What is St. Andrew's Day?
It's an annual tradition celebrating our patron saint and members of our community who are dedicated to serving others. The entire K-12 school community attends a chapel service at the Upper School gym with a Holy Eucharist, special music, awards to faculty, alumni, and members of the Austin community, and a sermon. All parents and alumni, along with Episcopal priests from the Austin area, are invited to join in the celebration. After the service, a school-wide luncheon is held on the Nazro Green.
If my child is in the Lower or Middle School, do I need to drive them to the Upper School?
No, you should follow your usual drop-off procedure at the 31st Street campus in the morning. Students will ride St. Andrew's busses with their teachers to and from the Upper School campus.
Can I pick-up my child from the Upper School campus at 12:30 pm rather than wait for them to return to the Lower/Middle School campus for carpool?
Yes, but you must notify in advance their homeroom teachers/advisors and admins Lindsay Leinweber (Lower School) and Paula Milton (Middle School).
Are parents and alumni invited to attend St. Andrew's Day?
Yes! No RSVP required. Find a seat in the Upper School gymnasium by 9:30 am.
What awards are given at St. Andrew's Day?
Every year, the Jeannine and John Miller Volunteer Award is given to an exemplary member of our school community. In alternating years, the Outstanding Alumni Award is given to a St. Andrew’s graduate and the Charles Alan Wright Excellence Award is given to an exemplary member of our community. Two "Teacher of the Year" awards are given, and faculty and staff with 15 years of service are recognized.
In 2002 we named the Volunteer Award after SAS parents Jeannine and John Miller for their devoted commitment to St. Andrew’s by chairing the Capital Campaign to build our Upper School, the Rollins Library on 31st Street and the 4th grade building.
On the 50th Anniversary of St. Andrew’s, we established the Outstanding Alumni Award to be given to a graduate of St. Andrew’s who has distinguished him or herself in his or her work or in service to the community. Our first Alumni Award went to Amanda Merritt Beck ’69 and two years later to Kathryn Long Runnells ’71. In 2006 we presented the Alumni Award to Drew Brees, New Orleans Saints’ quarterback, a 1991 graduate of our Middle School, followed by Dr. Mary Garwood Yancy ’74, and Rev. John Gage ’84, Former Trustee Tom Daniel ’85, Jane Kilgore ’05, and Jenna Bush Hager and Barbara Pierce Bush ’94.
Finally, two awards, one for each campus, are given to St. Andrew's "Teachers of the Year" and faculty and staff members who have served 15 years at the school are recognized.
I'd like to help out on St. Andrew's Day, what should I do?
We would love your help! Sign-up to volunteer or contact parent volunteers Nicky Brennig (firstname.lastname@example.org) and Jennifer Roossien (email@example.com) with any questions.
Does my student need to wear a jacket/sport coat and tie?
No. This year we are following semi-formal dress guidelines, which are identical to formal dress except no jacket or tie requirement. Lunch is served outdoors on the Nazro Green, so please be prepared for weather accordingly.