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Internet & Social Media Safety Presentation

Internet and Social Media Safety
by Brian Klebba, Alum and FBI Agent
March 14 at 10:15 a.m. in the Multipurpose Room

Mr. Brian Klebba, Assistant Attorney for the United States Department of Justice, will speak to our fifth, sixth, seventh, and eighth graders on March 14 in the Multipurpose Room.  Mr. Klebba is a Deputy Supervisor of computer crimes for the Justice Department and he is also a Saint Andrew’s alumnus. Mr. Klebba will share real life experiences with our children to help them understand the importance of Internet Safety to avoid the dangers that exist. By knowing the dangers and how to avoid them, our children can take advantage of all the positive aspects of the Internet while avoiding most of its pitfalls.

The nature of this program is most effective when parents and students attend this presentation together.  Therefore, we are requesting that all parents attend as well if at all possible to learn ways to help guide our children with Internet use.

Krewe of Kinderbears 2018

The Krewe of Kinderbears rolled on Cardinal Field, Friday February 9 for their annual Mardi Gras parade. The Krewe was joined by their PreK Rainbow Fish friends, and the Tadpoles, Bluebirds, and Honeybees from The Cottage. The throws were plentiful, the floats beautifully decorated, the costumes colorful, and the weather was ideal! All Hail King Biscuit and the Krewe of Kinderbears!

First Grade Performance

The First Grade class “traveled” around the world to learn about other countries, cultures and traditions. They performed songs and recited poems and facts for the school and their families to share some of their knowledge. They even learned songs in Spanish and Russian!

Final Open House in January


Our final Open House for this admissions season is scheduled as follows:

Friday, January 26, 2018 at 9 am – STEM Expo Open House (PK – Grade 8)

Registration is required to attend the Open House. Please register at the following link:

Register to Attend an Open House

Cultivating Creativity and Inspiring Innovation

By Chris Sedgwick

Children are inherently curious, imaginative, and creative. They yearn to explore their environment and wonder in awe at the mysteries of the natural world. Every child routinely envisions fantastical lands, which push the boundaries of the physical rules that govern our reality. Given time, space, and the most basic supplies, a child can conjure up a new game or construct an intricate world to call their own for the afternoon.  All of the core skills needed for children to grow into professionals seeking scientific breakthroughs and cutting-edge engineering feats are innately present from their earliest stages of development.

But why then is there a shortage of STEM professionals in the American workforce?  The President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Technology stated, “economic projections point to a need for approximately 1 million more STEM professionals than the U.S. will produce at the current rate over the next decade if the country is to retain its historical preeminence in science and technology.”

What happens between early childhood and the completion of school that leads so many students astray from the inquisitive, inventive, and innovative mindsets of their youth? How then can families and schools partner to cultivate an attitude of discovery and design?

A welcome trend at many forward-thinking schools is to construct multi-use spaces, equipped with a myriad of creative and technical tools and materials.  Opportunities for open-ended exploration are then woven into busy and structured schedules.  Setting aside an afternoon, or even an hour, for tinkering with a set of k’Nex or  inventive play with a littleBits kit can reawaken a spirit of playful ingenuity that can lead to a lifetime of study.

At St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, the annual STEM Expo showcases the surprising cleverness of young minds.  Critical thinking, problem solving, and analytical skills are put to the test as students’ collaborative work is critiqued by STEM professionals in our community.  Fifth Grade students will share their use of design thinking to build empathy with 3 year olds as they design and construct age appropriate toys.  Sixth Grade students describe their many failures as they seek success with their Rube Goldberg Machines.  Seventh Grade students defend their design choices for re-imagined campus spaces digitally created using Sketchup.  Students are given the freedom to take their projects in new directions and learn new ways without being taught, but rather by exploring their own creations and initiating an adventure of their own.


Come to our STEM Expo Open House on January 26 at 9:00 am and see the exciting projects from students in Pre-Kindergarten through 8th Grade. The Open House will begin in the Chalstrom Parish House located at 1031 S. Carrollton Avenue. Registration is required to attend our Open House at the following link:

Register to Attend an Open House

For more information, call Lisa Witter, Director of Advancement, Enrollment & Financial Aid at (504) 866-6553.


Chris Sedgwick is a science educator who has worked in the field of education since 2003.  He earned a a B.A. in Environmental Studies from Emory University and a M.A.Ed in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of Washington.  He is the Dean of Student Life and Science Department Chair at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. He and his wife, Michelle, have a daughter, Emory.

Call for STEM Expo Consultants

On Friday, January 26 St. Andrew’s Episcopal School will hold its 6th Annual STEM Expo. The STEM Expo will once again showcase student work in grades PK-8 in the areas of science, technology, engineering and math. We will once again hold a celebration of our Middle School students’ wonderful work. Therefore, this year we will not be seeking judges, but are seeking “STEM Consultants” to view, discuss, and offer feedback on the various projects. Below you will find a brief description of the projects and the times when students will be available for feedback. We are hoping for 2-5 “STEM Consultants” per grade level.

  • 5th Grade – Using Design Thinking to Prototype Developmentally Appropriate Toys for 3 Year Olds (8:15 – 9:20 / 6 groups)
  • 6th Grade – Collaborative Rube Goldberg Machine (8:15 – 9:20 / 1 large collaboration with 6 group segments)
  • 7th Grade – Using Design Thinking to Illustrate and Prototype New Educational Spaces at St. Andrew’s (8:15 – 9:20 / 4 group projects)
  • 8th Grade – Computer Programming (8:15 – 9:55 / 3 group projects)

If you are interested in being a “STEM Consultant” please contact Chris Sedgwick, St. Andrew’s Science Department Chair, at your nearest convenience.

St. Andrew’s Performs at the Windsor Court

Congratulations to our students on a lovely, musical, holiday performance this week at the Windsor Court Hotel!

Teddy Bear Christmas 2017

This week our Kinderbears and Rainbow Fish celebrated together with a Teddy Bear Christmas in the Kindergarten classroom.  It was a special treat to see the excitement of both our Kinderbears and Rainbow Fish.  The Kinderbears were great leaders/role models and the Rainbow Fish were delighted to be Kinderbears for a morning.  We read The Night Before Christmas, created a stuffed teddy bear, and enjoyed teddy bear cookies and milk with our friends.

Important Information for all St. Andrew’s School & Cottage Families

Every January we begin planning for the next school year.  We want to make sure that it doesn’t come as a surprise to our new school families and all of our cottage families.  On Tuesday, January 23, 2018 re-enrollment contracts will be mailed.  Families will have until Friday, February 2, 2018 to return the signed contract along with a non-refundable deposit.  Re-enrollment is very important in planning for the following school year.  Please return the re-enrollment contracts and deposits on a timely basis so we can begin offering spots to new families who have applied for the 2018-19 school year.


SAES Gingerbread Houses

St. Andrew’s holiday traditions include creating beautiful and delicious gingerbread houses with a special family member. This week, students in PK, K and first grade constructed their sweet treats!



Academic Achievement Awards

Congratulations to the students in Grades 4-8 who were awarded Certificates of Academic Achievement!

Grandparents Celebration 2017

The first and second grade students honored their grandparents by sharing funny and heartfelt songs and displaying some fancy footwork during our Annual Grandparents Celebration!

Thanksgiving 2017

Our PK Rainbow Fish and our Kindergarten Kinder Bears gave thanks for their family, friends, and many wonderful things during their precious Thanksgiving Program!


No Place for Hate Art Contest Award

Congrats to Lillian for winning the Anti-Defamation League’s No Place for Hate Art Contest in the 6th-8th grade division. On Wednesday November 15 during morning exercises Jaymi Baum, a representative from ADL, presented Lillian with her award. Additionally, congratulations to Simone, Sarah, Jasmine, and Nia for receiving honorable mentions for their submissions!

Cardinal Court Dedication

On Wednesday, November 8 we gathered together as a School to celebrate the dedication of Cardinal Court, our new outdoor basketball and volleyball court.

Father Jim Morrison opened the ceremony with a blessing, and Head of School Melville Brown thanked all of our donors, faculty, staff and friends who made the Court a possibility. We heard about the importance of this new play space from Athletic Director Anne Seiler, and Student Council President Ella shared her thoughts on how this new space would be used for years to come. The ceremony wrapped up with beautiful vocals from a student ensemble, led by Music Director Lana Lonadier, who sang their rendition of the Star Spangled Banner. A reception followed for parents and donors in the Multipurpose Room in Grace Hall.

If you have not had a chance to see Cardinal Court, we invite you to visit campus to view it in action! Thank you again to everyone who made this wonderful new space a reality for St. Andrew’s.

4th Grade Play

Lights! Camera! Action! The 4th graders entertained their families and friends with a production of The Case of the Bewitched Books. The students had so much fun bringing to life many of their favorite fairy tale characters. It was truly a magical performance!

Native American Museum at SAES

St. Andrew’s students visited the Native American Museum created and hosted by the 5th grade class on Friday October 27th. Students learned about various tribes and their customs, visited a Native American habitat, explored man-made tools, and even sampled cuisine. A creative and fun hands-on lesson for the curators and visitors alike!

Third Grade Play

Our third graders performed “Hansel and Gretel and the Creepy Woods” to kickoff the first play of the school year. “The third graders embraced this opportunity to perform on the stage. They rehearsed, memorized their lines, and coordinated their costumes with an impressive degree of independence. They made their own notes and ad-libs. It really was their play. Their enthusiasm and hard work really made this experience special for the St. Andrew’s community” said teachers Erin Bienvenu and Jen Bilbe. Congratulations third graders!

Social Media

Have you checked our Facebook Page lately? Our social media presence is increasing and thanks to our faculty, we have daily photos posted of students at work.  It’s an easy way to get daily information of what’s going on around campus, see videos, photos, and more!

Ways you can help:

1) Go to our Facebook Page and “LIKE” US!

2) Share our post

3) Check in

4) Invite your friends to “Like” our page

5) Send pictures of your children on school sponsored events to Lisa Witter

6) Follow us on Twitter

7) Follow us on Instagram

Thank you for helping spread the word about our wonderful school!

Parent-Teacher Conferences

We look forward to seeing all of you on campus for Parent-Teacher Conferences this Thursday and Friday, September 28-29th. After meeting with your child’s teachers, please swing by the library and visit our Fall Korndorffer Book Fair!

Noon dismissal on Thursday (no lunch provided),  and no school for students on Friday.

Conference Care will be available Thursday afternoon ($10 per child) and all day Friday ($20 per child), and students must be registered and paid for by Wednesday September 27th. For more important details regarding Conference Care, please see our Newsletter or email Venessa Laurent Jones.

Korndorffer Book Fair September 25-29th

Our Book Fair is coming, with a bit of the Wild West in the air….! The Fall 2017 Korndorffer Book Fair will be held:

Monday September 25               12:00-3:30

Tuesday September 26               7:30-3:30

Wednesday September 27         7:30-6:00

Thursday September 28             7:30-3:30

Friday September 29                   7:30-Noon

Swing by in the morning, afternoon, or during your campus visit for Parent-Teacher Conferences. And if you’d like to volunteer, we have slots available! Please contact Librarian Anna Johnson at for more details.

The St. Andrew’s Online Book Fair is now open for orders, from September 20th through October 3rd!







Remember to Stay Up-To-Date!

Download our mobile app to stay informed and keep abreast of St. Andrew’s News & Events!

There are 3 ways to download the app:

  1. Scan the QR code

  1. Visit the Google Play or Apple Stores and search for “SAESNOLA”; or
  2. Visit:

Some information is locked to protect the privacy of our parents, administration, faculty and staff.  If you need the passcode or assistance in downloading the app, please contact Lisa Witter, Director of Advancement, Enrollment and Financial Aid by phone 504-866-6553 or email to






Parents’ Night this Thursday!

We look forward to seeing you at Parents’ Night this Thursday, September 7th. Doors to Parish Hall will open at 5:45pm for refreshments. The program will begin at 6:30pm in the Church and will be followed by classroom visits. We’re excited to see all of you and share our plans for this school year!


Fall 2017 After School Programs

Mark your calendars! The Fall 2017 Session of the After School Programs will begin on Monday, October 2. Registration Procedure, Class Offerings and Registration Form will be available on Monday, September 11.

SAES Theatre Class has different registration and dates from our other after school classes. Theatre Registration only is now open! To register for SAES Theatre please visit  For other upcoming classes contact Venessa Laurent Jones, Director of After School Care and After School Programs at


Welcome Coffee!

Coffee & Conversation with Head of School Mel Brown


Cottage Families – Monday, August 21, 8:15 am to 9:15 am

Pre-K and K – Tuesday, August 22, 8:15 am to 9:15 am

Lower School (Grades 1-4) – Thursday, August 24, 8:15 am to 9:15 am

Middle School (Grades 5-8) – Friday, August 25, 8:15 am to 9:15 am

*All events held in the Chalstrom Parish House, 1031 S. Carrollton Ave.


Register for Cardinal Camp 2017!



The response to Cardinal Camp has been incredible this year!  We are filling up fast and ready for another great June at St. Andrew’s.
We are officially full for week 2 June 12-16.  Spots in weeks 1,3, and 4 are still available, but not likely for long.  Please register your child ASAP if Cardinal Camp is a part of your summer plans.

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The response to Cardinal Camp has been incredible this year!  We are filling up fast and ready for another great June at St. Andrew’s.
We are officially full for week 2 June 12-16.  Spots in weeks 1,3, and 4 are still available, but not likely for long.  Please register your child ASAP if Cardinal Camp is a part of your summer plans.





















Registration Form

Morning Exercise

St. Andrew’s has a wonderful tradition called “morning exercise.” Our entire school meets for a morning assembly with a prayer, pledge and song led by our students followed by a few words from our Head of School. Today, our Head of School, Mel Brown, read one of his favorite poems: “Sure On This Shining Night,” by James Agee. After the reading, Mr. Brown and his wife, Inka, performed the beautiful and contemplative song by Samuel Barber that uses the poem as the text. Listen to the beautiful music and singing.

Video from Morning Exercise, August 29th