Fourth Class students, their teacher Ms. Lammert, and some of their family members attended a private screening of the movie “Wonder” at St. Charles 18 Cine recently. Later, the students compared and contrasted the movie with the book, which they had read in October. Wonder is the story of a boy with a very different appearance, who struggles for acceptance in middle school. Thanks to Mr. and Mrs. Reiser for providing T-shirts that featured an important message from the story: “choose kind.”

In a tradition dating back decades, each Academy family is invited to provide a basket of food for those in need. As we joyfully anticipate Jesus’ birth during Advent, assembling items for a food basket can become  special family activity. When P-8 students, faculty, staff, parents, alums and friends gather for CHRISTMAS BASKET MASS on Thursday, Dec. 21 in Rauch Memorial, hundreds of bountiful baskets on the bleachers will illustrate the great generosity of our families. This is a prayerful way to part before the holidays and an opportunity to realize the abundance of our blessings.…click here to read more.

We will be adding a five-day option to our new 3-year-old program, Little Acorns. For the 2018-19 school year, families will be able to choose a three-day (T, W, Th) or five-day (M-F) program. Little Acorns meets from 8 a.m. to noon with optional Stay and Play in the afternoon. This year, Little Acorns is exclusive to Academy families, but will be open to ALL families next year. If you have a Little Acorn–or know someone who does–please contact Lisa Tebbe, Admissions Director. [Applicants must be three years old by July 1, 2018, and potty-trained.]

A wooden statue of St. Philippine was recently gifted to the Academy by Rob and Susan Le Clercq of Lake Forest, Ill., “in gratitude for many blessings received from Philippine Duchesne while in their home.” Rob had acquired the carving at an antiques market some years ago; his research uncovered that it was created by liturgical artist Sebastian Buscher. Restored by The Conservation Center in Chicago, the statue has enjoyed a place of honor in the LeClercq home until recently, when Rob and Susan generously decided to share her with a wider Sacred Heart audience. Thanks to the LeClercqs, the Philippine carving now graces the entrance of Cribbin Hall library. 

Read more about the Philippine statue and its restoration.

Wood carving by Sebastian Buscher
Rob and Susan LeClercq
Development Director Mary Maher, Margaret Munch, RSCJ, Susan LeClercq