Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, December 9 2018

ADVENT SEASON

As we move through the advent season at Sacred Heart School, we have many special activities planned for our students and their families. This past week the 5th/6th grade orchestra students performed at the Anderson~Marry Funeral Home Open House. Under the direction of Mrs. Martinez, they made beautiful music. This is so amazing considering this is the first year for orchestra and the students have only had their violins or violas for 2 and a half months.

Next week, the 1st/2nd grade class will tour the Thompson Museum and on Tuesday we are taking an all-school field trip to the Hudson Cinema to watch the movie The Grinch with our families. On Friday, December 14th, the Emmaus Group will be hosting a special birthday celebration for Jesus. A special thank you to Linda Higgins for coming to the school to celebrate.  On Saturday, December 15th, the students will be performing Carol and the Bells at 3:00 in the Church Hall, followed by a cookie exchange. All are welcome to attend.  Our hope is that the students will learn that they are able to bring a lot of joy to our community during this season of preparing and waiting for Jesus.

May God bless you this advent season!

Anne Atkin, Principal

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Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, December 2 2018

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Christ is Coming- Advent for the Weary

Every year when the Christmas season starts to roll out, I think of the VeggieTales movie “The Toy That Saved Christmas.” In the beginning of the movie, the kids are home alone and a package is delivered. They tear into it and a metal circle with a red button on it is revealed. They all look at each other and then one of them says, “push it.” He pushes it and a Christmas tree, fully decorated pops up to the ceiling. They all look back at it in wonder with a collective “oooohhhh”…Instant Christmas! One of the veggie kids receives the brand new Buzzsaw Louie in the mail and when he pushes his nose, the Buzzsaw Louie toy says, “You need more toys.” Larry, the cucumber says, “now that is the true meaning of Christmas!” Buzzsaw Louie unexpectedly says, “No, it isn’t.” The kids are confused. “Christmas isn’t about whining and begging for toys,” continues Louie. “Well then, what is it about?” asks Larry. Louie doesn’t know but he sets out to find the true meaning of Christmas.

I love this movie because it pokes fun at us. Advent is about waiting and preparing. Waiting is really hard for kids. It is really hard for adults. We want to begin celebrating Christmas earlier and earlier. That is okay. We are all ready to enjoy the fun and celebration that is connected to Christmas. Many of us have to think about Christmas very early to have time to prepare: to make cookies, to assemble packages, to rehearse for the Christmas pageant, to buy presents, to coordinate the company Christmas party; the list is endless. We are so busy and we have high hopes for the enjoyment our hard work will bring the people we love during our beautiful celebration.

But Jesus was born in a manger; in a stable. No glitter. No bling. No sparkle lights. Simple. Pure. Joyful. The most perfect gift ever given. A savior.

This advent, let’s remember that the best gift we can give is us. The gift of kindness to everyone. The gift of dedication to the people who count on us, the gift of hard work and service to our people. Come Holy Spirit and light my path to Christmas. Let us remember that we are enough. That we are a gift from God and we are truly blessed by God’s gift of Jesus. Let Jesus be our light, our truth and our savior this advent. The rest will figure itself out. Let this be an advent for the weary. May we find peace and solace as we do Your work to bring love and joy to the best celebration the world will ever know. Let our hearts be calm and our spirit joyful.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

If you would like to watch this Veggie Tales story, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifIIayHN1po.

 

From the Principal, Anne Atkin

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Thank you for supporting Catholic Education in your community.

We are so blessed!  Sacred Heart School has the lowest tuition rate in the Diocese of Lansing, and one of the lowest in the state.  We would like to keep it that way. We want our message to the community to be that Catholic education can be for everyone who wants it and who wouldn’t want it?  Our small school community feels like a comfortable sanctuary for our families who are out navigating the world. It can be wild out there with busy schedules, heavy workload, invasive social media and just the pressure of raising a family.  Sacred Heart School is the calm in the storm.  Our students get the one-on-one attention in a loving, yet orderly setting.  It is truly a school where learning and virtue are sacred; where students are taught to persevere. There is something magical going on in our halls and the formula for confident students is working.

On Saturday, it was clear that the community has taken notice.  The “Be In our Heart Gala” brought overwhelming support for the school. The excitement and love for our little school was undeniable. From alumni, teachers, families, community members and supporters the message was clear: We love Sacred Heart School and believe in the power of Catholic education for the future of our country.

Thanks to all of you, we were able to raise $28,400 in profit at our gala.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, November 11 2018

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GRATITUDE~ OUR LIGHT IN THE STORM

It is the time of year when we talk about gratitude. The days are getting shorter, and the darkness that comes so early in the evening tends to slow us down. It is the time of year when we reflect on how fast the days are going and how quickly we are coming to the end of another year. Where did the time go? The leaves have fallen off of the trees; the growth in the yard is done. We are gearing up for the frost and the wind and the cold. It is the perfect time to think, and with Thanksgiving approaching, to think about what we are thankful for. Most of us feel truly thankful for our family, our health, our home and maybe our job. But what about the times when being grateful is the last thing on our minds?

This week the students were challenged to think about times when things were not going their way. Times that seem a bit like a disaster or, at the very least, a disappointment. It seems that those are times when we need gratitude the most and we are the least grateful. Kallie, in the fifth grade, gave a great example. She told us that her family had adopted two dogs this past week and she had taken them for a walk in the woods. On the walk, she slipped and fell in the mud but she was grateful. Whatever for….we wondered. She was grateful that she was able to hang on to the leash. She knew the dogs would have run off and she might have lost them forever. Being muddy was a consequence that she accepted joyfully when faced with the thought of losing something precious.

It is easy to lose our joyful spirit when times are tough or stressful. I don’t know about you, but the season of gratitude is exactly what I need. My joyful spirit has been waning. Life can get hard, really hard; and the risk of failure can make it hard to see clearly. It is time to thank God for everything. To stop and open our eyes to the things that have become murky in our own struggles. We have so much to be thankful for. I pray that I can open my eyes and see everything in a new Divine light. Lately, I have been thankful to our church and school community. As a stranger to Hudson, Sacred Heart has been my rock and my home and I have learned an immeasurable amount from the people here. It has made all of the difference in my life and I am truly grateful.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 28 2018

Saint John Paul II

“There is no place for selfishness and no place for fear!

Do not be afraid, then, when love makes demands.

Do not be afraid when love requires sacrifice.”

 

October 22nd was the Feast day of Pope John Paul II.  As we take a look at his life, his courage and love are striking. Saint John Paul spoke and wrote about God’s love through challenges for much of his life. We are not out traveling to 139 countries to meet with world leaders or establishing a “World Youth Day” but we are entrusted with raising our children to be saintly adults.

Raising our children can be challenging. It is easy to give God’s love to our children when they are obedient. But what about the times when they do not meet our expectations? That is when we can grow closer to God by responding with a loving attitude. Love without conditions. John 15:12 “My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you.” This is really some of the best parenting advice ever. Unconditional love means we give a loving and respectful response even when our kids don’t deserve it. We have all been there. Your child is the one who throws tantrums. Your child is the one who is uncoachable. Your child is the one who forgets their homework. Your child is the one who can’t handle college. Your child is the one who learns lessons the hard way. Your child makes a really big mistake. This is when we must trust our God and love as He does. It is not what our child is failing to be; it is about what God is calling us, as parents to be. Loving without condition, is not natural. These disappointments make us angry and when we act out of anger the result does not enlighten us. It darkens the soul. Stop and remember how God loves. Pray. God is God and he is infinitely grander than we are. It is time to redirect our energy into prayer for our children. God has a plan. The path for our children will become more clear when we let God into our parenting. This does not mean we remove requirements and become permissive. We are not giving in; we are opening up to a new reality; a new path. Take time to think about what your child’s actions are really telling you about this beautiful child of God. Perhaps we are not looking with the correct lens. Maybe our perspective needs to change to be guided by the divine. Maybe raising our children should force us to grow up too.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

“Yours is the gigantic task of overcoming all evil with good, always trying amidst the problems of life to place your trust in God, knowing that his grace supplies strength to human weakness. You must oppose every form of hatred with the invincible power of Christ’s love.”                   Saint John Paul II.

 

Gala News

Be in Our Heart Gala

Sacred Heart School is hosting a gala celebration of our school on November 10th. We are presenting an event that brings our church and alumni community together.  This year, we will begin downstairs at the school.  Take a few minutes to tour the school, look at our Luxury Raffle & Silent Auction Items, enjoy wine & cheese, strolling music and games.  We will then head over to the church for hors d’oeuvres, open bar and dinner will begin at 6:30pm.  Following dinner, Christian comedian Tim McClendon will perform.

Following the performance, the auctioneer will begin auctioning our live auction items.   Tickets for the reverse raffle will be drawn during the evening and winners for the Money Raffle and Luxury Raffle will be pulled and announced at the end of the evening by Father Todd.

Each Event ticket is $100 and includes comedian, hors d’oeuvres, wine & cheese, elegant dinner with dessert, open bar, reverse raffle ticket (cash prize), luxury raffle ticket, paddle for the live auction and the opportunity to support SHS.

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. I hope we have put together an evening you will truly enjoy!!

You may purchase tickets by contacting the school office at 517-448-6405 or visit https://www.eventbrite.com/e/be-in-our-heart-gala-tickets-51301186229.

Click here for Sponsor and Ticket Opportunities

 

10 Reasons to Join Us

10. Open Bar ~ Try a specialty cocktail

9.  Father Todd will be at the microphone throughout the night

8.  Food that not only tastes delicious but will make you feel amazing!

7.  Support the school we love.

6.  Many, many chances to win. No one goes home empty handed

5.  Fun games- Ring Toss (wine bottles), Balloon Darts, Heads/Tails

4.  Chance to win cash

3.  Laugh your head off and forget about your troubles for a while.

2.  Every penny you donate supports the only Catholic school in 2 counties

1.  Feel how much we appreciate your support. We want to dazzle you!

 

Luxury Items for Raffle $5/ticket or 6 for $20

Lizzy Jane jewelry

Vera Wang Purses

Lottery treasure chest

Whiskey basket

Bose speaker

Cooler of specialty meats

Warrior’s Sword Crucifix Pendant 18K Gold

And more….

 

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. I hope we have put together an evening you will truly enjoy!!

 

Be in Our Heart GALA

 

BE IN OUR HEART GALA

Saturday, November 10th at 5:30

Sacred Heart School and Church Hall

Sacred Heart School is hosting a gala celebration of our school on November 10th. We have decided to present an event that brings our church and alumni community together.  This year, we will begin downstairs at the school with strolling musicians amid a wine & cheese and silent auction. Take a minute to tour the school and look at some of Luxury Raffle Items.  We will also offer hors d’oeuvres and an open bar over at the church.  Dinner will begin at 6:30 and then Christian comedian Tim McClendon will perform.  After the performance, ticket pulls from the reverse raffle will be displayed and the auctioneer will begin auctioning our live auction items. Winners for the Money Raffle and Luxury Raffle will be pulled at the end of the evening by Father Todd.

Get ready for the excitement.

Each ticket is $100 and includes comedian, hors d’oeuvres, wine & cheese, elegant dinner with dessert, open bar, reverse raffle ticket (cash prize), luxury raffle ticket, paddle for the live auction and the opportunity to support SHS. Tickets are available at SHS 448-6405 or aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org or thouser@sacredhearthudson.org.

Please consider donating a bottle of wine or pack of craft beer for our prize wall of wine. All donations can be dropped off at the school office.  If you cannot make the fundraiser, but would like to sponsor, please call the office for sponsorship opportunities!!

Thank you so much for all of your continued support. I hope we have put together an evening you will truly enjoy!!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

For more info on our comedian, please visit https://www.timmcclendoncomedy.com.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 7 2018

St. Francis of Assisi- A lesson in Compassion

Prayer to St. Francis

Lord make me an instrument of your peace

Where there is hatred let me sow love

Where there is injury, pardon

Where there is doubt, faith

Where there is despair, hope

Where there is darkness, light

And where there is sadness, joy

O divine master grant that I may

not so much seek to be consoled as to console

to be understood as to understand

To be loved as to love

For it is in giving that we receive

it is in pardoning that we are pardoned

And it’s in dying that we are born to eternal life

Amen

 

I don’t know about you, but every time we sing this song in church, I cry a little (or a lot depending on what is going on in my life).  What is it?  What makes this song so powerful? I can’t remember if it made me cry before I had children, but I am guessing it didn’t.  This song is a complete picture of what it looks like to love completely.  The love that makes you small so that others can grow big in your love. The love that lets your issues stay tucked away while you put your family’s growth and importance at the top of the list.  It is in digging this deep into your own soul that you can become compassionate.  I have read articles on how to teach compassion to children.  To teach them that other’s suffering is their concern.  That it is important to be able to put yourself in someone else’s misfortune. I wonder if it is something that we can even teach though.  Compassion is not a virtue but love is.  I make the argument that we can teach our children to love that when we love God, with our whole heart and soul, that we open our hearts to compassion.  St. Francis had compassion.  And that is why he is the most popular saint since the Virgin Mary.  He lived a life that was serious about literally living out Christ’s work.  We celebrated him as the Patron Saint of animals today at our Pet blessing but he really shows us all how to have the greatest compassion for all of God’s creatures; especially the human ones.  I love the prayer to Saint Francis and I am grateful for the chance to love with all my soul, soul, soul!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Bulletin, September 30 2018

How Do We Keep Our Children Safe?

The best way to keep our kids safe is to develop a strong relationship with them. The world can be a big scary place and our children are out in it. We do our best to stay involved and to communicate about their day but eventually the day will come when they are making decisions and using their own common sense to take care of themselves. Whether it is riding your bike on the sidewalk and knowing the rules of the road or choosing to not play a video game that is rated higher than your age; whether it is choosing to be friends with kids who have the same values as you or being strong enough to trust your parent’s rules and not break them. All of these choices keep our kids safe and all of these choices are taught to children by their parents. How do we build this strong relationship of guidance and trust?

It isn’t easy. Parenting is very, very hard. But if we do our work when they are little, they will be ready to grow independent when it is time to figure things out on their own. Always remember that our children are a gift from God. I believe we are given kids who challenge us on purpose. It is our chance to dig so deep into our soul that we are forever changed by raising them. Having children is our chance to develop patience and to teach unconditional love. When children feel this love, through our service and care for them, and when we are their mentors by the example we set, they are open to our influence and teaching. It is a formula of trust, (not of us trusting them, but them trusting us) understanding and love. This formula will give parents the relationship they need to always be in their child’s mind. They will be able to talk to us about the things they need help with. We can talk to them about how to make safe decisions. We can reaffirm that their worth comes from God and not any outside influence. We can guide them in the true ways of the world and then teach them all of God’s beautiful messages about how to get closer to the Divine. Let’s work together to teach our children that they can handle anything the world can throw at them. Not on their own but with our guidance and love and with the knowledge we give them from the Bible and the teachings of Jesus. Let’s give them the confidence to always grow closer to God and to be safe in the world.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 23 2018

I Choose Happiness

This week we had the opportunity to find out what it means to be Made for Happiness. God gave us the free will to think our way in or out of any situation. William Shakespeare once said “Things are neither good nor bad but thinking makes it so.” If this is our philosophy, then every situation can bring us closer to God. If that is how we think about it. Knowing that you have every opportunity to make the choice to be happy is part of God’s plan. The little decisions we make every day, the milestones we cross, the people we raise up, the words we choose; can all bring us closer to God. When we listen to the Gospel during Mass, we cross our mind, our lips and our heart. Everything we think, everything we say and everything we feel. When we listen and act this way, we can really be open to God’s perfect love.

The virtue that always makes me think about happiness is Acceptance.  Acceptance is not to be confused with approval.  When we trust and accept, it means we do not doubt our circumstances.  That old “everything happens for a reason,” and we are supposed to think our way into a better situation for ourselves.  We do not run away or continually search.  We handle it with grace.  This can be very difficult.  People will disappoint you and mistakes can become huge problems that are very scary to tackle.  But we are never alone. It is amazing to see the help that is given through the Holy Spirit when we stay strong and prayerful.  We must remember to be grateful.  Not just for the gifts and the good times but for the constant opportunity to struggle and to be challenged.  Through the challenges, we break down and then grow; so we can become stronger of spirit.  It is the acceptance that we will always be given a path to the light.  That we will always have the power to pray and we will never be alone. Life is good. It is more than good, it is beautiful and that makes me happy.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal