Thursday, January 10, 2019

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer who formed you in the womb, "I am the Lord who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by Myself." Isaiah 44:24

Happy Belated New Year! This is my first week back from the Christmas vacation as my eldest son got married on New Year's Eve and we had many relatives in from across the pond and elsewhere. I hope everyone had joyful Christmas break and thank you everyone for the beautiful Christmas cards and messages. It is good being back to a routine as we have a very busy schedule ahead of us.

The marking period ends on Friday, January 18 and grades 6-8 will be taking midterms from Tuesday, January 22 - Friday, January 25.

On Friday, January 18 all seventh and eighth graders are invited to attend the "March for Life" in Washington DC. Students were given permission slips and parents of all grades are invited. If you are a parent of a student in another grade and would like to attend, please call me at the school at 973-584-0812. Our day will start with 6:00 am mass at St. Therese and the bus will depart from the church at approximately 6:30 am. We will return at approximately at 9:00 or 10:00 pm, depending on traffic. I have been attending the "March for Life" for more than 25 years. It is one of the best ways we can speak for the babies in the womb who have no voice. Come join us and make your voice heard. Hopefully one day we will not have to march!

School will be closed on Monday, January 21 in honor of Martin Luther King Day.

Catholic Schools Week begins on Sunday, January 27 and our Eighth Grade Ring and Pin Ceremony will take place at the 9:00 am mass. Breakfast for parents and students will follow in the gym and our Open House will run from 12:30 pm - 2:00 pm. We will have Open House again on Wednesday, January 30 from 9:00 am - 11:00 am. The week will conclude with First Friday mass being celebrated at 11:00 am on Friday, February 1.

Have a Blessed Weekend and enjoy the playoff football!
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, December 21, 2018

"A voice cries out in the desert: Prepare the way of the Lord! Isaiah: 40:3

Congratulations to Mrs. Pachella, our new music teacher for putting together an outstanding Christmas Concert last night. Our students were brilliant in showing us what the true meaning of Christmas is really about, the birth of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.

Today is the last day of school before we leave for the Christmas Break. School will be closed from December 24 until we reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019.

On behalf of the St. Therese Faculty and Staff, the HSA, Fr. Miguel, Fr. Dulibber, Deacon Bruce and Fr. Marc, our pastor, we wish you a Christmas season that shines in the Glorious Light of  Our Lord Jesus Christ.

May God grant you lightness in your step,
A smile on every face you meet,
Loved ones gathered at your hearth,
And at your door, good friends to greet
A holy hymn upon your lips,
A window candle burning bright,
And may the Good Lord bless your heart
And come to dwell there Christmas night.

Merry Christmas!
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS


Friday, December 14, 2018

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

This week began with our students preparing for the coming of Our Lord by receiving the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Grades 3 and 4 received the sacrament on Monday, grades 5 and 6 received it on Thursday and grades 7 and 8 will receive it on Tuesday, December 18. How blessed we are as Catholics to have this wonderful sacrament of forgiveness, and what better way to prepare for the celebration of the birth of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. I pray that everyone gets the opportunity during this joyous season to receive this gift given to us by Jesus. As Jesus told St. Faustina, "The greater the sinner, the greater is his right to My mercy."

Today our pre-k3 and prek-4 St. Therese Tabernacle Choir celebrated our Annual Christmas Concert. A special guest from the North Pole was on hand to listen and celebrate the Christmas concert with them. Much thanks Mrs. Dobres, Julie Matthews, Mrs. Reed and Mrs. MacDonald for preparing our students. They were magnificent!

Tonight, Fr. Dulibber is hosting a Christmas Movie Night at 7:00 pm in the gym. Popcorn and refreshments will be served. Students attending with their families are asked to bring a blanket and pillow to get comfortable as they enjoy the movie, "Elf." Should be a fun night for all!

On Tuesday, December 18 students will have the opportunity to go to Santa's Shop to buy gifts for a friend or relative. Special thanks to Mrs. Caldera and Mrs. Levy for taking up the spirited event.

On Wednesday, December 19, all faculty and staff will hold their annual Christmas get together after school; therefore there will be no aftercare on Wednesday, December 19.

Our Annual St. Therese K-8 Christmas Concert will take place on Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 pm in the gym. Our students have been practicing long and hard to prepare. The Band part of the concert will be held at a later date. Ms. Pachella is looking forward to leading our students in her first Christmas Concert with St. Therese. Our annual 50/50 raffle will also go off  when the concert concludes. Good luck to all!

On Friday, December 21 we will have our Annual Christmas Prayer Service and Breakfast. School will be dismissed at 11:45 in order for us to coordinate the buses with the Roxbury schools, who also have a half day on December 21.

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, December 7, 2018

" Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord." Psalms: 118:1

All St. Therese students in grades 6, 7 and 8 participated in the Annual Patriot's Penn Essay Contest. The contest was open to all public and private schools in the state of New Jersey. St. Therese won first, second and third place in the contest. Congratulations to Brianna Favatella, Grade 7 who took third place, Kyle Cardinale, Grade 8 who took second place and Grayson Vittitow, Grade 7, who took first place. All students wrote an essay on "Why We Honor the American Flag." Grayson Vittitow's essay qualifies to move on to the state level.

This past week we named our Students of the Month for November:

Kindergarten: Kaitlyn Landis
Grade 1: Kylie Mazuro
Grade 2: Mackenzie Shivas
Grade 3: Anthony Graziani
Grade 4: Joseph Kuncharia
Grade 5: Danielle Pellegrino
Grade 6: Emily Varhaul
Grade 7: John Mabb
Grade 8: David Marin

Congratulations to all of our "Students of the Month," who earned this award for being obedient, respectful, polite, kind and courteous towards others during the month of November. Well done.

Today, Friday, December 7 students attended First Friday Mass. Tomorrow, Saturday, December 8 is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and a Holy Day of Obligation.

Just a reminder to everyone that our annual Christmas Concert will take place on December 20 at 7:00 pm. The Band part of the concert will not take place as Mr. Mallinson has shared with me that there was not enough time to prepare. The annual 50/50 raffle will take place on this night. Good luck to everyone.

Everyone have Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, November 30, 2018

If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved. Romans 10:9

It is hard to believe that Thanksgiving is behind us and the Christmas Season has begun. Black Friday and Cyber Monday are over, but the deals continue. As the deals and advertisements continue let us not lose sight of the "Reason for the Season."

Tomorrow Saturday, December 1 the HSA kicks off the Christmas season with Santa Claus visiting the St. Therese School from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Christmas Wreaths will be sold in the school as well for $20.00.

On Sunday we begin the season of Advent and prepare for the coming of Our Lord, Jesus Christ. All St. Therese students are invited to begin the season of Advent on Sunday, December 2 by attending the 10:30 am mass and wear their school uniforms. Later on in the day at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm some of our students will be participating in "The First Noel." There will be two shows, one at 4:00 pm and another at 7:30 pm. What a great way to begin Advent and get into the true spirit of Christmas.

Please note on your calendar that our annual Christmas Concert date has been changed. Originally, it was going to take place on Friday, December 14, but it has been moved Thursday, December 20. The super 50/50 raffle will be pulled on that night.

The Prek- 3 and 4 Christmas concerts will be on December 14. Prek-3 will be in the all purpose room in the church, and the Prek-4 will be in the gym.

As the season begins I hope everyone in the St. Therese parish and school community discover and experience the true spirit of Christmas and remain safe during the busy Holy Day season.

Have a wonderful and blessed weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Wednesday, November 21, 2018

" I chose you from the world, to go and bear fruit that will last, says the Lord." John 15:16

Much thanks to Ms. Dohrmann and her fifth grade students for the outstanding job they did on setting the Thanksgiving Day Table. It gave all of his plenty to think about and give thanks for. Our kindergarten students, Mrs. Tironi and Mrs. Nowel also put on a wonderful Kindergarten Thanksgiving Day Celebration. God bless the little ones.

Our Annual Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. This is a wonderful event that takes place every year, so if you have not attended in the past, please come and join us and if you have attended in the past, we would love to see you again.

This event is run by our many hard-working volunteers. We could really use help in continuing to make this event one of the best of the year. Please check the Friday Folder for volunteer opportunities.

The St. Therese Youth Ministry will present a Living Nativity Presentation of "The First Noel on December 2 at 4:00 pm and 7:30 pm at the St. Therese Church.

The HSA is selling Christmas Wreaths for $20.00 in the school parking lot on Sunday, 11/25 and Sunday 12/2 from 8:00 am - 2:00 pm and on Saturday, 12/1 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm. Hot chocolate and apple cider will be available.

Class pictures and retakes will take place on Friday, November  30.

Finally, on behalf the St. Therese Faculty and Staff, Fr. Miguel, Fr. Dulliber and Fr. Marc have a Blessed and Happy Thanksgiving. We have much to be thankful for.

God bless,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, November 16, 2018

"Blessed are those who follow the law of the Lord." Psalms 119 :1

Winter snuck up on us early and unexpectedly, and as it says in Luke's gospel today, so will it be when the Son of Man is revealed. He will come unexpectedly. Just as we must be prepared for storms and bad weather, we must be prepared for the coming of the Son of Man, our Lord Jesus Christ.

Report cards were to be disseminated on Friday, November 16, but due to school being closed because of the winter weather they will be distributed on Monday, November 19. First Honors and Second Honors will be announced on Tuesday morning during morning assembly.

Next week on Monday, November 19 and Tuesday, November 20 parent conferences will be held and students will have an early dismissal at 12:00 pm. Our eighth graders will be selling baked goods to raise money for their Project Graduation.

On Wednesday, November 21, we will also have an early dismissal before our Thanksgiving Day Break. Ms. Dohrmann, and our fifth graders will present to the school the dressing of our Annual Thanksgiving Day Table. The ceremony will begin at 10:00 am in the gym. Parents are invited.

Our Postponed HSA Meeting will take place on Thursday, November 29 at 7:00 pm in the gym. Maryann Gibbs, Roxbury School District's Anti-Bullying Specialist will speak on the topic of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying in schools and what the NJ state law has to say about it. It promises to be an informative night. Our eighth graders will be available to babysit in the classrooms.

Breakfast with Santa will take place on Saturday, December 1 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm.

There has been a change in the date of our Annual Christmas Concert from Friday, December 14 to Thursday, December 20. The concert will begin at 7:00 pm and the winner of the 50/50 super raffle will be announced that night.

Finally, Bishop Serratelli will be celebrating the annual Respect Life Mass on Saturday, November 17 at the Cathedral of St. John the Baptist in Paterson, NJ at 10:00 am. Parishioners, families and friends are all invited to attend, and there is plenty of parking.

God bless and have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Thus says the Lord, your Redeemer who formed you in the womb, "I am the Lord who made all things, who alone stretched out the heavens, who spread out the earth by Myself." Isaiah 44:24

Happy Belated New Year! This is my first week back from the Christmas vacation as my eldest son got married on New Year's Eve and we had...