Annual Events and Activities:


Back to School Picnic/Open House:  Held annually the week before school starts to welcome new and returning students and their families to a new school year at SHAS.


Grandparents Day/Book Fair:  A combined event where Grandparents and parents are invited to join the students for Mass followed by a celebration luncheon at school.


Work-a-thon:  This is the school’s first major fundraiser of the year, which is usually held right before MEA weekend in October.  Students solicit pledges prior to the event and then earn them by completing a service project.  This is a major opportunity for parents or grandparents to work with their children and earn volunteer hours while doing something that benefits their community.  Students have the opportunity to win individual and school wide prizes. Our goal is to raise $10,000.


Fall Dinner:  SHAS students and staff support Sacred Heart Church and St. Michael’s Church by attending Fall Dinners and/or helping serve lunch.


Veteran’s Day Program:  Family members and the public are invited to salute and honor retired and active service men and woman on Veteran’s Day at the school.  Students perform and sing, and a guest speaker will address the audience.


Knights of Columbus Calendar Raffle: The Knights of Columbus Council 1801 annually create a Sacred Heart Area School Calendar / Raffle to be sold by the students.  The majority of the profits are then donated to the continued operation of the school.


Advent Season: SHAS students gather together each week during Advent to learn and celebrate this season.


Craft/Bake Sale: SHAS staff arranges this extra fundraiser for our school. Parents donate baked goods and consignors rent spaces.


Christmas Program: Grades 1-5 perform in an afternoon and evening program at the church or the school auditorium. Pre-school and Kindergarten students also perform in the evening program. Family and community members are invited and refreshments and cookies are served afterwards.


Carnival: This is the school’s second major fundraiser. The public is invited, and students and families are expected to participate the day of the carnival. This event is annually held at the school in late January or early February. Students are required to sell Catholic United Financial raffle tickets, and the top three students who sell the most tickets are rewarded with scrip money or a prize designated by the carnival committee. Parents, students and staff volunteer to help with games and concessions. Some of the fun activities are as follows: minnow races, PLINKO, BINGO, face painting, grab bags, etc… Tickets are purchased to participate in these games. 


Catholic Schools Week: Kick-off Catholic Schools Week with Mass at Sacred Heart and St. Michael’s with meals following. Themed days filled with fun activities including dress up days at school, money or supply drives for charities, card decorating, thank you cards, Knowledge Bowl, book drive, tractor pull, ice cream social. A press release is submitted to the local newspaper.


Lenten Season: SHAS students and staff gather together weekly to learn and reflect on the Lenten season.


Lent Fish Fries:  SHAS students and staff help cook and serve fish in the church basement every Friday evening during lent.


Spring Blast: This is the school’s third major fundraiser. Parents, volunteers and alumni decorate and set-up school for evening dinner with live and silent auction, and to play games of chance. Goal is to raise $50,000.


Preschool-Kindergarten Round-Up: Welcome families with pre-schoolers and upcoming Kindergarten students to visit and gather information on our school and the programs we offer and ask them to join our Sacred Heart family.


Spring Field Trips:  SHAS students participate in several fun and educational field trips in the spring.


Triple A/Book Fair: Arts, Academics and Awards is held in conjunction with a spring book fair. Students participate in their choice of activities by creating and displaying art projects, demonstrating academics, or performing for the students, staff and families of the community.


End of School Picnic and Kindergarten Graduation: Celebrate the last day of school with Mass and a picnic immediately following with students, staff, friends and family. Congratulate the kindergarten class as they perform a play and receive their graduation certificate.


Popcorn in the Park: Students sell popcorn during a summer concert series in the Great Northern Park held on Sunday evenings in July and part of August.


Summer Garage Sale: The annual Garage Sale is a success due to the efforts of dedicated families, staff, church members, public and alumni. The 2 or 3 day sale is held at the school and in the alley between the school and rectory in late June. Public donations are accepted. Volunteers are asked to set-up and work. All proceeds from the sale are donated to SHAS.  Goal is to raise at least $5,000.


Railroad Days Games: Staff and students offer games outside the school during Railroad Day activities that are used to raise money for the school.


Railroad Days Parade: Staff and students plan, create and participate in sponsoring a float in the annual Railroad Days Parade to promote the school.



Other Events and Activities:


Community Dance: This is a fun event for students held a few times a year, which raises funds for purchasing technology, pays for field trips, etc… for our school. Public school students and the community are invited.  Concessions are sold at the dance, including popcorn and pizza.


Public Preschool Round-Up: This is a bi-annual event that is combined with the Staples community and is held at Centennial Auditorium. This event is sponsored by the MOMS Club.