Growing Saints

Family Newsletter * May 4, 2023

"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...

What a great week! Thank you to everyone who helped us celebrate our teachers. They are amazing. For our final day tomorrow, we are having a Mexican feast catered. Whatever language you speak, our teachers are excelente!

Besides getting the opportunity for a little Shakespearean Theatre this week, we have spent time implementing the benchmark assessment plan we started developing during our professional development time in April. I have personally had the opportunity to listen to each of our students read starting with first grade. Using a research-based measure of oral fluency, we are able to identify which of our students may need a little extra review between now and the end of the year. We are also able to start planning for interventions over the summer and beginning with day 1 of school in the fall. We are quite excited! Not only are many of our students doing well, for those students who are not yet achieving where we would expect, we are able to customize planning. This is the good stuff! This is what will allow us to be confident that your child is growing into the learner and achiever that God created them to be!

Don't forget to help your child sign up for our 2nd Annual Talent Show on Friday, May 26! We can't wait to see them shine!

Have a wonderful weekend!

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

Sheryl O'Connor

Virtue of the Week: Temperance

Definition: Enables one to be moderate in the pleasure and use of created goods.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, You surround me with good things. I ask for the grace to use Your gifts rightly, allowing You to control my desires for the things You put into my life.

To learn more about the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance, listen to Virtue Minute

Benchmark Assessments in Reading

Benchmarking is a common term in business and industry. In the realm of education, a benchmark assessment is a test or other assessment given to students at different intervals throughout the year. The purpose of the first benchmark assessment is to collect baseline data, measuring student skill and knowledge. The purpose of the subsequent benchmark assessments is to measure how much progress students have made toward mastering certain knowledge and skills.

At St. Therese, we will be using the Dibels Oral Reading Fluency Assessment with all students 3 times a year. We are collecting our baseline data now and, if needed, implementing interventions to help our students improve in the remainder of the school year. Starting in the fall, we will be using the ORF (Oral Reading Fluency) Assessment 3 times a year. Because this is research-based and takes into account developmental stages, we do not begin ORF assessment until mid-year of first grade. We have other assessments we will be using for kindergarten and early first graders. The ORF only takes 2-3 minutes in most cases, so we are able to listen to each child read 1:1 in a relatively short amount of time maintaining our emphasis on instructional time.

Schedule for Oral Reading Fluency Assessments:

September (prior to fall conferences)

February (prior to mid-year conferences)

April/May (to plan spring and summer interventions and to begin to plan for fall interventions)

Because the Dibels ORF is based on academic research, we are able to calculate a score and compare it to broad nationally normed percentile ranges. This allows us to identify quickly, children who may be at risk for learning difficulties or differences. If a child scores below the 50th percentile, we are able to use more in-depth measures to plan learning interventions.

The timing of the Benchmark ORF Assessments will give us concrete information to share at conferences and the opportunity to have our time in conferences become more of a joint planning for success rather than a one-sided reporting out. We are hoping it will be the basis of continued conversations about how to best help your child grow and learn.

As I have said, and will continue to say, this is the good stuff. This is what quality teaching looks and sounds like as teachers work together to grow and perfect both the art and science of teaching.


LCAB stands for Local Community Advisory Board. Meeting 10 times a year, the board is a team of parents who advise the principal and the pastor regarding the school.

This year, our board has started the process of laying out a 10-year plan for our school. They have worked with various groups to talk about where we are now and are starting to shape a vision for where we need to be in the future.

We need you! This year our board has dropped to 3 voices. In order to fully represent the school, we need parents from across the grade levels who are willing to share some of their time and priorities with the school. If you have questions about why decisions are made or how the school functions, this is the place to find your answers! We need at least 5 new members for next year. Ideally, our board should have 5-7 members. There will be training here at St. Therese on August 30 from 7-8:30 pm.

Again, our school is only as strong as we make it. Please prayerfully consider being a part of our leadership team. You can talk to Sheryl or to one of our current members for more information; Nic Ford, Mark Musgrave, and Jamie Kuhn.

The LCAB is meeting on Tuesday, May 9 at 6 pm in the gym. Everyone is welcome to attend.

Talent Show, Friday, May 26

Our Second Annual Talent Show will be Friday, May 26 in the afternoon. Talent Show Sign-Up Form

Current Acts:

Emma (2nd)---Dancing

Brax (K)---Jujitsu Demonstration

Tori (5)---Dancing

Micheal (3)---Dancing

Robert (6)---Comedy

Re-enroll Now for 2023-2024!

We are no longer accepting Wednesday students for 4-year preschool or enrichment. We do have a waiting list. We still have room on Wednesdays for 3-year-old preschool.

We also still have room for Kindergarten Readiness, Kindergarten, First Grade, Second Grade, Third Grade, and Fourth Grade Students for our elementary program.

Tuition Letter for 2023-2024

We do have financial support for elementary available, so, please, reach out if we can help!

2023-2024 Scholarship Deadlines

We have received the forms for the Kremer Foundation Grants for the 2023-2024 school year.

St. Therese is very blessed to be selected to participate in the George and Mary Kremer Foundation Tuition Grant Program. This is a grant which is based solely on family income. However, if you would like to apply for financial support for the 2023-2024 school year and are concerned that your family does not meet the guidelines for the Kremer Foundation Grants, please still fill out the paperwork and submit the necessary documentation of income. We use this information to determine other grants with differing guidelines.

The Kremer Foundation Grants forms and documentation need to be returned

to Mrs. O'Connor no later than Friday, May 12.

You must submit:

Now Hiring for 2023-2024

Administrative Assistant: In a small school, people wear many hats and that is especially true for the person in our front office. As the face of our school to the community, we are looking for someone who is warm and has a ready smile. As the hub of the activity, the administrative assistant has to be organized and ready to lead by example. Things change quickly and they must have the flexibility to move from applying a band-aid to troubleshooting our student information system within the same breath. This is a full-time hourly position.

Support Team Member: This paid part-time position will be 15-20 hours per week and will consist of supervising our hot lunch program as well as helping out in the school office. We can guarantee that our students will bring a smile to your face! We are hoping to fill this position within the next month so that our new team member can train with Mrs. Betty.

Visit our website for more information on any of our open positions!

Upcoming Events

Tuesday, May 9

Second-Sixth Grade to Henika Library

LCAB Meeting

Thursday, May 11

Fifth and Sixth Grade Track and Field Day

9:30 am Mass

Friday, May 12

Spirit Shirt Day

Teacher for a Day/Secretary for a Day/Principal for a Day

Due Date for Kremer Scholarship Grants

Kremer Foundation Grant Parent Application for Student Grant 2023-2024

Saturday, May 13

First Communion

Wednesday, May 17

1/2 Day of School - 11:45 Dismissal, no 11:45 bus

Thursday, May 18

9:30 am Mass and May Crowning (Second Graders wear First Communion outfits.)

Friday, May 19

Uniform Holiday

Saturday, May 13

First Communion Mass

Wednesday, May 24

Hearing and Vision Screening

Friday, May 26

2nd Annual St.Therese Talent Show-Talent Show Sign-Up Form

Monday, May 29

Memorial Day-No School

Wednesday, May 31

Field Day

Thursday, June 1

9:30 Mass

5th and 6th Grade Graduation

Friday, June 2

Last Day of School, 1/2 Day

Step Up and Final Mass at 11 am

Dismissal for Summer 11:45 am

June Office Hours

Once school is out for the summer, the school office hours will be 9 am to 2 pm. The office will be closed on Fridays for the month of June. The office will close for July on June 29.

K-Camp 2023

We are so pleased to be once again offering K-Camp this summer! K-Camp is open to all children who will be entering either Kindergarten Readiness or Kindergarten this fall. There is no charge for K-Camp and K-Camp is open to all children regardless of where they will be attending kindergarten in the fall.

We only have 3 spots remaining for K-Camp! K-Camp is filled on a first-come, first-served basis. All registrations are date and time-stamped. You can register on our website at

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