November 1, 2018, marked the 50th year that the Saints have been marching at Sacred Heart Parish School. Students dressed as 44 diverse Catholic Saints representing all walks of life led the parade from the schoolyard into the church before Mass. From archangels to popes, monarchs to villagers, soldiers, teachers, priests, and nuns, those students dressed up as saints took turns giving a short explanation of their life and call to sainthood. Golden crowns adorned the rest of the school’s children and faculty representing the “sainthood” to which all aspire. This stunning tradition is one of the highlights of the academic year.
Día De Los Muertos, in English, means Day of the Dead. It is a holiday that originated in Mexico, but is celebrated throughout Latin America. This essential tradition has become a big part of the Sacred Heart Community and has a big impact on our students and their families. This tradition helps us remember and celebrate the life of our deceased loved ones. We do this by creating an "Altar" (shrine) to the deceased that includes things such as possessions, photos, and objects of their liking. This tradition is celebrated every year at Sacred Heart, and plays a major role in our geographical region, and culture.
Stop by the main hallway in our school and take a look at our Dia De Los Muertos Altar.
This past Friday, September 21st our 8th graders attended their Fall retreat at the San Diego of Alcala Mission. The retreat was directed by Mr. David Blair, 8th grade teacher and Vice-Principal at Saint Charles Catholic School. The theme for the retreat was "I am the light of the world" and throughout the retreat the 8th graders answered some reflection questions about themselves, did a prayer service walking around the beautiful gardens, and had a candle activity where they looked at each other and talked about being light in this world. As well, Mr. Blair and Ms. Lulu coordinated to collect all of their baby pictures prior to the retreat and showed them to all the students in a presentation where they were all asked if they could see God in each other. The retreat concluded with the celebration of Mass by Msg. Sheehan and snacks and lunch were provided by the room mom, Mrs. Bucardo and other parents.
I decided to take the class over to see the fallen tree at Spreckel’s Park and share this unique experience with them. I started off our morning by reading the Giving Tree by Shel Silverstein. Most had not heard the story before; about all the gifts a tree gives us. After we came back from seeing the tree we wrote poetic letters to the tree thanking it for being a part of our community and giving us so many gifts like shade, a place to play hide-and-seek, oxygen, beauty, etc. The letters were beautiful. when we were at the park earlier we learned that the Coronado City Council and an Arborist (tree inspector) were going to go and inspect the situation. I decided to create a giant “THE GIVING TREE” poster which the kids decorated and posted the class notes on poster boards…our way of giving thanks to the tree.. we returned by noon to put our our letters and the giant card, hoping the city council and other people in the community would see it and share in the thanks for this great fallen tree. Much to our surprise the channel 7 news was there creating a story about the tree that fell over….. They loved that we were leaving love notes for the tree and decided to interview us… and to top it off Jameson had actually seen the tree fall over the previous day so he had a special interview!! At the end of the day I went over again and was given a large branch and some of the caution top from the fallen tree. I broke off pieces and tied the caution tape like a ribbon and gave each of the students a piece to take home of THE GIVING TREE. It was all such a delightful last minute teachable moment (that lasted all day) that the class will never forget. Many families went over after school to see the tree and the card and notes.
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