Friday, March 22, 2019

"God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son; so that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life." John 3:16

We have a very busy weekend in store. Tonight is our Designer Bag Bingo. The event is sold out and we are expecting a very large crowd. We are still in need of volunteers, so if you can lend a hand for a few hours check-in time is 5:00 pm. Special thanks to Mrs. Levy for organizing this first time event at St. Therese.

Tomorrow our Scrap and Craft Event will take place in the gym from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm. Volunteers are also needed for this event, so if you can lend a hand, doors will open at 8:00 am.

Also taking place tomorrow, the remainder of our second graders will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time to prepare for their First Holy Communion in May. Our prayers are with them all.

On Thursday, March 21 our students had a "Tag Day" in honor of "World's Down's Syndrome Day." Students were treated to a special guest, Tina, who spoke to each of our classes. Tina was born with Down's Syndrome and had quite an impact on our students. Students raised over $200.00 for the cause.

Next Friday, March 29, our Annual Daddy/Daughter Dance will take place. The theme is "SHINE ON." There will be face painting, glow bars, dinner, dessert and music. The dance will begin at 6:00 pm and conclude at 9:00 pm. See the Friday Folder for more information.

On Saturday, March 30 Mr. Paul Kelly, STS parent, will be presenting a free seminar, "Maximizing High School Potential and the College Application Process at the Roxbury Public Library at 1:00 pm. The seminar covers topics such as establishing a strong academic profile and preparing for the SAT/ACT, building a college resume, conducting a college search, and resources for financial aid. The purpose of the seminar is to provide families with college bound middle and high school students with helpful information about the various aspects of what they'll need to know as they begin the college application process, a journey that should begin long before it's time to apply. Everyone who attends will benefit from this information. Parents and children are welcome. The library link for sign-ups is:

If you are a basketball fan you will have your fill of college basketball on TV. I hope everyone enjoys the rest of "March Madness," whatever your madness might be.

Finally, I was at a funeral for friend on Thursday, and Fr. Martin Glynn in his homily said the best way you can remember a friend is to to do something good for someone else. We have all lost friends and loved ones at one time or another, so when you think of them, do something good for someone in their memory. In this way they will never be forgotten.

Have a Blessed Weekend
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Thursday, March 14, 2019

Today bring me all mankind; especially all sinners, and immerse them in the ocean of My mercy. In this way you will console Me in the bitter grief into which the loss of souls plunges Me." First Day Offering of the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy Novena

This past Saturday some of second graders received the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time. The remainder of our second graders will receive the sacrament on Saturday, March 29. We are very proud of our second graders, and we give sincere thanks to Miss Taylor, Fr. Marc, Fr. Dulliber, Fr. Miguel, Sister Theresa and Mrs. Horvath for preparing them for the beautiful gift of forgiveness that is offered to us from our Lord, Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of Reconciliation.

The Sacrament of Reconciliation is available to everyone on Monday nights throughout Lent from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm in every church in the diocese. I hope and pray that everyone will get the opportunity to take advantage of this gift.

During the season of Lent all of our students in grades 2-8 are attending mass at least one day per week, and some are even giving up their recess on other days to attend daily mass. If you are available for the 12:05 pm mass, you are welcome to join us.

Our students have completed the IOWA Standardized Tests and we should receive the results in about a month's time.

Our participation in the Math League has concluded and we have three students who have been commended for their outstanding performance during the competitions. Those students are: Sean Simon, Andrew Nowel and Zachary Nowel. Well done, gentlemen!

Our Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner hosted by the HSA and parent volunteers was a huge success. The music, the dancing and the pipers were phenomenal. Much thanks to all of the parent volunteers who worked all day long preparing a great meal for all who attended.

To celebrate St. Patrick's Day, our students, faculty and parents will be marching in the Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade on Saturday, March 16 in Newton, NJ. If you would like to join us we will be meeting in the St. Therese School parking lot at 9:00 am.

We will also be hosting the the Wick and Hegarty School of Irish Dancing on Friday, March 15 at 10: 30 am in the gymnasium. Some of our very own St. Therese students will be dancing.

Our Designer Bag Bingo is all set for Friday, March 22. Unfortunately this event is all sold out.

On Friday, March 29 our Daddy/Daughter Dance will take place. Our daddy's and daughters are really looking forward to it.

Just a reminder to all parents, if you haven't sent your registration fee in, please do so as soon as you can. This will help us determine what kind of numbers we have for enrollment next year. Thus far enrollment looks very healthy with kindergarten, prek-3 and prek-4 classes filling up quickly.

Have a Blessed St. Patrick's Day Weekend
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS☘

Friday, March 8, 2019

"This, rather, is the fasting I wish: Sharing your bread with the hungry, sheltering the oppressed and the homeless: Clothing the naked and not turning your back on your own" Isaiah 58:7

This week has been a very busy week. Students are finishing up the IOWA standardized tests. Those students who were absent will have the opportunity to make them up the week of March 11-15. If your son or daughter was absent this week, please make sure they are in attendance for the make-ups of the IOWA's next week.

Ash Wednesday took place this past Wednesday. All students and faculty attended 8:30 am mass and received their ashes.

Tomorrow, Saturday, March 9 some of our grade 2 students will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the very first time along with their Catholic brothers and sisters who attend the public schools. The first service will begin at 11:00 am and the second service will commence at 1:00 pm.
The timing could not be better because Lent is a time for us to repent, sacrifice and ask God for His infinite mercy. The only requirement is to ask through the Sacrament of Reconciliation. During the season of Lent, the Diocese of Paterson will be offering the Sacrament of Reconciliation every Monday evening beginning at 7:00 pm. I hope and pray that you get the opportunity to receive this gift during this Holy Season of Lent.

On Saturday evening, March 9, the St. Therese HSA will be hosting a St. Patrick's Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. Chicken fingers will also be available for children. The doors will open at 5:00 pm and the last seating will be at 7:30 pm. It is 20.00 per person and BYOB. There will be music, dancing, singing, pipers and a bit of carrying on, so don't miss the fun! Tickets are going fast.

We have a number of events coming up this month:
Thursday, March 14 our 8th graders will be selling baked potatoes for lunch for $3.50 and will also be holding a bake sale to raise money for their Project Graduation.
Friday, March 15 - Irish Step Dance Assembly
Saturday March 16 - Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newton NJ. All students and parents are invited to march. Those who plan to join us can meet us in the St. Therese School parking lot at 8:30 am. Students who marched last year had a wonderful time.
Thursday, March 21 - World's Down Syndrome Day. Students will celebrate, advocate and increase awareness on the positive contributions persons with Down Syndrome have had on our communities. It is celebrated on the 21st of March because is the 21st day of the 3rd month, selected to signify the 3rd copy of the 21st chromosome. On March 21 our students will have a tag day "Rocking Their Socks" wearing the most mismatched or spunkiest socks to celebrate the unique differences that make our school brighter.
Friday March 22 - Designer Bag Bingo - Sold Out.
Saturday, March 23 - Scrap and Craft Day
Friday, March 29 - Daddy Daughter Dance

As I have mentioned in my blog last week, and in an Alert this week. I have been selected by the Diocese of Paterson along with five other principals to be part of a pilot evaluation that the Diocese is testing. A letter went home to all parents last week with a link that can be accessed on-line for parent input. Please take a few minutes to fill it out as the Diocese needs this information. It only takes a few minutes and all answers are anonymous and confidential. Your participation is greatly appreciated.

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, March 1, 2019

" A faithful friend is beyond price, no sum can balance his worth." Sirach 6:14

The Diocese of Paterson has selected six principals to be part of a new evaluation tool that is being used to evaluate principals, and the evaluation has many stakeholders. You, the parents are one stakeholder. Yesterday a letter went home to all parents briefly explaining the process. In the letter there is a survey that parents are asked to complete. Just click on the link to fill out an online survey. All answers are anonymous and will be kept confidential. Principals do not get to see the survey. All surveys go to the Diocese of Paterson. Please take the time to fill out this important survey so we can work to improve the quality of education that your child receives.

Please do your best to make sure your child is in attendance for the week of March 4-8 as we will be administering the IOWA Standardized Tests. If your child is too sick to come in, arrangements will be made for them to make the test up the week of March 11-15.

Ash Wednesday begins on March 6. There will be 8:30 am mass and all students will receive their ashes. Catholics are asked to make some type of sacrifice during Lent as we prepare for Easter Sunday. Deacon Murphy and myself have offered students the opportunity to give up their recess and attend 12:05 mass. Deacon Murphy and myself will alternate days to provide this opportunity for our students.

Students celebrated First Friday Mass today, with our third grade doing an outstanding job on the Scripture Readings, the Prayers of the Faithful and the Offertory. They also learned about the game of stick-ball, which I used to play as a kid. They learned from Fr. Marc's homily that they should stay away from poison ivy. LOL. Well done Grade 3! Our fifth graders also did an outstanding job singing our hymns. Way to go Grade 5!

This Sunday our school will be active participants in the 10:30 am mass. Our pre-k 3 and 4, kindergarten and first grade will be making their debut as the St. Therese School Choir. You don't want to miss this angelic moment!

Our Grade 2 students will be receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation for the first time on Saturday, March 9 and 23 at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm.

Our HSA is hosting a Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner on Saturday, March 9. Rumor has it that Matt Wines makes the best corned beef this side of the Emerald Isle and his Irish Soda Bread is second to none. Tickets are 20.00. There will be music, singing, dancing and carrying on. Please come and join the fun and BYOB. Hope to see you you there.

Finally, our students, parents and faculty are invited to march in the Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 16 in Newton, NJ. Hope you can participate. We would love to see you there.

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, February 22, 2019

"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16:15

As we enter the last week of February, I will reiterate what Mrs. Warga said at last night's General HSA Meeting. We are privileged at St. Therese to have such a dedicated group of people who are members of the HSA. At the same time, I would also like to thank the many parent volunteers who help out at St. Therese and look for no recognition in doing so. Please know that this principal acknowledges the sacrifices you make for your children. We hear many people talk about the "St. Therese Difference." Well, the "St. Therese Difference," is the parent involvement and good chemistry that exists among the many volunteers that makes St. Therese a very special place. This principal thanks you for your efforts. They do not go unnoticed!

As we move into the last week of February, we will be celebrating First Friday Mass on Friday, March 1 at 11:00 am. The mass will be hosted by students in grade 3, and our pre-k students will be singing in the choir.

Beginning the week of March 4, all students in grades 1-7 will be taking the IOWA Standardized Tests. Please make every effort to have your son or daughter in school that week, and make sure they are well rested. We want our students to get the best possible score, so it is important that they are well rested.

March 6 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and there will be a Liturgy at 11:00 am for students and parents who would like to attend and get their ashes.

On March 9 and 23, our Grade 2 students will be receiving their First Reconciliation at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at St. Therese.

Also being celebrated on Saturday, March 9 is the HSA's First Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. See the Friday Folder for more information. Tickets are going quickly.

On Saturday, March 16 parents, students and faculty of St. Therese are invited to march in the 16th Annual Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newton, NJ. We will meet in the St. Therese parking lot and drive to our designated place in Newton. The march lasts about 45 minutes from beginning to end. More information to come.

Friday, March 29 is the last day of the third marking period. Should we have two more snow days before the 29th, we will most likely extend the marking period by one more week.

Our teachers will be teaching "Touching Safety' lessons. A letter went home to all parents giving them the option of opting out. If a letter does not come back stating that a student is opting out of the teaching of "Touching Safety," the student will be included in the lesson.

Finally, the diocese is piloting a new principal evaluation, which includes input from teachers, parents, HSA members and the pastor. I have been chosen as one of six principals in the diocese to be part of the pilot evaluation program. A letter will be coming home next week with a link attached that everyone can access. All input is anonymous and goes straight to the diocese.

Have a Blessed Weekend,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, February 15, 2019

"Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven." Psalm 32:1

Hopefully we will begin to experience Spring soon. I am ready to put the golf clubs back in the trunk. So far we have made it through the winter only utilizing two snow days. Hopefully it will remain that way, and I will be on the course soon.

I hope everyone got plenty to eat at Fuddrucker's on Thursday night. Fuddrucker's has always been very generous in donating a percentage of their proceeds to the St. Therese School.

This week our grade 5 and 8 students took the ACRE test, and it was the first time we took the test on line. I would like to thank Vince Esterly for getting us the right amount of bandwidth to accommodate our students.

Our Designer Bag Bingo is need of volunteers. The event will take place on Friday, March 22. We are also looking for Delicious Desserts Donations as well.

Our First Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner will take place on Saturday, March 9. Pipers and Irish Dancers are are going to be on hand along with great, music, great people and great food. It promises to be great time for all who attend. Don't be left out.

 During the week of March 4-11 students will be taking the IOWA Standardized Tests, but they will not be taking the test on line. The diocese will make the decision when it is the right time to take the test on line. Please do everything possible to make sure students are in school during the week of the IOWA Tests.

Please continue to always check the Friday Folder for upcoming events and happenings at St. Therese.
Finally, I want to thank all of the parents for working so hard to get your sons and daughters to school on time. I realize that some have to travel a distance to get here and it's not always easy getting kids out of bed so early, but thanks to your efforts there has been a big improvement of students getting here on time. Also, know when there are extenuating circumstances call the main office and the students tardiness will be excused.

This weekend is Presidents' Day Weekend. There is no school on Monday, February 18 in honor of all of the President's who have served this great nation. Enjoy the three day weekend.

God Bless,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, February 8, 2019

"Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect hospitality for through it some have unknowingly entertained Angels." Hebrews 13:1

Today is our 100th day of school and in celebration of our 100th day, Mrs. Florence Taylor, age 94 read to our second grade students who all dressed as senior citizens in celebration of senior citizens and their 100th day of  school.

The month of February is full. Tonight we have Family Bingo Night, which kicks off at 7:00 pm.We hope you can join in the fun and prizes.

We celebrate St. Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 14. We ask that when students exchange Valentine's Day Cards with other students that they don't send candy as we have students with allergies, and students may not be unaware of other students' allergies. We thank you for your cooperation.

On Monday February, 18 school will be closed for "Presidents' Day."

Our next General HSA Meeting will take place on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 pm in the gymnasium.

Congratulations to all of our "Students of the Month," and our students who made "First and Second Honors."

Please see my important letter on the Friday Folder regarding student tardiness. Your support and cooperation is very much appreciated.

Finally, please send your registration forms and fees in as soon as possible. Enrollment at St. Therese is very healthy, but getting your registration in on time helps us get a more precise number for planning purposes next year.

God bless and have a great weekend,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"God so loved the world that He gave His only-begotten Son; so that everyone who believes in Him might have eternal life." John 3:16

We have a very busy weekend in store. Tonight is our Designer Bag Bingo. The event is sold out and we are expecting a very large crowd. We a...