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Dear St. Andrew's Family,

Every Christmas, my father and I make Stollen, a super-dense, butter-rich German fruit bread. The recipe we use is the one handwritten by his mother in her book of recipes. We fiddle with yeast, get up to our elbows in flour and candied fruit, knead dough, drink lots of coffee. This particular act and time with my father has become increasingly important to me over the years. I’m spending this holiday with my husband’s family, and though I won’t be with my dad, and have never successfully managed to get dough to rise without his help, I’m determined to bust out a loaf of Stollen down in San Antonio nevertheless. 

Why do I feel compelled to do this—what is it about traditions? We find ourselves returning to them at this time of year, and at times of celebration or pain (for many of us, the holidays are both of these things, too). Traditions are kind of like the lamppost in Narnia: they’re landmarks, imbued with mysterious magic, that mark out the borders and seasons of our lives. Certainly we return to annual traditions in this way at St. Andrew’s: we know it’s the first night of School when we hear the string band start up at the Square Dance. We know we’ve rounded out the first week when we find ourselves drinking a Frosty at Wendy’s that Saturday evening. We just closed the semester with our forty-years-strong Carol Shout last night. And we gathered in the Chapel last Sunday for our annual Service of Lessons & Carols.

At this service, when the Choral Scholars and Choir students sang Gaudete—a sacred Nordic/Latin hymn first published in 1582—the students came out into the Chapel sanctuary and surrounded the pews in a great ring. “It is now the time of grace that we have desired,” they sang, “Let us sing songs of joy, let us give devotion.” How does a 430 year old song wind up being sung by American teenagers in Delaware in the 21st century? Their voices seemed to arc upward along the ribs of the Chapel vault, and filled the space with music in a way we hadn’t heard before. It was like being embraced by their song, and by history. 

In this fall’s issue of the St. Andrew’s Magazine (soon to be hitting your mailboxes, if it hasn’t already), Michael Warner ’00 speaks to this kind of embrace, in which the ancient and the future meet and are transformed. “We need to provide a community that’s safe and that values things that may be considered old-fashioned,” Mike says in reference to the School’s mission, “but all the while maintain a kind of modern, forward-thinking mind.” Our students embrace our large and small School traditions (old-fashioned though some of them may be), but are also constantly doing the work to change and grow St. Andrew’s. Our Robotics Club, our diversity Chapels, our solar array, our peer counseling—these are all student-led and student-founded initiatives. It’s here, in this nexus between the enduring and the innovative, that students knead the St. Andrew’s ethos, and shape the School’s future.

All my best,
Liz Torrey
Director of Communications
Christmas at SAS
From December 9 through December 11, we celebrated the arts and the holidays with our annual Christmas at SAS weekend. Students mounted a Warner Gallery show of their own work, performed The Nutcracker and an orchestra concert of Handel's Music for the Royal Fireworks in Engelhard Hall, and convened in the duPont Memorial Chapel for two services of Lessons & Carols, featuring the Choral Scholars and readers from the School community. You can watch all of the performances on our Livestream channel, view gallery works and event photos on our Flickr page, and read more about the entire weekend on our website.
Go Saints!
The winter athletics season is underway. Below, a few photos of basketball, squash and wrestling practices and workouts.
Boys squash played a tough match against Radnor School on Friday, December 9, ultimately falling to the team four games to five. For more recent scores and athletics recaps, visit the Saints Scores page on our website.
This past Saturday, Saints boys and girls varsity squash teams welcomed the First State Squash program to St. Andrew's Durkin Fleischer Squash Center. Funded by the National Urban Squash and Education Association, First State Squash is an after-school program for middle school students that combines learning the game of squash with overall academic enrichment. Saints squashers gave our guests a tour of campus and played a few exhibition matches in front of the whole group, at which point the First State players were chomping at the bit to get on court. Saints then gave the players lessons on the basics of squash. "It was incredible to see quick improvement from the patient and insightful coaching of the St. Andrew's players," said Head Coach Taylor Foehl. "When the day ended, First State Squash students were asking when they could come back, and St. Andrew's players were wondering if we could visit them at their facility in Wilmington."
Our fall teams and athletes were celebrated at yesterday's Sports Assembly in Engelhard Hall. You can read a full list of All-Conference and All-State recognitions and team awards on our website.
Campus Happenings
III Form students finished their Intro to the Arts Dance & Theatre unit by performing a "Dance Through Time" for members of the School community in Engelhard Hall this past Thursday. Students danced everything from the Viennese waltz to swing to modern dance, and shared the history of each style of dance in spoken-word performances. 
Earlier this week, biology teacher Peter McLean took Michele Zheng ’18 and Tenzing Kunsang ’19 to set up blue bird boxes on the edges of the School's farm fields.
Lots of advisee and dorm gatherings to celebrate the holidays over the past three weeks. Seen below are (clockwise from far left) "Mrs. Roz", Austin Brannan ’19, Liza Read ’19, Althea Clarke ’19, Gus Richards ’19, Macklin Fishman ’19, Tina Taylor ’18, and Elise Hogan ’19 enjoying some quality time with Santa. 
The Berl Advisory (below left) enjoys some cookie baking, while the Conners Advisory (below right) builds gingerbread houses.
The Roznowski Advisory (left) drinks hot cocoa by the tree, and the Chiu Advisory (right) gathers around the tannenbaum in festive hats, ties, and socks (not pictured).
On a recent Sunday afternoon, the Gahagan Advisory (left) decorated cookies, took a holiday card photo (for Ms. Gahagan's Christmas card, of course) and then watched Love Actually. The Hurtt Advisory (right) gathered in Mrs. Hurtt's office to celebrate the birthday of Kathryn Paton ’17 (far right) with some holiday cupcakes.
Below left, Peter Choi ’17 and Sarah Paton ’17 discuss the physics of building a good fireplace fire with physics teacher Mark Hammond. Hearth compliments of History Department Chair Emily Pressman, who hosted a board games and Christmas cookies gathering in her home on Pell Dorm last Saturday night. Below right, the Kunen Advisory enjoyed dinner at Chipotle and dessert at Twisted Frozen Yogurt to celebrate both the holidays and the birthdays of Alec Barreto ’18 (far left), Will Tung ’18 (far right), and Brando Leggott ’18 (front center).  
Students have spent the past three Friday and Saturday evenings ringing bells for the Salvation Army outside of our local grocery stores. Seen here are Theodora Simons ’17, Anna Gillespie ’17, and Marion Humphreys ’17 huddle around the kettle. Watch the adorable video below of Choral Scholar Wendy Taylor ’17 singing for donations (accompanied by Jas Southerland ’17 on bell).
Bell Ringers in Action
The Chapel hosted students last Friday afternoon for a Christmas-card writing party; the cards were sent to our many friends at Andrew's Place, an entry-level transitional housing shelter for homeless men in Wilmington. 
All semester long, Breakfast Bible Study has been gathering Friday mornings at 7:30 at Manhattan Bagel. Students discuss all aspects of the school motto Faith and Learning and contemplate the ways in which St. Andreans are striving to be instruments of peace and justice in the world. Last Friday's Breakfast Bible Studiers included (from left to right) Chaplain Jay Hutchinson, Simon Sperl ’18, May Lumban-Gaol ’20, Ann Yancey Bassett ’19, Santiago Brunet ’18, Charlie Cahill ’19, AJ Ayres ’19, Thomas Cunningham ’19, Associate Chaplain Dave DeSalvo, and Jaryd Jones ’17.
News & Notes
Support SAS Using Amazon Smile
Making a holiday purchase on Amazon? Do so through the AmazonSmile program and Amazon will donate 0.5% of your purchase to St. Andrew's! Simply click here to sign up to support SAS via AmazonSmile. Once you've selected to support us, every future eligible purchase you make at will result in a donation to the School!
SAS Calendars Going Fast
There are still a few 2017 SAS Wall Calendars available for order on our Saints Shop website. These calendars were designed by Class of 2017 Co-Presidents Jas Southerland ’17 and Francis Kigawa ’17, and are a fundraiser for student life events organized by the VI Form throughout the year. Order yours today!
Upcoming Events
Fri Dec 16—Christmas Vacation Begins
Wed Jan 4—Christmas Vacation Ends (students must return by 6:00 p.m.)
Sat Jan 7—SAS College Network Reunion
Fri Jan 13—Warner Art Gallery Opening: PH15
Mon Jan 23-Thu Jan 26—First Semester Exams
Fri Jan 27-Tues Jan 31—Winter Long Weekend

All-School Calendar  |  2016-17 School Calendar  |  2017-18 School Calendar
And all the Saints shout: "HAPPY HOLIDAYS!"
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