Saint Andrew School News
September 2021 School Newsletter
September Dates to remember:
9/1 - 1:00 Dismissal
9/1- C.A.R.E.S Parent Meeting In Msgr McGettigan Hall @ 6:00 P.M.
9/2 - Teacher in-service day (no school for students)
9/3 - Labor Day Holiday (school is closed)
9/6 - Labor Day Holiday (school is closed)
9/7 - Home and School Mums fundraiser ends
9/8 - Back to School Night
9/10 - Last Day to order Hot Lunch for the 1st 1/2 of the school year.
9/10 - Home and School Association - Welcome Back Event for SAS Families 6:00 PM - 7:30 PM in Hughes Bldg Schoolyard.
9/13 - Pretzels Start
9/15 - Band Parent Meeting 7:00 PM
9/17 - Registration for CARES closes
9/17 - Advanced Band Lessons Begin
9/17 - 1st Hot Lunch
9/24 - Beginner Band Lessons Begin
It amazes me that we have our first two weeks of school in the books! Your children and their teachers have been amazing as we adjust schedules and procedures to create the most orderly environment necessary for learning. Your patience with arrival and dismissal is much appreciated. Hopefully, once the school districts settle into their transportation routes, and our parent/guardian drivers adhere to the traffic pattern the school administration sent out, arrival and dismissal will run much more smoothly. We are fortunate to have so many children in Saint Andrew School; but, none that we want to risk losing. It takes everyone’s cooperation and attention to ensure their safety during these heavy traffic times.
Some of our new students informed their teachers they did not have homework in their other schools. Just so everyone is clear, Saint Andrew School students will have homework to do every night. We know from neurological studies, the information introduced in school requires repetition and practice until the knowledge becomes enforced in the brain. Our belief is that homework provides the opportunity for repetition and practice within a timely manner. Proper sleep is also an important element in learning. While we sleep, the brain is organizing and strengthening the connections of prior knowledge to new information. Recommended sleep times vary according to age:
· Preschool; 3-5 years need 10-13 hours per 24 hours including naps
· Elementary school; 6-12 years need 9-12 hours per 24 hours
· High School; 13-18 years need 8-10 hours per 24 hours
· Adults ages 18-60 need 7 or more hours a night
When the learner comes back to school the next day, homework is checked and reviewed. It is a cycle that is quite fascinating! However, it is work.
Page nineteen in the Parent-Student Handbook states the following time allotments for homework in each grade:
· 30 minutes a night for Grades 1 & 2
· 60 minutes a night for Grades 3 & 4
· 90 minutes a night for Grades 5 & 6
· 120 minutes a night for Grades 7 & 8.
Homework is not limited to written work. Students also need to study which may mean memorizing number facts, definitions, or spelling words. Memorization is the easiest form of learning; however, it does take time, effort & repetition. Aside from written and study work, Saint Andrew School students are expected to read for pleasure at least 20 minutes a night.
The administration and faculty understand that family life encompasses many other activities aside from school. This may require sitting down with your child to schedule homework time for the week. At the end of the day, the child should be good and tired, ready for a good night’s sleep!
We are so happy you have chosen to send your child to Saint Andrew School. Together we strive to bring the child to know his/her worth as a child of the loving God in whose image each person is created. It is an awesome task; one that we remain committed to doing.
May God be praised in all we do!
May God be praised in all we do!
Helen McLean, Ed.D
Vice Principal's Corner
Dear SAS Families,
If you have not already done so please be sure to complete the permission forms using this LINK. The Chromebook 1-1 Policy applies to all students 1st - 8th grades. The $25 protection plan is optional but recommended for all students in grades 1-8.
Ms. Jacquelyn Hart
A year at a glance
12th Annual Spirit Run
Registration is now OPEN for our 12th annual Spirit Run. Please click this LINK to register online at Run The Day.
If you or someone you know would like to sponsor the 12th Annual Spirit Run, there are several levels of sponsorship available, please see the files below.
October 30th, 2021
1 Mile Fun Run
Home and School News
Welcome Back Event: Please join us on September 10th from 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. in the upper schoolyard to say hi and reconnect with our SAS family. Pretzels and water will be provided and a water ice/ice-cream truck will be on-site. This is a free event but please RSVP. A uniform exchange will be held in the hall during this time.
Fall Flower Fundraiser: St. Andrew Home and School is selling mums for a fall fundraiser. Please consider ordering a few pots to brighten up your garden and to help support our children's Catholic education! 8” pots are available in 5 colors for $9 a pot. Mums will be delivered on September 17th. The online store will close on September 8th.
Membership Fee: Our Home and School Association is an active volunteer-based organization that supports St. Andrew School in many ways. We fund many programs and activities that enhance the learning experience. To name a few, the HSA fully funds assemblies and speakers, assists in the purchasing of equipment and supplies for the school and teachers, and sponsors community-building events. Although this year will look different, we typically plan various events throughout the year, so that we can come together as a community to enjoy some social time with our families and friends. In order to fund these events, we do have a Home and School membership fee of $25 that can be paid online through the school’s website. With your membership, you will receive an online directory, and you will help provide learning experiences for our students.
Volunteers Needed for 2021-2022! Sign Up Genius
Room parents are still needed for the following homerooms: pre-K4, KA, 3B, 4B, 5B, 7A. If you are interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
Hot Lunch and Pretzels: The online stores for daily pretzels and Friday hot lunches for the FIRST HALF of the school year is now open and can be found on the Saint Andrew School website on the Home and School page and on this link: Hot Lunch and Pretzels
The online stores will close on FRIDAY SEPTEMBER 10
NO late orders will be taken and there are no refunds for absences.
Daily soft pretzels are $25.00 for the first half of the school year starting Monday, 9/13, and end Friday, 1/28. The mini soft pretzels will be individually wrapped.
Hot Lunch dates will run from Friday, September 17th until Friday, January 28th. All lunches are $5.00, individually wrapped, and come with a snack and drink.
Contact Tricia Ezzie at email@example.com with ALL questions regarding lunch and pretzels; please do not send any inquiries to the Home and School auto-reply email confirming your order.