St. Augustine School
Dear St. Augustine Parents,
Our 50 days of Easter celebration continues as we begin the month of Mary. To extend our Easter celebration and this blessed month into your homes, may I suggest that you say a Hail Mary as part of your Grace Before Meals when you gather together as a family at the dinner table or encourage your children to include it in their daily prayers. Can your family say a Hail Mary every day in the month of May?
I would like to express my gratitude for our entire community. If I don't say it enough, THANK YOU! Thank you for the grace and love and support and determination you have all shown over the last year. Thank you parents, students, teachers, education assistants, support staff, guardians, and caregivers! You have been and continue to be amazing!
The month of May is packed with many activities. Though Track & Field season has been cancelled, Mrs. Erceg and Mrs. Patzer will have lots of physical and movement activities lined up instead, including volleyball! In a few weeks, the Grades 5, 6 and 7 classes would have been attending our Outdoor Education program, and the primary classes would be having their own Mini-Camp at school! Regrettably, these programs have been cancelled, as well. However, as we have been doing throughout this pandemic, wherever possible, we will try to hold on to the things that would have ordinarily occurred this year. Stay tuned as your teachers and staff continue to plan what this penultimate month of the year will look like.
Happy Easter and wishing all mothers a very Happy Mothers’ Day, as well! God bless!
SCHOOL MASS WEDNESDAY, MAY 5
Join us next Wednesday, May 5 for our monthly school mass at 9:15am, live-streamed on the Parish YouTube Channel.
I am reminded of our first school mass during the pandemic last May, and I would like to share the video that I prepared for you and presented at the end of that mass, thanking the heroes among us: essential service workers, frontline workers, teachers, staff, parents, and our children. This time last year, while we were in lockdown, we had a Superhero Theme Day to celebrate all the heroism around us. I think it is still very applicable today, and I cannot help but still get emotional when I watch the video. Enjoy!
PASS THE TORCH
Our Pass the Torch Gala is fast approaching.
Please, purchase your tickets ASAP. They are only $25 per adult. Children are free.
Bidding for the Silent Auction opens on May 1.
We are already at 252 tickets sold as of April 30 - WOOT WOOT!!
Deadline for Fable Orders is May 7 at noon.
If you are having any trouble purchasing meals online,
email Juliana Park at email@example.com.
PTT Dates of Interest
May 1, 2021 - Silent Auction opens
Virtual PTT Programme May 15, 2021
Introduction and Welcome – Chris & Jane Gailus
Grace – Father Andrzej Stendzina, O.M.I
5:35pm - 7:55pm Dinner
Bon Appetit! This is your time to enjoy a special dinner with your family.
We encourage you to set up Zoom with your family and friends, so that you can enjoy the evening together OR join our GALA ZOOM with breakout rooms for the parish as well as all Grade Levels for the school:
Join Zoom Meeting
(PASS THE TORCH GALA 2021)
Meeting ID: 672 3822 8643
8:00pm - 8:30pm Entertainment
The Magic of Coby - Virtual Magic Show
8:30pm - 9:20pm Fundraising
Introduction and Welcome – Chris & Jane Gailus
Auction - Howard Blank Auctioneer
8:40pm - Live Auction
9pm - Fund-a-Need
9:20pm - 9:25pm
Thank you and closing remarks
N.B. Silent Auction will remain open until 10:30pm
WEDNESDAY, MAY 12 - CROWNING OF MARY ASSEMBLY
Please, join us Wednesday, May 12 at 9:15am for a virtual school assembly. Ms. Agregado's Grade 1 class will be hosting the Crowning of Mary. The assembly will be on zoom, and we hope you can all join us in this month of May when we celebrate our blessed mother:
Topic: School ZOOM Assembly (Crowning of Mary)
Meeting ID: 686 1272 0565
FIRST HOLY COMMUNION & CONFIRMATION
Regrettably, First Communion and Confirmation have been indefinitely postponed because of the existing health restrictions. We will communicate any new information and updates as they are made available to us.
NO SCHOOL, MONDAY, MAY 24 (VICTORIA DAY)
Monday, May 24 is Victoria Day. School will be closed on this day.
NO SCHOOL, MONDAY, MAY 31 (PLANNING DAY)
Monday, May 31 is a Professional Development Day. School will be closed on this day.
Happy Birthday to the Catholic Church!
Happy birthday to you, who are the body of the Church! We're all familiar with our own birthdays, and we celebrate them because they mark the day of the year in which we entered into this life. But did you know you have a second birthday?
Because you are part of the body of the Church, Pentecost is the Church's birthday, and yours, as well. Like any birthday, it's a cause for celebration.
The word Pentecost is Greek, and it means "50th day." Fifty days after Easter Sunday, we celebrate the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and their followers, and the beginning of their Earthly ministry to make disciples of all nations.
Pentecost is also a Jewish holiday, which the Jews use to celebrate the end of Passover. Jews celebrate the gift of the law to Moses at Mt. Sinai on this day. But we, as Catholics celebrate the birth of our Church.