PSD School Ministries
Connections
May 27, 2020
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

Bethlehem Lutheran Preschool, Canyon Country, CA
Mt. Olive Lutheran Preschool, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
First Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten, El Cajon, CA

Thank you for joining us in prayer and thanksgiving to God for all of our PSD schools over the course of the 2019-2020 school year. What a year it has been! We will continue to pray for you over the summer. We look forward to starting up our prayers for specific schools again in August!
COVID-19 Resources
Please take some time to go through all of the resources that we have collected on the PSD COVID-19 website: psd-lcms.org/coronavirus . We are frequently updating this page with new and additional information, including details specifically for schools, so please check back often.

SCHOOL OPENING RESOURCES
We are excited to share with you a list of vendors who have access to supplies you may need as you begin to plan for reopening your schools. We have worked with several vendors to create special pricing or opportunities specifically for our PSD schools and churches.  Click here to be directed to the information form on our School Ministries website.


CARES ACT/PPP LOAN FORGIVENESS INFORMATION
The PPP loan forgiveness application is now available. See the Financial/HR section of the Coronavirus resources on the PSD website. In addition, the Treasury Dept. and Small Business Administration have released guidance regarding the good faith certification that the loan funds were truly needed by borrowers. Essentially, they have created a "safe harbor" provision where they will essentially accept that certification as-is for loans less than $2 million. See the Financial/HR section of the Coronavirus resources on the PSD website. Finally, PPP funds are still available -- see this recent article . If you haven't applied yet, there still may be time.

From Concordia Plan Services : The Small Business Administration (SBA) has issued guidance to aid organizations that received a loan through the Paycheck Protection Program (PPP) as they prepare to apply for loan forgiveness. The following resources can be accessed here directly:
  • Full text of SBA Guidance on PPP loan forgiveness.
  • FAQ on SBA Guidance on PPP loan forgiveness.
  • Review procedures and borrower responsibilities related to PPP loan forgiveness.
Please visit our website for additional information and frequent updates on COVID-related legislation.


REOPENING CHURCHES AND SCHOOLS
The PSD has a webpage on reopening churches and schools that we are adding to often. Click here to go straight to it.


PSD LEARNING AT HOME ALBUM
Check out our Learning at Home - COVID-19 Facebook album. We love the pictures schools are sharing with us! If you'd like to share your school's photos, please send them to anna.preus@psd-lcms.org.


CARES ACT FUNDING FOR PRIVATE SCHOOLS


SOLDIERS OF THE CROSS
Grants assist ordained, commissioned, and lay workers in the LCMS impacted by the pandemic. You may qualify! Click here for more information.
June Devotion on Website
The June devotion is now on our School Ministries website. It is written by Tom Howard , theology teacher at Orange Lutheran High School . Click here to read it. Thanks, Tom, for reminding us that there is only One who can completely rescue us.
PSD Retirements
Congratulations to the following teachers, administrators and long-time support staff who have announced their retirement. Thank you for your faithful service in Lutheran education in the Pacific Southwest District, and your dedication to the students and families where you served. God’s blessings in your retirement, and we will always remain Connected in Christ. 
 
Deb Abeel - Ramona Lutheran Preschool, Ramona, CA
Pam Anderson - Christ Greenfield Lutheran Preschool, Gilbert, AZ
Stephanie Bean - Christ Greenfield Lutheran School, Gilbert, AZ
Chris Boerrigter – Bethany Lutheran School, Long Beach, CA
Janell Cox - Christ Greenfield Lutheran Preschool, Gilbert, AZ
Darjene’ Graham – Redeemer by the Sea Lutheran Preschool, Carlsbad, CA
Philomena Howard – Christ Lutheran School, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Dennis Jacobson - Christ Lutheran School, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA
Bonnie Karner – Mountain View Lutheran School, Las Vegas, NV
John Laufer – Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School, Las Vegas, NV
Diana Orr - Bethany Lutheran School, Long Beach, CA
Joseph Richter – Valley Lutheran High School, Phoenix, AZ
Carol Schooley - Christ Greenfield Lutheran Preschool, Gilbert, AZ
Cyndi Shepherd – Ascension Lutheran Preschool, Torrance, CA
Rick and Patty Young – Lutheran High School, Orange, CA

Please let us know if someone on your staff is retiring and is not on this list. We would love to recognize him/her. Thank you!
Crean Lutheran High School Honored
Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine, CA , has been recognized as a  2019-20 Project Lead the Way (PTLW) Distinguished School . This recognition means Crean Lutheran is empowering students to thrive in an evolving world and is achieving exemplary results from PLTW high school programs.
 
Crean Lutheran is one of 143 PLTW high schools across the country to receive recognition this year. Congratulations!
Assessment Information
An email was sent to all K-12 administrators yesterday from Rachel Klitzing regarding Fall Testing with ITBS as well as on-going assessment options through NWEA MAPS and a new option with IowaFlex. Please look for that email and save it to place your orders.
New Article from Growing Leaders
Click here to read an article from Andrew McPeak of Growing Leaders: Video Games and Smartphones: How to Help Your Kids Manage their Free Time.
Jubilarian Information
We are very excited for our All Workers Conference (AWC) in November 2020. The planning and hard work has already begun. We will be honoring Jubilarians at the AWC. Jubilarians are those educators on your staff who have completed 25, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 50 years of service at the end of the 2019-2020 school year. 
 
New this year… You will be submitting Jubilarian information using Google Forms. If you are an administrator, please identify those on your staff that will be a Jubilarian. Please click here to fill out the form. Submissions are due June 15, 2020.
 
God’s continued blessings on your ministry!
Lisa Rogers
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 855 children with the contributions received. 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:  http://missionindia.org/hearts . 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 rachel.klitzing@psd-lcms.org or Ellen Pratt at ellen.pratt@psd-lcms.org . Thank you for getting involved!
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:

  • Aaron Partch, co-director at Concordia, Chula Vista, CA. Doctors discovered a brain tumor in Aaron and he recently had surgery. We pray for Aaron's full recovery, as well as peace for his family, co-workers, and friends.
  • thanksgiving for the years of service of all of our educators retiring at the end of this school year. God's richest blessings to you!
  • all of our schools, as you have end of the year activities, graduations, and other celebrations in different but still special ways this year.
  • Congratulations to all of our graduates--preschool, kindergarten, 8th grade, and high school!
  • 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.
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