Saint Andrew School News

February 2021 Newsletter

School News

Dates to remember:

1/31 - Beginning of Catholic Schools Week (1/31 - 2/6)

* Since we are virtual during this week the Catholic Schools Week activities will take place the week of 2/8 (see Catholic Schools Week section below for more details)

2/1 - Progress Reports

2/3 - General Home and School Meeting (Virtual)

2/8 - Return to school from 2 weeks of virtual

2/12 - Asynchronous Day

2/15 - President's Day - School Closed

2/17 - Ash Wednesday

2/26 - Last day to order hot lunch and pretzels for the month of February (link at the bottom of this newsletter)

Principal's Corner

Dear Saint Andrew Families,

Happy Catholic Schools Week!

For Catholic schools across the nation this week marks the celebrations we've come to know as Catholic Schools Week. Many of the activities we planned for this week have been postponed until next week when we return to in-person learning. However, two events will continue as planned this week. The first event, the premier of the Saint Andrew School Virtual Tour, you will find on our school website. What makes this tour so unique is that it was scripted and produced by the Class of 2021 and Ms. Zdinak. I am so delighted to boast of the students' technological and communication skills. They have captured the essence of Saint Andrew School in a brief video that is a pleasure to watch.

The second event this week is the General Home and School meeting which will be held on Wednesday, February 3rd. Cheri Lovre, founder and owner of Five Essential Minutes, has over thirty years experience in crisis response and trauma intervention. Cheri will address parenting concerns in a time of pandemic. A special link to join the meeting will be sent via email. Mrs. Jessica Ryan, our school counselor from DCIU, will be on the call to monitor questions parents may have for Cheri.

The Catholic Schools Week events to be carried over to next week are listed below (see Catholic Schools Week Activities)

    Our teachers, students, parents and caregivers have been valiant in their efforts to ensure continuous learning during shift to virtual learning. Thank you for you continued support and encouragement!

    Let's hope the power holds out during this storm so we can continue with virtual learning! However, if you do experience difficulties just notify the child's teacher when you are able. Stay warm and safe!

    May God be praised in all we do!

    Dr. Helen McLean


    New Student Applications & Re-Registration

    Click Here for New Student Applications

    Please bring the completed Application Packet and the required fees to the main office. St. Andrew parishioners and Catholic families from parishes without schools are given priority enrollment status. All others are considered on a first come, first served basis. Students are not officially enrolled until an acceptance letter is received.

    The main office is located in the Fr. Joseph McShain Building at

    535 Mason Ave.

    Drexel Hill, PA 19026

    Click Here for Re-Registration

    Returning Students please mail or bring the Re-Registration form and payments to the school office to complete your Re-Registration process

    Mailing Address:

    535 Mason Ave.

    Drexel Hill, PA 19026

    New Student Applications and Re-Registration Fees

    Smart Tuition Administration Fee : $35 per family
    Technology Fee: $50 per student or $100 per family
    NON-REFUNDABLE Registration Fee: $100 per child $300 maximum per family

    For Grades 2-8
    If you have choosen the Chromebook Protection Plan: $25 per child each year

    *Tuition payments for the 2021-2022 School year begin in June. Registrations made during the summer months require the stated fees and tuition payments for the months already paid by other parents. These payments must be made in cash, cashier's check or money order. Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

    Saint Andrew School Virtual Tour 2021

    Catholic Schools Week Activites

    Monday, February 8th - Celebrating Our Community

    • We will celebrate our community by exploring the many careers our parents hold. Parents are invited to record themselves speaking about their chosen profession. Send a 3-5 minute video clip to your child’s teacher. We look forward to getting an up-close view of a wide variety of jobs.

    • Students in the McShain building will dress up as what they want to be when they grow up.
    • We thank our bus drivers and crossing guards by making and distributing cards/gifts.

    Tuesday, February 9th - Celebrating Our Students, Faculty and Volunteers

    • Students may dress up like their favorite teacher for a Student Appreciation Day dress down.
    • Home and School will provide a surprise treat for students.
    • Virtual field trip!
    • Baby Face game played at lunch. Students will decide which baby picture belongs to which teacher.

    Wednesday, February 10th - Celebrating The Nation

    • Students may accessorize their uniforms with Red, White and Blue accessories.
    • Donuts, coffee and thank you cards will be brought to the Upper Darby police station and neighboring fire stations.
    • Student Council will lead the student body in praying the Rosary for peace and prosperity in our nation.

    Thursday, February 11th - Celebrating Vocations

    • Students are encouraged to come to school dressed as a priest, nun or Saint of their choice.
    • Students will write notes and prayer cards to place in Blessing Bags.

    Terra Nova Testing Information

    Virtual Student Terra Nova Testing

    We thank the parents for all of the partnership with SAS for the 2020-21 School Year. This has been a new and exhausting endeavor this year, but through God it has made us all stronger.

    The Terra Nova will be in person for all Virtual Students. Virtual students will report to Hughes Building in McGettigan Hall by 8 AM. Test dates are Inview Thursday 3/11, Terra Nova Friday 3/12, Monday 3/15, Tuesday 3/16, Thursday 3/18, Friday 3/19. No testing will take place on Wednesday 3/17.

    Parents may choose to have their student participate in the Terra Nova testing in person isolated from the regular student population for testing time only, or not participate in the Terra Nova testing and forego any standardized test scores for two years.

    Opting out of the testing will impact the accuracy of the data needed for Honors Math, High school records, educational needs and service, as well as make any decisions based off of the standardized test score two years old and irrelevant.

    The school asks that parents complete the survey by February 12, 2021, so there is adequate time to prepare the school and update our Terra Nova testing plans.

    Home and School News


    The Home and School Association will be providing a gift bag for each student on Student Appreciation Day during Catholic Schools Week.

    Cord bracelet with a St. Andrew School's Seal Pin is on sale for $15. A limited quantity of small and large bracelets is available. The Home and School Association would like to thank Candee Cintron for donating the materials and her time to make the bracelets. fundraiser

    Designer Bag Gift Basket: Enter the Spin-to-Win raffle for $10 per slot or $20 for 3 slots. Slots are on sale now through February 10th. fundraise

    Tiny Saints: From February 1 – 28, family & friends can shop to support our school. All you have to do is go to and then in the dropdown box select Saint Andrew Home & School. Then shop. Samples will be displayed in the Main Office if you are curious.

    Dates to remember:

    2/3/2021 @ 7:00 PM:

    General Meeting: (Virtual) Our guest speaker for the meeting is Cheri Lovre who will speak on the topic of Parenting During a Pandemic. Cheri is a cofounder of Five Radical Minutes .

    2/5/2021 @4:00 PM - 8:00 PM:

    Panera Night: Take the night off from cooking and help raise money for the school! Make sure to bring the flyer or show an electronic version to the cashier when you place your order. Click here for the flyer.

    Teacher of the Week Spotlight

    The Home and School Association would like to recognize the past recipients of the Teacher of the Week Award! Thank you for all that you do!!

    Week of January 11th - Mrs. Corcoran

    Week of January 18th - Mr. Lacey

    March Hot Lunch

    The Hot Lunch Store is open for ordering for the month of March

    Please click this LINK to place your orders by Friday, February 26th, 2021.

    PLEASE NOTE: February daily pretzels start Monday, February 8th, and end Friday, February 26th.

    **Lunch orders for Friday, 1/29 and Friday 2/5 will be credited for a future date. Information will be sent about this soon to any of the families that ordered lunch on these dates.

    Email Tricia Ezzie with any questions.