Growing Saints

Family Newsletter * October 27, 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...

Thank you to everyone who walked, and collected pledges and donations for our Walk-a-thon. We raised just over $3300 this year! Amazing!

On Monday, we handed out Uniform Holiday passes to each student who turned in pledges. This pass can be used for a uniform holiday on a date of your child's choosing. (Not redeemable on Mass Days or days with specified uniform dress code.)

I had a chat with friends in fifth and sixth grade, (Gentlemen, you know who you are!) We will be officially ending "Shorts Season" for 2022 on Tuesday, November 1. As of Tuesday, students should choose long pants over shorts until Spring. We agreed to negotiate the reopening of "Shorts Season" as the weather gets warmer.

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

Sheryl O'Connor

Virtue of the Week October 31-November: Circumspection

Definition: Careful consideration of circumstances and consequences

Prayer: Dear Jesus, my actions affect not just myself, but others. Please give me the wisdom to think before acting. Please give me the gift of counsel, that I may act in the best way at each moment of the day.

Listen to the Virtue Minute to learn about Blessed MiguelPro and the virtue of Circumspection!

Trunk or Treat-October 28

TECHNOLOGY GLITCH: Something went awry in our Student Information System and our permission slips for the Costume Parade tomorrow are gone. We are so sorry to ask you to do it twice, but if you could, please, take a moment to log into your Family Portal and give your child/ren permission to walk with us to Mrs. Betty's house, we would all be grateful! We have contacted support and we know that we are not alone. Some poor folks are unable to access any information, so we are counting our blessings.

Tomorrow is our celebration! It is an Orange and Black Color day. Students may wear Halloween colors, but please, send costumes separately. They will have time to change before the parade. We will be marching in a Costume Parade to Miss Betty's house and then come back to Trunk or Treat in the parking lot. Because we are going a short distance off school property, there is a permission slip for the Costume Parade. In the case of rain, we will set up tables throughout the building and "Table Treat" in the hallways.

REMINDER: Costumes should not include weapons, blood, or gore. Students should not wear their costumes to school.

If you would like to participate by handing out candy, please contact Jessica in the office. Bonus points for decorating your car or van!

As always, for the safety of our students, volunteers must be Virtus trained and have a current criminal background check on file.

All Hallow's Eve Retreat-October 31

On Monday, October 31, as part of our All Hallow's Eve Retreat, we will be introducing our school families for this school year. School families are cross-age groups of students who have the opportunity to get to know each other, support each other, and have fun together throughout the school. Each family consists of students from preschool to sixth grade.

During our Retreat on Monday, students will prepare for All Saint's Day by learning about Saints, how Saints are named and what we can learn from them. Each school family will then choose a Patron Saint and create a Banner to hang in the cafeteria this coming year to represent their school family.

Our retreat will include some quiet time to reflect on how we can be saints right here and now.

The final task for our school families will be to put together a Litany to be used in our prayer service on Wednesday for All Soul's Day. Students are encouraged to bring to school a picture or token which represents someone from their family who has passed away. All of the pictures will be used in a display during the prayer service and then will be on display in the trophy case for the month of November. Please be sure any pictures or items sent to school are clearly and securely labeled.

This retreat meets the National Standards and Benchmarks for Excellent Catholic Schools Standard 3: An excellent Catholic school adhering to mission provides opportunities outside the classroom for student faith formation, participation in liturgical and communal prayer, and action in service of social justice and Benchmark 3.2: Every student is offered timely, regular, and age-appropriate opportunities to reflect on their life experiences and faith through retreats and other spiritual experiences.

Fr. Evelio's Naturalization Day!

The date has been set! Fr. Evelio will be taking the Oath of Citizenship on Thursday, November 10 at Herrick Library in Holland. Stay tuned for celebration details!

Help Needed

The virtual auction during Catholic Schools Week is a big hit and raises money for our Home and School group. They support so many of the activities and extras throughout the year. In order to have donations for the auction, we need to start now. Our urgent need right now is for someone to put together the donor letters. We have the letters, envelopes, and stamps. If you are willing to help make it happen for our school, let us know!

Volunteers Needed

  • LCAB Members
  • Catholic Schools Week Virtual Auction

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

Collection for the Veteran's Home

St. Therese Church and School are collecting items for the Veteran's Home. We have included a list of items needed and not needed. Items may be dropped off at church or school.

Veteran's Home Items

Upcoming Events

Friday, October 28

Orange and Black Color Day (Don't have to wear uniforms. Please, do not wear costumes to school. There will be time to change prior to the parade.)

Morning: Preschool Halloween

2:30 pm Costume Parade and Trunk or Treat

Monday, October 31

9-11:25 All School Retreat: All Hallows Eve preparing for All Saints Day

The "Official" End of "Shorts season" for winter. All students are asked to put their shorts away until the spring. As soon as the weather warms up again, we will be looking forward to reopening "Shorts season".

Tuesday, November 1

10 am Mass at SSCM, All Saint's Day

Wednesday, November 2

10 am All Souls Day Communion and Prayer Service

Noon-2 pm Work in Community Garden: Digging Potatoes

Thursday, November 3

9:30 Mass

1:45-2:20 Orchestra

Monday, November 7-Friday, November 11

Vocation Awareness Week

Thursday, November 10

Fr. Evelio's Naturalization Day!

November Pizza Orders

The November 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.

Holy Relics of the Saints

Thursday, November 17th at 6:30 PM in St. Margaret’s Church, there will be an awesome presentation of sacred relics. You will learn of the saints, and their history, and have a chance to touch your rosaries to the relics, creating 3 class relics. Spend time in veneration and prayer.

Informational Flyer

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

2022-23 Free and Reduced School Meals Application

2022-23 Dress Day Schedule


28th: Uniform Holiday (Casual Day)


11th: Spirit Shirt Day (Wear your yellow Spirit Shirt w/Uniform Bottoms)

18th: Uniform Holiday


2nd: Spirit Shirt Day

16th: Uniform Holiday - Red & Green/Christmas Sweater Day


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

*Allegan County Health Department Guidelines for Covid