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Saint Timothy Catholic School
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Tuesday, October 4, 2016
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Dear Parents,

Dear Saint Timothy Catholic School Parents,
Pope Francis today appointed Bishop Michael F. Burbidge, 59, to serve as the fourth Bishop of Arlington. Until today, he was serving as Bishop of the Diocese of Raleigh.  He succeeds Bishop Paul S. Loverde, 76, who has led the Diocese since 1999. Bishop Burbidge will assume leadership of the Diocese during a Mass of Installation on December 6, 2016. Until that time, Bishop Loverde will serve as Apostolic Administrator. Details are forthcoming in Thursday's Catholic Herald.
Our first Town Hall of the year will be focused on school safety and will be hosted by our STS Safety Committee. The date for the town hall is Thursday, 10/20 from 6:00 pm till 7:30 pm in the school library. We will do our best to provide remote digital access for our parents who are unable to attend the session. We will be discussing the following issues:
  • Bus Safety / Communication Plans.
  • Safety Audit results.
  • Current safety issues in the local community.
  • Parent / Teacher & Student Awareness Training Programs.
Each year we are required by the Bishop to present a lesson plan, provided by the Diocese, devoted to the topic of   "Formation in Christian Chastity". This program is mandated by the Office of Child Protection and provides teachers and parents with resources to help inform our students about safety from the perspective of human dignity. As has been the case for the past three years, the middle school sessions will be taught by our Parish youth ministers, Patrick and Christina Jacobeen. The sessions are scheduled for Oct. 11, 12, 13 and 17. If you would like your child to opt out of the sessions, please contact Mrs. Gott at We ask that you please notify her by no later than Monday, 10/10/16.
The sessions for the primary grades will be scheduled for the first week of November. We will send out a link to the lesson plans and an opt out form in next week's Tuesday Tidbits.
I'd like to thank Mr. McCluer for his generous donation of carpool umbrellas. Thanks for keeping us dry, we greatly appreciate your generosity!

The students have one more week in their summer uniform.  We ask that they please start wearing their traditional uniforms on Tuesday, 10/11.
Please note that we have changed the date for the school Lock down drill, it is now scheduled for tomorrow, Wednesday, 10/6 at 10 am. 

This is the last call for Directory Ads for the STS  Family Phone Directory , if your child would like to be added to the babysitters list, please email your child's information to  Kelly Schmank  . The directory will be printed on later this week.

year book
Once again we are having a student art contest to determi ne the front and back covers  of this year's yearbook.  The middle school is responsible for the front cover, and this year's theme is taken from a quote from St. Catherine of Siena that fits very well into our excellence theme. "If you are what you should be, you will set the world ablaze!"  The elementary school is responsible for the back cover, and the theme is "What excellence at Saint Timothy means to me." 

God bless you,

Joseph M. McLaughlin,  Principal, Saint Timothy Catholic School  
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We have continued to have students K-8 with complaints of headaches, sometimes with fever x1-2days. Strep Throat has been reported in First grade, a class letter will go home today A seasonal cold/cough is going around in K-8. Typical cold lasts 7-10days and cough can be up to 2 weeks. If a fever is present or it lasts longer than normal a physicians visit may be warranted. I continue to encourage students to drink plenty of fluids, get good  rest and wash hands.
There has been a reported case of mononucleosis in the middle school. We feel it is best practice to make parents aware so prevention is practiced and knowledge about the virus is current.

Mono is an acute viral syndrome caused by the Epstein-Barr virus. Its symptoms include sore throat, tiredness, fever, enlarged lymph nodes, and sometimes enlargement of abdominal organs (liver and/or spleen). It occurs most frequently in adolescents or young adults. The virus is transmitted from person to person through saliva and common in group settings of adolescents, such as in schools. The incubation period is estimated to be 4 to 6 weeks, but the time an individual is contagious is unknown. The diagnosis of this illness is based on symptoms and laboratory blood tests. More than 95 percent of patients will recover without any treatment. Individuals with this disease can be as active as they feel they are able. Students and staff may return to contact sports or heavy lifting upon the recommendation of their health care provider.
At Saint Timothy Catholic School (STS), we are committed to providing a safe learning environment for all of our students. This includes the protection of students with allergies on all levels of the spectrum; especially students with severe, life-threatening allergies. This year, several of our students have severe, multi-exposure allergies to peanut and tree nut products and/or bi-products.  Students are allowed to bring snack but we ask that you avoid sending any products containing nuts. They should only be eating one snack (preferably fruit or veggie) and/or water. Some students are bringing lunch items or more than one snack in the classroom.  The cafeteria is the only place that Peanut/Tree nut products are allowed to be eaten.  We have also decided that no snacks are to be eaten in after school clubs.

Thank you again for your continued support of our school, we greatly appreciate it.

Mrs. Patrice Snowden, BSN, RN
Brendan Black practices Canticle of the Sun with Mrs. Salinas.
Brendan Black practices Canticle of the Sun with Mrs. Salinas.

F This  Friday, October 7 , the NJHS will hold its monthly food drive for the St. Vincent dePaul Food Pantry.  
Pre-K            cans of soup (any kind)
1                   cans of tuna
2                   boxes of low sugar cereal
3                   boxes of pasta
4                   cans of soup (any kind)
5                   cans of pasta 
6                   cans of vegetables (any kind)
7                   cans of tomatoes (any kind)
8                   boxes of pasta

Thank you for your generous support of our Food Bank, together we are able to feed OVER 100 families each month!!!

Race for Education  

Kick off packets went home last week. Please return labels and green sheet to your homeroom teacher by tomorrow, Oct. 5th to qualify for prizes!    The due date for stamp donations has been extended to Wed. Oct. 12th. 
  • As our way of saying "thank you" for donating stamps, your name will be placed into a drawing for a $25 gift card to Walmart, Giant and Starbucks. Thanks for supporting our Race for Education!
Ready to start planning the social event of the year?  

The STS Auction Committee will kick off its planning on 
Wednesday, Oct. 19 
10 a.m.
 in the  Multipurpose Room (the room besides the McGivney room). 

Please come out and find out hot to get involved in making the 2017 Auction a success!  Please email Ila Pilon with any questions at

In addition, we are forming a craft committee to work on class projects/craft ideas for this year's event.  Please consider this exciting opportunity as a way to get involved.  Again, please email Ila Pilon for any interest.  
Ornament Design has been chosen and ordered.  Watch for pre-sale forms.
Box Tops

Volunteer Coordinator
Thank you for your continued support of all the PTO and school program needs. We know that these activities could not be as successful without our wonderful volunteers. The Sign Up Genius has been updated to include opportunities to help with the Halloween Luncheon for the students. We also still have opportunities available to assist with Race for Education, the Annual Auction, and Box Tops. Thank you!

Halloween Luncheon
Halloween lunch
On Thursday October 27th we will hold a Halloween luncheon for students. We are in need of volunteers to help with set up/clean up and the serving of students. Please see the sign up genius for details. Thank you for your continued support.
Wondering which products contain Box Tops? Check them out here. Looking for a fun way to get your kids excited about collecting Box Tops? Download collection sheets here  Remember the first contest ends Wednesday, Nov 30 and to write your child's class on their submission.
The prizes are extra play time for the preschool class winner and an extra recess for the elementary/middle school class winner.
We've set a goal to raise $3,000 via Box Tops this year. If we reach (or surpass!) this goal the whole school receives a 30-minute game day in June!! Please remember to mark your class when sending in Box Tops. Questions? Contact Kate Conrad

giant rewards
  • Bonus Cards- It's time to register your Bonus cards for Giant and Harris Teeter. This is free money for the school!! Please find directions here. If you have any questions contact Mrs. Steele.

th Grade Book Sale
The 6th grade will be sponsoring a used book sale this year at the Saint Timothy Craft Fair on November 17th. We are in need of donations of gently used books, games, and costumes (new this year!!) to be sold at the fair. Boxes will be located inside the school lobby and inside of the church vestibule. If you have any questions please contact one of the 6th grade room mom's - Lisa Steele, MaryBeth Perdue, or Karen Walker.

Original Works still needs volunteers to help sort, assemble and distribute art packets on  October 18, 19, 20 and  November 29, 30,  December 1 and 2.   9-12pm, however, if you can only do an hour or two - that's ok too!   Please let   Mrs. Ferretti  know if you can help. Thank you!


Online registration is now open for anyone interested in playing basketball for St. Timothy's in the CYO Basketball league.  
To register,  please click here!

You can pay via credit card or by check (CC preferred).  The number of players who register in each grade will determine how many teams we field in each grade.  We need 8 players per team. 
Registration is open to all boys and girls in grades 3rd through 8th.

Not even the rain could dampen the spirits of our parish community who gathered to celebrated our rich and diverse community.

I personal want to thank all of those who participated in making the 4th Annual International Festival successful!  We had crowds all day long enjoying the Fellowship, Food, Entertainment and Games.  We couldn't have done it without all the great volunteers, Room Moms, Teachers, Staff and Parents of St. Timothy's School.  

Hope you all had opportunity to enjoy yourselves as well at the Festival!

For those of you who missed the fun this year we hope you will join us next year 
  Oct. 7, 2017.   Have a great Columbus Day weekend with your families!

God Bless,
Terri Miller
Parish International Festival Coordinator
Bishop O'Connell
Open House
October 161:00-4:00 p.m.
Presentation begins at 1:00. Families are invited to see a presentation, meet our faculty and coaches, and tour through our building.  Click here for more information.

8th Grade Dance -  Mark your calendars for our 8th grade dance. The dance will be held Saturday, November 5th from 7:00-10:00 pm at Bishop O'Connell.

Youth Football Day and Homecoming= October 22, at 1:00 pm. Students K-8 who register in advance will receive free admission to the game, a drawstring bag and an O'Connell water bottle.  Click here to register.

Saint John Paul the Great Catholic High School Invitations
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  • OPEN HOUSE: Sunday, November 131-4pm (Presentation at 1:15pm). The first 100 8th graders to pre-register receive a free t-shirt! For more info, please visit
  •  JP5K RUN for Options: Saturday, November 19, 2016. Supports the Options special education program. All are welcome! 
For more information about events or admission, please visit  click here or call  703.445.0314

Current 8th graders are encouraged to be a Panther for a Day by contacting Mr. Glen Farello.
Upcoming dates:
  • Friday, October 7th - 1st Friday Food Pantry Collection
  • Monday, October 10th - NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, October 11th - TRADITIONAL UNIFORM BEGINS!
  • Friday, October 14th - Principal /Pastor Coffee following 9 a.m. Mass
  • Tuesday, Ocober 18th - Living Rosary (Gym) 2:20 p.m.
  • Thursday, October 20th - All Pro Dad's Breakfast 7 a.m. (Cafeteria)
  • Friday, October 28th -  NO SCHOOL
  • Tuesday, November 1st - All Saints Day
  • Thurs. & Fri. Nov. 3 & 4th RACE for Education
  • Fri. November 4th - 1st Friday Food Pantry Collection
  • Monday, November 7th - MAKE UP pictures
  • Mon. - Thurs. - Nov. 7th - 10th Fall Book Fair 
  • Thursday & Friday, November 10th & 11th NO SCHOOL-Parent/Teacher Conferences
  • Friday, November 18th - NOON DISMISSAL
  • Saturday, November 19th - Craft Fair 9 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Tuesday, November 22 - School Mass 9 a.m.
  • Wed.- Fri. November 23 - 25th - NO SCHOOL, HAPPY THANKSGIVING!!!
  • Thursday, December 1st - High School Placement Test for 8th grade
  • Friday, Dec. 2nd - PTO Meeting 8:00 a.m. - 1st Friday Food Pantry
  • Monday, Dec. 5th -8th, Santa's Workshop
  • Tuesday, Dec. 6th - Feast of St. Nicholas
  • Friday, Dec. 9th - Principal Coffee following 9:00 a.m. Mass
  • Tuesday, Dec.13th - Preschool Coffee - 8:00 a.m.
  • Wednesday, Dec. 14th - Band Concert (Gym) 7 p.m. 
  • Thurs. Dec. 15th - Christmas Dinner and Concert in the Church 5 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 19th Christmas Paraliturgy - 1:45 p.m. (Church)
  • Wednesday, Dec. 21st - NOON DISMISSAL
  • Thursday, April 27th, 2017 - Spring Golf Tournament @ Westfield Golf Course 1:00 p.m. Shotgun start! 
    1st Grade learns about smelling in Science Lab!
    1st Grade learns about senses in science lab  here they are learning about SMELL!
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