Latest Updates

Secretary Grant Application Period is Started!

Posted: October 2, 2023

The Office of Catholic Elementary (OCE) is proud to provide the Secretary Grant as a resource to support our elementary school teachers who have children that attend an Archdiocesan elementary school. Please note the list below for guidelines and qualifications:

  • One parent/guardian must be employed full-time as an Archdiocesan elementary and/or early childhood school teacher or administrator at the time of submission of the application and continue to be employed in the 2024-2025 school year.
  • The parent/guardian must have been employed as a teacher or administrator in the 2023-2024 school year.  New hires employed after this school year will need to wait for the following registration year to apply.
  • The child/children must attend an Archdiocesan elementary (not early childhood) school in the 2024-2025 school year.
  • The grant is applied toward elementary school tuition and is given to the school where the child is a student.
  • The grant  is based on the number of applicants and the calculated need of each applicant, so award amounts will vary.
  • In the Spring of 2024, the principal and the families will receive a letter confirming each family and grant amount that will be issued to the school that the student(s) attend.
  • The application process is a two-part process, as follows:
    1. Completion of the Secretary Grant Application. (This will determine the eligibility of the applicant.)
    2. Completion of the FACTS Application. (This will determine the amount of the scholarship.)

Please retain a copy of your confirmation for each application filed, as proof of registration that will be required in the event that we have no proof of registration.

The deadline for submitting the application January 31, 2024. No applications will be accepted after this point. OCE is working to streamline the Secretary Grant process, as we understand that it has been confusing in the past. As we move forward, if you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to Catherine Jennings.

Zoom Sharing Sessions Coming Soon

Posted: September 26, 2023

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Professional Development for Social Studies

Posted: August 25, 2023

The Bill of Rights Institute, one of the leading providers of social studies PD for over 24 years, is bringing two free professional development seminars to the Philadelphia area this fall.

Event Details:

September 16-17, 2023
Location: Valley Forge National Historical Park
Find out more and register!

October 21, 2023
Location: Philadelphia Historical Society
Find out more and register!

These Civics Summits invite teachers to interact with the Bill of Rights Institute staff, scholars, other civic organizations, and fellow teachers as we explore what it means to teach civics in classrooms today. Teachers will participate in breakout sessions using Bill of Rights Institute (BRI) materials, practice classroom discourse strategies, and network with peers to learn about and share practical classroom strategies.

Introduction to Keystone STARS Certification

Posted: August 21, 2023

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New!! 2023 – 2024 Administrative Resources Form

Posted: July 6, 2023

The 2023 – 2024 Administrative Resources Form has been updated and is now available on the Forms page.

2023 Early Childhood Summer Conference

Posted: June 29, 2023

You don’t wanna miss this!!  Register now. (Please register using this link, as the register button below will not work for you.)

Neumann Scholarship Information

Posted: June 26, 2023

Please note that a web page has been created to house the Neumann Scholarship information.

Summer Workshop: Strategies for Challenging Students in Today’s Math Classroom

Posted: June 9, 2023

Please click the image below for the entire document and links to register.


Recommended Reading 2023

Posted: May 30, 2023

summer reading


Librarians and Teachers:

Here is the Recommended Reading List for 2023.

Remember, when selecting from the recommended list, please pre-read books before assigning them for reading. Some books may be better suited as directed or guided reading and not read alone.

You should inform parents that all books are available at Amazon and Barnes & Noble.

Thank you,

The Media Arts Curriculum Committee

Reading Olympics Book Lists

The books that will be used for Reading Olympics next year are also available:

Reading Olympics Elementary 2024 book list

Reading Olympics Middle School 2024