Dear St. Andrew Parents,
I hope you had a great week! After sending out information earlier this week regarding positive cases, I had a few questions regarding why the Bucks County Health Department or the school did not shut down the cohort or the school. The reason we did not make this decision was twofold. First, the health department has been tracking the school cases all year from a variety of schools, and they believe the case count goes up when kids are not in school. Families and children will get together to learn, watch each other’s kids, and/or play while not distancing and not wearing masks, causing the case count to increase. Second, in our most recent cases, other than the possibility of one cohort, there are no links to the school. In the case of the one cohort, there is enough information based on dates of symptom onset and household positives that BCHD believes the cases also could have spread from outside of the school. Fortunately, to finish the week our students that were forced to quarantine due to exposure tested negative and we did not have any other cases. We have taken this as a learning experience and reviewed our practices and policies to make sure we are implementing the safest plan possible.
If you would like to change your learning environment for any reason, please complete this form. The form only needs to be completed if you wish to change, and it must be completed by Sunday, January 24.The moving of materials will take place on Friday, January 29. The next opportunity to move in or out will be at the end of the second trimester (March 12).
In great news, our teachers continue to provide instruction at the highest levels, and our students continue to learn. This week Mrs. Wagner and I were in many classes where we saw great lessons and joy from the students. These moments are always important to reflect on but even more so now.
Please continue to do all you can to keep our school safe by keeping sick children home, communicating when family members have symptoms or are being tested, and following recommended health guidelines when gathering with others.
This Friday, January 29 is a virtual half-day for students in grades K-8, and learning will be asynchronous and completed from home via Google Classroom and/or work packets. Preschool students will have a half day in the building; dismissal will be at 11:30.
Please see the information below regarding Registration/Tuition, Raffle Baskets, Catholic Schools Week, Yearbook Orders, and more!
Have a great weekend!
- Registration and Tuition for Next Year
- Registration for current students and new applicants will take place in March. Last year due to the pandemic, Monsignor rescinded the tuition increase to help our community. Please know there will be an increase in tuition/registration fees this year to ensure that we can continue to lead the way in educating our students. More information about tuition and fees will be sent home in the coming weeks.
- Catholic Schools Week
- Raffle Basket Update!
- Thank you to everyone who has purchased CSW Raffle basket tickets!!
- We are off to a great start!
- We have almost raised enough money to purchase 5 of the 16 teacher computers needed.
- Take a look at the baskets https://photos.app.goo.gl/7SMnh95cEir3Jbta7and send your form and payment into school. Thank you so much!
- Dress Down Themes
- Monday, February 1: Disney/Marvel Day (costumes are not permitted)
- Tuesday, February 2: Mismatch Day
- Wednesday, February 3: Crazy Sock Day with Gym Uniform
- Thursday, February 4: Favorite Holiday Day (wear something that represents your favorite holiday; costumes are not permitted).
- Friday, February 5: Blue and White Dress Down Day
- *There is no cost associated with dressing down during Catholic Schools Week this year. We are looking forward to a great week!
- Order Your Yearbooks Now!
- Memories last a lifetime!
- Yearbooks cost $35.00.
- Orders must be placed by April 1, 2021.
- Order online: http://jostensyearbooks.com/?REF=A07309270
- Eighth grade students will receive one yearbook free of charge; no order necessary.
- All Sales are final. No refunds.
- EITC Donation Information
- School Lunch Order Information
- Raffle Basket Update!
High School Information
- Gwynedd Mercy
- We will be hosting one more raffle and will draw names on February 15th! We invite your 6th and 7th grade families to join our email list today through February 14th!
- CEC Summer Service Camp for rising 8-9 graders
- ServiceworX is a program hosted at CEC and run by a local Catholic non-profit, the Center for FaithJustice (CFJ) in Lawrenceville, NJ.
- During the week of the camp, students will participate in service activities directly impacting the local area, learn about principles of Catholic Social Teaching, and grow in community with other rising 8th and 9th graders from around the area. The week begins on Sunday with Mass and a pizza social at CEC and concludes on Friday with a Prayer Service. More details about the camp can be found on the flyers attached, including costs and times. The camp has a maximum of 30 student participants. All protocols related to COVID-19 at the time of camp will be followed to the highest extent.
The Bible Geek Mark Hart at The Word 2021 International Catholic Bible Summit, Feb. 11-13.
Mark’s amazing line-up of 70+ presenters includes Fr. Mike Schmitz, Chris Stefanick, Danielle Bean, Scott Hahn, Patrick Madrid, and dozens of diverse, dynamic experts I trust and admire.
Registration is FREE! Just click here.
How to find unshakeable hope and peace no matter what you’re going through.
· How to break open the Bible and hear what God is saying to you right now.
· The keys to unlocking a deeper personal and family prayer life.
· Where to turn in times of suffering.
· The keys to overcoming doubt and share your faith with others.
· How to find balance and recalibrate your family with the Word of God…and much more!