Archdiocese of Hartford
Office of Education, Evangelization and Catechesis
June 24, 2020
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Addressing the Social Injustice of Racism:

The current climate of the United States has exposed once again the ugly truth that people of color in our country have long known: that systemic racism is not only a deep and grave sin, but one that exists in our society to this day. As Christians, we believe that every human life has inherent worth, as we are all created in the image and likeness of God. Racism in any form is in direct opposition to the Gospel of Jesus Christ and our mission as His followers.
 
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. Simply put, racism is a life issue.
 
We echo the National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) who stated: 
 
“... We must ask God where we are being called to act. As Pope Francis stated, ‘we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life.’  We must discern how we can help defend our brothers and sisters in Christ when we witness injustice and racism. And we must ask what discussions we need to have or plans we must put in place to prevent racist acts in the future.”
 
We must reject the sin of racism, in all its forms, and stand with our brothers and sisters who have felt marginalized inside and outside of our Church. To that end, please take advantage of the resources we have gathered  from many national and local experts. Consider reviewing those in a category most pertinent to your school or parish ministry, and let us know if there are any resources we can add to benefit this important work.  
 
To access the resources, click here.

On Behalf of Anne Clubb, Director of Community Engagement:

Partners in Mission Online
The Partners in Mission consulting firm will be offering a new pilot program in July with one-hour virtual classes on a variety of topics including advancement, communications, enrollment management, leadership, and strategic planning. Topics will include data-driven decision making; planning for virtual events; fall fundraising programs; engaging alumni virtually; summer communication plans; retention, marketing and admissions strategies and so much more. Registration for Partners in Mission Online will open at the end of June. This webinar series is suited for all levels of experience and roles within Catholic schools and dioceses. The cost of the program will be $49 per class per person. To register or for more information visit www.partnersinmission.com.
 
Reminder: Light of Christ Teacher Recognition Awards
Administrators are encouraged to consider nominating a teacher for the newly created Light of Christ Teacher Recognition Awards, generously funded by the Hartford Bishops’ Foundation. This award will recognize ten teachers employed by parochial elementary schools in the Archdiocese or Archdiocesan secondary schools. These teachers will be celebrated for their excellence as educators, their contributions to the vitality of their schools, and their dedication to the achievement of their students. After the herculean efforts expended by Catholic school teachers in the Archdiocese during the pandemic, this is a perfect time to acknowledge those who have worked so diligently to sustain learning and outstanding academic achievement in our schools. To learn more about the guidelines for nominations (which are due June 30, 2020), visit this page. To nominate a deserving faculty member, administrators from parochial elementary schools in the Archdiocese and Archdiocesan high schools may utilize this form. Each of the ten honorees will receive an individual monetary award and one for their school.
 
EduConnect Reminder
Those elementary schools utilizing EduConnect are reminded to complete their End of Year Duties. Tim Hannon instructs us that schools should do the End of Year Duties and roll over to the new school year after the last day of school and prior to July 1, 2020.  Any returning or new students should be enrolled for the Next Year prior to doing the End of Year Duties. For a full set of instructions re: entering information in EduConnect, please visit the Enrollment Management folder on the OEEC Portal

On Behalf of Kelly Henderschedt, Archdiocesan Director of Catechesis: 

Summer Workshops
This summer, Carolyn’s Place, a pregnancy care center in Waterbury is offering online workshops for youth on a variety of topics. Click on the links below for more information. If you would like to register or have a question, contact Lauren Noce at (203) 695-3999 or EducationATCP@gmail.com
Reminder: Deanery Meeting Today!
Today, June 24, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. there will be a Deanery Meeting for anyone who would like to attend. Click the link to join the meeting https://global.gotomeeting.com/join/246721909. You can also dial in using your phone by calling +1 (312) 757-3121, please use access code: 246-721-909. Please contact Kelly Henderschedt at oeeckellyhenderschedt@gmail.com if you have any questions.

On Behalf of Laura McCaffrey, Assistant to the Provost:

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.  Even if schools are not physically in session, these inspections must take place according to the usual timetable. The inspectors will follow precautionary CDC guidelines for social distancing and will wear a protective facial mask and gloves during the inspections. Additionally, the inspectors will wear picture ID badges while inspecting on school property. Any questions on asbestos inspections please contact Laura McCaffrey
 
Aurora Temperature Control Displays for Sale
The Aurora TTS is an Android based all-in-one infrared temperature sensing tablet. The first available batch is sold out and there will be a new shipment available in 6 weeks. Please contact Susan Boutote at susan@rnbenterprises.com for details and if interested, schedule a demonstration soon.
 
Please contact your Local Educational Agency (LEA) about your school’s portion of the CARES Act.
The OEEC will continue to keep all principals in the Archdiocese of Hartford updated on the CARES Act this summer!  Please contact Laura McCaffrey with any questions on the CARES ACT! 
 
Digital Resource Page: Distance Learning 
Although the academic year had ended for the 2019 – 2020 school year, the OEEC invites you to continue to explore the Distance Learning Page of our website. This page is constantly being updated with new information, webinars, videos and other helpful resources. Summer is the perfect time to continue to improve your digital literacy.
 
On Behalf Kathleen Welch, Principal of Saint Christopher School in East Hartford
Saint Christopher has many school items available for sale, such as textbooks, furnishings, outdoor play equipment, art supplies, physical education equipment, and other useful items.  Please contact Kathleen Welch at WelchK@saintchristopherschool.org or (860) 568-4100, to arrange a meeting and view any available items until June 30, 2020
 
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.
 
Computers Available
Saint Brigid-Saint Augustine School, West Hartford, has 15 computers available. If you would like more information or are interested, please contact Melissa Seidl mseidl@stbstapartnership.eduk12.net for details.
 
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 oppurtunity. For more information, please contact Laura McCaffrey.

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

OEEC Virtual Conversation on the Sacraments of Initiation - Recording and Handouts Available Now! 
For those who were able to attend, thank you for joining our virtual conversation on the sacraments of initiation on June 16. We hope that it was helpful to you! Click here to access the recording of the webinar. Please also find pertinent handouts linked below:
If you would like further consultation and support from the OEEC on the sacraments of initiation, please email Nicole.Perone@aohct.org to schedule a conversation. We stand ready to assist you!

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