Family Newsletter * May 4, 2023
-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!
Virtue of the Week: Temperance
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
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.
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
Brax (K)---Jujitsu Demonstration
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.
We do have financial support for elementary available, so, please, reach out if we can help!
2023-2024 Scholarship Deadlines
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:
- Application for Student Grant Kremer Foundation Grant Parent Application for Student Grant 2023-2024
- 2022 Federal Income Tax Form showing the awarded child is a dependent "Adjusted Gross Income" is used to determine income eligibility (Other supporting schedules are not required.)
- Enrollment for 2023-2024 must be completed
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!
Tuesday, May 9
Second-Sixth Grade to Henika Library
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
Saturday, May 13
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
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
Thursday, June 1
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.
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 www.sttcatholicschool.org.
St. Therese Catholic School will strive to provide a quality education to every child every day in a safe Christian environment that is rich in Catholic heritage and traditions.