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

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

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