Red Hill Lutheran 2019-2020

September 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

Thank you for your partnership in Christian Education, and a special thanks if you were one of the 20,612 voters who recently voted Red Hill Lutheran School BEST FAITH-BASED ELEMENTARY & JUNIOR HIGH SCHOOL in Orange County as part of the 17th annual Reader’s Choice Awards in Parenting OC Magazine. If you have not already, please pick up a copy of the September issue of Parenting OC Magazine and read all about it!

We truly do value and cherish our partnership with parents in the eternally important process of Christian Education here at RHLS. With our school year well underway now, it is important to keep communicating with your child’s teachers. Help encourage your child to share how their school day went, ask them what they did, what new things they learned, and how they were challenged. Our teachers are always available to help and provide information with and for you and your child, do not hesitate to ask.

Thanks again for your trust and partnership.

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September Christian Character Quality: Humility

Bible Verse: "Do nothing from selfish ambition or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves." Philippians 2:3 (ESV)

September Philanthropy: Mary's Kitchen

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Lunch Packing Day: September 26th, please call the office if you would like to volunteer

September Dates to Remember:

Support Staff Roll Call

God has blessed us with an amazing team of women and men to supervise our students before school, during recess & lunch, and after school.

Please welcome both returning and new staff to our day care team: Stacey, Christine, Cynthia, Jamie, Noah, Kaylee, Kelly, Giana, Guiliana, Berhane and Daniel, who are dedicated to keeping your student safe and happy - please contact Caroline Elias, Enrichment Director, if you ever have questions or concerns

Playground Pointers

  • Always label everything - lunch bags, water bottles, jackets, etc. If you label it we will be sure to get it back to your child as soon as possible. All other lost and found is kept in the Day Care room for 2 weeks before being donated to Goodwill. Be sure to stop by anytime to see if we might have something your child has lost.
  • Send a water bottle! You might even want to fill it with ice and water at the start of the day and then it can be refilled at one of our fancy new water stations.
  • A variety of nutritious snacks are available for purchase each snack period - fresh fruit, cheese and crackers, bagels and cream cheese, milk and water are always on the menu, along with a few other items, such as dried fruit and sun chips.

Wednesday is Ice Cream and Frozen Treat Day!

You can send money with your child on Wednesdays when we will have cool treats available for purchase at lunch. Kindergarten and 1st grade treats are $.50 and all other grades' cost $1.00. Dairy free options are always available. (Of course, this is optional)!

Parent Teacher Fellowship

Room Parent Meeting:

September 18th

6:30 pm

Room 17

PTF Meeting Dates:

October 24th

7:00 pm


January 16th

7:00 pm


March 27th

8:30 am

Peter's Parish

ALL are Welcome!

PTF News

Thank you all for coming to Back to School night, and for those who have generously volunteered to be Room Parents this year. Please remember, if you are unable to be a class Room Parent, there are so many other opportunities to volunteer and share your time and talents with the school.

If you would like to volunteer your time for this year's Eagle Run, please email

Every parent is a part of the PTF! Please join us for all meetings and all events!

PTF Teacher Breakfast- 9/6/19, We appreciate YOU!

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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 will meet every Friday, from 8:30-9:30 am in Peter's Parish, starting September 6th.

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 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 for a cool treat!

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

"A beautiful garden is a work of heart"

Thank you to all who came out for our Garden Clean Up last weekend. Our beautiful learning garden is ready for our first class visits next week! Come on out in the sunshine to see what our K-5 students do in the garden, and how we teach God's word through the incredible way things GROW! We are still in need of a few more volunteers for some classes:

Monday, September 9th- Friday, 13th


Mrs. Castro, 9/12, 12:30-1:30 pm, 2 more volunteers needed

Mrs. Glenane, 9/10, 1:30-2:30 pm, 3 more volunteers needed

Ms. Gomez, 9/13, 12:30-1:30 pm, 2 more volunteers needed

1st Grade:

Mrs. Parks, 9/11, 12:30-1:30, 2 more volunteers needed

Mrs. Hernandez, 9/13, 1:30-2:30, 2 more volunteers needed

2nd Grade:

Mrs. Van Leer, 9/12, 1:30-2:30, 2 more volunteers needed

Mrs. Walden, 9/13, 9:00-10:00, 2 more volunteers needed

3rd Grade:

Mrs. Hammer, 9/12, 8:30-9:30, 2 more needed

Mrs. Wilson, 9/10, 9:00-9:50, 1 more volunteer needed

4th Grade:

Mr. D, 9/11, 12:30-1:30, 2 more volunteers needed

Mrs. Coggins, 9/9, 1:30-2:30, 2 more volunteers needed

5th Grade:

Mrs. Mattlin, 9/13, 11:00-12:00, 2 more volunteers needed

Mrs. Rounsevell, 9/9. 9:00-10:00, 2 more volunteers needed


Parenting in an Anxious World

RHL seeks to partner with you in all stages of life! Our Youth and Family department has asked accomplished speaker, professor, and psychologist Dr. Buddy Mendez to come speak to us on the topic of anxiety in today's culture and the issues that surround children, students, and families. He will help us discover best practices in dealing with anxiety as well as uncover some of the signs and causes of anxiety! This is a FREE workshop for all parents and childcare will be available! Please RSVP so we can best plan for you! Questions? Please contact Director of Youth and Family Ministry, Shelli Haynes

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Say Cheese!

School portraits will be next week, September 9th-11th. Picture schedules have been mailed to you. Please email with any questions.

All K-8 students must be in uniform for their picture.

Class photos will be taken, please try not to miss your scheduled time. If you do miss, make-up photos will be taken at 11:30 Wednesday, September 11th.

Please look out for an email about purchasing photos from our photographer, Sergio Hernandez, Hernandez Production.

Volunteers Welcome! Sign-Up HERE

Angels Band Night

We sold 330 tickets!

Thank you to all who bought tickets to our Angels Family Band Night! We appreciate you supporting our concert band, and are so excited to see them perform on the field before the game on September 28th.

*Tickets will be available in the office on Thursday, September 26th.

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!

American Heritage Girls: Faith, Friendship & Fun!

Tuesday night kicks off the first of our AHG troop meetings. Kindergarten - 8th Grade girls will meet from 6:15-7:45 pm every 2nd and 4th Tuesday of the month. This is a national organization where your daughter can grow in her faith, experience new learning opportunities, and make lifelong friends!

Come join us!

First Meeting

September 10th, 6:15 pm

Peter's Parish

For more information, please contact Chantey Darling

Enrichment Classes: Started this week!


Monday: Gymnastics

Tuesday: Animal Yoga

Wednesday: Soccer

Thursday: STEAM

Friday: Music and Motion

Kindergarten - 8th Grade

Monday: Reading & Crafts, Musical Theater, Basketball, Mediterranean Cooking

Tuesday: Beginning Ballet, Beginning Coding for Kids, Kreative Kids & Craft Crew

Wednesday: Mini Spirit Squad, Chess Club, Spanish Club

Thursday: Soccer Shots, Mixed Martial Arts, Memory Olympics, Art & Design, Jubilate Church Choir

Friday: Gymnastics, Storytelling with Lego, Creative Writing

Varsity Football

Game Schedule

September 10, 3:30 pm: Grace HB vs RHLS (Grace HB)

September 11, 3:30 pm: Friends Christian School vs RHLS (Friends YBL)

September 17, 3:30 pm: Salem vs RHLS (Salem)

September 18, 3:30 pm: St. Paul's vs RHLS (St. Paul's)

September 19, 3:30 pm: St. John's vs RHLS (St. John's)

September 27, 3:30 pm: RHLS vs St. Paul's (Centennial Park)

Varsity Volleyball

Game Schedule

September 11, 3:30 pm Friends Christian School vs RHLS (Friends YBL)

September 12, 3:30 pm RHLS vs Salem (Trinity Gym)

September 17, 3:30 pm Christ Brea vs RHLS (Brea)

September 19, 3:30 pm RHLS vs St. John's (Trinity Gym)

September 24, 3:30 pm St. Paul's vs RHLS (St. Paul's)

September 26, 3:30 pm RHLS vs Friends Christian School (Trinity Gym)

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

Preschool News

You will soon start to get updates from your Room Parent via email and Shutterfly. Once you get invited to your class Shutterfly, please make sure to visit this site for news, reminders and volunteer opportunities.

Preschool Director Newsletter: September

Join Us Sunday for Staff Dedication Family Day at Red Hill Lutheran Church

We're excited to partner with you in this new year of ministry and we begin with our Orange Opening Day Celebration this coming Sunday, September 8th!

All families are invited to join us for worship at 10 am.

All preschool - 5th Grade kids can be checked in at the Children's Ministry Table on the patio and then head into church to begin worship as a family. At the beginning of the service, we will hear the students from RHLS sing, and then we will pray for the teachers. Pastor Seth will dismiss all the kids for ministry to the new K.I.D.S. Zone. Preschool - 5th Grade kids will meet together for a lesson and small group time. Following the service, all children can be picked up in the K.I.D.S. Zone. All families are invited to stay and enjoy a pancake breakfast with our Red Hill Church and School community!

We're going to launch the year right and help kids launch into a deeper relationship with Jesus!

We hope you are able to join us for this special celebration!

Church News

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

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

September 8th: Orange Opening Day!

We are so excited for this Sunday! Our teachers and staff will be dedicated as they serve your children in this new academic year. Our church partners with us in all areas, and we hope you will come join us for this incredible start to our academic year - it is also the kick off for fall programming here! If you aren't part of a faith community right now, we would love for you to check us out! If you are part of a church already, come for the wonderful experience AND for a delicious, free pancake breakfast immediately following the service! We are so excited for the year ahead and look forward to partnering with you!

September 15th: Confirmation Parent Meeting, 11:30 am, Peter's Parish

Parents of students in 6th - 8th grade, you are invited to a special student and parent information meeting to begin our Confirmation year. We have worked hard to create a program that will be a value to you and your student. One of the major shifts this year is that Confirmation instruction will not be part of Wednesday night youth. If you are interested in learning more, joining this terrific learning opportunity, or have questions, please join us in Peter's Parish on September 15th for an information meeting. We will provide snacks and drinks and hope to see you there! If you have questions, please email Shelli Haynes, or Pastor Seth Britton,

Parents, We Have Your Back!

We know that each development stage and phase of childhood comes with a new set of norms and parental skills needed to make sure we are connecting and loving our kids in the most effective ways. Our Youth and Family Ministry department is dedicated to curating the most engaging and instructive resources for parents of kids 0 - 18 and beyond! We have a Resource Library located in the church narthex (lobby) that you can check out on the "honor system" and enjoy on your time schedule. If you have any questions about preschool events or resources specifically for that age group, please email Carmen Gogosha, our Preschool Coordinator! If you have children in Kindergarten - 5th grade and are looking for resources or devotions that speak into their life stage, please email Beth Stoffregen, our Children's Ministry Coordinator. If you are a middle school parent and you have questions about Middle School ministry, upcoming retreats, camps, or events, or would like to read up on your middle schooler's development (why do they act that way?) please email Phil Gaylor, Middle School Ministry Coordinator.

Preschool Playdate at the Park

Youth and Family Ministry is hosting a playdate in the park on Saturday, September 28th. Red Hill Church and School preschool families are invited. This is a great time to meet other parents in the same phase of life as you!

Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Place: Valencia Park (3081 Trevino Dr, Irvine- off Jamboree)

What to bring: Picnic lunch and sand toys

We provide: Games, face painting and ice cream treat

RSVP: By September 28th at

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Dave Ramsey's Financial Peace University

Begins September 18, 2019!

Financial Peace University (FPU) is a nine-week video curriculum on money management taught by financial expert Dave Ramsey. Red Hill Lutheran Church will be hosting this

class on Wednesday nights at 7:00 pm beginning September 18th. Almost 550 families

have completed this course when we offered it last fall. The average participant of that class

experienced a financial turn-around of approximately $2,700 in just 9 weeks! The course is

based on more than 800 verses of Scripture and is a proven plan to help individuals and families take control of their money, regardless of their current financial situation.

There is a materials and membership fee of $129 to take this class. This is the cost that the

Dave Ramsey group charges, not the church. This fee covers all class materials, including audio CD’s of all the lessons, book, workbook, envelope system, and a lifetime membership in

Financial Peace University. This means you can repeat the class as often as you’d like. This is a small investment to make in your financial health. You can sign up online via the Dave Ramsey website at and search for classes in Tustin.

Our class should be at the top of the list. Click register to sign up. If you already have an FPU membership, select the box for “I already have class materials.” Otherwise, leave this box unchecked. You will receive your materials during the first week of the class. You may also sign up by contacting our class coordinator, Vivianne Kitano, at or call 714-296-7289.

FREE Nursery and childcare available for children through 5th grade. Please register your

children in advanced by contacting the class coordinator. We will have some guest speakers,

light snacks each week and many books and resources available for class members to borrow.

The coordinator that leads this class was trained by Dave Ramsey's team in Tennessee. This is the 9th class the coordinator has taught. You will really enjoy this class. Please RSVP early, space is limited and we always fill up. Hope you can join us!

Birthday Bonanza!

September Birthdays for RHLS Teachers & Staff:

1st- Ben Hunter (Instrumental Music)

3rd- Annie Caamano (Preschool Director)

14th- Heather DeFiore (Preschool Aide)

18th- Diana Blocker (Spanish Teacher)

19th- Elizabeth Mattlin (5th Grade Teacher)

22nd- Alexis Farrar (PreK 5 Teacher)

27th- John Dovenmuehler (4th Grade Teacher)

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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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