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

Dear Parents,

While we are still reviewing the final numbers for our Chinese New Year Benefit, I can proudly announce that we reached our Fund the Need goal! Because we met our goal, mark your calendars - May 11th will be a day off school so that your family can enjoy a nice long Mothers' Day weekend! 

Now that we have secured funds, I was able to sign the contract for our child-friendly play surface for our courtyard. Weather permitting, it should be installed over our spring break! Once again, from the bottom of my heart, I want to thank all the amazing volunteers, families, faculty and students for another memorable evening. It was truly magical. I still smile when I review the pictures! Please take a look at the photo gallery HERE.

And thanks to the dedicated fundraising, led by our fearless School and Family Association and our generous alumni/friends, we have also secured the final funds to finish the next phase in our security system to bring the entry point of our school to the gate. As a reminder, all families and guests of St. Therese must check in the office outside of normal drop-off and pick-up times. We continue to reflect upon our school security practices, and I want to thank families for their continued conversations on this very important matter.

With the guidance of Mr. Filipiak and Mr. Howard, our 7th and 8th graders are getting ready to portray the Living Stations of the Cross for our St. Therese community on Palm Sunday (March 25th) at 12:30 pm and Holy Thursday (March 29th) at 1:00 pm. If you have seen it before, you know what a moving and beautiful portrayal this is and for those of you who have not yet seen, I encourage you to join us for this very special tradition.

Ms. Cavallone

PS - Our Renew My Church meeting is this Sunday, March 18th at 11:45am in the St. Therese Parish Center. We hope you can join us - all are welcome! 

Students Win Big at Regional Science Fair

Can we say WOW?! St. Therese sent 8th Graders to the Region 2 Science Fair and came back with ASTOUNDING results. This is the first time in our school's history that all poster projects received GOLDS! In addition, this year we will be sending the largest number of students to the STATE Science Fair in St. Therese history!

At the Regional Paper Session, STCCS received 2 Golds (Sofia Mark and Cameran Moy), 3 Silvers (Alina Fang, Michelle Liang/Nancy Zhao, Jacob Seid) and 3 Bronzes (Tiffany Chen, Lauren Leung,  and Dylan Tao).

At the Regional Poster Session, STCCS received an incredible 10 Golds (Tiffany Chen, Campbell Culen, Samantha Chen/Soleil Reyes, Jasmine Lee, Caitlyn Li, Michelle Liang/Nancy Zhao, Sofia Mark, Cameran Moy, Dylan Mark/Nick Wu, and Jacob Seid).

Sofia Mark also received the Kniebusch Award of Excellence!

STCCS claimed TWO of the 17 paper spots and SIX of the 92 project spots for our entire Region! 

Congratulations to all of the students on your hard work and great accomplishments!
Kudos to science teacher Ms. Catherine Biel for her hard work and mentorship of our students.

Pictured above: Students celebrate their winning results from the Region 2 Science Fair

Qualifying for State in April in Peoria are 
(Top Row) Jasmine Lee, Dylan Mark, Nick Wu, Jacob Seid, Nancy Zhao
(Bottom Row) Cameran Moy, Sofia Mark, Michelle Liang, Tiffany Chen

Good luck at State!
Chinese New Year Benefit Earns Us a Day Off!

Thanks to the efforts and support of so many parents, friends and community members, this year's Chinese New Year Benefit was another great success! We are still finalizing all of the numbers and donations continue to trickle in and will share with you the final numbers when they are available. As mentioned in Ms. Cavallone's letter above w
e have reached our Faculty Follies goal and 
have earned a free day off on Friday, May 11th!

Thank you, too, to all of the businesses and individuals who sponsored and donated to this event. We have listed the donors and sponsors on our website - please be sure to thank these generous people for their support the next time you see them or frequent their business!

Photos from the event are on the School Photo Gallery on our website. To view the 8th grade "Then and Now" slideshow featured at the benefit, click here

Students and Staff Pray for Peace

In solidarity with a movement taking place across the nation and in response to the collective call from our Cardinal and School Superintendent to actively pray for peace,  
St. Therese School will be participating in school-wide peace-building activities on Wednesday, March 14
th  at 10am. 

Students in grades 3 through 8 observed 17 minutes of prayer, including reciting the rosary and silent reflection, for all those touched by gun violence and for the recent victims of the Parkland shooting. Students also made posters and other artwork to help promote peace. Photos of the older students' observations can be found on our School Photo Gallery .
6th Grade Math Students Celebrate "Pi Day" (3.14)

Sixth grade math students measured, calculated and practiced their mass skills on the most special of math days - "Pi Day" on 3.14.18!

Tax Credit Scholarship Update: Empower Illinois Application

For those families who completed step one for the Empower Illinois application, you should have now received the email from Empower Illinois with a link to the Step Two: Application in TADS.  Families have up to seven days from the date/time that the email was sent to complete their application. This includes uploading required documentation to verify income, residency, etc. Empower Illinois says that there are a significant number of applications that have been completed, but documentation is not yet uploaded.  Applications are NOT eligible to be considered for an award until the documentation is provided within the seven day window. A link to Frequently Asked Questions and other information can be found  here.
Questions? Call the Empower Illinois' Hotline
English Hotline   855.318.1222   
Spanish Hotline   612.548.3337
Congratulations to Spelling Bee Contestant Cameran Moy

Cameran Moy (8th) represented St. Therese School at the Regional Spelling Bee Contest at St. James School on Friday, May 2nd. 

The competition was tough but Cameran and her strong spelling skills helped her earn 
8th Place !

Congratulations again Cameran!
St. Therese School Announces Summer 2018 Programming

Once again, St. Therese will be offering a wide variety of summer programs for our children. Please check out the information on our website or in the flyers attached below for program details, costs, and registration forms:

The SFA has arranged another Portillo's Fundraiser evening on

Thursday, May 10th! 

Join the St. Therese community in supporting our school while enjoying a dinner out 
with friends and family! 

Mark the date in your calendars and stay tuned for more details as the date gets closer.

Friday Fun Night

March 23rd 5-7pm  in the School Basement

Grades 3 through 8

Join us for games, fun and fellowship!

for those who like to plan ahead...

The 2018-19 School Year


Tuesday, August 28th
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