Growing Saints

Family Newsletter * September 8, 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...

Rocking and Rolling!

It is 3 weeks into the school year and things are really hopping! There are 3 times during the school year, where we ask all of our families to join us for Mass. Even if your family isn't Catholic, we can come together to pray and give thanks for our amazing school family. Sunday, September 18 is the first of those days for this coming year. We will atttend Mass as a school family at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. The 3rd Sunday of every year is Catechetical Sunday when we gather to pray for God's blessing on teachers for this coming year. Teaching is so much more than a job, it is a vocation where we are called to live out our love for God by loving and guiding the children He...through you...puts in our care.

We would greatly appreciate it if each family would make it a priority to attend Mass with us on Sunday, September 18 at 9 am. Please have your child(ren) wear their school uniforms.

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

Sheryl O'Connor

Virtue of the Week September 12-19: Docility

Definition: Willingness to be taught

Prayer: Dear Jesus, You are my teacher in every situation! Before acting on important matters, please give me the humility to seek Your wisdom and the wisdom of others, in order to make the best decision.

Listen to the Virtue Minute!

"This is my body given for you" Luke 22:19

Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by the virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. This year, we join with the entire Church in celebrating Catechetical Sunday on September 18 at 9 am at Sts. Cyril and Methodius Catholic Church. The theme for this year, chosen by the United States College of Catholic Bishops is "This is my body given for you". Our teachers, along with parish catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for our ministry.

The Eucharist is the source and summit of the Christian life. The term "Eucharist" originates from the Greek word echarista, meaning thanksgiving. In the celebration of the Eucharist, bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus Christ through the power of hte Holy Spirit and the instrument of the priest. The whole Christ is truly present-body, blood, soul, and divinity-under the appearances of bread and wine, the glorified Christ who rose from the dead. This is what the Church means when she speaks of the "Real Presence" of Christ in the Eucharist.

2022 Golf Marathon to Support Positive Options

Several of our parishioners including Roger Homrich and Wayne Kaboos are golfing in a Golf Marathon. All proceeds will benefit Positive Options which is a service of the Lakeshore Pregnancy Center. We are a people of life and love and this is a great way to live that in the world. We will be collecting spare change through Friday, September 16 to support them in their golfing marathon. The collection jar will be in the front office.

Walk a Thon

It is time for our annual Walk-a-thon! Once again, we will be walking at Hungry Horse Campgrounds with friends from our sister schools; St. Stanislaus and St. Mary's Visitation.

This is our major fundraiser for the school this year. Best practice for quality Catholic Schools operation on a 1/3-1/3-1/3 funding formula. 1/3 of our funding comes from tuition payments, 1/3 of our funding comes from parish support, and the final 1/3 comes from donations and giving. This means that when your family and friends support the Walk-a-thon they are helping us to engage in best practice. Maintaining the 1/3-1/3-1/3 balance means that we can continue to keep tuition costs down because we are not solely relying on our families to fund the school.

Help Needed

We need someone to walk with our classes to Henika Library on September 20. A big thank you to Laura Menke and her mom for volunteering for this past week! If you can volunteer, please either fill out the form on Sign Up Genius (Chaperones to walk to Henika Library) or text Sheryl at 616.291.7443.

Conferences are coming on September 28 and 29. Our teachers teach all day and start conferences almost as soon as our students are dismissed. It would be a great service to them to have someone coordinate a simple dinner the evening of the 28th. A crockpot of soup, some bread and a little sweet would go along way to helping our teachers maintain their stamina during conferences. If you would be willing help round up a few other families to help put together dinner for the teachers, please click on the link and sign up to Coordinate dinner for the teachers. Thank you in advance!

Volunteers Needed

  • LCAB Members
  • Coordinate dinner for the teachers during evening conferences on September 28
  • Santas Secret Shop (We will help you get started!)

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, September 12

1:30 pm Strings Demonstration for second through sixth grade (only third through sixth will be able to sign up for Orchestra)

Tuesday, September 13

7 pm LCAB Meeting, All are invited

Thursday, September 15

St. Therese Pastoral Council-Quarterly Meeting

Friday, September 16

Last day for donations for Positive Options Golf Outing

Sunday, September 18

9 am Catechetical Sunday-Mass at Sts. Cyril and Methodius

Students, please, wear uniforms!

Monday, September 19

Picture Day!

Tuesday, September 20

Walk to Henika Library: Chaperone still needed

  • 5th and 6th Grades: 9-9:30 am
  • 2nd and 3rd Grades: 9:30-10 am
  • Kindergarten and First Grades: 10-10:30 am
  • Permission Slips are posted on Family Portal>>Web Forms

Adoration 2-3 pm

Wednesday, September 21

1/2 Day-Teacher Professional Development in the afternoon

Thursday, September 22

6:30 pm First Communion and Reconciliation Prep-mandatory parent meeting

Friday, September 23

MAP Testing Window Ends

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 starting on September 7. September pizza forms are due September 6! We encourage all of our families to complete the Free and Reduced School Meals Application even if you are sure that your family won't qualify. The applications impact funding and shared services from Wayland for our school.

August/September Lunch Menu

2022-23 Free and Reduced School Meals Application

September Pizza Form