St. Therese Family Newsletter - March 11, 2021
The plant sale packets are out and we hope you sell, sell, sell those plants! Garden starters, flowers and hanging baskets - we have everything you need! Parents' Club has organized this plant sale to raise funds to help us keep our tuition down, and we get 30% of all sales. Order forms are due back to the school by March 29th - please call the school if you have any questions.
Thank you all for jumping on the re-enrollment even though it's a new system and it's a challenge. You DO have to create a new parent family portal account, because the FACTS Financial Aid account isn't the same. We are happy to assist you - just give us a call and we can walk through the process with you.
I want you to know that your children are amazing, generous, loving, humans and I am so proud of each and every one of them. They have welcomed me back with smiles and so much warmth and love that I am deeply touched. Thank you for sharing your children with us!
Rosemarie El Youssef
Principal, St. Therese School
Parents' Club Plant Sale
Updated Case Rates 3/6/21
Please continue to wear masks and be safe so we can keep our numbers falling.
We will watch the data and keep you informed as things change.
Travel and Quarantine
UPDATED GUIDANCE COMING
We are coming up on Spring Break, and some families may have some plans for travel. We require that anyone who travels outside of Oregon for any reason plan for being away from school for 10 days following their return. The new guidance (attached here) included a slight adjustment to 7 days with a negative COVID test and no symptoms.
St. Therese will NOT transition to distance learning following Spring Break. If you or anyone in your household travels, you won't meet our health requirements and will need to learn from home for 7-10 days following your return. St. Therese staff follows these same safety rules and will likewise quarantine at home following any travel outside of Oregon. Please call the office as soon as possible to notify us about any plans for travel that will include your student accessing distance learning for a period of time so that we can inform teachers and make arrangements to get you the necessary learning materials.
We appreciate all that you do to keep our community safe, and our students learning at school with us.
Re-enrollment/Registration Portal OPEN
You may see an error message at the end of the process, don't worry. I can see what you have completed and take care of it on my end.
The earlier you enroll, the better prepared we are to discuss next year's budget and make plans for school staffing. You can pay your $200 registration fee now, or just wait and pay before May 1, 2021.
Please give us a call if we can help you in any way!
Now enrolling preschool and pre-kindergarten!
If you have any questions, please give us a call! You can find information about tuition for our programs on our website, https://www.stthereseschool.org/little-flower-preschool - we look forward to a full group this fall!
FACTS Financial Aid - APPLY NOW!
The deadline for completing financial aid applications is March 1, 2021 in order to be considered for financial aid.
St. Vincent de Paul - UPDATES
Our items of the month for February is:
Pork and beans
Eagle Student Leadership is collecting food for St. Vincent de Paul for Catholic Schools Week and that is our greatest need. You can bring bags of potatoes or cans of beans by the school ANYTIME and our ES Leadership kiddos will deliver to the pantry.
Volunteer opportunity: St Vincent de Paul is in need of delivery drivers. We need substitute drivers for Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Drivers on a rotating basis are needed for Saturday morning. Usual start time is around 9 am and shifts are 1 1//2 to 2 hours. Training provided. Must be able to carry 25 pound boxes up stairs. Please call Shasta Hatter at 503-253-7566 for more information or to volunteer.
If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact Shasta Hatter at the SVdP office 503-253-7566.
We are so grateful for your generosity! With your donations we purchased a Distance Learning T-shirt for each student and staff member to wear on Fridays, prizes for spirit week, and the pumpkins for our St. Therese Pumpkin Patch. We recently purchased an eagle mascot costume and our new mascot will soon be visiting classrooms to learn what it means to be a St. Therese Eagle!
The school budget is tight this year, but there are some things that we believe students shouldn't go without - your can and bottle donations make this happen!
Parents' Club Corner
Here is the Parents' Club schedule of meetings for the rest of the school year. We will meet on the 3rd Wednesday of the month from 6-7pm via Zoom. Our last meeting was on Wednesday, February 10.
Please contact Melanie Reyna at 503-467-1805 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Please see the attachment below for the meeting minutes from 11/18.
Parent Obligations for the Year - Fair Share and Fundraising
If we all work together, we can make this happen!
Rather than having MANY events with specific obligations, we have one financial obligation for each family.
Dual-parent household - $500 (fundraised or donated)
Single-parent household - $300 (fundraised or donated)
This replaces the auction basket obligation, auction project obligation, jog-a-thon, and raffle.
If we make our goal of $36,000 and everyone pitches in, there is no reason to bill people for what they aren't able to fundraise.
Our goal is to have one BIG fundraiser in the spring - if we can generate enough money to fulfill our obligation to the school our tuition won't go up. Jog-a-thon seems doable with the changing of the metrics and there are MANY ways we can get creative to make it happen.
The key to making this happen is ALL of us working together!
You are not expected to figure out how to fundraise on your own - but come to Parents' Club meetings and share your ideas. We are always better together! Our next PC meeting on January 20th will be focused on brainstorming ideas for fundraisers.