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

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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

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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

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Mr. Brassard’s May 26th Letter

St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                   May 26, 2016

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Class Trips

It is the time of year when our students are going on their end of the year class trips. I was able to go with the eighth grade class on their trip to Holiday Hill in Prospect, Connecticut. Even though it was cloudy and cool, the students made sure that didn’t stop their enjoyment. They were well behaved and interacted nicely with other middle school students that attended that day.

Rosary

The month of May is almost gone, so Father Forcier led us in praying the rosary around the Mary statue in our back parking lot. Prior to saying the rosary, the students listened to a brief talk from members of the Living Rosary Apostolate. The group provided an envelope with a rosary and literature on praying the rosary which will be sent home with each student next week.

Art Show

We had our annual art show on Thursday night. I was amazed with all the artwork from the different grade levels. Besides doing a great job with the drama productions, Mrs. Vescera has done an equally great job in her first year as our art teacher.

*Reminder – Donnelly’s Fitting Night on Tuesday from 5-7 p.m. in the gym foyer – all orders this night receive a twenty-five percent discount*

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard 

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Mr. Brassard’s May 20th Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                                         May 20, 2016

Dear St. Augustine Family,

First Communion

Our second graders made their First Communion last Sunday. They were all very reverent as they received the Holy Eucharist for the first time. The  readers did an excellent job in front of all the people that packed the pews in the Church. It was great to see some of those  second graders receiving the Eucharist, once again, this past Thursday at Mass Club. Now that the big celebration is over, the students who made their First Communion still will need someone to bring them to Mass each week.

UNO’s Night

Thank you to all of those families who were able to attend the St. Augustine’s Pizzeria UNO’s night. It was a great time for the families and also a great fundraiser for our Home & School Association. I know the Home & School would like to have similar nights next year at other restaurant locations. We do appreciate all the support you as families give to our school throughout the year.

Spring Concert

Congratulations to all the students and teachers who worked very hard in the spring concert performance last 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. In the end it resembled a Broadway production. A special thanks to our teachers Mrs. Simeone, Mrs. Capirchio, and Mrs. Vescera who put together all the acts, songs, and practice for the night.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard   

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Mr. Brassard’s May 13th Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                           May 13, 2016

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Beautiful Weather/Time Passing

After a week of rain, it was great to see the sun again. The students are really enjoying their time outside at recess. We need to enjoy this beautiful weather when we have it, because as New Englanders we know it can change at any moment. Before we know it, we all may be  complaining about the heat in June.

Speaking of June, time is passing quickly. Soon our eighth graders will be celebrating events marking their graduation. We have our spring concert and art show coming up this month. Please continue to remind your child about how important it is to finish strong academically and in their faith during the next month.

Donnelly’s/Volleyball Game

Donnelly’s came to our school this past week to size students for their uniforms. I received many positive remarks about the new items added to our uniform.  Thank you! Donnelly’s will return on Tuesday, May 31, from 5-7pm, in the gym foyer for those parents who were not able to attend during the school day. Donnelly’s gives a twenty percent discount until June 15, but they give a twenty-five percent discount at the fitting on May 31st.

This week was round two of the athletic event between the faculty/staff and the eighth grade. We all enjoyed the friendly competition in the volleyball game, and it was a good way for the school to unwind as the year comes to a close. Students won this time again two games to one. Win or lose everybody had fun.

  • Thank you everyone for your donations to our fundraiser “Glasses for Kids” which totaled over $900
  • Also, please pray for our second graders who are making their First Communion this Sunday at 1 pm at the church

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard   

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Mr. Brassard’s May 6th Letter

St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                                                        May 6, 2016

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Teacher Appreciation Week

This week was teacher appreciation week. So, the Home & School Association spent all of last weekend refurbishing the faculty lunchroom as their gift to the teachers. They spent endless hours painting and putting up artwork. They worked so very hard for so many hours throughout the weekend. Also, a great thank you to Reuben Reyes who once again provided the painting expertise for this project.

Track/Volleyball

Last week, I had a chance last week to see both the track/field and volleyball teams compete. The track team was competing against local public schools since the Catholic Athletic League does not have a track division this year. It was a cold and windy day, but both the boys and girls competed very well against the opposing teams. We started our  volleyball program a few years ago, so it was great to see how our eighth graders have progressed in their ability over that time. The seventh grade has also improved this year.  Therefore, hopefully the sixth grade team will follow in their footsteps.

Books Are Wings

Our school collected 749 books during the past month that will be donated to “Books Are Wings”, an organization that will distribute the books to children who otherwise would not have a book to call their own. Thank you everybody for your generous donations.

Reminders

  1. Donnelly’s fitting this Tuesday, May 10, from 9:00 – 11:00 am. Remember that a twenty-five percent discount will be given for any order form that is handed in on this day. (There will also be a night fitting on May 31st from 5:00-7:00pm in which you would receive the similar twenty-five percent discount.)
  2. A packet will be going home this Tuesday with next year’s calendar, supply lists, summer math & reading packets for grades 3-8, and book lists.
  3. Glasses for Kids fundraiser next Friday – one dollar donation per child or any other amount you would like to generously provide will be appreciated.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard   

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