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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
  • Education & Enrichment

    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.

    Faculty Lectures

    Led by SHS faculty both old and new, lecture topics will range across disciplines and academic specialties.

    Common Ground Speaker Series

    SHS is part of the consortia that hosts this lecture series, which features distinguished speakers in education, parenting and health at area school campuses.

    Community Conversations - Enriching Dialogue
    The goal is to inspire educationally relevant conversations within the Sacred Heart parent community.  Learn within the 5 goals of a Sacred Heart education to create a safe and lively learning environment. 
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  • Spirituality Programs

    SHS Dads' First Friday gathering with current and past parent John Kerrigan
    8 a.m.-8:30 a.m. November 3December 1January 5February 2March 3 and May 4
    Lane Family Chapel, Lower & Middle Schools campus (Park Lane entrance)
    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!
    Come to the Quiet
    A weekly morning session of quiet prayer and reflection, led by Kathleen Dolan, RSCJ. Held Wednesdays during the regular school year, 8:00 - 8:15a.m. in Lane Family Chapel, Murphy Administration Building, SHS Lower & Middle Schools campus (Park Lane entrance).
    SHS Family Mass Series
    Celebrate our shared Catholic faith on Sacred Heart grounds, as we come together in community for liturgy of the Word and SHS fellowship. 2017/2018 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) unless noted otherwise below:
    Sunday, November 12, 10 a.m.
    Saturday, December 16, 4:30 p.m. Christmas liturgy
    Sunday, May 13, 10 a.m. Harman Family Assembly Hall located in the Michael J. Homer Science and Student Life Center on the Sacred Heart Prep campus
    Theology on Tap
    Presented by Sacred Heart Schools, Atherton Office of Mission Initiatives and Institutional Planning, Theology on Tap offers an opportunity to meet Religious Studies Faculty.  We will explore contemporary issues through a Catholic theological lens, and meet other community members interested in exploring theology and spirituality. Adults only please. Light refreshments will be provided.
    Thursday, October 26, 6:30pm-8pm Heritage Room, Main Building - Amy Jobin, MTS P-8 Spiritual Life Coordinator will discuss "Inter-Religious Dialogue in a Catholic School Setting."
    Thursday, November 16, 6:30pm-8pm Heritage Room, Main Building - Jessica Mueller, MDiv SHP Religious Studies Instructor will discuss "Liberation and Solidarity"
    Thursday, January 25, 2018 6:30pm-8pm Heritage Room, Main Building - Matthew Carroll, MDiv SHP Religious Studies Instructor & Immersion Coordinator will discuss "Theology of Encounter/Immersion Theology & Praxis"
    Thursday, March 22, 2018 6:30pm-8pm Heritage Room, Main Building - Christine McBride, PhD SHP English Instructor will discuss "Paradise Lost" exploring the spirituality embedded in Milton's classic 17th century epic poem.

    Catholics in Dialogue with Sally Vance Trembath 8:30 a.m.

    Join Sally Vance-Trembath, fellow alumni, past parents, and current parents for discussion.

    For more information, please contact Dr. Sally Vance-Trembath,
  • Social Events

    PALs Christmas Cocktail Party
    Held in conjunction with the Holiday Boutique, 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 Relations. Cocktails, hors d'oeuvres, and festive shopping are all on the menu!

    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 Spring Program
    From lectures to art tours to wine walks and more, our spring program for past parents aims to deliver something fresh, something topical, and something uniquely tied to our community and campus. 

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.

To learn more about our PALs Class Reps program, or to volunteer, please email

Parent Association (PA) Liaisons

Each year, PALs Liaisons are elected within the SHS Parents Association, to ensure past parent connections and interests are maintained.

The PALs Liaison for SHP Class of 2017 is Teri McKelvy and SHP 2016 are Heidi Leupp and Kim Walsh. To get in touch with the liaisons, email


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Founded by the Society of the Sacred Heart, SHS is a Catholic, independent, co-ed day school for students in preschool through grade 12