Dear Parents,

I’d like to direct your attention to an article on the Mind/Shift website that reinforces what we believe as Sacred Heart educators: that development of the following 7 skills are essential for young people to become successful lifelong learners.

  1. Formulate good questions.
  2. Communicate in groups and lead by influence.
  3. Be agile and adaptable.
  4. Take initiative and be entrepreneurial.
  5. Effective written and oral communication skills
  6. Know how to access and analyze information.
  7. Be creative and imaginative.

A link to the full article follows:

Becoming Successful Lifelong Learners

The second criterion of Goal II of Sacred Heart Education states that the school provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a lifelong love of learning.

In preparing our children for their future world, where they will be asked to solve problems which have not even been created yet, the memorization of content is much less important than instilling good thinking skills while inspiring them to be lifelong learners!

One example of a curricular program that exemplifies this aspect of Sacred Heart education is our Lower School Math Program. I love this program because it develops conceptual understanding as opposed to merely teaching a particular procedure (which might be memorized and easily forgotten).

Click to read about the Philosophy of Everyday Math

Learn more about Everyday Math Curriculum Features

I look forward to seeing many of you this evening at the Lower School Parent Meeting.

United in this great mission of education,

Maureen Glavin, rscj

Prayer for Integrity of Creation September 1 2015Pope Francis has designated September 1 as a Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation. In a letter announcing the Day of Prayer, the Pope said,

The annual World Day of prayer for the Care of Creation offers to individual believers and to the community a precious opportunity to renew our personal participation in this vocation as custodians of creation, raising to God our thanks for the marvellous works that He has entrusted to our care, invoking his help for the protection of creation and his mercy for the sins committed against the world in which we live.  The celebration of the Day on the same date as the Orthodox Church will be a valuable opportunity to bear witness to our growing communion with our orthodox brothers.”

While so much was happening outdoors this summer to transform our campus and the entrance approaches, parking spaces and play areas, some wonderful things were happening close by in the Shrine of St. Philippine Duchesne. As part of the five-year plan undertaken by the Alumni Association in anticipation of the Bicentennial in 2018, one of the needs identified by the administration (and certainly by the Shrine Director) was a way to accommodate pilgrims who arrive at a time when no volunteer docent is on duty.…click here to read more.

Dear Parents,

The wonderful thing about beginnings is that they inherently offer promise and possibility. Fresh notebooks, clean planners and sharpened pencils are symbols of that possibility for which open hearts and eager minds are poised!

As we celebrate this year’s start, I plan to take time in the next few Thursday Mails to introduce you to something, someone, or someplace in our school that invites us to enter into that promise of growth.

This week, I invite you to read about our school library, Cribbin Hall.

United in the sacred task of inviting and inspiring our students to growth,

Maureen Glavin, rscj