Eagle's Edge

St. Therese Family Newsletter - March 17, 2021

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St. Patrick's Breastplate

Christ with me,

Christ before me,

Christ behind me,

Christ in me,

Christ beneath me,

Christ above me,

Christ on my right,

Christ on my left,

Christ when I lie down,

Christ when I sit down,

Christ when I arise,

Christ in the heart of every man who thinks of me,

Christ in the mouth of everyone who speaks of me,

Christ in every eye that sees me,

Christ in every ear that hears me.


One thing that is clear to me is that we need Jesus. Each and every one of us, every single moment, of every single day. We need Him. We also need to SEE HIM in each person we meet - we need to look into the eyes of our fellow humans and see Christ there. That is the way of life for Christians; it's the way we light up the world with love.

Thank you for being that light for me, and sharing the light of your children with us. May God bless you today on this feast of St. Patrick, and all your days.

Yours in Christ,

Rosemarie El Youssef

Principal, St. Therese School



See you on Monday, March 29th.

If your child will be learning virtually because of travel over break, please let us know so that we can plan ahead to better meet their needs.

Office Hours During Spring Break

The school office will be open from 8 a.m. - NOON, Monday through Thursday during Spring Break. If you need something outside of those office hours you are welcome to leave a voicemail or email Mrs. El Youssef at elyoussefr@stthereseschool.org.

Thank you!


Please let us know if you have any questions about the plant sale. With the sun shining brightly and people beginning to work in their gardens, our timing is perfect!

Plant orders and money are due back to school by March 29th.


Nothing new to report, so we will meet in April to discuss the Plant Sale fundraiser and our next fundraising and fun adventure - the jog-a-thon.

Packets went home for our plant sale - share with family and friends before they make plans for spring gardening!

Updated Case Rates 3/13/21

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 yellow column, because our county case rate is almost below 100! We are at 65/100,000 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 2.2%. Each week the numbers are dropping, and it is very encouraging news.

Please continue to wear masks and be safe so we can keep our numbers falling.

We will watch the data and keep you informed as things change.

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Travel and Quarantine


We are coming up on Spring Break, and some families may have some plans for travel. We require that anyone who travels outside of Oregon for any reason plan for being away from school for 10 days following their return. The new guidance (attached here) included a slight adjustment to 7 days with a negative COVID test and no symptoms.

St. Therese will NOT transition to distance learning following Spring Break. If you or anyone in your household travels, you won't meet our health requirements and will need to learn from home for 7-10 days following your return. St. Therese staff follows these same safety rules and will likewise quarantine at home following any travel outside of Oregon. Please call the office as soon as possible to notify us about any plans for travel that will include your student accessing distance learning for a period of time so that we can inform teachers and make arrangements to get you the necessary learning materials.

We appreciate all that you do to keep our community safe, and our students learning at school with us.

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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.

You may see an error message at the end of the process, don't worry. I can see what you have completed and take care of it on my end.

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!

Financial Aid for 2021-2022 School Year

Thank you to all of the families who applied for financial aid in the FACTS Financial Aid Portal. We are reviewing our grant and aid allocations and will be sending the offer letters home on April 1st.

If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to call our office at any time.

Enrollment Opportunities

If you know a family interested in Catholic school, or just not satisfied with their current school options, please refer them to us! We are happy to share about our school and schedule tours so that we can grow our enrollment.

We have so much to offer children and their families - please help us get the word out!

St. Vincent de Paul - UPDATES

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.

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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 last meeting was on Wednesday, February 10.

3/17 - canceled



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.

School Office Hours 8 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.

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