Principal Cooke’s Weekly Letter

September 19, 2018
Dear families,
Last night we had a High School information night for the parents of our 8th graders. Mrs. Stokes did a wonderful job of detailing the process of choosing a high school. In our city, you have so many options that at times it appears overwhelming, but thanks to her the process is always smooth. For as long as I can remember almost all of our students have been accepted to their first choice of High School, and that speaks volumes for the education that they receive here at Sacred Heart.
It was so nice to see so many of you at our Back to School Nights. I hope you had the opportunity to meet our new Assistant Principal, Ms. Brunkhorst, as she explained to all in attendance, her focus will be on Curriculum and Instruction. She will be working closely with our faculty to differentiate instruction. We are so blessed to have her, and her skill sets working in our school for your children.
When you look at the school calendar, you will see that our Pretzel Sale was scheduled to begin this week. The vendor called Mrs. Green on Friday to announce that or pretzel order was sent to the wrong school. We have issued an APB for the missing pretzels and will let you know when they are in the building. Due to this delay, we will be shifting upwards the dates of the weigh in and the end of the sale. Please look for more information in “The Weekly”.
A flyer was sent home regarding the sale of Entertainment Books. These books contain coupons for various family friendly venues, such as bowling, movie theaters, and the like, throughout the region. There are also discounts for family friendly restraints. The cost of the book is $25.00 and the realized savings could be $100.00’s.
Box Tops for Education is a good source of extra money for our school. We plan to use the money that comes from Box Tops to purchase science equipment. A flyer is going home Thursday detailing the program and the incentives that your child could earn. Over the summer the community clipped and packaged up over $500.00 in Box Tops!!!! In addition to Box Tops, we are a recognized recipient of Amazon Smiles rebates and we are waiting approval for the Stop and Shop incentive program. Details on these programs next week.
Our Parish will be 140 years young and to celebrate the Parish is hosting a Wine and Cheese reception after the 5pm mass on Saturday September 29. In addition to the reception, the Parish is hosting a Gala on October 20 at Immaculate Conception in Douglaston. Tickets can be purchased after all masses. In conjunction with the Gala there is a Mega Raffle. $100.00 per ticket, 400 tickets to be sold the prize is $20,000 to winner-yeah!! (If all 400 tickets are sold) You may consider splitting the ticket with friends and family- even 20% of $20, 000 is a lot of money. To purchase a ticket, see Msgr. Tom or do so after all the masses. You gotta be in it to win it!!!
The first tuition payment is now due, if you have not made the first payment, please do so today.
In the past we had a small group of parents who walked through the building every morning after the bell to insure that all the doors to the school were secured. As time has gone by, our “security detail” has graduated and now we are in need of people to volunteer to help with this. It should take about 30 minutes to walk the building, and if we get enough volunteers, you do not have to do it every day. If you are able to help us, please let me know. I thank you for your time and service to our school.
We are continuing with our 1 to 1 technology program whereby we deploy chrome books to our juror high students. Much of the work that the students do is on Google classroom using Google Apps for Education.
Please refer to the dates to remember as there are two important meetings for those families making First Communion and Confirmation
Our opening school mass is tomorrow, Thursday at 1PM, I hope that you can join us to ask God’s blessings on our new school year.
The first Children’s Liturgy of the Word is this Sunday at the 9:30 mass. It was so great to see so many children last Sunday for the Blessing of the backpacks and school supplies, let’s come out this Sunday morning for the Children’s Liturgy. At baptism, you made a promise to hand down the faith to your children, celebrating mass together is handing down the faith. Please remember to “keep Holy the Sabbath”. I remember when retail was closed on Sunday and you had Sunday dinner at grandma’s house with your entire family. Wouldn’t be nice to take back Sunday as a day of family, and rest????

Peace,

MaryAnne Cooke