With July ending soon, it means that the new school year is right around the corner.  The first day of school for the 2023-24 school year is Wednesday, August 16.  The Sacred Heart Open House is Sunday, August 13 from 5:00-6:30.  It will be picnic style with food and refreshments.  This is an opportunity to visit your children’s classrooms and see our teachers.  This is also an opportunity for families to make a tuition payment for the new school year.

Our main project for this summer has been a new surface for the Sacred Heart playground.  The hope is that it will be completed by the Open House.  That depends on the weather and the installers.  We are fundraising this money.  One playground fundraiser going on currently is the Gift Card Raffle.  We are asking each family to donate a $25 gift card.  There will be three names drawn at the Open House.  Please donate a gift card if you haven’t so far. Just as important is for families and students to sell the raffle tickets.  The more we sell the more we raise.

With the new school year beginning, I would like to remind you how important it is for ALL our families to be generous volunteers throughout the school year.  Volunteering helps keep our costs down.  We need our crew of volunteers to grow so all our families contribute in this way.  Your tuition only pays about 30% of the total cost of educating your children.  The rest comes from fundraising, parish assessments, the Annual Fund, etc.  Volunteering helps with our expenses.  There are many ways to volunteer.  These are listed on the last page of the Student Handbook for the 2023-24 school year which is posted on the Sacred Heart website under Admissions.  Ticket takers, concession helpers, odd jobs, auction helpers, line judges, JH and HS referees, snow removal, activity bus driving, and working at fundraisers are some of the ways you can volunteer.

We will be doing Husker Seatbacks at home 2023 Nebraska Football games again this year.  There are seven home games and the spring game that we are committed to.  This year we will receive $95 per worker (this is a $20 raise!).  We will provide a bus for transportation and our hope is to have at least 55 volunteers at each game.  The money raised from the Husker Seatbacks will be used for the playground project.  Families or individuals can help.  It’s a good way to give to our school, enjoy a Husker game, and the money is coming from outside of Falls City.

Enjoy these last couple weeks of summer vacation.  We will see everyone soon.