Friday News February 10, 2023

Dear St. Andrew Parents,


I hope that you had a great week and an even better weekend! Next Wednesday, there will be a parent Zoom at 7:00PM to teach parents a little more about social media, technology, and how students are using it across the country. It is a follow up to our presentation to the students in grades 5-8, but all parents are welcome to attend. 


Should the Eagles win on Sunday, we are hearing the parade will likely be Wednesday or Thursday, but that is not concrete information. Please know that we will share information as soon as we have it, but it would probably be public knowledge at the same time. Any school events that day would be canceled or postponed. 


Looking ahead, if you have never attended the Saint Joseph Feast organized by our Fathers’ Committee, please take a look below at the information. It is a great family friendly event where both students and parents get to socialize. Ask another Saint Andrew family friend to join and prepare for a great time. Additionally, please be sure to check out the dress down day below for Valentine’s day and the Garden of Health Food Pantry. After CSW, the Eagles, and Valentine’s Day, this will be the last dress down day for a while. There is also, new high school, CYO, Boy Scout, and other community information below. 


Last but not least most of our second grade class will be receiving their Sacrament of 1st Reconciliation on Tuesday. Please keep them in your thoughts and prayers as they approach this exciting milestone in our faith! 


God Bless you all, have a great weekend and go Eagles! 


School Information 

  • Prek-4 Families returning for Kindergarten, please make sure your completed registration packet is turned into Deb Rachuba at
  • Why Confession Flyer from OCE
  • Reconciliation Weekend from OCE
  • Unfortunately, the ink cartridge recycle program is coming to an end as we are no longer able to donate them in exchange for funds and are having a hard time donating in bulk. Any cartridges that were previously turned in will receive a pass, but moving forward, we ask that you do not send in the cartridges to school. 
  • Valentine’s Day Dress Down Red, White & Pink, and Donation Information
    • Next Tuesday on Valentine’s Day, 2/14, we will have a Red, White and Pink dress down day.  We are asking for food donations to support the Garden of Health food pantry, servicing Montgomery and Bucks Counties.  Garden of Health is a specialty pantry servicing people with food allergies or other health conditions.  For this drive, we will be collecting healthy, allergy free, sugar free or heart healthy food items.  Please see the list below of what we are requesting from each grade.  A list of additional suggested items and other ways to help can be found on this attached flyer. The boxes will be in the lobby all of next week.  Thank you for your support!
      • Preschool- any non-sugary cereal like Chex, Cheerios or organic varieties
      • Kindergarten- Gluten free and whole grain pasta
      • 1st & 2nd grades-Jelly and sugar-free jelly and/ or Peanut Butter, Sun butter
      • 3rd & 4th grades- Gluten free and regular oatmeal or Gluten free, sugar free and whole grain pancake mix
      • 5th grade- Brown Rice or pasta sauce (low or no sugar if possible)
      • 6th grade- Unsweetened Shelf stable milk (like almond and oat), No Soy
      • 7th & 8th grades- Dried or canned fruit and beans or spices


Repeat School Information

Week Ahead:

  • Monday, 2/13
    • Home and School Meeting 8:15PM Virtual 
  • Tuesday, 2/14
    • Red, White & Pink Valentine’s Day Dress Down 
    • Orchestra Practice
    • Grade 2 Reconciliation 5:30PM Main Church 
  • Wednesday, 2/15
    • First National Bank Open
    • Grade 2 Class Mass 10 AM Marian Room – offered for Anne Papay
    • Social Media Parent Presentation via Zoom 7:00PM
  • Thursday, 2/16
  • Friday, 2/17
    • Band Practice

Parish Events

CYO Spring Sports registration is open. 

  • Track and Field (1st-8th)
  • Softball ( 5th-8th)
  • Baseball (5th-8th)
  • Girls Spring Volleyball Clinics ( 4th-7th)
  • HS Coed Volleyball ( 9th-12th)

Don’t miss out on playing CYO this spring. Registration links can be found on the CYO website.


Boy Scouts

This Sunday, February 5th is Scout Sunday! If you or your children are interested in finding out more about Boy Scouts please join us at the 9 AM Mass at the main church. Representatives from Troop 29 will be in attendance. Many Saint Andrew families have boys involved in Troop 29, and several of the scouts have contributed to the school through various Eagle Scout Projects including the multiplication tables on the stairs of the school, the Stations of the Cross in the Preschool Playground, the Prayer Garden in the back of the school and the Gaga Pit to name just a few! After mass there will be a reception in the Parish Meeting Room where the scouts will have a small activity for the kids and scouts and parents will be sharing information on what Scouting is all about.  Hope to see you there!



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 interested in for your children and/or family. 


High School Info

Holy Ghost Prep

    • The Be First Program at Holy Ghost Prep is our early decision program for students entering eighth grade. A small number of students are invited to Be First at Holy Ghost Prep based on their seventh grade practice test score or because the student is a legacy applicant (the son of an alum or brother of a current student or alum). Students in this program complete the application process during the summer between 7th and 8th grades. We know that HGP is the first choice of many of our families. This program is designed to take the stress out of the high school process before 8th grade even begins. To be eligible, students must take the seventh grade practice exam at HGP.
    • The Class of 2027 at HGP is fully enrolled for next year, but we still have dozens of families inquiring about both 9th grade and transferring to HGP for the 2023-2024 school year. Like everything we do at HGP, we never want any student to feel like he is just a number. Our goal is to find a way to help every right-fit family that wants to be at Holy Ghost Prep. If you have not completed the high school decision process or are looking for a change, we are here to help you learn about HGP. To learn more, contact the admissions office at 215-639-0811 or


Conwell-Egan Catholic (CEC) HS


The Mount

  • Practice Test – Saturday, March 11, 2023 – The Practice Test is a great opportunity for 6th and 7th grade girls to prepare for the high school application process by becoming familiar with the standardized testing process.  Students take a modified test that introduces them to the topics, question types, and testing environment that they can expect on the scholarship/entrance exam in 8th grade.  Registration is open here.
  • 7th Grade Shadow Visits – 7th grade students are invited to schedule a personalized half-day visit and shadow a current Mountie!  Experience the Mount community in action, participate in classes, and meet current students, faculty, and staff.  Shadow days begin February 1.  Registration is open here.

Archbishop Wood

  • “Let’s Get to Know Wood” Information Sessions  
    • Tuesday, February 28th   11:00am – 12:00 pm 
    • Please join us for this informative program and learn about the admission process, financial aid application, scholarship opportunities, academic programs and much more!  Meet with the administration and students, tour live classes and experience our campus up close.  Please RSVP to   
  • 7th Grade Practice Test and Meet and Greet for parents 
    • Saturday, March 18th    9:00am – 12:00pm
    • The high school placement test is a standardized exam that covers five areas: verbal, language, reading, math skills, and math aptitude.  This test is provided to help students prepare for our 8th Grade Academic Scholarship Exam offered in the Fall for academic scholarship opportunities.   
    • The Meet and Greet (9:00am – 10:30am) is a wonderful opportunity for parents to ask questions, meet representatives from the Academics office, Board Members and Admissions staff. 
    • Register here :
    • Your School’s Access Code (you will need to register) : ZC
  •  7th Grade Visitation Day
    • Thursday, March 23, 2023 
    • Spend the day at Archbishop Wood with other 7th graders as we get ready to welcome the Class of 2028!  You will run through a roster of classes and meet our teachers, getting a taste of what your everyday life will be like at Wood. – RSVP form
  •  Open House 
    • Sunday, April 16  10:30 am – 12:30 pm 
    • Visit and experience Archbishop Wood, meet our teachers, administration, students and more.  The program will include classroom presentations, demonstrations, and student guided tours.  Our coaches and club moderators will be on hand to discuss the details of their prospective sport or club.