News & Events

Weekender

  • 04/27/2017 Father Park Live


    Church News, Weekender

    Are you looking for a way to grow in your faith? Do you have questions about God, Jesus Christ, heaven, hell, purgatory, the Bible, morality, the sacraments, etc. that you have always wanted to ask or discuss? Are you looking for a place where there is open and honest conversation about the more “controversial” teachings of the Catholic Church? Do you want to know how to better explain and defend the Catholic faith?

    FATHER PARK LIVE is back this Tuesday, May 2 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room downstairs in the Church. This month our topic will be “Christian Anthropology—what does it mean to be a human person?” Come and learn more about who God has created us to be! Bring your questions!

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  • 04/27/2017 Academic Triathlon 2017


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    This is Annunciation's second year participating in the Academic Triathlon. Academic Triathlon encourages positive risk-taking by challenging triathletes to discover, refine and demonstrate their combined strengths and abilities as a team.  The Academic Tri is a dynamic way to nurture creativity, teamwork and real-world problem-solving skills.  Students compete in three distinct events - Party In a Box (improv), Mind Sprints (cooperative problem-solving) and Face-Off (knowledge bowl).

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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


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    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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  • 04/13/2017 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


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    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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  • 04/06/2017 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)


    School Events, Weekender

    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


    School Events, Weekender

    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


    School Events, Weekender

    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


    School Events, Weekender

    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


    School Events, Weekender

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

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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


    School Events, Weekender

    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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  • 02/14/2017 Saturday Adoration with The Missionaries of Charity Sisters


    Church News, Weekender

    The Missionaries of Charity Sisters invite Annunciation school and parish families to come and pray with them every third Saturday of the month at their Mother House in Minneapolis.

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  • 02/10/2017 What does it mean to be an IB World School?


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Annunciation is currently in its second year as an IB candidate school.  Next year, we will seek full authorization to be recognized by International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB global school.  The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  

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  • 02/10/2017 School Update at Principal’s Breakfast


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    At this morning's Principal's Breakfast, I had another opportunity to share the progress of our school so far this year. As principal, spending time with parents to share the story of our school with the accomplishments of our teachers and students is one of my favorite things to do!

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


    School Events, Weekender

    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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  • 02/03/2017 We Strive to be Inquirers!


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    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 our focus is on the attribute, Inquirer.

    Thank you to Mrs. Rademachers’s class for helping us learn more about being inquirers!

    INQUIRERS are curious about the world. They can conduct research independently. We love learning and discovering new things and will sustain this love of learning throughout life.

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  • 02/01/2017 Science Fair 2017 Finalists


    School Events, Weekender

    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


    School Events, Weekender

    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


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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  • 01/27/2017 We Strive to be Communicators!


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    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 have focused on the attribute, Communicator.

    Thank you to Mrs. Nixon’s class for helping us learn more about being communicators!

    Communicators express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in different ways.  Communicators can express their ideas by speaking, drawing, using technology, and writing.  They can also communicate using mathematical, musical, and artistic language and symbols.  Communicators collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

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  • 01/27/2017 Middle School Honor Roll


    School Events, Weekender

    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


    School Events, Weekender

    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


    School Events, Weekender

    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


    School Events, Weekender

    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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  • 01/20/2017 Teacher Training and Professional Development


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We know that great schools have great teachers – and to be the best teacher, you also need to be the best learner. At Annunciation, we are taking this call to heart and learning right along with our students. For teachers, one of the greatest parts of working in education is that we never stop learning. There are so many formal and informal opportunities for us to grow as educators. Our students lead the charge in the classroom and also by adapting the new IB principles to the learning process. We are part of a big learning community and join our students in a quest to be “Life-long learners.”

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  • 01/19/2017 Band & Guitar Concerts


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    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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  • 01/13/2017 Winter Parent Survey 2017


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    Last week, I shared some of our accomplishments so far at Annunciation School. As we mark the mid-year point, look forward to celebrating our gift as a Catholic School during Catholic Schools Week, and also work on making the second half of the year even better, we invite you to provide your feedback through a short online survey. To assist us in our efforts to continue to grow and develop the best Catholic School for our students, parents, staff and friends, we for your input, too. Thank you in advance for taking time to share your thoughts and help us improve the experience for all.

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  • 01/13/2017 We Strive to be Balanced


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    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 have focused on the attribute, Balanced.

    Thank you to Ms. Farstad's 4th-grade class for sharing, (during our all-school assembly), what they think it means to be balanced.

    At Annunciation, we strive to be balanced. 

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  • 01/13/2017 Annunciation Geo Bee News


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Seventh-grader, Auggie C is our 2017 Annunciation Geo Bee Champion!

    After 7 rounds, Auggie and 4th-grader, William D, battled it out for the championship in a three question Championship Round.

    In the next few weeks, Auggie will take a qualifying exam to determine whether he advances to the Minnesota GeoBee.

    Out of approximately 250 participants in our 4th – 8th grade classroom bees, we had ten Annunciation finalists:

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  • 01/13/2017 WordMasters Challenge Round 1, 2016


    Enrichment, Weekender

    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). Prior to each meet, the students are given a list of 25 challenging vocabulary words that appear in the Challenge Test analogies. Excellence in the competition requires both a mastery of the word meanings and thoughtful reasoning about the relationships between the words.

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  • 01/09/2017 AMC 8 Math Contest Successes


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation is proud to partner with the Mathematical Association of America in offering the AMC 8 Math Contest. This year over 30 Annunciation students participated in the AMC 8.

    The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, middle-school mathematics, multiple-choice exam, designed to promote the development and enhancement of math problem-solving skills.

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  • 01/06/2017 Happy New Year!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    Happy New Year! I hope each family had a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. We are back for the second semester of the year. Hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year. The mid-point is a great time to reflect on our successes so far and also on the work ahead. Here are a few highlights to celebrate at our school:

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  • 12/16/2016 Geo Bee Finalists 2016


    Enrichment, Weekender

    We are proud to announce our Annunciation Geo Bee Finalists!

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  • 12/16/2016 December IB Award Winners


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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  • 12/16/2016 Christmas 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Our Annunciation School students, led by the creative talents of Mary Strickland, Liz Kramer, and Sandy Nesvig, once again touched our hearts with their Christmas performance this year. Each year they find a way to make this the best program ever. With over 25 years of beloved Christmas performances, we realize what a gift this is to our school – students, staff, families and community! This truly is a celebration of God’s gifts to us and of the Christmas season to come.

    Congratulations to all who helped make the programs so special for those who were blessed to watch or participate – from the creative directors, teachers, students, volunteers, hosts, costume-makers, and all the families who have shared their children with us.  We are blessed with amazing people and a great program to celebrate this special time of year!

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  • 12/14/2016 Congratulations Grandma Frank!


    Weekender

    On Saturday November 26, 2016, our Alumni Advancement Coordinator Chris Frank became a grandmother!  Her daughter Alison, Class of 1999, and husband Jim Dahlman made Chris an offer she couldn’t refuse – become the full-time granny caregiver to little Meredith Christine.  Our most sincere and hearty congratulations to Chris as she assumes this new role beginning February 6, 2017. 

    We are happy for her but will miss her presence and the many ways she has touched our community with her enthusiastic support.  She and her husband Mick will remain members of Annunciation Church so look for them there! 

    This position has been posted on the Archdiocesan website.  If you know anyone who would be interested in filling this position refer them to this link: http://careers.archspm.org/jobs/alumnidevelopment-coordinator/.

    They may also contact me: Tom Konz, 612-824-9993 ext 255, tkonz@annunciationmsp.org.

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  • 12/14/2016 We Strive to be Knowledgeable


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    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, Knowledgeable.

    Thank you to Ms. Urick's 3rd-grade class for sharing, (during our all-school assembly), what they think it means to be knowledgeable.

    At Annuciation, we strive to be knowledgeable.

    People who are knowledgeable develop and use conceptual understanding. They explore topics across a range of disciplines and they can draw on their knowledge and apply it in new situations. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

    How can parents help to develop children who are Knowledgeable?

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  • 12/09/2016 We Strive to be Thinkers


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    THINKERS work to solve problems. Thinkers try to imagine multiple solutions to a question or challenge. Thinkers make decisions and try to predict the outcomes of their actions. They think creatively and critically. Thinkers use thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. Thinkers exercise initiative.  

    How can parents help to develop children who are Thinkers?

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  • 12/07/2016 Hovland Conservatory Students Perform


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation students represented Hovland Conservatory by performing at the Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul last Saturday as part of the Historical Society's holiday festivities. Congratulations to Tierney M., Tate H. and Sully S. on great performances in the museum rotunda.

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  • 12/05/2016 How do I Get Notifications from Schoology?


    Weekender

    Thanks to some parent feedback we have heard that people may be having trouble getting Schoology to notify them when their student's teachers post updates. If you are having that issue, please use the link below to enable Schoology to email or text you when updates to your child's classroom group are made.

    How to Change Notification Settings on Schoology

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  • 12/02/2016 Barnes & Noble Bookfair Elves Sing their Wishes to You


    Weekender

    These Barnes & Noble Bookfair elves would like to sing you a little tune to get you in the mood for the big event on Tuesday, December 6th!

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  • 12/02/2016 Spanish Dance & Arts Program (WERC)


    Weekender

    Spanish Dance and Arts program at Annunciation through WERC!

    It’s a 9 week program for K-8th grade students on Mondays or Thursdays after school. 

    The deadline for registering is Dec. 16th, 2016

    Visit their website at http://wercprogram.org/download-forms/ to access forms. Scroll down to see “For Annunciation Parents Only."

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  • 12/02/2016 We Strive to be Open-Minded


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annuciation, we strive to be open-minded. 

    People who are open-minded understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. Being open-minded means being comfortable with differences - respecting other people’s points of views and ways of doing things.  An OPEN-MINDED student knows that all people are different. They listen to the points of view of others and consider many possibilities before making decisions. It is okay to have different perspectives but we must understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

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  • 12/02/2016 Our Next Big Move: Report Cards


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As we approach the end of the first semester of the school year and the excitement of Christmas is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of our ‘next big move’ as a staff.

    Annunciation is a vibrant, evolving community and that extends to all parts of our great school.  As we carry out our school’s vision, we are guided by our mission and our strategic plan. At the heart of our work is the desire to fulfill the Strategic Plan’s first objective to “Position Annunciation as a Catholic leader, educating the whole child.” Central to this goal is our continued implementation of the IB framework. The IB is guiding our development of “how” we teach, while “what” we teach is based on standards. While much of what we teach is the same, the way that we go about teaching it needs to change and match the way our students learn today. This process involves evaluating and reflection on all aspects of our school. IB becomes the framework for that evolution.

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  • 12/01/2016 Take a ride, Buy a Snack & Help Build a Rain Garden


    Weekender

    Looking for some holiday family fun or a date night while supporting a good cause? Come to the Como-Harriet Streetcar to enjoy a ride!

    While you wait you can purchase hot drinks and snacks from Donovan Peterson (Annunciation Class of 2013). He is raising money for his Eagle Scout project, a series of 5 raingardens at the front of the Church that will collect stormwater from over 16,000 square feet of impermeable surfaces.  

    This will keep dirty water from entering Minnehaha Creek, beautify the grounds with native plants and offer teaching opportunities for the school.

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  • 11/18/2016 We Strive to be Principled


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annunciation, we strive to be principled. This means we act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of other individuals, groups and communities. We take responsibility for our own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

    We understand the importance of academic honesty. We show integrity by giving credit to other’s ideas and words. We are sensitive to different points of view and we responsible with our words and actions. 

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  • 11/11/2016 What Does the Data Tell Us?


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    This week, during our early dismissal working session, our teachers and staff participated in an “inquiry lesson”. As group, we wanted to know – “what does our testing data tell us?”

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  • 11/11/2016 Calling all Geographers


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Calling all Geographers –

    Our Annunciation Geo Bee is right around the corner.   Get your atlases, apps, and curiosity fired up!  The preliminary rounds of the Geo Bee, for grades 4-8, will be held in December. Each of these grades will send two finalists to our Annunciation School Bee in January. 

    From our Annunciation Bee, there will be one school champion who will have a chance to compete for a place in the state competition by taking a written, multiple-choice Qualifying test.  As many as one hundred of the highest-scoring students in the state will advance to state level.  The first-place winner from the state Bee advances to the national level, with an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the “National Geographic Bee.”

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  • 11/11/2016 We Strive to be Risk-Takers


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annuciation, we strive to be risk-takers. This means we explore new ideas and innovative strategies, challenge our ways of thinking, and encourage ourselves and others to be confident in making decisions. This lifelong skill requires us to step out of our comfort zone and become courageous in our choices and actions. 

    Here are some ways parents can help to develop children who are Risk-Takers:

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  • 11/10/2016 2nd Grade Service Project


    Weekender

    Since 2011, the Annunciation second grade has made treat bags for Our Lady of Peace Cancer Home in St. Paul as their class service project.  

    From donated napkins and ribbon the students make treat bags and fill them with candy. The people at the Cancer Home love to receive the bags. The students also make cards and pray for the patients in our daily prayers. It is a fun project for the students to learn about caring for the patients in the hospice community. 

    The children LOVE this project of making bags, cards and then remembering the patients throughout the year in their daily prayers.

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  • 11/09/2016 A New Tradition


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    One step in becoming an IB school is a recognition of multilingualism "as a fundamental part of increasing intercultural understanding and international-mindedness." 

    To that aim, Annunciation School prayed the El Padre Nuestro (The Our Father) in Spanish this Wednesday morning. This week we also kicked off "The Learner Profile - Who WE Are at Annunciation Catholic School."

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  • 11/08/2016 Gerald and Piggie’s Election Day


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As part of the Annunciation 1st grade's IB unit How We Organize Ourselves, we did an inquiry into Group Decision Making. As part of this inquiry we held a mock election where Mo Willems characters Gerald and Piggie had campaign managers (students in first grade). 

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  • 11/03/2016 October IB Awards


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    OCTOBER IB AWARD WINNERS

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  • 11/03/2016 Strong partnerships build a strong school


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    The past two days, we have had our parent-teacher conferences. We are truly blessed to have such committed and supportive parents who participate and join us over these two days. Conferences require time and effort from both the school and the family. But we believe that the time and effort is worth it!

    Education today is multi-faceted – it is active, engaging, changing, individualized - and can be challenging! To ensure we help each child reach their potential and utilizing their unique gifts, it is vital that we have strong partnerships with our families. We know when parents and teachers, along with the whole school community, work in unison to offer support and a consistent message, children are most successful.

    It was wonderful to see our parents and teachers connecting, feel the energy throughout the school, hear the laughter, see the smiles, and receive the great feedback from parents that their children are loving school and doing so well!

    Thank you, parents, for choosing Annunciation as your partner - for your support and belief in our teachers and staff - for working with us to help each child soar! Annunciation is truly an amazing place.

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  • 10/28/2016 Celebrations with a Global Perspective


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As we head into the weekend with several holidays on the horizon, we reflect on the many ways we celebrate these traditions. Today, our middle school students have a Halloween Dance; Monday is the Halloween parade; and on Tuesday, we celebrate All Saints Day. The Spanish classes will be learning about and celebrating “El Día de los Muertos", one of the biggest holidays of the year in Mexico (and many Latin American countries). The students from Kindergarten through 8th grade will be helping create an altar that we will display in the foyer in honor of this special day.

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  • 10/28/2016 El Día de los Muertos


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As a part of our Spanish curriculum the students learn about the Latin American holiday, "El Día de los Muertos". This year we will be coming together to create a school altar in the foyer to honor family members, friends or pets who have passed away.

    “El Día de los Muertos" is one of the biggest holidays of the year in Mexico (and many Latin American countries). It is a family celebration that lasts for days.

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  • 10/28/2016 APEX Fun Run: Thank you!


    Weekender

    Thank you to everyone for the fantastic support and involvement with the APEX Fun Run. It was a beautiful day. The students enjoyed their time outdoors while running laps to support their wonderful school. This event takes many hands to be successful—marking laps, filling water cups, and cheering on the kids! Thank you to all the parents and APO members for taking time out of your schedules to help us with this event.

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  • 10/26/2016 New Member to Student Support Team


    Weekender

    ​As we finalize our interim plan for this year’s intervention, we have created a learning support team to help create levels of intervention for students who need assistance outside of the classroom. Starting this week, Karin Cebulla will be joining our team to help with student support in classrooms, as liaison to Minneapolis District for services, and support to teachers and students.

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  • 10/19/2016 Tuition Assistance Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation


    Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation Catholic School is happy to be a recent recipient of a Tuition Assistance Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF). This grant was made possible by many donors – past and present – whose belief in the power of endowment has allowed CCF to steward and grow endowment funds. These funds provide annual grants to our Catholic schools in order to make Catholic education accessible to more and more students.

    The Catholic Community Foundation, located in St. Paul, is the largest Catholic community foundation in the nation and is committed to supporting the spiritual, educational and social needs of our community.

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  • 10/14/2016 A Holy Hour for Haiti:


    Church News, Weekender

    A Gathering of Prayer in Solidarity for Our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti

    When: Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm

    Where: Annunciation Church

    In our tradition at Annunciation we designate Thursdays for Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament from 9:00am to 7:00pm. We invite everyone who carries a heartfelt love for the people of Haiti and concern for their welfare in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew to join us for this special time of prayer. We pray in thanksgiving that those whom we serve through Mission Haiti Inc. are all safe at this time. We pray too that people will be generous in their response to the needs of the Haitian people in the days, weeks and months ahead. Online donations can be made at Mission Haiti Inc. 

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  • 10/14/2016 Principal’s Breakfast Presentation


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    This morning we met in the Annunciation School Library for the first Principal's Breakfast of the 106-2017 school year. I always greet this event as an opportunity to present on all of the wonderful things happening every day here at Annunciation School. And there is certainly no shortage of happenings from week to week!

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  • 10/12/2016 Middle School Receives Microscope Donation


    Weekender

    Sheerin Scientific Company donated 26 microscopes, which while previously used, were serviced and tested and expected to provide many years of useful classroom service to Annunciation Middle School Students. 

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  • 10/07/2016 Creating a Positive and Productive Learning Environment


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    It is hard to believe we are already in October. School is well underway and we have had so many wonderful community events to kick off our year – Septemberfest, CSCOE All School Mass, Parent Information Night, Dancing with the Annunciation Stars, Blessing of the Animals, the 2nd Grade Grandparents Tea and more! What a blessing it is to be a part of such a vibrant community.

    As a school, we are working hard to create a positive and productive learning environment. Our staff worked hard this summer and continues to grow in their learning. In our 2nd year as an IB Candidate School, you should see more inquiry across grade levels, the Learner Profiles exhibited throughout the school, Spanish language use expanding outside the classroom, and evidence of the Units of Inquiry in our K-5 classrooms.  The framework of IB provides a wonderful common language and teaching process that creates a familiar space in every room for students. IB mission reflects many of the values we share:

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  • 10/07/2016 Washburn High School’s Fall Musical


    Church News, Weekender

    Washburn High School's musical, Zombie Prom, opened last night to rave reviews and a few proud parents of Annunciation alumni.

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  • 10/07/2016 2016 Minnesota State Fair Annunciation Student Results


    Weekender

    Congratulations to Annunciation students Emily M., Claire L., and Anika P. for their accomplishments at the Minnesota State Fair this summer!

    Students submitted their projects independently and recieved these awards for their contributions:

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  • 09/30/2016 Student Recognized for the 3rd Annual School Supply Drive


    Weekender

    Grace R. organized and led Annunciation's 3rd Annual School Supply Drive at the end of last school year.  After receiving a large volume of new and gently used school supplies that were donated by her fellow Annunciation students, Grace combed through, cleaned, organized, and packaged them.  She delivered 22 very full bags to the Twin Cities Kids in Need Foundation in June, who then gave them to local children in need of school supplies.

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  • 09/30/2016 Starting the Year with a New Mindset


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    After reading the book “Mindset” for our staff book study, we followed up with a session to bring some of the learnings into our work at Annunciation Catholic school. At our meeting this week, our staff, led by consultant - Nancy Gerber,  practiced using a “growth mindset” in working together as a collegial team and applying learned strategies for nurturing growth mindsets with our students and ourselves.  

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  • 09/23/2016 Schoology.com


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    I hope the year has gotten off to a great start. These past two weeks, the teachers and students spent a few days getting to know each other, practicing routines, and beginning classes for the year. We are very blessed to have such a strong school and have students achieve great things this year.

    This success comes from the wonderful support and partnerships that develop with our parents, students, and teachers. In addition, there is a lot of hard work and effort by staff to provide the care, academic challenges, and support needed for each child to succeed. Thanks for entrusting you child to us during these important years.

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  • 09/23/2016 Parent Information Night Survey


    Weekender

    Thank you for attending the Parent Information Night last evening.  It was great to see a full auditorium of parents and feel the excitement for the school year! We hope the night was energizing and informative. 

    To help us continue to improve and meet the needs of our parents and families, I would appreciate your feedback on the evening event. Please take a moment to respond to this survey. Your input is greatly appreciated! 

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  • 09/23/2016 Virtus; The Enhanced Essential 3


    Church News, Weekender

    ​We believe that our responsibility to create and maintain safe environment is not a one-time obligation; it is an ongoing commitment that must evolve to meet national best practices for ensuring the safety of children, youth and vulnerable adults. To that end, beginning in 2016-2017 school year, these Essential 3 requirements must be renewed every three years by all clergy, chancery staff, parish and Catholic school employees, and volunteers who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with minors or vulnerable adults.

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  • 09/21/2016 Learning Support Assistant


    Weekender

    Annunciation Catholic School is seeking caring, passionate, hard-working people to join our team as a learning support assistant. The learning support assistant works with our Learning Support Specialist to provide additional instruction and support in reading and math for students and helps create a faith-filled, positive environment for learning.

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  • 09/19/2016 Stars Girls Traveling Basketball Evaluations


    Weekender

    Save the Date!: Stars Girls Traveling Basketball Evaluations

    Girls in 4-8th grade are eligible

    Saturday October 8th, 1pm – 3:00 pm at Holy Angels Main Gym

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  • 09/16/2016 APEX Fun Run is coming!


    Weekender

    We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major fundraiser!   The Apex program will be with our students from October 10 - October 19 teaching leadership and fitness as we raise pledges to help our school.  Please look in your child’s folder and e-mails that will be sent to you from your teachers as the fun run gets nearer.  

    Please feel free to visit www.apexfunrun.com to learn about this interactive program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership and fitness.  This year's theme is Dream Team, where students will join Johnny Dreamer and the Apex team in an exciting journey to learn what it means to become a Dream Team Leader:

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  • 09/16/2016 Night of Light Celebration of Catholic Education


    Weekender

    Celebrate our Catholic schools by attending the third annual Night of Light celebration of Catholic education on September 24th at The Depot Minneapolis. The Aim Higher Foundation invites you to join hundreds of the most committed Catholic school supporters from this area for this fun and inspiring event. As an independent 501(C)3 non profit, the Aim Higher Foundation is committed to raising needed resources to keep our schools strong. More than 200 students from across the Archdiocese will provide entertainment and hospitality. Please support our Catholic schools by attending this great event.

    To buy a ticket or reserve a table, visit www.AimHigherFoundation.org.

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  • 09/16/2016 New Instructional Positions Open


    Church News, Weekender

    Instructional Assistant Positions – Annunciation Catholic School:

    Annunciation Catholic School is seeking caring, passionate, hard-working people to join our team as Instructional Assistants in the elementary classrooms. The Instructional Assistants provide additional learning support for students and help create a faith-filled, positive environment for learning.

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  • 09/14/2016 Photo Bombed by TC Bear


    Church News, Weekender

    This is your little one's chance to meet TC Bear and a few of his baseball friends. Join us on the field next to the church during the kids homerun derby, 7-8pm.

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  • 09/06/2016 “Mass of the Holy Spirit 2016” at CHS Field


    Weekender

    On September 22, CSCOE (Catholic Schools Center of Excellence) will be holding a "Mass of the Holy Spirit 2016" at CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints.  There will be 12,000 students from 77 schools attending where students will celebrate mass with over 60 priests, Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens.  

    Annunciation students in grades 4-8 will attend the mass that day.  All parents must sign the online permission slip no later than this Friday, September 9.  

    Students must bring a non-perishable, disposable lunch and drink to eat on the bus.  We will be departing Annunciation at 9:15am and returning at 2pm.  

    We look forward to our students being part of this amazing experience!

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  • 09/02/2016 SeptemberFest: Zero K


    Church News, Weekender

    September 16, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM

    Have you ever wanted to run a marathon, only 26.2 miles shorter? Then this event is for you. Come join Jimmy Dunn and walk across the finish line to the couch. You’ll win a medal, a meal from “Gastrotruck” food truck, and a drink coupon. Track suits strongly encouraged!

    Buy Tickets Online!

    $25/ticket on Friday night.

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  • 09/01/2016 Pre-Sale Carnival Ride Tickets


    Church News, Weekender

    We will have Carnival Rides again this year at SeptemberFest!

    Friday 6-9pm
    Saturday 12-9pm 
    Sunday 11:30am-3:30pm 

    J and K will sell ride tickets during SeptemberFest for $3 per ride/ ticket. BUT, Annunciation was able to purchase a limited number of discounted tickets for $2 per ride/ ticket. This allows Annunciation families to save some money!

    We will be selling the discounted ride tickets in the Church Business office from 8am-4pm while supplies last.

    Questions: Contact Jimmy Dunn 612-824-9993 ext 243.

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  • 09/01/2016 5th Grade Monarch Release


    Weekender

    Since 2002, an alumna has provided the Annunciation 5th grade students with a Monarch experience.  Monarch butterflies arrive at school in triangular paper packets for the students to release for their ultimate migration south.  Before the children opened the paper packets, Mrs. Paul and Mrs. Warnemunde shared a Native American legend and asked the pairs of students to make a wish.

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