"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those whom His favor rests." Luke: 2:7

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the STS School Community a very Blessed, Merry and Holy Christmas and a Healthy, Prosperous New Year in Christ!

"For today in the city of David, a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord."

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel." Isaiah 7

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As we approach the fourth week of Advent, let's always keep in mind the reason for the season; preparing for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Another busy week has come and gone. The Education Council met on Monday, December 12. Agenda items covered marketing, catholic schools week, technology and AdvancED Re-Accreditation.

Our students and music teachers have been busy all week rehearsing for Friday night's annual St. Therese Christmas Band/Concert. There will be a packed house, and from what I have seen in the rehearsal, it is going to be an outstanding concert. 

Santa's Shop will be open for business during school hours on Tuesday, December 20. Please make sure your order forms are in and that students bring in cash on Tuesday morning for the gifts they are going to purchase.

We will close out the week on Friday, December 23 with a prayer service and breakfast. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 pm and there will be no aftercare.

Finally, I want to thank the fourth grade parents for meeting with Fr. Marc and myself on Thursday night. I felt the meeting was enlightening and productive. Thank you.

I hope everyone enjoys the Christmas Concert. Have a blessed weekend and be safe!

"With God, all things are possible "

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

"We can accomplish more in one hour with God, than we can in a lifetime without Him."

This week has been a very busy week. On Monday, I was invited to attend the 40th annual Award of Honor luncheonat the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ  where my former colleague and athletic director received the NJ State Award of Honor. His name is Bill Edelman. Bill is a man of honesty and integrity and that's why he was so deserving of this award. It was an event I could not miss. He is retiring on December 31 and was a role model for other athletic directors in the state of NJ. He lived by the morals and values that I see being taught at the St. Therese School. I was honored to have been invited. 

On Tuesday, December 6, Lisa Veivia, grade 6 was awarded first place in the Patriot's Penn Essay Contest. The essay was entitled, "The America I Believe In." Alyssa Guevara, grade 7, took second place and Danielle Silverman, grade 8 took third place. The awards were given out during the morning prayer assembly by Mrs. Ann Collucci. Mrs. Collucci stated that the contest was open to all middle schools, public and private, and all three winners came from the St. Therese School. That's quite an accomplishment!

On Thursday, December 8, all St. Therese students celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception by attending mass celebrated by Fr. Andres. Fr. Andres delivered an excellent sermon about doing the will of God and being able to discern the will of God as our Blessed Mother did.

On Friday, December 9, our pre-k 4 put ona small Christmas Nativity play and sang Christmas carols to their parents and invited guests. The pre-3 also sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and a number of other Christmas carols to their parents and invited guests. The pre-k 4 concert took place in the gym and the pre-k 3 concert took place in the church conference room. Santa surprised both the pre-k 3 and 4 by showing up and handing out small gifts before he headed back to the North Pole.

Finally keep in your prayers two St. Therese students who underwent surgery this week. We have been praying for them during our morning prayer assemblies for the quick recovery of first grade Nick Mizzoni and third grader Jada Scalfani.

Don't forget our Christams Concert is scheduled for Friday, December 16 at 7:00 pm

God bless and have a great weekend.

"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."' 1 Peter 4:8

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

God's little instruction book tells us, "In love, we may find it better to make allowances, rather than making points." Good advice for all us.

There are many things occurring this weekend. There is breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3 from 8:30 am - 11:30 am in the gym. There is a First Saturday Novena Mass for Fr. William. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures you may have of Fr. William to add to the photo album. 

On Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm the St. Therese Youth Ministry is presenting, "The First Noel." This is a must see for all families.

Next week students will be celebrating National Coding Week by doing an "Hour of Code during their technology classes.

I have a message from Flynn O'Hara unifroms. The company continues to expand and because of this expansion they have begun to bolster their internal customer support team so that each school has both a Sales Representative and a Customer Support Administrator who can offer a more personal level of customer service to our schools.

With the growth has come some transitions. Cecelia Markowski will be replacing Michele Sellecchia in helping manage the St. Therese School uniform program moving forward. Cecelia has been with Flynn O'Hara for more than five years and is an extreemely valuable addition to our customer support team. Cecelia's contact information is as follows:

Email: cmarkowski@flynnohara.com

Office phone: 800-441-4122 Ext. 8069

Everyone have a Blessed Weekend!

"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more" Luke 12:48

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

On behalf of Fr. Marc, the faculty and staff  we wish everyone in the St. Therese School Community a Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a great time to take time out from the business of our daily lives and spend it with family and friends thanking God for all of the many blesings he has bestowed on us as Americans. Just to be born, or live in this great country is a blessing from Almighty God.

Our fifth grade students did a wonderful job this morning of reminding us of the true meaning of Thankgiving in their Thanksgiving Table Top Ceremony. The table was bare to start and full by the end of the ceremony. Tomorow our tables will start  bare tomorrow, but will be filled bountifully with all kinds of food and drink by days end. Not all tables will be full tomorrow by days end, and some completely bare. Thanksgiving reminds us of what Luke's gospel says, "Much is required of the person entrusted with much, and still more is required of the person entrusted with more." Luke 12:48. We have been entrusted with much. With this in mind, let's reflect on the many gifts we have been given from Almighty God, and  think about who we can share those gifts with on this great American holiday. God bless and Happy Thanksgiving. 

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