Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

November 13, 2018
It is so hard for me to believe that Thanksgiving is just over a week away! Where has the time gone?
There is so much to tell you so I better get started…..
I hope you enjoyed your day off yesterday, but I also hope that you took time to remember why we were off. November 11, 2018 marked the 100 year anniversary of the armistice of World War 1. In the years since November 11, 1918 our nation has been involved in several wars and conflicts throughout the world. Our prayer should be in thanksgiving for those selfless men and women who put their life on hold to protect the freedoms that you and I enjoy and our prayer should be for Peace. To quote John Lennon, “give peace a chance”.
Mrs. Draper has been very busy these past few days. Last Thursday the wrapping paper portion of the Prestige order came in and today the cookie dough/cheesecake orders came in. These came in just in time for Thanksgiving, and the “foul weather” that we are expecting at the end of the week. Those cookies will make a delicious snack for after school on Friday when the weather is cold and damp.
There are some big changes in our junior high. We are replacing the Smartboards with LED HD HDMI to HDMI TV’S complete with a sound bar. The other day, Mr. Frawley showed a clip from The Last of the Mohicans, and you would have thought the battle was taking place right then and there! We are very excited about this technology upgrade.
Today a flyer went home about our first “proceeds night” taking place tomorrow night at Patsy’s in Whitestone. The Devine family is very generous to donate 20% of your eat in or take out order to the school. Please consider dinner at Patsy’s (you cannot go wrong with the eggplant appetizer) tomorrow, every little bit helps.
Each year our school participates in an Adopt a family program, this year is no different . We will be selling a dress down on Friday, November 16th for $3.00 or more to make Christmas magical for a family in need. Please be as generous as you can. Father has not yet given us the details on the family that we are adopting, I will know more by next week.
Thank you to the Nadan family for all their work on the Box Top Drive. Congrats to first grade, Mrs. Reeves for winning the dress down for the month of October. Keep getting those box tops in, there are incentives for your children. Remember “every clip counts”.
Wednesday, November 21 is a HALF DAY OF SCHOOL WITH AN 11:30 DISMISS. We will be going to the 9am Mass as a school to give thanks for all the blessing that God has bestowed upon us. Please try to celebrate with us.
We are currently taking enrollment for our Kindergarten for next year. You are our best advertisement. Prayerfully consider referring a neighbor or friend to our school. Ur $500.00 referral incentive is still in place for both you and the family that you refer.
Our Thanksgiving Food Drive ends on Thursday. If you have not yet sent in non perishable items, there is still time to do so. If you have earned a coupon for a free turkey or ham and you are NOT going to use that coupon, please consider donating that as well. I can assure you that it will go to good use.
Our Breakfast with Santa is on Saturday December 1, and that is right around the corner. This is a wonderful family friendly event, please get your ticket in advance so that the committee can have an idea of what they need. Kiddies, have those lists ready as there will be a visit from the big guy in the red suit who is just waiting to hear what you want for Christmas.
If you remember, at the end of last year and over the summer we had the honor of having a Seminarian here at Sacred Heart, Alex. Well, Alex took the next step to becoming a priest, he was ordained a Deacon on November 3 and will be assigned to our Parish for weekend Masses. What a blessing for us and for our Parish.
Our second graders received the Sacrament of Penance for the first time on November 3. 29 children received the Sacrament that day. We had the honor of having Father Tom Brosnan return for the Sacrament, as Msgr. Tom was at the ordination of Deacon Alex.

Have a wonderful week.
Maryann Cooke

Breakfast with Santa

Join us for our annual Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, Dec. 1, from 10am-12:30pm in the Sacred Heart Church Hall!  If you have questions or want more information, please email or call the school at (718) 631-4804 and leave a message with the Mother’s Club mailbox. 

Breakfast With Santa

Cupcake Sale

Our annual cupcake sale to support the Saint Francis Breadline raised over $1600.00. A very BIG thank you to our 5th grade families and teachers for a job well done!

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

October 9, 2018

Dear families,

Last Friday our Academy celebrated the first of our First Friday Masses with Eucharistic Adoration. It was very beautiful and the children seemed to enjoy the experience. In his homily, Msgr. Tom mentioned to the children that Jesus made twelve promises to St. Margaret Mary and as Nicky Sullivan told the congregation those promises are on the stained glass windows in our church. So, when you are in church with your children and they want to stop and read the stained glass windows, you know where that comes from. Take time to read them yourself, these promises remind us of the unwavering love that Jesus has for you and me. They provide comfort to us as we struggle to balance a faith- based life in the secular world. We will be celebrating Mass as a school community each First Friday, please consider joining us.

Our Pretzel sale is well underway, thank you to everyone who purchased a box. We do have more to sell, so if you are interested, please send in the order form to the attention of Lynn Green. Mrs. Draper is busy with the Prestige/ cheesecake sale. As previously mentioned, we pushed this up because so many of you wanted the cheesecakes for Thanksgiving- do not miss out!

If your child is absent, please call the school to let us know, but when your child returns back to school, please send them with an absent note. These absent notes are a legal document and have to be kept on file for one full year.

Congratulations to Mrs. Barckow’s 8th grade class, they were the winners for the month of September in our Box Top contest. Today her class had their own dress down day! Please remember to send in the box tops to your child’s teacher. If you send in 50 box tops, your child will get a home work pass.

In a bold move to go green, we are attempting to put every flyer, milk order form, lunch order form online and available for you to just print what you need. This will not happen overnight, but we are moving in that direction. Please check the school web page often.

Today we began our first day of Terra Nova testing. Everything seemed to go well. We will have the results of these tests for you by the first report card meeting in December.

Wednesday night at 7PM, there will be a meeting in the library for the parents/guardians of our first graders who will begin to plan our biggest fundraiser of the year. With so much to do, it is never too early to start. I look forward to seeing the first grade parents/guardians then.

As I was walking through the building last week, I stopped by the Kindergarten class and peeked in on a Religion lesson, the discussion centered around the theme of being a friend to each other, “like Jesus was a friend”. I stood and observed the responses of the children- “we could share our toys”, “we can be kind” and I thought of the story in the Bible where Jesus comes across a woman, who was being stoned because of her sin. In his compassion, Jesus says nothing and just writes on the ground. One by one the people who are set to stone the woman come over to see what he is doing. Upon seeing what he is doing, they leave. In the end it is just the woman (the sinner) and Jesus. The message from that story is he who is without sin can cast the first stone. How can we be more Christ-like? Exercise compassion. The Promises that were made to St Margaret Mary speak to the compassion of Jesus, the love that the Good Shepard has for each of us, his flock. We in turn, need to show that compassion and love for each other. Love each other, the way that Jesus loves us.

MaryAnne Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

September 26, 2018
Dear families,
Mrs. Lyons hosted a meeting for the parents of children who will be making Confirmation last evening and on Monday she hosted one for those preparing for First Communion. If you were not able to attend, please contact Mrs. Lyons so that she can explain the sacramental preparation to you.
216th Street is still a mess and the Con Ed workers and the construction crew are busy working till late in the evening to get the job done. Last week, they came to tell me that there was a problem with the fitting of the pipes and that they job would go longer than they thought. Now, any of us who have done construction in a house know two things to be true:
1. With construction there are always delays
2. When you touch something in an old house it never goes back together easily
When you look at the “big dig”, you can see that it is getting bigger by the day. I am told that the gas pipes, what they are doing now, is the easy part. I heard that the water main (the next phase) will be the doozy. As soon as they start to back-fill the “big dig” I will send out a very excited Parent Alert!
Option C is open for you to view your child’s academic progress. If you have any questions about a grade or a late assignment, please email your child’s teacher. You should have a response within 24 hours. Please do not email the teacher on Saturday and expect that you are going to hear back early Sunday, be conscious of their family time.
I have been asked by the Office of the Superintendent of Schools to adjust our school calendar to be compatible with the calendars of diocesan schools, to that end, the first Friday of every month will be our half day/faculty meeting. So, October 5 will be a half day and Halloween will be a full day of school. October 5th is also our First Friday mass with Benediction. Mass begins at 9am, please try to attend.
This Saturday, September 29, after the 5PM mass the Parish is hosting a wine and cheese reception to celebrate the 140th Anniversary of our Parish. Please try to attend the mass and reception. Let’s continue to “build the bridge” between Church and Academy that Msgr. Tom spoke about at back to School Night.
Our “little birds” program is now underway. It is a gentle separation program for mommies/caregivers and 2 year old. We still have room in our class, call us if you want to join or you know someone who wants to join. There are two sessions September – January and January to June. Our mommy and me runs every Wednesday as well, the class starts at 9am and runs for 90 minutes, it is drop in program so there is no long term commitment.
The pretzels finally came today!!! As you know we are selling individually wrapped chocolate covered pretzel rods covered with candy toppings. One pretzel is $1.00 and the box is $60.00. Please consider selling a box or two to your family and coworkers, they make a yummy snack. Since we only received the cases today we will need to adjust the “incentive program” on our school calendar. We host several fundraisers throughout the year and no one is expected to participate in every one of them, if you did you would be broke. What I am asking is if you would be willing to choose one or two fundraisers that you could do. If every family participated in something we would well exceed our fundraising budget. In addition to pretzels the Prestige books went home this week. We moved this fundraiser up because so many of you wanted the cheesecakes for Thanksgiving. We are also selling the family Entertainment Books.
For children in grades 3-8 we will be starting our Terra Nova testing program October 9-15th. I will write more about that next week. These are not tests that you can ‘study for”, just be sure that your children have a good breakfast, get some good sleep the night before and come to school with two sharpened pencils.
Our Band program will begin on October 10th.
Have a wonderful week, I am hopeful that cooler weather is coming. I have to be mindful of what I wish for, winter is right around the corner. If summer gives us any indication of what winter will be – oh boy!
MaryAnne Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

September 19, 2018
Dear families,
Last night we had a High School information night for the parents of our 8th graders. Mrs. Stokes did a wonderful job of detailing the process of choosing a high school. In our city, you have so many options that at times it appears overwhelming, but thanks to her the process is always smooth. For as long as I can remember almost all of our students have been accepted to their first choice of High School, and that speaks volumes for the education that they receive here at Sacred Heart.
It was so nice to see so many of you at our Back to School Nights. I hope you had the opportunity to meet our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Brunkhorst, as she explained to all in attendance, her focus will be on Curriculum and Instruction. She will be working closely with our faculty to differentiate instruction. We are so blessed to have her, and her skill sets working in our school for your children.
When you look at the school calendar, you will see that our Pretzel Sale was scheduled to begin this week. The vendor called Mrs. Green on Friday to announce that or pretzel order was sent to the wrong school. We have issued an APB for the missing pretzels and will let you know when they are in the building. Due to this delay, we will be shifting upwards the dates of the weigh in and the end of the sale. Please look for more information in “The Weekly”.
A flyer was sent home regarding the sale of Entertainment Books. These books contain coupons for various family friendly venues, such as bowling, movie theaters, and the like, throughout the region. There are also discounts for family friendly restraints. The cost of the book is $25.00 and the realized savings could be $100.00’s.
Box Tops for Education is a good source of extra money for our school. We plan to use the money that comes from Box Tops to purchase science equipment. A flyer is going home Thursday detailing the program and the incentives that your child could earn. Over the summer the community clipped and packaged up over $500.00 in Box Tops!!!! In addition to Box Tops, we are a recognized recipient of Amazon Smiles rebates and we are waiting approval for the Stop and Shop incentive program. Details on these programs next week.
Our Parish will be 140 years young and to celebrate the Parish is hosting a Wine and Cheese reception after the 5pm mass on Saturday September 29. In addition to the reception, the Parish is hosting a Gala on October 20 at Immaculate Conception in Douglaston. Tickets can be purchased after all masses. In conjunction with the Gala there is a Mega Raffle. $100.00 per ticket, 400 tickets to be sold the prize is $20,000 to winner-yeah!! (If all 400 tickets are sold) You may consider splitting the ticket with friends and family- even 20% of $20, 000 is a lot of money. To purchase a ticket, see Msgr. Tom or do so after all the masses. You gotta be in it to win it!!!
The first tuition payment is now due, if you have not made the first payment, please do so today.
In the past we had a small group of parents who walked through the building every morning after the bell to insure that all the doors to the school were secured. As time has gone by, our “security detail” has graduated and now we are in need of people to volunteer to help with this. It should take about 30 minutes to walk the building, and if we get enough volunteers, you do not have to do it every day. If you are able to help us, please let me know. I thank you for your time and service to our school.
We are continuing with our 1 to 1 technology program whereby we deploy chrome books to our juror high students. Much of the work that the students do is on Google classroom using Google Apps for Education.
Please refer to the dates to remember as there are two important meetings for those families making First Communion and Confirmation
Our opening school mass is tomorrow, Thursday at 1PM, I hope that you can join us to ask God’s blessings on our new school year.
The first Children’s Liturgy of the Word is this Sunday at the 9:30 mass. It was so great to see so many children last Sunday for the Blessing of the backpacks and school supplies, let’s come out this Sunday morning for the Children’s Liturgy. At baptism, you made a promise to hand down the faith to your children, celebrating mass together is handing down the faith. Please remember to “keep Holy the Sabbath”. I remember when retail was closed on Sunday and you had Sunday dinner at grandma’s house with your entire family. Wouldn’t be nice to take back Sunday as a day of family, and rest????


MaryAnne Cooke

Back to School

Dear families,
I hope that you are enjoying this beautiful day. It is hard to imagine that summer has come and gone and that we are back to school already!

With that being said, school starts Wednesday September 5th. Early drop off will continue at 7:30 in the library, and the bell rings at 8:05am. Wednesday and Thursday will behalf days (11:30) with NO afterschool. Friday will be a full day with afterschool.
If you are new to our school, please bring your child to the library before the 8:05 bell and I will escort your child to his/her classroom. Everyone else is to line up where you lined up last year and enter the building with your teacher from last year. They will split the children and take them to their new teacher.

I do want to tell you about some changes that were made over the summer:

Mrs Hartin is a grammy and will not be returning to Sacred Heart. She leaves very large shoes to fill. Mrs Nitollo will be our new school secretary. Now that Mrs. Nitollo is school secretary, we need a business secretary so we hired Lori who had worked at St. Mel’s for the job.
Mrs. Comstock made the decision to retire so that left us with her program to fill. Lena Spordone will be our new AIS/Reading specialist. The new program will be a push-in program so that the children will not miss instructional time.
We did have to cut down to one 4th grade class, so Mrs. Kritikos, Mrs. Bruno and Mrs. Trufelli will be doing 4 and 5th
Mrs. Marsar has graduated back to second grade. This left a position open in Kindergarten to fill we hired a wonderful, upbeat, loving person to fill that position- Mrs. Lisa Broad to take the second Kindergarten.
Mrs. Rheinhart is our nursery teacher, which left an opening in our 6th grade. A young woman came to us highly recommended, and many of us had the honor of teaching her- Sydney Shrinivas. Ms Shrinivas taught 6th grade ELA/SS at Divine Wisdom last year.
Some of you may have met our new assistant principal, Sharon Brunkhorst. She comes to us after teaching 7 years at Divine Wisdom. She will be working with the teachers in the area of curriculum and instruction.
Ms Brunkhurst will have the office that was Mrs. Hartin’s and the main office has been relocated to Mrs. Comstock’s room.
I know that you join me in welcoming the new members to our family.

Our school calendar can be accessed through our school website It is populated through June, with the half days and days off listed. Just click on the word calendar in the center of the page and use the forward or backward arrows to locate a month.

There is a change from the letter I sent you in June. Our back to School night is NOT September 11 for K-1 & 6-8 it is September 13th. Msgr. will be having a special 9/11 mass on the 11th and on display will be his original piece of the Trade Center. As Msgr. was a first responder he was given a piece of the Trade Center. It is our hope that as many families as possible, will attend this Mass.

On Sunday, September 16, at the 9:30 Mass we will have a Blessing of the Backpacks for all of the students. Again, as your child’s first teacher, it is your responsibility to pass on the faith. We hope to see everyone in attendance.

Hot lunch forms will be sent home the first week, pay special attention to return dates. There will be NO lunch served on Friday, September 7- only limited snacks and drinks.

If you do not follow us on facebook, do so. I post many pictures of our happy, smiling children engaged in a variety of activities.

We are collecting Box Tops for Education (thank you Nadan family for your creativity!) We also have an account at Amazon Smiles where we get reward money for purchases that you make, just look for Sacred Heart Bayside (thank you Ioannides family)

Have a great day and I look forward to greeting each of you on Wednesday.
Mary-Anne Cooke

Congratulations to Mrs Sexton

Today we offer best wishes to Mrs. Elena Sexton on the wedding of her son Michael to his beautiful bride Lauren. There is no better way to start your retirement.

Week 3 Summer Camp

It was Disney Week this week at camp!
Our campers made Winnie the Pooh masks to wear. We were “Mad” for Mad Science and loved the water play and Italian Ice.
Looking forward to week 4……..