Burt Street News - February 6

Important News in this Issue
Happening at DASH
  • Parent-Teacher Conferences 
  • Student Wellness
  • Blood Drive
  • RCC Swim Volunteers
  • Senior Service
  • Nat'l Honor Society
  • ACT Prep & Testing
  • College Planning Meetings
  • Events & Opportunities
Campus Ministry
  • Parent/Daughter Retreat!
  • Father/Daughter Bowling
  • Parent Blook Club
  • District Champions! 
  • Upcoming sports schedule
Burt Street News is a weekly newsletter for the Duchesne Academy community. 

Please send any email address changes or news to: [email protected]

We are guided by the 5 Goals and Criteria of Sacred Heart education. Learn more about them here. 

Happening at DASH

  • Feb. 8
    • Parent Association Meeting
  • Feb. 10
    • Blood Drive @ DASH
  • Feb. 17
    • NO SCHOOL 
    • Parent-Teacher Conferences 

Parent Teacher Conferences

Friday, February 17th 10 AM – 6 PM

The Pick-a-Time scheduler will open on Friday, February 10th at 7 AM.

You will receive instructions on how to schedule conferences via an email from Dr. Hickman on Thursday, February 9.

Progress Reports for Quarter 3 will be available to view on the IC parent portal by February 7th.


Self-regulation: What is it and why is it important?

From Principal Dr. Laura Hickman

Duchesne students completed a Panorama survey in December, and we reported in the January Burt Street News some areas of concern that we will focus on for our parent newsletter. Self-regulation is by far the lowest skill reported by our students and a vitally important skill for future success. “Self-regulation has become recognized for its foundational role in promoting wellbeing across the lifespan, including physical, emotional, social, and economic health and educational achievement. Self-regulation can be defined as the act of managing thoughts and feelings to enable goal- directed actions, including a variety of actions necessary for success in school, relationships, and the workplace. Supporting self-regulation development in youth is an investment in society, as stronger self-regulation predicts higher income, better financial planning, fewer risk behaviors like substance use and violence, and decreased health costs.”

There are major brain changes in the adolescent brain that make intervention at this age exceedingly important for our children. Try this at home: step in when your daughter is having trouble managing her emotions by helping her calm down, breathe and then decide what to do next.


“Support, coaching, and modeling are provided to facilitate a youth’s ability to understand, express, and modulate their thoughts, feelings, and behavior” Step into those moments when your daughter is not managing her emotional reaction.” (More here)

Lisa Damour, the author of Duchesne Parent Association quarter one book club read suggests that the adults helping a child develop emotional regulation allow her to calm herself before beginning the reasoning process. Dr. Damour has a ‘glitter jar’ on her desk—a simple jar of water and glitter—that she shakes up and leaves in front of the upset student until the glitter settles. This is enough time to allow the activated fight/flight of the teenage endocrine system to slow down and allow the higher brain, reason, to reactivate and begin to problem solve. This is where our role as trusted adults becomes vital as we support, coach and model a more productive reaction to the problem.


Duchesne Blood Drive

Duchesne Academy and the American Red Cross are hosting an upcoming blood drive.

Please join our lifesaving mission and schedule an appointment today!

Drive Details:Site: Duchesne AcademyAddress: 3601 Burt St, Omaha, NE, 68131Room Name: LobbyDate: Fri Feb 10, 2023Time: 08:00 AM - 02:00 PMBlood Program Leader Name: Amy BeckerBlood Program Leader Phone Number: 4025583800Click here to make an appointment

The need for blood is constant and only volunteer donors can fulfill that need for patients in our community. Nationwide, someone needs a unit of blood every 2 to 3 seconds and most of us will need blood in our lifetime.

Thank you for supporting the American Red Cross blood program!


RCC Swim Meet Volunteers Needed!

Duchesne is hosting the RCC swim meet this year!  This means we can make the meet feel as much like a home meet as possible for our swim team.

Saturday, Feb. 11
Ralston High School

We need gate workers to sell tickets and programs along with volunteers to help pass out awards. 

Click here to explore jobs and shifts! 
Thank you for considering!
Mrs. Amy Becker
Dean of Students

Senior Service Immersion Experience
Tuesday, February 21 – Friday, March 3

What: Seniors will serve the wider Omaha and global community for two weeks from 9:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m. each day as a full-time volunteer at a school, food bank, community garden, child resource center, shelter, elderly home, or another ministry.

Why: Our goals and criteria are real-world values Sacred Heart students apply to their lives beyond graduation. This experience provides opportunities for students to examine their gifts and limitations, foster their relationship with God, serve the common good, analyze injustice, initiate a life-long commitment to service, and contemplate their responsibility to create a more hopeful future. At the heart of the experience are encounters with both God and neighbor. It is our hope that these encounters will transcend barriers that have hindered us from living as one human family. As Pope Francis has written, “we have to progress toward this culture of encounter – in which heart speaks to heart.”


We need lunch help! 

We would love to spend lunchtime with you!  Please consider signing up to serve lunch to our wonderful students, faculty, and staff! Thank you to all who have already signed up and served! 

Sign up to help!


Duchesne + Winnebago

Students are collecting items until February 16th in Room 211!

A group of students from Duchesne is traveling up to the mission and would love your support! Here is a list of items that we are collecting! If you don't have time to get to the store, ask your daughter about the Venmo option!
Freshman: Shampoo/Conditioner
Sophomore: Toilet Paper/Paper Towels
Juniors: Body Wash/Razors
Seniors: Dish Soap/Laundry Detergent

St. Augustine Indian Mission School, rooted in Catholic Identity and Native American Culture, creates lifelong learners, assisting them to respect all life, become self-directed, and contribute positively to their community.

Click here for additional information about Saint Augustine School


National Honor Society Applications

Applications for the Duchesne Academy chapter of National Honor Society are open.  Students received an email with directions, directions are also listed on the NHS Canvas page. Applications include a resume and student statement of commitment. 

Members are required to spend at least 5 hours per semester in service to Duchesne. The focus of NHS service is tutoring fellow students which may require more time.  Membership is open to Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors who have an unweighted cumulative GPA of at least 3.0, are in good standing with the Dean’s office (no more than 2 detentions per semester) and have all their service hours completed. 

ACT for Juniors at Duchesne

FREE ACT practice for Juniors

February 7 and 9
February 14 and 16
March 14 and 16
March 21 and 23 

There will be a review of material on Tuesday and a practice of that section on Thursday.  All will be in the study hall.  By the end, the juniors will have their 2nd ACT practice test completed (the first was in October), and a good overview of tips from experienced Seniors.  The topics will be in the same order they appear on the ACT, English, math, reading, and science. Drop-ins are welcome, attend one or all sessions as your schedule allows!  Take advantage of this time with the seniors that are fresh off the ACT merry-go-round.


Help with your taxes

Creighton University is offering free tax filing help for families that qualify based on income. 

The Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (VITA) Program at Creighton University offers free help to individuals who have income less than $60,000 and need help preparing their federal and state tax returns.

MORE INFORMATION: https://www.creighton.edu/business/vita


Did you know Duchesne offers Family Individualized Tuition (FIT)?

FIT is intended to remove financial barriers to attendance at the school and make it more affordable for families to send their daughters to Duchesne. Many Duchesne families currently benefit from FIT. Families currently receiving financial aid are participating through FIT.

The FIT application process involves submitting financial and other relevant information to the school through FACTS. This information is then used to determine a sustainable rate of tuition for each family. The deadline for applying for FIT for the 2023-2024 school year is February 19, 2023, although applications may be accepted after the deadline if funds are available.  

If you are currently receiving financial aid, you have a FIT plan. As in prior years, you must reapply each year.

The school will provide a preliminary FIT determination letter by March 15, and any remaining documents must be uploaded to FACTS by April 15. 

Please visit this page on our website for more information about FIT! 



College Counseling
Please sign up for College Planning Meetings! 

*Additional date added for Junior Parents*

Mrs. Swanson will be hosting information sessions for parents this semester.

All Junior Parents are strongly encouraged to attend: 
  • February 7 @ 7:00 pm & February 17 @ 9:00 am (before parent/teacher conferences)
  • Click to sign up!
An introduction to college planning for Freshmen & Sophomore Parents: 

All sessions will be in the Performing Arts Center


Campus Ministry

Parent/Daughter Retreat

This optional retreat, for students and their parent/aunt/uncle/grandparent, is a way to grow together in faith, as well as connect with other families interested in doing the same. 
  • February 12, 2023
  • There is an optional mass at 12:30, and then the retreat runs from 1:00-3:15. 
  • Click here to RSVP!

Events and Opportunities

Events and Opportunities

  • Feb 12, 1:00-3:15: Parent/Daughter Retreat. There are 3 spots left, if you’d like to snag one RSVP or email [email protected]
  • February 18th: Silent Retreat – if interested contact [email protected]
  • St. Thomas Moore Retreat Center in Iowa has opened up its camps. “Two of these weeks are dedicated just for high schoolers (Week 6: July 9th-14th and Week 8: July 23rd-28th). We take a deep dive into the faith during high school weeks with speakers, members of religious life, Adoration, confession, small groups, and daily Mass. At the same, we also have all of the fun of a tradition summer camp with water inflatables, a high adventure course, gaga ball, an epic volleyball tournament, and more!” You can register here: https://stmcenter.com/registration.
  • See the new documentary about Medjugorje from Stella Mar Films at Westroads, the last showing is tomorrow February 7th.


Get involved in the Duchesne community! 

Father/Daughter Bowling! 

We are excited for a fantastic day of father-daughter bonding with our students and their parents. Please join us if you can by following the link below to RSVP.
Click to Register!

Parent Book Club

We invite you to join us for our upcoming DASH Parent Book Club discussion on Thursday, February 23rd from 7:00-8:30 p.m.

Our newest selection is pretty extraordinary…iGen: Why Today’s Super-Connected Kids are Growing Up Less Rebellious, More Tolerant, Less Happy and Completely Unprepared for Adulthood by Jean Twenge, PhD.
“Born after 1995, iGen is the first generation to spend their entire adolescence in the age of the smartphone. With social media and texting replacing other activities, iGen spends less time with their friends in person – perhaps why they are experiencing unprecedented levels of anxiety, depression, and loneliness.

But technology is not the only thing that makes iGen distinct from every generation before them; they are also different in how they spend their time, how they behave, and in their attitudes toward religion, sexuality, and politics. They socialize in completely new ways, reject once sacred social taboos, and want different things from their lives and careers.”

If you’d like to learn more about Dr. Twenge, take a peek at quick interviews of her work on iGen. You can purchase the paperback on Amazon for $10.44, or it is available at the library.

RSVP: Kelly Gering, [email protected] or 402.968.8996

Hope to see you in February!

JPII Newman Center Open House: February 25, 2023

Living space in Newman Hall here at JPII Newman is filling up fast! If you know a current or prospective Omaha college student, our spring Open House is a great way to get a view of what being a community member here really means.


Athletics Update

Athletic Director Becky Slater-Johnson

District Champions!

Our Cardinal bowlers won the district championship last week and will compete in the state competition Tuesday and Wednesday! This is a tremendous accomplishment for a program that is just two years old. 
Congratulations: Via - 8th place, Caroline - 6th place, Sarah - 5th place, Maria - 1st place. 
Congratulations dive and swimming on a gutty performance Saturday at the Fete Fling Invitational. Including the performances the evening by our divers Jackie and Sydney (Jackie had a career-high score of 353.20 for 3rd place, & Sydney took 5th.), all but three of the individual swims/dives were a season-best. That's just over 90%. The swim team finished third to Grand Island by one point, a strong effort! 
Click here to view the complete sports calendar