The Opening of C & C Italian Ices

As I entered the building today, I was met by two of our students who handed me their “business card”! It appears that these young entrepreneurs will be selling Italian Ice from the site of the old Grazianio’s on 39th Avenue. (38-34 39th Ave)  The ice will come from Corona and be available Sunday- Thursday  from 11-5.  This Sunday. July 9 will be their big opening.  Stop by and pick up a scoop or two.

July 4th 2017

Dear families

Happy Independence Day!!!

Today we celebrate and remember an event that took place 241 years ago, when a man by the name of Richard Henry Lee, from Virginia, presented at resolution in the Pennsylvania State House stating the following:

     “Resolved: That these United Colonies are, and of right ought to be, free and independent States, that they are absolved from all allegiance to the British Crown, and that all political connection between them and the State of Great Britain is, and ought to be, totally dissolved

These simple words became the basis for what we know as the Declaration of Independence.

So today as you have that BBQ, watch those fireworks, take a few minutes to read the text of the declaration, to hear the words of John Locke- the right to life liberty and the pursuit of happiness, the ideas of Rousseau, that people have the right to change government that does not work for them, and to get a sense of the obligations of the people within a democratic society.

These simple words brought forth a revolution, a revolution that turned the world upside down. The men who signed this document could have been tried for treason, but they felt the cause greater than them.  In the end these men trusted in the protection of God and pledged to each other their Lives, their Fortunes, and their sacred Honor.

May God Bless and protect the United States of America.


Mary-Anne Cooke

Have a great day!!!!!!


Congratulations to our Graduates!

Last Night was beautiful.

We are so proud of you and of all that you have accomplished!? May God continue to Bless you and keep you all the days of your life.? You will always have a place at “home”.

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

May 30, 2017

Dear families,

So much has been going on her in the past few days, we have so much to talk about…

Our 5th grade teachers put together a terrific food fest for us on the 18th with our annual International Day.  What a great way to share the cultures and traditions of our ethnic heritage.  The posters were like a travel log, I can not wait to visit these countries and see all the wonderful sights.  The dolls that were created and the ethnic dress were so creative and of course the food………YUMMY!

Our first annual Art Auction was a huge success.  The class projects were done so well and the bidding that took place on certain items was very generous!  Thank you to everyone who came out and of course to Mrs. Waranis for her talents.

Last Wednesday we had our annual Spring Band Concert.  I cannot tell you how impressed I was with the talent of the students.  I cannot play an instrument so I am so in awe of anyone who can.  To sit there and to see our first graders play the violin and for me to know what the song was- amazing!  Every student played their heart out.  Hat’s off to all our talented musicians and of course their families.  At one point I was watching the drummers, who played with gusto and I was grateful that neither of my children asked to play the drums!! There was a bittersweet moment when certificates were given to our 8th graders who will no longer be part of the Sacred Heart Band.

Our 6th graders took a trip to Medieval Times to  experience a joust.  This is done as a culminating activity in their social studies class.  It really is a fun trip.

A few months ago we had a speaker for the parents on social media and children.  She was very informative and the parents asked if I could get someone in to talk to the children about the responsible use of social media.  Well, I was lucky enough to have a speaker come today and speak with the children in grades 6-8 about being responsible and knowing the consequences of posting on social media.  The presentation was truly eye-opening!  It is amazing how much social media the children use at such a young age.  We will have more opportunities to bring in speakers next year to continue the discussion.

Family Fun day is Friday, the children may come to school dress down so that they are participate in all the fun activities at dismissal.

Remember that we are hosting a summer camp that will run for up to six weeks over the summer.  Spots are filling up fast, so please get your registrations in.

The school library will be closing as of June 9th, please check your home for any books that belong to the Sacred Heart library, and return them by June 9th.



And the winning team is……..

Congrats to the Winning team!!!!

What a wonderful day at the park!  Thank you to every person who came by to watch, who helped set up, who acted as our nurse, to Ms Flynn for the vision, to the Mothers Club for everything, to the teachers for their support, to all the 6th grade parents who can now finally wash those tee shirts, those parents who refed, the ball kids, and the list goes on and on…….all I can say is WOW!!!!!!

Cross this Way

Today our 4, 5, and 6th grades had a visit from Mr. E.  Mr. E cones to us from the New York City Department of Safety – The Vision Zero Project.  He worked with our students about being safe while crossing the street.  His presentation was lively and entertaining, while at the same time conveying a very important message.  Every 51 minutes someone in the city is involved in a pedestrian crash!

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

May 3, 2017

Dear families,

May is finally here!!  I love it when I hear the birds chirping in the morning, it makes me feel like all is well with the world!

On May 9th The Board of Directors and myself will present the State of the Academy.  This annual event is mandated under the Academy structure.  I think it is like the State of the Union, but not so  ornate. (No secret service, and you do not need to applauded when I come in….) I will be presenting on the academics of the academy as well as the spiritual aspect of my leadership. We will begin at 7PM, I do hope to see you there.

As some of you know, Father Brosnan has been coming into the building each Monday to teach Latin to a small group of students, this Monday will be the last Latin class.  We are so blessed to have a pastor who is interested in academics and is willing to share his talent and love of language with our students.  I think it was a win win.

Our second graders will be celebrating their First Holy Communion on Saturday May 6 and Saturday May 13.  Let’s all hand the rosary outside for good weather.  First Communion is such a special event  in the lives of children, we join in praying for them and for their families.

Some of you may have heard the your children are busy making class projects in art class.  We will be hosting our annual Art Show and this year we are adding a twist… an Art Auction!  Each grade level has been making a project that we will be auctioning off that evening.  They are all so creative!  I want to thank Mrs. Waranis for all her had work with this project.  Please come by for cookies and lemonade, see your child’s classroom filled with art and stop by the library to place your bid on the class project.  I will post pictures of the projects on the school website as they become ready, so you can preview them…I feel like Southerby’s.

Our World Cup final is fast approaching ,May 17th,  it is fun morning with the kids at the park.  As the flyer said, this is not a fundraiser, it is just fun! Please try to come down and cheer on the 6th graders.  I am sure that your child(ren) will love to see you there.

Ideal Uniforms will be here for a measurement day on May 10th.  If you do not have the forms, just stop by the office.

Please tell your friends that we have a Mommy and Me program on Wednesday from 9-10:30, it is a drop in program and a fantastic way to socialize with other mommies and daddies while the children play.  Enter on the 216th street ramp.


Mary-Anne Cooke

Fashion Show 2017

The annual fashion show was a fantastic event filled with many surprises….

Thank you to all the mommies and daddies who worked so hard to put this event together.

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

April 24, 2017

It is “fashion week” at Sacred Heart, everything this week will evolve around the fashion show. The fashion show is this Friday!!!  If you have not yet purchased your tickets for the most memorable event of the year, this is your last chance, send in your requests to the main office ASAP.   The show is coming along beautifully, the first grade moms and dads are really working hard.  The theme this year is “Bad Moms” there are many surprises in store, you really do not want to miss this.

Before the break each child went home with a raffle book for the Grand Prize- $2,500.00 travel money- if you have not yet sent that back please do so ASAP, remember you have to be in it to win it!  Every child who sells a grand prize raffle book will get a dress down on Monday, May 1st.

I want to thank you all for the success of our half day dress down (aka Freddy Dress Down).  The monies realized from these dress downs were sent to Saint Francis Breadline and Juvenile Diabetes Association.  A simple act on our part has made a great impact to these worthy causes.  Thank you!

As you know, we have a school band program.  As the children become more advanced in their lessons, there is the opportunity to play with other students throughout the bough in the Honor Band.  I am delighted to tell you that three (3) of our students were given that opportunity; Jasper Teng, Richard Blair, and jonpeter Marrero.  I want to congratulate these young people on the dedication that they have for their music.

Before the break we had the opportunity to have a guest speaker from PDHP (Program for the Development of Human Potential) come to speak with us about social media and your child.  It was very well attended.  One of the things she spoke about was the constant connection that teens (and some of us) have with our phones.  The concept of a Digital Detox is gaining momentum among many.  Companies such as Daimler are temporally disabling their employees email account when they are on vacation, and Cisco’s former chief technology officer takes one day a week off from his smartphone.  It was suggested that it is very important to set house rules when it comes to your child and technology, these may included No devices in the bedroom, No devices during mealtimes or NO phone use after 9PM.  I am looking to bring this program to our students before the end of the year.

Our World Cup event is clearly in full swing.  Our classroom doors look amazing, I want to thank all the teachers and the students for such great work.  We had a visit from the Media Director from the Office of the Superintendent, who took many pictures of our doors and loved the entire concept.  Again thank you to everyone for their support.

Nest week, we will begin our New York State testing in Math.

We are beginning a Mommy and Me starting this Wednesday, April 26, from 9 am to 10:30 am in the small room located off the cafeteria.  It is a drop in progam at a cost of $5.00 per session.  Share this with your friends and family.

See you at the fashion show!


Mary-Anne Cooke