Merry Christmas and a Happy and Healthy 2018!
May the Blessings of the Holy Family be with you and your family throughout the season and may you experience the Love that is Jesus for the coming year.
God Bless us all, everyone!
Peace and Joy
December 13, 2017
Welcome to the second Sunday of Advent! This week we light our second candle to represent the HOPE of Christ that comes to our world. When we speak of that HOPE we remember the faithfulness of God who keeps His promises to His people. This week we are called to remember that the coming of Jesus into our world is “…the fulfillment of the saving plan of God”.
I want to give you an update on Mr. Shea. As you know his surgery went very well and he is home receiving physical therapy. In his absence we have hired a leave replacement for him, Mr. Juan Perez. Mr. Perez was introduced to the children on Tuesday. We thank Mr. Perez for his help as we pray for the health of Mr. Shea. We will have a dress down n Friday to give Mr. Shea a little something to thank him for all that he has done and will do for our school and the children.
The student council will hold a bake sale Thursday. The proceeds of the bake sale will buy hats and socks for day laborers. There is a Franciscan Brother who works with these laborers and he contacted Sr. Kathleen asking for any help in getting these men hats and socks. Please help to support this very worthwhile cause.
Last night was the annual Mother’s Club Christmas Dinner. It was very well attended! I want to thank all the families who work so hard to support our school. I have said this many times, we could not be who we are without YOUR help! It was so nice to see some of our “alumni” moms at the dinner, and of course no event would be complete without Mr. Farrell in attendance.
This Thursday and Friday we will be hosting our annual Christmas Boutique. This is a great opportunity for your child to shop for gifts for family members. Thank you to the families who worked so hard to set up that magical “store” for your children.
Next week we are going to be very busy……we have our Band Concert on December 20th at 7PM in the Gym and on Thursday we have our 3rd grade Christmas Show at 7PM in the gym. Please try to come by and share some Christmas cheer.
Have a peaceful week, take some time to breathe during these very hectic times. The cards, will get out, the presents will get wrapped the house does not have to be that clean! Take time to realize the reason for the season…..
December 5, 2017
I want to begin by thanking all the parents, alumni and students who helped to make our Breakfast with Santa so magical! Thank you for supporting this great family event. It was so much fun. I watched with awe the children who watched the trains go around, there is really something special about a train…. I brought Erin to breakfast, now Erin is 3 going to be 4 in January and really 30- she is just like her mother! Anyway, when we got home, Keri asked Erin how breakfast was and to my shock, Erin thought for a moment and said to her mom, “Santa didn’t eat”. I am always amazed at what kids notice.
We are beginning our registration campaign for Kindergarten for the 2018-2019 school year. If you know someone who may be interested in sharing their children with us, please invite them to come and take a tour. We are offering tours beginning the week of December 11, we all know that when they see Mrs Marsar, Ms McGary and Mrs. Gallo, they will be sold on the spot! We are offering some early bird incentives for this registration period, so spread the word- We are saving a seat for them.
Wednesday is the feast day of Saint Nicholas, and your child will come home with a simple candy cane. That simple candy cane has some real significance with our faith. If you hold it with the hook on the bottom, it forms a J for Jesus, and that is not all- just ask your children…
Friday is the feast of the Immaculate Conception, this is an important feast day within our Diocese, as Mary is our Patroness. The seminary is named after the Immaculate Conception. Please take some time on Friday to spend some time in prayer to Mary in thanksgiving for all that she has done.
Report card conferences will be held on Thursday. Traditionally we have given you the results of the October TerraNova testing, unfortunately, this year the test results may not be in by Thursday there is a delay with the company that processes the results. If not we will send them home with a letter to explain the results. Now, the UPS truck may show up in the morning, but just in case.
Please take your child to mass, especially this time of year. As the primary teacher of your child you made a promise at Baptism to pass on the faith. The story of Christmas is the greatest story ever told. We all get wrapped up in cooking, cleaning, shopping etc, but let us not lose sight of the real message- God so loved the world that he gave us his only son.
I heard from a 7th grade parent, Mrs. Furino that she has a really great babysitter who is looking for a job. This woman knows Sacred Heart as she was the babysitter for Mrs. Furino’s daughter! If anyone is looking for someone, please call the office and we will give you some contact information.
As many of you know, Mr Shea fell and broke his femur, he had surgery to put a rod and pins in his leg. He is home and getting physical therapy. Please keep him in your prayers- speedy recovery!
November 30, 2017
I hope that each of you had a wonderful Thanksgiving, and enjoyed the time with your family and friends. If you are anything like me, you spent the Thanksgiving weekend decorating for Christmas! It is so hard to come to terms with the fact that we are that close to Christmas. Speaking of Christmas, on Saturday we will have our annual Breakfast with Santa. It is a great family friendly way to kick off the holiday season. Tickets are $15.00 per person, in advance and $20.00 per person at the door. There will be arts and crafts, face painting and of course a visit from the Big Man himself!
Sunday, the Board of Directors will be making a presentation after all the masses on the next 100 years of Sacred Heart Catholic Academy. When you and your children attend mass this Sunday, please have your children wear their school uniform. If they come in uniform on Sunday, there will be a dress down on Monday. This one will be on the “honor system”- no coupons to hand out. I hope to see a good turnout of “our” children at all the masses. There will be small reception in the school café, please see the bulletin for more information.
Sunday at 9:30 is also our Family mass, it is a wonderful mass with our children’s choir singing. Our children’s choir is under the direction of our very own Mrs. Edeboholes.
Next Thursday is report card day- YEAH!! I look forward to seeing you as you walk through the building. If you want to do some Christmas shopping, we will have former parent, Mrs. McCabe in the library selling her beautiful jewelry. She always has a great selection at great prices, stop by and take a look.
As I walk through the building, I see so many wonderful things going on, I see creative interactive lessons in mathematics, I see peer revisions of stories, I see the science lab being used for experimentation, I see group presentations on comparative religions, I hear prayers being said in Spanish, and I see web quests being done cooperatively on ancient civilizations. At Sacred Heart we teach our curriculum, but at the same time we infuse that curriculum with the values that Jesus taught. In our world today, that value-centered education is so important, who would not jump at the chance to have it? You are our best advertisement, please tell your friends and neighbors about the wonderful things that are taking place in our little corner of 38th Avenue.
We will be closed on December 8th to celebrate the feast of the Immaculate Conception- Mary conceived without sin Pray for us.
Looking forward to seeing you over the weekend.
Wishing you and your family a Blessed Thanksgiving.
November 22, 2017
Pope Francis tells us to live life with a grateful heart, and if we do every day will be Thanksgiving. In its simplicity this message is truly powerful! How can I live that “grateful heart”? What does it look like while I am stuck in bumper to bumper traffic, or when I am at the Stop and Shop parking lot and someone takes the space that I have been waiting for?
By definition gratitude is an emotion expressing thanks for what we have rather then what we want. Now, I may really want that good parking space at the Stop and Shop but I have two good legs and I can walk a few feet to the store, while in the car in bumper to bumper traffic, I can be grateful that I have a car for transportation and I do not have to rely on public transportation- getting around Long Island on public transportation would be impossible.
Pope Francis tells us that Thanksgiving is more than a day, it is a way of life. Each one of us has so much to be thankful for we need to focus more on what we have right in front of us rather than what we want that may be out of reach.
With that being said, I am grateful for all of you and your support of our food drive. The food that you sent in was sent to five neighboring parishes. It will provide meals for families who have needs. These needs do not only occur one day of the year, Jesus commands us to “Feed my Sheep”.
If you have not done so, please take an ornament from our giving tree. There have been over 700 requests for us to assist our neighbors this holiday season. Chose one with your child and shop together, what a wonderful message and life lesson you will be teaching them.
I am grateful for all of you who supported our adopt a family campaign this week. Your simple donation multiplied with everyone else here at Sacred Heart will go a long way to provide “magic” for the family.
As we journey into the holiday season, take time to reflect upon the blessings that God has given each and every one of us, see what you really “have” and try not to focus on the “I want”. Live with that grateful heart.
May the Blessing of Jesus be with all of us
Today we had a very special guest at our Academy, we welcomed Det. Kaufman. Det. Kaufman came to speak with each grade level on what the Police Department does and how we can stay safe in the digital age. It was a very good presentation and we thank him for giving of his time.