In-service Day – A 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 21st. F.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 1/10 – Anay 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.
We are looking for parents, students and teachers to contribute photos from all events big and small. Contact Beth Nateghi at firstname.lastname@example.org 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
Mr. John Chovanec, Principal
St. Andrew School