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Newsletter 10/29/19


November tuition is now due. Tuition may be paid in the School Office with a check or cash. If you will be using monthly Day Care this month it can be paid with your tuition. You may also schedule bill pay through your bank. Please note the 10th is a Sunday, it will be considered late after 4:00 p.m. on Novemver 8th. Tuition paid on November 12th, or later will be charged a $15.00 late payment fee.



The raffle drawing was held at the carnival last Friday. Here are the winners:

First Place – Raymond Jiang 7th grade

Second Place – Joseph Li 3rd grade

Third Place – Coco Sun PS

*Parents of these students please stop by the School Office and see Ms. Joyce.



Our annual star party will be held this Friday, November 1st from 5:30 to 9:30 PM You may come as early as 4:00 p.m. to look through a solar telescope and hopefully spot a solar prominence at the Sun’s limb. Dinner will be served by the Scouts between 5:30 and 8:00 p.m. At 6:30p.m., the movie “Star Wars the Last Jedi “will be shown. After dark, come up to the telescopes and see Jupiter and its four Galilean moons, Saturn with its rings, and details of our Moon. Later in the evening, we can look at some double stars. The parking arrangement will be the same as prior years. Park only in the lower lot in front of the Church (off Las Lomitas). Don’t miss this opportunity to see exceptional views of planets and moons in the company of your St. Mark’s family. Invite your friends to come with you and enjoy the evening.



· The Early Bird Raffle Prize Winners are Tanya and Parker Yee. The Yees won a $150 Cheesecake Factory gift card because they purchased their Auction tickets early. Go to Tickets are $65.00 per person. It takes just a few minutes to purchase your tickets. While you are on our website, check out the Silent Auction and Live Auction items. There are great Teacher Items, sports events and theater tickets, front row seats for the “Lion King” production, and much more.

· Donations from YOU are needed! We need donations from you to make our fundraiser a success. Please donate items you would be interested in purchasing at an auction. Start by uploading the specifics of your donation at Then, print your receipt, affix it to your donation and bring it to the School Office. Don’t worry about wrapping because the Booster Club parents will do that for you. Please don’t wait until the last minute to support our Auction.

· Sponsors Receive Auction Tickets! Your sponsorship of the Auction starting at the $500 Lion level entitles you to two (2) tickets plus a full-page color program ad for your business. The $1,000 Bronze Sponsorship entitles you to four (4) tickets and a full-page color program ad; the $1500 Silver Sponsorship entitles you to six (6) tickets and a full-page color program ad; the $2,500 Gold Sponsorship entitles you to eight (8) tickets and a fullpage color program ad; and a $5,000 Platinum Sponsorship entitles you to ten (10) tickets and a full-page color program ad. You may also sponsor the auction at the $100 and $250 levels for program recognition.

· 8th Graders – Earn Community Service Hours at the Auction! We need 8th Graders to work for the Booster Club at the Silent Auction. In return, you will earn Community Service Hours. The only requirement is that at least one of your parents must purchase a Silent Auction ticket and be in attendance for the entire event. Using an iPad, you will sell raffle tickets, refill beverage dispensers, help guests find their table, and you must clean up after the event. You will be under the direction of Ms. Marti Rendon. We will feed you an early dinner before the event starts at 5:00 p.m. If your parent(s) have purchased a Silent Auction ticket and you want to volunteer, please email Ms. Kubasek at Please provide your first and last name. We are counting on your help and you will have a great time seeing the Auction in action! And, maybe, your parents will bid on something for you!



On Saturday, October 26th Twenty (20) 7th and 8th grade students attended a math competition at Damien High School with Mr. Ossa. It was attended by 139 8th graders and 105 7th graders. Below are the results: Matthew Aceves 1st place 8th Arithmetic section Alex Yang 4th place 7th Geometry Kasey Lee 6th place 8th Geometry Audrey Bae 7th place 8th Geometry Raymond Jiang 1st place 7th Algebra Anaisa Mota-Ramirez 4th place 7th Algebra Frederick Cheung 1st place 8th Algebra Stephanie Wang 4th place 8th Algebra William Zhang 2nd place 7th Logic and reasoning John Lugo 3rd place 7th Logic and reasoning Max Mendoza 1st place 8th Logic and reasoning Sonia Bhatia 4th place 8th Logic and reasoning Overall 8th Math Medley Girls Stephanie Wang 4th place *7th medley girls and boys scores were not available *Team results not available yet but individually we did amazing! DRESS CODE Parents, please be aware of the Dress Code in the SML Handbook on page 19 under Pants. 1. Leggings which only may be worn by students in grades K-4 under a skirt or dress. Leggings may not be worn as pants.



"Spend your winter with Korean students for 3 and 7 weeks" Jan, 11th - Feb. 1st 2020 (3 weeks) Jan. 11th - Feb. 28th 2020 (7 weeks) Host families are needed to provide room and board for Korean students from ages 10 to 15. Students will be attending school Mon - Fri with field trips on Saturdays Become a host family to share your love and give a wonderful, exciting experience to these exceptional students. contact: Mia Kim (714)403-9853 or



Sweatshirt Orders This Friday, November 1st, is the deadline to submit your orders for the 8th grade sweatshirt. Please remember this is the ONLY St. Mark’s sweatshirt that can be worn on the 8th grade trip. This is a one of a kind sweatshirt, you don’t want too miss out! Please turn in your orders in to your homeroom teacher or to the school office. SCRIP The holidays are rapidly approaching. Get a head start on shopping and stop by the Scrip Room to purchase or place an order. Don’t run out of time to get the things you need while fulfilling your mandatory Scrip obligation. Please be reminded that if placing an order, it takes approximately two weeks to process. Thank you! Scrip Hours Monday – Friday, 7:30 – 9:30 a.m.



Please remember to send your students to school with a reusable water container. We have several refilling stations around school dispensing cold water. Let’s set an example of reducing our use of plastic water bottles.



We have a new Facebook Page. Please like this page to get updates on campus happenings



Every Tuesday 7:45 A.M. 5th-8th Grade Prayer Groups

November 1st Star Party begins at 5:30 p.m.

November 3rd Daylight Saving Time Ends

November 7th 8:30 a.m. Booster Club Meeting in the Fireside Room

November 11th Veterans Day NO SCHOOL OR DAY CARE

November 16th SML Silent Auction

November 20th SML Food Bank Food Drive

November 25&26 K-8th Grade 12:00 Noon Dismissal – Afternoon Teacher In Service

November 27-29 Thanksgiving Days – NO SCHOOL OR DAY CARE



Sunday Service 9:00 a.m. – Sunday School 9:25 a.m. during church service.

Office hours 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m.

Youth Group 6th-8th Grade – Wednesdays 3:30-5:00 p.m.


*Greetings SML School parents and guardians, I am Pastor Thom Johnson and I will be serving as the new Interim pastor at St Marks for the next few months. I have already enjoyed being able to share in the good news of Gods love at chapel times, which I have found very inspirational! St Marks School is blessed by its amazing teachers and staff! I retired from full time pastoral duties after 36 years in 2018 and continue to serve as a professor at Claremont School of Theology. Please know I am here to serve you and am available to meet if you would like to talk to a pastor. Also the church is available if you want to have some quiet time for prayer. Just contact the church office to arrange an appointment or to make sure the the church is open. You are most welcome to join us for Sunday worship at 9am. I know I will see many of you when your child’s class sings at worship. Please know you are welcome every Sunday! We also have a new youth director who is organizing fun and meaningful events for those in sixth grade and older. She offers a time of fellowship and bible study on Wednesdays after school. Her name is Melissa Magdaleno. I look forward to meeting you and providing pastoral care. Again please don’t hesitate to call me as needed.

Blessings to you and God bless the ministry at St Marks Lutheran School.


Pastor Thom Johnson