St. Lawrence Every Friday Note

January 7, 2022

Welcome Back!

We have had a wonderful first week back at St. Lawrence. As we turned the page on the calendar, we also have some changes at school. We welcome Mr. Graham Sutton to our staff. He will be our new music teacher. We had a great 1st semester of music and I am excited about where Mr. Sutton will take our program.


Additionally, our class schedules needed to be changed due to a few other staff changes. Ultimately, I feel good about the schedule changes and am excited about where St. Lawrence is headed.


Earlier this week, I met with most of the grades to discuss the new conduct policy. Information on that can be found below and has been shared in several Every Friday Notes. We have a ways to go to meet some of the expectations I have as a school, but I am certain this is a positive first step.


Parents, please be mindful that since we are seeing an increase in our community in the number of positive Covid cases, we need to be cautious as to when we send our kids to school. If they are exhibiting symptoms it would be wise to proceed with caution. Our teachers have been directed to create packets for potentially lengthy absences in the event that this is necessary.


Along the same lines, the teachers have been working on packets for remote learning for hazardous weather events. It is possible that students may come home with a packet of work for the following day of remote learning if it is determined to be too dangerous to travel. Communication about school closings and delays will be made via Jupiter, Smore (this app), social media (Facebook and Twitter) as well as your child's teacher.


Finally, in the spring, one of the major fundraisers for our school is the Father Beechem Bingo Bash. This event helps generate thousands of dollars for potential scholarships to students. In this fundraiser, there are also auctions. One of the items up for bidding is to have your child be called down to the office at dismissal to bypass the carpool line. The highest bidder is the winner. Many parents are starting to come in to get their children just before dismissal to avoid the wait of the car lines. This is not a practice that I support and it is not fair to those who have paid for the right to do this. The teachers have been told to teach all the way up to the last minute of the day and your child may be missing out on information if they are leaving early. Please pick your children up outside after they have been called for dismissal. Thank you for your support in this matter.

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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First Communion Announcement from Mrs. Glaze (2nd Grade)

January 14th @ 6pm in the church is a meeting for Sacrament Preparation for First Holy Communion. If your child will be making his/her First Communion this spring, please plan to attend!
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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.

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

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Catholic Lacrosse Club of Indianapolis

Saint Lacrosse registration is now open to any North Deanery students, grades K-8, for the spring season. New players are strongly encouraged to join! We offer a fun, safe environment for your athlete! Please go to www.catholiclax.com to register. Teams fill up quickly! We offer girls and boys teams, with practice starting in early March.

We also are proud to offer financial aid and scholarships for those that need it!

Please direct any questions to info.catholiclax@gmail.com

Go Saints!"


Thanks for your help!

Brenden Fitzgerald

Co-President

Saint Lacrosse

PFO Pacer Night

PFO has organized a school night fundraiser with the Pacers. Be on the lookout for the packet to come home with your child. The game night is Wednesday, Feb. 16th vs. the Washington Wizards.

I Love to Read Challenge

3rd graders will begin participating in the WISH-TV I Love to Read Challenge. The program begins this week and runs through March 4, depending on classroom advancements. Mrs. Hummel sent out information to her class about the competition.

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 3-7:

Confirmed Positive Results: 2

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.

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!

January Lunch Menu

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