September 2018

  • 09/27/2018 Fall Sports Team Photos

    School Events, Weekender

    Fall Sport Photos – Grades 4-8: Wednesday, October 3, 2:45-4:15pm (please note – photos will be taken AFTER SCHOOL this year)

    If your child plays sports for Annunciation (grades 4-8), please be sure to send your child’s sports uniform to school that day - they will change after school for the photos. 

    Save time and order online! 

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  • 09/27/2018 Unity Day: Wednesday, October 24, 2018

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    Although Unity Day is celebrated for different reasons by different countries, there is a unifying theme that connects all of us. That theme is unity. This is true whether the unity ascribed is for young people recognizing the value of their peers, for ethnic groups to recognize the ties that bind us all together or for the people of a nation to work together as one group.  To show our unity, as an Annunciation community, students are encouraged to add orange to their uniforms on Wednesday, October 24th.  

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  • 09/27/2018 Parenting in the Digital Age: Helpful Resources

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    We are grateful to Erin Walsh, M.A. of Mind Positive Parenting for speaking at Annunciation about "Parenting in the Digital Age".

    Last week, APO sponsored a speaker, Erin Walsh, who shared information on “Parenting in the Digital Age”. As digital natives, our children are growing up in a world where technology influences much of their lives. Yet, like with all things, we know that balance and good practice area the keys to making these resources positive influences on their lives. Erin did a fantastic job of framing the technology, reminding us of the great possibilities, and giving tools to making technology a great resource. She shared additional resources to help you, as parents, raise your children in this digital age. We hope you find them helpful and will continue to seek partners and educational opportunities for all of us to “raise” our children.

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  • 09/27/2018 Hispanic Heritage Month

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    This week we highlighted Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month at our Monday morning meeting. Hispanic and Latino Heritage Month is a time to celebrate the cultures and contributions of Americans whose families and ancestors come from Mexico, Spain, Central and South America, and the Caribbean.

    At our Monday morning meeting, we highlighted the diversity and uniqueness of the Spanish-speaking members in our Annunciation community. Some of our Spanish-speaking students shared a little bit about their heritage, and what makes their family unique. We would also like to continue to highlight the Spanish-speaking members of our Annunciation community this month. 

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  • 09/27/2018 Peace Day: Students Take ACTION

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    In The International Baccalaureate Primary Years Programme (PYP), voluntary, meaningful student action is expected to be seen as a result of student learning. Through action, students are able to grow socially and personally, developing skills such as cooperation, problem solving, conflict resolution and critical thinking.

    On Monday, September 17, we learned about the International Day of Peace during our All School Morning Meeting. After hearing about Peace Day, 3rd graders Sienna and Joey took ACTION:

    Sienna:  "After the Monday Meeting, I asked my teacher, Mrs. Crowley, if my class could have a peace party and celebrate peace.  Mrs. Crowley asked me to learn more about the Day of Peace and think of possible activities for the party. I went home thinking.  I thought and thought and then I talked about my ideas with my mom. She helped me think of even more ideas. I learned about Peace Day and shared what I learned with my classmates.  I asked my classmates to write cards about peace to Mrs. Urick’s class. We created cards and Mrs. Urick’s class made cards for us!"

    Joey:  "After we made the cards, I had an idea to pair up with the kids in Mrs. Urick’s class to create peace posters for all the classrooms at Annunciation.  I thought the posters could be a reminder for all the kids in our school to spread and build peace."

    ~Anne LaLonde Laux
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator

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  • 09/27/2018 Illness Policies & Procedures

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    Now that school is back in session, we wanted to remind families about our illness policies and procedures.  Please see the attached guide about when your child is well enough to go to school.  Flu season is coming, and our school nurse recommends everyone get their flu shot to help reduce the spread of illness.

    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 or  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!

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  • 09/27/2018 Health Office Is Looking For Volunteers

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    Can you put on a band aid?  Can you take a child’s temperature in their ear?  Can you make an ice pack with ice cubes and baggies? If you answered “yes” you’re qualified to help out in the Annunciation Health Office. We need one parent in the Health Office from 11am to 1pm each day. Any health related background is certainly a bonus, but not a requirement.

    Join us if you can Thursday 10/4 from 8:15 - 8:45am in the Spirit Center conference room for coffee and a brief overview of the health office. You don't need to have medical training, just be able to take a temperature, hand out ice packs and give TLC!

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  • 09/20/2018 2nd Annual Annunciation Fun 5K Run & Walk

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    APO invites you to join us for the 2nd Annual Annunciation Fun 5K Run & Walk to be held on Sat., Oct. 13th at Normandale Lake Park in Bloomington. 
    New this year, the Pre-K kids will be joining us at the Bandshell area to do their Bike-A-Thon starting at 8:30am.  The 5K will then kick off at 9am.  We will have snacks, activities, a photo booth & hopefully a few items to raffle.  


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  • 09/20/2018 Stages Theatre Company at Annunciation School

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    Calling all kids interested in being creative, confident, & even a little bit DRAMATIC— have we got the classes for YOU!

    Tuesdays, 2:45-4pm

    October 2 - November 20, 2018

    Cost: $120/student

    Print the registration form

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  • 09/20/2018 Help Needed: Annunciation Funeral Ministry

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    Help is needed with our Annunciation Funeral Ministry. Work as much or as little as you want. Help is needed with set-up, serving, and clean-up. The average time commitment is about 2 hours a month.

    Please contact Mary Grace Westman at Thank you!

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  • 09/20/2018 International Day of Peace is September 21

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    At Annunciation, we strive to make the world a better and more peaceful place.    
    This week we have been sharing ideas for what peace means, what peace looks like, and what it means to be a peace builder.  

    September 21st marks the International Day of Peace - what will you do to create peace?

    Resources for exploring and talking about peace building with your family.

    Information regarding the International Day of Peace.

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  • 09/19/2018 39th Annual Cancer Home Fundraising Dinner

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    Annunciation Friends of Our Lady Peace Presents. . . 39th Annual Cancer Home Fundraising Dinner at Annunciation Church

    Sunday October 14, 2018 

    6:30pm Dinner 

    Entertainment to follow dinner

    Cost:   $20.00 per person 

    RSVP by Sunday, October 7, 2018 

    Print the registration form.

    View the donations list.

    Questions: Meg Weides-Pospisil, 612-532-7035
    Can't make the dinner?  
    Donations to Our Lady of Peace Home gratefully accepted. 

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  • 09/13/2018 Parent Speaker: Parenting Teens in the Digital Age

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    We’ve invited Erin Walsh, M.A. of Mind Positive Parenting to speak at Annunciation on September 20th at 7pm, she will be offering guidance for parenting teens in the digital age.

    Is there an app for that? Thriving in the digital world

    Social networking, cell phones, and video games are game changers for kids and families.  Young people today spend an average of 53 hours a week with entertainment media, more than any other activity but sleeping. While media headlines suggest that media and technology are either good or bad for youth – evidence suggests that they are powerful. The good or bad depends upon how we use them. Digital technologies simultaneously unleash incredible opportunities for our kids and pose a new set of parenting challenges.

    Erin Walsh, M.A. is a dynamic, knowledgeable speaker who has addressed a wide range of audiences on topics related to brain development and raising resilient young people in the digital age. Erin was instrumental to the development of the MediaWise movement and enjoyed working with her father, Dr. David Walsh, for 10 years at the National Institute on Media and the Family before creating Mind Positive Parenting together in 2010.

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  • 09/13/2018 NWEA MAP Testing

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    Starting September 17, students will begin taking the fall NWEA MAP assessments in grades 2-8.

    The MAP test provides data in reading and math that shows student growth over time connected to the standards they are learning at each grade level. Because it is an adaptive test, not a standardized test, it shows how much students know even beyond grade levels. The goals for each student is not just to reach a standard benchmark, but to show growth in their learning.

    View the introductory letter for more information. You can also access more information on our website in the Assessment tab, including a parent toolkit

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  • 09/13/2018 5th Grade International Baccalaureate Exhibition Parent Introduction

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    Dear Fifth Grade Family,

    We are excited to announce the kick-off of the 2018, 5th Grade International Baccalaureate Exhibition. We would like to invite you to a special introduction for parents and 5th-grade students on Friday, September 28 at 8:00 am in the 5th grade space. Due to the in-depth nature of this venture, your attendance is highly recommended.

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  • 09/13/2018 Kids’ Preliminary Home Run Derby Results

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    Thank you for participating in the Kids’ Preliminary Home Run Derby!

    CONGRATULATIONS to the following sluggers who will advance to SeptemberFest on Friday, Sept. 14th at 7:00pm! Good Luck!

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  • 09/13/2018 School Picture Day

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    Fall School Picture Day is coming on October 9! 

    All students can be out of uniform on picture day (make sure to abide by the non-uniform dress code).  Save time and order online! 
    Visit, enter Picture Day ID MI198006Y0, and order your package!

    Paper forms will be available in the school office, or you can print out the order form

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  • 09/13/2018 Walking with Purpose: Keeping the Balance Women’s Bible Study

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    Are you stretched and would like a way to refuel and be refreshed while making authentic connections with others? 

    Would you like to have a better understanding of your faith and learn more about God?

    Join us this fall as we explore a new bible study from Walking with Purpose called Keeping in Balance.  

    Open House
    Tuesday, September 18
    6:00-7:30 pm
    Annunciation Community Room

    View the information flyer.

    Walking with Purpose is a Catholic Bible Study for women that aims to bring women to a deeper personal relationship with Jesus Christ by offering personal study and small group discussion that link our everyday challenges with the solutions given to us through the teachings of Christ and the Catholic Church.    

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  • 09/07/2018 SeptemberFest Wiffle Ball and Home Run Derby Schedule

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    It’s SeptemberFest Wiffle Ball and Home Run Derby time!!! Check out the schedules and brackets.

    Please direct any questions to TK, aka “The Commissioner.”

    Thank you!

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  • 09/06/2018 SeptemberFest Update!

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    SeptemberFest is only 10 days away!  We are quickly approaching the Best Weekend of the Year.

    Thanks to all who have volunteered.  SeptemberFest would not be a success without you!  If you haven’t volunteered yet, there are plenty of opportunities still available on the Annunciation website.

    There are a couple of updates we wanted to make sure you know.

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  • 09/06/2018 Box Tops for Education Week - Sept. 17-21

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    It's time to clip those Box Tops! National Box Tops Week is Sept. 17-21, and to celebrate, Annunciation is having a school contest!

    Here's how it works:

    1. Students should bring Box Tops to their classrooms the week of Sept. 17-21. Parents: Ask your coworkers, neighbors, family members and friends to save their Box Tops for you!

    2. The two grade levels with the most Box Tops turned in during this week will earn a non-uniform day. 

    For product lists and more information about the Box Tops program, visit

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  • 09/06/2018 Mass of the Holy Spirit: October 10, 2018

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    The Mass of the Holy Spirit, organized by the Catholic Schools Center of Excellence (CSCOE) and the Archdiocese of St Paul / Minneapolis, is coming up on October 10. 
    Grades 4-8 from 79 Catholic elementary schools will be attending this event at US Bank Stadium.  Special musical guests, lunch and a chance to celebrate Mass like you've never experienced it before! 

    This extraordinary event promises to be a day filled with FAITH, HOPE, LOVE AND EXCITEMENT! 

    Please fill out the permission slip and return it to your child’s teacher by September 11th.

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  • 09/06/2018 SeptemberFest Silent Auction Donations Needed

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    SeptemberFest 2018 is just two weeks away...Please consider making a donation to this year’s SILENT AUCTION!  

    It takes our entire school and church community to make this event a success -- the auction is a key fundraising component of SeptemberFest and we need your help! This is the perfect opportunity to show your support for our school and parish community. 

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  • 09/04/2018 JH Kick Off: Casino Royale

    AYM (Youth Group), Church News, Weekender

    Who: 7th & 8th Grade
    When: Wednesday, September 26, 2018
    7pm- 8:30pm
    Where: Annunciation Church Community Room
    What: Celebrate the start of the new AYM year which will include, music, wacky games and more surprises. So wear your finest and good luck at the casino!

    Cost: $20 will cover the cost of entertainment and door prizes.

    Registration Online: Sign-up online.

    Questions?: Call Jimmy at 612-824-9993 x243, or you can send an email to:

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  • 09/04/2018 Jr. High Parent Orientation Night

    AYM (Youth Group), Church News, Weekender

    What: 7th & 8th Grade Parent Orientation

    All 7th & 8th grade parents are invited to join us for an information orientation to AYM. We will be discussing AYM School Year programming, reviewing the online registration process and discussing expectations.

    When: Wednesday, September 19, 7-8:30pm

    Where: Annunciation Church Community Room

    Questions: Email Jimmy Dunn,

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  • 09/04/2018 Coffee & Donut/Pancake Breakfast Schedule

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    Coffee & Donuts: The first Sunday of the month October ’18-May ‘19

    Annunciation Parish offers Coffee & Donuts in the community room after the 9:30am Mass for community building and fellowship.

    (10/7, 11/4, 12/2, 2/3, 3/3, 4/7, 5/5)







    AYM Pancake or Waffle Breakfast: The third Sunday of the month October ’18-April ‘19

    Annunciation Youth Ministries offers a Pancake or Waffle Breakfast in the community room after the 9:30am Mass for community building and fellowship.

    All Season Pass Link

    (10/28*, 11/18+, 12/16, 1/27*, 2/17, 3/24*, 4/14+)

    *Fourth Sunday

    +Waffle Breakfast

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