Friday News September 16, 2022

Dear St. Andrew Parents,

Hope you had a great week! Thank you to our Home and School and Fathers’ Committee for a great movie night last week; it was safe, fun, and clean afterwards. Thank you! 

 

Today we had our band and orchestra presentations. Please be on the lookout for a brochure for our band program and look in the repeat information below for contact information. 

 

We are proud to let our school community know we were named a 2022 Archdiocesan School of Distinguished Instruction. Please see the letter below recognizing Saint Andrew. 

2022 School of Distinction

 

Did you know the Children’s Liturgy at Mass is back again? See below for more information and the opportunity to volunteer.

 

If you have a child on a bus, please read the information below on bussing. There is also information on our first after school program starting up. We will continue to share these below over the next few weeks as the activities get going. 

 

Have a great weekend! 

 

School Information

  • Arrival/Dismissal – Both arrival and dismissal have improved greatly; thank you for reading the emails and listening. 
    • Preschool and K families please do not arrive until 2:30. We have younger students at recess and will have our barriers up which will push cars back to the road and create an unsafe environment. 
    • In the morning, we are moving arrival back to 7:50 for everyone; please do not arrive prior to 7:45. The early line blocks our staff from parking and creates congestion issues. 
    • Another potential issue to this is when buses cancel, we will back up due to the extra cars. We will ask those parents to come 3:05-3:10 if possible to alleviate some of the back up issues. Thanks again!
  • Busing
    • Neshaminy – Bus tracking information will be sent home next week.
    • CR – has worked out most problems other than some bus rides are an hour long. If your child’s bus ride is over an hour, please let me know. 
    • Pennsbury – Has made adjustments again to bus 27, and we hope that will be the correct fix. 
    • We are trying to work with CR and Pennsbury to provide bus tracking and communications to you directly when there are bus issues as well. To help facilitate this we would share information (they should have) such as email and phone numbers in one spreadsheet, so they could set information in their system. If you have an issue with this, please let me know by Monday, 9/19/22. Please know if you opt out of this that you would not be able to track buses when that is available and would receive later updates about buses being delayed or canceled. 
  • After School Activity Flyers and Information

Repeat School Information

  • Video message from Monsignor Picard. 
  • 2022 Fall Spirit Wear Flyer and Information
    • Opens this weekend; most items can be worn on gym days.
    • Please reach out to sasmomsclub@gmail.com with any questions.
  • Lunch Menus
  • EITC Tax Giving Information – Foundation for Catholic Education
  • Clearance Information
    • Link to Protecting God’s Children Courses – All Volunteers and Staff must complete this course. 
      • There is an online option on 9/13/22 and 9/20/22. 
      • Upcoming In-Person Classes: 
        • St. Martin of Tours, New Hope, 9/29/22
        • Our Lady of Grace, Southampton, 9/7/22. 
        • St. Ephrem, Bensalem, 9/17/22
        • Our Lady of Mount Carmel, Doylestown, 9/27/22
    • For More information on other required clearances, please visit our website and for any questions please contact Kathy Kajmo at clearances@stapn.org
  • School Calendar/Events
    • All of our school events are posted on the calendar in FACTS. If you would like to sync the school FACTS calendar to your Google calendar on your computer or phone, follow these instructions
  • Band (Grades 4-8)
  • Orchestra Information (Grades 1-8)
    • Former instructor Nick Mynyk is returning, and Orchestra is not connected to Band/NE Music. 
    • Orchestra will take place on Tuesdays during the school year on a rotating schedule.
    • PDF Registration Form
      • Do not register for our school orchestra anywhere else. 
    • A demonstration will take place in September, and registrations will still be accepted through this date. 
    • If you have any questions, please reach out to Mr. Mynyk directly at nmynyk@yahoo.com

Week Ahead:

  • Monday, 9/19
    • Home and School Meeting Virtual at 8:15PM
  • Tuesday, 9/20
    • 7th & 8th Grade Donuts with Dad from 7:45-8:45 AM 
  • Wednesday, 9/21
    • St. Joe’s visits with 7th and 8th grade boys at recess 
  • Thursday, 9/22
    • Nazareth visits with 7th and 8th grade girls at recess 
  • Friday, 9/23
    • Preschool Playdate from 3:30-5:00 PM at SAS Preschool/Kindergarten Playground

Parish Information

  • Children’s Liturgy: Calling all Volunteers! 
    • The Children’s Liturgy is back at St. Andrew’s Church every Sunday at the 9am Mass for children ages 4-8. Volunteers are needed to continue to help this ministry grow!
    • Volunteers are asked to serve at one mass every 4-6 weeks. No prior experience is needed, and we are flexible! All volunteers must have current clearances. Our next Volunteer Meeting is Wednesday, 9/28 from 7-8p.m. at the Main Church. If you are interested in joining this ministry, please contact Jen Thompson at jjthompson25@gmail.com. Thank you for your consideration!

 

Community Events

*These are not Saint Andrew School Events and do not follow our Clearance policy but generally are shared by parishioners or members of our community and may be something you are looking for your children and/or family. 

 

High School Information

STEP ONE: Click on the blue link, Application Portal to start the Application Process. Once there, you can create an account, complete an application, and upload required documents listed on the portal.       

STEP TWO: Register for the 8th Grade Scholarship Entrance Exam, (by clicking on the blue link),  8th Grade Scholarship Entrance Exam This test is mandatory for students applying to Father Judge High School.                 

STEP THREE: Apply for Facts Financial Aid & Tuition Assistance. The link to apply will be available on October 1, 2022.

Visit Father Judge High School during our Walkthrough Wednesday Events, which will give you and your son the opportunity to see the Father Judge campus. The link to register for the event will soon be available at www.fatherjudge.com You can also review more details regarding the Application Process by visiting www.fatherjudge.com and by clicking on the “Admissions” tab on the website. Please email jcorcoran@fatherjudge.com with any questions you may have.

(7-8 Girls) Mount Saint Joseph Academy 

Fall Open House – msjacad.org/openhouse

  • Sunday, October 2, 2022
  • 10:00AM – 1:00PM (9:00AM Mass)

Application Dates – msjacad.org/apply

  • Friday, October 7, 2022 – Application deadline
  • Friday, October 14, 2022 – Academic records and recommendations deadline

Scholarship/Entrance Exams

  • Saturday, October 8, 2022 – 8:00AM 
  • Sunday, October 9, 2022 – 12:00PM 

8th Grade Shadow Day Visits

  • Begin September 19, 2022