Sacred Heart School

Week of September 9th

If you lose the trail, take the river.

This weekend, I, like most folks trying to soak up the last minutes of summer, took to the trails and went for two beautiful hikes with my friends. On the first hike, we trekked up to Gunpowder State Falls in Baltimore. We examined the map carefully and decided to take this one trail that looped around the park and stayed pretty close to the water the whole time. I guess, from the title of this, you can glean what happened next. We somehow got off course and lost the trail. Not quite sure how to get back, we decided to traverse the river to catch the trail on the other side. Once on the other side, we still couldn't find the trail, so we trekked in the river for about 30 minutes, until we reconnected with the trail.

A metaphor for the start of school? I'd say so.

Often times, we think we know where the trail will go in teaching. We have a plan, we have a map, and we set out. And then somewhere along the way, we get lost. The internet shuts down, your AC is broken, the ipads aren't charged, the ovens turned off mysteriously, you're on your own with 30 kids, a child pees on the front steps during recess, there's a lice outbreak in your classroom, a child swallows a toy (you get the point).

It's during moments like these that great teachers come to light. The teachers who are not afraid to jump in the river and trek along without a map. Those who can make up a plan, make a new trail, and keep trekking along. Those who can tackle the adversity and still bring positive energy to the school!

Thank you to all who forged new trails this past week. Thank you for helping guide each other on the path (which is at times, unclear). And to the extra crazy hikers out there - Thank you for remaining positive and cheerful as the chaos unfolds.

And for those who are wondering, the most fun was had in the river - not on the trail!

PS - The girl in the photo is my dear friend Claire, who I have been friends with since our Kindergarten days in our little Catholic elementary school!

The Week Ahead..

Science Assembly

Wednesday, Sep. 9th, 1:30pm


Classes are invited to attend a Science Assembly in the theater at 1:30 on Wednesday. It will be hosted by Science Explorers, the new after school Science club we will be hosting this year.

Grades 1-5 should plan on attending. Optional for other grades! (ie: PreK3 & 4 - you can decide to nap instead, middle school - you can decide between the assembly and LABS)

Let Ms. Heil know if there are questions.

Back to School Night

Thursday, Sep. 10th, 5pm


The theme this year will be "Parents as Learning Coaches" We will offer tips and advice on how parents can "coach" their students to success this year.

From 5:00-6:00, we will have a whole group meeting in the theater led by myself and Ms. Mazzini.

From 6:00-6:30, teachers will present to their parents. From 6:30-7:00, teachers will repeat the same presentation so that parents who have more than 1 child may attend 2 presentations. If a parents has 3 or more children, they can set up a time to meet with the teacher on an individual basis.

Please make sure that during your presentation, you introduce yourself (emphasizing your experience and expertise in the subject you teach), you introduce your classroom and any important rules/procedures, and that you answer the question "How can you coach your child to success?"

More information will come throughout the week. If you are new, and unsure of how this event will go, please reach out to Grace Bogosian or Ms. Mazzini!

HSA Jeans Day

Friday, Sep. 11th, 8am

Sacred Heart School, Washington, DC, United States

Washington, DC

For kids whose families attend the Back to School night, they will receive a coupon for a Free Jeans Day. For students who did not attend, they can pay $1.

Teachers can wear jeans and SHS Tshirts every Friday! Free of charge! :)

They're BAAACK!

The Pope and The People

ABC News did a very cool story on Pope Francis by having him virtually connect with people all over the US. It is a great show that the kids can watch in lieu of the Pope's Upcoming visit. It can be watched in English or Spanish!