Dear SLM School Families,

What perfect weather we’ve had these past few months! I do hope that you found a bit of time to enjoy the summer sun with your family and friends. Now, here we are at the end of August preparing for another terrific school year. Although our start date is a few days away (August 27th), I would like to officially welcome you to the 2019-2020 school year.

Beginning the new school year is an exciting time for the administration, faculty and staff of St. Lawrence Martyr. It is full of positive energy geared toward creating a wonderful learning environment and anticipating the arrival of our students. Desks are neatly arranged, teacher planners filling up, books carefully set out, reading spaces and bulletin boards creatively decorated. Most of all, it is a joy to greet the students on their first day back and a wonder to witness their physical growth!

Here is a bit of information before we get the school year underway:

Dates/Times First Week of School

Tuesday, August 27 th , is the first day of school . Each day begins at 7:55 a.m. School will dismiss at the following times:

  • 12:15 p.m. for students in TK & K

  • 1:20 p.m. for students in Grades 1 - 8

Please note that there will be a special gathering for all parents at 8 a.m. on Tuesday morning just outside the parish hall on the blacktop. Continental breakfast will be provided by our PTO members.

Wednesday, August 28th and Thursday, August 29th - Start time is 7:55 a.m. and dismissal at the following times:

  • 12:15 p.m. for students in TK & K

  • 3:00 p.m. for students in Grades 1 - 8

Friday, August 30th - Start time is 7:55 a.m. and dismissal at the following times:

  • 12:15 p.m. for students in TK & K

  • 1:20 p.m. for students in Grades 1 - 8

Special note: Grades 1 - 8 will celebrate Mass at 8 a.m. Parents, family members and friends are welcome to join us.

Daycare will be open all week from 7 a.m. to 7:55 a.m. and then again from 12:15 to 6 p.m.

As a general rule, school begins each day at 7:55 a.m. The tardy bell rings at 8 a.m.

(New Parents: Drop-off and pick-up procedures will be reviewed at the New Family Orientation Meeting on August 26th at 6 PM in the resource center/computer lab.)

Back-to-School Nights

Please mark your calendars for our Back-to-School Night Meetings:

Wednesday, September 11 th , at 6 p.m. – Grades TK – 5 th

Thursday, September 12 th , at 6 p.m. – Junior High

Dress Code

Just a few quick reminders about the dress code, as more details may be found in the school handbook which will be handed out during the first week of school:

  • Boys’ hair should be above the shoulders, above the ears and neatly cropped.

  • No hair-dye for boys or girls. (If your child has had a summer dye please have this corrected before the first day of school.)

  • Please remove fingernail polish.

  • Length of girls’ skirts should be no more than 3-inches above the knee.

  • Polo shirts should be tucked in with a belt around the waist.

We would like for you to help us to get our wonderful students off to a great start!!

School Speak

St. Lawrence Martyr uses school speak as a means of communication. If you have not already done so, please stay up-to-date on all school news by logging in to School Speak daily. If you do not have credentials to log-in, please contact Mrs. Richardson at catherine.richardson@stlm.org for details.

Finally, we ask that you join us in prayer for the coming year. We pray that our hearts and minds will remain open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit. We pray that parents, teachers, and students will come together in appreciation of one another and work with the assumption that all parties carry the best intentions at heart. We pray that Christ will remain the center of all that we say and do!

Many Blessings to each of you!

Mrs. Diane Kaiser