And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. Colossians 3:17
We are one month away from the Lutheran Elementary School Tournament (LEST), which takes place this year on February 16-18. This a great way to celebrate the gifts our students have been given, and there is something for everyone.
This history of LEST is rich; it was founded and hosted each February by Concordia University in Portland. The first LEST was held in 1962 with four Portland area schools participating in a boys basketball tournament. A few years later a volleyball competition was added for the girls. As word of the tournament spread, schools from out of the Portland area (Idaho, Montana, California, Nevada, Oregon, and Washington) began traveling by train, plane, or bus to participate in LEST. Over the years, additional activities and competitions were added, with recent years including over 1000 students, 20 events and as many as 21 Lutheran elementary schools from various states. Due to the closure of Concordia University last spring, LEST 2020 was the final year in Portland.
However, this was not the end of the tournament. Longtime director Mary Schuldheisz took charge of organizing a new era of competition. Working with all of the schools who supported LEST, she found a new home for the tournament at Pacific Lutheran University. LEST Northwest was the first tournament in Tacoma last year, and it was a great success. The majority of the competition takes place at PLU, but CCA, the Eastside Community Center, and Good Shepherd Lutheran Church also host some of the activities. All of the Northwest District Lutheran schools participate.
If you are the parent of a 5th-8th grader, you have probably heard about the tournament. I wanted to highlight it here because it is truly something our younger students can look forward to. Now that it is local, you even have the chance to attend some of the events to get an idea of what to expect as your students age up and are eligible to compete.
As LEST draws closer, we will be posting schedules in our bulletin so that you can take in some of the activities. I encourage you to attend some basketball games and other events (Knowledge Bowl, Drama, Spelling, Robotics, Video, Math, Cheerleading, Dance, Science, Art, Music). This is a remarkable tournament with lots of fun and fellowship, and it is one of the highlights of the middle school years.
Have a blessed week!
The words of Dr. King are just as powerful today as they were at the height of the Civil Rights Movement. We spent time last week talking with our students about this great leader and all of the qualities that made him powerfully influential. His Christian faith and selfless love for all people were at the heart of his impact on humanity. We pray for compassion, peace, and true equality for all people.
Lord, hear our prayer.
Current families who are re-enrolling for the 2023-24 school year DO NOT need to set up a new FACTS account. You also do not need to pay the $100 application fee; it is for new students only. FACTS will email each family a unique link this week to use for re-enrollment.
When you complete the 2023-24 enrollment process, your fees will be entered into your current FACTS account and the payment is spread out over the remaining months of the 2022-23 school year. You may choose to pay them upfront, but please call the school office to make arrangements.
For those who wish to be considered for financial aid, please use this link.
The deadline to receive $100 credit per student on enrollment fees is February 15. Should you have questions, please contact Libby Glasser, 253-284-4433.
Monday, January 16
NO SCHOOL – MLK Jr. Day
Thursday, January 19
Field Trip: Faith in Action
Tacoma Police Department
11 a.m. – 12 p.m.
Saturday, January 21
HS Waltz and Swing Dance Class (LR) 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Tuesday, January 17
MS Boys BB vs. Zion
MS Girls BB vs. Everett Christian
HS Boys BB vs. Sound Christian
Thursday, January 19
MS Boys BB @ Grace Academy
MS Girls BB @ Grace Academy
HS Boys BB @ Summit Classical