"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins."' 1 Peter 4:8

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

God's little instruction book tells us, "In love, we may find it better to make allowances, rather than making points." Good advice for all us.

There are many things occurring this weekend. There is breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 3 from 8:30 am - 11:30 am in the gym. There is a First Saturday Novena Mass for Fr. William. Attendees are encouraged to bring pictures you may have of Fr. William to add to the photo album. 

On Sunday, December 4 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm the St. Therese Youth Ministry is presenting, "The First Noel." This is a must see for all families.

Next week students will be celebrating National Coding Week by doing an "Hour of Code during their technology classes.

I have a message from Flynn O'Hara unifroms. The company continues to expand and because of this expansion they have begun to bolster their internal customer support team so that each school has both a Sales Representative and a Customer Support Administrator who can offer a more personal level of customer service to our schools.

With the growth has come some transitions. Cecelia Markowski will be replacing Michele Sellecchia in helping manage the St. Therese School uniform program moving forward. Cecelia has been with Flynn O'Hara for more than five years and is an extreemely valuable addition to our customer support team. Cecelia's contact information is as follows:

Email: cmarkowski@flynnohara.com

Office phone: 800-441-4122 Ext. 8069

Everyone have a Blessed Weekend!

"Much will be required of the person entrusted with much, and still more will be demanded of the person entrusted with more" Luke 12:48

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

On behalf of Fr. Marc, the faculty and staff  we wish everyone in the St. Therese School Community a Happy Thanksgiving. Thanksgiving is a great time to take time out from the business of our daily lives and spend it with family and friends thanking God for all of the many blesings he has bestowed on us as Americans. Just to be born, or live in this great country is a blessing from Almighty God.

Our fifth grade students did a wonderful job this morning of reminding us of the true meaning of Thankgiving in their Thanksgiving Table Top Ceremony. The table was bare to start and full by the end of the ceremony. Tomorow our tables will start  bare tomorrow, but will be filled bountifully with all kinds of food and drink by days end. Not all tables will be full tomorrow by days end, and some completely bare. Thanksgiving reminds us of what Luke's gospel says, "Much is required of the person entrusted with much, and still more is required of the person entrusted with more." Luke 12:48. We have been entrusted with much. With this in mind, let's reflect on the many gifts we have been given from Almighty God, and  think about who we can share those gifts with on this great American holiday. God bless and Happy Thanksgiving. 

"The Lord sees not as man sees: for man looks on the outward appearance, but the Lord looks on the heart." 1 Samuel 16:7b

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Today is the first Friday of the month and students will be attending mass at 11:00 am. Tonight is the St. Therese Annual Tricky Tray and doors will open promptly at 6:00 pm. Hopefully everyone has their tickets as it is almost sold out.

There is a Marketing meeting scheduled for Tuesday, November 8 at 3:00 pm in the faculty lounge.

Parents are reminded that there is no school on November 11, Veterans' Day, except for all grade 8 students who are taking the COOP test with Mrs. Klein. Testing will take place  from 8:00 am -12:00 pm. There will be no buses on Friday, November 11. The first marking period ends on Thursday, November 1o.

On Saturday, November 12 the eighth grade is sponsoring a Meatball Madness Dinner from 5:30pm - 7:30 pm as a graduation fundraiser, so save your appetite for the 12th. 

Our Robotics team has been hard at work on the weekends preparing for their robotics competition on Saturday, November 19, which will take place from 8:00 am - 4:00 pm at the Sparta Middle School. Tear it up Tornadoes! The Robotics team is also collecting paper goods, hygiene products and cleaning products for the Sussex County Food Pantry. Drop off will be from November 1 - November 17. A colection box will be put in the school foyer.

Operation Gratitude is also underway asking everyone to donate any unwanted Halloween candy to our US militray troops. Mrs. Beere's girl scout troop will collect the candy and ship it to Operation Gratitude and it will be dispersed to US troops all over the world. For more information you can go to https:opgrat.wordpress.com/2013/07/18halloween-candy-for-the-troops/.

Parent teacher conferences will take place on November 21 and 22 after noon dismissal. If you haven't scheduled a conference, please contact your son or daughter's teacher. On November 23 there will be a noon dismissal and there will be no aftercare. School is closed on November 24 and 25 for Thanksgiving.

Finally, we have been discussing the topic of respect and bullying with our 6th, 7th and 8th graders. They are topics that always need reinforcing and we will continue to reinforce these topics throughout the year so that when our students are put in decion making situations they are well informed to use good judgment and make good decisions. Have a blessed weekend!

"Show your faith by what you do." James 2:18

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

Our week began with all students wearing blue as a show of solidarity against bullying. We have been sending a strong message all year to our students that bullying will not be tolerated at St. Therese. That message appears to have gotten through to our students, but we will continue to reinforce it throughout the year.

We continue to pray  a decade of the Rosary for the month of October during our morning exercises in honor of our Blessed Mother Mary. It is our hope that this is prayed in the home as well.

On Tuesday, October 18 our eighth grade students had the opportunity to "Be a Lion for the Day." Our eighth grade students spent the day at Pope John and shadowed high school students to get a taste of the day in the life at Pope John,

I would like to remind everyone that Tricky Tray donations are due and that the St. Therese Tricky Tray will take place on Friday, November 4 beginning at 6:00 pm.

Finally, I have one concern. During the morning drop off, some parents are choosing to park their car in the middle lot and walk between the cars that are pulling up. This is not safe. I ask that when you drop your students off you pull up to the curb and have them get out of the car on the right side near the curb. This will prevent anyone from walking between cars as they pull up, and eliminate the potential for an accident. If you as a parent have something to bring into the main office, please drop your students off by the curb first, then go park in the middle of the lot, then come into the office. I believe this is the safest for all. Your cooperation is greatly appreciated. Have a blessed weekend.

"Rich and poor have a common bond: the Lord is the maker of them all." Proverbs 22:2

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

I hope last week's Back to School Night was an informative night for all of those parents who attended. It was great to see so many involved parents turn out to meet their children's teachers. I hope that communication from the school to the parents and from parents to the school will flow free and easy. One of the best ways to keep up to date with what's taking place at school is to follow teacher blogs, communicate via email and check the Friday Folder on the website.

On Tuesday, September 27 Seton Hall Prep representatives will be speaking to the 8th grade students about their course offerings athletic programs, clubs and extra curricular activities they have to offer. Throughout the fall and the course of the year a number of Catholic High School representatives will be meeting with our 8th graders to keep them informed of the opportunities that are available at their schools.

On October 4, the Feast Day of St. Therese students will be participating in an hour long walk-a-thon in the school parking lot to help raise money for the HSA. Students are looking for sponsors. See the flier in the Friday Folder for more information. And this Saturday, October 1 there will be a Scrap and Craft Day Crop. All information is posted in the Friday Folder.

Everyone  enjoy the fall weather and have a blessed week.

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