This Week at SHOJ

Sept. 11, 2020

From Mrs. Rhodes

And endurance produces character, and character produces hope.... Romans 5:4

I have been talking with principals around the county, ensuring that we are doing the best we can, asking what is working for them, finding ways to support all learners and teachers, and so much more (and the gating criteria is down today, 11.6%). In general we are all impressed with the students and their ability to adapt to change. Many of us can even name positive things that have come from this pandemic.

Most of us hope that this will all come to an end soon - and prayed fervently for this as well. As a staff, while preparing for the school year and praying over our class lists, we were encouraged to memorize the following Bible Verse,

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him who have been called according to His purpose. Romans 8:28

We need to remember that under the struggles of a different classroom, new routines and even students learning remotely, that God will work good.

Our Catholic Parents as Stewards group has had to change many planned events for the upcoming school year (or at least postpone them). It was very important to them to keep the parent education meeting set for Sept. 17 at 7:30.

If we combine the above Bible verses, we can be a people of hope even with all our burdens of this virus. This is not always easy - especially in a family setting where our adult worries can combine with worries for our children and make many things difficult. Mr. Sam Rockford trained the teachers a couple years ago about the idea of growth mindset with students - growing success from the process of stretching our minds through the challenges of a new task - not just the focus on the one right answer right away.

Now more than ever, parents can benefit from his training. Seeing how we can help children believe that they are beloved children of God and helping them grow into the people God created them to be by the way we train our children at home can make our jobs easier.

This will be an hour well spent. Download the PDF flier for information on the zoom link - you will be able to ask questions during the presentation. We hope to make the recording available to everyone.

Yearbook Club

Please see the flier attached below to be able to help with this year's SHOJ Yearbook.

Open Gate Series at Prarie Star Ranch

Did you know that Prairie Star Ranch, home of Camp Tekakwitha, is open year-round? Are you looking for opportunities to get out of the house and enjoy some COVID-friendly time together as a family?
On select Saturdays in the months of September and October, the gates of Prairie Star Ranch will be open for families to enjoy some casual, open-air fun. Come fish (bring your own poles!), picnic, hike, and more! On each Open Gate day, a different staff-facilitated camp activity will be offered for a small fee. Otherwise, the experience is free, and donations are welcome.
Gates will be open from 10am to 4pm, and no registration is required. Upcoming Open Gate Days include September 19, September 26, and October 3.
For a full schedule of event dates, the staff-facilitated activity for each weekend, our COVID-19 precautions and more, visit our website at

Middle School Youth Group and Confirmation Calendar

Please check out the calendar of fun provided by our parish youth ministry.

Join SHOJ Scouting

Sacrerd Heart of Jesus Catholilc School

Preparing minds for the future, souls for eternity.

Catholic Family Newsletter

Attached is a PDF for the Archdiocese Catholic Parenting Newsletter that has articles on how to help your child cope with Covid changes, being intentionally joyful, and more.

SHOJ Needs you help collecting box tops

It's all electronic now - check out the flyer to see how easy it is to donate money to SHOJ.