PSD School Ministries
November 6, 2019
Spotlight on Our Schools
Please join us in praying and thanking God for the following schools this week:

St. James Lutheran Preschool and Kindergarten, Imperial Beach, CA
St. John’s Lutheran Preschool, Montebello, CA
iRemnant Preschool, Fullerton, CA

Below are photos from Redeemer Lutheran Preschool in
Huntington Beach, CA (from last week):
We have sold out of our room block (and then some!) at the JW Marriott Desert Springs. If you still need to book your hotel rooms, we have an overflow room block at the Courtyard by Marriott Palm Desert, 74895 Frank Sinatra Drive, Palm Desert, CA 92211. To book your hotel rooms at the Courtyard, please click here. No deposits will be required for holding rooms. Any cancelled reservation must be cancelled 24 hours in advance; otherwise, the individual will be responsible for a cancellation fee of one night’s stay + tax. The room rate at the Courtyard is $89 + tax p/night. Rooms with two queen beds and one king bed with a pull out sofa are available.
LEC 2019 - Spiritually Charged
LEC 2019: November 24 – 26
JW Marriott Desert Springs in Palm Desert, CA

We are just 18 days away from LEC! 999 are already registered!

Pre-Conference Devotional
The LEC Pre-Conference Devotion book is now available for you and your staff. It can be downloaded from our School Ministries website here. Please use this as your daily devotion prior to LEC!

LEC Worship
Starting LEC each year in worship is always one of the highlights! This year we are excited to welcome Pastor Jedidiah Maschke , Bethlehem Lutheran, Carson City, NV, as our Liturgist and Pastor Trevor Van Blarcom , St. John’s Lutheran, Orange, CA, who will share the message.  Bill Heide and Alex Guebert , also from St. John’s, Orange, will lead our worship music. They will be joined by a children’s choir from St. John’s and worship leaders from Orange Lutheran High School and Crean Lutheran High School. Worship starts at 4:00pm Pacific Time !  AZ friends, be sure to adjust your time! We can't wait to see you there!

LEC Cancellations
Next Friday, November 15 , is the last day to cancel your LEC registration and receive the full $140 refund.  NO REFUNDS will be given after close of business on November 15. If you need to cancel a hotel room already booked at the Marriott, please contact Kim Violette in School Ministries (949-854-3232 x226) before contacting the hotel. We may be able to switch that reservation to someone at the overflow hotel. Thank you!
LEC Teacher Appreciation Ads
Do you want the opportunity to say thank you to your staff at LEC this year? We are again providing an appreciation opportunity. This year the ads will be a part of the notices that run before all plenary sessions throughout the conference. If you wish to place an appreciation ad, the cost is $100. We would like to have all ads in a JPG or PNG color file that can be inserted into a power point slide.  The deadline to submit an ad is next Friday, November 15 . To purchase your ad, please use  this website . Please contact Kim Violette in School Ministries if you have any questions. Thank you!

Servant Event
Don't forget to log onto the Amazon registry to purchase items for the hygiene kits that are part of this year’s servant event at LEC.  Click here   to order needed items for the care packs. The items will be delivered to Charity on Wheels and brought to LEC, so you don’t have to remember them.

Please note: Because items are being ordered and shipped directly to Charity on Wheels, please place your orders soon so they can arrive on time .

  1. Send the link to your school families in your school newsletter. What a great way to have your whole school support the servant event!
  2. Have your students make encouragement cards that will go in the hygiene care packs. Just bring them with you to LEC and we will make sure they are put in the packs. If you are not going to LEC, you can mail them to Lisa Rogers, 3901 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85018.

Video Pictures
If you would like to have your school represented in the video presentation this year, please upload pictures into this Google Drive folder . Please submit your pictures NO LATER than THIS SUNDAY, November 10 . If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Cynthia Spiva at .

Last Three Days to Order LEC Theme T-Shirts
The last day to submit your order for LEC theme shirts is THIS FRIDAY, November 8 . If you or your school want to go back on the website and place your order, please do so ASAP!
Loving Savior Voted Best Elementary School!
Congratulations to Loving Savior of the Hills Lutheran School in Chino Hills, CA! They recently were named Best Elementary School in Chino Valley - Champion Newspaper Readers’ Choice Award 2019. We rejoice with Principal Valorie Wend and the entire Loving Savior community. To God be the glory!
PSD Special Programs
Below, we are highlighting two of our PSD schools that have dedicated programs for special learners. We will share more as the year goes on!

Anaheim Hills, CA -- Hephatha Lutheran School's Matthew 19 Program is designed for students that have higher learning and behavioral needs. Students spend half of the day receiving specialized instruction in Math, Language Arts, and Social Skills. During the second half of the day, students return to their general classrooms to participate in subjects like History, Science, and Religion. This hybrid program gives students the academic and social focus they need, but also allows them time to interact with their peers.
Las Vegas -- Faith Lutheran Middle School & High School's Mark 10:14 Program is a full inclusion program for students with disabilities including, but not limited to, Down Syndrome, Autism, TBI, William's Syndrome, and Kabuki Syndrome. The photos below show these students working with their peers in the regular classroom or receiving one-on-one instruction in the Mark 10:14 room.

The Mission:
To provide an excellent education for middle and high school students with intellectual and developmental disabilities in an inclusive Christian setting.
The Program:
• Provides extensive opportunities for students who have special needs to participate in general education classes and campus activities.
• Ensures a high level of exposure to the general education curriculum.
• Provides intensive, individualized instruction using research-based methodologies to maximize students' academic progress.
• Encourages and fosters relationships between non-disabled students and students with disabilities.
• Instructs and models Christian principles.
• Welcomes students of all faiths.
PSD Service Day

Our annual PSD Service Day is Wednesday, November 20. How are you and your students planning to serve your school and your community? We'd love to see your photos--please send us pictures of your students serving others that day!
School Statistics - Thank You!
99% of our schools have reported their statistics to Rosters and Statistics!  Thank you so much for your help with inputting this important information!
Hearts for Jesus - Order Your Rice Bags Today!
The 2019-2020 Hearts for Jesus information packets were recently mailed to all administrators. Included was a sample of the poster, postcard, and student workbooks that can be downloaded and printed from the website. Please take a few moments to click on the link to see what a wonderful project Mission India has prepared for your students: Experience India . Our goal is to provide the funding for 1,500 students to attend the after-school Children’s Bible Clubs. 
To save postage and to make this as convenient as possible, please order your contribution/coin collector Rice Bags, and you can pick them up at LEC. Contact Ellen Pratt at and let her know how many bags you need for your students. Thank you for supporting Hearts for Jesus!
New Teacher Investment Program
We are excited to share our New Teacher Investment Program with you! This program serves as a tool to help support new teachers in their new positions. In each module of this program, you will find resources and discussions on given topics that are applicable to being a new teacher. We encourage you to participate in these discussions and to get connected with other teachers in the district. This will help you to work through questions that you have and to build a network of educators who you can collaborate with for years to come.

This program is for all new teachers, their mentors, and principals. Click here for the webpage with a video, more information, and a link to join the program!
POLS Conference
We are excited to welcome the POLS Conference (Principals of Large Schools) to the Pacific Southwest District and specifically to Orange County this January 16-18, 2020! This year, Early Childhood Directors are welcome to attend as well! If the enrollment of your school is 300 (combined preschool through eighth grade), your Preschool Directors and Principals are welcome to attend!  Please click here for more information and to register to attend. Let’s have a great PSD attendance for this national conference!
CUI School of Education Symposiums
Concordia University Irvine's School of Education is hosting two Administrative Symposiums in Spring 2020:

February 1, 2020
Julie Adams, Adams Educational Consulting
#FULLYCHARGED LEADERSHIP - Science & Strategies to Skyrocket Success!

May 16, 2020
Origin Consultants
LEGACY LEADERSHIP - Four Keys to Building and Sustaining a World-Class Career

Both events are from 8:00am - 12:00pm

Click here for more information!
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:

  • Laura and Mark Siegert at the passing of Laura’s mom. Laura is a teacher at Zion, Anaheim, and Mark is a pastor and faculty member at Concordia, Irvine.
  • Redeemer Lutheran Preschool in Huntington Beach. They are in Accreditation currently with their visit occurring this spring. Also, one of their teachers is having complications with her pregnancy. She is due in February, but has been put on bed rest.
  • our veterans. We are thankful for their service and the sacrifices they made for our country. We also pray that we will be faithful soldiers of Jesus Christ!
  • the planning and preparation for LEC. We are looking forward to a wonderful conference!

Schools we are praying for the week of November 10:
First Lutheran Preschool, Monrovia, CA
Christ the King Lutheran Child Care Center, Redlands, CA
Shield of Faith Christian School, El Monte, 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