Spring Skywatching

Posted by: on Mar 25, 2012 in SHAS NEWS | No Comments

This is a great spring for you and your children to observe the heavens with a telescope, binoculars, or the naked eye.  This past month, from a half hour after sunset until bedtime, you have been able to see 3 planets close up.  To the east, high in the sky, you can see an orange colored star-like point of light, which is actually the planet Mars.   During this month of March, it is the closest it will be to Earth for another 26 months.  High in the western sky, you can see the brightest planet, Venus, with a not as bright Jupiter just below it.  They are a treat to view through a telescope, but can just as well be enjoyed by the naked eye.  Be sure to take advantage of this opportunity to enjoy this unusual lineup with your children, but do it soon.  In a few weeks the longer days and planets motions will change our vantage point.  Encourage your children to bring their stories of what they have seen back to school with them.  Good night!

Our Families are Worth It

Posted by: on Mar 25, 2012 in PRINCIPAL'S POSTS, SHAS NEWS | No Comments

The season of Lent is a great time to reflect on strengthening our relationship with God.  If we work at it together, it should also strengthen our relationships with each other, in our families and our friendships.  To be the best we can at anything, we need to have faith that God will help us, and knowledge, discipline, and morals in making the right choices, taking the right path, and using our gifts.  The many vices we battle each day, otherwise known as the seven deadly sins; wrath (acting out in anger), greed (excessive desires to possess), sloth (laziness and neglecting to care about what we should do), pride (inflated sense of one’s self), envy (resentful emotion from desiring what others have), lust (fantasizing about desires we shouldn’t desire), and gluttony (over indulgence) can damage or destroy our relations with God and others.  Broken marriages, destroyed careers, and the absence of peace in our souls is the wreckage left behind.  Reflecting on these seven “gifts of the devil”, we can see the role they have played in destroying many cherished relations in our lives.  However, by instead embracing the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit; wisdom (finding God in all things and appreciating the dignity of others), understanding (to comprehend how we need to live), counsel/right judgment (knowing right from wrong), fortitude (courage to do and stand up for what is right), knowledge (understanding the meaning of God), piety (pay duty and worship to God with humility, trust, and love), and fear of the Lord (wonder and awe), we have a great deal of hope for a bright future.  During these last weeks of Lent and beyond, seeking help from the Holy Spirit, work closely with your families to make them stronger than ever.  Our families are worth it! This is what we embrace here at Sacred Heart Area School, instilling these truths in each other as we share our lives together.  With Christ at the center of our lives, we can build foundations for a lifetime of   fulfillment, happiness, and success.  God bless you and your family.

Smooth Sailing

Posted by: on Mar 21, 2012 in SHAS NEWS | No Comments

The front sidewalk at Sacred Heart Area School has become increasingly rugged this winter.  Thanks to Larry Odden and John Reese of the Knights of Columbus,, it has been repaired.  Plans have been made to completely replace the old sidewalk from the street corner by the school, past the rectory and up to the new sidewalk by the church.  The Knights of Columbus again plan on doing the work voluntarily.  It is important that our school family recognize the great people behind the scenes that do so much for us.  God bless the Knights!

Sacred Heart Area School Drive for the Food Shelf

Posted by: on Mar 21, 2012 in EVENTS, SHAS NEWS | No Comments

The Sacred Heart Area School preschoolers hosted a school-wide food drive to donate to the Staples Area Food Shelf.  Many of the families of SHAS donated food items and nearly $300 in cash donations, to help those less fortunate.  This community service project is great example of how the Church through the Season of Lent teaches us how to live better as community.  During this time of year we encourage each other to give more and get by with less.  Thank you preschoolers for a project well done!

Adopting the Minnesota Academic Standards

Posted by: on Mar 15, 2012 in PRINCIPAL'S POSTS, SHAS NEWS | No Comments

 

This past year, our teachers have been studying and comparing the Minnesota Academic Standards for math and language arts, and more recently in science, to the standards of the St. Cloud Diocese.  Although many similarities were found, the more recently revised Minnesota Standards seemed superior in many ways.  They were more up-to-date with the latest trends in education, more integrated across subjects, and challenged students to think more critically and creatively.  They also fit well into our curriculum.  The recently adopted Minnesota science standards also incorporate a new category.  In addition to Earth and Space, Life, and Physical, the category, or strand, called the Nature of Science and Engineering was added, which is oriented to developing careers.  Not to many years ago, our Diocesan Standards, adopted in 2001, were the superior standards.  We will certainly keep our religion standards from the diocese, but for now we are planning on officially adopting the Minnesota Standards for language arts, math,  science, and social studies for the 2012-2013 school year.  Be sure of this, that this does not change our identity as a faith based Catholic school.  Most schools in the diocese are considering or have switched over to the Minnesota Standards to various degrees.  We want parents to have the opportunity to address any thoughts or concerns before we do so.  Please share with us any likes, dislikes or uncertainties that you may have, before we go forward with this formal adoption.  Our world is changing quickly with so many rapid advances.  It only makes sense that the standards we set for our children change to meet the changes of their world.

Preschool and Kindergarten Round Up April 10th 6:30pm “Race into Sacred Heart”

Posted by: on Mar 11, 2012 in EVENTS, SHAS NEWS | No Comments

Don’t miss this year’s Preschool and Kindergarten Round Up.  We welcome all new families that are considering Sacred Heart Area School for their children in the 2012-2013 school year.   This year’s theme is “Race into Sacred Heart Area School”.  Be sure to see all our school has to offer.  We hope you all can make it.  Thank you considering Sacred Heart Area School for your children’s future.