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

 

Anne Atkin, Principal Bulletin Article, April 29 2018

Act of Love

O my God, I love you above all things with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me and I ask pardon of those whom I have injured. Amen.

This is our Act of Love prayer that we sometimes pray during morning prayer. Love is such a common word and we use it all of the time. This week, I asked the students to tell me what love is and the answers were varied. We understand that love is caring and providing for each other. “Love is giving presents. It is providing shelter and food. Love is disciplining your children and forgiving them.”

I asked them to make the sign of the cross. The sign of the cross is a reminder of true love. “God is Love” (1 John 4:8). Another passage in the Bible that gives us a definition of God’s love is John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.” So, we can say that the act of giving is love. But not just a present wrapped in a bow but giving of the things that are closest to us. Love is giving of our time, our resources and ourselves.

God is love, and His love is different from human love. It is not based on feelings or emotions. He doesn’t love because we are loveable or because we make Him feel good; He loves because He is love.

He is not waiting for us to be good to love us. He doesn’t say, “I’ll wait until you clean up your act, then I’ll love you.” His love is ALWAYS there. He did all of the giving and sacrifice long before we were even aware that we needed His love.   (allaboutGod.com/god-is-love).

God Bless,  Anne Atkin, principal

 

Dear families

Father, I pray my child’s confidence

 and hope is found in You

Romans 15:13

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

What a blessing you are to us! As we jump into the fourth quarter of the year, it is so lovely to think about  how blessed we are to have such wonderful children and such kind loving families at Sacred Heart School.  The teachers and staff are able to be creative, push academics and grow independent learners because you support our values at home. The mission of SHS is to be structured and diligent so that students become confident of mind, academics and faith. To be confident does not mean that you are not challenged or that you can not struggle. It means that you have met challenges with the understanding that you can be the best you that God intended. The students at SHS are growing in confidence every day. When they struggle, which is often, we guide them and support them. They support each other. That is the school culture here. And it is only possible because you support us. There is something very special happening here. We want everyone to stop in and be a part of it. Our doors are always open and we love when you can be a part of the school.

This past week we were so fortunate to share an evening together learning about the night sky. A special thank you to the Henning family for the generous support of the evening. Both viewings were full and we ate all of the ice cream from the Ice Cream Social. I can not thank you enough for taking the time to be apart of our events. It really helps us to grow together and to be God’s light.

Please feel free to stop by or call with any input or questions about the school. We are here to serve you and our community.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal