Growing Saints

Family Newsletter * November 3, 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...

We finally got our day to dig potatoes! We are so grateful for the sunshine this week!

Our work in the Community Garden is an important and growing part of who we are as a Catholic School. The National Standards and Benchmarks for Exemplary Elementary and Secondary Schools are the standards to which we hold ourselves for determining how we are growing and developing as a school.

For example:

Benchmark 2.7 The theory and practice of the Church’s social teachings are essential elements of the curriculum.

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

One of the tenets of Catholic Social Justice is the Care for God's Creation. From the website of the United States College of Catholic Bishops, " We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. Care for the earth is not just an Earth Day slogan, it is a requirement of our faith. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God's creation. This environmental challenge has fundamental moral and ethical dimensions that cannot be ignored."

By working alongside our community to provide a space for people to come together and grow food in support of one another, each of our students is taking the first steps to move from talking about caring for God's creation to putting our shared beliefs into action.

Working at the Community Garden is also a key part of our ongoing goal to have every student who leaves St. Therese a certified Junior Master Gardener.

And speaking of benchmarks, Benchmark 4.4 All adults in the school community are invited to participate in Christian service programs to promote the lived reality of action in service of social justice.

If you would like to become involved in our work in the Community Garden, please reach out. We would love to have you working alongside us.

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

Sheryl O'Connor

Virtue of the Week November 7-13: Patriotism

Definition: Paying due honor and respect to one's country, with a willingness to serve

Prayer: Dear Jesus, please bless my country and all those who work hard to lead it. May You always be King of this land. May You be glorified through its government and laws. Give me a heart of service.

Listen to the Virtue Minute to learn about St. Louis IX and how he lived Patriotism.

To Short or Not to Short

In last week's newsletter, I announced the end of shorts season for the fall/winter season, asking our students to dress in other uniform options until we get to the warmer weather of spring. Since Michigan weather is notoriously unpredictable, we are once again looking at stretch of unseasonably warm weather. If you choose to allow your child to wear shorts, please realize that we go outside everyday. The research is very clear that getting kids outside and taking fresh air/movement breaks improves concentration and learning. Our students go outside daily unless it is raining or the temp drops below 10 degrees.

I am asking that students not wear shorts on Mass Days. Each week, when we attend Mass together we talk about offering our very best to God. We take the time to calm our minds and bodies as we enter the Church. We tuck in shirts and double-check that we are looking neat and ready to offer our best selves. Especially for our older students who may be called upon to serve at the altar or lector at Mass, shorts are not appropriate for Mass days.

Please remember that not all shorts are created equal. Shorts must be uniform compliant and at least as long as the child's fingertips. Students wearing shorts that too casual or too short will be asked to change.

Fr. Evelio's Naturalization Day!

The date has been set! Fr. Evelio will be taking the Oath of Citizenship on Thursday, November 10 at Herrick Library in Holland. Mrs. O'Connor will be attending the ceremony and, hopefully, be able to livestream the event to our Facebook page.

We will celebrate as a school community and welcome our newest American citizen on Friday, November 11 with an All American Lunch. We will be providing a hot dog lunch with apple pie for dessert. Parents, families, and friends are welcome to join us. Please RSVP through Web Forms on Family Portal. (If your child does not like hot dogs, please feel free to send another option for them. There will not be lunch service from Wayland schools on that Friday.)

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

Monday, November 7-Friday, November 11

Vocation Awareness Week

Tuesday, November 8

7 pm LCAB Meeting in the gym-all are welcome!

Thursday, November 10

Fr. Evelio's Naturalization Day!

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.

Tuesday, November 15

Walking trip to Henika Library, Chaperone needed

Friday, November 18

Uniform Holiday

Wednesday, Novmeber 23

1/2 Day, Dismissal at 11:45 am

Thursday, November 24 and Friday, November 25

No School-Happy Thanksgiving!

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