St. Andrew’s School Begins Its Semester This Week

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.

Congratulations To St. Andrew’s 5th Grade Graduates!

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!

Recent Commentary From St. Andrew’s School’s Weldon-Lassiter

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.

St. Andrew’s School Dedicates New Library

From WRIC:

A former teacher at several area schools will live on through the Little Free Library at St. Andrew’s School.

A ceremony on Tuesday, May 24 dedicated it to Elizabeth (Betty) Chambers George.

George taught at schools including Mary Mumford and Binford Middle. She died at the age of 95, leaving a legacy of her love of reading as well as money earmarked for literacy causes.

Members of the Richmond Alumnae Club of Pi Beta Phi, of which George was a member, donated the Little Free Library.

St. Andrew’s School is an independent elementary school in Richmond’s Oregon Hill neighborhood. It was founded by Richmond philanthropist and social reformer Grace Arents in 1894, specifically for families with low incomes.

St. Andrews School Open Again

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.