Schools of the Sacred Heart celebrate the holidays

Rebecca Lee
Reporter

A gingerbread house builder inspects her project for spots that could use more frosting or candy at the annual Gingerbread Workshop. Parents and high school student volunteers kept the kids stocked with supplies — M&M’s, sour gummi belts, jelly beans, gum drops, candy canes and other sugary treats for house decorating.     KATHERINE MIBELLI | the broadview
A gingerbread house builder inspects her project for spots that could use more frosting or candy at the annual Gingerbread Workshop. Parents and high school student volunteers kept the kids stocked with supplies — M&M’s, sour gummi belts, jelly beans, gum drops, candy canes and other sugary treats for house decorating. KATHERINE MIBELLI | the broadview

The Christmas traditions at Convent and Stuart Hall are marked by the singing of traditional French carols and, more recently, activities planned by Sacred Heart alumnae for students and their families.

“Christmas activities are predominately for the [Convent] high school and grammar school,” said Leslie Davlos Bergholt (′90), co-chair of the Alumni Noëls. “All the women grew up singing all of the songs.”

Alumni Noels were hosted by the Broadway Alumnae of the Sacred Heart (BASH) on December second — inviting alumni to return and celebrate the holiday season with the singing they were a part of as students. BASH does not consider the reunion to be a fundraiser but a “friendraiser” where they ask for donations from the participants.

“It’s more for the love and enjoyment of gathering alumni as a kick-off to the holiday season,” said Bergholt.
Other activities planned the alumni and Sacred Heart families include the Gingerbread Workshop where families decorate gingerbread houses with candy and frosting.

“It’s the largest fundraiser that the board does,” said Tara Proses (CES′86, CSH ′90), co-chair of the Gingerbread Workshops. “The money goes to scholarships for children of alumni.”