South Wisconsin District - LCMS
Witness Always
"For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree."
1 John 5:7-8 (ESV)
December 2, 2013
In This Issue 


"God whispers to us in our pleasures, speaks in our conscience, but shouts in our pains; it is His megaphone to rouse a deaf world."  -   C. S. Lewis


article1Cape Outlook
Survey Identifies Reasons Parents Choose Private Schools 

Consider it a reason to press the pause button in the push to judge schools solely by test scores. A new survey of parents shows that assessment results are not even among the top ten reasons why families choose private schools.


Released last month by the Friedman Foundation for Educational Choice, the survey of parents participating in the Georgia GOAL Scholarship Program found, "Student performance on standardized test scores is one of the least important pieces of information upon which parents base their decision regarding the private school to which they send their children."

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article2IRS Modifies "Use-or-Lose" Rule for Health FSA 

Recently Concordia Plan Services shared information via email with you regarding modifications announced by the IRS and U. S. Department of Treasury regarding the "Use or Lose" rule that applies to health Flexible Spending Accounts (FSAs). For the first time, at the employer's option, employee's participating in health FSAs will be allowed to roll over - instead of forfeiting - up to $500 of unused funds remaining at year-end if the employer elects to offer this new option.  Note, this new rollover is an alternative to the optional grace period (of up to 2.5 months); an employer cannot offer both a grace period and the rollover.


We wanted to alert you that SelectAccount, our vendor partner for FSA administration, will be providing additional information about this new rule to employer representatives via email early this week. This email will include important information and provide examples of how the rule, if elected, will impact account funds and the reimbursement of expenses for your workers.


If you do not directly work with the FSA administration and benefits for your organization, please pass this information along to the person in your organization who is responsible so that he/she can watch for this important communication from SelectAccount.


For you convenience, click general talking points that was distributed earlier about the new rule. For more details about this modification, you can also access information provided by the treasury department by clicking here.


For general information about FSAs, click here.


Our team is here to help and serve you.  General questions can be answered by our Call Center Representatives toll-free at 888-927-7526.  For specific questions, contact our Personal Spending Account specialists, Diane Mottert at extension 6807 or Jason Williams at extension 6806.


article3Passionate Believers Conference


Saturday, February 22, 2014

Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Hartland  


8 am - Registration

3 pm - Closing devotion


Keynote speaker - Ted Kober, President of Ambassadors of Reconciliation


Details are being finalized. Watch for more information on the breakout sessions.

savethedateUpcoming Events
November 27 - District office closes at noon
November 28-29 - District office closed

December 24-25 - District office closed

December 31 - District office closes at noon 

January 15-17 - POLS Conference, St. John's, Orange, CA

January 26 - Educator of the Year awards dinner

January 26-February 1 - National Lutheran Schools Week

February 7 - WCRIS Leadership Conference, Oshkosh Convention Center

February 13-15 - LEA National Administrators Conference

February 14 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale
February 22 - Passionate Believers Conference, Divine Redeemer, Hartland 
April 14 - Teaching the Faith Workshop, Northwest Lutheran School, Milwaukee 
April 27 - Teaching the Faith Workshop, Trinity-Freistadt, Mequon
May 4 - Teaching the Faith Workshop, Blessed Savior, New Berlin
June 9-13 - Lutheran Church Workers Couples Retreat, Heartland Retreat Center, Trego, WI
November 14 - PCW Conference, Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc



November 12-13 - NWD/SWD Teachers' Conference, Kalahari Resort, WI Dells


Click on the link for
Registering for any of these events.  If the event is not open yet, we will communicate when it will be.

Passionate Believers...Changing Life!

Mark L'Heureux
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

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