General Announcements and Information
Media Permission Form
A Media Permission Form is required for all students. Please fill out the form for each student in your family by Monday, August 26.
2019-20 Faculty/Staff Appointments
Ms. Caroline Hurley ’13 joins the Religion Department. Ms. Hurley earned her B.A. from Boston College and her M.Ed. From Providence College
In order to assist families with carpools for the 2019-20 school year, we have created a form that families may complete. Please note that the school does not arrange carpools; it just assists in collecting the information. A current list of families who have signed up is available under Parent Resources. An updated list will be posted in mid-August on a password-protected webpage. All new families were emailed usernames and passwords in mid-July. Returning families should continue to use the username and password they received last year. If you did not receive a password, please email communications@newtonSH.org.
First semester tuition invoices were due by July 31. If you have not sent in your payment, please do so to avoid finance charges.
Textbooks and Curricular Materials
We have made arrangements with Follett Virtual Bookstores to help you purchase your daughter’s textbooks. Beginning August 1, you can access the site here. Textbooks are shipped directly to your home. Curricular materials (paid as fees) will be distributed in class starting in September. While Follett is one source for buying books, you may choose to purchase or rent textbooks from another source. Please be sure to purchase or rent the specific edition, as some textbooks differ from one printing to the next. Contact Kyle Crosby at x4957 with questions.
Sacred Heart Cape Cod Reception: Thursday, August 8, 6-8 p.m.
Sister Rogers invites you to join Sacred Heart alumnae, parents, and friends for a summer reception hosted by Bill and Mary Lou Jackson P’14 in South Yarmouth, Mass. RSVP to development@newtonSH.org or x4732.
The Family Directory for the 2019-20 school year is on a password-protected page under Parent Resources in the Parents’ section of the website. Please review your information and contact Mrs. Lazure at x4712 immediately if there are any changes or corrections to your listing.
Coffee Pond Photography will take photos of all students. Upper School girls will have their pictures taken on Opening Day, Wednesday, September 4. Middle School girls will have their pictures taken on Monday, September 9.
Health records must be updated yearly using the Magnus Health online portal. Magnus sent login information via e-mail to parents along with instructions to complete the online health history form. For safety reasons, students will be restricted from activities, sports (including pre-season), and trips if this important information is not updated. If you have questions or concerns, please call the Magnus Customer Support help line at (877) 461-6831 or contact the Health Office. Medication that will be administered daily at school will require the Prescription Medication form to be completed by a health care provider. Students may not self-administer medication at school without prior approval from the school nurse.
All students who have severe asthma or allergies requiring an EpiPen should bring a back-up inhaler or EpiPen to keep in the Health Office at the start of school.
If there have been changes in your daughter’s health over the summer, please contact the Health Office prior to the start of the school year. New families with students who have health concerns should also call the call Ms. Chalvire at x4777 before school begins to review any possible needs and supports.
Upper School preseason: Monday, August 26-Friday, August 30, Tuesday, September 3
Middle School begins: Thursday, September 5
In order to participate during tryouts, all students must have a current physical examination on file with Magnus Health.
Upper School preseason
Crew, Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball
Monday, August 26-Thursday, August 29: 2-hour practices will take place in the afternoon
Friday, August 30: 2-hour practice before 2 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3: 2-hour practice will take place in the afternoon
Thursday, September 5: Cross Country, Field Hockey, Soccer, and Volleyball
Crew- 1st day of pre-season - Swimsuit for swim test, Sneakers
Cross Country - Running Shoes
Field Hockey - Cleats, Goggles, Shin Guards, Mouth Guard
Middle School only: NAVY tall socks for games
Upper School only: WHITE and NAVY tall socks for games
Soccer - Cleats and Shin Guards
Middle School only: NAVY tall socks for games
Upper School only: WHITE and NAVY tall socks for games
Volleyball - Sneakers (or court shoes) and knee pads
All Upper School athletes are required to have school warm-up jacket and warm-up pants. They can only be purchased one hour before practice the week of preseason in the Fitness Room in the Martin Center. Warm-ups only need to be purchased once for all four years of high school.
Homecoming: Friday, September 27 & Saturday, September 28
Upper School games take place in the afternoon and evening on Friday; Middle School games take place Saturday morning.
Parents’ Association and Development Office
The first Parents’ Association meeting of the year is Tuesday, September 17 at 7:30 a.m. Sister Rogers will offer welcome remarks.
If you are interested in participating in Parents’ Association events for the 2019-20 school year, please contact one of our Parents’ Association Board members. All parents are encouraged to participate.
President: Julie Durbin P’17’20: email@example.com
Officer: Matt Cressotti P’23’25: firstname.lastname@example.org
Officer: Michelle Glynn P’19’21’23: email@example.com
Officer: Deirdre O’Kelly-Lynch P’13’20’22: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Parent Annual Fund Committee
If you are interesting in joining the Parent Annual Fund Committee, contact Director of Annual Giving Cynthia Nelson at cnelson@newtonSH.org.
Leadership Workshops and A.P. Classes: Monday, August 26-Tuesday, September 3
Any student who is taking an A.P. class or is a member of Student Government, Honor Committee, is a Committee Head, or is a Team Captain should keep this time available. The exact times each day that each group will meet will be sent via email in late August.
Grade 9 Family Picnic: Wednesday, August 28, 5-7 p.m. (weather permitting)
5-5:45 p.m.- Program for parents and advisors during which students are involved in athletic practices or group activities.
5:45 p.m.-Grade 9 girls join parents and advisors for dinner in Advisory Groups
Girls involved in fall athletics are released from practice before 5:45 p.m. As the picnic is casual, athletes come directly from practice. Students not involved in fall athletics arrive at 5 p.m. and participate in their own activities during the parent program.
Opening Day: Wednesday, September 4, 8:30 a.m.-2:30 p.m.
Girls engage in a day of orientation activities led by senior orientation leaders and ninth grade faculty.
Grade 9 Service Day: Wednesday, September 11, 8:30 a.m.-12:30 p.m.
Girls participate in direct service, building alliances with organizations in Greater Boston addressing poverty, hunger, and homelessness. Grade 9 parents are invited to drive and chaperone. If interested, contact Dr. Potter at x4757 after August 20.
Almost immediately after the school year begins, Grades 9, 10, and 11 leave for class trips. The details of these trips will be included in the August Newton Notes. All girls must have their medical information and medical permission forms on file with the school in order to go on these trips.
Grade 9 Orientation: September 11-13
Orientation takes place at the Toah Nipi Retreat and Training Center in Rindge, N.H. This retreat is designed to both help the girls get to know each other and familiarize themselves with the Goals and Criteria for Sacred Heart Schools. Orientation is a time when lasting friendships begin to form. Class moderators and other ninth grade faculty accompany the girls. Students and faculty will travel by chartered bus at 2 p.m. on Wednesday and return by 4 p.m. on Friday.
Grade 10 Trip: September 12-13
Grade 10 Outdoor Education program takes place at the Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket, Mass. The Berkshire Outdoor Center inspires interpersonal and intrapersonal change through experiential education and emphasizing relationships. Its programming is designed to help build understanding, respect, responsibility, and caring within the individual, between individuals within the group, between the groups, and between humans and the environment. Students and faculty will leave at 8 a.m. on Thursday and return by 4 p.m. on Friday.
Grade 11 Trip: September 11-13
Grade 11 visits New York City. The purpose of the trip is two-fold: participate in an Urban Service Project and visit historic sites connected with the U.S. History curriculum. Buses leave Colby Road promptly at 7:30 a.m. on Wednesday. Students should arrive at school by 7:15 a.m. Buses return to school around 7 p.m. on Friday.
Theatre Preseason: Mamma Mia
We are excited to be one of the first schools to stage the musical Mamma Mia. Upper School girls are invited to join our theatre preseason starting Monday, August 26 at 4:30 p.m. in the Theatre. This preseason will run concurrent with the athletic preseason at the end of every school day from August 26 -September 3. There will be acting, singing, and choreography workshops throughout our preseason. Students are encouraged to attend the entire preseason, especially if you are interested in auditioning for the fall show. Everyone is welcome to attend, even if you are trying theatre for the first time.
This show offers many opportunities for dance. Even if you have never tried theatre before, we encourage dancers to consider joining us as ensemble members.
Monday, August 26: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, August 27: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Wednesday, August 28: 3:30-5:30 p.m.
Thursday, August 29: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Friday, August 30: 12-2 p.m.
Tuesday, September 3: 4:30-6:30 p.m.
Seniors were given a comprehensive “college guidance packet” before they left for the summer. Included in this were two assignments: complete a draft of the Common Application and complete a draft of a personal statement. We encourage seniors to take both of these assignments very seriously in order to be well prepared for the very busy and exciting fall that lies ahead.
Senior Group meets once a cycle during first semester. All seniors participate in Senior Group. All aspects of the admissions process are discussed during Senior Group. Senior Group keeps seniors “on track” during the fall. Beginning in early September, over 60 colleges will visit Newton to hold information sessions. These visits are not interviews. They are intended for students to gather information about colleges and to speak directly with the people who will often be the ones reading their applications. We will give seniors more information on these visits during Senior Group. Seniors should be updating their Naviance accounts with the schools that continue to interest them.
Seniors will be given an unofficial copy of their transcripts upon returning to school in September. Any student who needs a copy of a transcript earlier than this should contact Mrs. Healy in the Academic Office. Upon returning to school, seniors should schedule a meeting with College Guidance. Parents may schedule appointments with College Guidance throughout the first semester. Seniors should register for the August and/or October SAT Reasoning Test or Subject Tests, or for the September Administration of the ACT, if they plan to take one of the tests. Registration deadlines will approach quickly. We encourage students to register early in order to avoid late fees and to secure a convenient site. Fee waivers are available in our office for students who qualify.
ACT Administration: September 14. Registration Deadline: August 16
SAT Reasoning Test and Subject Test Administration
August 24, Registration Deadline: July 16
October 5, Registration Deadline: September 6 6