Sacred Heart School

Week of January 11th

Children are Maggots

On Friday night, a friend of mine and I went to go see Matilda the Musical at the Kennedy Center! It was a great show, bringing back many memories of one of my favorite books from when I was a kid.

In the story of Matilda, there is one evil headmistress. Her name is Mrs. Trunchbull. Her school motto is "Children are Maggots". Her claim-to-fame is punishing children by placing them in a room called "the Chokey" - a tiny pitch-black room, lined with spikes so you can't sit down. She's a pretty terrible lady.

However, Matilda knows that if she's not happy with a situation, she can change it. Her love of books inspires her to "rewrite the ending". After gathering up the support of her fellow students and staging a revolt, the students end up having Mrs. Trunchbull thrown out of the school and their favorite teacher, Ms. Honey takes over! VICTORY!

Now's a good time to start thinking about how you want to write the ending of this school year. What are you going to revolt against? Perhaps kids are talking too much when you're teaching. Perhaps you don't feel as if kids have enough opportunities for movement and play? Perhaps you're going to ensure that all of your children leave your classroom better equipped to handle the next grade!

What's the moral of today's story? Don't be like Mrs. Trunchbull. Don't be a bully. Simply take inspiration from Matilda and rewrite your own ending!

And for those of you who appreciate a little musical theater... here's a clip from one of my favorite scenes!

When I Grow Up - Matilda the Musical

Great Week

Performance Series Testing

Performance Series testing schedules have been sent out. We will begin this week. Please let Ms. Heil know if there are any questions or concerns as to how to proctor the test.

Coming Up!

SAT Team Meeting

Monday, Jan. 11th, 3:45pm

Middle School Team Room

All are welcome to join. Drop-ins always welcome!

DC-PZ Event at Washington Yu Ying

Sunday, Jan. 10th, 9pm

220 Taylor Street Northeast

Washington, DC

A free Professional Development event will be hosted by DC-PZ at the Washington Yu Ying School from 6-8pm on the theme of educating for global competence.

Half Day - PD in the Afternoon

Wednesday, Jan. 13th, 12:30pm


Wednesday, January 13th will be a half day.

Middle School teachers will be engaged in a PD led by a Dell Consultant on using their projectors. Ms. Heil will have the middle school students in the theater during the morning.

PK3-4th grade will attend Project Zero training led by Melissa Mazzini and Ms. Bogosian. The training will be on how instructional aides can support PZ work in the classroom.

Aides will be expected to attend with their team teacher (Rodriguez + Gonzalez, Ramirez + Joya, Medley + Ms. Patty, Nicolasa + Ms. Bonilla, Mattoon + Ms. P). This presentation will last from 1:30-2:30pm. Coverage has been arranged with after school.

Homeroom Parent Meetings

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 5pm


Homeroom Parent meetings will be held from 5-6pm. Use this time to engage parents in a discussion about a hot-topic for your classroom. It might be "how do you effectively discipline your child?" "How do you support their learning at home?" etc. Let Ms. Heil know if you'd like help planning.

7th and 8th grade parents will attend a meeting on the March for Life. "How can you talk to your child about the Church's teachings on life?"

HSA Meeting

Thursday, Jan. 14th, 6pm


An HSA Meeting will follow the Homeroom parent meetings

Chuck-E-Cheese fundraiser

Friday, Jan. 15th, 3pm

1127 University Boulevard East

Takoma Park, MD

HSA is hosting a Chuck-E-Cheese fundraiser on Friday in Takoma Park. All are welcome to join!

No School - MLK Day

Monday, Jan. 18th, 8am

Your house

There will be no school on Monday, January 18th.

Inclement Weather

We follow Montgomery County Schools. If Montgomery County is closed due to inclement weather, we are also closed. If there is a 2-hour delay, teachers should be at school by 9:30am. Prayer will begin at 9:50 am and classes will begin at 10:00am. If there is an Early Release, the office will send a SchoolReach home and will provide directions over the intercom for how we will dismiss (theater or classrooms).

The video Ms. Heil keeps talking about:

Pope Francis' prayer intentions for January 2016