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. The first year two years we offered a part-time program with PK3 having only 3 students to begin the first year, working up to approx. 10 part-time students. However, as we prepare for the 2019-20 school year, we are thrilled to offer our parents a PK3 and PK4 full-day option. The PK3 class is now full, with many students on a waiting list and PK4 has two seats open. 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. We are so blessed to have Father John, a pastor who supports and promotes Catholic education. Together we can do great things for His glory.
May the Holy Spirit go before us all and 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
Monthly Focus Areas for 2019-2020 School Year
|MONTH||BIBLE VERSE||SCRIPTURE QUOTE|
|September||1 Corinthians 13||"Love is patient, love is kind..."|
|October||1 Peter 4:10||“As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another.”|
|November||Psalm 33:3||“Trust in the Lord and do good.”|
|December||Psalm 32:8||“I will instruct you and teach you in the ways that you will go.”|
|January||Thessalonians 5:11||“Therefore encourage one another and build each other up, just as in fact you are doing.”|
|February||1 John 4:7-8||“Dear friends, let us love one another, for love comes from God.”|
|March||Proverbs 16:3||“Commit your deeds to the Lord and your plans shall succeed.”|
|April||Isaiah 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.”|
|May||John 14:6||“I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes through the Father except through me.”|
|June||Luke 1:37 Psalm 46||“For with God, nothing shall be impossible.” “God is with you, you will not fail.”|
Summer Uniform Reminder
We encourage our students to take pride in their St. Augustine Catholic School uniform. Our dress code fosters the goals of Catholic education by promoting concepts of equality and community in young people. Therefore, proper school attire and grooming are considered an important element in creating an atmosphere in which educational objectives are met. Parents will be notified when students fail to comply with the school uniform policy and consequences may include, but are not limited to, detention and/or loss of “dress differently” privileges. Our uniform can be purchased at Flynn O’Hara Uniforms. (Visit www.staug-md.org for additional information)
The school administration has the final decision as to what is or is not a violation of the dress code.
Spring/Summer uniform begins the first day of school and ends October 31st
Winter uniform is worn from November 1st through April 15th
Spring/Summer uniform can be worn again April 15th until the end of the school year
*During very cold weather, girls may wear their uniform sweatpants under their jumper or skirt to and from school.
Uniforms can be purchased from Flynn & O’Hara. Flynn and O’Hara donates a percentage of money from SAS uniform sales back to the school. Information regarding ordering and a scheduled fitting will be sent home at appropriate times. Orders may also be placed over the phone (800-441-4122) or online atwww.flynnohara.com, via personal credit card; all orders are shipped directly to your home.
Pre-K 3 children do not wear a uniform. Students must wear athletic shoes.
The Pre-K 4 and Kindergarten students wear the PE uniform daily. Boys and girls wear the school navy mesh shorts and school logo gray or gold “Spirit” T-shirts with plain white or black athletic shoes with matching laces and white crew socks. On cold days plain navy blue sweat pants and a sweat shirt can be worn.
PE UNIFORM: Students are expected to participate in physical education classes when scheduled. If for some medical reason a student cannot participate, the parent/guardian must send a written doctor’s note to the teacher citing the reason for not participating in class.
SUMMER PE UNIFORM:
1. Navy mesh shorts (plain or with school logo).
2. Gray (with school logo) or gold “Spiritwear” uniform T-shirts.
3. Plain white or black athletic shoes with matching laces.
4. Plain white athletic crew socks from Flynn & O’Hara.
Uniform Policy for Girls Grades 1-8
Shirts must be properly buttoned and tucked in at all times.
No makeup, fingernail polish, or fingernail tips are permitted.
Only natural hair colors are acceptable.
Religious medals may be worn inside shirts. Non-beeping watches are allowed. Girls with pierced ears may wear one small stud earring in each ear. However, no other jewelry is permitted, including rings, and wrist bands. Headbands or scrunchies must be solid navy, yellow, black, white or uniform plaid. Dangling or hair decorations with logos are not permitted.
SUMMER UNIFORM: This uniform choice is optional for all students Grades 1 through 8. Summer uniform may be worn on the first day of school through October 31st and again from April 15th until school closes.
1. Navy skort.
2. Uniform short-sleeved shirt “St. Augustine School” white polo purchased from Flynn & O’Hara.
3. White “crew-style” socks purchased from Flynn & O’Hara.
4. Black, tan or navy shoes with ties are permitted
Uniform Policy for Boys Grades 1-8
Hair length must be above the collar, ears and the eyebrows.
Only natural hair colors are acceptable.
Shirts must be tucked in neatly at all times.
Religious medals may be worn inside shirts. Non-beeping watches are allowed. However, no other jewelry is permitted, including earrings, and wristbands.
SUMMER UNIFORM: This uniform choice is optional for all students Grades 1 through 8. Summer uniforms may be worn on the first day of school through October 31st and again from April 15th until school closes.
1. Navy twill knee length walk shorts or navy twill dress pants.
2. Grades 1-5 white knit uniform short-sleeved polo shirt “St. Augustine School” purchased through Flynn & O’Hara.
3. Grades 6-8 white knit uniform short-sleeved shirt “St. Augustine School” polo purchased through Flynn & O’Hara.
4. Black or brown leather/vinyl belt.
5. White crew socks purchased from Flynn & O’Hara.
6. Navy, Tan or black shoes with ties are permitted.
Absolutely NO sneakers with wheels or lights are permitted.