President’s Award for Educational Excellence 2021

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At this year’s graduation ceremony, 19 students from Class of 2021 were honored with the President’s Award for Educational Excellence, and 5 students were honored with the President’s Award for Educational Achievement.
These awards are the Nation’s most prestigious awards for individual recognition from the President and the U.S. Secretary of Education. The deserving students are recognized for their outstanding efforts that have enabled them to meet challenging standards of excellence.
The President’s Award for Educational Excellence acknowledges students’ academic success in the classroom. Eligible students must meet requirements, including grade point average (90+) or school-set criteria, and either high achievement in state tests or teacher recommendations. Additional criteria may include activities in which a student demonstrates high motivation, initiative, integrity, intellectual depth, leadership qualities and/or exceptional judgment.
The President’s Award for Educational Achievement acknowledges students who show outstanding educational growth, improvement, commitment or intellectual development in their academic subjects but do not meet the criteria for the Educational Excellence Award. The principal has sole discretion in selecting the students who meet criteria developed by the school. This award is meant to encourage and reward students who work hard and give their best effort in school.
Congratulations to the award recipients!
President’s Award for Educational Excellence
Francesca A., Mehtab B., Abigail C., Michael D., Grace D., Isabella D., Eros H., Lyla H., Misha J., Juliana M., Chloe M., Dylan P., Matthew S., Dejan S., Ariana T., Ellice T., Charles V., Vincent V., Gordon Z.
President’s Award for Educational Achievement
Sebastian G., Mariana G., Kristy K., Chloe L., Lisa T.

Virtual Spring Concert and Recital 2021

Our 2021 annual spring concert and recital took place this year virtually.  Members of the after-school music program – band, chorus, guitar, string, percussion and piano – performed beautifully!

You can watch the performances here:


Class of 2021 Valedictorian and Salutatorian Spotlight

Class 2021 Valedictorian Ariana and Salutatorian Charles

We are proud to recognize Ariana as Valedictorian, and Charles as Salutatorian for our Class of 2021.  Both will graduate together with their classmates on Friday, June 14th.

As graduation approaches, we asked Ariana and Charles to describe their experiences at St. Andrew’s:

Valedictorian – Ariana

Ariana will be attending The Mary Louis Academy in the fall.  She will miss most all the teachers at St. Andrew’s who constantly encourage her to be better.  She will also miss being greeted in the morning by Mrs. Hanna and seeing her friends almost everyday. 

“I feel upset that I’m leaving my second home, all my teachers and Mrs. Hanna, who have been my role models over the years, and some of my friends,” she said.  “I’m also nervous and sort of excited, because St.Andrew’s is the only school I’ve ever gone to, and next year, I’m going to be walking into something completely new.” 

“My favorite memory at St. Andrew’s has to be when I was in fourth grade. My friends (Dejan and Juliana) and I decided to read a book called “Milly-Molly-Mandy.”  One day, after all of us had finished taking a test, we asked  [our teacher] if we could go out and read together.  I remember sitting together and laughing for a long time.” 

Ariana liked how the academics at St. Andrew’s challenged her and her knowledge.  And at the same time, it taught her how to overcome those challenges that she may face in school and later in life. 

She liked how the extracurricular activities at St. Andrew’s gave her a break from regular school work.  “I liked how the [after-school] extracurricular activities allowed us to create stronger bonds with our classmates outside of school, and we were able to find new friends from other schools through those extracurricular activities,” she said.

Ariana feels she is well-prepared for high school, because over the years at St. Andrew’s, she felt the teachers made an extra effort to make sure that all the students understood what was being taught.  Despite the fact that Ariana is leaving St. Andrew’s, she feels she can always look back to the people there for support if she needed it. 

When asked about her career aspirations, Ariana said she would like to become a graphic designer or an architect.  

Salutatorian – Charles

Charles is attending St. Francis Preparatory School in the fall.   He feels that it is “unreal” to finally be graduating from St. Andrews.  He has grown up in this school, and it has been his second home for over ten years.  Although he is sad about leaving this amazing environment, he knows that he is ready for high school.  “We have our faith to lean on and our friendships to carry us through to high school. The teachers have prepared us so much for the next chapter of our lives,” he said.

“I think that what I will miss most about St. Andrews is my amazing relationships with my friends. Everyday, I looked forward to seeing them and making new memories with them.  I remember the first year my friends and I all tried out for the soccer team.  We barely knew what we were doing, but we practiced, laughed and even cried, and came away with a few broken bones. We were the only co-ed team in the league, but in the end by sixth grade, we won the diocesan championship. We did it all together – from Communion, Confirmation, and now our graduation.  We are best friends in everything we do, and I know we will all stay friends as we head off to high school.” 

“My favorite memory from St. Andrew’s is winning the Diocesan Championship with our soccer team.  We practiced so hard, from first grade all the way to this moment.  We were even the only co-ed team in an all boys league.  This game was especially important for our team, because it was our first appearance in the finals and it was against our rivals. The game went into penalty shootouts, and each person had so much pressure to win it for their team. After we won, I felt proud to win it, especially with my dad being the coach.” 

Charles feels that St. Andrew’s academics are “absolutely amazing.”  The teachers made sure each student was ready to move onto the next lesson. Each class challenged them to ensure they were ready for high-school. Every teacher made sure the students were as prepared as they could be before each and every test. The teachers pushed the students to be the best they could be, because they really wanted the students to succeed. 

Reflecting on the extracurricular activities at St. Andrew’s, Charles thinks that St. Andrew’s offers so much to each student during and after school. The after school music program has so many musical instruments and groups to choose from.  Charles played guitar for a long time in the guitar program. Not only did he learn something he will not forget for the rest of his life, he did it with friends. He feels that the sports at St. Andrew’s are amazing.  Each grade has sports teams to choose from.  At St. Andrew’s, Charles had been captain of both the football and soccer teams. “Being on a team with my friends and playing for your school is always something to be proud of,” he said. 

Charles feels that St. Andrew’s has given him the tools to be the most prepared he could be for high-school. In each class, he was challenged to prepare for what would come in the next chapter of his life.  He was pushed to learn things that could benefit him not only now but also in high-school. 

Charles is looking forward to his four years at high school, to explore the different careers that are available. After seeing his parents work successfully at their careers, he is thinking about also pursuing law or the financial fields for future job choices. There are so many different choices in both fields that he looks forward to seeing what those opportunities could be. 

Our warmest congratulations to Ariana and Charles! We wish you both and the Class of 2021 Good Luck in high school and beyond!

“Be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire.” ~ St. Catherine of Siena

Walk-a-thon at Bowne Park on June 4, 2021

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Help us reach our goal of $20,000 by June 3rd.

The walk-a-thon was started sixteen years ago and has remained a tradition that keeps a school and community alive and full of spirit. All St. Andrew Avellino students will participate in walking around Bowne Park to raise money for the school. They invite friends, neighbors, relatives, and local merchants to sponsor them underwriting the commitment to their walk. Contributions are tax deductible.
The prize for the student with the highest amount collected in the lower grades (N to 4th) and upper grades (5th to 8th) will be a gift card for $100 for the merchant of their choice.
The walk-a-thon fundraiser helps our school in our efforts to control the costs of educating our students, while continuing to provide an excellent education for our children. This year during the COVID pandemic, in particular, has been very challenging, as we needed to hire extra staff and purchase equipment to keep everyone safe.
All sponsorship pledge forms (download) have been sent home with the students and are due in the school office no later than Thursday, June 3rd.  
Donations can also be made through PayPal below.

Thank you in advance for supporting this important event. Your contributions are greatly appreciated!

Summer Enrichment Program 2021

summer enrichment program announcement

Registration is now open!

Dates: July 6-9, July 12-16, July 19-23, July 26-30
Hours: 8:30am to 2:30pm (Doors open at 8:00am)
Program structure: STEM, Math & Reading/Writing Enrichment, Arts & Crafts & Recreation
Registration Fee: $100 per child/family
Cost per Week:
1st Child: $400
2nd Child: $600
3rd Child: $750
  • Ages Nursery to Grade 5 (school year ending 2021)
  • You DO NOT have to register for all 4 weeks
  • For more information, email
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New Queens Garden Nursery Fundraiser

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We are excited to announce that St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Academy is partnering with Queens Garden Nursery in this great fundraiser to support our school!

Make purchases all year round at Queens Garden Nursery and they will donate a percentage of sales to St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Academy**

The nursery has plants to meet your needs for Mother’s Day, Communion, Graduation and more! They also carry spring planting supplies for your garden. Go check them out!

** Send your purchase receipts in an envelope labeled “Queens Garden Nursery” to the rectory or school office, and SAACA will submit them to receive donation. This fundraiser only applies to any nursery purchases. It does not include the florist purchases.

Queens Garden Nursery, 154-10 Cross Island Pkwy, Whitestone, NY 11357


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6th grader is Diocesan champion at this year’s CYO Boys Bantam Division Free-Throw Shooting Tournament

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Congratulations to Matteo, our 6th grader, who is the Diocesan champion in this year’s CYO Boys Bantam Division Free-Throw Shooting Tournament.

The free-throw tournament was held during the February winter recess. For the competition Finals, students from three schools emerged, including St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Academy’s player Matteo. Matteo and the other two students tied in the first round at 15 baskets each. In round two, Matteo and one other student advanced, both shooting 3 out of 5 free throws; and in the final round, Matteo sunk all 5 free throws to win the competition.

We are so proud of Matteo’s achievement!

6th Grader Brandon Park receives John Hopkins Center for Talented Youth’s Grand Honors Award

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CONGRATULATIONS to St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Academy’s 6th grader Brandon Park, who achieved the Grand Honors recognition in Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY)’s 2019-2020 Talent Search!
According to CTY’s press release, more than 15,000 students in grades two through eight tested through its Talent Search between July 1, 2019 and June 30, 2020, representing all 50 states plus Washington D.C., Puerto Rico, Guam, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and Armed Forces installations in Europe and the Pacific, as well as more than 70 countries. Above-grade-level testing is used to identify advanced students and provide a clear picture of their true academic abilities.
Brandon is among nearly 1,400 students who received the 2020 Grand Honors awards in January for scoring in the top 9% on their respective assessment tests.
Mrs. Kang, Brandon’s mom, credits St. Andrew Avellino Catholic Academy for his award. In sharing the great news with Ms. Hanna, Mrs. Kang says, “I really appreciate you and teachers at SAA. Without your dedication and teaching, my son wouldn’t achieve this valuable award. We are so proud of being a SAA family.”
We are very proud of Brandon of his achievement and blessed that he and his family are part of St. Andrew’s too!
* Center for Talented Youth’s Talent Search testing options include School and College Ability Test (SCAT), SAT, PSAT 8/9, ACT, Spatial Test Battery (STB), and Testing for Students in East Asia.
** Center for Talented Youth is a global leader in gifted education since 1979, and is focused on recognizing academic talent in exceptional elementary, middle, and high school students and supporting their growth with courses, services, and resources designed to meet their specific needs. CTY draws students from 50 states and more than 80 countries worldwide. Each year, CTY awards more than $5 million in need-based financial aid to families.

A Virtual Christmas Concert

Enjoy a wonderful treat with our Virtual Christmas Concert.  Our students worked very hard to prepare some delightful music that will surely put you in the Christmas spirit!