Weekly Schools Notes
South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock " (Isaiah 26:4 ESV)
August 22, 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
"...he will never leave you nor forsake you..."
Deuteronomy 31:8
In my closing devotional thought in the Weekly Schools Note for 2015-2016, I referenced the Lord's command to Moses to leave Sinai. Moses was troubled, confused, and maybe even lacking in faith prior to the journey. God's response was "My Presence will go with you, and I will give you rest" (Exodus 33:14). So, where did you go this summer? Did you rest? Perhaps you found rest at the end of a pier watching the sunset over the lake. Or, maybe you found some rest in a hammock in the backyard. Some of you rested your minds while golfing, playing tennis, or participating in some other sport. Regardless of the method, I pray that you were able to find some rest this summer while remaining in the presence of God.

But, we are no longer at the beginning of summer. The start of the school year will be underway soon and you will no doubt find times when you are dreaming of that pier or the lake. When Moses was doubting his journey, God promised that His presence would go with him into the land of milk and honey. As Moses was preparing the next leader of the Israelites, Joshua, it was now Moses who was dispensing the advice and counsel. He told Joshua, "The LORD himself goes before you and will be with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged" (Deuteronomy 31:8). And so, we take this admonition from Moses with us to the start of this school year. The Lord goes before us. The Lord is with us. With these promises we can start our school year with faith, hope, and confidence.

CWUChurch Worker Update (CWU) System/CMIF/LUTHED
All Rostered church workers (Ordained and Commissioned) have been notified of the changes to the Church Worker Update (CWU) system.

An email has been sent to all Rostered workers who we have email addresses for and a hard-copy mailing is going out to those who we do not have an email for or whom have requested a paper form of the yearly update. Thus, all workers will be notified shortly that it is time to update their information in the new CWU system.

The LEIF is no long in existence. It has been replaced by the CMIF - Commissioned Minister Information Form.

To update/complete your CMIF, go to https://cwu.lcms.org/ and follow the prompts.

Encourage your faculty to do this before school starts and then on an
annual basis.
Letter and Email sent to all Commissioned Ministers

Reporter article related to the changes to the Church Worker Update system  

The Lutheran School Portal is no longer in existence. It has been replaced by LuthEd.org

This is free and has most, if not all, of the resources that the Portal had.

 nlsaNLSA Training
We will be holding an NLSA training event on Monday, September 12,
from 8 am - 12 pm at the District office.
Topics to be covered: 
  •    Recertification for captains and consultants
  •    New captain and consultant training
  •    Information for schools currently going through the accreditation process
Training is for principals, administrators/directors and teachers.
There is no cost for this training. To register, email Robin by Friday, September 2.

kohlKohl Teacher Fellowship/Student Scholarship

More information about the Teacher Fellowship and Student Scholarships will be available next week. 

LEALEA Convocation

October 13-15, 2016

Grand Rapids, MI 
PrincipalsconfAdministrators' Conference

WHEN:    Monday, September 19
PRESENTERS:      Kristin Souers and Pete Hall
COST:     $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:
If you are a member of ASCD:

Other options:

loansLCEF Service Challenge
  • Y.I. Back to School Service Contest, Aug 28 - Sept 25
  • Win $1,000 for Your LCMS ministry from LCEF
Our district Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) is hosting a Young Investors (Y.I.) Back to School Service Contest. 
You can win $1,000 for your Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) church/school! 
Any age can participate: Sunday school students, youth and adults. There will be a $1,000 winner from each LCMS district in Iowa, Minnesota, North Dakota and Wisconsin. 
How?! Share a video (two minutes max) or a photo of your community service.
The more you participate, the more opportunity to win $1,000! 
Get your congregation/school families involved! Share this fun opportunity now.

Show our young people how we serve others in our church, school and local communities. Shine for Jesus!
wcrisWCRIS Leadership Conference


When:    February 10, 2017

Country Springs Hotel
                2810 Golf Rd.
                Pewaukee, WI 53072

Time:      7:30 am (Registration Opens) - 3:00 pm
More information for attendees coming soon!
Prayers for: 
  • The family of Rev. J. Michael Stock - Pastor Stock of Grace & Trinity, Bear Creek, WI  formerly of Pella, Waupun, died in a tragic car accident on Sunday, August 14, 2016 on his way home from church.  Rev. Stock served Pella, Waupun from 2010-2015.  He is survived by his wife of 15 years, Holly and their children, Hannah, Isaac, Kitra, Elsabet and Avi.
  • Rev. John Wille as he recovers from surgery
  • Rev. Peter Kelm as he continues cancer treatment
  • Teachers as they prepare for another school year
  • Students as they begin a new class
whereischrisWhere in the District was Chris?

Tuesday, August 16
St. John's, Racine

Wednesday, August 17
LUMIN Opening Service

Thursday, August 18
LHSAGM Opening Service

 eventsUpcoming Events

September 12 - NLSA training, District office

September 19 - Administrators' Conference, Concordia University Wisconsin

September 29 - Love and Logic Training, District office

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

November 4 - Firm Foundations


January 29 - Teacher of the Year Dinner

January 29-February 4 - National Lutheran Schools Week

February 3 - Firm Foundations

February 10 - WCRIS Leadership Conference

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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