Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

“Following the way, the truth, and the life of Christ”

 

                                                                                                                 June 14, 2018

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Summer!!!!!

 

We have finally reached summer vacation. It is an opportunity to enjoy some time away from school and instead spend extended time with family and friends. I am proud of all the accomplishments of our students this year, and we can look forward to what they will bring to us in future years.

 

Ms. Buote

 

We say goodbye to Ms. Buote, who has decided to pursue her masters degree and therefore will not be teaching next year at St. Augustine School. Her dedication has been a blessing to our school. Her use of blended learning in the classroom, development of science labs for grades fifth through eighth, and her coordination of the lego robotics program at our school the past few years, has helped our students experience success in the areas of science and math. Thank you, Ms. Buote, for all you have done.

 

Thank You

 

I wanted to thank everyone for their kind support through my years as principal and teacher at St. Augustine School. All the many, many people I have encountered since I first started teaching in 1997, will be well remembered. We have great students, teachers, staff, in a school with strong traditions. I will miss each of you, but look forward to sharing in future experiences at the school, but now as a parent and alumni.

 

I wish for everyone to have an enjoyable and peaceful summer!

 

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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                                                                                                                    June 8, 2018

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Sports Banquet

 

This past Sunday, our sports banquet was held in the school cafeteria. It was a great time, and there was great food from Pauly Penta’s Deli. I would like to thank  both Harry Rhodes and Richard Bouthillette for volunteering to run our sports programs at St. Augustine School. They spend endless hours throughout the year preparing rosters, sign-up nights, assembling teams, gym coverage, etc. I would also like to thank their wives, Rochelle and Karen, who also are involved throughout the year helping out. We are proud of our sports at St. Augustine School and have them to thank for it.

Graduation

 

Please pray for our graduates who receive their diplomas this Sunday at the 11:30am Graduation Mass. They will all be going to different high schools bringing the lessons and values they have acquired throughout their years at St. Augustine School. We will miss them, but are proud of the people they have become as St. Augustine graduates.

 

New Principal

 

On Tuesday, Father Forcier introduced to the students, faculty and staff our new principal, Mrs. Janet Rufful. She spent some time visiting the students in the classroom. Mrs. Rufful is excited to officially begin her appointment here on July 1st.

 

Notes for the Last Week

 

  • Students may dress down all next week. Please make sure students dress down nicely for Thursday, since we have a closing Mass and honors assembly.
  • Last day of school – Thursday, June 14th – we will have a Mass at 9am in the church with an honors assembly and kindergarten ceremony to follow. All are welcome to attend! Dismissal on the last day is 11:30am with no lunches that day or EDP.

 

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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                                                                                                    May 24, 2018

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Spring Performance

 

Congratulations to all the students and teachers who prepared well for their spring  performance on Wednesday night! A lot of effort is put into this night by chorus, glee, dance team, and drama. It is amazing the talent that these students have and the work ethic they put forth. A special thanks to our teachers Mrs. Simeone,  Mrs. Vescera, and Ms. Natasha who put together all the acts, songs, and dances for the night. Also, thank you to Mrs. Perullo and Michael Simeone for their piano accompaniment during the concert.

 

  Holocaust Awards

 

Congratulations to our eighth grade students who received awards in the Sandra Bornstein Holocaust Education Center’s art and writing contest. The categories included painting, three-dimensions, art, collage, drawing, and sculpture. On Sunday night, the winners  will go to the center to receive their awards. They will be announced also on our awards night next Friday. Stay tuned….

 

Awards’ Night

 

Next Friday, June 8th, at 6:30pm, in the church, we have our annual awards night for grades 4-8.  Also, next Friday will be the last day of school for our eighth graders. The tradition is that they walk out with the applause of the rest of the students through the hallways. Our eighth grade will graduate at the 11:30 am Mass on Sunday, June 10th.

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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                                                                                                            May 24, 2018

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Eighth Grade Trip

 

This past Tuesday, I went with eighth grade on their field trip to Holiday Hill in Prospect, CT. This was their last field trip as St. Augustine students. They definitely enjoyed their time at the resort and also enjoyed the stop at McDonald’s on the way home. The upcoming celebrations in the next couple of weeks will keep them busy, so I am sure it will go by quickly for them.

 

                                                                         Donnelly’s

 

Donnelly’s will be at school next Tuesday, May 29, from 5-7pm, in the gym foyer for sizing and ordering of uniforms for next year. Donnelly’s gives a twenty percent discount until June 15, but they give a twenty-five percent discount at the fitting night on May 29th.

 

Spring Performance

 

Next Wednesday, May 30th, is our spring concert/performance. We’ll have performances from our choir, glee, drama, and dance team. The students have put in a lot of hard work – I am sure everyone will enjoy what the teachers and students have put together the past few months.

Long Weekend

 

I hope everyone enjoys the long Memorial Day weekend. The teachers and I will be at a religious retreat day presented by Sister Dorothy on Friday. Remember that there is no school Friday or Monday.

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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                                                                                                        May 18, 2018

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Field Trips

 

End of the year field trips are beginning. The students in Pre-Kindergarten -4 went to sing at Heritage Hills Nursing Home. It was a nice way to give back to their community. After their singing, they went to Johnston Memorial Park for lunch and a little playtime.

 

Rosary

 

Father Forcier ended the week by leading all the students and staff in praying the rosary while surrounding the Mary statue in the back parking lot. It was a nice way to honor Mary, our Mother.

First Communion

 

Our second graders will make their First Communion this Sunday, at 1:00 pm, at the church. They have been practicing all week with Sister Dorothy from 3:30-5:00 pm – kind of like a First Communion boot camp. Sister will have them well-prepared for this momentous occasion in their religious life. We wish them all true happiness this weekend.

Art Show

 

Next Thursday, May 24th, Mrs. Vescera is hosting our annual art show at 6:30pm, in the school cafeteria. Come and see artwork done by the students from Pre-kindergarten through eighth grade. Refreshments will be served courtesy of the St. Augustine Home & School Association.

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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                                                                                                May 11, 2018

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Eagle Scout Project

 

The flag on the pole, down by the lower parking lot, had become very tattered and was clinging to a tree after the harsh winter.  I had reached out to the Boy Scouts to help replace it. I ended up getting a great response. Christopher Grivers, one of our graduates, took on the assignment for his Eagle Scout project. He ended up receiving help to cut down the branch that was causing the problem and putting up a new flag and rope. He is also collecting any old  flags that you may have at home. They will be retired in a respectful manner in a Boy Scout ceremony later this month. The collection will continue until May 16th, and the collection box is in front of my office.    

Father Daughter Dance

 

Last Friday, the annual Father/Daughter dance was held at the Alpine Country Club. There was a lot of dancing, photos, and fun. I have gone with my daughters, since they were in pre-kindergarten, and I still have some years left to attend with them. But, Friday was the last father/daughter dance for our eighth grade girls. I am sure it seems like that time has flown by for the fathers of those eighth graders.

 

Help the Homeless” Fundraiser

 

This Friday, our school collected  $500 to support Help the Homeless Rhode Island, which is a local volunteer organization. Its mission is to create a statewide effort to help the homeless and impoverished in Rhode Island. They provide meals for those in the community who may not have a meal available to them.  Also, they distribute collected items to homeless on the streets.

                                                        Principal for the Day

 

On Wednesday, first grader, Owen Evans, was Principal for the Day. Principal for the Day was one of the items from our school’s auction fundraiser in April. I enjoyed spending the day with Owen and witnessing his excitement.

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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St. Augustine School

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                                                                                                                May 4, 2018

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Readers’ Choice

 

I attended the Providence Journal’s Readers’ Choice Award Ceremony Thursday night to find out the final results for the top private school in Rhode Island. Like last year, it felt like the Academy Awards – they even have a red carpet where they take photos. We did not win the award for this category, since the larger high school, LaSalle Academy took first place. Thank you all again for your votes that helped us become one of the top three in the Private School category.

 

Talks About Vocations

This past Tuesday, we had visits from two seminarian priests who talked to the boys in sixth through eighth grade about vocations. Sister Dorothy also talked to the girls in sixth through eighth about her journey to her own vocation. Both talks will help the students to begin to explore what their vocation may be in life, whether it be a vocation to the ordained or consecrated life, married religious life, or single religious life.

 

Law Day

 

I would like to thank all the police officers, firemen, and lawyers who made Friday’s Law Day possible. The students always enjoy the day. Our middle school students listened to a presentation from Providence’s Chief Judge Frank Caprio.  All the students enjoyed seeing the police and fire vehicles, horses, and dogs that are brought on the day.

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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