South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
Weekly Schools Notes
"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
I Corinthians 1:9 (ESV)
August 10, 2015
 In This Issue


   - Prayer Requests

LCEF south wisconsin district
Lutheran Church Extenstion Fund
Summer Camps

In her recent article on, Anne OBrien focused on the importance of back to school communications. I encourage you to read the article, which you can find here. One critical component to these communications was to leverage every communication tool to "get your message across." Many of our communications with parents in the next few weeks will be about school policies, procedures, and expectations. Teachers will talk about classroom rules, homework, and discipline. There is so much information to get across to our parents and students in the before school home visits and orientations that it can be easy to brush aside or not emphasize the one message that needs to be heard clearly by everyone we encounter in our Lutheran schools: the saving Gospel message of Jesus. May everyone we encounter in the days leading up to the beginning of the school year know that Jesus is the reason for our schools.


"Spirit of love, within us move:

Spirit of truth, in pow'r come down!

So shall they hear and find and prove

Christ is their life, their joy, their crown."

"How Shall They Hear," Who Have Not Heard (LSB 831, V.5)


PortalLutheran School Portal Changes


Effective June 2016, there will be changes to the Lutheran School Portal. You will be receiving an email with the changes and want you will need to do prior to June 2016.


HFJHearts for Jesus 2015/2016



The Hearts for Jesus chapel offerings this year will be directed to the SOS Center. Look for more information on this in the next few weeks as well as other opportunities for your schools to be involved with the SOS Center.


storiesShare your Stories

I am always looking for stories happening within our Lutheran schools to share with others. Great things happen in the Lutheran schools of the South Wisconsin District and I want to be able to share these. If you have something you feel is worth sharing, email me at 


nlswNational Lutheran Schools Week Resources


The resources available this year for the NLSW celebration can be found at and include the following items for use:

  1. 2016 NLSW Resource Manual with Daily Themes, Devotions, and Worship Elements
  2. 2016 NLSW Theme Poster
  3. 2016 NLSW Daily Theme Posters
  4. Graphics Files for the 2016 NLSW Celebration
  5. PowerPoint Templates for Worship Design and Development
  6. And Much More!
schoolvisitSchool Visits


School visits are starting to be scheduled with the schools on the western, northern and southern parts of the District first. If you received an email from Robin, please contact her to schedule your visit.


ECEarly Childhood Director's Retreat



October 17, 2015
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
Living Word Child Development Center
2240 Living Word Ln.

"It's a Cakewalk in Faith"

Presenter:   Gretchen Huesmann

Being a childcare director is like a cake walk... in faith. Sometimes being a  director is sweet, but it can get a little messy. It takes a lot of ingredients - love, joy, patience, teamwork, cooperation, determination, time, but most important of all is our faith in our Lord Jesus.

Join us for a day of devotions, rejuvenation with our keynote speaker Gretchen Huesmann, and fun as we decorate cakes and share ideas with other directors in the LCMS South Wisconsin District. You can   literally have your cake and eat it too!

Cost - includes lunch (and cake) :
$25 - by August 15
$35 - August 16-October 7





NSteachersN/S Teachers' Conference

November 12-13, 2015

Kalahari Resort and Convention Center

Wisconsin Dells


Let's RAP at the Dells!  

Relationships, Analysis, Practice!


Registration, lodging and more information is available on the District website.


Lodging room types have been updated on the website - 5/11/15.


Early Childhood Workshop - Teaching the Faith - will be held on Wednesday, November 11.


AroundtheDistrictAround the District
Great things happen in the Lutheran schools of the South Wisconsin District and I want to be able to share these with others. Events, teacher or student recognition, etc.
Please send your article and picture to Chris.

Prayer Request

Prayers for Rev. Peter Kelm while he continues with chemotherapy.

Prayers for administrators and teachers as they prepare for another school year.
 eventsUpcoming Events


August 11 - New Worker Orientation, District office


August 14 - Firm Foundations

September 29 - Administrators' Conference, CUW 

October 17 - EC Director's Retreat, Living Word Child Development Center, Jackson


November 6 - Firm Foundations|

November 11 - Teaching the Faith Workshop - Kalahari Resort, WI Dells 


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



January 24 - Teacher of the Year Dinner

January 24-30 - National Lutheran Schools Week

February 5 - WCRIS Leadership Conference

February 5-6 - C-LECT, Concordia University Wisconsin

February 12 - Firm Foundations 

July 9-14 - Synod Convention, Mlwaukee


July 16-20 - National Youth Gathering, New Orleans

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!

Chris Cody
Education Executive

Robin Mueller
Administrative Assistant

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