Red Hill Lutheran 2021-2022

November Issue

A Message from Our Principal

Thankful for Children and Homework?

A colleague recently shared a research article with me titled “Don’t Help Your Kids With Their Homework.” The title caught my eye both as someone in professional education, and as a parent of two children who are now twenty-eight and twenty-five.

I recall countless evenings of helping my kids review their work, often times wondering ‘what is the point.’ It was often very challenging for me to ‘just do it’ and move things along for them, even though I knew better. I knew that the struggle was as important as the content being taught. I knew from my formal teacher training that children learn as much, if not more, from struggling with concepts and being challenged, as they do by being given the ‘correct’ answer. Nonetheless, the temptation to jump in and ‘rescue’ my children was great. One strategy that seemed to help me find common ground in my own mind was to get my kids to step back a bit and ask questions about their homework. Such as: What didn’t they know and what did they know about the problem? Why they thought the concept was being taught? What if I just did their work for them, what would really happen in their lives? To my surprise, teachers shared with me that my children sometimes also asked similar questions of the teachers in class. This led to interesting conversations, and more often than not, they completed their homework themselves and earned their own grades.

Based on my experience, I believe children need the love and understanding of parents to support them throughout life. The article referenced above, shared findings that indicate that one powerful type of parental involvement is when parents go to great lengths to seek out effective schools for their children, while others accept the status quo at the school around the corner. I know that RHLS parents have gone to great lengths to seek out RHLS as a school of choice for their child, this is a choice and form of parental involvement that will have lasting effects, eternally lasting effects.

As we approach Thanksgiving, I am thankful for children and their homework. Thankful to have the opportunity to be challenged by both children and their homework. More so, thankful for a community of Christian believers here at Red Hill Lutheran Church and School who together form a foundation of support and encouragement to live for Christ each and every day. Thankful for 60 years of Engaging Hearts and Minds for Christ here at RHLS, and praying for 60 more!


Dr. Paul Marquardt, Principal

A Message from Our Pastor

Dear Red Hill Lutheran School Families,

God’s Word reminds us that…

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight, and sin which clings so closely, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us…” (Hebrews 12.1)

According to the ancient, Christian calendar, Monday, November 1st is All Saints Day. All Saints Day dates back to approximately 610 A.D. when the Pantheon in Greece, turned into a Christian Church, was dedicated to all saints. The 1662 Book of Common Prayer describes that this Christian holy-day (holiday) calls us to gratefully remember those who have died in the Christian faith and “the unity of Christians of all ages, countries, and races in Christ, and the perfection of that unity in heaven.” Every follower of Christ is a member of God’s family, a family that transcends time and space; a spiritual family that is current and ancient. All Saints Day is an annual reminder of this incredible truth.

Who is a saint? Every believer in Christ! In Ephesians 1.1, Saint Paul opens his letter to the church in Ephesus this way:

Paul, an apostle of Christ Jesus by the will of God, to the saints who are in Ephesus, and are faithful in Christ Jesus: 2 Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ.

The word “saint” comes from the Greek word hagios, which means “consecrated to God, holy.” As the Ephesians text above illustrates, typically, this word is plural, i.e. “saints,” referring to the church. The Bible says that, by God’s grace alone, through faith alone, in Christ’s finished work alone, God’s people are forgiven and reconciled to God. Incredibly, God’s people are also clothed in the righteousness of Jesus (2 Corinthians 5.21). Consequently, saints are set apart (consecrated) to serve God now and in heaven.

...continue reading Pastor Seth's message here.

2021-2022 School Theme

We are God's Masterpiece

"For we are God's masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things He planned for us long ago." Ephesians 2:10

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November Christian Character Quality: Empathy

Bible Verse:

"Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who who weep"

Romans 12:15 (ESV)

Please help us to reach out to others in Christ's love by supporting Operation Christmas Child. These boxes are sent globally around the world to spread joy and happiness to children with the message of love. Our goal for Red Hill Lutheran is to collect in person and virtually a total 1000+ boxes. Your contribution and prayers are very much appreciated. Thank you for helping spread the love of Christ.

Operation Christmas Child will be announced in chapel, and boxes will be passed out this Wednesday, November 3rd.

Please bring shoeboxes for collection at chapel, Wednesday, November 17th.

1) Get your box

2) Get your label

Girl or Boy, ages:

2-4, 5-9, or 10-14

3) Fill with gifts

Select a medium to large "wow" item such as a soccer ball with pump or stuffed animal, then fill with other fun toys, hygiene items, and school supplies. Don’t forget to also include a personal note and photo—sometimes these are the child's favorite things to receive!

Click here for gift suggestions

4) Pray

5) Donate $9 for shipping

Online Packing Option

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Congratulations to our CCQ Winners for Resilience

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October Philanthropies: Acts of Appreciation & Operation Gratitude

Great job RHLS for bringing in $413.91 in chapel offerings for Acts of Appreciation. We are also donating over 100 Beanie Babies for their annual Christmas event, which will go to children of service men & women.
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Halloween Candy Collection

Bin in the office now until Thursday

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Eagle Athletics

JV Volleyball and JV Football has started!

Please click below for the teams' game schedules:

JV Volleyball (5th & 6th Grade)

JV Football (5th & 6th Grade)

Congratulations to the Varsity Boys Football Team: Undefeated League Champs!

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Check out our Red Hill Lutheran Church & School YouTube Channel, including our Wednesday School Chapels!

RHLS 60th Anniversary Gala

Saturday, November 6th, 5:30 pm

The Marconi Museum, Tustin

The 60th Anniversary Gala on Saturday is sold out. We apologize that there will not be tickets sold at the door.

If you are attending, please be sure to complete your online registration with a credit card for the fundraiser that evening.

We can’t wait to celebrate with you!

Dates to Remember:

What's Going On?

Attendance: Please submit all absences through RHLS app Absence Form, this informs the office, nurse and teacher.

Free Dress:

Every Monday, K-8 students may wear free dress only with a Free Dress Pass

Every Friday, K-8 students, may wear free dress with a Free Dress Pass or $2.

All money raised will go to the ASB for student activities and service projects.

Spirit Shirt Fridays:

Students may wear their spirit shirt with uniform bottoms every Friday, no free dress pass required.

*All free dress days must adhere to our dress code guidelines in the RHLS Student Handbook

Lunches: Tuesday, Chick-fil-A, $8 for 8 piece nugget or chicken sandwich meal, 8th Grade East Coast Fundraiser

Thursday, Pizza, $7 for 1 slice or $8 for 2 slice meal, PTF Fundraiser

To Order your Chick-fil-A or Pizza log onto Boonli - one sign-on allows ordering via credit card, changing orders, cancelling orders, seeing order history, duplicating orders etc.

Monday-Friday, Choicelunch Service - Variety of entrees, sides and drinks available daily.

To Order your lunch click HERE The online ordering system and mobile App make it easy for parents to order school lunches.

Choicelunch ordering update: You must now order 3 days for a full menu before meal day.

*Please make sure to send your child(ren) to school daily with a mask and water bottle. Please label all belongings, including sweatshirts.

RHLS Covid Safety Plans- Updated, please click here and visit the "Health" tab on the RHLS website for more information

Preschool News

Parenting Classes: Preschool-1st Grade


RHL Preschool is happy to announce that we are offering three parenting classes to our preschool, kindergarten, and 1st grade families. The classes will focus on the subject area of mindfulness and self-regulation skills. The classes are designed for parents to learn age-appropriate techniques to help with difficult transitions, meltdowns, and/or when children experience excitement or frustration with certain situations. These are all taught with fun exercises to promote positive play and interaction between parents and children.

November 2nd

Class 1: Introduction to Mindfulness and Self-Regulation - What is mindfulness, and how can it help my child? How does mindfulness help children reach developmental milestones? How does instilling mindfulness and self-regulation skills relate to academic success?

November 9th

Class 2: Building a Mindful Home- This class will equip parents with activities and exercises to build mindfulness and self-regulation skills in their children. These techniques can be used at home for difficult transition times, bedtime, and other times when a child is excited or frustrated with a situation inside or outside of the home.

November 30th

Class 3: Speaking Mindfulness- Have you ever been lost for words or just frustrated with a melting down child? This class will instill in you a mindfulness vocabulary to teach to your child in these difficult situations. We will teach you how to calmly breathe with your child (yes, even in a public place!) and to deepen your understanding of what they need to achieve self-regulation. By building this vocabulary with your child, you will increase his or her understanding of their emotions in different situations.

Zoom Classes

Dates: Nov. 2nd, 9th, and 30th

Time: 7:00pm-8:15pm

There will be 45 minutes of class followed by an optional round table discussion.

Miss Tracy, M. Ed

Miss Alexis, M. Ed

Meeting ID: 493 972 8023

Passcode: 944539

Click on the image below for Volunteer Opportunities

Parents in Prayer

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 Peter's Parish.

The purpose of the group is to pray for our school, teachers, administrators, staff and students on a weekly basis. You may also submit prayer requests on the RHLS APP.

Please contact Katie Gillin with questions at

American Heritage Girls

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Join us!

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Happy Birthday RHLS Faculty & Staff

Birthdays at Red Hill for the month of November

4: Ms. Noah Wieland (Support Staff)

8: Mr. Mark Wakita (Middle School Science)

11: Mrs. Liz Weber (School Office)

14: Mrs. Veronica Chino (3-8 Teacher Aide)

15: Mrs. Susan Glenane (Kindergarten Teacher)

15: Mrs. Jessica Hickey (Room 10 PreK Teacher & Assistant Preschool Director)

15: Mrs. Raquel Machado (Support Staff)

17: Mr. Adam Curiel (Head Custodian)

17: Ms. Jamie Elser (School Office)

21: Mrs. Joyce Westenhofer (5th Grade Teacher)

Red Hill Lutheran Church News

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Red Hill Lutheran Church offers a K.I.D.S. Ministry Program for all children in Preschool through 5th Grade. We are currently offering kids opportunities to meet in-person as well as on-line, via Zoom.

Using a combination of large group and small group conversations and activities, we intentionally strive to create an engaging environment where children come to Know Jesus, Impact the world around them, become Disciples of Jesus and Serve others – K.I.D.S.! You are invited to join us at any time, regardless of your church affiliation.

Look for our Fall Calendar on our YFM Website!

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


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November Teaching Series

"Plate It"






Kids love to be in the kitchen. They may even love helping prepare something delicious! Having a plan or a recipe usually helps, too. Just like having a plan in the kitchen helps us prepare the meal we hope to enjoy, the stories of the Old Testament prophets are like a cookbook that helped people prepare for the Savior that God would send one day. As we prepare our hearts for Thanksgiving and the beginning of the Advent Season later in the month, we will explore what it means to (1) trust and not worry, (2) talk to God, (3) listen to God and (4) leave the results up to God. All Preschool-5th Grade kids are invited to join us Sunday mornings at 9:15am in the K.I.D.S. Zone!

Middle School Ministry

6TH-8TH Grade

Meets Tuesday Nights

6:00 - 7:30pm

At Peter’s Parish


Being a good friend is easy! As long as you make time to hang out, remember their birthday and answer their texts, you’re eligible for the Great Friend Award… right? Friendship might feel easy when life is easy, but it gets more complicated when your friends are hurting or struggling. What should you do? What should you say? What should you not say? When our friends need help, there are no easy answers, but in this 4-week series, we’ll follow the lead of a few people who’ve been there. Through the stories of Job, Ruth, Naomi, Elijah, and Eli, we’ll see how God invites us to “be with” people when they’re grieving, lonely, in need, or feeling hopeless, and how God is already with them.

Look for our upcoming events on our YFM Website!

For more information contact Student Ministry Coordinator, Phil Gaylor.


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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November Parenting Survival Guides

Parents, our church has a Youth and Family team who have been praying for you and working to support you and resource you throughout the year! Each month, they send out a "survival guide" with five great resources and encouragement curated for you! If you would like to talk with one of our Youth and Family Team members, please email Shelli Haynes, Director ( If you do not have a church you are connecting with, we pray you will join us for wonderful worship and a great community Sundays at 8:30am and 10:00am! Stop by the Youth and Family table on the patio before or after services to say hello!

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