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


Dear Parents,
 
It is hard to believe we are already closing in on a month of school! We have celebrated the first days of school, our first mass, and our first spirit days. Our first Family Mass on September 17th is right around the corner, followed by the fantastic Back-to-School-Bash! I really hope to see many families for this celebration!
 
Shortly after, we will host our annual Parent Night on September 25th with Keynote Speaker and renowned author, Kristin Ziemke. She is working alongside our teachers this year on a year-long effort to prioritize creativity and innovation in the classroom. Ms. Ziemke will be addressing parents on how to foster their child's creativity at home. Parent Night will start at 6pm for light dinner and snacks, followed by the meeting at 6:15pm. We will have some really FUN surprises for those able to attend. In addition, parents will have the opportunity to meet their child's teachers, see the many upgrades in the school, including a truly state-of-the-art Innovations Room on our third floor, and receive some charming STCCS keepsakes. Also, if you are interested in a website tutorial or have some questions on the website, staff will be available between 5:30-6:15 that evening as well.
 
Our opening month of school was also met with the national news of two hurricanes that hit the Houston area and much of the state of Florida with remarkable and devastating strength. St. Therese will join the efforts of the Archdiocese of Chicago and Catholic Charities to respond to the needs of Chicago's families along with families displaced by the hurricanes. This challenge to Go Make a Difference (our theme this year) begins at St. Therese with the launch of the Soup-er Stadium Challenge on September 12th with each student bringing in at least one non-perishable food item. Please thoughtfully consider supporting this worthwhile campaign.
 
Blessings,
Ms. Cavallone
Principal

Important Dates
The best way to stay on top of all important dates is by checking the  Noteworthy  section on the home page of the website and the  All School Calendar Extracurricular Calendar  and  Athletics Calendar  on the school website. Some important highlights to note:
Junior High Orientation - September 13th, 5:30pm

Parent Night - September 25th, 6:00 - 8:00pm

Feast of St. Therese Parish Mass - October 1st, 10:30am

Lunch/Tuition Fees Due - October 9th

Family Mass - October 15th, 10:30am

Midterm Reports Go Home - October 23rd
Introducing the Innovations Room!

This summer, we kicked up some dust and created an incredible maker space in the old tech room. The new Innovations Room includes a Mac lab, a 3D printer, flexible seating, and multiple interactive smart boards. The Innovations Room is a space for exploration, collaboration, and learning. We're thrilled to offer our students even more opportunities to grow as future leaders!
School Photo Gallery on the New Site

Hopefully you've had a chance to explore our beautiful  new school website! Now you can access a private school photo gallery directly on the school site! Under the "Families" tab, look for the new feature titled, "School Photo Gallery." On this page, you will be able to find photos from school events, field trips, and masses. This feature is secure and only accessible with a parent or student login. To see this private photo gallery, go to the website, sign-in, and then access the School Photo Gallery under the  Families tab. Problems? Make sure you are logged into the website using your assigned login. 

Parents dropping off their sweeties on the first day of school!

Students and Staff Celebrate New School Year with Opening Mass

On Tuesday, September 12th, St. Therese students, teachers and staff celebrated the 2017-18 school year together in prayer and song at the Opening Mass. In his homily, Fr. Li spoke to the children about the importance of names, and the special link between St. Therese and Mary, Our Mother.

Also at mass, we celebrated the school scholarship winners, pictured below. Check out the School Photo Gallery for more pictures from the Mass. We are truly blessed to have such a strong, faith-filled community!

Woodie Lee Scholarship Winner,  Ephraim Balogun
Justice Liu Scholarship Winners
Elise Ruan, Bernice Mai, David Li, and Ray Li 

Principal's Scholar Imani Griffin
Harry Tong Scholarship Winners
Marco Au, Hailey Lee, and Jacob Yue 
Let's Help Eliminate Hunger! 
Support the Soup-er Stadium C hallenge

At St. Therese, we are always giving back! This fall, we're joining with 200 other schools in the Chicago Archdiocese in support of the Soup-er Stadium Challenge to fill each seat in Soldier Field with food - twice! We ask that every St. Therese student bring in at least one non-perishable item by the end of September in an effort to provide more than 100,000 meals to Chicagoans in need and help eliminate hunger. A list of suggested items can be found here

Be sure to check out this awesome video, featuring some of St. Therese's own, for more information about how you can help eliminate hunger!

Altar Servers Celebrate on the Chicago River


Every year our altar servers celebrate with a boat trip on the Chicago River. Thank you Fr. Li for the pizza and Ms. Cavallone for the water taxi tickets.  Also, thanks to Miranda Huang, Pat Culen, Steve Lee, Albert Moy, Marian Torres, Kim Casey, Carol Hang, Tom Howard and Christine Chan for chaperoning and coordinating this special event.  For more photos, check out the Faith Formation Photo Gallery section of the school's homepage. 
An Invitation for Students to Participate in 
Holy Fire Faith Formation Event

Holy Fire was a huge success last year! St. Therese joined over 3,000 Chicago 6th-8th graders to experience this faith formation event. Building upon this past success, the Archdiocese of Chicago is hosting Holy Fire once again on  Saturday, Oct. 21st from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m . and St. Therese will be sending a group.

Cost is $40 and includes the registration fee, a light snack and bus transportation. Students are responsible for their own lunch. The completed registration form is due on Wednesday, Sept. 20th.  Scholarships are available for those who need assistance. For more information click here . Be sure to also check out the excellent promotional video.

Contact Mr. Howard at Thoward@sttheresechicago.org with any questions or concerns. Mr. Howard, Ms. Blackburn and some parents from our parish Youth Ministry Program will be chaperoning.
Parish News


Parishioners gathered to celebrate the unique history of St. Therese in a number of ceremonies over the last few months. Parishioners and school families celebrated the feast of St. Rocco and Santa Maria  Incoranata  that recognizes the Italian immigrants who gave birth to St. Therese Church. More photos from these and other Parish events can be found on the  Faith Formation  page of the school website.
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