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Dear Parents, Staff and Friends of St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy,

I am so very thankful for the great work done by so many this past month… from PTO events like the wonderful Valentine’s Tea, where we served over 1,000 guests and students some sweet treats, to the field trips, admissions tours and even the lovely reception to celebrate Father John Liebler’s retirement! It truly takes planning and a large community of volunteers to provide all these opportunities for our families…I am most appreciative! Make sure you have been recording your volunteer hours, and if you need help, reach out to volunteer coordinator, Dawn Flynn in the Upper School Reception area at

I know some of you are great Facebook fans, and so you see the daily happenings, with dozens of photographs posted online real time as the events transpire on our school pages. For those of you without social media accounts, you can check out some of the pictures here each weekend in the photo links to Snapfish. Have you visited our website recently? The new site is modern, easy to use, mobile friendly, and a truly big update for our online presence. Special thanks to Jason Walker, Sean Kroll, and the VSOE team for their efforts… love this new look!

This is February already, and the month associated with “love” …I’d like to ask you to help us 

“love St. Andrew’s”

by giving to our Annual Giving Campaign.  

We will be sending home some forms for you to make a pledge that will help us meet our goals for the year, or you can donate online through our Renweb Donor Connect Program. Many of you have already asked about the giving campaign, and have committed to us, but we have so many families who are new to St. Andrew’s this year, and we’d encourage you to make a donation. Please call me, or take time to meet with a member of our Development Committee to learn more about all the great things going on that your funds will support.


 can be made in monthly payments, as a single donation, or through a gift in a will or trust, etc.  If each family makes a contribution, we will collectively make such a difference in the lives of our students. I know that some of you can only give a little, but a little is a sign of your commitment to our school and vision…and small amounts combined together make a good donation and provide great opportunities 🙂 Everything helps!

If you are in a position to share more, I urge you to give generously. Your donations provide scholarships, resources, programs and more. In addition, if earmarked for capital projects, the faster we can raise funds, the faster we can raise buildings without going into debt through mortgages, etc… does your work offer matching funds? Do you have colleagues who could match your giving? If you have people or companies who would like to see their names on building, on wings of classrooms, on doors of classrooms, etc, etc., please share our campaign with them and invite them to meet with me. 

I cannot stress enough how much I need you all behind this effort…our development team cannot do it alone.


Please contact Curry Krasulak at 461-7689 for more information!  



Due to the growth at our Upper School, and the specific needs of our exceptional STEM program, for  

2016-2017, Grades 8 through Grade 12 will be in the Upper School Building and Grades 6 and 7 will remain upstairs in the Lower School Building. 

This will allow us to have 2 classes at each grade level with ratios of 1:20 for grade levels K-12. (Early Childhood numbers are obviously lower.) We are excited to be able to commit to these class sizes, for as you all know they are so much better than most of our area Private School counterparts, and certainly help us to create a wonderful learning environment for our children. 

*Special programs may have lower ratios to meet specific needs of students enrolled.


EMAIL INQUIRIES OR ORDERS FOR SPECIFIC ITEMS DIRECTLY TO School Store Operator, Michelle Aiello, using email:


If you haven’t completed your application for 2016-2017 and need help, please do not hesitate to ask one of the team to help you with the online process. Numbers are climbing and we appreciate your help by re registering early in the process so that we can plan and budget appropriately for new programs and better meet the needs of all students. 

Prayers for you all with warmest regards,  

Caterina Angelone
Head Of Schools


The PTO is proud to present Family Night at Big Apple Pizza on February 17th, 2016 from 4 to 9 p.m. Half of all the proceeds will be given to the PTO/Academy.  Please come support your academy and enjoy some delicious pizza and quality time with family and friends.  Hope to see you all there!!!


We are continuing with the clothing and book swap, please donate any gently used uniforms or other academy clothes and any gently used books.  There are bins and a bookshelf in the hallway in the lower school.
We are also continuing collect Box Top Program this year.  There are collection boxes located in every classroom.  Please keep collecting those box tops. 
Please remember to “like” the St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy PTO page on Facebook for helpful reminders and information.  If you have already “liked” it, please “invite” other Academy Facebook friends to join our page. 

Have a question or comment about PTO or just want to say hi? Feel free to contact us anytime by emailing


WHEN: Friday, February 19th (7:00pm-10:00pm)

WHERE: St. Andrew’s Cyber Cafe
PRICE: $10 per person (includes light refreshments)
             (Tickets can be purchased from Dawn Flynn)

Calling all St. Andrew’s performers! 

The Booster Club will be holding its 1st Annual Talent Show and Pot Luck Dinner on Wednesday, April 13! Sign up this week with Mr. Frederick or Ms. Flynn. All students participating must return a permission slip and attend rehearsals which will be held on Wednesdays after school in the Music Room beginning February 24th.  Look for more information this week in the Daily Roar!

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Academy’s administration and staff are already looking ahead and making plans for next school year.  In preparation for the start of 2016-2017, please take time to complete your child’s reenrollment for next year.

To complete our online reenrollment process, you will access our ParentsWeb through your existing login.  If you do not have a login, please follow the Instructions for Creating a ParentsWeb Login 

listed below.

To access ParentsWeb:
  • Please go to (or access from the Academy’s website)
  • Select Logins from the menu bar and ParentsWeb Login from the drop-down menu.
  • Type in your username and password.  If you have forgotten your username or password, please click on the link provided.
  • After logging in, click on the Family Information button in the left menu.
  • Click on the Enrollment/Reenrollment button.
Our Online Enrollment system will open with a link to the enrollment packet for your student.   The online process should take approximately 15 minutes to complete.  Your information will be saved if you need to quit and come back later.  Enrollment packets submitted on or before February 16, 2016, the enrollment fee is $200 per student.  After February 16, 2016, the enrollment fee is $300 per student.

If your child is entering PreK-2, please stop by the office to pay your registration and complete your enrollment contract.

If your child is entering VPK/PreK-4, please visit the Office of Early Learning at to apply for your VPK Child Eligibility Certificate.

Please contact me at 772-461-7689 if you have any questions about the process or need assistance.

Angela Ramos
Director of Admissions

Instructions for Creating a ParentsWeb Login

  • Please go to
  • Select Logins from the menu bar and ParentsWeb Login from the drop-down menu.
  • After the RenWeb ParentsWeb Login screen opens, please select Create New ParentsWeb Account.
  • Enter SAA-FL into the District Code field.
  • Enter in the Email field your email address as provided in your application to the school.
  • Click the Create Account button.
  • You will receive an email from RenWeb Customer Support containing a link that will allow you to create your username and password.  For security purposes the link will remain active for 6 hours.
  • Please click on the link.  A Change/Create Password screen will open.  You may use the default username provided, or create a new username.  Then type in your desired password into the Password field and Confirm Field.
  • Click on the Save Username and/or Password button.
  • Close the window.
  • Log into ParentsWeb as instructed above.

St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church is in the process of updating their Church Directory. They are extending an invitation to you to have a FREE 8×10 photo of your family.  You will have an opportunity to purchase additional photos but will not be pressured to do so.  If you are not a parishioner your photo would not be published in the directory but St. Andrew’s receives a directory for every family who is photographed.  Please consider helping St. Andrew’s Church in this win-win opportunity. 
Lifetouch Photographers will be here to take pictures Tuesday, February 16 thru Thursday, February 18 from
1:00PM – 8:00PM in the Parish Hall
Schedule an appointment at and click on the Lifetouch icon. 
If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Carol Armstrong at (772) 631-7962.

School uniforms are available for purchase at the Lower School in the school store. Uniform bottoms, white oxfords and navy blazers can be purchased at any store. 
  • Uniform bottoms must have a minimum of a 4″ inseam.
  • Tennis shoes for PreK-2 through 12th grade must be mostly black, blue, gray, or white.
  • Girls in Kindergarten-5th grade must wear plaid jumpers, shorts or skorts to Chapel.
  • Girls in 6th-8th grade must wear khaki skirts to Chapel.
  • Socks must be solid navy, black or white.
  • Early Childhood children may wear leggings which are black, navy, grey or hunter green only, no other colors will be permitted. ECE children must also follow the school dress code for sweaters, shirts, hoodies or jackets. We have toddler sizes in the school store for these items. 


Please click on the link below to review the updated list of uniform requirements for the upcoming year. 

Recess/ Extended Day
We are asking that Lower School students no longer bring toys or electronics to school to use at Recess or at Extended Day. Please pack a snack for your child if they are going to Extended Day. 

Beginning January 19th, students who do not pre-order lunch will be given a peanut butter and jelly sandwich as we can only accommodate by providing the hot meal/entree of the day to those who have preordered..

School uniforms are available for purchase at the Lower School in the school store. Uniform bottoms, white oxfords and navy blazers can be purchased at any store. 
  • All outwear worn indoors must be purchased from the school store. 
  • Uniform bottoms must have a minimum of a 4″ inseam.
  • Tennis shoes for Kindergarten-12th grade must be mostly black, blue, gray, or white.
  • Girls in Kindergarten-5th grade must wear plaid jumpers, shorts or skorts to Chapel.
  • Girls in 6th-8th grade must wear khaki skirts to Chapel.
  • Socks must be solid navy, black or white.


Please click on the link below to review the updated list of uniform requirements for the upcoming year. 

Great news! Renewal families can now submit applications for the Florida Tax Credit scholarship with Step Up For Students for the 2016-17 school year by accessing their parent login at
If you need  assistance with submitting your application, please contact Angela Ramos at


10th grade students Jamie Moore, Gunther Schwartz, Ryan Brown, Neil Helseth and Lacey Starnes were guests on their teacher Sue-Ellen Sanders radio show on WPSL 1590 this week.


Dear Parents,

Please remember to pre-order your child’s lunch each day. We have many students that are asking for lunch that have not ordered in advance. This makes it difficult for us to predict how much food to make each day.

We are working very hard to make sure there is an item each and every day for your child to enjoy their meal during lunch. In saying this, we are adding wraps to our lunch menu for order every day. You can be sure everything your child will receive is of high quality and made fresh daily. 

If you have any questions or concerns or would like to see something added or changed on the menu, please feel free to contact me at 772-528-3469 or email 

Thanks for your time and remember you can order for your child until 8:30 A.M. on the day of lunch on RenWeb ! 



To Order School Lunch:

1. Go to

2. Click on Login – Parents Login
3. Enter District Code: saa-fl
4. Enter Username & Password
5. Click on Student Information
6. Click on Create Web Order
7. Enter quantities of items you want to order.
8. Click on Order Items.

To Pay for School Lunch:
1. Click on Family Information
2. Click on Family Billing
3. Click on “Pay Now” next to Lunch to place money on your account.

If you have not yet created a ParentsWeb account, please click on the link below:

Please note that high school students that choose to go off-campus for lunch must pay $5.00 directly to the restaurant at the time the food is ordered. Students will not be able to get food from outside vendors without paying for it. 

All volunteers are required to complete an online course called Safeguarding God’s Children. Please contact to get registered for the course. For safety reasons, siblings may not accompany parents when doing volunteer work.
Volunteer Opportunities
*Recess/Lunchroom Volunteer (3rd-5th grade) 10:45-11:30, (Kindergarten-2nd, 6th-8th) 11:40-12:25
The assistance of parents during lunch is beneficial to the school. Lunchtime volunteers serve a valid purpose:  
* Assists children with opening containers and other lunch items. 
* Monitors children to ensure that children eat a lunch. 
* Encourages children to eat their food, clean up after themselves and develop good table manners. 
* Informs teachers of any concerns.
*School Store (Fold and organize merchandise)
*Classroom Volunteer
Classroom volunteers commit to a specific time that is pre-arranged with a teacher. Jobs may include things like reading with a group of students, assisting with projects, making copies, etc. 
*At Home Volunteer 
These volunteers donate their time from home. Teachers will send home instructions for a project that can be completed at home and then it can be returned to school with your child. 

Wednesday, February 17
Family Fun Night – 4:00-9:00p.m.
(Students that  attend this event will receive a Free Dress Day on Monday, February 22!)
Friday, February 19
Middle School Dance – $10.00 (Tickets can be purchased from Dawn Flynn)
Saturday, February 20
Open House – 9:00am-12:00pm
Sunday, February 21
Open House – 1:00pm-3:00pm

Holy Communion
Please speak with your child about whether or not they should receive communion during chapel. We will instruct young children who are uncertain about their parents’ decision to receive a blessing.

We celebrate a monthly Holy Eucharist (Communion) service for grades K-12. “Eucharist” means Thanksgiving, because we are giving thanks for our salvation through Jesus Christ.  It is also known as the Lord’s Supper, Holy Communion, and the Mass.  Jesus took bread and wine and gave them to his disciples, calling them his body and blood.  Jesus told his disciples to do this in remembrance of him.  In the Episcopal Church, we believe that we participate in the life of Christ through the Eucharist as we remember his death and resurrection.
All baptized Christians are invited to receive communion.  We respect that in some Christian denominations members do not receive communion until a certain age or at churches outside their denomination.  Students who have not been baptized or will not receive communion because of the faith traditions of their families are encouraged to come forward to receive a blessing or to feel comfortable remaining in their seats.

Chapel Offering
We will be collecting a weekly chapel offering to benefit local charities. This teaches children that giving is a vital part of Christian life. Children are not required to participate; however, we encourage students to bring any amount – even pennies! 2 Corinthians 9:7 states,  ‘You must each decide in your heart how much to give. And don’t give reluctantly or in response to pressure. “For God loves a person who gives cheerfully.'”  


Head of Schools – Trina Angelone

Head of Upper School – Rev. Dr. Frank Sawyer 

Head of Student Affairs & Admissions – Dr. Valda Slack 

Head of Lower School – Mandy Doss

Head of Business & Support Services – Cheryl Horgan

Admissions Director – Angela Ramos

Athletic & Activities Director – Jason Fletcher 

Development Director – Curry Krasulak
Extended Day Coordinator – Lauren Lewis

Facilities Manager – Jeff Montpetit

Lunch Manager – Jordan VanDuzer 

Technology Director – Jason Walker 


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