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Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

November 9, 2021

Growing in faith, wisdom, and love!

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Important Dates

November 9: American Legion Flag Day Demonstration for Grades 1 & 2 & Skywatch Astronomy Night for grades 6 & 7

November 10 - 11: Parent/Teacher Conferences (virtual)

November 11: No School - CALENDAR CHANGE

November 12: No School

November 15: Winter Uniforms Begin

November 22 - 26: Thanksgiving Break - No School - CALENDAR CHANGE


Remember there is NO SCHOOL this Thursday or Friday! Due to the (projected thousands of spectators and closed streets during the) Veterans' Day parade we are unable to have an Early Dismissal on Thursday, November 11, 2021. There will now be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, November 11th. Please note: This is a calendar change. There will also be NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 12th, which had previously been a scheduled day off.
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Additional Days off for Thanksgiving Break

Fr. David is giving a Pastors Holiday to Father Andrew White School on Monday and Tuesday, November 22nd and 23rd. There will be NO SCHOOL on those days.

ENJOY your Thanksgiving Break!

First Quarter Documents

Today we will be sending home your child's Fall Scantron Reports (grades 2-8) as well as First Quarter Report Cards (grades 1-8). Please be sure to look in your child's folder for these important documents. Additionally, the first quarter report cards (grades 1-8) have been posted on the Parent Portal.

Parent Teacher Conferences

Please note: Due to the Veterans Day parade festivities with closed roads, we will now need to switch to a virtual format. Your child's teacher will provide further information regarding how to login for the Parent Teacher Conference.

Sky Watch Astronomy Night

Donations will be accepted towards the purchase of a new telescope for the Father Andrew White Community.

Christmas Stockings for Deployed Troops

Please send in your items tomorrow!

Butter Braid Fundraiser

Thank you to all who ordered Butter Braids! They will be ready for pickup on November 18th. For any questions, please contact Jessica Casto at

Our Scholastic Book Fair was a Success!

Thank you to all who supported our Scholastic Book Fair. Our total sales were $7,177 and in turn we were able to earn $730 in free books and $1,328 for future books for our school library. We appreciate Mrs. Pietsch and her team of volunteers who worked steadily throughout the whole fair! Thank you!

Whooo Did a Good Job?

Thank you to all the families who participated in our 2021 Whooo's Reading Read-a-Thon! Our students spent many hours reading to earn money for our school. Many thanks for "owl" you did, Carrianne Downey, to help motivate our students and reward them for their good work!

Locally Made Poinsettia and Wreath Sale - Orders are due this week!

The holidays are coming FAW Families!

Get ready to deck your halls, house and office! Bring beauty and cheer to the Christmas season with fresh LOCALLY grown poinsettias and wreaths. These vibrant poinsettias and wreaths are the easiest way to get your home or business ready for the holiday season. They also make wonderful gifts! Red and white poinsettias are available in various sizes and gorgeous handmade 20-inch wreaths will include a mixture of traditional greenery, berries and pinecones.

Quantities are limited so be sure to purchase early! Online ordering makes it easy to order and pay. All orders are due this Friday, November 12, 2021 and will need to be picked up from FAW on December 1, 2021 between 5:30 - 7pm or Thursday, December 2, 2021 between 7:30 - 9am or 1:30 - 3:30pm.

Place your online order today:

White House Ornaments - Send in your order tomorrow!

Our HSA is selling the White House Christmas Ornament again this year. The ornaments are $24.95 each, or for orders of 12 or more, $22.95. Please see the flyer for more information. Please note: orders should be placed no later than November 11th. Contact Sue Hensley Robusto at with any questions.

Donation to our First Responders

On Patriot Day we collected money for our local first responders. We are very appreciative of all that the Leonardtown Volunteer Rescue Squad (LVRS) does for our community. We donated $250 from our Tag Day and an additional $250 to thank them for the CPR training they provided for our staff. Keep up the great work LVRS!
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Send in Socks!

Father Andrew White School will be sponsoring a white sock drive for The Mission in Lexington Park. Help us reach our goal of 400 socks. See the flyer for more details.

Winter Uniforms Begin on Monday!

We are grateful to all those who so generously donate your used uniforms for other families to wear. Our winter uniforms are to be worn starting Monday, November 15th. Please check the uniform section in our School Handbook if you have questions about the proper winter uniform for all grade levels. If you have any uniforms that your children have outgrown, please consider dropping them off in the school lobby. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Sheli Laney for organizing the used uniforms.

Fishin' for Tuition Rockfish Tournament

Who is ready for some REEL fun?! Are you a fisherman that is hooked on helping our school? Father Andrew White School is excited to announce the dates for the 2nd Annual Fishin’ for Tuition Rockfish Tournament – November 20 & 21, 2021. Cash prizes will be awarded! Entry for tournament is done via payment through John Weber - Venmo (@John-Weber-148), cash or check. For questions, contact Jaime or John Weber at (240) 538-1248. We hope to see you on the water! Sign up today! For more information, visit our website:

Santa Shop!

During school hours on Friday, December 10th, our children will be able to experience the joy of choosing their own Christmas presents for family members and pets. This year Santa Shop will be held in the St. Aloysius Church Hall and your children will be able to select from an inventory of pre-purchased gifts for those on their shopping list. Gifts will be set up on tables and displayed by category (Moms, Grandmas, Dads, Grandpas, Brothers, Sisters, and Pets). Your child(ren) will receive a money control envelope where they will be able to list the names of the people they are shopping for and how many gifts they are buying. Each gift is $3. Please return the envelope with payment for the gifts by Wednesday, Dec. 1st. Parent volunteers will assist the children during their shopping experience and gifts will come home wrapped and ready to be placed under the tree!! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Linda Greer at

SCRIP Program

SCRIP Gift Card Fundraiser: Looking for ways to order gift cards? You can send an order form (available on the FAW website) in to school, email, or place your order through the website or through the RaiseRight app.

ADW Tuition Assistance Program Open

2022-2023 ADW Tuition Assistance Program: Applications for next year’s Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program are now available. The deadline date for returning families to apply is Friday, December 3rd. Families may apply online by logging onto

On the top toolbar, hover over “TUITION ASSISTANCE” and then click on the “ARCHDIOCESAN TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM” link at the top of the menu. Any families who think they will need tuition assistance for the 2022-2023 school year MUST APPLY THROUGH THIS ADW PROGRAM FIRST, before asking for aid from FAW.

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October Virtue Winners: Reverence

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Help Wanted!

God has blessed each of us with various talents. Are you able to share yours with Father Andrew White School? We are looking for some help from individuals and/or businesses to improve our physical campus. Also, if you or your business would like to sponsor/fund any of these projects we would be forever grateful! If you are willing to help with any of the following, please contact Jaime Weber at

  • replace cracked floor tiles
  • replace ceiling tiles
  • repair drywall
  • repave parking lot near back playground area
  • tidy wiring in gym
  • create a patio for picnic table area
  • make cupboards to cover open shelving in classroom
  • landscaping
  • paint hallways and bathrooms
  • install gate/fence around propane tank
  • fix window closures
  • replace playground benches
  • install taller/stronger net behind soccer goals
  • fix leaky roof

Playground Volunteers

We have open time slots available for recess monitors during the second quarter. If you are available, please consider signing up. Your child will love to have you here!! Access the sign-up here.

2021-2022 Volunteer Opportunity Form

Take a few minutes to let us know what you are interested in volunteering your time for this school year!

Youth News

Fall Festival - All are invited! The Catholic youth group, Southern Maryland ROOTS, is inviting all families to come to their Fall Festival, ChickenStock, at Goldpetal Farm in Chaptico. Local music artists as well as Christian Recording Artist, Marie Miller will be performing. Family fun is scheduled for the whole day including a sticky wall, cornhole, chicken games, holiday photos with the Clydesdale (reservations needed), bake sale, food trucks, s'mores, silent auction, Christmas shopping, and performances all day! Please see the flyer for details or go to the website to buy your early bird tickets:

Bring Canned Goods to the Event!

Kids who bring canned or boxed goods with them to the ChickenStock event will receive two free tickets for the sticky wall activity! All nonperishables will be donated to Our Lady of the Wayside Food Pantry: Cabin of God's Love. The Cabin of God's Love was created by a FAW Destination Imagination team a few years ago!

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FAW Crusaders Spirit Store

Great news! We can now place FAW Spirit Gear orders throughout the year! Click on the link to shop today!

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Weekly Reminders:

❏ Send in items for our Deployed Troops Stockings (tomorrow)

❏ Order White House Ornaments and Poinsettias and Wreaths (tomorrow)

❏ Sign up to compete in our Rockfish Tournament

❏ Get Winter Uniforms Ready (before Monday)

❏ Donate Uniforms that have been outgrown

❏ Participate in the Sock Drive

❏ Apply for Financial Aid through the ADW

❏ Volunteer to be a Recess Monitor

❏ Consider Volunteering your Talents to help improve our Campus

❏ Order SCRIP

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