School Newsletter: January 9, 2020
Plans for 2020
"Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. Philippians 4:6

Happy New Year!

We have had the opportunity to share that greeting quite a few times in recent days. It brings the excitement of a new start, new opportunities, new goals, etc… and yet, sometimes anxiety and uncertainty of the days ahead. We wonder: What will 2020 hold in store for me? Will I remain healthy or recover from an illness? Will my finances hold out? Will my ministry opportunities be blessed?

No matter what the situation, struggle, or challenge, we know without a doubt, that we are encouraged to take it all to God in prayer. He hears us before we even utter a word. Do not be hindered by the fear of stepping out and being challenged when you don’t have all the answers. God’s plan is always in motion and He uses us in different ways to accomplish His purpose in His time.

Each new day that God blesses us with, is a new start for us to live for Him and share our faith and the promise of life in Christ! God knows the plans He has for us. Through His redeeming love, we do not have to be anxious. We are loved and forgiven by the blood of Jesus. We can begin each day knowing that God has it all in His control and care. Live this new year as living for Christ.

Serving the Master Teacher
Lois Stewart
Continue to Share

Don’t lose the light that Jesus puts in our hearts! As we move into the year 2020, I pray that relationships will continue to grow strong as teachers and administrators reach out to each other and learn from one another. May our schools continue to bond in the unity of sharing Jesus with the students and their families.
School Sustainability Seminar
A seminar on the topic of school sustainability and the future of schools will be held to give insight and directions to consider moving forward in planning for the future. The presentation will be done by Dr. Kevin Brockberg, LCMS-Indiana District Education Executive.
Here are the dates for your calendar:

Wednesday, January 29 10:00 a.m. through 2:30 p.m., lunch provided: for school principals and pastors at the NID Office in Hillside. The registration fee is $20.00. For those administrators attending the January 29 date, please bring along a copy of your school mission/vision statement.

Wednesday, June 10, 2020 , 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., lunch provided: For school principal and representative(s) from their school board. Location to be announced. The registration fee is $30.00 per person.

Thursday, June 11, 2020 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., lunch provided: For school principal and faculty. Location to be announced (same as June 10). The registration fee is $30.00 per person.

The principals are encouraged to attend all three sessions as information will be different at all three. When principals register for the 2 dates in June, they will receive a $10.00 discount.

Professional Development credit will be available for the June 11 date for teachers. Teachers in attendance MUST have the IEIN available for processing credit.
National Accelerated Reader Challenge
All schools are invited to participate in the upcoming National Accelerated Reader Challenge. This is being facilitated by James Kroll, at St. Paul, Janeville, WI. Please see the following information and contact James (608-754-4471 ext. 207) or email with any questions you may have.

The National AR Challenge is a reading challenge for schools that use the Accelerated Reader program. The AR Challenge has a long tradition of challenging schools in a friendly reading competition. Last year 49 LCMS schools participated. The annual AR Challenge is set to begin on January 27, 2020. Any elementary LCMS school in the United States and Canada that is presently using the Accelerated Reader program may enter the contest. All students must be independent readers.
Save the Date in your Planning for 2020-2021
Plans have begun for the All Worker Conference. We are ‘In This Together’ and want to bring all workers in our schools and churches together for worship, plenary, sessions, and fellowship that will support all areas of the ministry. The date is Friday, October 16, 2020 and the site is Concordia University Chicago. Watch as details are unfolded.
Save the Date for Back to School Worship, 2020
In your planning, please save Monday, August 10, 2020, as the tentative date for our Back to School worship and keynote. We had an uplifting morning last August and would love more to join us this coming August. More details will be shared as we get closer.  
Early Childhood Network Meetings
The NID Early Childhood Consultants work very hard to offer engaging and meaningful network topics for your interest. The next opportunity for you to meet will be Monday, February 3 from 8:30 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. This meeting will take place at Concordia University Chicago as part of the NID Leadership Conference day. You may contact Diane Katz (630-896-3350) to register for the conference if you are not already registered. The topic for the conference is “Project Approach/Emergent Curriculum”.
Leadership Conference

Monday, February 3 from 8:30 a.m. through 12:00 p.m. (lunch to follow), we will meet at Concordia University Chicago. The following topics will be covered:

Early Childhood – See above.

Principals and other guests – Google Classroom presented by Rachel Swanson (CLEF) Choosing the best design and colors for presentations (ie…church, social media, communications, etc…) by Dr. Ardelle Pate, CUC.

Please make sure you have your laptop with you for this event.

If you would like to attend and have not registered yet, please contact Diane Katz at St. Paul, Aurora (630-896-3350). The fee is $40.00 per conference date.
LCMS Schools: 2019 Updates to Current Staff Listings
The online school staff portion is available for principals to do their updates on the LISN site. You should have received an email related to this in early December. Use the same login that you used for the statistical portion of the report.

If you need your login information, please contact or contact the LCMS Church Information Center at 888-843-5267. If you are having trouble with the website, please use the online help options or contact them at the email address above. PLEASE NOTE – The NID Education Office DOES NOT have login information for our schools. This is private information.
Registration for the upcoming cohorts will open January 2, 2020. Please see the attached information. If you have questions about registration, please contact Helena is the TEC21Adminsitrative Assistant.
Professional Development Credits
Administrators, please remember that you are able to give your teachers professional development credit for approved training done in your building. Contact Roberta Smith at Concordia Chicago for more information at
Empower Illinois
If you have questions and would like some assistance with ideas for fundraising, please contact Bobby Sylvester at

Here are some important dates for your consideration:

January 15 – Reservation system opens at 6:30 p.m. and can be submitted at 7:00 p.m.
National Lutheran Schools Resources
National Lutheran Schools Week provides the network of 1,950 LCMS preschools, elementary schools and high schools with the public opportunity to proclaim and celebrate God’s work in Lutheran schools. You can find resources at
Filled with living hope in Christ,

Confessing, Praising,

and Advancing His Kingdom

Hearts for Jesus
Our NID ‘Hearts for Jesus’ focus for missions this year is The Lutheran Heritage Foundation. Visit for general information.
A goal has been set that each child in the NID contribute 2 quarters to the mission fund this year! What a blessing that will be for LHF. Please send your contribution to Lois Stewart at the NID Office (2301 S. Wolf Rd., Hillside, IL 60162). One check will be sent to Lutheran Heritage Foundation from our office on the behalf of all contributing schools.
Welcome and God's Blessings
Please join me in welcoming our new Early Childhood Consultant! We are excited to have Amy Cimarusti assisting Early Childhood Centers as they seek answers for their questions. Amy is the Early Childhood Director at St. Paul, Mount Prospect. Amy joins our other consultants: Julie Klopke and Melissa Smith. We give God the glory as she joins the group.
School Support Fund Invoice
Please consider contributing at least $1.00 per student to the NID School Support Fund. This fund helps offset the many services which cost the district, but are provided free or at a greatly reduced cost to schools. Some have asked for an ‘invoice’ to provide for accounting purposes. You may print that below:
Share Stories and Celebrations
God is at work in our schools each and every day. There are celebrations happening that we would like to share with our NID family. When you have a special story or celebration, please share it with our office so we can all give thanks to God with you. You may send those celebrations to or
Process Guidelines for Calling Workers
If you anticipate the need for a new Commissioned Worker for the 2019-2020 school year please visit and go to the resource page. You will find a valuable resource tool to review the call process to follow when looking for workers. If you have any questions, please contact Lois at the NID Office for assistance.
For Information on LCEF contact Vanda Toner at 708-223-3117 or .

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