"Then Jesus was led up by the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted by the devil." Matthew 4:1-25

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

This week students in grades three through eight received the Sacrament of Reconciliation to prepare for Easter. Students have been attending mass regularly with grades two and four going on Mondays, grades three, five and six on Tuesdays, grades one and seven on Thursdays and kindergarten and grade eight on Fridays. Students are also doing Stations of the Cross on Monday, Wednesday and Fridays in the church as well as in the school during Lent.

During morning prayers we are praying the Sorrowful Mysteries of the Rosary and will continue with all of the mysteries of the Rosary throughout Lent. We are also praying for any special intentions that students and faculty may have.

The third marking period which was scheduled to end on April 7 has been extended to April 13 due to the four snow days that we used during the the third marking period. For your planning purposes the last day of school as of today is Monday, June 19. There will be half day on Holy Thursday, April 13, a full day on Friday, May 19, and a half day on Friday May 26. There will also be half days on Friday, June 16 and Monday, June 19. Hopefully there will be no snow. If there is a snow day, the calendar will be extended one day for every snow day.

On Friday, March 24 all principals will attend a Lenten Retreat at St. Paul Inside the Walls.

Don't forget Saturday, March 25 is the St. Therese Scrap and Craft Day. The day begins at 7:00 am and runs until 10:00 pm. More information is on the Friday Folder.

Jesus went into the wilderness and was tempted by the devil. We are tempted every day of our lives. Let's all pray; especially during the remainder of Lent that we will have the strength to avoid temptation as Jesus did.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"Before I was humiliated like a stone that lies deep in the mud, and He who is mighty came, and His compassion raised me up, and exalted me very high and placed me on top of the wall." Saint Patrick

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

It has been a very brief and interesting week. I hope everyone survived the blizzard in good health, and hopefully spring will be upon us next week.
It was nice to see so many parents Thursday, March 9 on the Meet and Greet Night for next year's k-2 parents. I hope everyone got a small snapshot of what you can expect your children to be doing next year in grades k-2.

Our eighth grade Fish/Chicken and Chips Dinner last Saturday night was huge success. Thank you to all the efforts of our parents, faculty, and students; especially Mrs. Klein. Well done!

Due to our Terra Nova make-ups, and our mid March blizzard, our Reconciliation dates were changed from this week to next week. Grades 3, 4 and 5 will go on Monday, March 20 and Grades 6,7 and 8 will go on March 22. Both days will begin at 8:30 am.
Remember to put on your calendar the Scrap and Craft Day for March 25. It will run from 7:00 am - 10:00 pm.

Finally, have Happy St. Patrick's Day Weekend

"Honor the Lord with your wealth, with the first fruits of all your crops." Proverbs 3:9

by Timothy Dunnigan Email

This past week has been a very busy one. There has been much construction going on to update the heating system and all will be complete by the end of the weekend. Special thanks to Mr. Stew Mabb for overseeing the project and making sure things were done right. Mr. Mabb, the St. Therese School can't thank you enough.

At the General HSA Meeting I mentioned that we will be implementing a $200.00 technology fee for all students in grades 2-8 for the 2017-18 school year. This will cover the cost of the chromebooks that the students will own, the license and the insurance. It is necessary that we implement a technology fee in order to prepare our students for the 21st century skills they are going to need to function in a digital world.

On Ash Wednesday, Bishop Seratelli began Lent by celebrating mass and giving out ashes at St. Therese Church. His message was, "Pray for someone in your family who left the church to come back home again."

The annual Terra Nova standardized tests will take place from Monday, March 6 to Friday March 10. Students will not receive homework. Please make sure that your sons and daughters are in attendance on these days and get a good night's sleep. We want them function at their best!

There are still some families who have not paid there registration fee for next year. Please do so as soon as you can in order that we can budget properly for the 2017-18 school year.

For almost ten years I have marched with the Vernon Township High School Marching Band in the NYC St. Patrick's Day Parade and the Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade. This year I would like to march with the St. Therese School in the Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newton, NJ. I am inviting all faculty, students and parents from the St. Therese School Community to march in the parade, which takes place in Newton, NJ on Saturday, March 18. The parade march itself is only about 30 minutes long, and I think it is something our students would really enjoy. More information will be forthcoming next week. If you are interested please email me at principal@sttheresechoolroxbury.org.

Everyone have great weekend!!

God bless The St. Therese School Community,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"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!


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