News & Events

  • 04/14/2018 Save the Date for This Opportunity!


    Church News

    Here at Annunciation Parish we will have a wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents on Sunday, April 29th, as we welcome Judy Cozzens, the mother of Bishop Andrew Cozzens, to Annunciation. 

    Judy will share with us the amazing story of how she chose life, and how today we are all the beneficiaries of this choice she made. Her presentation is entitled, “Tips for Sharing Our Faith in Our Families”, will be from 11:00 to noon, In the Community Room, following our 9:30 Mass. Coffee and treats will be served.

    In order to make it easier for parents to come, childcare will also be provided. You are most welcome to join us! 

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  • 04/13/2018 We’re Hiring: Substitute Teachers


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    Job Description

    We are seeking temporary substitute teachers throughout the course of each school year. These substitute teaching positions are responsible for teaching Grades K-5 core curriculum and Grades 6, 7 & 8 specific core subjects (Math, Science, Social Studies, ELA, Religion, Spanish) – depending on for which grade a substitute is needed. 

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  • 04/13/2018 We’re Hiring: 5th Grade Teacher


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    Job Description

    We are seeking a qualified, enthusiastic and passionate teacher to join our school community. The 5th grade teacher will be part of a collaborative team, helping create a positive, engaging environment for learning. As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation is looking for teachers who use inquiry instruction and student-focused activities to engage students in meaningful learning activities that meet the needs of a diverse group of students. IB teachers are open-minded, life-long learners who bring a global perspective to the learning experience. Collaboration with the team of teachers and specialists is critical to our success. 

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  • 04/13/2018 English Language Arts/Learning Support Spclst


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    Job Description

    Annunciation School is a vibrant, Catholic school serving students from preschool through 8th grade. 

    We are seeking a qualified, passionate middle school ELA and Learning Supports teacher. As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation is looking for teachers who use inquiry instruction and student-focused activities to engage students in meaningful learning activities that meet the needs of a diverse group of students. We are seeking teachers who are open-minded, life-long learners and bring a global perspective to the learning experience. Collaboration with the team of teachers and specialists is critical to our success.

    The ELA/Learning Supports teacher will provide instruction to 6th graders in English Language Arts as part of the ELA teaching team. In addition, this position will work with the administrative team and learning specialist to help oversee and support students with learning needs. We are seeking a teacher with leadership skills, experience with IEP/504 plans, interventions and supports for students with diverse learning styles. Experience with ELL and ability to communicate in Spanish is preferred, but not required.
     

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  • 04/13/2018 IB Authorization Visit is Coming!


    International Baccalaureate, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Several years ago, our school completed the re-accreditation process through MNSAA. The accreditation happens every 7 years and provides an opportunity for schools to reflect on every aspect of our school and also create a strategic plan for the next 7 years – focusing on school improvement. After a year of reflection and planning, meeting with parents, parishioners, staff and students, Annunciation created our strategic plan.

    In 2014, we began the journey. The first objective of our new plan was to:

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  • 04/13/2018 We’re Hiring: Middle School Math Teacher


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    Annunciation School is a vibrant, Catholic school serving students from preschool through 8th grade. We are seeking a qualified, passionate middle school math teacher. The math teacher works with the middle school team and math teaching partner to provide strong academic and educational experience to our students.  

    As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation is looking for teachers who use inquiry instruction and student-focused activities to engage students in meaningful learning activities that meet the needs of a diverse group of students. We are seeking teachers who are open-minded, life-long learners and bring a global perspective to the learning experience. Collaboration with the team of teachers and specialists is critical to our success.

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  • 04/13/2018 WANTED: Annunciation School Council Members!


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    Attention parents, are you interested in joining the Annunciation School Council?  We are currently seeking new members to join for the 2018-2019 school year!

    Areas of specific need include:

    Technology
    Campus Environment and Facilities
    Marketing/Events/Creative/Graphics
    Finance

    If you are willing to serve and share your talents and expertise by helping to guide and implement key school initiatives, please email Alison Golla (agolla98@gmail.com) or Allison O’Brien (obrienfamily4432@yahoo.com) for more information.

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  • 04/07/2018 Thanks for the Soup!


    Church News

    During our Lenten Season, on Friday evenings before Stations of the Cross, we have been able to share the company of fellow parishioners while enjoying a variety of delicious homemade soups that were donated by those who served them.

    Thanks to Shawn Leighton, Joan Moffatt, Lorna Taketa, Tina Ham Peterson and Ric Peterson, Patrice Krocheski-Meyer, Tim and Annette Gagliardi, Stephanie Miller, Cathy Dolan and Bob Healy for donating, cooking, serving and cleaning up!

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  • 04/07/2018 Diapers for Haiti


    Church News

    The Respect Life Ministry supports two life care centers, Tandem and St. Stephen's, and there is always a need for diapers. The Respect Life Ministry has made a donation to Mission Haiti, Inc. for diapers, as they also need diapers. If you would like to support Mission Haiti and their need for diapers, write out a check to Mission Haiti, Inc., and on the memo line write: For diapers. Put it in an envelope and drop it off in the collection basket or in the business office. This will help the Missionaries of Charity as they care for babies. Thanks for supporting life.

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  • 04/06/2018 Caring for God’s Creation – A Wonderful Opportunity in Our Neighborhood


    Church News

    On Sunday, April 15, from 5-7 p.m., Mount Olivet Church will host a dinner and conversation with Paul Douglas.

    Many will recognize Paul as a meteorologist with more than 35 years of TV and radio experience in the Twin Cities area. Paul Douglas was one of the presenters at a symposium on Climate Change following the publication of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, that was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the University of St. Thomas, and the Catholic Rural Life Conference on September 14, 2015.

    Paul will discuss the 2016 book Caring for Creation which he co-authored with Mitch Hescox. Bridging science and faith, he will show how Christians can take the lead in caring for God's Creation through realistic solutions that reflect our beliefs. From personal to global issues, he will show us ways we can act to protect our families, enhance our communities, and wisely steward the resources God has given us. View the flyer.

    The registration deadline is this weekend, Sunday, April 8th and there is a charge of $10. Visit: www.mtolivet.org/care/creation-care to register.

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  • 03/31/2018 Relevant Radio 1330 AM


    Church News

    Relevant Radio 1330 AM is Talk Radio for Catholic Life in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

    The Rediscover Hour is on Friday evenings from 9:00 - 10:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, and Sunday 9:00 - 10:00 am.

    "Living the Gospel of Life" airs on Saturday morning from 11:30 am - Noon.

    Tune in to Relevant Radio 1330AM or listen online at www.relevantradio1330.com.

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  • 03/30/2018 Respect Life Ministry Plant Sale


    Church News

    It is time for the Annual Spring Flower/Plant Sale at Annunciation Church.  This year the sale is timed as a help for Mother’s Day.  So many of us buy plants and hanging flower baskets for our mothers and grandmothers. Order here and avoid standing in line at crowded garden centers on Mother’s Day weekend!   



     

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  • 03/29/2018 The School was Alive with Music


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    Music in Our Schools Month

    The month of March has been filled with music performances, listening to and describing different genres of music, and presentations from guest in our Annunciation Community! It has been a wonderful way to showcase talents throughout our school and bring awareness to music and the opportunities it can provide.

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  • 03/29/2018 Stages Theatre Company at Annunciation School


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    Calling all kids interested in being creative, confident, & even a little bit DRAMATIC— have we got the classes for YOU!

    Tuesdays, 2:45-4pm

    April 10-May 22, 7 classes total 

    Cost: $105/student

    Print the registration form

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  • 03/24/2018 The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil


    Church News

    The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood, 671 Vandalia St., in St. Paul will be on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

    Throughout the years, Christians have experienced a powerful and moving commemoration of our Savior's death by attending the solemn Good Friday Prayer Vigil sponsored by Pro-Life Action Ministries. Plan now to set aside some time on Good Friday to commemorate Christ's redeeming act and to pray for innocent children who are killed daily by abortion. Prayer will be lead by area pastors of many denominations. Buses will be running all day from the University of St. Thomas ramp.

    If you want to carpool to the prayer vigil, meet at the Annunciation parking lot at 9:30am to carpool.

    Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360. 

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  • 03/23/2018 Thank You for Stuffing the Bus!


    School Events

    Thank you to the Annunciation community for your wonderful response to the 5th grade Stuff the Bus service project.

    We collected 1,136 pounds of food and supplies for the Incarnation Food Shelf.

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  • 03/23/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - March


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for March!

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  • 03/23/2018 Facilitating Passionate Curiosity


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    On this past Wednesday at our weekly staff meeting, Nancy Van Erp led teachers through an engagement on techniques for formulating quality questions with our students. 

    Nancy Van Erp is a former K-12 teacher who taught and coached elementary, middle school and high school. She earned a Master of Arts in Learning Technology and has been teaching teachers for the past 12 years. Nancy earned her Ph.D. online and her dissertation focused on critical thinking in the online graduate environment. She is a big fan of student-centered, constructivist and collaborative learning environments for learners of all ages. Nancy actively tweets about education and advocacy at @IfNotUsThnWho.

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  • 03/23/2018 Same, Same, Different


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    What does it meant to be internationally-minded or to have intercultural understanding?

    Our school's exploration of countries from around the world doesn't end with Carnaval! Over the past few weeks students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades have been using literature to explore these questions. Students explored with texts like, Same, Same, Different and The Name Jar and then were given the opportunity to reflect on their values and the values of other communities. 

    The students are growing in their understanding of cultures from around the world while they realize that even if people look or live differently from them, they actually have a lot in common.

    Anne LaLonde Laux
     
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
    Math and Literacy Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator

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  • 03/23/2018 Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto


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    Thanks to everyone who joined us to explore STEM projects and tools on Tuesday! Students had a chance to explore STEM through our BeeBots and OzoBots as well as compete in a tower building challenge. A special thanks to all the teachers and middle school students who helped run the event!

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  • 03/23/2018 “Be the Nice Kid”


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    During the week of, March 19, Annunciation had the unique opportunity to host Mr. Bryan Skavnak who has started an organization/initiative called, “Be the Nice Kid.”  

    In addition to being a professional golf instructor, Bryan is an accomplished story-teller who uses stories and activities to help students look at situations from a broad perspective and make positive, kind decisions that fit hand-in-hand with our school essential agreements.  

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  • 03/21/2018 Yearbook Ordering Information


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    Announcing the...Annunciation Catholic School 2017-18 YEARBOOK

    Our yearbook is planned to include:

    • All color pages that vibrantly capture school memories
    • Sturdy soft cover with an original design that reflects our school’s spirit and uniqueness

    Add on any of the following yearbook extras:

    • Student's name printed in foil on the cover adds a personal touch
    • Durable, high-quality hard cover protects treasured memories for a lifetime

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  • 03/17/2018 Early Catholic Family Life (ECFL): Two Upcoming Sessions


    Church News

    On Sunday, March 25th our session will be from 11:45 to 12:30. In the adult part of our gathering, Fr. Park will speak to us about the graces of the Sacrament of Matrimony.

    On Sunday, April 15th, ECFL will follow the pancake breakfast, meeting from 11:15 to 1:00. The final program of the year will focus on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and will be a thanksgiving celebration for the year.

    Each ECFL session is a mixture of family fun activities, and a time for parents to have facilitated faith conversation with other parents while also enjoying a bit of a break for themselves. If you’re a family with any children under the age of 5, we’d love to have you join us. We welcome newcomers who want to check it out to see if they would like to take part in ECFL starting next fall.

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  • 03/17/2018 Shopper Needed for Loaves & Fishes


    Church News

    Amy and Jedd Hanson coordinate the Loaves and Fishes ministry for Annunciation church on the first Monday of each month. Annunciation has worked with this ministry of providing and nutritious dinner at St. Stephen’s in Minneapolis. Amy and Jedd have an immediate need to find someone to who can do the shopping for this meal.

    This volunteer shopper would to go to Sam's or Costco (membership card provided if needed) with a provided shopping list and have the food delivered to St. Stephen's school by 2-2:30.  Other Loaves and Fishes volunteers from Annunciation then cook and serve these monthly meal to about 200 people. Though this job doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting, there is a lot of food that needs to be purchased each month. 

    For more information about this needed service opportunity or to volunteer, Please call Amy at 612.827.1131. Shine your light!  

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  • 03/17/2018 40 Days for Life Campaign


    Church News

    Thank you for praying during the 40 Days for Life Campaign. As of Monday, March 5th, 196 babies (and mothers) have been saved from an abortion. Our local 40 Days for Life Campaign is at Planned Parenthood at 671 Vandalia St. in St. Paul. Pray and fast regularly during the 40 days for the closing of Planned Parenthood and for an end to abortion. The Respect Life Ministry prays every Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Richfield at 66th Street and Lyndale Ave. So.

    The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul will be on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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  • 03/16/2018 Scholastic Book Fair has Closed


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    It was a bit of a whirlwind for 4 days down in the library! The annual Scholastic Book Fair was another testament to Annunciation's love of reading. Thank you to everyone for supporting the book fair. It was fun to meet those of you who stopped by during the Cookies & Milk storytime or when picking up your kids from school. I hope everyone is enjoying their new books (& pencils, journals and erasers!) on our day off from school. Also, thank you to the volunteers who helped set-up or took a shift at the register - I couldn't have done it without you!

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  • 03/16/2018 Community at the Core


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    What an amazing week we have had as a community – the Stuff the Bus service project, All School prayer service, Scholastic Book Fair, parent-teacher conferences, and even 'PI day' for our mathematicians.  Our middle school students were great faith leaders as they created our prayer service for PEACE. As always, it was wonderful to see so many parents for conferences. We love being able to share the many moments of learning and growth with you.

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  • 03/12/2018 VBS Registration Open!


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    Annunciation Vacation Bible School, June 18 – 22 from 9 am to 12 noon

    Because space is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis....

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  • 03/10/2018 Entering Into the Graces of Holy Week


    Church News

    In addition to your full participation in the Palm Sunday and Triduum liturgies, here are some additional resources to help deepen our love for Jesus and our gratitude for the life He has given to us in his Passion, Death and Resurrection.

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  • 03/09/2018 Prayer Service


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    In recognition of the national movement to keep all students safe in school, while being respectful to the nature of our preschool through 8th grade school community, we are planning a prayer service on Wednesday, March 14th in the school auditorium. Our middle school students will be helping plan and lead the prayer service to bring the student voice to this message.

    Parents are welcome to join us as we come together as a community to pray for those impacted by school violence and for all students to be safe and secure in their schools.

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  • 03/09/2018 2018 Middle School Youth Ultimate League


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    What is Ultimate Frisbee?

    Ultimate Frisbee (Ultimate) is a non-contact team sport, in which a seven-person team attempts to move a frisbee/flying disc into their opponents' end-zone, similar to football. However, when in possession of the disc, a player can pivot and pass, but may not take any steps. Ultimate is played in more than 42 countries by hundreds of thousands of men, women, girls and boys.

    Spirit of the Game!

    One aspect of Ultimate that sets it apart from other sports is its emphasis on “Spirit of the Game.” Spirit of the Game is a spirit of sportsmanship and respect that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Since Ultimate is self-officiated, players are responsible for calling fouls and resolving disagreements on the field in a respectful and spirited manner.

    Why Play Ultimate?

    Ultimate is a fun team sport, and a great way to get outdoor exercise. It improves hand-eye coordination and athleticism, and above all, it encourages honesty, fair play and conflict resolution through the Spirit of the Game! 

    Who Can Join The Club/Team?

    The Annunciation’s Ultimate Club is open to all girls and boys in 6th, 7th a

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  • 03/09/2018 Win a Garden Plant Stand


    Church News

    You could be the winner of this Garden Plant Stand, just place your Plant Sale order by Tuesday, April 3, to be entered into the drawing.

    Information/order forms at church and school offices or download the form.  

    Respect Life Plant Sale is an annual fundraiser to benefit Tapestry Center & Sagrada Familia Life Care Center.

    Direct questions to Helen Trepanier 612/822-8360, Lorna Taketa 612/823-0279 or Terri Bettin cookiebiscuit83@msn.com

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  • 03/03/2018 Respect Life: Conscience Protection


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    Respect Life: Through their work, may lawmakers protect the conscience rights of those who stand up for life. We pray to the Lord.

    USCCB: "O God our Creator...give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith." USCCB, "Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty"

    Conscience Protection: Health care providers, churches, and others are being forced to participate in abortion or provide coverage for it in their health care plans, in violation of federal conscience laws. Within a couple of weeks, Congress will likely decide whether to improve enforcement of these laws by enacting the Conscience Protection Act.  Voice your support TODAY at humanlifeaction.org!

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  • 03/02/2018 Celebrating Mother Languages


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    On February 21st, Annunciation  recognized International Mother Tongue/Home Language Day by honoring the home languages of our students.

    Definition of mother tongue. 1 : one's native language. 2 :the language that a person has grown up speaking from early childhood.

    International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.  

    At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.

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  • 03/01/2018 Our Lenten Journey: Stations of the Cross


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    8th grade students led our Stations of the Cross as part of our Lenten journey. In Lent, we pray the Stations of the Cross as a way to remember the passion and death of Christ. The Stations of the Cross remind us how much God loves us. 

    As a school, we gather to remember Jesus’ journey with our students sharing their prayers and reflections.

    “God proves his love for us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

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  • 02/27/2018 Improv Class Update


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    Dates of Improv rehearsals in March:

    Thursday, March 1 (until 3:45)
    Monday, March 12
    Monday, March 19
    Thursday,  March 22
    Friday, March 23
    Monday, March 26
    Thursday, March 29

    After break we will have a different schedule that hasn't been determined yet. We will send an email out and also post when there will be rehearsals and who should attend.


    Thank you,

    Sandy Nesvig and Mary Strickland

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  • 02/24/2018 Respect Life


    Church News

    Respect Life: For our culture: May we listen to God and follow his call to cherish every person's life. We pray to the Lord. 

    USCCB: "Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to each person's heart; we simply need to follow where he leads." USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, "How to Build a Culture of Life."

    40 Days for Life is at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul. What is 40 Days for Life? Prayer and fasting: People of faith praying and fasting regularly during the 40 days for the closing of Planned Parenthood and for an end to abortion. Peaceful vigil: A peaceful vigil and witness outside the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Paul from February 14 to March 25, For more information, contact Brian Walker at brianwalker@plam.org, or call 651-797-6363. 

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  • 02/23/2018 Bringing Joy


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    One of the most rewarding parts of being the principal at Annunciation is watching how joy is spread throughout our community. This year, Lorissa Letwin joined our team and it has been truly a pleasure to watch her bring joy to our students, the Creative Arts curriculum and our school. We are really excited about the new programs she is starting. 

    In the newsletter today Ms. Letwin shares two new elements to Creative Arts: Music in Our Schools Month and Orchestral Instruments (2nd grade). Last week, I had the opportunity to witness the brand new open mic during middle school lunch first hand. Teachers and students took a chance to share talents on stage in front of their peers. It was truly entertaining!

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation School Principal

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  • 02/23/2018 Music In Our Schools Month


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    Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) occurs in March, and it is a time to celebrate music education! Throughout the world, schools are celebrating the importance of music education and how music plays a role in academic learning. The purpose of celebrating this important month is to bring attention to the fact that children should have access to music in our schools. MIOSM provides music teachers and students an opportunity to display the benefits of music education through activities.

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  • 02/23/2018 Orchestral Learning with a Special Guest in Grade 2


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    The second grade students have been learning about the instruments that make up the orchestra. They have learned about each instrument family, characteristics of each instrument, and recognizing themes and variations. We have just finished learning about the string family and to wrap up this section of the orchestra, Mr. Cron came and visited our second graders!

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  • 02/23/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - February


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    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for February!

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  • 02/23/2018 Weekly Collaboration & Reflection


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    Strategic Plan Goal:  Maximize student learning through continuous implementation of innovative and evolving curriculum, instruction, assessment and grading.

    You may have noticed that our teachers have been actively realigning Annunciation's curriculum and instruction.  What you may not have noticed is our process for making this happen. Every Wednesday, I have the honor of collaborating with different teams of grade-level and single-subject teachers.  We use this time to create, plan, and reflect on teaching and learning at Annunciation. The process includes identifying and prioritizing the skills, understandings, and knowledge we believe students need to know (using the MN State Standards and IB themes) and creating engagements and opportunities for learning these things.  After each unit of inquiry (every 6 weeks), we reflect on student growth and learning.  In addition, we share evidence of action and inquiry that happened as a result of our learning. 

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  • 02/22/2018 Be The Match: Marrow Donor Registry Drive


    Church News

    Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Thousands of patients with a blood cancer like leukemia or other disease like sickle cell anemia need a marrow transplant to survive. Most don't have a matching donor in their family. They turn to Be The Match a non-profit community of donors based here in Minneapolis.

    Join us for Mass on Sunday, March 4th at 9:30am and then join us in the community room to take action for a Marrow Donor Registry Drive 10:30AM-NOON. 

    Ages 18-44. Please invite family, friends, neighbors, coworkers in this age range. Adding more members with diverse ethnic backgrounds to the registry increases the variety of tissue types available, helping more patients find the match they need.

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  • 02/17/2018 Our RCIA Candidates Prepare for Full Communion in the Catholic Church


    Church News

    This year we have three people in RCIA/the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Katie M., Stuart Ashworth, and Jennifer Kaufenberg.

    On Sunday afternoon, February 18th, the candidates and their sponsors will participate in the “Rite of Election (for Catechumens, those not yet baptized) and the Call to Continuing Conversion (focused on those already baptized)”, at the Basilica. They will be introduced to our Annunciation Community and receive a blessing in our parish “Rite of Sending”, during this weekend’s 9:30 Mass. 

    Please pray for these three people as they enter this Season of Lent, a time of going deeper into the preparation for the celebration of the Easter Vigil as full members of the Catholic Church.

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  • 02/16/2018 Always Learning


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Annunciation teachers and staff had a full day of learning today. While students were out of school, staff spent our workshop day learning new things to help us be better teachers for our students. We continue to learn and grow just as our children do.

    We began our day with a presentation from PACER on Bullying Prevention. The presentation provided definitions of bullying, statistics, resources for school and home. The goal of the presentation was to help us better identify bullying and to be equipped with tools and resources to address issues when we see them. More importantly, we ended the session with planning time to create next steps and ways to make our school safe and welcoming for all.

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  • 02/16/2018 Winter Conferences Sign-Up


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    Dear Parents,

    We will hold parent-teacher conferences on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH (4-8 PM) and THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH (2 PM – 8 PM).   There is early dismissal on Thursday, March 15 at 1pm and no school on Friday, March 16 because of conferences.

    NOTE: Because we believe the conference time is important, we are offering two evening sessions for conferences to help accommodate parents’ schedules. Please make every effort to attend a conference with your child’s teacher during these two days. We value this time to check in and continue to develop our partnership to help each child succeed. Your participation is appreciated.

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  • 02/16/2018 Becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Constructivism is an educational theory that students learn when they construct or make meaning. In a constructivist based classroom, the teacher and students pose problems and/or questions and students investigate and explore different ideas to find answers. Students build on previous knowledge, ideas, and experiences to grow their understanding.

    In traditional classrooms, teachers present material one subject at a time and then test students on that material (think: sage on the stage). In an IB Primary Years Program (PYP) classroom, students are at the center stage as teachers coach them to discover (think: guide on the side). For some schools, the race to prepare for high-stakes assessments/testing, has resulted in a loss of instructional practices that foster meaningful learning. At Annunciation, we have intentionally sought to minimize standardized testing to find a balance that allows us to get an adequate amount of information (to identify each student’s needs and monitor their growth), with gradually increasing our use of inquiry and transdisciplinary learning in classrooms.  

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  • 02/10/2018 Peace and Justice Focus for Lent


    Church News

    The Peace and Justice Committee of Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace invites you to mark your calendars for our Lenten Series, Sundays March 4, 11 and 18, from 11:00am to noon.

    Our hope is to shine the light of our Catholic Social Teaching on a troubling concern in our country today – structural racism.

    With use of the DVD resource Mirrors of Privilege put out by the World Trust organization (an organization committed to social impact through film and dialogue), we will explore how it is that race can unknowingly play a part in the unevenness of opportunity for quality of life in today’s society. We will also seek to understand the kinds of change that are needed so that all people may realize the God-given dignity they are meant to enjoy and that our Gospel based Catholic Social Teaching supports. 

    We will meet in the lower level of the Church. 

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  • 02/10/2018 Resources for Your Lenten Journey


    Church News

    During Lent God offers us a special opportunity to get close to Jesus in love, friendship and commitment to him and a Holy Spirit led way of life.
     

    These resources can be of assistance to you as you live Lent.

    1. Please help yourself to a copy of Bishop Barron’s Lenten Gospel Reflections. These are available to you in church, in the narthex as well as the south foyer.
    2. Listen to a 5 minute daily Lenten audio reflection by Fr. Mark Toups by googling “the Journey to Jerusalem Reflections”.
    3. On the Creighton University Online Ministries home page click on Praying Lent 2018. Here you will find an abundant variety of resources that can support you on your Lenten Journey.
    4.Go to Loyola Press - Lent for a rich array of Lent resources, including activities for children and ideas for the observance of Lent in the home.
    5.Google “3 minute Retreat” and have a daily reflection appear in your inbox or download the app. A short 3 minutes can bring you 24 hours of peace.
    6.Google "BustedHalo Lent" and see all the creative resources that come up!

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  • 02/10/2018 Friday Night at the Friary


    Church News

    Men of God, are you interested in discovering the vocation that Jesus is calling you to? Perhaps you're already actively discerning a vocation in the Church? 

    We invite men, ages 18-35, to "Friday Night at the Friary" hosted, by the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, for a time of prayer, fellowship, and seeking God's call in your life, whatever that may be. 

    After opening with prayer, a short reading or reflection is shared with an emphasis on vocation discernment, prayer, or discipleship. Next, how about some socializing, outdoor/indoor recreation, and good eats? We've saved the best part for last by spending time adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, "Speak Lord, Your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:10. The evening then concludes with chanted Night Prayer (Compline).

    Join us every third Friday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Queen of Peace Friary, 1289 Lafond Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104.

    For more information call: 651-646-8586 or email: vocation@brothersofpeace.org

    We'll see you Friday Night at the Friary!

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  • 02/10/2018 Prenatal Partners for Life


    Church News

    Prenatal Partners for Life offers support, information, and encouragement by connecting parents facing an adverse diagnosis with other parents whose child has had the same or similar diagnosis. Prenatal Partners for Life is made up of compassionate parents with special needs children as well as medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy. For more information call 763-772-3868 or go to their website, www.prenatalpartnersforlife.com

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  • 02/10/2018 Catholic Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Senate Failure to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection


    Church News

    On January 29th, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) on a vote of 51 to 46. The bill was stopped on a procedural measure requiring 60 votes for the legislation to move to a final vote. Both of Minnesota’s senators voted against this bill.  


    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities. He has called the Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “appalling”. He urges Catholics from across the country to convey to their senators either their gratitude or their disappointment, depending on how their senators voted.

     

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  • 02/09/2018 We Are Called to Action


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As I reflect over the last month of school, I am struck by the many ways that people have put their faith into action. We have parents, students, and staff who came together to prepare and celebrate the great gift of Catholic education during Catholic Schools Week. The Annunciation community stepped up in a special way to pray and support the Nixon family and mourn the sudden loss of Mrs. Nixon. Others in the community, including staff, traveled to Haiti as part of the mission of Annunciation.

    In addition to these larger community actions, many students have been coming forward to share ideas and ways to make Annunciation a stronger and more vibrant place to learn and grow. I love it when students have ideas and meet with me to share their thoughts and dreams for our school. Many come with letters, proposals, plans or just an excited thought to share.

    The Catholic faith calls us to take action and make a difference in the world, close or far away. As an IB candidate school, we are called to action as part of the inquiry process – "now that we know this, what can we do about it?"

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  • 02/09/2018 What to Expect at Carnaval


    School Events, Weekender

    Annunciation has a long-standing tradition of celebrating Carnaval. Every year, we select different countries around the globe to inquirer into their geography, histories, traditional dress and traditions. As our students travel from Kindergarten through eighth-grade, grade levels focus on countries from different continents or regions of the world.

    As we grow and develop into an International Baccalaureate World School, we believe that Carnaval fits well with the mission of IB “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

    What to expect:

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  • 02/09/2018 Flu Season


    School Events, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    Flu season is upon us and we have had multiple reports of confirmed flu illness throughout our school.  Please see the attached flu fact sheet, plus a guide about when your child is well enough to go to school for flu and other general illnesses.  Our Minneapolis School Nurse said it is not too late to get a flu shot – it takes about 2 weeks to become effective. 

    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 x504 or email jrenstrom@annunciationmsp.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!

    Thank you.

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  • 02/03/2018 February 8th: International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking


    Church News

    The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.

    On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors. 

    Prayer to St. Josephine Bakhita

    St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child and endured untold hardship and suffering.

    Once liberated from your physical enslavement, you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and his Church.

    O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery; Intercede with God on their behalf so that they will be released from their chains of captivity.

    Those whom man enslaves, let God set free. Provide comfort to survivors of slavery and let them look to you as an example of hope and faith. Help all survivors find healing from their wounds. We ask for your prayers and intercessions for those enslaved among us.

    Amen.

    View the Prayer Card

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  • 02/03/2018 Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale: Thank You!


    Church News

    The Respect Life Ministry wants to thank everyone who helped make the 37th Annual Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale very successful!

    We raised over $3,600 for a number of "life" organizations.

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  • 02/02/2018 Annunciation Geo Bee News


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Sixth-Grader, William R, is our 2017-18 Annunciation Geo Bee Champion.  After just 4 rounds, William and 7th grader, Evan S battled it out in a three question Championship Round.

    This week, William will take a qualifying exam to determine whether he advances to the Minnesota GeoBee.

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  • 02/02/2018 Units of Inquiry – January / February 2018


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As we swing into the second half of the school year, our elementary classes are entering their fourth units of inquiry. 

    As with all units, we invite parents or community members with a passion or expertise in any of these areas to share their knowledge and/or experience with our students.   We are always on the look-out for hands-on experiences, field trips, or guest speakers that are connected to our inquiries.  Please let us know if you have any ideas or if you, or someone you know, might be willing to help us grow as learners and inquirers.

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  • 02/02/2018 Level 8 American Mathematical Competition (AMC)


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to the nearly 30 middle school students who participated in the Level 8 American Mathematical Competition (AMC).

    The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and casual environment.

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  • 02/02/2018 Science Fair 2018


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to Science Fair Participants!

    On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7th & 8th graders participated in our annual Annunciation School Science Fair.  Each student was judged by 2 judges from our community. Sixteen students were recommended to move on to the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. Thanks to all of the participants and their families for working so hard throughout the science fair process.

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  • 02/02/2018 Middle School Honor Roll


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Annunciation Middle School students who made the Honor Roll for 1st semester 2017-18!

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  • 02/01/2018 Seeking STEM Materials


    Weekender

    Below is a list of household materials that we will be using to create our STEM projects. If you are willing to donate any of the items listed, you can send them to the classroom with your child at any time throughout the year. Thank you in advance for helping our classes collect these items for STEM projects:

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  • 02/01/2018 After School Enrichment (provided by YEL)


    Weekender

    Click on Learn More for information on this winter's round of Youth Enrichment League after school enrichment classes.

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  • 01/27/2018 Date Changes for February and March Early Catholic Family Life/ECFL


    Church News

    In February and March, ECFL will be on Sunday, February 25th and Sunday, March 25th rather than the dates of February 18th and March 18th as originally scheduled.

    Since these dates are not pancake Sunday dates, we will move the meeting times to 10:45 to 12:30.

    On February 25th, Fr. Park will lead us in a tour of the Church and on March 25th Fr. Park will speak to us about the graces of the Sacrament of Matrimony in the Adult session.

    Each ECFL session is a mixture of family fun activities and a time for parents to have facilitated faith conversation with other parents while also enjoying a bit of a break for themselves. If you’re a family with any children under the age of 5, we’d love to have you join us and new comers are welcome!

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  • 01/27/2018 Human Trafficking: Is it Really That Close to Us?


    Church News

    “Be mindful of prisoners as if sharing their imprisonment, and of the ill-treated as of yourselves, for you also are in the body.” Hebrews 3:13

    St Paul urges us to remember those in prison as if we were actually there in prison with them, and to be mindful of those being mistreated as if this were happening to us. Our young people are experiencing an increasing awareness of, along with a desire to act on the behalf of other young people who are held captive in situations of human and sex trafficking. High School students from several local Catholic High schools plan to demonstrate their desire to put an end to this plight that others their age experience.

    On Thursday, February 1st, at 3:15pm, beginning at De La LaSalle, they hold a public march in the local area. To understand the means used to draw young people into being trafficked, Google the key words: “Chosen Trailer Trafficking”. As more and more people become aware of this problem, we will come closer to ending this form of exploitation.

    Please join us as we continue to gather needed resources with other parishes and Religious communities to support the efforts of Breaking Free, an organization that assists sex trafficking survivors in our Metro area.

    Grocery gift cards and gas cards, check and cash donations to be used to help finance outreach efforts, can be placed in the Mass collection or brought to our business office. Be sure to write “Breaking Free” on your envelope. Checks can be made payable to Annunciation with “Breaking Free” noted on the memo like.

    Thank you for your generosity!

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  • 01/27/2018 Zip Codes: Destination or Destiny? Exploring Race and Where We Live


    Church News

    Fifty years after the landmark Fair Housing Act, how fair and equitable is housing in the Twin Cities?

    Join the Catholic Charities Advocacy Team and the University of St. Thomas Center for the Common Good as we explore perspectives related to racial discrimination and its impact on housing stability.

    A panel of community experts will lead an interactive discussion on where we are, how we got here and how far we still have to go.

    5:30-8:30 p.m.
    Monday, February 12th, 2018

    University of St. Thomas-Woulfe Alumni Hall
    2115 Summit Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105


    This event is free, but space is limited.

    Please RSVP at www.cctwincities.org/sowers-justice-assembly
    events@cctwincities.org or 612-240-8333

    Want to carpool? Contact Sr. Sue

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  • 01/27/2018 2018 WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference


    Church News

    Saturday, February 10
    9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m. (Doors open at 8:30 a.m. for coffee, shopping, & camaraderie)
    Mary, Mother of the Church, Burnsville

    WINE: Women In the New Evangelization invites women of all ages and stages to the WINE: Catholic Women’s Conference. The theme, Hope: An Anchor for the Soul, is inspired by Saint Philomena’s example and Pope Francis’ invitation to fight against enemies of hope (like discouragement and negativity) in order to shine as beacons of hope to those we encounter. The day includes inspirational talks, music, lunch, prayer, shopping, confession, chocolate, and more. This conference is the perfect way to prepare for Lent, which begins the week after the conference. Registration is $55 before Jan. 10 and $65 afterward. For more information and to register, visit CatholicVineyard.com.

    View and print the flyer.

    View and print the registration form.
     
    (WINE: Women In the New Evangelization is a separate organization that the Archdiocese collaborates with for certain programming within the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis.) 

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  • 01/26/2018 Catholic Schools Week Service Project


    School Events, Weekender

    As part of Catholic Schools Week this year, we will be including a service component!  All classrooms will be collecting essential hygiene & activity items for University of MN Medical Center, HCMC and Sharing & Caring Hands.  Each grade has been assigned an item to bring – please see the list below.  Please have items delivered to your student’s classroom by Monday, January 29.  Students will be working in their buddy groups to assemble packages during Catholic Schools Week.

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  • 01/26/2018 Annunciation Geo Bee Finalists 2018


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    We are proud to announce our Annunciation Geo Bee Finalists:
     
    4th grade –  Dylan F and Lena P
    5th grade –  William D and Maggie M
    6th grade -   William R and Felix S
    7th grade -   Evan S and Jude G
    8th grade -   Declan B and Zach B

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  • 01/26/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - January


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for January!

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  • 01/19/2018 Preschool Registration Open


    School Events, Weekender

    Annunciation's Discovery Center Preschool Registration is Open!  If you are interested in enrolling your preschooler for the 2018-2019 school year please go to http://ladcfamilies.org and click on the registration tab.  You can also sign up for a tour on the website if you are interested in seeing the classrooms and meeting the teachers.  Please register soon to get your desired schedule as our classrooms fill up quickly!  If you have any questions, please contact Site Director, Shannon Buncher, at smarie3383@gmail.com.

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  • 01/13/2018 Save the Date: Lenten Morning of Reflection with Fr. Kevin Finnegan


    Church News

    Saturday, March 3, 8:30 to 12:30, at Annunciation

    This event will include a light breakfast, a Lenten Reflection, Mass, opportunity for Reconciliation, and lunch. Registration information and further details to follow.

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  • 01/13/2018 January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month


    Church News

    A common understanding (or misunderstanding?) we may have of slavery is that it came to an end at the close of the Civil War back in the 1800’s. Unfortunately in our day, slavery is a real business that thrives here in the US and around the world. In fact, human trafficking is the world’s second largest criminal industry, with the illicit drugs industry as the largest.

    Breaking Free is a local organization that provides a full range of support services needed by women who have managed to escape sex trafficking here in the Twin Cities area. In preparation for the anticipated increase in sex trafficking that unfortunately seems to accompany major events such as the Super Bowl, the goal of Breaking Free is to provide immediate and safe shelter along with food and clothing to those they anticipate will be rescued during this time.

    Your donations of grocery gift cards and gas cards, along with monetary donations, are needed to help finance these outreach efforts. Donations can be placed in the Mass collection or brought to our business office. Be sure to write “Breaking Free” on your envelope. Checks can be made payable to Annunciation with “Breaking Free” noted on the memo like.

    Thank you for your generosity!

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  • 01/12/2018 Music Lesson Update


    School Events, Weekender

    Thank you for your patience and understanding with the Annunciation Staff during this interim time as we figure out the details of ensuring all students are able to receive lessons and families are given resources to pursue lessons if we are unable to provide for them.

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  • 01/10/2018 Vatican International Exhibit: Eucharistic Miracles of the World


    Church News

    Stop by the exhibits and learn how Jesus has miraculously manifested himself through the centuries, and see how these events witness to the truth that Jesus is present body, blood, soul, and divinity in the Holy Eucharist.

    • 126 photographic historically documented
    • Eucharistic miracles from various countries since the Last Supper
    • All faiths welcome
    • Free admission

    Thursday, January 11th • 8am to 8pm
    Friday, January 12th • 8am to 8pm
    Saturday, January 13th • 9am to 5pm
    Sunday, January 14th • 12pm to 5pm

    Download the event flyer.

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  • 01/06/2018 Rediscover Hour on Relevant Radio


    Church News

    Relevant Radio, 1330 AM, is Talk Radio for Catholic Life in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. 

    The Rediscover Hour is on Friday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. 

    Living the Gospel of Life airs on Saturday mornings from 11:30 am to 12:00 noon. Tune in to Relevant Radio

    1330 AM or listen online at www.relevantradio1330.com. You can also check out the Relevant Radio app.

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  • 12/30/2017 When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong.


    Church News

    When a stranger sojourns with you in your land, you shall not do him wrong. The stranger who sojourns with you shall be to you as the native among you, and you shall love him as yourself; for you were strangers in the land of Egypt.     – Leviticus 19:33-34

    The Catholic Bishops of our state have designated Sunday, January 7th, the Feast of the Epiphany as Immigration Sunday MN. Let us recognize our brothers and sisters that have fled to our country, carrying with them the traumas of poverty, war, and more.  Let us also recognize how those very things can make them more vulnerable to human traffickers.  As we celebrate all lives being precious to God, we can make a difference in the lives of others this season. Please join us as we continue to gather needed resources with other parishes and Religious communities to support the efforts of Breaking Free, an organization that assists sex trafficking survivors in our Metro area. 

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  • 12/29/2017 Share the Journey: Send an Online Message to your Legislators Regarding DACA


    Church News

    On January 7th, the Feast of the Nativity, Annunciation Parish will join with Catholic churches throughout Minnesota in a postcard campaign in support of the “Dreamers”, persons brought by their parents as small children to the United States. This is the only country they have ever known, yet they live under the threat of deportation. 

    Through their postcard campaign, our US and Minnesota Bishops are calling on us to support their protection from deportation. Annunciation will have a postcard campaign of contacting our senators and representatives, on the weekend of January 6-7, with prepared postcards and contact information available in every pew. You can also send an electronic postcard to the MN legislators.

    Learn more about what the Church teaches about Immigration issues.

    View the Campaign Prayer.

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  • 12/23/2017 AYM SH School Year Programing


    AYM (Youth Group)

    SH LARGE GROUP
    When: 1st Sunday of the month, November ‘17 - March ‘18, 7pm-8:30pm
    Who: Senior High Youth (Grade 9 - 12)
    Where: Youth Room
    11/5, 12/3, 2/4*, 3/4  *Super Bowl Party 


    SH IGNITE
    When: 1st Monday of the month, October ‘17 - March ‘18, 7:30pm-10:00pm
    What: Package meals at Feed My Starving Children
    Who: Senior High Youth (Grades 9-12)
    Where: Meet in the Youth Room

    Permission Slip: Register online.

    10/2, 11/6, 12/4, 2/5, 3/5 

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  • 12/23/2017 “God is God with us, God who loves us, God who walks with us.” – Pope Francis, January 5, 2014


    Church News

    In speaking of the mystery of the Incarnation, Pope Francis goes on to say, “Jesus’ birth, then, shows us that God wanted to unite himself to every man and woman, to each one of us, to communicate his life and his joy.”

    During the Advent and Christmas seasons, we are invited in a special way, to focus our appreciation on the wonderful mystery of the Incarnation. We are also invited to find Jesus Incarnate especially among the poor and all whose human dignity has been compromised in any way. As their needs become clear to us, we are called to respond in whatever way we can. 

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  • 12/22/2017 Middle School Award Winners - December


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for December

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  • 12/22/2017 Middle School Student Ambassadors


    School Events, Weekender

    Introducing the Annunciation Catholic School Student Ambassadors

    We are proud to share with you the ambassadors for the 2017-18 school year. The Annunciation Ambassador program seeks to celebrate students who are a positive force in their school and community lives.  These students live the Annunciation School Mission and Philosophy to its fullest and represent the best Annunciation has to offer.  We honor our social, academic, and spiritual development.  The Annunciation Middle School Ambassadors commit to making a strong positive impact on these and other facets of our community life.

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  • 12/22/2017 What the World Needs Now


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Christmas 2017

    Our Christmas program touched the hearts of those who joined us for the performances this past week. Under the new direction of Miss Lorissa Letwin, the students shared their talents and brought forth the Christmas spirit as we heard the story of the birth of Jesus. With over 25 years of beloved Christmas performances, we realize what a gift this is to our school – students, staff, families and community! It was wonderful to see this tradition continue, with new additions, to help us welcome Jesus at Christmas time. This truly is a celebration of God’s gifts to us and of the Christmas season to come.

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  • 12/22/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners - December


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for December!

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  • 12/21/2017 Seeing All as God’s Children - Immigration Sunday MN, The Feast of Our Lord’s Epiphany


    Church News

    An Interfaith Service: Embracing Immigrants and Refugees. Please join us!

    Where: Basilica of St. Mary

    When: Sunday, January 7th, interfaith service from 1:00 to 2:00pm with refreshments following

    What: Through testimony, prayer and music, we will recognize our common bond and dignity as beloved children of God.

    View the event flyer

    No need to scramble for parking at the Basilica - let’s take the bus!
    Our bus will leave the Annunciation parking lot at 12:15 and return by 3:00pm. Our drop off and pick up will be near the Basilica elevator.
    No charge but a free will offering for transportation will be most appreciated.

    To reserve a place on the bus call or email Sr. Sue: storgersen@annunciationmsp.org, 612-824-9993x251.

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  • 12/16/2017 “Let Us Not Look the Other Way!” – Pope Francis, “The Joy of the Gospel”


    Church News

    In this Season of the Incarnation, we focus our thoughts on those who are dear to us with greetings and gift giving. Let us also seek the face of Jesus among those who are most poor and vulnerable. 

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  • 12/16/2017 The People You Have Helped This Past Year


    Church News

    There are many people who would like to say thanks to you if only they had the opportunity to do so. One of the things that happens frequently at Annunciation is that people who have fallen on hard times come to the parish door seeking various kinds of help. Because of your generosity in donating to our special collections at both Christmas and Easter each year, we have the funds to provide some much needed help in the form of food and gas gift cards as well as bus tokens.

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  • 12/15/2017 AYM-JH School Year Programming


    AYM (Youth Group)

    JH Awareness in Action 
    When: First Wednesday of the month, October ‘17 - May ‘18, 2:45pm-5:30pm
    Who: Junior High Youth (Grade 7 & 8)
    Where: Meet in the Youth Room
    Snack Provided
    *Prime time: 5:00pm-8:40pm time slot

    Registration: Sign up online

    10/4 - FMSC
    11/1 - Bridging
    12/6 - Mount Olivet Nursing Home
    2/7 - Safe Hands Animal Rescue
    3/7 - Ascension Place* (Prime Time)
    5/2 - HCMC Food Shelf
    No AIA in January or April.

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  • 12/15/2017 Christmas Program 2017


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    This year’s Christmas program, “What the World Needs Now” is here!

    We are so blessed at Annunciation School to have a renowned and treasured Creative Arts program that develops confidence and skills, along with a pride for each student. Alumni and friends remember participating in the Christmas program with share stories years later. It is truly a special event.

    Performances will begin on Wednesday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Because this is such a popular event, we have many guests attending. As a reminder, with the large crowds for each performance, we ask you to note the following:

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  • 12/15/2017 The Mirandola Ensemble Concert


    Church News

    We invite you to The Mirandola Ensemble concert on Monday, December 18th at Annunciation Church at 7:30pm. 

    The concert, an exciting collaboration with the Chesterton Academy Chamber Choir, will feature the motets and carols of Renaissance greats Orlando di Lasso, Hans Leo Hassler, and Johannes Eccard; as well as early American shape note and Shaker songs; and music of 20th century composers Phillip Lawson, Alice Parker, and Mitchell Southall. Download the flyer.

    $15 tickets are available at the door and all students are free

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  • 12/15/2017 Teachers are Always Learning


    School Events, Weekender

    Today several of our elementary teachers took on the role of student.  Their inquiries centered around when students interact with books before they can read conventionally.  

    Our teachers learned how to create classroom conditions and provide literacy opportunities that are inviting, child-centered, and considerate of all young children, no matter who they are as readers or what they can do with books.

    The also explored how young children's interactions with any book count as real reading, whether or not they can read the words. When we view children as readers and nurture what they're doing before they can read conventionally, we're helping them develop healthy reading habits and identities as well as a disposition toward meaning making and joyful engagement with all books.

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  • 12/15/2017 Troop 103 Christmas Gift


    School Events, Weekender

    As the advisor for the Annunciation Student Council, I want to thank Troop 103 for the generous donation of a Christmas tree. The tree sits in the south foyer. This week all the students gathered together with their buddies to make ornaments for the school tree.

    The Student Council members came up with this idea. All the teachers love it and all the kids are excited to decorate with DIY ornaments.

    Thank you for making this fun, community- building activity possible.

    Emily Guilliatt
    Middle School Language Arts Teacher

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  • 12/14/2017 Annunciation Awakening Retreat


    Church News

    Annunciation Church welcomes you to join us for our biannual retreat called “Annunciation Awakening Retreat” on March 16-18, 2018.  At the retreat you will learn more about God the Father’s tremendous love for you and help you establish and deepen your personal relationship with Christ. 

    Come away with us to be with Jesus and experience God’s abiding love for you.

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  • 12/13/2017 2nd and 3rd grade Basketball Registration


    School Events, Weekender

    The basketball season starts the first week after Christmas break for 2nd & 3rd graders. Games will be on Saturday mornings and afternoons.  If your child is interested in playing, please fill out the registration form and return payment to school.

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  • 12/11/2017 Early Catholic Family Life


    Church News

    Early Catholic Family Life/ECFL is an opportunity for families who have small children 5 years old and younger, to get to know each other and explore ways to have their Catholic Faith come alive in the midst of their busy family lives. The two hours for our families to come together begin with individual family time and activities for families to do together. During the 2nd hour the children have their own experience of supervised play and interaction while the parents gather for prayer, conversation and sharing around a particular Faith topic relevant to their family lives. Download the program flyer.

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  • 12/09/2017 Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness at the time of the Super Bowl


    Church News

    We live in times of increased awareness that freedom has not yet come to all of our brothers and sisters.  Slavery continues today in the form of human trafficking.  Human trafficking is a public health, public safety, and human rights violation that occurs in communities throughout Minnesota and around the world. 

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  • 12/09/2017 St. Vincent de Paul Clothing Drive


    Church News

    St Vincent de Paul stores serve a valuable role in the community by providing affordable clothing. However, the quality and variety of clothing isn’t always a good match for St Vincent de Paul’s client base. Anthony Palmer, an Annunciation alumni, is working on a project to change the donation experience by setting up sites in several local churches, including Annunciation. 

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  • 12/08/2017 Be Kind


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Part of the IB program is to develop essential agreements throughout the school. Instead of just creating lists of rules, we work with students to get their input on what we can do together to make our school the best place to learn and grow. We have essential agreements for classrooms, hallways, auditorium, drinking fountains, recess, middle school and more, that we have created together.

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  • 12/08/2017 A St. Peter Claver Thank You


    School Events, Weekender

    With the arrival of our new Promethean boards this year, Annunciation was able to pass along the working Smartboards to St. Peter Claver Catholic School. We received this thank you note and felt it should be passed on to you!

    “A picture says a thousand words, doesn’t it? Thank you again for the Smartboards. They are in use every day.”

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