I hope your Easter is filled with joy.

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Easter is almost here and we will be celebrating the joy of resurrection and new life. All around us we see this happening as the days become warmer and plants are beginning to bloom. This is a glorious time to marvel at new beginnings and the many gifts that we are given.

This past week I attended the Casino Night held by the First Grade parents. It was a great night out and well attended by many of the families. The baskets were amazing and the decorations outstanding. Many thanks to the First Grade parents, and the Mother’s Club. It is always wonderful when the school community can come together and enjoy themselves.

In these last two weeks we have administered the NYS ELA exam. When we return from vacation we will be giving the NYS Math exam. The students are ready and we expect it to go smoothly. We have also made the Stations of the Cross with the students in grades 1 – 8. This Lenten observance is a tradition that recreates the last moments of Jesus’s life. The question and answer sessions with Monsignor Tom afterwards were wonderful. I know he was amazed at the insight some of the children had.

Tomorrow we will have two events. In the morning students will be performing for the rest of the school with instruments they created in art. I am very excited to see how both Visual Art and Music come together in performance. In the afternoon grades 4 – 6 will be revisited by the Islanders. We will be incorporating STEM into an Islanders experience. I can’t wait to see what both events are about.

I would like to wish you and your family a Blessed Easter. Enjoy your Easter break.

Regards,
Mrs. Conlan

What’s Happening at Sacred Heart?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I hope you are enjoying your week. On Monday I thought that we would be enjoying spring weather, Mother Nature fooled me. However the warmer noon weather has allowed the children to go outside during recess.

Tomorrow, Thursday, March 27th at 7:00pm  is the Internet Safety meeting in the Church Hall. I look forward to seeing you all there.

Sunday, March 30th is the Bayside St. Patrick’s Day Parade.Join the group of teachers, parents, students and me marching. We will be gathering on the West side of Bell Blvd. and 36th Avenue at  10:00 am. I will be there wearing green and supporting Sacred Heart Catholic Academy.

It has come to my attention that some parents are parking their cars or double parking while bringing their children in during the morning. This is creating a dangerous condition for your children.If you are staying with your child in the gym, please do not park in front of the school. It is creating a problem with the buses and the children weaving in and out of the cars. Those parents staying inside cannot park in front of the school. Thank you for following this directive. As always, the safety and security of all your children is the priority.

Coming up is the Casino night on April 12th in the Church Hall. This promises to be a unique way to support our  school and have fun at the same time. We are also planning the ART Night in June. It promises to be a unique family experience, mimicking a real Art Opening. I am looking forward to planning this with Mrs. Waranis.

Have a happy weekend.

Regards,

Mrs. Conlan

 

How was your week?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Yesterday we had report card conferences. I hope you had a good visit with your child’s teachers. Many of you stopped by to say hello because I had not already met you, and I am grateful for that. Ms Brunkhorst and I met with several of you privately, and I hope that we addressed all the issues you had. All of them were valid and I will be following up to make sure you are satisfied. Open communication with parents, teachers, and administration is key to moving forward with success.  

I wanted to remind you again, that one of our former students, Vincent LaGrotta,  is collecting used clothes to donate to Bridge for Life. There is a bin in the Main entrance that to put in items.

Thursday. March 28th, we will have a speaker in to talk about internet and social media safety to you. Remember, any parents attending will be given free dress down passes for their children. 

On Friday, April 12th, the Mother’s Club will be hosting a Casino night in the Church Hall. Tickets are $40.00. There will be Finger Food , Baskets, Raffles and Games to play. Please check the web page for the flyer to send in for your tickets.  

Today we will be going to the Stations of the Cross and we will be commemorating Jesus’s last days on Earth. We will be viewing these images and reflecting on Jesus’s love for all.  

Have a great weekend,

Mrs. Conlan

 

What were we working on this week?

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This has been a very busy week for Ms. Brunkhorst, myself and the teachers. Today marks the last day of the trimester and next week, on Thursday, we will have report card conferences.  I look forward to seeing all of you then. Some of you have made appointments to meet with me. I welcome spending some time with parents to discuss their concerns. 

This week some of the teachers attended a seminar on literacy in the classroom. We will be revamping the ELA program at the elementary level. The programs we are using are very old and we are currently investigating materials that follow the standards and will help students excel academically. We will be remaining with GOMath and incorporating FUSION science for the early grades. This science program compliments the Stream lab and all classes, K – 8, will be able to make use of it. 

I have concerns regarding the use of social media and internet by some of our students. This week we audited the Middle School Google accounts and were unhappy with the histories and the contents that students were storing there. We will be incorporating Technology policies throughout the building for students and teachers. These will be distributed on report card day for you to sign. It is my feeling that parents need to know what the dangers are for their children. There is also a link to the sheet on the bottom of this page. We want to be proactive in teaching proper usage to our children.  I have scheduled a speaker to present this to parents on Thursday, March 28th at 7:00 pm.  Any parent attending will receive dress down passes for their children and refreshments will be served. The form is attached to this post and will also be distributed on report card day by your child’s teacher. Please RSVP by sending the bottom in so that we know how many people will be attending.

Today we will be wearing Green for St. Patrick’s Day. This will be sponsored by Student Council as part of their fundraising activities. Sunday is St.Patrick’s Day and I wish you all a sunny day to wear your green. 

Regards,

Mrs. Conlan

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Did you enjoy winter break?

Dear Parents,

I hope you all enjoyed your time off.  Since we’ve been back Ms. Brunkhorst and I have been working very hard in our planning for next year.  We have been examining the curriculum, Catholic identity, technology and school rules for next year.  It is has been very exciting to begin this planning. The objective is to create a wonderful academic and spiritual academic model for your children. Our teachers are also actively engaged in this process.

The uniform company for next year will be Flynn and O’Hara. There will be some changes to the to the gym uniform. This would include changing the color of the shirt to gray and the inclusion of gym shorts. The uniform company had suggested changing the plaid on the girls uniforms. I would love to have some parent feedback on this. There would be a transitional year for those students who already have a jumper or for those who are in eighth grade and do not wish to purchase a skirt for one year.  I will have the plaid displayed in the school library, any feedback is welcome. 

You will be happy to know that the committees for the Art room rebuild, Marketing and Development will begin meeting next week. I am thrilled to begin this process and have these ready for next year’s students. Over the break repairs were done to the buildings. The most significant was the repair to the gym stage. All of the flooring was replaced. This will allow us to have performances in the gym.  

I wish you a good week. 

Mrs. Conlan

 

What’s Happening at SHCA?

Good Afternoon,

On Sunday I saw how many of our families will be celebrating a Communion and Confirmation this year.  How great that our students make this commitment to their faith. It is truly a growth in their Catholic beliefs that they will remember all of their lives. 

This past week was the 100th day of school for our Kindergarten. It was great to see the t-shirts they created with 100 items on them. Junior High students are currently participating in a Mock trial in Social Studies.

Next week is our Winter Break. It is a time to refresh and recharge to get ready for the rest of the school year. You will see what we have planned for the Lenten season on our calendar. This begins on Ash Wednesday, March 6th. Please check the school calendar for more information.

I wanted to mention some of the things that Ms. Brunkhorst and I noticed this week. On Monday many students came in late. We had about 30 students waiting by the stairs. They came in after 8:15. Please remember that 8:05 the best time for children to be in school because we do prayer and the pledge at 8:10. Kindergarten and first grade parents must drop off in the gym. Only Nursery and UPK are allowed at the 217th street entrance. Please know that all of these rules are in place for the security of your children and their teachers. I thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Enjoy your week and stay safe.

Mrs. Conlan

Sacred Heart Is Back to Work!

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Dear Parents,

Now that Catholic Schools Week is over we will be going back to normal.  There will be no interruption of Specials or AIS services starting this week. Fire Drills are a priority and with the warmer weather we will be having some this week. 

I am also looking forward to going into the classrooms this week.  I want to see the great things happening in the classroom and the way your children are learning. Ms. Brunkhorst and I will be working together this month to evaluate and perhaps replace some of the books being used in the classroom. We will be checking for publishing dates, and how well they meet curriculum standards. We will also be evaluating the technology and arts programs, hoping to work with our teachers to improve them. All of this will be done with teacher input. 

Thank you again for all your support in making Sacred Heart Catholic Academy a great place for children to grow both spiritually and academically. Without parent support and sacrifice we cannot be the best we are.  Please remember that I am available to meet with you. If you have any concerns please call to make an appointment.Enjoy the wonderful weather. 

Best,

Mrs. Conlan

 

Why is Catholic Schools Week Fun?

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This Catholic Schools Week at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy has been tremendous. Superhero Day, Buddy Day, BINGO and more, above all, the blessing of the STREAM Lab by Bishop DiMarzio, will be amazing.  Ms. Brunkhorst and Ms. Spordone have outdone themselves in planning these events for the students.

I was happy to meet so many families on OPEN HOUSE. I can see the dedication that generations of families have had to Sacred Heart Catholic Academy.   Yesterday I met with Parents , as well, for a meet and greet in the school cafeteria.  The questions I was asked show how involved and caring the parents here are about their children’s  education at Sacred Heart Catholic Academy. These questions were about curriculum, testing, technology and the need for Spanish at the elementary level. 

Thank you to those families who volunteered to be on a committee.  If you are interested, these committees were, Facilities, Development and Marketing. Please call the Main Office and let us know which you would prefer to be on. Everyone’s efforts are needed to move forward in making the school the best environment possible for our students and their teachers. 

I wish you all a great week,

Mrs. Conlan

Discovering Sacred Heart

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Dear Parents,

This week I have been discovering all the wonderful things about Sacred Heart.   I am meeting with all of the teachers and learning how things work in the school.   Last week I met some of the Mother’s Club members. What a great resource these parents are to the school. 

I was very excited to see the new STREAM Lab come together. We were privileged to host St. Francis of Assisi teachers for Professional Development on Friday. Our teachers and theirs learned how to use the Lab. This means all grades can come in and learn with this awesome equipment. 

This Sunday is the beginning of Catholic School’s Week. On Sunday, January 27th, we will be having Mass at 9:30 in the church. We are asking that if you attend your child come dressed in full uniform.  All students attending in full uniform will be  receiving a free dress pass. Afterwards you are invited to the cafeteria for a breakfast. I look forward to seeing you then. Information regarding Catholic School’s Week will be given to you this week. 

I wish you a good week. 

Regards,

Mrs. Alexandra Conlan

Excited To Be At Sacred Heart

Dear Parents,

It is with great excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Principal of  Sacred Heart Catholic Academy. I am honored to have the opportunity to lead a school with such a rich tradition of faith and education!  I have been dedicated to Catholic education for more than twenty one years and it is with excitement and eagerness that I bring my skills as an educational leader to Sacred Heart Catholic Academy. I look forward to working  with you and the teachers as partners to ensure your child’s success, spiritually and academically.

I hope to meet all of you soon. If there is a concern that you wish to address, please contact the Main Office to schedule an appointment.

Regards,

Mrs. Alexandra Conlan

Principal

aconlan@sacredheartbayside.org