Wildcat Weekly News 01/24/2012

Issue Date: 
January 24, 2012

Class Group Pictures

Order forms for class group photos taken in August and in October (preschool) went out last week; If you would like to order the homeroom group photo, please send in your order form by Thursday, January 26, 2012. 

Father Warren Murphy

Come and say Hello, Thank You, and Goodbye to Father Warren; longtime retired pastor of Saint Andrew Parish.

He will be moving on February 1, 2012 to the Franciscan Mother House in Loretto, Pennsylvania.  He will be attending the Knights of Columbus Breakfast after 7:00, 8:30, and 10:30 masses.  Father Warren will be concelebrating mass with Father Luke at 10:30 this Sunday, January 29.  Come wish him farewell! 

SAS Thank You

Huge SAS Thank You to all of the wonderful committee chairs and volunteers who planned and prepared for the Sixth Annual Mother/Son Dance that took place last Friday, in the School Gym. Thank you to the committee members and to all of you who donated or attended this memorable event. The Mother/Son Dance photos are posted to a Shutterfly share site.  Please visit HERE to access and browse through the photos. The password is WILDCATS. If you don't already have a Shutterfly account, you will need to create one.  It is simple and quick, and you will then be able to purchase prints and other photo gifts.  We hope you enjoy the photos for this event and future ones as well!  If you have any questions about this Shutterfly site, please contact Mindy Dyer (mindyer12@yahoo.com).

Thank you to all who attended the Chick-Fil-A SAS breakfast/lunch/dinner out, on January 10.  The school made $225.

Book Fair Volunteer Opportunities

SAS will be holding a Book Fair during Catholic Schools Week and we need volunteers to help set up, work a shift during the fair, and help take down. We will be setting up on Thursday, January 26 and the Book Fair will conclude on Thursday, February 2.  This sale benefits the Library and we always need lots of volunteers to make it a success especially on our busiest days – Open House on Sunday, January 29 and Grandparents Day on Thursday, February 2.  If you would like to volunteer please access the schedule by clicking this LINK to sign up.

Volunteer Opportunities for Catholic Schools Week

We are in need of many volunteers for our upcoming SAS Catholic Schools Week events.  To volunteer for planned events or to volunteer to help with Teacher & Staff meals during Catholic Schools Week click HERE.

Save the Date

Save the Date for the 2012 Stephen Breen Spirit Games on Sunday, March 4, 2012 at Nolan Catholic High School. The Spirit Games will begin with mass with Bishop Vann at 11:00 am. The Spirit Games will include activities such as Dodge Ball, Fear Factor, Amazing Race, Minute to Win It, Carnival Booths and much more!


Respect Life Week

The week of January 23, 2012 is Respect Life Week.  The National Junior Honor Society will be doing services throughout the week to bring focus to the importance of respecting all life and human dignity.  Each morning the prayers will focus on life.  The two large trees on Dryden are wrapped in white.  A white rose will be placed in the foyer and in front of the lectern at Wednesday’s Mass.  Fr. Pio Maria Hoffman, a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal, is speaking with the 7th/8th graders about respect life issues and the importance of respecting life at all stages.  On Friday, January 27, teachers have been asked to offer a Rosary for Life during their Religion classes.

This Week

Printed Progress Reports will be coming home with your third through eighth grade student(s) on Thursday, January 26, 2012. Due to some changes in technology, teachers will not be able to send Progress Reports to you by email. For the rest of this school year, you will receive printed Progress Reports sent home with your student(s). Progress Reports are sent approximately every 3 weeks (check the school calendar).  Report Cards will still be available to you online through Family Access. Please contact your student's teachers if you have any questions regarding the progress reports.

Mass – Wednesday, January 25, 2012 9:00 am in the church. Mrs Ibarra's class is preparing this week’s mass. Please remember to send items for the offertory for Social Ministry. Parents are always welcome at school masses; designated seating area for parents is upstairs in the choir loft, unless a special circumstance requires you to sit downstairs.

Baseball/Softball/Track – Contracts went out on Monday, January 23, 2012 and are due on Friday, January 27, 2012.  Please return forms as soon as possible.

Basketball Pictures – will be taken on Thursday, January 26, 2012.

January Monthly Rosary: We are in for a special treat for our January Rosary. Mark your calendars for Thursday, January 26.  Fr. Pio Maria Hoffman, CFR will be our guest speaker!  We will meet at 1:30 in the Parish Hall and begin by praying the Rosary, to be followed at 2:00 by Fr. Pio's talk and a brief discussion time.  We will finish in time for 3:00 school dismissal.  Please join us to hear one of our favorite speakers!  For more info, please contact Melissa Murnane at melimurn@att.net or 817-386-4332.

Book Fair Begins  Friday, January 27, 2012 through Thursday February 2, 2012.

Catholic Schools Week (CSW) – will kick off with the CSW Celebration, Saturday, January 28, 2012, at the Fort Worth Convention Center honoring all the Teachers of the Year at all 15 diocesan schools. Our SAS Teacher of the Year is our wonderful 7th and 8th grade Literature teacher, Galine Baker. The Diocesan Leadership Award this year will go to Tessy Ross, longtime St. Andrew parishioner and SAS alumni parent and former SAS teacher. If you would like to attend this lovely affair and support Mrs. Baker and Mrs. Ross, it is $80/person. RSVP by calling Lisa Griffith at 817-560-3300.  Click HERE to view an informational flyer.

OPEN HOUSE – 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Sunday, January 29, 2012. (Following 8:30 a.m. SAS student-led Mass.)  All classrooms are open for viewing and tours.

Personal guided tours of the entire campus for prospective families of PK3-8th grade.  Refreshments and music by the SAS Band will be found in the cafeteria. The Book Fair will be open in the Library (Sunday-Thursday). Basketball competition of 6th, 7th, and 8th grade boys and girls teams will take place in the gym. The Knights of Columbus will serve Breakfast 10:00 a.m. to Noon in the Parish Hall.

Western Wear Day – Monday, January 30, 2012 Students who attend and wear their school uniform to mass and open house on Sunday may wear out-of-uniform attire, Monday.  (Please pick up your out-of-uniform pass from your homeroom teacher during Sunday open house activities.)

Next Week

Saint Andrew Boy Scout Troop 97 Open House – Tuesday, January 31, 2012, in the Saint Andrew Parish Hall at 7:00 p.m.  All Current and prospective Scouts and their families are invited to attend! Click HERE to view an information flyer.

Catholic Schools Week  Scheduled Events

Wednesday, February 1, 2012 – Prospective parents are invited to our all school liturgy from 9-10 a.m. in the church.  School in Action Personal Tours for prospective parents from 10 a.m. to Noon. National Junior Honor Society Induction for 7th & 8th grade inductees will take place at 2 p.m. in the church.

Thursday, February 2, 2012 –Grandparents/Grandfriends Day 8:30 a.m to noon.  Registration starts in the gym. (Free Valet Parking)  Book Fair in library will open at 7:30 a.m. There will be a NOON DISMISSAL.

2011-2012 Yearbook
Make your student's year at SAS memorable!

It’s a great time to buy yearbooks and ads at Saint Andrew Catholic School! You can now buy your student’s yearbook and Eighth Grade ad online at this LINK. Don’t wait — yearbooks are on sale for $35 Now through February 16, 2012. They will increase to $45 after this date. BUY Now and SAVE!! If you do not wish to order online, click this LINK to download a printable form which can be returned to the school office.

The score of the big game. The name of the girl in their English class. The clothes and hairstyles. These are all things you will want your student to remember years from now. Don’t miss out on your chance to help them remember. Purchase their yearbook today!  Info about Eighth Grade Ads will come out later this week. Thank you!!—God Bless, The SAS Yearbook Staff.

St. Andrew Knights BBQ for your Super Bowl party?

The KCs will be selling brisket, ribs, and chopped BBQ in the Parish Hall on Sunday February 5th 8:00 to 11:00 AM or while supplies last. It will be cooked, vacuum packed & sold by the pound!  And you thought the HAMS were good??!!

NEWS TO SHARE

Boy Scout Troop 97 – To earn money for an upcoming BSA adventure the scouts are available for hire on weekends. The troop is offering yard maintenance and light handyman outdoor projects. We can rake leaves and remove those ugly dead bushes or small trees that have died due to the drought. Click HERE to view an informational flyer.

Volunteer Opportunity
Birthday Treats for our Friars and Parish Staff 

Starting in 2006, the Home and School included the friars and parish staff in the SAS Birthday Treats tradition to thank them for their support of our church and school.

At their monthly parish staff meeting/luncheon, we drop off their favorite treat with a big Happy Birthday Sign attached.  They can share their treats at the meeting with their fellow workers.  Some treats are homemade; others purchased and have included everything from angel food cake to miniature Snicker bars.

The staff and friars really enjoy our treats and are always so appreciative.  If you would like to help, please click this spreadsheet LINK

Next sign-up to bring a treat for someone.  Once you have picked your month and the person you would like to bring something for, all you have to do is email and I will let you know their favorite cake/pie, or cookie, or candy.  I will send you a reminder the Monday before the Thursday meeting.  Drop your item off at the parish office before 11:00 a.m. on the meeting day along with a Happy Birthday note for the recipient.

We provide the treats all year long so feel free to volunteer at a time of the year that is convenient for you.  Please call or email me if you have any questions.  Thanks so much…Connie Davis 817-738-7747 (home) connieandbrad@sbcglobal.net.

Wildcat Weekly Parish News

Social Ministry is in need of an Antique Buyer. Do you operate an antique store or booth? Would you be willing to sell items on consignment for Social Ministry? We often get donated items that we can sell to make money for our food pantry. If you are interested in donating your time & space, please contact Social Ministry.

Family Memorial Service for Unborn BabiesOn Friday, January 27, 2012 Saint Andrew Faith Formation and Outreach Ministries is offering a Memorial Service for Unborn Babies in the church. If your family has lost a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or abortion, please join us for this Memorial Service for the unborn. Click HERE to view an informational flyer.

Families with Young ChildrenPotluck Supper & Movie NightFriday, February 3, 2012 6:00 - 8:00 PM in the Parish Hall. Come meet other families and enjoy an evening of fellowship & community building. Click HERE to view an informational flyer and to RSVP.

Keeping Our Children and Youth Safe Sessions

**Please check the diocesan website for sessions that are being offered through