Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 15 2019

Sacred Heart Families,

This week, one of our kindergartners, Sam, brought an arrangement of fall flowers in a mason jar for the teachers and the staff at school. The flowers are so fresh; they look like he and his mom cut them from his yard. Sam grabbed the vase out of the box his mom held and ran over to each one of us and then ran back to his mom. The flowers were so beautiful and the gesture was so unexpected that we smiled and gushed over the thoughtful gift. Sam seemed unfazed by our reaction and just smiled and ran off to his duties as a student. He never came to check on the flowers or ask again if we liked them. He was done after his initial drop off and we are left with a colorful reminder of the fall season that is to come and the joyful colors of God’s landscape.

It made me think about gratitude. I needed that. It is easy to be overwhelmed with deadlines and to have one day run into another and another. We have all had those times when we lose sight of the big picture and get lost in the details of the day. That is when we need gratitude. A moment to stop and smell the flowers. To enjoy the little things that make us feel brighter and calmer. Gratitude is such a powerful virtue and yet it is so simple. Just remember to pray a thank you for all that has been given to us. This lasts for a little bit and then we are back to the grind of life. What we are missing is the faith that accompanies the gratitude. The flowers from Sam are sweet but the bigger picture is that God will never leave you. Have faith that the challenges will be overcome. The challenges are meant to happen. You will make it through the struggle. Faith is blind and it doesn’t matter how big the struggle is, faith will get you through. For that, I am grateful.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 8 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

The moment you look at your child the first time; it is clear that you will never be the same. This little person, who is so fresh from God, is yours to love. While we work to raise our children, love is taking on a much larger meaning than we knew possible. The journey of love that new parents are about to take is tough. We quickly find out that love is not easy. Love is giving. It is giving so much that you might lose yourself along the way. That is okay, you are supposed to. What fills back in is the unconditional love of God that knows no limit and no boundary. By loving this much, you are growing in faith and grace and mercy; things that are all so good for the soul. When we love, the way God does, we become strong and we are able to handle anything the world can throw at us.

What we must remember is that this love is flowing freely all around us. You can never give so much love away that you run out. The whole time you are sacrificing your time, efforts, energy, “me time”, etc., you are receiving God’s love back. God will never stop loving you. Not for a second of the day. He will always give you everything you need to love the way He does. When we make the sign of the cross, it is a reminder of love. Love from our wise Father who guides us and protects us. Love from Jesus, who teaches us with patience and understanding. Love from the Holy Spirit, who gives us the energy and people we need to live our life with courage and faith. God is love. He doesn’t love us only when we are lovable or when we are being good and kind. He loves us always! Through the sin and the dark mistakes, He loves us the same way. We are meant to love the way God does.

We begin the school year talking about love. We think about what love is and how we can follow Jesus’ commandment to the disciples. “Love one another; as I have loved you” (John 13:34–35). It is this love that will protect our children and keep them strong when they doubt who they are. They are loved!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

 

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

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 1 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

We are off to a very good start. The school year has begun and we are clear about one thing. God is good! We are so blessed to have sweet, smart and well behaved students in the building. We are excited to have Bishop Boyea here next Friday at 11:00am for our Children’s Mass. A special thank you to Catholic Charities for hosting the Senior Mass at Sacred Heart Church this year. If you are a senior, please join the children as we celebrate. Lunch will be provided after Mass for the seniors.

This week we celebrated the feast days of St. Monica and St. Augustine during morning prayer. It is inspiring to hear how a mother’s love and dedication can change the life of her son and give him the strength he needs to be amazing. The life of Augustine reminds us that we are not only given the gift of mercy but when we accept it, we can make the world better. St. Augustine was one of the smartest people who ever lived, but even after changing his sinful ways, he could not forgive himself enough to be a saint. It was only because of St. Monica’s relentless prayer that he was accepting of God’s unconditional love. It is this love that inspires us to do great things. So this week, we remember to pray and to never give up on praying for people who need our prayers. We are reminded that, even sin cannot keep us from being loved by God.

Our goal for this year is to increase our Catholic identity and to share our faith with our families as often as possible. Father Todd, Deacon John and I have scheduled special events that begin with Mass, confession for students in 3rd through 6th grade, Adoration and Holy Hour, and an Instructional Mass. We are adding beautiful artwork to our halls to inspire us to put Jesus in all parts of the day. As always, faith is woven into the instruction in the classrooms by our teachers and the students are encouraged to grow in virtue. The staff attended the KERYGMA retreat, 4 Levels of Happiness and Echo the Good News together this summer. We have had the chance to become more prayerful and to grow spiritually.

Be sure to look at the upcoming events for more information on growing in faith!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 25 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

It is time to come back to school. Our journey through the school year is about to begin and the beauty of God’s love and grace can already be felt in the halls of the school and in the smiles of the SHS community. We are blessed to be together; and through the Holy Spirit, we will grow stronger and closer to God.

We are continuing to grow in enrollment and we are excited to welcome many new families for the 2019-2020 school year. It is our vision to serve the community. We are proud to have more than 50 families who entrust us to educate their children to be confident learners who know virtue and who understand the Catholic faith and the unconditional love of Jesus.

This school year we want to be connected to our school families! We have established 6 new councils: parent, hospitality, facilities, marketing, technology and Catholic identity. Parents and staff joined a council at our Care and Share Dessert Night and we are excited to work together this year.  Please come to our next Care and Share Wine and Cheese on September 17th. We need and value your input and the council meetings are a great way to be together and have some fun!

I dare say, the school has not looked this good in a long time. With a lot of help, we have cleaned and refreshed much of the school. Our seminarians, Dan and Randy, Christie LaRussa, Jennifer and Kyle, our mulching volunteers, Steve Kope and many others have poured their efforts into making our school a beautiful place that inspires learning. We have made huge gains in our school improvement efforts and we are grateful for all of the support that has made this possible. We will continue to implement our strategic plan and meet the goals that will take SHS far into the future.

Enjoy these last days of summer and remember to ask God for his guidance as we start a brand new year. Pray with your children. There is no better gift you can give them. This will keep them calm, give them strength, and show them the beauty that makes each of us a special gift.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, August 11 2019

Sacred Heart Families,

Sacred Heart School is the best gift you can give your child. Enrollment is still open for the 2019-2020 school year for DK through 6th grade. Call 517-448-6405 to set up a tour and see why SHS is a great school for your family.

Sacred Heart developmental kindergarten/ kindergarten is a program that puts your child ahead. As our children develop, it is necessary that they grow closer to God. As they learn the days of the week, the colors of the rainbow, the letters of the alphabet and the joy of books, they are also learning how to behave in a way that brings their soul closer to God. Sacred Heart has a formula of academic readiness and child development that works. It is a mixture of obedience, courtesy, self-control and prayerfulness mixed with learning and play. By the time our students are in 1st grade, they are already on the path to being eager learners who meet academic challenges. 100% of our kindergarten students test proficient in reading and math. This is significantly higher than state standards and is higher than other kindergarten classes in the diocese of Lansing. We are proud to offer a wonderful readiness program to our community. We still have room for a few more students in our kindergarten classroom.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

 

*Upcoming SHS Summer Events*

August 12-16

Vacation Bible School

9:30-11:00am

All kids grades Pre-K thru 6th are welcome to attend.

 

August 15

Holy Day Mass at 6pm, followed by Share & Care Dessert Reception at School

 

August 22

Open House & Back to School BBQ, 6pm

 

August 25

Fr. Todd Installation Mass at 11am

Followed by reception in Parish Hall

 

From The Principal, July 28 2019

Sacred Heart School is accepting resumes for the position of Gym/Tech/Art Teacher for the 2019-2020 School year.  This position will be approximately 16 hours per week.  Applicants should be energetic, dedicated, outstanding, and certified in the State of Michigan.  Applicants must support Catholic Education and carry out the Mission of Sacred Heart School.  Teaching experience in Elementary Education is strongly preferred.  We are looking for an exceptional individual who seeks teaching as a vocation, not just a job.

If you are interested, please contact Anne Atkin at 517-403-2824 or email your resume to aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, July 21 2019

Sacred Heart School is accepting resumes for the position of Gym/Tech/Art Teacher for the 2019-2020 School year.  This position will be approximately 16 hours per week.  Applicants should be energetic, dedicated, outstanding, and certified in the State of Michigan.  Applicants must support Catholic Education and carry out the Mission of Sacred Heart School.  Teaching experience in Elementary Education is strongly preferred.  We are looking for an exceptional individual who seeks teaching as a vocation, not just a job.

If you are interested, please contact Anne Atkin at 517-403-2824 or email your resume to aatkin@sacredhearthudson.org.

 

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, June 30 2019

 

Dear Sacred Heart families,

We are under construction again this summer. With the help of Steve Kope, Dan LaCroix and Randy Koenigsknecht, we are making a lot of much needed updates to the appearance of the school.

Thanks to a generous donation, the flooring in our big room downstairs has been replaced with water-proof, vinyl flooring that should last several decades. The room is very functional and we will be able to use it for many events in the future.

We are also giving Mrs. Schutte’s 3rd/4th grade room a much needed remodel. The room will get new carpet, paint and fresh ceiling tiles.

The front of the school is scheduled to receive new landscaping and fresh mulch. It is a beautiful habitat and we are excited to have the donated funds to make it fresh and new.

Along with the new security updates and routine maintenance, it is a very busy summer at Sacred Heart. We have been so blessed this year by our community who supports Catholic education. The school is really starting to shine and we are very excited to show off the finished product at the beginning of the school year.

Also, we still have a few spots left in preschool and kindergarten. Be sure to stop in and register to ensure your child’s enrollment for next year.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

From The Principal, June 16 2019

Dear Sacred Heart Families,

Last weekend we all came together to support Sacred Heart school and church. With three community events; 25 Cent Event, SHS 5K and the 2nd annual Taste of Summer Food Fair and Raffle, we were able to connect and have a lot of fun! We are so grateful to our sponsors, event coordinators and volunteers. As Sacred Heart school continues to grow, so does our desire to bring the community together in ways that are creative and inclusive. If you have ideas or are willing to help in the future please reach out to me.

Mark your calendars for July 13th. It is the annual Golf Outing to support SHS at Evergreen Golf Course. Get a team together or bring the family out for lunch and ice cream.

We are so very blessed to be a part of the Hudson community and we thank you for all of your continued support. May God bless you!

Anne Atkin, Principal

 

Anne Atkin, Principal bulletin, June 9 2019

It is Time for Summer

Summer vacation hasn’t always existed. In 1842 Detroit city kids hit the books 260 days of the year. It is commonly believed that summer vacation was not a vacation at all, but a time when kids stayed at home to work on the farm. This is a misconception. Kids went to school during the hottest and coldest months of the year and worked the fields in the spring and the fall. As cities were growing, the brick and concrete became very hot in the summer sun and families were traveling to the cooler countryside for relief from the heat. At the same time, Americans were enjoying more leisure time as labor unions were able to instill the eight-hour work day. Attendance was dwindling in the summer as classrooms were too hot, and by the turn of the century, schools had cut 60 days off of the school year. Businesses saw the opportunity for summer vacation and schools have been operating with a long summer break ever since. It is funny, at the time, the argument was being made that the brain is a muscle(correct) that could suffer from overuse(incorrect) the way workers were incurring injury resulting from repetition. (Reilly, L. 2017, May 3.).

No matter how we have ended up with summer break, it seems to be an important formula for child development. The students are ready to kick off their shoes and sleep in. They are ready to get dirty and lose track of the days. They want to catch frogs, ride their bikes, see the stars; to dream and imagine. We need to let them. Kids are using their brains in the summer in a way that is important. Independence is gained from making your own decisions without the constraints of a schedule and boundaries. Mix in some good reading time and work through a summer math book; voila! We are ready and eager when school begins again in August. Summer vacation is not only practical, but necessary.

May God bless you all this summer. Remember that your child is accustomed to praying every day at school. Pray with them this summer and feel the powerful effects of putting God into all situations.

We have truly been blessed this school year with so much joy and grace from our school and church families and we are grateful. Sacred Heart School is solid for next year! Our enrollment is growing and the facilities continue to be upgraded. Stop by and visit us this summer as we work to make the school excellent for the coming year!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal

References: Reilly, L. 2017, May 3. Why Do Students Get Summers Off? Retrieved from mentalfloss.com