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.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 9, 2020

Back to School BBQ and Open House

Wednesday, August 26th

5:30- Preschool

6:30– DK/Kindergarten

Thursday, August 27th

5:30– 1st/2nd grade

6:30– 3rd-6th grade

We will have a tent and chairs set up at the playground. Plan to meet under the tent at your scheduled time to hear important information about the school year from your child’s teacher and the principal.  Families can visit classrooms and tour the school in groups of 10. Masks are required.

 

Come Help Us Spread Playground Mulch

Saturday, August 22nd

9:00– 11:30am

Bring wheel barrels, shovels and rakes.  Pizza and drinks provided for lunch.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, July 26, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

I am sure you have been following the news concerning mandatory changes to the school day implemented by the Governor of Michigan. Sacred Heart School has an excellent plan to keep us safe while we are in the building. We have used the Michigan’s 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap as the guide for reopening safely. We are so blessed to have the square footage and outdoor access that makes Sacred Heart easily converted to a building that meets distancing requirements. Be aware that the plan is awaiting approval from Diocese of Lansing superintendent Tom Maloney and the state superintendent for compliance.

It is very important that we keep the school day as normal as possible. We are getting very excited for the school year and we have received much grace as we have prepared. You are a blessing to us and we are committed to serving you!

Please continue to pray for our school and our families as we work through our future together.

Please reach out to me with any questions or concerns at aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org or call the school at 448-6405 or my cell at 517-403-2824.

 

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, July 5, 2020

Four years ago, our nation was emotionally charged and deeply polarized.  There was a lot of rhetoric and drama in the media about who is most qualified to lead our country.   Fast forwarding to today, it doesn’t seem like much has changed.   So, for this 4th of July, I would like to share my Deacon’s Corner with you from four years ago.  It helps to remind me that our nation is not about Democrats vs Republican, liberals vs conservatives.  Our nation about preserving the values it was founded on 244 years ago…

What does our Catechism say about people with authority to govern?  It basically, says: a society cannot be well-ordered nor prosperous unless the people with authority to govern preserve its institutions and devote themselves to work and care for the common good.   The foundation of this authority must lie in moral order derived from God.  It cannot be contrary to His Natural Law.  The common good consists of three essential elements:  respect for fundamental rights and dignity of each person; development of society’s spiritual and material needs; and the peace and security of the people.  Our Catechism says everyone should be concerned to create and support institutions that improve the conditions of human life (paragraphs 1897 – 1927.)

The founding fathers of our great country knew these principles of government.  The Declaration of Independence is clear about God’s role, fundamental rights, and human dignity.  It reads “We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness…and for the support of this Declaration, with a firm reliance on the protection of divine Providence, we mutually pledge to each other our Lives, our Fortunes, and our sacred Honor.” 

The Constitution recognizes a common good as it reads “We, the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Prosperity, do ordain and establish this Constitution of the United States of America.”

The leaders who signed these documents knew that no form of government was perfect.  So, they established a country founded on faith in God and following His laws.  They crafted a structure for a nation where it’s people could self-govern by choosing leaders who would preserve their institutions, and work for the common good of all.

As we celebrate the birth of our country, let’s not forget what our founders stood for.  No matter our political affiliation, may we pray for the wisdom to elect leaders who will rely on the Divine Providence of God to secure the Blessings of our Liberty so that, as Abraham Lincoln said, this nation, under God, shall have a new birth of freedom – and that government of the people, by the people, for the people, shall not perish from the earth.”

Deacon John

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, June 14, 2020

Sacred Heart Families,

Enrollment is open at Sacred Heart School. As you know, schools across the country are planning for students to be as safe as possible when they return to the classroom in August. Sacred Heart is putting education and the needs of families and students as our priority for the decisions we make concerning best practices for the Fall. We are currently in the process of writing our policy for the 2020-2021 school year.  That plan includes 5 days of school per week with face to face instruction. We will continue to include Art, Technology, Music, PE and orchestra in our weekly schedule. A task force has been put together to insure best practices for safety.

Our plan is focused on hygiene, social distancing and controlling as much of the school environment as possible.  We will be disinfecting surfaces with a plant based disinfectant and air filtration in the classrooms.  We are also preparing many ways for everyone to wash hands, sanitize and we will educate the students about how germs spread and how to stay healthy.

Our sick student and staff policy will comply with Covid-19 symptom control and students will have a distance learning plan for times when they need to be at home due to illness.

We hope by opening up our enrollment to the Sacred Heart community first, parents will have the opportunity to plan for the education of their children for next year. We have very limited openings in Preschool-2nd grade, while 3rd-6th grade have several openings available, but they are filling up.

Please do not hesitate to reach out to me about tuition.  We have aid available and can work out a payment plan within your budget.

Sacred Heart School is committed to serving the community as partners for faith, education and service.

Contact me at aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org for more information.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 31, 2020

Congratulations to Gabby Adams, Kayli Butler, Annabelle Czeiszperger, AJ Hart, Kallie Henning, Ellie Loar, Darcie Marry, Nathan Spangler and Aiden Tedora. The graduating class of SHS 2020 will take Sacred Heart School with them because they didn’t just come to school, they lived their days guided by the Holy Spirit.

Each one of our graduates knows that their worth and gifts are what make them perfectly special and close to God. These nine students are vastly different but they accept what is different about each other. In collaborating with each other through service and classwork, they have been enlightened to how unique each one is. These students understand diversity.

It is our true hope that, as they move on to their new school, each student is able to shine. But, even more important, is to remember that no award or accolade will ever define who they are or how important they are. Their worth comes from God. I believe these students truly understand that God has a plan for them and when they pray, they will find the answers. They will find hard times and failures. We know there is no way to avoid it but these students have developed a strong soul that will guide them through the challenges of the days ahead.

They have served their community with endless service projects: from serving on the altar to collecting food and clothing; and lots and lots of cleaning at the church and the school. They are excellent workers who were always fun to have on any task.

We will always remember the trips to Notre Dame, Sacred Heart Seminary, the Stranahan Theater, Lansing, Kimball Camp, and when we almost made it to Mackinac Island. We will remember all of the practice and performances, the Wax Museum, Saint Art Prize, Orchestra concerts, Appreciations, Life Skills, football, sewing club, and so much more.

I want to thank the parents and extended families for partnering with all of the teachers and staff at Sacred Heart School for your child’s academic and faith formation. We are blessed beyond words to have known you and your children. It is no exaggeration to say we are all great friends and mentors to each other. You are the gold standard for graduating classes from Sacred Heart and we are pleased to have been a part of your lives.

Students, may you always remember to pray and never doubt your special gifts from God.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

An Irish Blessing

May the road rise up to meet you.

May the wind be always at your back.

May the sun shine warm upon your face;

the rains fall soft upon your fields and until we meet again,

may God hold you in the palm of His hand.

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, May 24, 2020

Congratulations to Deacon John Amthor! He was ordained a Holy Deacon 9 years ago.

At Sacred Heart School, we have been blessed by Deacon John in so many ways. He has been my mentor and guide through my beginning years as an administrator and I am grateful for all of his support. His wisdom and experience has led the school down a road for stability and success. Deacon John’s presence at SHS is a major factor for how we are able to serve the community of Hudson and the 70 families who rely on us to educate and inspire the Catholic faith to their children. I started to list off the many hats Deacon John wears but quickly realized there are too many to mention. Just know that he cares about the school and follows a vision and mission of bringing Jesus to any family who chooses to raise and educate their child in the faith. This is not an easy task and requires grueling work behind the scenes. Deacon John does this work with very little recognition and his humility is contagious; creating the culture of the school that is driven by mission and not personal recognition.

Thank you Deacon John for creating a presence at the school that is inspiring and profound. We are so blessed by your call to serve our staff, children and families in ways that are both tangible and divine. We look forward to continuing our growth together and are excited about the unlimited future growth of Sacred Heart School. You have made a legacy here that we will preserve and hold dear to our hearts.

May God Always Bless You,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 19, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart,

I know we are all missing each other terribly! As a Catholic school, we have developed a community that is guided by the Holy Spirit. During the school year, we cherish every morning that we can greet each other and pray together to get the day started. Morning prayer is when we share our deep concern for our loved ones, those who are hurting or mourning. We put God into the things in our lives that are bigger than us. We believe that God will take over and wrap the people or situation up in His love. It was the best part about being at Sacred Heart School. We use our gift of faith and open hearts to bring God to each day. Our students have a confidence about the way they pray; they know people are touched by God. We miss being together and we have felt lost. We simply cannot wait until we can be together again. As a staff, we continue to pray for our students, and we put God into their homes, the way He was here, at school.

Since March 13th, our students have continued to learn and have continued to grow in faith. As a staff, we send out a weekly newsletter to every family with encouragement from our teachers. In the newsletter, we have lesson plans, resources, crafts, recipes, videos and ideas to inspire learning at home. Families have sent us pictures and texts about the work the students have completed. SHS continues to maximize learning with projects that can be at home. We connect with our students using the mail system, online meetings and online messaging to collaborate and complete projects. We’ve had success with art, music and PE assignments done at home too. Our families continue to partner with us to make learning a priority for their children. As a team, we will be ready for next year!

We are utilizing Edmentum’s Study Island for distance learning. Study Island is easy to use, has awards and games for motivation and, better yet, is aligned to our curriculum and standards. Teachers have assigned specific lessons for math, reading, science(K-6th) and social studies (for older students). The lessons are taught with videos and online lessons that include flashcards and worksheets. This is a way for students to spend part of the day connected to Sacred Heart curriculum and they are accountable for their lessons. The plan for continued education proves that we can persevere through anything. Sacred Heart School is here to serve our community and we will continue to work together to inspire learning and faith.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin, Easter Message

Four Ways to Help Children Understand Easter, the Feast of Feasts.  By author Joyce Donahue

Easter is central to Christian faith. We are, as St. Augustine pointed out, an Easter people. How do we help students identify themselves as Easter people and claim Alleluia! as their song?

First, make sure they know the story of Easter.  Easter is the “Feast of feasts,” the moment when the Kingdom of God enters into our time (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 1168‒1169). Jesus’ Death on the Cross and his Resurrection after three days shows us that death is not the end of our story. Use the Gospel accounts of the Resurrection, along with your textbook, storybooks (for younger students), or clips from age-appropriate movies (for older students), to share the details of this historical event, which was evidenced by the empty tomb and the Apostles’ encounter with the risen Christ.   Use role-playing and other creative teaching activities to bring the story alive for your students.

Second, help students to know how Easter shapes the Church and Catholic life.  Share with students the customs surrounding Easter. Explain that the 50 days between Easter and Pentecost is a special and joyful time. Churches are adorned with banners and flowers, the paschal candle burns brightly, we sing joyful music, and we hear readings at Mass from the Acts of the Apostles. Explain how every Sunday is a “little Easter.” At Mass, we experience the Risen Christ in the Liturgy of the Word and the Liturgy of the Eucharist. We watch as the Body is broken and the Blood is poured for us just as it was on the Cross. We then receive the living Christ in the Eucharist.

Third, connect Easter to your students’ home life.  Suggest to parents to have a special family candle that they light at every meal during the Easter season. Show how common ways of celebrating Easter—wearing a special Easter outfit, coloring Easter eggs, and enjoying a special family meal—reflect the meaning of the Feast of feasts. New clothes help us remember our baptismal garments, colored eggs represent the end of Lent and beginning of new life, and a special Easter meal symbolizes both great celebration and the banquet in heaven.

Have a blessed Easter!

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 5, 2020

Creating a Sacred Space In Your Home

What does a sacred space look like?

A Sacred space is a designated space in your home where it is easy to sit in the presence of God. It is a very simple, quiet place with either a few or many religious items. It should be distinctly different from the rest of the house so that it is “set apart”.  However, different does not mean expensive. The sacred space is typically a table-top, like a small table set against a wall, possibly in a corner.  You could include a few religious items like:

Possible Items to Include

  • Catholic Bible (picture Bible or board book for very little kids)
  • Crucifix (small one to pass around for very little kids)
  • Prayer Cards
  • Sacred art (cutouts from previous year’s calendar or Christmas Cards)
  • Rosaries
  • Candles
  • Statue of Mary or other saints
  • Holy Water
  • Intercessory Prayer Basket
  • Pillows for sitting on the floor

Prayer journals for each family member (remember these are private)

Students can spend time in their sacred space writing in a prayer journal. Headings can be: Thank You For….Please Bless…..Please help me with….

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal