For the  parents and families of St. Therese Chinese Catholic School

Dear Parents,

The last few weeks demonstrate our ethic of "work hard play hard" - our students buckled down for Aspire testing, we celebrated Regional Science Fair Winners, Catholic Math League Winners, and our History Bee contestants...then we show we know how to let off steam with our Spirit Week! Have I mentioned how much I LOVE this time of year? It is truly life-giving to a school. We celebrate our children, who are at the heart of OUR HEARTS as educators and parents.
Enjoy the energy and spirit of this newsletter. Check out our fun photo galleries that include more pictures of our Spirit Week, our Bank of America visit day, handwriting winner, Living Stations of the Cross, math, basketball winners and science fair winners . YES! We have been busy!
I hope to see our STCCS friends and family on May 10th at Portillo's as we help fund our 10 History Bee winners as they head to Atlanta for NATIONALS! What a wonderful and joyous reason to all gather as a community and enjoy a meal at Portillo's!
This year's Talent Show on May 18th will surely be one of the most memorable. Word is...we have some very interesting special acts that might make an appearance! You do NOT want to miss it! :)
Lastly, the end of the school year goes by quickly. Please check the school calendar (link) regularly to see key dates and activities.
Ms. Cavallone

New Playground Surface Installed - Happy Kids Follow!

Kids Say: "Thank you for saving our knees!"

As you may recall, this year's Faculty Follies Fund the Need at CNY was targeted for resurfacing of our playground. The students asked for help to "Save Our Knees" and other injuries experienced on the old concrete playground. We even showed this spoof of a horror video at CNY to dramatize how the students were frequently hurt on the old playground. 

Thanks to the generosity of our friends and families, we have installed the new, softer play surface just in time for the nicer weather! Students can now be found running, sitting, and even tumbling in joy (and safety) as they let off steam from their busy school days.
St. Therese sends a record TEN students to the 
National History Bee in Atlanta!

On Holy Thursday, March 29th, St. Therese Students participated in the Chicago South Regional History Bee at Komarek School in North Riverside, IL. The competition consisted of a written test portion followed by two buzzer-round competitions on World and US History.  

At the Elementary Level (6th Grade and below), Tristan Li advanced as one of the final eight competitors for the Regional Championship. Tristan qualified for the National Finals Competition along with fellow 6th Graders Matthew Chan, Matthew Hui, Tiffany Tse, Hailan Yu, and Tristan Lee. 

In the 7th Grade Division, Alma Gyabin qualified for the National Finals. In the 8th Grade Division, John Plebanski advanced to the Regional Final Round while Chad Gyabin and McKee Mao also advanced to Nationals based upon their stellar performance.  

All of the students will now compete in Atlanta during the weekend of June 1-2. They are studying hard and aiming to represent St. Therese in an outstanding fashion. With 10 Qualifiers, St. Therese has set a new standard for excellence with regard to the National History Bee!!

2018 National History Bee Finalists Back Row: Tristan Li (6), McKee Mao (8), John Plebanski (8), 
Chad Gyabin (8), and Matthew Hui (6)
Front Row: Hailan Yu (6), Tristan Lee (6), Tiffany Tse (6), Matthew Chan (6), and Alma Gyabin (7)


St. Therese Students Excel in Catholic Math League Again
Over 34 Winners, including 1 National, 9 Division, and 24 Grade-level awards!
Congratulations to all of the students on performing so well against many high school and grade school students! 

SPIRIT WEEK brought fun events and opportunities for our students to share their silly side with Monochrome Monday, Fandom Tuesday, Wacky Wednesday, Throwback Thursday, and PJ Friday! Click on any of the the photos above to view some of the fun from this silly week in our School Photo Gallery.  
Our 8th graders enjoyed a sunny but chilly day celebrating on Lake Michigan on a Spirit Cruise. Click the photo  to view more photos in the School Photo Gallery. The 7th grade class also joined the 8th graders on this special outing.
Basketball Players Named All-Stars! 

St. Therese had three student athletes  - Joel Casey, Justin Zhen, and Carlos Banks -  chosen as Varsity Boys Basketball All-Stars for the Annual All-Star Game as part of the St. Mary of Czestochowa/Clyde Park District Basketball League. 

The game took place on Monday, April 16th. Way to go boys!

Remember: Martinelli's Uniform Company will be at school on Wednesday, May 2nd 7:30-9:30am for uniform fittings and orders for the next school year!
Don't Forget! Spring Raffle tickets are due back to the office by MONDAY, MAY 14th!

This year, proceeds from the raffle will be used to purchase technology and upgrade furnishings for Mr. Chrusciel's classroom. Improvements to this classroom, in which Social Studies, Religion, and Mandarin are taught, will help our students learn in an environment that better reflects the modern work world. The Spring Talent Show is our last large-scale fundraiser, as outlined in our Family Commitment Letter. We appreciate your support!

NJHS Serves Community at the St. James Food Pantry
Tax Credit Scholarships Update: Award letters mailed

Big Shoulders Fund SGO  has reviewed applications and has made the initial scholarship awards. All applicants should have received a determination of your application sometime during the last several weeks. 

Empower Illinois SGO just began sending their award letters the week of April 17. 

A reminder that a student may only receive ONE scholarship per year - if your child is approved to receive a scholarship from both organizations, you must choose ONE scholarship and notify the other organization you will be declining the scholarship. 

If you have questions about your application status or i f you did not receive communication directly from Big Shoulders or Empower Illinois regarding your application, please let the school office know so that we can help you inquire as to the status.

2018-2019 School Year Calendar has been finalized and uploaded to the School Website

Check out the full year of dates and important events and be sure to check back regularly for any updates as events are added or  changed. 
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