Message from the Principal
We have successfully concluded our annual fall fundraising campaign at St. Augustine CES. Thank you to all of the students, parents, relatives and family friends who supported us by sponsoring a student for our Monster Mash Dance-a-thon. The final tally isn’t in yet, but we suspect that it has been quite successful. Our preliminary totals indicate that we have generated approximately $10,000 in profit. It was a wonderful way to celebrate our costumes for Hallowe’en. The profits from this campaign will go to offset the cost of student trips, purchase learning materials, provide school wide speakers and supplement our student activities. We would like to sincerely thank all parents who made their contributions on line this year. This significantly reduces the amount of work that goes into counting, tabulating and depositing the funds received.
Good luck to the members of the Girls’ Basketball team and the Boys’ Volleyball team who will be competing in the St. Benedict CHS / Monsignor Doyle CHS leagues. Both teams have been practicing hard and are eager to display their enthusiasm, skill, dedication and sportsmanship in competition.
Please note that the Elementary Progress report will be coming home on Tuesday, November 7th. Student, parent and teacher conferences will be scheduled on Thursday November 9th. If you haven’t had the chance to do so yet, please remember to book a conference with your child’s teacher online http://staug.schoolappointments.com. We used this electronic scheduling tool last year, and we are using it again this year. Please try to make time to come in and discuss your child (ren)’s progress.
Our school is trying to go green to reduce our environmental footprint. Last year we became a Certified Ontario ECO School at the Gold Level. This year, we will continue our efforts to maintain Gold certification. In an effort to reduce the paper used at school, we will strive to send as much information as possible by our St. Augustine Newswire. This also ensures that the information is delivered directly to the parent without being lost or misplaced. If you are not registered to receive our newswire, please follow these instructions:
- Go to the School Board website: https://www.wcdsb.ca
- On the top black ribbon, click on School Websites
- Under the Monsignor Doyle Column, go down to St. Augustine School –click on it
- On the bottom of NewsWire (Join our mailing list)
- Click on the Join our Mailing List
- Enter your email address in the area indicated, click Subscribe
Please feel free to call the office if you require assistance. Please know that we are also on Twitter if you wish to follow us @staugustinewcd. It is a great way to stay connected to what is happening at St. Augustine CES.
Important Dates In November: Please continue to reference our Google calendar found on our website for up to date information.
Please pack Spare Clothes for your child(ren)
It’s getting to be that time of year again…..it’s damp, chilly and the ground is often wet and messy. It would be greatly appreciated if all students could have at least one complete change of clothes at school just in case they get wet or messy outside. Also, our extra clothing bin at the school could use some bottoms of all sizes. If you have old clothing that your child has outgrown, and would like to donate it to the school to be used when children do not have extra clothes here, that would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the office to let us know what you have and we can let you know if we still need that size. We thank you in advance for your help with this as we strive to keep students comfortable and in school as much as possible.
Student Safety-Anaphylaxis Policy
As you are aware, our St. Augustine School Family has several members who are allergic to nuts, and nut products. In order to ensure their safety, we ask all parents to check the labels on the products you send to school with your child(ren) to ensure that they do not contain nuts or nut products and have not been in contact with nuts or nut products. Many items that you might not expect to contain nuts often do, so we ask that you take an extra few minutes to check items being sent to school.
We also remind parents that peanut butter and other nut spreads are not allowed at school. Since staff are not able to distinguish alternate nut products, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board also states that products such as WOW butter are not acceptable in our schools. Please refrain from sending sandwiches , etc. with these types of products to school.
We also would like to ask that children who may have been in contact with nuts or nut products, thoroughly wash their hands before leaving home. This will help us to ensure that our allergic children do not come in contact in any way with products they may be allergic to. Thank you for your co-operation.
Communication Guidelines for Parents/Guardians (APC 001)
When a parent/guardian has a concern or suggestion, it is expected that the concern will be taken up with the individual with whom the parent has the concern – for example, with the staff member involved. Therefore, the following process is in order:
Step One: Speak to the staff member…(issue resolved)…(If the issue is not resolved, proceed to step two).
Step Two: Speak to the Principal/VP. If the complainant has not yet spoken to the staff member involved, the Principal/VP will ask the complainant to do so first.
Step Three: If, having spoken to the Principal/VP, the complainant believes the issue is not resolved, the complainant may speak to the Superintendent of Learning responsible for the school.
Step Four: If, having spoken to the Superintendent of Learning responsible for the school the complainant believes the issue is not resolved the complainant may speak to the Director of Education.
Step Five: If, having spoken to the Director of Education the complainant believes the issue is not resolved the complainant may register as a delegation to address the Board of Trustees. Information on how to register as a delegation to the board is available on page 12 of the WCDSB General Operational & Procedural Bylaw available online at: www.wcdsb.ca/ap_memos/policies/Board_Policies/Bylaws.pdf
The role of the Trustee:
You may contact your trustee at any time. The trustee will direct you to follow the process outlined above.
The Role of the School Council:
The School Council is not a forum to discuss parent-teacher-student issues. If these matters are brought to any School Council member or any School Council meeting, the concern is to be referred immediately to the Principal/VP who will ensure the proper process is followed.
For all other school-related concerns/suggestions that do not involve taking the matter up first with a staff member, the communication should be directed to the school Principal/VP.
Fit Bit Nov 2017
Water is the best choice for hydration!
Recently, the Canadian Pediatric Society made a statement about energy and sports drinks.
Water is the best choice to meet children’s hydration needs before, during and after physical activity.
People who are doing physical activity for a long period of time may need sports drinks, especially athletes who are not able to eat during physical activity. For example, athletes who participate in triathlons.
Children do not usually need sports drinks. Children typically get enough carbohydrates to support physical activity, especially if they follow the eating pattern recommended in Eating Well with Canada’s Food Guide.
Energy drinks contain more caffeine than children and adolescents can tolerate. They should avoid energy drinks.
Energy drinks are promoted as products that can improve performance and alertness. In Canada, one energy drink can contain up to 180 milligrams of caffeine.
How much caffeine can children safely consume? Health Canada recommends these limits on caffeine per day:
- Children aged 4–6 years: 45 milligrams per day
- Children aged 7–9 years: 62.5 milligrams per day
- Children aged 10–12 years: 85 milligrams per day
- Adolescents aged 13 years and older: 2.5 milligrams per kilogram of body weight per day
Children are more likely to experience side effects from drinking caffeine, such as:
- Jitteriness and nervousness
- Poor mental health
- Upset stomach
- Difficulty concentrating
- Difficulty sleeping
- Increased heart rate and other heart problems