PSD School Ministries
Connections
November 3, 2021
Let no one ever come to you without leaving better and happier!
Be the living expression of God’s kindness:
kindness in your face,
kindness in your eyes,
kindness in your smile,
kindness in your warm greeting. – Mother Teresa
 
“Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive whatever grievances you may have against one another. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. Let the peace of Christ rule in your hearts, since as members of one body you were called to peace. And be thankful.” Colossians 3:12-15
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

iRemnant Preschool, Fullerton, CA
North Valley Christian Academy and Preschool, Phoenix, AZ
Ascension Lutheran Preschool, Torrance, CA

Below are photos from North Valley Christian Academy and Preschool (PS-12), Phoenix, AZ:
Below are photos from Ascension Lutheran Preschool, Torrance, CA:
Students holding worms from our worm compost.
Preschoolers building Noah's Ark.
On-campus pumpkin patch.
Lutheran Educators Conference 2021
We now have 850 educators registered for LEC! New information has been uploaded on the LEC website.

  • We are pleased to have a dedicated Prayer Room at LEC, and thankful for those who have volunteered to be available to pray with our attendees - Click Here for more information.
  • Poster Sessions and Round Table Discussions will be a vital part of your professional development at LEC this year! Poster Sessions will be available Monday afternoon from 2:00 – 2:40 and Round Table discussions will be available Monday afternoon from 2:00 – 2:40 and 2:50 – 3:30. We have a good selection of topics for you to select from. There is still time to sign up to lead a Poster Session.
  • A heartfelt Thank You to our 34 LEC exhibitors! Click here to see who will be joining us this year! We want to especially thank our Conference Sponsors:
  • Concordia University Irvine – Tier One Sponsor: We are so grateful to CUI for their ongoing support of LEC! They have been a conference sponsor since 2013 and a Tier One sponsor for the past SEVEN years! Thank you Concordia University Irvine! We give thanks to God for your generous support of our Lutheran educators and partnership with our two districts!
  • LCEF – Tier Two Sponsor
  • Concordia University Nebraska – Tier Two Sponsor
  • Concordia Plan Services – Tier Three Sponsor
  • Abeka – Tier Three Sponsor
  • Discover America – Tier Four Sponsor
  • Lutheran Special Education Ministries – Tier Four Sponsor
  • Right Now Media – Tier Four Sponsor
  • Laura Crawford Law – Tier Four Sponsor
 
LEC Servant Events will support LeadaChild and Garuna this year. You can bring donations of items for LeadaChild directly to the Exhibit Hall. While you are in the Exhibit Hall, you can write notes of encouragement to teachers around the world including those who serve in the seven Lutheran schools in Cambodia supported by Garuna!  Please print this flyer for more information and to encourage any donations from your school. Not going to LEC? You can still donate items or write cards! Contact kim.violette@psd-lcms.org for more information.
 
LEC Photos and Videos: Thank you to the 25 schools who have submitted pictures and 15 second videos for the LEC presentation! We are closing access to that folder at the end of the day, this Friday, November 5. If you have not participated yet, PLEASE upload up to five pictures of your teaching staff or administrators and/or your video to say thank you HERE. Don't delay!

The J.W. Marriott is sold out for Sunday night. We have booked a block of rooms for overflow at the Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert - 74895 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211. Rooms at the Courtyard are $99 per night. If you still need a hotel room, please book your room at the Courtyard by Sunday, November 7. The hotel’s reservation line is: 760-776-4150. Ask for the room block named “LCMS PSD Lutheran Educators Conference (LEC)”. Individual reservations are guaranteed with a credit card.
School Services Update
Our deepest gratitude to the 38 early childhood centers, 27 elementary schools, and six high schools who have partnered with School Ministries and sent in their School Services contributions! As of this date, we have received $86,270 for K-12 School Services and $29,650 for Early Childhood School Services, for a total of $115,920! Praise be to God! Thank you for your partnership!
 
It is our hope that the remaining early childhood centers, elementary schools and high schools who have not yet partnered with us, will do so in the months ahead. We share a partnership through our office which provides a myriad of resources, including: conferences, accreditation services, in-services, School Consultancies, call lists, workshops for professional growth, information on new or changing laws, our Admissions Director and Resource Teacher networks, trends in education, curriculum and assessment resources, the new Rigor and Relevance Framework training, the new Coaching Initiative, and a new network of School Counselors. Additionally, we maintain membership with CAPSO, AZ CAPE, and NV CAPE. We communicate with the state legislature key agencies, the Offices of the Governors, the WASC Accreditation Commission for Schools, and the California Interscholastic Federation. Your partnership is instrumental in making all of this happen. If you would like to confirm if your school has contributed, please contact Kim Violette. Most importantly, thank you for your partnership in the Gospel!
Synod Statistics - Thank You!
Thank you to the 101 of our 106* schools who submitted their statistics within the reporting period of time. We are so grateful and thankful that you recognize and understand the importance of submitting this data each year. While the information that is collected from schools in previous years is always put to good use at the district and national levels of Synod, this year’s data will be extremely important in guiding the decision-making process at many levels in the years to come. We received word yesterday that the Synodical office extended the deadline, so there is still time for the remaining five schools to submit their data. We will reach out to you again by phone later this week or early next week.
 
We encourage you now to be sure to bookmark the LISN website and save your user names and passwords. You can log into this website throughout the year to upload any staff changes or contact changes. You will also now have everything you need when you get the email from Synod to report your statistics in September of 2022. Again, thank you so much for your partnership!
 
PSD Reporting from Synod: 95.2% Reported

*Synod counts preschools and elementary schools as one entity oftentimes, but not always consistently. We have addressed this with Synod.
PSD Educator of the Year News
We are grateful to all those who took the time to nominate an educator and we congratulate all those who were nominated for a 2021 PSD Educator of the Year award!
 
Below are the finalists that were selected in each category. The winners will be shared in the next few days and will be honored at LEC. We thank God to have so many outstanding educators in the PSD!     
 
Early Childhood Educator of the Year  
Heather Chapman, Trinity Lutheran Preschool, Litchfield Park, AZ
Donna Einspahr, Mountain View Lutheran Preschool, Las Vegas, NV
Emily Martinez, St. John's Lutheran Preschool, Orange, CA
Debbie Osman, Shepherd of the Desert Lutheran Preschool, Scottsdale, AZ  
Mary Wolfinbarger, Abiding Savior Lutheran Preschool, Lake Forest, CA
 
Elementary Educator of the Year   
Carrie Evans, Bethany Lutheran School, Long Beach, CA
Prisca Norris, Grace Lutheran School, Lancaster, CA
Charlene Soon, Christ Lutheran School, Rancho Palos Verdes, CA  
Hillary Williams, Hephatha Lutheran School, Anaheim, CA
Lee Zabinsky, Grace Christian School, Escondido, CA
 
Jr./Sr. High School Educator of the Year   
Amanda Abbott, Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School, Las Vegas, NV
Daniel Parsons, Valley Lutheran High School, Phoenix, AZ  
Tony Pietrolungo, Crean Lutheran High School, Irvine, CA
Sarah Williams, Valley Lutheran High School, Phoenix, AZ    
 
Administrator of the Year   
Robin Gomes, St. Paul's Lutheran School, Orange, CA
Kris Schneider, Mountain View Lutheran School, Las Vegas, NV
Kat Stokes, Valley Lutheran High School, Phoenix, AZ
God at Work in the PSD


Click here to read how God is at work at Trinity Lutheran Church and Preschool in Temecula, CA!
November Devotion on Website
Our November devotion is now up on our website. It is written by Dr. Cari Chittick from Concordia University Irvine, and titled Focus! Click here to read it. Thank you, Cari, for encouraging us to fix our eyes on Jesus!
PSD Service Day is Just Two Weeks Away


Our annual PSD Service Day is Wednesday, November 17. How are you and your students planning to serve your school and community?
Abundantly More: 46th Regular Pacific Southwest District Convention
The 46th Regular Pacific Southwest District Convention is scheduled for June 22-24, 2022, at Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School in Las Vegas, NV. Our District Convention theme is Abundantly More based on Ephesians 3:21.
 
Nominations are now open. All information and forms relating to the Nomination process can be found on the PSD website.
 
Watch for more Convention information coming soon!
National Youth Gathering News
Registration Update: Churches could begin mailing their registration materials on November 1. Online data entry for Gathering participants is now open on the Gathering website.

District Event: The Pacific Southwest, California/Nevada/Hawaii, and Northwest Districts are working together to plan a Tri-District event in Houston during the Gathering. Please save the date for Wednesday, July 13. The event will take placing directly following the closing worship. Watch for more information and final details coming soon.

Registration materials, including the necessary forms to register your group for the Gathering, are available on the Gathering website at lcmsgatherings.com.
Lutheran Hour Ministries Coloring Contest
Lutheran Hour Ministries (LHM) is conducting its 11th Annual Coloring Contest! Students from preschool through 8th grade are eligible.

Three winners will be selected from each category: preschool-kindergarten; 1st-2nd grade; 3rd-5th grade; and 6th-8th grade. 1st place winners will receive a $50 gift certificate to use on Petal Pushers® merchandise from the online store. They will also receive a Petal Pushers® T-shirt & LHM float magnet. The teachers of the 1st place students will receive the same prizes. 2nd & 3rd place student winners will receive a Petal Pushers® T-shirt & LHM float magnet.  

Entries must be postmarked by November 15, 2021. Mail entries to: The Lutheran Hour Ministries Float Committee, PO Box 20444, Riverside, CA 92516.

Download the Coloring Contest pdf at petalpushers.org/color.
L.E.S.T. Information
Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (LEST) will take place at Concordia University Irvine February 18-20, 2022!

LEST OC 2022 | Informational Zoom Call with General Details: Wednesday, November 3rd (TODAY!) from 3-4pm via Zoom

You can register directly on the website (cui.edu/lest), and you can email Leah Roney directly (leah.roney@cui.edu) for the links for the Zoom meetings.
Gradelink School Administration System
How to Write Good Narrative Report Card Comments
Start on a positive note. 
Stay focused on the student. 
Speak to the parent and the student.
Give examples.
Provide specific information across several different areas.

Contact Emily Beckman, former Lutheran teacher, for more information.
Emily Beckman 
Sales Executive 
Gradelink 
M: 949-427-2462 
W: gradelink.com 
Prayer Requests
  • A prayer from Ascension Lutheran Preschool, Torrance, CA: We pray for our church and preschool.
  • Please join us in continuing to pray for Principal Valorie Wend and her husband, Chris, who were recently in a bad car accident. We pray for complete healing for both Valorie and Chris. Valorie, principal at Loving Savior of the Hills, Chino Hills, CA, is still recovering and in pain. Chris had one successful surgery but is still awaiting more procedures and is not home yet.

Schools we are praying for the week of November 7:
TLC Lutheran Preschool, Casa Grande, AZ
Shield of Faith Christian School, El Monte, CA
St. Paul’s Lutheran School and Preschool, San Diego, CA

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 Tuesday of each week.
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