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THE SAINTS' SCOOP

THE MAGAZINE OF ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL ALUMNI

"Once a Saint, Always a Saint"

ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL

SPRING 2016


St. Laurence Catholic School THE SAINTS' SCOOP Mission Statement

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.

ADMINISTRATION Principal

Debra Haney

Assistant Principals

PreK-4th 5th-8th

Suzanne Barto Germaine Guedry

EDITOR

Adriana Gutierrez

ADVANCEMENT OFFICE

Suzanne Byrne Advancement Director Adriana Gutierrez Communications Coordinator Cari Caddick Special Events/Programs Coordinator

CONTRIBUTORS

Marie Brown, Suzanne Byrne, Cari Caddick, Glen Fucik, Vicky Glaser, Debra Haney, ShaLa Kiolbassa, Belinda Maldonado, Staff of SLCS

PHOTOGRAPHERS

Rafaela Linn Doris Mendiola Shanna Muhlbauer Parents, Faculty and Staff of SLCS

The Saints' Scoop is a publication of the Office of Advancement at St. Laurence Catholic School and is published twice a year in the Spring/Fall. Contents of THE SAINTS' SCOOP may not be reprinted without permission from St. Laurence Catholic School

Save the Date 1.28.17 25th ANNIVERSARY MASS 5:00PM


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CONTENTS " ONCE A SAINT, ALWAYS A SAINT"

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EXCLUSIVE!

MRS. HANEY'S TOP 25 MEMORIES AT SLCS 4

06 SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI 09 MICHELLE COLLINS NEW ARTIST FOR MDA CHILDREN'S ART

12 DID YOU KNOW?

SLCS ALUMNI INDUCTED TO NHS AT ST. AGNES

SAVE THE DATES

14 SPOTLIGHT ON STAFF

SLCS ALUMNI PRAYING BEFORE WRESTLING COMPETITION

10/31/16 Golf Tournament 11/11/16 SPICE Luncheon 1/28/17 25th Anniversary PTO Family Mass with Cardinal presiding 1/29/17 Catholic Schools Week Begins ST. LAURENCE CATHOLIC SCHOOL 2630 Austin Parkway Sugar Land, TX. 77479 281-980-0500

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SPRING 2016

2/18/17 Steps for Students


MRS. HANEY TOP 25 MEMORIES FROM

We are excited to share with you that next year, starting in July, Mrs. Haney will replace Sr. Charles Anne Solomon as the Associate Superintendent of Catholic Schools for the Archdiocese of Galveston-Houston and will serve God’s children throughout the archdiocese. We are very grateful for all her hard work for our school, and especially the memories we created together! In anticipation of our 25th Anniversary next year, we asked Mrs. Haney to share her Top 25 Memories at SLCS. It wasn't easy as she counted many more than 25;, however, here are 25 of her favorite memories... 1. SPICE ( Special People In Catholic Education ) starting and being blessed by Cardinal Daniel DiNardo, Archbishop Joseph Fiorenza, Fr. Drew Wood, Bob and Mary Ginn Ryan, Eric Genius, and the parishioners and families at SLCS. 2. Creation of new programs / clubs – Booster Club, football team, witnessing Saints Families in action, Spanish Honor Society. 3. Special Masses and prayer celebrations, such as May Crowning, Our Lady of Guadalupe, Living Rosary, Stations of the Cross. 4. 2014 National Blue Ribbon Award for High Performing Academic Excellence from the U.S. Dept. of Education. 5. 91 % Exemplary and Outstanding Ratings from the TCCED Accreditation Team in 2015.

TOP 25 SLCS MEMORIES

6. Alumni coming back to SLCS to work and / or raise their children. 7. Celebrating our first PTO Family Rosary & Dinner. 8. Fr. Drew ’ s NCEA Pastor of the Year Award and traveling to Minnesota with the group to watch him receive the award in 2010.

9. Winning championship games over the last 10 years! GO SAINTS! 10. Developing and experiencing our First Annual Family Retreat. 11. Being slimed/Being a Sumo wrestler for the Yankee Candle PTO fundraisers 12. Hosting NCEA in Houston and having the entire faculty and staff in a national convention together, learning and praying together for a week. 13. Going with the faculty and staff to GattiTown to play and team build. 14. Auction Gala raising over $425K in one year, and supporting the installation of SMARTBoards in every classroom at our school. 15. Technology integration; seeing the students enjoying learning and teachers stretching outside of their comfort zones to meet students where they are in their education. 16. The creation of our mascot, Leo the Lion. 17. Renovation of the school to incorporate an updated library, new locker rooms, additional space for special needs, and a TV Studio. THE SAINTS' SCOOP

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23 YEARS OF SERVICE TO SLCS

TOP 25 MEMORIES THANK YOU, MRS. HANEY!

TOP 25 SLCS MEMORIES

18. Journey to the Gym with our parish family. 19. Student performances where they share their talents and gifts for God’s glory.

20. Celebrating the parish’s 30th anniversary, school’s 20th anniversary, and Fr. Drew’s 40th ordination anniversary. 21. Creating and developing an Advancement (Development) Office. 22. Witnessing community support at difficult times: death of Zach Grafe (husband of one of our 2nd grade teachers, Jill Grafe), death of Rick Simper (my brother), death of Anne Sullivan (firefighter killed that used to be a crossing guard for our kids), hurricanes, cancer treatments, etc. 23. Development of the Guedry Award of Gratitude given at graduation, honoring an amazing, Catholic person and champion of Middle School students. 24. Hosting our first alumni Mass and welcoming the group to the TV Studio to make a video for our students. 25. Designing and implementing the new playgrounds in 2007 and 2016; encouraging children to play and work together every day.

Memories SLCS

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LUMNI NEWS CARI CADDICK

JOIN US!

ALUMNI MASS

J oin us for our Alumni Mass

on Friday, May 27th at 8:15a.m. It's is a great opportunity to reconnect with your school and see old teachers and friends. We hope you can come! We started this tradition last year and we hope to see more and more SLCS graduates attending each year!

SPOTLIGHT ON ALUMNI

L ittle did I know when I graduated in 2000 from SLCS

that I would once again be part of the Saints community. In November of 2016, I joined the staff as the Special Events and Programs Coordinator. The first thing I noticed was that even though much has changed, there are still quite a few familiar faces. I was welcomed with smiles and hugs that made my first day back a joyful one. The best part was being able to reconnect with my former classmate, Lindsey Guedry Vainstein. Lindsey and I started attending SLCS in the fourth grade when both of our mothers joined the faculty. Many years later, we are on the staff! In middle school , we filled our time talking about Doc Martins and pagers. Now our conversations are about baby bottles and diapers. It’s nice to have that old connection. It feels like I am back with family. Lindsey is the mother of sweet little Penelope, and I will be welcoming Chloe Alice in early June. One day our daughters might even attend SLCS as the next generation of SLCS students! No matter where your life is taking you, please know that you have a home at SLCS! This home is full of friendly faces that are happy to greet you!

SAVE THE DATE

Class of 2000

FAITH, LEARNING & LEADERSHIP ANNUAL FUND We would like to thank you as alumni of St. Laurence Catholic School for your involvement regarding the Faith, Learning & Leadership Annual Fund. We received many gifts of your time, talent, and/or treasures and would like to extend a “Thank You” to those who have begun a legacy of financially supporting our beautiful school through the Faith, Learning & Leadership Annual Fund. The opportunities to assist our school vary, but by supporting the Faith, Learning & Leadership Annual Fund, you, in turn, support the many wonderful programs that have become traditions at St. Laurence Catholic School. All donations are 100% tax deductible and will benefit many young children as they journey through our hallways, just as you did many years ago. Remember, when youANNIVERSARY are in town visiting with SLCS alumni, family and friends, please send us pictures and updates as > we love to keep up with the SLCS alumni. THE SAINTS' SCOOP

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CLASS OF 1999 Karen Kelleher O’Grady lives in Glenview, Illinois with her husband, Brian. Karen and Brian own and operate an Estate Planning, Estate Administration, and Real Estate Law Firm in their hometown of 2013a northern suburb of Chicago. Glenview,

2013

CLASS OF 2000

CLASS OF 2000

INDUSTRY > CONTINUED

Sarah Boone got engaged to Benjamin Lepak.

CLASS OF 2002 Dana Gilson married Garrett Knight on September 20th, 2015.

CLASS OF 2004

Hannah Owens Hill and her husband Brett welcomed baby girl Anne Catherine Hill on March 3rd, 2016, at 6:21p.m. She weighed in at 7 pounds and 20 inches long. She is named after her grandmother, Anne Owens, who passed away on April 28th, 2013. Mrs. Anne Owens was an active volunteer at SLCS when her kids were in school here, and she also worked at the St. Laurence Weekday Children’s Program.

Amanda Herrington married Brent Allan Muzny on November 28th, 2015, at St. Laurence, with Father Drew presiding. A reception with family and friends followed at Pecan Springs in Brookshire, TX. Amanda and Brent are now living in Spring, TX., and she is working as an Occupational Therapist at MedCare Pediatric Group, LP. THE SAINTS' SCOOP

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CLASS OF 2005 Clare Glynn and Ryan Dunbar got married on July 2015. Ryan is serving on Pastoral Council at St. Laurence.

CLASS OF 2006

CLASS OF 2009

INDUSTRY >

Samantha McMenemy is currently in her third year at CU Boulder studying political science and film. She is also serving as the Recruitment Chairwoman in their chapter of Gamma Phi Beta.

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Tara Schurman 2013 completed her Master’s in

CLASS OF 2012

Education at Texas Christian University in May of 2015. She is now teaching first grade at St. Andrew’s Catholic School in Fort Worth, Texas.

Daniel Murray got engaged to Marie Tillema. David Anderson and Kelsey Bivins are getting married. They starting dating in 6th grade! They announced their engagement in their SLCS t-shirts.

CLASS OF 2008 Michael Hernandez graduated with a Bachelors in Art from HBU. He is married and has two kids.

Isabel Lapus, Class of 2012, and Sophia Lapus, Class of 2013, a senior and junior at The International School, Manila won the HS Volleyball Gold beating Singapore American School. Also in the picture is Julianne Lapus who is currently in 6th grade. THE SAINTS' SCOOP

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CLASS OF 2012

Mikaela Casuga '12 and Rylee Tucker '12, graduated SLCS, and are working currently working in the BASC program. Mikaela is a senior at St. Agnes Academy. She hopes to major in Mechanical Engineering at Texas A&M in the Fall. Rylee will be graduating from St. Agnes Academy this year. She is planning to major in graphic design at either UNT or SCAD in the

Working in SLCS BASC Program

Fall. 2013

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Did you know that Michelle Collins '12 is the new February artist for MDA children's art? Mariana Joves ‘13 helped make the IWA Talent Show a huge success as a backstage crew member. Hannah Kaiser ‘13 is on a volleyball team, a member of Teens 4 Unity Club and was the Master of Ceremonies at the sold out IWA Talent Show. Class of 2013 graduate Dawson Hawkins, along with the George Ranch Football team, won 5A division one football state championship on December 18th at NRG stadium. Dawson is the starting Strong Safety for George Ranch and was awarded the defensive game ball by Dave Campbell Magazine for his performance in the game.

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A ALUMNI CONFIRMATION CLASS OF 2013

LUMNI UPD A TE INDUSTRY >

SLCS Alumni Confirmation Group last September. Front Row: Shaelyn Stacy, Atalanta Ponce de Leon, Michelle Collins, Erika Breckon, Laura Klein, Vivian Phillips, Lauren Henrichsen, Mrs. Dianna Thompson, Katie Lootens, Jordyn Voller, Hannah Kaiser, Caroline Fogarty. Back Row: Kayla Leiber, Kylie Tumbleson, Brandon Holy, Isabella Behar, Joseph Allee, Carl Schneider, Alex Champman,

FUTURE SAINTS

Bradley Burgess, Mrs. Debra Haney, Mathew Rea. Brandon Holy '13 and Colton Marks '14, SLCS Alumni , were chosen to represent Strake Jesuit at Pope Francis' visit to Philadelphia in September. They served as SLCS Special Reporters. and they did a great job!

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ALUMNI WRESTLING FOR STAKE JESUIT

INDUSTRY >

CLASS OF 2014

Kelsie Duff ‘14 is an active member of Teens 4 Unity and will be performing in IWA’s Spring Theater Production of The Sounds of Music.

SLCS alumni wrestling for Strake Jesuit. Left to right: Alex Mendiola '15, Danny Perez '14, Landen Glaser '13, Grant Bordeleon '15, Matt Rea '13, Andre Chavez '14, Luke Sievers '15, Thomas Le '14 .

CLASS OF 2014

Jason Ancheta '14 is having a busy school year at Clements High School. He proudly represents his high school band, by playing the clarinet. He will be speaking on behalf of Global Studies Academy at the Ismaili Jamatkhana Centre. He is also very involved in Model UN competitions. Way to go, Jason!

FUTURE SAINTS Mrs. Haney with alumni and their babies!

Lindsey Guedry Vainstein '00 with baby Penelope and Brandee Duncan Bond '03 with baby Caroline.

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DID YOU KNOW ?

S L C S I STOB LKNOW E S S E DSR W.I M T HA RY TWM O A RG A RET PH A M A ND SR . M A RTIN A VU GETTING TEACHING OUR STUDENTS

VIETNAMESE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MARY IMMACULATE PROVINCE IN THE SPOTLIGHT

“The sisters’ knowledge of our faith and their love of the children they teach is a shining example of Christ in our midst. We are truly blessed to work with them each day and to have our children impacted by their vocation.”  ­Debra Haney

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Sister Martina Vu, O.P It was cold, dark, and the storm made our boat feel like a wooden toy floating in an angry sea of large swells. The school of squid illuminated what was to be the most frightening experience of my life. Our boat captain had fallen and drowned. That was 1982. I was barely thirteen. I was just happy to escape with my three younger siblings. Anything was better than prison, which I knew all too well in the previous three years since my parents began our family's escape plans. We drifted in the sea for three days, hunger and dehydration took a toll on all of us. We prayed for rescue. We prayed for drinking water. Our prayers were answered when a light rain, provided us temporary relief. Little did we know, a storm soon followed and our boat was in jeopardy. We prayed again and again. I can only remember the roller coaster of my feelings toward God and his plans. Our rescue came on the third day, when we were picked up by a cargo vessel and transferred us to a refugee camp in Indonesia. After seven months in the refugee camp, my siblings and I were placed with a foster family in Charlotte, North Carolina, until we were reunited with our parents a few years later. It was through this whole experience that I solidified my commitment to the religious vocation.

Sr. Mary Margaret Pham I once came across a quote: “If you want to make God laugh, tell him your plans.” Like other teenagers, I had already made up my mind on what my life was going to be like, and that did not include becoming a religious sister. Being the fifth of six children and just finishing my freshman year in college, I felt the pressure to assure myself that I didn’t have the vocation to the religious life. I went to a ‘Come and See’ program where I spent three weeks discerning, but for the most part, I had already made up my mind. God has his own ways of telling me that He has greater plans in stored for me. One day during prayer, a strong feeling of God’s love pervaded my soul through the image of the Sacred Heart of Jesus, with a pierced hand reaching out to invite me to come, follow Him. Though I knew this was His invitation for me, I still denied it. After the initial response of saying “no” to God, I felt an intense feeling of emptiness and sadness in my soul, which could only be expressed with tears. These tears, however, also expressed my inner struggle to let God’s voice be heard within me. Like Mary who pondered at the words of the archangel Gabriel, I also pondered, “How can this be?” Eventually, I surrendered my will to God’s infinite goodness and love. I began to be in awe with the Dominican charism and decided to let God be my All in all. Therefore, each day is a response to God’s tremendous love in which I submit myself completely to his Providence. I am now in my 9th year as a professed sister and am currently teaching 7th and 8th grade religion at St. Laurence Catholic School. I enjoy learning and teaching for I know that “to fall in love with God is the greatest romance; to seek him the greatest adventure; to find him, the greatest human achievement” (St. Augustine). THE SAINTS' SCOOP

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IN THE SPOTLIGHT WITH

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MRS . K A THY STR A NDBURG

MRS . STR A NDBURG IS ONE OF OUR FOUNDING ST A FF MEMBERS ! SHE IS CELEBR A TING 25 YE A RS OF SERVICE A T OUR SCHOOL NEXT YE A R !

How long have you taught/worked at SLCS?

This is my 24th year. I was here the first day we opened the school in 1992. I am the last founding staff member still employed by SLCS.

SLCS IS BLESSED WITH TWO What is your favorite color? Aqua, just like my mother.

What is your favorite part about working with children? Their smiling faces and being able to pray with them every day.

Do you have a favorite scripture?

What would you be doing if you were not on staff at SLCS? What is your dream job?

What is your favorite memory of SLCS or of an event at SLCS?

What kind of music do you like? KSBJ. It’s so nice to start my

Name one thing that we wouldn’t know about you.

What is your favorite quote and why?

VIETNAMESE DOMINICAN SISTERS OF MARY IMMACULATE PROVINCE

All of the Psalms are so beautiful, but my favorite is," The Lord is my Light and my Salvation." Psalm 27 Too many to count. Many wonderful memories.

This is it! Teaching has always been a dream of mine since 1st grade. day with a Christian song on the way to work.

Doing arts and crafts.

Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them and they bless you, the giver.” - Barbara deAngelis I also like ”A warm smile is the universal language.” - William Arthur Ward

Do you have any pets?

Where is your favorite vacation spot and with who?

HowTmany E Akids C HdoI you N Ghave? O UGrandkids? R STUDENTS

What do you do in your spare time?

I love to play board games with my family.

Do you have any special talents?

I have 2 black and white cats named Andy and Chloe. I have 2 children- Jackie and Bryan. I also have 2 grandchildren – Isaac age 4 and MacKenzie age 2. Grandchild number 3 is due April 6th. IN THE SPOTLIGHT

It has to be Cleveland, Ohio to be with family. I travel with my husband. I love to look for bargains. Shop!

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