Weekly Schools Notes
South Wisconsin District - LCMS 
"Trust in the Lord forever, for the Lord God is an everlasting rock " (Isaiah 26:4 ESV)
September 12, 2016
 In This Issue

National Lutheran Schools Week
January 22-28, 2017

October 13-15, 2016 
Grand Rapids, MI 
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
This morning over two dozen principals and teachers gathered at the South Wisconsin District office and spent time learning about and being trained in the National Lutheran Schools Accreditation (NLSA) process. As you most likely know, the NLSA process involves indicators of success within each of the standards. These indicators  are based on a 1-4 scale, with scores of "1" (not evident), "2" (emerging), "3" (operational), and "4" (highly functional). Since this process was implemented a few years ago, schools have struggled to assign themselves with scores of less than "4." You see, a "4" is nearly unattainable. It indicates that the school is doing something that is best practice. As educators, we strive for the best. We want the top rating. And yet, within this NLSA process, it isn't possible to get a rating of "4" in all areas.
Imagine if God looked at us with ratings like that. We wouldn't stand a chance! Even the "best" of us is by nature sinful and unclean. Thank God that He sent his Son, Jesus Christ, to die on the cross for our sins. Without that, we would be damned to eternal life. It is by grace that we have been saved, through faith (Ephesians 2:8). We cannot achieve perfection. We have been made perfect in Christ (2 Corinthians 12:9).
PrincipalsconfAdministrators' Conference

WHEN:    Monday, September 19
PRESENTERS:      Kristin Souers and Pete Hall
COST:     $65 per person


8:00 am              Welcome/Devotion/Sponsors
8:30 am              Session I
11:45 am            Lunch
12:30 pm            Session II
3:45 pm              Dismissal

4:00 pm - 6:00 pm - Fellowship Hour at the Highland House

Participants will need to purchase the book "Fostering Resilient Learners." Here are several links:
If you are a member of ASCD:

Other options:

 LLLove and Logic Workshop
Thursday, September 29, 2016

District Office
8100 W. Capitol Dr.

Time:  12:30 pm - 3:30 pm
Cost:   $35 (includes book)
Presenter:  Pam Olson

Love and Logic has been around for over 30 years and has been widely accepted in the educational field.  The beauty of this program is that delivery and technique is driven by the person using it. Hence it becomes personal.  

Two Rules of Love and Logic
  1.  Adults set limits without anger, lectures, threats or repeated warnings. 
  2.  When children cause problems, adults hand these problems back in loving ways. 
Some of the areas we will cover will include: 
  • Neutralizing student arguing
  • Consequences--- guidelines for giving them
  • Setting limits
  • Enforceable statements
  • Using choices to prevent power struggles
  • Quick and easy preventative interventions
  • Guiding children to solve their own problems. 
Lots to cover, laughter will occur and you can leave with some well tested ideas for having a great school year. 

Please register by September 14.
Register online

 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 were mailed to the schools from the Synod office, due by September 15.

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

SWD School Directory Forms - Forms will be emailed to the schools Tuesday, September 13 and are due by September 20. 
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.

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. 

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:  
  • Andy Bailey as he will be having surgery for rectal cancer and a brain tumor.
  • Rev. John Wille as he recovers from surgery
  • Rev. Peter Kelm as he continues cancer treatment
whereischrisWhere in the District was Chris?

Chris was attending INDEX, a meeting of regional Education Executives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin.

 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 4 - Passionate Believers Conference, Divine Redeemer, Hartland

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!

Dr. 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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