Somehow as I read Sunday’s Gospel it struck me that a line from the hymn Amazing Grace came from St. John’s story of the Man Born Blind.During this beautiful Lenten season let’s ask God to open our eyes to the needs of those around us.May we see the goodness and beauty that surrounds us.May we recognize and thank God for His amazing grace at work in our own lives and in the lives of all we meet.
In the month of March families begin to register students for the next year.Parents of Augustinian students and the students themselves have always been our school’s best promoters.If you know anyone who lives in our area or will be moving into our area and is looking for a school for their children, pleaseinvite them to take a look at Augustinian Academy.Visits may be arranged by calling the office (315-493-1301).
Virtus Training is a nationwide program which certifies adults to serve as volunteers in Catholic schools and parishes. Many of our parents have already received this training.Some have been waiting for an opportunity to receive it.Next Saturday, April 1, Virtus Training will be offered at Immaculate HeartCentral School beginning at 9:30 a.m.Registration for the session may be made online at www.virtus.org.At the conclusion of the program participants receive a certificate which may be used in our diocese and in dioceses throughout the country.Please plan to attend the upcoming session if you still need this training.Afterwards bring your certificate to the school office so that we may keep a copy of it in our records.
March is Literacy Month.Augustinian is celebrating this month in a special way. Every family of students in grades K – 4 will received a copy of the book, The World According to Humphrey by BettyBirney. This is a book that can be followed, understood and enjoyed by younger students but one that will still captivate and stimulate older children (and parents) as well. Humphrey visited Augustinian, too.Some of our kindergartners and first graders think he sounded very much like Father Robinson.
Many thanks to Mrs. Bezanilla and our school’s Vocation Committee for their efforts to encourage vocations among our students.They are preparing a prayer for vocations for students and families to pray and are collecting Pennies (and other coins) for our own diocesan seminarian, Nick Olley.
Also, during Lent, Augustinian students will take part in a Lenten collection of nonperishable food items and of personal hygiene items for St. James Food Pantryand for the VEM Food Pantry.Our Student Council will have a container for donations in the hall.Items donated will be divided between the two organizations.
March 28- 30 New York State ELA Exams – Gr. 3 – 8 Please send students to school rested and well-nourished.
April 4 Teachers will score ELA Exams at IHC – No school for students.
6 Report Cards will be sent home.
7 First Friday Mass – 9:30 a.m.
12 Egg Drop Contest – 12:30 p.m.
13 Holy Thursday
Junior high students will present Living Stations of the Cross at 12:30 p.m.
14 Good Friday
15 Holy Saturday
16 Easter Sunday
14-23 Easter Vacation
May 2-4 NYS Math Exams – Gr. 3 - 8
16 Spring Concert 6:30 p.m.
25 Ascension Thursday Mass & May Crowning
God’s blessings to you and to your families this Lent and always!
Sr. Annunciata Collins, SSJ
Established in 1885... in the Tradition of the Sisters of St. Joseph