News & Information for Tiger Families
November 22, 2022
Letter from the Principal
Thanksgiving is a time of reflection, to push aside the negative and focus on the blessings that we have. It is a time to tell those around us how much we are grateful for them. St. Teresa School has many blessings. It is truly a place where you enter as a stranger and leave as family. So at this moment, I would like to share what I am thankful for this Thanksgiving, with all of you.
I am beyond grateful to everyone who has welcomed me with open arms. The cards, emails, and words of encouragement has touched my heart and reminded me of why I loved this school. I am extremely grateful to the men and women who volunteer as lunch monitors, in the classrooms for parties, School Board, Finance Council, PTO, Perpetual Help, Men's Club, School Auction, making videos, subbing, and everything else I didn't mention. You are the heartbeat of the school and St. Teresa would not succeed without you!
I am extremely grateful for my dedicated faculty and staff. Every faculty and staff member who walks through the doors of St. Teresa's gives their heart and soul to your students. They go above and beyond daily to ensure that students are successful. They are caring, compassionate, and devoted people who truly love your children. I am truly blessed to work with these amazing men and women.
I am thankful for the smiles, hugs, greetings, laughter, and big hearts your children possess. St. Teresa students WILL BE the future leaders of our world! Your children are such a blessing!
And lastly, I am thankful for my family who supported me and encouraged me to apply as Principal at St. Teresa. Without my family's support I would not be here. I am truly blessed to be your principal!
May God Bless all of you this Thanksgiving!
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We apologize for the inconvenience.
November 2022 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!
November 23rd - 25th ~ NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break
Important Upcoming Dates:
December 2nd ~ Early Dismissal 11:30am
December 4th ~ Children's Mass Children's Mass Sign up LINK
December 5th - 6th ~ Santa's Cottage
December 6th ~ PreK - Kindergarten Christmas Concert
December 7th ~ 1st - 4th /Choir Christmas Concert
December 8th ~ Musical Tryouts
December 9th ~ Safe and Sacred Permission Slip Due Permission Letter-Safe and Sacred.docx
December 16th ~ Christmas Party
December 19th ~ Christmas Break No School
January 26, 27, 28 ~ Everything Under the Sun Sale
NO EXTENDED CARE on Friday, December 2nd
Thank you for your understanding!
Please ensure you are following the Student Handbook for Dress Code.
As the weather becomes colder many students may want to wear boots to school, however, students must have a change of shoes with them. Tennis shoes must be worn during the school day. Thank you for your cooperation..
This is a reminder that students should be wearing a white polo on Wednesday for Mass.
Scout Pack and Troop 19 - Scouting for Food
For the past 2 weekends Pack and Troop 19 chartered by St. Teresa Church has participated in Scouting for Food. The Scouts collected 2,850 items that was given to the Interfaith Food Pantry this past weekend.
Advent Giving Tree
It is hard to believe that Christmas is upon us. We are kindly asking each student to donate items for the Advent Giving Tree.
Students who donate an item will EARN a Pajama Day on December 2nd!!
November 28th - December 2nd
Bag of Hershey Kisses (any variety)
Bag of Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups
Bag of Mini Candy Bars - 1st Grade
Bag of Christmas M&Ms (any variety)
Bag of Dove Christmas Chocolates (any variety)
Oreo Christmas Cookies
Little Debbie Christmas Snack Cakes
Chocolate Covered Pretzels
Canned Nuts (Peanuts, Cashews, Mixed)
Cafeteria Monitor NEEDED
St. Teresa is in need of a Cafeteria Monitor Monday - Thursday from 11:20 - 1:50.
Please contact Mrs. Green if you are interested in the position, firstname.lastname@example.org.
MUSICAL AUDITIONS for . . . . . . . . . . Princess Whatshername
All 5th - 8th grade students are welcome to audition for a part or join the choir.
Date: December 8th
Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm
CHESS CLUB IS BACK!!
Open to 1st - 8th Graders
Practices will be held every Monday from 3pm - 4pm.
Student pick up will be at the Parish Center parking lot.
Our first match is scheduled for November 30th.
This will be at Holy Trinity for the varsity team only.
A subsequent email will follow with more details.
Dec 15th @ Queen of Peace
Jan 9th @ Home
Jan 17th @ Fulton Jr High - O’Fallon
Father Daughter Dance
Children and Youth Ministry
Our next Children and Youth Mass is Sunday, December 4th at 11am Mass at St. Teresa. Altar servers must be trained in advance in order to serve at the December 4th Mass. Any questions, please contact coordinators Lizzie Lehde or Jen Broida at email@example.com
Those children interested in choir (grades 4th and up) should just report to the choir loft at 10:15am that day! Choir is not listed on the sign-up.
Our sign-up link for ministries on December 4 is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E4EA5A622A0FF2-december
Advent Family Fair
After a three-year hiatus, the Advent Family Fair is BACK! Please mark your calendar for Sunday, December 4 and stop by the St. Teresa School Cafeteria anytime from 10am-2pm. At this FREE event, all St. Luke/St. Teresa Parish families are invited to come make some Advent-themed crafts, and enjoy food and fellowship.
We are in need of both Adult and Youth volunteers to make this event a success. All volunteer positions can be viewed using the Sign-Up Genius below. Thank you!
This event is hosted by the Ladies of Perpetual Help. Please contact Lizzie Lehde if you have questions @ firstname.lastname@example.org
St. Teresa PTO Happenings!
“Important Upcoming Dates:”
PTO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StTeresaPTO
Auction – Planning for this year’s auction is underway! We are looking for donations, sponsors, and advertisers! The advertising and sponsorship information is attached. Please contact Tiffany Kraus at email@example.com or 618-806-3790 with questions or for more information!
Lunch / Recess Volunteers Needed – Must be current on ALL child protection requirements. If any questions, please contact Jackie Tewell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Sugar High Fundraiser – Saturday, December 3rd at 9am-1pm – Sugar High (Belleville, IL) will be donating 15% of sales back to our school! All are invited – please share with family and friends! Santa will be visiting from 10am-12pm.
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.
AmazonSmile – Add St. Teresa as your AmazonSmile Charity and our school will receive a %-age of all of your Amazon purchases.
- Auction: Sunday, November 20th at 6:30pm – Bouse Properties Office (2604 West Blvd, Belleville, IL 62221)
St. Teresa Ladies of Perpetual Help Happenings:
December 4 - Advent Family Fair
December 5 & 6 - St. Teresa School Santa’s Kottage
*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!
Next Meeting: Monday, November 1 @ 6:30pm
Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stteresaperpetualhelp
Althoff Catholic High School
Upcoming events, more information at https://www.althoffcatholic.org/admissions/visit.cfm
- October 1- Application will open for incoming freshman
- December 4- Placement Test
Doors will open at 7:30am in the front. If you need to drop off earlier please sign up for Extended Care. Drop off for Extended Care is at the side doors of the gym closest to the playground.
Students are dismissed from school at 3:00pm. Students who are not picked up by 3:10 will be walked down to Extended Care. Extended Care costs $10 per day, per child from 3:10 pm to 6 pm. Extended Care Handbook 2022-2023
For the 2022 – 2023 school year, schools are required to return to charging for school meals. The program flexibility provided by the federal government has expired; therefore, meals are no longer free. St. Teresa School is accepting payment through FACTS. Parents can deposit money for meals in their FACTS Management Account.
Lunch Costs: School lunches will cost $3.35 per lunch this year with milk costing $0.70. This year students from Kindergarten to 8th grade will have four lunch choices; two rotating choices, a salad, or a sandwich.
Snacks will be available for on the spot cash purchase for 5th - 8th grade.
PreK will have three lunch choices; two rotating choices, or a sandwich.
St. Teresa School does not permit food deliveries from vendors such as DoorDash, UberEats, restaurant delivery, etc. If a fast food item is dropped off for your student to eat at school, they will be asked to eat it in the office.
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.
For the 2022-2023 school year 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 2022-2023 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 2022-2023 school year.