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Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
July 15, 2020Revised
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Statement from the Office of the Archbishop about Black Lives Matter:

In the midst of all that has transpired in our nation, the affirmation “BLACK LIVES MATTER” is a necessary and important affirmation of the value, dignity and rights of every human person, and is especially important given the reality of racism experienced by people of color.
 
However, the affirmation “BLACK LIVES MATTER” should not be confused with Black Lives Matter Global Foundation (BLMGF), an organization of the same name. Although BLMGF claims to exist for the advancement of black people, its radical agenda goes far beyond the fundamental concept of “BLACK LIVES MATTER,” and advocates positions that are antithetical to Catholic moral teaching.
 
From the perspective of the Catholic faith, “BLACK LIVES MATTER” is about upholding and respecting the dignity, rights and life of every person of color in keeping with our belief in the sanctity of human life from conception until natural death. It is not about advocating positions that are contrary to what our faith teaches in matters of marriage, sexuality, and family.

Resources that Address the Social Injustice of Racism 
We who serve the schools and parishes of the Archdiocese of Hartford share the responsibility to address the injustice of systemic racism in our country and institutions, and we must do so through a lens of our Roman Catholic faith. The OEEC continues to update a web page devoted to Resources that Address the Social Injustice of Racism to support the needs of our Catholic school educators and parish leaders. To see a full list of the resources, click here.
U. S. Supreme Court Rules on Cases Impacting Religious Freedom
The United States Supreme Court ruled on two cases in July that will directly impact religious freedom nationwide.  The two cases, Little Sisters of the Poor v. Pennsylvania and Our Lady of Guadalupe School v. Morrisey-Berru, are clearly beneficial to religious organizations.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Attention Faith Formation Leaders
How is everyone doing with the Take the Digital Challenge?  Please share what new and innovative ideas you’ve been trying in the new Facebook group, Parish Faith Formation Leaders at OEEC. Interested in leading effective small groups virtually at your parish? Review this article from Catechist Journey for facilitation tips.

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost: 

Coronavirus Act, Relief, and Economic Security (CARES) Act  
Local Educational Agencies (LEA) provide equitable services to students and teachers in non-public schools under the Governor’s Emergency Education Relief (GEER) Fund and the Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Relief (ESSER) Fund.
 
On July 9, 2020 the State Department of Education (SDE) released the attached letter to public school superintendents in which it acknowledged the interim final rule for CARES Act Funds regarding ESSER funds. The letter states that the grant application form will be changed to reflect the new rule, rather than SDE's June 8 interpretation of the CARES Act.
 
Before completing the CARES Act Funds consultation, each principal should ask: 
  1. Whether allocation of services is based on total population count or only Title I students. 
  2. How will the public school district use its CARES Act ESSER funds? If the nonpublic share is based on only Title I student count, then the public schools can only use the funds on Title I students, but if the funds seem to benefit non-Title I public school students,  principals should seek a proportionate share based on the total participating nonpublic school population.   
Please send Laura McCaffrey a copy of the participation form from your LEA when you receive your CARES ACT distribution amount. 
 
Contact Laura McCaffrey with any questions about the CARES Act. 
 
An Example of Technology in a classroom for Remote Learning - Click here  for an example of recommended items to set up a remote learning classroom. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Laura McCaffrey
 
K-5 Computer Science Professional Development Opportunity 
There is a free Computer Science Fundamentals K-5 virtual workshop for teachers on Tuesday, August 4, 2020, sponsored by Sacred Heart University. Any teachers interested are welcome to join on Zoom!  The link to sign up for the course is here: https://studio.code.org/pd/workshops/9067/enroll.
 
VEX IQ Robot Leagues for the 2020 - 2021 School Year
Please contact Laura McCaffrey if your elementary school is interested in joining the Archdiocese of Hartford VEX IQ Robot Leagues.
 
Digital Resource Page: Remote Learning
Summer is the perfect time to continue to improve your digital literacy. The OEEC invites you to continue to explore the Remote Learning Page of our website. Be sure to check back often as this page is updated with new information, webinars, videos and other helpful resources. New this week: Dot and Dash Bowling! (Downloadable PDF)
 
School Desks Available
Over 100 desks (with chairs attached), previously used at the closed St. Brigid-St. Augustine Partnership School, are available to those schools that may have need of them. Should a school be interested in obtaining the desks, please contact Rev. Joseph Devine at the Saint Gianna Parish Office, 860-236-5965.
 
On Behalf of Frank Johnson, IT Director at Saint Bridget School in Cheshire
The school has 16 Smart Boards available for schools: click here for details.  If you have any questions contact Frank Johnson at FJohnson@stbridgetschool.org.
 
The CREC Cooperative Purchasing Marketplace
Schools looking to save time and money are invited to explore the CREC marketplace. CREC brings together the buying power of school districts, municipalities, and non-profit organizations offering numerous savings opportunities. The CREC marketplace provides an opportunity for your organization to get the best value for supplies by purchasing through our pre-negotiated contracts. The marketplace brings the ease and convenience of ordering from multiple vendors on one site, while knowing that the contracts you are purchasing from have been chosen according to approved purchasing regulations. The Archdiocese of Hartford schools are a participating member of this organization and we encourage schools to take advantage of this unique opportunity. For more information, please contact Laura McCaffrey.
 
Approved Vendors for Personal Protection Equipment (PPE): Supplies from the State of CT
In preparation for the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, please see this Excel spreadsheet (downloadable file) with the Archdiocese of Hartford’s approved vendor list to purchase PPE supplies for your school or parish. Please contact Laura McCaffrey if you have any questions or concerns.
 
Asbestos Inspections
Eagle Environmental, Inc. will continue to schedule asbestos inspections of school buildings through the summer months. Please continue to work with Helen Rimsa at Eagle Environmental to schedule your asbestos inspection this summer!  This is an essential service required by the CT Department of Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. Any questions on asbestos inspections please contact Laura McCaffrey.  

On Behalf of Nicole Perone, Archdiocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation:

Upcoming “Community Chat” with TeamRCIA: “Integrating Seekers into RCIA All Year Long”
You have everything you need to start a year-round RCIA process: the people, support from the pastor, meeting space, and an engaged team. But now what? Exactly how do you proceed with the actual logistics of welcoming new seekers at different times and different levels? How do you integrate new people at any time of year without repeating yourself over and over again?
 
Come discover the steps you need to take to implement an ongoing initiation process on Wednesday, July 15 at 2:00 p.m. Click here to register for this conversation. 

On Behalf of the Faith Formation Team:

Making Disciples 101: Postponed to 2021
In light of the current pandemic and out of an abundance of caution for the safety of all involved, we have decided to postpone the “Making Disciples 101” event from August 18-21, 2020 to a later date in 2021 (to be determined). 
 
We will notify you as soon as the new dates are confirmed with the presenters and venue; previous registrants will be able to “roll over” their registration without issue. (Please be sure to pass on this information to your pastor and parish business manager [especially regarding the rollover of registration costs] as needed.)  There will still be spots available for parishes who wish to send a team! 
 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact the OEEC. Due to predominantly remote work, emailing Nicole.Perone@aohct.org is most helpful on this matter.

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