Office of
Catholic Schools

December 2, 2022

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An Advent Prayer

God of Love,

Your son, Jesus, is your

greatest gift to us.

He is a sign of your love.

Help us walk in that love during the weeks of Advent,

As we wait and prepare for his coming.

We pray in the name of Jesus, our Savior.


Thank You!

We are grateful that so many of you were able to join us for lunch with Bishop Ricken. It was wonderful to gather together in person. For those who were not able to make it, we missed you and look forward to our next gathering. We have a small gift for you from the Office of Catholic Schools which will be delivered soon

We hope you enjoy the blessings

of a wonderful Season of Advent!


Next editions of the Office of Catholic Schools Newsletter:

December 16

January 6

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

Dec. 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Dec. 15: School Choice deadlines (see info below)

Dec. 23 - Jan. 1: Diocesan Offices Closed for Christmas Break

Jan. 1: Annual School Safety Report is due

Jan. 9: New School Administrator Meeting

Jan. 9: DASA North & Northeast Meeting

Jan. 10: School Choice registrations and auditors fees due

Jan. 16: DASA Central Meeting

Jan. 19: DASA Southeast Meeting

Jan. 25: DASA Executive Meeting

Jan. 24 - Feb. 4: Catholic Schools Week

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

Catholic School Playbook

Check out the Catholic School Playbook, a free Catholic school resource. In addition to the website, you can also join the mailing list for regular newsletters filled with articles to inspire your work.

Here is one of their articles that was sent this week:

The Renewal of Catholic Education is Fueled by Families - Not Institutions

Surrounded by institutional failure in education, families joining faithfully Catholic school communities are discovering the benefits of being part of "a family of families." Click here to read the full article.

IMPORTANT Information from WCRIS about the Annual Safety Report due on January 1

A Message from WCRIS:

Your school’s annual safety submission is due to the Wisconsin Department of Justice Office of School Safety (OSS) on January 1. This is required of all private schools, regardless of your participation in the choice programs or past receipt of school safety grants. You can find more information on what’s required here.

To submit your documents to the state, you must use a unique ShareFile login that may have been created with a previous administrator’s information. We recommend that you check your access to the ShareFile now, and contact the OSS if you cannot locate it.

Be aware that January 1 is not only a holiday, but also a Sunday this year.

This fall, you may have been notified that your school was not in compliance and consequently submitted missing documents. That was for 2022. Regardless of any previous submissions, a new upload of all documents is required for 2023 from your school by January 1.

Compliance with this law is not only important in maintaining a safe school environment, but on-time, completed submissions make your school eligible for future state safety funding in an emergency.

We recommend contacting the OSS with specific questions about your safety submission. After that, if you have further questions or concerns, please contact WCRIS. We are here to serve.

Sharefile Instructions

Link to DOJ Sharefile

Safety Report Checklist

Suicide Prevention Grants Available

The Student Services/Prevention and Wellness Team at DPI is pleased to announce a second round of Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Grants. The applications are due to DPI on Friday, December 9, at 4:30 p.m. 

Any school at which pupils attend high school grades (including public, tribal, charter, and private schools), which has not already applied in the 2022-23 school year, is eligible for this grant. Recipients of a grant under this program may use the grant funds to support an existing peer-to-peer suicide prevention program or implement a new peer-to-peer suicide prevention program. The amount of each individual grant award may not exceed $1,000.

For more information, please visit the Peer-to-Peer Suicide Prevention Grant webpage.

School Choice Info


•Deadline for schools to submit to the DPI the September 2022 Enrollment Audit Payment Process, Pupil Count Report & Audit 


•Deadline for schools to submit to the DPI the 2022-23 Fiscal and Internal Control Practices Report 

•Deadline for schools to correct 2022-23 school year applications received prior to the third Friday in September, as permitted by Wisconsin Administrative Codes PI 35 and 48. Schools should work with their auditors to make corrections as part of the September 2022 Enrollment Audit. 


2023-24 Required School Registration - New & Continuing Schools

Schools must review and complete the documents in the New Schools or Continuing Schools table at the DPI Website by January 10, 2023. Additionally, all schools must review the documents under All Schools.

Curriculum Corner

Curriculum Planning Team

We will begin the process of reviewing and revising our curriculum standards in the new year. At this time, we are looking for members to create a core team made up of administrators and curriculum directors. Our first meeting for the core team will take place on January 24 from 1:00 - 3:00. Please contact Liz Goldman if you're interested in participating.

Moving forward, as we look at each curriculum area, we will look for individuals who specialize in each area. Please begin to think about teacher who are strong in specific subject areas.

Renaissance Learning Presentation

We had a great presentation from Renaissance Learning yesterday, and we are excited to share that the schools in our diocese have been offered an opportunity to pilot the programs below through the end of the school year for FREE! Please contact Liz Goldman if you're interested in participating.

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Star Phonics -

Worth Repeating

Navigating the SNSP

Did you know that WCRIS (Wisconsin Council of Religious and Independent Schools) hosts a free "Lunch and Learn" webinar each month. These sessions share a wealth of information and can help you and your school.

Don’t forget to register for our December 7 webinar, Navigating the Special Needs Scholarship Program! The webinar will feature guest presenters from the Wisconsin Institute for Law & Liberty (WILL) to equip you with best practices for joining and participating in the SNSP. 

If you have a topic suggestion or feedback from previous webinars, please send comments here

Register Now

Mental Health Webinar

The next webinar will focus on Harm Reduction – a big topic right now with regards to overdoses and kids/teens using drugs. Attached is the information and the QR code (below) to log on. Or you can use the URL:

School 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:


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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