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St. Therese Family Newsletter - March 3, 2021

Gratitude

I am thankful for all of the cards, calls, emails, and texts. Please keep the prayers coming for my family this week as we lay Dad to rest.


Words have been failing me when ordinarily writing brings me comfort. Please know that I will never forget your kindness, and the support this incredible community has provided me during what is has proven to be the worst days of my life.


Gratefully,


Rosemarie El Youssef

Principal, St. Therese School

elyoussefr@stthereseschool.org

Parents' Club Plant Sale

Packets went home today for our plant sale - share with family and friends before they make plans for spring gardening!
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Updated Case Rates 2/27/21

In the most updated guidance to the metrics we are clear to transition into hybrid learning with our K-8 students. We are in the yellow column, because our county case rate is almost below 100! We are at 92/100,000 over a 14 day period of time. You can see this in the two diagrams below. The most amazing thing? Our test positivity in Multnomah County is WELL BELOW 5% at 2.99%. Each week the numbers are dropping, and it is very encouraging news.


Please continue to wear masks and be safe so we can keep our numbers falling.


We will watch the data and keep you informed as things change.

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Travel and Quarantine

We are coming up on Spring Break, and some families may have some plans for travel. We require that anyone who travels outside of Oregon for any reason plan for being away from school for 10 days following their return. The new guidance (attached here) included a slight adjustment to 7 days with a negative COVID test and no symptoms.


St. Therese will NOT transition to distance learning following Spring Break. If you or anyone in your household travels, you won't meet our health requirements and will need to learn from home for 7-10 days following your return. St. Therese staff follows these same safety rules and will likewise quarantine at home following any travel outside of Oregon. Please call the office as soon as possible to notify us about any plans for travel that will include your student accessing distance learning for a period of time so that we can inform teachers and make arrangements to get you the necessary learning materials.


We appreciate all that you do to keep our community safe, and our students learning at school with us.

Re-enrollment/Registration Portal OPEN

All of our forms for registration of new students and re-enrollment of current students can be found ONLINE at www.factsmgt.com in the FACTS Family Portal. Simply log in, click on apply/enroll, then select enrollment/re-enrollment to access the document. You can also access the Family Portal from our website.


You may see an error message at the end of the process, don't worry. I can see what you have completed and take care of it on my end.


The earlier you enroll, the better prepared we are to discuss next year's budget and make plans for school staffing. You can pay your $200 registration fee now, or just wait and pay before May 1, 2021.


Please give us a call if we can help you in any way!

Now enrolling preschool and pre-kindergarten!

Please go to factsmgmt.com and register your preschool or pre-kindergarten student for the 2021-2022 school year! Our program is in the process of licensure, and we will be open this fall. Preschool students must be 3 years old and potty trained by September 1st, and pre-kindergarten students must be 4 years old.


If you have any questions, please give us a call! You can find information about tuition for our programs on our website, https://www.stthereseschool.org/little-flower-preschool - we look forward to a full group this fall!

FACTS Financial Aid - APPLY NOW!

The other portal you have access to in FACTS is the financial portal, where you will apply for financial aid. In order to be considered to grants and aid for next school year, you are required to have a completed financial aid application. You can find the application by clicking on this link:


https://online.factsmgt.com/SignIn.aspx



The deadline for completing financial aid applications is March 1, 2021 in order to be considered for financial aid.

St. Vincent de Paul - UPDATES

Our items of the month for February is:


Fresh potatoes

Baked beans

Pork and beans


Eagle Student Leadership is collecting food for St. Vincent de Paul for Catholic Schools Week and that is our greatest need. You can bring bags of potatoes or cans of beans by the school ANYTIME and our ES Leadership kiddos will deliver to the pantry.


Volunteer opportunity: St Vincent de Paul is in need of delivery drivers. We need substitute drivers for Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Drivers on a rotating basis are needed for Saturday morning. Usual start time is around 9 am and shifts are 1 1//2 to 2 hours. Training provided. Must be able to carry 25 pound boxes up stairs. Please call Shasta Hatter at 503-253-7566 for more information or to volunteer.


If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact Shasta Hatter at the SVdP office 503-253-7566.

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BottleDrop Thursdays

We are so grateful for your generosity! With your donations we purchased a Distance Learning T-shirt for each student and staff member to wear on Fridays, prizes for spirit week, and the pumpkins for our St. Therese Pumpkin Patch. We recently purchased an eagle mascot costume and our new mascot will soon be visiting classrooms to learn what it means to be a St. Therese Eagle!


The school budget is tight this year, but there are some things that we believe students shouldn't go without - your can and bottle donations make this happen!

Parents' Club Corner

Here is the Parents' Club schedule of meetings for the rest of the school year. We will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6-7pm via Zoom. Our last meeting was on Wednesday, February 10.


3/17

4/21

5/19


Please contact Melanie Reyna at 503-467-1805 or via email at melanie.reyna@usbank.com with any questions.


Please see the attachment below for the meeting minutes from 11/18.

Parent Obligations for the Year - Fair Share and Fundraising

We know that this is a difficult time, so we worked with Parents' Club to make it simple.


If we all work together, we can make this happen!


Rather than having MANY events with specific obligations, we have one financial obligation for each family.


Dual-parent household - $500 (fundraised or donated)

Single-parent household - $300 (fundraised or donated)


This replaces the auction basket obligation, auction project obligation, jog-a-thon, and raffle.


If we make our goal of $36,000 and everyone pitches in, there is no reason to bill people for what they aren't able to fundraise.


Our goal is to have one BIG fundraiser in the spring - if we can generate enough money to fulfill our obligation to the school our tuition won't go up. Jog-a-thon seems doable with the changing of the metrics and there are MANY ways we can get creative to make it happen.


The key to making this happen is ALL of us working together!


You are not expected to figure out how to fundraise on your own - but come to Parents' Club meetings and share your ideas. We are always better together! Our next PC meeting on January 20th will be focused on brainstorming ideas for fundraisers.

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