Eagle's Edge

St. Therese Family Newsletter - January 13, 2021

The calm AFTER the storm

Last night brought heavy rains, and wind that knocked branches right out of the trees and left many without electricity for a portion of the night, and even into today. It was messy. It was loud. Our poor, sweet dog Clover wouldn't even go outside to potty, she was so scared.

Today is a new day! The sun is shining and I just ran an errand with the windows down in my car, listening to my favorite tunes. Sure, there are still branches scattered around in the streets and the parking lot - one branch fell right out of the sky and onto my windshield as I was driving back to school, startling me. But there is a brightness to this day that we've been missing, and that's cause for celebration.

The lesson? (I like to think that I'm one of God's favorite students when I find His lesson for the day) Storms come through our lives, and often leave a mess behind, or simply leave us without power. If we only focus on that mess, we miss the shining sun, the crispness of the air, and the promise of what lies ahead. We have been through a lot as a community, and today I feel God's presence and His promise of better days to come.

It's hard work, raising up a new generation of humans. I'm so glad we are all doing this important work together!


Rosemarie El Youssef

Principal, St. Therese School


Monday, January 18th - NO SCHOOL, MLK Day

What we know as we plan our return to in-person learning...

There are many things we are still working on, but here is what we know for sure at this time:

  • In-person learning will occur Monday through Thursday from 8:20 a.m. to 2:30 p.m.
  • Fridays will be a virtual learning day for all students with noon dismissal.
  • Kindergarten, 1st grade, 3rd grade, 5th grade, and 8th grade return on February 1st.
  • 2nd grade, 4th grade, 6th grade, and 7th grade will join them on February 8th.
  • Students will be required to attend in uniform, both in person and virtually for consistency.
  • Students will be required to bring a sack lunch from home – we will not have hot lunch service for the remainder of the school year.
  • Health checks will continue in the morning at drop-off as they did during Limited In-Person (LIP) Learning, with some improvements.
  • Each student will have 35 square feet of space in the classroom.
  • Face masks are required.

Below you will find a copy of the email I sent to families on Monday, January 11th.

But what about the metrics?

The metrics are now ADVISORY - that means they are a recommendation we follow, rather than a requirement.

There is a lot of information about safety in the news that might be alarming - there are areas across the country that are experiencing major spikes in cases. In Multnomah County right now we are seeing a steady decrease in cases, as well as test positivity.

I will continue to monitor the data, and examine trends in cases in our county and surrounding areas. We know from our Limited In-Person Learning that we are capable of hosting students on campus for learning, and I am confident in our protocols and our staff. We are working with our local health authority, as well as the Oregon Department of Education and the Department of Catholic Schools to be sure that our plans are meeting all health and safety guidelines.

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Return to In-Person Learning/Hybrid Learning - Info Sessions

Please join Mrs. El Youssef for information about our plans to return to in-person. A Zoom link will be emailed to all parents on Tuesday, January 19th in the morning.

Session times are:

Tuesday, January 19th 5 p.m. – 6 p.m.

Thursday, January 21st 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.

There will not be an informational session on Wednesday, January 20th because we have a Parent Club meeting that evening, but Mrs. El Youssef will stay after that meeting to answer questions.

Re-enrollment/Registration Portal OPEN

All of our forms for registration of new students and re-enrollment of current students can be found ONLINE at www.factsmgt.com in the FACTS Family Portal. Simply log in, click on apply/enroll, then select enrollment/re-enrollment to access the document. You can also access the Family Portal from our website.

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!

FACTS Financial Aid - APPLY NOW!

The other portal you have access to in FACTS is the financial portal, where you will apply for financial aid. In order to be considered to grants and aid for next school year, you are required to have a completed financial aid application. You can find the application by clicking on this link:


Our school may be eligible for additional financial aid from outside grants, but only based on the applications submitted by Monday, February 1st. PLEASE complete your application prior to that date.

The deadline for completing financial aid applications is March 1, 2021 in order to be considered for financial aid.

Virtual Open House, Jan. 31st from 1-3 p.m.

Spread the word about the amazing things we are doing at St. Therese, and invite a family to sign up for our Virtual Open House on Sunday, January 31st from 1-3 p.m. The link for sign up can be found on our website - we will email the Zoom link to access the open house presentation to those that register. Families could also call the school and register with Mrs. Green or Mrs. Barnett.

The Virtual Open House is a way for families to get a glimpse at what we have to offer and ask questions about our school. We will schedule in-person tours ANYTIME!

Photo Release Authorization - REMINDER

Thank you to all who have filled out this form so far!

We would love to include photos of our students on our website, newsletter, and on social media. Please complete the photo release letting us know if this is OK or NOT OK. We will keep these permissions on file for the rest of the school year and renew each fall. Please know that this also includes the YEARBOOK - we need your permission for students to be pictured there as well.

Look for our school in the Catholic Schools edition of the Sentinel - we are so proud of our community!

Click here to complete the Photo Release Authorization Form for 2020-2021 school year.

Catholic Schools Week, January 31st - February 4th

Please join us for mass on January 31st at 10 a.m. to kick-off Catholic Schools Week! In the past students have been asked to attend in uniform - this year, we are just asking for our students and their families to attend.

If you would like to attend mass, please call the parish office at 503-256-5850 or email info@stthereseor.org to sign up. Parish office hours are Monday - Friday, 9 a.m. - 1 p.m. and if you call outside of business hours, Colleen, our lovely receptionist, will call you back to confirm your sign-up.

Mrs. El Youssef will have a special treat for those students who attend! Stay tuned for more information about virtual open house and other activities we are planning for that week.

St. Vincent de Paul

Shasta sent this message for us to share with you:

St Vincent de Paul thanks St Therese students, parents, and staff for their generosity during the November food drive. We collected approximately 350 pounds of food. Thank you.

If you or someone you know is in need of assistance, please contact Shasta Hatter at the SVdP office 503-253-7566.

Catholic High Schools - Recommendations and Records

Our office is working through the list of recommendations and records requests for the high schools and we will have them sent over by the deadline, February 2nd. Now that the first trimester is completed, we actually have records to send over. Of course, scholarship recommendations are being processed first because they have a different deadline.

Please let us know if you have any questions or concerns.

Drive-thru Friday, January 15th, 2-4:30

If your teacher has materials for you to pick up, we will be waiting for you during our drive-thru! If you can't make it during that time just give us a call and we can run the materials out to you at a time that's more convenient.

Click on the image to view our Year at a glance

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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!

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 next meeting will be on Wednesday, January 20, and we will be discussing future fundraisers. The zoom link for that meeting will be sent to you via email on Monday, January 18th.

January 20th Agenda:

Fundraising opportunities brainstorming session to meet the commitment to the school.

Some suggestions from prior meetings:

  • Plant sale
  • Read-a-thon, jump-a-thon, dance-a-thon
  • Art walk (art sale)

Future meetings:





Please contact Melanie Reyna at 503-467-1805 or via email at melanie.reyna@usbank.com with any questions.

Please see the attachment below for the meeting minutes from 11/18.

Parent Obligations for the Year - Fair Share and Fundraising

We know that this is a difficult time, so we worked with Parents' Club to make it simple.

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.

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