SHA Weekly Newsletter – January 22 – January 26, 2018


SHA Weekly Newsletter – January 22 – January 26, 2018


SHA Weekly Newsletter – January 22 – January 26, 2018

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The Cry of Nature

 
January 22 – January 26, 2018, Third Week in Ordinary Time

On Monday, January 22, the Diocese of Grand Rapids, with every other diocese in the United States, will observe a day of prayer and penance for the legal protection of unborn children.

The facts of abortion are grim. But some hope can be found in the large number of young people advocating for its end. News reports, stories of marchers, and pictures of last week’s rallies all attest to the massive number of young people who attended the March for Life in Washington, D.C., as well as their enthusiasm for the cause.

Our students are very much apart of the movement. They offer intentions for the end of abortion in class prayers every day at school, and more than 40 of our high schoolers traveled to D.C. last week for the March. They stand with Pope Francis, who tells us that to deny the unborn dignity is to diminish our humanity.

In his encyclical Laudato Si’, the Holy Father says: “When we fail to acknowledge as part of reality the worth of a poor person, a human embryo, a person with disabilities – to offer just a few examples – it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected. Once the human being declares independence from reality and behaves with absolute dominion, the very foundations of our life begin to crumble.”


Academy

CONFERENCE SIGN UP – Don’t forget!

We have fewer than a third of our students signed up for Spring conferences which are coming up Tuesday, February 6 (4:00-8:45 pm), Thursday, February 8 (4:00-8:45 pm) and Friday, February 9 (1:00-4:45 pm). Conferences are scheduled in 15 minute time blocks. This year we have online sign up! We think it will make the process easier and more convenient for everyone. When you are signed up, email reminders will be sent both a week ahead and a day ahead of your conferences. You may also change your conference days and times online.

Please note: If you have more than one child in a grade group (e.g. 5th-8th grade), chose that grade group and register one of the children. Then when you go to schedule the conference you will have the option to add another student to that grade group.

Go here to sign up. You may also sign up on our website under the Parent & Student Portal. Please contact Noelle if you have any questions.

Next CLT9 Test Date

The CLT 9 will be proctored on February 14 in the morning after Ash Wednesday Mass. All full-time 9-10th grade students will be participating in this test, and any CEC students are welcome to register. CEC students will receive a form to take home and return by January 26 if they wish to take the test. The cost is $18 for CEC students.

CLT News Update

Sacred Heart Academy is providing students with opportunities to take the Official Classic Learning Test (CLT) as well as practice tests and study sessions. Opportunities vary between full-time and CEC status, as well as grade level. Please read the letter that pertains to your particular students’ status, in addition to the CLT Study Session Schedule and CLT Study Session Format.

Preparing for the CLT
CLT Study Session Format
CEC Parent Letter
9-10 Full Time Parent Letter
11th Full Time Parent Letter
CLT Study Session Schedule


Ministry

Rosary for the End of Abortion

Praying a rosary for the end of abortion at 6am on Fridays is still open to high schoolers throughout the winter. The same rule applies to this activity as to recess: if the temperature is below 10 degrees, we will not be at 320 Fulton. If it is 10 degrees or above, we will be there! The colder weather is a greater opportunity to offer up a sacrifice for the sake of souls. Come along and bring your friends!


Athletics

Spring Sports Sign-up

Deadline for spring sports sign-up is Monday, February 5th. Go here to sign up. The spring season is very busy, so any jump start we can get with signups is helpful. Here is a brief review of the spring sports:

Track
Lacrosse (boys and girls) – Catholic United teams
Girls Soccer
Tennis (boys and girls) – Catholic United teams
Softball – hopefully enough to form our own league
Baseball

 


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

January
24 – M-4th Assembly
24 – Confessions
25 – Pizza Lunch
25 – CLT Study Session 1 – Overview
25 – Hearing & Vision Screening
26 – CLT9 registration forms due, CEC students only
28 – Catholic Schools Week Mass & Open House
30 – Deadline to register for Feb. 3 CLT
31 – 5th-11th Assembly

February
1 – Hot Lunch – German Brunch
1 – CLT Study Session 2 – Practice Test 1 (Verbal Reasoning)
1 – PTC Meeting
1 – Authenticum
2 – Candlemas
2 – High School Symphony Outing
3 – CLT Test
6 – Conferences
8 – Conferences
8 – CLT Study Session 3 – Practice Test 1 (Grammar & Writing)
9 – Conferences (1/2 day for students)
11 – Lord’s Day Celebration
14 – Ash Wednesday
14 – CLT9
15 – CLT Study Session 4 – Practice Test 1 (Quantitative Reasoning)
15 – 6th Grade Retreat
15 – Pizza Lunch
16 – Stations of the Cross
19 – No School
20 – No School
23 – Stations of the Cross
28 – All School Assembly
 

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – January 15 – January 19, 2018


SHA Weekly Newsletter – January 15 – January 19, 2018


SHA Weekly Newsletter – January 15 – January 19, 2018

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The Giver of Life

 
January 15 – January 18, 2018, Second Week in Ordinary Time

Their papers turned in and the ink still wet on their exams, 43 of our students will make on Wednesday the 10-hour drive to our nation’s capital, where they will march for the sanctity of human life from conception to natural death.

Each week we recite in the Nicene Creed that our God is “the Lord, the giver of life.” In Mass on Thursday night at the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, Sacred Heart’s marchers, with thousands of other pilgrims, will hear in the Gospel Acclamation that “Our Savior Jesus Christ has destroyed death and brought life to light through the Gospel.”

Whatever injustices now reign, we are told, and we believe, that God will right all wrongs in time. It was through man, Paul tells us, that death entered the world, but Christ expels it. “For in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive…Then comes the end, when he delivers the kingdom to God the Father after destroying every rule and every authority and power. For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under his feet. The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:22-26).

Please pray this week for our students and chaperones attending the March for Life.


Academy

Conference Sign Up

Spring conferences are scheduled for Tuesday, February 6 (4:00-8:45 pm), Thursday, February 8 (4:00-8:45 pm) and Friday, February 9 (1:00-4:45 pm). Conferences are scheduled in 15 time blocks. This year we have online sign up! We think it will make the process easier and more convenient for everyone. When you are signed up, email reminders will be sent both a week ahead and a day ahead of your conferences. You may also change your conference days and times online.

Please note: If you have more than one child in a grade group (e.g. 5th-8th grade), chose that grade group and register one of the children. Then when you go to schedule the conference you will have the option to add another student to that grade group.

Go here to sign up. You may also sign up on our website under the Parent & Student Portal. Please contact Noelle if you have any questions.

Reminder of Schedule Change!

This is a reminder that there is NO school this week on Monday, January 15 (Martin Luther King Day) and Friday, January 19. Also, there will be no school for CEC students on January 18 due to exams.

Next CLT9 Test Date

The CLT 9 will be proctored on February 14 in the morning after Ash Wednesday Mass. All full-time 9-10th grade students will be participating in this test, and any CEC students are welcome to register. CEC students will receive a form to take home and return by January 26 if they wish to take the test. The cost is $18 for CEC students.

CLT News Update

Sacred Heart Academy is providing students with opportunities to take the Official Classic Learning Test (CLT) as well as practice tests and study sessions. Opportunities vary between full-time and CEC status, as well as grade level. Please read the letter that pertains to your particular students’ status, in addition to the CLT Study Session Schedule and CLT Study Session Format.

Preparing for the CLT
CLT Study Session Format
CEC Parent Letter
9-10 Full Time Parent Letter
11th Full Time Parent Letter
CLT Study Session Schedule

Tissues Needed

Thank you to those of you who have dropped off boxes of tissues. We will continue to collect boxes of tissues as long as cold season lasts. It is never too late to drop them off!


Ministry

Rosary for the End of Abortion

Praying a rosary for the end of abortion at 6am on Fridays is still open to high schoolers throughout the winter. The same rule applies to this activity as to recess: if the temperature is below 10 degrees, we will not be at 320 Fulton. If it is 10 degrees or above, we will be there! The colder weather is a greater opportunity to offer up a sacrifice for the sake of souls. Come along and bring your friends!

Baby Blanket Marathon a Success

Thank you to all who donated fleece for our annual Baby Blanket Marathon. Our group made 458 fleece blankets to donate to HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center, and we couldn’t have done it without your help! Please continue to pray for the Sacred Heart youth as they prepare to March for Life on Friday, January 18th.


Athletics

Spring Sports Sign-up

Deadline for spring sports sign-up is Monday, February 5th. Go here to sign up. The spring season is very busy, so any jump start we can get with signups is helpful. Here is a brief review of the spring sports:

Track
Lacrosse (boys and girls) – Catholic United teams
Girls Soccer
Tennis (boys and girls) – Catholic United teams
Softball – hopefully enough to form our own league
Baseball

 


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

January
15 – NO SCHOOL
16 – 1/2 day for CEC and FT HS
17 – 1/2 day for CEC
17 – 20 – March for Life
18 – NO CEC
19 – NO SCHOOL, End of 2nd Quarter
24 – M-4th Assembly
24 – Confessions
25 – Pizza Lunch
25 – CLT Prep class
25 – Hearing & Vision Screening
28 – Catholic Schools Week Mass & Open House
30 – Deadline to register for CLT Feb. date
31 – 5th-11th Assembly

February
1 – Hot Lunch – German Brunch
1 – PTC Meeting
1 – Authenticum
2 – Candlemas
2 – High School Symphony Outing
3 – CLT Test
6 – Conferences
8 – Conferences
9 – Conferences (1/2 day for students)
11 – Lord’s Day Celebration
14 – Ash Wednesday
15 – 6th Grade Retreat
15 – Pizza Lunch
16 – Stations of the Cross
19 – No School
20 – No School
23 – Stations of the Cross
28 – All School Assembly
 

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – January 8 – January 12, 2018


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Epiphany

 
January 8 – January 12, 2018, First Week in Ordinary Time

This weekend we celebrate the great feast of Epiphany, commemorating the visit of the wise men to Jesus in Bethlehem. After paying homage to the baby Jesus, the Magi, Matthew tells us, “depart to their own country by another way” (Mt. 2:12). No one can meet Christ and return the same way he or she came.

T.S. Eliot reflects on this truth in his startling and beautiful poem, “The Journey of the Magi.” After (briefly) recounting his encounter with the Christ child, the narrator wonders:

“…were we led all that way for
Birth or Death? There was a Birth, certainly
We had evidence and no doubt. I had seen birth and death,
But had thought they were different; this Birth was
Hard and bitter agony for us, like Death, our death.
We returned to our places, these Kingdoms,
But no longer at ease here, in the old dispensation,
With an alien people clutching their gods.
I should be glad of another death.”

The wise men knew that this child meant the birth of a new Kingdom, but also, necessarily, a death of the old. We hear later in Matthew that a man may not serve two masters. Eliot’s magi feel the force of that truth acutely.

In celebrating the Incarnation, we are called to long for another death: the death of all that belongs to the old kingdom of the world and the old dispensation of sin. As we leave behind Christmas and begin another new year, we must return from our encounter with the Christ child, along with the Magi, “by another way.”


Academy

Exam Schedule – Please Read!!

Exams will take place on January 10-17. Please click here for the exam schedule. Each grade has a different schedule and some dismissal times are different. Also, some CEC exams will be given on Wednesday so it is very important that you read and understand the schedule. Please contact Mr. Walsh if you have any questions.

Calendar Change – No School January 15

The diocese does not permit schools to be in session on Martin Luther King Day so there will be NO school on Monday, January 15. There will also be no school on Friday, January 19.

Don’t Miss Our Christmas Pageant!

January 9 at 6:00 pm in the church. Presented by Montessori through 4th grades. Everyone encouraged to attend.

High School Spring Social – April 14, 2018

Over the next few months, teachers and parents will offer instruction in manners and dance as a way to help form our young high school men and women in virtue. In particular, we will focus on courtesy at table and dance instruction.

Students who faithfully participate in instruction are welcome to participate in a Spring Social that will take place at the academy on April 14th. This event will be the culmination of their instruction and practice, so it is formal (including dress code). There will be a dinner, as well as dancing. It should prove to be an enjoyable and galvanizing evening for our high school young adults. Please click on the following links for more information:

Letter to High School Parents
Dress Code
Permission Slip (due January 8)

Please contact Mr. Walsh with any questions.

CLT Corrected Test Dates

Click here for more information on the CLT exam and corrected test dates.
Next CLT test date is February 3. Deadline to register is January 30.
CLT10 test date is April 11 for CEC students only. Deadline to register is April 4.

Pizza Lunch Postponed

The pizza lunch scheduled for January 18 has been postponed to the 25th as CEC will not be meeting on the 18th and many of the high school students will be on the March for Life.

Tissues Needed

Cold season is upon us and we are out of tissues. Any donation of boxes of tissues would be greatly appreciated. They may be dropped off at the academy office.


Ministry

Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship

The Sacred Heart Free Throw Championship has been moved to Thursday, January 11th to allow more participation. The competition is for ages 9 through 14. It will start shortly after the end of the school day. Winners at each age level receive a medal and an invitation to the district competition. All participants need an entry form signed by their parents. Entry forms can be downloaded at the Knights’ website here.


Athletics

Spring Sports Sign-up

Deadline for spring sports sign-up is Monday, February 5th. Go here to sign up. The spring season is very busy, so any jump start we can get with signups is helpful. Here is a brief review of the spring sports:

Track
Lacrosse (boys and girls) – Catholic United teams
Girls Soccer
Tennis (boys and girls) – Catholic United teams
Softball – hopefully enough to form our own league
Baseball

 


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

January
9 – Christmas Pageant
10 – Spelling Bee
10, 11, 12, 16, 17 – Exams: See schedule above
11 – K of C Free Throw Competition
11 – School Board Meeting
15 – NO SCHOOL
18 – NO CEC
18 – 20 – March for Life
19 – NO SCHOOL, End of 2nd Quarter
24 – M-4th Assembly
25 – Pizza Lunch
25 – CLT Prep class
25 – Hearing & Vision Screening
28 – Catholic Schools Week Mass & Open House
30 – Deadline to register for CLT Feb. date
31 – 5th-11th Assembly

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – January 2 – January 5, 2018


SHA Weekly Newsletter – January 2 – January 5, 2018


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The Holy Family

 
January 2 -January 5, 2018, Christmastide 

We celebrated on Sunday the Feast of the Holy Family, honoring both Christ’s immediate family and, by association, all families. Christ’s birth elevated and sanctified an already sacred institution: The existence of the Holy Family calls every family to be holy.

Paul, in Sunday’s New Testament reading, gives very practical advice for how we are to act toward our own flesh-and-blood. He exhorts the Colossians to “put on, then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassion, kindness, lowliness, meekness, and patience, forbearing one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive” (Col. 3:12-13).

Notice the words “put on.” Paul’s wording assumes that his listeners are not naturally disposed toward compassion, kindness, lowliness, or the others. Instead, he tells the Colossians, and us, that we must intentionally “put on” these things, like a shirt or a pair of shoes. Even love, Paul says, requires this “putting on” movement: “Over all these put on love, which binds together everything in perfect harmony” (Col. 3:14).

According to Paul, love, it would seem, like patience or kindness, does not happen spontaneously. It requires a choice: to love the unlovable, to be patient for the tardy, to be kind to the mean. From experience, we know how difficult those choices can be. Let us then resolve in the new year, in imitation of the Holy Family, to “put on” these virtues with a special intentionality for our families.


Academy

Exam Schedule – Please Read!!

Exams will take place on January 10-17. Please click here for the exam schedule. Each grade has a different schedule and some dismissal times are different. Also, some CEC exams will be given on Wednesday so it is very important that you read and understand the schedule. Please contact Mr. Walsh if you have any questions.

Calendar Change – No School January 15

The diocese does not permit schools to be in session on Martin Luther King Day so there will be NO school on Monday, January 15. There will also be no school on Friday, January 19.

Thank you Parents and PTC!

Faculty and staff of Sacred Heart Academy wish to thank our parents and PTC for the delicious lunch served to us just before Christmas break as well as for the generous teacher gifts and treats. We have the best parents and PTC in the world!

High School Spring Social – April 14, 2018

Over the next few months, teachers and parents will offer instruction in manners and dance as a way to help form our young high school men and women in virtue. In particular, we will focus on courtesy at table and dance instruction.

Students who faithfully participate in instruction are welcome to participate in a Spring Social that will take place at the academy on April 14th. This event will be the culmination of their instruction and practice, so it is formal (including dress code). There will be a dinner, as well as dancing. It should prove to be an enjoyable and galvanizing evening for our high school young adults. Please click on the following links for more information:

Letter to High School Parents
Dress Code
Permission Slip (due January 8)

Please contact Mr. Walsh with any questions.

Please Review Sacred Heart Academy on Google

Please consider writing a review of Sacred Heart Academy on Google. Follow this link to do so.


Ministry

Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship

The Sacred Heart Free Throw Championship has been moved to Thursday, January 11th to allow more participation. The competition is for ages 9 through 14. It will start shortly after the end of the school day. Winners at each age level receive a medal and an invitation to the district competition. All participants need an entry form signed by their parents. Entry forms can be downloaded at the Knights’ website here

Fleece Donations for the Baby Blanket Marathon Fundraiser

We are still in need of baby-friendly fleece for the Baby Blanket Marathon. This marathon is a fundraiser for the March for Life and all of the blankets made during the marathon are donated to the HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center. Please consider giving to this worthy cause and helping our Sacred Heart youth attend the March for Life! Fleece may be dropped off at the Academy or Parish office.


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

January
2 – Classes resume
4 – Hot Lunch – Pork BBQ
6 – Baby Blanket Marathon
7 – Lord’s Day Potluck
9 – Christmas Pageant
10 – Spelling Bee
10, 11, 12, 16, 17 – Exams: See schedule above
11 – K of C Free Throw Competition
11 – School Board Meeting
15 – NO SCHOOL
18 – NO CEC
18 – Pizza Lunch
18 – 20 – March for Life
19 – NO SCHOOL, End of 2nd Quarter
24 – M-4th Assembly
28 – Catholic Schools Week Mass & Open House
31 – 5th-11th Assembly

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – December 11 – December 15, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – December 11 – December 15, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – December 11 – December 15, 2017

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Maria Immaculata

 
December 11 -December 15, 2017, Second Week of Advent

In celebration of Our Lady, in the spirit of the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception and the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we will read this week excerpts from Gerard Manley Hopkins’ poem “The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breath.”

As the title implies, Hopkins here compares Mary to the air, which lets in the light of the sun just as Mary “…Let all God’s glory through.”

The complete poem may be found here.

“…This air, which by life’s law,
My lung must draw and draw
Now but to breathe its praise,
Minds me in many ways
Of her who not only
Gave God’s infinity
Dwindled to infancy
Welcome in womb and breast,
Birth, milk, and all the rest
But mother’s each new grace
That does now reach our race –
Mary Immaculate,
Merely a woman, yet
Whose presence, power is
Great as no goddess’s
Was deemed, dreamed; who
This one work has to do –
Let all God’s glory through,
God’s glory which would go
Through her and from her flow
Off, and no way but so.

I say that we are wound
With mercy round and round
As if with air: the same
Is Mary, more by name.
She, wild web, wondrous robe,
Mantles the guilty globe,
Since God has let dispense
Her prayers his providence:
Nay, more than almoner,
The sweet alms’ self is her
And men are meant to share
Her life as life does air…”

“…Of her flesh he took flesh,
Through much the mystery how,
Not flesh but spirit now
And makes, O marvelous!
New Nazrareths in us,
Where she shall yet conceive
Him, morning, noon, and eve;
New Bethlems, and be born
There, evening, noon, and morn –
Bethlem or Nazareth.
Men here may draw like breath
More Christ and baffle death;
Who, born so, comes to be
New self and nobler me
In each one and each one
More makes, when all is done,
Both God’s and Mary’s Son…”

 


Academy

New Exam Schedule for Lower Elementary

Grades 1-4 will be participating in review and exam weeks this year! Review week (December 11-15) is an opportunity for students to reflect on everything they have learned and see how far they have come. Except for in math, no new material will be covered and no tests or quizzes will be given during review week. 

On Monday, December 11th, the lower school students will receive review week packets with all the review materials they need in order to succeed on their exams. There is no homework during review week, so this is a beautiful opportunity to spend time together observing Advent as a family!

The lower school CEC programs will follow a similar, modified schedule. Exams will be given December 18-20. Exams are “celebrations of knowledge” and lengthy, but not terribly difficult in the lower school.

Winter is Here

Winter has arrived and with it the need for warm clothes at recess. If the wind chill is above 10 degrees, the children will go out for recess. Please don’t forget to send them with warm hats, mittens, scarves, snow pants, and boots labelled with their names.

Snow Day Text Alerts

Please sign up to receive snow day notifications via text by following this link. If you have signed up in previous years, you do not have to sign up again.

Teacher Christmas Gifts

In an effort to show our appreciation towards our wonderful SHA teachers and staff, we would like to compile a monetary Christmas gift donation this year for them. Anonymous donations, given in the amount of your choice, will be collected and divided evenly among the staff of approximately 40 men and women. Please understand there is NO OBLIGATION to give! This is simply a gift option for families and may be helpful to those families with multiple teachers.  If you could please place your contribution in an envelope marked PTC and give it to the front office or in the PTC mailbox by December 14th. We will be gifting our teachers the Tuesday before school is out. If you have any questions please contact Alyssa.

Assembly Schedule

Here are the assemblies scheduled for the rest of the year:

All Academy at 2:35 on Dec. 13, Feb. 28 and May 21
Montessori-4th at 2:35 on Jan. 24, March 21 and April 25
5th-11th at 8:40 on Jan. 31, March 28 and May 2

In Need of Wooden Coat Racks

The tenth grade homeroom is in need of two wooden coat racks to use in the small library. If anyone has one they can donate it would be greatly appreciated.

Please Review Sacred Heart Academy on Google

Please consider writing a review on Sacred Heart Academy on Google. Follow this link to do so.

Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart

Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart will visit us again on December 16-18. They will be at Mass and the Lord’s Day celebration on the 17th.


Ministry

Authenticum!

Come hear our own Zachary Good speak on Exploring the Boethius Option on Thursday, December 14. Doors open at 6:30 pm. Presentation begins at 7:00. Stay afterwards for wine, cheese, and conversation.

Final Ultimate Frisbee and Advent Celebration

All high schoolers are invited to one last Ultimate Frisbee game on Friday, December 15. We will play despite the cold and snow, so dress warmly (hat, gloves, snow pants, coat, boots, neck warmer, etc…) We’ll play for as long as we can, then gather in the cafeteria for hot chocolate, treats, and a short reflection on Advent. Ultimate starts at 3:30, as usual, and we’ll wrap up at 5pm. Come one and all, and bring your friends!

Fleece Donations for the Baby Blanket Marathon Fundraiser

We are still in need of baby-friendly fleece for the Baby Blanket Marathon. This marathon is a fundraiser for the March for Life and all of the blankets made during the marathon are donated to the HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center. Please consider giving to this worthy cause and helping our Sacred Heart youth attend the March for Life! Fleece may be dropped off at the Academy or Parish office.


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

December
13 – Assembly – All School
14 – Rorate EF Mass
14 – Pizza Lunch
14 – Authenticum
15 – Scrip due
17 – Lord’s Day Celebration
21 – Christmas Break Begins

January
2 – Classes resume
4 – Hot Lunch – Pork BBQ
5 – K of C Free Throw Competition
6 – Baby Blanket Marathon
7 – Lord’s Day Potluck
9 – Christmas Pageant
10 – Spelling Bee
11 – School Board Meeting
15 – 17 – Exams
18 – 20 – March for Life
18 – Pizza Lunch
19 – No School, End of 2nd Quarter
24 – M-4th Assembly
28 – Catholic Schools Week Mass & Open House
31 – 5th-11th Assembly

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – December 4 – December 8, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – December 4 – December 8, 2017


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Adventus 

 
December 4 -December 8, 2017, First Week of Advent

On June 21, the sun showed its face to Grand Rapids for 15 hours, 24 minutes, and 14 seconds. Perhaps its rays gently rolled you out of bed just after 6 a.m. that morning. That night, maybe dusky light argued on behalf of your children for extended games of soccer or cops and robbers or kick the can. Six months ago, Grand Rapids was consistently 85 degrees or warmer.

But in the coming weeks, Grand Rapids will only become colder and darker. On the Winter Solstice, temperatures will likely float around the freezing point and our professional responsibilities will eat up the entirety of that day’s natural light (barely more than 9 hours).

As Catholics, we begin a new year an entire month before the secular world: The season of Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical calendar. In Latin, adventus means arrival, approach, or coming, and the Church’s celebration of this season, as we know, orients our hearts and minds to the day of our Lord’s birth.

The symbolism of this season is so obvious that we might acknowledge it without really considering what it demands of us: As the world darkens, we are told to turn with ever more confidence to the light.

In the next few weeks, we will feel cold and we will see dark. But Christ is coming.

Be prepared!


Academy

Advent and Christmas Programs

Our Advent Lessons & Carols program will be on December 6 at 6 p.m. Grades 5-12th will sing an entrance carol and Father Sirico will do a dramatic reading of Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol. Students will sing two or three more carols at the end. Knights of Columbus essay contest and “Keeping Christ in Christmas” card contest winners will be announced.

The Christmas Pageant will be on January 9 at 6 p.m. Montessori – 4th grades will be participating.

No Parking!

Please note that there are several “no parking signs” in the back of our lot. This is where the snow plows will be pushing our snow. Please be respectful of the signs and don’t park there when the snow starts to fall.  Thank you!

Attention 2nd-4th grade CEC Families

Come study great art and make some of your own! Art Club will begin after Christmas break and meet the first Monday of each month from 2:00-3:15 pm. Cost is $25 for 5 sessions. Email Mrs. Duncan to reserve your spot. 

January 8th: Ancient Art/Cave Paintings
February 5th: Giotto/Perspective
March 5th: Van Gogh/Color Theory
April 2nd: Audubon/Life drawing 
May 7th:  Millet/Prayer and Art

Sister Servants of the Sacred Heart

Sister Servants of the Most Sacred Heart will visit us again on December 16-18. They will be at Mass and the Lord’s Day celebration on the 17th.


Ministry

Christmas Market 2017

We are still in need of new unwrapped gifts for the Christmas Market. This is a great opportunity to help our local poor celebrate Christmas. Please have your child buy a gift (one that they would like to receive!) and drop it off (unwrapped) in one of the boxes at the back of church.

Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Friday, December 8th is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. There will be a Latin Low Mass at 7 p.m. followed immediately by an Act of Consecration to Jesus through Mary and then a Parish Reception in the Hall. All are welcome!

Fleece Donations for the Baby Blanket Marathon Fundraiser

We are still in need of baby-friendly fleece for the Baby Blanket Marathon. This marathon is a fundraiser for the March for Life and all of the blankets made during the marathon are donated to the HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center. Please consider giving to this worthy cause and helping our Sacred Heart youth attend the March for Life! Fleece may be dropped off at the Academy or Parish office.

High School Retreat December 9

The high school retreat originally scheduled for December 9th has been cancelled. Instead, high schoolers are encouraged to come sing carols at the Christmas Market. No talent necessary, just enthusiasm and a festive spirit! The market runs from 9am – 1pm, and carolers can come for any or all of the time.


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

December
5 – Spring Formal Parent Info Mtg
6 – St. Nicholas Day
6 – Lessons & Carols
7 – PTC Meeting
7 – College Workshop – Resume & Cover Letter
8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
8 – Scrip due
9 – Christmas Market
13 – Assembly – All School
14 – Pizza Lunch
14 – Authenticum
15 – Scrip due
17 – Lord’s Day Celebration
21 – Christmas Break Begins

January
2 – Classes resume
4 – Hot Lunch – Pork BBQ
5 – K of C Free Throw Competition
6 – Baby Blanket Marathon
7 – Lord’s Day Potluck
9 – Christmas Pageant

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – November 27 – December 1, 2017


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Ad Dexteram Patris

 
November 27 -December 1, 2017, Thirty-Fourth or Last Week of Ordinary Time

Christ our king sits “at the right hand of the father,” according to the Nicene Creed, ad dexteram Patris. From this seat, Jesus sits in judgement of the earth. 

Christ tells his disciples: “When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit upon his glorious throne, and all the nations will be assembled before him” (Matthew 25:31). Sunday’s Gospel relates the famous passage in which the “sheep” are separated from the “goats.”  

Christ says: “Then the king will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited me….Amen I say to you, whatever you did for one of the least brothers of mine, you did for me.” 

As we enter the season of preparation for Christ’s coming, let us reflect on what it means to be followers of Christus Rex.


Academy

Spring Formal Parent Info Night

An informational meeting for parents of high school students about our formal dance scheduled for the spring will be held on December 5 at 7:00 pm in the cafeteria.

Sacred Music Sub

Mr. David Harwood, Music Director of St. Isidore’s, has been hired to sub in our Sacred Music classes until a permanent replacement is found.

Attention 2nd-4th grade CEC students who need more art in their lives:

Come study great art and make some of your own! Art Club will begin after Christmas break and meet the first Monday of each month from 2:00-3:15 pm. Cost is $25 for 5 sessions. Email Mrs. Duncan to reserve your spot. 

January 8th: Ancient Art/Cave Paintings
February 5th: Giotto/Perspective
March 5th: Van Gogh/Color Theory
April 2nd: Audubon/Life drawing 
May 7th:  Millet/Prayer and Art

St. Nicholas Collection

Starting next week each class will have a shoe in which to collect coins from students to benefit the HELP Crisis Pregnancy Center in honor of St. Nicholas. Please encourage your children to bring in your loose change to help out this worthy cause.

Sacred Heart Gear is Here!

Sacred Heart gear makes great Christmas presents. Place your order by printing off this form and turning it into the office with a check or cash. Orders to be received before Christmas Break must be turned in by this Friday, December 1!

More Christmas Gift Ideas!

CDs made by former students of the Academy who formed the Schola Sancta Caecilia and recorded two CDs of beautiful traditional music are available for purchase in the Academy or Parish offices. In Bethlehem contains 21 traditional Christmas carols and antiphons. Stella Splendens contains more traditional music of the Church, chants, antiphons, and hymns. These make great stocking stuffers; This soothing music is great for bedtime, busy commutes, or any time you want to be spiritually revived. $15 each. Proceeds will benefit our parish music program.

Lost & Found

Our Lost & Found is overflowing again. Please come check out the green bin outside the office. There are several uniform pieces including cardigans which will be placed on the used uniform rack for sale at the end of next week if they are not claimed. Everything else will be donated to St. Vincent de Paul. A reminder to put your child’s name on his uniform.


Ministry

Christmas Market 2017

The Christmas season brings the opportunity to reach out to our neighbors in need. The 5th annual Christmas Market will transform our own Academy gymnasium into a winter wonderland shopping center for area families who have received a personal invitation to attend. Here, adults will be able to select from new toys donated by people like you. Substantially reduced prices will enable parents to purchase toys at affordable rates, allowing them the dignity of providing special gift for their children. How can you help? While you are out shopping this weekend, please take a moment to purchase new, quality toys for children ranging from 1-17 years old and bring them to church this Sunday. Do not wrap the gifts. If you are too busy to shop: Make a contribution or donate a gift card from Meijer, Kohls, or Walmart and we will do the shopping for you! Simply place an enveloped marked “Christmas Market” in the collection basket this Sunday.


Athletics

Basketball Opportunity for Students K-4th Grade

West Catholic is holding its annual youth basketball league for students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade. Early sign-ups must be in by December 1st. The first practice and game are December 16th. All the info is here.  


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

November
27 – Scrip due
29 – 5th-11th Assembly
30 – PTC Hot Lunch – Mexican

December
1 – Scrip due
3 – Advent Begins
5 – Spring Formal Parent Info Mtg
6 – St. Nicholas Day
7 – PTC Meeting
8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
8 – Scrip due
9 – Christmas Market
9 – High School Retreat
14 – Pizza Lunch
14 – Authenticum
15 – Scrip due
17 – Lord’s Day Celebration
18 – All School Assembly
21 – Christmas Break Begins

January
2 – Classes resume

Sacred Heart Academy is a parish apostolate of Sacred Heart of Jesus dedicated to assisting families, forming Catholics, and cultivating culture.

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – November 20 – November 24, 2017


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Christus Rex

 
November 20 -November 24, 2017, Thirty-Third Week of Ordinary Time

The Bible might be summarized as the story of two kings.

When God created the earth, he appointed Adam as his viceroy, “to fill the earth and subdue it” (Gen. 1:28) and “to till and keep it” (Gen. 2:15). But Adam failed in his duty, taking the authority God appointed him and claiming it as his own. The Biblical story relates God’s mission to reconcile man to Himself amidst sin, suffering, betrayal, and death – all of which we can trace back to the poor kingship and queenship of our first parents.

“For as in Adam all die,” Paul tells us in the New Testament reading for next Sunday’s feast day of Christ the King, “so also in Christ shall all be made alive” (1 Cor. 15:22).

Where Adam failed in his responsibility to cultivate creation and the good of future man, Christ triumphs. Paul presents Christ as a kind of military leader, like Joshua, conquering “every rule and every authority and every power.”

“For he must reign until he has put all his enemies under him,” Paul writes. “The last enemy to be destroyed is death” (1 Cor. 15:25-26).

And in conquering the powers of this world, all the progenitors of sin and suffering that Adam welcomed into his kingdom, Christ the King, Christus Rex, promises to look after even the least of his subjects: “I will seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness” (Ez. 34:12).
 


Academy

Thanksgiving Break

A reminder that there will be no school this week Wednesday through Friday for Thanksgiving Break. Give thanks to the Lord for He is good!

Montessori Lunch Help Needed!

We are still in need of a helper mom or moms to assist in covering recess on Tuesdays from 11:00-11:30 a.m. and recess + lunch on Thursdays from 11:00 a.m.-1:30 p.m. If you are able to help with either day, please contact Mrs. Divozzo.

Time to Apply for SMART Aid Scholarships for the 2018/19 School Year

It may seem early to apply, but the deadline for applications for financial aid for next school year is December 1. The earlier you get in your application, the more likely you will receive support. Funds are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, so don’t wait until the end of the school year to apply. This application is for all funds available through both Sacred Heart and the diocese. For Parent Instructions on how to apply, a parent guide, and the link to the application click here

Amazon Smile

Shop for everyone on your gift list this holiday here and Amazon will donate to Sacred Heart Parish and Academy.

Don’t Forget SCRIP for the Christmas Season!

During the Christmas season, scrip orders will be placed every week beginning November 27th until the week before Christmas. The dates include November 27, December 1, 8, and 15. These fundraising gift cards are great for teachers or for those on your list you have trouble shopping for. Don’t forget to treat yourself to a special gift card for a coffee or lunch break during all of the hustle and bustle! Make sure to visit http://www.shopwithscrip.com/ to view all of the special gift cards during the holidays. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Tracy at 735-1153.


Ministry


Athletics

Basketball Opportunity for Students K-4th Grade

West Catholic is holding its annual youth basketball league for students in Kindergarten through 4th Grade. Early sign-ups must be in by December 1st. First practice and game are December 16th. All the info is here.  


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

November
22-24 – Thanksgiving Break
27 – Scrip due
29 – 5th-11th Assembly
30 – PTC Hot Lunch – Mexican

December
1 – Scrip due
3 – Advent Begins
5 – Spring Formal Parent Info Mtg
6 – St. Nicholas Day
7 – PTC Meeting
8 – Feast of the Immaculate Conception
8 – Scrip due
9 – Christmas Market
9 – High School Retreat
14 – Pizza Lunch
14 – Authenticum
15 – Scrip due
17 – Lord’s Day Celebration
18 – All School Assembly
21 – Christmas Break Begins

January
2 – Classes resume

Sacred Heart Academy is a parish apostolate of Sacred Heart of Jesus dedicated to assisting families, forming Catholics, and cultivating culture.

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 23 – 27, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 23 – 27, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 23 – 27, 2017

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Spring & Fall

 
October 23th -27th, 2017, Twenty-eighth week of Ordinary Time

We take a break this week from our consideration of the Nicene Creed. Instead, enjoy the following poem about autumn. It was written “to a young child” by the English poet and priest Gerard Manley Hopkins. 

Spring and Fall
To a young child 

Margaret, are you grieving
Over Goldengrove unleaving?
Leaves, like the things of man, you
With your fresh thought care for, can you?
Ah! As the heart grows older 
It will come to such sights colder 
By and by, nor spare a sigh
Though worlds of wanwood leafmeal lie;
And yet you will weep and know why.
Now no matter, child, the name:
Sorrow’s springs are the same.
Nor mouth had, no nor mind, expressed
What heart heard of, ghost guessed:
It is the blight man was born for,
It is Margaret you mourn for. 

The poem describes a little girl, Margaret, who begins to cry when she sees leaves falling from the trees. The poem is addressed to Margaret, and the poet considers how Margaret’s relationship to autumn will change (and not change) as she grows older. While Margaret will express her sorrow differently, the poet says, it will be of the same character throughout her life: “Sorrow’s springs are the same,” meaning the source of her sorrow is the same, as a child or an adult. 

The deciduous trees will shed their leaves, and already the oranging, reddening and yellowing of Grand Rapids heralds winter’s stark naked trees and February’s gloom. In the fall, nature reminds us that we will not live forever; nature has its cyclic rhythm of life and death, and we cannot escape it: It is “the blight that man was born for.” But if this is a melancholy poem, it is not a despairing poem.

“Sorrow’s spring are the same.” The source of our sorrow is the same. But so is the spring, the renewal, of our joy the same. Into wonderfully clever pun, Hopkins packs the Christian’s paradoxical understanding of death. Death is just as evil and sorrowful as it was at the Fall. But Christ redeemed it, and so we look to the cross, that horrifying symbol of ignominy and death, as the source of our greatest hope. As we watch the leaves fall and the days grow shorter and darker, we may mourn with Margaret for the blight of death. But we will also rejoice, keeping our vigil for a burst of light in late December, when “the dawn from on high shall break upon us, to shine on those dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.”


Academy

Attendance Tardiness

If there is a valid reason your student is tardy to Mass or school, please email the academy office at office@sacredheartgr.org to let us know so we may mark him or her excused. We can’t know about traffic backups, toddlers throwing up on the way out the door, etc. unless you let us know! An email rather than a phone call, if possible, reduces office chaos in the morning. Thank you.

Partners in Formation Update

Sixteen families have met their three hour requirement for the semester, 57 families have earned some hours and 84 families have no hours at all. There is still time to get your hours in before the semester ends on January 19. Your 3 hours per family per semester requirement may be met by attending any combination of the following events:

Intro to Classical Education:  2:00 pm every Wednesday in the Newman Room at school (1 hour each)
Authenticum Lectures on November 9, December 14 and January 4 (1-1/2 hours each)
RCIA every Wednesday at 7:00 pm in the school library (1 hour each)

Infinite Campus

Initial Log On Instructions for Infinite Campus have been emailed to new families.  If you are an existing parent and you are having trouble with your password, please contact Mrs. Menardie to have it reset.

Free Smoke Alarms Carbon Monoxide Detectors

The Grand Rapids Fire Department is offering free smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors. Please call 456-3000 to request.

Come to School as a Saint on October 31st

Students are invited to dress up as a Saint on Tuesday, October 31st. Students’ costumes must have three distinguishing characteristics that make it clear that they are the saint they dressed up as.

Students need to memorize the name of the Saint, patronage, and at least one other piece of information about the saint.

Allergen Info for SHA Hot Lunches

Allergen information is included on the SHA Hot Lunch schedule here.
 
School Photos Have Arrived

School photos have arrived. Class photos are not included in your packets because they haven’t been taken yet. They are scheduled for November 2. The Montessori class will be photographed on Nov. 3. If you have any questions about your photo order our photographer, Mike Simmons, will be happy to address these issues. You may contact him at 890-8428 or morningsidestudion@gmail.com

Also, those who have had retakes taken must return their original orders to the academy office. Thank you.

College Planning Workshops for  Students

College planning workshops will be held for all interested 10th-12th graders during their activity periods on Thursdays starting October 26. Please follow this link for more information. Please note: there was an incorrect date on the flyer that went home. The beginning date is Thursday, October 26th.

Mass Readings

There have been some questions concerning Mass readings and why they frequently don’t follow what is printed in the Magnificat magazine. If there is an optional memorial for the day Father will use those readings. These are not printed in the Magnificat but may the citations for optional memorial readings are covered under the appropriate date in the pew missal.

Reminder: No School 10/27

There will be no school on Friday, October 27th. Faculty will participate in professional development.

Upcoming College Visits

Wyoming Catholic College: Tuesday, October 24th during activity period
Benedictine College: Tuesday, November 7th  during activity period
Hope College: Tuesday, November 7th during activity Period

College Preparation Parent Meeting

A parent meeting regarding college preparation will take place on Thursday, November 9 from 5:30 – 6:15 pm. Topics will include college planning overview, application process, interviewing, and, financial aid. Location to be announced. 

Classical Learning Test (CLT) Next Test Date

The CLT will be administered at the academy on Saturday, November 11. Registration deadline is November 7. Please go here to register on line.


Ministry

Movie Night Back by Popular Demand!

Our Family Movie Nights are continuing throughout the school year! On Thursday, October 26, the feature film “The Scarlet and the Black” (1983; NR) will be shown in the gym. Hot dogs, popcorn, and other refreshments will be sold throughout the evening to benefit youth ministry at Sacred Heart. Doors and concessions open at 6:15pm, movie starts at 6:30pm. Please bring blankets or low back lawn chairs, and arrive early to stake out your spot! Contact Miss Quiroz  with any questions.

Mass for God’s Children

The Diocese of Grand Rapids invites parents who have experienced the loss of a child before baptism to a Mass for God’s Children celebrated by Fr. Thomas Cavera on Friday, November 3 at 7:00 pm at the Cathedral of Saint Andrew at 301 Sheldon SE. A memorial rose and naming cards will be provided for families who have lost a child(ren). If you would like to reserve a rose and have your child(ren) remembered on a name card please contact Mary Pereira before November 1 by calling 616-240-7896 or email her at mpereira@dioceseofgrandrapids.org. All are welcome to attend including parents, grandparents, siblings, relatives, and friends. A reception will follow Mass.

All Saints Party – RSVP, Candy Needed, Volunteers Needed

The Sacred Heart All Saints party will be held on Tuesday, October 31st. Please consider donating a bag or two of candy in the bins at the exits of the church.

To be sure we have enough food and candy, please register here.

Pictures from last year’s party are available here.

Volunteers ages 13 – 18 are needed to help run children’s games during the party. Volunteers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite saint and are allowed to eat candy throughout the night. Please contact Miss Quiroz to sign up!

Keeping Christ in Christmas Card Contest

The 11th annual Sacred Heart Keeping Christ in Christmas card design contest has started. This year the Knights are adding an additional twist. Parishioners and parents will be able to purchase Christmas cards made from prior winning designs. Portions of the profit from the Christmas card sales will benefit the academy art program. To get details about entering this year’s contest and view winning designs from prior years, click here.


Athletics

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee will continue on Friday, October 27th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm despite there being no school.

Winter Sports Sign-Up

The Winter Sports Season is around the corner and SHA is proud to offer Boys & Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Competitive Cheer.  Please sign up you children as soon as possible. Wrestling is a league wide sport that is usually held at Catholic Central.  More info will be available in the upcoming weeks as the participation numbers come in. To sign up your child for these sport, please follow this link .


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

October

24  Wyoming Catholic College Presentation
25  5th-11th Assembly (8:40 am – following Mass in School Gym)
25  Parent Series #5
27  No School
31  All Saints Mass & Party

November

1 – All Saints
2 – All Souls
2 – PTC Hot Lunch
7 – Benedictine & Hope College Presentations
9 – Authenticum
9 – 7th Grade Retreat
11 – Classical Learning Test
12 – Lord’s Day
14 – Conferences
15 – M-4th Assembly
16 – Pizza Lunch
16 – Conferences
16 – School Board Mtg
17 – Conferences
17 – High School Symphony Outing
22-24 – Thanksgiving Break
29 – 5th-11th Assembly
30 – PTC Hot Lunch

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SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 9 – 13, 2017


SHA Weekly Newsletter – October 9 – 13, 2017


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Ante Omnia Saecula

 
Et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula:  Born of the Father before all ages
 
October 9th -13th, 2017, Twenty sixth week of Ordinary Time

We continue our reflections on the Nicene Creed this week. 

In Latin: Et ex Patre natum ante omnia saecula. 

In English: Born of the Father before all ages. 

Man did not learn of the name of the second person of the Trinity until the reign of Caesar Augustus. His name is Jesus, which in Hebrew means “God saves.” According to the Catechism, his name simultaneously expresses his identity and his mission. He is the savior; his mission is to save. His identity and his mission are one in his name. 

And when did Jesus receive this identity and this mission? Scripture and the Creed tell us.

“In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God and the Word was God” (John 1:1). The Word is Jesus, and Jesus is “God saves,” and “God saves” was with God and “God saves” was God from the beginning: “Born of the Father before all ages, God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God.”  

God launched his rescue mission at the very beginning, and he called it by his own name, and it was Hisself. We remind ourselves of the Father’s immeasurable love by invoking the name of his Son, “God saves,” Jesus, Our Savior. One could do much worse than simply to chant the “name which is above all names” (Philippians 2:9) and meditate on the depth of its meaning, a meaning that stretches back ante omnia saecula, before all ages. For as the Catechism tells us, “Many Christians, such as St. Joan of Arc, have died with the one word ‘Jesus’ on their lips” (CCC 435). May we invoke the name of Jesus as we encounter His will for us each day.


Academy

Parent Grade Gatherings

It is that time of year again where we have our Parent Grade Gatherings!
This year we are looking to do a few things differently:

1. Two to Three Grades will be joined together for each gathering.
2. The parties will span into November and beginning of December to help relieve busy Fall schedules. 
3.  A flyer will be sent home the week of each party as a reminder for parents with specific party information: home address, phone number, etc.
4. All parties will be held from 7pm-9pm. Please bring an appetizer or dessert to pass, as well as your preferred beverage for yourself.

Please see date and host information below (All parties include CEC and FT parents)

Montessori- The Barrow’s December 1st, 2017
1st-2nd – The Klafeta’s October 14th, 2017
3rd grade-5th grade – The Meerman’s November 18th, 2017
6th grade- 8th grade – The Langenbach’s October 27th, 2017
High School – The Weis’ October 19th, 2017

If you have any questions please feel free to email Alyssa at avanderhyde@sacredheartgr.org

Lower School Grade Book Announcement

Report cards will look differently this quarter. We are in the process of creating our own report card template that will better reflect what we are teaching in the classroom. This reporting system is independent of Infinite Campus. Students in Montessori through 4th grade will receive a report card directly from Sacred Heart Academy beginning this first quarter.

Also, look to receive a Student Progress Report in your email next week (10/17) from your devoted lower school teachers. This report will give you an idea of where your student stands academically and behaviorally. The first quarter ends November 3rd. Parent teacher conferences may be scheduled through the office for the third week in November (11/17).

Come to School as a Saint on October 31st

Students are invited to dress up as a Saint on Monday, October 31st. Student’s costumes must have three distinguishing characteristics that make it clear that they are the saint they dressed up as.

Students need to memorize the name of the Saint, patronage, and one piece of information.
 
Parking Lot Resurfacing Update

Parking lot re-do was postponed due to weather. It will be redone on Monday, Oct. 9-10, and will be striped on Wednesday, Oct. 12. The lot should be usable by Thursday morning.

Fall Social Grades 5th – 12th Grade and their Parents

Who: 5th – 12th grade students and their parents
What: Chili Potluck Dinner, square dancing, hayrides and fall fun!
Where: The Peterson Family Farm – 11784 Arthur, Nunica MI 49448
When: Saturday, October 21st – 4:30 – 9:30 pm
Cost: $15 per family (2-3) people, $20 per family (4 plus)
What to Bring: Crockpot of Chili (A-L) Bread and Cookies (M-Z)
Attire: Fall appropriate clothing and shoes for outdoors and barn floor dancing. Layer and check weather and temperatures! Barn is not heated.
Payment and RSVP: Please email number attending to agumbko@comcast.net and make payment at SHA office, both by 10/15/17

See invitation here.

Ave Maria University Visit

Ave Maria University will visit SHA High School students during activity period on October 9.


Ministry

Final Fatima Event: October 13

Join us as Sacred Heart of Jesus brings the Fatima Centennial Celebrations to a joyous close! “Cara Regina – An Evening of Prayer and Music” celebrating the life and virtues of our Lady.
Adoration, Rosary, Benediction, special musical works for voices & Baroque chamber ensemble with a gala reception to follow!
Everyone is welcome.   

Carmelite Girls Day Retreat – October 14th

Sacred Heart girls ages 14 – 18 are invited to spend a day with the Carmelite sisters who serve St. Ann’s Home. The retreat day will take place on October 14th, from 8:30am – 6:30pm. This is a great way to experience religious life here in Grand Rapids, spend some time learning about how God communicates His will for our lives, and to meet some beautiful and holy sisters. Please RSVP to Miss Quiroz by October 8th. See flyer attached.

All Saints Party – RSVP, Candy Needed, Volunteers Needed

The Sacred Heart All Saints party will be held on Tuesday, October 31st. Please consider donating a bag or two of candy in the bins at the exits of the church.

To be sure we have enough food and candy, please register here.

Pictures from last year’s party are available here.

Volunteers ages 13 – 18 are needed to help run children’s games during the party. Volunteers are encouraged to dress up as their favorite saint and are allowed to eat candy throughout the night. Please contact Miss Quiroz to sign up!


Athletics

Ultimate Frisbee Club

Ultimate Frisbee will continue on Friday October 13th from 3:30 – 4:30 pm.

Winter Sports Sign-Up

The Winter Sports Season is around the corner and SHA is proud to offer Boys & Girls Basketball, Wrestling, and Competitive Cheer.  Please sign up you children as soon as possible. Wrestling is a league wide sport that is usually held at Catholic Central.  More info will be available in the upcoming weeks as the participation numbers come in. To sign up your child for these sport, please follow this link .


SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time. From then on each event is listed below and linked to the main calendar on the website. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.  

October

9   Scrip due
9   Ave Maria Visit during Activity Period
11  PSAT for 11th Grade
11 Parent Series #3
13  PSAT for 8th/9th Grade
13  Ultimate Frisbee
13  Final Fatima Event – Concert
14  Carmelite Girls Retreat
14   1st – 2nd Parent Gathering
15  Lord’s Day
17  School Photo Retakes
18  Parent Series #4
19  Pizza Lunch
19  8th Grade Retreat
20  Ultimate Frisbee
21  Fall Social
25  Parent Series #5
27  No School
31  All Saints Mass & Party

November

1 – All Saints
2 – All Souls
9 – Authenticum
9 – 7th Grade Retreat

Sacred Heart Academy is a parish apostolate of Sacred Heart of Jesus dedicated to assisting families, forming Catholics, and cultivating culture.

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