Sacred Heart Weekly Update

September 13, 2021

1st Week of School

The students and staff had a great first week of school. It was exciting to walk down the hallway again to see teachers in the front of the classroom and students at their desks learning. Outside at recess, I could hear children laughing as they played games and exercised using the new playground stencils. The hallways were busy with students traveling to gym, music, art, and Spanish and visiting our new STEM room. Many classes also took advantage of learning outdoors in our new space.

I want you to know that your children are in good hands while at Sacred Heart Catholic School. We are committed to delivering excellence in a safe, Christ-centered environment. We also strive to keep communication open with you. Every Monday, you will receive a parent newsletter to keep you informed about the weeks ahead. Please reach out to us with any questions or concerns that you may have to help us make Sacred Heart even better.

Bussing this week has been a challenge, but on Friday the buses seem to be back on track. Our Armstrong transfer bus finally showed up in the afternoon. We also have a better car pick up in place for our PreK and Kinder students at Door 8. Thank you for being patient with us as we work on improving our procedures.

Have a great week. We hope to see you at our parish Fun Fest on Saturday, September 18th.

Karen Bursey, Principal

Week at a Glance


Happy 2nd week of school

Fall MAP testing begins---Language, gr. 3-8


2:05-3:05 pm Sterling Karate

Cross Country Meet @ St. Raphael's Good luck!

6:30 pm PTC meeting


Spirit wear day----Wear RAM shirts with uniform pants, skort

6:00 pm SAC meeting



8:00 a.m. School Mass--wear mass uniform (wear logo shirt, no shorts)


Sacred Heart Fun Fest 1:00-11:00 pm

Fundraising Packet going home today with the youngest child in the family-Marathon, Wreath Sales

Marathon 2021 Saturday, October 2 @ Sanborn Park at 9:15 a.m.

What is the Marathon for Nonpublic Education?

The MARATHON is a viable public relations and fundraising activity in support of nonpublic education in Minnesota. The purpose of the marathon is to enable those who support and advocate for nonpublic education to make a public demonstration of their belief and involvement. Nonpublic schools and church religious education programs make a real contribution to the total community. For more information, go to

This fundraiser is the only mandatory fundraiser for SHCS and its success is a tremendous example of how SHCS families and staff pull together to accomplish our goals. Our goal is for EVERY student to bringin $200.00 of the required $300 fundraising goal for the Marathon. The Marathon is also a celebration and a chance for people to come together. We have fun walking, running or biking. All funds remain here at Sacred Heart and they are used to offset the rising costs of providing a quality education. So if you are asked, “Where does the money go?” It truly goes to support every part of our mission.

We will be continue using PledgeStar this year to secure online donations for our 2021 Marathon. This will make it easy for your donors to pay online. Please refer to the instructions on setting up your PledgeStar web page. You may still collect cash/checks and we will enter them to your family PledgeStar web page so you can track your total.

Wreath Sales--Orders due October 28th

Happy Wreath Selling Season to You All!

We have vigorous FUNdraising goals this fall and they're based on the reality that this great community always rises to the occasion. Thank you!

While the wreath campaign falls right on the heels of the Marathon, we're pretty certain you understand the value of wreath sales for our school and community.

Sales material includes a vivid color display of the affordable, quality items we are offering, and the order sheet is located directly on the back of the page. Checks payable to Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Order deadline: October 28

Deliver: November 16-18

We appreciate all you do to help keep education costs down with these invaluable fundraisers.

Bud Heifort and Pat Moore

When can students learn virtually?

This year, only students who have tested positive for COVID-19 and are therefore required to quarantine will be allowed to learn virtually. This will also include siblings that have to quarantine due to positive test results.

Note: Specialists will provide homework only. No virtual learning for specialists.

If your child/siblings stays home due to symptoms and are waiting for test results, then it is treated as a normal sick day. Students will have access on Google Classroom and homework assignments may be emailed to the parent or student by request.

NWEA testing begins this week

What is NWEA MAP Growth?

MAP Growth is a computer adaptive test created by NWEA that students take two times per school year. The results provide teachers with information to help them deliver appropriate content for each student and determine each student’s academic growth over time.

What does it mean to be computer adaptive?

Computer adaptive tests adjust to each student’s learning level, providing a unique set of test questions based on their responses to previous questions. As the student responds to questions, the test responds to the student, adjusting up or down in difficulty.

What does MAP Growth measure?

MAP Growth is used to measure a student’s performance level at different times of the school year and compute their academic growth.

What subjects are available with MAP Growth?

There are MAP Growth tests for grades 3-8 in math, reading and language arts.

There are also primary grades tests referred to as MAP Growth K-2, in reading and math. With these child-friendly tests for young learners, students wear headphones using the iPads, since many questions include audio to assist those who are still learning to read.


Sept. 13-17 Language arts, grades 3-8

Sept. 20-24 Reading, K-8

Sept. 27-Oct. 1 Math, K-8

Student Birthdays

If a student wishes to bring a birthday treat or special treat for a celebration, we mandate that he/she refrain from bringing a food and/or drink. Other options could include pencils, stickers or a book donated to the classroom or the library in the child’s name commemorating the special day. The school does celebrate birthdays by announcing over the intercom and acknowledging in the classroom. Birthday students may be out of uniform on this special day. We will celebrate June, July, August birthdays at the ½ year mark.

Because we are a small school and wish to maintain an inclusive environment, we ask that ALL invitations be mailed and gift giving take place outside school. A class list may be requested at the school office.

School Spirit Days---Wednesday

Students may wear Sacred Heart spirit wear with uniform pants/skorts. Items may be purchased at Educational Outfitters.

Educational Outfitters, St. Louis Park

Spirit wear is NOT part of the Normal Uniform Attire for SHCS students. Spirit wear is a privilege and will be considered only an occasional option. Spirit wear may only be worn on Wednesday.

2. Students may wear marathon t-shirts with uniform pants, shorts (Sept-Oct 15), jumper or skort. Students may earn a marathon t-shirt this fall. See information in marathon packet.

School Mass----Wear mass uniform on Fridays

Students may wear the following with blue uniform pants (no shorts)
1. Red or white SHCS logo shirt , long or short sleeve
2. Red or blue performance pullover or logo sweatshirt or NEW middle school jacket
3. No RAM Sweatshirts or spirit wear, gr. 6-8, are allowed during Mass.

***Girls, K-5, are encouraged to wear the SHCS plaid jumper/skort with the short or long sleeve SHCS logo shirt, however, the jumper/skort is NOT mandatory.

Show your school spirit

We have some RAM sweatshirts for sale for either students or parents.

We have the following sizes available:

4 Youth Large (14-16)

9 Adult Small

11 Adult Medium

Cost $15.00

****Students may wear for spirit day (Wednesday) or parents can wear at athletic games.

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Bring to school every day

1. Face Masks--We suggest kids bring an extra mask in their backpack.

2. Water Bottle

School Picture Day--September 20 7:30-11:00 am.

Picture Day is scheduled on September 20th. This will be a non-uniform day for students.

Parents will receive a link from Kemmetmueller Photography to order AND pay for photos. This link will be sent to parents after photo day.

RAMS Corner--Athletic News

Good luck Cross Country on Tuesday, September 14 at your St.Raphael meet!! Volleyball and soccer games start next week!!

Fall Sports: please submit all volleyball, cross country, and soccer fees as soon as possible! 12 pack water, Gatorade, or pop can be dropped off to Lori Jandl!

Boys Basketball: If you have not signed up for boys Basketball, please do so using the google link! Payments can be sent to the office. Tryouts will be held in October!

We are in need of some coaches for this winter

Varsity basketball coach- boys

If you are interested in helping coach winter sports, please let Lori Jandl know ASAP.

We want to ensure we have coaches for all our athletic teams.

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Sterling Karate begins September 14

Karate begins next week from 2:05-3:05 pm. Sterling Karate aims to build not just physical and technical ability, but develop strength, character, and leadership in every student.


National Coloring Day-September 14

Creative opportunity

In honor of National Coloring Day on September 14th, we're offering an after school activity. We have a parent bringing art supplies and monitoring the group in the gathering space from 2 to 3:15 on Tuesday, September 14th. Free will offering, if able, goes to the school art department.

You must sign your student up before Monday, September 13th by calling the office 763-537-1329. All ages welcome. If you are a parent who wants to stay to help, you are welcome to join us.

FUN FEST CORNER--September 18th

Volunteer at Fun Fest and earn volunteer hours

We are excited to announce that Fun Fest is back this year on Saturday, Sept. 18. We look forward to celebrating our Sacred Heart Church and School event with all of you. As usual, many parent and student volunteers are needed to make this a successful festival. Please check the sign up link provided in this newsletter to sign up for a volunteer spot. Students in grades 5-8 are encouraged to sign up for one of our many game booths.There are many opportunities and areas to help. If interested in helping out on a larger scale on one of our many committees, please contact us.Thank you in advance for your time and talents.

Click on this link to sign up to help at the food tent, children's games, set up, take down, etc.

Steve and Monica Thibault (Fun Fest chairs) or #612-419-3291

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Farewell to Ms. Ekegren-Say good bye to her at the Fun Fest

Please join us at our Sacred Heart Fun Fest on September 18th as we say good-bye to Ms. Ekegren.

Ms. Ekegren has been a teacher at Sacred Heart for 38 years and she has dedicated her time and talent so many, many students over the years. She will be under the tent from 5-7 pm on Sept. 18th. Jeanne would love to see as many students as possible.

Sacred Heart Catholic School Mission Statement

Sacred Heart Catholic School is committed to instilling high moral standards rooted in Catholic teachings. We are dedicated to educating the whole child through an integrated C-STEM curriculum. In collaboration with our families, parish, and local community, we maximize individual potential to ensure students are prepared to meet the challenges in the world as disciples of Jesus.