"We never give more honor to Jesus than when we honor His Mother." Saint Louis Marie Montfort

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

During the month of May, in honor of our Mother Mary, we continue to pray a decade of the rosary daily. Today, we finished up with the Fifth Glorious Mystery, the Coronation of Mary as Queen of Heaven. It was very fitting as our second graders crowned Our Lady in a May Crowning ceremony later in the day at the church. For the May Crowning students recited the full rosary and sang hymns dedicated to our Blessed Mother. Students and faculty also attended First Friday Mass earlier in the day, and Fr. Marc gave students a homily on the importance of prayer.

On Saturday, May 5, and Saturday May 20 our second graders will receive their First Holy Communion. Our prayers and thoughts are with them on this very special day.

Our Mother/Son Carnival begins at 5:30 pm. Many of our students are looking forward to putting Ms. Muller, Ms. Dohrmann and Mr. Dunnigan in the dunk tank. Hopefully the water won't be too cold! Much thanks to all of the volunteers who gave up their time making this event a special day to remember for their sons.

Mrs. Warga and Mr. Mallinson, our music teachers have been very busy preparing for the annual Spring Concert, which will take place on Friday, May 12 at 7:00 pm in the gym.

The 34th annual HSA Golf Outing is taking place on Tuesday, May 16 at Black Bear Country Club, and we need golfers, so if you have a little spare time, we would love to see you on the course. There will be many great prizes and good fun. It's a great way to meet up with other members of the St. Therese School Community. More info is on the Friday Folder.

Just a reminder to parents, there is school on May 19 and May 26. On May 26 students will be dismissed at noon and there will be no aftercare.

Grade 8 parents, information about the scheduled field trips and times of graduation will be forthcoming next week.

God bless,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

'Whoever places his trust in My mercy will be filled with My divine peace at the hour of death." Jesus's words to Saint Faustina

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

I hope everyone had a beautiful Easter Sunday and Easter week as we continue celebrating the Risen Christ during this joyous Easter season. I also hope and pray that everyone had the opportunity to celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday and will continue to celebrate God's mercy through the recitation of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy that Jesus gave to St. Faustina to give to the whole world.

At last night's HSA meeting we announced the vacated positions that need to be filled. The positions are: President, 1st Vice President, 2nd Vice President, Secretary, Treasurer and Assistant Treasurer. If you have time to make this important commitment, I urge you to consider volunteering your time and talent. It was also announced that there will be a 3% increase in tuition and $200.00 technology fee for each student for the 2017-18 school year. The purpose of the technology fee is to establish a line that would be earmarked for the use of technology only. All schools are spending more money on technology than anything else in their budgets.Technology is the teaching tool of the 21st century. Next year all students in grades 2-8 will get chromebooks. The tech fee will allow us to pay for supplies, training, licenses and insurance.

The 3rd marking period has concluded and First and Second Honors were announced this morning after morning prayers.

On Friday, May 5 we will attend First Friday Mass at 11:00 am sponsored by the 4th grade and later in the day at 1:30 pm we will have the May Crowning sponsored by our 2nd graders. The Mother/Son Carnival will also take place on Friday, May 5 at 5:30 pm. Volunteers are needed and should contact Mrs. Levy.

On Saturday, May 6 and May 20 our 2nd graders will be receiving their First Holy Communion.

Our annual Spring Concert will take place on Friday, May 12.

The 34th annual HSA Golf Outing will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at Black Bear Country Club. We are still looking for golfers and ad sponsors. We hope that you can support this worthy cause. You DO NOT have to be a golfer to play. There is plenty of fun, prizes and good comradery during this event.

For your planning purposes we have used 5 snow days. There will be a full day of school on Friday, May 19 and half day on May 26. There will be no aftercare on Friday, May 26. The last day of school will be on Monday, June 19. More information on 8th grade, pre-school and kindergarten graduation to follow.

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"He is not here; He has risen!"

by Timothy Dunnigan Email




"Rejoice greatly, Daughter Zion! Shout, Daughter Jerusalem! See, your king comes to you, righteous and victorious, lowly and riding on a donkey, on a colt, the foal of a donkey." Zechariah 9:9

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Monday of this week, myself and other principals in the diocese met with representatives of the AdvancED Accreditation Commission at the diocese in Clifton to answer questions about our curriculum and our Catholic faith based instruction. A number of schools in the diocese were visited by the commission this week. We reconvened on Wednesday to hear the results of the AdvancED Review Team and I am happy to say that the St. Therese School has met the all of the requirements established by the AdvancED Accreditation Commission and Board of Trustees and has been re-accredited. It should be known that AdvancED reviews and accredits schools throughout the nation and beyond the borders of the United States. More information will be forthcoming from the diocese, but it should be known that the the schools in the diocese of Paterson exceeded the national average in every category.

Tonight, and Palm Sunday, April 9 at 7:30 pm St. Therese School families are invited to travel back with us on a Lenten Journey to Jerusalem at this year's presentation of "The Living Stations of the Cross," which will be presented by the St. Therese Youth Ministry.

We are calling on all STS students to help us fill our ad spaces for the 34th Annual St. Therese Golf Outing. The class that brings in the most ad space sales and/or donations will win a class pizza party, a NUT Pass and an autographed page in the St. Therese Home and School's 34th Annual Golf Tournament Ad Journal.

On Wednesday, April 5 our students were treated to a short Color Run Pep Rally. Thank you Mrs. Hopkins. Information about the June 3 Color Run has gone home with the students. We look forward to your support in this upcoming HSA Fundraiser.

There are a number of seats being vacated in the HSA at the end of the school year. We will be looking for volunteers to to run for those positions. More information regarding those positions will be going home shortly in the students' backpacks.

Today our Pre-k 3 and Pre-k 4 conducted their annual Easter Hat parade. Look for pictures on the website and the upcoming Roxbury Advertiser.

Finally, Ms.Janine Suggs's mother passed away to enter into eternal life earlier this week. Please keep her in your thoughts and prayers. Ms. Suggs is a third grade teacher at St. Therese.

God bless and have a Blessed Palm Sunday.

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer." Romans 12:12

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

As we are more than half way through Lent many events are beginning to pop on the calendar. This Saturday is the Retreat for our second graders who are preparing to make their First Holy Communion.

On Wednesday, April 5 we will have a "Color Run Pep Rally," in the gymnasium at 9:45 am to prepare for the big "Color Run Fundraiser" that will take place at the St. Therese School on Saturday, June 3. Students in grades K-8 will be looking for sponsors to advertise during the Color Run. If you have a business and you would like to be advertised, the Color Run will be a great way to get your name out there.

The deadline for buying tickets to Hershey Park is Tuesday, April 4. Please check the Friday Folder for more information.

Our annual Father/Daughter Dance will take place on Saturday, April 8 from 5:00 pm - 8:30 pm. More information is available on the Friday Folder. Volunteers are needed.

The yearbook order deadline is Monday, April 10 and our Mother/Son Carnival will take place on Friday, May 5. Volunteers are needed. More information is on the Friday Folder. Please call Amy Levy if interested.

The 34th Annual St. Therese HSA Golf Outing will take place on Tuesday, May 16 at Black Bear Country Club. You don't have to be a golfer to participate, just come out enjoy the day and the comradery with members of the St. Therese School, the alumni and the parish community. Check the website for more information.

Finally, just for your planning purposes know that there WILL BE school on the following dates to make up for snow days:

Thursday, April 13 half day no aftercare,
Friday, May 19 full day,
Friday May 26 half day no aftercare,
Friday, June 16 half day, no aftercare
Monday, June 19 half day no aftercare.

Enjoy the Final Four this weekend.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

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