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Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

January 4, 2022

Growing in faith, wisdom, and love!

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Important Dates

January 4 - 7: Remote Learning for All Students

January 14: Early Dismissal, 12:30pm (NO AFTERCARE) & End of 2nd Quarter

January 17: No School - Martin Luther King Jr. Day

January 21: March for Life

January 24: Lottery Ticket Sales Begin

January 30 - February 5: Catholic Schools Week

January 31: Brown Bag Auction Begins

February 5: Drive-Thru Italian Dinner & Brown Bag Auction Ends

Happy New Year!

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Italian Drive Thru Dinner - Save the Date!

Our annual Italian Dinner will be held on Saturday, February 5, 2022 from 4-7pm as a drive-thru event. Please see the flyer for more details!

Italian Dinner Help Needed

Italian Dinner Meatball Prep - Sunday, Jan. 23, 2022 from 10am - 2pm in the FAW Kitchen

  • Help us make delicious meatballs to be served at our drive-thru event.

Italian Dinner Day of Event Help - Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022

  • Various volunteer jobs and time slots are available from 10am-8.30pm for our drive-thru event! If you are a service scholarship family, kindly remember this is one of the three big events that are required this year. Donations of bottled water and individually packaged cookies, brownies, etc. are welcomed! Thank you in advance for your help!

To volunteer, please email Angie Sample at

FAW is #1 School

Our community members have voted Father Andrew White, S.J. School as the BEST SCHOOL in St. Mary's County thanks to our amazing families and outstanding teachers!
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Christmas Pageant Thank You

Thank you to Mrs. Cacko who worked tirelessly with our students to make sure our holiday gift from our students was a reality again this year. If you missed seeing the special performances, be sure to click on the link below. (Thank you Melissa Barrick for taking the Facebook Live videos for us!)

Also, thank you to Mrs. Gavin who shows that each of our students are true artists! The display of artwork at the Christmas Pageant was stunning!

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Keep Christ in Christmas Poster Contest Winners

Poster Contest: Congratulations to four of our students for their winning posters in the Knights of Columbus “Keep Christ in Christmas” contest.

Grace Webb - 8th Grade, 1st Place

Lily Black - 8th Grade, 2nd Place

Cheyanne Friess & Madeline Goodman - 8th Grade, 3rd Place (Tie)

Thank you Mrs. Gavin and Deacon Vavrus for helping our children with this project year after year.

Virtues in Practice: Gratitude

Our school is participating in a Virtues in Practice program again this year. Each month, the whole school focuses on the same virtue as we hope to grow closer to Jesus by imitating His life and virtues. We also learn more about the saints who exemplify these good habits. This month students and families are learning about gratitude. Please join us by helping model how we see everything is a gift from God and that we should be thankful during the month of January.

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.

Partners in Faith

Be sure to read this month’s Partners in Faith newsletter to find ideas to use at home to build a Christ-centered family life. It is our hope that your knowledge about Catholicism will grow and that you will find valuable tips that are useful. We are proud to be your partners in faith!

SCRIP Gift Card Program

Just a reminder, Kohl's cards can be used in store to pay your Kohl's charge card bill! This is unique to Kohl's and a great way to take care of your holiday credit card bill!

We are very appreciative of the hard work that the SCRIP team put in before the holidays to ensure they filled all orders. A special thank you goes to our SCRIP coordinator, Becky Tritschler and her team of volunteers. Becky went above and beyond by tirelessly filling and distributing an incredible amount of gift cards in time for the holidays. Thank you!

Brown Bag Auction

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The Annual Brown Bag Auction, one of FAW's most exciting events, is right around the corner in early February! We are asking for your help as we prepare these fun, themed baskets. Please keep the Brown Bag Auction in mind if you received a duplicate gift or you find an amazing after Christmas deal! We would love any new, unopened items you would like to donate and we will build the item into one of the themed baskets. If you would like to donate a completed basket, please click the link to sign up. As always, thank you in advance for your help with this event!!

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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.

FAW Crusaders Spirit Store

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

Weekly Reminders:

❏ Find items to donate to the Brown Bag Auction

❏ Sign up to help with the Italian Dinner

❏ Send news and pictures to

❏ Volunteer to be a Recess Monitor

❏ Consider volunteering your talents to help improve our campus

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