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)
October 19, 2015
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"From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked." (Luke 12:48b)

In the picture on the right, you will see a group of students at a chapel service at Concordia Lutheran School in Palmar Arriba, Dominican Republic. As many of you know, the South Wisconsin District is a managing partner with the missions in the Dominican Republic and I was able to attend last week's meetings and tour the schools. I was aware of our partnership in the Dominican, but to be honest, I was unsure whether or not it was something that was worthwhile. My thought had been that we have plenty of needs right here in our own SWD that we should be supporting. I couldn't have been more wrong. To be sure, we have poverty in our District. Many of our students and families struggle to afford a Lutheran education and many more toil endlessly at barely make a living wage. This does not come close to the poverty I witnessed in the Dominican, especially in Palmar Arriba where Concordia Lutheran School is located. While I witnessed the poverty (tin roofs, unclean water, etc.), I also witnessed a love for the Gospel of Jesus that was bold. I witnessed faith in the students that was mature beyond their years. Our partner schools in the Dominican Republic are striving to do what we do so well here in SWD - provide a strong, Lutheran Christian education to students. On the flight home, the verse above kept coming to mind. We have been given much in our District. Our schools, even with the struggles we face, serve as bold witnesses to the Gospel. We have a tremendous opportunity, and responsibility, to continue our partnership with the Dominican Republic. I look forward to brainstorming ways that our SWD schools can support our sister schools in the Dominican.   
statsSchool Statistical Report Forms are DUE NOVEMBER 1
If you have not yet submitted your school statistics on the Lutheran School Portal, please do so ASAP. Time is running out.

School Statistical Report Forms are due by November 1.
CPSCPS Retirement Webinars

CPS will be hosting a series of webinars titled "From Mystery to Mastery" for workers that will focus on how to prepare for retirement at any stage.  Individuals will receive postcards at home with information pertinent to their current age.  Samples of the post cards are below.
Below are the titles, dates, recommended audience, and link for registration.   Please encourage your workers to join us.
From Mystery to Mastery:  Taming Your Finances
An overview of financial planning basics -- budgeting, credit, debit and understanding your finances.

When:   Monday, October 19
Time:    6:30 pm
Recommended Audience:   Everyone

From Mystery to Mastery:  Transforming Your Finances
Retirement planning for beginners and how to save early in your career.

When:     Thursday, October 22
Time:       6:30 pm
Recommended Audience:   Under age 35
From Mystery to Mastery:  Training Your Finances
Now What (discussion of what to do once you've handled the basics, are in mid-career -- issues like finding disposable income).

When:     Wednesday, November 4
Time:       6:30 pm
Recommended Audience:   Ages 35 - 50

From Mystery to Mastery:  Tailoring Your Finances
Pre-retirement planning.

When:    Thursday, November 19   
Time:      6:30 pm
Recommended Audience:   Age 50+

Feel free to contact our Customer Care Specialists toll-free at 888-927-7526 for additional information.
reformationReformation Resources
The new Lutheran Reformation Celebration resource website is now live!  From now until the end of 2017, resources for schools, congregations, and all Lutherans will be posted as they come available.  This is meant to be the primary location for resources in celebration of the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, so please push this information out to your schools and congregations whenever possible. 
Lutheran Reformation Website:

Additionally, the LCMS School Ministry Office will be producing educational resources specifically focused on the Reformation, and the timeline and description of each of these resources can be found in the attached PDF.  Each of the resources produced will be available on the Lutheran Reformation website as well as the new LuthEd website.

TTFTeaching the Faith Workshop

Teaching the Faith 2015

November 11, 2015

Kalahari Resort and Convention Center

Wisconsin Dells

If you are not attending the North/South Teachers' 

Conference, click on the button to the right to register.





NSteachersN/S Teachers' Conference

November 12-13, 2015

Kalahari Resort and Convention Center

Wisconsin Dells


Let's RAP at the Dells!

Relationships, Analysis, Practice!


All conference information is available on the District website.


Room reservations need to be made by Saturday, October 10.


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


There are rooms available in our block for Thursday, November 12. An email was sent to all administrators and principals with information to share with your families.


kohlKohl Scholarships

WCRIS is happy to once again administer the Herb Kohl Education Foundation scholarships this year on behalf of our members and the students they serve. This year each award has been increased to $3,000! These awards are a tremendous opportunity for your schools to recognize and honor the achievements of your students and teachers. The deadlines are fast approaching and it is very important that we make these opportunities available to our teachers and students. 

Student Excellence Award
14 students from religious and independent schools will be selected out of 100 statewide, and awarded a $3,000 scholarship for post-secondary education.
Excellence Scholarship application forms will be provided to schools in September. Schools should make applications available to all interested students. Completed applications must be received by the District office no later than November 25, 2015.

PLEASE NOTE:  All Excellence Scholarship and Fellowship applications must be typed.  For your convenience, both applications are provided in a format that is compatible with Microsoft Word. 


October 8-11

Concordia Lutheran School 

Palmar Arriba
Dominican Republic



                                       October 12-13

                                 Pastors' Conference

                                        Stoney Creek

October 14

Granville Lutheran School

NLSA Certificate Presentation
 eventsUpcoming Events

November 6 - Firm Foundations, Martin Luther High School, Greendale

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, Martin Luther High School, Greendale 

April 7-9 - LEA Administrators' Conference and Admissions Counselor Summit, Hilton City Center, Milwaukee
July 9-14 - Synod Convention, Milwaukee

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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