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NJHS STUDENTS TURN DONATED ITEMS INTO “BLESSING BAGS” FOR THE NEEDY

Mrs. Paras' Religion Classroom looked more like Santa's Workshop as the “elves” from the National Junior Honor Society sorted through all the generous donations from our St. A's samilies and completed 98 Blessings Bags to be donated to the HEART TEAM Service through Elijah's Promise in New Brunswick. The HEART TEAM will distribute these Blessings Bags to the homeless in New Brunswick. There were so many items left over that we are also able to make a donation to help single moms in Newark through a program run by Sister Mary Beth Lloyd of the Religious Teachers Filippini.

 
 

ROBO KNIGHTS TAKE SECOND PLACE AT FIRST LEGO LEAGUE CHALLENGE

Congratulations to our Robo Knights Team for their 2nd Place Win at the First Lego League Challenge. Each Challenge has three parts: the Robot Game, the Project, and the Core Values. Teams of up to ten children, with at least two adult coaches, participate in the Challenge by programming an autonomous robot to score points on a themed playing field (Robot Game), developing a solution to a problem they have identified (Project), all guided by the FIRST Core Values.FIRST LEGO League challenges kids to think like scientists and engineers. During the INTO ORBIT season, teams will choose and solve a real-world problem in the Project. They will also build, test, and program an autonomous robot using LEGO® MINDSTORMS® technology to solve a set of missions in the Robot Game. Throughout their experience, teams will operate under the FIRST signature set of Core Values, celebrating discovery, teamwork, and Gracious Professionalism®. Special thanks to coaches Marie and Jeff Lyttle who gave so much of their time to the students.

A DAY OF THANKSGIVING IN KINDERGARTEN

Our kindergarten students and their parents celebrated Thanksgiving during their Parent's Day on November 15. The students came dressed as Pilgrims and Native Americans, and each family was asked to bring in a food donation for the local food bank. The families enjoyed a feast together, and rotated between six stations of collaborative projects. Each family completed a STEM/MAKERSPACE project of a structure that either a Pilgrim or Native American would have lived in, a roll-the-dice project to complete a turkey picture, a Math story that needed to be completed with the correct answers, designed and assembled necklaces out of noodles, and read and completed an activity about a Thanksgiving story. Lastly, each family was asked to compose their own prayer of Thanksgiving and write it on a pair of praying hands. We are most grateful for all our Kindergarten students, teachers, aides and their families.

 
 
 
 

Please visit our Facebook page for the full album with many, many more photos of this event!

FIREFIGHTERS VISIT KINDERGARTEN AND 1ST GRADE DURING FIRE SAFETY WEEK

Our Kindergarten and First Grade Students celebrated Fire Safety Week with our Kendall Park Volunteer Fire Company, and Squirt. The Firefighters explained to the students how to call 911 in an emergency and to find the exits, and get out as quickly as possible. They also showed the students how to "STOP, DROP, AND ROLL." We are very grateful for all the support our South Brunswick Fire and Police Departments give us throughout the school year. May God bless and protect all of our South Brunswick Community Service Workers. 

 
 
 

CHOOSE RESPECT: 2018-2019 ANTI-BULLYING PROGRAM

St. Augustine School held its Annual Anti Bullying Program for the school year 2018-2019 on Wednesday, October 31st. This year's theme was: CHOOSE RESPECT: Let us create a world without bullying and let us begin today....The characters from Sesame Street helped teach us about the meaning of RESPECT and how we can show it to everyone we meet. Our Teachers even had a message for their students, and sang and danced to the classic R-E-S-P-E-C-T song. Our 8th graders led us all in the CHOOSE RESPECT song by Andy and the Odd Socks. Lastly, Mrs. Paras helped us to renew our Good God Choices, and we all pledged to CHOOSE RESPECT every day, and in every way.

   

FIFTH GRADE PARENT DAY!

Thank you to the fifth grade parents for taking the time to visit our fifth grade students during the school day on our Parents Day. We enjoyed becoming electrical engineers together as we built working circuits, battling each other with multiplication, and building Native American scenes with playdoh! Some of our parents may have been convinced to buy a pet or place a TV in their child's room when our fifth graders persuaded them using the OREO method!

 
  

STUDENT COUNCIL OFFICERS AND REPRESENTATIVES ELECTED FOR 2018-2019

We are very proud to introduce our Student Council Officers, School Representatives, and Class Representatives for the School Year 2018-2019.

The 2018-2019 Student Council Officers are (pictured below left to right):
Treasurer Alexander D., Secretary Giovanni O., President Layna T., Vice President Adrian P.

The 2018-2019 School Representatives are: Sharbella J. and Sasha S.

The 2018-2019 Class Representatives are: Bobby I. (8B), Jake S. (8W), Josh F. (7B), Dylan W. (7W),
Christa A. (6B), Joshua G. (6W), Tommy S. (5B), Makensie M. (5W), Brandon Z. (4B), and Nouralina J. (4W).

Congratulations to all who were chosen to represent our school and be our role models to follow our Good God Choices everyday, and in every way. Together with Sister Mary Louise and Mrs. O'Connor, we know that you will incorporate innovative and creative ideas, and add new programs and fundraisers for our school this year.

LET‘S BLOOM TOGETHER: 2ND AND 3RD GRADE PLANT TULIPS WITH “MARIGOLD MIKE”

On a misty Fall day, our Second and Third Grade students participated in a Let's Bloom Together Beautification Project by learning about annuals and then planting them behind the Elementary Wing. Marigold Mike entertained and taught the students all they needed to know about bulbs and how to take care of them. Then came the fun part; each student got to become a St. A's gardener, and planted their very own tulip bulb. Marigold Mike told them that "they could come back in 12-15 years, and their tulips would still be blooming!" The students commented on "how much they learned about planting a garden, how funny and awesome Mike was, and how much he loves nature and plants." The teachers thought "the presentation was phenomenal and loved that the lesson was interactive and the students had so much fun while learning about plants." We will do an update in the Spring when our colorful tulips bloom!

 
 

See the full photo album from this great event on our Facebook page!

ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY CHURCH CELEBRATES ITS 60TH ANNIVERSARY

On September 24th, 1958, the St. Augustine of Canterbury Roman Catholic Church was established with Father John J. Reilly as the founding Pastor. The Parish celebrated this Diamond Jubilee on Sunday, Septembe 23 at our Noon Mass, followed by a reception in our beautifully transformed gym for over 700 parishioners, who enjoyed a delicious meal, and many sweet treats for dessert.

 
 

Many thanks to the House of Cupcakes for their incredible recreation of "the Little Church" and the "Basilica of Kendall Park" which was dedicated by Bishop Edward T. Hughes on September 23, 1989.

 

We also had another good reason to celebrate, as it was also our Pastor, Father Bob's 60th Birthday as well.

Many thanks go out to Mrs. Federico, and all the many helping hands of our Parish Family Ministry, students and their families, alumni, and anyone who gave of their time and many talents, to help make this a very memorable event for our Parish.

FALL FAMILY FESTIVAL AT SNYDER'S FARM

On a cool, crisp Fall day, the Snyder Family hosted our Fall Family Festival Fundraiser this past Saturday. It was an awesome family event; from the hayride, to the slide, trampoline, all-terrain bikes, corn maze and corn box, games, activities, snacks, and yes, even getting to pet some adorable animals! Everyone truly enjoyed the peacefulness of the farm, and the companionship of their family and school friends. A HUGE shout out to the Snyder Family for their generosity for being our Hosts for the day, and to the HSA, parents, alumni and students who were our loyal and happy volunteers. Thank you for making this a memorable event for our school. 

 
 
 
 

For more great photos from this event, please visit our Facebook page!

REMEMBERING 9-11-01

The St. Augustine School family gathered together to remember those who lost their lives seventeen years ago on 9-11-01. Mr. M. gave a powerful testament about where he was when 9-11 took place, and told us that only Love can replace hate, and gave us a special blessing. Sister Mary Louise also blessed our new NCEA Catholic School Student Assignment Book, in which we invoked the intercession of our Lord and His Mother; "Spirit of Truth, Enlighten my mind that I may acquire a deeper knowledge of You and Your creation; Mary, the Mother of Jesus and my Mother, help me with my studying." 

 
 

FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL 2018!

We had an AWESOME first day of school as all our students, families, faculty and staff were happy to be back! A big thank you to the South Brunswick Police Department for keeping us safe as we began our new school year.

  
 
  
 
 

For the full photo album from the First Day of School, please visit our Facebook page!

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