Growing Saints

Family Newsletter * December 1, 2022

"This is what we are about: we plant the seeds that one day will grow. We water seeds already planted, knowing that they hold future promise."

-Attributed to Archbishop Oscar Romeo

From the Principal's Office...

Advent Blessings!

Advent is more than just a countdown to Christmas. Advent calls us to look inward and prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus Christ, both at his Nativity and in the world to come. Advent is a time of waiting. Waiting is not something new for the faithful. Throughout the Old Testament, we can see a pattern of waiting. God asked the Israelites, His chosen people to wait, wait for opportunities to be restored, and to learn how to love as God loves. We are asked to do the same waiting.

Throughout the school year, students meet in the final minutes of each day to review the day and pray together. During Advent, this prayer is focused on The Jesse Tree. In the Jesse Tree, we trace the ancestors of Jesus. Each day focuses on a different person or event through which God teaches the Israelites (and us!) about the nature of God and to be prepared to receive their Savior. Students lead with a Bible verse and a reflection to guide us to think more deeply about the lessons God has for us. One student has the privilege of hanging an ornament representing the day's reflection on the tree.

We hope and pray that each of us can take time this season to slow down and reflect on God and how he calls us to himself.

St. Therese, Sts. Cyril and Methodius, pray for us!


Virtue of the Week December 5-11: Humility

Definition: Awareness that all our gifts come from God and appreciation for the gifts of others

Prayer: Dear Jesus, You said, “Learn from Me, for I am meek and humble of heart” (Matthew 11:29). You are God, yet You became little out of love for me. I desire to become little for the love of You. Help me to be honest about my strengths and weaknesses.

Listen to the Virtue Minute to learn more about St. Bernadette and the virtue of humility.

A Visit from St. Nicholas

We are hosting a special breakfast for our preschool and kindergarten friends and their families on Tuesday, December 6, for the Feast of St. Nicholas. Breakfast will start at 8 am. There will be activities to learn more about St. Nicholas, and a storytime.

All of our preschool friends are invited to bring a friend (or 2) and join us! Please RSVP so that we can be prepared with plenty of good food for everyone.

Click here to RSVP

Santa's Secret Shop

Santa Secret Shop is back!!!!

Shopping will take place on December 13th, 14th, or 15th. Shopping times are assigned by class. We will have a selection of gifts priced between $1.00 and $6.00. For ease of shopping and staying on budget, each student will receive an envelope to make a list of who they are buying for and how much they can spend.

Envelopes will be sent home the week of December 5th. Please return your student's envelope with funds for shopping no later than December 13th. Cash or check payable to St. Therese.

We are also looking for a few volunteers to help with shopping. Volunteers will need to have completed the required background check.

Thanks for your support in helping to provide this fun experience for the kids!!

Katie Button

Christmas Feast

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Help Needed

Volunteers Needed

All school volunteers are required to be Virtus trained (available online) and have a current criminal background check. You may complete the Virtus training at>>First Time Registrant.

Criminal background check (iChat) forms can be found here and may be turned in at the office.

Key Cards for Sale

The new 2023 KeyCard coupon books are now available in the school office. The price is $30 and includes a coupon book and unlimited use card valid at hundreds of area merchants. Start saving today through December 31, 2023. Our profit is $15 per sale which goes to Home and School to pay for field trips and other school events.

If you would like to purchase a book (or more), please contact the school office.

2023 KeyCard Flyer

Upcoming Events

Monday, December 5

2:30-3:30 pm Set up for St. Nicholas Breakfast

Tuesday, December 6

8:00-9:30 am A Visit with St. Nicholas Breakfast for preschool and kindergarten and their families. RSVP Here!

Sunday, December 11

Third Sunday of Advent

Monday-Wednesday, December 12-14

Santa's Secret Shop

Wednesday, December 14

Kindergarten-6th Grade visit Christmas Around the World at SSCM

6 pm Christmas Program at Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Friday, December 16

Red and Green Day-Wear those Christmas Colors! (No sweats please, we are visiting Green Acres)

10 am Caroling at Green Acres

Family Christmas Feast

Christmas Stations

December Pizza Orders

The December pizza form is now available in your Family Portal. After, completing your form, please send in your payment. If payment is not received after week 1, we will invoice you through FACTS.

Lunch Menu

You can check the Wayland Union Schools website for updates. Since we do not receive lunch from Wayland on Wednesdays, we will again be offering pizza lunch on Wednesdays. Forms are located in the family portal under web forms.

Novmeber 22 Lunch Menu

December 22 Lunch Menu

2022-23 Free and Reduced School Meals Application

2022-23 Dress Day Schedule


6th: Spirit Shirt Day

20th: Uniform Holiday


10th: Spirit Shirt Day

14th: Uniform Holiday - Red/Pink/White Day


3rd: Spirit Shirt Day

17th: Uniform Holiday - Green Day


14th: Spirit Shirt Day

28th: Uniform Holiday


12: Spirit Shirt Day

19th: Uniform Holiday

Health Reminders

As we get into cold and flu season, a few reminders:

*If your child has run a fever, they need to be fever free for at least 24 hours (without using medications) to return to school.

*We have home Covid tests available at no charge. You may request one (or more) in the office.

*Allegan County Health Department Guidelines for Covid