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St.

Augustine Academy
130 South Wells Road Ventura California 93004 805-672-0411 Fax 805-672-2365 e-mail StAugAcad@juno.com www.SaintAugustineAcademy.com

February 1, 2013
Board of Governors President Thomas Q. Ellis Secretary Robert R. Orellana, Esq. Treasurer Michael C. Collins Members Abel Montiel Jeff Schuberg Michael F. McLean, Ph.D. Louise Warnert

St. Brigid PLEASE SEND IN BLUE (and brown) ENVELOPES WE ARE MISSING MANY.

Dear Families:

Headmaster Michael J. Van Hecke, M.Ed.


Vice President of Development

J. Peter Slaga

Board of Advisors Mr. John W. Blewett Wanderer Forum Foundation Hon. Jeremiah Denton Former U.S. Senator Mr. Nicholas J. Healy, Jr. President Ave Maria University Dr. Ronald P. McArthur Co-founder Thomas Aquinas College Mr. Roy S. Rohter, S.F.O. Founder St. Augustine Academy Fr. Michael Scanlan, T.O.R. Chancellor Franciscan University Mr. James Stenson Educator and Author

Today, enclosed, is a one page (2-sided) summary of Handbook items which are more common questions or issues during the year. As part of the meeting on Wednesday night, I handed this out. I thought I would include it today as well to refresh our memories. Additionally, here is a somewhat random list of topics mentioned on Wednesday night: We welcomed Mr. J. Peter Slaga as SAAs new Vice President of Development. Financials look quite good. We have raised over $200,000 so far this year only $56,000 to go. Calling ALL DADS to participate in Aprils golf-a-thonso we can put that $56,000 in the bank. Stay tuned for Kick-off Party. In addition to reaching the Top 50 Status again, under greatly increased application pressure, we are Full! We welcome new families this semester, the Curry family and the Wolfe family. We also have special visitors three lovely young ladies from Argentina Sophia, Isabella and Josefina. Please welcome them into your home for an evening, or a weekend, if you have girls who are 10th-12th grade. Top enrollment numbers ever.152 students! Next year, we have openings in ONLY 1 grade. Our boys and girls middle school teams are doing great in Basketball. We have two high school boys teams which are a combination of St. Augustine and local homeschool boysthey are having fun and learning much. Over 50 students and alumni at the West Coast Walk for Life! Carthusian Day is a unique opportunity to experience a few hours of education in a very important element of the Church the monastic life. We will introduce the students to bite-sized elements of the monastic life, and teach them about some of the major orders and spiritualities of the Church. COMING EVENTS: Play (at Poinsettia Pavilion), First Holy Communion (at St. Mary Magdalen Chapel), Spring Concert (at Poinsettia Pavilion!!!) and graduation. Three tons of sand on field have begun our renovation project, making it safer. Mr. Zepeda will be on a WCEA Visiting team for Cathedral High in March. Dan Murphy foundation gift - $75,000! Several other 2,3 and 5K gifts have come in this year. Gala topped out at over $105K Colleges: Thomas Aquinas, St. Johns, John Paul the Great, Holy Cross, Cal Lutheran, UCLA with applications out to several others including USMA, Wyoming Catholic, Steubenville and Christendom. SAT are important! Study, study and more study. OPEN DOOR POLICY still in effect.always. Finally safety. We are in the process of going through a safety review and study of the school, thanks to the fact that one of the countrys experts in this field is one of our parents. Thanks to all of YOU who continue to make our reputation so stellar.

ANNOUNCEMENTS Feb 3rd Super Bowl NO MARDI GRAS DANCE. Feb 8th PROGRESS REPORTS Feb 12th Fat Tuesday NO MASS (We celebrate St. Valentines TODAY) th Feb 13 Ash Wednesday MASS and Ashes. Feb 14th SAINT Valentines Day (We will celebrate early, on Fat Tuesday) Feb 18th NO SCHOOL Federal Holiday. CHARITY and PRO LIFE ACTIVITIES o Thanks to everyone who participated in the Walks for Life. See lovely article by SAAAlumn, Michael Masteller. {Enclosed} o LIFE CENTERS DINNER DANCE March 23rd. Leidy Schuberg needs volunteers to help, please contact her this week if you can help in any way She also writes: I also need any donated items/vacation homes/gift certificates for the auction tables. Please contact her at Lschuby11@gmail.com HELP NEEDED SAA ALUMNI NEEDED. We need alumni contact information and news. Did you know we have had over 375 souls pass through these halls? We are planning on a big Alumni Gathering this summer and need all or any current contact information like name, email, phone, and news...can you help? Please send in any info you have on any of our alumni your own children, friends, etc. Use blue envelop or email Peter at jps@slaga.com ESSAY CONTEST. Why I Like Saint Augustine Academy Essay Contest. Win $50 cash and a treat for your class for 1st place, $25 cash for second and $10 cash for third. WOLFE, PATRICK and KELLY 850 Silver Cloud St. WELCOME!!! Welcome to the Wolfe Family directory info to the right Thousand Oaks, CA 91360 H: 380-4021 Welcome, also, to our Argentinean visitors, who will grace us with their C: 987-2222 (Kelly) presence for a month. C: 432-5575 (Patrick) Isabel Bestani Wolfefamily77@yahoo.com Josefina Helguera Jeanne 11th Daniel 3rd Sophia Urrutigoity YEARBOOK - Mrs. Lueck requests PHOTOS for the yearbook. USE LINKS BELOW to easy website uploading of pictures http://edo.entourageyearbooks.com/YearbookLogin.asp?YBID=7E040A19 Choose the button on the right side of the box "upload photos" Password is SAAYB ALSO if you want to buy a quarter page for your business, or to write something to their student. 1/4 page would be $50, half $100, full $150. HIGH SCHOOL BOYS 2-10-13 Ventura H.S., Poli Street Gym, Varsity: Noon and 8 AM and 11AM Note! Varsity plays JV at 11! JV: Same Gym, 11:00 AM and 2 PM MIDDLE SCHOOL Boys: Monday v. OLA (HOME) and Wednesday at St. Sebastian 3:30 PM Girls: Tuesday v. OLA (HOME)
Coachs note: The girls won their first game in a thriller, scoring 43 points! VERY Exciting.

Ora Pro Nobis: Let us remember to pray for one another. We pray for the soul of Michael Montiels great uncle, Dionisio Vargas, and for the Lundes cousin, Nicholas Gillespe who was killed in an avalanche. Special prayers for the Mering family. We pray for Tom McGrath who is undergoing cancer surgery. For Eustacchio, Mr. Rohters friend. For Bo and Lele Caviezels grandpa, David Browitt. For Fr. Jim, OFM, from St. Paschals. For a friend of the Slaga family. For the Lundes grandmothers, Barbara Lunde and Mary Artner. For Mr. Pat Ramirez, Mr. Joseph Kern, and Kim Levy. Let us pray for the health of Rosie Grimm, Angel Castillo, Noah and Michelle Loughman. Prayers for a friend of the school whose mother is terminally ill. Prayers for the total healing of George Zaki. Finally, remember to pray for our country, our soldiers, and, for all priests and religious, especially our Archbishop Jose Gomez and Holy Father, Benedict.
Post Office Box 4506 Ventura California 93007 805-672-0411 Fax 805-672-2365 e-mail staugacad@juno.com