-- Make sure you're on top of the second-semester schedule.
-- We have a new opportunity for community service; check it out below.
-- Many athletic teams are doing in-person training again. If any virtual opportunities come up, they'll be listed in the athletics section.
Schedules for the Week
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
On Wednesday, Joe Biden is set to be inaugurated as the forty-sixth president of the United States. Last week, our reflection centered on Abraham Lincoln's two inaugural addresses, which called for unity in a time in which the country was embroiled in a civil war. This week's reflection is an excerpt from John F. Kennedy's inaugural address on January 20, 1961, which encouraged citizens to think differently about the meaning of patriotism and their commitment to the country and to the world:
In your hands, my fellow citizens, more than in mine, will rest the final success or failure of our course. Since this country was founded, each generation of Americans has been summoned to give testimony to its national loyalty. The graves of young Americans who answered the call to service surround the globe. Now the trumpet summons us again--not as a call to bear arms, though arms we need; not as a call to battle, though embattled we are--but a call to bear the burden of a long twilight struggle, year in and year out, "rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation"--a struggle against the common enemies of man: tyranny, poverty, disease, and war itself. . . . And so, my fellow Americans: ask not what your country can do for you--ask what you can do for your country. My fellow citizens of the world: ask not what America will do for you, but what together we can do for the freedom of man.
Full text is available here.
A Most Beautiful Thing
With many thanks to Bill Hudson, SHB parent, we will have the great pleasure of welcoming Mary Mazzio, award-winning documentary filmmaker, and Arshay Cooper, author and protagonist of A Most Beautiful Thing. Mazzio’s documentary film is based on Cooper’s book and tells the story of an all-Black rowing crew in Chicago and highlights the stories of individual crew members and the triumphant collaboration that changed their lives and their community. Check your email for free screening information and some questions to consider while watching; the film is also available via Amazon Prime and XFinity Stream. While the film is intended for a general audience, it does contain some profanity and a reference to sexual violence. Due to unforeseen circumstances, the event will not be held February 9 as originally scheduled. Look for an announcement regarding an adjusted event date later in the month.
Holocaust Remembrance Event at the Farkas Center
The Farkas Center is commemorating Louis and Rachel de Groot International Holocaust Remembrance Day with an online event open to members of our community. Here is the description:
Liberation, Memory and the Healing of Historical Trauma: Lessons from the Holocaust and the Rwandan Genocide
On May 4, 1945, Staff Sergeant Alan Moskin, a member of the 71st Division of General George Patton’s Army, liberated Gunskirchen concentration camp. What he witnessed there has remained engraved in his memory ever since. Forty-nine years later, the head of the Adventist Development and Relief Agency, Carl Wilkens, chose to remain in Rwanda as genocide engulfed the country. Hear the testimony of these two American heroes as they make meaning of their history. This on-line event takes place on Wednesday, January 27 from 4 to 6 p.m. on Zoom. A program guide to the event is available here. To register, follow this link. Please reach out to Mrs. Elaina LeGault with any questions.
Looking for service opportunities during the current public health restrictions? Check out these two resources:
-- Our own Students in Action (SIA) team has prepared this list of volunteer opportunities, some in person and some virtual. The list has been revised and updated within the last week.
-- Local high school students have also made a wider Bay Area and beyond list of volunteer opportunities and posted it at TeensVolunteer.org.
January Blood Drive
Our last two successful blood drives, in August and in September, contributed to aiding over 250 lives! Today, Vitalant will be on campus again for another blood drive. Most donations take an hour or less, and students who give blood will earn 10 community service hours. Students 16 years old and older are eligible. Parents or other adults who give on behalf of a student will earn 2 hours for that student.
Project Open Hand
Project Open Hand’s mission is to improve health outcomes and quality of life by providing nutritious meals to the sick and vulnerable, caring for and educating our community. As an essential services provider and public health partner, POH continues to operate during this medical crisis and serve the community. We are looking for volunteers to help us prepare and package meals at our 730 Polk St. location in San Francisco. Tasks include packaging and labeling prepared hot meals in containers and assembling frozen-meal bags. One-time and recurring shifts are available for individuals and small groups. For more information, check out POH's website here.
Sacred Heart Network Service Program
For three decades, the Summer Service Projects have offered students in the Network of Sacred Heart Schools the opportunity to live goal three in a very special way. Each year the network is excited to offer a variety of Summer Service Projects to provide opportunities outside of the classroom. This year’s eleven projects – dates, descriptions, and locations – are listed in this link.
The application contains biographical data on you, a place for you to indicate your preferences for projects, a place for one essay about why you want to participate in summer service, and contact information for your parent/guardian(s). In addition to the application, your school must send an approval form for your participation, signed by your division head. This form will be emailed to the network office by your school’s summer service coordinator by February 12. That form is attached and on the website at the link above.
The deadline to complete this application is January 29. Notifications will be sent out on March 19. (There are more details in the application.)
Make sure to log any service in MobileServe and to request verification from your supervisor!
"Tell Me a Story" Poetry Contest
Do you enjoy reading and writing poetry? Consider making a submission to Narrative magazine's annual "Tell Me a Story" contest. The theme this year is "escape." For more information, follow this link and also check in with your English teacher.
Seniors, pleaser be attentive to the following points:
-- Continue to check your web portals and emails periodically for any important information with regard to your application; this includes any decisions if you applied early decision or early action.
-- The UCs select a random number of students each year to share specific information on extracurriculars, academics, and service. These students are randomly selected, but are required to share this information.
-- Please check your spam folder often. Set up a weekly time that you look through your spam, and make sure that none of it is important. (Mr. Esponnette does this every Wednesday during lunch, for example.)
Visual and Performing Arts
Student Arts Workshop 2
Interested in participating in a student led production of A Midsummer Night's Dream? Or perhaps you want to create your own art show or dance piece? The Student Arts Workshop is the place for you. Please see commitment dates and link to join below!
-- Dates: January 5, 6, 7, 8, 12, 13, 14, 15, 19, 20, 21, 22, 26, 27, 28, 29, and February 2, 3, 4, 5, with a final presentation on February 6
-- Meetings are 4:15-6:15 p.m., with the final presentation at 7 p.m.
-- Sign up here
Spring Production: Devised Theater
Join the high school spring production and collaborate to create something entirely new! Through improvisation activities, drama games and artistic exercises, you will work with your peers to create a unique theatrical performance. Students will have the opportunity to write, act, design, create/perform original music and much much more! Cast and crew will be working together on this project. Check out this video for some inspiration!
-- Auditions are March 8 from 4:15-6 p.m.
-- Rehearsals are March 9 to April 22, Tuesday through Friday, 4:15-6:45
-- Performance week is April 26 to May 1
-- Sign up here
Virtual Athletics for the Week of January 18
-- No virtual workouts are scheduled for today.
See the clubs listing here. Drop in to any club meeting or reach out to the listed student leader and faculty moderator for more information. All club meetings are on Wednesday and Thursday from 12 p.m. to 12:50 p.m.
Interested in creating a new club? Please fill out the form linked here. If you're a leader in an established club, please send Mr. Buckley and Mr. PL an email to indicate you plan to continue and any updates that we should know.