Tiger News

News & Information for Tiger Families

October 21, 2022

Letter from the Principal

Tiger Families,

This week St. Teresa School participated in the Great Central Shake Out. Where over 2 million students practiced what to do during an earthquake drill on October 20th at 10:20!

Great Central Shakeout LINK

As colder temperatures are upon us, we would like to remind everyone of a few things to ensure students continue to be successful in school if they happen to be absent.

  • If your child is not feeling well and needs to miss school, please contact the office every day your child is not in attendance. This helps our office staff to keep accurate attendance of the student body.
  • If you would like your child's teacher to gather their homework, please reach out to your child's teacher by 9 am through email. Teachers will then gather absent students assignments and bring it to the office around 2:30 pm.
  • If you requested your child's homework to be gathered, please note that it must be picked up by 3:30 pm. Office hours are 7:30 am - 3:30 pm Monday - Friday, closed on Holidays.

We know the success of your child is essential, and we hope that this is a way to ensure their success on days they can't be with us.

Enjoy your weekend and as always we thank you for sharing your student with us. We appreciate your trust, support, and partnership


Nicole Green


Red Ribbon Week 2022

Monday 10/24–”Don’t get twisted up in bad choices”

  • Wear red–complete out-of-uniform day–no hair dye.

Tuesday 10/25–”Donut make crazy choices”

  • Wear crazy socks with full uniform.

Wednesday 10/26–”Lay/lei off bad choices”

  • Wear leis and/or Hawaiian shirts with uniform bottoms.

Thursday 10/27–”Make smart choices”

  • Career day–complete out-of-uniform day.

Friday 10/28 –”Good choices are the key to your dreams”

  • Wear pjs–complete out-of-uniform day.

October 2022 EVENTS

Want to stay up-to-date on what is happening at St. Teresa but not sure how.
Check out the St. Teresa School Parent Calendar. Click on the link below to check it out!

St. Teresa Catholic School Google Calendar

October 23rd - October 28th ~ Red Ribbon Week

October 28th ~ Report Cards

October 29th ~ Trunk or Treat https://fb.me/e/2QnYll3rM

October 31st ~ Halloween Parties 2pm Parade at 1:40 pm

Important Upcoming Dates:

November 1st ~ NO SCHOOL Parent/Teacher Conferences 8 am - 3 pm

November 2nd ~ Parent/Teacher Conferences 4pm - 8pm

November 4th ~ Early Dismissal 11:30am

November 10th ~ Veteran's Assembly

November 11th ~ No School

November 23rd - 25th ~ NO SCHOOL Thanksgiving Break

Scholar Bowl

All 7th and 8th graders are welcome to join our team! Next week’s practice will be Friday, October 28th 3:00-4:30 in Mrs. Janes’ classroom.


Monday and Tuesday were THE perfect days to hold the SVDP Walk! Some "friends of the poor" even met up with us at church and joined us for a bit. Fr. Joseph, Msgr. Myler, Mrs. Gonzales and SVDP members Mrs. Renner, Mrs. Heinen, and Mr. Gass all took time to talk/walk/pray with us. BIG thank you to all who donated and shared your good deeds! Because of your generosity, we have collected $1,257, and donations are still trickling in. If you did not get a chance to donate and would like to, please send it in by Tuesday, October 25, as we will be presenting SVDP with a check after Mass next Wednesday. (Cash or check payable to St. Teresa School. Envelope marked Walk for the Poor.) Again, thank you so much for your support!

NJHS Halloween Boo Grams

The St. Teresa School NJHS is hosting our Halloween Boo Grams Fundraiser. Fill out the boxes below to participate and NJHS will send out your Boo Grams. Each gram is $0.50, and you can send as many as you want!

Boo Grams will be delivered on October 31st, 2022.

Please attach cash/checks (payable to St. Teresa School) in an envelope with the form & return no later than October 26th, 2022. Grades 5-8 can also purchase at lunch, cash only.

Each Boo Gram will be attached to one Tootsie Pop sucker.

Jack-O-Lantern Boo Gram LINK

St. Teresa Dinner Auction 2023 Promo

Pumpkin Patch

A huge THANK YOU to Perpetual Help for purchasing pumpkins for EVERY STUDENT at St. Teresa's.

Thank you to Kara Brandt, Jamee Schroeder, Tiffany Kraus, Brigit Boivin, Sharon Utterback, Kevin Bouse, Ginny Bouse, and Breann Norkus for organizing the Pumpkin Patch!

Stewardship Letter

Hello St. Teresa Families,

St. Teresa, like most Catholic parishes and schools, is reliant on the assistance of its community members for many functions. From volunteering at the parish picnic, to being a member of the PTO, to participating in Mass as an usher, reader, or Eucharistic minister, many graciously give much of their time to help the school and parish succeed.

Stewardship of this kind is a tenet of the Catholic Church. In order to be good stewards, we are asked to contribute our time, talent, and/or treasure to allow our parish community to be successful in both the present and the future.

Contributing our stewardship to St. Teresa is of great importance. The cost of educating each individual student exceeds our current tuition rates; however, that cost is offset by both our various fundraisers and the subsidy provided by the parish. Because the parish offers funds to the school budget, it is expected that school families are active participants and offer their stewardship to the parish.

Per page 8 of the student handbook, supporting parishioners are those who “offer a fair portion of their time, talent, and treasure to the parish and school.” Additionally, as outlined by the school board in previous school years, it is expected that school families give a suggested donation of $10 each week to the Church collection to be considered parishioners of St. Teresa. In situations where donating additional funds is a financial burden, the time and talent contributed by the family will be taken into consideration.

Because most St. Teresa families pay the parishioner tuition rate, it would be expected that families of those students meet the criteria of a supporting parishioner as defined by the definition in the previous paragraph. For the 2022 - 2023 school year, St. Teresa Parish subsidizes the cost of education by approximately $800 per student.

In previous years, the school board began the process of reviewing the parishioner status of all school families. However, with the COVID-19 pandemic, it was determined that it would be best to put that process on hold given the unprecedented situation that people around the world were experiencing. Given the current circumstances, the school board and school finance council feel that it is appropriate to reevaluate the statuses of the families of all current St. Teresa students.

Additional information regarding the tracking of time and talent will be shared in the coming weeks.

If you are interested in setting up electronic giving with the Church to automate your donations, you can do so by going to the following web address:


The St. Teresa School Board greatly appreciates the time and investment that all of you graciously offer St. Teresa, and we look forward to working as a community to ensure a successful future for years to come!

Inclement Weather Plan


Closure of St. Teresa School will be shared FIRST on the St. Teresa School website and on official St. Teresa social media within minutes of the decision.

For the 2022-2023 school year St. Teresa School will be following District 118 closure policy.

If District 118 is closed due to inclement weather, St. Teresa's will also be closed.

For the 2022-2023 school year there will be no "remote learning" days.

As children we all looked forward to the fun of a "snow day."

All "snow days" will be made up at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.



Doors will open at 7:30am in the front. If you need to drop off earlier please sign up for Extended Care. Drop off for Extended Care is at the side doors of the gym closest to the playground.


Students are dismissed from school at 3:00pm. Students who are not picked up by 3:10 will be walked down to Extended Care. Extended Care costs $10 per day, per child from 3:10 pm to 6 pm.

Extended Care Handbook 2022-2023


For the 2022 – 2023 school year, schools are required to return to charging for school meals. The program flexibility provided by the federal government has expired; therefore, meals are no longer free. St. Teresa School is accepting payment through FACTS. Parents can deposit money for meals in their FACTS Management Account.

Lunch Costs: School lunches will cost $3.35 per lunch this year with milk costing $0.70. This year students from Kindergarten to 8th grade will have four lunch choices; two rotating choices, a salad, or a sandwich.

Snacks will be available for on the spot cash purchase for 5th - 8th grade.

PreK will have three lunch choices; two rotating choices, or a sandwich.

St. Teresa School does not permit food deliveries from vendors such as DoorDash, UberEats, restaurant delivery, etc. If a fast food item is dropped off for your student to eat at school, they will be asked to eat it in the office.

Dress Code

Students are allowed to wear ANY COLOR spirit wear on Fridays. All spirit wear must be in good taste and say St. Teresa School on it.

Ensure you are following the Student Handbook for Dress Code

This is a reminder that students should be wearing a white polo on Wednesday for Mass.

Children and Youth Ministry

Children & Youth Mass Ministry Sign Up

Once a month at 11am Mass at St. Teresa Church, we have our "Children and Youth Mass" where our children/youth serve in the different ministries during Mass (altar server, greeter, usher, readers, gift bearers, choir). Please mark your calendars as the dates for the next Children and Youth Masses are as follows: November 6, December 11.

Our next Children and Youth Mass will be Sunday, November at 11am Mass at St. Teresa. Any child/youth ages 5-college are asked to consider signing up for a ministry during Mass using the Sign-Up Genius link below. Please direct any questions to co-coordinators Jen Broida or Lizzie Lehde at stluketeresavolunteers@gmail.com

Advent Family Fair

After a three-year hiatus, the Advent Family Fair is BACK! Please mark your calendar for Sunday, December 4 and stop by the St. Teresa School Cafeteria anytime from 10am-2pm. At this FREE event, all St. Luke/St. Teresa Parish families are invited to come make some Advent-themed crafts, and enjoy food and fellowship.

We are in need of both Adult and Youth volunteers to make this event a success. All volunteer positions can be viewed using the Sign-Up Genius below. Thank you!


This event is hosted by the Ladies of Perpetual Help. Please contact Lizzie Lehde if you have questions @ lizzielehde@gmail.com

St. Teresa PTO Happenings!

St. Teresa PTO Happenings

“Important Upcoming Dates:”

October 29th ~ Trunk or Treat

Contact us:

PTO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StTeresaPTO

Email: PTO@StTeresaTigers.org

Lunch / Recess Volunteers Needed – Must be current on ALL child protection requirements. If any questions, please contact Jackie Tewell at jackie.tewell@stteresatigers.org.


Trunk-or-Treat – Saturday, October 29th at 3:30-4:45pm – Deck out your car trunks, don your costumes & celebrate Halloween with your St. Teresa friends and families! More information to come!

Note: Event is open to St. Teresa Catholic School families only.


Chicken Salad Chick Fundraiser – Wednesday, November 2nd at 10:30am-8pm – Chicken Salad Chick (O’Fallon, IL) will be donating 20% of sales back to our school! All are invited – please share with family and friends!


Sugar High Fundraiser – Saturday, December 3rd at 9am-1pm – Sugar High (Belleville, IL) will be donating 15% of sales back to our school! All are invited – please share with family and friends! Santa will be visiting from 10am-12pm.


BoxTops for Education – Did you know our school has earned over $23,000 from BoxTops?!?!

Whether you're ordering groceries for delivery or pickup–or if you requested an email receipt at checkout–you can still submit any digital receipt containing participating products and earn Box Tops for your school.


AmazonSmile – Add St. Teresa as your AmazonSmile Charity and our school will receive a %-age of all of your Amazon purchases.


Upcoming Meetings

- PTO: Tuesday, November 8th at 6:30pm – St. Teresa Parish Center (https://facebook.com/events/s/st-teresa-pto-meeting/775674900407685/)

- Auction: Sunday, November 20th at 6:30pm – Bouse Properties Office (2604 West Blvd, Belleville, IL 62221)

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November 18 - Holiday Game Night

December 4 - Advent Family Fair

December 5 & 6 - St. Teresa School Santa’s Kottage

Our upcoming Holiday Game Night on Friday, November 18 is a fun-filled night of dinner, vendor shopping, games, and fellowship with friends. For more info or to RSVP, contact Tammy Grime @Grime.tammy@gmail.com. Need not be a member to attend!

*We meet the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm in the St. Teresa Parish Center. All ladies of St. Teresa School/Church are welcome to attend!

Next Meeting: Monday, November 1 @ 6:30pm

Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stteresaperpetualhelp

Althoff Catholic High School

Upcoming events, more information at https://www.althoffcatholic.org/admissions/visit.cfm

- October 1- Application will open for incoming freshman

- October 16- Fall Open House for grades 6-8

- December 4- Placement Test

SAVE THE DATE! Thursday, November 3 at 7:00 pm in the St. Nicholas Activity Center

Join us for "Raising Catholic Families" with speaker Mark Loyet, an evening to empower, motivate, and equip parents and caregivers to lead their children in the Faith. This dialogue will focus on providing practical tips to live out the Catholic faith as families in the midst of full lives and full schedules.
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St. Teresa Alumni Spotlight

St. Teresa Alumi Megan Korte, making the news as she follows in her father's footsteps as Metro East volunteer firefighter!

https://www.kmov.com Korte's