October 10, 2019

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Accreditation Decision Survey

Here is a survey link from Pat regarding an Accreditation decision.  This survey needs to be completed by Monday October 14th.

Textbook Adoption Survey

Please complete this google survey. The results will be shared with all principals. Hopefully, principals planning to do a textbook adoption within the same year for the same subject, could work together to reduce their costs. In addition, principals willing to use another school’s used textbooks can make that known to the donating principal.

Website Project Update from Lane

Ten schools are participating in the new Website Project. Our new platform is Campus Suite (www.campussuite.com). At this time, I am in the process of working with their technical department to create the district and school site theme (site design), framework, and back-end requirements. Your school theme will include your branding colors and logo, along with the core pages, navigation, and sample content. I anticipate your theme being ready by October 30, at which time Campus Suite will assist each school with migrating and placing content into their new site. I will also be available for help via phone, email, or onsite.

In the meantime, schools should be reviewing and preparing their site content (text, images, video, etc.). I also sent an email this Tuesday requesting your school logo (high-quality jpeg, PNG, or Photoshop file) this week, and your About Page content (this can be a Word or Google Doc) by Friday, October 18. The About Page should target prospective parents and students. Follow these tips:
• The About Page is the second most visited page on your site.
• Focus on telling your story
• People buy from people, so personalize school and tell them who you are.
• Answer the questions: What do you do? What makes you unique? How can you solve my problem?, and How can I learn more?
• Include elements like your vision, philosophy, strengths, and values.
• Weave this information in with important page links. You could also include statements from the principal, a student spotlight, and parent testimonials.
Please feel free to contact Lane (lucas@diocesekcsj.org) with questions at any time.

Actors Needed ~ 2nd Notice

As part of the teacher VBRD training on March 12 or 13th, we would like teachers and their personal children to role play as parents and children in a circle. We plan to do 2-3 demonstration circles, one for primary age, middle school age and high school age children. This would be done on a stage for all teachers in the diocese to observe. We need as many as 6-8 parents with children as young as 3rd or 4th grade, 6th – 8th grade, and/or high school age children. A 3-hour rehearsal and training will take place a few days before the PD day. If you have a flare for the dramatic, literally, please share your talents and volunteer to role play in a make believe circle. If you want to participate and don’t have children or don’t have children that want to participate in this dramatic production, please let Kerry know. We will find stage children for you.


CSO Closing

The Catholic Schools Office will be closed on Friday October 18th.  If you have an urgent need you can contact Dan (1-316-371-8231), Pat (816-853-6242) or Kerry (816-694-5475) by cell phone.  Kerry will check her e-mail throughout the morning for non urgent items.

Title Money for PD Days

It is that time of year when your school finds out exactly how much title money you get for the year. Let this be a reminder to you, each school (except the SW pod schools) committed to about $66 per teacher to fund the PD this year. The SW Pod schools have very generously funded the lion’s share of the VBRD training in August and will probably do something similar for the March VBRD training. Some of the schools, have agreed to pay for various presenters for the October 11 PD day. They have received or will receive invoices from one of the presenters. Included in the invoice is the cost of lunches. So, we will not be collecting for lunches for those schools.

Attached you will find a list of schools that did not contribute to the October 11 PD day, but are being asked to contribute to the February 14 PD Day and March 12-13 VBRD training. This is being shared with you now as public school districts should be notifying you of your title money. Both of these events should be totally fundable by Title 2 and/or 4. As we get closer to those dates, unless you need them sooner, you will be sent invoices from the presenters indicated on the attached document that can be sent to your public school district for payment. If you have any questions, please let Dan know.

Vince Fitzgerald is Back

Starting today, October 10, 2019, Vince Fitzgerald will return to his responsibilities as the PLKC Director. He will also take up his responsibilities as the St. Michael the Archangel Catholic High School Facilities Director, but in a reduced capacity. Thanks for all your prayers and feel free to welcome Vince back. Please share this good news with your AD’s and coaches.

New Teacher Mentee Meeting Rescheduled ~ 2nd Notice

The New Teacher Mentee Meeting has been rescheduled for Wednesday October 16th at 2:00 p.m. at the Catholic Center.

Mary Delac Wins an Award ~ 2nd Notice

Our very own Mary Delac, principal of Our Lady of Hope school, was recently announced as the UMKC Alumni Association winner of the School Alumni Achievement Award for the School of Education. There are thousands and thousands of alums so for her to be selected is a major accomplishment and very much deserved. Click to the following announcement for further information. Congratulations, Mary!!! You make us proud.

Accreditation Dates

October 15 – Christ the King ECLC
October 17 – St. Mark’s Small Wonder
October 18 – St. Pius X
October 24 – Sacred Heart ECC
October 29 – St. Michael the Archangel
October 30 – Bishop LeBlond


* As summer into autumn slips, O give me grace today. To rise and turn as summer’s leaves draw life and strength from heavenly rays.
~ Emily Dickinson

* Please keep in prayer those who may be struggling and do not let their struggles be known.  May our prayers aid them in their journey.

* Remember, O most gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession was left unaided. Inspired with this confidence, I fly to thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother; to thee do I come; before thee I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. Amen.

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