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October 2017 Newsletter

Message from the Principal

Dear Parents/Guardians,

Welcome to the second month of the school year! During the past few weeks the staff and students have been busy with their academic pursuits and building community within their classroom. Thanks to all who have been able to contribute to the Terry Fox Run. The St. Augustine CES community has been able to raise a great deal of money for this worthwhile cause.  The final tally is still to be counted.  We are making a positive contribution in our community.

Cheers to the Intermediate Boys and Girls Three Pitch teams who competed in the Monsignor Doyle Family of Schools Tournaments. Both teams worked hard practicing their skills and were rewarded with superb finishes.  The Junior Co-ed Soccer team also competed in their tournament. Thanks to Mr. Murray and Mrs. Hawryszko and to Mr. Godina and Mr. Carvalho for taking the time to coach our athletes.  Congratulations to all three teams on their displays of enthusiasm, perseverance, commitment and athleticism.

Thank you to Father Malcolm for leading us in our first Celebration of the Word on September 27, 2017. Our grade 7 and 8 students led the celebration with great responsibility and leadership.  We invite all parents to join us in the future.

This is a gentle reminder that all parents and visitors are asked to report to the office and sign in when arriving on school property.  This includes before and after school.  Parents and visitors are not permitted on the yard or in the hallways during the school day unless you have signed in at the office.  This WCDSB practice is a standard procedure for all schools in effort to keep our students safe at all times, and protect valuable learning time.  If you wish to drop off something for your child, please report to the office and we will be happy to get the belongings or message to your child.   Thank you so much for your continued cooperation in this important matter.

Please keep our grade 8 students in your prayers.  This year they are embarking on their spiritual retreat to Mount Mary in October.  We firmly believe that having this religious experience early in our school year will lead to developing a strong relationship with both God and their peers.

I would like to wish all of you a happy and blessed Thanksgiving!

Yours in Christ,

Mrs. Terri-Lynn Geisel


Thanksgiving Food Drive

Once again, the students at St. Augustine C.E.S. will help support the St. Vincent de Paul Society and their Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Please consider donating items to help support those in need in our community. Some most needed items include: canned meat/vegetables, rice, canned fruit, cereal, dry pasta and apple juice. Please send items to school Mon. Oct. 2 to Fri. Oct. 6th.  Thank you for your ongoing generosity.





Halloween Fun!!


On Tuesday October 31st, St. Augustine CES will become Halloween Central!  Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to school that day.  We ask that costumes not include a mask at school, and please avoid any costumes that might be scary to our younger students, or include weapons. Students will participate in classroom activities that may have a Halloween theme.  They may also have small parties in their classroom.  If parents would like to send treats, please contact your child’s teacher.  We have designated this day as one of our Nutrition Free Days during the year where treats are allowed to be shared with classmates.  We remind everyone that any food products coming into the school MUST be nut free.  This means that products from Tim Hortons may not be brought in for treats as they may contain or have been in contact with nuts.


Catholic School Council Major Fundraiser Dance-a-thon:

This year our Catholic School Council will be conducting our major fundraising activity of the year by holding a Monster Mash Dance-a-Thon on Monday, October 31, 2017.  Our Catholic School Council will be providing its own incentives and prizes for top pledge gatherers.  More information will follow soon.





Boomerang Lunch

Hello St. Augustine Storm!

Our hard work and dedication has paid off! We are officially a GOLD Eco Certified School!  Way to go Storm! This year, we are striving to maintain our Gold certification.  In order to do so, we will be continuing with Boomerang Lunches.

What is Boomerang Lunch?

A boomerang lunch is a lunch that has every piece of it return to its source. In other words, everything in the lunch goes back home at the end of the day. No matter if it is leftover food, containers, recyclables or garbage, it all goes back. Yes, even the garbage. Since many schools aren’t set up to sort organic matter or even recycle as fully as we can at home, the garbage can be disposed of in a more environmentally friendly manner.

What is the purpose of a Boomerang Lunch?

* To increase awareness of the amount of waste created in one day’s lunch.

* To encourage the use of reusable containers

* To discourage the use of disposable containers

* To encourage the use of green bins

By continuing to initiate a waste-free, boomerang lunch program, we are working with families to support the environment, significantly reducing food and packaging waste.

We will have Boomerang lunch every day!

Let’s do our part to help make St.Augustine CES a more environmentally friendly school.


Your St. Augustine Eco Team

Focus on Mathematics 

Paying Attention to Spatial Reasoning K-12

Ways to Promote Spatial Reasoning for Students K-12:
We know spatial reasoning is important and can be improved with a variety of activities across all ages. Studies have shown that improvements in one area of spatial reasoning will often transfer to other types of tasks.
Below are some examples of ways spatial reasoning can be promoted in the home environment:

  1. Visualization skills:
    Provide opportunities for your child to use their visualization skills to better understand solutions to problems.  Try asking your child to explain what they are seeing in their mind or what they visualize when solving a problem.
  2. Emphasize spatial language:
    Model the use of spatial words in the home environment.  For younger children, this language will include words related to location, distance, orientation and direction (i.e. left, right, over, under, above, below, parallel, tall and short).  For older children this language will include geometrical rotations (i.e. rotations, translations, and transformations)
  3. Provide playful opportunities for your child to exercise their spatial reasoning:
    There are many activities children can engage that require spatial reasoning.  Some examples are jigsaw puzzles, many board games, block- playing with geometric shapes.
  4. Using technology:
    Digital technology allows students to manipulate and see space and spatial relationships.  Some examples include: GIS, GPS, Google Earth, and any tools that allow students to manipulate and rotate objects that is not possible with a paper and pencil.
Thinking Tools for Mathematics

Mathematicians create models with objects and drawings as they are exploring patterns and thinking their way through problems.  In the same way, students of all ages (and their educators) model mathematical concepts to not only share their thinking, but to help them to do the actual problem-solving.  In school, we often call the objects used ‘manipulatives’ or ‘thinking tools.’ Classrooms have some very specific manipulatives for use, but a ‘thinking tool’ can be any object that helps to share or clarify a mathematical idea. These visual models of mathematical ideas allow us to organize our thinking, solve problems, and make connections from the concrete to the abstract. They also support and enhance our ability to solve problems with others, talk about, write and demonstrate our thinking.  As students are exploring and investigating through models and drawings, they are building their knowledge and solving problems, moving towards a deeper understanding. They are making connections between what they know in all areas of mathematics and how they see mathematics in their world.  Math becomes understandable, engaging and relevant.
You can support your child to use objects and sketches as ‘thinking tools’ to problem-solve when they do math at home:

  • “What might help you to think through this problem?”
  • “Try showing this with objects or a sketch.”
  • “Can you show me what you are seeing in your mind?”










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