Vale | SHA Weekly Newsletter | January 18, 2017 |


January 18th, 2017, Second Week of Ordinary Time

Vale; Farewell! 

Father Peter announced on January 8th that he has been assigned to a new parish, Our Lady of Consolation in Rockford effective next Friday, the 27th of January. With this news comes a flood of emotions for all of us as we reflect upon the impact Father Peter has had on our families, students, and staff.

What a gift his presence has been to each of our families throughout his ministry at Sacred Heart Parish and Academy. His desire to seek the Lord first is apparent in all he does, and we are grateful for his example of virtue and ultimate love for the flock he tends. We are grateful that Father Peter will remain in the Diocese of Grand Rapids, and all of us look forward to encountering him in the future.

This Sunday, please join us from 3:00 to 4:00 pm for a “Farewell, Father” Gathering in the church basement. We petition all of you to keep Father Peter, and Sacred Heart Parish and Academy in your prayers throughout this transition.

All Academy

Spring Conference Schedule

Spring parent-teacher conferences are scheduled for February 8-10. If you would like to meet with your child’s teachers, please fill out this form and return it to the academy office by February 1. The more children you have the more important it is to get your form in early. Conference times are assigned on a first come, first served basis.

A Man for All Seasons Tickets!

Join us the first weekend in February to see A Man for All Seasons performed by the Sacred Heart Academy Theatre Arts Program! Links for tickets are located below. The show will be performed at Wealthy Street Theatre: 1130 Wealthy Street SE, Grand Rapids.

Each link is specific to that day’s performance. Please make sure you purchase tickets for the day you would like to see the performance.

Friday, February 3rd, 7:00 pm

Saturday, February 4th, 7:00 pm

Sunday, February 5th, 2:00 pm

SHA Open Houses

Please share the following information with friends and famliy that are interested in joining the Sacred Heart Family:

1/29:  Open House for new and current families following Mass and KofC Breakfast. Students, please wear your uniforms to this Catholic Schools Week Kick Off Mass.

1/31: All School Open House for New Families 6-8 pm

2/23: Montessori Information Night for New and Current Families 6-7 pm

Half Day Friday Reminder

SHA Students will be dismissed at 11:30 this Friday, January 20th. Faculty and Staff will participate in a Professional Development seminar.

Lunch Kitchen Clean Up

We are in desperate need of kitchen clean up assistance!  Hours are from 1-3 pm on days when we have hot lunch. Please consider this convenient way to volunteer, as it is right before pick up time!  Please email Carolyn Koepke to be put on the volunteer schedule. Thank you!

Video of Epiphany Program

If you have a full recording of the Epiphany Program please email it to Miss Surrell.

EWTN: Cool to be Catholic Contest for High School Students

High school students could see their work on EWTN! EWTN’s Cool to be Catholic contest invites students in high school to create a 30-second or 60-second commercial showing their passion for the Catholic faith. Entries can be submitted through June 30. Learn more here.

Box Top Blitz: 3,000 in Two Weeks!

On January 27th, Mr. Krygier will be mailing out our collected Boxtops. The situation is that we are well below our normal volume. Let’s blow the top off this box!  Let’s put a huge smile on his face!

Bring in Boxtops with the expiration of 2017 and up, all nicely cut if you are able, and collect 3,000 Boxtops. There are collection sheets that you can also glue the boxtops on to keep track of them. This makes processing the Boxtops easier. Print off collection sheets here, and have your kids gluestick them on. Stay tuned in to see how we do. Go team SHA!

Handbook Highlight: Social Networking

“We live in an age where instantaneous communication is the norm.  Most of this occurs through social media and many parents and students use social media sites to communicate.   As you may be aware, social media can embolden and tempt participants to make abusive remarks they might not otherwise state to a live audience.  The instantaneous nature of this type of communication makes it a risk.  Faculty, parents, and students may be held accountable for what they publish regarding the school, member of the staff or students at Sacred Heart Academy regardless of where the communication originated.  This may include the permanent removal of students from the school.  Also, it is not appropriate for teachers or other staff members to communicate with students using this medium.

Sacred Heart Academy does have an official Facebook page.  We will use these modes of communication to share information relevant to Academy life and its mission.  We are aware that there are also non-official social networking pages that share information about the Academy.  Please note that Academy officials do not moderate non-official SHA pages.  Accordingly, families rely on information on these sites at their own risk.”


Parish Family Night: 1/18

Join us this Wednesday, January 18th for our Parish Night.  Our speaker is Mr. Sean Maltbie. The title of his talk is “The Christian Family: Love and Responsibility”. This is our second installment of our parish study of Pope John Paul II’s Letter to Families. Don’t worry if you missed week one, each talk in the three part series can be done individually as well.  Sung Vespers at 5:00 p.m. with parish meal following in Friendship Hall. Talk begins at 6:15 p.m.  There is something for every age group and nursery is available.   We look forward to seeing you there!Find JPII’s Letter to Families here. Find last week’s talk here.

Catholic Schools Week Knights of Columbus Breakfast

On January 29th the Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus will be preparing a pancake and egg breakfast in the Sacred Heart cafeteria. Breakfast will be served from 8:00 am to noon.

This breakfast helps celebrate the beginning of Catholic schools week and helps raise funds so that Knights can continue to support parish and community activities. Sacred Heart Academy open house follows the 10:30am Mass. More details are available here. Thank you for your continued support.

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

Congratulations to all the winners of the Sacred Heart Knights of Columbus council free throw competition held on Tuesday, January 7th. The 2017 winners are:

Manuel Sanchez
Ryan Heldt
Dominic Maslanka
Rainey Kolenda
David Koepke
Jack Blouw

Please wish these students well as they move on to the district competition scheduled for February 5th.

High School Ministry:

Parish Night: 1/18

Join us this Wednesday during parish night for a discussion on the Church’s teaching on families. At the end of the night, we will have a rousing game of Family Feud! Meet your peers in the SHA gym at 6:15pm to participate.       

Ski Trip: 2/20 9:30 am – 2:00 pm

We have a ski day planned at Cannonsburg for Monday, Feb 20 from 9:30am to 2pm. If you would like to attend this event, fill out this permission form and submit your fee to the main office on or before January 31. The cost per student is $10, including lift ticket and equipment rental. Helmets and lessons are available for an additional $5 each. Find more information here, and email Miss. Quiroz with any additional questions.

Baby Blanket Donation Thank you from HELP Pregnancy

Thank you for the over 400 fleece blankets. Our HELP families will be so blessed by your efforts. Our prayer is that your time at the March for LIFE will echo the actions you’ve already put forth in the name of the unborn. God’s blessing on your trip!
May the blessings you bestow on us return to you hundredfold.
Paula Veneklase, Director
HELP Pregnancy Crisis Aid



The 2017 Boys and Girls 5th and 6th Grade teams seasons are winding down. Each team has their final game of the season on Saturday, January 21st.  The 5th Grade Girls play at Rockford Christian at 9 AM and the 5/6th boys play here at Sacred Heart at 11:20 AM.  Please come out and cheer on your teams!

This year, SHA is holding 2 end of year Basketball Tournaments simultaneously. The Tournaments start January 23rd and finish with Championship Saturday on Feb 4th.  Please come out and support your teams!

West Side Boys – 4th Grade Basketball Program

Please find more information here on the West Side Boys Try-Ins.

Spring Sports

Spring Sports are around the corner.  Stay tuned for the chance for your student athletes in grades 5th-8th to play Baseball, Softball, Lacrosse, Girls Soccer, Tennis (6th-8th), and/or Boys & Girls Track.  Sign ups will be announced through the Newsletter in the near future.

SHA Calendar – Four Weeks at a Glance

Events are included in the newsletter one time, from then on, they can be found below, which links to the main Academy calendar, the website calendar. The website calendar is the official calendar. Occasionally, we will list special Mass Celebrations. For a complete Parish Mass schedule, please click here. For this week’s Parish bulletin, click here.


17 – 20  Semester 1 Exams
18   Parish Family Night
20   Half Day for Students
21    6th Grade Boys Basketball vs. St. Stans/SMV
22   Father Peter Going Away Party
25   Parish Family Night
25-28   March for Life Trip
26    PTC Pizza Lunch
29    Catholic Schools Week Begins
29    Catholic Schools Week Mass – Come in Your Uniform!
30    Dress Rehearsal – A Man for All Seasons
31     Sacrament of Confession
31    Dress Rehearsal – A Man for All Seasons


1   Conference Slips Due
1   All School Assembly
1   A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
1   Parish Family Night
2   Candlemass
2    A Man for All Seasons Dress Rehearsal
2    Authenticum
3    A Man for All Seasons Opens
4    A Man for All Seasons
5    A Man for All Seasons
8    Half Day for Students
8    Parent Teacher Conferences
8    Parish Family Night
9    PTC Lunch
9    Parent Teacher Conferences
10  Offers of Enrollment Due
10  Half Day for Students
10  Parent Teacher Conferences
15   Open Enrollment Begins
15   Parish Family Night
20-21 Mid-Winter Break
22  5th-10th Assembly
22  Parish Family Night
23  PTC Pizza Lunch
23  Montessori Information Night 6-7 pm

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