Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 30, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

It is the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year and Sacred Heart School is ready for another great year! The teachers, staff and parents pay attention to every detail when preparing for the students to come to school. The week before school starts is always a very energetic time as we put the final touches on everything and begin to welcome our families back. Some kids are so excited, others are nervous, some would rather stay busy helping at home, but on Monday, we will all be together to grow and learn.

It is with the hope of each day that we open our hearts to God’s grace. Our children deserve to be respected and loved in all parts of the day. As a school community, we pray for God’s light to guide our thoughts and actions. It is so important that we put God first when teaching and mentoring children. This enables us to see each child as a unique and special gift to the world. Each child is so perfectly unique with strengths that are theirs alone. It is our job to inspire each child to live a life of purpose and to know that their worth comes from God.

The teachers at Sacred Heart know that they have been called to a vocation. They embrace this purpose and are able to teach with passion and love. It is this purpose that gives each of us the confidence to handle every day. There seems to be a peaceful calm about the start of the school year. It was easy to see and feel at our Open Houses this week. The families that attended are so wonderful and having the children back on the playground is nothing short of spectacular. We love Sacred Heart School and we will stay committed to serving our community and reflecting the unconditional love of Jesus with everything that we do.

Thank you all for your continued prayers!

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 23, 2020

Sacred Heart Families,

The school year is about to start and we can feel the Holy Spirit working in the halls and the classrooms already. Our desire to serve the community of Hudson is strong. The teachers and staff are committed to creating a calm and safe environment for our school families this year. As you know, we have been given guidelines and requirements in Michigan’s 2020-2021 Return to School Roadmap. This, along with resources provided by the Diocese of Lansing, has given SHS the tools we need to reopen for the 2020-2021 school year. We are very happy to be back together, educating our students and growing closer to Christ as a strong, joyful community. Our parents have been so wonderful during this time of uncertainty and we could not be more grateful to each of them. Together, we will partner for a blessed new year.

The school looks great! A huge thank you to our seminarians Dan, Josh and Randy for the careful work they have put into the school. Thanks to them, with the help of Steve Kope, we have a completely remodeled Kindergarten and Preschool! They look amazing! These men have cleaned closets, patched walls, fixed computers, hung projectors, moved furniture, and just about anything else we needed done. In their honor, we will dedicate October 23rd as Dan, Josh and Randy Day. We will pray for them on their journey to become holy priests. You have left your mark on our school and we will remember your dedication to making our school look new and fresh. Blessing to you!

Thank you for your continued prayers for Sacred Heart School and Catholic education. We will continue to pray for you all throughout the school year.

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 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 19, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

I hope you are all well and you are enjoying these summer months with the people you love. We have been planning for the reopening of SHS for the 2020-2021 school year and are almost done with our preparedness plan. Even though we are a private school and we do not receive funding from the state, we are still obligated to comply with the mandates set by Gov. Witmer regarding schools in Michigan. We will roll out our plan for the Fall as soon as it is edited and approved.

Here are the ways we are going to keep are school clean and our students/staff safe:

  • Common spaces will be disinfected after use using an EPA-registered household disinfectant that meets EPA’s criteria for use against COVID-19 that is dispensed with a professional Cordless Electrostatic Backpack Sprayer.
  • Hand washing stations, bottle filling stations, and soap and paper towel dispensers have been replaced with touchless technology.
  • An air filtration system has been installed in each classroom to increase air circulation.
  • Seating will be spread out to every other seat for students during work/meal times.
  • Students are assigned a cohort with their classmates to limit face mask requirement and exposure to germs.
  • Strict policy for staff and students who show symptoms related to Covid-19. An isolation room will be used to isolate any child/staff who shows symptoms of Covid-19 while at school.
  • Only toys and objects which can be easily cleaned or sanitized are allowed. Eliminated toys include: wooden and cloth. Toys will be cleaned (disinfected) at lunch and at the end of each day.

The preschool, kindergarten and 1st/2nd grade classrooms will all be getting a fresh look for the Fall. We are very excited to have the help of seminarians Dan, Josh and Randy this summer. They have worked diligently and we are grateful for their efforts to refresh and clean these classrooms. Thank You!

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions. You can email me at aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org or text me at 517-403-2824.

Thank you so much for being a part of the Sacred Heart Community. We have been so blessed by your dedication and kindness to each other and to the school.

 

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin

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.

WE ARE READY FOR THE 2020-2021 SCHOOL YEAR!

SHS will work with your family to persevere through the Covid-19 crisis.  Space is limited!  Please call the office at 517-448-6405 for more information.

Click Here to see the 20.21 COVID-19 plan.   https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1vvs-NiV7e_L2ud2IApSmoxkRUvQC8TryHHqqm4Ei4ZI/edit?fbclid=IwAR1jUb7ZgmeWih7cW9dahePlS6mxDnWVqL5uBWe2xWmtHsQj9mfadGulQh0#slide=id.gcb9a0b074_1_0

 

 

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.