St. Augustine Academy
Information for Current Parents of Students
Reading At Home
Every year we emphasize the necessity of reading aloud to your child. Not only does it build a reading culture within your family, but it helps develop many skills necessary for the child to become an independent, life-long reader and lover of books. Parents are often at a loss though as to what they ought to read and many of the books promoted today for young readers are banal, poorly written, loud, badly illustrated and sometimes immoral.
The following books are highly recommended to help with the selection of good books:
Honey For A Child's Heart by Gladys Hunt
The Read Aloud Revival by Sarah MacKenzie
Books Children Love by Elizabeth Wilson
The Classical Reader by Leslie Rayner and Christopher Perrin
Although all are good, I particularly recommend the first two because the first part of each book lays out the why and how of reading to children. Homework is very limited in the lower school. In part because its effectiveness is highly debatable and also to give the child an opportunity to read and be read to.
Every first Wednesday of the month is Pizza Lunch Day for those who would like to order pizza. One slice is $1.50 (pepperoni or cheese) and the maximum order is 2 slices. Please try to have the exact amount as it is difficult to have enough change on hand for the increased number of students.
Hear Ye, Hear Ye!!
The Jog-A-Thon is October 4th. The children are excited about all the goodies Mrs. Sweeney and Mrs. Schuberg have offered to encourage participation! Please help your child ask for pledges. We have been practicing our running skills at recess by racing in pairs around the bike path.
Meet at the Upper Campus for the
Jog-A-Thon at 8:25 AM! Be dressed ready to run!
All Saints' Day
The All Saints Day celebration is October 31st at the upper campus. Each student will dress up as his or her chosen saint and recite a speech about that saint in front of the entire student body. Please talk about, as well as read to your children the lives of our heavenly friends to help them with their selection.
[Note: Mrs. Van Hecke and Mrs.Enriquez have many costumes to borrow]
Do NOT send your child to school with medicines/inhalers to be administered by the child. Contact the teacher and give her the medication, along with specific dosage instructions. Any medications and inhalers need to be in the teacher's possession for obvious safety reasons- NO exceptions! Children love to share and sometimes do not understand why they cannot share these as well as their toys.
LOST AND FOUND
Make sure all items belonging to your child are labeled, especially all articles of clothing.
FIRST FRIDAY CARPOOL
Every 1st Friday, we meet at the lower school at 11:15 to go to All School Mass, which begins at 11:40, at the upper campus. All students are then picked up from the upper campus at 12:25-12:30.