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

Dear Parents,
March was shorter than usual with our Spring Break embedded at the end of the month, but in a few short weeks we hope to have a tremendous amount of information and good news to share with you as we dive deep into trimester 3!

Again, I want to thank the many parents who gave so much of their time and energy to support the Chinese New Year benefit. This was especially helpful on a day with so many activities packed in this one day.

It was our great pleasure at CNY to honor Mr. and Mrs. Perry and Rose Marie Lau, as our 2017 recipient of the Lifetime Service Award. Mr. and Mrs. Lau have been a cornerstone of the St. Therese parish family for years and they generously give their talents to us in so many ways. Congratulations Perry and Rose Marie!

Save yourself a trip!  Martinelli's will be at St. Therese on Tuesday, May 3rd from 7 - 9 am taking orders.

I hope that this Lenten season brings a rebirth in our lives as we feel the warmth of the sun upon us with more consistency. Our 7th and 8th graders will impressively portray the Living Stations of the Cross to help our church and school community spiritually prepare for Easter. We warmly invite you to join us during this Lenten season. For your convenience, we have included the Holy Week schedule in our newsletter.

Ms. Cavallone

should be sent to classrooms on
Wednesday, April 5th

Checks should be written to

St. Therese School
write " CRS Rice Bowl " i n the memo line
Thank you for your generosity! God bless.
St. Therese Students Compete in the
2017 Regional History Bee
Back Row: Katelyn Schumacher (8), Caitlyn Lee (6), Wyatt Harley (8), Armelle Balogun (8), Lauren
Leung (7) , Ephraim Balogun (6), John Plebanski (7), Chad Gyabin (7), Michelle  Liang  (7)

Front Row: Tristian Lee (5), Matthew Hui (5), Angelina Wu (5), Tristian Li (5), Hailan Yu (5), Amelia Wong (5), Tiffany Tse (5)

On the evening of March 27th eighteen students represented St. Therese Chinese Catholic School at the Chicago South Regional History Bee, held at at Marian Catholic High School in Chicago Heights. Our students competed against other Regional Qualifiers in a competitive format that included buzzer oral questioning and a written portion. When the competition was completed, it was announced that five students from St. Therese had qualified for the National Finals in Atlanta in June.

St. Therese Students Advance to the
2017 National History Bee
Back Row: John Plebanski (7), Caitlyn Lee, Armelle Balogun (8)
Front Row: Tristan Li (5), Ephraim Balogun(6)
Armelle, John, Caitlyn, and Tristan all qualified for the Championship Round of their Division (Top 8) at this competition and all performed admirably.  This is the second time in school history we have had individuals qualify for the Regional Championship Round and the most competitors (5) we have had qualify to this level.  This is the third time that Armelle has qualified for the National Finals, a feat only accomplished once before by Lambert Hu in 2015.

St. Therese is proud to announce that we have qualified individuals for the National History Bee for 5 straight years (Atlanta 2013, Atlanta 2014, Louisville 2015, Chicago 2016, Atlanta 2017) and are very proud of our current team for keeping this tradition alive!  Wish our students well at this year's national competition in June.

C ongratulations to all of the students on the History Team who put in their time at the team practices and represented St. Therese in superb fashion at the Regional Bee! 

Good News Spotlight*

At the young age of 4, Summer Kiehn (1) had a $5 pony ride. From that point forward, Summer was hooked on riding. Summer's parents found a local riding farm in Palos Park for Summer to continue your passion.  Summer has been taking lessons for 2 years now and competes in the an annual competition where riders compete for medals. Summer rides every Sunday rain or shine

* 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." 
Ms. Cavallone Presented with Golder Award for Leadership

In case you missed all the excitement on March 23rd, t he Golden Apple Foundation presented   Principal Cavallone with the Stanely C. Golder Award for Excellence in Leadership. The entire student body, school staff, Cardinal Blase Cupich, Superintendent Dr. James Rigg, and others were there when Ms. Cavallone was surprised with her award. Ms. Cavallone remarked in response to her prestigious award by saying, "I'm so blessed to be the principal at the most beautiful school and most wonderful family. Our students, families, staff, and supporters have helped St. Therese be so successful. I'm really so blessed."
Mr. Howard Becomes Dr. Howard
After 10 years of working full-time and studying part-time, Mr. Howard, finally finished his doctorate. The interview below highlights key moments in his academic journey.

Who served as your role model throughout these 10 years?  

That's a great question. St. Therese Lisieux, doctor of the Church, inspired me. Her faithful
witness of doing 'little things' served as my reminder to focus my academic pursuits not on being esteemed, but rather esteeming others.

Now that you have a Doctorate, what are your plans?

The doctor of ministry degree is a very practical degree that equips ministers with academic tools that enable us to assist others so that they can flourish in their different ministries. Here at St. Therese I have ample opportunities to make this happen: training catechists, designing evangelization techniques in our parish transformation plan,developing retreats, planning masses, preparing formation talks with parents, and encouraging teachers to integrate catechesis within their lesson plans.

Finally, what insight would you like to share with young people about your studies?

I was extremely fortunate to have worked and studied at the same time, for this provided me with a great laboratory for integration and application.  God desires that each of us develop integrally and provides ample opportunities to make connections between faith and our experience.  I encourage everyone to continue learning about the Catholic faith.
School Announcements

Spring Uniform Rules for Girls
are in Effect Now

     Grades 1 - 4
  • Red plaid jumper - (knee-length) - bike shorts worn underneath is strongly recommended
  • White short-sleeved blouse with rounded collar
  • Red tie
  • Black shoes (no gym or tennis shoes)
  • White knee socks or tights
  • Blue blazer
    Grades 5 - 8:
  • Red plaid skirt  - (knee-length) - bike shorts worn underneath is strongly recommended
  • White blouse with collar
  • White undershirt
  • Red tie
  • Black shoes (no gym or tennis shoes)
  • White knee socks or tights
  • Blue blazer

Refer to the Family Handbook for complete details about school uniform and dress code requirements.

Does Your Child Need to Update 
His/Her Uniform for Next School Year?

For your convenience, representatives from Martinellis, our school uniform provider, will be available in the school basement to take your school uniform order on 

Tuesday, May 2nd from 7:00 am to 9:00 am only

Parents should arrive at school so they have enough time to   complete and hand-in their school and gym uniform orders BEFORE 9:00 am. Otherwise, you can visit the Martinelli's store in Evergreen Park.

NO Dance Classes* 
(Ms. Ling Ling or Ms. Geli) 

Friday, April 14
 Monday, April 17
Friday, May 12

*Note to 7th Graders
If there is a conflict with Stations of the Cross, please go to Stations practice and let Ms. Venos know you will miss Chinese Dance Class.

(all Chinese Dance, Taiko, Drumline)


Buy a Delicious Dinner
at Portillos on Taylor Street
to  Help Raise Money
for St. Therese School
See below for details.

Parish News and Highlights

St. Therese Church Holy Week Schedule

Palm Sunday---April 9th
Distribution of palms 5:00 p.m.
Masses 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.
Living Stations of the Cross by St. Therese students 1:30 pm
Holy Thursday---April 13th
Living Stations of the Cross by St. Therese students 1:00 p.m.
Mass 7:00 p.m.; Visitation of Churches after mass
Note: St. Therese will be open until 12:00 a.m.
Good Friday---April 14th
Stations of the Cross 3:00 p.m.
Veneration of the Cross and Holy Communion   service at 7:00 p.m.
Holy Saturday---April 15th  
Easter Vigil Mass 7:30 p.m. with the Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, and First Communion for our RCIA members
Easter Sunday---April 16th     
English Mass 8:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m ., followed by a simple reception

St. Therese Young Adult Ministry "S"ervice
Saturday, April 1, 2017 - 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.

Missionaries of Charity*
2325 W 24th Pl, Chicago, IL 

*Meet in the St. Therese parking lot at 9:15 a.m.
at the Missionaries of Charity by 9:30 a.m.

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