Chalk Talk

Chalk Talk
Serving the parishes of Sacred Heart and St. Benedict
November 2014
Sacred Heart School
Our mission is to form a Catholic community of faith and learning by living Gospel values,
promoting academic excellence, and serving those in need.
Thanksgiving Mass
On Tuesday, November 25th, the families and staff of Sacred Heart School will
celebrate a Thanksgiving liturgy at 7:00 P.M. at Sacred Heart Church. As in the past,
the children are asked to demonstrate their thankfulness for blessings received by
bringing a gift that will be distributed to “The Christmas Store”. This charity store is
located in Yankton and is a place where children, ages 3-12, can “shop” for gifts for
their family and will be open one day only, December 13th.
The gifts should NOT be wrapped and will be brought to the altar
during the liturgy. Some gift suggestions include: tools, cooking utensils,
jewelry, make up, toys, hats, hats with flashlights on them, gloves,
scarves, socks, slippers, t-shirts … Watch your student’s backpack for
more ideas to come.
In thanksgiving for our special friendships, Friends of Sacred Heart will serve
refreshments in the Sacred Heart Community Center following Mass.
Just in Case of Bad Weather…
We certainly hope that we won’t have bad weather, but unfortunately, winter
will soon be upon us. If school is canceled because of snow or inclement weather, it
will be announced using our new messaging system and over KYNT (1450), WNAX (570),
KVHT (106.3 FM) radio stations and both KELO and KTIV television.
Also on the subject of bad weather, please make sure your child comes with
the proper clothing (winter coat, hat, boots, gloves or mittens) to stay warm before
and after school as well as at recess time. The students will be outside if the air
temperature and/or wind chill is above 10 degrees at SHES or 0 degrees at SHMS.
It would be a great idea to mark all of your child’s belongings with his/her name so in
case they are misplaced, we can return them to their proper owner. We took lots of
nice winter clothing and boots at the end of last year to Goodwill because the items
were not claimed.
St. Sebastian Scholarship Fund
The St. Sebastian Fund has been established to provide financial assistance to
Catholic School students who desire to participate in non-sanctioned extracurricular
sporting activities. The scholarship is administered through the Catholic Foundation for
Eastern South Dakota. Application forms are available in the school offices.
Soup Luncheon a Great Success
This year’s Soup Luncheon was held on Tuesday, October 28th. It was a
great success, raising $1,847.46. The proceeds will go to “Operation
Christmas Child” and the Yankton Area Contact Center. We would like to
thank the many sponsors and everyone who attended for their generosity.
Reminder: There will be No School on Monday, November 10th (Conference Comp
Day) or Tuesday, November 11th (Veterans’ Day). Notices of conference times were sent
home on Tuesday, October 21st with the youngest and only child in each family. If you
did not receive one, please call Mrs. Rockne.
Principal’s Postings:
Thank you to Father Lange for his generous concert donation. Thank you to all
those who came to his concert and enjoyed his musical talents. The matching funds
have totaled over $25,000 for Sacred Heart School!
Thank you to The Sertoma Club and the Yankton Trustee Unit for providing
pumpkins to each elementary student PK-4. The students were very excited to take
the pumpkins home and start carving!
Congratulations to our top cookie dough sellers! Eighth grader Billi Jo Dayhuff was
the top seller and kindergartner Aracelli Aune was the runner up. Mrs. Carda’s
fourth graders will be having a pizza party in celebration of selling the most cookie
dough as a class. Sacred Heart School raised $17, 627.61 this year with the Classic
Cookie Dough Fundraiser! Congratulations and thank you for your support!
The Principal’s Summer Reading Challenge was a success! Sacred Heart students,
grades K-5th read 103,887 minutes. The K-3rd grade student runner up was Nicholas
Ambroson, reading 4060 minutes and the student with the most minutes read was
Laura Hunhoff reading 6,540 minutes. The 4th - 5th grade student runner up was
Cole Pedersen who read 7,880 minutes and the student with the most minutes read
was Isaac Bahm who read 8,766 minutes. All students who met the reading goal
were able to attend the “READ IN” on Friday, October 3. Pizza, fun and prizes were
had by all! Congratulations to all who participated! I can’t wait until next year’s
Conferences will be on Monday, November 3 and Thursday, November 6 from 48pm at both sites. Report cards will be given out the night of your child’s
conference. Babysitting will be provided at the elementary site in the music
room. Please check your child in and out with the adult in charge.
Excitement is in the air at Sacred Heart School! Staff, students and
Priests are attending the 125th Diocesan Mass in Sioux Falls on January
21. We are fundraising in efforts to provide transportation. During
Parent-Teacher Conferences and the Vendor Blender we will be selling
some wonderful religious items that would make great gifts for
Christmas and other events, courtesy of Dave Goeckner. Some of the
items are: Lego Nativity and The Last Supper, prayer books, statues, rosaries and much
more. We will be taking orders and money for these items during Conferences and the
Vendor Blender. Thank you in advance for your support!
Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser
There will be a Pancake Breakfast to help fund our bus trip to the
125th Anniversary All Diocesan School Mass in Sioux Falls in January. The
breakfast will be held at the Knights of Columbus hall on north Broadway
serving from 8:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M., on Sunday, November 23, 2014. The
menu includes pancakes, sausages and scrambled eggs. Free Will Offering.
We will need families to volunteer to work for 1-hour shifts. Contact either
Principal if interested.
50/50 Raffle
The teachers and staff of Sacred Heart School are excited to announce
that they are selling tickets for a 50/50 raffle again this year. Tickets are
$1 each or 6 for $5. The winner will be announced at the K-4 Christmas
Concert on December 4 and will receive half of the money raised. The
proceeds will be used to purchase a gift that will be auctioned off at the
2015 Gala. Need not be present to win. If you’d like to participate in the 50/50 raffle,
please be watching for a note to come home soon or contact Mrs. Brodeur or your
classroom/homeroom teacher. Thank you for supporting SHS and good luck!
Spiritual Adoption
Thank you for helping your child develop a deeper understanding of
God’s love of life. Please continue to pray this prayer with your child
daily: Jesus, Mary, and Joseph, I love you very much. I beg you to
spare the life of the unborn baby that I have spiritually adopted.
Third Month - November
I am about 3 inches long and I weigh 1 ounce, the same as five nickels and a penny. I can
squint, swallow, and move my tongue. Sometimes I take naps and sometimes I am
awake. I have fingernails and toenails and my own unique set of fingerprints. I can grab
something in my hand and hold tightly. Thank you for your prayers.
Speech Festival
The Sacred Heart Middle School Speech & Debate Club will participate in a
Speech Festival with Missouri Valley Christian Academy Monday,
November 17th. This year Sacred Heart Middle School will be the hosts!
Students in grades 6-8 will compete in the areas of Individual Speech
(humorous or prose), Paired Speech (humorous or prose), Reader's
Theater, and Group Improvisation. In the spring, students will participate
in debates. If you would like to donate treats (bars, cookies, etc.) for that
evening, please contact Mrs. Peterson. There is also a need for volunteers
to act as judges for the different events. Thank you to all who have helped
make this activity a success with supplies and donations!!
Thank you so much to all of the families who have chosen to support the
TSA Club this school year! With the growth in our school over the years, we have
gained more staff members, so your support is more important than ever. We always
have a need for more, so it's not too late if you haven't joined yet. The main purpose of
TSA is to support the hardworking teachers and staff of SHS and show them that we
appreciate the dedication and values that they bring to our children. The money raised is
divided and given to the staff as a Christmas bonus. The cost to join is a $100 donation
per school year, which adds your name to the monthly restaurant gift card drawing. You
may also join at the $150 level, which enters your name into the monthly drawing, plus a
separate Christmas drawing to win $100. Donations under $100 are also welcomed. We
also accept donations of $50 gift cards to Charlie’s Pizza House or Minervas.
Checks made out to Sacred Heart School TSA Club may be dropped off at either
school office. It is still not too late to be entered in all the monthly drawings. All
memberships received by Friday November 21st will still be part of the September
and October drawings, which will be drawn November 22nd. If you have questions,
contact Jill Kouri (668-2792 or [email protected]
Young Eagles Program at Sacred Heart Middle School
These Sacred Heart School 6th
grade students met their reading
goals and earned an airplane ride
through the Young Eagles program.
Back row (l to r): Dylan NeubauerKeyes, Grace Taggart, Chloe
Perakslis, Leila Schumacher, Kenzi
Covey and Emily Shuey. Front row
(l to r): Brooklynn Wintz, Paige
Gullikson, Halle Stephenson, Grace
Liebig and Leona Stastny.
Our 6th Annual Holiday Vendor Blender is on Saturday, November 15th
from 10-2 at the SHES gym. We will have over 30 booths with a wide
variety of products to offer. What a great opportunity to get some
Christmas shopping done! Bake sale items will also be available,
compliments of our Preschool and Jr. Kindergarten classes, along with Godfather's pizza
for lunch. Please note the attached flier which you can pass on or hang in your place of
business to help us promote this event! Thank you & Happy Shopping!
It's Bingo Time!!
Join us for food, fun and fellowship at the SHS
November bingo night! Bingo starts promptly at
6:30 on Friday November 21st in the Sacred Heart
Community Center. Pizza and refreshments are
available for purchase starting at 5:30. Wear
your favorite PAJAMAS and enter your name in the drawing
for prizes. It's a great way to spend your Friday evening
and support SHS at the same time.
Angel Tree
An ongoing tradition at Sacred Heart School, the Angel Tree gives parents an
opportunity to give teachers and staff a gift for their classroom or work area in
place of a Christmas gift. The teachers have written items of
varying costs, (all under $15) onto angels which are placed on a
Christmas tree in the entry way of each school. If you are
interested in participating in the Angel Tree, choose an angel off
of the tree, purchase the desired item, tape the original angel on
the gift and return it to school with your name written on the
Again this year, we are adding “Golden Angels”. Each teacher has written on
an angel a ‘larger ticket item’ they desire for their classroom. If you are
interested in purchasing an item from a “Golden Angel”, please see Mrs. Haberman
at the elementary or Dr. Mulhair at the middle school for these special angels as
they will not be placed on trees in the entryways at both sites.
As always, THANK YOU for your generosity and kindness this holiday season
and all year through.
Sacred Heart School
Perfect Attendance First Quarter 2014-2015
KB (Barger)
Madeline Abbott
Addison Brodeur
Andrew Budig
Claire Engel
Luke Feimer
Ava Girard
Lucy Johnson
Karalyn Koerner
Connor Schulte
Sophia Shudak
Eden Wolfgram
1F (Frank)
Sam Gokie
Ethan Marsh
Bailey Mines
Lilly Poeschl
Clay Stastny
Emily Tramp
Easton Vellek
Liam Villanueva
2H (Hunhoff)
Braxton Adams
Cedric Ekroth
Isabella Koerner
KK (Budig)
Remington Adams
Ben Bohlmann
Alexis Brenden
Bethany Huff
Alaina Nelson
Isaac Olnes
Sienna Wieman
1K (Krier)
Isabella Bisson
Kaden Hunhoff
Harrison Krajewski
Nora Krajewski
Sabrina Krajewski
Jack Pedersen
2J (Johnson)
Eleanor Johnson
Patrick Kralicek
Gina Nguyen
Hailey Schulte
Justin Stratman
Taylor Tucker
3A (Olsen)
Macy Drotzmann
Miles Krajewski
Claire Rembold
Katie Schulte
4B (Brodeur)
Gracie Brockberg
Timmy Campbell
Brielle Castillo
Ava Kohl
Cory Lucht
Garrett Nelson
Hannah Tramp
Devon Underwood
5G (Geigle)
Alex Cuka
Cora Schurman
3V (Vavra)
Gabi Campbell
Justin Conway
Joaquin Kolker
Presley Sedlacek
Trey Smith
4C (Carda)
Isaac Bahm
Adyn Brenden
Taryn Fitzgerald
Olivia Girard
John Rye
Dawson Vellek
5W (Wolles)
Tanner Becker
Gavin Fortner
Ellie Karolevitz
Kayla Marsh
Lizzy Schwartz
6K (Kjerstad)
Chloe Perakslis
Leila Schumacher
Grace Taggart
Molly Vornhagen
7K (Olson)
Mary Fanta
Payton Wolfgram
8E (Ekroth)
Morgan Buechler
Bryce Dangler
Catherine Perakslis
Madison Wubben
6R (Rolfs)
Christian Budig
Austin Frick
Simon Hacecky
Aron Kohl
7M (M. Olnes)
Billi Jo Dayhuff
Josephine Krajewski
Grant Nelson
Justin Payer
8P (Peterson)
Joseph Hebda
Nick Lehl
Erin McCarthy
Holly Medeck
Jessica Reinhardt
Yankton Catholic Community Foundation Office News
Scrip Program is Growing…
Are you saving on your tuition yet?
The Yankton Catholic Community Scrip Program has taken off
and is growing weekly in users. You can still get your Hy-Vee cards as
usual, but there are a bunch of other businesses that also participate in the
program. In many cases, the percentage of savings to you, the consumer, is
greater than it has ever been. We all need to shop for different items each
week and with a little planning, money you are already spending can work to
take dollars off your tuition; It’s free money! Even if your kids don’t attend
Sacred Heart School now, but will in the future, you can bank money towards
your tuition for when they do come! If you have an infant, you could be saving
up tuition for 5 or 6 years!
All you need to do to start saving on tuition today is to follow these simple
1) Fill out a little yellow post card designating where you want your
saving to go (available anywhere scrip is sold)
2) Fill out a SCRIP order form. These forms can be found at the
office of either school site, at either parish office, at the Yankton
Catholic Community Foundation Office, or at where you buy Scrip/HyVee cards after masses on Saturday afternoon or Sunday morning.
3) Write a check or submit cash with your order sheet which can be
dropped off at any of the locations named in step 2.
4) We will put your order together and have it ready for pick up ASAP
at any location you request.
Save money on tuition when you spend your SCRIP!
For those who are tech savvy you can also order SCRIP online at Just be sure to enter the Yankton Catholic Community as
your charity of choice and we’ll make sure your savings get applied to your
account. The enrollment code you will need is 1979F2B835751. If you have
questions about SCRIP online or about making large orders for a specific
purpose please call us at 605-665-4585 for more details! We have most SCRIP
offerings in stock at the Foundation Office so if you want SCRIP today, you
can stop by and get what you need during normal business hours.
Start saving today!
NEW SCRIP RETAILERS: DOMINO’S –can be used for carry-out or over
the phone for delivery and on 8% rebate! Coming soon—
PIZZA RANCH regular gift cards, also 8% rebate! Pick up a sheet to see what
else is new!
Rewards Runner
Another way to take advantage of SCRIP savings is shop with your
SCRIP cards on REWARDSRUNNER.COM. In many cases you can
DOUBLE your rebate by buying Scrip and using it on Rewards Runner. Look
for more details about this coming home in your child’s backpack with your
Scrip order form. Also, at the beginning of November we will be putting news
about Rewards Runner in the parish bulletin. As we approach Thanksgiving
and Christmas, using Scrip and Rewards Runner can double the rebate you
would normally get if you used Scrip alone! Look for more details coming
Gala 2015-The Secret Garden Gala…
The “Sweet 16” of the Sacred Heart Gala will be on
April 18th, 2015! Mark your calendar because all those
involved are working hard on some fresh and fun ideas for
this year’s event! One of our major goals this year is to
involve everyone in what is a huge effort of cooperation. It
takes all of us doing large and small jobs to make this awesome fundraiser
work and it is really important to the success of Sacred Heart School. The
Foundation Office has been calling new parents and parents who haven’t yet
been involved to invite them to join the fun and success that is the Gala. If
you’ve never been involved with the Gala or it’s been a while, come spend an
hour or two volunteering in some way and see what it’s all about! We greatly
appreciate all you do for Sacred Heart School; our families are what make this
school such an awesome place. Watch your emails, children’s
backpacks/folders and the Chalk Talk for upcoming Gala news!
Faith Formation Events:
Youth Rally for students in Gr. 6-12 on Sat. Nov. 15th in Brookings, SD.
The cost is $35 for students and $25 for parents. The conference goes from
11A.M. to 9 P.M.. Students must register through their parish.
Two well-known speakers will be presenting: Chris Stefanick & Leah Darraw.
Come join 1500 students for an amazing experience with Christ! Call Dave at
Sacred Heart or email him at [email protected] or Laura at St.
Benedict or email her at [email protected] . We will need parents to drive
and chaperone.
Sacred Heart Parish Mission
Chris Stefanick will be coming to Yankton for a Sacred Heart Parish
Mission from Nov. 12 – 14. Chris is a dynamic presenter for both youth
and adults. Parents and youth are encouraged to attend this and enter
more deeply into the Heart of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Watch the parish
bulletins for more info.
Empty Laser and Inkjet Printer Cartridge Recycling
Are you looking for a beneficial way to dispose of your empty laser and inkjet
printer cartridges? Both parishes collect them. Please feel free to drop them off
at either school or parish office. At Sacred Heart Church the cartridges are
recycled and the rewards money is used to purchase supplies and prizes for the
Religious Education program. Thank you!
SunnyD Book Spree
Please continue to clip and send labels from SunnyD juice to school by
November 26th! Each classroom that collects 20 UPCs from SunnyD will
earn 20 free books from Scholastic! What an easy way to earn books, along
with treating the kids! :)
For more information, go to Thank you in advance!
FOSH News Update
Fall Fundraiser: Congratulations to the top sellers of the Cookie Dough Fall
Fundraiser! What an outstanding effort! The top selling class was Mrs. Carda’s
4th grade class - $5851.00. They were the winners of the delicious pizza party! Our Top
Seller and winner of $50 was Billi Jo Dayhuff - $2,878.00 and the Second Top Seller
and winner of $25 was Aracelli Aune- $1,181.00. Your efforts this year raised
approximately $4,000.00 more than last year with a grand total of around $18,000.00!
What an amazing increase! THANK YOU to EVERYONE who sold cookie dough to
raise funds to support projects for Sacred Heart School. Many great things are
accomplished through these fundraisers for your school and our children's futures!
FOSH meeting: The first FOSH meeting of the year was held September 6th and the
second meeting was held on Oct. 27th. Despite all the activities going on during fall we
have been having a great turn out of about 30 people each time and the kids have really
enjoyed their fun passes due to their parent’s attendance. We had many fruitful
discussions regarding fundraising and upcoming projects for FOSH and we are
encouraged by the possibilities that lie before us this year! Make sure you mark your
calendars for the next meeting on Jan 19th, 2015 at the elementary gym. We are so
grateful to the middle school babysitters who watch over the future generation of Sacred
Heart School at every meeting! ‘Many hands make light the work!’
Thanksgiving Mass: The annual Thanksgiving Mass will take place on Tuesday,
November 25th @ 7:00 P.M. at Sacred Heart Catholic Church. Students will be
collecting items to give to a local charity. This event is sponsored by FOSH and
coordinated by the 4th grade class. Please come and give thanks for all the blessings
bestowed upon you and SHS this past year. Watch for upcoming announcements with
more details. God is gracious!
Parade of Lights: SHS will be participating in the Yankton Parade of Lights on Friday,
Dec. 5th @ 6:30 P.M. This FOSH sponsored activity is coordinated by the 2nd grade
class. Please participate and attend the parade to show your support of SHS and the
Yankton community. Watch for more details to come home in your student’s folder.
Friends of Sacred Heart School Meeting Minutes
Meeting held: October 27, 2014
Sacred Heart Elementary School Gym
Call to Order
President Therese Maderak called the meeting to order.
Prayer was led by Therese Maderak.
Minutes of last meeting were read and approved.
Treasurer’s Report –Jen Petersen
The current balance as of today is $22,946.36. There are still some outstanding costs in our
Old Business
 There was a trial run for the mass messaging system; everything went smoothly. If
you encountered any problems, or did not receive a notification please contact the
 Thank you to everyone who participated in the Classic Cookie Fundraiser! It was a
record breaking year. Prizes were given to the top two sellers and top selling class.
New Business
 There will be childcare both nights of Parent Teacher Conferences in the elementary
music room. If you are able to help please contact a FOSH officer.
 Jessica Woerner gave us an update on the Vendor Blender will be Saturday,
November 15, 2014 from 10 a.m. -2 p.m. Volunteers are needed for clean-up at
 The entire school will be attending the All Diocesan School Mass on January 21.
There are a variety of fundraising opportunities to help pay the expenses. One of
the fundraisers will be pancake breakfasts on November 23 and January 18 at the KC
Hall. We need volunteers to help on the November 23 breakfast.
 Mrs. Geigle secured a $300 grant from Catholic United Financial for a Smartboard
for the Middle School Art/Spanish room.
 We will find out about the Legends Grant in November. We have requested money
to put towards mats in the ES gym, portable volleyball system, and a basketball
backboard for MS.
 We will need six volunteers for the Ironkids Triathlon in Sioux Falls on June 13, 2015.
 Upcoming events include: November Bingo, Thanksgiving Mass & Reception,
Christmas Tree & Food Drive at the Mall, St. Nicholas Day, Parade of Lights, January
Bingo, and Swim and Gym. If you are able to volunteer for any events, please
contact a FOSH member or your student’s class teacher.
 Laura Haberman informed everyone that the sky wheel has been taken out of the
elementary playground due to safety concerns.
 It was mentioned that there is a Midcontinent Grant available to apply for once
every year.
Meeting Adjournment motion by Michael Schumacher adjourned the meeting, seconded by
Tamera Liebig.
Next Meeting
January 19, 2015 7:00 P.M. at Elementary School Gym
Recorded by Secretary Jessica Wolles
Dates to Keep in Mind
Nov. 3 (Mon.)
Parent/Teacher JrK-8th Grade Conferences 4:00-8:00 P.M.
(Preschool conferences are not held until the third quarter)
Nov. 4 (Tues.)
Election Day – Get out and Vote
Nov. 6 (Thurs.)
Parent/Teacher JrK-8th Grade Conferences 4:00-8:00 P.M.
(Preschool conferences are not held until the third quarter)
Nov. 9 (Sun.)
Knights of Columbus Family Breakfast – 8:00 A.M.-12:30 P.M. KC Hall
Come and join us for a great family feed!!
Nov. 10 (Mon.)
NO SCHOOL – Conference Comp Day
Nov. 11 (Tues.)
NO SCHOOL – Veterans’ Day
Sixth Annual Vendor Blender (see related article)
Youth Rally in Brookings for grades 6-12 (see related article)
Nov. 15 (Sat.)
Nov. 17 (Mon.)
Speech Festival Grades 6-8 (see related article)
5:30-7:00 P.M. Hosted by Sacred Heart Middle School
Nov. 18 (Tues.)
SHS School Advisory Committee meeting
– 6:15 P.M. – St. Benedict’s Conference Room
DARE Graduation 5:30 P.M. Sacred Heart Community Center
Nov. 21 (Fri.)
SHS Bingo in the Sacred Heart Parish Community Center
5:30 P.M. Pizza, 6:30 P.M. Bingo (see related article)
Nov. 23 (Sun.)
Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast – 8:00 A.M-12:30 P.M. KC Hall
Come enjoy breakfast and help to fund the bus trip to the
All Diocesan School-Wide Mass on January 21, 2015
Nov. 25 (Tues.)
Thanksgiving Mass at Sacred Heart – 7 P.M. (see related article)
Nov. 26 (Wed.)
Nov. 27 (Thurs.)
Happy Thanksgiving! – NO SCHOOL
Nov. 28 (Fri.)
Thanksgiving vacation - NO SCHOOL
Dec. 3 (Wed.)
Fall Anointing Mass at Sacred Heart Parish – 1:30 P.M
Dec. 4 (Thurs.)
SHES Preschool-4th grade Christmas Concert 7 P.M. Summit Theater
50/50 Raffle Drawing
Sixth-Eighth Grade Orchestra Concert
7 P.M. Yankton Middle School Gym
Dec. 8 (Mon.)
Fifth-Eighth Grade Middle School Band Concert
7 P.M. Yankton High School Main Theatre
Dec. 9 (Tues.)
SHMS Christmas Concert 7:00 P.M. Link Auditorium
Fifth-Eighth Grade
Dec. 18 (Thurs.)
Fourth & Fifth Grade Orchestra Concert
7 P.M. Yankton Middle School Lecture Hall
Dec. 19 (Fri.)
Christmas Vacation begins at 3:30 P.M.
Looking Ahead…
*** Don’t forget to buy your Hy-Vee/Scrip cards before you do your holiday grocery
shopping. YOU, your parish and the school will benefit from your purchase!! Have
you signed up for your tuition credit yet?!!