May 9, 2019
Be Prayerful and Filled with Joy
‘This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.’ Psalm 118:24
‘Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful’ Colossians 4:2

The days are growing longer with more daylight. What I have learned over the years is that the more daylight we have, the busier we seem to grow as we add more to our schedules. It is rather humorous because we still have the same number of hours in a day.
The reason I mention this, is to recognize that the school year is quickly coming closer to an end. Yet, there are so many things to attend to in the course of a school week – field trips, track meets, musicals, fine arts fairs, spring testing, and the list could go on. We have a history of reaching a certain point in the school year and realizing there are so many things ‘yet to be accomplished’.

Let me encourage you to pause, take a breath, and realize that it is all in God’s time and control. We are His workmanship with a ministry of teaching and encouraging the students that sit before us each day and the fellow staff members we are blessed to work with. ‘This is the day the LORD has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it’. Be glad in the busy-ness and the schedules. Rejoice in the projects and the activities to wrap up the year. It is the Lord’s day and He will see you through.

Be devoted in prayer as you need the energy to plan that final field trip or work at that last track meet for the school year. Be thankful for the blessing of work with God’s precious children. But… be watchful that the devil doesn’t sway your thankfulness into bitterness because there is so much to do and you are tired.

As Psalm 118:4 says, ‘Let us rejoice and be glad’. As we work together to accomplish all of the end of the year tasks, devote yourself to the positive side of getting to work with each and for each other in Christ.
Be encouraged and lift one another up in prayer as I lift you up each day.

Serving the Master Teacher,
Lois
Here are the latest opportunities to strengthen your faith, connect
with the community, and flourish in our life together.
As school continues to get busier and busier as it nears its end, take time to be encouraged through this video message from Lois Stewart.
CONFERENCES - MEETINGS - EVENTS
Early Childhood Meeting to Brainstorm for 2019-2020
The next Early Childhood meeting is scheduled for Wednesday, May 15.
This meeting topic will be planning for next school year. We will all meet at St. Peter, in Arlington Heights. Please join us to begin at 4:30 p.m.

You may go to the NID Early Childhood network blog at www.preschooldirectors.blogspot.com.
End of the School Year Meetings
As end of the school year meeting agendas are being written, please consider adding one topic for the Rostered workers on your faculty. It is important and helpful for CMIFs to be updated each year. The end of the school year is a great time to do that. Please consider having each Rostered worker take some time during the end of the year meetings while on campus and update their CMIF. It doesn’t mean they have to completely redo the form. If anything has changed, it can be edited. Otherwise, they can resubmit it.
Tec21 Workshop Program Has Spaces Available
It is time to look ahead to the coming school year. Brent Dieckhoff and Tec21 Have shared that there are still spaces available for teachers to join the group at St. Peter, Arlington Heights. If you are interested, please contact Lois Stewart for more information.
2019-2020 Hearts for Jesus
As you begin planning your chapel mission projects for the coming school year, please include Lutheran Heritage Foundation as your Hearts for Jesus project.
LHF is the organization that makes sure there are Catechisms and Bibles with the children around the world. If you visit www.LHFmissions.org, you can learn more about the group.
RESOURCES
ISBE Statement on the Length of Instruction Time for Non-Public Schools
After numerous emails and phone calls, the following statement has been shred for the length of the school day for non-public schools in Illinois:

‘You may be aware that the state legislature changed the funding process for public schools, and in so doing, it removed the 5-hour requirement for instructional days. The statute that created the registration and recognition program for nonpublic schools says that requirements for nonpublics cannot be more onerous than for publics, so the 5-hour requirement also disappeared for nonpublic schools. ISBE quickly determined that those nonpublic schools that had not been offering 176 days but instead offered at least 880 per-pupil hours were ok for 2018-19. However, for a time it was uncertain whether the 880-hour practice could continue past 2018-19, and so documents that had to be prepared right away, such as recognition renewal in IWAS and the evaluation instrument for school visits, only listed the 176-day option.. But around the end of 2018, a legal opinion was issued indicating that nonpublic schools could continue with the 880-hour option on into the future. So at this moment, things stand exactly the same as in the past with the exception that, for schools going with 176 days, an instructional day can be of any length. Please be advised, however, that the legislature is considering a restoration of the 5-hour minimum for instructional days albeit with some exceptions that were not present previously in order to retain for public school districts some of the flexibility that came with the removal of that minimum. If this becomes law, similar flexibility may also be available for nonpublic schools using a 176-day year.’
Illinois Coalition for Nonpublic Schools (ICNS)
The ICNS is a valuable group for our schools to be supported by. When you have the opportunity to join in the membership, please consider investing in this program. It funds legislators in Springfield that represent the nonpublic schools in Illinois.

In my last meeting of the year, we discussed the importance and need for schools to review and update their policy manuals in relation to health policies and protocols. Make sure your manuals are up to date with policies on: allergy protocols, asthma protocols, concussion protocols, and mental health protocols. Your staff needs to go through training and be certified for handling these health items. Have the training documented in teacher files.

ICNS also reinforced that our schools may log 880 hours for a school year in 2019-2020.
LCEF Kaleidoscope Grant
The Kaleidoscope Fund is a granting program offered by the Lutheran Church Extension Fund (LCEF) and designed to support eligible Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod (LCMS) ministries with outreach and expansion.
This year, LCEF is narrowing the focus of impact for the grant to LCMS K-8 elementary schools. Lutheran schools play a critical role in impacting the community through Christian education. Funds will be granted in amounts between $15,000 and $75,000. The 2019 grant process began Monday, April 1, when information was offered live on the webpage www.lcef.org/kaleidoscope. Those eligible for the grant will be asked to submit a grant proposal summary for review by committee. The proposal submission deadline is May 31, 2019. You may print a flier here.
Summer Reading Options
As you begin working on your end of the year agenda, consider have your staff do a book read over the summer. There are so many great choices available.Here is a list of some titles to consider:

  • Be Our Guest (Disney goals)
  • Inside the Magic Kingdom: Seven Keys to Disney’s Success by Tom Connelian (how concepts are applied to a school setting)
  • The Nordstrom Way to Customer Service (Nordstrom – the store)
Other Thoughts on Customer Service
Consider having a corporation with a great reputation for customer service visit with your staff and share their approaches to great service. Visit www.disneyinstitute.com for more information.
National Lutheran Schools Accreditation
Please remember that you should have prepared your Cumulative Annual Report (CAR). It was due by April 15. The CAR should have been emailed to Keith Wilharm, NLSA Consultant by April 15. With the due date passed, you will be contacted individually for follow up if the office has not heard from you.
Empower Illinois Update
You should have received a special School Newsletter last week related to ‘Save our Scholarship’.

Can you and your support group volunteer to stand strong for our Lutheran schools in Springfield? Empower IL has set some dates aside for the LCMS Lutheran Schools in Illinois to be strong in Springfield by meeting with legislators. If your school can do this (parents, teachers, students), all participants will receive guidance, instruction, reimbursement for travel, and food from Empower Illinois staff throughout the day.

Take a look at the shared Google Calendar and think about sending a car down to show support and need for the scholarship program to continue.
Interesting Articles Supported by LEA
  • Take One Step Today to be a Better Leader Tomorrow (by Dale Hudson for Relevant Children’s Ministry.
  • Delegation Defined and Applied (by Naphtali Hoff for SmartBrief)
  • How Do Principals Influence Student Achievement? (by E.M. Allensworth and H. Hart for University of Chicago Consortium on School Research)
  • Where Kids are Spending Their Time Online (Relevant Children’s Ministry)
  • Where Churches are Failing Kids (by Dale Hudson for Relevant Children’s Ministry)

A great resource put out by ‘Lutherans for Life’ is their Teaching for Life curriculum. Take a look at the topics and value they will offer.
CHURCH WORKER UPDATES
Update CMIF Information
We are heading into the time of year when schools begin searching to fill vacancies they will have for the coming school year. Please encourage your Rostered workers to update their CMIFs so search time might be reduced for schools looking to extend calls.
Reporting Retirements
If you have a Rostered Worker retiring at the end of the school year, please have them contact Keith Wilharm at 708-223-3112 or keith.wilharm@nidlcms.org. We will need to know the worker’s name and retirement date.
Upcoming Vacancies
If you will have a vacancy to fill for the 2019-2020 school year, please contact Lois Stewart with information so it can be posted in the NID website.
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







For Information on LCEF contact Vanda Toner at 708-223-3117 or Vanda.Toner@lcef.org. Facebook.com/lcef.nid

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