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intellect, character, innovation, action, and faith

July 2019

General Announcements and Information

Annual Fund Ends June 30
Thank you to everyone who has already made a gift to the Annual Fund. If you have not yet made a gift, you can do so before June 30 online, or by contacting Director of Annual Giving Cynthia Nelson at x4711.

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
Teaching Fellow Ms. Alisha Andrew joins the Upper School faculty. Ms. Andrew earned her B.S. in Mathematics from Bridgewater State University.

Ms. Lily Kumi Achaew and Mr. Davide De Falco join the Foreign Language Department. Ms. Kumi Achaew earned her B.A. from University of Padua in Padove, Italy and her M.A. in Italian Literature from Boston College. Mr. De Falco earned an M.A. in Italian Language and Culture from Universita De Bologna, Italy and an M.A. in Romance Languages – Italian Studies from Boston College.

Mrs. Anne Bisson and Mrs. Ellen Levine join the Development Office. Mrs. Bisson earned her B.A. from St. Joseph College and Mrs. Levine earned her BA from University of Massachusetts, Boston. Both come to us with many years of experience.

Ms. Jacklyn Burgo ’01 joins the faculty as Director of Diversity. Ms. Burgo earned her B.A. from Bowdoin College.

Mr. Hector Guzman, Ms. Katherine Maxeiner, and Dr. Gregory Walsh join the History Department. Mr. Guzman earned his B.A. in History and International Studies from Trinity College. Ms. Maxeiner earned her B.A. from Carleton College and her Theological Studies from Harvard Divinity School. Dr. Walsh earned his B.A. from Providence College and his Ph.D. in American History from Boston College.

Mr. Casey Young joins us as Director of Facilities and Capital Planning. Mr. Young comes to us from Belmont Hill School with many years of experience.

Carpool List
In order to assist families with carpools for the 2019-20 school year, we have created a form that families may complete. Please fill out this form by July 17. By the end of July, the compiled carpool information will be available on the password-protected parents’ section of the website. New families will receive their password and login information by the end of July, as well. Please note that the school does not arrange carpools; it just assists in collecting the information.

Tuition Payment
Reminder: First semester tuition invoices are due by July 31.

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. All 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 Anna Healy at x4747 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. Register by July 26.

Health Office
Health records need to be updated during the summer on Magnus. An up-to-date physical exam report (within the last year) is required for girls to participate in sports and school activities.

We use Magnus Health to collect and store your child’s health information for the 2019-20 school year. Starting in June, Magnus will send an email asking you to take action with your daughter’s online Student Medical Record. This email will tell you whether a new requirement is due or if an existing requirement is about to expire and needs updating. Log in to your Magnus account, and you will find that information saved from last year will be displayed. Sections that must be renewed or updated for all students include:

Vital Health Record
Please review your information saved from last year to update where necessary. If no changes are needed, or after changes are made, you must save each section to complete the requirement and submit for approval. An accurate Vital Health Record is important to assure that we can contact you in case of an emergency. Please be sure to include all medications your child takes in the “Medication” section of the record.

Consent to Treat Form
This form requires an electronic parent signature to reauthorize for the upcoming school year.

Annual Physical Exam and Immunization Forms
A physical exam and immunization form is required for each student from within the last year. The template form on Magnus may be printed and brought to annual physical exams, signed by a primary care provider, and then uploaded to the student’s record. The physical exam report form used by your child’s physician is also acceptable if all areas of the physical examination are reported, including vital signs, vision, hearing, spine, and other evaluations made during an annual pediatric physical exam.

Over-the-Counter Medication Form
If no changes are needed, this form only needs to be reauthorized with a parent signature for the upcoming school year.

The following sections must also be completed, if applicable:
- Prescription Medication Form
- Asthma Action Plan
- Food Allergy Action Plan
- Diabetes Action Plan
- Seizure Action Plan
- Serious Allergy Action Plan

We ask that you update your daughter’s Magnus Health account by August 1 so preparations can be made prior to the start of school and preseason sports. When you receive emails from Magnus Health, log on and complete the information required. You will receive weekly email reminders as long as there are outstanding items to be addressed in the account. If you need any assistance, the Magnus Health Help Desk is available at (877) 461-6831.

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.

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
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:
Officer: Matt Cressotti P’23’25:
Officer: Michelle Glynn P’19’21’23:
Officer: Deirdre O’Kelly-Lynch P’13’20’22:

Parent Annual Fund Committee
If you are interesting in joining the Parent Annual Fund Committee, contact Director of Annual Giving Cynthia Nelson at

Upper School
Grade 9 Family Picnic: Wednesday, August 28, 5-7 p.m. (weather permitting)
Members of the Class of 2023 and their parents/guardians participate in the Grade 9 Family Picnic, during which the girls gather with their advisory groups and parents meet their daughter’s advisor.
5 p.m.-Parent program
5:45 p.m.-Girls join parents and advisors for dinner in Advisory Groups

Girls involved in fall athletics are released from practice before 5:45 p.m. to attend. As the picnic is casual, athletes come directly from practice. Students not involved in fall athletics arrive at 5 p.m. with their parents and participate in their own activities during the parent program.

Leadership Workshops and A.P. Classes: Monday, August 26-Tuesday, September 3
Leadership Workshops and A.P. classes are scheduled for these dates. 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. 

Fall Trips
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.

September 11-13: Grade 9 Orientation at the Toah Nipi Retreat and Training Center in Rindge, New Hampshire.
September 11-13: Grade 11 visits New York City. The purpose of the trip is to participate in an Urban Service Project and to visit historical sites that connect with the U.S. History curriculum.
September 12-13: Grade 10 Outdoor Education program takes place at the Berkshire Outdoor Center in Becket, Mass.

College Guidance
Seniors were given a comprehensive college guidance packet before they left for the summer. Included 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 where aspects of the admissions process are discussed. 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.    

Important Dates:
ACT Administration: September 14
Registration Deadline: August 16

SAT Reasoning Test and Subject Test Administration: August 24, Registration Deadline: July 16
SAT Reasoning Test and Subject Test Administration: October 5, Registration Deadline: September 6

Mr. Peach,, and Mr. Rosenholtz,, are available via email throughout the summer if students have questions.