STCS Notes Wednesday, February 6th, 2019
Mark your calendar!

February 7th- PTO Meeting, 5:30 with Mom's Night Out to Follow at Arcadia Tavern
February 8th- Father/Daughter Dance 6:30 PM- Fr. Feeney Hall
February 10th- CIMI for 6th graders (Catalina Islands)
February 14th- Valentine's Day
Feb 12th-15th-Scholastic Book Fair in Fr. Feeney Hall
February 18th-NO SCHOOL Holiday
February 20th-Tax Credit Scholarship Training 6:30 PM Science Lab
February 22th- Famous People 3rd Grade -Ramada
March 6th- Beginning of Lent-Ash Wednesday
March 8th- Inservice- No School
March 11th- No School
March 13th -Diocesan Science Fair @ St. Jerome 2-3 PM
March 15th- 5th Grade Field Trip-Junior Achievement
March 20th- Homeless Mass w/ Students @8:30 am
March 28th- 4th Grade -Pioneer Village Field Trip

**Keep May 13th open for Grandparents Day, May Crowning, and Art Walk**
STCS automatic re-enrollment for the 2019-2020 school year will begin February 15th

  • Please notify the school office before Feb. 15th if you
do not plan to re-enroll
  • Only families that are current with their tuition for the 2018-2019 school year will be automatically re-enrolled

FACTS $300 non-refundable down payment (per student) will be deducted March 1st

Questions? Please call or email Heather Chapman
602-586-7490 -
Tuition for 2019-2020
The finance committee has submitted their recommendations to the School Advisory Board for 2019-2020 tuition rates, and the School Advisory Board considered the rate at its January meeting. From the recommendations, the final rates are being determined and documented for distribution and are expected to be publicized shortly. Given the steadily rising average of teacher salaries, the rapidly increasing cost of educational materials and textbooks, and the need to keep current with technological advances, tuition costs are expected to rise for the foreseeable future. Fortunately in Arizona, the decision has been made to publicly fund the education of all students and providing school choice to parents. While funding for public schools is direct to the Local Education Agency, tax supported tuition funding takes a more complex route to parochial and private schools. However, it is important to note that every child in Arizona should expect to be educated at state expense. At Saint Theresa, we have a number of families who have successfully navigated tax credit support through STO agencies and their tuition is fully funded with tax-credit funds - regardless of family income. Please make every effort, by attending the many informational sessions offered at STCS [Funds for All], to counter any increases in tuition by utilizing the tax credits available to you.
Applications are now open for the 2019-2020 school year. A new application needs to be completed every year.
Deadline for first round is April 15th ~ Apply at
Please contact Heather Chapman for more information 602-586-7490
If you did not receive funds from CEA for the 2018-2019 school year, you will be receiving a credit of $250 per family. Check your FACTS account for the credit!

Please make sure to reapply next year. Applications will be available in February/March for the 2019-2020 school year.
Praise for Parents

Praise for Parents 
Come to 'Praise for Parents’ on Monday, February 25th from 8:00 a.m. - 9:00 in the Upper Convent Room . This monthly program is designed for parents with children of any age. Join Father JC and Kelly Bennan to energize your spirit with uplifting presentations, discussions and humor as we explore present-day topics of LOVE and the MINISTRY OF PARENTHOOD.  
Join us for one class…or treat yourself to the program every month!  
Classes are offered on a drop-in basis and do not depend on prior attendance.  
Help Needed for RE Dept.

I need empty ‘Pringles’ containers with lids for a Lenten project for my R.E. families. I know it is short notice but I need about 150 before 2/24/19. Please drop off at the Parish Office (or School Office).
Thank you so much for your help.

Rita Laguna
Survey Says ...
Continuing with an analysis of the 2018 parent survey, questions 12 and 13 results are presented.

Question 12: If improvement is needed, please list your suggestions:
57 Responses offered suggestions for improvement. Two areas of improvement were nted most often. In the area of Second Language Instruction suggestions included adding languages other than Spanish, expanding language instuction to include PS and up, making Spanish instruction more rigorous (particularly in the earlier grades) and strengthening Spanish instruction overall. In the area of Technology Instruction, additonal rigor, emphasizing coding, and integrating science and technology were offered as suggestions. Less often mentioned was more emphasis on Sacramental Preparation, more hands on experiences, consistency of instruction across classes, and homework (both more rigor and less).

Queston 13: Do you think the academic demands of Saint Theresa Catholic School on your child are:  

too much. 4.26%
about right. 91.49%
too easy. 4.26%

Question 14: Do you think the homework demands of Saint Theresa Catholic School on your child are:
too much. 21.01%
about right. 74.64%
oo easy. 4.35%

Spring 2019
find us on facebook at WeLoveSTCS!!
Mark Your Calendar for these Important Dates:
Feb 7- PTO Meeting, 5:30pm Upper Convent, FOLLOWED BY MOM'S NIGHT OUT
Feb 8- Father/Daughter Dance, 6:30 FR. Feeney Hall
Feb 12th-15th- Scholastic Book Fair, FR. Feeney Hall
March14- PTO Meeting, 8am Upper Convent
March 4-15- Fundraising Apex Fun Run
March 15th- Apex Fun Run
March 21 and 23-Spring Musical
St. Theresa Parish Blood Drive
Join the 2019-2020 PTO
WE ARE ALREADY PLANNING FOR THE UPCOMING YEAR! Our events are amazing because we have the best teacher/parent group around!! Hands Down!

Are you interested in working with a dedicated group of parents to make key decisions and plan events for STCS? The STCS PTO is looking for volunteers to help fill the PTO Board for the 2019-2020 school year! The only qualifications you need are a "can-do" attitude and a willingness to provide leadership for this fabulous community. Veterans and first-timers are all welcome! If you are interested in volunteering for a leadership position, please reach out to Cary Buddensick at  or 602-540-3553; or fill out the PTO Leadership Survey at
Thank you!

Scholastic Book Fair
Feb 11th-15th
  • Online book fair starting Feb 7th
  • Book Fair in Feeney Hall Feb 12th-15th
  • Stay Tuned for Teacher Wish Lists
  • Check out the STCS Book Fair site to make online purchases:
  • Volunteer Here
Parents of Exceptional Learners
Please notice the time change! February 2nd's meeting starts at 10:00am!
Date Night Couples
Dear St. Theresa Date Night Couples,
As January 2019 comes to a close, don’t forget the upcoming opportunities to grow you in your marriage…
Sharing the Good News of the Gospel with Your Children and Others—Date Night Couples Only
Friday, February 15 th
  • Where: Mt. Claret Retreat Center – Rollo Room
  • Time: 6:30 – 8:30 pm
  • Reviewing the reading of Clear and Simple by Andre Regnier with Fr. John Parks and Mike Phelan
Retreat for Catholic Marriage Leadership Couples  A Day of Spiritual Renewal—Larger Group Invited
Saturday, February 16 th
  • Where: Mount Claret Retreat Center
  • Time 10:00 am—4:00 pm
  • Cost: $40 per couple
  • Presenters: Mike and Sharon Phelan, Dcn. Mark and Barb Lishko and Fr. Charlie Goraieb
**Please see the attached flier for the link to register**