It's almost that time!
A message from Father Jeff
Dear St. Therese School Families:
It is a true joy and privilege to partner with Principal Schoning in the education and formation of your children entrusted to our care. We have seen a lot of positive changes at St. Therese School this year and we are confident, with your faithful support, that the growth will continue well into the future.
This evening at St. Therese Church Bishop Peter Smith, Auxiliary Bishop of the Archdiocese of Portland, was present at the 5 pm Vigil Mass to share an important message from Archbishop Sample to the community. He read the attached letter and expanded upon the message, reassuring us of the archbishop’s ongoing commitment to Catholic schools, especially St. Therese Catholic School here in East County. Bishop Peter Smith will be at the 10 am Sunday Mass on October 1 to deliver the same message.
I met with the school staff on Friday after school to share this news with them and will be meeting with the students personally this coming week. Principal Schoning and I will make ourselves available for questions or concerns as needed. I have great confidence in Principal Schoning and his staff to continue our momentum through this year and beyond. More information will be provided in next week’s newsletter to introduce you to Fr. Gabriel White and our plan for a smooth transition.
Please feel free to discuss this transition with your child/children as you see fit.
St. Therese of the Child Jesus, pray for us.
God bless you all,
A note of thanks
On behalf of the school staff, I am so thankful for the time that Father Jeff has been here, dedicated to the parish and school. It is normal to feel protective and territorial of one of our own, especially a great guy, like Father Jeff. I know many of us can't help but feel like this wasn't part of the plan. I said to myself, and to Father Jeff, "but, but, but, but we were just getting started!! We have so much work to do! We got through last year and we were just starting to have fun!"
All of that is true. Father Jeff corrected course for St. Therese and he's put us in the right direction. So, I can be angry that he's leaving, or I can be grateful for his time with us. I am choosing the latter. As our school counselor tells our students, we can't control very much, in the world, but we can control how we react to the world.
I am so grateful for the year and change that Father Jeff has spent with us at St. Therese. All the school masses. Faith formation days. Planning meetings. Laughs and camaraderie. Jokes. Wisdom. Partnership through tough times.
We are all grateful.
Thank you, Father Jeff.
Join Father Jeff and Bishop Peter for mass tomorrow, then stay for the party.
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Mrs. Rothery keeps the pre-k students engaged through various types of lessons using different types of media. If you're having a bad day, go sit down in the Yellow House and try to be grumpy. I dare you.
Counselor's Corner with Mr. Sonny
“Create space simply to ‘be’ and clarity emerges for you to see”
I’m not usually the rhyming type but this matched the theme of the week which is “space”. Generally, we, as people, are pretty open to allowing space in many physical ways. We leave space for each other on the roadway. We leave (a lot of) space between aircrafts in the sky. We leave space for throwing a pass to one another, cooks in the kitchen, building a classroom, harvesting lumber from woodlands, playing golf, enjoying a crowded beach, etc. For whatever reason, when it comes to emotional space, or space between parties in interpersonal relationships, we tend to struggle with this very important allowance. The misconception that I find the most prevalent with human interactions is that, when a disconnection occurs, the way to repair it is to push harder on it, force it, manipulate it, or do a host of other things that force that relationship back together. But, what I’ve mostly experienced when this occurs is a deeper disconnection. Even if a healing is felt, often this is a ruse and the issue will likely return. We often underestimate what could be the healthiest approach to repairing our relationships, which is just some simple space, emotionally, physically, and chronologically (giving time to reflect and relax). And, usually, it’s during that space that we realize our own contribution to the disconnect, which is, of course, the only thing we can actually control. This is a very hard lesson to learn, but some of our students are, even begrudgingly, learning it at a very young age, which I believe will pay off well into adulthood.
Upcoming Dates and Events
- Thursday October 5th - Jog-A-Thon!!!!!!!! We are doing great! Keep getting those pledges! Share on social media. Ask neighbors, friends, and ask mom and dad to share on social media!
- Friday October 6th, no school. Teacher inservice day.
ALTAR SERVER TRAINING - LAST CALL
Because a handful of students have asked about becoming an altar server at St. Therese Catholic Church, Fr. Jeff has added one more training day. Catholic children from 4th grade through 8th grade who have made their Holy Communion are invited to the training. Space is limited.
* Returning altar servers are required to attend in order to serve for the 2023/2024 school year.
When? Friday, October 27, 2023 from 3:30 PM - 5:00 PM.
Click here to sign up for the training.
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Reminders and Updates
- A note on free dress this year: St. Therese students get free dress on the last Friday of the month, at minimum, as well as on a few other special days. We are asking students to chip in either $2, or 2 cans of food or a non-perishable item. The money will go to a charity and we will send the food to St. Vincent de Paul. When we all give just a little bit, we can make a real difference in the lives of others. That is important for us this year, as we return to service work with St. T. students.
- All students should bring a water bottle to school every day. NO soda pop allowed in lunches.
- Jog-A-Thon is coming up! Crunch time!! Get those pledges in! Lots of surprises, awards, and treats for our students who raise some funds for the school!
September's Virtue was Faith, and we honored our students who exemplified faith in their own ways, in the Virtues Assembly Awards on Friday.
The Virtue for October is Charity! We got a head start on that on Friday, when students brought in canned food and/or $2 to go to charity, in exchange for free dress. We will continue this practice on special free dress days throughout the year.
It really is a lesson in many hands making light work! A couple bucks, for us isn't much, maybe a cup of coffee. But when we organize and each of us gives $2, we can make a significant donation. More opportunities to come as we start looking at plans for the Thanksgiving Food Drive in conjunction with St. Vincent de Paul!
Fall Sports Update: We have had a great turnout for Fall Sports at St Therese, and we are already preparing for Winter Basketball! We have over 100 enrollments across three sports, and 9 active teams this season:
- Swimming: 28 students
- Hot Shots: 19 students
- Volleyball: 60 students
We have some important informational sessions coming soon!
Swimming Information Virtual Meeting: Wednesday October 6th at 630pm (email to come)
- We need swimming coach volunteers -- no experience necessary! Just know how to swim!
Athletics Committee Virtual Information Meeting: Tuesday October 10th at 630pm
Winter Basketball Virtual Information Meeting: Tuesday October 17th at 630pm (more info to come)
We had a successful Opening Weekend (last Sat) for Fall Sports inclusive of Hot Shots Basketball (Co-ed 1st & 2nd graders) and Girls Volleyball!!
3rd-6th grade put up a good fight to kick things off. 7th & 8th grade came out with big wins and we are looking forward to a fun season for all!
Attached are some of the highlights.
Good luck this weekend and GO EAGLES!!!
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Startled Lake Oswego with our diversity. Awed them with our nice new unis. Spanked them with our athletic prowess. Eastside Lady Eagles came to play! And win!
St. Therese Want-Ads
- Wanted: Laundry help! Want a way to get some Fair Share Hours, but don't have a lot of time to spend at school? We need folks who can take home uniform items, wash them, and return them to school. Pretty easy and a great way to help out! Contact the office and firstname.lastname@example.org.
- Wanted: Apple TV: Remember a few years ago when we all purchased the Apple TV hardware in order to watch Ted Lasso, before smart tv companies willingly accepted Apple TV as a native app? Now those clunky silver boxes are about as useful as book-ends because of the rapid pace of change in technology, but they are still incredibly useful in classrooms. We could use a few more. If you have one in a junk drawer or collecting dust in an old closet, and are willing to donate it, we'd be forever grateful.
- Wanted: handy person and painter. If you are looking for a way to get those Fair Share Hours, please contact the main office, email@example.com. We have endless projects, so don't be shy.
- Wanted: Volunteers for Athletics. Contact our athletic directors, firstname.lastname@example.org, if you can help run concessions, work the doors at tournaments, keep score, etc. Really fun way to help out, especially for the sports fan. Applies towards Fair Share Hours also.