Friday News November 10, 2023

Dear St. Andrew Families,

 I hope you are doing great! As we approach Veterans Day, we would like to thank all of our Veterans for their service to our country! This week we have been learning about and discussing our veterans through our prayers and announcements and in the classroom. We have encouraged our students to personally thank a veteran. If you do not know a veteran, please feel free to write a card, and I will make sure it is received by a veteran. A special thanks to our Fathers’ Committee and especially the chairs, Jim Warunek and Zach Kemp for purchasing and decorating our school with beautiful flags in honor of our veterans. Please continue to pray for all of our Veterans and active-duty service members. 

 Speaking of prayers, this weekend we will be celebrating many of our 7th graders as they receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Please keep them in your prayers as they confirm their faith and become fully initiated members of the Catholic Church. 

 We are still waiting for school pictures to come in so our retake dates will be postponed. As soon as we have the new date(s) we will include them in the Friday News. 

 Planning ahead, our next dress down day will be on Monday, November 20. We will wear blue, and donations will be made to the Shop with a Cop campaign where local underprivileged children are taken out by local police officers to shop for Christmas presents for the children and their loved ones. We also will hold three drives in December. We do not normally do this, but we thought they are very different needs. Also, many may have some of the items lying around the house already. In these cases, there will be donation stations at the front of the school inside the lobby.

  • Used eyeglasses will be collected by Ryan L. who is working with the Lions Club to help the underprivileged receive the eyewear they need. 
    • This drive will run from December 1-8.
  • Plastic shopping bags are being collected by Avriann and Lundyn K. and will be donated to the Trenton Soup Kitchen to help pack lunches for the homeless. 
    • This drive will run from December 8-15.
  • Advent Diaper Drive – Our annual diaper drive will be led by John M. and in conjunction with the Church. Items will be donated to Catholic Charities of Levittown.
    • This drive will run from December 1-20.

Any support you can provide will be greatly appreciated! 

 

Thanks, and have a great weekend!

 

School Information

  • November 2023 Lunch Menu
  • 24-25 Tuition Rate/Information
  • Cover the Turkey Fundraiser
    • Our Cover the Turkey Feather Fundraiser will run from November 10 through November 17. Student Council and NJHS will be selling Thankful Feathers: 1 feather for 25 cents or 5 feathers for $1.00. Students should write the blessings for which they are thankful and decorate their feathers. Teachers will attach the feathers on the class turkey and watch him grow! All proceeds will benefit Catholic Charities in our area. Please help share the spirit of the holidays with our neighbors in need.  

 

Repeat School Information

  • A reminder that we are asking school families to sign up to volunteer as Mass greeters at all of our Saint Andrew Catholic Church Masses. There are opportunities at each Mass in November and December, and additional signups will be made available for future months. 
  • On a related faith note, I wanted to highlight Camp Damascus—the summer Catholic faith camp for rising 6-8th graders—which the Archbishop is promoting and is reserved the week of June 30-July 5 for Archdiocese of Philadelphia students. Other weeks are available if that does not work for you, but transportation may be more difficult. We have received positive feedback from families that have attended in the past.
  • Friendly Car Rider reminders. Independence: To ensure even greater efficiency, if you are dropping off in front of the school each morning, we kindly ask that you try your best to have your students ready to exit the vehicle on their own. We understand it takes time for children to master the dropoff routine, and we simply ask that we are making strides in this direction toward independence. Everyday we get better and better. Communicating Changes: If you need to communicate a transportation or after school change, please communicate these needs to the front office not the homeroom teacher. The front office can best communicate this information to your child and his or her homeroom teacher. Using Turn Signals: All incoming traffic should put their turn signals on early to enter the driveway as your signaling helps us direct traffic where it needs to go.
  • Winter Uniforms 
    • No more gym shorts. Students are to wear sweatpants. 
    • No more t-shirts for gym. Students may wear their t-shirts under their sweatshirts. 
    • The girls may no longer wear anklets or white socks. All girls should be wearing navy blue knee socks or navy blue tights.
    • Boys may not wear shorts. All boys must wear grey dress slacks.
    • All students must wear sweaters.
  • The St. Andrew Fathers Committee is meeting next Tuesday, November 7, 2023 at 7:30pm at Applebee’s (Newtown). All Fathers and father figures involved in PK-8 are welcome to attend.
    • Upcoming Monthly Meeting Dates: Tuesday evenings per below, 7:30PM locations to be determined.
      • December 5, 2023
      • January 2, 2024
      • February 6, 2024
      • March 5, 2024
      • April 2, 2024
      • May 7, 2024
      • June 4, 2024
  • Music Class Newsletter (October)
  • School Fundraising Events:
    • Tuesday, November 21 (Thanksgiving week), Saint Andrew Day at Villaggio Iccara (104 Yardville Allentown Rd, Hamilton Township, NJ 08620). Iccara will be donating 15% from dine-in, takeout, and delivery food orders back to the school with mention of Saint Andrew Catholic School. 
  • Order Your Yearbooks Now!
  • Click here to purchase a yearbook! 
  • All yearbooks MUST be purchased online. Orders will NOT be accepted after Thursday, February 29, 2024. 8th Grade students will be receiving one yearbook free of charge; no order necessary.
  • Preschoolers are pictured with their classmates in a class photo, but their individual pictures are not pictured in the yearbooks. 

 

Parish Events

 

The Week Ahead

  • Monday, November 13
    • Fall Open House 6:30-8PM
    • Home and School Meeting Virtual 8:15PM 
  • Tuesday, November 14
  • Wednesday, November 15
    • First National Bank Open 8:30-12PM
    • Grade 2 Class Mass 10AM Marian Room 
  • Thursday, November 16
    • Grade 3 Field Trip 
  • Friday, November 17

 

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 maybe something you are interested in for your children and/or family. 

Camp Invention

  • Camp Invention 2024 – Illuminate returns to Maureen M. Welch from 6/17/2024 to 6/21/2024. We’re proud to announce our perfect 100% rating in the National Inventors Hall of Fame parent survey, a testament to our dedicated teachers and counselors. This year’s program inspires curiosity and STEM skills through hands-on challenges and open-ended adventures. Use code GIFT35 for $35 off at invent.org/mylocalcamp. Questions? Contact Dr. Christine Marsden at cmarsden@crsd.org.

 

 

High School Info

Archbishop Wood High School Viking Scholarship Program

  • Scholarship application period: November 1, 2023 and January 12, 2024
  • Scholarships are available for incoming 9th graders and range from specific art scholarships to general scholarships. Students are welcome to apply for as many scholarships as they would like- as long as they fit the application criteria. 

 

Gwynedd Mercy Academy High School – Important Fall 2023 Admissions Dates      

 

La Salle College High School

 

Martin Saints Classical High School (Oreland, PA)

 

St. Joseph’s Prep Admissions Events & Dates

SJP Fall Poster

  • Class of 2028 Entrance Exam Option #1 – Sat, Nov. 11, 2023
  • Class of 2028 Entrance Exam Option #2  – Sun, Nov. 12, 2023
  • 6th & 7th Grade “Sneak Peek” of St. Joseph’s Prep – Thurs, March 21, 2024
  • 6th & 7th Grade Scholarship Entrance Practice Exam – Sat, April 27, 2024 

For more information, please visit www.sjprep.org or click HERE

 

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