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Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

December 14, 2021

Growing in faith, wisdom, and love!

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Important Dates

December 15: Confessions for Advent


December 16: Christmas Pageant (Grades PK-5)


December 17: Christmas Tag Day & Early Dismissal (12:30pm) - NO AFTERCARE


December 18, 2021 - January 2, 2022: No School - Christmas Break


January 3, 2022: School Resumes

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Advent

We will continue to light a candle on our Advent Wreath as part of morning prayers each day. We will also use a Christmas Tree and decorate it with the Saint of the Day. We will learn about the 12 Saints of Advent. We hope our families will emphasize Advent in their homes as we prepare to celebrate our Lord’s birth.

Candy Gram Forms Due Tomorrow!

It’s Christmas season! Christmas is a time of giving so why not give some candy grams?! Candy grams can be sent to your child, their friends, or their teachers. Candy grams can be purchased for $0.50 each up until tomorrow, Wednesday, December 15th. Extra copies can be found on the website if you need to print more.

Christmas Toy Drive - Last Day is Tomorrow!

Looking for a way to spread Christmas cheer to families in need? Well, here’s your chance! From now to December 15th, we will be collecting unwrapped, new and gently used toys for ages toddler to ten years old. This Toy Drive will benefit needy families in our area who may not have any gifts to give to their children. Please bring your new and gently used toys to school and deposit them in the marked box located in the FAW School lobby. For any questions please contact our 2020 FAW graduate, James O'Hara by emailing him at james.ohara@smrhs.org. Thank you for your generosity!

Band is Canceled this Week


Due to a death in Mrs. Etter's family, we will have to cancel band this Thursday, December 16th. Likewise, the Advanced Band will not perform during our Christmas Pageant on Thursday. Please keep Mrs. Etter's family in your prayers.

Christmas Pageant Update!

We have received updated information that allows us to change the audience participation for our Christmas Pageant! We can now allow up to 4 guests/family. Please find seats to accommodate your party without moving chairs, as much as possible. You may arrive up to 15 minutes before your scheduled performance time. Check your email for further details. Please let Mrs. Cacko know if you have any questions.


We are looking forward to presenting you all with our Christmas gift to you, the annual Christmas Pageant!

Santa Shop & Cookies with Santa Thank You

We feel blessed that we were still able to provide this gift giving opportunity to our students. We had a record breaking amount of gifts sold (over 1,600) and raised over $5,000 for FAW. Thank you to all of our amazing elves who helped make this Santa Shop event possible!


We Ho-Ho-Hope you had a fantastic time at the Cookies with Santa event. We are grateful for our coordinators, Katie Bailey and Brittany Raley and their team of volunteers who made an International Christmas come to life!


Many thanks to our FAW families for supporting these Christmas events!

Christmas Tag Day

The FAW Student Council Association is sponsoring an "Ugly Christmas Sweater/Christmas T-Shirt" contest this Friday, December 17th.


Each class will vote on a winner and the winners will receive a small prize from the SCA.


Please note: This is a full FREE Tag Day. Please adhere to our out of uniform/Tag Day guidelines as noted on page 27 in our Parent/Student Handbook.

Early Dismissal and NO Aftercare this Friday



Remember this Friday, December 17th, we have a 12:30pm Early Dismissal. There is NO Aftercare. We hope you have a blessed Christmas and a restful break!
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SCA Helps Others

Father Andrew White’s Student Council Association raised money to buy gifts for needy children. The gifts will be donated to St. Aloysius Church’s Angel Tree Program.

Sock Drive Thank You!

Thank you to all who participated in our Sock Drive to benefit The Mission, a faith based organization that helps those in need of clothes, food, shelter, and more. We collected a total of 262 socks! A special thank you to 8th graders, Madeline and Olivia Goodman who led the Sock Drive for us.

SCRIP Gift Card Program

Using SCRIP is especially easy when you are shopping online. Once you have your online shopping cart loaded, hop over to http://www.shopwithscrip.com in a separate tab and order a gift card in the amount of your purchase. Use your bank account or credit card to pay for it and the card will be delivered almost immediately. Enter the card number as your method of payment. No plastic cards or extra balances to keep track of!

Did someone say Christmas cards?

It is time to order your Christmas and Holiday cards!! Please consider using Minted.com... you save 20% and Minted donates 15% back to Father Andrew White by using code FUNDRAISEWHITE. Please share the code with friends and family members as they can also use it to save and raise money for our school!!

Brown Bag Auction

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Mark your calendars for one of FAW’s most exciting events! The annual Brown Bag Auction, a basket raffle of all donated items, is coming up in early February! To prepare these fun, themed baskets, we need your help! Please keep the Brown Bag Auction in mind when Christmas Shopping! If you would like to donate a completed basket, please click the link to sign up.

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Youth News

Wednesday, December 15, 2021 - 5:30pm: (K-12th grade) Making Fruit Baskets for the needy and Christmas Potluck Celebration - hosted by Southern Maryland ROOTS Youth Group at Holy Angels School Youth Group Room (This event counts as service/volunteer hours.)

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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 jaimeweber11@gmail.com


  • 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.

2021-2022 Volunteer Opportunity Form

Take a few minutes to let us know what you are interested in volunteering your time for this school year!

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:

❏ Order Candy Grams (by tomorrow)

❏ Bring in used or new Toys (by tomorrow)

❏ Attend Christmas Pageant during Designated Time (Thursday)

❏ Get your Ugly Christmas Sweater/Shirt Ready (before Friday)

❏ Find items to donate to the Brown Bag Auction

❏ Order Christmas Cards through Minted.com

❏ Volunteer to be a Recess Monitor

❏ Consider Volunteering your Talents to help improve our Campus

❏ Have a Blessed Christmas and a Restful Winter Break!

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