St. Andrew’s School has orientation for families tomorrow and first full day for students on Tuesday.
This a good reminder for motorists to slow down on Idlewood and look out for pedestrians.
From the St. Andrew’s School webpage:
Extended learning time in the form of a longer school day and a longer school year is shown to have many benefits, both for students and for their families. This year 75% of our students are enrolled in our Extended Day program, attending school until 5:30pm. Next year, our goal is for 100% of our students to participate.
From their FaceBook page:
St. Andrew’s School received summer rejuvenation! HandsOn Greater Richmond and Genworth had over 15 associates volunteer their time and energy on various projects that spruced up SAS. Flower boxes were filled, Legos sorted, shelves stained, and the playground world mural was repainted. Thank you for making a difference!
Another St. Andrew’s School year filled with learning, laughing and success has come to a close.
By the way, I apologize for missing this earlier story:
St. Adnrew’s School teacher Ms. Ellerbe was recently announced as a quarterfinalist for the 2018 Music Educator Award™ presented by The Recording Academy® and The Grammy Museum®. The Music Educator Award was established to recognize current educators who have made a significant and lasting contribution to the field of music education and who demonstrate a commitment to the broader cause of maintaining music education in the schools. Congratulations Ms. Ellerbe!
Head of St. Andrew’s School, Cyndy Weldon-Lassiter, recently had a column published in the Times Dispatch on the benefits of an Expanded Learning Time program.
Much attention has been paid to the phenomenon of summer learning loss, which occurs over the long vacation break and can result in students losing two to three months of academic skills and knowledge. Summer learning loss can impact all students, but it predominantly affects those from low-income circumstances.
Many families don’t have the financial resources necessary to fill their children’s summers with enriching camps and travel experiences that augment lessons learned in school. An extended school year can mitigate summer learning loss and aid in closing the achievement gap for students whose families struggle with poverty.
Congratulations to St. Andrew’s School Head of School Cyndy Weldon-Lassiter, who was an honoree at the Richmond Times-Dispatch Person of the Year event for her work not only running a terrific school, but overseeing the renovation project that will allow the school to continue to serve children for many more years.
Richmond BizSense has an article on St.Andrews’s renovation and recovery from fire. Here’s an excerpt:
St. Andrews School has wrapped up renovations of its 114-year-old building at 227 S. Cherry St. and reopened for classes Sept. 28 – a few weeks later than originally planned because of a fire in one of its new air conditioning units in late August.
It took a while to clear away the smoke and water damage and ensure the remaining units were safe, said Michelle Rosman, the school’s director of marketing and communications. But once doors finally opened, this year’s 97 students were welcomed into a clean, cool building, with a new HVAC system, buffed floors that removed years of wear and new plaster walls made to match the historic construction.
The work on the building largely consisted of repairing damage to the roof and gutters, both of which were very old and allowed water to seep into the school.
The renovations were fueled by a $1.2 million fundraising campaign completed last year and pro bono contracting work from The Monument Cos. The school surpassed its goal by about $300,000, which allowed it to not only pay for the construction work, but to purchase brand new furniture and ensure each classroom has up-to-date technology, as well.
Crews tell us they responded to St. Andrew’s School, located at 227 South Cherry Street, around 4:46 p.m Sunday after being contacted by construction workers. They say initial reports are that an air conditioning unit on the third floor caught fire.
The fire was marked under control around 5:05 p.m. A cause is under investigation.
A building inspector will help determine the condition of the building. It’s unclear if classes could be impacted. The school has been undergoing renovations all summer.
Also, there was a ‘suspicious package’ down on Tredegar Street near the Civil War Museum. Police had closed off the road as a precaution while it was being investigated.