Growing Saints

Family Newsletter * November 10, 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...


Our vocation is how we are called to show our love for God to the world. This week, each of our classrooms has taken the time to reflect on what it means to be called by God. They have explored the vocations of the priesthood, diaconate, sacramental marriage, and religious life.

One of our students shared with me the importance of the priesthood as a vocation. It is only through our priests that we can meet at the altar and take part in the Eucharist.

This is especially important in this year where Bishop Bradley has asked us to pray for our priests in a special way so that they may be inspired by the Holy Spirit to guide and lead each one of us closer to Christ.

Have a marvelous weekend!

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

Sheryl O'Connor

Virtue of the Week November 14-20: Magnanimity

Definition: Seeking with confidence to do great things in God; literally "having a large soul"

Prayer: Sacred Heart of Jesus, You loved us even to the point of death. Give me a big heart! Give me Your heart! Help me to love others with all my heart!

Listen to the Virtue Minute to learn about St. Paul Miki.

Living Nativity, December 14 from 6-7:30 pm

In conjunction with Fr. Evelio's Christmas Around the World exhibit at Sts. Cyril and Methodius, St. Therese School will be sponsoring a living nativity from 6-7:30 pm.

It is going to take many hands and heads to pull together such a dynamic representation of the nativity. If you can help, please reach out!

Carpentry and Building: We need a manger backdrop for the scene that can be used out of doors.

Animals: We would like to incorporate live animals into our tableau. Do you have sheep? a donkey? small cows? We need someone to help us round up some animals.

Costumes: While we have quite a stash of costumes, we need someone who can come into school and help us match sizes and roles.

Scheduling: Students will be able to sign up to portray a person in the pageant for 20-minute segments. We need someone who can help us set up a schedule and recruit people to bring our nativity to life.

Cookies and Hot Chocolate: While the nativity is going on outside, we will need cookies and hot chocolate for warming indoors. We need someone who will help us round up some Christmas cookies and volunteers to man the hot chocolate station.

Please reach out to our school office if you can help! We look forward to adding this exciting piece to prepare to celebrate Christmas.

Annual Pie Sale

We will be selling pies through November 28th. This year's choices are apple and cherry. The cost is $12 each, or 3 for $33, mix or match! They are delicious and are ready to be baked or can be frozen. They make great gifts!! Pies will be assembled Saturday, December 3 in the school gym. Orders need to be paid for and picked up that day from 12 pm - 3 pm. If you would like to help with assembling pies, we would love to have you! This is a very fun time! Contact Jessica Harnish at 269-290-4847 or

Pie Order Form

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

We are also living out Benchmark 3.3 from the National Standards by partnering with other community groups to make a difference in our corner of the world.

Benchmark 3.3 Every student participates in Christian service programs to promote the lived reality of action in service of social justice.

We are currently partnering with St. Therese Church to collect items for the Veteran's Home. This is another way for us to address another tenet of Catholic Social Teaching as we seek together the common good and well-being for all, especially the poor and vulnerable. Through this project, we are also fulfilling our duty as citizens by giving back to those who have served to protect our democracy. 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, November 11

Color Day: Wear Red, White, and Blue to celebrate Fr. Evelio's Citizenship!

10 am 5th and 6th grade to Pine Street for Veteran's Day Ceremony

All American Lunch to celebrate Fr. Evelio becoming an American citizen. 11:30 am in the gym. Families are welcome to join us. Please RSVP using Web Forms in your Family Portal.

Report cards will be emailed to the contacts listed in FACTS Family Portal.

NWEA Fall Reports sent home with students.

Tuesday, November 15

Walking trip to Henika Library, Chaperone needed

Friday, November 18

Uniform Holiday

Wednesday, November 23

1/2 Day, Dismissal at 11:45 am

Thursday, November 24, and Friday, November 25

No School-Happy Thanksgiving!

Saturday, December 3

Pie Making

Sunday, December 4

2 pm Christmas Program

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


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