behalf of the staff at St. Augustine’s, we would like to
welcome you and your children back to school for the
2015~2016 school year. We also want to welcome our new
Kindergarten children, as well as any new children who
are attending school here for the first time. A very
special welcome to our new staff members, Ms. Shannon
McCarthy, Mrs. Tanya Byrne, Ms. Megan Hibbs, Ms.
Jennifer Best, and Ms. Cathy Tulk who is replacing Ms.
Jennifer Adey who is on maternity leave until April.
We look forward to meeting parents and guardians at our curriculum
night on Thursday, September 24th at 6:30 pm. This is a
great opportunity to meet your child's teachers and get
answers to any questions you may have.
year our school moved from WinSchool, a school based
student information system, to PowerSchool which is a
province wide student information system with servers
located at the School District. While we have basic
information on file for your child, much of the
information stored in WinSchool did not transfer over to
the PowerSchool database.
A sheet with the information we currently have on your
child was sent home on September 10th.(Check your child
school bag for an important memo) .Please review it and
make any necessary changes or additions in the column to
the right. You cooperation with this is greatly
appreciated. Please return the information a soon as
possible so our secretary can start the updating
When filling out the form please, ensure that phone
numbers and emergency contacts are up to date, as well
as any medical conditions we should be aware of. If
there is information you would rather not include on the
form, but feel we should be aware of please contact the
school by phone or drop in.
Change to your child’s daily routine:
We assume that children come to school from home and
return to the same location at the end of the day. If
there is some change in that, for example going to
grandparents, or requesting to get off at a different
bus stop, this must be communicated to your child’s
teacher in writing at the start of the day. Phone calls,
texts or emails for this purpose will not be accepted.
Only in emergencies will phone calls be accepted and
these may be verified by such means as calling back the
legal parent / guardian on file.
This is part being done to ensure the safety of our
students. Again we appreciate you understanding and
cooperation with this initiative.
Student Use of Phone:
Students are not permitted to use the phone to call home
to request a change in daily routine. In emergencies
school staff will phone on behalf of the child to speak
with the parent or guardian.
Door Buzzer System:
Please note that our doors will be locked all day. If
you visit the school during the day please ring the
buzzer located on the left wall of the main entrance
School Bus Information:
Bus service for Bell Island Schools is provided by City
Wide Taxi. Every child who lives beyond 1.6 km from the
school is entitled to one round trip from their primary
residence. If there are extenuating circumstances such
as child care, shared custody arrangements, etc please
inform the school.
Boys and Girls Club Bus Stop: This year only one bus
will be stopping near the Wabana Boys and Girls Club.
This will not be starting until the first of October and
will be limited to the number of courtesy seats
available on that bus. If your child is not a bus
student and you would like to avail of a courtesy seat
please complete the attached application and return it
to the school. Seats will be assigned based on distance
from the WBGC starting with the farthest away and
working our way closer until all seats are assigned. For
more information on bussing please visit:
Student Drop Off:
Please drop off your child between 7:55 and 8:10 am. As
you are dropping off your child, please do not block the
Teacher/Staff designated parking areas. We have a
designated exit and entrance to our parking lot. (The
entrance is the one closest to Ridgeway variety and the
exit is near Jackson United Church). Please use the
drop-off lane when dropping off or picking up your
child(ren). This facilitates a safer and smoother flow
of traffic on and off the lot. We would like to thank
you for your continued cooperation with this.
Media Consent Form:
Each year we are required to update our Media Consent
Forms for the School District. Please sign and return
teh form sent home on September 10th indicating
your preference. If you do not wish to have your child’s
picture / work used for promotional purposes please
indicate this on the form.
As of yet, we do not have a start date for our Kids Eat
Smart Lunch program. We need volunteers if we are to
continue to offer a daily lunch program here at St.
Augustine’s Elementary. Please consider volunteering for
this very important program. Please call the school at
488-3349 to volunteer or Jackie Wiseman at 488-2615 or
Until our lunch program starts and we get our volunteers in place
we ask that you not send items in your child's lunch
that require heating. We also ask that when packing
lunch and recess for your child you keep nutrition in
mind. Please refrain from including items such as, soft
drinks, potato chips, chocolate bars, etc. Your
understanding and cooperation is appreciated.
Morning and Afternoon Routines:
Each year parents/guardians are quite helpful and
cooperative in making our morning and afternoon routines
a success. We would like to see students walking to
their classrooms on their own as soon as possible. This
is a great opportunity for your children to become
independent. The need to foster independence in all
students is very important and can give a child a real
sense of accomplishment. Parents can observe their child
or give them a last wave from the area beside the
office. This will reduce congestion in the hallways.
If your child does not take the bus we ask that
parents/guardians pick up your child at the appropriate
side exit once the busses have the left.
This year, Kindergarten students will also be dismissed
at the side exit and not the front exit as was the case
Procedure In The Event Of School Closure:
If it is deemed necessary to close schools due to
weather or other emergency, an announcement will be made
on local radio stations, Status Central (of the District
web site), our school website and Twitter by 6:30am,
(Please note that this may be hampered if there is a
local power outage). A voice message will also be sent
using SynreVoiceTM which is our automated
If it is deemed necessary to close during the school
day, an announcement will be made using the same methods
above. Students in K-6 cannot be dismissed in this
instance until direct contact is made with a
parent/guardian or other emergency contact. Please
complete the form sent home on September 10th giving
details of how you would like your child to be dismissed
in the even to of an emergency closure.
In addition to our regular methods of communicating with
parents and guardians you can also follow us on Twitter.
Smoke Free School & Smoke Free Grounds:
Visitors, staff and students are
reminded that all buildings, grounds and properties in
the Province are smoke-free. Please respect our
smoke-free policy and support us in our efforts to
create a safe and healthy environment for everyone.
Due to the fact that we have children and staff in
school with specific allergies, we are asking that you
not send your child to school with any foods that
contain peanuts. Please check all labels, especially
bars, which may contain peanuts. Celery and Shellfish
products are also not allowed.
Please note that St. Augustine’s aims to provide a scent
free environment for its students and staff. We ask you
cooperation in not using scented products.
Leaving the School at Lunchtime:
School District Policy states that Students in grades
K-3 are not permitted to leave the building on their own
at lunchtime. Students in grades 4-6 who walk to school
may leave on their own at lunch time. Students who are
bussed to school may only leave at lunch time if they
provide written permission from a parent or guardian. If
this occurs occasionally please send a note for each
occurrence which should be given to the teacher at the
start of the day. If leaving the school at lunch time
will occur on a frequent basis, one signed note at the
start of the year indicating this will be sufficient.
This will be kept on file at the school. If students are
going at lunch time they should not be returning until
Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
We recognize that some parents / guardians have given
their child a cell phone for safety and/or other
reasons. We ask that any student with a cell phone,
leave it turned off during the day and kept in their
pocket. If you need to reach your child during the day
please call the school.
Other electronic devices
(ipads, smart phones, tablets, etc): These devices can
be great learning tools and they are part of the
everyday experience of many of our students. As 21st
Century educators we are looking for ways to integrate
these tools into our instruction. We ask that you follow
these guidelines if your child wishes to bring a device
Devices should only be in school for
educational related purposes with the request /
permission of the classroom teacher and are only to be
used during instructional time. Currently these devices
are not permitted during unstructured time such as
recess or lunch unless students have the permission of
Please remember that St. Augustine’s
School assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to
any electronic devices children may bring to school.
Inside / Outside footwear and proper footwear for Phys.
All students should have a change of footwear for
school. Students are not permitted to wear out side
boots or shoes in the classroom. Students are also
reminded that proper footwear is required for Phys. Ed.
classes. For safety reasons students are not permitted
to participate in Phys. Ed. if they are wearing boots,
shoes with heels, flip flops etc.
Every year the same problem arises so please check your
child’s head every night. If your daughter or son has
long hair it would be advisable to braid it or put it up
in a ponytail. If there is a problem then you should
contact the Community Health Nurse at 488-2700.
This is a very tormenting problem and can be very
difficult to clear up if your child gets it. Unless we
get the cooperation of every single family then this
will continue to be a concern for all of us.
Contacting Your Child’s Teacher:
If you need to contact your child’s teacher please call
the school to arrange an appointment. Optionally you may
contact him or her via the email.
The website will be updated over the next several days
with current staff, 2015-2016 calendar, etc.