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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


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    Catholic Schools Week

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

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

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


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

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

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

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

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

    5) We use technology effectively to enhance education.

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

    7) We teach children respect of self and others.

    8) We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.

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

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

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

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

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  • 01/25/2017 2017 Trivia Winners


    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!


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    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?


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    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


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    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)


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    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


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    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


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    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!


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    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


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    ​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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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!


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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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  • 08/31/2016 Sign-up for The Weekender


    Church News, Weekender

    We are trying some new ways to enable good communication between school and families. Please take minute to sign up for the weekly school newsletter, The Weekender. By asking parents to sign up for the list we hope to improve the rate of successful transmission of each email. Thank you for your cooperation!

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  • 08/30/2016 Math Expressions Training


    Weekender

    Beginning this fall, our Kindergarten through 5th grade students will use the Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions curriculum. Watch for more information in the weeks ahead about this exciting change and how you can support your child's math growth.

    To help us better prepare for this new curriculum, Math Instruction expert, Judy Rohde, worked with our Annunciation teachers and classroom aides (instructional assistants) this past week during our workshop. 

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  • 08/29/2016 Blessing of the New Playground 2016


    Weekender

    We officially 'opened' the new playground with a blessing from Fr. Park while the whole school gathered together.

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  • 08/29/2016 Middle School Dances the Cancan


    Weekender

    Annunciation Middle School started the school year off with a 'paper plate cancan' in the playground. We are sure excited about the new year!

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  • 08/24/2016 Back to School Night


    Weekender

    Please stop by your child’s classroom (K-8) to check in on your room assignments, talk to the teachers about the coming year, and get basic information for the classroom. Parent Information Night on September 22 will provide more details for the classrooms and year ahead.

    What to expect for the Back to School Night:

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  • 08/18/2016 Summer of Growth for School Staff


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    Nearly half of our Annunciation teachers took part in professional development, graduate school, conferences, or symposiums this summer. 

    Our teachers became more knowledgeable about a variety of topics including...

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  • 08/15/2016 NEW at SeptemberFest 2016! The Mediocritones


    Church News, Weekender

    After the Zero K, stick around and listen (dance?!) to the Twin Cities best average band, The Mediocritones, a unique cover & tribute band. 

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  • 08/03/2016 Summer 2016 School News Update


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Dear Annunciation School Families,

    We hope you are having a wonderful summer. Our summer has been busy as we prepare for the new school year ahead.  Though we still have a few weeks of summer before us, we know the first day of school will be here before we know it!

    In this letter, we have several updates to share and also some information regarding our Back to School Night (paperwork day):

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  • 07/19/2016 Battle of the Books at Washburn Library


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Thank you to the Hennepin County Library for supporting Annunciation's Battle of the Books.  The Washburn Library has a special display in the front entry with featured (and available) books from this year's Battle of the Books list.  Stop in and check it out!  

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  • 07/12/2016 School Supply Lists 2016-17


    Weekender

    School supply lists for the 2016-17 school year:

    Kindergarten
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8

    Haiti

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  • 06/23/2016 Summer Math in Khan Academy


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    Welcome to summer vacation! We hope this finds you and your student relaxed and rested as you transition into summer mode.

    In order for our students to return to middle school feeling confident in math, we want them to practice math over the summer, to reduce what some in education call “summer learning loss.” It is neither our intent to overwhelm students nor to cause undue stress, but rather to offer an opportunity for students to review and reinforce concepts learned during the school year. 

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  • 06/23/2016 Confirmation Registration (9th & 10th graders)


    Church News, Weekender

    Dear 8th Grade Parents,

    With 8th grade graduation this past month, I want to congratulate you for the accomplishment that your son/daughter’s graduation from Annunciation means for all of you as a family.

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  • 06/22/2016 Welcome Ms. Caldwell


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We are pleased to welcome Ms. Beth Caldwell to Annunciation School!

    Beth will be the middle school religion teacher. Ms. Caldwell brings varied experiences to our school. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Middle School Childhood Education (Grades 4-9) and a minor in Theology. After college, she was a ministry leader for SENT Ministries Youth Retreats and NET Ministries. Currently, she has been the Youth Minister and Confirmation Coordinator at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Forest Lake. We are excited to have Beth join our staff. 

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  • 06/22/2016 2015-16 School Wrap Up


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    June 16, 2016

    Dear Annunciation School Parents,

    Happy summer!  School is humming with events this summer: the rummage sale, Vacation Bible School, end of the year wrap up work, auditorium and gym floor renovations, playground installation, and more. At the same time, we are planning for next school year. We wanted to share some final information with you and updates for the year ahead.

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  • 06/20/2016 VBS 2017 Director Search


    Church News, Weekender

    VBS Director Needed for Summer 2017! 

    Each year over 100 Annunciation kids participate, either as campers or volunteers, in Annunciation’s Vacation Bible School (VBS). It is a ton of fun and the kids have a blast!

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  • 06/17/2016 Twin Cities in Need Resource Center


    Weekender

    Grace R. says thank you to the Annunciation students for their school supply donations for the Twin Cities Kids in Need Resource Center.  TCKINRC was THRILLED with the 22 grocery bags full of new and gently used school supplies! 

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  • 06/09/2016 Annunciation Spring Clean Up Days!


    Church News, Weekender

    Come and help keep Annunciation beautiful! Join us on one of two days to help maintain Annunciation’s beautiful gardens and green space. Help by pulling weeds, picking up trash, mulching, painting, and planting around the church and school. We welcome all families with all ages to come and participate. Come when you can for as long as you can on Wednesday evening or Saturday morning Bring garden gloves, small tools, sunscreen, and a hat.

    Wednesday, June 15, 2016 6-8p 

    Saturday, June 18, 2016 8a-12p 

    Questions: Contact Eli Pollock at epollock@annunciationmsp.org or 612.824.0787 ext. 261

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  • 06/09/2016 WordMasters 2015-16 National Honors


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Whew! Annunciation’s 6th annual WordMasters Challenge™ has come to a close for the year. We hope our students have enjoyed another season of mental challenges and can confidently proclaim they "own" an additional 75 words in their vocabulary! 

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  • 06/09/2016 Viva Las Vegas Parties


    Weekender

    Viva Las Vegas Parties with open spots - JOIN THE FUN!!!! 

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  • 06/09/2016 Year End Parties & Field Trips


    Weekender

    Annunciation students closed out the 2015-2016 school year with class presentations, field trips and at least one (!) class party this week. Congratuations on all your hard work kids! Now go enjoy your summer - but don't forget to read something every day!

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  • 06/09/2016 Custom Art for Yearbook Cover


    Weekender

    Annunciation School yearbooks went home with students this week featuring a beautiful dove on the cover. 8th grader (a.k.a. Annunciation Alumna '16) Claire L. hand drew the artwork.

    Thank you Claire for sharing your talent and capturing the spirit of our school in your work!

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  • 06/08/2016 Class of 2016 Graduation Mass


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  • 06/08/2016 Used Uniform Sale


    Weekender

    It's official: free dress today (6/8) and tomorrow (6/9) to celebrate the end of the school year!

    Please save those uniforms that your children have out grown. The Annunciation Parents Organization will organize a used uniform sale on Back to School night, August 24th.

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  • 06/06/2016 Graduation Walk


    Weekender

    Before the graduating Annunciation 8th graders walk through graduation tomorrow they walked the hallways one more time to receive encouragement from the whole school. Congratulations 8th graders!

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  • 06/03/2016 A Chapel Adoration Thank You


    Weekender

    The Annunciation 2nd graders would like to sincerely thank all of the moms who have given their time and dedication by hosting the Chapel Adoration this school year. Mrs. Nixon says that the her students truly enjoyed opportunity!

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  • 06/03/2016 D.A.R.E. Graduation


    Weekender

    The culmination of the D.A.R.E. program for grade 5 was speeches from four of the students. Great job speech writers!

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  • 06/03/2016 End of the Year…..


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    It is hard to believe we are approaching our last week of school for the 2015-2016 school year. Our 8th graders are preparing to graduate next Tuesday, classes are wrapping up their lessons, heading out on field trips and class celebrations for their hard work and a job well done, and we are preparing for our final day with summer blessing and field day. 

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  • 06/03/2016 Third Annual School Supply Drive!


    Weekender

    Hello Annunciation families!  I am proud to announce that I will be continuing the annual school supply drive at Annunciation.  As you clean out your desks and lockers this year, look for very gently used or new supplies to donate.  Each classroom will be given a grocery bag in which to collect supplies.  We will be donating our supplies to the Twin Cities Kids In Need Foundation, a local organization that collects supplies and donates them to local families and schools who cannot afford school supplies for their children.  It really means a lot to these families; they were thrilled to receive Annunciation’s donation last year.

    Thank you for helping me!

    Grace R.
    Annunciation Student

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  • 06/03/2016 Camp Foley 2016


    Weekender

    Two weeks ago the 6th graders experienced a week immersed in nature at Camp Foley. Some of the things they did during the week were, canoeing, spent time viewing wildlife, went geocaching, and had cook outs by campfire.  At the end of the week the director of camp asked the 6th graders to raise their hand if they tried something new during their time at camp and every single hand shot up in the air!

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  • 06/02/2016 8th Grade Graduation Schedule


    Weekender

    Dear 8th Grade Parents,

    Graduation is just over a week away! We have some important information and reminders for you as we prepare for the 8th graders to graduate.

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  • 06/02/2016 Ukulele Concert


    Weekender

    Today was Annunciation's 1st 1st grade Ukulele Concert. 14 1st graders took ukulele lessons this year. Mr. Danaher said, "their enthusiasm for music was contagious!"

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  • 06/01/2016 Teaching Position Open


    Church News, Weekender

    Middle School Spanish Teacher Position

    We are seeking a qualified, passionate Spanish teacher for elementary and middle school. The Spanish teacher works with the classroom teachers and staff to provide strong academic and educational experience to our students. As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation’s Spanish program is in integral part of the school. The opportunity to integrate the Spanish language into the school’s curriculum and throughout the school is a priority. Collaboration with core teachers and specialists is critical to our success. 

    Please see the full listing and pass it on!:
    http://careers.archspm.org/jobs/spanish-teacher-15/

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  • 06/01/2016 Early Dismissal June 9th


    Weekender

    Annunciation Extended Day Program will be open.

    There will be an early dismissal from School on Thursday, June 9th. School will be let out at 12:30p.m. Extended day will be open from 12:30p.m.-6:00p.m. 

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  • 05/27/2016 WordMasters Challenge 2016


    Enrichment, Weekender

    ​Annunciation is proud to offer a variety of academic opportunities for our students. One opportunity is the WordMasters Challenge. Over the course of the past school year, on three separate occasions, students in grades 3-8 were given 25 vocabulary words to learn and explore. Students were encouraged to learn word meanings, find synonyms and antonyms, and use the words in context. 

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  • 05/25/2016 Battle of the Books 2016


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Here it comes…our summer reading enrichment program…Annunciation’s Battle of the Books!

    What is it? 
    The ‘Battle’ is a collaborative reading competition for students entering 3rd- 8th grade. It is designed to enhance student commitment, team building, reading comprehension, and study skills in a fun, informative manner.

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  • 05/25/2016 Summer Camps


    Weekender

    Are you looking for one more camp to keep the kids busy this summer? Check out these offerings:

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  • 05/24/2016 National Math Challenge Results


    Weekender

    In April 2016, 30,446 students from over 765 schools and 47 states participated in the National Math Challenge Contest.
     

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  • 05/23/2016 Sacrament of Confirmation News


    Church News, Weekender

    Dear Annunciation Parents, 

    On the weekend of April 30th & May 1st, I preached a “State of the Parish” homily at all the Masses. In this homily I addressed many different areas of parish life – finances, capital needs, Mass attendance, my vision for our parish, etc. I also spoke about how beginning next year we will move the celebration of the Sacrament of Confirmation from 10th grade to 8th grade. On Thursday evening May 5th at our “State of the School” meeting, I also talked about the change in the timing of Confirmation. This letter is intended to provide more information about why this change is being made and answer some questions you may have.

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