Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, June 10 2018

Moderation- Finding A Healthy Balance

It is time to say goodbye for the summer. Even though we have experienced a magical year of growth in faith, academics and mind it feels so right to be ending and heading out in to the bright sunny summer. The shoes are coming off and the schedules are thrown away. Our minds are about to move in a whole new direction and we can’t wait.

Summer is for personal growth and personal exploration. It is the time to use your imagination and lose track of time. Be silly, get dirty and take in all of the different sounds, smells and colors of summer.

Why is this time off from the daily grind so important to our children as they develop and grow? It is because they are working on the virtue of moderation. It is attention to the balance in our lives. In order to find balance, we first need to    experience freedom. Push the limits to see how far is too far. Take risks to see what    consequences look like. Then, find your balance level. Moderation doesn’t seem to be that popular these days: supersize, extreme flavor rush, addiction to screens etc. Yet, it is our job as parents to grow children who know when enough is enough. Moderation is the key to healthy living but it takes practice. It is the ability to keep your mind focused on the bigger picture in your life. To see yourself the way God sees you, full of curiosity and spirit but capable of doing great things for the people in the world. This is what will keep us balanced and full of life. Never forget that God is in charge and He will help you moderate so you can make the most of each day. Moderation…..it makes perfect sense.

Have a wonderful summer!

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, June 3 2018

 

This week the 5th/6th graders went to camp for 3 days. We had so much fun exploring, hiking, trying new things and pushing past our fear to experience things that are scary. We will definitely be going back to Kimball camp in the future.

Please stop by the Food Fair on Saturday, June 2. We would love to share a relaxing evening sampling food, laughing with friends and       enjoying our wonderful community that we are blessed to live in. It is guaranteed to be a good time.

Don’t forget our Annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, June 9.  Racers of all fitness levels are welcome to participate, whether you walk the course or run it!  Registration begins at 7:00am in the school basement.

1K begins at 8:30am ~ $13 entry fee

5K begins at 9:00am ~ $20 entry fee

Truckin’ Tot begins at the completion of the 5K ~ FREE

Thank you for your continued support of our school!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin Article, May 27 2018

 

The Power of the Holy Spirit

When we make the sign of the cross (which we do often) we are asking to be filled with God. God as our father and guide, full of perfect advice. God the son, who teaches, loves and sacrifices for us and God the holy spirit who gives us energy and a path to follow His plan. At Sacred Heart we trust the holy spirit. There are very few things that happen here that we doubt. The people who are here, are here for a reason. The struggles that are in our way are meant to be there. The obstacles that we must climb are there because God knows we will become stronger and wiser by climbing them.

Being Catholic means that we believe God’s presence and power is everywhere. The world is not just the things we can see and feel but the energy that touches us: a bright sunny day, a sparkly winter evening, a mother’s devotion, the patience of true love, the faith that all will be okay and our call to be a part of something bigger than ourselves.

The existence of a small private Catholic school in this small town proves the power of faith and trust. It is difficult to keep tuition-based schools open but the holy spirit continues to guide Sacred Heart. We have many challenges but the enduring faith of this community, the staff and our families is what keeps us moving from year to year. The effect of this faith on the student’s we have graduated is immeasurable. Although many of our high school graduates (this year included) will go on to have success in college and life, it is the strength of their soul that we cannot measure. That is God’s energy, that is the holy spirit. We have plenty of the holy spirit at Sacred Heart because we ask for it everyday in prayer but we could use more. Please continue to pray for us as we finish the school year and look forward to opening our doors in August for the 90th year. God has been very good to us!

 

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 13 2018

Prudence – Independence but with virtue

“What happened?”  It is that simple. If it is a first-time offender, it might take a while for them to talk.  The mind is racing, I can almost see it. Taking in the emotion of “being sent to the office,” and the trauma of having your day go upside down and sideways can make kids clam up. That’s okay. They are thinking and, by taking the time to think, we are already making progress. When a student is sent to my office, I do not like to know why the student is there. It is best if we begin the conversation with an open heart and mind. What the student is thinking about is right from wrong. They are using the common sense that they have learned from their parents. Most of the time, the child can figure out their big mistake as they are explaining.

When we raise our children, we spend the time it takes to keep them safe, to make reading a part of their day, to feed them healthy food, to give them love and patience; we are giving them the gift of Prudence. Prudence is a Cardinal virtue under the theological virtue of faith, love and hope. The virtue of Prudence gives us independence. This resonates with many parents because we want our children to be independent and be able to make good decisions for themselves as they grow and mature.

Prudence is the answer.  It is our job to give good counsel. It is so important that we be that stable, rock-solid presence in their lives; so as we guide our children, they have the ability to, not only think about their situation but to think about it the right way. Teaching children virtues builds your relationship. They will trust that you know struggles happen as they grow but you can teach them patience, self-control, courtesy- the list goes on. Being prudent means that children will develop common sense, right from wrong, and they will choose to do the right thing.

This week in prayer, we talked about how our Moms are such a blessing. They are our role models, mentors, and confidants and we pray to grow up to be just like them. Prudent.

Happy Mother’s Day to all!!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal