Sacred Heart Weekly Update

November 2, 2020

Dear Sacred Heart families,

We are so happy to be in school every day. It is great to see students and teachers in the classrooms where learning is evident each day. Our teachers and staff are working hard to make sure everyone is staying healthy and safe.

Due to the extra supervision and cleaning in the morning, during the day and after school, our teachers are losing valuable prep time each week normally used to prepare for lessons, correct papers, and plan for the next day/week. Also, half of our teachers are traveling by a cart to eliminate students traveling in the hallway. This is definitely providing a safe environment for our students, but it is difficult for teachers not being in their own classroom.

In addition, we are offering a distance learning option and working hard to keep students who are out for multiple days while waiting for testing results, symptoms to clear up, or others that are choosing distance learning all year. Absences are more frequent and longer due to our safety plan guidelines, so the management of this can be very difficult and time-consuming. The public schools have in-person classroom teachers and separate distance learning teachers, but our teachers are doing BOTH. Our teachers are truly saints through this whole process, managing many things at once.

I am concerned that this strain will lead to:

  • Compromised ability to deliver an excellent product
  • Staff burn out and health issues
  • Being forces into distance learning due to lack of substitute teachers
  • Staff no longer finding joy in their work

We can't put time in a bottle, but we can give the staff more time by taking days off the school calendar, and that is what we are going to do. Robbindale schools were off October 9 but we decided to stay in school. Robbinsdale schools also decided to give their teachers November 2-6 off to prepare for their Hybrid learning starting on Nov. 19th. Our teachers prepared the month of August to ensure we were ready on September 8th. We did this through many, many Zoom meetings all summer long.

So the School Advisory Council and I decided to take an additional three days off to provide time for teachers to catch up on work and have some mental health time. We have decided there will be no school the last day of each trimester so that teachers can use this time to get caught up on grading and work on report cards.

No school Tuesday, November 24 End of Trimester 1. No Kids Club.

No school Friday, March 5 End of Trimester 2. No Kids Club.

No school Friday, June 4

Last day of school will be Thursday, June 3 with 11:00 a.m. dismissal.

I anticipate and appreciate your support in this matter. If you do have any questions about this, please contact me directly.

We are truly blessed with every teacher and staff member in our school and parish. Our goal is to provide a strong, academic program, along with keeping everyone safe. Thank you to all parents for supporting us along the way. This is truly evident as we just completed two safe months of school and we are so grateful.


Karen Bursey


Transportation/Plans in Robbinsdale

Robbinsdale School District has changed their plans again and they will not be starting school on November 9th. Students in K-5th grade will attend school two days a week, either M,T or Th, F. All students have at-home learning on Wednesdays.

Here is the latest on start dates:

● Monday, Nov. 16: Pre-K, kindergarten and first grade students, and center-based special education students

● Monday, Nov. 30: Second and third grade students

● Monday, Dec. 7: Fourth and fifth grade students

Their plan will be that students will attend in-person 2 days a week and distance learning 3 days a week.

What does this mean for bussing? Honestly, I am not sure. I have reached out to the Robbinsdale School District twice and they have not responded. I will notify you when we hear more. They will be mailing out postcards to families with bussing information. Our families should have at least two days of bussing a week.

School Presidential Election--November 3

The 8th graders have been learning about the presidential election on November 3rd. Each student was assigned to either the Republican or Democratic party and they had to research their party and their candidate's views. They have spent time campaigning and learning how to respectfully debate their topics. All topics that they are discussing are school appropriate. Mr. Melius will tape the candidates final debate and classes will view on Tuesday and then vote for the best candidate.

Here is a list of candidates:

Trump: Mac, Pence: Noah

Biden: Addison, Harris: De'von

Moderators: Brandon, Ellen

Reporters: Bradyn, Rachel

Bodyguards: Evan, Lyna, Tommy, Aubrey

Video/Sound: Jimmy

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Believe and Read Virtual Kindergarten Preview

CSCOE has planned a virtual kindergarten preview on November 17 at 8 pm so parents can learn more about our Believe & Read program. Hear from Catholic school parents, teachers, and principals about the impact of the Believe and Read program on their emerging readers in kindergarten through second grade.

Sacred Heart Catholic school is one of 33 Catholic schools in the archdiocese using this program. We encourage parents to log in to learn more, especially our 4 year old PreK parents.

Register here:

Or watch live on CSCOE's Facebook page

We are starting to enroll new kindergarteners and new students, grade 1-8, starting in November!

Hiring: Temporary lunchroom aide

We are looking for a short term lunchroom aide on Wednesdays and Fridays from November 12-early January. Hours: 10:30-12:30 pm.

Please contact Karen Bursey for more information.

Marathon Prize earners

Congratulations to our top 3 pledge winners:

1st Place: Wesley Gorman, grade 1--- $795.00 Lunch with a friend and Ms. Bursey enjoying food from a Robbinsdale restaurant.

2nd Place: Evelyn Rosenow, grade 7--- $670.00 Ice cream party for the class.

3rd Place: Parker Olson, grade 5-- $600.00 Movie day/treat for the class.

****If your child missed the Plinko board on Friday, he/she may do when they return to school.

Christmas Wreath Orders and Delivery

We want to thank you so much for taking part in the Christmas Fundraiser!

You will be able to pick up your orders will be on Friday, November 20, ALL DAY and again on Saturday, November 21, from 9 until Noon.

Thanks again for all of your efforts!

Bud Heifort and Pat Moore, Wreath Chairs

Congratulations to Mrs. Fimon

Jessica and her husband, Aaron, are expecting their 4th child. She is due late March.

We are so excited for the Fimon family. Another future SHCS Ram! Here is a photo of the Fimon boys!

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Our Condolences

Sending prayers to Brianna, grade 6, and Sophie, grade 2, on the loss of their grandmother.

Sacred Heart sends your family healing prayers and comforting hugs.


We are asking that each student bring in a non-perishable food item this week to support the many families in need of food from the NEAR food shelf.

We appreciate your donation to support people in our community.

Week at a Glance

****Support the NEAR Food Shelf and bring a non-perishable food item.

****Don't forget to order November lunches!


Spirit Day---Students may wear spirit wear shirts with uniform pants/shorts/skorts


Mass grades 3/4 Wear mass uniform

8th grade election--students vote

2:10 pm Sterling Karate - gym


Mass grades 1/7 Wear mass uniform


Mass grades 2/5 Wear mass uniform


Mass grades 6/8 Wear mass uniform

Poinsettia orders due in school office.

Mark your Calendar:

Nov. 18 SAC meeting

Nov. 23 Non-uniform day for all students/staff

Nov. 24 End of trimester 1

Nov. 24 No School

Nov. 25-27 Happy Thanksgiving

Congratulations to our Soccer Team

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Thank you to coaches Kate McNeil, Amy Hand and Javier Trujillo

Poinsettia Orders due on November 6th

The 7th graders are selling poinsettias to support their trip to Wolf Ridge next year. If you are interested in purchasing poinsettia plants, contact Sarah Bowback.

7th graders---Turn your orders and money into the school office next week.

Online Learning Expectations for all students that join Zoom classes

The teachers have created the following expectations for all students that are distance learning at home. We feel that these expectations provide the best learning experience for your child at home.
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November lunches are ready to order-ALL STUDENTS MAY EAT FOR FREE

School code---SH244

Remember all students qualify for free lunch through Dec. 31st or when funds run out you simply have to pre-order student lunches on Boonli.

If you want to order "milk only" or a "large" entree or an "extra slice" of pizza, your account will be charged at check out time.

Sign up to Volunteer---Treat Thursday for Staff

Volunteer to provide treats for teachers for all the hard work they are doing each day. Thank you for the many families that have already signed up.

Go to "Sign Up" to choose a Thursday listed to bring in treats. Note: SignUp will be ready to go later today.


1-2 dozen treats and/or beverages are needed for the 20 staff in the building. Store bought items please. You can choose a theme to inspire contributions (…”We’re Bananas for You!”…”Thanks for being so SWEET to our kids!”…”CHEERS to our teachers!”…”You’re the Apple of our Eyes!”…).

Or simply something you choose is great too! Kids can drop off donations with Mrs. Bowback at the front desk. Thanks for helping support our great staff at SHCS!

Hiring a part time technology teacher

We are hiring for a K-8 technology teacher to help teach students technology skills such as keyboarding, Google Classroom, Google docs, sheets, websites, iMovie, coding, etc.

Qualifications: Technology expertise, 4 year degree, good communication skills, organized, and love to work with all ages of students.

All inquires, please contact Karen Bursey @ 763-537-1329

Box Tops for Education-Help earn money for Sacred Heart Catholic School

Box Tops is changing to fit today's families. 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.

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

COVID-19 Decision Tree for Schools/Childcare

This diagram will help you determine when your child should stay home and return to school when sick.

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.