News & Events

Weekender

  • 04/13/2018 IB Authorization Visit is Coming!


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

    Several years ago, our school completed the re-accreditation process through MNSAA. The accreditation happens every 7 years and provides an opportunity for schools to reflect on every aspect of our school and also create a strategic plan for the next 7 years – focusing on school improvement. After a year of reflection and planning, meeting with parents, parishioners, staff and students, Annunciation created our strategic plan.

    In 2014, we began the journey. The first objective of our new plan was to:

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  • 04/13/2018 We’re Hiring: Middle School Math Teacher


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    Annunciation School is a vibrant, Catholic school serving students from preschool through 8th grade. We are seeking a qualified, passionate middle school math teacher. The math teacher works with the middle school team and math teaching partner to provide strong academic and educational experience to our students.  

    As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation is looking for teachers who use inquiry instruction and student-focused activities to engage students in meaningful learning activities that meet the needs of a diverse group of students. We are seeking teachers who are open-minded, life-long learners and bring a global perspective to the learning experience. Collaboration with the team of teachers and specialists is critical to our success.

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  • 04/13/2018 WANTED: Annunciation School Council Members!


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    Attention parents, are you interested in joining the Annunciation School Council?  We are currently seeking new members to join for the 2018-2019 school year!

    Areas of specific need include:

    Technology
    Campus Environment and Facilities
    Marketing/Events/Creative/Graphics
    Finance

    If you are willing to serve and share your talents and expertise by helping to guide and implement key school initiatives, please email Alison Golla (agolla98@gmail.com) or Allison O’Brien (obrienfamily4432@yahoo.com) for more information.

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  • 03/29/2018 The School was Alive with Music


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    Music in Our Schools Month

    The month of March has been filled with music performances, listening to and describing different genres of music, and presentations from guest in our Annunciation Community! It has been a wonderful way to showcase talents throughout our school and bring awareness to music and the opportunities it can provide.

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  • 03/23/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - March


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for March!

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  • 03/23/2018 Facilitating Passionate Curiosity


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    On this past Wednesday at our weekly staff meeting, Nancy Van Erp led teachers through an engagement on techniques for formulating quality questions with our students. 

    Nancy Van Erp is a former K-12 teacher who taught and coached elementary, middle school and high school. She earned a Master of Arts in Learning Technology and has been teaching teachers for the past 12 years. Nancy earned her Ph.D. online and her dissertation focused on critical thinking in the online graduate environment. She is a big fan of student-centered, constructivist and collaborative learning environments for learners of all ages. Nancy actively tweets about education and advocacy at @IfNotUsThnWho.

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  • 03/23/2018 Same, Same, Different


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    What does it meant to be internationally-minded or to have intercultural understanding?

    Our school's exploration of countries from around the world doesn't end with Carnaval! Over the past few weeks students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades have been using literature to explore these questions. Students explored with texts like, Same, Same, Different and The Name Jar and then were given the opportunity to reflect on their values and the values of other communities. 

    The students are growing in their understanding of cultures from around the world while they realize that even if people look or live differently from them, they actually have a lot in common.

    Anne LaLonde Laux
     
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
    Math and Literacy Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator

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  • 03/23/2018 Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto


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    Thanks to everyone who joined us to explore STEM projects and tools on Tuesday! Students had a chance to explore STEM through our BeeBots and OzoBots as well as compete in a tower building challenge. A special thanks to all the teachers and middle school students who helped run the event!

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  • 03/23/2018 “Be the Nice Kid”


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    During the week of, March 19, Annunciation had the unique opportunity to host Mr. Bryan Skavnak who has started an organization/initiative called, “Be the Nice Kid.”  

    In addition to being a professional golf instructor, Bryan is an accomplished story-teller who uses stories and activities to help students look at situations from a broad perspective and make positive, kind decisions that fit hand-in-hand with our school essential agreements.  

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  • 03/21/2018 Yearbook Ordering Information


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    Announcing the...Annunciation Catholic School 2017-18 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

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  • 03/16/2018 Scholastic Book Fair has Closed


    School Events, Weekender

    It was a bit of a whirlwind for 4 days down in the library! The annual Scholastic Book Fair was another testament to Annunciation's love of reading. Thank you to everyone for supporting the book fair. It was fun to meet those of you who stopped by during the Cookies & Milk storytime or when picking up your kids from school. I hope everyone is enjoying their new books (& pencils, journals and erasers!) on our day off from school. Also, thank you to the volunteers who helped set-up or took a shift at the register - I couldn't have done it without you!

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  • 03/16/2018 Community at the Core


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

    What an amazing week we have had as a community – the Stuff the Bus service project, All School prayer service, Scholastic Book Fair, parent-teacher conferences, and even 'PI day' for our mathematicians.  Our middle school students were great faith leaders as they created our prayer service for PEACE. As always, it was wonderful to see so many parents for conferences. We love being able to share the many moments of learning and growth with you.

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  • 03/12/2018 VBS Registration Open!


    Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation Vacation Bible School, June 18 – 22 from 9 am to 12 noon

    Because space is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis....

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  • 03/09/2018 Prayer Service


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    In recognition of the national movement to keep all students safe in school, while being respectful to the nature of our preschool through 8th grade school community, we are planning a prayer service on Wednesday, March 14th in the school auditorium. Our middle school students will be helping plan and lead the prayer service to bring the student voice to this message.

    Parents are welcome to join us as we come together as a community to pray for those impacted by school violence and for all students to be safe and secure in their schools.

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  • 03/09/2018 2018 Middle School Youth Ultimate League


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    What is Ultimate Frisbee?

    Ultimate Frisbee (Ultimate) is a non-contact team sport, in which a seven-person team attempts to move a frisbee/flying disc into their opponents' end-zone, similar to football. However, when in possession of the disc, a player can pivot and pass, but may not take any steps. Ultimate is played in more than 42 countries by hundreds of thousands of men, women, girls and boys.

    Spirit of the Game!

    One aspect of Ultimate that sets it apart from other sports is its emphasis on “Spirit of the Game.” Spirit of the Game is a spirit of sportsmanship and respect that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Since Ultimate is self-officiated, players are responsible for calling fouls and resolving disagreements on the field in a respectful and spirited manner.

    Why Play Ultimate?

    Ultimate is a fun team sport, and a great way to get outdoor exercise. It improves hand-eye coordination and athleticism, and above all, it encourages honesty, fair play and conflict resolution through the Spirit of the Game! 

    Who Can Join The Club/Team?

    The Annunciation’s Ultimate Club is open to all girls and boys in 6th, 7th a

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  • 03/02/2018 Celebrating Mother Languages


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    On February 21st, Annunciation  recognized International Mother Tongue/Home Language Day by honoring the home languages of our students.

    Definition of mother tongue. 1 : one's native language. 2 :the language that a person has grown up speaking from early childhood.

    International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.  

    At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.

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  • 02/27/2018 Improv Class Update


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    Dates of Improv rehearsals in March:

    Thursday, March 1 (until 3:45)
    Monday, March 12
    Monday, March 19
    Thursday,  March 22
    Friday, March 23
    Monday, March 26
    Thursday, March 29

    After break we will have a different schedule that hasn't been determined yet. We will send an email out and also post when there will be rehearsals and who should attend.


    Thank you,

    Sandy Nesvig and Mary Strickland

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  • 02/23/2018 Bringing Joy


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    One of the most rewarding parts of being the principal at Annunciation is watching how joy is spread throughout our community. This year, Lorissa Letwin joined our team and it has been truly a pleasure to watch her bring joy to our students, the Creative Arts curriculum and our school. We are really excited about the new programs she is starting. 

    In the newsletter today Ms. Letwin shares two new elements to Creative Arts: Music in Our Schools Month and Orchestral Instruments (2nd grade). Last week, I had the opportunity to witness the brand new open mic during middle school lunch first hand. Teachers and students took a chance to share talents on stage in front of their peers. It was truly entertaining!

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation School Principal

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  • 02/23/2018 Music In Our Schools Month


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    Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) occurs in March, and it is a time to celebrate music education! Throughout the world, schools are celebrating the importance of music education and how music plays a role in academic learning. The purpose of celebrating this important month is to bring attention to the fact that children should have access to music in our schools. MIOSM provides music teachers and students an opportunity to display the benefits of music education through activities.

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  • 02/23/2018 Orchestral Learning with a Special Guest in Grade 2


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    The second grade students have been learning about the instruments that make up the orchestra. They have learned about each instrument family, characteristics of each instrument, and recognizing themes and variations. We have just finished learning about the string family and to wrap up this section of the orchestra, Mr. Cron came and visited our second graders!

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  • 02/23/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - February


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for February!

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  • 02/23/2018 Weekly Collaboration & Reflection


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Strategic Plan Goal:  Maximize student learning through continuous implementation of innovative and evolving curriculum, instruction, assessment and grading.

    You may have noticed that our teachers have been actively realigning Annunciation's curriculum and instruction.  What you may not have noticed is our process for making this happen. Every Wednesday, I have the honor of collaborating with different teams of grade-level and single-subject teachers.  We use this time to create, plan, and reflect on teaching and learning at Annunciation. The process includes identifying and prioritizing the skills, understandings, and knowledge we believe students need to know (using the MN State Standards and IB themes) and creating engagements and opportunities for learning these things.  After each unit of inquiry (every 6 weeks), we reflect on student growth and learning.  In addition, we share evidence of action and inquiry that happened as a result of our learning. 

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  • 02/16/2018 Always Learning


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

    Annunciation teachers and staff had a full day of learning today. While students were out of school, staff spent our workshop day learning new things to help us be better teachers for our students. We continue to learn and grow just as our children do.

    We began our day with a presentation from PACER on Bullying Prevention. The presentation provided definitions of bullying, statistics, resources for school and home. The goal of the presentation was to help us better identify bullying and to be equipped with tools and resources to address issues when we see them. More importantly, we ended the session with planning time to create next steps and ways to make our school safe and welcoming for all.

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  • 02/16/2018 Winter Conferences Sign-Up


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    Dear Parents,

    We will hold parent-teacher conferences on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH (4-8 PM) and THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH (2 PM – 8 PM).   There is early dismissal on Thursday, March 15 at 1pm and no school on Friday, March 16 because of conferences.

    NOTE: Because we believe the conference time is important, we are offering two evening sessions for conferences to help accommodate parents’ schedules. Please make every effort to attend a conference with your child’s teacher during these two days. We value this time to check in and continue to develop our partnership to help each child succeed. Your participation is appreciated.

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  • 02/16/2018 Becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Constructivism is an educational theory that students learn when they construct or make meaning. In a constructivist based classroom, the teacher and students pose problems and/or questions and students investigate and explore different ideas to find answers. Students build on previous knowledge, ideas, and experiences to grow their understanding.

    In traditional classrooms, teachers present material one subject at a time and then test students on that material (think: sage on the stage). In an IB Primary Years Program (PYP) classroom, students are at the center stage as teachers coach them to discover (think: guide on the side). For some schools, the race to prepare for high-stakes assessments/testing, has resulted in a loss of instructional practices that foster meaningful learning. At Annunciation, we have intentionally sought to minimize standardized testing to find a balance that allows us to get an adequate amount of information (to identify each student’s needs and monitor their growth), with gradually increasing our use of inquiry and transdisciplinary learning in classrooms.  

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  • 02/09/2018 We Are Called to Action


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As I reflect over the last month of school, I am struck by the many ways that people have put their faith into action. We have parents, students, and staff who came together to prepare and celebrate the great gift of Catholic education during Catholic Schools Week. The Annunciation community stepped up in a special way to pray and support the Nixon family and mourn the sudden loss of Mrs. Nixon. Others in the community, including staff, traveled to Haiti as part of the mission of Annunciation.

    In addition to these larger community actions, many students have been coming forward to share ideas and ways to make Annunciation a stronger and more vibrant place to learn and grow. I love it when students have ideas and meet with me to share their thoughts and dreams for our school. Many come with letters, proposals, plans or just an excited thought to share.

    The Catholic faith calls us to take action and make a difference in the world, close or far away. As an IB candidate school, we are called to action as part of the inquiry process – "now that we know this, what can we do about it?"

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  • 02/09/2018 What to Expect at Carnaval


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    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.

    As we grow and develop into an International Baccalaureate World School, 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:

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  • 02/09/2018 Flu Season


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    Dear Parents,

    Flu season is upon us and we have had multiple reports of confirmed flu illness throughout our school.  Please see the attached flu fact sheet, plus a guide about when your child is well enough to go to school for flu and other general illnesses.  Our Minneapolis School Nurse said it is not too late to get a flu shot – it takes about 2 weeks to become effective. 

    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 x504 or email jrenstrom@annunciationmsp.org.  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!

    Thank you.

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  • 02/02/2018 Annunciation Geo Bee News


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Sixth-Grader, William R, is our 2017-18 Annunciation Geo Bee Champion.  After just 4 rounds, William and 7th grader, Evan S battled it out in a three question Championship Round.

    This week, William will take a qualifying exam to determine whether he advances to the Minnesota GeoBee.

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  • 02/02/2018 Units of Inquiry – January / February 2018


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As we swing into the second half of the school year, our elementary classes are entering their fourth units of inquiry. 

    As with all units, we invite parents or community members with a passion or expertise in any of these areas to share their knowledge and/or experience with our students.   We are always on the look-out for hands-on experiences, field trips, or guest speakers that are connected to our inquiries.  Please let us know if you have any ideas or if you, or someone you know, might be willing to help us grow as learners and inquirers.

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  • 02/02/2018 Level 8 American Mathematical Competition (AMC)


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    Congratulations to the nearly 30 middle school students who participated in the Level 8 American Mathematical Competition (AMC).

    The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and casual environment.

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  • 02/02/2018 Science Fair 2018


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    Congratulations to Science Fair Participants!

    On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7th & 8th graders participated in our annual Annunciation School Science Fair.  Each student was judged by 2 judges from our community. Sixteen students were recommended to move on to the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. Thanks to all of the participants and their families for working so hard throughout the science fair process.

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  • 02/02/2018 Middle School Honor Roll


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    Congratulations to these Annunciation Middle School students who made the Honor Roll for 1st semester 2017-18!

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  • 02/01/2018 Seeking STEM Materials


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    Below is a list of household materials that we will be using to create our STEM projects. If you are willing to donate any of the items listed, you can send them to the classroom with your child at any time throughout the year. Thank you in advance for helping our classes collect these items for STEM projects:

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  • 02/01/2018 After School Enrichment (provided by YEL)


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    Click on Learn More for information on this winter's round of Youth Enrichment League after school enrichment classes.

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  • 01/26/2018 Catholic Schools Week Service Project


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    As part of Catholic Schools Week this year, we will be including a service component!  All classrooms will be collecting essential hygiene & activity items for University of MN Medical Center, HCMC and Sharing & Caring Hands.  Each grade has been assigned an item to bring – please see the list below.  Please have items delivered to your student’s classroom by Monday, January 29.  Students will be working in their buddy groups to assemble packages during Catholic Schools Week.

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  • 01/26/2018 Annunciation Geo Bee Finalists 2018


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    We are proud to announce our Annunciation Geo Bee Finalists:
     
    4th grade –  Dylan F and Lena P
    5th grade –  William D and Maggie M
    6th grade -   William R and Felix S
    7th grade -   Evan S and Jude G
    8th grade -   Declan B and Zach B

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  • 01/26/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - January


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for January!

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  • 01/19/2018 Preschool Registration Open


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    Annunciation's Discovery Center Preschool Registration is Open!  If you are interested in enrolling your preschooler for the 2018-2019 school year please go to http://ladcfamilies.org and click on the registration tab.  You can also sign up for a tour on the website if you are interested in seeing the classrooms and meeting the teachers.  Please register soon to get your desired schedule as our classrooms fill up quickly!  If you have any questions, please contact Site Director, Shannon Buncher, at smarie3383@gmail.com.

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  • 01/12/2018 Music Lesson Update


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    Thank you for your patience and understanding with the Annunciation Staff during this interim time as we figure out the details of ensuring all students are able to receive lessons and families are given resources to pursue lessons if we are unable to provide for them.

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  • 12/22/2017 Middle School Award Winners - December


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    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for December

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  • 12/22/2017 Middle School Student Ambassadors


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    Introducing the Annunciation Catholic School Student Ambassadors

    We are proud to share with you the ambassadors for the 2017-18 school year. The Annunciation Ambassador program seeks to celebrate students who are a positive force in their school and community lives.  These students live the Annunciation School Mission and Philosophy to its fullest and represent the best Annunciation has to offer.  We honor our social, academic, and spiritual development.  The Annunciation Middle School Ambassadors commit to making a strong positive impact on these and other facets of our community life.

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  • 12/22/2017 What the World Needs Now


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

    Christmas 2017

    Our Christmas program touched the hearts of those who joined us for the performances this past week. Under the new direction of Miss Lorissa Letwin, the students shared their talents and brought forth the Christmas spirit as we heard the story of the birth of Jesus. With over 25 years of beloved Christmas performances, we realize what a gift this is to our school – students, staff, families and community! It was wonderful to see this tradition continue, with new additions, to help us welcome Jesus at Christmas time. This truly is a celebration of God’s gifts to us and of the Christmas season to come.

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  • 12/22/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners - December


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for December!

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  • 12/15/2017 Christmas Program 2017


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

    This year’s Christmas program, “What the World Needs Now” is here!

    We are so blessed at Annunciation School to have a renowned and treasured Creative Arts program that develops confidence and skills, along with a pride for each student. Alumni and friends remember participating in the Christmas program with share stories years later. It is truly a special event.

    Performances will begin on Wednesday, December 20 at 9:00 a.m. and Thursday, December 21 at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Because this is such a popular event, we have many guests attending. As a reminder, with the large crowds for each performance, we ask you to note the following:

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  • 12/15/2017 Teachers are Always Learning


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    Today several of our elementary teachers took on the role of student.  Their inquiries centered around when students interact with books before they can read conventionally.  

    Our teachers learned how to create classroom conditions and provide literacy opportunities that are inviting, child-centered, and considerate of all young children, no matter who they are as readers or what they can do with books.

    The also explored how young children's interactions with any book count as real reading, whether or not they can read the words. When we view children as readers and nurture what they're doing before they can read conventionally, we're helping them develop healthy reading habits and identities as well as a disposition toward meaning making and joyful engagement with all books.

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  • 12/15/2017 Troop 103 Christmas Gift


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    As the advisor for the Annunciation Student Council, I want to thank Troop 103 for the generous donation of a Christmas tree. The tree sits in the south foyer. This week all the students gathered together with their buddies to make ornaments for the school tree.

    The Student Council members came up with this idea. All the teachers love it and all the kids are excited to decorate with DIY ornaments.

    Thank you for making this fun, community- building activity possible.

    Emily Guilliatt
    Middle School Language Arts Teacher

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  • 12/13/2017 2nd and 3rd grade Basketball Registration


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    The basketball season starts the first week after Christmas break for 2nd & 3rd graders. Games will be on Saturday mornings and afternoons.  If your child is interested in playing, please fill out the registration form and return payment to school.

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  • 12/08/2017 Be Kind


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Part of the IB program is to develop essential agreements throughout the school. Instead of just creating lists of rules, we work with students to get their input on what we can do together to make our school the best place to learn and grow. We have essential agreements for classrooms, hallways, auditorium, drinking fountains, recess, middle school and more, that we have created together.

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  • 12/08/2017 A St. Peter Claver Thank You


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    With the arrival of our new Promethean boards this year, Annunciation was able to pass along the working Smartboards to St. Peter Claver Catholic School. We received this thank you note and felt it should be passed on to you!

    “A picture says a thousand words, doesn’t it? Thank you again for the Smartboards. They are in use every day.”

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  • 12/08/2017 4th Graders Taking Action


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Two fourth grade students were very motivated by their first IB unit of inquiry, Who We Are. As part of this government-focused unit, students chose an issue they were passionate about and wrote letters to leaders who could help.

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  • 12/08/2017 Annunciation’s READing without Walls Challenge


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    The Reading Without Walls Challenge promotes diversity and opens readers' eyes to new ideas and experiences.  Reading without walls is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others - and to learn new and exciting things!

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  • 12/08/2017 Order Online for Barnes & Noble Bookfair


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    What a GREAT night at Barnes & Noble Galleria for the Bookfair! Thank you for braving the 1st bad weather day to support Annunciation and all these enthusiastic readers. 

    If you missed the Bookfair, you can join the fundraiser by purchasing books online and using this code at checkout: bookfair ID #12213203.

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  • 12/06/2017 Pancakes With Saint Nicholas


    Church News, Weekender

    Join us for a fun family event at Annunciation Church on Sunday, December 17th.

    Saint Nicholas will make a special appearance after 9:30am mass! Come have pancakes to benefit Annunciation Youth Ministry and visit with our favorite holiday saint.

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  • 12/01/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners - November


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for November!

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  • 12/01/2017 Continuing Along the IB Pathway


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    It is an exciting time at Annunciation Catholic School. We are in the 3rd year as a Candidate School for the International Baccalaureate (IB) program. Students and teachers continue to grow in our experience of inquiry education and how to make learning meaningful and real.

    We have applied for authorization and hope to have a visit this spring. As we get closer to the visit, we will keep you up to date and continue to share why this type of education is so important for our students and why we are working so hard to bring this to life at Annunciation. Hopefully, you see changes and connections in your children through our work, too. Feel free to share any insights or stories from home. We love to hear how this impacts students.

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  • 11/20/2017 Author Visit in 4th Grade


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    Annunciation parent & author, Karlyn Coleman was a guest of Mrs. Kuykendall's 4th grade today as they began "How We Express Ourselves" focusing on the central idea that "Authors use language to express and provoke ideas."

    She led the class through the process of book making and gave the students time/background music to begin sketching/writing.

    Karlyn's new book, "Where Are All the Minnesotans?" is available now! And she will be making a special guest appearance at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair on Tuesday, December 5th.


     

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  • 11/17/2017 Assessment Policy


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    All International Baccalaureate (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 policy at Annunciation is the result of a collaborative process between all staff members. It addresses:

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  • 11/10/2017 APO Fall 2017 Newsletter


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    What has APO been up to this Fall?

    We provided Fall teacher grants with the dues that were paid at Back to School Night.  We were able to distribute over $6000 to our wonderful teachers.

    Our Box Tops for Education Program has earned us almost $500 already this year.  Please keep sending them into the office!

    We have provided Hospitality for the First Friends Mixer, Parent Information Night and Breakfast with the Principal events.

    Our Wintergreen’s Sale is just concluding and all proceeds go to support APO events. THANK YOU!!

    The School Toolbox Kits/supplies raised $1200 & also due to partnership with Feed My Starving Children provided meals to over 340 kids for a year!

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  • 11/10/2017 Join the Peace & Justice Group


    Church News, Weekender

    The Peace and Justice group for Annunciation & Our Lady of Peace parishes seeks to bring the Gospel message of peace and justice to our community. We work on issues that build the common good, with opportunities for all. 

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  • 11/10/2017 Say Thanks with Scrip


    School Events, Weekender

    Scrip is even easier than ever before! When you go to buy Thanksgiving host gifts, consider using gift cards purchased via the Scrip program. Check out Scrip at Annunciation for all you need to know about how simply shopping with Scrip can help Annunciation School.

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  • 11/03/2017 IB in Action


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annunciation, we believe that education must extend beyond the classroom and include action. We encourage and expect the students and staff to take action as a result of their learning. Our action should extend learning and include reflection. Action can include explaining/discussing/informing others, giving, changing our behavior, changing our mind/attitude, having awareness/empathy, and/or showing respect/responsibility.  

    Our goal to always choose to act in ways that will make a positive difference in and to our world. Here are just a few examples (from the just past week!) of action as a result of learning at Annunciation.

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  • 10/27/2017 The Red Notes Come to Visit


    School Events, Weekender

    The Benilde Saint Margaret choir, The Red Notes, came and visited the third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Annunciation today.

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  • 10/27/2017 CSCOE Summit & Upcoming Conferences


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    Next week, we will be at the mid-point of the first semester of the school year. A lot has happened over this first semester. We are proud of the curiosity, inquiry, efforts and achievements of our students and staff! At this mid-point, it is a great time to connect, informing you of the accomplishments of your children to date. By meeting at mid-semester, we can provide a good snapshot of your child’s progress and provide some guidance as we enter the last half of the semester, prior to the final report cards.

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  • 10/27/2017 El Día de los Muertos


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    ​At Annunciation we are committed to building our awareness of global costumes and traditions and engaging in global issues and diverse perspectives. 

    Our students are currently learning about the Latin American holiday, "El Día de los Muertos". K-8 students collaborated in creating a school altar in the foyer to honor family members, friends or pets who have passed away.

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  • 10/27/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners - October


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for October!

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  • 10/27/2017 Battle of the Books 2017


    School Events, Enrichment, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to Annunciation’s Battle of the Books participants!

    WOW – our Annunciation students never cease to amaze us!

    At Annunciaiton we value the importance and joy of reading and we understand that language is one of the ways we communicate thoughts, feelings, perspectives and beliefs.  As a learning community, we are committed to providing opportunities that promote reading.

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  • 10/26/2017 Halloween Parade K-5


    School Events, Weekender

    Students can bring Halloween costumes to school for the parade on Tuesday, October 31st. The parade will begin in the auditorium and will be followed by classroom parties at 2pm.  

    If you are planning to take your kids trick or treating, please take a look at these safety tips from Kid Smartz.

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  • 10/17/2017 Unity Day


    School Events, Weekender

    UNITY DAY: Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 

    Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

    Individuals across the nation, and even world-wide, and at ANNUNCIATION can participate in Unity Day.  Annunciation staff and students are encouraged to wear orange t-shirts or orange accessories (no hats, please) with their uniforms on the 25th.

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  • 10/16/2017 Early Dismissal & No School


    Weekender

    School will have an early dismissal on November 2nd and no school on November 3rd.  The Extended Day program will be open on the 2nd and 3rd for our families.

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  • 10/06/2017 Principal’s Breakfast: NWEA MAP testing & Positive Climate/Culture


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    This morning, we had our first Principal Breakfast of the year. I truly look forward to these opportunities to share all that we are doing at Annunciation to make this the very best place for your children to learn and grow – reaching their “potentiality.” I also appreciate hearing from parents. Many shared some of the great beginning of the year experiences and the excitement their children have in learning each day. Thanks for attending and sharing with us!

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  • 10/05/2017 Children’s Liturgy of the Word


    Church News, Weekender

    What is Children’s Liturgy of the Word? Where do the children go and what do they do?

    The Church recognizes that when children of a certain age are at Mass during the Liturgy of the Word, the Scripture Readings and Gospel, as we hear them proclaimed as adults, may be above and beyond their comprehension. Thus the Church allows for the children to assemble in a nearby room where they will experience the Liturgy of the Word in a manner closer to their understanding. Thus they gather in another room where two Faith Leaders proclaim the Scriptures for that particular Sunday from a simpler, Church approved translation. Just as we who are gathered in the main body of the Church listen to a homily that helps us take the Scriptures, particularly the Gospel, into our hearts to transform our lives, these two Faith Leaders help our children take in God’s Word in a way that can transform their young lives through the power of the presence of Jesus.

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  • 10/05/2017 Early Catholic Family Life


    Church News, Weekender

    Early Catholic Family Life Begins October 15th!

    We are happy to offer this family fun/family faith opportunity for our families who have children between the ages of zero and five years of age. 2017-18 is Annunciation’s 3rd season of offering ECFL/Early Catholic Family Life and we’ve made some changes that we hope families with young children will appreciate. Here’s what’s new:

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  • 10/05/2017 American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8 Test


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    On Tuesday, November 14, Annunciation will offer the American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8 Test. The American Mathematics Competitions are a series of contests and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students. 

    The AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40-minute, multiple choice exam. The contest/exam is designed to promote the development and enhancement of mathematical problem-solving skills.  

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  • 10/05/2017 No School (MEA)


    Weekender

    ANNUNCIATION EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM IS OPEN

    School will be closed on October 18-20th for MEA.  The Extended Day program will be open for our families from 7:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

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  • 09/29/2017 One More Step on the IB Journey


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

    Dear Parents,

    This past week, I attend the Minnesota Independent Schools Forum Leadership (MISF) Conference. The annual conference offers informative and applicable sessions, but also is a chance to learn from fellow school leaders. Each year, I am inspired and come away with great new learnings, connections to the wisdom of a fantastic group of school leaders, and most importantly, affirmation that we are doing the right things at Annunciation.

    One session, presented by a Catholic high school administrator, shared findings from a Harvard study on skills our students need for the future.  He quoted Tony Wagner, a Senior Research Fellow from Harvard, “We are focused on our students passing the test at the expense of failing our kids at life”. Wagner identifies the seven skills students desperately need for their future:

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  • 09/29/2017 Blessing of the Animals


    School Events, Weekender

    You are invited to join us for:
    “Blessing of the Animals”
    Celebrating St. Francis’ Feast Day
    Tuesday, October 3rd at 2:15 p.m.

    Blessing will be outside on the playground.
    Parents may bring animals to and from school.
    All students will return to school for dismissal after the blessing.

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  • 09/29/2017 Join the Robotics Team Today


    School Events, Weekender

    Join the ROBOTICS Team Today!! For 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Students.

    The Annunciation Robotics team, GearHeadz, will begin it’s third year. Our team is part of the international robotics program called FIRST Tech Challenge. FTC Teams are for students in 7th through 12th grades. Each team includes 3 to 15 students and two adult coaches. The participants and coaches do not need to have prior engineering or computer science experience to participate.

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  • 09/29/2017 IB Exhibition in 5th Grade


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    This morning our 5th-graders and their parents gathered to learn about an exciting new addition to Annunciation School - EXHIBITION.

    Exhibition involves the grade 5 teachers and students, the IB/PYP Coordinator, the Library/Media Specialists, the Principal, parents, students´ former teachers, and the entire Annunciation community. During Exhibition, students are expected to inquire into a real-life issue, and to take “action” on this issue. Action can be in the form of creating awareness, making a positive difference or affecting change. The central idea for the Exhibition unit is: A person's passions, interests, and responsibilities can lead to action. 

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  • 09/29/2017 Battle of the Books 2017


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    We are about to have a battle royale...

    The 6th Annual Battle of the Books will take place at Annunciation on Tuesday, October 17th.  We have over 100 students registered and ready to battle.

    What is the Battle of the Books?

    The ‘Battle’ is a collaborative reading competition for students in 3rd- 8th grade. It is designed to enhance reading comprehension, provide opportunities for collaboration and encourage students to read quality literature. 

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  • 09/29/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winner for September!

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  • 09/29/2017 Lip Sync Battles


    School Events, Weekender

    The seventh grade students performed their rendition of Lip Sync Battles this past Wednesday for their Creative Arts class. All grade levels were invited to participate as audience members and witness the spectacular performances which included memorizing lyrics, lip syncing, dancing, costumes, and props! 

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  • 09/29/2017 Preschool/Kindergarten Annual Bike Event


    School Events, Weekender

    We had a great night with pizza, games, face painting, the jumpy slide and ending with our bike race!

    Thanks for joining us for this fun event.  A lot of fun was had by all!

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  • 09/28/2017 Introducing the Cast of Dancing with the Annunciation Stars 2018


    School Events, Weekender

    Dancing with the Annunciation Stars made their SOLID GOLD debut at Septemberfest!!

    Introducing the Dancing with the Annunciation Stars 2018 cast: 

    Danielle Crowley
    Deb Ferrao
    John Jurich
    Teeny Mullady
    David Novak
    Dan Varley!!!!

    Save the date for the grooviest, hippest, most out of this world dance show of 2018!

    #DWAS@JANUARY272018 
     

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  • 09/28/2017 Thank You, Fall Sports Coaches!


    School Events, Weekender

    We would like to thank the coaches for all of the work they have put in this fall.  The students have had a lot of fun playing this year and we could not do this without their continued support and dedication!  We would like to wish them the best of luck as we head into the final month of fall sports!

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  • 09/28/2017 Annunciation Church Youth Choir


    Church News, Weekender

    The Annunciation Church Youth Choir is off to a great start! 

    We're only two rehearsals in, and the group is already learning a lot of new music. It's been a lot of fun. While the group is already good-sized, we are always looking for more members, and at this point in particular we are looking for some additional middle schoolers to join. There is a strong contingent of 8th graders, but we could use more 5-7th graders who love to sing. With an increase of older singers, the choir will be able to dig into more advanced repertoire, and the older students themselves will be able to accelerate and really challenge themselves. The more the merrier!

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  • 09/27/2017 We’re Hiring: Instructional Assistant


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation Catholic School is seeking a caring, passionate, hard-working person to join our team as Instructional Assistant in the elementary classrooms. The Instructional Assistants provide additional learning support for students and help create a faith-filled, positive environment for learning. In addition, the position helps supervise lunchroom and recess for students.

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  • 09/22/2017 A Focus on Gratitude


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

    Since our retreat last year, our staff has been focused on gratitude. One way to create a growth mindset and grow in our faith is to be grateful. While we have much work to do and can be overwhelmed by our daily “to-do” lists and tasks that busy our day, we don’t want to miss the blessings we have.  
     

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  • 09/22/2017 Annunciation Cub Scouts Pack 103 Fall Camping Trip


    School Events, Weekender

    Sept 29, 30 & Oct 1 at Camp Philippo 

    Cub Scouts in 1st -5th grade are invited to join the rest of the Pack in our first camping trip of the school year. No cost to scouts and parents, siblings are also welcome to join us for $5 each.

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  • 09/22/2017 Emily M. Wins 1st Place at the MN State Fair


    School Events, Weekender

    Annunciation middle school student, Emily M. submitted her 2017-18 Social Studies project titled, "The Trail of Tears" to the Minnesota State Fair K-12 Education competition and she won first place in the Reports category.

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  • 09/21/2017 Preview Night 2017


    School Events, Weekender

    The dream is on.

    You’ll feel the magic in our classrooms. You’ll see the spark in your child’s eyes. You’ll love watching them become who they are meant to be. That’s called Potentiality.

    That is the Annunciation promise.
    It's coming to life for the world to see.

    Thursday, November 9 from 7-8pm.

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  • 09/20/2017 Youth Choir


    Church News, Weekender

    Hello Annunciation families-

    My name is Nick Chalmers and I am the new Director of Music at Annunciation Church. I am writing to announce the beginning of the church's Youth Choir season this week.

    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.

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  • 09/15/2017 Basketball Registration 2017 (4th - 8th)


    School Events, Weekender

    The grade 4-8 basketball season starts in the beginning of November with games starting in December.  We need to get a head count so we are prepared when the season gets rolling. We just need a little information from each student. 

    REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 29th. 

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  • 09/15/2017 SeptemberFest Starts Today!


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    Friday, September 15

    Home Run Derby

    Father Park is once again challenging the Annunciation community to a Home Run Derby! 

    7:00 PM Kids’ Derby: Friendly competition between the top 10 qualifiers from the kids’ preliminary derby!  Participation fee: $20

    (Preliminary Derby Sat, September 9th 7:00pm)

    8:00 PM Adult Derby: Two minutes to hit as many home runs as you can.  Batter chooses pitcher.  Participation fee: $250.

    Taqueria Victor Hugo Mexican Food Truck

    5:30-8:30 PM

    Enjoy an authentic Mexican dinner from a favorite neighborhood food truck!  Choose a burrito or two tacos (meat & vegetarian choices) with a Jarritos soda, chips & salsa, & cookie. 

    TICKETS REQUIRED: $15 Burrito/$10 Taco Dinner. 

    Buy online, between Sunday Masses, or weekdays at the church business office.

    Fun For All

    Carnival Rides 6:00-9:00 PM
    Bingo 6:30-8:30 PM
    Live Music from Peal 7:00-8:30 PM
    Pie Shop 6:00-9:00 PM 

    Farmers Market

    6:00-9:00 PM

    Eclectic vintage furnishings; decorations for home & garden; handmade items such as aprons, pillows, hand embroidered dish towels; vintage linens; home canned goods; home baked goods; house plants; cookbooks; children’s furniture; toys & more. Fresh, locally grown produce available on Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards accepted.

    Saturday, September 16

    Fun For All

    Carnival Rides 12N-9:00 PM
    Games for the Kids 12N-7:00 PM
    Silent Auction 12N-7:00 PM
    Farmers Market 12N-9:00 PM
    Pie Shop 12N-9:00 PM
    Fro Yo Soul Frozen Yogurt Truck 12N-6:00 PM

    Live Music

    12N-2:00 PM Jim Pellinger
    2:30-4:00 PM The Lids
    4:30-6:00 PM Tom, Dick, & Harry
    6:30-8:00 PM Brad McLemore

    Dolce Vita Dinner

    6:00-8:00PM

    New this year!  Enjoy the “sweet life” with a delicious dinner by Fat Lorenzo’s.  Garlic chicken alfredo & baked rigatoni with meatballs or vegetarian spinach manicotti, salad, focaccia, & cookies (compliments of Diane Healy & Sweet).

    TICKETS REQUIRED $15 Adults/$10 Kids.     

    Buy online, between Sunday Masses, or weekdays at the church business office.

    Magic Show with Matt Dunn

    9:00 PM

    Matt Dunn has dazzled the Minnesota Twins & captivated audiences at the Governor’s Mansion & Sever’s Corn Maze!  You won’t want to miss this amazing performance in the Music Tent!

    Sunday, September 17

    Outdoor Mass

    We are excited to announce that Bishop Cozzens will preside at the 10:30 AM Mass on the West Lawn.

    Breakfast Special

    After 10:30 Mass, enjoy a special breakfast & coffee in honor of our special guest!

    Live Music

    12N-2:00 PM The Capri Big Band

    Fun For All

    Bingo 12N-2:00 PM
    Carnival Rides 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Games for the Kids 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
    Silent Auction 11:30 AM-2:00 PM
    Farmers Market 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Pie Shop 11:30 AM-3:30 PM

    Great Food all Weekend

    Pie and Ice Cream Shop – church basement

    Food Booth – including vegetarian options, by the church

    Wine Booth & Beer Garden - near the Food Booth by the church

    Plus Candyland, mini-donuts, cheese curds

    Wiffle Ball Tourney

    Games on Friday, Saturday & Sunday - East lawn of the church

    Volunteer!

    We are using the web site We Join In to coordinate volunteers. Please sign up online!

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  • 09/14/2017 Mrs. Farstad Wins a Prize!


    Weekender

    Annunciation 4th grade teacher, Kathy Farstad, won $500 to spend in her classroom library!

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  • 09/14/2017 Middle School Math Club


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Welcome to Annunciation Math Club! Math Club is open to middle school students who are interested in expanding their math experiences beyond the classroom. You will spend time solving problems and participating in small competitions. These activities are designed for students with advanced math skills. 

    This year, our Club will be utilizing MATHCOUNTS materials. MATHCOUNTS is a program that challenges students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, develops their self-confidence and rewards them for their achievements. We will be working with materials that will prepare students for participating in a MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition.  

    Read the full notice with registration.

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  • 09/14/2017 Monthly APO Meeting


    School Events, Weekender

    You're invited to the monthly APO meeting!

    When: This coming Tues, Sept. 19th at 6:45pm
    Where: In the Spirit Center Conference Room.  Please enter thru the side door #5 by Auto Zone (ring bell if not open).  
    Why:  We'd LOVE to get more people involved and aware of what APO is

    If they are not able to attend but would like more info or have any questions please contact the Co-Presidents: Sara Nuahn: brayo47@gmail.com and Christy McFadden: christy_rn@yahoo.com.
     

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  • 09/14/2017 Annunciation 5K/Fun Run: Sponsorship


    School Events, Weekender

    The Annunciation 5K/Fun Run, sponsored by APO, is coming Oct 14th!

    It will be the primary fundraiser for APO this year. Do you have a business or know someone with a business who would like to sponsor this event? It is a great opportunity to advertise to the community. Please see the sponsorship form for more details! The deadline is Sept. 22nd. 

    Thank you in advance, APO. 

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  • 09/07/2017 Showtime! with Stages Theatre Company


    School Events, Weekender

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

    SHOWTIME! Disney Shakedown with Stages Theatre Company

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  • 09/07/2017 A Time Just for Moms


    Church News, Weekender

    Moms Group at Annunciation

    The tradition continues and Moms of all ages are welcome! 

    Yes, on Tuesday morning, September 19th, we will gather from 9:30 to 11:00am in the Visitation room, lower level of the church.

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