St. Teresa Tidbits

Oct. 14, 2021

No School Friday

October 15 is a scheduled professional development day for our staff. The day will be spent analyzing the math and reading assessment data, making data-driven decisions about instruction, and scheduling individual and small group interventions for students that need extra support.

Giant Piggy Bank

Starting November 4th, your child will be able to start making deposits into their existing Giant Piggy Bank account. Please note that Fidelity will only be accepting deposits that are at least $1.00 and for students who currently have accounts. At this time, we will not be able to open new Giant Piggy Bank accounts. Starting in December, we will be able to accept applications for new accounts. Applications will be handed out to the students at the school that are interested in opening an account at that time.

Additionally, in January, we will be starting a raffle for the students who have accounts with us. Every time a student makes a deposit of $1.00 or more, their name will be entered into the drawing for a prize at the end of the school year!

St. Teresa Blue Cord Service Program

St. Teresa of Calcutta School Blue Cord Service Learning Program is based on the tenet that learning and service are connected to the intellectual and moral development of each student. The goal for our students is to serve our community in a variety of ways, helping others outside of their immediate circle. The color blue represents Mother Teresa’s devotion to caring for the sick and poor.

“Love cannot remain by itself – it has no meaning. Love has to be put into action, and that action is service.” -Mother Teresa

Through service, our students will gain a sense of empathy for others. This work will lead to a desire to contribute to our community. It will also help to develop their teamwork and leadership skills. The Blue Cord Award is a distinguished graduation award available to St. Teresa students who volunteer for a total of 100 service hours. Students are recognized at the annual school-wide awards ceremony in the spring and at our St. Teresa graduation Mass.

  • It is encouraged that students complete 25 hours per year beginning in 5th grade. However, students can accumulate the hours at any point to achieve 100 hours by graduation. If more than 40 hours are accumulated in one year, extra hours will be carried over to the next year. The Blue Cord committee will review hours submitted.

  • The emphasis of this work should be “outreach” to our community, primarily with non-profit organizations.

  • Eighth grade service hours are due one week before school is out for the summer. All other students' service hours are due no later than June 1.


  1. Service Hour Forms are available in the school office or on the school webpage.

  2. The form can be turned into your classroom teacher or the school office. You need to have the organization’s supervisor sign your form. If you forget the form, have them write a note for you.

  3. Babysitting, classroom clean-up, and household chores do not meet the criteria.

  4. Specific dates should be listed - not a general time period.

  5. All Service Hours are subject to approval. The Principal and Lead Teacher will determine the validity of questionable service hours.

  6. Volunteer hours cannot be paid hours. A list of pre-approved volunteer opportunities and all of the forms required can be found in the office or on our webpage. Students can ask for approval of opportunities not on the list by speaking with administration.

National School Lunch Week

Don’t forget that Oct. 10-16 is National School Lunch Week. We have a fabulous food service team! Thank you Heather Bullerman, Terry Zell, Sandy Timp, Cathy Straube, and Michelle Ellingson for feeding our school family wonderful meals with a smile. It has been extra challenging this year with having to make so many changes to our meal plan on such short notice.We greatly appreciate ALL of you!

Fall Conferences

Conferences are quickly approaching. Please save the date for either Tuesday, November 2 or Wednesday, November 3. All conferences are held at the Ossian site and online scheduling will begin next week. We will also be taking orders for Mabes half-baked pizza at that time too. The Scholastic Book Fair will be held in the library which allows us to earn points to purchase new books for our schools.
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Upcoming Events

Oct. 15 NO SCHOOL (Professional Development)

Oct. 15 End of Quarter

Oct. 16 Father/daughter dance

Oct. 19 8th grade field trip to EWALU

Oct. 19 4-H Clover Kids- Ossian site

Oct. 19 7:00 Board of Education

Oct. 20 1:30 optional server training for funerals- Ossian

Oct. 21 3rd & 4th grade server training- Spillville

Oct. 24 Red Ribbon Week

Oct. 28 6-8 Band Solo Fest

Nov. 1 All Saints Day Mass- Ossian

Nov. 1 Family Faith Groups

Nov. 2 two hour early out

Nov. 2 2-8 Conferences

Nov. 3 4-8 Conferences

Nov. 4 two hour early out


Nov. 14 School Drive Thru Dinner

Nov. 16 7:00 Board of Education

Nov. 24-28 Thanksgiving Break