Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                February 16, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

During Wednesday’s morning prayer, the following students were presented with awards by Father Christopher Murphy for their accomplishments in the Diocesan Vocation Drawing Contest. Sonya Cheteyan in grade seven, Sofia Benevides in grade three and Morgan Lee in grade one were all the first place winners in the contest which had over eight hundred entries across the state. We have displayed their pictures outside my office if you are interested in seeing their great artistry.

I am proud of our accomplishment being in the top five for the category “Private Education” in the Providence Journal’s 2017 Reader’s Choice Awards. Thank you for all the voting support in the first round. Let’s see if we can out vote some of the larger schools like LaSalle and St. Andrew’s. Remember it just takes an e-mail and a password. You can use multiple e-mails and can vote every day from February 10th to March 5th. To use multiple e-mails on a single device, you might need to go under a “New Incognito Page” which you can find on most computers/devices in the top right drop down screen where you find Bookmarks, etc. Even though we found out late that we were nominated in the contest, we were able to get in the top five in just a day and a half of the original two week voting period. So let’s join together as a school community and do our best to tally up the votes! http://promotions.providencejournal.com/l/The-Providence-Journals-Readers-Choice-Awards/WelcomeInstructions

You may have noticed that the cover of our church bulletin now has a picture of the school on it – thank you Father Forcier! Every month you will see inside the bulletin an article from our eighth graders. Last week the article was about our monthly “Mass Club” which has recently increased in number of students attending. Thank you for all those that attend and we invite more to come – basically once a month on a Thursday at the 7am Mass with breakfast treats to follow in the church basement. The next one will be March 16th, and a flyer will go in the family envelope prior to that date.

I hope all the children enjoy the break.! Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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St. Augustine School

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                                                                                                            February 9, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Thank you to all who supported our Home & School event at Pizzeria Uno on Wednesday night. It was an enjoyable night and was a bit more relaxing knowing we had a snow day on Thursday.

As an update to one of my weekly letters from earlier in the year, our venture with the Highlander group is progressing. We will be the first Catholic school in the Diocese of Providence that Highlander has started a working relationship. With the use of some of the Home & School auction proceeds, we purchased sixteen chromebooks for grades three through eight, and are in the process of purchasing eight I-pads for grades Pre-K through grade two. These purchases will help us in starting the professional training for five of our teachers within the school. The Home & School has also committed to adding to the number of chromebooks and I-pads as we go deeper into the process.

In March, Highlander will begin professional training with the five teachers across the grade levels, that will focus on blended learning with the use of technology in the classroom. The professional training costs will be paid with our federally granted title funds since we are a Providence School. The next step will be to improve the consistency of our wireless infrastructure. There will be some temporary improvements to allow the pilot classrooms to begin the training. This summer, we hope to make more long lasting improvements by permanently wiring classrooms. We will use Home & School funds and also e-rate funds that I will be applying for this spring for the July 1st through June 30th time period.

It will be exciting to see these changes in our school. It will help with the education of the students by using differentiated teaching methods. I once again thank the Home & School Association and you parents for the work that has been done to raise these funds the past few years. I also appreciate our teachers for taking part in this new adventure. It will be a gradual process, but one I think will continue to make our school a twenty – first century learning institution.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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St. Augustine School

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                                                                                                                         February 3, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

It was a busy, but exciting, time during Catholic School’s Week. We had open houses on Sunday and Tuesday with over thirty families attending. Our students showed to the attendees  their talent in band, dance, art, drama, and in lego robotics. The seventh and eighth grade tour guides impressed the families with their love and knowledge of our school. I appreciate all the help from teachers, our office staff, Father Forcier and Father Scott, the students and parents who attended, and the Home & School that made both open houses successful.

We had our annual grandparents’ day Mass on Monday. Many grandparents and family members attended the Mass and visited the school afterwards. Our grandparents are a great source of support and faith for their grandchildren and our school. We thank them for all their contributions.

On Tuesday,Father Scott and the eighth graders entertained the student body with their trivia/game competition. Wednesday, the students showed their support for our country by wearing patriotic colors. Also, the Kindergarten students sang “I’m Proud to be an American” at the morning assembly.

Thursday was the vocation question and answer event. The panel was made up of a priest, deacon, sister, and married couple. The students asked questions about the vocations of each of the panel members. Also, Christopher Coughlin and Peter LeBeau went to St. Mary’s of Cranston to compete in the diocesan spelling bee for the second straight year.

Friday was our annual green & gold basketball game between the seventh and eighth grade students. This has always been one of our exciting traditions during Catholic Schools’ Week. The gym is very loud and full of excited basketball fans.

During the week, students were collecting money for RI Right to Life. As a school, we collected close to $900 in coins and dollar bills to support this worthy cause. The month of January was centered on respecting life in conjunction with Bishop Tobin’s year of honoring Mary our mother. Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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St. Augustine School

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                                                                                                                 January 27, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Next week is Catholic Schools Week. This week, especially, we acknowledge the blessing of all Catholic schools. The theme for this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge, and Service”. A faith that we are able to express each day at our school without fear, obtaining knowledge in an environment that is conducive to learning, and a service to others that is exemplified in the many good deeds our students do throughout the year. I feel truly blessed that I received an education at St. Augustine School and that I was able to work in that same great Catholic school community for the past twenty-one years.

On Sunday, after the 11:30 am Mass, we have an open house from 12:00-1:30pm for prospective new students. This gives us an opportunity to show the public the great attributes of  St. Augustine School.

On Monday, “We Celebrate Our Community” by having our annual Grandparents’ Day. Grandparents are a true source of support and love to our students, and a major reason why our children attend a Catholic school. We will honor them Monday at Mass and welcome them to our school afterwards for a visit.

On Tuesday  we “Celebrate Our Students”. On this day, we have our second open house for prospective new families. In the afternoon, we will have a gameshow in which our eighth grade students answer academic trivia questions with the whole student body watching them. Wednesday, we “Celebrate the Nation” with a patriotic dress down day. Thursday, we “Celebrate Vocations” by having a question and answer event with religious and lay people active in the Catholic community. Friday completes the week with our annual Green & Gold Game. During this game, players from our seventh and eighth grade compete in a basketball game with all the students/faculty/staff in attendance.

We are looking forward to this year’s Catholic Schools Week, the remainder of this school year, and to the successful future of St. Augustine School. As I have said in the past, your sacrifices as parents make all this possible for your children. Thank you for all you do and until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                           January 20, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

On Thursday, second grader, Michael DiRocco, was Principal for the Day. Principal for the Day was one of the items from our school’s auction fundraiser in the fall. So, I decided to have Michael help me write this week’s letter:

“ My day as principal was the best day. I liked using the intercom to make announcements.  I gave the teachers donuts to celebrate my birthday. I gave all the kids in the school extra recess. It was picture day, so I handed out t-shirts and called down kids to take their pictures. I was able to be part of the extra recess for my class.”

                                                                       ~ Michael DiRocco                                                                           Principal for the Day

I also enjoyed spending the day with Michael and witnessing his excitement.

If you have not already done so, please return your re-registration paperwork, registration deposit check, and the check for the yearly Home & School dues by next Friday, January 27th. After our open houses on January 29th and 31st, we will have a registration on February 6th for all new students. For this reason, it is important for you to return the re-registration packet by next Friday. Also, on the other hand, if you are not planning on returning, please indicate on that same re-registration form and send it back into the office.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                              January 13, 2017
Dear St. Augustine Family,

Typical New England weather arrived this week with ten inches of snow on Saturday and then 60 degree temperatures at the end of the week. It was fun for the children to play in the snow even though it was short lived.

For the second year in a row, Christopher Coughlin and Peter LeBeau will represent our school in the Diocesan Spelling Bee on Thursday, February 2nd, at 4 pm at St. Mary’s in Cranston. Congratulations to both Chris and Peter, and also to our runner up, 6th grader Josh Greenberg.

This upcoming week, there are team and club pictures on Wednesday and Thursday. A flyer went home this week identifying which pictures are taking place each day. Please make sure your child wears their team/club uniforms on Thursday so that the pictures will be well coordinated. There will be no calls made home since the pictures are on a tight schedule.

Progress reports will be posted on Schoolspeak next Friday, January 20, at the end of the school day. This is the first posting for the second trimester. Please review your child’s progress report to make sure that they stay on top of any  subjects that they may be having trouble. There is still plenty of time left before report cards come out in mid March.

Reminder: No school on Monday due to the Martin Luther King holiday.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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St. Augustine School , the Mother of God

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

 

                                                                                                                         January 6, 2017

 

“She is the Mother of mercy, because she bore in her womb the very Face of divine mercy, Jesus, …The Son of God, made incarnate for our salvation, has given us his Mother, who joins us on our pilgrimage through this life, so that we may never be left alone, especially at times of trouble and uncertainty.” – Pope Francis

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Happy New Year! I hope that everyone had a relaxing and enjoyable time over the Christmas break. Even though winter has just begun, the sun is setting about a minute later each day – hope for warmer months down the road. Now onto the second half of the school year.

Bishop Tobin has announced 2017  as “A Year with our Mother Mary”. The year 2017 marks the 100th anniversary of the apparitions of our Blessed Mother to the children of Fatima. During the year we should renew our devotion to Mary, imitate her virtues, and seek her grace in our lives. According to Bishop Tobin, each month will have a theme and January’s theme is “Respect for Life, especially unborn children”. Our goal will be to make it a special focus of our daily lives in school throughout the year.

At the end of this month we have our open houses, Grandparents’ Day Mass, and Catholic Schools’ Week. Please remind any grandparents that would like to share Mass and visit our school of the date of Monday, January 30th from 9-11 am. Also, let any possible new students’ families know about our open houses on Sunday, January 29th from 12:00-1:30 pm and Tuesday, January 31st from 9:30-11:00 am.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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