Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                                               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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                                                                                                               April 13, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Professional Day

We had a teacher professional day on the blended learning concept this past Saturday morning along with teachers from Bishop McVinney school. One of our parents, Mrs. Raftery, a math coach from Pleasant View Elementary School, was one of the instructors for the day. I have mentioned in a previous weekly letter that we are the first Catholic school in the Diocese of Providence to be trained by the Highlander Group in the blended learning concept. Blended learning helps to provide students with smaller group instruction with their teacher, as well as, using technology as one of the instructional resources. This does not mean we are eliminating traditional teaching methods entirely, but instead are enhancing teaching with updated methodologies. It is a process, and with any process there is a timetable for implementation. It will be a significant but beneficial undertaking. Training of our faculty, to provide them with the tools they need to implement the plan, has started this spring and will continue next year. Once again the efforts of our Home & School Association is providing the funds needed, in this case, for the technology and infrastructure support that is needed to make an effective implementation. I can’t stress how important the continued support of our Home & School events, like the auction, will make all these wonderful opportunities come to fruition.

Happy Easter!

I would like to wish all of you a very happy and holy Easter. St. Augustine Church hosts services starting tonight with the evening Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7pm. As Father Forcier mentioned to the children this week, Thursday’s Mass celebrates the institution of the Holy Eucharist, remembers the service of Jesus by his washing of the apostles’ feet, and it also reminds us of our ministerial duties as Catholics. On Good Friday, there is Veneration of the Cross at 3pm and Stations of the Cross at 7pm. On Saturday, our Easter Vigil is celebrated at 7:30pm with Easter Sunday Masses at 7:00am, 9:30am, and 11:30am. I hope you can join us this weekend.

Jesus is the everlasting “today” of God. This is how the newness of God appears to the women, the disciples and all of us: as victory over sin, evil and death, over everything that crushes life and makes it seem less human.      ~ Pope Benedict

Until next week…   

God Bless,  Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                                  April 7, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

New England Tournament

Last Saturday, the Boys’ Junior Division I basketball team competed in the New England CYO Tournament. We made the over two hour drive that morning to Bridgeport, CT, and played in the quarterfinals against St. Elizabeth from Bedford, NH. The game was very close through the first half, but St. Elizabeth pulled away hitting seven three pointers to win 38-25. The St. Elizabeth team went on to beat teams from Bridgeport, CT, and Boston, MA, to take this year’s New England Championship. The boys and I enjoyed the experience competing at the New England level. They did not give up during the game and showed that they belonged there. Even though the teams were competing at a high level, they were also respectful of the other team’s hard work and ability. My players congratulated St. Elizabeth’s on their victory, but also received praise for their own strong play and effort.  I hope to be able to take another team to the tournament in the near future.

Living Stations

Our sixth graders once again did a great job in their Lenten “Living Stations” production. It helped put us in a reflective mind set for the upcoming Holy Week. The students, parents, and friends in the audience enjoyed the performance. Thank you Mrs. Capirchio, Mrs. Wild, and all the sixth and third graders for their respectful and inspiring depiction of Jesus’ sacrifice on the cross.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                                        March 31, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Nature at its Best

Before school on Wednesday morning, some of the early arriving students and I were observing all the earthworms that emerged after the rain. Somehow, they convinced me to move the worms from the asphalt to the grass so the worms would be on safer ground. What started as saving one worm, became saving eleven worms.  Then we, (or at least I), gave up on the task as dozens more worms were found in the parking lot area near the church rectory.

Teaching Classes

With a few teachers out this week, I filled in teaching in a couple of classes. I enjoyed my time teaching the students and was impressed with their participation and the respect they showed. I look forward to filling in when needed in the future.

Faculty/Eighth Grade Basketball Game

This past Wednesday, we had our annual basketball game between the faculty and eighth grade students. The faculty won 54-52, but the eighth graders showed their aggressiveness, persistence, and skill throughout the game. Thank you to Mr. McGrath and Mr. Scampoli who served as the referees.

Reminder – Living Stations, presented by 6th grade, in the Church,  next Thursday, April 6, at 1:45pm.  All are welcome.

Also, good luck to our Boy’s Junior Division I team, who this Saturday, will be one of the two teams representing the Diocese of Providence in the  New England CYO Basketball Championships in Bridgeport, CT.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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