Posted on April 9, 2014 · Posted in Uncategorized

Vike-Link April, 2014

Revised on April 1, 2014


From the Office of the Principal,

Parents and Students,

Is winter finally over? I hope so. As we begin the month of April, I cannot believe how quickly the school year has gone.

There is a mandatory meeting for seniors and their parents on Tuesday, April 22 at 7:00 PM. All seniors and a parent(s) should attend.

There will be a few minor changes to the school schedule next year. On Wednesday throughout the school year we will be operating on a late start schedule for students. This will accommodate the various meeting schedules, student activity schedule and team of teams. More information coming soon.

The second Souper Bowl is Tuesday, April 1. Money collected from the Souper Bowl helps the missions in Peru. The Soup served at the Souper Bowl is donated from local restaurants and made by some of our parents.

Money Smart is an organization which helps families with money issues from retirement to saving for college. Money Smart will be at STL on Thursday April 17 at 3:30 PM for any parent or family member who would like information on “How to Afford Education.” Information is posted on our website and mailed home to you. Please RSVP by Friday, April 11, 2014 at 708-458-6900 ext 212.

There will be an ACT test given at STL on Saturday, April 12.

Recognition Night is Tuesday, April 29 at 7:00 PM.

Some important dates for 2014-2015 school year:

August 12-13 Book Sale Days
August 17 Freshman Family orientation, mass and picnic.
August 19 Freshman First Day; Upperclassmen orientation 7:00 PM
August 20 Upperclassmen first day
September 1 Labor Day–No classes
September 4 Back to school night—6:30 PM
October 1 Vike Hike
October 15 Testing Day/Senior Visit day
October 30 Parent Conferences—2:00-5:00/6:00-8:00
October 31 No classes
November 6 Open House
November 7 No classes
November 26-30 Thanksgiving break
December 17-19 Semester exams
December 20-Jan 5 Christmas break
January 19 Dr. King Day—No classes
February 2 No classes
February 16 President’s Day—No classes
March 19 Parent Conferences—4:00-7:00 PM
April 3-12 Easter Break
April 21 Mandatory meeting for all seniors at 7:00 PM
April 27 No classes—Faculty In-service
May 1 Senior Prom
May 17 Baccalaureate Mass
May 18 Graduation
May 25 Memorial Day – No classes
May 27-29 Final exams
June 1-5 Emergency closing days

We have school to make–up a snow day on Monday, April 21.

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



Don’t forget the ACT Test on April 16, 2014. We suggest taking the ACT two times during the junior year. Remember to bring your I.D. and ticket. You will not be allowed to take the test without both.


Campus Ministry

Seniors are reminded that twenty hours of Christian Service is a graduation requirement and that they should have the documentation of their service hours in by Monday, April 14. Service Hour sheets are always available on the school’s home-page under “Online Forms.” An
updated listing of Senior Service Hours is posted outside the Campus Ministry Office.

The Freshman Class Retreat was conducted by Augustinian Father Terry Deffenbaugh on Thursday, March 20. All freshmen participated and parents are encouraged to ask their sons about the day and its activities. Thanks to the Peer Ministers who served as group leaders.

Juniors and Seniors will have the opportunity to avail themselves of the Sacrament of Reconciliation during their Religion class on April 1 – 3. Priests will be available so that each student can see a priest individually for Confession.

All students are invited to take part in the Peru Mission trip in June (approximate dates June 3 – 12). The cost per student is $ 2500 and students are encouraged to raise as much as they can from family, friends, and local social groups. An informational meeting for students
and parents will be held at 2:45 on Thursday, April 3, in room D-136. Brother Smyth will have solicitation letters and envelopes available for those who intend to participate.

As we come toward the end of Lent and look forward to Easter I encourage all of our families to consider a greater participation in the events of Holy Week. Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and the Easter Vigil are the wonderful liturgical dramas of our Church Year that everyone should consider attending once every few years.



The 14th annual Final Four Extravaganza is upon us. Our 2014 Las Vegas Night is being held on April 5, from 4:00 PM to midnight, and it looks to be the biggest and the best yet. The cost of a ticket is $60.00, and it gets you admission and entry in the big raffle, where you could possibly win $5,000.00.

We’ll have lots of craft beer vendors at the event – come out and enjoy some specialty brews. Kindly contact Mr. Adam Lotus (extension 237) in our Office of Institutional Advancement with any last-minute questions or if you need any additional info

On Saturday, April 26, the school will host its annual Deceased Alumni Memorial Liturgy at 4:30 PM in the school library. Everyone is invited to join us to pray for and remember those Viking men who have passed on to eternal life. Mass will be celebrated by Father Norm Trela, and be followed by a reception hosted by our office. For more info, please call Ed Kozak at extension 244.

Happy Easter to everyone!


Mother’s Club

WELCOME SPRING!!! Finally~ we are looking forward to some nice weather.

As we are winding down the 2013-2014 school year, we still have a few things going on. We are already looking forward to our next school year and to forming our new Executive board. We also need someone to head the Market Day program for the 2014-2015 school year. If you are interested in any of these positions or have any questions regarding the Mother’s Club, contact the St. Laurence Mother’s Club @ 708-458-6900 ext 411 or Gina Novak at

March 31st: Next Planning Meeting at 7pm in Cafeteria ( It has been changed from April 7th.)

April 1st: 2nd Souper Bowl 5:30-8:00pm Leadership Center

April 24th: General Meeting 7pm We will honor our Senior Moms active on the Mother’s Club Board. They do a lot of work for our school and our boys so come out and show your appreciation. All are welcome!

Have a wonderful and blessed Easter!!



Our next general meeting will be held on Wednesday, April 16, at 7 PM in the Leadership Center. For this meeting we are extending a warm invitation to STL Senior Parents who have sons graduating this year. PLEASE join us to see what Laurenta is all about. We will have a short business meeting, and then have our “Penny Social Raffle.” We are asking Laurenta members to bring a wrapped white elephant gift.

St. Laurence’s annual Final 4 event, “An evening of Baskets and Bucks” will be held on Saturday, April 5. Laurenta members will be helping out in the kitchen.

The Edmund Rice Guild’s “Souper Bowl” dinner will be held on Tuesday, April 1, in the cafeteria, from 5:30 to 8:00 PM. This is a special Lenten meal. Please join Laurenta and Br. Smyth to support the Guild.

Laurenta will be sponsoring a spring BAKE SALE on Friday, April 11 during the lunch periods. Any baked items are appreciated. Thank you in advance.

Laurenta’s Installation Mass and Dinner will take place on Wednesday, May 6th. Mass will be in the chapel at 6 PM, with dinner to follow in the Leadership Center. Dinner tickets are $15 each. Contact Renee Karpiel at (708) 598-3061.

According to Laurenta bylaws, the Executive Committee shall be chosen for the ensuing two years at the April general meeting, in even numbered years. We will be seeking a President, Vice-President, Secretary, Treasurer, and Membership Chairperson.



If you plan to use the bus service for the 2014-2015 school year, the $75.00 deposit is due to Mrs. Hynes by May 20, 2014.



Tuesday, APRIL 1, 2014
Activity Schedule

Saturday, APRIL 5, 2014
Final Four Extravaganza
4:00 – 12:00 PM…..…Gym

Monday, APRIL 7, 2014
Mothers’ Club….…Meeting
Cafeteria………..……7 PM

Saturday, APRIL 12, 2014
ACT Test at STL….…8 AM
…Remember I. D. and ticket

Wednesday, APRIL 16, 2014
Laurenta Club….….Meeting
Leadership Center ……7 PM

Thursday, APRIL 17, 2014
The Reading of the Passion
Gym….All Parents Welcome

Friday, APRIL 18, 2014
No Classes

Monday, APRIL 21, 2014
Scheduled School Day
Make up for Snow Day

Thursday, APRIL 24, 2014
Homeroom Schedule

Saturday, APRIL 26, 2014
Deceased Alumni Mass
Library……….…..4:30 PM
Band Concert…….7:00 PM

Monday, APRIL 28, 2014
Meeting Schedule…..1:57 PM

Tuesday, APRIL 29, 2014
Recognition Night
Gym……………….7:00 PM

Wednesday, APRIL 30, 2014
Mothers’ Club…Market Day Pick Up
Cafeteria………….5:30 – 6:00 PM

Friday, MAY 2, 2014
Senior Prom….. 7:00 PM
Hyatt Lodge – McDonald Campus

Monday, May 5, 2014
All School Mass….8:57 AM
Dress Up Day