Message from the Principal
As we make the transition from winter to spring there are many things happening at St. Augustine CES. Badminton will be starting soon for those students who will be competing in our Monsignor Doyle Family of Schools tournament. Our Folk Dancers are also practicing for our Cambridge Folk Dance Festival which will be occurring during Catholic Education Week in early May.
In addition, please keep our grade four students in your prayers as they write the Canadian Cognitive Abilities Test at the end of April.
The Ontario Catholic School Graduate Expectations that we are focusing on are I am a Team Player and I Care. We will be assisting our students in putting faith into practice both at school and at home. This is a life long process that we will continue to reinforce and practice. Please remember our grade 2 students who will be receiving the sacrament of First Holy Communion on Saturday April 28th at 11:00 am at St. Gregory Church. This is a very special time for the first communicants and their families. For the first time, our St. Augustine Communicants will be celebrating with the St. Gregory Communicants as a family of schools celebration. Please note that space in the church will be limited and details will be communicated by the grade 2 teachers.
In an effort to help our environment, to reduce traffic outside the school at entrance and dismissal times and to promote healthy active living for our students, all of the non-bus students at St. Augustine CES will be challenged to walk to and from school for the entire month. Studies have shown that daily physical activity is beneficial to students’ learning. Please support this initiative by encouraging your child(ren) to walk to school. Please know that Catholic School Council has purchased several bike racks, a scooter rack and skate board rack for student use. All are lockable and students are encouraged to bring their locks to secure their belongings.
At the beginning of May the students and staff will be participating in Catholic Education Week (May 7 – 11). This year’s theme is Catholic Education: Renewing the Promise. We invite everyone to join us. You may want to mark your calendar for our annual Mission Day will take place on Thursday, May 10th in the afternoon. Tickets will be pre-sold again this year, and available soon. Please look for more information coming home later this month.
Enjoy this blessed Easter Season,
Bag-2-school is back!
We are collecting gently used clothing to raise money for World Wildlife Federation. If you have any old clothes, boots, and shoes you don’t need anymore we would love to collect them for a good cause. Please bring your items in bags to the front foyer with your child’s name on it, grade, and classroom teacher. We will be collecting all donations beginning April 3rd until May 1st! More information will be coming home shortly in our Earth Week letter!
|Pope Francis: We Are ‘Stewards, Not Masters’ of the Earth …
Since his election in March 2013, Pope Francis has established a reputation as an outspoken advocate for the environment, warning about the dangers of human actions …
As Spring arrives we would like to bring our focus to our beautiful Earth! This year we are learning to become ‘Stewards of the Earth’. Pope Francis discusses our need for Stewardship: “Our Earth needs constant concern and attention,” said the Pope. “Each of us has a personal responsibility to care for creation, this precious gift which God has entrusted to us. This means, on the one hand, that nature is at our disposal, to enjoy and use properly. Yet it also means that we are not its masters. Stewards, but not masters. We need to love and respect nature, but instead we are often guided by the pride of dominating, possessing, manipulating, exploiting; we do not ‘preserve’ the Earth, we do not respect it, we do not consider it as a freely given gift to look after. Respect for the environment, however, means more than not destroying it; it also means using it for good purposes.” (Pope Francis, https://www.ecowatch.com/pope-francis-we-are-stewards-not-masters-of-the-earth-1881979158.html
We will be sending home further information for Earth week in the next few weeks, giving you ways to help support and teach your child to be a caring and conscientious “Stewards of the Earth”.
Wednesday April 25th is Spring Walk to School Day!
Get out your running shoes, skateboards, bikes or scooters and exercise your way to school on Wednesday April 25th! It’s Waterloo Region Spring Walk to School Day!
Yearbooks orders are due
If you have not already put in your order for a yearbook, you have until April 30 to do so. Please go on line to order your yearbook, or send your order in to the office as soon as possible. Go to: YBPay.lifetouch.com to order on line.
Fit Bit April 2018
From Seed to Table!
Gardening is a fun, hands-on activity that teaches children where food comes from and is a great family activity. Growing food can help foster healthy eating habits and attitudes as children are often willing to eat fresh vegetables and fruit that they have grown.
Include children in all stages of the gardening process. They can plant the seeds, water and feed the plant, pick the produce, and help to prepare a meal.
Growing a Cherry Tomato Plant:
- A package of cherry tomato seeds
- A small pot, seed tray, clean yogurt container, egg shell, or newspaper folded into a container shape
- A spoon or small hand-held shovel
- Seed starting soil
- An outdoor pot
- Start planting in April, unless the seed package says to start at a different time.
- Fill the pot with the seed starting soil and level out the top.
- Place the seed on top and cover with a small layer of soil. Water the seed.
- Place in a warm and sunny place.
- As the plant grows, remember to water and use fertilizer. (Read the directions on the seed bottle or box for frequency and guidance.)
- Transfer the seedling into an outdoor pot and place it outside after the last frost (June). For the first few days outdoors, keep the plant in a shadier spot away from the wind.
Caprese Salad Skewers: Makes 15-20 skewers,
- 15-30 cherry tomatoes picked from plant
- 1 bunch of fresh basil
- 1 container reduced-fat bocconcini mozzarella cheese (20% M.F.)
- Balsamic vinegar
- 1 package of small skewers
Place one cherry tomato, bocconcini and basil leaf onto a skewer.
Once all skewers are complete, place on a plate and lightly drizzle with balsamic vinegar.