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Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

February 15, 2022

Growing in faith, wisdom, and love!

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Important Dates

February 15: Progress Reports Posted on Parent Portal (grades 4-8)


February 21: No School - Presidents' Day

February 25: 3rd Grade Field Trip

3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Mid-quarter progress reports for students in grades 4-8 will be posted on Parent PlusPortals, today, Tuesday, February 15th. Please login to check your child’s progress. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. To find the report, click the child’s picture, then “Classroom,” then “Progress Reports,” then "Combined Reports." Please go over the reports with your children and encourage them to keep working hard through the last half of this quarter!

🗓️ Schedule Reminders

This Friday, February 18th, there will be NO SCHOOL. We were recently notified that there will be no transportation for the elementary parochial schools on Friday so the decision has been made to cancel school that day. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience that this may cause.

On Monday, February 21st, there is no school due to Presidents' Day.

Enjoy the extended holiday weekend!

FAW Annual Giving Campaign

Father Andrew White School has an Annual Giving Campaign, where we reach out to families, alumni, and local parishioners to raise funds for the school. This year, we are raising funds to "Pave the Way for Kids to Play" as we transition the rear parking lot into an enjoyable recess area for our students. A letter was mailed to your home that provides details of this project. Thank you for prayerfully considering donating to this important fund that directly benefits our children.
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Let’s “Pave the Way for Kids to Play!” at Father Andrew White School! Find out details here Thank you!!

2022-2023 Registration

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year will open this Thursday, February 17th. All of our current families should receive an email from TADS notifying them of the pending enrollment process. Families can complete re-enrollment forms through their TADS account online at Please complete the forms by Thursday, February 24th.

The easiest way to complete the process is to click on the link that will be included in your email.

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🔬 Congratulations to our spectacular students who earned many awards in the St. Mary's County Science Fair over the weekend! 🔬

Lost and Found

Are you missing any FAW sweatshirts, vests, Spirit Gear or jackets, coats, or water bottles? Please remind your child to check our Lost and Found located in the gym. We will be donating all unclaimed items within one week. Also, take this time to be sure you label all belongings with your last name to help return all lost items quickly. Thank you!

Hearing and Vision Screening

Our local Lions Club will be coming to our school to provide free hearing and vision screenings for some students on Wednesday, February 23rd. Students in PK and Kindergarten will be receiving permission forms so please be sure to return them by the end of the week. If you have a specific hearing or vision concern and wish to have your child screened, please contact Nurse Rose. Since inception, the Lions have identified thousands of students with vision and hearing deficiencies and have recommended parents see a professional for their child. They give each student they screen a report of their results to take home so that the parents can give it to a professional for action. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Nurse Rose at

Hot Lunch

The hot lunch menu for March and April is now active. Both months are combined on one order form. The order form will close on February 25th, so please have all orders and balances taken care of by then. Mrs. Rutherford has rescheduled the menu chosen by our auction winner last year. During the week of March 21st - 25th, the pizza will be coming from Domino's.

Lottery Fundraiser

Take a chance (or 2 or 3!) on being one of the 31 winners in our FAW Lottery Fundraiser! With $2,725 in cash prizes, this is a great opportunity to support the school and have a chance to come away a WINNER!!! Be sure to ask your family and friends to see if they'd like the chance to put a little extra cash in their wallets, too! Please see the information packet sent home to see how you have 31 chances to win!
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Golden Apple Award Nominations

Each year ten local Catholic school teachers of the Archdiocese of Washington are honored as Golden Apple Award winners. If any parents would like to nominate a teacher who shows an excellence in teaching and a commitment to a quality Catholic education, please email Mrs. Szoch: for more information.

School Store

This quarter, some of our middle school students are operating a school store. They are learning how to take inventory, markup items for profit, and manage the ins and outs of a business. The school store will be open every Wednesday during their elective class time. Items cost anywhere from 25 cents to $8. Please encourage your children to visit the school store! Kindly send in an envelope with money, marked with your child’s name and “School Store” so the middle schoolers know who to expect this week.

School Store Raffle

Check out this handmade gem our 6th grader, Pace made to be raffled off at our School Store! Wow!!

Chances are $1 each!

FAW News Email

Do you have an announcement you’d like to put in our weekly bulletin? Or perhaps you went to a FAW event and you’d like to share some information. We have created an email where you can send pictures, blurbs, etc. This will help us get new items in our bulletin, on our lobby TV, and on our website. Email: Kindly send anything you’d like considered in the Announcements by Friday evening of the week prior.

SCRIP Gift Card Program

Do you use Groupon? If so, double down on the savings by starting with SCRIP. Groupon offers a 7% rebate!

Save the Date!

Our Annual Spring Social and Auction is March 26th! Be on the lookout for more details soon!
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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 third quarter. If you are available, please consider signing up. Your child will love to have you here!! Access the sign-up here.

Youth News

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Youth Ski Trip - February 21, 2022

***It's not too late to sign up for the Middle School/High School ski trip with Father Swink!***



We will meet at the resort in the morning; it opens at 9AM.

Fr. Swink will be celebrating mass @ 5:30pm at a nearby Chapel (address to be provided Monday)

and would like to enjoy fellowship together with dinner following, place TBD.

**Ski Lift tickets and rentals must be reserved NLT 24 hours in advance. Adult/Youth with rentals are $126/$114, and beginner Adult/Youth tickets with rentals are $93/$80 respectively. Father Swink has arranged for free ski lessons for any participants who would like them. To reserve your lift tickets and/or equipment rentals, please visit:

Please visit the Roots website for updated information: and email to RSVP.

Community News

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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:

❏ Check Progress Reports (grades 4-8) on Parent Plus Portals (today)

❏ Send in an envelope with money for your child to shop in the School Store (tomorrow)

❏ Complete re-enrollment forms through TADS (Thursday)

❏ Sign up for Hot Lunch

❏ Buy some FAW Lottery Fundraiser Tickets

❏ Donate to our Annual Giving Campaign

❏ Send news and pictures to

❏ Volunteer to be a Recess Monitor

❏ Consider volunteering your talents to help improve our campus

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