In Him there was life, and that life was the light of all people." John 1:4

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

We've almost made it through the week. Even with delayed openings and a shortened week it feels as if we've run a marathon ~ students, teachers, staff, administration. We are trying to provide the normalcy all of our students need in the face of this horrendous storm.  Thank God that we are all safe.  God has been good to us.

For those who are still without power, please reach out to us so that we can supply you with water, food, laundry facilities, a place to stay.  Our very generous families have overwhelmingly offered all of these to you so please don't hesitate if you are in need of assistance.  Fr. Marc has arranged for firewood to be delivered to the parish grounds for all of our families and parishioners who need to keep warm with fireplaces and wood-burning stoves. We are here to help!

Please note that because of our days off we will need to take some of our scheduled days away. As we only build 5 snow days into the calendar and we have already taken 6 the Friday before Memorial Day will now be a school day.  We will take each additional snow day as it comes.  Pray that we have a mild winter.

We have also extended our 1st marking period to Wed., Nov. 14. Report cards will be distributed on Fri., Nov. 16 to our students so that you will have them in time for Parent-Teacher conferences beginning on Mon., Nov. 19.  Please note that Mon., Nov. 19, Tues., Nov. 20 and Wed., Nov. 21 are all 1/2 days of school.  Afterschool Care is available that week on Monday and Tuesday ONLY.

Our Tricky Tray has been rescheduled as well for Fri., Nov. 30.  Let's get all donations and gifts in by tomorrow so that we make this fundraiser a great success.

Finally,  let's continue to pray for all those who have lost homes and lives and thank God for his continued blessings to all of our STS families.

STS blessings,

Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

School Updates

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

 

I hope that you are all safe and on the way back recovering from this devastating storm.  So many I've spoken to have had losses, big and small.  We must pray for all those who have suffered loss of life, homes and possessions.  We know, however, that over the next weeks and months many of us will be rebuilding.  Keep the faith.

As of this writing I am not sure of the status of school beginning Monday, November 5.  Tomorrow night I should be receiving word from Roxbury School District whether or not they will be opening.  Right now St. Therese School has partial power.  I will check tomorrow morning and report to you on the status of OUR school.

Please be advised that all Mt. Olive students should plan on getting a ride to and from school as their school district is running limited bus service and I have not been able to get in touch with transportation there.

Students living in Hopatcong should also provide transportation to and from school.  Hopatcong has been hit hard by the storm and will not begin school "for days or even weeks" as stated by their superintendent.

The best advice I can offer to Roxbury students is to also provide their own transportation, if possible.  I will again attempt to contact Roxbury transportation tomorrow, Sunday, Nov. 4.

In addition, we have rescheduled the Tricky Tray for Friday, Nov. 30.  Please mark your calendars and spread the word!

Again, I will do an alert tomorrow to advise you of the status of school for Monday.  I will not have Internet access at my home as we are also out of power and not expecting to have it return for at least another week.  Therefore, I will have to rely on Honeywell Alerts to advise you of school status.

Thanks and God bless all of our St. Therese families,

 

Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

"You cannot add any time to your life by worrying about it." Mt 6:27

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

These words cannot be more true this weekend as we prepare for the impending storm.  Please note that if there are any changes as far as school is concerned (delays, closings, early closings) we will post it on the website's "ticker" and Honeywell alerts will be sent out. In addition, if you have not listed your cell phone number to receive alerts (emails, text messages, etc.) please make those changes to Honeywell TODAY.  If your power is out and your home land line is the only number listed on Honeywell you will not receive our messages!

Don't forget that Trunk or Treat is tonight! We are looking forward to a great crowd and family night.  Cars that are participating must be here by 6PM. All others should park in the teacher's parking lot by the small schoolyard.

Students should bring in their decorated pumpkins on Monday, October 29 (God willing!) and be dressed on Wednesday, October 31 for our parade in the schoolyard.  The parade begins at 8:30AM. Students will wear their costumes all day but bring sneakers with them for gym class.

You are all invited to the 8:30AM mass on Thursday, November 1, for All Saints Day.  This is a parish mass and the reason for the 8:30 AM time.

When your children come home from school on Wednesdays and Thursdays please check that they have actually brought home THEIR gym uniforms.  Many students who have their names on the tags are missing clothing - sweatpants, sweat shirts, even sweaters!  We would appreciate it if you could be diligent about that.

Last, please pray for all those who may be affected by Hurricane Sandy this weekend and next week.

STS blessings,

Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

"Well done good and faithful servant..." Matthew 25:21

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

As we begin the Year of Faith (October 2012 through November 2013) there are many opportunities for us, as adults, to enrich our faith life: through spiritual readings as well as attending talks at St. Paul Inside the Walls in Madison (check out their scheduled of talks on their website).  Please make this year a time for YOU and your spiritual life!

On a lighter note, many thanks to all who supported the Barnes & Noble Book Fair last Friday.  It was a great success and we had a fantastic turnout. 

The next activities on our agenda are the Trunk or Treat Halloween party scheduled for next Friday, Oct. 26.  It should prove to be a fun-filled night.  If you are planning on participating, please get in touch with Gabriella Hermey by Monday, at the very latest.

This year we've brought back the Pumpkin Decorating Contest!  Students will bring pumpkins already carved or decorated to school on Monday, Oct. 29.  Judging will take place on Wednesday (Halloween) and students will bring their pumpkins home that day.  We are looking forward to seeing lots of spooky, funny, scary and original designs.

On Halloween we will hold our parade at 8:30AM in the parking lot, weather permitting.  If it does rain we will parade throughout the school.  Students may wear their costumes to school and remain in them for the day.  Please, no "weapons" as props as part of the costume.  We encourage you to come and take lots of pictures!

We will attend mass on All Saints Day, Nov. 1, at the 8:30AM mass.  This is a parish mass but sponsored by grade 7.  Of course, all of our parents are welcome to attend.

During the month of November we will be highlighting a "saint a day."  Students will read about the saint's life over the loudspeaker so that students can learn more about them as well as the reason(s) they became a saint.  We encourage the children to understand that they, too, may become saints because of their actions.

Please enjoy the weekend ahead. 

STS blessings!

Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

"Those who believe in the Son have eternal life." John 3:36

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

It has been a short but productive week! 

Thanks to all who are volunteering for the Tricky Tray.  I can't believe that we are only one month away.  There is so much to do and so little time.  If you haven't sent your gift or donation to school yet it is so important that you do so now.  The busy bees are already wrapping gifts but we are way behind last year, so let's get those gifts in and surpass last year's total!

Tonight is our Barnes & Noble Book Fair at their store on Rt. 10East.  Bedtime stories will be read to the students by Ms. Dohrmann at 6PM. Students can come in their pajamas for the reading and Senora Hernandez will also be reading during our time there.  It promises to be a real treat!

Next Friday Photolife Pictures will be here to take photos of our PK4, Kindergarten to 8th grade pictures.  Students should "dress up" for that day if they are having their picture taken.  The 8th graders will have their cap and gown photos taken for the yearbook.  Mrs. Shagawat has instructed the class as to their attire for the day.

Trunk or Treat is fast approaching!  New to St. Therese School this year, this Halloween extravaganza should prove to be exciting and fun.  Deck out your car with Halloween decorations and fill it with trick or treat goodies.  Students will trick or treat from car to car and the best-dressed car will win a prize.  See the flyer on the Friday folder for more details.

It's going to be a chilly evening so dress warmly and we'll see you at Barnes & Noble!

STS blessings,

Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

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