Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 18, 2021

Here are 20 Ways to Celebrate the Easter Season!

  1. Display a resurrection set! Just like you have a nativity set during Christmas, have a resurrection set and display it somewhere prominent during the Easter season. Don’t have one? Make one! I have a printable resurrection set for free here, and a paid download to make your own Resurrection peg doll set here. Keep it out through Pentecost.
  2. Make your own Pascal candle, or get a white candle blessed by your priest. Light it each night at dinner through the Easter season.
  3. Decorate your house for Easter. It’s not too late- it’s exactly the right time! Read all about having a Paschal candle at home here.
  4. Teach your kids to say “He is Risen” and then the person responds “He is risen, indeed!” and proclaim this as a greeting to them through the Easter season. Kids love this kind of simple stuff, and it’s no extra work for you!
  5. Display the word “Alleluia”prominently in your home during this season.
  6. Make empty tomb crafts. Fun and totally Easter centered!
  7. Learn about the Jelly Bean prayer, and print your own jelly bean prayer here.
  8. Given that butterflies are a symbol of the resurrection (like Christ arose from the tomb, the caterpillar emerges from the cocoon) you can raise and release butterflies during the Easter season!
  9. Make a bunny craft! Yes, that’s right. Bunnies. On Catholic Icing. For Easter. They are a symbol of new life because they have offspring in abundance.
  10. Bake bread (Risen Jesus reveals himself in the breaking of the bread) Read this scripture to your kids while you eat the bread. Luke 24:13-35
  11. Go on a walk (The disciples meet Risen Jesus on the road to Emmaus). At some point during the walk, take a break and read the story from the Bible to your kids. Luke 24:13-35
  12. Learn the story about doubting Thomas needing the feel the nail holes in Jesus’ hands, then eat any food with a hole in it- like a doughnut.
  13. Flowers are often a symbol for Easter! New life comes from the seeds beneath the ground. Also, you can celebrate St. Therese’s canonization day which is May 17 (and her nickname was the “little flower”) with a flower craft! Or put white carnations (or other flowers) into water with food coloring and watch them turn colors as they absorb the color over several days. Or press some small flowers in a book.
  14. Bake Easter sugar cookies!
  15. Read your favorite Easter picture books with your children. If you don’t have any, start a small collection. It can build over the years of parenthood.
  16. Did you know peacocks are an ancient Easter symbol? Peacocks were originally believed to be incorrupt because their feathers stayed beautiful after their death, and therefore, became a symbol for Christ. Make a peacock craft in celebration!
  17. Make a resurrection garden. Repeat after me: It is NOT too late to do this. It is the perfecttime during the Easter season.
  18. Bake resurrection rolls with your kids. These are sooooo easy to make if you use the canned crescent rolls, and they’re very comparable to cinnamon rolls for breakfast.
  19. Learn about the legend of the dogwood tree as an Easter symbol and make this dogwood flower craft.
  20. For sure praying a Novena to the Holy Spirit the 9 days before Pentecost is a great way to end the Easter season!

 

Read the full article here:  https://www.catholicicing.com/50-days-of-easter/

 

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, April 11, 2021

Jesus died so that we may live……..So live well!

We have been talking about respect with the older students at Sacred Heart School. The first step to choosing respect is to honor oneself. Then, to see this honor reflected in others and to treat others with dignity and courtesy. We have been struggling with this because respect involves free will, is a chosen attitude and involves a lot of self-control. Choosing to be respectful when you are 10 or 11 can be difficult.

What does Easter mean?

Sometimes our children and the students at Sacred Heart forget to try hard. They need to care more about their day. They have slipped into a pattern of not wanting to work hard or they are spending more time coming up with excuses instead of taking the same time to just do our work.

Sometimes the students forget to care about the people around them. My team won at kick ball, why do I care if the teams were very uneven? Why do I care about grades? Why do I care about giving my best effort? Why do I care about how I treat other students? Or my teacher?

The answer is so simple. We care because we are made to care. Your life is important and everything about you matters. Jesus on the cross is your constant reminder that you are so loved and so needed, that you are worth dying for.

“May the Lord be on my mind, on my lips and in my heart”.  We are all familiar with this action made before the reading of the Gospel. By heart we especially mean our will, affections, emotions and passions.

God’s Image and Likeness

This spiritual aspect of human nature is the reason we are described, both in Scripture and Tradition, as being made in God’s image and likeness. When God declares he will create humanity “in our image, according to our likeness” (Gen 1:26), this does not refer to a physical likeness; it refers to certain God-given capacities which are not only proper to our human nature but also unique to it. Put simply, we are made in God’s image because we alone have been made capable of knowing and loving as God does. We alone, “of all visible creatures” are “called to share, by knowledge and love, in God’s own life” (CCC 356).

Through Christ, we learn not only that God is good, but that we too are good: that everything about us that makes us truly human is given to us by God as a reflection, an image, of His own pre-eminent goodness.

To be created in God’s image and likeness, and to have had that image restored by the grace of Christ, is a call to live human life fully, authentically and joyfully. So do not fall victim to complacency and arrogance. Open your eyes to living in God’s image as a light of Christ. Respect yourself and respect all of God’s people.

 

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, April 4, 2021

Symbols of Easter

Colors – The beautiful colors of Easter are echoed in the church’s liturgical colors. Lent is full of purple and violet, of course, the colors of penance and sacrifice. But Laetare Sunday, the fourth Sunday of Lent, surprises us with beautiful rose, the color of our joyful anticipation. Easter Sunday brings us pure white vestments, sometimes adorned with gold, the colors of celebration, victory, joy and rebirth.

Eggs – Symbolically, eggs have a long history and it’s easy to see why. To pagans, nothing more closely spoke of fertility and rebirth than an egg, that sterile and shelled little object that suddenly explodes into new life. It’s easy to see why the church adopted eggs as symbols of returning life. And those cracked and no-longer-needed shells certainly resemble an empty tomb. By the 13th century people had begun coloring eggs. In the beginning people dyed eggs bright red to symbolize Christ’s blood. This was followed by an explosion of color, and by the 13th century, King Edward I of England was so into the custom that he prepared 450 magnificently dyed Easter eggs, some covered in gold leaf, for his royal court.

Easter Lilies – Just peer into a lily and you can envision an empty tomb opening toward you. The white of the lily symbolizes purity, and there’s a legend that the Garden of Gethsemane, where Jesus prayed over his impending death, was full of lilies.

Palms – They’ve been a symbol of victory since before the time of King Solomon, and Jesus was welcomed into Jerusalem with a shower of palms before his Passion began. That’s why they are used on Palm Sunday, and burned before the next Lent to be used as ashes on Ash Wednesday.

Easter Bunny –  It’s harder to place them in religious tradition, and no special ritual prayer exists for our cotton-tailed friends. However, again since pagan times, rabbits have been symbols of fertility, their reproductive prowess well-known throughout history. They, too, embody the rebirth that comes in the Easter season, and our culture has tasked them with delivering all those symbolic eggs that mark Easter Sunday.

Easter bonnets – They used to be prevalent, encouraged in part by the old tradition of head-coverings for women in church. Today, you still see a few. With or without a bonnet, come Easter morning, find something festive, colorful and special in your closet to add a traditional and personal “Alleluia” to the greatest liturgical celebration of our church year.

https://catholiccourier.com/articles/easter-symbols-explained

 

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.

 

Mass Intentions for March 20-28

Saturday, March 20

4:30pm ~ Betty Ladd by Katie Oates

Sunday, March 21

8:00am ~ George & Patricia Kingsley by Steve & MaryAnn

11:00am ~ Linda Gutierrez

Monday, March 22

8:00am ~ People of the Parish

Tuesday, March 23

4:45pm ~ Confession & Adoration

5:45pm ~ Marie Schang by Delmar & Peggy Marry

Wednesday, March 24

8:00am ~ Beth Beal by Gary & Jeanne Brickner

Thursday, March 25

8:00am ~ Shelly Veneros

Friday, March 26

9:00am ~ Ralph Mapes by Family

Saturday, March 27

4:30pm ~ Mary Smith & Fred Sword by Family

Sunday, March 28

8:00am ~ Margaret Krauss ~ 6th Anniversary by Betty Camp

11:00am ~ Charles Mansfield ~ 1st Anniversary by Betty Camp

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 14, 2021

Sacred Heart School is a Way of Life

Sacred Heart is a wonderful school with a rich history of educating the children of Hudson in the Catholic faith. Our virtue based approach to student development ensures that each student is learning in a loving, disciplined environment where he/she can become the student God meant for them to be. We are happy to announce that our individualized instruction has yielded high academic achievement for our students. Winter testing for 2nd-6th grade students revealed 91% proficiency in math and 89% proficiency in reading. Our scores rank SHS in the top 30% of all schools in the country. The formula for achievement is excellent teachers, hard-working students and dedicated parents. While we are excited about our level of academic proficiency, our mission is loftier than that. Our mission is that our students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic faith. We desire for each student to find their own personal gifts and to be able to admire the gifts of others. By weaving the Catholic faith through the curriculum, students can witness God’s love and mercy in all parts of the day. We work to build through struggle and achieve success through hard work. In this, students learn to be confident and balanced.

Steps to Sainthood

Virtues are developed in children the same way academics are developed. Students learn to behave in a way that strengthens their soul and brings them closer to God. We build on each virtue from our preschool years through the lower grades, and into middle school. When our students graduate, they will be prepared to persevere. In order to learn to persevere, all of the little steps along the way have to be taken. At SHS, we believe that obedience, kindness, courtesy, self-control, respect, prayerfulness, and perseverance are as important to teach as any reading or math lesson.

Enrollment for the 2021-2022 school year began March 12th. Enrollment packets are available on the Sacred Heart website sacredhearthudson.org. They are located on the home page under New Student Registration or by calling the school at 517-448-6405.

Tuition is Affordable

¨ 1 child (DK-6th grade) – $2500

¨ 2 children (DK-6th) – $4247

¨ 3 children (DK-6thgrade) – $5558

The cost to educate each child is much more than our tuition rate. Sacred Heart School receives charitable donations from seven parishes in our vicariate and private donors to keep our tuition rate low for our families. We are the lowest tuition rate in the Diocese of Lansing. We do not receive federal funding.

Spaces in DK through 4th grade are very limited.   If you are thinking about   Sacred Heart School, call 448-6405 for a tour.

 

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, March 8, 2021

EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE – 10 COMMANDMENTS FOR STUDENTS

 

  1. I AM THE LORD YOUR GOD. YOU SHALL NOT HAVE OTHER GODS BESIDE ME.
  • Do I speak to God every day?
  • As soon as I wake up, do I give Him my school work and all my day?
  • Do I remember to THANK God for the good things I have done or received?
  1. YOU SHALL NOT USE GOD’S NAME IN VAIN.
  • Have I used the words “God” or “Jesus” in anger or with lack of respect?
  • Have I used ugly words or language?
  • Have I wished evil on another?
  1. REMEMBER TO KEEP GOD’S DAY HOLY.
  • Do I go to Mass on Sunday unless I have had a good reason?
  • Do I do all I can to make Sunday a day of rest and joy for my family?
  • Do I pay attention to Mass, or do I tease or distract others by talking or playing?
  1. HONOR YOUR FATHER AND MOTHER.
  • Do I respect and obey my parents?
  • Have I treated them badly by word or deed?
  • Am I willing to help around the house or must I be nagged a hundred times?
  • Do I try to get along with my brothers and sisters? Am I a tattletale or bully?
  • Do I try to set a good example, especially to younger siblings and school mates?
  1. YOU SHALL NOT KILL.
  • Do I say mean things, or make fun of others to hurt their feelings?
  • Am I willing to play with everyone? Have I stopped speaking to anyone?
  • Do I encourage others to do bad things?
  • Do I take care of my health such as eating the right food and taking care of the body God has given me?
  1. YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT ADULTERY.
  • Do I treat my body and other people’s bodies with respect and purity?
  • Do I look at television shows, movies, or pictures that are bad and hurt my soul and mind?
  1. YOU SHALL NOT STEAL.
  • Have I taken things that were not mine from a store or another person?
  • Have I broken or misused another person’s property on purpose?
  • Do I return things that I borrow? In good condition?
  1. YOU SHALL NOT LIE (YOU SHALL NOT COMMIT FALSE WITNESS AGAINST YOUR NEIGHBOR).
  • Do I tell the truth? Do I say things about other people that are not true?
  • Did I cheat in class or in a game?
  • Do I tell lies to make myself look good?
  • Do I tell lies to protect myself from being punished?
  • Am I a tattletale?
  1. YOU SHALL NOT COVET YOUR NEIGHBOR’S WIFE.
  • Am I jealous of my siblings and do I want my parent’s attention for myself constantly?
  • Am I willing to share my things and my time with others?

10.YOU SHALL NOT COVET YOUR NEIGHBOR’S GOODS.

  • Am I thankful to God and my parents for what they have given me?
  • Do I share the things I have with my family, friends and poor people?
  • Am I jealous or envious of the things others have?
  • Am I jealous or envious of the abilities others have?

 

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, February 28, 2021

March is Reading Month

During the month of March, we celebrate the wonderful books that exist in the world. Reading is fundamental for brain development and experts agree that reading an extra 20 minutes per night increases brain development monumentally, especially for elementary age children. Our goal is to read, read, read for the whole month of March. This is a tradition at Sacred Heart School and we have a lot of fun reading and growing our brains. As a school, we have a goal to read 2500 books during the month. If the students reach this goal, we have a fun party planned for the whole school the Thursday before spring break.

We have many fun events planned during the month including Reading Madness. Mrs. Schutte developed a March Madness type contest for the students to play, only we use books instead of basketball teams. Each class will pick (2) read-aloud books to enter into the contest. The teachers will read all of the books to the students and each week we will continue to eliminate books until we are down to the top two books.  The class that chooses the winning book wins a pizza party.

In an attempt to inspire the students to keep reading, we offer many fun days during the month for the students if they are on track to meet their reading goal. We have a pajama day, crazy hat day and crazy sock day planned and we are confident the students will read enough to get to participate in all of them.

We love March is Reading Month and we are excited to read about many new places, adventures and learn wonderful lessons on the journey.

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.

 

School Enrollment News

You Can Put Your Faith In Us

Enrollment begins Friday, March 12th

Space in PK-4th grade is limited

Excellent Teachers-Hard Working Students-Dedicated Parents- Affordable Tuition

89% Proficiency in Reading- 91% Proficiency in Math (2nd-6th grade winter testing 2021)

Technology-Art-Music-P.E. for K-6th Grade

 Call the school office at 448-6405 for a Registration Packet.

 

 

DIOCESE OF LANSING SCHOLARSHIP

Þ Available to students entering K-6th grade.

Þ Complete a FACTS financial aid application online on or before March 1, 2021. Documents can be added until April 1st.

Þ Instructions for using FACTS management  https://online.factsmgt.com/signin/3Z32Q.

Þ Need based scholarship.   Students who qualify    receive $750 in tuition assistance.

Þ The Student must be Catholic, attend a Diocese of Lansing school, and belong to a parish in the        Diocese of Lansing.

 

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, February 7, 2021

Bless all Catholic school teachers and help them to nurture the faith of our children. Give them the wisdom to pass on their own knowledge and experience and show our children your love. Amen.

National Catholic Schools Week (CSW) is an annual celebration of Catholic education in the United States. Now entering its 47th anniversary year, CSW has traditionally been held the last week in January. During Catholic Schools Week, the students shared many experiences that brought them closer to God as they promoted the school they love.

The whole school prayed special prayers for all who serve our community and those who need the extra help of God’s presence through difficult times. Baskets of appreciation were delivered to community members who help our school. The students loved seeing the gratitude on the faces of the people who received a basket.

We celebrated the hard work of our students and reminded them of the blessings that each of them bring by being an important member of our school. We took a break from academics and watch a movie in the gym. We provided lunch for everyone and lots of snacks during the movie.

We said a special prayer for our God founded nation. We prayed for our government leaders to feel the Holy Spirit and open their hearts to the great worth of human life and human freedom. The students in kindergarten through 6th grade prayed a living Rosary for the unborn at the church.

At the end of the week, all came together to have lunch and share how blessed we feel to work with people who respect, support and pray for each other. We feel the purposeful weight of educating our students and we are so grateful to have the support from each other.

It truly was a memorable and spirit filled week. Our hearts are bursting with God’s love and we our more aware of our abundant blessings because of it. Thank you for all of your support!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Prayer For Our Nation

God our Father, Giver of life, we entrust the United States of America to Your loving care.

You are the rock on which this nation was founded.

You alone are the true source of our cherished rights to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.

Reclaim this land for Your glory and dwell among Your People.

Send Your Spirit to touch the hearts of our nation’s leaders.

Open their minds to the great worth of human life and the responsibilities that accompany human freedom.

Remind Your people that true happiness is rooted in seeking and doing Your will.

Through the intercession of Mary Immaculate, Patroness of our land, grant us the courage to protect the unborn.

Lead us into a new respect for life.

We ask this through Christ Our Lord.

Amen

 

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.

 

Mass Intentions for January 31-February 7

Sunday, January 31

8:00am ~ Mary Jane Elwer by Don Price Family

11:00am ~Gloria Bump by Tony & Linda Marry

Monday, February 1

8:00am ~Catholic Schools Week Intentions for our Community

Tuesday, February 2

4:45pm ~Confession & Adoration

5:45pm ~Catholic Schools Week Intentions for our SHS Students

Wednesday, February 3

8:00am ~Catholic Schools Week Intentions for our Nation and it’s leaders

Thursday, February 4

8:00am ~Catholic Schools Week Intentions for all those discerning Vocations

Friday, February 5

9:00am ~Catholic Schools Week Intentions for our SHS Faculty and Volunteers

Saturday, February 6

4:30pm ~Dick Timberman ~ 28th Anniversary by Kathy

Sunday, February 7

8:00am ~ Eileen Monahan by Siblings

11:00am ~The Family of Marjorie Harris