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)
May 2, 2016
 In This Issue
Lutheran School Portal Updated


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
Why is Ascension so important?
Christmas. Palm Sunday. Good Friday. Easter. Each of these celebrations on the Church year are marked with pretty distinct traditions and are met with fairly full churches. But, what about Ascension Day? Growing up, I certainly don't remember going to a special church service for Ascension Day. In the Apostles Creed, I say with fervor that Jesus was "crucified, died and was buried...he descended into hell..." And, then, I almost passively recite "he ascended into heaven," as if it isn't a big deal. So, why is it a big deal? For 40 days after his resurrection, Jesus stayed on earth teaching His disciples. When he ascended and left our earthly world, he went to heaven where He reigns and is our King. Given the recent political climate in our country, this is a big deal. Our hope, faith, and trust can be placed in a Heavenly King...not in the princes of this world (Psalm 146:3). Our Heavenly King reigns eternally. Our Heavenly King directs our paths. Our Heavenly King has gone to prepare a place for us...and this is a promise that we can count on. This is a promise that we must share with our communities and our students. So, I guess you could say that Ascension Day is kind of a big deal...


LSPLutheran School Portal Update

As you have heard for the last few months, the LS Portal and LEIF will cease to exist on June 30, 2016. The LCMS Office of School Ministry does have a basic outline of changes that you may choose to share with your staff, located here:

One important item included in this link relates to saving school statistical data prior to June 30. Here is the excerpt:
"Once the current Lutheran School Portal closes, individual schools will NOT have the ability to directly access previous years' Early Childhood Center and School Statistical Reports. However, upon completion of a yearly update through the new process, schools will be prompted to print (or save to PDF) their completed Statistical Form and we encourage every school to do so for their records and future NLSA reporting. Additionally, District office staff will have access to previous years' Reports for all schools within their District. One further note to make is that schools need to
access their Portal accounts between now and June 30, 2016 in order to save a copy of all of their previous yearly Early Childhood Center and School Statistical Report forms. This can be accomplished by entering the "Services" tab and selecting "School Stats - Historical" from the list. Once there, selecting the specific "School Year" will bring up the previous Statistical Reports which can then be printed in paper form or printed electronically to PDF."

form5578Form 5578

Every organization that claims exemption from federal income tax under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code and that operates, supervises, or controls a private school(s) must file a certification of racial nondiscrimination.

This form must be filed annually by the 15th day of the 5th month following the end of the organization's calendar year or fiscal period.

Form 5578 

financialaidDistrict Financial Aid

Applications due May 15

If you know someone who is studying to be a full-time church worker (pastor, teacher, lay minister, deaconess, director of parish music, etc.), are attending a Concordia University or Seminary and are a member of an LCMS church in the South Wisconsin District, please share this information with them.

The District has money available to help support their road to being a church worker.
There are two forms they need to complete and both are on the District website:

noahsYouth and Family Day at Noah's Ark


Friday, June 24

Invite your family, friends and neighbors!

literacySummer LIteracy Institute

June 16, 2016: 8:30AM-3:30PM & June 17, 2016: 8:30AM-12:30PM

Concordia University Wisconsin
12800 N Lakeshore Dr, Mequon, WI

Presented by:   Dr. Steven Witt, Dr. Val Keiper, Professor Cheryl Cario 
                           and Professor Kristen Braatz.

Keynote Speaker:   Dr. Michael Ford

Institute includes:   Reading Workshop Framework, Guided Reading, Tips for
                                  nonfiction writing, Questioning for Comprehension, Literature
                                  Circles, Fountas and Pinnel Assessment, and Teachers' College
                                  Writer's Institute

Space is limited so please register early to guarantee your spot!

CLICK HERE for cost and registration form.

golfSWD Church Worker Golf Outing


SWD Church Worker Golf Outing

Monday, August 8

Rock River Hills

More details soon!

screenOverhead Projector Screen Needed

Pilgrim Lutheran School in Wauwatosa is in need of an overhead projector screen and stand for their chapels. If you have any laying around or old ones that were taken down when smart boards were put up, please contact Kim Lyskawa - kimberly.lyskawa@cuw.edu


As you begin to fill your teacher vacancies for next year, please e-mail Robin 
so we can remove the posting from the District website.

ECCEarly Childhood Directors' Retreat

Early Childhood Directors' Retreat 
Saturday, June 11

 Christ the Life Preschool and Childcare
9 am - 3 pm

volunteersVolunteers Needed - Synod Convention
Pages and Ushers are still 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!

HFJHearts for Jesus
Thank you to those who have given chapel offerings for the Hearts for Jesus project:
SOS Center

Please send your check and the form below to:

South Wisconsin District 
Attn:  School Ministry
8100 W. Capitol Dr.
Milwaukee, WI  53222

PrincipalsconfPrincipals' Conference
WHEN:        Monday, September 19
WHERE:    Concordia University Wisconsin
                   Terrace Room

Kristin Souers and Pete Hall

$65 per person

Participants will need to purchase the book "Fostering Resilient Learners." Here are several links:

f you are a member of ASCD:


Other options:
Online registration will be available in May.
Prayers for:
  • Principals and teachers as we near the end of another school year.
whereischrisWhere in the District was Chris?
Tuesday, April 26, 2016
Synod Convention Planning Meeting
District Office 

Wednesday, April 27, 2016

Chapel/School Visit
Grace Lutheran School, Oak Creek

PDP Overview Training
District Office
 eventsUpcoming Events

May 15 - District and personal financial aid applications due
              NLSA Reports due

June 11 - Early Childhood Directors' Retreat, Christ the Life, Waukesha

June 24 - Youth and Family Day at Noah's Ark
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

September 19 - Principals' Conference, Concordia University Wisconsin

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
8100 West Capitol Drive
Milwaukee, WI 53222
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