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Teaching Children about Gratitude

Posted on November 20, 2020 in: General News

Teaching Children about Gratitude
How Grateful We are for You!  As we look to Thanksgiving and this time of expressing gratitude, the staff and administration of Sacred Heart Villa want to express our gratitude for all the ways the families and friends of The Villa have supported us.  Though times have been challenging ...

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Thanksgiving, gratitude

Celebrating Blessed Clelia Merloni

Posted on November 14, 2020 in: General News

Celebrating Blessed Clelia Merloni
BLESSED CLELIA MERLONI  This week we will celebrate the Feast Day of Blessed Clelia Merloni, foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. She holds a very special place in the hearts of the Sisters, staff and students at Sacred Heart Villa. Starting with our two-year old children, we t...

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Blessed Clelia Merloni
Dine with Donors at J. Smugs GastroPit
Dining with Donors at J. Smugs GastroPit! November’s Dining with Donors takes us to BBQ on The Hill at J. Smugs GastroPit at 4916 Shaw Ave (at Kingshighway). On Wednesday, November 11th, a portion of the days’ sales from both lunch and dinner will be donated to The Villa. Families ...

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Dining with donors for November, J. Smugs GastroPit

Villa Christmas Cards for Sale

Posted on October 31, 2020 in: General News

Villa Christmas Cards for Sale
Sacred Heart Villa Christmas Card Now you can share in the joy of the season when you purchase an original Christmas cards from Sacred Heart Villa. These 5 x 7 cards feature two adorable SHV students dressed as Mary and Joseph, holding Baby Jesus. Other students are dressed as angels, the Wise Me...

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Villa Christmas Card, December 2020
Remembering All Souls and Other News
REMEMBERING OUR DECEASED LOVED ONES As we approach All Saints’ Day and All Souls’ Day, our thoughts often rise to think of our family members and friends who have passed. Each year at the Villa, we offer our families the opportunity to write the names of their deceased loved ones on a...

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All Souls, Dia de los Muertos, Villa receives award
Honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus
Honoring the Sacred Heart of Jesus At Sacred Heart Villa, we perform many practices which are tied to devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The religious congregation of Sisters that founded and ministers here is devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. All the students learn to pray to the Sacred ...

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Sacred Heart of Jesus, St. Margaret Mary feast day

Dine with Donors at Anthonino's

Posted on October 10, 2020 in: General News

Dine with Donors at Anthonino's
Dining with Donors at Anthonino’s Taverna! For October’s Dining with Donors, we go to a restaurant that is a mere block away from the Villa: Anthonino’s, located at 2225 Macklind Avenue. This well-known, family-owned restaurant offers a unique menu that is a “mix of rich, ...

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Dining with Donors, Anthonino's

Virtual Trivia Night Q and A

Posted on October 02, 2020 in: General News

Virtual Trivia Night Q and A
Some Q and A about Virtual Trivia Night October 17th, our Virtual Trivia Night is fast approaching! You decide if you want to gather with friends and loved ones, or stay apart in your own homes. You will connect with them through a breakout room on Zoom just like you would be sitting around a tab...

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trivia questions and answers

The Hill Got Hunted

Posted on September 27, 2020 in: General News

The Hill Got Hunted
The Hill Got Hunted! Under a beautiful blue sky of the early fall morning on Saturday, September 26th over 110 children and their families joined for Hunt the Hill. By 8:00 AM, families started arriving at the Villa to check in and receive their check list, a map of the Hill, a SHV pen and SHV li...

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Hunt the Hill, SHV fundraiser, September
Support Local Vendors at Hunt the Hill
Vendor Event During Hunt the Hill on September 26th Part of SHV’s Hunt the Hill is to promote small local businesses in our Hill neighborhood. We are also promoting some local vendors and crafters from the St. Louis area by having a vendor’s fair on the front lawn of the school! From ...

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Sacred Heart Villa, Hunt the Hill, loval vendors

Dining with Donors at Pietros

Posted on September 12, 2020 in: General News

Dining with Donors at Pietros
Dining with Donors at Pietros!  Our Dining with Donors continues this month with the family-friendly Italian restaurant, Pietro’s.  Located at 3801 Watson Road, it is just a hop-skip-and a jump away from the Villa.  A portion of that days’ sales from both lunch and dinn...

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Dining with Donors, Pietro's
SHV to Host Virtual Trivia Night on October 17
What is a Virtual Trivia Night? On Saturday, October 17, 2020 Sacred Heart Villa will have our first ever Virtual Trivia Night. A virtual trivia night is a cross between a regular trivia night with questions announced and you figure out the answers, and a mini-silent auction bidding with OneCause...

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Virtual trivia night, October 17

Hunt the Hill with SHV

Posted on August 29, 2020 in: General News

Hunt the Hill with SHV
Hunt the Hill! Join us for a scavenger hunt in our school’s neighborhood. On Saturday, September 26th between 8AM to 10AM, your whole family can participate by either walking or riding around a central portion of the Hill looking for designated spots on the list.  Families will need to...

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Hunt the Hill, SHV fundraiser, September

Addressing Racism with Children

Posted on August 17, 2020 in: General News

Addressing Racism with Children
How to Address Racism with Children On Friday, August 14th the faculty of SHV gathered for their second in-person meeting at the Villa in preparation for the beginning of our new school year. After spending the majority of two ZOOM meetings and a day and a half of in-person meetings on topics inv...

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Racism, Theresa Steinkamp
SHV Welcomes Families Back to School
Welcoming Families Back to the Villa for the Start of School In the past, the Villa would kick off the school year with an ice cream social with the families the day before school started. This year we have to make new accommodations due to COVID-19 restrictions. Since parents and family members ...

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back to school, new order for 2020
Dining With Our Donors Fundraisers
Dining With Donors               Sacred Heart Villa has teamed up to help local area restaurants who have supported our efforts over the years. One Wednesday each month during the upcoming 2020-2021 school year, we will have a ...

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Dining Out for Donors

Preparing to Reopen School

Posted on July 20, 2020 in: General News

Preparing to Reopen School
Preparing for Reopening School What’s been happening at the Villa in July? Ms. Kris, Sr. Alice, Ms. Karen, Enez, Michael and Nikko have been cleaning and preparing the classrooms. Nine classrooms will be transformed to prepare for 10 – 12 children per room for Nursery, PreK and Kinder...

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You Shop & Amazon gives to Sacred Heart Villa
You Shop & Amazon gives to Sacred Heart Villa Are you aware of AmazonSmile? AmazonSmile is the same Amazon you know. Same products, same prices, same service. Amazon donates 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to the charitable organization of your choice. To date, Amazon...

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Sr. Margaret Mary Returns to Villa as Culinarian
Welcome to the Villa’s New Culinarian: Sr. Margaret Mary Stoverink, ASCJ We are very excited to welcome back Sr. Margaret to Sacred Heart Villa. From 1982 - 83, she taught the four-year old class and from 2003-2004 she was assistant to the director, Sr. John Catherine. Sr. Margaret is a nat...

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Sister Margaret Mary, culinarian
SHV is Overwhelmed by Donor Generosity
Thankful You Gave from the Heart The SHV staff thanks our parents, friends and benefactors from the bottom of our hearts! Your generous donations pushed us well beyond our goal! We raised $7,005! You are helping our school tremendously! Updated laptops in every classroom will enable the teachers ...

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A Day of Giving from the Heart
6/16  A Day of Giving From the Heart For 80 years, Sacred Heart Villa has been committed to providing an exceptional educational program rooted in strong Catholic values and a safe, nurturing environment. In order to provide for the best educational opportunities, it is important for each te...

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SHV 80th Graduation is Historic
SHV 80th Graduation On the warm evening of June 3rd under a canopy of gray clouds, we celebrated SHV's 80th Graduation on the front lawn while keeping social distancing. The parents spread out their own lawn chairs in the front yard of the Villa. Each child had a traditional red graduation ca...

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Many Improvements Are Being Made at Sacred Heart Villa
Many Improvements Are Being Made at Sacred Heart Villa Many people may be wondering, “What is happening at the Villa these days?” While it seems a bit odd not to hear the sounds of the children, there is much going on at the Villa – inside and out. We have been utilizing this ti...

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Drive "Bye" Parade Ends Year on a Happy Note
Drive “Bye” Parade Ends the School Year on a Happy Note! What can you do to celebrate the end of this unusual school year?  The Villa staff planned a drive ‘bye” parade to give everyone a chance to show their love and warm wishes for a great and safe summer.  On ...

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Bringing Some Cheer and Love to Our Students
Bringing Some Cheer and Love to Our Students In these last few weeks of school, teachers and aides have gone the extra mile to see their students’ smiling faces by making home visits.  They shared the love of the Heart of Jesus while keeping social distancing. The teachers would call t...

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Nursery 1 Creates Still Life Art Work
Nursery 1 is Creating Still-Life Works of Art Our Nursery 1 teacher, Ms. Maria, has always shared her love for art with her students. So much so, she calls her students a nick name based on her favorite artist: “Vinnie van Goghs.” Ms. Maria is fond of an animated series for children o...

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Maycrowning In the Midst of a Pandemic
It has been a long-standing tradition at Sacred Heart Villa to honor the Blessed Mother on the first Saturday of May.  For 79 years, our older students have participated in an outdoor May Crowning ceremony in which a decade of the rosary is prayed and the children were led in consecrating thems...

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Villa Hosts a Virtual Teddy Bear Picnic
SHV families and staff had a virtual school wide Teddy Bear Picnic on Friday, 4/24. Since we could not be together with the Villa community for our Spring Activity Day at Berra Park which was scheduled for that day, we decided to have a virtual picnic instead.  We hoped the children would feel ...

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Teachers Find Creative Ways to Connect With Students
The staff of SHV is working very diligently to stay connected to the students and families doing this time of social-distancing.  Teachers are having Zoom meetings with their classes and with individual families. Daily teachers and aides are posting self-made videos of lessons, singing, dancing...

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Kindergarten
Sacred Heart Villa Teachers Keep in Touch Through Distance Learning
Our dedicated teachers have stepped up to the challenge of creating learning plans during this challenging time while Sacred Heart Villa is closed due to the Coronavirus.  Kindergarten and PreK parents came by school to pick up students’ books which had been packed up by their teachers. T...

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Villa Celebrates Blessed Clelia's Birthday
The Sacred Heart Villa celebrated the birthday of Blessed Clelia Merloni, foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, on Tuesday, March 10, with an original play written by teachers, Ms. Karen and Sister Bridget.  The play was performed by the Kindergarten students, under the direct...

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Clelia play, Kindergarten
Park Playscape Signs Entering New Phase
The work on the signs for the new playscape at Forest Park has entered the next phase.   Ellie Stevens and Madison Beirne from Forest Park Forever came to Sacred Heart Villa with Andrew Wald from Interoboro Partners, the design company of the playscape.  Three shapes were ch...

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SHV Designs Playscape Signs

Posted on November 14, 2019 in: General News

SHV Designs Playscape Signs
Sacred Heart Villa has entered the second phase of the Forest Park Forever Playscape project.  In early October, as one of 4 schools selected to participate, the children of Sacred Heart Villa spent a day experiencing the trail and creek area of the park.  The children in grades Nursery 2,...

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SHV Chosen for Forest Park Project
Sacred Heart Villa Chosen for Forest Park Project The children and staff of Sacred Heart Villa enjoyed a day in nature in Forest Park on Tuesday, October 1st.  They were invited by Ellie Stevens, Education Coordinator of Forest Park Forever, to participate in a special project related to the...

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SHV to Get a New Stage

Posted on August 01, 2019 in: General News

SHV to Get a New Stage
Sacred Heart Villa will be getting a new stage for the 2019-2020 school year.  The old stage hosted its last performance on August 1, 2019.  The 7 to 9 year old summer campers, known as the Foxes, closed out the camp and the stage with a rousing performance of a Wild West Show, written and...

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Student's Art Unveiled at Amighetti's
Art work by Sacred Heart Villa students was displayed at Amighetti's Art Space on the Hill on Friday, May 10.  A reception was held from 4 to 7 p.m.  Impressive artistic creations from all grade levels were beautifully hung by teacher, Ruthann Larrigan and assistants.  Some new te...

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Villa Gets Sensory Walk

Posted on May 11, 2019 in: General News

Villa Gets Sensory Walk
Volunteers from Maritz, Rebuilding Together St. Louis, and St. Joseph Academy joined forces on Friday, May 10 to add pizzazz to the back area of the play yard at Sacred Heart Villa.  Employees from Maritz partnered with Rebuilding Together in St. Louis to build a sensory walk along the back fen...

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May Traditions Continue at SHV
The rain soaked grounds did not dampen the annual May celebrations at Sacred Heart Villa on Saturday, May 4th.  The May Crowning and barbecue took place as planned with a few weather related adjustments.  The May Crowning was held indoors on the playroom stage which was beautifully decorat...

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SHV Shines at Blessed Clelia Mass
Sacred Heart Villa had a strong presence at the Mass commemorating the beatification of Blessed Clelia Merloni at the Cathedral Basilica of St. Louis on April 6, 2019.  Sister Maria Battaglia led the procession, carrying the relic of Blessed Clelia.  At the Offertory, Sister Bridget Smith,...

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Kindergarten performs Blessed Clelia play
The Kindergarten students at Sacred Heart Villa performed a play highlighting events in the life of Blessed Clelia Merloni, foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  The play took place on Friday, March 8 at 9:30 a.m.  The play was part of a day of festivities that included ...

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Recent News at SHV

Posted on February 26, 2019 in: General News

Recent News about Sacred Heart Villa and staff: Day care in a blizzard? Nuns of Sacred Heart Villa vow to never let working families down Sr. Bridget was featured in an archdiocesan publication recently The following are resources that you and your family can enjoy at home. These links can also reinforce skills that are being taught in school. www.cookie.com www.healthteacher.com ...

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Villa Turns Berra Park into an Outdoor Classroom
On a perfect fall day in October, Sacred Heart Villa students and teachers assembled in Berra Park for a special event known as The Fall Collaborative Study.  As part of an emergent curriculum, Sacred Heart Villa, and its collaborating partners, The Missouri Botanical Garden, The Litzsinger Roa...

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Reggio Workshop Inspires Villa Teaching Staff
The teachers and staff of Sacred Heart Villa were treated to a special presentation on the Reggio inspired teaching philosophy at a workshop in the staff room on the evening of May 9.  Presenters, Uchenna Ogu and Kathryn Bruntrager, both teachers at the College School in Webster Groves, showed ...

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Villa Welcomes Spring with May Crowning and BBQ
On the beautiful Saturday morning of May 5th, 2018, the Villa community held the annual May Crowning and Barbecue on their grounds at 2108 Macklind Avenue.   First the Blessed Mother was honored with the traditional May Crowning ceremony performed by the children, then the chairs and flowere...

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Villa Art Show and Sale Was a Huge Success
The Sacred Heart Villa Art Show and Sale was held on Friday, April 27th at Amighetti’s, in the art space room.  There were at least 80 families from the Villa that attended, along with other art lovers from the Hill neighborhood and beyond.  There were many smiles as everyone vi...

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Happy Birthday, Mother Clelia!

Posted on March 09, 2018 in: General News

Happy Birthday, Mother Clelia!
The Kindergarten class, under the direction of teacher, Sister Bridget Smith, ASCJ, performed a play about the life of Mother Clelia Merloni, foundress of the Apostles of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.  Her birthday is March 10, so the Villa community celebrated on Friday, March 9 with the special ...

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Fairies Invade SHV

Posted on March 02, 2018 in: General News

Fairies Invade SHV
The children in the PreK 2 class at Sacred Heart Villa have experienced a fairy invasion. It began by the reading of The Fairy Herb Garden Books by Kimberly Gallagher. The children started pretending that fairies were visiting the gardens. This play went beyond the stories and gardens to e...

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Staff Members Honored for Service

Posted on February 05, 2018 in: General News

Staff Members Honored for Service
Kim Goehring, Cathy Gruebbeling, and Angelo Bianchi were honored for their service to the Sacred Heart Villa on Friday, February 2, on the final day of Catholic Schools Week.  Kim was recognized for her talent as a teacher working with different age groups.  Kim will be leaving the Villa t...

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SHV Presented a Program at the Garden
Sister Bridget Smith, ASCJ, Peggy Knock, Ellen Cibulka, and Stacey Hulsey presented a program at the Missouri Botanical Garden on Wednesday, January 24.  The program was titled “Nurturing Little Minds with God’s Creation.”  It was part of a Conference for Teachers partici...

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SHV is a Certified Outdoor Classroom
Sacred Heart Villa has been working with the Missouri Botanical Garden to build garden areas for the children to experience nature though the study of plants in their natural settings.  After completing all the classes, and following current building guides, the Villa has been awarded the statu...

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Effective Outdoor Learning: It Takes a Team!
What’s the best kept secret on “The Hill”?  If you think I’m going to say Italian food then think again.  Situated within walking distance of a multitude of tasty restaurants is Sacred Heart Villa—a preschool where amazing things happen both inside and out! &n...

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