"The greatest among you shall be your servant." Matthew 23:11

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

So far we have 102 families pre-registerd for next year. If you have not registered, please do so as soon as possible.

Beginning on Wednesday, March 8 we will have Welcome Wednesdays Open House from 9:00 am - 11:00 am for any new families who would like to tour the building. Potential students are also welcome to shadow for a day at St. Therese.

The Cornerstone Women's Retreat is on March 17 and 18 and they have vacancies for any woman 21 and over to participate.

The Education Council and the Five Year Planning Committee met recently and the topic of conversation was technology and what our plans are moving forward.
Next year St. Therese will implement a $200.00 technology fee, which will equip all students with the technology they need to learn the digital skills they need to function in the 21st century.

Also discussed was making improvements to the physical appearance of the building and utilizing the resources that we have in the St. Therese School Community. We have many talented parents who already volunteer, and your time is greatly appreciated. Going forward we will be looking for skilled parents in a multitude of different areas from technology, facilities and accounting to labor. As we progress we will reach out for help from people who have expertise in certain areas that in the end will benefit the students of the St. Therese School.

On March 1, Ash Wednesday, Bishop Seratelli will be our guest and celebrant at the 12:05 pm mass. Our student body from K-8 will be attending this service.

Terra Nova Standardized Tests will take place from March 6-10.

There will be a Project Graduation Fish and Chips Dinner in the gym on March 11 from 5:00 pm - 7:00 pm.
We have two snow days to make up thus far, and those days will be made up on April 13, Holy Thursday as a 1/2 day with no aftercare and on Friday, May 26 as a 1/2 day with no aftercare.

We continue to be in desperate need of lunch parents. If you are available your service is welcome.

Thank you for all you do for the students of St. Therese School.

God bless,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"I believe the Bible is the best gift God has ever given to man. All the good from the Saviour of the World is communicated to us through this Book." Abraham Lincoln

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

This week was ACRE Testing Week for grades five and eight, but they were not the only ones being tested for their knowledge of the Catholic faith. All faculty and staff took a similar test called the IFG (Information for Growth Test).

On February 14, many of our classes celebrated St. Valentine's Day, but the kindergarten did it in a very special manner. The kindergarten had a wedding ceremony and reception. The letter "Q" got married to the letter "U". I was invited to preside and perform the ceremony. Many parents, and grandparents attended. Students sang songs about how Q and U were now one, and then after the ceremony was over students went back to class for a St. Valentine's Day Wedding Reception of Q and U. There is no doubt that when our students spell a word that begins with Q,  they will know U will follow because they are married.

Report Cards have gone out. Congratulations to all of the students who achieved First Honors and Second Honors. All other students continue to work hard and do the best you can.

Another congratulations is in order. Please also join me in congratulating Ms. Kristen Taylor. Kristen, our grade two teacher has been named the 2017 Knights of Columbus Teacher of the Year! 

Tonight is Family Bingo Night and the doors open at 6:30 pm with the first ball dropping at 6:45, so get in, get settled, and hopefully get lucky!

I know it is a ways off, but St. Therese has invited internationally acclaimed speaker and author, Chris Stefanick to speak in a program called, "Reboot Live!" on Friday, April 21, 2017 from 7:00 pm - 9:30 pm. The program has been a life-changing event for parishes and families who have heard him speak. This program is appropriate for kids who are the age of 12 and up. Tickets are on sale and going fast at the rectory for $20.00. Call 973-584-8271.

I ask you to keep Trish Irving, the St. Therese Rectory secretary in your prayers as she recooperates from neck and spinal surgery.

Finally, as we celebrate Presidents' Day, let's pray for our current President that he will be guided by the Holy Spirit in his decision making along with all of our government officials. Let us also be reminded of Abraham Lincoln's quote above and read something from what he called the best gift God ever gave man.

God bless and have wonderful long weekend!

 

"Even if they sin against seven times in a day and seven times come back to you saying, I repent: you must forgive them." Luke: 17:4

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

I hope everyone has recovered from the snow and the ice. Although we had an abbreviated week many things are taking place at the St. Therese School. Teachers in grades 3-5 attended a STEM workshop  on Monday, February 6 and teachers in grades 6-8 will be attending a Math workshop at Diocesan Center on Monday, February 13. 

Students in Grade 5 and 8 will be taking the ACRE (Assessment of Children/Youth Religious Education) on Monday February 13 and the teachers will be taking the IFG (Information for Growth) test as well.

There is tentative Educational Council Meeting scheduled for Monday, February 13 at 4:30 pm. I say tentative because I changed the time hoping those on the committee can attend at 4:30 pm instead of 7:00 pm. 

A Yearbook Comittee Meeting is scheduled for 3:00 pm on Wednesday, February 15 and an Executive HSA meeting scheduled for 6:30 pm on Thursday, February 16.

On Friday, February 17 Family Bingo Night is scheduled and the doors open at 6:30 pm.

Finally, tomorrow, Saturday, February 11 some of our second grade students from the St. Therese School and the local public schools in the St. Therese Religious Education Program will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. What a beautiful sacrament God has blessed us with. We are all sinners, but if we truly repent and receive this gift God has given, our sins are forgiven. Most of us are repeat sinners and that is why we need this wonderful sacrament. Let's be examples to our children and receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation as often as we can. God's mercy is the greatest gift He has given us.

God bless.

"There is neither Jew nor Gentile, neither slave nor free, nor is there male or female, for you are all one in Christ." Galatians 3:28

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Today concludes a very busy Catholic Schools Week that began on Sunday, January 29 with the Eighth Grade Ring Mass Ceremony and Breakfast followed by an Open House for prospective students and parents to tour the building and learn about, "The Saint Therese Difference."

On Monday we opened school with STEM projects on display, Fr. Marc ate lunch with the student body and students learned the history of the Rosary in an assembly put on by Mrs. Theresa Solazzo and Francine Calabrese. On Tuesday, we had a prayer service and flag raising ceremony to honor those in public service and our military men and women. There were more STEM activities in the afternoon and some story time reading with upper class buddies. On Wednesday, we had an Open House again for parents to tour the building. Students jumped rope for the American Heart Association, which was followed by an extremely competitve  eighth grade/student parent volleyball game with the eighth grade coming out on top.

Thursday was absolutely brilliant! The  third, fourth and fifth grade put on a Wax Museum Exhibit in the gym that was open to all parents and grandparents. Each student was assigned a famous person in American history and became that person posing as a wax dummy. It was superbly done. Much thanks to Ms. Dohrmann, Ms. Muller, Mrs. Brown, Mrs. Rowland and Ms. Suggs. Friday was capped off with a mass celebration honoring all school volunteers and Mr. Arce, the St. Therese maintenance supervisor for the past fifteen years. A Teacher Appreciation luncheon followed and was sponsored by the HSA. Thank you HSA!

As Catholic Schools Week concludes, we begin Black History Month. The quote above comes from Galatians, and was often used by Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. I think Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. was trying to tell us in God's eyes, although we may appear and look different on the outside, we are all the same in in God's eyes, we are all one in the body of Christ and we always will be. Fr. Marc reiterated that in his sermom remembering Mr. Arce at First Friday mass. As we go through Black History Month let's focus on being tolerant of those who may appear to be different than us and keep in mind we are all one in the body of Christ.

God bless

"You knit me in my mother's womb... nor was my frame unknown to you when I was made in secret." (Psalm 139:13,15)

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

It's official, all eighth grade students from St. Therese have been accepted to the Catholic High School of their choice with many gaining scholarships through their academic abilities and doing so well in their interviews. Congratulations Grade 8 students! You guys are awesome!!!!!

This week when you go to mass you may here students, alumni, teachers and parents of students who attended, or still attend Catholic schools speak about the positive influence Catholic schools have had in their lives. Being a product of Catholic elementary school I know the value of a Catholic School education. I am continually amazed  how successful students are in high school, college and after college that have had the opportunity to get a Catholic education at some point in their life. Of the students getting scholarships to college, Catholic schools rank at the top. The results speak for themselves, and it is one the reason parents invest and sacrifice so much in order for their sons and daughters so they can attend Catholic Schools, but an even bigger reason is that students learn what it means to be Catholic, and what it means to know, love and serve God. Our number one objective at St. Therese is to get students to know, love and serve God. When students do this and put there trust in Jesus Christ, everything else falls into place.

Sunday, January 29 is the beginning of Catholic Schools Week and we hope that if you are not a member of St. Therese that you will stop by at our Open Houses on Sunday, January, 29 from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and on Wednesday, Februsary 1 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. A complete schedule of activities for Catholic Schools Week is listed on the Friday Folder part of our website.

Finally, this Friday, January 27, our seventh, and eighth grade students along with parents, Mrs. Cornish, Mrs. Gargin, myself and some members of the St. Therese Parish will be travelling to Washington DC to participate in "March for Life Rally,"  Standing up for life is part of "The St. Therese Difference."

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

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