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10 May
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LESA Extends Scholarship Application Deadline

LESA Extends 2020-21 Scholarship Application Deadlines due to COVID-19.

A message from our Scholarship Program Director

With all the unprecedented changes in our daily lives over the past week and weeks to come, due to COVID-19, LESA feels it is in the best interest of our schools and families to extend the scholarship application deadline to allow families time to complete the application and extra time to get their taxes done and documents submitted to their scholarship application for 2020/2021.

We understand some families may not have access to a computer and we would encourage schools to assist these families and allow them access to the computers at school by appointment only. LESA staff are available by phone (numbers listed below) to assist with application questions and FACTS customer service is available as well. The FACTS customer service number is 866-412-4637.

Family Information:

April 10, 2020 – Scholarship Application Deadline

April 30, 2020 – Application must be Complete/Verified (Compete/Verified = all documents have been submitted, FACTS verified all documents, and application status is complete/verified on April 30). LESA only reviews applications for a scholarship award that are complete/verified.

School Information:

April 30, 2020 – LESA School Comments Form deadline:

  • The LESA School Comments Form is now open and available for principals to complete for each student that has a submitted application. I encourage all principals to complete the LESA School Comments Form on a weekly basis from now until April 30. The Comments Form needs to be completed for every student, whether they have a complete or incomplete application. So if you could take time each week to view the applications on FACTS from families at your school and complete the LESA Comments Form frequently, the LESA Scholarship Award Committee will be able to review more applications during our award committee meeting in May.

Notifications – LESA will notify the school and families of the scholarship award determinations via email by May 31, 2020.

LESA understands the challenges and difficulties facing our world today and we pray that everyone will continue to lean on their faith and put their trust in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Blessings,
Maureen Gersman
Office Manager & Scholarship Program Director
314.200.0790 – Main Phone & Voicemail
mgersman@lesastl.org
www.lesastl.org

 

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09 May
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LESA’s “Cooking for Kids” Raises $211,000 for STL Lutheran Schools

LESA's "Cooking for Kids" Raises $211,000 for STL Lutheran Schools

(ST. LOUIS, MO) May 8, 2019 – The St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) raised $211,000 for Lutheran schools at its annual “Cooking for Kids” Dinner-Auction, held April 6 at the Orlando Gardens South. Proceeds from the event will fund need-based scholarships and services for students of all faiths at 33 Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area.

This year’s fundraiser featured a special menu prepared by two of St. Louis’s rising culinary stars – Lutheran school alumni Alex Cupp, executive chef and owner of The Stellar Hog, and Ben Grupe, a 2018 James Beard Award nominee and executive chef/owner of Tempus, a new restaurant opening this summer in The Grove (Feast article). Cupp and Grupe began their educations at Word of Life Lutheran School Schoolin south St. Louis before moving on to high school (Lutheran South for Cupp) and the widely respected Culinary Arts Program at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

Fox 2’s Dan Gray hosted the evening, which included the presentation of LESA’s 2019 Lutheran Student Christian Leader Award to James Teuscher, a sixth-grader at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Eureka. The award, which recognizes Lutheran elementary school students who demonstrate courage, compassion, leadership, academic achievement and a commitment to their community, includes a $500 scholarship underwritten by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF).

James, 11, is the son of Lisa and Ty Teuscher, whofostered and then adoptedhim after he was born with complications. James has five siblings, including a biological sister and a brother, Alex, who was born with special medical needs. In addition to helping his mother care for Alex, James enjoys volunteering with his family in St. Mark’s nursery during Sunday services, and helping out at Sunday school when he can. At school, he plays basketball for St. Mark’s, takes part in drama productions and watches out for his friend Hugh, a classmate who has special needs. James was nominated for the award by one of his teacher’s, Linda Dehn.

“James comes to school every day with a smile on his face,” said Mrs. Dehn. “He’s just a very genuine, loving, caring child who wants everyone to know about Jesus and he wants to live that out as a leader.”

The program also included a tribute John and Joan Komlos, the recipients of LESA’s2019 Heritage Award,for their life-long support of Lutheran education. The award

recognizes individuals whose contributions have created a legacy for children enrolled in Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area. As Heritage Club members, John and Joan have established the Komlos Family Endowment, which will help children attend Lutheran elementary schools for years to come.

The Komloses, who live in Arnold, raised and educated four children in St. Louis Lutheran schools (St. John’s Lutheran in Arnold and Lutheran South). Their children – John, Don, Joani and Ron – have continued their parents’ commitment to Lutheran education. John is a past president of the Lutheran High School Association and Ron is a former board member of LESA.

“We firmly believe in parochial education and that’s why we support LESA and its mission to make Lutheran schools available to every child and family, regardless of income,” said Joan.

Joan and John have served in numerous ministries at St. John’s, Arnold and Hope Lutheran in High Ridge. John, a floor-layer and 60-plus year member of the Carpenter’s Union, has donated services  to countless congregations and organizations. Joan, who owns Estate Sales by Joan & Don with her son, has given time to Lutheran Children and Family Services’ resale shop and auction event, and is a past president of the Lutheran Women’s Missionary League.

“Cooking for Kids” is LESA’s largest and most important annual fundraiser to support and secure the future of Lutheran Christian education. Since 2004, LESA has awarded over $5.1 million in need-based scholarships to more than 3,000 children of all faiths in the St. Louis area. Thanks to this and other fundraising efforts, 1 out of every 8 students attending a LESA-member Lutheran school receives some level of financial assistance. This year, the Lutheran Legacy Foundation will further that mission with a generous match for endowment gifts and pledges made in 2019.

To learn more about donating to LESA, or setting up a named endowment, contact Katherine “Kit” Auble at 314-200-0797, or kauble@lesastl.org.

About LESA

More than 7,800 students attend Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 31 elementary and four high schools, including three National Blue Ribbon Schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For information on enrollment, visit www.lesastl.org.

 

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21 Mar
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STEM Kits for Grade 5-8 and Early Childhood Available in 2020

STEM Kits for Grade 5-8 and Early Childhood Available in 2020

We are pleased to announce that LESA is expanding the LEGO education library in 2019/20 to Early Childhood with LEGO Coding Express and STEAM Park kits, and to grades 5-8 with LEGO’s newest robotics program, SPIKE Prime and the popular EV3/Mindstorms kits.  In all, 84 robotics kits will be available to loan to schools on a rotating basis.  These programs will provide STEM learning for ages 2-14.

Early in 2019, LESA introduced a LEGO education lending library for students in our 31 LESA-member Lutheran schools to help them learn robotics, coding and other STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) skills.  LESA purchased LEGO Education instructional kits designed to bring STEM programing to support schools in their efforts to increase STEM as part of the core curriculum.  Kindergarten- 4th grade students were introduced to LEGO WeDo kits.

This year’s highlights include 3,548 hours of STEM learning for 473 students via LEGO instructional Kits provided by LESA.   Additionally, 29 teachers received 203 hour of STEM training in LEGO education.

Thanks to grants from the Employees Community Fund of The Boeing Company,  STEM2U Youth Programs, the Emerson Charitable Trust, the Kaufmann Family Foundation, and other individuals interested in supporting elementary STEM programs, this program is made possible.  Further funding and underwriting opportunities are available.

Science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) education create critical thinkers, increase science literacy and enable the next generation of innovators. Innovation leads to economic growth. “Innovation and science literacy depend on a solid knowledge base in the STEM study areas. Since most jobs of the future will require a basic understanding of math and science, it is necessary to begin training our students in these skills at an early age to prepare them to be our future innovators and workforce,” said Sue Nahmensen, CEO of LESA.

To learn more about LESA’s new STEM Initiative, please contact Laura Montgomery, Director of Educational Resources at 314-200-0798.

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15 Mar
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What are you waiting for?

What are you waiting for?

 

Hurry and get your tickets to Cooking for Kids, Saturday, April 6, 2019 at Orlando Gardens South featuring a collaboration between Executive Chefs, Alex Cupp and Ben Grupe. Proceeds benefit 33-member Lutheran schools serving 8,000 students and 500 faculty members through tuition assistance and educational resources. Tickets include a four course dinner, open bar, dessert and a small batch tasting with Stumpy’s Spirits. Get your tickets here.

 

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23 Feb
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$220,000 Raised for Lutheran Education

$220,000 Raised for Lutheran Education

“Cooking for Kids” 15th Annual Dinner-Auction

(ST. LOUIS, MO) April 24, 2019 –The St. Louis-based Lutheran Elementary School Association (LESA) raised $211,000 for Lutheran schools at its annual “Cooking for Kids” Dinner-Auction, held April 6 at the Orlando Gardens South. Proceeds from the event will fund need-based scholarships and services for students of all faiths at 33 Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area.

This year’s dinner featured a special menu prepared by two of St. Louis’s rising culinary stars -Lutheran school alumni Alex Cupp, executive chef and owner of The Stellar Hog, and Ben Grupe, a 2018 James Beard Award nominee and executive chef/owner of Tempus, a new restaurant opening this summer in The Grove (Feast article). Cupp and Grupe began their educations at Word of Life Lutheran School Schoolin south St. Louis before moving on to high school (Lutheran South for Cupp) and the widely respected Culinary Arts Program at St. Louis Community College-Forest Park.

Fox 2’s Dan Gray hosted the evening, which included the presentation of LESA’s 2019 Lutheran Student Christian Leader Award to James Teuscher, a sixth-grader at St. Mark’s Lutheran School in Eureka. The award, which recognizes Lutheran elementary school students who demonstrate courage, compassion, leadership, academic achievement and a commitment to their community, includes a $500 scholarship underwritten by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF).

The evening’s program also included a tribute to John and Joan Komlos, the recipients of LESA’s 2019 Heritage Award,for their life-long support of Lutheran education. The award recognizes individuals whose contributions have created a legacy for children enrolled in Lutheran schools in the St. Louis area. As a Heritage Club member, John and Joan have established the Komlos Family Endowment, which will help children attend Lutheran elementary schools for years to come. “We firmly believe in parochial education and that’s why we support LESA and its mission to make Lutheran schools available to every child and family, regardless of income,” said Joan. “Cooking for Kids” is LESA’s largest and most important annual fundraiser to support and secure the future of Lutheran Christian education. Since 2004, LESA has awarded over $5.1 million in need-based scholarships to more than 3,000 children of all faiths in the St. Louis area. Thanks to this and other fundraising efforts, 1 out of every 8 students attending a LESA-member Lutheran school receives some level of financial assistance. This year, the Lutheran Legacy Foundation will further that mission with a generous match for endowment gifts and pledges made in 2019.

To learn more about donating to LESA, or setting up a named endowment, contact Katherine “Kit” Auble at 314-200-0797, or kauble@lesastl.org.

About LESA

More than 7,800 students attend Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. A Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod, LESA represents 31 elementary and four high schools, including three National Blue Ribbon Schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For information on enrollment, visitwww.lesastl.org.

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17 Jan
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Sunday, January 27, 2019 Lutheran “All Schools” Open House Event

Sunday, January 27, 2019 Lutheran "All Schools" Open House Event

Thousands of Lutheran school students in the St. Louis Metro Area will celebrate National Lutheran Schools Week (Jan. 27-Feb. 2, 2019) with service projects, special events and open houses.

Several schools will host a special Lutheran “All Schools” Winter Open House event Sunday, Jan. 27, at their respective campuses. Most will welcome visitors from 1-3 p.m., but times may vary. (For a list of participating schools, scroll down.)

The theme of this year’s National Lutheran Schools Week is “Real. Present. God.”, based on Psalm 46, verse 1: “God is our refuge and strength; a very present help in trouble.” “Real. Present. God.” is also the theme of the 2019 LCMS Youth Gathering.

About 8,500 children attend LESA-member Lutheran schools in St. Louis and southern Illinois, making it the second largest private school system in the Bi-State Region. Lutheran schools serve children of all faiths and meaningful financial assistance is available to families who qualify. Since 2004, LESA has awarded more than $5.1 million in tuition assistance to families throughout the St. Louis area.

LESA represents 33 elementary and high schools in the St. Louis Metro Area, including four National Blue Ribbon schools and three National Lutheran Exemplary Schools. For more information, visit www.LESAstl.org, or call LESA at 314-200-0797. LESA is a Recognized Service Organization of the Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod.

To find a great Lutheran school in your area, click the “Schools” tab at the top of our website and scroll down!

Lutheran “All Schools” Open House – Sun., Jan. 27, 2019

Participating Schools: 

Metro North 

  • Atonement, Florissant 314-837-1252  (1-3 pm)
  • Grace Chapel, Bellefontaine Neighbors 314-867-6564
  • River Roads, Baden 314-388-0300
  • Salem Lutheran, Florissant 314-741-8220

Metro South

  • Abiding Savior, Mehlville 314-892-4408
  • Green Park, Green Park 314-544-4248
  • Salem, Affton 314-353-9242
  • St. John’s, Arnold 636-464-7303
  • Our Savior, Fenton 636-343-7511  (1-3 pm)
  • Word of Life, St. Louis Hills 314-832-1244

Metro West

  • Christ Community (CCLS), Kirkwood/Webster Groves
    • 314-822-7774
  • Immanuel, Olivette   314-993-5004
  • Immanuel, Washington 636-239-1636
  • St. John, Ellisville  636-386-0186
  • St. Mark’s, Eureka 636-938-4432 (10:30am-3pm)
  • St. Paul’s, Des Peres 314-822-2771  (Noon-2pm)

St. Charles County

  • Child of God, St. Peters 636-970-7080
  • Immanuel, St. Charles 636-946-0051
  • Immanuel, Wentzville 636-639-9887
  • Messiah, Weldon Spring 636-329-1096  (Noon-3pm)
  • Zion, St. Charles 636-441-7424  (1-3pm)

Metro East 

  • Good Shepherd, Collinsville 618-344-3153  (1-3 pm)
  • Holy Cross, Collinsville 618-344-3145 (Noon-3 pm)
  • St. John’s, Red Bud 618-282-3873
  • St. Paul’s, Troy 618-667-6314
  • Trinity, Edwardsville, 618-656-7002
  • Unity, East St. Louis 618-874-6605
  • Zion, Belleville 618-234-0275  (1-3pm)
  • Zion, Bethalto, 618-377-5507

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13 Jan
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The State of Lutheran Elementary Education

The State of Lutheran Elementary Education

Sue Nahmensen, CEO of the Lutheran Elementary School Association, recently spoke to pastors of the Affton Circuit, where she delivered an overview of Lutheran Elementary Schools in the past, present and future. Click here to read more.

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13 Nov
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LESA Awards $450,000 in Need-Based Scholarships for 2018-19 School Year

LESA Awards $450,000 in Need-Based Scholarships for 2018-19 School Year

The checks – and blessings – are on their way.  Thanks to your generous and ongoing support, LESA awarded $450,000 in need-based scholarships to 535 Lutheran school students for the current 2018-19 school year.

Since 2004, LESA has awarded more than $5.1 million in tuition assistance through our Building Blocks Scholarship Program. But as you can guess, the need continues to grow. This year alone, we received 1,559 student applications – a 28% increase in families who applied by the deadline. Unfortunately, many of our returning students submitted their applications after that deadline, and this was one of those years in which timely applications and new student applications exhausted our available funding. In other words, there were many more children whom we could have helped, if we’d had the funding.

That’s why your ongoing donations, endowments and support for fundraisers like “A Night for Kids” and “Brew in the Lou” are so important. Please save the date for both events in 2019 – our next “A Night for Kids” Dinner-Auction is Sat., April 6, 2019, and our 7th Annual “Brew in the Lou” Festival is Sat., Oct. 12, 2019.

You can also contribute to our mission year-round by visiting www.LESAstl.org, or calling us at 314-200-0797.

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08 Nov
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2018 “Brew in the Lou” Raises $107,000 for Lutheran Schools!

2018 "Brew in the Lou" Raises $107,000 for Lutheran Schools!

We are thrilled to report that this year’s “Brew in the Lou” raised a record $107,000 for St. Louis Lutheran schools!

The annual fundraiser – held Sat., Oct. 13, 2018, in Francis Park – also sold out for the third year in a row. About 2,000 guests enjoyed unlimited tastings of Louis’ best beer, wine, spirits, coffee, BBQ and desserts. More than 100 breweries, restaurants, and food and craft artisans lined the banks of the Lily Pond, including nearly 45 local and regional craft breweries.

Tasters also voted for their favorite brats, home brew and chili recipes. Reinneck Ranch won for Best Bratwurst, Bootleggin’ BBQ won the Chili Cookoff and in the ultra-competitive
People’s Choice Home Brew Competition, Robert “Bob” Olson’s Belgian Golden Strong Ale took home the top prize. The winners of the sanctioned Beer Judging Certification Program (BJCP) competition are listed at www.LESAstl.org.

Bootleggin’ BBQ was this year’s Chili Cookoff Winner!

Entertainment included Big Boss and the Catfish Blues Band, the Johnny Henry Band and the Lutheran South Jazz Band on the First Community Credit Union Mainstage, and Brew sponsors Y-98/102.5 KEZK. KPLR/Fox 2’s Jeff Bernthal, a Lutheran schools grad, emceed.

Fox 2/KPLR 11 anchor Jeff Bernthal – a proud Lutheran schools grad – welcomes guests to LESA’s 6th Annual “Brew in the Lou” in Francis Park.

Proceeds from “Brew in the Lou” will benefit more than 8,500 children of all faiths at 33 Lutheran schools in the St. Louis Metro Area. If you missed the big day, you can still contribute by visiting www.LESAstl.org, or calling 314-200-0797.

Save the date! Nex year’s “Brew” is Sat., Oct. 12, 2019.

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31 Oct
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#Giving Tuesday is for STEM

#Giving Tuesday is for STEM

#GivingTuesday is a global day of giving that harnesses the collective power of individuals, communities and organizations to encourage philanthropy and to celebrate generosity worldwide.  Following Thanksgiving and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, this year’s #GivingTuesday will take place on November 27th and will kick off the giving season by inspiring people to collaborate and give back.
The Lutheran Elementary School Association hopes to raise $4,000 to help with the costs for the Virtual STEM Learning Environment (VSLE). VSLE meets a critical need across our K-8 Lutheran school community of providing immersive experiential STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering & Math) learning opportunities for all participating students, while equipping and connecting educators to draw upon the strength of a LEGO education robotics learning system to our member schools beginning with grades K-4.   Click here if you would like to be a part of #Giving Tuesday for kids in Lutheran schools.

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