What a wonderful event we shared on Saturday evening. A huge debt of gratitude is extended to Chemin de Fer Chairs Heather and Jeff Locker and Co-Chairs Kim and Steve Willbrand for all the thought, effort, time, treasure and talent that they shared in support of this major fundraiser. I am so very appreciative of all those who chaired the committees and worked on everything from decorations to packaging silent auction items. The event would never have been the success it was without the help and support of many in our parent community, as well as Academy staff members: Anna Godfrey ’07, Special Events Coordinator, Mary Maher, Development Director and Lindsay McCullough, Director of Marketing & Communications. Thank you all so very much!
This weekend we celebrate a very special moment in the lives of our Second Class students—First Communion. Please join me in praying for these young members of this community of Christ’s heart and for their parents as they continue to live out the promises they made at the time of their child’s baptism. Blessings to all!
Just a few minutes ago I was invited in to the Kocs Computer Lab by Mr. Storjohann, our computer teacher, to get an early glimpse of some photographs that were taken by Middle School students who participated in our after-school photography club. I offer a couple for your review below. What our students saw and captured was amazing!
I wish that within the English language there was a deeper expression of gratitude than simply “thank you.” It seems so inappropriate to offer the same words of gratitude for your vote of confidence, (expressed through a confirmed desire to continue our relationship as parents and educators) as would be offered when presented with a refill of my Pepsi at a local restaurant! Yet I shall say it nonetheless—“Thank You.”
This past Sunday we entered into the holy season of Advent, the first season of the Catholic Liturgical Calendar. It is a time when we as a community of the faithful prepare our homes, places of worship and most especially ourselves for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus and ultimately the second coming of Christ at the end of time.
Two hundred years ago today, Emilie and Therese Pratte, along with their cousin Pelagie Chouteau, woke up in the Duquette Mansion having spent their first night as boarders at the newly established Sacred Heart school. Imagine the excitement around that breakfast table—the students beginning an adventure in the frontier town of Saint Charles and the Religious now having the much-needed boarding students. What a leap of faith it was for all parties involved!
On the second floor of the 1835 building there is a very special place. This room, with its wide plank floors and large fireplace, was the community room for the Religious of the Sacred Heart. For me, more than any other location on campus, this is where I feel the presence of Philippine. In this place, I envision Philippine sitting with her companions in the evenings—planning, praying, writing and, especially, reading letters sent from ‘home.’
In my office hangs a banner which I cherish. It has so many levels of significance to me. On the sentimental level, it hung in the office of my dear friend, a mentor-colleague who had served as Head of School when I was a Sacred Heart student. It also offers a daily reminder to me of the internationality of Sacred Heart education and the Society of the Sacred Heart…that we are part of something much bigger than ourselves. On a personal level it reminds me of a meeting when I allowed my mind to wander into the image…and got caught!
Welcome to the 2018-2019 school year! The Academy has come back to life with the return of little feet, excited voices and smiling students. It is so good to welcome you home!
When I was a child, I loved the start of the school year. I loved all the school supplies (I still do), going to get uniforms and the excitement of being in a new grade level. As I grew older, back-to-school held the fun of reconnecting with friends, having a locker to decorate as my ‘home base’ and the start of my soccer season. When I was a teacher, back-to-school translated into reconnecting with colleagues, sharing stories of vacations and conferences, and the exchange of new ideas those professional development opportunities afforded.