News & Events

  • 10/01/2015 Tuition Assistance Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation


    Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation School is proud to be a recent recipient of a generous Tuition Assistance Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF). This grant was made possible by the Foundation's many donors who have, over the past two decades, invested in the future of our Catholic schools by supporting permanent endowments at the Foundation. 

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  • 10/01/2015 Second Annual Mass in Honor of Adoption


    Church News, Weekender

    November 14-15, 2015

    With November being National Adoption Month, we at Annunciation wish to honor all our families that have been formed through the adoption process. Each of our Masses the weekend of November 14-15 will be a Mass in Honor of Adoption. All in the Adoptive Triad – Adoptive Parents, Birth Parents, and the Adopted Children – are a celebration of Life!

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  • 10/01/2015 Women’s Group


    Church News, Weekender

    Begins Saturday. October 3rd

    Welcome to our new season of our Women’s Group gathering, a gathering that is really for both men and women! And welcome to Fr. Park who has accepted our invitation to join us for the morning so we can get to know him better. How has he heard God’s call which has led him to be with us in our Archdiocese and at Annunciation? What are his dreams and hopes for Annunciation? What kinds of questions would you like to ask him? Our morning promises to be inspiring and will probably go way to fast! Mass at 9:00 AM, followed by an assortment of breakfast treats, and a conversation that we will draw to a close by 11:00 AM. No registration needed – just come!

    Additional Women’s Group dates: November 14, January 16, March 19 and April 16.

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  • 10/01/2015 Women’s Retreat – Save the Date!


    Church News, Weekender

    We’re going to Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center in Prior Lake for a women’s quiet, retreat entitled God’s Mercy Endures Forever, Friday evening through Sunday afternoon, February 19-21. The registration fee which includes meals and lodging and all retreat experiences will be $190. 

    Please plan on joining us for this prayerful, reflective time on Pope Francis’ call to us to savor God’s Mercy in this Year of Mercy!

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  • 10/01/2015 AYM Spirit Award Recipients


    Church News, Weekender

    Established in 2012 Annunciation Youth Ministries presents the SPIRIT award during Volunteer Appreciation weekend to one male and female senior that represents the following acronym:

    Service, Passion, Involved/Inspiration, Respectful, Integrity and Teacher. The selection process is determined and voted by the Senior Class.

    2015 Sam Hedlund & Becca Heer

    2014 Charlie Dolan O’Brien, Sophie Eckmeier & Katharine Reed

    2013 Thomas Heer & Emily Miller

    2012 Peter Keefe & Sarah Pospisil

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  • 10/01/2015 How Can We Help the Syrian Refugees?


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “May every parish, every religious community, every monastery, every sanctuary in Europe host a family.” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip

    What can we do to help the Syrian Refugees?  Many of us have watched in horror at the suffering from the refugee crisis in Syria, while reflecting on our own immigration crisis here in the US.  Pope Francis has urged generous support for refugees from Syria and elsewhere. He has called on elected officials to be peacemakers, and work for a solution to the violent conflict in Syria.  Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is increasing its response to the needs of Syrian refugees and other migrants arriving daily in Europe, and working with the local Church to provide food, water, access to sanitation, medical and legal services. 

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  • 09/30/2015 September MS Update


    Weekender

    Dear Parents,
    I hope you are all enjoying the great weather we are having. It has been a great first month. We had our first Middle School Assembly and bagel day. I had the chance to meet a lot of you at Parent Information Night either in the class or while I was ringing the bell. Lastly, we begun the Student Council Election process. 

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  • 09/29/2015 Fall Sports Team Photos


    On Thursday morning, students will be taking their fall sports pictures. This will be for all students who are participating in Annunciation fall sports. 

    Mr. Glenn passed out order forms this week in PE class and your child will also receive an order card with information that you can use get your prints online. 

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  • 09/26/2015 Children’s Liturgy of the Word


    Church News, Weekender

    We will have Children’s Liturgy of the Word for children of 1st grade age and younger, during the 10:30 Masses each Sunday. During the Liturgy of the Word our younger children are taken to a separate room for their Liturgy of the Word. They listen to the same Scriptures that are proclaimed in Church for that Sunday, with a translation that is suited to their age level. Just as we listen to a homily at Mass, those who lead our small children break open the Word for them on a level they can understand. 

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  • 09/25/2015 THANK YOU…


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    A sincere thank you to APO chairs, Jennafer Wells and Nancy Hoyos, and all the volunteers who helped make the Apex Fun Run a success. Huge thanks also to the Varley and Steichen families, along with the many volunteers, who organized another fantastic Septemberfest weekend. Our community is truly blessed!

    Early dismissal days - Teachers are learners too!

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  • 09/25/2015 Dancing with Annunciation Stars Live Auction


    Weekender

    Annunciation! Do you know that the Dancing with Annunciation Stars event on October 10th is nearly sold out? Thank you so much to all of you whom have purchased your tickets and to those of you who haven't there are still about 14 spots left - so now is the time!

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  • 09/25/2015 Donate a Spanish Book


    Weekender

    Do you have....picture books or early chapter books written in Spanish, that you are willing to donate?

    We are expanding our library and classroom collections.  Please send gently used books to the office Attn: Anne Laux or Anne Clubb

    Thank you!
    Anne LaLonde Laux

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  • 09/23/2015 Inaugural Robotics Season is Underway!


    Weekender

    Annunciation is proud to announce that this year, thanks to some amazing parent volunteers, we have formed our first ever (after-school) Robotics Team!

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  • 09/23/2015 Math Enrichment Opportunity


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    Annunciation Middle School: After School Math Club 

    Math Club is open to middle school students who are interested in expanding their math experiences beyond the classroom.  Students will spend of the time solving problems and participating in small competitions. These activities are designed for students with advanced math skills. Meetings are on Mondays from 2:30 until 3:30. 

    OUR FIRST MEETING IS THIS COMING MONDAY, SEPTEMBER 28 FROM 2:30 – 3:30 in Mrs. Steege’s room (113W).

    We would love to see you there!

    Download Registration Form (pdf)

    Sign Up Online

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  • 09/17/2015 Big Weekend Ahead!


    Church News, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    It is a big weekend ahead for Annunciation’s community. The campus has been buzzing as we prepare for our Fun Run and SeptemberFest. Here are details on the events:

    Annunciation’s Fun Run!

    Tomorrow is the BIG day of for our Fun Run which kicks off SeptemberFest. We are in our final day of preparation and the students, staff, APO, parents, and Apex team leaders have been busy promoting leadership, fitness and fundraising for our school. Here are some key points to note:

    Did you know……?

    -10% of the funds raised by the students will go directly back to their teacher to use in the classroom
    -APO will contribute funds raised towards helping update the school auditorium
    -To help support our local community - anytime a student reaches ten dollars per lap -  Apex Fun Run partners with the organization Will Play for Food to donate 40 meals to children in need in Minnesota. 

    Race Times:

    Please join our school, APEX staff and APO Friday morning for the Fun Run. (If the weather is nice, the run will take place between the school and the church. If it is raining, the run will take place at the same times in the gym.)

    The times for the APEX Fun Run are as follows:

    Grades K, 1, 2                        9:00am

    Grades 3, 4, 5                      10:10am

    Grades 6, 7, 8                      11:20am

    We hope you can join us to volunteer or just cheer your children on during this fun event.

    Thank you for helping make this event successful!

    SeptemberFest

    What a great way to support Annunciation parish and school by attending this weekend’s SeptemberFest! Invite your family and friends – all are welcome!

    The weekend is filled with fun events, food, games, prizes, and more. This is also a great way to meet new families and spend time with others in building our “family” here at Annunciation. Good luck to the many school wiffle ball teams, too! Looks like great weather and fun events ahead.

    New this year is the Zero K on Friday night and Father Park’s Home Run Challenge on Saturday night. See the Daily Schedule.

    See you there!

    *Remember - Bottle Boutique & Pie Drop off! Tomorrow is the last day to bring in bottles for the boutique. Unopened bottles can be donated and dropped off in the foyer.  Also, pies will be conveniently collected in car line tomorrow morning! 

    Thanks for your support!

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  • 09/16/2015 4 Facts About Apex Fun Run


    Weekender

    We are only 2 days away from the Apex Fun Run! Hopefully you have seen the information your child has been bringing home from school.

    Here is a quick recap:

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  • 09/16/2015 Drop off your student - Drop off a Pie


    Church News, Weekender

    SeptemberFest Pie Shop Needs Pies!

    Drop off a pie or two when you drop off your student on Friday, September 18th 7:30 – 8:30am. Volunteers will be waiting curbside near the youth room to accept your pie or monetary donations.

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  • 09/16/2015 Wiffle Ball Tournament Hits the Big Leagues


    Church News, Weekender

    The Catholic Spirit profiled the 10th Annual Annunciation SeptemberFest Wiffle Ball Tournament last week on their Facebook page. Click here for the video!

    Just added!:  WCCO's Mike Binkley reports on The SeptemberFest Wiffle Ball Tournament: http://minnesota.cbslocal.com/video/3296652-video/

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  • 09/16/2015 AHA Jr Starliners Dance Team


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    2015 Jr Starliners Dance Team for 6th-8th Grade Dancers 

    Jr Starliners Dance Team was started in 2008 by AHA Starliners Head Coach Nina DeNio. The program focuses on giving dancers in Junior High an opportunity to experience dance team culture while working on technique & skills used at the High School level. Practices will focus on technique, flexibility, choreography, performing & team building skills.

    Any and all dance backgrounds are welcome!

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  • 09/11/2015 New School Year and a New Theme


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Theme for the year

    The new school year is off to a busy and energetic start!  We begin with a new theme for the year – “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Our focus is on how we treat one another as we create our community together. Each morning, we begin in prayer, share the Gospel of the day, reflecting on the readings as we consider how we live this theme each day. Classes take turns leading us in our Hail Mary and our pledge of allegiance. Together, we begin by asking God to guide us in all we do.

    As staff and parents, we want to model this for our children, too. We look for ways to consider others and treat them as we wish to be treated. What we do is a stronger lesson than what we say, so we work hard to live our theme each day as well.

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  • 09/11/2015 First Scrip Order of the School Year


    Church News, Weekender

    Orders Due: Monday, September 14 by noon

    Delivery by: Friday, September 18

    What in the world is Scrip?

    Scrip sales raise over $2000 per year to support APO and Annunciation School with only a small percentage of families currently active.  If we all participated, it could easily raise 10X that amount.

    Check it out! Give it a try! 

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  • 09/11/2015 Prayer for the Synod of Bishops


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  • 09/11/2015 Butterfly Release


    Weekender

    An Annunciation alum is the generous donor of the planning and planting of our Spirit Center Garden and the purchase of the Monarch butterflies which were released by Annunciation 5th graders on Thursday, September 3rd. Click Learn More for a photo slideshow.

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  • 09/08/2015 MS Physical Education Update


    Weekender

    Greetings everyone.  I am very excited for the school year.  I wanted to inform you of a change for our physical education class this year.  

    While many things will remain the same, there are changes that will affect your children.  This year, we will be changing the grading procedure for gym class.  Physical education grades will now be based on standards as well as participation.  In the past, physical education was based entirely on participation.  While participation is very important, we felt the need to include Annunciation's physical education standards in the grading process. The goal of physical education is to develop physically literate individuals who have the knowledge, skills and confidence to enjoy a lifetime of healthful physical activity.

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  • 09/08/2015 First Week of School MS Update


    Church News, Weekender

    Welcome back to school! What a great start to the school year. We have been busy preparing for these last few days. All of us in the Middle School are excited to be back to school.

    As we begin the year, teachers have had a special schedule to work closely with the students on getting to know each of them better. More importantly, it gives those students opportunities to get to know each other more too.

    I’m excited to bring you these newsletters this year again to keep you up-to-date on the happenings of the Middle School. If there are any questions or concerns, don’t hesitate to contact me. I’m happy to help!

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  • 09/02/2015 Robotics Team


    Weekender

    This fall we will be starting a Robotics Team to represent Annunciation. This team will be part of an international robotics program called FIRST Tech Challenge. FTC Teams are for students in 7th through 12th grades. Each team includes 3 to 15 students and two adult coaches. The participants and coaches do not need to have prior engineering or computer science experience to participate.

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  • 08/31/2015 Make Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer


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    September 12, 2015, Rosland Park Edina

    September 12, Davey Oslund (8th grader) and the rest of the Oslund family will be celebrating my 10 years as an ovarian cancer survivor by participating in the HOM Teal Strides for Ovarian Cancer.   Team Oslund is Running to raise money for Ovarian Cancer Research and we would love your support!  Click here to register, volunteer or donate to team Oslund.

    More information on ovarian cancer and the Walk/Run can be found at at www.mnovarian.org.

    Thanks for you support,
    Mary Pat Oslund and Family

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  • 08/28/2015 Confirmation Parent/Candidate Orientation


    Church News

    We look forward to the return of our Year 2 Confirmation Candidates and to welcoming our Year 1 Candidates to our Confirmation program.

    Year 1 Parent/Candidate Information Meeting, Sunday, September 27th, 6 to 7 PM, Community Room.
    Year 2 Parent/Candidate Information Meeting, Sunday, September 27th, 7:15 to 8:15 PM, Community Room.

    We hope that all of our young people, particularly those of high school age, will celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation. We want them to have the opportunity to experience the full outpouring of the Holy Spirit with the Sevenfold Gifts that he brings, as the completion of the initiation into the life of Christ, begun in Baptism and nourished in the Eucharist.

    If you are the parent of a young person of high school age, or if you are a young person in high school yourself, please contact Sr. Sue as soon as possible for Confirmation information.

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  • 08/28/2015 Rosary for Life


    Church News

    Rosary for Life: Our next Rosary for Life is this Wednesday, Sept. 9th, at 1:00 pm. We will meet in the Children's Garden between the Church and the Parish Center if the weather is good. Please remember to bring a lawn chair. If the weather is bad, we will meet in the Visitation Room.​

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  • 08/28/2015 Pope Francis’ New Encyclical Encyclical Available for Sale


    Church News

    Laudato Si’ (On Care for Our Common Home) was on June 18, and continues to be a hot topic of discussion for Catholics and non-Catholics alike. Through Laudato Si’, Pope Francis is speaking as a pastor to Catholics around the world, and all people of good will, offering moral considerations rooted in foundational Catholic teachings about care for others and care for God’s creation.

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  • 08/24/2015 Used Uniform Sale


    Weekender

    As part of Back to School Night, Annunciation will be holding a Used Uniform Sale. Please bring in any items that are in good, laundered condition, free of rips, tears and stains to the school office prior to this date, or bring directly to the sale. 

    WHEN: Wednesday, August 26th from 4:00-7:00pm

    WHERE: Used Uniform Room (second floor of Spirit Center)  Look for signs directing you there.

    WHAT'S AVAILABLE:  Jumpers $5; Pants & Skorts $4; Shirts $2; Sweatshirts & Sweaters $5 

     

    All proceeds benefit Annunciation Parent Organization (APO). 

    Any questions, please contact Lori Huber at lhuber915@msn.com.

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  • 08/22/2015 Interested in Checking Out the Catholic Faith? Maybe RCIA is for you!


    Church News, Weekender

    RCIA/The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults is a wonderful way to discover what it can mean in your life to be Catholic. You might know someone who’s just waiting for you to suggest RCIA.

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  • 08/22/2015 Welcome Pope Francis to the U.S.


    Church News, Weekender

    What excitement is developing around Pope Francis’ US visit coming up soon!

    We want to do something special to mark the culmination of Pope Francis’ US visit. Come join us on either Sunday morning, September 27th, immediately following the 10:30 Mass, or Monday evening, September 28th, beginning at 7:00 PM for a viewing of a documentary produced by Salt And Light Catholic Media Foundation entitled The Francis Effect.

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  • 08/20/2015 Spirit Wear Back to School Savings


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  • 07/30/2015 Respect Life: Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center


    Church News

    Respect Life: For those who struggle to find meaning in their lives: May they find hope and reassurance in Christ and be filled with the strength  of the Holy Spirit. We pray to the Lord.

    Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center: Annunciation Parish has supported Tapestry Center for many years. Here are some of the items that Tapestry is in need of at this time: baby clothes, newborn outfits, undershirts, booties, socks, blankets, crib sheets, formula (such as Similac), baby bottles, and pacifiers. Diapers, sizes 1-6, are always needed, especially sizes 5&6. 

    Please place your donation in the Tapestry/ Sagrada container in the east hallway of the lower level of church. Or you can drop off your donation at Tapestry, 4105 Chicago Ave. So., on Mondays, Wednesdays, or Thursdays, between 9:00 am and 3:00 pm. 

    Thank you for supporting mothers and their babies.

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  • 07/29/2015 Devin Rice, 1960-2015


    Church News

    Devin, husband to Katie Connolly, father to Brendan ’06, Mary Kate ’08 and Emmet ’13 was a beloved member of the Annunciation Church and School Community.  His contributions to the school were many and significant, serving two separate and full terms on the School Advisory Committee with special attention to finance and justice in compensation for our treasured teachers.  An avid golfer, he contributed to the development of the Annual Annunciation Golf Classic with all proceeds going to Tuition Assistance/Scholarships for students and families with financial need.  Remember Devin and his family in your prayers.  

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  • 07/22/2015 Christmas Boutique


    Church News

    Summer is a good time to think about making a craft item that you could donate to the Christmas Boutique in December. Also, when you are shopping at sales, look for quality Christmas items that you can donate to the Boutique or Silent Auction. The Christmas Boutique is an annual Respect Life project. Proceeds are donated to a variety of Respect Life organizations. Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612.822.8360. 

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  • 07/22/2015 Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: Policy and Political Leadership


    Church News

    “There is an urgent need to develop policies so that, in the next few years, the emission of carbon dioxide and other highly polluting gases can be drastically reduced, for example, substituting for fossil fuels and developing sources of renewable energy. (26) International negotiations cannot make significant progress due to positions taken by countries which place their national interests above the global common good. Those who will have to suffer the consequences of what we are trying to hide will not forget this failure of conscience and responsibility. (169) True statecraft is manifest when, in difficult times, we uphold high principles and think of the long- term common good. (178)”

    ~Pope Francis, Laudat Si (Praised Be)

    www.catholicclimatecovenant.org/encyclical

    Peace & Justice Committee 

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  • 07/22/2015 Totus Tuus – Vocation Day for Young Men & Daughter of God Retreat


    Church News

    Date(s): Saturday, August 15
    Time: 9:00am (Check in at 8:45am) End Time: 2:30pm
    Location: Saint John Vianney College Seminary; The Saint Paul Seminary

    An event for young Catholic men and women, ages 12-17, to deepen their faith and better discern God’s calling in their lives.

    Vocation Day for Young Men
    Saint John Vianney College Seminary, 2110 Selby Ave, St. Paul, MN 55105

    Daughter of God Retreat: Mary, Spouse of the Holy Spirit
    The Saint Paul Seminary, 2260 Summit Ave, St. Paul, MN, 55105 Cost: $10/participant; $20 family maximum. Includes lunch.

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  • 07/22/2015 Harvest Campaign 2015


    Church News

    Please consider donating your garden harvest to Incarnation Food Shelf.  The food collected in Annunciation's Food Bins is donated to the Incarnation Food Shelf at Incarnation Church, 3817 Pleasant Ave., Minneapolis.  The donated food is kept safely (including refrigeration if needed) until delivered weekly by our volunteers.  The Incarnation Food Shelf has a large refrigerator and happily accepts all produce, purchased or from the garden. Those relying on food shelves frequently have poor nutrition, not only due to lack of food and hunger, but because much of the food is processed and less nutritional.  

    Thank you for your generosity!​

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  • 07/08/2015 A Parish Prayer in a Time of Transition


    Church News

    O God of the unknown, you who continually beckon us into uncharted areas, praise and thanksgiving be to You!

    As we proceed through this transition period, we confidently rely upon your great blessings.

    May we use this time well, in order to be present to You, through Sacred Scripture, through our sensitivity to one another, and through our silence and our sharing, in your Holy Presence.

    May this be a special time of grace during our spiritual journey, both as individuals and as a parish community.

    We ask this, Creator and Lord of our lives, through Jesus Christ, your Son and our brother and through the Spirit, who teaches us how to pray and live together in peace, forever and ever.

    Amen. 

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  • 07/08/2015 New School Advisory Council Members


    Annunciation School would like to welcome our new School Advisory Council Members: Wendy Dwyer Bagley, Greg Heymans, Mike Lori and Steve Peterson. We express our sincere gratitude to our School Advisory Council members who are leaving after serving on the council for three years. Thanks to: Beth Caffrey, Andy Cebulla, Brent Mortenson and outgoing chair, Kristin Hartley.

    Our School Advisory Council provides incredible and important leadership to the school administration and staff. Their wisdom, thoughtful and prayerful decision-making and hard work help make our school a success in so many areas. I want to personally thank our outgoing School Advisory Council members for their commitment, time, dedication and service to Annunciation during the last three years.

    We appreciate your service! 

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  • 07/07/2015 Welcome Fr. Brian Park


    Church News

    We welcome Father Brian Park as Annunciation’s new pastor. He joined us on Wednesday, July 1. Here are a few highlights about Father Brian Park:

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  • 07/07/2015 Sr. Sue Update


    Church News

    How Grateful I am for your care and support!
     
    Probably by now you heard about my bicycle accident on June 23rd that brought about a sudden change of my summer plans. I want to express to you my very deep appreciation for your visits, cards, calls, emails and your prayer. You may also be wondering how this accident happened as did I. I have no recall of the circumstances of the accident itself. By the 5th day following this event, it's cause dawned on me. Among the tasks in readying my bike for riding following car trunk transport, I needed to place the wheels in position and lock them in place. I took care of the front wheel just fine but looking back I realize that I forgot to return my attention to the back wheel to lock it after placement - a small oversight with big consequences by way of injuries sustained. The good news is that I should be able to make a complete recovery and do just fine; however, it will take some time to get there. As you may know from previous bulletin articles, I was planning to ride in the 2015 Habitat 500 Bike Ride and some of you had already chosen to offer monetary support to the cause of the Clarksdale MS Habitat for Humanity. Though I can't this summer's ride, I will be happy to honor your wishes regarding donations already made.

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  • 06/27/2015 Peace & Justice Committee


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “I exhort everyone to see the world through the eyes of God the Creator: the earth is an environment to be safeguarded, a garden to be cultivated.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 06/27/2015 Peace & Justice


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “Human trafficking is a horrific crime against the basic dignity and rights of the human person.” ~United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

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  • 06/20/2015 Peace & Justice Committee


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “Those who surrender to the service of the poor through love of Christ, will live like the grain of wheat that dies. It only apparently dies. If it were not to die, it would remain a solitary grain. The harvest comes because of the grain that dies. … We know that every effort to improve society, above all when society is so full of injustice and sin, is an effort that God blesses; that God wants; that God demands of us.”

    Archbishop Oscar Romero

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  • 06/18/2015 Habitat 500 Bike Ride


    Church News

    Would You Like to Ride or Would You Rather Sponsor Me?

    I’d love to have you join me by also riding this summer’s Habitat 500 Bike Ride, July 12 to 18, but just in case these dates won’t work on your calendar, you are most welcome to sponsor me as I venture forth on my 13th Habitat 500 Bike Ride – 500 hilly miles from Owatonna to Winona and then back.

    All donations I receive will go to the Clarksdale MS Habitat where my religious community, Congregation of St. Joseph and many of our Associates, have worked with Habitat for the past 24 years, bringing transformation, hope, and the dignity that comes with home ownership to this rural and economically disadvantaged small Southern town. Clarksdale, located in the heart of the Mississippi Delta, is known for 2 things – it’s the birthplace of the Blues, and it’s just about the poorest region of the US.

    I will be most grateful for your prayer support as I ride, and if you wish to make a donation, checks can be made payable to Habitat 500.

    Online donations can be made at: bit.ly/SueTorgersen

    Thank you,

    Sr. Sue

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  • 06/13/2015 Peace & Justice Committee


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “To love God and neighbor is not something abstract, but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person and face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely. And you are, dear brothers and sisters, in the face of Jesus.”

    ~Pope Francis

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  • 06/09/2015 Annunciation Class of 2015


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Congratulations to the Annunciation Class of 2015!

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  • 06/08/2015 School Office Summer Hours


    Weekender

    Summer school office hours will be Wednesdays from 8:30-10:30am from June 8 - August 10, 2015.

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  • 06/02/2015 Maud Hart Lovelace Challenge 2015


    Weekender

    Thank you and congratulations to all the students who participate in this years Maud Hart Lovelace Challenge!

    We had a total of 63 students participate, 20 students read all 12 books in their division and another 9 students read the 20 books in both divisions. We had 2 eighth graders who have done the Maud Hart Lovelace challenge for the last 6 years: Maggie Arms and Joe McMahon!

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  • 05/29/2015 End of the Year


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    It is hard to believe we are approaching our last week of school for the 2014-2015 school year. Our 8th graders are preparing to graduate next Tuesday, classes are wrapping up their lessons,  heading out on field trips and class celebrations for their hard work and a job well done, and we are preparing for our final day with summer blessing and field day.

    As a community, we are richly blessed. God has provided us amazing people who give of themselves every day to make the Annunciation School experience something special for our children. Students, teachers, staff, parents, parishioners, community members and more all share time, talent, and treasure so we can live the mission of Annunciation School – the vision the Dominican sisters set forth over 90 years ago.

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  • 05/28/2015 Troop 103 Compost Sale


    Church News, Weekender

    The Scouts of Troop 103 are selling high quality compost** as a fundraiser for their upcoming high adventure trip this summer. Compost sales are open THIS weekend from 9 - Noon on Saturday and Sunday, May 30th & 31st in the Annunciation Church Parking lot behind the church at 509 W. 54th Street, Minneapolis.

    The compost is created from all the compostable waste from across the Metro including Annunciation's kitchens and the school lunch room. Each 20 pound bag of compost sells for $3.50 and the Scouts will load the bags into your car.  10 pound bags will be available for seniors.

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  • 05/28/2015 2015-16 Enrollment


    Weekender

    If you have not enrolled your child for next year, please do so TODAY.  Enrollment must take place through TADS, https://secure.tads.com/Accounts/Login.aspx

    Log in to your TADS account and click on the enrollment tab.  You should see a ‘click here to enroll’ link next to your child’s name.

    If you have not set up your tuition agreement for next year, please do so TODAY.  You received an email reminder recently.  Please follow the link in that email to set up your tuition payment plan.

    If you have any questions at all, you can call or email Donna at 612-824-9993 ext 204, dohme@annunciationmsp.org.  Thank you!

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  • 05/27/2015 Dancing with Annunciation Stars 2015!


    Church News, Weekender

    Save Saturday, October 10th, for Dancing with Annunciation Stars 2015!

    Featuring Annunciation’s own Leah Kaiser, Eric Loichle, Kate McMahon, Bill O’Brien, Eli Pollock, and Beth Sable.

    Tickets go on sale in August and can be purchased for a discount at Paperwork Day on August 26th.

     

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  • 05/27/2015 Early Dismissal June 4: Extended Day Open


    Weekender

    There will be an early dismissal from School on Thursday, June 4th.  School will be let out at 12:30p.m.  Extended day will be open from 12:30p.m.-6:00p.m.

    On Thursday, June 4th, the children coming to Extended Day will need to bring a bag lunch which will be eaten with their class at field day.  There will not be hot lunch or milk served on this day.  The children coming to Extended Day will be escorted back to school by their teacher and then sent to Extended Day.  We will be staying on school grounds.

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  • 05/27/2015 Important Safety Reminder


    Weekender

    Recently, we had two students who were involved in bike/car accidents. We are thankful that both students are fine. While neither event was on campus, the recent events were a reminder to our students of the importance of safety both for bikers and walkers. We have been reminding students at the end of the day announcements to look for cars, cross safely, and be attentive.

    But we also want to use this as time to ask our drivers to keep an extra eye out for our students at dismissal and as you drive around the school. With the warmer weather, we do have more bikers and walkers, so please keep attentive to our students, they may not always be looking so your extra watch is appreciated.

    Thank you for helping make our school area a safe place for all.

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  • 05/26/2015 Battle of the Books Summer 2015


    Enrichment, Weekender

    What is the Annunciation Battle of the Books?

    The ‘Battle’ is a collaborative reading competition for students entering 3rd- 8th grade. It is designed to enhance student commitment, team building, reading comprehension, and study skills in a fun, informative manner. Teams of up to three students (two per team for teams entering 3rd grade) read from a pre-selected list of books.  Our Competition includes written and oral questions about the books and matching titles with authors.

    Books included on the reading lists have been carefully read by master educators, with over 30 years' experience, specializing in reading education. The books are selected for their high interest level, challenging vocabulary, multiple reading levels and appropriate content. The books are purposefully selected to expose students to a variety of genres, quality authors, diverse cultures and historical eras.

    Last year, 107 of our 3-8th grade students participated.  We are proud to offer this great opportunity!

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  • 05/21/2015 Volleyball & Soccer Registration


    If you have a student who is interested in playing volleyball or soccer next school year please download the registration form.

    Soccer will be for students going into grades 5-8.  Volleyball will be for students going into grades 4-8.  You can’t play both soccer and volleyball for the school.  

    We need to register by the end of this school year for next year’s team.  The volleyball and soccer season will be in the fall.  The fee will be $90 per sport. Volleyball will be for girls only, and soccer will be for all.  

    We just need a little information from each student.

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  • 05/21/2015 State of the School


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Dear Annunciation Parents,

    Last Thursday, May 7, we hosted our first annual “State of the School” parent information night. The purpose of this spring’s meeting is to update parents on the work the school has accomplished in the past year, specifically, regarding our Strategic Plan.

    At the meeting, I shared information regarding our first strategic objective – “To Position Annunciation School to be a Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child.” After a yearlong process, led by a Vision team and participation by staff and parents, Annunciation is proud to announce that we will begin the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, implementing the Primary Years Program (PYP) and exploring the Middle Years Program (MYP) starting next fall.

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  • 05/21/2015 Exciting New Enrollment Grants Announced for 2015/16 School Year!


    Weekender

    In addition to the Help-a-Student fund, we are excited to announce three new enrollment programs at Annunciation. Below is a brief summary of the programs. If you are interested in learning more about these programs, please contact the school at 612-823-4394.

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  • 05/21/2015 Yearbooks


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    Yearbooks will be delivered the last week of school. We have a limited amount of extra soft-cover yearbooks available for purchase. If you would like to reserve a copy please make send a check (payable to Annunciation, write Yearbook in the memo) to the front office. Soft-cover yearbooks are $18.
     

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  • 05/20/2015 Lunch Room News


    Weekender

    Hard to believe that another year has come and almost gone!! But before it is over, please take a minute to make sure your lunch balance is up to date.  All accounts must be in a positive status by June 4th,.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at astickney@annunciationmsp.org

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  • 05/20/2015 Engineering is Elementary!


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    On Friday, May 15th, select 8th grade students from Annunciation’s Dimensions program, led engineering activities in 2nd and 3rd grade.    These activities were made possible due to the Schulze Grant and matching donations. 

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  • 05/19/2015 Camp Foley 2015


    Weekender

    We had a great week at camp despite the weather. The kids were helpful, polite, respectful, and seemed to have a great time. They made us proud!

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  • 05/15/2015 Bike Path Proposal: UPDATE


    Church News, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Update on 54th Street bike lane/parking restrictions:

    The city sent Annunciation a revised plan last night.  

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  • 05/14/2015 Notes from the Band Room


    Weekender

    Concerts for Bands and Guitars are…Tuesday May 26: 9:00 Guitars, 1:15 Bands, 7:00 Bands (first) and 8:00 Guitars.

    May 26 is the day after Memorial Day so be sure to bring your instruments to school. Wear black clothes for the evening concert. Guitar students please bring your guitars to the Auditorium to be tuned right away Tuesday morning. After that concert take your guitars down to the band room.

    Wednesday May 27 will be the Band Student Party in the band room from 2:30-3:30. Ice cream treats and the Muppet Show videos are on tap. The Guitar Student Party will be on Thursday May 28 from 2:30-3:30. Ice cream treats and Muppets once again.

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  • 05/14/2015 Bike Path Proposal for 54th Street


    Church News, Weekender

    Dear Parents and Parishioners:

    The city of Minneapolis is planning to shift automobile traffic closer to the school by eliminating all parking on the school/church side of 54th Street/Diamond Lake Road (it is the same road) which includes the elimination of the school bus loading zone, the handicap parking in front of the church and parking for funerals.  The plan is to establish a bike lane by shifting automobile traffic three feet closer to the school and church.  This places our most precious children in a high risk situation for injury or death.  I am concerned and I ask for your help.

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  • 05/12/2015 6th Graders Visit Camp Foley


    Weekender

    At Annunciation 6th graders visit Camp Foley Environmental Center in May for a week long stay to "to learn about the environment, conservation and local wildlife in a a natural setting."

    Somehow it seems that the weather is usually a challenge but the students make the most of it!

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  • 05/08/2015 Thank You for a Great Teacher Appreciation Week!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    On behalf of the staff at Annunciation School, I extend our heart-felt thanks to the Annunciation Families for the amazing week you created for us. Special thanks to those families who created the gifts decorated the halls, and provided the treats each day. We were truly spoiled during our “Giving Tree” week with the gestures of gratitude from delicious lunch, sweet treats, yogurt bar, replenishing the staff lounge, sharing the “Giving Tree” story each morning,  and of course the planting of a tree in honor of our staff.

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  • 05/06/2015 National Math Challenge Competition


    Enrichment, Weekender

    On April 9th, 36 students in grades 2 – 5 represented Annunciation in the National Math Challenge Competition.

    The goals of this competition include encouraging students’ interest in math, developing problem-solving skills and inspiring contestants to excel in math. This year nearly 25, 000 students from over 600 schools nationwide participated in the contest. 

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  • 05/04/2015 Parent Information Night


    Weekender

    Join us for “An Evening with the Principal” on Thursday May 7 at 6:30pm in the Church Community Room.

    APO is hosting this evening version of “Breakfast with the Principal” and we look forward to sharing our hard work this year and are excited about the plans we have for our school – an annual State of the School presentation including:

    - An update on our strategic plan accomplishments.
    - Results of the innovative educational models we have researched.

    We are excited to share our direction for the future! We’ll see you there.

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  • 05/01/2015 My Time Is Now


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Improv Show “My Time is Now!”

    Congratulations to Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Nesvig, and the middle school performers for the fabulous production of this year’s Improv. The performances are amazing and the hard work and hours of rehearsal has paid off! If you did not get a chance to attend, you have one more chance – tonight, Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Come and see the skits, lip syncs, songs and more! You don’t want to miss this great show.

    Knock It Out of the Park Live & Silent Auction

    Mark your calendars! The day is approaching - Saturday, May 16 is the Annunciation School Live and Silent Auction. The theme is “Knock It Out of the Park”. Please join us for a fun-filled evening that provides support to our school programs. It promises to be a great night!

    Parent Information Night

    Be sure to join us for a school update on our strategic planning this year and our goals as look into next year – an annual State of the School presenation. We will meet on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:30 in the community room. APO is hosting this meeting and we look forward to sharing our hard work this year and excited about the plans we have for our school. Hope to see you there!

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  • 05/01/2015 Spring Piano Recitals & Performances


    Weekender

    Students have been working hard in lessons and rehearsals for their recitals for the weekend of May 16-17th.

    A special performance at Annunciation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th during the school day in the church sanctuary.  This performance is a wonderful opportunity for piano students to show their peers some of the material they have been working on this year.

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  • 05/01/2015 Summer Jazz Camp


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    Monday – Friday June 15-19, 2015
    9am-12 noon

    This summer grab your instrument and experience the fun and excitement of improvisation and playing jazz! Dick Danaher would like to invite you to join them to explore the amazing world of jazz. Students will learn 4-6 jazz/rock/Latin standards. Students will also learn to play together as a group, support each other’s efforts, and learn the basics of improvisation.
     

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  • 04/29/2015 Holy Angels Dance Team Summer Classes


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    Attention 6th-8th grade girls! Dance classes offered this June and July at Blessed Trinity in Richfield! Classes will focus on technique of skills, flexibility, strength training, yoga and learning stylized routines and combinations. Come explore the variety of opportunities to challenge your mind and body through dance! Contact Nina DeNio with questions at nldenio@yahoo.com or 612-867-2379.

    View the Flyer

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  • 04/25/2015 Confirmation of Annunciation Young Parishioners


    Church News

    We are happy to announce that 32 of our young Annunciation parishioners were confirmed on Sunday, May 3rd, during the celebration of Mass at 1:30 PM. In addition 3 of our young people were confirmed at the Basilica April 19th, also in the celebration of Mass at 1:30 PM. 

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  • 04/24/2015 Congratulations to the 5th Grade Math Masters!


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    At the MathMaster competition held at St Michael’s in Prior Lake, Annunciation 5th grade teams won first and third place!

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  • 04/24/2015 Mark Your Calendars!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Parent Information Night: May 7, 2015 at 6:30

    Plan to join us for a “State of the School” presentation with updates on our Strategic Plan process this year and plans for the school as we look towards our future. This evening “Breakfast with the Principal” will take place on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 in the Community Room.

    Hope you can join us!!

    Improv Show, “My Time is Now”: April 30 – May 1

    Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Nesvig and the students are in their final days of preparation for the Improv Gala and performances. Plan to attend the gala on Thursday, April 30 with performance at 7:00 pm or Friday night at 7:00 pm. It promises to be a great show!!

    Knock It Out of the Park, Annunciation's Live & Silent Auction: May 16, 2015

    Saturday, May 16 is the annual Live and Silent Auction – “first pitch” is at 6:00 with food, fun, auction items, and live auction to wrap up the evening. Check out www.knockitoutofthepark2015.com for details. Purchase tickets now!

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  • 04/22/2015 Respect Life Mother’s Day Corsages


    Church News, Weekender

    The Respect Life Ministry will be selling orchid corsages and African violet plants on Mother's Day weekend, May 9-10th. This year we will be offering three different items: Orchid corsages, African violet plants, and NEW this year, Mini rose bushes.
     
    Thank you to everyone who ordered plants from the Respect Life Ministry!

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

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  • 04/22/2015 Celebrating 1st Communion


    Church News

    At Annunciation we celebrate with forty two 2nd graders who are preparing to receive their 1st Holy Communion on Saturday, April 25th, during our special 1st Communion Mass at 10:00 AM. These children are eager and ready to come to the Table and to fully participate in the Eucharist as they receive Jesus sacramentally. Please remember these children and their families in your prayer. May they grow in their love of God and always seek to be nourished in this Sacrament of God’s great love. Like Jesus, may they live lives of loving service to others, especially to those in need.

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  • 04/18/2015 Care for God’s Creation


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor
    “Creation is a gift, it is a wonderful gift that God has given us, so that we care for it and we use it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude.” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip
    Care for God's Creation.  The seventh theme of our Catholic Social Teaching, according to the USCCB (United States Conference of Catholic Bishops), is Care for God’s Creation.

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  • 04/17/2015 Annunciation Catholic School 2014-15 YEARBOOK


    Weekender

    Announcing the…Annunciation Catholic School 2014-15 YEARBOOK. Orders due April 27!

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  • 04/17/2015 American Adventurer Ann Bancroft Visits 3rd Grade


    Weekender

    Ann Bancroft, American author, teacher and adventurer visited Annunciation School and shared stories about her trips to the North and South ends of the earth. She is pictured here with a valuable tool that never left the travelers side; the "funny little flare" was used to create a colorful pop and splash of color should a polar bear come too close for comfort. It provides just enough surprise to send most bears back to their own neck of the woods!

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  • 04/17/2015 Author Shelly Boyum-Breen Visits School


    Weekender

    Author Shelly Boyum-Breen visited Annunciation School classes to share lessons she has learned through participation in sports such as positive attitude, healthy role modeling and good sportsmanship. Her series of books about the fictional character, Shelly Bean, encourage kids to be active and have confidence in themselves.

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  • 04/17/2015 Magic Arms for the World


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation proudly welcomed Angie Zavoral Conley, Executive Director - Magic Arms for the World, for a visit on Friday, April 10th.

    Angie’s visit with our Dimensions’ students focused on the topics of design research, advocacy and the use of 3-D printers in medical technologies.

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  • 04/17/2015 MNSAA Update


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    April 17, 2015

    After two years of preparation, Annunciation School completed our renewal of Accreditation last year through MNSAA. We received the final approval this year as a fully accredited school through 2020-2021!  Part of the process is to create a strategic plan that guides our school improvement efforts over the next seven years.

    We have started to live the plan this year and implement the strategies. To update you on our work to date, we will have a “Parent/Principal Breakfast” at night to accommodate working parents. This will be a “State of the School” information night. At this event we will share the results of our work this year and our next steps as we move forward in living out our plan.

    Please mark your calendars for THURSDAY, MAY 7 at 6:30 pm (location TBD.) NOTE: This will replace the morning breakfast on April 23. I look forward to sharing the updates on our work with you that evening. Hope you can make it!

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Principal
    612 824-9993×201

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  • 04/16/2015 Improv Update


    April 2015

    We are nearing the final two weeks of Improv.  We are excited about the show your children have put together.  It has been a very rewarding process.  We now need to put the entire show together and “run” it.  Rehearsals will be on the following days – and will last until 5:00 pm.

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  • 04/16/2015 Contribute to the Live & Silent Auction


    Weekender

    The 2015 Auction is just around the corner and we need your help to "Knock It Out of the Park!"  It is with great excitement we invite you to participate in this very special event for our school and kids!

    Here's how you can help:  Please consider contributing an item to the silent auction

    Items that are popular with parents and guests are:

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  • 04/14/2015 Wine Tasting & Beer Sampling Social Event


    Weekender

    Knock It Out of the Park

    Exclusive Wine Tasting & Beer Sampling Social Event

    Sponsored by Teresa & Eugenio Meschini
    Thursday, April 23rd from 5:00 – 7: 00 pm
    South Lyndale Liquor

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  • 04/13/2015 Grade 4 Diaper Drive


    Weekender

    The 4th Grade is collecting the above items for their service project.  Please support the young adults at Minnesota Internship Center Charter High School.  Thank you for your generosity!

    Please donate: diapers sizes 2 -5 & Pull-Ups (NO NEWBORNS SIZES please).

    And don't forget the Wet Wipes!

    We will be collecting every Friday in April.

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  • 04/11/2015 Prayer Gathering for Women


    Church News

    We have had wonderful participation in our monthly Women’s Prayer Series entitled Lord, Teach Us to Pray. During the 1st three sessions we have opened ourselves to the prayer possibilities contained in a number of prayer practices from our Catholic Tradition such as Guided Meditation, Lectio Divina, Imaginative Prayer, Consciousness Examen, Centering Prayer and the Prayer of Contemplation. Our April 16th session will focus on Prayer in the Holy Spirit and Intercessory Prayer. Please feel free to join us for our two spring sessions.

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  • 04/11/2015 Respecting Life at the End of Life


    Church News

    Just as with everything else in life, we need to do good planning so we can be ready to experience life as a blessed gift from God while approaching those last chapters of life’s journey. What spiritual needs do people have at this time of life? How does one navigate through the changing face of today’s senior health care? What financial and legal planning is needed? What are the most suitable options for one’s senior living? What conversations do seniors and family members need to have for the sake of each one’s peace of mind?

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  • 04/10/2015 Principal’s Update


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    What a blessing Annunciation School is for us!

    We returned from Spring break and Easter celebrations this week, ready for our final months of the school year.  Though I enjoyed my time off and spending Easter with family, upon returning, I found myself smiling as I opened my office door and was back here at Annunciation. I missed being with my Annunciation family, too!

    I began our first day back by leading prayer, pledge and announcements as we do each morning. As I held the microphone for the 3rd graders who were leading our prayer and pledge, I had such a sense of joy, seeing their proud and happy faces as they led our school in our morning prayer.  Who could as for a better job than this?

    As the students headed back to class, I was reminded what a privilege it is to be a part of the community at Annunciation Catholic School where we share our faith every day, miss one another when we are gone, cheer for, support and pray for each other every day. There is truly something special here and we are blessed to be a part of it.

    In today’s morning prayer, we were reminded that we all have gifts and talents that God has given us. We are challenged to use those gifts. You have shared the gift of Catholic education at Annunciation with your child or children, allowing them to develop their God–given gifts in such a special way. Thank you for this privilege of sharing in the development of each child. We are truly blessed!

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  • 04/10/2015 MS News from Mr. Degel


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  • 04/10/2015 A “Stuff the Bus” Thank You


    Weekender

    Thank you, Annunciation families, for your resounding response to the fifth grade service project – “Stuff the Bus”. Your generous donations filled a large portion of “Jimmy’s” bus and the Incarnation community food shelf is very grateful.

    Annunciation 5th graders

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  • 04/10/2015 Library Year End Notes


    Weekender

    * The week of May 18th will be the last week for students to check out books and still allow time for them to read and return before the end of the year.

    * I have been talking with students who have missing books. I will be sending out emails if any books are still missing. Your help in getting them return would be greatly appreciated.

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  • 04/10/2015 Trimester 2 Honor Roll 2015


    Weekender

    Congratulations to all of the following Annunciation middle school students for earning their spot on the honor roll this trimester.

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  • 04/10/2015 National Math Enrichment Contest


    Enrichment, Weekender

    On Thursday, April 9th, 35 students in grades 2- 5 represented Annunciation in the National Math Enrichment Contest. Contestants were given 45 minutest to solve 20 CHALLENGING math word problems.  Tests were completed independently using only paper and pencil. 

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