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

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

 

 

 

January 18, 2017

 

This past Christmas our families (that’s you!!) gave $1500.00 in gift cards to Drexel Neumann Academy in Chester.  Sister Maggie Gannon and Sister Cathy McGowan sent a lovely thank you which I have attached.  Sister Maggie also wanted to give an extra thank you to Miss Piccioni and her and her fourth grade class for the thoughtful book “Jesus Today”. This is a book that Miss Piccioni read to the students.   The Fourth Graders then purchased this favorite book at the book fair to send to the Drexel Neumann students.   Sister Maggie wanted to convey that “at a Franciscan school, we strive to ‘preach the Gospel at all times, using words when necessary’ and all of you at Sacred Heart School have been the Gospel to us!”  Parents and Guardians, thank you for being the first and best teachers of Living Mercy!!

We are looking for a few good moms. We are developing an alumni database and need people to key in information.  If you are available on Tuesday evenings from 6:30 – 9:00 PM please come up to the Computer Lab and join our group.  The task is simple, but time consuming.

SCRIP sellers needed.  Please see attached note from Kelly Wick.

Gentle Reminder:  Our Winter Uniform includes a long sleeve sweater for grades 1 to 8.  Boys should have a button down shirt with the top button buttoned.  A tie is required for grades 1 – 8.  The plaid tie is for the lower grades and the striped tie for our middle school students.  Boys should wear black or white socks with the school uniform.

The Thrift Store will be open on Thursday 1/19/17 from 2:45-4:00PM. It is located top floor of Everett Hall

God bless!

Celie Magee

 

 

 

1-11-17

Dear Parents and Guardians,

This past Friday we celebrated Mass as a school community.   Within the Mass we recognized our Peacemakers for December.  Our focus last month was on Cooperation, which is the willingness to respect others and to be helpful to one another.  Students reflected on the idea that there are many things that we can’t do alone, but when we join with others to accomplish something, the entire community benefits.  This can be in a soccer or football game, a Drama Club production, or a class project.  Our First Grade talked about the importance of obeying the rules of the game, and they pointed out that it is important for everyone to know the Golden Rule and always follow it.  Your children show wisdom beyond their years!  Please enjoy the attached pictures of our Peacemakers.

Does your child play games on a computer or iPad?  If so, I’d like to ask that you see that your child plays on First in Math before they play their preferred game.  How about 25% of the time they are online?  Sacred Heart pays for each student in Grades 1 – 5 to have access to this math program.  It is entertaining and reinforces math concepts.  Students have their usernames and passwords.  Your children need instant recall for basic addition and subtraction facts and need to know their multiplication and division facts as well.

Some students are still without personal headphones.  The iPads and ChromeBooks are being used more frequently now for a variety of subjects.  The earbuds do not need to be expensive. Please send them in in a baggie labeled with the student’s name and grade.

BLOCS.  It is time to start thinking about filing for aid through BLOCS.   Please consider checking the web site to see if you qualify.  We continue to work to increase the funds available for our school families.   Give it a look and it might help defer tuition!   (https://smartaidforparents.com/#/login) Sacred Heart’s code is 91032.

God bless!

Gratefully,

Celie Magee

F.Y.I. … HERE’S WHAT’S HAPPENING…

LUCKY HEART LOTTERY—fast approaching! CALLING ALL SELLERS to pick up their tickets Thursday, November 17th 7:00-8:00 pm at the Parish Center.

LADIES NIGHT OUT CRAFT & VENDOR SHOW – Friday November 18th, 2016, 6:30-10:00pm School Gym- remember to pick up your PIES if you ordered.

“THANKS-BY-GIVING” Food Collection for the needy Saturday, November 19th, 2016 and Sunday, November 20th, 2016 collected during Masses.

School Thanksgiving Liturgy – Tuesday, November 22, 2016 at 8:30 am, with 12:00 dismissal. BUSES PROVIDED. Faculty Meeting 12:30 to 1:15 pm and Parent Conferences begin from 1:15 to 7:00 pm.

Parent Conferences Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Happy Thanksgiving ALL- NO SCHOOL on Wednesday, Thursday or Friday, November 23rd, 24th & 25th, 2016.

Registration for New Students –  Tuesday, December 6, 2016 in the main office from 1:00 to 3:00 pm & from 6:30 to 8:00 pm.

School Liturgy – Friday, December 2, 2016 at 8:30 am – NEW TOYS for boys and girls will be collected for a needy Parish in the Archdiocese

Trimester 1 Ends – Friday, December 2, 2016 & Trimester II Begins December 5th.

Join us for Designer Bag Bingo & support Sacred Heart’s CYO!! – Friday, December 2, 2016 – SAVE THE DATE-Doors open at 6:30pm, Games begin at 7:30 Sharp!  Reserve your table of 10 now! Tickets $30 in advance (must be paid in full by 11/30/16.