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Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                             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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Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                    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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Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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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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Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                    September 29, 2017

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Fruit Hill Fundraiser

Thank you to all who donated to our first major fundraiser of the year that was held this week for the Fruit Hill Day Center for the Elderly in North Providence. The school raised over $1000. This will help the center purchase supplies and programs for the elderly who are taken care of each day at the center. It is great to see our donations helping out local organizations in our community.

NEASC Visit

On Sunday afternoon, we will be welcoming  six principals/teachers, from Catholic schools outside of Rhode Island, to take part in our ten year reaccreditation. They will be visiting until Wednesday.  Starting all the way back in January 2015, our teachers and staff have been working diligently on our self-study report. The self study report is our reflection on the program of our school – academics, activities, faith, community, etc.. The accreditation team members coming in have evaluated the report we sent and will now come to see our school in action. They will be conducting interviews with our staff, and may even informally ask students about their experiences at our school.

I would like to especially thank Mrs. Phillips and Ms. Buote who have served as our co-chairs during the process, the teachers and staff for their hard work, and also your input through your surveys last fall. Even though there is a sense of anxiety anytime someone evaluates a school, we are confident in what we provide to our school community. This especially is revealed when we see how our students are successful in academics and extracurricular activities. It is also apparent in the moral, polite, and hard working students they become before they leave for high school.

Until next week…

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”

 

                                                                                                      September 22, 2017

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Starting Our Day

Our morning prayer assembly is always a great way to start each day. We are always so proud of the courage that the students show as they read the Gospel readings. Father Forcier and Father Brice always have enlightening remarks that the students can apply to their daily faith lives. Father Brice has made a great first impression in his first few weeks at our school in his knowledge and expression of his faith.

Frisbee Guy

Thursday we had a presentation sponsored by our Home & School Association. The assembly featured the world-champion frisbee performer, Gary Auerbach. He had visited our school two years ago, and once again amazed the students with his frisbee tricks. He also signed green & white frisbees which were passed out to the students. 

STAR Testing

STAR reading and math testing will take place during the next two weeks for grades two through eight. The test takes less than one period each of the two weeks for each of those grades. There is not any preparation students 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 kindergarten and one beginning in January.  

Until next week…

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”

 

                                                                                                            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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St. Augustine School

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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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