Sacred Heart School

Week of Nov. 17


On Saturday, I attended the OSP Fair to recruit new families to Sacred Heart. I was nervous about going, knowing that I had not recruited a Spanish translator and my Spanish was not up to par. However, I was hoping that I could win folks over with my good looks, trifold board, and nice table cloth.

However, much to my delight, as soon as I got there, I ran into Josselyn Guerra, an 8th grader at Sacred Heart. She said "Oh Ms. Heil, don't worry, I'll speak with the families."

From that moment on, Josselyn ran the show. She spoke so beautifully and eloquently about the school. She spoke about how her experience in public schools and how grateful she was to be given the opportunity to go to a private school. She spoke about her teachers challenge her both academically and spiritually. She concluded by saying "I wouldn't send my child to any school but Sacred Heart."

Following the fair, Josselyn and I went to visit the Georgetown Visitation table. She shook hands with the Admissions Director and requested an interview with her so she could talk about why she would be a good candidate for their school.

As I was leaving, I couldn't help but reflect on what had just happened. What an amazing feeling to be outshone and outsmarted by one of my own students.

I was reminded that day that our job is not to make students who are just like us, our job is to make students who are better than we are. Students who speak more languages, are more confident than we are, and ask better questions.

I left with a renewed sense of pride in our school. Josselyn was able to communicate with adults. She understood the value of volunteering and was willing to help out, without even being asked. She was a self-advocate. She knew how to present herself and ask for what she needed. She was grateful.

I left feeling proud - proud of the work we do, proud of Sacred Heart, and most importantly, proud of the woman Josselyn has become.

Learning is Cool

Community Engagement

Inclement Weather

Sacred Heart School follows Montgomery County for weather closures. A School Reach will be sent out as well as an email. The school website will also be updated.

Parent Teacher Conferences

We had a 90% turn out rate for Quarter 1 parent-teacher conferences. Thank you, thank you, thank you to all the teachers who went the extra mile, scheduling conferences, calling parents, and not giving up! You all are amazing.

Teaching Tips

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Christmas Show Rehearsals

Christmas Show rehearsals will continue next week from 8:00-8:15.

Upon returning from Thanksgiving Break, Middle school will have a 2 hour rehearsal on Wednesday, Dec. 3 from 1:30-3:15 and Friday, Dec. 5th from 1:30-3:15.

The whole school will rehearse on Wednesday, Dec. 10 from 8:00-10:00 and on Friday, Dec. 12th from 1:30-3:15.

A letter will be going out in the Red Folder on Monday with information about which songs classes are singing as well as what they should plan on wearing.

Upcoming Events

Staff Meeting

Monday, Nov. 17th, 3:45pm


There will be a staff meeting on Monday at 3:45. Location TBD!

Homeroom Parent Meetings

Monday, Nov. 17th, 6pm

Sacred Heart School

PreK3, PreK4, and K will meet on Monday.

3-8th will meet on Tuesday.

1 and 2nd will meet on Thursday

Coffee Chat with Principal Heil

Thursday, Nov. 20th, 8:30am


Parents will be invited to share feedback about the school at Coffee and Doughnuts with parents.

Angel Morning

Friday, Nov. 21st, 11:30am

Sacred Heart

Another Angel Morning will be hosted with a focus on Early Childhood students.

3rd and 4th Field trip

Friday, Nov. 21st, 9am

National Museum of American History, Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC

3rd and 4th are attending a field trip at the American History Museum

Staff Thanksgiving Party

Friday, Nov. 21st, 4:30pm

1319 Irving St NW

Washington, DC

Our Staff Thanksgiving party will be held at Ms. Heil's house (1319 Irving St NW, Washington, DC).

All are invited to attend!