Welcome to the 2017-2018 school year at Sacred Heart School! Our pastor, Fr. Eric, school faculty, staff and I look forward to another great year working with you. Sacred Heart School provides an outstanding traditional catholic school education which is the best investment you can make for your child’s future. I am proud of the remarkably strong Christian values and family traditions we share. We extend a warm welcome to our new families! The SHS and parish community offer their friendship to all of you.
I am confident that working in partnership with Fr. Eric, our excellent faculty and staff, our dedicated parents and school family we will have an extraordinary 2017-2018 school year. The traditions that have endured here are the stepping stones for our continued success and the development of new goals for an even greater future.
We have been quite busy this summer preparing for this coming school year. There was work done on the infrastructure of the building and cement work on the steps and walkway at the red doors facing the PKA building. Outside floor mats were placed for Pre-K for All outside centers and activities. Technology continues to progress here at Sacred Heart. We are excited to inform you that fifteen new Chromebooks have been delivered to us which enable us to add a few more Chromebooks to each classroom. This year grades K through 8 will begin using a new Reading program fully aligned to the common core standards. The teachers have and will be attending Professional Development to learn more about the program and the best instructional practices to use with it. We are hoping that the consistency of using the same program will benefit the students reading and writing capabilities. The best news is that we are replacing seven of our SMARTboards with new 65” Interactive Anti-Glare J-Touch Smartboards. The teachers and I are very excited about these new advancements.
Please join me in welcoming our new 4th grade teacher Mrs. Theresa Lombardo to our Sacred Heart family. Mrs. Lombardo comes to Sacred Heart with a wealth of knowledge and experience. She has been busy this summer preparing the fourth grade classroom and anticipating meeting her new students. Mrs. Lombardo will be a wonderful asset to our already fabulous faculty and staff.
New student registration continues and I encourage you to help us in our recruitment efforts by spreading the “Good News” of this wonderful school to all your neighbors, friends, and family. Your good word is great support for the growth of SHS. We have been registering new students all summer long and I am pleased to announce that our Kindergarten enrollment has increased from last year, which is a great testament to what our Pre-K for All teachers are doing and the “good news” of our Kindergarten program and all of our teachers.
Enclosed you will find the September calendar along with pertinent information regarding the first few days of school. Also in this packet are instructions for the “STOP and DROP” which will begin on September 11th. All of our returning families are familiar with the STOP and DROP procedures: enter Castleton Avenue and exit Cary or North Burgher Avenue. I am hoping that our volunteers from last year can continue this year but if there are others that could volunteer 35-40 minutes of their time in the morning, please call the office and let us know. All volunteers are deeply appreciated and the success of STOP and DROP and other programs here at Sacred Heart depend upon our volunteers.
Together with our dedicated faculty and staff, I eagerly look forward to the first day of school and to working in an active partnership with you to provide an outstanding learning community for our school children. May the Lord’s blessing and peace be with you as you safely enjoy the rest of the spectacular summer days ahead.
Celeste J. Catalano
Celeste J. Catalano
Noah Lorczak from Sacred Heart School took first place at the Antonio Meucci Young Inventors Competition.
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Sacred Heart 8th graders compete at the Staten Island Robotics Competition at St. Joseph by-the-Sea High School and take 1st Place!
Sacred Heart School is a catholic elementary school serving the spiritual and educational needs of children in Pre-Kindergarten through Grade Eight for over 140 years. Our mission is to promote strong academic, moral, religious, and spiritual values in our students that will last a lifetime. We strive to foster each child to actualize his or her unique gifts and talents within the environment of faith development and academic excellence. We instruct students in the process of becoming life-long learners capable of confronting the challenges of a rapidly changing world.
Sacred Heart School administration, faculty, and staff work in the belief that all children are sacred children of God. Our mission is “to teach all with Christian goodness” – Docentes Omnia Cum Pietate Christiana.
This school community provides a safe learning environment in which children feel honored and their rights of expression, individuality, and differences are celebrated. Students of Sacred heart develop a sense of understanding and compassion for others and the courage to act on Christian beliefs.
Through excellence in teaching and learning, children are empowered to develop their potential and lead extraordinary lives in the service of their community and the world.