Crusader Connections

Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

February 8, 2022

Growing in faith, wisdom, and love!

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Important Dates

February 15: Progress Reports Posted on Parent Portal (grades 4-8)

February 18: 12:30pm Early Dismissal + NO Aftercare

February 21: No School - Presidents' Day

February 25: 3rd Grade Field Trip

Catholic Schools Week

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Many pictures were posted from our Catholic Schools Week celebration. Even if you do not have a Facebook account, you are still able to see our posts. Check out the fun we had!

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Brown Bag Auction

Our Brown Bag Auction was a tremendous success. Thank you to our amazing coordinators, Shannon Dent, Kristen Haley, and Jessica Phillips. We are also very grateful for all of our generous donors!

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Italian Drive Thru Dinner

Our annual Italian Dinner was delicious as always. Thank you to Angie Sample and Kristin Guy who coordinated the event. Also a big thank you goes to our many parent volunteers who made this event possible! Remember to log your volunteer hours!

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FAW Annual Giving Campaign

Father Andrew White School has an Annual Giving Campaign, where we reach out to families, alumni, and local parishioners to raise funds for the school. This year, we are raising funds to "Pave the Way for Kids to Play" as we transition the rear parking lot into an enjoyable recess area for our students. A letter was mailed to your home that provides details of this project. Thank you for prayerfully considering donating to this important fund that directly benefits our children.

Candy Grams

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State of Maryland Flag

Thank you to the Sterling family for acquiring the donation of the Maryland State Flag that was flown over the Maryland State House Dome in honor of Father Andrew White School as we kicked off Catholic Schools Week! We will now proudly fly it on our own flagpole!
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Hearing and Vision Screening

Our local Lions Club will be coming to our school to provide free hearing and vision screenings for some students. If you have a specific hearing or vision concern and wish to have your child screened, please contact Nurse Rose. Otherwise, only selected grade levels will be given permission slips to return. Since inception, the Lions have identified thousands of students with vision and hearing deficiencies and have recommended parents see a professional for their child. They give each student they screen a report of their results to take home so that the parents can give it to a professional for action. If you have any questions about this program, please contact Nurse Rose at

Lottery Fundraiser

Take a chance (or 2 or 3!) on being one of the 31 winners in our FAW Lottery Fundraiser! With $2,725 in cash prizes, this is a great opportunity to support the school and have a chance to come away a WINNER!!! Be sure to ask your family and friends to see if they'd like the chance to put a little extra cash in their wallets, too! Please see the information packet sent home to see how you have 31 chances to win!
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Golden Apple Award Nominations

Each year ten local Catholic school teachers of the Archdiocese of Washington are honored as Golden Apple Award winners. If any parents would like to nominate a teacher who shows an excellence in teaching and a commitment to a quality Catholic education, please email Mrs. Szoch: for more information.

School Store

This quarter, some of our middle school students are operating a school store. They are learning how to take inventory, markup items for profit, and manage the ins and outs of a business. The school store will be open every Wednesday during their elective class time. Items cost anywhere from 25 cents to $8. Please encourage your children to visit the school store! Kindly send in an envelope with money, marked with your child’s name and “School Store” so the middle schoolers know who to expect this week.

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.

SCRIP Gift Card Program

Do you order your groceries nowadays? Grocery cards are an easy way to earn 3 to 5%. Food Lion cards are even reloadable right from your phone. Download the RaiseRight App that will take you to all of the cards that offer an e-card option. Contact the SCRIP team to if you need help setting up an online account.

Save the Date!

Our Annual Spring Social and Auction is March 26th! Be on the lookout for more details soon!
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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 third quarter. If you are available, please consider signing up. Your child will love to have you here!! Access the sign-up here.

Youth News

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Community News

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Chesterton Academy of St. Mary’s is now accepting applications for admission for the 2022 – 23 Academic Year. Chesterton is an affordable high school offering a classical curriculum with courses infused with Catholic teaching, and a staff who take an oath of fidelity to the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

Join us for our inaugural year gala, April 29, 2022 at Immaculate Conception in Mechanicsville! For more information or to schedule a shadow day, visit:

FAW Crusaders Spirit Store

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

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Weekly Reminders:

❏ Send in an envelope with money for your child to shop in the School Store (tomorrow)

❏ Buy Candy Grams (by Thursday)

❏ Buy some FAW Lottery Fundraiser Tickets

❏ Donate to our Annual Giving Campaign

❏ Send news and pictures to

❏ Volunteer to be a Recess Monitor

❏ Consider volunteering your talents to help improve our campus

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