Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
July 23, 2020
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Greetings from Father Michael Whyte:

Thank you for the warm welcome to the Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis (OEEC).  It has been a pleasure to begin to meet my colleagues, even if virtually in some cases, in my new role as Vicar for Education.  I look forward to meeting the secondary and elementary school administrators on July 29 and 30, and soon the parish faith formation and catechetical leaders as the new academic year unfolds.
 
It is an honor to accompany parish and Catholic school leaders in their efforts to inspire educational excellence and transformative lifelong faith formation.  It is in Catholic education and formational development that many future leaders, from priesthood to effective lay ministry, are enlightened and provided with the necessary tools to seek excellence in their own lives as well as in building up the common good. And I thank all our principals, teachers and school staff for their vocations to Catholic education, as well as our parish faith formation and catechetical leaders for all that they do to proclaim the Good News of the gospels.
 
I look forward to serving the parishes, schools, clergy, and faithful of the Archdiocese of Hartford to develop a continuum of Catholic faith development and formation that extends from childhood to adulthood.
 
Father Michael Whyte
Vicar for Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
Pastor
Saint Catherine of Siena, West Simsbury

On Behalf of BJ Daly Horell, Director of Catholic Biblical School:

Important Catholic Biblical School (CBS) Survey
All students currently enrolled in the Catholic Biblical School are invited to participate in a survey that will help determine the format (in-person, virtual or hybrid) for beginning our studies together this fall. Kindly take 5 minutes to let us know your preferences! The survey will be open through July 31, 2020 only. Click on this link to begin.
 
Concerned about CBS Attendance Options This Year?
First, if you are a CBS current student, be sure you participate in our survey (see notice above). Second, contact BJ Daly Horell to discuss possibilities for attending CBS classes this year: Catholic.Biblical.School@aohct.org.
 
CBS Registration for Returning Students
The deadline for registration has been extended to July 31, 2020. Please click on this link to begin: https://oeec.typeform.com/to/vdeyDE.

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Director of Catechesis:

Themed Deanery Meeting
Parish faith formation leaders are reminded that there will be a Themed Deanery Meeting on the topic of Evangelizing Catechesis on Wednesday, July 29, 2020  at either 10:00 a.m. or 7:00 p.m. As we know, catechesis is most effective with evangelized disciples, and this conversation will focus on ways to look at evangelization as the essential precursor to catechesis. 
 
Click on this link to join the meeting: https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/420751733. You can also dial in using your phone: +1 (646) 749-3122; please use access code: 420-751-733.
 
Missed the last meeting? Click here for some highlights from the July 15, 2020 meeting. (Downloads as a PDF)

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost: 

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: 
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.
 
Please send Laura McCaffrey a copy of the participation form from your LEA when you receive your CARES ACT distribution amount. 
 
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.
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 needed 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.
 
Sacred Heart University, the Code.org regional partner, is offering VIRTUAL Code.org Professional Development for K-5 Teachers this summer. This includes both the Introductory Computer Science Fundamentals and the NEW Deep Dive workshop for elementary teachers who already have some experience with Code.org's Computer Science Fundamentals curriculum. Click here to download the flyer.
 
As teachers and schools consider how to adapt their STEM and Technology programs to new arrangements in this time of COVID-19, Code.org is here to help. Computer Science Fundamentals is a free, cloud-based, K-5 computer science curriculum that can run on any device (tablets, netbooks, laptops, etc) and requires no special physical equipment. There are suitable curriculum entry points for a wide range of grade levels and previous experience.
 
You will be amazed at what your students can accomplish and how engaged they will be in solving problems and expressing themselves through computer science!
 
Registrations are currently being accepted for these FREE one-day VIRTUAL Code.org workshops:
 
Friday, July 24th - Deep Dive
Chinma Uche & Heather Sutkowski
 
Monday, July 27th - Intro
Chinma Uche & Heather Sutkowski
 
Tuesday, August 4th - Intro
Michele Cislo & Michelle Hannon
 
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.
 
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 regarding asbestos inspections, please contact Laura McCaffrey.
 
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.
 
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 Nicole Perone, Ana Maria Alstrum, and Lisa Orchen:

OEEC Webinar on "Discernment in Christian Initiation" - Register Now!
As we journey through the RCIA process, one of the most common questions that RCIA ministers/team members have is: "How do I know if someone is ready to continue the process to receive the sacraments?" Though this question often arises prior to the Combined Rite of Election and Call to Continuing Conversion, discernment is a tool needed at every stage of the RCIA journey. The skill of discernment is especially needed in these uncharted waters of the RCIA process in the time of limited in-person gatherings.
 
Through this virtual workshop, we will come to a better understanding of the process of discernment in the RCIA, how it is experienced, and how it facilitates conversion. Join us on September 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. for this virtual gathering. There is no charge for this event! Click here to register!
 
Presenter: Timothy A. Johnston, Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant
Timothy serves as Editor and Liturgical Training Consultant for Liturgy Training Publications. He has a degree in music education from Quincy University in Illinois, an MA in liturgical studies from St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota, and an MA in Christian Doctrine from Marquette University, Milwaukee, Wisconsin. He has served as the director of liturgical programs at Marquette University, director of the Office of Liturgy for the dioceses of Salt Lake City and St. Cloud. Timothy is co-author of Guide for Celebrating Infant Baptism (LTP, 2018), Disciples Making Disciples: Print and Digital Resources for Forming the Assembly (LTP, 2017), and Pocket Prayers for Times of Trouble (Twenty-Third, 2014).

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