Weekly Schools Notes
South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
"God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord."
I Corinthians 1:9 (ESV)
March 7, 2016
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LCEF south wisconsin district
Lutheran Church Extenstion Fund
Share Your Stories
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 cody@swd.lcms.org
A  few years back, my former school started an Art Auction. In an effort to distinguish this auction from all of the other school auctions, it was decided that this auction would only sell artwork. A 
couple of takeaways from this experience: 
  1. Student art always looks better in a frame! It's amazing how good a paper snowflake looked when it was professionally matted and framed in black. Instead of being relegated to a few weeks on the kitchen fridge, parents paid $50 to hang it in the house (or at least paid $50 out of guilt...)
  2. Beauty is definitely in the eye of the beholder. What some people paid money for was beyond me. Seriously, some of this art I would have paid people to take away from my house!
Thank God He doesn't look at us like this! We confess each week that we are born sinful and unclean. He could easily look at us in our sinful state and do nothing. Further, He could rightly cast us away. Yet, we also confess the need for Christ's love and forgiveness. Without this forgiveness, we are ugly. We are sinful. But because of Jesus' death and resurrection, God looks at us and no longer sees wretched human beings. Rather he looks at us and sees bought and redeemed Children of God. As we continue our Lenten journey, I encourage you to look at each other as redeemed Children of God and remember the sacrifice that was made so that we could be called as such.


volunteersVolunteers Needed - Synod Convention

Volunteers - MANY volunteers - are needed for the LCMS National Convention July 9-14!  

Any amount of time that you can commit to this exciting event will be a
great experience for you and a huge help to the convention committee!
You will have an opportunity to see your synod at work.

Click here for a Convention Volunteer Form and brief job descriptions to choose from.

Feel free to call the District office (414-464-8100) if you have
further questions about anything.

Please share this with your staff!

LSNLutheran Schools Night at Miller Park
Lutheran Schools Night at Miller Park
Saturday, April 23

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Milwaukee Brewers

6:10 pm

$17  -  Loge Outfield Box

General Information for schools and churches

Student Ticket Order Form - students fill out this form and return it to the school office

Ticket Order Form - schools/churches use this to submit their order

Individual Order Form - churches use this form for their members
literacyDFI, DPI Literacy Grant Program
DFI, DPI Announce $150,000 Financial Literacy Grant Program for K-12 Education 
The Wisconsin Department of Financial Institutions (DFI) and the Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction (DPI) today announced a $150,000 statewide grant program to encourage Wisconsin's K-12 school districts to incorporate personal finance education into their curricula.
"This grant program offers an exciting opportunity for schools to build new programs and teach children about the world of personal finance," Governor Scott Walker said. "Through continued efforts from community leaders and government we can give our children the tools they need to take control of their financial futures and achieve their dreams in Wisconsin."
The application deadline is April 20, 2016. DPI, which is administering the program, will begin accepting nominations March 1. The application is online at http://dpi.wi.gov/finance. Award recipients will be notified by e-mail on May 31, 2016. Grant money will be made available to grantees on July 1, 2016.
"Financial literacy is a skill that affects so many different aspects of adult life," said State Superintendent Tony Evers. "Giving our kids access to personal finance courses during their school years helps better prepare them for success in college and career. I would encourage educators and district leaders not currently offering financial literacy to explore applying for this grant."
The intent of this program is to support the efforts of individual teachers and school districts to begin new and sustainable financial literacy programs and events. Teachers in K-12 school districts are eligible to apply for awards of up to $10,000 and may submit proposals for each school level - elementary, middle, and high schools. Project proposals that focus on addressing student loan debt or on improving college and career readiness of students through new and creative programs will be given priority.

To read the press release in full, click here.

RosaThe First Rosa

At last, The First Rosa is available to all LCMS teachers and students.
To view the closed-captioned version of "The First Rosa,"go to vimeo.com/thelcms/thefirstrosa and then enter the following password: thefirstrosa
To assist LCMS educators, age-appropriate curricula have also been developed to accompany the film. Materials for preschool through high school students are available at
Like you, Rosa Young had a passion for educating children and sharing the Gospel. She accomplished extraordinary things for her community and the kingdom of God, eventually being named the "Mother of Black Lutheranism in Central Alabama." She was instrumental in founding and promoting 30 Lutheran elementary schools and 35 Lutheran congregations in Alabama's "Black Belt." But her legacy isn't confined only to Alabama; her students went on to become LCMS teachers and pastors, serving schools and congregations around the country. Perhaps you even know someone who was once one of her students!
This short, 42-minute film tells the story of Rosa and the many obstacles - from the boll weevil to the Ku Klux Klan - that she overcame in her quest to bring quality education and the message of Christ to young people. Teachers are encouraged to view the film to find encouragement in their own profession and also to consider how the film might inspire others to become teachers and church workers. 

preretirementPre-Retirement Workshop
Pre-Retirement Workshop
Saturday, April 9, 2016
South Wisconsin District Office

This FREE workshop is designed for all professional church workers of any age (and their spouses), but is especially important for those within 20 years of retirement. It is intended to help you understand the process of planning for retirement, and all of the decisions that go into deciding when to retire.

Advanced registration is required.
To register for this workshop please contact:
Karen at the District office.
414-464-8100, ext. 743

SOSSpring Luncheon and Silent Auction for the SOS Center

Spring Luncheon & Silent Auction
fundraiser for SOS ministry 
Sunday, April 24, 2016
Klemmer's Banquet Center
10401 W. Oklahoma Ave., Milwaukee
12:30 to 3 p.m.
Tickets:   $40 each or $300 for a table of 8
Come to support one of our most vital ministries to our children-our future-in urban Milwaukee!
Come to enjoy fellowship and lunch with friends supporting a common cause.
Come for the fun of finding an interesting theme basket or items to take home. 
(Contact Johnnie Fields,jfieldsjr@sbcglobal.net if you'd like to donate to the auction.)
To order tickets or for more information, contact Sheila at
 or 414-449-9964.
Prayers for:
  • Rob Lunak as he has accepted the call to be principal at St. Paul's, Janesville
whereischrisWhere in the District was Chris?

Wednesday, March 2

Martin Luther High School

Thursday, March 3

Congregation Meeting
Good Shepherd

Saturday, March 5

LSA Lutheran Grade School State Basketball
Tournament of Champions 

Sunday, March 6
 New Building Dedication
Concordia, Sturtevant 

 eventsUpcoming Events

               Hilton City Center, Milwaukee

April 9 - Pre-Retirement Workshop, District office

April 10 - Teaching the Faith Workshop, Bethlehem, Sheboygan

April 11 - Spring Pastors' Conference, Oshkosh

April 23 - Lutheran Schools Night at Miller Park 

April 25 - Teaching the Faith Workshop, Hales Corners, Hales Corners 
May 1 - Teaching the Faith Workshop, St. John's, West Bend

May 15 - District and personal financial aid applications due
July 9-14 - Synod Convention, Milwaukee

July 16-20 - National Youth Gathering, New Orleans

August 5 - Early Childhood Literacy Festival, Concordia University Wisconsin

August 12 - New Worker Orientation - District Office

August 15 - Firm Foundations

October 13-15 - LEA Convocation, Grand Rapids, MI

November 4 - Firm Foundations 

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

SWD School Ministry | 414-464-8100, ext. 3  |  FAX - 414-464-0602
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Milwaukee, WI 53222
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