"The Word became flesh and dwelt among us." John 1:14

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Today we celebrate the Solemnity of Mary. Hail Mary full of grace, the Lord is with you. Blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. The Holy Spirit overshadowed Mary and God became man and He dwelt among us. How fortunate for mankind. God is so merciful that he sent  His only Son to redeem us. 

Once again congratulations to Fr. Marc who celebrated his 25th anniversary as an apostle of Christ. We are truly indebted to his service here at St. Therese School and Church. May God continue to guide him as he guides his flock.

Students are celebrating the first week Advent by lighting the first candle, reading scripture, saying prayers of the faithful and praying the Lord's prayer.

Over the last few weeks we did have a personnel change. Ms. Muller who was working with Ms. Dohrmann in grade 5 has moved to take over the reigns in grade 3. Ms. Muller in her short tenure has worked in pre-k, grade 4 and grade 5. Ms. Muller graduated from Bloomsburg University and has a certification with advanced standing. We are blessed to have someone of her caliber teaching in grade 3.

All week in our computer class our students have been doing coding and programming activities to celebrate Computer Science Week and the Hour of Code.

Congratulations to our kindergarten class and Mrs. Tironi. They collected the most boxtops in our HSA boxtop contest and have been rewarded with a pizza party on Monday, December 11.

Congratulatons to the prek-4 students who performed their annual Christmas show today. It was truly outsatnding and will be memorable for years to come. Thank you Mrs. Reed and Mrs. McDonald.

The St. Therese School yearbook is now on sale. The cost is $28.00 and order forms are on the Friday Folder.

Next Friday, December 15 is our annual Christmas Concert. Mrs. Warga, Mr. Mallinson and our students have been preparing for weeks. The concert begins at 7:00 pm, but you may want to arrive early as it will be a standing room only crowd. We look forward to seeing everyone. I can't think of better way to celebrate the birth of Christ.

Have a blessed and safe weekend. The snow is coming.

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"The days are surely coming, says the Lord, when I will fulfill the promise I made to the house of Israel and the house of Judah." Jeremiah 33:14-16

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

This week and next week our students in grade 3-8 are receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation as we prepare for the season of Advent. There is no better way for our students and ourselves to prepare for Christmas than receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation and then attending mass to receive the Eucharist.

Students attended a very special First Friday mass today celebrated by Father Andres in honor of Father Marc who is celebrating his 25th anniversary as a priest. Fr. Marc was presented with gifts from faculty and students after mass. We are very fortunate to have a pastor of Fr. Marc's caliber. He is a role model for all. We wish him many, many more years in his ministry as Catholic priest.

There will also be a special mass for Fr. Marc on Saturday, December 2 at 5:00pm. Students who are attending the 5:00 mass are asked to wear their school uniforms.

Tonight, Friday December 1 there will be a dress rehearsal at 7:30 pm for presentation of  "The First Noel," in the church. There will also be two showings on Sunday, December 3 at 4:00 pm and at 7:30 pm. There is a good number of St. Therese students participating. Hope you can make it to one of the shows.

On Saturday, December 2 children will have the opportunity to have "Breakfast with Santa." The breakfast will take place from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm in the gymnasium. The cost is $8.00 per person which includes hot pancake breakfast, a snowball fight, bean bag toss and lots more. Also availble will be Arts and Crafts, a Photo Booth, Christmas Carol Sing-a-long and a visit with Santa. Pre-registration is required. Any questions call 201-317-4349.

On Tuesday, December 5 there will be a meeting for grade 3 parents  at 7:00 pm in the 3rd grade classroom and a meeting for 5th grade parents at 7:30 pm in the 5th grade classroom to discuss personnel changes that occurred in the two grades. The meeting is not mandatory. If you can't make the meeting you can always call my office with any questions.

Finally, I am asking parents to communicate announcements using the REMIND App as much as possible. Parents can sign up through the HSA.  I don't think it is a good idea to send so many announcements out using the Alert System when it it should be used for special weather announcements, school closings or emergencies. Besides parents are getting inundated with announcements that don't always pertain to them. I want parents to be communicated to, but I don't want to constantly interrupt their work schedules or other activities.

Have Blessed Weekend and be Safe,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"Let them give thanks to the Lord for His unfailing love and His wonderful deeds for mankind, for He satisfies the thirsty and fills the hungry with good things." Psalm 107:8-9

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone in the St. Therese School Family a very Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. How lucky we are to have a day such as Thanksgiving to reflect on the many blessings we have in our families and our homes. God is good.

Let me also take this opportunity to thank the parents, the faculty, staff,  Mrs. Goglia, Deacon Bruce, Fr. Marc and Fr. Andre for all of the sacrifices they make in order to make the St. Therese School such a special place. Let us also keep in mind those who are less fortunate than ourselves and always be as generous as we can to assist the less fortunate.

Black Friday begins tomorrow, which means Christmas is around the corner so be sure to check out the Friday Folder for this year's Santa Shop and pre-order forms.  Forms need to be in by Wednesday, November 29. Also, volunteers are needed for Friday, December 1st and 2nd for Breakfast with Santa. Please check the Friday Folder for more information.

Finally, all order forms for the 8th Grade Crispy Creme Fundraiser are due by Monday, November 27. Any questions call Mrs. Carol Lauch.

Enjoy this wonderful holiday that Our Lord has provided for us. 

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

"But to you who are listening I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you and pray for those who mistreat you." Luke 6:27-28

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Today's scripture quote at mass was from Luke 6:27-28. The timing was perfect as I was able to use the whole reading from Luke 6:27-36 to resolve a student conflict. It turned out to be a wonderful teachable moment for the students involved. We can learn much from it as well.

Thank you to all of the parents who came out to last night's General HSA Meeting. Mrs. Solazzo did a wonderful job presenting the importance of praying the Rosary and Dr. Eric Loewrigkeit gave parents enlightening information on how to "Grow Truly Healthy Children," and strengthen there immune systems. For more information you can reach Dr. Eric Loewrigkeit at www.spartachiro.com

Report Cards are going home today and parent conferences are set for Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21. Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday of next week are all half days. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 pm.

Congratulations to Miss Taylor's second grade as they collected an amazing amount of new toys for the Pediatric Oncology Department at St. Joseph's Children's Hospital in Paterson, NJ. Well done Grade 2!

St. Therese students are currently embarking on a fun Thanksgiving STEM Challenge. Students are building Pilgrim weather proof homes and will be challenging each other before Thanksgiving. Good luck STEM students.

I know it is not Christmas yet, but Santa Shop 2017 will take place on December 19. Check the Friday Folder for details.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend!

God bless

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning." Daniel 2:20-21

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As we approach Election Day let us pray that people will vote with a sense of thankfulness for having the right to vote in a democratic society, and that God will give us the wisdom to see what love, and justice under His law demands so we can make informed voting decisions.

From October thru February there will be five special memorial masses in memory of Deacon Tony on the 3rd Wednesday of the month following Adoration. The first was 10/18. The dates from November going forward are: 11/15, 12/20, 1/17, and 2/21 Deacon Tony's birthday.

All Grade 8 students are registerd for the HSPT(COOP). Students will be taking the test on Monday, November 13, 2017. Students should make sure they get a good night's sleep the night before, bring a water bottle, three sharpened number 2 pencils, and wear their gym uniform. No watches, cell phones, chromebooks or calculators will be permitted. Students may get picked up at 12:00 pm on that day if they can be transported by a parent.

Congratulations to eighth grade students on their clothing drive. They received a check for $444.20 for collecting 2,221 lbs of clothing. Well done eighth grade!

The end of the first marking period is Wednesday, November 8 and school is closed for the NJEA Teacher Convention on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10.

We also salute our veterans on November 10 and thank them for their service; especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms of everyday life in the good old USA.  A special salute goes out our facilities manager, Mr. Walter Hill, who served in the army for thirty years and did multiple tours of duty during war time.

Parent/teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21. Conference forms should have gone home by now. If you need to change a time, please contact your teacher. Dismissal will be at 12:00 pm for all students. There will be after care on these days.

On Wednesday, November 22 we will celebrate our Thanksgiving Table at 9:00 am. School will be dismissed at 12:00 noon and there will be no after care.

Finally, tonight is the St. Therese Annual Tricky Tray. Tonight's Tricky Tray is sold out. Good luck to all those who coming and supporting this important fundraiser.

God bless and have a wonderful weekend!

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

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