November 2016
A monthly newsletter to keep you informed.
Upcoming Events
2016 MANS Technology Gathering - December 9, 2016
Join your colleagues at a half-day professional learning and networking event designed for those using and leading educational technology in non-public schools. Workshop topics and targeted networking will provide practical knowledge and connections that will be valuable beyond the event. Registration includes lunch and 3 State Continuing Education Clock Hour (SCECH) credits.
Space is limited for this event. Reserve your seat now. Click here to learn more and register.
If you have questions, please contact Angelia Salas at or at 517.372.9315

GO BOLDLY - 2017 MANS Administrators' Conference
October 11-13, 2017 - Mission Point Resort - Mackinac Island
Mark your calendars for the 2017 MANS Administrators' Conference. All elements of this unique conference are designed to help the administrators of faith-based schools learn, network and re-charge. Full details and registration information will be distributed in January !
Accreditrac Update
As we approach the end the calendar year, now is an excellent time to review your MNSAA Accreditrac reports. Accreditrac automatically pulls all prior year data forward to prepopulate the current year data fields for you. You should complete an annual review of this information and make any necessary updates. Completing this review now leaves you time to focus on your NSIP or Annual Assessments come spring. Your MNSAA Regional Coordinators will share report due dates with you soon.
State and Federal News
State News
Participate in an ESSA Feedback Forum
The Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will host a set of Feedback Forums in partnership with intermediate school districts (ISDs) across Michigan. The public forums, entitled "Michigan's Move to the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA)," are designed to gather input from educators, advocates, parents, students, and the public regarding specific proposed components of the nation's new federal education law.

The feedback gathered will inform Michigan's final ESSA plan, which will guide how Michigan leverages federal funding to make Michigan a Top 10 education state in the next 10 years. 

Click here to learn more and to find a forum  in your area. 
Statewide School Drinking Water Quality Program
The Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (MDEQ) in cooperation with the Michigan Department of Education (MDE) will reimburse public schools and registered nonpublic schools up to $950 per school building for drinking water testing, fixture replacements, plumbing assessments, or filter purchases for expense incurred between July 1, 2016, and September 30, 2017. Eligible districts will apply through the Michigan Electronic Grants System Plus (MEGS+). Once the application is approved, districts will be able to request reimbursement through the Cash Management System (CMS). Registered Nonpublic Schools are required to have reported in MEGS+ for the 2016-17 school year to be considered eligible.

Full details can be found in this memo from State Superintendent of Instruction Brian J. Whiston.
Professional Development Opportunities
Engaging Philanthropy - Year End Giving
DeBrincat Consulting Group offers the following thoughts on year-end giving. Stay tuned for information on a spring webinar and summer institute to assist MANS member schools with crafting broad advancement plans.

Year End Giving - Never Too Late
Before you settle into the holiday break though, an extensive year-end giving program, structured with appropriate counsel and planning, could become the most impactful fundraising effort of your school year. Year-end giving can surpass raffles, benefits, outings, and mini-campaigns combined. For perspective, a strategic year-end giving program could raise from 30 - 50% of your school's donations in a given year. That could definitely be a great holiday gift to your school's financials. 

Click  here for the full article.
NCEA - Likes and Pins: Using Facebook and Pinterest to Market Your Schools - December 1, 2016
If you want to boost school enrollment numbers and reach new families in your community, you need to learn the most effective, affordable advertising strategy available today: social ad campaigns. This webinar will show you how to design and implement highly effective, targeted ads on Facebook and Pinterest to promote your school, development campaigns, open houses, and more. 

For more information and to register, click here
NCEA - Federal Education Programs and Benefits for Private School Students and Teachers - December 14, 2016
In this session the attendee will learn about Federal education programs that provide benefits and services to private school students and teachers under the Elementary and Secondary Education Act (ESEA), the Individuals with Disabilities Education Act (IDEA), National Blue Ribbon Schools Program, Green Ribbon Schools, Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools and other Federal education programs. 
For more information and to register, click here
Grants - Opportunities - Resources
Presidental Awards for Mathematics and Science Teachers
The Michigan Department of Education and the Michigan Science Teachers Association are seeking nominations for the Presidential Awards for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. Awardees are recognized for their contributions to  teaching and learning and their ability to help students make progress in mathematics and science. 

Nominations are due by April 1, 2017. Full details about this award can be found on the PAEMST website.
MDE Seeking Readers for 21st Century Learning Centers Program
The Michigan Department of Education is soliciting readers for the 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program. Readers will be given a stipend for participation and must be available to travel to Lansing on 3/1/17 and 3/22/17. 

Interested applicants should contact Stacy Ann Sipes at
Library.Link Provides Free Online Data for Libraries and Patrons
The Library of Michigan has transformed the MelCat online catalog's data to make it more compatible with internet browsers. MelCat shares resources with 442 academic, K-12, special and public libraries. Available at, the network will make library resources more broadly available and visible.
The Friedman Foundation is now EdChoice
Meemic Masterpieces - Art Contest & Grant Program 
meemic Meemic Foundation Club members can sponsor a student's original art masterpiece to be entered in Meemic's Student Art Contest. Up to 50 artworks will be selected and the winning artist will receive an Amazon Fire® Tablet and an invitation to a recognition ceremony.  Sponsoring Foundation Club members of winning entries will earn a  $300 art supplies grant  for their school.   Every student entry will receive a certificate of appreciation.

For contest guidelines and to register, click here
Meemic - For Our Schools Grant Opportunity
The Meemic Foundation has partnered with Office Depot®/Office Max to provide up to $500 for supplies for a school you wish to  honor.  Foundation Club may nominate an eligible school in Michigan, Wisconsin or Illinois for the chance to purchase up to $500 in items to be used for their school.  

Click here for contest details and to apply. 
Westcoast Connection/360 Student Travel Seeking Teachers
Westcoast Connecttion/360 Student Travel is an international student travel company offering summer experiences for high school age students. They offer community service, pre-college enrichment, global adventures/backpacking programs, language immersion programs, and active teen tours in many countries around the world. The program is seeking  teachers for a summer employment opportunity abroad as our trip directors and trip leaders. 

For more about Westcoast Connections/360 Student Travel visit their website here

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