While students enjoy their first day of summer break, the staff at Sacred Heart Catholic School completed a team-building activity to generate a conversation about our vision for Sacred Heart Catholic School. A fantastic discussion was had by all team players and we look forward to focusing on student achievement in the fall. Have a wonderful summer from the staff at Sacred Heart Catholic School in Kirkland Lake!Staff Picture
Every year on the last day of school, Sacred Heart Catholic School Staff recognize the students for outstanding achievements. This year, the gymnasium was filled with parents, friends, and relatives as students from Grades 4 – 7 received awards. At the end of the celebration, the audience was serenaded by the school choir . . . a summer song befitting the impending summer holidays. Thank you to all who continuously support the children of the Sacred Heart Catholic School community!Sacred Heart Catholic School Community Picture
Mrs. Brisson’s Grade 6, 7, and 8 French Immersion students put together an inspirational presentation to encourage the students and staff at Sacred Heart Catholic School to never lose hope. The presentation began with a Youtube video at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BGODurRfVv4. This video, titled “Service Dog to SURFice Dog” showcased the power of love in all of God’s creations. The students then presented a powerpoint presentation of images that provide them with hope – from music, to family members and friends, to Canadian icons such as Terry Fox. The class then left the audience with a fantastic song in their heads to carry through to the rest of the day, the Script’s “Standing in the Hall of Fame.” What a phenomenal way to end the school year!Students Supporting Students Picture
Mrs. Nychuk’s Grade 4/5 French Immersion students wrote, produced, and presented a skit called “The Virtue Show” to celebrate the virtue of Humility. Although SHCS students and staff were entertained by the silly characters, the lessons they taught everyone about humility were fantastic! Mrs. Nychuk’s Grade 5 class also presented an inspirational video during the assembly and showed everyone at Sacred Heart Catholic School that what people may see on the outside is not necessarily who individuals are on the inside. Their message was a message of hope for everyone in our school community and beyond.Grade 4/5 French Immersion students Picture
This year at Holy Name Parish, a large number of Intermediate students from Sacred Heart Catholic School in Kirkland Lake, chose to participate in the Sacrament of Confirmation. The celebration was a truly a spiritual celebration and the comfirmands were so reverend. It was a beautiful celebration of faith. After the Mass, Bishop Serge posed with individual confirmands and several of the students for this group photo. May they all seek and find God along their spiritual journey as Catholics.Sacrament of Confirmation Group Picture
Sacred Heart Catholic School students on an exchange program at Bishop Belleau School in Moosonee showcase their Native art canvases that were sketched by local artist Daniel Wynn and given to the girls to paint. The students visited the school to participate in regular class as well as Catholic Education Week Activities, and on their 5 day stay were able to explore a new community, see the sites, watch the spring river break up, and make some new friends. Returning with them to Kirkland Lake will be two Bishop Belleau students to continue the exchange and cultural learning.
The students in the photo are: (left to right) Abigail Haskell, Madison Lambert, Evangelina Schonfeldt, Chloe Gour, Ms. DavidSacred Heart Catholic School students Visiting Bishop Belleau School Picture
Sacred Heart Catholic School Grade 7 and 8 students experienced a phenomenal presentation by Live Different, a motivational group powered by young adults to inspire today’s youth to transform their thinking, and actions, and focus on their future and the future of others in our world. Students listened to fantastic rock music by Mosley, an Ottawa-based band, watched videos, and even had a little performance treat by their teachers. The Live Different group also shared their own stories and why they have chosen to live positively in spite of their negative histories.Grade 7 & 8 students & Live Different Picture
On Tuesday, May 7, Forestry RMF Pascal Lavoie, Mike Beaulieu , along with Forestry Technician Trevor Guindon attended Sacred Hart Catholic School, to help celebrate Arbour week.
The class of Grade 5 students attended the presentation and helped in the planting of a Linden tree along the entranceway of the school. The presentation started out with in class, discussing the importance of Arbour Day as well as many of the important benefits that trees bring us and our ecosystem. We also discussed the role of Hydro One Forestry as well as electrical safety. The presentation was very lively with huge participation from the class. It was fair to say that all were engaged and eager to learn about arbour day as well as Hydro One. As the indoor session finished up we all went outside for the tree planting to start. The questions never seemed to stop as they wanted to know what species of tree, how high it will grow and just regular fun from the kids. The tree was planted and we all posed for pictures. As if that wasn’t enough, came our demonstration and walk around of one of our 55’ Buckets. The children were shown some of the many tools that our Foresters use everyday and were even allowed to handle a few ropes. Mike did not disappoint when putting the bucket through its paces to the amazement of our group watching. We all finished up with our indoor presentation of White Spruce seedlings, Right Tree Right Place Pamphlet as well as pencils that the kids will be sure to use. All in all a very successful trip for Hydro One as well as one that the kids will not soon forget.Sacred Heart Catholic School Tree Planting Picture
Sacred Heart Catholic School is celebrating 50 years of providing Catholic education in Kirkland Lake. The year-end celebrations are culminating this coming Saturday, May 11th with a 50th Anniversary Reunion Mass at Holy Name of Jesus Parish at 5:00 p.m. This celebration will be followed by an Open House at Sacred Heart Catholic School from 6:00 pm to 7:00 pm and then the evening will cap off with a Banquet at Franny's Restaurant starting at 7:00 pm. Tickets for the Banquet are $25 and are available from Mary Rozich or Don Berlingeri. Please RSVP by May 3, 2013.
The entire Northeastern Catholic District School Board would like to congratulate Sacred Heart Catholic School on this milestone in their history!Sacred Heart Catholic School Tree Planting Picture
The Grade 8 class at Sacred Heart Catholic School presented a moving dramatic presentation of the Stations of the Cross. Led by Mr. And Mrs. Orth, and accompanied by Ms. David’s school choir, the students beautifully displayed our Lord’s passion for staff, students, parents, and community members. What a wonderful way to honor Holy Thursday and prepare ourselves for Easter.Stations of the Cross Presentation Picture
Every year on Ash Wednesday, Sacred Heart Catholic School parades through the halls as a final celebration of the Alleluia. In order to emphasize the beginning of our Lenten Journey, we sing and dance and shout one last time with the choirs of angels and celebrate the Kingdom of God. Lead by Mrs. Susan Berlingeri, Pastoral Care Worker at Holy Name of Jesus, we then proceed into the gymnasium to receive the sign of the cross in ashes on our foreheads as an acknowledgement of our sins and repentance. Our Lenten journey at Sacred Heart Catholic School has begun.Sacred Heart Catholic School Students on Lenten Journey Picture
What better to kick off “Heart Month” at Sacred Heart Catholic School then by inviting Graham Ghent from White Water Music Studio to get our students’ heart rates up using Drum FIT. Drum FIT is a fun, fast-paced fitness program that combines music, dance, rhythm and learning. It is guaranteed to leave you breathless and begging for more, and it certainly did for the students at SHCS!Drum Fit & Students Picture
Sacred Heart Catholic School students excelled in the Royal Canadian Legion Poetry, Essay and Poster contest this year. A large number of our intermediate students placed in the top 3 for each category:
1st – Matthew Fournier
2nd – Chris Jordan
3rd – Jermey Kmyta
1st – Ally Demers
2nd – Ethan Jodko-Narkiewicz
3rd – Destiny Sturgeon
1st – Seanna Cholette
Posters (Black and White)
1st – Adam Stanton (absent from picture)
2nd – Brianna Julien
3 students in our Jr. Division won in the poster contests:
Posters (Black and White)
1st – Emma Burns
3rd – Nina Jodko-Narkiewicz
1st – Abbey Walker
We are very proud of all of the students who submitted an entry for the contests.Sacred Heart Catholic School Legion Contest Winners
To celebrate the virtue of Charity, the Grade 7s and 8s at Sacred Heart Catholic School in KL held a Semi-Formal dance. 40 students raised over $400 for CJKL’s Christmas Wish and 80 canned food items were brought in for the Salvation Army Food Bank. Mrs. Orth, teacher organizer and supervisor for the event stated that she is very proud of the Intermediates and how their generous spirit exemplifies the virtue of charity. These students are indeed role models for their entire school and community.Semi-Formal Dance Picture
The boys and girls volleyball teams at Sacred Heart Catholic School have had a very successful season this year. On November 27th, they competed in a tournament held at Ecole St. Michel in New Liskeard to test their skills against strong teams from all over the north, including Timmins. The boys team represented SHCS so well and finished 4th for their efforts. The girls team took home the silver! A BIG “Thank You!” goes out to Mrs. Nychuk and Mr. Orth for volunteering their time to coach such fantastic students!Girls Volleyball Team Picture
On Friday, November 23rd, the SHCS Anniversary Committee provided a parade float for students, parents, and staff to ride in Kirkland Lake's Annual Christmas Parade. This event was a community affair: student council worked on decorations for the float, Mr. and Mrs Charbonneau from the Anniversary Committee spearheaded the float preparations, and over 40 students climbed aboard the float with special guests from St. Jerome School, and SHCS parents! The frigid temperatures did not stop the everflowing school spirit by this fabulous group of people! Christmas carols were sung, and chants of "Sacred Heart! Sacred Heart!" were heard through the streets of Kirkland Lake. After the parade, everyone returned to the school to warm up with hot cocoa prepared by Ms. Bates. What an awesome evening and fantastic celebration of Catholic education in the Kirkland Lake community!Christmas Float Picture
Students in the French Immersion program decorated LCBO bags with messages from the heart to encourage adults not to drink and drive this holiday season. The bags will be used at the Kirkland Lake LCBO location as a visual reminder from our children to patrons about the importance of finding a designated driver.Student Messages from the Heart Picture
The student council at Sacred Heart Catholic School prepared a beautiful dramatic presentation of “The Bundle of Sticks”, an Aesop’s Tale about Wisdom for this month’s spirit assembly. As a narrator read, students quietly mimed the actions of an old woman teaching her 7 adult children about the notion of teamwork, love, and understanding using the analogy of a bundle of sticks. That is, an individual stick can be broken, but if put in a bundle, it is made stronger and more powerful. If we want to end bullying, we need to work together; if we want to achieve in everything we do, we need to work together. We need to remember that to be guided by worldly wisdom is to be Guided by the eyes of God. The bundle of sticks used in the presentation is now placed in the school prayer centre as a visual reminder for everyone to “stick together.”Sacred Heart Catholic School "stick together" Picture
Sacred Heart Catholic School students rallied once again for a phenomenal cause: Pennies for Poppies. For the second year in a row, Sacred Heart Catholic School collected pennies and other monies to donate to the Royal Canadian Legion Branch 87 poppy fund. This year, the students raised just over $360! The challenge: each class had to bring in pennies and the class that brought in the most change, won two days worth of recesses in the gymnasium. This year’s winning class was Mr. Crosier’s Grade 6 class. The Grade 6s brought in $155 in total!
Marcel Nault, President of Branch 87, accepted the donation on behalf of the Royal Canadian Legion and in turn presented Sacred Heart Catholic School with a certificate of appreciation for our continued efforts to support veterans and their families. Mr. Nault also presented the school with a poppy plaque as a constant visual reminder to staff and students that there are many ways to remember our veterans throughout the year.Presentation of Royal Canadian Legion Plaque Picture
It is always a pleasure to have our local veterans come in and share their stories and experiences with the staff and students of Sacred Heart Catholic School. Through these visits we are able to bring Remembrance alive for children. The staff and students at Sacred Heart thank all those who have fought in WWI and WWII, in the Korean War, the Vietnam War, the Gulf War, and all of our country's Peacekeeping missions.
We will remember them."We will remember them" Picture
Sacred Heart Catholic School's Annual Food Drive took place this past week. The Food Drive was a contest between the classes to see which group of students could bring in the most items. Once again, the Gr. 8 students showcased their competitive nature by bringing in 298 items of the total 675 items! What a way to showcase school spirit!Sacred Heart Catholic School's Annual Food Drive Picture
On September 28th, 2012, staff and students participated in the 16th annual Sacred Heart Catholic School Terry Fox Walk/Run. $1600 dollars was raised for cancer research! This year's event tied into National Sports Day. To honor both days, staff and students raised money to participate in the Terry Fox Walk/Run, but also wore sports jerseys.
Awesome work everyone!Sacred Heart Catholic School Takes Part in Annual Terry Fox Walk/Run
The Grade 4 students at SHCS hosted this month's Spirit Assembly. The students presented an anagram poem for the word "Faith" . This was the first presentation the Gr. 4 classes presented at their new school, and it was well-received by everyone! Great work Grade 4s!SHCS Monthly Spirit Assembly Picture
SHCS staff has been working diligently on communicating with one another as to the behaviors of students both inside and outside of the classroom. We are now following a progressive discipline plan that ensures that everyone in the school is accountable for student behavior.
I am grateful for this type of collaboration and I spoke with students about the need to understand how grateful I am that our anti-bullying message from last year was very successful. Student suspensions decreased significantly. As such, we had a discussion about bullying in our school during our assembly, and we noted that bullying is not tolerated and will be reported either directly to supervisors and/or teachers or through www.stopabully.ca. When I asked the Gr. 8s for a volunteer to define bullying, the task was too daunting. Suddenly, a young voice from the French Immersion Gr. 4/5 class spoke: "I know what Bullying is" it said. The entire school turned, and Jack stood up and defined bullying as the actions that happen "when people are mean to others and put other people down by making them feel bad about themselves." Jack went on to note that, "we are all different and people should be treated with respect. We need to stop bullying." The entire gym erupted in applause. I added to Jack's definition by indicating that bullying is also an act that happens over time. It is not a one-time action.
We also reviewed the SHCS Anti-Bullying pledge and asked that each individual sign the pledge only if they know they are truly capable of standing up for the rights of others and standing up against bullying.Anti-Bullying from the Heart Picture
As part of the 50th Anniversary celebrations at Sacred Heart Catholic School, we are hosting our Annual Open House and BBQ on October 3, 2012. Please see the attached invitation for information.
Come Celebrate with Us!Sacred Heart Catholic School Annual Open House & BBQ Invitation