St. Lawrence Every Friday Note

March 25, 2022

Weekly Update

Hello Ram families!

  • Happy Spring Break! The school office will be closed during Spring Break from March 28-April 1.
  • Father Beechem dress down days are over for the year. This year we raised $654!
  • Registration is under way and filling fast! Please make sure to register to secure your spot for next year.
  • Our preschool accepts the On My Way Pre-k voucher and enrollment is open at The child must be 4 by August 1st to qualify.
  • Mark your calendars****
    The I-Learn testing window is April 18th through May 13th. Your child will not be testing every day during that window, but will be testing frequently. It is a required state assessment. Your teacher will be able to share the dates with you as we finalize the testing schedule. It is extremely important that your child is at school to take these tests. Please be sure to have your child at the school when they have tests. It can be very difficult to make up tests.

Registration Procedures

Registration for 2022-2023 opens on Monday, March 14th!

Current and new families will be registering at the same time. Registration will be open until May 13th.

All you need to do at this time is to register online through our website on the enrollment tab.

CURRENT students should be registered through the current student form and NEW students should be registered through the new student form for K-8.

If you have a CURRENT Preschool student registering for Kindergarten in 2022/23 - you will use the CURRENT K-8 student form.

If you have a CURRENT or NEW preschool student registering for Preschool in 2022/23 - you will use the Preschool registration form.

On April 1st, Mr. Maxson will take a first look at all of the students that are registered. Current students that are not on conduct or academic probation or delinquent on tuition payments, will be pending accepted. At that time, you will receive a letter from the school office with your student's pending accepted status, registration paperwork for the school office and financial aid paperwork for Mrs. Handley. You will also receive a bill for the registration fee which will be due in full by May 1st.

Parents of NEW students will be contacted by the school office after the registration is received to obtain required paperwork for Mr. Maxson to determine if they can be accepted.

If your student IS on conduct or academic probation or if you are delinquent on tuition payments, you will receive a letter that your student's registration is not accepted at that time.

On May 13th, registration will close for new and current families. Mr. Maxson will take another look at students that are registered and make changes to their status, if necessary. If you register between April 1st and May 13th, your registration fee will be due 30 days after the paperwork and bill noted above is sent to you.

On June 6th, Mr. Maxson will take a final look at those students that are registered and make changes to their status, if necessary. Any students that were pending accepted and finished the school year without conduct or academic probation, whose parents have paid their tuition bill and the registration fee, and financial paperwork has been returned to Mrs. Handley - will be marked accepted and added to class lists.

At that time, if we still have openings in our classes, we will reopen registration on June 13th.

Please note that if your student is on conduct or academic probation or your tuition payments are not current, your student's registration will not be accepted and their "spot" will not be held on the class lists. It is our hope that those students currently on conduct or academic probation will achieve positive growth before the end of the school year so they can be accepted for next year. It is our hope that those families delinquent on tuition, will make and keep payment agreements with the goal of tuition bills being paid in full by the end of the school year. Please contact Mr. Maxson or Mrs. Handley if you would like to enter a payment agreement so that your student can be considered for next school year. We are willing to work with our parents on payment agreements. Please reach out today!

A note from Mrs. Handley: If you will be applying for any form of financial aid - CHOICE Scholarship, SGO - Tax Credit Scholarship or Father Beechem Educational Fund Scholarship, please bring or email me a copy of Page 1 and 2 of your 2021 FEDERAL Tax Form 1040. Please see samples below of what these pages look like.

Cell Phones at School

The use of cell phones at the school is a major discipline issue. Students are routinely taking their phones out during class, refusing to put them away, and in many cases receiving calls from their parents throughout the day. Not only are these examples a violation of the rules at St. Lawrence, but they have become a major obstacle in the learning process.

Major changes need to be made on both the staff and the students ends to ensure this distraction is removed and also for the safety of our student body. Beginning Monday April 4th, students in grades 3-8 will be required to surrender their phones upon entry to the building. This is a common practice at St. Lawrence during I-Learn every year. Students with technology on them during testing have their tests invalidated by the state. We are extending this practice beyond standardized testing. The phones will be gathered by the homeroom teacher and delivered to the main main office where they will be stored throughout the day. At the end of the day, the phones will be returned to the classroom for dismissal.

We understand that at times it is necessary for students and parents to be in communication with each other. This is not an attempt to discourage that. The intent is to make sure we are following the proper procedures. You are welcome to call the school to have a message relayed or communicate with your child, please use the school phones.

I want to stress how serious of an issue this is and how we will handle it. There will be disciplinary consequences for having a cell phone during the school day. Discipline may include return of phone only after a parent conference or potentially suspension from school. Violation of our cell phone policy has become out of control and in order to curb this problem as well as stop the willful defiance of students on this issue, drastic measures need to be taken.

Easter Basket Project- We need your help!

Our current food drive is the Easter Basket Project. The Archdiocese of Indianapolis collects food to provide to families in need for an Easter feast. Each deanery is responsible for certain portions of the meal. Each parish then collects a certain item for the basket. St. Lawrence is tasked with collecting 15oz cans of corn. The goal for the school is to collect 500 15oz cans of corn by Wednesday April 6th when they will be gathered and taken for distribution. I am excited to be a part of this cause and I am looking forward to the St. Lawrence community making a difference this Easter for a family in need. Students may bring in the cans and give them to their homeroom teacher beginning on Monday, March 21st.

8th Grade St. Joseph's Dinner

Last week, information went home with the rescheduled date for the St. Joseph's dinner for 8th grade students and their male role models. Here is the link for the invite and RSVP.

Soon, I will be sending more information about end of the year activities and dates for the 8th graders. In the meantime, please mark your calendars for the evening of Monday May 23rd for graduation.

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!

Father Beechem Backyard Bingo Invite

If you would like to attend this year's Father Beechem Backyard Bingo you can get an RSVP card in the office, or you can print it from here and submit it to the office along with payment.
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Free On-Line Tutoring

Rose-Hulman Institute of Technology’s AskRose Homework Help is a free math and science tutoring service for Indiana students and other students in grades six through 12. Students can call 877-ASK-ROSE, email, video, or chat live with a friendly tutor to work through and better understand homework assignments. Students may also visit to get started.

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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

For the week of March 19- March 25:

Confirmed Positive Results: 0

Quarantined students: 0

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!

March Lunch Menu

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