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
Christmas time might mean new internet enabled devices in your home!
The "Be Internet Awesome Family Guide" gives families the tools and resources to learn about online safety and citizenship at home. This guide makes it easier to incorporate and practice good digital habits in your everyday lives. Packed with good stuff, this guide will help you and your kids discuss, learn, and think about online safety together.
St. Therese Parish Community Fall Festival is quickly approaching. This wonderful event allows not only our Parish and school but also friends outside of St. Therese and our wonderful neighbors, to come together as one community. Children and parents look forward to this fun event every year – I hope to see you there!
Mark your calendar:
SAVOR, The Experience, will feature great music, food trucks, games and much more.
Look for our updates on Facebook.
Attention Golfers: It is time to sign up and join us for the 32nd Annual St. Therese Golf Classic being held on Friday, September 27 at The Deuce.
It is a 4 person scramble with player check-in and breakfast beginning at 7:00am.
Shotgun start at 9:00am.
Immediately following the tournament, an awards banquet with steak dinner catered by Anton's.
For online registration and payment plus additional tournament information, click on the button below.
The Spirit Wear web store is now open for ordering.
This sale, which focuses on Fall Sportswear, will run from today until Friday 8/23. Please note that these clothing items are Spirit Wear only and are not approved for daily uniform use. Orders are expected to be delivered to classrooms by 9/5. The next sale is planned for mid September and will include more non-sports Spirit Wear items.
General questions on Spirit Wear can be directed to Susie Strada at email@example.com, and you are also welcome to reach out to Mac's Sportswear directly regarding sizing, back ordered items, or other merchandise questions, just click the button below.
You may place your orders and pay for August lunches on Sycamore School beginning today, August 1st through Thursday, August 8th. September lunch ordering window is Thursday, August 15th through Thursday, August 22nd. The lunch ordering on Sycamore School will be closed at midnight on the final day of ordering.
Please watch the below video instructions on how to enter your students' orders and then complete your order by paying for the lunches.
ICE CREAM YOU SCREAM WE ALL SCREAM FOR ICE CREAM!
Join us on Sunday, July 28 for the Annual Parish Ice Cream Social from 5-8pm. There will be carnival games for the kids and bingo for the adults. The Knights of Columbus will be serving up brats, burgers, nachos and ice cream. Fun for Everyone!
If you’re interested in volunteering or baking for the dessert bar please reach out to Donna Patti at firstname.lastname@example.org or call at 816.741.2800 x 211.
Looking forward to seeing you there!