PSD School Ministries
Connections
August 19, 2020
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

TLC Lutheran Preschool, Casa Grande, AZ
Risen Savior Lutheran Preschool, Chandler, AZ

Below are photos from TLC Lutheran Preschool, Casa Grande, AZ:
Spotlight on Little Lambs Preschool,
Boulder City, NV
Click here to read an uplifting story that was sent to us about Little Lambs Preschool in Boulder City, NV. We rejoice with Preschool Director Jessica Stetson and staff!

We love receiving and sharing the stories of how God is working in the PSD. If you have something you'd like to share, please let us know!
COVID-19 Resources
  • A new letter has been sent to CA Governor Newsom by the PSD and CNH Districts. Letters to governors in AZ and NV will follow soon.


Interested in the Colloquy Program?
Have you considered completing your Colloquy? The Pacific Southwest District would like to help! The district now has a grant program to provide scholarships of up to $500 per class for all PSD educators enrolled in the program. You can apply for the scholarship prior to the beginning of each class in your coursework. For more information on the Colloquy program and to get started in the program, please go to https://cuenet.edu/ and click on the Colloquy button. To submit an application for scholarships once you are enrolled in the program, please click here. For more information and to submit your application, please email teachercolloquy@psd-lcms.org.
Professional Development Opportunities
Texas District Virtual Conference
The Texas District-LCMS has invited us — Pastors, Teachers, DCE’s — to attend their 2020 Professional Church Workers Virtual Conference on Monday, October 19. Click here for the registration link with more information.

Center for Urban Education Ministries Speaker Series
Dr. Steven Gerner, Dean of Students at Concordia University Wisconsin and Executive Director of the Center for Urban Education Ministries is inviting all educators to participate in the CUEM speaker series this fall. Click here for more information about this timely and informative series. The first one is today!
Hearts for Jesus News
Our 2020-2021 Hearts for Jesus unified district mission project is LeadaChild. LeadaChild is a Recognized Service Organization (RSO) of the LCMS and is a non-profit charity and a charter member of the Association of Lutheran Mission Agencies (ALMA). LeadaChild supports project sites in five world regions - Central America, Middle East, West Africa, Asia, and South America. Their vision is that all children have a hope and future in Jesus Christ. Contributions to LeadaChild provide scholarships, school registration, and supplies for children so that they can attend Lutheran schools and after-school programs. Click here for their website. We will be sharing more information about our efforts soon!
Save the Date - EC Directors Conference
The 2021 ECE Directors Conference will take place Thursday, January 21, 2021, from 8:30 a.m. – 1:45 p.m. at Abiding Savior Lutheran Church and School in Lake Forest, CA. This conference will also be live streamed to Desert Foothills Preschool in Scottsdale, AZ, as well as a location to be determined in Nevada. Please mark this on your calendar now! This year’s theme will be “STRENGTHENED”, based on Romans 1:11-12. Look for registration information later this Fall.
Remote Fall Testing with NWEA
NWEA has shared with us that they have some additional guidelines for remote MAP testing this fall. Here is a link to that information on their website. They are also offering a webinar to offer support and guidance for remote testing. You can access that information here. If you have an account with NWEA, you should be receiving some of this information. If you have not received it or if you are interested in knowing more about MAP testing, please contact specialty.accounts@nwea.org.
TEC21 News
We have a few “empty seats” in the PSD just waiting for a few great teachers to step in this year and learn some VERY practical and applicable tools, apps, programs, ideas, etc.

Seats for this coming year’s TEC21 cohorts have been filling up all summer long. In some locations there is still room and time to join before the first workshop takes place in September!

The experience of rolling out emergency remote learning plans last school year reminded TEC21 facilitators of two very important things very quickly:

1. Our teachers need to be competent and confident in using technology to enrich their instruction.
2. Our teachers need a network of others to learn and grow from that is outside of their own buildings.

TEC21 is an investment in your school, teachers and students. Consider joining our monthly workshops, designed to prepare and equip teachers to effectively integrate technology into the shifting landscape of today's classroom. Your District Education Executive would love to see every school take full advantage of this professional development opportunity!

Register your teachers here: http://tec21connect.com/registration/! Many schools use Title money to pay for some or all of the registration fee. Click here to download a cover letter and a non-religious description of the program to submit to your Title officer: https://tec21connect.com/registration/title-ii-funds/   
                     
Click here to download the TEC21 flyer.
Prayer Requests
Each week, prayers of thanksgiving and prayers for teachers, administrators, support staff, pastors, students, and families of the Lutheran schools, early childhood centers, and churches of the Pacific Southwest District are listed. To include names on the list, please send information to anna.preus@psd-lcms.org by noon on Wednesday of each week. This week we pray for:

  • many of our PSD schools that have started or are starting school this week. We pray for a great 2020-21 for all of our educators, students, and families!
  • TLC Preschool in Casa Grande, AZ, as it has a Preschool Director vacancy. Please pray as they search and listen to God's direction.
  • thanksgiving to God for helping TLC's enrollment grow steadily after they reopened in June.
  • the power of the Spirit to root out the seen and unseen sins of ignorance, intolerance, hatred, and racism in our world and in the Church. We pray that we will celebrate God’s unique creation in each person, race, and culture, knowing that we are more complete as people when we stand together. Lord, bring hope and healing to our cities, states, nation, and world. 
  • COVID-19 -- for infection rates to slow and cease; that those who have been infected will heal quickly; that healthcare staff and first responders will be sustained as they carry this very heavy burden; that our churches, schools and preschools would be sustained and reliant on our loving God and His guidance; for courage and peace for our pastors, lay leaders, church and school administrators, faculties, and all church and school workers who are making difficult decisions and creating innovative solutions for continuing to reach people for the sake of the Gospel; for our federal, state and local leaders to seek God's will as they make important decisions and take actions against this disease; for God to bring many, many people to faith through this situation, and that His Church would be more effective than ever in sharing the Gospel with the lost and loving our neighbors.

Schools we are praying for the week of August 23:
Hilltop Christian Preschool, Cottonwood, AZ
Christ Greenfield Lutheran School and Preschool, Gilbert, AZ
Christ Lutheran School and Preschool, Phoenix, AZ
School Ministries, Pacific Southwest District-LCMS
1540 Concordia Drive East, Irvine, CA 92612
Phone 949-854-3232 | Fax 949-854-8140

Rachel Klitzing, Executive Director of School Ministries