Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 26, 2021

5 Things to Tell Your Catholic Child Every Day

We have been talking about how to love God during morning prayer this week. I found this great article that gives us words to use at home to help our children love and be loved by God.

It really can be the littlest of things that make a difference in raising our young ones in the faith at home. Here are a few simple phrases you can say to your child (or children) to make God present to them every day.

  1. Jesus loves you. What a beautiful truth! Jesus loves you – always and no matter what. He will never stop loving you, and His love brought you into existence! You think mom and dad love you a lot? (We do!) But guess what? God loves you even more.
  2. …and He rejoices being with you. Not only does Jesus love you, He wants to be with you all the time. His love isn’t distant; it’s right here, all around you. He wants to spend time with you – in prayer, in work, and in play – because He loves your company and because you are so special to Him.
  3. God has big plans for you! His plans for you are huge…He wants you to be a saint! He wants you to be “Saint _______”, and live as one of his closest friends and followers – a disciple – here on earth, and then spend forever in heaven with Him someday.
  4. Your guardian angel is always with you. God gave you a special companion: your guardian angel. And your angel is always with you – to help protect you and watch over you when you are scared or sad, or to join in your happiness and in your prayer time.
  5. Thank you, God! (This one is not said to your child, but with your child every day to cultivate a spirit of awe and thankfulness for God’s creation and His many gifts and blessings.) After a fun playdate, we say – “Thank you, God, for such a fun time with friends!” Before a meal – “Thank you, Jesus, for this food to nourish our bodies.” When your child notices and makes a point to talk about a beautiful flower – “Thank you, God, for making flowers for us to enjoy!” In prayer – “Thank you, Jesus, for our family [mentioning parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.].”

 The entire article is available at http://katiewarner.com/spiritual-leadership/5-things-to-tell-your-catholic-child-every-day.html

 

Blessings,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

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 19, 2021

WALK OF FAITH

Friday, September 24th

Students and Staff at Sacred Heart will host the Walk-of-Faith to pray for our community and the military. We will walk for one to two hours, pray, and spend time reflecting on how blessed we are to live in a country that is free. We will honor the lives of those who have died and those who have sacrificed.

  • Students may wear jean & jersey for the Walk-A-Thon and may bring in items or monetary donations to put in the care packages or money to help pay to ship the packages.
  • Items can be dropped off at the entrance of the school in one of the baskets marked MILITARY CARE PACKAGES until September 24th.
  • The 5th grade students will be assembling the Care Packages.

If any parents are willing to come and join us to walk with our students, we would very much appreciate your assistance. Please remember you must have taken the VIRTUS training to assist with the students.

ITEMS NEEDED:

-Socks (men and women crew socks)
-baby wipes
-foot powder/cream
-toothbrushes
-toothpaste
-dental floss
-deodorant (stick)
-Q-tips/cotton balls
-Bandaids
-bandage wraps
-anti-itch cream
-sunscreen lotion

-Chapstick
-lotion/moisturizer
-Kleenex
-Bar soap
-nail file/nail clippers
-combs/brushes

-feminine products
-hair ties
-deck of cards
-twin sheets
-blankets
-pillowcases
-towels

-Religious materials
-word searches
-crosswords
-comic books
-books and magazines

-Non-perishable foods
(Granola bars, Chex mix, trail mix, beef jerky, slim Jim’s, gum, hard candy, sunflower seeds, microwave food, crackers, hard pretzels, tuna (in foil), pop tarts, cereal in individual packs, instant oatmeal, ramen noodles, instant coffee, tea bags)

 

God Bless you for your support of the community.

Anne Atkin, principal

 

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 12, 2021

“Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you.”

Thessalonians 5:16-18

Let Us Pray

We begin the day in morning prayer. It is the time of day when we can all be together as a community to begin the day with God. This year, we have been gathering around the flagpole at the front of the school. It is a little chilly in the morning, but we are so happy to be able to gather together, that it is worth being a bit uncomfortable. Last week, the students were able to close their eyes and experience meditative prayer. We slow down our breath and think deeply about our body and our connection to our minds as we ask for God to join us in our thoughts and our calm.

This week, we are praying openly with each other. The students have the chance to intentionally pray for someone who is hurting or who needs God to be with them. The students share their heart and worries with each other and we are able to send these intentional prayers to God.

On Friday, we will all be at Mass together and we will be able to praise God through prayer and singing. It is so beautiful to be in God’s house and thank God for His healing scripture and sacrificial love that each of us can receive.

But did you know that you can pray while you make a cake, or paint a picture? You can pray while you drink a cup of tea or hot chocolate. You can pray while you make your bed, brush your teeth or wash your hands. These movement prayers can be part of how we form our day. By adding prayer to our flow, we are able to connect our body, mind and movement into a spiritual experience that will certainly lighten our heart and ease our mind.

Prayers can be short like “Come Holy Spirit” or long like the Nicene Creed. They can be right off of the top of your head or a beloved prayer that is memorized; able to give you solace. Prayers can be silent or said out loud. The most important thing to remember when you pray is that God knows your heart. He can hear how passionately you need Him and how much you want to be connected to Him. You are never alone when you know how to add prayer to your day. The power you have to help, heal, rejoice, give thanks, grow and protect is within each of us. So let’s use God’s power! Let’s pray!

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

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 5, 2021

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

Gospel of Matthew

He said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ This is the greatest and first commandment. And a second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 

 

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.

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. The students are practicing how to love themselves the way God loves them. We take the time in the morning to shut our eyes and block out the outside world. Through meditation, the students are learning to be very calm and find a peaceful place with God where they can feel unconditional love.

The students are learning that they are connected to their body through their thoughts and their actions as children of God. By hugging ourselves, or putting our hands on our stomach, heart or brain, find quiet from outside distraction and use this calm to hear God’s voice, reassuring us of his love. When we take the time to start the day in prayerful meditation, the rest of the day is guided by our desire to be connected to the divine.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

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

Sacred Heart Families,

After four years as the school secretary, Christie LaRussa will step down from the position as we begin the 2021-2022 school year. Christie has been an invaluable member of the staff. She was the first point of contact for our parents and students and they have grown to trust her and depend on her. Christie has always been willing to go beyond her job description and do whatever it takes to make Sacred Heart School run smoothly. From making the delicious Chex Mix and Spiced Nuts for the Christmas Basket Sale, to staying until absolutely everything is done after an event at the school. Many of our families may not know but Christie is very handy with almost any maintenance issues that have come up at the school.   She is the ultimate team player and I have been truly blessed to have her as my right hand since I took the job as principal. Christie handled the fast paced job with a healthy sense of humor and she is a true professional. I miss her already, but we understand that life’s journey can take the people we love and put them on a new path. Christie has graciously been training our new secretary and will still be a valuable asset to Sacred Heart School on a more flexible/limited schedule. Christie, you have forever left your legacy at Sacred Heart School and we are blessed to work with you.

We are happy to announce that Stacy Parker has accepted the job as school secretary. Stacy has been a volunteer and substitute teacher at Sacred Heart for many years. She was awarded our Volunteer of the Year in 2019 as a tribute to her willingness to fill any job that needed done. The Parker’s are parishioners at Sacred Heart Church and Stacy is very familiar with all things Sacred Heart. I know that you will share in my excitement that Stacy will be your contact and friendly face at the front desk. The students will love her!

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

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 22, 2022

Information Night

We are so excited about the 2021-2022 school year! The families that are a part of our school are wonderful and we have missed spending time together, building our community of support. The teachers and staff at Sacred Heart are looking forward to all of the fun activities, volunteering, supporting our church and creating a strong sense of community.

Tuesday, August 24

5:45pm ~ Mass (Adoration/Confession begins at 4:45).

6:15pm ~ Stay at the church for Beginning of the School Year Talk by Principal Anne Atkin

6:30pm ~ Walk to the school for Hot Dogs and Chips cooked by the Knights of Columbus

Visit your classroom and get important information from your teacher about the school year.

Drop off school supplies

 

We will be asking these questions at Information Night:

  • How will you know if this year is going well?
  • What is the most important part of your child’s education?
  • What gifts are you willing to share with Sacred Heart School?

 

Your input helps us to improve and make good decisions concerning all aspects of Sacred heart School as we grow. Thank you so much for taking the time to reflect on these questions. We can’t wait to see you all on Tuesday, August 24th.

 

Have a blessed weekend!

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Are you your own worst critic?

Dear Lord,

Please tell me the truth about myself, no matter how beautiful it is. ~Benedictine Nun

So often we have an inner voice that is critical. A voice that is not helpful nor inspiring. It is a voice in our own head that is just mean and can leave us feeling pretty dark about the way we handle conversations, decisions, habits, the way we look and the mistakes we might have made. Yes, I know that I am far from perfect but does the voice in my head need to remind me over and over again. Maybe that voice leads to worry and anxiety or can keep us from trying new things or being courageous. The inner critic must be stopped. Yes, I know, but the voice is so persistent and routed deep within me.

The Holy Spirit should be the voice in our head. The Holy Spirit is truthful but loving and inspiring. The Holy Spirit guides our minds to our loving, merciful God.  How do I get that ugly little critic in my head to leave and get the Holy Spirit to come be my coach and mentor?

When I go to bed and when I wake up, the first thing I do is to ask whichever questions from this list come to my mind through prayer. I talk with God about the day and it becomes quite easy to feel how beautiful I am through God who loves me without condition. Sometimes, maybe after an event or a meeting, I need to take a moment and “get my mind right” before continuing with the Holy Spirit firmly in my head.

 

Here is a list of question that help to bring my soul back to spiritual fitness:

What made me happy today?

What am I looking forward to?

What accomplishment am I proud of?

What made me feel satisfied?

Who did I help today?

What went right today?

When was I protected today?

What was a blessing that I witnessed today?

Who loved me today?

Who helped me today?

Who gave me grace today?

Did I get to witness any of God’s plans come together today?

What am I grateful for?

Do not let anything else seep in. Control your thoughts to just these questions and become connected to your own mind through God’s love for you. You are so loved and you are so beautiful!

Blessings,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

 

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, August 8, 2021

What can parents do to make the most of August and get their children ready for the school year?

  • Play together and laugh together.
  • Turn off the news.
  • Eat local produce, eggs and meat.
  • Start to think about bedtime routines.
  • Read together for 20 minutes every day.
  • Buy your school supplies and let your child pick the color- theme.
  • Remind them how special they are and how much God loves them as often as you can.
  • Work on deep breathing (4 seconds in through your nose, 6 seconds out through your nose).

It is August and time to get ready for another great year at Sacred Heart School. We will begin the 2021-2022 school year with many new families in PK through 6th grade so we have added a few events to our August schedule so that our new students and parents have a chance to get comfortable before the first day of school.

Thursday, August 19th– Back to School BBQ and Potluck – This is just a fun night to share food, tour the school, ask questions of the teachers and staff and see our friends.

Tuesday, August 24th– Information night – We will begin at the Church with 5:45 Mass, followed by information and guidance about the 2021-2022 school year. Then families should come over to the school to visit classrooms, hear from their teacher and have some hot dogs and chips in the Grey Room.

Sunday, August 29th– Back to School Breakfast and Mass – We will meet at the 11:00 am Mass and then meet for breakfast in the Church Hall to kick off the new school year.

Monday, August 30th – FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

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.

 

SHS Upcoming Events

Saturday, July 10th ~ SHS Golf Outing with an Ice Cream Social from 11:00-2:00 at Evergreen Golf Course.

Saturday, Aug. 7th ~ Mulch the Playground at 10:00 w/Pizza after

Thursday, August 19th ~  Back to School BBQ. School Parking Lot 5:30-7:00

Tuesday, Aug. 24th ~ Mass at 5:45 followed by Information Night at Sacred Heart Church

Sunday, August. 29th ~ Back to School Mass and Breakfast. Sacred Heart Church and Church Hall.

Monday, August 30th ~ First Day of School

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

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 , June 13, 2021

7 Things Every Catholic Parent Can Do This Summer

By Becky Roach Catholic Media, Faith & Life, Family, Vocation

Summer is my favorite time of the year here in Ohio. I love everything about it, especially the warm weather and the long nights. Having my kids home from school can be incredibly exhausting, but it’s absolutely the highlight of the summer months.

So many memories are made during these weeks full of campfires, baseball games, and time to “just be” together. Over the years, I’ve learned that to have an enjoyable summer, I need to invest some time into planning and preparing for the days ahead. Today, I’m sharing a few of the essential tips that have helped our family make the most of our summer days.

  1. Pray – If you’ve read any of my other lists here at Catholic-Link, you’ve probably noticed that I always include prayer. It’s so basic, yet in the chaos of family life can easily be neglected. Schedule prayer time not only for yourself, but also for your children.
  2. Make a Summer Bucket List – This has been key to our summers for the past five years. During the first week of summer vacation, we sit down as a family and make a list of the things that we all hope to do. Our list has included everything from having a lemonade stand to a fun vacation destination. We always include simple service projects like making cookies for the neighbors or writing letters to our sponsored child. We include something for everyone to enjoy and keep it realistic, but fun.
  3. Read a lot – Don’t let your children forget all that they’ve learned during the school year over the summer. Make time for reading every day and pick a good book to read together as a family. Library programs help to keep kids focused and motivated. There are countless benefits to reading aloud to your children, even children who can read on their own.
  4. Play outside – Everyone feels better with fresh air and exercise. The old-fashioned parenting technique of sending kids outside and not allowing them to come back in until dusk has some merit. It’s good for kids to get “bored”…this is typically when they end up having the most fun.
  5. Time to Relax – Rainy days spent in PJs watching movies, sleeping in, or playing (gasp!) video games can be a real treat. Of course, you don’t want too much screen time, but after a busy school year full of activities and homework it’s important to let everyone (including you!) take a break.
  6. Vacation – Studies continually show that experiences bring more joy than things. Save your money for adventures. You don’t have to go far. Planning a staycation from your own home works, just be sure to step away from work and other activities to enjoy your family. Tip: When you vacation, look for Catholic destinations like shrines or cathedrals to make a part of your trip.
  7. Make it to Mass – It should go without saying, but summer vacation does not mean a vacation from Mass. Keep this your priority no matter what season we’re in! Tip:  Summer is a great time to give daily Mass a try. Try going to Mass one extra day a week and maybe add in time for Confession too.

 

See the full article here https://catholic-link.org/5-essential-resources-to-get-every-parent-through-summer/

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

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.