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October 21, 2022

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Eucharistic Adoration Prayer:

The Divine Praises

Blessed be God.

Blessed be His Holy Name.

Blessed be Jesus Christ, true God and true Man.

Blessed be the Name of Jesus.

Blessed be His Most Sacred Heart.

Blessed be His Most Precious Blood.

Blessed be Jesus in the Most Holy Sacrament of the Altar.

Blessed be the Holy Spirit, the Paraclete.

Blessed be the great Mother of God, Mary most Holy.

Blessed be her Holy and Immaculate Conception.

Blessed be her Glorious Assumption.

Blessed be the name of Mary, Virgin and Mother.

Blessed be St. Joseph, her most chaste spouse.

Blessed be God in His Angels and in His Saints.


Bishop Ricken's Pastoral Letter –

Encountering Jesus in the Eucharist:

Disciples Called To Worship (2022)

As we continue our journey into missionary discipleship as "Disciples on the Way," we move into the next phase of our discipleship process, the Worship Jesus years. In his latest pastoral letter, Bishop Ricken calls us to a deeper appreciation of Jesus in the Eucharist and a greater focus and study on the Mass.  This link will take you to the resources you might need for this pastoral letter.


Next editions of the Office of Catholic Schools Newsletter:

October 20

November 4

Look for topics in previous editions:
Index of Past Topics
Archive of Superintendent’s emails:
Archived emails
Calendar Items
(See details in articles below)

Oct 25: All School Mass with Bishop Ricken

       10:00 AM at St. Gabriel in Neenah

Nov. 9-10 : 8th Grade Vocations Fair

    (System Schools only)

Nov. 14: New Administrator Workshop

Nov. 14: Discover Catholic Schools Week begins

Nov 17: School Success Summit (sign up here)

Nov. 27: Advent begins

2022-23 Schools Calendar
Important Dates for Private School Choice Programs
New Items

Grant Window Opens at

Catholic Foundation

The Catholic Foundation is pleased to announce it is accepting grant applications. 

Grants awarded by the Catholic Foundation benefit Catholic schools, parishes, and ministries in our Diocese. There are multiple grant opportunities. Grant funding generally focuses on programming and training. Schools have requested and received funding for tuition assistance, sponsoring speakers, or

special events. If there is something your school would really like to try, consider looking into grant funding to help. Requests for books and capital items are not generally accepted.

Grant applications need to be submitted prior to December 1 to be considered.

To apply for a 2022-2023 grant please go to: Grant applications

If you received a grant in 2021-2022, please complete your grant report by December 1.

If you have questions about what grant(s) to apply for, questions about grant reports or if your 2021- 2022 grant project/ program occurs after December 1st, please contact Nicole Skarda at 920-272-8292 or email


UWGB Men's Basketball Education Day

Green Bay men's basketball is hosting an Education Day on Monday, Dec. 5 at 11 a.m. at the Resch Center this season and we'd love for your schools to join us!


We are offering the following as part of Education Day:

  • Free Tickets to the game for all students, teachers and chaperones
  • Educational programming throughout the game on the videoboard and PA regarding why education in important, living a healthy life, etc. 
  • Free bus parking
  • The opportunity to bring a clear-bag lunch if desired
  • Special giveaway items for all students, such as folders, pencils and other school materials

If you are interested or have questions, please get back to me and we will get you taken care of! If you know of anyone else that would be interested, please forward this message on to them. 


Also, if you are interested in having our players come to your classroom to hype the kids up for this day, we can work on making that happen as well! 

WCRIS Safety Webinar

School Safety Session, Oct. 26, 1:30 p.m.

WCRIS staff will walk you through the Department of Justice safety plan submissions to meet the upcoming deadline on Jan. 1. Attendees will also hear about important school safety news and about some of the WCRIS schools that received critical incident response grants. Register here.

School Choice November

November 1

  • Schools must revise their annual budget prepared by June 30, if the actual third Friday Choice or all student enrollment varies by 20% or 20 students, whichever is less. If the school is required to update the budget, the budget must reflect the revenues resulting from the school’s actual third Friday in September enrollment, along with related required budget changes. These schools must retain the revised budget and cash flow report on file at the school for auditor review as part of Page 9 of 17 the Fiscal & Internal Control Practices Report (see Training 6-3: School Budget on the On Demand Training webpage). 

After Report Card Publication by the DPI

  • Choice schools that have a school website are required to post the school’s most recent report card to the school’s website home page within 30 days after the DPI publishes the report cards. Choice schools must prominently link, from the school’s home page, the school’s most recent report card.
  • Annually (may occur in a different month), Choice schools must provide to the parent or guardian of each student enrolled in or attending the school a copy of:
  • The school’s accountability report (complete report card, detailed version); and simultaneously,
  • A list of the educational options available to children who reside in the pupil’s resident school district, which must include public schools, private schools participating in a parental choice program, charter schools, virtual schools, full−time open enrollment, youth options, course options and options for pupils enrolled in a home−based private educational program. See DPI’s notification requirement webpage for additional information. 

By the End of November

  • The DPI remits, by direct deposit, the November state aid payments to eligible schools based on each school’s third Friday in September Count Report and Summer School Count Report (see Training 9-1: Payment Process, Pupil Count Report & Audit Overview on the On Demand Training webpage and the Choice Program Payments - Frequently Asked Questions webpage).
  • The DPI provides the 2023-24 school registration materials to schools. Information on the school registration materials will be available on the School Registration webpage (see Training 2-1: School Registration Process Overview on the On Demand Training webpage). 
  • DPI sends out the November state aid payments to eligible SNSP schools based on each school’s 3rd Friday in September Pupil Count Report and Summer School Count Report, if applicable. 

Mental Health Webinar with

Deacon Jim Hoegemeier Recording

The first in the series of mental health webinars with Deacon Jim Hoegemeier is now available here.  In addition, the Powerpoint presentation and list of resources is included. If your school or parish is interested in having a Mental Health First Aid Training, please contact Jesse Brunette at 920-272-8233. 

The next webinar will be on December 13th with Jane DePrey from HSHS at 10:30. The subject will be Harm Reduction. With fentanyl and other drugs significantly on the rise with youth, this presentation will incorporate a spectrum of strategies to help with those who may have an addiction. Topics include abstinence, meeting people “where they’re at,” and addressing conditions of use along with the use itself.  Because harm reduction demands that interventions and policies designed to serve people reflect specific individual and community needs, there is no universal definition of or formula for implementing harm reduction. You don’t want to miss this presentation! Please join us VIA Zoom at

Link to Webinar Slides
Link to Resources

2023 Milwaukee Youth Choral Festival and Mass

You are invited to participate in the Pueri Cantores Festival.  In this event, hundreds of students in grades 4-12 from various Catholic Schools and parishes across the region will unite for a day of musical excellence, spiritual and personal growth, academic and cultural enrichment, and community, inclusion, and friendship. Click here for more information and to register.

Curriculum Corner

Standards Based Learning


School administrators and/or lead teachers from each building are invited to participate in Standards Based Learning PD. Please register for the Ken O’Connor presentation hosted by the Green Bay Diocese and CESA7. Ken O’Connor is an independent consultant specializing in grading and reporting. He has been a staff-development presenter and facilitator in 47 US states, nine provinces and one territory in Canada, and in 25 countries outside North America. Ken will share information and best practices in standards based learning. Following this presentation, we will hold workshops to help schools grow in this area.

There will be two follow up sessions later this school year to put what we learn into practice. This will be a stepping stone as we prepare to review all curriculum areas.


NWEA MAP Test Windows

Now that you've wrapped up your fall MAP assessment, it's time to take that information and use it. There are some great resources (see below) to help your teachers as they use the results in their classroom. Please reach out if you need any support as you prepare to share results with parents during fall Conferences.

The future test windows for the 22-23 school year are

  • Winter - January 4-January 21 (highly recommended)
  • Spring - April 1-April 30

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.  

Great Resource for Teachers

Check out to find some amazing resources for your teachers and students.  There are many free options as well as subscription options with additional resources.

Worth Repeating

All School Mass with Bishop Ricken

Tuesday, October 25 at 10:00 AM

St. Gabriel the Archangel, Neenah

We invite representatives from all of our schools to join us for this special event. You may invite your priest or deacon to join as well. Due to space limitation, we are inviting a maximum of 10 people per school. Please RSVP. If you need more space, please contact Liz Goldman at or 920-272-8163.

Bishop Ricken continuously prays for our schools. We would like to offer a spiritual bouquet for him. Each school is invited to send a message telling Bishop Ricken how your school community will pray for him. Please be sure to identify your school and location in your message. A representative from each school will bring it forward during the roll call of schools.

From the GB Vocations Office

As you help your students to grow and nurture the gift of faith that God has placed in their hearts, we know that questions about their futures arise. Our wonderful Catholic schools help them to see that future with the eyes of faith and always encourage them to ask what God has in mind for their lives. Our office is always here to help you in walking with your students to discern the voice of the Father and the movement of the Holy Spirit in their lives. We support you, firstly in our constant prayers for you, and secondly, we would love to be on your campus and with your students to speak more deeply into the areas of vocation, discernment, prayer, and the joy of a life lived with the Lord. If you would like to invite us to speak to a classroom, a few students, or even the entire student body, please do feel free to reach out to us. You can contact us via email/phone:, or by filling out the speaking request form:​. Thank you for all that you do!

- The GB Vocations Office


Vocations Mass (for 8th graders in System Schools ) - See email from Lori Paul

  • November 9 (All System Schools except GRACE)
  • November 10 (GRACE ONLY)

Choice Training

The Choice Team will again be offering virtual training sessions geared towards new schools to the Choice Program for the 2022-23 school year. As we did last year, we would like to extend this opportunity to existing schools in the Choice Program who are interested in a refresher related to program requirements (see topics below). New Choice Administrators and Designees may find these training sessions particularly helpful. The dates and topics covered can be found below. The trainings will be offered via Microsoft Teams; the link to each training can be found below as well. Please note these trainings are not mandatory but encouraged.  

All times are 3:30 - 4:30 on the dates listed below:


Mental Health Webinar Series

Addressing key mental health issues our students are facing

For Catholic school teachers, principals, guidance counselors, campus ministers, catehetical leaders, catechists, youth ministers; all are welcome to these quarterly, free webinars hosted by the Diocese of Green Bay Catholic Charities mental health staff.

Topics and dates:

  1. How Faith Affects Mental Health (Oct. 18)
  2. Understanding Harm Reduction Strategies (Dec. 13)
  3. Mental Health & the Hispanic Community (Feb. 7)
  4. Signs of Sex Trafficking (Apr. 4) 

All webinars will be at 10:30am conducted via Zoom. Invitations and links will be in future newsletters. Please direct any questions to: Lori Paul, Catholic Charities 920.272.8318.

Looking for a Service Project in the GB Area?

Operation Turkey Bag!

Help us deliver a little love to folks who have to work on Thanksgiving by cooking, packing and/or delivering special Thanksgiving Turkey Sandwich sack lunches in the Green Bay Area! 

For a description of the volunteer opportunities, please visit this webpage which includes details and sign-up instructions.

2023 Annual Essay/Art Contest

 Theme:  The Holy Family

Three artwork winners from each age group, K-8, will be chosen by a diocesan panel of judges. This winning artwork will be sent to the Missionary Childhood Association National Christmas Artwork Contest. 24 national winners will be selected by MCA and this winning art will appear as e-greeting 2023 Christmas cards at and winners are celebrated in December. 

All winners will receive a commemorative plaque. One prize winners’ art will become the official Christmas card for the National Director, Monsignor Kieran E. Harrington of the Pontifical Mission Society in the United States.

Details &  Entry Form

In partnership with World Mission Services, The Compass presents its annual Christmas essay/art contest this year. 

More . . .
NCEA Newlsetter Link
Click on icon below to read the latest issue of Catholic School Matters Newsletter from NCEA and Dr. Tim Uhl.
Full Education Policy Manual for SY 2022-2023

Office of Catholic Schools

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