Category: General

Technology Training 2020-2021

OCS and our partner schools are excited to provide our Catholic school educators with some technology training in the most used online platforms including Microsoft Teams and Google Classroom.  We will continue to update this page as we provide trainings throughout the Fall of 2020. Office 365 – Microsoft Teams training with David Olinger: […]

MAP Testing 2020-21: Information You Can Use

MAP Testing FAQs —————- How to Add a Student to your Roster: The directions for creating a student profile are here: Creating a Student Profile [] []. The directions describe the need for information that meets two different requirements – Required to complete the student enrollment and required for Reporting.  I would just view them as all required. […]

How to Use Google Classrooms Effectively PD – 09/25/2020 (2:00-3:30pm)

The Office of Catholic Schools is proud to offer Catholic school educators the opportunity to learn more about how to best utilize the functions of Google Classroom in a 1.5 hour professional development virtual session on Friday, Sept. 25th from 2:00-3:30pm hosted by Matt Jordan, St. Charles Tacoma Director of Technology. The PD is FREE […]

Recommend an Aspiring Leader for the Leadership Academy

Do you have an aspiring administrator you would like to recommend for the 2020-21 Leadership Academy? For questions, please contact Kelly Surapaneni at  

Do you have old projectors?

I’m writing to see if either of you knows if Seattle Catholic Schools has any old (1940’s or 50’s) 16mm movie projectors still laying around in storage? Either at the centralized office where old tech might be stored, or at any of the school or parish locations? I imagine we are decades past using them, […]

Lunch and Learns – Professional Development Opportunities

Lunch and Learns – Hosted by the Office of Catholic Schools   Lunch and Learns are 30 to 60 minute professional development (PD) opportunities for principals and teachers, typically held on Tuesdays at 12pm-1pm via ZOOM. Each Lunch and Learn has a different focus, and all teachers and principals are encouraged to join. All PDs […]

Preschool/PreK Survey

Thank you Principals and Preschool/PreK leaders for filling out this survey.  I look forward to visiting each Preschool/PreK to meet staff, see your spaces, learn about your program and celebrate all the great work you are doing.  If I have not already I will be scheduling a time to come and see you soon!

COVID-19 Bulk Purchase Opportunity

Do you need floor stickers, wall signs, & possibly a sanitation station?  You can find it all here!  Image Mill is a local company that provides graphics of all kinds as well as fabrication.  They are offering us bulk pricing for select items.  All items listed on the order form may be printed with your […]

School Swag

Local catholic school family Company provides employment to skilled members of our community without work HIGH QUALITY materials & design (adjustable, breathable, anti-microbial, washable) 3 sizes of mask & two kinds of masks “Volvo ($12 students & staff, $17 rest of school community) & Humvee ($15 students & staff, $20 rest of school community) Gator […]

MAP Testing for the FALL 2020

Summary: All students participating in MAP testing must be rostered BEFORE any testing can begin. Rostering can begin as early as August 13th and we ask that all students are rostered by September 3rd by 3pm. MAP tests for READING and MATH are required, LANGUAGE will be available but not required, in the spirit of […]

Recruiting Teachers Within the Archdiocese

In an effort to keep teachers working during these uncertain times, Kristine Moore and Kelly Surapaneni are kindly requesting that principals communicate with us when they have to reduce their staff. By doing this, Kelly and Kristine will be able to work with a list of teachers and help them to find work elsewhere in […]

High School Students Incentive Program – Now until September 19, 2020

Students can impact our blood supply, and earn a scholarship!  BLOODWORKS NORTHWEST   We know the year ahead will continue to look very different for all of us – including our learning experiences for students. In fact, as many colleges and universities are going virtual in the fall, we know that summer is an opportunity […]

Refugee Artisan Initiative – Face masks and more!

Refugee Artisan Initiative, RAI, provides sustainable work for refugee and immigrant women here in Seattle. CO-FRIENDLY & FAIR-TRADE PRINCIPLES: As part of the Refugee Artisan Initiative, they: Hire and train immigrant women with sewing skills. Enable artisans to work from home in an enterprise that needs little space. Help women overcome language, transportation, and cultural […]

September 2020 Child Care Survey

Thank you for completing the September 2020 Child Care Survey.  I appreciate your time as we gather information about how schools are potentially serving families in need as we start our school year in remote learning.

Principal Retreat Evaluation – August 10, 2020

Please take a moment to complete the survey below in regards to the Objectives of our Principal Retreat with Archbishop Etienne on August 10, 2020. Objectives: 1) Clarify mission of Catholic education in the Archdiocese of Seattle; 2) Engage in dialogue with the Archbishop regarding the mission; 3)  Engage in dialogue and collaborate with colleagues […]

August PD Offerings – Online

Virtual PD offerings recommended by the OCS Team (Updated weekly) For additional PD offerings that run as a series, etc. please visit the Virtual Meetups link and OCS Calendar events. Monday,Tuesday, Wednesday,Thursday- August 17 -20 from 10 AM to Noon. LITURGY ONLINE TRAINING through the Liturgy Office! For more information and to register, please click […]

Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Grant Program (TAP) Coordinator

Please designate a Fulcrum Tuition Assistance Grant Program (TAP) Coordinator, who will be the main contact person at your school for all questions or communications with Fulcrum concerning TAP for the 2020-21 school year. For some schools, the principal is the sole TAP Coordinator. For others, multiple people at a school are designated as TAP […]

Welcome David Mayer

Greetings … My name is Dave Mayer and I am so excited for the opportunity to meet and work with you as I begin the position of Director of Early Childhood Education. I am energized to have conversations with each of you to learn about the great programming that is happening throughout the archdiocese and […]

NWEA MAP Rostering Meeting

Dear Principals and MAP rostering personnel, On Thursday, August 6th  at 10 AM – NWEA will be hosting a rostering meeting to help schools solidify the process of rostering for Fall MAP testing. Nathan Stuart, Senior Technical Consultant for NWEA and Mark Duquette, NWEA regional rep, will be online hosting this session to ensure our […]

OSPI Safety Resources

National Bullying Prevention Month is every October! Here are some resources for you: Cyberbullying Research Center Cyberbullying Newsletter YouTube Videos to share The HIB Safety Center page Supporting adults with adult cyberbullying issues A helpful activity for school staff is to have staff read thru the list of apps and ask, “How many have you […]

Reopening for Fall 2020

  June 18, 2020   Dear Catholic School Leaders, Teachers, Families, Little did we know in March, that our plans for distance/remote learning would take us to the end of the academic school year, and yet, here we are!  What does this mean for us as we reflect on what we have learned, and how […]

Reopening Catholic Schools – Fall 2020 – A Letter from Our Superintendent

In a spirit of communion, solidarity and subsidiarity, the Office for Catholic Schools provides high quality professional development, resources, and best practices to expand the evangelizing mission of our Church as we help one another form the school leaders God has designed for our time. June 18, 2020 Dear Catholic School Leaders, Teachers, Families, Little […]

2020-2021 Accreditation Team Member Registration

Being part of an accreditation visiting team is an enriching professional development opportunity that provides clock hour certificates to each team member. Through the process of objectively examining a school, members look at their own schools in a new way. Teachers and Administrators are welcome to register to join an Accreditation Team. If you would […]

PPE bulk purchasing opportunity- Please complete survey!

Just a reminder to complete the survey below if you would like to be considered for bulk buying of PPE opportunity.   PPE bulk purchasing opportunity A bid to secure large volume PPE for schools that would include interested Private Schools has been offered by the ESDs! Many of our schools have already received an […]

Vulnerable Population Survey

Principals, I am seeking the guidance of HR for the questions that have arose over the last month regarding VULNERABLE adults and students. Adults may be considered vulnerable by age or underlying medical conditions. Students are considered vulnerable if they are medically fragile or have an underlying medical condition.   Each of these populations present a […]

3 Job Postings for the Office for Catholic Schools

In the Office for Catholic Schools, we have two exciting new and one current position that we have posted and for which we will be interviewing.  The first is for an Director of Early Childhood Education. The Fulcrum Foundation worked with a donor to secure funding for this OCS position, and we are thrilled!  As […]

Message from the Superintendent

Like all of you, I reacted to the news this past week regarding the senseless death of George Floyd with horror, disbelief and sadness.  With ever-increasing tensions, we pray that all our students may truly encounter the woundedness of those who live on the margins.  In this time of Pentecost, we pray that each of […]