Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, November 24 2019

Service to others starts with empathy

What does it mean to serve? The first sentence of the vision of Sacred Heart School is: to serve the community. The school has been serving the church and the city of Hudson for the 90 years that it has been in operation. But what does that really mean? If we serve the community, we must be able to look at who we are and who we are meant to bring comfort. Making people feel comfortable is such a beautiful way to share. In morning prayer, we have been engaging the students with ways they can serve. When we think about service, it is easy to think of the big projects like The Angel Tree or the Community Clean-up at Memorial Park. But we can serve in small ways too. The small ways we serve are hard to measure but they are the ones that develop our soul and bring comfort to our surroundings. How can we raise children to have an open heart to service? It seems like a pretty selfish world sometimes. Can we teach our children empathy? Can we teach our children to ask someone how long it took to make dinner? Or how much time they spent washing the car? They can be curious about what is involved in putting on a play at the theatre or how much thought it takes to make a delicious dessert. Empathy can start at a very young age when children are asked to think about the world around them and how it all works. The desire to relate to people and to want to spread joy begins with the understanding that God made each person beautifully special. With a mindset that it is people and hard work that make everything happen, children can gain empathy and a desire to serve. It is important to point out that people make the toys they play with and people serve us food in a restaurant. Moms and dads work tirelessly to keep the house tidy, and pay the bills. Teachers spend hours patiently teaching us. Police officers protect us, mail carriers deliver packages, priests comfort us at Mass; the opportunities to teach children about the ways people serve are endless.

This week, I asked the students to think about little ways they help. They were excited to share the things they do that help their families. It is clear that they are well on their way to spreading joy through service. I reminded them that the things they do bring comfort to their families. These acts spread joy and it is contagious. Keep up the good work!


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, November 17 2019


To everyone who bought a table package, ticket or sponsored the event, Sacred Heart School is grateful! We strive to be worthy of your hard earned donations.  We know that you do not have to support the school and we are inspired to achieve a high level of excellence because you believe in us.  We appreciate the confidence you have in us to be good stewards of your donation and to use your support to bring every person associated with the school closer to Jesus.

A huge thank you to Tammy Houser for creating the program and attending to every detail. The front table team of Tammy, Carrie Town, Christie LaRussa, Judy Schutte and Nate Johnston were able to handle the details and recording of the raffle games without any disruption. Their ability to handle a fast paced raffle and seamlessly take care of all accounting is incredible.

The food for the Gala was delicious. Robert and Angela Czeiszperger have a gift for cooking amazing food on a large scale. We had so many complimentary comments and satisfied people. Your team of Michele Henning, Stacy Parker, and Lance & Jenn Tedora who worked so well together to create a magical meal.

Jen Loar and the confirmation students were excellent servers. They were professional, courteous and represented Sacred Heart and St. Mary on the Lake well. Their parents should be proud. Thank you to Jen Loar, for the smooth delivery of hot food to all of the tables. What an amazing blessing of service your crew provided.

Thank you to the Sacred Heart Staff for supporting and volunteering. Also, to Deacon John and Kimberly Amthor for watching 25 of our children so their parents could be at the Gala. A school is only as good as the people who teach and run the day to day operations. Because of the wonderful people who see their job to be a vocation, to bring Jesus to our students, we are inspired to spread that joy to everyone we meet.

To Lynn Townsend from A Happening by L&L, and her crew, for donating the décor and dinnerware needed to transform the Church Hall into a beautiful banquet hall. Thank you!  Lynn was inspired by the historic architectural beauty of the hall and wanted to showcase the original craftsmanship. The room was comfortable and elegant.

To Sarah Martinez and Rebecca Shields for playing the violins again at the entrance of the Hall. We absolutely love the ambience created when you both play for us. Thank you!

Thank you to Father Todd and the Koenigsknecht family for their unwavering support of the Gala and for allowing us to auction a tour of the family farm every year.

A special thank you to The Posy Shop, Temperance Distillery, and Garland’s Flowers for the extra care you gave to make the Gala beautiful and special. Thank you to CR Motors, Butch’s Sports Bar, Wright’s Plumbing and Chres Reuter for working with me and giving just what we needed to bring people to the event. You are such great friends of SHS!

To all of you who gave generously during the Gala, thank you for coming and sharing your joy with us.  My heart is overflowing! May God continue to bless this event and guide our intentions.


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, November 10, 2019

Ouch! Your Words Hurt Me

Sometimes we say things we shouldn’t. We say things we don’t mean and children say things having no idea what they mean. They do not comprehend the full weight of the words on another’s soul. This week in morning prayer, we are talking about words. We can choose to say anything we want to. Words are completely generated from our own minds. For children, this is a powerful concept. Your words represent who you are. I asked the students if any of them had said something that hurt someone. Not a misunderstanding but words that were mean. Words that came out of their mouths with teeth and fire and thorns; said in anger or disrespect. Most every hand went up (they are so honest with themselves). Mine too. Saying words that are mean, happens. We are a product of our environment and the world is not particularly holy right now. “Garbage in, garbage out.” In computer science, garbage in, garbage out describes the concept that flawed, or nonsense input data produces nonsense output or “garbage”. Kids will hear nonsense as they live their lives, there is little doubt.


We must teach our children to speak clearly. To make eye contact, and smile as they speak. They can focus on the words they speak by looking at the expression on the other person’s face. This is a learned behavior and they can start to practice at a very young age. All of the children practiced this at morning prayer by turning toward someone and looking them in the eye. After taking a moment, give them a compliment. This was awkward at first and they were a bit tongue tied. But then they had a hard time stopping, and you could feel the joy in the hallway. Then I asked them to say “will you pray for me?” to the other person. This is how we can train our minds to be conscious of the things we say and to look people in the eye so we can see the effect of our words on their soul. We should use our words to bring people closer to the kingdom of God.


But we all agreed that we might say mean things. Even still. So we heal our heart by confessing them. We should ask for forgiveness and feel God’s mercy as we face another day with a mindful purpose of being a light of Christ.


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal


Ephesians 4:28 “Let no evil come out of our mouths, but only such as is good for edifying, as fits the occasion, that it may impart grace to those who hear.”


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, November 3, 2019

How the story of a “Lost Boy of Sudan” Inspires us to Persevere


This week, the students in 1st through 6th grade listened to the testimonial of Dr. Jacob Atem, the co-founder of Southern Sudan Healthcare Organization. At 7 years old, Jacob was forced out of his peaceful village in South Sudan when his family was attacked and killed. 40,00 young boys were without homes after their villages were burned by northern soldiers. They were left alone and scared for their lives as they walked over 1,000 miles to find refugee camps; only half survived. They were the “Lost Boys of Sudan.” After years of starvation and fear, the survivors found stable homes in America or Australia.

His story is about perseverance. The students were amazed at what Dr. Atem told them and they were inspired by how kind and gentle he was now. He told then how hard it was being without a home and food, afraid for his life. How hard it was to be a refugee, missing his family, and without enough to eat. How hard it was to be a complete stranger in a foreign country. How hard it was to study to become a doctor. Yet, he was not angry. He was joyful and grateful to God.

His message to the children was clear. Study. Go to college and keep learning. Realize how blessed you are to live in America. Persevere.

The last sentence in the Vision of Sacred Heart School is: “We will graduate students who are prepared to persevere.” They will never be faced with the pain from Dr. Atem’s life, but they will still struggle as they grow as students.

Our children will need to develop the virtue of perseverance. In kindergarten, the key to success is to enjoy schoolwork. If we can get the little ones to want to work, they will be good students, they will get smarter. They must do their work when it is hard or they find it boring. In first/second grade, they have to work independently. To push past struggle and get to the end of the assignment. In third/fourth grade, they need to ask questions instead of giving up. Students need to erase and fix mistakes until they assignment is correct. In fifth/sixth grade, each student has to participate in St. Art Prize, where they research a saint, make art to represent the saint’s life, and present it to the community. It is a big assignment and it is hard.

Schoolwork can be overwhelming. We can try to avoid the struggle but God knows that the struggle is what helps to develop strength of character. We will struggle many times and we will overcome all of it with strong virtues. We are learning to put our trust in God, and overcome negativity. We take God with us everywhere we go and in everything we do. Life is challenging, at times, for all of us. But when we learn to persevere, we handle it!

God Bless,  Anne Atkin, principal

Support for The Southern Sudan Healthcare Organization can be made at


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 27, 2019


All proceeds benefit Sacred Heart School

  1. Hilarious Comedian Sal Dimilio is Coming to Hudson!!
  2. The Church Hall will be Beautiful.
  3. Pumpkin Pudding in a Caramel Sauce and Chocolate Trifle
  4. Roasted Meatballs over polenta; Chicken & Bacon Roulade
  5. Father Todd’s Farm Tour
  6. Chance to Win Large Sums of Money
  7. Diamond Earrings, Whiskey Basket, Lazy Boy Recliner, Yeti/Coffee Basket, Leather purses, String of Pearls, Meat and Cheese Basket, and much more….
  8. Everyone Receives 5 Luxury Raffle Tickets at the door.
  9. Over 100 Door Prizes
  10. Wall of Wine and Craft Beer
  11. Live Auction: Dinner at the rectory, tickets to see The Grinch at the Fox Theatre, Wine Tour, Movie with the School Counselor for Your Class.

Tickets are $100 apiece, Table Packages are available.

Call the school for tickets and or to reserve a table package. 517-448-6405.

Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 13 2019

“Faith is the realization of what is hoped for and evidence of things not seen” (Heb 11:1).


Faith begins as a belief in God. Simple. God the creator of all things visible and invisible. Then, we think about faith as the certainty that God exists and He loves us. Faith becomes the belief that God will guide us, teach us and give us the purpose we need to bring our soul back to God in Heaven. We use our faith to weather the storm as we grow from children to adults. But as we grow in faith, it becomes so much more. According to the catechism of the Catholic Church, “faith is a gift from God. A supernatural virtue infused in Him” (CCC153). Faith can set us free from turmoil and despair. It keeps us from running away when the world is mean and we doubt our abilities or purpose.


For any of us who have forgotten to rely on our faith, we know how difficult life is to figure out if we only use our own mind. I think of the times when I just could not wrap my brain around a problem or I felt attacked and treated unfairly. I have sought advice from friends or even experts and still could not find answers. It is an empty feeling and life feels almost impossible to manage.


Instead, we can take ownership of how we react to the chaotic and unfair world around us. Knowing the world can be unfair, we ask God to give us the strength we need to calm fear and anxiety. This can be a true sense of self control. Faith gives us a chance to take a time out from the intensity. Faith reminds us that God is in charge and He gives us all of the power we need to handle the day. To see God in all things and to not judge; but to become reasonable and open to correction. To learn. To grow. To achieve. The faithful will set their mind to God’s purpose and can learn to rebuild instead of breaking down. To shine. Faith can fill up a worn out person who has given in and give them the strength they need to grow in spirit. Faith can save the weary and inspire the disheartened. Faith, what a gift!


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, principal


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, October 6 2019

Sacred Heart Families,

Thank you to everyone who donated to the Hudson Food Pantry by pledging money for the Walk of Faith last week. We were able to raise over $500 and many food donations. During the Walk of Faith, every student prays for the hungry, the dead, and people who serve. We begin by praying the Act of Faith together and walk to shine a light on how powerful faith is when we pray together. Faith gives us the ability to see, feel, and talk to God. Faith brings Jesus to life and gives us the power to help people. We had a special day practicing faith and using it to be stewards of God’s love.

This week we celebrated the Feast of the Guardian Angel. This is an important Feast Day to the students because we pray the Guardian Angel Prayer often. As the children grow, it is a comfort to know that they each have an individual angel assigned to them. We refer to the Guardian Angel prayer often as an easy reminder that we are always in the presence of God. We have a deeply personal connection that lights, guards, rules and guides us as we live every moment. Our guardian angel is tough and protects us from demons. Our guardian angel shows us right from wrong and reminds us of the virtue we need to be strong people.

Fun Facts about Guardian Angels:

  • We will meet our Guardian Angel in Heaven
  • Each soul, including Christians and Non-Christians, has a Guardian Angel assigned to give guidance throughout its life on earth.
  • Our Angel cannot affect our free will.
  • Protects us from demons and inspires intellect.
  • Feast of the Guardian Angels has been a feast day since 1608.
  • Angels are mentioned 108 times in the Old Testament and 165 times in the New Testament

What a special gift! We will use our guardian angel every day to be closer to God.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Angel of God, who are my guardian, enlighten, guard, govern and guide me, who have been entrusted to you by the heavenly goodness. Amen

Prayer of John Paul II


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 29 2019

Sacred Heart School would like to thank Bill Mullaly for his generous donation of three very nice projectors and 4 document readers for the classrooms.

Our Technology Council listened to the needs of the teachers and the students and researched products that will enhance classroom learning. They concluded that with better visual aids, teachers can easily project books, computer images, or videos for everyone to see. The council put together a list of technology for our wish list and we were able to get them ordered and in the classrooms this week.

We are so blessed by our parents and church community who work to make Sacred Heart a wonderful school for all students.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, September 22 2019


This week in morning prayer, we have been talking about diversity. What makes us each so perfectly special is how different we are. I asked the students each a question about themselves. “What is your favorite color? What is your favorite thing to do before bed? What is your favorite food? Where would you like to visit?“ The answers were so genuine and so unique that we were all laughing at some of the responses. It was a great time to point out that we are all going to answer these questions differently. Why? Because we are all perfectly different. Never before in the history of the world has someone like you lived and never again will you. We are so very special and that makes us amazing. It was fun to just stop for a minute a look at every beautiful face at prayer and think how privileged we are to know these perfect children. Pointing out how special they are leads to the topic of the week. Diversity. It is our differences that make us perfect. These differences should make us appreciate each other; not pull us apart. We are diverse and we are meant to love through the differences.

Our Catholic faith is a faith that knows no boundaries. We see Jesus in everyone we meet and we are meant to meet a lot of people. When we meet people with hearts that are open, and our minds are interested in the whole person, it is amazing how much we learn from each other. The Holy Spirit generates diversity; as children grow they are developing new and wonderful traits that are unique to them. They are becoming individualized and by growing this way, they are becoming closer to God.

But what if I thought that my special gifts and my unique personality made me better than you? What if I thought that I was better than you because I could run faster? Or I lived in a bigger house? Or I was taller than you? What if I judged you? We decided that would be evil. And yet, it happens. We judge, we compare, we can even hurt others. What should we do? We thought of two things: pray the Guardian angel prayer and ask our guardian angel to rule and guide our thoughts. Secondly, to work on the virtue of hospitality. To open up to being gracious and kind instead of hostile to differences.

Diversity. Celebrating the differences that unite us.


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


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