Friday, January 17, 2020

" A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited His people." Luke 7:16

Today our students in grades 6-8 began taking their midterms in grades 6-8. The reason for beginning on a Friday is because some of our 7th and 8th grade students will be attending the " March for Life," in Washington DC on Friday, January 24, 2020. Students will finish their midterms on Thursday, January 23, and the second marking period will conclude on Friday, January 31. We welcome parents from any grade to attend the "March for Life."as there are still seats available at the cost of $10.00 per person. Students will be riding for free.

Fr. Rick will saying a mass at 6:00 am for the unborn before the bus leaves the premises at 6:30 am. The bus should arrive back home at St. Therese between 9:00 and 10:00 pm. It's a long day, but a minimal sacrifice to make to help save the lives of the unborn.

Congratulations to Zachary Nowel as he took second place in the annual Patriot's Penn Essay Contest for grades 6-8 sponsored by the Morris Plains VFW. Zachary came in second place out of all public and nonpublic schools in Morris County. Zachary read his speech aloud at the formal presentation on Sunday, January 12 at the Morris Plains VFW and received a check for $100. The theme was "What Makes America Great?"

My principal's letter and the Catholic School's Week Agenda can be found on the Friday Folder. We have a lot of special events taking place throughout the week. St. Therese parents and alumni will be speaking about our great school at all of the masses this coming Sunday, and you can help by spreading the word about the wonderful experiences your own children have had at St. Therese School.

Catholic School's Week begins on Sunday, January 26 with the Ring and Pin Ceremony for our eighth graders, a breakfast and an Open House from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. We hope to have many families showing up so they can see for themselves what a difference the St. Therese School can make in their child's life. There will also be an Open House on "Welcome Wednesdays," from 9:00 - 11:00 am.

As we approach Martin Luther King Day let us remember that we are all God's children regardless of color, race, political affiliation or religion. He loves us all! In his memory let's pray for those we find the most difficult to get along with!

God bless,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS


Friday, January 10, 2020

"Jesus proclaimed the Gospel of the Kingdom and cured every disease among the people." Matthew 4:23

Today we held a "Tag Day." as a fundraiser. The theme of the day was "Super Heroes." Students dressed up as their favorite super hero and donated $1.00 towards "Project Graduation for the eighth grade class.

The marking period for all students ends on Friday, January 31. Midterms for grades 6-8 will take place from January 17 -24. As we approach the end of the marking period and midterms, please make sure your sons and daughters are in attendance during these critical weeks. If students are sick, please make sure they get the make-up work.

Our annual Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday, January 26 and will run through Friday, January 31. It will begin with a Ring and Pin Ceremony for our Eighth Grade Class at the 9:00 am mass on Sunday, January 26. It will be followed by a breakfast in the gymnasium and an Open House from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. Please spread the word about the Open House and the wonderful Catholic programs we offer at St. Therese School. Please see our website and Facebook page for more information. The Catholic Schools Week Agenda can be found on the Friday Folder.

Seventh and eighth grade students along with St. Therese K of C members, parents and parishioners will be attending the "March for Life," in Washington DC on Friday, January 24, 2020. The bus will be departing at 6:30 am from the St. Therese Church parking lot, and will arrive back at approximately 9:00 or 10:00 pm. There are still seats available if you are interested in coming along. If you are, please contact Tim Dunnigan at 973-584-0812 Ext 103.

There is plethora of information on our Friday Folder, so please check it regularly for events that are taking place in our school and church.

Have a Blessed Weekend,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, January 3, 2020

" The Word of God became flesh and dwelt among us. To those who accepted Him, He gave power to become the children of God. John 1:14A, 12A

Let me take this opportunity to wish everyone in the St. Therese Family a very Happy and Blessed New Year! Let's pray for peace in our communities and around the world.

Today our students celebrated First Friday mass and will be sponsoring the mass on Sunday, January 5.
Every First Sunday of the month we encourage our students to come to the 10:30 am mass in uniform at St. Therese. We hope as many students and parents as possible will attend.

Our Annual Calendar Raffle Drawings begin on Monday, January 6. Raffle tickets will be sold at the masses on Sunday.

Since school will be closed on January 20 to celebrate Martin Luther King Day, mid-terms for grades 6-8 will run from  Friday, January 17 - Friday, January 24.

Friday, January 24 students in grades 7 and 8 along with parents, teachers and parishioners will be traveling to Washington DC for "The March for Life." If you are interested, please contact Tim Dunnigan at 973-584-0812. We must do whatever we can to save the unborn, and since they have no voice, we must speak for them.

The end of the Marking Period will be Friday, January 31.

Enjoy the football playoffs as they kick off this weekend and God be with you.

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, December 20, 2019

"Let the Lord enter; He is the King of Glory!"

Today is our last day before the Christmas break. School will be closed from December 23- January, 1, 2020. School will reopen on Thursday, January 2, 2020.

A huge shout  out goes to Mr. Mallinson, Mrs. Pachella and all of our students who performed last night in our Annual Christmas Concert. The students from Kindergarten through eighth grade were phenomenal. They sang so loud I know that Jesus Himself could hear them from the right hand side of His Father. It was like listening to choir of angels.


On behalf of Fr. Rick, Fr. Dullibber, Fr. Jorge and the Faculty and Staff let me take this opportunity to wish everyone in the St. Therese Family a very Blessed Christmas and a Happy, Holy New Year. We are fortunate to have a school where we can celebrate the "Reason for the Season." Christ, a Savior is born.

Friday, December 13, 2019

"Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life." John 8:12

This past week we had a very exciting week. On Saturday, December 7, we had Breakfast with Santa. Santa spent three hours talking to kids and the St. Therese parents put on a breakfast that will hold you off until Christmas morning. Special thanks to Cherese Rambaldi, Noelle Fiorentino and all of the parent volunteers who made the event such a success. We can't thank you enough.

Today, our pre-k3 and pre-k4 students held their Annual Christmas Concert. If you never saw angels sing, you did today. The concerts were a big hit and to top it off we had a visit from "Old St. Nick." The pre-k students were beyond excited and they all got to sit with Santa and tell him what they would like for Christmas. Santa, thanks for taking time out of your busy schedule to stop by and to make our pre-k students so happy. They were overjoyed to see you!

Next week beginning on Monday, December 16 to prepare for Christmas, our students in grades 3-5 will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation at 9:00 am and grades 6-8 will receive it on Wednesday, December 18.

On Tuesday, December 17 our Annual Santa Shop will take place during school hours. Volunteers are needed and there is a volunteer sign-up sheet on the Friday Folder. If you have any questions call Lisa Caldera at 516-816-4030.

On Thursday, December 19, our K-8 students will perform in our Annual Christmas Concert. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm and students should arrive formally dressed at 6:45 pm. More information can be found on the Friday Folder. Our big Super 50/50 will go off as well. Who will be the lucky winner?

Friday, December 20 school will be dismissed at 12:00 pm and there will be no aftercare. As we approach the Third Sunday in Advent let us continue to remember the reason for the season. "Peace on earth and good will toward all men."

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, December 6, 2019

"The Lord is my light and salvation.: Psalm 27:1

Although it is not officially winter, winter has arrived at St. Therese. The week began with school being closed on Monday and a Delayed Opening on Tuesday. We are fortunate to only have missed one day this week. Some schools were closed for three or more days, and some families still do not have power. Please keep them in your prayers..

This week was the first week of Advent. For our morning assembly students and teachers have been doing Advent readings and prayers to prepare for the celebration of Christmas Day and the birth of our Savior.

Today our students celebrated First Friday Mass at 11:00 am. It was the Feast Day of St. Nicholas. The mass was sponsored by our Grade 6 students and Mrs. Cornish. The mass was offered up for Eugene Verba, father of Suzanne Verba, our St. Therese School Secretary.

On Saturday, December 7 we have a BIG FAMILY EVENT. Santa Claus is coming to town. Breakfast with Santa will take place from 9:00 am until 12:00 pm. Please be sure to come by and see Santa.

Our students have been practicing and getting ready for the our annual Christmas Concert, which will take place on Thursday, December 19 at 7:00 pm.

Our super 50/50 will be going off the night of the Christmas Concert and some people who have paid for their 50/50 tickets have not turned in their stubs. You can't win it if you are not in it, so please get your stubs in so you have a chance to win the big prize.

Catholic Schools Week Tee Shirts are on sale. Please see the Friday Folder for more information.

Our annual Santa Shop will take place on Tuesday, December 17. Volunteers are needed. Please see the Friday Folder for more information.

It's not too late to volunteer tomorrow for Breakfast with Santa. We still are in need of volunteers.
And if you get a chance, stop by the St. Therese Booth on Main St. for the Home for the Holidays Celebration.

Everyone have a great weekend, and stay warm!

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Wednesday, November 27, 2019

"And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through Him."

First let me wish everyone in our St. Therese Family a very Happy Thanksgiving. It is a great day to reflect on all of the blessings our God has bestowed upon us. It is a time we can reflect on all of the gifts we have been given, but sometimes take for granted.

Ms. Dohrmann, and our Grade 5 students will present to the school a very symbolic Thanksgiving Day Table Ceremony explaining the significance of each item that gets put on the table. It is a very reflective ceremony where the whole school gives thanks to our wonderful Almighty God.

I remember a saying I saw somewhere that read, "I complained that I had no shoes until I saw a man with no feet." So often we take our gifts for granted. Our five senses, our cognitive ability, our athletic ability, our food, drink, dress, our freedom to worship and so much more are things we need to be thankful for everyday. As we celebrate Thanksgiving this year, let's be mindful of all those who do not have what we do have.

At the conclusion of the Thanksgiving Day Weekend we begin the season of Advent. Our students will celebrate the First Sunday of Advent by doing the readings, serving on the altar and by bringing up the gifts at the 10:30 am mass on Sunday, December 1. We encourage all students to attend in their school uniform with their parents and friends.

When we come back from Thanksgiving Day Break on Monday, December 2 we will conclude the week with First Friday Mass on December 6 at 11:00 am. The mass will be sponsored by our Grade 6 class. Parents and parishioners are welcome to attend.

On Saturday, December 7, Breakfast with Santa will be taking place from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm in the St. Therese gymnasium. Santa can't wait to see his kids from St. Therese.

Everyone have Blessed Thanksgiving!
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

" A great prophet has arisen in our midst and God has visited His people." Luke 7:16

Today our students in grades 6-8 began taking their midterms in grades 6-8. The reason for beginning on a Friday is because some of our 7th ...