2017-18 New School Year

Dear Parents and Guardians,

While there is still a full month of summer fun yet to come, it is time to start thinking about your children’s return to school. What a wonderful and unique goal we have – to provide for your children an education devoted to academic excellence and committed to Catholic values and ideals. No matter the lesson, here at Sacred Heart we have the opportunity to guide our students to see through the lens of being good stewards of God’s world and to view current and historical events by relating them to the Commandments, the Beatitudes, and the Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy. What a blessing it is to integrate Gospel values into the curriculum and daily living!

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One way to get ready for school is our SUMMER ACADEMY. Once again Miss Phelan and Miss Persia will convene a Summer Academy for students coming in to Grades 1 – 8. Sessions will be held from August 14th-18th. See attached for more detail. If you have not already registered, please contact Miss Phelan at kphelan@sh-school.org.

Our Maintenance team under the leadership of Mr. Mike McGann have made some fine improvements to school. Mr. McGann has installed new lighting in Kindergarten and Grades 1 and 3. In addition to general maintenance, some painting has been done in our hallways and all of the bathrooms in the building. The boys’ bathrooms on both floors and near the lobby, as well as the girls’ room in the gym have all been reconstructed with new stalls and partitions. Additionally, a new ventilation system is going into the girls’ room in the gym. Finally, our gym is getting its annual overhaul and all of the floors will be gleaming by mid-month. We are so very grateful to our maintenance team!

Terra Nova Reports are not yet in, but they are promised to us soon. I assure you that I will have these mailed if they come before the end of August. Otherwise they will come home on the first day of school with the family packets.

Later this week the Business Office will send an email with a formal letter regarding tuition and monthly payments. I am attaching the basic information as the first monthly payment will be due on August 15th.
I am in the process of adding 2017 – 2018 school information to the web site. The updated handbook and all summer reading requirements will be online later this week. A big thank you to Steve Klein, our site webmaster, for getting updates added within 24 hours!!

Grandparents Conference If any grands are interested, there will be a course offered by the Archdiocese later this month. See attached flyer.
EITC and OSTC Funding is being finalized now. As soon as grants have been determined, I will contact you.
Volunteers are in need. If you have time available to help at school during the day, we would love to have you! We need lunch aides and monitors for some of our after school clubs. I am looking in particular for someone to assist our Future City Club. Engineering background would be a plus.
THRIFT SHOP Looking for school uniforms or gym clothes? They are available at a discounted price through our Thrift Shop.
Stationary Sale students are required to purchase copybooks and homework books through school. See attached list by grade.
⇨ August 29th 9 – 11 AM & 6 – 7:30 PM
⇨ August 30th 9 – 11 AM & 6 – 7:30 PM

Thrift Shop Summer hours
⇨ August 29th 9 – 11 AM & 6 – 7:30 PM (concurrent with Stationary Sale)
⇨ August 30th 9 – 11 AM & 6 – 7:30 PM (concurrent with Stationary Sale)

I know that I am harping, but I want to remind you of the importance of keeping your child’s math and reading minds active during the summer. Education today is very much about analyzing and reflecting on what is being learned. But make no mistake there are still things that need to be memorized. In order to manage algebraic concepts (included at all grade levels – yes, primary too!) students need to know their facts. If you could review addition and subtraction or multiplication and division per your child’s grade, this would go a long way to insuring that your child is ready for the new school year. N.B. There is also a reading challenge offered to Grades 1 – 4, and the reward is a water ice party the first week of school!

CLEARANCES AND CLASSES

Just a reminder that we must have clearances and certificates for Safe Environment classes before you can volunteer, participate in school activities, or go on class trips. These are mandated requirements as per the state of Pennsylvania:
Criminal Record Check https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp
Child Abuse Clearance https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS
Register for the safe environment class at www.virtus.org.
Mandated Reporter Training on line http://childyouthprotection.org/learning/login/index.php.

Have a happy and safe August!
Celie Magee