Eagle's Edge

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

elyoussefr@stthereseschool.org

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Updated Case Rates 2/6/2021

In the most updated guidance to the metrics we are clear to transition into hybrid learning with our K-8 students. We are in the orange column, because our county case rate is finally below 200! We are at 196.4/100,000 over a 14 day period of time. You can see this in the two diagrams below. The most amazing thing? Our test positivity in Multnomah county is WELL BELOW 5% at 3.6%. This is the lowest it's been since we started school!


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.

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Re-enrollment/Registration Portal OPEN

All of our forms for registration of new students and re-enrollment of current students can be found ONLINE at www.factsmgt.com in the FACTS Family Portal. Simply log in, click on apply/enroll, then select enrollment/re-enrollment to access the document. You can also access the Family Portal from our website.


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!

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!

FACTS Financial Aid - APPLY NOW!

The other portal you have access to in FACTS is the financial portal, where you will apply for financial aid. In order to be considered to grants and aid for next school year, you are required to have a completed financial aid application. You can find the application by clicking on this link:


https://online.factsmgt.com/SignIn.aspx


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.


Go Eagles!

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St. Vincent de Paul - UPDATES

Our items of the month for February is:


Fresh potatoes

Baked beans

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

We will see you at drop-off or online on Wednesday morning!

Exclusion Day, February 17th

If you received a letter from the county notifying you that your child is missing immunizations, please check with your doctor to be sure. It seems that records haven't been updated in the system. If your child needs immunizations, please schedule an appointment. If your child already has them all, simply send the record in along with your signature on the document sent to you by the county and we will take care of the rest.


Please call us if you have any questions.

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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 next meeting will be on Wednesday, February 10 (CHANGE - 2/17 is Ash Wednesday).


3/17

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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