School Newsletter: February 6, 2020
God's Love for Us

‘Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God. Everyone who loves has been born of God and knows God. Whoever does not love does not know God, because God is love.’ 1 John 4:7-8

In a recent school visit, I arrived in time for the message and close of chapel. God blessed me to arrive at that time as Pastor shared with the students just how very much God loves each and every one of His children. In turn, we are to love each other.

Because we are sinners, we fall short each day in our thoughts, words, and deeds. We make bad choices, do bad things, and yet, God loves us. God sent Jesus to redeem us from the sins that we commit each day. Through His suffering, death and resurrection, Jesus defeated the devil. We know this is true.

Pastor stressed to the children that we can love because God loved us first. No matter what our age, this is so very true.

We are able to apply the 3 W's to this very passage. We daily need to be in the WORD to be reminded of God’s love for us and get strengthened in our walk. God strengthens us with spiritual WELLNESS through our time in study of the Bible and gaining a greater understanding. We are then equipped to go out in WITNESS and share that love of God with others.

It is my prayer that we all continue to be fed daily and live out the love of God where He places us.

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.
Stay Connected and Informed

There are so many great things happening and offered in the NID. It is sad to think that there are workers in our schools not finding out what is happening. Please help us out…. If you are a building administrator, please forward the School Newsletter and other NID mailings to your staff members. Better yet, share the following facts so they can connect directly:
  1. Visit
  2. Click on the ‘Church Worker’ tab.
  3. Click on ‘submit your contact information’.
  4. After they complete the top portion, they may choose which mailings they want to receive.
  5. Please let the non-rostered workers know that they, too, may receive the mailings.
Retirements and Vacancies

As we head toward spring, some workers may be considering retirement or being led by God to seek a call. Please contact Lois at the NID Office ASAP when you have a staffing change/vacancy for next year. If a worker is going to retire, please let Lois know what the final day of work will be so the office can assist with paperwork for St. Louis. The NID Office does not assist with Concordia Plan Services paperwork. The worker will need to contact CPS directly.

School Administrators – please encourage your rostered workers to update their Commissioned Minister Information Form (CMIF). They are encouraged to update each year. It may take just a few minutes to review and resubmit the form. If there are changes to be made, the worker needs to make sure they ‘save’ each time they are directed to do so and then ‘submit’ at the end. Workers may get their personal access information by going to . This will direct the worker to Rosters, Statistics, and Research Services to gain access.
School Sustainability Seminar
The first seminar session on school sustainability and the future of schools was held at the NID Office on Wednesday, January 29. The presentation was by Dr. Kevin Brockberg (LCMS-Indiana District Education Executive). There was a group of 48 pastors, administrators, and leadership in attendance. Dr. Brockberg introduced the topic and work was done on mission and vision.

It is not too late for our other schools to participate. See below for details in June:

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. The seminar will be held at Walther Christian Academy in Melrose Park (900 Chicago Ave., 60160) . 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. Walther Christian Academy (same as June 10). The registration fee is $30.00 per person.

Professional Development credit will be available for the June 11 date for teachers. Teachers in attendance MUST have the IEIN available for processing credit.
All Worker Conference
As we work together in the Northern Illinois District, it is a great blessing to join together on an all worker conference. WE will worship together, have an uplifting plenary session, and many breakout sessions to choose from. Our focus will be on worker wellness.

Save the date on your calendar for this event to be held at Concordia University Chicago. The date is Friday, October 16, 2020.

All church workers in congregations, schools, and other church agencies are encouraged to attend.
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 Tuesday, March 3 from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. The topic will be “Let’s Talk Large Motor” followed by a round table discussion on best practices. This network meeting is being hosted by Frances Honess-Grab at St. Paul Lutheran (85 S. Constitution Dr., Aurora). You may contact Frances at or 630-896-3250 for more information. It will be a great opportunity to meet and build relationship with other NID Early Childhood Educators.
Student Participation Opportunities

Please see the attachments with opportunities for student involvement: Life Essay Contest and National Accelerated Reader Challenge.
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
Illinois State Board of Education Information

Please see the attached items related to schools in IL. Some may be beneficial for your school.
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.
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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