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


Dear Parents,

Welcome back to another school year! It has been a very busy first few weeks of the school year - it is great to see so many familiar faces and to welcome many new students to St. Therese School as well. 

I am extremely excited and honored to be named the new principal of St. Therese! I really appreciate the love and support from our parents and whole school community as I begin this important role at our school. Along with our great teachers and staff, I remain committed to providing the very best educational experience for every child entrusted in our care. I have seen how far we have come in my 21 years at the school, and I am very excited to build on this successful history as we move forward in the years to come. 

I would also like to congratulate and welcome Mrs. Jessica Stofko in her new role as 3rd grade homeroom, 3rd and 4th math teacher, 3rd grade science teacher, and Assistant Principal. We are so very excited to work together in this new phase of leadership for St. Therese.

I look forward to our continued educational partnership with all of the St. Therese parents. If you have any questions or concerns at any time, please feel free to email me at doi@sttheresechicago.org or contact me at the school office at 312.326.2837.

Sincerely,
Ms. Lisa Deborah Oi
PLEASE NOTE THESE UPCOMING EVENTS

TONIGHT! Wednesday, September 12, 2018 - Junior High Orientation  5:30 - 7:00pm (mandatory for all 5th grade and new Junior High families)

Thursday, September 13, 2018 - Picture Day

Friday, September 14, 2018 - Spirit Day

Sunday, September 16, 2018 - Family Mass, Catechetical Sunday (10:30am Mass), and Back-to-School Bash (noon-2pm)

Thursday, September 20, 2018 - Parent Night 6:15 - 8:00pm  

Friday, September 21, 2018 - Dress Down Day; HALF DAY- Noon Dismissal

* Be sure to check the school website calendar regularly for updates, changes, and new events. 

5th Grade Parents and 
NEW Junior High Parents: 

Junior High Orientation is TONIGHT

Join us at the School from 5:30 - 7:00pm for a meeting covering important topics related to your Junior High student. 

This is a mandatory meeting for all fifth grade parents and new Junior High families.
I HAVE A QUESTION FOR THE PRINCIPAL

Get to know a little more about our new Principal! Many students have pressing questions for Ms. Oi, so we are adding a new column in the parent newsletter called " Ask the Principal," which will feature questions from students around the building.  

Mavis, a 1st Grader, wants to know: 
"Do you have any pets at home?"

Ms. Oi is happy to share that she has TWO dogs at home! "I have a 6-year-old German shepherd named Maximus, and a 1-year-old Australian shepherd/Chinese shar pei mix named Penny. "


STUDENTS AND STAFF WELCOMED BACK AT OPENING MASS

Students, staff and friends gathered together in prayer at the Opening Mass to pray for a successful new school year. Students receiving scholarships from some St. Therese community members were also announced at the first mass.

Woodrow Lee Scholar Ysabelle Balogun (5th)
Justice Laura Liu Scholars (left to right) Ivan Zhu (5th), Ray Li (5th), Calvin Li (2nd), and Angie Ruan (2nd)
Harry W. and Mary L. Tong Awardees (left to right) Madison Chan (7th), Elise Ruan (4th), and Oscar Au (5th) 

Principal Scholar Javier Banks (7th)
8th Grade Students helped organize the Mass
FRIDAYS ARE EVEN MORE SPECIAL THIS YEAR...

Yes, you have read the calendar correctly! Every Friday students will have either a $1 Dress Down Day or a Spirit Wear Day! Please refer to the Family Handbook on the Website for information on the dress code for these special days. All dates are noted on the school calendar; the schedule for the rest of September is as follows:

September 14th - SPIRIT WEAR DAY
September 21st - $1 DRESS DOWN DAY
September 28th - SPIRIT WEAR DAY
LEARNING LAB IS OPENED AND BLESSED

Mr. Jeff Chrusciel and some of his 6th grade students officially opened the new Learning Lab on the first day of school with a ribbon cutting ceremony. The lab features the latest in classroom technology, flexible seating and specialized furniture, and accessories to re-orient this classroom into a student-focused space for learning. Fr. Francis Li also stopped by to bless the new room. Students love the new work space - check out their happy faces!
Be sure to stop by on Parent Night to check out the new space for yourself.

FACULTY ATTENDS HARVARD PROJECT ZERO

During the month of July, five St. Therese faculty members traveled to Harvard University for the Project Zero Classroom professional development workshop. This annual workshop is an opportunity for educators from all over the world to participate together in seminars with the leading minds in the education field.

Along with large group seminars, participants also worked in smaller study groups where they were able to apply what they learned to their own teaching practices and reflections.

The St. Therese faculty members who traveled to Harvard this year included Mr. Tom Howard (Religious Ed), Mr. Jeff Chrusciel (6th grade and Athletic Dir.), Mr. Nick Filipiak  (Science and Religious Ed) , Mr. Matt Henties (4th grade), and Ms. Gabi Marsh (JK).

CALLING ALL PARENTS: 
YOUR ARE INVITED TO JOIN THE SFA!

Our first School and Family Association (SFA) meeting of the year is  Thursday, September 13 at 6:15pm. Get involved! Whether it is just a few minutes or several hours, your participation is valued and needed. Get involved in your child's school and this important parent organization! 

We hope to see you at this Thursday's meeting in the Innovations Room at 6:15pm. Snacks will be provided. Parents are welcome to park in the school lot.
St. Therese Youth Ministry Kicks Off This Weekend!

 
      • Saturday, September 15 after 5pm Mass: Youth Ministry Meeting
      • Saturday, September 15 at 8:30am: St. James Food Pantry
Register for all events here:  www.tinyurl.com/stccsservice
For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I with them.
-Matthew 18:20
ON THE FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL, IT WAS A 
DARK AND STORMY MORNING...

...but the students (and parents!) had smiles on their faces as they walked into the building for the first day of the new school year. 

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FLAG FOOTBALL KICKS-OFF WITH 1st ANNUAL FREEDOM BOWL

Our Varsity Flag Football Team played the Frances Xavier Warde School 8th Grade Flag Football Team in a special game to commemorate 9/11 and to promote good sportsmanship. The event started with a prayerful pre-game ceremony. The game itself was very competitive, with FXW pulling out a 20-6 victory. The level of respect for those who lost their lives on 9/11 and the high level of sportsmanship displayed by both teams made this event a great success!! This looks to become an annual tradition for both schools!
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