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

Dear Parents,
Our March newsletter was delayed a little so our many activities and good news could be included! Chinese New Year brought us a beautiful mass on February 5th, followed by an uplifting parade (in our trolley!) and then our engaging Chinese New Year Benefit. I want to thank the many parents who gave so much of their time and energy to support the benefit. I also want to acknowledge the amazing efforts of Ms. Lofton, Ms. Ling Ling, Ms. Geli and Mr. Tooles. They helped weave together a truly magical evening! I absolutely am captivated by our community's passion and our children's talent. We certainly are seeing tomorrow's leaders unfold before our eyes. We are truly blessed!

Please remember that we have Parent-Teacher Conferences THIS Thursday, March 9th. Be sure to arrive a few minutes before your scheduled time so you can begin your appointment on time.

Descriptions and registration forms of our summer programs are available on our website for your convenience (Click here  to view or download these documents). Some highlights include:
  • Fun summer camps from June 5-16, which includes a swimming option.
  • Summer academic program (six-weeks).
  • One-week Boot Camp to learn chromebook basics, Edline management, GoogleDocs, and digital citizenship. This offering is highly encouraged for all incoming fifth-grader students.
We are starting to feel the signs of spring emerge and we couldn't be happier. I hope that this Lenten season brings a rebirth in our lives as we feel the warmth of the sun upon us.

Ms. Cavallone

Chinese New Year Benefit a Great Success

Our CNY Benefit on March 4th was a resounding success. Student performances were absolutely wonderful, enjoyed by our school families, dignitaries, alumni, and other guests. St. Therese is grateful for the participation of our students, work of event volunteers, and the generosity of all who took part in this very important fundraising event for St. Therese Chinese Catholic School. With everyone's help, our school can reach and accomplish more for our children.

Lion Dance
"Festive Harvest" Zither Instrument Performance
"The Best of Michael" Zumba Dance Troupe
"Apple of Your Eye" Dance
Announcing Raffle and Silent Auction Winners
Thanks to Your Tremendous Support of Our 
Faculty Follies Challenge, We Raised Enough to 
Earn a Day Off of School! 

We blew past the $10k fundraising goal for Faculty Follies at CNY on Saturday, raising over $11,000 in donations!

As a reward for exceeding our goal, everyone gets to enjoy a  day off of school! We will also get to enjoy all of the zany, funny and silly Spirit Week events on the Faculty Follies list! WOW!

This is our official announcement that there will be no school on:
Monday, May 15, 2017
Thank you again to all who made this possible!

YOUR 2nd Chance for CNY 
Silent Auction Items

Due to the amazing generosity of one of our donors, we are able to offer a SECOND TRIP TO MEXICO!

And, here are  several other wonderful  silent auction items that did not receive a  bid at CNY last Saturday now available for a low price.

for details on the Mexico trip and a listing of the other items available for purchase.

Email  Anita Mark at:

Be sure to include:
  • Item number
  • Item title or description
  • Your $ offer.
We would love to see these great items find a good home - so make us an offer!

Ash Wednesday Mass Begins Lent for St. Therese Students
St. Therese Students Soar in
Regional Science Fair at Museum of Science and Industry

St. Therese sent 12 students to the 2017 Regional Science Fair held at the Museum of Science and Industry on Saturday, March 4th (yes the same day as our CNY Benefit - what a busy day they had!). Our students' did very well again this year. Congratulations to all who participated and especially to those who were awarded Gold, Silver, and Bronze awards. Some of our students also were awarded cash awards from different award sponsors. See below for a summary and details of their science fair awards. Good luck to our students advancing to the 2017 State Science Fair!

Regional Science Fair Qualifiers

State Science Fair Qualifiers

Back Row: Ethan Gonzalez, Cadence Mark, Armelle Balogun, Katelyn Schumacher, Samuela Kosipa, Melissa Kwan.
Front Row: Kaci Moy , Justin Woo, Trinity Lee, Manru Huang, Morgan Naylor, Kaitlyn Moy.

Back Row: Armelle Balogun, Cadence Mark,  Samuela Kosipa.
Front Row: Justin Woo, Trinity Lee, Manru Huang.

Summary of
Science Fair Awards
5 3
7 3

State Fair

Special Award Sponsor
Award $

Armelle Balogun 

& Justin Woo



J. Michael Consultants, John Kniebusch Senior Superior Achievement Paper Session
Loretta McGuire Award, Top Poster Award


Manru Huang 

& Samuela Kosipa



American Society Of Heating, Refrigerating And Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), Metropolitan  Water Reclamation District of Greater Chicago - Special Tour & Lunch, 
Superior Achievement Poster Awards, Top Poster Awards

Trinity Lee 
& Cadence Mark




J. Michael Consultants, Top Poster Award 

Kaci Moy

J. Michael Consultants
Melissa Kwan 
& Morgan Naylor



Katelyn Schumacher 
& Kaitlyn Moy



Ethan Gonzalez

Our Spelling Bee Champion Trinity Lee

Trinity Lee (8) placed 2nd place in the 2017 Chicago Spelling Bee Collaborative a few weeks ago. Trinity has won 1st place in the St. Therese School for the past three years in a row, qualifying her for the Chicago area spelling bee in 2015, 2016, and 2017. Trinity has placed higher each year in the Chicago area spelling bee and better than any student in St. Therese School history! Congratulations to Trinity for doing so well and representing St. Therese. We are so proud of you and your achievements!
Good News Spotlight*

Kaitlyn Mui (3rd) and Izabella Jiang (3rd)  participated in their first USA Gymnastics - Level 3 competition.  Kaitlyn placed in the vault routine and Izabella placed in the floor routine. Both girls' scores qualified them to compete in the Illinois state meet this spring. 

Good luck Kaitlyn and Izabella at the state meet this spring!

* Good News Spotlight will be a regular newsletter feature. Each newsletter will spotlight St. Therese student achievements or interesting activities. Than you to all our parents who emailed their child's "Good News." 
Junior High Social Studies Classes Focus on Black History in February

Black History Month was commemorated at St. Therese in February. Visiting teacher  Olettia Cheers spoke with our Junior High History classes on a myriad of topics, from the remarkable contributions of African-Americans in science, medicine, politics, s ports, culture, etc. to slavery, the US Civil War, the civil rights movement, and current events. Students  deepened their knowledg e and appreciation of these topics through class discussions, writing assignments , group projects and performances. 
One of our eighth-grade students reflecting on Ms. Cheer's teaching rem arked,  "Ms. Cheers's time with us, however brief, was extremely enlightening. I will never forget what she taught us about black history and culture." Another student shared, "Ms. Cheers truly showed us that you should be comfortable in the skin you are in."

Best Wishes to Our 3rd Grade Teacher!

Ms. Jessica Conlin, St. Therese 3rd grade teacher, got married on Saturday, February 25th. She and her husband, Stoten Stofko, celebrated with family and friends. Their favorite parts of the day were saying "I do", their first dance, and the cupcakes.  Jessica and Stoten met in college, where they played tennis together. Ms. Conlin will be changing her name to Mrs. Stofko (pronounced "Stouf-Ko"), however, she will still go by Ms. Conlin for the remainder of the school year. 

Dominic Belmonte (CEO, Golden Apple), Kelli Kielusiak, Phyllis Cavallone, John Paulett
Ms. Cavallone and Ms. Kielusiak Honored at Golden Apple Breakfast

Ms. Cavallone and Ms. Kielusiak were honored at the Golden Apple Foundation breakfast on Saturday, March 4th along with other 2017 Golden Apple Award finalists and their supporters. 

Ms. Cavallone is a finalist for the Stanley C. Golder Leadership Award. Ms. Kielusiak is a finalist for the Golden Apple Award for Excellence in Teaching.  We are indeed blessed to have both Ms. Cavallone and Ms. Kielusiak at St. Therese. 

These prestigious awards are part of Golden Apple's mission to "inspire, develop and support teacher excellence in Illinois, especially in schools of need."  Selection of the 2017 winner of each award will be announced in May. Congratulations and the best of luck to Ms. Cavallone and Ms. Kielusiak! 
Parish News and Highlights
St. Therese Parish Religious Education Program
Brunch and Bake Sale


Sunday - March 19, 2017 
11:45 a.m. - 12:45 p.m. 
Parish Community Room
Donations are welcome
Proceeds from this event will benefit Corazón a Corazón.  This non-profit organization is sponsored by the School Sisters of Notre Dame and provides ESL education, after school tutoring, and Summer education for children in the South Chicago area.
Youth Ministry Mass and Meeting
March 25th at 5:00 pm

(Pizza Pie and Pie Jesu, that is.)

Youths 11 to 18 and their siblings are invited to our 5 pm Mass and Pizza Social on  Saturday, March 25th to meet, reconnect, and checkout what STC has to offer.

Mr. Pat Culen:

Mr. Nick Andriacchi:


218 W. Alexander St.
Chicago, IL 60616

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