Saint Andrew School News

July 2021 School Newsletter

School News

July Dates to remember:

7/4 - July 4th

7/5 - July 4th Holiday observed

7/15 - Uniform Exchange 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

Upcoming dates to remember:

8/30 - 1st Day of School (1:00 Dismissal)

8/31 - 1:00 Dismissal

9/1 - 1:00 Dismissal

9/2 - Teacher in-service day (no school for students)

9/3 - Labor Day Holiday

9/6 - Labor Day Holiday

Principal's Corner

Dear SAS Families,

I hope these last few weeks have afforded much-needed time for rest and relaxation! We came through a challenging school year fortified with strength and faith perhaps many of us did not realize! I am pleased to say the school buildings are being prepared for the upcoming school year. The Fr. Hughes building has been deep cleaned while the corridors in the Fr. McShain building have a new coat of paint.

The 2021-22 school year will open on August 30th. The Google calendar has been updated on the school website so that parents can look ahead and plan accordingly. Parents of Catholic students entering the second and seventh grades who wish their child to receive sacraments First Penance, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation this year are reminded that all baptismal certificates and letters of permission and eligibility must be submitted to the main office prior to the start of the school year.

We are still searching for the right person to fill two positions at Saint Andrew School. However, several of the open educator positions have been filled by educators who are excited to be here.

  • Ms. Jacquelyn Hart accepted the role of vice-principal and began working as our vice principal the first week of July. Ms. Hart holds a Master of Education degree from Chestnut Hill College. In 2020, Ms. Hart completed the Archdiocesan New Administrators Development Program sponsored by the Office of Catholic Education.

  • Mrs. Christine Lynch accepted the fourth-grade position. Mrs. Lynch comes with 12 years of experience in Catholic education. Fr. John Masson knows firsthand of this teacher’s dedication to Catholic education since she was his sixth-grade teacher at St. Agnes School in West Chester.

  • Mrs. Amanda Hale will move from 4A to 7B. Mrs. Hale holds a PA Middle School Social Studies certification. Mrs. Hale is thrilled to have the opportunity to teach her favorite subject to her favorite age group!

  • Mrs. Maryanne Rayer offered to teach Spanish to students in the upper grades. Mrs. Rayer taught Spanish in the Archdiocesan High Schools for many years. She will serve as the school librarian as well.

We are also pleased to announce that Ms. Beth Zdinak is a 2021 AOP Tech Influencer Award winner! The AoP Tech Influencer award is earned by members of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia education community who demonstrate their dedication, enthusiasm, and support for technology. Please help us in congratulating Ms. Zdinak!

At the end of June one hundred forty-five letters were sent to SAS families notifying them of financial aid awards. In order to receive financial aid, families must be registered for the upcoming year and apply for aid through FACTS. Applications for financial aid must be made through FACTS at

In December of last year, Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) launched a marketing campaign called Built by BLOCS. Go to The campaign concept is to share stories of BLOCS scholarship recipients and their families with the community. KatieRose Thornton, Director of Marketing and Communications at BLOCS is looking to highlight what makes each student’s pathway unique – achieving success, overcoming adversity, developing a deeper faith as a result of their Catholic education, expressing gratitude to donors, etc.

According to KatieRose, BLOCS receives thank you notes almost daily for the work that BLOCS does to provide for so many families. In turn, BLOCS believes it’s of utmost importance to share these stories with our donor community, recognizing that they are the ones who are making it all possible.

Much of the financial aid Saint Andrew School is able to provide comes through BLOCS in the form of EITC and OSTC funds. Additionally, in the past school year, BLOCS provided emergency scholarships to families affected by the pandemic. KatieRose is asking families to consider sharing their story through the Built by BLOCS campaign. According to KatieRose,

“No story of gratitude, faith, perseverance, or success is too small!”

BLOCS are looking to fill their pipeline with new content. Wouldn’t it be wonderful to have representation from Saint Andrew School on their website? BLOCS tends to post weekly on Thursdays in conjunction with social media’s #thankyouThursdays, Messages of gratitude can be sent to:

KatieRose Thornton

Director, Marketing & Communications

Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools

555 Croton Road, Suite 310

King of Prussia, PA 19406


Office: 484-704-2301

Cell: 484-222-1851

Finally, we are happy to report the Technical Review sent to the Middle States Association has been accepted. Saint Andrew School is scheduled for an evaluating visit by the MSA on February 22nd. The visiting team is comprised of four educators not affiliated with the school. These educators will review our study and look for evidence of what is stated in the report. This process is a requirement for re-accreditation. A parent survey based on the National Standards and Benchmarks for Effective Catholic Schools was sent to families via Option C on June 29th. Thus far sixty-six parents responded to the survey. If you have yet to do so, please consider having your voice heard. This information is valuable to us as we strive to make improvements to our program. The link to the survey is

Peace and all Good,

Helen McLean, Ed.D.

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Vice Principal's Corner

Hello Saint Andrew School Community,

It is with great pride and excitement that I write this letter of introduction to you as the newly appointed Vice-Principal of Saint Andrew School. I have been privileged to be a part of the Saint Andrew community for the past four years as a 5th-grade teacher and am honored to be given the opportunity to serve this community as Vice Principal. I look forward to working with Dr. McLean, students, parents, faculty, and staff to make this a great school year for our students spiritually, academically, socially, and emotionally!

Those of you who have children in the upper grades know a little about me from Back-to-School Nights, conferences, and other communications. I am a proud product of Catholic education from kindergarten through college. My undergraduate degree was obtained at DeSales University. I also hold a J.D. from Cleveland State University’s Cleveland-Marshall College of Law and a Master’s in Education from Chestnut Hill College. I practiced law for 20 years, primarily in New York, before coming back to the Philly area to follow a calling to become an educator. I have been a Catholic school elementary school teacher for the past eight years. I recently completed the Elementary Administrators Development Program administered by the Office of Catholic Education of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia.

I am passionate about our students and their future success and I can’t wait to meet you all in person. If you have any questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me. My door will always be open and I can be reached via email ( or phone (610-259-5145).

God bless you all,

Jackie Hart

Uniform Exchange

Home & School will be hosting a uniform exchange on

Thursday, June 15th, 6:00 - 7:00 PM in Msgr. McGettigan Hall, located in the Father Hughes Building.

Please enter through the doors located on Foss Ave.

All gently used, clean uniforms can be dropped off. Anything with ripped material will not be accepted.

Come and browse for new sizes for your growing children. Plenty to choose from!

Busing Information

Any new students to the school that will be using your districts bus services must be registered through your townships registration facility.

CYO Fall Sports Registration

Please sign up on

It is important to register as soon as possible for any sports you have an interest in as an athlete or a volunteer. Please take the time to registerright away. If you need any assistance, please e-mail us.


Soccer is co-ed and is open to all St. Andrew school and parish youth, grades 5-8. The season runs from early September to mid-November. Informal practices will run throughout the summer, with official practices beginning the end of August. Sign up for soccer on the St. Andrew registration site.

Field Hockey

Field hockey is open to St. Andrew school and parish girls, grades 4-8. Practices will start in late August, and the season will run into late October. Sign up for field hockey on the St. Andrew registration site.

Cross Country

Cross-country is open to all St. Andrew school and parish youth, grades K-8. The season runs from early September to late October (and beyond for some). Practices will begin in mid-August. Sign up for cross country on the St. Andrew registration site.


Arrangements have been made for St. Andrew school and parish boys who are interested in playing tackle football (grades 5 through 8) or flag football (grades 3 and 4) to play on a team with neighboring parishes St. Bernadette/Sacred Heart. Anyone interested in having their sons participate should sign up directly on the St. Bernadette registration site, starting on July 1 (you'll need to create a separate account, and will be refunded the family fee that will be charged during checkout): Sign up for football on the St. Bernadette registrationsite (registration opens July 1).

For more information click the link below:

Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers are always needed and welcome. Any adult (18 years or older) who is interested in serving as a coach (head or assistant) or volunteer in any sport, please register online. We are in particular need of coaches for field hockey. CYO will be in contact regarding the necessary background checks, clearances, and training required.

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

NOTE: Re-registration was due February 26th if you have not re-registered please click the link below and print out the re-registration form and return it to the office with the registration fee.

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 chosen the Chromebook Protection Plan: $25 per child each year

*Tuition payments for the 2021-2022 School year began 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

Home and School News

Thank you for supporting our many fundraisers this year. In a year unlike any other, you stepped up and helped us raise funds for our wonderful school.

We hope to return to in-person community-building and fundraising events next year. Please take a moment to fill out this survey so we can gauge interest in events while planning over the summer.

The Home and School Association is always looking for more hands to help. Please view

Election News to see a list of committees on our board.