Mr. Brassard’s Weekly Letter

St. Augustine School

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

 

                                                                                                  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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                                                                                      March 1, 2018

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Safety in Our School

 

In light of recent events at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, we wanted to let you know that the safety and security of your children is a highest priority for our school.  The faculty and staff were trained in the past year by Lock-It-Down Consulting, L.L.C.  on lock down procedures. The training provided strategies and information that was helpful to us in preparing our school for situations that could occur. Part of the process, with Lock-It-Down Consulting, involved a review of our safety plan. After the review, the consultant was impressed with our plan, but also provided some things that we could add to our plans. The revision of that plan was conducted this past summer and shared with the Providence Police Department. Our school conducts all state required safety drills: fire drills, lockdowns, and evacuations.  Last year, we also installed an additional security camera for the front door to make faces even more visible for our office staff. When a person is not recognized, we will ask questions through our intercom system. Please advise any relatives that come to our school to be patient if questions are asked over that intercom. That step provides us with needed information we require when they approach the door. Please know that we are doing everything reasonably possible to protect the children from harm.

 

Welcome Back/Readers Choice

 

We would like to welcome back both Mrs. McCurdy and Mrs. Simeone who returned this past week from their maternity leaves. We also continue to ask for your prayers for Mr. Vacca who is still recovering from eye surgery he had in late November.

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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                                                                                                                  February 23, 2018

Dear St. Augustine Family,

 

Providence Journal’s Readers’ Choice

 

The Providence Journal is once again having its Readers’ Choice Awards. Last year, we were voted as one of the top three in the private elementary/middle/high school category, along with LaSalle Academy and Mercy Mount Country Day. Much of that success was due to the St. Augustine community voting online during the contest dates. We have just been informed that we have made the top five in voting for the 2018 contest. We would like to take another shot this year on being one of the top winners. All you need to do is follow the link below and vote for St. Augustine School under Kids and Education category, but specifically under Private Education. As was done last year, you can vote every day between February 25th and March 21st. You can vote on any of your e-mail addresses. Below is the link:

 

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

 

Remember, once you click on the above link, you will select the icon that is titled Kids & Education. Then, you will select the Private School tab and select St. Augustine School to vote for us.

Science Fair Winners!

 

It’s official! The following students will represent our school in the State Science Fair at CCRI in Warwick on Saturday, March, 17th.

 

Grade 8:  Lindsay Vescera, Noah Perullo, and Lindsey Frisina

Grade 7: Joshua Greenberg, Aria Teare, and Brigid McGrath

 

Thanks to Ms. Buote for all the work she did in guiding the students through the Science Fair process.

 

God Bless,

 

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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St. Augustine School

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

                                                                                                             February 15, 2017

Dear St. Augustine Family,

Jesus answered, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.”

Ash Wednesday

Lent began this week with the Mass on Ash Wednesday. All of the students from Pre-K through eight received their ashes at the end of Mass. We will have our first school Stations of the Cross after the upcoming winter break. Remember that there is no school this Friday. Hopefully, we will all return rejuvenated on Wednesday, February 21st, as we reach the end of the second trimester on March 7th.

Science Fair

The students in seventh and eighth grade completed their science fair projects. I was very impressed with the work of the students. In addition to their project board and research paper, Ms. Buote has each student present his/her project so that she can determine how well they grasped the topic they chose. There are also judges that score the projects based on a rubric provided. Our three winners from each grade will represent St. Augustine School at the State Science Fair in March.

God Bless,

Mr. Andrew Brassard

 

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