Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                                             June 9, 2017

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 look forward to what they may bring to us next year.

On Wednesday, we had student council elections for the 2017-2018 school year. I am always so proud and impressed by the courage of the students who speak in front of a large group, whether at the morning assemblies, or in this case, of the election speeches. It is an important part of their overall education.  

There was a Pre-kindergarten graduation ceremony on Thursday. The students sang a couple of songs and did a little skit. Mrs. LaPlante highlighted qualities of each of the students as they received their diplomas.On Friday, we ended with a closing Mass, honors assembly, and a few songs sung by our choir.

I wanted to thank everyone for their kind support throughout the year. St. Augustine School is a great school with strong traditions. We have great students, teachers, staff, and families who take pride in our school.

Please pray for Father Scott, who takes over as pastor of St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s at the end of the month. We will miss him, but know he will be a blessing to his new parishioners.

If you need assistance in any way, our office hours during the summer are Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. I wish everyone an enjoyable and peaceful summer.

Until next year…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                                             June 2, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Sports Banquet

 

This past Sunday, our sports banquet was held in the school cafeteria. This year our parish basketball coordinator, Harry Rhodes, and our school sports director, Richard Bouthillette, decided to have one big banquet for all the sports instead of having two separate ones. It was a great time, and there was great food from Pauly Penta’s Deli. I would like to thank  both Harry and Richard 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, and their children who also are heavily 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.

 

Notes for the Last Week

 

  • Students may dress down on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week. Please make sure students dress down nicely for Friday, since we have a closing Mass and honors assembly.
  • May STAR testing results will go home in the envelope Tuesday and report cards will be handed out and posted on schoolspeak on Friday.
  • Art Show 6:00-7:30pm in the cafeteria on Monday, June 5th
  • Last day of school – Friday, June 9th – 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.

 

Until next week…

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                                May 26, 2017

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. This upcoming week of celebrations will keep them busy, so I am sure it will go by quickly for them.

Concert

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, drama, and band. It is amazing the talent that these students have and the work ethic they put forth. This year, the theme was based on Broadway musicals like Annie, Grease, Sound of Music, and Bye Bye Birdie. A special thanks to our teachers Mrs. Simeone, Mrs. Capirchio, Mrs. Vescera, Mr. DeLillo, Mrs. Wild, and Ms. Natasha who put together all the acts, songs, and dances for the night. Also, thank you to Mrs. Perullo and Mr. Romano for their piano accompaniment.

Donnelly’s

Donnelly’s will be at school next Tuesday, May 3o, 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 3oth. Remember that our transition year has ended, so green shorts and pants can no longer be used. Also, the polo shirts, ties, and gym clothes change to the new versions introduced this past year. Unfortunately we do not have a source to give the outdated uniforms, so please do not drop them off at school, but instead donate them to a local charity. We will take any jumpers, skirts, and blouses that your child has outgrown to pass on to existing families.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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St. Augustine School

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                                                                                                                               May 19, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

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 3:30-5:00pm – 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.

Exams

This week began the exam schedule for our middle school grades. Another sign of the upcoming end of the school year. Please pray for all the students as they take their last exams/tests before the end of the year.

Mass Club

We had our last Mass Club of the year this past Thursday. Thank you again to all the students who attended the 7:00 am Mass once a month since September. Also, thank you to all those teachers, parents, and grandparents who were able to join us and help out with the snacks that were had after each Mass. Even though we had a consistently large number of student attendees, we welcome new comers next September.

Reminders

Next week, we have our school Mass on Ascension Thursday at 9:00am – all our welcome to attend. Also, next Wednesday night, we have our spring concert/performance which has the theme of Broadway musicals. Please remember that the start time has changed to 6:30pm due to the Ascension Thursday vigil Mass. Doors will open at 6:oopm – no earlier.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                                  May 11, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

I would like to take the time to recognize three individuals who will be making the 2016-2017 school year their last one. This year, we will be wishing our best to Mrs. Barbara Shawver, our fourth grade teacher,  Mrs. Patty Palumbo, our school’s receptionist, and Father Scott.

Mrs. Shawver began teaching at St. Augustine School in 2005. At that time, I was teaching grade five and was the team leader of the intermediate grades. Both grades three and four were having a newly hired teacher, and I was a little worried about providing support to them. Mrs. Shawver and Ms. Pollard both made my worries go away very quickly. Mrs. Shawver’s excellent teaching techniques have helped her students in making that transition to higher academic skills. She always expected the most out of her students, but also gave them the tools and the guidance to reach their goals. Her students adapted better to the rigors of fourth grade because she brought a smile to her students with her great sense of humor. Her colleagues will also miss the laughter, the conversations, and those experiences they shared with Mrs. Shawver.

Mrs. Palumbo has been an asset to our front office since 2007. Mrs. Palumbo’s pleasant personality has greeted many a caller or visitor. Her patience and caring concern has welcomed many sick or injured children each day during those many years. Her calm demeanor always was a God send to the students who came to the office for a thermometer check or a band-aid. I know she will not miss the weekly filling of the family envelopes – a task that each family would be lost without.  Each of Mrs. Palumbo’s three children attended St. Augustine School. They are  all grown up, and it is now time for Patty and her husband, Peter, to enjoy more time together as she leaves her calling as our school’s receptionist.

Lastly, we heard this weekend at Mass that Father Scott has been assigned to become pastor of St. Patrick’s and St. Joseph’s parishes in the Burrillville area. Two years went by so quickly. It seems like we just met Father. Father’s upbeat and energizing personality will be missed. I will miss my frequent conversations with him, and the students will miss his morning encouragement and high fives at the gym door. As happy as we are for Father, we will certainly miss him and his service to our school and parish.

Saying goodbye to friends is very difficult. Mrs. Shawver, Mrs. Palumbo, and Father Scott’s daily presence will be sorely missed, but they will remain a part of our St. Augustine Family. God bless each of them and we wish them good luck in their future endeavors!

 

Until next week… God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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Dear St. Augustine Family,

Father/Daughter Dance

Last Friday, the annual Father/Daughter dance was held at the Alpine Country Club. The girls and their fathers dressed up in fancy attire for the night. There was a lot of dancing, photos, and fun. I have gone with my daughters since they were in Pre-kindergarten and 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.

Eighth Grade Graduation Picture

Speaking of time flying, our eighth graders had their graduation pictures taken at church this past Monday. The picture of the Class of 2017 is taken with Father Forcier, Father Scott, Sister Dorothy, Mr. Vacca, Mrs. Fera, and myself. Afterwards, Mr. Vacca also takes some additional candid photos of the class in their graduation gowns. This month begins the final stretch for the eighth graders.  For some of them, this journey began ten years ago in pre-kindergarten.

Reader’s 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. It felt like the Academy Awards – they even had a red carpet where they took 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 category.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                                  April 28, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Reading Week

Reading week was once again a success. There were contests, guest readers, and presentations from the “Biomes” for the whole school. Each day, the students spent an extra fifteen minutes reading in class. Thank you to our coordinators Mrs. Shawver, Mrs. Stover, Mrs. McCurdy and our Home & School educational program coordinator, Mrs. Reyes, for all the work they put into the planning.

Law Day

I would like to thank all the police officers, firemen, and lawyers who made Friday’s Law Day possible. Especially those who volunteer to help coordinate the day: Jeff Varone, Deputy Assistant Chief (Providence Fire Department), Colonel Hugh Clements and Lieutenant Roger Aspinall (Providence Police Department), Michael Sweeney (Chief of Investigations Division of State Fire Marshal), and the Honorable Judge Susan McGuirl (Rhode Island Superior Court).  The children of each of these individuals currently or previously attended St. Augustine School.  Our middle school students heard presentations from lawyers, and all the students enjoy seeing the police/fire vehicles, horses, and dogs that are brought to the school.

Volleyball

I attended the volleyball matches at the school this past Monday. I picked a good night, since I was able to watch all three teams compete. At most competitions, our teams compete against other schools, but on this night all the matches were among our teams. The students handled the competition and sportsmanship well.

Mass Club

Thank you for all those who attended Mass Club this past Thursday. We once again had a large group of thirty students and teachers combined, including Sister Dorothy. We have one more Mass Club on May 18th, for those who would like to join us at the 7am Mass that day.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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