St. Augustine School
HAPPY ADVENT, St. Augustine families!
Waiting. Nobody likes waiting. Lines. Traffic. Doctor’s office. Waiting drives us crazy. So, we fight it. Rushing, running, planning, speeding, doing. GPS in the car. LTE and 5G networks for cell phones. Overnight shipping. One-minute meals. Instant gratification. Waiting time is wasted time, and none of us can afford to waste even a minute. So what do we do when God asks us to wait?
God’s waiting is an active waiting. It requires not that we do nothing, but that we do only what we can do. Waiting actively means not trying to do God’s work for Him. It requires that we know our limits, which, in turn, requires slowing down and listening. This Advent let us learn to more actively wait by leaving the results up to God — the grade, the award, the promotion. We actively wait by not doing. Advent is a time of waiting. Let it be a time of active waiting.
As Catholics we are an Advent people. We live in hope and waiting for the coming of Christ. We will be focusing during the month of December on waiting for the coming of Jesus. His arrival is preceded by prayerful and watchful, active waiting. In a world that treasures activity and productivity, waiting is often considered as passivity; waiting, however, injects meaning into every arrival. Though crammed with busy and exciting Christmas activities, our duty this month is to keep our children’s attention on Advent in preparation for Jesus’ birth and arrival into our lives.
May you and your family have a blessed Advent. May you prepare for Christ’s coming, and may His grace truly permeate your home this season.
Have a wonderful and holy Christmas with your families, St. Augustine! Merry Christmas and have a safe and happy New Year!
ADVENT EVENING OF SONG AND PRAYER
THURSDAY, DECEMBER 12 AT 7:00PM
At our Advent Evening of Song and Prayer, it is our custom to take up a collection for the Oblate Missions. Over time, our school contributions have made a significant difference for the lives of people in Kenya by helping to build a school, ensure clean water systems are built and maintained, and supported many other services.
We ask that you once again consider a donation as part of your Advent giving. This year, the Oblates have asked that any donations received be used again to support the Kenyan missions but also the Oblate missions in Central America. A donation envelope will be sent home with your child early December. Please, place your donation in the donation envelope and place it in the collection baskets at the concert. There will be a collection midway through the evening. We will forward all contributions to the MAMI Offices in Saskatchewan. A tax receipt will be issued by them for all donations of $20.00 or more. Please, ensure that you provide your name and address if you wish to receive a tax receipt. Thank you in advance for your generosity.
The doors of the Church will be open at 6:30pm.
Primary students stay with their parents until 6:45pm and then they go to the Parish Centre.
Intermediate students will report to their teacher when they arrive.
The attire for the evening for each grade level has been discussed in class and will be communicated to you by your classroom teacher.
(FORMERLY CALLED REPORT CARDS)
First Term Progress Reports will be distributed at the end of the school day, Monday, December 16. Please, ensure you sign the back of the report card cover and return both the cover and the envelope to the school.
MOVEMBER AT SAS Thank you to all who participated in our MOvember Day last month. It was a fun day for an important cause. Thank you, SAS!
Our Student Christmas Market will be Friday, Dec. 6. Thank you to all who have already donated things for the students to purchase for the special adults in their lives.
Student gift purchases will be sent home with your child to put under your Christmas tree. All proceeds from the Christmas Market will be donated to Catholic Charities. Last year we raised over $3000! Complete details can be found here: SAS Christmas Market
CHRISTMAS HAMPERS Ongoing collection until December 12 (helping families in need in the Lower Mainland). Sadly, there are children right here in the Lower Mainland who struggle to get their basic needs met. Again, this year, we are helping some of these children who are experiencing very difficult circumstances in their lives. We want them to have a special Christmas, too.
Our donations will be their Christmas gifts. We are looking for new or very gently used items. The children will enjoy toys that your children would enjoy (ie: lego, hotwheels, transformers, soccer balls, dolls, etc.) Families are always are very grateful for gift cards to the Dollar Store, Walmart, Superstore, etc. The age, gender, and sizes of the children we will be supporting this year can be found here:
ADVENT GIVING INITIATIVES
Thank you in advance for your generosity and support!
Ongoing collection until morning of December 19 (helping Sancta Maria House) Items that are of need are the following: Dollar Store Journals, pens, brooms, mops, Kleenex, napkins, toilet paper, paper towels, HE laundry soap, dish detergent, coffee, hot chocolate, cake mixes, canned goods, tuna, salad dressings, dry cereal, cleaning products, peanut butter, honey, gift cards from Super Store. However, any non perishable food will be gratefully accepted.
SAS BOOK FAIR
Our annual school Book Fair will take place from Dec. 3 to Dec. 7. There will be opportunities before and after school for parents to purchase books. Students will have library time slots and other in-class times to browse and purchase books. Thank you in advance for supporting our book fair this year! For the schedule of class visits to the book fair, please, click here: SAS BOOK FAIR
RED AND GREEN DAY Students are asked to wear green and/or red (no uniform) on Friday, December 20.
LAST SCHOOL MASS BEFORE CHRISTMAS FRIDAY, DEC. 20 AT 9:15AM
Please, join us on the last day of school to celebrate mass as a faith community on Dec. 20. There will be NO MASS the first Wednesday (Dec. 4) this month.
LAST DAY OF SCHOOL
Friday, Dec. 20 is the last day of school before Christmas Break. It is also a 12:00pm dismissal.
Friday, December 13
is a Pro-D for staff. There is no school that day.
ONE LAST PUSH!
With the calendar year fast approaching and fall turning into winter, thank you to all the families who have so generously contributed to the fall campaign so far. A special thank you also to all our grade level Class Champions for your dedication, commitment and support. Here is the update of contributions by grade level to date. We are so very close to reaching our school goal of 100% participation. Thank you for your generosity and, if you haven’t yet been able to contribute, thank you for prayerfully considering doing so for one last big fundraising push before the Christmas holidays to reach our goal, SAS!