News & Information for Tiger Families
January 4, 2023
Letter from the Principal
I hope everyone enjoyed their Christmas break and the time spent with family and friends. Our first day back in the building for the new year is January 4th! Happy 2023!
While everyone was away, we had many busy individuals in the school. As you may have already noticed driving by, several trees were cut down and trimmed over break.
Inside St. Teresa's, our janitors made some updates to the bathroom sink faucets and security cameras were installed. Huge shout out to Mr. Day, Mr. White, and Mr. McKinney for installing our new cameras inside and outside the building!
Next Monday, January 9th is the kickoff to our Apex Fun Run. The students are excited! We are looking for a few volunteers to help with the Fun Run on January 19th.
The Illinois State Board of Education is now requiring Nonpublic Schools supported by public funds (free & reduced lunch) to have an absenteeism and truancy policy. The Diocesan Board of Education has established an Absenteeism and Truancy pdf Policy. All schools in the Diocese of Belleville must follow this new directive.
If you haven't filled out the survey on the end of year reminders link, please do so ASAP. The link will help determine tuition rates for the 2023-2024 school year and who is a parishioner.
End of Year Reminder link ~ End of Year Reminders
As always, we thank you for sharing your student with us. We appreciate your trust, support, and partnership.
January 2023 EVENTS
Want to stay up-to-date on what is happening at St. Teresa but not sure how.
Check out the St. Teresa School Parent Calendar. Click on the link below to check it out!
January 4th ~ School Resumes
January 6th ~ End of 2nd Quarter
January 9th ~ APEX Jogging Jim begins
January 13th ~ Early Dismissal 11:30am Report Cards Go Home
January 15th ~ Stewardship Survey Due https://forms.gle/bMbhypU1aziDADQW7
January 16th ~ No School
January 19th ~ APEX FUN RUN
January 26, 27, 28 ~ Everything Under the Sun Sale
January 29th ~ Children's Mass 11:00am KICK OFF TO CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK
February 10th ~ Early Dismissal 11:30am/ 3rd Quarter Progress Reports
February 11th ~ Dinner Auction
February 14th ~ Valentine's Day Parties
February 20th ~ No School
Everything Under the Sun Sale is still in need of Volunteers!
Cast members: Your first rehearsals are Wednesday, January 4 and Thursday, January 5 from 2:45 to 3:45pm in the parish center. Please bring your script and bring Mrs. Fries a flash drive to copy the music.
JSVDP 2nd Semester 2023 Meetings
January 10 6th & 7th
February 7th 8th & 5th
March 7th 6th & 7th
April 4th 8th & 5th
May 9th 6th & 7th
CHESS CLUB IS BACK!!
Open to 1st - 8th Graders
Practices will be held every Monday from 3pm - 4pm.
Student pick up will be at the Parish Center parking lot.
Father Daughter Dance
Cafeteria Monitor NEEDED
St. Teresa is in need of a Cafeteria Monitor Monday - Thursday from 11:20 - 1:50.
Please contact Mrs. Green if you are interested in the position, email@example.com.
Ensure you are following the Student Handbook for Dress Code
As the weather becomes colder many students may want to wear boots to school, however, students must have a change of shoes with them. Tennis shoes must be worn during the school day. Thank you for your cooperation.
This is a reminder that students should be wearing a white polo on Wednesday for Mass.
You may not know it, but your blood may be the key to saving someone’s life!!
The St. Teresa Jr. St. Vincent DePaul, in conjunction with the Sax family, will be hosting a blood drive on March 25, 2023 in the Parish Center.
If 20 units of blood are donated, the school can earn $250+!!
Mrs. Duncan’s brother died of a rare blood cancer in July. Please help her family honor his memory by registering online to donate. Thank you!
Doors will open at 7:30am in the front. If you need to drop off earlier please sign up for Extended Care. Drop off for Extended Care is at the side doors of the gym closest to the playground.
Students are dismissed from school at 3:00pm. Students who are not picked up by 3:10 will be walked down to Extended Care. Extended Care costs $10 per day, per child from 3:10 pm to 6 pm. Extended Care Handbook 2022-2023
For the 2022 – 2023 school year, schools are required to return to charging for school meals. The program flexibility provided by the federal government has expired; therefore, meals are no longer free. St. Teresa School is accepting payment through FACTS. Parents can deposit money for meals in their FACTS Management Account.
Lunch Costs: School lunches will cost $3.35 per lunch this year with milk costing $0.70. This year students from Kindergarten to 8th grade will have four lunch choices; two rotating choices, a salad, or a sandwich.
Snacks will be available for on the spot cash purchase for 5th - 8th grade.
PreK will have three lunch choices; two rotating choices, or a sandwich.
St. Teresa School does not permit food deliveries from vendors such as DoorDash, UberEats, restaurant delivery, etc. If a fast food item is dropped off for your student to eat at school, they will be asked to eat it in the office.
Children and Youth Ministry
Our next Children and Youth Mass is Sunday, January 29th at 11am Mass at St. Teresa. Altar servers must be trained in advance in order to serve at the January 29th Mass. Any questions, please contact coordinators Lizzie Lehde or Jen Broida at firstname.lastname@example.org
Those children interested in choir (grades 4th and up) should just report to the choir loft at 10:15am that day! Choir is not listed on the sign-up.
St. Teresa PTO Happenings!
“Important Upcoming Dates:”
PTO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StTeresaPTO
Auction – Planning for this year’s auction is underway! We are looking for donations, sponsors, and advertisers! The advertising and sponsorship information is attached. Please contact Tiffany Kraus at email@example.com or 618-806-3790 with questions or for more information!
Lunch / Recess Volunteers Needed – Must be current on ALL child protection requirements. If any questions, please contact Jackie Tewell at firstname.lastname@example.org.
BoxTops for Education – Did you know our school has earned over $23,000 from BoxTops?!?!
Whether you're ordering groceries for delivery or pickup–or if you requested an email receipt at checkout–you can still submit any digital receipt containing participating products and earn Box Tops for your school.
AmazonSmile – Add St. Teresa as your AmazonSmile Charity and our school will receive a %-age of all of your Amazon purchases.
St. Teresa Ladies of Perpetual Help ~ Happenings
*We meet the first Tuesday of every month at 6:30pm in the St. Teresa Parish Center. All ladies of St. Teresa School/Church are welcome to attend!
Visit our Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/stteresaperpetualhelp
Inclement Weather Plan
IS SCHOOL CLOSED?
Closure of St. Teresa School will be shared FIRST on the St. Teresa School website and on official St. Teresa social media within minutes of the decision.
For the 2022-2023 school year St. Teresa School will be following District 118 closure policy.
If District 118 is closed due to inclement weather, St. Teresa's will also be closed.
For the 2022-2023 school year there will be no "remote learning" days.
As children we all looked forward to the fun of a "snow day."
All "snow days" will be made up at the end of the 2022-2023 school year.