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Community Life

What makes our community special? The Sacred Heart community is known for its vibrancy and warmth. We are committed to being a welcoming and inclusive community where talents are celebrated, and where "each person is valued, cared for and respected."
-Goal IV, Criterion 2

Sacred Heart Schools
Statement on Equity and Inclusion

Rooted in the mission of the international network of Sacred Heart Schools and in our identity as a Catholic school for families of all faiths, Sacred Heart Schools-Sheridan Road is committed to ensuring that each member of our community can flourish spiritually, intellectually and personally, secure in the knowledge that they are loved as a child of God and will be treated with respect and dignity.

We are guided by the five Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart Education, which call us to advance equity and inclusion through the daily exploration of faith, intellect, service, community and personal growth. We endeavor in all school activities—academic, social and extracurricular—to foster equity and to empower each student to thrive, fully supported in his or her own unique talents, within an environment of genuine love and care. Our aim is to develop compassionate and culturally competent young women and men who will make positive contributions to their local communities and society at large.

Sacred Heart Schools is further committed to the work of ensuring that our community—encompassing Board members, administration, faculty, staff, parents, alumni and students—honors each member’s gifts and celebrates the ways in which we differ. We acknowledge the many enduring values that we as a community share, and assert that our differences in ability, learning style, gender, ethnicity, race, religion, socioeconomic background, sexual orientation and family structure not only reflect the rich fabric of human experience, but offer opportunities for learning and personal growth.

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SEED Groups (Seeking Educational Equity and Diversity)

SEED is a peer-led professional development program that promotes change through self-reflection and interpersonal dialogue and builds capacity for more equitable curriculum, campuses, and communities. Sacred Heart has SEED groups that parents, faculty and staff can attend.

SEED's unique methodology involves:

  • facilitating ongoing, structured, group conversations in which all voices can be heard
  • examining how our own stories relate to social systems
  • learning from the lessons of our own lives as well as from texts
  • turning oppression and privilege into agency and action

In their local, year-long SEED seminars, SEED leaders and colleagues use their own experiences and those of their students and children to widen and deepen school curricula and make communities more inclusive.

 

Community Events

International Night
A yearly event, held in September, in which the whole community celebrates Sacred Heart's rich ethnic and cultural diversity. Families bring food from their culture to share and often dress in clothes that represent their ethnic background. One area of the world is chosen as the theme and there is entertainment from that culture. 

Justice Day and Evening
For more than a decade, the Sacred Heart community has celebrated Justice Evening (for parents and Middle School students) and Justice Day at the school for all students. A social justice theme is chosen and learned about through the visual, musical and theatre arts. A variety of activities and performances are planned throughout the day and evening, Recent themes have focused on the immigrant experience, community building, bullying, and racism.

 

Parent Involvement

Sacred Heart values the many ways that parents offer their expertise and skills, and we understand how valuable their time is. Some of the ways that parents can participate in the life of the school and community are:

  • Classroom assistants
  • Service learning volunteers
  • Special event planners and fundraisers
  • Chaperones
  • Welcoming/mentoring new families
  • Academic team coaches

Some parent organizations are: Parents of the Heart (POTH), Parent Ambassador Network (PAN), Angel Family, Equity and Inclusion Council, Fine Arts Council, Parents of Alumni (PAL), To read more about parent involvement, click here.

To hear from 2019-20 POTH leaders, click on the image below.

Alumnae/i

"Coming to a Sacred Heart school, you have entered into a family and have come to a home."
- Life at the Sacred Heart

Whether you graduated from Sacred Heart or went here for a short time, you are considered an alum. Our alums are living all over the world, are in many professions, and serve as volunteers in their communities. They are from the Academy high school and/or from the Academy and Hardey Prep elementary schools. 

Sacred Heart is thrilled to welcome back alums who stop by the school for an impromptu or planned visit, and the Sheridan Road Alumni Association (SRAA) hosts get-togethers that may be geared to a specific class or set of classes. There is an assortment of alumni events offered throughout the year, from Young Alumni gatherings to Alumni Weekend, which takes place each fall and is attended by alums from many classes. 

To read more about SRAA, click here

Traditions

Sacred Heart has much-loved traditions. Some are based purely in fun; others are rooted in spirituality or service. All bring the community—students, parents, faculty and staff—great joy!

  • Congé (yearly day of fun for all students)
  • Espacio (quiet time for reflection)
  • Goûter (a special treat)
  • Mater Admirabilis (fresco painted in 1844 by an RSCJ postulant that was miraculously transformed; a re-enactment is performed each year by 2nd graders)
  • Red and White Teams (based on the Sacred Heart colors, the teams engage in friendly competition throughout the year, often raising monies for our service partners)
  • Hot Dog Lunch (held on the final day of school before Christmas break, hot dogs are served by the parents after an all-school mass)

There are many terms and traditions at Sacred Heart; these are just a few!

Publications and Podcast

Sacred Heart's podcast, "The Heart of Sheridan Road," features guests from throughout the local community--parents, faculty, alumni--as well as guests from the Sacred Heart Network and beyond. Click here to access. 

"Heartbeat" magazine is published biannually by the Office of Marketing and Communications. Please access past issues and the most current issue here

To receive "Heartbeat" in the mail, please click here.

 

Brian Williams
Head of Inclusion and Community Life

PARENT EDUCATION 2019-20

Providing Opportunities for Parents to Grow, Connect and Discover

Oct. 3
The Inside Scoop on High School Admissions
10-11 am, Cole Masterpiece Room
Immediately following the Parents of the Heart (POTH) meeting

Nov. 13
Raising Our Children Sanely in a Challenging World
7 pm, Chapel
Sr. Nancy C. Kehoe, RSCJ, PhD, Assistant Clinical Professor of Psychology in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School

Nov. 14
Raising Healthy Children
8:45 am, POTH meeting, Preschool Campus
Dr. Rebecca Burns, MD, Department of Emergency Medicine at Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children's Hospital and parent of two daughters at SHS.

Jan. 6
Parenting With the Brain in Mind
7 pm, Chapel
Eva Dwight, MEd, CPDT, Gurian Institute Master Trainer

Feb. 27
Cyber Security with Cyber Safety Consulting
8:45 am, POTH meeting
7 pm, Chapel

May 7
Under Pressure: Examining Anxiety and Stress in Children
7 pm, Chapel
Lisa Damour, PhD, psychotherapist, author, regular contributor to the New York Times. Dr. Damour is an alumna of Sacred Heart-Sheridan Road and is the 2019 Sacred Heart Goal Award winner.