Dear Families, Friends, and Loyal Donors,
Our students, faculty, and staff have just returned from March Break, and campus is alive with the excitement of all the upcoming spring and end-of-year events. And because we’ve been able to relax our masking policy, it’s wonderful to see smiling faces again! As we welcome the blossoming flowers of spring, I want to thank you for your support and care this winter in helping our students learn and grow.

A lot has happened at St. Andrew’s in the past few months, and I wanted to share some highlights with you below. It’s because of our community’s generous support that our students have so many opportunities to shine academically, athletically, artistically, and beyond — and I’m truly grateful for your investment in St. Andrew’s mission and programs.

One of our school’s commitments is to provide financial aid for our families, and I invite you to join in this commitment by celebrating 401Gives at St. Andrew’s. On April 1, all gifts will support current-use financial aid at the school, and all donors will be entered into a raffle to win SAS swag. If we receive 129 gifts (a nod to our 129-year history), together we unlock an additional $10,000 from an anonymous donor. You can learn more about this exciting opportunity at

Thank you again for believing in St. Andrew’s and helping our students become the best versions of themselves. I look forward to seeing you soon on campus. Enjoy the spring!

Kerrie Donahue
Director of Development
Parent of Megan '20

P.S. Save the date for our Saints Gala: A Platinum Affair hosted in person on Saturday, May 21, in celebration of our community — with a tribute to honorees Susan O. and David A. Brown '52. Learn more and buy tickets online at

Arts Performances
Upper and Middle School students showcased their artistic talents in song, music, theater, and dance at Holiday Vespers in December and in Don Zolidis' The Brothers Grimm Spectaculathon in March. It was so nice to be able to gather in person for these arts events that made us revel in festive cheer, tap our toes, sing along, and laugh. Thank you to everyone who attended a performance!
Visual Arts Exhibitions
Portraits and sculptures created by eleventh-grade Diploma Programme visual arts students were on display this winter in the Griffiths Gallery in the McCulloch Center for the Arts. Students studied famous artists and replicated their aesthetics by making an original piece of art — and they also created an everyday object on a larger-than-life scale using only cardboard and "trash." Our students continue to craft their artistic skills inside and outside of the studio.
The Wolf Academy at St. Andrew's
This fall, St. Andrew's will launch The Wolf Academy at St. Andrew’s. Designed in partnership with The Wolf School — a private special education K-8 school in East Providence, RI — the academy will serve high school students who have complex learning needs and require multiple learning supports. The Wolf Academy will open with a 9th grade class and add an additional grade each year — with a final total student enrollment of approximately 25 students. Learn more here.
Middle School Design Class
The seventh-grade class designed and created simple machines in Mr. Lo's design class using only recycled materials found around campus. "The Basketball Slingshot Arcade," (pictured), "The Party Popper," and "The Butter Cutter 300" were a few of their inventions. These projects concluded their simple/compound machines unit in Mr. D'Anieri's science class. The students presented their inventions to the sixth-grade class, Mr. Tinagero, and various faculty and staff.
Athletics Expansion
On January 31, students, faculty, and staff got a much-anticipated tour (and cookies and logo squish balls!) in our newly opened Robert L. Wolf Squash Center. We're so excited to expand our athletics offerings for our community and to have a new outdoor basketball court and team room. Many thanks to the generous donors who are making these additions and improvements to our eastern campus possible!
Student Club Happenings
Student clubs are active and plentiful this year with a number of new offerings, including a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Club for Middle School that serves as a counterpart to the Upper School club Hear Me, Hear You. Students are enjoying the slopes on Wachusett Mountain in Ski Club, role-playing in Tabletop Gaming Club, engaging in friendly competition in Board Game Club, and organizing pep rallies with the Spirit Squad, to name a few.
Community Programming
Our community celebrated a number of holidays, history months, and cultural observances this winter and spring, including Women's History Month and American Heart Month. We celebrated the Lunar New Year with traditional decorations and Chinese treats (pictured). For Black History Month, Director of DEI Ray Cross '04 organized a video and conversation series about important aspects of black history guided by community norms.
Winter Spirit Week Fun
Campus was filled with joy, laughter, and school spirit during Winter Spirit Week from February 28 to March 4. Themes included Culture Day, Jersey Day, and Anything But a Backpack Day (students used coolers, sleds, laundry bags, luggage, strollers, grocery carts, and other creative things to carry their belongings!) — and the classes competed in fun games like Jeopardy, Price is Right, and Dance Charades at Morning Meeting. The Junior Class dominated and secured the title of "Most Spirited Class." Go Saints!
NHS Service Projects
National Honor Society hosted a winter canned goods and toiletries drive and donated all the items to TapIn in Barrington. NHS has also partnered with AdoptionRI in Providence to support foster teens and those aging out of foster care. They donated household appliances and gift cards, as well as 12 "birthday baskets" filled with cozy comforts, tasty treats, and other fun goodies. Thank you to everyone who contributed to these drives!
NAHS Valentine's Wishes
National Art Honor Society created handmade Valentine's to spread love and words of comfort throughout the local community this Valentine's Day. They made this heartwarming video for patients at Bradley Hospital in East Providence and delivered physical cards to the Atria Bay Spring Village in Barrington. On campus for Valentine's Day, students, faculty, and staff sent handwritten notes and candy grams to each other.
Honoring Holly Mendes
We honored Holly Mendes before the boys prep basketball game on February 12. Holly was a beloved teacher and advisor at SAS for 35 years who unexpectedly passed away last June. Joined by Holly's family and many friends, we retired her number and dedicated her seat in Sage Gym. Thanks to the generosity of our community, we have established the Holly Mendes Endowment Fund to support the programs Holly loved at the school. Learn more here.
1893 Society Member Highlight
We're grateful to all of our planned giving supporters. 1893 Society Member Bonnie Bower shared, "Our decision to send our daughter to St. Andrew’s was likely one of the best decisions we ever made. It saddened us to consider all the students for whom St. Andrew's would be a game-changer, but could not go due to financial reasons. We have supported the scholarship program for many years, and including it in our estate plan was the perfect way to continue that support. We hope that our bequest will help other students achieve the same success that our daughter has had." Learn more about planned giving here.