Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                         April 27, 2018

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Reading Week

Reading week was once again a success. “Camp Out with a Good Book” was this year’s theme. There were writing contests, guest readers, dress down days, and reading partner activities. Each day the students spent an extra fifteen minutes reading in class with Drop Everything and Read. Thank you to our coordinators Mrs. Stover, Miss Morelli, and Mr. Cola  for all the work they put into the planning.

Graduation Picture

Next Monday, the eighth grade graduation picture is being taken at the church. This is a sure sign that  our eighth graders’ journey at St. Augustine School is coming to an end. The weeks that are left will begin to fill with final exams, class trips , and many other end of the year activities for the eighth graders. We are proud of their accomplishments and know they will do well as they enter high school next year.

Summer Uniform Begins!

Summer uniform begins on Monday, April 30th. This means that students can wear shorts and polos again until the end of the year. It looks like they may all want to wear shorts as the temperature is projected to be close to 80 degrees some days next week.

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                              April 13, 2018

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Auction

 

It sounds like many people had an enjoyable time at last Saturday night’s Home & School Auction. Once again, I appreciate all the work that Danielle Tiernan and her crew put forth to make it happen. Also, thank you to all of you who showed support with donations.

 

International Night

 

This past Thursday, students in grades three, four, and five had an International Night. The students chose countries to research and created projects, brought in food items and artifacts, and some even dressed in clothes of their chosen country. It was a huge success! I would like to thank the teachers and students for their hard work, and especially Mr. Cola, who brought back a tradition he remembered from his time as a student at St. Augustine School.

 

Enjoy the Vacation!

 

April vacation begins after school on Friday. It looks like spring has finally come with the rising temperatures. It will be a good chance for the students to spend some time to relax and enjoy the good weather, so that they can come back refreshed and be ready for the final stretch of the school year.

 

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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

 

                                                                                                              April 5, 2018

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Auction

Saturday night is our fourth annual Home & School Auction at the Marriott in Providence. This night has proven to be a great success for providing funds to purchase many items for our school, including technology(chromebooks and ipads, a new scoreboard and sign in front of our school), to make renovations to our science and computer labs, and many other programs and activities that our Home & School sponsors. Please help us make this night a success so that we can continue to make these improvements to our school and to continue to make our school a great place for our students to learn and grow.  Please be as supportive as possible at this year’s auction, or even make a donation if you cannot attend, to help us reach our goals of enhancing the education of our children. Unfortunately, I will not be in attendance that night because of the next item below.

New England Championships

The reason I will not be at this year’s auction is because I am the coach of the Boys’ Junior team which is one of the two teams that won State Championships a couple of weeks ago. Both my team and the girls’ grammar team are participating in the New England championships in Waterbury, Connecticut. Unfortunately, I have a game late in the afternoon and will have to possibly stay overnight, if we win, or not be able to get back in time to be part of the auction night. The girls play Saturday at 1pm against St. Mark’s of Bridgeport, CT, and the boys play at 4:45pm on Saturday, against the winner of a game between St. George of Manchester, NH and St. Theresa of Bridgeport, CT.  Both teams would be in the New England Finals on Sunday, if they win. The girls would play at 2pm and the boys at 11:45am. See the brackets below for the complete bracket with gym locations.

Girls’ Bracket

http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=469565&tclass=7th%208th%20Grade%20Parish%20Girls

Boys’ Bracket

http://www.bracketmaker.com/tmenu.cfm?tid=469565&tclass=5th%206th%20Grade%20Parish%20Boys

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                  March 29, 2018

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

“Faith in the resurrection of Jesus says that there is a future for every human being; the cry for unending life which is a part of the person is indeed answered … God exists: that is the real message of Easter. Anyone who even begins to grasp what this means also knows what it means to be redeemed.” ~ Pope Benedict

 

Holy Week

 

This week did not have any snow days, dress down days, or special events. It was just a very simple week. I told the students on Monday morning that it seemed appropriate that this week did not have a lot of activities, but instead let us focus on Holy Week. Please join us at St. Augustine Parish for the Holy Triduum.  It begins with the Holy Thursday Mass at 7pm, and then follows with a reading of the Passion at 3pm Friday and Stations of the Cross at 7pm. The Easter Vigil takes place on Saturday at 7:30pm. There are also Easter Sunday services at 7am, 9:30, and 11:30am.

 

Providence Journal’s Readers’ Choice Awards

 

Thank you to all who voted for St. Augustine School as one of the top three private schools in Rhode Island. It is the second year in a row that we have received this honor. Just like last year, we will not find out if we came in first, second, or third place until a banquet held on May 3rd. The two other schools in the final three are LaSalle Academy and St. Mary’s of Cranston. LaSalle Academy was the first place finisher last year.

 

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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                                                                                                 March 23, 2018

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

First Penance/Living Stations

 

This past Sunday, our second graders made their First Penance in preparation for their First Communion in May. Father Forcier said they were all very well prepared and that each of them gave a solemn confession. May God bless them on their sacramental journey. Our sixth graders, directed by Mrs. Corsini, also presented a moving rendition of living stations in the church this past Thursday afternoon. Thank you to both the second and sixth graders for reminding us of the true meaning of Lent and the upcoming Holy Week.

 

Science Fair

 

Last weekend, the Rhode Island Science and Engineering Fair was held at CCRI in Warwick. The seventh and eighth grade winners of our school fair represented St. Augustine School in the event. Noah Perullo was awarded First Grant for his project “Walk on Water”. Three students were awarded Second Grant; Lindsay Vescera for her project, “How Waterproof is Water Proof?”, Aria Teare for her project, “Do Jellyfish Make Good Pets?”, and Lindsey Frisina for her project, “The Popability of Popcorn”.  Brigid McGrath achieved Third Grant for her project, “Price Vs. Durability”. In addition, Aria Teare will be receiving a special award in her category at the award ceremony on Thursday evening.

 

State Champions!

Congratulations and good luck to both our Girls’ Grammar and our Boys’ Junior Division One basketball teams who became State Champions this past weekend. The girls beat St. Michael’s of Smithfield on a game winning shot by Meah Piscopiello. The boys won both their games this past weekend over Our Lady of Mercy and Holy Apostles. Those two victories put the boys at a perfect 14-0. Both the girls and boys will take part in the New England Championships in Waterbury, Ct, on the weekend of April 6th. I will provide more details when they become available.

 

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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                                                                                                           March 15, 2018

 

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Lumen Gentium Honor

 

We are proud to acknowledge our own Sister Dorothy Schwarz, SSD, who is the recipient of the 2018 Lumen Gentium Service Award in the category of Catholic education. Sister Dorothy has served as the Directress of the CCD program in our parish since 1990. Sister, who has been in education since 1960, serves as our seventh grade religion teacher and also prepares our second graders each year for their First Penance and First Communion.  Sister Dorothy is also the Provincial, (Community Leader), for the Sisters of Saint Dorothy in the U.S.A. Sister has a generous heart, strong faith, and love of teaching. She reflects her love of Christ through all her works. She and the other award honorees will receive their awards at Twin River Event Center on Wednesday, May 16th.

 

Faculty/Eighth Grade Basketball Game

 

On Thursday, we had our third annual basketball game between the faculty and eighth grade students. The faculty won 87-80, but the eighth graders showed that they could compete at a high level. Thank you to Mr. McGrath who refereed the whole game by himself.

Readers Choice – Voting Ends March 21st!

 

Please remember to vote for St. Augustine School in The Providence Journal’s Readers’ Choice Contest as we enter the last week of voting. You can vote once a day from any e-mail up until March 21st. Remember, once you click on the link below, you will select the icon that is titled Kids & Education. Then, you will select the Private School tab and select St. Augustine School to cast your vote. Thank you in advance!

http://promotions.providencejournal.com/2018-Providence-Journal-Readers-Choice-Awards-Voting/

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

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                                                                                                                   March 1, 2018

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Hundredth Day of School

 

The school year is going by fast! We have recently passed the hundredth day of school. In celebration of the hundredth day of school, the early childhood team collected 330 food items that were sent to St. Edward’s Food and Wellness Center.

 

Mother/Daughter Dinner and Movie Night

 

This past Saturday night was the Home & School Mother/Daughter dinner and movie night. It sounds like everyone had a great time and enjoyed a good meal, the movie, The Star, and just an enjoyable time spent together. Thank you to Mrs. Brennan and her crew for all the work they did planning, setting up, and cleaning up after the event.

 

Stations/Confession

 

Since Lent began, we have been attending stations of the cross on Fridays. We will have our sixth grade perform a living stations on Thursday, March 22nd, at 1:45pm, in the church for those who would like to attend. The next two Mondays, we will be having confessions at church for the students in grades three through eight.

 

Readers Choice

Please remember to vote for St. Augustine School in The Providence Journal’s Readers’ Choice Contest. Remember, once you click on the link below, you will select the icon that is titled Kids & Education. Then, you will select the Private School tab and select St. Augustine School to cast your vote. Thank you in advance!

http://promotions.providencejournal.com/2018-Providence-Journal-Readers-Choice-Awards-Voting/

 

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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