Seattle Prep’s 7th annual Math Games is complete!  We ESCAPED!  

Seattle Prep’s 7th annual Math Games is complete!  We ESCAPED! Special thank you to Brian Meza and the leadership of Seattle Prep for hosting this amazing virtual experience for out 8th graders!! Student teams Zoomed their way through a creative scavenger hunt, followed by a timed Escape Room. Catholic schools represented in force, with 155 […]

Early Learning Newsletter October 19th

Early Learning Update Week of October 19th, 2020 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. Please see this weeks news: Items Covered: ALL: Face Coverings Reminder ALL: […]

National Vocation Awareness Week: November 1-7

National Vocation Awareness Week, November 1-7, 2020 Now is the time to plan how parishes and schools will pray, invite, teach, and celebrate! The Office of Vocations is providing these helpful resources as we celebrate God’s universal call to holiness by helping foster a culture of vocations in our families, parishes, and schools. Please consider […]

The Maryknoll Annual Essay Contest for middle and high schools is underway! 

Maryknoll has launched our Annual Essay Contest for middle and high schools! Here’s the website with all the details: https://discoveryourneighbor.org/official-rules/  Here’s the assignment: Write an essay explaining what you think the pope means by “a civilization of love.” What signs have you seen during these extraordinary times of people building a civilization of love? How will […]

Early Learning Newsletter October 12th

Early Learning Update Week of October 12th, 2020 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. Please see this weeks news: Items Covered: All: Early Learning Portal Page […]

Database Directory of Archdiocese of Seattle Schools

As a reminder to all schools, please make sure that you have completed your staff database directory spreadsheet that was sent out by e-mail in September. It is crucial that we receive these back this week at the very latest (the week ending October 16th). In case you’re wondering why we need this staff database, two […]

Christ in the Classroom Local Retreats – Update

Friday, October 16, 2020 was originally designated archdiocesan day for the CIC Foundation LOCAL Retreats but with the implications of Covid-19 and all schools working tirelessly to open schools appropriately, this date has been released and adjustments have been given to allow each school FLEXIBILITY in meeting their local Catechetical certification and renewal requirements during […]

Christ in the Classroom Level I – Catechetical Certification for Teachers of Religion

Christ in the Classroom Level I – Catechetical Certification for Teachers of Religion Level I online coursework through Augustine Institute’s Symbolon program and the Archdiocese of Seattle, Office for Catholic Schools, for teachers of religion and elementary school principals. 2020-2021: CIC Level I- Catechetical Certification is minimally required for teachers of religion and elementary school […]

Respect Life Month Toolkit – Catholic Mobilizing Network

October is Respect Life Month, a time for Catholics to reflect more deeply on the God-given dignity of all human life. Beginning on Respect Life Sunday (October 4th, 2020), Catholics across the U.S. will recommit themselves to the work of uplifting this core tenet of our faith. CMN’s annual Respect Life Month Toolkit offers a selection […]

Racism Resources

Summer and Fall 2020 has been a time for gathering resources, sharing, reflecting and developing a call to action to eradicate racism. special thank you to our school leaders and our Catholic school librarians for sharing resources to bless our school communities. Thank you! ACE Advocates Summit -Called to HOPE ActionStepsToErdicateRacism-AnInvitationFromUSCCB Archbishop Etienne Statement on […]

Upcoming Livestream School Masses with Archbishop Etienne

Upcoming Livestream School Masses with Archbishop Etienne Tuesday, October 20th at 8:00 AM with host school, Eastside Catholic, Deacon Scott Pickett, Campus Ministry lead. Livestream vimeo link:  https://vimeo.com/463479245 [vimeo.com] Tuesday, November 10th at 8:00 AM with host school, Holy Names Academy, Julie Tilghman, Campus Ministry lead. Livestream vimeo link:  https://vimeo.com/463479245 [vimeo.com] Feast of the Immaculate […]

A call for national prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary – October 7

+September 30, 2020 Dear Parish Leadership, Peace be with you! Next week, Wednesday, October 7, the Archdiocese of Seattle will join in solidarity with Archbishop Gomez, president of the USCCB, to celebrate the memorial of Our Lady of the Rosary. This national prayer event is designed to unite Catholics across the country in a moment […]

N-95 Masks Survey

Principals, As a follow up to the guidance that L & I may recommend that certain jobs/roles  within our schools will need certain PPE, please complete the following questionnaire. Your response will assist in determining who, when and how KN-95/N-95 masks/respirators need to be distributed in the building and in accordance with  L&I. Thank you […]

October is Mental Illness Awareness Month

October 4-10, 2020 Mental Health Awareness Week From our partners at NAMI: The theme of this year’s Mental Illness Awareness Week is, “What People with Mental Illness Want You to Know.” Throughout the week, we will be raising the voices of those with lived experience to talk about some of the conditions and symptoms that […]

WSCC – Letter from WA State Bishops – Voter Registration

September 10, 2020 Dear Priests, Deacons, and Pastoral Leadership, The Washington State Catholic Conference (WSCC) is the common voice of the Catholic Bishops of the Archdiocese of Seattle, the Diocese of Spokane, and the Diocese of Yakima.  We wish to notify you of our support and encouragement for setting up voter education and registration booths […]

Fulcrum Foundation Programs Update: Tuition Assistance & School Partnership Grants

1.      The 2020-21 Fulcrum Foundation School Partnership Grant Program application window opens Wednesday, September 30, 2020 Accessing Grants Management System and Tutorials The application is available via Foundant, the online grants management system Fulcrum utilizes. To access the grants management system, click here (bookmark in your browser for ease of future access). If you forget your password, please […]

SBA PPP loan allocation between parish and school – GUIDANCE

SBA PPP loan allocation between parish and school As earlier indicated, the SBA PPP loan should generally be allocated between parish and school in proportion to how payroll costs were used to support the loan application. E.g., if the loan request was for $200,000, and the documents provided in the loan application indicated $150,000 was […]

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: https://vimeo.com/461991400 […]

Fall Data Collection

We are in trying times and we have simplified our data collection to be just the bare necessity. We previously sent out the Spring Data Collection, but fewer than half the schools completed it. We hope that those schools who have not completed the Spring Data Collection, will complete it in conjunction with the Fall […]

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 [teach.mapnwea.org] [nam04.safelinks.protection.outlook.com]. 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. […]

Weaving our Renewed World: Advanced Missionary Discipleship Formation Seminar – Maryknoll

Weaving our Renewed World: Advanced Missionary Discipleship Formation Seminar – Maryknoll The world and its people are groaning in pain. Many of the groans are from loss… loss of family members and friends; loss of time planned with loved ones, both celebrating and grieving; loss of jobs and dreams. Maybe, just maybe, some of the […]

Virtual connections with our Religion Publishers

Covid-19 has taught us that we need to think differently as we embrace the 20-21 school year.  Over the course of this school year, I am inviting many of our RELIGION publishers to join for a LUNCH and LEARN session from Noon to 1 PM so you and/or your curriculum support teach, can jump online […]

Database Directory

Most schools should have received their new database directory spreadsheets by now, but we still have a few remaining left to send out. We would very much like to stick with a completion date of Wednesday, September 23rd, but understand that there may be some cases where this is not feasible. In this situation, please […]

COVID-19 Supervisor Training: You can have more than one!

COVID-19  Supervisor: You can have more than one Each parish and school must have a COVID-19  Supervisor on-site while parish or school activities occur. These COVID-19 Supervisors must be in coordination with each other and play a key role in the development of the reopening plans and the subsequent addenda. To train additional COVID-19 Supervisors, […]

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 […]

Livestream Mass with Archbishop reaches 2000 views!

THANK YOU! As many of you witnessed on Monday, September 14th, Archbishop Paul Etienne celebrated the Feast of the Exaltation of the Cross with all the Catholic schools of the Archdiocese of Seattle. While we could not gather for this Mass in Seattle, we did so through livestreaming. The archbishop shared a vision of the […]

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 ksurapaneni@fulcrumfoundation.org  

The Magis Center: The Purposeful Universe

The Magis Center just launched a new John Templeton Foundation funded campaign, “The Purposeful Universe.”   Through mid-December, the campaign will be promoted to journalists, bloggers, and social media platforms. This is a wonderful complement for those using Credible Catholic religion resources shared last year. The Magis Center initiated a new video campaign called “The Purposeful […]

20-21 Diversified Learners Committee Updates and Schedule

Diversified Learners Committee is #igniting hope this new school year! With the wisdom of our co-chair, Dan Sherman, Principal, St. Paul School, we have been working on various items since June. Due to the nature of this year, we are offering regular DLC check-ins monthly via zoom. As a few of you know, our surprise […]