As usual, the staff and students at St. Augustine Catholic Elementary School seem to be getting busier towards the end of the school year. The month of May is filled with activities for the entire school community.
Next week marks the beginning of Catholic Education Week with a number of activities being planned at St. Augustine CES. A newswire announcement has already been sent outlining all the upcoming events. Parents are reminded that our open house will occur on Monday afternoon and Tuesday morning. Mass is being celebrated in our gymnasium on Tuesday afternoon with Father Malcolm. As with past practice, our Mission Day will be held during Catholic Education Week on Thursday afternoon. We also have several evening events which includes the Folk Dance Festival and Welcome to Kindergarten. I know that the students are eager to have the opportunity to share some of the projects and activities they’ve been working on. We hope that you are able to join us for some of these exciting events.
Please keep our Grade Seven students in your prayers this month as they receive the Sacrament of confirmation on Wednesday May 23rd. at 7:00 p.m. St. Gregory Church. The students and their teachers have been hard at work, getting ready for this event in collaboration with Father Malcolm.
In addition, take a moment to keep our students in your thoughts as they prepare for and write the EQAO provincial assessment later this month as well as a number of other assessments (CCAT in grade 4 and CAT-4 in grade 7). Throughout the year our students have experienced and experimented with their learning. Wish them well with these opportunities to demonstrate their learning.
I would like to thank all of you who have been able to volunteer at St. Augustine CES this year. Our school continues to be able to run many additional programs because of the excellent response we get when looking for volunteers. Thank you for your continued support of St. Augustine CES!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school! What better way to promote reading to our students than by supporting new books for our library.
You’ll find hundreds of quality books at our Book Fair with a wide assortment for all reading levels. Visit the Scholastic Book Fairs website at www.scholastic.ca/bookfairs to get more detailed information about these books.
When: May 14– May 18, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 4:00pm
Location: St. Augustine Learning Commons
Special Family Event: Each time students purchase books from the book fair, they will receive a ballot to enter the draw to win $25.00 worth of books and also the classroom teacher receives $25.00 worth of books.
Looking forward to seeing you at the Scholastic Book Fair!
Warm Weather Clothing Reminder
As we begin to enjoy the warmer spring and summer-like weather, we would like to remind students about wearing appropriate clothing during the remaining months. At St. Augustine, we ask that students dress in a manner that is clean, modest and presentable. As such, Gr 4-8 students are reminded that they are not permitted to wear clothing which allows for any inappropriate body exposure, spaghetti strap tops, tube tops, cut-off jeans, shorts with a length less than mid-thigh, cut-off t-shirts, large mesh t-shirts, or any clothing with slogans which are contrary to the values we teach in a Catholic school. Clothing should reflect the fact that students are at school to “work at learning” in a Christian environment.
Mission Day is Thursday May 10th from 12:45—2:30 p.m.
We are looking forward to having fun and raising some money to help Ronald McDonald House and Kidsability once again this year!
The afternoon promises to be packed with activities for those of every age.
Please note: Tickets will be sold 4 for $1.00 during the week leading up to Mission Day. Activities will not accept money. Tickets will only be accepted, classes will not have cash. A ticket booth will be available the day of, but advance purchases are highly recommended so that your time that day can be spent enjoying activities instead of standing in line purchasing tickets.
Parents, siblings, extended family members and friends are always welcome to join us for the activities, to volunteer during Mission Day or to assist through donations. We are still accepting donations for prizes, activities and of course the baskets and cake sale!
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The NEW Protein Alternative?
Amy Skeoch MHSc, RD
Move over Greek yogurt, there’s a new protein powerhouse in town…who knew it would be an insect! Yes, you read that correctly – insects, and more specifically crickets. As we move towards more sustainable food sources, one option to look to are these little critters. In fact, mainstream grocery stores have started carrying cricket based protein products, so now you can bump up the protein in everything from smoothies to baked goods.
Crickets provide a host of nutrients (complete protein, vitamin B12), they are relatively easy to farm, and are considered as a food source that’s easy on our environment (less water and feed for production). While the idea of eating insects (entomophagy) might seem odd, people have been consuming crickets and other insects around the world for centuries.
Where to get it?
One of the easiest ways to consume crickets as part of your diet is in a powder form. Presidents Choice provides a cricket powder (made in Canada) that can be added to your favorite meal or beverage.
2.5 tbsp (19g) of the powder provides 13 grams of protein (similar to 2 eggs).
There are also many online companies that sell crickets and cricket powder or flour.
Crickets, like shellfish, shrimp and lobster are arthropods (grow their skeleton outside their body) so they may cause a similar allergic reaction. If you have a shellfish allergy, stay clear of cricket products.