We are happy to announce the release of the 2014 edition of In His Hands!
In His Hands is a manual intended for leaders and board members of early childhood programs that are freestanding or associated with a Lutheran elementary school. This valuable resource provides direction as new programs are developed and support for existing centers in the operation and management of excellent early childhood programs. Additionally, a collection of 22 handouts and forms referenced in the manual, and designed to be adapted for use in centers, is available in a downloadable format. Klopke, Julie and Williams, Judy, Editors Fourth Edition, Copyright 2014
This resource is available as both a downloadable PDF as well as a hard-copy, soft-cover book. Please note the distinction when you are ordering from the LCMS Online Store. Additionally, the collection of handouts and forms is a separate item for order and download as a PDF only. All items are described below.
LCMS Store Link: http://store.lcms.org (Search for "In His Hands")
In His Hands (Downloadable, PDF)
4th Edition, ©2014
Product ID S08669-E
In His Hands (Book, Soft Bound)
4th Edition, ©2014
Product ID S08669
In His Hands - Handouts and Forms (Downloadable, PDF)
Product ID S08670-E
Our thanks and appreciation to the many, many hands involved in this extensive revision project.
The 2015 National Lutheran Schools Week resources are posted!
Go to: http://lcms.org/lutheranschoolsweek to download the manual, images, and other resources!
SAVE THE DATE! ADMISSIONS SUMMIT 2015: Thursday, April 16th - Saturday, April 18th, 2015
It is with much excitement that we invite you and/or any other interested parties at your school to join us at Lutheran High School in Parker, Colorado for the inaugural Admissions Summit 2015!
Click HERE for full Summit details, schedule, registration, and more!
The goal is simple: to invite every Lutheran school in the country to a summit on our campus specifically targeting admissions best practices, admissions position consideration & implementation, and growth strategies. The event is designed to be very hands on, practical, tangible, and implementation focused as opposed to theory focused. This summit approach is built simply out of strong outside demand and a deep desire to strategically evaluate how to grow our Lutheran schools.
The target audience includes schools that have this office in place and want to refine & collaborate (in which case the admissions person attending would be an excellent option), as well as lead administrators of schools that do not have a position like that in place but are considering it (which is certainly a growing number). We aim to equip attendees with tools and very black & white strategies to consider applying in their given markets. We encourage all schools that are looking to either refine an existing admissions office or add an admissions position to their team to join us in April!
We look forward to further partnering with you in the name of growth & promotion of Christian education, and please do not hesitate to e-mail or call me with any questions- blessings!
Ryan Bredow, Director of Admissions & Marketing, Lutheran High School
p 303-895-9576 (cell)
Michael P. Oldenburg, principal of Divine Redeemer Lutheran School, Hartland, WI is one of 57 "National Distinguished Principals" chosen by the National Association of Elementary School Principals (NAESP) for 2014!
Leading a one-to-one technology initiative and creating a positive school climate that enriches the life of the community are among the accomplishments of Principal Michael P. Oldenburg at Divine Redeemer Lutheran School. With the goal to enhance the education of students through engagement and differentiation of learning, Oldenburg shared his vision for implementing technology with parents and community members and was able to afford iPads for all students and interactive whiteboards for every classroom. As a result lessons have become interactive and engaging and teachers have begun to use iPads as personal response systems to assess student learning during lessons and make instructional adjustments to better meet the needs of students.
Oldenburg has also created a positive school climate exuding a spirit of joy and acceptance. Home visits, chapel families and school activities that enhance the relationships that have been established through chapel families have added to the positive learning environment at the school. Mr. Oldenburg’s school, congregational and community leadership exemplifies that qualities that have caused his school to be identified as a “school of choice” in his community.
NATIONAL PRESS RELEASE: Mr_Michael_Oldenburg_Press_Release_WEB_PDF.pdf
Chapel Talks 2014-2015 is now LIVE in the LCMS Store! Please go to http://store.lcms.org/ and search for "Chapel Talks 2014-15" and you will find the electronic AND the Book Version to purchase and download.
In addition, if you would like to purchase a copy of any of the previous years' Chapel Talks, they are also now available again on the LCMS Store for $5 per PDF. Simply search the store for "Chapel Talks" and you will find them listed by year.
If you have any questions please contact Matthew Bergholt at 314-996-1285 or via email at Matthew.Bergholt@lcms.org
OPENINGS ANTICIPATED AT CONCORDIA INTERNATIONAL SCHOOL SHANGHAI FOR 2015-2016
TEACHERS-ES LIBRARIAN-ASSISTANT PRINCIPALS (ES and HS) – Concordia Int. School Shanghai, China is seeking outstanding ES, MS, & HS candidates for the 2015-2016 school year. Preference is given to candidates with a Lutheran Teacher Diploma. Interested teachers can learn more by reviewing the information at http://www.concordiashanghai.org/about-concordia/employment. Questions should be addressed to Steven Nurre at email@example.com
Started in 1998 to enrich the lives of students by challenging them to reach their highest potential in all aspects of life, Concordia International School Shanghai provides the Shanghai expatriate community with a holistic, American-based, college-preparatory education for students from pre-K through grade 12.
Teachers at Concordia are invited to join a community where “what if...” is encouraged. We foster our teachers' talents and encourage their professional growth. "Bring your passions and decide how much difference you can make."
$75 - Early Childhood, Preschool, Elementary, Middle or High School
Lutheran School Portal members receive access to:
- Monthly School/Early Childhood Mailings - current and archived issues
- National Lutheran School Accreditation (NLSA) materials
- Premium Services - discounted rates (open ordering period available each semester)
- LEIF Search Rights - activated by District in 60-day increments
- School Statistics - easy access to submit yearly report
- 21st Century, Excellent Lutheran School and Common Core resources
- Living Curriculum
- The Financial Calculator (Budget Planning Tool)
- Groups, discussion boards, project boards
- National and district information
For more information, contact Matthew Bergholt at Matthew.Bergholt@lcms.org.
"Our schools are amazing incubators for faithful witness of God’s love for us through Christ
by teachers and students alike." (Terry Schmidt, Director of Schools)
NLSW 2015 Theme: Mercy Forever
Theme Verse: “For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Mark 10:45 (ESV)
National Lutheran Schools Week will focus on the three-fold emphasis of The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod.
January 26 – February 1, 2014: Witness Always - Raising Up Faithful Disciples
“For there are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood; and these three agree.” 1 John 5:7-8
January 25 – January 31, 2015: Mercy Forever
“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” Mark 10:45 (ESV)
January 24 – January 30, 2016: Life Together
“God is faithful, by whom you were called into the fellowship of his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.” 1 Corinthians 1:9 (ESV)
Witness, Mercy, Life Together — In Christ, for the Church and the World: These three phrases illustrate how the church lives and works together to proclaim the Gospel and to provide for our brothers and sisters in Christ in our congregations, communities and throughout the world. In all we do, Christ is at the center, leading us, sustaining us, keeping us focused.
A Mission opportunity for Lutheran School offerings.
The goal of this project is to honor Jesus by presenting a set of Touch of Life fetal models to every Lutheran elementary and high school in the country. We want students to understand the God-given value of each life from the moment of conception.
To learn more about this project, click here to read the article: School_Flyer_Proofed_Final_2014.pdf
Partnerships with Discovery Education, Rosetta Stone, Brain POP, Learning.com and Arts Attack
are continuing for the 2014-15 school year.
NEW THIS YEAR, all subscription orders and renewals except for Discovery Education will be processed by the individual companies listed below. Schools are eligible for a discounted rate with the partnerships but will not go through the LCMS for the Premium Services. The contacts to secure a new or renewed subscription for Rosetta Stone, Arts Attack, Learning.com and BrainPOP are listed below.
NOTE: When contacting the specific vendors, ask for the LCMS Group Discount.
Discovery Education Streaming
Discounted Rates for 2014-2015
Discovery Education Streaming
$4.00 per student w/ $350 minimum (88 students); $1,025 school maximum
Discovery Education Streaming PLUS
$6.50 per student w/ $500 minimum (77 students); $1,895 school maximum
NEW and EXISTING SCHOOLS (RENEWAL): Contact Matthew Bergholt (Matthew.Bergholt@lcms.org)
ClassBundl - NEW!
Hapara - NEW!
Central Plains Manager
Field Territory Manager
1919 North Lynn Street, 7th Floor
Arlington, VA 22209
P 800.788.0822 x7942
For more information about Rosetta Stone, click here: 2014_Rosetta_Stone
Arts Attack Publications
4615 Rancho Reposo
Del Mar, CA 92014
Alicia M. Cooper
District Relations Manager
71 West 23rd Street, 17th Floor
New York, NY 10010
For more information contact Matthew Bergholt at Matthew.Bergholt@lcms.org or at 314-996-1285.
UPCOMING ON 3/17/2015!
Tuesday, March 17, Redeemer Lutheran School, Redwood City, CA, will share the third of their three Best Practice webinars scheduled during the month.
TOPIC: How to Build a Community of ONE!
Imagine a staff that is excited to work together, committed to the vision and values of your school, feels empowered toward a common goal, and demonstrates a positive, contagious attitude to students, parents, and other staff members. Come and learn about the journey Redeemer Lutheran School has experienced as they have grown from a student population of 109 to a full campus with waiting lists with the added bonus of being blessed with an Exemplary Status. Take away ideas for building staff morale, longevity, and a Christ-centered culture that will have students and parents knocking on your door.
Advanced registration is not required and there is no cost to attend this webinar. Simply login to the link below to enter the conference room:
Attendance is limited to the first 100 guests who login to the event. All live webinar events will be held at 4:00pm CDT and are archived on the portal for on-demand viewing.
All of the archived versions of the NLSA webinars produced earlier in the year are now available on demand at http://LuthEd.org.