Andrew Pride

FEBRUARY 8, 2021

PRINCIPAL'S MESSAGE

We hope the snow is about over and we can shift our focus towards the spring. Our typical February is very busy and goes even quicker than most months - and not just because there are less days. It is hard to tell what this February holds, but we hope it holds much more in-person, meaningful experiences for our kids.


Speaking of which, now is the time to declare your student to shift from remote to hybrid learning, if that is your goal. The deadline is February 16th for students to begin the week of February 22nd. The model for instructional delivery will not be changing, but we do anticipate athletics, activities, and instruction in courses like physical education, science, and art courses may increasingly become “typical”. We are learning more and more how safe in-person instruction is, especially as community spread has been decreasing, and the number of adults in our building becoming vaccinated increases. Simultaneously, the CDC and other research institutions are showing schools are one of the safest places during the pandemic, assuming schools are following all mitigations (which VJA is). If you have any questions regarding returning to school, please reach out to your guidance counselor or an administrator.

UPCOMING EVENTS

February 10: Athletic Booster Meeting @ 7:00 p.m. (virtual)

February 15: NO SCHOOL / President's Day

February 17: Music Parents Meeting @ 7:30 p.m. (virtual)

February 25: School Board Meeting @ 6:00 p.m. @ Sandburg

March 1: NO SCHOOL / Casimir Pulaski Day

March 2: Parent / Teacher Conferences

ATHLETIC DEPARTMENT

Greetings T-Bolt families! As many of you know, our athletic programs have restarted. We have updated our main athletics webpage with the table from the IHSA identifying the start and end dates of each program. Please visit https://www.d230.org/domain/194 to confirm the start and end of all seasons. We want to remind our families that all athletes must be registered with 8to18 and have an active physical on file to participate. Our website has the registration link and parent resource to help walk you through the process. Please keep your login credentials as this will be a seasonal process. Finally, we are continuing to look at ways to have parents watch their athletes' competitions including various streaming opportunities. Spring season officially begins on March 1st and our programs have already shared info through social media, but a directory of our full athletic staff is also available on our website. Please feel free to contact our office with any questions.

ACTIVITIES

The world of activities is coming alive!! We already had Theater Week, and If you still want to watch the two great performance you can stream them from the Andrew YouTube Page at https://vja.fyi/YouTube.


Speaking of streaming, we are working on streaming options for our athletics. Please look for emails from Mr. McKeown or from the head coach. If your child is involved activities, you may notice that some of them are coming back to campus. When they do meet on campus, they also have remote options. I would encourage all students to be in communication with their sponsor for the options. From February 4th to 7th, our Model UN team competed virtually, and the kids did a great job! The Video Game team competed in the IHSA EA tournament and Bryce More took 1st place, Collin Landers took 7th place, and Xander Kick took 33rd. Our Speech team competed at Regionals and two students, Sophia Tseng and Stephanie Alkonga moved onto Sectionals.

TPPO (THUNDER PRIDE PARENT ORGANIZATION)

Let’s put some spring into our step with Mismatched Socks and much more! The TPPO has partnered with Pals Socks. These socks are for everybody in the family! Some examples are Taco & Hot Sauce, Donut & Ice Cream, and Ghost & Skeleton. Pals Socks are giving back $5 for every pair of socks sold! There is a website link for choosing items and payment. Prices are $13.00 a pair! There will be $1 added at the end of the order for shipping charges. The TPPO will have a Drive-Thru Pick Up at school. Just pull up and your order will be handed to you! That easy!


Click on this link: https://palssocks.rallyup.com/tppo or go to our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/AndrewHighSchoolTPPO/ to start shopping!! Orders are due by February 26, 2021, and pick up will be approximately 2 weeks later. All proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards the TPPO Senior Scholarship in May!

ATHLETIC BOOSTERS

Our next Booster Club Meeting will be February 10, 2021.


Queen of Hearts fundraiser is here! You may purchase tickets starting Monday, February 8, at 12:00 p.m. The cost is: 6 for $5, 30 for $20, or 100 for $40. Our first drawing will be Wednesday, February 17, at 7:00 p.m. We will then have a virtual drawing every Wednesday at 7:00 p.m. until the Queen of Hearts is picked. This is a split the pot progressive jackpot. This is open to anyone in Illinois. We will have a weekly winner that will receive a $50 gift card to a local business. Please check out our website https://andrewathleticboostersqoh.org


Our winter online spirit wear store is open and ready for you to purchase some new gear! Click here to place your order: https://ahsfall2020.wswebstore.com/store


New to the Athletic Booster Club: Sidewalk Flags! Show your school spirit and order a sidewalk flag! You can order one for Andrew T-Bolt, or if you have a senior we also have Class of 2021 flags. Please follow this link: https://www.charityflags.net/andrew-high-school

MUSIC BOOSTERS

VJA Theatre Freshman Show leaders were busy writing, directing, and producing their show titled “Highland Pointe” featuring some great actors and technicians from the freshman class. Congratulations to all. We are looking forward to the release of the Winter Musical soon, so be on the lookout for that.


Winter Guard has pulled in a large group this year so we can’t wait to see their accomplishments. They have been working hard on drills and have begun putting their show together. It will be great to see their progress.


Things have been looking up for the bands. Jazz Band and Wind Symphony have started meeting safely in-person; Concert and Symphonic Band will start this week. We are happy they are able to come together to make music again.