Message from the Principal
February, known as our shorter month, usually brings a wide variety of weather! The days start to become longer bringing hopefulness of Spring weather around the corner. This year is also a leap year meaning we will see February 29 which usually occurs every four years. February 29th is added to the calendar in leap years as a corrective measure, because the Earth does not orbit the sun in precisely 365 days.
St. Augustine students will experience some change in routine this month as the Catholic School Advisory Council will host a Valentine’s Day Dance on February 14th and later partake in Shrove Tuesday (February 25th). On Pancake Tuesday students will be invited to bring their own plates and utensils and sit down as a community to enjoy a pancake meal cooked by the Catholic School Advisory Council. A solemn Ash Wednesday will follow Shrove Tuesday to mark the beginning of Lent. Father Malcolm will lead us on Ash Wednesday @ 12:45 in the gym. Throughout the seven weeks of Lent, our school will keep the Lenten spirit through prayer, meditation, making Lenten sacrifices, doing good deeds for others and almsgiving.
February is also known as Black History Month. The history of Black Canadians and their struggle against slavery, racism, exclusion and inequality is a significant part of Ontario’s history. It is appropriate and important to recognize and pay tribute to the contributions that Black Canadians have made to the history of our province. They have contributed greatly to the shaping of Canada – at the forefront of the anti-slavery movement in the 1800s and during the human rights struggles in the 1900s.
Authenticity is our Umbrella Project focus for the month of February. Authenticity is the ability of being genuine and staying true to your values and beliefs despite what is going on around you. Authenticity helps students to feel confident in themselves and it improves others ability to trust them, which is a characteristic highly valued in leaders and in creating strong friendships.
All the best for a safe and loving February,
Important Dates in February
Feb. 4th-Grade 7’s at Confirmation Retreat at St. Gregory Church
Feb. 4th-Catholic Parent Council Advisory Committee Mtg. 6:00 p.m.
Feb 5th-Winter Walk Day-walk to school if you can
Feb. 6th.-Confirmation of our Grade 7’s at St. Gregory Church 7 p.m.
Feb. 10th– Grade 4 through 8 on Chicopee Ski Trip
Feb. 13th-Term 1 Reports go home
Feb. 14th. Valentines Day Dance Fundraiser in the afternoon in the gym. Wear red, pink and white!
Feb. 17th.- Family Day-no school
Feb. 26th-Ash Wednesday Liturgy and distribution of ashes at 12:45 p.m.
Feb. 27th.-6:30 p.m. First Reconciliation at St. Gregory Church
First Term Report Cards
First term report cards are going home on February 13th. The First Term Provincial Elementary Report Card reviews the skills to achieve academic success from September to January which were initially highlighted in the November Progress Reports. Students and parents are asked to complete, sign and return the bottom portion of pages 3 and 4 of the Report Card. There will not be an official time assigned for parent/teacher conferences however, should you wish to discuss the report card please contact your child’s teacher directly and they will set up a conference with you. The final Elementary Provincial Report Card will be issued at the end of June.
JK/SK Registration for September 2020
New JK/SK students can be registered on line for the coming school year beginning this month. Please contact the school to book an appointment after you have completed the on line registration. Appointments will be booked during the month of February. New registrations are not considered complete until all documentation is provided. Please be prepared to bring your child’s birth certificate, baptismal certificate (or if not yet baptized, please provide a baptismal certificate of the Catholic parent), and one piece of mail that shows your current address. Since St. Augustine CES is a capped school, new students must live within the St. Augustine boundaries in order to be eligible to enroll. New JK students entering school in Sept. 2020 will have been born in 2016, new SK students who have not attended school this year can register then as well– they will have been born in 2015.
Valentine’s Day Dance-a-thon!
We are very excited that our Valentine’s Day Dance-a-thon will be held on Friday Feb. 14th! This is the St. Augustine Catholic School Advisory Council’s main fundraiser for the year. Students are asked to get pledges from family and friends and then have their parent go on School Cash Online and make payment for pledges collected. No cash or cheques will be accepted at the school. Those who donate $25.00 or more are eligible for a tax receipt. Please click this link to provide information on those who require a tax receipt https://bit.ly/3ayCuU8 . All funds raised will be directed back to the school to help support students in a variety of areas. A portion of the funds may be used to help purchase a portable stage to be used for school functions in the gym. Top Fundraiser prize this year is a Toronto Raptors Package which includes two tickets to a basketball game and various merchandise. Spot prizes will be drawn during the dance and top fundraising classes will also win prizes. Parent volunteers are needed to help with the set up, running and take down of the dance. If you a some time to spare to help us out, please contact the school office. We are also accepting donations to be used for the spot prizes. (toys, gift cards etc.)
Welcome, and So Long….
Welcome to Brandon Elsegood who is starting as our full-time evening custodian! Mr. Elsegood has helped out at our school in the past and knows our needs very well. We say goodbye to Carlos Pimentel who has been promoted to day time custodian at St. Vincent de Paul. We thank Mr. Pimentel for his years of service here at St. Augustine School, he will be missed!
February Fit Bit-Enjoying Vegetables All Year Long
It can be challenging to find creative ways to fill half your plate with vegetables and fruits throughout our long Canadian winters. Our markets and grocery stores may not be filled with as many local options as they are during warmer seasons. However, you may be surprised by how much local produce is available throughout the winter months in Ontario. Locally produced vegetables such as beets, potatoes, cabbage, carrots, parsnips, rutabaga, squash, mushrooms, leeks and sweet potatoes are all available this time of year. Frozen vegetables are another healthy and affordable choice. If you are looking for some inspiration on ways to incorporate vegetables into your family mealtimes this winter, here are a few fun ideas.
Add frozen or winter vegetables to dishes
- Add sweet potato or squash to homemade chili and soups.
- Add shredded cabbage to salads – purple cabbage adds a splash of colour.
- Add leeks or mushrooms to a frittata or omelette.
- Add rutabaga, turnip or celery root to mashed potatoes.
- Blend cooked beets or sweet potatoes into a hummus recipe.
- Add frozen vegetables to stir-fries, soups, casseroles, pasta dishes or serve them as a side dish at meals.
Make winter vegetables fun for kids
- Make roasted parsnip sticks; they are a fun finger food.
- Cut and roast acorn squash in slices that look like smiles.
- Try spiralized sweet potatoes or carrots as a fun new way to serve these vegetables.
- Roast sweet potato or butternut squash medallions and let kids use cookie cutters to make fun shapes.
Find some winter vegetable inspiration in the recipes below
Visit Foodland Ontario’s availability guide to find out when Ontario fruits and vegetables are in season: https://www.ontario.ca/foodland/page/availability-guide.