November 2018

  • 11/29/2018 Christmas Program 2018

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

    This time of year is so special at Annunciation - Advent begins, we are getting close to the end of our first semester of school, and Christmas program rehearsals kick into high gear! 

    For decades, Annunciation Catholic School has held our Christmas program, sharing the story of the birth of Jesus with songs and highlights to last the whole Christmas season. Generations of families sing “Kermit’s Christmas” together while baking cookies or wrapping gifts. It is a shared moment that truly signifies the holy season is here. 

    Below is a note from our Creative Arts teacher and director, Miss Lorissa Letwin, who has kept the tradition going while adding her creativity to bring about our students “potentiality” in music and song. We hope you can join us for one or more performances. You can also order a DVD copy.

    Mark your calendars for the Annunciation Christmas Program – 2018:
    •    Wednesday, December 19 – 9:00 am – Dress Rehearsal and Grandparents’ performance
    •    Thursday, December 20 – 9:00 am – Full performance for family and guests
    •    Thursday, December 20 – 6:30 pm – Full performance for family and guests (Please note new time, and this year the kindergarten class will be performing at the evening concert too!)


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  • 11/29/2018 Barnes & Noble Book Fair

    School Events, Weekender

    Barnes & Noble Book Fair
    Tuesday, Dec. 4th- 3pm-8pm
    Galleria, Edina

    Join us in supporting our school by stopping by Barnes and Noble for this fun evening!

    Listen to guest teachers read their favorite books, hear musical performances by individual students and the school choir, and grab a bite to eat or drink in the café.

    A percentage of all book and café sales will go to Annunciation. 
    This is a great time to think about Holiday gift ideas. Free gift wrapping will be provided!

    Out of Uniform passes for students who make a purchase that evening to be used Dec. 7th!

    Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 12/04/18 to 12/09/18 by entering Bookfair 12383717 at checkout.
    A percentage of your Barnes & Noble purchases will benefit our school/organization.

    Download the flyer.

    If you are interested in volunteering, please view the sign up link. 

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  • 11/29/2018 Christmas Festival Concert Saturday, December 8, 2018 To Benefit Mission Haiti, Inc.

    Church News, Weekender

    Exultate and Church of the Annunciation are partnering to support Mission Haiti, Inc.

    When you attend the December 8, 2018 Christmas Festival Concert performance at Church of the Annunciation in Minneapolis, you will hear the same great Exultate Christmas concert program but with the additional gift of Hope for the people in Haiti. A portion of each ticket sold goes to Mission Haiti Inc. to support their programs. Haitian artisans will display handiwork and art available for purchase before and after the Benefit Concert.

    Click Here For More Information About the Concert and Mission Haiti.

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  • 11/29/2018 Trivia Night Thank You

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

    Thank you to all of the Annunciation Trivia teams! We did a GREAT job raising money for our gym and creative arts space.
    A special THANK YOU to our Trivia Night hosts, Leah Kaiser and Jaime Smith! Keep studying your trivia facts to get ready for next year!

    Congratulations to the 2018 Trivia Night Winners, Donut Call List!

    Congratulations to the 2018 Costume Contest Winner at Trivia Night,Let’s Get Quizzical!

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  • 11/29/2018 Christmas Boutique and All Parish Bake Sale

    Church News

    Everyone is asked to help in some way with the Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale!

    You can make/bake or buy donations. Christmas crafts; Christmas cookies; breads and other goodies; ornaments and other seasonal items are all popular with our youngsters and our young at heart.

    Please DO NOT donate Christmas trees or garlands. Silent Auction items are needed as well as toys for Santa's Toy Shop. This is an annual Respect Life project.

    Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360 or Peg Tuttle at 612-242-0821 to help during the sale.

    We also need callers for the Bake Sale. If you can help with calling, please call Mary Morris at 612-869-7629. 

    Download the flyer.

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  • 11/20/2018 Principal Cassidy’s News & Notes

    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Today is World Children’s Day:
    Our second grade students shared this video about World Children's Day at the Monday morning meeting and coordinated our buddy activity this week. Students created light blue bandanas with positive and powerful messages to celebrate the day. 

    School Conference Feedback:
    Since our school conferences are such an important part of our partnership, we would like to get your feedback on our fall conferences. As a staff, we set several goals. We would like to get your feedback on how well we met those goals. Please take a minute to complete the short survey to help us continue to grow and improve. Thank you for your time!

    Holy Rosary Thanksgiving Food Drive:
    Our Holy Rosary Food Drive was a huge success! We are grateful for the generosity of our families to make the Thanksgiving holiday a wonderful time for many other families. Thank you! We are blessed!

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  • 11/20/2018 Holy Rosary Gift Collection

    School Events, Weekender

    We will be collecting new unwrapped gifts (any age) for the good people of Holy Rosary again this year.  Holy Rosary will come on Friday, December 14th to pick up the toys. 

    Thank You!
    Annunciation 3rd Grade

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  • 11/20/2018 Patina Event sponsored by APO

    School Events, Weekender

    SUNDAY, DECEMBER 2, 2018 from 10AM - 6PM

    20% of your purchase will be donated to Annunciation!

    Must present this coupon at time of the purchase.

    Only at 50th and Bryant location.


    Gift card purchases are also included in the give back!  This event is sponsored by APO.

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  • 11/20/2018 Family Advent Wreath Making Breakfast

    AYM (Youth Group), Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation Church-Community Room
    Sunday, November 25, 2018 10:30am-12:30pm

    Come join in a wonderful tradition! Create an advent wreath with your family to enhance life and prayer in your home while enjoying a continental breakfast. Bring a peaceful spirit, wire cutters, gloves and a frame from the past years (if you have one). A permanent frame will be for sale ($6.00). We will provide greens, frame materials, candles and directions. Wreaths will be blessed at the breakfast. Please include the number of adults and children who will be attending when registering.

    Cost: $10.00 individual or $20.00 per family.

    Price includes continental breakfast and wreath making supplies. If you have any questions call John & Megan Spriggs 612-636-8496.

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  • 11/20/2018 Zupas School Fundraiser Night: November 27

    School Events, Weekender

    We’re teaming up with Café Zupas for a Fundraiser Night on Tuesday, November 27 from 5pm-9pm. 
    The fundraiser is at the Edina location: 2940 W. 66th St., Edina, MN.

    Join us for a delicious house-made meal to earn up to 25% back! 

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  • 11/20/2018 MADE FOR MORE: Visions of the Promised Land

    Church News



    Brought to you by St. John the Baptist Catholic Parish, The Parish of Sts. Joachim and Anne, Annunciation Catholic Church & The Cor Project


    Thursday, November 29, 2018

    7-9:30 P.M.

    St. Hubert Catholic Community

    8201 Main Street

    Chanhassen, MN 55317


    This event will sell out, so grab your tickets NOW in the parish office or online at Tickets are $20.


    MADE FOR MOREis an inspired blend of teaching, live music, and art that taps the deepest desires of the human heart revealing their ultimate purpose and goal. Join Christopher West and Mike Mangione as they offer a vision of the Gospel like you’ve never heard through the lens of Saint John Paul II’s Theology of the Body. This event is appropriate for ages 15 and up. Watch the trailer. 

    Please contact the parish office if you would like more information. 

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  • 11/15/2018 Principal Cassidy Weekly Update

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

    This week, we celebrate our Thanksgiving prayer service as we bless the food we collected for Holy Rosary community. Our partnership with Holy Rosary started nearly 30 years with the Dominican Sisters. The menu and items needed has evolved over the years as the Holy Rosary community has changed. When Sister Martha began coordinating the needs of the community, it primarily consisted of Native American and Vietnamese families. Today the community is made up of mostly Hispanic families. Your generous donations allow us to provide around 20 complete food baskets each year. We are grateful for the generosity of our families to make the Thanksgiving holiday a wonderful time for many other families. We are blessed!

    Sensory Grant: 
    At the CSCOE Exceptional Learners conference this summer, Catholic schools gathered to learn the importance of having a place at the table for all learners. The conference reminded us that, “As Catholic Schools, we are called to build the Kingdom of God, which includes all His children, regardless of their abilities, challenges, or physical condition. We are required to look at children with the eyes of Christ, and to love and accept the beauty of their differences”.  CSCOE is helping our schools learn how to support all of our learners. They also provided a toolkit and on-going support. 

    In addition, through the efforts of a several parents, we were fortunate to receive a grant to help us make our school more “sensory-friendly”. 

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  • 11/15/2018 Educational Outfitters Cyber Sale

    School Events, Weekender

    The store is closed but online shopping is open!

    Thursday, November 22 - Sunday, November 25

    Take 20% off school uniforms and accessories (excludes spirit wear items)

    *Sale will continue online or in store on Cyber Monday.*

    Download the flyer

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  • 11/15/2018 Holy Rosary Thanksgiving Food Collection

    School Events, Weekender

    As an all school project at Annunciation, we have provided Holy Rosary Church with Thanksgiving food baskets for many years.  Each class will be assigned a donation of food and asked to bring in a contribution of money to help purchase the turkeys, pies, etc.  We encourage the students to give of themselves by earning their donations of money.  Checks can be made out to Annunciation School.  Please bring all food donations to school no later than Friday, November 16th.

    Your students will bring home a requested food item. Holy Rosary has asked for extra rice and cooking oil if possible. Please feel free to add to the list or double up on items (ie – 3 boxes of cereal, more rice, more canned foods, etc.)  The need is very great. 

    Please join us for a Prayer Service on Friday, November 16th at 9:00am in the school auditorium.  We will gather together to bless this food and the families who will receive it. 

    Thank you for your generosity!

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  • 11/15/2018 Extended Day Program is Open: Nov 21

    School Events, Weekender

    School will be closed on Wednesday, November 21st. for Thanksgiving Break.  The Extended Day program will be open for our families from 7:00a.m – 6:00p.m. 

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  • 11/15/2018 Boy Scout Tree Lot Sale

    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    Buy a Tree, Help a Scout! The Annunciation Boy Scout Troop 103 Tree Lot is open (Friday, November 23 through Sunday, December 16) on the east side of the church.

    Tree Lot Hours:
    Friday: 6 pm – 9 pm
    Saturday & Sunday: 10 am – 8 pm
    ​Monday - Thursday: CLOSED

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  • 11/08/2018 Partnerships and Collaboration Make a Strong School Community

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

    We are blessed at Annunciation to have such a strong parent community. We know that by working together, we can bring about the true potentiality of all of our students. Thank you so much for participating with us, joining us in our discussions to help your children become all that God has called them to be.  We were so impressed with the sharing the students did in their conferences.  They all did such a great job! 

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  • 11/08/2018 APO’s Winter Greens Sale: Order Deadline Extended!

    School Events, Weekender

    Decorated Planters, Spruce Tips & Accents on sale now through November 11.

    APO fundraising programs help support our school, teacher micro-grants and services for our children.

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  • 11/08/2018 Battle of the Books 2018

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    Battle Royale!

    Students at Annunciation are READERS!  
    Nearly 100 of our students on 38 different teams participipated in our annual Battle of the Books!  Battle of the Books is a program that tests the knowledge of students using rounds of comprehension questions.  

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  • 11/08/2018 Picture Retake Day is Tuesday, November 13!

    School Events, Weekender

    Students who need to have their picture retaken, or who were absent on picture day, can be out of uniform for picture retake day on November 13.  For students having their picture retaken, they must bring their picture package with them to the camera that day.  For students who are getting their pictures taken for the first time, you can order your photo package online.

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  • 11/05/2018 Mercy Nights: Prayer, Confession, Adoration & Music

    Church News, Weekender

    Please join us on Thursday, November 15 at 7:00pm in the Church - Come and experience the healing power of Jesus and the abounding mercy of God!
    Families are welcome.

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  • 11/03/2018 Respect Life Ministry Prayer on Wednesdays

    Church News

    The Respect Life Ministry prays the rosary every Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the Planned Parenthood clinic at 66th Street and Lyndale Avenue South. We meet on 66th Street just east of Lyndale.
    All are welcome to come. If you can't come, pray the rosary at home or church when you have time.

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

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  • 11/03/2018 Baby Bottle Campaign

    Church News

    Thank you to everyone who has returned a baby bottle with money for our two life care centers, Tandem and St. Stephen's. 

    If you still have a baby bottle, whether it has money in it or not, please drop it off at the business office during the week or give it to an usher next weekend. 

    Thank you for supporting mothers and their babies. 

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  • 11/01/2018 Measuring MCA Proficiency

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

    We are at the middle of our fall semester, which is the perfect time to come together at our school conferences next week. Being able to come together to discuss each child’s progress, learning to date, and opportunities to grow this year is a valuable experience. We are also blessed to have our whole community committed to collaborating for student success.

    Part of the partnership is communicating our school’s progress as well. Each year, we reflect on our achievement as a school. As we work together to create a more seamless experience through our IB journey, review of practices and learning, we see that the cumulative experience for students across the grade levels is preparing them well. 

    Often, we are asked how our 8th grade graduates compare to other local school’s graduates. Over the years, we have found that our students always perform very well. Last year, 99% of our students met or exceeded the national norms on the NWEA MAP tests.  We review this data each year as another lens to see how we are achieving and if we are preparing our students well for high school and beyond. 

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  • 11/01/2018 Join Us for Trivia Night!

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    Friday, November 16th
    Doors 6:30pm - Annunciation Church Basement

    Time to recruit your smartest friends… 
    Teams consist of 8-9 people (large team) Or NEW THIS YEAR  teams can consist of 3-4 people (small team). Bring your own munchies, beverages available for purchase.
    Prizes awarded for best costume and brightest team!   
    This event gets bigger each year, so sign up today!!! 
    Registrations needed by Friday, November 9th!

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  • 11/01/2018 Día de los Muertos

    School Events, Weekender

    Día de los Muertos is a Mexican celebration that honors those who have died. On November 1st and 2nd, the souls of our loved ones come back to visit, and we celebrate their lives. 

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  • 11/01/2018 Middle School October IB Awards

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    Congratulations to our Middle School IB award winners for October!

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