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

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

April 2, 1017

Dear families,

I honestly thought that March would never end! It was such a long month and a busy month at that.  As we turn the calendar to April our thoughts go to our annual Fashion Show.  The Fashion Show is the biggest school fundraiser of the year.  Those of you who did the fashion show when your child was in first grade know full well what these mommies, husbands, grand parents, children and babysitters are going through at this point in time.(some of you did the fashion show 3 and 4 times!- God Bless you)  Tickets are on sale NOW, a flyer went home with your child.   If for some reason the book page ate the flyer…. I am putting a copy up on the website and on facebook.  The mommies need baskets for all those raffle baskets, so if you cleaned out that hall closet hand found some hiding in the back, you can send them into school.  Also, if you have anything that can be used for a raffle, that can be sent in as well.

Our World Cup tournament is underway, the current standings are posed in the front hall, come by and take a look.  The school wide door decorating contest will be judged on the Wednesday before Easter Break- this is such a great project.  I am so grateful to Ms Flynn for doing this.

I mentioned our facebook page. Did you know we have a school facebook page?  We have so few people who have “liked” us.  I post pictures of the events in the school on that page, so please take a minute – go to facebook, search Sacred Heart Catholic Academy of Bayside and click follow. Easy Peasy.  Just another way to keep up with all the events going on in our wonderful school/academy.

Our 7 & 8 the grades walked the Labyrinth last week; it is such a great way to stop and listen to God speaking with us.  It is a form of meditation prayer.  There are pictures on the facebook page!

On Friday we will have a half day for a faculty meeting.  Our Superintendant of schools has amended our Bullying and Cyberbullying policies and every teacher in the diocese needs to be professionally developed both in our schools and outside of school.  As you know our Diocese has a Zero Tolerance policy when it comes to bullying- see our Academy handbook on line for the entire policy.  Think about it, we are a Catholic school; we follow in the traditions of Jesus, would Jesus ever bully someone? Of course not!  In fact when Jesus saw a group of people stoning a woman, he clearly said that if you are without sin then and only then can you act.  Well since NONE of us are without sin, we do not have any right to make someone else’s day miserable.  Now since this is a half day, we will have another “Freddy Dress Down”, $1.00 that will go to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.  The last” Freddy Dress Down” made $258.00 for St. Francis Breadline- thank you to everyone.

We are continuing with our registration for next year, if you have not already done so; please let me know if you are planning on coming back. We need to begin to plan for our classes for the 2017-2018 school year.

Our 7th grade Confirmation students will be on retreat on Tuesday, please keep them in your prayers.