News & Events

  • 02/17/2016 24 Hours for the Lord


    Church News

    Whether it’s been weeks, months, years or decades, Pope Francis wants you to come back to confession.

    In announcing his “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, he said “Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands.” In response to his call, every diocese in the world will hold around-the-clock confessions from Friday, March 4 to Saturday, March 5.

    Here in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Basilica of Saint Mary and the Cathedral of Saint Paul will start the 24 hours with prayer and confession services for priests from noon to 1:30pm on Friday. Confessions for the faithful at both locations will begin at 1:30pm on Friday, and end at noon on Saturday. Spanish-speaking priests will be available at both sites on Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.

    For more information and additional sites that are hosting reconciliation services or additional time for confessions, please visit http://www.archspm.org/archspm_events/24-hours-for-the-lord/

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  • 02/13/2016 National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “We declare on each and every one of our creeds that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity. Its victims are from all walks of life, but are most frequently among the poorest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.” ~Pope Francis 

    National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month

    “This New Year we are aware that freedom has not yet come to all of our sisters and brothers. Slavery continues today in the form of human trafficking. 

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  • 02/12/2016 Carnaval & Lent 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Our students, staff, and families had a wonderful day on Tuesday celebrating our Carnaval in preparation for the Lenten season. Hours of study, preparation, and planning went into this day. Everyone had a great time experiencing the many countries through the facts, games, food and decorations that the classes created. A big thanks to all who made this such a wonderful experience. 

    Starting with our Ash Wednesday mass, we now embark on the journey through Lent. It is a time for self-discovery as we remember how Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and was tempted. During our Lenten experience, we pray more, eat less, and give to the poor to prepare ourselves for the biggest event in our Christian faith – Christ’s Resurrection at Easter. But we must make ready our hearts and minds, like an athlete trains for a game or race. We need to strengthen our good habits as we remain God’s sons and daughters through the waters of Baptism. 

    As a school, we prepare for Easter by giving to our Mission Haiti banks, praying and reflecting daily, and participating in the Stations of the Cross. We pray as one community: 

    “Lord God, help us to be one with you during this season of Lent. Guide us as you led Jesus through the trying times in his life. May we let go of our negative habits and thoughts that make us feel distant from your loving presence. We look forward to the joy of Easter, for our hope is Jesus in this time of preparation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation Principal

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  • 02/12/2016 BE SMART presentation


    Church News, Weekender

    An invitation to parents, grandparents, and all responsible for children’s safety.

    The Annunciation Parent Organization and the Peace and Justice Committee from Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace are hosting a presentation on February 29, 2016 about the Be SMART campaign sponsored by MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense. This presentation addresses simple solutions that adults can take to reduce child gun deaths through responsible gun storage and other safety steps.

    Please join us for the Be SMART presentation in the Annunciation School Auditorium from 7-8 p.m. 

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  • 02/10/2016 Hovland Conservatory’s Budding Musician Scholarship


    Weekender

    Online Registration is now open for Budding Musician Piano Lessons

    Registration for Hovland Conservatory's Budding Musician Scholarship is now open to all children in kindergarten at Annunciation. Budding Musician Scholarships are funded through donations and cover tuition for a student's first four private piano lessons and books.

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  • 02/06/2016 Refugees in Minnesota


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor 

    “Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.”

    ~Pope Francis 

    On Jan. 11 members of our Peace & Justice Committee attended the Catholic Charities’ Sowers of Justice Meet Up at St. John Neumann Parish on “Faithfully Embracing Refugees and Migrants: A Journey of Hope.” Along with thoughtful discussion, we heard a personal story from a refugee man from Burma/Myanmar who spent over 20 years in a refugee camp near Thailand. Here are some other facts we discovered: 

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  • 02/05/2016 Staff Development Days


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    During Catholic Schools Week Annunciation teachers and staff worked with educational professional, Nancy Gerber on the IB focused topic: Inquiry Based Instruction. 

    Nancy Gerber is an instructional coach and curious lifelong learner. She has conducted trainings and evaluations across the nation. Over the years Nancy has held many roles from educational aide, teacher of primary and intermediate students, multi-age classroom teacher, charter school director, media specialist, as well as a participant on numerous committees. She is a fellow with the Science Museum of Minnesota, and a Certified Trainer for Lynn Erickson Concept Based Instruction network. Currently Nancy has the privilege of working with a variety of IB schools, and is working for the University of Minnesota as a mentor to teacher candidates. 

    In addition to Nancy's expertise in IB and inquiry, she is also renowned for her work in making thinking visible and developing cultures of thinking. 

    As we continue to shift our methods and learn more about the IB program, these staff development sessions are essential. I am very proud of the way that Annunciation teachers have become “risk-takers” and learners, too. It is so important that we continue to learn and grow so we can provide the best instruction and learning for all our students. I look forward to sharing more of our work with you in the coming weeks. 

    Thank you for accommodating these important sessions in the school year!

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  • 02/01/2016 Get a Life – a Prayer Life, That Is!


    Church News

    Imagine what your life would look like when you give yourself the opportunity to go deeper in your relationship with God! Beginning on this February, Annunciation will host the Oremus (Latin for “Let us pray) prayer study program, created by Ascension Press.

    During the eight weeks of Oremus participants will learn the essentials of developing an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of this study you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice. 

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  • 01/30/2016 Grief Support in Times of Loss: Winter Opportunities in Our Area


    Church News

    Understanding the grief process and the many emotions involved in working through one’s grief can help make the journey less painful. Guest speakers share their own experience and professional knowledge on grief and loss. Weekly meetings include small discussion groups that follow each week’s speaker and are led by trained facilitators.

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  • 01/26/2016 Trivia Night Thank You


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    A huge thank you to APO and the Trivia Night 2016 chairs, Jenny Sharp and Angie Swan, for a fun, successful evening! Proceeds from the evening will go towards making the playground improvements. Watch for more on the initiative to upgrade our playground area for all our students. We are so grateful to everyone for their generosity and dedication to Annunciation!

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  • 01/24/2016 Catholic Schools Week 2016 Schedule


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    January 31 – February 5, 2016 

    Join us as we kick off our celebration on Sunday, January 31 at the 10:30 mass. 

    We would love to see all of our school families together to celebrate! The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We invite students to wear their uniforms and spirit wear to show their school pride. 

    Join us for the waffle breakfast after mass, too! Great way to kick of this wonderful celebration and show thanks to our parish for their support of Catholic education at Annunciation. 

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  • 01/14/2016 Catholic Schools Week 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    January 31 – February 5, 2016

    Join us as we kick off our celebration on Sunday, January 31 at the 10:30 mass. We would love to see all of our school families together to celebrate! The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We invite students to wear their uniforms and spirit wear to show their school pride. Join us for the waffle breakfast after mass, too! Great way to kick of this wonderful celebration and show thanks to our parish for their support of Catholic education at Annunciation. 

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  • 01/14/2016 6th Grade Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award


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    Eleven girls in Troop 14210 (6th grade) earned the Bronze Award from Girl Scouts this year.  This is the first of 3 awards and each girl was required to spend at least 20 hours to earn the award.  

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  • 01/14/2016 Geo Bee News 2016


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Sixth-Grader, Libby Z, is our 2016 Annunciation Geo Bee Champion. After 8 rounds, Libby and 7th grader, Primo M, battled it out in a three question Championship Round. 

    In the next few weeks, Libby will take a qualifying exam to determine whether she advances to the Minnesota GeoBee. 

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  • 01/12/2016 US Academic Triathlon January Meet


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation students finished in 2nd place last week in the US Academic Triathlon!

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  • 01/08/2016 Happy New Year 2016!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and New Year. We are excited to be back together as a school community and had a wonderful first week back. 

    IB updates: 

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  • 01/06/2016 Welcome Annunciation’s New School Secretary


    Weekender

    Jennifer Renstrom will join our staff as school secretary starting Monday, January 11. 

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  • 01/06/2016 Annunciation Geography Bee


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Time for the Annunciation Geography Bee!

    Break out your atlas, study the news, fire-up your map-making skills and get ready to show your knowledge of geography at the Annunciation Geography Bee.  Our Annunciation Geo Bee will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Our 3rd – 8thgrade students will assemble to cheer on our finalists! Friends and family are welcome.   Mr. Chuck Nixon will be our event moderator. 

    The winner of our school Bee will take a test to qualify for the MN State Bee.  The MN Bee Champ qualifies for the National Geo Bee in Washington D.C.

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  • 12/27/2015 Let There Be Peace on Earth


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Yes, Christ is our peace, and through him we implore peace for all the world.” ~Pope Francis 

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  • 12/22/2015 WCCO TV Captures the Christmas Magic


    Weekender

    Annunciation‬'s Creative Arts Teacher Mary Strickland was featured on WCCO-TV CBS Monday night. Thank you for helping the students find their light and for encouraging them to shine!

    The Christmas Program wouldn't be as remarkable without the hard work and dedication of Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Kramer and Mrs. Nesvig along with all the teachers of students! 

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  • 12/18/2015 “Halleluiah”…. Christmas 2015


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Our Annunciation School students, led by the creative talents of Mary Strickland, Liz Kramer, and Sandy Nesvig, reached new heights with their Christmas performance this year. While it seems impossible to top any previous years, this performance ranks among the best. With over 25 years of beloved Christmas performances, we realize what a gift this is to our school – students, staff, families and community! This truly is a celebration of God’s gifts to us and of the Christmas season to come. 

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  • 12/18/2015 Quiz Bowl Competition


    Enrichment, Weekender

    This week at St. Thomas, Annunciation's Middle School Quiz Bowl team competed against 43 other Catholic middle schools in 4 rounds. Through the first 3 rounds they remained in the top 8 of all the schools! 

    Each student excelled and helped propel the team to finish in the top 8 today. The team did a fantastic job displaying their knowledge. Be sure to congratulate: Lily S, Charlie M, Charlie E and Nate K!

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  • 12/14/2015 School Advisory Council Members


    Weekender

    Annunciation's School Advisory Council is looking for a few good people to join our team beginning fall of 2016.  

    If you are interested please contact Becky Studt at rbs5@msn.com or further information.

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  • 12/14/2015 “Hallelujah” Christmas Program


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    This year’s Christmas program is titled “Hallelujah”. We are so blessed at Annunciation School to have a renowned and treasured Creative Arts program that produces events that mark special moments and create lasting memories for our whole community. Alumni and friends share their memories of participating in the Christmas program and continue to sing songs and share stories years later. It is such a special event. 

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  • 12/14/2015 State Fair Student Winners


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation students won ribbons galore at the 2015 Minnesota State Fair for Drawing Mixed Media, Dioramas, Research, Writing, Watercolor and Photography.  Congratulations to these amazing students! Below is the impressive list of winners—an amazing showing of our Annunciation students creativity and talents.

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  • 12/14/2015 Extended Day Open During Christmas Break


    Weekender

    School will be closed December 21st through January 1st for Christmas Break.  The Extended Day program will be open on the following days for our families from 7:00a.m – 6:00p.m.

    Monday 12/21, Tuesday 12/22, Wednesday 12/23, Monday 12/28, Tuesday 12/29, and Wednesday 12/30.

    We will provide a snack at 9:15a.m and at 2:30p.m.  The snack at 4:30p.m ahould be from home.

    Please dress the children appropriately.  We will go outside in the morning as well as the afternoon.

    Please note that Extended Day will be closed December 24th, 25th, 31st, and January 1st.

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  • 12/11/2015 Academic Triathlon


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation is proud to offer a multitude of enrichment opportunities. We recently applied and were approved for a new opportunity for middle school students. This opportunity is the United States Academic Triathlon.

    Annunciation is proud to sponsor two Academic Triathlon teams this year.  Academic Triathlon teams consist of 4 students and 2 alternates. Competitions are held on Fridays evenings, four times throughout the school year.  The Academic Triathlon uses three different events during each Meet - Mind Sprints, Face-Off and P.A.R.T.Y in a Box (Improv).

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  • 12/11/2015 Children are Always Welcome at Mass!


    Church News, Weekender

    On this feast of the Holy Family when we celebrate the love within the life of the Holy Family, we also honor our many families whose love and goodness are a gift to the life of our parish. In a special way we want families with young children to always feel welcome when we gather for Mass. Here are some of the options families with small children might find helpful:

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  • 12/09/2015 LADC Fall Sign-Up


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    Annunciation School’s LADC preschool offers a 5 day per week program with full and part-time options. Included is wrap around care for before or after school and summer program.

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  • 12/09/2015 Holy Rosary Thanksgivng Baskets


    Weekender

    We thank you for all of the support and reminders you give our families and kids. We filled 19 overflowing Thanksgiving food baskets along with giving each family a $25 gift card to Cub to buy their turkeys, etc!

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  • 11/28/2015 ‘Praying Advent’ Website Helps Our Journey


    Church News

    "Want some help for the Advent journey?

    The ‘Praying Advent’ website offers a Daily Prayer for each day of Advent, based upon the new Collects of the New Roman Missal. In addition, there are family Dinner Prayers for Advent, help for parents and for people caring for parents.  There are even audio reflections and a few audio retreats.  All brief and intended for busy people – to help make our Advent full of grace. 

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  • 11/21/2015 Personal Care Products for Breaking Free


    Church News, Weekender

    THANK YOU For Your Generosity.

    We are continuing to collect Personal Care Products for Breaking Free and we are grateful for the parishioners who have lovingly donated a variety of items (including soap, shampoo, lotion, hair care products,  and African American care products) to help women who are trying to escape the world of sex trafficking.  Last year our parish learned about the horrors of Human Trafficking through some eye and heart opening educational seminars we hosted at Annunciation.  We decided as a committee to support the Minnesota-based non-profit organization, Breaking Free, which helps more than 500 girls and women each year escape systems of prostitution and sexual exploitation through advocacy direct services, housing, and education. 

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  • 11/20/2015 Living Our Faith During Thanksgiving


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We truly are a blessed community with generous and caring families. Living our theme – “Do unto others as you would have them do to you”, we held our annual Thanksgiving prayer service and food drive for Holy Rosary church. It was wonderful to see all of our students, staff and famileis gather in prayer, hear stories about the people we are helping, and then carry out the many bags of food for Holy Rosary’s families. Our daily prayers call us to serve those in need. Today, we lived our theme and the Gospel message. We are thankful and grateful to be a part of this special Annunciation community!

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  • 11/18/2015 Middle School Academic Showcase 2015-16


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    Introducing Annunciation’s Middle School Academic Showcase.

    We are proud to announce the second annual Middle School Academic Showcase. The Showcase will provide a forum for students to show their learning through projects centering on history and science. All Annunciation middle school students will take part in our showcase:  6th graders will participate in History Day, all 7th graders will participate in Science Fair and 8th graders will have the opportunity to choose either History Day or Science Fair to showcase their academic talents in their area of interest.

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  • 11/18/2015 Annunciation Students Participate In World-Wide Competition


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Approximately 35 Annunciation Middle School math students participated in the 31st annual MAA American Mathematics Competitions 8, held on Tuesday, November 17, 2015.  Students competed for local, national and school awards.  In 2014 over 150, 0000 students from over 2,300 schools participated in the AMC 8 contest. 

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  • 11/14/2015 Minnesota Faith Summit To Prevent Gun Violence


    Church News

    On Thursday, November 12 over 100 faith leaders of all faiths across Minnesota gathered together to learn, discuss, pray, and act to prevent future bloodshed from gun violence. This was the kick-off event to start a conversation in our faith communities about passing criminal-background-check legislation in Minnesota.  Eighteen other states have passed this legislation and have seen significant reductions in the level of gun violence. The plan is supportive of gun rights, but advocates that rights also carry responsibilities, including making sure that as a society, we keep guns out of the hands of people who will misuse them. Our Catholic Bishops have been very vocal on this issue.  After the Sandy Hook shooting, the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) wrote: 

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  • 11/13/2015 Excitement at Preview Night!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Last night we hosted Preview Night for new and prospective families to learn about our school. It was the biggest crowd we have had in years!! The word is spreading about the exciting things happening at Annunciation – our community, our programs, and our strategic vision for the future. Most families were new to Annunciation and are hearing about the great tradition and community in our school – and now with the addition of the IB program – are seeing we have something unique that no other school has to offer. It was fun to see such enthusiasm and feel the energy among students, staff, parents and friends.

    A special thanks to the School Advisory Council, APO, other parents volunteers, Lester Bagley, our parent speaker, Rosa Gerdts, our student council president speaker, the 2nd grade performers, Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Sable, Mrs. Heer, teacher aides, Father Park, and school and parish staff who made the evening spectacular and special for our visitors. It is an exciting time to be a part of Annunciation!!

    Special Tuition Announcement

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  • 11/12/2015 Spelling Bee Champion 2015


    Enrichment, Weekender

    After 31 amazing rounds, 7th Grader, Lizzie N, clinched the Annunciation Spelling Bee.  4th Grader, William R, in his first appearance, was the runner-up. Lizzie earned the title of Spelling Bee Champion after correctly spelling her thirty-second word - immunity. 

    Words correctly spelled in this year’s Bee include emergence, modular, hypnotic, migraine, pinnacle, latency, pathogen, iambic, mawkish, evanescent, shoji, cozen, inimical, soiree, turpitude, entirety, and tungsten. 

    Congratulations to all of our 10 Annunciation Finalists!

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  • 11/11/2015 Annunciation Alumni Achievements at AHA


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    Congratulations to the Annunciation alums who were so successful in their Fall Sports at The Academy of Holy Angels!

    The Boys Soccer team went 17-1-2 and had 3 Annunciation Alums on the team. Co-Captain Sam Laux was All Conference, and his team voted him the Star Award Winner. Joey Oslund was All Conference for his efforts in the net.

    The girls tennis team also had a fantastic year. Co-captain Lucia Anderson was All Conference, Academic All-State, and was voted Most Valuable Player by her team. Co-Captain Tristan Jensen was All Conference, Academic All-State, and was voted Ms. Hustle by her teammates.  Laura Bagwell-Katalinich was All Conference Honorable Mention, Academic All State, and was voted Most Improved Player by the team.

    Zoe Grubbs was Academic All State.

    Congrats all our Alums! We are so proud of you. 

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  • 11/06/2015 Risk Takers


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes

    The Road to International Baccalaureate Status

    This week Annunciation students learned about the IB learner attribute, "Risk Taker".

    "We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change."  IB program materials

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  • 11/05/2015 Battle of the Books 2015


    Enrichment, Weekender

    We are very proud of all who participated in the Annunciation Battle of the Books. Thank you to all the parents and teachers who encouraged 103 students in grades 3-8 to take on the challenge.

    Collectively our students read over 70 titles covering a variety of genres and reading levels and answered over 175 comprehension questions.

    Well done! 

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  • 10/31/2015 Option for the Poor and Vulnerable


    Church News

    While the common good stems from the dignity, unity and equality of all people, those who are weak, vulnerable, and most in need are our preferential concern, or priority. The poor and vulnerable includes all who are marginalized in our state, nation and beyond.

    Those who are oppressed by poverty are the object of a special love on the part of the Catholic Church which, since our beginning and in spite of the failings of many of our members, has not ceased to work for their relief, defense, and liberation through numerous works of charity. (CCC, 2448)

    The preferential option for the poor and vulnerable is not optional. A basic moral test for society is measuring how we treat the most vulnerable in our midst. In a society with a growing gap between rich and poor, Scripture gives us the story of the Last Judgment (Mt 25:31-46) and reminds us that we will be judged by our response to the “least among us.”

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  • 10/29/2015 Partners in Education


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Today we wrapped up our mid trimester conferences. So after two full teaching days and an evening conferences, we will have Friday off as our compensation day. Thanks to all how helped make it a great two days!

    We are also so grateful to have such a strong partnership with our parents. With almost 100% of our families attending, the conferences were a great success. We were excited to share the good news and progress of our students, but also discuss ways to challenge them to continue to learn new things and improve. I hope you found your conference time informative and encouraging. We are truly a “united and caring community” striving to help each child reach their fullest potential. Thank you for entrusting your children to us for their education – mind, body and spirit. 

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  • 10/29/2015 APEX Fun Run Survey


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    Parents, Teachers, Family and Friends,

    On behalf of the APO we would like to thank you for your generous support of the APEX FUN RUN. We hope your children enjoyed this year's DREAM theme and continues to reinforce the messages learned during this event.

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  • 10/29/2015 Spelling Bee Fall 2015


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    Get ready…our Annunciation Spelling Bee is right around the corner.  

    In the upcoming weeks students in 4-8th grade will be participate in grade level spelling bees.  Through the process, 2 spellers from each grade will advance to our school spelling bee.  This year our Annunciation Spelling Bee will be held on Tuesday, November 10th.

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  • 10/24/2015 Our Environmental Duties


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:   “Never have we so hurt and mistreated our common home as we have in the last two hundred years."  ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip:  “Care for Creation. The Church believes our actions towards the environment and natural resources should be a sign of our respect for God’s creation.

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  • 10/23/2015 Principal’s Breakfast Energy


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We had an incredible turnout for the APO sponsored Principal's Breakfast yesterday morning! Thank you to all who attended. Be sure to look out for the next breakfast if you weren't able to make it. There was a lot of energy around the school's status as an International Bacu candidate school. Please check out the Learner Profile Activities for Parents for more information on how to develop these attributes at home as well.

    Coming up this week please be sure you've scheduled your student's fall conferences and remember that the school will be in "Orange & Black" dress to celebrate Halloween this Thursday, October, 29. 

    Please feel free to contact me,

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation Prinicpal
    jcassidy@annunciationmsp.org

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  • 10/22/2015 Annunciation Chess Team


    Enrichment, Weekender

    ​On Sunday, October 11, the Annunciation Chess Team had big successes at the Wolverine Open Chess Tournament for chess players in K – 8th grades.

    Four Annunciation students competed in the five round competition and earned the 2nd Place Team Trophy!  Also, William Richardson won the 3rd place trophy in the 4th-8th grade bracket as an individual. Trophies were awarded to the top 5 individuals, and the remaining  players were awarded either gold, silver, or bronze medals.

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  • 10/21/2015 The Votes Are In


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    Everyone agrees that Dancing with Annunciation Stars 2015 was a dazzling success!  We raised over $30K which will be used to enhance the school auditorium environment and upgrade the sound and lighting systems. 

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  • 10/21/2015 Capacity Building Grant Award


    Church News, Weekender

    We are proud to announce that Annunciation School has been awarded a Capacity Building Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF). This grant was made possible by the Foundation's many donors who have invested in the future by supporting funds at the Foundation that benefit the greatest needs in our Catholic community.

    The Catholic Community Foundation, located in St. Paul, is the largest Catholic community foundation in the nation and is committed to supporting the spiritual, educational, and social needs of our community. To learn more about the Catholic Community Foundation go to: https://www.facebook.com/CatholicCommunityFoundationMN

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  • 10/21/2015 Robotics Team October Update


    Weekender

    The Robotics Team has been busy! Here is a recap of their October meeting:

    During this meeting, we worked on our team website and set up a team YouTube channel.  We also watched videos posted by other teams to get ideas and learn from their experience.

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  • 10/21/2015 Loaves & Fishes Ministry


    Church News, Weekender

    Hello Annunciation families!

    Have you ever thought about trying out a ministry? I coordinate the Loaves and Fishes ministry for Annunciation church and would love for you to join us!  We welcome your help whether it's one time, every month or when helping-out fits your schedule! We're flexible.

    On the first Monday of each month, we serve dinner to 150-250 people at St. Stephen's school (2123 Clinton Ave). There are many different ways and times to help out, so we're coordinating our efforts through VolunteerSpot  - just follow these 3 easy steps:

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  • 10/21/2015 Happenings Books For Sale


    Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation Youth Ministries Is Selling Happenings Books!

    Save up to 50% on Dinning, Travel, Shopping, Theatre, Sports and more.

    Hurry they are available only until supplies last!


    Cost is $30.00 and they are available in the Church Youth Room and Parish Office. You can call Jimmy (612-824-9993 ext. 243) for more details.
     

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  • 10/21/2015 Piano News October 30 Lessons


    Weekender

    Hello Piano Families,

    Just a reminder that piano lessons on Friday, October 30th are still scheduled at their regular times. If your family will be unable to attend, please preschedule your absence online at Hovland Parent. This not only creates the ability for a makeup for you at a later time, but allows other families to use that time for a makeup. As always, please let me know if you have any questions. 

    Thank you,

    Danielle Engum
    Hovland Conservatory of Music
    Center for Music Standards
    651.636.4835 x908

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  • 10/21/2015 MAP Testing Math Practice


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  • 10/19/2015 MAP Testing Reading Practice


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  • 10/17/2015 #WALKWITHFRANCIS Pledge


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “All it takes is one good person to restore hope!” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip

    Take the #WALKWITHFRANCIS Pledge.  Are you inspired by Pope Francis?  You can now take a pledge to “Walk with Francis” and follow our Pope’s example of faith and service.  The Archdiocese of Washington D.C. has launched an online website community of thousands of individuals and parishes who are together pledging to walk with Pope Francis through prayer, service, and action. 

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  • 10/15/2015 The Argument Club Asks: Is Planned Parenthood Good for Women?


    Church News

    The Argument Club for Women invites women of all faiths and perspectives to debate this question.

    Tuesday, October 20
    Nativity of Our Lord Parish, 1900 Wellesley Ave., St. Paul, MN 55105
    6pm Libations & Appetizers and 7pm debate
    $10 at the door, no reservation necessary

    Speaking in defense of the Positive position will be Katherine Bisanz, Program Director, Sexual Violence Center, and speaking in defense of the negative position will be Rev. Denise Walker, Founder of Everlasting Light Ministries.

    This is the first in a 3-part series, What Do Women Want? Watch for further information on the next two topics: Can Women “Have It All”: Career, Family and Happiness? (February) and Has Feminism Been Good for Women? (May)

    Please plan to join us for rousing discussion on all these topics!

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  • 10/14/2015 Essential Agreements


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Today for our morning meeting, we gathered as a whole school in the auditorium. We began with our prayer and pledge together, birthday announcements, then talked about how exciting it is for us to be an official International Baccalaureate Candidate School! We should be very proud of this and know that we are joining other schools throughout the world. At Annunciation, we will begin learning about the IB and bringing this into our school.

    Today, students shared our all-school essential agreements. These are the basic rules that we, as a school, agree to that involve the playground, going to mass, using the restroom, and eating lunch and more. You will see the essential agreements posted in the halls and throughout the school.

    Next, students acted out skits that taught us about the Learner Profile Attributes. These are character traits we want us all to share. We will be introducing one new trait every two weeks.  Please use these at home or talk about them with your child.

    We are excited to begin this journey together as a school. We are all learners together!

    Please feel free to contact me with any IB questions,

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation Prinicpal
    jcassidy@annunciationmsp.org

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  • 10/13/2015 Washburn Open House


    HIGH SCHOOL INFORMATION NIGHT FOR ZONE 3

    If you live in Zone 3 and you're looking for general information about High School opportunities, consider attending the High School Info night on Monday, October 19th @ 6:00 at Ramsey Middle School. There will be information available about the high school selection process in MPS.  Visit MPS Website for more information. 

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  • 10/09/2015 What does the Peace & Justice Committee DO?


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor
    "None of us can think we are exempt from concerns for the poor and for social justice." ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip

    What does the Peace & Justice Committee DO?  

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  • 10/07/2015 Battle of the Books 2015


    Weekender

    Are You Ready to BATTLE?

    The Battle of the Books will be here before we know it! 

    When: Tuesday, October 27.

    What is the Battle of the Books?
    A lively academic competition, Battle of the Books improves reading comprehension, builds vocabulary, and teaches teamwork and good sportsmanship.

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  • 10/07/2015 Kindness in Chalk


    Weekender

    Friday we will host "Kindness in Chalk" to promote anti-bullying.

    Sometimes, all a person needs to hear is something uplifting and positive to get through a rough day. That is why, Annunciation is participating in the Kindness in Chalk anti-bullying movement on Friday, October 9, 2015. 

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  • 10/02/2015 October early dismissal, MAP testing & DWAS


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Dancing with Annunciation Stars

    We are only week away from DWAS at Annunciation School! The event next Saturday, October 10. Students had a “sneak peek” at a rehearsal performance today and I can promise you a fantastic show!  If you have not had a chance to check out the Dancing with Annunciation Stars event, I invite you to do so. Take a look – it is fun and exciting to see! Thanks to the parents and staff who have worked diligently in preparation for this fun event. It is guaranteed to be a fun-filled evening!

    ....

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  • 10/02/2015 Respect Life


    40 days for Life, Baby Bottle Campaign and Holy Hour for Life news...

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  • 10/01/2015 Blessing of the Animals Photos


    Church News, Weekender

    Thursday October 1, 2015, Annunciation students come together in honor of St. Francis for the blessing of the animals on the church lawn.

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  • 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?


    Church News

    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


    Weekender

    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


    Weekender

    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


    Church News

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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


    Weekender

    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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