St. Augustine School
Dear St. Augustine School Parents,
This winter has offered challenges we've never had to face, not only in daily life, but also in our spiritual life. We can't attend Mass. Our routines are disrupted. We worry daily about ourselves and our loved ones. With social and physical distancing and health authority directives, we cannot be near to family and friends. Many are lonely. Many are alone. Some of us may even need to fight the virus itself.
If we are to see blessings in all of this, and there are, it has become a time to think about how we live as a community, protect each other from illness, serve one another, and be part of the solution to a global crisis. As faith-filled people weathering this storm, I believe we can meet these challenges and maybe even bring about new and better ways of serving each other and taking care of each other once all of this is over. We will be transformed.
Lent officially ends Holy Thursday. That is when the "Triduum", the great three Days of Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Holy Saturday occur leading to Easter. Easter, not Christmas as some mistakenly think, is the principal feast of the liturgical year. For Catholics, it is THE greatest feast. I hope we do not lose sight of this during these challenging times. It is my hope that we find the joys of Easter and the resurrection in all this.
As a faith community, let’s make this year’s Easter Triduum sacred and focused. Though we find ourselves perhaps isolated and distanced from one another, let’s find ways to remain close and to not be distracted, and let’s spend Easter weekend during this exceptional time present to our families. April 4 is Easter. Though we will not be able to fill our churches, though we may find ourselves distant from those we love, let us still fill our homes with prayer and worship and hope.
Holy week is made “holy” forever by the self surrendering love of Jesus -- for us all. He entered into our lives that we might never experience life’s struggles alone. So, no matter what we experience during these difficult times, we can let it become “holy”, touched by the graces of this Holy Week, a week which helps us bring all of the elements of our lives, all our experiences of suffering, into the front of His redeeming, liberating death and resurrection Easter morning. We will get through this.
Happy Easter, St. Augustine families! He is Risen! Alleluia!
HOLY THURSDAY SCHOOL RETREAT April 1
Come join us for a day of prayer and retreat Holy Thursday, April 1. There will be school as normal that day, but the school retreat will be on ZOOM so parents can join from home if they are able. The retreat will consist of four virtual sessions throughout the day at the following times:
9:00am - Love & Acceptance
10:55am - Service
1:15pm - Sacrifice
2:10pm - Closing
Join Holy Thursday Zoom Retreat
Meeting ID: 683 2318 6365
NO SCHOOL April 2 and April 5
There is no school Good Friday, April 2 and Easter Monday, April 5.
SCHOOL MASS April 7
Join us for our monthly School Mass Wednesday, April 7 at 9:15am live-streamed on the Parish YouTube Channel.
DIVERSITY AWARENESS MONTH & ASSEMBLY April 14
April is Diversity/ Autism Awareness Month for us at St. Augustine School with a focus on bringing attention to diversity. To celebrate together, we will be holding a special assembly Wednesday, April 14 at 9:15am on ZOOM hosted by Ms. Siy's Kindergarten class. This day will also be a NON-UNIFORM day; all students are encouraged to wear ANY COLOUR to celebrate uniqueness and all their differences. The month is aimed at teaching all learners the values of friendship, empathy and inclusion. We hope you can join us on ZOOM:
Join DIVERSITY ASSEMBLY Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 686 1272 0565
STUDENT-LED CONFERENCES April 16
Student-led Conferences will be held Friday, April 16. Sign-up forms will go home the week of March 29, and assigned conference times will be confirmed the week of April 5. There is NO SCHOOL that day, and parents and their child(ren) are asked to join the ZOOM call at their scheduled timeslot(s).
EARTH DAY April 21
Our school community will learn about Earth Day and ways to help care for and clean up our environment Wednesday, April 21. Our Earth Day Assembly will be at 9:15am, hosted by Ms. Finn's Kindergarten class. You are all invited to join us on ZOOM:
Join EARTH DAY ASSEMBLY Zoom Meeting
Meeting ID: 686 1272 0565
SEXUALITY & YOUR CHILD PARENT EVENING April 21
This annual Grades 4-7 Parent Evening is Wednesday, April 21 at 7:00pm on ZOOM (details to follow for each grade).
GRADE 7 SPIRIT DAY April 26
Ms. O'Hara will be in touch with information on this year's Grade 7 Spirit Day which will be Saturday, April 24.