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St. Therese Family Newsletter - March 31, 2021

Blessed Holy Week

Each morning this week we have had a special prayer to reflect on Holy Week, and help us to prepare for Easter Sunday, and the resurrection of our Lord. I select prayers from Prayers Before the Bell: Inviting Christ Into the Classroom, by Betty Manion and they are laid out beautifully to reflect the time of year. I'd like to share with you the reading from today:


"Dear Lord, on Thursday you celebrated

your Last Supper with your best friends.

You knew your disciples would be sad after you died,

so you gave them two big gifts.

You gave them the gift of bread and wine,

which become your Body and Blood, so we remember you.

You washed their feet to show them we're called to serve.

Thank you, Jesus, for these powerful gifts.

Through them, we find the way to you and your eternal life.

May we always treasure the Eucharist

as the foundation and center of our faith

and as your gift of life in us. Amen."


We spend a lot of time with our friends these days, since returning to school in person. We spend time laughing together during lunchtime and playing together at recess - each thing we do together helps to strengthen those friendships. How many times did Jesus break bread and eat with his friends? How many times did they laugh together as they ate, or walked, or sat around a fire? Each moment they spent together strengthened their human bond - Jesus and his disciples model the importance of friendships for us.


Even as we nurture our friendships on earth, so we must nurture our relationship with Jesus. Talk to Him, laugh with Him, cry with Him - all that you experience in this life, experience it from within the fullness of His love. We are so loved, and as Christians we are never more certain of it than during Holy Week.


Challenge yourselves to seek out a friend you haven't spoken to in awhile. Who's feet can you wash? Who can you humble yourself before, modeling our Lord's great sacrifice for us - who can you forgive? Who's forgiveness do you seek?


Pray this week especially for our brothers and sisters in Myanmar, who are suffering. Pray for their families in our community who are worried and heartbroken for their loved ones and countrymen.


God bless you all,


Rosemarie El Youssef

Principal, St. Therese School

503-253-9400 ext. 122

Interfaith Prayer Service for

From the St. Joseph the Worker website: https://www.stjosephtheworkerpdx.org


ST. JOSEPH FRONT LAWN, SATURDAY, APRIL 17, 2:00-3:30PM


Leaders from the Catholic, Protestant, Buddhist, Muslim, and Jewish faiths as well as senators and representatives plan to attend a prayer service for the political situation in Myanmar, the country where most of our Zomi Community have immigrated from.


The country has once again been taken over by the repressive military, threatening many lives and the freedom of people who live there, including family and friends of our Zomi Community. Our Zomi Catholic community, members of other refugee communities, and Catholic Charities of Oregon are planning an Interfaith Prayer Service to be held on the front lawn of St. Joseph the Worker, weather permitting. (It will move inside the church if needed.)


You are welcome to join them in prayer and support of human rights and democracy. For more information on the situation in Myanmar (Burma) go to https://www.bbc.com/news/world-asia-55902070

SPRING PICTURE DAY - Wednesday, April 14th

Students on campus will take pictures during the school day in class. Spring picture packets will be going home with your student on Tuesday, but you can access information about picture day on our website.


In honor of picture day, Wednesday, April 14th will be a FREE DRESS DAY.


All students will have their photo taken - if your student didn't have a fall photo taken, this is your chance!

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Fridays are BACK and better than ever!

With the majority of our students learning in person (with the exception of many out this week due to travel and quarantine guidelines) we are ready to return to in-person learning on Fridays.


Our first FULL WEEK of school will be April 19th - 23rd.


To make it fun, and ease the burden for families, these Fridays will be FREE DRESS.


We are so excited! More to come...

Updated Case Rates 3/20/21

In the most updated guidance to the metrics we are clear to transition into hybrid learning with our K-8 students. We are at 82.1/100,000 over a 14 day period of time. Our test positivity rate remains low, which is encouraging, but case rates are increasing more than we'd like.


Please continue to wear masks and be safe so we can see our numbers start falling again.


We will watch the data and keep you informed as things change.

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Travel and Quarantine

UPDATED GUIDANCE COMING


We are coming up on Spring Break, and some families may have some plans for travel. We require that anyone who travels outside of Oregon for any reason plan for being away from school for 10 days following their return. The new guidance (attached here) included a slight adjustment to 7 days with a negative COVID test and no symptoms.


If you or anyone in your household travels, you won't meet our health requirements and will need to learn from home for 7-10 days following your return. St. Therese staff follows these same safety rules and will likewise quarantine at home following any travel outside of Oregon.


Please call the office as soon as possible to notify us about any plans for travel that will include your student accessing distance learning for a period of time so that we can inform teachers and make arrangements to get you the necessary learning materials.


We appreciate all that you do to keep our community safe, and our students learning at school with us.

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FACTS Financial Aid and Enrollment - IMPORTANT UPDATE

We are waiting on some more information from the Archdiocese about additional financial aid allocations, and as soon as we have them, the letters outlining your financial aid for the 2021-2022 school year will be in the mail. I will send an email to you when we post them, so you know to expect them.


We still have families who have not completed the re-enrollment for 2021-2022, so PLEASE give us a call if we can help you. I know it's been difficult - it's new and not without challenges. Mrs. Barnett has helped many families through the re-enrollment process and she is a pro! We can schedule a zoom, make an appointment for you to come in, or help over the phone.


Thank you for your patience as we work to make our enrollment process better - it isn't without bumps in the road, but I have faith it will be worth it.

Now enrolling preschool and pre-kindergarten!

Please go to factsmgmt.com and register your preschool or pre-kindergarten student for the 2021-2022 school year! Our program is in the process of licensure, and we will be open this fall. Preschool students must be 3 years old and potty trained by September 1st, and pre-kindergarten students must be 4 years old.


If you have any questions, please give us a call! You can find information about tuition for our programs on our website, https://www.stthereseschool.org/little-flower-preschool - we look forward to a full group this fall!

Enrollment Opportunities

If you know a family interested in Catholic school, or just not satisfied with their current school options, please refer them to us! We are happy to share about our school and schedule tours so that we can grow our enrollment.


We have so much to offer children and their families - please help us get the word out!

St. Vincent de Paul - UPDATES

Volunteer opportunity: St Vincent de Paul is in need of delivery drivers. We need substitute drivers for Tuesday and Thursday mornings. Drivers on a rotating basis are needed for Saturday morning. Usual start time is around 9 am and shifts are 1 1//2 to 2 hours. Training provided. Must be able to carry 25 pound boxes up stairs. Please call Shasta Hatter at 503-253-7566 for more information or to volunteer.


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

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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 last meeting was on Wednesday, February 10.


4/21

5/19


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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