What's New At St. A's


SECOND GRADERS EARN CATHOLIC MEDALS FOR CUB SCOUTS

Members of Cub Scout Pack 100 were awarded Catholic Medals by Reverend Canon Bob Lynam at Scout Sunday, celebrated at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church. Among them were four St. A's 2nd graders (pictured below, left to right):

 
Lucas B. - Light of Christ Medal
Braeden B. - Light of Christ Medal
Colin R. - Parvuli Dei Medal
Anthony M. - Light of Christ Medal

Congratulations to all of the Catholic Medal recipients from Pack 100!

FIRST GRADERS HAVE A SPECIAL DELIVERY FOR THE SCHOOL'S MAIL CARRIER

During Catholic Schools Week, the first graders did a service project for our school’s mail carrier.  The children were thrilled to make thank you cards for her service to the community .  They were also excited to be able to deliver the cards to her.

NEW ALTAR SERVERS INSTALLED

Nine St. A's students were among the group of new Altar Servers installed by Father Bob Lynam on December 17, 2017 at St. Augustine of Canterbury Church. The St. A's students are (listed alphabetically): Christa A., Christopher C., Aaron D., Lara F., Stephen H., John M., Alyssa M., Isabella O., and Salvina P.

Congratulations to all of the new Altar Servers!

7TH GRADE LANGUAGE ARTS CLASSES BRING A LITERARY CLASSIC TO LIFE

Seventh grade has been reading Cyrano de Bergerac. They were asked to depict a scene from Act 1 or Act 2 in a 3D Diorama.  They needed to write a summary of the scene, give what theme was portrayed, and write ten tone or mood words that the scene evokes.

   

STUDENTS HELP RECYCLE PLASTIC BAGS INTO SLEEPING MATS FOR THE HOMELESS

We are deeply moved and blessed to have had the MATthew25 Ministry visit our school and work with our 7th and 8th Grade Students on their Plastic Mats For the Homeless Project. Words cannot express our deepest gratitude to Anne Lurski, Karina Sherman, and Jeanine Cavanaugh from Immaculate Conception Parish for sharing their devotion to this beautiful Ministry. Also thanks to Mrs. Paras for bringing this Ministry to our school, and the many Moms who came and worked along side the students preparing the plastic bags and making balls of Plarn, so the volunteers can use it to crochet the plastic into the mats for the homeless.

 
 

For more information on this worldwide Ministry, click here and view this video:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hU3uBCgMaNA

"Truly I tell you, whatever you did for the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me." Matthew 25:40

"HANDS ACROSS THE SEA" MINISTRY SENDS CARE PACKAGES TO MILITARY PERSONNELL

To honor all those who bravely serve in the military, our school community, along with the Parish "Hands Across The Sea" Ministry, collected items for Care Packages for our men and women in the military, and who are deploying from our joint bases—Dix, McGuire and Lakehurst. May God bless and protect them always and we bestow our utmost gratitude to all those who help keep our country safe and free.

STUDENTS GATHER FOR ANTI-BULLYING RALLY - "IT'S COOL TO BE KIND"

On Halloween morning, the whole school community gathered for our Annual Anti-Bullying Presentation. This year's theme was "It is cool to be kind and not be a bully. Let us create a world without bullying and let us begin today." We also reaffirmed our Good God Choices based on the writings of St. Therese Lisieux, where we ask Jesus to help us show St. Therese's "Little Way" of merciful love and forgiveness to everyone, every day.

HALLOWEEN 2017: TRUNK-OR-TREAT, ST. A'S STYLE!

The St. Augustine School community celebrated Halloween with the traditional Trunk-or-Treat and Costume Parade. Thank you so much to all our AWESOME St. A's families that really made Halloween so memorable for our students. We are so very blessed to have such incredible, generous, and creative families here at St. A's.

Below is a video snapshot of the day's festivities. Additional photos are posted to our Facebook page.

PRAYING FOR PEACE ON THE CENTENNIAL OF THE MIRACLE OF OUR LADY OF FATIMA

On the one hundred year anniversary of the miracle of Our Lady of Fatima, our Middle School students along with Mrs. Paras, prayed a decade during their lunch hour, and the students from Grades 3-8 gathered in the Church to pray a student-led Rosary for World Peace. 

 

GIRL SCOUT TROOP SENDS CARDS TO HEROES OF LAS VEGAS TRAGEDY

4th grade Girl Scout Junior Troop 82406 made "Thank You" cards for the first responders and medical teams who helped to save others in the tragedy that occurred in Las Vegas on October 1. They are partnering with a Las Vegas Girl Scout troop to have them distributed there locally.

ODYSSEY OF THE MIND ALUMNI RETURN TO HELP MENTOR 7TH GRADE TEAM

Alumni returned to St. A's for a visit and two former Odyssey members stayed after school to help mentor a current team by running spontaneous drills with them.

 

8TH GRADE STREAM ACTIVITY MODELS UNITY WITH POPSICLE STICKS

8th grade students wrote the gifts they each have in their personality in popsicle sticks. Then, they were invited to join together and create a structure together as a class. This lesson paralleled the way our church relies on all gifts to accomplish a shared goal. They were offered glue to represent the presence of the Holy Spirit in accomplishing their task.

  

CELEBRATING THE INTERNATIONAL DAY OF PEACE

On Thursday, September 21, our students participated in an International Art and Literacy Project in honor of The International Day of Peace. Under the direction of Mrs. Minsavage, our Art Teacher, students created colorful pinwheels with their thoughts about peace, tolerance, and living in harmony with others in the world. Together with our Middle School Religion Teacher, Mrs. Paras, our Fifth to Eighth Grade students led the school community in a Prayer Service for World Peace. Mr. Berg, our Music Director led us all in song as we sang "let there be peace on earth and let it begin with me..."

PRE-K AND PRIMARY GRADES COME TOGETHER TO PRAY FOR PEACE

The Pre-K thru 2nd grade classes gathered together in front of the Sacred Heart of Jesus to pray for peace. After they prayed, they joined hands in a circle and sang a song about spreading God’s peace, love and joy. The prayer service ended with the children hugging each other as a sign of Peace!

  
 
 

BACK TO SCHOOL!

Here are a few snapshots from the first week of school. We're off to a great start!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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