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L’Esprit gala rocks the Fairmont

T Josephine Lee

he “Spirit of Sacred Heart” came to life at the 2012 L’Esprit de Sacré Coeur on February 11 at the Fairmont Hotel. The elegant surroundings were backdrop for dinner, dancing and a lively auction for nearly 600 guests. The Schools honored Josephine Lee (left), of the Chicago Children’s Choir, with the 9th annual Goal Award for exemplifying Goal 2, a deep respect for intellectual values and raised $575,000 for SHS.

Spring ‘12


A trip to the Masters, a dude ranch vacation, tickets to the White House Easter Egg Roll...Naming rights in a Brad Thor best seller, or a ride on the Blackhawk’s Zamboni? Successful auction bidders snagged these and more! The grand gala was organized by the Parents of the Heart and chaired by the dedicated trio of Andrea Garber, Colleen Mygatt and Mary Beth Hopp (pictured from left).










‘Dress a Girl around the World’ In the seven years that SHS has been celebrating Martin Luther Kings’s legacy with Justice Day, many unique projects have highlighted his message of social justice. Who could have predicted that girl’s dresses would bring that message home so poignantly this year?

(more on Justice Day pg. 4-5)


he Dress a Girl Around the World effort, an offshoot of Hope 4 Women International, was adopted by the 2nd and 3rd grades as their Justice Day project. It began weeks before the Jan. 27 Justice Day, when a Saturday morning found the SHS art rooms transformed into bustling sewing chambers. Nearly 30 moms, grandmothers, alumni parents

Maggie Needham (l) and Jessie Larson decide on pocket placement for their dress.

and students gathered to create dresses out of pillowcases. They were inspired to give their time to contribute to the goal of making sure every girl in the world owns at least one dress. The agency to date has delivered more than 60,000 dresses to those in need. “ When we watched the video about the girls who received the dresses and the reasoning behind it, I was even more thrilled to be giving my time,” said Ellen Carr, one of the volunteer moms. “The atmosphere was so fun and I could tell that every one of us felt the same thrill being involved in this kind of project.” The whir of sewing machines, the cutting, pinning and ironing, produced many of the dresses that were then completed in school on Justice Day. “The energy in the room that Saturday was incredible. The kids LOVED learning to sew the buttons on and making the pocket dolls,” said Jamie Powers, the PE teacher who discovered the project in a Sacred Heart alumni magazine. It seems other Network schools were involved in the effort, which she felt would be perfect for Justice Day. A non-sewer, she was assisted in launching the project by faculty “sewers” Laura Becker and Arlene Carlucci.

Molly Shut, a working mom who was attracted to the sewing party because of the weekend timing and because she could sew, saw a great advantage for the girls who attended. “They loved to pitch in, were good runners between the stations and even worked the machines under supervision. They also Myles Thorpe (from l), Alexandra Ryan and Sara helped with the ‘fashion’ part Morales proudly display the frocks they made. of pairing ribbons and pocket colors to the dresses.” At the dresses and the positive impact that we same time, she appreciated that they hoped that they would make in the lives were learning a lesson on giving to a less of the girls who would receive them. We fortunate group of girls. also talked to the children about dignity Ellen Carr concurred. “They were and how having clean clothes allows a such hard workers and I could tell they person to feel good about themselves.” felt very proud to be involved. And, as The Second grade wrote letters a mom, I loved seeing these girls being to put in the frock pockets and added exposed to the needs of other children. colorful buttons to the dresses. Third To be reminded of how lucky we all are grade wrote letters and made prayer is a really good thing.” dolls to accompany the letters. In all, by the end of Justice Day, 160 The Hope 4 Women International dresses had been created. They were sent the same week to the Philippines with an makes sure their label is sewn on the agency rep who was attending a mission outside of every dress, as a sign to posthere. The Schools also presented the sible predators that an organization is organization a check to help with the looking after the girl wearing that dress. Dresses have been delivered to more shipping costs. “The kids just loved the project,” than 55 countries. “What an amazing and simple said Sheryl Henderson, 2nd grade teacher. “Before Justice Day we talked idea,” said Ellen Carr. “This is what it to them about why we were making the means to give of time and talent.”

Debate Team wins league title in first year


ow do you feel about lunar mining? Are you for or against space colonization? What side do you take on missile defense spending? The SHS middle school debaters can illuminate each issue! Meeting three times a week for four hours a week, beginning last September, the 26 MS team members prepared for and competed in five tournaments during the season, winning numerous team and individual speaking awards In fact, in this, its inaugural year, the Sacred Heart Debate Team earned the most points of any of the 21 schools in the Chicago Middle School Debate League, which encompasses nearly 300 students. At the Debate League Championships on March 10 at Northwestern

University in Evanston, Sacred Heart claimed five of the top nine Varsity team awards (out of the 21 schools competing). The team of The Debate Michael Milito H8 and Matthew RaTeam earned terman H8 won the the most ovearall championpoints of the ship, with Matthew 21 schools in McColgan H8 and the Middle Luis Collado H8 finishing in fourth School Debate League place. Kirubell Asmamaw H8, competing by himself and therefore unable to be in the championship round by league rules, nonetheless won First Place Overall Speaker and won every round in which he competed. Two other SHS teams finished

eighth and ninth, while Kirubell, Luis Collado, Ben Keeler H6, Christine Lee A8, Michael Milito, Mackenzie Krage A8, and Nat Marrinson H8 all won individual Speaker Awards. In the junior varsity and novice divisions, the team also enjoyed success. Emily McFadyen A7 claimed a second place Speaker Award, with Alex Gargano H8 and Elijah Griffin H7 also earning Speaker Awards. Eathan Plaschka H8 and Andre Rojas-Castillo H8 finished undefeated and in fifth place overall in the novice division. These sterling results did not come by chance. “The students were dedicated to researching their topics and honing their critical thinking skills” said coach and Humanities teacher Charlie Watts.

Debate team members present awards they garnered at the League Championship.

The League, composed of public and private schools, uses a format very similar to high school debate —four stock issues on the affirmative (Harms, Solvency, Desirability, and Topicality), and four negative argument options (Case Attacks, Disadvantages, Topicality Violations). “We look forward to building upon this year’s success and defending our title next season,” said assistant coach, Humanities teacher Kate Culligan.”

SHS snippets

Schools Rock honors Metro owner

SHS parents, the Shanahans, donated their Wrigleyville venue for 9 years

Sweet Georgia Brown! TNT Maddox, assisted by Buckets Blakes, demonstrates the secrets of ball-spinning to Academy 8. As a special surprise for the students, three Harlem Globetrotters visited SHS on Dec.19, bringing with them their famous razzle-dazzle and their “Cheer for Character” program, which teaches teamwork and the life-long benefits of hard work.

Amid the amazing 32 acts of Sacred Heart students strutting their stuff, a surprise presentation honored the family that made it all possible. Joe and Jenny Shanahan, who always shun the spotlight, were brought on stage with their children Tara A’10 and Mikey H8 (below) to recognize the 9 years they provided the Metro for this Sacred Heart Schools talent show. “We appreciate the use of your unique and beautiful concert house for all these years,” said Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools. Nearly 150 students (and a few dads!) participated in Schools Rock 2012 as talent, emcees and crew members.

A hard-fought ‘Love Match’

Eva Moravec and Shelby Smith The Shanahan family receives a token of appreciation. A4 dance to ‘Baby’ by Justin Bieber

The annual “Love Match,” pitting 8th grade Hardey vs the Academy in basketball and volleyball, ended in a split, with the boys winning the hoops contest and the girls taking the net battle.

Service with a smile: Goal 3 in action

W 6 more weeks of winter!

Punxsutawney Phil (aka Dr. Sally Sharp) greets students after seeing her shadow, assisted by Junior Ground Hog Jack Veenstra H3. In a longstanding tradition, the Schools’ very own special Ground Hog, Dr. Sharp, makes the Feb. 2 sighting of Punxsutawney Phil an exciting day at SHS.

hen Sacred Heart put out a call for students interested in hosting a Bagel sale for charity, the response was overwhelming…15 student groups applied. The 10 selected won the right to hawk bagels and juice in the morning cafeteria. They market the event, supply the food and man the tables for two mornings. The funds raised are then donated to that group’s chosen organization, such as Free the Children,

Fund for Famine Eradication, American Cancer Society and Children’s Memorial Hospital. SHS students are immersed in service throughout the year. Just a sampling of their most recent endeavors include making blankets for the Make-a-Wish Foundation and Howard Area, collecting shoes for children overseas, food drives and helping with Children of the Heart, the Schools’ early intervention program.

The March Shoe drive collected 375 shoes for Care for Real and the Howard Area, while 50 blankets were handmade for the Make-aWish Foundation and Howard Area Assn.

Brie Georgis,(from l) Mia Gallay, Addy Kirubell Asmamaw H8 enjoys assisting Taylor, all A4, hawk bagels in the cafeteria. with a toddler at Children of the Heart.

Class Capers

I speak for the trees! ✒ Dr. Charles Crotteau reads The Lorax, by Dr. Seuss, to Academy 4. He was one of 10 surprise guest readers, including Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools, in Mrs. Reinhardt’s room in honor of Read Aloud Day.

Principal for a Day...Principal for a Day, Jack Hodson H5, delighted the school by declaring January 13 a Free Dress Day, in consultation with MS Head Stephen Puricelli and Head of Schools Nat Wilburn.

Volume 29, No. 2; Spring 2012

The Cloud’s Veil...Tim Mikolay, Music Teacher, accompanied by Mary Elsener and Lily Kibby, record “The Cloud’s Veil” during Primary School chapel for posting on You Tube.

Be My Valentine... Audrey Fullerton and her dad Chris enjoy the annual Kindergarten Valentine Party.

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Head of Schools: Editor: Editorial Board: ©2012 SHS


Nat Wilburn Diane Fallon Judy Corrin Meghan Donahue Kathy Fivelson Nancy Jones Jamie Powers Kathy Roderer Sally Sharp Sophie Streeter Debbie Wells

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Red & White Fever...As part of Spirit Week, Feb. 22-25, students enjoyed Red & White Day, Crazy Accent Day, a Pep Rally on Jersey Day and competed in the Penny Wars to benefit KIVA, a global outreach charity chosen by the students.

Mission: I’m Possible! Motivational speaker Victor Pacini visited the Middle School January 18, where he gave a character development session entitled “Mission: I’m Possible,” a program that “provides insightful suggestions that people can use as tools to help them realize that despite the difficulty of any obstacle, goals can be reached successfully.”

Staff Profiles

Heartbeat features two of the behind-the-scenes people who make the Schools run smoothly: Christy Russell Years at Sacred Heart –12 years. Area of responsibility – assistant to Head of Schools, Nat Wilburn; supervisor for School Office. What are the unique challenges of being the “right hand woman” for the Head of Schools? – It’s not necessarily unique, but being able to successfully multitask is essential for this position. What do you like best about your position? –having contact with everyone from faculty, staff, parents and students! My job covers a lot of territory so it is always interesting. Any previous Sacred Heart connection? Actually, years ago, when my two sons attended a nearby Catholic school, we would come here to play basketball. I remember coming in through the back door to the stage and watching them play on half of the gym floor. I always wondered what was on the other side of the curtain. Now I know! I grew up in – Rogers Park, not very far from here. Personal hero or heroine – I have two - my parents. I lost my mom eight years ago and I am still blessed to have my dad at the age of 84. His stories of the challenges they faced during very tough times and their perseverance to create a loving family life has been my motivation to live with the same hard work, dedication and appreciation of friends and family. Currently I’m – talking about going to Sweden with my sisters in the near future to visit family. If I could do it all over, I’d – I am so blessed in my life. I wouldn’t want to change a thing because I have two wonderful sons and a great husband but at the same time, I wish I had traveled more when I was younger. (I will just have to make up for lost time!) My family says I – talk too fast! Now I’m reading – The Art of Racing in the Rain by Garth Stein. I’d like to have dinner with – my grandparents. I would love to talk to them and really listen this time. Schooling – Oakton Community College In school I was known as – nice, but very shy. Favorite “junk” food is – There’s so many of them! Probably dark chocolate raisins and pizza. I spend my “free” time – Reading, gardening and enjoying time with family and friends. Your proudest moment – becoming a mom and years later, having a really great relationship with my sons. Favorite school memory – working on the school newspaper. You had to be asked by a faculty member to be on the Newspaper Committee, so I felt very important.

Ron Schwartz Years at Sacred Heart – this is my third year. Area of responsibility – Athletic Director; sports camps What are the unique challenges of being the athletic director at SHS? Having worked as an AD in three states, Sacred Heart has the largest athletic program I know, bigger than many high schools. The biggest challenge is finding qualified coaches to help develop our student-athletes in the Sacred Heart tradition and the facilities to accommodate our many teams. What do you like best about your position? Many things: students stopping by to say hello, the help I receive from team “moms” to keep things organized, the chance to hire and mentor young aspiring coaches. But especially, if it’s a rough day, I can go to recess with the kindergarten students, play football or basketball with them for a few minutes and everything is better. I grew up in – Cleveland; I moved to Chicago in 1988 then to California in 2001 and back in 2006. Personal hero or heroine – My dad. My mother died when I was 10. He did a great job raising 3 children and running a business. Currently I’m – Working on my certification to become a Certified Master Athletic Administrator through the National Interscholastic Athletic Association. If I could do it all over, I would have spent my first fifteen years in education at a K-8 school. My family says I – Since all my family is deceased I will tell you what a friend said - “you are not only the kind of guy that would give a person the shirt off your back, you would go find them to give it to them.” Now I’m reading – The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership by John C. Maxwell and Knight: My Story by Bob Knight and Bob Hammel. I’d like to have dinner with – Bobby Knight, John Wooden and Mark Cuban Schooling – University of California-Irvine (School Administration Certification); M.S. Ed. Cleveland State University; B.S. Ed. Akron University In school I was known as – the kid that organized all the sports at lunch and recess in grade school Favorite “junk” food is – a good pizza I spend my “free” time – in the summer, reading by the pool. Your proudest moment – I was assistant basketball coach at Cleveland State University when we defeated Indiana University and Coach Bobby Knight in the first round of the NCAA basketball tournament. Also, Sacred Heart winning the Northside Catholic Parish League (7 & 8th grade basketball) school Sportsmanship Award. Favorite school memory – as a high school Athletic Director when our boy’s volleyball team was named National Champions in 2002-03; and earning a Illinois Type 75 Administrative Certificate

by Mike Milito H8

SHS: a true community Mike Milito, above, as the King of Hearts in the Middle School production of “Alice in Wonderland” s I reach the end of my nine years here, one of the things I look back upon and cherish is the sense of community that I feel each and every day as I walk in the door. Being a student at Sheridan Road means that everyone is connected through a common mission: the Five Goals. Because we are all unified under the goals, we are unified as a community. As a community, we all are empowered because together we can make a difference in our world. Students now propose and run bagel sales for organizations they find worthy of funds and our whole community gets together behind them and supports the organization. Throughout the year, through We all are events like penny drives, bagels sales, empowered free dress days and Justice Day, we because learn that community doesn’t stop at Sheridan Road but that we have together we can make a greater responsibility to help our a differworld community. Our students get involved and help because collectively ence in our as a community, we all want to act world. for justice. Because each student is allowed to have a voice and run bagel sales, our community is one where everyone’s ideas are heard and respected. We want to get involved in the community because we learn that if we work together to make people’s lives even a little better, we can. As I noted, our community does not stop at Sheridan Road. We are very fortunate to be part of a larger Network of Sacred Heart Schools. Some may think that we may have the same name but our schools are very different. However, this is incorrect. This past summer I was fortunate enough to go on one of the Sacred Heart Network service projects in New York. There I met kids from our schools in San Francisco, St. Louis, Houston and New Orleans. There I discovered we shared many traditions, such as service projects and Congé. Most importantly, we share a sense of community and a deep love of God. We may not be the same school, but we are truly one community. I will truly miss Sacred Heart. I am grateful for all I have experienced here. As a word of advice to all current students, do not take the opportunities here lightly. You are very lucky to be in an environment where you can grow, excel, and have your voice heard. Our community is so special to me because, rain or shine, it was always there to support me even when life wasn’t so easy. I will miss all of my former teachers and schoolmates because this community made me the young man I am today.


International Network of Sacred Heart Schools

Halifax home to one of two Canadian Network schools Haifax educator Heather MacDonald visited Sheridan Road in February (see pg. 7). Her school is featured here.


n 1849, Mother Mary Peacock came from New York with a small group of religious to found Sacred Heart School of Halifax, which has been in continuous operation ever since.

At that time, it was both a boarding school and day school for girls. In 1985, the Society of the Sacred Heart transferred the governance of the school to a lay board. A corporation was established, and the school continues to operate with the same goals and principles that it has upheld since its inception. Sacred Heart School, the oldest school in Halifax, is a Catholic university preparatory school and a member of the international network of Sacred Heart Schools. The school currently enrolls 480 students, and offers a co-ed elementary program and all-girls junior and senior high school programs. A boys’ high school opened in 2005 and operates as a third division of the Sacred Heart School of Halifax. The elementary school ( JK- 6) offers a

co-educational learning environment, while in grade seven the girls move into Sacred Heart High School and the boys into Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart. All three divisions of Sacred Heart School of Halifax are located on the historic Spring Garden Road campus, in downtown Halifax. Heather MacDonald while visiting Sheridan Road, saw many similarities between the schools: “I’m a sucker for heritage, and coming to Chicago, I see this family heritage here,” she said The Halifax school’s emphasis on academic excellence is evident in the number of scholastic awards and scholarships conferred upon their students each year. Students prepare themselves for undergraduate studies through the university preparatory program, as well as advanced placement courses. The average class size is 13-16 students. “Our student body is diverse, embracing students from many parts of the world,” noted Patricia

Sacred Heart School of Halifax, Canada

Donnelly, Headmistress since 1999. “Sacred Heart offers the only independent school single sex educational option in the Atlantic Provinces.” The elementary students draw on their bilingual studies to stage French plays, and older elementary students put on musical productions with the high school students, while the high school mounts a major musical production every year. Personal expression is further fostered through the debating clubs and emphasis on social justice activities.” Visit their web site at


Goal 2:

Intellectual Values

Each year, the Schools focus on one of the five Goals of Sacred Heart education. This year, the focus is Goal 2, “to educate to a deep re values.” Numerous activities occu­r on and off campus to that end. Highlighted here are just a few.

The school provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning. Criteria 2 of Goal 2

The school provides ongoing professional development for faculty and staff.

Criteria 5 of Goal 2

Faculty and staff seek knowledge SHS adults model lifelong learning

Mrs. Callahan (from l) and Mrs. Ligon congratulate Andrew Salbego, Jack Hanson, Parker Hanson, Sean Gorman winners of the 4th grade Challenge.

Caroline Melchi (from l), Genevieve Kosciolek, Abby Bracken, Rose McCruddenWelsh win the 5th grade Challenge.

Book Challenge promotes love of reading


or the second year, students participated in the Red & White Book Challenge, an elective activity in which they volunteer to read five selected books. These are chosen in partnership with school staff, with input from parents and children. What started as a program for 4th graders was expanded to 5th graders, with more than 70 students taking part this year. The children formed teams by their assigned school color–either Red or White–read the books and then met to discuss them and prepare for the Trivia Challenge. They also attended periodic after school “Chapter Chats,” which featured “mystery readers” who read a favorite chapter or passage from one of the challenge books. These celebrity guests included Head of Schools Nat Wilburn, Dr. Sally Sharp, Head of Student Life and Nurse Joan Callahan. After months of reading and preparation, students competed in the spirited finals for the Red & White Book Challenge after school on Feb. 24.

The Challenge included several rounds of trivia questions to determine the winners of the “Final Challenge.” The students received special recognition and prizes, and points for their Red or White school teams. The Program was introduced by a team of parents, including Barb Hage and Terri Nevins. “We are all avid readers and are passionate about the role it plays in the education of our children and their understanding of their world,” said Nevins. Julie Hesse and Aylice Touhy also provided leadership. The Red & White Book Challenge was modeled after the Battle of the Books. The SHS organizers tweaked the program to make it as inclusive as possible and to encourage dialogue and discussion of the books, the key to a deeper understanding. “I am grateful to the students, parents, and staff for their participation, hard work, and enthusiasm,” said Mary Ann Ligon, Lower School Head. “It was a terrific group effort and an exciting reading challenge!”

The faculty utilizes a variety of teaching and learning strategies that recognizes the individual needs of the students Criteria 4 of Goal 2

Defending Troy, for 18 years!

From Seattle to Boston, from San Francisco to Philadelphia, and cities in between, Sacred Heart administration, faculty and staff travel to take advantage of professional growth opportunities.


ince creating lifelong learners has always been a goal of Sacred Heart education, adults have led the way, traveling nationally to take advantage of input from the best and brightest in their fields. While 68 members of the Schools’ administration, faculty and staff have advanced degrees, with six earning them this year, the learning never stops for everyone. These are just some of the sessions they have attended this year:

St. Charles, Mo

In March, Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools, Mary Ann Ligon, Lower School Head, and five faculty attended a Network conference, A Sacred Heart Tradition: Educating Boys and Educating Girls. More than 60 educators from around the country engaged in a three-day opportunity to learn about the most current insights into educating boys and girls differently. They shared effective strategies and learned of the latest brain research from Dr. Abigail James, an internationally recognized expert. “The seven of us from Chicago were enriched with this wonderful presentation on single gender education,” said Wilburn. “Professional development opportunities such as this enable us to deepen the long tradition of outstanding academics offered at SHS.”

Seattle, WA

The National Association of Independent Schools (NAIS) conference in Seattle Feb.29- March 2 featured noted speakers and more than 135 workshops. From Bill

Gates, who inspired the group to imagine limitless possibilities, to “Tiger Mother” Amy Chua, who offered food for thought on the merits of education and success, the conference pointed out paths to discovery. Attending were Brian McGuinness, CFO of the Schools, Meg Steele, Primary School Head, and Sally Sharp, Head of Student Life. Each found a unique niche for growth. Particularly helpful to McGuiness were the sessions on trends in financial aid, enrollment and those on developing alternate revenue streams, including a discussion of managing the schools’ entrepreneurial budget. “There was a lot of thought-provoking and on-target discussion and sharing,” he noted. The conference theme of Innovation resonated with Meg Steele. She found World Peace Game creator and teacher John Hunter inspirational. “We were all crying at the end,” she said. Sally Sharp found additional inspiration in the program by spoken word poet, Sarah Kay. “The session on envisioning and implementing global programs was enlightening as Sacred Heart thinks about building its global education programs and activities,” Sharp explained.

San Francisco, CA

The annual Council for Advancement and Support of Education and the National Association of Independent Schools (CASE/NAIS) Conference, which took place in San Francisco in February, gathered Institutional Advancement staff from around the country, including other Sacred Heart network counterparts, to learn and share best practices. Judy Corrin, SHS Advancement Director, and Lindsey Lopez, Development Director, enjoyed connecting with 30 other Sacred Heart educators at a reception hosted on the beautiful San

The siege of Troy reenacted in Grade 6

“Are we fighting today?” This is one of the most frequently asked questions by students as they enter Mrs. Haverkamp’s 6th grade language arts class each spring. For the past 18 years, longer than the 10 years Troy was under siege, students in her class have read the THE CHILDREN’S HOMER prose translation of the Iliad and the Odyssey. They spend three months reading and discussing it in depth. “The Iliad is the oldest Sydney Hosbein shields Paige piece of fiction in western literature and it is Wavrek and Carly Cieciura. still the most exciting, even after 3500 years,” notes Mrs. Haverkamp. The students then perform the story, changing roles often so all have a chance to play a major part. They use plastic swords, shields, bows and nerf arrows as weapons. “We learned stage fighting techniques from a New York-based fight director who participated in one of our artist-in-residence programs,” explains Mrs. Haverkamp. The students fight the battles as they are portrayed Ali Fedorak reads a scene while in the story and speak the lines that the charAisling Sullivan, Maya Moravec and acters said to one another, experiencing just a Adeline Mobarak prepare for battle. hint of war-like life in ancient Greece .


The school program develops aesthetic values and the creative use of the imagination. Criteria 3 of Goal 2

Justice Day a celebration of the


n Justice Day, January 27, students and faculty took a day off from routine to experience art that educates about social justice, promotes respect for the transcendent dignity of all people, and inspires actions that can repair our world. The day was designed so that students in each grade participated in a unique and age-appropriate activity that casts issues of art, justice and freedom in new light. The entire community gained valuable insight from the plethora of unique speakers and opportunities to celebrate and discuss justice. Second and third graders “Dressed A Girl Around the World,” prepping 160 pillowcase dresses for the needy. Kindergarten, first, fourth and fifth graders saw Dr. Martin Luther King, A

Legacy for America’s Children, performed by Roots Theatre Ensemble, part of Urban Gateways Center for Arts Education. Middle School students viewed Pathways to Stable Housing. This exhibit included photos of the recently homeless. On loan from Loyola University Museum of Art, the photos were exhibited

Nicholas Rock H8 takes pride in his creation for Beads for Life

Goal 2 Criteria

(From the revised Goals and Criteria, 2005)

1. The school develops and implements a curriculum based on the Goals and Criteria, educational research and ongoing evaluation. 2. The school provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning. 3. The school program develops aesthetic values and the creative use of the imagination. 4. The faculty utilizes a variety of teaching and learning strategies that recognizes the individual needs of the students.

espect for intellectual

5. The school provides ongoing professional development for faculty and staff. 6. Members of the school community model and teach ethical and respectful use of technology.

Goal 2 Potpourri

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Title 2A funded trips

As part of the Federal No Child Left Behind program to be used for core curriculum faculty, Sacred Heart is eligible to receive Title 2A funding based on the number of Chicago residents enrolled. Faculty coordinator Nancy Jones works tirelessly to ensure the Schools take optimal advantage of this opportunity. This year alone at least 21 faculty have attended 17 national and state conferences. In addition to taking advantage of approximately $33,000 in Title 2A govern ment funds, each teacher is also allotted SHS funding for professional development. This funding includes professional publications and memberships, conference attendance and graduate-level faculty tuition reimbursement. Just last month, SHS teachers attended workshops in Philadelphia and Indianapolis. Philadelphia hosted the National Council for Teachers of Mathematics and the Association for Supervision and

Folk tales come to life! ✒

Meg Steele (from l), Brian McGuinness and Sally Sharp at the Seattle NAIS conference.

Nancy Jones (from l), a colleague from Lake Forest and Beth Gudbrandsen join a session at the Illinois Computing

Curriculum Development Conferences. Indianapolis was the site of the National Science Teacher’s Association. Teachers will travel to Boston this summer for the Learning Communities Workshops and to San Diego for the International Society of Technology Educators. Within Illinois, teachers attended ISACS workshops and conferences for the Illinois Computing Educators, the Illinois Association for Gifted Children, and the National Council for Teachers of English. Flipping Your Classroom: Deeper Un- derstanding Through Reverse Instruction What is Project Based Learning & Why Should I Care? These are just a few of the topics from professional development sessions that SHS educators examine, ponder and implement in their ever-ongoing advancement toward lifelong learning.

Storyteller/Teaching Artist Sue Black spent eight weeks in March with the 3rd, 4th and 5th grade students in an enrichment residency sponsored by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council. She taught the art of storytelling within the context of the Social Studies curriculum. Students read folktales from their own countries and then used voice, body, facial expressions and presentation skills to bring the story to life. They also interviewed a family member to preserve a family story from “long ago.” The residency culminated in sparkling performances by the lower school of their folktales for an appreciative audience of the 1st and 2nd graders. “Sue Black is absolutely fabulous, “ said Mary Ann Ligon, Lower School Head. “She is dynamic and her enthusiasm is contagious!”

Francisco Sacred Heart campus. All told, the conference offered about 50 sessions, including workshops on strategic planning, marketing, social media and alumni programs for elementary schools. “The forum for senior administrators was a tremendous opportunity to debrief trends and new developments with very seasoned advancement staffers from across the country,” said Judy Corrin. They not only picked up practical tips, but as an added benefit, can share recordings of the sessions online with colleagues back home. On such tip seemed to mirror the digital age: “Speaker Sally Hogshead, author and creator of Fascinate, Inc., helped the group learn how to captivate school constituents in a world with a nine-second attention span,” said Lindsey Lopez.

A heartbeat away... Dr. Teresita Zdunek, a SHS mom, displayed and discussed the functioning of a healthy and unhealthy human heart with the Academy 5. The students not only had the opportunity to observe, touch and learn about a real human heart, they also viewed slides of healthy and unhealthy cells under the microscope. They could see first hand the results of pollution and smoking on the tissues of the heart. “It was a perfect complement to their earlier study of cells and the microscope,” noted their teacher, Mrs. Lynn Patterson. They have spirit! ✒ The Science Olympiad Team won the Spirit Award at the Illinois Regional Competition Feb. 25 for the third year in a row! They also advanced as a team to the State Final competition at the University of Illinois - Urbana-Champaign on April 14, 2012.



in the Main Lobby off the Portry. Sixth graders met with Rashid Ghazi and watched excerpts from his documentary, Fordson: Faith, Fasting, Football, which follows a predominantly Arab-American high school football team from a working-class Detroit suburb as they practice for their big cross-town rivalry game during Ramadan. Seventh graders participated in a poetry slam workshop with media personality Kevin Coval. Eighth graders made Beads for Life, supporting a not-for-profit that helps Ugandan women turn recycled paper into beads sold as jewelry, parlaying art into income, food, medicine, school fees and, most of all, hope. Sacred Heart Schools parent and

Henry Riddell H3 reflects the joy of singing “One Day” at the Closing Ceremony

Emmy Award-winning journalist Janet Davies emceed the Closing Ceremonies. It featured alumni of Chicago Children’s Choir who led the students in a rousing chorus of “One Day,” the song they had practiced with the students throughout day in small groups. Chorus:

All my life I been waitin’ for, I been prayin’ for, for the people to say That we don’t want to fight no more They’ll be no more wars And our children will play, one day!

The study of sound

Yuan-Qing Yu, Aaron Mui’s mother who is a violinist with the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and her colleague who plays bass, presented the concepts of pitch and tone to the 3rd graders to wrap up their science unit on sound.

Spelling Bee ✒

Competing in the SHS Spelling Bee finals are Bridget Groble A7 (from l), Mackenzie Krage A8, and Tenzin Woser H8. After a 140-word competition, Andres Cook finished first and Dominic D’Arrigo was the runner-up. Dominic then competed in the Chicago nonPublic Schools Spelling Bee.


Alumni News etc... Halifax educator visits Sheridan Road


Pet a python...Lydia Asare A2 (from l), Victoria Mentzer A2, Olivia Cerda A2, Scotty Dean H3 get up close and personal.

Congé tradition alive and well!


nce a year Sacred Heart students worldwide eschew classes for a day of fun: Congé! St. Madeleine Sophie contended that students should both learn and have time for fun. “Although, I can’t imagine that she would have ever expected fire dancers in the gym with 700 students – or, reptiles in the chapel for that matter!” said Nat Wilburn, Head of Schools. The “Voyage to the Tropics” on March 14 featured Brazilian dancers, pirates, inflatables, animals, steel drum music and a sunny day.

Nancy Bremner, RSCJ, died on =buriedSister February 27 at the age of 98 and was in Albany, NY. She was a Religious for 67 years. She taught at Sheridan Road and Woodlands Academy for many years and was a pioneer in doing social and literacy work ministry in the late 60’s. Born in Chicago in 1914, she was the daughter of one of the founders of the Bremner Biscuit Company, and was a product of Sacred Heart Schools. Sr. Bonnie Kearney, RSCJ, said of her, “Nancy was someone who took totally to heart the life of Jesus with no boundaries – she would feed anyone, talk to anyone, let anyone into the house – her openness to others was totally Christian! Her approach was simple: love your neighbor as God loved you and spread the word.”

=Ann Fallon, mother-in-law of Diane Fallon, staff member =William Hambrick, grandfather of Gabriel Garino H1 =Jonathan Harrington Gordon, father of Blake Gordon H’89 =Joan Hassmer, mother of Kathy Fivelson, staff member =James and Therese Litwin, grandparents of Nicole Manzari A’99, Gabby Manzari A8, and Emma Beier A4 =Dennis LoBue, brother-in-law of Judy Corrin, staff member, uncle of Julia A’99 and Ann Corrin A’04 =Grace Cabrera Maglunog, mother of Charlene Sison Linke A’88 =Don McKenzie, grandfather of Sam H4 and Lou Brody H2 =Anna Mole Parker, great-grandmother of Grace A’10 and Constance Parker A4 =Kit-Shang Mui, grandfather of Margaret A6 and Aaron Mui H3 =Carol Ann McCahey O’Neil ASH’45 =Troy Pawelko, uncle of Bridey A7, Molly A5, and Henry Jones H1 =Donald Ryan, grandfather of Charlotte A4 and Alexandra Ryan A2 =Barbara Skahen ASH’54 =Russell Stelle, grandfather of Hunter H7, Hayden H5, and Sally Morgan A1 =Michael Vonder Heide, brother of Susan Vonder Heide, staff member =Virginia Willard, grandmother of Robert Veenstra H3


his past February, Sacred Heart Schools hosted educator and Dean of Students for the Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart School of Halifax, Heather MacDonald. Having taught girls for seven years at our sister school in Nova Scotia, this is her first year teaching 7th and 9th grade boys. So she said she was very keen on seeing what SHS Chicago offers the Hardey gentlemen, curriculum-wise. More than that, her main reasons for visiting were to “just connect” and to see how the Sacred Heart vision is lived out in other places After spending three days exploring the SHS Chicago community, meeting with faculty, staff and students, Heather confirmed that “SHS has that same welcoming nature, warmth emanating, the exact same feelings. “We also have a Portress,” she quickly added, smiling. “She is the institution.” In reflecting upon how foundress St. Madeleine Sophie Barat’s mission continues throughout the network, Heather explained how being on Sheridan Road felt like a “parallel sense of home” in that the nature of our educators and the polite character of the students exudes a consistent spirit throughout our three schools. (It might help that the SHS Halifax students also share our blackwatch plaid uniforms!) In total, the Sacred Heart School of Halifax has 480 students. And while the school is also divided into three divisions, those divisions include Sacred Heart Elementary School, which is co-ed from Junior Primary through Grade 6; Sacred Heart High

School, all-girls, grades 7 through 12; and Fountain Academy of the Sacred Heart, all-boys, grades 7 through 12. Like SHS Chicago, Heather emphasized how SHS of Halifax shares our goal of social awareness, “All grades are project-based. It’s visible – in the school, someone, somewhere, some class is doing something continually.” Halifax’s grades 11 and 12 do service projects every Wednesday, and there is volunteer placement all year-long. SHSH also boasts a rich variety of clubs and teams such as Model UN, debating teams, robotics, mathematics, Battle of the Books. And they also perform yearly musicals,with this year’s being Fame. “ Something truly unique to the Sacred Heart School of Halifax is that the Religious of the Sacred Heart reside in the Barat Residence next door to the school. This is particularly special because the Sisters are present for the school’s liturgies and serve as a great resource. “Every student and staff member has a prayer sister,” Heather informed. “It’s a nice community.” When asked how it felt to be a part of the Sacred Heart Network, Heather beamed, “It’s amazing. It’s such fulfilling work. It’s rewarding in that you really do feel like you’re teaching.” In parting, Heather extended an invitation to SHS on Sheridan Road, “You are all more than welcome to visit – the door is always open at the Sacred Heart School of Halifax“

Student swap gels Network ties The student exchange program with the Sacred Heart school in San Francisco last year was so popular, four more students joined it this year. In February, Meghan Quinn, an 8th grader at the Convent of the Sacred Heart in San Francisco, spent two weeks on Sheridan Road. She stayed with the O’Grady family and attended classes with Caroline O’Grady A8 (at right with Meghan Quinn). Caroline then spent two weeks in San Francisco. The same flip-flop exchange occurred for the boys, with Dan Engel H8 trading places with Oliver Taylor. “Experiencing the life of another Sacred Heart School has been invaluable for the students,” said Stephen Puricelli, Middle School Head. What does a transplanted 13-year old think of our school, and our city? Megan Quinn was quick to respond in the positive. “I have never been to Chicago before and I really loved it! I had the time of my life.” She found many similarities to her west coast school. “Our schools are similar in that we have the same 5 Goals and the same ideas on education. I felt a similar school spirit in Chicago. Everyone made me feel at home, I felt as though I fit in almost right away.” She added, “Everyone in

Chicago has the same love for their school that we have in San Francisco.” What about any differences? “We have a lot more privileges; for example we can wear make-up, jewelry, white shoes and polos. We see the boys a lot less, as we are on different campuses and do not have the same teachers. We only see them at lunch and occasionally between classes.” She goes on to note the differences in physical plant. The San Francisco school is partially housed in the famed Flood Mansion. “It is like a house, as it used to be a mansion, so it has grand staircases, chandeliers and skylights. The school in Chicago is more like a normal school and less fancy.” Meghan was able to take in some quintessential Chicago sights on her visit. The Rogriguez family took her to Navy Pier and Ed Debevic’s, while the O’Gradys included ice skating by Wrigley Field, the Sears Tower, Chicago style pizza, shopping at Water Tower and Millennium Park’s “the bean” on her itinerary. Once home, she waxed nostalgic, “Everyone in Chicago was very nice. I wish my trip was longer than two weeks because you start to get used a new school and make friends and then you have to leave.”

There is still time to support the mission of Sacred Heart education with a gift to the Annual Fund. Go to www. shschicago. org or use the QR code ✒

H.S. Profile

Kevin Webster H’09

Why did you choose Loyola Academy? I found the students to have great school spirit, where everyone is happy to see you. And the lush surroundings of Wilmette were a nice change to living in Lincoln Park. I found Loyola bright, with almost every classroom with a wall of windows. I felt unrestricted and readily able to express myself. What are your outside activities? I played basketball freshman year, then joined the sailing team last year. Then, I picked up volleyball, a sport I played once in 7th grade coached under Mr. Ademola Popoola. I made the JV team and then the Varsity during my Sophomore season. I played club volleyball and now am going into the LA spring season. I have also been involved in piano since an early age. What was the biggest transitional change from Hardey to Loyola? It was really just the size and the interpretation of “you.” If I had to give any piece of advice it would be, figure out who you want to be, if it doesn’t feel right you shouldn’t have to be it. Did Sacred Heart prepare you well? I find that you can always pick out a SHS kid because they typically are very independent and comfortable with what they are doing. Athletically though, I was not as prepared for what was ahead of me. Have you kept in contact with your SHS classmates? They are some of my closest friends and even though many of them do not attend Loyola Academy, running into them is always a treat. What colleges are you researching? I am looking for colleges that offer a 5-year program so I can obtain my undergrad degree and then my MBA. I have Boston University, Boston College, Marquette, Indiana, and Notre Dame as my top picks. I use Bloomberg Business Weekly to get practical numbers on their graduates, such as percent that accepted job offer by graduation, average salary, average student debt and the internship rates. How does Loyola guide you through the college process? Loyola gently but effectively puts you on path for college selection. We use a helpful system called “Naviance” that consolidates every Fiske guide, spreadsheet, and so on into one layout that compares your GPA to that of previously accepted Loyola grads and puts all your college selections on a graph. My college counselor is also extremely insightful.

Joan Hughes Holland A’45 enjoys living in Florida with her daughter and son-in-law, Shelia and John McGee and her three beautiful grandchildren. Jeanne Keegan Burke A’51 notes the yearly meeting in south west Florida has grown for Sacred Heart alums in the last 18 years. It is always fun to see classmate Mary Lou Hasten O’Toole Hillsman ASH’51 and others from Sheridan Road. Rosemary Dowd RSCJ, ASH’51 observes that nothing has changed in three years since she retired from Social Service at Cook County Jail and began volunteering as staff chaplain in the jail, working with medical patients. It continues to be a wonderfully rewarding ministry. Connie Ashford Watson Hunter ASH’57 is getting more active after having her back fused. She is back to judging dog shows. Janet Halla Trily ASH’58 and her husband Jack have been married for 51 years and have three children and six grandchildren. They are all very happy. Janet paints with several friends and enjoys the art community in San Diego. Her years at Sheridan Road were invaluable and she cherishes them. Bert Schock Bannon ASH’61 is looking forward to a visit to Sacred Heart’s 1st Communion ceremony in May for her granddaughter Avery Miller A’2018. Ken Johnson, SJ, H’65 was featured in the Spring issue of The Southern Jesuit (link to the article is at shschicaog. org/alumni) He has moved from his mission in Zambia, where he served as head of a hospital for 10 years, to Queen Elizabeth Central Hospita in Malawi. There he teaches at University of Malawi College of Medicine and continues to do clinical care for a ward of surgical patients. He instructs medical students, interns, physician assistants, registrars and clinical officers. “It is quite a privilege to be able to help the young students develop and get ready to assume the leadership of medical care in their country,” he says. Marcy Stovall ASH’73 is happy in New Haven, CT; married to Jim Farnam; their daughter Elsa Rose is 11, son Zachary is 27, stepchildren Anna (32) and Tim (27), who is an attorney at Pullman O’Comley in Bridgeport, CT.

See you there!

Beverly Kirby Sims ASH’74 retired from U.S. Navy in 2002. She is raising her 14 year old daughter. Congratulations to Peter Wall H’85 and his wife Emily on the birth of their son Peter William.

*Let the Alumni office know of an alum baby, and receive this SHS bib, modeled by Peter at right!

Danie Donovan McHugh A’89 gave birth to twin girls Isabelle and Madeleine McHugh on 9/05/2010 Lauren Brown Fryberger A’90 is married with 3 children and lives in Needham, MA. Megan Jane Brown A’91 and her husband Mike have been enjoying life with their child. Finley Brown, III H’93 works at CBRE in Chicago. Katie Verhey A’98 was married in November and moved to the Montana dude ranch owned by her husband’s family, Averill Flathead Lake Lodge, where she assists with guests.

2000'S Leonard “Kent” Webster H’00 received the BA Philosophy/Business Clemson University Mu Beta Psi Award for the Outstanding Graduating Coral Student for musicianship & Leadership as chosen by the faculty. He is now enrolled in Loyola University MBA Program and is an active member of the Chicago Yacht Club. Alezandra Markowski A’03 “Aliy” graduated from Northwestern’s Medill School of Journalism in June and is teaching 6th grade English in a low achieving middle schools in Baltimore through Teach for America. It’s a tough but rewarding assignment. Her motto: “It’s all about the kids.” Lauren N. Johnson A’04 is presently a senior at Occidental College in Los Angeles, California, where she is majoring in history. Lauren continues her service to others as both a St. Jude and American Red Cross volunteer. Lauren has earned all-conference distinctions in hurdles for three track seasons. She is also an Oxy Tiger Cheerleader. Hannah Cusick A’08, a senior at St. Scholastica Academy was named an Illinois State Scholar finalist for the 201213 State Scholar competition and is the Student Body President this year. Kevin Thomas Webster H’09, a junior at Loyola Academy is a member of the Varsity Volleyball Team and continues his development as a jazz pianist. (see profile pg. 6) Joe Hartigan H’10 has been serving as assistant coach for the seventh graders playing on Hardey Red this season. Joe, a sophomore at St. Ignatius, has been great to work with boys and for them to have him to look up to.

Alumni News From the

Alumni Board President Joey Yao H’86 Reconnecting with Sheridan Road… Under our current president, Kwaben Komai A‘83, the Sheridan Road Alumni Association Board has welcomed many new faces and is infused with energy and excitement. In addition to the annual Reunion Weekend in April, we are considering new and interesting ways to bring alumni together. In particular, we are planning a networking reception to connect alumni with common, professional and career goals. (see below) Of course, if you are like many alumni, you probably remain close to those who grew up with you at Sheridan Road. We realize that the true alumni network is founded on, and continues to grow from, these special relationships. Every day alumni reach out in their own ways to share friendship, experiences, memories and, hopefully, a lot of laughs. Sheridan Road alumni stand in each other’s weddings, are godparents to each other’s children. They come out to support one of their own starring in a play, returning from military service, coaching a team, or even running for public office. These relationships remain strong no matter how many years separate them from their last day at school together. Sometimes forgotten, however, is the place where these relationships started. Thus, a primary goal of the Alumni Board is to help strengthen the tie between Sheridan Road and its strong network of alumni. We wish to remind everyone that Sheridan Road remains a special place, and we hope that this reminder will serve as a compelling invitation to reconnect with Sheridan Road. The doors at Sheridan Road are always open to its alumni! We encourage you to join us at alumni events throughout the year. Become more involved in the fun at Sheridan Road by joining the Alumni Board. Unable to attend an event? Still, stay in touch! We welcome any comments or suggestions that will help us serve the alumni community. Contact the alumni office at 773.681.8480 or

Children of alums gather for family photo

Alumni Reunion Weekend Saturday, April 21, 2012 11am – Mass in SHS Chapel Noon – Luncheon (6250 N Sheridan Rd.) Tour - school & Driehaus Center 7-9 pm –Alumni Reunion Cocktail Party at Driehaus Center

Sunday, April 22, 2012 The Hardey Breakfast, Mass & Mater Tea (For all 8th grade students, their parents & alumni)

Summertime Congé Networking Event for all Network Alums

Wednesday, June 13, 2012 6-8 pm Driehaus Center

Join Sacred Heart alumni from across the country for an informal social hour & networking. Complementary wine & cheese

Sr. Martha Curry RSCJ will have her new book available for sale and signing.

Stay in touch with the national alumni...

Maureen Ryan, President of the Associated Alumnae and Alumni of the Sacred Heart, suggests three ways to stay connected:

ALL IN THE FAMILY! An amazing 120+ students at Sacred Heart Schools have a parent, grandparent, aunt or uncle who attended Sheridan Road, or another school in the Network. They gather here for a family portrait with Head of Schools, Nat Wilburn.


Head of Schools Sacred Heart Schools: where the learning never stops

From the


acred Heart Schools is a learning community. While our students are at the center of everything we do, our entire community is committed to life-long learning. Educational research begun in the late 1980’s established factually what effective school administrators knew intuitively all along – teachers who are part of a school community that supports their own ongoing learning are the most effective teachers. Professional development for Sacred Heart educators takes many forms including grade-level and school wide collaboration, attending professional conferences, pursuing advanced degrees, and attending Network of Sacred Heart meetings and conferences. St. Madeleine Sophie insisted that Sacred Heart teachers model the values we seek to form in our students. That conviction is still very much a part of our mission. Goal II, criterion 2 states; “The school provides a rigorous education that incorporates all forms of critical thinking and inspires a life-long love of learning.” One need not spend much time on Sheridan Road before he/she experiences that commitment here.

As you read in this edition of Heartbeat, members of this Sacred Heart community are deeply committed to and active in their own continued learning. In the last three years, 14 teachers and administrators have returned to the classroom to earn 14 teachers advanced degrees. This year and adminisapproximately $115,000 was trators have committed to faculty and staff returned to the professional development from classroom to our operating budget (through earn advanced the generosity of those condegrees tributing to our Annual Fund and Living the Mission), and accessing federal and state title monies. Every teacher regularly participates in subject area conferences, training in school safety, classroom management and on-going diversity training. One other very special area of life-long learning for us is our commitment to learning more about our mission as Sacred Heart educators through our work in formation to mission. Our school community learns not only from our curriculum, but from our commitment to our mission, and from the many

different life events that we share as a community. To this end, every summer we send a group of teachers and staff to St. Charles, MO, for Roots Nat Wilburn that Give Us Wings, a Network of Sacred Heart schools conference. It explores the rich history and Goals established by St. Madeleine Sophie. From June 20-23, our educators will connect with others at the Academy of the Sacred Heart in St. Charles and immerse themselves in Sacred Heart history, education, values and traditions – a historical and reflective journey for those in Sacred Heart education. In addition to all this varied profession development, our learning community is further enhanced by the outstanding parent education series we offer as well, with conferences from Larry Rosen, Sue O’Halloran and Joanne Deak. As spring points us toward the end of the school year, we at Sacred Heart understand that there is no end to our learning. We are committed to being a Sacred Heart community of life-long learners.

Alice In Wonderland creates a magical world


own the Rabbit Hole! The imaginary world of Lewis Carroll was brought to life by the SHS Middle School, who presented the Broadway version of Alice in Wonderland on March 30, 31 and April 1. Performances featured a cast of 59 middle school students and crew of 30, who have been in rehearsal since December. The timeless Carroll classic opened with his young heroine, Alice (Mackenzie Weatherly A6), bored with her reading, falling asleep – and falling down an enchanted rabbit hole. In her dream, the characters of her book spring off the pages into a strange world, depicted with a kaleidoscope of costumes and scenery. Alice travels through this world wanting to understand it “Curiouser”. She is led through Wonderland by the hyper, animated White Rabbit, played with aplomb by Elijah

Griffin H7, who always finds himself behind schedule, singing “Fur and Whiskers”. While the wise Caterpillar (Katherine McDonough A8, with the help of a crew of crazy sock-clad legs) helps the confused Alice “When I Become a Butterfly,” the Duchess (Laura Ruperez A8) throws her off balance again in the tune“Speak Roughly”. Alice continues to try to grasp this strange place but isn’t helped by the Cheshire Cat (Bridey Jones, A7) who tells her that all of the inhabitants are mad “I’m Mad”. Alice’s kinetic experience at tea “Time for Tea” with the Mad Hatter ( Julia Huebner A8 in a breakout performance), Dormouse (Luis Collado H8) and March Hare ( Jack Siebert H7) seems to confirm this! The White Rabbit takes Alice to play croquet with the Queen of Hearts (Kiana Amini A8) but Alice doesn’t understand the rules and the Queen threatens retribution “Off with your Head”. Alice dances through Wonderland with the French Mouse ( Jane Patti A7) and a trio of Birds (Savita Gupta A7, Hannah Lyons A7, Bradleigh Smith A7) as well as the Mock Turtle (Kirubell Asmamaw, H8) and the Gryphon (MaryLynn DeKold A7), sporting dramatic wings. The absurdity of Wonderland reaches its glorious peak when all gather for the trial of the Knave of

Coming in the Summer Heartbeat...a brand new look! Watch for it.

Hearts (Alex Gargano H8) with the King of Hearts (Michael Milito H8) presiding “Sit Down, Sit Down”. The musical was directed by Jane Steinfels ASH’92 and choreographed by Jill Renn, with music direction by Cheri Dahlen, who accompanied the entire show on the piano.

The Mad Hatter, Dormouse and March Hare enjoy an

‘up and down’ Tea Party while (top) the White Rabbit does a soft shoe routine for Alice. Above left: Alice and ensemble glory in the magic of Wonderalnd!

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