April  22 News

“A humble soul does not trust itself, but places all its confidence in God.” St. Faustina

I hope that Easter has been a joyous celebration and that you have been celebrating all week! The Octave of Easter ends this Sunday on Divine Mercy Sunday. I went to Poland in 2016 for World Youth Day and visited St. Faustina’s Convent (with about one million other youth). The saints can really inspire us to change and grow.  I hope your Lenten journey will continue as you celebrate the 50 days of Easter.

The past three days, I have been on an accreditation team visiting another Catholic School. It is good to see how others do things, be reminded of what we need to focus on and just celebrate all that Catholic Schools do! It is that time of year that I hear myself saying frequently, change is hard but change is good. I recently accepted Mrs. Kathleen Hess and Sr. M. Benedicta’s resignations from classroom teaching at Sacred Heart of Jesus. Mrs. Hess is discerning how she will use her tremendous gifts to work with students and Sr. M. Benedicta has been transferred within her order to take a new teaching assignment. We can never measure the impact people have no matter how long they have been here. I know that I have been inspired and learned a lot from both these women in many ways. Please join me in thanking them for their love of and dedication to Sacred Heart of Jesus Catholic School.

I like, St. Faustina, place all my confidence in God as our team discerns and finds new people to continue to improve SHOJ school. We are still finalizing some of the positions, but have three really great people already lined up. David Gaustad will be teaching science in middle school. He is a second career teacher (from nursing) who student taught here this semester. Patty Judd, a Benedictine graduate this year will be assigned to K or 1 depending on the other hire. Tristin Martin will be teaching 2nd grade, transferring from another Catholic School with 4 years of experience (2 in second grade). Finally, thank you for all you do to support all the great teachers we have at Sacred Heart. We know that teaching is a vocation that takes dedication and a lot of hard work. We are blessed with great faithful people who love their jobs and make our community great. We look forward to celebrating all these great teachers the first week in May during teacher appreciation week.

I will post St. James’ Summer camp flier in the documents section of the website. I look forward to seeing many of you at Brown Bottle Saturday – I am really excited about my hat!

Remember that we have a half day of school on Thursday (11:30 dismissal) and no school on Friday.

We are Called, 

Kathy Rhodes