Posted on May 2, 2014 · Posted in Blog

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.

2013-2014  calendar:

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