Minutes from 10/15 Meeting

Principal Rita Azzopardi

After School Programs:

Monday –DRAMA (K-8th grade.)

Wednesday – Brickz for Kids (1-5th grade.)

Wednesday – Coding

Wednesday – Cheerleading (Pre-K -8th Grade.)

Friday – Premier Chess (K-8th Grade.) *** SPOTS AVAILABLE***

**** If we DO NOT fill up the classes, we may not be able to offer it as a program ****

If you would like A Sign-Up Sheet for Any of these Programs, Please Contact the Office ASAP!

After School Tutoring:

We will be offering services through Catapult on Tuesdays and/ or Thursdays. Updated information will be sent home soon.

HSA Board Updates by Allison Cuddy

Please welcome Sam Surat to the STS HSA Board. Sam will be stepping in as our new Volunteer Coordinator.   If you have any questions regarding your Strive For Five hours, you can email Sam at ssurat82@gmail.com

  • Uniform Exchange

Going forward, please feel free to bring any gently used, stain free uniform items to our HSA Meetings.   Take what you need and leave what you don’t!

  • School Spirit

The online school spirit store is officially closed. We are waiting on a delivery date (2-3 weeks) and will announce as soon as we find out. Just as a reminder, purchasing a school spirit t-shirt, zip up hoodie, sweatshirt or hoodie entitles your child to a “gym bottom” dress down every Monday for the remainder of the school year.   We will announce a start date soon.

  • Looking Forward


  • Thursday, 10/24 – Jimmy Max Dine Out Event – 50% Back to Our School! Dine in ONLY and reservations are recommended.jimmy max dine out copy
  • Thursday, 10/31 – Trunk or Treat – If you would like to Participate, please contact the office to SIGN UP- Flyer will be sent home as well.
    • IF You Are Sending in Any Candy or Desserts for Halloween Please Make Sure That They Are NUT FREE!
    • If You Are Participating in the Trunk or Treat – Please Be Aware That All Candy that IS Distributed MUST BE NUT FREE!
    • Click here for flyer: TRUNK OR TREAT – Google Docs
  • Thursday, 10/31 – Upper Grades Halloween Party 12pm – 2pm (Grades 5-8). Pizza lunch will be provided.
    • 8th Grade is Allowed to Wear Their Costumes to School- No Scary Masks, Weapons and Props ALLOWED
  • Thursday 10/31 – Orange and Black Dress Down Day for All Grades (Pre-K – 7th)


  • School Pictures – Monday 11/4
    • There is a Field Trip to the Farm planned as well. Please send your child into school in their winter uniform. In a separate bag, please send in your child’s gym uniform with their sneakers. They will be changing before leaving the school for the farm!
  • Ho Brah Dine Out Event – Tuesday 11/12
  • Delicious Orchards Holiday Pies – Flyers Coming Home – Payment due back no later than 11/13. Cherry, Apple, Mince, Pumpkin & Pecan will be available
  • Boards & Brushes Event – Wednesday, 11/20 6:30pm


  • Christmas Fair Set Up – Wednesday 12/4 – 9:00am
  • Christmas Fair Dates – Thur 12/5 8am-3pm, Sat 12/7 12pm-7pm and Sun 12/8 10am-3pm
  • The HSA is in need of empty shipping boxes, rolls of wrapping paper, empty soda can case and of course, donations big and small.
  • Our Amazon Wish List has been created and new items are being added every day.
  • We are also looking for volunteers to bake for our Baked from The Heart table and dishes for our Christmas Cafe (each item donated counts towards your Strive for Five). Also, we are looking for donations for our Made from The Heart table as well.
  • Reminder to Class Parents – as previously mentioned, you are required to work either the Sat or Sun of the Christmas Fair or the Basket Auction. If you are planning on working the Christmas Fair – please let Rosalinda Cinquemani know.
  • Straws – there is a signup sheet here tonight for those who would like to earn some hours stuffing straws. Please see Sam Surat.
  • Mystery Book – was a hit at last year’s Basket Auction so we’ve decided to bring it in for the Christmas Fair as well. If you have any new or gently used books at home that you’d like to donate, please let us know.
  • Donation Request Letters – if you’d like to solicit for donations please feel free to take a few letters with you tonight. For every 5 donations obtained – 1 hour is earned towards Strive for Five.

Minutes from first HSA Mtg 2019/2020

St. Teresa Home & School Association

September 10, 2019

Monsignor William Belford Greetings & Opening Prayer

–       Air Conditioning is working in the Gym

–       We are looking for donations to raise $250,000 to install air conditioners in the classroom

–       After we have installed AC in the school, we can place solar panels on the roof


Principal Rita Azzopardi Greetings & School Updates

–       We have Two new DOE PRE-K classrooms

–       70 students total for the new programs

–       We have switched our Math program to Ready Gen- we are no longer using Eureka.

–       We are implementing the usage of notebooks this school year to improve our handwriting skills, gross motor skills and organization techniques

–       Chrome books are still part of our curriculum – especially since our state tests are all online!


-Girls are allowed to wear the White Polo (short sleeve) for both the Winter/ Spring Uniform

– SNEAKER: All sneakers must be either ALL White or All Black.   No label should be visible in another color. Light up sneakers are also not allowed!

-Discipline Policy – Our rules will be abided by and implemented daily

-The Math/ ELA test scores have not been sent out to families –

-She will ask regional for an update

-IRIS alerts will be sent out to all 8th grade families to keep you posted on TACH Exam schedules, practice tests and support groups

-Ms. Conway anticipates that all 8th Grade Students will be prepared for the tests

-if you have any questions or concerns, PLEASE contact Mrs. Azzopardi

-2018-2019 School Yearbooks are available for a discounted rate in the office

STS HSA Board Introductions Allison Cuddy – President

Stephanie DeSimone – Vice President

Jennifer Costello – Treasurer

Donna Harkins – Treasurer

Christine LoPorto – Communications

Stefanie LoPinto –   Recording Secretary

Rosalinda Cinquemani – Class Parent Coordinator

The HSA Board had an opening for the Volunteer Coordinator position, and 7th grade mom, Samantha Surat, has been appointed. All please welcome her to the board!

Parish Organizations YAA – John Tuohy

-Bryan Lyons spoke on his behalf to update us on our AMAZING SCHOOL SPORT TEAMS

We offer: Soccer (contact Brian Lyons- 917-921-1517,) Baseball, Track ( Contact Mary Curran 718-757-9733,) Swimming (Contact Jen Costello)

Basketball (contact: Rich Nellis)

Cub Scouts/Boy Scouts – Jim Duffy

Holy Name Society – Joe Patella

If anyone is interested in forming a Girls Scout Troop please contact the school office

Looking Ahead 2019-2020:
  September Sept 13 – New Family Breakfast (LCH)

-There will be no Family Fun Run this year at South Beach

  October Oct 13th – Father Son Event – Dave & Busters

_Father Son 2019 copy

Oct 15th – HSA Meeting 7pm (LCH)

STS Halloween

November Nov 4th – HSA Meeting 8:30am & 7pm (LCH)

Nov 4th – Switch to Winter Uniforms

Nov 20th – Boards & Brushes Event – 6:30pm

Nov 21st – Parent Teacher Conferences

Nov 28th & Nov 29th – Thanksgiving Break

December Dec 5th, Dec 7th & Dec 8th – Christmas Fair

*Please note that school is closed on Fri Dec 6*

Dec 23 – Christmas Break Begins

January Jan 6th – School Resumes

Jan 16th – Book Fair

Jan 27th – 31st – Catholic School Week

Jan 31st – Grandparents Day

February Feb 1st – Father Daughter Dinner

Feb 11th – HSA Meeting 7pm (LCH)

Feb 17th – Winter Break Begins

March Mar 14th – Mother Son Bowling 6pm – Rab’s

Mar 24th – HSA Meeting 7pm (LCH)

*New HSA Board Nominations Open*

April Apr 24th – Basket Auction

Apr 30th – Parent Teacher Conferences

May May 1st – Bogo Book Fair

May 4th – Summer Uniforms

May 7th – Plant Sale

May 12th – Last HSA Meeting 7pm (LCH)

May 16th – Mother Daughter Brunch & Fashion Show

– The Staaten

May 29th – Spring Fling

June June 5th – Field Day (Rain Date 6/8)

June 10th – 8th Grade Dance

June 12th – 8th Grade Graduation

June 17th – Tentative Last Day of School

  • HSA Meeting Changes

Please note that HSA Meeting dates have been changed to Tuesday evenings & your NUT card dress down days will now be the day AFTER an HSA meeting. There are some exclusions – so always be sure to check the date on your card. Also, we are bringing back the uniform exchange. Going forward, if you have gently used and stain free pieces of uniform that you no longer need, you may bring them to an HSA meeting. We will have the bins out and you may take whatever you need from it !

  • Easy Ways to Fundraise Box Tops -Going Digital !

Stop & Shop A+ Rewards

Shop A Roo

  • Strive For Five

The HSA asks our parents to step up and help out by volunteering a total of 5 hours throughout the school year.

Ways to Earn 5 Volunteer Hours:

  1. Work an Event – time worked is tracked by HSA
  2. Cook a Dish for the Christmas Fair – 1 hr per dish (2-3 dish min)
  3. Bake a Treat for the Christmas Fair – 1 hr per treat (2-3 treat min)
  4. Stuff Straws for Christmas Fair – 1 hr per box
  5. Attend an HSA Meeting – .5 hr per meeting
  6. Become a Class Parent – 5 hours automatically fulfilled (however participation at the Christmas Fair or Basket Auction is necessary)
  7. Become a Lunch Parent – 5 hours automatically fulfilled !
  8. Solicit Donations for Christmas Fair/Basket Auction – 1 hr per donation

We also understand that there isn’t always time available in everyone’s busy schedules to volunteer. For that reason, if you are unable to help in any of the ways listed above, you will be billed at the end of the school year in the amount of $75.00.

  • All In One Payment

The All In One Payment was put in place as an easier way for our parents to contribute to class parties & activities. Rather than asking for a small donation every few weeks we’ve put together the options below.

Option #1 – $25 per child due by October 28th. This payment covers:

  1. Class Halloween Party $2.00
  2. Class Thanksgiving Party $2.00
  3. Class Christmas Party $3.00
  4. Class Donation / Christmas Fair Basket $6.00
  5. Christmas Gift for Teachers $12.00

An addition payment of $25 per child will be due by February 1st. This payment covers:

  1. Class Valentines Day Party $2.00
  2. Class Easter Party $2.00
  3. Class Donation / Basket Auction $6.00
  4. End of Year Class Party $3.00
  5. End of Year Teachers Gift $12.00

Option #2 – Full payment of $50​ per child due by October 28th. This payment covers all of the above listed parties/activities.

Forms will be sent home with your children & cash payments should be sent back in a sealed envelope to : HSA – All In One Payment

  • Class Parents

If you are interested in becoming a Class Parent, please read over the handouts on the tables. There are some new responsibilities that have been added this year. For example, sharing via email with the parents in your class the minutes from the most recent HSA meeting. The minutes will be provided to you by Rosalinda Cinquemani, our Class Parent Coordinator. Also, Class Parents are now expected to work either the Christmas Fair on Saturday or Sunday OR the Basket Auction.

  • Safer Spaces Training

If you are chosen as a Class Parent, you will be required​ to attend the Safer Spaces Training which is being held directly after the October 15th HSA Meeting. The training lasts for approximately half an hour. If you have not completed this training previously – your attendance is mandatory.

  • Mondays will be School Spirit Dress Down! The store will be opened online by the end of the week!

The online school spirit store can be accessed by logging onto www.teestyles.com. It will be open for purchases before the end of the week. Will will announce the day via IRIS alert. The store will remain open for two weeks ! Please note that your child(ren) may not dress down on Monday’s until an official date is announced by Principal Azzopardi. In order to participate in School Spirit Dress Down – you must purchase a 2019-2020 tee shirt. The only exception to this is if you purchased a crew neck sweatshirt, hoodie or zip up hoodie last year. These items may be worn again. You MUST wear a gym bottom (school gym shorts or school gun sweatpants!) A Reminder will be sent home on when we will start School Spirit Mondays!

  • Class Parent Selections

Rosalinda Cinquemani has compiled the class parents names and information.  They will be posted here.


Welcome Back 2019-2020

Welcome back to all STS Families!

The STS Home and School Association has been working over the summer to prepare for the school year ahead!  We have planned some great events and hope that all families will participate!

Our first HSA Meeting will take place on Tuesday, September 10th at 7pm.


9/5- First day K – 8th Grade, Bus Service & Hot Lunch Begins – UPK & 3K- 8:00 – 11:00

Parent Orientation Grades K- 8 – 7:00pm in Church

9/9- Mass 4:00pm Reception Conran Hall to follow

9/10- HSA Meeting 7:00 pm Conran Hall

9/11- HSA Nut Card

9/13- School Mass 8:30am and New Families Breakfast Lower Church Hall

9/16- Band Assembly ~ K – 8

9/16 – 30  Map Testing

9/20    Band Forms Due

9/20    12:00 Dismissal K – 8 (UPK & 3K in session) Faculty Meeting

9/24  Confirmation and Graduation gown measurements Grades 8 & K

9/25   No school UPK & 3K ONLY (K-8 in Session)

May 30th HSA Minutes

Monsignor Belford –

  • The Arch Care facility in the convent is in the process of interviewing potential candidates for occupancy. Move in dates are scheduled for the Fall.
  • The facility will have 2 facilitators that will be available to assist the residents.

Air Conditioning Update:

The gym air conditioners were installed successfully

-We would like to move onto Phase 2, which consists of installing air conditioners in the classrooms. We are looking to raise $250,000 for the project. We are in need of large donations for completion.

  • Principal Azzopardi –
    • Light Ceremony & School Mass 6/4 at 8:30am in Church
    • 8th Grade Dance / June 5th 7-10pm / Nansen’s Lodge / Parent Drop Off
    • 8th Grade Graduation / June 7th / 1:30pm/ 10 Tickets Per Family – Arrive by 1:15 pm
    • 8th Grade Breakfast / June 10th / 9:30am
      • The Graduates will receive their diplomas
      • Graduates are allowed to Dress Down for this event
    • Pre-K 3 Graduation / June 11th / 9:30am in Church / Drop Off in Classroom
    • UPK Stepping Up Ceremony / June 12th / 9:30am in Cafeteria / Drop Off in Classroom
    • Kindergarten Graduation / June 13th / 9:30am in Church / Drop Off in Classroom
    • Last Day of School June 14th – N.U.T Card Dress Down
    • 2019 Yearbooks are available for purchase In the office for $55. Limited Supply!
    • We are implementing a new policy – If your child’s overall 4th Quarter Average is 70 or Below they will be mandated to attend a summer school program.
      • We will assist families with providing resources to support that student in finding extra help over the summer to help him/her prepare for the upcoming school year.
      • You will be notified soon if your child falls in this category.

-First Day of school next year is September 5th, 2019.

  • Look Back
    • STS Basket Auction / Event raised over $15,000
    • Used Clothing Fundraiser / over 1000 lbs. of clothing collected / earned $295 – Board & Brush Event / Great turn out / Will be doing again next year
  • Upcoming
    • Friday, May 31st – Spring Fling (for Parents in grades K-8) at Liberty Tavern from 7-10pm!
    • Monday, June 3rd – Field Day (rain or shine). Dress Down Day. Grade specific colors should be worn if possible. They are as follows: K & 6th – Blue, 1st & 4th – Yellow, 2nd & 7th – Green, 3rd & 5th – Red and 8th may wear their Graduation T-Shirt. This is your last opportunity to earn your Strive for Five hours. All families that did not meet the Strive for Five requirement will receive a bill for $75.00 from the school office.
    • Soccer Registration for the Fall ‘19/Spring ‘20 Season – June 6th 7:30-8:30pm in the school Gym or online at stsoccerclub.com. Contact ​lyonsb17@yahoo.com for more information
  • Treasurer Update
    • Christmas Fair – $17,000
    • Basket Auction – $15,000
    • Overall, We Collected $50,000 with our Fundraisers!

On behalf of the entire HSA Board, I would like to personally thank everyone who helped make our first year a success! We will be working hard all summer to make the 2019/2020 school year a fun one and as always, we welcome your thoughts and ideas. You can reach us anytime by emailing ​stteresahsa@gmail.com​.

Enjoy your summer!

March 7th Meeting Minutes

St. Teresa Home and School Association

  • Principal Azzopardi’s Updates
    • Join us on March 24th, for the Golden Cross Awards. Monsignor Belford will be honoured. Please contact the school for more information.
    • Bricks 4 Kidz- Signup sheet has been sent home for grades K- 4
    • The Cooking Class registration is now full
    • ELA Test Prep Flyers were sent home
    • Yearbook Ads are available
    • Lost and Found is located in the cafeteria – please come in and check it out!
    • 3K program registration is now open – visit http://www.myschools.nyc.gov.
      • This is a free program for 3 years olds that is modelled after our UPK program.
      • It is a five full day program
    • The tuition – based PK 3 with Ms. Simon will also still be available.
  • HSA Correspondence
    • If you have not been receiving our regular weekly emails from HAS, please be sure our emails are not in your JUNK folder. If you think we may have the wrong email address – please reach out and send us the correct one. Email us at StTeresaHSA@gmail.com
  • Penny Wars- Another successful Penny Wars! We raised over $1500 for STS. 2nd Grade came in 1st 5th Grade came in 2ns and UPK 1 in 3rd. 2nd grade will celebrate with a pizza party! 5th grade will receive No Homework Passes!
  • Scholastic Book Fair
    • We raised over $2000 in Scholastic Dollars which benefits each and every classroom at STS
  • Basket Auction
  • Upcoming
    • Sunday, March 24th -Miller’s Ale House Dine Out (11am – 12 Midnight)
    • No HSA meeting in April
    • Saturday, April 13th – Mother/ Daughter Roller-skating
    • Thursday, May 9th – Plant Sale
    • Wednesday, May 15th – Used Clothing Drive
    • Parent’s Night Out – TBA


January HSA Meeting Minutes

Minutes from 1/7 & 1/8:

Welcome and opening prayer from Monsignor Belford –

  • Gave an update on the Archcare/ Convent- Archcare is a Non-profit organization.
  • There will be a solid fence surrounding the building with 4 parking spaces allotted to the facility.  If you have any questions, please contact Monsignor in the rectory.
  • We are still raising money for Air Conditioning- if any family member, friend or parishioner would like to make a considerable donation, please contact the school
  • The new units will provide both heating and cooling in the classrooms

Rita Azzopardi – Principal

  • Catholic School Week was a HUGE success!
  • We had a wonderful turn out for Grandparents Day.
  • We are in the process of starting After School Programs – if you have any suggestions or activities that you would like to present, please call the school office
  • Registration for September opened on Thursday.
  • Yearbooks are now available to be ordered. Each class is featured in the yearbook!

Christmas Fair

  • Thank you to all who participated, volunteered, donated, baked, cooked and set up.
  • We raised over $17,000



  • Father/ Daughter Brunch was held on Saturday, February 9th at Snug Harbor
    • It was a wonderful success and all who attended, had a great time!
  • Valentine’s Day Cookie Gram was due on Thursday, February 4th. The cookies will be distributed on February14th
  • Valentine’s Day Dress Down- Thursday, February 14th (pink or red)- $3.00
  • HSA Meeting NUT card dress down – Friday, February 15th
  • February 18th – Presidents Day – NO SCHOOL followed by Winter Recess – Feb. 19th and 20th – School Resumes on Thursday, February 21st
  • Friday, February 22nd, PENNY WARS BEGIN for the entire week!!!
  • Wednesday, February 27th – SCHOLASTIC BOOK FAIR – we have a new payment option. Details will be sent home with the Book Fair Flyer


  • Show your School Pride and March with us on Sunday, March 3rd in the St. Patrick’s Day Parade down Forest Avenue. Flyer will be going home this week
  • 3/7 HSA meeting
  • 3/29 Mother/ Son Bowling event
  • 3/29 BASKET AUCTION – in need of donations (wine, lotto scratch offs, volunteers) GREAT Wat to earn STRIVE FOR FIVE

Please come and support our school – it is important for all of our families and friends to attend our events.


  • NO HSA meeting scheduled
  • 4/13 Mother/ Daughter Roller Skating Breakfast at Roller Jam (10-12)
  • School Talent Show


  • 5/10 Plant Sale (TBD)
  • 5/15 USED clothing drive
  • 5/ 30 LAST HSA meeting for the school year
  • 5/31 FIELD DAY


  • 6/5 8th Grade Graduation Dance
  • 6/7 8th Grade Graduation
  • The 8th Grade Dance will be coordinated by the 7th Grade parents
  • The event coordinator is Camille Ianiello


HSA Meeting Minutes, 11/6/18


Rita Azzopardi – Interim Principal

  • Congratulated our Students For The Superintendent Award For Most Improved Test Scores in ELA
  • 2017-2018 Yearbooks are on sale for $20 in the office if you are interested
  • No School – Friday, November 9th and Monday, November 12th
  • Tuesday, November 13th – Touring Tuesday – Spread the Word to Family and Friends
  • Wednesday, November 14th – HSA Dress Down if you received a N.U.T card
  • Tuesday, November 20th – Parent/ Teacher Conferences (1-2:30 & 5:30- 7:00)
  • Wednesday, November 21st – Join us at our Thanksgiving Mass and School Show (TBA)

Trunk or Treat- Thank you to all who participated! Turned out to be a beautiful day and the kids had a great time trunk or treating and celebrating at the Halloween Party.

1st Place – Angelopoulos Family

2nd Place- Heffernan-Wilcox Family

3rd Place – Bilotti Family

Outlet Shopping Trip/Fundraiser- If you’re interested in attending, please have payments in no later than this Thursday – November 8th.

Pie Orders- Pick up on Monday, Nov 19th in the school yard 2:45pm-3:30pm OR 7:00pm-7:30pm. All pie orders must be picked up on this day!

Dine Out – TGI Friday’s- Please Join US and Remember to Bring Your Flyer – Thursday, November 8th 11am-11pm

School Spirit Dress Down – Day has been changed back to Monday’s!! First dress down will be on Monday, Nov 19th.

Mother/ Son Event – Looking for feedback – continue with Bowling or change to a Dave & Busters event. Please let us know your thoughts!

Father/ Daughter Event – Saturday, Febraury 16th – Snug Harbor Cultural Center

Christmas Fair- In addition to our Wish List which was handed out at the last HSA Meeting – we have also set up an online Amazon Wish List as well. You can access it by visiting:   http://a.co/cXo4qVa

-If purchasing/donating from this Wish List – please make sure to ship the items directly to the school – or we can always arrange for a pick up. Link will be sent via email as well.

-Still in need of smaller donations; lotto scratch offs, wine, spirits and smaller prizes for the straw game. Remember all donations big and small are appreciated & welcome !

-NY Jets donated an autographed replica lithograph to us. We’d love to build a raffle/basket around it so if you come across anything Jets related and would like to donate it – we’d greatly appreciate it. If anyone has a ticket connection – that would be great too !

-If you have any extra holiday wrapping paper or would like to donate any – we can use it!

-Still in need of items for our Made From The Heart table

We are Having a Baked From the Heart Table this year.

  • If you are a Baker or Would like to donate some suggestions are:                           Cookies, Brownies, Cupcakes, Cakes, Cake Pops, Donuts, Rice Krispy Treats, etc
  • We Will Also Have an Allergy Friendly Baked Goods Section as well (Gluten, Peanut, Tree Nut, Dairy Free) – PLEASE LABEL BAKED GOODS IF THEY ARE ALLERGY FRIENDLY
  • Please contact Stefanie LoPinto – stefanie8680@hotmail.com- if you would like to donate any baked or bought goods for our table!


– Strive for Five – lots of ways to earn over the next few weeks – stuffing straws, soliciting donations, cooking a dish for the kitchen, baking – just check in with Ana Santiago for more details.

-For those willing to solicit donations – please see myself or Stephanie – we have donation request letters ready for you.

– Please donate your brown shipping boxes – we will be wrapping them in Christmas Paper to decorate our Holiday Fair!

***We are still accepting any Christmas decorations, Wrapping Paper, Clear Cellophane Rolls and Boxes***

 *Our Christmas Fair wouldn’t be as successful as it is if it weren’t for our families ! So we thank you for all that you do !

 Holy Name Society –

On behalf of the Holy Name Society, I would like to extend my sincere thanks for your generosity in previous years by purchasing a Christmas Tree for our annual “Christmas Tree Remembrance.”  We hope that you will again consider participating in this event, as we usher in the Christmas season in grand style. A Christmas Tree Order Form is available in our school office and at the rectory. If you are interested, please fill out the form and send it along with your payment to the Rectory.  Given the high demand and limited supply, we ask that all forms be submitted by no later than Friday, November 16th.
This year’s Christmas Tree lighting will occur on Saturday, December 8th, immediately following the 4pm Mass.


HSA October 11th Meeting

We Welcomed Our New Principal, Mrs. Rita. Azzopardi

  • For the past four years, Mrs. Azzopardi has been our 3rdGrade Teacher
  • Her three daughters all attended St. Teresa’s
  • Azzopardi shared that Catholic School Values are Very Important for All Our Children
  • Brianne Winters is our New 3rd Grade Teacher


-Mr. Territo will be providing our lunch program once again.  He was not able to make the online ordering system start up again this coming week but will hopefully have it for the following week.  Stay tuned!


School Spirit

-The School Store is currently Closed. We will try to re-open in Spring.

-if you have placed an order, they will arrive on/before October 29th.

-Mrs. Azzopardi will inform us when School Spirit Fridays will begin

Family Fun Run

-We had a great turn out and Our So Grateful To Our St. Teresa Families for coming and supporting our school

All In One Payment

-Accepting partial and full payments until November 1st

-The Money will be allocated for various celebrations, parties and activities for the


Participation is not mandatory, but is much appreciated !

There are two options for you to consider:

Option 1- $50.00 full year payment. This payment is due by November 1st and covers all class parties (Thanksgiving, Christmas, Valentines Day, Easter and End of Year). It also covers the class donation to the schools Christmas Fair and Gift for Teacher as well as the class donation to the Basket Auction and End of Year Teacher gift.

Option 2- $25.00 partial payment. The first installment of $25.00 is due by November 1st. It covers the Thanksgiving and Christmas Party, the class donation to the Christmas Fair and the Gift for Teacher. The second installment of $25.00 is due by February 1st. It covers the Valentine’s Day, Easter and End of Year party as well as the class donation to the Basket Auction and End of Year Teacher gift.


-Father Son Event – Sunday, October 14th

Chili’s Dine Out – Wednesday, October 17th – **PLEASE BRING SCHOOL FLYER**

Box Tops – Submit before October 26th

Trunk Or Treat – Wednesday, October 31st.

-the 5th Grade will be participating in our celebrations and parties this year

-Please sign-up with the HSA is you would like to participate with decorating your trunk

for the event.

-We are also accepting Candy donations for the event

November- Coming Up

Holiday Pies – Delicious Orchards – November- More info TBA

Jersey Shore Outlets Shopping Trip – November- Poll on Facebook coming soon for interest.

5 Below Shopping Fundraiser – November- More info TBA



-We are still in need of Christmas Decorations – if you have any at home or would like to donate, please send into the school

-Set- UP – Thursday, December 6th – Please Sign-Up with HSA to volunteer –

***Great for Strive for 5 Hours***

-Fair Dates- Friday, December 7th, Saturday, December 8th & Sunday, December 9th

Fair Hours – Friday 8-3pm, Sat. 12 – 7pm & Sun. 10-3

HSA Wishlist – Please Donate Any Items on Our Wish List.

From the Heart Table – If you are crafty, Can knit/ crochet or make ornaments please donate your time and crafts to our Holiday Tables


HSA Meetings

All HSA Meetings begin at 7pm and are held in Lower Church Hall (lunchroom). For your convenience, there will be a morning meeting in November and again in February. Be sure to attend in order to receive credit towards your Strive For Five hours and to earn a N.U.T. card (no uniform today) for your child. Obtaining a N.U.T. card entitles your child to a dress down day on the date specified. This dress down is a full dress down, not a gym uniform only dress down like School Spirit Days. Nut card must be brought to school on the day of the dress down.

Next meetings:

November 6th OR Wednesday, November 7th (morning)

No December Meeting

No January Meeting

Thursday, February 7th OR Friday, February 8th (morning)

Thursday, March 7th

No April Meeting

Thursday, May 30th (last HSA Meeting of the Year)

Earn 3 hours towards your Strive For Five by attending all HSA meetings during the year !

  • Upcoming Events

Trunk or Treat/Upper Grades Halloween Party- Wednesday, Oct 31st

November Jersey Shore Outlet Shopping Trip- Saturday, Nov 17th (TENTATIVE) Holiday Pie Fundraiser / Delicious Orchards – Date to be Announced

December STS Christmas Fair- Friday, Dec 7th, Saturday, Dec 8th & Sunday, Dec 9th

There are many other events that take place during the school year which we are still in the process of planning. Events like our Mother Daughter Day, Father Daughter Day, Plant Sale, Grandparents Day, Mother Son Day and many more ! Keep an eye on your child’s folder and on our Facebook page for more information.


Minutes from the 9/10/2018 HSA meeting

Welcome Back

Mrs. Simione welcomed us all back for another school year.

  • There is a new drama club (2 shows for the year, new techniques)
    • On Monday, September 17th there will a drama club meeting to discuss lowering the fees
  • Spoke about our new school store (school spirit apparel)
    • Fridays will now be School Spirit Day (You can wear STS Spirit T- Shirt, Pull over Sweatshirt, Zip – Up Sweatshirt)


  • Please send in all school forms that were sent home.
  • Friday, September 14th at 8:30, is our First School Mass in the Church
    • Friday is a ½ Day with 12:00 dismissal
    • Try to attend and participate as much as you can for school activities, fundraisers and events

HSA Board Introductions:

Our New HSA President, Allison Cuddy thanked our past HSA members

  • President Allison introduced our new Board Members:

Stephanie DeSimone – Vice President

Donna Harkins & Jennifer Costello – Treasurers

Ana Santiago – Volunteer Coordinator

Tara Mineo – Class Parent Liaison – tsantore@gmail.com

Stefanie LoPinto – Recording Secretary

Christine LoPorto – Media/ Communications

  1. Join us for our Welcome and Breakfast Announcement on Friday, September 28 at 9:30 in the Lower Church Hall- Lunchroom
  2. Holy Name Society – Joseph Patella – saintteresasi.org/holy-name-society
  3. John Tuohy spoke about our YAA sports programs at St. Teresa:  We offer: Baseball leagues, Swimming, Track program (fall registration,) basketball clinic and teams and Soccer.  For more information or to register, please contact John at 917- 417-7782 or (www.saintteresasi.org/youth-activities-yaa)
  4. Cub Scouts – Mike Boyle – cubmaster.pack37@gmail.com
  5. Boy Scouts – Rob Pfuhler – (917) 803-6970
  6. Girl Scouts – contact school office
  7. STS Yearbook – Cheryl Pfuhler- there are a few remaining Yearbooks from last school year for $25 located in the school office for purchase.  Cheryl asked the parents to please submit photos for this year’s yearbook. You can upload them to Pictavo.com  Ex: school activities, field trips, classroom festivities, sports teams.  You can place an ad in the back of the yearbook for either your business or a personal ad Congratulating your child’s achievements.

Strive for Five:

-Increase from $75 to $100 if you do not participate or donate your time for 5 hours this school year

– Ana Santiago, presented Ways to Earn Your Hours

  • Each HSA meeting will earn you ½ Hour
  • You can send out emails for the HAS
  • Solicit or collect donations for events
  • Stuff straws for games
  • Volunteer for school events

Christine LoPorto created VolunTieirs:  The more a parent volunteers or participates, the more you get rewarded. If you earn Platinum Status you will be gifted 2 FREE tickets to any of our Parent/ Child events

Looking Forward:

  • We currently have a #hashtag contest running till September 14th, for each grade to create a new slogan for our STS Spirit apparel.
  • -the winning class will have a pizza party and earn credit to our school store

HSA Meeting Reminders:

October 11th – 7:00 pm

November 6th – 7:00 pm and November 7th – 8:15 am

February 7th – 7:00 pm and February 8th – 8:15 am

March 7th – 7:00 pm

May 30th – **Last Meeting ** – 7:00 pm

Calendar Events:

Family Fun Run – Midland Beach – Saturday, September 29th (please wear your STS Apparel)

Father/ Son Event – Dave & Busters – Sunday, October 14th

Trunk or Treat / Upper Grades Halloween Party – Wednesday, October 31st

Christmas Fair – Friday, December 7th, Saturday, December 8th and Sunday December 9th

** Due to a Flood in our basement, we need New or Gently Used Christmas/ Holiday Decorations**


– Visit our online School Store

– Solicit or collect Donations

– Donate gift cards

– Send in Box TOPS for Education

– Scrip/ Gift Card Purchasing Program

– Dine Out Events (Dates will be Posted Soon)

Tentative Fundraising and Fun Activities and Ideas:

Jersey Shore Premium Outlets Shopping trip

Thanksgiving Pies from Delicious Orchards

Radio Bingo

Family Movie Night

Pinot’s & Pizza

Liberty Tavern Trivia Night

Five Below Shopping Fundraiser

Please Share Your Ideas with Us – Stteresahsa@gmail.com

Staying Connected:

  • Follow us on Facebook
  • Check to make sure you are receiving our emails

Class Parents:

-Parents were chosen by placing their names in a bucket to represent each grade.

– Class Parent Responsibilities include:

– attending HSA meetings

– organizing class parties for celebrations and holidays

– shop for teacher gifts and class basket auction donation

– money will be supplied for purchases

– call or email parents for class trips

– Be an active resource for parents and teachers


N.U.T (No Uniform Today) cards were distributed for HSA Meeting Attendees

– your child must bring their N.U.T card in with them on Monday, September 17th

– they can dress down on the date posted




Save The Date


We can’t believe its almost that time again- BACK TO SCHOOL!

The Home and School Association board has already met this summer to go over ALL of the fun and exciting events and activities we have planned for the 2018/2019 school year!

Please be sure to Save the Date for our first HSA meeting which will take place on Monday, September 10th at 7pm in the St. Teresa Gym.

For all the new parents to STS, welcome to STS!  This first meeting is very important and we hope you can attend!  This meeting is where you will get to meet all the HSA board members, receive tons of information on the events and activities like the 3 day Christmas Fair, the Parent/Child events, and more!  Also, this is where you will get a chance to mingle with other parents in your child(rens) class as well as nominate or run for Class Parent!

So enjoy the last bit of summer and we hope to see everyone on the first day of school at the HSA Welcome table and at our HSA meeting!