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 17, 2015
 In This Issue

   - Prayer Requests

LCEF south wisconsin district
Lutheran Church Extenstion Fund
Summer Camps
Last Tuesday, we held a New Worker Orientation for teachers and administrators in the South Wisconsin District. After a great introduction from "Kid President" (video here), I focused our devotion on the question "What are you teaching the world?" We have a tremendous responsibility and opportunity as teachers in Lutheran schools. Many of our Lutheran schools are no longer primarily Lutheran. Statistically in the SWD, for every Lutheran student there is another student who is either non-Lutheran or unchurched. In fact, in the Milwaukee metro area, a Lutheran student in a Lutheran school is the minority.

This should not be seen as burdensome. Rather, this is a tremendous blessing and opportunity. Students are being dropped at the doors of our schools every day where we can freely share with them the Word and the Love of God. And so, the question remains, "What are we teaching the world?" If our primary motivation is not to spread the Gospel of Jesus (that he died for our sins) then Lutheran schools have no purpose. Why? Well, academically, there are public schools that can compete with our Lutheran schools. In terms of social-emotional learning, there are public schools that can do that as well. If we are not distinctly Lutheran, if we do not share that it is only by God's grace that we have been saved through faith, then why do we exist? No other schools can do this. This is our purpose... and that is what we are teaching the world. 
wcrisWCRIS Administrator's Conference
WCRIS leadership 2016

February 12, 2016
Country Springs Hotel

Registration will open in October, once we establish workshop content. In the meantime, for planning purposes, please share this information with your principals:
  • For individuals, the WCRIS 2016 Administrator's conference registration is $175 per person if you register before December 4, 2015.
  • For people registering in a group (with their WCRIS jurisdiction), the cost is $155 per person before December 4, 2015.
  • Registration after December 4, 2015 goes up to $195 per person for individuals and $175 per person for those registering in groups.
Registration includes the keynote and luncheon speakers, all workshops and materials, breakfast, lunch and a snack, and access to drawings for a free "Cage Busting Leadership" book and other prizes.

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.


Aadminconfdministrators' Conference
September 29, 2015
Concordia University Wisconsin
Terrace Room
7:30 am - 4:oo pm
Presenter:  Jo Ann Miller

In preparation, please complete the Clifton StrengthsFinder found in the Strengths Based Leadership book sent to you with your registration materials. It is a Web-based assessment that measures an individual's most dominant talents, regardless of position. Upon completing the assessment, print your Strengths report and bring it to the Conference. You may find like others that your talents seem very ordinary to you because they come so naturally. Yet they are special and make you a very unique leader! If you have already taken the assessment, you do not need to take it again, but please bring your report with you.
Cost:  $65  (includes materials, book and lunch)

Register before September 1.

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!
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.


LUMIN Opening Worship and Activities                                New Worker Orientation              

Monday, August 8, 2015                                          Tuesday, August 11, 2015


 eventsUpcoming Events


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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