Spring has finally sprung and April promises to be a busy month at St. Augustine School. With the spring thaw comes lots of mud from our field! Please ensure your child or children come prepared for the weather, especially their footwear. In sports, badminton has started up as well as Folk Dancing and track and field training will soon begin for grades 4 and up. Our grade 4 and grade 7 students will be writing some standard assessments, the CCAT 7 and the CAT 4. These assessments are board wide and measure achievement of the basic language and math skills. Student results are then used to provide direction for curriculum and program delivery. Meanwhile our Grades 3 and 6 students are busy this month preparing for the province wide EQAO test.
On April 17th, School council will be hosting a Coding and Innovation Evening at St. Augustine from 6:00 – 7:30 pm for Junior Students and their parents. It promises to be an interactive evening filled with lots of fun learning. There are also some pretty cool prizes to be won and some pretty Innovated Community Businesses joining us to show off their products.
Earth Day also occurs in April but falls on Easter Monday this year. We encourage you as a family to do something for our planet on this day. Students and Staff will recognize Earth Day together on April 26th and gather in the gym to listen to presenters from RARE. A clothing drive initiative will be held over the month along with the sales of Eco friendly products.
Another exciting event happening at the end of April is First Communion for our Grade 2 students. Students will get their first taste of the host on Sunday April 27th at 11 am mass. We wish our grade two students many blessings as they make this next sacrament.
Easter, of course, is the most exciting part of this month. To many young ones, visions of baskets filled with chocolate come to mind, but for our seasoned students, far more important is the celebration of our Risen Lord. Knowing Jesus died on the cross for us fills us with peace because we have a better understanding of how much he loved us. The good news of him rising from the dead on the third day is promising and exciting because it proves that those who trust in God and accept Christ will be raised from the dead. As is tradition, all classes will be breaking some Easter Bread together on Holy Thursday.
From the St. Augustine Staff, we wish you a blessed Easter with your family.
St. Augustine CES has been awarded a Gardening Grant which the ELKP Teachers and our YMCA Daycare community partners are going to use to teach our students about nutrition and caring for the earth. Congratulations to Us!
If you enjoy gardening and would like to help with our gardens, especially over the summer, please contact Angela Carroll at 519-740-3530.
Important Dates in April
April 2nd – School Council Meeting in the library @ 6:30 – All are welcome!
April 4th – Bus Safety Training in the gym for all students
April 8th-Grade 7 HPV#2/HepB#2 immunizations
April 8th – 15 – CCAT 7 for Grade 4 students
April 11th-Grades 3 to 8, Reconciliation in the library
April 12th-PD Day-no school today!
April 17th-Junior Innovation Night begins at 6:30 p.m.
April 19th-Good Friday-no school
April 22-Easter Monday-no school
April 23 – First Communion Retreat @ St. Gregory Church
April 23 – 30 – CAT 4 for Grade 7 students
April 26 – Earth Day Celebration
April 27-Grade 2 First Communication
St. Augustine Storm parents! This is a reminder for you to please complete the School Climate Survey. The purpose of this school climate survey is to find out about bullying/harassment, including discrimination, sexual harassment, and homophobia, among students at your child’s school.
This information will be used by the school principal and all staff to help promote an environment of respect, safety, and belonging for all students. Your answers are confidential and we are interested in what you have to say.
Please click the following link to access the survey:
Easter Masses at St. Gregory Church
Holy Thursday- Mass at 8 p.m.
Good Friday-Mass at 3 p.m. Stations of the Cross at 7 p.m.
Saturday-12 noon-Blessing of the Easter Food, 8p.m. Easter Vigil
Easter Sunday-Mass at 10 a.m.
Do you have a child at home who was born in 2015?
If so, have you registered your child for Junior kindergarten for the upcoming school year? It’s not too late to do it now and still get an invitation to our Welcome to Kindergarten night to be held in early May. We would love to have as many of our new St. Augustine Storm students as possible, attend this informative evening with their parents. Sign up on-line for Jk for September 2019 now by going to the Waterloo Catholic District School Board website and click on Register to get started on your child’s registration. Once you have completed the on-line portion of the registration, please contact the office at 519-740-3530 to set up an appointment to come in and sign off on the final pieces of paperwork.
Earth Day is on Monday April 22nd and this year’s theme is Protect Our Species. The balance of nature has been upset and as a result the world is facing the greatest rate of extinction since the loss of dinosaurs more than 60 million years ago. If we do not act now, your children’s children may not know endangered species such as bees, coral reefs, elephants, giraffes and whales.
What can you do to help?
→ Educate yourself.
→ Be part of a global movement that embraces nature and its values.
→ Encourage individual actions such as stopping pesticide and herbicide use.
The rare Charitable Research Reserve is an urban land trust and environmental institute in Waterloo Region/Wellington, with its first four locations protecting almost 1,000 acres of highly sensitive lands. Since inception, rare has taken care of the land on behalf of the community through the use of Western tools in conservation, research and education. As rare becomes engaged in reconciliation with the Indigenous Peoples of Turtle Island (North America), these pillars have gained flexibility and now equally include and value Indigenous ways of knowing and being — becoming three strands of a strong braid. Together we will steward these lands with respect for generations past, present and those yet to come, intact in perpetuity with trees more than 250 years old, 24 habitat types, and 6 of 8 pre-settlement landscapes.
Throughout the month of April, we will be collecting our Bag-2-school fundraiser to reuse our gently used clothing, keeping it out of the garbage! We are also going to have an Eco-booth for students to purchase bamboo toothbrushes, metal straws, etc. All proceeds from our events are going to raise money to support Rare research reserve!
Stay tuned for more information to come!
Growing Students are Hungry Students !!!
I am sure you have days at home where the phrase ‘I’m hungry’ or ‘I’m still hungry’ is ringing in your ears. Like all parents, we try to provide adequate food to meet our children’s nutritional needs as they grow and develop. There are times when you feel like you just filled the fridge and it’s almost empty again. We all know that hungry students do not learn to their full potential and sometimes all it takes is a little extra food to help them get through the day. Sources say that children aged 4 to 13 can need anywhere from 1200 to 2200 or 2600 calories per day depending upon growth and activity levels. Recent studies have shown that nutrition affects students’ thinking skills, behavior and health, all which impact academic performance. Have a look at your child, have they grown a few inches this year? Maybe it might be time to have a conversation about how they feel at school each day, do they get hungry mid afternoon? Would an additional, healthy snack help them stay on task and get their work done? Would having a bit more to eat each day make them feel better at school? Maybe it’s time to take a look at what they are putting in their lunch bags each day and maybe add an extra piece of fruit, some veggies, or cheese and crackers just to help them get through their day in a positive way.
Communicating with Children Using Math Language
Talking About Math:
Talking about mathematics with your child – whatever his or her age – helps strengthen his or her mathematical reasoning and understanding. Some ways to keep the talk engaged and focused while you support your child include:
Revoice – Repeat what you heard your child say, then ask for clarification (e.g., “So you are saying it’s an odd number?”).
Repeat/Restate – Ask your child to restate your reasoning (e.g., “Can you repeat what I said in your own words?”).
Reason – Ask your child to apply his or her own reasoning to someone else’s reasoning (e.g., “Do you agree or disagree? Tell me why”).
Adding On – Prompt your child to participate further (e.g., “What more would you add to that?”).
Think Time – Wait several seconds (try five) to give your child time to think (e.g., “Take some time to think.”). You may be surprised by how hard it is to stay silent in that time!
Beginning April 1, students and families at St. Augustine are encouraged to bring in new/gently used shoes to be donated to Soles4Souls. In many developing nations, walking is the primary mode of transportation. Every day millions are exposed to unsanitary conditions that lead to diseases. These diseases may lead to sickness, even death. They also keep children out of school leaving them without an education and continuing the cycle of poverty.
Shoe donations can be placed in the box in our main foyer throughout the month of April. In your spring cleaning, please consider donating some shoes.
With your help, St. Augustine families can provide a life-changing solution: a good pair of shoes.
April 2019 Fitbit – Family Meal Time
Make meal time family time. Families that eat together tend to have better eating habits and eat more vegetables and fruits. Turn off the TV, put away electronic devices like smartphones and tablets and sit down at the table together.
Sitting down together for a meal is a great opportunity to check in with each other and share stories about your day. Eating together also provides an opportunity for positive role modeling, while encouraging healthy habits. Make meal time family time; you’ll be glad you did!
Try making this easy and delicious dish with your family. Talk about where each food item came from and how the meal was made.
Makes 4 servings
1 tbsp (15 mL) olive oil
1 cup (250 mL) onion, chopped
2 cloves garlic
1 green or red bell pepper, chopped
2 tsp (10 mL) chili powder
1 tsp (5 mL) ground cumin
½ tsp (2.5 mL) salt
1 can (540 mL) black beans, drained and rinsed
3 cups (750 mL) sweet potatoes, diced
1 cup (250 mL) canned crushed tomatoes
1 cup (250 mL) low-sodium vegetable stock, or water
Optional toppings: cheese, shredded, plain yogurt
- Heat oil in a large pot over medium heat.
- Sauté onions, garlic and bell pepper for about 3 minutes.
- While stirring, add chili powder, cumin, salt and black beans until fragrant.
- Add sweet potatoes, tomatoes, and stock. Bring to a simmer and cook for 25 minutes or until sweet potatoes are cooked.
- If chili is too thick, add ½ cup of water.
- Optional: top individual servings with yogurt or shredded cheese.
Adapted from Unlockfood.ca
More tips for healthy eating habits with your family, visit Health Canada
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