Early Learning Newsletter September 6th

Each week I will send out an Early Learning Update email.  These are meant to be quick updates on any relevant items for the week including resources, Professional Development, new health department info and more.

Early Learning Update Week of September 6th

Items Covered:

  • All: Prayer to start the School Year
  • All: Office for Catholic Schools and Fulcrum Foundation Leadership Academy
  • All: Enrollment and Preschool Finder Email
  • Licensed ONLY: DCYF Updated Rules on Background Checks

Please see this week’s professional development opportunities and news: https://mycatholicschool.org/for-catholic-schools/catholic-identity/early-learning/


Prayer to start the School Year

Dear God, Thank you for the gift of education in every form. As our children prepare to start a new year may confidence be their foundation, may grace be their guide and may hope be their compass toward a bright future. I pray they would have eyes to see the needs of those around them and a heart to love well. May they face each day with positivity knowing that no matter what comes their way, they do not have to face it alone. Amen


Office for Catholic Schools and Fulcrum Foundation Leadership Academy   

The Office for Catholic Schools and the Fulcrum Foundation offer the Leadership Academy, a yearlong leadership development program for aspiring and new principals. Recognized Catholic school leaders and shareholders will provide sessions in spiritual, academic, managerial, and strategic leadership. Working in solidarity to ensure a system of excellent Catholic schools, the Leadership Academy will provide the knowledge, skills, strategies and best practices for current and future school leaders.

WHO: New and Aspiring principals

WHEN: 2021-2022 Dates: October 13th, November 17th, January 19th, February 9th,
March 9th, April 6th


The Leadership Academy meetings will be held from 3:45pm-5:00pm . Outside of these listed               meetings are a number of optional leadership development opportunities, beginning in August.



WHAT: Leadership training in the following National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective             Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools (NSBECS) areas:


Mission & Catholic Identity, Governance & Leadership, Academic Excellence and Operational Vitality

If you are interested in the Leadership Academy for the 2021-2022 academic year, contact Kelly Surapaneni at kelly.surapaneni@seattlearch.org.


Enrollment and Preschool Finder Email

On Friday, September 3rd I sent individual emails asking you to review and respond to an enrollment question, Preschool Finder information and program visit schedule.  Thank you for taking the time to read, review and respond by Friday, September 10th.


Licensed ONLY: DCYF Updated Rules on Background Checks

Last Wednesday, DCYF sent an email titled “Updated Rules on Background Checks”.  I wanted to
give you the heads up that they will be recalling that message and will be sending updated               information, so please disregard that email.   One thing to consider.  If you had staff join your program when the fingerprinting portion of the background check was suspended during the pandemic please have those staff get their fingerprints now. If all of your staff have up to date Portable Background Checks and fingerprints you have no further action.


Thank you and have a wonderful week!