Friday News May 31, 2024

Dear St. Andrew Families,

I hope you all had a great week! We want to thank and say goodbye for the summer to our preschool and kindergarten families. We will miss you! We are excited for our last three days with first through 8th grade and are especially looking forward to graduation on Wednesday!

 

In great news regarding the library, we have slightly exceeded our fundraising goal for the Library Project in pledges. A special thank you to all who donated and especially to our Home and School and Moms’ Booster Club who have committed $40,000 dollars to the project. Please click here for more information, including fundraising winners and a list of sponsors from the Crusader Dash. If there are any remaining funds after the project is completed, we will earmark them for future Library needs. Thank you!

 

If you are looking to get rid of any school uniforms that are in good shape but no longer of use to you prior to the summer, please remember to drop them off in the bins next to the front office. We will have a uniform swap in August. 

 

All remaining lost and found clothing items will be donated on Wednesday, June 5. Please take a look at what is in the collection (picture 1, picture 2) as of this past Tuesday, 5/28, and email Mr. Fasullo to retrieve any belongings.

 

All medication that is kept in our nurse’s office must be picked up by the last day of school, Wednesday, June 5. Parents can pick up medication from the nurse’s office on Monday, June 3, Tuesday, June 4, and Wednesday, June 5 during school hours.

 

Families that use the back loop for arrival and dismissal should continue to use the back loop next week even though Preschool and Kindergarten students have finished their school year. 

 

Thank you, and have a great weekend!

 

School Information

  • June 2024 Lunch Menus Etc. 
  • Please visit our website for summer reading lists, summer math packets and supply lists. 
  • Ambassador Families
    • We are in need of families who would like to become an Ambassador to our new families coming to St. Andrew 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. 
  • CARES Billing for the remainder of school year
    • The May CARES bill was sent home with students on May 22. Parents can send their payment in the morning with their children as usual. Please be aware that the balance due for the remainder of the year is due on the last day your child will be in school this academic year. 
  • We are offering the SchoolKidz supply kit program again this 2024-2025 school year. This opportunity allows you to purchase custom school supply boxes filled with the exact items requested by your child’s teacher. Skip the lines this summer. Order your supplies online with SchoolKidz today! www.shopttkits.com Don’t miss out. ALL ORDERS FOR THE 2024-2025 SCHOOL YEAR ARE DUE JUNE 14, 2024.   
  • 2024-2025 Homeroom Parent Interest Form 
    • Some roles and responsibilities of Homeroom Parents include: sharing information with class parents via email in a timely manner; planning, attending, and chaperoning grade level socials; assisting teachers with grade level celebrations; organizing classroom holiday parties; and collecting for various fundraisers throughout the year. As the new school year begins, teachers will reach out to parents who have indicated they are interested in this position. Two parents will be selected for each homeroom. You must have all clearances to be a homeroom parent. 
  • New next school year! The St. Andrew Moms’ Booster Club will be offering an additional Family Spirit Wear Sale (limited to shorts and tees) for the 2024-2025 school year. This sale will take place online from 8/14 – 8/16. Be on the lookout for more information!
  • Personnel News
    • Mrs. Amanda Ritzke, 6th grade teacher, will not be returning next year. She and her husband will be moving to Delaware this summer. We wish her the best moving forward.

 

Repeat School Information

  • Terra Nova
    • On Thursday, 5/23, our second through seventh graders were sent home with their Terra Nova score reports. Please grab it from their backpack before it gets lost and store it in a safe place after you look it over. Please review some basic directions on how to read the data. We are very proud of our students! Please see the attached table to view how our students did in comparison to the Archdiocese and other Bucks County schools.
  • Saint Andrew’s Newtown Bookshop Book Fair –  Our Spring Book Fair with the Newtown Bookshop will run for 2 weeks from this 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. 
  • Previous Personnel Updates: We are excited to announce a few new teacher hires. 
    • Ms. Patti DiCristafaro will be joining our 4th grade team. She comes to us with over 30 years of teaching experience, including 10 in fourth grade, in New Jersey. She will teach her homeroom ELA, Math, and all three sections of Science.
    • Ms. Julianne McConnell will be joining our 7th grade team and teaching ELA. She comes to us with 20 plus years of experience and most recently taught ELA at St. Jerome School in NE Philadelphia.
    • Ms. Elizabeth Cardie will be our new building sub. She holds a bachelor’s degree in education from West Chester University, recently student taught, and has been a great addition to our substitute teaching team this school year. 
      • We are blessed to continue to have Mrs. Jirele serving as a substitute teacher next school year. 
  • 2024-2025 School Calendar
  • Registration for fall CYO sports is now open (More info and direct registration links). You may also visit the CYO website www.standrewnewtown.com/cyo-fall to register and for a brief description of each program.
  • CYO Football and Cheerleading
  • Please take a moment to read about the Business Leadership Organized for Catholic Schools (BLOCS) program, which through the EITC helps provide eligible families in the Philadelphia region with private or faith-based education. Through a two-year commitment, as an individual or as a company, you have the opportunity to make a donation to schools and receive up to a 90% tax credit against your personal PA state tax liability by making your gift through BLOCS.
  • 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. 
  • Saint Andrew Part-time Rectory Cook Needed
    • The Rectory is looking for a part-time cook. The hours are Monday through Friday, 1:30 PM – 6:30 PM. Duties include shopping, preparing and serving meals. If you are interested or know anyone please have them contact Colleen Carroll at 215-968-2262, ext. 11.

 

Parish Events

 

The Week Ahead

  • Monday, June 3
    • 7th and 8th grade late arrival; students need to arrive between 9:50 and 10:05am. 
  • Tuesday, June 4
    • 8th Grade Clap Out 12 noon (8th grade parents should arrive by 11:45am)
  • Wednesday, June 5
    • Grades 1-7 early dismissal at 12pm
    • No PM CARES
    • 8th Grade Graduation 7pm at the Main Church
  • Thursday, June 6
    • No School, Front Office Hours 8am-12pm
  • Friday, June 7
    • No School, Front Office Closed


 

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