St. Lawrence Every Friday Note

January 21, 2022

Weekly Update

Hello Ram families!


Next Tuesday (1/25) is the feast day of the conversion of St. Paul. The life of Paul reminds us of several important things on our own walks with Christ. If you did not know, at one point in his life, Paul persecuted Christians. He even participated in the stoning of Stephen as is told in the book of Acts. However, on the road to Damascus he had an encounter with Jesus. He described this revelation of Jesus as a miracle and almost supernatural. Through this, we can see how God reveals himself to us. God does not just choose his biggest supporters. Paul is an example of how God can turn even the most doubting human into a faithful follower. Paul also serves as an example to us, that once we have learned, witnessed and experienced Jesus, we should not hold on to that information. We are to share our love and the good news of Jesus to everyone.


I often find myself thinking about what Paul said in Romans, "For what I want to do I do not do, but what I hate I do." I am sure many feel this way. It is easy to want to do what is right, but it is difficult to always end up doing it.


Announcements


  • One of the biggest challenges we are facing at our school is staffing in the event of teacher(s) illness. I have had some offers from parents to volunteer and I am so grateful for this. If you have time and are willing to volunteer to help in some classrooms, we would certainly welcome you. Volunteers must be Safe Parish certified. If you have not completed the online training, but are interested, please contact me and I will help you.
  • Our teachers and staff are second to none. They have worked tirelessly. They fill in whenever and where ever they are needed. They give up prep times to help cover classes, which in turn means more work for them to do at home at night. Please take the time to express your appreciation for all of their hard work.
  • Congratulations to our Pre-K program which secured a grant for $104,000. This will go a long way in helping renovate some of the areas that our Pre-K utilizes.
  • Thanks again to all of you for all of your support in what is happening at St. Lawrence. Your children make a huge difference in all of our lives and we are so blessed, fortunate, and thankful that you have chosen us to help you teach your children.

Father Beechem Backyard Bingo

Please mark your calendars for Saturday, April 23rd at 6PM for the Father Beechem Backyard Bingo. This is an amazing fundraising event for the parish which benefits our school tremendously. Each year, thousands of dollars of scholarships from this event are awarded to families to help offset the cost of tuition. More information will be coming in the coming weeks and months.


The first announcement has to do with the return of the Father Beechem dress down days. These days will be on Mondays from January 31- Monday March 21, the exception being February 22nd which is the Tuesday after President's Day. There are 8 total dress down Mondays. Students may participate in these dress down days in two different ways. First, students may pay a $5 upfront payment which will cover all 8 days. $5 must be paid by January 31st. Second, a student can participate by paying $1 for each week on the day they want to dress down (total of $8). The first option is the best value, 8 dress down days for the price of 5!

I Love to Read Challenge, THE RAMS ADVANCE TO THE NEXT ROUND!

3rd graders are participating in the WISH-TV I Love to Read Challenge. The program began last week and runs through March 4, depending on classroom advancements. Mrs. Hummel sent out information to her class about the competition. Here is her update from this week:


"Great news! Third grade made it into the first bracket after the first week of the challenge. We will keep working hard to hopefully make it to the next bracket after Week 2! The students are so excited about reading and the challenge!"


Keep up the great work 3rd grade!

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8th Grade Fundraiser

Help support the 8th grade trip to Washington DC and purchase a Crew Carwash! Use this Promo Code at checkout so our 8th grade Rams get credit!

Promo Code is: 61071

https://websiteconnect.drb.com/crewcarwash/E-WashGifts.aspx

From the Athletic Department

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SPRING SPORTS SIGN UPS ARE OPEN - go to orgsonline.com to register by February 28th


SOCCER - grades 5-8 boys and girls


KICKBALL - grades 3-8 girls only


TRACK - for boys and girls grades 4-8


BASEBALL - boys grades 6-8


Any questions contact Mr. Minch at minchkeith@sbcglobal.net

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Supporting Former Rams Cheerleaders

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Amendments to the Family Handbook

There have been some changes made to the Family Handbook. Your child will be bringing home a copy of the amendments for you to include with the handbook you received at registration, or the Back to School Bash. Please be sure to read these new policies and procedures as they will change some of the existing practices at our school. Click the link to download the digital file. They will also be available on the St. Lawrence School website. If at any point you have any questions about the handbook or amendments, please feel free to contact me. The new policies are effective immediately.
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Reminder About Food and Snacks

Please do not send food and snacks with your children to school outside of a prearranged plan with your child's teacher or as your child's lunch. This has become a huge problem. Students have been bringing all types of food, drinks, and snacks to school and it creates some major issues when they eat it throughout the day.


1. It goes against the school wellness policy.

2. As the weather has gotten colder and students store food in their locker, it attracts mice and other critters that are certainly not welcome, which creates health and cleanliness issues inside the school.

3. Food and snacks during class create major distractions at times to the learning environment.


I do not believe that the majority of food brought into the school is done with their parent's knowledge and consent, but we would appreciate your support in helping to prevent this practice.

PFO Pacer Night

PFO has organized a school night fundraiser with the Pacers. The packets went home last week for tickets. The game night is Wednesday, Feb. 16th vs. the Washington Wizards.

Attendance/Mass Policy

Our school day starts at 7:25 am and ends at 3:15 pm. During this time, instruction is taking place. Tardiness and early pick up, although at times necessary, interfere with the required instruction time for your child. Consistent tardiness or early departure greatly hinders your child's ability to learn and become proficient in the required standards set forth by the state of Indiana. Please be supportive of our family handbook and honor the arrival and pick up times to ensure that your child receives the very best education possible.


A note to this. If you are late arriving on a Wednesday or Friday, which are our scheduled school mass days, please take your child to the church prior to 9:15 am. Mass is a special opportunity to spend time twice a week with Jesus in worship. It is a part of our school day and one of the truly special opportunities that students enrolled in a Catholic school get to participate in that they would not be able to otherwise. This is considered part of our curriculum. Please make every effort to ensure that your child is in school to be able to be a part of this time.

Covid 19 Updates

In an attempt to provide even more transparency about how the school is interacting with Covid-19 in the school, I will start to include numbers school wide for the past week. I will continue to send communication through Jupiter as I have done all along as it pertains to your child and their class. However, this will be a general count for the entire school. I will only include the numbers of cases that apply to our students or quarantine information based on exposure from the school. For example, if a student is on quarantine because a family member, or a person outside of the school, identified them as a close contact, that information will not be offered. If a student is on quarantine based on exposure to a fellow student or teacher at St. Lawrence who has tested positive, that will be included.


For the week of January 15-21:

Confirmed Positive Results: 3

Quarantined students: 3


The governor passed an executive order stating that close contacts who have been exposed to a positive Covid-19 case at school will only need to quarantine if they are experiencing symptoms.

School Lunch Box

School meal programs nationwide are experiencing many of the same supply chain issues that have impacted restaurants and grocery stores throughout the pandemic. Our school nutrition team is committed to ensuring students have access to healthy meals each school day. Just as families had to make substitutions on grocery lists last year, St. Lawrence may have to make some last-minute changes to our regular menus, based on availability. We hope parents and students will be patient as we sort through these supply chain issues, particularly with breakfast items such as cereal. PBJ Uncrustables are not available either. The upside? Ingredients for our many scratch prepared foods are more readily available and we've been trying new recipes weekly. We remain committed to providing nutritious and delicious meals so that students are ready to learn!

January Lunch Menu

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