introducing Caroline Elias

Please help us in welcoming Caroline Elias to our Red Hill Lutheran School family as the new Enrichment Program Director. Mrs. Elias comes to us from Trinity United Presbyterian where she has served faithfully in ministry since 2008. She brings a wealth of knowledge and ministry focus with her to lead our RHLS programs.
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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, 8:30-9:30 am in Peter's Parish. 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 requests. You may also submit prayer requests 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.

Garden Week: Harvest Week is January 14-19

Get your Fob!

Fobs are now available in the office for $10.

Parent issued fobs will provide gate access to both the playground pedestrian gate and the office pedestrian gate during the following times:

Parents of K-8 students

Monday – Friday only

7:00 AM – 8:25 AM

2:45 PM – 6:00 PM

Parents of Preschool children

Monday – Friday only

7:00 AM – 9:15 AM

3:00 PM – 6:00 PM

Outside of these hours, all parents need to report to the school office for campus access.

Having a fob for pedestrian gate access during morning and afternoon daycare hours will save you time and steps by not having to enter/exit through the electronically secured office door.

Please stop by the office with any questions you may have and to complete your Key Fob Agreement form.

Need Pride Hours?

We have a special project just for you!

Our before and after school care room is ready for a little spruce! We are looking for a team to help us clean, sort, and dream. Please contact Caroline Elias at for more information or to offer your time. This is a great way to impact the school and earn your pride hours.

Days needed:

Tuesday, Wednesday or Thursday between 3:00 -5:00 pm- come for an hour OR two! Any time you can give is very appreciated.

Pride Hour Opportunities


Snack Shack

Morning Car Line

Pizza Thursday

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

Family Musical Morning

Opera for Kids, The Magic Flute

Saturday, January 12th- Segerstrom Concert Hall- 10:00 am & 11:30 am

All families are invited to enjoy this Saturday's Family Musical Morning as part of Class Act. This concert will feature singers from Chapman University, in addition to professional singers and life-size puppets. The Musical Carnivals accompanying each performance (before the showtimes) will include a mini-rendition of the opera by the Chapman singers, and a craft where concert-goers can make their own pan flute to take home.

For a 20% off discount, use promo code: ClassAct1819

Please see the flyer below for details.

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Planning Ahead...

Summer at Red Hill is going to be GREAT! A wide variety of fun and engaging week-long classes will be offered this summer. We are already starting to plan, and will have information very soon. If you have any questions or suggestions to help make this the best summer yet, please contact Caroline Elias, our new Enrichment Program Director.

Get Red Hill on your calendar starting June 10th!

Red Hill Lutheran Church: The Vine Winter Issue

Red Hill Lutheran Church: Youth & Family Ministry

Middle School students - Winter FoHo is coming up Feb 1 - 3! The cost for this retreat is $250. This is a super fun and incredible retreat and sign ups are happening now! You can sign up and pay online here. If you have questions, please connect with Mr. Gaylor or email:

Registration Deadline: January 15th

ALL are Welcome!

Middle School Youth Group

Every Wednesday from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm: Peter's Parish

High School Youth Group

Every Wednesday 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm: Peter's Parish

For more information, please contact Shelli Haynes, Beth Stoffregen or Carmen Gogosha, Youth and Family Ministry



252 Children's Ministry Info for our January 2019 Teaching Series

Red Hill Lutheran Church Parent Cue for January 2019

Birthday Bonanza!

January Birthdays for RHL Teachers & Staff:

3rd: Tracy Coggins (4th Grade Teacher)

12th: Carla Chun (Resource/Art Teacher)

17th: Molly Schroeder (Preschool)

18th: Juan Sanchez (Custodian)

26th: Jill St. George (School Office)

American Heritage Girls: Faith, Friendship & Fun!

Still accepting new members!

American Heritage Girls (AHG) offers girls ages 5-18 an exciting progressive program of Social Development, Girl Leadership, Life Skill Enhancement, Character Development, Developing Teamwork & Building Confidence and Spiritual Development.

For more information, please contact Chantey Darling

New Year's Resolution to Consider...

Please label all RHLS sweatshirts, jackets, lunches, water bottles, etc. with student names. We have a lot of "missing" items.

Thank you!

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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