September 19, 2017
What a wonderful week we have had, I am so proud of our school and the community which we serve. Our opening mass was just beautiful. Mrs. Edebholes who usually helps us with music was not available, so I asked Dewey from the rectory who does the youth choir to step in. He, Luca M and Benjamin F did a fantastic job. I really appreciate the effort that they gave and on really short notice. On Sunday there was a facebook message from the Marine in Bayside, Texas who wrote about the cards that your children made and sent in with the donations. I still cry when I read her message about your children. If you have not gone on our facebook page, please do. Like us on facebook and follow the comings and goings of Sacred Heart.
Today our teeny tiny twos began our newly created little birds program. It is a gentle separation program for mommies and 2 year olds. We still have room in our 10 am 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 begins this 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.
Well our first fund raiser of the year is off to a great start! 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. At back to school night I mentioned that we host several fundraisers throughout the year and that no one is expected to participate in every one of them, if you did you would be broke. What I am asking is that if there is something that you chose one or two that you can do. If every family did something we would well exceed our fundraising budget.
Speaking of back to School Night. Just a few reminders: Please do not go through the after school to go to the classrooms for books. We need to know who is in our buildings and entering from the afterschool and leaving from the front door does not allow us that security. If your child is absent, please call the office and let us know. Read the student handbook with your child, sign and return the receipt that you read it. Go to the website to check on HW. Use OptionC to check on grades- many teachers will begin assessments this week. If you cannot get on OptionC, ask Mrs. Hartin. Be mindful of due dates, theyare important, especially when we have something that we need to order. Follow the rules of our crossing guards; they are here to protect your children. Both of these dedicated women were in your shoes at one time, they were BOTH Sacred Heart mommies!
I was visiting classrooms this past week and I stumbled into the 5th grade math class, now for those of you who know me- I am really not a math fan, but I looked in and they were writing so I figured I would check it out. I am so glad I did! They were exploring how they used math over the summer; some spoke about cooking- I like food!, some spoke about shopping and making change and some spoke of their travels this summer. I was blown away by how they were able to calculated miles from NY to Spain and NY to Croatia. What really impressed me was that they were having so much fun sharing stories and having real conversations. As I make my rounds each day I see and hear the rigor that is taking place within our academy. Mrs. Reeves first grade will be starting their journal writing soon, I cannot wait to get into hear them read their journals. Mrs. Kritikos is already talking about the first novel that her class will be reading. I am excited for all the learning that is taking place in every corner of the school.
Thank you for choosing to send your child to Sacred Heart, we are so happy that you have entrusted us with your most precious possessions. We promise that we will teach them math, science, how to read and how to write, but we will teach them how to show love and compassion for others in the same way that Jesus showed compassion, we will teach them and model for them the value of prayer and how to develop a relationship with Jesus. This is why you sacrifice to send your children to Sacred Heart and this is why we sacrifice to teach at Sacred Heart.
Mary Anne Cooke