St. Augustine School

Contact: office@saschool.ca 

tel: 604.731.8024 • fax: 604.739.1712 

2154 W. 7th Avenue, Vancouver, BC  V6K 0E3 Canada

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WEEKLY UPDATE

January 20 to January 24, 2020

EPIPHANY MASS

Because of the snow last week, our Epiphany Mass is rescheduled for this Wednesday, January 22 at 9:15am.  Join us as we celebrate our second annual bilingual mass prepared by Mme McLean and her French students.   

DATE CHANGE!

FAMILY LITERACY DAY rescheduled to

monday, january 27

FAMILY LITERACY DAY HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED TO MONDAY, JANUARY 27 AND NO LONGER FRIDAY, JANUARY 24.

In celebration of this day and to promote the importance of families reading together we invite you to join us on Monday January 27th for St. Augustine’s Family Literacy Day.  On this day, rather than wear your uniform, you are encouraged to dress up as one of your favourite authors or book characters. It could be from your favourite picture book, a character from a fiction novel or even someone you read a biography about.  Lots of photos will be taken so you might want to carry around the book that inspired your costume. If you do not have any ideas, come and talk to Ms Moffat in the Learning Commons in the next little while.

In addition to our book character costumes, the Learning Commons will be open one hour before school starts and one hour after dismissal to all school families who wish to participate.  Families will be invited to read together, play cooperative games, engage in storytelling activities and take part in an Escape Room type game based on authors, children's literature and wordplay. Snacks will be available and fun prizes awarded!  Set aside some time on Monday January 27 to celebrate and help us raise awareness of the importance of reading and engaging in other literacy-related activities as a family!

THE DOOR IS OPEN

On January 6, for our staff retreat, the entire St. Augustine School staff continued to explore what it means to be an Oblate Parish School.   Knowing that at the forefront of the Oblate mission is to serve the poor and the marginalized, we experienced this first hand at The Door Is Open, one of the four Catholic charities supported by the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Vancouver.   The staff celebrated mass, prepared and served meals to the under-privileged of the downtown eastside and also helped to sort, organize, and distribute clothing and non-perishable food donations to between 350 and 400 people in the neighbourhood.  It was a humbling and special day for us.   We learned from Sister Chita Torres and Father Gary Laboucane that there is an immediate need for underwear, socks, gloves, jackets, boots, blankets, and sweaters for both men and women.  We invite you to drop off any donations in the bins we have set up by the office.   We will be collecting donations until Friday, January 31.  Thank you in advance for your generosity.
 

MONTH-AT-A-GLANCE

  • MONDAY, JANUARY 6
    NO SCHOOL (STAFF RETREAT)

     

  • TUESDAY, JANUARY 7
    FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL AFTER CHRISTMAS BREAK

     

  • THURSDAY, JANUARY 9 AT 7:00PM
    OPEN HOUSE & INFORMATION EVENING FOR PROSPECTIVE FAMILIES

     

  • MONDAY, JANUARY 13
    MONDAY WITH MICHAEL 8:45AM

     

  • SATURDAY, JANUARY 18
    SACRAMENTAL RETREAT FOR GRADE 2 PARENTS (8:30-12:00)

     

  • WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 22
    SCHOOL MASS (special bilingual mass prepared by Mme McLean and students)
     

  • DATE CHANGE!  MONDAY, JANUARY 27
    FAMILY LITERACY DAY AND LITERACY DRESS UP DAY

     

  • FOOD BANK WEEK POSTPONED AND WILL BEGIN FEB. 3.

PARENT PARTICIPATION

Just a friendly reminder to continually check your parent hours.  The requirement for the year is 40 hours.  Please, be on top of tracking your total to date.  There are many volunteer opportunities for which to sign up on the Parent Participation Portal. ​

WELCOME BACK

A warm welcome back to Ms. Siy and Ms. Temp;leman who started back at work this January.  Ms. Siy has returned early from maternity leave, and Ms. Templeman is back after being off work due to injury since last spring.  We are thrilled to have both of them back after their extended absences.