Eagle's Edge

St. Therese Family Newsletter - May 20, 2021

A Place at the Table

On Sunday, six of our St. Therese Eagles joined their fellow Catholics at the table - they received their First Holy Communion.

You should have seen the joy on their faces! I was watching them before mass outside, dressed up in their suits and dresses, hair done up, slicked back, and smiles that lit up their faces. The pure excitement that they felt at joining the table for the first time can't be replicated, but it should be.

We should always approach the gift of our Lord's sacrifice with excitement and reverence, embracing each time the mystery that is the Holy Eucharist. Sunday, when I was preparing to receive communion, I took a cue from my young friends and it transformed the entire experience for me.

I approached as a mother, appreciating the sacrifice and pain that Mary experienced as she watched her son suffer. I approached as a child of God, knowing how loved I must be in order to have access to such a gift. I approached as a sister in Christ, surrounded by my Christian family who gather to share in this meal.

So often we get lost in the routine - we stand, sit, and kneel with muscle memory. I urge you to watch our youngest Christians as they approach the Host and follow their lead - look at their faces and do your best to embrace this gift as if it were the very first time. I bet it changes the way you experience the eucharist in the most incredible way!

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for us!

God bless you all,

Rosemarie El Youssef

Principal, St. Therese School

503-253-9400 ext. 122

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Our First Communicants!

Congratulations to our First Communicants (pictured from left to right):

Savannah Britton, 2nd grade

Daphne Martinez, 2nd grade

Braylon Maxie, 3rd grade

Sam Ntahobari, 2nd grade (baptism and first communion)

Hannahlee Ngo, 4th grade

Ameer Akroush, 2nd grade

If your student received sacraments at your home parish recently (baptism, first communion or confirmation) please send us a photo so that we can share with our community.

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Elizabeth Lara-Vargas receives her First Holy Communion at St. Joseph the Worker Catholic Church on Saturday, May 15th. Congratulations, Elizabeth!

8th Grade Graduation

We are closely monitoring the situation in Multnomah County, so please keep in mind that our plans may have to change in response to Local Health guidelines.

Commissioning mass: Friday, June 11th at 10 a.m.

Graduation Ceremony: Tuesday, June 15th at 6 p.m. in the church

We will keep you posted as we nail down final details, but as of now, it looks as if we can host students and immediate family in the church. We will be live-streaming so that any family members unable to attend can still watch!

Please send photos of your graduate to elyoussefr@stthereseschool.org and we will put together a slide show of photos celebrating them. Please send a baby photo, as well as photos of your child from kinder-8th grade. If you have photos of other students in the class we would love for you to share them! The slide show will be played at the graduation ceremony.

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SchoolStore Fundraising

Check out all the cool prizes Mehki Morris (first grade) got for earning points in SchoolStore Fundraising! Once your student reaches a certain prize level, the company ships the prizes to the school and we turn those awesome prizes over to our students. He received a Chromebook, a drone, and some other big ticket prizes - way to go Mehki!

SchoolStore is a company that specializes in safe, no-contact fundraising. They have helped schools like ours raise more than $150 million dollars.

This safe and easy fundraiser is 100% online so there is no face-to-face selling, collecting money, or delivering products.

If family members are unhappy with the emails and reminders to participate, please let them know that they can scroll to the bottom of the email and unsubscribe from future emails.

Go to https://www.schoolstore.net/sid.t?119532 to learn more about how this program can support our school!

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Staff Appreciation Week, May 17-21

We have enjoyed the cards and beautiful flowers from students this week!

Monday: Handmade note from the student to the teachers/staff

Tuesday: Flower from the yard
Wednesday: Sweet snack (Must be store bought and individually packaged)
Thursday: Healthy snack (Must be store bought and individually packaged)
Friday: Pizza lunch

I will email parents with information from staff wish-lists by Friday afternoon.

See the attachments below for some templates you can use for the note to a teacher or staff member.

Thank you for your support!

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Virtual Scholastic Book Fair - OPEN NOW!

Mrs. Chong is hosting a virtual Scholastic Book fair starting TODAY and running through May 25th. You have 14 full days to shop for books that might keep your students occupied through the summer, and help us bring new books into our school library.

You can look at the books offered this spring by clicking here .

Thank you for your support, and a BIG thank you to Mrs. Chong for being such a gracious host!

You can find our virtual book fair by clicking here .

Summer Athletic Camps at Jesuit

We hope you want to participate in athletic camps this summer, and we would love to have you register for any and all camps that you want to improve your skills and abilities. Here is the link to view the camps and to register. Have a great summer.


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Summer Camps at La Salle

Summer is almost here! Are you looking for a fun summer camp to meet new friends? Do you want to come play with friends for a full or a half day camp? La Salle Prep is offering morning and afternoon youth camps this summer for students entering grades 1-8. Choose a half day option (most camps run 9-noon or 1-4) or stay the entire day – register for your favorite activity and spend the week on La Salle’s 34 acre campus. Check out our Falcon youth camps during the weeks of July 5-9 and July 12-16 and two more athletic camps in August.

La Salle summer camps are organized into three different age groups: Lil' Falcons (grades 1-3), Flyin' Falcons (grades 4-6), and Fightin' Falcons (grades 6-8). Incoming 6th graders may choose whichever camp group they would prefer. Camps include Dance, Soccer, Basketball, Volleyball, Tennis, and Art & Design. If students register for both a morning camp and afternoon camp they are welcome to stay on campus for a supervised lunch. Campers must bring their own lunches.

Read about our camps, coaches, and more at Youth Summer Camps. Register online at Register Here.

Go Falcons!

All the best,

Katie Allen

Director of Admissions | 503.353.1413

Check out our virtual Open House at lsprep.org!

Camp Howard - OPEN for Registration

Summer is almost here: time to register your kids for camp!

Registration is now open at Camp Howard: www.cyocamphoward.org.

Join us for Overnight and Family Camp at Camp Howard this summer. Make friends, explore the outdoors, enjoy traditional camp activities like archery, arts & crafts, pedal carts, swimming, giant slip-n-slide, and more. Camp Howard is following all local and state health guidance to keep our campers and staff healthy this summer.

OPEN HOUSE DATES: Saturday, May 22nd, 2pm to 5pm & Sunday, June 27th, 2pm to 5pm

Camp Howard is hiring Summer Staff ages 16 years old and up.

Visit: www.cyocamphoward.org/jobs for more information.

Field Day/Sponsorship Drive Update

Due to rising (but now falling again, thank God) cases in Multnomah and Clackamas counties, our contacts at local health have advised against having a big outdoor event. We are still unable to have volunteers on campus, and the risk is too much for us to take on right now.

We will do something fun for our kiddos, but we won't be making it a fundraiser event. As a result, the school has decided to close out the budget year. We are so grateful for everyone who pitched in to help us raise funds towards the Parents' Club goal, and we will not be billing our families. We don't think it would be fair, given that we've only had one major fundraiser. If you or anyone in your family would like to make a voluntary contribution to our school, we will gratefully accept!

It's been a difficult year for us all, and we are still here! Please come to the Parents' Club meeting on Wednesday May 19th and share your ideas for the coming school year.

We are better together!

Updated Case Rates 5/15/2021

This week we have kindergarten and middle school learning at home because we had two positive COVID cases in our community. They will return to the school building on Monday, May 17th. We are still not experiencing spread within the community, because we are following protocols while here at school, and we always look to the MCHA for guidance about how to manage these situations as they arise.

Case rates in Multnomah County fell significantly, and we are at 201/100,000 cases, with test positivity down under 6% at this time. Clackamas County is also falling, back down around 251/100,00 with test positivity at 8.2% - we need to continue to be vigilant and use all safety precautions so that our trends continue downwards.

If ANYONE in your household has symptoms of COVID-19, you MUST keep all students at home. This limits exposure to the cohort/class at school and without that exposure, we can keep our classrooms in session here on campus.

The impacts of COVID-19 are hitting a little closer to home now, and we just want everyone to be safe. Please support our efforts by reminding your students to wear their masks properly, wash/sanitize hands, and keep a safe distance from their peers. We encourage you all to continue to practice safety when you are out and about with your family and friends.

Thank you for all that you do to help keep our students and families safe!

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COVID-19 Vaccinations for ages 12 and up

The FDA has approved emergency use of the vaccine for children ages 12 and up, and some students have already begun the vaccination process. If you need assistance finding a vaccination site, or getting your child scheduled we are more than happy to help.

You can find more information by clicking here.

Travel and Quarantine

We require that anyone who travels outside of Oregon for any reason plan for being away from school for 14 days following their return.

If you or anyone in your household travels, you won't meet our health requirements and will need to learn from home for 14 days following your return. St. Therese staff follows these same safety rules and will likewise quarantine at home following any travel outside of Oregon if they are unvaccinated.

Schools in Multnomah County are advised to consider travel for K-12 sports to be non-essential, regardless of the update from the Oregon Health Authority. This has to do with the case rates tied to sports teams, and the variance of restrictions between states and counties - we can't guarantee that other states will follow the same rules we do in Oregon, and we have a responsibility to keep our community safe.

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.

Now enrolling preschool and pre-kindergarten!

Please go to factsmgmt.com and register your preschool or pre-kindergarten student for the 2021-2022 school year! Our program is in the process of licensure, and we will be open this fall. Preschool students must be 3 years old and potty trained by September 1st, and pre-kindergarten students must be 4 years old.

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!

Enrollment Opportunities

If you know a family interested in Catholic school, or just not satisfied with their current school options, please refer them to us! We are happy to share about our school and schedule tours so that we can grow our enrollment.

We have so much to offer children and their families - please help us get the word out!

St. Vincent de Paul - UPDATES

QUILT RAFFLE. St Therese St Vincent de Paul is raffling a quilt. It is queen size and multi-colored. You can purchase tickets after the weekend masses or call Shasta Hatter at 503-253-7566. The drawing is June 9th. Thank you for your support.

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.

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BottleDrop Thursdays

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!

Join S.A.C. - School Advisory Council

The school advisory council is a group of people that meet monthly to discuss policy, issues, staffing, finances, and the mission/vision of St. Therese School. They advise the principal on all matters concerning the school.

If you would like to join the School Advisory Council (S.A.C.) please send Rosemarie an email at elyoussefr@stthereseschool.org and she will send you information regarding how to apply, along with an invitation to attend a meeting to observe.

Thank you!

Parents' Club Corner

Please join us for our final Parents' Club Meeting TONIGHT at 6 p.m.

A special thank you to Melanie Reyna and Anne Herold for all of their hard work this year on behalf of our Parents' Club! We will be voting on next year's committee at the meeting tonight so please attend if you can! The Zoom link was sent in an email Tuesday night.

School Office Hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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