February 2018

  • 02/16/2018 Breakfast with the Principal


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Friday, February 23, 2018
    8:15-9:15am
    In the School Library 

    Join Principal Cassidy in the school library after morning drop off for insight into the school year so far. Bring your questions! Enjoy coffee, juice and pastries provided by APO.

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  • 02/17/2018 Our RCIA Candidates Prepare for Full Communion in the Catholic Church


    Church News

    This year we have three people in RCIA/the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Katie M., Stuart Ashworth, and Jennifer Kaufenberg.

    On Sunday afternoon, February 18th, the candidates and their sponsors will participate in the “Rite of Election (for Catechumens, those not yet baptized) and the Call to Continuing Conversion (focused on those already baptized)”, at the Basilica. They will be introduced to our Annunciation Community and receive a blessing in our parish “Rite of Sending”, during this weekend’s 9:30 Mass. 

    Please pray for these three people as they enter this Season of Lent, a time of going deeper into the preparation for the celebration of the Easter Vigil as full members of the Catholic Church.

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  • 02/16/2018 Always Learning


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Annunciation teachers and staff had a full day of learning today. While students were out of school, staff spent our workshop day learning new things to help us be better teachers for our students. We continue to learn and grow just as our children do.

    We began our day with a presentation from PACER on Bullying Prevention. The presentation provided definitions of bullying, statistics, resources for school and home. The goal of the presentation was to help us better identify bullying and to be equipped with tools and resources to address issues when we see them. More importantly, we ended the session with planning time to create next steps and ways to make our school safe and welcoming for all.

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  • 02/16/2018 Scholastic Book Fair


    School Events, Weekender

    The Annunciation Scholastic Book Fair is a reading event that brings the books kids want to read right into our school. It’s a wonderful selection of engaging and affordable books for every reading level. Please make plans to visit our Book Fair and be involved in shaping your child’s reading habits.

    Book Fair dates: March 12-15, 2018

    Shopping hours: 7:30am - 7pm

    Students will visit the Book Fair during their regular library class time and are also welcome to shop the fair before or after school. Please consider volunteering at the Book Fair! It is a fun way to interact with students and help out at school. All volunteers must be Virtus trained.

    Please contact me with any questions!

    Megan Stebbins
    Library/Media Specialist
    mstebbins@annunciationmsp.org

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  • 02/16/2018 Winter Conferences Sign-Up


    School Events, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    We will hold parent-teacher conferences on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH (4-8 PM) and THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH (2 PM – 8 PM).   There is early dismissal on Thursday, March 15 at 1pm and no school on Friday, March 16 because of conferences.

    NOTE: Because we believe the conference time is important, we are offering two evening sessions for conferences to help accommodate parents’ schedules. Please make every effort to attend a conference with your child’s teacher during these two days. We value this time to check in and continue to develop our partnership to help each child succeed. Your participation is appreciated.

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  • 02/16/2018 Becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Constructivism is an educational theory that students learn when they construct or make meaning. In a constructivist based classroom, the teacher and students pose problems and/or questions and students investigate and explore different ideas to find answers. Students build on previous knowledge, ideas, and experiences to grow their understanding.

    In traditional classrooms, teachers present material one subject at a time and then test students on that material (think: sage on the stage). In an IB Primary Years Program (PYP) classroom, students are at the center stage as teachers coach them to discover (think: guide on the side). For some schools, the race to prepare for high-stakes assessments/testing, has resulted in a loss of instructional practices that foster meaningful learning. At Annunciation, we have intentionally sought to minimize standardized testing to find a balance that allows us to get an adequate amount of information (to identify each student’s needs and monitor their growth), with gradually increasing our use of inquiry and transdisciplinary learning in classrooms.  

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  • 02/16/2018 2018 Lent Morning of Reflection: “Mercy - the Great Gift of God” 


    Church News

    2018 Lent Morning of Reflection
    “Mercy - the Great Gift of God” 

    Presented by Fr. Kevin Finnegan, Pastor of Our Lady of Grace, Edina

    Pope Francis shares continually that God’s name is Mercy. We need to immerse ourselves in His mercy, and the mercy we have received freely, we must freely share. Through short meditations, small group conversation and quiet prayer, we will ponder the gift of God’s Mercy!

    Saturday, March 3, 2018
    Annunciation Church
    509 W 54th St, Minneapolis
    Community Room

    • 8:30 AM Continental Breakfast
    • 9:00 AM - Noon Retreat & Celebration of Mass
    • Lunch following Mass
    • Sacramental Reconciliation will be available.
    • All men & women are invited to attend. Advance Registration is needed.

    TO REGISTER:
    Email mcompton@annunciationmsp.org or leave a message for Michael Compton at 612-824-9993 ext 259.

    Deadline Tuesday, February 27th. FREE WILL OFFERING GRATEFULLY ACCEPTED.

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  • 02/16/2018 The Curiosity Fair 2018


    School Events, Enrichment

    Friday, March 23, 2018 5:00pm-6:30pm

    The Curiosity Fair is a chance for students Kindergarten – 5th Grade to integrate the International Baccalaureate (IB) Transdisciplinary Themes and Learner Profile Attributes into their project.

    Be Creative! Be Curious!

    For those of you new to the school, this is an opportunity for students express their creativity and to share information about their favorite interest or something they are curious about. It helps to build community among the students, challenges their inquisitive minds and supports them as presenters.

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  • 02/16/2018 Vacation Bible School 2018


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    June 18 – 22 from 9 am to Noon

    Get Prepared for Fun! 

    Incoming K-5th Graders may attend as participants.
    NEW THIS YEAR: 4th and 5th Graders will be “Jr. Crew Leaders,” registering as participants but taking on roles with leadership building and getting a Jr. Crew Leader Shirt
    Incoming 6th Graders and above are welcome to volunteer as “Crew Leaders.”
    Pre-school program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds that are not entering Kindergarten.

    Registration opens Friday, March 9th

    Register online!
    Cost is $50 per participant ($40 for each additional child in family).
    Financial Aid Available.

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  • 02/16/2018 Winter Sports Photos


    School Events, Weekender

    If your child plays basketball at Annunciation, please send them to school in their basketball uniform on February 28.  They should bring their school uniform with them to change in to after pictures.

    If you would like to purchase photos you can order photos here:
    https://order.lifetouchsports.com/index.cfm?event=OrderHome&contractID=144559.

    Use Picture Day ID: MI997082X0.

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  • 02/14/2018 Mission Haiti Piggy Banks


    Church News, Weekender

    A LENTEN FAMILY 
    Prayer, Fasting & Alms Giving Opportunity

    During Lent each year, we are invited to pray with our families and faith communities; fast in solidarity with those who hunger; learn more about our global community and the challenges of poverty overseas; and give sacrificial contributions to those in need.

    On Ash Wednesday, February 14th 2018, Annunciation parish and school will distribute Mission Haiti Piggy Banks to each family during Mass. Place the bank on your family dining room table so it can be a reminder for your family to pray for our Haitian brother and sisters in need. If your family does not have an Alms giving tradition established, then please consider filling the bank with money you have saved by fasting or giving things up for Lent.

    On Holy Thursday, March 29th 2018 bring the filled bank back to church at either Mass (School Mass 8:15am or Evening Mass at 7:00PM) All money collected will be given to our Parish Mission school in Leogane, Haiti.

    View the Haiti Lenten Calendar.

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  • 02/13/2018 Lenten and Holy Week Schedule 2018


    Church News

    Ash Wednesday - February 14
    Masses at 8:15am & 6:00pm
    Soup Supper follows the evening Mass

    Soup Suppers (6:00pm)
    Fridays: February 23; March 2, 9, & 16

    Fish Fry (5:30pm to 7:30pm)
    Friday, March 23

    Stations of the Cross (7:00pm)
    Fridays: February 23; March 2, 9, 16, 23, & 30

    Lenten Morning of Reflection
    Saturday, March 3, 8:30am to Noon, lunch follows.

    Annunciation Awakening Retreat
    Weekend of March 16—18

    Sacrament of Reconciliation:
    Lenten Penance Service,
    Saturday, March 24, 10:00am to 11:30am
    Tuesdays 4:45pm to 5:15pm (except on March 27)
    Fridays 8:45am to 9:15am (except on March 30)
    Saturdays 9:30am to 10:30am

    Holy Week Schedule
    Opportunities for Confession:

    Tuesday, March 27, 4:15pm to 5:15pm
    Thursday, March 29, 1:30pm to 2:30pm
    Friday, March 30, 10:00am to 11:00am
    Saturday, March 31, 9:30am to 10:30am
    Holy Thursday Mass ~ March 29, 7:00pm
    Good Friday Liturgy ~ March 30:

    3:00pm Solemn Liturgy with Holy Communion
    7:00pm Stations of the Cross
    Easter Vigil Mass, Saturday, March 31, 8:00pm
    Easter Sunday Masses ~ April 1, 8:30am & 10:30am

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  • 02/10/2018 Peace and Justice Focus for Lent


    Church News

    The Peace and Justice Committee of Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace invites you to mark your calendars for our Lenten Series, Sundays March 4, 11 and 18, from 11:00am to noon.

    Our hope is to shine the light of our Catholic Social Teaching on a troubling concern in our country today – structural racism.

    With use of the DVD resource Mirrors of Privilege put out by the World Trust organization (an organization committed to social impact through film and dialogue), we will explore how it is that race can unknowingly play a part in the unevenness of opportunity for quality of life in today’s society. We will also seek to understand the kinds of change that are needed so that all people may realize the God-given dignity they are meant to enjoy and that our Gospel based Catholic Social Teaching supports. 

    We will meet in the lower level of the Church. 

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  • 02/10/2018 Resources for Your Lenten Journey


    Church News

    During Lent God offers us a special opportunity to get close to Jesus in love, friendship and commitment to him and a Holy Spirit led way of life.
     

    These resources can be of assistance to you as you live Lent.

    1. Please help yourself to a copy of Bishop Barron’s Lenten Gospel Reflections. These are available to you in church, in the narthex as well as the south foyer.
    2. Listen to a 5 minute daily Lenten audio reflection by Fr. Mark Toups by googling “the Journey to Jerusalem Reflections”.
    3. On the Creighton University Online Ministries home page click on Praying Lent 2018. Here you will find an abundant variety of resources that can support you on your Lenten Journey.
    4.Go to Loyola Press - Lent for a rich array of Lent resources, including activities for children and ideas for the observance of Lent in the home.
    5.Google “3 minute Retreat” and have a daily reflection appear in your inbox or download the app. A short 3 minutes can bring you 24 hours of peace.
    6.Google "BustedHalo Lent" and see all the creative resources that come up!

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  • 02/10/2018 Friday Night at the Friary


    Church News

    Men of God, are you interested in discovering the vocation that Jesus is calling you to? Perhaps you're already actively discerning a vocation in the Church? 

    We invite men, ages 18-35, to "Friday Night at the Friary" hosted, by the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, for a time of prayer, fellowship, and seeking God's call in your life, whatever that may be. 

    After opening with prayer, a short reading or reflection is shared with an emphasis on vocation discernment, prayer, or discipleship. Next, how about some socializing, outdoor/indoor recreation, and good eats? We've saved the best part for last by spending time adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, "Speak Lord, Your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:10. The evening then concludes with chanted Night Prayer (Compline).

    Join us every third Friday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Queen of Peace Friary, 1289 Lafond Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104.

    For more information call: 651-646-8586 or email: vocation@brothersofpeace.org

    We'll see you Friday Night at the Friary!

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  • 02/10/2018 Prenatal Partners for Life


    Church News

    Prenatal Partners for Life offers support, information, and encouragement by connecting parents facing an adverse diagnosis with other parents whose child has had the same or similar diagnosis. Prenatal Partners for Life is made up of compassionate parents with special needs children as well as medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy. For more information call 763-772-3868 or go to their website, www.prenatalpartnersforlife.com

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  • 02/10/2018 Catholic Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Senate Failure to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection


    Church News

    On January 29th, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) on a vote of 51 to 46. The bill was stopped on a procedural measure requiring 60 votes for the legislation to move to a final vote. Both of Minnesota’s senators voted against this bill.  


    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities. He has called the Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “appalling”. He urges Catholics from across the country to convey to their senators either their gratitude or their disappointment, depending on how their senators voted.

     

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  • 02/09/2018 We Are Called to Action


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As I reflect over the last month of school, I am struck by the many ways that people have put their faith into action. We have parents, students, and staff who came together to prepare and celebrate the great gift of Catholic education during Catholic Schools Week. The Annunciation community stepped up in a special way to pray and support the Nixon family and mourn the sudden loss of Mrs. Nixon. Others in the community, including staff, traveled to Haiti as part of the mission of Annunciation.

    In addition to these larger community actions, many students have been coming forward to share ideas and ways to make Annunciation a stronger and more vibrant place to learn and grow. I love it when students have ideas and meet with me to share their thoughts and dreams for our school. Many come with letters, proposals, plans or just an excited thought to share.

    The Catholic faith calls us to take action and make a difference in the world, close or far away. As an IB candidate school, we are called to action as part of the inquiry process – "now that we know this, what can we do about it?"

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  • 02/09/2018 What to Expect at Carnaval


    School Events, Weekender

    Annunciation has a long-standing tradition of celebrating Carnaval. Every year, we select different countries around the globe to inquirer into their geography, histories, traditional dress and traditions. As our students travel from Kindergarten through eighth-grade, grade levels focus on countries from different continents or regions of the world.

    As we grow and develop into an International Baccalaureate World School, we believe that Carnaval fits well with the mission of IB “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

    What to expect:

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  • 02/09/2018 Lenten Fridays Soup Suppers


    Church News, Weekender

    Please Join Us for Complimentary Soup Suppers Fridays During Lent 6:00 - 7:00pm in the Church Community Room.

    (No need to RSVP – just come!)

    Stations of the Cross will follow the soup suppers at 7:00pm 

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  • 02/09/2018 Flu Season


    School Events, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    Flu season is upon us and we have had multiple reports of confirmed flu illness throughout our school.  Please see the attached flu fact sheet, plus a guide about when your child is well enough to go to school for flu and other general illnesses.  Our Minneapolis School Nurse said it is not too late to get a flu shot – it takes about 2 weeks to become effective. 

    If your child is sick or absent for any reason, you must contact the school office to report the absence.  Please call 612-823-4394 x504 or email jrenstrom@annunciationmsp.org.  You can also contact your child’s teacher, but it is imperative that you let the office know of any absence as we track all illnesses and absences for state reporting purposes. 

    We hope to keep all of our students and staff healthy at Annunciation!

    Thank you.

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  • 02/03/2018 February 8th: International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking


    Church News

    The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.

    On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors. 

    Prayer to St. Josephine Bakhita

    St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child and endured untold hardship and suffering.

    Once liberated from your physical enslavement, you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and his Church.

    O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery; Intercede with God on their behalf so that they will be released from their chains of captivity.

    Those whom man enslaves, let God set free. Provide comfort to survivors of slavery and let them look to you as an example of hope and faith. Help all survivors find healing from their wounds. We ask for your prayers and intercessions for those enslaved among us.

    Amen.

    View the Prayer Card

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  • 02/03/2018 Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale: Thank You!


    Church News

    The Respect Life Ministry wants to thank everyone who helped make the 37th Annual Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale very successful!

    We raised over $3,600 for a number of "life" organizations.

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  • 02/02/2018 Annunciation Geo Bee News


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Sixth-Grader, William R, is our 2017-18 Annunciation Geo Bee Champion.  After just 4 rounds, William and 7th grader, Evan S battled it out in a three question Championship Round.

    This week, William will take a qualifying exam to determine whether he advances to the Minnesota GeoBee.

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  • 02/02/2018 Units of Inquiry – January / February 2018


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As we swing into the second half of the school year, our elementary classes are entering their fourth units of inquiry. 

    As with all units, we invite parents or community members with a passion or expertise in any of these areas to share their knowledge and/or experience with our students.   We are always on the look-out for hands-on experiences, field trips, or guest speakers that are connected to our inquiries.  Please let us know if you have any ideas or if you, or someone you know, might be willing to help us grow as learners and inquirers.

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  • 02/02/2018 Level 8 American Mathematical Competition (AMC)


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to the nearly 30 middle school students who participated in the Level 8 American Mathematical Competition (AMC).

    The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and casual environment.

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  • 02/02/2018 Science Fair 2018


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to Science Fair Participants!

    On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7th & 8th graders participated in our annual Annunciation School Science Fair.  Each student was judged by 2 judges from our community. Sixteen students were recommended to move on to the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. Thanks to all of the participants and their families for working so hard throughout the science fair process.

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  • 02/02/2018 Middle School Honor Roll


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Annunciation Middle School students who made the Honor Roll for 1st semester 2017-18!

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  • 02/01/2018 Seeking STEM Materials


    Weekender

    Below is a list of household materials that we will be using to create our STEM projects. If you are willing to donate any of the items listed, you can send them to the classroom with your child at any time throughout the year. Thank you in advance for helping our classes collect these items for STEM projects:

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  • 02/01/2018 After School Enrichment (provided by YEL)


    Weekender

    Click on Learn More for information on this winter's round of Youth Enrichment League after school enrichment classes.

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