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Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                           December 15, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Christmas Concert

It was another amazing Christmas concert last night. The singing by our choir and glee was uplifting, the performance by our dance team, and the production put on by our drama was enjoyable. Thank you, Mrs. Simeone, for all the prep work and, Mr. Vallee, for his assistance during the past couple of weeks. Thank you, Ms. Natasha, for your instruction of all the dancers in the school. A special thanks to Mrs. Vescera who, once again, did a great job preparing the drama club, but also in running the rehearsals the past couple of weeks. Thank you to Mr. and Mrs. DeQuattro who laid the groundwork and Mrs. Vescera who coordinated the rental of the sound system.  It is our hope to make this system a permanent addition, especially with the help of your donations at the past two concerts. Thank you to all who helped clean up after the concert by taking the chairs down and stacking them in the foyer of the gym.  As always, I am impressed with the community spirit involved in such a good deed.

Dress Down Days

Next week we will have two dress down days. Wednesday is our annual red/green with Christmas accessories dress down when we have the School House Orchestra performance. Thursday will be  dress down in spiritwear items that students recently purchased or green or gold for the dress down day if you had not purchased spirit wear. Classes were not assigned a green or gold color, so the choice is yours.

Christmas Vacation

Next week, we break for Christmas with our 11:30 dismissal on Thursday, (No EDP or lunch that day). It will be good for us all to get healthy for the upcoming new year. It is also a good time to have a mental break from our school work, practices, and early mornings. I wish all of you a joyous Christmas and a happy new year!

Until next year…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                                 December 8, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Christmas Concert

This past Wednesday, our students in the early childhood grades sang in their Christmas concert. These students were well-prepared by Mrs. Simeone as they did a fabulous job singing uplifting songs. I would also like to thank Mr. Vallee for his great job in filling in for Mrs. Simeone at the concert and for her classes on Mondays and Tuesdays. Once again, the pageant, performed by Mrs. Stover’s second grade class, was fantastic with entertaining songs and dance routines. Ms. Natasha’s dance students also did a great job in their dance performance. Thank you to Mrs. Vescera and her students for decorating the stage and Mr. Stephen Romano who played the piano for our choir.

Congratulations!

Congratulations to Mrs. McCurdy on the birth of her son, Liam Francis McCurdy, who was born this past Tuesday. I think that covers us for births for a little while.

Safety Reminder

We always want to be mindful of safety, especially at arrival and dismissal. Please make sure we follow the following guidelines below:

  • Please make sure we all use the services of our crossing guard on Mt. Pleasant Avenue and not just cross ourselves at different points on that street.
  • Please make sure we maneuver at extreme caution in the lower and upper parking lots at arrival and dismissal – making sure we are aware of any students who are walking to and from their cars.
  • Please make sure we are always having children leave the cars on the sidewalk side and not in the line of traffic.

Thank you for your cooperation in these guidelines to help avoid any accidents.

Until next week…

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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St. Augustine School

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                                                                                             December 1, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

God’s Blessings

We have two teachers that began maternity leaves after Thanksgiving break. Last Wednesday, Mrs. Simeone delivered a beautiful girl who she named Guiliana. Mrs. McCurdy, as of the writing of this letter, had not given birth to her third child. We wish them both our best during their maternity leave. Mr. Vacca is also on leave recovering from some recent surgery. During this time, we have three experienced substitutes taking over their roles. Mr. Vallee, Mrs. Simeone’s dad, who is a retired music teacher, will be teaching music, as well as, conducting the music at our Christmas concerts. Ms. Pollard and Mrs. Ambrosino, two retired and experienced teachers, will be filling in the roles of Mr. Vacca and Mrs. McCurdy.

Reaccreditation

It is with great pleasure to announce that The New England Association of Schools & Colleges (NEASC) officially granted St. Augustine’s School Continued Accreditation at their November meeting. We received all passing ratings. (Schools are given either a pass or fail on all standards.) As with all schools that are accredited, there are recommendations made that need to be worked on during the first two years after the report is written. Some recommendations, like the recent dismissal change, will be addressed sooner than the two year mark. Below are just a few of the commendations from the NEASC report that I thought you would be interested in reading.

“It is clear in the mission statement that St. Augustine is a Catholic school. The School’s mission appears to be linked to all aspects of the day, including morning prayer, grace after meals, prayer stations in classrooms, and a general sense of a school filled with “individuals of strong character, knowledge, and faith.”

“The visiting committee commends St. Augustine School for operating a high quality Early Childhood Program, including the staffing, facilities, instructional and classroom management strategies used, and the seamless addition of a PreK-3 program.”

“The visiting committee commends St. Augustine School for their dedicated, committed and qualified staff that have created a welcoming and nurturing environment for students and a professional and collaborative environment for faculty members, specifically a willingness of faculty members to support one another in all areas.”

Until next week… God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

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                                                                                                          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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Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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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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