Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 25, 2020

Sacred Heart School this Month~ Faith in Action

 

Dan, Josh and Randy Day

Friday, October 23rd has been declared Dan, Josh and Randy Day at Sacred Heart School. As I am sure you are aware, these three young men are seminarians for the Diocese of Lansing. We have been fortunate enough to have them live in Hudson during their breaks from schooling. While they were in Hudson, each of them contributed to the betterment of the church and school in ways that are priceless to us. They helped with many tasks, but I want to highlight one in particular. Their service resulted in a complete renovation of the preschool and kindergarten rooms as well as painting the ceiling of the downstairs. Their attention to detail and pride in their work, gave the downstairs floor of the school an upgrade that is nothing short of breathtaking. In celebration of these fine men, we shared their impact on the school with the students on October 23rd. Mr. and Mrs. Koenigsknecht donated candy for each student to help us celebrate! We will continue to pray for our seminarians through their journey to priesthood as we educate our students on the importance of vocations.

 

Saint Art Prize

The students in 5th and 6th grade spend the month of October researching a saint of their choosing, as they prepare to make a presentation to the school community. This is our annual Saint Art Prize tradition. It is a contest for Grand Champion, Best in Grade and Judges Award which is given to the most complete and interesting presentations. Each student chooses and researches a saint. Then, they create an art project that illustrates the saint’s life. The saint is presented to the school community and we all get to take a deep look into what makes the saint’s life so pleasing to God. The goal is to inspire us all to be saintly and to live by the teachings of the church. We present Saint Art prize right after All Saints Day on November 2nd at 8:30 in the Church Hall. Feel free to join us!

Thank you for all of the continued prayers for our school. Together, we can persevere through anything!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus.

Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 18, 2020

Why do leaves change color in the Autumn?

Most of the spectacular colors of autumn have actually been in the leaves all summer, however they were “covered up” by the dominant green of the chlorophyll. As weather cools, and shorter days settle in, the chlorophyll begins to break down, revealing new and varied color pigments. The brightest colors are seen when late summer is dry, and autumn has bright sunny days and cool nights.

This explanation of why the leaves turn colors was in answer to some of our students questions during our beautiful Michigan Fall. It really is breathtaking to see the drastic change from ordinary to magnificent. This transformation made me think about the development of our soul. When we are born we are brilliant and stunning. Our soul is already formed in the likeness of God and we are called to show our most brilliant self to the world. But we are also born with original sin that covers this beautiful light with camouflage (original sin), keeping each of us from bearing our true soul, our authentic self. It is so intriguing to think of every student in their red and navy uniform as a beautiful leaf. When we talk to them about kindness, hope, love, respect, courtesy and faith it is because we can see that each of them is full of so many gifts that they are meant to shared. Our purpose is to draw closer to God and to bare our colors for all to see, to be brilliant!

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Sugar Maple, White Birch, Swamp Chestnut Oak.  Chlorophyll is responsible for helping trees and plants turn sunlight into food. For most months, it is the dominant color seen in most leaves until it fades away. As many trees shut down their food production, they turn to stored sugars to survive the winter.

 

Unlike other leaf colors that always exist in the leaf, anthocyanins are produced as the chlorophyl is broken down. The anthocyanins are often seen in leaves named for their autumn splash of red including Red Maples, Scarlet Oaks, and Red Sumacs.

 

Sugar Maples may be one of the best examples of carotene in action. Their bright signature orange fills many hills and country roads throughout the northern US.

 

 

 

Sassafras leaves also turn a slightly more muted orange. As its name implies, Carotenes are also the chemical responsible for giving carrots their unique coloring. Xanthophyll can be seen throughout the fall in trees including beeches, ashes, birches, aspens, and some oaks. It also contributes its bright yellow color to autumn squash and corn.

 

 

Credit:  sciencebob.com

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus.

Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 11, 2020

How to Break a Bad Habit

We all have bad habits. Maybe you talk too much, or drive too fast. Maybe you are always late or you interrupt people when they are talking. Maybe you chew your gum too loudly, or you think way too much about what someone said to you. Our children have them too. They struggle with keeping their hands to themselves, they talk when they are supposed to be listening. They hide unfinished work instead of keeping it to finish later. They pick their nose. They tip back in their chair. They spend too much time playing video games. They eat too much sugar or fast food. These daily practices become part of our routine. We do it, do it again, and again until it is part of our person. The bad habit becomes how other people see us. “She’s a gossip.” “He’s a little nose picker.” Ugh… no one wants to be known for their bad habits. And yet, that is exactly what happens.

A bad habit is very hard to break. Even if you are completely aware that you want to break it. Three or four days go by and you were on time to everything. Good Job! Then, the inevitable poor planning issue comes back and you are very late again. Back to square one. You justify the bad habit. “I am just so busy.” Except deep down you know that everyone is busy. Now what?

Virtue is the answer. We have to change our heart in order to change our behavior and we have to create a new pattern for our brain. So we pray for God to help us. And we know that He will help us. God knows your heart and He knows that you desire to be a person others can rely on to be solid as a rock. People who are working for God everyday can see how important it is to be a light in the darkness.

I love when I get to talk to our students about a bad habit that has been brought to my attention. Maybe, a student has not been doing their homework. This is a bad habit. We talk to God about how much He loves them. how much beauty He has put into their soul and how many gifts they have to spread. It is our duty to be our best for Him and His people. It isn’t good enough to let the Devil get at us where we are weak, in our bad habits. We are here to help and encourage. We will grow together. It is our job as a school community to show each student how easy it is to talk to God about EVERYTHING. To inspire each student to do their best. They do not need to be ashamed when they are pulled toward their weaknesses. It happens to everyone. That is why we have the Holy Spirit and our ability to pray. Together, we can move to the light and see our true purpose. Prayer is just, again and again, the answer.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus.

Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 4, 2020

Autumn Prayer

O God of Creation, you have blessed us with the changing of the seasons. 

As we embrace these autumn months, May the earlier setting of the sun remind us to take time to rest. 

May the crunch of the leaves beneath our feet remind us of the brevity of this earthly life. 

May the steam of our breath in the cool air remind us that it is you who give us your breath of life. 

May the scurrying of the squirrels and the migration of the birds remind us that you call us to follow your will. 

We praise you for your goodness forever and ever.  Amen.

 

I want to thank our students and parents for donating food and money as sponsors of The Walk of Faith. Together we raised. $1,000 and a lot of food. Great Job!  On Wednesday, the students, staff and parents walked through Hudson and prayed for the community. It is nothing short of amazing to be able to pray together for our loving community that has always supported Sacred Heart School. We walked to show our students an appreciation for the food that they are given to eat every day. We teach our students that we need to support the people who do not have enough to eat by giving to the local food pantry. The older students will spend time cleaning the Hudson Food Pantry and stocking the shelves.

 

We also prayed the Autumn Prayer to help us appreciate the change of seasons and the beauty in the world. Each blessing brings our soul closer to God. The Walk of Faith gives us a chance to look at the wonderful town where our ancestors built a school 91 years ago. We stopped to pray at the police station, library, walking trail and Memorial Park to appreciate the blessings of our community and to pray for the people who live and serve here. It was a day that our children will remember as an important part of their time at Sacred Heart School. As young men and women, I hope they still take the time to appreciate all of their blessings and serve their community.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus.

Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Anne Atkin, Principal Bulletin, Sunday, September 27, 2020

You Are Never Alone

God knows! God knows everything! But what exactly does that mean? It means that God knows your heart and your soul. He knows you, truly. We teach our students to talk to God about everything. We ask for prayers for the people who struggle and need God to be with them. We talk to God about our sins and how we can get on the path back to a joyful heart. We practice seeing God in all things by appreciating all of our blessings: both big and small. We ask God to forgive us when we have been mean or made a mistake that hurt someone. We ask God to be with us when we are asked to do something hard or new. In short, we put God into all parts of our day, every day.

Sacred Heart is a wonderful place for children to be educated because we are able to teach the importance of prayer as the children are learning and developing. Our students are a gift and we can remind them how perfectly unique and special they are because God has a purpose for each of them. We teach our students to think about how much Jesus loves them and what it means to share that love with the world. The mission at Sacred Heart reflects our core belief that each child has unlimited potential to be amazing. They are taught by the teachers and staff that they can persevere with school work, friendships, competition, serving the community and all expectations because they have the power to talk to God about it. Our mission at Sacred Heart School is for our students to be balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic faith. As we begin another school year, it is this mission that guides us. The confidence in knowing that God is with you, through absolutely everything, is the best gift we can give our children.

Prayer is at the core of all that we do.  Matthew 19:26:  Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”

Father Todd made a great, short video with ideas for prayer time at home entitled What does family prayer time look like?  https://youtu.be/EiZ5MjRJK5Q

You are never alone and you are blessed. If you need extra prayers, reach out to me at aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org and we will add your intentions to morning prayer and the 5th/6th grade Friday Rosary walks.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus.

Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 20, 2020

Upcoming Events at Sacred Heart School

WALK OF FAITH

On September 30th, the students at Sacred Heart will walk through Hudson and pray for the community. It is our annual Walk of Faith. Our students will walk for one to two hours to raise awareness for our local food pantry.  The Hudson Ministerial Association. Food Pantry serves the Hudson Community families with food and non-food items that they may need to care for their families during difficult times. As we walk, we stop to pray for our community, our families, our nation and to give gratitude to God.  We would love to add your intentions to our prayer list. Email aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org any intentions that you need.

 

PET BLESSING

In honor of the Feast Day of St. Francis of Assisi, Father Todd will be blessing our pets on Friday, October 2nd at 2:00 in the Church Parking Lot. This is a favorite event for the students and we have a great time seeing the dogs, bunnies, cats, birds and even horses.

 

Market House Receipts

Bob’s Market House “Tools for School” receipt program is back!!

Points redeemed through this program allow us to purchase items needed for the school.

You can turn your Bob’s receipts, dated September 1, 2020 through March 31, 2021, into the school office or put in the canister by the elevator in church.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 13, 2020

Act of Love

Oh my God, I love you above all things,

With my whole heart and soul, because you are worthy of all 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 all

Whom I have injured. Amen

 

“It is no small thing, when they, who are so fresh from God, love us.” Charles Dickens

 

We love our kids so much! It is hard to imagine loving anything more. They bring so much joy to our lives and they inspire us to mature, to stay positive, to achieve, to find patience and good judgement, to build a secure home and develop wisdom. The list of ways we strive to be better for our children is endless. They are so dependent on us for everything and the pressure to take care of them can feel like more than we can handle. It is a lot of responsibility. Love is HUGE. It is the virtue that makes us the most like our loving God. To love the way Jesus loves should be the goal of parenting. Love is self- sacrificing. Just ask any Mom or Dad who has been up all night with a sick child and then finds the strength to go to work the next day. We know in order to provide for our family we must soldier on. We find the energy and we persevere. How? Because we are made to love. Love is bigger than us. It is our connection to the divine.

 

As a theological virtue, love is an habitual and firm disposition to seek to become like the Lord in concrete situations, loving God and our neighbor, and giving us the spiritual freedom of the children of God (CCC 1803, 1822, 1828).  Further, one of the words for “love” in Latin is “caritas,” from which the word “charity” is derived, and so to love is also the self-sacrifice of giving yourself freely, willing and seeking the good of another (CCC 1766).

 

This week at school, we will begin to pray the Act of Love at morning prayer. It is one of the prayers each of us should memorize. To act in love, to live in love and to receive love is the best way to spend our days. Just maybe, if we love enough, we will find our way to sainthood. At the very least, loving our people, the way God loves, builds beautiful relationships and happy children of God.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 30, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

It is the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year and Sacred Heart School is ready for another great year! The teachers, staff and parents pay attention to every detail when preparing for the students to come to school. The week before school starts is always a very energetic time as we put the final touches on everything and begin to welcome our families back. Some kids are so excited, others are nervous, some would rather stay busy helping at home, but on Monday, we will all be together to grow and learn.

It is with the hope of each day that we open our hearts to God’s grace. Our children deserve to be respected and loved in all parts of the day. As a school community, we pray for God’s light to guide our thoughts and actions. It is so important that we put God first when teaching and mentoring children. This enables us to see each child as a unique and special gift to the world. Each child is so perfectly unique with strengths that are theirs alone. It is our job to inspire each child to live a life of purpose and to know that their worth comes from God.

The teachers at Sacred Heart know that they have been called to a vocation. They embrace this purpose and are able to teach with passion and love. It is this purpose that gives each of us the confidence to handle every day. There seems to be a peaceful calm about the start of the school year. It was easy to see and feel at our Open Houses this week. The families that attended are so wonderful and having the children back on the playground is nothing short of spectacular. We love Sacred Heart School and we will stay committed to serving our community and reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus with everything that we do.

Thank you all for your continued prayers!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 23, 2020

Sacred Heart Families,

The school year is about to start and we can feel the Holy Spirit working in the halls and the classrooms already. Our desire to serve the community of Hudson is strong. The teachers and staff are committed to creating a calm and safe environment for our school families this year. As you know, we have been given guidelines and requirements in Michigan’s 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap. This, along with resources provided by the Diocese of Lansing, has given SHS the tools we need to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. We are very happy to be back together, educating our students and growing closer to Christ as a strong, joyful community. Our parents have been so wonderful during this time of uncertainty and we could not be more grateful to each of them. Together, we will partner for a blessed new year.

The school looks great! A huge thank you to our seminarians Dan, Josh and Randy for the careful work they have put into the school. Thanks to them, with the help of Steve Kope, we have a completely remodeled Kindergarten and Preschool! They look amazing! These men have cleaned closets, patched walls, fixed computers, hung projectors, moved furniture, and just about anything else we needed done. In their honor, we will dedicate October 23rd as Dan, Josh and Randy Day. We will pray for them on their journey to become holy priests. You have left your mark on our school and we will remember your dedication to making our school look new and fresh. Blessing to you!

Thank you for your continued prayers for Sacred Heart School and Catholic education. We will continue to pray for you all throughout the school year.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 16, 2020

Sacred Heart Families,

Tricia Houser has been a part of the Sacred Heart School family for 7 years and we have been truly blessed by her. She worked with Ms. Jessica in the preschool where they created a classroom filled with discipline and love. Our families have enjoyed the careful care that is given to their children when they are taught by Mrs. Houser. She is a joyful, welcoming presence to our students and parents in the morning, greeting everyone with happiness. Tricia is creative and dedicated to spreading the love of Jesus to every child she has taught. We will miss her very much next as she has decided to work in the office of Dr. Dan Spencer in Hudson and Reading. Tricia – you have left your legacy at Sacred Heart School and the children you taught. You gave them each your patience, love, energy and kindness and they are better for it. Good luck with your new job. You will be great!

We would like to welcome Shannon Chen as the preschool aid for the 2020-2021 school year. Shannon is a parishioner at St. Anthony’s Church in Hillsdale. She has a degree from Jackson College and experience working with students at Will Carleton Academy. We are excited to have her join Ms. Jessica in our preschool.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Sacred Heart School

Students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic Faith.

Serving the Community. Teaching our students to live and model the Catholic faith. Reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus. Remaining structured with the purpose of graduating students who are prepared to persevere.