F.Y.I. … HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING…

School Liturgy, Friday, October 6, 2017 8:30 am, with installation

of Class/Mission Representatives

Sacramental Workshops: Saturday, October 7, 2017 @ 9:30-12 Noon OR Thursday, October 12, 2017 @ 6:45-9 PM Please gather in Everett Hall (For First Communion & Confirmation Parents ONLY)

Sacred Heart’s Mass Schedule: PLEASE TAKE NOTE!  Saturday night vigil remains @ 5 PM then Masses on Sundays are 7:30, 09:30 and 11:30 AM.  The Children’s Liturgy takes place at the 09:30 am Mass.

First Communion Enrollment Mass: October 15, 2017 @ 5PM, 9:30AM, or 11:30 Mass—for ALL the communicants!

Marketing Committee Meeting October 17,2017 @ 7 PM in MKD Room

We are always looking for new scrip/fun money sellers on Sunday mornings from 10-11:30 AM in Parish Center. Any time you could give would be greatly appreciated!!  If interested please contact Amy Bauer/Jenn Keenan/Carolyn Jones/LeighAnne McCabe

Script and Fun Money can be ordered by emailing: shscriptfunmoney@gmail.com and you can arrange a pick up at your convenience!

9-29-2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Congratulations to our Summer Book Champions win Grades 1, 2, 3, and 4 who read quite a few books over the summer.  They logged in titles and authors and commented on each book.  These logs are hanging near the Main Office so if you have a chance take a look.  Look for pictures in next week’s communication

Safe Students Online has sent an invitation to our Fifth through Eighth Grade families to participate in this online program.  As a school community, we made the decision to provide this program to our families.  Parents are able to monitor their children’s social media activity for inappropriate or potentially dangerous posts and will receive alerts to help them take action when necessary.

Safe Students Online balances protection with privacy to encourage collaboration and communication between parents and children.  The cloud-based solution helps parents keep their children safe from online threats such as cyberbullying, online predators, and damaged reputations.  Parents never need to ask for their children’s passwords, and the online activity is monitored privately by parents, with the school having no access to the content. This program is valuable also for the monthly communications which offers updates or suggestions on keeping our children safe while online.  Here is a link which gives you an overview of the program.

http://safestudentsonline.com/welcome

GENTLE REMINDER:  We cannot let anyone go on a class trip or participate in school activities until we have your clearances on file.  The class is only attended once; clearances need to be updated every five years.

CLEARANCES If you have not been a resident of Pennsylvania for the last 10 years, you are also required to get an FBI Clearance.  Go to www.pa.cogentid.com to begin this process. N.B. this is only for volunteers who have lived in Pennsylvania for less than 10 years.

Criminal Record Check  – can be completed on line and printed immediately.  https://epatch.state.pa.us/Home.jsp

Child Abuse Clearance  – https://www.compass.state.pa.us/CWIS

Protecting God’s Children / Safe Environment class is offered at different parishes.  Go to www.virtus.org  to find a session.

Mandated Reporter Training on line. If you have not completed this training, please visit the following link: http://childyouthprotection.org/learning/login/index.php. Once you have completed this training, a certificate will need to be printed. This certificate will go into your Safe Environment file.

Just a gentle reminder for you and your child to review the school handbook.  For fourth grade and up please take note of e-Reader and internet access policies.

Finally, our Class and Mission Representatives are being inducted into Student Council during Mass next Friday.  Everyone is most welcome to join us.

As always, thank you for all you do!

Gratefully,

Celie Magee

IHM Math Test

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Congratulations to our Honors Math students in 7th and 8th grade.  All of these students were invited to sit for the IHM Math Test and a number of these students moved on for the final assessment.  Six of our students placed!!! We are bursting with pride for our eighth graders: out of 1100 students who took the test, Andrew Tran placed 4th, Jackie Nguyen placed 7th, and Olivia Wick received Honorable Mention for placing 12th.  In our seventh grade out of 860 students who sat for the test, Jerry Rullo placed 2nd and Chris Crognale placed 3rd, while Ava Jones received Honorable Mention for placing 14th.  This is an extremely high number for such a small school, and is a testament to the hard work of our students and the strong teaching of our faculty.

Thank you to our families who participated in the Easter Flower Service Project.  These families brought flowers to parishioners who had lost a loved one in the last year.  Thank you for your willingness to offer a loving remembrance to our parishioners!  See attached picture.

The state of Pennsylvania has made some changes to the School Vaccination Requirements for 2017 – 2018 school year, and I wanted to give you some time to prepare. In order to attend any school in Pennsylvania, students must have all vaccinations by the first day of class.  Please see the attached directive from the Department of Health.

The students have been working on their final Performance Assessments in all subject areas in grades 4 – 8.   Primary grades 1 – 3 complete Performance Assessments in Religion/ELA and Math.  (Finals will still be given the first week in June.)  These assessments are completed in school and are on a wide variety of subjects. They foster both critical thinking and organizing their learnings and ideas in the written form.  Try not to be too frustrated that you cannot support this learning.  The goal is to have students work as independently as possible.

Our Parish May Procession Wednesday, May 31st.  ALL students are expected to be present for this celebration of our Blessed Mother.   Students need to arrive by 6:45 PM and should come down to the gym and find their teacher.  Children in non-Sacramental years should come in their uniforms.   Grade 2 should be in their First Communion attire and Grade 6 should wear their Confirmation Robes.  We ask all 8th graders to come in their graduation robes.  Each child should have a rosary.  The students will process over to Church.  This is a Parish celebration as it includes the seniors of our Parish who actually crown Mary.   I hope that you will join us, as well!

Gentle Reminder: Live Mercy will be on May 11.  We are again in need of old pairs of jeans for one of our projects.

Gentle Reminder: Reregistration forms should have been sent back to school.

As always, thank you for all you do for Sacred Heart and Catholic Education!!

Celie Magee

The Drama Club

April 5, 2017

The Drama Club under the auspices of Colleen Whitlock, Carol Montagna, and Jenn Cleary presented Annie, Jr. on Friday, March 31st. It was an outstanding production!  Our sixth, seventh, and eighth graders sang, danced, and absolutely inhabited their characters.  It was a delight for the audience, who gave a standing ovation to our performers.  This year’s production was directed by Temple University student, Danny Murphy.  He guided our students in bringing their characters to life and allowing the students to develop their acting and singing talents.   Congratulations to our talented students, and if you haven’t seen them yet, enjoy the incredible pictures from Scott Reynolds http://photos.scotttreynolds.com/Children/Havertown/SHS-AnnieJr-2017/n-ndH24S.

Summer Uniform

Summer Uniform time is here and the weather is cooperating.  Gentle reminder: boys must wear a belt in all seasons.  If they are still wearing shirts and ties, the shirt must have the top button buttoned – some of the boys seem to need a larger neck size.  Socks with the school uniform are black or white.  Both the golf shirt and the button down shirt must be tucked.  Girls’ kilts must be to the knee.  Hems may need to be lengthened.

Epi-pens

Epi-pens were recently under review with specific lots identified as not functioning properly.  Our wonderful nursing staff has reviewed all of the epi-pens kept here in school.  Only one epi-pen was affected by the recall and that family has been notified.  Thanks to Lynn Capista and Chrissy Kuzmick for taking care of this!

 

SAVE THE DATE: Our Parish May Procession is Wednesday, May 31st.  ALL students are expected to be present for this celebration of our Blessed Mother.  Children in non-Sacramental years should come in their uniforms.   Grade 2 should be in their First Communion attire and Grade 6 should wear their Confirmation Robes.  We ask all 8th graders to come in their graduation robes.  Each child should have a rosary.  The students will process over to Church.  This is a Parish celebration as it includes the seniors of our Parish who actually crown Mary.   I hope that you will join us, as well!

God Bless!

Celie Magee

Terra Nova Testing

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Terra Nova testing continues. The testing is challenging, and your children are working hard.  Thank you for insuring that the children are well rested and have eaten a good breakfast. Students need to stay on this regiment through next Monday.  Math is tomorrow, and it is the last lengthy test.  The tests on Friday and Monday are shorter in duration.  If your son or daughter has missed a test, we will work to get them caught up on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday of next week.

Report cards went home yesterday.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact your child’s teacher.

The First Communion Retreat will be this Saturday, March 25th.  The retreat begins with Mass at 8:30 AM.  After Mass everyone is to go to Everett Hall.  The retreat will conclude at Noon.  As always, Sister Kathy and her team have prepared some wonderful activities for the whole family, as well as, for the students.

There is a dress down day on Tuesday, March 28th.  This will be a fundraiser ($1.00 per student) for Catholic Charities.

The Thrift Store will be open on Thursday, March 23rd and on Wednesday, March 29th.  Summer uniform begins on April 1st.  Based on the current weather, we might have a hard time believing that Spring will come back and stay. J

Still looking for spiritual refreshment for Lent?  Sacred Heart Parish is offering a silent prayer walk in Church on Tuesday, March 28th.  One on the Journey is a meditative way of the cross, which offers pictures of people in today’s world carrying their crosses as Jesus carried His.  Church will be open at 7 PM.

Happy Lent!

Celie Magee

 

Showcase of Excellence

The Archdiocese is holding a Showcase of Excellence at Villanova University’s Connelly Hall on Thursday, March 30th from 4 – 7 PM.  The purpose of the showcase is to create a setting which showcases the incredible talents we have in our Catholic schools.  Catholic schools from Delaware and Montgomery counties will be present at Villanova.  We have a good selection of student writings across all grades, which will be on display, Mrs. Donaher will display student art work, and students from the McDade-Cara School of Irish Dance will be performing on the stage.  I am hoping that some of our STEM students will show their amusement park rides, as well.  You are most welcome to come and visit our display!!

Showcase Of Excellence Info

Grandparents and Special Persons’ Day

will be held on Friday, April 7th.  We will begin with Mass and then have all Grands and Special Persons come over to the auditorium to be entertained by each of our classes. Hopefully you can join us.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.

Special Persons’ Day Info

 

 

 

 

March 1, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

As your children received their ashes today they were reminded to “turn away from sin and be faithful to the gospel.”  The teachers have been discussing that Lent is not only a time to fast, but also a time to add.  We are encouraging the students to fast – which could be from favorite foods and activities – this could (should?) include reducing the amount of computer games and online activities.  Students are also encouraged to add prayer to their Lenten journey such as a morning or evening time to reflect. Your children also were reminded that Lent is a time for giving, which at their age would likely be as acts of kindness and generosity.  Of course their first example of giving is watching you when you so generously support the regular food and clothing drives in the parish and school.

As you begin your Lenten journey, dear parents and guardians, I wish for you the space and silence needed to spend time with our Lord.  It is such a challenge to be able to move away from our busy lives to be able to contemplate, and I know that you are pulled in so many directions.  The parish is offering so many opportunities for us to renew or reinvigorate our faith lives.  These activities are all noted on line in the parish bulletin. Some of our moms are preparing a weekly faith-sharing meeting throughout Lent.  Please see the attached flyer for more information.  So I hope that you will be able to look at the choices available and find something to nourish the soul!

Lent Information

 

It’s Shamrock Shuffle time!!  I hope you have signed up and are ready to run.  Saturday promises to be brisk but sunny. Perfect running weather!  Get ready to push yourself as we have some strong runners in the 5K group.  The rest of us can move more leisurely in the family fun walk;-) See you on Saturday!

Doesn’t everyone enjoy a good Broadway show?  Well get ready, Broadway is coming to 109 N Manoa Road.  The production of Annie, Jr. is getting a lot of buzz about the singing, dancing, and incredibly entertaining performances.  Our performers are perfecting their characters and will be ready on March 30.  Make sure you get your tickets when they go on sale.

Happy Lent!

Celie Magee

F.Y.I. … HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING…

NEED TO CLEAN HOUSE ?- Please bring your clothing & household goods to the school parking lot this Saturday, February 25, 2017 from 9:00 am- 12:00 noon to benefit The Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

ASH WEDNESDAY- March 1st, 2017- Liturgy @ 08:30 and Simple Meal of soup and bread @ 6:00 pm Everett Hall.  All are invited -please sign up!

School Liturgy – Friday, March 3, 2017 @ 8:30 am

6th Annual Shamrock Shuffle 5k Run/1 Mile Kids Dash & Family Fun Walk – Saturday, March 4, 2017 RAIN or SHINE –1 Mile Kids dash @ 10:00 am, 5K Run & Family Fun Walk @ 10:30. Register at https://runsignup.com/Race/PA/Havertown/SacredHeartShamrockShuffle5K

For more information contact Joe Rastatter@ j_rastatter@msn.com OR Kathy Mariotti @ mkmejp@msn.com

Volunteers are needed and welcomed!!

End of Trimester II – Friday, March 10th, 2017

Start of Trimester III- Monday, March 13th, 2017

IRISH ENTERTAINMENT – Thursday, March 16th @ 1:30 pm

Confirmation/Candidate Meeting – Thursday, March 16th 7:00 pm

February 22, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

Thank you!  For our Souper Bowl of Caring your children brought in 225 cans of soup.   Thank you, dear parents, for helping your children to see the importance of assisting those who are struggling to support themselves. The Works of Mercy in action!!

Everyone who attended the MLK Afternoon of Service also were living mercy when they made a contribution to Connect by Night.  Your wonderful children made sandwiches and put them into brown paper bags with a bottle of water and some Hershey kisses. This is a homeless outreach at the Trinity Church, and they were most happy to pick up the sandwiches for distribution on Wednesday evening.  The second activity was through a group called Havertown/Delco rocks. Families have been painting rocks and hiding them all around Havertown and other parts of Delaware County to have other children find. You’re supposed to re-hide the rock you find or replace it with one that you painted yourself. It’s just meant to be a fun little activity to bring smiles to people! From what I understand this is a national activity.  Much thanks to Amy Bauer and a great group of moms for coordinating the activities.

We will have a Dress Down Day next Tuesday, February 28th.  Each student must bring in a dollar to participate.  These funds will be donated to Catholic Charities.  We will have additional dress down days also for Catholic Charities in March and April.

Gentle Reminder:  Terra Nova testing is scheduled for March 20 – 27th.  Please do not schedule any appointments or away time during these days.

Some Family Surveys for Title I Funding haven’t been returned.  This form was sent out in early February.  Thanks to the many parents who have completed it.  This information is kept confidential and only used to determine Federal funding for our school.

Enjoy these warming days!!

Celie Magee

 

 

 

February 15, 2017

Dear Parents and Guardians,

We have another group of Peacemakers in the school.    In January your children focused on the virtue of respect, which is seen as not only showing deference to our elders, but also to look at one another with acceptance.  Students felt that classmates were being respectful when they were following the Golden Rule.  Many of this month’s peacemakers were chosen because they include rather than exclude and strive to keep fairness in games and group activities.

We had some ‘senior citizens’ in our classrooms this week.  Yesterday was the 100th day of school and our primary classes celebrated in style.  They dressed for the occasion which included walkers and canes for many.  The pink sponge curlers made the day.  I’m dating myself, but my mom wore them to bed nightly.

The weather this year has been… erratic.   Please make sure the children come dressed appropriately.  Hoodies are not warm enough in this weather, and it has been in the low 30’s some days.

Keep those BOXTOPS coming in!! These are funds which we can use for materials for Science classes.  (Grade 7 will be dissecting their frogs within the next month.)

God bless!

Celie Magee