- January 21 – 25, Week of Prayer for Christian Unity
- January 24, Northland POD Meeting at St. Andrew the Apostle – 10:00 a.m.
- January 28 – March 1, Catholic Schools Week
- January 28, BFF POD Meeting – Noon
- Please check the calendar for this weeks meetings and birthdays!
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Congratulations to St. Andrew the Apostle School
On Monday January 14, 2019 at a special all school assembly, Dr. Peters announced to St. Andrews School that one of their students wrote the winning prayer in our Pray It Forward contest. The 8th grade student who wrote the winning prayer is Frances Shields. As the winning school, St. Andrews will take a day off on April 23, 2019. Congratulations to Frances Shields and St. Andrew School. Here is Frances’ winning prayer:
Dear Jesus, There is joy in praising, joy
in loving, joy in serving, joy in caring, joy in
sharing. As we reflect and celebrate our
faith this week, may we come to serve, not
only ourselves, but each other and most
importantly God the Father. Help us to find
the joy that comes through praising,
serving, caring, and giving as we live our
lives in you, Amen.
Benchmark Assessment Pilot Testing Window Opens NEXT Week!
Friends, its here! As a reminder, all 3rd-8th grade math classes should take the pilot of the benchmark assessment next week. Please emphasize to your teachers that these assessments are not perfect but they are strong. I am 100% aware that revisions need to happen after the assessments are given. I want to be transparent with you and your staff. We need to be realistic and understand that there is human error and I will need everyone’s help to finalize the assessments. Thank you for your patience and understanding as I continue to work through this process. As always, email me (firstname.lastname@example.org) with any questions. To those who have already, thanks for reaching out for clarification. I am looking forward to our pilot round!
Here is the information letter from Amy regarding the Benchmark Assessments which includes the link to the Google folder where you can find the assessments.
Go Chiefs! ~Amy
Principal and Director self -evaluations are due to your superintendent on January 31st…if you have not already sent it in, please do so! Pat has sent those under her realm the evaluation form they need to use. Those under Dan’s realm may use the one that is attached.
Emmaus Leadership Series
Each year the Barbara and Patrick Roche Center for Catholic Education out of Boston College solicits participants for their Emmaus Leadership Series. Jodie Maddox, Darin Pollard, and Ann Wright have been participants this year. They would be very interested in sharing their experience, I am sure. Kristin Meiley, the director of Professional Development, will host a 30-minute webinar conversation at 1:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, January 24, 2019 for anyone interested in the Emmaus Series. Please register for the webinar at emmausseries.org. Dan encourages you to at least consider this program. The feedback is very positive.
Pray It Forward Campaign
Below you will find links to help spread the word about our Pray It Forward Campaign for Catholic Schools Week. Please share this campaign with all of your school and parish families via social media, email and any other communication tools you have. Encourage as many people as possible to participate in the campaign. You can share the website link and the google form link starting now through Catholic Schools Week. The map on the Pray It Forward website will be updated daily until CSW and then 4 times each day during CSW. If your school would like to have your own google map, please let LeAnn know and she will send the directions needed to set it up. (You will be responsible for the updating of your map each day.)
Website link: http://catholicschoolsystem.com/prayitforward/
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Catholic Schools Week ~ 2nd Notice
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 ~ 2nd Notice
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.
Safe Environment Reminder from Carrie Cooper ~ 2nd Notice
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.
AdvancEd Survey Links ~ 2nd Notice
Your school should have already received your 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. Your surveys need to be completed by Thursday January 31st!
Local PD Day (February 15, 2019) ~ Additional Information from Amy Hogan ~ 2nd Notice
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.
January 30 – St. Michael the Archangel
|WEEKLY PRAYER INTENTIONS|
*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.