31 March Virtual Backpack


  • April 4: Free will dress down day to support EPS. The only shorts allowed on a free will dress down day are uniform shorts.
  • April 5: NestFest Crazy Hat and Sock day.  Students going to mass will not be allowed to wear hats to church.
  • April 6-11: Easter Break.

April Menu

Duchesne Honor Roll  Congratulations to these Third Quarter recipients:  Highest Honors ~ Allison Cann, Elizabeth Glenn, Anne Maxwell, Ava Spicka and Kylie Troshynski.  High Honors ~ Kyra McWilliams.

NestFest What a great first week of Nest Fest!  Thank you to all of the families that have already created their PledgeStar account and have been turning in Pledge forms.  If you haven’t created your account yet, we encourage you to do so. It’s easy and has proven to be successful in helping us reach our goals. Stay up-to-date on all things Nest Fest via https://www.sjshsa.org/nest-fest-2023. A few key reminders and action items:

  • Complete T-Shirt surveys by Wednesday, April 5
  • Student Council Raffle – Tuesday, April 4 and Wednesday, April 5
    • Student Council will be selling raffle tickets ($1 each) for students to be entered into a drawing to be “Coach Moose” during an upcoming PE class.

Cereal Box Challenge
We challenge you to bring in cereal boxes! Isn’t it fun to watch dominoes fall? Third grade has a way to help others and have some fun too!  We are inviting each family or child to donate a full, unopened cereal box to the school. The third graders will set the boxes up like dominos outside and you can come watch the boxes fall. Our goal is 500 boxes that we will then donate to a local food bank. *Please bring boxes of cereal to 301 or 302 by April 4.

Uniform Shorts Students are able to wear uniform shorts starting on April 1st.  All uniform shorts for students in Grades 5-8 must have belt loops and a belt must be worn for those grade levels as well. You can visit the Dennis Uniform website if you have questions regarding uniform pieces. **The only shorts allowed on an out of uniform day are uniform shorts. 

Science Olympiad Our Science Olympiad team competed in the Bellevue Kiwanis competition last Saturday against at least 10 other schools, and we placed in 13 of our 19 events!  Congratulations to the following students for the awards they received:

6th Place:  Lou Smith for Solar System.
5th Place:  Lou Smith and Nicole Hemmen for Anatomy & Physiology, Nicole Hemen for Experimental Design and Elana Peklo & Evie Riedemann for Green Generation.
4th Place:  Evie Riedemann & Mary Potmesil for Crime Busters.
3rd Place:  Marin Rohan for Roller Coaster, Drew Hayford & Darius Vaughn for Crave the Wave and Nicole Hemmen & Caleb Vanis for Rocks & Minerals.
2nd Place:  Dylan Sullivan for Bio Processes Lab, Elana Peklo for Sounds of Music, Lou Smith & Nicole Hemmen for Write it, Do it and Tyler List & Harrison Gamelin for Wheeled Vehicle.
1st Place:  Darius Vaughn & Drew Hayford for Fast Facts.

SJS Track competed in the College of St. Mary’s meet this past weekend.  There were 10 teams competing in all.  Congratulations to these SJS students:
Ryan Goldsmith ~ 4th place long jump, 1st place 60m dash.
Mary Penny ~ 1st place 60m dash.

Drop Off  Why not try the drop off lane?! There are two drop off options in the morning in front of the school and on Tomahawk. The 4th quarter is a good time to give your student some independence and let them walk into school themselves via the drop off lanes. Thanks for considering this option.

Gilbride Scholarship Application  The SJS Athletic Association is now accepting scholarship applications. $500 scholarship will be awarded to one 8th grade boy and one 8th grade girl who have participated in athletics through the SJSAA or the SJEAYSC, and will be continuing their education at an Omaha-area Catholic High School. Applications are due April 5, 2023. Please visit the athletic association website for information on how to submit your application:   https://www.sjsathletics.com/rick_gilbride_memorial_scholarship/scholarship-forms/

Confirmation Reception  The Home and School Association sponsors a Confirmation Reception after the Confirmation Mass for all of the newly confirmed and their families. Cake, cookies, and refreshments are served in the parish center following the mass. It is a tradition that the current 7th grade (and younger) families volunteer by bringing an item or helping out the night of the event. There is only one confirmation mass this year on Friday, April 21st at St. James. Please sign up to help using the link below. If you have any questions email Jill Kreikemeier at learnpraylove@gmail.com.  https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080D48A5A929A1F85-confirmation

Help Needed!  Cafeteria needs help in March with washing trays. If you can help please go to iVolunteer @ https://stjamesseton.ivolunteer.com/cafehelp_2023 to get signed up.  

Parent Participation  See the attached flyer for a reminder of the guidelines and how to log your hours.

Home and School  New volunteer opportunities available. Don’t miss out!
Sign up here to support Nest Fest and Eagles Wings luncheons.

Yard Signs  There are still SJS yard signs available. If your yard has a good space to advertise for SJS, please contact the school office.

Summer Camps  Mercy High School for girls in Kindergarten through 8th grades will be offered in June and July of this summer.  We will be offering Volleyball, Basketball, Soccer, Softball & Show Choir camps.  Go to https://www.mercyhigh.org/happenings/ for further information about each camp!
Faith. Family. Future.