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 29, 2016
 In This Issue
Administrators' Conference

Pre-Retirement Workshops

Reporting Deadlines


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"For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves,
it is the gift of God-" 
Ephesians 2:8

In the Olympic Women's Final of the 400M, it looked as though America's most decorated women's track athlete was going to add another gold medal to her collection. As they approached the finish line, Allyson Felix was cutting into the lead that Shaunae Miller of the Bahamas had built up and it looked like she was going to pull off the comeback. And then, Shaunae Miller did something that most of us "once-every-four-year" track viewers didn't think was legal. To secure her victory, Miller dove across the finish line. Social media went crazy with cries of how this was unethical, not fair, and cheap. Yet, Miller's dive across the finish line was well within the rules of the track event and the dive across the finish line allowed her to beat Felix by .07 of a second.

In our earthly race towards eternity, it does not matter whether we cross the finish line on a sprint or on a plunge. Look at the thief on the cross. By all accounts, he spent his life as a criminal and was sentenced to death by crucifixion next to Jesus. On his last day here on earth, this criminal confesses his sin and his faith to the dying Jesus. In turn, Jesus assures him that he will be with Him in paradise. It would be easy for us to stand back and judge the criminal. He spent his life hurting others and at the last minute he essentially says, "I'm sorry." It just doesn't feelfair. And yet, this is absolutely fair. "For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith-and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God-" (Ephesians 2:8). If we were to rely on our works for salvation we would ALL perish - lifelong criminal or lifelong church goer. God's grace is for all who believe. It is for the "good" students in your schools, and the "not so good" students. Amazing grace, how sweet the sound!

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:

 retirementPre-Retirement Workshops
These workshop are designed for all full-time church workers of any age (and their spouses), but are especially important for those within 20 years of retirement.

Questions about Retirement?
If you'd like more information about:

Basic Finances & Budgeting
Benefits from the Concordia Retirement Plan
Benefits from Social Security
Saving & Investing for Your Retirement
Healthcare in Retirement
Planning Your Retirement Lifestyle
Advance Directives

Two workshops are being offered:

Friday, September 16 - 9 am - 3 pm
Good Shepherd Lutheran Church
1614 S. 23rd St.
Saturday, Setpember 17 - 9 am - 3 pm
District office
8100 W. Capitol Dr.

There is no charge for these workshops, but advance registration is required. Please sign up by Friday, September 2 by contacting Karen Rayer - rayner@swd.lcms.org or 414-464-8100.


reportsReporting Deadlines
School Annual Reporting Forms - Forms will be mailed to the schools from the Synod office, due by September 15.

School Statistical Report Forms - Forms will be mailed to the schools and can be completed online, due by November 1.

SWD School Directory Forms - Forms will be emailed to the schools, due by September 15. 
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.

HFJHearts for Jesus

The 2016/2017 Hearts for Jesus recipient will be
Lutheran Special School and Education Services, Milwaukee.

More information will be shared as it becomes available.

bullyingBullying Resources

Church Mutual is committed to helping you stay current on topics that directly impact your organization. One of the most important issues affecting young people today is bullying.
Your organization may have an anti-bullying policy in place, but is it ready to be enforced? Does it spell out specific details on how to:
  • Build a safe environment?
  • Identify a bully?
  • Engage people and get them to act?
Bullying is a serious problem for many churches, schools and youth ministries around the country. Fortunately, there are steps you can take to reduce its effects. To begin with, make sure your organization has an anti-bullying policy and that it covers the three critical areas.


Call now for more information: (800) 554-2642 (option 4), ext. 5213.
Or contact Church Mutual's Consulting and Research Center at (715) 539-5213
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nlswNLSW Resources
National Lutheran Schools Week materials are now available to help you start preparing for your Jan. 22-28, 2017, celebration.

The theme for 2017 is "Upon This Rock," based on Is. 26:4: "Trust in the LORD forever, for the LORD GOD is an everlasting rock."

"The theme goes well beyond the week's celebration," writes the Rev. Robert Riggert in the introduction to the resource manual. "Every day in Lutheran schools, lives are built on the cornerstone that is Jesus. The truth of the celebration text reminds us that the Rock upon which Lutheran schools are built is an everlasting Rock. We are teaching for eternity."

The free materials - which can be downloaded at lcms.org/lutheranschoolsweek - include a resource manual, a bulletin insert, a poster, a slide presentation template and more.

Please join Lutheran schools around the country in January, as we proclaim and celebrate God's work in our schools.

 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

The Kohl Teacher Fellowship Program Nomination Form is now available online.

Parents, teachers, community members and principals can nominate a teacher for this Fellowship. 

Nominations are due by Friday, September 23.

The Kohl Student Excellence Scholarship Program is a competitive scholarship for WI residents
graduating from a religious/independent high school and intending to enroll in a post-secondary institution.


Applications must be typed and submitted to the District office by Friday, November 25. 

LEALEA Convocation

October 13-15, 2016

Grand Rapids, MI 
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
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 16 - Pre-Retirement Workshop, Good Shepherd Lutheran Church, Sheboygan

September 17 - Pre-Retirement Workshop, 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 22 - Teacher of the Year Dinner

January 22-28 - 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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