"He changes times and seasons; He sets up kings and deposes them. He gives wisdom to the wise and knowledge to the discerning." Daniel 2:20-21

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As we approach Election Day let us pray that people will vote with a sense of thankfulness for having the right to vote in a democratic society, and that God will give us the wisdom to see what love, and justice under His law demands so we can make informed voting decisions.

From October thru February there will be five special memorial masses in memory of Deacon Tony on the 3rd Wednesday of the month following Adoration. The first was 10/18. The dates from November going forward are: 11/15, 12/20, 1/17, and 2/21 Deacon Tony's birthday.

All Grade 8 students are registerd for the HSPT(COOP). Students will be taking the test on Monday, November 13, 2017. Students should make sure they get a good night's sleep the night before, bring a water bottle, three sharpened number 2 pencils, and wear their gym uniform. No watches, cell phones, chromebooks or calculators will be permitted. Students may get picked up at 12:00 pm on that day if they can be transported by a parent.

Congratulations to eighth grade students on their clothing drive. They received a check for $444.20 for collecting 2,221 lbs of clothing. Well done eighth grade!

The end of the first marking period is Wednesday, November 8 and school is closed for the NJEA Teacher Convention on Thursday, November 9 and Friday, November 10.

We also salute our veterans on November 10 and thank them for their service; especially those who made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms of everyday life in the good old USA.  A special salute goes out our facilities manager, Mr. Walter Hill, who served in the army for thirty years and did multiple tours of duty during war time.

Parent/teacher conferences will be held on Monday, November 20 and Tuesday, November 21. Conference forms should have gone home by now. If you need to change a time, please contact your teacher. Dismissal will be at 12:00 pm for all students. There will be after care on these days.

On Wednesday, November 22 we will celebrate our Thanksgiving Table at 9:00 am. School will be dismissed at 12:00 noon and there will be no after care.

Finally, tonight is the St. Therese Annual Tricky Tray. Tonight's Tricky Tray is sold out. Good luck to all those who coming and supporting this important fundraiser.

God bless and have a wonderful weekend!

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"Beloved do not imitate evil, but imitate good. Whoever does good is from God; whoever does evil has not seen God."

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

This week has been a fairly quiet week. Our students continue to pray the rosary during the month of October. With October also being Reapect Life Month we prayed our rosaries for the unborn and that people throughout the world will respect life at all stages until our Father in heaven calls us home.

All St. Therese students participated in Bus Safety Program on Thursday, October 26. The program was sponsored by Roxbury Transportation. Much thanks goes out to Roxbury bus drivers, and Mrs. Janine Byrne, transportation director of the Roxbury schools, who gave up their time to put this most valuable program together for our students

Tonight the St. Therese annual Trunk or Treat will take place in the St. Therese school parking lot. It's not too late to volunteer. Hope you can make it.

Our pre-k3 and 4 will celebrate their Halloween by having their parade on Monday, Octpober 30. Grades 1-8 will have their Halloween parade on Tuesday, October 31 at 1:30 pm, not at 1:00 pm as is posted on the calendar.

We are still, looking for volunteers to sell tickets on the afernoon and night of the Tricky Tray and it's not too late to donate a basket or gift. The Tricky Tray will take place on Friday, November 3. Doors open at 6:00 pm.

Our eighth grade Meatball Madness has been postponed from Saturday, November 11, 2017 to Saturday, January 27, 2018.

Finally, we have received permission from the diocese to send the Terra Nova Standardized Test Results home. Results will come home with your children today. Please review them carefully.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"In times of darkness, holding the rosary is like holding the Blessed Mother's hand."

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

We continue to honor our Blessed Mother Mary during the month of October reciting the rosary. This morning we completed the Sorrowful Mysteries asking Jesus to have mercy on us and the whole world. By the month's end we will have completed the Joyful, Glorious, Sorrowful and Luminous Mysteries. Please encourage your children to say the rosary when they can. It is a very powerful prayer and bestows many graces on those who say it.

On Saturday, October 21 first St. Therese School and parish are partnering for a day of service. Many service projects are lined up for the school and the church. If you have a few hours to lend we can use all hands on deck. Much thanks to Mr. Walter Hill for coordinating.

On Tuesday, October 24 the Roxbury Rotray Club will present all third grade students with dictionaries and do a brief presentation on how to best use the dictionary. Thank you Roxbury Rotary Club!

Our eighth gradesrs will be heading to Morris Catholic for their annual 8th grade retreat on Tuesday, October 24. The retreat will take place from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm.

All diocesan principals from Region 2 and 3  will be meeting at the Assumption School in Morristown on Wednesday, October 25.

On Thursday, October 26 Roxbury School District will presenting our students with a Bus Safety Program.

Finally, next Friday, October 27 St. Therese will hold its annual Trunk or Treat.  Also, please note that our annual Halloween parade will take place on Tuesday, October 31 at 1:30 pm, not 1:00 pm as is posted on the school calendar.

Have blessed weeked!

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

"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

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