"For He is gracious and merciful and slow to anger, abounding in steadfast love." Joel 13:2

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Congratulations goes out to the St. Therese School as they were selected as a 2016-17 ExxonMobil Educational Alliance Grant Award Winner. St. Therese received a check for $500.00 to be used towards a science or math program at the school. The award was made possible by CrossAmerica Partners and ExxonMobil. Our local ExxonMobil gas station dealer supports the St. Therese School, so we at St. Therese say, "Thank you."

It has been an extremely busy week at St. Therese as we prepare for Catholic School's Week, which runs from Sunday, January 29- Friday, February 3. Information on our CSW can be found on the website. We hope to see many parents at our Open Houses, which runs on Sunday, January 29 from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and on Wednesday, February 1 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am.

Students were treated to the NED Show on Friday, January 13, which visits over two million students every year. The assembly promoted positive attitudes and encourages students and staff to do their best every day. We were able to see the $1200.00 assemby for free because of Pay it Forward Schools. Now it is our turn to Pay It Forward so other schools can see the assembly for free as well. The way it works is the NED Show gives St. Therese School fancy yo yos to sell to students after the assembly. The money raised from the yo yos goes to the NED Show organization, who uses that money to promote good character . Yo yos will be on sale at lunch from January 17-20. The cost of the yo yos are:

The NED YO:    $8.00    The BOOMERANG:    $10.00    The EXCELERATOR: $15.00 It would be very helpful if students bring exact change or checks. Checks should be made out to STS.

At St. Therese School we learn,"The law exists to protect the weak from the strong." Henry Hyde.

Who is protecting or speaking for the unborn? The seventh and eighth graders, and parents of St. Therese School are. On Friday, January 27, 2017 they will attending the March for Life Rally in Washington DC to promote life and fight the evil of abortion in a peaceful and prayerful march up Constitution Avenue to the Supremme Court. There will be a special mass at 6:00 am at St. Therese Church before the bus departs at 6:30 am. The bus will arrive back at approximately 10:00 pm. There are still seats available. If you would like like to attend the March for Life with us please contact me at 973-584-1082 ext: 103.

This Monday we celebrate Martin Luther King's birthday. School is closed for students. Teachers have a Professional Development Day. Martin Luther King believed and preached that all men and women have the right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. What better way to honor Martin Luther King by praying for the unborn who want the right to life.

Finally, I ask everyone in the St. Therese Community to pray for our maintenance supervisor, Mr. Paul Arce who has taken ill.

God bless.

Tim Dunnigan

"Whatever you did to the least of my brothers, that you did unto me." Matthew 25:40

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Happy New Year!

Hard to beleive it is January 2017, but here we are. January is an action packed month. Students Pre-k thru 8 enjoyed a Mad Science presentation with all kinds of crazy experiments on Thursday, January 5. The Mad Science program will be starting up one day per week with funfilled science activities after school very shortly.

On Friday, January 6 students celebrated the Feast of the Epiphany by attending First Friday Mass sponsored by the sixth grade. Congratulations to the second grade. They will be getting free pizza from Mr. Dunnigan for singing the their hymns the loudest during First Friday Mass.

There will be a Marketing Committee Meeting on Tuesday, January 10 at 3:00 pm. Hopefully all members of the Marketing Committee can attend to prepare for Catholic Schools Week. There will be no school for students on January 16, Martin Luther King Day, but teachers will be in school to partcipate in a Professional Development Day.

Midterms will be given during the week of January 23-27 for all students in grades 4-8. 

On Friday, January, 27 students in grades 7 and 8, parents and parishioners will be taking a bus to Washington DC to participate in the annual "March for Life." Unfortunately the unborn do not have a voice to be heard and this is St. Therese's way of speaking up for the unborn. Seats are stiil are still available, but going fast. The bus will hold up to 55 people. Currently we have about 20 seats available and they will be given away on a first come first serve basis. If you are interested in attending the "March for Life Rally," call Tim Dunnigan, principal of St. Therese School at 973-584-0812 Ext: 103.

Finally, Catholic Schools Week will run from Sunday, January 29 - February 4. There will be many activities going on throughout the week and there will be more to come about that in the coming weeks. Open House will be on Sunday, January 29 from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm and Tuesday, January 31 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

"Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those whom His favor rests." Luke: 2:7

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

I would like to take this opportunity to wish everyone in the STS School Community a very Blessed, Merry and Holy Christmas and a Healthy, Prosperous New Year in Christ!

"For today in the city of David, a Savior has been born for you who is Messiah and Lord."

"O Come, O Come Emmanuel." Isaiah 7

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As we approach the fourth week of Advent, let's always keep in mind the reason for the season; preparing for the coming of our Lord, Jesus Christ.

Another busy week has come and gone. The Education Council met on Monday, December 12. Agenda items covered marketing, catholic schools week, technology and AdvancED Re-Accreditation.

Our students and music teachers have been busy all week rehearsing for Friday night's annual St. Therese Christmas Band/Concert. There will be a packed house, and from what I have seen in the rehearsal, it is going to be an outstanding concert. 

Santa's Shop will be open for business during school hours on Tuesday, December 20. Please make sure your order forms are in and that students bring in cash on Tuesday morning for the gifts they are going to purchase.

We will close out the week on Friday, December 23 with a prayer service and breakfast. Students will be dismissed at 12:00 pm and there will be no aftercare.

Finally, I want to thank the fourth grade parents for meeting with Fr. Marc and myself on Thursday night. I felt the meeting was enlightening and productive. Thank you.

I hope everyone enjoys the Christmas Concert. Have a blessed weekend and be safe!

"With God, all things are possible "

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

"We can accomplish more in one hour with God, than we can in a lifetime without Him."

This week has been a very busy week. On Monday, I was invited to attend the 40th annual Award of Honor luncheonat the Pines Manor in Edison, NJ  where my former colleague and athletic director received the NJ State Award of Honor. His name is Bill Edelman. Bill is a man of honesty and integrity and that's why he was so deserving of this award. It was an event I could not miss. He is retiring on December 31 and was a role model for other athletic directors in the state of NJ. He lived by the morals and values that I see being taught at the St. Therese School. I was honored to have been invited. 

On Tuesday, December 6, Lisa Veivia, grade 6 was awarded first place in the Patriot's Penn Essay Contest. The essay was entitled, "The America I Believe In." Alyssa Guevara, grade 7, took second place and Danielle Silverman, grade 8 took third place. The awards were given out during the morning prayer assembly by Mrs. Ann Collucci. Mrs. Collucci stated that the contest was open to all middle schools, public and private, and all three winners came from the St. Therese School. That's quite an accomplishment!

On Thursday, December 8, all St. Therese students celebrated the Feast of the Immaculate Conception by attending mass celebrated by Fr. Andres. Fr. Andres delivered an excellent sermon about doing the will of God and being able to discern the will of God as our Blessed Mother did.

On Friday, December 9, our pre-k 4 put ona small Christmas Nativity play and sang Christmas carols to their parents and invited guests. The pre-3 also sang Happy Birthday to Jesus and a number of other Christmas carols to their parents and invited guests. The pre-k 4 concert took place in the gym and the pre-k 3 concert took place in the church conference room. Santa surprised both the pre-k 3 and 4 by showing up and handing out small gifts before he headed back to the North Pole.

Finally keep in your prayers two St. Therese students who underwent surgery this week. We have been praying for them during our morning prayer assemblies for the quick recovery of first grade Nick Mizzoni and third grader Jada Scalfani.

Don't forget our Christams Concert is scheduled for Friday, December 16 at 7:00 pm

God bless and have a great weekend.

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