Every Friday Note

October 15, 2021

Weekly Update!

Happy Fall Break! We are officially through the first quarter of the school year. As we get ready to dismiss for Fall Break, it is my hope that you are all able to enjoy special time with your families over the break. To many people, Fall is a sad time marking the end of warm weather as well as the reminder to prepare for the Winter. To others, however, Fall represents bonfires, cookouts, hayrides, holidays, festivals, and some of the prettiest sites in Indiana's nature. As always, if we look for the good in things, we will be sure to find it. Autumn always reminds me of Psalm 19:1 "The heavens declare the glory of God; the skies proclaim the work of his hands." Have a great Fall Break!

  • Please continue to support the Food Drive through November 12th. More information is included in this note.
  • For parent teacher conferences, you are not required to me with all of your child's teachers. You are welcome to meet with them all, but for the sake of time and availability during those two days, it may be difficult.

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Fall Break (October 18-22)

The 1st quarter ends on Friday, October 15th, with a 1:00 pm dismissal. This also kicks off our Fall Break. The school office will be closed throughout Fall Break.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Our teacher conference sign up link is included at the bottom of this paragraph. We are offering 15 minute meeting sessions from 3:30 to 7 on Wednesday (October 27th) and Thursday (October 28th). Students are expected to not only be at the conference, but also lead them. If it will not be possible to have your child present, that will be fine, but we really encourage and prefer their presence for these meetings. If none of the slots work for you or they are all filled, please email the teacher you would like to meet with to set up a time to conference. If you have any questions, please let us know.


Pre-K Parent Teacher Sign Up


Indy Autonomous Challenge at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway

Students, families, and educators are invited to the Innovation Showcase at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway on Saturday, October 23! This free event, held in conjunction with the Indy Autonomous Challenge, will provide students with the unique opportunity to learn more about STEM and innovations behind autonomous vehicles up close, followed by a unique opportunity to watch these cars zoom around the famous oval track (without drivers) in an all-new challenge. More information is available here, including information regarding how to register for free tickets. Contact Rebecca Estes with any questions.

Trunk or Treat

Saint Lawrence PFO is hosting Rams Trunk or Treat! October 29, 2021 from 6-8 PM. The parking lot will be open at 5 PM for those that want to pull their cars in and pass out candy! We need many cars to make this a fun event for the children! Please consider donating candy (turn in to the school office) or decorating your car and passing out candy. The 8th grade concession stand will be open for some delicious treats! Proceeds from concession will support the 8th grade trip to Washington DC. We will have a haunted hayride and proceeds from the tickets sold will go to the eighth grade class.

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.

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

We are excited to be a part of this!

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 9-15:

Confirmed Positive Results: 0

Quarantined students: 1

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.

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