PSD School Ministries
May 13, 2020
Easter Triumph ~ Easter Joy!
(We are Easter people - despite COVID!)
“Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade – kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time.
In this you greatly rejoice, though now for a little while you may have had to suffer grief in all kinds of trials. These have come so that your faith—of greater worth than gold, which perishes even though refined by fire—may be proved genuine and may result in praise, glory and honor when Jesus Christ is revealed. Though you have not seen Him, you love Him; and even though you do not see Him now, you believe in Him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy, for you are receiving the goal of your faith, the salvation of your souls.” 1 Peter 1:3-9
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Christ Lutheran School and Preschool, Brea, CA
Grace Lutheran Child Development Center, San Diego, CA
Christ the Cornerstone Academy and Preschool, San Diego, CA
Below are photos from Christ Lutheran School and Preschool, Brea, CA:
Preschoolers and staff after running "The Cupid Run" on Valentine's Day
Preschoolers playing "kitchen" outside
Preschoolers Ash Wednesday chapel service: Pastor Pat putting ashes in the sign of the cross on the Preschoolers.
Albert Einstein (Vice Principal Amy Blain) coordinated the
Lutheran Schools Week Science Fair
Online learning in Kinder with Mrs. Musella
Celebrating graduates from a distance
Below are photos from Christ the Cornerstone Academy and Preschool, San Diego, CA:
2-year-olds reading their books
Preschool Christmas Program
CHP visiting the preschool
3rd and 4th grade making Christmas cookies with their "adopted" Grandma
1st and 2nd grade celebrating Dr. Seuss Week/Read Across America
CTC elementary school boys with matching shirts on the playground
Join Rachel on Friday at 1:00 p.m. for another Facebook Live. She will again be doing a $25 Amazon gift card drawing -- this time for PSD administrators! See you then!
COVID-19 Resources
Please take some time to go through all of the resources that we have collected on the PSD COVID-19 website: . We are frequently updating this page with new and additional information, including details specifically for schools, so please check back often.

PSD Worker and School News
We are excited to share that two PSD educators were selected to participate in LCMS School Leadership Development (SLED) 21. Congratulations to Jennifer Hook, Creation School, Vail, AZ , and Tyler Mattlin, Hephatha, Anaheim, CA , for being accepted into SLED 21 beginning next summer! God's blessings to you both!

Lutheran Education Digital Futures and Learning Project
Congratulations to Christ, Costa Mesa, CA , for being selected as a participant in Cohort #1 of the Lutheran Education Digital Futures and Learning Project. This innovative initiative, led by Dr. Bernard Bull, will be of specific assistance to help Lutheran schools create a digital learning vision and plan to serve present and future students and families. Christ, Costa Mesa, was one of over 30 schools who applied and one of 17 schools who were accepted as the first participants! Congratulations, educators at Christ Lutheran! 
Potential Grant Opportunities
As we find potential grant opportunities, we will share them with you. Please read through the full information at the given link to determine if the opportunity is one that matches projects and programs at your school. Our sharing this information with you does not imply a partnership with these grant funding organizations.

NEW! Grant for Outdoor Classrooms
The Lorrie Otto Seeds for Education Grant Program offers grants for plants, seeds, and in-kind donations from nursery partners that can help stretch those dollars. Project goals should focus on the enhancement and development of an appreciation for nature using native plants. Projects must emphasize involvement of students and volunteers in all phases of development and increase the educational value of the site. Grant Cycle Opens on July 1.
Deadline: October 15.  More Information

NEW! Music Education Grant
The Mockingbird Foundation provides one-time grants to organizations that provide music education programming to students. Funding ranges from $100- $10,000. Grants support a range of initiatives, including fostering creativity and supporting music education programs. Those interested in funding should complete the Initial Inquiry Form to provide organizational details and some brief narrative elements. Full proposals are by invitation only and will not be considered if unsolicited. Deadline: TBD.  More Information
Free Professional Learning for Private School Educators
From the CA Department of Education:

All of our Professional Learning has been moved to an online format for the next couple of months. You can register for them at our PD website: Some of our upcoming sessions include Brain-Based Teaching and Learning with Bryan Harris as well as Authentic Technology Integration with Lori Elliott, Standards Based Grading with Rick Wormeli and Spring Differentiated Instruction Institute with Dr. Rebecca Chirchick and Christine Lam.
Hearts for Jesus Update
Our Hearts for Jesus goal is to provide the funds for 1,500 children to attend Children’s Bible Clubs. To date, we will be able to support 738 children with the contributions received. We are almost halfway to our goal! Thank you to all who have supported this mission! It’s not too late to begin participating in the HEARTS FOR JESUS: Mission India project--even remotely! This is a great opportunity to help send children in India to Children's Bible Clubs!

Through the work of Mission India, children in India will get to hear the Gospel (many for the first time!) and share what they learn with their families. The ripple effect? Entire villages and communities hearing about Jesus and His saving grace.

There are still millions more children in India who haven't heard the opportunity to hear about Jesus. There's still time to help us reach them with the Gospel!  The cost for a student to attend the Children’s Bible Clubs is $24 for an entire year!

Here’s the link to all the information you need: . The site is password protected because of the sensitive nature of sharing Jesus in India and persecution of Christians, which is on the rise.

 If you have any questions, please contact Rachel Klitzing at or Ellen Pratt at . Thank you for getting involved!
Important Call/Retirement Information
The following are reminders that help the district office keep track of educator changes, especially called workers. We appreciate knowing the changes of all workers, but especially if workers are on the LCMS roster of commissioned ministers.
  • NEW: Administrators, please check the LCMS locator page to see the list of called workers assigned to your school and/or church. If any of these workers are no longer serving at your school, please advise so we can make contact to correct their roster status. Check and
  • If a called worker is retiring, please let us know the effective date and if special recognition is planned. Lutheran educator retirements are a special event!
  • Please advise when a call to your school is accepted so we can prepare installation authorization paperwork and the needed paperwork is processed for the worker.
  • Please notify our office about workers resigning from their calls, accepting new calls, and new calls being issued.    
  • Please use the current call document, version 4.9.1. If you need preparation or download information, please contact Ellen at or Kim at in School Ministries.
Teachers to Teachers LEA Series
LEA is pleased to announce
Reimagining Assessment in the Year of COVID-19

In a rush to create an instant online learning environment, educators faced the need to reimagine best practices for assessment. Teachers have less opportunity to observe students using skills. Parent involvement is a prominent part of the picture.

This series of  three 15-minute discussions  facilitated by Dr. Kim Marxhausen, feature elementary teachers Erin Rogers, Kiara Denholm, Cody Collier, and EC administrator Dr. Drew Gerdes sharing ideas about how assessment looks different under new circumstances.

If assessment changes, then the way we report it needs to change too. Consider your situation as your colleagues discuss how to navigate report card changes and support and provide parents with the information they need about the progress of their children.

Schools assess what they value. Students learn with less familiar methods for teachers to see the skills of problem-solving, metacognition, and self-regulation in a fresh light. This articulate discussion reveals the current opportunity to share this realization with parents.

As educators determine which skills were taught and which were left behind, minds turn toward next year’s class. Teachers need to consider which skills need more review, and how to pass along useful information to colleagues. Listen while these Lutheran educators plan for the next steps in the COVID-19 teaching experience.
TEC21 News
Have you registered your teachers for the TEC21 workshop program? Multiple TEC21 innovation centers are no longer taking registrations, as they have reached their cap, but many still have a seat or two. You are encouraged by your District Education Executive to participate in a program that is impacting Lutheran education and helping it thrive.

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 local Title personnel:    
Click here to download the TEC21 flyer to see all of the benefits!
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:

  • Lynne Rose, PSD Early Childhood Consultant. Lynne has pneumonia and is resting at home. Please pray for healing and rest for Lynne.
  • congregations, high schools, elementary, and early childhood centers searching for administrators, directors, and teachers for the 2020-21 school year.
  • 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 May 17 :
Peace Lutheran Preschool, Camarillo, CA
Mt. Calvary Kids Corner, Running Springs, CA
Immanuel Lutheran School and Preschool, Riverside, 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