Dear Parents and Guardians,
Welcome to the 2015 – 2016 school year!
The faculty, staff, and I are looking forward to seeing all of the children in grades K to 8 on September 1st. 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!
Update!! Miss Kerri Donahue will be joining us as the 6th, 7th, and 8th grade Math and Science teacher. Mr. Dan Aiken has decided to take a position with a charter school in Philadelphia. Miss Donahue comes to us with a Bachelor of Science from Gwynedd-Mercy College. She is certified in Middle School Mathematics 6-9. She has been a long term substitute at Colonial Middle School in Plymouth Meeting.
We also welcome Sister Kathy Benhan, IHM as our Director of Religious Education. Sister has been teaching in South America for the past several years, but is excited about being here. Sacred Heart is grateful to be able to allow our students the opportunity to experience the charism of the Sisters of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
We are most grateful to our dedicated Maintenance Staff for having the building sparkling clean and student ready. Additionally, several rooms on the upper floor received new carpets, and shelving has been added to the Science Lab for our expanding materials. The building has been rewired and Aerohive Access Points installed to allow for instant internet access throughout the building. We are ready for the new year!
The state budget has not yet been passed. This creates a real problem for us as Pennsylvania does not allow us to purchase books and materials and then get reimbursed by the state. I have written to our Governor, Senators, and Representatives. If you could find the time to nudge our legislators, I would be most grateful. The word is that we might not have books until the end of autumn. The easiest way to communicate is to go to legislators’ web sites.
STATIONARY SALE will take place next week Wednesday, August 26th and Thursday August 27th. We will be here from 9:00 – 11:00 AM and from 6:00 – 7:30 PM.
Forms will be coming home on the first day of school. Please try to have all paperwork returned by Tuesday, September 8th.
Most of you have ordered gym uniforms. Students will receive these the first week of school. The gym uniform consists of the maroon tee shirt and gray shorts and a sweatshirt and sweatpants, all with the school logo. These can be purchased through Gwen Kohlenberg. I am attaching an order form if you need one. Please have all orders in by Thursday, September 3rd to insure a prompt delivery.
Students must wear the school uniform as of the first day. The SHS thrift store will be open on Wednesday, August 26th during the stationary sale from 9-11 and 6-7:30, and is located on the top floor of Everett Hall. Inventory includes jumpers $8, kilts $8, polos $3, sweaters $7, gym uniforms and accessories. Get used uniforms at a fraction of the cost!! Proceeds go towards sh home and school. Thanks to Kathy Mariotti for managing the store!
Parents who wish to volunteer in any capacity in school must get two clearances and take two classes. Effective July 25, 2015 fees for child abuse clearances and criminal background checks required by the Child Protective Services Law will be waived for volunteers working with children. Volunteers must complete the Safe Environment class (offered at local parishes) and the Mandated Reporter Training (online) BEFORE you participate in any activities.
I wanted to share just a few reminders with all of you:
- Classes begin for the children in grades K – 8 on Tuesday, September 1st with a half day of school. Wednesday and Thursday will be full days for grades 1 – 8. Buses are available every day.
- Kindergarten will have half days Wednesday and Thursday N.B. Buses are NOT available for Kindergarten’s noon time dismissals on these two days. Full days begin on September 8th.
- Back to School Night for the parents in PreK and Kindergarten will take place on Thursday, September 2nd beginning at 7PM in the classrooms.
- PreK families don’t forget to stop in to visit on Wednesday or Thursday between 9 and 11 A.M. PreK classes start on September 8th.
- Back to School Night for the parents of students in grades 1 – 8 will take place on Tuesday, September 8h at 7:00 P.M. in the gym. New Families will be welcomed at 6:30 P.M.
- CARES begins on September 8th.
I look forward to seeing you at our Back to School Nights. We will begin promptly at 7PM. New families, we look forward to meeting you at 6:30.
God bless you and your family!
Mrs. Celie S. Magee