November 8, 2018
God’s Word is a Lamp
‘I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel form the first day until now.’ Philippians 1:3-5
As we move towards Thanksgiving and reflect on our many blessings, I feel this little poem is an accurate reflection.


  ‘You’ve Made a Difference’
As Thanksgiving Day approaches,
Our blessings we recall;
The things we are most thankful for,
We recollect them all.

You are really special,
In all you say and do.
You’ve made a difference in lives;
We’re thankful now for you.
   -Joanna Fuchs

Our Lord and Savior has gifted each and every one of you with talents that are a special package for you. As redeemed children of God, we shepherd children and their families with those special gifts. You touch so many more people each day with the love of Jesus than you even imagine.

I give thanks for the dedication and faith of all workers daily in prayer. May our work be blessed by the Father.

Thank you for all you do and Happy Thanksgiving!

Serving the Master Teacher,
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen
your faith and connect with the community.
Voice of Hope Behind the Wall
Celebrated on the Tuesday following Thanksgiving (in the U.S.) and the widely recognized shopping events Black Friday and Cyber Monday, #GivingTuesday kicks off the charitable season, when many focus on their holiday and end-of-year giving.
This year, the LCMS Northern Illinois District is supporting Voice of Hope Behind the Wall. In fact, the NID will match donations made on #GivingTuesday, November 27, 2018, on behalf of Voice of Hope Behind the Wall up to $3,000!

To learn more about Voice of Hope Behind the Wall, visit
Early Childhood Network Meetings
The November focus will be Student Assessments and Portfolios. For details on dates, times and locations for the two regional meetings print this years’ program brochure.
The East Region will meet on Wednesday, November 14 at Trinity Lutheran School, 405 S. Rush Street, Roselle from 4:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.The West Region will meet on Thursday, November 29 at Concordia Lutheran School, 7424 N. 2nd Street, Machesney Park from 4:30p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

There is also an Early Childhood blog you may be interested in at
LEA Webinar
On Thursday, November 15, LEA is offering a webinar titled ‘Growth Mindset in Lutheran Schools’. It will address work ethic. You may register for this webinar at
Tune In and Be Enlightened
Our very own, Steve Zielke, principal of St. Peter, Schaumburg was a guest on ‘Promoting Your Lutheran School’.
As a result of the last Administrator’s meeting, Steve was asked to take part in a taping of the radio broadcast. He had the opportunity to share some important differences that Lutheran Schools make.

Put it on your calendar to tune in. The show is scheduled to run on Wednesday, November 21 at 2 p.m. and 6:30 p.m. on WYLL, AM 1160. Listeners can tune in to the show live on the radio or on If you miss this, it will be available to stream on as a podcast.
State Recognition Information
An email was sent out by Gary Greene with the subject line ‘Fall Fun News!’ They are putting final touches on the recognition renewal system in IWAS and it should be ready soon.

If you visit, you should find the revised evaluation instrument, sample of a completed instrument, and the updated glossary.

If you are a registered nonpublic school, you must renew that registration each year in IWAS. That system is open now.
Synod Statistical Reports Were Due November 1
While the deadline has passed we are still seeking to get 100% participation in submitting the Annual Synodical Statistical Report. If you have not yet filed, please contact Lois for more information at You may download School Statistics Letter School Statistics Form
Congratulations and God's Blessings To . . .
We lift up and give thanks to five servants who were honored at the recent NID Teachers’ Conference. God has blessed them with servant hearts and a passion to share the love of Jesus with children.

Mustard Seed Award for school volunteer – Kathy Boor (Trinity, Tinley Park)

Early Childhood Teacher Award for grades Prek to 2nd – Lori Schneider (Seeds of Grace, Northbrook)

Timothy Award for a new teacher 5 years or less – Lizzy Kalal (St. John’s, Lombard)

Intermediate Teacher Award for grades 3 to 5 – Pam Piel (St. Peter, Arlington Heights)

Intermediate Teacher Award for grades 3 to 5 – Nora Holler (St. John’s, Lombard)

May God continue to bless these dedicated workers as well as all workers in our NID schools. To God be the glory!
Inform Lois of Staff Changes
Please send your staff changes to This includes: vacancies and Calls received, accepted and declined. We do not always know or hear of these without your quick email. Thank you.
Have You Installed Any New Teachers Lately?
If this school year brought you any Called teachers who were newly installed to your school, please email Lois to make sure all of the proper paperwork has been completed.

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.

Lutheran Church Extension Fund
For Information on LCEF contact Vanda Toner at 708-223-3117 or
LCMS Northern Illinois District
2301 S. Wolf Road, Hillside, IL 60162
Phone 888-708-LCMS
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