Office of
Catholic Schools
Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence, I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins my Mother; to thee do I come, before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful; O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me, Amen.
Mary, our Mother, pray for us! 
Happy Mother’s Day

Upcoming Choice Deadlines

May 15
  • Schools with revisions to their 2018-2019 Hours of Instruction Report must provide a revised copy. 
May 21
  • The Demographic Collection Snapshot occurs with the WISE data for the 2018-2019 school year. Becky Krahn at the Diocese for assistance.
June 1
  • Schools with applications that have been determined ineligible through the application process must notify the parent of each applicant via mail or email that their application is ineligible. 
June 30
  • Annual budgets must be completed for schools that are NOT NEW to the program for the 2019-2020 school year and new schools that have chosen the surety bond option.
Catholic School Mass

Our Catholic School Mass that was scheduled for October 3 is cancelled. After discussion with the DASA Executive Committee, the decision was made to cancel the mass for this fall in lieu of Catholic School Mass at the Shrine on May 1, 2020 and the High School mass taking place on September 18 at Notre Dame Academy.
Calendar Updates
We have made some changes to the calendar for next year.  Please review the calendar and make changes as necessary. The Administrator Day that was scheduled for December 2 is changed to December 10. We are hoping to invite Pastors to this meeting to do some collaborative work.
Lifest Tickets for Students
Just a reminder that students can purchase tickets to Lifest at a special price. Go to: and click on “BUY TICKETS”. Enter BOGO19 in the promotional code box and follow the instructions from there. Please let your students know.
Preliminary Enrollment Report
Just a reminder that all principals were sent a preliminary enrollment report that will be used to provide the Bishop with an overview of the 2019-2020 school year. The report is due back to Lori Paul by Monday, May 13th Please contact Lori if you need it resent.
Textbooks Needed
Most Precious Blood in New London, currently a PK-4 school, is adding fifth and sixth grade. They are looking for 7 science and social studies textbooks for 6th grade. If you have any extra books, please contact Marie Gorman.
WI License Renewal
Since January 1, 2019 DPI has been sending updated emails to those who are eligible to apply for a background check related to their lifetime license. From what I understand this is being sent to those who had a license that would have expired in either 2017, 2018 or 2019 under the old program.

The email from DPI will include directions to apply, however, in order to successfully submit you will need to complete a few steps and should do so before starting.

1)Select Renew Lifetime License with Background check

2) you will be asked to update your profile to include graduation dates

3) you will need to upload Employment Verification

4) during the process of paying for the application you will be asked the following questions.  ANY YES response would require additional documentation.

Do not forget to process payment, the fee will be $45.
(Thanks to Danielle Sievert, Most Precious Blood’s public school partner, for sharing this document)

We have some of our schools exploring the option of using the Simple K-12 online PD platform for teachers. All Saint School in Antigo used it this year with great success. We would like to help keep the costs down for schools by contracting as a group. If you are interested in learning more about it, please contact Jane Schueller by May 20. Our contact is Nathan Smith. He would be happy to have a webinar to demonstrate the product.
From Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty
WILL released " A Deep Dive into Governor Evers' K-12 Budget Proposal " that goes through nearly every single education proposal in Evers' budget while utilizing new research as well as LFB analysis and JFC testimony. For each proposal, we explain how it impacts schools and students across Wisconsin.

We dive deep into nearly every provision in his budget, from his infamous voucher freeze - which would cost Wisconsin $110 million in lost economic benefits - to the ending of the Special Needs Scholarship Program - that has a 56% higher parental satisfaction score than public schools for educating students with disabilities. The report looks at lesser known provisions, such as new private school accreditation requirements, new teacher licensing requirements, changes to the early college credit program, the elimination of the private school tuition tax deduction, and more mandates from Madison on local school districts.

Evers' budget should concern parents and lawmakers alike. It would end school choice as we know it - freezing the expansion of vouchers and charters but also implementing stifling regulations that would halt the growth of private schools in the choice program. It also goes after Wisconsin's incredibly popular Open Enrollment Program, limiting funding increases for the program and making it less desirable for public schools to participate. Evers' budget would exacerbate Wisconsin's teacher shortage problem, making it harder for teachers to work at private and public schools. All in all, Evers' budget:
  1. Eliminates access to high quality private and charter schools for low-income families
  2. Spends money on K-12 public schools with no accountability for student achievement - while underfunding some of the best schools
  3. Creates new red tape for Wisconsin's families, teachers, and public/private schools
The full article can be found here.
Articles from WCRIS
Upcoming Events
Once again there will be two options for the Discipleship II seminars for teachers and administrators this summer. 

August 7 will be at St. Mary Catholic High School - Neenah
This day will feature Bishop Ricken and national speaker Katie Prejean author of Room 24, Adventures of a New Evangelist  The focus of the day is on “Follow Jesus” helping us identify moments we’ve encountered Christ, how that changes our lives and how to bring it to our students. 
August 23 will be at The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help - Champion
This day will feature Bishop Ricken and other speakers who will focus on “Follow Jesus” It will be similar to August 7, although Katie Prejean can only be with us on the 7th.

Please share this link with your staff to have them register for the day they would like to attend. 
Accreditation Workshops
For those who are getting ready for a site visit next year, there are Accreditation workshops scheduled for June 18. From 9:00-11:30 the focus will be on the self sudy. 1:00-3:00 will focus on hosting the visiting team and writing the action plan.

If you completed your site visit this year and did not get a chance to be part of the virtual meeting to write your Action Plan, here is a link to the recording

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our office, we are happy to help. 
Sophia Institute - Theology of the Body - June 11, 9:00-2:00 The donor requires 50 registrants for this to take place.
"Let us make man in our image.." What does it mean to be made in the Image and Likeness of God? What does it mean to be created Male and Female? How do we help our students understand these profound realities so that they truly impact the way they live? Join our Workshop staff for a FREE one-day program on helping students see the beauty of these realities through the lens of St. Pope John Paul II's Theology of the Body. This Workshop blends scholar presentations with interactive pedagogical sessions, giving you a chance to explore content with a respected college professor, as well as explore and simulate practical teaching strategies with ready-to-use classroom materials. Share best practices with your fellow teachers, enjoy catered breakfast and lunch, and both formal and informal discussions.
This session is open to teachers of all ages. All middle and high school teachers who teach anything related to the body, biology, health, theology...should have a basic understanding of Theology of the Body. Choose between June 11 and October 3.

June 11 - flyer  Please register by May 24.
MAP Workshop at St. John Bosco
Sue Madagan, the MAP reports expert from NWEA will be at St. John Bosco in Sturgeon Bay on May 30 to look at growth reports and fall-spring data. If you are interested in attending or would like one of your teachers to attend, the cost is $100. Please contact Vickie Dassler by May 20.

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