Back to School Day-August 31st

August 29, 2022

We are excited to see everyone on Wednesday

Students and families will visit classrooms, meet the teachers/staff, drop off school supplies, and meet/greet other friends and families. (Note: If you pre-ordered supplies through 1st Day School Supplies, they will be waiting for your child in the classroom.)

Join us for a fun picnic behind the school to include free hot dogs, chips, beverage and cookie. Activities will be available for the students that will include face painting, bubble machine, cotton candy, pop corn, chalk art, and more.

Schedule of Events, August 31st:

Visit classrooms 3:30-6:00 pm

Activities and Fun 4:00-7:00 pm

Food/treats 4:00-6:30 pm

****Please park in the Hubbard parking lot.

September 5-9 1st Week of School


Enjoy your Labor Day


Welcome Back-1st Day of School

7:15-7:30 a.m. Join us in front of school for a fun welcome back! Photo opportunities, fun music, parade into school



10:00 Penance service, grades 3-8


8:00 a.m. School Mass---mass uniform

1st Fire Drill today

Upcoming Events

September 11 Backpack Blessing (receive a St. Joseph keychain) 10:00 a.m. Mass

September 16 Pep Fest-Fun Fest

September 17 Fun Fest-Please join us

September 22 NET Retreat, grades 6-8

September 22 Curriculum Night, Grades Kinder, 1, 2, 3, 4

September 29 PreK Meet & Greet 5:45-6:30 pm Outside. Meet other PreK families and preschoolers.

September 29 Curriculum Night, grades 5-8

October 1 School Marathon

AM Drop Off PreK and Kindergarten Door 8

4PreK Students and families (7:15-7:40 a.m.): Parents must walk preschoolers in to school and sign them in. Please park in a parking spot and enter Door 8. Go directly to the preschool room and Mrs. Lundberg has a clipboard for parents to sign in.

Kindergarteners and Siblings (7:15-7:25 a.m.) Class begins at 7:30 a.m.:

Kindergarten parents may create a car line by door 8 and drop off your kindergartener and siblings. They may walk into school and go directly to their classroom.

Note: We want all K-8 students in front of school on the 1st Day of School for welcome fun, photo opportunities, etc. So please walk to the front of the school.


We are asking all car riders to drop off students on the Hubbard parking lot with cars entering the lot on Hubbard Ave. and exiting on 41st Ave. by police station. This will create one way traffic in lot and safer for all. DO NOT DROP OFF YOUR CHILD DIRECTLY IN FRONT OF SCHOOL. Your child will walk to the corner of 41st Ave. N. (church corner) and cross the street at the corner with the safety patrols. We will not let students walk across the middle of the street due to safety reasons.

PM Pick Up 2:10 pm

4 PreK: At 2:10 pm, please walk in to school at Door 8 to pick up your child. Parents must sign out their child.

Kindergarten: Pick up at your child at Door 8 at 2:10 pm. Kinder parents will create a car line in the parking lot and Mrs. Powell will walk your child to the car.

Grades 1-8: Teachers will walk students to the front of school at 2:10 pm . Since we do not have bussing, parents may begin their car line directly in front of school. Parents will enter this car line on 40 1/2 Ave and Hubbard Ave. Cars will rotate at the intersection for their turn to line up on Hubbard Ave.

The first parking spot each day on Hubbard Ave. is designated for our silent auction winner for 1st in Line each day-Frances deKooker. A yard sign marks this spot.


Big picture

Don't forget your water bottle

We encourage all students to bring a water bottle to school. Drinking water improves memory and attention.

We have water bottle fillers on our drinking fountains.

Welcome our new school nurse--Mrs. Mary Warren

Mary Warren has been a school nurse in the district for many, many years. We are lucky to have her as our school nurse. Mrs. Warren will be at Sacred Heart all day Tuesday and Thursday. You will meet her at Back to School Day. You will drop off your Student Health form and any medications at the nurse's office.

School Safety Procedures

We want our school families to feel confident in the safety of their children while they're at school. In the unlikely event of a school crisis, schools will initiate one of the following school safe conditions:

Lockdown when the perceived threat is inside or on the campus.

Shelter-in-place when a potential threat exists near the campus and requires police or fire response.

Evacuation when conditions are safer outside the building.

Hold-in-place when an urgent or medical incident occurs to a student or staff.

Severe weather when conditions warrant relocating students and staff to a more secure location inside the school.

What can parents do in a school emergency?

  • Trust that our first priority is protecting your children; then we'll communicate information as it becomes available.
  • Refrain from calling the school. Phone lines and staff are needed for emergency response.
  • The parent-student reunification process will begin as soon as it is safe to do so.
  • Parents will not be allowed in the school during this time.
Big picture

Order hot lunch----Even if you missed the deadline, you can still order lunch.

Please take the time this week to order your child's hot lunch, if you choose this option. Some days may be blocked out, but you can order for the rest of the month. Lancer catering only delivers the number of items ordered each day.
Order September lunches here

Parents have two weeks to order hot lunch. Make sure you check out when finished.

Hiring a recess supervisor

We are looking for an adult supervisor for recess duty from either 8:55-9:30 a.m. and/or 10:45-12:15 pm.

Our teachers cover three recesses a week and they could use this time for planning and working with children.

Please contact Karen for more information.

Art Adventure-Need 1 volunteer per grade

Calling for Art Adventure Volunteers!

Please consider being a “Picture Person” in a classroom! We present Art Adventure, a program created by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, to students in November and December. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours. This year’s theme will be Let’s Celebrate Life!

Classroom Picture People are not art historians or artists themselves, instead, you will lead students in conversations about art, listen as they describe what they see, talk about what the artist is hoping to express, how the art makes them feel. Any parent would be a great Picture Person!

The MIA provides amazing virtual and in-person training, a printed book for you to keep, and art reproductions for presenting. Training opportunities begin late September through October and November! Please use SignUp to claim your spot. Contact Joanna Rosendahl with any questions 612-876-1929 (call or text), email: Joanna is a volunteer and parent of a fourth grader and is coordinating Art Adventure this year.

Big picture

Fun Fest---Use this SignUp link to volunteer. Hours count toward your school volunteer hours.

Bottle Blast-NEW Fun Fest game

We have a new game debuting at Fun Fest, called the Bottle Blast and we need your help to make sure it’s stocked and ready for the big day. To make it successful, we need full bottles of everything and anything you can think of, from beverages of all sorts to bubbles, ketchup, shampoo, conditioner and cleaning supplies; if it comes in a bottle, we will take it.

Please consider donating bottles of soda/pop, water, Gatorade, bubbles, wine, beer, spirits, beauty products (think body wash, shampoo etc), steak sauce, ketchup, salad dressings, jam/jellies, and cleaning sprays. You can drop off donations at the Parish Office Main Reception Desk. Thank you!!

Learning to live with COVID-19

Our goal remains the same: to ensure our mitigation strategies and guidance are in place to provide safe and healthy school environments for students and staff. We've compiled this updated list of mitigation strategies to start the school year. We will update as needed.

****Each student will receive one free COVID-19 test kit at Back to School Day.

Health Screening

  • Please check for symptoms before you send your child to school.
  • Remain home if showing any signs of illness.
  • Students who become ill at school will be sent home. (Temperature of 100.4)


  • Frequents hand washing and use of school hand sanitizers when hand washing is not an option.
  • Classrooms without air conditioning or windows, now have HEPA purifiers.

Isolations, quarantines and contact tracing

  • Positive COVID-19 cases must be reported to the school office and requires a five-day isolation from symptom onset or date of a positive test. Siblings, family members and close contacts are not required to quarantine.
  • Persons testing positive may return after five days and symptoms have improved or resolved.
  • We do not require a negative test to return to school.
  • Persons returning to school after five days are required to wear a mask for an additional five days.
  • MDH no longer requires school districts to complete contact tracing. Schools must report the numbers of positive COVID-19 cases each week.

Please complete the Interest Survey on SignUp

2022-2023 Volunteer requirement: 15-20 hours.

We know that each family has many demands, so we are allowing a little more flexibility with the requirement. We have volunteer opportunities during the school day, evening, and weekend hours to meet your needs.

Interest Volunteer Survey:

We created a volunteer interest survey that we want all parents to complete. This will identify the volunteer opportunities that you may be interested in helping with throughout the year. We will reach out to you the month of the event to see if you are still interested in volunteering.

****We will help parents complete this survey at Back to School Day.

Access the interest survey on SignUp:

School Volunteer Opportunities ready on SignUp

Our requirement is that each family volunteer at least 15-20 hours during the school year. We have many opportunities during the school day, evening or during the weekend.


Fun Fest (separate SignUp link)

Thursday Treats for staff

Gala committee

Art Adventure--1 per grade

Wash lunchroom towels

Donate food for marathon--cookies/donuts

Marathon crossing guards

Room parents needed: 3PreK and 8th grade

Soccer coach-1 more needed

Volleyball coach-1 more needed

School SignUp Link-

Gala Committee---We are looking for parents to help with the planning

We are looking for parents to help plan our Annual Gala tentatively scheduled for Friday, February 10th. We will gather a few times to create sub committees such as decorations, food, refreshments, silent auction, live auction, sponsorships, etc. Committees members will sign up for one of these areas. Period check-ins will occur up until the gala.

Questions: Contact Karen Bursey

Please go to SignUp to say "YES". We are excited to begin planning.


Mark your calendar: SCHOOL MARATHON

Saturday, October 1st at 9:15 a.m.

Sanborn Park

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

Our goal is for EVERY student to bring in the required $300 fundraising amount for the Marathon. This is NEW this year! We have some fun prizes for the students to help us reach our goal of $44,500. We understand that this may not work for everyone, but we hope that parents will do their best to help us reach our goal.

Why did we change the marathon amount required for Marathon? We would like to collect the required fundraising total in fall, if possible, so that we can use our read-a-thon funds for a new playground structure. The current structure is over 20 years old and we can not purchase parts anymore and it has served us well over the years. We will strat doing research for a new playground structure and begin fundraising. Our hope is that a new structure may be install next summer.

A packet of information will be sent home the second week of school!

Middle School Service Hours

Community service hours support the mission of Sacred Heart Catholic school by engaging students in meaningful volunteer opportunities which enrich the learning experience while teaching civic responsibility and strengthening communities. Being involved in our communities and serving others provides students a sense of purpose and will help prepare them to serve, lead, and succeed.

Students are required to complete community service outside of the regular school day.

Requirements for the school year (September 1-May 31)

6th grade: 5 hours

7th-8th grade: 10 hours

****Volunteering at our Fun Fest on September 17th is a great way to begin!

Parent Student Handbook 2022-2023

Read our school policies and procedures.

Back to School Forms

New family packet, band/orchestra, school calendar, supply list, Kids Club form, etc.

Donald's Uniform

Check out the Donald's website:

Parents may use our school code (SacredHeartSTS) and items will ship to the school for free.

All incoming 6th graders and new middle schoolers: Don't forget to order the navy full zip Rams jacket and a PE t-shirt and gym shorts. We suggest that you have your child's name embroidered on the jacket.

Sterling Karate is Back!

Classes begin the week of Sept. 12th on Tuesday after school. Register early for a discounted price. Grades K-8.

For more information, click on this link-

Big picture

Do you want to volunteer in the classroom? Parents must complete the Essential 3

The Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis requires the Essential 3 for volunteers who work with students in Catholic schools or parishes. All employees must also complete the Essential 3. ****Cell phones do not work well for Essential 3 and you will receive an error message. Please use a computer.

You may complete all three requirements online at
1. Log in to create your account and watch the Virtus awareness session online. Every 3 years, a new video will be assigned to your account.
2. Successfully complete a background check.
3. Sign a Code of Conduct.

****The Archdiocese requires all volunteers to renew the Essential 3 requirements every 3 years. You will receive an email message when your account is up for renewal.

Directions for new users and those that need to renew, are posted at the bottom of the newsletter.

RAMS Athletics-Have you signed up for fall sports?

Have you signed up for fall sports! We are forming teams for girls' volleyball (gr. 5-8), boys/girls soccer (gr. 5-8) and boys/girls cross country (gr. 3-8). If you have not registered, please do so at this time! Here is the link:

Money will be due at back to school night. $80 for volleyball and soccer. $40 for Cross Country.

Coaches needed:

Cross Country: Katherine and Andy Johnson

Soccer: Need a coach (Dan Nordstrom will help)

Volleyball: Katie Powell (one more parent to help)

Lori Jandl

Hiring a Full time Director of Advancement

Please spread the news that we are hiring a full time director of advancement. The job description is posted on the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Mpls. career website.

Please send cover letter and resume to Karen Bursey.

School Calendar 2022-2023

We have more flexibility with our school calendar for next year since we are not using Robbinsdale bussing.

Click on the tab to view the school calendar for 2022-2023.

2022-2023 School Calendar

Updated calendar.

Box Tops---Help us earn extra cash

The new and improved Box Tops mobile app uses state of the art technology to scan your store receipt. Find participating products and instantly add Box Tops to our school's earnings. We earn 10 cents for each Box Top along with Bonus points. Simply scan your receipt on your phone and Sacred Heart earns money.

Find the Box Tops for Education app and search for Sacred Heart by our zip code---55422.

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.