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Catholic Schools
This week was National Migration Week. It is an opportunity for we, as Church, to highlight and pray for people who are immigrants, refugees, victims and survivors of human trafficking. On the heals of this week is March for Life. Let us all pray for all life and for processes and policies that defend the right to life and justice for all.
The Diocese of Green Bay offices will be Closed on Monday, January 21, 2019 for the observed birthday of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.
Information
Bishop Update at Sacred Heart School
In Shawano

Bishop Ricken will be providing a follow-up presentation on January 29, 2019 at 2:00 at Sacred Heart in Shawano. Approximately a year ago, the Bishop announced the strategic and mission plan for Catholic Schools. One of the action plans was to provide a yearly update on how our Catholic Schools are doing. With positive student growth and 7 new schools participating in Choice, along with MANY other achievements, we can assure the members of our schools and parishes that Catholic Schools are here to stay! You are welcome to attend the event. We will also be taping it and it will be available on the website for viewing the following week.
Are You Ready for School Choice Week?
National School Choice Week is January 20-26. If your school participates in the Choice program or will be starting to participate this year, it is a great time to let your families and community know! Check out https://schoolchoiceweek.com/states/wisconsin/ for graphics you can put on your Facebook page! You can also advertise any events you are having on this site! Registration opens February 1, but new families can create their log-in and password information now and will receive a reminder when the portal opens. The Diocese will be celebrating the event by having the lobbies at Bona Hall and The Chancery decorated with banners and flyers. We will also be providing a list of all schools in the Diocese that participate in School Choice to interested families.
Marketing and Development Team Meeting
 On February 7th at 1:00 at Bona Hall there will be a meeting for individuals who are responsible for the development (fundraising, marketing, etc) for their schools. Several years ago there was a round-table group that met and there have been requests to re-establish the group and begin discussing best practices. An email will be going out but if you are interested or would like more information please contact Lori Paul .
Mad-Libs for Catholic Schools Week
In order to celebrate Catholic Schools Week on a Diocesan level, attached are resources for Mad-Libs Prayer Card to use in your school. These documents allow a class or the school to create their own prayer card. Once it is created, we ask you to video it and upload it to social media and notify Lori Paul so we can capture all the video and put them on our website. Look for an email today with all the details!
Catholic Relief Services - Rice Bowl

We just finished Advent and are still in the Christmas season but before you know it Lent will be here. Ash Wednesday is March 6, 2019.
Each day during Lent, we have the opportunity to be inspired by the stories of communities from around the world, to set aside a little of ourselves to make room for a stranger. It is our Gospel call to stand with courage, bringing hope of the Resurrection to a world often beset by hopelessness.
We can encounter the needs of the world through prayer, a commitment to fast, and a readiness to give alms. To serve as a guide for reflection, the Diocesan World Mission Office invites you to check out both CRS Rice Bowl resources and the World Mission Services Project booklet this Lent. Please share these resources with your families, teachers and students.
Here is a link to a letter for families, teachers and students in regards to great free resources available through CRS Rice Bowl for Lent. Also linked is downloadable meatless recipe for Ground Nut Stew . One of their suggestions is the $3.00 you save on meat is to put it in your Rice bowl. They have resources such as daily reflections; prayer intentions; posters; simple meatless recipes; Lenten calendars; stations of the cross; digital retreats;
These materials are available in both English and Spanish and are free of charge. CRS rice bowls and resources can be ordered online at www.crsricebowl.org/order
World Mission Services Projects Booklet 2019-2021
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The Projects booklet consists of 22 short term mission projects. 100 % of financial contributions to these projects go directly to the project. Support a mission project and experience the needs of the global Church. You can be the hands of Jesus through these projects. Perhaps you’ll pray a living rosary for World Missions; or assist with home repairs in the Dominican Republic; or assist with a soap making program in Haiti; or bring clean water to children in India or Uganda; or have a Noah’s ark project and purchase piglets, chicks or cows for a school in Uganda. Your support to projects booklet gives the gift of hope.
Blessings,
Cindy St. Aubin
World Mission Director
9 Days for Life
WASHINGTON--On January 14, 2019 through Tuesday, January 22, 2019, thousands of Catholics across the country will join in prayer for "9 Days for Life." The prayer campaign, sponsored by the Committee on Pro Life Activities of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, leads up to the annual Day of Prayer for the Legal Protection of Unborn Children. The novena and day of prayer are a time of recollection and reparation in observation of the anniversary of Roe v. Wade--the Supreme Court decision that made abortion legal throughout the United States.

The overarching intention of the novena is that all human life will be respected. Each day of the "9 Days for Life" novena highlights a related topic and provides a reflection, educational information, and suggested daily actions.
Participants can subscribe to receive the daily prayers at www.9daysforlife.com .
Love Begins Here
Help your Middle and High School students connect with their parish and serve local communities.
The Diocese of Green Bay is in their third year of hosting local mission experiences for middle and high school students. The program, Love Begins Here (LBH), has opportunities to serve our communities. Check with your parish to see if there is a program, or start your own and invite the parish.  https://www.gbresources.org/love-begins-here.html
January: Win a 3-D Printer!

Introducing The Meemic Foundation's "NottaGrant": a monthly opportunity to simply "pop in" to be entered to win a valuable enhancement for an educator's school to enhance classroom learning! Just a few clicks and you're entered to win a 3-D printer!
Fourth Annual Meemic Masterpieces Art Contest and Grant Opportunity!
Sponsor students in grades K-12 to submit an original artwork featuring one of these three themes:
·     Your favorite season - winter, spring, summer, fall
·     Your favorite school memory
·     Selfie
Winning student artists will receive a Chromebook, and the sponsoring Club Member will receive a $300 Art Supplies Grant for their school!
Apply by March 29, 2019. Details can be found at:
Just Released . . . For Catechetical Leaders, Youth Ministers, Catechists

These talking points were developed in collaboration with Catholic Charities, Communications, Safe Environment and Families & Schools offices and are meant to help you respond to questions from parents or students about the sex abuse scandal.
These talking points are not meant to be used to  initiate  a dialog, but only as a resource to help answer questions that arise in the context of classes or in conversation with parents or students.

Kremer Foundation
Since 1985, The George and Mary Kremer Foundation has been committed to providing Catholic elementary schools in the continental United States with tuition assistance grants for children from financially challenged families. If you are not currently a participating school, please consider applying for a grant at http://kremerfoundation.org/application-form.html . The Kennedy year and page required on the application can be obtained by contacting Pat at 920-272-8188. Deadline for application is January 31, 2019.
Upcoming Events
NCEA Convention - April 23-25

Please take a look at the preliminary conference materials . You may want to pay special attention to the mini-conference on Early Childhood. We have gathered prices for a day trip. The bus would need to leave by around 4:15 AM. If we fill a 36 passenger bus, the cost would be approximately $60 per person. The day we would go is Wednesday, April 24. An interest form will be sent out in the January update.   Early Bird registration for NCEA is now. You can use Title Funds for this event. Register interest here by February 1.
2019 WCRIS Leadership Conference Registration
  • Save the Date!
  • Friday, March 8, 2019, at the Ingleside Hotel (formerly the Country Springs), Pewaukee.
  • Early-bird rate: $175
  • Early-bird Group rate: $155
  • Individual rate: $195
  • Group rate: $175
  • Late/Non-Member: $250
  • Early bird ends on January 11, 2019.
  • Registrations after February 23 are considered late.
Resources
Safe Environment Lesson Plans  
Next week is March for Life. This is a good time to talk with our students about the sanctity of all life and how we treat one another with respect and dignity. Take some time over the next few weeks to work on Safe Environment Lessons. Please be sure to have teachers record what the lesson is about, the number of students who participated and if a child was absent, the materials that were sent home. Resources

Racism and the Catholic Church
On Thursday, there was a panel discussion about how we are addressing Racism in our schools. Here is a list of resources for teachers .

NCEA Free Webinars
Good News in Our Catholic Schools
Congratulations - St. John Bosco received a $5000 grant from the Packer Foundation for their Project Lead the Way Initiative.

Office of Catholic Schools

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