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  • 04/26/2017 IB Attitude: Curiosity


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action. The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker. The IB Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

    In the IB, curiosity is defined as "being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people, and cultures." Thanks to Ms. Russell’s homebase for sharing what they think it means to be curious.

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  • 04/25/2017 ‘Language B’ in Action


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    This past weekend our Spanish (Language B) teachers, Sra. Franco and Sra. Lovera, attended a 3-day International Baccalaureate (IB) training with other participants from all across the Americas. During the workshop, our teachers inquired into the basic philosophy and curricular model of the primary years program (PYP), PYP standards and practices, and appropriate applications for their specialized area of instruction.  

    On Monday afternoon, both teachers visited an IB school in St. Louis Park to see the PYP in practice.  

    Thank you for Sra. Franco and Sra. Lovera!

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  • 04/25/2017 Assessing Our Assessments


    School Events, Enrichment, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    All IB schools are required to have a written, published, assessment policy.  This assessment policy should reflect the school's philosophy and position on assessment.  

    Our goal, at Annunciation, is to create a policy that is the result of a collaborative process between all staff members and allows for a common and better understanding of the following:

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  • 04/24/2017 Curiosity Fair Thank You


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Curiosity Fair 2017 was a big success! Thank you to all 78 participants, the school staff, parent volunteers, APO, student ambassador judges, student council volunteers and to all others involved in this great event!

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  • 04/21/2017 Math Masters Takes Top Honors


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    Annunciation fifth graders were very successful at the Math Masters competition in Prior Lake this week!  Ten of the fifth graders competed both individually and on two teams of five against 91 individuals and 18 teams.  There are three elements to the competition:  the Fact Drill, Individual Problem Solving, and Team Problem Solving.  Annunciation won all three categories.

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  • 04/21/2017 An IB Thumbs Up for Annunciation!


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

    On April 10th and 11th, we welcomed International Baccalaureate (IB) Consultant, Ms. Kathy Couillard. Ms. Couillard is the principal at Handley IB World School in Saginaw, Michigan. During her visit, Ms. Couillard toured our school, took part in the all-school morning meeting, observed teaching and learning in all K-5 and Specialists' classrooms, reviewed curriculum and instruction documents (planners), and met with parents and our staff.  After experiencing all of this, Ms. Couillard was able to help us craft an action plan for applying for authorization as an IB World School.  

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  • 04/21/2017 Earth Day 2017


    School Events, International Baccalaureate

    On April 22nd, the world will celebrate the 47th annual Earth Day. As a community, we honor this special day by renewing our committment to caring for creation and taking action to make our world a better place. 

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  • 04/13/2017 Happy Easter!


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

    As we enter the holiest of days in our church, the Triduum, we pray for each other as we eagerly await Christ’s resurrection on Easter.

    “God our Father, during these special three days, hope us to honor the gift of your Son, who showed us how to love. Guide us to be compassionate with others as we move toward the Feast of the Resurrection. Amen”

    Annunciation School community wishes you a blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter.

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  • 04/13/2017 Word Masters Challenge (round 2) 2017


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    Annunciation proudly participates in the WordMasters Challenge. 

    The WordMasters Challenge helps students expand their vocabulary, develop verbal reasoning skills through the use of analogies, and most importantly, have fun! The WordMasters Challenge consists of three 20-minute analogy-solving meets held at school throughout the year (December, February and April). 

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  • 04/13/2017 Let’s Get Creative!


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action.

    The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker. These IB-PYP Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

    In the IB, creativity is defined as "being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas." 

    Thanks to Ms. Caldwell’s class for sharing what they think it means to be creative.

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  • 04/07/2017 IB Consultant Visit


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

    On April 10th and 11th, we will welcome our International Baccalaureate (IB) Consultant, Ms. Kathy Couillard.

    Ms. Couillard is the principal at Handley IB World School in Saginaw, Michigan. The role of the IB consultant is to support candidate schools in working towards meeting requirements for IB authorization. During her visit, Ms. Couillard will observe, document, and experience our progress as a candidate school. She will also collaborate with us in creating an action plan for achieving authorization. Annunciation is currently in its second year of being an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) candidate program. We plan to apply for authorization during the 2017-2018 school year.

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  • 04/07/2017 Strategic Plan and IB Implementation Update


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes

    During the 2013-14 school year, Annunciation completed our accreditation renewal process. Part of accreditation is to create a strategic plan for the next 7 years. As a community, we completed our plan and have been working to bring the strategic vision to life, using the plan to guide our work and improvement efforts.

    The first objective was to “Position Annunciation as a Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child.”  We want Annunciation School to provide the strongest academic experience within our Catholic environment. After research and discussion, we identified the International Baccalaureate program as a great fit for Annunciation School as we seek to become a Catholic school leader. We began the journey as a candidate school in fall of 2014 for the Primary Years Program (PYP), starting with our elementary program and building up. 

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  • 04/06/2017 Fourth Graders Experiment with Fermi Math Problems


    School Events, Enrichment

    Groups of 4th graders worked with parent volunteers on Fermi math problems this week. Fermi math is an enrichment program where students use rough approximations, inspired guesses, statistical estimates from very little data. 

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  • 04/06/2017 Osmo Genius Kits are a Huge Hit


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Thank you to our Annunciation Parent Organization (APO) for granting the funds for every K-5 classroom to purchase an Osmo Genius kit.  

    The Osmo's word, number and spatial thinking activities are used with an iPad. The activities are completed using Osmo's unique reflective technology. Students manipulate letters, numbers, and shapes in front of the screen, to play games on the screen.

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  • 04/03/2017 March IB Award Winners


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to the March IB awards winners in the Annunciation Middle School!

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  • 04/03/2017 FYI, the POI is in the Foyer!


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Presenting...Annunciation's International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) Program of Inquiry (POI)

    Please check out our program of inquiry display in the foyer.  

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  • 03/27/2017 MN State Science & Engineering Fair


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation seventh graders, Ava K.M. and Emily M. competed at the State Science & Engineering Fair, March 25-27, 2017 in downtown Minneapolis.  They participated in the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair on February 24-25, 2017 and were selected to move onto the State competition. Congratulations to both girls on their hard work and dedication!

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  • 03/24/2017 IB Attitude: Confidence


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action.

    The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker.  These IB-PYP Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

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  • 03/24/2017 Meeting the Needs of Each Child


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

    Annunciation is blessed to have amazing people and resources over the years to help us meet our mission to serve the diverse learners we have in our community. Our goal is to teach the whole child and to teach children the way they learn best – focusing on meeting the needs of each child to help them reach their full potential.

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  • 03/15/2017 IB Attitude: Tolerance


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) program balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action.

    Teaching and learning in the IB program focus on developing attributes and attitudes in students and staff members. An attribute is a characteristic of a person (who s/he is). An attitude is the position or way a person acts (how s/he acts).

    The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker. These IB-PYP Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

    Thank you to Ms.Guilliatt’s homebase for communicating with our school community what it means to practice tolerance.

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  • 03/15/2017 After School Enrichment (YEL) Schedule (Spring)


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    Youth Enrichment League is offering after school classes this spring. All registration is online at YouthEnrichmentLeague.com.

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  • 03/10/2017 Taking Action in International Baccalaureate (IB)


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Action is something you do, right? Actually, action is much more than that.  Action is a part of who we are.

    Has your child ever come home from school explaining all the reasons for shutting off the water while you brush your teeth?  If she has, then she is taking action because of what she has learned.  Taking action is one of the five essential elements of IB and part of the inquiry cycle, or part of learning. We ask, "How can we do something with what we have learned?" and "How has my thinking changed since the beginning of our inquiry?"  When we take action, we make connections to new knowledge. Our students are learning that inquiry can lead to action and that even the smallest actions can make a difference

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  • 03/10/2017 Kindergarteners Model Cooperation


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible actions.

    Teaching and learning in the IB program focuses on developing attributes and attitudes in students and staff members. An attribute is a characteristic of a person (who s/he is). An attitude is the position or way a person acts (how s/he acts).

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  • 03/09/2017 There Is a Time for Everything


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    Dear Annunciation Parents,

    When I was hired at Annunciation school 45 years ago, I was armed with the belief that if you develop a program for children that nurtures and encourages creativity through improvisation, movement, music and art, it would strengthen them in all aspects of their lives.  It would open up their potential and their possibilities, giving them confidence and courage to succeed. I was met with some misgivings, but more than enough support to get things started. And so began the Creative Arts Program. I will always be grateful to Sister Monique and Monsignor Colbert, who took a chance on me then, and to all the principals and pastors who have supported me since.

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  • 03/08/2017 Extended Day Summer Program


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    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 6th and will end on Friday, August 18th.  We will be open every day except July 3rd and July 4th.

    Children who are registered for kindergarten at Annunciation for fall of 2017 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.  

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  • 03/08/2017 Annunciation Prairie Project


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The prairie project is going to be fun! Annunciation is partnering with Growing Green Hearts to plan and grow a prairie garden on campus. Growing Green Hearts specializes in environmental STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with a focus on the basics of:  play, learn, and love nature.  You can find out more here: www.growinggreenhearts.com.  The goal of the project is to explore creation care and the engineering design process as we complete the garden space.  Students will experience a process that can be used year after year- building on the IB foundation and utilizing the outdoor spaces at Annunciation for nature play and science learning.  

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  • 03/07/2017 2nd & 3rd Grade Annual Basketball Tournament


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    These four 2nd & 3rd grade teams do not play one another during regular season, so the coaches put on a round robin tournament at the end of the season.

    Before the games began the teams gathered together for an opening prayer.

    What a great season! Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered!

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  • 03/02/2017 February IB Award Winners


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    Congratulations to the February IB awards winners in the Annunciation Middle School! 

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  • 03/01/2017 2017 Middle School Youth Ultimate League


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    Season Details:

    Registration open through March 20th
    Practices begin April 10th.  2 practices per week; tentative location and time – Pearl Park 3:15-5:15 Tuesday and Wednesday (subject to change based on coach availability).
    6 Game Season: Sunday Games 4/23, 4/30, 5/7 (makeup game day 5/14).  Each Sunday team will play 2 games.
    State Championship: May 20-21

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  • 02/27/2017 A Visit from the Puppet Lady


    School Events, Weekender

    On Friday, Feb 24th, our Kindergartners, 1st, and 2nd-graders were treated to a puppet show. 'The Puppet Lady' shared a number of stories with our students. She modeled how creative expression provides many ways to communicate ideas and emotions.  

    Five of our six elementary grades are currently exploring the IB transdisciplinary unit 'How We Express Ourselves'. This unit is an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; and our appreciation of the aesthetic.

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  • 02/24/2017 Creating Mathematicians


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

    Over the last two years, as we carry out our strategic plan and implement the IB framework and inquiry throughout our school,  we have had the opportunity to review and reflect on what is working at Annunciation and also identify opportunities for growth. This process led us to look at our math curriculum to see how we can incorporate the IB approach in our math program, too. After much research and reflection, the staff identified resources that would provide student-centered approach to math and better prepare students for middle school and high school math.

    Starting with the elementary program, math teachers and staff selected the Math Expressions for use in kindergarten through 5th grade. This past summer, teachers received training on the new math curriculum. Fitting with the IB model, both teachers in the grade level are teaching math. This allows math concepts to be integrated across all the subjects during the school day. In order to support this development, teachers have been meeting every other week after school to learn the new program.

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  • 02/24/2017 Winter Conferences 2017


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    Sign-up now for second semester conferences - March 15-16: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/annunciation

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  • 02/16/2017 We Strive to be Reflective!


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    We Strive to be Reflective!

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.  The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes.  This week we focused on the attribute, Reflective.

    Thank you to our elementary teaching staff for helping us all learn more about being reflective!

    When we are being reflective, we thoughtfully consider the world around us, our ideas and our experiences. We strive to understand our strengths and areas that need more development. We intentionally try to think about these things and make changes where we can. We give thoughtful consideration to our own learning and consider how to grow or improve in a constructive manner. We value self-awareness as an important skill.

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  • 02/10/2017 Ladysmith Black Mambaza Night Out for 8th Grade


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    The 8th grade has been studying South Africa and as part of our studies we watched the documentary, Under African Skies which chronicles Paul Simon’s visit to South Africa where he made the Grammy award winning album, Graceland. It was album of the year. In the process of making this album, Paul Simon was criticized for violating the U.N’s cultural boycott of South Africa. This was during the time of Apartheid and Nelson Mandela was still in prison.

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  • 02/01/2017 Science Fair 2017 Finalists


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    Eleven middle school students have been selected by judges at the Annunciation Science Fair to showcase their work at the Regional Fair. These students will be competing at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair on February 24th and 25th at the University of Minnesota.  

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  • 01/30/2017 2017 Annunciation Basketball Season


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    The basketball season has officially started for all of the Annunciation teams. The 4th-8th grade teams started their games in December and will go until the beginning of March. The 2nd and 3rd grade teams had their first games last Saturday. It was a huge success! 

    We continue to have excellent participation in all grades with 180 total participants. We host games most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Come on out and cheer on the players!!

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  • 01/30/2017 January IB Award Winners


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    Congratulations to the January IB awards winners in the Annunciation Middle School!

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  • 01/27/2017 Middle School Honor Roll


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    Congratulations to the Middle School students on the 2016-17 1st semester Honor Roll:

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  • 01/25/2017 Catholic Schools Week Dress Schedule


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    Catholic Schools Week

    January 29 – February 4, 2016 
    MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Join us as we kick off our celebration on Sunday, January 29 at the 10:30 mass. We would love to see all of our school families together to celebrate! The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We invite students to wear their uniforms and spirit wear to show their school pride. Join us for the waffle breakfast after mass, too! Great way to kick of this wonderful celebration and show thanks to our parish for their support of Catholic education at Annunciation.

    Daily Dress Schedule:
    Monday - Sports Day
    Tuesday - Character Day (book or bible)
    Wednesday - Wacky Dress Day
    Thursday - Professional Day dress (all school mass day)
    Friday - Pajamas Day

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  • 01/25/2017 12 Reasons to Choose Catholic Schools


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    CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – A DOZEN REASONS TO CHOOSE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS:

    1) We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence.

    2) We partner with parents in the faith formation of their children.

    3) We set high standards for student achievement and help them succeed.

    4) We provide a balanced academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture, and life.

    5) We use technology effectively to enhance education.

    6) We instill in students the value of service to others.

    7) We teach children respect of self and others.

    8) We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.

    9) We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders.

    10) We have a 99% high school graduation rate. 85% of our graduates go to college.

    11) We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring, and effective.

    12) We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

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  • 01/25/2017 2017 Trivia Winners


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    Congratulations to the 2017 Trivia Winners, Inquizition! They were able to hold onto their title for two years in a row. 

    Thank you to all of the Annunciation Trivia teams. Keep studying and memorizing trivial facts to get ready for next year!

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  • 01/19/2017 Band & Guitar Concerts


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    Band & Guitar Concerts will be held on February 2nd & 3rd in the school auditorium.

    The evening concert is Thursday, February 2 at 7pm. Please stay and support all the groups! These students have worked very hard on their songs and it is a thrill to play in front of a full audience.

    The school concerts are Friday, February 3. Band concert at 10 am. Guitars & Rock Bands at 1:15 pm.

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