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St. Therese Times
St. Therese Catholic School
January 30, 2023
Office: (952) 473-4355
Attendance: (651) 362-6409
Upcoming Important School Dates

1/29-2/3: Catholic Schools Week!
2/3: Talent Show at 12:30pm
2/6-2/10: Middle School to Wolf Ridge!
2/10: Spirit Wear Day
2/16: Afternoon Conferences (after school)
2/17: NO SCHOOL - Conferences 8:00am-11:00am
2/20: NO SCHOOL - President's Day
2/22: Ash Wednesday


Here is the 2022-23 Calendar.

Readers Choice Awards!

We are excited to announce that St. Therese Catholic School won the SunSailor Readers Choice award for Best Private School and Best Principal for the SECOND straight year! We were THRILLED with additional recognition this year for Best Preschool and Best Teachers: Sadie Kitzmann (Kindergarten) Mary Bielski (3rd-Grade) and Carla West (K-5 Science) are winners in the Best Teacher category! St. Therese received at least one recognition in each of the cities below in the "Education" section. Click the links to check it out and to see who else won Readers Choice Awards in other industries!

Wayzata -

Hopkins -

Excelsior -

Minnetonka –

Eden Prairie -

The Magic of Catholic Schools!

We kicked off Catholic Schools Week and Student Day with two magic shows featuring Magician Matt Dunn! The kids had a blast! St. Therese truly is a magical place!!


St. Therese ELC Registration for 2023-24!

The ELC is opening registration for the 2023-2024 school year. If you have a preschooler at home (33 months and up), please reach out to Ms. Emily ( and she will get you all the information you need!

This week, registration for  Winter/Early Spring after-school enrichment classes will go live! Watch your inbox for an email from Marketing to see the fun opportunities coming to St. Therese from Feb-March. 
From no-sew craft projects to robotics...and theater to book is limited and the fun is boundless. Stay tuned for fun!

Carline Reminders

As parents pull through the carline in the AM or PM, please make sure to pull all the way forward when there is a line behind you. Unless there is a physical need, please do not simply stop at the main door area to drop off/pick up. Once your child exits the car in the morning please move forward promptly and with caution.

Summer Spirit Club 2023!

If you are interested in knowing more about Summer Spirit Club options, please reach out to Jo Ellen Begalke:

Catholic Schools Week is THIS WEEK!!!

Catholic Schools Week 2023 has started! Below is the Cliff's Notes version for the remainder of the week and HERE are the full details. We are SO proud of who we are as St. Therese Catholic School and our incredible community and cannot wait to celebrate all of it next week!
Tuesday, January 31st: Dress Like a Teacher or Staff Person! Teacher appreciation and Service Projects!
Wednesday, February 1st: Dress to Impress (Dress fancy for Mass)! 8am School Mass!
Thursday, February 2nd: Dress like a Super Hero and Vocation Panel!
Friday, February 3rd: Clash and Crazy Hair Day, Pancake Breakfast, Talent Show and Teacher Raffle! Students can have colored hair on Friday, but it must be washed out by Monday, 2/6.

Teacher Raffle Details:

We are excited to introduce our FIRST Catholic Schools Week Teacher Raffle!

  1. The Teacher Raffle Items that students can try to win
  2. A copy of the raffle ticket document

Here are the details:

This Catholic Schools Week, the STS teachers and staff are offering FUN raffle items for students to try and win! Check out the delails on how to participate below! 

  • Some raffle items are open to all grades and some are only open to specific grade levels. This is identified on each description.
  • Each raffle ticket is $1
  • Students complete the tickets at home and turn them in with their money at school Monday-Wednesday (1/30-2/1) of Catholic Schools Week during the school day. PLEASE cut raffle tickets out before returning them to school!
  • Printed copies of the raffle tickets are available in the classrooms and main office.
  • Money raised will be split toward the following important outreach items:
    • The Loula Family
    • The Andrea Miller Foundation
    • Open Arms Home for Children
    • The Feed My Starving Children St. Therese Meal Pack

DON'T FORGET! Birthday Kits for ICA!
St Therese School & Early Learning Center are assembling Birthday Kits to donate to ICA as a part of our Catholic Schools Week Celebration. 
Each STS School & ELC family is invited to assemble one or more kits for ICA, so families who might need a boost in honoring a birthday can pickup a kit to have a celebration.
In each kit, which should be packaged in a handled birthday gift bag(medium or large bags work best), please include:

  • A cake mix
  • A can of frosting
  • A small package of candles (non-numbered are best)
  • A package of small, festive plates to serve the cake
  • A package of napkins to go with the cake

Kits can be delivered to the School Office
from January 30 – February 3.

Contact Carla West with questions.

Continued Support for the Loula Family!

Many have been asking how they can best support the Loula family through Fitz's cancer journey. The family has provided a list of gift cards that would be helpful in daily family life as well as to help Shep, Duke, and West keep busy and have some normalcy while Steph and Andrew are busy with Fitz and his treatments. 

If you sign up for a gift card, please send it to the school office (you are welcome to include a note to the family!) in an envelope marked "Loula Family" and we will be sure to get it to them. 

You can sign up to send gift cards here

We are also collecting short videos (one minute or less) of our STS families sending their love to Fitz and the entire Loula family!  Fitz LOVES construction so think of creative ways to incorporate constructions vehicles or cute phrases into your video.  Think “Fitz, you are going to crush cancer!”  “Steamroll cancer, Fitz!”  “Fitz, bulldoze cancer bud!”  

Please upload your video HERE by Friday, February 10th and we will then compile the videos and send them to the Loula family.

Here are some other ways you can support the Loula family with your time:

Send letters of encouragement (these can be sent to school to send to the family), do an act of kindness for a friend in need in honor of Fitz, volunteer at the Ronald McDonald House. 

You can also donate to the following organizations in Fitz's name: Pinky Swear Foundation, the Jeremiah Program, Children's Hospital of MN

As always, please continue to keep Fitz and the entire Loula family in your prayers!

Registration for 2023-24!

It is hard to believe it, but it is time to start thinking about enrollment for the 2023-24 school year! Kindergarten is already full with a wait list and it is now time to re-enroll for students entering grades 1-8! As in the past, we will be using a continuous enrollment model this year for students currently enrolled in grades K-7. This means that current K-7 students will be automatically enrolled for the upcoming school year unless a family contacts us by Wednesday, February 1st. Families will then have the $150 registration fee on one of their February TADS statements. We sincerely hope that all of our K-7 families will still be with us next year. However, families that have a K-7 child who will not be returning are asked to contact Mr. Groebner by February 1st.   If you know transfer families who are interested in joining our school community, they can contact myself at to sign up for a tour. We will open registration up to new families on Monday, February 6th for any available spots.

Holy Family Basketball Youth Day Join in the fun and excitement of cheering on the FIRE when top-ranked Holy Family Catholic High School's boys and girls varsity basketball teams play back-to-back on Saturday, February 4, at 1 and 3 p.m. Download your ticket for free K-8 family admission, halftime fun, giveaways, and chances to win one of four signed basketballs at Go Fire!
BSM Boy's Bball Catholic Schools Night!

Catholic Schools Night at the Benilde-St. Margaret’s Boys’ Basketball game is this Thursday, Feb. 2 (JV game 5:30 & Varsity game 7:00).  We take on Chaska and will play at the BSM Haben Center.


  • Free admission to students from local Catholic schools and their families!
  • Free hot dog, popcorn & soda for the students!
  • Temporary tattoos, mini pompoms and other fun items!
  • Shooting contest (with prizes to win) at halftime!
  • The band will play (music students love watching the older kids play!)
Middle School Music Night at Holy Family
Holy Family Catholic High School Music Department invites middle school students to a fun and social introduction to high school music on Friday, February 3, beginning at 5:15 p.m. Choir students are invited to join the Holy Family chorus in performing the National Anthem and at halftime. Band students are invited to play along with the HF Pep Band. (We will send a PDF of the music in advance.) Please help us plan for the evening with a quick RSVP for your student by February 1. (Time and schedule of activities can be found on the RSVP form.) Check out this personal invitation from Holy Family music students: VIDEO INVITE!.  Free pizza and admission to the game included. Contact HFCHS Instrumental Music Director Laura Boillat with questions.

Big Dinner: March 4th! Save the date for the Lenten Big Dinner! Come join in fellowship, Lenten Wisdom, and Dinner on Saturday, March 4th, 2023.  We will have open gym for kids from 4pm – 5pm, Mass from 5pm – 6pm, and Lenten Big Dinner from 6pm – 8pm.  Stay tuned for more information!

Basketball Season Is In Full Swing! We are excited for our 3 STS Basketball teams this season! Home games are listed above if you want to come cheer them on!

Virtue of the Month: Prudence

St. Therese students all learn about a virtue each month through our Virtues in Practice curriculum. Each grade level also learns about saints that exemplify that virtue. This month, we are learning about Prudence!

Middle School Monday: Well-Being
Middle School Monday: Christian Leadership
Middle School Monday: Fun and Play!
Parish Bulletin, January 29th

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