Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                                                    

                                                                                                             September 23, 2016

Dear Parents,

This week we had high schools come to visit our eighth grade students. Even though they are just starting their eighth grade year, thoughts do have to go to where they would like to attend high school next year. I am sure the eighth grade parents are amazed how fast time has gone by. Fair warning to parents like myself, who have children in the lower grades, that the time at St. Augustine School can be fleeting. I know our current eighth graders will have a fantastic last year, but they will also be well-prepared for their futures at the high schools of their choice.

This Wednesday night, September 28th, at 6:00 pm, we have our opening Home & School parents’ meeting in the cafeteria. Our Home & School has done so much for our school, including the refurbishing of the computer and science labs, a new scoreboard for our gym, a new sign in the front of our school, as well as, the usual programs and supplies brought into our school each year. After the meeting, we will also have a Book Fair Night where parents will have the opportunity to purchase books. You will also have an opportunity to look through  the storehouse of uniforms we have in case you need to replace ones your child has grown out of recently. Old uniforms can also be dropped off. I would like to thank Mrs. Maryann DiDonato, a grandmother of one of our students, who is once again organizing and straightening out the uniforms so it will be easy to search for the right size.

A couple of  weeks ago, I e-mailed a letter from our superintendent introducing the Renaissance STAR testing. The testing which involves both a reading and math component will take place during the next two weeks for grades three through eight. The test is done in the computer lab and takes only twenty minutes each week. There is not any preparation you can do and no reason to panic your child about taking it. The rest of the daily schedule will take place, and tests and homework will still be given. The testing will repeat in the same way in January and May with grades K-2 also being added in January.                                                                             

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

Visit us at: http://www.staugustinesri.com/  

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

                                                                             St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                         September 16, 2016

Dear Parents,

I would like to thank all of the students and families who participated in the St. Augustine 5K  Race/Walk event this past Saturday. We had close to one hundred participants, ranging from experienced runners to families just enjoying a walk together. Richard Bouthillette, our athletic director, has coordinated the race for many years and has always done a great job setting up and procuring sponsors. The profits from the race are used to fund school activities and projects.

If you ever have trouble having your children clean up after dinner, you would probably benefit from seeing Mrs. Vescera coordinate the clean-up after the lunches at 11:30 and 12:00pm each day at school. To make sure that the children are getting outside to enjoy some exercise, she has created a clean-up regiment that safely and quickly gets the job done. At this point, it has become a competition between the lunches each day to which group completes the task most efficiently.

This Sunday is the last of a set of registration dates for our basketball program. We have teams/programs for students in grades one through eight. The registration takes place in the school cafeteria from 6:00-7:30 p.m. So please make sure you come on Sunday if you have not yet registered .

We just celebrated the canonization of Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Each student will receive a key tag with a quote from Saint Teresa in their family envelope this Tuesday.

It has been really warm at school so far this year, but at the end of the week, the temperatures dropped dramatically. I hope everyone this weekend can enjoy the nice fall weather that has finally come.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

Visit us at: http://www.staugustinesri.com/  

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                                                     

                                                                                                                           September 9, 2016

Dear Parents,

I can’t believe how quickly the school year is going. We just finished our class nights (hopefully you found them helpful and informative). As the year continues on, you may have some additional questions. Sometimes you will find your answers on the teacher pages of our schoolspeak website. If you do not find your answer, always ask your teacher by contacting them by note, phone, or e-mail. My door is always open, but I prefer that you check with our teachers first when it comes to academics and classroom activities. Remember to always try to support our teachers, as they are working hard to help your child succeed.

As the summer has now officially ended, please remember to assist in the faith development of your child. Attendance at Saturday/Sunday Mass is important. Also, once a month we have “Mass Club”. There is one “Mass Club” each month. The students who attend go to the 7:00 am Mass at our church, and then after Mass, they head downstairs to the church hall for breakfast treats. A flyer will be going home next week to sign up for our first Mass Club of the year on Thursday, September 22nd.

Our fall sport teams of cross country and tennis have started their seasons – good luck to them this year. Also, glee, drama, and dance team have begun their group meetings. Band, art club, and Lego-Robotics will soon be on their way, too. These are great outlets for our students to socialize with other students and develop their incredible talents.

Once again this year, we had some painting done in our school by the same generous donor. All three basement classrooms had their back cinder block walls painted and touch-ups were made around the rest of the classroom and hallway. Also, thanks again to Eastern Paints for their donation of paints.                                                                             

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

Visit us at: http://www.staugustinesri.com/  

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                                                    September 2, 2016

Dear Parents,

This was our first full week in school.  We had a kickoff assembly on Wednesday, provided by the Home & School Association. They brought in a magician who amazed the students and also taught about effective communication. Thursday, we celebrated our first school Mass with Father Forcier and Father Scott presiding. Their involvement and participation in our school’s daily activities has made us a strong Catholic institution.

Our class nights began this week. I believe both parents and teachers benefit from these informational sessions at the beginning of the year. Next week, grades two, three, four and five have their meetings on Wednesday night, and middle school has its night on Thursday. Please make sure one parent attends these meetings this week for their child(ren).

Next Saturday, we have our annual 5K run. If you have not already signed up, you can register at https://www.RunReg.com/st-augustine-5k. It has always been a great day to spend with families at St. Augustine School. Please join us next Wednesday.

On a closing note, Mrs. Brassard and I would like to thank you for all your prayers, kind words and support this week. This past Sunday, her sister was in a tragic bicycle accident and passed away on Tuesday.  As you did last December, when our youngest child, Leah, was in the hospital, you have shown how strong a school community can be, especially in a Catholic school. Thank you once again for all that you do.

“Our loved ones have not disappeared into dark nothingness: Hope assures us that that they are in God’s good and strong hands. Love is stronger than death,” – Pope Francis                                                                                  

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

Visit us at: http://www.staugustinesri.com/  

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                                                         August 26, 2016

 

Dear Parents,                                                                                         

It was great seeing all the students (new and old) on the first day of school this past Thursday. Once again this year, we will be having morning prayer in the gym. It is a great way to start each day. Please remember to have your child/children in school by 8:15 a.m. for the start of prayer.

As part of our upcoming NEASC accreditation review (accreditation during the  fall of 2017), we needed to review our school’s mission statement. This week we unveiled to the students our reworked mission statement which is written below.  Our goal is to continue to make the mission statement an integral part of how we live each day at St. Augustine School.

The Mission of St. Augustine School

The Mission of St. Augustine School is to follow the Way, the Truth, and the Life of Christ by nurturing prayerful, responsible, and compassionate members of society. By challenging our students to strive for excellence, they become well-rounded individuals with strong character, knowledge, and faith.

It can be very busy and hectic at dismissal time in the afternoon. With all students, but especially with our younger ones, it is important that we match each child with the correct adult that is picking them up. Some of our teachers are new to the school, and at this time even our veteran teachers may not know all of the parents/grandparents, etc. Please come up to meet your child and teacher when you see them. We want to continue to make sure that dismissal can run smoothly and safely each day.

The next two weeks we have our “Class Nights”. Please look at the schedule located on our website http://staugustinesri.com/  at Class Night under the parent tab.  As always, thank you for all your kind words and support during our first couple days 0f school.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

Visit us at: http://www.staugustinesri.com/  

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Mr. Brassard’s June 10th Weekly Letter

                                                                   St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                                   June 10, 2016

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Congratulations, Graduates!

During my years at St. Augustine School, I have seen many eighth grade classes graduate when June rolls around. We miss each class, but always know that they will succeed as they go off to high school with the foundation they have received at our school.

This year, twenty-nine eighth graders will graduate. You may remember me telling you about their successes in being accepted to the high schools of their choice. The academic standing and work ethic that these students have developed while at St. Augustine School has helped them achieve those goals. However, their academic excellence and excellence in the arts and athletics will not what we will miss the most. We will miss the young men and women they have become. Their attributes of respect, kindness, and generosity will be missed. Their camaraderie as a class and their concern for each other will be missed.Their love of God and family will be missed. I am sure that our  future eighth grade classes will have similar good characteristics, but it doesn’t change the fact that we will miss those individuals who will be leaving our school this Sunday at graduation. If anyone would like to attend, the graduation takes place at the 11:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday.

We know that the eighth graders will be leaving us with a strong foundation of faith. Our prayer should be that they will nurture that faith as they continue on their journey in life. Please pray that our graduates will receive many blessings in their future, but most of all that their faith will still be an integral part of their life as they meet obstacles and take part in their  many future successes.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

Visit us at: http://www.staugustinesri.com/

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized

Mr. Brassard’s June 3rd Letter

St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                                 June 3, 2016

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Religious Retreat

Last Friday, the faculty had a religious professional day at the Sisters of St. Dorothy Retreat Center. Father Forcier and Father Scott celebrated a Mass to start the day, and our own Sister Dorothy led the rest of the retreat. Sister Dorothy is a valuable asset to us in her wisdom, humbleness, and prayerful nature. She always has personal accounts that help express her ideas. In addition, she always reminds us that she is also looking at herself when providing us with advice or direction. Her main focus was on how prayer should be part of our daily lives and how we need to set aside exclusive time each day to talk to God. This time of year can become very busy and stressful, but this day of reflection helped center the faculty for the home stretch.

Volunteer Appreciation

Thursday afternoon we celebrated our school volunteers. Each grade took part in showing their appreciation for all the sacrifices our school volunteers make throughout the school year. After the celebration, the volunteers went to the cafeteria for coffee and treats. Thank you to Mrs. Quattromani and Mrs. Fera who set-up and ran the event.

Weekly Notes

  • Yearbooks go on sale next Tuesday – Friday. Please send in an envelope with your child’s name and grade and $18 cash or a check made out to St. Augustine School.    
  • There was a long line Tuesday night in front of the gym, as many parents came to take advantage of the twenty-five percent discount Donnelly’s was offering on uniforms.
  • Congratulations to our Father Scott, who on Wednesday celebrated his 3rd anniversary of becoming a priest.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

Visit us at: http://www.staugustinesri.com/  

 

Leave a comment

Filed under Uncategorized