Friday, November 2, 2018

"The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want." Psalm 23:1

Tonight is the St. Therese Annual Tricky Tray. I would like to take this opportunity thank all of the faculty, parents and HSA members who have given so much of their time and donated baskets to make the Tricky Tray a success. Please know that your sacrificed time does not go unnoticed.

This week we concluded the month of the Rosary by reciting the last decade of the Joyful Mysteries on Wednesday, October 31. Wednesday afternoon was capped off by our annual Halloween Parade. I don't know who had more fun dressing up, the faculty or the students. A lot of fun was had by all.

All students attended mass on Thursday, November 1, "All Saints Day," and on Friday, November 2, "All Soul's Day."

Next week in honor of "Law Enforcement Week," Mr. Popowicz will be landing a helicopter in the school parking lot. Students will get to board the helicopter while it is on the ground and Mr. Popowicz will speak to the students about how and why the helicopter is used in his role working for the DEA.

It is hard to believe , but today is the end of the First Marking Period. Report cards, First Honors and Second Honors will be distributed on Thursday, November 8. School is closed on Friday, November 9 in honor of Veteran's Day. The NJEA Teacher's Convention is also taking place in Atlantic City, NJ.

The Eighth Grade HSPT/COOP Test date will take place on Thursday, November 8th, not Monday, November 12.

Please make a note that the day and date of our Annual Christmas Concert has been changed from Friday, December 14 to Thursday, December 20 at 7:00 pm. That being said we still have 20 families that have not paid or returned 50/50 raffle stubs. Please do so as soon as you can so we can include you in the raffle.

I hope we have plenty of winners at tonight's Tricky Tray and I hope everyone has Blessed Weekend.

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS


Friday, October 26, 2018

"The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord." Psalm 33

Thank you to all who supported our "Meatball Madness" and our "Clothing Drive" last week. Both were a huge success. Our 8th graders, Mrs. Cardinale and I send our gratitude to all who helped make these graduation fundraisers successful.

Please take a look at the Beacon as our students, faculty and HSA members were acknowledged for helping the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Pennsacola/Tallahassee after Hurricane Michael destroyed a number of the schools in the diocese. On short notice our students raised over $1000.00 and sent it to the diocese to help them with their recovery.

Tonight we will be having our annual "Trunk or Treat." The event begins at 6:30 pm and thanks to all of the parent volunteers we have an overabundance of Trunks. Thank you for making this a fun night for our students. They are really looking forward to it.

Next Wednesday is Halloween, and our "Annual Halloween Parade" will begin promptly at 1:00 pm. We are looking forward to seeing all of the interesting and creative costumes as our students parade around the school grounds.

On Thursday, November 1 we will celebrate "All Saints' Day." All students will be attending the 8:30 am mass as it is a Holy Day of Obligation.

On Friday, November 2, we celebrate "All Souls' Day" as well as First Friday Mass. All students will be attending mass at 11:00 am.

November 2 is also the end of the First Marking Period.

November 15 is our next General HSA Meeting. The meeting will begin at 7:00 pm.

Finally, I have gotten the Administrator's Plus Notify System to work from my phone. As you know we switched over to a new School Information System called Rediker, and with that, a new Alert System, called AP Notify. Up until today you have been getting texts, emails and voice mails via computer from AP Notify. I have been working over the last few weeks to use the AP Notify App from my phone, but for some reason the messages were not getting through to parents via cell phone. That has been rectified today. Important and Emergency messages need to be sent via cell phone in the event a storm knocks out the internet. If that happens, messages cannot be sent out from my computer, but they can be sent out from my phone. So now we have all of the bases covered in the event we have a storm and a message needs to be sent out to parents. You will know the message came via cell phone when you see From: parentsurvey@patdioschools.org. Thank you for your patience as I worked the kinks out on our new Emergency Message System.

Have a Blessed weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, October 19, 2018

"The Lord is just in all his ways and holy in all his works." Psalms 145:17-18

This week we began the week with the start of the Luminous Mysteries and we concluded it today. Each day of October we have been praying a decade of the Holy Rosary in honor of our Blessed Mother and familiarizing the students with the four mysteries. So far we have recited the Joyful, Sorrowful and Luminous. Next week will begin the Glorious Mysteries.

On Tuesday, all students wore sunglasses in support of the Catholic Schools in the Diocese of Pennsacola-Tallahassee, Florida. Students and faculty raised over $1000.00 on very short notice.

On Tuesday, I attended a Security in-service presented by the Department of Education and the Passaic County Prosecutor's Office. In the last two years we have made some significant improvements in the security of the building. We continue to run lockdown drills, shelter in place drills, fire drills and evacuation drills so that we will be prepared in the event something occurs. It is all of our responsibility when it comes to security, so if you see a weak link do not hesitate to let me know so the situation can be rectified. That being said, please make sure that when you enter the building that you sign in and get a visitors pass, and always use the main entrance to enter.

There are a number of activities and fundraisers coming up. The 8th grade is running its annual Meatball Madness on Saturday, October 20. Doors open at 5:00 pm. There will also be orders to go if you are on the run.

The Trunk or Treat is scheduled for Friday, October 26. As of now we have 12 trunks. We need 30. If you can volunteer your trunk for a night please let us know so we don't have to cancel.

This upcoming Tuesday, October 23rd, Pope John will be hosting its Final Open House for Fall 2018. The event will begin at 7:30 pm and all are welcome.

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, October 12, 2018

"The Lord will remember His covenant forever." Palms 111:B-2

Our students continue to pray the Holy Rosary for the month of October honoring our Blessed Mother. Today they completed the Sorrowful Mysteries and will begin the Luminous Mysteries next week given to us by Pope John Paul II.

The St.Therese School wishes all of our Italian Americans a belated Happy Columbus Day. We thank all of our Italian Americans for the many contributions that they have made to this great country we call the USA.

On Friday, October 5 our faculty participated in professional development via the internet. Faculty listened to a panel of STEM experts from engineering and Ivy league schools about how to best teach STEM in the classroom. Faculty also learned of ways to incorporate "Blended Learning" into their lessons as well as some personalized learning in Elementary Mathematics, Social Studies and Language Arts. Pre-k teachers became familiar with resources and tools to align early childhood standards with the program they are teaching.

On Thursday, October 11, students honored their patron saint gathering around the flag pole to listen to Mr. Dunnigan read a short biography on Saint Therese, the Little Flower. Students then prayed the "Prayer to St. Therese" before beginning the the annual St. Therese Walk-a-thon. Ms.Taylor's second grade class led the walk-a-thon as they were the class that had the most sponsors. Congratulations Second Grade, and thank you to all of our sponsors who made the walk-a-thon a great success.

The 8th grade begins its all weekend Clothing Drive today from 2:30 pm - 5:00 pm, Saturday, October 13 from 9:00 am - 12:00 pm and Sunday, October 14 from 9:00 am - 2:00 pm. If you have any old clothes that you are looking to get rid of, our eighth grade students will be collecting them in the Learning Center Parking Lot.

Tomorrow, Saturday, October 13 St. Therese will have its annual Scrap and Craft Day. Doors open at 8:00 am and close at 5:00 pm. We hope to see you.

Finally, the St. Therese parish and school community is having its annual "Day of Service." If you have a couple of hours to spare to spread mulch, do some gardening, clean the church and socialize with your parishioners, we would love to see you.

Upcoming Events: 
Thursday, October 18       HSA Executive Board Meeting @  6:30 pm
Saturday, October 20        Meatball Madness @ 5:30 pm
Friday, October 26            Trunk or Treat Family Night
Wednesday, October 31    Halloween Parade K-8 @ 1:00 pm
Thursday, November 1     All Saints Day
                                          Tricky Tray Set Up
Friday, November 2          St. Therese Tricky Tray @ 6:00 pm

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, September 28, 2018

"There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every thing under the heavens." Ecclesiates 3:1



The month of September is complete and in the books. I enjoyed meeting all of you at Back to School Night. I know there was a lot of information to digest, but if you have any questions, please feel free to call the school.

Tomorrow, Saturday, September 29 the HSA is sponsoring a Family Day Chili Cook Off. It will begin at 11:00 am and take place in the St. Therese School Parking Lot and conclude at 3:00 pm. There will be fun and games and it will be a great opportunity to socialize with the St. Therese Family. Hope you can make it.

Monday is October 1, and we begin the Month of the Rosary in honor of our Blessed Mother. We will be reciting a decade of the rosary before class every morning completing all of the mysteries of the rosary by the end of the month. The rosary is a very powerful prayer and I encourage you to say it at home, in church, in your car or wherever you can find some quiet time. It is a weapon against the evil that exists in these times.

Next Thursday is National Bring Your Bible To School Day. All students are asked to bring their bibles to school and have them blessed by Fr. Miguel.

Also be advised that next week Friday, October 5, school will be closed for a Professional Development Day for our teachers. School will also be closed on Monday October 9 for Columbus Day.

Upcoming Events:
Thursday, October 11 -  HSA Executive Board Meeting @ 7:00 pm
                                       St. Therese Walk-a-thon
Saturday, October 13 -   Scrap and Craft Day 8:00 am - 5:00 pm
Saturday, October 20 -   Meatball Madness @ 5:30 pm
Friday, October 26 -       Trunk or Treat Family Night
Wednesday, October 31  Halloween Parade K- 8 @ 1:00 pm

Have a Blessed Weekend,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, September 21, 2018

"I desire mercy, not scarifice. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners." Matthew 9:13

I hope last night's Annual Back to School Night was an informative one and you got to know a little about your teacher and their expectations for your child as we begin this new school year. Know that the faculty, the HSA, Fr. Marc and myself are here to insure that each and every child is challenged up to his/her potential so they can grow academically and in our beautiful Catholic faith.

Today is picture day. All students will have their individual pictures taken. Should your son or daughter be absent for some reason today, makeup pictures will take place on Friday, November 16.

I continue to work with Rediker to rectify the new School Information System, Rediker. I am working overtime make sure we get our Emergency Notification System working. Currently some families are getting the notifications, but not everyone. I will continue to send Test Messages out until I see that the report tells me that everyone is receiving them. I apologize to those who are getting the messages and I hope it not too much of inconvenience, but I do need to resolve this. Hopefully it will resolved very shortly. In the event we cannot sync the system with the server we do have a back-up communication system that we will use. Thank you for your patience.

On Saturday, September 29 the HSA will host a "Chilli Cook Off." It will take place from 11:00 am - 3:00 pm. Hope you can make it.

I would just like to reiterate what I spoke about last night at Back to School Night regarding the drop off of your child in the morning at the main entrance of the building. Please pull all the way up alongside the curb in the morning and let your child out on the right side of the passenger door. This is the safest way to drop them off and will prevent any accidents from occurring. Please do not park in the middle of the parking lot and escort your child through oncoming traffic. This is a safety issue and I need everyone's cooperation.

Finally, we are still in need of volunteers for lunch and playground duty. Please contact your child's, teacher or the main office if you can assist. Volunteers are also needed for the, "Scrap and Craft Fair," on Saturday, October 13.

God bless,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, September 14, 2018

"But He, being merciful forgave their sin and destroyed them not." Palms 78:38



One full week of is complete and everyone is back to the school routine. Students know the expectations of their teachers and their work has begun.

Our fourth grade teacher, Mrs. Rowland, who is out on maternity leave just gave birth to a baby girl last Friday, September 7. Congratulations Mr. and Mrs. Rowland.

We have some special events coming up for the last two weeks of September. Tonight is our annual Family Night Ice Cream Social. Ice cream has been bought from Cliff's Ice Cream Parlor courtesy of Fr. Marc and the Home and School Association. It has been said that it is the best ice cream on the east coast, so come out and try it for yourself. The social will take place from 7:00 pm - 8:30 pm.

Today all students at St. Therese took a stance against bullying by wearing Blue. St. Therese School has a zero tolerance policy when it comes to bullying and I encourage you to read over the procedures in place to handle Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying that are listed the Student/Parent Handbook. Please read the Student/Parent Handbook, sign the last page to acknowledge that you have read it and return it to the school as soon as possible. The handbook is posted on the St. Therese School website.

On Thursday, September 20 we will have our Annual Back to School Night. Mrs. Cardinale will meet with Grade 8 parents at 6:00 pm in the Grade 8 classroom, Musical Adventures will meet with parents at 6:30 pm in the Grade 7 classroom, and at 7:00 pm we will begin Back to School Night in the gymnasium. Fr. Marc, myself and Mr. Wines will speak to you briefly and introduce our outstanding faculty, then you will be dismissed to your child's teacher.We are looking forward to meeting our returning parents; and especially our new parents.

On this night you will learn about your child's curriculum, school policies, teachers' policies and expectations. This is not a night for parents to speak about their child's individual performance with the teacher. That will be reserved for parent/conferences in November. We will also have the uniform exchange available for parents who would like to exchange uniforms and you will also hear about the many ways we fundraise at the St. Therese School to keep the cost of tuition down.

Also, on that night we will be picking the winner of "Be a Principal 4 a Day." Our students are very excited about the prospect of being the principal for one day.

If I don't see you at the Ice Cream Social I hope to see on Back to School Night.

Have a Blessed Weekend,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

"The Lord is my Shepherd; there is nothing I shall want." Psalm 23:1

Tonight is the St. Therese Annual Tricky Tray. I would like to take this opportunity thank all of the faculty, parents and HSA members who h...