Sterling North's Boyhood Home


This month the students of TAA converged on the little town of Edgerton, WI in Rock County. Though our students always enjoy the many various outings on the first Friday of each month, December 7th was special. These children stepped into the setting of the Read Aloud book from this fall, Rascal by Sterling North! The story of Rascal is based on Sterling North’s experience raising a baby raccoon cub that he found in the woods. If you have not read it, we highly recommend that you do. There is plenty of adventure, and a lot to learn about how Wisconsin looked one hundred years ago!

On the trip, students had a chance to ring the bell in the Methodist Church where Sterling’s pet bird, Poe the Crow, lived. They then visited the house and barn where Sterling grew up, set up as it would have looked in 1918…but without the giant canoe he was building in the living room! If you’d like to visit, check out The Sterling North Society’s Facebook site HERE.

Do you have a favorite field trip that you’ve gone on? We’d love to hear about it!

If you’re considering joining us next year, there are sure to be many more Outings that will rival this one. Look for our Open House schedule coming out at the end of the month!


Shakespeare Festival TOMORROW!

All of our students have been excitedly working on lines, sonnets, songs, and a maypole dance in preparation for tomorrow night's Shakespeare Festival! Our first dress rehearsal for A Midsummer Night's Dream on the Fine Arts stage at Nixon Park was on Friday.

Come play lawn games and enjoy the best theater history has to offer. Pack a picnic or enjoy fare from The Wicked Urban Grill Food Truck. We hope to see you there!

Details: Tuesday, June 5th, 5:30pm at Nixon Park, Hartland






Spring Program


At this year’s annual spring program, 30 students from The Augustine Academy performed a wide array of sung chorale pieces, poems, and recitations on the theme “All Things New,” from Revelation 21. The songs were carefully selected by TAA Director of Music, Diane Skrobis, and many reflected the beauty of growth, in both the created order and daily life. Musical selections included classics like “Simple Gifts” and “Cumbaya,” performed by K-2 students, as well as South African praise songs and a recitation of William Shakespeare’s “St. Crispin’s Day Speech,” performed by 3-8 students. Local families, teachers, pastors, and wide-ranging guests from the community gave the students a standing ovation, before a time of fellowship that followed.

Revelation 21:1-6a, Recitation by the K-2 class


"Then I saw a new heaven and a new earth, for the first heaven and the first earth had passed away, and the sea was no more. And I saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from God, prepared as a bride adorned for her husband. And I heard a loud voice from the throne saying, 'Behold, the dwelling place of God is with man. He will dwell with them, and they will be his people, and God himself will be with them as their God. He will wipe away every tear from their eyes, and death shall be no more, neither shall there be mourning, nor crying, nor pain anymore, for the former things have passed away.'

And he who was seated on the throne said, 'Behold, I am making all things new.' Also he said, 'Write this down, for these words are trustworthy and true.' And he said to me, 'It is done! I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end.'" 

Grandparent and Family Day


Earlier this month our school welcomed 73 family members into our classrooms for Grandparent and Family Day! It was a joy-filled morning as students excitedly shared what they were learning with their family, from young siblings to grandparents! After a time of worship in chapel, families had the opportunity to observe two classroom subjects, as well as music. Our music instructor, Diane Skrobis, took time to describe the skill behind each game, vocal warm up and rhythm exercise. The children then performed several pieces!


We are so grateful that our students are well-supported by so many, as it will help to grow them into people of influence who are following the calling of the Lord and continuing to learn about His creation throughout their lives! Thank you to all who attended. 


Celebrating our Veterans


Last Thursday The Augustine Academy hosted our second annual Veterans Day Chapel with local veterans and members of the community. Students were given the opportunity to engage in relationships with those who have served, varied in rank and command, with many different stories to share.




During chapel the Hartland American Legion and Marshall Johnson VFW posted colors, students sang patriotic songs, and two of our students introduced family members who shared stories of their service in the US Air Force and the US Army Reserves. To conclude the service, our Kindergarten through 2nd grade class recited the poem, “In Flanders Fields” (see below) and delivered handsewn poppies to all veterans in attendance as a token of thanks.

Our morning concluded with a reception in which our third through eighth graders sat at table with Veteran guests to ask questions and learn more at a personal level. The students’ favorite stories seemed to center on one veteran’s experiences with monkeys in Vietnam!

We’re grateful to all those who attended and invite you to join us next year!  


In Flanders Fields                                                         

by John McCrae

In Flanders fields the poppies blow
Between the crosses, row on row,
That mark our place; and in the sky
The larks, still bravely singing, fly
Scarce heard amid the guns below.

We are the Dead. Short days ago
We lived, felt dawn, saw sunset glow,
Loved and were loved, and now we lie
In Flanders fields.

Take up our quarrel with the foe:
To you from failing hands we throw
The torch; be yours to hold it high.
If ye break faith with us who die
We shall not sleep, though poppies grow
In Flanders fields.

Sheep Shearing


by Erika Marcott


On a crisp fall morning last Friday, TAA students met Gus the Sheep at the home of K-2 teacher Mrs. Szczech, to learn about wool sourcing. (The Jones family generously lent us their sheep.) Our youngest students will be making felted wool puppets in their handwork class this year, so we wanted to introduce them to the source by meeting the cute wool owner face to face! 

Washington 4H member Briana Jones answered many questions about the lifecycle of a sheep's coat and demonstrated the correct way to use the trimmer. Gus the Sheep was very patient as the kids took turns giving him a haircut, and even brought along a few of his sheep friends since he doesn't like traveling alone. Farmer Jones said they were his moral support!

Puppet show details TBA!