Morning Message

May 27, 2020

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May 26-May 29th, the 79 metro area Catholic grade schools celebrate Parent Appreciation Week. Sacred Heart Catholic School wants to thank YOU for your role in distance learning and show appreciation for your continued partnership with your children's education.

The Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE) organized the week to include billboards around Minneapolis and St. Paul, a music video parody posted below, distance learning "diplomas" sent to thousands of Catholic school parents, and a social media splash encouraging students to show extra love to their parents like doing extra household chores.

Watch the principal video posted below. I can't carry a tune but I would do anything to THANK YOU for your dedication to Sacred Heart! We LOVE our parents.

We have your "diploma" and we will make sure all parents receive.

YOU are the champions Catholic school parents

Thank you to our School Advisory Council members

I would like to thank our eleven SAC members for providing support and advice to Fr. Pedersen and I all year long. We met each month to discuss policies, budget, marketing and development, and strategic planning.

Kate McNeil, co-chairperson

Reedus Berry, co-chairperson

Amy Satterfield, secretary

Monica Thibault

Robert Hutchinson

Katherine King

Bob Brytowski

Megan Antoine

Rebecca Lahr

Alicia Nordstrom

Mary Daugherty, business administrator

***We say good-bye to Monica Thibault, serving seven years on the committee.

***We welcome Molly McGraw Healy to our committee next fall.

Thank you to our Parent Teacher Committee for providing school spirit to our teachers and parents and students

Our Parent Teacher Committee plans many events to support our school and families. They help organize our Back to School Night, Marathon, Santa's Workshop, Read-a-thon, teacher conference dinners, teacher appreciation, end of year teacher lunch, Catholic Schools Week, and so much more. Thank you everyone!

Wendy Krause, president

Kindiss Stiller, treasurer

Lisa Condoluci, secretary

Katie Gooley

Beth Hillenbrand

Brea Buettner-Stanchfield

Brenna Johnson

Elizabeth Perpich

Elizabeth Quizhpi Paucar

Erin Leonard

Frances de Kooker

Jessica Norgaard

Kassandra Supalla

Kelly Cunningham

Kris Murphy

Margaret Anderson

Margaret Bigham

Sara Worthington

Tanya Chukwu

Sarah Svien

****Please consider joining this great group in fall. We will have a table set up at Back to School Night.

RAMS Athletics

It's hard to believe that we are already planning for the 2020-2021 sports' season. I am looking for coaches early this year. Mrs. Bowback has added the coaching spots to the SignUp page for next school year. If you are interested in coaching, please let me know and then sign up on the website.

Any questions, please email Lori Jandl at

Coaches needed:

Volleyball (2 for B squad/2 for Varsity)-September-October

Cross County (2 coaches)-September-October

Soccer(Co-ed) (2 coaches)-September-October

Boys Basketball (2 for B squad/2 for Varsity)-November-mid January

Girls Basketball (2 for B squad/2 for Varsity)-Mid January-February

Softball (2 Coaches)-April-May

Baseball (2 Coaches)-April-May

Yearbooks are available

Our school yearbooks are in! Thank you to Ms. Smith and the 8th grade students for designing our yearbook.

Parents have 3 options to purchase:

1. Stop by the office on Tuesday or Wednesday between 8:30-2:00 pm.

2. Mail us a check in the amount of $20.20 which includes shipping to your house.

3. Stop by the parish reception desk Monday-Thursday between 9-4 pm. Please bring exact amount or a check. No change will be available.

Cost: $18.00.


We are incredibly grateful for our school parents and we are excited to honor YOU next week for Catholic Schools Parent Appreciation Week.

We appreciate your support and dedication.

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Calendar for May 26-June 3

May 26-29 Awards Day/Move-up Days/online class parties, and fun

May 27 8th grade last day/Online Awards for grades 6-8

May 28 Virtual Track & Field Day

May 29 Last day for students/Livestream school mass @ 9:00 a.m. with teachers---students watch from home

June 1 Students in grades 5-8----Families will set up a time on SignUp to drop off items/10 students at a time--Students come to school, drop off textbooks/devices/uniforms/clean out school and gym locker. Students only allowed in building, 10 at a time. SignUp will be ready soon.

Items to be returned:

Electronic device/charging cord: Grades 5-8

****We will store cinch saks for you if you wish.

Literature novels: Grades 5-8

Math books: Grade 7-8

Math supplies: Grade 6-----ruler, measuring tape, dice, protractor

Spanish book: Grade 6

Social Studies book: Grade 8

English book: Grade 5, 6, 7

*****School library books and Mrs. Hippen's novels from her classroom.

May 26-June 2 Pre-K-4th grade. Return library books--A bin will be placed by school door for drop off

Items to be returned:

Grade 2--SuperKids book/1st Communion book

Grade 3--Freckle Juice and Dinosaur Book

PreK-4th grade: Library books

June 2 8th grade Graduation @ 6:30 pm. We celebrate our 8th graders!

June 3 5:00-6:00 pm Farewell Parade on Hubbard Ave. Teachers will be spread out and families may drive by and wave at teachers. We will have ice cream treats for students. Save the date!!!!!

Donald's Uniforms

From Donald's Uniform:

We will be open for website orders and order pick-up June 1st-21st. If all goes as planned, we will open for in-store shopping June 22nd. We ask that families check our website for store hours before heading to either of our stores.

During the ongoing national health crisis, our priority is on the safety and well-being of our customers, employees, and community. I wanted to provide you with an update today on the preventative and precautionary measures we have implemented.

As your trusted uniform provider, we have instituted the following policies in our stores,

  • • All customer surfaces will be thoroughly cleaned and disinfected multiple times daily.
  • • Hand sanitizer will be available at both entrance and exit doors.
  • • Employees will wear face masks or face shields and gloves in some situations.
  • • We will limit the number of families who will be allowed in the store at one time.
  • • Plexiglass protection has been installed at the checkout desk.
  • • We will continue to offer online ordering and in-store will-call order pickup.

The challenges of supply chain across the country are approaching and will have some impact on our inventory deliveries. We are working very closely with our manufacturers to mitigate any delays of uniform items for your school. We would encourage your families to shop/place orders early and take advantage of our June Sale!

Also, in consideration of the safety of students and traveling employees, we regret to inform you that we will not be able to schedule any “on campus” uniform sales events during this back to school season. We will reassess as things normalize and will contact you with any future opportunities for on-site events.

We thank you for your continued support and understanding as we work through these challenging times

School Parade

As we close our the school year, the we would like to see your smiling faces and cheerful voices! In an effort to be together as best we can, the Sacred Heart Catholic School staff invite you to pack your SHCS Rams in the car and drive down Hubbard Ave. on Wednesday, June 3rd from 5:00-6:00 pm.

Students are encouraged to wear SHCS spirit wear, make a sign or two, and parade by to see teachers and staff. We will be standing in front of the school, keeping our social distancing of 6 feet. We ask that you start the line at 37th and Hubbard Ave. and travel north down Hubbard towards church/school.

It would be helpful to follow this schedule with family last names, if at all possible:

A-G 5:00 pm

H-M 5:15 pm

N-S 5:30 pm

T-Z 5:45 pm

All students and family members will remain in their vehicles in order to follow safe distancing guidelines.

We hope it will be an uplifting moment of joy for all as we wrap up the school year.

Information about re-opening SHCS in Fall

Dear Parents,

Thank you for your continued commitment to Sacred Heart Catholic School especially during these past few months. I am proud of our faculty and parents for embracing online learning with dignity and grace for the benefit of our students. It has been Sacred Heart’s goal to provide excellent education even under these extraordinary circumstances in unchartered territory for teachers, parents, and students. The teachers and I thank you and your students for the support provided as we end this school year on a positive note.

I want to keep you informed about next year and things we will be working on this summer. The temporary closure of our school building at the recommendation of Public Health officials for the remainder of the 2019-2020 school year has been a real loss for our Catholic school community. As we continue to witness all our Catholic schools carry on their extraordinary mission with remarkable success in these challenging circumstances, we nevertheless want to affirm that our Catholic school buildings in the Archdiocese will open as scheduled at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

At this time, we do not have any facts or information that would lead to a conclusion other than that school buildings will reopen. While student safety and physical well-being have always been a priority for our schools, this commitment to reopening Catholic school buildings in Fall 2020 brings with it unprecedented and evolving requirements for health and safety protocols and best practices that meet the goals of the latest Public Health recommendations. We need a unified and coordinated approach to how Catholic schools across the Archdiocese will deal with the reality of COVID-19 in the new school year.

The Archdiocese has created a Catholic Schools Task Force whose purpose will be to:

§ Coordinate messages on the opening of Catholic schools at the beginning of the 2020-2021 school year.

§ Author protocols on how to safely open buildings and structure the learning environment.

§ Develop contingency plans should a school be disrupted due to COVID-19 during the 2020-2021 school year.

§ Identify needed resources (funds, medical/safety equipment, etc.) that arise due to COVID-19 related to the guidance and protocols.

Please know that we have already started discussions here at Sacred Heart Catholic School on new protocols that will take place for the safety of all in our building. I will communicate with you regularly over the summer.

I am so thankful to have your family here at SHCS! Please do not hesitate to reach out to me anytime during the summer, for any reason.


Karen Bursey, Principal

Grading for Trimester 3

We made some adjustments to Trimester 3 grading due to online learning. The teachers and I realize that online learning has been difficult for the students and parents for many reasons. Teachers are not able to give their usual assessments during this time.

Note: Specialists include Spanish, music, art, technology, and physical education.

Grades for K-2

Teachers will be giving “Pass” or “No Credit” for all subjects: math, language arts, science, religion.

Specialists: Students will receive a "P" for Passing.

Grades for 3-4

Teachers will use standard-based grading for core subjects such as math, language arts, science, social studies and religion. Scoring will be 4 = Exceeds Standard, 3 = Meets Standard, 2 = Partially Meets Standard, 1 = Below Standard, N/A = Not assessed at this time, or N/C for No Credit.

Specialists: Students will receive a "P" for Passing.

Grades for 5-8

Students will receive letter grades for core subjects such as math, reading, language arts, science, social studies and religion.

Specialists: Students will receive a Pass or No Credit.

Return of books for grades K-4 (May 26-June 1)

Bins will be placed in the entry way to safely drop off your books.

Items to be returned:

Grade 2--SuperKids book

Grade 3--Freckle Juice and Dinosaur Book

PreK-4th grade: Library books

Read-a-thon 2020 UPDATE

As of today, we have received pledges in the amount of $8578.00.

(Note: This includes those that paid their fundraising in full.)

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.