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WELCOME BACK SACS FAMILY!

I hope you have had a wonderful summer so far! Believe it or not, school is just around the corner and I hear many of you have already been shopping for uniforms. Thank you to those of you who stayed in touch with us over the summer via Facebook by sharing your amazing vacation photos. We are looking forward to hearing about all your summer adventures very soon. Please read through the rest of this letter carefully so that you are fully prepared for the start of the new school year. We do not want you to be caught off guard with our early dismissal times the first week of school. We will have a Visiting Day, Parent Information Night, and Sparkle Day in early August, as well. We urge everyone to attend all three days as each day will have something different to share with you.

Our school theme this year is still about our “calling” by God to be disciples for others. To expand on this message, I have chosen to highlight our call to leadership and setting a path for others to follow. We each have unique gifts that we are called to share and daily we see examples of people who need someone to support them or lead them in the right direction. So many of our young people are feeling discouraged or suffering from a lack of hope these days. As a Catholic school, it is our desire and mission to show how living a life of service and action can make a difference. We expect our students to learn how to LEAD the way (an acronym for Love, Evangelize, Advocate, and make a Difference).

We look forward to seeing you all very soon. Enjoy these last few weeks of summer. Thank you for allowing us to partner with you in raising your child with INSPIRED LEARNING & INSIPIRED LIVING.

– Blessings, Denise P. Rios, Principal

BACK TO SCHOOL SCHEDULE – IMPORTANT DATES

August 4th Sparkle Day 8:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Come meet your teacher and help our school sparkle!
August 8th Visiting Day 1:00 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.
Parents meet in gym to receive new information
Please be sure to stop by during Visiting Day to pick up the following:
• New RenWeb information – needed to check grades and stay informed
• Carpool Number pick-up
• Happy World’s Catering information
• Christus Clinic paperwork pick-up
• BASC (Before and After-school Care) pick-up of new codes and emergency forms
• Raptor system entrance by scanning your driver’s license
• Spirit Gear and Volunteer Sign-up
• PTO Birthday Balloons and Library Birthday Book Club Orders
• Purchase previous school year Yearbooks (limited supplies)
• Preorder 2017 – 2018 Yearbook
• Sign up for PTO
• Pay semester or annual tuition (and/or late fee)
• Purchase PE uniforms (previous year’s uniforms) and/or Uniform Closet items
• Drop off medical paperwork and medication at the Clinic if necessary
• Complete paperwork and forms all in one day and be done!
• Don’t forget your checkbook/debit card/cash to buy any of these items for your child!

August 9th PIN (Parent Information Night)
• 5:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m. PK3 -3rd Grades in classrooms
• 6:45 p.m. – 7:15 p.m. General Assembly in the Gym
• 7:30 a.m. – 8:30 p.m. 4th – 8th Grades in classrooms

August 14th First Day of School 1:00 p.m. dismissal (no BASC)
August 15th Second Day of School 2:00 p.m. dismissal (BASC will be open) Mass Uniform
Holy Day of Obligation – Feast of the Assumption
August 16th Third Day of School 2:00 p.m. dismissal (BASC will be open) Mass Uniform
August 17th All School Mass led by 8th Grade FULL DAY – 3:15 Dismissal

NOTE: ONLY STUDENTS REGISTERED FOR BASC WILL BE ALLOWED TO STAY IN BASC. PLEASE BE SURE TO REGISTER YOUR CHILD IF YOU NEED THEM TO STAY IN BASC.

SACS NEWS
WELCOME TO THE SACS FAMILY!
• Kate Bond – Director of Advancement
• Meredith Ball – Music Teacher
• The Ball Family

STAFF CHANGES 2018 – 2019
• Ariana Portales – PK3 Teacher
• Sr. Elizabeth Nguyen – PK3 Aide
• Krystalena Hernandez – 2nd Grade Teacher
• Rhonda Cepeda – Reading/Language Arts Grades 3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades
• Jenni Banh – Math/Science Grades 3rd, 4th, 5th Grades
• Debora Figueroa – Social Studies/Spanish 3rd, 4th, 5th Grades
• Austin Bond – History/ Religion Middle School

UPDATES AND CHANGES OVER THE SUMMER
• Facelift to our school front office and Registrar Office – Courtesy of STUCO 2017 – 2018
• Renovations to 100 Wing and 300 Wing classrooms with new paint – Courtesy of STUCO 2017 – 2018
• New AC unit in the Science Lab

New Programs
• RenWeb – New Student Data Management System
• School wide focus on differentiation and small-group instruction in order to meet the varying needs of our students from reinforcement to enrichment
• School wide focus on STREAM (Science, Technology, Religion, Engineering, Arts, and Math) at least once a week in all grade levels
• Renaissance Learning – Accelerated Reader – Grades 1st through 5th
• New writing program in grades 3rd – 5th with a focus on Writer’s Workshop approach (integrated Writing and E/LA instruction)
• Simple Solutions Math Program – Daily practice maintaining math skills 1st – 8th Gr.
• Flexible seating option for students in grades 2nd – 4th (for different learning styles)

PLEASE CHECK YOUR CALENDAR CLOSELY
• The second day of school is a Holy Day of Obligation (Feast of the Assumption) and we will be taking our 1st through 8th grade students only. Please have your child wear his/her official Mass uniform. The school will not be leading Mass that day.

INFORMATION FROM THE HANDBOOK – MAKE SURE TO READ IT! THERE ARE SOME IMPORTANT UPDATES!

DRESS CODE
Risse Bros. Uniforms is the exclusive vendor for all St. Augustine uniform pieces. No other brand for jumpers, skirts/skorts, pants, shorts, vests, ties or shirts is acceptable. For this coming year, we have grandfathered Parker uniform pieces.
If you have any questions or need assistance with uniforms, please contact us.
Risse Bros. Uniforms will be conducting an on-site store July 27th, 2:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m.
PreK3, PK4, Kindergarten, Grades 1st, 2nd, & 3rd
MASS UNIFORM
• Drop Waist Jumper (Girls)
• Peter Pan Blouse (Girls)
• Red Criss Cross Tie
• Navy Socks
• Black Mary Jane Shoes (Girls)
• Flat Front Pants (Boys) Khaki
• Pull on Pants (PK/K Only) Khaki
• White Oxford Shirt (Boys)
• Red Tie (Boys)
• Black Loafers (Boys)

EVERYDAY WEAR
• Navy Shorts (PK/K ONLY)
• Navy Pants (PK/K ONLY)
• Navy Front Flap Skort
• Polo Shirt Light (Blue & Red)
• Red Vneck Cardigan Sweater
• White Socks
• Solid White Tennis Shoes
• Tan Sperry’s

4th – 8th Grades
MASS UNIFORM
• White Oxford Blouse (Girls)
• No Roll Skirt Plaid (Girls)
• Red Neck Loop Tie (Girls)
• Navy Vneck Pullover Vest (Girls)
• Navy Socks (Girls)
• Black Penny Loafers (Girls)
• Flat Front Pants (Boys) Khaki
• White Oxford Shirt (Boys)
• Red Tie (Boys)
• Black Loafers (Boys)

EVERYDAY WEAR
• No Roll Skirt Navy (Girls)
• Navy Flat Front Pant (Boys)
• Polo Shirt (Light Blue & Red)
• Red Vneck Cardigan Sweater
• White Socks
• Solid White Tennis Shoes
• Tan Sperry’s

GYM UNIFORM
• Navy Dri-Fit Gym Shorts
• Red Cougar T-Shirt

OUTERWEAR OPTIONS
• Navy Zip Up Fleece Jacket
• Dark Grey Pull on Sweatpants
• Dark Grey Pullover Sweatshirt

All uniform pieces will come with school initials, logo, or emblem. You may also visit Risse Bros. Uniforms at their store location or purchase online at www.rissebrothers.com.

ADDITIONAL GUIDELINES
• P.E. uniforms are required for 3rd through 8th grades. Failure to dress out for P.E. will affect a student’s grade in the subject.
• School shirts must be tucked in at all times with the belt showing. An official school sweater, sweatshirt, hoodie, and jacket are the only articles allowed in the classroom as covering over the school uniform. Non-uniform coats and jackets worn in cold weather must be removed in the classroom and hung on coat hooks.
• Sweatshirts or jackets MAY NOT be tied around the waist.
• Boots, sandals, backless shoes, open-toed, platform or high-heeled shoes, high-top shoes, shoes with wheels, or “light up” tennis shoes, or shoelaces that do not match are not permitted.
• Watches, a small ring (on each hand), a single simple bracelet (in school colors or gold/silver), religious medals or crosses may be worn. We want students to be able to freely express their Catholic faith, and we want to ensure that articles worn are not disruptive to the classroom learning environment. Therefore, any necklace larger than a half dollar size needs to be tucked under the shirt. Girls may wear one pair of stud earrings or hoop earrings (not to exceed the size of a dime) in the earlobe. Multiple piercings are not allowed. Ankle bracelets are not allowed. Any accessory with internet capabilities and/or that records or photographs is not permitted at school.
• Make-up and nail polish may not be worn by elementary students. Middle School girls may wear clear or pale pink nail polish. Make-up is not permitted in Middle School. Artificial fingernails are not permitted.
• Hair must be well-groomed and may not be excessive in length or unusual in style. Boys must wear their hair so that it does not touch their shirt collar, hang over the eyes or eyebrows. Hair accessories for girls must be simple and should match uniform colors. Unnaturally colored dyed or highlighted hair, make-up, styles which may be distracting to members of the faculty or student body is not allowed and students will be sent home until the distracting appearance is remedied.
• Students coming to school out of uniform or inappropriately dressed for the day will call their parents to bring the appropriate garments. If parents cannot be reached an attempt to provide the student with the appropriate garments will be made through the lost and found and/or used uniform supply. Elementary and Middle School students may serve detention for non-compliance with uniform regulations.

FREE DRESS AND SPIRIT DAYS FOR ALL STUDENTS
On non-uniform days, all clothing must be modest and appropriate for wear in the Catholic school setting. Tank tops, halter tops, spaghetti straps, midriff shirts, short shorts, overly tight jeans, leggings, yoga pants or skirts shorter than uniform code, or any garments exposing an inappropriate amount of a students’ body are not permitted at any school event. Ankle length leggings may be worn only under skirts or dresses. Jeans must be neat and clean: no tears, open holes, or rips. Jeans should be hemmed and in good condition. Sweat pants and pajama bottoms are not allowed. No advertisements, offensive or inappropriate language, graphics, or symbols may be worn. Backless shoes and open-toed shoes are not allowed. Hats/caps are not for indoor wear and are not allowed in the classroom unless specifically allowed by the school’s administration for a special occasion.

For more details, please see the 2018 – 2019 Family Handbook on RenWeb August 1, 2018.

REMINDER: ROLLING BACKPACKS ARE NOT ALLOWED.

LABEL, LABEL, LABEL
Get ready for the new school year! Remember that students need to label their ties, vests sweaters, etc.!

CLINIC AND MEDICATIONS
Parents will inform the administration if their child has a serious or possibly life-threatening chronic illness or condition before entry into the school. Prior to the first day of school, parents will meet with the nurse and appropriate staff to develop an “Individualized Health Care Plan” that will include instructions for observation of the illness, care and treatment, medication orders and special instructions such as calling EMS or parent notification. If your child is sent to the school office because of serious illness or injury, you or the parent’s designee on the emergency card will be notified. It will be your responsibility to get medical attention unless the emergency is so great that your child must be taken immediately from school for treatment.
For the protection of all students, the following guidelines have been set up and will be followed at all times. A child having one or more of the following symptoms will be sent home:
• Fever of 100 degrees or higher
• Suspected contagious disease
• Vomiting or diarrhea
• General malaise (feels too badly to remain in school)

MEDICATION
• Parents/guardians or designated adults must deliver and pick up medicine to be administered. Parents/guardians are encouraged to schedule the administration of student medicine at home so that medication brought to school is kept to a minimum.
• Medication (prescription and non-prescription) may be administered to students only upon request by the parent/guardian AND physician. A copy of the form for Physician’s Request for Administration of Medication by School Personnel is necessary to administer medication. Physician’s signature is REQUIRED.
• All medication must be in original containers properly labeled in English.
• It is the responsibility of the student to report to the designated area to take medication.
• Asthma medication can be carried and self-administered by a student if proper procedures are followed. These procedures include filling out the “Medication Permission Form and Individualized Health Care Plan for Self-Administration of Asthma Medication by a Student” which may be obtained in the clinic. These forms also require the prescribing physician’s signature.

CARPOOL INFORMATION
The carpool system provides easy access for arrival and dismissal. For safety purposes, it is important that rules below and traffic flow patterns and assignments detailed in the Family Handbook be followed. State law mandates that cell phone use be prohibited in school zones. Additional information will be communicated with you regarding changes in procedure whenever necessary.

Campus Layout/Traffic Flow
The campus layout and traffic flow give an aerial view of the buildings and grounds. The traffic flow pattern will be followed at all times. For safety and expediency, please observe the NO PARKING areas at all times and refrain from use of your cell phone while in the carpool line…it is the law!

Parents are NOT ALLOWED to walk up and drop off or pick up kids after the first week of school.

Morning Drop Off – 7:30 a.m.
All cars enter through Flagstone entrance (by digital Marquee) and form two lines. Right carline is for Grades 1st – 8th (no PK/K siblings). Left carline is for PK and Kinder students and their siblings. Everyone must stay in their cars until they reach teachers on duty and safety-patrol students.

Afternoon Pick-up – 3:15 p.m.
PK/Kinder and Elementary carpool should enter on Flagstone as they do in the morning and form two carpool lines. Elementary school students with PK/Kinder siblings will be picked up with the PK/Kinder students in their designated area. Elementary students will be picked up where they were dropped off in the morning.

Middle School carpool.
Middle School pick up will occur on Laurel Creek Way. Cars should turn left on Willow Creek Way (street before the school), right on Possum Creek Road and then right on Laurel Creek Way. Elementary school students with Middle School siblings will be picked up with the Middle School students. Middle School students with PK/Kinder siblings will be picked up with the PK/Kinder students in their designated area.
• Students should remain in their vehicle until a teacher or safety patrol opens the car door.
• Before and After School Community students should refer to the Before and After School Community Handbook for arrival and dismissal procedures.
• Students will not be released after 2:30 p.m. on any school day. Release before 2:30 p.m. should be kept to a minimum. Students are in class and learning until 3:10p.m. everyday. Too many early pick-ups, may affect a student’s grade in that subject.
• Students walking or riding bikes must have a permission form filed in the front office and parents may be asked to submit a utility bill or copy of their driver’s license as proof of residency within a mile of the school. Student’s living more than a more from the school may not walk or ride a bike home. Students walking or riding bikes will be escorted to the end of school grounds after 3:30 p.m. when all other students have been picked-up or taken to BASC. Behavioral expectations extend to students while under the supervision of staff during arrival and/or dismissal. Students who create an unsafe situation while walking home/riding bike will be denied the privilege and added to carpool dismissal.
• No riding of bicycles on the school sidewalks/hallways or in the parking lot is permitted. Students must wear helmets and are to walk bikes to and from the bicycle racks. Students may not ide through car lines.
• All walkers and bicycle riders must have a carpool number and alternate plans for inclement weather days. They will not be dismissed to travel in weather that is questionable to their safety.
• When students are not picked-up by 3:30 p.m. they will be sent to BASC and fees will be assessed to family tuition for the month.
• In severe weather conditions, students will remain in place on campus where they are currently situated. After school activities will be suspended until a determination can be made as to whether the activity will take place. When weather conditions have been cleared, regular dismissal procedures will take place.
• When students are not picked-up by 3:30 p.m. they will be sent to BASC and fees will be assessed to family tuition for the month.

FOLLOW SACS! STAY CONNECTED!

FIVE MAIN METHODS OF COMMUNICATION

• SCHOOL WEBSITE – General school information at your fingertips. www.staugustinecs.org

• FACEBOOK SCHOOL PAGE– General information on programs, events, reminders, Cougar pictures and much more. www.facebook.com/StAugustineCS/

• GRADE LEVEL PAGES – Useful to communicate with other grade level parents. Specific posts from the school along with conversations between parents.

• RENWEB – PARENT PORTAL – Private and secure parent’s portal that will allow parents to see academic information specific to their children.

• MONTLY NEWSLETTER – The SACS Monthly Newsletter is sent out once a month via email and can also be found on our website: www.staugustinecs.org