Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                      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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