Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

March 13, 2018
Dear families,
Well three Nor’easters in 10 days and we did not get a chance to close school- talk about resilient!!! As I look out the window I see a completely different day then when I left for work this morning. I am not sure, but to say that the weather is crazy seems to be an understatement. I am just very grateful that our Sacred Heart family is safe and warm.
Last week, Natalie Huang from the 7th grade represented our section of Queens in the Diocesan Math Bee, held at Immaculate Conception Catholic Academy in Jamaica. There were 20 students from both Queens and Brooklyn at this competition. I am pleased to tell you that Natalie came in 8th in the entire Diocese- YES! 8th place! Congratulations to her, her family and Mrs. Nowak for a job well done. Today was supposed to be the Middle School Regional Math bee, held at OLBS, but it was moved to April 10th. Gavin Lam from the 5th grade will represent us on the regional level. We all join together to wish him luck.
Last week, our 8th graders received their New York City High School acceptances. One student was accepted to Bronx HS of Science, one was accepted to Brooklyn Tech HS, several were accepted to prestigious art programs, as well as many to specialized programs within the city schools. We are a strong academic school and our “proof” is in the success of our students. This strength begins with the lower grades and moves upward. I thank all of the faculty of SHCA for their dedication to Catholic education and to your children.
Our March money calendar is sooooo popular that we are doing another one for April. The cost of one calendar is $20.00 and it gives you 31 chances to win. ( you can buy more than 1) We pull a new winner each day. So far the winners of the March calendar have been: Msgr, Sr. Mariett, Mr. Farrell, Sienna Michalic, the grandmother of Celeste and JP Morarro and Me-yeah!!! The big day is March 17th when the prize is $200.00 to the winner- Good luck to all. If you want to get in on the April prize a flyer will be going home next week. We are also doing a Yankee Candle fundraiser. This is the first time we are trying Yankee Candle and it is looking to be successful. The candles can be used as gifts for Mother’s Day. I was told that since the company is a direct representative of Yankee Candle, if you do not like the scent of what you ordered, you may exchange the scent at the store in Bay Terrace. There is also an online ordering component to this fundraiser, so you can get your family and friends involved as well. Thank you, in advance for your support. As you know our biggest fundraiser of the year is the Ladies Night Out Comedy Gala- aka the old Fashion Show. If you have a business and would like to make a donation to the event, please call the office and we will make arrangements for that. if you have baskets in your closets and would like to donate them, you many leave them in the front hall of the school. As usual, we will be selling Grand Prize raffle tickets in school and outside of church the two weeks prior to the event- April 7-8 and 14-15. Every family that purchase a grand prize raffle, will get a dress down for their children.
I want to thank everyone who participated in, attended or just came to the Installation mass for Msgr. Tom on Saturday evening. It was such a beautiful event, beyond anything that I ever witnessed. We are truly blessed to have Msgr. A part of our parish and the Academy. The children love to see him each and every day. That connection between parish and school and home is priceless. Congrats to our new “lucky number 13” Pastor.
On March 24th Bayside will be hosting its first “annual” St. Patrick’s Day parade. The day will start with mass at Sacred Heart at 8am and then we will line up on Bell to march from 39th Avenue to just before Northern. Sacred heart Catholic Academy will be marching, so put on some green and come out and join us. I am assured that a good time will be had by all. I look forward to a large group of families marching down Bell.
Family Stations of the Cross will be held on Friday, March 23 at 7:30PM. Msgr. Tom will be leading the service. It is a great way for your family to celebrate the “way of the cross” and journey with Jesus. As Catholics, we are an Easter people, we believe in the resurrection, we believe that death is not the end. Stations proves that to us. If you have never experienced the stations, try it you may like it! If you did them as a kid, take your kid! In Baptism you promised to pass on the faith to your children, take this opportunity to do just that.
We will be handing out report cards on Thursday, March 22. I look forward to seeing you all then. In addition, out 7th graders will be attending a Confirmation Retreat on that Thursday. Please continue to pray for all of our students who are preparing for sacraments this year.
Well, we certainly had a lot to talk about this week. Have a great week.
Peace,
MaryAnne Cooke

Mrs Cooke’s Weekly Letter

February 14, 2018
Dear families,
Today is a very interesting day! It is Ash Wednesday which marks that start of lent, a time of fasting, penance and almsgiving and Valentine’s Day which is a day to eat as much candy as possible. Imagine these two very different events on the same day. Well how about this…you cannot spell VaLENTine without LENT…… Truth be told, I did not come up with this all by myself, it was a cartoon in the Tablet this week, but something that I never noticed before-HUMMMMMM
Today we had the regional math bee, I am happy to tell you that Natalie Huang our 7th grader has moved on to the Diocesan Math Bee at the end of the month. Congratulations to her and to Mrs. Nowak.
Please join us this Thursday evening in the Church hall of our school wide science fair. Grades 4-8 will present their projects from 7-8PM. Come down and see the work of our talented scientists.
Yesterday we had a special presentation from the Cradle of Aviation, they came with a mobile planetarium. The children in grades 2-5 had an opportunity to enjoy the stars and the sky in this state of the art planetarium. Students in grades kindergarten and first were treated to a special presentation of living in space. Everyone seemed to enjoy the event.
If anyone is interested, we have five (5) boxes of chocolate covered pretzels left, if you want to purchase a box, just let us know. It will be on a first come first served basis.
I have been totally engaged watching the Olympics these past few days. Yesterday I watched Chole Kim take Gold in the Women’s snowboarding. I have to tell you, I noticed how each participant, regardless of the country they represented were to each other. There seemed to be this great comradery between the athletes. Watching this gives me hope for our world. I am eagerly waiting for the finals of my new favorite sport curling.
On Monday, I received a donation of two bags of trains from one of our kindergarten students, Brady Donnelly. He was not using the trains at home any longer and wanted to send them to us so that other children could enjoy them. What a sweet thing to do. Thank you Brady for sharing your trains with the children of your school, now everyone can have fun!
This vacation could not come fast enough for any of us! It is my hope that each of you will rest and recuperate from the “bug” that has been around. I will be resting from a balcony room on my way to Honduras, Belize and Mexico. I am counting on that sun to make everything better.
Have a wonderful week.
Peace,
Maryann Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

January 23, 2018
Dear families
So this morning we had to be inside for prayer and pledge. Over the past few months when we are inside Msgr. Tom leads us in prayer and pledge. This morning he was not here, so I was the default! Anyway, today as the children were leaving school, Msgr. was on the steps of the rectory when one of our 4th graders came up to him to ask “Where were you this morning?” The mom was embarrassed and told her son not to question Msgr, but what a great moment- he was missed. In the few months that he has been here Msgr. Tom has made an impression on the children of our Academy and they look for him to start their day. I feel we are very blessed that he is part of our Academy and that we are part of his Parish. One more reason why Sacred Heart is such a special place.
This Sunday begins a great time in our Academy- Catholic Schools Week. It is a weeklong celebration of our Academy, our students, our faculty and the fact that our faith is being lived each and every day on 38th Avenue. We will begin with the celebration of mass at 9:30 and then head over to the Academy café for refreshments and a tour of the building by our Student Council. For those who will be attending mass on Sunday, please wear your school uniform and you will receive a coupon for a special CSW dress down the following week. Please stop by the Book Fair for the newest read. This year we will have two Open Houses- Monday and Tuesday both from 8:30-10am so you can see our students “in action”. To help with the security concerns that come with the Open House, Mr. Fergueson has asked that you have your id ready to show him as you enter. There is a schedule of events in The Weekly. Students will have dress down on student appreciation day- Wednesday, Thursday is Sports team attire and Friday is Spirit Day with dress down in red and white.
The theme throughout the building is 2018 a STREAM Odyssey, as you journey through our building look for the space reports, the rocket ships the creative writing, etc. that will adorn our halls. Stop by our science classes to see the science fair presentations that the children have been working on, I am sure that you will be impressed by the quality of their work!
This has been a very big week in the life of our 8th graders, they have been hearing back from the High Schools that they wish to attend. I am so proud to tell you that every one of our 8th graders has been accepted to at least one,( some six) Catholic High Schools! Be sure to check out our “wall of pride” in the main hall to see the schools and the scholarships. Public and specialized High Schools will be announced in March, keep checking out that wall.
Last week Ms Bagotta-Nowak held our annual junior high math bee. I am pleased to tell you that after 15 grueling rounds (and some of the best competition in a while) the following students placed:
1st Place and set to represent our Academy at the regional Bee at OLBS in February Natalie Huang 7th grade
2nd Place 6th grader Bridget McLaughlin
3rd Place 8th grader Eamom Jensen
Congrats to ALL of the students who participated, they really did a great job!!!!
There is flyer in this Weekly about a Paint Night that we are holding in the Academy cafe on Feburary 3. It really promises to be a fun filled night out with the girls. Please consider joining us and bring a friend!
Looking forward to seeing you on Sunday
Peace,
MaryAnne Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

December 13, 2017
Dear families,
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…..
Peace,

MaryAnne Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

December 5, 2017
Dear families,
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!
Peace,
MaryAnne Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

November 30, 2017
Dear families,
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.
Peace,
MaryAnne Cooke

Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

November 22, 2017
Dear families,
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
Happy Thanksgiving
Peace,

MaryAnne Cooke