"Paint an image according to the pattern you see, with the signature, "Jesus I Trust in You." Words of Jesus to St. Faustina.

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Please see the Friday Folder for the Scrip: April Calendar, April On-Hand Cards and the March winner. Also, see the Yearbook Booster Order Form and remember to order your 2018 yearbook. The deadline for yearbook orders is April 20.

Information on our new lunch program is on the Friday Folder. All lunches are ordered on-line and must be ordered at least 72 hours in advance. Lunches only need to be ordered Monday through Thursday. We will continue pizza orders on Fridays.

Our annual Golf Outing will take place on Tuesday, May 15. Check the Friday Folder for details.

Please be reminded that the third marking period has been extended to April 20 due the number of snow days used in the month of March. A revised calendar has been posted on the Friday Folder with a revised graduation date and final exam dates. 

Our Mother/Son Carnival will take place on Friday,  May 4. More details are posted on the Friday Folder.

This Sunday, the 10:30 am mass will be sponsored by the St. Therese School students. Our students will be doing the readings, ushering and bringing up the gifts. Hopefully, as many students as possible can attend this mass of the Divine Mercy. Any student who does attend is required to wear their school uniform.

Finally, this Sunday is Divine Mercy Sunday. It is my favorite Sunday of the year because Jesus promises to us that the soul that goes to Confession and receives Holy Communion on His Feast of Mercy shall obtain complete forgiveness of sins and punishment. Jesus told St. Faustina, "The Feast of Mercy emerged from My very depths of tenderness. It is my desire that it be solemnly celebrated on the first Sunday after Easter. Mankind will not have peace until it turns to My Mercy. 

I hope everyone that reads this has the opportunity to take advantage of what our merciful Jesus is offering. Jesus wants us to tell the world of His inconceivable mercy. 

Eternal Father we offer you the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your Dearly Beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world.

For the sake of His Sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and the whole world.

Have a Blessed Divine Mercy Weekend!

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"He is not here; He has risen! Remember how He told you when He was still with you in Galilee." Luke 24:6

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

 I hope everyone enjoys the time off next week that they have scheduled. St. Therese will be in session for Wednesday, April 4, Thursday, April 5 and Friday April 6. There will be no school on Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3. This is something we had to do to ensure that St. Therese School met the 180 school day requirement. A revised calendar is on the Friday Folder. I realize that some families have scheduled trips and vacation time planned as we were originally scheduled to be off for Easter Week.  For those of you who will not be with us next week, we pray that you will be safe wherever you may be travelling to.

Due to the number of snow days in March we have extended the end of the marking period by one week. The end of the marking period was scheduled for Friday, April 13, but it will now be extended until Friday, April 20.

Please see the Friday Folder for information on the Project Graduation Clothing Drive and the St. Therese School Mother's Day Plant Sale.

Since I have arrived at St. Therese I have been working to improve our Security Plan. Please know that I have made changes to the way we do things and have modified the Security Crisis Plan. It has been submitted to the diocese for approval. The changes that we have made come from recommendations that I sought out from the Roxbury Police, the NJ State Police, the NJ Department of Education, the Morris County Prosecutor's Office and the Diocese of Paterson. I will continue to work on improvements in this area to ensure the safety of all of the students at St. therese School. 

Another project I have been working on is providing our students with a quality lunch program. Our current lunch provider who did an excellent job of providing our students with a quality lunch will no longer be able to work for St. Therese so I have been exploring a company that a number of other Catholic Schools in our area use. The company I am looking at has been given good reviews, so for the remainder of the year a company called Simply Gourmet will provide our lunches. They are a full service catering company located in Randolph, NJ that specializes in school lunch programs, snack programs and summer camp programs. If you would like more information you can go to their website at www.simplygourmetlunches.com.

Finally, let me take this opportunity to wish everyone in the St. Therese School Family a Very Happy Easter. May the peace of Christ be with you all. Go now and spread the Good News; He has risen!

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

 

"Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." Zechariah 9:9

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Hopefully, we have seen our last snowstorm of the season. This past week we used another snow day so our calendar once again has been revised. School will be in session for a full day on Holy Thursday with aftercare, and for a half day on Good Friday for reflection and prayer. There will be no academics taught on our half day retreat on Good Friday. School will be dismissed at 11:45 am and there will be buses provided. Any student who does not attend school for reflection and prayer on Good Friday will be excused. I understand that this is a very solemn Holy Day and some families may want to do these reflections and prayers at home. Students who do attend will reflect on Good Friday by reciting the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Most Holy Rosary. They will attend the Stations of the Cross and begin the Novena to the Divine Mercy by reciting the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. All of this will be done to prepare ourselves for the Resurrection of Our Lord Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. I believe students who attend will come away with a great understanding of what our Lord Jesus Christ did for us on that Good Friday.

In regards to Easter Week, school will be closed on Monday, April 2 and Tuesday, April 3. School will reopen Wednesday, April 4 and will be in session for the remainder of the week. The projected last day of school is Wednesday, June 20. Please see the revised calendar on the Friday Folder.

On Friday, March 23 and Sunday, March 25 at 7:30 pm, Mr. Michael Harding, our St. Therese students and other youth members from the parish will present and participate in the Living Stations of the Cross at the St. Therese Church.

And finally our second Scrap and Craft will take place on Saturday, March 24.

Everyone have a Blessed Weekend and Palm Sunday,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"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

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