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


Dear Parents,

It was wonderful to see so many parents and students at the Welcome to the St. Barbara Campus Night on Tuesday. We could all feel the excitement building for the first day of school!

As promised, included in this newsletter is the information that was handed out Tuesday night, as well as other important information. This information includes:
Please note that this information is also all on our   School Website

Parents will be provided login credentials for the school website once school is in session. Your credentials will allow you access to your student's Teacher Pages and other parent-only sections of our website.

Best,
Ms. Lisa Deborah Oi
Principal

PS - I want to continue to encourage you to carefully review this and all parent newsletters as they contain important information for your student and family. 
School Starts 
Tuesday, August 27th!
 
Early Childhood Students (PK, JK, K): School begins at 8am. Early Childhood students will be dismissed at 11:30am. (Note: No lunch will be served on the first day). Students and parents can drop off and pick up their Early Childhood student in the child's classroom.
 
Students in 1st grade through 8th grade: School begins at 7:40am and will be dismissed at 3:20pm. Upon arrival, students at the St. Barbara Campus (SBC) should proceed to the Lower Hall for morning prayer, announcements, and to meet up with classmates and teachers before processing to their classrooms. After dismissal, parents should wait outside the school entrance to greet students.

IMPORTANT NOTE ABOUT LUNCH:
Lunch will be provided for students in grades 1st through 8th starting on Tuesday, August 27th. Lunch for Early Childhood students will begin on Wednesday, August 28th.
Save The Date -  St. Barbara Campus

Please make note of the following important dates during the first few weeks of school:

SBC Early Childhood Orientation for SBC Parents
Tuesday, August 27th 8:30am - 9:00am in SBC Basement
Mandatory for all SBC PreK, JK and Kindergarten parents

All School Mass - Saint Teresa of Calcutta Feast Day
Thursday, September 5th at 10am at the St. Barbara Worship Site
Students are in attendance, all parents are welcome!

Junior High Parent Orientation
Wednesday, September 11th 5:30pm - 7:00pm in STC Basement
Mandatory for ALL 5th grade parents and ALL new 6th, 7th, and 8th grade parents from BOTH campuses
 
St. Barbara Campus Parent Night
Tuesday, September 17th 5:30pm- 7:30pm at St. Barbara Campus
Join us to meet your child's teachers and staff and visit your child's classrooms (students not included). Note this is for St. Barbara Campus families only.

While we will continue to highlight important dates on our website home page and in Parent Newsletters, please be sure to check the School Calendar on our website regularly for all school-related dates, including any changes to the calendar. 
BELL TIMES - EVERY MINUTE COUNTS
 
Early Childhood: Grades PK, JK, & Kindergarten
7:40am: Early Childhood Classroom doors open
Note: Early Childhood students may join students for Breakfast in Basement/Lower Hall at 7:30am
 
8:00am: Class/Circle Time Begins
(Tardy Bell - students not in their classroom at this time may receive a tardy)
Parents can drop students off in their classroom
 
Students in Grades 1 - 8
7:30 am   Arrival/Breakfast in Basement/Lower Hall
7:40 am   First Bell: Morning Prayer and announcements Basement/Lower Hall
7:45 am   Second Bell/Tardy Bell: Classes line up and proceed to classroom 
7:50 am   Students in classrooms, Homeroom begins 
(Students not in their classroom at this time may receive a tardy)
3:15 pm   Dismissal Readiness Bell
3:20 pm   Dismissal Bell


Early Childhood Parent Orientation

Parents of students in Prekindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten are required to attend the Early Childhood Parent Orientation on Tuesday, August 27th. This orientation will help parents learn what to expect, including an overview of what your child's day looks like, nap time needs and routines, lunch and snack details, and other important topics.

Parents of Early Childhood students at St. Barbara Campus
Tuesday, August 27th 8:30am - 9:00am
In the Lower Hall

Early Childhood Uniforms
Students in PreKindergarten, Junior Kindergarten, and Kindergarten will be required to follow the Early Childhood Dress Code. Given how young children can easily soil their clothing, parents are strongly encouraged to purchase at least three sets. Every item of clothing should be labeled with your child's name.
 
Uniform gym clothes must be worn on gym days but can be worn during the week as well. The gym uniform is a St. Therese T-shirt, St. Therese shorts or sweat pants, and the St. Therese sweatshirt.   Refer to the Early Childhood Dress Code for more details
 
Uniforms for Students in Grades 1st through 8th
St. Therese School requires that all students in Grades 1 - 8 be in school uniform at all times (apart from designated Dress-Down Days). Please refer to the detailed   2019-2020 School Dress Code  for the full detailed description of the uniform code.

Our uniform provider is Martinelli's, located at 3517 95th St, Evergreen Park, IL 60805. They may be reached at www.shopmartinellis.com or at (708) 425-6287 with any questions.
 
A note about uniforms in the warmer months of school:
The blazers/sweaters need NOT to be worn if temperatures are above 75 degrees. If the classroom temperature rises throughout the day, students are allowed to remove their blazers. However, we ask that students bring their blazers on their regular dress code day. Parents should label their student's blazer with the student's name. Temperatures do drop quickly in early fall, so please be sure to purchase your uniform by the beginning of the school year.  

School Uniform Exchange

A few uniform items remain for free at the St. Barbara Campus in the Lower Hall, including many sizes of boy's pants. Feel free to take what works for your family - the items will be available through the end of the day on Tuesday, August 27th. 

All remaining items will be donated to charity after Tuesday.   
It's School Supplies Time!

Please double-check the  School Supply List to be sure you are  ready with  supplies for the first day of school! 

Please note that we ask our boy students to bring in the items identified during the first 2 weeks of the new school year, and the girl students to bring in the items when school resumes after Christmas Break in January. This helps with storage of items in the classrooms.
 
The link to the school supplies lists can also be found on our website under the " Families" tab.

 
Spirit Wear Days and Dress Down Days

Throughout the school year, the school will have scheduled Dress Down Days and Spirit Wear Days. Guidelines for dress during these days will be shared with the families at the beginning of the new school year. Once set, these dates will be posted on the School Website and reminders will also be posted around the school building at both campuses.

The school will be selling Spirit Wear at the Back to School Open House on August 20th at the St. Barbara Campus, as well as during both Parent Nights. 

Each new student at St. Therese is provided with one " Blue Ribbon" t-shirt at no cost to the family. These shirts are used when students are off-campus for field trips and other events. These t-shirts may also be worn for Spirit Wear and Dress Down days. 




Spirit Wear For Sale

The school has a selection of spirit wear items for sale, including Athletics t-shirts. Students enjoy wearing these on Spirit Wear Days, as well as when attending sporting events to show their school spirit! Parents are also encouraged to show St. Therese pride with the adult t-shirts too!

TO ORDER: 
Complete and drop off this T-Shirt Order Form with payment in cash or check to the  School Office. 



Check us out at:
     St. Therese Campus:  247 W. 23rd Street, Chicago, IL 60616    
St. Barbara Campus: 2859 S. Throop Street, Chicago, IL 60608 
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