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Purchase Tickets: Texas Hold 'Em & Monte Carlo Night is Saturday, February 11 at the Flood Mansion. Tickets now on sale! This 'Count Me In' for Celebrate Spring 2017 benefits the Tuition Assistance program and offers fun for everyone, from card sharks to just-for-fun gamers. Purchase tickets here>>

Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment and contribute to a great cause by attending the Heart to Heart Benefit Concert on Friday, January 27, from 6 to 8 p.m. in Syufy Theatre. The event benefits the backpack and school supply drive for under-served children in the Western Addition. Purchase tickets here>>

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Thursday Notes, Jan. 12, 2017

Convent Elementary

A Message from Angela Taylor, Head of School

Dear Convent Elementary Families,

On Tuesday, the Student Council devoted a portion of our assembly to acknowledge the life and legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Several grades have also spent time learning more about MLK this week during Social Studies and/or Religion & Spirituality classes. As we take time as a nation on Monday to formally honor Dr. King on what would have been his 87th birthday, I wanted to share one of his quotes that has always resonated with me:

"Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter."

This quote has always been a call to action for us to live fully into our responsibility to be agents of change when confronted with injustice.

Best regards,
Angela


CALENDAR

Please visit this link to view the full calendar.


PRAYER CORNER
Please send all prayer requests to: karen.glaub@sacredsf.org

~Dr. Mary Magnano Smith (former Director of Schools), whose husband Glen died peacefully on Monday morning.
~We're happy to welcome Yasmin Webster-Woog (CES-French) back to school after her maternity leave.
~We’d like to thank JoAnne Whitman (CES-French substitute) who covered Madame Webster-Woog’s classes and advisory while she was on leave.
~Our Convent & Stuart Hall Sophomores as they head off to their Costa Rica Service and Cultural Immersion Trip this weekend. You can keep up with their adventures via their trip blog here.


CONVENT & STUART HALL PARENT COMMUNITY NEWS

    • Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment and contribute to a great cause by attending the Heart to Heart Benefit Concert on Friday, January 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Syufy Theatre. The event benefits the backpack and school supply drive for under-served children in the Western Addition. Buy your tickets online here or before the event at the Syufy Theater.

    • Calling all card sharks and gamers!!! Please join us for this year's annual Monte Carlo Night and Poker Tournament on Saturday, February 11, starting at 6 p.m. A poker tournament will run in the Reception Room, with structured, timed rounds, re-buys in the first four rounds, and a trip to the final table for the top 10 chip leaders. A Monte Carlo gaming event will run concurrently in the Flood Mansion Main Hall, including Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette. Music will be playing and delicious food will be available all night long. There will be an open bar and candy bar as well. Sign up here to join us! Questions regarding this year's event should be directed to Jen and Irwin Silver at jen@tinygiantssf.com
    • The Easter Basket Committee is already playing Easter Bunny and prepping baskets to sell at Celebrate Spring. We are in need of baskets. Please drop off any you may have at the Flood Mansion lobby or 1911 Pine. We are also hoping for gift card donations to put in the baskets. Anything from $10 - $50 from Starbucks, Peets, Amazon, itunes, Sports Basement, Target …. You name it, we’d love to have it! Please contact parentsassociation@sacredsf.org to coordinate the pick-up of gift cards.

Common Sense Media's tip of the week:

Working out and eating right are at the top of most people's New Year's resolutions. But as tough as those are, nothing compares with the challenge of a healthy media diet. There are screen-time limits to manage, new apps to investigate, bizarre social media trends to make sense of, and, don't forget, plenty more Pokémon to catch. In a world where both parents and kids are racking up serious screen time, making a commitment to a healthy media environment is critical for family time, learning, relationships and digital citizenship.

So whether you're turning over a new leaf or trying to stay the course, our 2017 media resolutions can help you be more mindful, focus on what's most important, get the most out of media and technology and raise good digital citizens. Check out our Homework Help Apps, Time Management Apps and Note-Taking Apps for Tweens and Teens for even more ideas on starting with a clean-slate.


ALL SCHOOL (K-8)

CAUGHT IN THE ACT!
The Convent & Stuart Hall play, "Caught in the Act" is coming soon! A mis-fit cast of actors is trying to put on a show, but the owner wants to sell the theatre, a rumor is going around that a producer wants to take the show on tour, the director has a mysterious illness, there might be a killer on the loose, and the show that they are rehearsing doesn't seem to make much sense! Can they get themselves together and catch a killer by opening night? We can only hope! This fun and fast farce runs from January 19-21 in the Syufy Theatre. Fun for all ages! Ticket sales link: www.sacredsf.org/drama-production

RAISING RESILIENT GIRLS- Educational talk by Simone Marean, Girls Leadership Founder and Executive Director (February 15, 2017)

Eager to learn about the pressures that are unique to being a girl in 2017 and how you can help girls navigate these challenges with confidence?

We invite you to join Girls Leadership’s Founder and Executive Director, Simone Marean, for her acclaimed parent education talk “Raising Resilient Girls.” As written up in Parent Magazine, Simone’s talk focuses on practical, actionable advice that you can use at home to help support the young girl or girls in your life. Her presentation covers the development of girl dynamics from pre-school through high school.

For over ten years, the national non-profit organization, Girls Leadership, has awakened thousands of girls to a new, bold definition of leadership.

Co-founded by bestselling author, Rachel Simmons, Girls Leadership believes that leadership is "a way of life, which begins in girlhood. We define leadership as a girl’s ability to know how she feels, say what she needs, and respond courageously to her mistakes. Girls graduate from our programs more emotionally intelligent, resilient, and confident."

WHO: Parents of K-8 girls. Child care provided for free through ASP
WHEN: Wednesday, February 15, 2017, 5:30-7:00pm
WHERE: Syufy Theater
COST: FREE -- RSVP HERE


LOWER FORM (Grades K-4)

LOWER FORM ASSEMBLY
Next Friday, January 13, 2017 will be our second Lower Form Assembly of the school year. The Lower Form Assembly is a long-standing Sacred Heart tradition, which occur quarterly. These assemblies provide the opportunity for the students in kindergarten through fourth grades to share their knowledge, exhibit their talents, and be affirmed for their personal growth and their awareness of others in our community. Please note: There will be no Lower Form Singing on January 13th.

UPCOMING CO-ED PERFORMING ARTS EXPERIENCES
Starting tomorrow, our third and fourth grade girls and boys will each begin an 8-week residency program focused on nurturing creativity, problem-solving, and building community during their weekly co-ed blocks.

Our third graders will be partnering for the first time with performing artists from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet for the next nine Fridays to learn the technical foundations of popular dance forms such as hip hop and jazz. We are excited to be able to offer our students the opportunity to have an immersive dance education experience as research supports that dance fosters kinesthetic intelligence as well as the values and skills of creativity, problem-solving, risk taking, making judgments in the absence of rules and higher-order thinking skills. Third grade families will be invited to a mini-showcase on March 21st at 2pm in the Syufy Theater.

Fourth graders will continue their partnership with the BATS Improv Troupe (6 years!) with 9 weekly improv workshops. We have embraced the benefits of improv as life skills for our students. Improvisation teaches listening, connecting and collaborating with partners, maintaining flexibility, telling a story, embracing risk and building resilience. Fourth grade families will be invited to a mini-showcase on March 10th at 11:15am in the Syufy Theater.

A WINDOW INTO THE CLASSROOMS
Each of our K-4 classrooms maintains a blog for our parents to have a bit of a peek into all of the great learning happening. We welcome you to take a look at our Lower Form in action! The passkey is Blogs.

LOWER FORM PARENT EDUCATION COFFEES
We will be gathering as grade level families to discuss developmental stages and trends as well as grade-specific updates and information. These will primarily be led by Angela Taylor, Head of School, and Heather Rael, School Counselor.

Please note the following dates in the new year:

  • Friday, January 20, 2017-First Grade (8:45am, Reception Room)
  • Monday, January 30, 2017-Kindergarten (8:30am, Reception Room)
  • Wednesday, March 15, 2017-Third Grade (8:30am, Reception Room)
  • Monday, April 24, 2017-Fourth Grade (8:30am, Reception Room)


MIDDLE FORM (Grades 5-8)

A Message from Bill Jennings, Middle Form Dean

This spring, several Convent 8th graders will be taking part in the Network Experience, an opportunity to travel on exchange to another school in the Network of the Sacred Heart. This is the ninth year that Convent middle school students from San Francisco have been able to participate; the success of this program has led to many other Network middle schools starting their own exchanges. We typically send the Convent girls out during our February break, when the student stays with the family of another 8th grade girl, going to her school and taking all classes. When possible, the host girl will travel out to San Francisco during her spring break, often in March. We are still in the process of finalizing all details, but I am very excited that so many girls will have the opportunity to make lasting connections with other students who have also experienced the value of Sacred Heart education.

Thanks!
Bill

NETWORK of the SACRED HEART SUMMER SERVICE OPPORTUNITIES

The 2017 Network of the Sacred Heart Summer Service Projects have been posted online at sofie.org. The projects present a unique opportunity for students and educators from around the United States-Canada Province to meet one another and grow in community while being fully immersed in service to/for others.

During the summer of 2016, service opportunities sponsored by the Network office provided 115 students with 53 adults in 16 projects across the United States and Canada. Network summer service projects work through an internalization of Goal Three, Schools of the Sacred Heart commit themselves to educate to a social awareness which impels to action.

All necessary materials are available online. Here’s what’s applicable for middle form families:

• one opportunity for female or male students who are currently in grade 6 (“entering 7th grade”)

• two opportunities for female or male students who are currently in grade 7 (“entering 8th grade”)

• five opportunities for female students who are currently in grade 8 and will be attending Convent of the Sacred Heart High School (or some other Network of the Sacred Heart high school)

The deadline for the student application is Friday, January 20, 2017.

MIDDLE FORM MATH LAB
Math Lab is open to all Convent Middle Form students in grades 5-8. It takes place from 7:30am-8:00am every Tuesday and Thursday morning and from 3:45-4:45pm every Thursday afternoon. Math Lab is instructed by Mr. Sheehy, Ms. Barbella, Ms. Davis and Ms. Hogan.


CES ATHLETICS NEWS
Spring Athletic Sign-ups
The Convent Athletic Department is gearing up for the spring season! We encourage everyone to come play - no previous experience is necessary to join a team. We look forward to seeing everyone learn new skills, have fun and show school spirit! More information and to commit to the Spring season please clicking here!

CYO Soccer
All soccer teams have games this weekend rain or shine! The team schedules can be found on the Convent and Stuart Hall website.

BAIAL Basketball
Game schedule can be found on the Convent and Stuart Hall website


AUXILIARY PROGRAMS

Music Conservatory Fall Recitals
Please mark your calendar for Sunday, January 22nd for the Fall MC recitals. The schedule for the day is as follows:

In the Reception Room:
11:00am-12:30pm: Grace H, piano
1:00-2:30pm: Joe G, guitar
3:00-4:30pm: Shaying U, piano

In the Chapel:
11:00am-12:30pm: Rimma F, piano
1:00-2:15pm: Grace W, piano
2:45-3:45pm: Patrick G/Phoebe P, violin/piano
4:15-6:00pm: Miranda J, voice

*Light refreshments will be available directly after each recital in Shakespeare's Landing, near the cafeteria

ASP Spring Class Registration
Registration for ASP Spring Classes is now open. Please visit the ASP website to view the Spring class calendar and click here to register.

2017 Summer Program- Registration Opens Wednesday, Feb. 1st at 12:00pm
We're proud to bring back San Francisco's premier academic and recreation summer program. Last year's program welcomed nearly 350 students from 45 Bay Area schools and we expect to grow yet again this summer. Though it's hard to believe, it is already time to start thinking about summer plans as many camps begin to fill up by mid-late March. The summer leadership team is currently finalizing staffing plans, student schedules, and program offerings. We can't wait to share all of the exciting changes and upgrades that we're bringing to camp this summer, but until then, please mark your calendars for this year's summer program dates:

Session 1: June 19th- July 7th (*No camp on July 4th)
Session 2: July 10th- July 28th

Stuart Hall for Boys

Message from Jaime A. Dominguez - Head of School
This morning during assembly we took time to share with the boys the stories of individuals who have inspired us to more fully embrace two of the most important goals at our school, Goal 3 and 4: a social awareness that impels to action and the building of community. One of our most inspirational role models by which to live our lives as courageous defenders of those who need our help and support was Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. We began the assembly by sharing a short video which highlighted his life. We followed this by sharing examples of people who have demonstrated their courage and fight for equality more locally. Sr. Mary “Be” Mardel, former Mother Superior and the person for whom our chapel is named after, is one of those individuals. It was inspirational to hear her speak about the time she felt compelled to march with the farm workers in the early 1970’s and in the process got locked up in jail for two weeks (see video here). We then had an opportunity to hear from some of our middle form boys who are committed to helping children in the community through our Heart to Heart Peer tutoring program. We ended the assembly by showing an edited version of MLK’s most famous speech which provided a nice segue to encourage our boys to take a bold step by researching and sharing with the community something that they would like addressed in our world by participating in our annual “I Have a Dream” Speech competition (more info. below).

As we head into the weekend I encourage you take take some time to reflect on the legacy that Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. left behind and share your thoughts and hopes with your boys so that they hear from you directly how we can all do our part to fight for justice and equity in our world...that message is now perhaps more important than at any other time in our recent history.


PARENT COMMUNITY NEWS

  • Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment and contribute to a great cause by attending the Heart to Heart Benefit Concert on Friday, January 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Syufy Theatre. The event benefits the backpack and school supply drive for under-served children in the Western Addition. Buy your tickets online here or before the event at the Syufy Theater.
  • Calling all card sharks and gamers!!! Please join us for this year's annual Monte Carlo Night and Poker Tournament on Saturday, February 11, starting at 6 p.m. A poker tournament will run in the Reception Room, with structured, timed rounds, re-buys in the first four rounds, and a trip to the final table for the top 10 chip leaders. A Monte Carlo gaming event will run concurrently in the Flood Mansion Main Hall, including Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette. Music will be playing and delicious food will be available all night long. There will be an open bar and candy bar as well. Sign up here to join us! Questions regarding this year's event should be directed to Jen and Irwin Silver at jen@tinygiantssf.com
  • The Easter Basket Committee is already playing Easter Bunny and prepping baskets to sell at Celebrate Spring. We are in need of baskets. Please drop off any you may have at the Flood Mansion lobby or 1911 Pine. We are also hoping for gift card donations to put in the baskets. Anything from $10 - $50 from Starbucks, Peets, Amazon, itunes, Sports Basement, Target …. You name it, we’d love to have it! Please contact parents association to coordinate the pick-up of gift cards.


UPCOMING EVENTS
In our ongoing effort to send Thursday Notes in a more streamlined and digestible form we are moving all calendar events to the website. Please visit this link to view the calendar.


ALL SCHOOL NOTICES

Prayer Corner
Our thoughts and prayers go out to the O’Neil family, as the grandfather of Colin O'Neil (Stuart Hall for Boys Gr. 4), John P. O'Neil, passed away this past week.

Please contact Vitti for your notice to appear.

CAUGHT IN THE ACT!
The SHB & CES fall play. "Caught in the Act" is coming soon! A mis-fit cast of actors is trying to put on a show, but the owner wants to sell the theatre, the director has a mysterious illness, there might be a killer on the loose, and the show that they are rehearsing doesn't seem to make much sense! Can they get themselves together by opening night? We can only hope! This fun and fast farce runs from January 19-21 in the Syufy Theatre. Fun for all ages! Ticket are for sales on the website.

Martin Luther King Jr's "I Have a Dream" Speech Contest
Every year Stuart Hall conducts a speech contest that uses Martin Luther King's "I have a Dream" speech as a model. For those boys who wish to participate, speeches are due to their homeroom teachers or the Lower Form Dean by Wednesday, February 1. Finalist candidates will be determined and will present their speeches on Thursday, February 9. There will be one contest for Lower Form (Grades 1-4) and another contest for Middle Form (Grades 5-8). Criteria can be found here.

UPCOMING CO-ED DANCE & THEATER EXPERIENCES
Starting tomorrow, our third and fourth grade girls and boys will each begin a 9-week residency program focused on nurturing creativity, problem-solving, and building community through the performing arts.

Our third graders will be partnering for the first time with performing artists from the Alonzo King LINES Ballet for the next nine Fridays to learn the technical foundations of popular dance forms such as hip hop and jazz. We are excited to be able to offer our students the opportunity to have an immersive dance education experience as research supports that dance fosters kinesthetic intelligence as well as the values and skills of creativity, problem-solving, risk taking, making judgments in the absence of rules and higher-order thinking skills. Third grade families will be invited to a mini-showcase on March 21st at 2pm in the Syufy Theater.

Fourth graders will continue their partnership with the BATS Improv Troupe (6 years!) We have embraced the benefits of improv as life skills for our students. Improvisation teaches listening, connecting and collaborating with partners, maintaining flexibility, telling a story, embracing risk and building resilience. Fourth graders will participate in a series of improv classes, and families will be invited to a culminating mini-showcase on March 10th at 11:15am in the Syufy Theater.

SF Richmond bus
The School is offering a one-way morning Richmond Bus service again for the second semester. The Bus Service will start on Wednesday, January 4, 2017 and run through Friday, June 9, 2017. Families can reserve a spot online where they will be able to access the family information forms and complete the Bus Transportation Registration Form. If you have any questions, please email Tony Maglunog.

High School Babysitter List - The new 2016/2017 is officially available. Please contact the SHB office if you would like to request a copy.


AUXILIARY PROGRAMS

Upcoming Events:

  • Sunday, January 22nd: Music Conservatory Fall Recitals (11:00-5:30pm)
  • Wednesday, February 1st: 2017 Summer Program Registration Opens (12:00pm)

Music Conservatory Fall Recitals
Please mark your calendar for Sunday, January 22nd for the Fall MC recitals. The schedule for the day is as follows:

11:00am-12:30pm: Rimma F (Chapel); Grace H (Reception Room)
1:00-2:30pm: Grace W (Chapel); Joe G (Reception Room)
3:00-4:00pm: Patrick G & Phoebe P (Chapel)
3:00-4:30pm: Shaying U (Reception Room)
4:30-5:30pm: Miranda J (Chapel)

*Please be on the lookout for an email from your child(ren)’s teacher for specifics about each recital.

ASP Spring Class Registration
Registration for ASP Spring Classes is open. We are in the final stages of organizing class schedules, room assignments, and other logistics. As soon as the Spring Class Catalog is available, we will send an email with all pertinent details, registration links, and class schedules.

2017 Summer Program- Registration Opens Wednesday, Feb. 1st at 12:00pm
We're proud to bring back San Francisco's premier academic and recreation summer program. Last year's program welcomed nearly 350 students from 45 Bay Area schools and we expect to grow yet again this summer. Though it's hard to believe, it is already time to start thinking about summer plans as many camps begin to fill up by mid-late March. The summer leadership team is currently finalizing staffing plans, student schedules, and program offerings. We can't wait to share all of the exciting changes and upgrades that we're bringing to camp this summer, but until then, please mark your calendars for this year's summer program dates:

Session 1: June 19th- July 7th (*No camp on July 4th)
Session 2: July 10th- July 28th

Middle Form Athletics
Here is a great recap video of the Athletic 2106 season. Enjoy and go Lions!

For more information check out news on Middle Form Athletics by visiting the athletics homepage


GPS CORNER
Download our January GPS (Global Partners for Stewardship) calendar, relating to this month's theme PAPER CONSERVATION, features original art from Luke Leupold (Stuart Hall for Boys class of 2023).


COMMON SENSE MEDIA’S TIP OF THE WEEK
Working out and eating right are at the top of most people's New Year's resolutions. But as tough as those are, nothing compares with the challenge of a healthy media diet. There are screen-time limits to manage, new apps to investigate, bizarre social media trends to make sense of, and, don't forget, plenty more Pokémon to catch. In a world where both parents and kids are racking up serious screen time, making a commitment to a healthy media environment is critical for family time, learning, relationships and digital citizenship.


So whether you're turning over a new leaf or trying to stay the course, our 2017 media resolutions can help you be more mindful, focus on what's most important, get the most out of media and technology and raise good digital citizens. Check out our Homework Help Apps, Time Management Apps and Note-Taking Apps for Tweens and Teens for even more ideas on starting with a clean-slate.

Convent High School

A Message from Head of School, Rachel Simpson

As I anticipate making the trip to Costa Rica with the sophomores this weekend, please enjoy this homepage story link which the community may visit during and after the trip to read daily blog entries and see photos. Wish us a ¡buen viaje! and ¡pura vida!


Parent Community News
  • Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment and contribute to a great cause by attending the Heart to Heart Benefit Concert on Friday, January 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Syufy Theatre. The event benefits the backpack and school supply drive for under-served children in the Western Addition. Buy your tickets online here or before the event at the Syufy Theater.

  • Calling all card sharks and gamers!!! Please join us for this year's annual Monte Carlo Night and Poker Tournament on Saturday, February 11, starting at 6 p.m. A poker tournament will run in the Reception Room, with structured, timed rounds, re-buys in the first four rounds, and a trip to the final table for the top 10 chip leaders. A Monte Carlo gaming event will run concurrently in the Flood Mansion Main Hall, including Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette. Music will be playing and delicious food will be available all night long. There will be an open bar and candy bar as well. Sign up here to join us! Questions regarding this year's event should be directed to Jen and Irwin Silver at jen@tinygiantssf.com.

  • The Easter Basket Committee is already playing Easter Bunny and prepping baskets to sell at Celebrate Spring. We are in need of baskets. Please drop off any you may have at the Flood Mansion lobby or 1911 Pine. We are also hoping for gift card donations to put in the baskets. Anything from $10 - $50 from Starbucks, Peets, Amazon, itunes, Sports Basement, Target …. You name it, we’d love to have it! Please contact parentsassociation@sacredsf.org to coordinate the pick-up of gift cards.

Common Sense Media's tip of the week:

  • Working out and eating right are at the top of most people's New Year's resolutions. But as tough as those are, nothing compares with the challenge of a healthy media diet. There are screen-time limits to manage, new apps to investigate, bizarre social media trends to make sense of, and, don't forget, plenty more Pokémon to catch. In a world where both parents and kids are racking up serious screen time, making a commitment to a healthy media environment is critical for family time, learning, relationships and digital citizenship.

    So whether you're turning over a new leaf or trying to stay the course, our 2017 media resolutions can help you be more mindful, focus on what's most important, get the most out of media and technology and raise good digital citizens. Check out our Homework Help Apps, Time Management Apps and Note-Taking Apps for Tweens and Teens for even more ideas on starting with a clean-slate.


Devin DeMartini Cooke, Student Life Director
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme:
    • Interested sophomore students and families are invited to schedule orientation meetings, starting now through student enrollment in junior year courses in February, with the IB Coordinator and the IB Counselor. Families can select a time with their student here. These meetings are mandatory for a student to join the program.
  • Uniform: A reminder that all students must be in Uniform (tights, skirt, polo) when choosing to wear the uniform skirt. If students opt for the pants or bermuda shorts option, acceptable tops are blouses, polos, collared button-ups, and sweaters. Sweatshirts and T-shirts are not Dress Code attire.


Betsy Pfeiffer, Academic Advising Director

PSAT Scores: Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Families

  • In PAWS/Advisory tomorrow, students will receive their PSAT test booklets for reference. Students are able to access their scores online, and a hard copy of the score report will be sent home next week. In the mailing, you will receive information on how to interpret and use the score report. Please also enjoy this video from the College Board to help you understand the results.
    Students should continue to engage the robust curriculum they are currently following and to develop a strong relationship with reading (particularly leisure reading outside of school assignments). The development of strong reading habits and reading comprehension skills are proven ways to enhance future scores. If you have further questions regarding your daughter’s PSAT score, please feel free to reach out to Ms. Pfeiffer, or Ms. Munda.


Annie Egan, Student Support Director & Personal Counselor

Upcoming Events:
Sophomore Parents: Counselors’ Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, January 19th
8: 15- 9:30am, Reception Room

While your daughters are in Costa Rica, please join School Counselors Laurie Pomeranz and Annie Egan in a grade-level conversation around the experience for you, for them, and how to best anticipate and support their return. Please RSVP to annie.egan@sacredsf.org if you are able to attend.

Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools presents:
“Marijuana and Beyond: Teen Drug Use in 2017”
with Danielle Ramo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF

Monday, February 6, 7:30-9:00pm
Archbishop Riordan High School, 175 Phelan Ave

Following her compelling, sold-out presentation of last year, Dr. Danielle Ramo is returning to give an update after full legalization of marijuana in California. She will talk about the ramifications of legalization with regard to access and consumption trends for teens. She will share her research and clinical expertise in adolescent drug use to recommend ways to address the issue with your teen, providing tips on how to have productive, thoughtful conversations. Click here for more information and to buy your member-school tickets.

Article of Interest:
A brief overview reminder from last year’s Parents’ Coalition Speaker, Julie Lythcott-Haims: “Former Stanford dean shares the 8 skills everyone should have by age 18”


Elena De Santis, Athletic Director
  • Please return all fall uniforms to Mrs. De Santis.
  • Team Schedules/Calendars
  • Congratulations to the Varsity Basketball team for their win against Lick starting the season off 1-0 in League. Good luck to both JV and Varsity today as they travel to MA.
  • Spring sports (soccer, swimming, track, badminton, fencing and sailing) start 2/6/17. Please find the most up to date practice schedules here.
  • How to add the practice calendar to your calendar? A PDF under separate cover will follow.


Rebecca Munda, College Counseling Director

College Counseling

    • Seniors
      • Please continue to encourage your students to check their college application status through web portals and/or their emails. Seniors must report their results (defer, deny, waitlist, acceptance) please update results in Naviance and share with Ms. Munda.
      • Cal Grant: Student's GPA will electronically be submitted to the California Student Commission. There is no need for students to submit a paper GPA form. We do need social security numbers for the Cal Grant. If you're applying for financial aid and would like to be considered for the Cal Grant please see Ms. Munda, or Mrs. Whalen with your social security number by February 10th.
    • Juniors
      • College Counseling class will begin the week of January 16th.
      • Spring family meetings will be scheduled upon the completion of both parent and student questionnaires. If you have not yet filled out the questionnaire, please check your inbox
    • Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior Families:
      • Please view the College Counseling Calendar for upcoming events beginning in February. In the second semester the College Counseling Team will be hosting a series of coffees for 9th and 10th grade parents. These coffees will be an opportunity to meet the College Counseling team and to hear an overview of the counseling program. There will be 3 dates to choose from: February 1, March 1 & April 5. Please RSVP here
    • Convent & Stuart Hall: Annual College Admissions Panel Event
      Thursday, February 9, at 6:00 PM in Syufy Theatre
      Join us for a conversation with an esteemed panel of college admission experts.These admission experts will be providing information and answering questions so you and your child will be confident and successful on your road to college. This event is designed to empower students and parents with need-to-know information regarding the admissions process. This year our admissions representatives on the panel are from: Duke University, Lafayette College, UCLA, and Lewis & Clark College. Please RSVP here.


Sergio Vasquez, Spiritual L.I.F.E. (Liturgy, Interiority, Faith & Engagement) Director

  • Walk for Life 2017
    The Archdiocese of San Francisco is holding its annual Walk for Life March and rally on Saturday, January 21, 2017. This West Coast gathering honoring the gift of Life begins with a 12:30pm rally at Civic Center Plaza, followed by a walk down Market Street at 1:30, ending at Justin Herman Plaza. Click HERE for more information.


Stuart Hall High School

Dear Community of Stuart Hall High School,

We are gearing up for the sophomore trip to Costa Rica! You can follow the action via this link that the community may visit during and after the trip to read daily blog entries and see photos. Wish us a ¡buen viaje! and ¡pura vida!

Tomorrow at Chapel we remember the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. As we head into the weekend I encourage you take take some time to reflect on the legacy that Dr. King left behind and share your thoughts and hopes with your son so that he can hear from you directly how we can all do our part to strive for justice and equity in our world.

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CONVENT & STUART HALL PARENT COMMUNITY NEWS

Parent Community News

  • Enjoy an evening of musical entertainment and contribute to a great cause by attending the Heart to Heart Benefit Concert on Friday, January 27, from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. in the Syufy Theatre. The event benefits the backpack and school supply drive for under-served children in the Western Addition. Buy your tickets online here or before the event at the Syufy Theater.

  • Calling all card sharks and gamers!!! Please join us for this year's annual Monte Carlo Night and Poker Tournament on Saturday, February 11, starting at 6 p.m. A poker tournament will run in the Reception Room, with structured, timed rounds, re-buys in the first four rounds, and a trip to the final table for the top 10 chip leaders. A Monte Carlo gaming event will run

  • concurrently in the Flood Mansion Main Hall, including Blackjack, Craps, and Roulette. Music will be playing and delicious food will be available all night long. There will be an open bar and candy bar as well. Sign up here to join us! Questions regarding this year's event should be directed to Jen and Irwin Silver at jen@tinygiantssf.com

  • The Easter Basket Committee is already playing Easter Bunny and prepping baskets to sell at Celebrate Spring. We are in need of baskets. Please drop off any you may have at the Flood Mansion lobby or 1911 Pine. We are also hoping for gift card donations to put in the baskets. Anything from $10 - $50 from Starbucks, Peets, Amazon, itunes, Sports Basement, Target …. You name it, we’d love to have it! Please contact parentsassociation@sacredsf.org to coordinate the pick-up of gift cards.
  • Common Sense Media's tip of the week:
    Working out and eating right are at the top of most people's New Year's resolutions. But as tough as those are, nothing compares with the challenge of a healthy media diet. There are screen-time limits to manage, new apps to investigate, bizarre social media trends to make sense of, and, don't forget, plenty more Pokémon to catch. In a world where both parents and kids are racking up serious screen time, making a commitment to a healthy media environment is critical for family time, learning, relationships and digital citizenship.

    So whether you're turning over a new leaf or trying to stay the course, our 2017 media resolutions can help you be more mindful, focus on what's most important, get the most out of media and technology and raise good digital citizens. Check out our Homework Help Apps, Time Management Apps and Note-Taking Apps for Tweens and Teens for even more ideas on starting with a clean-slate.

Student Life & IB from Devin DeMartini Cooke
Sophomore Costa Rica Trip: Our trip is fast approaching! Don’t forget that our mandatory family meeting is tonight to collect passports! While on the trip, families can check this link for updates!

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme:

  • Interested sophomore students and families are invited to schedule orientation meetings, starting now through student enrollment in junior year courses in February, with the IB Coordinator and the IB Counselor. Families can select a time with their student here. These meetings are mandatory for a student to join the program.

Exchange: If your student is interested in participating in a network exchange (domestic and international) please see more information here. We are looking for host families as well. If you are able to host a student from another network school please email devin.demartini@sacredsf.org.

Dean’s Corner from Ren Marquette
PSAT Scores: Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Families

Juniors will receive their PSAT test booklets during college counseling, Freshmen a week from tomorrow, and Sophomores when we return from Costa Rica. Students are able to access their scores online, and a hard copy of the score report will be sent home next week. In the mailing, you will receive information on how to interpret and use the score report. Please also enjoy this video from the College Board to help you understand the results.

Students should continue to engage the robust curriculum they are currently following and to develop a strong relationship with reading (particularly leisure reading outside of school assignments). The development of strong reading habits and reading comprehension skills are proven ways to enhance future scores. If you have further questions regarding your son’s PSAT score, please feel free to reach out to me or Cesar Guerrero, College Counselor.

College Counseling from Cesar Guerrero

Seniors
Please continue to encourage your students to check their college application status through web portals and/or their emails. Seniors must report their results (defer, deny, waitlist, acceptance) on their Naviance accounts and be sure to add colleges they have applied to and remove colleges that they are no longer pursuing.

Cal Grant: Student's GPA will electronically be submitted to the California Student Commission. There is no need for students to submit a paper GPA form. We do need social security numbers for the Cal Grant. If you're applying for financial aid and would like to be considered for the Cal Grant please see Mr. Guerrero, or Mrs. Whalen with your social security number by February 10th.

Juniors

  • College Counseling class will begin the week of January 16th.
  • Spring family meetings will be scheduled upon the completion of both parent and student questionnaires. If you have not yet filled out the questionnaire, please check your inbox.

Freshmen, Sophomore, and Junior Families:
Please view the College Counseling Calendar for upcoming events beginning in February. In the second semester the College Counseling Team will be hosting a series of coffees for 9th and 10th grade parents. These coffees will be an opportunity to meet the College Counseling team and to hear an overview of the counseling program. There will be 3 dates to choose from: February 1, March 1 & April 5. Please RSVP here

Convent & Stuart Hall: Annual College Admissions Panel Event
Thursday, February 9, at 6:00 PM in Syufy Theatre

Join us for a conversation with an esteemed panel of college admission experts.These admission experts will be providing information and answering questions so you and your child will be confident and successful on your road to college. This event is designed to empower students and parents with need-to-know information regarding the admissions process. This year our admissions representatives on the panel are from: Duke University, Lafayette College, UCLA, and Lewis & Clark College. Please RSVP here

Student Counseling from Laurie Pomeranz
Upcoming Events:
Sophomore Parents: Counselors’ Coffee & Conversation
Thursday, January 19th
8: 15- 9:30am, Reception Room, Broadway Campus

While your sons are in Costa Rica, please join School Counselors Laurie Pomeranz and Annie Egan in a grade-level conversation about the experience for you, for them, and how to best anticipate and support their return. Please RSVP to laurie.pomeranz@sacredsf.org if you are able to attend.

All parents: Please mark your calendars for what will be an excellent talk at the next Parents Coalition of Bay Area High Schools event.
Marijuana and Beyond: Teen Drug Use in 2017
With Danielle Ramo, PhD, Assistant Professor of Psychiatry, UCSF
February 6, 2017; 7:30-9:00pm
Archbishop Riordan High School, 175 Phelan Ave.

Here is the link for more detailed information about the talk, and to buy tickets. (Dr. Ramo’s presentation to parents sold out last year, so I’d definitely recommend getting your ticket in advance!)

One more reminder that Freshman Program will take place on Tuesday 1/17. We are fortunate to be welcoming Charis Denison to campus, for a co-ed all-day program for Freshmen. The program will begin at 8:30am, at SHHS. School dismissal will be at 3:15pm, after Collaboration period.

Community Service-Updates from Ray O’Connor

Available links to our service form (PDF) and the online form. You may follow us on twitter@SHHSservice or our Facebook Page.

Service Record updates are being mailed this week. These updates provide an overall view of progress. It is important that all service is properly recorded so that the records are accurate. As a reminder, students may satisfy the service commitment by completing the minimal number of hours in three categories: School (20); Support (20); Heart (35) or they may commit to an agency and serve there at least twice/month over a period of two years.

The 2017 Network Summer Service Projects are now posted on sofie.org.The deadline for applications is January 20. The projects present a unique opportunity for students and educators from around the United States-Canada Province to meet one another and grow in community while being fully immersed in service to/for others.

Reminder: Students have access to all service events on Haiku/PowerSchool.

Spiritual L.I.F.E.- from Sergio Vasquez
Prayer and Intentions from our Convent & Stuart Hall community can be foundHERE. Please remember to take some time to pray for these as you hear the city-wide siren on Tuesdays at noon.

Prayer Corner
We especially remember Glen Smith, husband of Mary Magnano Smith, who passed away recently. Mary Smith was the first lay Director of Schools (prior the the position being called President) who envisioned and executed the building of Stuart Hall High School.

Yearbook - from Lindsay MacGarva
Yearbooks are a great way to preserve the memories your son will have of his time at Stuart Hall. Our goal every year is to include every student at a minimum of three times and for the past four years we have won a National Excellence Award from Jostens. Yearbook are available to purchase online under this link If you have further questions please email Ms. MacGarva at lindsay.macgarva@sacredsf.org

Art - Updates from Patter Hellstrom
9th grade students are making an excellent start in Visual Arts One. Engaged in an introduction to art through global awareness, we began with the European Portrait tradition. Art History marks are start, exploring the lense from which we view art and stories embedded with cultures. This semester will see significant collaboration and each unit is directly connected to a Sacred Heart goal.

  • Exploring Identity through Art History (Hellstrom / Garlinghouse)
  • The Art of Collaboration (Hellstrom / Pomeranz) Community unit (Goal 4) as students learn the best practice of collaboration (Feb 6+7th gym).
  • The Path of the Buddha (Hellstrom / Emerson) ceramics / Asian Art Museum all 9th graders will visit the museum 12:30 - 3:30pm on February 28th
  • Faces of Africa (Hellstrom / Saltveit) Social Justice Digital Design

Portfolio sees a POP UP exhibition by Edward Emery in the SHHS foyer - CULTURAL ICONS. IB Visual Art HL is creating work for the upcoming SFO Museum exhibition Window To The World, opening in April.

Athletics - Updates from Charley Johnson
Please refer to this link to access team calendars.

Step by Step process to add add game and practice calendars to your personal schedule click here .

Basketball: Frosh/Soph and JV opened up their League play with wins against Lick-Wilmerding yesterday but unfortunately Varsity’s game has been rescheduled. A big shout out to Zion DeBerry who had a stellar game for Frosh/Soph and Joseph Weinstein who also had a dominant performance for JV. Congrats boys!

JV and Varsity host Marin Academy tonight down in the Dungeon, and continuing league play, Frosh/Soph, JV, and Varsity host Urban School tomorrow with start times at 3:30 PM, 5:00 PM, and 6:30 PM respectively. All three teams wrap up a big week by heading to St. Joe’s in Alameda to play the Pilots.

Wrestling: The wrestlers took their winning ways to the mat on Saturday at the Granada Mat Classic and Karen Foley Crossface Classic. At the Crossface Classic Quinn Rodriguez, Riley Kramer, Michael Metz, Olivia Hoekendijk, Sam Dragone, Darius Ghorbani, Sofia Pirri, Matthew Yancey, Jonny Forman, Roman Degliantoni, and Jonathan Newsome all got their hands raised in victory. At the Granada Mat Classic Michael Liu earned a victory. Jacob Hubbard dominated two of his opponents with Technical Fall wins, but came up short to advance to the medal round. Alex Berbey earned a 7th place finish and Alex McDonald wrestled his way to the finals, but lost a close match by a score of 4-2. Alex's record on the season is 8-1 and is undefeated against wrestlers in the North Coast Section. Currently Alex is ranked 1st in the NCS.

This Saturday the wrestlers travel to Concord, CA to participate in the Clayton Valley Invitational.



Around Campus

Sophomores wrap up exegetical project
Sophomores wrap up exegetical project
  • The Broadview

Sacred Texts focuses on strengthening connections from World Religions and aims to push students further. Read More

Feast day celebrated with music, history
Feast day celebrated with music, history
  • The Broadview

Students received a brief history of Mexico, as well as getting the chance to listen to live mariachi music. Read More

Wrestling gears up to repeat as league champs
Wrestling gears up to repeat as league champs
  • The Roundtable

The team is preparing for a return to the North Coast Section where it placed third last year. Read More

Horwitz runs away from competition
Horwitz runs away from competition
  • The Roundtable

After an undefeated season of cross-country, Eli Horwitz '17 is setting his sights on his final season of track and field. Read More

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