News & Information for Tiger Families
Letter from the Principal
We had another fantastic week here at St. Teresa School. Our middle school students did a wonderful job with the Living Rosary. It is always a reverent time of prayer for our staff and students.
As colder temperatures are upon us, we would like to remind everyone of a few things to ensure students continue to be successful in school if they happen to be absent.
- If your child is not feeling well and needs to miss school, please contact the office every day your child is not in attendance. This helps our office staff to keep accurate attendance of the student body.
- If you would like your child's teacher to gather their homework, please reach out to your child's teacher by 9 am through email. Teachers will then gather absent students assignments and bring it to the office around 2:30 pm.
- If you requested your child's homework to be gathered, please note that it must be picked up by 3:30 pm. Office hours are 7:30 am - 3:30 pm Monday - Friday, closed on Holidays.
Congratulations to Mrs. Neville and Mrs. Duncan for receiving the Catholic Service and Ministry Appeal Fund for Ministry Award for JSVDP! We know the funds they have received will be used to do amazing things for our community.
Don't forget, next week is Red Ribbon Week, the last day of Boo Grams, and the beginning of GUESS THE WEIGHT of the Pumpkin by STUCCO. Have you seen the pumpkin in the front of school... it's HUGE! STUCCO will be selling tickets, 4 guesses for $1 next week. The student with the closest, weight of the pumpkin guess, will win a pogo stick!
As always, we thank you for sharing your student with us. We appreciate your trust, support, and partnership.
2023-2024 SCHOOL 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!
October 20th ~ End of the 1st Quarter
October 23rd - 27th ~ Red Ribbon Week
October 23rd - October 31st Guess the Weight of the Pumpkin!
October 25th ~ Boo Grams Due
October 26th ~ Pumpkin Patch / Parent Teacher Meetings 4 - 8 pm
October 27th ~ No School Parent Teacher Meetings 8 am - 12 pm
October 28th ~ Beginner Speech Meet
October 31st ~ Parade Begins 1:45 pm / Halloween Parties 2pm
November 1st ~ All Saints Mass 8:30am
November 3rd ~ Early Dismissal 11:30am
November 5th ~ Children's Mass 11am
November 9th ~ Veteran's Assembly 2pm
November 10th ~ NO SCHOOL * Thank a Veteran
November 17th ~ 2nd Quarter Progress Reports
November 19th ~ Rite of Enrollment for Confirmation Candidates 11am Mass
November 22nd - 24th ~ Thanksgiving Break
November 27th - December 1st~ Advent Giving Tree
November 30th ~ Musical Tryouts 3:15
Parent Teacher Conferences
We look forward to seeing everyone at your student's parent teacher conference. If you are unable to make your scheduled conference please reach out to your student's teacher through email. If you have not scheduled a conference we highly encourage you do so!
October 26th~ Parent/Teacher Conferences 4 pm - 8 pm
October 27th~ Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 am - 12pm
- Masks are not allowed
- No weapons of any kind
- No fake blood
- School appropriate costumes only
- Nothing scary or offensive may be worn
Thank you for all you do to make this Halloween a great one!
JSVDP Meeting Dates
All JSVDP Meetings are from 3:00 - 3:30pm
Meeting Dates and Grade Levels attending:
Oct. 24th 5th/7th
Nov. 14th 6th/8th
Dec. 12th 5th/7th
Jan. 23rd 6th/8th
Feb. 27th 5th/7th
March 26th 6th/8th
April 23rd 5th/7th
Please pick up in the Parish Center Parking Lot by the doors labeled PSR.
STUCO Meeting Dates
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We love to show all the great things St. Teresa Tigers do at school and in the community!
After all, TIGERS LEAD THE WAY!
Lunch/Recess Volunteers Needed for the 2023-2024 School Year
Lunch / Recess Volunteers Needed – Must be current on ALL child protection requirements. If any questions, please contact Jackie Tewell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
We thank everyone for the their willingness to help! Please note, that only parents who have signed up on the Signup Genius attached above will be permitted to help out in the cafeteria.
Doors will open at 7:30am in the front. There will be no before school extended care for the 2023-2024 school year. Please plan accordingly.
PreK 3 & 4 - 2:50 pm
Kindergarten - 3rd Grade - 2:55 pm
4th - 8th Grade - 3:00 pm
Do to safety reasons, all parents/guardians who are picking up students PreK - 3rd grade must walk up to get their student. We thank you for your understanding and support.
Students who are not picked up by 3:10 pm will be walked down to Extended Care. Extended Care costs $10 per day, per child from 3:10pm - 5:30 pm
School lunches will cost $3.50 per lunch with milk costing $0.75.
Students from Kindergarten to 8th grade will have four lunch choices; two rotating choices, a salad, or a sandwich.
PreK will have three lunch choices; two rotating choices, or a sandwich.
Lunches must be paid for through the prepay option of each students FACTS account. Parents/Guardians can deposit money for meals into their FACTS Management Account
CHROMEBOOKS: 5th - 8th Grade
Please ensure your student is bringing their Chromebook back to school each day charged. Chromebooks that are not charged will be treated as the student is not prepared for class.
Water Bottles: Only clear water bottles with sealed lids will be allowed in classrooms. Water bottles should only contain water. St. Teresa School has refilling stations throughout the school for students to refill their water bottles if needed. (per page 44 Student Handbook)
Students are allowed to wear ANY COLOR spirit wear on Fridays. All spirit wear must be in good taste and say St. Teresa School on it.
Ensure you are follow the Student Handbook on non-uniform days.
Children and Youth Ministry
Once a month at 11am Mass at St. Teresa Church, we have our "Children and Youth Mass" where our children/youth serve in the different ministries during Mass (altar server, greeter, usher, readers, gift bearers, choir). Please mark your calendars as the dates for the next Children and Youth Masses are as follows: November 5th, December 3rd.
Here is the signup for the November 5th Children and Youth Mass.
Our next Children and Youth Mass is Sunday, November 5th at 11am Mass at St. Teresa. Altar servers must be trained in advance in order to serve at Mass. Any questions, please contact coordinator Jen Broida at email@example.com
St. Teresa Clubs
One of the main fundraisers at St. Teresa School takes place at BelleVegas Bingo Hall every Thursday night. In just two years, we have raised over $210,000 that gets divided across four organizations (STAA, Men’s Club, Perpetual Help, and the 8th Grade Class). This fundraiser takes the place of traditional fundraisers such as selling candy, pizzas, and magazines. All that we need to do is send five volunteers each Thursday to assist the BelleVegas Bingo staff in running the games for the evening. The evening begins at 5:30 and ends by 9:30 on most nights. Our volunteers sell bingo tickets for lightning games 4-6 times in the beginning of the evening, call out winning numbers to the bingo caller, hand out prize money and help clean up at the end of the night. Anyone who has volunteered before will likely tell you that not only is it easy but it is a lot of fun, as well! It’s a great way to get involved, get to know some people from the school/parish and raise money for our organizations that ultimately filters down to our students!
If you have a student-athlete at St. Teresa then we could really use your help on the following nights that the STAA is responsible for staffing volunteers:
October 5, November 2, December 7, January 4, February 1, March 7, April 4, May 2, June 6
We could probably fill all of the time slots if each athlete’s family would volunteer just 1-2 times. You can sign up here:
The Men’s Club is always looking for new members and this is the perfect way to get started, build camaraderie with others and have a good time in the process! The Men’s Club is responsible for staffing volunteers on the following evenings:
October 12, November 9, December 14, January 11, February 8, March 14, April 11, May 9, and June 13
To volunteer for the Men’s Club, please sign up here:
There are many other schools and organizations that are waiting in the wings to swoop in and steal this fundraiser. If we cannot adequately provide enough volunteers each Thursday then we will certainly lose this money to other organizations and will need to revert back to traditional fundraisers. Therefore, PLEASE click the links above to sign up!
St. Teresa PTO Happenings!
“Important Upcoming Dates:”
PTO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StTeresaPTO
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.
St. Teresa PTO meets the SECOND Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm in the Parish Center. Everyone is welcome!
PTO meeting dates 2023-2024:
Tuesday, November 14th at 6:30pm – St. Teresa Parish Center
Tuesday, January 9th at 6:30pm – St. Teresa Parish Center
Tuesday, February 13th at 6:30pm – St. Teresa Parish Center
Tuesday, March 12th at 6:30pm – St. Teresa Parish Center
Tuesday, April 9th at 6:30pm – St. Teresa Parish Center
Tuesday, May 14th at 6:30pm – St. Teresa Parish Center
TBD – Summer Planning Meeting – Location is TBD
PTO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StTeresaPTO
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
Child Care is available.
EMPOWER - SAVE OUR SCHOLARSHIP
- We are looking for volunteers who are willing to go to Springfield on October 24th to show that the Invest in Kids Act matters! That it matters to our students! Please contact Mrs. Green at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to go to Springfield!
- Contact Your Legislator Before Veto Session
With the next legislative session only a few weeks away, contacting your legislator about the importance of the Tax Credit Scholarship Program is more vital than ever!
Even if you have already reached out to your lawmaker, we encourage you to write to them again so they know how essential these scholarships are to their constituents. If you are unsure of what to say, you can use one of our pre-written messages. It only takes a few clicks and makes a huge difference!
Wondering what else you can do to support the campaign? Here are a few other ways to participate:
- Text “RTS” to 52886 to sign up for campaign alerts.
- Share scholarship stories to help raise awareness about how TCS has helped families across Illinois.
- Contact Bobby Sylvester, Director of School and Community Partnerships, if your school community is interested in getting more involved in the Remove the Sunset campaign.
Althoff Catholic High School
Important Dates & Upcoming Events
- 7th & 8th graders- Schedule a Crusader for a Day Shadow visit. Call us at (618) 235 1100 ext. 115
- 8th graders – Placement Test, December 3
- Mark your calendars! 3/21 Spring Musical Matinee for Grade Schools - We hope you'll be able to join us again this year for the performance.
Upcoming events, more information at https://www.althoffcatholic.org/admissions/visit.cfm
SLUH Open House
SLUH Open House will take place on November 5th from 11:30-3. No registration is necessary. Meet student ambassadors, faculty, alumni, parents, and coaches. Come check out all the opportunities to explore who you will become at SLUH! SLUH's Open House
Inclement Weather Plan
IS SCHOOL CLOSED?
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.
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 2023-2024 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 school year.