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Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

June 7, 2022

Growing in faith, wisdom, and love!

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Important Dates

June 7: Field Day (grades K-5), 8:30 - 11:20am + Early Dismissal, 12:30pm

June 8: 8:30am End of Year Mass, hosted by 2nd Grade + Early Dismissal, 12:30pm + Book Fair Ends

June 9: Early Dismissal, 12:30pm + No Aftercare + Last Day of School + End of Year Social, 5-7pm

Congratulations FAW Class of 2022!

Congrats to our 29 eighth graders who graduated last Saturday. We are so proud of you and look forward to seeing all of your future successes!
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Special Dedication for Mrs. Helen Bowles

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Our Father Andrew White School community honored our beloved secretary and bookkeeper, Mrs. Helen Bowles! Students gathered for Morning Prayers and witnessed Mayor Dan Burris read a proclamation from the Town of Leonardtown He reminded us that Mrs. Bowles has been a part of FAW for 49 years! God bless you Mrs. Bowles!

Mrs. Helen Bowles Hallway Dedication

The hallway, in which Mrs. Bowles walks countless times throughout the day, was lovingly dedicated to and named after her. We sincerely thank Mrs. Bowles for her many years of service and love to Father Andrew White School.
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Book Fair - LAST DAY!

Tomorrow, Wednesday, June 8th is the last day of our Book Fair. Be sure to stock up on books for this summer!

Yearbooks on Sale

We have some extra 2021-2022 yearbooks available. If you forgot to place an order and would like one, please send in $25 (checks made payable to "Father Andrew White School" with "yearbook" in the memo line). Be sure to get your copy before they sell out!

Come to our End of Year Social

Let's enjoy our (rescheduled) end of year social outside on the school’s back fields this Thursday, June 9th, from 5-7pm! Bring your lawn chairs and your sweet tooth while enjoying music, snow cones, fellowship and fun! Pack a pen and your yearbook for your friends to sign! Let’s celebrate the last day of school with a cool treat!

Return Library Books

Please double check that you have returned all Father Andrew White School library books. Thank you for helping your children find these books so we can complete our inventory over the summer.

Submit your Volunteer Hours ASAP

If you have volunteered your time to the school and need to report your hours to meet your service contract requirements, please remember to complete this form ASAP. Remember those that received the Service Scholarship are required to fulfill 35 volunteer hours.

Final Report Cards

Today will be our last Tuesday newsletter for our 2021-2022 school year. The last report card of the year will be mailed to families that are up to date on all financial obligations and have completed their volunteer hours.

May Virtue Winners: Zeal

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Summer Maintenance

We are looking for volunteers to work on some maintenance jobs over the summer. Please contact Jaime Weber at if you are interested. Thanks for considering!
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School Supply Lists Posted

Our 2022-2023 School Supply Lists have been posted to the FAW website here:

Summer Assignments

Please see the website for required summer assignments for grades 1-8. Students are expected to read and complete projects. Please note that these assignments are required and will be shared with your class in September. If you have any questions, please contact Mrs. Pietsch at Please see the attachments below for more information. For future reference, you may visit the website to find a list of our summer reading and math assignments:

Summer Skills Book

For years we have offered paper order forms for Summer Review Books. Now all ordering can be completed online and books can be shipped directly to your home! To view all the options and to place your order, click here -->

SCRIP Gift Card Program

Don't let all summer go by without a SCRIP order! This is a great time to try electronic cards using your SCRIP account, Presto Pay, and the RaiseRight App. Email if you have any questions or need assistance.

FAW School Advisory Board Openings

The Father Andrew White School Advisory Board is looking for people to serve as Chairperson, Vice Chairperson, or Secretary. If you are interested or would like to nominate someone, please contact Mrs. Szoch at or Fr. David at

2022 – 2023 Contracts

Tuition agreements are now past due. Tuition agreements are to be completed electronically via your TADS account. Remember to complete the tuition agreement by selecting your payment plan and “signing” your contract. Please double check your TADS account to ensure you have completed this very important step of the enrollment process. Thank you!

2022-2023 School Directory

We are getting a head start so that we can begin preparing for our upcoming 2022-2023 School Family Directory! Please complete this 2022-2023 FAW School Directory Data Form today!

Middle School Elective Instructors Wanted

Each quarter our middle school students take an elective class once a week. Examples of elective classes include: Photography, Architectural Modeling, Shakespeare for Kids, Bucket Drumming, Debate Class, Keyboarding, Physics in Flight, and Olympic Games.

For the 2022-2023 school year, we are looking for adults to volunteer to share their expertise or passion with our students. Classes will be held on Wednesday mornings for 8 week sessions. All instructors will need to be VIRTUS compliant which includes having a background check and taking a "Protecting God's Children" workshop. If you are interested in sharing your time and talent with our wonderful middle school students, please contact Mrs. Szoch at

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. 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!!

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Playground Volunteers

We have open time slots available for recess monitors during the fourth 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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Community News

St. Mary's County Fair Speech Contest

Middle and High School students from St. Mary’s County public, private, and home schools, grades 6 through 12, are eligible to enter the Speech Contest, held Friday, September 23, 2022 at 2 pm in the Fair Auditorium.

There are two divisions: Junior (grades 6, 7, and 8) and Senior (grades 9, 10, 11, and 12). Each public, private, and homeschool group may be represented by one student, so school or group contests are encouraged to determine representatives. Depending on the number of entries; however, two students per division may be entered, so selecting runners up is encouraged.

Students may choose any topic considered interesting and appropriate to our family audience. Speeches are expected to be original and written by the contestant, although sponsors and advisors may offer suggestions. Each speech must be at least three but no more than five minutes. Speeches will be judged on content, organization, and delivery. First, second, and third place awards are given for each division.

High School and adult volunteers for judging, score keeping, and helping coordinate the contest are most cordially invited. Please contact the Chair if you’re interested or have questions.

Joie Samuelson, Chair


Weekly Reminders:

❏ Attend our End of Year Social (Thursday)

❏ Sign up to help in the summer doing various maintenance and landscaping jobs

❏ Order SCRIP online

❏ Have a fantastic, relaxing, and blessed summer!

Note: January 2, 2023 will now be a day off.
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