Thursday, June 16, 2022

"You have received a spirit of adoption as sons through which we cry: Abba! Father!" Romans 8:15bc

The end of the school year is here. We made it through two years of dealing with Covid. Hopefully now we can look at Covid in the rearview mirror.

Last Wednesday, June 8 our eighth graders graduated. On Monday, our prek-3 and 4 had their Moving Up Ceremonies, and our final week of school was capped off with a Kindergarten Graduation. " Oh, The Places You'll Go! 

As we close out the 2021-22 school year I offer my thanks to a great number of people who make St. Therese the wonderful school it is. 

I will start with my secretary, Ms. Suzanne Verba-Hopkins. She is the engine of the school. Without her  insight and work ethic St. Therese could not be where it is today. Our enrollment remains healthy with waiting lists in several grades and I credit her for the increased enrollment over the past three years. We are blessed to have someone of her caliber serving our school.

Thank you to our outstanding faculty who teach for all of the right reasons. Thank you to all of our aides who assist our teachers and students in the classroom. Thank you Bernie and Candy Coll for maintaining and sanitizing our building during Covid. Thank you Vince Esterly for taking care of all our technology needs and keeping us up to date with the latest technological teaching tools. The new Promethean Boards that have been installed for September are incredible. Thank you to our wonderful HSA parents who navigated meetings and fundraisers through Covid. Thank you parents for entrusting your kids to St. Therese School. We are aware of the sacrifices you make so they can attend St. Therese.

Finally, thank you to Mrs. Dulny, formerly Ms. Cornish for the 19 years she dedicated to St. Therese School teaching English Language Arts and to Deacon Stuart Murphy for the past six years teaching Advanced Math to our students. Mrs. Dulny will be pursuing a career as a Learning Disabilities Teaching Consultant, and Deacon Murphy will be moving out of state to Pennsylvania to be closer to his children and grandchildren. We will miss them and their expertise.

I hope everyone has a very stress free and relaxing summer. I will be getting much therapy on the golf course before September gets here.. God bless and be safe!

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

Friday, June 10, 2022

"Shine like lights in the world, as you hold onto the Word of life." Philipians 2:15d, 16a

 Last Friday our HSA hosted for the entire school an "End of the Year Bash." There was plenty of food, music and bouncy houses. Students had a wonderful time and much thanks goes out to our HSA members and volunteers for making this event possible for our kids.

Our grades 6 and 7 completed their final exams this week and our eighth graders graduated on Wednesday, June 8. Our pastor Fr. Rick celebrated the Bacculaureate Mass along with Fr. Dulibber, and Fr. Javier. Deacon Joe Padron and Deacon Stuart Murphy served as deacons. It was a beautiful ceremony. 

After the mass concluded students received their awards and their diplomas. Parents put the finishing touch on the ceremony by putting a chain with a cross on their graduating son or daughter. We wish our graduating eighth graders much success in high school and we will continue to keep them and all alumni in our prayers.

Today, grades 1-7 headed for to Waterloo Village for a field trip to cap off a very busy week.

Our prek-3 will have their moving up ceremony on Monday, June 13 at 10:00 am and our prek-4 will have their moving up ceremony at 1:00 pm.

Just a reminder that Monday, June 13 is a full day with aftercare. 

Tuesday, June 14 students will be dismissed at noon and there will be aftercare. 

On Wednesday, June 15, students will be dismissed at noon and there will be aftercare. 

On Thursday, June 16 our last day of school for students, there will be a noon dismissal with no aftercare.

Have a wonderful weekend and may God continue to bless our school community.

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

Friday, June 3, 2022

"The Holy Spirit will teach you everything and remind you of all I told you."

Thank you to all of our parents and students who represented St. Therese School in the Memorial Day Parade in Roxbury honoring our veterans who made the ultimate sacrifice throughout the history of our country so we can live free. May they be remembered forever!

This week has been a very busy week. On Wednesday, June 1 the weather cooperated and we had a very successful 2022 Field Day thanks to the organization of Mrs. DiGuilio and our eighth grade class. Students participated in numerous contests, teachers and parents enjoyed a little volleyball and it was capped off by a run off pie eating contest between Bella Rogalsky and Drake Velez. Drake just beat out Bella to win the pie eating contest. I was informed that none of the contestants were able to eat dinner that night.

Wednesday, June 1 we also held our final HSA meeting. Robert Walker presented Winter4kids and the possibility of St. Therese establishing a ski club for the 2022-23 school year. Our meeting was not well attended and I will invite Robert back on Back to School Night in September. At the meeting Mrs. Cardinale and I shared the Cognia Reaccreditation status. The three domains that were reviewed in the process were Leadership, Learning and Resource Capacity. The score ranges from 100-400. The Cognia Improvement Network provided us with an average of institutions evaluated in the last five years to use as a benchmark. This is called the Index of Education Quality (IEQ). The IEQ range for the past five years was 278.34 - 283.33. Our school scored a 296.00. That's higher than any score that the Cognia Improvement Network gave out in the past five years. We are extremely happy with that score, but at the same time we know there is room for improvement. 

Security was another topic discussed and it has been a topic at every school because of what continues to happen. We run a fire drill and a security drill every month. We do Lockdowns, Evacuations and Shelters in Place. Our kids do a good job following the procedures and we will continue to drill so that we are prepared for any emergency that might occur.

On Friday, June 3 our students attended First Friday mass at 8:30 am. This was the last First Friday mass for Deacon Murphy and Mrs. (Cornish) Dulny. Deacon Murphy is moving to Pennsylvania to be closer to family and his grandchildren. Mrs. Dulny is beginning a new career as Learning Disabilities Teaching Consultant. We thank them both for their contributions to St. Therese School during their tenure here. God bless them as they begin the next chapter in their lives.

We close this week with a Friday Night End of the Year Bash hosted by the HSA and parent volunteers. Where would be without our wonderful parent volunteers? Thank you. The End of the Year Bash promises to be a great night of food, fun, obstacle courses and blow up fun houses.

Everyone have a wonderful weekend. The weather looks great and I will be hitting the Links.

God bless,

Tim Dunnigan

Principal STS

Friday, May 27, 2022

"Christ had to suffer and rise from the dead, and so enter into His glory." Luke 24:46, 26

This week we concluded our prayers to the Blessed Mother praying the "Glorious Mysteries. " Each week of May we prayed five decades of the four mysteries of the Holy Rosary. Today we completed all four.

This Wednesday, June 1, our student will be participating in St. Therese's Annual Field Day, which is organized by Mrs. DiGuilio, and our eighth grade students. Our students are excited and I am sure it will be a fun filled day. Pray that the weather cooperates.

Our final General HSA Meeting will take place in the gym at 7:00 pm on Wednesday, June 1. Next year we are thinking about starting a ski club. Robert Walker and Kristen Salvatore from Winter4Kids will talk about the program and how it works at the beginning of our meeting.

Students and faculty will be attending First Friday Mass on Friday, June 3 at 8:30 am. Parents are welcome to join us.

Our End of the Year Bash will take place from 6:00 pm - 8:00 pm on the school grounds on Friday June 3. See the Parents Page of the website for more information.

Our Kona Ice Event will take place Tuesday, June 7 during lunch periods. More information can be found on the Parents Page on our website.

Our eighth graders will be finishing their exams up on Tuesday, May 31 and the Baccalaureate Mass, Awards and Graduation Ceremony will take place at 5:00 pm in the church on Wednesday, June 8. A reception will follow in the gym.

St. Therese students who are marching in the Roxbury Memorial Day parade should wear their uniform shirt and meet at 25 Meeker St no later than 9:30 am.

On a sad and somber note, please keep the families of Buffalo, NY and Uvalde, Texas in your prayers. And may God protect all faculty and students in all schools wherever they may be. Our society and schools need God more than ever. Pray for peace everywhere.

Finally, let's not forget our fallen heroes that have made the ultimate sacrifice so we can enjoy the freedoms that we take for granted everyday in this great country we call the United States of America. 

                                                    HAPPY MEMORIAL DAY!                                                                                                                          IN GOD WE TRUST!

Friday, May 20, 2022

"I call you my friends, says the Lord, for I have made known to you all that the Father has told me." John 15:15b

In this month of May we continue to honor Our Blessed Mother. During the first week of May, we prayed the "Joyful Mysteries," the second week we prayed the "Luminous Mysteries," and our second graders crowned our Blessed Mother. This past week we prayed the "Sorrowful Mysteries," and next week we will conclude with the "Glorious Mysteries."

Last Saturday, May 14, half of our second grade class made their First Holy Communion and the second half will make theirs on Saturday, May 21.

Next week our Scholastic Book Fair will run from Monday, May 23 through Thursday, May 26. 

Don't forget to get your Kona Ice Recess order in by May 27. More information can be found on the Parents Page of our website.

Due to a number of things that have taken place this week, the General HSA Meeting will be postponed to either Wednesday, June 1 or Thursday, June 2. We have to have an Executive Meeting beforehand. An Alert will be sent out next week with the exact date.

Ascension Thursday, a Holy Day of Obligation is next Thursday, May 26. Students and faculty will be attending the 8:30 am mass.

As we come to the last few weeks of the year here a few important dates to remember:

May 24 -31 - Grade 8 Final Exams

May 25 - Grade 8 Field Trip - Spirit of NJ

May 30 - Memorial Day No School

June 1 - Field Day

June 3 - First Friday Mass

June 6-10 - Final Exams Grades 6 and 7

June 7 - Kona Ice Event

June 8 - Class of 2022 Baccalaureate Mass and Awards, Graduation Ceremony @ 5:00 pm

June 10 - Grade 1-7 Field Trip to Waterloo Village

June 13 - Moving Up Ceremony PreK-3 @ 10:00am; PreK-4 @ 1:00 pm

June 15 - Kindergarten Graduation @ 10:00 am

June 16 - Last Day of School.

Friday, May 13, 2022

"I am the way and the truth and the life, says the Lord; no one comes to the Father except through me." John 14:6

I hope everyone had a very celebrated Mother's Day last weekend! Mothers are precious! We are all blessed to have two mothers, the mother who gave birth to us on this earth and the Mother of God, who gave birth to Our Lord Jesus Christ. This month we continue to celebrate the Mother of God by praying the Holy Rosary. This week we finished "The Luminous Mysteries," which were given to us by St. John Paul II. Next week we will begin "The Sorrowful Mysteries."

Today we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Fatima and in honor of Our lady, our second graders will be crowning the Mother of God as Queen of Heaven and Earth in the church at 1:00 pm. As part of the ceremony our second graders will lead us in the "Joyful Mysteries." The timing couldn't be more perfect. Our Blessed Mother is crowned on the feast day of Our Lady of Fatima and half of our second graders will make their First Holy Communion the following day. Please keep them in your prayers.

Congratulations to Mr. Mallinson, Mrs. Mallinson, Mrs. Pachella, and our students for an outstanding Spring Concert performance. Our Recorders, our Beginner Band, Advanced Band and the K-8 Chorus were tremendous. Parents, grandparents and siblings, thanks for being a great audience. It was a special night.

Our Annual Tricky Tray will take place one week from today. The preview for the public and families will be from 3:00 pm - 4:00 pm. It will be closed from 4:00 pm - 5:59 pm and doors will open at 6:00 pm. Calling will begin at approximately 7:15pm. More information can be found on the STS website.

Students and parents who wish to march in the Roxbury Memorial Day Parade may do son by signing up on the website. We need at least 30 families to participate. Students should wear their St. Therese collared shirt and meet at Meeker St, Succasunna at 9:30 am. See the flyer on our website.

Our final General HSA Meeting will take place in the gym on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm.

Everyone have a blessed weekend and remember to keep our second graders in your prayers as they prepare to receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday.

Friday, May 6, 2022

"Whoever eats my Flesh and drinks my Blood, remains in Me and I in him, says the Lord." John 6:56

Teacher Appreciation Week is over today, but we appreciate our teachers every day at St. Therese School. Everyday I get to see firsthand what our wonderful faculty does for your children. They are truly amazing! You can be assured your children are in good hands learning what needs to be taught, and not what doesn't need to be taught. Our teachers focus on Reading, Writing, Science, Social Studies, Religion and Arithmetic. In everyone of those subjects Christ is at the center. These are the subjects our students need to learn to be successful guided by the Holy Spirit. I am thankful and appreciative to have a faculty and staff that teaches these subjects and teaches them well.

While I am on the subject of teachers, this past week Deacon Stuart Murphy was selected as the St. Therese Knights of Columbus Teacher of the Year for the year 2022. Please join me in congratulating him on this wonderful honor. Deacon Murphy was presented a plaque during our morning assembly on Tuesday, May 3 and will be attending the St. Therese Knights of Columbus Awards Dinner on June 16 for the Knight's formal presentation. We are blessed to have him teaching our students Math at St. Therese School.

Much thanks goes out to Mrs. Landis, Mrs. Velez and all of the other parents who made our teachers, nurse's and aides, feel so special during this Teacher's Appreciation Week. Your efforts this week have made it a week they will remember.

As many of you are aware from the alerts I have been sending out, there is an uptick in COVID cases in the school. Most of them appear to be very mild. Students who test positive must quarantine for five days and wear a mask indoors for the following five days.

Our Spring Concert is scheduled for Wednesday, May 11 at 6:30 pm in the church. As of now the concert is still on. If there are parents who do not feel comfortable attending the concert they do not have to attend. We completely understand. If there are any changes in regards to the scheduled concert, parents will be notified.

The Mother/Son Morning on the Farm has been postponed from May 7 to June 11 due to predicted wet weather.

Today our students concluded the "Joyful Mysteries of the Holy Rosary," before going to First Friday Mass. During the month of May we will continue to honor our Blessed Mother, Mary, praying decades of the Holy Rosary daily. On Monday, May 9 we will begin the "Luminous Mysteries."

On Friday, May 13 our second grade students will crown our Blessed Mother during the May Crowning Ceremony at 1:00 pm in the church. As part of the ceremony students will recite the Holy Rosary in the church. 

On Saturday, May 14 and Saturday May 21 our second grade students will receive their First Holy Communion. Please keep them in your prayers.

Our seventh and eighth graders are sponsoring a Baby Shower for Birth Haven during the month of May. Please see the Parent's Page on our website for more information. 

The St. Therese Tricky Tray will take place on Friday, May 20. Please see the Parent's Page for more information.

Our final General HSA Meeting will take place on Tuesday, May 24 at 7:00 pm in the gym.

Finally have a wonderful Mother's Day, a Blessed Weekend and Stay Healthy! 

In Christ,

Tim Dunnigan 

Principal STS

"You have received a spirit of adoption as sons through which we cry: Abba! Father!" Romans 8:15bc

The end of the school year is here. We made it through two years of dealing with Covid. Hopefully now we can look at Covid in the rearview m...