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03/29/2019 Youth Minister Update
Dear Annunciation Families,
I want to share with you some exciting news regarding the search for our new youth minister. We posted the position in February and received a lot of applications from qualified individuals. The list was narrowed and the top candidates were interviewed by a committee made up of Fr. Park, staff, and parents. Now that this process has come to a close, we are happy to announce that we have found our new youth minister - Bernadette (Bernie) Gauthé (pronounced Go-tay).
03/28/2019 A Lesson in Lighting for Creative Arts
We are gratfeul to the very talented parent who came to visit our fifth graders in Creative Arts during their acting unit. During the month of February and March, the fifth graders were learning the roles of being an actor/actress and an audience. Kerry was able to stop in and teach our fifth graders about lighting and how it can enhance a performance. The students learned about stagehands and the many jobs they take on behind the scenes. Stagehand jobs can include carpenters building and designing sets, pyrotechnics, and props to name a few.
03/28/2019 Middle School Bocce Ball Tournament
Late February-Early March the middle school had a bocce ball unit, culminating in an all-middle school tournament.
After learning the game, students formed their own teams of 2-4 players and squared off in round robin play. The section champions moved on to the March 18 playoffs, with the Dream Team of Maggie M., Tierney M., and Joe K. from 6-1 emerging victorious. The champions graciously shared their prize of a catered pizza and ice cream lunch with the runners-up, The Hottls from 6-2 (Ella S., Rachel Z.i, Berit L., and Marina V.)!
03/28/2019 Scholastic Book Fair THANK YOU!
Building Excitement for Reading
Thank you to all for supporting the Scholastic Book Fair last week, especially to the volunteers who helped out!
The students seemed to be just as excited as past years even thought the location changed. I saw lots of happy kids going home with lots of books. The great news is that 50% of the sales will go to purchasing new books for the school library and for classroom libraries.
Thank you for making reading a priority in your child's busy life!
Please take two minutes to let me know your feedback from the Scholastic Book Fair: https://forms.gle/oTrj53QjJmwzDZJeA
Friday April 12, 5-6:30pm
Approaching fast! Register online today!
Besides ice cream and a chance at winning Spirit Wear ALL participants will now also receive an Out of Uniform Pass too!
Monday April 8th: Entry forms due by NOON
Tuesday April 9th: Turn in projects to school auditorium 7:30-8am
Thursday April 11th: Judging/Feedback 2:45-4:15pm
Friday April 12th: Curiosity Fair presentations 5:00pm to 6:30pm
Let us know what questions you have!
Get Prepared for Fun!
• Incoming K-5thGraders may attend as participants.
• AGAIN 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 is now open!
• Register online at https://vbspro.events/p/events/a89921
• Cost is $50 per participant ($40 for each additional child in family).
• Financial Aid Available.
Join us for our Flashback to the 80's Live & Silent Auction on Saturday, May 4!
This back to the 80’s party is one you are not going to want to miss.
Check backpacks today for student raffle tickets!
NEW THIS YEAR - Early Bird Table Special!
Purchase a table for 10 for $1,000 and receive some great extras!
Reserve your table today by emailing Jessica
Only 30 tables available!
(We don't need to know who is sitting at your table until later.
Table price will increase after 4/21.)
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Check out the TOTALLY AWESOME Live Auction Items!
If you have items you'd like to offer, please let us know!
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HOW YOU CAN HELP:
03/28/2019 Yearbook Orders Due April 28
Announcing the...Annunciation Catholic School 2018-19 YEARBOOK
Our yearbook is planned to include:
• All color pages that vibrantly capture school memories
• Sturdy soft cover with an original design that reflects our school’s spirit and uniqueness
Add on any of the following yearbook extras:
• Student's name printed in foil on the cover adds a personal touch
• Durable, high-quality hard cover protects treasured memories for a lifetime
The Annunciation School Extended Day program is offering a summer program for children enrolled in our school. The summer program will begin on Tuesday, June 4th and will end on Friday, August 16th. We will be open every day except July 4th and July 5th. The program is open from 7:00am to 6:00pm.
Children who are registered for kindergarten at Annunciation for fall of 2019 are welcome along with all other Annunciation children. Our summer program is filled with fun and interesting field trips, sports, arts and crafts, science and nature, and recreational activities. Along with the many structured activities, there is also plenty of time for rest and relaxation with friends.
03/28/2019 Free Youth Heart Screening
PROTECT THIS HEART SCREENING
Minneapolis high school students between the ages of 12 - 25.
Play for Patrick and Simon’s Heart, part of Screen Across America, are providing a free youth heart screening for students.
Washburn High School
Sunday, April 7 from 10am - 2pm.
We screen our children’s eyes and ears. We should screen their hearts too! A stethoscope at an annual check up is not enough. Sudden Cardiac Arrest
is the #1 cause of death of student athletes. It takes the lives of thousands of students every year.
Register for your appointment at simonsheart.org.
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, March 6, 2019 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 Tuesday, April 9, 2019 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.
03/27/2019 APO Volunteers Needed
Two Volunteer Opportunities!
1) Curiosity Fair
2) Staff Appreciation Week
We have co-chaired both of these great events for several years and are looking for people to mentor this year to pass the torch to next year!
Please let us know what questions you have and/or if interested!
The Peace & Justice Committee invites you to attend the second part of our Lenten series on the Human Face of Immigration on April 7 from 12:15 to 1:30 in the Whalen room at Our Lady of Peace church.
Pizza will be served! We will show a film entitled Gospel without Borders with discussion to follow. The film brings more light and less heat to the issue of immigration while examining what the Bible says about the treatment of the "stranger." Please join us as we explore immigration in light of Catholic Social Teaching.
If you have any questions, please contact Chris Stromgren at 612-925-1840.
03/21/2019 Shine On Catholic Schools Talent Competition
Congratulations to Gordie & Josephine - we couldn’t be prouder!!!
Not only did they make the final 16 for the CSCOE Talent Show out of 140 students who auditioned, THEY WON!!!
They received a trip to NYC and a Broadway show and $500 for our creative arts program! Special thank you to Mrs. Letwin for helping them prepare!
03/20/2019 Annunciation Parish Annual Fish Fry
Friday, April 12 from 5:30 - 7:30pm
Please join us for our annual Fish Fry dinner served by Annunciation Men’s Group.
There is a delicious menu consisting of deep fried fish, coleslaw, baked potatoes, bread and cookies. Grilled cheese for kids. Complimentary milk, coffee and lemonade will be served. Pop will be available for purchase.
All have been posted on the Annunciation School Google calendar (http://www.annunciationmsp.org/calendar/school/):
August 26 – First Day of School
August 30 & September 2 – no school Labor Day break
October 16-18 – no school MEA Break
November 27-29 – no school Thanksgiving break
December 23-January 5 – no school Christmas break
January 20 – no school Martin Luther King Day
February 14-17 – no school Presidents’ Day break
March 30-April 3 – no school Spring Break
April 10-13 – no school Easter Break
May 25 – no school Memorial Day
May 28 – last day of school
There may be other dates where Annunciation is closed or dismisses early for professional development. Those dates will be listed on the school online calendar by the end of July 2019.
03/14/2019 Lent Buddy Activity
Students wrote their Lenten promise (If they gave up something or promised to pray each morning, etc.) on a purple piece of paper. Student Council will display all the promises in the form of a cross.
03/14/2019 Lenten Service Project
Annunciation House is a nonprofit organization ten blocks from the U. S./Mexico border in El Paso, Texas. Having been released by ICE, the families are provided hospitality by the volunteers at Annunciation House. Most of the families are fleeing poverty and violence from Honduras, Guatemala, and El Salvador. By the time they arrive at Annunciation House, the parents and children are very tired, hungry, and frightened after leaving their homes and enduring such a long and difficult journey.
During this Lenten Season, we are asking if you could help with items needed for our Latino families.... The children are in need of socks, underwear, backpacks, and toothbrushes-the size your child needs is fine! Please know that monetary donations are welcomed. Check can be made to SCJ.
Thank you for this opportunity to share the loving service of this "other" Annunciation House! Through Christ our Lord, Amen!
03/14/2019 March is Music in Our Schools Month!
March is here and Music in Our Schools Month has arrived! Our school is buzzing with activities and programs this month.
St. Patrick's Day Sale (March 15 - 18, 2019) 17% off
In Store and Online School Uniforms and Accessories
6002 Excelsior Boulevard, St. Louis Park, MN
Monday - Thursday: 10 am - 6 pm
Friday: 10 am - 5 pm
Saturday: 10 am - 3 pm
03/14/2019 Used Uniform Sale
Used Uniform Sale to be held during Conferences - 2nd floor of Spirit Center Wed, March 20: 4-8pm Thurs, March 21: 2-8pm. (Cash or check only)
Accepting donations of clean, used uniforms and Spirit Wear (no holes or stains) Please drop off at the school office or bring to the sale.
03/14/2019 SAVE THE DATE: CSCOE Bash
Save the Date!
May 11, 2019
Please mark your calendar for this fun, inspiring event! Your ticket to the BASH supports all that CSCOE is doing to help enhance excellence and increase enrollment in 79 local Catholic elementary schools serving more than 21,000 students. A key focus this year will be providing schools with resources to serve exceptional learners – students with a range of learning differences that require additional tools for optimal success. We look forward to spending the evening with you!
03/11/2019 Respect Life Ministry Plant Sale
It is time for the Annual Spring Flower/Plant Sale at Annunciation Church. This year the sale is timed as a help for Mother’s Day. So many of us buy plants and hanging flower baskets for our mothers and grandmothers. Order here and avoid standing in line at crowded garden centers on Mother’s Day weekend!
03/07/2019 Academic Showcase
On Monday, March 11, all middle school students will be displaying their Science or History Day project for the Academic Showcase in the auditorium from 2:30-4:00.
The Showcase will provide a forum for students to show their learning through projects centering on history and science including websites students created, documentaries, experiments, and essays. The showcase is open to all Annunciation families and we encourage everyone to check out all of the hard work the students have put into their projects over the last 2 months.
03/07/2019 SAVE THE DATE: Winter Sports Photos
SAVE THE DATE:
Winter Sport Photos - Wednesday, March 27, 2:45-4:15pm in the gym (please note – photos will be taken AFTER SCHOOL)
If your child plays a winter sport for Annunciation, please be sure to send your child’s sports uniform to school that day - they will change after school for the photos.
Please do not turn in your uniform until AFTER March 27!
To order your photos online, please click here: https://order.lifetouchsports.com/index.cfm?event=OrderHome&contractID=164715
If you need a paper form, they will be available at the school office next week.
03/07/2019 Ash Wednesday: Burying the Word “Alleluia”
On Ash Wednesday, K-5 students participated in the ancient ceremony of burying the word “Alleluia” deep in the snow banks of the Annunciation campus.
During the entire 40 days of Lent the word Alleluia is completely absent from the liturgy of the Church.
The act of burying the Alleluia is a kind of “fasting” letting the Alleluia be dormant until the burst of a joyful affirmation of the Resurrection on Easter Day!
03/07/2019 Drop-off / Pick-up Procedures at Carpool
At Annunciation, our goal is to create a safe and efficient procedure for drop-off and pick-up. If each person helps by following the procedure, we will have a faster and safer car pool line for students and families.
Please review the Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Map and use your carpool number card for all pick-ups. This helps move the line along quicker.
A few notes of importance: