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Parents of Alumni

You Are Always Part of Sacred Heart

Whether your child(ren) attended SHS recently or several years ago, you will always be considered part of this community. As parents of alumni (PALs), you play an important role in connecting our past, present, and future,  and your continued involvement helps ensure that our school  thrives well into the next century.

The PALs program offers multiple ways to reconnect with old friends, learn about new school initiatives, and stay active within our vibrant community.  From spiritual, enrichment, and service activities, to athletic, arts, and  social events--whatever your interest, the PALs program operates a regular and full schedule each school year. In addition, a quarterly PALs newsletter enables you to stay up-to-date on the latest news and special invitations.

PALs Activities & Events

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  • Volunteerism & Service

    Tutor Future SHP Students
    Tutor young students taking part in the Sophie’s Scholars Program, as they prepare for entry into Sacred Heart Preparatory from St. Francis Center in Redwood City and St. Elizabeth Seton School in Palo Alto. To learn more, please contact alumni@shschools.org.
  • Education & Enrichment

    Come & See - SHS Teacher Talks
    RSVP to Shannon Melinauskas
    Presented by the SHS Office of Mission Initiatives & Institutional Planning, "Come & See" is a series of monthly presentations and discussions from our faculty to explore contemporary issues through a Catholic theological lens, and meet other Sacred Heart community members interested in exploring theology and spirituality.  RSVP via email here.
    Adults only please
    Tuesday, January 14, 8:30-10am, Main Building Quilt Parlor - "Listen! I'll Tell You a Mystery ...and You Will Be Changed with John Michael Reyes, P-8 Spiritual Life Coordinator
    Tuesday, February 11, 8:30-10am, Main Building Otto Library - "Jesus Was a Foodie:  Food Justice as a road to the Kingdom of God" with Kate Motroni-Fish, SHP Religious Studies Teacher
    Tuesday, March 10, 8:30-10am, Main Building Otto Library - "How Poems Work" with Dr. Christine McBride, SHP English Teacher
    Tuesday, April 21, 8:30-10am, Main Building Otto Library - "The Art of Living:  How the Creative Process Teaches More About Life Than We Realize" with Lauren Benjamin, SHP Fine Arts Teacher and Department Head
    Tuesday, May 12, 8:30-10am, Main Building Quilt Parlor - "What does the Incarnation have to do with me?" with Jorge Reyes, SHP Math Teacher and Department Head
    Burgundy & Books
    Former SHS English teacher Connie Solari takes book club enthusiasts on a guided odyssey through literary classics,modern novels, and great discussion over wine.
    Contact Alumni & Past Parent Engagement Manager Shannon Melinauskas for more information.
    2019-2020 Burgundy & Books Dates
    • 7pm Thursday, September 12, 2019 - The Reluctant Fundamentalist by Mohin Hamid 
    • 7pm Thursday, January 23, 2020  - A Passage to India by E.M. Forster
    • 7pm Thursday, April 23, 2030 Book To Be Determined
    Past featured books include:
    Brideshead Revisited, Evelyn Waugh
    All the Light We Cannot See, Anthony Doerr
    A Month in the Country, J.L. Carr
    My Name is Lucy Barton, Elizabeth Strout
    To The Lighthouse by Virginia Woolf
    The Underground Railroad,
     Colson Whitehead
    The Sun Also Rises, Ernest Hemingway
    A Gentleman in Moscow, Amor Towles
    Song of Solomon by Nobel Prize-winning author Toni Morrison
    Lincoln in the Bardo, George Sauders
    The Brothers Karamazov, Fyodor Dostoevsky (Author), Richard Pevear (Translator), Larissa Volokhonsky (Translator)
    The Creat Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
    Pachinko by Min Jin Lee
    East of Eden by John Steinbeck
  • Spirituality Programs

    TUESDAY'S 8:00 a.m. to 8:15 a.m.  Come to the Quiet 
    A weekly morning session of quiet prayer and reflection, led by Kathleen Dolan, RSCJ. Held during the regular school year in Lane Family Chapel, Murphy Administration Building, SHS Lower & Middle Schools campus (Park Lane entrance).

    WEDNESDAY'S 9:00 a.m.-10:00 a.m. Sharing Faith: Growing the Inner Life with Sally Vance-Trembath.  A weekly group reflection around the works of powerhouse contemporary and historic spiritual writers.

    Dates: Weekly Wednesday’s  when SHS school is in session
    Time: 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m.
    Place: Main (brick) Building Quilt Parlor
    Questions?  Contact svance-trembath@shschools.org

    FRIDAY'S MONTHLY DURING THE SCHOOL YEAR  8:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m SHS Dad's First Friday:  Faith and Fellowship with current and past parent Deacon John Kerrigan.  Meet in the Lane Family Chapel, Lower & Middle Schools campus (Park Lane entrance).
    • September 6
    • October 4
    • November 8
    • December 6
    • February 7
    • March 6
    • April 3
    • May 1
    This gathering is simple (and based on a 1,900 year old approach called "lectio divina").  It is a more visceral (vs. analytic) reflection on a scripture passage, and includes time for personal and shared prayer, resolution and prayers for others.  No experience necessary, and all faith traditions are welcome!
    Celebrate our shared Catholic faith on Sacred Heart grounds, as we come together in community for liturgy of the Word and SHS fellowship. Family Masses are held in the Ravi Family Assembly Hall located in the Johnson Performing Art Building on the Lower & Middle Schools Campus (Park Lane entrance).
    Saturday, October 12, 4:30 p.m.
    Saturday December 14, 4:30 p.m. Christmas Liturgy
    Saturday, April 18, 4:30 p.m.
  • Social Events

    PALs Social 
    PALs across all decades are invited to take part in this SHS tradition, hosted by Director of Schools Richard Dioli and the Office of Alumni and Past Parent Engagement.  Keep an eye out for details via email from the SHS Alumni Egagemetn Manager.

    SHS Auction Benefit 
    A school tradition for nearly four decades, the annual auction night offers something for everyone, from phenomenal dining and dancing to dream vacations, parties, and services donated by the SHS community and auctioned to bidders at live, silent, and super-silent levels. All proceeds go to support SHS students and programs.

PALs Class Representatives

With so many families rooted in the Sacred Heart community for the duration of their children's early academic years--a span that can last up to 15 years per child, preschool through grade 12--it's no wonder that parents of alumni remain among our most ardent school supporters. PALs class reps help keep Gator pride alive, maintaining communication between the school and PALs, promoting events, and keeping the school apprised of alumni news and changing contact information. They help ensure past parent connections and interests are maintained with each other and Sacred Heart Schools. 
The SHP Class of 2019 PALs Cass Reps are Susie Frimel (SHP `87) and Karin Riley.

To learn more about our PALs Class Reps program, or to volunteer, please email alumni@shschools.org.


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    Shannon Melinauskas 

    Manager, Alumni & Past Parent Engagement
Where Scholarship and Values Matter
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12