Message from the Principal

Well, November has arrived bringing with it some beautifully coloured leaves, cooler weather, more rain than we would like. All Saints Day, November 1st , was the day to honour those who have lived their lives in a way pleasing to God and who have been welcomed into Heaven. On November 2nd , All Soul’s Day, we remember and pray for those who have died. On November 11th, Remembrance Day, we also remember to honour those individuals who have given themselves in the name of our country. We are thankful for their many sacrifices. Let us continue to pray for one another, living or dead, throughout the month of November, especially those who devote their life to the service of the Lord and those who paid the ultimate price for freedom of our great country.

Throughout the school our staff and students are actively involved in teaching and learning activities. Today you will receive your child(ren)’s Progress Reports for Grades 1 – 8 and Communication of Learning Initial Observation for Year 1 and 2 of Kindergarten. We hope that you take advantage the opportunity to speak with your child(ren)’s teacher(s) to discuss the learning taking place and how together we can support the next steps for your child(ren).

Have a wonderful November!

 Angela Carroll


Loving God teach us to be people of peace.

Teach us to love one another that

there may be peace in our families.

Teach us to strengthen one another,

that there may be peace in our school.

Teach us to live and work justly, that there

may be peace in our city.

Teach us to give equal respect and

opportunity, that there may be peace in our


Teach us to be peacemakers in all that we do.


Important Dates in November

Nov. 5th-Progress Reports go home

Nov. 7th-Parent/Teacher/Student Conferences

Nov. 6th-Take your kid to work day

Nov. 8th-Photo Retakes in the afternoon

Nov. 11th-Remembrance Day

Nov. 13th-Caribou math Grades 3 to 8 (13th and 14th)

Nov. 13th-Junior Achievement Workshop

Nov. 15th-PD Day-no school for students

Nov. 27th-Grade 2 Sacrament Parent Meeting at St. Gregory Church 6:30 p.m.

Nov. 28th-Mons. Doyle Grade 8 Parent Night


St. Augustine School Christmas Concert and Angel Tree Collection

This year, our St. Augustine School Christmas Concert will be held on Friday Dec. 13 in the afternoon.  The concert will start at approx. 12:45 p.m.  Families who wish to attend are asked to line up at the side gym door.  That door will be unlocked at 12:15 p.m.   We respectfully ask that no one try to enter through the main door of the school.  Guests will be re-directed around to the side.  Please remember that there is no parking in the school parking lot.

We will be participating in the St. Gregory Church Christmas Angel Tree project again this year.  Watch for more news on when we will be collecting for this worthy cause.


   Christmas Poinsettia Fundraiser

We are very excited to announce our first ever “Christmas Poinsettia” fundraiser. Students will have the opportunity to sell beautiful poinsettia plants to their family and friends just in time for the Christmas season. All funds raised are going towards Intermediate activities, such as graduation.

This exciting campaign will run from October 30, 2019 to November 15, 2019. Simply fill out the order form for your own records (and for your delivery) and collect cash from your buyers. Then, place your orders on Schoolcash online. Finally, pick up your orders at the school on Dec. 4th and distribute to your buyers. Yes, it is that easy! Absolutely no cash or cheques will be accepted.

 CAMPAIGN: Runs from Wednesday Oct. 30 – Friday Nov. 15

 PAYMENT: Schoolcash online only.

 PLANT DELIVERY: Plants will be available for pick-up on Wednesday December 4 between 3:30pm – 6pm.


Dry Clothing Needed!

It’s that time of year again!  Students are outside in the damp weather, splashing in puddles, playing on soggy grass and having lots of fun!!  That means that socks are wet, track pants/jeans are wet-especially on the bottom few inches and sometimes, shirts get splashed by accident.  All students in the school need to have a spare change of clothes at school.  Socks, pants and tops are necessary please.


Earth Day Projects at St. Augustine!

This year we are going to bring out our St. Augustine artistic talent during Earth week (in April) and create some murals by up-cycling our garbage and recycling. We all need to  take a closer look at our recycling and think about how we can reuse them in different ways!

School Murals

We are going to collect all lids, big or small at school! Please wash and send in any lid you are not using! The more colours we can get the better!

 Student Mural/Sculpture Contest
Start thinking!! During Earth week this year we will be having an Art contest! Students are asked to bring in their own Art creations using up-cycled materials in April!

Please collect your own materials and start thinking of ideas for your own personal art you can make with recyclables and garbage! You be as creative as you would like! Murals, sculptures, etc.!


All Star Reading Program has begun for the fall

All-Star Reading Program is now running for 6 weeks.  Some students in Grade 2 will have the opportunity to receive extra reading support.  Thanks to our volunteers, Mrs. Douglas, Mrs. Ertel, Mrs. Souto, Mrs. Mate, Mrs. Sitarz, Mrs. Clarke, and Mrs. Wylie.  Our next session will begin in February for Grade 1 students.  Please consider helping children learn to read by giving of your time.  Contact Olga Cabral if you are interested with helping out with this worthwhile program in the future.


November Fit Bit-Plant Based Protein Foods

Canada’s food guide recommends that we fill ¼ of our plate with protein foods, and choose plant-based protein foods more often. Plant-based protein foods tend to be higher in fiber and lower in saturated fat than protein foods that come from animals. Eating less saturated fat and more fiber is good for heart health. On top of that, plant-based protein foods can be less costly, and are easy to prepare!

Beans, lentils, tofu, nuts and seeds are a few protein foods that come from plants. Of these, there are quite a few varieties and endless preparation ideas! Most of the time, you can add these foods to the dishes you already make for your family.

Here are some easy ways to include plant-based protein foods in your favourite meals:

  • Add beans or lentils to soups and stews instead of meat.
  • Top salads with chickpeas.
  • Add tofu to your favourite stir fry.
  • Spread hummus on a wrap or pita and fill with vegetables like lettuce, tomato and cucumber.
  • Use beans in burritos.
  • Blend soft tofu into soups to make them thicker and creamier.

Or, try this lentil recipe:

Curried Vegetable Lentil Stew

Makes: 6 servings

Get creative and substitute whatever vegetables you have on hand, fresh or frozen, in this recipe. Try replacing the potatoes with cauliflower, squash or sweet potato, or use spinach instead of green beans.


2 tsp                canola oil

1 whole          red onion, chopped

4 whole         garlic cloves, minced

1 Tbsp             ginger, minced (or 1 tsp ground)

2 Tbsp             curry paste or curry powder

1 tsp                garam masala*

¼ cup              cilantro, chopped

2 Tbsp             whole wheat flour

2 ½ cups          low sodium vegetable broth

2 whole             potatoes, diced

1 whole           bell pepper, chopped

6 oz                 green beans, chopped

1 (540 mL) can            low sodium lentils


  1. In a large pot, heat oil over medium heat. Add onion, garlic, ginger, curry paste, garam masala and half of the cilantro. Cook for 3 minutes, or until onions begin to soften.
  2. Stir in flour until absorbed, then slowly pour in the broth. Stir until combined.
  3. Add potatoes, bell pepper, green beans and lentils and bring to a simmer. Cover and cook, stirring often, for 20 minutes until the potatoes are tender.
  4. Serve with remaining cilantro.

*Garam masala is a spice mixture made of cumin, coriander, cardamom, black pepper, cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg.

Adapted from Visit and for more information and recipes for protein foods that come from plants.

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