Friday News February 5, 2021

Dear St. Andrew Parents,

I hope you had a great week! The Sikora household was quite hectic as we managed the snow cyber days. In order to gain feedback and perspective, we ask that you please complete this survey to help us plan for future cyber snow days.

As a reminder, students can not just jump on Zoom for a day or two. It creates disturbances and interrupts the classroom environment. The students are not prepared, and the teacher is not prepared for them to be there. We do not want to just bump our children from Zoom, but it is not acceptable for students to join the virtual classroom the day of and without administrative approval. Thank you for your understanding in this matter.

Catholic Schools Week looked a lot different this year, but we are grateful we were able to be together to celebrate at least to finish the week. We will be collecting canned goods until next Friday for those that can donate, and some of the events will be rescheduled for a later date. I have been asked by some how to thank us, and I think the best way is by word of mouth– letting your friends know how great our team is doing. Although we will probably have limited spots for next year and will not be able to accept all that apply, please let anyone know that is interested that we are now accepting applications for PK-8 and giving tours off school hours. Thank you for choosing Catholic School and for choosing Saint Andrew!

Have a great weekend!

School Information

  • Raffle Basket Update! Thank you for your support! 
    • Congrats to all our basket winners! We will contact you with drop off/pick up instructions.
    • Because of all of you that participated in the Raffle Baskets this week, we were able to raise enough money to purchase 11 of the remaining 13 laptops we need for the teachers! AMAZING!
    • The winners are:
      • Home and School Basket- Madeline McLean
      • Administration Basket- Sean Boedewig
      • Preschool Basket- Powell Family
      • Kindergarten Basket- George Kourtsounis
      • 1st Grade- Angela Dolan
      • 2nd Grade- Elizabeth Higgins
      • 3rd Grade- Ally Eichner
      • 4th Grade- Ashley Jonaitis
      • 5th Grade- Dwyer Family
      • 6th Grade- Wengert Family
      • 7th Grade- Gaudio Family
      • 8th Grade- Marsden Family
        • The Marsden family has generously donated back the graduation pew and personalized crate since they do not have an 8th grade student.
        • We have decided to put every 8th grade student whose family purchased raffle tickets into another drawing to win the pew and crate.
      • Thank you for your continuous support of our school and teachers!
    • Spirit Sale Coming this Monday!
    • The next Moms’ Booster Club Meeting of the 2020- 2021 year will be held virtually next Wednesday February 10th at 7pm. We will continue to brainstorm the Fun Run 2021 and would love your input! Please consider joining us. The zoom meeting information is:

High School Information

  • 8th Grade Scholarship Opportunity – Ancient Order of Hibernians 
  • Visit Villa
    • 6th & 7th Grade Practice Test: February 20
    • Virtual Q&A Sessions: February 9 & 18
    • Essay Contest: March 9 & 11
    • Twilight Tours: March 2, 16, & 23
  • Archbishop Wood Information
    • 7th Grade Practice Test is Saturday, March 27th 9:00am – 12:00pm. DEADLINE IS WEDNESDAY, MARCH 24TH TO REGISTER
      • We will host the test in person at school.  There is no virtual option being offered. We will follow COVID restrictions including masks to be worn while taking the test and social distancing being observed by a proctor.   Scholarship opportunities available for only the 2022-2023 school year, if you attend Archbishop Wood.
      • Please use the link below to register. The cost for the test is $50 (non-refundable)
        • Student Website:
          • Our School’s Access Code: ZC
        • “Parents and Students Get to Know Wood” Virtual Program
          • Please consider joining us for one of these informative discussions via zoom on all facets of life at Archbishop Wood High School.  Learn about academics, activities, student life, the admission process, the financial aid process and more!   Please RSVP to Mrs. Melissa Nolan, Director of Admissions, at or call 215-672-5050 x268 – be sure to list which date you are interested in attending.  A link will be sent to you to join the program.
            • Thursday, February 18th  10:30 am – 11:30 am
            • Tuesday, March 16th        10:30 am – 11:30 am
            • Wednesday, April 14th     10:30 am – 11:30 am
          • Since we are not able to offer tours or presentations in the school, We can offer 1:1 Zoom presentations – a great opportunity to gather information in a private setting, please contact Melissa Nolan at to schedule your call.
        • The Mount
          • The Practice Test is a great opportunity for students to become familiar with the standardized testing environment at the Mount and identify areas of strengths and opportunities for growth as they prepare for the high school application process. Registration is open at
          • 6th Grade Practice Test
            • Saturday, April 17, 2021, 8 AM to 12 PM
          • 7th Grade Practice Test (Pre-HSPT)
            • Saturday, March 27, 2021, 8 AM to 12 PM
            • Sunday, March 28, 2021, 12 PM to 4 PM
          • Virtual Visit Information
            • Join us for a Virtual Visit session to learn more about the Mount’s mission, academics, student life, and extracurricular opportunities!  The session will include a presentation about the Mount and information about the application process.  You will also hear from students and faculty!
            • Register for an upcoming session here: Virtual Visit Registration.
              • Tuesday, February 16, 2021, at 4 PM
              • Monday, March 15, 2021, at 4 PM
              • Monday, April 12, 2021, at 4 PM

Community Information

  • Women Today Leading Tomorrow: A Symposium on Empowerment for Women – Presented by Villa Joseph Marie
    • Saturday, February 27, 2021
    • virtually via Zoom. High School and College students, Moms, Businesswomen — all women in our local community: This event is for you! WTLT is a symposium designed to educate young women about opportunities for representation and leadership of women in all career sectors; empower participants to pursue or continue on a path of leadership in the workplace, marketplace, and community; and encourage a multi-generational commitment to supporting future cohorts.
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