Crusader Connections

Father Andrew White S.J. School Newsletter

October 26, 2021

Growing in faith, wisdom, and love!

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Important Dates

October 26: SMR Shadow Day

October 27: Book Fair Begins

October 28: Early Dismissal (12:30pm) - End of 1st Quarter & Trunk or Treat

October 29: No School - Professional Day

November 1: All Saint's Day Mass

November 4: School Picture Makeup Day

November 5: First Friday Mass (8:30am) & Book Fair Ends

November 8 - Whooo's Reading Ends

November 9: American Legion Flag Day Demonstration for Grades 1 & 2

November 10 - 11: Parent/Teacher Conferences (virtual)

November 11: No School - CALENDAR CHANGE

November 12: No School

November 15: Winter Uniforms Begin

November 24 - 26: Thanksgiving Break - No School

Schedule Reminder!

Early Dismissal Thursday & No School Friday

This is a friendly reminder that we have a 12:30pm Early Dismissal this Thursday, October 28th for the end of the first quarter. Also there is no school this Friday, October 29th due to a Teacher's Professional Development Day.


Due to the (projected thousands of spectators and closed streets during the) Veterans' Day parade we are unable to have an Early Dismissal on Thursday, November 11, 2021. There will now be NO SCHOOL on Thursday, November 11th. Please note: This is a calendar change. There will also be NO SCHOOL on Friday, November 12th, which has previously been a scheduled day off.

Trunk or Treat - This Thursday!

Are you ready for some wicked fun?!?Join us for a spooktacular evening filled with ghoulish prizes, yummy treats and an eerie amount of FUN this Thursday, October 28th at 6pm!! Kona Ice and Chaptico Market will also be in the parking lot for refreshments to purchase.

The Book Fair will be open (parents must accompany children into the Library for this) and used (winter) uniforms will be set up during the Trunk or Treat event.

Host a Trunk!

Only a few spaces remain so sign up to host a trunk ASAP!!

Bring your best decorated trunk with lots of treats to share.

Whooo's Reading... Log those minutes!

Father Andrew White will be running a 2021 Read-a-Thon until November 8, 2021. Please check your child’s folder for login instructions on how to activate your child’s account! Join the fun!

Kindly refer to the October 22nd email for all the details of this fun program that will directly benefit our students and school!

Parent Teacher Conferences

Mrs. Bowles has gone through all of the returned conference forms and has scheduled your child's Parent/Teacher Conference. Please check your child's folder for the blue paper that states your assigned day/time. Please note: Due to the Veterans Day parade festivities with closed roads, we will now need to switch to a virtual format. Your child's teacher will provide further information regarding how to login for the conference.

Annual Archdiocesan Financial Communication

Butter Braid Fundraiser

Our Butter Braid Fundraiser is back by popular demand! Experience the Ultimate WOW while at the same time helping support FAW! This fundraiser is easy to sell, definitely easy to eat, and has a great profitability per item sold. Our goal is that we would love to see each family sell at least 6 Butter Braids. They will be here just in time for the holidays. What a sweet treat! See the flyer to learn how you can order. Register HERE! For any questions, please contact Jessica Casto at

Locally Made Poinsettia and Wreath Sale

The holidays are coming FAW Families!

Get ready to deck your halls, house and office! Bring beauty and cheer to the Christmas season with fresh LOCALLY grown poinsettias and wreaths. These vibrant poinsettias and wreaths are the easiest way to get your home or business ready for the holiday season. They also make wonderful gifts! Red and white poinsettias are available in various sizes and gorgeous handmade 20-inch wreaths will include a mixture of traditional greenery, berries and pinecones.

Quantities are limited so be sure to purchase early! Online ordering makes it easy to order and pay. All orders are due on November 12, 2021 and will need to be picked up from FAW on December 1, 2021 between 5:30 - 7pm or Thursday, December 2, 2021 between 7:30 - 9am or 1:30 - 3:30pm.

Place your online order today:

Picture Make Up Day

Our School Picture Make up/Retake Day is Thursday, November 4, 2021.

Used Uniforms and Winter Uniforms

We are grateful to all those who so generously donate your used uniforms for other families to wear. Our winter uniforms are to be worn starting Monday, November 15th. Please check the uniform section in our School Handbook if you have questions about the proper winter uniform for all grade levels. If you have any uniforms that your children have outgrown, please consider dropping them off in the school lobby. A special thank you goes out to Mrs. Sheli Laney for organizing the used uniforms.

The New-to-(U)niform stand will be set up with *winter* gear only during the Trunk or Treat event. We are looking for middle school students to volunteer and earn credit for service learning hours. If your child is interested in helping, please contact Sheli Laney at

ADW Tuition Assistance Program Open

2022-2023 ADW Tuition Assistance Program: Applications for next year’s Archdiocesan Tuition Assistance Program are now available. The deadline date for returning families to apply is Friday, December 3rd. Families may apply online by logging onto

On the top toolbar, hover over “TUITION ASSISTANCE” and then click on the “ARCHDIOCESAN TUITION ASSISTANCE PROGRAM” link at the top of the menu. Any families who think they will need tuition assistance for the 2022-2023 school year MUST APPLY THROUGH THIS ADW PROGRAM FIRST, before asking for aid from FAW.

White House Ornaments

Our HSA is selling the White House Christmas Ornament again this year. The ornaments are $24.95 each, or for orders of 12 or more, $22.95. Please see the flyer for more information. Please note: orders should be placed no later than November 11th. Contact Sue Hensley Robusto at with any questions.

Nominated as Best Private School!

We are honored to find out we have been nominated as the 2021 Best Private School!

Thank you! Vote HERE!

SCRIP Program

SCRIP Gift Card Fundraiser: Are you starting to think about Christmas shopping? We carry Amazon gift cards that can be loaded right into your Amazon account at any time and are available anytime you place an Amazon order.

Remember to start your Amazon purchases at also!

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Do you like to shop on!

Remember to start your Amazon shopping at The first time you shop, select Father Andrew White SJ School as your charity of choice and Amazon will send our school a small percentage of your purchase! There's no cost to you and all of your Amazon benefits continue to apply. To date, FAW has received $4,037.12 just by families beginning their shopping at instead of Thank you for considering supporting the school in this simple way.

Fishin' for Tuition Rockfish Tournament

Who is ready for some REEL fun?! Are you a fisherman that is hooked on helping our school? Father Andrew White School is excited to announce the dates for the 2nd Annual Fishin’ for Tuition Rockfish Tournament – November 20 & 21, 2021. Cash prizes will be awarded! Entry for tournament is done via payment through John Weber - Venmo (@John-Weber-148), cash or check. For questions, contact Jaime or John Weber at (240) 538-1248. We hope to see you on the water in November! Sign up today! For more information, visit our website:

12th Annual White Mass – Sunday, October 31 – 11:00 a.m.

The Mass has the designation, “White” because of that color’s connection to our baptismal promises and it has now become a tradition that all the participants at the liturgy wear white, to symbolize the bonds of community we all share through this sacrament of initiation. In fact, the Catholic Bishops in 2017 based their Sacramental Guidelines for Persons with Disabilities on this primary foundation: By reason of their baptism, all Catholics are equal in dignity in the sight of God and have the same divine calling. (#1)

Cathedral of Saint Matthew the Apostle

1725 Rhode Island Ave NW

Washington, DC 20036

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Book Fair Volunteers Wanted!

Our Book Fair will be set up in our library again this year. The Book Fair will be held from October 27th - November 5th. We are looking for volunteers to help each day between the hours of 9:15 and noon AND during our big Trunk or Treat event. This is a great way to earn volunteer hours and to be able to see the great selection of Scholastic books that will be available to our students and families. If you are able to help or have any questions, please contact Mrs. Pietsch at

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.

NEW Archdiocese Requirement for ALL Volunteers

This year the Archdiocese of Washington is requiring ALL volunteers to get their fingerprints taken in order to be in compliance. If you would like to volunteer (or otherwise work with our students such as chaperoning a field trip), you must take this step. Please note: Many of you have completed the expected requirements for years prior, but THIS YEAR, you must also have your fingerprints taken so you can be cleared to volunteer. This fingerprinting is completed locally and must follow the ADW process. (Even if you have gotten your fingerprints taken for a security clearance at your workplace, this is different. The ADW receives a copy of this special report. All Archdiocesan Catholic Schools, such as FAW, must follow the new ADW guidelines for our school volunteers.) If you are unsure of your status, please contact Mrs. Bowles at so she can check to see if you have fingerprint information on file. For more information on this and all other volunteer requirements, please visit out website 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!

Log your volunteer hours!

Kindly remember to log your volunteer hours today! When the quarter ends (this Thursday) we will be generating a quarterly report that will be sent home soon. It's always a good idea to keep your hours up to date!
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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:

❏ Vote FAW Best Private School (every day)

❏ Sign up to Host a Trunk

❏ Attend the Book Fair & Trunk or Treat (Thursday)

❏ Log your Whooo's Reading Minutes & Get Sponsors

❏ Order Butter Braids, White House Ornaments, and Poinsettia and Wreaths

❏ Try on winter uniforms and donate ones that are too small

❏ Apply for Financial Aid through the ADW

❏ Check the Status of your Volunteering Requirements (Fingerprinting)

❏ Volunteer for Book Fair or Recess Monitor

❏ Complete SCRIP Rebate Form

❏ Order SCRIP

❏ Sign up to compete in our Rockfish Tournament

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