PSD School Ministries
January 29, 2020
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Trinity Christian School and Preschool, Norwalk, CA
Mesquite Lutheran Preschool and Childcare, Mesquite, NV
Beacon Learning Center, Phoenix, AZ
Around the PSD

Congratulations to Phil Duerr, teacher at Salem Lutheran School in Orange, CA, as he was selected as a Top 25 Teacher of Orange County by Parenting OC Magazine. Shelly Surridge from Salem was also a nominee. Well done!
National Lutheran Schools Week 2020!
We pray you are having an awesome week celebrating NLSW!

Don't forget to share your photos and stories with us! We are adding photos daily to our NLSW 2020 photo album .

Have a great rest of the week!

Here is a message from LCMS School Ministry:
Happy National Lutheran Schools Week! As activities ramp up both in our office as well as throughout our schools across the country, I wanted to send you a quick reminder and encouragement to participate with us on social media throughout the week. Each day this week we are livestreaming local students singing in the International Center chapel on our School Ministry Facebook and Instagram accounts, and throughout the week we will have other posts, activities and messages shared on all of our platforms. See below for the specifics for this year and for our social media accounts:
Hashtag: #NLSW20
LCMS School Ministry Facebook:
LCMS School Ministry Twitter:
LCMS School Ministry Instagram:
National Lutheran Schools Week Resources:
Also, President Harrison put together a great video highlighting National Lutheran Schools Week that we shared this morning on our accounts.
Pres. Harrison Video Link:
As always, thank you for all that you do for Lutheran education and have a great National Lutheran Schools Week!
Save the Date!
We are excited to share that later this year we will host our first PSD All Worker Conference, November 22-24, 2020, at the JW Marriott Desert Springs! This conference is for all who work in Lutheran churches and schools in the Pacific Southwest District, combining our Lutheran Educators Conference and Pastors Conference into one event! We'll join together in unity for wonderful worship, great speakers, and new insights. Yes, it is the same time frame as LEC and yes, you will still receive amazing Professional Development along with Spiritual Nurture and Fellowship! In fact, one of our keynote speakers will be Dr. Tim Elmore! More information will follow in the coming months, but please be sure to block out this time and plan to attend along with your fellow church workers!
EC Director and Pastor Conference Wrap Up
THANK YOU to our 124 attendees, representing 53 of our PSD Early Childhood centers, at the three locations of the 2020 EC Director and Pastor Conference! 
Our day began with inspiring worship led by Pastor Gwaltney (CA), Pastor Rosnau (AZ) and Pastor Sundquist (NV). President Gibson’s keynote presentation emphasized the importance of building strong ministry teams to implement best practices in reaching today’s young families with the Gospel message. The afternoon’s video sessions prompted constructive discussions and an exchange of relative ideas to effectively implement the Great Commission (Mt. 28). Sincere thanks to Christ, Vail; Concordia, Cerritos; and Faith, Las Vegas for sharing your best practices .
Special THANKS to Kristie Flohra at Christ, Costa Mesa, Debbie Osman at Shepherd of the Desert, Scottsdale, and Tonia Tate at Faith, Las Vegas – and their teams - for their willingness to ‘host’ this event! Great job! Check out our Facebook page for photos from the three locations.
Directors, yesterday afternoon you were sent an email with the evaluation link. PLEASE be sure to share this email with all who attended the conference. You can also access the link here .

In addition, we have posted to our website the recording of the event, presentation slides, as well as several other important resources that were discussed. Click here to see it !
TEC21 Registration Now Open
We have a great partnership with TEC21 here in the PSD!  TEC21 provides a year long, workshop style professional development for technology integration for classroom teachers in Early Childhood, Elementary, Middle School, and High School. TEC21’s vision is connecting and equipping Lutheran school teachers to inspire students in Technology Enriched Classrooms.

TEC21 is passionate about this because they recognize, as you do too, that technology in the classroom is non-negotiable. Research and exploration points to the need for both a strong digital platform in every classroom and tech-savvy teachers. They know, as do you, that kids are early adapters and as such the concern becomes that kids will leave behind the educator who lags in interest or aptitude for digital innovations. Parents are making school choices for their children understanding this as well. You can read more about TEC21 on their website at
In the nine years the PSD has been involved with TEC21, 138 teachers have gone through the program! Here is what a few of our PSD participants have said about their experience:

I had the wonderful opportunity to attend TEC21 last year. The forum allowed each of us the opportunity to try new technology that we could integrate into our classroom curriculum. It was great to share ideas that each of us already were using, as well as add new tools to our teaching tool box. The variety of topics and “hands-on” activities kept the classes engaging and fun. It was interesting to see how everyone used what was introduced within their own classroom. Another great benefit of TEC21 was becoming better acquainted with fellow Lutheran school teachers here in the Valley. -Jennifer E., AZ Teacher

TEC21 has challenged me to do more in my classroom. I’m not satisfied with just following the book -- every lesson or activity can be enhanced and I’m so excited to try new things. I am teaching a new-to-me grade this year and I am so excited to incorporate new-to-me tech! I think it has made me more open to learning from my kids, too! They are born with technology in their hands and have so much to share with me -- I’m ready to listen! -Tara K., AZ Teacher

TEC21 has energized my teachers in a way that regular PD hasn’t. The on-going, month-to-month support from the instructor and group has been wonderful. The teachers immediately implement their learning with their students and assess their own learning, as well. Each year the teachers scramble to be a part of TEC21! -Jake H., CA Administrator
TEC21 has expanded my horizons when it comes to technology in the classroom. With my cohorts, I have learned new strategies, apps, games, and lessons. I highly recommend it to any teacher, tech savvy or not. -Brandon B., NV Teacher
"Enriched" is the word that comes to mind when I think of my TEC21 experience. This program has given me the opportunity to explore possibilities for my classroom, learn from others' successes and failures, as well as actual time to create and implement these great ideas! My students and colleagues have benefited as well from my constant learning during my TEC21 days that are so fun to be a part of! -Brianna D., NV Teacher

TEC21 has given me the opportunity to have fun exploring tech tools that are new to me. But I especially value the opportunity to collaborate with other educators to explore the limitless possibilities of using tech in a meaningful way to enhance my students’ learning. – Cathy M., CA Teacher

The opportunity to attend TEC21 has been a gift. The wealth of information on technology, implementation, and collaboration with other Lutheran teachers both in my class and across the country, has been extremely valuable. -Kelly H., CA Teacher 
We STRONGLY encourage you to attend TEC21 if you haven’t already! We have four Innovations Centers in the Pacific Southwest District – Christ, Phoenix; Christ, La Mesa; Faith Middle School & High School, Las Vegas; and St. John’s, Orange. Each of these centers can host 10 teachers for this training – 40 total PSD educators each year! Yes! There is room for you to attend! And to make it affordable, LCEF has a generous scholarship opportunity that you can apply for by using this link.
TEC21 is now accepting applications for the 2020-21 school year. You can apply to attend here. The deadline to register for next year’s workshops is March 31 and the deadline to apply for the LCEF Scholarship (see link above) is March 1. If you have questions, please reach out to us in School Ministries. Better yet, contact the schools that host the Innovation Centers and ask to speak to the TEC21 Facilitator! Don’t wait! Apply today!
Admissions Director Network Meeting
Our first Admissions Director meeting of 2020 is Tuesday, February 18, at Hope Lutheran School in Glendora from 10am - 2pm. Save the date! More details to follow!
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.
TLC Grant Applications Due Friday!
The TLC 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 is 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 this Friday, January 31. Recipients will be announced in February with the grants awarded immediately.
Medical Clinic in Liberia!
This is the medical clinic to which our Hearts for Jesus dollars were sent in 2019— Hope and Care for Children in Liberia! The clinic should be completed by August and they hope to be open for business by September! To God be the glory!
Health News
This message was sent by Rachel as an email earlier this week, but we wanted to share it with you again.

Dear Partners in Ministry,
Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10
God’s peace be with you as we begin this National Lutheran Schools Week!
Over the last few weeks, we have been monitoring both the traditional cold and flu season as well as the new coronavirus (2019 Novel Coronavirus -- 2019-nCoV), which has now reached Arizona, Los Angeles and Orange Counties. This new virus is of concern to many of our families and to us as well; therefore, we ask that you join in partnering to provide the most safe and healthy environment for students, families, faculty, and staff at your schools.

Here are three updates – the first from the CDC, the second from OC Department of Health and the third from Hoag Hospital, a leading hospital in Orange County. 
The Center of Disease Control and Prevention has released the following illness prevention strategies, which should be closely followed.
  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • Stay home when you are sick.
  • Cover your cough or sneeze with a tissue, then throw the tissue in the trash.
  • Clean and disinfect frequently touched objects and surfaces.

OC Department of Health
Orange County has one confirmed case of novel coronavirus.
  • No evidence that person-to-person transmission has occurred in Orange County
  • Risk of infection to public in Orange County is believed to be low
The one case identified in Orange County, a male in his 50's, is a traveler from Wuhan, China. The Health Care Agency (HCA) provided guidance to the traveler upon arrival in order to reduce exposure to the public while awaiting laboratory testing to confirm novel coronavirus. This individual is currently being treated at a local hospital and is in isolation in good condition.
In consultation with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the California Department of Public Health (CDPH), the HCA is following up directly with all individuals who have had close contact with the case and are at risk of infection and will be monitoring contacts and assure that proper evaluation and care is provided if they become ill.
Some key points include:
  • CDC guidance indicates that people who have casual contact with a case (in the same grocery store or movie theater) are at minimal risk of developing infection. 
  • If you have not been to Wuhan, China, or been in close contact with someone who has been to Wuhan and is sick, your risk is very low. 
  • If you have recently been to Wuhan, China and feel sick, please stay home and avoid contact with others, except for seeking medical care.
  • Seek medical care right away. Before you go to a doctor’s office or emergency room, call ahead and tell them about your recent travel and your symptoms.
  • Cover your mouth and nose with a tissue or your sleeve (not your hands) when coughing or sneezing.

From Hoag Hospital -
Regarding Coronavirus, if a person presents with a fever and respiratory symptoms (such as a cough) AND, within the last 14 days, has a history of traveling to Wuhan, China or has been within 6 feet of someone suspected to have Coronavirus, they are placed in contact isolation. For the purposes of a preschool, elementary and high school, I recommend that if a student or family member of a student meets these two criteria, they should not go to school. To be even more cautious, you may recommend keeping any students home if they have the above symptoms and a family member has traveled anywhere in China within the last 2 weeks.
God grant you joy, knowing that each of you and your students are precious in His sight!
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!

Please make sure to show “Hearts for Jesus” in your contribution correspondence or check so that it is separate from the contribution from your congregation for the Mission India district mission project. 

If you have any questions, please contact me at or Ellen Pratt at Thank you for getting involved!
CA Professional Development Opportunity
Beyond Technology Education and ACSA Present
Technology Training and Innovation Gathering
for TK-12 Teachers and Leadership

February 27, 2020
Charter Oak Adult School, Covina, CA

Click here for more information and to register
CUI School of Education Symposium
Concordia University Irvine School of Education
Administrative Symposium Presents:

Science & Strategies to Skyrocket Success!

The young brain is different. The brain is HIGHLY influenced by environment. Success is not by chance, but by design. These ideas and more will be the foundation of this fast-paced session packed with the knowledge and strategies educational leaders need to strengthen and increase success in their students, staff, and community.

CEO, Keynoter, Best Selling Author, Educator of the Year, and Coach Julie Adams is a Nationally Board-Certified Teacher, Educator of the Year, and a highly-respected international consultant who has trained hundreds of thousands around the world in the science and strategies that skyrocket personal and professional success. Julie is a fierce advocate for education, job training, and health and wellness, and has developed curricula, trained educators and leaders, and increased educational opportunities in some of the most remote areas of the world.

Saturday, February 1, 2020
8am - 12pm
DeNault Auditorium
Concordia University Irvine

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 wonderful National Lutheran Schools Week for all of our schools! Thank you for all that you do! We are blessed to be able to share Christ's love with our students and their families!
  • the Klitzing family. Rachel's mother-in-law, Arline Klitzing, went to be with Jesus on Monday. We praise Jesus for 88 years of God's grace through her. Please keep Mark (Rachel's husband), his siblings, and the family in your prayers as they make arrangements and travel to Illinois for her service this weekend.
  • the family of Lynn Mohr. The memorial service for Lutheran educator, Mr. Lynn Mohr, is at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, February 1, at Searchlight Ministries, 2311 E. Chapman Avenue, Fullerton, CA 92831.

Schools we are praying for the week of February 2 :
Mountain View Lutheran School and Preschool, Las Vegas, NV
Little Lambs Preschool Ministry, Boulder City, NV
Redeemer Lutheran School and Preschool, Las Vegas, NV
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