Tiger News

News & Information for Tiger Families

December 2, 2022

Letter from the Principal

Tiger Families,

This week several of our St. Teresa students were able to see our government in action. Over 250 people from across the state of Illinois went to the State Capital in Springfield, to advocate for Empower. Students wrote letters, and spoke with Senators to tell them how important Empower is to our school. Our students were great representative of St. Teresa and I am extremely proud of them!

At St. Teresa we are always looking for ways to improve the security of our school. On November 22nd, St. Teresa was informed that our Grant for security was approved. We like to give a HUGE SHOUT OUT to Scott Credit Union for their generosity in donating $6,000 to upgrade our security cameras!

A lot is happening next week at St. T's...

Monday (12/5) & Tuesday (12/6) students will have fun shopping for family and friends at our Santa's Kottage. Thank you Perpetual Help for providing this for our students.

On Tuesday (12/6) & Wednesday (12/7) our students will be singing their hearts out at the Christmas Concert. We hope to see everyone there!!

This weekend, December 4th is Children's Mass at 11am and don't forget to stop by the St. Teresa School Cafeteria anytime from 10am-2pm for the Advent Family Fair.

Enjoy your weekend and as always we thank you for sharing your student with us. We appreciate your trust, support, and partnership.


Nicole Green


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Decmeber 2022 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!

St. Teresa Catholic School Google Calendar


December 3rd ~ Sugar High Fundraiser https://fb.me/e/2z2jrJLtG

December 4th ~ Children's Mass Children's Mass Sign up LINK

December 5th - 6th ~ Santa's Cottage

December 6th ~ PreK - Kindergarten Christmas Concert

December 7th ~ 1st - 4th /Choir Christmas Concert

December 8th ~ School Mass

December 8th ~ Musical Tryouts 3pm

December 9th ~ Safe and Sacred Student Permission Slips Due

Permission Letter-Safe and Sacred.docx

December 14th ~ NJHS Induction Ceremony after Mass

December 16th ~ Christmas Party 2pm - 3pm

December 19th - January 3rd ~ Christmas Break No School

Looking Ahead

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 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

Project Compassion Coat Drive

Twirl Girls will kick off their Project Compassion Coat Drive on Monday, December 5 so clean out those closets! We are looking for men's, women's and children's sizes. Thank you for your support!


JSVDP December 13 meeting, 3:00-3:45 in the PC for grades 5 AND 8 ONLY.

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

Christmas Concert Information

Preschool, Pre-Kindergarten and Kindergarten Concert:

When: Tuesday, December 6

Where: Gym

Time: 6:15 arrival with concert starting promptly at 6:30

Dress: Nice clothes like you would wear to a wedding. No jeans, sweatpants or spaghetti straps.

1st-4th Grade Concert:

When: Wednesday, December 7

Where: Gym

Time: 5:45 pm arrival with concert starting promptly at 6 pm.

Dress: Nice clothes like you would wear to a wedding. No jeans, sweatpants or spaghetti straps.

Choir Concert:

When: Wednesday December 7

Where: Gym

Time: 6:45 pm arrival with concert starting promptly at 7 pm

Dress: Nice clothes like you would wear to a wedding. No jeans, sweatpants or spaghetti straps.

MUSICAL AUDITIONS for . . . . . . . . . . Princess Whatshername

The St. Teresa Musical is back!

All 5th - 8th grade students are welcome to audition for a part or join the choir.

Date: December 8th

Time: 3:00 - 4:30pm


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.

Scholar Bowl

The Varsity team started their season with a combined score of 510-155 over 2 games against Holy Trinity. We will host the Titans at home on Monday, December 5th, for another Varsity meet. The full schedule can be found at:


Father Daughter Dance

Men’s club will be hosting the annual father daughter dance on February 18 in the gym from 6 to 9. Cost is $10 for each father daughter couple or a $15 max for a family. Pizza and drinks provided

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, nicole.green@stteresatigers.org.

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Dress Code

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.

Tiger Reminders


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.


Hello Tiger Families,

Advent is upon us and we have already begun to observe this liturgical season at school. Wreaths have begun to appear in the classrooms, lessons are being taught during religion classes, and special Advent prayers and reflections are now part of our morning announcements. We reflect along with our students that Advent is a time of preparation. We prepare ourselves for the coming of Jesus by helping others, giving selflessly as Jesus did, and always striving to become the best version of ourselves.

Attached you will find a parent reflection on Advent with the outline of a wreath on the back. Each time a family member gives one of the “gifts” mentioned at the bottom of the page below the wreath, they are to write the good deed on a holly leaf, along with their initials. The goal is to fill up all the leaves by Christmas. Wouldn’t it be great to have completed so many good deeds that your family runs out of leaves to write on?

As we do our part at school to prepare your child for the coming of Christ, we ask that you set aside some special time for Jesus at home amid the hustle and bustle of this season. Consider adding extra prayer time into your nightly routine and hanging the “good deed” wreath on the refrigerator, where everyone can see it and add to it daily. We hope you are able to enjoy this time of preparation with your family and that you have a blessed Advent.

May God Bless you and your family during this Christmas Season.


St. Teresa Faculty and Staff

Children and Youth Ministry

Our next Children and Youth Mass is Sunday, December 4th at 11am Mass at St. Teresa. Altar servers must be trained in advance in order to serve at the December 4th Mass. Any questions, please contact coordinators Lizzie Lehde or Jen Broida at stluketeresavolunteers@gmail.com

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.

Our sign-up link for ministries on December 4 is here: https://www.signupgenius.com/go/5080E4EA5A622A0FF2-december

Advent Family Fair

After a three-year hiatus, the Advent Family Fair is BACK! Please mark your calendar for Sunday, December 4 and stop by the St. Teresa School Cafeteria anytime from 10am-2pm. At this FREE event, all St. Luke/St. Teresa Parish families are invited to come make some Advent-themed crafts, and enjoy food and fellowship.

We are in need of both Adult and Youth volunteers to make this event a success. All volunteer positions can be viewed using the Sign-Up Genius below. Thank you!


This event is hosted by the Ladies of Perpetual Help. Please contact Lizzie Lehde if you have questions @ lizzielehde@gmail.com

St. Teresa PTO Happenings!

St. Teresa PTO Happenings

“Important Upcoming Dates:”

Contact us:

PTO Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/StTeresaPTO

Email: PTO@StTeresaTigers.org

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 stteresadinnerauction@gmail.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 jackie.tewell@stteresatigers.org.


Sugar High Fundraiser – Saturday, December 3rd at 9am-1pm – Sugar High (Belleville, IL) will be donating 15% of sales back to our school! All are invited – please share with family and friends! Santa will be visiting from 10am-12pm.


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.


- Auction: Sunday, November 20th at 6:30pm – Bouse Properties Office (2604 West Blvd, Belleville, IL 62221)

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St. Teresa Ladies of Perpetual Help ~ Happenings

December 4 - Advent Family Fair

December 5 & 6 - St. Teresa School Santa’s Kottage

*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

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Althoff Catholic High School

Upcoming events, more information at https://www.althoffcatholic.org/admissions/visit.cfm

- December 4- Placement Test

This is a final reminder that Althoff's placement test for 8th graders is this Sunday at 1pm. Students are able to take the test without applying, however, they need to send an email to admissions@althoffcatholic.org and pay the $25 testing fee.

The placement test result will be used to determine the recipients for our St Thomas Aquinas Scholarship!

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St. Teresa Alumni Spotlight

Know of a St. Teresa Alumni to Spotlight email nicole.green@stteresatigers.org

Inclement Weather Plan


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.