Rejoice, the season of Advent is upon us!
Jesus, the Light of the World
As we celebrate the Christmas Season, may your thoughts turn to the true meaning of Christmas: Love. God gave us the greatest gift possible; His son Jesus. Known as the Prince of Peace, Jesus is the promise of eternal life. Knowing we are loved by God beyond our comprehension and that one day we will experience complete eternal peace is a comfort that surrounds us with joy. In a modern world where it is hard not to be materially influenced, remember that Christmas is special not because of the presents shared with one another but rather it is special because of the time we spend with those we love. It is special because we have each other to love and we are loved by God. May the celebration of Jesus’ birth bring you and your family much joy and happiness.
The staff of St. Augustine CES would like to wish you a blessed Merry
Christmas filled with Love.
December finds our students busy preparing for the birth of Jesus. There are Advent Calendars to follow, Advent Wreaths to make, acts of kindness to bestow and people to take care of who are in need. Our St. Augustine school families are truly generous to the core when it comes to the welfare of others. Our Angel Christmas Tree collection raised $1845.00 to help buy gifts for families in need. Thank you from the bottom of our hearts for your generosity. Know that your donation will put a smile on many children’s faces throughout our community.
Three upcoming events to mark on your calendar to attend this month are December 4th , a Family Community Mass will be held for St. Augustine and St. Gregory families at St. Gregory Church from 6:30pm to 7:30pm. December 12th, is the date of our annual Christmas Concert at 12:45 pm, and December 19th is our school wide Advent Christmas Mass at 12:45 pm in our gym. Hope to see everyone out to share in the true meaning of Christmas.
December at a Glance
Dec. 4th – Family Mass at St. Gregory Church @ 6:30 pm
Dec. 7th – Board Wide Faith Day – NO SCHOOL FOR STUDENTS
Dec. 12th – School Christmas Concert @ 12:45 pm
Dec. 19th – School Advent Mass in gym @ 12:45 pm
Dec. 21st – Last day of school before the Christmas Break
Dec. 24th – Jan. 6th School Closed for Christmas Holidays
Jan. 7th – First Day back from Christmas Holidays
Upcoming Events in January
Jan. 8th – School Council Meeting in St. Augustine library @ 6:30 pm
Jan. 16th – Family of Schools Pathway Night at St. Vincent de Paul School @ 6:30 pm for all
Grade 7 & 8 students and families.
Christmas Break Schedule
This year, school will finish for our Christmas break on Friday December 21st at 3:15 p.m. We will welcome students back from the Christmas break on Monday January 7th at 8:45 a.m.
We wish all of our St. Augustine families a wonderful, love filled, restful Christmas break.
Christmas Spirit Wear/Theme Days
In the Spirit of Christmas, the staff have arranged for some special theme/spirit wear days!
Dec. 17th-wear Red, White and Green, it’s Christmas Cheer Day!!
Dec. 18th-wear Christmas headwear
Dec. 19th-wear a Christmas Sweater
Dec. 20th-Grinch Day
Dec. 21 st -Christmas PJ Day
A few reminders now that the cold winter weather is going to be upon us:
Children go outside everyday unless the wind chill and /or temperatures are –19 or lower. Please send your children with warm clothing for outdoor play everyday.
Extra dry clothes are always a good idea no matter how old your child is. A spare pair of mittens is also recommended.
School rules in this weather include no throwing snow or snowballs. It would be appreciated if you could remind your children that safe play outside is always top of mind and listening to supervisors outside is important.
Should we be hit with more severe snow/winter weather, please check the Waterloo Catholic District School Board website for information on school closures or bus cancellations. Notices of this nature will be on the home page, in large lettering. You can also listen to local radio stations like 570 News for listings of closures or bus cancellations. Decisions are usually made and posted by approx. 6 a.m. wherever/whenever possible. It is a good time to remind your child about what arrangements you have communicated to the school should there be a closure for any reason during the day. Information you provided on the emergency forms you completed at the beginning of the school year will be used in those cases.
Christmas Masses at St. Gregory Church
Dec. 24th– 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and Midnight
Dec. 25th– 10 a.m.
Jan. 1st-10 a.m.
Community Advent Mass
The third annual Community Advent Mass and Tree Lighting Ceremony will be celebrated at St. Gregory Church on Tuesday December 4th beginning at 6:30 p.m. All are welcome to attend and stay after for fellowship and treats.
Christmas Concert and Christmas Mass at St. Augustine
This year, the St. Augustine students will perform their Christmas concert on Wednesday, December 12th. beginning at 12:45 p.m. Parents/families will enter through the side Gym door beginning at 12:00 p.m.
Christmas Mass will be celebrated at the school on Wednesday December 19th beginning at 12:45 p.m.
Saint Gregory the Great Parish – Cambridge
New Mass and Confession Schedule
Dear Parishioners and Visitors,
Saint Gregory the Great Parish is adjusting the weekend Mass and Confession schedule to encourage a more fulsome celebration of the Sacraments and, in particular, the Lord’s Day celebration of the Eucharist. We ask that you make note of the following changes and their effective date:
Sacramental and Liturgical Schedule Effective Saturday December 22nd 2018
Confession: Saturday 10:00am to 10:30am, Tuesday 6:00pm to 6:30pm Or by Appointment
Weekend Masses: Saturday 5:00pm and Sunday 10:00am
Weekday Masses: Tuesday 7:00pm and Wednesday – Friday 8:15am
Exposition: Tuesday 6:00pm to 6:45pm
If you have not already signed up for School Cash On-Line, please do! It is a fast, efficient way to pay for your child’s field trips and other school activities. Pay using your credit card, or an e-cheque for fast, easy payments. Complete instructions are available from the office, just call and we will make sure you get them.
As of September 2019, WCDSB schools will no longer accept payments in cash or cheque. All fees due for school related activities, trips, etc. will have to paid through the school cash on line system. If you are not already signed up, please do so now so that you can get used to using this site. In the future, more forms will be available on this site for you to use as well.Please call the office if you have any questions.
St. Augustine Book Fair 2018
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 Fair website at www.scholastic.ca/bookfairs to get more detailed information about these books.
When: Dec 3– Dec 15, 2018
Time: 9:00 – 4:00pm
Family Event: Dec 12, 2018
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!
What’s Happening at St. Augustine??
There is always a lot on the go at St. Augustine. Here is a quick rundown of what we have been, or will be up to!
Did you know that our Girls Basket Ball team won 4th place in the Regional Championships? Way to go Storm!!
Congratulations to the Boys Volleyball Team for a job well done! Throughout the season the boys really sharpened their skills to play together and communicate well on the court. Mrs. Hawryszko and Mrs. Camilo would like to thank the team for demonstrating excellent sportsmanship.
Grades 4 and 5’s will have the opportunity during the month of December to participate in board games on Mondays and Fridays at first recess. It’s a chance to build new skills, collaborate and cooperate with peers from other classes. Sessions will be held in portable 5.
The YELL team worked hard to collect school supplies and toiletries to send One by One; The Latin America Project. Our students gathered over 1100 items which will directly benefit children in Guatemala. A big heartfelt thank you to all the families who helped support this initiative and to the students who showed their passion for social justice.
Smencils will continue to be on sale for December. We have special Holiday scented pencils that will be on sale beginning December 3. They will be $2 each and funds will help support education in developing countries. Available Christmas scents include Sugar Plum, Hot Cinnamon, Gingerbread, Candy Cane and Holiday Cheer.
Jude VanVeen started collecting pop/beer can tabs to buy his little sister, Anna (age 3), a wheelchair and St Augustine is working to help Jude reach his goal! It takes 1450 tabs to equal 1 pound
Each pound of aluminum is worth 45-75 cents. We continue to collect POP TABS for Anna until December 19th.
Throughout the beginning of the school year, many of our St. Augustine students have participated in the Caribou Math Contest, a world wide math contest. This contest gives students the opportunity to practice problem-solving, logic puzzles and interactive games. It is completed online and students have 60 minutes to complete the questions. This opportunity is open to all students in grade 3 to 8 at our school. Upcoming contest dates include January 16,17, February 13,14, April 3,4 and May 1,2. If you wish to have your child participate in a future contest, please send a note to the classroom teacher.
Beaver Computing Contest
In mid-November, a group of students competed in the Beaver Computing Contest through the University of Waterloo. This contest is designed to introduce students to computer science. Congratulations to all students who participated for the first time! Special congratulations to Zandre Domingos who finished first in the Grade ⅞ division.
A Christmas Prayer
May our Christmas season be
A time of reconciliation and peace.
May the love of Christ be with us,
May His Peace surround us.
May our Christmas be a time
Of healing, giving and sharing,
May Your spirit be with us
As we share and care in Jesus’