Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
May 20, 2020
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On Behalf of Sister Mary Grace Walsh, Provost of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis: 

Dear Elementary School Principals:
Please see the linked documents (AOH HS Graduations 2020 and Templates of HS Graduation Events 2020) regarding the general Archdiocese of Hartford Policy for Graduation Ceremonies for the 2019-2020 school year. These guidelines were created specifically for the archdiocesan high schools, but available for your consultation when planning any 8th grade graduation ceremony. Both of these documents along with some additional words of guidance were previously sent to you in an e-mail communication on Thursday, May 14, 2020.

On Behalf of Ana Maria Alstrum, Archdiocesan Director of Hispanic Catechesis:

Mayo es el mes de la Virgen María
La organización Rosario de Niños nos explica en dos bellos videos como los niños y sus familias pueden celebrar a la Virgen María en el mes de mayo. 
Cómo planear una procesión Mariana en casa:

On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

The Gonser Gerber Institute (Advancement Consultants) will present a webinar on conducting a “Phonathon During the Pandemic.” It will be presented on Tuesday, June 2 at 12:00 p.m. Topics include the following: Why we moved forward with our phonathon; Student callers and how to monitor their work; Using a cloud-based phonathon software for the first time; the return on investment; and What you should plan to do in 2020-2021. Register and obtain more info here.
School admin recently presented a webinar on “Growing Catholic School Enrollment in a Virtual World,” featuring expert panelists from three area dioceses who shared best practices on how they’re growing enrollment while creating an outstanding admissions journey for their applicants. The recorded version of the webinar can be found at this link.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis:

Reimagining Vacation Bible School 2020
This summer is a crucial time to continue encouraging children and families in their relationship with Jesus, and a great way to do that is with a dynamic Vacation Bible School (VBS)! Click here for many great resources that will help you plan a dynamic and engaging VBS that fits into these unique circumstances of uncertainty. 
Some More Ideas to Honor our Blessed Mother this Month of May

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost:

New Resources for the week of May 18, 2020: Distance Learning Links
ISTE Articles
EdSurge Articles
Tech Learning Articles
Teach from Home Resources 
Sesame Street Resource
NCEA Virtual
Spring Workshops (including the STREAM Workshop)
Dot and Dash Resources 
Did you know you don't need a mobile device to control Dash, Dot, and Cue? Check out our site, to access our Blockly and Cue web apps from a computer instead.

Asbestos Inspections
Eagle Environmental, Inc. will be starting asbestos inspections for schools in May 2020. This is an essential service required by the CT Department of Public Health and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. The inspectors will use precautionary CDC guidelines for social distancing and will wear a protective facial mask and gloves during the inspections. Additionally, their inspectors will wear picture ID badges during the inspection time at the school.
Aurora Temperature Control Displays For Sale
RnB Enterprises has Aurora Temperature Control Displays for sale. The next batch available for sale will be delivered in July 2020. Please contact Susan Boutote The Aurora TTS is an Android based all-in-one infrared temperature sensing tablet. To ensure that people entering a location are not running a high temperature, the TTS-will provide alerts when a person is running a high temperature within 1 second from 3.3 feet (1 meter) away. The system uses an advanced algorithm for detecting and calculating heat signatures. Based on technology developed in Germany, the highly accurate sensor measures with a tolerance of +/- 0.5 degrees Celsius (+/- 0.9 degrees Fahrenheit).

On Behalf of Lisa Orchen, Archdiocesan Director of Catechetical Initiatives:

Box of Joy is the perfect Faith-in-Action activity for students and educators to make a profound impact on the lives of poor children around the world.  It is not too early to start planning for this community-wide service project for next fall.
Five Reasons Why Principals, Teachers and Students Love Box Of Joy
  1. It is fun for all ages!
  2. Supports children in Haiti, Dominican Republic, Nicaragua, Guatemala, El Salvador, Grenada, and the Bahamas
  3. Unites students in fun service for the poor
  4. Teaches children compassion and mercy
  5. Incorporates service learning into the school year before the busy Advent season
Click here to find out more!
Upcoming Webinars From Sophia Institute
Sophia Institute will offer three virtual workshops before the summer officially begins.
  • Hail Mary, Full of Grace - May 20, 2020
  • The Great Paraclete - May 28, 2020
  • This is My Body, This is My Blood - June 9, 2020
All workshops will take place from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. All who attend will receive FREE ready to use lessons to use with their students on the topic discussed. For more information and to register, click here.
Share This Opportunity With Your Student & Families: Virtual Summer Camp Provides Unique Opportunity for Play! 
With youth sports interrupted across America and many summer camps shut down, Play Like a Champion is offering kids of all ages a chance to get moving and learn new skills. Their new, free Virtual Summer Camp will take place from June 1-19, 2020 providing kids 3 weeks of fun and activity from the comfort of their own home. The camp will feature coaches from Play Like a Champion partners leading kids in both rigorous exercise and sport-specific drills, as well as daily character development and fun!  To learn more, click here

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

Virtual Conversations on Christian Initiation - Register Now! 
Liturgy Training Publications’ Catechumeneon will be facilitating upcoming virtual conversations especially for those involved in Christian initiation (specifically, RCIA, but all sacramental coordinators would benefit!). Join this exploration of how to best return to initiation ministry, with new ideas for reorienting practices. These virtual conversations will take place on Wednesdays at 1:00 p.m. Click each link below to register: 

On Behalf Mike Wellington, Archdiocesan Director of Youth and Young Adult Ministry:

Global Life Night with Life Teen, Sunday Evenings at 5:00 p.m., Streaming on YouTube
There will be no Global Life Night on May 24, 2020 in honor of Memorial Day. The next meeting will be on Sunday, May 31, 2020.  Link to follow in next week’s OEEC newsletter.
Youth In Hart - Virtual Gatherings
The next virtual Youth in Hart gathering is on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 12:00 p.m. Please mark your calendars.
Youth in Hart Virtual Gathering - *Now Meeting Every Other Thursday, 12:00 p.m.*
Please join my meeting from your computer, tablet or smartphone.
You can also dial in using your phone.
United States: +1 (312) 757-3121
Access Code: 179-036-861

Virtus Training Update

On Behalf of Kathleen Nowosadko, Director of the Office of Safe Environment:

The Office of Safe Environment is able to offer the Virtus: Protecting God’s Children for Adults Workshop using the Zoom platform. If you have personnel who need to be trained please send an email to both and to so that we can make the necessary arrangements.  Please include a phone number where you can be reached during the day. 

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