Letter from School Leadership

A Letter from School Leadership

Dear St. Augustine Parents,

Thank you for choosing St. Augustine Catholic School! We are so excited to watch your children learn and grow academically and in their relationship with Jesus Christ. 

We are proud to be the oldest PreK-8 Catholic School for the Archdiocese of Baltimore.  St. Augustine, has been providing a strong Catholic education over 160 years.  To ensure our academic programs are relevant and strategies used within the classroom are current, we continue to evaluate, reflect, and seek ways to meet the needs of our students. 

Our campus has been very busy and productive this summer. We launched our first SAS Summer Camp, and had 30-40 SAS students in attendance each week. Through the generosity of our parent and parish community, with the help of a Maryland Aging School Grant, we have updated our Preschool Wing, installed new basketball hoops in the gym, invested in additional technology and teacher classroom resources across all grade-levels and have beautified our campus with a grotto in honor of our blessed Mother.  We could not continue to offer the lowest tuition rates in the area and provide academic and facility updates, along with competitive faculty and staff wages, without your support of our Race for Education, Annual Fund and Spring Fundraiser.  Your partnership helps us continue to grow and develop student-minded programs while maintaining and offering affordable tuition option(s).

Our school theme for the 2019-20 school year is “Year to Lead”, inspired by, I have called you by name (Isaiah, 43:1).   Below is a graph of our monthly focus areas, which will guide our prayer and actions for the upcoming school year. We encourage our SAS School community to partner with us on this endeavor, so our students, your children, see the power of the Holy Spirit work within our school, our families, and community.  We hope to provide opportunities for our students to see and develop the leader God calls them to be, His light in the world.

Thank you to our veteran families, who have shared the good happening at St. Augustine. This upcoming school year, we welcome 66+ new students. We listened to our parent community in survey feedback and email requests. Two years ago we separated our combined PK3 & PK4 classrooms to make two individual age appropriate classrooms within our Preschool Program.  As we prepare for the 2019-20 school year, we are thrilled to offer our parents a PK3 and PK4 full-day options. TBoth classes are full, with many students on a waiting list. A strong Early Childhood Program is the base in which all grades are built. Thank you for your patience and support as we continue to look for ways to build programs to meet SAS family and student needs.

We take the faith development of your children, our team, and community seriously.  This administrative team is collaborative and supportive in our efforts to promote and enhance Catholic education. May the 2019-20 school year be filled with learning, laughter and much joy.

Yours in Christ,

Rev. John Williamson          Denise Ball                Joseph Miller
Pastor                                   Principal                    Assistant Principal

                             ~Striving to Develop Disciples of Christ~

 Focus Areas for 2019-2020 School Year

September1 Corinthians 13"Love is patient, love is kind..."
October1 Peter 4:10“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another.”
NovemberPsalm 33:3“Trust in the Lord and do good.”
DecemberPsalm 32:8“I will instruct you and teach you in the ways that you will go.”
JanuaryThessalonians 5:11“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”
February1 John 4:7-8“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.” 
MarchProverbs 16:3“Commit your deeds to the Lord and your plans shall succeed.”
AprilIsaiah 41:10“Do not fear for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God.  I will strengthen you and help you.”
MayJohn 14:6“I am the way, the truth, and the life.  No one comes through the Father except through me.”
JuneLuke 1:37 Psalm 46 “For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” “God is with you, you will not fail.”