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• April 1-11th — EASTER RECESS: NO SCHOOL
• April 12—Classes Resume
• April 14—Latin Mass: 7-8
• April 21—Latin Mass: 5-6
• April 26—Latin Mass: 1-4
• April 27-29—WRISA VISIT FOR ACCREDITATION
• April 28th: WRISA on site
April 2021 Vol. 2, Issue 6
“WITH HANDS AND HEARTS
TO GOD WE STRIVE FOR
EXCELLENCE IN FAITH +
TRADITION+ DISCIPLINE +
SAS FAMILIES DO ‘SPRING CLEANING’
AT THE NEW LOCATION On March 27th many families and community
members of St. Augustine School showed up at the
new school site to help scrub the dirt and dust that
had accumulated from the years of the building
Branches and debris on the grounds were cleared
up, each classroom was dusted, wiped down, and
swept out. Old posters in the gym were removed,
bathrooms cleaned out, and windows wiped down.
Some teachers have already started or are planning
to paint their classrooms. This initial cleaning will
make it easier to begin moving items from the class-
rooms to the new site after the current academic
Thank you to everyone who participated in this
very large undertaking!
Many students showed up and
helped take a part in preparing
their future classrooms
ABOVE: Smiling at
their good fortune of
being assigned the job
of bathroom cleaning!
RIGHT: Progress on the
painting of the K4/K5
Tannel helps paint her
REMINDER: The official site visit
by the accrediting agency to re-
view the school’s self assess-
ment is taking place April 27th-
29th. Due to Covid precautions
they will only be on site April
28th. Families and board mem-
bers may be interviewed by
phone on April 27th. This if the
final step in the accrediting pro-
cess, which began 3 years ago!
On March 17th the high school went rock climbing at
Adventure Rock in Brookfield. The students had a lot of fun
and got a good workout in. It was harder than we thought
it would be. We were glad to be able to go on a fieldtrip
despite many things not being open and this was a fun
Student Council is looking into planning future events.
We hope to do at least one more bake sale before the end of the school year. We
are looking into a couple potential field trips, one being a Brewer game!
Student Council searched on Amazon to come up with a wish list of items we
want to purchase for the new school next year with the large amount of money we
have raised in the last two years. Some of these items include gym equipment such
as dodgeballs, kickballs, soccer balls, and tennis balls. We are hoping to find more
sports to play now that we will have a gym, so we are also looking into buying new
nets for volley, tennis, and badminton, along with the rackets we will need to play.
SAS STUDENT COUNCIL Ivy Zignego 2
RIDDLES OF THE MONTH 1. What gets bigger and bigger
the more you remove from it?
2. Why are teddy bears never
3. You can break me easily without
touching me. What am I?
4. What is something people bury
when it’s alive but dig up when it’s
5. Forwards I am heavy, backwards
I am not. What am I?
Answers: 1. a hole 2. they are stuffed 3. a promise
4. a plant 5. a ton
PHYSICAL EDUCATION +
The hottest trend in Physical
Education is the Wall of Fame, a
record of physical feats that the St.
Augustine students have per-
formed that none of their peers
have emulated. Events are tested
by a teacher and, in most cases,
including student witnesses. Pictures of students from 5TH-12TH grade getting
instruction on proper rock climbing technique and
getting their chance to practice.
Boys Record Holder EVENT Girls Record Holder
N/A FASTEST 13X13 MULTIPLICA- Claire Devoid, 2019
Eli Nosacek, 2017 FASTEST MILE RUN Anastasia Anania, 2013
Timothy Zignego, 2021 FASTEST SHUTTLE RUN Ruby Hablewitz, 2021
Michael Mills, 2020 HALF COURT SHOT (no attempts yet)
Joey Tannel, 2021 MAX. JUMP ROPES Jennifer Zignego, 2021
Alexander Devoid, 2018 MAX. JUMP ROPES/MIN. Jennifer Zignego, 2021
John Forro & Joey Tannel, 2020 MAX. PING PONG RALLY N/A
Dominic Devoid, 2021 MAX. PLANKS Catie Tannel, 2021
Marcelino Roxas MAX. PULL UPS (half/full) Danielle Weymier, 2013
Alexander Zignego, 2021 MAX. PUSH UPS Allison Forro, 2021
Joseph Mills, 2021 MAX. SIT UPS Sarah Bilicki, 2021
Marcelino Roxas, 2018 MAX. SIT UPS/ MIN. Valerie Nelson, 2013
Marcelino Roxas, 2018 MAX. STANDING LONG JUMP Valerie Nelson, 2013
Timothy Tannel, 2021 MAX. STANDING VERTICAL Rebekah Nosacek, 2021
Alexander Zignego, 2021 MAX. WALL SIT Catie Tannel, 2021
K4/K5/1st/2nd GRADE CLASSROOMS Sarah Bilicki + Kateri Zignego + Anthony Zignego
3rd/4th GRADE CLASSROOM Annaliese Forro
• The 3rd grade is reading Blessed Imelda and the 4th grade has started and finished
about half of The Wonderful Wizard of Oz. The class project the 4th graders will be
doing for this project is making the cowardly lion. They will add this project to their
previous class projects.
• Both 3rd and 4th grade are making Stations of the Cross books for Lent. We also
spent a lot of time talking about Lent , as well as other projects. The Stations of the
Cross booklet is the ending project on the topic.
• The 4th graders have started writing formal writing topics in Grammar. They have
completed their basic grammar reviews and will not be learning to
write personal narratives, descriptive writing works, creative
writing works, and formal reports.
• In History they just finished the English Settlers and read about
Pocahontas and John Smith. This quarter they are taking Health and have
begun talking about personal hygiene. This
month is the topic of dental hygiene and the
importance of taking care of one’s teeth!
• Our class is anxiously awaiting Easter and
the resurrection of Our Lord and the special
happenings that come along with it!
• 4K and 5K is learning about spring. They made bird seed bird feeders made out of pine-
cones. Erin collected all the pinecones herself and shared them with the class.
• On St. Patrick’s Day we had a Green Vegetable Party. All the Kindergartners ate green
vegetables with dip. Not very often do you hear “Please may I have more broccoli!”
• 4K finished learning a letter of the alphabet a day. We celebrated with an Alphabet Party!
We made Alphabet hates, ate Alphabet cookies, and played Alphabet BINGO.
• 5K is learning to put numbers 1 through 100 in order. They will finish Angel Reader A by
Easter Break. After Easter they will start Angel Reader B.
• The 1st/2nd graders are learning about geology in Science. They collected rocks to exam-
ine. They are currently reading My Side of the Mountain, Runaway Ralph, and Aesop’s
Fables. They also are tackling reading and memorizing a poem.
• The 1st/2nd grade learned
about the mass by doing their
own pretend own in class and
made a calendar of saints.
• They will be going on a
fieldtrip to make maple syrup
in the beginning of
April and learn a
new dance. Above : K4 + K5 enjoying their
vegetables at their ‘Green Party’!
Below: Smiling after counting to 100!
LEFT: Students enjoying the nice Spring weather RIGHT: Students planting
seeds and watching their plants growing while learning the process in
Students had fun with this
Palm Sunday project. Pictured
project: Carmen Zignego
(above), Lucas Zignego (below)
Activity with math
JUNIOR HIGH CLASSROOM NEWS
• The Modern History students have been studying the rise of Imperial-
ism and Nationalism in the early 20th century, which set the stage for the start of WWI. They will be studying the course of events in WWI and the living conditions of soldiers who endured modern war tactics and trench life. The 9th and 10th graders in their preceptorial class on Our Lady of Fatima studied the historical circumstances of the year 1917, WWI, the Bolshevik Communist Revolution, and exactly how the errors of Russia came about. Now they have begun reading the very first book written about Fatima in the United States that spread the devotion throughout the nation, Our Lady of Fatima, by Thomas Walsh.
• The Catholic Literature class is finishing up Dante’s Paradiso and recently completed writing a five page paper on the theme found within the book. They could choose a topic amongst the following themes found in Dante’s work: language/memory, divine love, the theological virtues, the Trinity, education, or time/timelessness.
• The seniors in Apologetics are reading and discussing The Ottaviani Intervention: A Short Critical Study of the Novus Ordo Missae. The 9th-11th grade Philosophy of God students are learning about St. Anselm of Canterbury’s ontological argument for the existence of God. In Moral Theology students are learning about the different types of law: the eternal law, natural law, and divine positive law. • The Biology class is completing a scientific/biological/anatomical perspective on the Pas-sion of our Lord Jesus Christ. The focus are on the five events of suffering: The Agony in The Garden, the Scourging, the Crowning with Thorns, the Carrying of the Cross, and the Crucifix-ion. The sources of reference are the Shroud of Turin, Dr Pierre Barbet’s “A Doctor at Calvary” and Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich’s The Dolorous Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Anatomy & Physiology is studying the structure and function of the human heart.
HIGH SCHOOL CLASSROOM NEWS
• The 5th/6th grade World Cultures class has completed their study of the culture of China and have now moved on to India. They have learned about the origins of the ancient civilizations in these parts of the world and the religions that began there. The students will be assigned a journal having to write about their experiences of the caste level they random-ly given. Their Bible History class has finally moved into the New Testament are studying the parables of Jesus and the miracles He performed.
• In Science they are embarking on the study of the oceans, it’s underwater topography and its impact on the ecosystem. Fun fact: Did you know that if the land flora were to stop photosynthesis, there is enough phytoplankton in the ocean that will produce enough oxygen for us to breath?
• The 7th/8th grade World History class completed their study of the Crusades by mak-ing comics explaining the six crusades and their results. They have moved on to study the High Middle Ages and the great 13th century with the start of the Mendicant orders, St. Thomas Aquinas, and the beginning of Scholasticism. In Catholic Doctrine they have been studying the four marks of the Church and the apologetics of how we know Catholicism is the church started by Christ.
• In Earth Science the students are studying groundwater, aqui-fers, and wells. They have been completing experiments ot bring their knowledge outside of just their textbook. For Literature the
7/8th graders are continuing to read The Joyful Beggar, a historical fiction work that tells the story of St. Francis of Assi-si and formation of the Franciscan order. The timing of the book complimented the study of the Crusades and the Great 13th century of St. Francis .
The 7th/8th grade doing an
different sediments according
ABOVE: Josephine Zignego’s
BELOW: John Forro observing his
Earth Science experiment
CONQUER THE FEAR TO LOSE MONEY TO MAK MONEY Mr. Robin Roxas
On March 22, Mr. Roxas took the Accounting class to meet St. Stanislaus parishioners, Alexander Fons and Adam
Ryback. Both gentlemen have backgrounds in financial planning and investments; Adam having worked at Kevin Bay Invest-
ments and Alex is a CPA (Certified Public Accountant) and Financial Advisor at Global View Capital Advisors in Waukesha.
Last quarter, the Accounting class read “Rich Dad Poor Dad” by Robert Kiyosaki. The book asks why no school system teaches
students about money and money management. The author also shows how a basic understanding
of money and cash flow can change one’s fate in either becoming rich or poor. As a follow up to
reading the book, the purpose of the field trip was to listen to the financial wisdom and advice of Mr.
Ryback and Mr. Fons. Their advice addressed the following questions from the students:
What were your financial successes and failures?
Ryback: My grandfather passed on stocks to the grandkids. My cousin cashed his in right away and got $2,000. I waited a few years later and the stock had grown in value to $20,000.
Fons: My biggest failure came when I invested $2,000 in mutual funs when I was 19 years old and then the stock mar-ket did poorly and lost half the value of the investment I got scared of losing more and didn’t invest at all for the next five years. In those five years, the stock market value improved. Had I continued investing and been buying stocks when they were on sale rather than letting fear and emotion lead my decisions, I would have been in a much better position and made much more than the $1000 I had originally lost. What advice do you have for students regarding investments?
Fons: It depends on your situation [when you need the money]. If you can wait until retirement, I would suggest a Roth IRA (Individual Retirement Account) because of the tax benefits. Think about the analogy of seeds: do you want to be taxed on the seeds or on the harvest? A Roth IRA taxes you on the seeds/your initial investment but not on the harvest/dividends. You can start putting in money into your IRA as soon as you have a job, no matter the age. Ryback: Just get started, as soon as you can. When you do, don’t worry about meeting the maximum you can invest per year which is $6,000. Put in $50, or $100, or $1000, whatever you can sacrifice. Just make sure you invest steadily without a lapse. It will pay off in the end. How do you get started in investing?
Fons: I got started when I was in high school. I had to ask my parents to help me start an account with a stockbroker, who was a family friend. These days you can also do it online through websites like Fidelity, TD Ameritrade, etc. I even tried a phone app called Robin Hood because I wanted to get started trading cryptocurrency (e.g. Bitcoin). The app makes buying and selling a little more simple. What makes going through a financial advisor a different experience is that they have a team of ex-perts researching the market and all the factors affecting the health of the stock and can make an informed decision about the money you entrust with them. The Accounting class was proud to sponsor these young gentlemen for lunch because as Mr. Kiyosaki said in his book,
“Don’t be afraid to pay for good advice.”
Joseph Celestin (12th)
Jennifer Zignego (10th)
Nicholas Zignego (8th)
Dmitri Kusik (7th)
Ivy Zignego (11th)
Henry Zignego (11th)
Gracie Zignego (10th)
Tim Zignego (9th)
Emily Tannel (9th)
Josephine Zignego (7th)
Baron West (7th)
Dmitri Kusik (7th)
Anastasia Kusik (6th)
Catie Tannel (5th)
PROCESSION FOR OUR LADY
The 1st + 2nd graders
do a monthly procession
to honor the Blessed
Virgin Mary on every
17th of the month. The
students are enjoying
their new monthly tradi-
FEATURED STUDENT WORK
PROMPT: If you could go back in time to any historical event,
where would you go? What is happening?
If I could go back to any historical
event I would go back to the Crucifixion of
Christ. If I were to go to an event before
this to try and change Judas to not betray
Him, I don’t think it would work. It was
God’s will that His Son would die and re-
deem us. There would be nothing to
I would go back to the Crucifixion of
Jesus because I believe that if we were to
actually see in person what had happened
to Jesus we would truly see what it means to be truly a Catholic, to see
the pain and suffering He had to go through just to be able to save us
and give us an opportunity at eternal salvation, even though we sin so
much. Maybe after seeing this we would feel more sympathy and try
harder to be closer to God and do everything we can to not sin.
What would I see if I were there? I would see Jesus carrying His
cross up to the top of Mount Calvary. Mary, His mourning mother,
along with John and Mary Magdalene are walking behind Him with
crowds. I would see the soldiers rudely and unjustly but Him just for
the fun of it.
Lastly, I would see the actual crucifixion of Jesus. I would want to
comfort Mary while she holds her dead Son in her arms. To see this
would be a true realization of the truths of the faith. It would help me
to stay strong in my Faith and I would know that by this Jesus would
be able to open the gates of Heaven for our eternal salvation. This
would be an important event to go back to and see.
FEATURED STUDENT WORK : The Protestant Revolt by: Sarah Bilicki (6th)
Hello! My name is Sarah. I live in the 16th century. I am 25 years old, and I just got married. I am Catholic. The Catholic
Church is sadly corrupted. There are immoral bishops, undedicated priests, and people are trying to buy their way out of pur-
gatory, which cannot happen. Humanism is also happening. People are thinking that you only live once, so why not make life
fun? They think that you should focus on this life, not on eternal life.
Martin Luther was a monk. He thought that since the Catholic Church is corrupted that he can go and make a new religion.
He wrote the 95 theses, which were ways to change the Catholic Church. He was excommunicated, but he escaped the pun-
ishment from the emperor and pope. He thought that you just had to believe in God, and that is it. The pope got mad. John
Calvin started the religion of Calvinism. He said that the sacraments were not real. He thought that God chose before you
were born if you would go to heaven or not. That is called predestination. King Henry the
Eight, the king of England, started the religion of Anglicanism. He started it because he
wanted a son, but his wife had girls, so he wanted to get a divorce. But the pope said no, so
he started his own religion where he could. There he was the head of the Church.
The Council of Trent is a council of bishops who called Protestantism a heresy. They
tried to fix the corruption in the church. My response to all these events is that all of those
fake religions should just stop, and they should all go back to being Catholic. I sadly think
that my husband is going to change to be a Lutheran or Anglican, and if I do not do it, he
will divorce me!
WISH LIST FOR 2021-22!
The new school building has doubled
our space and will allow us to have areas
that we currently do not, such as a gym,
library/resource room, lunch room, and a
chapel. We are asking people for dona-
tions and to keep their
eyes out for good
deals on items. The
following are what we
BOOKS: primarily reading/resource books
for ages K4-8th grade. Preferably newer
books or in good condition.
FURNITURE: Especially the following item:
• Tables for lunchroom /workspace in
library or classrooms,
• Storage units or shelving
• Bulletin boards
• Chairs/couches for offices
**If you are interested in sponsoring a room
for a school to get ready for the new year
(helping move the materials, setting up, clean-
ing, or donating any needed items, please con-
tact the school and let us know. Thank you!