Red Hill Lutheran 2019-2020

November Issue

2019 Tustin Tiller Days Parade Winner: 1st Place Float!

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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

Thankful for Children... and, Homework?

A colleague 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-six and twenty-three.

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 not ‘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 their teachers in the classroom. 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 hope that we are all 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.

November Christian Character Quality: Tenderheartedness

Bible Verse: "Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you." Ephesians 4:32 (ESV)

November Philanthropy: Operation Christmas Child- Shoebox Season is Underway!

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November Philanthropy: Samaritan's Purse

Last week we kicked off our November Philanthropy: Operation Christmas Child, one of our favorite philanthropies of the year! We look forward to seeing all our filled shoeboxes in a few weeks at our all school family chapel! Please bring your shoeboxes on November 20th, to present in chapel.

We are also looking for drivers to help take boxes after chapel on November 20th. To help please call the office 714-544-3132 x117.

October Christian Character Quality Award Winners: Availability

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October Philanthropy News

Wednesday's chapel offering was $816.00! Wow, that is amazing. This brought our total chapel offerings for October to over $1,500.00, this was enough for more than 30 desks, 10 more than our goal of 20.

The students at the school in Burkina Faso will be blessed for many years to come by this donation and I know it will help Barto and Tenielle Yelkouni in their mission and ministry work there to share the Good News of Christ to many.

Thank you all for your incredible support!

Operation Gratitude

Too much Halloween Candy? Donate some of it to a great cause! Operation Gratitude provides candy, letters of thanks, and other essentials to U.S. troops overseas. Sometimes the candy is used by the troops to befriend the local children and gain their trust, which results in the kids warning the soldiers about land mines, attacks or other events, and saving soldiers' lives. Drop off your unopened candy (any kind) in sealed Ziploc style bags in the RHLS office. Candy may be dropped off through Wednesday, November 6th. For more information on this organization, visit

November Dates to Remember:

  • 11th: No School, Veterans Day Observed/Campus Closed
  • 15th: End of Trimester 1
  • 20th: Operation Christmas Child all school FAMILY Chapel (Shoebox Collection) 9:15 am
  • 25th-27th: Preschool-5th Grade Thanksgiving Camp Available
  • 25th-29th: No School, Staff Development & Thanksgiving Break
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Vote NOW for Parenting OC Top Teacher & School Heroes

As an RHLS Parent, you have this special invitation to nomination any RHLS Teacher or Employee for School Heroes of OC Schools. As a parent of a child here at RHLS, you know how hard every teacher and staff member works, and can truly appreciate all that each person does to go above and beyond. You know personally what teachers and staff members do to educate, inspire and motivate children to dream. They provide Christian examples, and share with them God's love on a daily basis.

This is an opportunity to tell others how you feel about some of our teachers and staff here at RHLS, and why they should be considered a Top Teacher/School Employee in Orange County (aka a School Hero).

The School Heroes nomination process is open now through the end of November. Please prayerfully consider taking the time to nominate a teacher or staff member you feel is truly a School Hero, by going to Parenting OC’s website and clicking on the ‘Click Here to Nominate’ link. You may nominate any teacher or staff member at RHLS. Your spouse, relatives, and friends may also enter their own individual nominations (the more the better). You will be asked for the name of the teacher or staff member, their email address and phone number (please use the school phone number of 714-544-3132). You will have 400 words maximum to describe why you feel the teacher or staff member is a Top School Hero in Orange County. I thank you in advance for your time and prayerful consideration of this competitive nomination process for the teachers and staff here at RHLS. If you have any questions please do not hesitate to contact me directly

Parent Teacher Fellowship

PTF Meeting Dates:

January 16th

7:00 pm


March 27th

8:30 am

Peter's Parish

ALL are Welcome!

Red Ribbon week

This week, October 21st through October 25th, is Red Ribbon Week. As a reminder to stay healthy and be drug free, our K-8 students enjoyed a Pep Rally on Monday, coordinated by our Middle School ASB. All students, preschool included, enjoyed dressing up as a fun way to show off our school spirit, including pajama day, sports day, crazy socks day, Hawaiian day, and neon day. It was a really fun week!

Eagle Run Success!

Congratulations and a huge thank you to all our students, parents and teachers. We made our goal by raising over $30,000 for our jog-a-thon "Eagle Fun Run." This money was raised in support of new technology, continued playground upgrades, and STEM equipment.

Thank you for your incredible efforts and for all who participated in the actual run. It was a really fun day!

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 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 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)

ASB News: Smencils on Sale After School- Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday!

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Enrichment News!

Kindergarten - 8th Grade One-Day Mini Holiday Classes: Special crafts, baked goods and decorations for your home are among the options on November 19-22 for $25 per class (Trimester 1 enrichment concludes on November 15). Register Now -- CLICK HERE for Registration Form

Sign up your child for one or more of our special Holiday Mini Classes! Just in time for the holidays, students will learn how to make cinnamon rolls, a beautiful centerpiece, or design their very own Christmas ornaments or Oreo Truffles.

Two of our classes are also open for parents to join in with or without their student. Thanksgiving Centerpieces with Ashley Sparks and Christmas Ornaments with Allexa Morris of Morris Handmade will be fun and teach you skills that you will be able to use over and over again.

Please contact Caroline Elias, enrichment director, with any questions or concerns at

Kindergarten - 5th Grade Thanksgiving Camp: Three days of fun and adventure! Register Now- Click here for Registration Form. We will be running a 3-day camp, November 25, 26 and 27. We will have a two day option ($160) and three day option ($240). Activities will include:

  • Daily devotions and theme verse for each day
  • Large group games and activities
  • Crafts galore
  • Getting ready for Advent centers where students will make their own Advent calendars, countdown paper chains and more
  • A full-day field trip (on Tuesday) to the bowling alley at Main Place Mall with bowling, karaoke, unlimited arcade games and an all you can eat buffet.
  • On campus bounce house
  • Giant bubbles and kites (weather permitting)
  • Baking some holiday treats
  • Service project and opportunity to give back to our local community
  • And more!

Enrichment Trimester 2

Preschool - 8th Grade After School Enrichment Classes now open

December 2nd - February 28th

Preschool: 3:30 - 4:15 pm

Kindergarten-8th Grade: 3:15 - 4:10 pm

Please sign-up online

New Month! Order Pizza & Chick-Fil-A!

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

Save the Date

Christmas Programs will be here soon!

December 6th: Preschool Christmas Programs, Tiny Tots- 9:30 am and PreK & PreK 5 Classes- 11:00 am

December 6th: Christmas Carol & Dessert Night, 6:30 pm

December 7th: Christmas Carol & Dessert Matinee, 1:00 pm

December 10th: Middle School Christmas Program, 6:30 pm

December 17th: 3rd-5th Grade Christmas Program, 6:30 pm

December 20th: K-2nd Grade Christmas Program, 10:30 am

Christmas Movie Night Under the Stars

Join us Friday, December 13th from 6:00-8:00 pm for our Family Christmas Movie Night

Where: Red Hill Lutheran Church & School

Cost: $5 per person, includes popcorn, cotton candy, and one ticket for our yummy hot cocoa bar (Tickets on sale later this month)

Bring your lawn chairs and comfy blankets for a fun night under the stars to watch a movie, Arthur Christmas, make crafts, enjoy snacks* and just have a wonderful time getting together to celebrate the wonderful, festive time that is Christmas!

*Candy and drinks will be sold at the event

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JV Football

Game Schedule

November 5, 3:30 pm: St Paul's vs RHLS (St Paul's)

November 7, 3:30 pm: Salem vs RHLS (Salem)

November 14, 3:30 pm: RHLS vs Hephatha (RHLS)

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

November 21, 3:30 pm: RHLS vs St Paul's (RHLS)

*RHLS home games played at Centennial Park

JV Volleyball

Game Schedule

November 5, 3:30 pm: RHLS vs Hephatha (RHLS)

November 7, 4:00 pm: Abiding Savior Lutheran School vs RHLS (ASLS)

November 12, 3:30 pm: RHLS vs St John's (St. John's)

November 14, 3:30 pm: RHLS vs Salem (RHLS)

November 19, 3:30 pm: Christ Brea vs RHLS (Brea)

November 21, 3:30 pm: Christ Costa Mesa vs RHLS (Christ CM)

*RHLS home games played at Trinity Presbyterian Church Gym

Pride Hour Opportunities


Snack Shack

Morning Car Line

Pizza Thursday

Shoebox Delivery- Call Office

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

Learning Garden

This week is fall observation week in the garden. If you have not yet sign-up to volunteer for a classroom visit, please join us! Click HERE. You will have a great time learning about God's love through our K-5 garden and the beauty behind what He has created for all of us.
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Preschool News

Please make sure to visit your class Shutterfly site for news, reminders and volunteer opportunities!

Thanksgiving Feast: Wednesday, November 20th

Wednesday, November 20th we will be celebrating Thanksgiving at Preschool with a Thanksgiving Student Feast. Our teachers will be retelling the story of the very first Thanksgiving Feast with the Pilgrims and the Native Americans (our Pilgrims and Native Americans will be represented by our students). For lunch that day, we will come together as a preschool community in prayer, therefore, no packed lunch is necessary on November 20th, unless you know your child will not partake in our Thanksgiving menu and/or there is an allergy concern.

Our awesome room parents will be organizing the larger portions of the feast food while the children will be preparing their smaller feast items in their classrooms. They will be engaged in the washing, cutting, and preparing a smaller portion of the actual food.

We are inviting all our preschoolers to attend the Thanksgiving Feast but, due to limited space and since we are coming together as a "whole preschool" we ask that only the scheduled volunteers and the Tuesday/Thursday parents (a licensing requirement) attend.

We thank you and our room parents, in advance, for contributing to this special experience.

Menu: Turkey, mashed potatoes, cornbread with honey butter, corn and pumpkin pie

Preschool: Operation Christmas Child, November 20th

This is such a beautiful Christmas community project for your family to experience. Our preschool children will present their shoebox and sit with their class in designated pews. Due to licensing requirements and limited seating, preschool parents cannot sit with the preschool classrooms and we need to leave one empty pew following the preschool classrooms.

Preschool Director Newsletter: November

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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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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

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 on is the first Sunday of the month, at which time whole families are invited to worship together during our 10 am Contemporary Worship Service in the Sanctuary.

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


November Teaching Series



“Thank you.” It’s one of the first phrases most of us learn to say, but it’s also one of the most difficult things to say and really mean! That’s true for us today, but it was also true for God’s people in the Old Testament.

We invite all kids to join us as we journey through the book of Exodus. After the Israelite's escaped the land of Egypt, the Israelite's spent 40 years wandering through the wilderness on their way to the Promised Land. While they wandered, they struggled to remember all of the ways God had provided for them (kind of like we still do today). On this journey, kids will discover that we can thank God for so much – for providing for us, for being God, for giving us wisdom and for never giving up on us.

Come and join us!


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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Christmas Wreaths & Poinsettias on Sale: Support Red Hill Lutheran Church High School Youth Group and place your order today!

Crean Lutheran High School: Important Dates

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Orange Lutheran High School: Important Dates

Birthday Bonanza!

November Birthdays for RHLS Teachers & Staff:

4th- Ms. Noah Wieland (Support Staff)

8th- Mr. Mark Wakita (Middle School, Science)

11th- Mrs. Liz Weber (School Office)

12th- Ms. Veronica Bolanos (3rd-5th Grade Aide)

15th- Mrs. Jessica Hickey (Assistant Preschool Director, Preschool Teacher- Room 11)

15th- Mrs. Susan Glenane (Kindergarten Teacher)

17th- Mr. Adam Curiel (Head Custodian)

17th- Mrs. Jamie Elser (School Office)

RHLS Spirit Wear for Sale in the School Office

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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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