DCS Administrative Bulletin

February, 2016

Dear Principals, Presidents, Administrators, and Teachers in the Archdiocese of San Francisco,


Please note that you must be logged into the password protected DCS Website in order to view the individual items included in this Administrative Bulletin.


LENTEN PRAYER FOR TEACHERS


Lord Jesus, help us to appreciate each other

Lord Jesus, help us to laugh

Lord Jesus, help us to be peacemakers

Lord Jesus, help us to communicate

Lord Jesus, help us to be supportive of one another

Lord Jesus, help us to listen

Lord Jesus, help us to understand our differences

Lord Jesus, help us to be grateful for our blessings

Lord Jesus, help us to be patient with our students

Lord Jesus, help us to accept Thy will

Lord Jesus, help us to be the best we can be

Lord Jesus, help us to follow You every day of our lives

We ask this through Christ our Lord,

Amen.


Wishing you, your school communities and your families many blessings this Lenten season.


The DCS Team

IN MEMORIAM

You are asked to pray for friends and families of those who recently died:


James, the father of Carol Grewal who passed away in late January

DCS CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Please click on the button below to view the Department of Catholic Schools calendar of events for January, 2016 - March, 2016

DCS DUE DATES

Please click on the button below to view the items that are due to the Department of Catholic Schools in the upcoming months.

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RELIGION

EXTRAORDINARY JUBILEE OF MERCY

Beginning on December 8, 2015 (The Feast of the Immaculate Conception) and continuing until November 20, 2016 (Feast of Christ the King) the Jubilee of Mercy will be a special, holy year focusing on God's forgiveness and mercy.

The Archdiocese of San Francisco will observe monthly themes based upon the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy and themes of the Year of Mercy. The Corporal Works of Mercy are kind acts by which we help our neighbors with their material and physical needs. The Spiritual Works of Mercy are acts of compassion by which we help our neighbors with their emotional and spiritual needs. For a complete list of Monthly Mercy Themes, please click here.

To celebrate this special year, the Archdiocese of San Francisco has created a website with information on the Jubilee Year; including activities, videos, and articles. To access this site, please click here.

ACRE ASSESSMENT 2013 EDITION


Please be reminded that the ACRE Assessment 2013 Edition for religious education assessment is to be administered to grades five and eight during the month of February 2016. Please click here to view the newly created ACRE page on the DCS password protected website.


LOS ANGELES RELIGIOUS EDUCATION CONFERENCE: CRTIS REGISTRATION


Please remember that all teachers and administrators who choose to attend the LA Religious Education Conference on February 26, 27 & 28, may also receive Recertification Credit for workshops taken during the conference. Upon completion of the conference in February, participants should submit their conference registration/workshops attended information to the school’s Religion Coordinator/CRTIS Manager. The Religion Coordinator may review the workshop description and determine what Recertification Topic would have been covered. Religion Coordinators/CRTIS Managers should then register all teacher or administrator participants at www.crtis.org.


Please contact Enedina Saucedo if you need assistance with this task: saucedoe@sfarch.org.


GUIDED TOURS OF THE OLD MISSION DOLORES


Guided Tours of the Old Mission Dolores on Saturdays in February and March at 11:00am, 1:00pm and 3:00pm. Join us as we explore Mission Dolores’ history on a guided tour of the Old Mission, Museum, Cemetery and the Basilica Church. A guided tour lasts approximately 90 minutes. A portion of the tour is out-of-doors, so dress appropriately. Upon your arrival, check in our gift shop and the staff will direct you where to begin your tour. Tours begin promptly at the hour stated. We hope that our Saturday guided tours will aid those who cannot come on a group tour during the week. Old Mission Dolores, San Francisco is located at located at Dolores and 16th Streets San Francisco CA 94114. For more information contact Curator Andrew Galvan at chochenyo@aol.com.


APRIL 2016 RECERTIFICATION WORKSHOPS


Planning for the Spring Recertification workshops is well underway! As a reminder here are the dates and locations for the workshops.


April 7, 2016, Recertification Workshop, 3:30-5:00 pm, hosted at St. Cecilia

April 13, 2016, Recertification Workshop, 3:30-5:00 pm, hosted at St. Gregory School

April 20, 2016, Recertification Workshop, 3:30-5:00 pm, hosted at St. Hilary School


Recertification Topic Credit Available: Church, Sacraments, Scripture or Elective


Registration is available at www.crtis.org. Workshop cost is $15.00 per person. Please note that a minimum of 15 participants must be registered in order for a workshop to take place.

Principals' Day of Retreat

Friday, April 8th, 9am

1033 Fort Cronkhite

Sausalito, CA

Don’t miss this wonderful opportunity for a retreat day filled with quiet, prayer and reflection! Principals may received Religion Recertification Topic Credit. There is no fee for participants. Registration is available at www.crtis.org.

Summer Basic Certification Classes

Monday, June 13th, 8:30am-3pm

1 Elmwood Drive

Daly City, CA

Our next Basic Certification Classes will take place on Monday, June 13, 2016 at Our Lady of Mercy Church Hall. The Basic topics being offered are:


Christian Prayer (Prayer & Spirituality) - 8:30 A.M. to 11:30 A.M.

Liturgical Life (Sacraments) - 12:00 P.M. to 3:00 P.M.


Morning hospitality and lunch will be provided. Registration fee is $45.00 per person per Basic Topic Session. Registration is available at www.crtis.org

TEACHERS AND ADMINISTRATORS

ELEMENTARY TEACHER JOB FAIR

The Department of Catholic Schools of the Archdiocese of San Francisco will hold job fairs for teachers seeking elementary school positions for the 2016-17 school year in grades pre-school through 8. Please attend the fair most convenient to you. Bring your professional resume. Teacher application packets may be found here but are not required for the job fairs. Click here to view event flyer.

RENAISSANCE LEARNING STAR IMPLEMENTATION

We have created a document that gives you information on the proposed Renaissance STAR testing rollout. The steering committee met this week and discussed many of the information points presented here. Please click here to view the document:

The next meeting of the steering committee is April 5, 2016 at 1:30 p.m. at St Brendan’s. You are all invited, and we will send out a sign up closer to the meeting date.

2016 - 2017 SCHOOL CALENDARS


The 2016-2017 School Calendar information was emailed to you and included the following documents to help you prepare:


1) DCS/Archdiocesan Official Elementary Calendar

2) Local Elementary Calendar

3) Supplemental Information Form

4) Guidelines

5) Schedules & Time Allotments


Additionally, they can be located on our password protected website by clicking here.


Please return your completed forms to Alicia Weinman as soon as possible, but absolutely no later than May 1, 2016. Please return your local School Calendar and Supplemental Information Form via email or mail. Do Not upload your completed forms to the Dropbox. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Alicia. 415 614-5666 or weinmana@sfarch.org.


TUITION CONTRACTS AND TUITION RATES


Please send Rodney Yee a blank copy of the tuition contract that you have prepared for your parents to sign for school year 2016-17.


At this time we are also asking for your tuition rates. Simply send (scan, fax, mail) the tuition and fee sheet that you provide to your parents.


BUDGET BUILDING FACTORS


The current version of the next Budget Building Factors for the 2016/2017 school year can be accessed on our password protected website by clicking here.


Call Rodney Yee at 415-614-5513 or email yeer@sfarch.org if you have any questions about this.


PARENT EDUCATION NETWORK (PEN) WORKSHOP

On Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. PEN will be holding a workshop for will be holding a professional development workshop entitled STRESS: The Breakfast of Champions: How to Put Kids with LD & ADHD on the Cusp of Competence and on the Path to Success at Mercy High School in San Francisco. For more information click here.

STUDENTS

SB 277 - THE VACCINATION LAW

Please note that effective January 1, 2016, schools can no longer accept "personal belief exemptions" for students whose immunizations are not up-to-date. Only medical exemptions are acceptable. Two links have been added to the Students:Health section of the password protected DCS website the provide additional information on SB 277. In addition, the website http://www.shotsforschool.org, has lots of easy to understand information about SB 277 and vaccines in general.

To access the DCS Student Health page, please click here.

ACCREDITATION

WCEA CATHOLIC IDENTITY ONGOING REVIEW


As a reminder each elementary school should begin the 2015-2016 process for the annual WCEA Catholic Identity Ongoing Review.


All documents can be found by going to our password protected website under Accreditation:Elementary Document Library or by clicking here.


Included in this section of the website, you will find the following items/documents as you outline the tasks necessary for the Catholic Identity Review:


  • WCEA Catholic Identity Ongoing Review Process
  • WCEA Catholic Identity Ongoing Review Timeline
  • WCEA Catholic Identity Ongoing Review ISL School Chart 2013-2019
  • Years III-VI Simplified Plan: Accomplishing Catholic Identity Goals 2015
  • Improving Student Learning: Catholic Identity Ongoing Review Template 2015

Instructions for completing the annual Catholic Identity Ongoing Review process are found in the documents listed above.


The Catholic Identity Ongoing Review Report is due on JUNE 30, 2016. Questions may be directed to Pamela Lyons at LyonsP@sfarchdiocese.org or 415-614-5663.


WCEA YEARLY PROGRESS REPORT

The WCEA Yearly Progress Report is due to Pam on June 30, 2016. All WCEA/WASC accredited elementary school in the Archdiocese of San Francisco are required to submit an annual Progress Report regardless of accreditation status. Only those school being visited by WCEA during the 15/16 or 16/17 school year do not need to complete this report.

THE ARCHDIOCESE OF SAN FRANCISCO'S CATHOLIC SCHOOLS

In honor of Catholic Schools Week we would like to share the following information about our Archdiocese:


  • Pre-Schools: 23
  • Pre-School Enrollment: 613

  • Elementary Schools: 59
  • Elementary School Enrollment: 16,540

  • Secondary Schools: 14
  • Secondary Enrollment: 8,095

  • Total Staff: 3,074
  • Total Religious Staff: 73

  • Catholic Education Scholarship Funds & Endowment Total: $ 30 Million Dollars
  • 1,336 Students awarded Financial Aid through the Archdiocesan Family Grants Program in the 2015-2016 Academic Year, representing $ 1,130,500.00.