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Parent Letter 12.17.13

Parent Newsletter – 12/17/13

 

Christmas Vacation – A reminder to our parents that St. Andrew School’s last day before Christmas Vacation is Friday, December 20, 2013.  School resumes on Thursday, January 2, 2014.  On behalf of the staff at St. Andrew School, I’d like to wish all of our families a very wonderful Christmas vacation and a Happy New Year!

 

High School Registrations – High School Registration information for our 8th grade students is included in today’s Family Folder.  Please return all information to the St. Andrew School Office by Friday, December 20th.

 

Christmas Day Servers Needed – The church is in need of 2 volunteers to serve Mass on Christmas Day at 9:30 am.  If you are able to volunteer please contact, as soon as possible, the school office 728-6211 or call Virginia at the parish office 728-5922.

 

Christmas Concert –This year’s St. Andrew Parish School Christmas Concert will be held at 7:00p.m. on Thursday, December 19th (in the gym).  Please see the letter from Mr. Wrightson in last week’s Family Envelope.  It contains important information about this year’s Christmas Concert.  Also included with last week’s Family Envelope is information about the Children’s Choir from Mr. Wrightson.

 

Lockdown Practice – A Lockdown Practice (as suggested by local and state law enforcement agencies) will occur at St. Andrew School on Tuesday, December 17th at approximately 2:50p.m..  The safety of our students is of the outmost importance to all of us here at St. Andrew School.  Please feel free to call Mr. Chovanec at 262-728-6211 if you have any questions about this activity.

 

Kindergarten through 4th Grades Indoor Recess Cart  – The elementary grades need your help.  We are putting together a cart for students to use during indoor recess.  We need donations of new or gently used games that are easy to set up and take about 15 min. to play (no Monopoly, Life, etc.).  Some examples are:  Ants in the Pants, Topple, Connect Four, Hungry Hippo, Trouble, and Hi-Ho Cherry-O.  We also need 100 and 200 piece puzzles.  Please send the donations to the Office.  Thank you very much for your help!

 

Mid-term Progress Reports – Just a reminder that parents should be checking their Option C accounts for their child(ren)’s progress.  There will be no Mid-term Progress reports because the grades are available throughout the school year on Option C.  If you are having difficulty getting on your Option C account, please call the office with any questions.  Communication between teachers and home is so important for a successful year.  Second quarter report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

 

Hot Lunch – A reminder that ALL Hot Lunch fees are due by the 10th of each month.  A $5.00 late fee will be assessed for any payments coming in after the 10th.  The December Hot Lunch Menu was included with last week’s Family Envelope.

 

Child Supervision – A reminder to parents that children should never be left unattended during before or after school activities.  Teacher duties after school prevent them from supervising children that are waiting for athletic practices or other activities to begin.  K-Club is available to families that need supervision of their children before or after school.   The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to all of us here at St. Andrew School.

 

Office Check-in –Please remember to stop in the office for your visitor identification sticker and to sign-in if you are visiting the school. If children are leaving early from school they must be signed out and signed back in when they return. Thank you.

 

Scrip News   – Schedule:  We will place a normal order next week Monday 12/16 for pick up or delivery on Friday 12/20.  Our Christmas breaks starts Monday 12/23.  If there are orders to Dean Foods by noon on the 23rd we can place an order but Scrip Center is closed 12/24 , 12/25 and 12/26 so we can not guarantee delivery of cards until 12/30.  You can pick your cards up at Dean foods on 12/30.  We will not place an order on 12/30.  We will back to regular schedule on 1/6.

We have had great sales the past few weeks.  Happy Shopping and Happy Giving.

Any questions, call Monica Damrow.  215-0511

 

Treat Day – Attention Parents:  Treat Day is back!  If you wish to pay in advance, the total cost for the year is $4.00.  The rest of the days this year are: December 18th, January 15th, February 12th, March 19th, April 16th and May 21stF.Y.I. – the treats do not contain nuts or nut products.  The cost is .50 cents a day.  Volunteers are needed to help distribute the treats during the Lunch Period.  If you are interested in helping out, please call Christine Maass at 262-374-0323.

 

Morning Drop-off Reminder – Please be careful when dropping your children off in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon.  Supervision of our playground area before school begins at 8:00 a.m. daily.  For the safety of our students, please do not drive on to the playground while students are outside.

 

Lunch Playground Supervision – The following people have Lunch Playground Supervision for the month of December:

12/16 to 12/20 – Kyle Baar

1/2/14 to 1/3/14 – Still need someone for 1/2/14!

            1/6 to 1/10Anay Luna

 

Elk’s Lodge Hoop Shoot – Walworth-Lakeland Elk’s Lodge #2201 will be holding their annual Hoop Shoot on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran School at 1:00p.m..  Registration starts at 12:30p.m..

 

Market Day News: I am proud to announce our school along with the parish has sold over 135 boxes of cookie dough this year.  The winning class of the cookie competition is 3rd Grade.  Congratulations!  Thank you to families and teachers who bought cookies and all who have placed market day orders.  You have all made a difference.  If you have any questions please contact Sara Szczap at 728-1832.

 

Connect with St. Andrew School – Our school/parish has a website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed. The links are below and they provide a great way to stay up-to-date on daily events.
website: standrews-delavan.org
blog: standrewdelavan.wordpress.com
facebook: facebook.com/standrewschool
twitter: staschdel
We are looking for parents, students and teachers to contribute photos from all events big and small. Contact Beth Nateghi at loveybam@hotmail.com or 608-343-0346 to pass your photos along.

 

 

 

St. Nick’s Breakfast: We would like to thank each and every one of you who participated in making the St. Nick’s Breakfast the wonderful event that it is- sub committee chairs, donors, workers and breakfast attendees!  The breakfast was a huge success!  We served 675 people and raised $13,000!!!  We could not have done it without all of your help!  Thank you!!  Jen Martin & Jamie Seuser 🙂

 

We will be looking for a chair person or co-chairs for the Children’s Gift Shop next year.  Please consider helping with this exciting part of the breakfast!  The children love doing their Christmas shopping there!!  Please contact Jen Martin: 262.949.2205 or bsn_jen@yahoo.com if you are interested.

 

Lunch with the Principal –I’d like to congratulate Fletcher Struck for being selected for Lunch with the Principal.   Fletcher 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 “PRIDE” – In this week’s St. Andrew “PRIDE” section, I’d like to share with you a wonderful poem that has special significance during this very busy holiday season:

 

WHAT SHALL WE GIVE THE CHILDREN?

 

What shall we give the children?  Christmas is almost here.  Toys, and games, and playthings,  As we do every year?

 

Yes, for the magic of toyland  Is part of the Yuletide lore.  To gladden the heart of childhood.  But I shall give something more.

 

I shall give them more patience,  A more sympathetic ear,  A little more time for laughter,  or tenderly dry a tear.

 

I shall take time to teach them  The joy of doing some task.  I’ll try to find time to answer  More of the questions they ask;

 

Time to read books together,  And take long walks in the sun,  Time for a bedtime story  After the day is done.  I shall give these to my children, Weaving a closer tie.  Knitting our lives together  With the gifts that money can’t buy.

 

– Author Unknown

 

 

On behalf of St. Andrew School, I would like to wish all of our families a blessed Christmas and a peace-filled New Year.  Remember, school starts up again on Thursday, January 2, 2014.

 

 

“To you is born this day in the city of David a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord.”

– Luke 2:11

 

 

 

Sincerely,

 

Mr. John Chovanec, Principal

St. Andrew School

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Parent Letter 12.10.13

In-service DayA reminder that there is no school for students this Friday, December 13th.  Teachers will be having an accreditation workday.  Have a wonderful long weekend!

Christmas Day Servers Needed – The church is in need of 2 volunteers to serve Mass on Christmas Day at 9:30 am.  If you are able to volunteer please contact, as soon as possible, the school office 728-6211 or call Virginia at the parish office 728-5922.

Christmas Concert –This year’s St. Andrew Parish School Christmas Concert will be held at 7:00p.m. on Thursday, December 19th (in the gym).  Please see the letter from Mr. Wrightson in today’s Family Envelope.  It contains important information about this year’s Christmas Concert.  Also included with today’s Family Envelope is information about the Children’s Choir from Mr. Wrightson.

Lockdown Practice – A Lockdown Practice (as suggested by local and state law enforcement agencies) will occur at St. Andrew School on Tuesday, December 17th at approximately 2:50p.m..  The safety of our students is of the outmost importance to all of us here at St. Andrew School.  Please feel free to call Mr. Chovanec at 262-728-6211 if you have any questions about this activity.

Kindergarten through 4th Grades Indoor Recess Cart  – The elementary grades need your help.  We are putting together a cart for students to use during indoor recess.  We need donations of new or gently used games that are easy to set up and take about 15 min. to play (no Monopoly, Life, etc.).  Some examples are:  Ants in the Pants, Topple, Connect Four, Hungry Hippo, Trouble, and Hi-Ho Cherry-O.  We also need 100 and 200 piece puzzles.  Please send the donations to the Office.  Thank you very much for your help!

St. Nick’s Breakfast  – Thank you to Co-Chairs Jen Martin and Jamie Seuser (and their many helpers) for making the St. Nick Breakfast such a great success!

Mid-term Progress Reports – Just a reminder that parents should be checking their Option C accounts for their child(ren)’s progress.  There will be no Mid-term Progress reports because the grades are available throughout the school year on Option C.  If you are having difficulty getting on your Option C account, please call the office with any questions.  Communication between teachers and home is so important for a successful year.  Second quarter report cards will be sent home on Tuesday, January 28, 2014.

Hot Lunch – A reminder that ALL Hot Lunch fees are due by the 10th of each month.  A $5.00 late fee will be assessed for any payments coming in after the 10th.  The December Hot Lunch Menu is included with today’s Family Envelope.

 

Child Supervision – A reminder to parents that children should never be left unattended during before or after school activities.  Teacher duties after school prevent them from supervising children that are waiting for athletic practices or other activities to begin.  K-Club is available to families that need supervision of their children before or after school.   The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to all of us here at St. Andrew School.

Office Check-in –Please remember to stop in the office for your visitor identification sticker and to sign-in if you are visiting the school. If children are leaving early from school they must be signed out and signed back in when they return. Thank you.

Scrip News   – Schedule:  We will place a normal order next week Monday 12/16 for pick up or delivery on Friday 12/20.  Our Christmas breaks starts Monday 12/23.  If there are orders to Dean Foods by noon on the 23rd we can place an order but Scrip Center is closed 12/24 , 12/25 and 12/26 so we can not guarantee delivery of cards until 12/30.  You can pick your cards up at Dean foods on 12/30.  We will not place an order on 12/30.  We will back to regular schedule on 1/6.

We have had great sales the past few weeks.  Happy Shopping and Happy Giving.

Any questions, call Monica Damrow.  215-0511

Treat Day – Attention Parents:  Treat Day is back!  If you wish to pay in advance, the total cost for the year is $4.00.  The rest of the days this year are: December 18th, January 15th, February 12th, March 19th, April 16th and May 21stF.Y.I. – the treats do not contain nuts or nut products.  The cost is .50 cents a day.  Volunteers are needed to help distribute the treats during the Lunch Period.  If you are interested in helping out, please call Christine Maass at 262-374-0323.

Kindergarten through 4th Grade Basketball – There will be a Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and a 3rd through 4th Grade Basketball Program this year.  (involving St. Andrew’s, DCS and Our Redeemer students).  Registration Forms for this activity are due back by December 12th.

 

Morning Drop-off Reminder – Please be careful when dropping your children off in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon.  Supervision of our playground area before school begins at 8:00 a.m. daily.  For the safety of our students, please do not drive on to the playground while students are outside.

 

Lunch Playground Supervision – The following people have Lunch Playground Supervision for the month of December:

12/9 to 12/12 – Coni Murphy/Gretchen Wolfer

12/16 to 12/20 – Kyle Baar

1/2/14 to 1/3/14 – No One is Signed-up for These Two Days!

            1/6 to 1/10Anay Luna

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.

Elk’s Lodge Hoop Shoot – Walworth-Lakeland Elk’s Lodge #2201 will be holding their annual Hoop Shoot on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran School at 1:00p.m..  Registration starts at 12:30p.m..

Lights of Love: Included in today’s family note are order forms for Lights of Love.  There is still time to honor a loved one.  Please fill out the order form and return it to school Wednesday December 11.  The tree lighting ceremony will be after 5:00 mass on Saturday December 14.  There will be a dedication followed by caroling.  Please join us!

Market Day News: I am proud to announce our school along with the parish has sold over 135 boxes of cookie dough this year.  The winning class of the cookie competition is 3rd Grade.  Congratulations!  Thank you to families and teachers who bought cookies and all who have placed market day orders.  You have all made a difference. Please pick up your cookie and Market Day orders this Thursday December 12 from 3:30-5:00 pm in the school cafeteria.  If you have any questions please contact Sara Szczap at 728-1832.

Connect with St. Andrew School – Our school/parish has a website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed. The links are below and they provide a great way to stay up-to-date on daily events.
website: standrews-delavan.org
blog: standrewdelavan.wordpress.com
facebook: facebook.com/standrewschool
twitter: staschdel
We are looking for parents, students and teachers to contribute photos from all events big and small. Contact Beth Nateghi at loveybam@hotmail.com or 608-343-0346 to pass your photos along.

December Programs at Aram’s Public Library –

Santa Visits the Library! – Saturday, December 14 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Santa Claus is coming…to the library!  Bring the whole family for the chance to sit on St. Nick’s lap and tell him your holiday wishes.  Parents, don’t forget to bring your cameras!

We’ll also be decorating holiday cookies!  All of the cookies, both for munching and decorating, will be provided by the Friends of the Aram Public Library.

Snowy Stuffed Animal Story Time – Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Snuggle up in your coziest, warmest pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal friend, and join us for an extra special nighttime story time!

Santa Paws:  Pet Food for Fines – December 1 to 30 – Help the homeless animals at Lakeland Animal Shelter and reduce your overdue fines at the same time.  During the month of December, we’ll be collecting pet food (both canned and dry) and clay cat litter for the animal shelter.  In exchange for your donation, we’ll reduce your overdue fines.  This program does not apply to fees for lost or damaged items.

Lunch with the Principal –I’d like to congratulate Brooke O’Grady for being selected for Lunch with the Principal.   Brooke is a second grade student in Mr. Donagan’s Class.  My thanks to all of the students that received a ticket, and keep up the good deeds!

St. Andrew “PRIDE” – In this week’s St. Andrew “Pride”, I’d like to remind you that our Food Drive called “I Can, You Can, We Can” will come to an end on Friday, December 20th!  Please see the following information about the Food Drive from Student Council Vice-President, (8th Grader) Madeleine Freitag:

This year our Student Council has chosen to donate non-perishable food items to the food pantry for our first service project. This is one of our main service projects that we will be doing this school year. Our theme for this project is “I Can, You Can, We Can” since we will be collecting canned goods. This will continue all the way until December 20th, which means this service project will also take place during Advent. Since the timing is perfect, we are also going to incorporate “Decking the Halls with Food.” Students are encouraged to bring in non-perishable food items. When students bring in their food, we ask that they please bring it to the 8th grade classroom so we can line it up in the halls.

There will also be goal points marked along the upstairs hallways. As the students bring in food, we will line it up along the hallways. As we add more and more items, the food will stretch farther and farther down the halls. As we do this, we will reach goal points that are marked by stars. Every time the students reach a goal point, there will be a reward. The rewards can vary from receiving a small treat to taking part in a game involving the whole school.

In addition to these rewards, there is also going to be a reward for the class that brings in the most non-perishable food items. Each grade has a thermometer in their classroom that keeps track of the amount of food they have brought in. Whichever class has filled their thermometer the highest by December 20th, the end of this service project, receives a special reward. We hope that everyone will contribute to this service project and help us reach our goals.

Thank you for your help with this very important service project.  As Scripture states: “Bear ye one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” Galatians 6:2   

Sincerely,

Mr. John Chovanec, Principal

St. Andrew School

School Cancelled Today

No school 12-20-2013 due to weather. Merry Christmas.

A Pope’s Birthday & A Daughter’s Re-Birthday

Today is Pope Francis’ 77th birthday. Today is also my daughter’s re-birth day, or anniversary of her baptism. She will celebrate her 7th re-birthday. (I just realized all the sevens in this shared birthday of theirs, which is such a significant number in the Bible, but that is for another blog post).

Pope Francis talks with three men Dec. 17 who live on the streets near the Vatican. As part of a low-key celebration of his 77th birthday, the pope celebrated morning Mass and had breakfast with the men.

Pope Francis talks with three men Dec. 17 who live on the streets near the Vatican. As part of a low-key celebration of his 77th birthday, the pope celebrated morning Mass and had breakfast with the men.

Pope Francis is the reason I know my daughter’s re-birthday date. Back in September, he gave us all a “homework assignment” to find our baptism dates and celebrate our birth into the church every year, just as we would celebrate our birth into this world. During this talk, he referred to the church as our “mamma” and went on to explain Her importance:

One doesn’t belong to the church as to a company, a party or any other organization. The link is vital, like that one has with one’s own mom, because the church is really the mother of Christians.

A good mom helps her children come out of themselves, and not stay comfortably under the maternal wings, like a brood of chicks stays under the wings of the hen. The church, like a good mother, does the same thing: accompanies our growth, transmitting the word of God, which is a light that shows us the path of the Christian life; administering the sacraments.

Sometimes I hear, ‘I believe in God but not in the church’. But the church is not only priests: we are all the church. And if you say you believe in God and don’t believe in the church, you are saying you don’t believe in yourself, and this is a contradiction.

Now this had been something I had been meaning to do for years–of course, it always got pushed down on the priority list. But when Pope Francis asked me to do it; I finally looked them all up and put them on my Google calendar. Hopefully after a few years of doing this, I won’t have to look at the calendar to know the dates, and neither will my children. They will know when they became part of the church and realize how it is just as significant–if not more–as their birth into this world.

So how are we going to celebrate our re-birthdays? First, I’m going to bring out her baptism candle, gown and certificate and remind her what happened on that day. Then we will say this prayer:

Remember this, Faith.
You have been washed
In the saving waters of baptism
And anointed with holy oil.
Place on your head and in your heart
The sign of the cross of salvation.

Loving God,
You created all the people of the world,
And you know each of us by name.
We thank you for Faith,
Who celebrates the anniversary of her baptism.
Bless her with your love and friendship
That she may grow in wisdom, knowledge, and grace.
May she love her family always
And be ever faithful to her friends.

Grant this through Christ our Lord.
R. Amen

(Place hands on head or shoulders of one being blessed)

May God, in whose presence our ancestors walked, bless you.
R. Amen.
May God, who has been your shepherd from birth until now, keep you.
R. Amen.
May God, who saves you from all harm, give you peace.
R. Amen.

Then I will let her pick her favorite dessert because, what would be a celebration without sugar? Thank  you Pope Francis for the important reminder and Happy Birthday!

Faith Lilliah was baptized December 17, 2006 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater.

Faith Lilliah was baptized December 17, 2006 at St. Patrick Catholic Church, Whitewater.

The Pope’s Homework Assignment

Pope Francis Celebrates His Birthday with Homeless

Ideas for Celebrating Your Baptism Anniversary

Parent Letter 12.3.13

St. Nick’s Breakfast  – The St Nick’s breakfast is this weekend!!!  On Sunday, December 8th, 2013, we will serve all you can eat pancakes, scrambled eggs, and sausage links from 8 a.m. until 12 p.m.  A sign-up sheet is included in the family envelope this week to fill shifts where we still need help.  A huge thank you to all of you who have already signed up!!! An order form is also included for breakfast tickets. These tickets will be sent home with your child.  See you all there!  A reminder to please get in your donations for the class silent auction baskets!

 

Hot Lunch – A reminder that ALL Hot Lunch fees are due by the 10th of each month.  A $5.00 late fee will be assessed for any payments coming in after the 10th.  The December Hot Lunch Menu is included with today’s Family Envelope.

 

Child Supervision – A reminder to parents that children should never be left unattended during before or after school activities.  Teacher duties after school prevent them from supervising children that are waiting for athletic practices or other activities to begin.  K-Club is available to families that need supervision of their children before or after school.   The safety of our students is of the utmost importance to all of us here at St. Andrew School.

 

Lights of Love – St. Andrew Parish School would like to announce our fourth annual Christmas tree lighting event, Lights of Love.  This is your chance to pay tribute to all those special people that are in you life now or those that are no longer with you, by purchasing a light on our outdoor Christmas tree in their name.  The tree lighting ceremony will be December 14th after the 5:00p.m. Family Mass and will stay lit throughout the Christmas Season for all to enjoy.  Lights are now on sale for $5.00 each. Please return your Order Form to school by December 11th.  Please contact the school if you have any questions.

 

Christmas Concert Date Change – The Christmas Concert was tentatively listed on the 2013-14 School Calendar on Wednesday, December 18th.  That date is incorrect.  This year’s Christmas Concert will be held at 7:00p.m. on Thursday, December 19th (in the gym).  Please mark your calendars with this new date.

 

Office Check-in –Please remember to stop in the office for your visitor identification sticker and to sign-in if you are visiting the school. If children are leaving early from school they must be signed out and signed back in when they return. Thank you.

 

Scrip News   – November and December are our biggest months for Scrip sales and I wanted to remind you that there are a lot of retailers who offer extra incentives at this time of the year.  Some of your favorite restaurants and stores offer extra percent back right now. This is a great time of year for you to start using Scrip and start building up your tuition credit.   For a complete list of bonus percent offers, go to the website glscrip.com and shopwithscrip.com.    Also just announced, Starbucks and Kohl’s have joined other retailers and offer ScripNow! as an option for us to purchase.  You can set up your presto pay and print ecards right at your house for any ScripNow! retailer.  You can get friends and relatives who do not live here to use ScripNow! and help you add to your tuition savings.   Any questions call Monica Damrow at 262-215-0511.  Happy shopping!

 

Treat Day – Attention Parents:  Treat Day is back!  If you wish to pay in advance, the total cost for the year is $4.00.  The rest of the days this year are: December 18th, January 15th, February 12th, March 19th, April 16th and May 21stF.Y.I. – the treats do not contain nuts or nut products.  The cost is .50 cents a day.  Volunteers are needed to help distribute the treats during the Lunch Period.  If you are interested in helping out, please call Christine Maass at 262-374-0323. 

 

Kindergarten through 4th Grade Basketball – There will be a Kindergarten through 2nd Grade and a 3rd through 4th Grade Basketball Program this year.  (involving St. Andrew’s, DCS and Our Redeemer students).  Registration Forms for this activity are due back by December 12th.

 

Morning Drop-off Reminder – Please be careful when dropping your children off in the morning or picking them up in the afternoon.  Supervision of our playground area before school begins at 8:00 a.m. daily.  For the safety of our students, please do not drive on to the playground while students are outside. 

 

Lunch Playground Supervision – The following people have Lunch Playground Supervision for the month of November:

            12/2 to 12/6 – Heidi Gamble

            12/9 to 12/12 – Coni Murphy

            12/16 to 12/20 – Kyle Baar

            1/2/14 to 1/3/14 – No One is Signed-up for These Two Days!

            1/6 to 1/10Anay Luna

 

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.

 

Elk’s Lodge Hoop Shoot – Walworth-Lakeland Elk’s Lodge #2201 will be holding their annual Hoop Shoot on Saturday, January 4, 2014 at Our Redeemer Lutheran School at 1:00p.m..  Registration starts at 12:30p.m..

 

Market Day News: Time is almost up to place you market day orders.  Stock up for the holidays with a ham or turkey breast.  Its also nice to have one of the many appetizers on hand for a quick crowd pleaser.  Plus there are always cookies! Fill out your order forms and return them to school by December 5.  You can also order on-line at www.marketday.com till 11pm Monday December 9.   Pick up will be December 12 from 3:30-5. 

 

COOKIE COMPETITION – Quick, call your neighbors and grandma, selling time is up!   Please return your order forms and checks, made out to Market Day, to school by December 4.   Then pick up your cookies December 12 in the school cafeteria from 3:30-5:00.  The class who sells the most cookies will receive a cookie party, sponsored by Home and School Association.  By ordering cookies in December our school gets double the profits for our teachers.  Last year by just selling cookies in December our school earned over $500 on cookies alone.  If each child sells just one box of cookies we could beat that number.  Any questions please contact Sara Szczap.

 

Connect with St. Andrew School – Our school/parish has a website, blog, Facebook page and Twitter feed. The links are below and they provide a great way to stay up-to-date on daily events.
website: standrews-delavan.org
blog: standrewdelavan.wordpress.com
facebook: facebook.com/standrewschool
twitter: staschdel
We are looking for parents, students and teachers to contribute photos from all events big and small. Contact Beth Nateghi at loveybam@hotmail.com or 608-343-0346 to pass your photos along.

 

St. Nick’s Gift Shop  – Please donate new items to the Children’s Gift Shop at the St. Nick’s Breakfast.  Our inventory is very low this year.  We need small new gift items for moms, dads, siblings, grandparents, teachers and pets.  We also need tissue paper and gift bags (new or used).  Donations can be dropped off at the office and labeled “Gift Shop”.  Contact Stephanie Freitag with any questions.  Thanks.

 

December Programs at Aram’s Public Library

Duct Tape Creations – Thursday, December 5 at 6 pm – Let’s just be honest, duct tape is cool.  Even cooler?  Making stuff out of it.  So come take advantage of the library’s ample supply of duct tape and make something great: a wallet…a bag…jewelry…electronics covers…anything!  All materials provided.

Tail Waggin’ Tutors – Saturday, December 7 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!

Santa Visits the Library! – Saturday, December 14 from 1:00 to 2:30 p.m. – Santa Claus is coming…to the library!  Bring the whole family for the chance to sit on St. Nick’s lap and tell him your holiday wishes.  Parents, don’t forget to bring your cameras!

We’ll also be decorating holiday cookies!  All of the cookies, both for munching and decorating, will be provided by the Friends of the Aram Public Library.

Snowy Stuffed Animal Story Time – Thursday, December 19 at 6:00 p.m.

Snuggle up in your coziest, warmest pajamas, bring your favorite stuffed animal friend, and join us for an extra special nighttime story time! 

Santa Paws:  Pet Food for Fines – December 1 to 30 – Help the homeless animals at Lakeland Animal Shelter and reduce your overdue fines at the same time.  During the month of December, we’ll be collecting pet food (both canned and dry) and clay cat litter for the animal shelter.  In exchange for your donation, we’ll reduce your overdue fines.  This program does not apply to fees for lost or damaged items.

Lunch with the Principal –I’d like to congratulate Joe Brusa for being selected for Lunch with the Principal.  Joe is a fourth grade student in Ms. Tracey’s Class.  Ben Venteicher(Grade 5), Luke Freitag(Grade 5), Joel Janssen(Kdg.) and Joe will have lunch with me at Culver’s on Wednesday, December 11th.  My thanks to all of the students that received a ticket, and keep up the good deeds! 

 

St. Andrew “PRIDE” – In this week’s St. Andrew “PRIDE” section, I’d like to congratulate those St. Andrew School students (and their families), that were named to the Honor Roll for the First Quarter at St. Andrew Parish School (to be on the Honor Roll, students must earn a 3.00 GPA or better).

 

St. Andrew School’s Graduating Class of 2014

Matthew Fahey, Madeleine Freitag, Cate Gamble, Olivia Hess, MaryClaire O’Keefe, Evelyn Rodriguez, Hana Romero, Andy Ruesch, Alexia Salinas, Madelyn Seuser, Dominic Thone and Carter Torkelson

 

St. Andrew School’s Graduating Class of 2015

Caroline Flesch, Brittany Flores, Sophia Foster, Eric Gonzalez, Ashley Gregor, Trent Hernandez, Olivia Patterson, Vianney Perez, Aidan Showalter, Madison Stone, Benny Thone, Griffin Tuttle and Jack Wright    

 

St. Andrew School’s Graduating Class of 2016 

Taylor Barkes, Jacob Duckworth, Alex Flesch, Ross Gengler, Liana Gonzalez, Jay Greenwald, Braeden Hembrook, Cole Hess, Danny Martinez, Hailey Murphy, AJ Sanchez, Claire Schilz, Burke Struck, Isaiah Swanson, Kailea Timmerman and Maura Vaughn     

 

St. Andrew School’s Graduating Class of 2017

Emiliano Aranda, Victoria Dewey, Luke Freitag, Kyle Janssen, Ashley Lefel, Luke Loback, Payton McCann, Ashlyn McKean, John Moses, Cameron Patterson, Camryn Rendon, Jennifer Ruesch, Jessie Seuser, Fletcher Struck, Ben Venteicher, Kyle Wright and Frederick Zomer

 

I’d also like to give special recognition to eight students that had a perfect 4.0 GPA for the First Quarter!  They are: Sixth Grader Hailey Murphy, Seventh Graders, Caroline Flesch, Sophia Foster, Trent Hernandez, Olivia Patterson and Eighth Graders, Madeleine Freitag, Hana Romero and Alexia Salinas. 

 

St. Andrew Parish School is proud of the academic achievement of our students.  It is this dedication to hard work and achievement that will prepare them for future success as adults.  As Scripture states: “He who sows sparingly will reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will reap bountifully.” 

2 Corinthians 9: 6   

 

 

                                                                                                            Sincerely,

 

 

John Chovanec, Principal

                                                                                                            St. Andrew School

 

                            

St. Nick Breakfast a Celebration of Community

For many in the Delavan area the early December St. Nick Breakfast in the St. Andrew Parish School cafeteria has become an annual tradition to kick off their Christmas season. For those currently organizing the event and those that have chaired it in years past, it is a hustle and bustle just like Santa’s little elves, scurrying behind the scenes to make everything just right for the big day.Image

St. Nicholas, whose feast day is December 6, had a reputation for secret gift giving, such as putting coins in the shoes of those who left them out for him, and thus became the model for Santa Claus. At the breakfast, children have a chance to say hello and take photos with St. Nicholas as he hands out candy canes.

In true celebration of their Catholic faith, Jen Martin and Jamie Seuser have accepted the responsibility of new co-chairs of the event. This truly is a sacrifice as Jen works full time as a nurse practitioner and has a new addition to the family, 5-month-old Grace. Jamie is a busy mother of four including 5-month-old Gunnar and 3-year-old Aksel.

Yet, each day they put on a smile and keep their focus on the main goal. The St. Nick Breakfast is a community gathering that brings out the best in everyone, but also serves as a major fundraiser for the St. Andrew Parish School, which Jen and her husband Nick’s other children Jon (8), Will (5), and Jamie and her husband Dan’s other children Harlie (7) and Gabe (5) attend.

When asked why two busy mothers of newborns would take on such a task, Jen replies, “Its always such a happy, festive occasion that gets you in the Christmas spirit. I remember shopping in the Children’s Gift Shop when I was a kid.”

That gift shop she is referring to is a popular activity during the breakfast. No adults are allowed, except for organizer, Stephanie Freitag and her helpers. In the Children’s Gift Shop, boys and girls can find treasures all for $5 or less to purchase and wrap as a surprise for Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Grandma or any other special adult in their life.

The Freitag family is no stranger to volunteering for the festive event. In fact, Stephanie’s mother-in-law, Dorothy, was one of the founding members that kicked off the St. Nick Breakfast in the late 70s when it began as a pancake breakfast with a wreath raffle. She chaired the event from 1980-88 as her five children Anne, Matthew, Jeff, Dan and David attended and graduated from St. Andrew Parish School.

“I was a home economics teacher and I just had so many ideas of things we could add to make it even better,” says Dorothy.

During her time as chair, the bake sale often celebrated the heritage of many parish members with baked goods from Italy, Germany, France and more. One of the favorites were large intricately decorated sugar cookies on a stick. The raffle often included a snow blower, wreaths and some popular toys. Many talented parish members donated handmade and crafts. Anyone in the parish was welcome to help and some of the school classes even made and sold fruitcakes.

“I just loved it,” recalls Dorothy fondly, “It was probably the most fun I ever had volunteering.”

Today Dorothy still attends the breakfast, but this time as a guest with her son Matthew, Stephanie and their children. Maddie (14), Luke (10) and Joshua (6) who are current students at St. Andrew.

While some activities and offerings have changed over the years, the one constant is the entire parish community lending their talents to create one successful event.

“There is no way we could do this by ourselves,” comments Jen. She said she completes much of the organizing, phone calls and donation requests in between her patient appointments. Jamie collects the donations for the Take-A-Chance raffle and handles the advertising in between transporting her kids to their various activities. Jen and Jamie are thankful for the guidance from past chairs. They are also grateful for their sub committee members.

Mary Wicyk and Joan Zomer oversee the table set up and service. Thanks to the work of Christie Mass and Katie Duckworth you will still find many wonderful crafts and vendors to choose from. The school families and area businesses donate various themed items that Holly Ayen and Gretchen Wolfer present for the Silent Auction.

Just as in years gone by, there is still a raffle, but now it includes cash prizes and valuable goods and services from area businesses. Monica Damrow handles the set up for the other raffle, one where you can buy inexpensive tickets and drop them in front of the prizes of your choosing for the chance your name is pulled. And Stacy Hermann has arranged some fresh wreaths to complete your holiday décor.

You will still find handmade cookies, bars, jams and other desserts baked, packaged and presented by Andy Thone and her helpers. And last, but not least, your taste buds are in good hands with Scott Wolfer and his kitchen crew. He will be flipping all-you-can-eat pancakes, eggs, sausage, juice, milk and coffee for just $7 for adults and $5 for children ages 4-10. Tickets are available for purchase at the door.

Join Jen and Jamie and all their volunteers this Sunday, December 8, from 8 a.m. to noon for all the food, conversation, gifts, fun and memories galore. If you haven’t already, consider making it a tradition so years from now you too can reflect on the time when your daughter found the perfect present in the Children’s Gift Shop.

To keep up-to-date about fantastic auction or take-a-chance items, stay tuned to St. Nick’s Breakfast Facebook Event Page.

Generous Parishioner Will Match up to $10,000 if Raised by December 31

A generous anonymous parishioner has offered to donate up to $10,000 in a “Matching Fund Drive” towards the cost of the school boiler, with any leftover monies to go toward the new parish project, the creation of a parish community center. Whatever you contribute towards the fund will be matched by this donor. You can donate online(please type “MATCHING FUND DRIVE” in the instructions to seller field) or put a check with the instructions “Matching Fund Drive” into the basket at church.

This is a great opportunity for the parish, just think whatever you donate it is as though it is doubled!

We humbly thank our anonymous donor and all those who have gotten us to $3,607 so far. December 31 is the cut-off date.

 

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