Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, February 10 2019

 

A Catholic education is one of the best gifts parents can give their children.

Great News – The Witness to Hope Campaign was focused on raising money for tuition assistance and the money is now available for students in K-6th from the Diocese of Lansing.

Sacred Heart School also has local scholarships that can be used, in addition to Diocesan grants, making tuition very affordable.

Sacred Heart Families,

The Witness to Hope Campaign has made funding available to our families to help with cost of Catholic education! Additional local scholarship are also available, making Sacred Heart School affordable for all families. In order to receive scholarship of any kind you must fill out the FACTS application. We are very excited about the additional funding because Sacred Heart is dedicated to keeping our tuition low enough so that everyone can afford our private education. It is easy to apply and qualifying families will receive $750 per student in scholarship.

Families Must Apply by the March 1st Deadline:

  • Log into your FACTS account or set up a new FACTS account and complete the online form (under Grants and Aide tab). The cost is $30.00 and is payable to FACTS through their online application.
  • You do not need to make your decision to attend to Sacred Heart at this time, but you do not want to miss the deadline and opportunity for financial assistance.
  • Upload supporting documents through FACTS online, fax to 1-866-315-9264, or mail to: FACTS Grant and Aide Assessment P.O. Box 82524 Lincoln, NE 68501-2524

If you would like us to walk you through the scholarship process, call Tammy at 448-6405 for an appointment or on-line assistance.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, February 3 2019

Why We Must Persevere

It is hard to walk through the halls of Sacred Heart School without thinking about the virtue of perseverance. The building is elegant and beautifully historic, reminiscent of times when the world was very different from today. It is easy to imagine the many children who have walked these halls; who have called Sacred Heart School their home. Memories have been made here for generations. Throughout the history our church families have supported our mission and have sacrificed to keep our Catholic school open This has been no easy feat. By my count, SHS has been on the verge of closing 7 times; and yet, we remain. This is a testament to our community. We are special; there is no doubt. What makes us so special. Perseverance! It is who we are at Sacred Heart School. We persevere! Perseverance is the will to see things through to end despite obstacles, discouragement, fear and opposition. I do not like being faced with any of those things. I can only assume the people who have kept the school running all of these years did not like them either. I know they dug deep and received the courage to do whatever it takes, because they believed in the value of Catholic Education.

As we move into enrollment season, it is time to get aggressive about how important SHS is to our families, our community and our future. We believe that learning and virtue are sacred. It is our motto and we take it very seriously. The teachers see the potential in every student. Not just because it is their job to do so, but because they see God in every child. We speak the language of virtue at Sacred Heart School and believe in this faith driven approach to child development. We discipline with the knowledge that the students are going to struggle but we are here to support and guide them with patience and clear virtuous words that encourage them to be strong, confident people. It is our mission: Our students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic faith.

If you or anyone you know is considering enrolling at Sacred Heart School, we can promise that their children will be given a wonderful gift of a strong, virtuous soul and the desire to meet challenges with courage so they can persevere. Call 517-448-6405 to set up a tour or visit sacredhearthudson.org for information.

New Scholarships from the Diocese of Lansing are now available for families. Witness to Hope has made new funding available for student in K-6th grade. We also have scholarship available through our school office.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, January 20 2019

Have I Told You How Much You Mean To Me Lately?

On Fridays during lunch, the school counselor, Marshall Hesslau chooses three students to be the recipients of positive affirmations. Without fail, each student chosen beams from ear to ear as they walk up to the large board where we will be writing positive words that apply to them. Hands go up across the lunchroom to say something nice about the chosen recipient. The kids tell the student how fast they are at recess or how smart they are in class. Hands go up to say they are nice or funny or the best brother ever. The kids just love it and the mood of the lunchroom is joyful and kind.

It is so simple. It so powerful. What do people think of me when they are thinking of my good qualities? We almost never get to hear it. And yet it means so much. A simple act of kindness or a pleasant thought that we actually tell the other person can truly alter a relationship. It can change it for the better and change a person to think about the good in themselves. It is contagious.

As we head into Catholic Schools Week at SHS, we are really pushing our positive thoughts and energy to the front of our brains. We want to reflect on the times when someone has been positive to us and use that energy to keep the affirmations moving forward. So we are challenging ourselves to think about the effort it takes to clear the sidewalks after a snow at the school. Or how the lunch lady is always on time and our food is always hot. Or how one of our classmates let us borrow a pencil. Or how my teacher is so patient and joyful and wants me to be great every day. Then, we want to think about how we can pass on the kindness. How can we make someone feel special with a small act of just noticing that they are special? During Catholic Schools Week we want to share our positive outlook for the people in our lives and we hope you will join us. Let’s open our hearts and let the goodness flow to our soul and our brain. We want to spring into action with positive actions and words. We want to make it a habit. I hope it is a habit our students will take with them for the rest of their lives. There is no better way to honor Jesus than to honor his people with an open loving heart. We cannot wait to share our positive affirmations with you.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, January 13 2019

Is the Devil Trying to Ruin My Life?

We have all been in that place where family get-togethers or work relations, even friendships take a turn for the awkward or uncomfortable. Wait. What did you just say? When we spend a lot of time with people or interact with them often, it is almost inevitable that we will, at some point, offend them. Even the sweetest and nicest people are still human and can say or do something stupid. Pope John Paul II “Stupidity is also a gift but one mustn’t misuse it.” What does he mean? I am really not sure of the context of this quote but I cannot help to think that when we say something stupid we are really not being empathetic conversationalists. Easy to do, especially if you talk a lot. Ugh…why did I say something so stupid and offensive? According to Webster’s, stupidity is a lack of intelligence or common sense.  Common sense is a practical view and approach to ourselves, to other people, and to all aspects of living. It is how we deal with issues and problems, how we manage our own thoughts, our beliefs, our attitudes and how we cope with other people. Common sense is what we learn as we live. It is how we change for the better as a result of all of those lessons. Apparently, we can always gain more common sense, no matter how old we are.

But someone we know and enjoy is deeply offended by our stupid actions. Now what? A dark cloud has been placed over a once lovely relationship. We would gladly turn back the clock and never have offended anyone. Lesson learned. But it is too late. Somehow we will have to move past the hurt. It feels a bit impossible. I am hurt that you reacted the way you did. You are hurt because you feel judged or offended by my words or actions. The feelings are very dark and we are left heavy hearted. How do we keep the devil out of this severed relationship and get back to our warm sense of community provided by the Holy Spirit? Grace. Divine grace.  Grace is given when we ask for it. It is our free will to put God into these situations. We have an obstacle that is so difficult that we cannot remove it without special Divine help. So we dig deep and decide that love of good and fear of evil is what will heal us. This leads to forgiveness of self and forgiveness of others. Continue to ask for God’s grace and talk to trusted people who know how hard it can be to truly forgive and let the Holy Spirit into our lives. The rest will work itself out. Free your heart from the pain inflicted by being just plain stupid and let the Divine grace given to us by Jesus’ example be the light out of the darkness. It is okay to make deeply personal mistakes. It happens to everyone. It is what we do with our weakness that strengthens us. Our weakness can make us holy and asking for grace will bring us back to the people we love. God’s grace and forgiveness can keep the devil out of our relationships and keep us growing together even when it is very hard.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, January 6 2019

End of the Year Thank You

As 2018 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, several from St. Mary’s on the Lake. 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.

Let’s continue to support each in 2019 as we grow and learn from each other.

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, December 30 2018

As we continue our favorite legends and traditions of Christmas.  This week we have:

Legend of the Donkey’s Cross 

Legend tells us that the donkey that carried Jesus into Jerusalem on Palm Sunday followed Him to Calvary. Appalled by the sight of Jesus on the cross, the donkey turned away but could not leave. It is said that the shadow of the cross fell upon the shoulders and back of the donkey. A cross marking found on many donkeys today remains a testimony of the love and devotion of a humble, little donkey.

Symbol of the Lion and the Lamb

The Bible tells us that when Jesus returns to Earth, all who were enemies will live together in Harmony, even the animals. The powerful lion will lie down with the gentle lamb, and love and peace will reign. Christian beliefs attribute the qualities of both the lion and the lamb to Jesus Christ, the Son of God. Embodied within Christ are the lion’s majesty and might, as well as the lamb’s innocence and gentleness. Love the complete Christ, both lion and lamb, and rejoice that He is King!

Legend of the Christmas Bells

According to early legend, bells rang throughout the world announcing the birth of Christ. The ringing of bells during the joyous holiday season still adds delightful accompaniment to favorite carols and is a significant part of the Christmas celebration. High in their towers, suspended between heaven and earth, church bells have called the faithful to worship for centuries.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, December 23, 2018

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

The students continue to prepare for Christmas by praying during advent for the poor and lost.  We remember to include people in the hospital and those who are in special need of prayers.  The students are thoughtful and careful to include all of the people who are close to them; who are struggling and need Mary’s intercession. We begin every school day this way and it truly is the best way to open our hearts for the coming of Jesus.

We had an assembly this week and talked about some of our Christmas legends and traditions.

Silent Night ~ This year commemorates the 200th anniversary of “ Silent Night,” the world’s most popular Christmas carol. Written by Joseph Mohr and Franz Gruber in 1818, the cherished hymn was first sung with guitar accompaniment on Christmas Eve in St. Nicholas Curch in Oberndorf, Austria. A chapel was later built on the site of this church. Bronner’s Silent Night Memorial Chapel in Frankenmuth, Michigan was built as an authorized replica of the chapel in 1992 in thankfulness to God by Bronner’s founders Wally and Irene Bronner.

Legend of the Poinsettia ~ Mexican legend tells of a boy who had no gift to put by the figure of the baby Jesus in church on Christmas Eve. On his way to church, he heard an angel tell him to pick some dried weeds for his gift. As he laid them beside the other gifts, the weeds turned into beautiful flowers. Dr. Joel Poinsett, the first U.S. ambassador to Mexico, brought the plant to the United States where it was named poinsettia.

We finished the assemble by partaking in the American tradition of caroling. The students walked around the block and sang some of our favorite Christmas songs. Many of the students had never been caroling and thought it was funny to walk around and sign at the top of their lungs.

We have enjoyed spending time together this advent and we have opened our heart to the small joys of Christmas.

From all of us at Sacred Heart School, Merry Christmas and may God bless your families.

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, December 9 2018

ADVENT SEASON

As we move through the advent season at Sacred Heart School, we have many special activities planned for our students and their families. This past week the 5th/6th grade orchestra students performed at the Anderson~Marry Funeral Home Open House. Under the direction of Mrs. Martinez, they made beautiful music. This is so amazing considering this is the first year for orchestra and the students have only had their violins or violas for 2 and a half months.

Next week, the 1st/2nd grade class will tour the Thompson Museum and on Tuesday we are taking an all-school field trip to the Hudson Cinema to watch the movie The Grinch with our families. On Friday, December 14th, the Emmaus Group will be hosting a special birthday celebration for Jesus. A special thank you to Linda Higgins for coming to the school to celebrate.  On Saturday, December 15th, the students will be performing Carol and the Bells at 3:00 in the Church Hall, followed by a cookie exchange. All are welcome to attend.  Our hope is that the students will learn that they are able to bring a lot of joy to our community during this season of preparing and waiting for Jesus.

May God bless you this advent season!

Anne Atkin, Principal

Posted by Anne Ellison Atkin on Sunday, December 2, 2018

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, December 2 2018

Image result for VeggieTales movie “The Toy That Saved Christmas.

Christ is Coming- Advent for the Weary

Every year when the Christmas season starts to roll out, I think of the VeggieTales movie “The Toy That Saved Christmas.” In the beginning of the movie, the kids are home alone and a package is delivered. They tear into it and a metal circle with a red button on it is revealed. They all look at each other and then one of them says, “push it.” He pushes it and a Christmas tree, fully decorated pops up to the ceiling. They all look back at it in wonder with a collective “oooohhhh”…Instant Christmas! One of the veggie kids receives the brand new Buzzsaw Louie in the mail and when he pushes his nose, the Buzzsaw Louie toy says, “You need more toys.” Larry, the cucumber says, “now that is the true meaning of Christmas!” Buzzsaw Louie unexpectedly says, “No, it isn’t.” The kids are confused. “Christmas isn’t about whining and begging for toys,” continues Louie. “Well then, what is it about?” asks Larry. Louie doesn’t know but he sets out to find the true meaning of Christmas.

I love this movie because it pokes fun at us. Advent is about waiting and preparing. Waiting is really hard for kids. It is really hard for adults. We want to begin celebrating Christmas earlier and earlier. That is okay. We are all ready to enjoy the fun and celebration that is connected to Christmas. Many of us have to think about Christmas very early to have time to prepare: to make cookies, to assemble packages, to rehearse for the Christmas pageant, to buy presents, to coordinate the company Christmas party; the list is endless. We are so busy and we have high hopes for the enjoyment our hard work will bring the people we love during our beautiful celebration.

But Jesus was born in a manger; in a stable. No glitter. No bling. No sparkle lights. Simple. Pure. Joyful. The most perfect gift ever given. A savior.

This advent, let’s remember that the best gift we can give is us. The gift of kindness to everyone. The gift of dedication to the people who count on us, the gift of hard work and service to our people. Come Holy Spirit and light my path to Christmas. Let us remember that we are enough. That we are a gift from God and we are truly blessed by God’s gift of Jesus. Let Jesus be our light, our truth and our savior this advent. The rest will figure itself out. Let this be an advent for the weary. May we find peace and solace as we do Your work to bring love and joy to the best celebration the world will ever know. Let our hearts be calm and our spirit joyful.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

If you would like to watch this Veggie Tales story, please visit https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ifIIayHN1po.