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The Message -- BACK TO SCHOOL August 19, New theme/logo announced for Catholic schools nation A new theme and logo for the national marketing campaign for Catholic schools has been announced by the National Catholic Educational Associa- tion (NCEA) and the United States Catholic Conference (USCC). The theme, "Catholic Schools: Schools You Can Be- lieve In," underscores the val- ues-added dimension of Catholic education. "The theme and 10go is one we believe will maintain its ap- peal and excitement for years to come," said Catherine T. Mc- Namee, C.S.J., NCEA presi- dent. Lourdes Sheehan, R.S.M., U.S.C.C. secretary for educa- tion, said that the new mes- sage also emphasizes the top academic education provided in Catholic schools. "Surveys consistently show that our Christian-based envi- ronment and academic excel- lence are the key factors par- ents select Catholic schools for their children." This year's campaign theme and logo is expected to remain in place for several years. Frank Savage, executive direc- tor of NCEA's chief adminis- trators of Catholic education department, said this move re- flects the counsel of Catholic school leaders who want Catholic educators to speak "with one clear voice." BO Substitute teachers sought Each year the Office of Catholic Education compiles a listing of available teachers who will serve as substitutes. Substitute teachers must have a substitute certificate or li- cense from the state of Indiana to qualify for teaching in diocesan schools. Interested teachers should contact the Office of Catholic Education, 4200 N. Kentucky Ave., Evansville, IN 47711, or phone 424-5536 to obtain a substitute application. Diocesan schools comply with privacy act Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville comply with the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act by re- leasing certain directory information. Directory information consists of name, address, phone, state and date of birth, major field of study, the participation in officially recognized activities and athletics, weight and height, date of atten- dance, award(s) received, honor roll and other pertinent in- formation. Parents who object to the release of any of the above information must write to the principal requesting their chil- dren not be included in any appropriate listing. The written request must be submitted within 15 days of the beginning of school. Catholic schools require immunizations Effective Aug. 1, 1980, Public Law 150, Acts of 1980, amends Indiana Code 20-8, 1-7-10 to require immunization of all children enrolled in a school. Previously, only those children enrolling for the first time were required to be im- munized. Now all.children must be immunized, and by state law, children must furnish written proof of immunization by the first day of school. Catholic schools do not discriminate Catholic schools in the Diocese of Evansville do not discriminate on the basis of color, sex, age or location of na- tional origin. Students of other religious faith are welcome to at- tend Catholic schools. Schools to use new texts Following the annual adoption cycle recommended by the Indiana Department of Education, students in the dio- cese will be using new art, music, business and practical arts books and materials this fall. A new committee will now begin meeting to work on the curriculum adoption for the next school year. This process is done during the school year prior to the adoption year. The committee will determine which reading and handwriting books and materials will be used in the 1994-95 school year. In 1989, the diocese started adopting the same texts and materials for all of the schools in each of the curricular areas. This allows for greater consistency in programs of- fered and an easier transition in the event of a transfer of students from one school to another. In-service opportunities are also much easier to provide for teachers when working with one publishing company. I 0 Income eligibility guidelines for free, reduced meals Children from households that meet the following Federal Income guidelines are eligible free meals or reduced price meals at 40 for lunch. Additionally, the passage of House Act 1360 by the 1987 Indiana General Assembly provides textbook/workbook assistance for those children approved for free meals. REDUCED PRICE INCOME ELIGIBILITY GUIDELINES Effective July 1, 1994 to June 30, 1995 REDUCED MEALS Household Size ANNUAL MONTH WEEK ............... $13 616 1 2 ............... 18 3 ............... 22 4 ............... 27 5 ............... 31 6 ............... 36 7 ............... 41 8 ............... 45 $1,135 262 204 1,517 351 792 1,900 439 380 2,282 527 968 2,664 615 556 3,047 703 144 3,429 792 732 3,811 880 For each additional family member add ............. -I-4,588 +383 +89 CONFIDENTIAL: The information you provide will be treated confidentially and will used only for the eligibility determination. FOOD STAMP/AFDC HOUSEHOLDS: If you currently receive Food Stamps or Families with Dependent Children" (AFDC) for your child, you only have to list your name and Food Stamp or AFDC case number, and sign the application. ALL OTHER HOUSEHOLDS: If your household income is at or below the level shown the income scale above, your child is eligible for either free or reduced price meals. To aPP ly these benefits you must provide the following information or your application cannot be proved. . HOUSEHOLD MEMBERS: List the names of everyone who lives in your household" clude parents, grandparents, all children, other relatives, and unrelated people who live in household. MONTHLY INCOME: List all income received last month on the same line with son who received it. Write the income under the group it belongs in (for example, WELFARE, PENSIONS, or OTHER). Income is all money before taxes or anything taken out. SIGNATURE: An adult household member must sign the application, the SOCIAL SECURITY NUMBERS: List the social security number of the adult signing application or the word "none" if the adult does not have a social security number. VERIFICATION: The information on the application may be verified by school or c cials at any time during the school year. REPORTING CHANGES: If you list income information and your child is meal benefits, you must tell the school when your household size decreases or your creases by more than $50 per month or $600 per year. If you list food stamps case AFDC number, you must tell the school when you no longer receive food stamps or your child. FOSTER CHILDREN: Your foster child may be eligible for meal benefits regardleSS of household income. If you wish to apply for these benefits for a foster child, contact the for help with the application. NONDISCRIMINATION: Children who receive free or reduced price meal benefits treated the same as children who pay for their meal. In the operation of child grams, no child will be discriminated against because of race, color, age, national origin, handicap. If you believe you have been discriminated against, write immediately to tary of Agriculture, Washington, D.C. 20250. Likewise, if you believe you have been nated against regarding the textbook assistance program, contact the Indiana Education, Room 229, State House, Indianapolis, Indiana 46204-2798. FAIR HEARING: If you do not agree with the school's decision on your application or sult of verification you may wish to discuss it with the school. You also have the right hearing. REAPPLICATION: You may apply for benefits at any time during the school are not now eligible but have a decrease in household income, become unemployed, or increase in household size, fill out an application at that time. You will be notified when the application is approved or denied.