Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 19 2018

Why Do I Forget to Pray?

Prayer is huge. It is the most important thing you can do every day. I pray a lot! Life has humbled me to my knees and I have been lost and scared. Really scared. So scared that I cannot sleep, cannot eat (who am I kidding, I overeat), cannot find happiness and I am panicking. Life is that scary for all of us at some point. That is when we take a huge breath and ask for help. I have prayed so hard that I promised God I would say yes to whatever He asked of me. He asked some very uncomfortable things, but He and I were having so much conversation that I had a calm, confident, blind faith. Prayer is what guides every part of my life now. There is still an infinite amount of studying and life’s journey is sure to continue to be challenging but, prayer will get us through everything that frightens us.

And yet, two weeks before the school year begins, a chaotic season; the time when prayer is needed the most for guidance and I forgot to pray. I have been going to bed and realizing that I have not even said “Thank you Lord” today. Why? It is not some philosophical answer about the human spirit or negative behavior. I just didn’t make it a priority when I was looking at the to do list. I simply forgot to put it on the list. Maybe this happens to you too. So here are some great reminders for all of us.

¨ “Be constant in prayer” so that spiritual grace gifts and love will abound in the church (Romans 12:6-13).

¨ “Pray at all times in the Spirit… with all perseverance” so that we will be protected from powerful satanic attack, and the gospel will be proclaimed accurately and boldly (Ephesians 6:10-20).

¨ Pray about everything in order to be relieved of troubling anxieties and allow the God’s peace to guard our hearts and minds (Philippians 4:6-7).

¨ “Continue steadfastly in prayer” for the sake of remaining spiritually alert and seeing the manifold grace of God that prompts thanksgiving (Colossians 4:2).

¨ “Pray without ceasing” in order that there will be unity and love and appropriate submission and patience and joy in the church (1 Thessalonians 5:12-18).

¨ “Always… pray and not lose heart” so that we receive what it is that we desperately want and need from God, whose heart is to give his elect justice (Luke 18:1-8).

Adapted from Crosswalk.com “Why do I forget to pray”

 

School News:

¨ The trees in the front of the school were removed this weekend. The building and grounds committee and I determined that the trees were no longer healthy and should be replaced with smaller ornamental trees. We are excited to expand the habitat in the front of the school with some new landscaping.

¨ Our Back to School Open House & BBQ will be Thursday, August 23 beginning at 5:30.  All are welcome to come see the new playground and updates to our school.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 8 2018

Why Is Waiting So Hard?

Patience is a virtue. Yes, and most of the time I understand that, but other times I am ready to crawl out of my skin. We often have our own agenda for the day. We have deadlines that need to be met and problems that need to be solved.

The world expects results and we are expected to achieve them. “Time is money.” The phrase was coined by Benjamin Franklin in his Advice to a Young Tradesman (1748): Remember that time is money. He that idly loses five shillings’ worth of time loses five shillings, and might as prudently throw five shillings into the sea. It is not always about money but we feel the pull. The strong pull that we should be doing something productive. Then, the dog pees on the carpet, the package you need didn’t come in time, your presentation won’t load, traffic, you’re waiting for an answer. The word “patience” is derived from the Latin word pati, which means to suffer, to endure, to bear. Understanding the depth of the word tells us much about the nature, meaning and necessity of the virtue of patience. Patience can be felt on many levels. It is true that we can use our self-control or give in to the situation and learn to laugh about it. But how do we work on truly finding a balance in our lives and not get frustrated when we can’t control the pace of the day? I struggle with this and found this passage on Father Joe’s twitter page:  “Patience asks us to live the moment to the fullest, to be completely present to the moment, to taste the here and now, to be where we are. When we are impatient we try to get away from where we are. We behave as if the real thing will happen tomorrow, later and somewhere else. Let’s be patient and trust that the treasure we look for is hidden in the ground on which we stand.” Henri Nouwen- Internationally renowned priest and author.

God help me to trust You in all parts of the day. Even the parts that drive me a little crazy.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin, Bulletin July 29 2018

Why Summer Reading Pays Off Year-Round

Attention parents: even though summer is almost over, it’s not too late to help your child become a better reader before the new school year begins. Summer is an important time for students to keep reading and improve their language skills. If your child hasn’t been reading regularly this summer, they may be in danger of the “summer slide”—a decline in their reading ability.  However, this “summer slide” can be avoided by ensuring that children are as engaged as possible in whatever they choose to read—just as long as they’re reading every day.

The best ways to keep your child from becoming a “rusty reader” over the summer are:

  1. Encourage your children to read books they enjoy for at least 30 minutes per day. Your child will likely be more engrossed in material they choose themselves than material that is forced on them.
  2. Provide incentives for reluctant readers. For example, if your child enjoys basketball, agree to take them to the local court if they do their “daily reading.”
  3. Make reading a social act. Establish a time during the day when all members of the family gather and read on their own, or take turns reading the same book aloud.
  4. Connect your reading to family outings. If you take your kids to an aquarium, con sider reading a book about fish or the ocean with them later that day. The outing can help place the reading into a broader context.

There’s still time for kids to pick up a book this summer. Take your children to your local library or bookstore and let them pick out a book they’re going to love today. They will be better readers tomorrow for it. (Adapted from Ed.gov/Home Room Why summer reading pays off year round).

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, July 22 2018

What Is My Purpose?

Let’s Face It….We all need a purpose.  My purpose is not same as yours.  The need for purpose is one of the defining characteristics of human beings.  We need to know that we are working for something important.  Our purpose is as individual as our fingerprints and it is what makes us unique.  Living the life that God has intended and talking to God every day, is the best way to fill our basic need to be appreciated, respected and useful.  It is truly awesome to stop for a minute and think about our special purpose.  Each and every one of us has unique gifts that belongs only to us.  They are our charisms.  A charism is an extraordinary power given to individuals by the Holy Spirit to live life as a follower of Christ.  Because they are freely given by God, they cannot be earned and they are not to be used for personal gain.

What is your charism? Perhaps you have the ability to make friends easily or you can jump right into a project and help get it finished.  Perhaps you have the gift of leadership or organization.  Maybe making music or planning events is your skill. Each of us has our own charism.  Special gifts that are to be respected.  As we grow closer together, and closer to Christ, my hope is that we all see our beautiful gifts, in ourselves and in each other.  Charism can be hard to see; it will require some quiet conversation with God.  What is my purpose?  Help me to find my gifts and to bring me closer to You.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, July 15 2018

What a Beautiful Place

As I look around the campus at Sacred Heart, there is a lot going on.  Volunteers are working on small projects like weeding the yard and patching the walls.  Construction companies are working on the large project of restoring the altar and refinishing the floors of the sacristy and carpeting the main church.  Semi- trailers are moving in Amish made playground equipment for the students to enjoy next year.  The offices are planning golf outings, coordinating busy schedules, creating a calendar of year-long school events and preparing the building for a fresh start in August.

The people of Sacred Heart Community are busy creating God’s presence.  Our faith is not something that can sit on a shelf at home.  It has to be shared and nurtured and exposed.  It isn’t easy to live our faith everyday and to say yes to God’s call.  It is clear that the personal connection and desire to be a part of a loving community is very strong here.  The campus itself is so beautiful and the history so magnificent, that just by being on the steps of the school or in the basement of the church, we can feel our connection to God’s community. None of this is by chance.  We are all supposed to be here, in Hudson, connected to Sacred Heart.  My hope is that when we look around, we can see God in all things and in all people. Let’s be careful with each other and let God do His work.

Anne Atkin, Principal

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