Welcome back! I hope that everyone had a relaxing and joyful holiday season. The staff at St. Augustine CES has taken the time away from school as an opportunity to rejuvenate and is looking forward to an exciting and productive winter.
I would like to extend a very special thank you for supporting our Christmas projects. Due to the hard work of staff and the generosity of families and students we were able to help others celebrate the season. Our Angel Tree Gift Bag Collection demonstrated the generosity of our families to help others in our community.
A special thank you is extended to our Planning Time Teachers and Itinerant Music Teachers for directing and coordinating our school Christmas concert. It was a joyful afternoon of performance and our students were well rehearsed.
Our Grade Seven students are continuing to prepare for the Sacrament of Holy Confirmation and our Grade Twos for the Sacrament of Reconciliation. Please continue to keep them in your prayers.
I wish you a very peaceful and fruitful 2020 and look forward to seeing all of you in the new year!
New Year Prayer
“ A new year is unfolding ~
like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.”
Lord, let this year be filled with the things that are truly good ~
with the comfort of warmth in our relationships,
with the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others.
As we make our resolutions for the year ahead, let us go forward with great hope that all things can be possible ~
with Your help and Guidance
Important Dates in January
Jan. 6th Painters will begin touching up necessary areas around the school. Classes will not be affected by this work.
Jan. 9th. Grade 8 Night at Mons. Doyle CSS
Jan 15th. Grade 7 Immunizations
Jan. 23rd. Dr. Jen coming to speak on Managing Anxiety in Children in a Hyper-Connected world
Jan. 24th. PD Day-no school for students.
Please remind your child(ren) that when they are at school, snow safety rules may be different than those you have at home. We all want our students to enjoy the snow and have fun at recess times. With our yard as full as it is, we do need to have some extra rules in order to help keep everyone safe. The following is the list of snow rules we ask the students to respect and follow while they are at school.
- The Climbers are always closed before and after school. All students are to be on the paved area only.
- No throwing snow at anyone at ANYTIME.
- Playing on the snow piles is only allowed under direct adult supervision – if there is pushing or rough play where a student can get injured, the piles WILL BE CLOSED.
- The snow is for everyone – nobody owns it so it is for everyone to use.
- If you see a snow fort, snowman or snow boulder – do not destroy it. The maker is the breaker.
- Snow structures are to be built several meters away from our neighbour’s fences.
- Please remember to brush and kick the snow off as you enter the school
The Umbrella Project Theme for the month of January is Cognitive Flexibility. Cognitive Flexibility is the ability to: change our strategies when we face new and unexpected conditions in the environment; solve problems in new situations; make sense of the unexpected; switch tasks easily; shift and change our thoughts as needed in a situation; and being able to think flexibly. This is a very important skill to master in order to be innovative. Cognitive Thinking is further explained in the video attached in the link below https://www.opencolleges.edu.au/informed/features/divergent-thinking/
Managing Anxiety in Children
Please join our Catholic School Advisory Council for an informative and engaging evening on Managing Anxiety in Children in a Hyper-Connected World on January 23, 2020 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Augustine CES.
Dr. Jen Forristal is a Naturopathic Doctor and CEO of the Umbrella Project, a school curriculum and parenting program designed to create change in our understanding of personal well-being. her program is designed to empower parents, teachers and children to choose wellbeing, even on the rainy days!!
All adults are welcome.
RSVP please at: https://bit.ly/34sNtuT
JK/SK Registration for September 2020
New JK/SK students can be registered on line for the coming school year beginning in February. Please contact the school to book an appointment after you have completed the on line registration. Appointments will be booked during 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.
We would like to remind our families that parent vehicles are not supposed to enter the parking lot of the school between 8:15 a.m. and 8:45 a.m. and between 3:00 p.m. and 3:30 p.m. Children are arriving or leaving school on foot and on buses and are not always paying attention to where they are going. Buses pulling in and out of the parking lot need lots of room to navigate where they are going and there is not enough room for them and other cars to move safely through the lot.
Cars pulling up to the curb at the bottom of the stairs are actually sitting in a Fire Zone and subject to a fine that is close to $100. It is a no stopping/parking area except for the school buses.
We also would like to remind parents that if you do pull into the parking lot during a safe time, you should enter through the west entrance and exit through the exit further east, closest to the child care parking area.
Street Parking- It has been brought to our attention that parents are stopping/parking on the street to let children out or pick children up during the busy mornings and after school times. Children have been seen walking/running out between parked cars and crossing the street in unsafe areas. We would like to ask that all families please find a safe place to pull over and let your children out or pick them up, away from the corner of Bismark and Leslie so that children are not scrambling across the road unattended in heavy traffic. We want to keep all of our students safe and teach them rules of the road and road safety whenever possible. Please make sure that your child goes to the crossing guard to cross the street. Many of our little ones are at risk during these times, so we are asking for your help to keep them safe and minimize the risk to them daily.
January 2019 – Role-Modeling Healthy Habits
Parents and caregivers… are you sending your children mixed messages about healthy living?
- Do you talk about the importance of eating a healthy breakfast before school, then rush out the door with only a coffee in hand?
- Do you talk about your weight and skip meals because you are on a diet?
- Do you encourage your children to choose water when thirsty but drink pop when you want a beverage?
Though you may not realize it, children watch the adults in their lives very closely. Being a positive role model and modeling healthy behaviours for your children will help them to develop healthy habits for life. Here are a few things you can do to lead by example:
- Follow Canada’s food guide and eat a vegetable or fruit at every meal and snack, while limiting highly processed foods (like cookies, chips, processed meats and fruit drinks).
- Avoid saying you don’t like a food. Children are constantly exploring the flavours of new foods. Talking positively about foods allows them to develop their own food preferences.
- Embrace that healthy bodies come in all shapes and sizes. Practice healthy behaviors (like eating well) to help you feel good, not for weight control.
- Accomplish a goal lately? Reward yourself with non-food items, like spending time with a friend, attending an art class or reading a new book.
- Participate in physical activity for the lifelong health benefits, the pleasure of moving your body, or because you enjoy the sport, rather than to justify a food treat afterwards.
- Focus on fun! Plan celebrations around activities you enjoy, instead of the foods you want to eat.
- Turn off your phone and be present during meals.
- Be open to trying new foods. Try making a new recipe together, like this lentil salad:
Zesty Rice and Lentil Salad
Makes six servings
1 cup uncooked brown rice
2 cups water
2 whole lemons, all zest and juice
1 Tbsp fresh ginger, grated
1 tsp Dijon mustard
½ tsp black pepper
1 can (19 oz.) green or brown lentils, drained and rinsed
1 whole bell pepper (red, yellow or orange), diced
2 cups kale, chopped
1 whole apple or pear, cored and diced
- Cook brown rice according to package directions (usually 1 cup rice to 2 cups water).
- In small bowl, whisk together the lemon zest, lemon juice, ginger, Dijon mustard and pepper to make a dressing.
- Add lentils, cooked rice, bell pepper, kale and apple or pear to a large mixing bowl and gently stir to combine.
- Pour dressing over salad and gently stir to combine. Chill before serving, if desired.
Adapted from the Niagara Region You’re the Chef program and available in the Region of Waterloo Healthy Eating Recipe Book.
Brought to you by Region of Waterloo Public Health and Emergency Services.