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St. Augustine School






Nancy Schroeder

St. Augustine Catholic School
722 Monroe Street, Napoleon, OH 43545

Phone:   (419) 592-3641
Fax: (419) 592-5156
Fr. Dan Borgelt, pastor          
Mrs. Nancy Schroeder, principal

Saint Augie’s School SPECIAL

(This will be a monthly newsletter and will be found on the back of the parish calendar. This introductory issue is a little longer.)


Principal – Mrs. Nancy Schroeder from Leipsic

  • B.S. in Elementary Education from The Ohio State University, Masters in Elementary Education from the University of Findlay, Administrative Licensure from the University of Findlay, Advanced Religious Education degree, 25 years teaching experience at St. Mary’s School, Leipsic, 2 years administrative experience at SAS Pre-school

Mrs. Katie Hohenbrink from Defiance

  • Bachelors in Early Childhood Education (PK-3) from the University of Findlay, 1 st year of teaching, Basic Religious Education degree Kindergarten

Mrs. Tina Barlage from Hamler

  • B.S. in Elementary Education from Bluffton University, 4 years tutoring at St. Anthony’s in CG, 1 year at SAS

First Grade – Mrs. Susan Gray from Napoleon

  • B.S. in Elementary Education from BGSU (K-8), 21 years teaching at SAS, Advanced Religious Education degree, LPDC chair for 15+ years, teaches Sunday School Preschool, assists with  second grade sacramental preparation

Second Grade – Mrs. Laura Lause from Napoleon

  • B.S. in Elementary Education from Defiance College, Basic Religious Education Degree, taught 9 years at Napoleon and Archbold and 20 years at SAS

Third Grade – Mrs. Jane Recker from Napoleon

  • B.A. from Mary Manse, Masters in Pastoral Studies from Loyola, 5 years of teaching at Willard, MC, Ottawa SPPS, before coming to SAS where she has taught for 24 years, Advanced Religious Education degree

Fourth Grade & morning extended day – Mrs. Joyce Corbin from Custar

  • B.S. in Elementary Education from BGSU, substituted for 11 years at PH, BG, and Holgate before starting at SAS 7 ½ years ago, 2004-05 Conservation Teacher of the Year, Basic Religious Education degree

Fifth Grade – Mrs. Christy Burgei from Napoleon

  • B.S. in Elementary Education from Manchester College, Advanced Religious Education degree, taught 3 years at Napoleon, 1 year at Lafayette, IN, and 17 years at SAS

Sixth Grade – Mr. Matt Cramer from Napoleon

  • B.S. in Elementary Education, Computer Science & Math from Defiance College, will complete Masters in Fall of 2006 at Defiance College, 7 years at SAS, Basic Religious Education degree, married to Jessica and has a son, Caiden, who is just beginning his career at SAS in our preschool

Seventh and Eighth Grade – Mrs. Kris Deniston from Defiance

  • B.S. in Elementary Education from BGSU, substituted 1 year, taught 14 years at St. Mary, Defiance, and 1 year at SAS, Intermediate Religious Education degree, in charge of the Jr. High Youth Group in Defiance

Band – Mrs. Tracey Miller from Napoleon

  • Bachelor of Music from University of Akron, 2nd year of teaching here and St. Paul Lutheran Vocal Music

– Mrs. Karen Miller from Napoleon

  • Bachelors in Music Education from Capital University, 25 years teaching at 4-County, Port Clinton, Sandusky, and Southgate MI before starting at SAS 22 years ago

Speech Therapist – Mrs. Ila Hicks from Waterville

  • B.S. from BGSU, 23 years teaching here, St. John Lutheran and St. Paul Lutheran

Intervention Specialist – Miss Julia Myers from Napoleon

  • B.S. in Early Childhood Education from BGSU, in process of getting masters degree from UT, 1st year of teaching

Computer – Mrs. Maria Berry from Napoleon

After School (extended day) Program Teacher – Mrs. Megan Brickner from Ottawa

  • B.S. in PreK-3rd from University of Findlay, graduated in May, 2006

School Secretary – Mrs. Faith Koch from Napoleon

  • B.S. in Accounting from UT

Custodian – Mr. Phil Kelley from Napoleon

Cook – Mrs. Patricia Birtcher from Napoleon

Dishwasher – Mrs. Carla Sherriff from Napoleon

Volunteer Preschool Aide – Mrs. Erin Stiltner from Napoleon

Volunteer Librarian – Mrs. Emily Collins from Napoleon

Volunteer Library Aide – Mrs. Lisa Lauter from Liberty Center

We also have many other volunteers throughout the year for various projects.


Gwen Howe-Gebers, president
Marsha Yarnell, secretary
Jodi Irving
Larry Long
Lori Nye
Jayne Westhoven


  • School started on Wednesday, August 23.
  • Enrollment in K-8 is 83, and we are continuing to grow!
  • St. Augustine now has preschool for 4 & 5 year olds on MWF from 8:30 to 11:30 with an option for the children to stay all day. We have room for 3-4 more students.
  • St. Augustine now has preschool for 3 year olds on TTh from 8:30 to 11:30 . We have room for additional students.
  • St. Augustine offers an extended day program from 7:00 a.m. to 8:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. each school day. This is open to all students, not just SAS students.
  • School Masses are every Friday morning.   Our first school Mass of the year was September 1, at 8:45 a.m.   We would love to have you join us and share in the love, praise, and adoration the children have for our Lord.
  • We are starting a St. Augustine 300 Club this fall. Tickets will be available soon.
  • A golf outing is planned for the spring with proceeds to benefit St. Augustine School .   More information will be coming as the time nears.
  • St. Augustine School accepts children of all faiths.


            Tuition assistance is available for those who need the extra help in order to provide a Catholic education for their children.   For information, call the school.

            We welcome donations from people who would like to help us in providing the tuition assistance.   You may make a donation through the school office, put it in an envelope in the Sunday collection and clearly mark it “for St. Augustine School Tuition Assistance,” or call and tell me that you can help.   I keep a list of people who wish to donate WHEN we need it.   I’ll put you on the list and call when the need arises.

Our Mission Statement:

Since parents are the primary educators of their children, our mission is to assist parents in fulfilling their right and duty to educate and form basic religious attitudes, thus preparing the child to develop into a mature Christian witness.

Parents who choose St. Augustine to assist their efforts to educate their child are investing in their child’s future by providing a lifelong gift. A solid academic program infused with Catholic values and supported by parents will go a long way to help children develop into mature Christian witnesses.

St. Augustine School had a humble beginning back in 1865. St. Augustine parishioners built their first school, which was a small 26’ X 36’ wooden structure.

In 1875, the central downtown lots were purchased and a new school was built. In 1878, the Notre Dame Sisters arrived to take over the school. In 1924, the old structure was torn down and a new modern school was erected. The present school was dedicated in April of 1925.

In the 1920s, the school cafeteria was moved and a new kitchen and additional classrooms were built on the second floor over the gymnasium. This facility continues to serve grades kindergarten through eight.

"The Catholic school finds its true justification in the mission of the Church: it is based on a philosophy in which faith, culture and life are brought together into harmony. Through it, the local church evangelizes, educated and contributes to the formation of a healthy and morally sound lifestyle among its members." (The Religious Dimension of Education in a Catholic School.)

"Since parents are the primary educators of their children, our task is to assist them in fulfilling their right and duty to educate and form basic religious attitudes, thus preparing the child to develop into a mature Christian witness."

St. Augustine School serves the children of the parish but the diverse enrollment includes Catholic and non-Catholic students from Napoleon, Liberty Center, McClure, Florida, Bryan, Wauseon, Archbold and New Bavaria. Students are offered a varied curriculum in grades kindergarten through eight with limited class size. Our students’ discipline and leadership skills are known in the community and they continue to exhibit these qualities as they continue on through high school and college. St. Augustine students excel academically as they continue their education through high school and college, with a good percentage earning honors.

Our well-maintained facility offers a safe place for our children to learn and play.

We are very proud of our music program of vocal and instrumental instruction, having a very high percentage of our students involved in band.

We offer daily, nutritionally sound hot lunches.

There is never a lack of opportunity to participate in activities at St. Augustine School.

The school’s Student Council involves students in grades one to eight with officers from the seventh and eighth grades providing leadership.

Field trips to the Toledo Zoo, COSI, Art Museum, theater and more are regularly scheduled. Bi-annual trips for the upper classes also take place. They include trips to Columbus visiting the state capitol and an extended trip to Washington D.C. and Colonial Williamsburg.

We have two musical productions a year and an after school drama event has been added this year.

Interscholastic sports competitions in football, soccer, volleyball and basketball are organized through the St. Augustine Athletic Club.

St. Augustine School Is The Choice For You

St. Augustine School is in a unique position as it is the only Catholic School in Henry County. Reasons to choose St. Augustine School:

  • We offer a Christian based curriculum.
  • We offer a low Student per teacher ratio.
  • A high percentage of our graduates receive honors in their high schools.
  • St. Augustine offers a full vocal and instrumental music program.
  • We offer a parish sports program open to our students for both boys and girls.
  • We have special education and speech tutors.
  • Every other year our junior high children take a trip to Washington D.C.

Did you know?

  • St. Augustine students are transported daily by city and county buses.
  • St. Augustine’s tuition is comparable to Diocesan averages.
  • St. Augustine offers all day and every day kindergarten.
  • St. Augustine offers a tuition assistance program.
  • St. Augustine offers a daily hot lunch program.
  • St. Augustine School is one of 11 Diocesan schools that is presently accredited by the Ohio Catholic Schools Accrediting Association.
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