Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                          November 17, 2017

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Thanksgiving Baskets

Thank you so much for all your generous donations to our Thanksgiving food drive. The number of boxes of food that we provided to families in need was huge. Each year, Sister Dorothy has requests from needy parish families. She personally interviews them to determine their need. This year, we were able to help eight different families and had additional food that we will donate to local food pantries. In combination with all the TGIF donations that we provide to the Mary House food pantry, we as a school have provided for many hungry community members.

Happy Thanksgiving

I would like to wish everyone a very happy and restful Thanksgiving break. It is a great time to spend with friends and family. If you are able to join us Thanksgiving morning, St. Augustine Parish has a nine o’clock Mass. It is a great way to begin the day.  Also, please spend some time in prayer to thank God for any blessings we have and for his continued guidance through any difficult times we may be going through.

Until next week… God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                             November 9, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Veterans’ Day

 

During morning prayer on Thursday, our kindergarten class sang their rendition of God Bless America. Their voices sang loud and clear and the rest of the students and staff joined them during the second stanza. It definitely took a lot of courage for the kindergarteners to get up and sing, since they had many adoring eyes from the crowd. We may have some budding stars in the making.

Thank you to our middle school students who made over one hundred Veterans’ Day cards for patients at the Veteran’s Hospital in Providence. I am sure the thoughts they expressed will warm the heart of a veteran.

 

Day of The Dead

 

We  just celebrated all souls day last week, and I had an opportunity to  look at the middle school projects celebrating the Spanish feast  titled “Day Dead of the Dead”. Students created different representations of what would be a similar representation seen in Spanish homes or cemeteries in remembrance of someone who has passed away. The eighth graders made what are called “Ofrendas”. These are usually made a few tiers high and the eighth graders made some that are towering on tables in the halls of the middle school. They all did a great job and as usual, you will have a chance to see them at the art show here later in the year.

I hope everyone enjoys the long weekend! We will see everyone on Monday morning.

Until next week… God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                              November 3, 2017

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

All About the Saints

 

The students were very excited about Halloween this week. On Monday, some of the younger classes had their Halloween parties. On Wednesday morning, the students came in a little groggy at morning prayer from their late night trick-or-treating. Things picked up from morning prayer, and as a school, we went over to celebrate the All Saints’ Day Mass which was concelebrated by Father Forcier and Fr. Brice. During November, we remember the saints, and Father Forcier has asked the students to once again write an essay on a saint of their choosing. Each morning during November, Father reads a few of the saint essays that the students have written. As they listen to the reading of these essays, the students learn some facts about many different saints. Even though very holy, these saints were just like our students. As they followed their path in life, even though there may have been some ups and downs, they trusted in God to guide them to be the example they are to us today.

Saints in the Making

 

Mr. Cola’s grade four students got a head start on their saint essays. The class chose a saint to learn about, and on Wednesday, they toured the school in costumes representing their saint. In each class, they spoke about the story of their saint. Each student knew their facts and seemed excited to talk about their saint, even after doing it numerous times throughout the day for each class. I enjoy seeing the children develop as students from Pre-kindergarten, seeing the confidence they develop, the knowledge of their faith they gain, and the values that they take on. Mr. Cola, a graduate of Saint Augustine School, enjoys bringing back some of the traditions and projects he took part in while he was a student.

  

Until next week… God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                           October 27, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Fall Sports

Congratulations to our two fall sports’ teams. Both our cross country and tennis teams had successful seasons. Some of the cross country team members made their annual trip to the Manhattan race and finished very high in the rankings. I would like to thank Richard Bouthillette, Tim Coffey, and their coaching staff for all the work they put in with their teams beginning with the summer practices and throughout their fall schedules.

Picture Day

Ah, picture day! Though very busy at times, we do get through it with the help of Mrs. Varone and the photographers from Chestnut Hill. There is a lot of time between when pictures are taken in the fall until the time they appear in the yearbook. It is amazing how much students’ faces will look more grown up when we look back at the pictures that were taken this week.

Sister Dorothy

Even though I enjoyed the first couple of months teaching religion to the seventh graders, it was great to see Sister Dorothy return to her usual duties of  administering the faith to her students. Sister’s years of experience educating young minds and her dedication to her faith have been a benefit to St. Augustine Parish and School for many years. We welcome you back, Sister Dot!

Good Deed

The Early Childhood Team made ninety-seven cards and collected 2,419 snack items for Operation Holiday Cheer. This project gave us the opportunity to help The Rhode Island Blue Star Moms (proud parents of children serving in the United States military) to assemble care packages.   

Until next week… God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                             October 20, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Book Fair

Thank you to Michelle Pellegrino and her volunteers for another successful book fair this past week. Thank you for all who donated so that teachers could purchase books for their classrooms.                         

Mass Club

Thank you once again for all those students who made the sacrifice to attend the monthly 7am Mass Club. We had a great crowd again. I am always amazed by the continued determination the students make to attend the early time for the Mass.

STAR Testing

The fall STAR  math and reading assessment results will be going home in the family envelope on Tuesday, for grades two through eight. Inside the family envelope, you will find an envelope addressed to you as parent with a math and reading assessment inside. The one exception being that grade two has only a reading assessment in their envelope. When  the January testing is administered, Grade 1 will take part in an early literacy test. A good thing to remember is that this is just one form of assessment. Some students exceed in classroom expectations even though the numbers on tests will not always reflect that.

Trunk or Treat

Tomorrow from 1-3pm our Home & School is having their second annual Trunk or Treat event in our school parking lot. It is a safe way to receive some candy and a great time to meet as a school family. Hope to see you there!

Uniform Pants

Reminder that khaki pants are allowed for girls only from November 20th until March 15th. I expanded that window this year and will always monitor the trends of cold temperatures, and if needed, change those dates.

Until next week… God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                    October 13, 2017

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Breast Cancer Fundraiser

 

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women. Many of us have had a mom, sister, an aunt, or friend who has been treated for breast cancer. With our fundraising efforts during our dress down today, we have raised over $900 to assist the cause, but also to raise awareness about the early detection of the disease.

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 not only honor Mary our Mother, but also to tie in with the breast cancer fundraiser and pray for those mothers who fight through this disease each day.

 

Book Fair

 

Next week, we will hold our Fall book fair on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday, during the day and also a Wednesday night book fair from 6:00-7:30pm. Encouraging students to read helps develop their language skills, build their imagination, and understand the world to greater lengths. At home, encourage your child to put down the technology and open a good book. I think you will notice the benefits as they journey through their educational careers.

 

  

Until next week…

 

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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                                                                                                     October 6, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Blessing of the Pets

On Wednesday, Father Forcier led our third annual “Blessing of the Pets” event. There were cats, dogs, rabbits, fish and a whole slew of stuffed animals. Father Forcier made sure he blessed each animal and seemed to enjoy it, each time, even with some larger dogs present. This is one of those activities that builds the community feeling at St. Augustine School.

NEASC Visit

The visitors during our NEASC visit were very impressed with our school. They said that the school truly represents its mission statement. They enjoyed being part of the morning assembly and were impressed on how students answered questions, were polite in the hallways, and showed their love for their school and teachers. They were also impressed with the academic and extracurricular activities provided at St. Augustine School. They were impressed with the communication systems we have in place, the technological advancements, the introduction to blended learning at our school, and the successful implementation of our Pre-kindergarten age three program this fall. The full report will not be available for another month or two. We will do our best to implement any suggestions that they will provide to us, and I hope you will be helpful to us if any of those changes involve your participation. It will be another ten years before another visit, but we are always aiming to achieve excellence at St. Augustine School.   

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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