"Even if they sin against seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, I repent: you must forgive them." Luke: 17:4

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

I hope everyone has recovered from the snow and the ice. Although we had an abbreviated week many things are taking place at the St. Therese School. Teachers in grades 3-5 attended a STEM workshop  on Monday, February 6 and teachers in grades 6-8 will be attending a Math workshop at Diocesan Center on Monday, February 13. 

Students in Grade 5 and 8 will be taking the ACRE (Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education) on Monday February 13 and the teachers will be taking the IFG (Information for Growth) test as well.

There is tentative Educational Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, February 13 at 4:30 pm. I say tentative because I changed the time hoping those on the committee can attend at 4:30 pm instead of 7:00 pm. 

A Yearbook Comittee Meeting is scheduled for 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 15 and an Executive HSA meeting scheduled for 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 16.

On Friday, February 17 Family Bingo Night is scheduled and the doors open at 6:30 pm.

Finally, tomorrow, Saturday, February 11 some of our second grade students from the St. Therese School and the local public schools in the St. Therese Religious Education Program will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. What a beautiful sacrament God has blessed us with. We are all sinners, but if we truly repent and receive this gift God has given, our sins are forgiven. Most of us are repeat sinners and that is why we need this wonderful sacrament. Let's be examples to our children and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as often as we can. God's mercy is the greatest gift He has given us.

God bless.

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ." Galatians 3:28

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Today concludes a very busy Catholic Schools Week that began on Sunday, January 29 with the Eighth Grade Ring Mass Ceremony and Breakfast followed by an Open House for prospective students and parents to tour the building and learn about, "The Saint Therese Difference."

On Monday we opened school with STEM projects on display, Fr. Marc ate lunch with the student body and students learned the history of the Rosary in an assembly put on by Mrs. Theresa Solazzo and Francine Calabrese. On Tuesday, we had a prayer service and flag raising ceremony to honor those in public service and our military men and women. There were more STEM activities in the afternoon and some story time reading with upper class buddies. On Wednesday, we had an Open House again for parents to tour the building. Students jumped rope for the American Heart Association, which was followed by an extremely competitve  eighth grade/student parent volleyball game with the eighth grade coming out on top.

Thursday was absolutely brilliant! The  third, fourth and fifth grade put on a Wax Museum Exhibit in the gym that was open to all parents and grandparents. Each student was assigned a famous person in American history and became that person posing as a wax dummy. It was superbly done. Much thanks to Ms. Dohrmann, Ms. Muller, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Rowland and Ms. Suggs. Friday was capped off with a mass celebration honoring all school volunteers and Mr. Arce, the St. Therese maintenance supervisor for the past fifteen years. A Teacher Appreciation luncheon followed and was sponsored by the HSA. Thank you HSA!

As Catholic Schools Week concludes, we begin Black History Month. The quote above comes from Galatians, and was often used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was trying to tell us in God's eyes, although we may appear and look different on the outside, we are all the same in in God's eyes, we are all one in the body of Christ and we always will be. Fr. Marc reiterated that in his sermom remembering Mr. Arce at First Friday mass. As we go through Black History Month let's focus on being tolerant of those who may appear to be different than us and keep in mind we are all one in the body of Christ.

God bless

"You knit me in my mother's womb... nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret." (Psalm 139:13,15)

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

It's official, all eighth grade students from St. Therese have been accepted to the Catholic High School of their choice with many gaining scholarships through their academic abilities and doing so well in their interviews. Congratulations Grade 8 students! You guys are awesome!!!!!

This week when you go to mass you may here students, alumni, teachers and parents of students who attended, or still attend Catholic schools speak about the positive influence Catholic schools have had in their lives. Being a product of Catholic elementary school I know the value of a Catholic School education. I am continually amazed  how successful students are in high school, college and after college that have had the opportunity to get a Catholic education at some point in their life. Of the students getting scholarships to college, Catholic schools rank at the top. The results speak for themselves, and it is one the reason parents invest and sacrifice so much in order for their sons and daughters so they can attend Catholic Schools, but an even bigger reason is that students learn what it means to be Catholic, and what it means to know, love and serve God. Our number one objective at St. Therese is to get students to know, love and serve God. When students do this and put there trust in Jesus Christ, everything else falls into place.

Sunday, January 29 is the beginning of Catholic Schools Week and we hope that if you are not a member of St. Therese that you will stop by at our Open Houses on Sunday, January, 29 from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and on Wednesday, Februsary 1 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. A complete schedule of activities for Catholic Schools Week is listed on the Friday Folder part of our website.

Finally, this Friday, January 27, our seventh, and eighth grade students along with parents, Mrs. Cornish, Mrs. Gargin, myself and some members of the St. Therese Parish will be travelling to Washington DC to participate in "March for Life Rally,"  Standing up for life is part of "The St. Therese Difference."

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"For He is gracious and merciful and slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love." Joel 13:2

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Congratulations goes out to the St. Therese School as they were selected as a 2016-17 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant Award Winner. St. Therese received a check for $500.00 to be used towards a science or math program at the school. The award was made possible by CrossAmerica Partners and ExxonMobil. Our local ExxonMobil gas station dealer supports the St. Therese School, so we at St. Therese say, "Thank you."

It has been an extremely busy week at St. Therese as we prepare for Catholic School's Week, which runs from Sunday, January 29- Friday, February 3. Information on our CSW can be found on the website. We hope to see many parents at our Open Houses, which runs on Sunday, January 29 from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and on Wednesday, February 1 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am.

Students were treated to the NED Show on Friday, January 13, which visits over two million students every year. The assembly promoted positive attitudes and encourages students and staff to do their best every day. We were able to see the $1200.00 assemby for free because of Pay it Forward Schools. Now it is our turn to Pay It Forward so other schools can see the assembly for free as well. The way it works is the NED Show gives St. Therese School fancy yo yos to sell to students after the assembly. The money raised from the yo yos goes to the NED Show organization, who uses that money to promote good character . Yo yos will be on sale at lunch from January 17-20. The cost of the yo yos are:

The NED YO:    $8.00    The BOOMERANG:    $10.00    The EXCELERATOR: $15.00 It would be very helpful if students bring exact change or checks. Checks should be made out to STS.

At St. Therese School we learn,"The law exists to protect the weak from the strong." Henry Hyde.

Who is protecting or speaking for the unborn? The seventh and eighth graders, and parents of St. Therese School are. On Friday, January 27, 2017 they will attending the March for Life Rally in Washington DC to promote life and fight the evil of abortion in a peaceful and prayerful march up Constitution Avenue to the Supremme Court. There will be a special mass at 6:00 am at St. Therese Church before the bus departs at 6:30 am. The bus will arrive back at approximately 10:00 pm. There are still seats available. If you would like like to attend the March for Life with us please contact me at 973-584-1082 ext: 103.

This Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday. School is closed for students. Teachers have a Professional Development Day. Martin Luther King believed and preached that all men and women have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What better way to honor Martin Luther King by praying for the unborn who want the right to life.

Finally, I ask everyone in the St. Therese Community to pray for our maintenance supervisor, Mr. Paul Arce who has taken ill.

God bless.

Tim Dunnigan

"Whatever you did to the least of my brothers, that you did unto me." Matthew 25:40

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Happy New Year!

Hard to beleive it is January 2017, but here we are. January is an action packed month. Students Pre-k thru 8 enjoyed a Mad Science presentation with all kinds of crazy experiments on Thursday, January 5. The Mad Science program will be starting up one day per week with funfilled science activities after school very shortly.

On Friday, January 6 students celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany by attending First Friday Mass sponsored by the sixth grade. Congratulations to the second grade. They will be getting free pizza from Mr. Dunnigan for singing the their hymns the loudest during First Friday Mass.

There will be a Marketing Committee Meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 3:00 pm. Hopefully all members of the Marketing Committee can attend to prepare for Catholic Schools Week. There will be no school for students on January 16, Martin Luther King Day, but teachers will be in school to partcipate in a Professional Development Day.

Midterms will be given during the week of January 23-27 for all students in grades 4-8. 

On Friday, January, 27 students in grades 7 and 8, parents and parishioners will be taking a bus to Washington DC to participate in the annual "March for Life." Unfortunately the unborn do not have a voice to be heard and this is St. Therese's way of speaking up for the unborn. Seats are stiil are still available, but going fast. The bus will hold up to 55 people. Currently we have about 20 seats available and they will be given away on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in attending the "March for Life Rally," call Tim Dunnigan, principal of St. Therese School at 973-584-0812 Ext: 103.

Finally, Catholic Schools Week will run from Sunday, January 29 - February 4. There will be many activities going on throughout the week and there will be more to come about that in the coming weeks. Open House will be on Sunday, January 29 from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and Tuesday, January 31 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

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