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June 2018

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STUDENT ABSENCE

(613) 225 - 8020

Parents are reminded to call the school in the event your child will be absent.  Our message machines messages at any time.

Important Dates

June 18, 2018

OCSB Junior Track

and Field

Catholic School Council Meeting

(6:30 - 8:00 p.m.)

June 21, 2018

Grade 6 Leaving Ceremony Liturgy           and Reception

(10:00 a.m. Gymnasium)

Pizza Day

June 22, 2018

Carleton University Trip (Grade 6)

June 26, 2018

End of Year Liturgy    

June Report Cards

Sent Home

(JK - Grade 6)

June 28, 2018

Catholic Graduate Assembly and Awards and June Slideshow 10:50 a.m.

Last Day of School For Students    

June 29, 2018

Professional Development Days

(No school for students)

August 26, 2018

OSTA website

School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day

September 4, 2018

First Day of School

(SK - Grade 6)

September 24, 2018

Catholic School Council and Executive Elections 2018 Meeting

(6:30 - 8:00 p.m.)

 


Quick Links

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Parish Links

St. Augustine
613-225-7388

PRINCIPAL’S MESSAGE

Congratulations

Congratulations to the students who celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation on May 22, 2018.

Congratulations to the Grade 6 students.  All the best in Grade 7.

Congratulations to our school for being recognized as a Certified Silver ECO School.  Thank you to Ms. Jonescu and the ECO Team for inspiring our students to “Care For God’s Creation”.

Goodbye

We wish to say goodbye to the following staff members:

I would like to extend a special thank you  to Mrs. Cecelia McNamara-McGuire who is retiring at the end of June 2018. We have been fortunate to have her as a teacher at our school for the past 14 years. She consistently demonstrated her commitment to the students by encouraging them to always try their best inside and outside of the classroom, by leading the school choir at our liturgies and masses and by having her Grade 1 students shine at the Three Piggy Opera play and Christmas pageants.

 

Martine Hotte (Teacher) accepted a position at St. George School, Carolyn Razzouk (Teacher) accepted a position at St. Patrick (Barrhaven) School, Sarah Wenslawek (Teacher) accepted a position at St. Michael Fitzroy, Trevor Lach (Early Childhood Educator) accepted a position at Assumption School, Suzan Flatia (Educational Assistant) accepted a position at Immaculata High School, Suzanne Groenewegen (Educational Assistant) accepted a position at St. Pius X High School  Their contributions and dedication to the St. Augustine community have been greatly appreciated.

Thank You

Thank you to Gabriella Gonzalez-Meijai (Long Term Occasional Teacher) and to Jarett Gentle (Caretaker) who replaced staff this year.

Thank you to the Catholic School Council for providing additional funding for our excursions to the museums and the Aquatarium.

Thank you to Mr. Adam McEvoy (Tado Designs) who designed a stunning shark, made of metal and polished glass, for our main foyer.  

The staff look forward to seeing our returning and and new families at St. Augustine on Tuesday, September 4, 2018.

We wish all of our families a safe and restful summer.  


FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL (Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.)

The first day of school for SK - Grade 6 students is Tuesday, September 4, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.  

During the summer months, new registrations will be accepted at the Summer Registration Centre located at our School Board office, 570 West Hunt Club Road.

If you wish to register your child or have any questions, the school office will reopen beginning on Monday, August 27, 2018 at 9:15 a.m.


CLASS TIMETABLE

The schedule for St.  Augustine School will remain the same for 2018 - 2019.

GRADES K - 6

Arrival

Block  1

Recess

Block 2

Lunch

Block 3

Recess

Block 4

Dismissal

9:00 - 9:15

9:15 - 10:30

10:30 - 10:45

10:45 - 12:00

12:00 - 1:00

1:00 - 2:15

2:15 - 2:30

2:30 - 3:45

3:45

Teachers and their class lists for next year will be posted outside by 9:00 am on the first day of school. The grade level lists will be posted close to the entrance/exit doors for the specific grade. All staff will be outside at 9:00 am to guide students to the correct classroom and welcome students back.


KINDERGARTEN INFORMATION

Junior kindergarten students will have visits scheduled on September 4th and 5th. JK parents should have received a letter at the end of June 2018 indicating their child’s interview time and staggered entry date.

Day 1 - Tuesday, September 4, 2018  Orientation visits for all JK children registered in the Extended Day Program (EDP)​. Children come to school with their parents for their scheduled visit and then go home with parents but return to school the next day. All SK students are in class.

Day 2 – Wednesday, September 5, 2018  The children in EDP return to school today and join in with the SK students. Orientation visits continue with the rest of the families. These children come to school with their parents for their scheduled visit and then go home with their parents and return the next day.

Day 3 – Thursday, September 6, 2018   ALL students, JK and SK students are in class.


SUGGESTED SCHOOL SUPPLIES FOR KINDERGARTEN AND GRADES 1 TO 6

In accordance with Board policy,  the school will provide all the necessary basic instructional supplies such as notebooks, pencils, erasers, etc. for all students.  Parents may choose to purchase the suggested school supplies.  Suggested School Supplies for Kindergarten and Grades 1 to 6


TRANSPORTATION INFORMATION 2018 - 2019

Transportation eligibility changes from Kindergarten to grade 1. Kindergarten students must meet the distance of 800 meters and grades 1-6 must meet the distance of 1.6 km. Eligibility information is posted on the OSTA website under Policy T18. Parents are advised to go to the OSTA website for all school bus information. The School Bus Stop Finder link​ will be available to parents August 20th to find your child’s bus information for September.

The Annual School Bus and Pedestrian Safety Day​ will be held on Sunday, August 26, 2018. Please visit the OSTA website for more information and to register.


CATHOLIC GRADUATE EXPECTATION ASSEMBLY AND AWARDS

On June 1, 2018, the Grade 4 and 5/6 students introduced the Catholic Graduate Expectation (CGE) for June  “ What It Means To Be A Reflective and Creative Thinker”.  

Look Fors:

We can be reflective thinkers by:

  • listening to the Word of God
  • thinking before we react or speak
  • respecting all people and their languages

On June 28, 2018 at 10:50 a.m our final Catholic Graduate Assembly will take place and two students from each class will be recognized for being a reflective and creative thinker or a lifelong learner.

Look Fors:    

We can be lifelong learners by:

  • I use my gifts and talents given to me by God
  •  I always do my best
  • I build on my strengths and weaknesses

 


COMING SOON

 PLAY STRUCTURE and BUDDY BENCH

St. Augustine School received  $40,000 to assist with the purchase and installation of a play structure.  These are one-time funds coming from Board reserves that were approved by the Board of Trustees to support schools that do not currently have a play structure.

Last week, the students, staff and Catholic School Council had an opportunity to provide input regarding what components (slides, track ride etc.) should be included in the structure.  A drawing of the play structure can be found on the front entrance of the school.  The structure will be installed over the summer and will be ready for the students in September 2018.  

St. Augustine also received $2, 000 to purchase and install a Buddy Bench in the gazebo. The Buddy Bench is to be used by students who are looking for someone to play with during the recess break.


CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL NEWS

Next Council Meetings 

Our next council meeting is scheduled for Monday, June 18, 2018 from  6:30 - 8:00 p.m. in the Learning Commons.  All parents are welcome to attend the meeting.


CATHOLIC SCHOOL COUNCIL PARENTS’ ASSOCIATION (CSPA)

Our Board’s Catholic School Council Parents’ Association (CSPA) website has a variety of resources for parents.  In addition, the website provides information for upcoming parent workshops.


ST. AUGUSTINE PARISH NEWS

1060 Baseline Road, Ottawa Ontario  K2C 0A6        

Phone 613-225-7388

Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD)/Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) Sunday Offering Donation Payment Option

The parish is currently preparing to implement Pre-Authorized Debit (PAD)/Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) technology as part of our accounting system. If you wish to use this donation option when making your regular Sunday Collection Offering, please call the parish at (613) 225-7388, to obtain a copy of the registration form.  Please note that this is a charitable donation; therefore, income tax receipts will be issued out at the end of the year.

 

To All Parents Whose Children Are Not Baptized:

You may have wondered what is involved in preparation for the celebration of the Easter Sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation and Eucharist.  If you wish to have your child Baptized into the Christian faith, we would like to offer a program of participation.

We, the people of God, the Church look forward to joining you on this journey of preparation.  Preparing for the celebration of a sacrament is a time of joy and anticipation in the life of the church and in the lifer of the family.

Baptism is the first sacrament of initiation; Confirmation and Eucharist are the other two sacraments.  Baptism leads the newly baptized person to the table of the Lord.  Weekly participation in the Sunday Eucharist is a valuable sign that the person is disposed to celebrating the sacrament of Baptism and being open to the wonder and grace of God.

If you have been away from the weekly Sunday Eucharist, this is a wonderful time to return to  the table of the Lord.  It is Jesus who desires to nourish and feed us each Sunday at the table of the Word and the table of the Eucharist.

If you so desire for us to journey with you to prepare for the Baptism of your child please do not hesitate to call with any questions you may have.  We pray that God will bless you and your family as you continue to grow in faith.

Children’s Liturgy at 10:30 a.m. Mass  - St. Augustine Church

As part of the preparations for the Sacraments it is a wonderful time together for the children to partake of their own liturgy downstairs in church hall.  At the beginning of mass the children are asked to join Fr. Frank at the entrance of the church to join in the procession to the front of the altar where he will greet the children and sent  them off with a Gospel message.   This experience is a wonderful time for the children to come to know "who Jesus is for them"  and celebration in Word and song.

Respectfully “Yours in Christ”,

Fr Frank Scott, Pastor


REMINDERS

Student Dress Code (Monday - Thursday)
St. Augustine students must wear white or navy tops and navy or white  bottoms from Monday to Thursday. Jean pants and logos are not permitted on tops or bottoms.  On Friday, students may wear regular clothing.  

As the weather becomes warmer,  students are not permitted to wear muscle shirts, tops with “spaghetti straps”, or cut-off shorts that are too short.  Shorts that are just above the knees are permitted.

Waste Free Lunch

St. Augustine School has for many years been striving to “Care for God’s Creation”, by being environmentally friendly.  Our students formed an ECO Team to try and become recognized as a Certified Gold ECO School.   To that end we are looking to reduce our waste production by 80%.  This means that all waste, food or containers will be returned home for recycling.  Unfortunately, we do not have the facilities for proper rinsing of containers, and despite our best efforts to use the green bin program, we ended up with cross contamination,and our containers had to be put in the garbage.

We know this program will require families to rethink food preparation and student actions.  Our hope is that informative discussions will take place at home and school and habits will change.  Packing a waste free lunch not only helps the environment, it can also result in healthier, more nutritious snack/lunches as many prepackaged foods contain significant amounts of salt, preservatives, sugar and fat.  There is also a cost savings as lunches made of prepackaged items cost more than buying larger quantities and serving them in reusable containers.

Thanks in advance for your support with this very important initiative.

St. Augustine ECO Team

Anaphylactic Students (Sabrina’s Law)

Some of our students have life-threatening allergies to peanuts and all types of nuts.  Please help to decrease the presence of nut-based products at the school.  You can help by avoiding sending foods where peanuts, peanuts oil or nuts are found.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation.

Students With Asthma (Ryan’s Law)

As you may be aware, Ryan’s Law, 2015, was recently passed by the Ontario Legislature. This piece of legislation is an important step to support the wellbeing of students with asthma in Ontario schools.  The Ottawa Catholic School Board has developed an Asthma Management Plan to ensure the safety of all students.  With your permission, your child will be allowed to carry their asthma medication.    The Ministry of Education website has resources on asthma that can be found at:

http://www.edu.gov.on.ca/eng/healthyschools/anaphylaxis.html.  Please contact the office if you require a Student Asthma Management Plan Form and/or Request and Consent for Administration of Medication Form.

 

Administering Medication

According to Board Policy, the Board shall discourage the administration of medication required for non-life threatening conditions by school personnel.  The Board’s Request and Consent for Administration Medication Form will be on file at the school and signed by the parent/guardian and the student’s physician and maintained the student’s medical file. The form will be signed and completed at least annually or at any time there is a change in medication. Please contact the office if you require an Administration of Medication Form.

Concussion Protocol Procedures

The Board has developed a process for managing students who have concussion-like symptoms, are suspected of having a concussion, or have been diagnosed by a medical professional as having a concussion.   A Concussion Signs and Symptoms Form will be completed by a staff member and provided to parents/guardians for children who suffer a blow to the head, face or neck, or a blow to the body that transmits a force to the head.

In addition, the “Concussion Protocol” requires that parents/guardians of all students fill out an “Informed Consent for Student Participation” form.  This form provides us with knowledge and information about your child’s medical history, including medically diagnosed concussions.  It is important for parents/guardians to inform the school staff injury that occurred at home or in the community.

End Of Day Pick-ups and Instructional Time

Being on time and regular attendance at school is critical to the proper education of your child.   Parents will be contacted if this becomes a persistent problem.   If you need to pick up your child earlier, please pick up during the last recess between 2:15 - 2:30 p.m.

If your child takes the bus home, then please write a note in your child's agenda if he/she will be picked up at the end of the day.  If there is no note, your child will be sent home on the bus.  

Thank you for your cooperation in providing limited disruption to your child's learning.

Interested in Volunteering?

If you have a child currently enrolled in St. Augustine School, then please contact the principal.  

If you have a child currently enrolled in St. Augustine School and would like to volunteer for a school council activity, then please contact the principal and the message will be passed on to the appropriate school council member.

If you do not have a child enrolled in St. Augustine School, then please contact the principal at (613) 225-8020. 

 HEALTH NEWS

Head Lice

It is important for parents to check their children’s head for head lice on a weekly basis.  If your child has head lice, parents should notify the school and all possible contacts.  All reported cases will be treated sensitively and the information will remain confidential.

According to Board policy:

When a suspected case of head lice is reported, the principal will:

a)inform the parents of the child with head lice and send home an information package regarding treatment procedures;

b)inform the parents of the other children in the classroom that they may have been in contact with head lice. When a suspected case of head lice is reported, the principal may: a) check the other children in the classroom;b)check the siblings of the infected child and the classmates of the sibling if the sibling has head lice.

Upon return to the school a follow-up check must be administered in order to re-admit the child and the parents will have signed a form indicating that treatment has been administered.  If a  child returns to school and is not able to return to class, due to continued evidence of head lice, the principal will contact the parents and recommend they contact the City of Ottawa People Services Department.  The child is not to be readmitted until the school is satisfied that the treatment has been effective.  A Head Lice Information sheet is available from the Ottawa Public Health Department.

Fifth Disease

Fifth disease is a very mild childhood illness that presents itself initially as a “slapped cheek” rash.  The disease is quite harmless, often going unnoticed, and is not reportable under the Ottawa Public Health Department guidelines.  The Health Department does advise, however, that some caution be exercised for pregnant women.  If not immune there is some risk to the health of the unborn baby.  For the safety of our teachers and volunteers, please report any cases of Fifth Disease to the school office if your child is diagnosed.

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St. Augustine Catholic School

1009 Arnot Road

Ottawa, ON  K2C 0H5

Phone: 613-225-8020
Email:
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