Growing Saints

Family Newsletter * February 16, 2023

"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 donated goodies or helped out at our St. Valentine's Day Celebrations this week. It was wonderful to stop and remember are blessed we are to have so many friends and so much love in our lives. It is good to be part of the St. Therese School Family.

We may have just passed St. Valentine's Day, but we are already gearing up for March is Reading Month! All students are invited to submit the title of their favorite picture book to Mrs. O'Connor by Thursday, February 23. Children may write the name on a slip of paper or the teachers have small voting slips. There is a bucket in the office to collect votes. We will draw the names for our very own "Sweet Sixteen Tournament of the Books" on Friday. February 24 at the end of the day. Classrooms will have a read-off and vote for their choice as we read through the month of March and choose a Book Tournament Champion for our school.

As we turn our focus to reading, we will also be exploring ways to turn off the tech and do a digital detox. See our first idea here in Growing Saints today!

Finally, we are seeing a bug make its way through the building (again!). This one brings on an upset tummy and diarrhea, but not necessarily a fever. Please remember that your child needs to be free from vomiting, diarrhea, and a fever for at least a day without medications before they attend school. We have attached a copy of the health department guidelines as a reminder.

When to stay home

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

Sheryl O'Connor

Virtue of the Week: Self Control

Definition: Joyful mastery over one's passions and desires

Prayer: Dear Jesus, Thank You for all the desires You have given me, because they remind me of the desire in my heart that only You can fill! Help me to control my tongue when I am supposed to be silent; my hands when I am supposed to keep them to myself; my eyes when I am supposed to be focused on a particular person or thing; and my ears to listen to only those things I am supposed to hear.

Listen to the Virtue Minute to learn more about the Virtue of Self-Control

Applications and Re-enrollment are Open for 2023-2024 School Year

We are already looking ahead to the 2023-2024 school year. We have opened applications for new students and re-enrollment for returning students. Getting accurate numbers helps greatly as we plan for the coming school year.

Tuition Letter for 2023-2024

We do have financial support available, so, please, reach out if we can help!

The Question of Kindergarten Readiness

As a school team, we are working to discern if we should reconfigure our grade level offerings to be able to offer a new class, Kindergarten Readiness. Kindergarten Readiness would be geared towards supporting children who need a little more than preschool but are not quite ready for kindergarten. This would include children who need time to mature socially and those who turn 5 between September 1 and December 1 and require a waiver to start kindergarten.

In addition, our preschool and kindergarten teachers are working together to organize a Kindergarten Readiness Round-Up to help parents gain insight into their own child's readiness to start Kindergarten and provide suggestions and ideas for additional experiences which can help your child be school ready.

If you have any questions or ideas, please reach out to Mrs. O'Connor. In the meantime, we ask that you keep our team in prayer as we work through the discernment process and make these important decisions for how to best support your child's learning and growth.

Turn Off the Tech: Draw a Selfie!

As we look ahead to March is Reading Month, we will start exploring hints and helps to switch off our digital devices and find time for reading and creative outlets.

This week, instead of taking a selfie, draw one! Grab a piece of paper and a pencil and draw a selfie instead of snapping one! Where will you draw yourself? Will do you a head and shoulders portrait or will it be an action shot doing your favorite activity?

Help Needed

Mystery Readers for March is Reading Month

Please reach out to Mrs. O'Connor if you would be willing to read to any of our classrooms for March is Reading Month. We need lots of readers!

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.

Upcoming Events

Friday, February 17-Monday, February 20

No School-Midwinter Break

Tuesday, February 21

10-10:30 Kindergarten/First Grade walk to Henika

Wednesday, February 22

Ash Wednesday

School will attend Mass at noon. We will provide a morning snack to all students an hour before Mass. Cheese pizza lunch will be immediately following Mass.

Thursday, February 23

Picture Book submissions for the St. Therese Tournament of Books due to Mrs. O'Connor

9:30 Mass

Friday, February 24

3:00 pm Stations of the Cross at the Church

Drawing to set the Sweet Sixteen for the St. Therese Tournament of Books due to Mrs. O'Connor

Wednesday, March 1

March is Reading Month Starts!

Thursday, March 2

9:30 Mass

Friday, March 3

Soup-er Hero Day! Bring a can of soup to donate to the Food Pantry and dress like your favorite Super Hero!

3:00 Stations of the Cross at the Church

Tuesday, March 7

9-9:30 Second-Sixth Grade walk to Henika

10-10:30 Kindergarten-1st Grade walk to Henika

Friday, March 10

Go together like PB&J! Bring a jar of peanut butter or jelly to donate to the Food Pantry and dress with a friend like something that goes together like peanut butter and jelly.

3:00 Stations of the Cross at the Church

Friday, March 17

Uniform Holiday-Wear Your Green!

3:00 Stations of the Cross at the Church

2023 Dress Day Schedule


14th: Spirit Shirt Day

28th: Uniform Holiday


12: Spirit Shirt Day

19th: Uniform Holiday