Crusader Connections

Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

August 30, 2022

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Important Dates

August 31: Pre-K Open House, 8 - 9am

September 1: Band Demonstration (grades 4-8)

September 2: First Friday Mass, 8:30am, Pre-K Open House, 10 - 11am, & Early Dismissal, 12:30pm

September 5: No School - Labor Day

September 6: First Day of School for Pre-K

September 13: MAP Standardized Math Testing (grades 2-8)

September 15: Middle School Parent Information Night, 5:15 - 6pm

September 16: Environmental Field Trip (grades 2 & 5) & SMR Visit (grades 7 & 8)

September 21: MAP Standardized Reading Testing (grades 2-8)

September 22: Grandparents' Day, Joe Melendrez Concert & Early Dismissal, 12:30pm

September 23: No School - St. Mary's County Fair

September 27: Share the Road Truck Safety Event & Progress Reports Posted to Portal (grades 4-8)

September 30: Crusader Cup Golf Tournament & Middle School Monthly Activity

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It was so wonderful to welcome all of our new families and to see so many of our returning families this past week. We look forward to a FAWsome faith-filled and fun year ahead!

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Early Dismissal & No School

On designated days, the early dismissal time is 12:30pm. Please send a nutritious snack with all children on these days. Lunch is not served on early dismissal days. This Friday, September 2nd is a 12:30pm Early Dismissal!

Monday, Sept. 5th is Labor Day so there is no school. Enjoy your extended weekend!

Be sure to follow our car rider drop off and pick up procedures!

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Gift Card Program

One of the many things that has been enhanced this school year is our gift card program, RaiseRight, formerly known as ShopWithScrip.

Our goal this year is to encourage each FAW family to generate a minimum of $50 in rebates from RaiseRight which is super easy and convenient to do via the RaiseRight App! Once you have earned the $50 for FAW, any additional earnings generate a 25/75% split between FAW/You respectively. Your earnings can go towards next school year’s tuition or the 8th grade class trip.

To get started, simply download the RaiseRight App, or log into the website at The enrollment code for FAW was emailed to families on August 28th. This unique code will tie your rebate earnings to our school. You are able to track your rebates in the App but there will also be a midyear report run and sent out to track your rebates as well.

Please be sure to read more information about the program on the FAW website under the "Events/Giving" Tab --> "Gift Card Program" If you have further questions after that you can email our RaiseRight Coordinator, Jessica Casto at

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Substitute Teachers Needed!

We are looking for cheerful and positive parents and community members who would be available 7:30am - 2:45pm to substitute for teachers as needed throughout the year. Approved applicants who pass a criminal background check can use this for volunteer hours or to receive payment. If you are interested please contact Mrs. Szoch at for a substitute application and information about what days you would be available. For more information, please see our website:

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The Virtue of Hope

Our school is participating in a Virtues in Practice program again 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 second theological virtue: Hope. Please join us by praying the Act of Hope during the month of September.

Photo courtesy Archdiocese of Washington

~ Photo courtesy of the Archdiocese of Washington

Looking for Service Hours?

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Parent Volunteer Needed to Hang County Fair Artwork

Our art teacher, Mrs. Gavin, would love to have a parent come help hang the FAW artwork at the fairground on Monday, September 19th from 8 - 9:30am, and take the work down on Monday, September 26th? The time commitment would likely be about one hour. Please contact Mrs. Gavin at to let her know you are interested in helping!

Lunch Helpers

Email about volunteering in the FAW kitchen with Mrs. Rutherford preparing hot lunch.

New to You Uniforms

Did you know FAW parent volunteers offer a used uniform program at FAW? If you need uniforms or have uniforms to donate, we try to make it convenient for you! New-To-You Uniforms will be set up at school events making this program available more frequently and on a first-come-first-find basis. Pass on this blessing to others by donating your child’s used uniforms (unstained & washed, please). Donating is easy – bring uniforms with you to school events, drop off right at the New-To-You Uniform Tables or in the “Used Uniform” basket right in the school’s vestibule. This is an amazing program FAW offers to all families at no cost. Save money, practice good stewardship, pass along blessings, prevent textile waste, the list of benefits is endless.

Does your FAW middle-school student need service hours? We would love to help your student(s) sign up to work New-To-You Uniform tables at school events. Students will sort incoming uniforms and provide parent support in filling uniform requests. It’s a great opportunity to grow social skills, serve others, provide proactive facilitation, and practice professional conversation. Please contact Sheli Laney or Melanie Chadwick if your child would like to volunteer for any upcoming school event in which the used uniform program will be present.

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Crusader Cup Golf Tournament

Come swing FORE Father Andrew White at the 13th Annual Crusader Cup Golf Tournament! Get your foursome together and join us on September 30th at Breton Bay Golf and Country Club. Don’t delay - this event will sell out! Whether you've just started playing golf or are a regular at the course, one thing is undeniably true - you will have a great time at our PAR-TEE!

Crusader Cup Golf Tournament

Friday, Sep. 30th, 8:30am-2pm

21935 Society Hill Road

Leonardtown, MD

Come join the PAR-TEE while raising funds FORE our school!

RSVPs are enabled for this event.

Community News

St. Francis Xavier Sacraments

If you are a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church and you are a parent/guardian of a 2nd grader, and would like your child to receive Reconciliation and First Communion at St. Francis Xavier, there will be a meeting for parents only on Wednesday, Sept 7th at 7pm in the St. Francis Xavier Parish Hall.

For parents/guardian of 8th graders, who will be confirmed next year, there will be a meeting on Thursday, Sept. 8th at 7pm in the St. Francis Xavier Parish Hall.

This announcement applies to those who would like their child to receive their sacraments at St. Francis Xavier Church. Please contact us at for any questions regarding these classes.

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Weekly Reminders:

❏ Volunteer for Hot Lunch, Crusader Cup or Fair Artwork Hanger

❏ Sign up to Sponsor and/or Play in Crusader Cup

❏ Donate Used Uniforms
❏ Order Electronic Gift Cards Online
❏ Submit Volunteer Hours
❏ Return all Important Forms

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~ Drone photo courtesy of 6th grader, Camden Barrick!