Message from the Principal
It is hard to believe it is October already. Students and teachers had a fabulous start to the school year and have smoothly established the necessary daily routines and are now into the thick of deep learning. Fortunately we have been blessed with some delayed summer weather which has led to some great recess soccer games and an abundance of grasshopper catching!
As Thanksgiving approaches, we have much to be thankful for at St. Augustine School. We are thankful foremost for your children who you entrust in our care each day and who we have the privilege to celebrate learning with and watch grow into the caring citizens our future world needs.
We would also like to thank parents and students for your generous support towards the various missions and activities that have been happening at our school. Meet the Teacher Night was a huge success and the pizza wasn’t too bad either! Our Terry Fox run managed to raise about $ towards cancer research and our Thanksgiving Food Drive will draw in a bounty of food which will help many families in need at this time.
We wish you a wonderful Thanksgiving and hope you are able to spend quality time surrounded by the ones you love. Blessed are those who can give without remembering and receive without forgetting.
We Give Thanks to You By Ethel Faye Grzanich
As we bow our heads to pray, we give thanks to you God, for this Thanksgiving Day.
We thank you, Father, for our families, friends, and for all the blessings, both big and small, that you pour out on us each day.
We give thanks to you for this food and for the hands that have prepared it. We ask your blessings upon this meal: that it will nourish our bodies and refresh our souls.
We give thanks to you for this wonderful time together, and for each one present here today.
We ask you, dear Lord, let each one of us feel your love, comfort, and presence in our lives today and every day.
Let us not forget those who can’t be here with us today. We give thanks to you for them, too. We miss our loved ones, Lord, but we are thankful for all the good times that we had with them.
We know, Lord, that this life is not all there is; that the best is yet to come if we live for you.
So, help us each day to live our lives in ways that honor and please you. And we’ll not forget to give you all the praise and glory.
In the name of Jesus we pray. Amen.
Thanksgiving Food Drive
Once again, the students at St. Augustine C.E.S. will help support the St. Vincent de Paul Society and their Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive. Please consider donating items to help support those in need in our community. Some most needed items include: canned meat/vegetables, rice, canned fruit, cereal, dry pasta and apple juice. Please send items to school Mon. Oct. 1 to Fri. Oct. 5th
October 3rd is International Walk to School Day!
We encourage all students who can, to walk to school on Wednesday October 3rd, to be a part of International Walk to School Day. This day promotes healthy lifestyles and habits for young children and adults alike. It’s a reminder of the friendships that are built as we walk to school together with our friends, the invigorating feeling of a brisk morning walk before settling in to learn and who doesn’t love walking through the fallen leaves listening to their crunch? This year, Waterloo Regional Police officers will be joining students across the region on their walk to school. Watch for them as you walk to school on the 3rd, and don’t be surprised if a new friend you make that day is one of our officers!! Students who normally have parents drive them to school could consider getting dropped off a little further from the school property to extend their walk even a short distance.
On Wednesday Oct. 31st , St. Augustine will become Halloween Central!
Students are encouraged to wear their Halloween costumes to school that day. We ask that costumes not include a mask at school, and please avoid any costumes that might be scary to our younger students, or include weapons. Students will participate in classroom activities that may have a Halloween theme. They may also have small parties in their classroom. If parents would like to send treats, please contact your child’s teacher. We have designated this day as one of our Nutrition Free Days during the year where treats etc. are allowed to be brought in. We remind everyone that any products coming into the school MUST be nut free. This means that products from Tim Hortons may not be brought in for treats as they may contain or have been in contact with nuts.
Canadian Feed the Children Candy Drive
For the past two years now, St. Augustine students have generously donated some of their Halloween treats to the Canadian Food for Children program. We will participate in this project again this year by collecting any non perishable Halloween treats that students wish to donate. Each classroom will have a container that students can put their donations in from Thursday November 1st. until Wednesday November 7th. Canadian Food for Children representatives wish to thank you in advance for your generous support again this year.
It’s getting chilly outside!
As the temperatures begin to drop, we remind all families that students are outside each morning, lunch and afternoon recess time. Please send weather appropriate clothing including a hat, gloves or mittens and a warm sweater or jacket. An extra set of clothes is always helpful in cases where students may get wet, muddy or fall and tear their bottoms. We want all of our students to be dressed to have fun while outside and be comfortable to work hard at learning while in their classrooms.
St. Augustine is a nut free zone. Please be aware of the food your children are bringing to school to help us keep our students who are allergic safe. Having children wash their hands before they leave the house each morning is another very effective way to help us ensure that cross contamination does not occur if students are coming to school from a home that uses nut products.
Turkey Dogs for Technology
St. Augustine is proud to present: Turkey dogs for Technology on Fridays, beginning October 5th, running through to June 21st. 2019. Your youngest child should have brought home a form with instructions and information regarding this initiative. It has also been shared through our Newswire communications. This program is offered through a business called ‘the Lunch Lady’. You will be required to sign up and create an account for your children if you wish to participate in this program. All payments are done on line through their website. The goal of Turkey dogs for Technology is to raise funds specifically designated to purchase additional chrome books for our student’s use. Chromebooks have become an essential tool in the classroom, assisting students in their research as well as enhancing their electronic skills, so necessary in today’s society. This program meets all nutritional guidelines adopted by the Waterloo Catholic District School Board and is a nut and allergen aware program.
Recycle Program Changes
Please note this important change in our recycle program here at St. Augustine. We have been informed that we can no longer accept used batteries and ink cartridges here at the school for recycling. Please bring your batteries to a local Home Hardware Store location or Rona location-they both accept batteries for recycling. There are likely other groups that recycle batteries and cartridges in our area. A google search may help you find a location close to your home. We will continue to recycle the batteries that we use in the school through a board approved location, ensuring that they do not end up in our landfills. We thank you for your understanding.
Our YELL team has been busy this month selling Smencils to staff and students. These have proven to be very popular! We will sell Halloween Smencils beginning the week of October 22nd. We also will have special Christmas scented Smencils available in December.
Members of our YELL team also attended the We Day Toronto event on September 20 where they heard inspiring stories of other students and groups working to make a difference in both local and global communities. Students have sold many rafiki chains which are handcrafted by women in developing countries, which enables them to earn a fair wage for their work. By purchasing a rafiki, we are helping women in developing countries earn money to invent in their futures.
Fitbit October 2018
Fall for Squash
Crisp fall weather provides a perfect opportunity to enjoy the outdoors. There are many great ways to keep active as a family, such as exploring the beautiful trails in our Region, playing in the leaves or walking through the neighbourhood to look at Halloween decorations.
Visiting local farms can also be a great way to enjoy the fall. Take a hayride or walk through a corn maze. Visit the fields to pick your own pumpkin or a variety of other winter squash such as buttercup, butternut, spaghetti and acorn. When picking out winter squash, pick ones that feel heavy and have a dry surface without any soft spots or bruises. After bringing them home, you can store whole, un-cut squash in a cool, dry place for two to four months. There are many ways that winter squash can be part of a healthy meal or snack. They can be steamed, grilled, microwaved or roasted, and used in a variety of dishes such as soups, salads, pastas, pancakes and more. Check out the recipe below:
Avocado, Roasted Squash and Black Bean Tacos
Makes: 4 servings
1 butternut squash
2 tbsp olive oil
¼ tsp salt
¼ tsp pepper
2 tsp paprika
1 clove garlic, minced
1 bell pepper, sliced
1 – 540 ml can black beans, rinsed and drained
1 tsp cumin, ground
½ tsp chili powder
8 tortillas, small
1 avocado, diced
½ cup cheese (cheddar, shredded or feta, crumbled)
Optional fresh cilantro, hot sauce and lime slices
- Preheat the oven to 425°F.
- Peel squash, cut it in two and remove the seeds. Dice into equal pieces (about 1 inch/2.5 cm).
- Place the squash cubes on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper. Drizzle with 1½ tbsp olive oil; add salt, pepper and paprika. Roast for 25 minutes.
- In a saucepan, sauté ½ tbsp olive oil and the minced garlic over low to medium heat. Add the sliced bell peppers and sauté for approximately five minutes until the peppers are tender.
- Add the black beans, ground cumin, chili powder and ¼ cup of water. Bring to a boil. Cover and reduce heat to low. Simmer for approximately five minutes or until the beans are well heated and soft.
- In the warmed oven, heat the tortillas for a few minutes, or microwave them for 20 seconds.
- Top the tortillas with roasted squash, bell peppers, black beans, avocado and cheese. Serve with fresh cilantro, hot sauce and lime slices, if desired.
- Recipe adapted from Dietitians of Canada: www.cookspiration.com