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12/06/2018 Hope – Peace – Joy – Love
We begin our Advent season – Hope – Peace – Joy - Love – as we prepare for the coming of Christmas and the birth of our Savior, Jesus Christ. At our all school Monday Morning Meeting, the middle school students lead our Advent prayer and lighting of the Advent wreath.
12/03/2018 Advent - Christmas Schedule 2018
Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception
Holy Day of Obligation - Mass times:
Friday, December 7, 6:00pm (vigil)
Saturday, December 8, 9:00am
Sacrament of Reconciliation
Advent Penance/First Reconciliation:
Saturday, December 15, 10:00am
Saturday, Decemb er 22, 3:30-4:30pm
Sunday, December 23, 4:00-5:15pm
Monday, December 24, 10:30-11:30am
Christmas Masses (Carols prior to each Mass)
Monday, December 24: 4:00pm & 10:00pm
Tuesday, Decem ber 25: 10:00am
Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
Holy Day of Obligation - Mass times:
Monday, December 31, 5:00pm (vigil)
Tuesday, January 1, 10:00am
11/29/2018 Christmas Program 2018
This time of year is so special at Annunciation - Advent begins, we are getting close to the end of our first semester of school, and Christmas program rehearsals kick into high gear!
For decades, Annunciation Catholic School has held our Christmas program, sharing the story of the birth of Jesus with songs and highlights to last the whole Christmas season. Generations of families sing “Kermit’s Christmas” together while baking cookies or wrapping gifts. It is a shared moment that truly signifies the holy season is here.
Below is a note from our Creative Arts teacher and director, Miss Lorissa Letwin, who has kept the tradition going while adding her creativity to bring about our students “potentiality” in music and song. We hope you can join us for one or more performances. You can also order a DVD copy.
Mark your calendars for the Annunciation Christmas Program – 2018:
• Wednesday, December 19 – 9:00 am – Dress Rehearsal and Grandparents’ performance
• Thursday, December 20 – 9:00 am – Full performance for family and guests
• Thursday, December 20 – 6:30 pm – Full performance for family and guests (Please note new time, and this year the kindergarten class will be performing at the evening concert too!)
11/29/2018 Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Barnes & Noble Book Fair
Tuesday, Dec. 4th- 3pm-8pm
Join us in supporting our school by stopping by Barnes and Noble for this fun evening!
Listen to guest teachers read their favorite books, hear musical performances by individual students and the school choir, and grab a bite to eat or drink in the café.
A percentage of all book and café sales will go to Annunciation.
This is a great time to think about Holiday gift ideas. Free gift wrapping will be provided!
Out of Uniform passes for students who make a purchase that evening to be used Dec. 7th!
Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 12/04/18 to 12/09/18 by entering Bookfair 12383717 at checkout.
A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit our school/organization.
Exultate and Church of the Annunciation are partnering to support Mission Haiti, Inc.
When you attend the December 8, 2018 Christmas Festival Concert performance at Church of the Annunciation in Minneapolis, you will hear the same great Exultate Christmas concert program but with the additional gift of Hope for the people in Haiti. A portion of each ticket sold goes to Mission Haiti Inc. to support their programs. Haitian artisans will display handiwork and art available for purchase before and after the Benefit Concert.
11/29/2018 Trivia Night Thank You
Thank you to all of the Annunciation Trivia teams! We did a GREAT job raising money for our gym and creative arts space.
A special THANK YOU to our Trivia Night hosts, Leah Kaiser and Jaime Smith! Keep studying your trivia facts to get ready for next year!
Congratulations to the 2018 Trivia Night Winners, Donut Call List!
Congratulations to the 2018 Costume Contest Winner at Trivia Night,Let’s Get Quizzical!
11/29/2018 Christmas Boutique and All Parish Bake Sale
Everyone is asked to help in some way with the Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale!
You can make/bake or buy donations. Christmas crafts; Christmas cookies; breads and other goodies; ornaments and other seasonal items are all popular with our youngsters and our young at heart.
Please DO NOT donate Christmas trees or garlands. Silent Auction items are needed as well as toys for Santa's Toy Shop. This is an annual Respect Life project.
Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360 or Peg Tuttle at 612-242-0821 to help during the sale.
We also need callers for the Bake Sale. If you can help with calling, please call Mary Morris at 612-869-7629.
11/20/2018 Principal Cassidy’s News & Notes
Today is World Children’s Day:
Our second grade students shared this video about World Children's Day at the Monday morning meeting and coordinated our buddy activity this week. Students created light blue bandanas with positive and powerful messages to celebrate the day.
School Conference Feedback:
Since our school conferences are such an important part of our partnership, we would like to get your feedback on our fall conferences. As a staff, we set several goals. We would like to get your feedback on how well we met those goals. Please take a minute to complete the short survey to help us continue to grow and improve. Thank you for your time!
Holy Rosary Thanksgiving Food Drive:
Our Holy Rosary Food Drive was a huge success! We are grateful for the generosity of our families to make the Thanksgiving holiday a wonderful time for many other families. Thank you! We are blessed!
11/20/2018 Holy Rosary Gift Collection
We will be collecting new unwrapped gifts (any age) for the good people of Holy Rosary again this year. Holy Rosary will come on Friday, December 14th to pick up the toys.
Annunciation 3rd Grade
11/20/2018 Patina Event sponsored by APO
SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 from 10AM - 6PM
20% of your purchase will be donated to Annunciation!
Must present this coupon at time of the purchase.
Only at 50th and Bryant location.
Gift card purchases are also included in the give back! This event is sponsored by APO.
11/20/2018 Family Advent Wreath Making Breakfast
Annunciation Church-Community Room
Sunday, November 25, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm
Come join in a wonderful tradition! Create an advent wreath with your family to enhance life and prayer in your home while enjoying a continental breakfast. Bring a peaceful spirit, wire cutters, gloves and a frame from the past years (if you have one). A permanent frame will be for sale ($6.00). We will provide greens, frame materials, candles and directions. Wreaths will be blessed at the breakfast. Please include the number of adults and children who will be attending when registering.
Cost: $10.00 individual or $20.00 per family.
Price includes continental breakfast and wreath making supplies. If you have any questions call John & Megan Spriggs 612-636-8496.
11/20/2018 Zupas School Fundraiser Night: November 27
We’re teaming up with Café Zupas for a Fundraiser Night on Tuesday, November 27 from 5pm-9pm.
The fundraiser is at the Edina location: 2940 W. 66th St., Edina, MN.
Join us for a delicious house-made meal to earn up to 25% back!
11/20/2018 MADE FOR MORE: Visions of the Promised Land
MADE FOR MORE
with CHRISTOPHER WEST & MIKE MANGIONE
Brought to you by St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, The Parish of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Annunciation Catholic Church & The Cor Project
Thursday, November 29, 2018
St. Hubert Catholic Community
8201 Main Street
Chanhassen, MN 55317
This event will sell out, so grab your tickets NOW in the parish office or online at www.corproject.com/chanhassen. Tickets are $20.
MADE FOR MOREis an inspired blend of teaching, live music, and art that taps the deepest desires of the human heart revealing their ultimate purpose and goal. Join Christopher West and Mike Mangione as they offer a vision of the Gospel like you’ve never heard through the lens of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. This event is appropriate for ages 15 and up. Watch the trailer.
Please contact the parish office if you would like more information.
11/15/2018 Principal Cassidy Weekly Update
This week, we celebrate our Thanksgiving prayer service as we bless the food we collected for Holy Rosary community. Our partnership with Holy Rosary started nearly 30 years with the Dominican Sisters. The menu and items needed has evolved over the years as the Holy Rosary community has changed. When Sister Martha began coordinating the needs of the community, it primarily consisted of Native American and Vietnamese families. Today the community is made up of mostly Hispanic families. Your generous donations allow us to provide around 20 complete food baskets each year. We are grateful for the generosity of our families to make the Thanksgiving holiday a wonderful time for many other families. We are blessed!
At the CSCOE Exceptional Learners conference this summer, Catholic schools gathered to learn the importance of having a place at the table for all learners. The conference reminded us that, “As Catholic Schools, we are called to build the Kingdom of God, which includes all His children, regardless of their abilities, challenges, or physical condition. We are required to look at children with the eyes of Christ, and to love and accept the beauty of their differences”. CSCOE is helping our schools learn how to support all of our learners. They also provided a toolkit and on-going support.
In addition, through the efforts of a several parents, we were fortunate to receive a grant to help us make our school more “sensory-friendly”.
11/15/2018 Educational Outfitters Cyber Sale
The store is closed but online shopping is open!
Thursday, November 22 - Sunday, November 25
Take 20% off school uniforms and accessories (excludes spirit wear items)
*Sale will continue online or in store on Cyber Monday.*
11/15/2018 Holy Rosary Thanksgiving Food Collection
As an all school project at Annunciation, we have provided Holy Rosary Church with Thanksgiving food baskets for many years. Each class will be assigned a donation of food and asked to bring in a contribution of money to help purchase the turkeys, pies, etc. We encourage the students to give of themselves by earning their donations of money. Checks can be made out to Annunciation School. Please bring all food donations to school no later than Friday, November 16th.
Your students will bring home a requested food item. Holy Rosary has asked for extra rice and cooking oil if possible. Please feel free to add to the list or double up on items (ie – 3 boxes of cereal, more rice, more canned foods, etc.) The need is very great.
Please join us for a Prayer Service on Friday, November 16th at 9:00am in the school auditorium. We will gather together to bless this food and the families who will receive it.
Thank you for your generosity!
11/15/2018 Extended Day Program is Open: Nov 21
School will be closed on Wednesday, November 21st. for Thanksgiving Break. The Extended Day program will be open for our families from 7:00a.m – 6:00p.m.
11/15/2018 Boy Scout Tree Lot Sale
Buy a Tree, Help a Scout! The Annunciation Boy Scout Troop 103 Tree Lot is open (Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 16) on the east side of the church.
Tree Lot Hours:
Friday: 6 pm – 9 pm
Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm
Monday - Thursday: CLOSED
We are blessed at Annunciation to have such a strong parent community. We know that by working together, we can bring about the true potentiality of all of our students. Thank you so much for participating with us, joining us in our discussions to help your children become all that God has called them to be. We were so impressed with the sharing the students did in their conferences. They all did such a great job!
Decorated Planters, Spruce Tips & Accents on sale now through November 11.
THANK YOU FOR YOUR SUPPORT!!!
APO fundraising programs help support our school, teacher micro-grants and services for our children.
11/08/2018 Battle of the Books 2018
Students at Annunciation are READERS!
Nearly 100 of our students on 38 different teams participipated in our annual Battle of the Books! Battle of the Books is a program that tests the knowledge of students using rounds of comprehension questions.
11/08/2018 Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, November 13!
Students who need to have their picture retaken, or who were absent on picture day, can be out of uniform for picture retake day on November 13. For students having their picture retaken, they must bring their picture package with them to the camera that day. For students who are getting their pictures taken for the first time, you can order your photo package online.
Please join us on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00pm in the Church - Come and experience the healing power of Jesus and the abounding mercy of God!
Families are welcome.
11/03/2018 Respect Life Ministry Prayer on Wednesdays
The Respect Life Ministry prays the rosary every Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the Planned Parenthood clinic at 66th Street and Lyndale Avenue South. We meet on 66th Street just east of Lyndale.
All are welcome to come. If you can't come, pray the rosary at home or church when you have time.
Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.
11/03/2018 Baby Bottle Campaign
Thank you to everyone who has returned a baby bottle with money for our two life care centers, Tandem and St. Stephen's.
If you still have a baby bottle, whether it has money in it or not, please drop it off at the business office during the week or give it to an usher next weekend.
Thank you for supporting mothers and their babies.
11/01/2018 Measuring MCA Proficiency
We are at the middle of our fall semester, which is the perfect time to come together at our school conferences next week. Being able to come together to discuss each child’s progress, learning to date, and opportunities to grow this year is a valuable experience. We are also blessed to have our whole community committed to collaborating for student success.
Part of the partnership is communicating our school’s progress as well. Each year, we reflect on our achievement as a school. As we work together to create a more seamless experience through our IB journey, review of practices and learning, we see that the cumulative experience for students across the grade levels is preparing them well.
Often, we are asked how our 8th grade graduates compare to other local school’s graduates. Over the years, we have found that our students always perform very well. Last year, 99% of our students met or exceeded the national norms on the NWEA MAP tests. We review this data each year as another lens to see how we are achieving and if we are preparing our students well for high school and beyond.
11/01/2018 Join Us for Trivia Night!
JOIN US FOR ANNUNCIATION TRIVIA NIGHT!
Friday, November 16th
Doors 6:30pm - Annunciation Church Basement
Time to recruit your smartest friends…
Teams consist of 8-9 people (large team) Or NEW THIS YEAR teams can consist of 3-4 people (small team). Bring your own munchies, beverages available for purchase.
Prizes awarded for best costume and brightest team!
This event gets bigger each year, so sign up today!!!
Registrations needed by Friday, November 9th!
11/01/2018 Día de los Muertos
Día de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration that honors those who have died. On November 1st and 2nd, the souls of our loved ones come back to visit, and we celebrate their lives.
11/01/2018 Middle School October IB Awards
Congratulations to our Middle School IB award winners for October!
10/25/2018 Fall Conferences
We will hold fall conferences on Wednesday, November 7 and Thursday, November 8. These conferences are an important opportunity for teachers to gain insights about your child and to share with you the progress your child is making. If you are unable to attend but would like to have a phone conference with your child’s teacher, please feel free to contact them.
10/25/2018 Community of Life Long Learners
You and your family are a part of an amazing community with a long history of excellence in education, community, service, and faith. Today, we are tasked with continuing this tradition into the 21stcentury. To accomplish this, we chose to become a Catholic International Baccalaureate (IB) World School. Being a Catholic IB World School provides us the framework, process, and best practices to stay excellent. Part of this process is a continual cycle of reviewing reflecting, and refining so we can be assured our teaching and learning are focused on our vision and mission. This is central to the efforts of our staff and students every day. It is a promise we have made to you and your family. As our vision states: “Annunciation Catholic School fosters each child’s potential to create a better world through faith, virtue, knowledge, and service to others”.
Be sure to read all of Mrs. Cassidy's update.
Wednesday, October 24 was Unity Day. As a school, we started the week with a Unity buddy activity. Students made paper chains, posters, and more to promote kindness and unity. On Wednesday, we wore orange as a symbol of our unity. This week, we highlighted many of the things we work on throughout the year.
To help us continue to build a safe and loving place for all, we are providing another resource. On the parent page of our website, you will be a form for parents, students or staff to report bullying activity. The report provides a definition of bullying and space to share more details. The report will be received by a staff member who will bring this forward for review and action as needed. We hope that most students, staff and parents feel comfortable approaching anyone on campus to share concerns. But should someone wish to use this format, we wanted to provide another way for information to be shared to ensure a safe, loving and positive place for all.
10/25/2018 Early Dismissal & No School
School will have an early dismissal on November 8th and no school on November 9th. The Extended Day program will be open for our families.
10/25/2018 American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8 Test
Annunciation will offer the American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8 Test in November.
The American Mathematics Competitions are a series of contests and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students.
The AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40-minute, multiple choice exam. The contest/exam is designed to promote the development and enhancement of mathematical problem-solving skills.
The contest will take place on Tuesday, November 13 (a date set by a national council). The testing will be done after school, in the auditorium, from 2:45 – 3:30. Mrs. Morin and Ms. Means will proctor this event. Calculators ARE NOT allowed.
10/25/2018 Cross-Training for Young Minds
Calling all middle school students who want to nurture their creative talents...check out the US Academic Triathlon!
Academic Tri encourages positive risk-taking by challenging triathletes to discover, refine and demonstrate their combined and inherent interests, strengths, and abilities as a team and as individuals.
Registration forms are due by Friday, October 26.
10/16/2018 4HG FREE Basketball Clinic for 4th-8th Grade
Come learn about 4HG & work on your basketball skills on Tuesday, November 6 from 6:30-8pm in the Annunciation gym.
Clinic will be lead by Andy Hannan, Academy of Holy Angels Boys Basketball Head Coach & Annunciation Alumni.
Students in grades 4-8 are invited to participate in the clinic, coaches & parents are invited to come support & learn about 4HG. Our student athletes will commit to following the 4HG Student Code of Conduct.
10/16/2018 Trivia Night is November 16
ANNUNCIATION TRIVIA NIGHT
Friday, November 16th
Doors 6:30pm - Annunciation Church Basement
Time to recruit your smartest friends…
Teams consist of 8-9 people (large team) Or NEW THIS YEAR teams can consist of 3-4 people (small team). Bring your own munchies, beverages available for purchase. Prizes awarded for best costume and brightest team!
This event gets bigger each year, so sign up today!!!
Registrations needed by Friday, November 9th!
The Stars Come Out
Saturday, January 26, 2019
Six beloved friends of our Annunciation community are daring to dazzle YOU as they pair with professional dancers to capture your hearts, your votes and raise funds for our school.
Join us to cheer on this year's dancers.
10/15/2018 AYM Holiday Plant Sale Fundraiser
Our senior high youth will be traveling to Pine Ridge Reservation, South Dakota next summer on a mission trip. We are selling holiday plants to help cover the additional costs of renting three vans and a truck to carry our luggage.
Poinsettia's are available in red, white and marble:
6.5 in pot-$15.00
8.0 in pot-$25.00
Order will be taken online until Sunday, October 28th.
10/11/2018 Second Grade Talent Needed!
Our annual Preview Night will be on Thursday, October 25th. This is the evening at which we’re able to share all the exciting things happening at our school with prospective families. The Creative Arts program is one of our strengths. Our second graders recently performed for their grandparents/special friends at the Grandparent/Special Person Tea. We are inviting them to also share those songs at Preview Night.
The specifics of the evening are below. There is a link to the permission form on the parent page of our website that we ask you to fill out. Please submit this permission form by Monday, October 22.
If you have any questions, please call the office at 612-823-4394. Thank you for your help!
You may have heard or read a bit about Annunciation’s Sensory Friendly School initiative. Our commitment to educating the whole child has lead Annunciation to recognize that the needs of our student population are changing. As we welcome more and more students with unique learning needs such as sensory processing disorders, we recognize that the way we serve these students must change as well.
We have worked with parents to create a survey in order to gather information from the Annunciation community about perceptions of the current sensory environment and suggested improvements, and would greatly appreciate your feedback. A link to the survey can be found here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/83BNYSZ.
Thank you for taking the time to complete this survey!
10/11/2018 Battle of the Books Update: New Date
Annunciation subscribes to a service to provide comprehension questions for the Battle of the Books. Unfortunately, our supplier is battling a serious illness and wasn't able to fill our order in time for the October 16th event. As a result, the Battle of the Books has been postponed to Tuesday, November 6th.
We apologize for any inconvenience and we ask you to keep our supplier, Ms. House, in your prayers.
10/04/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners
Congratulations to our Middle School IB award winners for September!
SAVE THE DATE - Dancing with Annunciation Stars!
Saturday, January 26, 2019
If you haven’t heard the hype, during SeptemberFest the six sensational Annunciation Stars were announced! More information to come on ticket sales and voting.
10/04/2018 Coats for Kids: October 8-9
Warming heads, hands and hearts:
Put your faith into action by donating a new or gently used winter coat or other piece of warm winter clothing. We are partnering with the Knights of Columbus to collect warm winter clothing for those in need, in recognition of the dignity of all people. Each student attending the Mass of the Holy Spirit is asked to bring a coat or other piece of warm winter clothing (hat, mittens or snow pants) to the Mass.
October 8-9: Students bring winter clothing items to school
October 10: Students bring winter clothing item to the Mass of the Holy Spirit
Items Needed: Coats, hats, mittens/gloves, snow pants. Children and teen sizes
10/04/2018 Educational Outfitters Uniform Sale
FALL UNIFORM SALE - 15% OFF*
October 6 - 15, 2018
ALL Uniform Apparel and Accessories
*Discount cannot be applied to previous purchases and is not valid on spiritwear or custom embroidery.
10/04/2018 Spirit Wear Discount Alert!
Spirit Wear Discount Alert!
New items have been added and there’s a coupon code through October 7th for 10% off (SUNNY18).
10/04/2018 Extended Day Program Open for MEA Break
School will be closed October 17th, 18th, and 19th for MEA. The Extended Day program will be open on the 17th, 18th, and 19th for our families from 7:00am – 6:00pm.
On Wednesday, October 17th, we will be going to Playworks in Prior Lake.
The bus will leave at 11:00am and will return at 2:45pm. The children will need to bring a lunch. They may bring money to purchase lunch, snacks, or play games. Socks must be worn. The activity fee for this day is $11.00.
On Thursday, October 18th, we will be going to Cinema Grill in New Hope.
The bus will leave at 11:00am and will return at 2:30pm. The children DO NOT need to bring a lunch. We will be having pizza there. The movie is yet TBD. The activity fee for this day is $16.00.
On Friday, October 19th, our theme for the day will be Fall Celebration.
The children will be participating in several fun and exciting events/activities dealing with the changing seasons. They will paint pumpkins and there will also be crafts involving apples and leaves. The children will need to bring a lunch from home and we will be staying on school grounds.
We will provide a snack at 9:00am and at 2:45pm. The snack at 4:30pm is brought from home.
Please dress the children appropriately. We go outside in the morning as well as the afternoon.
REGISTRATION IS DUE FRIDAY, OCTOBER 12TH BY 6:00pm.
10/04/2018 Blaze: Middle School Girls Ministry
We are excited to bring Blaze, a Walking with Purpose Bible study program developed for middle school-age girls to Annunciation.
This twenty-session program integrates the Scripture with the teachings of the Catholic Church.
• Who: Middle School 7th and 8th grade girls
• When: Mid-October start date – schedule TBD
• Time: During school lunch hour – 7th grade Wednesdays and 8th grade Tuesdays
• Where: Spirit Center – please bring a bag lunch and beverage
• Cost: $75 (+ shipping) for the Blaze kit, one per girl. Scholarships available
09/27/2018 Fall Sports Team Photos
SAVE THE DATE:
Fall Sport Photos – Grades 4-8: Wednesday, October 3, 2:45-4:15pm (please note – photos will be taken AFTER SCHOOL this year)
If your child plays sports for Annunciation (grades 4-8), please be sure to send your child’s sports uniform to school that day - they will change after school for the photos.
Save time and order online!
09/27/2018 Unity Day: Wednesday, October 24, 2018
Although Unity Day is celebrated for different reasons by different countries, there is a unifying theme that connects all of us. That theme is unity. This is true whether the unity ascribed is for young people recognizing the value of their peers, for ethnic groups to recognize the ties that bind us all together or for the people of a nation to work together as one group. To show our unity, as an Annunciation community, students are encouraged to add orange to their uniforms on Wednesday, October 24th.
We are grateful to Erin Walsh, M.A. of Mind Positive Parenting for speaking at Annunciation about "Parenting in the Digital Age".
Last week, APO sponsored a speaker, Erin Walsh, who shared information on “Parenting in the Digital Age”. As digital natives, our children are growing up in a world where technology influences much of their lives. Yet, like with all things, we know that balance and good practice area the keys to making these resources positive influences on their lives. Erin did a fantastic job of framing the technology, reminding us of the great possibilities, and giving tools to making technology a great resource. She shared additional resources to help you, as parents, raise your children in this digital age. We hope you find them helpful and will continue to seek partners and educational opportunities for all of us to “raise” our children.
09/27/2018 Hispanic Heritage Month
This week we highlighted Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month at our Monday morning meeting. Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the cultures and contributions of Americans whose families and ancestors come from Mexico, Spain, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.
At our Monday morning meeting, we highlighted the diversity and uniqueness of the Spanish-speaking members in our Annunciation community. Some of our Spanish-speaking students shared a little bit about their heritage, and what makes their family unique. We would also like to continue to highlight the Spanish-speaking members of our Annunciation community this month.
09/27/2018 Peace Day: Students Take ACTION
In The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), voluntary, meaningful student action is expected to be seen as a result of student learning. Through action, students are able to grow socially and personally, developing skills such as cooperation, problem solving, conflict resolution and critical thinking.
On Monday, September 17, we learned about the International Day of Peace during our All School Morning Meeting. After hearing about Peace Day, 3rd graders Sienna and Joey took ACTION:
Sienna: "After the Monday Meeting, I asked my teacher, Mrs. Crowley, if my class could have a peace party and celebrate peace. Mrs. Crowley asked me to learn more about the Day of Peace and think of possible activities for the party. I went home thinking. I thought and thought and then I talked about my ideas with my mom. She helped me think of even more ideas. I learned about Peace Day and shared what I learned with my classmates. I asked my classmates to write cards about peace to Mrs. Urick’s class. We created cards and Mrs. Urick’s class made cards for us!"
Joey: "After we made the cards, I had an idea to pair up with the kids in Mrs. Urick’s class to create peace posters for all the classrooms at Annunciation. I thought the posters could be a reminder for all the kids in our school to spread and build peace."
~Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
09/27/2018 Illness Policies & Procedures
Now that school is back in session, we wanted to remind families about our illness policies and procedures. Please see the attached guide about when your child is well enough to go to school. Flu season is coming, and our school nurse recommends everyone get their flu shot to help reduce the spread of illness.
If your child is sick or absent for any reason, you must contact the school office to report the absence. Please call 612-823-4394 or firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also contact your child’s teacher, but it is imperative that you let the office know of any absence as we track all illnesses and absences for state reporting purposes.
We hope to keep all of our students and staff healthy at Annunciation!
09/27/2018 Health Office Is Looking For Volunteers
Can you put on a band aid? Can you take a child’s temperature in their ear? Can you make an ice pack with ice cubes and baggies? If you answered “yes” you’re qualified to help out in the Annunciation Health Office. We need one parent in the Health Office from 11am to 1pm each day. Any health related background is certainly a bonus, but not a requirement.
Join us if you can Thursday 10/4 from 8:15 - 8:45am in the Spirit Center conference room for coffee and a brief overview of the health office. You don't need to have medical training, just be able to take a temperature, hand out ice packs and give TLC!
09/20/2018 2nd Annual Annunciation Fun 5K Run & Walk
APO invites you to join us for the 2nd Annual Annunciation Fun 5K Run & Walk to be held on Sat., Oct. 13th at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington.
New this year, the Pre-K kids will be joining us at the Bandshell area to do their Bike-A-Thon starting at 8:30am. The 5K will then kick off at 9am. We will have snacks, activities, a photo booth & hopefully a few items to raffle.
Calling all kids interested in being creative, confident, & even a little bit DRAMATIC— have we got the classes for YOU!
October 2 - November 20, 2018
09/20/2018 Help Needed: Annunciation Funeral Ministry
Help is needed with our Annunciation Funeral Ministry. Work as much or as little as you want. Help is needed with set-up, serving, and clean-up. The average time commitment is about 2 hours a month.
Please contact Mary Grace Westman at email@example.com. Thank you!
09/20/2018 International Day of Peace is September 21
At Annunciation, we strive to make the world a better and more peaceful place.
This week we have been sharing ideas for what peace means, what peace looks like, and what it means to be a peace builder.
September 21st marks the International Day of Peace - what will you do to create peace?
09/19/2018 39th Annual Cancer Home Fundraising Dinner
Annunciation Friends of Our Lady Peace Presents. . . 39th Annual Cancer Home Fundraising Dinner at Annunciation Church
Sunday October 14, 2018
Entertainment to follow dinner
Cost: $20.00 per person
RSVP by Sunday, October 7, 2018
Questions: Meg Weides-Pospisil, 612-532-7035
Can't make the dinner?
Donations to Our Lady of Peace Home gratefully accepted.
We’ve invited Erin Walsh, M.A. of Mind Positive Parenting to speak at Annunciation on September 20th at 7pm, she will be offering guidance for parenting teens in the digital age.
Is there an app for that? Thriving in the digital world
Social networking, cell phones, and video games are game changers for kids and families. Young people today spend an average of 53 hours a week with entertainment media, more than any other activity but sleeping. While media headlines suggest that media and technology are either good or bad for youth – evidence suggests that they are powerful. The good or bad depends upon how we use them. Digital technologies simultaneously unleash incredible opportunities for our kids and pose a new set of parenting challenges.
Erin Walsh, M.A. is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and raising resilient young people in the digital age. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father, Dr. David Walsh, for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and the Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting together in 2010.
09/13/2018 NWEA MAP Testing
Starting September 17, students will begin taking the fall NWEA MAP assessments in grades 2-8.
The MAP test provides data in reading and math that shows student growth over time connected to the standards they are learning at each grade level. Because it is an adaptive test, not a standardized test, it shows how much students know even beyond grade levels. The goals for each student is not just to reach a standard benchmark, but to show growth in their learning.
Dear Fifth Grade Family,
We are excited to announce the kick-off of the 2018, 5th Grade International Baccalaureate Exhibition. We would like to invite you to a special introduction for parents and 5th-grade students on Friday, September 28 at 8:00 am in the 5th grade space. Due to the in-depth nature of this venture, your attendance is highly recommended.
09/13/2018 Kids’ Preliminary Home Run Derby Results
Thank you for participating in the Kids’ Preliminary Home Run Derby!
CONGRATULATIONS to the following sluggers who will advance to SeptemberFest on Friday, Sept. 14th at 7:00pm! Good Luck!
09/13/2018 School Picture Day
Fall School Picture Day is coming on October 9!
All students can be out of uniform on picture day (make sure to abide by the non-uniform dress code). Save time and order online!
Visit mylifetouch.com, enter Picture Day ID MI198006Y0, and order your package!
Paper forms will be available in the school office, or you can print out the order form.
Are you stretched and would like a way to refuel and be refreshed while making authentic connections with others?
Would you like to have a better understanding of your faith and learn more about God?
Join us this fall as we explore a new bible study from Walking with Purpose called Keeping in Balance.
Tuesday, September 18
Annunciation Community Room
Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Bible Study for women that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussion that link our everyday challenges with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.
It’s SeptemberFest Wiffle Ball and Home Run Derby time!!! Check out the schedules and brackets.
Please direct any questions to TK, aka “The Commissioner.”
09/06/2018 SeptemberFest Update!
SeptemberFest is only 10 days away! We are quickly approaching the Best Weekend of the Year.
Thanks to all who have volunteered. SeptemberFest would not be a success without you! If you haven’t volunteered yet, there are plenty of opportunities still available on the Annunciation website.
There are a couple of updates we wanted to make sure you know.
09/06/2018 Box Tops for Education Week - Sept. 17-21
It's time to clip those Box Tops! National Box Tops Week is Sept. 17-21, and to celebrate, Annunciation is having a school contest!
Here's how it works:
1. Students should bring Box Tops to their classrooms the week of Sept. 17-21. Parents: Ask your coworkers, neighbors, family members and friends to save their Box Tops for you!
2. The two grade levels with the most Box Tops turned in during this week will earn a non-uniform day.
For product lists and more information about the Box Tops program, visit www.boxtops4education.com.
09/06/2018 Mass of the Holy Spirit: October 10, 2018
The Mass of the Holy Spirit, organized by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE) and the Archdiocese of St Paul / Minneapolis, is coming up on October 10.
Grades 4-8 from 79 Catholic elementary schools will be attending this event at US Bank Stadium. Special musical guests, lunch and a chance to celebrate Mass like you've never experienced it before!
This extraordinary event promises to be a day filled with FAITH, HOPE, LOVE AND EXCITEMENT!
Please fill out the permission slip and return it to your child’s teacher by September 11th.
SeptemberFest 2018 is just two weeks away...Please consider making a donation to this year’s SILENT AUCTION!
It takes our entire school and church community to make this event a success -- the auction is a key fundraising component of SeptemberFest and we need your help! This is the perfect opportunity to show your support for our school and parish community.
09/04/2018 JH Kick Off: Casino Royale
Who: 7th & 8th Grade
When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
Where: Annunciation Church Community Room
What: Celebrate the start of the new AYM year which will include, music, wacky games and more surprises. So wear your finest and good luck at the casino!
Cost: $20 will cover the cost of entertainment and door prizes.
Registration Online: Sign-up online.
Questions?: Call Jimmy at 612-824-9993 x243, or you can send an email to: firstname.lastname@example.org
09/04/2018 Jr. High Parent Orientation Night
What: 7th & 8th Grade Parent Orientation
All 7th & 8th grade parents are invited to join us for an information orientation to AYM. We will be discussing AYM School Year programming, reviewing the online registration process and discussing expectations.
When: Wednesday, September 19, 7-8:30pm
Where: Annunciation Church Community Room
Questions: Email Jimmy Dunn, email@example.com
09/04/2018 Coffee & Donut/Pancake Breakfast Schedule
Coffee & Donuts: The first Sunday of the month October ’18-May ‘19
Annunciation Parish offers Coffee & Donuts in the community room after the 9:30am Mass for community building and fellowship.
(10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5)
AYM Pancake or Waffle Breakfast: The third Sunday of the month October ’18-April ‘19
Annunciation Youth Ministries offers a Pancake or Waffle Breakfast in the community room after the 9:30am Mass for community building and fellowship.
(10/28*, 11/18+, 12/16, 1/27*, 2/17, 3/24*, 4/14+)
08/30/2018 IB Update: This Week’s Teacher Focus
Each of our International Baccalaureate (IB) units of inquiry include these essential elements:
Knowledge (MN Standards)
Attitude and Attribute development
This week, our teachers took time to focus on the MN Standards. They revisited all of the MN standards for their grade level and mapped out their place in our K-8 curriculum. They covered science and social studies standards, reviewed math as we sought a new math curriculum and now are moving to Literacy. We are grateful for our teacher's diligence carefully studying each standard using the standards to create units of inquiry that are relevant, engaging, and rigorous.
08/30/2018 SAVE THE DATE! Fun 5K Run & Walk
SAVE THE DATE!
The Annuncation Fun 5K Walk & Run will be Saturday, October 13 at Normandale Lake in Bloomington.
We will meet at the band shell to kick things off.
5901 W. 84th St.
Bloomington, MN 55438
• Check-in at 7:45am
• Kids Run at 8:30am
• 5K at 8:45am
Online Registration Coming Soon!
Please join us at this fun family event!
08/30/2018 Student Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures
Drop-off and Pick-up:
To help create a safe and efficient procedure for drop-off and pick-up, we are sending home a packet with two car pool number cards for each family along with a few reminders about the process. If each person helps by following the procedure, we will have a faster and safer car pool line for students and families.
Please review the Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Map (below) and use the number card for all pick-ups. This helps move the line along quicker. Thanks for your help!
08/30/2018 APO & the Box Tops Collection Program
APO is now coordinating the Box Tops Collection Program! Box tops can be dropped at school office or in collection bins in Church basement (now located by Restrooms).
You can send them in a variety of ways:
08/23/2018 Extended Day Open August 31
School will be closed on Friday, August 31.
The Extended Day Program will be open for our families from 7:00am-6:00pm
We will be staying on school grounds and our theme for the day will be Game Day/Dance Party. Kids may bring their favorite games/cd’s on this day.
The children will need to bring a lunch. We will provide a snack at 9:00am and at 2:30pm The snack at 4:30pm is brought from home.
Please dress the children appropriately. We go outside in the morning as well as in the afternoon.
08/23/2018 Parent Information Night
On Wednesday, September 5 at 6:30, we will gather in the auditorium together to officially kick off the new school year. Then, we invite you to visit your student’s classrooms to receive more information about each grade level for the coming year.
In keeping with our commitment of building lifelong learners, we want to provide our students with the best tools to enable them to thrive in the digital world.
The IB learner profile strives for global thinkers and international-mindedness, shifting the traditional focus from teaching to learning. We think we can help prepare students to be inquirers, reflective thinkers, and better communicators through a 1-to-1 student Chromebook initiative. A Middle School Social Studies pilot was coordinated during the 2017/2018 school year and was a huge success! We’re ready to launch the 1-to-1 program for all students (grades 6-8) beginning this fall in 2018.
08/17/2018 First Morning Coffee
Please come to the auditorium, Monday, August 27 from 7:45am - 8:45am to enjoy coffee, juice, fruit, and pastries. Catch up with fellow parents and welcome new families into our wonderful Annunciation community.
Sponsored by Annunciation Parent Organization (APO).
08/15/2018 We Are Learners!
Some of our staff had the opportunity to participate in a day-long workshop on leading in an IB community, led on by Dr. Nikki Woodson.
In the past eight years, Dr. Woodson has led her public-school district to become one of few in the Americas to offer IB to all students in all schools K-12.
08/13/2018 Septemberfest Wiffle Ball Tournament 2018
This year the Septemberfest WiffleBall tournament begins 9/5. So it’s time to start getting your team together. Registration is now open.
If you are interested, please contact TK.
08/08/2018 Discover Catholicism: Ask about RCIA!
· Interested in learning more about the Catholic faith or becoming Catholic?
· Are you a baptized Catholic who has never received the Sacraments of Holy Communion or Confirmation?
Then Join Us!
We will explore the Person of Jesus Christ—His claims, His promises, and His Church—together. You don’t have to commit to the whole process just attend a few sessions to discover more. No pressure or expectations—just a group of men and women searching for the Lord in an atmosphere that is relaxed and respectful.
07/20/2018 Back to School Night
Back to School Night is the time we hand out necessary information to begin the school year and release classroom assignments. You may also bring your school supplies during this time to get settled in your classroom before the first day of school. It is open-house style, so please come when you are able between 4-7pm.
07/18/2018 We’re Hiring: Lead Preschool Teacher
Hiring Lead Preschool Teacher for Lake Area Discovery Center at Annunciation Catholic School in Minneapolis.
Full-Time Salaried Position Paid Holidays, PTO and Health Benefits Available. Join a vibrant teaching team at this 4 Star Parent Aware and NAEYC Accredited high-quality educational program! Must meet DHS Rule 3 and NAEYC education requirements for lead teacher and have a current MN Teaching license.
Job Type: Full-time
07/17/2018 12 Apostles+ Mulch Work Party
A BIG THANK YOU to the 19 hard-working parishioners and skilled crew that re-mulched our flower, rain & rose gardens plus hedges, fence & retaining wall areas on Tuesday, July 10. This was in addition to regular duties of weeding, lawn mowing, tree trimming, edging, planting & more. Folks agreed it was a successful & fulfilling project to beautify the entrances to God’s house at Church of Annunciation.
Congratulations to Chrissy Fritzen for being named a Pastoral Musician of the Month by David Haas & the Emmaus Center for Music, Prayer and Ministry.
"Generosity. Amazing generosity. Lavish generosity. And – HOSPITALITY. These words only begin to describe Chrissy Fritzen. She has something to teach all of us when it comes to selfless giving and welcome to everyone – it just oozes from her."
06/29/2018 Welcome, Miss Means!
Hello Annunciation community!
My name is Molly Means and I am joining the Annunciation Family as a Middle School Mathematics Teacher for this upcoming school year. I am incredibly excited to begin this journey at a school that feels so much like home. As a South Minneapolis resident my whole life and graduate of Our Lady of Peace Catholic School and DeLaSalle High School, I have always known the wonderful community that is Annunciation. I love being able to go back to my roots and give back to the South Minneapolis community that gave me so much over my lifetime.
I recently graduated from the University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire this past May and received my Bachelor of Science Degree in Middle Childhood through Early Adolescence Education with an emphasis in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. I also, just returned to the Twin Cities after spending the past five months completing my student teaching experience in Houston, Texas. I have gained a vast array of knowledge through my experiences that I cannot wait to share with Annunciation. In my classroom, we will emphasize the characteristics of inclusivity, respect, and faith.
When I’m not in the classroom, I like to spend quality time with my family and friends, read in my hammock and spend as much time outdoors as possible. I’m a true Minnesotan when it comes to summer time, constantly longing for being out on the lake in a boat, cheering on our Minnesota Twins and patiently awaiting the State Fair.
I am so grateful to join this wonderful and faith-filled community. While I love the summer, this fall cannot come soon enough! I look forward to meeting all of the staff, students, parents and the rest of the Annunciation community over the next few months.
Can’t wait for the fall!
Miss Molly Means
06/29/2018 Welcome, Ms. Saluri!
¡Hola! Soy Carter Saluri, and I will be joining the Annunciation community as the new Spanish teacher this fall. I am extremely excited to share my experiences, knowledge, and passion for teaching with my students and the rest of the Annunciation community!
This will be my first year teaching, and I am eager to get into the classroom. I recently completed my Clinical Practice at Nativity of Our Lord Catholic School in Saint Paul, and I am blessed to now be a part of another strong, faith-centered community. I attended the University of Saint Thomas, where I studied World Language Education and Spanish, and I also had the opportunity to study in Madrid, Spain. My time is Spain allowed me to immerse myself in Spanish culture, and helped me to develop a global worldview.
I am most looking forward to getting to know all of my students, their goals, their strengths, and what makes each of them unique. As a teacher, I hope to encourage all of my students to embrace their individuality, and use it to empower their learning.
I am looking forward to getting to know all of the members of the Annunciation community!
Ms. Carter Saluri
06/29/2018 Welcome, Mrs. Rogers!
Dear families of Annunciation School,
Hello! My name is Alisa Rose Rogers and I am excited to join your community as the Middle School Religion teacher! I come to you most recently from Saint Mark's School in St. Paul, where I was the music specialist for five years. During that time I also completed my Masters of Arts in Pastoral Ministry at the St. Paul Seminary School of Divinity.
Prior to teaching, I graduated from Robbinsdale Cooper High School as an IB certificate candidate, and then went on to receive my Bachelor of Music from St. Norbert College in De Pere, WI.
When I am not in the classroom, I enjoy eating and cooking delicious food, traveling with my husband, crafting, and reading. My husband, Christian, and I welcomed our first child, Leo Casimir, in February of this year, and are loving being parents to him and our four fur-babies!
I am excited to get to know all of you, and to help your students see themselves as the beloved children of a God who loves us so very much, and who calls us to love our neighbors.
Mrs. Alisa Rogers
Thanks to our friends at the Hennepin County Library - Washburn Branch!
Over the years they have teamed with us in supporting and encouraging participation in Annunciation's Battle of the Books. Check out the current display!
Check out our Battle of the Books web page. This page includes a timeline with important dates, teams, and book titles for each grade level.
Thanks, Washburn Library Staff!
Clearly God’s healing love was at work during the “Let God Set Free” Retreat that took place June 8th and 9th at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul.
Our participants were very moved by all the signs of support they received during the Friday evening prayer. Each participant received between 30 and 40 letters of prayer and support, and many of these letters came from you, our Annunciation parishioners. While they were engaged in prayer, there was a simultaneous prayer of the Rosary that was taking place here at Annunciation for the graces of their retreat. Those gathered in prayer sent to us on the retreat a picture of themselves that we were able to show and explain to our retreatants.
Thanks to you and to many others who contributed their prayer support in various forms, they were wonderfully overwhelmed with the support they received from so many people; people who don’t even know them but, nevertheless, who really care. Thank you!
06/22/2018 A Thank You that’s Ten Years Long!
As my ten years at Annunciation come to completion, I just want to say that I leave with a heart very full of gratitude for all that it has meant for me that we’ve shared in our Faith journey together over these years.
Thanks to all who came to the big parish celebration for all our volunteers and for Margaret Warnemunde, Donna Ohme and me on June 3rd. To see you and to receive your well-wishing was an overwhelming joy for me. I will savor your messages in your cards and notes for a long time to come.
06/16/2018 Religious Freedom Week: June 22-29, 2018
Religious Freedom Week: June 22-29, 2018
Catholics in the United States are encouraged to pray and act in support of religious liberty during the Serving Others in God's Love: Religious Freedom Week 2018, which begins on June 22nd, the Feast of Sts. Thomas More and John Fisher, and ends on June 29th, the Solemnity of Sts. Peter and Paul.
Archbishop Joseph E. Kurtz, the chairman of the USCCB's Committee for Religious Liberty says: "Religious freedom allows the space for people of faith to serve others in God's love in ministries like education, adoption and foster care, health care, and migration and refugee services. We encourage people of faith to reflect on the importance of religious freedom so that we might have the space to carry out our mission of service and mercy, and we invite everyone to pray for our brothers and sisters who face intense persecution in other parts of the world."
06/15/2018 We’re Hiring: School Receptionist
Annunciation School is a vibrant, Catholic school, serving students from preschool through 8th grade. As a Catholic International Baccalaureate (IB) World School, our vision is to “foster each child’s potential to create a better world through faith, virtue, knowledge, and service to others”.
Annunciation has a strong sense of community and seeks to create a welcoming environment that supports the growth and development of each person in our community. We are seeking a qualified, passionate person for the School Receptionist position. The School Receptionist is the first face of Annunciation School and represents our school to all students, staff, families and visitors. As such, the Receptionist must maintain a positive and helpful attitude, extending hospitality to visitors, parents and students. The School Receptionist must also facilitate communication among teachers, staff and parents; maintain the operation of office equipment and take student attendance each day.
06/11/2018 Respect Life Plant Sale - Thank you!
Respect Life Plant Sale: The Respect Life Ministry wants to thank everyone who bought plants at the plant sale. Thank you to everyone who worked at the sale and made it a big success. We raised $1,200 for our our two life care centers, Tandem and St. Stephen's, who support mothers and their babies. We are grateful for your support for "life."
Questions or comments about the plants or the sale? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360, Lorna Taketa at 612-823-0279, or Terri Bettin at firstname.lastname@example.org
Respect Life: For the times we are afraid to welcome life: May God strengthen us and renew our trust in him. We pray to the Lord.
This week we received notification of our official authorization as an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) World School. Annunciation Catholic School is proud to announce its place in this elite group of schools worldwide. Being an IB World School supports us in achieving our vision to “foster each child’s potential to create a better world through faith, virtue, knowledge, and service to others.”
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