Registration Begins for the 2014 -15 School Year – The Family Intent/Registration Form was sent home in the Family Envelope last week. This Form is due back tomorrow, Wednesday, February 12th. Thank you for your prompt response, as it helps us to do a better job of planning for the 2014-15 School Budget.
Second Quarter Conferences – Optional Parent-Student-Teacher Conferences are held in February. Each conference is scheduled for 15 minutes with the teacher. If you desire a conference, please indicate so on the Conference Request Form. Please return the form to school by Friday, February 14th. The teacher will then contact you to arrange a time.
Good News-Tax Deduction for Private School Tuition – Recent Wisconsin tax law allows for a tax deduction for private school tuition beginning in the 2014 tax year. Taxpayers can deduct up to $4,000 for tuition paid for each dependent child in grades kindergarten through eighth and up to $10,000 for each high school student. Since the tax break is set up as a deduction, the average Wisconsin family would get a $240 tax cut per grade school child and a $600 tax cut for each high school student.
Sell Your Stuff and Earn Money – Did you know that the upcoming fundraiser for our school is also an opportunity for you to raise some funds for yourself? The St. Andrew School’s Annual Children’s Clothing Sale is a fundraiser in which all of you are invited to sell your quality children’s clothing (size infant to 16), maternity clothes, baby equipment, toys, books, games, movies and sporting equipment. Think of it as having your own resale, but without all the work. We provide the indoor location, set up, advertising and lots of buyers. You just need to register, price your items and drop them off (there will be a volunteer opportunity as well). Plus you will receive 60% of the profits while the school keeps 40%. It is a win, win for everyone!
The first step is to register at Seller Sign-up, which is Friday, February 14 from 2-6 p.m. and Saturday, February 15 from 10 am – 1 p.m. All details will be provided at seller sign-up and we will be happy to answer any of your questions. Spread the word– anyone is welcome to sell. Enter through the school auditorium doors on 7th St.
Attention Parents of Eighth Graders – To help our parents and students be more prepared for Registration Night on February 18th, DDHS would like to host a Registration Informational Session for our 8th grade students and parents at St. Andrew School. This presentation is for students and for any parent that wishes to attend. This presentation will be Wednesday, on February 12th at 8:30 AM in Mrs. Amici’s Room. Please mark your calendars for this very important event.
Dishing with the Disciples presents The Gospel Unplugged – Dishing with the Disciples will happen on Thursday, February 20th. We meet in St. Andrew’s, Delavan cafeteria from 6:30 – 8:00 PM. This month we will be watching a presentation given by Chris Stefanick titled The Gospel Unplugged: Uncovering the Heart of Christianity. Chris is a well known youth minister and speaker. His talk is directed to teens AND the young at heart. Grandparents, parents, high school students, and young at heart searchers will find this evening an opportunity to give your faith a boost, and re-charge your sense of wonder and awe of our Lord. This evening is for YOU!
This is an opportunity for Adult Christian Formation AND an avenue to take advantage of being together as a FUN faith community. Please consider joining us and bring a friend (evangelization). We ask that if you feel in the mood to bring a snack to feed 4 people, but it is not a requirement. Take the plunge and experience “Dishing with the Disciples” this month.
Ski Club – Ski Club is underway for this season. If you have not signed-up yet but are still interested in joining, please call Mr. Pat Fleming at 262-749-4775.
SPARTAN NEWS: Thank you to all our wonderful volunteers who help make our 2014 Spartan Spectacular Tournament a success. It is a long two week tournament that has many shifts and area’s that needed coverage. We couldn’t pull it off without you. From the bottom of our hearts, THANK YOU! – The Spartan Committee.
A big “Shout Out” to our Spartan Spectacular Chairs, who worked tirelessly in planning and seeing everything through. Thank you to Bob Quartucci for handling the Sponsorship/Advertising and designing the program booklets and getting them ready for print. Monica Damrow and Anne Foster for running Admissions and printing the Tourney Passes. Stephanie Frietag, Terri Timmerman, and Sandra Gonzalez for running Concessions and making sure we had plenty of food and beverages and setting up and breaking down for every day of the tournament. Ruben Rendon for co-chairing the tournament. Ruben worked every area of the tournament to get an idea of how things run. A lot to process, but did an awesome job! – Tim and Kathy Ruesch
We would like to also “Thank” all our sponsors and to Swift print (Tom & Kelly Schwigel) for printing and donating our programs. They looked awesome!
Also, we were honored to have Deacon Kilkenny come and bless our Championship games and Josie Picard from 1st grade sang the National Anthem beautifully.
Next year most of our Chair members will have a child or two in high school. Their time will be divided between St. Andrew and DDHS. So, we are looking for family members to come and join the Spartan Spectacular Committee. You don’t need to have a child in the program to join. This is a wonderful and important fundraiser for the Athletic Department and for the school. It keeps the Volleyball and Basketball registration fee’s down; covers the costs of referee’s; and provides free use of uniforms. Plus contributes $1,000 to the school annual fund drive. It also covers the costs for Buildings and Grounds of having the bleachers inspected/repaired and the floor polished. After these expenses are covered, we usually have some money left to help out in other area’s of the school. If you are interested in becoming a member, please contact Tim or Kathy Ruesch. Without additional members, we are afraid that there may not be a 17th Annual Spartan Spectacular.
Also, we are looking for someone to run Concessions during our Volleyball and Basketball 2014/2015 season. This volunteer position will round up volunteers to work shifts during home games. Stock concessions with food and beverages. Set up before every game and breakdown after the games. For more information, please contact Kathy Ruesch.
ATHLETIC NEWS: PICTURES – We are currently working on setting up a date/time for Basketball pictures. Parents, please make sure your child uniform is cleaned and hang them up until we have word on when pictures will be. Also, make sure they have ALL 4 pieces (except 7th and 8th graders – 3 pieces). On picture day, the players will be turning their uniforms in. Thank you in advance for your patience.
Congratulations to our 6th grade boys for placing 3rd at the annual Our Redeemer Tournament.
Congratulations to our 5th/6th grade girls for placing 1st at the annual DCS Tournament.
Market Day News – Thank you to all who placed orders last month. We are about halfway through our market day year and have earned over $1700 in profits. We are halfway to our goal. In this week’s Family Envelope you will find Market Day order forms. Please take the time to fill one out and return it to school by Thursday, Feb 13th, or you can place an order online at www.marketday.com until Feb 17. Pick up will be Thursday, Feb 20th, from 3:30-5:00p.m..
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.
Lunch Playground Supervision – The following people have Lunch Playground Supervision for the month of February: We have no one signed up for the last week of February.
Feb. 10th to 14th – Christee Maass
Feb. 17 to 20th – Shari Loback
Feb. 24th to 28th – Supervision Needed
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 email@example.com or 608-343-0346 to pass your photos along.
St. Nick’s Breakfast: We are looking for a chairperson 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 firstname.lastname@example.org if you are interested.
Lunch with the Principal –I’d like to congratulate Logan Hermann for being selected for Lunch with the Principal. Logan is a fourth grade student in Ms. Tracey’s Class. My thanks to all of the students that received a ticket, and keep up the good deeds!
St. Andrew “PRIDE” – During Catholic Schools’ Week, our students wrote essays about what they like about St. Andrew School. Over the next three weeks, I’d like to share three of these excellent essays with you. The first of these essays is from Hailey Murphy in Grade 6:
“Why I Like to go to St. Andrew’s” By Hailey Murphy
I like going to St. Andrew’s because the teachers and faculty are so nice. They all care so much and want their students to succeed. The teachers give lots of attention and extra help that you wouldn’t get at other Catholic Schools. This extra work really benefits the students. The teachers aren’t there to be our best friends though. They crack down and take care of situations when needed. Yes, the teachers like to have fun, but they TEACH too, in fact, that’s what makes learning at St. Andrew’s so fun. I really love seeing all the smiling faces of the teachers at St. Andrew’s.
Another reason why I love St. A’s is all the service projects we do together as a school. These projects not only help us learn to give back to the community, they help others in need. These service projects help us to remember that we ARE a Catholic School, and to keep the Faith. I love all the Religion classes here at St. A’s. I love learning about God, Our Father. Going to St. Andrew’s has totally opened my mind to being accepting of others, to love, to practice God’s Word, and to be everything that I am today.
This essay by is a wonderful example of how our students feel about their school. Thank you for providing the opportunity for your children to attend St. Andrew School. It is the most important investment that you can make for your child. As Scripture states: “Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Thank you for your continued support of St. Andrew School.
John Chovanec, Principal
St. Andrew School