"There is no problem, I tell you, no matter how difficult it is, that we cannot resolve by the prayer of the Holy Rosary." Sister Lucia dos Santos seer

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

There are a number of things happening this weekend. This morning our students finished praying 5th decade of the Glorious Mysteries honoring the Coronation of the Blessed Mother as we celebrated the 100th anniversary of "Miracle of the Sun," at Fatima." The celebration continued as students attended 12:05 mass with Fr. Marc being the celebrant. Fr. Marc explained the story of Fatima to the students and then asked them a question, "What would you say to the Blessed Mother if she appeared to you?" First grader, Cayden Douris answered, "I would tell her that I love her." What a great answer!!! Cayden received a round of applause for his answer from everyone in attendance.

On behalf of the faculty, staff and students, a huge "Thank You!" goes out to Mrs. Joyce for donating rose scented decade rosaries. We will use them for the remainder of the month as we continue to pray the rosary.

Today, Friday, October 13, tomorrow Saturday, October 14, and Sunday, October 15 the 8th grade will running a clothing drive. Clothes can be dropped off today at the Learning Center Parking Lot from 2:30-5:30 pm, tomorrow from 9:00 - 12:00 pm, and Sunday from 9:00 - 2:00 pm. 

Tomorrow it will be very busy in the St. Therese gym as the Scrap and Craft Day Crop will take place from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm. 

Calendar raffle tickets are being sold and the odds for winning are pretty good, so don't be left out.

Finally, 50/50 raffle tickets wil be going home in your youngest child's backpack today. Please return completed stubs to the office by October 30. If you haven't sent in your $300 obligation, please send it in.

Please enjoy your weekend and maybe ponder what would you ask, or say to the Blessed Mother if she appeared to you.

Have a Blessed Weekend.

Tim Dunnigan 

Principal STS

"Sing unto the Lord a new song, and His praise from the ends of the earth, ye that go down to the sea, and all that is therein, and the inhabitants thereof." Isaiah 51:5

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

The week began with students in pre-k , kindergarten and grade 1 getting a lesson from the Roxbury fire chief on fire prevention. Students learned about the tools and clothes firemen and firewomen wear. The fire chief reminded all of the students to have their parents check the batteries in their smoke and carbon monoxide detectors. He sounded the alarm for them so they would know what it sounded like if it ever went off in their own homes. The students were very excited to have the fireman here and we thank them for all they do for our communities.

On Wednesday, October 4 parents, students, faculty and Fr. Marc celebrated the "Feast of St. Therese," by meeting at the flagpole for a prayer service. Before the prayer service began students listened as I read about the short life and service of St. Therese. All students prayed a prayer to St. Therese asking for her intercession for us to do the will of God even in small deeds, with great love. Fr. Marc blesssed the walk-a-thon before it commenced. The sixth graders lead the walk-a-thon as their class raised the most money. A total of $3,058.00 was raised for the HSA. Thank you parents, teachers and sponsors.

All St. Therese seventh and eighth grade students are invited to attend a Halloween Dance with the St. Mary's Prep of Denville students on Friday, October 27 from 7:00 pm - 10:00 pm. The admision is $10.00 per person. There will be games, snacks and prizes for the best costumes. If interested call St. Mary's Prep at 973-627-2606.

All teachers in the Diocese of Paterson will be attending Professional Development at several different locations on Friday, October 6. School will be closed for all students and there will be no school on Monday, October 9 in honor of Columbus Day.

Tricky Tray donations are past due. Please get them in as soon as posible so volunteers can organize. Thank you for your generosity and cooperation. Using the Scrips program is a great way to donate. If you need assistance you may call Mrs. Yudoff @ 201-788-8532.

Our Scrap and Craft Crop Day will be held on Saturday, October 14 from 8:00 am - 9:00 pm.

Our Project Graduation Clothing Drive will take place on October 13, 14 and 15th. As always we thank you for your support.

We are in need of Tricky Tray volunteers. Please contact Mrs. Joyce if you can give of your time.

Our Robotics team will be meeting on Saturday October 7 from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm and not on Sunday this weekend.

Our lunch program is getting a thumbs up from our faculty and students, but we need your help. We need coupons from the Sunday papers to keep the lunch cost where it is. Your help in this is matter greatly appreciated as we move forward. We ask that students to bring in as many food item coupons as they can every Monday. Thank you.

Finally, Happy Birthday to Mrs. Marge Goglia, our wonderful secretary here at St. Therese. She will be celebrating her birthday on Monday, October 9.

God bless the St. Therese School Community and have a wonderful long weekend!

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." And the second is like it. "Love your neighbor as yourself." Matthew 22:37-40

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

We began the week conducting our first Code Blue evacuation drill. I'm happy to say that if we had a real emergency our faculty, staff and students know exactly what to do. 

Please be sure to read important notice about Powerschool. All users of Powerschool MUST be logged out by 5:00 pm today in order for a diocesan upgrade to take place. Please make sure your apps on your cell phone are logged out of Powerschool as well as tablets or computers. Your cooperation is absolutely necessary in this matter.

We have just completed our first week of the new lunch program. The food looks healthy and plentiful. Second options will be in place very soon. I ask for your patience as we begin this new venture.

Today all students wore blue in their support against Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying and the Buddy Bench. 

All students attended a brief ceremony at 1:00 on Friday, September 29 to bless the Buddy Bench donated by the Tighe and Gilfillan family. The purpose of the Buddy Bench is to have a place for our students to go when they are feeling alone. When another student sees them there, they are to go and offer comfort by inviting that student to particpate in games with other students at recess, or just talk to one another. Fr. Marc led the school in prayer and blessed the bench. Thank you Tighe and Gilfillan families.

Our Grade 8 students attended a mass at Pope John said by Bishop Seratelli and were given a tour of the new facilities as Bishop Seratelli blessed the facilities.

There is a Grade 8 Paint Night fundraiser tonight from 7:00 - 9:00pm. Signs that are painted will read "Bless This Home."

Beginning Monday, October 2 and for the remainder of the month, St. Therese School will be reciting a decade of the rosary. October is the designated Month of the Rosary. Please pray the rosary at home as well. Our Mother Mary has promised us many graces through this powerful prayer.

Next Wednesday, October 4 we will honor our patron saint, St. Therese, the Little Flower. We will have a prayer service scheduled and a Walk-a-thon to follow.

Next Friday, October 6 school will be closed for Teacher Professional Development. School will also be closed on October 9 for Columbus Day.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven." Ecclesiastes 3:1

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Today is first day of Fall, but thank God the summer weather is still here!

It was great to see such a great turnout for annual Back to School Night last night. Once again, I want to welcome our new families to the St. Therese School Community and our returning families as well. Special thanks to the Matt Wines, the members of the HSA and the parent volunteers who do so much behind the scenes for our wonderful school. Also, we are blessed to have a pastor who cares so much about Catholic education. He is a blessing to the St. Therese parish and the school.

I hope you are impressed as I am with the direction St. Therese is heading and I hope that you were apprised of your sons and daughters curriculum and expectations when you met with their teachers. We have an outstanding faculty who work extremely hard to ensure the success of each individual child. That is what makes St. Therese School so special. Our teachers love and care for your children and they go the extra mile. I feel blessed to have such dedicated people on our faculty.

Our annual calendar raffle has been sent out. Special thanks to Ms. Suzanne Hopkins for running this fundraiser. We ask that you help us sell these calendar raffles and return them as soon as you can. The HSA Calendar Raffle will be drawn from January 8 - April 17, 2018. This is a 100-day raffle to benefit our St. Therese Home and School Association. Each purchased ticket has 100 chances to win $25.00 - $500.00 a total of $7,000.00 in cash prizes, based on the calendar. It's a great gift for Holiday Stocking Stuffers, Employee Gifts, Teacher Gifts, or Family Fun. Please email suzanne@stthereseroxbury.org if you would like to purchase tickets.

One week from today, Friday, September 29 all students will be wearing blue in support of anti-bullying. Bullying is something we take very seriously at St. Therese and we have zero tolerance for it. Next week as all students wear blue shirts, we will have a small ceremony and a dedication of of a Buddy Bench that was donated by the Gilfillan and Sagi families. Fr. Marc will bless the bench, and throughout the day we will talk about ways to prevent bullying. There are many types of bullying and they are addressed in the updated student parent handbook. Please make sure you read the handbook and sign the acknowledgement page on the last page.

Also, on Friday September 29 we will have our first Project Graduation Paint Night Fundraiser from 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm. Parents can buy painted signs that say "Bless This Home." Who doesn't need a sign asking God to bless our home.

Finally, keep the Signorelli family in your prayers. Early in the week Deacon Anthony Signorelli was born in to eternal life after serving as a deacon for many years in the St. Therese Parish. Wake services will be held at St. Therese Church from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. A funeral mass will take place at 11:00 am at St. Therese Church. May he rest in peace.

I wish everyone a blessed weekend! Enjoy the summer weather while it lasts.

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear,though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.Psalm46:1-3

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As the school year has begun much of the south from Texas to Florida and beyond have been hit with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. It's going to take a great humanitarian effort to rebuild, but we rebuild. Also, let us not forget the victims of the earthquake in Oaxacata, Mexico. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in decades. Let's keep all of them in our thoughts and prayers.

We have just completed our first full week of school and you can see the change in St. Therese School. Students in grades 2-8 are equipped with their chromebooks and learning in a way that seems to be more exciting and interesting to them.

We have a facility team in place and we are in the process of prioritizing the needs of our facility. Mr. Walter Hill is now our facilities manager, and we are pleased to have someone on board with his expertise along with Mr. Horatio D'Amore, Mr. Stewart Mabb, Mr. Myles Joyce and Mr. Matt Wines.

This past Monday, on September 11, students and faculty participated in a special prayer service honoring the victims and first responders of 911. It was quite an emotional service.

On Tuesday, September 12 I met with all of the lunch and room parents to go over specifics. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who are able to sacrifice their time to assist at the St. Therese School. Please know that your efforts do not go unnoticed.

All STEM schools had a meeting at the diocese on Wednesday, September 13. The diocese is asking all STEM schools to participate in a STEM Symposium on May 15 at Caldwell College to showcase some of the STEM activities that are taking place in our schools.

At my principals' meeting on Thursday, September 14, enrollment and marketing were topics of discussion. Parents, you are our best marketers. When you are in the public please inform the people in your community about the great things that are taking shape at St. Therese.

Tonight, Friday, September 15 is our Annual Family Night Ice Cream Social. Hope you can stop by for some free ice cream.

On Saturday September 16, St. Therese will have a booth at Horseshoe Lake for the Pubtoberfest. Students who show up wearing something with a St. Therese insignia will receive a NUT card on Tuesday morning.

On Monday, September 18 our K-2 teachers will be attending a Math curriculum meeting at the diocese to review new math curriculum.

All Catholic schools across the country have been asked to donate $1.00 to help the Catholic diocesan schools that have been devastated in Texas by Hurricane Harvey. All money raised across the country will go to Catholic schools in Texas. We will have a dress down day on Tuesday, September 19 for those victims.

I will be at the diocese all day on Wednesday, September 20 for a diocesan principals' meeting.

Back to School Night will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 21. Mrs. Cardinale, Grade 8 teacher, and myself will meet with Grade 8 parents at 6:00 pm and music parents will meet at 6:30 pm.

Finally, we will have individual Picture Day Friday, September 22. Grade 8 students will have pictures taken in caps and gowns. Those getting class rings will also be measured for their ring.

I hope everyone has blessed weekend! As we enjoy the summer weather this weekend let's keep in mind those who are not as blessed as we are; especially those recovering from the hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

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