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Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

December 7, 2021

Growing in faith, wisdom, and love!

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Important Dates

December 7: 2nd Quarter Progress Reports Posted on Portal (grades 4-8)


December 8: Feast of Immaculate Conception Mass


December 10: Santa Shop


December 12: Cookies with Santa


December 15: Confessions for Advent


December 16: Christmas Pageant (Grades PK-5)


December 17: Early Dismissal (12:30pm) - NO AFTERCARE


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

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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.

The Virtue of Generosity


Our school continues to participate in the Virtues in Practice program this year. Each month, the whole school focuses on the same virtue as we hope to grow closer to Jesus by imitating His life and virtues. We also learn more about the saints who exemplify these good habits. This month students and families are learning about the virtue of generosity. Please be sure to model how you give without counting the cost during the month of December.

SCRIP Gift Card Program

Check out https://www.shopwithscrip.com for a list of all of the gift cards we can order for you. We will place our last order this Friday, December 10th to ensure the cards you would like to order are available for delivery before school gets out for Christmas. After that we will only be able to fill orders with any remaining unsold cards we have in stock.

Progress Reports

Mid-quarter progress reports for students in grades 4-8 will be posted on Parent PlusPortals, today, Tuesday, December 7th. 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! https://www.plusportals.com/FatherAndrewWhiteSchool

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Santa Shop Envelopes are due!

This Friday, December 10th, our children will be able to experience the joy of choosing their own Christmas presents for family members and pets. Each gift is $3. Most students participate in this event, so be sure to return your envelope with payment for the gifts NO LATER THAN TOMORROW so your child can join in on the fun!! If you have any questions, feel free to contact Linda Greer at Lindagreer@gmail.com.

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Cookies, Cocoa and Pictures with Santa!!

Ho! Ho! Ho! Santa Claus will be making a special visit to Father Andrew White School this Sunday, December 12, 2021 from 9am-11am for an International Christmas!


Celebrate Christmas traditions from all around the world during this fun event:


- Cookies, coffee and a hot chocolate bar

- Crafts and games for all ages

- Santa Shop open for children to shop for gifts ($3/gift)

- SCRIP Gift Card sales

- Meet Santa and take a photo!


Admission is $5 per child 12 and under. Please wear a mask inside the building at all times, except when you’re seated to enjoy the cookies! We look forward to spreading Christmas cheer with you!


Please see the flyer HERE!

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Poinsettia and Wreath Sale - Thank You!


We are grateful to all who supported our Poinsettia and Wreath Sale. A big thank you goes to our coordinators, Katy Burfield, Mindy Stevens, and Kim Voigtlander.

White House Ornaments Sale - Thank You!




Thank you to Sue Robusto for placing, organizing, and delivering our White House Ornament orders. We appreciate your hard work!

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!!

Christmas Pageant 2021 Form

Please complete this Form to reserve your seat at the Christmas Pageant.

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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Christmas Toy Drive

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!

Partners in Faith

Be sure to read this month’s Partners in Faith newsletter to nd ideas to use at home to build a Christ-centered family life. It is our hope that your knowledge about Catholicism will grow and that you will nd valuable tips that are useful. We are proud to be your partners in faith!

Youth News

- Wednesday, December 8, 2021 (Holy Day): (K-12th grade) Christmas Party & Pizza at 5:30pm and Mass at 7pm - hosted by Southern Maryland ROOTS Youth Group at Holy Angels School Youth Group Room


- 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!

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Weekly Reminders:

❏ Order SCRIP (by Friday)

❏ Complete Christmas Pageant Form (by Friday)

❏ Attend Cookies with Santa (Sunday)

❏ Order Candy Grams

❏ Find items to donate to the Brown Bag Auction

❏ Order Christmas Cards through Minted.com

❏ Volunteer to be a Recess Monitor or to help with Cookies with Santa

❏ Consider Volunteering your Talents to help improve our Campus

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