Catholic, Independent Elementary Schools Serving Chicago's Children Since 1876


Mission Statement

The mission of Parents of the Heart is:

To create community among families by providing opportunities to participate in social activities at the school;

To sponsor activities to raise unrestricted funds for the school;

To provide opportunities for members to participate in community service activities;

To work in conjunction with the school's administration to provide education and enrichment opportunities for parents through workshops, lectures and seminars on timely topics.

Parents of the Heart

Every Sacred Heart parent is a member of POTH, and we invite you to become actively involved by

  • Attending POTH meetings
  • Participating in our many community-building events throughout the year
  • Volunteering your time

Current parents – click here to sign up to volunteer and register for events.


Fall Gathering
A casual evening of friendraising and fun for parents, featuring food trucks, craft beer and more.

L’Esprit de Sacré Coeur or Quiz Night
Sacred Heart Schools’ annual fundraising event toggles every other year between a gala fundraiser, L’Esprit de Sacré Coeur, and Quiz Night, our casual and fun team trivia contest.

International Night
This all-school family event celebrates the rich diversity of SHS and transforms the gym into a festive community square filled with the wonderful foods of our collective heritage.

Justice Day and Evening
On Justice Day, students and faculty take the day off from their regular routine to spend the day learning about social justice issues through age-appropriate activities. While Justice Day is for students, Justice Evening is an opportunity for parents to participate in an activity or presentation on the year’s chosen topic and start a dialogue with their children.

Faculty/Staff Appreciation Breakfast & Dinner
This annual holiday event allows parents to express their gratitude to teachers, administrators and staff. For the breakfast, faculty and staff enjoy a special meal with holiday cheer and surprise gifts. At night an intimate dinner celebrates the night-time staff members.

Grandparents' Day
Every other year, we welcome grandparents of kindergarten through 3rd grade to the SHS campus to visit the classrooms and enjoy activities and presentations.

Fine Arts Events
Each year, the members of the Fine Arts Committee create a schedule of activities that feature and celebrate the Arts at Sacred Heart and around the city of Chicago.

Community Service Projects
From days of service to assisting students’ efforts to support service partners, there are many opportunities to get involved and support our local community.

Important Dates

2018-19 POTH Meetings
8:45 am in the cafeteria, unless a luncheon

  • September 6
  • October 4
  • November 1
  • November 29 (Christmas Luncheon)
  • January 10
  • January 31
  • February 28
  • April 4
  • May 9 (End-of-Year Luncheon)

Admissions Coffees
9:15–11 am in the MPR

  • Friday, October 12
  • Wednesday, October 24
  • Thursday, November 15
  • Friday, November 30
  • Wednesday, December 12
  • Wednesday February 13, 2019
  • Friday, March 22, 2019
  • Wednesday, May 1, 2019

Parent Welcome Coffee
Wednesday, September 5
8:30-10 am
Driehaus Center

International Night
Friday, September 28
5:30 pm
Campbell Gym

Fall Gathering
Friday, October 12
7-10 pm
Campbell Gym

L'Esprit de Sacre Coeur
Save the Date – Saturday, March 30, 2019

poth executive committee

Frank Bruno

Vice President
Heather Shaffer

Annual Fund
Stacey Cavanagh

Community Service
Suzi Baldwin
Andrea Helms
Emily Raub

Diversity Council Liaison
Daniela Pagani

Fine Arts
Luz Santamarina

L'Esprit de Sacre Coeur
Maureen Gilligan
Sara Gramata

Parent Athletic Advisory Council
Bart Huff

Room Parent Coordinator
Beth Garino

Esther Park