Office of
Catholic Schools
February 18, 2022
Let Us Pray . . .
Dear Saint Bernadette, Chosen by Almighty God as a channel of His Graces and Blessings, and through your humble obedience to the requests of Our Blessed Mother, Mary, you gained for us the Miraculous waters of Spiritual and physical healing.

We implore you to listen to our pleading prayers that we may be healed of our Spiritual and physical imperfections.

Place our petitions in the Hands of our Holy Mother, Mary, so that She may place them at the feet of Her beloved Son, Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, that He may look on us with mercy and compassion: (Make Petition)

Help us, O Dear Saint Bernadette to follow your example, so that irrespective of our own pain and suffering we may always be mindful of the needs of others, especially those whose sufferings are greater than ours.

As we await the Mercy of God, remind us to offer up our pain and suffering for the conversion of sinners, and in reparation for the sins and blasphemies of mankind.

Pray Saint Bernadette, that like you, we may always be obedient to the will of Our Heavenly Father, and that through our prayers and humility we may bring consolation to the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary that have been so grievously wounded by our sins.
Holy Saint Bernadette of Lourdes, Pray for us.  AMEN.
Resources
Next edition of the Office of Catholic Schools Newsletter:

March 4, 2022
Look for topics in previous editions:


Archive of Superintendent’s emails:

Calendar Items
(See details in articles below)

Mar 1 SNSP Filing Deadline (article in Feb 4 edition)
Mar 3 Zoom meeting w/Hispanics for School Choice
Mar 12 Called & Gifted Workshop
New Items:
Greetings from the Office of Safe Environment to School Leaders
As a friendly reminder, all employees/volunteers that support your school as principals, administrators, teachers, substitute teachers, chaperones, coaches, aides, hall monitors, bus drivers, etc., must meet the diocesan Safe Environment Requirements.  All employees (paid personnel regardless of position/job title) and all adult volunteers who have contact with minors as part of their volunteer duties are required to. . .
Connecting with Hispanic Families
Join Tammy Olivas from Hispanics for School Choice and learn how to connect with Hispanic families in your community. Tammy will discuss cultural trends and the best ways to communicate your benefits to this growing group.

Thursday, March 3, 2022; 1:00PM
Meeting ID 811 8413 6098
Passcode: 267505
Phone Option: 1-312-626-6799
Graduation Diplomas
Just a reminder that graduation diplomas are available to order through the Office of Catholic School Digicopy Portal

When you log in, click on the DIPLOMAS button. You can order either diplomas where you will write in the name, or you can upload an excel file of the graduates and have their name put on the diploma. Please contact Digicopy at 920-857-2208 with questions or for assistance.
Explaining Employee Compensation
We have created an employee compensation template for you to use with your teachers and staff that explains not only their pay increase but also the benefits they are receiving. This will help give your employee a true picture of what they receive and the dollar value associated with all their benefits. You can find it here.
Student Loan Forgiveness
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We have received some inquiries to find out if teaching at a Catholic school will qualify for federal student loan forgiveness under the new guidelines. The answer is Yes…But. Yes our schools qualify, but it is a process that will require the applicant and the school to submit a variety of information.

The first step is for employees to begin the application process prior to October 2022. That is when many of the current loopholes get removed.  Go here for a complete overview of the process and the steps to take.
 
You also need to make sure your employer is certified in the program. Use this LINK for information to share with your employer.

Finally, there is a Facebook group of 80,000 members that are super knowledgeable about the ins and outs of this program.
Article Recommendation: Gender Theory in Catholic Schools
Here is an excellent article from Ruah Woods Press: 

Enrolling Transfer Students in Choice
We have received several questions with regards to students that transferred to your school this past year and whether or not they can apply for a Choice Voucher.

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Basically, a student meets the application requirement if at least one of the 6 conditions listed in these requirements is TRUE. Check the links above for complete details.
Contract FYI

Our priests will receive the new contract information in Parish Pages on February 26, 2022. At that time the contracts will be posted as fillable forms on our Office of Catholic Schools website.
Called & Gifted Workshop
The Called & Gifted™ Discernment Process has been used since 1993 by over 100,000 lay, ordained, and religious Catholics and other Christians around the world. It is designed to help Christians discern the presence of charisms in their lives. Charisms, or spiritual gifts, are special abilities given to all Christians by the Holy Spirit to give them power both to represent Christ and to be a channel of God's goodness for people. 
Called & Gifted Workshop
Saturday, March 12
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
St. Raphael in Oshkosh
Facilitated by the Catherine of Siena Institute
Curriculum Corner
It's Almost March: Time for ACRE!
The ACRE assessment for our Catholic schools will be used March 1-30. The assessment is for students in grades 5, 8 and 10. The most economical is the online version, $3.50 per student. If you are using booklets and answer sheets, the school or parish may have the booklets available. They are a 2013 copyright. The answer sheets must be ordered. They are $4.00 per student. Visit www.nceaifg.com and
New ACRE Logo
Lenten Resources: Ash Wednesday is March 2!
Textbook Evaluation: myView Literacy, by Savvas
St. Mary in Greenville has evaluated myView Literacy, by Savvas (formerly Pearson) for their K-3 grade reading. If anyone would like to know more about it contact Deb Fuller.
Success Story: IEW Materials
If you are looking for a writing program, a couple of our schools are having great success with IEW materials (Institute for Excellence in Writing). Check out their website www.iewschools.com or contact Natan VandeHey for more information. 
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PBS Learning Media - Invite teachers to check out www.pbslearningmedia.org for a variety of curriculum materials. During the Olympics and Black History Month, there are several videos and other resources celebrating the gifts and accomplishments of people around the world.  
Franciscan at Home = Catechetical Certification
If you and your teachers have not started working on the new Catechetical Certification portal, don’t hesitate to let us know how we can help. Contact Jane at jschueller@gbdioc.org.
Social Media:

Don’t forget to occasionally check out Diocese of Green Bay Administrators Facebook group. Click icon at left to go there now!
Textbook Resources Review
If you are planning a change in content resources, please contact Jane Schueller in order that schools can collaborate as needed or fill out the tab on the spreadsheet. 

It would be helpful if all schools could fill out the Textbook spreadsheet to assist in knowing what schools are using.
Battle of the Books for Catholic Schools
A group of schools is interested in doing a Battle of the Books for our Diocese. A group of six schools has met and is working on compiling the list of books. The plan is to gear the books and questions to fifth-eighth graders. The “battle” for two teams from each school is tentatively scheduled for May 16. 

If you are interested in more information or getting involved, please contact Jane Schueller.
Curriculum Review & Connections: Please fill out this form in order that as schools/systems are looking at reviewing curriculum resources, they might be able to collaborate with other schools/systems. You could also use this resource to connect with other schools using different resources at which you might be looking. 
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Surrendar Novena
Bishop Ricken has asked us to pray the Surrender Novena to give our cares and challenges to God. Perhaps you might want to begin the Novena with your staff on these days before Lent, or as a Lenten prayer.  
Surrender Novena - Day 8
Close your eyes and let yourself be carried away on the flowing current of My grace; close your eyes and do not think of the present, turning your thoughts away from the future just as you would from temptation. Pepose in Me, believing in My goodness, and I promise you by My love that if you say, “You take care of it.” I will take care of it all; I will console you, liberate you and guide you.  

O Jesus, I surrender myself to You, to take care of everything! (10 times)
2022-2023 Calendar
Are you starting to plan the 2022-2023 school year? We are! Click Here to view the 2022-2023 calendar! Remember to check back as dates to change!  

Use the DPI Days and Hours of Instruction Calculator to be sure you have the correct amount of hours of instruction.
Portal Open
Just a reminder that on February 1st the application portal for School Choice opened! What does this mean for your school?

  1. Make sure you let your current voucher families know that they need to apply for the 2022-2023 school year!
  2. Check your OAS portal for NEW students - many families will apply for Choice before they ever contact the school!
  3. Get the word out!! Include information in your social media, newsletters, and parish bulletins through April 15th.

Remember that the income levels for families has increased this year! Click here to get the amounts.  

Need help? Please contact Lori at 920-272-8163 for lpaul@gbdioc.org.
Updated DHS COVID Guidelines
The Wisconsin Department of Health Services (DHS) released updates to their Guidelines for the Prevention, Investigation, and Control of COVID-19 Outbreaks in K-12 Schools in Wisconsin.

There is also an addition to this summary of the key takeaways and updates to the guidance.. If you have questions concerning the DHS guidance, please email the CDES Outbreaks inbox at DHSCDESOutbreaks@dhs.wisconsin.gov

In conjunction with this release, DPI’s COVID-19 Infection Control and Mitigation Measures for Wisconsin Schools 2021/2022 has also been updated and posted. Questions concerning the DPI measures can be directed to Louise Wilson, DPI’s School Nursing and Health Services Consultant, at louise.wilson@dpi.wi.gov

Thank you for all you do to keep our students and educators safe and healthy.
Reimbursement for School Mental Health Programs
DPI Student Services, Prevention & Wellness (SSPW) Team is now accepting claims for Aid for School Mental Health Programs.

Eligibility for school districts, private schools (as defined in Wis. Stat. § 115.364[1][am]), and independent charter schools (as defined in Wis. Stat. § 115.364[1][a]) is based on calculations around year to year eligible expenditures. School districts, private schools, and independent charter schools may receive partial reimbursement for salary and fringe benefits paid to employ, hire, or retain social workers or the costs to contract for the services of a social worker when the school district, private school, or independent charter school increased in its expenditures in the 2020-21 school year compared to the 2019-20 school year. To read more about the program details, visit the Aid for School Mental Health Programs page.

This year’s Claim Form is now available, and must be submitted to the Department by March 12, 2022, to receive reimbursement for eligible expenditures made in the preceding school year. Claim forms must be submitted online. 

Questions about this program should be directed to Julie Incitti, School Social Work Consultant, at julie.incitti@dpi.wi.gov or (608) 266-0963. 
Save the Date: May 4, 2022
All School Rosary Event
Because of the great feedback we received from the all school Rosary event in October, we will be holding another all school Rosary event on May 4, 2022 at 9:00am. More information will be coming but please mark your calendars now.
Upcoming DPI Webinars
The DPI’s Choice Program Team will be hosting webinars covering various areas of the program.
The trainings are open to new schools to the program or schools already in the program.

Schools can prepare now by ordering a WCRIS Choice Handbook. This Handbook covers all the topics below as well as an appendix of important dates and resources. You can order a handbook here. The following trainings are at 3:30 pm:
NWEA MAP Resources
Please pass this link for MAP Resources to your teachers. There is a lot of information available to them for using the data to drive instruction and do goal setting with students.  
More . . .
NCEA Newlsetter Link
Click on icon below to read the latest issue of Catholic School Matters Newsletter from NCEA and Dr. Tim Uhl.

Office of Catholic Schools

Questions? Contact us at education@gbdioc.org or (920) 272-8273.
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