WELCOME TO THE SACRED HEARTS PARISH PARENT RESOURCES PAGE!
Working together, we can make this a successful and happy year for your children! This page has been created to provide you with important information, dates and links to documents that will be needed throughout the year. Please read through the information below and contact me with any questions. I look forward to helping you help your children grow closer to Christ!
Coordinator of Religious Education
978 373-1281 x17
Parent Saftey Information Dates:
Students in grades K-5 will be taught three saftey lessons throughout the year during the class time. The first saftey lesson will be held the week of Sunday, November 6th. Would you like to learn more about the saftey lessons? Please join Beth Fullerton as she discusses the saftey lesson materials during class on Sunday, October 16th (10:15 a.m.-11:15 a.m.) and Wednesday, October 19th (6:30-7:30 p.m.)
Generations of Faith:
Throughout the year, there will be opportunities for our students in grades K-2 and their parents to particpate together in a lesson and craft. Our first upcoming activity will be for our first grade classes:
Sunday, October 23rd: 10:15-11:15 a.m. (Mrs. Collins' class)
Wednesday, October 26th 6:30-7:30 p.m. (Mrs. Skarbek and Mrs. Barman's class)
We kindly ask that at least one parent per child stay and particpate in the classroom lesson and craft focused on theme: Jesus Loves Us
Confirmation Parent and Student Meetings:Sunday, September 25th
- 4:30 p.m. , Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (9th grade students and parents)
- 6:30 p.m., Immaculate Heart of Mary Chapel (10th grade students and parents)
Religious Education Program Policies and Guidelines
Parents as Primary Educators
The Church teaches that “parents have the first responsibility for the education of their children” (CCC 2223). We look forward to assisting you in that task this year. Our parish RE program is meant to supplement the religious education you do in your home; it is so important that you take your children to Mass each weekend, and that you pray and talk about God and the Catholic faith with them on a regular basis. Read Bible stories together, and let them see you turning to the Bible or Catechism! You are your child’s most important role model.
Parent or Guardian Responsibilities
- Faithfully attend Mass each week with your children.
- Cultivate habits of daily prayer and work with your children to do the same. Pray with your children regularly.
- Bring your children on-time to class each week, pick them up on-time, and discuss with them what they are doing in class.
- Faithfully attend Mass each week and pray daily.
- Encourage your parents to take you to Mass and join you in prayer.
- Take care of the textbooks and other materials that you receive, and bring the necessary materials to every class.
- Do not bring food, drink, or electronic devices to class. Teachers or administrators may take away these items if they find them in use.
- Wear modest clothing to class. Do not wear hats.
- Act with Christian charity towards teachers, staff, and other students.
Faithful attendance and full participation are essential to the successful education and spiritual development of our students. No more than four absences are allowed. Students who miss more than four classes will be required to complete extra work, and may need to meet with the Coordinator of Religious Education and/or repeat the grade. Please contact your child’s teacher or the CRE if your child will be absent from a class.
Our catechists may assign homework each week. Students are required to complete this work in order to facilitate their education and engagement in their faith throughout the week.
Parents of students with special needs should contact the Coordinator of Religious Education when registering. We will be very happy to work with you to make any necessary accommodations. Students requiring medication, such as an Epi-pen, must be able to self-medicate or have a parent remain with them.
Arrival and Dismissal
Please be timely when dropping off and picking up your children!
Grades K-6 at SHS (Sun 10:15-11:15) and K-8 at SHS (Wed 6:30-7:30) Sunday classes will gather in the gym and dismiss from the gym and the cafeteria. Wednesday classes will gather and dismiss from the cafeteria. To ensure the safety of our students, parents are required to escort their children to and from their class’ drop off and pick up point. Parents of students in grades K-2 must sign their child in and out of class. With prior written notice from the parent, older siblings or other adults may do the same.
Grades 6-8 at St. Patrick Church (Mon 7-8): Please park in the church parking lot and have students enter the main church through the front doors. Students will be dismissed from the church hall at 8pm.
Confirmation Year 1 (Grade 9) at Sacred Hearts Church Hall (Sun 6-8): Students can enter the Church Hall through the doors on Carleton Ave or on the opposite side of the Church. Students will be dismissed from the Church Hall. We strongly encourage parents to come into the building to pick up their child at the end of class.
Confirmation Year 2 (Grade 10) at Sacred Hearts Church Hall ( Sun 6-8 or Mon 6-8): Students can enter the Church Hall through the doors on Carleton Ave or on the opposite side of the Church. Students will be dismissed from the Church Hall. We strongly encourage parents to come into the building to pick up their child at the end of class.
Students will behave and show respect for themselves, their teachers, other students, and Church property. In the event that a child has difficulty behaving appropriately, he/she will be required to meet with the Coordinator of Religious Education. Persistent problems will result in the student only being able to attend class with a parent present, or continuing lessons at home.
Religious Education News
I primarily communicate with families via email. Please also regularly check the RE facebook page, parish bulletin, and parish website for RE updates. The weekly bulletin, which can be viewed from our website, is the best place to get information. Our newsletters, sent home several times throughout the year, are also good sources of information.
Classes do not meet when Haverhill Public Schools cancel school or after-school activities because of weather. Cancellations are announced on WCVB-Channel 5 and Channel 7 (on tv and on their Internet sites) and on our facebook page—www.facebook.com/shpre.
"Talking About Touching" and "Keeping Children Safe" Curricula
The Archdiocese of Boston requires that we present personal safety information to students in grades K-5. Students in grades 6-8 are also required to complete the Created for Love Program. The dates of these lessons as well as more information about content will be provided in advance of this instruction.
Our program year is roughly 25 weeks in length. It begins in September and continues through April. We rarely meet on holiday weekends. Calendar postcards and in-depth program calendars are available for all families.