Saint Andrew School News

December 2021 & January 2022 School Newsletter

Dates to Remember

December Dates to remember:

12/3 - Report Cards Distributed

12/3 - Christmas Plant Sale Pick-up

12/4 - Cookies with Santa 2-4 PM ** sold-out event due to capacity. We will not offer walk-up registration at the door.

12/6 - 12/17 - Stocking Stuffer Fundraiser (see details below under Home and School)

12/7 - Virtual Awards Assembly 1:30 PM

12/8 - Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception - School Closed - Holdy Day of Obligation

Mass Schedule:

  • Tuesday 12/7 5:15 PM
  • Wednesday 12/8 6:30 AM, 12:00 PM, and 5:15 PM

12/12 - Live Nativity 2:00 - 4:00 PM

12/14 & 12/16 - Santa's Secret Shop

12/15 - Preschool Christmas Show 9:00 AM

12/19 - 8th Grade night at Rose Tree Park 6:00 PM

12/21 - Christmas Concert (Band & Chorus) 7:00 PM

12/22 - Christmas Holiday Begins NOON DISMISSAL

12/23 - 1/2 - School Closed for Christmas Holiday

January Dates to remember:

1/3 - Classes Resume

1/10 - MLK Poster Contest - posters due to Ms. Zdinak

1/17 - Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service (School Closed)

1/18 - School Closed for Students - Teachers Inservice Day

1/24 - Progress Reports - 2nd Trimester

1/25 - Chipotle Fundraiser 5 PM

1/30 - Start of Catholic Schools Week

Principal's Corner

December 1, 2021

Dear Parents,

Welcome to the season of Advent! This First Week of Advent coincides with the parish celebration of Forty Hours, and the beginning of a new trimester. We are on the cusp of several new beginnings: the new liturgical year; autumn turning to winter; the chance to turn good grades into great; field hockey, cross country, and football giving way to basketball; and so much more. It is a time of looking back with gratitude for what was. We have been blessed with the joy and laughter of schoolchildren attending daily classes. We have been supported in our time of deep sorrow with the love of friends and neighbors. This is a time of looking forward with hope for a better tomorrow. Knowing our Savior lives on in the Eucharist gives us strength. Trusting in His promise to come again brings us peace. It’s all good!

The new calendar year brings us to the centennial celebration of Saint Andrew School. For one hundred years faith and knowledge have been the keywords which describe the purpose of Saint Andrew School. As noted in the recent Day of Catholic Giving, the only thing this school lacks is a regulation-size gym. The parish centennial campaign raised funds to complete the facilities. We were ready to break ground for the new gym in 2021. However, recent changes in the economy prompted the Archdiocese of Philadelphia to require 75% of funds in hand before breaking ground, as opposed to the prior standard of 50%. So we have a bit more fundraising to do. Yesterday’s Day of Catholic Giving provided a starting point for raising these extra funds. While online giving closed on November 30th, offline donations will be accepted throughout the school year. Please consider giving to this campaign. No gift is too small!

In the meantime, we continue to build a culture of Life and a civilization of Love for our children. We are grateful to the many Home and School parent volunteers who work tirelessly to support programs that the students and families enjoy. These include:

  • Cookies and Milk with Santa will be held on Saturday, December 4th from 2:00-4:00. Registration is required. Registration closes on December 1st.

  • The annual Live Nativity will be held on Sunday, December 12th from 2:00 to 4:00 PM on the Church lawn. Weather permitting, sixth and seventh-grade students along with animals from Quiver Farm portray a tableau of the birth of Christ. Families are invited to reflect on the presence of God with Us during this event.

  • Home and School’s annual Santa’s Secret Shop will be held on December 15th & 16th

  • Students are able to shop for family members’ gifts provided by local vendors. All items are reasonably priced. Home and School will gladly accept unused gift items that may be someone else’s treasure. These items can be sent to the main office through next week.

  • Our Christmas Concert will be held on Tuesday, December 21st at 7:00 PM in McGettigan Hall. Members of the Saint Andrew School band and chorus will share their talents with the school community.

School closes for the Christmas holiday at noon on December 22nd. Classes resume on Monday, January 3rd. Martin Luther King, Jr. Day is a school holiday. However, students in Grades 3-8 are invited to participate in the MLK Day of Service held in McGettigan Hall on January 17th.

School is also closed on Tuesday, January 18th. This is an additional change to the original school calendar. Our teachers will undergo training in Virtue Based Restorative Discipline (VBRD). Saint Andrew School was accepted to the first VRBD cohort in the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. This training is provided to twelve AOP schools through a grant offered by the Ambassadors’ Fund.

On behalf of the faculty and staff of Saint Andrew School, I wish you many blessings during this special time.

Peace and all Good,

Helen McLean, Ed.D.

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Home and School News

There is a lot going on at SAS, here are some dates from The Home & School Association

Christmas Plant Sale pick-up:

12/3 from 3:00 - 6:00 PM outside the lobby doors of McGettigan Hall at the corner of Foss & School Lane

Santa Visits SAS:

Join us for "Santa Comes to SAS" on December 4th, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. in McGettigan Hall. This event is only for SAS current students and siblings; no outside members will be permitted as it is a school function. Families can enjoy a photo with Santa (parents take it with a cell phone or camera), cookies and milk, and a variety of craft stations around the room to get into the Christmas spirit.

All participants must wear a mask indoors for the duration of the event.

RVSP deadline is December 1st. Tickets are $5 per child if ordered in advance. Tickets sold at the door will be $8 a child.

Questions? Contact Christie Mamaluy, Home and School President, at

Stocking Stuffer Fundraiser: (Please see the flyer below for full details)

Let Santa Surprise your kids with a N.U.T. pass bundle

The N.U.T (No Uniform Today) Pass Bundle consists of 5 passes- one for January, February, March, April, and May of 2022.

COST: $20 per bundle

On sale now until Friday, 12/17


If you have any questions, please email Aimee at

There is a limit of one bundle per child.

Living Nativity: Celebrate the true meaning of Christmas this Advent season with a Live Nativity on Sunday, December 12 from 2:00 PM until 4:00 PM, in front of the church on School Lane and Mason Avenue. Students from Saint Andrew School portray the Holy Family, angels, and shepherds. Hot chocolate and cookies will be served, compliments of the Saint Andrew Home & School Association. All are welcome!

Secret Santa Shop: 12/15 & 12/16 - Secret Santa Shop will take place during school hours for your child to shop for the special people on their Christmas List. You will get an email from your child's teacher with the date they will be shopping. All items are between $1- $5. This is a cash-only event. Please send money in an envelope along with a list of who they are shopping for to help guide them. We are currently accepting donations of new or gently-used items which you can box up and drop off at the Main Office marked “SECRET SANTA SHOP”. Volunteers are needed to help with setting up the shop right after school on Tuesday, December 14th as well as during the sale from 10 AM-3 PM on Wednesday, December 15th, and 8 AM-3 PM on Thursday, December 16th. Volunteers need to have up-to-date clearances. Any questions and interested volunteers can contact Sandy at or 610-656-7824.

Dates to remember for January:

SAS Chipotle Fundraiser - January 25th @ 5:00 PM Details below

Family Bingo: January 29th - details will be available soon.

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CYO News

Seventh and eighth graders, please sign up today:

Christmas Caroling
On December 12th, St. Andrew CYO will be Christmas Caroling to home-bound parishioners. Seventh and eighth graders are invited to travel around with parent drivers to bring Christmas cheer to some of our neighbors. This year we will meet at McGettigan Hall at 2:30 to receive our sheet music and join the parish chorus to sing a few songs at the live nativity before heading out in groups to sing to our home-bound neighbors. We will meet back up at school around 4:30 for pizza. It is sure to be a lot of fun, so wear your Santa hats and bring your singing voices!

Please sign up today at

Please come out and cheer on our boys' and girls' basketball teams!!

Basketball games scheduled for December:

Varsity Boys A:

12/4 at St. Francis of Assisi 10:30 AM

12/10 at St Philomena 7:30 PM

12/11 at St Mary Magdalene 11:30 AM

12/17 at St Philomena 7:30 PM

1/7 at St Philomena 7:30 PM

1/8 at St. Dorothy's 10:45 AM

1/14 at St. Pius 7:30 PM

1/16 at St Anastasia 2:30 PM

1/21 at St. Philomena's 7:30 PM

Varsity Boys B:

12/27 at Watkins Senior Cent 7:30 PM

Varsity Girls:

12/5 at St. Anastasia 5:15 PM

12/15 at St. Bernadette 8:30 PM

12/19 at St Philomena 3:15 PM

12/21 at St Philomena 8:00 PM

1/2 at St Philomena 6:00 PM

1/7 at St. Mary Magdalen 8:00 PM

1/8 at St Pius 7:45 PM

1/9 at St Philomena 4:15 PM

1/10 at St. Francis Assisi 7:45 PM

1/16 at St Philomena 3:15 PM

1/18 at St Philomena 8:00 PM

1/23 at St Philomena 3:15 PM

JV Boys A:

12/4 at St Francis of Assisi 9:15 AM

12/11 at St Mary Magdalene 10:15 AM

12/17 at St Philomena 6:15 PM

1/7 at St Philomena's 6:15 PM

1/8 at St. Philomena's 9:30 AM

1/14 at St. Pius 6:15 PM

1/16 at St. Anastasia 1:30 PM

1/21 at St Philomena's 6:15 PM

1/28 at St. Kevin 6:15 PM

JV Boys B:


JV Girls:

12/5 at St. Anastasia 4:00 PM

12/19 at St Philomena 2:00 PM

12/21 at Saint Joseph's 6:00 PM

12/29 Buzzer Beater Tournament

12/30 Buzzer Beater Tournament

1/2 at St. Philomena's 4:45 PM

1/7 at St. Mary Magdalen's 6:45 PM

1/9 at St. Dorothy's 3:00 PM

1/14 at Drexel Hill Middle School 7:30 PM

1/16 at St Philomena's 2:00 PM

1/23 at St Philomena's 2:00 PM

JJV Boys:


JJV Girls:


** Check back here for any updates **

MLK Day of Service - POSTPONED

Saint Andrew School will hold an MLK Day of Service on January 17, 2022, from 9:00 AM - 12:30 PM in McGettigan Hall.

This "day on" not "day off" will involve Saint Andrew School students in grades 3 - 8. The program will begin with a student-led prayer service and then participants will move through 6-7 workstations where they engage in activities for various local charities.

A student permission form will be available in early January via Option C.

Parents interested in joining the committee can contact Melissa DiNofia - Bozzone at

Additionally, information will be forthcoming regarding donation requests to ensure a successful service day, with the Main Office as the collection drop-off location.

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