Growing Saints

Family Newsletter * November 23, 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...


The word Eucharist is from the Greek 'eucharistia' which means thanksgiving. As Catholics, we don't save Thanksgiving for just one time of the year, but practice giving thanks every time we gather at the altar during Mass.

This is a special time of year when we all join together to pause and practice gratitude. We will gather with family, with friends, in our homes, and at Mass. We give to give thanks to God for all the blessings we experience.

Please know we at St. Therese are grateful for each and every one of you. We are grateful for our school family and the opportunity to grow together.

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

Sheryl O'Connor

Virtue of the Week November 28-December 4: Prayerfulness

Definition: Being still, listening, and being willing to talk to God as a friend

Prayer: Dear Jesus, I desire to have You as my best friend. Give me a desire to spend time with You each day, as I do with my friends. Help me always to put You first in my life, even when I am busy.

Listen to the Virtue Minute to learn more about prayerfulness!

Change in Christmas Program Date!

Please take note that our Christmas Program has moved to Wednesday, December 14 at 6 pm at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. This will allow our program to happen during Fr. Evelio's Christmas Around the World Event. Following the program, all families are invited to the parish hall to view nativities from 50 nations around the world.

Santa's Secret Shop

Planning is underway for this year's Santa's Secret Shop December 12-14. Information will be coming home in backpacks soon. We are in need of volunteers to help students with shopping and gift wrapping. If you are interested in helping out, please contact the school office.

Christmas Feast

Big picture

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

Volunteers Needed

  • LCAB Members
  • Catholic Schools Week: Game Night

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

Upcoming Events

Thursday, December 1

9:30 am School Mass

Friday, December 2

Spirit Shirt Day

Saturday, December 3

Pie Making

Sunday, December 4

Second Sunday in Advent

Monday-Wednesday, December 12-14

Santa's Secret Shop

Wednesday, December 14

6 pm Christmas Program at Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Friday, December 16

Red and Green Day-Wear those Christmas Colors! (No sweats please, we are visiting Green Acres)

10 am Caroling at Green Acres

Family Christmas Feast

Christmas Stations

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.

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

December 22 Lunch Menu

2022-23 Free and Reduced School Meals Application

2022-23 Dress Day Schedule


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

*Allegan County Health Department Guidelines for Covid