St. Therese Family Newsletter - February 10th
Thank you, Lord, for friendships
Today we started our day with a prayer of gratitude for friendships.
These past few weeks have been incredible for all of us - we have all been missing our friends. Chatting with parents at drop-off and pick-up, talking with students during lunch and recess, we are strengthening relationships we had, and building relationships that are new. Yes, we need to learn math and reading is fundamental, but learning how to make friends is the most important learning that happens at school.
I have been a parent here for ten years, and the reason we chose to stay year after year is the relationships that our family built with the St. Therese staff and students. This community never ceases to surprise me with their generosity and love; I feel so blessed by each and every one of you!
It is my greatest hope that you how loved and appreciate you are, and that your students feel that love each and every day. I know in my heart that there isn't anyplace I'd rather be, than here in this place with you all.
With friendship and gratitude,
Rosemarie El Youssef
Principal, St. Therese School
Updated Case Rates 2/6/2021
This is beyond encouraging to us - if the case rate in Multnomah County continues to drop at this rate, we will be in the yellow by spring break (and dare we hope for green?). Masks work! Please continue to be safe!
We will watch the data and keep you informed as things change.
Re-enrollment/Registration Portal OPEN
The earlier you enroll, the better prepared we are to discuss next year's budget and make plans for school staffing. You can pay your $200 registration fee now, or just wait and pay before May 1, 2021.
Please give us a call if we can help you in any way!
Now enrolling preschool and pre-kindergarten!
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!
FACTS Financial Aid - APPLY NOW!
Our school may be eligible for additional financial aid from outside grants, but only based on the applications submitted by Monday, February 1st. PLEASE complete your application prior to that date.
The deadline for completing financial aid applications is March 1, 2021 in order to be considered for financial aid.
WELCOME BACK WEEK!
Wednesday 2/10 - College Day!
Thursday 2/11 - Sports Day!
Friday 2/12 - Free Dress (you're learning at home, anyway!)
Remember, if your student isn't participating they should just wear a uniform.
St. Vincent de Paul - UPDATES
Our items of the month for February is:
Pork and beans
Eagle Student Leadership is collecting food for St. Vincent de Paul for Catholic Schools Week and that is our greatest need. You can bring bags of potatoes or cans of beans by the school ANYTIME and our ES Leadership kiddos will deliver to the pantry.
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.
Monday, February 15th NO SCHOOL, President's Day
Tuesday, February 16th NO SCHOOL - Inservice Day
Exclusion Day, February 17th
Please call us if you have any questions.
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 next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 10 (CHANGE - 2/17 is Ash Wednesday).
Please contact Melanie Reyna at 503-467-1805 or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org with any questions.
Please see the attachment below for the meeting minutes from 11/18.
Parent Obligations for the Year - Fair Share and Fundraising
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.