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October 1, 2021
Saturday, October 2
  • Uniform Resale
Sunday, October 3
  • Blessing of the Animals by our Saint Andrew Franciscan Friars - 2:00pm in front of the church
Monday, October 4
  • Feast of St. Francis of Assisi
Thursday, October 7
  • Home & School Spiritual Life Day of Prayer and Adoration
Friday, October 8
  • Spirit Day
  • End of Quarter 1
  • Free choice sneaker day (with school uniform) for buying $100 worth of Fall Festival Raffle Tickets
  • Nolan Catholic High School Middle School Night
Saturday, October 9
  • Fall Festival – 11:00am-3:00pm
Wednesday, October 13
  • 5th Grade Choir to sing post Communion song at Mass
Thursday, October 14
  • Noon Dismissal
  • Parent Teacher Conferences - 1:00pm-7:00pm
Friday, October 15
  • No School - Diocesan Inservice
Dear Saint Andrew Catholic School Community,
Happy Fall y’all! Being originally from the Midwest, this has always been my favorite season-the calm before the (winter) storm. The crisp air (when it finally arrives), early nights, and shades of orange and gold are a welcome and beautiful change to the summer heat, especially the Texas heat. Fall is also a very busy time of year that leads straight into an even busier time as we approach the holiday season and then the start of Advent.
Next Tuesday, October 5th, students will participate in the October Faith Families Assembly, as we introduce the Virtue for the month of October, the Virtue of Studiousness. More information regarding the Faith Families lesson your students will be participating in that day will be communicated via email to parents Tuesday afternoon.
We will have our first Pep Rally of the school year next Friday, October 8th at 2:15PM in the gym. Our cheerleaders are ready to get the excitement going and we look forward to our Wildcats going a little wild! Parents are welcome to attend.
The First Quarter ends next Friday, October 8, 2021. Please be sure to check your students’ academic progress via FACTS and contact the teacher with any questions. First quarter report cards will be given to parents during the upcoming Parent/Teacher Conferences.
Earlier today, I sent an email communication to all families regarding Parent/Teacher Conferences coming up on Thursday, October 14th. The email included a SignUpGenius (SUG) for parents to sign-up for a conference time. Parents can choose to conference in person or virtually via TEAMS. Please be sure to indicate your mode preference for meeting in the comments section on the SUG after you have selected a time. Parents who are unable to schedule a time to conference on that day should make arrangements with their students’ homeroom teacher to meet some time the following week, October 18-22. Information and the SUG link for conferences can also be found below in this newsletter.
We are very excited to be kicking off fall with the annual SAS Fall Fest next Saturday, October 9, 2021. This year’s Fall Fest is being held on a Saturday, not Sunday, and promises fun for the whole family! The hours of operation are shorter as well, 11:00AM - 3:00PM. We will be having several favorite food options available in the Food Court, as well as other Fall Fest traditions such as the Haunted House, the 3-On-3 Basketball Tournament, and of course, the Fall Fest Raffle. Please visit the school website or see the information in this newsletter for more information and details.
Please remember to keep your student(s) home if they are not feeling well. It is extremely important that parents notify the front office if your student will be out AND please email Nurse Cruze when your child is ill. We are working hard to make sure students on our campus stay healthy and in school. The most recent COVID19 Guidelines from the Catholic Schools Office can be found on the school website.
We ask that you continue to keep our students, faculty, staff, and priests in your prayers. Have a wonderful, restful weekend!
Saint Andrew, Pray for Us!
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Classical Education Corner
In 2017, Bishop Olson shared the diocesan mission statement for Catholic schools with all diocesan educators during our annual Diocesan Inservice. The mission statement ( has since served to guide the direction and focus of the Catholic schools in the Diocese of Fort Worth.
In following this mission of Catholic education, the faculty and staff at Saint Andrew Catholic School believes we are called to do more to teach our students to think clearly and carefully, distinguish between truth and opinion, and to communicate articulately and eloquently. We must form students who are able to recognize and understand Truth, Goodness, and Beauty in the world around them. To fulfill this mission, SAS began a transformation of our educational methods and curriculum to a classical education approach.
What is Classical Education? Classical education begins with a view of the human person as created in the image of God and created to share in his divine life. This understanding of the human person leads to a formation, which is suited to the development of a child toward personal sanctification and participation in Judeo-Christian culture. Classical education is most naturally and completely done in a Catholic school where is can be sustained and perfected by the sacramental life of the Church.
Some of the steps we have taken so far at SAS toward that implementation include:
• Curriculum Resources added that align with classical pedagogy
  • English: Well-Ordered Language and Writing & Rhetoric by Classical Academic Press (grade 3-8); Shurley English (grades 1 & 2)
  • Literature: Diocese of Fort Worth Reading List; University of Dallas Catholic Classical Curriculum Reading List; exposing students to good and beautiful literature at a young age; encouraging Read Alouds and Narration
  • Spelling: Spelling for Young Catholics (grades 4 & 5)
  • Writing Our Catholic Faith
  • Religion: Spirit of Truth by Sophia Press
  • Math: Math in Focus (Singapore based)
  • History: History Alive!, Story of the World, and primary resources
  • Science: currently using STEMscopes, but implementing Delta/FOSS Science Modules for primary grades to provide more hands-on learning
• Professional Development-Our faculty & staff have attended and will continue to attend various professional development opportunities and trainings to better equip them in the implementation of this curriculum. As well, we will continue working with The University of Dallas as they provided excellent professional development to our faculty & staff during our August inservice and will continue to do so at various inservices throughout the year.
Learn more about Classical education and our progress toward implementing this curriculum in upcoming newsletters!
Nolan Catholic High School
Middle School Night
Attention, future Vikings! Nolan Catholic High School's annual Middle School Night will be held Friday, October 8. This year, several in-person Viking Experiences will be offered for current 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students. These unique opportunities will allow Future Vikings to meet current NCHS students and faculty, learn about our award-winning programs, and even rehearse and perform with the NCHS Marching Band, Royelles Dance Team, or Cheerleaders at the game!
Parent/Teacher Conferences
Please see the SignUpGenius (SUG) link below for Parent/Teacher Conferences which will take place on Thursday, October 14, 2021, 1:00PM - 7:00PM. Parents will have the option of choosing to conference with their child’s homeroom teacher either in person or virtually via Microsoft TEAMS. Please indicate your preference for meeting in the comments section after you have selected a time slot. Also, please be sure to read the information and directions on the SUG carefully. During the conference, parents will receive their child’s First Quarter Report Card (parents who conference virtually will receive report card electronically) and teachers will be discussing your child’s progress thus far. Parents who are unable to conference on this day should contact their child’s homeroom teacher. Alternate conference times will be scheduled the week of October 18-22.
Parent/Teacher Conference Sign-Up:
Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA)
Private School Interscholastic Association (PSIA) is an extracurricular academic program for elementary and middle school students. Participating in PSIA provides an exciting opportunity for private school students to engage in academic competition with their peers throughout the state of Texas.
PSIA is the most comprehensive academic extracurricular programs in the nation for students in grades 1 -8. Students who participate in PSIA will:
  • Refine mental aptitudes
  • Affirm self-worth
  • Find new excitement in learning
  • Develop teamwork and a sense of fair play
  • Experience a sense of pride and dignity
  • Appreciate that rules, consistently applied, create order and discipline
  • Experience the joy of achieving in a wholesome environment
  • Foster self-discipline and perseverance
  • Achieve recognition for academic excellence
  • Make better choices of after-school activities
  • Enjoy camaraderie with students from other schools
  • Receive tangible awards for his/her academic ability
Some of the contest categories PSIA offers includes:
  • Creative Writing
  • Dictionary Skills
  • Impromptu Speaking
  • Listening Skills
  • Maps, Graphs, & Charts
  • Mathematics
  • Number Sense
  • On-Site Drawing
  • Ready Writing
  • Spelling
  • Storytelling
  • Vocabulary
Students who participate in PSIA meet to practice with their “coaches” for 45 minutes, after school every other week or weekly leading up to the District Meet, which takes place on a Saturday the end of March. Students who qualify in their category/categories at the District Meet will go on to compete at the State Meet in April, which is typically held at TCU.
We are considering offering PSIA at Saint Andrew and still have time to organize teams this year! However, we would need Parent Volunteers to coach small groups (4-5) of students in specific categories each week or every other week and would also need a parent to volunteer to be the PSIA Coordinator. Please click on the link below to complete a brief survey to help us gage interest in participating in PSIA.
Learn more about PSIA at
SAS Admissions Event
Wonderful things are happening here on the Saint Andrew Catholic Church and School Campus! We are excited to share all that we have to offer spiritually, academically, and philanthropically, with Prospective Parents this Fall.
If you know someone looking for a new school home, please let them know that we will be having an information session on Thursday, October 28, 2021, from 9:00am to 11:00am. They can RSVP by clicking HERE.
If you would like more information or have any questions, please contact Mindy Dyer at 817.924.8917x2010 or Thank you for sharing with your friends and family! 
Home & School Association News
SAS Uniform Resale
Access to the gym will be along the back of the school and we will have signs leading the way! There will be no other doors available for access. We appreciate your patience and apologize for any inconvenience! 
Volleyball games will be going on all day. Stay for a while and watch our Wildcat Athletes!

Click HERE to read "UniformResale and Donation FAQs". Questions? Email Megan Corpening, Uniform Resale Chair, at
Day of Prayer and Adoration
The Saint Andrew Catholic School Home & School Association Spiritual Life Committee is hosting an adoration hour in front of the Blessed Sacrament to pray for our faculty, staff, families, friars and parish. We are calling on all parents, grandparents, parishioners, and benefactors to pray for our SAS Community. 
No experience necessary! Just walk in and have a seat - pray, read, meditate, sit in silence or recite a rosary for 1 dedicated hour. Come to Him and release all your burdens.
When: Thursday, October 7, 2021 (7 am - 9 pm)
Where: Saint Andrew Sacred Heart Chapel
Need: 1 adorer every hour
Click HERE to sign up for your hour.
God bless and thank you for your prayers.
Direct link:
Thank you to our September adorers: Paul Bernardy, Emily Braun, Robb Catalano, Kim Catalano, Cory Church, Carla Collins, Anne Conine, Dee Estrada, Stephanie Eudaly, Jennifer Folzenlogen, Gina Guirola, Lisa Harrington, Buddy Hartman, Melissa Kasmeier, Angie Klutz, Charlie Klutz, Cindy Knight, Michelle LaGroue, Jack McGarry, Julie Peterson, Jane Porras, Randa Razzouk, Jim Riney, Summer Riney, Shannon Schultz, Stuart Schultz, Angela Smith, Michelle Stavens, and Megan Taylor.
Trunk or Treat Event for Students
Sponsored by our SAS Social Committee
We need your help to make this a truly 'spooktacular' event.
  • 33 decorated cars needed, preferably one from each grade level. Parents can work together to decorate cars, if they would like.
  • No volunteers needed other than participants in their decorated cars.
  • Cars arrive in the parking lot at 12:45pm
  • Event time: 1:00-2:30pm.
  • All grades participate.
  • Teachers will walk their class out at the scheduled time.
  • Pre-packaged candy, provided by parents, will be handed out.. No peanut products.
  • School will provide bags.
  • Rainy Day Dismissal.
We need your trunk!
Click HERE if you would like to decorate your car and participate in this event. This event is open to the first 33 people who respond.
For more information email Casey Oliver, SAS Home & School Association Social Chair.
Drive By Flu Shot Clinic
(Offered by Saint Andrew Parish)
For adults and children 9 years and up .
Location: Saint Andrew Parking Lot
October 2 – 9:00-11:30am
(This is NOT the Covid vaccination.)
Protecting God's Children/Safe Environment
We are so excited to have parent volunteers back on campus! Please remember that Safe Environment training is required for everyone volunteering this school year for field trips, class parties, Fall Festival, etc. For a list of LIVE sessions, to set up a Virtus online profile and to begin registration for one of the sessions, or to take a renewal session (required very two years) please click HERE. You may attend a session at any of the parishes in the Diocese.
Saint Andrew Church and School will be offering the following Protecting God's Children for Adults sessions in the Parish Hall:
Monday, September 27th from 6:00pm - 9:00pm
Volunteers must complete a Diocesan Adult Volunteer Application and submit it to Lisa Harrington, SAS Safe Environment Coordinator. Click on the button below to print out a form. You can either email her at or turn in the completed form to the front office.
Spiritual Life Committee Marian Statue Program
Home and School’s Spiritual Life Committee at SAS offers two blessed statues to its families, a Statue of Rosa Mystica and an Immaculate Heart of Mary Statue. 
Each week, from a Wednesday afternoon to the following Wednesday morning, two families have the opportunity to take one of these statues home to use as a source of inspiration, prayer and reflection. The tote bag containing the statue also contains suggested prayers. This special tradition will hopefully be one full of meaning and faith for each of you. Pick up and drop off location is the SAS Front Office.  
Sign up is ongoing through the school year.
Saint Andrew Parish News
First Communion
If you are a registered parishioner of Saint Andrew Parish and your child is in second grade or above, has been baptized and is ready to prepare for the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist, the deadline to register for First Communion is October 29, 2021.  
Please visit our website
for more information.
If you have questions you may email Deacon Kevin Bagley in the Pastoral Center. 
Upcoming Liturgical Trainings
Please not the upcoming Reader trainings on Saturday morning and Monday afternoon.
Youth Choir is now meeting on Wednesdays after school starting October 13. We are hoping this day is better for students to join and be a part of music at Mass on weekends. Please fill out the following paperwork and bring with your child to rehearsal.  
  • Click HERE to fill out this required Annual Youth Ministry Parental Liability Waiver, Permission and Medical Information Form.
Nolan Catholic High School News
The Nolan Catholic Theatre Company's rendition of The Man Who Came to Dinner. Performances will be held in the Nolan Catholic Auditorium on:
Friday, October 1 at 7:00 pm
Saturday, October 2 at 7:00 pm
The comedic play by George S. Kaufman and Moss Hart debuted on October 16, 1939 at the Music Box Theatre in New York City.
Come out to support and enjoy the talent of Nolans student actors. You may even spot a few SAS alums!
Tickets are available at the door or at

School Lunches
Food 4 Life Catering will once again be providing lunch service to our students. Click on the button below for lunch program information.
For families that DO NOT have an existing lunch account please click HERE to complete a lunch account form. 
School Calendar
2021 - 2022
Prayer Requests
Do you believe in the power of prayer?
If you have a special prayer need or know of someone who does and would like prayers from our SAS Community, please email Lisa Harrington with your request.
Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Rewards Program
Last quarter SAS received $658.30 from the Tom Thumb Good Neighbor Program! Thank you for supporting our school.
Don't forget to link our Good Neighbor Number to your Reward card and help us raise funds the easy way!
Saint Andrew Catholic School Organization Number: 661