Message from the Principal
Few times are more sacred for families or households than Christmas. Along with Advent, the Christmas Season is rich in traditions that, despite modern commercialism, still stir our hearts and imaginations. The Christmas tree, the manger scene, the music and carols, the lights and the tastes and smells of the season are a few symbols which heighten our joyful proclamation of the birth of Jesus and calls us to come and adore HIM. Christmas is a time of togetherness and a time to show kindness to all.
Christmas is also a time when we tend to think more about those in our community who have less, are ill or need our help in some way. Christmas is about giving. Here at St. Augustine School we are showing that “Kindness Counts” by helping those in our community with our Angel Tree gifts. Teaching our children/students to put another first before themselves is an important life lesson. We want our children/students to grow to become caring members of our community who share their time, talents and resources with others. We all have the ability to strengthen our community with love, kindness and hope.
It is our wish that everyone takes the opportunity with their family and friends to celebrate and connect with your own Christmas traditions.
The staff at St. Augustine School wish all our students and their families a Christmas filled with “peace, joy, love and many blessings for the 2020 New Year!
A. Carroll and the staff of St. Augustine
Advent is a Latin word that actually means “coming.” In the Christian church, advent is a time of preparation and waiting for the birth of Jesus. Advent officially begins four Sundays before Christmas, which falls on December 1st this year.
So, how can you celebrate Advent? One way is to buy or make an Advent wreath to lay on your table. An Advent wreath typically consists of greenery with four candles, three purple and one pink.
Each candle on the Advent Wreath has a specific meaning:
- Candle one (purple) represents hope. It is often called the prophets’ candle.
- Candle two (purple) represents peace. It is often called the angels’ candle.
- Candle three (pink) represents joy. It is often called the shepherds’ candle.
- Candle four (purple) represents love. It is often called the Bethlehem candle.
Many Advent Wreaths also include a Christ candle in the middle of it.
Epiphany is celebrated in Canada on January 6th each year. It remembers the three wise men’s visit to baby Jesus and his baptism according to events in the Christian Bible. Fun Fact: Mummers or naluyuks (a combination of Santa Claus and the bogey man) may visit homes in Newfoundland and Labrador at this time of year to try to frighten children into good behaviour.
What do you see? Stripes that are red, like the blood shed for me.
White is for my Savior, Who’s sinless and pure!
“J” is for Jesus My Lord, that’s for sure! Jesus my shepherd was born for Me!
A Christmas Prayer
Almighty God and Father of light,
A child is born to us and a Son is given to us.
Your eternal Word leaped down from heaven
In the silent watches of the night,
And now your Church is filled with wonder
At the nearness of her God.
Open our hearts to receive His life
And increase our vision with the rising of dawn,
That our lives may be filled with His glory and His peace,
Who lives and reigns for ever and ever.
Important dates in December
Dec. 2nd. to 9th. Scholastic Book Fair
Dec. 3rd. Community Advent Mass 6:30 p.m. at St. Gregory Church
Dec. 4th. Poinsettia pick up between 3:30 and 6:00 p.m.
Dec. 6th. Professional Development Day-no school for students
Dec. 13th. Christmas Concert begins at 12:45 p.m. Doors open at 12:15 at the side of the school.
Dec. 20th. Last day of school before Christmas Break
Dec. 23 to Jan. 3rd-Christmas Break! See you January 9th!!
The Scholastic Book Fair is coming to our school and you are invited to come and share in this celebration of literacy with us!
Date: Dec 2 – Dec 9, 2019
Book Fair hours: 8:00 to 4:00
Family Event from Dec 4 from 4:00pm to 7:00pm
Now more than ever, reading is vital to leading a better life. Knowing how to read is just the beginning. Motivating young people to keep reading, comprehend what they read and develop the ability to think creatively are the end goals.
Scholastic Book Fairs has the books to motivate more reading. With your involvement, we can inspire children to practice reading and read more often. Together, we can make a difference in their lives that will last a lifetime.
This year we will be using cash online, visa, prepaid visa’s and debit only. You can purchase cash online in amounts of $5:00, $10.00, $20.00
Student’s will bring home a preview list of the items they wish to purchase, you would decide which books you would like. Last step is to go onto cash online and select the value your child item’s will be. If for example your child’s item is $ 9.50 and you selected $10.00, they can pick a bookmark or pencil for the left-over value.
Family Event Evening on Dec 4, 2019 Enter into our draw to win $25.00 worth of books.
Thanks for supporting our St. Augustine Library.
Christmas Masses at St. Gregory Church
Dec. 24th– 5 p.m., 7 p.m. and Midnight (Feast of the Nativity)
Dec. 25th– 10 a.m. (Feast of the Nativity)
Dec. 31st– 7:00 p.m.
Jan. 1st-10 a.m. (Mary-Mother of God)
A Special Message from our Year 1 and 2 Students
Making our Holiday Meals Healthier using Canada’s food guide
The holiday season is fast approaching, and food and beverages are often central to many of our holiday celebrations and festivities. The new Canada’s food guide is a great tool to help you and your family make healthier food choices throughout this holiday season.
- Keep Proportions in Mind
- Encourage your family to use Canada’s food guide as a model at holiday meals. Aim to fill half the plate with vegetables and fruit and choose protein foods and whole grain foods for the other two quarters of the plate.
- Be Mindful
- The new food guide encourages us to think beyond what we eat, and to also think about how we eat. During celebrations there is often an abundance of food and festivities. Use these tips to help your kids be more mindful eaters in the busyness of the holiday season:
- Take time to eat: find the time and space to sit down as a family and focus on eating without any distractions.
- Notice your feelings of hunger and fullness: encourage kids to make food choices based on their hunger level, rather than boredom or availability.
- Think about your drink
- There are lots of sweets and treats during the holiday season. Replacing sugary drinks with water is a simple way to reduce the amount of sugar your kids are having. Let your kids try adding fresh fruit to water if they want a special drink for a special occasion. Here are some ideas to try:
- Chopped apples + cinnamon stick
- Cranberry + lemon
- Raspberries + cucumber
- Blackberries + mint
*To avoid risk of choking, make flavoured water in a pitcher and serve in glasses without fruit or flavours.
Think Beyond Food to Celebrate
- Finally, instead of celebrating with food, try celebrating with a family activity like playing a favourite game, making a holiday craft, going skating or playing outside.
Adapted from food-guide.canada.ca. Visit food-guide.canada.ca for more information.
Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.