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Saint Andrew School


A lumni n ewsletter

Fall 2009

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From the Principal Class Notes Catholic Education - Is it Worth the Sacrifice? St. Charles Borromeo Computer Lab Annual Appeal Campaign Calendar of Events The Light Legacy Four score and seven years ago...

"Come and See!"

Dear Alumni/æ and Friends of Saint Andrew School,


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Saint Andrew School 535 Mason Ave. Drexel Hill, PA 19026 610-259-5145

wo thousand years ago, a young, rough and tumble fisherman by the name of Andrew bar Jonah, was mesmerized by the powerful words and actions of a gentle carpenter from Nazareth, named Jesus. Awestruck further upon hearing John the Baptist declare this seemingly ordinary man as the "Lamb of God," Andrew sought Jesus out, and asked: "Teacher, where do you stay?" Jesus' response was a simple invitation: "Come and see!" (cf., Jn 1:34-39) Andrew's response to Jesus' invitation changed his life and the life of the whole world. Jesus extends that very same invitation to us; "Come and see!" Our response one way or the other will change our lives. Our patron, St. Andrew was a man of faith; already in his youth, he understood deeply that God loved him and sought to encounter his God in a more personal way. Saint Andrew School exists because people for almost a century have been captivated by the teachings of Jesus and have committed their lives and their treasure to the mission of spreading His Good News throughout the world.

In some way, your life has been touched by God's grace through your experience with SAS. Remember it well and give thanks. Much has been done at SAS over the past year: with the generous donations of an alumnus of St. Charles School in Drexel Hill, we have installed the new "St. Charles Borromeo Computer Lab" on the third floor of the Lower School. We have prepared the second floor room in the same building for the eventual installation of a Science LabLearner classroom. We have initiated the pilot-program of the Montessori based Catechesis of the Good Shepherd in our Pre-K (4) that will be integrated into and enhance our religion curriculum. And, we have installed a new Art Lab in the space formerly occupied by the computer lab. These efforts are enhancing the quality Roman Catholic education we already offer and are signs of our vitality and vision for the future. As we look forward enthusiastically to the celebration of our Parish Centennial in 2016, we are all encouraged by the renewal and excitement it inspires. To you, I extend Jesus' invitation: "Come

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"Come and See!" continued from front cover

and See!" Remember your roots; Renew your appreciation; help our children Realize their dreams. "Come and see" Saint Andrew School: "Come and see" the smiling faces and inquisitive minds of our children; "Come and see" the faithful and dedicated Principal, teachers and staff; "Come and see" the new classrooms and the old ones that need to be maintained and updated. "Come and see" where Jesus stays! We, like St. Andrew our patron, are a people of faith. We understand deeply that God loves us and is with us as we seek to encounter our God in a more personal way and spread His Good News. May our response to Jesus change our lives and the whole world. Join me in continuing this awesome task of love - building a culture of life and a civilization of love. By your prayers and generous support, you can preserve this legacy of faith for the next generation. Thank you for all you do and, as you enjoy recalling your days at SAS, know that you are always welcome! Yours sincerely in the Lord,

Msgr. Albin J. Grous. Pastor

Catechesis of the Good Shepherd


he Catechesis of the Good Shepherd is an approach to the religious formation of children. It is rooted in the Bible, the liturgy of the Church, and the educational principles of Maria Montessori. Children gather in an "atrium," a room prepared for them, which contains simple yet beautiful materials that they use. You may be wondering how these materials help the religious life of children? If an adult hears a beautiful passage from the Bible, the adult might take a Bible, find the passage, and read it slowly again and again. He or she may think deeply about the words and perhaps speak to God in a thankful or hopeful prayer. But a little child, too young to read, needs another way. In an atrium the child can ponder a biblical passage or a prayer from the liturgy by taking the material for that text and working with it - placing wood figures of sheep in a sheepfold of the Good Shepherd, setting sculpted apostles around a Last Supper table, or preparing a small altar with the furnishings used for the Eucharist. Older children who do read often copy parables from the Bible, lay in order written prayers from the rite of baptism, or label a long time-line showing the history of the kingdom of God. Starting this fall, SAS has integrated the Catechesis of the Good Shepherd into the religion curriculum of our Pre-K four year olds. It is our intention to expand this program into additional grades as instructors are trained. The Catechesis of the Good Shepherd program joins Sofia Cavalletti's theological insights into children's spiritual development with the educational principles and methods developed by Marie Montessori.

"If we want to help the child draw nearer to God,weshouldwithpatienceandcourageseek togoalwaysclosertothevitalnucleusofthings. Thisrequiresstudyandprayer.Thechildwillbe ourteacherifweknowhowtoobserve."



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From the Principal

t the recent Back-to-School night at Msgr. Bonner High School, I came upon the realization that five of the thirteen young men in the Advanced Placement Physics class were Saint Andrew School graduates. Our graduates were also well represented in the Advanced Placement Calculus class. This brought me to wonder how many of our graduates were having similar success in the other Archdiocesan and private high schools. Shortly after that, a second incident gave me pause for reflection. This came in a conversation with one of our parents who had recently taken her child to the pediatrician. The child's regular doctor was not on that day. The new doctor, in getting to know the child, asked what school she attended. To make a long story short, it turns out the pediatrician, Dr. Dan Walmsley DO, had his start at Saint Andrew School. Dr. Mary Hagee DO, and Dr. Michael Lattanzio DO, are two other Saint Andrew graduates of whom I am aware that entered the medical field. Again I wonder how many others are serving our society in the medical professions. The reality of the success of so many in the math and science fields is a testament to the solid foundation provided by our elementary school. However, as educators, we are keenly aware that these areas of study are progressing at an exponential rate. In order to meet the needs of our 21st Century learners, the administration and faculty of Saint Andrew School are committed to strengthening and advancing the technology and science programs. The new computer lab is up and running with twenty-eight new Dell computers. The lab is also equipped with a Smart Board and LCD projector. While renovating the room for the computer lab, we have prepared a second lab to house LabLearner Science. This program provides a curriculum framework, laboratory furnishings, materials, and professional development for the teacher. Units are designed so that students experience opportunities to expand critical thinking, problem solving and experimentation in a lab setting. We strongly believe that strengthening our technology and science programs will enable our students to meet with success in their school careers, and in their future professions. It is the success of our graduates that encourage us to boldly embrace the challenges of educating the 21st Century learner. Time constraints have not permitted me to gather the answers to my queries. So, I enlist your help. If you are among those who have met with success in school or in your profession, would you send us that good news? Also, if you have an inside track with a company or foundation that might be able to assist with the funding of LabLearner, would you share that with us? Albert Einstein once said, "Science without religion is lame, religion without science is blind." We have an obligation to teach our children in the faith, so that they may use their gifts to create a better world. What better remedy is there for a society so sorely in need of healing than professionals who not only have a strong academic foundation, but who have been formed in the Gospel values? I have been blessed with the privilege of knowing some of the good that you do. You are what the world needs. Because of you, I remain committed to the mission of Catholic education at Saint Andrew School.


Mrs. Helen McLean [email protected]


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Catholic Education - Is it Worth the Sacrifice?

e have all read countless stories of the personal sacrifices parents have made and continue to make to send their children to a Catholic school ­ working several jobs; taking overtime whenever available; foregoing vacations; repairing the clunker instead of buying that shiny new model; or simply deciding to live simply for a cause greater than one's own self interests. We learned such virtues from our parents and grandparents who helped build the schools and churches throughout America during the first half of the twentieth century. Is it worth the sacrifice? Instead of asking a parent, ask a student. Ask John Sullivan, which is what Lou Baldwin (freelance writer for The Catholic Standard & Times) did in the following excerpts from an article that appeared in the October 1, 2009 edition of the Archdiocesan weekly newspaper:


So John enrolled at Garnet Valley, but in his free time he bummed rides with his older brothers back to Drexel Hill to hang out with his friends and sometimes go to a Bonner game. This past summer John decided he would spend even more time in Drexel Hill. He informed his parents he wanted to attend Bonner for his senior year. "Where would the tuition money come from and how would he get there?" his father asked. Bonner is about 15 miles away from their home. John, who had $6,000 in savings, said that he would pay the tuition himself and would also find a way to get to school. It took a little convincing, but his skeptical parents agreed to let him try. John did indeed enroll at Bonner, and he loves it. "It's great and it's worth it. I like the classes and I feel like I'm part of the group," he said.

Last year, when John Sullivan was working with friends. From left: Matt Mullen (SAS), Joe Villare, John Sullivan (SAS), Adam Carevenings and weekends behind the coun- nish, Connor Canavan (SAS), Mike Haley and Matt Ruggieri (SAS). ter wrapping meat and waiting on custom"He's a great kid," his father said. "I was ers at Roy Tweedy's Old Fashioned Butchproud and taken aback when he did this. er Shop in Ridley Township, where his dad is meat manager, Academically, he is doing very well, and my wife and I are he had a dream - the same dream lots of other kids his age happy for him. It's commendable." Just as he loves Bonner, have. He wanted to buy a set of wheels; maybe a Nissan Bonner loves him too. When the Mothers' Club heard his Altima - that would be nice. story, they bought him the Bonner class ring he would have received as a junior last year, according to Brendan Towell, But then again, he had another dream. For the past three Bonner's admissions director. years he had been attending Garnet Valley High School, and for his last year he really, really wanted to switch to Monsi- "I think what John was [missing] was that Augustinian edugnor Bonner High in Drexel Hill. That's where most of his cation of the whole person," Towell said. "It seemed when buddies were, and he missed the Catholic education values. he came to us he was searching and longing for a deeper experience. I think it was the brotherhood aspect and the His family had lived near there when he was younger, and family values he was searching for." When Towell sees John he attended Saint Andrew School in Drexel Hill through sixth in the halls, "he has a smile on his face," he said. "He's grade. He liked Catholic school and his mother Peggy Sulli- happy to be here and has taken full advantage of what Bonvan taught there too. But the family moved to Concord Town- ner offers." ship and he finished up at St. Thomas the Apostle School, Glen Mills. After grade school John expected he would go on Thanks John, for reminding all of us that a Catholic educato Bonner, where his older brothers had gone. But his partion is indeed worth the sacrifice. ents told him it would not be possible. With seven children and lots of college tuition to worry about, the money just "Catholic education is an expression of the mission entrusted by Jesus to the Church He founded. Through education, the Church seeks to wasn't there for Catholic high school. prepare its members to proclaim the Good News and to translate this

proclamation into action." To Teach as Jesus Did, 1972, #7

John Sullivan has lunch in Bonner's cafeteria


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St. Charles Borromeo Computer Lab

ith the opening of each new academic year, we are reminded of the generosity of our parents, benefactors, alumni, and parishioners who make our existence possible. This year, the administration, faculty and students are particularly blessed to announce the dedication of our new computer lab. The lab was formally dedicated on November 4, 2009 ­ the feast of St. Charles Borromeo. A long-time generous benefactor of SAS requested this name for the lab in honor of his Alma Mater ­ St. Charles Borromeo School. All are encouraged to Come and See the many wonderful changes and developments in our school.




The new computer lab is equipped with 28 new Dell Vostro computers and flat screenmonitors,overheadLCDprojector, SmartBoard,restricted&secureinternet search engine, Microsoft Office software and individual ear phones for each student.


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Saint Andrew School 2009 Annual Appeal Campaign

ur sincere thanks and gratitude to all who generously supported this year's SAS Annual Appeal Campaign. With less than two months remaining for the 2009 campaign, we have already exceeded the 2008 campaign in terms of both donations and the number of donors. Given the economic times in which we live, these results speak volumes for the love and loyalty you have for Saint Andrew School. There is still plenty of time to make a year-end charitable donation to our Annual Appeal Campaign. Simply return your gift with the completed bottom section of this page to: SAS Annual Appeal Campaign, 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill, PA 19026. All gifts received after October 31st will be recognized in our Spring 2010 edition of the Alumni Newsletter (unless donor requests anonymity). All gifts, regardless of size, are welcomed and truly appreciated.


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Saint Andrew School 2009 Annual Appeal Campaign

hrough October 2009, over $25,000 has been raised in support of Saint Andrew School's 2nd Annual Appeal Campaign. We are deeply appreciative of all the donors listed below and on the following pages for their generosity in funding the on-going needs of our parish school.

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Roseanne T. Lovelick Jeremiah J. Lynch, Jr. Virginia Malloy J. Oliver Malsbury, Jr. Daniel & Katie (Litz -'89) McGuinn Peggy Morro James & Marie Muldoon Annemarie Breithaupt Nestor ('46) Newman Family Patricia Dolan Nolan ('51) Michael A. Rodgers ('49) Mr. & Mrs. William A. Ross Kathryn Dreyer Sanborn ('77) Guido & Irmgard Schiazza Shadeland Pharmacy Vanderveer Family Mr. & Mrs. John A. Vantine Isabella Wendling

In memory of Patricia A. Lynch In memory of John R. Malloy

In memory of Mr. & Mrs. James V. Morro In memory of Mr. & Mrs. James Muldoon, Sr.; Mr. & Mrs. John Haich In memory of Bernice (Bunny) Breithaupt Ebeling ('50) Nicholas ('05) & David ('09) In memory of Richard J. Rodgers

In memory of Nicholas J. Palucci In memory of John N. Wendling

MatchingGift Matching Gift Donations


GerryHollingsworth Gerry Hollingsworth MemorialScholarship

Weareveryappreciativeofthedonors We are very appreciative of the donors who take the extra step in arranging a who take the extra step in arranging matchinggiftfromtheiremployers.We a matching gift from their employers. We thank the following organizations for thank the following organizations for their theirgenerosity: generosity: $400 $400 PendingMatchingGift Pending Matching Gift $1,000 $1,000

Memorial Scholarship

Friends and family of Gerry Hollingsworth have Friends and family of Gerry Hollingsworth have annuallyawardedapartialscholarshiptoaSaint annually student at graduation to Saint Andrew awarded a partial scholarship to a either Andrew student at graduation Archbishop Prendergast or to either Archbishop Monsignor Bonner Prendergast or Monsignor Bonner High School. High School. Unfortunately, 2009 was the last Unfortunately, 2009 was the last year for this yearforthisscholarshipgrant. scholarship grant. The friends of the Hollingsworth family who The friends of the Hollingsworth family who faithfully supported the Hollingsworth Golf Outing faithfully supported the Hollingsworth Golf Outingraiser over the years are encouraged are fund raiser over the years to fund continue their support of our students through our encouraged to continue their support of the Annual Appeal Campaign, a gift to our Good studentsthroughtheAnnualAppealCampaign,a Samaritan Good Samaritan for school families), gift to ourFund (financial aid Fund (financial aid or school families), or the SAS Educational for the SAS Educational Endowment Fund. EndowmentFund.

"It been said that some of the great geniuses of the past never read half as much as the "It has has been said that some of the great geniuses of thepast never read half as much as the mediocre geniuses today, but what they read they understood and incorporated into mediocre geniuses today, but what they read they understood and incorporatedinto aa

deeper dimension knowledge." (Archbishop Fulton Sheen) deeper dimension of of knowledge." (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)


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The Light Legacy

n 1956, my family's story with Saint Andrew School began. My mother's family moved to Drexel Hill from West Philadelphia. At that point, three of the eventual eight children enrolled in Saint Andrew School. In 1959, my mother, Mary, was the first member of the Light family to graduate from the school ­ thus beginning what I like to call the "Light Legacy". By the time the younger siblings were in the upper grades, my brother, sister and I were entering the lower grades. As we moved up, my cousins (the Auld family) began their schooling at Saint Andrew School. As they progressed into the upper grades, my other cousins (the Light family) began attending and Mary Cate (2014) is currently in fourth grade. After graduating from SAS in 1985, I attended Archbishop Prendergast High School where I was involved in the school music and drama program. I was even the Prendie Panda for a year! After graduating from Prendie, I followed my sister to the University of Scranton where I majored in Elementary Education. Following in my parent's footsteps (who are both Catholic school teachers), I then became a Catholic school teacher in the area. Although I enjoyed being a classroom teacher, I realized that my passion centered on helping struggling students in coming up with unique solutions to their learning problems. So, I went back to school and got my Master's Degree in Education from St. Joseph's University with a certification as a Reading Specialist. With that certification in hand, I focused my career on college students with disabilities. Currently, I am the Coordinator of Learning Resources and Student Disability Services at Swarthmore College. I work with students with and without disabilities to strengthen the academic skills that will assist them in being successful at such a competitive institution. Concurrently, I am a doctoral candidate at the University of Pennsylvania where my dissertation topic focuses on faculty perception of students with ADHD at elite postsecondary institutions. While listing my accomplishments, it is important to note my greatest accomplishment thus far. In 2005, I married the love of my life, Jack. Together we have two sons ­ Jason (Saint Andrew Class of 2020) and Tyler (Saint Andrew Class of 2022) ­ [Editor's note: Tyler would be among the SAS Centennial graduates]. The Light Legacy continues unbroken! Tracey Wieners Rush '85 Drexel Hill, PA



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Four score and seven years ago...

...our father (Rev. Joseph M. McShain - 1st pastor of St. Andrew[photo insert] ) brought forth on this land, a new school, conceived in faith, and dedicated to the proposition that all children of the parish deserve a quality Roman Catholic education. We will little note, nor long remember what we say here in these pages of the SAS Alumni Newsletter, but we should never forget the legacy of faith formation and academic excellence passed on to this generation to nourish, grow and steward for the children of future generations. It is for us to be dedicated here to the unfinished work which our forefathers sacrificed much and have thus far so nobly advanced. It is rather for us to be dedicated to the great task remaining before us -- that from these honored alumni, parishioners and friends of Saint Andrew School, we take increased devotion to that cause for which they gave so generously. It a rare opportunity to excerpt and paraphrase one of the most recognized and moving speeches ever delivered by a President of the United States. And so uncharacteristic of modern presidential speeches, Lincoln's remarks at Gettysburg totaled only 278 words. It was indeed 87 years ago, in 1922, that Saint Andrew School first opened its doors to the youth of our parish. And for those 87 years, the Sisters of St. Joseph have been a part of this wonderful legacy. Yet, there is a great task remaining before us. In the June 2005 U.S. Bishops' report (Renewing Our Commitment to Catholic Elementary and Secondary Schools in the Third Millennium), they challenged all Catholics to embrace this awesome task of love:

"Young people are a valued treasure and the future leaders of our Church. It is the responsibility of the entire Catholic community--bishops, priests, deacons, religious, and laity--to continue to strive towards the goal of making our Catholic elementary and secondary schools available, accessible, and affordable to all Catholic parents and their children, including those who are poor and middle class. We call on the entire Catholic community--clergy, religious, and laity--to assist in addressing the critical financial questions that continue to face our Catholic schools. This will require the Catholic community to make both personal and financial sacrifices to overcome these financial challenges. The burden of supporting our Catholic schools can no longer be placed exclusively on the individual parishes that have schools and on parents who pay tuition."

"Give and gifts will be given to you; a good measure, packed together, shaken down, and overflowing, will be poured into your lap. For the measure with which you measure will in return be measured out to you." Luke 6:38


It is obvious that Saint Andrew School has touched many lives in many ways over the past 87 years. Please help us continue this important mission by remembering Saint Andrew in your will (see sample wordingbelow).

The original school building ­ before the church, convent,

rectoryorconstructionoftheadditionstotheLowerSchool facility.ThisphotowastakenonFossAve.atapproximately thesameangleasthepage1coverphotoofthisNewsletter.

"I give, devise or bequeath to St. Andrew Church, 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 for Saint Andrew School or its general purposes all (or state fraction or percentage) of the rest, residue, and remainderofmyestate,whetherrealorpersonal"OR "I give to St. Andrew Church, 3500 School Lane, Drexel Hill, PA 19026 $______ dollars to be used for Saint Andrew School or general purposes of St. AndrewParish."

Oursinceregratitudeandthankstoallwho remember SaintAndrewintheirwill.



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