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

"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...