What a perfect way to begin our Catholic Schools Week with the annual Celebration of LIght! Our schools exist to help bring the light of Christ to a world hungry for good news, especially during this pandemic period. As the Celebration of Light video illustrated, Jesus calls us all to be saints for this unique time in history, and what a time this is! For nearly one year, our administrators have translated and applied the daily COVID-19 updates, and our teachers and staff have continued to motivate their students through very thoughtful hybrid-learning lesson plans. Each important role represents a commitment to the craft and ministry of teaching and learning in our Catholic schools. Each important role illustrates what it means to get up every morning and say, “Yes!” We thank our teachers, staff and administrators who daily make a choice to serve our families. No matter the time-period, God calls each of us to develop and use our talents in service to the Kingdom of God! The saints among us are those that sacrifice much to answer this call.
And, speaking of saints, thank you to the Fulcrum Team for the terrific night, and for the inspiring video tribute to our friends, the O’Callahans. The video captured the humility, grace, wisdom and tenacity that Tom and Jan have shared so willingly with our school leaders. I smiled when I listened to their hope shared at the end of the video…to inspire others to find a way to give back. Their story is somewhat daunting when considering the degree to which they have given! Tom and Jan know the inner workings of our schools’ cabling and all devices, and they have saved our schools over $900,000 through the dogged determination and persistent effort given to the E-Rate federal funding application process. We thank them for their tireless and focused commitment. We congratulate them for receiving the Archbishop’s Award! In the Office for Catholic Schools, we keep our partners in the Fulcrum Foundation and all our schools in our prayers of gratitude.
Thank you for supporting the Fulcrum Foundation's virtual Celebration of Light 2021!
2021-2022 Academic Calendar- Please complete your 21-22 Academic Calendar and return to OCS by March 1, 2021.
Fulcrum Programs- Diversity & Inclusion Grant- Contact Susan Ocoma, email@example.com with questions
February Newsletter - this month's emphasis is on celebrating Black History Month, Hybrid Teaching and Reopening, and general announcements that pertain to high school educators.
Early Learning Newsletter - Week of February 1, 2021- Weekly Newsletter will cover resources, professional development, new health department info and more.
Weekly Newsletter from the Archdiocese of Seattle
WSCC 2021 Catholic Advocacy Bulletin- The WSCC Wishes YOU a Happy Catholic Schools Week! Private Schools Emergency Waiver Bill (HB 1131) Passes House
Archdiocese of Seattle Launches New Website!
Ash Wednesday is February 17! CRS RICE BOWL begins!- This article provides you the current liasions who can support you and ensure you have all the Rice Bowl materials you need.
MAP Testing January Updates-- All MAP testing sites and coordinators should read through the January updates from NWEA
CIC Retreat Flexibility due to Covid-19- CIC Retreats continue at the level that is right for each school. Please apply for clock hours so your CIC efforts are noted.
Teacher Recruitment Initiatives and Upcoming Fairs- 2 Handshake Virtual Fairs (2/11) Seattle Univ. (2/24) Saint Martin's, Seattle Pacific and Univ. of Puget Sound
Year of the Eucharist - Phase 3 - The Real Presence- In prior CIC Leadership Retreats, we have discussed how to deepen our students' lived experience during the Mass to encounter the "Real Presence of Jesus". These resources might be helpful.
The Fulcrum Educational Leadership Grant is now open -Information sessions & Deadlines. Contact Kelly Surapaneni, firstname.lastname@example.org with questions.
Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education (PACE) - PACE Teacher Interest & Request Form
Email Updates- Please log-in to the OCS website to view the collection of emails from Terri Fewel.