"If I have any worth, it is to live my life for God so as to teach these peoples; even though some of them look down on me." St. Patrick

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

We are thankful to God that our heat and electricity are back up and running, and that we have completed a full week of school. We pray giving thanks to our merciful God.

When we go without these necessities, and the things we enjoy for a period of time, we are reminded of the poor around our country and the world who do not experience the luxuries that we enjoy and take for granted in our daily lives. Let us always keep the less fortunate in our prayers and do what we can to help them.

This week we are hoping to finish most of the IOWA testing that was scheduled for last week, but some of the testing may go into next week. The diocese has given us an extension until March 23 to complete the tests.

Tonight the daughters will be dancing with their daddies at the annual Father/ Daughter Dance, and tomorrow some of students and parents of the St. Therese School will be marching in the Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newton, NJ. Parents and students will meet in the St. Therese parking lot and leave at 9:30 am for Newton, NJ. All students must wear their winter uniform. Jackets and fleeces with St. Therese insignias are permitted, and of course some green as well. Looking at the weather report, it looks as though St. Patrick will be smiling down upon us with plenty of sunshine.

Please see the revised school calendar, which has been put up on the Friday Folder. Holy Thursday will now be a full day of school with aftercare. On Good Friday we will be running a half day retreat for students k-8. This is a very Holy Day and it will be treated as such. There will be no preschool on Good Friday. School will be closed on April 2, 3 and 4th. School will reopen on Thursday, April 5. Any snow days that are taken before Easter Week,  will made up during Easter Week. If we use any days after Easter Week, the days will be made up at the end of the year. 

For the month of May, there will be a full day of school on Friday, May 18. There is no scheduled Teacher-in-Service.

In June, the 8th grade final exams have been moved to the week of June 4-8. Our 8th Graduation, Awards Ceremony and Bacculaureate Mass will take place on Wednesday, June 13. 

Our Prek 3 and 4  Graduation will take place on Thursday, June 14. And our projected last day of school will be Wednesday, June 20. I hope the revised schedule helps you for planning purposes for the month of April, May and June.

Please see the Friday Folder for the service projects being done by our first and second grade teachers. Information on purchasing a yearbook can also be found on the Friday Folder.

Don't forget that next week on Saturday, March 24 from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm St. Therese will be holding a Scrap & Craft Day Crop Fair. All information is on the Friday Folder.

Finally, congratulations goes out to our 8th grade CYO Boys" Basketball Team for winning the 2018 Upper Morris County CYO Championship, and also to our second graders who made their First Reconciliation on March 10. Five more second graders will make their First Reconciliation tomorrow,  March 17. May the Holy Spirit be with them.

Everyone have a Blessed St. Patrick's Day Weekend,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God." Philippians 4:6

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

We have had a very tumultous week with school being closed for over a week, but thanks be to God our power and heat have been restored and our students are back in school. Students will be taking the IOWA standardized tests for the remainder of the week and possibly into the beginning of next week. We are not going to rush the tests for any reason because we want our students to do well.

Everyone is probably wondering about how we are going to make up our missed school days. To date we have used 10 snow days. The days will be made up according to the following schedule:

Friday, April 20 - End of the 3rd Marking Period

Holy Thursday, March 29 - Full School Day with Aftercare

Good Friday, March 30 - Half Day Retreat for Students - No Aftercare

Monday, April 2 - No School

Tuesday, April 3 - No school

Wednesday, April 4 - No School

Thursday, April 5 - School Reopens from Easter Break

June 4-8 - Final Exams for Eighth Grade

Wednesday, June 13 Eighth Grade Graduation and Baccalaureate Mass - Church

Thursday, June 14 - Prek-3 and Prek-4 Graduation

Monday, June 18 - Kindergarten Graduation

Wednesday, June 20 - Projected Last Day of School

Any snow days used before the Easter vacation will be taken from the already shortened three day Easter vacation. Anything after will be addded to the end of the school year.

Thank you for your patience and God Bless,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love." Ephesians 4:2

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

The latest report I have on the state of the building at the Saint Therese School is that we have been put on the high priority list by JCP&L. That being said, I am hoping that our power will be restored by sometime tonight and latest tomorrow. With regards to when school is going to open again, we are at the hands of JCP&L. I cannot fault the crews as they are working feverishly around the clock to restore power for thousands of people, so I ask for your patience. 

I have been in contact on a daily basis with our custodial staff, Bernie and Candy Coll and Walter Hill, our facility director, who have been doing everything they can to expedite the process of us getting us power. Currently we have small portable heaters maintaining above freezing temperatures in the main building and a generator heating the Learning Center. Staff have been advised not to enter the building so above freezing temperatures can be maintained. As of now the school buildings are off limits. I will be in contact with Mr. Hill tonight and if power isn't restored by 7:00 pm, I will call for a Delayed Opening with the hope of getting the day in on Friday. Should the power and heat not be on by 7:00 am, an Alert will be sent out closing school again.

Once school is in session, I will meet with teachers to discuss when our missed days will made up. Once that is decided, parents will be notified immediately for your planning purposes. Information about the planned Corned Beef and Cabbage Night scheduled for Saturday will be made available on Friday afternoon in an Alert.

Thank you for your patience and God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"I hope in the Lord, I trust in His word; with Him there is kindness and plenteous redemption." PS 130: 5, 7

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

I have asked everyone to refer to my blog in the last Alert because I can only use a limited amount of characters in the Alert announcements. Everyone in the northwest parts of New Jersey have been impacted by the Northeaster on Friday, March 2. My prayers go out to those who do not have electricity or heat. Hopefully those who do not have power will have it soon.

The reason for my blog is to explain where we are in regards to the opening of school this week. We have been in touch with JCP &L to find out when we can expect power and heat at the St. Therese School. The best answer we could get is that the power will come on sometime between now and midnight, March 8. Walter Hill, our facility director, and Bernie and Candy Coll, our custodial staff have been checking on the school periodically during the day and evening to see if power and heat have been turned on. To date there is no heat and minimal electricity. I have called for a delayed opening for Tuesday, March 6 with the hope our power will come on in the meantime. If we do not have power by 7:15 am, I will have to close school again and Wednesday does not look promising either.

This week we are supposed to be admistering the IOWA standardized tests. I have made the decision that with lack of continuity since last Friday that we will not administer the IOWA Tests until next week. Whatever time we have for class instruction this week will be used to review and prepare for the IOWA standardized tests. With the interruption that has occurred due to the Northeaster, it would be unfair to the students and the teachers to have them test this week.

In regards to snow days, there is the possibility that we will have used eight snow days by the end of the week. Should that be the case, the last day of school will be June 22, and a revised calendar for the month of June will be sent out. This year I was able to put three school days in the calendar that were not in the calendar last year, so even if we use eight snow days, we have days that can be added to end of the year with room to add more if necessary. Hopefully, this week will be the end of school closings.

The Father/Daughter Dance has been rescheduled for Friday, March 16 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm.

I pray that everyone in the St. Therese School Community is healthy, safe and warm, and that school will resume very soon.

God bless

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"But he that is greatest among you shall be your servant. And whosoever shall exalt himself shall be abased; and he that shall humble himself and be exalted." Matthew 23:11, 12

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

I know the issue of School Security is on everyone's mind these days and I want to emphasize to the everyone in the St. Therese School Community that we are continually reviewing and revising our security and crisis plan to insure the safety of our students. Our number one priority is keeping your kids safe while they are in school. As we move forward, we will continue to take whatever safety measures are necessary to keep everyone safe. Currently, we are re-keying all of the doors in the Main Building and the Learning Center. We are continuing to make adjustments to our security drills that are in line with the recommendations that came from my meeting on January 18 with the Department of Education, the County Prosecutor's Office, the State Police and the Roxbury Police.  They assessed our "Active Shooter Drill," and made recommendations that we have implemented. I have spoken with Officer Feeney of the Roxbury Police and they will be doing a daily drive by during our recess and walk throughs as well. The safety of our children is everyone's responsibility so if you see something, say something. I want to know if there are flaws in our building security so they can be immediately addressed.

Registrations were due for next year on January 19. There is still a good number that have not been returned. Please get them in as soon as possible so we can plan for enrollment figures for next year.

This past week our teachers have completed two lessons in Protecting God's Children, Touching Safety Program for Children. This is mandated by the Diocese of Paterson.

Our annual Father/Daughter Dance will take place on Friday, March 2 from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. 

On March 10 there has been a change of venue. Instead of our annual Fish and Chips Dinner, the eighth grade will be hosting a Project Graduation Corn Beef and Cabbage Dinner with our very own HSA president, Matt Wines doing the cooking. It has been said that Matt makes the best corned beef west of Ireland! Looks to be a great night of good food and fun. More details are on the Friday Folder. 

March 5 - 9 our students in Grades 1 - 8 will be taking the IOWA Standardized Tests. Make-ups will take place March 12 - 16.

"As Lent is the Time for greater love, listen to Jesus thirst... He knows your weakness. He wants only your love, and only the chance to love you."  Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

Have a Blessed Weekend,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

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