Vike-Link August 2014
From the Office of the Principal,
Welcome back for another wonderful year at St. Laurence. I hope your summer has been enjoyable. I know you are ready to begin the school year.
The School office will be closed from 11:00 AM July 24-August 4 at 7:00 AM.
Just a reminder: The school day this year begins at 8:00 AM. The day ends at 2:33 PM. Wednesday will be late start days. Students will report at 8:30. Dismissal will be at 2:33 each day. Check the school website and calendar for further information.
This year our student activity periods and “Team of Teams” will be on Wednesday mornings at 8:30 AM. The Team of Teams program is to provide STL students with an opportunity to be involved through team work in accomplishing goals they would have not been able to do on their own; to create strong bonds and a sense of unity; to provide cooperation and friendly competition; and to motivate each other for success.
Teams will consist of 12- 16 students of all years selected at random with a faculty/staff mentor. Teams will meet on a regular basis to accomplish the mission of the program. Students will meet on designated Wednesdays throughout the school year.
The school academic calendar will be on the website. It will be updated regularly. The athletic calendar will be posted on the athletic area of the website.
Due to the warm weather, students may wear shorts, gym shoes with socks with their STL polo until Friday, October 3.
You will be receiving a school reach call about the opening days of school. The message will concern the opening of school, book sale days/ packet pick-up and school days and meetings. When you come to school to buy your books, you will pick up your packet in the office. Please make sure all information requested in the packet is up to date. Please make sure all phone numbers, home address and e-mail addresses are current. If you have any questions, please call school.
I would like to welcome the following new additions to the STL family: Mr. James Maley will be teaching PE; Mr. Matt Koll and Mrs. Lauren Prunckle will be teaching English; Mr. Bobbie Howard will be teaching religion.
As we begin a new year, I cannot stress enough involvement by parents in your son’s education. Please follow the Vike-link, web pages, Ed-line and other correspondence that comes home to follow your son’s progress. Join the Mothers’ and Fathers’ Clubs. Attend back to school night, parent orientation and parent conferences. Get involved in St. Laurence. We want you and need you.
Students need to be involved in the many activities we have before and after school. Four years go by quickly. Get involved. You will be happy you did once you graduate. The student activities period will be part of the fall and spring schedule.
Freshmen parent orientation is Sunday, August 17 at 11:00 AM. Information on the Freshman mass/orientation/BBQ was e-mailed and mailed in July. RSVP by August 15. Senior, junior and sophomore parent orientation is Tuesday, August 19 at 7:00 PM. Parents, make sure you attend your parent nights on the assigned dates. Our first day of school for freshmen is Tuesday, August 19 and for all students on Wednesday, August 20.
There will be no student pick up in the north parking lot after school this year. If you pick up you son after school, pick him up on 77th Street or Central Ave. Only school buses, CTA buses and students with parking permits will be allowed in the north parking lot after school. This is for the safety of the students exiting the school building and for those taking buses. Please adhere to this.
St. Laurence, pray for us. Blessed Edmund, pray for us. Live Jesus in our hearts, forever.
Important August dates:
August 12 Book sales/packet pick up– Freshmen/Juniors—8:30 AM-12:00 PM
August 13 Book Sales/packet pickup—Sophomores/Seniors—8:30-AM-12:00 PM.
Book Sales and Packet pick-up—all classes—6:00-7:00 PM.
Fathers’ Club meeting 7:00 PM.
August 17 Freshmen family mass/orientation/BBQ—11:00-3:00 PM.—RSVP by August 15
August 19 First day of school Freshmen—8:00-2:33 PM
Sophomore./Junior/senior parents orientation at 7:00 PM.
August 20 First day of school for all students
August 25 Freshmen welcome assembly; School mass of Holy Spirit
School calendar at a glance—Important dates—check the full calendar on website.
Monday, August 12-13 Book Sales
Friday, August 15 New teacher meeting
Monday, August 18 Faculty In-service
Tuesday, August 19 Freshmen First Day
Wednesday, August 20 Upperclass first day
Monday, September 1 Labor Day—No classes
Thursday, September 4 Back to School Night/athletic meeting
Monday, Sept. 29-Sat. Oct. 4 Homecoming Week
Wednesday, October 1 Vike-Hike
Wednesday, October 17 Testing day
Thursday, October 30 PT conferences—Noon dismissal
Friday, October 31 No classes
Thursday, November 6 Open House
Wednesday-Friday, Nov. 26-28 Thanksgiving Break
Sunday, December 8 Open House
Monday, December 7 No Classes
Wednesday-Friday–Dec. 17-19 Semester Finals
Friday, December 19 Christmas break begins after last test
Monday-Sunday, Dec.22-Jan 4 Christmas Break
Monday, January 5 In –service—no classes
Monday, January 19 No classes
Monday, January 26-30 Leadership Week
Monday, February 2 No classes
Tuesday, February 3-6 Vocation Week
Monday, February 16 No classes
Thursday, March 19 PT conferences—4:00-7:00
Friday March 20 No classes-In-service
Friday, April 3-Sunday April 12 Easter Break—No classes
Monday,May11-13 Senior Finals
Sunday, May 17 Baccaluareate Mass
Monday, May 18 Graduation
Monday, May 25 Memorial Day—No classes
May 28-June1 Final Exams
Tuesday, June 2 Faculty—In-service
Wednesday, June 3 Faculty Day
June 2-5 will be used for emergency closing days