Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

November 14, 2017
Dear families,
It is with great pride that we welcome Msgr Thomas Machalski to our academy family. For those of you who have not met Msgr Tom, stop by any morning and you will see him sporting his MET’S jacket talking with our children in the yard before the bell. I am amazed at how many of the children he knows by name . He has been touring the building as well so ask your children if they have seen him.
Our Thanksgiving food drive is underway, each grade level has been assigned an item, please be as generous as your means will allow.
Our gift wrap/Prestige sale closes on Friday. If there was something that caught your eye in the brochure that went home, please get your order in by Friday,
On Monday November 20 we will have our dress down for our “adopt a family”. This year we are asking $5.00 per child to provide gifts for our family in need. You can not use a dress down coupon from the walk a thon or anything else on that day.
We have a parish youth minister who will be hosting a full day Youth Retreat in the Church basement on Saturday. Over 100 young people are scheduled to attend, please remember them in your prayers.
We will have our Children’s Liturgy of the Word this Sunday, November 19th. I will be preaching the Gospel, please make every effort to come and hear what I have to say
We are closing school on Wednesday November 23 at 11:30
Our parish Giving Tree will be available starting on December 2th, to date there have been 700 requests for our tree!
As we reflect upon the Gospel, we see that the Kingdom of God is not here or there, it is everywhere. Live our lives today in an awareness of that gift!
May the peace of Christ be with you all…….

Mrs. Cooke

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As we pause to celebrate Veteran’s Day we must all recognize the sacrifice these Veterans and their families made for US! Many gave their life so that you and I could live in a nation that is free. God Bless them and God Bless America.

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

Dear families,

Happy Eve of All Saints..we take time tomorrow to honor all those Saints, known and unknown who intercede for us in Heaven. We especially remember our own “communion of Saints” those relatives and friends who have gone before us and to whom we pray. Our entire school community will be participating in the 9am Mass to pray together.
Halloween is a special day at Sacred Heart, it is our annual cupcake sale to benefit Saint Francis Breadline. Many thanks to Mrs. Trufelli, Mrs. Spordone , and all the 5th grade parents and students for a job well done! Because of their efforts we raised over $1450.00 to feed the hungry. Congratulations to our raffle winners: Lorenz Berni, Jean Donlevy, Nina Lehrer and Anthony Manukian and to everyone who participated in this awesome event. It is so god to see all the family members who come out to share the day with us. Thank you!
As usual, our Walk-A- Thon was a complete success. Together we raised $12,700.00 and with our Board matching the total dollar for dollar, we now have $25, 400.00 to refurbish the girl’s bathroom in the old building.
Our Prestige fundraising book went home today, please know that you do not have to participate in every fundraiser that we have- no one is expecting that, you would go broke. Pick and choose, but please try to participate in something.
As we approach the half way point of our first trimester, please log into Option C and look at your child’s progress. It is important to stay on top of your child’s academic progress.
Our diligent crossing guards have asked me to remind you of the drop off rules in the morning. You are not able to park in front of the school in the morning it is dangerous. We have seen children darting in and out between the cars someone could get hurt. If you have to bring your child to the front door, park your car and walk across the street.
Regarding the tree in front of the rectory. Please keep your children off the tree and the rock. They could fall and hurt themselves. The rectory lawn is not the park.
Next Saturday our second graders will receive the sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation. What a special way to experience the love and compassion of Christ. Please join me in praying for these young people that they may be open to the word of God.
Have a great week,
Peace
Mrs. Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

October 25, 2017
Dear Parents and Guardians,
In 1924, when the decision was made to build our school, a school named Sacred Heart of Jesus we were challenged to follow in the path of that love and compassion of the Sacred Heart, to be a model for peace. Sometimes we forget that challenge – in the way was speak to each other and in our interactions with each other. It is important to reconnect with our roots from time to time and reflect upon our daily interactions. Remember to treat each other the way you want to be treated. Try to be Jesus to all that we meet.
It really has been a rollercoaster of a few weeks at Sacred Heart. We completed our Terra Nova testing for grades 3-8. Then the Yankees…… Yesterday and today is picture day and last week we had our annual Walk-a-Thon.
Regarding the walk-a thon first, thank you to all of you who prayed for nice weather…. It worked! Then to all the parents who “volunteered” to help – 3 or 4 pages worth! Thank you to our Mothers’ Club for everything. Thank you all for your generosity. Because of you, we raised over $12,000. I thought that last year’s number was great but we surpassed that. Since our Board of Directors promised to match funds, that gives us $25,000 for the bathroom. Yeah!!!!
I was raised on the Old Baltimore Catechism – that Q&A about our faith. We were told that we should love God, know God, and serve God . We are serving in so many ways at Sacred Heart. We are collecting food and diapers for Puerto Rico, children’s books and clothing for Bridge to Life. Every one of those programs was grass roots created either by a student in school or an alumni.
Next Tuesday is Halloween and our annual cupcake sale to benefit St Francis Breadline. Our 5th graders are busy making posters and decorating pumpkins. Our 3rd grade “Saints” are getting ready to march and our 8th grade cannot wait for the last minute bargains! We will have dress down on Tuesday, but no costumes. It is a full day of school. Trick or Treating can begin at 3. For our 7th graders, their 1st Confirmation journals are due next week.

Have a wonderful restful week. We earned it!
Peace,

Maryanne Cooke

Mrs. Cooke’s Weekly Letter

October 10, 2017
Dear families,
Today I had the honor of going into a classroom to give back a test. This test was on the scientific method, but that is not really important to the story. As students, we sometimes get the feeling that no matter how much I try, no matter how much I study, I just will never get one of the top marks in the class- you know that self-talk that says “I am NOT a math(science, social studies) person Well, my story today proves that wrong! You see I always believe in the art of studying. Not just looking over notes the day before the test, but really studying- making a study sheet days before the test, going over notes each and every night, writing down key ideas. Now that takes time and effort, but in the end it is well worth it. That is what was proven today with that science test. The student who took the test put in a considerable amount of time and effort preparing for that test and in the end it proved to be productive- I was able to give him a paper with one of the highest grades in the class! It was amazing to see his face, the pride that he felt, I was so happy for him. Today he taught his classmates a valuable lesson….the importance of preparing in advance for assessments and that hard work does pay off! The take away for us, as parents/guardians, is to help our children with their studying, not just going over the spelling words the night before, but taking five words per night and learning them, using them in a sentence, the “old” say the word, spell the word, and say it again. Hey, that worked for us!
Our pretzel sale is coming to an end, so if you have not settled your account, please do so ASAP. If you need/want more pretzels, send in a request and we will see what we can do.
Today was deployment day for our Chromebooks in our junior high. Our teachers used Google classroom last year and it was very successful, and several of our faculty are now Google Educator certified. I am so excited for this launch and to see all the wonderful things they can do using this device. We are really teaching and modeling 21st century skills.
The food drive originated by Celeste Marerro is going strong. A family of a graduate works for Jet Blue and Jet Blue is currently flying into PR. They have agreed to take the food that we are collecting on their flights to PR. This way you know that it will get into the hands of the people on the ground. I want to thank Celeste for this project.
Another of our graduates, Vincent LaGrotta is doing a collection for Bridge for Life. This is part of his service project as an Honor student at Saint Mary’s High School. There will be a box in the lobby of the school with any donations you may have. In addition to what Vincent is collecting Catie Mohan (8th grade) is collecting children’s book for her Girl Scout award. There will be a box for books as well. Writing about this proves to me that Sacred Heart is a special place where that drive to serve others is so deeply engrained that it continues years later- We really are a school of “Academic Excellence in a Tradition of Service”.
Our Walk- a- Thon is October 19th, your child will not be able to walk without a permission slip and the donation. Remember that every step we take gets our ladies bathroom, in the old building, repaired- YEAH!
As you have heard, Father Tom Brosnan is leaving Sacred Heart Parish after 12 years of faith filled service to each and every one of us. There will be a farewell reception in the Church Hall on Sunday, October 21 after the 5PM mass. Please make every effort to stop by and share a story with Father. More details will follow.
On October 13th we will mark the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of Mary to the shepherd children at Fatima Portugal. The Blessed Virgin under the title of Our Lady of the Rosary appeared on six occasions in 1917, and a seventh time in 1920. As important as the place and the time is the situation of the world. At that moment the First World War raged in Europe, introducing mankind to the most savage forms of warfare seen to that date. In far off Moscow Lenin prepared the revolution that would overturn the Russian social order in November 1917 and eventually engulf almost half the peoples of the earth. It was in that context that heaven came to earth to provide the antidote to the moral and social evils of the world – the message of Fatima. The message was simple yet so profound- Pray the Rosary every day for the end of the war and for peace in the world. That same message is relevant today The Power of Prayer to Change anything.
Please give your child the gift of prayer, it is really all that we have control over. Prayer can be real simple, a conversation. As you start out in the car “Father protect us and keep us safe”, before bed “Thank you Father for the gift of today” Never underestimate the Power of Prayer.
As always, thank you for choosing to share your children with us, we will do our best to keep them safe and let them know that they are loved while they are in our care. God Bless us all.

Peace,

Mary Anne Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

October 4, 2017
Dear families,

As I was leaving school the other evening, I was stopped at the corner of 38th and 221st Street there on my right hand side was a squirrel burying a nut. I sat in awe of this little squirrel, he was going to remember where that nut was several weeks from now, and I am not able to tell you what I had for dinner last night! I envy the memory of that squirrel!!!
Now that the weather has cooled a bit and we have turned the calendar to a new month we are all in the groove of the new school year. Last week we held meetings for the parents of children who are making a sacrament this year. If you were not able to attend, please contact either Mrs. Lyons or myself for information. Our hot lunch program is well underway and I thank all of you who had your forms in on time. Unfortunately, we will not be able to accept forms that come in after the due date. The processing of these lunch orders is a daunting task and Mrs. Green cannot just add one more.
Our chocolate pretzel sale is doing great, pretzels are flying out the door (in the figurative sense). The sale ends on October 13th. PLEASE have your money in as quickly as possible.
Today is the feast of St. Francis. Francis was a kind and compassionate man who had a love for all Gods creatures. In keeping with the values of St. Francis, the Parish will have a blessing of the animals after the 12 oclock mass on Sunday October 8th. What a special day for you and the fur members of your family.
Each of you received a permission slip for our annual Walk-A-Thon, thank you to those early birds who got it in already. Please remember that without the permission slip and the money your child will not be walking. Last year the money raised from the walk-a-thon paid for the new mats in the gym (they are on order and should be here by early November-YEAH) this year the Board has asked that the money raised be used for the girls bathroom in the old building by the art room- double YEAH! So on behalf of your children, I thank you in advance.
Terra Nova testing will begin Tuesday, October 10th in grades 3-8. Children need to have sharpened pencils, and eat a good breakfast. There is nothing worse than having a rumbley in your tummy during a test
You are the greatest ambassadors for our school; please spread the good word to your friends and neighbors. If a family comes on your referral, each of you will share in $1000.00 against your tuition as our way of saying thank you.
Peace,
MaryAnne Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

September 19, 2017
Dear families,

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.
Peace,
Mary Anne Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

September 5, 2017
Dear families,
Welcome back! Today was the first day of school for our students and all seemed to go very smoothly. It is so good to see the building filed with sound and smiles, it was very quiet over the summer. Schools are a special place, they need to have children and action in them, and otherwise it is very weird.
The cleaning crew did an excellent job of cleaning our building and waxing the floors, Mr. Shea was busy with small repairs and painting the building, the contractors were busy doing some concrete repairs on the outside of the building and the teachers were hard at work decorating and arranging the classroom for your children. We are ready to open!
There is so much going on in our building in the coming weeks, we are sending home this Weekly to keep you up to date.
1. Back to school night Tuesday September 12 for the new building grades K, 6-8 we will start in the caf at 7Pm with a short presentation and then move to your childs classroom for a short presentation on the class itself. Grades 2-5 will have back to school on Thursday, September 4 the routine will be the same. Our Mothers Club will have a station set up on the upper bridge both evenings for you to come by, have a coffee and a snack and sign up to help with one of our fundraising events this year. As you know, we have instituted a volunteer component to our tuition contract requiring each family to do 10 hours of fundraising per year (or pay $30.00 per hour). There are many opportunities for you to help, please stop by.
2. Today our 8th grade students were sent home with information regarding the TACHs Exam as well as the Specialized HS exam. Please mark your calendars and keep that info handy. Mrs. Stokes will be hosting a HS night around the end of the month- more details to follow.
3. Since our Hot Lunch program will not begin till early October, we are offering a modified program of pizza on Wednesday and Friday. There is a order from in this Weekly should you wish to take advantage of this lunch. The final day for orders is Monday September 18th.
4. Our afterschool programs such as Bricks for Kidz, Mad Science, etc are in place. Please look in the Weekly for registration information.
5. Our school calendar is on our website, it contains our half days as well as any days off. Please refer to this calendar throughout the year.
6. Our Mothers Club is a very dedicated group of women who give of their time and talent daily to support the efforts of our school and your children. They ask each family to support their mission by paying dues of $30.00 per year. If you have NOT sent in your dues, please do so today. Mark the envelope Mothers Club Dues.
7. Hurricane Harvey relief- From Bayside NY to Bayside, Tx is organized by the mother of our music teacher, Miss Jessica. We are collecting small items such as flashlights, batteries, band aids, pet food. Please be as generous as you can be. If anyone wants to volunteer time to load the trucks on Saturday morning, they will be meeting at 9am on Bell. I hope to see you there wearing your Sacred Heart clothing.
I welcome all of you back, and I want to thank you for choosing Sacred Heart for your childs education. We are very grateful to all of your for your trust and support. Please spread the word about our school to your friends and neighbors. We are still offering the $500.00 financial incentive if you refer a friend.
Peace,

Mrs. Cooke

Mrs. Cooke’s Weekly Letter

August 24, 2017

Dear families,
WOW! It is so hard to imagine that August will be coming to an end soon, can you tell me where the past six weeks have gone????

I certainly hope that you are enjoying every last minute of summer break and taking the time to rest and refresh before the routine of school begins.

School opens on Wednesday September 6 with the bell ringing at 8:10am for grades Pre K-8th. We will dismiss at 11:30 both Wednesday and Thursday.
On Thursday, September 7 we will have our Nursery Orientation in the Parish center at 9 am and the first day of Nursery begins on Friday, September 8th.
Friday, September 8th will be our first full day of school, so please send your child in with lunch, drink and snack. Our hot lunch program will not begin till later in the month, so please be sure to pack lunch and snack for your child(ren).
Our back to School nights are Tuesday, September 12 for K-1 and 6-8. We will begin in the caf at 7PM sharp and then move to the classroom for information from your childs homeroom teacher. On Thursday, September 14 we will have back to school for grades 2-5, the process will be the same.

I know that we are having a slight problem with the new uniform company and the boys grey trousers. They are not the cargo pants that the company is showing you. I am working with them to straighten out this problem. In addition, we will not be stocking a supply of the polo shirts at this time. Please visit the uniform company or their web site for ordering.
Option C has informed us that if you have a Verizon.net email address that email will not be supported by Option C, this means that you will NOT get any Parent Alert emails from us. To fix this, please go into the parent portal and add a new email address such as Yahoo or google to your account.

Please look at the school calendar on the website for events and dates to know, it is really up to date.
Be well and be safe and I look forward to seeing you in September and hearing all about your vacations.
Peace,
Maryann Cooke
PS. We are still offering the $500.00 reduction in tuition if you refer a friend or family member to our school, YOU are our best advertising- spread the good word!

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

May 10, 2017

Dear families,

I want to thank all of you who came out last night for our 1st annual State of the Academy.  I feel that the presentations by me and the Board of Directors gave those who attended a look at the vision for the future of our school.

Today was uniform measurement day, for those of you who missed this, you can order your new uniform online through Ideal or visit their store on Rockaway Avenue in Valley Stream. The information is on the flyer that was sent home to you.  Should you need additional flyers, you can find them in the bookcase outside of Mrs. Nitollo’s office.

Speaking of Mrs. Nitollo….her son Ethan (a Sacred Heart graduate) now attends University at Buffalo and plays tennis for the school. Last week the school won their championship and that earned them the right to play in the NCAA “final four” of tennis!  This is an amazing accomplishment for the University and a great experience for Ethan.  Their first round of play is in Texas this weekend; I know that you join with me in wishing them luck.

Last Saturday Mrs. Sexton’s class celebrated their First Holy Communion. It was such a beautiful day.  I congratulate the readers, the gift bearers, and all the children on a job well done.  They were so well prepared, which is a testament to Mrs. Sexton.  This weekend Mrs. Marsar’s class makes Communion.  We all need to pray to Santa Lucia and hang the rosary outside to keep the rain away.

Sunday we will have a May crowning after the 9:30 Mass, it is a great opportunity to get one more wear out of that Communion dress or suit. Please make every effort to join us at mass.

May 17th is our World Cup final at the park; you all received a permission slip for the event.  Please make sure to sign and return the slip.  We are in need of parents to stand at the corners and cross- just like Walk-a-thon, so if you can help us, it will be much appreciated.

This week is the Mother’s Day boutique, if your child wants to purchase a gift for mommy, grandma, or that special person in their life, they will go to the boutique with their class.

Family Fun Day is June 2 immediately after school. We are in need of volunteers for the event.  Without volunteers, it cannot happen.  Please consider helping.  Many hands make light work.

Please be sure you are looking on Option C for your child’s grades. The year is quickly coming to a close and if there is an opportunity to make up some missed work, now is the time to do that.

Have a great week, and I look forward to seeing as many of you as possible at the World Cup!!!

Peace,

Mary-Anne Cook

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