February 2017
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.
Executive Director's Corner
Dear MANS Member Schools, Staff, Colleagues, and Friends:

The Michigan State Police recently announced the recipients of the 2016-17 School Safety Grants. Almost 50% of the recipients  were MANS member schools, receiving a combined $522,915.00, 27% of the total grant. The money will be used to improve  school safety. Congratulations to this year's Michigan State Police Competitive School Safety Grant Awardees. MANS will advocate for another round of school safety grants in this year's budget cycle. Click here to see the list of recipients.  

Also, we are pleased to announce two new staff members have joined us at MANS.  Shelley Long began in December as the MANS Administrative Assistant. Molly Koll joined us on February 1st as the MANS Program Associate.  We have designed this new position to help us meet the growing needs of MANS members.  As always we welcome your input into how MANS can best deliver high quality services to its members.  We are only a phone call or an email away!


MANS Executive Director
Upcoming Events
2017 MANS Public Policy Day - March 9, 2017 - Lansing Michigan 
There is still time to register for the 2017 Public Policy Day! 

Registration is still open for MANS Public Policy Day on March 9th. News that t he Governor's 2017-18 Education Budget propos es a 50% reduction in the amount that public school districts can receive for providing shared time c ourses makes it especially important that your voices are heard in Lansing.   MANS staff is currently making appointments with state legislators, as well as creating talking points regarding the Governor's budget and other issues impacting non-public schools.  
For an opportunity to speak with the legislators representing your school and to hear other policy topics make sure you register by clicking 
here .
GO BOLDLY: MANS 2017 Administrators' Conference - October 11 -13, 2017 - Mackinac Island  
Save the date for the 2017 MANS Administrators' Conference at Mission Point Resort. Enjoy the wonders of Mackinac Island along with networking and re-charging. Registration and full details coming soon. 
Engaging Philanthropy: An Advancement Series for Non-public Schools
Engaging Philanthropy: An Advancement Series for Non-Public Schools is an opportunity for non-public schools to dive deeper into big picture perspectives on fundraising. For the beginning program, it will challenge you to think about your approach to fundraising and your potential. For seasoned programs, you will examine your current process and determine if you are taking full advantage of the opportunities before you. 

MANS is happy to offer you several ways to connect.

Engaging Philanthropy: The Webinar
March 14, 2017
3:30 p.m.
Hear some of the latest information regarding national fundraising statistics and how it is impacting MANS members. This complimentary webinar will provide insight to help your considerations and future planning while reinforcing the fact that every schools starts where they are.

To learn more and to register, click here

Engaging Philanthropy: The Summer Seminar  
June 15-16, 2017
Lansing, Michigan
Join us in Lansing for a practical course in school philanthropy. Through unique presentations, approaches and access to advancement, participants of this program will become comfortable with the following areas while developing a deeper look at their institution's fundraising approach:
  • Organizational fundraising models
  • What does campaign theory tell us about fundraising?
  • Developing strong board and volunteers
  • Alumni relations and its role in philanthropy
  • Annual giving programs.
Registration coming soon!

Engaging Philanthropy: Becoming a High Net-Worth Donor Fundraising Program!
October 11, 2017
Mission Point Resort
Look for details and registration information for this pre-conference session with 2017 Administrators' Conference registration materials.
Accreditrac Update
MNSAA is seeking peer reviewers for the 2016-2017 MNSAA Annual  Reports. Reviewers will join us in Lansing on July 10-11, 2017 to read and discuss a selection of annual reports from non-public schools from across the state. Meals,   SCECHs, any necessary lodging, and a small stipend will be provided for participants. 

Please check your calendar and complete this brief survey to indicate your interest. For more information, please contact Angelia Salas at asalas@m-a-n-s.org. We look forward to working with you in July!
State and Federal News
Michigan News
Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Open For Comment 
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) has drafted the Consolidated State Plan for the ESSA and is asking for comments. The draft plan can be found by clicking  here

Comments can be submitted until March 16, 2017 by emailing  MDE or by mail to ESSA State Plan Comments, Michigan Department of Education, State Superintendent Office, P.O. Box 30008, Lansing, MI 48909. The MDE plans on submitting  a final draft on April 3, 2017.
CPR and AED Training in Schools 
On December 28, 2016 the Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and Automatic External Defibrillator (AED) Training in Schools Act (PA 388) went into effect. Under this new law, schools are to provide CPR and AED training to students in grade 7th through 12th beginning in the 2017-18 school year. While this new law is not required of non-public schools, it is highly recommended. To read more about Public Act 388, click  here .
Ok2Say Winter Newsletter
Ok2Say has been receiving anonymous tips related to school safety for over two years now. To see the full extent of this program, click  here .
Meet Up and Eat Up
The Summer Food Service Program (SFSP) gives students access to healthy food during the summer months when there is no access to school lunches. Currently, the United Dairy Industry of Michigan is partnering with Michigan No Kid Hungry to provide mini-grants for the 2017 summer. The deadline to apply is March 10, 2017. For more information and to apply for the grant, click here .
2017 School Wellness Award
The School Wellness Award (SWA) honors Michigan schools who make changes to policy and school environment to promote healthy eating, physical activity and tobacco-free lifestyles. SWA is currently accepting applications until April 19, 2017. To learn more and to apply, click here .
Fund Development Opportunities
The Together Movement
The Meemic Foundation invites schools to encourage students to bring awareness of bullying, intolerance and disrespect in school and communities. The foundation is providing a $300 grant as well as an Amazon tablet for a student who creates a video with a positive message related to one of the three topics. Videos and forms must be submitted by March 15, 2017. For more information, click  here.
1 Million Project to Close the Digital Divide
With technology playing a vital role in students education, the internet is becoming a necessity for students to continue school work at home. For some students, internet is not provided at home. The 1 million Project plans to bridge that digital gap for students who currently do not have access to the internet at home. Applications are due by March 31, 2017. Information on how to apply and the requirements can be found by clicking  here.
2017 Global Youth Service Day 
Global Youth Service Day is April 21-23, 2017. The Michigan Community Service Commission and Youth Service America are partnering up to support organizations who host a volunteer event during Global Youth Service day. Additional information along with the application can be found by clicking  here.
Professional Development Opportunities
Mindset Matters: How Improved Self-Talk Can Propel Your School to the Next Level - February 16, 2017
The National Catholic Education Association is partnering with The Pacific Institute  to put on a Webinar discussing how self-talk can directly relate to overall  performance of a school or organization.  For more information on this webinar and to register, click  here .
Michigan School Security Forum - February 24, 2017
The Campus Security Forum meets three times during the school year to discuss safety practices for schools. The Forum is meeting from 9:15 am to 12:00 pm in Bingham Farms, MI to discuss Schools Emergency Preparedness. For information regarding registration, click here.
Educator Evaluation Webinar Series - February 24, 2016 and March 10, 2016
The Michigan Department of Education is hosting an Educator Evaluation webinar series. The three part series looks at the legislation, compliance guidelines, and student growth in respect to educator evaluations. While the first session occurred on February 3rd, there are still two more sessions. For more information and to register, click here.
The Bully Mindset Shift Workshop - February 25, 2017
The Meemic Foundation is hosting a Bully Mindset Shift Workshop at Olivet College in Olivet, MI. The workshop will discuss topics such as bully stereotypes, effective communication, and much more. To register and receive more information, click here.
Diving into Disciplinary Literacy: Keys to Deeper Learning Within All Subjects - February 28, 2017
The National Catholic Education Association is partnering with Discovery Education to host a webinar regarding literacy skills and connecting them to subject specific learning along with improving student's critical thinking.  For more information on this webinar and to register, click  here .
Office Personnel Conference 2017 - April 23 -25, 2017
The Michigan Distract of The Lutheran Church-Missouri Synod is hosting an Office Personnel Conference at the Bavarian Inn Lodge in Frankenmuth, MI. The conference will give attendees education and encouragement to learn new skills, develop a vision and feel uplifted and encouraged. For more information and to register, click here.
Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education -  June 12-13, 2017
The Diocese of Marquette Catholic Schools presents the Third Annual Midwest Conference on Catholic Liberal Arts Education. The conference this year will take place on June 12-13, 2017 at Holy Name Catholic School in Escanaba, Michigan

To learn more and to register, click here.