Tiger News

News & Information for Tiger Families

January 13, 2023

Letter from the Principal

Tiger Families,

It was a fun filled week at St. Teresa as Jogging Jim talked to students about being FEARLESS, ADAPTING, CARING, and TALKING POSITIVELY ABOUT OURSELVES.

Next week there is no school on Monday, January 16th for Martin Luther King Jr. Day. MLK Day is a National Day of Service. I challenge all of you to participate in some way on Monday to help your community. Your actions big or small, can have a huge impact on others.

"The time is always right to do what is right." - Martin Luther King Jr.

Just a reminder that the Illinois State Board of Education is now requiring Nonpublic Schools supported by public funds (free & reduced lunch) to have an absenteeism and truancy policy. The Diocesan Board of Education has established an Absenteeism and Truancy pdf Policy. All schools in the Diocese of Belleville must follow this new directive.

If you haven't filled out the survey on the end of year reminders link, please do so ASAP. The link will help determine tuition rates for the 2022-2023 school year and who is a parishioner.

End of Year Reminder link ~ End of Year Reminders Deadline is this Sunday!!!

As always, we thank you for sharing your student with us. We appreciate your trust, support, and partnership.


Nicole Green


January 2023 EVENTS

Want to stay up-to-date on what is happening at St. Teresa but not sure how.
Check out the St. Teresa School Parent Calendar. Click on the link below to check it out!

St. Teresa Catholic School Google Calendar


January 15th ~ Stewardship Survey Due https://forms.gle/bMbhypU1aziDADQW7

January 16th ~ No School

January 17th ~ School Board Meeting 6:30pm Parish Center

January 19th ~ APEX FUN RUN

January 26, 27, 28 ~ Everything Under the Sun Sale


January 29th ~ Children's Mass 11:00am KICK OFF TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK


Looking Ahead

February 10th ~ Early Dismissal 11:30am/ 3rd Quarter Progress Reports

February 11th ~ Dinner Auction

February 14th ~ Valentine's Day Parties

February 20th ~ No School

History Bee and Geography Bee Qualifiers!

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Everything Under the Sun Sale is still in need of Volunteers!

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Dear Tiger Families,

Student council is sponsoring a raffle to win VIP seating during the Teachers vs. Eighth Graders Volleyball Game on Friday, February 3rd. The winner will sit on a comfy couch located in a preferential spot and will be served popcorn and snacks during the game. The winner may choose up to two friends to join them on the couch. Students will have the opportunity to purchase raffle tickets in their homerooms each morning the raffle is being held, from January 9th until January 27th. The drawing will be held on January 27th and the winner will be announced that afternoon. The cost will be $1 per ticket or 6 tickets for $5 (12 tickets for $10, etc.). If your child would like to participate, please send in the exact amount of cash for the number of tickets you would like to purchase to your homeroom teacher in an envelope.

Thank you so much for your support,

Dawn Spain

St. Teresa Student Council Sponsor

EMPOWER Illinois

2023-2024 Application Resources

As a reminder, families can make a reservation for a 2023-2024 Empower Illinois tax credit scholarship on January 18, 2023! Like years past, the reservation form will open on our website at 6:30pm before submission at 7pm.

Resources can also be found on our website at empowerillinois.org/apply.

Questions from families about the reservation or application process can be directed to our Scholars Helpline (800-616-7606, scholars@empowerillinois.org).

JSVDP 2nd Semester 2023 Meetings

February 7th 8th & 5th

March 7th 6th & 7th

April 4th 8th & 5th

May 9th 6th & 7th

Scholar Bowl

Next week both teams will be competing Tuesday at Fulton Junior High in O’Fallon and Thursday at home versus Queen of Peace.




Open to 1st - 8th Graders

Practices will be held every Monday from 3pm - 4pm.

Student pick up will be at the Parish Center parking lot.

Musical News

Congratulations to the cast of "Princess Whatshername"! Mrs. Fries is looking for more 5th -8th grade chorus members who will sing and do small roles in the show. Please contact her for info. Chorus members & those interested in Stage Crew need to attend the Thursday rehearsals. Our performances will be April 28 & 29.


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Father Daughter Dance

Men’s club will be hosting the annual father daughter dance on February 18 in the gym from 6 to 9. Cost is $10 for each father daughter couple or a $15 max for a family. Pizza and drinks provided
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Belleville Luke 18 Retreat

Belleville Luke 18 Retreat is February 10-12, 2023 at St. Mary's in Belleville for students grades 6-9. The Luker application link is http://bit.ly/3CvzNme and is due January 20th. If you need any further information please contact bellevilleluke18@gmail.com.

Dress Code

Ensure you are following the Student Handbook for Dress Code

As the weather becomes colder many students may want to wear boots to school, however, students must have a change of shoes with them. Tennis shoes must be worn during the school day. Thank you for your cooperation.


This is a reminder that students should be wearing a white polo on Wednesday for Mass.

Tiger Reminders


Doors will open at 7:30am in the front. If you need to drop off earlier please sign up for Extended Care. Drop off for Extended Care is at the side doors of the gym closest to the playground.


Students are dismissed from school at 3:00pm. Students who are not picked up by 3:10 will be walked down to Extended Care. Extended Care costs $10 per day, per child from 3:10 pm to 6 pm. Extended Care Handbook 2022-2023


For the 2022 – 2023 school year, schools are required to return to charging for school meals. The program flexibility provided by the federal government has expired; therefore, meals are no longer free. St. Teresa School is accepting payment through FACTS. Parents can deposit money for meals in their FACTS Management Account.

Lunch Costs: School lunches will cost $3.35 per lunch this year with milk costing $0.70. This year students from Kindergarten to 8th grade will have four lunch choices; two rotating choices, a salad, or a sandwich.

Snacks will be available for on the spot cash purchase for 5th - 8th grade.

PreK will have three lunch choices; two rotating choices, or a sandwich.

St. Teresa School does not permit food deliveries from vendors such as DoorDash, UberEats, restaurant delivery, etc. If a fast food item is dropped off for your student to eat at school, they will be asked to eat it in the office.

Children and Youth Ministry

Our next Children and Youth Mass is Sunday, January 29th at 11am Mass at St. Teresa. Altar servers must be trained in advance in order to serve at the January 29th Mass. Any questions, please contact coordinators Lizzie Lehde or Jen Broida at stluketeresavolunteers@gmail.com

Those children interested in choir (grades 4th and up) should just report to the choir loft at 10:15am that day! Choir is not listed on the sign-up.


St. Teresa PTO Happenings!

St. Teresa PTO Happenings

“Important Upcoming Dates:”

Contact us:

PTO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StTeresaPTO

Email: PTO@StTeresaTigers.org

Auction – Planning for this year’s auction is underway! We are looking for donations, sponsors, and advertisers! The advertising and sponsorship information is attached. Please contact Tiffany Kraus at stteresadinnerauction@gmail.com or 618-806-3790 with questions or for more information!

Lunch / Recess Volunteers Needed – Must be current on ALL child protection requirements. If any questions, please contact Jackie Tewell at jackie.tewell@stteresatigers.org.


BoxTops for Education – Did you know our school has earned over $23,000 from BoxTops?!?!

Whether you're ordering groceries for delivery or pickup–or if you requested an email receipt at checkout–you can still submit any digital receipt containing participating products and earn Box Tops for your school.


AmazonSmile – Add St. Teresa as your AmazonSmile Charity and our school will receive a %-age of all of your Amazon purchases.


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St. Teresa Ladies of Perpetual Help ~ Happenings

*We meet the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm in the St. Teresa Parish Center. All ladies of St. Teresa School/Church are welcome to attend!

Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stteresaperpetualhelp

Althoff Catholic High School

Upcoming events, more information at https://www.althoffcatholic.org/admissions/visit.cfm

St. Teresa Alumni Spotlight

As a St. Teresa Twirl Girl, Katie accompanied several troupe members to Programs and Services for Older Persons (PSOP) every Tuesday before Thanksgiving and Holy Thursday from 2011 to 2016 where students would decorate placemats, serve lunch and beverages, visit with our “senior friends”, and often play games. Katie always stayed afterwards to help clean up.

She absolutely fell in love with the atmosphere at PSOP so much so that in 2020, Katie requested it as her Althoff Catholic Senior Service Project location, where she spent a month performing various activities for and with clients of PSOP.

Today, as a college junior home on winter break, she called and asked if she could visit once again. She lucked out as it was Orchestra Day! Katie spent the afternoon dancing with her senior friends while learning to jitterbug and polka!

Super proud of this former St. Teresa Twirl Girl and her love of service.

Know of a St. Teresa Alumni to Spotlight email nicole.green@stteresatigers.org

Inclement Weather Plan


Closure of St. Teresa School will be shared FIRST on the St. Teresa School website and on official St. Teresa social media within minutes of the decision.

For the 2022-2023 school year St. Teresa School will be following District 118 closure policy.

If District 118 is closed due to inclement weather, St. Teresa's will also be closed.

For the 2022-2023 school year there will be no "remote learning" days.

As children we all looked forward to the fun of a "snow day."

All "snow days" will be made up at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.