Last Sunday we enjoyed a wonderful Newcomers’ Reception to welcome our PK 4 – Grade 8 new families into the St. Andrew’s community. A big thanks to Danielle and Chris Brinson for hosting the reception at their home, the 4th grade room parents and St. Andrew’s Parents Club for planning and hosting this event!
Parents, please join us for a Welcome Back Coffee on Friday, August 16 at 8:15am in Parish Hall hosted by the First Grade and Parents’ Club. We can’t wait to see you then!
Saint Andrews’ Spring Art Show was a stunning success! A showcase of many mediums was enjoyed by all. Thank you to Michelle Wuttke, Edgar and Mary Wall, and Anne Rolfes for making this special event possible!
Looking for a great school? St. Andrew’s Episcopal School enrolls students 12 months through Grade 8 and offers an environment in which children develop confidence, achieve academic success, and embrace a lifelong love of learning. We still have a few spots available for the 2019-20 school. For more information call (504) 866-6553.
Calling all St. Andrew’s alumni! We are looking to update our alumni records. Please click here to share an update and feedback. We want to hear from you!
For easy 2019-2020 school supply shopping, St. Andrew’s partners with 1st Day School Supplies, ready to go with teacher lists. Click the image above to get started!
Congratulations, 6th grade, on a fabulous performance of History of the Ancient World! Thank you parent volunteers Ms. Erin Crowley and Mr. Michael Zarou for your help on this wonderful production!
On Tuesday, March 19, 2019 the Board of Trustees announced the appointment of Mrs. Kathryn Fitzpatrick as the new Head of School at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School. Mrs. Fitzpatrick was hired to serve as the Interim Head of School on July 1, 2018. She graduated from Ursuline Academy in New Orleans and earned a BA in History from Louisiana State University. She holds a Masters in Curriculum and Instruction from the University of New Orleans, and she is currently working on her Doctor of Education with a concentration in Executive Leadership at University of Holy Cross, graduating in December 2019.
“Kathryn Fitzpatrick exceeded the expectations of what could be accomplished this year. The Board and community desire stability and strong leadership, and we have found that in Mrs. Fitzpatrick,” said Chair of the Board of Trustees Betsy Sterkx.
“I am very excited about the opportunity to lead St. Andrew’s Episcopal School as the eighth Head of School. We have an unbelievable faculty and staff at St. Andrew’s who work tirelessly on behalf of the students. Our parents are very supportive and generous with their time and talent. I look forward to getting to know the alumni, alumni parents, grandparents and all of our constituents. I was drawn to St. Andrew’s because of the small, nurturing environment where each child is known and loved. I look forward to leading St. Andrew’s into the future,” Mrs. Fitzpatrick said.
Please join us in thanking Kathryn Fitzpatrick for her good work and for accepting the Head of School position.
Click this link to read the full letter to the St. Andrew’s community: Head of School Announcement
Cardinal Camp Registration for Summer 2019 is now open!
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St. Andrew’s Episcopal School will be hosting a Diversity Employment Fair on Tuesday, March 26 from 3:30 pm until 5:00 pm. Please help us to spread the word by sharing the information with prospective teachers you may know. We will have a presentation and tour of our campus. Questions, call 504-861-3743.
Thank you to our sponsors!
Our Kinderbears led a magnificent English-themed parade on March 1st, 2019. Our royal procession was followed by our Rainbow Fish and Cottage students. Thank you, parents and teachers, for making this fun day possible!
Cardinals on the Run was a smashing success! Thank you to everyone for supporting this new school fundraiser, particularly all the sponsors, parent volunteers and friends who came to cheer! Every student participated, from the Honeybees to the 8th grade.
Here are our 6th and 7th graders practicing the art of gardening on campus! Thanks to Ms. Erin Crowley for her continued work on this wonderful gift on our campus we enjoy every day!
Our S.T.E.A.M. (Science Technology Engineering Art and Mathematics) Fair on February 8th featured many engineering projects and creative applications of science of all St. Andrew’s students, Pre-K through 8th grade.
It’s time to apply for the 2019-20 school year. For timely processing, applications should be submitted prior to January 15, 2019 to be assured first-round admission consideration. Notification dates are:
February 19, 2019 for Grades 1-8
March 19, 2019 for PK and K
If you have any questions, please call (504) 866-6553.
We are excited to announce our first on-campus fun run, Cardinals on the Run that will take place on Friday, February 22! This event promotes fitness, health, and wellness while raising money for St. Andrew’s.
Our first Bingo Night was a massive success! Thank you to our amazing volunteers Jennifer, Norris, Renee, Lana, Nichell, Carla, Claudette, Jamie, Ryan, Erich, Alex, Juan, Lori, Gretchen, Eirinn, and Tim, for facilitating such a marvelous time!
On Wednesday, October 3rd the St. Andrew’s schoolyard was full of students, staff, parents, and some very special guests. Every year St. Andrew’s celebrates the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi with a blessing of household and school pets. This year, pets ranged from lizards, hamsters, guinea pigs, dogs, turtles, and even pictures of pets. The Blessing of the Pets is one of our most beloved traditions.
In social studies, our first graders are focusing on neighborhoods and communities. This is a broad topic that allows us to explore many
different skills. In chapel, Father Robert taught the children to “love your neighbor as yourself.” This led to one of our favorite topics of discussion: who qualifies as “your neighbor?”
The children listed many different types of people: someone who lives down the street from you, someone you play with at recess, someone who helps you, etc.
We love hearing their ideas. We then moved into a discussion about our St. Andrew’s neighborhood and who makes our neighborhood a great place to be. Again, we got a ton of different answers. Across the board though, almost every child mentioned one person’s name: Ms. Jenny.
If you haven’t met Ms. Jenny yet you have to understand that she is the reason our classrooms are so lovely. She keeps everything clean and safe for our children. She is available no matter what the problem is…whether it’s a broken bulb or a loose opossum (true story!). Ivy Juge said it best, “Ms. Jenny is our Wonder Woman! I saw the movie and she even looks like Wonder Woman!” She loves our school and we love her. If you see Ms. Jenny please thank her for everything she does for our St. Andrew’s neighborhood.
Avery Loss, 1st Grade Teacher
On Friday, September 7th, students enjoyed a taste of baba ganoush and pita during carpool. The snack was a wonderful example of how hard work pays off- and tastes great. It was made with nearly 30 eggplants harvested from the school garden, planted by our 8th graders last spring. Thank you, Jennifer Conrad, for this special treat!
On Thursday, September 6th we enjoyed a wonderful Newcomers’ Reception to welcome our new families into the St. Andrew’s community. A big thanks to Danielle Brinson, Kellie Mathas, the 4th grade, and St. Andrew’s Parents’ Club for planning and hosting this event!
Congratulations to Louisiana, a 5th Grade student at St. Andrew’s Episcopal School, for winning World Championship in Taekwondo with Tiger-Rock Martial Arts of Metairie. We are so proud of you!
The Board of St. Andrew’s Episcopal School is pleased to announce the appointment of Kathryn Fitzpatrick as the interim head of school effective July 1, 2018.
Kathryn is a native New Orleanian. She and her husband Billy have three sons, Will, Sean and Neal. She is formerly the Director of Admissions at Stuart Hall School in New Orleans, and her eighteen years of education experience include teaching positions at Stuart Hall and St. George’s Episcopal School.
Kathryn received her BA in History, a Master of Education in Curriculum and Instruction, and she is currently working on her Doctor of Education with a concentration in Executive Leadership.
Kathryn is looking forward to becoming part of the St. Andrew’s community. Please join us in welcoming Kathryn and her family.
On Friday, June 1, 2018 St. Andrew’s Episcopal School held its Fifty-Fourth Promotion Exercises and the 10th Eighth Grade Graduation. The ceremonies were held at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church with a reception immediately following at the Chalstrom House in honor of the graduates. Congratulations to the Class of 2018!
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We are so excited to announce a continued partnership with 1st Day School Supplies! St. Andrew’s has collaborated with 1st Day School Supplies to help parents and teachers get the exact supplies needed for the next school year without the hassle and aggravation of shopping at Wal‐Mart, Target, or Staples. We have found 1st Day School Supplies to be convenient, easy and hassle free! Plus, the prices are competitive! You can get started and make your purchase right now by clicking the link above.
For more information call 504.861.3743 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Our Kinderbears did an excellent job during their Ice Cream and Alliterations program yesterday. This annual tradition is a sweet and special performance for our students and their families. We are so proud of each and every Kinderbear!
Our PK Mother’s Tea was held in Parish Hall on Tuesday, May 9. A lovely St. Andrew’s tradition enjoyed by all!
Enjoy the wonderful performance by our Middle School students in the play, Cupid’s Little Mistakes!
St. Andrew’s Spring Book Fair will be held Monday April 30 through Friday May 4 in the Rosenberg Library. Mark your calendars to attend or volunteer. For more information and to volunteer please contact Librarian Anna Johnson at email@example.com. Thanks to all our wonderful volunteers!
Registration for our Spring After School Programs is now open! Classes begin Monday April 30 through Friday May 25. Click the links below for registration procedures, class offerings, and the registration form. Registration runs from Friday April 20 through Friday April 27. Join us for some fun after school!
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!
St. Andrew’s students displayed some of their amazing talents during the Spirituality Club’s recent Talent Show. Click the link below to watch videos of our talented students!
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!
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:
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:
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.
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.
Congratulations to our students on a lovely, musical, holiday performance this week at the Windsor Court Hotel!
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.
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.
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!
Registration is required to attend the Middle School Preview and Open House. Please register at the following link:
Congratulations to the students in Grades 4-8 who were awarded Certificates of Academic Achievement!
The St. Andrew’s Choir, under the direction of Music Director Mrs. Lana Lonadier, recently performed the National Anthem during a New Orleans Pelicans game. Congratulations to our singers on a well-received performance! View their stirring rendition here:
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!
Our PK Rainbow Fish and our Kindergarten Kinder Bears gave thanks for their family, friends, and many wonderful things during their precious Thanksgiving Program!
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!
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.
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!
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!
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!
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!
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org for more details.
The St. Andrew’s Online Book Fair is now open for orders, from September 20th through October 3rd!
Download our mobile app to stay informed and keep abreast of St. Andrew’s News & Events!
There are 3 ways to download the app:
- Scan the QR code
- Visit the Google Play or Apple Stores and search for “SAESNOLA”; or
- Visit: http://bit.ly/2qLPy1l
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 email@example.com.
From music and dance to theatre and art, there’s a creative class for everyone! For information on registration procedures, class offerings, and the registration form visit our After School Programs page. Classes begin on Monday October 2nd.
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!
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 http://saesnola.org/school-life/after-school-programs/ For other upcoming classes contact Venessa Laurent Jones, Director of After School Care and After School Programs at firstname.lastname@example.org
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.
St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church
June 2, 2017
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.
After a great year of service to the St. Andrews Cottage in 2015-2016, Liberty’s Kitchen is excited to expand our service to St. Andrew’s Episcopal School for the 2016-2017 school year.