Office of
Catholic Schools
Happy Catholic Schools Week!
May every member of our school communities be blessed with the courage to share the message of Jesus with everyone you meet.
SuperKids Reading
If you are interested in learning more about the PK-Grade 2 reading program, please contact Jane . We have five schools that started the program last year and the teachers are liking the success thus far. We also have two schools looking at it for next year.
Bridge Math Program
We have a couple of schools looking at the Bridges Math Program. If you have used this program or are looking at it, please contact Jane in order that schools could possibly work together on orders and professional development.
We are called to love our neighbor. But, like the scholar in the scripture passage, we may find ourselves asking, “Who is my neighbor?” This Lent, CRS Rice Bowl—Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith-in-action program—will help us answer that question.

We are invited to reflect on how an encounter with our neighbor can be transformative. We will see how our prayers, fasting and alms can support those worldwide who are forced to flee their homes to find safety or better opportunities. We will learn what it means to be companions on the journey.

CRS Rice Bowl makes it easy for educators to integrate Lenten spirituality and Catholic social teaching into their classrooms. And most importantly, it gives educators tools and tips for bringing Lenten spirituality into the home – where the foundation for a lifetime of faith begins.

We hope you will use CRS Rice Bowl this Lent! Here are some easy ways to get started:

1.       Visit to find all the Lenten resources available for Catholic school teachers and parish religious educators, including lesson plans and activity sheets.
2.      Order FREE English or Spanish materials online ( ) or by calling 1-800-222-0025.
  • Order CRS Rice Bowls (one per student) – these cardboard bowls are used to collect each family’s Lenten alms. Each CRS Rice Bowl comes with a Lenten calendar with a reflection for each day of Lent that families can do together.
  • Order CRS Rice Bowl Educator’s Guides – these guides are for teachers/religious educators who would like to bring Lenten spirituality or Catholic social teaching into their 1st-8th grade classrooms.

3.      Plan a CRS Rice Bowl Kickoff Event to distribute CRS Rice Bowls to students and prayerfully begin Lent. You can use the Prayer Service to Begin Lent (found in the Educator’s Guide) as a template.

If you have any questions about CRS Rice Bowl, please contact me or .

Thank you for considering inviting CRS Rice Bowl to be a part of your students’ faith journey this Lent!
Eric Weydt
Catholic Social Justice Coordinator
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.
Cindy St. Aubin
World Mission Director
The Fall/Winter Date Update
The latest update for the MissionInsite PeopleView System will be online Thursday, January 17, 2019. Click here for more details.
Help Your School Parents Claim a Private School Tuition Tax Deduction
Private school parents can benefit from Wisconsin’s K-12 tuition tax deduction by simply completing a one-page form with their 2018 state tax filing.
This is a state tax deduction that was won by WCRIS for private K-12 school parents across the state. But it does no good for private school families and schools unless parents claim it.
The tax deduction will save the average parent an estimated $240 per K-8 and $600 for high school students on their state tax bill.
Share the form with parents now, as tax season begins. Information about the deduction is here .
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.
NWEA Professional Development Day -
February 7, 2019

The   Informing Instruction workshop on February 7, 2019, learning is centered around how to break down your class data into manageable groups for lesson planning and for meeting the needs of your diverse learners.

Click on the link to the event to learn more about the offering, and to register. Please register as soon as possible. The workshop is at the Diocesan Office, we will announce the room by February 4.

The cost to attend the workshop is $125.00 per person, and lunch is included!

EdCamp Green Bay is Saturday February 16 at Pulaski High School from 8:30-1:00. Gather with other educators for this “unconference” to share your professional knowledge and get ideas from others. The sessions are set up at the beginning of the day based on what people would like to learn or share. Please register by February 7.
Trauma Recovery Training

Bishop Ricken has invited the Pastors, Pastoral Leaders, Deacons and Lay Ministers of the Diocese to attend a Trauma Recovery training session on Thursday, January 31st from 1-5pm at St. John the Baptist Parish at 2597 Glendale Ave., Green Bay. Please click here for more details.

Bishop Ricken has invited the Mental Health Professionals to attend a Trauma Recovery training session on Friday, February 1 from 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. (Registration begins at 7:45 a.m.) at the Tundra Lodge - 865 Lombardi Ave., Green Bay. Please click here for more details.

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Questions? Contact us at or (920) 272-8273.
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