St. Lawrence Every Friday Note

February 18, 2022

Covid-19 Mask Policy Update

If you read this newsletter every week, you have seen that over the past 3 weeks, zero positive cases and zero quarantines have been reported to the school. I had been targeting the day after President's Day as the day we would make the wearing of masks optional. Yesterday, the guidelines changed even more from the state which will allow us to move towards the optional wearing of masks at school. Beginning on Tuesday, February 22nd, masks will be OPTIONAL at St. Lawrence Catholic School.


We will continue to monitor the impact of Covid at our school and continue to operate with your child's best interest in mind.

Principal for the Day Raffle

Throughout next week, we will be selling tickets during breakfast for a chance to win the principal for the day raffle. The cost is $1 per ticket. The more tickets you buy the greater your odds of winning! Remember, the proceeds from this and upcoming raffles will go toward Father Beechem scholarships.

Weekly Update

Hello Ram families!


  • NO SCHOOL MONDAY FOR PRESIDENT'S DAY!
  • Father Beechem Backyard Bingo dress down days continue this week. Reminder that next week's Father Beechem Dress Down day is on Tuesday this week because of President's Day.
  • Registration begins Monday March 14th. More information will be coming soon.
  • Congratulations to our 7/8 Boys Basketball team on winning the city championship Wednesday night. This is their 6th championship in a row. On to the state tournament!
  • 8th Grade St. Joseph Dinner is scheduled for Tuesday March 1 at 6PM in the cafeteria. This event is for 8th graders and their father figures. Please RSVP to the invite sent earlier this week.

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!

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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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.

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 February 12-February 18:

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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