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Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

February 22, 2022

Growing in faith, wisdom, and love!

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Important Dates

February 25: 3rd Grade Field Trip

March 1: Pancake Drive-Thru Dinner

March 2: Ash Wednesday Mass & Lent Begins

March 4: Pep Rally, Tag Day, & Winter Music Showcase

March 11: Early Dismissal, 12:30 & No Aftercare

March 14: No School - Professional Day

March 18: End of 3rd Quarter

March 23: School Retreat

March 25: Maryland Day Celebration

March 26: Spring Social/Auction (virtual)

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2022-2023 Registration

Registration for the 2022-2023 school year opened last Thursday, February 17th. All of our current families should have received an email from TADS notifying them of the pending enrollment process. Families can complete re-enrollment forms through their TADS account online at Please complete the forms by this Thursday, February 24th.

The easiest way to complete the process is to click on the link that will be included in your email.

Hearing and Vision Screening

Our local Lions Club will be coming to our school to provide free hearing and vision screenings for some students tomorrow, Wednesday, February 23rd. Students in PK and Kindergarten will be receiving permission forms so please be sure to return them by the end of the week. If you have a specific hearing or vision concern and wish to have your child screened, please contact Nurse Rose. 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

Hot Lunch

The hot lunch menu for March and April is now active. Both months are combined on one order form. The order form will close this Friday February 25th, so please have all orders and balances taken care of by then. Mrs. Rutherford has rescheduled the menu chosen by our auction winner last year. During the week of March 21st - 25th, the pizza will be coming from Domino's.

Hot Lunch Volunteers Needed!

Do you still need a few more service hours? The FAW Kitchen is looking for some more volunteers to finish out the rest of the school year. Please consider giving a day or two from 10:15am-12:45pm on regular weekdays or 10:30am-12:45pm on pizza Fridays. Contact Mrs. Rutherford at for a list of dates still available from March through the first week of June. Thanks for considering helping in this important way!

Pancake Dinner

We will be having a Shrove Tuesday Pancake Drive Thru Dinner next Tuesday, March 1st from 4-7pm! We are in need of about 3-5 more volunteers to assist in set up, cooking in the kitchen, running food out to cars, collecting money and clean up. Please contact Christy Farr and Natty Jones through email for more details or to sign up!

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.

Let’s “Pave the Way for Kids to Play!” at Father Andrew White School! Find out details here Thank you!!

Knights of Columbus Free Throw Contest

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Students from FAW participated in the Basketball Free Throw Championship sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council #1470 yesterday.

Congratulations to all of the contestants! Best wishes to the champions from each division that will compete at the State Level on March 19th!

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3rd Quarter Progress Reports

Mid-quarter progress reports for students in grades 4-8 were posted on Parent PlusPortals, last Tuesday, February 15th. Please login to check your child’s progress. If you have any questions, please contact your child’s teacher. To find the report, click the child’s picture, then “Classroom,” then “Progress Reports,” then "Combined Reports." Please go over the reports with your children and encourage them to keep working hard through the last half of this quarter!

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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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.

School Store Raffle

Check out this handmade gem our 6th grader, Pace made to be raffled off at our School Store! Wow!!

Chances are $1 each!

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

Remember, each family who accepts reduced tuition in exchange for service hours must also earn $50 in REBATES for the school through the SCRIP gift card program. The reporting year ends MARCH 31, 2022. Once you have earned $50 in rebates, 75% of any additional rebates earned can be credited to next year's tuition or this year's 8th grade class fund. Please click this link to direct where your proceeds should go.

Save the Date!

Our Annual Spring Social and Auction is March 26th! Be on the lookout for more details soon!
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St. Mary's County Science Fair Winners!

St. Mary's County Science Fair Winners!

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Youth News

Middle School Baseball League

St. Mary's County has baseball for middle schoolers and they allow FAW students to play on the Catholic School team. This isn't school sponsored and there is no cost to the schools. Please see the flyer for more details.

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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.

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:

❏ Complete re-enrollment forms through TADS (by Thursday)

❏ Sign up for Hot Lunch (by Friday)

❏ Attend the Shrove Tuesday Pancake Drive Thru Dinner (next Tuesday)

❏ 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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