Message from the Principal
During the week of May 5th to the 10th, we will be celebrating Catholic Education Week. This year’s theme is, “Living As Joyful Disciples” ( www.goodnewsforall.ca). During this week the Catholic community celebrates the unique and distinctive contribution that Catholic schools make to our students, our community and our province. Catholic Education Week is a welcome opportunity to celebrate the Missions of our Catholic schools as they strive to integrate the Gospel values of Jesus Christ in every aspect of the school’s life and curriculum. We invite you to come and celebrate with us and to grow in awareness of the distinct contributions our Catholic schools make to society.
In this month of May, the Church continues to celebrate the Easter Season which ends on Pentecost, Sunday June 9th. Part of our celebrations include our Catholic Education and our “Crowning of Mary,” mass which will be held on Tuesday, May 7th at 12:45 pm in our gym. At this mass we will also have our newly acquired Mary statue blessed by Father Malcolm. All are invited and encouraged to bring flowers for our Blessed Mother.
The month of May will also see our Grade 3 and 6 students involved in the Education Quality and Accountability Office (EQAO) assessments. These assessments provide parents and school staff with information combined with other teacher data that allows us to program properly for each child. We will try to keep our school a “quiet” place to help our students do their best. EQAO will begin on May 21st and will wrap up by June 3rd.
The month of May promises to be another very busy month at St. Augustine School. We also look forward to our baseball teams taking the field, track and field practices, class/grade trips, the annual Grade 6 trip to Paradise Lake, Ontario Eco school certification and much, much more!
We hope to see many of you during our school celebrations during Catholic Education Week 2019!
Loving God, we thank you for the
love of mothers you have given us.
Whose love is so precious that it can never be measured.
Whose patience seems to have no end.
May we see your loving hand behind them and guiding them.
We pray for those mothers who fear they will
run out of love, time and patience.
We ask you to bless them with your own special love.
We wish all our mothers a very special and happy Mother’s Day on Sunday, May 12th
Important Dates in May
May 6 to 10th is Catholic Education Week!
May 7th-12:45 p.m. Easter/Marian Mass in the gym
May 8th-6 to 7 p.m.-Kindergarten Parent Information Evening
May 9th-9 a.m. Catholic Graduate Expectations assembly
May 17th-8:30 a.m. St. Augustine Track and Field Meet at Mons. Doyle CSS
May 20th- Victoria Day holiday-no school
May 31st.-PD Day-no school
Disadvantages of a Late Arrival
In many classrooms, the first 30 minutes is a math or language lesson. Please consider the following if your child(ren) is late 10 minutes on a daily basis:
• 50 minutes of curriculum instruction a week is lost – almost 2 math periods lost.
• 200 minutes of curriculum instruction a most is lost – almost 7 math periods lost.
• 1940 minutes of curriculum instruction is lost over the course of the year – almost 65 math periods lost.
This accounts for a significant amount of precious instruction that students are missing. Staff want to give your children the best chance possible to succeed. Please support the school and your child’s learning by making arriving on time a priority.
As we begin to enjoy the warmer spring and summer-like weather, we would like to remind students about wearing appropriate clothing during the remaining months. At St. Augustine, we ask that students dress in a manner that is clean, modest and presentable. As such, Gr 4-8 students are reminded that they are not permitted to wear clothing which allows for any inappropriate body exposure, spaghetti strap tops, tube tops, cut-off jeans, shorts with a length less than mid-thigh, cut-off t-shirts, large mesh t-shirts, or any clothing with slogans which are contrary to the values we teach in a Catholic school. Clothing should reflect the fact that students are at school to “work at learning” in a Christian environment.
Folk Dancing Festival
The folk dancers have been working hard to learn 6 dances and will perform at the Folk Dance Festival on Tuesday May 7th at the Preston Arena. Congratulations girls on mastering the dances! Thank you to Mrs. Haynes, Ms. Cabral, Miss Rutherford and Mrs. Camilo for their leadership and guidance.
Do you know a child born in 2015? It’s not too late to sign up for JK for September!
There is still time to register your JK child for the coming school year. Register on line at WCDSB.ca , then call the school to book an appointment to complete the process. (519-740-3530). Any child who was born in 2014 and did not attend JK, is welcome to register for SK as well, using the same process. St. Augustine CES is a capped school, so only those students who live within our boundaries are eligible to enroll at our school. Please contact the office if you have any questions.
No Child Without Program
The Medic Alert Foundation Canada provides children and students, attending participating schools, one free MedicAlert medical ID, and free MedicAlert service plan coverage between the age of 4 and up until their 14th birthday. Parents and caregivers can visit nochildwithout.ca to obtain a PIN and bar code directly from the website. Brochures are also available from the office. If your child has a medical condition, allergy or special need that must be communicated during a medical emergency, this special program can be of service to you.