Letter from the Principal Regarding the Daily Herald Article

Hi St. Laurence Families,
You may or may not have seen the article in today’s Daily Herald regarding potential school consolidation in the Diocese of Rockford, but I wanted to address this because I started this position being transparent with you and I have no intention of changing that now. I also know that rumors about our school and its future have plagued this community in the past and I don’t want false information out there.
First and foremost, the article was specifically about the meeting that was held in Aurora recently regarding their schools.  A similar article was in the Observer. It does mention that meetings will take place in Rockford and Elgin and as soon as the specifics on that meeting are announced, I would like to invite all of you to attend. In a conversation that I had this morning with Mike Kagan, Superintendent of Schools in the Diocese, he stated that this meeting will include a presentation of the data that has been collected and an opportunity for those in attendance to discuss it. As I have shared with you, the data shows that enrollment is down Diocesan-wide over the past 5 years. It is no secret that our school has felt a drastic decline in that time-frame which I am guessing is the information that the Herald used in the caption that they attached to the picture of our school in that article. Mr. Kagan was just as surprised as we all are that the Herald chose to use a picture of our school in an article about Aurora.
I would like for you to know that not only is the information incorrect in that caption…our enrollment is increasing, but nothing has changed. No decisions have been made by the Diocese. They simply hired a consulting firm to look at the schools and their viability and the numbers are back. They are now including the families in the process and welcome your feedback. Also, nothing has changed here at St. Laurence…We still have work to do in getting our numbers up and I still need your help with that.
Another number that I have shared with you from that study is the percentage of the school-age market in this area that we are tapping. It is approximately 4% that we share with the other 3 Elgin Catholic schools. Instead of being discouraged by the decreasing enrollment in the Diocese, I share with you the desire to focus on creating solutions that are consistent with tapping the 96% in an effort to share the gift of St. Laurence with more students. Our efforts thus far have been working.
As I mentioned, as soon as I know the details of the meeting in Elgin, I will share those with you, but in the meantime please do not let press like the article in the Herald scare you. Nothing has changed from the Diocesan perspective. We need to continue doing what we are doing and enjoying the excitement that surrounds our school.
God Bless,
Wendy

Weekly Update February 9th

February 9, 2017

 

 

PRE-REGISTRATION FOR 2017/2018 is due March 15th. It is important that you send your deposit in so that we can make projections for next year and it is also the date that we open registration to our new families. Please use the envelope that was sent home last week.

 

 

MID TERM – Friday, February 10th, marks mid term of the 3rd quarter. Progress Reports will be posted on School Speak on this weekend. Please view and “sign” your child’s reports.

 

BINGO FOR A BUCK – The second grade is inviting you and your family for loads of fun at Bingo this Saturday, February 11th. Only some of the fun includes buying a piece of duct tape for a dollar to duct tape

Ms. Kelly to the wall. A flyer, with all the details, was sent home yesterday.

 

ATTENTION GRADE 8 PARENTS Mark your calendars – Graduation Pictures are scheduled for Thursday, March 2nd. More info will come closer to this date.

 

FOR ALL VOLUNTEERS – This is a reminder that if you are planning on volunteering in any capacity this year, you will need to complete the Diocesan required Safe Environment Program. The program, along with all components,  is available on School Speak. If you have completed some paperwork in the past years, please contact the school office to find out which components you are required to do this year. Thanks.

 

HEALTH UPDATE There is one confirmed case of StrepThrot and Scarlet Fever in the third grade.

 

THANKS TO THE FOLLOWING FAMILIES FOR SNACK CART DONATIONS:

The Ben Meyer, Ignacio and Arnold/Dubois families

 

CHILI FOR CHARITY is Saturday, February 25th, at St. Thomas More in the gym from 3:30 – 7:00 p.m. Our very own Ms. Kelly will be a judge for the “mild” category. All proceeds will benefit the local Catholic Schools. For more info or questions contact Chris Gulik at 847-931-9641. Please help support the Knights of Columbus who are very generous to our school.

 

INTERACT NEWS – The Pennies for Patients representative came to talk about the Leukemia Lymphoma Society. We will begin collecting pennies on March 6th to benefit cancer research.  We made $677 from the art sale which benefits Heifer International.  We are going to buy a stove, chicks, rabbits, lama, a goat, and honey bees.  We also are able to send two girls to school with the money. Thank you to everyone who purchased art.

Reported by the Corresponding Secretary, Nathalia Aguirre

 

JOIN IN The next meeting of the Parent/Principal Book Club is Monday, February 13th, at 6:30 p.m. in the main office.  Everyone is invited to join us.

 

UPCOMING EVENTS

Saturday, February 11 – Bingo

Monday, February 13 –  Book Club

Saturday, February 25 – Chili for Charity