Principal Anne Atkin

Sacred Heart School Catholic Schools Week

Sunday, January 30th– Children’s Mass at 11:00

Open House at the School 12:00-1:00

Enjoy some delicious treats as a thank you for your support and prayers!

Current & Perspective Families – Your children are amazing! Come see our students work and visit your future classroom and teacher for next year.

Church Community – Stop over for a visit and see the latest improvements to the school.

 

Our Catholic Schools Week at a Glance

We Serve ~ Monday

Certificates and ice cream party for safety patrol, cleaners and flag crew.

Sisters from The Servants of God’s Love will speak about vocations.

 

We Thank ~ Tuesday

Delivery of thank you baskets : Fire Dept., Police Station, Library, Market House

Donate $1 to Catholic Charities to wear jean/jersey

 

We Appreciate ~ Wednesday

Spirit Wear Day

Special lunch for the teachers and staff

Send out thank you notes to our sponsors and volunteers.

 

We Pray ~ Thursday

Students will pray a Living Rosary in the church for our nation

 

We Play ~ Friday

Hands-on STEAM museum by Mobile Ed Productions at 1:00pm.

 

 

Principal Anne Atkin

Our New Website is Live

shshudson.com

We hope that our new website will give you a closer look at the creative and adventurous learning that is taking place every day at Sacred Heart School. A huge thank you to Hannah Natzke with Zongo LLC for working with us to create a website that is fun, informative and friendly to use. Through individualized instruction and special care of your children we are able to achieve a high level of excellence that we are proud to showcase.

Communication with our families is so important to us! We are excited to launch a website that will help us to stay connected to our Hudson community, Sacred Heart Parish community and school families.

Be sure to look at the Events Page for our school activities blog and our Penned by the Principal Page for our faith in action blog. It is a great way to see our students on their way to making a positive impact on the world. Our kids are awesome and we are so blessed to share our school days with them.

If you are interested in sending your child(ren) or grandchildren to Sacred Heart School, plan to attend our Open House on January 30th from 12:00-1:00 after the 11:00 Mass. It is a great chance to see your child’s teacher for next year and experience next year’s classroom before you make the decision to enroll. Complete instructions for Registering a new student are available on the Future Families Page of our website. More information about our Open House will be in the bulletin next week.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Anne Atkin, Princpal

Registration packets were sent home for students in Pre-K through 5th Grade.

Registration will open up to the community on January 30th, 2022

  • Secure your child’s place at SHS for next year.
  • Lock into the current tuition rate
  • Be on the list to receive scholarship information
  • Sacred Heart School has a 95% proficiency rate in Math and Reading for students in K-5th Grade (2021 NWEA results). SHS ranks in the top 20% of the U.S in academics.
  • Sacred Heart School is growing and we want to be able to accommodate all of our school families for the 2022-2023 school year. Planning well for next school year will allow us to keep tuition low and continue to educate our students in the tradition of excellence that you are accustomed to.

Thank you so much for being a part of the Sacred Heart family!

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

As 2021 comes to a close, it is with a huge heart that I acknowledge how filled with blessings we are at Sacred Heart School. It has been a year of growth and joy. This year we welcomed many new families.  Our families are high energy and supportive of the teachers and staff. They bring such optimism and love for Sacred Heart School and Catholic education. With our many partners, we have been able to create a school culture that yields strong academic and personal growth for our students. Many of our families are friends outside of school and have created bonds for their children that will last far into the future.

This year we have also been very blessed by our parish community and I am so grateful. We have had an outpouring financially, and prayerful outreach along with wonderful volunteers who are ready to support the school any way they can. We have had the opportunity to combine the school and church for many events and the outcome has been so fun.

It is a Brand New Year

Help me, God my Savior, for the glory of Your name, deliver me and forgive me for my sins for Your name’s sake. Lord, I pray that You remove my guilt and wipe away my sins so that I can draw closer to You. With You there is forgiveness so that I can, with reverence, serve You. I praise You for forgiving me for my sins even though I do not deserve it! Thank You for loving me unconditionally, Amen!   Psalm 79:9 & Psalm 130:4

Forgiveness

I have a bad habit of hanging on to my hurt. Maybe you do too. The times I have been wounded and the times I have injured, can pop into my head unexpectedly. It is easy to pretend that we are over it. That it is all in the past or that everything worked out in the end. We are wiser and stronger for persevering through the times when we have had to apologize for hurting someone. Or the times when we had to forgive when we are wounded. Yet, it can continue to bubble up when we least expect it. The times I was left out or judged. The times I was misunderstood and not shown God’s grace and had to fight for myself. This type of sin is sneaky because we can harm or be harmed with a harsh word or a quick judgement. Yet, the effect can last in our soul until we truly give the hurt to God.

Our children do it too. Feelings can get hurt quickly when they feel left out or say mean things. These injuries can be long lasting. The students at Sacred Heart are taught that they are beautiful through this sin. They are taught that injuring each other is normal and so is forgiving yourself and others, by talking to God through prayer and confession. We will injure people. We will be injured. It is in how we think about it, that we can find divine purpose in the day. Children who are taught that they are a beautiful gift from God with special talents will be more at peace because they try to shine this light on those around them. So we love them and build them up with respect and understanding and they have an easier time with forgiveness and repentance. The concept is a simple one, but like all things that involve our brain, we must practice it everyday. So, this year, we will really get after forgiveness and repentance. The perfect gift to give our families. A more peaceful me.

Have a Happy New Year and Blessed 2022.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin

Merry Christmas from Sacred Heart School

Be sure to look for our Star of Bethlehem above the nativity outside of the church.

STAR OF BETHLEHEM

Because of its prominence in the nativity story, the star of Bethlehem is one of the most powerful symbols of Christianity. On Christmas Eve, the star, shining brightly in the heavens, guided the wise men to the lowly manger where the Christ child was born Matthew 2:2 “For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  Luke 2:9-20

The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were struck with great fear. The angel said to them, “Do not be afraid; for behold, I proclaim to you good news of great joy that will be for all the people.  For today in the city of David a savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord.  And this will be a sign for you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.  And suddenly there was a multitude of the heavenly host with the angel, praising God and saying: Glory to God in the highest.

 The light of the Christmas star to you – The warmth of home and hearth to you – The cheer and good will of friends to you – The hope of a childlike heart to you – The joy of a thousand angels to you – The love of the Son and God’s peace to you.

With Christmas love and New Year’s wishes. We hope you have a blessed Christmas! Remember to spend some much needed quiet time with Jesus.

Exodus 14:14 The LORD will fight for you; you need only to be still.

With love,

The Staff at Sacred Heart School

 

Principal Anne Atkin, Bulletin, December 19, 2021

You Are Enough This Christmas. You Are the Best Gift Ever.

Our advent prayers have focused on seeing the world and the people in it with Christ’s light.

Prayer, prayer, prayer. Advent holds so much joy and hope for Christians around the world. We use Advent as a time to celebrate all that God has given to us. Hope, love, peace, serenity, forgiveness, compassion, charity, community and so much more. But with our planning, organizing, shopping, baking, and communicating, we can easily be distracted from the light and give in to the promises of the devil. Advent is a test of faith. It is an examination of conscience. Are we buying presents for the right reason? Are our feelings being hurt by our family? Do we feel unsatisfied or overwhelmed? Did we put too much pressure on ourselves and lose our joy?

Everything we do can come from a place of love. Love of God, love of ourselves and love of each other. Preparing for Christmas can be exciting but often it is just very difficult. What do we do if we run out of money to buy the presents on our list? How do we react when we run out of hours in the day to carry out our vision of a picture perfect Christmas? How do we handle unexpected burdens? It can seem so exhausting and even terrifying. Why does Advent begin with such optimistic hope and then, at some point, knock us to our knees?

Along the way we lose our focus, which is understandable in our culture, and begin to let fear or hurt into our hearts. Afraid that the presents we bought will not make someone happy. Afraid that we cannot control all that is going on. Afraid that we will disappoint someone. Afraid that our life doesn’t meet other people’s expectations and we will be judged for it. Afraid that we will be alone. Afraid that we cannot handle all that is our burden. Hurt that our family cannot be together. Hurt that others have a better life. Hurt that I cannot keep up with society’s expectations.

Christ comes in love. Christmas IS love. Advent is when we find serenity and see beyond the empty promises of the devil. We need to pray, pray, pray during Advent. Call upon the angels and saints to give us strength to make all decisions from a place of love. We must first love ourselves and remind ourselves continually that I am enough. YOU ARE! Be the light this Christmas. Fight the temptation to let fear in.

Right vision- to look for God in small acts of kindness and love.

Enlightened vision- Ask the holy spirit to be with us as we fight to keep God the focus of our festivities and parties. Enlighten our hearts to the joy that can only be found in forgiveness and charity.

Enlarged vision- Help us to recognize how we can meet people’s deepest needs. Show us how to pray for them and to let God use us to do his works.

Clarified vision- Let us see God in the people in our lives. Give us the courage to spread your love when the devil is trying to find his way in. Make us warriors of peace and forgiveness.

Let’s win this Christmas for Jesus!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Anne Atkin, Princpal

Patience- Finding Comfort in the Uncomfortable

Psalm 86:15 says, “But you, O Lord, are a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness.”

 “Patience is the companion of wisdom” Saint Augustine

This week in morning prayer we have been talking about patience. Teaching children the value of waiting your turn or taking your time can make them appreciate life as it is and not as they want it to be. It is in taking a deep breath and calming our nerves that we are able to see God, even in moments of discomfort. This is easier said than done.

It is really hard to find patience when you are in a hurry and the people at the other end are waiting for you. It is hard to find patience when you are uncomfortable or overwhelmed by your situation.  It is hard to find patience when you have taken on too many burdens and there is no humanly way possible to meet all of the expectations. It is hard to be patient when you are sure you know a better way to do it and you struggle letting others control the day.

But maybe, while we are becoming angry and impatient, God is trying to show us something. Maybe God would like for you to think about your situation in a different way. It is time to let go and to accept that you are enough in God’s eyes. He sees you and he knows your heart. God would like nothing more than to be with you and show you a better, calmer, more loving way to be present. He is using you to slow down and to show people in your path they may need Christ’s light.

Children can learn that they are with God in all things at a very early age. They can be shown that God can be with them always. It is in trusting God’s love for them that children can learn to be patient. Just wait a minute and stay calm. Trust that it will all work out just as it should, in time. Work on finding your inner peace and become wise.

 “Where there is peace and meditation, there is neither anxiety nor doubt.” St. Francis of Assisi

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Anne Atkin, Principal

Advent prayers for your family

During Advent, reflection and prayer help us to maintain awareness of God’s mercy towards us. In this time of Advent, let us remember that mercy comes with love and solidarity. Prayer helps us to remember to spread God’s love as we wait for the birth of Jesus.

Prayer for the Advent Wreath God the Father, who sheds light on the world, Give us strength in this season of Advent. Prepare us to be better Christians. Let the Holy Spirit give us courage and guide us in our actions and our prayers. Lord, we ask your saints be our fellow travelers on the way to your mercy. We ask you for all of this with open and willing hearts. Amen

The liturgical year begins with Advent, the four weeks prior to Christmas. It is a season of preparation, waiting, and anticipation. Christmas is both a feast and a liturgical season. Each day of the Christmas season renews the celebration of the birth of Jesus Christ

WEEK 1 ~ Light one candle and sit for a moment in silence. Christ our Light, Shine in our lives with hope and promise. Give us right vision so that we remain attentive to this holy season. Remind us to look for you in small acts of kindness and love. We await your coming with wonder. Amen

WEEK 2 ~ Light two candles and sit for a moment in silence. Christ our Hope, Illuminate our hearts with your grace. Enlarge our vision so that we recognize our kinship with all of the people of the world. Help us to give to others in ways that meet their deepest needs. We await your coming with gratitude. Amen.

WEEK 3 ~ Light three candles and sit for a moment in silence. Christ our Joy, Brighten our homes with your presence. Clarify our vision so that we might see you in the people we cherish. Make every holiday activity an opportunity to spread your light and love. We await your coming with delight. Amen

WEEK 4 ~ Light four candles and sit for a moment in silence. Christ our Peace, Glow brightly in each moment. Enlighten our vision so that we see beyond the trappings of the holidays. Relieve us, if just for a moment, of our worries and stress. We await your coming with serenity. Amen.

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 Ann Atkin

Sacred Heart Families,

We hope you enjoyed a lovely Thanksgiving with your family. The students at Sacred Heart have spent the past few weeks talking about gratitude and what it means to see God’s work in our life. They are so sweet and can quickly think of all of the gifts God has given them to make their days special. The students easily offer the many ways God has blessed them. They are grateful for loving parents, warm coats, pets, delicious homemade dinners, friends, school, teachers, books and so much more. Their hearts are full of God’s abundant love for them and they are able to see their days as special. What a gift of gratitude they have been given from their parents and their faith!

What about when things go wrong? How do you feel when you are left out of a game during recess? Or you did poorly on a spelling test? What about when you trip on the sidewalk, while walking to lunch and fall hard, scraping your knee and it really hurts? What if your family is having a very rough morning and people are yelling and we are late for school? How do we find gratitude during these moments?

We are practicing a meditative gratitude prayer in the morning. The students (and teachers) say it really helps to give them extra power from God to persevere past these difficult times.

  1. Cross your hand tightly across your chest in a firm hug.
  2. Shut your eyes
  3. Take a slow, deep breath through your nose.
  4. Say “Come Holy Spirit”
  5. Let the Holy Spirit fill your body with calm, controlled peace.
  6. Think of the power God has to love you. Let this love be your response to the trouble you face.

Gratitude comes directly from believing that God is in control. Sometimes, we just need to give it to God and bring this moment to the foot of the cross. It is a reminder that Jesus died for you and you can handle this trouble with grace and love. That is why people find comfort in wearing a crucifix around their neck. It is a constant reminder that we are loved in a way that can be a source of power over everything. What a beautiful gift! We are grateful!

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.

 

Anne Atkin, Prinicpal

What a wonderful night!

The “Be in Our Heart” Gala 2021 was a beautiful celebration of Catholic education. It was a night to enjoy the company of people who believe our school is a pillar of the community and support our efforts to operate a school where virtue and learning are truly sacred.

We are honored to announce the 2021 Volunteer of the Year, Michelle Henning. Her joyful spirit and love of Sacred Heart School is contagious. She is always willing to serve our school community as a substitute teacher, classroom party planner, recess/lunch helper, and she works for hours in the kitchen during the Gala each year. Michelle is such a blessing to Sacred Heart in too many ways to list. Thank you! You are very deserving of this honor.

We are so grateful to the Czeiszperger family, especially Emily, Alex and Annabelle who donated many, many hours of time preparing a delicious dinner for us to enjoy. Preparing food for over 200 people is a herculean task and they executed the evening with precision and grace. Thank You!

The Confirmation students with the help of Lisa Tinkey and Anna Loar were fantastic serving dinner, dessert and taking great care of us. You were great!

The Church Hall was completely transformed into a beautiful ballroom by A Happening by L & L. Thank you so much to Lynn Warner and her family and friends for donating all of your time, and decorations to create an elegant space.

A special thank you to Carrie Town, Trish Weaver, Jessica Varney, Kerri Sanborn, Katie Varney, Denise Monahan, Anne Shaw, Sara Moreno, Lance Tedora, Nate and Stacy Parker, Eric Walters, Wayne Hardy and all of the Sacred Heart teachers for all of the extra help. You are wonderful!

To our sponsors and donors: Our school family thanks you for your generous gift to Sacred Heart School. As our school grows, so does the need for financial aid to families who value Catholic education but cannot afford to pay full tuition. Our school relies on the special donations of people like you to continue to offer a place for serenity and worship to all who desire it. Your gift will ensure that our Catholic tradition is passed on to the next generation.

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.