“And Jesus took the children in His arms, put His hands on them, and blessed them." Mark 10:16
Dear School Leader,
It remains an understatement that these last 6 months have been challenging for educators around the country. A year ago, we knew little of face chields, on-line instruction, or even reinventing music, sports and drama programs to accommodate social distancing. Yet, here we are, planning for the beginning of another school year, which is far from routine.
Your tireless work through this pandemic has been amazing. Your collaborative efforts to enourage one another in this shared experience has been a blessing throughout our Lutheran community. You are providing a sense of hope in the midst of the continuing challenges this year will bring.
It has been wonderful to see #InThisTogether lived out in real time. This is what Lutheran Schools Association was designed to be.
When Laura was hired a year ago as Executive Director of LSA, she, too, had no idea what her job would entail. In this past year, she has worked tirelessly to learn the ins and outs of PreK-12 education as directed by several DOE boards in the different geographic areas served by LSA. She has built relationships with both the Atlantic District, LCMS and the Metropolitan New York Synod, ELCA. She has visited your schools, invited speakers to your professional development workshops, attended countless meetings to advocate on your behalf at local and state levels. In a time when accurate information is needed in a timely manner, she has disseminated that information to the people who need it. She remains open to your questions and suggestions at all times.
Through it all, plans are underway to bring you professional development in October again, albeit in a different setting. Conversations have also begun with the Center for Urban Education Ministry and the Anti Defamation League to address the importance of how to approach bias in our society and schools. The system for assisting with state testing remains in place for when New York is ready to implement that program again.
I thank God for Dr. Labenberg's leadership and know she will offer the same service and dedication this coming school year. Working with her, the Board remains committed to helping Lutheran Schools bring the light of Christ into a world in need of it. This is what LSA has been doing for over 40 years and we plan to continue our ministry through the pandemic and beyond.
Please help us make this possible by establishing or renewing your membership with LSA.
We have included the fee schedule in this mailing. (You can also find it on our website). Once the calculations are made, you can submit the completed form with a check, made payable to Lutheran Schools Association, to LSA 171 White Plains Road, Bronxville, NY 10708.
Membership fees are due by October 15. If you would like to pay in two installments, you may send 50% in October and the rest by December 15. For additional payment plans, please email Laura Labenberg at firstname.lastname@example.org with your request.
The LSA Board thanks you for your commitment to Lutheran education. We look forward to working with you this coming school year.
In His Peace,
Ms. Kathy Witto
President, LSA Board of Directors