May 27, 2020
Dear Parents,

First and foremost, I would like to thank every parent and especially all STS students that transitioned from on campus learning to E-learning seamlessly and did a remarkable job in doing so. I know the task was not an easy one for families, students and yes, our dedicated teachers and staff too! To say the very least, it's been a wild and unprecedented last few weeks of our school year and it is time to begin thinking forward to a brand new school year. It is surreal and very hard to believe that this school year is coming to an end and that summer is fast approaching! Now it is time to prepare and be ready for the upcoming 2020-21 school year that will be here in just a short couple of months.

I also would like to welcome our new 2020-21 families to our school community! Thank you for choosing St. Theresa School for your child(ren)'s education. We look forward to seeing you in August! As always, please feel free to reach out to us with any questions that you or your child may have.

Below is important information you will need and to be ready to go for the upcoming school year. As we indicated in our last Parent Update , the situation for the fall is fluid. Please be sure you are on top of your emails from us during the summer months as we define what the fall will look like. In the mean time, please keep praying!

Much more information is to come, but this is a general overview. Please make note of some special key due dates. Please don't hesitate to contact Mrs. Soby i n the school office if you have any questions and she will be happy to assist you!

Parent To Do List
A comprehensive list is prepared below of all the things that need to get done in preparation for the start of the 2020-21 school year. 

Bus Transportation Form DUE THIS FRIDAY, MAY 29!
Complete this form to request bus service to and/or from school in 2020-21 for each child.  This form must be filled out on-line for each child that will be riding a bus and submitted by  Friday, May 29, 2020 . Failure to request a bus route by May 29 will result in not having bus service in August! We cannot accept late bus requests beyond the due date. Please note that you only need to complete this form if you are requesting bus service. If you are NOT requesting bus service, please do not complete this form!

Class Placement
You will be notified of your child's homeroom placement via an email from your child's new homeroom teacher on Friday, May 29 at 3:00 pm.

Moving Up Day will be held on June 2 on Google Meet. The link to your child's Meet will be included in their placement email.

Teachers and staff are very excited to meet you and are looking forward to a great new school year at STS! Please never hesitate to reach out to your child(ren)'s new teacher with any questions that you or your child(ren) may have. 

The 2020-21 calendar is already live on the  website  and on SchoolRush.

  • School uniforms are available online from Dennis Uniform
  • Gym uniforms and Spiritwear are available on the STS online store. Please place orders by August 5, 2020 to guarantee delivery to homerooms on Curriculum Night.
  • Fleece jackets are available through Dennis Uniform and should be ordered through their website.

Some reminders: 
  • Green polos must be dark/hunter green, not kelly/Notre Dame green
  • Socks must be cuffable and come up the ankle (no "no shows")

The Used Uniform Room will be open to find and exchange uniform parts - watch for information coming from the Parents Association about that opportunity.

Click here for Dennis Uniform's website   (STS code is GTHEV)

Summer Study
It's summer time and particularly this summer, it is time to have some fun, get away from screens and relax. Because of the current situation, Summer Study has been adjusted to the following:

  • Strongly encouraged reading from list
  • Screen break – limited to no screen time
  • Physical activity and play outdoors
  • Social/group activities as much as possible

  • 3rd-8th Grade Required “August Book” - book must be completed by August 20
  • PS-2nd Grade Recommended Reading
  • 1st-3rd Grade Skills (emergency info and shoe tying)

Other Things You Need to Do: 

Make sure your Smart Tuition account is set up with the correct banking accounts and active by July 1.

Registration for S.T.E.P. (St. Theresa Extended Day Program) is available for new families only. Current families please contact Mrs. Pfaller with any questions or concerns. These forms are due by August 18. 

Kindergarten, 2nd Graders and 6th Graders: All entering kindergarten and 6th grade students must have the required immunization, physical, and other medical forms on file by Curriculum Night, Tuesday, August 18. 2nd Graders must have a dental exam and form submitted by Curriculum Night, Tuesday, August 18.   Students may not attend school until these forms have been filed or arrangements have been made with Mrs. Montrie.  Please be sure you have spoken with your pediatrician and/or dentist to make the proper appointments for your child!  We understand that making appointments during COVID can be challenging! Please do your best and contact Mrs. Montrie if you have any questions or are having difficulty scheduling an appointment.

Clicking on the above link will prompt you to our school website with information on medical form requirements which include, physical examinations, dental examinations and immunization requirements for various grade levels, STS Emergency Form (to be filled out for every new student/family), etc. Please open this link and read it carefully, as it provides you with pertinent information regarding medical forms that must be submitted by Curriculum Night, Tuesday, August 18 to the school nurse, to be allowed to begin the 2020-21 school year.

K-8th grade students can order supply kits online. Save time and with quality products and teacher approved school supplies.  Order your supply kit online by June 14.  If you wish to purchase your supplies on your own, click on the link below for the master list. PLEASE NOTE: Please do not pay an elevated cost for Hand Sanitizers and Clorox/Lysol Wipes. You may purchase what you are able to find at a reasonable price. You can always bring the remainder of what is required for your child(ren) classrooms at a later date during the school year.

Reminder about keeping our children safe:
All volunteers who have contact with students at school or at school-related activities, including class activities, lunch duty, coaching, chaperone field trips, etc. must complete VIRTUS certification and a criminal background check. Each year, all adults must also complete a DCFS CANTS form and a Code of Conduct acknowledgement form.  These will be available at Preschool orientation and Curriculum Night in August.

No adult will be allowed contact with students unless s/he is in complete compliance with this policy so we encourage you to complete these steps prior to the start of school in August! All forms and links are on the  STS Website-Parent tab   and  VIRTUS Training   and are due by "Curriculum Night" on August 18. 

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Have a great summer!
I look forward to - and am praying very hard so we can -
see everyone in August for an exciting 2020-21!
Mary J. Keenley, Principal