"Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will refresh you." Mt 11:28

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

How many of us are laboring these days?  When will Spring really get here?  WILL it ever get here???  The truth is Spring is already in our hearts.  The promise of a new tomorrow happened this week with the election of our new pope, Pope Francis!  Please pray for him and for the work he is about to do for our church.

Of course, the children were excited and happy when the white smoke appeared atop the chimney of the Sistine Chapel.  In fact, in the first grade, Mrs. Reilly had it streaming on her SmartBoard when the smoke appeared she said, "White smoke, we have a pope!" They all ran to the classroom windows looking for it coming from the church! 

We really know Spring is here because this week the Terra Nova tests were given in grades 1-7.  Make up tests will be given next week and then they'll be packed up and sent back for grading.  Hopefully we will have the results some time in May. 

We have two exciting events happening very soon.  Our annual Fish & Chips dinner, sponsored by the 8th grade, will take place next Saturday, March 23 between 5:00-7:00PM in the auditorium.  Tickets are available and the flyer is on the Friday folder.  It's always a great night out so treat the family to some great food from Argyle's of Kearney!

Our annual John Rackowski Memorial Golf Outing, one of our largest fundraisers, will take place on Wednesday, April 24 at Farmstead Country Club.  It's a great way to herald in Spring so get a foursome together, sponsor a hole, take an ad in the ad journal or join us for dinner!  We'd like this to be our biggest fundraiser of the year so get the word out to family and friends!

Enjoy the weekend and have a Happy St. Patrick's Day!

Peace,

Mrs. Hirschfeld

:He had to enter into every detail of human life." Hebrews 2:17

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

As we approach the midway mark of Lent we can reflect on the Scripture passage above to remind us of His sacrifice for us.  It is a good time to think about the sacrifices we have each made during this Lenten season.

First and foremost, we have a wonderful surprise for all of our students and parents.  Today we took delivery of a beautiful digital piano for our music classes and concerts. This was a donation from the Favatella family.  Their daughter, Brianna, is in our second grade class.  It is a "top of the line" piano that I know Mrs. Warga is going to love to use and it will certainly enhance our music program and concerts!  We can't thank the Favatellas enough for their generosity and gift to our school!  God bless them!!!

Our students have been diligent in doing things for others during Lent.  Our Armada Blanca Club is busy collecting baby clothing that will be sent to St. Mary's Hospital in Passaic.  Our third graders are making "Duck Tape" pens, pencils, wallets, etc. to raise money for the Dunlow Library.  We are proud of the efforts made in our school that are aligned with social justice issues in our country.

As you know, fundraising is integral in keeping our school viable and healthy.  Tomorrow night is our first-ever Casino Night.  We are so very grateful to all the Casino Night committee members for their hard work and dedication to make this night a huge success.  Thanks to all and God bless each of you.

The next two activities that are coming up are our Family Night Laser Light Show on Friday, March 15. This is a new activity and one which should prove to be exciting and fun.  However, we must have a head count of 50 families in order for us to provide the show. So please have your $15/family fee in by next Friday.

Our next big fundraiser, and one which was rescheduled from the fall, is our annual Golf Outing at Farmstead Country Club, April 23.  Get your foursomes together, take an ad in the ad journal, or just meet us for dinner!  We've had a LONG fall and winter.  Wouldn't it be great to come out for some sunshine and golf to chase away the winter blues???? The brochure is on the Friday folder and encourage you to join us!

Have a wonderful weekend and please take some time this weekend to pray the Stations of the Cross with your children....

Hope to see many of you tomorrow night!

Peace,

Mrs. Hirschfeld

 

 

"Anything you did for even the least of my people here, you also did for me." Mt 25:40

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

The scripture passage above speaks volumes to the wonderful work being done in both the school and parish to help those less fortunate than us.  The Dunlow Library project, baby clothing collection by our Armada Blanca Club, the inspiration of third graders by Dunlow to make and sell Duck tape pens, bracelets, etc. is heart-warming.  During this season of sacrifice we are asked to do for "the least of my people" and it is evident here at St. Therese School. 

This week brings many registrations for students in grades PK3 through 8th grade.  We thank God for the healthy and robust response to our "word of mouth" marketing.  So many times I've heard that families are drawn to our school because of someone they know whose children are attending or have attended our school.  Keep up the great work you are doing to promote STS!

Children will be receiving the sacrament of Reconciliation this week.  For the younger grades especially, please remind your children about the prayers said before and after receiving the sacrament.  Although it is certainly reinforced in school, it is imperative that your support and encouragement be present to your children.

A last reminder that our new fundraiser, Casino Night, will be held this Saturday at Junction 46.  If you can support this fundraiser that would be great!  It promises to be a great time.

Our next Family Night will take place in the school auditorium on Friday, March 15.  It will be a laser light show produced by Prismatic Entertainment.  Sounds fantastic!  We will need to have a definite head count by Friday, March 8 so please see the flyer on the Friday folder.

Enjoy your week!

Peace,

Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

"Your brother ... was lost, but now he is found." Luke 15:32

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

What beautiful words to begin the season of Lent!  Hopefully, by Easter Sunday we, too, will find our way back to Jesus...

So many things are happening at our school these days:

* Ash Wednesday mass

* Burying the Alleluia

* Classes attending daily mass

* Stations of the cross being prayed ~ both in church and school

The next time you stop by please notice that all the hallway bulletin boards are each decorated as a station of the cross.  We are encouraging our students to be mindful each day of the journey and sacrifice made for them by our Lord and how we should walk that journey with Jesus this Lent.

Please be sure to take advantage of all of the church's offerings this Lenten season.  Check the bulletin for dates and times for the sacrament of Reconciliation, Stations of the Cross, Living Stations, etc.  Imagine how rich you will come away from this season if you experience these with your children!

On a separate note, please mark your calendars for two VERY SPECIAL EVENTS. 

* Thursday, Feb. 21 - Home & School Association Meeting - Please make every effort to attend! NUT cards to be distributed. Guest speaker.

* Saturday, March 2 - Our first-ever CASINO NIGHT!  Get your tickets while they're available.  You won't want to miss this evening!!! Great prizes and raffles!!!!!

Don't forget that this Monday, Feb. 18 is President's Day and a holiday (day off) for our school.

Enjoy the long weekend!

Peace,

Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

"I was hungry, an you gave me food. I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink." Mt 25:35

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

I feel that this week our school has been both drink and food for others: the St. Therese parish community, the Roxbury community and the diocesan community.  As Catholic Schools Week comes to a close today we are confident that STS has fostered a climate of sharing our gifts and talents with not only our own school families but with the wider community.  Through Mission Bingo, the Wax Museum, grandparent/parent appreciation, buddy reading, line dancing, open houses, and mass today we have reached showcased what we are all about at our school.  We have raised the bar of expectation for those who may be considering our school for next year's student education.  Many thanks to all of you who have helped to make this happen!

Due to the early dismissal this past Monday we will be rescheduling the luncheon with the priests and sisters and our vocation talk for sometime in the near future.  I will keep you posted as to the dates. 

We are planning on distributing report cards next Monday, Feb. 4 and honors at morning prayers on Tuesday.

Please take note of the flyer for our February Family Night at Aspen Ice.  It is imperative that you get your reservation and check into school as soon as possible.  It should prove to be a fun night so make some time on Sat., Feb. 23 to join in the fun!

Enjoy the Super Bowl this weekend!!!

Peace,

Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

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