Principal Letter 1/10/2020

January SLE – Excellence in Academics:  This month our focus is on learning, and the effort we put into our growth as students.  The expectation is that each and every student strives to a level of personal excellence.  We will not all earn straight A’s, or achieve perfection on tests, but we will strive to reach our personal potential as a learner.  God blessed each of us with an incredible gift of mind and intelligence.  He would not have given us these gifts if He did not expect us to use them.  We will do this for His glory.

 Dear Parents,

Welcome back!  I hope that everyone enjoyed a wonderful and blessed Christmas and New Year.  My family had a really nice break.  We took some time to watch some movies, play games, and work on puzzles.  The weather didn’t give us much opportunity to play in the snow, but I certainly appreciated not having to shovel my driveway over the break!  It is great to be back at school with students and staff, but waking up early has been a challenge for me this week!

I want to say thank you for all of the precious cards and gifts I received from students and families!  I feel so blessed to be at this amazing school, and your generosity and recognition means the world to me.  Thank you all for your kindness!

I want to recognize several of our students who received awards before the Christmas Break.  Two of our 8th grade students were selected to receive the Sterling Humanitarian Award this year.  Rachel Maust & Seiya Thompson received the award and scholarship money that goes toward fees at Bishop Kelly High School.  Both of these students are wonderful members of our school community, great student body leaders, and are very deserving of this award!  Congratulations to Rachel & Seiya, and their families!

The Knights of Columbus also selected their winners for the “Keep Christ in Christmas” Poster Contest.  There are three age categories, and the Knights give a first through third place award in each category.  This year’s winners are:

Grades K-2: (1st) Keira Nichol (2nd) Isaiah Lott (3rd) Maialen Bentz

Grades 3-5: (1st) Eva Duncan (2nd) Aniyah Martinez (3rd) Lanie Edwards

Grades 6-8: (1st) Jacquelyn Maness (2nd) Eliana Stephens (3rd) Veronica Peterson

Congrats to all of our Sacred Heart winners!

Please make sure your students come to school dressed for the weather conditions.  It’s looking like we may get some winter weather coming our way.  Jackets, hats, gloves, and snow boots are a good idea, especially when it gets snowy.  Girls are allowed to wear long uniform pants on Mass days during the winter and may also wear solid white, navy, or black tights or leggings with their skirts. 

Speaking of our children’s dress, please make sure uniforms fit and are in good repair.  Check to make sure skirts and jumpers are proper length as well.  We want everyone to look sharp and be focused on learning while they are here.  Also, as a reminder, sweat pants/athletic pants are not acceptable on free dress days.  Even though students are allowed free dress, we want them to look nice and be in a frame of mind for learning and engagement.  Also, tights/yoga style pants are not acceptable for young ladies.  Thank you!

Students preparing for First Communion will be making their first confession this Saturday.  Please join me in praying for this group of students, as this is a big step in their faith journey.

This week is the beginning of the 3rd quarter, which means our students came back from break with a fresh start.  Second quarter report cards will come home in the family envelopes today.

We have all kinds of basketball going on right now!  Boys in grades 5 & 6 started their school season this week, as well as boys in grades 7 & 8.  We also have 7th and 8th grade teams getting ready to start practicing for the upcoming Hallissey Invitational Tournament.  The Hallissey Tournament is an annual tournament for 7th and 8th graders.  It is hosted by Sacred Heart, and we invite teams from Catholic schools and parishes from around our diocese to come to Boise and participate.  We host Mass for all of the players and families, have a dance for all of the participants, and enjoy a weekend full of great basketball.  This is the 57th year of the tournament, which was started by Msgr. James Hallissey, who was our Sacred Heart pastor and founder of our school.  This year’s tournament will take place February 28th – March 1st.  I invite you all to join us for a great weekend, and inquire as to how you can get involved.  It takes A LOT of volunteers to put a tournament like this together.  For information on how you can help, please inquire at the front office, and we can put you in touch with the tournament organizers.

God bless you and your family in this New Year!

In Christ,

Brock Carpenter