St. Lawrence Every Friday Note

January 28, 2022

Weekly Update

Hello Ram families!


We had a great week at St. Lawrence! I am truly excited about the great things happening at school.


  • Miss Kacer has been coaching students getting ready for the Spell Bowl on Wednesday at Bishop Chatard.
  • Our 3rd grade students, although they were eliminated this week in the WISH-TV "I Love to Read Challenge", made it to the final 8.
  • Several students saw "real" snow for the first time ever today.
  • Catholic Schools week is next week.
  • Father Beechem Backyard Bingo events are being organized.
  • The 2nd and 4th grade did a great job leading us in masses this week. Special thanks to the parents who came to support and watch their children.
  • I have exciting news that I am very much looking forward to sharing in the next week that will tremendously help our school. How's that for a teaser?
  • WIDA testing is going well for our English Language Learners.
  • The 5th and 8th grade completed their ACRE religion test for the archdiocese.
  • High school acceptance letters for our 8th graders.
  • No confirmed positive Covid cases and no quarantined students this week.


And many more exciting things are happening at St. Lawrence!


We are winding down on School Choice Week. We thank you for 'choosing' us. Thanks 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 February 7- 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

A note from Mrs. Hummel:


'Unfortunately, 3rd grade did not make it to the next bracket of the challenge. I am very proud that we were in the final 8! Our class average of minutes was very close to the overall average of the bracket. It was fun to participate and encouraged and motivated the students to read more!'


Congratulations 3rd grade!

A Note From Mrs. Diaz

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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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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 22-28:

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!

February Lunch Menu

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