May 24, 2018
Wrapping It Up
“And she gave birth to her first born son and wrapped him in swaddling cloths…” Luke 2:7 ESV
It is that time of year to wrap things up. Review your end of the year checklist: Final grades, Graduation details, teacher evaluations, accreditation reports, exit interviews, school picnic details…the list goes on! And then there are those broken relationships with students, staff and parents.

Sometimes, the end of the year can be overwhelming. Consequently the tasks and relationships don’t always get the attention or enthusiasm they deserve. Or sometimes it is because we are just plain old tired from trying to solve what seems like untenable problems! So we say, "let’s just wrap up this year and start over in the Fall!".

God wrapped a different ending to a seemingly untenable problem. Since the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden, God saw what we did with our Free Will and was grieved. He knew that by nature we were sinful in thought, word and deed. So He wrapped His very own Son into a cloth and laid Him in a manger. This child, wrapped in perfection and humility, was destined for the Cross. There Jesus paid for all of our sins, only to be wrapped back in linen clothes again and laid in the tomb. Jesus then came out of that grave to unwrap death’s tangled grip on our souls.

When you feel confined and wrapped up in sin, remember the freedom you have because Christ paid the price for your soul. You are no longer confined and wrapped in the legalism of this world but have gained access to the Father who has freed you from bondage to sin.

Thank Him! Praise Him! Share Him! And as you wrap things up this year, live in freedom!

God's Peace,
Mike

Discussion Questions:
  1. What part of the end of the school year is most overwhelming for you?
  2. How can Christ’s freedom give you strength?
  3. How can you share this hope with someone else who seems down or wrapped up in hopelessness?

For use in staff meetings, print devotion and discussion questions.
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
CONFERENCES - MEETINGS - EVENTS
CUC Early Childhood Conference August 3
Don’t miss the 42nd Annual Early Childhood Conference featuring Keynote speaker Carol Kent. The theme is Embracing a New Kind of Normal: Equipping Children for Today’s World. For more information visit www.cuchicago.edu/academics/colleges/college-of-innovation-and-professional-programs/office-for-strategic-innovation/annual-conferences/early-childhood-conference or contact DorisKnuth5@gmail.com or DTennis@stphiliplutheran.com
Mark Your Calendar for 2018-19 NID Leadership Dates
The dates for the 2018-19 Principal and Admissions Counselor Leadership workshops are: September 24, February 4, and April 8. Watch for more information about topics and registration.
Summer Social Studies Workshop
The goal of this workshop is to have your school Social Studies curriculum revised or rewritten.

It will be held June 13-14, 2018  9 a .m. to 3 p.m. at St. John's Lutheran School, 220 S. Lincoln Avenue, Lombard. Cost is $25 per person (This will cover lunch for both days.) Bring your laptops, textbooks, hi-liters, your school’s yearly plan, etc…

Email lo is.stewart@nidlcms.org with your registration numbers by May 21. You are still welcome to register after that date.
Make your check payable to Northern Illinois District – summer workshop. Mail that to the attention of Karen Eggersdorfer or submit a check to Lois on June 13.
RESOURCES
Colloquy Scholarship Program
If you or your fellow teacher has been thinking about entering colloquy to receive a call to your position, now is the time to begin the program!

CUEnet has just received a significant scholarship grant and are sharing it with colloquy students. Print flyer
Summer Staff Read?
The Pedagogy of Faith Essays on Lutheran Education Edited by Bernard Bull. Published by Concordia Publishing House.
Having Trouble Getting Services From the Public School?
Illinois has designated an ombudsman to monitor and enforce equitable services requirements under Title I, Part A and Title VIII of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). The ombudsman, Carmine Draude, serves as the state’s primary point of contact for addressing questions and concerns from private school officials and local school districts. Print flyer.
Send Hearts for Jesus Gifts
If you have not yet sent your 2017-18 Hearts for Jesus Chapel offerings, please send to NID attn: Lois Stewart, 2301 S Wolf Rd, Hillside, IL 60162. Your gifts will be shared with urban Lutheran schools for scholarship assistance.
Access Curriculum
If you want to access the District Curriculum, email Lois for a flashdrive to be mailed to you. 
NLSA Deadlines Past Due
The deadlines for submitting your Cumulative Annual Report AND your annual NID accreditation fee is May 15, 2017.

Make checks for $125 payable to “Northern Illinois District” and mail to Karen Eggersdorfer at the NID office, 2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, Illinois 60162-2298. Memo: NLSA Fee

E-mail your Cumulative Annual Report to Keith Wilharm at KeithWilharm@Yahoo.com. Note that NLSA policy states that schools submitting reports and fees past deadlines jeopardize their accreditation. Direct any questions to Keith Wilharm.
State Tax Exempt Letters
As you prepare for the coming school year, check the expiration date of your Illinois State Tax Exempt letter. If the expiration date is near, make sure to contact the State of Illinois to renew it.
CHURCH WORKER UPDATES
Wanted: Organized, Flexible Team Player
The Teachers Conference Committee By-Laws is undergoing an overhaul. If you know someone who would be a great contributor to this planning committee email Lois.
Accepting Candidates Names
The LCMS Northern Illinois District is accepting names for possible candidates to be interviewed for Mission Facilitator, School Ministry. If you, or someone you know is interested, submissions should be made by June 15, 2018 to Ronda Wilmot at ronda.wilmot@nidlcms.org.
Considering A Call
Pondering a Call or know someone who is? If you or a staff member would like personal guidance through the Call consideration process, this document will help you with that.
Raise the Standard of Excellence In Your School
Affirm your outstanding teachers by noninating them for a district award using the online form . Deadline is June 15.
Report Staff Retirements Here
To report any staff retirements occurring at the end of the 2017-18 school year, email Lois at lois.stewart@nidlcms.org. Please let us know if you would prefer we not publish any names.
FROM THE DISTRICT OFFICE 

Church Workers:
Update Your Contact Information Online . All rostered and non-rostered church workers are asked to please update their NID contact information when there is a change of email, address, phone, etc., or if new in the district.

PARTNERS IN MINISTRY
Lutheran Church Extension Fund
For Information on LCEF contact Vanda Toner at 708-223-3117 or Vanda.Toner@lcef.org. Facebook.com/lcef.nid
For Information on LCEF contact Vanda Toner at 708-223-3117 or Vanda.Toner@lcef.org. Facebook.com/lcef.nid
LCMS Northern Illinois District
2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
Phone 888-708-LCMS
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