South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
"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)
March 2, 2015
 In This Issue

  - Prayer Requests




Every part of our Lord's life was centered and guided

by His continuing communication with the Father.

~  Henry Blackaby


delegatesDistrict Convention

All the information and registration forms for the District Convention,

June 7-9, at Concordia University Wisconsin are available on the District website.

Commissionined Minister Advisory Delegates for the 2016 Synod Convention


In accordance with the Synodical Handbook, all ordained and commissioned ministers whose names appear on the official roster of the SWD are required to attend the Convention. Rostered commissioned ministers, even if retired or not serving, are advisory delegates and may not act as a lay delegate.


For every 60 rostered Ministers of Reglion--Commissioned, the SWD is entitled to 1 advisory delegate [Bylay] to the national LCMS Convention in Milwaukee, July 9-14, 2016. The election of these delegates and alternates (13 each) will take place during registration at the SWD Convention at CUW, June 7, 2015.


Please share the following form with all of your rostered commissioned workers.

Advisory Delegate Nomination Form  - Due April 30.


Online registration is now open and the registration forms are available on the District website.

taxTuition Tax Deduction - please share with your families
The annual dreaded tax season features a silver lining for private school parents this year. The historic private school tuition tax deduction that WCRIS fought for during the last state budget is now ready for collection.
The new deduction will provide up to $30 million in tax relief for taxpayers with children in private schools.

This is a wonderful benefit, but only if parents remember to use it. Many parents don't know the deduction is available, and if the benefit is underused, opponents could argue that it is unnecessary. 

Don't let that happen. Please encourage your school parents to seek the deduction when they file their taxes. An easy way for schools to help their families is to print  the one-page tax form from the WCRIS website and send it home with students. Writing in your school name in the first column, and school/church Federal Employer Identification Number (FEIN) in the  third column, will give parents a great head start.

If you have questions, don't hesitate to contact WCRIS, view WCRIS' recent press release or click here
 for more information. We are here to help

Teachers and Administrators who received Wisconsin Certification, from Birth-High School, after 2004, are required to complete a Professional Development Plan, or PDP. They may be Initial Educators, those having their first license, or Professional Educators, those holding their second and successive licenses. Teachers who received a teaching license before 2004 MAY also complete a PDP instead of taking 6 credits.


The SWD has a person available who has extensive knowledge of this process and is willing to present seminars about the PDP process. This person is also able to coach individual teachers while they prepare their PDPs, as well as sign their goals and completed PDPs as a teacher or IHE.


We are trying to determine whether there is a need or interest in this service. The initial idea, if there is enough interest, is to hold a workshop to help and support those needing to complete a PDP. If you have a teacher who is in need to assistance through the PDP process, please contact Mark.

QEI Flyer 

mentoringMentoring Program

This year again, SWD will be supporting the New Teacher Mentor Program. Data has shown that mentoring programs are valuable and beneficial to new teachers in their first year of teaching.  


This "intentional" mentoring program is designed to assist and resource new teachers who may be considered "at risk" within the first weeks of school. With a hands-on approach and personal intentionality, our hope would be to take good teachers that have been well prepared and give them the personal and professional confidences to be productive and efficient, as well as help build them a system of support as related to the school's mission.  Our teachers are our most valuable resource - we can't expect everything they needed to know has been accomplished in a four year program.


If having a new teacher in your building for the upcoming school year, and looking for ways to support them, please contact Mark (email link to my name).  The following link also describes the different options.  Pending approval, District support for Level A is $1,000 and Level B is $600.


Mentoring Program Options

TEC21 registration for 2015/2016 opened Feb. 1, 2015. Join one of the most relevant professional development communities available to Lutheran schools.



TEC21 opens registration this year with 16 workshop centers in Arizona, California, Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska, Oklahoma and Wisconsin. We encourage your early registration of one or two teachers. Open workshop seats will be filled on a first-come, first-serve basis. 


On behalf of Lutheran educators, TEC21 continues to explore and offer best practices in learning. TEC21 teachers are connecting to the best technology ideas and applications. TEC21 teachers are connecting with educators across the country who are captivating their students with new technology tools. 


Trends in learning require we keep pace in the classroom. In today's tech-saturated world, your decision to participate in the TEC21 workshop in 2015 is a first critical domino. Join the community.




breachBCBS-MN and Anthem Breach

Here is a link on the Concordia Plan Services Public web site to an article titled "CHP Not Administered by Anthem Health - Update 2/24."



Below is the content of that news article:

We are in regular communication with Blue Cross Blue Shield of Minnesota (BCBS-MN), our health coverage administrator, about the Anthem data breach. While BCBS-MN and Anthem are separate companies, they have shared some member information with each other in the past.

Anthem has notified BCBS-MN that some CHP member data has been breached; this breach involves two levels of information:

  1. Approximately 200 former and current employee and dependent social security numbers were included in the breached data. These members will receive a letter from Concordia Plan Services shortly to confirm that they are in this group. These are the only CHP members whose social security numbers were breached.
  2. Data for additional former and current members, including name, address and birth date, was also obtained during the breach.

All affected former and current members will receive communications from BCBS-MN and Anthem beginning in March. The letters will detail the data obtained for each member and the identity protection plan that Anthem has put in place for all those impacted.


Both Concordia Plan Services and BCBS-MN are committed to protecting your information. We will continue to monitor this situation very closely and will provide updates when any new information becomes available.


If you have questions about this topic, please contact our Customer Care Representatives toll-free at 888-927-7526.


leaLEA Webinar Invitation

You are invited to register for


Effective School Tours


Presented by Dana Murray (Dana was in our District three years ago presenting on Admissions Directors)

Admissions Counselor
Trinity Lutheran School, Burr Ridge, Ill

Saying and doing the right things during a tour can make the difference in whether or not a family enrolls in your school. I'll present my method of conducting a school tour and the three things that I changed this year which I believe helped us enroll an additional 25%.

Please register for Effective School Tours on Mar 9, 2015 6:30 PM CDT at:



After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. LEA members have access to LEA webinars by virtue of their membership. Nonmembers may participate for a $40 fee.

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Edward Grube
Lutheran Education Association
River Forest, Ill. 708-209-3343
lea@lea.org     ed.grube@lea.org    
lutheranschoolsnightLutheran Schools Night at Miller Park

Saturday, April 11, 2015

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Pittsburgh Pirates


$17 tickets - Loge Outfield Box


Special food pricing at Miller Park:

$4 - nachos & domestic beer, $1 - small sodas & hot dogs 


Orders due at the District office by Wed., March 25. 


Flyer      General Information      Student Ticket Order form       School Ticket Order form

AroundtheDistrictAround the District

Prayer Request

Please keep Mark L'Heureux in your prayers as he has received a call to serve Christ Lutheran School, Lincoln, NE.

Please keep Wally Haas in your prayers as he goes through chemo.
 eventsUpcoming Events


March 6-8 - Lutheran Grade School State Basketball Tournament of Champions

March 25 - Lutheran Schools Night ticket orders are due


April 11 - Lutheran School Night at Miller Park - Brewers vs. Pirates 


April 12 - Teaching the Faith Workshop - Living Word Child Development Center, Jackson


April 27 - Teaching the Faith Workshop - Grace Lutheran Church, Menomonee Falls


April 30 - Advisory Delegate Nomination Forms due

May 3 - Teaching the Faith Workshop - Peace Lutheran Church, New Berlin 


June 7-9 - District Convention, Concordia University Wisconsin


August 7 - Early Childhood Literacy Festival, CUW


August 14 - New Worker Orientation, District office


August 14 - Firm Foundations


November 6 - Firm Foundations


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



February 5 - WCRIS Leadership Conference

February 12 - Firm Foundations 

July 9-14 - Synod Convention, Mlwaukee

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 for the Next Generation!

Mark L'Heureux
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

SWD School Ministry | 414-464-8102  |  FAX - 414-464-0602
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Milwaukee, WI 53222
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