St. Teresa Tidbits

Sept. 17, 2021

QPR Training

On September 22nd South Winneshiek will be hosting a training session for the community at 6:00 in the high school auditorium.

Question, Persuade, and Refer is a 2 hour suicide intervention training. Attendees learn how to ask the suicide Question, how to Persuade people to seek help, and how to Refer them for help. Each attendee will take home the QPR booklet for future reference on how to assist anyone that is struggling.

Ryan Nesbit, the presenter, has taught this course around 75 times. He lives in Jesup with his wife and 14, 13, and 10 year old children. He has been a high school youth group leader for 12 years between Ankeny and Jesup. Ryan is Co-Director of Alive & Running Iowa for Suicide Awareness & Prevention. This non-profit works to stop suicide and support those who have lost someone to suicide. Ryan lost his best friend to suicide at age 15. Ryan openly talks in presentations about his own suicide loss and his own struggles with suicidal ideations during high school.

Professional Development Day- No School

On Sept. 24 we do not have school due to our professional development day. The teachers will be learning more about our new math curriculum.

6/7 grade students have the opportunity to participate in a field trip to the Fort Rendezvous Educational Day. We have four teachers willing to take students on this optional field trip. Please contact Robin Timp with any questions.

Tips For Communication Etiquette

  1. Phone and email are the primary means of communicating for contacting Administration, Faculty and Staff of St. Teresa of Calcutta

  2. Teachers are asked not to use their smartphones during the day.

  3. If you have a change of plans for your child’s day, please contact the school office and the classroom teacher through the school phone number.

  4. Text Messages and Social Media platform messaging are not the preferred means of communication with the school.

  5. If you need to get ahold of your child’s teacher please email your teacher or if you need to have a phone call with your child’s teacher please call between 7:30 am-8:00 am or after school from 3:30 pm to 5:30 pm or set up a in person appointment with your child’s teacher.

  6. During the weekend, teachers are asked to unplug from school correspondence to focus on faith, family, and relationships. We ask you to respect their time with their families.

Social Skills

After Mass throughout the school year, we are taking a few minutes to teach students social skills. Please reinforce these skills at home. There are more resources on

Greeting Others

1. Look at the person.

2. Use a pleasant voice.

3. Say “Hi” or “Hello”.

Good Hygiene

• Regularly and thoroughly clean your hands with an alcohol-based hand rub or wash them with soap and water. This eliminates germs including viruses that may be on your hands.
• Avoid touching your eyes, nose and mouth. Hands touch many surfaces and can pick up viruses. Once contaminated, hands can transfer the virus to your eyes, nose or mouth. From there, the virus can enter your body and infect you.
• Cover your mouth and nose with your bent elbow or tissue when you cough or sneeze. Then dispose of the used tissue immediately into a closed bin and wash your hands. By following good ‘respiratory hygiene’, you protect the people around you from viruses, which cause colds, flu and COVID-19.
• Clean and disinfect surfaces frequently especially those which are regularly touched, such as door handles, faucets and phone screens.


Job Opportunities

St. Teresa of Calcutta School, is now accepting applications for a custodian and para-educator. Applicants must be at least 18 years of age and able to pass required background checks. Full time and part time options available. Please send a letter of interest and resume to Kristin Kriener at

Upcoming Events

Sept. 19 Catechetical Sunday

Sept. 21 Day of Peace

Sept. 21 Board meeting 7:00

Sept. 22 QPR training HS 6:00

Sept. 24 No School Professional Development

Sept. 24 6/7 field trip Fort Rendezvous Educational Day (optional)

Sept. 24 4-6 pm School Garage Sale- Ossian

Sept. 25 8-10 am School Garage Sales- Ossian

Sept. 29 Picture Day- Calmar & Spillville

Sept. 30 Picture Day- Calmar & Ossian