Friday, October 18, 2019

"The Kingdom of God is at hand for you." Luke 10:9

Faculty and staff received CPR, AED and Heimlich maneuver training on Friday, October 11. Everyone who attended is now certified to administer if needed Faculty also engaged in webinars on Student Ownership and Planning a Successful STEM Program during our Professional Development Day.

Students were off for Columbus Day, and on Tuesday students resumed reciting the rosary during morning prayers. So far during the month of October we have recited the Sorrowful Mysteries, the Joyful Mysteries and the Luminous Mysteries. Next week we will begin the Glorious Mysteries. Please take any opportunity you get to pray this powerful prayer at home, or wherever works best for you. It can be said anywhere, and there are apps that can be downloaded on your phone if you need assistance with the prayers. Many graces are attached to this powerful prayer.

Meatball Madness, one our Project Graduation Fundraisers will take place this coming Saturday, October 19 from 5:00 pm - 7:30 pm. Please come out and support our eighth graders. Takeouts are available. Much thanks to the Lombardo Family for catering this event.

Next Friday, October 25, St. Therese will hold its annual Trunk or Treat, which will begin at sundown. More cars are need ed for the event. if you would like to participate see the Friday Folder for more information.

Everyone have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, October 11, 2019

"I will give thanks to You, O Lord with all my heart, I will declare your wondrous deeds." Psalm 9:2-3

This week our students finished praying the "Joyful Mysteries," to continue our devotion to the Holy Rosary and the Blessed Mother during the month of October.

Our Fourth Annual St. Therese Walk-a-thon was postponed from Wednesday to Thursday because of threatening weather. Our students raised $2,107. On Thursday, we were blessed with a beautiful morning filled with sunshine.
At 9:00 am students met by the flagpole where Mr. Dunnigan read a little history about our patron saint who is called "The Little Flower." After getting a better understanding of who St. Therese was, we concluded with the, The Prayer to St. Therese," and a long walk around the St. Therese grounds.

On Friday, students were off and teachers attended a Professionl In-Service Day at the school where they were trained in CPR, AED and the Heimlich Maneuver by the CPR Professionals of Denville. Teachers also saw webinars on "New Instructional Styles to Increase Student Ownership," and another on Steps to Successful STEM Planning."

School is closed for the Columbus Day. I hope everyone enjoys it and has Blessed Long Weekend.

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, October 4, 2019

"If today you hear His voice, harden not your hearts." Psalm 95:8

This month we honor our Blessed Mother, Mary at St. Therese by reciting a decade of the Rosary each day during morning assembly. We began on October 1, reciting two decades of the Sorrowful Mysteries and ended on Friday with the 5th Sorrowful Mystery.

Grade 8 students had their graduation pictures taken early this week. On Tuesday, October 1, they attended the Annual Bishop's Mass at Morris Catholic. Both Morris Catholic and Pope John High Schools were here to speak to our 8th graders about the programs and extra-curricular activities that are offered at their school.

The official Feast Of St. Therese was October 1. St. Therese will also be honored at all of the Sunday masses this weekend. Our students have been encouraged to participate at the 10:30 am mass on Sunday and to wear their uniforms as well. Our students will be active participants in the mass doing the readings and bringing up the gifts.

Our school will be honoring St. Therese with our annual Walk-a-thon on Wednesday, October 9 at 9:00 am. If you are able come and join us.

On Thursday, October 10, the HSA will be holding the 36th Annual St. Therese Golf Outing. We hope you have saved the date and are able to participate. It's always a fun day and great way to meet up with members of the St. Therese School Community. The outing will take place at Black Bear Country Club and tee off time is at 1:00 pm. You don't have to be a good golfer to participate. Hope to see you there.

On Saturday, October 5 at the 5 o'clock mass Fr. Rick Kilcomons will be installed as our new pastor of St. Therese Parish by the Most Reverend Bishop Seratelli.

On Friday, October 11 school will be closed for a Teachers' Professional Day and on Monday, October 14 school will be closed for the Columbus Day Holiday.

Everyone have a Blessed Weekend,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, September 27, 2019

" Miss no opportunity of making some small sacrifice, here by a smiling look, there by a kindly word; always doing the smallest right and doing it all for love." St. Therese of Lisieux

Today begins the "St. Therese of the Child Jesus Novena." The special prayer will be said at all masses leading up to the Feast Day of St. Therese on Sunday, October 6. If you cannot attend mass, you may pick up a copy of the novena in the church. You will see the beautiful statue of St. Therese on the altar when you attend mass.

This week our K-4 students learned about school safety from officer Phil. Officer Phil comes to us every year to speak to our students about school safety. Thank you Officer Phil.

Our 8th grade students went on Retreat to Morris Catholic on Thursday, October 26 and had the rings measured on Wednesday, October 5, all in preparation for graduation which seems a long way off, but will be here before we know it.

Tomorrow, the HSA is hosting a Family Day Barbecue Chili Cook-off in the St. Therese Parking Lot. The day will begin at 11:00 am and conclude with the best Chili being judged at 2:00 pm. We hope that you can attend. Mr. Rick Johnson, HSA treasurer, will be hoping to retain his "Golden Ladl," title. Rumor has it that he has the best Chili on the East coast.

On Saturday, October 5, at 5:00 pm the Mass of the Installation will take place. Fr. Rick Kilcomons will be installed as Pastor of St. Therese and the Most Reverend Arthur Serratelli will celebrate mass. It will be concelebrated by Fr. Miguel Jiminez, Fr. Stephen Prisk and Fr. Fr. Dulibber Gonzalez. Also assisting is Deacon Bruce Olsen and Deacon Jose Padron.

The weather of late has been nothing, but fantastic. I hope you have plans to do something special!

Have Blessed Weekend and give thanks to our God for the things we take for granted.

God Bless!
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS.


Friday, September 20, 2019

"Blessed are the poor in spirit; the KIngdom of Heaven is theirs!" Psalm 49:6-7

Our second full week of school was a quiet one, but a full one. I attended a Parish Finance Meeting on Tuesday Night with Mr. Wines and Mrs. Joyce to set our financial goals for the 2019-20 school year.

On Wednesday, I was at the diocese all day for our monthly principal's meeting. A lot of information was given out from Health Benefits, Security, Respect in the Workplace, and Government Programs. It was a full day of information.

Grade 8 students got measured for their rings on Thursday.

And today all of our students and faculty wore Blue to show solidarity against Bullying. Bullying is something we take very seriously at St. Therese. Bullying will not be tolerated at any level. All students were informed of what bullying is and if they see it or experience it, they are to report it to a teacher or the principal so immediate intervention can take place.

Everyone have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, September 13, 2019

"Keep me, O God, for in you I take refuge." 16:1b

Our first full week of school is complete and it was a full one. On Wednesday, we remembered the victims of  September 11, 2001 with a special prayer service. Parents were invited to attend. We began with our Morning Offering, The Prayer to St. Therese, then Jack Kallok, 8th grade student read an article entitled "America's Heroes." This was followed by a short video song written by Alan Jackson "Where Were You When The World Stopped Turning." The song captured the moment of what every American was doing when this horrible terrorist attack occurred and thereafter. Then Mr. Dunnigan read an article written by a famous Romanian journalist entitled, "Ode to America." The article described what unites us as Americans. For those of us who lived and remember 911, we can  all agree that we have never seen America as united as we did when this horrible event took place. Let's pray that we can be as united as we were that day once again without an attack on our country.

Thursday, was Back to School Night. It was great to see all of our new parents as well as our veteran parents. I hope this night was of value to all of our parents as you were made aware of the expectations of your sons and daughters and the resources available for them to be successful.

On Friday, September 13 at 3:00 pm in the church, we will participate in a Worldwide Recital of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy in honor of the 84th anniversary of the day Jesus gave Saint Faustina the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy. All are welcome to attend, or just say it where you are. The Chaplet will be said worldwide at the 3:00 pm hour of the time zone people reside. Jesus told St. Faustina that "By saying the Chaplet you are bringing mankind closer to me." He also told her, "In this hour you can obtain everything for yourself and for others for the asking; it was the hour of grace for the whole world - mercy triumphed over justice."

Tonight is our first Family Night. We will be hosting an Ice Cream Social in the gymnasium and all St. Therese students and their families are welcome to free ice cream from 7:00 - 8:30 pm. It is great way to meet new families and converse friends we have already met. We hope that you can make it.

I hope everyone has Blessed Weekend,

God bless,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Monday, September 9, 2019

"Come after me says the Lord and I will make you fishers of men." Matthew 4:19

Tuesday was a very exciting day for our students in grades 1-8 as school opened despite the roof construction that is finishing up. Students were treated to getting their picture taken with a beautiful St. Therese backdrop. All students seemed very excited to be back at St. Therese.

Our Kindergarten Orientation took place on Tuesday, September 3 and classes began for them on Wednesday, September 4. Our prek-3 and 4 conducted parent orientation Wednesday, September 4 and their first day will be Friday, September 6.

We will be celebrating First Friday Mass at 11:00 am and dismissal will be at 12:00 pm. Aftercare will be provided until 6:00 pm.

There have been a few changes to the Aftercare Program this year and we are also offering Before Care to all students since Hopatcong cancelled its bus run to St. Therese for Hopatcong, Netcong and Stanhope. Patrick Peace from the diocese has been working diligently to try and get the bus run reinstated. I will keep you posted on this issue.

In regards to Before Care, it will be offered from 6:30 am - 7:30 am at $5.00 per hour. We have made changes to the Aftercare Program to make it more affordable. Parents will be charged $5.00 per hour. AfterCare will run from 2:30 pm until 6:00 pm. A family who has more than one child in AfterCare will be capped at $20.00 if they stay until 6:00 pm. AfterCare will also be capped at $20.00 per family on half days.

On Friday, September 6 it's Family Day all day at Fuddruckers . Every family will be issued coupons to redeem at Fuddruckers and a percentage of that purchase will go to St. Therese.

Back to school Night is scheduled for Thursday, Septemebr 12 beginning at 7:00 pm in the gym. We will have a Uniform Exchange available for parents whose students have outgrown their uniforms and need a bigger size. Many topics will be discussed about how the year will unfold as we begin this new school year.

Individual Picture Day is scheduled for Friday, September 13. I prefer students wearing their uniform, but that is up to the parents. If you choose not to have your son/daughter wear the uniform please have them dress formerly with shirt and tie or a nice dress.

Finally, special thanks goes Walter Hill, Candy Coll, Bernie Coll, all of the HSA and parent volunteers who spruced up the building and landscape last weekend to beautify the school we call St. Therese. It looks fantastic!


"The Kingdom of God is at hand for you." Luke 10:9

Faculty and staff received CPR, AED and Heimlich maneuver training on Friday, October 11. Everyone who attended is now certified to administ...