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
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:
- Whether allocation of services is based on total population count or only Title I students?
- 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.
An Example of Technology in a Classroom for Remote Learning
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.
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
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