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09/29/2017 One More Step on the IB Journey
This past week, I attend the Minnesota Independent Schools Forum Leadership (MISF) Conference. The annual conference offers informative and applicable sessions, but also is a chance to learn from fellow school leaders. Each year, I am inspired and come away with great new learnings, connections to the wisdom of a fantastic group of school leaders, and most importantly, affirmation that we are doing the right things at Annunciation.
One session, presented by a Catholic high school administrator, shared findings from a Harvard study on skills our students need for the future. He quoted Tony Wagner, a Senior Research Fellow from Harvard, “We are focused on our students passing the test at the expense of failing our kids at life”. Wagner identifies the seven skills students desperately need for their future:
09/29/2017 Blessing of the Animals
You are invited to join us for:
“Blessing of the Animals”
Celebrating St. Francis’ Feast Day
Tuesday, October 3rd at 2:15 p.m.
Blessing will be outside on the playground.
Parents may bring animals to and from school.
All students will return to school for dismissal after the blessing.
09/29/2017 Join the Robotics Team Today
Join the ROBOTICS Team Today!! For 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Students.
The Annunciation Robotics team, GearHeadz, will begin it’s third year. Our team is part of the 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.
09/29/2017 IB Exhibition in 5th Grade
This morning our 5th-graders and their parents gathered to learn about an exciting new addition to Annunciation School - EXHIBITION.
Exhibition involves the grade 5 teachers and students, the IB/PYP Coordinator, the Library/Media Specialists, the Principal, parents, students´ former teachers, and the entire Annunciation community. During Exhibition, students are expected to inquire into a real-life issue, and to take “action” on this issue. Action can be in the form of creating awareness, making a positive difference or affecting change. The central idea for the Exhibition unit is: A person's passions, interests, and responsibilities can lead to action.
09/29/2017 Battle of the Books 2017
We are about to have a battle royale...
The 6th Annual Battle of the Books will take place at Annunciation on Tuesday, October 17th. We have over 100 students registered and ready to battle.
What is the Battle of the Books?
The ‘Battle’ is a collaborative reading competition for students in 3rd- 8th grade. It is designed to enhance reading comprehension, provide opportunities for collaboration and encourage students to read quality literature.
09/29/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners
Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winner for September!
09/29/2017 Lip Sync Battles
The seventh grade students performed their rendition of Lip Sync Battles this past Wednesday for their Creative Arts class. All grade levels were invited to participate as audience members and witness the spectacular performances which included memorizing lyrics, lip syncing, dancing, costumes, and props!
09/29/2017 Preschool/Kindergarten Annual Bike Event
We had a great night with pizza, games, face painting, the jumpy slide and ending with our bike race!
Thanks for joining us for this fun event. A lot of fun was had by all!
Dancing with the Annunciation Stars made their SOLID GOLD debut at Septemberfest!!
Introducing the Dancing with the Annunciation Stars 2018 cast:
Save the date for the grooviest, hippest, most out of this world dance show of 2018!
09/28/2017 Thank You, Fall Sports Coaches!
We would like to thank the coaches for all of the work they have put in this fall. The students have had a lot of fun playing this year and we could not do this without their continued support and dedication! We would like to wish them the best of luck as we head into the final month of fall sports!
09/28/2017 Annunciation Church Youth Choir
The Annunciation Church Youth Choir is off to a great start!
We're only two rehearsals in, and the group is already learning a lot of new music. It's been a lot of fun. While the group is already good-sized, we are always looking for more members, and at this point in particular we are looking for some additional middle schoolers to join. There is a strong contingent of 8th graders, but we could use more 5-7th graders who love to sing. With an increase of older singers, the choir will be able to dig into more advanced repertoire, and the older students themselves will be able to accelerate and really challenge themselves. The more the merrier!
09/27/2017 We’re Hiring: Instructional Assistant
Annunciation Catholic School is seeking a caring, passionate, hard-working person to join our team as Instructional Assistant in the elementary classrooms. The Instructional Assistants provide additional learning support for students and help create a faith-filled, positive environment for learning. In addition, the position helps supervise lunchroom and recess for students.
09/22/2017 A Focus on Gratitude
Since our retreat last year, our staff has been focused on gratitude. One way to create a growth mindset and grow in our faith is to be grateful. While we have much work to do and can be overwhelmed by our daily “to-do” lists and tasks that busy our day, we don’t want to miss the blessings we have.
Sept 29, 30 & Oct 1 at Camp Philippo
Cub Scouts in 1st -5th grade are invited to join the rest of the Pack in our first camping trip of the school year. No cost to scouts and parents, siblings are also welcome to join us for $5 each.
09/22/2017 Emily M. Wins 1st Place at the MN State Fair
Annunciation middle school student, Emily M. submitted her 2017-18 Social Studies project titled, "The Trail of Tears" to the Minnesota State Fair K-12 Education competition and she won first place in the Reports category.
09/21/2017 Preview Night 2017
The dream is on.
You’ll feel the magic in our classrooms. You’ll see the spark in your child’s eyes. You’ll love watching them become who they are meant to be. That’s called Potentiality.
That is the Annunciation promise.
It's coming to life for the world to see.
Thursday, November 9 from 7-8pm.
09/20/2017 Youth Choir
Hello Annunciation families-
My name is Nick Chalmers and I am the new Director of Music at Annunciation Church. I am writing to announce the beginning of the church's Youth Choir season this week.
The mission of the Annunciation Youth Choir is to provide parish youth an opportunity to experience the joy of music, learn to become leaders in worship, and inspire the assembly to worship God by sincerity, simplicity, and the beauty of the music they offer. Youth are given the opportunity to learn and perform songs in various styles and languages, and also learn some of the fundamentals of liturgy and music with an emphasis on part singing, reading music notation, and healthy vocal production.
From Fr. Park's reflection in the bulletin (9/24)
I am happy to announce that we have hired a new Director of Music and Liturgy for Annunciation—Nick Chalmers. Please welcome Nick to the Annunciation community! Here is a short bio that Nick wrote to introduce himself to the parish:
09/15/2017 Basketball Registration 2017 (4th - 8th)
The grade 4-8 basketball season starts in the beginning of November with games starting in December. We need to get a head count so we are prepared when the season gets rolling. We just need a little information from each student.
REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 29th.
09/15/2017 SeptemberFest Starts Today!
Friday, September 15
Father Park is once again challenging the Annunciation community to a Home Run Derby!
7:00 PM Kids’ Derby: Friendly competition between the top 10 qualifiers from the kids’ preliminary derby! Participation fee: $20
(Preliminary Derby Sat, September 9th 7:00pm)
8:00 PM Adult Derby: Two minutes to hit as many home runs as you can. Batter chooses pitcher. Participation fee: $250.
Taqueria Victor Hugo Mexican Food Truck
Enjoy an authentic Mexican dinner from a favorite neighborhood food truck! Choose a burrito or two tacos (meat & vegetarian choices) with a Jarritos soda, chips & salsa, & cookie.
TICKETS REQUIRED: $15 Burrito/$10 Taco Dinner.
Buy online, between Sunday Masses, or weekdays at the church business office.
Fun For All
Carnival Rides 6:00-9:00 PM
Bingo 6:30-8:30 PM
Live Music from Peal 7:00-8:30 PM
Pie Shop 6:00-9:00 PM
Eclectic vintage furnishings; decorations for home & garden; handmade items such as aprons, pillows, hand embroidered dish towels; vintage linens; home canned goods; home baked goods; house plants; cookbooks; children’s furniture; toys & more. Fresh, locally grown produce available on Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards accepted.
Saturday, September 16
Fun For All
Carnival Rides 12N-9:00 PM
Games for the Kids 12N-7:00 PM
Silent Auction 12N-7:00 PM
Farmers Market 12N-9:00 PM
Pie Shop 12N-9:00 PM
Fro Yo Soul Frozen Yogurt Truck 12N-6:00 PM
12N-2:00 PM Jim Pellinger
2:30-4:00 PM The Lids
4:30-6:00 PM Tom, Dick, & Harry
6:30-8:00 PM Brad McLemore
Dolce Vita Dinner
New this year! Enjoy the “sweet life” with a delicious dinner by Fat Lorenzo’s. Garlic chicken alfredo & baked rigatoni with meatballs or vegetarian spinach manicotti, salad, focaccia, & cookies (compliments of Diane Healy & Sweet).
TICKETS REQUIRED $15 Adults/$10 Kids.
Buy online, between Sunday Masses, or weekdays at the church business office.
Magic Show with Matt Dunn
Matt Dunn has dazzled the Minnesota Twins & captivated audiences at the Governor’s Mansion & Sever’s Corn Maze! You won’t want to miss this amazing performance in the Music Tent!
Sunday, September 17
We are excited to announce that Bishop Cozzens will preside at the 10:30 AM Mass on the West Lawn.
After 10:30 Mass, enjoy a special breakfast & coffee in honor of our special guest!
12N-2:00 PM The Capri Big Band
Fun For All
Bingo 12N-2:00 PM
Carnival Rides 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
Games for the Kids 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
Silent Auction 11:30 AM-2:00 PM
Farmers Market 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
Pie Shop 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
Great Food all Weekend
Pie and Ice Cream Shop – church basement
Food Booth – including vegetarian options, by the church
Wine Booth & Beer Garden - near the Food Booth by the church
Plus Candyland, mini-donuts, cheese curds
Games on Friday, Saturday & Sunday - East lawn of the church
We are using the web site We Join In to coordinate volunteers. Please sign up online!
09/14/2017 Mrs. Farstad Wins a Prize!
Annunciation 4th grade teacher, Kathy Farstad, won $500 to spend in her classroom library!
09/14/2017 Middle School Math Club
Welcome to Annunciation Math Club! Math Club is open to middle school students who are interested in expanding their math experiences beyond the classroom. You will spend time solving problems and participating in small competitions. These activities are designed for students with advanced math skills.
This year, our Club will be utilizing MATHCOUNTS materials. MATHCOUNTS is a program that challenges students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, develops their self-confidence and rewards them for their achievements. We will be working with materials that will prepare students for participating in a MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition.
09/14/2017 Monthly APO Meeting
You're invited to the monthly APO meeting!
When: This coming Tues, Sept. 19th at 6:45pm
Where: In the Spirit Center Conference Room. Please enter thru the side door #5 by Auto Zone (ring bell if not open).
Why: We'd LOVE to get more people involved and aware of what APO is
If they are not able to attend but would like more info or have any questions please contact the Co-Presidents: Sara Nuahn: firstname.lastname@example.org and Christy McFadden: email@example.com.
09/14/2017 Annunciation 5K/Fun Run: Sponsorship
The Annunciation 5K/Fun Run, sponsored by APO, is coming Oct 14th!
It will be the primary fundraiser for APO this year. Do you have a business or know someone with a business who would like to sponsor this event? It is a great opportunity to advertise to the community. Please see the sponsorship form for more details! The deadline is Sept. 22nd.
Thank you in advance, APO.
09/13/2017 Sunday Mass Times
After a lot of prayer, reading your feedback, and consulting with groups of parishioners and our parish staff I have decided to make our “summer” Mass Schedule our new permanent Mass Schedule.
09/13/2017 Bible Study at Annunciation Beginning Soon
Wednesday morning Bible Study has been going on at Annunciation for 20 plus years and we look forward to the beginning of a new season of Bible Study, Wednesday, September 27th, from 9:15 to 10:30am, in the Visitation Room.
09/07/2017 SH Kickoff, Sept. 24
When: 6:30pm-10:30pm, Sunday, September 24th, 2017
Where: Bowlero - Lakeville (Meet at the Youth Room)
Cost: $30 will cover the cost of admission, dinner, 2 games of laser tag, 1 hour of bowling, door prizes and transportation.
How Do I Register?: Register online.
Questions? Call Jimmy at 612-824-9993 x243, or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
09/07/2017 Showtime! with Stages Theatre Company
Calling all kids interested in being creative, confident, & even a little bit DRAMATIC— have we got the class for YOU!
SHOWTIME! Disney Shakedown with Stages Theatre Company
09/07/2017 A Time Just for Moms
Moms Group at Annunciation
The tradition continues and Moms of all ages are welcome!
Yes, on Tuesday morning, September 19th, we will gather from 9:30 to 11:00am in the Visitation room, lower level of the church.