2017 Stationary Sale

Stationary for the 2016 – 2017 school year will be sold at the following times and dates in the school lobby:

Tuesday, August 29, 2017
9:00 – 11:00 AM
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Wednesday, August 30, 2017
9:00 – 11:00 AM
6:00 – 7:30 PM

Stationary lists were sent home with your child(ren) at the end of the school year. All copybooks along with the pencil cases for grades 1, 2, and
3, and pencil grippers for grade 1 must be purchased from school. Homework assignment books for grades 2 – 8 also must be purchased from school. Please see BELOW for the needs and prices for each grade’s list.

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GRADE ITEMS PRICE (Unit) AMOUNT DUE
Pre-K BEGINNER PENCILS & SUPPLIES $2.50
K 1 COPYBOOK (see additional items below) $1.75
1 4 COPYBOOKS 1.75 → $7.00
1 PENCIL CASE 3.50
2 PENCIL GRIPPERS 1.00
ART CLASS FEE 10.00 21.50
2 5 COPYBOOKS 2.00 → $10.00
1 PENCIL CASE 3.50
1 HOMEWORK BOOK 4.00
ART CLASS FEE 10.00 $27.50
3 5 COPYBOOKS 2.00 → 10.00
1 BLUE COPYBOOK 1.85
1 HOMEWORK BOOK 4.00
1 PENCIL CASE 3.50
ART FEE 10.00 $29.35
4 5 COPYBOOKS 1.85 → 9.25
1 THEME TABLET 1.75
1 HOMEWORK BOOK 4.50
ART FEE 10.00 $25.50
5 5 5 COPYBOOKS 1.85 → 9.25
GRAPHING COPYBOOK 2.50
1 THEME TABLET 1.75
1 HOMEWORK BOOK 4.50
ART FEE 10.00 $28.00
6,7,8 3 HARD COPYBOOKS 2.25 → 6.75
GRAPHING COPYBOOK 2.25
1 BLUE COPYBOOK 2.00
1 SMALL GREEN COPYBOOK 1.60
1 HOMEWORK BOOK 4.50
ART FEE 10.00 $27.10

Large pencil cases are an option for the upper grades. Cost $4.00

Additional Items for Kindergarten

Download the Supply List for Kindergarten

2016 – 2017 School Year

Over the last school year, students and teachers focused on the Peaceful School Initiative and having our students become peacemakers. The faculty and I have guided students to see that they are an important part of what makes Sacred Heart School a safe and caring place. Surrounding all of our discussions and activities was our awareness that Jesus IS PRESENT in all of our conversations and actions.

The theme that followed through all grades was the idea that we all need to feel safe and be able to trust that at least one person is always there for us – someone we can count on. Students discussed the importance of being aware of and caring how others feel – like when they are left out or when they played badly in a game and are upset with themselves. They discussed the importance of being supportive of one another and that they are trying to be aware of their classmates who each bring different gifts and talents to the group.

As students began thinking about their interactions with one another, they started to realize the power of their words. Our older students focused on cyberbullying, and discussed ways to reduce or combat it. A wise realization was that they SHOULD NEVER use social media to make negative or hurtful comments. The other astute idea was that they should block anyone who is making negative comments. This way they can’t be influenced or hurt by the words.

Our younger grades discussed how important it was to think about what we want to say before we say it. Our Fifth Graders talked about the challenge of peer pressure and the desire to want to go along with what everyone else says or does. As a group they have decided that they need to pray for courage – the courage to be calm and peaceful – the courage to stand up for the person standing alone – the courage to believe in themselves. Very astute thinking from our ten year olds!

We have been trying to guide students to think about these issues. When they are first confronted by a hurtful comment they often don’t know how to react – they only know that their feelings have been hurt. Our goal – and with your wonderful support – is to guide students to strive to live as Jesus needs us to live. So our students are making an effort to see each family member, each classmate, friends and neighbors to see the way Jesus sees and that is always with love and kindness.

Allow this to be your charge this summer: to assist your children as they continue to be peacemakers – in the family room, at the dinner table, at the pool or on the beach.

Happy Summer!
Celie Magee

The excitement is building over the Pope’s visit

As you know, we are off for the next three days. The excitement is building over the Pope’s visit. I will be working at the World Meeting of Families on Wednesday and Thursday in the Youth Congress. Some of the faculty and I will also be downtown for the Festival of Families and the Papal Mass. Maybe we will see you there!

The Hot Lunch form went home without a price for pizza for November 13th. Those prices are
1 slice $2.50
2 slices 3.50
3 slices 4.50

We DO have school on Monday.

Take care!
Celie Magee

Learning In Full Swing

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Learning is in full swing, and the cooler weather has been a blessing. Most students seem to have calibrated to the early hour.  A few still seem tired.  Research shows that the more preteens and teens engage with social media and the more they were emotionally invested in site participation, the greater the risk for impaired sleep, poor self-esteem, depression and/or anxiety.  Jumping online at night was linked to a “significantly” higher risk for bad sleep quality, independent of other factors that might interfere with sleep, such as anxiety, depression or low self-esteem, the study found.  (Health Day News)

E-READERS.

Reading will continue to be an important part of our academic program; therefore, the faculty and I have prepared an acceptable use policy for e-readers.  If you would like your child to bring an e-reader to school, please read carefully the attached policy and then complete the policy and agreement form.  This policy is for 4th through 8th grade students.

DOWNLOAD E-READER POLICY

GYM UNIFORMS.

If you ordered a gym uniform in June and have not yet received it, please contact Gwen Kohlenberg at gwen_tom@verizon.net .

GIANT A+ School Rewards Program.

Sacred Heart School has the opportunity to earn cash through GIANT A+ School Rewards Program.  Currently we have 79 families registered in this program.  If you are already registered, you don’t have to do anything more.   But if you are not registered and already shop at Giant, we would appreciate it if you would sign up.  It is painless and free!! Sacred Heart received a check for over a $1000.00 this past summer thanks to the 79 families.  So if you are a Giant regular, please consider designating Sacred Heart School.

All you have to do is:

OR

  • Call the A+ Hotline at 888-448-4642 for assistance

After you register your card, each shopping trip at Giant using your BONUSCARD earns CASH for our school. Each month, the amount of CASH awarded will be updated on the Giant A+ website. You can track the amount of points you earn for our school by checking your grocery receipt and online when you create an account at www.giantfoodstores.com. Our school will receive a check at the end of the program and the money can be used for any of our school’s educational needs.

As I mentioned at Back to School night, many of our students have allergies to nuts and dairy products.  Attached is a list put out by our nurse, Mrs. Lynn Capista, of safe treats for class parties.  Mrs. Capista also recommended that parents go to snacksafely.com for an even more comprehensive list of safe and tasty treats.

Classroom Food

God bless!
Celie Magee

A Wonderful (And Hot) Start to the School Year

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have had a wonderful – albeit hot – start to our school year. I saw a few wistful parents as children ran off to their new lines. No tears in the younger grades on the first day … a few moms maybe J. The students were comfortable in their gym uniforms.   Since next week is expected to be humid, I encourage you to have the students continue to wear their gym attire. Next Friday we have Mass so students should wear their regular uniform (unless they actually have gym.)

Back to School Night for Grades 1 – 8 will be held in the gym on Tuesday, September 8th at 7 PM. The opening meeting will be brief, and then you will have the opportunity to go to your children’s classrooms. New families are encouraged to come at 6:30 PM to introduce you to our Home and School Board and help you learn more about our program and activities.

I am still looking for a few parents to assist in some of our after school programs. A robotics club for our upper grades and a Lego club for our younger grades would be wonderful for the children. We are also looking for someone to run the Drama Club.

Uniform attire is noted in the packets sent home on Tuesday. Boys must wear black or white socks with the regular and gym uniforms.   They are also required to wear belts with both the khaki shorts and the gray trousers. Kilts for our 6th, 7th, and 8th graders should be just above the knee. Girls can wear the maroon knee highs with the school uniform and white socks with the gym uniform. Students may not wear socks of any color other than white or black.

For our eighth grade families, the high school night schedule is noted below. Each night will be arena style running from 6:30-8:00.

Wednesday 30-September St. Laurence
Tuesday 6-October St. Anastasia
Thursday 22-October St. Dorothy

As always thank you for all you do for Sacred Heart School.

Celie Magee

Lunch Moms

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We are looking into the possibility of having lunch aides come in Monday through Friday.  The stipend is small.  $5.00 per day for PreK and Kindergarten and $10.00 per day for Grades 1 – 8 ( first and second lunch.)

Five day aides would be paid monthly.  If you have younger children at home, they would be welcome too!

PreK   11:30 AM – 12:30 PM  
Kindergarten  11:30 AM – 12:30 PM                                   
Grades 1 – 8    11:20 AM – 12:45 PM

Of course, if this is not a commitment you can make, we are also going to have aides who can help on specified days.  If you are willing to volunteer, please complete the attached form and send it to school next week.

Gentle Reminder: In order to volunteer, you must have the 2 clearances (which are now free for volunteers), the Mandated Reporter Training, and the Safe Environment Class.

Lunch Mothers Form Download

Thank you!

Sincerely,
Celie Magee

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August Letter to Families

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!

Gentle Reminder:

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!

Gratefully,
Mrs. Celie S. Magee

EITC and OSTC Program

Dear Parents and Guardians,

I have an important request of you. For the last few years I have recommended that you apply for BLOCS tuition funds. These are funds from the EITC and OSTC Programs. Both the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) and the Opportunity Scholarship Tax Credit (OSTC) programs are funded by companies that contribute to our scholarship organizations in exchange for a tax credit. The longstanding EITC program has helped countless students attend Catholic schools every year.   This past year we received very little EITC funding to directly help Sacred Heart parishioners. Under the leadership of several business men and women in our parish, we are trying to expand our EITC funding and maintain our OSTC funds.   But we are very concerned about getting the support in Harrisburg.

Our state elected officials are still negotiating the budget, and the EITC and OSTC are likely part of the bargain. We need to give them a strong show of support so they will remember to represent the hundreds of parents in their district who want what’s best for their child’s educational needs.

Sacred Heart School is not in an impoverished school district; this results in most of our families being excluded from OSTC funds. Therefore, we really need to expand the EITC funding. We already have a terrific group willing to solicit businesses for EITC tax dollars.   So this is where your help comes in.

Please contact your legislator in favor of House Bill 752, which would increase EITC and OSTC tax credits. HB 752 passed the House on May 11, and now it is time for the Senate to vote for it, so that even more parents can make a choice about the right school for their children. Visit, call, write or click here to send an email message to your state lawmakers today.  See next page for a sample letter and addresses.

Show Your Support for the Successful EITC and OSTC Programs.

As always, please know how grateful I am for your support for Sacred Heart School.

Sincerely,

Celie Magee

 

This bill has already passed the House of Representatives. We request that you contact the following:

Senator Daylin Leach

Senate Box 203017
543 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Senator Thomas McGarrigle

Senate Box 203026
185 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Governor Tom Wolf

Governor’s Correspondence Office
508 Main Capitol Building
Harrisburg, PA 17120

Letter

<Date>

Dear Senator _______________,

The EITC and OSTC programs help thousands of parents across Pennsylvania select the best school for their children.

House Bill 752 would expand the EITC and OSTC to more families and students. It has already passed the House overwhelmingly. Please represent me and vote yes on this important legislation.

Education is a key part of budget negotiations. We have a moral obligation to invest in the future. EITC and OSTC have proven to be money well spent, but the tax credits are often depleted on the first day of their availability. The need for more credits, to help more parents pick the best school for their children, is evident.

Please represent the hundreds of parents in your district who want what’s best for their child’s educational needs.   Please vote in favor of House Bill 752.

Sincerely,