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 - click here for a list of volunteer opportunities.


Fall Gathering
A casual evening of friendraising and fun, 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' Visit
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.


2020-21 POTH Meetings
Meetings will be virtual until further notice.
  • Thursday, September 10
  • Thursday, October 1
  • Wednesday, November 4
  • Thursday, December 3 (Holiday Party)
  • Thursday, January 14 
  • Thursday, February 25 
  • Thursday, March 25
  • Thursday, April 22
  • Wednesday, May 5 (End-of-Year Tea)
2020-21 Admissions Virtual Information Sessions
Required for all applicants. Register through the Admissions Office.
  • Friday, October 2, 10-11 am
  • Wednesday, October 14, 1-2 pm
  • Thursday, November 5, 10-11 am
  • Wednesday, December 2, 1-2 pm
  • Friday, December 11, 10-11 am
Fall Gathering
Friday, September 25
L'Esprit 2021
Saturday, March 13

Betsy Zeiger

Heather Zimmerman-Gaito
Vice President & Participation Coordinator

Katie and Brian Phelan
Annual Fund

Beth Bentley
Annie Murray

Community Service

Laura Carrillo
Monica Llorente

Equity & Inclusion Liaison

Paula Bork
Frank Bruno

Fine Arts

Bart Huff
PAAC Representative

Jackie Bush
Heather Shaffer
L'Esprit de Sacre Coeur

Erin O'Brien
Room Parent Coordinator

Ashley Chia