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Editor/Layout Ginger Przybyla The Spirit Magazine | Issue 7, Volume 3, Summer 2015 St. Laurence Catholic School Office of Development 2630 Austin Parkway | Sugar Land, Texas 77479 | 281-980-0500 main | 281-980-0026 fax

Proofreaders Marie Brown Terry Boyer Kathleen Corte Contributors Suzanne Byrne Susan Crockett Adriana Gutierrez Debra Haney Kristin Holy Doris Mendiola Photographers Johnny Baugh Suzanne Byrne Charlotte Conner Julie Chovanetz Doris Mendiola Kristi O’Connell Ginger Przybyla SLCS Faculty/Staff SLCS Volunteers

The Spirit is distributed to our constituent groups such as our current parents, alumni parents, grandparents, and special friends of the school who wish to receive it. The St. Laurence Catholic School Development Office prepares The Spirit and has made every effort to ensure this listing is accurate and complete. The donors listed in the publication made a contribution to SLCS between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015.

THANK YOU! We extend our sincere thank you to all of our parents who volunteer at the many events which take place at SLCS during our school year. Please accept our heartfelt gratitude for all that you do! Our school is successful due to your time, talent, and treasure. ACCREDITATION SLCS is a 2014 National Blue Ribbon School of Excellence. SLCS was fully accredited in 1995 through the Texas Catholic Conference Education Department (TCCED) under the aegis of the Texas Education Agency (TEA). We adhere to the policies and procedures of the TCCED and the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston.

Pictured on the front cover: SLCS students attending weekly Mass

ADMISSIONS St. Laurence Catholic School admits students of all races, colors, and national/ethnic origins to all the rights, privileges, programs, and activities made available to students at the school. The school does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, or national/ ethnic origin in the administration of its educational and admission policies, tuition assistance, or athletic and other programs. For Admissions, please contact Marie Brown, Admissions Coordinator/Registrar at 281-980-0500. Get more information online at

S UMMER 2015

Above: SLCS 1st graders viewing the butterflies before their release.


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Letter from the Principal Reviewing the 2014-2015 academic year and all of St. Laurence Catholic School’s achievements and gracious supporters

SPICE Program The St. Laurence program, Special People In Catholic Education, completes its year with great success.

Auction Event Recap 2015 SLCS welcomed school parents, alumni parents, faculty, staff, and friends to the 23rd annual auction this past April.

SLCS Celebrates Service! We take a moment to recognize and give thanks to our students, the Social Concerns Ministry, parishioners, parents, faculty, and staff for their dedication to service.

Class Updates! SLCS Alumni Class Updates

Annual Report A financial summary and recognition to everyone who has supported our school by giving to our annual fund

LIVING OUR MISSION As a pastoral instrument of the Church, St. Laurence Catholic School educates and develops the whole Christian person in body, mind, and spirit through the trinity of parent, child, and educator.




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[1] 8th grade girls at field trip [2] The Gonsoulin family enjoying the KOC Fish Fry [3] SLCS Christmas Band Concert [4] First Day of School [5] Mural created by the Honors Art Class of 2015 Inspired by the song “Oceans” by Hillsong United [6] 1st grade Service Project

LETTER FROM THE PRINCIPAL The 2014-2015 year has been a year of change, as well as historical events, for our school! We started the school year with our newly renovated library and classroom spaces on the second floor, as well as bigger locker rooms and some additional offices downstairs. We also began using our new TV Studio on a daily basis for the morning announcements.” Dear SLCS Friends, The 2014-2015 year has been a year of change, as well as historical events, for our school! We started the school year with our newly renovated library and classroom spaces on the second floor, as well as bigger locker rooms and some additional offices downstairs. We also began using our new TV Studio on a daily basis for the morning announcements. Mr. Maklary and the teachers have been working together to use the TV Studio for many additional projects and in some unique ways that also work to serve the parish. This has been life-changing for our school as it has allowed our students to practice their broadcasting skills, develop leadership as well as oratory skills, and integrate technology in a way that is unique to our grade school. It is now hard to imagine the school without all of these additions now! In September, we were notified that we had been awarded the 2014 National Blue Ribbon Award for Academic Excellence by the U.S. Department of Education, and Father Drew and I went to Washington, D.C., in November to receive the award; this honor was given to us as an exemplary high-performing school! “Highperforming” means that the achievement of our students on their 2014 IOWA Assessment places the school in the top 15 percent in the nation in reading and mathematics as measured by a nationally normed test. In addition, the application requires that the school explain how its programming meets the individual needs of students

and serves a diverse population. I have never been more proud to represent SLCS than I was on that day! Being chosen for this award indicates that SLCS demonstrates that all students can achieve to high levels. In its 32-year history, the National Blue Ribbon Schools Program has bestowed this coveted award on just under 7,900 of America’s schools. I want to thank our faculty and staff, our school board, our PTO, and our students for their tireless work and commitment to the school’s mission. It is in the trinity of parent, child, and educator that St. Laurence Catholic School has become a leader in Catholic education in our archdiocese, and now in our nation. We are abundantly blessed and extremely fortunate to have the community and parish support that allow us to thrive! Thank you for working together as one in spirit this year, so that we could accomplish great things for our students!

In Him we trust,

Debra Haney, Principal

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Debra Haney Principal Suzanne Barto Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator PreK - 4th Grades Germaine Guedry Assistant Principal and Curriculum Coordinator 5th - 8th Grades





Bat Tucker President

Stephanie Araiza Member

David Leiber Member

Michael Hurtado Vice President

John Baugh Member

Kevin McEnaney Member

Caroline Egan Secretary

Tish Cox Member

David Wells Member

Tammy Noe Treasurer

Keith Dolar Member

MaryBeth Trevino Member

A NOTE FROM THE PTO All of this success would not be possible without the parent volunteers who give tireless number of hours and talents to our school. We would also like to thank the faculty and staff at St. Laurence Catholic School for providing leadership and guidance to our children. towards the school’s endowment fund for tuition assistance! Every student at SLCS benefits from the donations that PTO makes to our school. All of this success would not be possible without the parent volunteers who give so much to our school. We would also like to thank the faculty and staff at St. Laurence Catholic School for providing leadership and guidance to our children. Susan Crockett & Kristin Holy PTO Co-Presidents


As the Co-Presidents of the PTO, we would like to give a huge thank you to the SLCS community. We have had another amazing year! It started out with the success of the Yankee Candle fundraiser. Most of our PTO income comes from this fundraiser – 70%. The money raised by the PTO throughout the year goes right back to our school through family events (8%) or school donations and instructional support (50%). From the money earned in fiscal year 2014-2015, PTO will give $26,000 towards the teachers’ wish list for instructional support for our students. PTO also gave $20,000 towards the upgrading of the schools’ playground equipment. Lastly, PTO will donate $5,000

2014-2015 SLCS PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION BOARD MEMBERS Co-Presidents Susan Crockett Kristin Holy Secretary Julie Clay Treasurer Sara Richards Programs Janet Rohrig

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VIPS Suzanne Tice

Prayer Liaison Michelle Cashiola

Fundraising Rachelle Nurse Goodly

Hospitality Aleini Lacombe Michelle Porth Christina Stanton Vivienne St. John Reinette Zezatti

Publicity Renee Mock Service Projects Traci Geyer Valerie Meyne


Teacher Appreciation Cheryl Aramburo Jennifer Dye Kim Riebe Nora Sessions ECC Coordinator Joan Fuchs Melissa Socha

Elementary Coordinator Amy Bergman Susie Murray Middle School Coordinator Jessica Barry Paige Flint





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Yankee Candle Fundraiser . . . . . . . . . . . . . 70% PTO Annual Family Dues . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15% Used Uniforms . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6% Box Tops . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4% Birthday Balloons . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3% Community Partner Support (Target, Kroger, Garrett & Boyd Donations)

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Instructional Support & School Donations (Teachers’ Wish Lists, Classroom Auction Projects, Golf Tournament and Endowment Donations, Family Retreat Support, Booster Club Gym Sign, Auction - Teacher of the Day Donation) . . . . . . . . . . 50%

Fundraiser (Yandle Candle Cost of Items & Fundraising Incentives) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 29% Expenses (Sales Tax, Balloons, Teacher Appreciation, Hospitality, 8th Grade Reception & Luau) . . . . . . . . 13% Family Events (Movie Night, Father/Daughter Dance, Father/Son Event, Family Rosary, Grandparents Day, First Friends, Family Mass, Guest Speakers) . . . . . . . .

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Special People In Catholic Education


ur SPICE program has completed its third year at St. Laurence Catholic School. This year, our student population has grown to eight elementary and middle school students, and our faculty has expanded to include a part-time director, a full-time teacher, and a part-time teacher, as well as a full-time and a part-time paraprofessional.

It’s exciting to offer personalized education plans to match the strengths and needs of each of His children. We revised our program to include a new course, transitional SPICE (referred to as T-SPICE). This elective class gives more independent students the opportunity to attend regular core classes. Students come to SPICE for individual support in the area of planning, executing, and organizing writing assignments and major projects; this is collectively referred to as Executive Functions. After successful completion of T-SPICE, the students return to regular classes. We were proud to develop this course and “graduate” several students this year in preparation for high school. The most important accomplishment achieved this school year was the full support of SPICE by the St. Laurence Catholic School community. After much deliberation and self study, the school board voted to absorb the deficit of SPICE services to help serve the needs of our families with special needs students. We hosted our third successful fundraising luncheon this spring with the support of generous donors

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in our community. Joseph Buckle, a 2011 graduate of St. Laurence, returned as our keynote speaker. Joseph spoke about his journey having a sister with autism and how they could not attend Catholic school together since SPICE was not yet formed. He also spoke about a sibling support and respite volunteer group, called Teen Huddle, which he and Kirsten Overgaardt co-founded. SPICE had a remarkable year, and we are proud of its accomplishments to date! To find out more about SPICE, visit or call Charlotte Conner, 281-980-0500.

2014-2015 SPICE ADVISORY BOARD President Cara Turner, Ed.D.

Secretary SiMone Braquet

Treasurer Steve Burns

Legal Consult Melissa Garcia Martin

BOOSTER CLUB RECAP This was an exciting year for the Booster Club. We continued with our mission of supporting the athletic programs and promoting school spirit.”

This was an exciting year for the Booster Club. We continued with our mission of supporting the athletic programs and promoting school spirit. One of our first priorities was reorganizing the trophy case in the dining hall so that we could make space for new trophies. With outstanding support from the school athletic directors, Betsy Brown and Glen Fucik, and the school administration the Booster Club facilitated many new projects. We launched a school-wide spirit shirt contest, which will result in a new spirit shirt for the 2015/2016 year. From redesigning the spirit shirt, to providing concessions at games, and sponsoring funds for athletic equipment for students, the Booster Club was very actively involved in supporting our students and student athletes. By raising funds through spirit item sales, Spirit Nights, banner sponsorships, memberships, and movie night, the Booster Club was able to support a variety of projects. Some of these include support towards the new basketball goals outdoors, athletic uniforms/equipment, a golf tournament fundraiser donation, new benches/tents with SLCS logo, shelving for the uniform closet, and over $10,000 for general athletic items. I would like to thank Betsy Brown and Glen Fucik for their tireless support of our students and student athletes, the administration for their guidance and support, the Booster Club Board for their unwavering energy and sacrifice, all of our Booster Club volunteers, and our athletic coaches. I’d also like to thank our parent supporters and invite those who have not had a chance to work with us, to please come by and share your thoughts. I’d also like to thank our students for continuing to make us proud to be St. Laurence Catholic School parents. Thank you to all our supporters and volunteers. We look forward to another successful year! Go Saints! Reggie Perez SLCS 2014-2015 Booster Club President

Accomplishments of the club this year are as follows: • Updated school banners for the gym • Reorganized the dining hall trophy case • Supported concessions at movie night • Redesigned the spirit shirt for the upcoming 2015/16 school year • Contributed to two new outdoor basketball goals • Donated to the golf tournament as a sponsorship • Approved $10,000 for general athletic department items • Purchased a new refrigerator for concessions at gym and school events • Purchased SLCS logoed benches and tents for outdoor athletic program use • Sponsored end of the year 8th grade volleyball game

• Assisted with Bingo Night volunteering and concessions • Funded new shelving for the uniform closets • Subsidized athletic club bags and uniforms for both boys and girls athletic teams • Promoted school spirit with the sales of SLCS logoed shirts and spirit items at our many spirit store sales (special thanks to Michelle Cashiola and Brook Morello for their outstanding job) • Encouraged Spirit Nights at area restaurants • Donated for Field Day purchases • Sponsored a Coaches Appreciation Dinner at Fadi’s to recognize our outstanding athletic school coaches

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President Reggie Perez

Treasurer Brook Morello

Vice President Sheri Bordelon

Secretary Rachael Kittleson


Membership Michelle Cashiola



2014-2015 BOOSTER CLUB BOARD MEMBERS AND COORDINATORS Concessions Brook Morello Special Projects/Fundraising Michelle Cashiola

TUITION ASSISTANCE GOLF TOURNAMENT T The 2014 Tuition Assistance Golf Tournament is one to go down in the record books! There were a number of first-time happenings. We had two title sponsors this year, Mi Huerta and Solvay Specialty Polymers; thank you, Nora and Trey Sessions and Ziad and Victoria Haddad! We had more registered golfers than ever before, 186 of them. With so many players, tournament play was expanded to both Sweetwater Country Club courses. All of our prior year sponsors returned, and we added many new ones as well. The contribution to the Tuition Assistance Fund was over $46,000, the highest annual contribution on record. The golfers were pleased to receive well-stocked goodie bags, which were underwritten by Murray Insurance & Financial; thank you, Jim and Susie Murray! The day turned out to be an absolutely beautiful one, and a good time was had by all, despite temperatures in the low 50s Brrrrr!

The Tuition Assistance Golf Tournament returns next school year to Sweetwater Country Club, so mark your calendars for Monday, November 16! Whether you are a competitive golfer or just swing every now and again for fun, you will want to be a part of this awesome event. Thank you, thank you to all of our sponsors and golfers! Our school families and business community are so very generous.

The evening wrapped with a tasty fiesta reception, underwritten again this year by the St. Laurence Knights of Columbus. Crystal trophies were awarded to our winning teams, and more than 25 excellent door prizes were given away to our luckiest golfers. The trophies and prizes were underwritten by Nectron; thank you, Mark and Adriana Kardoush! We added “Closest to the Pin” and “Longest Drive” contests this year as well. Thank you to our new sponsors, Trinity Publications and Red E Golf, and returning sponsor Bright Star Care!

Golf Participants

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2014-2015 Golf Volunteers

AUCTION EVENT RECAP 2015 Wow! What a fun night it was at the “Viva Las Vegas” Gala. A record crowd attended, and everyone had a great time! The casino tables were jumping, and the items were selling. Kristin and I had a great time working as a team to put together this year’s gala. We were very pleased with the way the event turned out and are happy that we reached our goal to support our wonderful school. But, even more important than the goal, was having our school community together to celebrate and what it represents: family. We are blessed at SLCS to have such a caring and loving community! The gala is the school’s biggest fundraiser, and it takes many hours of planning and meetings to make it happen. It cannot be done by just one or two people. We are so grateful to our over 40 volunteers who stepped up to make the night a success. Many of those volunteers were faculty who wanted to give back to the school and the kids with their time. It was great to see so many new families joining our “old” families in working together. They stuffed envelopes, sought donations, decorated tables, bagged shirts, walked carpool, wrote thank-you notes, and even took care of that sweet puppy. The community building was tremendous, and many new friends were made. We encourage anyone who would like to get involved for next year to join us!! Again, thank you all very much, and our kids thank you. The proceeds from our gala go directly to the school’s operating budget. It helps to keep our school running and current while not having to raise tuition

tremendously. We would also like to thank all our wonderful sponsors and surrounding businesses who supported and helped us to make “Viva Las Vegas” a success. Kristin and I look forward to next year’s gala. Thank you all! Aleini Lacombe & Kristin Holy

Many thanks to all the parent volunteers who made this night one to remember. You helped to make SLCS’ largest fundraiser a night of magic and fun for all.

PRINCIPAL OF THE DAY My experience as Principal of the “Awesomest Day Ever!”” I think that this is an experience that any kid wants to have. NO SCHOOL, NO HOMEWORK, ALL FUN!!!! I got to go around the school and visit all the classrooms. I also got to be in meetings and TAKE A FRIEND OUT TO LUNCH!!!!! I spent the entire day with Mrs. Haney and even got to wear her keys! I also got the privilege of doing the morning and afternoon announcements. There were so many fun things I was able to do as Principal of the Day. I hope I get to do it again one day! Ana Garcia Principal of the Day

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Celebrates Service

“For we are God’s workmanship, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” Ephesians 2:10 This past school year we challenged our students to tell five people about their service project, and in turn we would give them a T-shirt to proudly wear as they went out to make a difference in the world. Our T-shirt initiative was a joint partnership between the school and the Parish Social Concerns Office to share the good news of how our students undertake age-appropriate projects to learn about the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy. We are proud to announce that our students, faculty, staff, and parents answered the call to service like never before. Through the time, generosity, and heart of all involved, priceless teaching opportunities evolved for our students and allowed them to shine their light not only in their grade level but into the community and often further! Below is an update on what each grade level was involved in last year and how our students helped those in need! Our Lenten Project provided over 400 Lunches of Love and an afternoon of treasured memories for Pre K & 7th graders.

Charities. Friends were made and tears of heartfelt thanks were shed at the playdate celebration were wished can true.

We were able to engage our Kindergarteners in service by having them donate items for Birthday-in-a-Box to benefit a local homeless shelter.

The students in 5th grade out-did themselves with their reada-thon for our sister school, Queen of Peace, and had the opportunity to travel to see just where their efforts will benefit. The school purchased 12 Chrome Books and provided training for their staff with our donation.

Our 1st graders had the honor of bagging over 800 rice and beans packages for day laborers in Richmond. The 2nd grade students’ touched hearts of those in need of prayer through our Heaven’s Hand project, and their card sale raised over $1,500 to benefit Our Lady of Guadalupe School in Houston. Our 3rd grade team undertook the task of growing Job’s Tear beads in their own garden to make and deliver 75 chaplets for our senior friends at Mamie George Community Center. In 4th grade, we challenged our students to take on extra chores to raise money for two refugee families sponsored by Catholic

Service Awards!

A day of service was truly experienced by our 6th graders as they traveled to Mamie George to create tiles with the seniors. The tiles will become the permanent backdrop to the garden at the center. Our students also cleaned and restocked the pantry that is on-site at Mamie George. Finally, our 8th graders organized and hosted the parish’s Share God’s Bounty Food Drive, along with Social Concerns, to benefit 800 families at Thanksgiving.

Recognizing our Faculty & Staff

This year quite a few faculty and staff members were recognized for their years of service in Catholic education at St. Laurence. We were proud to honor many faculty members at the last school Mass of 2014-2015 school year.

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Germaine Guedry

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Jean Bauer Debra Haney

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Mary Lou Cabello Jeanne Hollkamp

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Jennifer Cantrell Stephanie Flynn Sarah Alexander Diana Tankersley

We thank each of our awardees for their continued dedication and service to our community.

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Student Service Organization Highlighted

Each year we will focus on one student service organization and highlight its accomplishments. This year we feature the Leo Club. The Saint Laurence Catholic School Leo Club, a branch of the Lions Club International, was created to give students a chance to serve others and help better our community. The club requirements of Leadership, Experience, and Opportunity, in communion with Christian core values, help to incorporate the Catholic faith into our students’ daily lives. As the club motto, “Leading for Life,” states, the objective of SLCS Leo Club is to support the development of future leaders, as well as supplement the moral values and Christian discipline being taught as a part of the school curriculum. It is also the goal of the club to reinforce what has been learned in school and at home, in order to make a lasting impression for years to come. The Leo Club is the largest club at St. Laurence, which is impressive considering that it’s a club for just 7th and 8th graders; involves early morning, late night, and weekend hours; and is solely devoted to serving others. Founded on March 12, 2002, by our Middle School Assistant Principal, Germaine Guedry, and a middle school teacher, Angela Rankin, to provide service opportunities for interested 7th and 8th grade students, the St. Laurence Leo Club has grown exponentially over the years. The club started with 24 original members and quickly reached 100 members by 2006. As of the 2014-2015 school year, the Leo Club membership reached an all-time high of 125 members, which is 71% of the 7th and 8th graders at St. Laurence! According to the Sugar Land

Lions Club, our sponsors, we are the largest Leo Club in the state – and maybe even the country! The Leo Club strives to provide service to our school, parish, and surrounding community, which is evidenced by our service projects, as well as our members’ strong commitment and pride toward this club. Throughout the year, students volunteer at different service opportunities ranging from helping teachers in their classrooms to working with the parish, the archdiocese, and various groups in the community, including the Sugar Land Lions Club. During the 2014-2015 school year, the Leo Club volunteered at 58 different events, clocking over 1500 service hours in just 9 months. There are several favorite projects that the Leos work every year. One of the top choices is shopping at Wal-Mart for needy children to ensure that they, too, will have a happy Christmas. Another club favorite is working alongside the Knights of Columbus to serve drinks at the Fish Fry events during Lent. One of our newer events, manning the game area during the Sugar Land Exchange Club Spaghetti Dinner, has quickly become a coveted project. The Leo Club is dedicated to giving our students the opportunity to serve our parish, our school, and our community in order to develop young adults who MAKE A DIFFERENCE!

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• National Elementary Honor Society • Student Council • Safety Patrol

• Spanish Honor Society • Quiz Bowl

CLASS UPDATES Class of 2014 A group of former SLCS students, Class of 2014, currently attending Strake and St. Agnes, visited the SLCS campus in September 2014. Evan Florance earned Honor Roll for all four quarters, the Biology Award, and Geometry Award at Strake Jesuit!

Class of 2013 Bradley Burgess made the principal’s honor roll for the 1st quarter at Strake Jesuit. He also made the Strake Jesuit golf team this year. He continues his flight instruction at Anson Air in Sugar Land to get his private pilot’s license. Chris Yeager is a swimmer and had the opportunity to represent the U.S. in Hawaii in August 2014 at the Junior Pan Pac meet. Please continue to pray for Jacob Richard and his family as he continues his journey with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy (DMD).

Class of 2012 Ugo Amadi attends Clements High School and received all district honors for District 23-6A football. Brandon Bain attends Strake Jesuit and is part of a group of young men currently discerning religious life. He attended a pilgrimage to Rome for ten days in the spring as a part of his discernment.

Tucker also received all district honors for District 23-6A football. Chelsea Perreau attends the Sugar Land Harmony School of Science, and she is loving it! Patrick McLaughlin will be attending Texas A&M University in the fall, majoring in digital communications, and plans to join the Corps of Cadets. Jake Brown, a graduate of St. Thomas High School, was a two-sport varsity performer for the STH Eagles, playing for his father, Jeff, in the greatest single season in the history of STH lacrosse. But his future athletic focus will be as a wrestler at Division III Knox College. “I’m not sure I saw this coming; certainly not that first day of wrestling practice, which was the hardest practice ever. But I learned to love the sport, love competing and the camaraderie with my teammates. That’s not something I wanted to see come to an end,” Brown said. Brown was the bronze medalist at 170 pounds in the STH Eagles third-place finisher at TAPPS State. He was visiting colleges and universities throughout the Midwest, but during a face-to-face meeting with Knox College coach Matt Lowers, the impact was made along with Jake’s decision. “That really piqued my interests and convinced me this (Knox) could be an extension of my STH experience. It’s a major commitment, along with the academics, but I’m really looking forward to it,” Brown said. Jordan Simon, who graduated from Strake, has committed to playing soccer at Spring Hill College in Mobile, AL. See picture below! Jack Skipper, who graduated from Strake in May, will play football at Rhodes College. Xena Murugappan was accepted to the Colorado School of Mines to study Petroleum Engineering. She will begin her studies in the fall of 2015.

Class of 2011 Elizabeth Popp will attend Mays Business School at Texas A&M University in the fall of 2015. She was co-founder and co-president of the Lunches of Love Club at SAA and is also on the Board of the Social Concerns Ministry at St. Laurence Catholic Church. Daniel Rutledge will attend the Engineering School at Texas A&M. He also received a scholarship to Texas A&M from the “College Board Recognition Award.” Mercedes McKay was voted Homecoming Queen for Austin High School and was accepted to MIZZOU where she plans to attend to pursue Sports Broadcasting. She is also CoColonel of the Angels Dance Team. Check out the article in the Houston Chronicle regarding Tucker Kisel making his move in football from the center position to the right tackle position at Austin High School.

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Class of 2010 Brian Buckle has completed his freshman year as an Engineering Major at Texas A&M. WHOOP!

Class of 2008 Molly Brown has just completed her junior year at St. Louis University as a Public Health major. She is participating in the Exxon Mobil internship program this summer, working at the Christian Community Service Center (CCSC) in Houston. In the fall, she will intern with the Big Brothers Big Sisters organization in St. Louis.

Class of 2007 Alexandria Pane graduated from Baylor University with a Bachelor of Science Degree in Nursing and is excited to be working at Memorial Hermann Southwest in the OB Department. She also got engaged in January to Philip McBride and will be married this October. Caroline Allee graduated from Texas Christian University in May. She earned the Purple Heart Award and All-Mountain West Athletic Award as a player for the TCU Women’s Soccer Team. She is a member of the Rho Epsilon Chapter of Chi Omega. She majored in education and has been on the Dean’s Honor List all four years. She is a member of the Golden Key International Honor Society and the National Society of Collegiate Scholars. She has been awarded the American Association of College for Teacher Education and the Southern Poverty Law Center Award. She works with the Catholic Charities Refugee Program, Make A Wish Foundation, and TCU’s children’s programs. She completed her student teaching in the spring of 2015 and graduated in May with honors.

Meaghan Goodrich graduated from St. Agnes and University of Houston (Main Campus). She was an assistant track coach for SLCS while she was at U of H. She currently works in sales for Service Corporation International.

Class of 2001 Sarah Glaser married Julian Alexander (yes, one of the SLCS football coaches) on May 23, 2015, at St. Laurence Catholic Church in Sugar Land, Texas. Congratulations!

William Perreau is currently studying Petroleum Engineering at Texas Tech University and is scheduled to graduate in 2016.

Class of 2006 Tara Schurman graduated in May from TCU with her M.Ed. and will be teaching first grade this upcoming school year at St. Andrew Catholic School in Ft. Worth, Texas.

Adam Hudec will be getting married soon.

Class of 2000 Cari McMenemy married Michael Caddick on July 2, 2015, at St. Laurence in Sugar Land, Texas. Congratulations!

Claire Glynn and Ryan Dumbar will be getting married. Congratulations!

Sarah Conlon is a doctor and will be getting married in the near future.

Jimmy Goodrich graduated from Strake Jesuit and Rutgers University. He was an assistant coach for the first SLCS football team while he was a senior at Strake. He is currently visiting the University of Stockholm on a Fulbright scholarship. This August, he will return to Rutgers to start his PhD program there. He may also be pursuing a second PhD at the University of Stockholm.

Allie Albrecht Cassidy had a baby girl, Clare Cassidy, September 18, 2014. Her mom, Nancy Albrecht, was the school nurse for many years!

Class of 2004

Devin Hotzel is a third-time proud father of August Jackson “Auggie.” He was born on May 27 and weighed 7 pounds and 19 ½ inches long.

Jessica Perreau is a RN/BSN at MD Anderson Hospital and is working on completing her MSc part time from Texas Women’s University in the Nurse Practitioner field. Mimi Conlon is a nurse at Methodist and will also be getting married soon.

Class of 2003 Lauren Butler was married at St. Laurence Catholic Church on January 31, 2015, to Tom Schmidt from Cypress, TX. They now reside in Houston, TX.

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Class of 1999



Class of 1997 Lori McMenemy married Michael Newell on May 16, 2015, at St. Martin de Porres in Dripping Springs, TX. Congratulations! After 10 years of post-graduate training (and 18 years after graduating from St. Laurence Middle School), Andrea M. Glaser, M.D., is proud to announce that she has completed her training in Pediatric Gastroenterology, Hepatology, and Nutrition. Upon graduation from the University of Texas Health Science Center in Houston in June 2015, she will be gy at taking over as the Director of Pediatric Gastroenterology UTMB in Galveston.. Galveston has been without a pediatric

GI specialist since Hurricane Ike in 2008, and Andrea is super excited to bring this area of medicine back to the Greater Bay Area! In addition to leading the division of Pediatric GI and seeing patients, Andrea will also hold an appointment of Assistant Professor of Pediatrics at the oldest medical school in the state of Texas. She will be heavily involved in teaching medical students and future pediatricians in her areas of specialty.

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[1] Carpool Volunteers [2] While reading “The Omnivore’s Dilemma,” the 8th graders annotated using sticky notes [3] Fr. Drew and Annie [4] Food Drive [5] SLCS Auction

[6] Mrs. Guedry receiving her 20th year award ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

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Letter from the Past School Board President Office of Development Report


SLCS Financial Report


List of Donors


Ways to Support SLCS


Making Catholic education affordable for all families will remain a priority of the school board as we try to live justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with our God in all of our discussions and decisions.” The Parable of the Talents always applies when you look back over a period of time. This is certainly the case when reflecting back on the 2014-2015 school year. The gifts of time, talent, and treasure that St. Laurence Catholic School has been blessed with were faithfully used to the fullest to provide our students with the finest in Catholic education and led the way to SLCS being chosen as a 2014 High-Performing National Blue Ribbon School. This year, SLCS bonded with the parish and many of the parish ministries by sharing our facilities. We added a new computer lab by flooring in the second story of the library, remodeled the locker rooms, added a new athletic office, created space for small group instruction, and started a new television studio for broadcasting morning announcements and other special projects. This year the school board assessed school compliance with the Strategic Plan, evaluated all policies, and worked hard to bring tuition relief to families with multiple children and families with children in the SPICE program. Making Catholic education affordable for all families will remain a priority of the school board as we try to live justly, love tenderly, and walk humbly with our God in all of our discussions and decisions. From the perspective of the school board, I wish to thank all employees and volunteers who have diligently and faithfully put to use all of the gifts of time, talent, and treasure at their disposal. In particular, I thank my fellow outgoing school board members, Tammy Noe and Marybeth Trevino. I have enjoyed working with these talented and dedicated people and look forward to the future work of the school board under the incoming leadership of President Michael Hurtado, Vice President David Wells, Treasurer Tish Cox, and Secretary Caroline Egan. They

are joined by returning board members John Baugh, Keith Dolar, David Leiber, and Kevin McEnaney, plus incoming board members Jackie deGroot, Svenya Elackatt, Christina Hinojosa, and Marlene White. As in recent years, our school remains financially sound. Enrollment numbers for 2015-2016 are excellent. Our largest fundraisers, the Annual Fund and school auction dinner, met goals and will contribute to keeping school tuition within a reasonable range. On a comparative basis with other Catholic and private schools, the tuition at SLCS remains a very good deal. Special thanks goes out to Development Director Ginger Przybyla and her assistant, Suzanne Byrne, for their work in financial development for our school. Deep gratitude goes out to our 2015 school auction dinner chairs Aleini Lacombe and Kristin Holy and their team of volunteers. Their tireless dedication to this event positively impacts our school community in more ways than just funding. We thank the Co-Chairs Zaid and Victoria Haddad, Tammy and Steve Noe, Susan and Scott Yokley, Reinette Zezatti, and Kevin McEnaney for a record breaking Golf Tournament, which provides much needed funds for our Tuition Assistance Program. Under the leadership of Tammy Noe, our second Family Retreat in April 2015 was a tremendous success for families to bond and grow spiritually. Next year’s Family Retreat has been scheduled for April 29 through May 1, 2016, at Forest Glen Camps outside of Huntsville. The retreat is real a gift to families! It is a blessing to be able to volunteer here at SLCS as we truly are “One in the Spirit.” The volunteers, along with the administration and faculty, make SLCS a difference maker in educating the whole person in mind, heart, and spirit. Please continue to pray for our administrators, faculty, and families to be filled with wisdom to diligently and faithfully use the talents bestowed on them. May we always be the light,

Bat Tucker

2014-2015 School Board 20 |


SLCS School Board President 2014-2015

OFFICE OF DEVELOPMENT REPORT St. Laurence Catholic School is a parish school that depends on the generosity of parents, friends, grandparents, corporations, and foundations for its survival. Thanks to the support of so many, we have had great success with 2014-2015 fundraisers. Opportunities for giving to SLCS are listed below, along with our results from this past school year. The St. Laurence Catholic School Development Office prepares the annual report and has made every effort to ensure this listing is accurate and complete. The donors listed in the publication made a contribution to SLCS between July 1, 2014, and June 30, 2015. If we have omitted your name or listed it inaccurately, please accept our sincere apologies. We ask that you contact the Office of Development at 281-980-0500 to advise us of any errors so we can make corrections. FAITH, LEARNING & LEADERSHIP ANNUAL FUND The Faith, Learning & Leadership annual fund efforts continued this year as we obtained our goal of $185,000, thanks to our generous supporters. Since we do not receive local tax dollars, we depend on the generosity of our St. Laurence community to help support our ongoing commitment to give our children technology, arts, athletics, and tuition assistance, to name just a few areas benefitting from our Annual Fund. VIVA LAS VEGAS AUCTION GALA This year, the SLCS Auction Gala raised approximately $300,000 for our school. These funds support our general operations for the next school year. Many thanks to those volunteers who gave their time, talent, and treasure to make the night a HUGE success. It would not have been possible without the awesome leadership of Kristin Holy and Aleini Lacombe. You ladies and the volunteers did a terrific job, and we are eternally grateful. We also truly appreciate your spouses and families, as we know the sacrifices they make to support the efforts for the school. ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL TUITION ASSISTANCE GOLF TOURNAMENT Many of our families desire the quality Catholic education of our parish school but simply cannot afford the full tuition in times of distress or when an emergency occurs that is unexpected and leaves them in need of financial help. The golf tournament benefits the tuition assistance program at St. Laurence Catholic School. The golf tournament was held in November and raised over $49,000 through the generosity of our supporters. Thank you to the Co-Chairs Zaid and Victoria Haddad, Tammy and Steve Noe, Susan and Scott Yokley, Reinette Zezatti, and Kevin McEnaney for their leadership.

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STEPS FOR STUDENTS SLCS participated in the archdiocesan annual 5K event, Steps For Students. The archdiocese organizes this fun event and asks all Catholic schools to participate to show unity in the community between schools. This year, SLCS had over 270 register and take part in this fun-filled event, which raised over $7,300 for tuition assistance. Thank you to Aurora Resuriz and Christine Vo for serving as Co-Chairs. PARENT TEACHER ORGANIZATION The PTO (Parent Teacher Organization) works very hard each school year to provide programs, events, and fundraising efforts to benefit SLCS. PTO’s efforts raised over $55,000 for our school through funds that were collected from selling Yankee Candles, collecting Box Tops, and using the Kroger, Randall’s, and Target card programs. GRANTS SLCS was awarded a $500 grant this year from The Meadows Foundation. We applied for these funds through their Charitable Schools Program. The funds were used by the Leo Club to provide Christmas gifts for needy children. SLCS also applied for and received a $30,000 grant from the DeBusk Foundation to host the DECATS program at St. Laurence. DECATS is a student enrichment program which is offered to students archdiocesan-wide. CHARITABLE GIVING Last school year, SLCS gave out over $9,000 in charitable donations to various organizations we serve. These donations were funds collected from grade-level service projects, bake sales, and other school- wide projects. SLCS does an amazing job of supporting local organizations in our community and raising awareness of the less fortunate, all while teaching our students the importance of giving back.

SLCS FINANCIAL REPORT The budgeted tuition revenue represents only 70% of the funding necessary to educate a student at SLCS. The school must rely on voluntary support from fundraising – the annual fund, golf tournament, Steps For Students, and auction proceeds - to close the gap on the full cost of tuition. St. Laurence Catholic School receives no significant support from government sources or the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston. Due to increased enrollment and highly successful fundraising efforts, SLCS has been able to support the School Board’s strategic initiatives by ensuring a financial commitment to


competitive teacher salaries, tuition assistance, professional development for faculty and staff, expanding academic programs, and funding reserves for facility repair and replacement. SLCS’ expenses and revenues for the fiscal year of 2014-2015 are shown below. The Finance Committee members were: Ron Begnaud, Tish Cox, Michael Hurtado, David Leiber, Tammy Noe, Finance Committee Chair and Treasurer, and ex-officio members Mrs. Cabello and Mrs. Haney.



69% 10%


15% 46%

12% 1%



Tuition and Fees . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69%

Educational (Salaries & Benefits) . . . . . . . . . 46%

Fundraising, Auction, Donations and Other . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 14%

Administrative and Support (Salaries & Benefits) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 17%

Other Programs . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12%

Buildings (Payments, Utilities and Maintenance) . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15%

School Activities . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4% Investment Income and Grants . . . . . . . . . . 1%

Education Support . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 10% School Activities and Fundraising . . . . . . . . . 6% Tuition Discounts and Assistance . . . . . . . . . . 3% Books and Supplies . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3%

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ANNUAL GIVING DONORS: BY LEVELS Apostolic Angels Jason and Erin Golan Randy and Carol Limbacher

Founders Circle $6,000 - $9,000 Mark and Adriana Kardoush

Trinitas Legacy $3,000 - $5,900 Jim Coppedge and Krista Gibson Bill and Cathy Miller Trey and Nora Sessions Bat and Mary Tucker Zaccardo Family

Communion of Saints $1,500 - $2,999 Anonymous Michael and Kryshon Bratton David and Michelle Cashiola Matt and Cristina Dangel Tom and Laura Dans Sanjay and Emily Dhamija Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Dye Rick and Cecilia Garcia Michael and Josephine Hurtado The Jakubik Family Matthew and Carmen Jordan Matt and Ami McSorley Med Valt Pharmacy, L.L.C. John and Carrie Pacini Dr. and Mrs. Andrew Psyk Rene and Stephanie Richard Leonard and Arlene Rolsen Spray and Forget It Quan and Angela Vu The Welsh Family Jonathan and Marlene White Justin and Karina Wong

Wings of a Dove $500 - $1,499 Anonymous (2) John and Stephanie Araiza Charles and Cheryl Aramburo Paul and Jean Bauer Ben and Amy Bergman The Boettiger Family Rob Botard The Mark Cashiola Family Al and Claire Clark Steve and Jenna Coda Mr. and Mrs. Errol Cortez David and Tish Cox Dr. and Mrs. Jorge Darcourt

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Michael and Annette Florance Adrian Garcia and Elizabeth McLoughlin Alfonso and Rosa Gonzalez Dr. Joseph Goodly and Dr. Rachelle Nurse Jesus and Carolina Guerra Bruce and Cheryl Hall Tim and Michelle Hannah Harubin Family Mr. and Mrs. Gilbert Henry, Jr. Mr. and Mrs. Arnie Jimenez Christopher and Veronica Larkins Simon and Lana Leech Mr. and Mrs. Carlos Leon Spencer and Kendra Leslie Christopher and Stephanie Limbacher Carey and Heather Lindsey Tom and Rosemary Lootens Harlie & Dorothy Love Russ and Julie Mahan Edward and Janet Malek Dr. Mark and Mrs. Maria Caranto Margaret Martindale Patrick and Adrienne Mathews Mr. and Mrs. Lucio Mendez Matt and Veronica Messersmith Nelson Family Michael and Kyle Nelson The Pham Family Thien and Huong Nguyen Charles Nguyen and Marie Do Edward and Rosa Nguyen Steve and Tammy Noe Michael and Karen Offner Allan and Joan Parker George and Tanya Ponce de Leon Richard and Michelle Porth The Reese Family The Riebe Family Joseph Rogers Mike and Janet Rohrig Art and Gina Romero Dr. Javier Sanchez and Dr. Lizbeth Cisneros Allan and Marlene Sander Sienna Eye AssociatesDr. Tran & Dr. Chung Fredrick and Haidee Sjodin Skiffington Family Dr. Mark Vann and Dr. Lois Peters-Vann Mark and Julie Vitek Kurt and Jenifer Walker John and Crystal Yates Sam and Reinette Zezatti


Tony Zubizarreta

Messengers of Hope $250 - $499 Mr. and Mrs. Arturo Alcala Todd and Suzanne Barto Eric and Mimi Baud Diego and Lorena Beltran Levi and Courtney Bierman Brendan and Cynthia Burgess Steve and Phung Burns Sean and Suzanne Byrne Mr. and Dr. Cardozo Carlson Family Cavigliano Family Jae and Sandra Cho The Jade Clay Family Natalie & Michelle Collins Dr. and Mrs. Roland Cortez John Crockett Steven and Susan Crockett Brian and Jeannie Dobrava Keith and Michelle Dolar Mr. and Mrs. Mario Dominguez, Jr. Ghassan and Claude Dow Bruce and Darlene Dye Kevin and Janice Dylla Eckelkamp Family Dany and Randa Elraheb Ennis Family Rafael and Patricia Flores Fotso Family John Jones and Jorelyn Ga-an Arturo and Cherry Garcia General Electrics Jason and Debra Haney Dr. and Mrs. David Helcel Clayton and Kristin Holy Patrick and Suzanne King Frank and ShaLa Kiolbassa Ron and Pati Knight Mike and Lori Knowles Robert and Janette Lapus Leiber Family Magnabosco Family Mr. and Mrs. David McLaughlin Ashley and Jill Michael Jorge and Lourdes Montes Javier Moreno and Jennifer Jimenez Thomas and Shanna Muhlbauer Mark and Andrea Murray Gabriel and Mercedes Navarro Nathan and Jacki Nguyen James and Rosemary Noe Mr. and Mrs. Wayne Parker Christopher and Rebecca Perez Teri Petersen

Matt and Becca Phillips David Preng Mr. and Mrs. David Quintanilla Xavier Raj and Shubitha Jeyaraj Renee Ranalli David and Lita Rogers Darrin Rouse and Marla Bermudez Dan and Martha Rutledge Mr. and Mrs. Jack Sanders Gary and Kelley Sandler Mr. and Mrs. Eric Siebert Siwierka Family Jerry and Joy Smith Josh and Laura Sol Mr. and Mrs. Shawn St. John Kevin and Kelley Stephenson Chris Stipes and Elissa Rivas Stipes Jose and Andrea Suarez Ben and McCourt Thomas Sean and Wendy Thomas Ron and Dianna Thompson Pedro and Rebeca Tonda Jim and Elizabeth Volmert Hieu Vu and Ngoc Vu-Cao Pheroze and Leslie Walker-Tamboli Matthew and Jennifer Walters Wayne and Cynthia Washburn Jeffrey and Cammie Zgonina

Red, White, & Blue Club $100 - $249 Anonymous (5) Nidal Abuata Elia Acuna James and Lisa Alexander Leslie Annicchiarico William and Peggy Araiza Greg and Dana Arrell Michaelene Barone Cristina Barrionuevo Thomas and Jessica Barry Johnny and Tina Baugh Pat Bel Irving and Jasmin Bering Julian and Melanie Bilodeau Michael and Sheri Bordelon Bouchez Family Ryan and Mandy Boudreaux David and Terry Boyer Adam and Elizabeth Brack Mark and Judy Bradicich Dave and Vicky Brockman Greg and Shannon Brown Mr. and Mrs. Jeff Brown Mr. and Mrs. Kirby Busby

ANNUAL GIVING DONORS: BY LEVELS Jeffrey and Sheri Cass The Cassapo Family John Paul and Delia Castellanos Castillo Family Joseph D. and Corazon Casuga Gaynel Centanni Mrs. Julie Chovanetz Alberto and Juliana Cividanes A. Reagan Clark Jeremy and Victoria Coffman Walter Colquitt Ross and Beverly Conatser Sergio and Cecilia Conlu Ardist and Charlotte Conner Matt and Patricia Corson Michael and Yvette Crawford Mr. and Mrs. Albert Cruz Mr. Jose Cruz & Family Michael and Vicky Cui Mr. and Mrs. Michael Dangel Carlos and Claude de la Garza Mr. and Mrs. Peter de la Mora Delclos Family Donald and Kathleen Deroche Joe and Cecilia DeSanctis Matt and Anika Dickinson Jeff and Beth Dodson Doganieri Family Mr. and Mrs. Marcello Donati Albert and Betty Duque Rose Marie Durden Celso and Patricia Durias Dr. and Mrs Marv Dvorak Nate and Gigi Ellis Rudy and Gracie Fernandez Shaun and Marina Fleishman Patrick & Judy Gaffney Geyer Family Larry and Vicki Glaser Chad and Geni Gonsoulin The Gray Family Ziad and Victoria Haddad Dr. and Mrs. Waylon Haecker Dottie Hargus Fr. Tom Hawxhurst Larry and Amy Heckman Jason and Jill Hoelscher Mr. and Mrs. Tom Holcomb Larry and Linda Holifield David and Melanie Ikeler Rod and Elsie Ilse Mr. and Mrs. Arnaldo Jimenez Andrew and Juliana Johnson Jason and Chris Jonas Bob Jorissen Mr. and Mrs. Dave Jorissen David & Pamela Kagey Dwain and Laura Kennedy Kilboy Family

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Daniel and Megan Kliebert Carlton and Vanessa Kon David and Aleini Lacombe Pamela Lambert Cris and Lauren Lara GGC Survey James Patrick and Juliana LaRue Joseph and Morgan Lasala Carolyn Lawlis Xuan and Kiki Le Frank Leder James & Essie Leslie Ken and Wendi Lojo Dr. and Mrs. Thanos Lykidis Mr. and Mrs. Ruel Macasaet John and Sheryl Maklary Mr. and Mrs. Gerald Malabanan Phil Maley Rachel Markum Stephanie Martindale Mark Maulit and Regina Jocson Andy and Megan McCluggage McEnaney Family Patrick McLaughlin Marcus and Angie Menough Jim and Susie Murray Juan Pablo Navarro Jake and Tish Nguyen Mr. and Mrs. Quan Nguyen Thomas and Kristina Norlander James and G. Neome Novak Bill and Lisa Osten Patrick and Kelly Otero Dr. and Mrs Joseph Painter Peter and Barbara Pane Mr. and Mrs. Nick Pantuso Carlo and Sharon Pasion Andre and Ansley Pereira Dr. and Mrs. Reynaldo Perez Mathew Philip Christy Phillips Edward and Rubie Pomer Charles and Faye Popeney The Prazak Family Mr. & Mrs. William Preston Kenneth and Deann Priesmeyer Adrian and Sonya Purdy Rod & Elsie Ilse Reggie and Monica Ramirez Jon and Sara Richards The Riveras Jim Morris and Caroline Rodden Morris Jose L. Rodriguez Jose Rodriguez Richard and Karen Rohan David and Charlene Sabonghy Rommel and Maria Saenz Tonny Salim and Carolline



Wibowo Angelito & Marietta Santos Alfredo and Evelyne Sarno Alfred Anthony Sarno Gary and Jeanette Schoenfield Mr. and Mrs. Robert Schurman Rod and Tammy Seeley Joe Siebert Randy and Daniela Simpson Socha Family Rick and Patricia Southe Linda Stipes Erik Stockwell Mr. and Mrs. Jack Strandburg Sean and Rachel Streckfus Maria J. Talaga Merrylyn Thornton John and Suzanne Tice Dat and Maria Tran Steve and Marybeth Trevino Margaret Turner Antonio and Melissa Vallejo Jo Ann Vallot Mr. and Mrs. Van Matre Abe Vereide and Laura Ferraz Fernando and Jennifer Villarreal Morton and Brenda Voller Leo Vu and Sandy Truong Mr. and Mrs. David Weaver David and Rebecca Wells Frank & Ann Marie Welsh Mr. and Mrs. Stephen Winzerling Mr. and Mrs. Marek Wojcik Jeff and Molly Wolfe Fr. Drew Wood Jeff Wu and Christine Vo

Education Partner up to $99 Anonymous (4) Renato Arcos Aviles and Christine Chiang Mr. and Mrs. Roberto Arenas Chris and Marlies Arevalo Steven and Stefanie Armatta Mr. and Mrs. A. Kent Beadle Johanna Bonno SiMone Braquet Mike and Marie Brown Alfred Brown Ayla Brown Leslie Buckle Bradley Burgess Sean and Jennifer Cantrell Theresa Cardozo Gayle Carloss The Cervenka Family

Kathleen Corte Lauren Curran Adan and Angela Deroche Brian and Terri Duncan David and Renee Dunning John Elvey Parker and Erin Erwin Lily Feagin Elisa Feng Patricia Fiedler Aaron and Paige Flint Brenda Flowers Stephanie Flynn Mr. and Mrs. Les Fuchs Glen and Denise Fucik Alvaro and Suzanne Garcia Matt and Mary Garcia-Prats Brian and Kitty Gillen Sarah Glaser Felix and Diana Gonzalez Rod and Amy Graf James and Allison Grover Michael Gutierrez Family Hernan and Adriana Gutierrez Mr. and Mrs. Pat Hanse Art and Sheri Hanzo Chris and Christine Hernandez Larry and Patricia Hoelscher Christopher Holland Laura Holland Katherine Holland David and Jeanne Hollkamp Ted and Sally Holy Brandon Holy Donny and Bridget Howard Teri-Lyn James Michael and Rita Jonas Marcus and Kelli Jones Kyle and Ashley Jung Ryan Knowles Humberto and Renata Lara Chuck Leider Adam and Tricia Lespreance Mr. and Mrs. J.K. Lewis Lootens Family Dr. and Mrs. Joseph Love Ronald and Jennifer Mago Javier and Marietta Martinez Patricia Mathews Ivette Merren Meyne Family David and Arlene Mikel Mr. and Mrs. George Mock Mr. and Mrs. Ryan Morehead J. Patrick and Kristi O’Connell Simon and Chinwe Okenyi Ortega Family Lance and Lori Pace Linda Pane

ANNUAL GIVING DONORS: BY LEVELS Mr. and Mrs. Alvaro Perez John and Lori Perkins Jerry and Letitia Polasek Christine Powell Ginger Przybyla Mr. and Mrs. Jonathan Pursch Beth Puyau Mrs. Angelita Ramirez Frederic and Theresa Rebollido William and Nancy Reese

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Thomas and Mercy Regi Chris and Brooke Reyes Stayce and Sandra Rose Stanley and Linda Rousse Senften Family Shockley Family Robert and Mikele Simoneaux Grandma Joy Slovak Reed and Krista Soileau Stephens Family


Richard and Marietta Stone Grayson Thomas Eben Lee Thomas Cristhian Toledo Tumbleson Family Lindsey Vainstein Julian and Marcy Voller Don and Marilyn Wagner Alan and Amanda Ward Audra Warden

(CON’T) Toni Weyand Mr. and Mrs. John Wilder Georgia Winzerling Delaney Wolfe Major and Mrs. Dan Yurasek Mark and Aimee Zeitler

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f f a t S & y t l u c a F u o Y k n Tha The SLCS Faculty and Staff for participating at 100% Leslie Annicchiarico Michaelene Barone Suzanne Barto Jean Bauer Johanna Bonno Mandy Boudreaux Terry Boyer Marie Brown Betsy Brown Leslie Buckle Cindy Burgess Suzanne Byrne Mary Cabello Jennifer Cantrell Gayle Carloss Gaynel Centanni Julie Chovanetz Sandra Cichon Charlotte Conner Kathleen Corte Beth Dodson

Kathryn Donnelly Terri Duncan Renee Dunning David Dunning Erin Erwin Lily Feagin Stephanie Flynn Glen Fucik Suzanne Garcia Mary Garcia-Prats Vicki Glaser Sarah Glaser Germaine Guedry Adriana Gutierrez Marla Gutierrez Debra Haney Sheri Hanzo Ray Hernandez Jeanne Hollkamp Bridget Howard Terri-Lynn James

Chris Jonas Shala Kiolbassa Katie Lavery Mark Lewallen Anne Lootens John Maklary Belinda Maldonado Rachel Markum Marietta Martinez Elizabeth McLaughlin Denise Newsham Natalie Parker Ansley Pereira Lori Perkins Sr. Mary Margaret Pham Christine Powell Ginger Przybyla Kimberly Pursch Beth Puyau Renee Ranalli Theresa Rebollido

Brooke Reyes Linda Schurman Kate Senften Krista Soileau Richard Stone Kathy Strandburg Juanita Talaga Diana Tankersley Dianna Thompson Merrylyn Thornton Sr. Theresa Paul Tran Tricia Tumbleson Lindsey Vainstein Jo Ann Vallot Jennifer Walters Audra Warden Cynthia Washburn Toni Weyand

BOOSTER CLUB SUPPORTERS Hall of Fame $1,000 & up First Tire & Automotive Dr. Joseph (Reggie) Perez, M.D.

Champions Club $250 - $499 David and Melanie Ikeler The Leaman Family

Leo Club $100 - $249 Addy’s Spinkerdoodles The Bordelon Family Al & Claire Clark Jackie & Willem deGroot Rick and Cecilia Garcia Rod & Amy Graf Arnaldo and Alicia Jimenez The Kardoush Family Will and Rachel Leaman Patrick and Adrienne Mathews Alex and Carrie Mendiola Marcus and Angie Menough Micheal & Kyle Nelson Charles & Marie Nguyen Steve and Tammy Noe James and Rosemary Noe

Dwayne and Christy Novak The Pacini Family The Pham Family George and Tanya Ponce de Leon The Porth Family The Psyk Family Jennifer Reyes Dan and Martha Rutledge Wayne and Cynthia Washburn Bruce & Catherince Yepsen Tony Zubizarreta

Saints Pride Up to $99 David and Diane Alderete The Arzayus Family John and Cristina Carlson Todd and Amy Casper Delia Castellanos Julie & Jade Clay Steven and Susan Crockett The DeMoor Family Anthony & Iliana Doganieri Bryan & Jennifer Hobbs The Kiolbassa Family Rachael Kittleson Robert & Janette Lapus Xuan and Kiki Le The Leon Law Firm

The Lootens Family Julie and Russ Mahan Tommy and Belinda Maldonado Peter & Barbara Pane Adrian & Sonya Purdy Mike and Janet Rohrig The Salinas Family Elias Stephan

Memberships $20 Vivian Amiouny The Barry Family Gregory & Shannon Brown Sharon & Ed Buckle Sandra Camactio Gayle Carloss Omaira Castillo Alberto & Juliana Cividanes Mr. & Mrs. Steve Coda Jose Cruz The Dolar Family Mr. & Mrs. Easton The Flint Family The Fuchs Family The Griseffi Family Jason and Debra Haney Olivia Henry Dennis and Anne Hoelscher

Clayton & Kristin Holy The Jakubik Family Andy & Juliana Johnson Michael and Rita Jonas The Jung Family Matthew and Gail Kilboy The Lojo Family Chad & Aimee Marks Javier and Marietta Martinez Ami Matte Diana Mora Frank and Brook Morello Thomas & Shanna Muhlbauer The Nelson Family Jake & Tish Nguyen Patrick & Kelly Otero Jon and Sara Richards The Riebe Family The Rodden Family Alfred Anthony Sarno Nancy Slovak Andrea Suarez Melissa & Warren Socha Chris & Elissa Stipes Sean & Wendy Thomas Jennifer & Kurt Walker The Yates Family


High Roller - $3000

Ace In The Hole - $1500

Harrell & Johnson D.D.S.

MedValt Pharmacy LLC / The Abobo Family

Royal Flush - $5000

Big Board - $2500

Bullpen Marketing Parker Uniforms Sun Air Conditioning & Heating

Nora Foods

Houston Methodist Sugar Land Hospital


All In - $6000

Flush - $3000

Mr. & Mrs. Carlos Abello Jeff & Jennifer Dye and Will & Rachel Leaman Frank & ShaLa Kiolbassa Mr. & Mrs. Patrick Mathews Steve & Tammy Noe The McCluggage Family Michael & Kyle Nelson Antonio & Melissa Vallejo Tykes to Teens Pediatrics/The Nguyen Family

A Friend of St. Laurence

The Guerra and Zaccardo Families The Rollert Family The T. Tran and S. Burns Families

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Call - $5000 The Golan Family Wild Cards


SPICE SPONSORSHIPS Cilantro Level $1,000 & up David and Leticia Cox Kevin & Charisse Kral The Andrew Lane Family Randy & Carol Limbacher Bill Maher Newmark Homes Friend of St. Laurence Catholic School

Cayenne Level $500 - $900 Lucio & Judy Mendez (2)

Cinnamon Level $250 - $499

Mrs. Penelope Khuri Roger & Diane Sebesta Bat & Mary Tucker

Ginger Level $150 - $249 Fr. Drew Wood Dany & Randa Elrahed David & Phyllis Garcia Eric & Leslie Genius Mr. & MRs. Hotze Jeanene M. Johnson Russell & Julie Mahan Mariano Montenayor Mrs. Peggy Turner

Salt & Pepper Level $25 - $149 Daniel C. & Denise Starrett Boyer Dominican Sisters of Mary Immaculate Province Caroline Egan Mr. Justin Frato Patti Hendrix Mr. & Mrs. Mike Knowles Mrs. Carolyn Lawlis Cari McMenemy Mr. & Mrs. Noble Lowell & Christina Stanton

Mr. & Dr. Mrs. Cardozo Micheal & Josephine Hurtado

GOLF TOURNAMENT SPONSORS Presenting Golf Tournament $10,000

Saints Package $1500

Beverage Cart Sponsor $500

Mi Huerta Solvay Specialty Polymers & Solvay Chemicals

Hughes Arrell Kinchen LLP Joe Ochoa Roofs & Even More

Nectron International

Clerkley Watkins Group Columbia Pipeline Group – Russ Mahan First Tire & Automotive Friend of St. Laurence Memorial Hermann Surgical Hospital First Colony The Jakubik Family The (Steve) Noe Family The (Matt) Phillips Family Sandvik Coromant Sugar Lakes Family Practice Sun Air Conditioning

Goodie Bag $2500

Lunch $1000

Reception $3000 Reverend John T. Weyer Council #11343 Knights of Columbus

Prize $2500

Murray Insurance & Financial

The Family of Kendall Jordan

Longest Drive $2500

Tiger Drive Hole $500

BrightStar Care

Scan Rite Solutions

Closest to the Pin $2500

Registration $500

Red E Golf Company Trinity Publications

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Southwest Surgical Associates

Hole Sponsors $300 Dr. Mark Maria & Caranto Hannah Financial Solution The Ikeler Family Joseph & Grayson Henry Avery, Morgan and Taylor Leaman Mike, Kyle & Emily Nelson Dwayne & Christy Novak Order Up Sugar Land Josie, Jessie, Jamie & EJ Reyes The Siwierka Family SLCS Booster Club ($600) SLCS PTO ($600) SLCS School Board St. Laurence Catholic Church St. Laurence Catholic Daughters St. Laurence Ladies Guild Jewel Thomas St. Laurence 8th Grader

In Kind Donors The Camacho Family Chilton Capital Management

RESTRICTED, UNRESTRICTED, GIFTS IN-KIND, AND MATCHING GIFTS Restricted Anonymous Catholic Daughters of the Americas CT 2402 Chick-fil-A, First Colony Dr. & Mrs. Roland Cortez Mr. & Mrs. Tim Hannah Jason & Kelly Jakubik Garrett & Boyd Orthodontics Mr. & Mrs. Rich Kleczynski Knights of Columbus, St. Laurence Kroger Co. Methodist Orthopedic Specialists of Texas Newmark Homes Mr. & Mrs. Joe Rodgers Safeway, Inc. Rene Solis Xuan Le

Unrestricted Gifts Anonymous Ms. Krista Gibson Mr. & Mrs. John Irvin

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Mr. & Mrs. Kevin Lavery Nashat Nemry Mr. & Mrs. Allan Parker Mr. & Mrs. Stephen Petitjean Scott & Jane Orthodontics Mary Lou Sotolongo

Gifts In-Kind Buttons & Butterflies Chick fil A, First Colony Mr. & Mrs. Sean Byrne Major Max Corporation Pappas Restaurants Parker Uniform Sami’s Cafeteria

Matching Gift Companies AIG Baker Hughes BP America BVA Compass Chevron


Conoco Phillips El Paso Corporation EOG Resources, Inc Fluor FMC Technology GE Oil & Gas GGC Survey Halliburton Foundation, Inc. Heinz Johnson & Johnson JP Morgan Chase Foundation Marathon Oil MFS Investment Management Oxy SAP Shell Oil Spectra Energy Telecom Pioneers Texas Instruments Foundation TYCO Wells Fargo The Williams Company

In-Kind Gifts

Planned Giving

Matching Gifts

Stock and Security Transfers

Non-monetary gifts are valuable because they meet the nonbudgeted needs of SLCS. The school does not utilize its budget for these needed items as it must spend funds elsewhere. In-kind gifts are income tax-deductible.

Many companies will match the donations of their employees, retirees, and family members. Matching gifts can double or even triple the value of your gift to SLCS. You can contact your employer’s human resources department to see if they have a matching gift program.

Memorial and Tribute Gifts

You can give a gift in memory of or in honor of a loved one, relative, student, friend, or teacher that recognizes the person while benefiting SLCS at the same time. The honoree will be notified of the gift through a card from the school.

Some donors would like to ensure the future of their charitable beneficiaries through planned giving or deferred giving. Planned gifts may include charitable bequests, charitable remainder trusts, annuities, and life insurance policies.

Giving through the transfer of stocks and long-term securities avoids the capital gains tax and allows the donor to receive an income tax deduction for the full fair market value of their gift.


We are always looking for volunteers at SLCS. We would love for you to give your time and talent! Please contact the school office for details.

Please visit the SLCS website at for more information on the ways you can support our school. Also feel free to contact the Office of Development with any questions at 281-980-0500.

The Spirit Magazine | Issue 7, Volume 3 Summer 2015 St. Laurence Catholic School Office of Development 2630 Austin Parkway | Sugar Land, Texas 77479 | 281-980-0500 main | 281-980-0026 fax


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06 JAN.

31 APR.


SLCS FAITH, LEARNING & LEADERSHIP ANNUAL FUND St. Laurence Catholic School 2015/2016 Faith, Learning & Leadership Annual Fund will kick off on Wednesday, September 2, 2015 and Family Commitment Day will be Friday, September 18, 2015. Remember, it’s all for our kids. SPICE LUNCHEON The annual SPICE luncheon will be held on Friday, November 6, 2015, in the Parish Hall. You will not want to miss this annual luncheon. 2015 CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK Plan to join the students of SLCS for this national, week-long celebration of Catholic education. Catholic Schools Week begins Sunday, January 31 and ends Saturday, February 6, 2016. ANNUAL AUCTION GALA DINNER SLCS’s annual auction gala and dinner will be held at the Marriott Town Center in Sugar Land. It is guaranteed to be a night to remember! Please mark your calendar.


25 NOV.

16 FEB.


GRANDPARENTS’ DAY Please join the SLCS students, faculty and staff in welcoming our students’ grandparents to our beautiful campus. The day will begin at 8:15 a.m. with Mass in the church followed by a presentation in the gym and classroom visits. SLCS TUITION ASSISTANCE GOLF TOURNAMENT The annual St. Laurence Catholic School Tuition Assistance Golf Tournament will be held at Sweetwater Country Club. STEPS FOR STUDENTS 5K RUN/WALK Steps For Students is the archdiocesan annual 5K event. The archdiocese asks all Catholic schools and their families to participate; the event will be at the Co-Cathedral.

SLCS Spirit 2015  
SLCS Spirit 2015  

The SPIRIT is a combination annual report and school magazine for St. Laurence Catholic School year 2014-2015.