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Help St. Andrew’s Receive a Grant!

WHAT: Gulf Coast Bank’s Community Rewards Program is an online contest that rewards a total of $75,000 to the top 10 non-profit organizations voted on by the community. Available grants are awarded as 1 – $30,000 gift, 1 – $15,000 gift, 1 – $10,000 gift, 3 – $4,000 gifts and 4 – $2,000 gifts based on the amount of votes the nonprofits receive.

HOW: Visit to cast your vote for St. Andrew’s Episcopal School.

WHEN: Voting is open from March 5 – March 29; You can vote ONCE A DAY! Voting only takes seconds, and could make a big difference for the School! 

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.

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.


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!

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






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