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Campus Life

Community Events

At Sacred Heart, the building of community as a Christian value is intrinsic to the school's very Goals and Criteria. Creating a welcoming place, where diversity is embraced and inclusion is a communal commitment, the school aims to celebrate its unique heritage and contemporary population in a variety of ways. Families are always encouraged to join us in the planning and execution of our marquis events, and we take particular pride in our families' support of our expanding cultural programs and activities.

Annual School Events

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  • Auction

    Building community through friendship, fun, and a fantastic night of fundraising, the auction is the pinnacle SHS spring event. 

    For more details visit the auction website at www.shschools.org/auction
  • Interfaith-Cultural Celebrations

    Predominantly coordinated on the LMS campus, our cultural heritage programs explore the richness of our current student body and greater SHS school community. Annually the school celebrates four diverse events tied to different nationalities and faith; central to the success of these activities has been close collaboration with SHS community families.

    • October: Diwali
    • November: Native American Powow
    • December: Feast of Our Lady of Guadeloupe
    • February: Lunar New Year
    • March: Nowruz Celebration
    In preparation for these events, students will take part in classroom-led exercises and activities designed to teach the tradition and history behind the celebrated holiday, often through artistic expression and interpretation.

    Additional cultural- and faith-based holidays, such as Day of the Dead, are further explored via academic curriculum and individual or group projects.
  • Feast Days

    Every year, the community is invited to attend our Eucharistic celebrations honoring the Holy Spirit at the beginning of the school year; our Blessed Mother Mary; the founder of our school, St. Madeleine Sophie Barat, and her most devoted St. Philippine Rose Duchesne, who brought Sacred Heart schools to America.

    • September: Mass of the Holy Spirit
    • October: Feast of Mater Admirabilis
    • November: Feast of St. Philippine Rose Duchesne
    • May: Feast of St. Madeleine Sophie Barat

    Additional opportunities to convene in shared faith are scheduled throughout the year, notably in the SHS Family Mass Series, holy days of obligation, and Holy Week.
  • Grandparents' & Special Friends' Day

    Always a highly anticipated event at the P-5, this event is yearly and delivers a special day for our very special guests. Starting with a continental breakfast and welcome from our principals, attendees will then attend an all-school Mass featuring a student-led liturgy. Then, they will connect with their student(s) for classroom experiences. In between, there are photo booth stops, interactive class exercises and projects, and of course, a break for recess.

    Grandparents & Special Persons' Day 2023-24 will be an in-person event and held on Wednesday, January 31, 2024.
  • Holiday Boutique

    A three day shopping event in front of the Main Building to support the SHP Parents' Association.
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  • Holiday Treat

    Held on consecutive days in December, the two-day Holiday Treat showcases the many creative talents of our student body, offering both a special Christmas-themed program for our SHS community and a sampling of the breadth of fine arts programs at both the LMS and SHP campuses.

    Held at locations throughout the Main Building and Campbell Center for the Performing Arts, the evening's schedule offers a variety of performances and genres in 15-minute increments, on a rotating basis.
  • Spirit Week

    Held at both the LMS and SHP campuses, the traditional Spirit Week builds class connections, while also generating overall school spirit.

    LMS Spirit Week is held in January, and is largely coordinated by the student council. Activities include a student talent show, themed "costume" days, special treats, and other.

    SHP Spirit Week is held in February, with a robust schedule planned by a team of students and Student Life staff members. Each class picks its "theme" based on assigned colors (green, yellow, blue, red), and each acquired points for performance on scored events, with the winning class entitled to bragging rights. Past spirit week activities have included a video game tournament, lip synch contest, unusual sport games, and other.
  • "Valpo" Rivalry

    SHS has a longstanding "friendly" rivalry with Menlo School, our neighbor on Valparaiso Ave. Each year, the two schools engage in a number of activities encouraging community spirit, often in conjunction with fundraising efforts for Peninsula Bridge Program.

    Each year, our Valpo events include:
    • Valpo Fun Run usually held in the fall
    • Valpo Football Bowl usually held in the fall
    • 8th Grade Girls Flag Football - usually held in May.

Nowruz Celebration

Sacred Heart Schools Atherton

Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton

150 Valparaiso Ave
Atherton, CA 94027
650 322 1866
Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12