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12/01/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners - November
Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for November!
12/01/2017 Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge
The Annunciation library proudly presents the Maud Hart Lovelace Challenge for 2017-2018!
Readers in grades 3-8th are invited to read the Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominated books, contribute their thoughts on the titles selected and join a reader’s celebration in April. All students have access to the nominated titles here in the Annunciation library.
Every year the members of the Minnesota Youth Reading Association choose books of different reading levels and genres. Schools are invited to be a part of the reading challenge and the students vote for their favorite. The winners in both divisions are announced every year on Maud Hart Lovelace’s birthday, April 25th at the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. The last few years there have been over 20,000 students voting!
This is optional. Students are not required to be a part of the reading challenge. It is another great way to encourage reading for pleasure and a chance to introduce them to a genre they may not typically read.
12/01/2017 Continuing Along the IB Pathway
It is an exciting time at Annunciation Catholic School. We are in the 3rd year as a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Students and teachers continue to grow in our experience of inquiry education and how to make learning meaningful and real.
We have applied for authorization and hope to have a visit this spring. As we get closer to the visit, we will keep you up to date and continue to share why this type of education is so important for our students and why we are working so hard to bring this to life at Annunciation. Hopefully, you see changes and connections in your children through our work, too. Feel free to share any insights or stories from home. We love to hear how this impacts students.
11/25/2017 Coffee & Donuts
The first Sunday of the month October 2017-May 2018 Annunciation Parish offers Coffee & donut in the community room after the 9:30am Mass for community building and fellowship.
(10/1, 11/5, 12/10, 1/7, 2/4, 3/4, 5/6)
11/25/2017 End Human Trafficking at the Super Bowl
“For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me….” Mt 25:35
As Faith communities we should not underestimate the role we can play in primary prevention and support mobilization to end human trafficking. In recognition of the increase in human trafficking that has taken place in other cities that have hosted the Super Bowl in recent years, some Twin Cities churches of various denominations, as well as many Religious Sisters, are joining together to prepare for the possibility of traffickers taking advantage of this major event here in February 2018.
11/20/2017 Author Visit in 4th Grade
Annunciation parent & author, Karlyn Coleman was a guest of Mrs. Kuykendall's 4th grade today as they began "How We Express Ourselves" focusing on the central idea that "Authors use language to express and provoke ideas."
She led the class through the process of book making and gave the students time/background music to begin sketching/writing.
11/18/2017 Faith Formation Sunday
Today we would like to honor and recognize our 21 families and the 30 children from Annunciation parish who participate in our shared Faith Formation program which takes place at Our Lady of Peace on Wednesday evenings throughout the school year. Our children attend classes from pre-school through grade 8, and 4 of our parishioners serve as catechists and catechist assistants each week, while a number of parents volunteer for occasional roles such as hall monitors and classroom substitutes. With this being the weekend of our first annual Faith Formation Sunday, our Faith Formation families have been invited to assume the various liturgical roles at the 9:30 Mass.
11/17/2017 Food Collection Prayer Service
Annunciation student body and teachers gathered to pray and bless the food collected to share and send to those in need in the Holy Rosary community.
Thank you for your generous donations for Holy Rosary at our Thanksgiving prayer service today. We filled 2 pick-up trucks with abundant baskets of food, provided many gift cards to Cub Foods and collected many monetary donations as well.
Thank you for your kindness!
11/17/2017 Assessment Policy
All International Baccalaureate (IB) schools are required to have a written, published, assessment policy. This assessment policy should reflect the school's philosophy and position on assessment.
Our policy at Annunciation is the result of a collaborative process between all staff members. It addresses:
11/17/2017 Parish Year End Fiscal Report
11/11/2017 Pancake Breakfast
When: Sunday, November 19, 9:30am-1:00pm
Who: Everyone is welcome. No reservations required.
11/10/2017 APO Fall 2017 Newsletter
What has APO been up to this Fall?
We provided Fall teacher grants with the dues that were paid at Back to School Night. We were able to distribute over $6000 to our wonderful teachers.
Our Box Tops for Education Program has earned us almost $500 already this year. Please keep sending them into the office!
We have provided Hospitality for the First Friends Mixer, Parent Information Night and Breakfast with the Principal events.
Our Wintergreen’s Sale is just concluding and all proceeds go to support APO events. THANK YOU!!
The School Toolbox Kits/supplies raised $1200 & also due to partnership with Feed My Starving Children provided meals to over 340 kids for a year!
11/10/2017 Join the Peace & Justice Group
The Peace and Justice group for Annunciation & Our Lady of Peace parishes seeks to bring the Gospel message of peace and justice to our community. We work on issues that build the common good, with opportunities for all.
11/10/2017 Say Thanks with Scrip
Scrip is even easier than ever before! When you go to buy Thanksgiving host gifts, consider using gift cards purchased via the Scrip program. Check out Scrip at Annunciation for all you need to know about how simply shopping with Scrip can help Annunciation School.
Pope Francis Calls Human Trafficking a Crime. How Can We Help?
Pope Francis has called human trafficking a ‘crime against humanity.’ Faith communities can be a fundamental source of stability for trafficked persons by providing acceptance and a non-judgmental atmosphere. As Catholics, we are called to shine a light on this heinous abuse that disrespects the lives and dignity of our brothers and sisters around the world.
11/03/2017 IB in Action
At Annunciation, we believe that education must extend beyond the classroom and include action. We encourage and expect the students and staff to take action as a result of their learning. Our action should extend learning and include reflection. Action can include explaining/discussing/informing others, giving, changing our behavior, changing our mind/attitude, having awareness/empathy, and/or showing respect/responsibility.
Our goal to always choose to act in ways that will make a positive difference in and to our world. Here are just a few examples (from the just past week!) of action as a result of learning at Annunciation.