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  • 08/30/2016 Math Expressions Training


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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)


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    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


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    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


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    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


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

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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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!


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    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


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    ​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


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    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


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    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


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    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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  • 05/19/2016 June Uniform Sale


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    Educational Outfitters uniform sale.

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  • 05/19/2016 Viva Las Vegas was a HUGE Hit


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    Thank you! You all are the reason Annunciation is such a special place. 

    The night may be over but we are still celebrating Viva Las Vegas Live & Silent Auction! This year's event was Annunciation School's most successful one to date. After expenses and including the incredible response to Fund-A-Need (Build-A-Playground & Help-A-Student) the night generated approximately $250,000 in net proceeds. Thank you to the anonymous donors who pledged $75,000 in matching funds for this year's Fund-A-Need and to all of you who helped match the $75,000.

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  • 05/18/2016 State of the School Spring 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    On May 5th, Annunciation hosted a State of the School focused, Evening with Principal Cassidy. Attendees were welcomed by Father Park, who shared his commitment to the school as the largest mission of the parish. Parents then listened to Jennifer Cassidy give a State of the School presentation, which included an update on the IB candidacy by Anne Laux and they heard first hand accounts of IB in the classroom from kindergarten teacher, Beth Sable and middle school science teacher, Jeremie Nichols. The event was full of energy, great questions and excitement about all the progress made so far and where we are headed for the future!

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  • 05/18/2016 Fall Volleyball & Soccer Registration


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    Calling all Annunciation students who are interested in playing volleyball or soccer next school year!

    Soccer will be for students going into grades 5-8. Volleyball will be for students going into grades 4-8. You can’t play both soccer and volleyball for the school.

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  • 05/18/2016 Calling All Math Enthusiasts!


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    Are you interested in...

        Solving fun Math problems?

        Working and learning in small groups?

        Sharpening Math skills?

        Preparing for a challenging course next school year?

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  • 05/18/2016 GearHeadz Robotics Team


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    We will start the season with the MN FTC kickoff on September 10th, where the challenge will be released The time and location will be announced in late summer. The team will meet twice a week to begin the design-build process. As we get closer to our first tournament, we may need to add meetings to our schedule to reach our goal. The team may not exceed 15 participants, a standard which is set by the FIRST organization. Therefore, spots will be filled in the order that registration is received.

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  • 05/13/2016 AYM Icon Harvey Galberth


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    Dear Annunciation Youth Ministry Alumni, friends and family,

    It is with great sadness that I share the news that Harvey Galberth (97 years young) passed away on Sunday, May 8th 2016 in Atlanta, Georgia.

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  • 05/06/2016 New & Notes May 6, 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Viva Las Vegas


    Next Saturday, May 14 is the Annunciation School Live and Silent Auction. Please join us for a fun-filled evening that provides support to our school programs. It promises to be a great night! See all the details here: www.vivalasvegas2016.org.
     

    Teacher Appreciation Week

    We ended our Teacher Appreciation Week with an amazing homemade lunch. Thanks, Chef Canda and all of you who went the extra mile make us feel like Super Heroes!!

    We could not be more grateful for the special treatment and appreciation we have received all week. Thank you for all the extra effort and support this week.

    Our parents are the best!

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  • 05/05/2016 Welcome Rachel Wiehoff


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    Rachel Wiehoff will be joining our staff next year as part of the middle school team, teaching math and STEM to students in grades 6-8.  Rachel holds two teaching licenses in elementary (K-6) and middle school math (5-8) and has a Master Degree in Education from the University of St Thomas. She graduated with a Bachelor Degree in Accounting with a minor in Education, Schooling and Society from the University of Notre Dame in 2009. She worked as an accountant for a few years before pursuing her life-long dream of teaching.  She has a passion for teaching and working with children is excited to join the staff at Annunciation School.

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  • 05/05/2016 Summer Mondays @ Izzy’s


    Church News, Weekender

    When: One Monday each month June-August 7:00pm-8:30pm

    June 13th - Izzy’s-Downtown Mpls
    July 18th - Grand Ole-Creamery Cedar Ave.
    August 15th - Sebastian Joe’s-Linden Hills

    Who: Senior High Youth (Grade 9 - 12) Cost: Money for ice cream.
    Where: Meet at the ice cream store.

    RSVP: No Permission Slip Required
    Questons: Call Jimmy at 612-824-9993 x243 

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  • 05/05/2016 Feathered Friends Night Out


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    Feathered Friends Night Out

    May 17th, 5:30-7:15 pm

    Free dinner and bird-related crafts & activities

    U of M Raptor Center Bird Show

    Annunciation Auditorium

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  • 05/04/2016 AYM Mission Trip Preparation Night


    Church News, Weekender

    Wednesday, June 8th, 2016 7:00pm to 9:00pm

    This is the only meeting before the trip so everyone (youths & parents) is expected to be in attendance. Final statements will be distributed that evening.

    Questions: Call Jimmy Dunn at 612-824-9993 ext 243

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  • 04/22/2016 Mary’s Shelter Clothing Drive


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    We are participating in the Public Achievement program as part of Extended Day.  We are doing a clothing and shoe drive April 12th – 26th.  Bring donated clothes to the bins that are in the foyer.  We will donate the clothes and shoes to Mary’s Shelter.  If you have any clothes that don’t fit, bring them in!

    Izzy G., Marina V., Elise P. and Grace C. 
    Annunciation Students

    For more information on Public Achievement, visit http://inside.augsburg.edu/publicachievement/

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  • 04/21/2016 Piano Honor Students Announced


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    Hello Piano Families,

    We would like to give special recognition to the following students who achieved "All-Star" and "Honors" scores on their recent Term 3 exams. All-Star students achieved perfect scores in all four lesson categories (Attendance, Playtime, Homework, Recall). Honors students achieved perfect scores for playing their curriculum as well as perfect scores in the four lesson categories. Names for all categories are posted on the Star Wall in the piano room. Make sure you congratulate these students on this amazing accomplishment!

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  • 04/21/2016 Improv Shows


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    The final rehearsals are taking place as Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Nesvig and the 7th and 8th grade students prepare for the Improv shows. Please plan to join us next week on April 28 & 29 in the auditorium.

    Come and see our students perform and share their great gifts and talents!

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  • 04/20/2016 Math Masters (5th grade) Takes 2nd Place!


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    The 5th grade Math Masters team took 2nd place in the Math Masters MN Team Competition! 

    Three kids placed in the top 10 for the Individual Competition.
    1st place - Griffin M.
    6th place - Gordie N.
    9th place - Evan S.

    Way to go Mathletes!

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  • 04/20/2016 Viva Las Vegas Live & Silent Auction Tickets


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    It's a Sure Bet! Early Bird Ticket Sales Are Open!

    "Diligence is the mother of good luck." -Benjamin Franklin

    Get your luck rolling & buy Early Bird tickets to Viva Las Vegas!

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  • 04/16/2016 Respect Life Flower Sale


    Church News, Weekender

    The plant sale will be on Friday, May 6th. There will be extra plants for sale that afternoon as well as after the Masses on May 7-8. If anyone wants to donate plants from their garden, we will gladly accept them for our sale. Please drop them off on Friday, May 6th.

    Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 04/08/2016 IB Candidacy Update


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We are coming near the end of our first year of our official IB implementation as a candidate school. We wanted to share some news about our progress so far: 

    IB LEVEL ONE TRAINING 

    April 2-4, 2016, Minneapolis Hilton, Official IB Training 

    Annunciation’s process for attaining International Baccalaureate authorization is based on a three-year plan. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) provides a set of criteria against which both the IB World School and the IB can evaluate success. The foundation of what it means to be an IB school is articulated through a set of program standards and practices. 

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  • 04/08/2016 How the World Works Investigation


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    Annunciation kindergarteners current IB unit of inquiry is How the World Works.  In particular, they investigated habitats, which included biomes.

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  • 04/07/2016 Summer Music Camps


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    Summer Music Camps 

    For Ukuleles, Guitars, Jazz Combo and Rock Band

    Monday-Friday, June 27-July 1

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  • 04/06/2016 Please Pray for Our 1st Communicants


    Church News, Weekender

    Thirty-five of our 2nd graders from both Annunciation School and our Annunciation Faith Formation program, are in the final stages of preparing to celebrate their 1st Communion, at our special 1st Communion 10:00AM Mass, Saturday, April 23rd.

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  • 04/06/2016 Improv Updates April 6, 2016


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    We are now in the last three weeks before the improv performances. That means we are in the production stage of the class and the days and hours will be extended. There will also be regular improv days in which only a section of the class will need to attend. Students should know what scenes they are in. If they have any questions, they should talk to Sandy Nesvig. The schedule is listed below: 

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  • 03/22/2016 8th Grader Receives Award at TCRSF


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    Congratulations to Annunciation 8th grader, Gabriel S. who won an Air Force Award at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair held February 26 & 27th. Gabe's "Engineering Mechanics" project, was titled, "A.M. radio Project At Electicity Wall". Way to go Gabe!

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  • 03/18/2016 News & Notes: March 18, 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Holy Week – Next week is our last week before Easter and Spring break!

    NET Retreat – 7th and 8th graders will participate in a NET Ministries retreat all day next Tuesday.  The retreat will be lead by the NET Ministries team and take place in the basement of church. Please keep the students in your prayers!

    Stuff the Bus - Thanks for encouraging all your students to participate. 5th graders will help deliver the items next Thursday.

    Reminder – Gym painting will happen over spring break!! The floor will be refinished over the summer.

    IB Program Update

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  • 03/18/2016 Red Fish Art Studio


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    After School Art Enrichment Program

    Our goal is to expose students to different art forms and materials. We will introduce students to current as well as historical artists. Students will learn a multitude of art concepts and techniques. Our ultimate objective is to encourage and build confidence in the students’ artistic abilities and most of all...to have fun!!

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  • 03/18/2016 Got Pictures?


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    We are in need of pictures from this school year for the yearbook. First day of school, in-class pictures, field trips, concerts, sporting events, blessing of the animals, etc.

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  • 03/16/2016 Library News: Overdue Books


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    The library will be updating to a new library program, possibly as soon as over spring break.

    The current student records will not transfer with the new program and I will need to send out emails for each overdue book. Please help me round up any overdue books! I would be very greatful.

    Thank you for your help! 

    Anne Clubb
    Annunciation School Librarian

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  • 03/11/2016 Join Fr. Park on a Pilgrimage to Rome


    Church News, Weekender

    ​Join Fr. Park on a pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi & Southern Italy next winter!  The trip is being organized by Magi Travel and will be Tuesday, February 7, 2017 - Friday, February 17, 2017.

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  • 03/11/2016 After School Enrichment Programs (ASE Programs)


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    The ASE Programs registration for Spring 2016 is now open:

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  • 03/10/2016 Extended Day Summer Program


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    The Annunciation School Extended Day program is offering a summer program for children enrolled in our school. The summer program will begin on Tuesday, June 14th and will end on Friday, August 19th. We will be open every day except July 4th.

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  • 03/10/2016 Seeking: VBS Volunteers!


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    Attention Current 5th graders & older….VBS needs YOU!!!

    Join other kids in helping make VBS great. Attend a training camp before VBS starts and a pizza party on the last day of camp. Plus, you can earn documented volunteer hours, and all while having a lot of fun! 

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  • 03/09/2016 Middle School Teacher Earns Recognition


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    We are so proud to announce that Annunciation Middle School teacher, Erin McBurney has been selected as a finalist for the Honor Teacher Award (K-8) for the 2016 Private and Independent Education Awards. This award will be presented on Sunday, April 24, at the University of St. Thomas. 

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  • 03/09/2016 Why Confession?


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    A Conversation About How Confession Can Help You Get the Most out of Your Life!

    “Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands.” ~Pope Francis

    Saturday Morning, March 19th, 9:00 to 11:00

    9:00 – 10:00 – Mass followed by a delightful light brunch.

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  • 03/07/2016 Author Visits Middle School


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    Geoff HerbachYoung Adult author Geoff Herbach visited the 8th grade Friday, March 4th.  He spoke at length about his book Stupid Fast which the class  just finished reading in  Literature.  The critically- acclaimed book was a favorite among the students and has won many awards:

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  • 03/07/2016 MathMasters’ Final Competition


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    Last Friday the middle school Math Club saw some stiff competition at Chaska. At the meet, 31 teams and over 150 students competed. In the six years that the meet coordinator has been hosting, he has never seen such high scores and tight races. All of our team members did a great job and I think they had a fun time too!

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  • 03/04/2016 Library & Technology Updates


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    The Library's Biggest Event is Here!

    Did you know that approximately ninety percent of the library's budget comes directly from the Scholastic Book Fair? Every day supplies such as the materials to create the bar coding system and protective plastic for popular books are purchased with the proceeds of the book fair. Anne Clubb was also able to add shorter, 'pre-school' sized sorting bins to the library along with new books for Annunciation's youngest learners.

    Be on the look out for the Teacher Wish List for classroom books and also a Teacher's Pick section if you need some help picking out books for the readers in your house. The Scholastic Book Fair, "Peace, Love & Books" will be open Sunday, March 6 - Friday, March 11. Please see full details below.

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  • 03/03/2016 Annunciation Red, 2nd & 3rd Grade Girls Basketball


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    Congratulations to the Annunciation Red 2nd and 3rd grade girls basketball team on a successful season!  The team played a game every Saturday at Blessed Trinity and worked on dribbling, passing and shooting skills.  They had a great season and really worked well together as a team!

    (Photo courtesy of team parent, Jill Moe. Co-coach, Rachel Bagwell not pictured.)

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  • 03/03/2016 Congratulations Lizzie, Spelling Bee Champ!


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    School Bee Champions across the state took an online semifinal qualifying test in February.  The results of the semifinal competition are in and...Lizzie is one of forty-nine spellers who has qualified for the Minnesota Public Radio Regional Spelling Bee on March 20, 2016 at The Fitzgerald Theater.  

    The champion of the MPR Regional Spelling Bee and one parent will win an expenses-paid trip to the Washington, D.C. area to compete in the 2016 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

    Congratulations and best wishes Lizzie.  Your Annunciation family will be rooting for you!
     

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  • 02/26/2016 Everyday Celebrations


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As we come to the end of our second trimester, we celebrate many successes and achievements by our students. We also want to begin to highlighting some of the unique things that happen in our school that make Annunciation a special place. Below are two highlights to share:

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  • 02/20/2016 International Baccalaureate Transition Update


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    At our Principal Breakfast last Thursday, Beth Sable and Sheila Loschy shared photos and stories from their first IB unit of inquiry they taught this year. It was exciting to hear the amazing interactions the students made with their learning, the connections and deeper understanding they gained from their inquiries, and the richness of their Carnaval experience this year with the connection to their IB unit.

    The journey continues this year and we are anxious to see the continued impact on our teaching and learning. Please continue to use the Learner Profile Attributes with your children. They are listed below.  Here are some highlights about the IB program:

    The Primary Years Program (PYP) prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

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  • 02/18/2016 Viva Las Vegas!


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    Our annual Live & Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, May 14th, 2016.  This year’s theme is Viva Las Vegas! We can’t wait to celebrate our community ‘Las Vegas Style’.  

    Do you have an idea for a business donation or party idea for this year’s live and silent auction? Are you interested in making a cash donation to support the purchase of a great live auction prize or do you want to volunteer your time? We would love to hear from you!  

    Contact Liz Tromiczak and Jen Snodgrass, Auction Co-Chairs, at AnnunicationAuction2016@gmail.com.

    We are so grateful for the support we have received so far.

    Thank you!

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  • 02/18/2016 Girl Scouts Carnaval Service Project


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    6th graders, Libby Z, Maya P, Caitlin O, Juliet P, Hannah C, Maddie B, Grace R, Hannah O, Edith C from Girl Scout Troop 14210 built flag stands and poles for Carnaval.  They learned how to use a miter saw, drill press, belt sander and cordless drills while earning the woodworking badge.  Mrs. Crowley helped, too and is very excited the school won't need to rent them again!

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  • 02/17/2016 Early Dismissal


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    School will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, March 2nd. The Extended Day program will be open on the 2nd for our families.

    On Wednesday, March 2nd, Extended Day will be open from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. We will be staying on school grounds. The children may bring Game Boys, Wii, board games, and their favorite music CD.

    Extended Day will provide a snack at 2:30p.m.  There will also be a 4:30p.m. snack time and this snack is brought from home.

    Please dress the children appropriately. We will go outside in the afternoon.

    REGISTRATION IS DUE FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 26TH BY 6:00 P.M.

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  • 02/17/2016 Wish List for Haiti


    Church News, Weekender

    Your donations would be gratefully received by the Sisters of the Companion of Jesus and ladies at the Village of Jesus in Leogane, Haiti.

    There is a permanent drop-off box in the church business office (lower level of Church) for your convenience. We will take these meds with us on every trip: over-the-counter meds for the ladies at the Village of Jesus: Ben Gay, hot/icy packs, lotions (Calamine, Galocur plus, and moisturizer lotion), Aspirin 81mg & 325mg, B100 complex tablets, Vitamin C tablets, Day-Quil Cold & Flu, Dulcolax (Colace) tablets, Ibuprofen/Advil, Naproxen/ Aleve, Tylenol EX strength, antifungal cream, Cortisone cream, Zantac/Prilosec, Iron tablets, Tums, Calcium 1200mg, Multivitamins.

    Thank you,

    Mission Haiti Board Members

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  • 02/12/2016 Carnaval & Lent 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Our students, staff, and families had a wonderful day on Tuesday celebrating our Carnaval in preparation for the Lenten season. Hours of study, preparation, and planning went into this day. Everyone had a great time experiencing the many countries through the facts, games, food and decorations that the classes created. A big thanks to all who made this such a wonderful experience. 

    Starting with our Ash Wednesday mass, we now embark on the journey through Lent. It is a time for self-discovery as we remember how Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and was tempted. During our Lenten experience, we pray more, eat less, and give to the poor to prepare ourselves for the biggest event in our Christian faith – Christ’s Resurrection at Easter. But we must make ready our hearts and minds, like an athlete trains for a game or race. We need to strengthen our good habits as we remain God’s sons and daughters through the waters of Baptism. 

    As a school, we prepare for Easter by giving to our Mission Haiti banks, praying and reflecting daily, and participating in the Stations of the Cross. We pray as one community: 

    “Lord God, help us to be one with you during this season of Lent. Guide us as you led Jesus through the trying times in his life. May we let go of our negative habits and thoughts that make us feel distant from your loving presence. We look forward to the joy of Easter, for our hope is Jesus in this time of preparation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation Principal

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  • 02/12/2016 BE SMART presentation


    Church News, Weekender

    An invitation to parents, grandparents, and all responsible for children’s safety.

    The Annunciation Parent Organization and the Peace and Justice Committee from Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace are hosting a presentation on February 29, 2016 about the Be SMART campaign sponsored by MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense. This presentation addresses simple solutions that adults can take to reduce child gun deaths through responsible gun storage and other safety steps.

    Please join us for the Be SMART presentation in the Annunciation School Auditorium from 7-8 p.m. 

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  • 02/10/2016 Hovland Conservatory’s Budding Musician Scholarship


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    Online Registration is now open for Budding Musician Piano Lessons

    Registration for Hovland Conservatory's Budding Musician Scholarship is now open to all children in kindergarten at Annunciation. Budding Musician Scholarships are funded through donations and cover tuition for a student's first four private piano lessons and books.

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  • 02/05/2016 Staff Development Days


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    During Catholic Schools Week Annunciation teachers and staff worked with educational professional, Nancy Gerber on the IB focused topic: Inquiry Based Instruction. 

    Nancy Gerber is an instructional coach and curious lifelong learner. She has conducted trainings and evaluations across the nation. Over the years Nancy has held many roles from educational aide, teacher of primary and intermediate students, multi-age classroom teacher, charter school director, media specialist, as well as a participant on numerous committees. She is a fellow with the Science Museum of Minnesota, and a Certified Trainer for Lynn Erickson Concept Based Instruction network. Currently Nancy has the privilege of working with a variety of IB schools, and is working for the University of Minnesota as a mentor to teacher candidates. 

    In addition to Nancy's expertise in IB and inquiry, she is also renowned for her work in making thinking visible and developing cultures of thinking. 

    As we continue to shift our methods and learn more about the IB program, these staff development sessions are essential. I am very proud of the way that Annunciation teachers have become “risk-takers” and learners, too. It is so important that we continue to learn and grow so we can provide the best instruction and learning for all our students. I look forward to sharing more of our work with you in the coming weeks. 

    Thank you for accommodating these important sessions in the school year!

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  • 01/26/2016 Trivia Night Thank You


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    A huge thank you to APO and the Trivia Night 2016 chairs, Jenny Sharp and Angie Swan, for a fun, successful evening! Proceeds from the evening will go towards making the playground improvements. Watch for more on the initiative to upgrade our playground area for all our students. We are so grateful to everyone for their generosity and dedication to Annunciation!

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  • 01/24/2016 Catholic Schools Week 2016 Schedule


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    January 31 – February 5, 2016 

    Join us as we kick off our celebration on Sunday, January 31 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. 

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  • 01/14/2016 Catholic Schools Week 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    January 31 – February 5, 2016

    Join us as we kick off our celebration on Sunday, January 31 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. 

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  • 01/14/2016 6th Grade Girl Scouts Earn Bronze Award


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    Eleven girls in Troop 14210 (6th grade) earned the Bronze Award from Girl Scouts this year.  This is the first of 3 awards and each girl was required to spend at least 20 hours to earn the award.  

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  • 01/14/2016 Geo Bee News 2016


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Sixth-Grader, Libby Z, is our 2016 Annunciation Geo Bee Champion. After 8 rounds, Libby and 7th grader, Primo M, battled it out in a three question Championship Round. 

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

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  • 01/12/2016 US Academic Triathlon January Meet


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation students finished in 2nd place last week in the US Academic Triathlon!

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  • 01/08/2016 Happy New Year 2016!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and New Year. We are excited to be back together as a school community and had a wonderful first week back. 

    IB updates: 

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  • 01/06/2016 Welcome Annunciation’s New School Secretary


    Weekender

    Jennifer Renstrom will join our staff as school secretary starting Monday, January 11. 

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  • 01/06/2016 Annunciation Geography Bee


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Time for the Annunciation Geography Bee!

    Break out your atlas, study the news, fire-up your map-making skills and get ready to show your knowledge of geography at the Annunciation Geography Bee.  Our Annunciation Geo Bee will be held on Wednesday, January 13, 2016. Our 3rd – 8thgrade students will assemble to cheer on our finalists! Friends and family are welcome.   Mr. Chuck Nixon will be our event moderator. 

    The winner of our school Bee will take a test to qualify for the MN State Bee.  The MN Bee Champ qualifies for the National Geo Bee in Washington D.C.

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  • 12/22/2015 WCCO TV Captures the Christmas Magic


    Weekender

    Annunciation‬'s Creative Arts Teacher Mary Strickland was featured on WCCO-TV CBS Monday night. Thank you for helping the students find their light and for encouraging them to shine!

    The Christmas Program wouldn't be as remarkable without the hard work and dedication of Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Kramer and Mrs. Nesvig along with all the teachers of students! 

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  • 12/18/2015 “Halleluiah”…. Christmas 2015


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Our Annunciation School students, led by the creative talents of Mary Strickland, Liz Kramer, and Sandy Nesvig, reached new heights with their Christmas performance this year. While it seems impossible to top any previous years, this performance ranks among the best. 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. 

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  • 12/18/2015 Quiz Bowl Competition


    Enrichment, Weekender

    This week at St. Thomas, Annunciation's Middle School Quiz Bowl team competed against 43 other Catholic middle schools in 4 rounds. Through the first 3 rounds they remained in the top 8 of all the schools! 

    Each student excelled and helped propel the team to finish in the top 8 today. The team did a fantastic job displaying their knowledge. Be sure to congratulate: Lily S, Charlie M, Charlie E and Nate K!

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  • 12/14/2015 School Advisory Council Members


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    Annunciation's School Advisory Council is looking for a few good people to join our team beginning fall of 2016.  

    If you are interested please contact Becky Studt at rbs5@msn.com or further information.

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  • 12/14/2015 “Hallelujah” Christmas Program


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    This year’s Christmas program is titled “Hallelujah”. We are so blessed at Annunciation School to have a renowned and treasured Creative Arts program that produces events that mark special moments and create lasting memories for our whole community. Alumni and friends share their memories of participating in the Christmas program and continue to sing songs and share stories years later. It is such a special event. 

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