Recent News from St. Andrew's, Delavan, WI

Archive for September, 2013

Our Principal: THE Spartan

A0BS_1_20130209114728129St. Andrew students, faculty, staff, parents, alumni, and parishioners. Are you ready for this challenge? Will You Be Able to Make Mr. Chovanec BE a Spartan?

This year we are replacing our annual fall Walk-a-Thon with “Soles for Catholic Education“, an Archdiocese-wide walk where we will participate with other schools. All of the money we raise for St. Andrew Parish School remains with our school. There are some important dates to remember for this coming up quick.

September 30 – Last Day to Register for Walk (WITHOUT having to pay $10 registration fee)

November 2 – Day of Walk – 10:00AM

Here Are Your Challenges:

1. We have a school goal of $6,000. If we reach this goal before November 2, Mr. Chovanec will dress in ↑THIS SPARTAN OUTFIT↑ and walk the 2 miles.

2. The grade with the highest amount of pledges will get a pizza party from Mr. Chovanec.

3. The student with the highest amount of pledges will get lunch at Culver’s from Mr. Chovanec.

Sign up today at Choose to register to walk with a school team. Pick St. Andrew Parish School.

Make a team with your friends or family or join the general St. Andrew Parish School team and set a personal goal. There is a thermometer to keep track of how close you are!

Share your pledge page with friends, neighbors, and family to help you meet your personal goal via e-mail, Facebook, and/or with your Soles for Education brochure.

This event will be a wonderful way for us to mingle with other schools within our area and show our support for Catholic Education. Archbishop Listecki will open at 9:45 with a prayer and Gene Mueller, 620 WMTJ will emcee the event.

From 10:00AM-Noon, everyone will participate in the 2 mile walk and there will be music, refreshments, and children’s activities.

Everyone who walks receives a t-shirt. If you are unable to join us in the walk, please consider making a pledge to support St. Andrew Parish School.

Location: Mount Mary University, 2900 Menomonee River Parkway, Milwaukee, WI 53222

Day: Saturday, November 2, 2013 – All Soul’s Day!

Remember, this activity REPLACES the usual fall Walk-a-Thon so your participation is needed!

Did you know the word “Spartan” means self-restrained, simple, frugal and austere? Let’s Do This!

St. Andrew Parish School Begins Spanish Program

St. Andrew Parish School is beginning a Spanish curriculum this year. Mrs. Stephanie Freitag has been hired as the school’s Spanish teacher, teaching students grades 1-8.Image

Mrs. Freitag graduated from University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire with a foreign language degree, emphasis in French grades 6-12. She has spent time in France, Switzerland, Belgium and Spain, living with families in Valladolid, Spain; Majadahonda, Spain and Marseille, France.

After spending time in Barcelona and Madrid, she fell in love with the Spanish culture and language and began informally studying Spanish. She taught French at Jefferson High School and Spanish at Parker High School in Janesville. After having her first child, she stopped teaching to be a stay at home mom. She lives in Delavan with her husband Matt and her three children, who are students at St. Andrew.

Mrs. Freitag is looking forward to receiving certification in Spanish and developing a foreign language department at St. Andrew that includes Spanish and hopefully someday, French.

Small Pinch, Big Rewards: Donate for Katherine

Katherine Mary Grace Moses

If you have been following Mama Moses’ (Giovanna) Blog, you may have read that Katherine has been responding well to treatment. But one of the things that has been crucial in this progress is the opportunity for blood transfusions.

If you have never given blood before, it is pretty painless. If you have, maybe you are like me and just haven’t done it for a few years because you’ve just been plain busy. Take the time this month to do something in honor of the Moses Family and thousand of others families dealing with their ill children. Check out blood drives near you and just get it done. I promise I will! Here is a list of some close to Delavan this month:

Blood Center of Wisconsin:

September 10, 2013
2:00 PM-7:00 PM
September 13, 2013
10:30 AM-3:30 PM
September 16, 2013
2:00 PM-6:00 PM
DARIEN, WI 53114
September 19, 2013
9:00 AM-2:00 PM
October 9, 2013
11:00 AM-3:00 PM

Red Cross Wisconsin:

Mercy Walworth Medical Ctr
Sep 17, 10:00 AM – 3:00 PM

N2950 State Rd 67 and Hwy 50
Lake Geneva, WI

Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment
Alternative High School
Sep 25, 8:00 AM – 1:00 PM

400 County Rd H
Elkhorn, WI

Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment
Sharon Community
Oct 02, 1:00 PM – 6:00 PM

228 Martin St
Sharon, WI

Please call 800-RED-CROSS to schedule an appointment
And of course, remember your prayers for this family!

Show Your Church Love

WE know you love St. Andrews. Isn’t it time to let the world know?

Visit the St. Andrew Parish & School Novelty Store and find things such as water bottles, totes, sippy cups, coffee mugs, ornaments, keychains, phone covers, laptop sleeves, and more. Give them as gifts or buy something for yourself.

20% of your purchase will come back to St. Andrew and then you can wear or carry your pride for St. Andrew around. Our parish is a wonderful community. Let’s show it!

Thirsty Again (John 4:13) St. Andrew Parish Water Bottle

Love My Church St. Andrew Parish Tote

I’m Not Texting! St. Andrew Parish iPhone 5 Case

Future St. Andrew Parish School Student Sippy Cup

There will be many more designs added in the next few months..keep checking back and feel free to make suggestions on something you’d like to see!

Fiesta Mexicana: September 15th

On Sunday, September, 15, 2013, from 12:30PM – 8:30PM, St. Andrew Parish’s Hispanic Ministry will host Fiesta Mexicana. This festival will provide musical entertainment, authentic Mexican food, bake sale, and a raffle with a $500 Grand Prize.

Mexican Roasted Corn

Mexican Roasted Corn

This will be an enjoyable festival for the entire community and all proceeds will benefit St. Andrew Parish. Please stop during the afternoon to show your support and please your taste buds. Highly recommended: Roasted Corn Mexican-Style. Yum!





September 2013 Parish Newsletter

2013 September Parish Newsletter

St. Andrew Parish School Lead by New Principal & Three New Teachers Join the Staff

By Beth Nateghi. Delavan, Wisc. – Parents and students will see a new friendly face, John Chovanec, in the principal’s office at St. Andrew Parish School and three new faces will greet them in the Kindergarten, Music and Physical Education classrooms.


L-R: John Chovanec, Brian Wrightson, Susan Pearce, Ryan Fritz

Chovanec served as Principal the past nine years at St. Dominic School, Brookfield. During his tenure at St. Dominic, the school was awarded the Archdiocese of Milwaukee Exemplary Award for Innovative Programs, 2010-2014. Chovanec has initiated many programs and positions at his former school, not the least being Faculty Faith Formation, Technology Coordinator and Guidance Counselor. Prior to becoming an administrator, he was a junior high social studies teacher for 20 years. He also coached cross-country, track, and basketball. Chovanec and his wife recently settled in Delavan.

Susan Pearce spent the last 16 years containing the excitement of kindergarteners at St. Patrick School in Elkhorn and now she is Kindergarten teacher at St. Andrew Parish School. She earned degrees in early childhood and elementary education from Western Illinois University and has been teaching for 29 years.  Pearce also enjoys water sports and reading and has said that everyone from the staff to the families have been so nice and welcoming.

Pearce says, “I look forward to working with the kids and providing a positive base for their school years ahead.”

Brian Wrightson received his undergraduate degree in music business from Elmhurst College and his Master in Music Education from VanderCook College of Music. He has had the opportunity to teach in Catholic elementary, middle and high schools throughout Southern Wisconsin. Wrightson will serve as Music Instructor at St. Andrew Parish School and also the Music Director for the parish. His wife, Johnelle McDermott, is also musically gifted and provides a lot of behind-the-scenes support and organization.

Music occupies Wrightson’s free time too as he gives private lessons at The Dance Factory. He also enjoys walks with Mika, his Siberian Husky/Malamute mix.

Last year Ryan Fritz was hired as a long-term substitute and this year he takes the permanent position as Physical Education teacher. He received his undergraduate degree in history from the University of Wisconsin–Whitewater and his Master of Education from George Williams College of Aurora University. Fritz stays active with crossword puzzles, movies and coaching JV boys basketball at Williams Bay High School.

“I love the Catholic school environment and staying active with the kids everyday,” says Fritz.

St. Andrew Parish School in Delavan, Wisc. is celebrating its 73rd year of developing students’ moral and spiritual growth, physical and psychological development, academic and cultural advancement to prepare them as useful, productive and caring Christian citizens of the community. For more information visit or call 262-728-6211.

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