Announcement Archive

 
 
March / April  2017

Morning drop-off for students:
Just a reminder to parents and guardians that teachers do not start morning supervision until 7:55. As per section 1.3 of the NLSED Student Supervision Policy - Administrative Procedures and Regulations

 Parents/guardians are not permitted to drop off students at school before regular supervision times commence, without prior authorization from the principal.

This is for safety reasons to ensure that supervision is in place when students arrive. For St. Augustine’s Elementary we ask that students arrive at school between 7:55 and 8:10. From 8:10 to 8:15 there is a home room period. Instruction starts at 8:15 and all student should be at school and ready to start by this time.

Head Lice and Health Information:
Head lice remains a concern, as it does in many primary and elementary schools. We remind parents and guardians to discuss with your child the importance of not sharing combs, brushes, or hats. Keep long hair tied back and keep checking your child’s hair on a daily basis.

This is cold and flu season. Several children are presenting with symptoms of this. To help reduce the spread we remind parents / guardians to stress the importance of frequent handwashing to your child. They can also help reduce the spread of germs by coughing / sneezing into the bend of the arm rather than the hands and if your child is sick staying at home to rest until symptoms improve and they are feeling better.

If you have any concerns about these or any medical concerns we suggest you consult with your family doctor, the community health nurse at 488-2704, or the HealthLine at 1-888-709-2929 or by dialing 811.

A great web resource is KidsHealth www.kidshealth.org

 

January 2017

Annual Ticket Draw
We would like to thank all students, parents / guardians and members of our St. Augustine’s school community for selling and / or buying tickets for our annual Christmas Draw. All tickets stubs and money must be returned to the school by 3:00 pm, Tuesday, December 20th. The prize draw will take place on Wednesday morning.

School Pictures
Proof sheets for Kindergarten cap and gown pictures, as well as retakes, were sent home on Monday, December 19th. Deadline for ordering through the school is Wednesday, December 21. However if you are ordering online, you may do that at your convenience.

Scholastic Book Fair:
Thanks to everyone who helped make our book fair a huge success. It was one of our most successful fairs ever. Through the Scholastic Book Fair Reward Program we are able to purchase approximately $1000 of books and resources for our school.

Christmas Concert:
Thanks to everyone who turned out to support our annual Christmas Concert. We look forward to seeing you at our Spring concert, featuring our elementary students. More information will be sent home in the new year.

School Skating
Student will be participating in our first school skating session on Tuesday afternoon. Please sign and return the attached permission form if your child is going. We will be walking to the arena but being bussed back to school for dismissal. All students must wear a CSA approved helmet before going on the ice. We do have a limited supply at the school which students can borrow on a first come first serve basis. Kindergarten students will require an adult to accompany them on the ice.

Turkey Dinner:
We will be having our Turkey Dinner again this year. It will be served at 11:00 on Wednesday. Every year our KES volunteers cook and serve this dinner for us. However due to personal commitments of several of our volunteers this year we thought we may have to cancel it. This is why it was not placed on the lunch envelope as in past years. However, our school council reached out to the community and were successful in finding a group to help with it. On behalf of the students of St. Augustine’s Elementary I would like to thank the ladies of St. Anne’s who have agreed to cook and serve the meal this year. Also thanks to the staff and KES volunteers who have agreed to cook turkeys for the dinner.

Christmas Break:
School will close for the Christmas Break on Wednesday, December 21st and reopen on Tuesday, January 3rd which will be Day 5 on the schedule. Students will be dismissed at 12:30. We would like to wish everyone a safe and happy holiday season.

 

 

December 2016

Band Instruments on the Bus:
There have been some questions concerning students travelling on the bus with band instruments. Here is the section of the NLESD regulations that deals with this issue.

POLICY: The NLESD is responsible to ensure that all material transported within a school purpose vehicle does not interfere with the safety of passengers, safety systems or evacuation of its school buses. The following rules comply with Provincial Legislation and to ensure the safety of school bus passengers:

Musical Instruments which can be easily placed on a student’s lap or stored under the seat shall be permitted to be transported on a school purpose vehicle.
- These include but are not limited to: clarinet, saxophone, trumpet, flute and trombone

- Larger instruments that cannot be held in the student’s lap or stored under the seat such as guitars, bass guitars, baritones and tubas shall not be permitted

All musical instruments must remain in an instrument case while being transported.
Note: A decision is made on a case by case basis for any instrument not listed.

 

November 2016
 

Lunch Envelope:
The lunch envelope for the next two weeks was sent home on November 2.  Envelopes should be returned by Friday, November 4th, A copy of the menu is included below. Just a reminder that if your child is bringing a lunch please keep healthy eating in mind. Again, items such as soft drinks, chips, bars, and candy should not be included with lunch. We can still use some extra volunteers for our Lunch Program. If you are interested please call the school. Just a few hours once a week is all we require.

Halloween Fair
Thanks to all who came out to enjoy our Halloween Fair. Thanks for all your support!.

Childhood Anxiety Presentation:

On Monday, November 7th, Eastern Health will be giving a presentation on Childhood Anxiety at the NLESD Conference Centre in St. John's from 6:00 - 7:30 pm. The title of of the presentation is Anxiety, What is it? & What can you do to help?  To make this available to a wider audience, the NLESD is live-streaming the presentation via Skype and it will available here at our school.  Both Mr. Durdle and Mrs. Ford will be in attendance. If you want to know more about this very important topic we encourage you to come along. We would ask that you call the school to let us know that you will be attending.   For more details on the presentation click here.


Special Guest Speaker: Dr. TA Loeffler:
On Thursday afternoon, Dr. TA Loeffler will be visiting our school to speak with our students. Dr. Loeffler is an educator, adventurer, nature advocate, author, and professional keynote speaker from St. John’s, Newfoundland and Labrador. TA is a professor of Outdoor Education and Recreation and the Chair of Teaching and Learning in the School of Human Kinetics and Recreation at Memorial University of Newfoundland. In 2015, TA was named to the Canada’s Greatest Explorers 100 Modern-Day Trailblazers List by Canadian Geographic. After climbing Denali, TA set a goal of climbing Mount Everest and the rest of the “Seven Summits,” the highest peaks on each of the seven continents. TA recently made her third attempt on Mount Everest during the spring climbing season of 2016 where she reached 7200 meters and thus, for now, has completed six and four/fifths of the Seven Summits. To learn more visit https://taloeffler.com/

 

 
 

School Development Plan:
Recently an external review team comprised of teachers from other schools spent three days with us. They observed our routines and procedures, they interviewed staff, students and members of our school council, and reviewed our school development plan which will guide our school for the next 5 years. Last Thursday they presented a report to the staff which is why we were dismissed early on that day. This was a great experience for all involved. Our new school development plan will be available for viewing on our website soon.

 

Spring Concert

Message from Mr. Murphy:
 
Greeting Parents! Can you believe it’s time for the spring show already?!
This year the primary (gr.1-3) students will be featuring the musical play GOAL! A story about fair play and the joy of participating in sports…in this case, soccer.

Dress for Primary Students:

Students are simply asked to wear a T-shirt, shorts, sneakers and long socks if they have them. If students have a soccer jersey, they are welcome to wear that, if not T-shirts are fine.

Dress for Band, Guitar, elementary choir students, and Kindergarten: 

Please wear something nice, such as dress pants (or dark jeans without holes) and a shirt.  Girls are welcome to wear dresses if they like. NO HIGH HEELS, safety on the choral risers and walking around cables and other stage items is paramount.












Important Information about the Concert:
This year our concert will take place on Wednesday, June 15th and we will be having two shows. A matinee starting at 12:45 with doors open at 12:30 and an evening show starting at 7:00 with doors open at 6:30. This will allow all the elementary students to see the show. It will also give relatives a chance to see the show who may not be able to attend during the evening.

We will use the main entrance for the matinee while the side door facing Jackson United Church will be used for entrance during the evening show.

The concert will feature our primary students with opening performances by the elementary band, choir and guitar group. Our kindergarten students will also perform a song during the matinee. Kindergarten students will not be a part of the evening show.

During the evening show Elementary students will return to their classrooms after their performance.  Here they will be supervised by classroom teachers until the end of the show. Elementary students will not view the evening show. Parents / guardians of Elementary students may leave with your child after their performance if you desire but please remember they are not permitted back in the gym.

All schools and school grounds of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District are Smoke Free. We ask that you respect this prior to, during and after the show.

If there will be a preschool child attending the concert with you we ask that he / she remain in your care. Please do not have them roaming around the front of the stage as this is a safety hazard due the cables and other equipment.

Once you have been admitted to gym we request that you not leave during the performance. There will be a short break between the elementary and primary performances if you need to leave for any reason. If for some reason you have to leave while the show is taking place you will only be permitted to renter the gym during a natural break in the show.

We will be pre-selling tickets for both the matinee and evening shows. We will have 350 seats available for the matinee and 450 for the evening show. Hopefully this will alleviate some of the capacity issues we experienced at previous performances and allow patrons to have a more enjoyable viewing experience.

Tickets are $4.00 each and can be purchased at the Main Office and they will be required to gain entrance to gym on concert day. Alternatively you can send along the money with your child for the requested number of tickets which will be sent home with him or her. Any remaining tickets will be sold at the door on a first come first served basis.

Once all tickets are sold there will be no extra people admitted. There will be no tickets sold for standing room only.

We encourage you to get your tickets soon!

 
May
Shave for the Brave

For the past few years we have conducted a school sponsored Shave for the Brave. However this year we did not. That did not stop one brave shaver at our school , grade 2 student Evan Byrne who did an individual shave and raised over $400 exceeding his fundraising goal.  Thanks to all who supported him.   Way to Go Evan!

 

 


Annual Read-A-Thon
This year our READ-A-THON will begin Monday, May 2nd and continue until Friday, May 6th. Each day the students will read a book of their choice for 20 minutes for a total of 100 minutes by week’s end. A Memo and sponsor sheet was send home on Thursday, April 21

Kindergarten Registration for 2017-2018 (KinderStart for next year)
Kindergarten Registration will take place on May 11th and 12th. Click here for more details.

Lets Talk Science
On Thursday, volunteers from the Lets Talk Science program visited our school and delivered a variety of meaningful science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning experiences to our students.

April

Thank you from the  Hope for Rwanda's Children's Fund:
Last year our School Counselor, Mrs. Ford, undertook a fundraising initiative for the Hope for Rwanda’s Children’s Fund. Thanks to her efforts and your kind donations our school contributed over $300. Click the icon to the left to read the newsletter which discusses some of the programs and work of the organization.

March
Echo Pond Summer Camp:
For students aged 7 - 14.

Run, Play, Explore, Create and Just be… Outdoors!

Activities will include swimming, canoeing, campfires, storytelling, arts and crafts, map-reading, hiking adventures, yoga, games, and much more…

Campers will eat delicious homemade meals, that will include vegetables from our on-site garden, and see what its like to get their electricity from the wind!

Registration opens March 10th, 2016 – Early Bird rate to March 31st.

to learn more click here

Living Healthy News:
Please click on the link below for the fall issues of Living Healthy News and Living Healthy News Parent Issue. Both are PDF versions.
 


Living Healthy News Fall 2015

Living Healthy News - Parent Issue

 

 

 
January

Bell Let’s Talk Campaign:
Twenty percent of Canadians will experience a form of mental illness in their lifetimes, however many suffer in silence fearing judgment and rejection.

On Wednesday, January 27 we are asking Canadians from coast to coast to coast to join in on an important conversation around mental health and help end the stigma around mental illness.

On Bell Let’s Talk Day, Bell will donate 5¢ more to mental health initiatives for every:
Text message sent, and wireless and long distance call made by Bell and Bell Aliant customers (regular charges apply)
Tweets using #BellLetsTalk and Facebook share of our Bell Let’s Talk Day image

So mark your calendars and help millions of Canadians living with mental illness!

Family Literacy Day:
Wednesday, January 27th is Family Literacy Day in Canada. Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well. For more information visit: http://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy  

We encourage you to complete the form that was sent home with the memo and have your child return it to the school before by Friday of this week to be entered for some prize draws. Please see the attached flyer “ 15 Minutes of Fun” for some ideas.

Also to help celebrate Family Literacy Day, students may dress up as a story book character or a character from TV or comic books.

 

Lunch Envelope:
The lunch envelope for January 18 – 29 was sent home on Wednesday, January 12th. Please return by Friday of this week. Click here for a copy of the menu.

Notes for students if there is a change to daily routine:
We would like to thank parents / guardians for your cooperation in sending along notes if there is a change to your child’s daily routine. Please remember that if this is an occasional occurrence such as going to a friend’s or relative’s house on a particular day or getting off at a different bus stop than a note is required for each time it occurs. The exception is for children travelling via bus to the Wabana Boys and Girls Club.  If your child will be attending the Club for all week then one note on Monday to his or her teacher is required. This will be required each week. Your child will be given a bus pass for the Club.  Please note, phone calls are only accepted for this in the event of emergencies. 

Family Literacy Day:
Wednesday, January 27th is Family Literacy Day in Canada. Family Literacy Day is a national awareness initiative created by ABC Life Literacy Canada in 1999 and held annually on January 27 to raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family.

Taking time every day to read or do a learning activity with children is crucial to a child’s development. Even just 15 minutes a day can improve a child’s literacy skills dramatically, and can help a parent improve their skills as well. For more information visit: http://abclifeliteracy.ca/family-literacy  

Learn and Play Week: January 25 – 29
For the past several years, the Department of Education in partnership with schools have provided a Learn and Play Week. It is designed for students in Grades Kindergarten to 3 to illustrate the importance of play in early childhood development. More information on this will be sent home next week. Our family day is scheduled for Friday, January 29th

Cold and Flu Season:

Just a reminder for parents and guardians to remind your child about the importance of frequent hand washing, especially during cold and flu season. This is one of the best ways to help keep you child from catching a cold or the flu. Also, if your child is sick staying at home and resting for a few days is advised. When your child returns to school be sure to send a written note to your child’s teacher.

Birthday Invitations:
Just a reminder that if your child wishes to give out birthday invitations in school to members of his / her class, invitations can only be given to all members of the class. If your child is only inviting certain members of the class then these invitations must be delivered outside of school.

Updated Contact Information
If your phone number, address or emergency contact information has changed recently please inform the school. It is very important we have this information on file if we need to contact you in the event of an emergency or early school closure.

Dressing for Outside Play:
Please note that children go outside at lunch time for play time. Children should dress appropriately, ie, caps, gloves, winter coats, boots, etc.

School Drop Off:
Just a reminder that if you are dropping your child at school we ask that you not park in the inside lane (the one in front of the parking spaces). This is for drop off only. If you have to stop for any reason please pull to the outside lane.

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 occurs 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 12:15.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices
Cell Phones: 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 to school.

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 their teacher.

Please remember that St. Augustine’s School assumes no responsibility for loss or damage to any electronic devices children may bring to school.

 

 

 
December 2015


Christmas Gifts for Teachers:
Last year St. Augustine’s Elementary became a phase school under the Department of Education’s Inclusive Education Initiative. To learn more about this you can visit the Department’s website at http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/k12/inclusion.html

There are many things schools do as part of this initiative. One was to examine its policies and procedures to ensure they are inclusive in nature. Children giving gifts to staff members is a long standing tradition in many schools. Students enjoy it and after all who doesn’t enjoy getting a gift. However, when we looked at this from an inclusive perspective we decided try something different last year.
Each year students, parents, and guardians make donations to such events as Operation Christmas Child, Coats for Kids, Shave for the Brave, The Janeway and other community service groups. Your continued support for our school fundraisers and concerts is much appreciated. Therefore, because of your constant generosity, our staff members decided that in lieu of Christmas gifts for themselves last year, they suggested you help support our local food bank. Each class will have a collection box where any donation can be deposited. Donations can be made up until Friday, December 18th, 2015
This is the second year for this event. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation as we continue this new tradition. Thank you for helping us, help others in need this Holiday Season
 

Annual Ticket Draw
Once again this year we are sponsoring a Christmas Ticket Draw. This event is one of the major yearly fundraisers for our school. Money raised helps support extra programming and curriculum resources for students. We are sending home three books per family. Tickets cost $1.00 each or a book of 6 for $5.00.  While student participation in any fundraising event at St. Augustine’s school is voluntary, we do appreciate any help you can provide by way of the sale or purchase of these tickets. There will be a cash prize for the student who sells the most tickets.

We ask that all ticket stubs, money and any unsold tickets be returned to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, December 18th. If you sell these and would like more please return your initial three books of stubs and money prior to getting your extra tickets.  If you have any questions please call the school. Once again, thank you for your continued support for the students of St. Augustine’s Elementary.

Outside at Lunchtime:
As the weather is now getting cooler we want to remind parents and guardians to ensure that your child is dressed appropriately every day for outside play at lunch time. All children will go outside as this is where supervision is taking place. If your child is not feeling well and would prefer him / her to stay inside please send along a note to inform your child’s teacher. He / she will be supervised at the office. Please note that this is only for a day or two as all children are expected to go outside.

Change to your Child’s Daily Routine:
Just a reminder that if your child is going somewhere other than home after school a written note must be given to your child’s teacher at the start of the day. Phone calls will only be accepted in the case of emergencies.  If your child is going to the Boys and Girls Club for the full week, one note on each Monday will do.
 

 

September 2015

Welcome Back:On 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.

Curriculum Night:
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.

Student Information:This 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 process.

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 area.

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:
https://www.nlesd.ca/schools/studenttransportation/busing.jsp

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.

Lunch Program:
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 email jackwise101@gmail.com

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 last year.  

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 calling system.

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.

Twitter:
In addition to our regular methods of communicating with parents and guardians you can also follow us on Twitter. @sa_elementary.

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.

Allergy Alert:
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 12:15.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

Cell Phones. 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 to school.

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 their teacher.

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. Ed Classes:
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. 

Head lice
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.


Website Updates:

The website will be updated over the next several days with current staff, 2015-2016 calendar, etc.

 

 

May 2015

Shave for the Brave:
On Monday, May 4th, 15 students from grades 1 - 6  took part in our Second Annual Shave for the Brave to raise money for Young Adult Cancer Canada. (YACC). Thanks to all the people who supported our shavers. We are still in the process of determining a final total. As of now we are just over $3500. Thanks as well to our stylists, Cindy Fox and Jennifer Hurley who volunteered their time and talents for the cause.



 

Lunch Program:
As was mentioned prior to the Easter Break our lunch program will now take place three days per week. Monday, Wednesday, and Friday. On Tuesday and Thursday students are required to bring their own lunch. Please note there will be NO HEAT-UP service on these two days.

Afternoon Dismissal:
We would like to thank all parents and guardians for your cooperation when picking up your child after school. However, the congestion in the front entrance of the building is still a safety concern for our students. Therefore we are making the following changes to our afternoon dismissal only.

Starting on Monday, April 20th, all primary students will be dismissed from the south entrance, the one facing Jackson United Church at 2:20. Once primary students are put on the buses and they drive around to the elementary exit the remaining primary students will be dismissed. We ask that you meet your child at that exit and not the main door. If you are driving we encourage you to park towards the primary end of the parking lot.

Once the buses arrive at the Elementary exit bus students will be dismissed. Those elementary students who are walking will have to wait until the busses leave the parking lot at which time they will be dismissed through the north side exit - the one facing Ridgeway Variety.

No students will be dismissed through the front entrance. The main door will not be unlocked.

Please note there are no changes to morning and lunchtime arrival routines. Students can be dropped off as usual at the main entrance.

 

April 2015

Digital Citizenship:
The Digital Citizenship section of our website has been updated with links to some great resources. Click here to access the page.  

School Climate Surveys – Parent and Guardians of Grade 2 and Five Students:
Each year the Department of Education conducts a school climate surveys in grades 2, 5, and 7 to level III. They are administered to gauge the quality of education in the province are receiving and where improvements are needed. Students complete a paper survey in school while parents, guardians and teachers complete online surveys. If you do not have internet access or have trouble accessing the survey please visit the school for assistance and / or access to a computer to complete it. Please see the memo and brochure sent home on February 23rd for more information.

Parents and guardians of Grades 2 and 5 students click here to access the survey.

Head lice:
We have been informed by Community Health that this is a problem again. They are seeing a higher number of cases than usual and we have had some cases reported to us as well. 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 address found on the school website.

 

March 2015

Kids Eat Smart Apple Day:
March 27 is Apple Day in Kids Eat Smart Clubs throughout our province.   Children will learn about the nutritional value of this common and easily accessible fruit. 

Apple Day is the perfect day to launch our new social media campaign called #ieatsmartNL. 

We are asking you, to help KES spread the message about healthy eating.  All you have to do is take a picture of you, your children, family or friends eating smart and post to Facebook, Twitter or Instagram using #ieatsmartNL.   Ask your friends and followers to like, share and do the same.  Let’s see if we can get Newfoundland and Labrador sharing how we eat smart!

 

School Times: Morning, Lunch and Dismissal Times:
Please note that teachers start morning supervision at 7:55. Homeroom period starts at 8:10 with instruction beginning at 8:15. All students should be at school and ready to start work by this time.

Lunch Time students are dismissed at 11:30. The first bell for the afternoon session rings at 12:15. This is the signal for students to get ready for class which begins at 12:20. If students go home to lunch we ask that they not return until 12:15.

School Security:
For those who visit the school you are aware that we now have a buzzer system in place as all doors are locked during the instructional day. We ask that if you are picking up your child at the end of the school day please do not attempt to enter the building until 2:15 when the doors will be unlocked.  Students are not dismissed until 2:20. On any given day there are classes transitioning throughout the building during the last period. For security and privacy reasons we need to keep the building secure. We will be providing reminders to parents and guardians as we start to implement this policy. 

When you do enter the building at 2:15 we ask that you wait in the lobby for your child. Please do not go to your child’s classroom or down the corridor. We appreciate your cooperation in this matter.

Parents and guardians of Kindergarten students can be buzzed in starting at 11:15 as those students attending the morning session will be dismissed at 11:20.

Parents and guardians of students in grades 1 – 6. If you are picking up your child for lunch please do not enter the building until 11:25 to avoid congestion. If your child is going home to lunch they should not return until 12:15 for the afternoon session.

 

February 22 - 28 Violence Awareness Week :
The Department of Education and Early Childhood Development has recognized this week as Violence Awareness Week. A time to take a proactive approach to dealing with all forms of violence in our communities. Across the province, schools will be taking part in various activities to help students, parents and guardians deal with issues such as bullying. One such activity is Pink Shirt Day.  Throughout the week teachers will be covering various lessons on dealing with bullying. To access many great resources and access up-to-date information on bullying click the link below to Visit PREVNet.

Canada's authority on bullying PREVNet is a national network of leading researchers and organizations, working together to stop bullying in Canada. It is the first of its kind in this country and a world leader in bullying prevention. Through education, research, training and policy change, PREVNet aims to stop the violence caused by bullying - so every child can grow up happy, healthy and safe.

Resources for Your Information:
The Public Health Agency of Canada has launched "Stop Family Violence", a new web-based source of current information for professionals and the public.

Stop Family Violence provides information for Canadians who are, or know someone affected by family violence, need help finding services, or want to learn about family violence in Canada. It also provides information and resources for professionals on how to help prevent or respond to family violence.  Government of Canada funding opportunities and other activities related to family violence will also be posted on these pages.

To learn more visit http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/sfv-avf/index.php

 

 

February 2015

Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week:
February 8 – 14 was  Teacher and Staff Appreciation Week. Mrs. Ford and I would like to extend a big thank you for the contribution all staff members make in the education of the children and youth of Bell Island. From the bus drivers who transport your children safely to and from school, to the maintenance workers who ensure children have a safe and clean facility to attend. To our school secretary for the 101 things she does on a daily basis, to the student assistants who help students with a variety of needs throughout the day. Finally to our dedicated teachers who go above and beyond day in and day out to not only deliver the provincial curriculum but provide students with many other opportunities and experiences to make learning fun, engaging and meaningful. Thank you all. You truly make a difference in the lives of the children you work with.

Janeway Day:
Each year on Valentine’s Day, the Newfoundland and Labrador Teachers Association (NLTA) in partnership with schools in the Province holds a Jeans Day in support of the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation. All funds collected from this and other fundraising events throughout the years is presented at the annual Janeway Children’s Telethon. Due to school closures last week and the lack of time to notify you of the event we have decided to move it to this Friday. We are asking that children make a small donation (the equivalent of one day’s recess) to this cause. All donations are gratefully appreciated.

Lunch Program Volunteers:
Each day our Kids Eat Smart volunteers prepare and serve lunch to approximately 100 children in addition to heating lunches which several other students bring to school. Without the time and talents of these dedicated individuals we could not offer our program. We are in need of a few more volunteers to help with this. 2-3 hours one day per week is all we require. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer please contact our coordinator, Jackie Hawco,  at jackiewise101@gmail.com or by phone 488-2615

If we are not successful in recruiting extra volunteers we will have to reduce the number of days we offer our lunch program to three days (Monday, Wednesday and Friday) starting with the next lunch envelope on February 17th. This will also mean that there will be no one available for heat-up on days when there is no lunch program.   

Cold and Flu Season:
As many of you know we are in the height of cold and flu season. Recently we have had several children absent due to sickness.

We want to take this time to remind parents and guardians about the importance of discussing basic prevention tips with your child.

Clean: Frequent hand washing remains the best defense. Students should be reminded about washing their hands with soap and warm running water for at least 30 seconds.

Cover your Cough either by coughing into your elbow or a tissue. 

Contain: If your child is sick, he / she should stay home until feeling better

Family Literacy Week:
Thanks t the parents / guardians who visited the school during family literacy week. We hope you enjoyed your 15 minutes of literacy fun each night during the past week. The challenge is now to keep it going.  We heard of lots of activities people were doing. Make sure to turn in your activity log by Monday for our Literacy Week Prize Draws.

Book Exchange:
Thanks to all students / parents and guardians who donated books for our book exchange as part of literacy week. We had lots of great books donated and children picked their books on Friday of last week. 

Power of Play:
Another success family event to end off our Power of Play week activities. Thanks to all the parents and guardians who came to school on Friday.
To learn more about the Power of Play visit http://www.ed.gov.nl.ca/edu/earlychildhood/power.html

Packing Lunch / Recess for your child:
If your child is not taking part in our Kid’s Eat Smart Lunch Program or purchasing items from our canteen we ask that you keep nutrition in mind. Schools in Newfoundland and Labrador following the School Food Guidelines and as such we try to encourage healthier food choices for students. There is a time and place for treats when served in moderation. However, treats such as chips, bars, beverages high in sugar, etc should not be part of your child’s lunch or recess snack. We greatly appreciate your understanding and cooperation with this.    

School Closures / Delayed Openings:
In the event of school closures due to weather or road conditions the following protocol will be followed. A message will be sent to all parents via our automated calling system. For this reason we ask you make sure the school has your up-to-date contact information. A message will be posted to our Twitter account which you can either follow or view on our school website. We will also post on the Status Update section of the Newfoundland and Labrador English School District website. (Please note that you can customize this section on your browser to display only schools of interest to you). A message will also be sent to local radio stations. Depending on the situation (power failure, etc) the order of these methods may vary however they will all happen within a short timeframe.

Emergency School Closures:
In the event we have to close school during the day for an emergency such as weather the same notification protocol will be used. However, before a student in K-6 can be released from school we have to make sure contact with a parent or guardian is made and that you are aware of the closure. Once an automated call is sent we will check to see which went to voice mail or were not answered. Then we will attempt to make individual calls. Again, for this reason we want to make sure we have your up-to-date contact information in our database. Sometimes during this situation, the high school may dismiss prior to us, especially if it happens during the afternoon.

Recycling:
Just a reminder that you can donate your recyclables to St. Augustine’s either by dropping them at the school or informing the staff at the Bell Island Green Depot when you drop them off there. We are registered with the MMSB and all donations made will be matched and credited to our account. AS with all fundraisers conducted by the school, all money raised is spent on resources which enhance the curriculum or activities for students.

Lunch Program Volunteers:
Each day our volunteers prepare and serve lunch to almost 100 children in addition to heating lunches which several other students bring to school. Without the time and talents of these dedicated individuals we could not offer our program. We could use a few more volunteers to help with this. 2-3 hours one day per week is all we require. If you would like more information or would like to volunteer please contact our coordinator, Jackie Hawco, at jackiewise101@gmail.com or by phone 488-2615

Outside Clothing:
Just a reminder to parents and guardian that we will continue to go outside at lunch time provided it is not too cold or wet. This will continue throughout the winter. Please make sure your child has warm clothes (snow pants, hat, gloves etc) in his or her locker.

Resources for Your Information:
The Public Health Agency of Canada has launched "Stop Family Violence", a new web-based source of current information for professionals and the public.

Stop Family Violence provides information for Canadians who are, or know someone affected by family violence, need help finding services, or want to learn about family violence in Canada. It also provides information and resources for professionals on how to help prevent or respond to family violence.  Government of Canada funding opportunities and other activities related to family violence will also be posted on these pages.

To learn more visit http://www.phac-aspc.gc.ca/sfv-avf/index.php

 

 
December 2014

Christmas Ticket Draw:
Thanks to all who supported our annual Christmas Ticket Draw. Winning Tickets were drawn at the school on Friday by RCMP Constable, Kirby Pike. Winners have been contacted by phone and all prizes have been claimed.
 

Christmas Concert
Thanks to all who came out to support our Christmas concert last week. For those who requested an electronic copy of the program you can get it here.


 

October 2014

Website Updates:
Server issues are now resolved. Some pages still need to be updated over the next few days. Thanks to parents and guardians for your understanding.

Education Week 2014 October 5-11, 2014   I Remember! I Learn!  Je me souviens! J'apprends!
The theme shows the importance of remembering and learning - past and present. This year Education Week coincides with the 100th anniversary of World War I, as well as Fire Prevention Week, World Teachers' Day, and Kids Eat Smart Week. Our school will be doing a variety of learning activities throughout the week to mark these occasions.

Read the Director's Education Week Message Here
 

May 2014

Shave for The Brave:
Thanks to all who helped make our first Shave for the Brave a success. Special thanks to our stylists, Shirley Murphy,
Jennifer Hurley and Paula Sebetovski.

We are still finalizing our total. Each dollar from Shave for the Brave helps young adults in Canada deal with cancer through supportive and informative programs.offered by Young adult Cancer Canada


Back Row: Mr. Durdle, Mr. Murphy, Malachi, Chenille, Joy, Tannika, Jordan, Zachary, Todd, Shirley Murphy, Jennifer Hurley,
Paula Sebetovski. Middle Row. William, Joshua, Carl, Front Row: Jaden, Shianna, Hogan, Kameron, Evan

 

Let’s Talk Science:
This week some students from our Grade 6 class attended Memorial University of Newfoundland to attend the Let’s Talk Science All Science Challenge. Students in grades 6-8 from various schools across the Avalon region were in attendance at the INCO centre on campus to engage in science discovery and skill testing trivia in a fun and exciting competition. The event exposed students to the various science disciplines as well as the University campus and proved to be a very rewarding experience for students and teachers. As well, the Ontario based Let’s Talk Science Organization sent in three outreach volunteers today to showcase fun and exciting science explorations to all classes. The intent of these events is to inspire children to become more actively involved in scientific exploration and showcase the fun that science has to offer.

 

For your information, there is a Science Rendezvous taking place at the Science Building Lobby at Memorial University from 12 am-3pm on Saturday May 10th. It is a FREE ALL-AGES EVENT and should be a fun filled afternoon for parents and children.

 

 

Choral Connections Update:
Each spring our elementary choir take part in  Choral Connections at Memorial University’s  School of Music. It provides them with an opportunity to perform for other school choirs and work with musicians and clinicians to help improve their performance.  They also attend hands-on music workshops that the children really enjoy. Unfortunately this year we have decided not to attend given the ferry situation and the limited passenger capacity of the Beaumont Hamel and issues with the sailing schedule. When we confirmed our registration we hoped, like all Bell Islanders, that the MV Flanders would be back on the run by now.  If that had to be the case we would have been able to attend. Mr. Murphy is working with the organizers to arrange for some clinicians to visit Bell Island and work with our Choir in the near future. 

Parents and Guardians of Grade 2 and 5 Students:
The Department of Education invites you to complete the School Climate Parent Survey. By completing this survey, you are giving your school, your school district, and the provincial government your opinions regarding your school and your school’s climate. By doing so, we are able to gauge the quality of education you believe your child is getting and where improvements, if any, need to be made.

Please click here to view the School Climate Parent Survey brochure.  We encourage all parents / guardians of children in grades 2 and 5 to take this online survey.

Click here to proceed directly to the survey.

 

 

 

April 2014
 
Heritage Fair:
The theme for the 2014 Heritage Fairs is: Growing up in “Them Days” – Grandir dans “le bon vieux temps”
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Our heritage Fair is scheduled to take place on Tuesday, April 15th. A separate memo was sent about this. Click the logo for more information and resources.

Project guidlines

Volunteer Appreciation Week
This year April 6-12, 2014 marks Volunteer Week in Newfoundland and Labrador. The theme of this year’s Volunteer Week is …for the health of it! Volunteer Week provides us with an opportunity to recognize the important health benefits of volunteering and highlight the critical role that volunteers play in making our communities and province healthier places to live.

Volunteer Week is an opportunity to recognize and celebrate the great work and the contributions of our volunteers. It coincides with National Volunteer Week across Canada.

In communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador, there are approximately 197,000 volunteers who contribute a total of 35 million hours of valuable unpaid time in a concerted effort to make our towns and province stronger. Additionally, there are almost 23,000 people employed by volunteer and non-profit organizations who contribute to both social and economic programs.

On behalf of the staff and students of St. Augustine's Elementary, we would like to take this time to say thank you to the people who volunteer at our school. From our Kids Eat Smart Volunteers to the members of our school council, we appreciate all you do.

We would also like to say thank you to the members of our community who volunteer in various organizations, from minor hockey and figure skating coaches, to the people who support programs at our Boys and Girls Club. Thank you to the people who help support the various Church and social groups on Bell Island. Finally, a special thank you to the members of our local Volunteer Fire Department for your dedicated service throughout the year.

Provincial Government Volunteer Week Press Release    Community Sector NL Volunteer Week Information
 

 

March 2014

Thank you letter from Operation Christmas Child:
For the past several years our school, along with many others, participate in Operation Christmas Child. Here is a letter we received giving details on this year's project.

 

 

 

 

February 2014
 

Violence Awareness Month:
February is Violence Awareness Month. In addition to classroom activities which teachers are doing there are two special events taking place this month. Our Stand Up to Bullying Pink Shirt Day which is taking place on Wednesday February 26th. For more information on this you can visit http://www.pinkshirtday.ca/.  Students in Grades K – 6 are also taking place in Rachael’s Challenge.

Rachel Joy Scott was the first victim of the Columbine High School shooting tragedy on April 20, 1999. While she was alive Rachel kept a number of diaries and wrote several essays. Each piece of writing focused on the same theme - the hope that she could one day make a difference in the world. Since her death, Rachel has made this difference. Her acts of kindness and compassion coupled with the contents of her six diaries have become the foundation for one of the most life-changing programs in North America. In one of her diaries Rachel wrote: "I have this theory - that if one person can go out of their way to show compassion, then it will start a chain reaction of the same. People will never know how far a little kindness can go." This started "Rachel's Challenge". Rachel's Challenge is a program that is run by family and friends of Rachel. It is an inspirational outreach program with the goal of starting a chain reaction of kindness. This is Rachel's challenge.

Students at our school will be encouraged to record their acts of kindness throughout the month of February. Each time they do they will place a link on our school chain. In March our chain will be combined with chains from other schools who are taking part in Rachel’s Challenge. To learn more about Rachael’s story you can visit. http://www.rachelschallenge.org/

 
 

Family Literacy Day:
January 27th is Family Literacy Day. It is set aside to highlight the special role family literacy plays in helping children learn. Throughout the week our students will be taking part in various activities integrated into the curriculum to highlight the importance of literacy. ABC Life Literacy Canada is encouraging Canadian families to have "15 Minutes of Fun" learning together. Learning can happen at any time. Practicing literacy together every day has tremendous benefits for both children and parents. Click the 15 Minutes of Fun logo to get for some great ways to get started:

Lunch Program:
The Lunch Envelope for the next two week period was sent home on January 29th. All money and envelopes should be returned by Friday, January 31st. A copy of the menu was attached to the memo sent home on Wednesday. As always, please remember the school food guidelines if your child is bringing his or her own lunch.

Lunch Program Volunteers:
Our Kid’s Eat Smart Lunch Program offers hot lunches 5 days a week to the children of St. Augustine’s School. Funding for the program comes from parents, Kids Eat Smart Foundation and corporate sponsorship. Meals are prepared and served by a very dedicated, but small, group of volunteers and we are very grateful for their time and talents. However, we desperately need a few extra 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. A few hours every second week would be the minimum requirement. To learn more, or to volunteer, please contact our volunteer coordinator Jackie Wiseman at 488-2615 or email jackwise101@gmail.com.


 

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Living Health News Fall 2013 - Parent Edition (pdf)

Living Healthy News - Fall 2013 School Edition (pdf)


 

 

January 2014

School Food Guidelines:
Again, we ask for your cooperation in this matter. If your child is not participating in the lunch program we ask that you not include items such as soft drinks, chips, bars, etc. when packing your child’s lunch. Also remind your child if he or she is going to a store to buy lunch they are not permitted to bring back such items. This is becoming an issue as some students are bringing back candy and other junk food for classmates. If they are buying such items they are to be kept in their locker until school is over. We appreciate your understanding with this.

Cell Phones and Electronic Devices

Cell Phones. 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 them 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. NLESD is currently developing a policy to allow for this. In the meantime, we ask that you follow these guidelines.

Monday to Thursday. 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. They are not permitted during unstructured time such as recess or lunch.

Devices are permitted on Friday and can be used for both educational and recreational purposes. Both of which are done following classroom guidelines established by each teacher.

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. Ed Classes:
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. 

 

Special Memos sent home on Tuesday November 26th:

All parents and Guardians are asked to check here for a special memo on bussing issues.
Parents and guardians of Grade 5 students are to check here for information concerning an upcoming presentation on Intensive Core French

 

October
 

Jamarama
Thanks to all who wore their PJ’s on Jamarama Day to help support the Janeway Children’s Hospital Foundation? A total of $322.56 was collected for this very worthwhile organization which has helped many of our children over the years.

 



 

 

Walk to Breakfast:

Thanks to all who made our annual Kids Eat Smart a huge success! Thanks to our lunch volunteers who, in addition to preparing lunch on Thursday, also prepared and served breakfast to all of our students. 

Thanksgiving Celebration:
Thanks to everyone who took part in our Thanksgiving Celebration. All food items collected during our food drive were delivered to our local Food Bank. On behalf of the Community Food Sharing Association we thank you for your support.

 

 

September 19

Elementary Choir:
This year there has been a slight change to the elementary choir. In previous years all students were required to participate in choir which is one aspect of the choral music program. This year however we are allowing those students who would prefer not to participate in choir to be exempted with written permission from a parent or guardian. Those students who do not participate in choir will remain in their classroom with their teachers. However, we encourage all students to participate in choir. We want those students who are there to fully benefit from the experience. As in past years our choir will be travelling to Choral Connections and it is hoped that they will participate in some other events throughout the year.

 

 

September 2013

Welcome Back:
On behalf of the staff at St. Augustine’s, we would like to welcome you and your children back to school for the 2013/14 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 is extended to our new Physical Education Teacher, Mr. Lee Cose and our new Vice Principal and Grade 6 teacher. Ms. Charmayne Rumbolt.   

New District Website:
The Website for the new 
Newfoundland and Labrador English School District (NLESD) is now online. Parents/ Guardians can check this site for information concerning our School District. The Website for our former ESDNL board will remain online for the 2013-2014 school year however it will not be updated. Since each of the four former districts will continue to operate under their policies and procedures for this year, you can continue to reference that site for various information. Over the 2013-2014 the policies and procedures of the four districts will be merged in to a consistent set for the new Board. As these are completed they will be placed on the new website. You can also check the new website for current contact information for school and district personnel.

Student Information Sheet:
Please find attached to the memo sent home on Wednesday, a student information sheet. Please complete and return to school. Please make note of any changes to contact information.

Media Consent Form:
Each year we are required to update our Media Consent Forms for the School District. Please see the attached form with Wednesday's memo. While it does say Eastern School District, it does apply to the new School District. Please sign and return indicating your preference. If you do not which to have your child’s picture / work used for promotional purposes please indicated this on the form.

Lunch Program:
Our lunch program will start on Monday, September 9th. Lunch envelopes are attached. 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.

Lunch Program Volunteers:
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 email jackwise101@gmail.com

School Food Guidelines Newfoundland Labrador:
All schools in the province are required to follow the School Food Guidelines for Newfoundland Labrador. Please remember that the guidelines also encompass foods served at special events, sports tournaments and fundraisers. For more information please visit www.livinghealthyschools.com. If your child is not purchasing from our canteen please ensure they have a nutritional snack.

Curriculum Night:
We look forward to meeting parents and guardians at our curriculum night on Thursday, September 12th at 6:30 pm. This is a great opportunity to meet your child's teachers and get answers to any questions you may have.

Student Drop Off:
Please drop off your child between 7:55 and 8:15 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.

School Bus Information:
Bus service for Bell Island Schools is provided by City Wide Taxi. If your child is not a regular student taking the bus to and from school every day and parents/guardians wish to have their child take the bus on occasion please contact the school.

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.

Parents/guardians are asked to please wait in the main foyer by the office to pick up your child following dismissal in the afternoon.

Procedure In The Event Of School Closure:
If it is deemed necessary to close schools due to weather, 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 is there is a local power outage).

If it is deemed necessary to close during the school day, an announcement will be made using the same method above and by our automated calling system, SynreVoiceTM. If there has been a change to your contact information please let us know to ensure our calling list is up-to-date. (This would include changes to home, cell or work numbers as well as any changes to emergency contact information).

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.

Allergy Alert:
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. Kiwi 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.

Twitter:
In addition to our regular methods of communicating with parents and guardians you can also follow us on Twitter. @sa_elementary.

Head lice:
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 address below

 
May 2013


Speak Off:
Please see the memo sent home on Tuesday with details of our Public Speaking Event.

Read-A-Thon
It’s that time of year again. On Wednesday details and and a sponsor sheet on this event was sent home. This is one of our major fundraising events and money raised is put into programming for children for such things as technology, subsidizing bussing for field trips, bringing in guest speakers, and purchasing various learning materials.

Grade 3 and 6 Provincial Assessments:
This is a reminder for parents and guardians of Grade 3 and 6 students. On Thursday and Friday of this week and Monday and Tuesday of next week students will be writing the Language Arts Provincial Assessment, formerly known as CRT’s. This will be comprised of two reading and two writing components, one on each day during their regular language arts class. It is important that children be well rested for this and attend all four days of the assessment.

Safety Concern:

We are asking parents and guardians not to send children to school wearing high heel shoes and boots. We have had a few students roll their ankles while wearing these shoes. Prolonged wearing of such footwear is not recommended for children whose bones and legs are still developing. In addition these also present a safety concern if students have to evacuate the building in an emergency. We ask for your cooperation and understanding on this matter.

April 2013

Parents / Guardians Visiting the School:
As you have noticed, our front doors are now locked during the instructional day. If you happen to visit the school during a time when the doors are unlocked, such as lunch time, we ask that you check in at the office. Please do not proceed to your child’s classroom without first letting the office know.

We also ask that if you are picking up your child (ren) please do not arrive at the school prior to 11:20 or 2:10. Thank you for cooperation with this matter.

Birthday Invitations:
We have a new school guidelines regarding birthday invitations. To abide by the Eastern School Districts Inclusive policy and to promote a positive school culture, we have decided on the following guidelines so no student feels left out:

One may invite all the boys in your class.
One may invite all the girls in the class.
One may invite the whole class.

If none of the above, please deliver your invitations outside of school hours. Thank you for your cooperation in this matter and please inform your child so he or she won't be upset when we enforce this policy.

Homework:
If your child is absent from school due to illness or some other reason and you require homework, we ask that you give the teacher(s) some notice. This can be done by calling the school or emailing the teacher and asking for materials to be compiled. This can be picked up once the instructional day is over. 

 
 
March 2013

Violence Awareness Week: 
The Department of Education will recognize February 24 to March 2, 2013 as Violence Awareness Week. St. Augustine’s Elementary along with other schools in our District will participate in various activities during the upcoming  week. Like all schools we are committed to the safety of all students but recognize that bullying and other forms of violence takes place both in and out of school. Educating students about the effects of bullying and what they can do about it is an important goal. Events such as Pink Shirt Day help raise awareness but it is the on-going programs such as D.A.R.E., Lions Quest, Roots of Empathy, Social Skills Training, having a school wide behavior code and classroom presentations by our counselor and teachers which are our best defense against bullying. All of these programs are offered at our school and we continue to look for new programs or ways of building on our current initiatives. We appreciate all the support we get from parents and guardians.   

Pink Shirt Day: February 27
The Department of Education also encourages schools to participate in the international practice of wearing pink on Wednesday, February 27, in order to bring awareness to bullying, discrimination and homophobia. The department has decided to use the phrase
“Wear Pink – Stand up to Bullying!” to recognize this day.

For more information on pink shirt day and bullying visit the following website. http://www.pinkshirtday.ca/

Use of Office Phone:
We remind parents, students and guardians that the office phone is intended to be used for emergencies only. Please consult with your child’s schedule to ensure he or she has all the necessary items for school when they leave in the morning. If your child has to go to an alternate location at the end of the school day, or is being picked up early during the school day, please send a note advising the teacher of this. We appreciate you cooperation with matter. Calling home for such things as, having gym shoes dropped off, or asking to go to a friend’s house after school does not constitute an emergency.

 

February 2013

School Start Times
Students should be at school in the morning no later than 8:10 which is the start of home room period. Instruction begins at 8:15. At all grades, mathematics or language arts are the subjects which start the day and if students arrive late on a frequent basis they are missing out on very important instruction time.
 

Contact Information:
We ask that you please make sure we have your current phone number on file and if possible the name and number on an emergency contact. This information is important in the event of school closures.  If your phone number or address has changed please call the school to inform us.

Head lice
This is a reminder to 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. 

Discovery Education:
Just a reminder to parents that our School is one of 6 in our district taking part in a pilot project with discovery education. In addition to access to thousands of educational videos, the site also offers many resources for parents such as homework help.  Just visit http://www.discoveryeducation.ca/Canada/ and click on the parents tab to access many of the free services.

As part of this project every student at our school was issued a username and password. These were all sent home prior to Christmas on customized memos addressed to individual students. If you have not done so we encourage you to check out the resources with your child.

Parents and Guardians Visiting the School:
For safety reasons we ask that when you visit the school that you check in at the office first. Please do not proceed directly to your child’s classroom. When you drop your child off at school he or she should be walking to class on his or her. This is a great way to build independence in your child. Your cooperation with this is greatly appreciated.

 

Report Cards:
Report cards for the first term will be sent home during the last week of November. Parent Teacher interviews are scheduled for Thursday, December 6th from 1:00 – 3:00 and 6:00 – 8:00. Appointments can now be booked online. If you have internet access we encourage you to use the online method.

  First time users click here for instructions.

 

September 2012

Lunch Program:
Our lunch program will start on Monday, September 17th. Envelopes were sent home on Wednesday. Please return them along with money by Friday of this week.

We would like to thank parents and guardians for your cooperation and patience last week and this week as we get our volunteers in place to start the program. If your child is not availing of the Kids Eat Smart Lunch program we ask that when packing lunch and recess keep nutrition in mind.  Please refrain from including items such as, soft drinks, potato chips, chocolate bars, etc. Your understanding and cooperation is appreciated. We also ask that if your child is going out for lunch they not bring back such items with their lunch.

Lunch Program Volunteers
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 email jackwise101@gmail.com

Curriculum Night:
Thanks to all parents and guardians who came out for our annual curriculum night. It is a wonderful opportunity to meet you child' teacher and get answers to any questions you have. It also shows your child that you have a genuine interest in their schooling.  

Student Demographic Sheet:
Attached is our Student Information sheet. Please fill out and return to your child’s teacher at your earliest convenience. This is important to ensure we have up-to-date medical and contact information on file. You may return the form in the attached lunch envelope if you prefer as all lunch envelopes are sent to the office to be opened.

Lunch Program Volunteers:
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 email jackwise101@gmail.com

School Food Guidelines Newfoundland Labrador
September 2008 marked the full implementation of the School Food Guidelines Newfoundland Labrador for all schools in the province. Please remember that the guidelines also encompass foods served at special events, sports tournaments and fundraisers. For more information please visit www.livinghealthyschools.com. If your child is not purchasing from our canteen please ensure they have a nutritional snack.

Student Drop Off: Please do not drop off your children for school before 8:00 a.m. As you are dropping off your children, please do not blockade 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) We are currently awaiting our new entrance and exit signs to be installed. 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.

Morning and Afternoon Routines: Last year parents/guardians were 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.

Parents/guardians are asked to please wait in the main foyer by the office to pick up your child following dismissal in the afternoon.

Procedure In The Event Of School Closure: If it is deemed necessary to close schools due to weather, an announcement will be made on VOCM, OZ-FM, and CBC radio stations as well as Status Central (District web site) by 6:30am. If it is deemed necessary to close during the school day, an announcement will be made using the same stations indicated above as well as Status Central and by our automated calling system, SynreVoiceTM. If there has been a change to your contact information please let us know to ensure our calling list is up-to-date. (This would include changes to home, cell or work numbers as well as any changes to emergency contact information).

Smoke Free School & Smoke Free Grounds: Visitors, staff and students are reminded that effective September 1, 2006, all buildings, grounds and properties under the jurisdiction of the Eastern School District are smoke-free. Please respect our smoke-free policy and support us in our efforts to create a safe and healthy environment for everyone.

Allergy Alert:
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. Kiwi 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.

Head lice
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.

14 Day Schedule
This year we have moved to a new 14 day schedule. It is essentially our old 7 day scheduled doubled over with some minor changes. It follows the same cycle as the 14-day CDLI which the high school follows. This will us to better coordinate events with the high school. More importantly it will allow our teachers to have shared collaboration time for lesson planning and preparation.

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 address below.

 

 
Announcement Archive 2011-2012
March, 2012

March is Nutrition Month:  Here are some Healthy Living Resources from ESDNL :


pdf file 4.1M

pdf file 0.9M

For information about the Healthy and Active Living Initiative of the Eastern School District, click here,

Reminders:

Procedure In The Event Of School Closure:
If it is deemed necessary to close schools due to weather, an announcement will be made on local radio stations, our Twitter feed, which can be found on our school website or by following us on Twitter, as well as Status Central (District web site) by 6:45am. If it is deemed necessary to close during the school day, an announcement will be made using the same methods and by our automated calling system, SynreVoiceTM.    Please let us know if your contact information changes to ensure our calling database is up-to-date.

Head lice:
Just a reminder to keep checking your child’s head every night. If your child 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. Prevention, frequent checking and immediate treatment if something is found are the best defenses for this tormenting problem.

 
January 31

Pink Shirt Day:
Wednesday, February 29th is Pink Shirt Day in Canada. This day is set aside each year for people to take a stand against bullying. In the past we have encouraged students to wear something pink on that day and will be doing the same again this year. In addition to this we are placing orders for the official Pink Day T-Shirts. Shirts are pre-washed, cost $5.00 and are available in a variety of sizes. If you would like to order a shirt for your child please complete the order form sent home on Thursday and submit to your child’s teacher along with the fee by Wednesday, January 25th.   More information about Pink Day can be found at www.pinkshirtday.ca.

Family Literacy Day:
Friday, January 27th is Family Literacy Day in Canada. This Day is set aside to celebrate family literacy and encourage parents and children to engage in fun and meaningful literacy activities. Next week students will take part in different activities leading up to Friday. On Monday, all students will receive a “Journey to Learning Passport” which contains a variety of family based literacy activities. Students are asked to complete at least 5 of the activities throughout the week. On Friday, students will enter their passports for a chance to win a literacy prize pack. (One in elementary and one in primary).  Parents can also register their passport online at FamilyLiteracyDay.ca when finished for a chance to win other prizes. We are also extending an invitation to any parent who would like to come and read to a small group of children from their child’s classroom next Friday morning. If you would like to volunteer please complete the form sent home today and return it to your child’s teacher. For more information on Family Literacy Day follow the link on the right “Make Literacy a Family Thing”

 
December 14

Recycling Blitz:
Thanks to all who contributed to our December Recycling Blitz. Our next one will take place on Tuesday, January 10th. Remember that you can drop off recycling items at any time to the Green Depot and indicate they are for our school.

Lunch Program: - Heat up
We would like to thank parents and guardians for your cooperation with not sending items for heat-up which require several minutes to heat. For those parents who may not have seen the last memo, or have forgotten, we ask that items such as TV Dinners, KD Cups, etc. not be sent as part of your child’s lunch. We have limited resources, (microwaves and resources) and such items slow down the serving of lunch because of the heating time required and the fact they have to be placed in the microwave by themselves.

       Eastern Health    Tips for Healthy Lunches pdf  Tips for Healthy Snacks  pdf

 

December 9

Christmas Ticket Draw:
Once again this year we are sponsoring a Christmas Ticket Draw. This event is one of the major yearly fundraisers for our school. Last year money raised was put toward technology resources and offsetting bussing costs associated with field trips.

Money raised this year will help support the purchase of materials for our guided reading program, specifically levelled readers, as well as purchasing some technology related resources.

We are sending home four books per family for you to sell. Tickets cost $1.00 each or a book of 6 for $5.00. While participation in all fundraising events at St. Augustine’s school is voluntary, we do appreciate any help you can provide by way of the sale or purchase of these tickets. There will be a cash prize for the family who sells the most tickets.

We ask that all ticket stubs, money and any unsold tickets be returned to your child’s teacher no later than Friday, December 16th. If you sell these and would like more please return your initial four books of stubs and money prior to getting your extra tickets.

If you have any questions please call the school. Once again, thank you for your continued support of the students of St. Augustine’s Elementary.

 
November 30

November is Bullying Awareness Month:
The Eastern School District has just provided schools with bullying awareness and character education presentations. This week and next week, the school counsellor and administration will be visiting all grades in our school to deliver these presentations.

I am Safe Newsletter:
KidCan is National organization devoted to child safety and bullying awareness. Each month they publish a newsletter entitled "I am Safe" Click here view this month's newsletter.

Online Parent Teacher Interview Scheduler  (OPTIS)
Term 1 ends Friday, November 25th. Report Cards will be sent home on Friday, December 2nd. Parent-Teacher conferences are scheduled for Thursday, December 8th from 1:00 to 3:00 pm and 6:00 - 8:00 pm. For Term One we will be using OPTIS for scheduling appointments. For parents/guardians without internet access, they can call the school to book an appointment. Click on the link below to log on to OPTIS. You will need to set up a username, password and your child's name. Then you select the teacher and time you would like to meet. For more information click on the Instructions For Parents link below. The system is now open.

 
November 12

Kindergarten Schedule Changes:
There will be no class for Kindergarten students on Friday, November 4th due to our scheduled KinderStart session.

Halloween Fair:
Thanks to parents and guardians who helped make our annual Halloween Fair a great success.

Lunch Program Envelopes:
Lunch envelopes were sent home on Thursday and are due back as soon as possible. Please note the menu changes for the next two weeks.

Coats For Kids:
Thanks to all who supported the coats for kids campaign. For more about the Coats for Kids Program click here

 
October 27

Morning and Afternoon Routines:
Last year parents/guardians were 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.   Parents/guardians are asked to please wait in the main foyer by the office to pick up your child following dismissal in the afternoon.  As noted, your support last year concerning this matter was much appreciated and we look forward to your cooperation once again this year

Thanksgiving Celebration:
Thanks to all parents and guardians who attended our celebration last week. Thanks as well to all who supported our annual Thanksgiving food drive. All donations were delivered to the food bank on Friday. Our next food drive will be in early December in preparation for Christmas.

Breast Cancer Awareness Penny Drive:
Thanks to all who supported our Annual Penny Drive for Breast Cancer. This year we collected over 600 dollars. The highest class average of 2.5 lbs of pennies per student was our Grade 3 class. They will be treated to a Pizza Party compliments of the Bell Island Breast Cancer Awareness Group.

 
October 24

Bussing:

Courtesy Bussing:
In recent years, the bus contractor has been providing courtesy bussing for students to attend places such as the Wabana Boys and Girls Club. Courtesy Bussing is when non-bus students or students from another bus route can ride on a bus when space permits. However, due to a demographic change this year, the bus which passes the Boys and Girls Club is at capacity. As a result the contractor can no longer offer courtesy bussing.

Kindergarten Students:
All Kindergarten students traveling home on the bus must be met by a parent or guardian at the bus stop. If there is no one to meet the bus, District Policy states that the child be returned to the school and a parent or guardian contacted.

Alternate Destinations
The transportation system is designed to transport students to and from home and school. Parents/guardians are responsible for transportation arrangements regarding visiting school friends or other personal commitments.  In extenuating circumstances children can avail of a second stop on assigned bus route if it is on a continuous/ regular basis. (i.e. switch in Kindergarten cycle from mornings.) If students are getting off a different stop please inform your child’s teacher.

More Information:
For more information on School Bussing click here.

Reminder - Student Information Sheet:
Student information sheets were sent home last month. If you have not returned them yet can you please do so at your earliest convenience? If you require a new one please click here. teacher.

School Pictures:
Provincial School Studios will be at our school on, Monday, October 24th.  This year we are using proof sheets rather than pre-order envelopes. A few weeks after the pictures are taken you will receive an order envelope with a proof of your child’s picture printed on it. From this you can select the type of package you would like. Remember, there is no money required on picture day, only the background selection card.  Whether or not you plan to order school pictures all children will have their picture taken for our school files. Children also get birthday pictures, a school ID card and picture bookmark.

 

 
October 5
Staffing Update:
Late last week the Eastern School District released an additional 0.5 teaching unit to our school. This will help meet some of our needs due to increased class sizes in grades 2 and 3. We are pleased to welcome back Ms. Amanda Kent, who has been on staff for the past 2 years. 

 

 

September 26

Lunch Program:
We are planning to resume our lunch program starting Monday, September 19th.  A menu printed on the face of an envelope will be distributed bi-weekly.  Please check off the choices on the menu for the two week period and enclose the money in the envelope provided.  Cost of lunch remains at $2.00 daily. Envelopes are were sent home on September 13th and need to be returned to your child’s classroom teacher no later than Friday, Sept.16th.

We encourage you to send a nutritional lunch with your child if he/she is not participating in the lunch program.

School Food Guidelines Newfoundland Labrador:
September 2008 marked the full implementation of the School Food Guidelines Newfoundland Labrador. Please remember that the guidelines also encompass foods served at special events, sports tournaments and fundraisers. For more information please visit www.livinghealthyschools.com. If your child is not purchasing from our canteen please ensure they have a nutritional snack.

Student Drop Off:
Please do not drop off your children for school before 8:00 a.m. As you are dropping off your children, please do not blockade the Teacher/Staff designated parking areas. We have a designated exit and entrance to our parking lot. 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.

School Bus Information:
Bus service for Bell Island Schools is provided by City Wide Taxi. If your child is not a regular student taking the bus to and from school every day and parents/guardians wish to have their child take the bus on occasion please contact Mr. Edward Fitzgerald (cell number is 697-0622).

Morning and Afternoon Routines:
Last year parents/guardians were 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.

Parents/guardians are asked to please wait in the main foyer by the office to pick up your child following dismissal in the afternoon.

Procedure In The Event Of School Closure:
If it is deemed necessary to close schools due to weather, an announcement will be made on VOCM, OZ-FM, and CBC radio stations as well as Status Central (District web site) by 6:30am. If it is deemed necessary to close during the school day, an announcement will be made using the same stations indicated above as well as Status Central and by our automated calling system, SynreVoiceTM. If there has been a change to your contact information please let us know to ensure calling list is up-to-date. (This would include changes to home, cell or work numbers as well as any changes to emergency contact information).

Smoke Free School & Smoke Free Grounds:
Visitors, staff and students are reminded that effective September 1, 2006, all buildings, grounds and properties under the jurisdiction of the Eastern School District are smoke-free. Please respect our smoke-free policy and support us in our efforts to create a safe and healthy environment for everyone.

Allergy Alert:
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. Shellfish products are also not allowed.

Until further notice, the following food items are also not permitted at school, kiwi, bananas and strawberries.

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. This should be given to the teacher at the start of the day.

Head lice:
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.

Website Updates:
School Council Page updated
( September 5)
2011-2012 School Calendar updated
(September 5)
Staff list updated
(September 5)
School Supply Lists Posted
(July 1)
Awards list updated for 2010 - 2011
(June 27)
Staff list updated
(June 27)
 

School Supply Lists by Grade PDF files

bullet Grade 7
bullet Grade 6
bullet Grade 5
bullet Grade 4
bullet Grade 3
bullet Grade 2
bullet Grade 1
bulletKindergarten (already sent home to parents by mail)

 

Announcement Archive 2010-2011

 
 
March 27

Volunteer Spotlight
Two of our lunch volunteers were recognized in the recent issue of Smart Talk which is a publication sponsored by the Kids Eat Smart Foundation.  A copy of the article is highlighted below:

Jackie Hawco and Jeannie Shea who coordinate the Kids Eat Smart Club at St. Augustine’s Elementary, Bell Island, attended the 2010 Volunteer Week reception for volunteers at Government House hosted by the Honourable John C. Crosbie, PC, OC, ONL, QC, Lieutenant Governor of Newfoundland and Labrador, and Her Honour Jane Furneaux Crosbie . Jackie and Jeannie assist in recruiting new volunteers to the Kids Eat Smart Club, handle scheduling of volunteers, help prepare the meals and monitor the food supply inventory for the Club. Both volunteers have children who attended the school but who have since moved on to high school, while they continue to volunteer. In reference to their trip to Government House, Jackie and Jeannie noted, "It was an interesting day and a wonderful experience. Their Honours made us feel very much appreciated for our efforts as volunteers with the Kids Eat Smart program at St. Augustine's Elementary."

 

Thank you to local Kiwanis Club:
We would like to extend a big thank you to the local Kiwanis Club who recently made a $500 donation to our school lunch program. Community support such as this is vital in maintaining our lunch program.

Head lice
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.

Hand Washing
With the coming of the flu season we ask that you remind your children about the importance of regular hand washing. All classrooms and washrooms are equipped with anti-bacterial hand soap.  In the absence of hand washing the use of hand sanitizers is also encouraged. We do ask that students use the hand sanitizing stations we have in the school and not bring in their own unless it is unscented. Finally please remember the 3C’s (Clean, Cover and Contain)

 

 

March 1

The Leukemia & Lymphoma Society of Canada Pennies for Patients:
We started collecting Pennies for Patients on Monday, January 24th through to Friday, February 4th. It was an opportunity for our students and school community to help fund patient services and research to find a cure for blood cancers. As well, this program provided our students with an opportunity to gain invaluable character-building skills. We collected some $409.65.  Thank you for your generosity. Special thanks to staff members for their cooperation and Mrs. Margaret Cahill for her efforts in coordinating the Pennies for Patients program.

 

January 17

Procedure in the event of school closure
If it is deemed necessary to close schools due to weather, an announcement will be made on VOCM and OZ-FM radio stations as well as Status Central (District web site or follow the link on the school website) and by our automated calling system by 6:30 am. If it is deemed necessary to close during the school day, an announcement will be made using the same procedure. Please notify the school if there are any changes in your telephone number or address to ensure we have your current contact information in our database.

Class Photos
Your child had class group shots taken before Christmas and the school is now taking orders for these photos.  The photos are of your child’s homeroom classmates and teacher.  If you wish to purchase a photo, the cost is ($3.00 for a 5x7 and $5.00 for a 8x10).  Parents/guardians should include the payment in an envelope and return to their child’s homeroom teacher on or before Wednesday, January 19, 2011.  No orders taken beyond this date. 

Recycling Blitz
As you know, one day each month is designated as A Recycling Blitz Day. Our third blitz will take place on Thursday, January 20th. If you have any items to donate, please bring them to our school and drop them at the far door at the end of the building (door facing Butler’s). Please wait until 8:05am to allow our busses to clear the building.  

Technology Improvements:
We continue to make improvements in the use of technology within our school. Some of the recent highlights include:

bullet New SmartBoards
We have purchased three new SmartBoards. Plans are in place to install these three boards, plus the mobile SmartBoard we currently have in the building, in the following classrooms: Kindergarten, Grade Three, Grade Six and the Music room. That leaves three classrooms which we hope to supply in the very near future.

IXL
We have also purchased a membership to IXL Math. This web based math resources will be used to supplement our regular curriculum resources. It provides a fun and interactive way for children to learn. In addition for use at school students will have full access at home and parents can also track progress. This service will start in February and continue for a full year. To learn more visit http://www.IXL.com
 
bullet Computers
Through Computers For Schools we have upgraded some of the computers in our Computer Lab as well as provided some classrooms with extra computers for students.  CFS refurbishes donated computers and provides them at a minor cost to schools.
 
bullet TumbleBooks:
As a reminder, parents of Primary students may want to follow the TumbleBooks link on our school website. This is a membership we have which gives students school and home use to a variety of quality children’s literature. In many cases authors such as Robert Munch narrate their stories to help bring them to life. The site includes various games and activities related to the stories.  

Staff Professional Development Day/Closeout
There will be NO SCHOOL for students at St. Augustine’s School on Friday, January 28th and Monday, January 31st.  Our staff will be participating in two (2) Professional Development days at St. Augustine’s. 

When the children return to school on Tuesday it will be Day 7 on their schedule.  Lunch menu for Tuesday will Ham Sandwich and Garden Salad.
 

 

 
 
November 5

Recycling Blitz at St. Augustine’s Elementary
One day each month will be designated as Recycling Blitz Day. Our first blitz will happen tomorrow, Thursday, November 4th. If you have any recycled items to donate, please bring your recycled products (bottles, cans, and juice boxes) to our school and drop them at the far door at the end of the building (door facing Butler’s). Please wait until 8:05am to allow our busses to clear the building.

Recycling:
We have an account at the local green depot on Town Square. If you would like to donate the proceeds of your recycled containers to St. Augustine’s Elementary, we would be most appreciative. As you probably know, the MMSB will match recycling funds raised by our school. Please indicate our schools’ name, St. Augustine’s Elementary, as the recipient of your donation.

Change in Kindergarten Schedule
All Kindergarten children must attend school on Friday, November 5th in the afternoon session to participate in our Living Healthy Commotions Day.

Operation Christmas Child
Every year, thousands of volunteers across Canada help to collect and prepare hundreds of thousands of Operations Christmas Child shoe boxes, which are shipped around the world and distributed. For more information click here

We have ordered 20 boxes for our school for this project. More details have been provided on an information sheet attached.

Halloween Fair
We wish to say a big THANK YOU to parents/guardians and our school community for their generous support of our Halloween Fair. It was a lot of fun and a very successful fundraising effort. Your generosity will go a long way to enriching learning resources and opportunities for our children. Thanks so much.

School Photos
On Wednesday, November 10th – Provincial School Studios will be at the school to do Kindergarten photos (cap & gown) and classroom group shots. Please make an effort to have your child in attendance on that day. NOTE: Kindergarten photos - When your child has his/her photos taken they will receive proofs back and parent/guardian can decide which picture they wish to purchase. As well, any child who was absent on Monday, November 1st when all students were having individual photos taken may have their photos taken on Wednesday, November 10th.

Parents/guardians who do not have children attending St. Augustine’s School and would like to have their child/children pictures taken they must contact the company to see if the photographer will be taking photos during lunch. Contact number for Provincial School Studios is 1-800-563-6681.

GUITAR LESSONS
We are delighted to inform you that beginning on October 28TH and running weekly until Christmas Break, Mr. Kelly Russell will host Guitar Club at St. Augustine's School. This activity is open to elementary students (Grades 4, 5, 6 only) and will run every Thursday lunchtime at 11:30 a.m. for one half hour. Guitar Club will focus on basic instruction for beginners and no previous experience is necessary. Students choosing to participate in the Guitar Club must have their own guitar and be able to bring it to school each Thursday. A permission slip allowing your child to participate is attached below.

St. Augustine’s is most appreciative for this quality time volunteered by Mr. Russel

RECYCLE MY CELL PHONE CHALLENGE
From October 20th to November 30th we will be participating in a contest entitled “Recycle My Cell Phone Challenge”. Our goal is to collect as many discarded cell phones as possible and to be the school in our region to collect the most phones. (per student). The top performing in each region could win $1000.00 to be used towards environmental initiatives in our school. We have a drop box at the school office for your discarded cell phones. For more information on the program visit recyclemycell.ca  See also Government of NL Press Release

BELL ISLAND BREAST CANCER PENNY DRIVE
We have started our annual “Coins for Cancer” penny drive for the Bell Island Awareness group. Children can bring in their pennies until we have our Commotions Day here at St. Augustine’s School later in October. At that time we will have a weigh in from each class. The class with the most weight in pennies will have a choice to win a pizza party or movie and popcorn from the Breast Cancer Group.

HEAD LICE
Head lice is still an ongoing problem so we are requesting that you continue to check your child’s head every night. If there is a problem then you should contact Jennifer Power, the Community Health Nurse at 488-2702.

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 major concern for all of us.

 

 

October 14

Morning Drop Off:
We remind parents that students being dropped at the school by car should exit from the passenger side of the vehicle. That way the student does not have to walk around the car. Also, please use the inside lane for this. If you are parking, in order to walk your child into the school we ask that you park in the outside lane. Always remember to use caution during student drop off and pickup as all no bus students exit through our front door. Thank you for your continued cooperation with this matter.

Building Opening:
Parents are reminded that the main doors are not open until 7:50 am. Teachers do not start supervision until 7:55 at which time students will be permitted on the corridors. If students are dropped off at the school prior to this they are not supervised. We appreciate your understanding with this.

Thanksgiving Holiday:
School will be closed on Monday, October 11th for Thanksgiving. When students return on Tuesday, October 11th it will be Day 4 on the schedule.  There was an omission on the lunch program envelopes sent home and the Thanksgiving Day Holiday should have been indicated on the envelope. If you have already returned your envelope and ordered lunch for October 11th please note that it will be credited for the following week. If you have not sent in your envelope yet please remember there is no school on October 11th.

Thanksgiving Food Drive:
Our school will be participating in the Thanksgiving Food Drive (Monday to Friday of next week) to help restock food bank shelves. We respectfully ask that you send a non-perishable food items(s) to your child’s homeroom class to assist in the drive.

Thanksgiving Celebration:
We will be having a Thanksgiving Celebration at our school on Friday, October 8th at 10:00am, Parents and Guardians are welcome to join in our celebration.

School Council Vacancies:
St. Augustine’s Elementary school is seeking nominations for two (2) vacant parent representative positions.  If you would like to nominate someone to partake on our school council please complete the form provided on Tuesday Sept.28th.

 

 
 

September 30

School Food Guidelines Newfoundland Labrador
September 2008 marked the full implementation of the School Food Guidelines Newfoundland Labrador. Please remember that the guidelines also encompass foods served at special events, sports tournaments and fundraisers. For more information please visit www.livinghealthyschools.com. If your child is not purchasing from our canteen please ensure they have a nutritional snack. Please avoid sending in soft drinks, bars, etc.

Student Drop Off:
Please do not drop off your children for school before 8:00 a.m. As you are dropping off your children, please do not blockade the Teacher/Staff designated parking areas. We have a designated exit and entrance to our parking lot. 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.

School Bus Information
Bus service for Bell Island Schools is provided by City Wide Taxi. If your child is not a regular student taking the bus to and from school every day and parents/guardians wish to have their child take the bus on occasion please contact Mr. Edward Fitzgerald (cell number is 697-0622).

Morning and Afternoon Routines:
Last year parents/guardians were 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.
Parents/guardians are asked to please wait in the main foyer by the office to pick up your child following dismissal in the afternoon. As noted, your support last year concerning this matter was much appreciated and we look forward to your cooperation once again this year.

Procedure In The Event Of School Closure:
If it is deemed necessary to close schools due to weather, an announcement will be made on VOCM and OZ-FM radio stations as well as Status Central (District web site) by 6:30am. If it is deemed necessary to close during the school day, an announcement will be made using the same stations indicated above as well as Status Central and by our automated calling system, SynreVoiceTM. Please ensure you complete and return the student information sheet being sent home next week to ensure we have your current contact information in our database.

Smoke Free School & Smoke Free Grounds:
Visitors, staff and students are reminded that effective September 1, 2006, all buildings, grounds and properties under the jurisdiction of the Eastern School District are smoke-free. Please respect our smoke-free policy and support us in our efforts to create a safe and healthy environment for everyone.

Head lice
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.

 
 
September 10

Welcome Back
On behalf of the staff at St. Augustine’s, we would like to welcome you and your children back to school for the 2010/11 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 is extended to our new staff members: Ms. Amanda Conway, Physical Education Teacher and Mrs. Tina Ford, Guidance Counsellor. We also have two Memorial University Interns with us until Christmas, Ms. Amanda Pendergast and Ms. Jessica Curnew.

Curriculum Night
We look forward to seeing you at our annual Curriculum Night on Thursday, September 16th, at 6:30 pm.

Important Change to Lunch Program  (Click for Parent memo sent home on Monday, September 13th)
 

Lunch Program Volunteers
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.

School Food Guidelines Newfoundland Labrador
September 2008 marked the full implementation of the School Food Guidelines Newfoundland Labrador. Please remember that the guidelines also encompass foods served at special events, sports tournaments and fundraisers. For more information please visit www.livinghealthyschools.com. If your child is not purchasing from our canteen please ensure they have a nutritional snack. Please avoid sending in soft drinks, bars, etc.

Student Drop Off:
Please do not drop off your children for school before 8:00 a.m. As you are dropping off your children, please do not blockade the Teacher/Staff designated parking areas. We have a designated exit and entrance to our parking lot. 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.

School Bus Information
Bus service for Bell Island Schools is provided by City Wide Taxi. If your child is not a regular student taking the bus to and from school every day and parents/guardians wish to have their child take the bus on occasion please contact Mr. Edward Fitzgerald (cell number is 697-0622).

Morning and Afternoon Routines:
Last year parents/guardians were 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.
Parents/guardians are asked to please wait in the main foyer by the office to pick up your child following dismissal in the afternoon. As noted, your support last year concerning this matter was much appreciated and we look forward to your cooperation once again this year.

Procedure In The Event Of School Closure:
If it is deemed necessary to close schools due to weather, an announcement will be made on VOCM and OZ-FM radio stations as well as Status Central (District web site) by 6:30am. If it is deemed necessary to close during the school day, an announcement will be made using the same stations indicated above as well as Status Central and by our automated calling system, SynreVoiceTM. Please ensure you complete and return the student information sheet being sent home next week to ensure we have your current contact information in our database.

Smoke Free School & Smoke Free Grounds:
Visitors, staff and students are reminded that effective September 1, 2006, all buildings, grounds and properties under the jurisdiction of the Eastern School District are smoke-free. Please respect our smoke-free policy and support us in our efforts to create a safe and healthy environment for everyone.

Peanut Free//Scent Free School
Due to the fact that we have children 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.

We also have many staff members and children with allergies. Some scents are very strong and we cannot risk anyone’s health. Please do not use any scented products before you come to school to pick up or drop off your child. We are also asking for your cooperation in sending children to school with non-scented products such as, hair spray, gel, perfume, etc.

Head lice
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.

School Council

We have openings on our school council for the upcoming year. Information related to nominations and voting will be sent home in the near future.