"Rend your heart and not your garments. Return to the Lord your God, for he is gracious and compassionate, and abounding in love, and He relents from sending calamity." Joel 12:13.

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Although the weather was threatening we made it through the week only using one snow day. It could have been worse. Up to this point we have used four snow days, which means if we if we don't use any more snow days for the remainder of the year, the last day of school will be Monday, June 18, 2018, but we still have February and March to get through. I will keep you posted.

I apologize for the delay in the distribution of report cards, but with so many students absent because of the flu during midterms I wanted to wait until all students completed them. The flu is still in high gear so please do everything you can to protect yourself and your children. Mr. and Mrs. Coll have been working diligently to disinfect the building to keep germs at a minimal.

First and Second Honors will be given out on Monday, February 12 during our morning prayer and assembly. 

Students in grades 5 and 8 will be taking the ACRE Test next week. The test must be completed by Friday, February 16.

Classes may be celebrating Valentine's Day with their classes on a different day than Wednesday of next week because Wednesday is also Ash Wednesday. Students will be attending a morning liturgy at 8:30 am to receive their ashes. Ash Wednesday is a meatless day and day of fasting as well.

There will be a Family Bingo Night on Saturday, February 17. See the Friday Folder for more information. Volunteers are needed.

Our annual Father/Daughter Dance is scheduled for Friday, March 2. The theme is Magical Masquerade. The dance goes from 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm. More information can be found on the Friday Folder. Also, keep checking the Friday Folder to find the weekly winners of the calendar raffle.

I know there has been some scheduling and rescheduling of the eighth grade field trip. The date of the field trip has been finalized and it will take place on Wednesday, May 30, 2018. Field Day has moved Thursday, May 31. The rain date of Field Day is Friday, June 1, 2018.

Finally, it is gratifying to hear that so many of last year's graduates who are attending Catholic high schools are doing so well. Many of them are taking Honors courses and and getting A's. It is a testimony to our outstanding faculty, students and parents who work so hard to develop the whole child through our Lord, Jesus Christ.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord." Joshua 24:15

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Catholic Schools Week kicked off on Sunday, January 28 with our faculty, staff, students and parents celebrating our parish. It began with 9:00 am mass and the annual Ring and Pin Ceremony for our eighth grade students followed by a breakfast and an Open House to the public from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Many families stoppped by to see what the we call "The St. Therese Difference."  Many families were very impressed with what we offer at St. Therese and registered their children for September. Open Houses will continue on "Welcome Wednesdays" from 9:00 am - 11:00 am for any family who would like to tour and gain information about our challenging STEM program, and our Catholic faith based academic curriculum.

On Monday, January 29 the theme of the day was "Celebrate Our Community." Students raised almost $100 and collected 256 food items for the Roxbury Social Services.

On Tuesday the theme was "Celebrate Our Students" All students wore their CSW tee shirts and after a rigorous academic morning they were treated to a movie in the afternoon.

On Wednesday the theme was "Celebrate Our Clergy." Fr. Marc, Fr. Andres, Deacon Bruce, Deacon Murphy and Sister Theresa were all prayed for in our daily morning prayers for their service to God, St. Therese School and the St. Therese Parish Community. In great appreciation, the faculty treated them to lunch.

On Thursday the theme was "Celebrate Our Nation." Students wore Red, White and Blue and donations were collected for the "Wounded Warrior Project." The day started with a flag raising ceremony as students listened to Lee Greenwood's, "God Bless the USA." The flag was raised by our girls and boys scouts in uniform led by state trooper Denicola. The flag that was raised was given to St. Therese by Mrs. Gargin and flew over the Capitol Building in Washington DC on September 16, 2016. Once the flag was raised, students sang the 'Star Spangled Banner," and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The ceremony concluded with a prayer for all of our men and women in uniform who risk their lives everyday so we can enjoy the freedoms we do in this great country we call the USA.

Finally, Friday the theme was "Celebrating Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers. Volunteers were recognized at the 11:00 am First Friday mass and faculty and staff received a luncheon from the many parent volunteeers. 

On behalf of Fr. Marc the faculty, staff, and myself we say, "Thank you," to all of the parent volunteers who sacrifice so much of their time to assist us in the Catholic education of their children. We could not do it without you and your involvement in your child's education is invaluable to us and them. May God bless you and the faculty as we continue our mission together of educating our students academically and in Christ.

Have a wonderful Super Bowl Weekend,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"Because the Lord is my Shepherd, I have everything I need!" Psalm 23:1

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Catholic Schools Week kicked off on Sunday, January 28 with our faculty, staff, students and parents celebrating our parish. It began with 9:00 am mass and the annual Ring and Pin Ceremony for our eighth grade students followed by a breakfast and an Open House to the public from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Many families stoppped by to see what the we call "The St. Therese Difference."  Many families were very impressed with what we offer at St. Therese and registered their children for September. Open Houses will continue on "Welcome Wednesdays" from 9:00 am - 11:00 am for any family who would like to tour and gain information about our challenging STEM program, and our Catholic faith based academic curriculum.

On Monday, January 29 the theme of the day was "Celebrate Our Community." Students raised almost $100 and collected 256 food items for the Roxbury Social Services.

On Tuesday the theme was "Celebrate Our Students" All students wore their CSW tee shirts and after a rigorous academic morning they were treated to a movie in the afternoon.

On Wednesday the theme was "Celebrate Our Clergy." Fr. Marc, Fr. Andres, Deacon Bruce, Deacon Murphy and Sister Theresa were all prayed for in our daily morning prayers for their service to God, St. Therese School and the St. Therese Parish Community. In great appreciation, the faculty treated them to lunch.

On Thursday the theme was "Celebrate Our Nation." Students wore Red, White and Blue and donations were collected for the "Wounded Warrior Project." The day started with a flag raising ceremony as students listened to Lee Greenwood's, "God Bless the USA." The flag was raised by our girls and boys scouts in uniform led by state trooper Denicola. The flag that was raised was given to St. Therese by Mrs. Gargin and flew over the Capitol Building in Washington DC on September 16, 2016. Once the flag was raised, students sang the 'Star Spangled Banner," and recited the Pledge of Allegiance. The ceremony concluded with a prayer for all of our men and women in uniform who risk their lives everyday so we can enjoy the freedoms we do in this great country we call the USA.

Finally, Friday the theme was "Celebrating Our Faculty, Staff and Volunteers. Volunteers were recognized at the 11:00 am First Friday mass and faculty and staff received a luncheon from the many parent volunteeers. 

On behalf of Fr. Marc the faculty, staff, and myself we say, "Thank you," to all of the parent volunteers who sacrifice so much of their time to assist us in the Catholic education of their children. We could not do it without you and your involvement in your child's education is invaluable to us and them. May God bless you and the faculty as we continue our mission together of educating our students academically and in Christ.

Have a wonderful Super Bowl Weekend,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"But I tell you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you, that you may be children of your Father in heaven." Matthew 5:44-45

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As we remember Martin Luther King Jr. let's take to heart the words of Matthew 5:44-45. These are words Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. put into practice. Let us also put them into practice so we may be called children of the Heavenly Father, who loves the persecuted and the persecutors.

Just a reminder to parents that grades 4-8 will begin midterm exams beginning Monday, January 22 and they will go through Friday, January 26.

On Saturday, January 27 our eighth grade class will running our annual "Meatball Madness Fundraiser." The first serving will be at 5:00 pm  and the last will be at 7:30 pm. More information can be found on the Friday Folder.

Catholic Schools Week kicks off on Sunday, January 28 at the 9:00 am mass with our eighth grade 'Ring and Pin Ceremony," followed by a breakfast for the eighth grade in the school gymnasium. We will also have "Open House" from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. If you are interested in a school that teaches strong Catholic values along with a rigorous academic curriculum stop by and see for yourself what St. Therese School has to offer. Our outstanding faculty and staff will be on hand along with parents of current students to give guided tours. We will also have "Open House" on our "Welcome Wednesdays" from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. More information about our school and Catholic Schools Week can be found on the St. Therese School Friday Folder. 

St. Therese School yearbooks are now on sale and order forms can be found on the Friday Folder. Our Friday Folder can be found under "Quick Links" on our website.

Our calendar Raffle is under way. Thank you to all who sold tickets and participated in this fundraiser. Seven wuinners are picked every Monday morning with chances to win up to $500.00.

Finally, I want to thank Fr. Marc for getting up so early on Friday, January 19 to offer mass at 6:00 am for "The Unborn." Fr. Marc, myself, parents, students and parishioners made the trip to Washington DC at 6:30 am to participate in the "March for Life."

The greatest weapon against the evil of abortion is prayer. Our day was filled with prayer. Before we made the trip, mass was offfered for "The Unborn." On the way down we recited, "The Rosary for the Unborn,"  a special Rosary given to us by our "Blessed Mother." If you would like more information regarding this special rosary go to "rosaryfortheunborn.com" and on the way back Deacon Murphy led us in "The Chaplet of the Divine Mercy.

I ask everyone who reads this blog to pray for pregnant women who are contemplating having an abortion, for those who have had an abortion and regret their choice, for those who perform abortions and finally for the unborn baby in the womb, that they will guaranteed their God given, and US constitutional right to life.

"He knew us before He formed us in the womb." Jeremiah 1:5.

God bless and have a wonderful weekend,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old is gone and the new is here!" Corinthians 5:17

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

The New Year has come and resolutions have been made. I hope everyone enjoyed a very Merry Christmas with their loved ones, and I wish everyone in the St. Therese School Family a very Happy and Healthy New Year. I have made many, many resolutions in the past and I have broken many resolutions in the past. My prayer this new year for the St. Therese Family and myself is that even if we don't fulfill our New Year's resolution, we continue to stay faithful to Christ and be examples for our children and others.

This coming Friday, January 12 there will be a DVD viewing and live acts for The Talent of Hope Show. There is still time for students to get a 3 minute act together and perform if you would like. The show begins at 6:30 pm. For more information check the Friday Folder on the St. Therese website.

Our Calendar Raffle that gives people  multiple oppotunities to win begins on Monday, January 8. We will have a later drawing on the first day of drawing to give any late entries an opportunity to get their tickets in.  Drawings will take place every Monday until April 16.

We should be getting test results from the COOP test next week and high school notifications will be mailed to students next Friday, January 12.

Midterms will take place the week of January 22-26 for grades 4-8.

This year the diocese will be using the Iowa Basic Skills Test and COGAT (Cognitive Abilities Test) for grades one thru eight for the spring of 2018. Tests will be administered the week of March 5-8.

On Saturday, Janury 27 our eighth grade will be hosting their annual "Meatball Madness" in the gym after the 5:00 pm mass. We promise you will leave full so bring your appetite and as always we appreciate your support.

Finally, we are once again running a bus to Washington DC for the "March for Life" on Friday, January 19, 2018. Members of our seventh and eigth grade classes and some faculty members will be making the trip. The invitiation is open to all parents of the St. Therese School. We have 55 seats on the bus, so please call the school to reserve your seat if you would like to go. The day will start with Fr. Marc celebrating a "Mass for the Unborn" at 6:00 am. The bus will depart from St. Therese at 6:30 am and return at approximately 9:30 or 10:00 pm. On our way down we will pray the "Rosary for the Unborn." 

God bless! It's a new year! Stay warm!

Tim Dunnigan 

Principal STS

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