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

Parent Letter 09.17.13

St. Andrew School

115 South 7th Street

Delavan, WI 53115

phone = 262-728-6211

fax = 262-728-3683

Parent Newsletter – 9/17/13


School Pictures  – A reminder that St. Andrew School’s Picture Day is this Thursday, September 19, 2013.  H R Imaging will take the pictures.


Back to School Parent Information Night   – A “Back to School” Parent Information Night for ALL parents will be held next Wednesday, September 25, 2013 from 6:30p.m. to 8:00p.m..  The meeting will start with an introduction of new staff members at 6:30p.m. in the Cafeteria, and continue with meetings in the classrooms.  We will have four 15-minute classroom sessions.  All parents are asked to attend, as this is the time that teachers go over their expectations for the year.  No children please.  Thank you for your effort to attend this evening.  Communication is vital for a successful school year!


Soles for Catholic Education  – Strap on your walking shoes and join me for the first ever “Soles for Catholic Education” Walk on Saturday, November 2nd. This 2 mile fun walk around Mount Mary is to promote and celebrate Catholic education in SE Wisconsin. All pledges raised stay at St. Andrew School!  The focus of this fundraising event will be to provide funds for technology.  Please see today’s “St. Andrew Pride” for an article on the benefit of SMARTBoards in the classroom.  With the money raised from this event, we are hoping to put a SMARTBoard, Ipad and Apple TV in every classroom.  Please help us reach our goal.  I’m registered, are you?  Please see the pamphlet and flyer in today’s Family Envelope for more details.


How can we share all the great things happening at St. Andrews? Parents, teachers and staff if you know of something newsworthy that your child, classroom or the school as a whole is participating in, please pass that news along so we can share all the wonderful events. Some examples could be sporting events, service projects, field trips, in-class experiments, poster contests, fundraisers and so much more. Parent volunteers, Beth Nateghi and Shari Loback are happy to submit this information to our local media and get it posted on our school’s website and social media pages. Just send the information to or call Beth at 608-343-0346. If possible Beth or Shari will attend the event or if not they will collect the information from participants after the fact. If you have photos to share, include them as well, with the names of the people pictured.

Any parent, teacher, student or staff that has photos to share can upload them to the school’s Flickr account. This way parent volunteer Jen Martin can access them for creating the yearbook.
The account address is:

Safe Environment News – The Milwaukee Archdiocese requires all volunteers working with children on a regular (more than once annually) basis to complete “Safeguarding God’s Children” training (formerly known as “VIRTUS”) and to submit to a federal and state background check.

This means that all parents doing Playground Supervision or volunteering in the school in any way must:

  1. Read, sign and return the “Code of Ethic’s” and Mandatory Reporting Forms (given out at “Safeguarding” Training sessions)
  2. Submit to a federal and state background check (Forms given out at “Safeguarding” Training sessions – NEEDED TO BE DONE EVERY FIVE YEARS).

3.    St. Andrew’s will be hosting a training session in the Cafeteria tomorrow, Wednesday, September 18th at 5:30p.m..


“Safeguarding” Training must be completed before volunteering for any activity, including Lunch Supervision and chaperoning for any field trips.

To register for a session through the Milwaukee Archdiocese,, please visit, click on the date you would like to attend, and follow the registration instructions.


If you have any additional questions about “Safe Environment” training, please contact Mr. Al Seemann at 262-728-8968.  Thank you for doing your part to help St. Andrew School provide a safe and caring environment for all of our students.  If you have any questions about any of these policies, please feel free to call me at 262-728-6211


WE NEED YOUR HELP! – The St. Nick’s Breakfast is Sunday, December 8, 2013.  This is one of the biggest fundraisers for our school!  We are looking for someone to help co-chair the table service for the breakfast along with Mary Wicyk. If you are interested, please contact St. Nick’s Breakfast co-chairs: Jen Martin 262.949.2205, or Jamie Seuser 262.728.1042,  Please watch for additional information in the coming weeks.  We will need the help of everyone to make it a success!  We’re looking forward to this exciting event!!


In Stock Spirit Wear at Clearance Prices  – The Home & School Association still has the following Spirit Wear and Mass Day Uniforms available at clearance prices. Stop by the office to get what you need. The small shirts make great baby/shower gifts.


  • green bracelets, fits all sizes, $0.50 each
  • car magnets, fits all, $4
  • mouse pad, black, $1
  • gray short sleeve t-shirt, 18 months, $6
  • (qty 2) gray long sleeve t-shirt, 18 months, $8
  • (qty 2) gray short sleeve t-shirt, size 4 (but would fit most 5-year olds), $6
  • (qty 2) light gray long sleeve t-shirt, size 5/6, $8
  • Land’s End green unisex short sleeve polo, size 10-12, $10
  • yellow long sleeve girls polo, size 14-16, $6
  • School, Church, Community forest green short sleeve t-shirt, adult L, $6


Questions?  Contact Beth Muehlenkamp Nateghi at 740-0746 or


Children’s Mass – The first Children’s Mass of the new school year will be on Sunday, September 29th at 9:30a.m..  Refreshments will be served after Mass in the school cafeteria.  There will NOT be a Fall Open House following the Mass because of the Back to School Parent Night on September 25th.


Computer Lab Volunteer Needed – Are you someone that enjoys the challenge of working with computers and keepings networks up and running?  St. Andrew School is looking for volunteers to provide support for teachers when they bring their classes to the Computer Lab.  Please contact Mr. Chovanec at 262-728-6211 if interested.


Lunch  Supervision Monitor Needed –St. Andrew School is looking for a person or two to monitor the Lunch count and help with supervision in the Cafeteria from 11:30 to 12:30.  This will be a paid position.  If interested please contact Mr. John Chovanec, Principal at 262-728-6211.


Piano Available for the Taking– St. Andrew School has an old piano that we are no longer using.  Please call 262-728-6211 if you are interested in claiming this item.

Aram Public Library News – Knitting Club – For all ages and experience levels, Knitting Club meets the first two Mondays and the last two Wednesdays of every month.  Each session is led by an experienced knitter.  Bring your own project to work on, share your expertise, and learn from other knitters.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors with Divot – Saturday, October 5 at 10 a.m.Registration is required.Yes, dog lovers…Divot is coming back to hear more stories!  Make an appointment to spend time reading with him the first Saturday of each month.  Stop by the Children’s Desk or call (262) 728-3111, ext. 117 to reserve your time slot!

LEGO Club – Monday, October 7 @ 4:30 p.m.Give our LEGO blocks a workout building anything from a dinosaur to a spaceship.  Work in teams or individually, give your creation a name, then see it displayed in the Children’s Library.

Movie: Oz the Great and Powerful (PG) – Friday, October 11 at 1:30 p.m. – Registration is required.Oscar Diggs, a small-time circus magician with dubious ethics, is hurled away from dusty Kansas to the vibrant Land of Oz. At first, he thinks he’s hit the jackpot–fame and fortune are his for the taking. That all changes, however, when he meets three witches, Theodora, Evanora, and Glinda, who are not convinced he is the great wizard everyone’s been expecting. Reluctantly drawn into the epic problems facing the Land of Oz and its inhabitants, Oscar must find out who is good and who is evil before it is too late. Putting his magical arts to use through illusion, ingenuity–and even a bit of wizardry–Oscar transforms himself not only into the great and powerful Wizard of Oz, but into a better man as well. Written by Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures Registration begins Wednesday, October 9th at 9:30am.  Sign up at the Children’s Desk or call (262) 728-3111, ext. 117 to reserve your spot!

Craft-er-noon – Monday, October 14 from 1:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. – Bring your best creative crafting skills to Craft-er-noon, where you’ll have free rein of an assortment of the library’s art and craft supplies.  What will YOU create?  All materials will be provided.

Pumpkin Washing (Tweens/Teens) – Friday, October 25 at 3 p.m. – Scrub-a-dub-dub, get these pumpkins in a tub! Come by and help us wash pumpkins for Saturday’s Pumpkin Painting & Decorating program. We’ll repay your hard work and kindness with a banquet of pizza and soda. YUM!

Pumpkin Painting & Decorating – Saturday, October 26 at 10 a.m. – ‘Tis the season for adorning our homes with pumpkins and gourds. Join us for some autumnal fun as we decorate pumpkins with paint, glitter, googly eyes, glue, and more! All materials provided. Space is limited, so registration is required. Register at the Youth Desk starting on October 24 @ 9:30 a.m.

Trick or Treat at the Library – 9:30 a.m. to 8 p.m. – Happy Halloween! Don your best costume and come by the library for some good old fashioned trick-or-treating fun!


Adult Volleyball Players Needed – A group of St. Andrew’s parents and alumni get together to play recreational volleyball at the Delavan-Darien High School.  Games begin on Wednesday, September 25th and run through mid-December.  If interested, please contact Beth Nateghi at 740-0746 or


Lunch with the Principal –I’d like to congratulate Emilio Aranda for being selected for Lunch with the Principal.  Emilio is a fifth grade student in Ms. Karsten’s Class.  My thanks to all of the students that received a ticket, and keep up the good deeds!


St. Andrew Parish News

What?  You Belong Here Feast

When?  Sunday, October 13th, 6:00 – 8:00 PM

Where?  St. Andrew’s Cafeteria

Guest of Honor?  YOU

RSVP:  Church Office, Virginia, 728-5922


The church of St. Andrew wants to thank YOU for belonging to our faith community.  Please come to this parish pot-luck dinner for an evening of good food and good company.


The parish will provide the beverages, meat and fun.  Bring one of your favorite dishes to pass.  Last names beginning with A-K bring a dessert; last names beginning with L-Zbring a hot dish or salad.


We need to celebrate belonging to St. Andrew Parish and the celebration needs to include YOU!


St. Andrew “PRIDE”  In this week’s St. Andrew “PRIDE” section, I’d like to share with you some information about SMART Board Technology being used at St. Andrew School:


“I cannot even imagine how wonderful it would be to have a permanent one in my room!”  This comment came from a teacher at St. Andrew School who has developed exciting and effective lesson plans with the SMART Board software. And it shows.  I recently observed her class in action in the SMARTRoom and was amazed at the interaction and interest of the students as they participated in the lesson.



Another teacher said, “I use it in the Learning Center and it is awesome! I use it for language arts, science and math, while learning the potential of the SMART Board’s computer assisted interactive white board technology.


What are they?


If you watch NFL football and see TV commentators using an index finger to graphically illustrate a just completed pass play from Aaron Rodgers to James Jones, you are observing one simple use of an interactive white board.


The technology has been around for about 15 years, but only in the past couple of years has the SMART Board been somewhat more affordable.  As a result they are widely being introduced to area schools in support of basic learning and have become an important tool for advanced study in almost every discipline in primary education.


Computer software such as Kidspiration, Inspiration, Tessellations, Terrapin Logo, Stratalogica and the Office Suite, along with literally hundreds of other applications lend themselves to improving and speeding up the learning process in most subject studies from pre-Kindergarten on up through all the grades.


What the teachers are saying


St. Andrew School has had a SMARTBoard since 2010-11.  We currently have two SMARTBoards.  Early evaluation, in spite of limited time for training and application development, has shown universal acceptance and enthusiasm.


After using the tool for a short time, one of the teachers said, “The use of the SMART Board needs to be a requirement for all teachers. I believe regular use of the SMART Board will enliven the curriculum by making it interactive and exciting for the student.  They love technology and “It provides a bigger view of how to perform math skills and gives children a chance to work out problems.”


Another teacher stated, “I can train myself if I had a SMART Board in my room at all times…”


The Plan for the Future


As mentioned earlier in this Parent Newsletter, money raised from “Soles for Catholic Education”, well be put towards a goal of having a SMARTBoard, Ipad and Apple TV in every classroom.  The accomplishment of this goal will have a major positive impact on the education of all of our students.  PLEASE SEE THE FLYER IN TODAY’S FAMILY ENVELOPE TO SEE HOW YOU CAN HELP US MEET OUR GOAL!


This is just one of the exciting changes that we have going on at St. Andrew School.  As a school community, we are always working to improve for the future.  As scripture states: “ I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.     Jeremiah 29: 11




John Chovanec, Principal


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