Growing Saints

Family Newsletter * October 20, 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...

It is that time of year. The days are noticeably shorter and it is definitely colder.

Getting outside and getting fresh air and movement is an important part of our school day. The research is clear, movement gets oxygen to brain cells and improves concentration and learning. We go outside every day unless there is rain or wind chills under 10 degrees.

Please be sure that your child brings appropriate cold-weather clothing for recess. It is that time of the year for coats, hats and gloves, and boots for wet days. Snowpants weather isn't far off!

If you have any questions, please reach out to your child's teacher. We don't argue with moms and dads, we will ensure that children wear the clothing you provide. On wet days, children who do not have boots may be asked to stay on the blacktop during recess.

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

Sheryl O'Connor

Virtue of the Week October 24-30: Industriousness

Definition: Diligence, especially in work that leads to natural and supernatural maturity

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You have given me the gift of this day, the gift of this moment. Help me to use my time well. Give me the grace to do all for Your greater glory.

Listen to the Virtue Minute to learn about Sts. Cyril and Methodius and the virtue of Industriousness!

Trunk or Treat-October 28

We will be celebrating Halloween on Friday, October 28 with a Costume Parade and Trunk or Treat in the parking lot. Because we are going a short distance off school property, there is a permission slip for the Costume Parade. In the case of rain, we will set up tables throughout the building and "Table Treat" in the hallways.

Our plan is to parade just around the corner to Mrs. Betty's house and then circle back to school for Trunk or Treating fun. If you would like to participate by volunteering to decorate your trunk and hand out treats, please contact Jessica in the office. For the safety of our students, volunteers must be Virtus trained and have a current criminal background check on file.

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

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

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 through the year. In order to have donations for the auction, we need to start now. We have everything you need to get going, we just need someone to help us put it all together. If you are willing to help, 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.

Upcoming Events

Monday, October 24

School Picture Retakes - Please contact the office if planning on having pictures taken.

Thursday, October 27

9:30 am School Mass

Friday, October 28

Morning: Preschool Halloween

2:30 pm Trunk or Treat @ St. Therese

Monday, October 31

9-11:25 All School Retreat: All Hallows Eve preparing for All Saints Day

Tuesday, November 1

10 am Mass at SSCM, All Saint's Day

Wednesday, November 2

9:30 am All Souls Day Service

Thursday, November 3

9:30 Mass

All Hallow's Eve Retreat-October 31

On Monday, October 31, we use the celebration of All Hallow's Eve to prepare to celebrate All Saint's Day and All Soul's Day. This will be our first whole school retreat of the year and will take place at school. Students are welcome to bring a picture of a family member who has passed away for our All Soul's Day Altar.

Collection for the Veteran's Home

St. Therese Church and School are collecting items for the Veteran's Home. We have included a list of items needed and not needed. Items may be dropped off at church or school.

Veteran's Home Items

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.

October 22 Lunch Menu

2022-23 Free and Reduced School Meals Application

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