Principal’s Message

“May the road rise up to meet you” is an Irish expression meaning may God remove obstacles in your journey through life. As we head into our Lenten season, we can easily get caught up with the business of life and stray away from the true meaning of Lent: Prayer, Almsgiving, and Fasting. We are challenged to make our Lenten Promises more than just giving up something. As people of faith, we want to make this world a better place by strengthening our bond with God and helping others in need. God’s love becomes present and active by the way we love and by the good works that we do. During this time of Lent, students of St. Augustine School will be fortifying their relationship with God through daily meditation. It is in the most quietest moments that God speaks the loudest because there are no distractions. Meditation allows our minds to focus, to pray and to have an extended conversation with God. In addition to Meditation, students and staff are taking the initiative to give to those in our community who need our help. An Easter Food Drive of canned goods will be on-going until the end of March as well as the collection of Toonies in support of the Kids Ability Campaign which services many of our own students. Both the Food Bank and Kids Ability, will be grateful for any donation you can give.

Have a blessed Lenten Season,

Angela Carroll

Lent begins on March 6, 2019








Dear Lord,

Through our observance of Lent, help us to understand the meaning of Your Son’s death and resurrection, and teach us to reflect it in our lives. Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, You Son, who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit.

Fast from greed, feast on sharing.

Fast from telling lies, feast on telling the truth.

Fast from hating, feast on loving.

Fast from teasing, feast on kind words.




Important Dates in March


Tues. March 5-Shrove Tuesday-Pancakes will be served.  Students are asked to bring their own plate and cutlery in a Ziploc bag please.

Wed. March 6- Ash Wednesday Liturgy and Distribution of Ashes at 12:45 p.m.

March 11 to 15th-March Break-No School !!

Thurs. March 21-World Down Syndrome Day!  It’s Lots of Socks Day at St. Augustine!!

Thurs. March 21-Photo Day for our Grade 8 and Year 2 (SK) Graduates and our Sibling groups.

Wed. March 27-MADD Canada presentation to our intermediate students


St. Augustine Storm 2018-2019 Yearbook Sale on Now!

Don’t be disappointed, order your yearbook on line now on your School Cash On Line account!  You don’t want to miss all of the wonderful pictures of yourself and your friends making memories this year.  Yearbooks are the same price as last year, $15.00 each and Grade 8 Graduates get theirs free as a gift from our St. Augustine Parent Council.  Go to your SCO account now and sign up for your book filled with wonderful memories!!


Super Girls Fitness Pump Club

Our Junior girls are invited to increase their cardio, stamina and fitness levels in the gym every Wednesday afternoon at last recess until the first week of May.  Ms. Knopinska and Mme. Kudoba welcome all grade 4 to 6 girls to join them.  A consent form is posted on School Cash On line for parents to complete if your daughter wishes to attend.










Is it MEAN or is it BULLYING?

Bullying is typically a form of repeated, persistent, and aggressive behaviour directed at an individual or individuals that is intended to cause (or should be known to cause) fear and distress and/or harm to another person’s body, feelings, self-esteem, or reputation. Bullying occurs in a context where there is a real or perceived power imbalance.

When students disagree, or decide not to play with one another, they may say mean things like, “I don’t like you”, or “go away”. Although this type of talk may be hurtful, it isn’t bullying. We are trying to teach students to use respectful words and actions, but also to respect another person’s space. Sometimes, we just need a break from our friends, or an activity chosen by a group. Asking for this space is not bullying. It is important to help students differentiate between mean words and bullying behaviour.

We care about your child and all children. Staff aspire to promote fairness and well-being. We don’t want to accuse another child of bullying or intentionally hurting someone any more than we want to accuse your child of wrongful doing. Taking an ‘everyone is innocent until proving guilty’ is a justifiable way to handle a situation. Not every case is cut and dry or punishable by the same law. Not all cases are treated equal, rather they are treated with fairness. We want what is best for each and every one of our children.


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!


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THE NEW FOOD GUIDE                                                                          Amy Skeoch MHSc,RD

Canada has a new food guide! This version is certainly a lot different than the 1940’s original “Food Rules” that suggested Canadians consume specific portions of the six food groups. Although some things have changed, one thing that has stayed the same is the role of the food guide – to act as a basic tool that allows Canadians to follow a healthy diet. The guide is meant to provide variety and flexibility, as it translates complex science into practical patterns of food choices.

The main difference with this version of the food guide compared to previous versions seems to be less emphasis on the “what” and “how much” we are eating, and more focus on a general pattern of eating, and thinking more around “why” and “how” we eat.


  • The four food groups and rainbow food items  have been replaced with a plate showing real food items
  • There are no serving sizes provided,  only behavioural statements
  • There is also an inventory  of tips and recipes provided on the website to support the key messages.
  • The variety message is still alive and well with this version of the guide. Canadians are encouraged to “eat a variety of healthy foods each day by”:
  • Eating plenty of vegetables and fruit
  • Eating protein foods
  • Choosing whole grain foods
  • Making water your beverage of choice

 Being Mindful

Canadians are also reminded that “healthy eating is more than the foods you eat”. So, emphasis is put on:

  • Being mindful of your eating habits
  • Cooking more often
  • Eating meals with others
  • Enjoy your food

Where’s the beef?

This guide definitely emphasizes more plant-based foods. Although lean beef is still seen in the plate visual, the emphasis is definitely put on the ½ of the plate that is loaded with vegetables and fruit. Instead of a Meats and Alternatives food group, meat is part of the “protein” area of the plate, and is grouped with other protein foods like yogurt, beans, lentils and eggs. So even though it doesn’t have its own food group, it’s still part of a healthful diet.

What about kids?

The current guide gives little direction on any nutrient differences for children, or any other life-stages. Health Canada has said there will be another supplement released in the spring of 2019 that will provide some direction about these important life-stages, so stay tuned!

As nutrition is an ever-evolving science, it’s great to explore this new version of our food guide – and I really look forward to seeing the next release of information on specific life stages this spring. To check out the new guide and get more information and tools visit: