St. Lawrence Every Friday Note

November 5, 2021

Weekly Update!

It is hard to believe (at times) how fast this school year is going. We have now entered the time of the year where there is frost on the ground, cold weather coats need to be brought out, and we switch from missing the warm weather of summer to starting to become excited about Thanksgiving and Christmas. (Although, I would still love the warm weather!).

Although we should always do this, November is the time we are reminded to think about all of the things we are grateful for. One of my favorite things about Thanksgiving is learning about how my students, families, and co-workers celebrate this holiday. My family has always celebrated the day with turkey and football, followed by pumpkin pie and games. I am looing forward to hearing more about how our families at St. Lawrence celebrate Thanksgiving. If you would like to participate, please click this link to share your Thanksgiving traditions with me.

Food Drive Information

Each year, the students of St. Lawrence participate in a canned food drive to stock up our shelves before Thanksgiving for those in need. We are excited to participate in this event again. The food drive will last from Monday, October 11 through Friday, November 12.

Each class has a designated product that they are to bring. The students will bring their items in at any point starting Monday. There will be boxes in each classroom to turn them in. Each class will be competing for a class reward. There will also be a school reward if we reach our goal. More information on the school goal and class prizes will be sent out in the next communication.

The incentives for this years food drive will be:

1. Dress down day for the entire class on the Monday and Tuesday of Thanksgiving week if the classroom brings in a minimum of 75 items.

2. Class movie and popcorn party (along with the dress down days) for the entire class if the classroom brings in 100 items.

3. The top 3 classes in total number of items will receive a bowling party (along with the movie and popcorn party AND dress down days).

Here are the class items:

Pre-K: Any canned food
Kindergarten: Canned Soup
1st Grade: Pasta (Any type of boxed, but not macaroni and cheese)
2nd Grade: Pasta Sauce (Jarred or Canned)
3rd Grade: Canned Fruit
4th Grade: Macaroni and Cheese
5th Grade: Peanut Butter
6th Grade: Canned Meat/Tuna
7th Grade: Canned Vegetables
8th Grade: Boxed Potatoes

Dine to Donate November 16th

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Nationality Survey

We are conducting a survey at St. Lawrence to celebrate our diversity. Your participation is needed and is anonymous. In order to better understand our students and their immediate family, we would like to know where in the world we are form. Which countries are represented in your household? For example, I was born in the USA, my wife was born in the USA, and my son was born in the USA.

Estamos realizando una encuesta para celebrar nuestra diversidad aquí en la escuela de San Lorenzo y su participación es muy importante y será anónima. Esto lo estamos llevando a cabo con el fin de comprender mejor a nuestros estudiantes y a sus familias, y para esto nos gustaría saber en qué parte del mundo nos hemos formado. ¿Qué países están representados en su hora?
Por ejemplo, yo soy nacido aquí e los estados unidos, mi esposa nació en los estados unidos y mi hijo nació en los estados unidos.

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 October 30- November 5:

Confirmed Positive Results: 0

Quarantined students: 0

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!

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First Communion Announcements

Sunday Nov. 14

1st Reconciliation Retreat

9-1pm at the Cafeteria

Wednesday Nov. 17

First Reconciliation

6-8pm at Church

If you have any questions, please contact Claudia Diaz at 317-543-4923