Office of
Catholic Schools
Thanksgiving Prayer
Heavenly Father, on Thanksgiving Day
We bow our hearts to You and pray.
We give You thanks for all You've done
Especially for the gift of  Jesus , Your Son.
For beauty in nature, Your glory we see
For joy and health, friends and family,
For daily provision, Your mercy, and care
These are the blessings You graciously share.

So today we offer this response of praise
With a promise to follow You all of our days.
Thanksgiving Office Hours
November 22-23:closed
Christmas Office Hours
December 24-January 1:closed
Letters of Recommendation Issues
Please be reminded that the updated deadline to submit Kohl Student and Teacher Applications is, Tuesday, November 27 at 5 pm. The system will not allow applications to be submitted after this time.

As the submission deadline for the applications approaches, applicants should be aware of the following issues with the Letters of Recommendation.
Troubleshooting Letters of Recommendation:
Letter writers’ emails that end with and do not work with the online system. Letter writers with these emails will not receive any notifications from the online system.
If you used an email with either url:
  • If you have submitted your application: You must contact Daniel Henderson at or (608) 278-1224 to fix this. This cannot be fixed by the applicant.
  • If you have not submitted your application, you can delete the letter writer and add an email that works or a new letter writer’s email.
  • One other important note: If a student or teacher requested a letter of recommendation from someone who has an email address that ends in or, they most likely did NOT get the request. Those email domains are not working with the vendor. If this is the case, they NEED to contact Daniel Henderson at

If you are still waiting for letters to come in, make sure that you have used the right email address of the letter writer. You should follow up with the letter writer to ensure that they have received the notification email from SmartSimple. If the letter writer cannot access the online portal, please contact Daniel Henderson at or (608) 278-1224 to have their access reset.

Please note that the WCRIS office is closed from Thursday, November 22 to Sunday, November 25. Phone calls and emails received during this time will be addressed on Monday, November 26.

If you have questions regarding the Kohl applications, be advised that you should reach out to WCRIS now through Wednesday to make sure your issues can be resolved before the deadline.
Long Term Sub needed - St. Nicholas
Scott Vanderloop is looking for a long term sub for 4K from around December 16 for 12 weeks. If you know of anyone who would be great in this role, please contact Scott as soon as possible -
Do you look forward to the Christmas edition of the Compass and all the children's artwork/essays? This is where those works originate: the annual "Just for Kids" contest. Artwork subject: "Newborn Jesus in the Manger" Essay topic: "Why did Jesus come to earth as a baby and not as a full-grown adult?" Deadline: Dec. 3, 2018.
The income levels for families to participate in the choice program for 2019-2020 have been released. They are:

WPCP Only Income Limits 220% of the Federal Poverty Level for 2019-20

Family Size Maximum Yearly Income*
1 $26,708
2 $36,212
3 $45,716
4 $55,220
5 $64,724
6 $74,228
For each additional member add $9,504

* As determined by the Adjusted Gross Income (AGI) on the federal income tax return for the prior calendar year (2018 for the 2019- 20 school year).
Upcoming Events
Annual Administrator Day

The Administrator Day will be Monday, December 3 from 9:00-2:00 at the Chancery Building, St Francis Xavier Conference Room. We hope you will able to come to collaborate with other administrators around the Diocese. Please register if you are attending or not.

Participants in the MAP training this past Monday were given a Padlet with documents and information. Feel free to use the website.
Tip of the day: Although RIT stands for the creater of the scoring system. An easy way to know what the functional acronym means is RIT - Ready for Instruction Today

Register now for the February 7 Professional Learning Day
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 each offering, and to register.
Do You Know ESSA?
Tuesday, December 4, 2018
1:00 PM EST

On Demand Webinar
Inviting Jesus into Your Classroom
Teacher as Spiritual Leader

Marketing Your School During
Catholic Schools Week and Year-Round

The Consultation Process: A Review
There's still time to register for This FREE Webinar!
presented by Michelle Doyle
 Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at 4:00 PM EST
The consultation process is documented in both the Title I section of the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) and the uniform provisions of Title VII, which apply to other programs in ESSA in which private school students participate. Exactly what does the law say about consultation? What does it mean to “reach agreement?” What topics should be discussed? This webinar on consultation will present an overview of the process for ESSA. Subsequent webinars will take a deeper dive into the process in the areas of funding, defining educational need, and strategies and safeguards to ensure equitable participation.
oin Us for the Complete 2018-19 Webinar Series
All webinars will be held at 4:00 PM EST.
Registration information will be emailed to you two weeks prior to webinar date.
·    December 19, 2018: New ESSA Guidance, Part 1
·    January 22, 2019: New ESSA Guidance, Part 2
·    February 12, 2019: The Consultation Process: Getting a Handle on Funding
·    March 12, 2019: The Consultation Process: Developing & Using a Needs Assessment Effectively
·    April 9, 2019: The Consultation Process: Effective Use of ESSA Strategies & Safeguards to Ensure Equitable Participation
Michelle Doyle is the CEO of Michelle Doyle Educational Consulting, LLC. Michelle has been the education lobbyist for the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and the Director of the Office of Non-Public Education at the US Department of Education. Her expertise is in the equitable participation of private school students in federal education programs.
Visit Michelle at or follow her on facebook:
Additional Dates to Keep in Mind

  • November 30 Catholic Foundation Grants Due
  • November 26 CPR training date at CESA 7
  • November 28 Curriculum Summit - Art
  • December 3   Administrators Professional Development Day 9:00-2:00
  • January 7 New Administrators
  • January 10     Curriculum Summit - Music
  • Jan 20-26 School Choice Week
  • Jan 27-Feb 2 Catholic Schools Week
Catholic School Matters Issue on Reframing Enrollment -

Journal of Catholic Education Article - Catholic High School Options ad Post-Secondary Student Success -
Catholic School Matters Podcast - A great Podcast related to Catholic Education -

Fr Don Everts Article Vol 137 No 17 for Newsletter-- this is a great article that talks about his priesthood and dedication to education.
Thank you for all you do and have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Office of Catholic Schools

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