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

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

"To you Lord, I will offer a sacrifice of praise." Psalm: 116:10

First let me congratulate the eighth grade class of 2019 on their graduation from St. Therese. We are confident that the spiritual and acade...