St. Lawrence Every Friday Note

November 19, 2021

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Weekly Update!

We are less than a week away from Thanksgiving! Reminder, St. Lawrence students will not have school on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday of next week. The school office will also be closed those days. I hope everyone is able to have a relaxing time with friends and family over the holiday weekend.

I am not sure if there will be an Every Friday Note next week on account of the shortened week, but please be on the lookout for a special announcement regarding the Family Handbook. An amendment to the handbook is going through the approval process and will be communicated to you when it is approved.

Also, mark your calendars for December 15th at 6:30 PM for the school Christmas Concert "The Festival of Nine Lessons and Carols". Our music teacher will be sending out information for you as early as next week.

Water bottles are allowed at St. Lawrence. Please send a reusable water bottle with your child. Many students come to the office asking for cups of water, we do not always have them though. Additionally, they can become very messy in the classroom. With the technology that is at their workspace, it is safer to have a bottle. Thank you for your support on this.

Thanksgiving Traditions

In continuing with learning about Thanksgiving traditions, Mrs. Thomas shared with us that she celebrates with 2 different sides of her family. The white side of her family serves roast ham, green beans, mashed potatoes, roasted asparagus, cherry pie, and stuffing. Her Mexican side of the family serves empanadas, arroz con pollo y mole sauce, chicken tamales, churros, pan dulce, and ice cream.

Food Drive Information

Our food drive was an incredible success. The goal was to stock up the food pantry and we did! A total of 2,366 total items were donated this year. Thank you all for your support!

Every class will be dressed down for Monday and Tuesday. The classrooms that will be heading to the bowling alley on Tuesday morning are 1st grade, 5th grade, and 7th grade!

Mrs. Hummel's 3rd Grade Native Homes

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Student Showcase

There has been lots of great things happening in our classrooms. In Mrs. Hummel's 3rd grade class, they have been working on Native American homes. The students really enjoyed creating these homes and working together!

In Mrs. Coleman's art class, the students have been producing amazing work. Check out the link to see their submissions. You can even order a copy of your child's work!

Dine to Donate December 2nd

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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 November 13- November 19:

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!

Updated Lunch Menu for November

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