Vike-Link December, 2013
From the Office of the Principal,
If you have not activated your Ed-line account, please do so as soon as possible. If you are having trouble with Ed-line or a faculty member is not keeping their Ed-line up-to-date, please contact Mrs. Hynes at 708-458-6900 ext.215.
Ed-Line is even more important because students who fail the semester must make up that half credit in summer school. If you have any questions, contact the office.
I want to thank the faculty, staff, students and parents for a wonderful Veterans Breakfast on November 11. Forty-one veterans and their sponsors attended the morning events. The veterans and students loved the day. I have never received such positive feedback from any event than I have from the veterans and their families after this Veteran day presentation. I want to thank the Honor Flight group who came to speak to the students. These WW II veterans did a wonderful job talking about the flight and answering the students’ questions.
Junior parents should have received information in the mail from Excel Edge. This is the company that we contract for ACT prep. If you have not, please contact the office.
The first semester will be ending in a few weeks. Check the Vike-Link for details for testing days and dismissal times.
I want to thank all the students and parents for their help during the Open House in November. Your help on tours, in the classrooms, in the gym and in the cafeteria was greatly appreciated. The next Open House is Sunday, December 8. I always say that our parents and our students are our best recruiters. Let neighbors, friends, and relatives with 7th/8th grade boys know about the Open House.
Thanks to the parents who attended the Mothers’ Club trivia night, the Laurenta Club Day at the Races, and the Viking Pride dinner
Thanks to the Fathers’ Club for manning the outdoor concessions stand this year. We have had much activity on the football field. Your hard work and dedication is greatly appreciated. Not a week goes by that I do not get call or an e-mail complementing the people who work in the concession stand. People love the food, the welcoming atmosphere and working with the Fathers’ Club.
As we enter the Advent season, we begin looking ahead with hope to our celebration of the birth of Jesus who came among us as a helpless infant. Let’s try to make Advent more than a commercial season of shopping, more than a time to look forward to what we will get. Let’s make Advent a season to remember the birth of Jesus and to give to those who have less than we.
The lights and brightly decorated trees remind us of the true Light that we look forward to during Advent. Advent is an important time of preparation, a time to wait quietly as we look forward to celebrating the birth of Jesus.
We enjoy parties and gift giving, but we must remember that what we celebrate above all is the festival of the birth of Jesus.
We look forward with excitement and anticipation to the celebration of Jesus’ birth. In honor of His coming into our world and sharing our humanity, we have Christmas and the time for leisure, relaxation and time with family and friends. During our joyous Christmas vacation, keep Jesus in your mind, body and spirit. Go to church together, spend time with your family, and practice the sacraments. This time of year is for family. The school semester is over. The final exams have been taken. A new beginning is upon us. Make sure you continue to thank the Lord during this holy season for your family. When all is said and done, family is forever.
On behalf of the faculty and staff of St. Laurence High School, have a Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year!!
Kairos 58 was another success. It is always rewarding to hear students openly speak about how life-changing the experience is for them.
Looking forward, Kairos 59 will be conducted on February 11-14, 2014, all juniors and seniors are welcome to apply. Applications are now available on the school’s webpage at the bottom of the home page under “Online Forms.”
All students should be performing some Christian Service as they are encouraged to do so through their Team of Teams. There are usually some postings for service opportunities outside the Campus Ministry Office. Service Hour sheets are always available on the school’s webpage under
Our next school Mass will be on Tuesday, December 10. Since we usually celebrate Holy Days of Obligation and the Feast of the Immaculate Conception falls on a Sunday this year, we’ve decided to celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe on the 10th. Bishop Alberto Rojas, of Vicariate III will be our celebrant and the students of Queen of Peace will be joining us. As always, parents are most welcome to attend; the Mass starts shortly before 9:00 AM in the gym.
On Tuesday, November 26, we hosted the sixth graders from Saint Mary, Star of the Sea Elementary School for a day of retreat. Each year we invite all the local Catholic schools to these retreats, which are conducted by our Peer Ministers. As of this date, six schools have been scheduled; last year we hosted a total of fourteen by the end of the school year.
During the second week of December, which is the season of Advent, all freshman and sophomores will have the opportunity for the Sacrament of Confession during their Religion classes. Please encourage your son to take advantage of this opportunity.
We hope everyone had a Blessed Thanksgiving. Thank you to everyone who came out and supported our Trivia Night! We also thank all of those who worked that night and behind the scenes to make it such a success. It was the most successful fundraiser to date. We appreciate all of your support.
We have some important things going on in the month of December.
December 8th is our 2nd Open House from 10:00 am til Noon. Spread the word! Please contact Lori Capparelli if you are able to donate any of your time at email@example.com
December 10th -11th we will be selling gifts during lunch periods for the boys to purchase for Christmas gifts. We will also be selling Mother/Son Dance (Feb 8th) tickets for $60.00 for 2, $85.00 for 3. Hint to your sons that you would love tickets to the dance for Christmas. View the ticket flyer here
December 18th is the Faculty Luncheon hosted by the Mother’s Club. If anyone would like to donate a side dish or desert, please contact Gina Novak. (773.744.2431)
December 19th is our General/Combined Meeting with the Father’s Club and Laurenta. We will be having a Christmas party in the cafeteria at 7pm. We hope that you can make it. All are welcome!
SAVE THE DATE:
January 18th: We are planning a Candlelight Bowl. Come out for an evening of fun, bowling and dinner, $60.00 per couple for Buffet and 3 games of bowling.
February 8th: Mother/Son Dance. This is a very special evening with your sons. Be sure to get your tickets!!!
Everyone is always invited to all of our events. It is a great way to get connected with other moms and stay involved in our boys’ lives.
We wish you all a very Merry Christmas and Happy and Safe New Year! See you in 2014!
The eleventh annual Viking Pride Dinner took place on Friday, November 8 in the St. Laurence gymnasium. It was a great evening that gave tribute to the passion and glory of St. Laurence sports, honored outstanding STL businessmen, and celebrated the spirit of all alums. It was a night enjoyed by more than 160 guests. Honored were eight men that were inducted into the Hall of Fame. The Office of Institutional Advancement would like to thank everyone who assisted and all who attended our gala. Special thanks go out to Mr. Mike Corbett, ’77, the Master of Ceremonies.
May you and all those you love have a very Merry Christmas and a New Year filled with great health and much happiness.
We need to make some changes in the MANNA calendar due to the upcoming holiday schedule. The weeks between Thanksgiving and Christmas there will be an order every week. Hopefully, that helps with Christmas shopping. Below are the order and pickup dates.
Remember orders are due by 10 AM on TUESDAY. More info
Tuesday 12/3………… pickup Thursday 12/5
Tuesday 12/10…………pickup Thursday 12/12
Tuesday 12/17…………pickup Thursday 12/19.
Remember orders are due by 10 AM on TUESDAY.
Order due Tuesday 11/19…………..pickup Thursday 11/21
Tuesday 12/3……………pickup Thursday 12/5
Tuesday 12/10…………pickup Thursday 12/12
Tuesday 12/17………….pickup Thursday 12/19
Orders will resume on January 7, 2014 for pickup on January 9, 2014.
A big THANK YOU is extended to Renee Karpiel, who organized the Brunch at the Races this year. The food was excellent, and the company was even better. Thank you to everyone who attended.
Our next meeting will be held on Wednesday, December 4, at 7:00 PM in the Leadership Center. Please bring a wrapped $10 gift, if you would like to participate in our gift exchange. Also, please bring a dessert to share.
The annual Combined Meeting/Christmas Party with Mothers’ Club and Fathers’ Club will be held on Thursday, December 19, at 7:00 PM in the cafeteria. Laurenta members are being asked to bring a dessert. Come and spend some time with our STL family and friends from the Mothers’ and Fathers’ Clubs.
As always, please remember to say some extra prayers for our STL alums serving in the Armed Forces, and for all of those suffering illnesses.
Laurenta would like to wish all of you a blessed and safe holiday season!!!
Seniors & Parents: There will be a Financial Aid Night on January 15, 2014 at 7:00 PM in the STL Library. A financial aid expert from Saint Xavier University will go over the FAFSA form (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). No financial records need to be brought to this presentation.
Seniors: When a senior receives a scholarship offer, please give a copy of the letter to the Senior Counsel, even if he is not certain that he will be attending the school from which it was offered.
We are looking for an interpreter of American Sign Language who can assist one of our families
while they attend meetings and events at St. Laurence. If you would be willing to help please contact
Dr. Tom Pallardy, in our Guidance Department, or call him at 708-458-6900 x.221. Thank you.
Monday, DECEMBER 2, 2013
Meeting Schedule………….2:00 PM
Thursday, DECEMBER 5, 2013
Saturday, DECEMBER 7, 2013
Texas Hold ‘Em Tournament…6:00 PM
Sunday, DECEMBER 8, 2013
OPEN HOUSE…10 AM – Noon
Band ………Christmas Concert
Monday, DECEMBER 9, 2013
Tuesday, DECEMBER 10, 2013
……………..…All Parents Welcome
Saturday, DECEMBER 14, 2013
ACT Test……………………at STL
Testing Begins at 8:00 AM
Monday, DECEMBER 16, 2013
Meeting Schedule……2:00 PM
Tuesday, DECEMBER 17, 2013
END OF 2ND Quarter
Final Exams………….. Full Day
Period A – 8:00 – 9:00 AM
Period C – 9:03 – 10:03 AM
Period E – 10:06 – 11:06 AM
Period F – 11:09 – 11:29 AM
Period G – 11:32 – 11:52 AM
Period H – 11:55 – 12:15 PM
Period I – 12:18 – 12:38 PM
Period B – 12:41 – 1:01 PM
Period D – 1:04 – 1:24 PM
Period J – 1:27 – 1:47 PM
Period K – 1:50 – 2:10 PM
Period L – 2:13 – 2:33 PM
Wednesday, DECEMBER 18, 2013 – Half Day Testing – Period J, B, G
Period J – 8:00 – 9:05 AM (Announcements last five minutes of Period J)
Period B – 9:15 – 10:15 AM
Period G – 10:25 – 11:25 AM
Mothers’ Club….Faculty Luncheon
Mothers’ Club……Market Day
Pick Up Time….5:30 – 6:00 PM
Thursday, DECEMBER 19, 2013 – Half Day Testing – Period K, D, H
Period K – 8:00 – 9:05 AM (Announcements last five minutes of Period K)
Period D – 9:15 – 10:15 AM
Period H -10:25 – 11:25 AM
Mothers’, Fathers’ & Laurenta
Clubs Combined Christmas
Friday, DECEMBER 20, 2013 – Half Day Testing – Period F, I, L
Period F – 8:00 – 9:05 AM (Announcements last five minutes of Per F)
Period I – 9:15 – 10:15 AM
Period L – 10:25 – 11:25 AM
11:25 Dismissal…Break Begins
Wednesday, DECEMBER 25, 2013
Wednesday, JANUARY 1, 2014
HAPPY NEW YEAR!
Monday, JANUARY 6, 2014
Christmas Break extends to
Tuesday, JANUARY 7, 2014
Tuesday, JANUARY 7, 2014
………….All Classes Resume
Saturday, JANUARY 11, 2014
ENTRANCE EXAM for Class of 2018
8 AM, Enter at North Gym Foyer
Monday, JANUARY 13, 2014
Dismissal at 2:00 PM
Tuesday, JANUARY 14, 2014
Team of Teams Schedule
Wednesday, JANUARY 15, 2014
Guidance….Financial Aid Night
Thursday, JANUARY 16, 2014
Mothers’ Club………General Meeting
Cafeteria …………………..7 PM
Monday, JANUARY 20, 2014
Martin Luther King, Jr. Holiday
Tuesday, JANUARY 21, 2014
Team of Teams Schedule
Monday, JANUARY 27, 2014
LEADERSHIP WEEK BEGINS
Wednesday, JANUARY 29, 2014
Mothers’ Club…..Market Day
Pick up Hours…5:30 – 6:00 PM
Friday, JANUARY 31, 2014
Leadership Week Assembly
Gym….. Assembly Schedule
There will be an update to this Vike-Link after the Thanskgiving Break.