Posted on January 6, 2016 · Posted in Blog

Vike Link October 2016

From the Office of the Principal

Parents and students,

As we enter October, make sure you are aware of various events such as the Vike-Hike, testing day, first quarter ending, and the Junior Ring Ceremony.

Wednesday, October 5 is Vike-Hike.  The school day will start at 7:57 AM.    The Vike-Hike will take place at the I&M canal. Students will walk the three mile section of the canal.  They will be bused to and from the area.  Students will be provided with a hot dog lunch and be dismissed around 11:00 AM.

Junior Ring Orders will be taken on Thursday, October 6.

Friday, October 7 and Monday October 10 are shadow days for prospective students.  If you have a younger son or know a family member or neighbor in grades 6-8, please let them know of these Viking Visit days.

Monday, October 10 is the first day when all students need to be in dress code. Students should wear STL polos. If a student wears an undershirt under the polo, it must be a white t-shirt.  Students must wear dress pants with a belt and dress shoes with socks. The students will be reminded during their lunch period on Friday, October 7 and over the PA before they leave school on Friday.

The first quarter ends Friday, October 14.

Saturday, October 15 is the Annual STL Craft Show from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.

Wednesday, October 19 is our annual testing day.  Students will start school at 7:57 AM. It is important that students are not absent on this day.  This test is important for us to collect student data. Seniors should plan college visits for the day. There are no classes. Students should be dismissed around noon.

Wednesday, October 19 is also the Junior Ring Ceremony at 7:00 PM.

On Tuesday, October 25, the Garden Center for special needs students will be having their Halloween Party at STL. We need students and parents to help decorate after school and to chaperone the party from 7:00-9:00 PM.  If you can help, contact STL.

Thursday, October 27 is parent-teacher conferences from 2:00-5:00/6:00-8:00.  Students will be dismissed at 12:33.

I want to thank the parents and students who have come to me with kind words and concerns alike.  I truly appreciate this. Letting the school know when something is not right or is going well really opens the lines of communication, which lead to solutions to concerns or issues. Letting a teacher know that he or she is doing a great job motivates our teachers to keep up the great work. Conversely, going to the source, instead of waiting weeks or months to let us know a problem exists, is what makes a school strong. Never think of yourself as a troublemaker or pest because something happens at school that you may consider inappropriate or troublesome.

My door is always open.  Call me, email me, or schedule an appointment – I am more than willing to help you with whatever is on your mind.  Writing letters and not signing them, sending anonymous e-mails or making phone calls and not giving your name are poor ways to communicate your concerns or issues.  Unsigned letters and e-mails are discarded and phone messages with no names are not returned.  Bottom line: if you have something on your mind, call the teacher, coach or administrator and we will work with you.

I have instructed the faculty to check voicemail and email at the beginning and at the end of the school day.  If you call or email a teacher and you do not receive a response within 24 hours, call me. If it is important enough for you to call the teacher, you should receive a call back.

St. Laurence, pray for us.  Blessed Edmund, pray for us.  Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.