Friday News May 3, 2024

Dear St. Andrew Families,

I hope you had a great week and enjoyed the summer-like weather!

 

We enjoyed seeing our third grade students represent influential American figures this past week in our annual Patriotic Show. Through their portrayals, they showed us what it means to live out our human dignity in this country. God bless America!

 

Pope Francis’ monthly prayer intention for the month of May is for the formation of religious and seminarians. We prayed for this intention through a school-wide praying of the Rosary in each religion class on Wednesday, May 1. Thank you to NJHS and Mrs. Koch for their work on organizing this powerful prayer effort!

 

Our prayers have also recently been focused on our second grade students who will be receiving their First Communion this weekend. We pray for them as they take this important step in their faith lives and are nourished by the Bread of Life.

 

We look forward to seeing all of our families in grades 1-8 on Tuesday evening for our May Procession! This is the one evening event that we ask all of those 1-8 families to really make a commitment to our school and Church. We ask if you are choosing between practice, games, or other events and the May Procession, you teach your children a valuable lesson and choose the Church. More May Procession information is below.

Blessed first Friday of the month. Have a great weekend!

School Information

  • May 2024 Lunch Menus Etc. 

    • If you have a negative balance please rectify this right away. After May 8th, students with a negative balance can not order food from the Cafe.

    • If you have a recurring replenishment, you may want to consider shutting that off if you have enough money in the account until next year.

    • Account balance information for graduating or non-returning students. Those graduating will get an email in the next couple of weeks with instructions of how to get any leftover funds from your account.

    • PK4/K May Lunch Menu

    • Grades 1-8 May Lunch Menu

    • For Kindergarten Parents: A friendly reminder to please continue to provide your kindergartners who are buying lunch with an index card that includes your child’s name, classroom, student ID number, and the meal/drink they are ordering for the day.

  • May Procession Information

    • May Procession will be held on Tuesday, May 7 at the Main Church for grades 1-8. All 1st-8th grade students are expected to attend. Parents are also invited to attend.

      • Students must arrive by 6:45PM.

      • Grades 1, 3, 4, 5, 6 must wear their summer uniforms.

      • Grade 2 wears their Communion outfits.

      • Grade 7 wears their Confirmation robes with summer uniforms.

      • Grade 8 wears their graduation robes with summer uniforms.

      • Students should NOT wear gym uniforms.

      • At the conclusion of May Procession, students need to return outside with their teachers, and parents have to come and check them out.

  • Spirit Day/Crusader Dash

    • Please see the Crusader Dash Sponsorship Form sent home this past week with students. Please email Moms’ Booster Club (sasmomsclub@gmail.com) with any questions.

    • Thank you to all of our volunteers who signed up to help with the Dash and Spirit Day. All volunteer positions have been filled.

    • Shirts will be delivered at least a week prior to the event.

      • Please know we are asking students not to have others sign their shirts. Unfortunately, while it may be fun, they look sloppy and are worn at Mass when students have gym and Mass on the same day. If they choose to have a shirt signed, or have an old signed shirt, they will not be able to wear them to school as part of their gym uniform.

  • EITC May and June Informational Webinars

  • Personnel Updates

    • Mrs. Plomchok (6th Grade) will not be returning next year; we wish her the best moving forward.

    • Mrs. Hall will be returning to Saint Andrew and teaching our 3 Day 4-Year-Old Classroom (Red Room).

  • Saint Andrew’s Newtown Bookshop Book Fair –  Our Spring Book Fair with the Newtown Bookshop will run for 2 weeks from Sunday, May 19 to Sunday, June 2, 2024! You may purchase Summer Reading books, teacher, graduation, and Father’s Day gifts, and anything else for your reading pleasure. Please mention Saint Andrew’s School when shopping in person or online. The Book Fair raises funds to buy new books for the Saint Andrew School Library. Thank you very much for your support.

  • We are looking for Volunteers for our Family Ambassador Program! 

    • We are in need of families who would like to become an Ambassador to our new families coming to St. Andrews this fall. You will be sent a list of new families, and we would love for you to communicate with them throughout the summer to answer any questions they may have and maybe even meet for Rita’s. Our New Family Playground Event and Uniform Swap will be held on August 14 from 4-6PM, and we have our New Family Welcome for Grades 1-8 on August 28 from 5:30-7:30PM. We would love our Ambassador families to attend both events if possible. Our new families are so thankful for this program. Please email Erica Heine at eheine@standrewcec.com if interested.

Our evaluation schedule can be found on the website. They will start in May, so please check out the website. Teams will be selected before everyone heads off for summer vacation. As always, team practices will not begin until August. We need coaches! If you are interested in volunteering to coach, please sign up using this CYO Fall Coaches Form. In addition to coaches, we are looking for a Concession Stand Coordinator for Soccer, so if you are interested, please reach out to Mrs. Grunwell at sgrunwell@stapn.org.

 

Repeat School Information

  • 2024-2025 School Calendar

    • There are two small updates to our calendar for next year from the previous tentative version that had been posted. Election Day (Tuesday, November 5) is now a half day instead of a full day, and the holiday on 3/21 will now be on 3/17 due to the Terra Nova testing being pushed back next year. This day off is not specifically to celebrate Saint Patrick’s Day and adds a break in between Presidents’ Day and Easter.

  • Calendar Change/Pastor Holiday

    • To celebrate Monsignor Picard, there will be a few changes to our calendar this school year. The last day of school will now be Wednesday June 5 with an early dismissal (12pm) that day. Eighth grade graduation will still take place on Wednesday June 5. In addition to these days off from school, we will have a celebratory event and/or Mass at school to recognize Monsignor sometime in May and he will provide the students with an ice cream truck.  As soon as we have these details, we will be sure to share them.

  • Annual Art Gallery Walk May 20, 2024

  • Trenton Thunder St. Andrew Mother Son Outing

    • Be the MVP and bring your son out to the annual SAS Mother Son event at The Trenton Thunder Baseball game on June 7th @ 7:00pm. There is no better way to kick off summer break; we hope to see you there!!

  • This summer we are looking to renovate our Library. We are thankful for our Crusader Dash (see sponsorship form) and the Moms’ Booster Club and our Home and School Association for committing money to this project. If you are considering ways to give back and would consider making a donation to this project outside what you would like to commit to the Crusader Dash, please email Mr. Sikora directly at rsikora@standrewcec.com.

  • EITC Tuition Assistance information. The qualifying rate has increased for all family sizes. There also have been some changes to increase requirements if any of your children here or at another school have a valid IEP. Click here for more information.

Parish Events

  • National Eucharistic Pilgrimage

    • St. Andrew has been chosen to participate as one of the parishes that will assist in the National Eucharistic Pilgrimage! The Procession will be coming through St. Andrew Church on Thursday, May 30 at 7pm. Please join us and Archbishop Perez for an evening of Adoration, Prayer, and Testimonials.

  • Cantate Domino Children’s Choir Camp, June 24-27 9am-3pm at the Cathedral Basilica of Saints Peter and Paul

    • This is an incredibly unique opportunity to bring our youth together for fellowship, faith and MUSIC! This camp is open to all boys and girls throughout the Archdiocese, ages 7-15. At camp, our choristers will have an introduction to sacred repertoire, vocal breathing techniques, vowel formation, choral tone, sight singing and music theory. Don’t miss this amazing experience to spend time with the Cathedral Music Staff at the Mother Church of the Archdiocese of Philadelphia. Register here.

 

The Week Ahead

  • Monday, May 6

  • Tuesday, May 7

    • May Procession 7pm (students (grades 1-8) arrive at 6:45pm) at the Main Church

  • Wednesday, May 8

    • First National Bank of Newtown Open 8:30am-12pm

    • Preschool & Kindergarten May Procession (Students Only)

  • Thursday, May 9

    • Ascension Thursday (Holy Day of Obligation) School Mass at 10am

  • Friday, May 10

    • 8th Grade Field Trip

    • PK4 Mother’s Day Celebration at 9am

 

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

7th grade High School Placement Test Practice Test is tomorrow Saturday May 4, 2024 8:45am-12:15pm at Villa Victoria Academy. The cost is $20 and it’s a great way for students to become familiar with the exam that they will be taking this fall in grade 8 if they are applying to private school for high school.