"God shoed how much He loved us by sending His only Son into the world." 1 John 4:9

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

We are approaching an exciting week for all who are in Catholic education ~ Catholic Schools Week.  It is a time for show-casing all that we are and do in a Catholic, Christian setting.  Please be sure to come and experience all that we are offering this coming week.  The agenda can be found on the home page of our website.

This Sunday is a great day for our 8th graders. They will receive their school rings and graduate pins at the 9:00AM mass.  Afterwards, they and their families will enjoy a breakfast in the school auditorium. 

We are asking as many families as possible to attend this 9:00 mass with their children dressed in their school uniform.  The children have made thank you cards for our parishioners and we'd like them to hand them out after mass.  Your child should see his/her teacher prior to mass for a thank you card.

Open houses will take place this Sunday and Monday.  Encourage your family and friends to visit us! We always get our best students by your "word of mouth" marketing!

If you've been finding my initials and comments on the bottom of your child's tests, quizzes, etc. lately it's because I've been asking to see samples of their work.  I believe it is good practice for me to keep up to date on your child's progress and to let them know that I'm keeping abreast of what they are doing in class.  This is actually a practice begun many years ago by Sr. Mary and one that I'd like to continue.

It looks like the weather is taking a turn for the better next week but please keep reminding your children to dress appropriately for outside weather.  Heavier jackets, mittens and hats should be worn during this time of the year.

I hope you have a wonderful weekend!


Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld


"He has filled them with skill" Exodus 35:35

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

How true a scripture passage!  We are so very blessed here at St. Therese School with a student, parent body and faculty that make our school work as a thoroughly viable Catholic educational institution.  May God keep blessing us!

Just a few things going forward....

* There is a half day this coming Monday, Jan. 21, which is being used as a make up day for the days taken for the hurricane. After school care is available.

* Letters of Intent are due by Monday, Jan. 21. We must know: yes, no or possibly. There are so many families waiting (some two years or more) to enroll their children in our school and I need to let them know. I need to be fair to them.

* Mid-Term exams will take place next week from Tuesday through Friday for grades 4 -8. 

* The Catholic Schools Week agenda is available on the website along with all the activities that are associated with it.  Please get the forms in to us where/when you will participate by Monday.

* We are so very excited about our first Casino Night to be held on Saturday, March 2. The Casino Night Committee has been working hard since the fall to make this a wonderful, fun and fantastic night. It is a night to dress up, enjoy the gaming tables (run by a professional gaming company) and have many chance and "WOW" prizes to win!  You will NOT want to miss this fundraiser!!!  Please check out the Friday folder for all the information you'll need to purchase your tickets.  Spread the word! Get your friends and family to join you.  You WON'T be disappointed!!!

* Next week we will be registering our Pre-K and Kindergarten children.  If you know someone who is interested, especially in our Pre-K, please ask them to contact the office.

Thanks and enjoy the weekend!


Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld


"Your word is like a lamp for my feet and a light for my path." Psalm 119:105

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

It seems as if Christmas was a lifetime away, but here we are, only two and a half weeks from this holiday...Time really does fly! 

We are already gearing up for mid-term exams and Catholic Schools Week.  Please make sure that your child is actively studying for these exams as they will make up a good part of their final grade.  Teachers have been supplying students with review sheets and taking precious class time to prepare so they must take it seriously.

We've got a great deal of activity happening during Catholic Schools Week so be sure to check out the Friday folder for all the sign up sheets and agenda that is planned. 

Last Friday our Letter of Intent for the 2013-14 school year went home in backpacks for all our families.  Already we have waiting lists for some of our grades so I urge you to talk about it and return it to us along with the required registration fee of $100 as soon as possible. We must be fair to those families who are awaiting an answer.

The second marking period closes Friday, January 25 however PowerSchool will be closed to parents as of this evening.  Hopefully you have checked your child's grades for the marking period.

Our first ever Casino Night will take place on Saturday, March 2 at Junction 46.  We are really looking forward to a GREAT evening and hope that you'll get your tickets early!  Remember that the discounted rate will expire on January 15!  Note the flyers on the Friday folder for more important information.

Wishing you and your family a great weekend!


Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

"God will help you deal with whatever hard things come up when the time comes." Matthew 6:34

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

Truer words haven't been spoken.... This has been a tremendous beginning half of our school year.  We've been challenged and tried over and over but, with faith in God, we find the strength when the time comes...

Many thanks to all of our wonderful room moms and other parents who stepped up to help last week for Owen's repast. When Fr. Marc asked me to get the luncheon together I knew that I could count on the generosity, time and talent of our parents.   I know Liz and Sean appreciated all that was done that day and so did I.

Tons of congratulations go to Mrs. Dawn Warga, our music teacher, for the beautiful job done on the Christmas concert.  The theme of "One Child" really resonated that night and we are grateful to her for all she does for our music program here at school. 

In addition to Mrs. Warga we must congratulate the 8th grade and Mrs. Shagawat for their play presentation.  Great job!!!

This week the pace slowed a bit, although anticipation has grown to a crescendo waiting for the birth of our Savior.  We have been diligent in saying very special Advent prayers each morning and lighting our Advent wreath as we remember to empty our hearts each day in order to let Jesus fill them on Christmas morning!

Tomorrow marks the final day of school before Christmas vacation.  We will have a brief prayer and then Christmas brunch before ending school at noon.  There is no After School Care tomorrow so all children must be picked up by noon.

It is my prayer that you witness the birth of Jesus with open hearts on Christmas morning!

Advent blessings!

Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

"Be wise in the way you act with people who are not believers." Colossians 4:5

by Lisa Hirschfeld Email

Dear Parents,

As we end the first week of Advent we remind our students that they must "empty their hearts" each day so that by the time Christmas arrives their hearts may be filled with Jesus.  We should also try to do the same.

I want to sincerely thank all the wonderful work accomplished by the Tricky Tray committee.  It was great seeing that we were "sold out!"  This event takes such a terrific group to pull it off and the hard work paid off.  Thanks also to all the families who contributed trays.  I believe that we had close to 100% participation.

Please note that next week is our Christmas concert.  Students should wear "dress up" clothes - preferably Christmas colors - and boys should wear a shirt with a collar.  No sneakers, please. We look forward to a wonderful concert and thank, in advance, Mrs. Warga and Mr. Mallinson for all their efforts to make this concert a great success.

Our final day of school before Christmas is Friday, Dec. 21. We will enjoy a Christmas brunch at 9:00AM and then dismissal at noon.  There will be no after school care that day so all will need to be picked up by noon.

Let us remember that during this holy season the Christ Child is present to us each day in the ordinary things we do and people we meet. 

God bless each of our St. Therese families,

Mrs. Lisa Hirschfeld

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