Every Friday Note

September 3, 2021

Happy Friday!

The students (and teachers) are all excited about the three day weekend that Labor Day provides for us.

As we take time to celebrate the accomplishments of our work this weekend, let us also be reminded of Saint Mother Theresa, whose memorial is celebrated on Sunday, September 5th. My favorite part of studying the saints is when I learn about their accomplishments despite coming from normal or humble beginnings. St. Mother Theresa's family was fairly prosperous, but they persistently helped the less fortunate. Between her upbringing and her childhood church, the fire was burning to carry out the Lord's mission as a lifelong obligation.

She left the comfort and predictability of her convent school for a hard life on the street among the slums of the poorest, hungriest, and dirtiest people in Calcutta. Her order helped the forgotten or forbidden people in society, from the poor to AIDS patients. By the time of her death in 1997, the Missionaries of Charity had over four thousand sisters serving in about one hundred and twenty countries. Because of this, she gained much fame worldwide.

However, after her death it was revealed that she struggled to feel God’s presence for much of her life but persevered in prayer and sacrifice despite questioning herself. She was constructed of steel, in perpetual motion, and operated on almost no food or sleep.

If you are like me, you often times wonder if your work is really worth it. The answer is YES! I pray that we all feel God's presence continuing pushing us forward to carry out his plans, especially when we question it. Jesus and the saints are all we need to be reminded. We may all be normal and have normal jobs, but through God's grace and strength, we can do miraculous things!

Meet the Teacher Night

Due to last week's storms and power outages, we had to postpone our Meet the Teacher Night. It has been rescheduled for next Wednesday, September 8 at 5:30 PM. It will be the same format. A session at 5:30, 6:00, and 6:30. We hope to see you all!

Summer Pandemic EBT

Last year, many families received extra money from the government. There is a separate deposit for the summer that should be loaded to your account already. A parent pointed this out to me, as I am still learning many of these things, and I am so thankful that they did! Here is information from the state website.

Summer P-EBT is for all students determined eligible to receive free and reduced meals for the 2020-2021 school year. This issuance is for ALL National School Lunch Program and School Breakfast Program students and ALL students that attend a Community Eligibility Provision school. Students and their schools do not need to participate in a summer school program to receive this benefit.

Benefits will be loaded to existing P-EBT cards for each eligible child. A new P-EBT card will be issued to students that have not previously received any type of P-EBT benefit.

Thank you Sarah Stephens for pointing this out to us. In her research, she wanted me to share this with you. Here is a link with some information: https://www.in.gov/fssa/dfr/dfr-policy-changes-and-actions/pandemic-ebt/

Quite a ways down on that page there is a place to click on if you need to change your mailing address or request a replacement card. Hopefully, you will find what you need and will be pleasantly surprised!

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St. Lawrence Fall Festival

The Fall Festival is right around the corner! It is the weekend of September 24-26. This is a great opportunity to support the parish and enjoy fellowship with both the parish and neighborhood communities. We hope to see you all there!

On that note, be on the lookout in the coming week about our Festival drop off and pick up procedures at the school.

Curricular Material Assistance Form

Earlier this week, a green form was sent home with your child that needs to be returned. This allows for textbook rental assistance. Please be sure that you return it as soon as possible.

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 August 30 - September 3:

Positive Results: 1

Quarantined students: 0

Earlier this week, 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.

Next week, our students will be returning back to the format that we started the year with. Our middle school students and Fine Arts classes will be changing classrooms, rather than staying in the same room all day. We will revisit this policy again as needed.

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