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For the 2015 – 2016 school year, the Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program will reach new heights as $5.855 million in tuition assistance will be awarded to families with demonstrated financial need.  More than 8,000 applicants applied for tuition assistance from the Archdiocese of Washington, and nearly 5,000 students will receive a tuition assistance award for the coming school year.  While we are pleased that the number of students who will receive tuition assistance continues to increase, we are also aware that there are many families who have financial need and did not receive tuition assistance due to limited available resources. Please read the enclosed article to learn more about the program and how you may be able to assist a family in need. 

In the Easter season we renew our Baptismal promises.  How can we respond to the Easter message? Each of us is called in a particular way to be a disciple and evangelizer to our families, schools, parishes, and communities.   Please read the enclosed article, Easter People, and be inspired by stories of those who have gone before us in faith as models that may help us listen and respond to God’s call to be His joyful witnesses.
May God continue to bless you and your family.

Faithfully in Christ,

April 2015 Vol. 3 No. 9

Easter People
By Sara Blauvelt, Director for Catechesis

Even as we have just returned from spring break many of us are already looking forward summer vacation.  It is refreshing for us to take a break from the structure of school and work.  However, when our children are not in the formal classroom it becomes a priority for families to develop opportunities to continue to grow in faith.

The Sunday celebration of the Eucharist is certainly a privileged opportunity for such growth. Too often we fail to appreciate that we are nourished by Christ in both the Eucharist and in the proclamation of the Word of God. We can learn much as we listen to, and reflect upon the Word proclaimed in the Sunday Liturgy. 

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Nearly 5,000 Students Receive Tuition Assistance
By Sean Brown, Manager for Funding & Enrollment

For the 2015 – ’16 school year, the Archdiocese of Washington Tuition Assistance Program reached new heights as $5.855 million in tuition assistance was awarded to families who demonstrated financial need.  This total award amount signifies the largest amount of tuition assistance awards that the Archdiocese of Washington has awarded since the inception of this program in 2008.  For the 2015 – ’16 school year, 7,900 applicants applied for tuition assistance from the Archdiocese of Washington and over 4,800 award recipients were awarded tuition assistance.  Award notifications were distributed electronically to high school families in February of 2015 and award notifications were distributed electronically to elementary school students in March of 2015.

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PARCC Testing
By LeShaun Quander-Mosley, Director for Assessment and Research

Several elementary schools in the Archdiocese of Washington will participate in the administration the PARCC assessment this spring.  The PARCC will be administered to students in grades 3 through 8 in reading and mathematics in Catholic schools in Washington, DC and Maryland.  The PARCC, Partnership for the Assessment of Readiness for College and Career, is a national standardized assessment that will be administered for the first time this year in ten states and the District of Columbia.  The Archdiocese of Washington is the only (arch)diocese slated to participate in the first administration of the PARCC, and in doing so, will be making history by administering a Maryland or DC official state standardized assessment for the first time. 

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