Author: Nicole Brennan (Nicole Brennan)
Keep Kids Learning this Summer!
June 22, 2021June 22, 2021
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Keep Kids Learning this Summer!

Though there are conflicting reports about “summer learning loss,” one thing is for sure: summer presents an opportunity for learning growth! At CLEF, we like to encourage all students (and adults for that matter!) to be constantly learning! While you may enjoy lazy mornings, vacations, or other summer activities, please look for fun, educational chances....

Thank You Teachers!
June 1, 2021June 1, 2021
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Thank You Teachers!

This year has been filled with challenges: how to teach virtually, how to teach hybrid, how to keep your students safe, how to keep yourself safe, what’s being lost when you have to wear a mask while teaching, and so much more. We are constantly astounded by our teachers: their hard work, perseverance, dedication, drive,...

The Donations Are Pouring In: 2021 Virtual Scholarship Gala!
April 19, 2021April 19, 2021
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The Donations Are Pouring In: 2021 Virtual Scholarship Gala!

We are amazed at the generous spirit of people, even in these difficult times! Jesus witnessed true generosity in the face of hardship, too. Luke 21:1-4 says, “Jesus looked up and saw the rich putting their gifts into the offering box, and he saw a poor widow put in two small copper coins. And he...

A Virtual Toast: 2021 Virtual Scholarship Gala
March 25, 2021March 25, 2021
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A Virtual Toast: 2021 Virtual Scholarship Gala

As we all have adjusted to life amid a pandemic, so has our annual Scholarship Gala. Last year, we sadly did not get to hold our in-person Gala at the Morton Arboretum. Our teachers desperately needed new resources (specifically technology devices for classrooms) and the need for student scholarships remained. Thankfully, our donors stepped up...

Spotlight on Andrea Bateman – Director of Marketing and Enrollment St. Philip Lutheran School and Bethesda International Academy
March 9, 2021March 9, 2021
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Spotlight on Andrea Bateman – Director of Marketing and Enrollment St. Philip Lutheran School and Bethesda International Academy

CLEF provides a variety of support to schools and students: scholarships, additional school programs (like a Health & Wellness Coordinator, special education services and Title 1 funding support), curriculum standards and technology assistance. Along with student supports, we also provide professional development for teachers, principals, and now marketing and admissions professionals. CLEF’s Andrea Bateman, Director of...

CLEF Schools Prove Safe, In-Person Learning Can Be Done!
February 4, 2021February 4, 2021
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CLEF Schools Prove Safe, In-Person Learning Can Be Done!

Our 22 schools have been open for safe, in-person learning since the school year began. Today is no different. Our students are safely learning, our teachers are safely teaching, and real education is happening daily. Since the CLEF network includes 22 schools, we have several pre-schools, elementary schools, middle schools and one high school in...

Extra tax incentives for charitable giving from the CARES Act in 2020
December 29, 2020December 29, 2020
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Extra tax incentives for charitable giving from the CARES Act in 2020

Now is a great time to make charitable gifts of cash and other assets that can also provide you tax benefits! As 2020 comes to a close, it is important to note that there are extra tax incentives to charitable giving this year. The CARES (Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security) Act and the SECURE...