"God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear,though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.Psalm46:1-3

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As the school year has begun much of the south from Texas to Florida and beyond have been hit with the devastation of Hurricane Harvey and Irma. It's going to take a great humanitarian effort to rebuild, but we rebuild. Also, let us not forget the victims of the earthquake in Oaxacata, Mexico. It was the most powerful earthquake to hit Mexico in decades. Let's keep all of them in our thoughts and prayers.

We have just completed our first full week of school and you can see the change in St. Therese School. Students in grades 2-8 are equipped with their chromebooks and learning in a way that seems to be more exciting and interesting to them.

We have a facility team in place and we are in the process of prioritizing the needs of our facility. Mr. Walter Hill is now our facilities manager, and we are pleased to have someone on board with his expertise along with Mr. Horatio D'Amore, Mr. Stewart Mabb, Mr. Myles Joyce and Mr. Matt Wines.

This past Monday, on September 11, students and faculty participated in a special prayer service honoring the victims and first responders of 911. It was quite an emotional service.

On Tuesday, September 12 I met with all of the lunch and room parents to go over specifics. I want to take this opportunity to thank all of the volunteers who are able to sacrifice their time to assist at the St. Therese School. Please know that your efforts do not go unnoticed.

All STEM schools had a meeting at the diocese on Wednesday, September 13. The diocese is asking all STEM schools to participate in a STEM Symposium on May 15 at Caldwell College to showcase some of the STEM activities that are taking place in our schools.

At my principals' meeting on Thursday, September 14, enrollment and marketing were topics of discussion. Parents, you are our best marketers. When you are in the public please inform the people in your community about the great things that are taking shape at St. Therese.

Tonight, Friday, September 15 is our Annual Family Night Ice Cream Social. Hope you can stop by for some free ice cream.

On Saturday September 16, St. Therese will have a booth at Horseshoe Lake for the Pubtoberfest. Students who show up wearing something with a St. Therese insignia will receive a NUT card on Tuesday morning.

On Monday, September 18 our K-2 teachers will be attending a Math curriculum meeting at the diocese to review new math curriculum.

All Catholic schools across the country have been asked to donate $1.00 to help the Catholic diocesan schools that have been devastated in Texas by Hurricane Harvey. All money raised across the country will go to Catholic schools in Texas. We will have a dress down day on Tuesday, September 19 for those victims.

I will be at the diocese all day on Wednesday, September 20 for a diocesan principals' meeting.

Back to School Night will take place at 7:00 pm on Thursday, September 21. Mrs. Cardinale, Grade 8 teacher, and myself will meet with Grade 8 parents at 6:00 pm and music parents will meet at 6:30 pm.

Finally, we will have individual Picture Day Friday, September 22. Grade 8 students will have pictures taken in caps and gowns. Those getting class rings will also be measured for their ring.

I hope everyone has blessed weekend! As we enjoy the summer weather this weekend let's keep in mind those who are not as blessed as we are; especially those recovering from the hurricanes and the earthquake in Mexico.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in My name, will teach you all things and remind you of everything I have said to you." John 14:26

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Our first week has come and gone. I have been very impressed with the way our year has started. I am very excited about the this school year. We have improved the building aesthetically thanks to the many parent and faculty volunteers and Bernie Coll, Candy Coll and Walter Hill. Thank you folks!! The building looks amazing!!!

Much thanks to Vince Esterly for conducting chromebook training for parents, faculty and students. Our students are on their way 21st century and digital learning.

Our pre-k and kindergarten orientation was well attended and we look forward to working with those parents to meet the needs of their sons and daughters as they progress throughout the year. Thank you for attending.

Thank you Father Marc for celebrating our Back to School Mass. St. Therese School is very blessed to have a pastor who cares so much about our school and catholic education.

On Monday, September 11 we will be commemorating the victims of 911 with a special prayer service during our morning assembly.

On Tuesday, Septemeber 12 at 9:30 am I would like to meet with all room and lunch parents. Then I am off to Morris Catholic for a liturgical meeting at 11:00 am.

On Thursday, September 14 at 6:30 pm there will be an Executive HSA Meeting in main faculty room.

On Friday, September 15 Officer Phil will be here for an assembly for all K-4 students. The assembly will take place in the gym.

Also, on Friday, September 15 our Annual Ice Cream Social will take place from 7:00 - 8:30 pm.

Back to School Night will take place on Thursday, September 21 at 7:00 pm. Musical Adventure parents will meet with Mr. Mallinson at 6:30 pm. I look forward to seeing all of our parents on Back to School Night.

On September 22, Grades k-7 will have their pictures taken in school, and Grade 8 students will get their pictures with taken with their caps and gowns. Grade 8 students will also be measured for rings.

Parents, thank you for all you do and thank you for sending your children to the St. Therese School. It really is a special place that brings people closer to God.

Finally, let's keep the victims of Hurricane Harvey and Irma in our prayers as well as the people of Mexico who are beginning to recover from a massive earthquake. Please pray! God hears us.

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"Train up a child in the way he/she should go, Even when they are old they will not depart from it."

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Ready or not school opens up for students on Tuesday, September 5. We are looking forward to our students who are coming back, and of course our new arrivals. We had our first HSA Executive Board Meeting on Thursday, August 24 and we have some new faces on the HSA this year: Mrs. Amy Levy, Mrs. Kim Mydosh, Mrs. Christine Hinson and Mr. Brian Sanford. Returning HSA members are Mrs. Carol Joyce, Rick Johnson and our new HSA president, Mr. Matt Wines. Our first regular HSA Meeting will be on Back to School Night Thursday, September 21.

I want to take this opportunity to thank Bernie and Candy Coll, Jack Simone, Walter Hill and the many parent volunteers; especially Myles and Carol Joyce, Cherese Rambaldi, Suzanne Hopkins, and Matt Wines, who sacrificed and gave up their time to improve the physical appearance of our wonderful school that we call St.Therese. Also, many thanks to the faculty members who were able to come in over the summer and lend their skills for the benefit of our school. It is greatly appreciated!!

Please don't forget that there is mandatory google chromebook training for parents, and students on Tuesday, August 29, Wednesday, August 30, Thursday, August 31, and Tuesday, September 5 from 6:30 pm to 7:30 pm.

Parents, know that we are pleased to have you as partners in education. As the year progress, and you become more informed, we encourage you to communicate with your teachers and myself who can be of great assistance in regards to our programs, curriculum and activities.

One of my goals is to see that students, parents and guardians of students, all feel at home at St. Therese. To accomplish that I will put information out almost weekly on my blog about upcoming events, activities, programs and accomplishments of our students and faculty.

Please make sure you read the student/parent handbook. It gives you a good idea of the expectations we have at the St. Therese School for our students and parents. I look forward to seeing everyone on September 5th.

Enjoy the rest of what is left of the summer break.

God bless
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"For I know the plans for you, declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

"The Lord goes before you and will be with you, He will never leave you nor forsake you. Do not be afraid, do not be discouraged." Deuteronomy 31:8

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Looks like summer has finally arrived, which is good news for the St. Therese Carnival. All students who attend wearing St. Therese apparel will receive a NUT card for next Tuesday, our last full day.

Wednesday, June 14 we will hold our Baccalaureate Mass at 10:00 am. Despite it being a gym day there won't be much time for gym so the entire school will be attending and all students must wear their school uniforms. The mass will be followed by 8th grade awards and graduation will take place in the gym at 5:00 pm followed by a reception.

Volunteers are needed for the 2017 Tricky Tray. Check the Friday Folder for more information.

The Brownies are sponsoring Project Backpack and are collecting supplies for families in need until June 16. Check the Friday Folder for information.

St. Elizabeth Catholic Church in Flanders will be running a Vacation Bible School from July 31-August 4. More information is available on the Friday Folder.

From June14-19 school will operate on a half day schedule. There will be aftercare on June 14, 15 and 16 from 12:00 pm - 6:00 pm. The last official day of school is Monday, June 19. There will be no aftercare.

Summer has arrived! Enjoy the weekend!
God bless,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

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