MESSAGE FROM THE PRINCIPAL
Greeting St. Augustine community.
It is bittersweet to see October come to an end as it was a month full of many warm days, exciting school wide events and a few new beginnings. As this month gives way to colder north winds and cloudy days, we remind students to pack extra clothing items for those times when the weather drops in temperature over the span of the day. Being proactive and having a pair of gloves, a hat and an extra sweater will ensure that your children are protected and comfortable during outdoor play.
November is also a month that paints grey skies, comforts solemn hearts, and remembers war. We have much to appreciate; kind gestures to acknowledge the great sacrifices of many people, brave actions by all and warm gestures to acknowledge the courage of others. Take time this month to reflect on the thoughtfulness shown by others. Take time to pray for the brave people who put their lives before others. Take a good look around you, and see those who are cold, hungry, lonely, sad, down and forgotten. These people live right here in our community and it cost nothing to show them kindness and compassion. A smile can go along way and you never know when you will make someone’s day.
Practice the Pause
Pause before judging, Pause before assuming. Pause before accusing. Pause whenever you are about to react harshly and you’ll avoid doing and saying things you will later regret.
Late Arrivals to School
We have begun to notice that more and more students are arriving after the bell first thing in the mornings. When your child arrives late to school, by the time they hang up their belongings, change into their indoor shoes and actually get into class, the morning learning has already begun. Not only do they miss the introduction to the activity, they miss the opportunity to say hello to friends and take a breath before they have to jump into their day. Other students are disrupted by late arrivals as well and they distract from the teacher who is presenting to the group. We kindly ask that every effort be made to get your students to school before the 8:45 bell rings. Give them the opportunity to say hello to friends and start their day off positively by helping them get to school on time. Of course, we understand that appointments etc will often delay your students arrival. Please remember to call and let us know when your child is going to be late for any reason.
Parent/Student/Teacher Conferences will be held on Thursday November 8th. beginning after school and running into the evening. As with the previous 3 years, we have set up the on-line booking site for parents to book their 10 minute time with their teacher(s). Families may begin booking their appointments on October 30th. Please go to: http://staug.schoolappointments.com to book your times. Booking will be open until November 7th. at 8 p.m. Instructions were sent home with the youngest child in each family. Please know that if you created an account in the past, it may have been cleared out, and you may be required to create a new account for this set of interviews. Please contact your child’s teacher if you have difficulty booking an appointment.
Playground Supervision Reminder
Most parents are aware that the school bell rings at 8:45 a.m. daily. Staff are out in the yard at 8:30 to supervise students. Students should not be arriving at school prior to 8:30 unless there is a special situation ie: field trip or excursion leaving early or sports or other practice organized by coaches or teachers. This is to ensure the safety and well being of all of our St. Augustine students. Before school programs are available for parents who need to have their children dropped off prior to 8:30. See the WCDSB website for more info and registration procedures for these programs.
It’s getting to be that time of year again…..it’s damp, chilly and the ground is often wet and messy. It would be greatly appreciated if all students could have at least one complete change of clothes at school just in case they get wet or messy outside. Also, our extra clothing bin at the school could use some donations of items size 8 and up for both boys and girls. If you have old clothing that your child has outgrown, and would like to donate it to the school to be used when children do not have extra clothes here, that would be greatly appreciated. Please contact the office to let us know what you have and we can let you know if we still need that size. We thank you in advance for your help with this as we strive to keep students comfortable and in school as much as possible.
Communication Guidelines for Parents/Guardians (APC 001)
When a parent/guardian has a concern or suggestion, it is expected that the concern will be taken up with the individual with whom the parent has the concern – for example, with the staff member involved. Therefore, the following process is in order:
Step One: Speak to the staff member…(issue resolved)…(If the issue is not resolved, proceed to step two).
Step Two: Speak to the Principal. If the complainant has not yet spoken to the staff member involved, the Principal will ask the complainant to do so first.
Step Three: If, having spoken to the Principal, the complainant believes the issue is not resolved, the complainant may speak to the Superintendent of Learning responsible for the school.
Step Four: If, having spoken to the Superintendent of Learning responsible for the school the complainant believes the issue is not resolved the complainant may speak to the Director of Education.
Step Five: If, having spoken to the Director of Education the complainant believes the issue is not resolved the complainant may register as a delegation to address the Board of Trustees. Information on how to register as a delegation to the board is available on page 12 of the WCDSB General Operational & Procedural Bylaw available online at: www.wcdsb.ca/ap_memos/policies/Board_Policies/Bylaws.pdf
The role of the Trustee:
You may contact your trustee at any time. The trustee will direct you to follow the process outlined above.
The Role of the School Council:
The School Council is not a forum to discuss parent-teacher-student issues. If these matters are brought to any School Council member or any School Council meeting, the concern is to be referred immediately to the Principal/VP who will ensure the proper process is followed.
For all other school-related concerns/suggestions that do not involve taking the matter up first with a staff member, the communication should be directed to the school Principal/VP.
Remembrance Day at St. Augustine CES
Since Remembrance Day is on a Sunday this year, St. Augustine staff and students will have their assembly on Friday November 9th beginning at 10:30 a.m. Classes will spend some time the week leading up to the 9th discussing the importance of this day and those who fought for our freedom.
St. Gregory’s Parish Catholic Women’s League Penny Sale and Christmas Bazaar
On behalf of St. Gregory’s Catholic Women’s League, we would like to invite you to take part in our very well attended Penny Sale happening at our Annual Christmas Bazaar. Last Year we raised approximately $1500 and made donations to Cambridge Right to Life, Women’s Crisis Services of Waterloo Region and Canadian Food for Children.
The Penny Sale has been an annual tradition since 1967 and draws families from all over the Cambridge area for this fun event. To keep this event great and continue to help the Cambridge community we need your help. Please consider donating a prize to our Penny Sale. Include a business card with your item so we can let those families know who our generous contributors are.
If you have any questions or would like to contribute, please call Tracey at 519.722.8066 or send me an email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you so much for your consideration.
St. Gregory’s Catholic Women’s League
St. Augustine CES Fall Fundraiser
St. Augustine is pleased to announce it’s annual fall fundraiser. Big Box Birthday cards are back!! They were a resounding success a few years ago, so we are pleased to be able to offer them once again to our families. A kick off assembly will be held on Nov. 6th. Oldest students in the family will be bringing home a sample box after the assembly. Order instructions and information will also come home with the sample box. Please note that this fund raiser will be done through our School Cash On line system only. No cash or cheques will be accepted at the school. Parents are encouraged to help their child(ren) collect their orders and once they are finished selling, go on line and make a payment for the entire amount sold. Thank you for your support once again this year! Go Storm!!