Principal’s News & Notes

Dear Sacred Heart Cathedral School Family,snow

Thank you for all of your good wishes and support as we move into 2018.  It is always nice to see everyone’s enthusiasm as we begin our third quarter and new year.  We have many events before spring break.  The last week of January, as always, we celebrate Catholic Schools Week, beginning with grandparents’ day on Friday, January 26 at 8 am. Mass.  The rest of the schedule is at the end of this letter.  Then we have our second round of MAP testing.  The students will be able to follow their progress and see improvement in their learning.  This will also take place near the end of January.  The first week of March is the week of Iowa Assessment testing, then our second student led conference will be held before spring break.

On a tragic note, one of our school families experienced a fire this past weekend which gutted their home.  Thankfully, they escaped, along with their pets and are safe and well.  While their possessions can be replaced, this is a devastating loss.  Student Council will kimbellbe hosting an out-of-uniform day on Wednesday, January 17th for a monetary donation of $2 or more.  Thank you for supporting our efforts to help this family.

Blessings to you as we join together and celebrate Catholic education,

Elizabeth and Dave


January 26 – Friday: Celebrating Family Tradition – “Grandparents Day”

  • Parents and Grandparents are invited to School Mass at 8:00
  • Grandparents are invited to play games with Grandkids. (9:00-11:00 am – all grades)
  • Book Fair available
  • Photo booth with grandparents in gym, Ave Maria Hall, or outside (weather permitting)
  • Geography Bee at 1:45 pm.

January 28 – Sunday: Celebrating Your Parish

  • Opening Mass at 8:00 am.  Students, please wear your school uniform.  8th graders, please wear your leadership uniform
  • Pancake Breakfast in SHCS Gymnasium after 8:00 Mass on Sunday

January 29 – Monday: Celebrating Community and Volunteers

  • Appreciation Breakfast for first responders in the community – Gym, 8:30 am.
  • Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon –  12:30 pm in gym
  • Buddy classes will be preparing meals for Loaves & Fishes
  • 100th Day of School

January 30 – Tuesday: Celebrating Students

  • Students may dress up as their favorite book character!
  • Hourly “Dance to the Music” over the loudspeakers
  • Family Feud competition in the gym
  • No Homework! (all students)

January 31 – Wednesday: Celebrating our Nation

  • Students will be singing patriotic songs at morning assembly.
  • Veterans and all community members who have ever served in the military are invited to attend our morning assembly and flag ceremony

February 1 – Thursday: Celebrating Vocations

  • Mini-retreat by James Redding for middle school (1:00pm) with Adoration to follow
  • Students wear goofy socks for picture to send to the Bishop
  • Writing letters to seminarians and religious

February 2 – Friday: Celebrating Faculty

  • Parents and Parishioners are invited to join us for school Mass at 8:00 am.
  • StuCo attends Mass at Catholic High with lunch to follow
  • Volleyball Game (Faculty vs. 8th Grade) in the parking lot at 1:45 pm

We thank you for being a part of our wonderful school family and all you do to support Catholic Schools.

Stock the Food Pantry

Our November mission is to stock the food pantry for Thanksgiving.  We are asking the classes to bring the following items:

  • Pre-K & 5th: rice, gravy mix, dry beans
  • K & 6th: stuffing, mashed potatoes, mac and cheese
  • 1st & 7th: soup, canned vegetables
  • 2nd & 8th: cranberries, pumpkins, canned fruit
  • 3rd & 4th: peanut butter, jelly, spaghetti sauce

Angel Tree Mission

Angel-Christmas-TreeAs we immerse our hearts and thoughts into this Advent Season, we are reminded of the many blessings we have been given.  The Student Council’s Advent project is to identify several families on the Angel Tree at Sacred Heart Cathedral Parish.

We have identified three families who include 12 children.  It is our goal this Advent season to collect money so we can provide presents for these children.

We are asking for monetary donations, which we will be collecting until Friday, December 9, 2016.

Once the money is collected, student council members, teachers, and representatives will shop for the presents requested.  We will then wrap the presents and bring them to church at our liturgy on Friday, December 16.

We thank you, in advance, for your participation in this project.


Student Council Officers and Representatives

Vocations Mission


The Vocations Mission is a program that encourages prayers throughout our school.

Every week, during our school Mass, a family will take home the Vocations Cross and the Vocations Prayer. Every night for a week the family will pray the prayer for vocations together.

The cross will be returned to school the following Thursday, but families are asked to keep the prayer card as a gift from the Student Council. Please continue to pray for vocations.

Please download and print this form. You can either e-mail the form to David Smith, the Student Council Chaplain, at

or have your child return the hard copy form to his or her homeroom teacher.

Student Council will provide a schedule for vocations families as soon as possible.


Thanks so much! God bless,

David Smith

Student Council Chaplain, 2016-17


Alpha Center Mission

Dear Sacred Heart Cathedral School Families,


This year our Lenten Mission is providing the Alpha Center with goods for “mommy and baby.” We are hoping to “shower” this wonderful agency with much support. These are the items we would like to ask each buddy class group to provide/donate:

  • Pre-K/5th: maternity clothes, baby wipes
  • K/6th: preemie sleepers, baby wipes
  • 1st/7th: newborn sleepers, newborn diapers
  • 2nd/8th: toddler clothes (spring and summer clothes, sizes 2T-5T), baby bottles
  • 3rd/4th: preemie clothes, preemie diapers

There are other large items that the Alpha Center are in desperate need of. If you are able to donate any of these items, it will be greatly appreciated:

  • Pack N Play Play Yards
  • Car Seats
  • Cribs (NO drop side cribs)

Thank you in advance for helping those in need,

Sadie Goyins

SHCS Student Council Secretary