Letter from Mrs. Schratz
August 7, 2014
I hope you are having a wonderful summer and enjoying time with your children. Although it has flown by, I cannot wait to welcome the children back to school. As usual a lot has been accomplished here over the summer. I am very pleased to announce that the vacant positions have been filled with highly qualified and very enthusiastic teachers. Mrs. Clare Miller is our new Library/Media Specialist, and Ms. Chelsea Shouse is teaching Spanish K-8. Mrs. Sympson will be teaching grade 8 social studies, while Mrs. Murphy takes a group of 7th grade math. I have two excellent candidates for our part time resource teacher and expect to have that position confirmed shortly. Soon after school was out, Mr. Rainbow received the opportunity to teach at the secondary level in Carroll County. The decision to leave St. Augustine’s was a very difficult one for him and certainly sad news for us. Mr. Rainbow was very involved in our search for a new music teacher and we have a great successor in Ms. Kristina Laus. She has experience with teaching general music, directing choral groups and band and is a parish music director. At the recommendation of a few principals in the archdiocese I sought an art teacher, through a private company and I am very excited about the quality of instruction that we can expect from Ms. Hilary Christian. All of the specials teachers will be present at the Home and School Association Back to School Night on September 9 to introduce themselves and share their plans for your children this year. I hope to see all of you at this very important meeting. I will be speaking with you about my plans for the new school year. The Home and School Association will unveil their events and ideas. The Annual Book Fair also takes place then. This is the first of 3 general meetings of the HSA and attending the meeting earns you one volunteer service hour.
I hope your children have been active and having a lot of fun. I also hope that they have enjoyed reading and keeping their skills sharp on Mathletics. Over the summer the teachers and I have been busy taking courses, attending workshops and doing professional reading. I know there will be new and exciting plans and programs in all of our grades. The teachers are looking forward to sharing their plans and enthusiasm for the upcoming school year with you at the 4th Annual Meet and Greet which will be held on Monday, August 25. This event is for adults only. Kindergarten parents will meet in the classroom from 5:00-6:00 pm. Teachers of grades PK and 1-5 will conduct two sessions of the same presentation, the first from 5:30 -6:00 and the second at 6:00-6:30. The middle school homeroom teachers will present from 5:30-6:00 and then there will be two 15 minute sessions for parents to hear about the other curricular areas.
Finally, please be sure to visit the school website for information regarding school supplies and uniforms. We highly recommend that all families have at least one complete uniform including socks from Flynn and O’Hara so that items purchased elsewhere can be accurately matched. The policy has stated for years that all items must be identical to Flynn and O’Hara. A grace period until winter uniforms is in effect for switching over to the white polos for grades 1-8. Shoes for physical education must be plain black or white athletic shoes. The HSA is holding a used uniform sale on August 21 from 4 – 6 pm in the school hall. This is a great opportunity to stock up and save a lot of money!
May God bless you all with peaceful and restful summer days. I cannot wait to see you at the Meet and Greet on August 25 and to welcome the children back to school on August 26. Please note that dismissal on that day is at 12:25 and there is no afternoon Howard County bus service, nor Before or Aftercare. Our opening school Mass will be held at 9 a.m. on August 28, the Feast of St. Augustine. Parents are encouraged to join us in prayer. We have so much to be grateful for and will entrust our children and our school year to the Lord’s care and love!
Patricia Schratz, Principal
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Friday, May 9 Important Information
DISSMISSAL INFORMATION: The parking lot for dismissal will not open until 3:10 PM on Friday. DO NOT come earlier.
PRESCHOOL PICK UP ON FRIDAY: Preschool pick up will be at 3:25 in the back lot.
The weather forecast looks good and we are all looking forward to a great day on Friday!
HSA Spring Fling!
10th Annual Race for Education
Friday, May 9!
- All students should bring labeled water bottles to school.
- All students should wear their Race for Education t-shirt, PE shorts, and comfortable shoes for running. Students may wear hats for sun protection.
- Please apply sunscreen to your child at home.
- All students will walk/run in the Race, even if they did not get sponsors. We want this to be a fun day for everyone!
*If you do NOT want your child to participate, please send a note to school on Friday morning.*
The Race schedule is as follows:
PK4: 9:00 -9:35 AM
Grades K-2: 9:00-9:55 AM
Grades 3-5: 10:00-10:55 AM
Grades 6-8: 11:00 AM – 11:55 AM
It is not too late to sponsor your students. Contributions can be sent to the office, mailed to the school or made online until May 31st. Please encourage your family and friends to support your students.
Celebrate the Lenten Season with Our School Community
Students from St. Augustine Catholic School share their Lenten reflections with our school community. We are blessed to have the ability to celebrate God within our school walls.
CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR EIGHTH GRADE STUDENTS!
We are pleased to announce that 100% of our eighth graders were admitted to their first choice Catholic High Schools. To date they have been awarded $78,000 in academic and leadership scholarships ($312,000 over four years)! We are awaiting word on additional scholarships.
Feedback from the Admissions Directors regarding our students was very positive. St. Augustine School enjoys an outstanding reputation among Catholic high schools for the caliber of the students that we send to them and the contributions our students make to their communities throughout their secondary careers.
One of the high school principals stated, “On a side note, whatever you are doing, KEEP DOING IT! We interviewed 45-50 out of 600+ applications for our Scholars Program. I must tell you that your students were “rock stars” in the interview.”
We are so proud of our students and grateful to their parents for supporting and encouraging them. This is also a testament to the dedication, expertise, and hard work of the St. Augustine faculty. Kudos to the faculty and students!!!!! SAS Students Make the Goal!
Save the Date: Spring Fling
May 9, 2014
The day will include:
- Face Painting
A BIG THANK YOU FOR HELPING US REACH OUR GOAL
We have reached our goal for raising money for Habitat for Humanity. The money will help to build a home in a developing country. Thank you to all who generously supported "Purple & Yellow Day" sponsored by Rachel's Friends. We raised a total of $740 yesterday, this was added to our previous collections of $608 during Catholic Schools Week and $408 was donated from the Student Council Candy Grams, $250 was added from the Champions of Courage Essay Contest Award we received through Michael Casimir’s winning essay. The grand total is $2,006! Way to go SAS for your generous spirit!