News & Events

  • 05/18/2016 State of the School Spring 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    On May 5th, Annunciation hosted a State of the School focused, Evening with Principal Cassidy. Attendees were welcomed by Father Park, who shared his commitment to the school as the largest mission of the parish. Parents then listened to Jennifer Cassidy give a State of the School presentation, which included an update on the IB candidacy by Anne Laux and they heard first hand accounts of IB in the classroom from kindergarten teacher, Beth Sable and middle school science teacher, Jeremie Nichols. The event was full of energy, great questions and excitement about all the progress made so far and where we are headed for the future!

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  • 05/18/2016 Fall Volleyball & Soccer Registration


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    Calling all Annunciation students who are interested in playing volleyball or soccer next school year!

    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.

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  • 05/18/2016 Calling All Math Enthusiasts!


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    Are you interested in...

        Solving fun Math problems?

        Working and learning in small groups?

        Sharpening Math skills?

        Preparing for a challenging course next school year?

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  • 05/18/2016 GearHeadz Robotics Team


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    We will start the season with the MN FTC kickoff on September 10th, where the challenge will be released The time and location will be announced in late summer. The team will meet twice a week to begin the design-build process. As we get closer to our first tournament, we may need to add meetings to our schedule to reach our goal. The team may not exceed 15 participants, a standard which is set by the FIRST organization. Therefore, spots will be filled in the order that registration is received.

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  • 05/13/2016 AYM Icon Harvey Galberth


    Church News, Weekender

    Dear Annunciation Youth Ministry Alumni, friends and family,

    It is with great sadness that I share the news that Harvey Galberth (97 years young) passed away on Sunday, May 8th 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • 05/06/2016 New & Notes May 6, 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Viva Las Vegas


    Next Saturday, May 14 is the Annunciation School Live and Silent Auction. Please join us for a fun-filled evening that provides support to our school programs. It promises to be a great night! See all the details here: www.vivalasvegas2016.org.
     

    Teacher Appreciation Week

    We ended our Teacher Appreciation Week with an amazing homemade lunch. Thanks, Chef Canda and all of you who went the extra mile make us feel like Super Heroes!!

    We could not be more grateful for the special treatment and appreciation we have received all week. Thank you for all the extra effort and support this week.

    Our parents are the best!

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  • 05/05/2016 Welcome Rachel Wiehoff


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    Rachel Wiehoff will be joining our staff next year as part of the middle school team, teaching math and STEM to students in grades 6-8.  Rachel holds two teaching licenses in elementary (K-6) and middle school math (5-8) and has a Master Degree in Education from the University of St Thomas. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting with a minor in Education, Schooling and Society from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. She worked as an accountant for a few years before pursuing her life-long dream of teaching.  She has a passion for teaching and working with children is excited to join the staff at Annunciation School.

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  • 05/05/2016 Summer Mondays @ Izzy’s


    Church News, Weekender

    When: One Monday each month June-August 7:00pm-8:30pm

    June 13th - Izzy’s-Downtown Mpls
    July 18th - Grand Ole-Creamery Cedar Ave.
    August 15th - Sebastian Joe’s-Linden Hills

    Who: Senior High Youth (Grade 9 - 12) Cost: Money for ice cream.
    Where: Meet at the ice cream store.

    RSVP: No Permission Slip Required
    Questons: Call Jimmy at 612-824-9993 x243 

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  • 05/05/2016 Feathered Friends Night Out


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    Feathered Friends Night Out

    May 17th, 5:30-7:15 pm

    Free dinner and bird-related crafts & activities

    U of M Raptor Center Bird Show

    Annunciation Auditorium

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  • 05/04/2016 AYM Mission Trip Preparation Night


    Church News, Weekender

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    This is the only meeting before the trip so everyone (youths & parents) is expected to be in attendance. Final statements will be distributed that evening.

    Questions: Call Jimmy Dunn at 612-824-9993 ext 243

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  • 04/23/2016 What does Earth Day Really Mean for Catholics?


    Church News

    Here are a few things the Pope has to say in his latest Encyclical:

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  • 04/22/2016 Mary’s Shelter Clothing Drive


    Weekender

    We are participating in the Public Achievement program as part of Extended Day.  We are doing a clothing and shoe drive April 12th – 26th.  Bring donated clothes to the bins that are in the foyer.  We will donate the clothes and shoes to Mary’s Shelter.  If you have any clothes that don’t fit, bring them in!

    Izzy G., Marina V., Elise P. and Grace C. 
    Annunciation Students

    For more information on Public Achievement, visit http://inside.augsburg.edu/publicachievement/

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  • 04/21/2016 Piano Honor Students Announced


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    Hello Piano Families,

    We would like to give special recognition to the following students who achieved "All-Star" and "Honors" scores on their recent Term 3 exams. All-Star students achieved perfect scores in all four lesson categories (Attendance, Playtime, Homework, Recall). Honors students achieved perfect scores for playing their curriculum as well as perfect scores in the four lesson categories. Names for all categories are posted on the Star Wall in the piano room. Make sure you congratulate these students on this amazing accomplishment!

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  • 04/21/2016 Improv Shows


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    The final rehearsals are taking place as Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Nesvig and the 7th and 8th grade students prepare for the Improv shows. Please plan to join us next week on April 28 & 29 in the auditorium.

    Come and see our students perform and share their great gifts and talents!

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  • 04/20/2016 Math Masters (5th grade) Takes 2nd Place!


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    The 5th grade Math Masters team took 2nd place in the Math Masters MN Team Competition! 

    Three kids placed in the top 10 for the Individual Competition.
    1st place - Griffin M.
    6th place - Gordie N.
    9th place - Evan S.

    Way to go Mathletes!

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  • 04/20/2016 Annunciation Concert Series


    Church News

    Please join us on Saturday, May 7th at 7:30pm as the Kenwood Symphony Orchestra performs Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9, featuring the Sonomento Choir.  Completed in 1824, the symphony is one of the best-known works in classical music.  Among critics, it is almost universally considered one of Beethoven's greatest works, and many consider it one of the greatest compositions in the western musical canon.  This concert is free and open to the public!  For more information visit  http://www.kenwoodsymphonyorchestra.org/

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  • 04/20/2016 Viva Las Vegas Live & Silent Auction Tickets


    Church News, Weekender

    It's a Sure Bet! Early Bird Ticket Sales Are Open!

    "Diligence is the mother of good luck." -Benjamin Franklin

    Get your luck rolling & buy Early Bird tickets to Viva Las Vegas!

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  • 04/20/2016 Alumni bring MN Spirit to Mission Haiti, Inc


    “To truly understand Haitian people and their economy, you have to go there and immerse yourself in the culture,” explains Mission Haiti, Inc. Board President, Jimmy Dunn. A dozen Annunciation alumni and several companions did just that during a January 2016 visit to our sister school, Annunciation Leogane.

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  • 04/20/2016 Alumni Newsletter Spring 2016


    Church News

    The latest edition of News for the Annunciation Family Spring 2016 is out!

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  • 04/20/2016 Annunciation Dominican Award


    Church News

    The Annunciation Dominican Award is presented to an Annunciation graduate who demonstrates gospel values in their life’s work, be it at home, in the community or in the workplace. The award is named for the Dominican Sisters of Sinsinawa, the first teachers at Annunciation School when it opened in 1923.

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  • 04/20/2016 Welcome New Staff Members


    Church News

    In 2016 Annunciation Church and School has added three new staff members. Read more here:

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  • 04/16/2016 Respect Life Flower Sale


    Church News, Weekender

    The plant sale will be on Friday, May 6th. There will be extra plants for sale that afternoon as well as after the Masses on May 7-8. If anyone wants to donate plants from their garden, we will gladly accept them for our sale. Please drop them off on Friday, May 6th.

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

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  • 04/09/2016 Catholic Social Teaching on Migration


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “Migrants are our brothers and sisters in search of a better life, far away from poverty, hunger, exploitation and the unjust distribution of the planet’s resources which are meant to be equitably shared by all. Don’t we all want a better, more decent and prosperous life to share with our loved ones?” ~Pope Francis

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  • 04/08/2016 IB Candidacy Update


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We are coming near the end of our first year of our official IB implementation as a candidate school. We wanted to share some news about our progress so far: 

    IB LEVEL ONE TRAINING 

    April 2-4, 2016, Minneapolis Hilton, Official IB Training 

    Annunciation’s process for attaining International Baccalaureate authorization is based on a three-year plan. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) provides a set of criteria against which both the IB World School and the IB can evaluate success. The foundation of what it means to be an IB school is articulated through a set of program standards and practices. 

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  • 04/08/2016 How the World Works Investigation


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    Annunciation kindergarteners current IB unit of inquiry is How the World Works.  In particular, they investigated habitats, which included biomes.

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  • 04/07/2016 Summer Music Camps


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    Summer Music Camps 

    For Ukuleles, Guitars, Jazz Combo and Rock Band

    Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1

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  • 04/06/2016 Please Pray for Our 1st Communicants


    Church News, Weekender

    Thirty-five of our 2nd graders from both Annunciation School and our Annunciation Faith Formation program, are in the final stages of preparing to celebrate their 1st Communion, at our special 1st Communion 10:00AM Mass, Saturday, April 23rd.

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  • 04/06/2016 Improv Updates April 6, 2016


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    We are now in the last three weeks before the improv performances. That means we are in the production stage of the class and the days and hours will be extended. There will also be regular improv days in which only a section of the class will need to attend. Students should know what scenes they are in. If they have any questions, they should talk to Sandy Nesvig. The schedule is listed below: 

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  • 04/04/2016 Poverty for No One. Opportunity for Everyone.


    Church News

    You are invited to a Catholic Charities event to hear updates from CEO Tim Marx and staff on their efforts to build a community where there is poverty for no one and opportunity for everyone. This event will focus on homelessness and the future of the Dorothy Day Center: Tuesday, April 12, 12:00-1:00pm, 60 Plato Boulevard E., 4th floor Drake Bank Building, St. Paul. You are also invited to join any of the following tours of their Minneapolis sites:

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  • 04/04/2016 Third Graders Easter Blessing


    Annunciation third graders made crosses out of clothes pins for Easter and Deacon Sean blessed them.

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  • 04/04/2016 The Spring Break Travels of Flat Stanley


    Over spring break 2nd graders were asked to take Flat Stanley along and snap a photo. It looks like Flat Stanley racked up some frequent flyer miles!

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  • 03/25/2016 Thanks for the Soup!


    Church News

    This past Lent on Friday evenings before Stations of the Cross, we have been able to share the company of fellow parishioners while enjoying a variety of delicious homemade soups. Thanks to Shawn Leighton, Patrice Krocheski-Meyer, Tina Ham Peterson, Laura Bischoff, Stephanie Miller and Cathy Dolan for making all this possible!

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  • 03/22/2016 8th Grader Receives Award at TCRSF


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    Congratulations to Annunciation 8th grader, Gabriel S. who won an Air Force Award at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair held February 26 & 27th. Gabe's "Engineering Mechanics" project, was titled, "A.M. radio Project At Electicity Wall". Way to go Gabe!

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  • 03/22/2016 Top Speller, Lizzie N.


    This past Sunday, March 20, 2016, Annunciation 7th grader, Lizzie N. was one of forty-nine spellers who has qualified for the Minnesota Public Radio Regional Spelling Bee at The Fitzgerald Theater.

    Out of 46, only 8 were left when Lizzie went out in the 6th round.  The word she missed was "insatiate." A great showing!!

    Congratulations Lizzie!

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  • 03/19/2016 Recycling


    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “The Earth, our home, increasingly seems to be transforming itself into an immense garbage dump.” ~Pope Francis

    Green Tip

    Setting up organics recycling at home…and Church! (We already do this at Annunciation!)

    More than one-third of our trash is organic material that can be composted. Recycling organics, including food scraps and non-recyclable paper, is an easy way to reduce your trash and make a difference!’

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  • 03/18/2016 News & Notes: March 18, 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Holy Week – Next week is our last week before Easter and Spring break!

    NET Retreat – 7th and 8th graders will participate in a NET Ministries retreat all day next Tuesday.  The retreat will be lead by the NET Ministries team and take place in the basement of church. Please keep the students in your prayers!

    Stuff the Bus - Thanks for encouraging all your students to participate. 5th graders will help deliver the items next Thursday.

    Reminder – Gym painting will happen over spring break!! The floor will be refinished over the summer.

    IB Program Update

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  • 03/18/2016 Red Fish Art Studio


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    After School Art Enrichment Program

    Our goal is to expose students to different art forms and materials. We will introduce students to current as well as historical artists. Students will learn a multitude of art concepts and techniques. Our ultimate objective is to encourage and build confidence in the students’ artistic abilities and most of all...to have fun!!

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  • 03/18/2016 Got Pictures?


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    We are in need of pictures from this school year for the yearbook. First day of school, in-class pictures, field trips, concerts, sporting events, blessing of the animals, etc.

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  • 03/16/2016 Library News: Overdue Books


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    The library will be updating to a new library program, possibly as soon as over spring break.

    The current student records will not transfer with the new program and I will need to send out emails for each overdue book. Please help me round up any overdue books! I would be very greatful.

    Thank you for your help! 

    Anne Clubb
    Annunciation School Librarian

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  • 03/12/2016 Let’s Kick Start a Conversation about Kids, Guns, and Safety


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor 

    “The Church has been a consistent voice for the promotion of peace at home and around the world and a strong advocate for the reasonable regulation of firearms.”
    ~United States Conference of Catholic Bishops

    Be SMART for Kids

    Let’s Kick Start a Conversation about Kids, Guns, and Safety. On Monday, Feb. 29 the Peace & Justice Committee co-hosted an event with APO (Annunciation Parents Organization) on this topic in the Annunciation School Auditorium. 

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  • 03/11/2016 Join Fr. Park on a Pilgrimage to Rome


    Church News, Weekender

    ​Join Fr. Park on a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi & Southern Italy next winter!  The trip is being organized by Magi Travel and will be Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - Friday, February 17, 2017.

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  • 03/11/2016 After School Enrichment Programs (ASE Programs)


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    The ASE Programs registration for Spring 2016 is now open:

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  • 03/10/2016 Extended Day Summer Program


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    The Annunciation School Extended Day program is offering a summer program for children enrolled in our school. The summer program will begin on Tuesday, June 14th and will end on Friday, August 19th. We will be open every day except July 4th.

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  • 03/10/2016 Seeking: VBS Volunteers!


    Church News, Weekender

    Attention Current 5th graders & older….VBS needs YOU!!!

    Join other kids in helping make VBS great. Attend a training camp before VBS starts and a pizza party on the last day of camp. Plus, you can earn documented volunteer hours, and all while having a lot of fun! 

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  • 03/09/2016 Middle School Teacher Earns Recognition


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    We are so proud to announce that Annunciation Middle School teacher, Erin McBurney has been selected as a finalist for the Honor Teacher Award (K-8) for the 2016 Private and Independent Education Awards. This award will be presented on Sunday, April 24, at the University of St. Thomas. 

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  • 03/09/2016 Why Confession?


    Church News, Weekender

    A Conversation About How Confession Can Help You Get the Most out of Your Life!

    “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.” ~Pope Francis

    Saturday Morning, March 19th, 9:00 to 11:00

    9:00 – 10:00 – Mass followed by a delightful light brunch.

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  • 03/07/2016 Author Visits Middle School


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    Geoff HerbachYoung Adult author Geoff Herbach visited the 8th grade Friday, March 4th.  He spoke at length about his book Stupid Fast which the class  just finished reading in  Literature.  The critically- acclaimed book was a favorite among the students and has won many awards:

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  • 03/07/2016 MathMasters’ Final Competition


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    Last Friday the middle school Math Club saw some stiff competition at Chaska. At the meet, 31 teams and over 150 students competed. In the six years that the meet coordinator has been hosting, he has never seen such high scores and tight races. All of our team members did a great job and I think they had a fun time too!

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  • 03/04/2016 Library & Technology Updates


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    The Library's Biggest Event is Here!

    Did you know that approximately ninety percent of the library's budget comes directly from the Scholastic Book Fair? Every day supplies such as the materials to create the bar coding system and protective plastic for popular books are purchased with the proceeds of the book fair. Anne Clubb was also able to add shorter, 'pre-school' sized sorting bins to the library along with new books for Annunciation's youngest learners.

    Be on the look out for the Teacher Wish List for classroom books and also a Teacher's Pick section if you need some help picking out books for the readers in your house. The Scholastic Book Fair, "Peace, Love & Books" will be open Sunday, March 6 - Friday, March 11. Please see full details below.

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  • 03/03/2016 Annunciation Red, 2nd & 3rd Grade Girls Basketball


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    Congratulations to the Annunciation Red 2nd and 3rd grade girls basketball team on a successful season!  The team played a game every Saturday at Blessed Trinity and worked on dribbling, passing and shooting skills.  They had a great season and really worked well together as a team!

    (Photo courtesy of team parent, Jill Moe. Co-coach, Rachel Bagwell not pictured.)

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  • 03/03/2016 Congratulations Lizzie, Spelling Bee Champ!


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    School Bee Champions across the state took an online semifinal qualifying test in February.  The results of the semifinal competition are in and...Lizzie is one of forty-nine spellers who has qualified for the Minnesota Public Radio Regional Spelling Bee on March 20, 2016 at The Fitzgerald Theater.  

    The champion of the MPR Regional Spelling Bee and one parent will win an expenses-paid trip to the Washington, D.C. area to compete in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

    Congratulations and best wishes Lizzie.  Your Annunciation family will be rooting for you!
     

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  • 02/26/2016 Everyday Celebrations


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As we come to the end of our second trimester, we celebrate many successes and achievements by our students. We also want to begin to highlighting some of the unique things that happen in our school that make Annunciation a special place. Below are two highlights to share:

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  • 02/20/2016 What is a Refugee?


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor

    “Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking. 

    ~Approved by the USCCB Committee on Migration 

    What is a Refugee?

    “Refugees are individuals who have fled their countries of origin and who meet the United Nations' criteria of having a "well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion. 

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  • 02/20/2016 International Baccalaureate Transition Update


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    At our Principal Breakfast last Thursday, Beth Sable and Sheila Loschy shared photos and stories from their first IB unit of inquiry they taught this year. It was exciting to hear the amazing interactions the students made with their learning, the connections and deeper understanding they gained from their inquiries, and the richness of their Carnaval experience this year with the connection to their IB unit.

    The journey continues this year and we are anxious to see the continued impact on our teaching and learning. Please continue to use the Learner Profile Attributes with your children. They are listed below.  Here are some highlights about the IB program:

    The Primary Years Program (PYP) prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

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  • 02/18/2016 Viva Las Vegas!


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    Our annual Live & Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, May 14th, 2016.  This year’s theme is Viva Las Vegas! We can’t wait to celebrate our community ‘Las Vegas Style’.  

    Do you have an idea for a business donation or party idea for this year’s live and silent auction? Are you interested in making a cash donation to support the purchase of a great live auction prize or do you want to volunteer your time? We would love to hear from you!  

    Contact Liz Tromiczak and Jen Snodgrass, Auction Co-Chairs, at AnnunicationAuction2016@gmail.com.

    We are so grateful for the support we have received so far.

    Thank you!

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  • 02/18/2016 Girl Scouts Carnaval Service Project


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    6th graders, Libby Z, Maya P, Caitlin O, Juliet P, Hannah C, Maddie B, Grace R, Hannah O, Edith C from Girl Scout Troop 14210 built flag stands and poles for Carnaval.  They learned how to use a miter saw, drill press, belt sander and cordless drills while earning the woodworking badge.  Mrs. Crowley helped, too and is very excited the school won't need to rent them again!

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  • 02/17/2016 Early Dismissal


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    School will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, March 2nd. The Extended Day program will be open on the 2nd for our families.

    On Wednesday, March 2nd, Extended Day will be open from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. We will be staying on school grounds. The children may bring Game Boys, Wii, board games, and their favorite music CD.

    Extended Day will provide a snack at 2:30p.m.  There will also be a 4:30p.m. snack time and this snack is brought from home.

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

    REGISTRATION IS DUE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH BY 6:00 P.M.

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  • 02/17/2016 Wish List for Haiti


    Church News, Weekender

    Your donations would be gratefully received by the Sisters of the Companion of Jesus and ladies at the Village of Jesus in Leogane, Haiti.

    There is a permanent drop-off box in the church business office (lower level of Church) for your convenience. We will take these meds with us on every trip: over-the-counter meds for the ladies at the Village of Jesus: Ben Gay, hot/icy packs, lotions (Calamine, Galocur plus, and moisturizer lotion), Aspirin 81mg & 325mg, B100 complex tablets, Vitamin C tablets, Day-Quil Cold & Flu, Dulcolax (Colace) tablets, Ibuprofen/Advil, Naproxen/ Aleve, Tylenol EX strength, antifungal cream, Cortisone cream, Zantac/Prilosec, Iron tablets, Tums, Calcium 1200mg, Multivitamins.

    Thank you,

    Mission Haiti Board Members

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  • 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


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    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


    Weekender

    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


    Weekender

    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


    Weekender

    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


    Weekender

    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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