April 4, 2019

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  • April 4, DSB Meeting at the Catholic Center – 5:30 p.m.
  • April 8, HS POD Meeting at St. Pius – 11:00 a.m.
  • April 8, North Rural POD Meeting – 1:00 p.m.
  • April 9, EEC POD Meeting at the Catholic Center – 8:30 a.m.
  • April 11, Southwest POD Meeting – 11:30 a.m.
  • April 11, Southeast POD Meeting – 9:30 a.m.
  • April 12, Northland POD Meeting at St. Andrew – 9:30 a.m.
  • April 12, South Rural POD Meeting – 1:30 p.m.
  • April 16, Pillar 2 at the Catholic Center – 11:00 a.m.
  • April 16, CSLT at the Catholic Center – 1:00 p.m.
  • Please check the calendar for this weeks meetings and birthdays!


Child Abuse Prevention Month

Let us remember that April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. Take a few moments to check out the online resources available on the OCYP web pages – go to kcsjocyp.org and then click Resources.  We need to do all we can to prevent child abuse.

HR Information

This attached link will take you to an HR document which is part of a bigger packet of information that HR sends to the business manager and pastor of each parish. It includes information about salary raises.

Important May Dates

There is a series of events in May that need to take place like clockwork in order to assure Pat gets your Missouri non-public goals. The table below hopefully captures those events.

Event Date(s) Comments
Administer Benchmark Assessments May 6 – 10 I suggest you give the benchmark as early as possible during this range of dates in order to allow more time for the following steps.
Grade benchmark assessments May 6-10 This can be done during your “data day”, which was a local PD day on your school calendar.  However, some schools may have made it a school day because of the snow.  You can do this step during a faculty meeting or two.
Identify the ELA and Math areas of need by analyzing the Math benchmark and IA scores. May 10 – 13 This can be done during your “data day”, which was a local PD day on your school calendar in May.  However, some schools may have made it a school day because of the snow.  You can do this step during a faculty meeting or two.  Dan will provide a process for identifying the ELA and Math areas of need using both the Math benchmark
Bring ELA and Math areas of need to Principal meeting May 14 Dan will probably ask principals to submit via a google sheet prior to the meeting.
Diocesan ELA and Math areas of need are established May 14 During the meeting, we will review the ELA and Math areas of need for all elementary schools and then establish diocesan areas of need from the top 3-4 most frequent areas of need from the schools.
Submit Missouri Non-Public goals to Pat May 21 Principals send their MNP goals to Pat.


Day of Prayer ~ 2nd Notice

As a part of our Diocesan Holy Year theme “One Family” the month of April is focused on healing.
Bishop Johnston is requesting that all schools promote their prayer commitments on the Day of Prayer April 26th as part of the Diocesan focus on Healing in the month of April. Please let your community know and invite to participate in your schools planned prayer (see the attached sheet for each school’s plan- we did this in the fall). A couple schools plan to bring students to the noon Mass at the Cathedral on April 26th as part of your prayer commitment. If other schools are planning to attend, please let Pat know so we can address any needed logistics!

EMF Day Survey ~ 2nd Notice

Please share the following link with your staff that attended the EMF day on March 15th.

SOS Teams ~ 2nd Notice

At our last Principal meeting working with our counselors we talked about providing training for a few leaders from each school so that you can be ready to go with some leaders for your school team. In the fall we hope that each school will invite the trainers to your school and train your whole staff on suicide awareness. This training is provided by a grant and is of no cost to you.

We will be offering this leader training on two dates at the Catholic Center…May 21st and May 28th from 8am to 12 noon

Please let Kerry know which date your school will be sending teachers/staff and the number you plan to send.

We need to have this information by April 5th to order appropriate materials and number of trainers.

2019-20 EMF and PD Days ~ 2nd Notice

Please complete the survey immediately after reading...CSLT and the Pillar 2 Leadership group has been working on plans for the 2019-20 EMF days (August 13-14 and March 12-13) and the two Diocesan PD days (October 11 and February 14).

EMF Days: Restorative Justice training would take place during the 4 EMF days.  In order to reduce the number of travel days to diocesan events, it was decided to move the August 12-13 Restorative Justice training to 13-14 and keep the Convocation Mass on August 14.  The training would start on August 13 and continue after the Convocation Mass on August 14.

PD Days: During the October 11 and February 14 PD days, math teachers will receive researched based math instructional practices. We hope to have diocesan teachers, local math professors and curriculum coordinators, and hired experts in this area (C.L.A.S.S. and other similar experts) present. For the non-math teachers, we hope to bring in presenters in general instructional practices. The non-math teachers will also spend some time during the PD days reviewing the new ELA benchmark assessments.

Paying for the training: Now, how do we pay for this training?  In last week’s TT, I presented a concept that only paid for the two diocesan PD days.  I have a more comprehensive plan that will pay for the two diocesan PD days as well as the 4 EMF days.  Before I give you the numbers, remember these figures will pay for 6 days of training — 2 PD days and 4 EMF days.

Adding the estimated cost of the two diocesan PD days ($20,000) to the cost of the 4 EMF days ($55,000), the total comes to $75,000.  Dividing $20,000 by 425 elementary teachers and adding the quotient of $55,000 by 550 teachers, we estimate it will cost about $150 per teacher, which can be taken from either Title 2 or Title 4 money.   We think the restorative justice training would be eligible for Title 4 training.  Understanding some schools don’t have enough Title 2 and/or 4 to cover $150 per teacher, we would like the Title rich schools to help the Title poor schools by paying more per teacher.   In order to better understand which schools are Title rich and poor, there are some questions on this survey to gather that information.  After I get this information, I should be able to clearer identify how much each school would need to pay to make this work.  The survey also has questions to help us to better plan the PD days.

Accreditation Visits

Our Lady of Hope – April 4
Cathedral – April 5
St. Mary Nevada – April 10
Visitation – April 17

Bishop’s Visits

St. Regis Academy – April 26


* God, Please help me to love you as much as You love me.  When I doubt, show me the light.  Help me remain humble and selfless.  When I sin, help me see the ways in which I can improve.  As I strive to be a joyful servant, following You into heaven.  Amen.  ~St. Elizabeth student

* Please keep the mother of Fr. Jonathan Davis in your prayers as she undergoes treatments for Leukemia.

* Dear God, During Lent help us to keep our eyes on Jesus.  Help us to spend more time talking and listening to You.  Help us to share what we have with others and be sorry for times we have done wrong. Amen.

* O Heavenly Father, give us wisdom and hope as we work to strengthen and prosper Catholic Education in our Diocese.  May our Catholic schools help parents to form their children in a relationship of faith, hope and love with and in Jesus Christ.  Make our Catholic schools places where students grow in knowledge, wisdom, integrity and virtue.


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