Saint Andrew School News

May 2021 Newsletter

School News

Dates to remember:

5/1 - First Holy Communion - Congratulations Communicants

5/9 - Happy Mother's Day

5/13 - Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord (School Closed)

Saint Andrew The Apostle Church Mass Schedule

Vigil Mass (May 12th) at 5:15 PM.

Thursday Masses 6:30 AM, 12 (Noon), and 5:15 PM.

5/14 - School Holiday (School Closed)

5/18 - Home and School Fundraiser at Franco and Giuseppe Cucina Italiana

5/27 - Virtual PA Media and Design State Competiton

5/28 - Asynchronous Day

5/31 - Memorial Day Holiday (School Closed)


REMINDER - With the arrival of warmer weather please send a water bottle to school with your child. (COVID19 regulations prohibit the use of water fountains.)

Principal's Corner

Dear SAS Families,


In the tradition of the Church the month of May is dedicated to our Blessed Mother Mary.

“She is that woman who rejoiced in the presence of God, who treasured everything in her heart, and who let herself be pierced by the sword. Mary is the saint among the saints, blessed above all others. She teaches us the way of holiness and she walks ever at our side. She does not let us remain fallen and at times she takes us into her arms without judging us.” —Pope Francis, Gaudete et Exsultate, no. 176

For those of us who care for children, Mary is the perfect role model of guidance, support, charity, and faith. St. Andrew the Apostle parish has a long tradition of honoring Mary at the annual May Procession in which the school children played a major role. Like many other practices affected by the pandemic, we will not be able to have our traditional May Procession this year. However, the parish and school will honor our Blessed Mother with smaller gatherings throughout the month of May. The school students will need to carry a rosary with them this month. Students are encouraged to bring flowers from their home gardens to place around the image of the Blessed Mother in their classrooms. Hopefully, after our prayerful intention to end the pandemic, we will be able to honor our Blessed Mother with our beautiful tradition next May.

This first week of May is National Teacher and School Nurses Week. While I’m not certain who decided these weeks, I do want our teachers and school nurse (including our nurse volunteers) to know how much we appreciate their presence and work; especially this year! Our Saint Andrew teachers and nurses have stepped into an arena many others would not enter. This they did because of their call to the mission of building a culture of Life and a civilization of Love, and their commitment to the spiritual, academic, social, and emotional growth of our students. Our educators go home tired every day; yet, come back each day ready to start again! Please let them know they have made a difference in the lives of their students.

Another important announcement for the month of May is a change for Friday, May 28th. The day will be an asynchronous learning day for students. All students will attend school virtually on this day. Teachers will have work posted on Google Classroom at 7:50 am. Students will work from home to complete assigned work. This time allows the teachers to finish and review the Excellence by Design study of Saint Andrew School for submission to the Middle States Association. This day will also allow our families to get a head start on the Memorial Day weekend!

April brought many accolades to our students in the middle grades. I am proud to say that several of our 8th graders have received scholarships to their high schools of choice! It is also my delight to share that seventeen 6th and 7th grade students placed at the regional PA Media and Design Competition. These students will move onto the state competition this month. Awards and recognitions such as these are the results of the concerted effort of our teachers, students, and their parents who value Catholic education!

Thank you for your continued support of Saint Andrew School! The students across the grades were truly excited to have the Scholastic Book Fair. Proceeds resulted in $3,845.87 in Scholastic Dollars Value which allows us to update books in the school libraries.


Finally, but most importantly, our second graders receive their First Holy Communion on Saturday, May 1st. Let us pray for them and their families as they are brought closer to our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament.


Peace and all Good,

Helen McLean, Ed.D.

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PA Media and Design Regional Competition Winners

All of the winners are moving onto the PA State Competition held virtually on May 27th, 2021.

Excellent Job Saint Andrew Students!! Thank you to our 7th grade Confirmandi and Mrs. Bozzone for this wonderful service project!

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

*Tuition payments for the 2021-2022 School year begin 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

Spring Uniform

With the arrival of Spring weather and a return to more normal routines, we would like to take the time to go over some information with respect to the SAS uniform policy and, in particular, the Spring uniform. We have noticed loose or limited adherence to the SAS uniform policy, and we respectfully ask that you review the following with your children so all students are in compliance with the dress code on April 6, 2021, for the official start of the Spring uniform.

Spring Uniform

Boys (Grades 1-8):

SAS golf shirt with school logo (either white or red)

Grey dress slacks with belt or grey walking shorts with belt

If necessary on cooler spring days, the school sweater may be worn for warmth

Black or grey dress socks or solid white socks. NO ANKLE SOCKS!

Gym uniform: grey cardinal logo t-shirt, nave mesh logo shorts, white or black solid color socks

Shoes: Black/brown/blue/grey lace-up or buckle style shoe/Non-skid soles/ Non-marking sole. Sneakers can only and must be worn on gym days.

Girls (Grades 1-8):

SAS golf shirt with school logo (either white or red) The polo shirt can be worn with the kilt, skort or shorts, but not the jumper.

Navy blue skort or (i) plaid jumper in grades 1-4 or (ii) plaid kilt in grades 5-8

Prescott red knee socks, white ankle socks permitted with the Navy Blue Skort

If necessary on cooler spring days, the school sweater may be worn for warmth

Gym uniform: grey cardinal logo t-shirt, nave mesh logo shorts, white or black solid color socks.

Shoes: Black/brown/blue/grey shoes lace-up or buckle style shoe/Non-skid soles/ Non-marking sole/No more than 1-inch heel. Sneakers can only and must be worn on gym days.. NO BALLET FLATS.

Kindergarten:

SAS gym shorts and golf shirt with school logo (either white or red).


JEWELRY, MAKE-UP and NAIL POLISH

Jewelry: No costume jewelry

Earrings: (girls only) One pair of post earrings may be worn. (No larger than a dime)

No dangling earrings. If allergies prevent the wearing of posts then no earrings may be worn. Boys are not permitted to wear earrings.

Piercings: Girls are permitted to wear one pair of post earrings, that may or may not be pierced. No other jewelry associated with any body piercings may be worn by any students (this includes nose piercings, tongue piercings, or cartilage ear piercings)

Religious medals/Chains: (All students) Religious medals only may be worn around the neck but must remain under the school uniform at all times. Otherwise, neck jewelry is not worn with the uniform.

Watches: No Apple watches or any wrist device with messaging may be worn.

Bracelets: NOT PERMITTED.

Rings: NOT PERMITTED.

NO JEWELRY IS PERMITTED ON GYM DAYS.

Make-up and Nail Polish:

Students are not permitted to wear make-up, colored nail polish or fake nails or tips.

Hair:

Haircuts are to be traditional and conservative. Extreme hairstyles (fads, tails, shaved, buzzed, dyed, highlighted, etc.) are not permitted. Boys' hair must be cut above the ears and above the collar.

Hair coloring is not permitted.

Hair accessories must be conservative and kept to a minimal size. Bandannas and headscarves are not permitted.

*Final determination as to what is traditional, conservative, and appropriate will be determined by the administration if needed.


Again, we respectfully request that your children are in compliance with the dress code on April 6, 2021, for the official start of the Spring uniform.


Thank you for your continued support of our school and our mission.


Dr. Helen McLean

Principal


Mr. Daniel J. Salvatore
Vice Principal

Home and School News

Fundraisers: http://standrewhsa.corecommerce.com/fundraiser/



Spring Raffle Basket Fundraiser

Be sure to purchase your tickets online at http://standrewhsa.corecommerce.com/fundraiser/ for our last big fundraiser of the year. There are fun things for all to enjoy like Crayola Experience, karate classes, Tyler Arboretum, high school swag bags, Hedgerow Theatre tickets, gift cards to Flynn & O'Hara, and much more. Make sure to check this link for all the baskets available. Tickets range from $3 to $10. This is a contactless raffle. One name per ticket will be entered into a drawing. Winners will be picked and announced on May 7th.

Survey

Please take a few minutes to complete our survey about fundraising, community-building events, and interest in joining a committee.

Coming Soon:

May 7 - drawing night for Spring Basket Raffle

May 18 - dining out at Franco & Giuseppe's

Teacher of the Week Spotlight

The Home and School Association would like to recognize the past recipients of the Teacher of the Week Award! Thank you for all that you do!!


Week of April 5th - Mrs. Albanese

Week of April 19th - Ms. Hart

Week of April 26th - Miss Claffey and Miss Perry

Hot Lunch

Thank you for your support of the Hot Lunch fundraising program!!


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The 8th-grade hot lunch fundraiser (Chick-Fil-A)


The 8th-grade hot lunch fundraising program continues and the online store is open for Chick-fil-A lunch sales EVERY Tuesday in the month of May and June 1st.

Please note if your child was virtual on March 30th and missed the hot lunch (5th - 8th grades), the May 4th lunch will be credited. Please do not order again for May 4th.


Due to rising Chick-Fil-A costs during the pandemic, the cost of one sandwich or one nugget meal will be $6.00 for the May and June 1st orders. Please note that the nuggets and/or sandwiches do not come with drinks, snacks, or napkins. Please pack those separate and necessary lunch items on Tuesday 8th grade hot lunch days.

For questions, contact Melissa DiNofia - Bozzone, 8th-grade parent committee chair, at mdinofia@gmail.com. Thank you for your support of this fundraising effort and the Class of 2021.


The 8th-grade hot lunch fundraising program will also be selling Ice Cream Sandwiches to grades 5-8 on Tuesdays in the month of May.


PLEASE NOTE: May daily pretzels start Monday, May 3rd, and end Thursday, May 27th.