Sacred Heart Catholic School News

February 27, 2023

Lenten Prayer

Creator of my Life,
renew me: bring me to new life in you.
Touch me and make me feel whole again.
Help me to see your love
in the passion, death and resurrection of your son.
Help me to observe Lent
in a way that allows me to celebrate that love.
Prepare me for these weeks of Lent
as I feel both deep sorrow for my sins
and your undying love for me.

(Source: Creighton University Online Ministries)

Fish Fry/Spaghetti Dinner--Friday, March 3 Need a few more Volunteers

For Friday, we still need the following volunteers:

4 Adult Dining Room Servers

2 Adult Ticket Table Volunteers

2 Students to Bus Tables

1 Adult for Scullery

Thursday, March 2 Food Prep

2 Adults Food Prep 12-2 pm

School Calendar 2023-2024

A printable copy is at the bottom of the newsletter.
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NEW Bully Policy and Procedures

***An online reporting form will be on our website soon.

Created in the image and likeness of God, each child shares a fundamental human dignity. A Catholic school provides an environment dedicated to protecting and fostering the development of that dignity. The school helps children learn how to exercise their God-given freedom, responsibly, with the goal that good choices become good habits; that is, virtues. The highest virtue is charity, which God both requires and makes possible.

All children make choices about their behavior. The school and parents need to work together to help students learn to choose appropriate behaviors and accept the consequences, good and bad, which may result from their choices. Throughout the school, on school grounds, online, and at school sponsored events, students are expected to demonstrate appropriate behaviors, which are a reflection of true Christian values and their Catholic identity.

Expectations: All staff, faculty and other adults working with students at Sacred Heart Catholic School are expected to be observant for both students engaging in bullying behaviors and those exhibiting characteristics of having been bullied.

All students are expected to be familiar with and adhere to all provisions in the school’s policy, as provided below, and procedures and directives for preventing, responding, reporting, and intervening in bullying.

Sacred Heart Catholic School cannot monitor all activities and eliminate all incidents of bullying between students, particularly when one or more of the students involved is not on school property, or at school-related functions, or under the direct supervision of school personnel. However, to the extent that such conduct affects the educational environment at school, Sacred Heart Catholic School reserves the right to take action to investigate and respond to such conduct.

Definition of bullying: repeated behavior by one or more individuals to another by written, verbal or electronic communication, and/or physical contact including gestures or body language which may be:

1. Interpreted as threatening or demeaning, meant to cause emotional harm or distress to the targeted student(s)

2. Interpreted as intentional by both the targeted student(s) and investigating personnel

3. Inflicted by the aggressor in a manner that creates a hostile learning environment for the targeted student(s)

4. Created or promoted by an imbalance of power between the aggressor and the targeted student(s)

Bullying can be:

· Physical: pushing, kicking, hitting, pinching, any form of violence, threats

· Verbal: name calling, sarcasm, spreading rumors, persistent teasing

· Emotional: tormenting, threatening, ridicule, humiliation, exclusion from groups or activities

· Racist: racial taunts, graffiti, gestures

· Sexual: unwanted physical contact, abusive comments(for further details, please see the sexual harassment section)

· Cyber Bullying is bullying directed to one or more individuals through the use of technology (school or personal device), including but not limited to, electronic communication devices and displayed as email images, text messages, postings, videos, snapchat, or conversation.

Students at Sacred Heart Catholic School are taught that:

· If a person says or does something unintentionally hurtful and they do it once, that’s rude.

· If a person says or does something intentionally hurtful and they do it once, that’s mean.

· If a person says or does something intentionally hurtful and they keep doing it even when you tell them to stop or show them you are upset, that’s bullying.

Definition of harassment: unwelcome verbal or physical conduct which has the purpose or effect of unreasonably interfering with an individual’s performance, or creates an intimidating, hostile, or offensive working or learning environment. The basis for harassment may be any protected class including age, creed, color, disability, national origin, race, religion, gender.

One particular category of harassment, sexual harassment, consists of unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, sexually motivated physical conduct or other verbal or physical conduct or communication of a sexual nature which substantially interferes with an individual’s employment or education, or creates a hostile, intimidating or offensive working or learning environment. It also include situation where submission to such behavior affects decisions about the individual’s employment or education. Sexual harassment may be directed to members of the same or opposite sex.

Sexual harassment includes but is not limited to:

· Teasing or jokes of a sexual nature, sexual name calling, making references to past or present sexual activity, spreading sexual rumors or making derogatory or dehumanizing sexual remarks.

· Subtle pressure for sexual activity.

· Intentional unwelcome physical contact.

· Display of offensive pictures, posters, or other graphics.

· Leering inappropriately, patting or pinching and other forms of unwelcome touching.

· Otherwise creating a hostile, intimidating, or offensive environment.


Every student, staff member, and parent of Sacred Heart Catholic School has an ethical and moral obligation to report when they have reason to believe bullying or harassment has or is occurring. Additionally, staff has an obligation to report, and Sacred Heart Catholic School has directed staff to notify the principal or his/her immediate supervisor as soon as possible. Staff will provide a written account of the incident using the SHCS Bullying/Harassment Report Form available from the school.

Students are taught to notify the nearest adult when they have the knowledge bullying has or is occurring. Students may be provided a SHCS Bullying/Harassment Report Form and instructed to detail their observations and knowledge of the incident(s). Members of Sacred Heart Catholic School’s community are also provided a way to report anonymously.

Parents are encouraged to report suspected bullying or harassment of Sacred Heart Catholic School by directly contacting an administrator or teacher. Parents may also use the online reporting process listed above.

When a reporting parent or student requests to remain anonymous, school officials will attempt to honor the confidentiality of the individual to the degree permitted by law. Whether anonymous or not, all reports of bullying or harassment will be fully investigated by the principal or designee assigned to do so.

Investigation Procedures:

All reported and observed acts of bullying and harassment will be investigated by Sacred Heart Catholic School personnel. The following guidelines outline the general investigative procedures, however, the specifics for individual investigations may vary depending upon circumstances.

§ An administrator or designee is responsible for investigating reports of bullying or harassment. Reports will be directed to his/her attention, and an investigation will be initiated within three business days.

§ Parents of the targeted student(s) and of the alleged bully(s) will be notified as soon as enough information has been gathered to provide basic information to one or both parents.

Investigations may include but are not limited to:

  • Interviews with all affected students including witnesses, bystanders and adults with potential knowledge of the reported incident. Depending on the situation, an outside investigator may be hired.
  • Written statements from all parties having pertinent information, depending on age level of students.
  • The collection and review of any evidence such as notes, recordings, images or affected properties.
  • Notification of law enforcement when there is sufficient reason to believe a criminal act was committed, if reporting is required by Statute, or the school believes it is essential to maintaining a safe and orderly environment.
  • Periodic updates to parents of the targeted student(s) and the alleged bully(s).
  • Updates will be provided to staff with a need to know basis.
  • Updates and contacts included in investigative reports with parents of all affected parties notified, as appropriate to the circumstances, of the findings and determination related to the report of bullying or harassment.
  • A summary of findings indicating the report of bullying or harassment was either “Substantial,” Unsubstantiated,” “Reclassified,” or “Unfounded”


Upon completion of a bullying/harassment investigation resulting in findings that substantiate the allegation of bullying, the following responses will be considered based on the totality of the circumstances, including the severity of the behavior.

In unsubstantiated findings, where school personnel believe there will be a benefit in doing so, the following responses may be considered:


· Ongoing monitoring and contact that is both scheduled and unscheduled.

· Scheduled meetings with the student and possibly the child’s parent(s) to the degree deemed appropriate by school personnel.

· Scheduled meetings with the school counselor (gr. 6-8) to work on behavioral issues.

· Acknowledgement and remorse expressed to the victim of the behavior but only upon consultation with the victim and the victim’s parent(s).

· Participation in a Behavior Contract with identified objectives and consequences for violations.

· Notification to the student’s teachers of what has occurred for the purposes of any additional supervision or monitoring that might be necessary.

· Possibly suspension or expulsion.

· Other specific requirements as deemed appropriate by the school.


· Ongoing and scheduled meetings with the targeted student by appropriate school staff to assess how the student is adjusting and coping as well as to detect or acknowledge additional incidents of the behavior.

· Scheduled meetings with the targeted student and possibly the child’s parent(s) to the degree deemed appropriate by school officials.

· Option to meet regularly with the school counselor (gr. 6-8).

· Notification to the student’s teachers of what has occurred for the purposes of any additional supervision or monitoring that might be necessary.

· Other specific as deemed appropriate by the school.


No person shall retaliate against any person because the person has filed a bullying or harassment complaint, assisted or participated in an investigation, or opposed conduct that violates this policy. Any student found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to and including suspension, exclusion, or expulsion. Any school employee found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to and including termination of employment. Any school volunteer or parent/guardian found to have retaliated in violation of this policy shall be subject to measures up to and including exclusion from school grounds.

The school shall impose disciplinary actions on the bully/harasser, as outlined and consistent with the school’s student expectations and subsequent range of punishment.

Parents or Legal Guardian shall be held responsible for the behavior of their children as determined by law and community practice. They are expected to cooperate with school authorities and to participate regarding the behavior of their children.

Parent Teacher Conferences-Thursday, March 9 2:30-7:00 pm Please make an appointment (PreK-8th grade)

Parent teacher conferences are a great opportunity to share academic progress and growth based on classroom observations, assessments, assignments and time for parents to share their child's strengths, needs, behaviors, and learning styles.

Please note: Spring conferences are optional for parents. Please do not hesitate in signing up. We would love to share all the good things about your child.

Parents MUST sign up for a conference, PreK-8th grade. Go to SignUp to schedule your time.

If you have a 5-8th grader, you may sign up with any core teacher your child has.

Fish Fry Dinners-March 3, 10, 17, 24 Please use SignUp to Volunteer. Middle school students may also help for their service hours.

Our famous fish fry dinners are right around the corner and we need many helping hands to make it all possible. All proceeds benefit Sacred Heart Catholic School.

Volunteer opportunities will be posted this week on SignUp.

How can you help?

1. Thursday afternoon prep--3:00-4:30 pm. March 3 only--We need help from 12-2 pm.

2. Friday dining room-serve dinner and beverages to our guests and bus tables. We need some volunteers to arrive at 4:15 or 4:30 pm an others at 4:45-5:00 pm.

3. Friday dessert table-help at our dessert table. Time: 4:30-7:00 pm

4. Friday Scullery--help wash dishes using our dishwasher. Time 5:15-7:30pm.

5. STUDENTS-Our middle school students may earn their volunteer hours at our fish fry dinners. Grade 3-5th graders may help bus tables with a parent. Students must use Signup to help. Each Friday will have a limit of the number of students needed to help.

Time: 4:30-7:00 pm.

Gertens Spring Plant Information

Dates to order online: February 21-April 6. Closes at 10 PM.

Delivery date: May 10 1-5 pm

Plants Available: Hanging baskets, planters, annuals, perennials

**PLEASE NOTE: Quantities are limited on fundraiser items. If an item sells out, it will be marked sold out on the website and customers will not be able to continue to order that item. We encourage you to get your orders in early to avoid limited item availability!


Online orders only: Sacred Heart Store ID code---145

Read-a-thon March 13-24

We are gearing up for our read-a-thon on March 13. We are asking families to support this fundraiser to help us raise $13,000 for our playground. The cost of the playground is $48,000 and we only need $13,000 more! We can do it.

We are asking that families set up PledgeStar March 6-9th and students will be entered in a drawing on March 10th at 7:35 am. More details next week.

We are hoping to pay for our playground in April and install in June or July. We are going to do a community build playground with parent volunteers with two site foreman to guide us. This will save us a bunch of money. We really want this to happen. The students are so excited. Help us make their dream come true!

Congratulations to our STEM Science Fair Winners (Grades 5-7)

Grade 5

1st Place--Tony Drew

Liam Lahr

Logan Norgaard

Sophie Johnson

Special Award Winners

Molly Powell-Pristine Presenter

David Rivera-Full of Passion

Ryan Hillenbrand-Calm, Cool, and Confident

Sophie Bucsko-Dynamic Display

Grade 6

1st Place-Sam King

Gavin Johnson

Phillip Cunningham

Maggie Leonard/Sylvana Berry

Special Award Winners

Julien Bethea-Humanitarian Award

Aiden Jones-Inclusive Innovator

Josie Norgaard/Sugeyli Salazar-Most Bubbly

Parker McEnery-Personal Protection

Grade 7

1st Place Gus Nordstrom/Tyler Hillenbrand

Jameson Dempsey/Max Brytowski

Annaliese Harty/Noelle Brown

Declan Murphy/Tim Fisher

Special Award Winners

Ethan Powell/Jack Kramer-Best Medieval Weapon

Anna Weber Davis/Parker Olson-Interactive Display

Alexander Konecny-Future Engineer

Charlie Finley/Xavier Adams-Basketball Buddies

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Athletic fundraiser--Crystal VFW Steak Fry-March 8

Come out to the Crystal VFW on Wednesday, March 8th from 5-7 for a Steak Fry to support RAMS Athletics! $12 will get you steak, Texas toast, cole slaw, and a baked potato served to you by student athletes and parents.

The proceeds from this fundraiser help us purchase athletic uniforms.

Still looking for volunteers to help us make the night successful. If you wish to help, please let Lori Jandl know. Tickets may be purchased in advance. Send in your money to the school in an envelope marked Steak Fry-Lori Jandl. I will send your tickets home with your child!

March Hot Lunch Orders

Lunch ordering is open from now thru April 10. Menu changes were made to the following dates: February 22 (Ash Wednesday), Cheese Bread, and February 24, Cheese pizza.

February 27-March 3

****Gertens Plant sale is online. School code-145

Don't forget to sign up for conferences on March 9th.






5:30 pm PTC meeting


Chess Club



8:00 am School Mass

End of Trimester 2

Grades 6-8 at TG Show Choir 9:40 am

1:00 pm/7:00 pm Living Stations

4:30-7:00 pm Fish Fry

Upcoming Events

March 8 Steak Fry--Crystal VFW

March 9 Conferences-Please use SIgnUp to make an appointment, PreK-8th grade

March 10 No School Students-Staff Development Day

March 10 Fish Fry/Spaghetti Dinner

March 13 Report cards available on Educate

March 17 Fish Fry/Spaghetti Dinner

March 24 Fish Fry/Spaghetti Dinner

March 27-March 31 Spring Break

Sacred Heart Cenacle

Sacred Heart Parish is forming a prayer group, meeting on the first Saturday of the month. We will be praying for the conversion of our loved ones; children, grandchildren, relatives and friends.

Come join us in community on March 4th at 8:00 am Mass followed by the rosary to petition the Lord, our God and ask for the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. We will meet in the Marian rooms after Mass. Fr. Pedersen will be hearing confessions from 9:00-9:30 am in the church. Children welcome.

Attention all women business owners

Attention all women business owners or those who may know of a woman owned business in the community!!! Please join the Sacred Heart Council of Catholic Women for their 2nd Annual Celebrating Women Owned Business Expo on Saturday 4/22/2023 from 10 - 2 pm here at Sacred Heart Church. Registration is just $20 per table or $10 if you want your business card on a resource table and cannot attend in person. Contact Dianne Detloff for more information

Extreme Faith Camp-Grades 6-8

Extreme Faith Camp 2023 is coming! Any and all 6th-8th graders are invited to join us this June 26th-30th for Extreme Faith Camp! EFC is our annual Catholic summer camp focused on having kids grow in their personal relationship with Christ. This year we'll be heading to Camp Victory just outside Rochester for awesome games, amazing talks, ropes courses, 9 square, archery tag, laser tag, river tubing, Wacky Olympics, Mass, Confession, Adoration, and so much more! It's the best week all summer!

Registrations are due May 5th. Contact Matt Kruc at for more info and to sign up!
Parent Student Handbook 2022-2023

Read our school policies and procedures.

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.

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.