Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                            September 15, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

New Staff and Students 

We have just completed our third week of school. If you haven’t had a chance to meet or say hello to our new faculty, staff, and students, please do if you happen to come upon them. There is somewhat of an adjustment period when one enters a new job or new school, trying to fit into a new schedule, and getting to know a lot of new faces is also part of the process. That process can be challenging, so let’s make that transition as easy as possible. Our new teachers and staff are working hard and showing an excitement that I am proud of and glad to have at St. Augustine School. Please also pass this message onto your children, because it can even be harder for a young student to make these adjustments. Sometimes they try too hard to fit in and he/she does not express that desire to be welcomed in the best way. It is all part of growing up and understanding how to fit in. Soon they will be just part of our family, but let’s extend that helping hand and welcoming word to each and everyone of them.

Athletics and Activities

Congratulations to our middle school tennis team for winning their opening match on Monday! They split their two singles matches and won all their doubles matches versus St. Rose of Lima. Our cross country team also began its season this week with a few of our boys and girls finishing in the top ten in their races. The rest of after school activities have started or will be starting soon. I am very proud of all the art and athletic programs that take place each week. Please encourage your child to take part in one or two of these great after school activities.

Mass Club

Thank you to all of those students who attended our first Mass club this Thursday. We had thirty five attendees, which is the most we had at one Mass since we began Mass Club two years ago. All are welcome to our next one on Thursday, October 19th.                                                             

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                                 September 8, 2017
Dear Parents,                                                                                         

Thank you to all of you who were able to attend the class nights this week. We look forward to seeing parents of grades two through five this upcoming Tuesday. It provides for a good start, if we are all on the same page to begin the year. It is great to see parents and teachers working together to make St. Augustine School a fantastic learning environment.

The plan next week is to begin some infrastructure enhancements, including wiring and adding wireless access points to all the classrooms and other rooms and areas in the school, like the cafeteria, library, art room, and computer room. Last spring, I filed for erate funds which provides a 40% portion of the funding to complete the project. We received approval late in the summer, and, so, now the project will begin. The other 60% will be paid through the funds raised in previous silent auctions held by our Home & School Association. The improved wireless signals will allow us to proceed with the blended learning concept. This year, the teachers in grades three, four, five and grade six reading will be newly trained. Mrs. Stover, Ms. Buote, and Mrs. Brassard, who were trained last year, will continue their work on implementing the blended learning concept in their classrooms. Home & School funds were also used to buy twenty-four new chromebooks for grades one through eight and some i-pads for pre-kindergarten and kindergarten.

During the beginning of the school year, I have been filling in for Sister Dorothy teaching grade seven religion. I have enjoyed teaching the class and look forward to continuing, but please pray for Sister Dorothy’s quick recovery from surgery that she had this past summer. I know she is eager to get back, and we look forward to her return.
Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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

 

                                                                                                                  September 1, 2017

Dear Parents,                                                                                        

It was great seeing all the students as they returned for another school year! There were many new faces including those of children in our newly established Pre-kindergarten age three classroom. This summer we had some construction projects going on to accommodate the new program.  There were adjustments made to the two bathrooms on the PreK floor.  New faucets were installed that are easier to use and, thanks to Al Noviello, the smaller students can more easily reach those sinks with the new platforms he built in both the boys’ and girls’ rooms.  The newly remodeled fifth grade classroom on the second floor also looks great.

With the completion of the changeover of the school uniform, we had a huge pile of the older green pants, shorts, and older versions of the polo shirts and gym uniforms. Thanks to Maryann DiDonato, grandmother of Alice DiDonato, we were able to send the uniforms to students in Haiti through an organization in Massachusetts called the Lavi Project.  Students in Haiti cannot attend school unless they have a school uniform to wear. The condition of the uniform did not matter, so we sent all of them. Thank you Maryann for helping us in this most worthwhile project.

Last night was “Back to School Night” at St. Augustine’s. There were two showings of the amazing BMX  bike riders. Their tricks were amazing and must have taken a lot of practice to master. Thank you Home & School Association for providing this nice get together and kick off to the school year.

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

 

                                                                                                                             June 9, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Summer!!!!!

We have finally reached summer vacation. It is an opportunity to enjoy some time away from school and instead spend extended time with family and friends. I am proud of all the accomplishments of our students this year and look forward to what they may bring to us next year.

On Wednesday, we had student council elections for the 2017-2018 school year. I am always so proud and impressed by the courage of the students who speak in front of a large group, whether at the morning assemblies, or in this case, of the election speeches. It is an important part of their overall education.  

There was a Pre-kindergarten graduation ceremony on Thursday. The students sang a couple of songs and did a little skit. Mrs. LaPlante highlighted qualities of each of the students as they received their diplomas.On Friday, we ended with a closing Mass, honors assembly, and a few songs sung by our choir.

I wanted to thank everyone for their kind support throughout the year. St. Augustine School is a great school with strong traditions. We have great students, teachers, staff, and families who take pride in our school.

Please pray for Father Scott, who takes over as pastor of St. Joseph’s and St. Patrick’s at the end of the month. We will miss him, but know he will be a blessing to his new parishioners.

If you need assistance in any way, our office hours during the summer are Tuesday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. I wish everyone an enjoyable and peaceful summer.

Until next year…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                                             June 2, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Sports Banquet

 

This past Sunday, our sports banquet was held in the school cafeteria. This year our parish basketball coordinator, Harry Rhodes, and our school sports director, Richard Bouthillette, decided to have one big banquet for all the sports instead of having two separate ones. It was a great time, and there was great food from Pauly Penta’s Deli. I would like to thank  both Harry and Richard for volunteering to run our sports programs at St. Augustine School. They spend endless hours throughout the year preparing rosters, sign-up nights, assembling teams, gym coverage, etc. I would also like to thank their wives, Rochelle and Karen, and their children who also are heavily involved throughout the year helping out. We are proud of our sports at St. Augustine School and have them to thank for it.

 

Graduation

 

Please pray for our graduates who receive their diplomas this Sunday at the 11:30am Graduation Mass. They will all be going to different high schools bringing the lessons and values they have acquired throughout their years at St. Augustine School. We will miss them, but are proud of the people they have become as St. Augustine graduates.

 

Notes for the Last Week

 

  • Students may dress down on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday of next week. Please make sure students dress down nicely for Friday, since we have a closing Mass and honors assembly.
  • May STAR testing results will go home in the envelope Tuesday and report cards will be handed out and posted on schoolspeak on Friday.
  • Art Show 6:00-7:30pm in the cafeteria on Monday, June 5th
  • Last day of school – Friday, June 9th – we will have a Mass at 9am in the church with an honors assembly and kindergarten ceremony to follow. All are welcome to attend! Dismissal on the last day is 11:30am with no lunches that day.

 

Until next week…

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                                May 26, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Eighth Grade Trip

This past Tuesday, I went with eighth grade on their field trip to Holiday Hill in Prospect, CT. This was their last field trip as St. Augustine students. They definitely enjoyed their time at the resort and also enjoyed the stop at McDonald’s on the way home. This upcoming week of celebrations will keep them busy, so I am sure it will go by quickly for them.

Concert

Congratulations to all the students and teachers who prepared well for their spring  performance on Wednesday 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. This year, the theme was based on Broadway musicals like Annie, Grease, Sound of Music, and Bye Bye Birdie. A special thanks to our teachers Mrs. Simeone, Mrs. Capirchio, Mrs. Vescera, Mr. DeLillo, Mrs. Wild, and Ms. Natasha who put together all the acts, songs, and dances for the night. Also, thank you to Mrs. Perullo and Mr. Romano for their piano accompaniment.

Donnelly’s

Donnelly’s will be at school next Tuesday, May 3o, from 5-7pm, in the gym foyer for sizing and ordering of uniforms for next year. Donnelly’s gives a twenty percent discount until June 15, but they give a twenty-five percent discount at the fitting night on May 3oth. Remember that our transition year has ended, so green shorts and pants can no longer be used. Also, the polo shirts, ties, and gym clothes change to the new versions introduced this past year. Unfortunately we do not have a source to give the outdated uniforms, so please do not drop them off at school, but instead donate them to a local charity. We will take any jumpers, skirts, and blouses that your child has outgrown to pass on to existing families.

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”

 

                                                                                                                               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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