Eagle's Edge

St. Therese Weekly Newsletter - September 16, 2020

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All of the pieces...

Everything is finally coming together, it seems. Students are learning online and so happy to see their teachers and each other! There are some pieces that still don't fit right, but we are working together to solve the puzzle because Eagles don't ever give up!


Thank you for your incredible patience and your encouragement during this time. Every action matters - each smile, each word of encouragement, each prayer offered, is a priceless contribution towards our mission. Even through the challenges of our opening day online, our Eagles were willing to problem-solve and persevere. I'm so impressed by our students, from kindergarten through eighth grade, and I'm so proud of each and every one of them. Caring adults at home helping their students navigate this strange new world of teaching and learning - you are heroes!


We have faced COVID, closures, online school, fires and hazardous air quality, and countless unknowns, yet nothing has stopped us. We continue to laugh through the tears, and push through the obstacles - it's the true spirit of being an Eagle. Remember that with God all things are possible, and I see His hand in every blessing we encounter, both large and small. Whatever pieces we are given in this puzzle, we must all remember that our Loving God is at the center, drawing all of the other pieces into place.


I am so happy to be a piece in this puzzle with all of you!


Gratefully,


Rosemarie El Youssef

Principal, St. Therese School

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BottleDrop Thursdays!

If you would like to donate your cans and bottles to St. Therese, please bring your donations on Thursdays. Just leave them by the door and we will transfer them into the blue donation bags. If you'd like to take some donation bags with you, just call ahead to let us know and we will have some ready for you.


We are so grateful for your generosity! Look in next week's newsletter to see what we purchased with your generous donations.

Welcome Week EXTENDED! Only two more days!

Keep checking the link below daily to access teacher videos and there activities through this Friday. Make sure you guess how many Hershey Kisses are in that vase - I promise that no one has eaten any!


Click here for Welcome Week Activities!

Drive-thru POSTPONED until Wednesday, September 23rd from 2 - 5 p.m.

Thank you for your understanding and flexibility - due to hazardous air quality we can't host our drive-thru this Friday as planned.


Teachers have some materials they would like to distribute to students, and we have some t-shirts and prizes to share! If this time doesn't work for you, please contact the office so we can schedule a time that works better.

SAFE & READY SCHOOLS UPDATE

Please check out the links below, or visit our website and click on the "COVID-19 Updates" tab at the top to read the latest news about school this fall.


Some details:


September 16th - 18th: 1st week of regular classes

Students will log in and follow their regular schedule of classes. School staff will be in the building to assist students and their families as needed.


September 28th: Begin limited in-person instruction with small groups

Thank you for your input! We are looking at options that best accommodate the needs of our families, but can't guarantee it will be exactly what you need. We appreciate your flexibility!

We are permitted to bring students into their classrooms in groups of no more than 10, for no longer than 2 hours each day. This time will be used to build connections with teachers and peers, receive learning support, and participate in hands-on learning experiences.


St. Therese School-Age Learning Program (daycare) - will NOT be opening

Our application was denied because the rules changed, and we are not allowed to have this program running while distance learning is in progress. I have been in contact with the Early Childhood division and we are working together towards a potential solution. Thank you for your continued patience!


New ODE Dashboard


ODE’s Ready Schools Safe Learners Page


COVID-19 Rates by County


Oregon Health Authority – epi curve

Reminder: Uniforms are optional during distance learning

It was so much fun to see all of our kiddos in uniform during conferences last week. Remember that it is your choice to have students in uniform during distance learning and during limited in-person learning as well. Thank you for your understanding!

School Office Hours - changes in procedure due to COVID-19 safety measures

The school office is open from 8 a.m. - 4 p.m each day. We love it when families drop by, but when the school-year begins we will need to be more careful about how we meet with you.


Effective Monday, August 31st please call ahead if:


* You need to meet with a staff member (Rosemarie, Penny, teachers, etc.)

* You need to pick something up, or drop something off (materials, payment, etc.)


If you are in the parking lot, please just call us from your cell phone, if you can and we will accommodate you if we can safely do so. We will do our very best to meet your needs and appreciate your cooperation as we work to keep our students and staff safe.

SCRIP Update

While we will NOT be selling Scrip as a fundraiser this year, we have some left over that we would LOVE to sell you:


Barnes & Noble $25 gift cards x 7

Hong Phat $25 gift cards x 12

Regal Cinemas $10 gift cards x 25

Land's End $25 gift card x 1


Call the school or email elyoussefr@stthereseschool.org if you'd like to come by and purchase some!

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School Supplies

While we will never turn away donations of supplies, we pared down our supply lists to reflect what students will need during our comprehensive distance learning - the items needed for at-home learning are highlighted in yellow. School supplies are generally less expensive this time of year, but maybe stores will have a "back to school sale" when we are REALLY headed back to school later this fall!


Each grade has their own list and it is COMPLETE. You only have to download or print the list for your child's grade.