Virtual After School Enrichment
Dear Parents, We are pleased to be offering a modified virtual session of our After School Enrichment Program! The Enrichment Program offers courses that are fun and entertaining, while still providing a learning environment. Beginning the week of Monday, January 11th, we are offering the following classes: Virtual Story Time and Craft, Intro to Ukulele, and STEM Challenges. (Please see the descriptions below.)
This is a first come first serve program, so please sign up early to reserve your space! Enrollment Spaces will be reserved for those students who have turned in registration forms and the total amount of the enrollment fee before the maximum class size is reached. Enrollment forms are due no later than Thursday, January 7th.
Fees and Payment Policy Make checks payable to Enrichment Course Instructor. Fees paid for enrichment classes will go directly to the teachers of the enrichment classes. Please do not make checks out to St. Therese. No refunds will be given for any missed classes, the total amount of the payment must accompany the enrollment form, to reserve your child’s place in the class. Please turn your registration form into the front desk of school.
Virtual Story Time and Craft with Mrs. Collins Course fee: $60 Grades: K-2 Class Dates: Classes will be posted on Google Classroom on 1/11, 1/18, 1/25, 2/1, 2/8 and 2/15. I will send home the materials needed for the class with your child's regular classroom teacher on the dates listed above. The lesson for each week will remain on Google Classroom the entire 6 weeks in the event you cannot watch and /or make the craft on the week it is presented. Course Description: Snuggle up in a cozy spot in your house, maybe grab your favorite snack and listen as I read a fun story to you via a video that might relate to a special occasion , holiday, the season or something that might surprise you!! Then, I will demonstrate how to make the craft, activity, art project, etc. associated with the story so you can complete it on your own. You can complete it on the day that is convenient for you. Please make payable to Dana Collins
Intro to Ukulele Course Fee: $45- students must provide their own ukuleles, I recommend Donner or Lanikai brands. Please reach out with further questions about the instrument. Grades: K-8 Sessions: 6 (3 on Google Meet at 5pm on January 12th, February 2nd, and February 16th, the other three through videos and assignments).
Course Description: Videos and assignments will be posted weekly on Google classroom. The first, fourth, and sixth sessions will be on Google Meet. The course will cover basic information about the ukulele (parts, a brief history, current use in music), how to care for it, how to read the music, and a few songs. Please make checks payable to Rachel Schulz
STEM Challenges Course Fee: $60 per student Grades: K-4 Sessions: 6 Course Description: Do you like to design and build things? This is the class for you! Students in this class will have a variety of STEM Challenges to create. Challenge instructions, along with a variety of recyclables and other materials to use for their project, will be sent home with the students. There will be 6 different challenges throughout this course. Students may complete the challenges at their own pace. Please make checks payable to: Ms. Julie Gardner or Venmo @Julie-Gardner-25. *If you choose Venmo, please put your child’s name and the enrichment class in the description.*
Enrollment Form **Please complete a new form for each class. Please do not put multiple classes on one form** Available on Sycamore.
Please join our 8th graders as we thank our veterans for their sacrifice.
Our Annual Veterans Day service presented by the 8th graders had to go virtual this year. You can view here: https://vimeo.com/478037172/7d202e202f
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Today we honor those holy men and women who have gone before us in faith.
As we honor these great champions of faith, let’s reflect upon who they are and what role they continue to play in the life of the Church.
Our STS 6th graders would typically be presenting their Saints Wax Museum to the parish community this weekend. This year we had to go virtual so please check out their amazing presentations here: https://sites.google.com/sttheresenorth.org/saintswaxmuseum/home?authuser=0
Erinn Scott Brown
St. Therese Catholic Community
816.741.2800 x 239
Happy Halloween, All Saints and All Souls weekend, I hope everyone has enjoyed the first quarter of the school year and are adjusting to the 2020 “normal”. St. Therese has completed the first quarter having all grades benefiting from in-person learning 5 days a week and COVID cases have remained relatively low. The cases we have had have been managed successfully thanks to our amazing teachers, staff, nurses and especially you, the parents.
Thankfully, none of these cases have spread to other classmates, teachers or staff. The system we have in place has been effective in containing the virus and with the help of parents we hope this trend continues.
With Halloween this weekend, the upcoming holidays and the current rise in cases in the area, please continue to be cautious and follow recommended guidelines provided by the CDC and local health departments. https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/if-you-are-sick/quarantine.html
If your child experiences ANY symptoms, please inform the school and keep your child home until we have a chance to confirm it is safe for them to return. Thank you for helping keep the kids in school and helping keep St. Therese safe.
COVID Compliance Officer
St. Therese School Receives National Recognition for Commitment to Empowering Students
Named a distinguished school for STEM and career learning program
Kansas City, MO – St. Therese has been recognized as a Project Lead The Way (PLTW) Distinguished School for providing broad access to transformative learning opportunities for students through PLTW Gateway. It is one of just 176 across the U.S. to receive this honor. PLTW is a nonprofit organization that serves millions of PreK-12 students and teachers in over 12,200 schools across the U.S.
The PLTW Distinguished School recognition honors schools committed to increasing student access, engagement, and achievement in their PLTW programs. To be eligible for the designation, St. Therese had to meet the following criteria:
Through PLTW programs, students develop STEM knowledge as well as in-demand, transportable skills that they will use both in school and for the rest of their lives, on any career path they take. PLTW Gateway empowers students to lead their own discovery and uncover a range of paths and possibilities they can look forward to in high school and beyond.
For to you has been granted, for the sake of Christ, not only to believe in him
but also to suffer for him. - Philippians 1:29
All of the sudden families are finding themselves with a lot a family time on their hands. This can be a great blessing as you spend time together. Let’s be honest though, it can also be a time of some stress that can call for a good deal of patience.
While this certainly affords the time for some shared family prayer which I wholeheartedly encourage, I also encourage people in the midst of all this to stop and have some fun with their children. Play a board game, cards or watch a wholesome program together on television.
Pope Francis has shared that sometimes while hearing confessions, he will ask parents, do you ever waste time with your children. To waste some time with one’s children, to simply do something for the fun of it, can create a wonderful memory for them. I would add that “wasting time” with your children will be time well spent.
The same can hold true for husbands and wives. Perhaps this is an opportunity to “waste some time” together. Again, this will be time well spent.
This also holds true for prayer, when we seem “to waste time” with God. That too is time well spent.
Another idea is to call, Facetime or Skype with friends and relatives, especially elderly ones who find it even harder to get out.
There are a number of us, myself included, who live alone. This too is an opportunity for us, not just for prayer but for reaching out to others. Just this afternoon I was able to call one my cousins in Italy where the situation is much worse.
I don’t know how long this will last but I am already sad knowing that I won’t see people at Mass this weekend. Father Randy, Father Andrew and I continue to celebrate daily Mass privately and remember all of you. We hope to have some prayer resources posted soon. Let us continue to bear this cross together, and let even what we are suffering become a type of prayer.
With continued prayers,
Father Joe Cisetti
Dear St. Therese School families,
Thank you again for your patience and support as we navigate these new and trying times. On the recommendation of Mayor Quintin Lucas and the Diocesan School Office, St. Therese School will shift to remote learning after Spring Break. We are uncertain about the length of time we will be delivering instruction in this way, but it will likely be at least until April 3rd. As the situation continues to develop, we will communicate changes as we know them.
We understand the weight of this decision. We respect that this is a disruption for your family and we hope you will understand our desire to communicate now in order to give you time to make arrangements to provide a home-learning environment for your child during the upcoming school closure.
The teachers, staff and I have been preparing for this shift to remote learning should it happen. We will share details soon about the date when remote learning will begin. You will be hearing from individual teachers about instructional plans and learning activities which will address the learning standards for each grade level during our homebound school time.
If you or someone in your household is diagnosed with COVID-19, or become aware that you have been in contact with someone who has a presumptive or confirmed diagnosis of COVID-19, I ask you to inform me as soon as possible.
We will be planning for a parent pick up day of student materials soon. More information about this pickup day will be forthcoming.
As always, we appreciate our community’s support and cooperation. You can assist us by remaining vigilant but sensible in your approach to dealing with this health concern. As you know, we are the greatest influence on our children’s reactions to these types of events. In these coming days, let us continue to turn towards Christ for care and comfort.
Sixth Annual 4th Grade Christmas Card Art Contest
This year St. Therese School had their sixth annual Christmas card contest for the entire fourth grade class. There are four winners for this contest. Three students will have their artwork copied, printed and used for the 2019 St. Therese School Christmas cards.
Congratulations to the winning artists!
Need a few extra hours to get ready for Christmas?
Register your students for our Christmas STEM camp - taking place following the Christmas parties. Join Ms. Gardner and Mrs. Mulligan for some STEM exploration. This camp is a great opportunity for students to do a variety of STEM activities. Options will include things such as robotics, engineering, building with Legos, coding, open MakerSpace and much more! Let’s see what you can do!
Please bring a nut free lunch and water bottle with your child.
Please make checks out to Mrs. Cathy Mulligan