Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, April 7 2019

We would like to share some good news!

Last month, we applied for a grant from the Michigan State Police Competitive School Safety Grant Program.  This program provides funding to improve the safety and security of students and staff through the purchase of technology and equipment from a pre-approved list of projects and resources.  Two weeks ago, we were notified that our grant request for Sacred Heart School was approved to replace the entry doors, install an electronic access control system, and install an intercom system throughout the school.

The grants were provided through the state from a $25 million fund specifically to improve school safety.  In total, 366 applications received, requesting more than $46 million, for security enhancements.  Sacred Heart School was one of 230 applicants to be awarded a grant, and one of 5 schools in Lenawee County.  Grants were awarded based on need and the equitable distribution of funding throughout the state.  The 2019 awards included 135 public school districts, 66 nonpublic schools, 20 public charter schools and nine intermediate school districts or regional educational service agencies.

We are now in the processes of signing the grant contract documents and final planning of the project.  Construction will take place over the summer break in time for the upcoming school year. A special thank you to Deacon John for his work on the school safety analysis and crafting of the grant.  Stay tuned for more details.

May God continue to bless our school and parish!

Fr Todd/Anne

NOTE:  This project is supported by the fiscal year 2019 Competitive School Safety Grant Program, awarded by the state of Michigan and administered by the Michigan State Police (MSP). Points of view or opinions contained within this document do not necessarily represent the official position or policies of the state of Michigan or the MSP.


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 31 2019

What Does It Mean to Have Confidence?

When people think of confidence, it is often with the idea that we can fake it. “Fake it ‘till you make it.” This is not bad advice and it generally works, but where does that gumption and courage to tackle challenges come from? I would wager that many times it comes from prayer or faith or at least hope. But what exactly is confidence? Does it come from having the correct appearance? Are we confident if our clothes fit well or our hair is the right color? Can confidence be gained with success? The more success we have, the more confident we become? Are we only allowed to be confident on our good days? What about the days when everything is falling apart?

If we are not careful, it is easy to put our hope and trust into the wrong things.

A hopeless life is in despair. A life without faith is controlled by the human mind. True confidence comes from hope and trust in God. A life led without comparison to others. A life without the highs and lows that come from the constant need for adoration. A confident life is stability and serenity. So how do I get it?

We tell our students that they are made in God’s image and they are perfect just the way they are. They are meant to struggle and to grow; it is their destiny, just as God has planned it. Relax. Confidence must be worked at. It is a virtue. The graces are there; the opportunities are there. We must cultivate confidence if we are to grow in it. “Do not be afraid. Do not let your hearts be troubled.” John 14:1

As our students are growing, they know what it means to have faith and hope. We pray for them every day. Our students know that their worth does not come from an award or a struggle. It can only come from God. They know they are each special and unique and have a purpose that is divine. It is in this knowledge that they are able to build confidence. It is our mission that are students do not need to fake confidence or worry; they pray for what they need to live in God’s image. Our students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and Catholic faith. We know that for our students to leave Sacred Heart School and tackle challenges, they will need the virtue of confidence. We work to build it every day.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 17 2019

Pre-School, Dev. Kindergarten & Kindergarten Open House

Sacred Heart Preschool is a kindergarten readiness program that is based in virtue. 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 Kindergarten, they are already on the path to being eager learners who meet academic challenges.

 100% of our kindergarteners 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. Come to our Open House and see what makes us special!

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal




Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 10, 2019

March is for Reading

We have kicked-off March is Reading Month and the students are ready to read 2,200 books in the month of March.

Last year, we had the same goal and we barely made it with only hours to spare. If the students reach their goal, we will take a trip to the Hudson Cinema for a movie and concessions.  The whole month of March revolves around reading and we will have mystery readers and buddy reading as we take a “Tour of the United States.” The teachers each picked a state and the students will be able to experience Colorado, Hawaii, Alaska, Massachusetts and Tennessee. The preschool teachers even built an igloo that the students can read in. At the end of the month, we will take an all school field trip to the Croswell in Adrian to see “The Perfect Dog.” March is always a lot of fun and it is interesting to hear the students talk about the great books they are reading.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in enrolling a child at Sacred Heart School, contact us at 517-448-6405 to schedule a tour. Let’s raise each child to their full potential.  Enrollment begins March 19th for all grades.


Open Houses: Everyone is welcome

March 21st – Beach Party 5:00-7:00

Preschool, Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten

March 28th – Magic of Science 5:00-7:00

Kindergarten – 6th grade

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, March 3 2019

A Student’s Experience Should Be Nothing Short of Inspiring

A great school must be ready to serve the families who are enrolled by having a clear mission. High standards, that include the latest technology and data assessment for each student, is not enough. Personal relationships that create an environment where students can learn and grow has to be the priority. Children should be joyful and comfortable in school. The classrooms should be a place of calm, purposeful teaching with the goal of making student stronger. It is clear, teachers are the most important part of any school. Students with teachers who care deeply about them, will carry a love of learning into adulthood. At Sacred Heart, our teachers are what make us special. Our teachers are able to see the potential in each student and nurture them through discipline, special attention and clear academic strategies.

SHS has a rich tradition of educating students who are confident in their abilities and their role as children of God. Each student has the right to be seen as unique and special with a learning plan that fits their needs. Students have the right to be prepared for the world. It is not good enough to have strong academic standards. A great school has high expectations for behavior and virtue in tandem with a passion for exploring and embracing the possibilities each student has for an enlightened future. SHS is rooted in diligent classroom work and we are determined to inspire our students to continue to seek greatness long after they have left our hallways. This year alone, our 5th and 6th graders will see the Toledo Symphony and a Broadway play, serve at a major fundraising event, learn hands-on life skills, visit Notre Dame University and Sacred Heart Seminary in Detroit, face their fears at camp, and have many opportunities to perform and public speak; all while acting as role models for the younger students. It is in this tradition that we are able to promise and live up to our mission that our students are balanced: confident of mind, academics and faith.

If you, or anyone you know, is interested in enrolling a child at Sacred Heart School, contact us at 517-448-6405 to schedule a tour. Let’s raise each child to their full potential.


Open Houses: Everyone is welcome

March 21st – Beach Party 5:00-7:00

Preschool, Developmental Kindergarten and Kindergarten


March 28th– Magic of Science 5:00-7:00

Kindergarten – 6th grade


God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, February 24, 2019

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The support of the 100 Club is a blessing. As you know, our parents make financial sacrifices to send their kids to a school that can put God into every part of the day. From the moment the doors open, the hallways and classrooms are filled with guidance from the Holy Spirit. It is evident from the joy on the student’s faces that they are guided to use their God given talents to meet challenges and live to their full potential.

Last year we were able to purchase all of the items on the teacher’s wish lists for their classrooms. We are so grateful for your generous support of the students and staff at Sacred Heart School.

This year the money received from the 100 Club will go toward the betterment of the gym. As you know, we have a large functional gym on the third floor of the school. The gym floor has been replaced in recent years and the students have a wonderful place for gym and indoor recess. With a fresh coat of paint and new tumbling pads, basketballs and jump ropes, we will have a fun, clean space for the students to run off extra energy.

To join the 100 Club, simply send your $100 donation to the Parish Office, marked 100 Club.  Your donation to the 100 Club can make all the difference to our students.

Thank you for your vision that Sacred Heart School will continue to inspire the next generation of faithful, lifelong learners.


May God Bless You,

Anne Atkin, principal


Principal Anne Atkin Bulletin, February 17, 2019


The Virtue of Hospitality and How It Open Our Hearts

When we think about hospitality, we think about opening our homes to friends and family. Maybe we host a book club or put a lot of effort into creating a home that is warm and welcoming. It is a lovely thing to be hospitable and to welcome people with kindness and affection. Last Friday, at the children’s Mass, Father Todd talked to the students about hospitality as a virtue. As a virtue hospitality means to open our hearts to others. It gives us the desire to be empathetic in the way listen and engage with the people we encounter throughout the day.

This works especially well when dealing with children. When we take a deep breath and understand that our children are far from perfect; that they are developing. Every mistake is the opportunity to learn valuable lessons. But it is really hard to learn when we are not fully understood. We all want someone to take the time to open their heart and listen with empathy.

Is there a hospitable way to resolve conflict? Can I take a minute to look at the situation from a different angle? What is going on with you? To ask and really listen with your heart. To not immediately interject your own words. Maybe, not put yourself into the conversation at all. If we are truly hospitable, we are open and attentive. We listen with the goal to understand fully where the other person’s mind is. To try to understand before we become hostile; the opposite of hospitality. Really listen and then pass on some good advice that will help children to make better decisions now that they know better.

By practicing hospitality as a virtue, we are gaining God’s grace. Everyone we meet is God’s child and has a soul that is divine. We know they have a unique way of looking at everything that is built from their experiences. Not everyone will think the way we do. I think sometimes people forget that. Hospitality gives each of us the chance to grow and learn in ways we would never think of on our own. With hearts and minds open, we can all earn our spot in Heaven.

God Bless,

Anne Atkin, Principal


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 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