PSD School Ministries
January 15, 2020
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Ramona Lutheran School and Preschool, Ramona, CA
Christ Lutheran School and Preschool, Costa Mesa, CA
Mammoth Lakes Lutheran Preschool, Mammoth Lakes, CA

Below are photos from Christ Lutheran School and Preschool,
Costa Mesa, CA:
Intermediate classrooms have adopted a Ukulele program to bolster students' music education.
1st graders completed an engineering challenge utilizing creative thinking, planning, and design!
The Middle School saved the world from a deadly epidemic in their Escape Room experience! See the attached link for more information on the event:
Preschool Knights experienced and explored an ambulance and learned about first responders!
Engagement in stimulus rich experiences is a primary part of Christ Lutheran's preschool education.
Students investigate the joys of an outdoor classroom and all of the rich learning it encompasses!
National Lutheran Schools Week 2020!
NLSA will be here soon - January 26 – February 1 ! This year the theme is Joy:Fully Lutheran based on 1 Thessalonians 5:16-24.  Click here for the specific page dedicated to NLSA on the LuthEd website . Be sure to go through that page to access all of the free downloadable materials you can use at your school, including a resource manual that has daily chapel devotions, the Synodical President’s Proclamation, a hymn written specifically for this event, and a Sunday service outline to celebrate and kick off the week! You may also wish to use the letter from Rachel regarding NLSW found here (EC and K-8) and here (HS). Finally, be sure to send us your pictures! We love to see all the creative ways our schools celebrate being Joy:fully Lutheran!
PSD Administrators Leadership Conference
Save the date! Our annual Administrators Leadership Conference will be held July 22 – 24, 2020 , at the Hyatt, Indian Wells, CA . This year we will welcome  Andrew McPeak  as our main presenter. McPeak serves as the Director of Program Excellence and is a millennial speaker and content developer with Growing Leaders and has co-authored books with Dr. Tim Elmore. We will hear about their latest book,  Gen Z Unfiltered . You can read more about Andrew on his page on the Growing Leaders website here  and about Gen Z Unfiltered here . A copy of this book will be included with your paid registration for the conference. This will be an exciting opportunity for growth and fellowship, so please save these dates on your calendar! As always, your full leadership team is invited to attend, so please take a moment to ask them to reserve the dates also!
2020 EC Equipping Conferences
PSD Early Childhood Educators – Are you ready to LEAP INTO LEARNING with this year’s EC Equipping Conferences? This year’s conferences will be held in  Arizona on Saturday, February 29 (Leap Day – hence the theme of our conferences), at Shepherd of the Desert in Scottsdale  and in  California on Saturday, March 7, at St. Paul’s in Orange.  Both conferences will offer two morning workshops focusing on a variety of topics and an afternoon workshop on Creating and Expanding Your Outdoor Classroom . As always, our day will begin with worship and provide ample opportunities for fellowship.
We look forward to seeing you and sharing this professional growth opportunity with you!  For our Nevada peers , you are invited and encouraged to attend the conference that best fits your schedule.
PSD 2020 Early Childhood Director/Pastor Conference - Register by Friday!
The 2020 PSD Early Childhood Director and Pastor Conference is just a week away - on Thursday, January 23 ! THANK YOU to all those that have already registered for this professional growth opportunity! If you have not yet registered, please take a few minutes and do so today.  You can access the registration site here .
Here are some important details for you to know prior to the conference.
The theme for the conference is Intentional Outreach to Preschool Families , based on Acts 2:42-47.

We have three host sites – Christ Lutheran in Costa Mesa, California ; Faith Lutheran Preschool in Las Vegas, Nevada ; and Shepherd of the Desert in Scottsdale, Arizona . At each host site there will be LIVE worship led by Pastor Jim Gwaltney in California, Pastor Bob Sundquist in Nevada and Pastor Alan Rosnau in Arizona. Following worship, President Mike Gibson will present our keynote address, which will be live-streamed to the AZ and NV sites. The afternoon will include video presentations of successful outreach strategies. Both the morning and afternoon presentations will include guided discussion and sharing.

CA and NV Schedule: 8:30am-2:00pm
AZ Schedule: 9:30am-3:00pm
(Registration is a half hour before worship begins)
Directors, please be sure to share this information with your pastors! Friday is the last day to register!
LEA's National Administrators Conference
LEA National Administrators Conference (NAC) is just around the corner, scheduled for February 19-20, 2020, in Phoenix, AZ . This event is being held immediately prior to the Best Practices for Ministry Conference, which allows attendees to stay at the same hotel for both events and fly to Phoenix only once. The NAC is being planned this year in partnership with Concordia Plan Services, featuring many topics that are of significance to school leaders in caring for their staffs.

February 19–20, 2020
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Phoenix, Arizona

The 2020 LEA National Administrators Conference will care for your staff!
Who will benefit from attending?
  • Early childhood administrators
  • Elementary school administrators
  • High school administrators 
  • Pastors of congregations with schools
  • Other congregation and school leaders responsible for education programs
  • District and national leaders
  • Future Lutheran school administrators

January 24 is the deadline for early-bird registration (save $30 if registered by midnight). February 3 is the hotel room cut-off date (rooms released, if not already sold).

Come to LEA NAC and STAY for the  Best Practices for Ministry Conference
February 20–22
Free at Christ Church Lutheran in Phoenix
TLC Grant Application
The TLC Grant application is open for the January 2020 grant. This grant is an educational grant on behalf of the Trinity Lutheran Church Educational Endowment Fund (Reseda, CA) and has been established as a gift to the Church for the continuing of excellent Lutheran education in the Pacific Southwest District.

This will be a competitive grant based on the strength of the application. It is open to all PSD schools, K-12. Since the inception of this grant in January 2016, over $202,802 has been granted to 43 different schools in our district. Please click here for more information and the link to the grant’s application. The deadline to submit your grant application is January 31. Recipients will be announced in February with the grants awarded immediately.
Do You Have Your Hearts for Jesus Free Virtual Reality Headsets Yet?!
Included in our Hearts for Jesus: Mission India project this year is the opportunity to “Experience India – Step into the Great Commission” in 3-D! Also important for our Hearts for Jesus project this year is the opportunity for your students' families to get involved and experience India in 360 degrees via a set of videos of the lives of four children in India. Each has a unique and heart-warming story to tell! PLEASE get involved! The people in India need to hear about Jesus and experience His love! They need to learn to read and write and so many other things! I urge you to please go to the links below and familiarize yourself with the awesome resources, including the virtual reality headsets, which we have prepared for you to use with your students and their families!

The start date of the project is NOW – and officially the first release of Video One will be very soon, sent directly to you once you sign up! Sign up and log in to receive all you need and more! The site is password protected because of the sensitive nature of sharing Jesus in India and persecution of Christians, which is on the rise. To promote this project, we have a promo video, a promo postcard to send home, a promo poster for your classrooms, a letter to parents, chapel offering labels for blank envelopes or coin banks, puzzles, a coloring book, and more! This mission project is for you – early childhood educators, elementary educators and high school educators!

Here are the important links you will need:
As a quick reminder, here are the landing pages for administrators, teachers, and pastors:

This missional project is a great way to strengthen your church/school partnership and connection as you selflessly give out of the abundance with which God has blessed us here in the Pacific Southwest District! If you have any questions, please contact me at or Ellen Pratt at Thank you for getting involved!
TEC21 Open Enrollment
Open Enrollment for the TEC21 workshop program began January 2 and ends on March 31 for the 2020/2021 academic year. Seats for this dynamic professional development program go fast!

Headquartered on the Concordia Nebraska campus, the TEC21 workshop program has gained immense traction as a powerful professional development experience designed to:

• Connect Lutheran school educators at local, regional, national and international levels
• Immerse educators in the world of technology
• Equip, connect and support teachers as they confidently and effectively utilize technology to engage today’s learners and proclaim the Gospel
• Encourage the sharing of innovative ideas in the workshop setting and promote time to explore, discover and practice delivering the benefits of technology
• Encourage and equip TEC21 teachers to become peer resources in their schools

We would love to see every school in the district take advantage of this opportunity! This is an investment with immediate return in your teachers' ministries and students’ learning. Register your teachers here ! 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.

Click here to download the TEC21 flyer.

AND - Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) of the Pacific Southwest District is graciously offering a TEC21 Scholarship Grant for our PSD schools! LCEF is providing these funds in support of strengthening our Lutheran schools, teachers, and students because they strongly believe in the value of Lutheran education. LCEF has a significant investment in Lutheran schools, and they know the significant impact that the students coming out of our schools can make in their communities and throughout the world. LCEF is committed to being a part of that effort. Click here to apply for the grant ! The deadline to apply is March 1, 2020.
LCMS School Leadership
Development Program (SLED)
Are you or someone you know interested in moving into school administration but don't have the knowledge or skills? Are you a new administrator that would like to learn from seasoned leaders? Applications for the next cohort in the LCMS School Leadership Development (SLED) program are now open. Only District Education Executives are able to nominate, so check out the SLED information on  and connect with Rachel Klitzing to know more!
CMIF Update Request
If you are a Called worker on the Roster of Synod, take some time to log into the  Church Worker Update website  and update your Commissioned Minister Information Form (CMIF) . Because the CMIF is used as your professional record of Lutheran service, each year we request that you log into your form, confirm, and update the Ministry/Teaching experience section with each organization name, city, and state where you have served. Please also review and, if needed, edit or complete the Ministry Philosophy questions. Finally, be sure to add references. Our suggested best practice is to complete all 14 questions and have at least three references – pastor, administrator, and peer/professional.  If you are open, please indicate Would Consider or Seeking as either an Active or Candidate Commissioned Minister. This is especially important and helpful since this is the professional record that will be shared with Call Committees. Please also be sure that your contact information is correct and be sure to agree to submit to a background check. Thank you in advance for completing this important task.
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 by noon on Wednesday of each week. This week we pray for:

  • a blessed start to 2020 for you, your family, your students and their families. 

Schools we are praying for the week of January 19:
Mt. Calvary Lutheran Preschool, Lake Arrowhead, CA
Mt. Calvary Lutheran School and Preschool, Diamond Bar, CA
Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine, CA
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