January 2019

  • 01/31/2019 Dancing with Annunciation Stars - Thank you!

    School Events, Weekender

    This past weekend, our community came together to cheer on our six Annunciation Stars: Karin, Amy, Mrs. Letwin Burns, Tom, Corey and Dan, and we raised a lot of money for our school! 

    Thank you to these stars for your dedication to both dancing and fundraising for our school. Also, we couldn’t have pulled off this wonderful event without the help of all our volunteers (set up/clean up, MC, live Facebook feed, green room, hair/makeup, stage managers, decor, bar servers, signature drink, food, vote collectors, data entry, photography, donations, and Jessica K!) 

    Finally, we are so grateful for everyone that was able to come to the event and/or support the dancers fundraising efforts as you made DWAS 2019 a joyful success. 

    Congratulations to Tom for raising the most money and congratulations to Karin for bringing home the disco ball trophy! ​

    Learn More
  • 01/31/2019 Catholic Schools Week

    School Events, Weekender

    Catholic School Week:
    With the closures this week, we will have our Catholic Schools Week mass on Friday, February 1 at 8:15.  Also, the CSW service project will be rescheduled for Friday, February 8. Please send in items by next Friday, Feb 8. In addition, we will have “CSW theme dress day” on Friday, February 8. Students may choose to wear dress for one of the theme days they missed this week. 

    Read about the Service Project
    View the Calendar of Events

    Learn More
  • 01/31/2019 School Supply Drive

    School Events, Weekender

    Campus Ministry Team students, Sophie Radam, Lucy Carey, and Mae Longo, from the Academy of Holy Angels are collecting school supplies for the school we assisted in Philadelphia during the Annunciation Youth Ministry mission trip last summer.

    Any and all contributions are greatly appreciated. These supplies will help children in this low income community deepen their education and make a large impact in many lives.

    There will be baskets for the supplies in front of the church, in the basement of the church, and in the lobby of the school February 9-24th.

    Thank you for your consideration and generosity!

    If you would rather donate to the drive and have us get the supplies you can make a donation at this link.

    Any question please contact Jimmy Dunn at 612-824-9993 ext 243

    Learn More
  • 01/31/2019 Middle School January IB Awards

    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to our Middle School IB Awards Winners for January!

    Learn More
  • 01/24/2019 Annunciation Healthy Habits February

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

    Annunciation is preparing for Healthy Habits February!

    We are asking all 370-some students-- as well as teachers and staff!-- to come up with one small change they can make in their daily lives to be healthier, and we will all support each other over February to see if we can’t turn them into permanent habits!

    Some of the creative ideas we’ve heard as Mr. Kaiser visits classrooms to brainstorm healthy ideas are:

    Learn More
  • 01/24/2019 Mission Possible

    Church News, Weekender

    You are cordially invited to attend the Annual Haitian Dinner and Craft Sale to benefit Mission Haiti, Inc.

    Saturday, February 23, 2019

    6:00 to 9:30pm

    Annunciation School Auditorium
    525 West 54th St., Minneapolis, MN

    Learn More
  • 01/24/2019 Panera School Fundraiser Night: February 26

    School Events, Weekender

    Join us for a fundraiser to support Annunciation School. Come in to the Panera at 980 West 78th St in Richfield on Tuesday, February 26 between 4:00pm and 8:00pm. 

    A printed flyer or an electronic version of the flyer on a mobile phone or tablet must be presented when ordering. 

    Learn More
  • 01/24/2019 APO Box Tops Contest

    School Events, Weekender

    Start clipping your Box Tops! 

    Turn in to your child's classroom the week of Feb. 4-8. The top two grades with the most Box Tops turned in will earn a non-uniform day. 

    For more information on the Box Tops program and a list of participating products, visit www.boxtops4education.com.

    Learn More
  • 01/23/2019 Excellence in Education

    School Events

    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. 

    To compare to other public schools, we use the NWEA MAP – MCA proficiency projections. In the core areas of reading and math, here are the Spring 2018 scores measuring MCA proficiency for 8th graders at Annunciation, the public middle schools in South Minneapolis, and Statewide schools:

    Learn More
  • 01/18/2019 Annunciation Rain Gardens

    Church News, Weekender

    In 2016, Donovan Peterson from Boy Scout Troop 103 applied for and received a grant from Minnehaha Watershed District to install rain gardens in the front of the Church. He solicited contractors and vendors for reduced rates on excavation and supplies. In November with the help of family and friends he designed and installed the first rain garden by the bell tower. The following spring of 2018, his family and friends installed the four other gardens. He asked his family and friends for donations and collected $5,187.50. Their volunteer hours were worth $8,544.84. The grant paid $11,057.07.  The total cost of the project was over $22,000, which was all covered by donations, volunteers and the grant. 

    Learn More
  • 01/17/2019 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.

    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:

    Learn More
  • 01/17/2019 Congratulations Academic Triathlon Teams!

    School Events, Weekender


    We are very proud of our students and their success at last week's meets:  

    8th grade - 1st place
    6th grade - 1st palce
    7th grade - 2nd place
    2 team awards
    1 individual award

    Great job everyone - keep up the hard work!

    Learn More
  • 01/17/2019 Report Cards

    School Events, Weekender

    We are pleased to announce that student report cards are ready to view in Educate.

    If you forgot your password, click on the Forgot Password button on the login screen.

    Viewing Your Child's Report Card

    Educate allows you to view your child's report card once the school has completed and published them. You may access the report cards at any time after they are generated.

    1. Log into Educate Household (www.educate.tads.com).
    2. Click the School tab at the top and click on Students. The name of your child/ren will be listed.
    3. Click on a name and click on Report Cards. The Report Cards section will expand.
    4. Click the Preview icon of the report card you wish to view.
    The report card appears in a new window.

    If you need additional help, send an email to educatesupport@annunciationmsp.org.

    Learn More
  • 01/17/2019 Early Dismissal January 29, Extended Day Open

    School Events, Weekender

    School will have an early dismissal on Tuesday, January 29th. The Extended Day program will be open on the 29th for our families. 

    On Tuesday, January 29th, Extended Day will be open from 1:00pm to 6:00pm.  We will be staying on school grounds.  The children may bring Game Boys, Wii, board games, and their favorite music CD to listen/dance to.

    Extended Day will provide a snack at 2:45p.m.  There will also be a 4:45p.m. snack time and this snack is brought from home.

    Please dress the children appropriately.  We will go outside in the afternoon.


    Learn More
  • 01/17/2019 Improv 2019

    School Events, Weekender

    Improv is an after-school class which is open to all Annunciation seventh and eighth graders.  This year it will be taught by Creative Arts teacher Lorissa Letwin and Sandy Nesvig. We teach movement, voice, acting, improvisation, etc. More importantly, we try to convey the importance of creativity, teamwork, self-confidence, trust and dedication to hard work. This class requires a commitment of not only time, but of interest and a behavior policy will be set in place. Commitment and behavior expectations for improv include full participation in activities, the creation of skits, group work, and positive behavior. Students who are unable to live up to these expectations will be asked to leave the program. Please review and discuss these expectations with your child.  If the interest is not there, Improv will not be a positive experience.

    Classes will begin on Tuesday, January 29th beginning at 1pm and go until 2:45pm. Please note, this is an early dismissal day.  Initially the class will meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays and occasionally, with small groups, on Wednesdays.The time for Improv on all other days (beside Jan 29) is 2:45-4:30.

    We are asking for a fee of $95.00 from each student.  This fee goes toward covering the costs of conducting the class and producing the show.  
    Please include the fee with the permission slip and turn in to the office by January 24th.  

    Learn More
  • 01/17/2019 Youth Choir Grades 2-8 Registration

    School Events, Weekender

    Join the Youth Choir!

    Wednesdays from 2:45pm-3:30pm
    Choir room, lower level of Annunciation church 

    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.

    Print the registration form.

    Learn More
  • 01/10/2019 Catholic Schools Week

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

    Annunciation Catholic School fosters each child’s potential to create a better world through faith, virtue, knowledge, and service to others.

    As a Catholic School, we have the privilege of doing more than provide facts to students; we help each student realize their potential as a unique child of God. Through our exploration and inquiry into knowledge, we also form our students in faith, virtue and service. Together, with our families, we participate in a holy and amazing process of developing God’s leaders of tomorrow…..and today. 

    Each day, our students amaze us with their ideas, thoughts, kindness, curiosity, and faith. Seeing the world through the eyes of our children is a gift – for our students, parents, teachers, and staff. Thank you for sharing your children with us and giving them this special gift of Catholic education. This gift impacts who they become – what could be more amazing than that?

    To celebrate, join us as we kick off our celebration on Sunday, January 27 at the 9:30 Mass. 

    Learn More
  • 01/10/2019 Middle School December IB Awards

    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to our Middle School IB Awards Winners for December!

    Learn More
  • 01/10/2019 Extended Day Open on Martin Luther King Day

    School Events, Weekender

    School will be closed on Monday, January 21st for Martin Luther King Day.  The Extended Day program will be open for our families from 7:00am – 6:00pm. 

    On Monday, January 21st, the day will be filled with crafts/projects and the kids can bring items from home to play with.  
    The children will not need to bring a lunch this day because we will be ordering pizza and having an Extended Day feast!  The activity fee for this day is $5.00.

    We will provide a snack at 9:15am and at 2:45pm. The snack at 4:45pm is brought from home.

    Please dress the children appropriately.  We go outside in the morning as well as the afternoon.


    Learn More
  • 01/10/2019 MISF Accepting Nominations for the 2019 Private and Independent Education Awards

    School Events, Weekender

    All private and independent schools in Minnesota are eligible and encouraged to participate. Nominations may be submitted by students, staff, board members, parents, school leaders, or anyone connected to the school community. Nominations are due by February 11.
    Do you know an exceptional educator? How about the volunteer who handles lots of assignments? Who has made a difference in your community by their philanthropy? 
    Please take the time to nominate them.

    Learn More
  • 01/10/2019 ​DeLaSalle High School Open House, January 16

    School Events, Weekender

    On Wednesday, January 16, from 7:00-9:00 p.m., the staff and students of DeLaSalle High School host an Open House for prospective students and their families.  Easily the fastest-growing Catholic high school in the Upper Midwest, DeLaSalle is currently the third largest Catholic high school in Minnesota.  DeLaSalle’s enrollment of 750 students is its largest in 47 years, up 30 percent in the past nine years alone. 

    The Open House features presentations about DeLaSalle’s heritage as an urban, Catholic and Lasallian school; its college prep curriculum and Guidance program sending 98-100 percent of grads off to college; the 1:1 iPad technology initiative, now in its eighth year; successful extra-curricular activities, $3.2 million program of financial aid grants and academic scholarships, unique Global Advantage Program, connecting students to international academic travel; and so much more….  DeLaSalle staff and many current students will be present to welcome guests and answer questions.  

    For more information, please contact either:

    Mike O’Keefe, Vice President for Enrollment, at 612-676-7679, or
    Lourdes Bunay, Associate Director of Admission, at 612-676-7665

    Learn More
  • 01/10/2019 Academy of Holy Angels Important Dates

    School Events, Weekender

    Important Upcoming Dates at Holy Angels:

    • Thursday, January 10 - Open House:  This is our final Open House of the school year.  Your families can join us at 6:00 PM for academic presentations and a tour of the school.  Parents can RSVP on our website.  

    • Saturday, January 12 - Grade School Night for our Basketball teams:  Boys Basketball plays at 5:00 PM with the Girls following at 7:00 PM.  We will be doing raffles during both halftimes.  

    • Saturday, January 19 - First Round Application Deadline and Placement Test:  All completed applications received by this date are eligible for our St. Joseph Academic Scholarship.  

    Important AHA Admissions Dates

    Learn More
  • 01/10/2019 Chipotle Fundraiser

    School Events, Weekender

    Learn More
  • 01/10/2019 Winter Youth Enrichment Classes

    School Events, Weekender

    Grades K-5 
    New and returning students invited. Each {YEL!} Chess class follows four basic components:
    • Teach It!…Each class students are taught different chess concepts and coached to implement those concepts into their chess games.
    • Practice It!…Students practice positions set by the coach to improve their understanding of the concept.
    • Puzzle It!…Students are given chess puzzles (constructed by WIM Serafima Sokolovskaya) and work with coach guidance to solve them.
    • Play It!…Each class ends with students playing 20-30 minutes of chess. Coaches often feature in-class tournaments during the session. Fee includes: ChessKid.com membership ($49 annual value).

    Grades 1-5 
    STEM Enrichment using LEGO® bricks for the 21st Century learner. Each {YEL!} STEM class follows four basic components:
    • Teach It!… Each class students are taught the basic STEM engineering concepts behind each project;
    • Build It!… Students use LEGO® bricks to build a street sweeper, racer and design their own egg beater.
    • Explore It!…Then they use that project to explore the basic engineering concepts - this session is focused on pulleys concepts.
    • Play It!…Finally they play with their project, modify it, create extensions and have fun working with it. 

    LEGO® is a trademark of the LEGO Group of companies which does not sponsor, authorize or endorse this site or program.

    Download the flyer.

    Learn More
  • 01/10/2019 Catholic School Student Talent Competition, Shine On

    School Events, Weekender

    Are you a 4-8th grade student attending a Catholic elementary school in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis?
    Has God blessed you with the gift of singing, dancing, acting, or playing a musical instrument?


    Learn More
  • 01/10/2019 Aim Higher Foundation Tuition Assistance Scholarships

    School Events, Weekender

    The Aim Higher Foundation provides scholarships to children whose families are seeking tuition assistance for a K-8 Catholic education  in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

    Learn More
  • 01/07/2019 Showing of Bishop Barron’s DVD entitled “The Mystical Union of Christ and His Church”

    Church News

    The Peace and Justice Committee of Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace invite you to mark your calendars for January 13 from 10:45 to 12:15 (following 9:30 am Mass at Annunciation) for a showing of Bishop Barron’s DVD entitled “The Mystical Union of Christ and His Church” in the Visitation Room at Annunciation Church (lower level).

    Our hope is to shine light on the strong connection between receiving Eucharist as a member of the Mystical Body of Christ and then going out into the world to do good works. In the DVD Bishop Barron explicitly speaks of the social outreach in the Church and how it is supported by prayer and a response to prayer.  This is a beautiful film!  Please join us.

    Learn More