South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
Mercy Forever
"For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many."
Mark 10:45 (ESV)
September 22, 2014
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In order to succeed, your desire for success

should be greater than your fear of failure.

~ Bill Cosby


serveyouWe are here to serve you!

Again this year, I have the privilege to have five wonderful people working with me to support my office duties. 


Linda Kennell - Early Childhood Consultant

Terry Hubbard - District NLSA Commissioner 


Regional Superintendents:

Dave Jording - Sheboygan and Winnebago Regions

Gene Ladendorf - Outer Milwaukee and Rock River Regions

Roger Laesch - Racine, South Side and Waukesha Regions


Please feel free to call/email them with questions - they are a great resource to you!


There has been some confusion about whether or not NLSA is an approved accrediting agency for SEVP (the group that regulates school's involvement with international students).

NLSA is on the approved list. See the link below.  Please share this information with our schools.
meemicMeemic Grants Fund Projects for teachers

Teachers surveyed by the National School Supply and Equipment Association (NSSEA) said they spent on average $268 on school supplies in the 2012-2013 school year, $491 on instructional materials and $186 on other classroom supplies for an average total of $945.


Through its grant program, The Meemic Foundation can
help offset some of those out-of-pocket expenses by funding field trips; books for classrooms or libraries; behavior modification programs; materials for science labs, music departments or art projects; technology upgrades; basically anything that supports teachers and enhances the student's educational experience. Teacher professional development is also fundable.

Since 2012, The Meemic Foundation has awarded 118 grants worth $98,700
to the Wisconsin education community.



Grants are accepted all year but are funded quarterly. The third round ($500 max per grant) ends September 30, with funds available in mid-November. The online fill-in-the-blank application, which takes about 30 minutes to complete, makes the grant process simple and convenient to anyone who can use a keyboard.


Any employee of a K-12 public or private school may apply for a grant. There are no restrictions as to the number of teachers who can apply per school or district, so feel free to pass this opportunity on to anyone you think could benefit from a grant.


Visit The Meemic Foundation website for additional information as well as to apply

for a grant. 
KohnteacherKohl Teacher Fellowship Program
Please share this information with your school parents.


The purpose of the Herb Kohl Teacher Fellowship program is to recognize and support teaching excellence and innovation in the State of Wisconsin, USA. Our goal is to support teachers in the pursuit of their unrealized goals for their classrooms or professional development. Annually, the Foundation awards one hundred Wisconsin teachers with $1,000 Kohl Fellowship grants, and each Kohl Fellowship recipient's school receives a matching $1,000 grant. Recipients' professional accomplishments are celebrated at a recognition luncheon in the spring. Wisconsin's religious and independent schools receive a proportionate number of the total fellowships awarded each year.

To be eligible to compete for a fellowship, a teacher must be nominated by a: 
* parent 
* teacher 
* student 
* community member, or 
* school administrator


Classroom teachers in Pre-K through grade 12 who plan to continue teaching in their current capacity for at least the following year are eligible for nomination.

Nomination Form   -   To nominate an elementary teacher, high school teacher or preschool/child care teacher (associated with an elementary school), use this form.

Nomination Form   -  To nominate an administrator (preschool, elementary or high school) or a preschool/child care teacher in a freestanding preschool/child care, complete the nomination form below.


Nominations are due September 26.


directoryDirectory Form
If you have not completed a School Directory Form for your school, preschool or child care, please complete the form and return it to the District office ASAP.

List of School Directory Forms Needed

liceLice Policies

School districts are encouraged to review their lice policies if they have not done so recently. Both the American Academy of Pediatrics and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention recommend allowing students to remain in the school classroom until the end of the day, rather than sending a child home immediately if lice are found. It keeps children in class, as well as reduces the stigma for the child with lice. Parents can be notified and advised to remove or treat the lice before returning to school the next day.


It is also recommended that schools discontinue "no-nit" policies for the following reasons:

  • Many nits are more than 1/4 inch from the scalp. Such nits are usually not viable and very unlikely to hatch to become crawling lice, or may in fact be empty shells, also known as casings.
  • Nits are cemented to hair shafts and are very unlikely to be transferred successfully to other people.
  • The burden of unnecessary absenteeism to the students, families and communities far outweights the risks associated with head lice.
  • Misdiagnosis of nits is very common during nit checks conducted by nonmedical personnel.


CDC website

NLSATrainingNLSA Captains and Consultants Training

Monday, October 13, 2014

10:00 - 2:45 (lunch included)

District Office



Register online by Friday, October 3.

All participants will need to have access to the Captain and Consultant Manuals, available on the Lutheran School Portal, under the NLSA tab, as well as Section 5 (per attachment).



Introducing the Hands of Ministry Drawing Contest! Submit your child's drawing of your pastor's traced and colored hand by Oct. 4 and win your congregation up to $250 for continued ministry: 


Enter your child's drawing to show appreciation for all that your pastor does and you could win up to $250 for your congregation!



Download our coloring page, have your child trace their pastor's hand, color, then scan or photograph your drawing and submit it by Oct. 4. Then, from Oct. 5-11 come back once a day to vote for your child's drawing! On Oct. 12 (Pastor Appreciation Day), we will announce the winners! Your photo will be uploaded on LCEF's Facebook page for all to see! The top five artists whose drawings receive the most votes will receive a cash prize for their congregation. Multiple entries per congregation are accepted.
Don't forget to invite your family, friends and congregation members to vote as well!


One vote per person per day.


DuedatesReport/Form/Registration Due Dates
September 26
  • Kohl teacher fellowship nomination
October 1
  • NLSA Fees to Synod and District
October 3
  • NLSA Captains and Consultants registration

November 26
  • Kohl student excellence nominations
AroundtheDistrictAround the District

Buy Your Matthew West Tickets

October 19, 2014 @ 6 p.m.

Riverside Theater


A night of fellowship and great music.


The Lutheran High School Association Presents a very special evening with Matthew West. 


 eventsUpcoming Events
September 22 - Parent Event with Dr. Tim Elmore, Milwaukee Lutheran High School

September 23 - Administrators' Conference, Concordia University Wisconsin

October 11 - Lutheran Grade School State Cross Country Meet - Concordia University Wisconsin

October 13 - NLSA Captains and Consultants Training, District office

October 24-26 - Lutheran Grade School State Volleyball Championship
November 7 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale

November 7-8 - CLECT Seminar, Concordia University Wisconsin

November 14 - PCW Conference, Olympia Resort, Oconomowoc



January 14-16 - POLS, Christ Lutheran Church, Phoenix, AZ


January 31 - Passionate Believers Conference, Divine Redeemer Lutheran Church and School, Hartland

February 6-7 - CLECT Seminary, St. John Lutheran Church, Portage

February 12-14 - LEA National Administrators' Conference, Orlando, Florida

February 13 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale 


June 7-9 - District Convention, Concordia University Wisconsin


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


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

Passionate Believers...Confessing Christ!

Mark L'Heureux
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

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