January 10, 2019


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Catholic Schools Week

Dan and Pat would like to extend an invitation to attend as many schools and their activities during CSW as they can.  If you have something special planned and would like Dan and/or Pat to attend please let them know!

Brian’s Fund Scholarships

Brian’s Fund was established to get 8th grade students to start thinking and having discussions about how to prevent substance abuse and addiction, in any form, within their families and among their friends. This fund provides two $2,500 scholarships a year. One to a male and one to a female student, who will be attending a local Catholic high school. The two winners for 2018 scholarships attended Holy Cross and St. Elizabeth’s. Brian’s Fund is preparing to accept applications for their third year. Below you will find the links to the Brian’s fund Facebook page and Website.  Please feel free to reach out to Steven Hutto at 816-695-8374 for more information.

Brian’s Fund Facebook Page

Brian’s Fund Website

Pray It Forward Prayers

Thank you so much to you and your students for all of the wonderful prayers.  The Catholic Schools Office has chosen their top 5 and submitted them for a decision by Bishop Johnston for the winning prayer.  We will announce the winning prayer next week!  The school that submitted the winning prayer will receive a 6.5 hour reduction in instructional hours.  Be watching each week as we showcase the prayers in our Weekly Prayer Intentions.

Finding JOY in our world ~ A teachable moment

Please share the post-game interview of Dabo Swinney, the head coach of the Clemson Tigers, with your students. He states that JOY comes from focusing on Jesus, Others and Yourself! A great example of our theme in the “real world”.

Safe Environment Reminder from Carrie Cooper

As new coaches volunteer to help with spring sports in your schools, please remember they must meet the safe environment requirements:
1. Attendance at a VIRTUS® Protecting God’s Children workshop within 60 days of beginning service
2. Reading and acknowledging commitment to the Diocesan Code of Ethics – Ethics and Integrity in Ministry (EIM)
3. Providing consent to a background screening every 5 years with service contingent upon screening results
4. Completion of the Volunteer Application found on pages 27 & 28 of the EIM if they are new to your parish or school.

Free LIVE Second Step Webinars: January

Attend live webinars and connect with experts to learn how Second Step can help you create a safe and supportive school community with social-emotional skills, bullying prevention, child protection, and mindfulness.

Looking to try Second Step SEL at your school? Considering expanding to add Bullying Prevention or Child Protection Units? Or want to expand your implementation to additional grades?  Find More information and Webinar dates here.

AdvancEd Survey Links

Your school should have already received your school AdvancED survey links from LeAnn.  Each school should have a link for the Elementary/Middle School/High School Survey, Parent Survey, Staff Survey and if you are being accredited this year, a Teacher Inventory.  Please let LeAnn know if you did not receive your links.

Message from Pope Francis ~ 2nd Notice

As you prepare for the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity, please listen to this short message from Pope Francis.

Diocesan School Assessment Discretionary Fund Part B ~ 2nd Notice

Any diocesan elementary school can apply for additional funding for the 2019-20 school year from the Diocesan School Assessment Discretionary Fund (Part B). In order to be considered for this grant, a school must complete the attached Diocesan School Assessment Discretionary Fund application and return it to the school office no later than January 31, 2019. Grants will be awarded based on the applicants ability to explain how the funding will maintain or increase their school enrollment. An email will be delivered to the pastor, business manager (if you have one) and the principal of each non-Bright Futures school providing the number your school is estimated to receive from Part C during the 2019-20 school year.

Online PD ~ 2nd Notice

If you are interested, the National Catholic Educational Association (NCEA), Notre Dame of Maryland University (NDMU), and Virtual Education Software (VESi) have partnered to provide low cost PD/courses. The attached flyer gives you more information.

Local PD Day (February 15, 2019) ~ Additional Information from Amy Hogan

Please read the information attached from Amy regarding the Benchmark Assessments.  Make sure to block off about 2 hours during the February 15 Local PD day for the grading and entering of benchmark assessment results. This will only affect 3rd – 8th grade teachers teaching math.  Amy will be providing a video by the end of January with more detailed information as to how that should occur.

Latino Enrollment Institute ~ Final Notice

Last call to attend the LEI in June. Enrollment deadline is Saturday January 19th. Please let Kerry know if you are interested.

POD Meetings in January

January 11, South Rural – 1:30 p.m.

Bishop’s Visit

January 30 – St. Michael the Archangel


* Please keep Andrea Harris and her family in your prayers.  Andrea’s grandmother has passed away.

* That the Mutually Shared Vision for our diocese being developed by our bishop and his Visioning Team will be received as a call for all of us to “Take courage and get up” because “Jesus is calling” each one of us to seek him and receive salvation. We pray.

*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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