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Thursday Notes, Apr. 20, 2017

Convent Elementary

A Message from Angela Taylor, Head of School

Dear Convent Elementary Families,

Wow! We had the honor of hosting over 300 grandparents and special friends on campus today! With our new “open-house” model, our guests had the opportunity to see much more of our campus with their granddaughter or special friend leading the way. Guests got to experience a mini-chapel service, classroom visits, the Spark Studio, our Hoffman Learning Commons, campus tours, and the lower form even had a super energetic and fun intergenerational dance party! I would like to extend a very BIG THANK YOU to all of our parent volunteers who helped us to greet and shepherd our guests. We could not have done it without you!

Here are a few highlights/updates for the week ahead:

  • Congratulations to our Convent Elementary choirs who did a remarkable job at last night’s Spring Concert! All choirs have received a FREE DRESS privilege for tomorrow (Friday).
  • Tonight we feature our band and orchestra musicians from all four divisions during the Spring Concert that begins at 6:30 pm in the Syufy Theatre.
  • There will be NO LOWER FORM SINGING tomorrow (Friday).
  • Join us for Saturday’s Miller’s Mile at 8:30am on the Marina Green.
  • Sunday is our 10th annual Pinewood Derby at 10am in the Herbert Center Gym.
  • Monday, 4/24, will be Miller’s Mile T-shirt Day where students can choose to wear a Miller’s Mile T-shirt (from any year) with their regular uniform jumper or skirt. We are proud that the winner of this year’s Miller’s Mile T-shirt contest is CES-8th grader, Audrey Pinard! (As is our tradition, any student who participates in Miller’s Mile will be granted a FREE DRESS privilege which we will honor on Tuesday, 4/25.)
  • Are you ready for the transition into Middle Form? On Monday, 4/24, Bill Jennings, our Middle Form Dean, and I will lead a Grade 4 Parent Coffee that will focus on the what to expect as the girls move into 5th grade next year. We will also talk a bit about digital citizenship with a focus on social media.
  • We would like to invite parents of students in grades 3rd-8th grade to join us for next Thursday’s Common Sense Media parent coffee. The focus will be on helping your child positively navigate social media. (Thursday, April 27, at 8:30am) If you would plan to attend, we ask that you RSVP/Check in here so we can have an accurate headcount.

Best regards,
Angela


CALENDAR

Please visit this link to view the full calendar:

April
21 Convent & Stuart Hall Orchestra Concert, 6:30pm in Syufy Theater
24 Miller’s Mile T-Shirt Day
Grade 4 Parent Coffee (8:30am, Reception Room)


PRAYER CORNER

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

~We pray for those members of our school community who are fighting health issues. May God grant them His healing and strength.


CONVENT & STUART HALL PARENT COMMUNITY NEWS

Please remember to mark your calendars for the week of May 8th for our annual Book Fair! Please note that the last day to place an online pre-order is April 25! Books Inc. shares a percentage of the proceeds with us, so it's a great way to support both an independent bookstore and the school!

Dates to highlight:

  • April 25: last day to place an online order from a list of books suggested by faculty and administration. Please follow this link to peruse and purchase. Your purchases will be available for pickup (or brought to your child/ren) during the Book Fair.
  • May 9:
    • Mac Barnett and Katie Morford author visits for students
    • Books Inc. book talk for parents from 8:30-10 am in Williams Library
  • May 10:
    • Billy Collins author visit for students
    • Evening Event (5:30-8 pm): a special poetry reading and conversation with Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Students, adults, friends and family are all welcome! Invitation soon to come...

The 47th Annual Miller's Mile Fun Run on April 22. For more than 40 years, this event on Marina Green has brought together students, teachers, parents, alumni, grandparents and family pets. The run is open to everyone in our community -- click here for more information and to purchase your student-designed T-shirt. Shirts will be available for pick-up the week of the event.

We are very fortunate to have an engaged parent community and want to give all who are interested in participating a chance to contribute their time and talent to our school. As we gear up for the 2017-2018 school year, we have created a volunteer survey to help you identify volunteer opportunities of particular interest. Volunteer roles are divided into three main categories:

  • Class Parents (K-8)/Class Representatives (9-12)
  • Parent Association Programs & Events
  • Admissions Events
    Please understand that by completing the survey you are not committed to any particular role or responsibility and you will be contacted directly with more information and next steps.

The Associated Alumnae/Alumni of the Sacred Heart (AASH) Conference in San Francisco at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel next week has some space left for parents who would like to attend the day of speakers on Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Panels include:

  • Sr. Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, Head of Conference on SH Education;
  • Roselie Bellanca Posselius, filmmaker; Reilly Dowd, filmmaker; Jason Alarcón, film editor; Lauryn Salazar, Grammy winner, Musicologist; Janet Lim Young, KQED
  • Libby Brittain, Forbes’ 30 Under 30; Nick McSpadden, Client platform engineer for Facebook; Jen O’Neal, Founder, CEO of Tripping.com; Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder, CEO of Thumbtack.com
  • Kelly Crowley, Paralympian, Coach; and Lia Neal, Olympian; Katie Ledecky, Olympian

For registration (1 full day) go to www.AASH2017.org



ALL SCHOOL (K-8)

PINEWOOD DERBY-SAVE THE DATE
Sunday, April 23 from 10am to 1pm, is the 10th Annual Convent and Stuart Hall Pinewood Derby Fundraiser. All the proceeds will benefit our school in Uganda. Click here for the registration form.

NEWS FROM EPICUREAN
Take a look at the Epicurean Website and our April Menu
Find pictures, promos and information

April 27: Meet the Farmer
Come to the Broadway Café during Lunch to meet a local farmer!


LOWER FORM (Grades K-4)

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.

GRADE 4 PARENT COFFEE: The Transition into Middle Form/Social Media Safety
Please plan to join us on Monday, April 24th, from 8:30am-10:00am to learn all about the transition into the middle form program. We will discuss the following:

  • New Middle Form responsibilities/expectations
  • Grading
  • Advisory
  • Athletics
  • Instrumental music offerings

We will also devote some of our time together to share best practices and advice about how to keep your daughters safe on social media. While we recognize this is an age where social media might not be the primary focus, we also know that there are proactive steps such as community agreements among families that can safeguard our girls moving forward.


MIDDLE FORM (Grades 5-8)

Dear Middle Form Parents,

A VISIT FROM A HIDDEN FIGURE: NASA ENGINEER SPEAKS TO MIDDLE FORM
On April 19, we were able to welcome a special guest who spoke to the middle form girls. Jan Berkeley is a NASA engineer who has worked for the Jet Propulsion Laboratory for 29 years. She spoke to the girls about her current mission, the Cassini program, a spacecraft that has been orbiting Saturn since July 2004. Ms. Berkeley was the only black female in her class when she graduated with an Electrical Engineering degree from USC. She was able to speak to the girls about the film Hidden Figures, which our girls have all seen, about the science behind the Cassini mission and the Mars rover, and about the importance of having women in the sciences. We are all grateful for Ms. Cohen for arranging the visit, and for allowing the 7th and 8th grade girls to join the 5th and 6th graders for this interesting talk.

UPCOMING PARENT COFFEE INFORMATION
As we are moving into the end of the year, I want to stop and reflect on some of the parent opportunities that we have been able to put in place for middle school parents. Our goal with parent coffees is to provide parents with timely and relevant information presented whenever possible by experts in their field. Because we have introduced a number of new inititatives in the middle form this year, I decided to make the coffees topic-based and open the invitation to the broader middle form.

In the fall, Angela Taylor and I led two middle form coffees on the topics of Advisory and also on Standards-Based Grading. We also had a talk from Convent High School counselor Annie Egan on Healthy Decisions for Girls, tied to our new Life Prep curriculum for 7th and 8th grade girls. In January, we had a Mindful Parenting workshop for parents of 7th and 8th graders, and we also had an evening talk on Raising Resilient Girls by Simone Marean of Girls Leadership.

Coming up, we have two coffees that are aimed at parents of 5th and 6th grade, but are open to anyone who is interested. First, we have a Common Sense Media speaker coming in to give a parent coffee on the topic of Social Media on Thursday April 27 at 8:30am. Next, we have a Mindful Parenting Workshop at 9:00am in the Little Theater on May 4th. This is a follow-up to the very successful 7th & 8th Mindful Parenting workshop held in January. We hope that you can join us for one of these remaining coffees.

Bill Jennings
Middle Form Dean

MIDDLE FORM PARENT EDUCATION COFFEES
We have two upcoming gatherings on topics of particular interest for parents of students in grades 5-6.

Thursday, April 27, 2017 — Common Sense Media and Social Media (8:30am, Reception Room)
Thursday, May 4, 2017 — Mindful Parenting Workshop, see below

“TAMING YOUR TEEN BY TAMING YOURSELF FIRST”: A MINDFULNESS-BASED APPROACH TO PARENTING,
Thursday, May 4, 9:00am in the Little Theater

Please join us for a presentation by Ann Arora, MFT and Wynn Burkett, MBA, PCC designed specifically for 5th and 6th grade parents. This interactive presentation includes education about the teen brain and mindfulness as it relates to parenting. It will also provide an experience of mindfulness and teach a communication tool that parents can use with your teens as soon as you walk out of the presentation. This talk will demonstrate how mindfulness practices can support parents so there is less conflict and more moments of connection with your teen.

Ann and Wynn are former Convent Elementary and Stuart Hall for Boys parents who created and lead 6-week mindful parenting workshops. They also taught mindfulness practices last fall to the 8th grade girls at CES. Between them, they have over 20 years of expertise in teaching and workshop facilitation. Most importantly, they are parents of teenagers and understand the everyday challenges of trying to be mindful parents. Come pause, take a deep breathe, and learn how to stay calm during these challenging teen years.

SEVENTH GRADE HIGH SCHOOL EVENTS
There are a few upcoming events for 7th grade families to help preview the high school process that will be begin in earnest in the fall.

  • Convent High School will host an Admissions Information Night on Thursday April 27 at 6:00pm in the Williams Library.
  • Convent Elementary will host a High School Process Meeeting for 7th grade girls and parents on May 8 at 5:30pm in the Little Theater.

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

Please click here to be directed to the CES Athletic Page and find out when and where games take place.

Go Cubs!


AUXILIARY PROGRAMS

ZOOMX-PLEASE USE FOR ALL ASP PICK-UPS
Please remember to utilize the ZoomX app for all ASP-related pick-ups. Once you've downloaded the app, it's very easy to use: simply open the app, select the child(ren) that you intend to pick up (includes carpools), and then hit <start>. The school will then be informed of who's coming through the line (with advanced notice), and for what variation(s) of pick-ups. The app also allows us to time-stamp student exits, which is very helpful in regards to safety and liability.

*In the coming weeks, ASP may attempt to remove the staff "spotter" on Broadway. We'll be sure to notify parents if this occurs.

2017 SUMMER PROGRAM- Register now!
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.

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

Convent High School

Message from Head of School, Rachel Simpson
We are looking forward to welcoming our Grandparents & Special Friends tomorrow! It is always a privilege to host guests on campus, especially those who hold such a special place in the lives of our students.

And, I invite all of you to come visit our wonderful Art Exhibits around campus beginning next week: “In My Shoes” a moving installation in the Williams Library by Visiting Artist, Malissa Suchanya & our own high school students as well as “Pledges to Mother Earth from Above” in the Belvedere, a 4-School creative initiative led by a team of tenth graders who invited the student body to express their commitments to Earth in a variety of media and forms.

Enjoy the Spring in the air and the weekend ahead!


Parent Community News
  • Please remember to mark your calendars for the week of May 8th for our Annual Book Fair! Please note that the last day to place an online pre-order is April 25! Books Inc. shares a percentage of the proceeds with us, so it's a great way to support both an independent bookstore and the school!
    Dates to highlight:
    • April 25: last day to place an online order from a list of books suggested by faculty and administration. Please follow this link to peruse and purchase. Your purchases will be available for pickup (or brought to your child/ren) during the Book Fair.
    • May 9:
      • Mac Barnett and Katie Morford author visits for students
      • Books Inc. book talk for parents from 8:30-10 a.m. in Williams Library
    • May 10:
      • Billy Collins author visit for students
      • Evening Event (5:30-8 p.m.): a special poetry reading and conversation with Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Students, adults, friends and family are all welcome! Invitation soon to come...
  • The 47th Annual Miller's Mile Fun Run on April 22. For more than 40 years, this event on Marina Green has brought together students, teachers, parents, alumni, grandparents and family pets. The run is open to everyone in our community -- click here for more information and to purchase your student-designed T-shirt. Shirts will be available for pick-up the week of the event.
  • We are very fortunate to have an engaged parent community and want to give all who are interested in participating a chance to contribute their time and talent to our school. As we gear up for the 2017-2018 school year, we have created a volunteer survey to help you identify volunteer opportunities of particular interest. Volunteer roles are divided into three main categories:
    • Class Parents (K-8)/Class Representatives (9-12)
    • Parent Association Programs & Events
    • Admissions Events

Please understand that by completing the survey you are not committed to any particular role or responsibility and you will be contacted directly with more information and next steps.

  • The Associated Alumnae/Alumni of the Sacred Heart (AASH) Conference in San Francisco at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel, next week, has some space left for parents who would like to attend the day of speakers on Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Panels include:
    • Katie Ledecky, Olympian; Lia Neal, Olympian; Kelly Crowley, Paralympian and Coach
    • Sr. Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, Head of Conference on SH Education
    • Roselie Bellanca Posselius, filmmaker; Reilly Dowd, filmmaker; Jason Alarcón, film editor; Lauryn Salazar, Grammy winner, Musicologist; Janet Lim Young, KQED
    • Libby Brittain, Forbes’ 30 Under 30; Nick McSpadden, Client platform engineer for Facebook; Jen O’Neal, Founder, CEO of Tripping.com; Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder, CEO of Thumbtack.com

For full day registration go to www.AASH2017.org


Devin DeMartini Cooke, Student Life Director
  • 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.
  • International Baccalaureate: IB - Class of 2018 - Their FINAL research question and subject area proposal is due to the EE Coordinators and their Supervisor tomorrow. This is a great opportunity to talk about their Extended Essay topics.
  • Smile Ball - is coming up on Friday, April 28th from 7:00-9:30pm on the Broadway Campus. A fun festive dance celebrating the spring with a Mardi Gras theme. This is the last all-grade social event of the year! Freshmen will be hosting a pre-event pizza dinner! Stay tuned for more details!
  • For Senior Families - On Wednesday, April 26th: from 11:10-12:05 Ms. Berry and Ms. Covington from Morgan Stanley will discuss financial accountability and habits, behaviors, and apps that help Seniors (and interested parents) create awareness of what you are spending. If you are a parent interested in attending please contact devin.demartini@sacredsf.org
  • Absences and late arrivals - Please call (415) 292-3122 or email jeanne.asdourian@sacredsf.org to report a late arrival or absence before 9:30 a.m.
  • Volunteers to help with the alumni conference! Service hours given!
    • Mrs. Asdourian needs 10 volunteers to stuff visitor bags on Tuesday afternoon, April 25.
    • Also needed are volunteers at the conference on Thursday, April 27. You would be there to answer questions and direct people. We need a total of 5 sharply-dress-uniformed, friendly, mature students. Please email devin.demartini@sacredsf.org or jeanne.asdourian@sacredsf.org that you are interested. You will need to complete the Permission to Miss Class form.


Annie Egan, Student Support Director & Personal Counselor

Upcoming Events:

City Arts and Lectures presents:
The Teenage Brain with Frances Jensen, in conversation with Adam Savage
Monday May 15th, 2017, 7:30 p.m.. Nourse Theatre. tix Buy Tickets

Article of Interest:

Get Happy: Four Well-Being Workouts


Cody Lee Fusco, Interim Athletic Director
  • Congratulations to our Athletic Director, Elena De Santis, on welcoming a beautiful baby boy into the world on 4/19!
  • Team Schedules/Calendars
  • Please return all uniforms to Ms. Fusco - office located on the Mezzanine level of the Gym.
  • Congratulations to the Convent & Stuart Hall swim team for winning 188 to 93 over Urban, and 171 to 104 over San Domenico in yesterday's meet!
  • The soccer team had a great match against Drew yesterday. The game ended in a tie. With 3 games left in the season the team is hold a league record of 3 - 5 - 1. Keep up the hard work.
  • Badminton had a great win over Athenian last week, and good luck today vs. Drew!
  • We will be celebrating our Soccer and Swim Seniors next week:
    • Soccer Senior Night will take place on Tuesday 4/25 vs. Waldorf at Beach Chalet at 4 p.m. The team, school and coaches would like to thank Ally Arora, Charlotte Cobb and Delaney Moslander for their unwavering dedication over the past 4 years!
    • Swimming Senior Night will take place on Wednesday 4/26 vs. International, Drew and Urban at Hamilton Rec Center at 4 p.m. The team, school and coaches would like to thank Bella Kearney and Masha Kozlova for the leadership and heart they have shown over the last 4 years!
  • We would like to invite all Spring athletes and families to our Spring Sports Banquet on May 11th at 6 p.m. taking place at Convent. Please RSVP here!
  • Get your physical done for free next year through UCSF: Sign up here!
  • Mark your calendars, Fall Sports begin August 14, 2017.


Rebecca Munda, College Counseling Director

May 1st, National Candidate's Reply Date is around the corner. We are so proud of our seniors, and we cannot wait to see where they decide to enroll.

  • NACAC National College Fair for 9th/10th/11th grade students
    Saturday, April 29th, 1:30-4:30 p.m., Cow Palace. Please click here to see a list of participating schools and to register. This is a great opportunity for students to see many colleges at once.

Seniors:

  • Monday, April 24th: 11:45 (Lunch) in Reception Room (food provided) during lunch Sandra Speed, of Ribera Law Firm. Ms. Speed will discuss with seniors the privileges and new responsibilities that come with turning 18.
  • Class of 2017: Life after High School
    Wednesday, May 3, 6-7:30 p.m.

    In conversation with College Counselor, Rebecca Munda, and School Counselor, Annie Egan. Join your class in lessons in reflection of the high school experience and transition to what lies ahead for you, your family, and your friends. Appetizers and insights provided. Please RSVP here

Juniors:

  • ACT deadline: May 5th-Registration Deadline for June 10th ACT, Register here - Please do not forget to include the writing section when your daughter registers.

Freshman and Sophomores:

  • Summer Programs-Our office keeps a record of summer programs that reach out to us directly. Please keep in mind this is a very small sampling of options available to students. Please refer back to this link as we will update this as we receive more information. Click here to access summer programs.


Sergio Vasquez, Spiritual L.I.F.E. (Liturgy, Interiority, Faith & Engagement) Director
  • Happy Easter! Christians celebrate the season of Easter as “fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday” and “are celebrated as one feast day, indeed as one ‘great Sunday.’”
  • Click HERE for a First Friday reflection from Sr. Kim King, RSCJ. The Catholic tradition of observing nine consecutive First Fridays are opportunities for spiritual devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, culminating in the celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated this year on Friday, June 23. These devotions are an important part of the heritage of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Like our Jewish ancestors’ observance of Passover, these religious observances are, in the words of Sr. Kim King’s poem above, invitations to “come home to love.”
  • Senior Retreat: Thank you to all involved with this year’s Senior Retreat at the Bishop’s Ranch this week, especially our faculty retreat leader, Ms. Julia Arce and the other adult attendees: Ms. Marisa Orso, Dr. Rachel Bundang, Mr. Riaz Abdulla, Ms. Devin DeMartini Cooke, and Ms. Annie Egan. Browse some of the photos of this special experience of prayer and community HERE. Thank you!
  • Save the Date-Baccalaureate Mass: We will celebrate the gifts of the graduating class of 2017 with a Mass on Wednesday, May 17 at 6 p.m. in the Mardel Chapel. The tradition “originates from a practice at the University of Oxford where bachelors delivered sermons in Latin in order to graduate. The practice began in 1423.” You can read more about this tradition HERE. Stay tuned for more commencement details.

Stuart Hall High School

Dear Community of Stuart Hall High School,

I’m looking forward to tonight’s spring concert at 6:30 p.m. in Syufy Theater on the Broadway campus. It is the culminating performance for two of our Performing Arts classes: our jazz band course and our choir (a capella) course. Artwork from our IB Visual Arts courses will be on display in the lobby...it’s a great evening to celebrate the work of our student-artists!

Today’s Grandparents and Special Friends Day was a delight as our grandparents and special friends engaged in a program that opened up lively conversations with their grandsons about high school dances “then and now”, technology and typewriters, curfews and more.

Please keep our seniors in your thoughts as they embark on their Senior Retreat tomorrow morning. It is one of the capstone experiences of the experience at The Hall, timed to allow some perspective on their years with the school while also giving opportunity to reflect on how they might best take advantage of their final weeks before they head out the green gates at Commencement. To quote a seminal film of my own teenage days, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don't stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it.” The retreat is an important chance for our soon-to-be graduates to stop and look around at their lives and how they might move forward with purpose.

Finally, it is with a heavy heart that I ask you keep the family of my dear colleague, Rachel Simpson, Head of Convent High School, in your prayers and thoughts as she navigates the passing of her mother earlier this week.

Calendar WEBSITE

CONVENT & STUART HALL PARENT COMMUNITY NEWS

Please remember to mark your calendars for the week of May 8th for our annual Book Fair! Please note that the last day to place an online pre-order is April 25! Books Inc. shares a percentage of the proceeds with us, so it's a great way to support both an independent bookstore and the school!

Dates to highlight:

    • April 25: last day to place an online order from a list of books suggested by faculty and administration. Please follow this link to peruse and purchase. Your purchases will be available for pickup (or brought to your child/ren) during the Book Fair.
    • May 9:
      • Mac Barnett and Katie Morford author visits for students
      • Books Inc. book talk for parents from 8:30-10 am in Williams Library
    • May 10:
      • Billy Collins author visit for students
      • Evening Event (5:30-8 pm): a special poetry reading and conversation with Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Students, adults, friends and family are all welcome! Invitation soon to come...

The 47th Annual Miller's Mile Fun Run on April 22. For more than 40 years, this event on Marina Green has brought together students, teachers, parents, alumni, grandparents and family pets. The run is open to everyone in our community -- click here for more information and to purchase your student-designed T-shirt. Shirts will be available for pick-up the week of the event.

We are very fortunate to have an engaged parent community and want to give all who are interested in participating a chance to contribute their time and talent to our school. As we gear up for the 2017-2018 school year, we have created a volunteer survey to help you identify volunteer opportunities of particular interest. Volunteer roles are divided into three main categories:

    • Class Parents (K-8)/Class Representatives (9-12)
    • Parent Association Programs & Events
    • Admissions Events

Please understand that by completing the survey you are not committed to any particular role or responsibility and you will be contacted directly with more information and next steps.

The Associated Alumnae/Alumni of the Sacred Heart (AASH) Conference in San Francisco at the Sir Francis Drake Hotel next week has some space left for parents who would like to attend the day of speakers on Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m. Panels include:

    • Sr. Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, Head of Conference on SH Education;
    • Roselie Bellanca Posselius, filmmaker; Reilly Dowd, filmmaker; Jason Alarcón, film editor; Lauryn Salazar, Grammy winner, Musicologist; Janet Lim Young, KQED
    • Libby Brittain, Forbes’ 30 Under 30; Nick McSpadden, Client platform engineer for Facebook; Jen O’Neal, Founder, CEO of Tripping.com; Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder, CEO of Thumbtack.com
    • Kelly Crowley, Paralympian, Coach; and Lia Neal, Olympian; Katie Ledecky, Olympian

For registration (1 full day) go to www.AASH2017.org

Student Life & IB from Devin DeMartini Cooke

    • International Baccalaureate: IB - Class of 2018 - Their FINAL research question and subject area proposal is due to the EE Coordinators and their Supervisor tomorrow. This is a great opportunity to talk with your student about their Extended Essay topics.
    • Smile Ball - is coming up on Friday, April 28th from 7:00-9:30pm on the Broadway Campus. A fun festive dance celebrating the spring with a Mardi Gras theme. This is the last all-grade social event of the year! Freshmen will be hosting a pre-event pizza dinner! Stay tuned for more details!
    • Exchange: If your student is interested in participating in a network exchange (domestic or 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

As we come near to the end of the year, please ask to see your son’s service record. Students ideally should complete 25 hours of service/year if they are not involved in an ongoing service project. Juniors are expected to have the service commitment completed by the end of May. All Freshmen students record their service to seholo.com and you may see their progress by asking your son to log in to his account. I will provide a service record for all upperclassman when requested.

There are many opportunities to serve and they are shared with the student via email and noted on Haiku.

College Counseling from Cesar Guerrero

NACAC National College Fair for 9th/10th/11th grade students

    • Saturday, April 29th, 1:30-4:30, Cow Palace. Please click here to see a list of participating schools and to register.

Juniors

    • ACT deadline: May 5th-Registration Deadline for June 10th ACT, Register here - Please do not forget to include the writing section when your son registers.

Freshman, Sophomore, and Junior Families:

    • Summer Programs-Our office keeps a record of summer programs that reach out to us directly. Please keep in mind this is a very small sampling of options available to students. Please refer back to this link as we will update this as we receive more information. Click here to access summer program

Student Counseling from Laurie Pomeranz

Interesting upcoming event: City Arts and Lectures presents: The Teenage Brain with Frances Jensen, in conversation with Adam Savage. Monday May 15th, 2017, 7:30pm. Nourse Theatre. tix Buy Tickets

Article of interest:
Underage Drinking- 5 Ways to Talk About It Realistically
Information about 4/20 - for Parents

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.

Our next One Less Hungry Service is Sunday, May 7 at the Hall. Place it on your calendar if you’re interested. Next Thursday the survey to sign up will be shared.

The Marin Special Olympics will be on Saturday, May 20 from 8:00-3:00. We need many volunteers and organizers need to know early who will volunteer. If your son and/or you can volunteer, please fill out this SURVEY. A WAIVER must also be signed are return to Mr. O’Connor by Wednesday 5/17/17

Summer Service Options. Some parents have been asking me about quality summer service programs. I offer the following suggestions:

  • Crossroads Student Travel | I particularly like this one. It was founded and is run by a former teacher of Sacred Heart Atherton.
  • Sierra Service Project
  • Young Neighbors in Action | This one is a Catholic faith-based service program and seems very good.
  • As a reminder our many Network Summer Service Projects are excellent opportunities to engage service throughout the U.S. Those applications are made available by the Network in December for the following summer. Too many students miss these opportunities due to the early application process.

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

Spiritual L.I.F.E.- from Sergio Vasquez

SENIOR RETREAT: begins tomorrow, Friday, April 21 overnight to Saturday, April 22, 2017; Parent participation is required on Saturday at 1pm (see email sent home for specific details). We will be at the SUNSET ROOM.Please note the detours to get to the NatureBridge Campus. There is a large parking lot at the end of the beach. Please refer to the MAP and DIRECTIONS email and linked HERE and allow extra time for regular Saturday traffic on the Golden Gate Bridge and the Headlands recreation area. We will conclude our program by 2:30pm.

Happy Easter! Christians celebrate the season of Easter as “fifty days from the Sunday of the Resurrection to Pentecost Sunday” and “are celebrated in joy and exultation as one feast day, indeed as one ‘great Sunday.’” Click HERE for a First Friday reflection from Sr. Kim King, RSCJ. The Catholic tradition of observing nine consecutive First Fridays are opportunities for spiritual devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, culminating in the celebration of the Solemnity of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus, celebrated this year on Friday, June 23. These devotions are an important part of the heritage of the Society of the Sacred Heart. Like our Jewish ancestors’ observance of Passover, these religious observances are, in the words of Sr. Kim King’s poem above, invitations to “come home to love.”

Prayer and Intentions from our Convent & Stuart Hall community can be foundHERE. Please remember to take some time to add your own intentions and to pray for those posted, as you hear the city-wide siren on Tuesdays at noon.

Art - Updates from Patter Hellstrom
IB OPENING Tonight 5:30PM at Syufy Theatre Gallery
Art Matters: Process & Product by IB Visual Art & Spring Concert Reception:
April 20th 5:30-6:30 / Concert 6:3-7:30PM

ART + TOK engages the whole junior SHHS class as students look at how we value art. We will be creating a public art on campus that speaks to both our heritage and visual art. Edward Emery is the student leader of the piece while Ms. Hellstrom and Mr. Campos are leading the ART+TOK project.

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 .

Follow us on Twitter @KnightsSports!

Tennis: Tennis winds up the regular season today with a match vs. The Urban School @ Moscone Park. The tennis team has already secure a spot in next week’s team playoff round

Golf: Golf continues undefeated league play. The golf team improved to a league leading 7-0 record with two more impressive wins over the Urban School & archrival Marin Academy. In the win over MA Gianluca Mori led the way firing a low round of 36. Other impressive scores included: Hunter Tatham 38 Chris Potter 39 & Robert Eklund 42. League play ends today with a match vs. The Bay School @ The Presidio. A win would secure a perfect league season and the league championship crown!

Track: Track made a strong showing at Tuesday’s league meet. In the team competition, the Knights raced to a 77-point victory, placing 1st with 178 total points. Lick-Wilmerding came in 2nd with 101 and University 3rd with 71.5. The Knights placed 1st in 7 of the 10 events on the track (the 4 X 100, 1600, 110 hurdles, 400, 800, 300 hurdles, and 4 X 400) and placed 1st or 2nd in 4 of the 5 events in the field (high jump, long jump, triple jump, and discus). Altogether, the Knights scored in 14 of the 15 events. Meanwhile, the Cubs held steady in 4th place, between Marin Academy in 3rd and San Domenico in 4th. However, the Cubs ate into MA's lead, reducing it from 38 at the 1st league meet to just 7 yesterday. Essentially, both teams strengthened their positions within the team scoring, which bodes well as the final regular-season meet approaches in early May. The Knights are poised to cement their position in 1st, as the Cubs are poised to leapfrog into 3rd.

Lacrosse: LAX has a huge season ending schedule with three games next week on Monday, Wednesday & Friday.

Fencing: Fencing will conclude this season in the State Championships on April 29.

Baseball: Go away rain! Baseball hopes to resume action next week with games on .

Swimming: The next swim meet begins at 4:00pm on Wednesday, the 26th against Urban, International, and Drew!

Badminton: The Cubs and Knights play today against Drew School in a home match. After they look toward next Tuesday as they take on San Domenico School at 4:00pm!

Sailing: Sailing has their final away regatta in Long Beach on the 21-23, the PCISA's. This is the big one for state rankings! Then the San Francisco High School City Championships at St. Francis Yacht Club on April 29th. The team has done really well again this year with Michael and Lulu leading the way as great team captains!


Stuart Hall for Boys

Message from Jaime A. Dominguez - Head of School

This week has been a busy one as we prepare for several fun community-building events.

Grandparents & Special Friends Day takes place today and tomorrow. This is a great opportunity for our extended family to get a sneak peak into the lives of our boys and girls. Thank you to everyone who has or is going to volunteer to help us us pull off this event. Check-in for Friday's event (Grades K-4) begins at 8:30am.

• Tonight we feature our band and orchestra musicians from all four divisions during the Spring Concert that begins at 6:30 pm in the Syufy Theatre.

• One of my favorite events takes place this Saturday (April 22) at 8:30 am on the Marina Green when we host the 47th running of Miller’s Mile. The tradition began when a group of boys challenged the then dean, Russ Miller, to a foot race. In keeping with the tradition, boys are encouraged to come out to beat the “dean”. Mr. Moore has been training for the past couple of weeks to insure that he gets across the finish line in a respectable time. Any boy who can beat him to the finish line will be treated to a special pizza lunch with me, Mr. Moore and Ms. Johnson. All boys who participate in the race are rewarded with FREE DRESS on Tuesday (April 25). And in celebration of Miller’s Mile, all boys are invited to wear a Miller’s Mile t-shirt (either this year’s t-shirt or any from a previous year) with their regular uniform pants on Monday (April 24). With that in mind, t-shirts are still available in youth sizes for $12 in front of the Flood Mansion.

• This coming Sunday (April 23) we will be hosting the 10th Annual Pinewood Derby beginning at 10am in the Herbert Gymnasium. In preparation, Ms. Tracy Sena who teaches at Convent High School shared with the boys during assembly this morning photos and stories from her recent trip to Uganda. She explained how proceeds from the Pinewood Derby are applied to support our Sacred Heart Schools in Uganda.


PARENT COMMUNITY NEWS

  • Please remember to mark your calendars for the week of May 8th for our annual Book Fair! Please note that the last day to place an online pre-order is April 25! Books Inc. shares a percentage of the proceeds with us, so it's a great way to support both an independent bookstore and the school!

Dates to highlight:

  • April 25: last day to place an online order from a list of books suggested by faculty and administration. Please follow this link to peruse and purchase. Your purchases will be available for pickup (or brought to your child/ren) during the Book Fair.
  • May 9:
    • Mac Barnett and Katie Morford author visits for students
    • Books Inc. book talk for parents from 8:30-10 am in Williams Library
  • May 10:
    • Billy Collins author visit for students
    • Evening Event (5:30-8 pm): a special poetry reading and conversation with Poet Laureate Billy Collins. Students, adults, friends and family are all welcome! Invitation soon to come...
  • We are very fortunate to have an engaged parent community and want to give all who are interested in participating a chance to contribute their time and talent to our school. As we gear up for the 2017-2018 school year, we have created a volunteer survey to help you identify volunteer opportunities of particular interest. Volunteer roles are divided into three main categories:
  • Class Parents (K-8)/Class Representatives (9-12)
  • Parent Association Programs & Events
  • Admissions Events
    Please understand that by completing the survey you are not committed to any particular role or responsibility and you will be contacted directly with more information and next steps.
  • The Associated Alumnae/Alumni of the Sacred Heart (AASH) Conference in San Francisco next week has some space left for parents who would like to attend the day of speakers on Thursday, April 27, from 9 a.m. until 5:30 p.m.

Panels include:

  • Sr. Suzanne Cooke, RSCJ, Head of Conference on SH Education;
  • Roselie Bellanca Posselius, filmmaker; Reilly Dowd, filmmaker; Jason Alarcón, film editor; Lauryn Salazar, Grammy winner, Musicologist; Janet Lim Young, KQED
  • Libby Brittain, Forbes’ 30 Under 30; Nick McSpadden, Client platform engineer for Facebook; Jen O’Neal, Founder, CEO of Tripping.com; Marco Zappacosta, Co-founder, CEO of Thumbtack.com
  • Kelly Crowley, Paralympian, Coach; and Lia Neal, Olympian; Katie Ledecky, Olympian

For registration (1 full day) go to www.AASH2017.org


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
Please contact Vitti for your notice to appear.

Tres Bien Awards
Congratulation to the following Middle Form students who received the Third Quarter Tres Bien Awards during Chapel this past Tuesday:

  • Goal 1 - Owen Akel
  • Goal 2 - Max Meyer
  • Goal 3 - John Kosewic & Nicholas Iliev
  • Goal 4 - Cooper Loveless & Charlie Kushelevsky
  • Goal 5 - William Brentani & William White
  • Dean's Tres Bien - Lachlan Kelly

Lost & Found
Thank you to Katelyn Dyson, Erica Alioto-Kost and Donna Mohr for collecting, delivering and creating the March Lost & Found list of items without names. The list is going to be email from the class parents on Sunday. These items will be kept until Friday, April 21st and then they will be laundered and sent to Seconds-to-go.

PCA parent workshop
SHB and CES athletic departments will be hosting a joint Positive Coaching Alliance workshop on Monday, May 22 at 5:30pm-7pm in the Syufy theater on campus.

Families that have students participating in school athletics in the middle form should send at least one parent to this workshop. Students are not requested to attend.

Details on the workshop can be found at this link.

SHB fall sports sign up
Please sign up for the fall athletic offering of soccer and cross country at this link. The deadline to sign up is Monday, April 24th.

Pinewood Derby
Sunday, April 23 from 10am to 1pm, is the 10th Annual Convent and Stuart Hall Pinewood Derby Fundraiser. All the proceeds will benefit our school in Uganda. To register or volunteer, please visit our website or print a copy of the registration form.

News from Epicurean - Broadway Café

  • Slow Bean Tasting
    Ask your students about their opportunity to taste our house-made slow bean recipes at the tasting held on April 11th. Enjoy the recipes at home.

  • April 27: Meet the Farmer
    Come to the Broadway Café during Lunch to meet a local farmer!

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


AUXILIARY PROGRAMS

ZoomX- please use for all ASP pick-ups
Please remember to utilize the ZoomX app for all ASP-related pick-ups. Once you've downloaded the app, it's very easy to use: simply open the app, select the child(ren) that you intend to pick up (includes carpools), and then hit <start>. The school will then be informed of who's coming through the line (with advanced notice), and for what variation(s) of pick-ups. The app also allows us to time-stamp student exits, which is very helpful in regards to safety and liability.

*In the coming weeks, ASP may attempt to remove the staff "spotter" on Broadway. We'll be sure to notify parents if this occurs.

2017 SUMMER PROGRAM- Register now!
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.

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

Middle Form Athletics
Here is recap video of our Winter Sports Season. Go Lions!
For more information check out news on Middle Form Athletics by visiting the athletics homepage


GPS CORNER

The April calendar, relating to this month's theme EARTH APPRECIATION, features original art from Audrey Pinard (CES class of 2021). It can be downloaded if useful. Thanks to Will Jaggers (SHB) and Suzanne Miazga (CES) for helping students develop their art. Thanks to Rachel McIntire and Tracy Sena (CHS) for assembling and printing the poster.

Around Campus

Convent alumna announces essay contest winner
Convent alumna announces essay contest winner
  • The Broadview

Students and faculty gathered in the Chapel to honor the winners of the annual Kate Chopin Essay Contest. Read More

An American Dream deferred
An American Dream deferred
  • The Broadview

Executive Order prompts protests as travelers are detained. Read More

Teen development advocates speak to freshmen
Teen development advocates speak to freshmen
  • The Roundtable

Special guest leads workshop on gender politics and adolescent behavior. Read More

Alumni speak to students
Alumni speak to students
  • The Roundtable

Five Stuart Hall alumni returned to campus to speak with the current student body about issues relating to college life. Read More

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