Sacred Heart School
    North Quincy

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2008-2009

September 2008

Dear Parent/Guardian,

We are happy to see the students!  The administration, faculty, and staff have eagerly prepared for this new school year.  Lesson plans and activities have been painstakingly prepared, in order to create a nurturing and challenging school environment. 

The Sacred Heart School faculty has rededicated themselves to the academic goal of helping students to improve the quality of their written work in all subject areas and grade levels. Together we renew our commitment to the mission of Sacred Heart School.  Our mission statement is: 

Sacred Heart School

~is a ministry of Sacred Heart Parish and seeks to educate both hearts and minds.

~is a community of warm, caring hearts, as demonstrated by leadership through service, and generosity to others by prayer and action.

~is committed to an education that emphasizes values and teachings in the Roman Catholic tradition.

~works to create an environment of academic excellence that supports the development of moral character.

~serves students of different ethnic cultures and religious beliefs from within the parish and surrounding communities.

~recognizes individual needs and strives to educate the whole person, through the development of leadership skills, while fostering the concept of a global community.

Have you ever given thought to this question: Is my child a “hurried” child? Do I allow my child the gift of time and freedom to actually “be a child”? Think back to your own childhood and the sense of wonder you felt at the sight of a bright star in the sky, your fascination with a furry caterpillar, or your view of the treetops while lying on the grass in your backyard. Simple pleasures and opportunities to “just be” are among the greatest joys of childhood. Now ask yourself: Do I allow my child these same opportunities?

In The Hurried Child, author David Elkind eloquently calls our attention to the dangers of exposing our children to overwhelming pressures. He demonstrates that in expecting “too much - too soon,” we force our children to grow up too fast. Over-scheduling, over-organizing, and over-exposing our children to media have all had unintended negative effects on children.

How can parents help ensure that their children do not become “hurried children”? Here are three simple tips:

1) Observe your child’s behavior. Is your child cranky, or does he or she appear overwhelmed? Is your child’s schoolwork slipping?
2) Listen to your child. What does your child have to say about the “extra” activities he or she is engaged in? This does not mean that children should only do the things they want to do. As a parent,
you want to listen for signs of satisfaction and joy or, conversely, frustration from your child.
3) Take a critical look at your child’s schedule and simplify if necessary. Maybe your child could choose just one extra activity instead of several.

We all want what is best for our children. Give your child the gift of “being a child”.

Katherine Hunter
Principal

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