March 28, 2019

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  • April 2, New Principal Meeting at the Catholic Center – 8:30 a.m.
  • 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.
  • Please check the calendar for this weeks meetings and birthdays!


Day of Prayer

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

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

SOS Teams

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

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.

Mental Health Response Team Manual ~ 2nd Notice

Please see the following link for the Mental Health Response Team Manual (It can also be found in the Health Room Procedure Manual on the Admin Page)

Non-Playground and Playground Scrap Tire Material Grants ~ 2nd Notice

Please see the attached link from Nicolette Gibson for information on grants available and how to apply for them.

Accreditation Visits

St. Thomas More – April 3
Our Lady of Hope – April 4
Cathedral – April 5
St. Mary Nevada – April 10

Bishop’s Visits

Bishop Hogan – March 29


* Everybody needs JOY.  Oh Jesus, please help me in this time to not be distracted throughout the day.  Help me to remember You in all my daily activities and especially when I need You most.  With all the noise from when I wake up to when I go to sleep I often forget You.  Next, I ask you to help me put others first and do what I need to be doing for my community, family and friends.  Also, help me to not be selfish or greedy.  Finally, please help me to take care of myself and control myself through whatever happens, to not get down on myself and always have JOY and be positive.  I pray this because I need You and I love You.  Amen.  ~St. Mary Montrose student

* 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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