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Posted: August 28, 2022

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Back to School: Free Printable Classroom Resources from Edmentum

Posted: August 18, 2022

Luckily, Edmentum has just what you need to start off the school year right. We’ve gathered up our favorite printables that are perfect for getting your classroom organized and ready, along with teaching and classroom resource packs with everything you need for a perfect first day back no matter what your classroom looks like, including fact sheets, activities, and name tags!

Back-to-School Topical Resource Pack

Inside this pack, you’ll find fun first-day-of-school activities; back-to-school-themed fact sheets; and creative critical thinking discussions that are perfect for engaging your new students. Use these activities to get everyone excited and focused on the new school year and to fight back any first-day nerves your students might have by engaging everyone in a lively class discussion. You’ll also find full-color posters, sticker templates, and printable name tags to make learning your student’s names easier. And, to help everyone get to know each other, have your students fill out their own About Me profile, and share with the class!

Teacher Classroom Resources Pack

Our updated Teacher Resource Pack features 90 pages of downloadable math, ELA, and science materials for kindergarten through 6th grade classrooms. These cross-curricular resources were designed by educators to support teaching and learning in your classroom. These versatile materials include conversion sheets, graphic organizers, flashcards, diagrams, and more! Project them on your whiteboard, print and add them to students’ interactive notebooks, or laminate them for use as reference sheets.

About Me Letters

Understanding your students, where they come from and what they like and vice versa is an integral part of gaining their trust for the whole year. We have put together templates for you to share with your students at the beginning of the year so you can really get to know each other!

This 30-Day Back to School Challenge flyer includes creative ideas designed to keep students engaged in their learning after summer break. With 30 days’ worth of fun activities, facts, and resources, learners are bound to learn something new each day and make the most out of returning to school.

Classroom Organization Resources

Celebrate Success

Have Fun!

Back-to-school time always comes with a bit of stress, and this year is no different. When things start to feel a little hectic, and you start to feel like you and your students just need a little break, try out one of these fun activities.

  • The Edmentum Brain Game is a fun, descriptive game that puts an interactive twist on flashcard review by challenging players to describe terms with a partner or group. There are multiple ways to play the game, so your imagination is the limit! Plus, the cards are easy to download and print, so your students can play wherever they are. Check out all the different decks we’ve assembled for K-12.
  • NEW! Edmentum Printable Bookmarks: We wanted to create a fun and meaningful way to help you encourage your students to stay on top of their literacy gains. These exciting new bookmarks come in three different tracking styles, designed to suit a variety of reading levels. Find which one works best for you and your students!

K-12 Worksheet Bundles

These bundles include K-12 math, language arts, science, reading and literacy activities from a variety of our online programs. We’ve also put together grade-specific FREE printable Spanish worksheet bundles for kindergarten through eighth grade students. These bundles include math, language arts, reading and literacy activities from Edmentum’s Study Island.

K-12 Lesson Plan Bundles

To help support your teaching needs, we’ve compiled a variety of lesson plans focused around English language arts and mathematics. Each lesson also includes additional supplemental resources.

Educator Back-to-School Discounts 2022

Posted: August 17, 2022

Did you know that according to a survey conducted by, teachers spent an average of $750 out of pocket on school supplies during the 2020–21 school year, and 30% of teachers spent $1,000 or more? Educators know that back-to-school shopping can get expensive, so to help ease the financial burden, we’ve tracked down some great deals for teachers.

If you’re looking for the ultimate shortcut to great teacher savings, check out, where you can verify that you are an educator once and unlock some major teacher discounts.

When you’re looking to replenish those essential classroom supplies

  • Office Depot and OfficeMax: Join the Office Depot OfficeMax Rewards program, and you’ll receive a teacher-exclusive coupon to earn 20% back in rewards on qualifying purchases, such as essentials for your classroom, through September 24, 2022. There are also weekly coupons available in-store and online!
  • offers teachers, administrators, and other school officials 10% off on all orders. Sign up for a account, then apply for the Educator Discount program, and start assembling your mass supply of tools.
  • JoAnn: Enroll in JoAnn’s Teacher Rewards program, and save 15% on every purchase!

When you’re building the classroom library of your dreams:

  • Barnes & NobleThe free B&N Educators program offers a 20% year-round discount on books, toys, and games for the classroom and first access to helpful educational resources, valuable email offers, and information on exclusive Educator events. During special “Educator Appreciation Days,” educators can take 25% off of almost everything.
  • First Book Marketplace: If you are an educator at a Title I eligible school (or at least 70% of the children in your program are eligible for free or reduced lunch), see if you qualify to register. Members receive brand-new, high-quality books and resources for free and at low cost. Also, hundreds of Book Bank books and educational resources are donated by publishers and available for only the cost of shipping and handling If you are working to distribute resources to children in need through an emergency program for COVID-19 or natural disaster response, you may be eligible to sign up for a temporary membership.
  • Half Price Books: Sign up for Half Price Book’s Educator Discount Card to save 10% on your purchases all year long. Half Price Books also has a donation program for educators, with donated books and media that focus on literacy, the environment, or education. Requests must be sent via email and picked up in person at qualifying stores.
  • Scholastic: The Scholastic Book Clubs program offers special discounts on classroom sets of books and provides a points system for your students to buy books and give you rewards points to redeem for free books and resources! It also features monthly rewards with bonus store cash and back-to-school specials.

When you’re bringing the power of technology to your students:

  • Adobe: Take over 60% off the full Creative Cloud All Apps plan from Adobe for the first year if you’re eligible for Adobe’s teacher and student discount. Adobe also offers teacher and student discounts for other Creative Cloud for education and program options.
  • Apple: Shop for an eligible Mac computer or iPad tablet with education pricing, get 20% on AppleCare+ support, and receive more offers with special pricing for educators and students.
  • Bose: Save on orders of $199 or more with Bose’s discount program for educators and students.
  • HP: The current back-to-school sale features savings of up to 77%. Shop for deals on laptops, printers, printers, accessories, and more!

When you’re wanting to dress to impress:

ALL of the stores below offer a 15% off teacher discount with a valid school or district ID.

As a bonus, here is another retailer that also offers discounts for teachers.

  • Bonobos: Save 20% off your purchase through verification of your teacher ID.

Looking for more ways to save this school year? Many states offer tax-free weekends that often coincide with back-to-school sales, giving you even more opportunities to save! Take a look at this article to see if your state participates.

Educators know #backtoschool shopping can get expensive, so @edmentum rounded up a few of our favorite back-to-school deals!

#iGive Catholic – Message from Ken Gavin

Posted: August 17, 2022

Dear Friends,

In May, I wrote to share that the Archdiocese of Philadelphia will partner with the Catholic Foundation of Greater Philadelphia to participate in #iGiveCatholic for the third year in the row.

#iGiveCatholic is nationally recognized as the official Catholic Giving Day. It is celebrated annually on #GivingTuesday, which follows Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. This year, #iGiveCatholic will take place on Tuesday, November 29th.

Archbishop Pérez recently released a special video message via the CFGP YouTube Channel. In the video, Archbishop Pérez encouraged all parishes, schools, and non-profit ministries of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to register for participation in #iGiveCatholic.

Please note that this video is for internal use only and may not be shared broadly with others. As it is relevant only to the process of registration for beneficiary entities.

Register for #iGC (English)

Register for #iGC (Spanish)

The Archdiocese of Philadelphia’s participation in #iGiveCatholic presents an opportunity for Catholics to affirm their faith as disciples of Jesus Christ by sharing their gifts out of love for God and one another. It also gives parishes, schools, and nonprofit ministries the chance to rally support for their individual organizations and make a difference in their community, with the goal of raising as many funds as possible.

Last year, 124 Catholic organizations across the Archdiocese of Philadelphia participated in #iGiveCatholic and raised more than $1.7 million.

Please visit to register. If your ministry is a returning participant, simply search for your organization’s name, and click on it. You can copy over your profile from last year and make any needed edits. If you have questions or are a new participant, please click here for instructions.

N.B. Registration should be completed only by departmental supervisors or administrators or their designees.

Thank you.

Kenneth A. Gavin
Chief Communications Officer
Archdiocese of Philadelphia
215-587-3747 (phone)
215-587-3875 (fax)

Presentation B.V.M. School – Lemonade War

Posted: July 7, 2022

Recently Presentation B.V.M. School 5th graders became business entrepreneurs. They read the book, The Lemonade War, with a goal of starting and running a company. They were assigned jobs: market analysis, executive summary, marketing strategy, accounting, sales and operations and worked in small groups to get their business up and running.

The students learned many tech skills during this assignment, using Google Docs, Sheets, and Slides.  Mr. Micah Sumner, Assistant Superintendent of Elementary Schools for the Archdiocese of Philadelphia was kind enough to come in and teach the 5th grade students about budgets. Like all things in business, there were goals and benchmarks. They wrote a business plan, pitched their proposal to investors and ran an advertising campaign.  Talk about a real world experience! Students highlighted all of their hard work by having a Lemonade Sale. What a success!! They raised $138.00 for Rising Together Alliance.

Job Well Done 5th Grade!!

Archbishop Perez Graduation Letter

Posted: June 7, 2022

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Archbishop Perez Graduation Letter

Wax Museum – Presentation BVM

Posted: May 20, 2022

Presentation BVM’s Fourth Graders are very excited to have completed the task of hosting a Living Wax Museum. This research project helped students learn about many historical figures and their contributions to our society. They worked for several weeks incorporating history, reading, writing, and technology into this project.

This living wax museum project was an excellent way for fourth graders to build on their research skills, take notes, write reports and utilize the many resources that helped them to learn about the many famous men and women they portrayed.

Literature-Based Mock Trials – Teacher Opportunity for Next School Year

Posted: May 12, 2022

The Rendell Center Literature-Based Mock Trials are an easy-to-follow instructional framework for educators interested in developing literature-based mock trials with their students, grades  K to 8. The Rendell Center Mock Trial framework is easy to follow.

It is designed to focus on the literature and history the students are reading in the classroom. The goal is to enrich the students’ learning experience while teaching them about the American government and its judicial system.  The framework is one that marries literature, history, and civic literacy in an ongoing effort to provide students with the knowledge and disposition of engaged citizens. These are skills they will carry throughout their lives.

Some of our schools have participated in this program in the past and have found it to be very much worthwhile and, as such, we would like to provide the opportunity for more classes to participate in the coming school year.

Interested teachers are invited to attend an information webinar (Meeting ID: 938 4824 4230) on Tuesday, May 24 at 3:15 PM.

Please let Sister Edward know at  by May 23 if you plan to attend.  Thank you.