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

Dear Parents,

As we continue in the Advent season, we prepare to receive the Jesus, the Light of the World. Our students are busy practicing as they sing, dance, and perform in our annual Christmas program on Wednesday, December 18, at the St. Barbara Worship site from 6:00 pm-7:30 pm. Admission is free, and all are welcome! We will also have our  50-50 Grand Raffle  drawing on this night. There is still time left for you to support our school by selling more raffle tickets to friends and family this holiday season. 

Please carefully review the information in the newsletter for important information regarding the Tax Credit Scholarship process. Big Shoulders Fund and Empower Illinois will begin their application process in January. 

As this year comes to a close, I reflect on the tremendous amount of growth and progress we've made together as a parish and school community. To our families, students, teachers, and staff, I say thank you for your continued love and encouragement. I cannot thank you enough for the unwavering support, prayers, and advice over the last few months.

May you and your family have a blessed Christmas holiday season.


Ms. Lisa Deborah Oi
50-50 Grand Raffle Drawing in Just 2 Days!!

Class teams will compete for a pizza party!

Our Annual Grand Raffle Drawing is right around the corner. We have set up classroom teams for both campuses to compete for who can sell the most tickets per student. 
Now is the time to support your student's team! Please visit the main office to secure your winning ticket or purchase online.

A pizza party will be awarded to the group with the most tickets sold for each campus:



Angels Group: PreK, JK, and K 

Shepherds Group: 1st and 2nd  

Inn Keepers Group: 3rd and 4th 

Three Kings Group: 5th and 6th 

Wise Travelers Group: 7th and 8th 

Tuesday, December 17
Christmas Program Practice; Grades 1-8 at St. Barbara Campus - 8AM
Wednesday, December 18
Christmas Program &  50/50 Grand Raffle Drawing  at St. Barbara Worship Site - 6PM-7:30PM
Friday, December 20 Christmas Classroom Parties - 2PM
Saturday, December 21 - Sunday, January 5
Christmas Break - NO SCHOOL; Classes will resume on Monday, January 6, 2020
Wednesday, January 8 St. Therese Parent Association Meeting/CNY Committee Meeting at St. Therese Campus - 6PM
Tuesday, January 14
Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship Application; opens at 8AM
Wednesday, January 15 
Empower Illinois Tax Credit Scholarship Application; opens at 6:30PM
Tax Credit Scholarship Applications

Tax Credit Scholarship application portal for the 2020-2021 school year will open for the two Scholarship Granting Organizations (SGOs) in January! Please be sure to mark these important dates on your calendars if you plan to apply or re-apply for a Tax Credit Scholarship. 

Families must re-apply each year. - The receipt of a scholarship this year is no guarantee that a scholarship will be awarded in future years. We will continue to provide updates and information on the applications as details become available.

Big Shoulders Fund

opens January 14, 2020 at 8:00 am

More information regarding the application process will shared with families as it becomes available.
Have questions about the Big Shoulders Fund Tax Credit Scholarship Program?
Join Big Shoulders Fund for a
Tax Credit Scholarship Information Night  hosted at multiple sites across the city of Chicago on Thursday, January 9 from 6-7 pm.
Empower Illinois

This year, the reservation will form will be 
available at 6:30pm , to give families time to enter their information before 
submission at 7pm

The reservation will have two pages. On page one, you will enter basic information, such as parent name, student name, and contact information. On page two, you will review this information and click submit. 
Only after clicking submit on page two will you receive your first come, first-served timestamp.
On January 17, you will be notified by email when part two of the application opens. You can complete this step whenever you are able to ensure accuracy, but we encourage you to submit your application before January 27 for the best chance at receiving a scholarship.
Lunch Orders and School Tuition 

Please note that all tuition and lunch order fees are due by January 10, 2020. 

All breakfast/lunch orders must be submitted with payment and must be ordered for the entire month. Late orders will not be accepted. For more information regarding tuition payments and breakfast/lunch orders, please contact the main office. 
Tax Credit Scholarship 2-to-1 Donor Match Opportunity 

PARENTS and DONORS:  There is a wonderful opportunity to fund much-needed scholarships for St. Therese students through the Tax Credit Scholarship (TCS) program!

All donations designated to St. Therese School will be matched 2 to 1 through February 29, 2020!


Your donation will earn a 75% tax credit from Illinois, while your gift to the student is immeasurable. An overview of this exciting opportunity can be found hereFor full details, check out the Tax Credit Scholarships - Information for Donors section of our website. 

In and Around the Classroom

St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta Parish community enjoyed, "Breakfast with Santa". The annual holiday breakfast, sponsored by the St. Therese Parent Association, was held on Sunday, December 8 at the St. Barbara Worship Site. 

Students show excellent stewardship by dedicating their time on the weekend to care and clean St. Therese Worship Site.

Fun Fridays, hosted by Student Youth Council at St. Barbara Campus.

Ho ho ho! Santa brings Christmas cheer as he makes his grand appearance to St. Mother Teresa Parish.

Students gather in the St. Therese Worship Site Community Room for a special presentation by Sister Justus.

The Missionaries of Charity at St. Therese Church led our 4th-8th Graders in their first experience of Eucharistic Adoration.

May you and your family have a safe, blessed Christmas holiday! 

Join Us for a Very Merry Celebration!

St. Therese School Annual Christmas Program and 
50-50 Grand Raffle Drawing

Student singing and musical performances!

Wednesday, December 18th, 2019
6pm - 7:30pm
St. Barbara Worship Site
Check us out at:
     St. Therese Campus:    247 W. 23rd Street, Chicago, IL 60616    
St. Barbara Campus: 2859 S. Throop Street, Chicago, IL 60608

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