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 23, 2016
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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
As I walked into St. Paul's Lutheran Church in Grafton on Sunday for the 25thTeaching Anniversary for Denise Gieschen, I was in a good mood. When I saw that the final hymn was How Great thou Art, I was in a great mood. When I realized it was Trinity Sunday, I must admit that my mood quickly soured. Why? In my mind, Trinity Sunday means reciting the Athanasian Creed...the longest one. Trinity Sunday usually means that the sermon will focus on trying to explain the Holy Trinity, which isn't really possible. During this particular sermon, I couldn't help but think about how someone who was not raised Lutheran
would feel trying to figure this all out. "So, there are three people, but not really? How are they all separate, but still one?" If I as a born and raised Lutheran struggle to understand this concept, how much more difficult would it be for someone new to the Church? As our schools are filling with increasingly non-Lutheran students, how can we help these children and families understand difficult concepts like the Trinity? Jesus himself answered this question. "Truly I tell you, unless you change and become like little children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven" (Matthew 18:3). We help these children and families understand difficult concepts like the Trinity by having a childlike faith. A faith that trusts in things that are unseen. The older we get, the more difficult this becomes. I still don't fully understand the Trinity, it's a mystery. But like a child who believes the words of his parents, I have faith in what it is...Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.

 calldocCall Documents
The call documents are no longer available on the calls.cph.org website.

They are now available on the following website:


Please contact Robin for the Username and Password.  
themesSchool Year Themes
Yearly Themes for Schools Announced!

The LCMS School Ministry Office is pleased to annouce the yearly themes for the next two school years! We have aligned the themes for NLSW and Chapel Talks for the coming years so that we are using a single theme for all publications for the entire year.  Please see below for the upcoming yearly themes as well as the dates for the National Lutheran Schools Week celebrations for the specific years:
2016 - 2017 Theme: Upon this Rock
Theme Verse: "Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock"
(Is. 26:4 ESV)
NLSW Dates: January 22-28, 2017
2017 - 2018 Theme: It's Still All About Jesus!
Theme Verse: "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday and today and forever" (Heb. 13:8 ESV)
NLSW Dates: January 21-27, 2018
SMART™ Level 1: SMART Board™ Functionality & SMART Notebook™ Essentials
Tuesday, August 9, 2016
8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Cost:  $125 ($25 discount per person with 3 or more registrations from the same school district)

SMART™ Certified Education Trainer (SCET)
July 11-13, 2016
8:30 am - 4:30 pm 
Cost: $1575 ($100 discount per person with 2 or more registrations from the same school district)
As you fill your vacancies, please let Robin know so that we can keep
the District website current. Click below to see what is currently posted.

Current Vacancy Listing 
LFCULutheran Federal Credit Union

Lutheran Federal Credit Union is designed with you in mind, with the added benefit of support for the LCMS community nationwide.
Attached Resources:
Contact Information:
Phone (Toll Free): (844) 430-1563
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Please reach out to them if you have any additional questions as they are more than willing to help where they can!


noahsYouth and Family Day at Noah's Ark

Friday, June 24

Invite your family, friends and neighbors!

Cost:   $29

Register your group by Wednesday, June 15.


golfSWD Church Worker Golf Outing
Monday, August 8

SWD Church Worker Golf Outing
Horicon Hills Golf Club

Once again it will be held at the Horicon Hills Golf Club
(formerly Rock River Hills) in Horicon.

Registration cost:  $42 per person includes 18 holes of golf, a cart and lunch.
Check-in at 8:30 a.m.
Shot-gun tee-off time will be at 9:00 a.m.

Plan now to enjoy a day of fun and fellowship with your co-workers in our District!
ECCEarly Childhood Directors' Retreat

Early Childhood Directors' Retreat 
Saturday, June 11

 Christ the Life Preschool and Childcare
9 am - 3 pm

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
PRESENTERS:      Kristin Souers and Pete Hall

$65 per person

This year's Fall Administrator Conference will feature Kristin Souers and Pete Hall, authors of Fostering Resilient Learners: Strategies for Creating a Trauma-Sensitive Classroom. This conference will help our administrators understand what trauma is and how it effects all students in the classroom, develop strategies to create trauma-sensitive classroom and school, and challenge our perceptions of destructive student behaviors and negative behavior cycles.

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

f you are a member of ASCD:
Other options:
Prayers for: 
  • William Sitas, Jr. as he has received a call to be principal/teacher at St. Peter's, Reedsburg.
  • The family of Rev. Willie Little who was called Home on Tuesday, May 17.
  • Rev. Peter Kelm as he begins radiation.
whereischrisWhere in the District was Chris?
Tuesday, May 17

School Visits

Immanuel, Mayville

Trinity, Oshkosh

Hope Preschool, Fond du Lac
In His Hands Child Enrichment Center, Pella, Waupun 
St. John, Berlin

Christ, Weyauwega
Grace Preschool, Omro

Wednesday, May 18


St. Paul's, Grafton
Thursday, May 19
School Visits  

St. John's Little Saints Learning Center, Edgerton 

Loving Arms Christian Preschool 

St. Paul's Preschool 
Union Grove 

Good Shepherd, East Troy

St. Peter's Preschool

In His Arms Early Childhood Center

Sunday, May 29

Teacher Anniversary Recognition
Denise Gieschen - 25 yrs.
 eventsUpcoming Events

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
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Milwaukee, WI 53222
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