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65 Years of Spiritual and Academic Excellence (3K - 8th Grade)

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65 Years of Spiritual and Academic Excellence
August 20, 2019
August 21st
Diocesan Anniversary Mass - Doors open at 5:00 PM. Mass begins at
6:55 PM at the Convention Center.

August 28th
Band Parent Meeting - 6:00 PM

August 29th
Individual & Class Pictures (In uniform)

August 30th
Home & School Association Meeting - 8:00 AM in the Cafeteria

September 2nd
Labor Day - NO SCHOOL

September 3rd
3K - 3rd grade Curriculum Night
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

September 4th
4th - 5th grade Curriculum Night
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

September 5th
Band starts

Principal's Coffee
8:05am in the Cafeteria

6th - 8th grade Curriculum Night
6:00 PM - 7:30 PM

September 9th - 13th
Achievement Tests

September 18th
Noon Dismissal - Faculty/Staff Inservice
Hello Wildcat Families! 

One of the great undertakings we have been working on this year has been the new Middle School elective course offerings. A huge thank-you to Mrs. Dyer and Mrs. Bauchman-Lopez for all the hard work they have been doing behind the scenes to help in scheduling the Middle School elective classes. The hallways have been filled with excitement about the new elective courses! We are happy to provide our students with the opportunity to personalize their learning experience here at Saint Andrew! Please know that we are working on honoring your requests for course changes and hope to have finalized schedules very soon.
Many of you have been asking about changes to the Computer/Technology courses at the school, particularly about what ages will be having Computer Class throughout the week. The Computer/Technology class is now being offered from 3 rd  grade to 8 th  grade. This is so we can better prepare our students for proficiency in keyboarding skills, while at the same time meeting the TCCB-ED bell-to-bell minute requirements for the upper grades. 
This year, Technology is a required semester long class for all 6 th  through 8 th  grade students (0.5 credits). The 3rd -5th grade students will have a Computers class once or twice a week. For the younger students (2nd grade and lower), technology will remain a part of the curriculum, but these students will not have a scheduled Computer/Technology class. Instead, the teachers of these grade levels will integrate technology into their main curriculum areas, per TCCB-ED guidelines.  
For the purposes of integrating technology into the classroom, Saint Andrew utilizes a shared set of iPads for each class to use in grades 5K through 3 rd .  The teachers integrate technology within the curriculum when utilizing the iPads during center time or classroom instruction. Technology is a wonderful tool and can be a very effective classroom resource.

iPad availability for students at Saint Andrew:

  • Shared set of iPads for students in grades 5k – 3rd
  • One-to-one iPads for students in grades 4th -- 5th (iPads remain at school)
  • One-to-one iPads for students in grades 6th – 8th (iPads go home with student for assignment/homework use)    

It has been so wonderful to be a part of the Saint Andrew community! Thank you for making me feel welcomed, thank you for your prayers, and thank you for your continued support of the school.  God bless you all! 

Mr. Paul Vanasse
Assistant Principal
The Meet and Greet and Breakfast on the Playground is just one week away. All students in 5K (kindergartners) and their families are welcome to attend. Join us from  9:00 to 10:30 a.m. on Saturday, August 24th on the SAS playground by the gym.  A light breakfast and drinks will be served (donuts, coffee, juice, water and Chick-fil-A chicken minis).  We appreciate your online registration so we can order the appropriate amount of food/drinks.  
Thank you to our hosts: Sarah Grahm, Natalie Moore, Megan Soyer, Molly Taylor and Kasey Whitley. We are excited to see you on Saturday!

Click here  to register.
You are invited to join fellow Catholic Diocese of Fort Worth parishioners to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Diocese’s establishment by Pope Paul VI in 1969 when there were 67,000 Catholics in the 28-county part of North Texas that comprises the Diocese. Today, the Diocese has 1.2 million self-identified Catholic in the same 28 counties.

The theme of the Diocese 50th anniversary celebration is: Eucharist Makes us the Church. Bishop Michael Olson writes: "The Eucharist unites us more integrally than simply our gathering as a congregation of individuals; the Eucharist offers us communion with each other as through its offering we worshipped God as He desires to be worshipped. In short, the Eucharist makes us the Church."
Anniversary Mass
Wednesday, August 21, 2019
1201 Houston Street, Fort Worth, TX 76102
More than 20 bishops will join Bishop Michael F. Olson, STD, MA for the Mass and celebration.
Note: We will live stream the Mass and Celebration on the Fort Worth Diocese website ( ) for those who cannot attend.

Events Schedule
5:00 p.m. Doors Open
5:15 p.m. Recitation of the Rosary
5:45 p.m. Performance of the Bell Choir
6:00 p.m. Parade of Banners representing our 91 Parishes and 20 Schools, with music from Nolan Catholic High School Band
6:30 p.m. Performance of Choirs from around the Diocese
7:00 p.m. 50th Anniversary Mass with Reception immediately following in the Exhibit Hall
For the safety of the students, faculty and staff please abide by the following:

  • The front parking lot will continue to run in a one-way direction; with the entrance at the west end of the parking lot in front of the church
  • There are no left turns entering or exiting the parking lot(s)
  • There should be no backing into a space if it has the potential to obstruct the flow of traffic
Morning Drop-Off
  • PreK3 parents should drop off their student at the West Entrance of the Parish Hall
  • All other students (4K - 8th grade) will enter the building through the main front entrance doors.
  • Please ensure that your student(s) is ready to exit the vehicle quickly when prompted
  • During drop-off, follow the directions from staff members at all times

Use the parking lot instead of drop- off line when:
  • Your student requires items from the trunk of the vehicle
  • Your student has a project that requires extra time and care when exiting the vehicle
  • Your student needs to finish food items or finish getting dressed before exiting the vehicle 
  • You need to park for any reason
Additional Safety Tips:
  • No student should walk between vehicles. 
  • Cross at designated crosswalks only. 
  • Wait for the crosswalk attendant before crossing.
  • Be mindful of school zone speed limit. Although not posted, school zone laws apply.
  • Refrain from using your cell phone during drop-off/pick-up.
  • If dropping-off students before 7:30 a.m., students must report to Before School Care (cafeteria)
  • Be patient and courteous toward others
Q: How do I change my child's Pick Up Mode? (by 2:00 PM)

  1. Open the Pikmykid app and click the pencil icon next to the school name. Then select the blue edit button next to your child's name. A new calendar page with student information will then be visible. Choose the date on the calendar, select "Change Pick Up Mode" and continue.
  2. Select your child's new pick up mode from the drop down menu and decide if it is a recurring change –– if so, for how long and how often (weekly, daily, monthly) .
  3. Press Done! You and the school will now be able to see the change on your child's calendar
Q: How do I announce my arrival to school?

  1. Parents can only announce during our school's set dismissal hours for car riders and walk ups.
  2. Make sure your phone's locations services are on and the toggle switch next to your student's name is green.
  3. Stop at the stop sign or for walk up at the gate (not at the door) and click the GREEN ANNOUNCE button.
Please remember that all school correspondence such as ECI payments, Bradley’s Day Care, field trip permission forms, tuition, and any school related registration forms may be sent through your child’s homeroom teacher. Homeroom teachers will then send correspondence to the office daily.

Please mark your money envelopes clearly with your child’s name and area of correspondence, and put a reference on the memo section of the check. (eg. Mary Doe – ECI) It is not necessary to send forms in an envelope.
Saint Andrew Catholic School is now offering Incidental Billing through FACTS for the following:
Before School Care
8 th  Grade Activities
Annual Fund
Sports Fees
Fall Festival
Fees & Fines (Library, Ipad, Late Pick Up, Etc.)
Club/Organization Dues
Resale Shop
Spirit Store
Yearbook Ads
This is an easy and convenient way for families to pay for items that are due or they are wanting to puchase. Students will not be able to bill the FACTS account without the account holder’s permission.
The process is as follows:
  1. The item will be billed to the student’s account. 
  2. FACTS will sent an email to the account holder notifying something has been charged to the account.
  3. The invoice will be automatically debited from the bank account/credit card on file 14 days after the invoice date

If you have any questions, please email Laura Bates, Business Manager.
Individual and homeroom pictures will be taken on Thursday, August 29th. Students are to come in Wildcat Standard (Mass Attire). Order forms have been sent home with the students. You may also place your order online at using our School code: SAC18. Parents who order online do not have to bring an order form on Picture day.   

If needed, please  click here  to print an order form in English.  Click here to print a an order form in Spanish.
All Saint Andrew Catholic School 3K, 4K, & 5K families are invited to join us on the playground for popsicles, fellowship and fun! 


All students must be accompanied by a parent.
Normal dismissal process will be run.
Safe Environment Training is required for all adults who volunteer at a school or parish. This training offers instruction in self-protection and the protection of children, youth, and vulnerable adults. All School volunteers must attend one of the new Protecting God’s Children for Adults sessions. (VIRTUS)

If you plan on volunteering this school year for field trips, class parties, Fall Festival, etc. and have never taken the Safe Environment training or need to renew, please sign up for one of the LIVE sessions being offered throughout the Diocese.  

If you are interested, our Parish will be offering a session on Tuesday, August 27, from 6:00pm-9:00pm downstairs in the Parish Hall. *Remember, you may take a session at any parish in the Diocese of Fort Worth.* Register online by creating a Virtus online profile or contact Theresa Gaitan at
The SAS Home and School Association will hold their first meeting of the school year on Friday, August 30th at 8:15 AM in the cafeteria. T hese meetings give you an opportunity to find out about H&S-sponsored activities, meet new parents and make an impact on your child’s educational environment! 

Mark your calendars for the rest of the school year!!!

August 30 - Friday morning in cafeteria 8:15
September 26 - Thursday evening meeting in cafeteria 5:30pm
October 18 - Friday morning in cafeteria 8:15
November 14 - Thursday evening meeting in cafeteria 5:30pm
January 24 - Friday morning in cafeteria 8:15
February 28 - Friday morning in cafeteria 8:15
March 27 - Friday morning in cafeteria 8:15
April 23 - Thursday evening meeting in cafeteria 5:30pm
Please set your calendars for the following day(s). Classroom procedures, curriculum and other topics will be discussed on these nights. These information nights are for parents only. However, if you have no one to leave your children with, please bring them.
  • Tuesday, Sept. 3, 2019 – 3K through 3rd Grades; 6-7:30 p.m. 
  • 3K convene and remain in the Parish Hall
  • 4K – 3rd convene in the gym for initial presentation
  • 4K proceed to the library 
  • 5K – 2nd proceed to the classrooms
  • 3rd grade proceed to the cafeteria

  • Wedneday, Sept. 4, 2019 – 4th and 5th Grades; 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Convene in the gym for initial presentation
  • 4th grade remain in the gym
  • 5th grade proceed to the cafeteria

  • Thursday, Sept. 5, 2019 – 6th through 8th Grades; 6-7:30 p.m.
  • Convene in the gym for initial presentation
  • Proceed to the classrooms 

We look forward to seeing you there! 
Hello all future Cub Scouts! Pack 97 cordially invites all 1st-5th grade boys and their parents to attend a meeting about Cub Scouts and answer any questions you may have.   The first Scout meeting will be on Sunday, September 8th at 3 pm in the Saint Andrew School cafeteria .  Pack 97 is a great unit, sponsored by Saint Andrew Catholic Church. Email Cub Master, Jake Battenfield ( if you have any questions. We look forward to seeing you there! 
Please join us for an informal  coffee  with our Principal, Mrs. Olga Macias, and our Assistant Principal, Paul Vanasse, on Thursday, September 5th at 8:15am in the school cafeteria. Mrs. Macias and Mr. Vanasse would like to get to know each of you and learn how we can work together to build a strong community . Hope to see you there!!

The Spiritual Life Committee at Saint Andrew Catholic School offers two blessed statues to its families:  A statue of Rosa Mystica and an Immaculate Heart of Mary Statue. Each week (from Wednesday afternoon to the following Wednesday morning) two families will have the opportunity to take these statues home and use them as a source of inspiration, prayer and reflection. The tote bag containing the statue will also have suggested prayers. This special tradition will hopefully be one full of meaning and faith for each of you.   Click here   to sign up.  Email Karen Schroder if you have any questions.
Our community has been blessed with 180 scheduled Adorers and subs who helped make the launch of our new Eucharistic Adoration schedule (Monday – Friday 7am-9pm) a success! We have 20+ time slots available to fill our weekday schedule and 40+ time slots available to start our weekend schedule. Please visit  to sign up! 

Even if you’re not ready to commit to a weekly Holy Hour, we are in need of subs. If you’ve never experienced Eucharistic Adoration before, we encourage you to visit our Lord in the new Sacred Heart Adoration Chapel, even for a few minutes! Call, text or email Summer Riney with questions: (214) 808-1288,
Come Join Fellow Moms for Fellowship and Faith Growing. This fall for Coffee and Fellowship we will be reading  26 Champions of the Rosary: The Essential Guide to the Greatest Heroes of our Time  by Don Calloway We will learn about heroes/saints from the faith that have championed this beautiful prayer and why it is a great weapon for our times. This book is an easy read with information about each the hero and rosary quotes. It also teaches us how to pray this beaituful prayer so no prior knowledge of the rosary is needed.  
Fridays beginning September 6th - October 18th with an option to attend either in the morning or the afternoon, depending on what best meets your schedule. 

Morning time: 8 AM to 9 AM
Afternoon time 1:45 PM to 2:45 PM 

Meet in the Parish Hall, room to be announced soon.

For more information and to receive the reading assignments contact
Summer Riney
Mark your calendars. The SAS Fall Festival is 2 months away. For more information or if you would like to volunteer to chair a booth contact our Fall Festival chairs:
Andrea Sanchez at
Roberta Davis at
Please  click here  for a look at the latest upcoming events on our school calendar. Remember, this calendar is subject to change. Please check it periodically!
Click here to see what is being served in the cafeteria.
All are welcome to come and pray the Rosary every Monday at 2:30pm in the faculty room.

Bringing Home the Word  is a two-page Lectionary-based newsletter for families. Each week, the readings for Sunday and the week following are listed for your reference. The main article relates the Sunday Gospel to our lives today. "The Home Church" offers a faith-filled reflection and an activity for families, and the "Prayer" can be used as a table blessing or in a small group meeting. The "Reflection Questions" provide thought-provoking questions that encourage discussion among families.
Please click HERE to download the registration forms.
2019 -2020 CALENDAR
Saint Andrew Catholic School is a Christ-centered community working in partnership with families to instill our Catholic faith, to nurture a sense of service, and to academically challenge the next generation of leaders in our global society.
 Saint Andrew Catholic School strives to shape the faithful hearts and minds of its students to serve God, the Body of Christ, the Church, and the greater community.

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