Sacred Heart School

Week of March 9

New Favorite Article

http://www.bostonglobe.com/magazine/2015/02/26/things-every-kid-should-master/uM72LGr63zeaStOp9zGyrJ/story.html?event=event25%3Fevent%3Devent25


This weekend, I stumbled across an article that really resonated with me. I wanted to share it with you all because I think it very much affirms the work we are doing at Sacred Heart and the overall vision of our school.


As standardized testing rages on and as we enter into our heavy season of testing, I often wonder, like most people, "Are we doing the right thing?" However, the question really ought to be "Are we measuring the right thing?"


This article titled "7 things every kid should master", presents the case that YES, we should measure what our kids know and are able to do. However, we should think really really carefully about what it is we're measuring. The author then goes on to outline 7 things that kids should truly master while they're at school.


She presents a case for the following themes: Reading, Inquiry, Flexible Thinking and Use of Evidence, Conversation, Collaboration, Engagement, and Well-Being.


As I was reading through each item, I couldn't help but think "Yes. We're doing that! And we're doing that! And we're doing THAT!"


We ARE working to develop a love of reading (and measuring it). We're working to develop a sense of inquiry ("What do you wonder?") and recording these wonderings. Yes, we are developing a culture of thinking and reasoning and making it visible for others to see. We are supporting conversations in our classroom and opportunities for collaboration. We are seeking ways to engage students through creative Labs and new books. And most importantly, at the core of who we are at a Catholic School, we are working to support and promote the well being of our students, physically, emotionally, and spiritually.


I highly recommend reading the article and I am definitely interested in hearing your thoughts. Give it a go and send me a note. Do you think we're focused on and measuring the right things at Sacred Heart?

Evidence Of...

Upcoming Dates

After Care Family Night

Tuesday, March 10th, 6pm

Theater

Mr. Bonilla and the team from LAYC will be hosting a Family Night for the members of the After Care Program!

Half Day - PD Day

Wednesday, March 11th, 9pm

TBD

Wednesday is a half day. There is PD Scheduled for the afternoon. Details will be coming from Ms. Heil. Stay tuned!

4th Grade Reconciliation

Wednesday, March 11th, 9am

3211 Sacred Heart Way

Washington, DC

4th grade will attend Reconciliation at 9am on Wednesday. Schedules will need to be modified.

Girl Scout Cookie Sale

Wednesday, March 11th, 12:30pm

Theater

Girl Scouts will be selling cookies in the theater. Bring a few extra dollars if you're interested in stocking up! :)

HSA Meeting

Thursday, March 12th, 6pm

Theater

HSA will meet at 6:00 pm on Thursday night. All are welcome!

Consortium Principals Meeting at Sacred Heart

Thursday, March 12th, 9pm

Ms. Heil's Office

The principals from the other Consortium schools along with Marguerite Conley will be coming to Sacred Heart on Thursday for a tour from 1:00-3:00 pm. We will most likely be walking into classrooms - don't feel the need to stop teaching.

1st and 2nd grade Field Trip to GALA Theater

Thursday, March 12th, 10:30am

Gala theater

1st and 2nd Graders will head to the Gala Theater for a show!

HSA Jeans Day

Friday, March 13th, 7:30am

Sacred Heart

Dress down for $1

Way of the Cross - 1st and 2nd Grade

Friday, March 13th, 11:30am

3211 Sacred Heart Way

Washington, DC

Way of the Cross for 1st and 2nd Grade on Friday. Schedules will need to be modified to accommodate lunch/recess.

Save the Date - Homeroom Parent Meetings

Sunday, March 8th, 9pm

School

Homeroom Parent Meetings are next week.


Monday, the 16th- Early Childhood

Tuesday, the 17th- 3rd through 8th

Thursday, the 19th - 1st and 2nd grade

Save the Date - Panera Night

Thursday, March 19th, 9pm

3100 14th Street Northwest

Washington, DC

Sacred Heart Family Night at Panera on Thursday, March 19th. Bring your family and friends!

SAVE THE DATE - Spring Beautification Day

Saturday, March 21st, 8am

Schoo

Spring Beautification Day will be on Saturday, March 21st. Great day for families and friends to come hang out at school!

Shout Outs

Ms. Bogosian is tackling her first Marathon this weekend on Saturday, March 14th here in DC! 26.2 Miles! Go Ms. Bogosian!


Ms. Kullberg finished her Master's Degree in Teacher Leadership and Curriculum Design! She has also earned a spot on the Faculty at Project Zero at Harvard University this summer! Way to go!


Ms. Heil will be hosting a party this weekend at her house. Everyone & anyone is invited to come celebrate!