Friday, February 22, 2019

"You are the Christ, the Son of the living God." Matthew 16:15

As we enter the last week of February, I will reiterate what Mrs. Warga said at last night's General HSA Meeting. We are privileged at St. Therese to have such a dedicated group of people who are members of the HSA. At the same time, I would also like to thank the many parent volunteers who help out at St. Therese and look for no recognition in doing so. Please know that this principal acknowledges the sacrifices you make for your children. We hear many people talk about the "St. Therese Difference." Well, the "St. Therese Difference," is the parent involvement and good chemistry that exists among the many volunteers that makes St. Therese a very special place. This principal thanks you for your efforts. They do not go unnoticed!

As we move into the last week of February, we will be celebrating First Friday Mass on Friday, March 1 at 11:00 am. The mass will be hosted by students in grade 3, and our pre-k students will be singing in the choir.

Beginning the week of March 4, all students in grades 1-7 will be taking the IOWA Standardized Tests. Please make every effort to have your son or daughter in school that week, and make sure they are well rested. We want our students to get the best possible score, so it is important that they are well rested.

March 6 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of Lent, and there will be a Liturgy at 11:00 am for students and parents who would like to attend and get their ashes.

On March 9 and 23, our Grade 2 students will be receiving their First Reconciliation at 11:00 am and 1:00 pm at St. Therese.

Also being celebrated on Saturday, March 9 is the HSA's First Annual Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner. See the Friday Folder for more information. Tickets are going quickly.

On Saturday, March 16 parents, students and faculty of St. Therese are invited to march in the 16th Annual Sussex County St. Patrick's Day Parade in Newton, NJ. We will meet in the St. Therese parking lot and drive to our designated place in Newton. The march lasts about 45 minutes from beginning to end. More information to come.

Friday, March 29 is the last day of the third marking period. Should we have two more snow days before the 29th, we will most likely extend the marking period by one more week.

Our teachers will be teaching "Touching Safety' lessons. A letter went home to all parents giving them the option of opting out. If a letter does not come back stating that a student is opting out of the teaching of "Touching Safety," the student will be included in the lesson.

Finally, the diocese is piloting a new principal evaluation, which includes input from teachers, parents, HSA members and the pastor. I have been chosen as one of six principals in the diocese to be part of the pilot evaluation program. A letter will be coming home next week with a link attached that everyone can access. All input is anonymous and goes straight to the diocese.

Have a Blessed Weekend,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, February 15, 2019

"Blessed are those whose sins are forgiven." Psalm 32:1

Hopefully we will begin to experience Spring soon. I am ready to put the golf clubs back in the trunk. So far we have made it through the winter only utilizing two snow days. Hopefully it will remain that way, and I will be on the course soon.

I hope everyone got plenty to eat at Fuddrucker's on Thursday night. Fuddrucker's has always been very generous in donating a percentage of their proceeds to the St. Therese School.

This week our grade 5 and 8 students took the ACRE test, and it was the first time we took the test on line. I would like to thank Vince Esterly for getting us the right amount of bandwidth to accommodate our students.

Our Designer Bag Bingo is need of volunteers. The event will take place on Friday, March 22. We are also looking for Delicious Desserts Donations as well.

Our First Corned Beef and Cabbage Dinner will take place on Saturday, March 9. Pipers and Irish Dancers are are going to be on hand along with great, music, great people and great food. It promises to be great time for all who attend. Don't be left out.

 During the week of March 4-11 students will be taking the IOWA Standardized Tests, but they will not be taking the test on line. The diocese will make the decision when it is the right time to take the test on line. Please do everything possible to make sure students are in school during the week of the IOWA Tests.

Please continue to always check the Friday Folder for upcoming events and happenings at St. Therese.
Finally, I want to thank all of the parents for working so hard to get your sons and daughters to school on time. I realize that some have to travel a distance to get here and it's not always easy getting kids out of bed so early, but thanks to your efforts there has been a big improvement of students getting here on time. Also, know when there are extenuating circumstances call the main office and the students tardiness will be excused.

This weekend is Presidents' Day Weekend. There is no school on Monday, February 18 in honor of all of the President's who have served this great nation. Enjoy the three day weekend.

God Bless,
Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS


Friday, February 8, 2019

"Let brotherly love continue. Do not neglect hospitality for through it some have unknowingly entertained Angels." Hebrews 13:1

Today is our 100th day of school and in celebration of our 100th day, Mrs. Florence Taylor, age 94 read to our second grade students who all dressed as senior citizens in celebration of senior citizens and their 100th day of  school.

The month of February is full. Tonight we have Family Bingo Night, which kicks off at 7:00 pm.We hope you can join in the fun and prizes.

We celebrate St. Valentine's Day on Thursday, February 14. We ask that when students exchange Valentine's Day Cards with other students that they don't send candy as we have students with allergies, and students may not be unaware of other students' allergies. We thank you for your cooperation.

On Monday February, 18 school will be closed for "Presidents' Day."

Our next General HSA Meeting will take place on Thursday, February 21 at 7:00 pm in the gymnasium.

Congratulations to all of our "Students of the Month," and our students who made "First and Second Honors."

Please see my important letter on the Friday Folder regarding student tardiness. Your support and cooperation is very much appreciated.

Finally, please send your registration forms and fees in as soon as possible. Enrollment at St. Therese is very healthy, but getting your registration in on time helps us get a more precise number for planning purposes next year.

God bless and have a great weekend,

Tim Dunnigan
Principal STS

Friday, February 1, 2019

"Blessed are you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, you have revealed to the little ones the mysteries of the Kingdom. Matthew 11:25

Despite Catholic Schools Week being interrupted with delayed openings because of the harsh weather, it turned out to be a very successful one. Catholic Schools Week began with a Ring and Pin Ceremony for our eighth graders and parents at the 9:00 am mass. We had an enormous amount of people for our Open House on Sunday and Wednesday to tour and register their children at the St. Therese School. 

On Monday our students held a "Blue Pride Tag Day." Students, faculty and parents raised over $750.00  for Mt. Arlington Police Officer, Sergeant James DiStasio, who was seriously injured in a car accident recently.

On Tuesday, we celebrated our students by allowing then to wear their St. Therese School Pride Tee Shirts. Our students are very proud of our school and so is the faculty, staff, administration and parish priests; especially our pastor Fr. Marc.

On Wednesday, we conducted an Open House despite a delayed opening. A good number of parents were given tours and information about the exceptional programs St. Therese School has to offer. At 1:00 pm, Ms. Dohrmann, Mrs. Shagawat and Ms. Muller along with their classes presented our annual wax museum. It was very impressive and extremely well done. You would have thought you were in the wax museum in Manhattan. Thank you ladies.

On Thursday, we celebrated our country with a Red, White and Blue Tag Day. The money raised was given to the Wounded Warrior Project. At 11:00 am, our boy scouts led the school in the gymnasium with a Flag Folding Ceremony. There is a reason for each fold and each fold was explained in detail by our student Boy Scouts. To conclude the ceremony our students all sang, "God Bless America." Later on in the afternoon our Annual Faculty/Parent/Student Volleyball Tournament took place. No one got hurt, so that is a win for everyone.

Friday was concluded with First Friday mass and hosted by our fourth grade as they did the Readings and the Prayers of the Faithful. Our fifth graders made up the choir and did a wonderful job singing the hymns. Our volunteer parents were also honored at the mass. Later, our parents treated our faculty and staff to a wonderful and tasty luncheon. Thank you volunteer parents; we love you. The day was finally capped off with Mr. Mallinson's Musical Adventures Band Performance, which was live streamed on our STS Facebook page thanks to the efforts of Suzanne Hopkins and Charlene Cardinale.

That's the week's wrap up. Have a wonderful Super Bowl Weekend!

God bless,
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...