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  • 05/12/2015 6th Graders Visit Camp Foley


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    At Annunciation 6th graders visit Camp Foley Environmental Center in May for a week long stay to "to learn about the environment, conservation and local wildlife in a a natural setting."

    Somehow it seems that the weather is usually a challenge but the students make the most of it!

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  • 05/08/2015 Thank You for a Great Teacher Appreciation Week!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    On behalf of the staff at Annunciation School, I extend our heart-felt thanks to the Annunciation Families for the amazing week you created for us. Special thanks to those families who created the gifts decorated the halls, and provided the treats each day. We were truly spoiled during our “Giving Tree” week with the gestures of gratitude from delicious lunch, sweet treats, yogurt bar, replenishing the staff lounge, sharing the “Giving Tree” story each morning,  and of course the planting of a tree in honor of our staff.

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  • 05/06/2015 National Math Challenge Competition


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    On April 9th, 36 students in grades 2 – 5 represented Annunciation in the National Math Challenge Competition.

    The goals of this competition include encouraging students’ interest in math, developing problem-solving skills and inspiring contestants to excel in math. This year nearly 25, 000 students from over 600 schools nationwide participated in the contest. 

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  • 05/04/2015 Parent Information Night


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    Join us for “An Evening with the Principal” on Thursday May 7 at 6:30pm in the Church Community Room.

    APO is hosting this evening version of “Breakfast with the Principal” and we look forward to sharing our hard work this year and are excited about the plans we have for our school – an annual State of the School presentation including:

    - An update on our strategic plan accomplishments.
    - Results of the innovative educational models we have researched.

    We are excited to share our direction for the future! We’ll see you there.

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  • 05/01/2015 My Time Is Now


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Improv Show “My Time is Now!”

    Congratulations to Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Nesvig, and the middle school performers for the fabulous production of this year’s Improv. The performances are amazing and the hard work and hours of rehearsal has paid off! If you did not get a chance to attend, you have one more chance – tonight, Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Come and see the skits, lip syncs, songs and more! You don’t want to miss this great show.

    Knock It Out of the Park Live & Silent Auction

    Mark your calendars! The day is approaching - Saturday, May 16 is the Annunciation School Live and Silent Auction. The theme is “Knock It Out of the Park”. Please join us for a fun-filled evening that provides support to our school programs. It promises to be a great night!

    Parent Information Night

    Be sure to join us for a school update on our strategic planning this year and our goals as look into next year – an annual State of the School presenation. We will meet on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:30 in the community room. APO is hosting this meeting and we look forward to sharing our hard work this year and excited about the plans we have for our school. Hope to see you there!

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  • 05/01/2015 Spring Piano Recitals & Performances


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    Students have been working hard in lessons and rehearsals for their recitals for the weekend of May 16-17th.

    A special performance at Annunciation is scheduled for Tuesday, May 19th during the school day in the church sanctuary.  This performance is a wonderful opportunity for piano students to show their peers some of the material they have been working on this year.

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  • 05/01/2015 Summer Jazz Camp


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    Monday – Friday June 15-19, 2015
    9am-12 noon

    This summer grab your instrument and experience the fun and excitement of improvisation and playing jazz! Dick Danaher would like to invite you to join them to explore the amazing world of jazz. Students will learn 4-6 jazz/rock/Latin standards. Students will also learn to play together as a group, support each other’s efforts, and learn the basics of improvisation.
     

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  • 04/29/2015 Holy Angels Dance Team Summer Classes


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    Attention 6th-8th grade girls! Dance classes offered this June and July at Blessed Trinity in Richfield! Classes will focus on technique of skills, flexibility, strength training, yoga and learning stylized routines and combinations. Come explore the variety of opportunities to challenge your mind and body through dance! Contact Nina DeNio with questions at nldenio@yahoo.com or 612-867-2379.

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  • 04/24/2015 Congratulations to the 5th Grade Math Masters!


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    At the MathMaster competition held at St Michael’s in Prior Lake, Annunciation 5th grade teams won first and third place!

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  • 04/24/2015 Mark Your Calendars!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Parent Information Night: May 7, 2015 at 6:30

    Plan to join us for a “State of the School” presentation with updates on our Strategic Plan process this year and plans for the school as we look towards our future. This evening “Breakfast with the Principal” will take place on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 in the Community Room.

    Hope you can join us!!

    Improv Show, “My Time is Now”: April 30 – May 1

    Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Nesvig and the students are in their final days of preparation for the Improv Gala and performances. Plan to attend the gala on Thursday, April 30 with performance at 7:00 pm or Friday night at 7:00 pm. It promises to be a great show!!

    Knock It Out of the Park, Annunciation's Live & Silent Auction: May 16, 2015

    Saturday, May 16 is the annual Live and Silent Auction – “first pitch” is at 6:00 with food, fun, auction items, and live auction to wrap up the evening. Check out www.knockitoutofthepark2015.com for details. Purchase tickets now!

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  • 04/22/2015 Respect Life Mother’s Day Corsages


    Church News, Weekender

    The Respect Life Ministry will be selling orchid corsages and African violet plants on Mother's Day weekend, May 9-10th. This year we will be offering three different items: Orchid corsages, African violet plants, and NEW this year, Mini rose bushes.
     
    Thank you to everyone who ordered plants from the Respect Life Ministry!

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

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  • 04/17/2015 Annunciation Catholic School 2014-15 YEARBOOK


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    Announcing the…Annunciation Catholic School 2014-15 YEARBOOK. Orders due April 27!

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  • 04/17/2015 American Adventurer Ann Bancroft Visits 3rd Grade


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    Ann Bancroft, American author, teacher and adventurer visited Annunciation School and shared stories about her trips to the North and South ends of the earth. She is pictured here with a valuable tool that never left the travelers side; the "funny little flare" was used to create a colorful pop and splash of color should a polar bear come too close for comfort. It provides just enough surprise to send most bears back to their own neck of the woods!

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  • 04/17/2015 Author Shelly Boyum-Breen Visits School


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    Author Shelly Boyum-Breen visited Annunciation School classes to share lessons she has learned through participation in sports such as positive attitude, healthy role modeling and good sportsmanship. Her series of books about the fictional character, Shelly Bean, encourage kids to be active and have confidence in themselves.

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  • 04/17/2015 Magic Arms for the World


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    Annunciation proudly welcomed Angie Zavoral Conley, Executive Director - Magic Arms for the World, for a visit on Friday, April 10th.

    Angie’s visit with our Dimensions’ students focused on the topics of design research, advocacy and the use of 3-D printers in medical technologies.

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  • 04/17/2015 MNSAA Update


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    April 17, 2015

    After two years of preparation, Annunciation School completed our renewal of Accreditation last year through MNSAA. We received the final approval this year as a fully accredited school through 2020-2021!  Part of the process is to create a strategic plan that guides our school improvement efforts over the next seven years.

    We have started to live the plan this year and implement the strategies. To update you on our work to date, we will have a “Parent/Principal Breakfast” at night to accommodate working parents. This will be a “State of the School” information night. At this event we will share the results of our work this year and our next steps as we move forward in living out our plan.

    Please mark your calendars for THURSDAY, MAY 7 at 6:30 pm (location TBD.) NOTE: This will replace the morning breakfast on April 23. I look forward to sharing the updates on our work with you that evening. Hope you can make it!

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Principal
    612 824-9993×201

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  • 04/16/2015 Contribute to the Live & Silent Auction


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    The 2015 Auction is just around the corner and we need your help to "Knock It Out of the Park!"  It is with great excitement we invite you to participate in this very special event for our school and kids!

    Here's how you can help:  Please consider contributing an item to the silent auction

    Items that are popular with parents and guests are:

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  • 04/14/2015 Wine Tasting & Beer Sampling Social Event


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    Knock It Out of the Park

    Exclusive Wine Tasting & Beer Sampling Social Event

    Sponsored by Teresa & Eugenio Meschini
    Thursday, April 23rd from 5:00 – 7: 00 pm
    South Lyndale Liquor

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  • 04/13/2015 Grade 4 Diaper Drive


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    The 4th Grade is collecting the above items for their service project.  Please support the young adults at Minnesota Internship Center Charter High School.  Thank you for your generosity!

    Please donate: diapers sizes 2 -5 & Pull-Ups (NO NEWBORNS SIZES please).

    And don't forget the Wet Wipes!

    We will be collecting every Friday in April.

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  • 04/10/2015 Principal’s Update


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    What a blessing Annunciation School is for us!

    We returned from Spring break and Easter celebrations this week, ready for our final months of the school year.  Though I enjoyed my time off and spending Easter with family, upon returning, I found myself smiling as I opened my office door and was back here at Annunciation. I missed being with my Annunciation family, too!

    I began our first day back by leading prayer, pledge and announcements as we do each morning. As I held the microphone for the 3rd graders who were leading our prayer and pledge, I had such a sense of joy, seeing their proud and happy faces as they led our school in our morning prayer.  Who could as for a better job than this?

    As the students headed back to class, I was reminded what a privilege it is to be a part of the community at Annunciation Catholic School where we share our faith every day, miss one another when we are gone, cheer for, support and pray for each other every day. There is truly something special here and we are blessed to be a part of it.

    In today’s morning prayer, we were reminded that we all have gifts and talents that God has given us. We are challenged to use those gifts. You have shared the gift of Catholic education at Annunciation with your child or children, allowing them to develop their God–given gifts in such a special way. Thank you for this privilege of sharing in the development of each child. We are truly blessed!

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  • 04/10/2015 MS News from Mr. Degel


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  • 04/10/2015 A “Stuff the Bus” Thank You


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    Thank you, Annunciation families, for your resounding response to the fifth grade service project – “Stuff the Bus”. Your generous donations filled a large portion of “Jimmy’s” bus and the Incarnation community food shelf is very grateful.

    Annunciation 5th graders

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  • 04/10/2015 Library Year End Notes


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    * The week of May 18th will be the last week for students to check out books and still allow time for them to read and return before the end of the year.

    * I have been talking with students who have missing books. I will be sending out emails if any books are still missing. Your help in getting them return would be greatly appreciated.

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  • 04/10/2015 Trimester 2 Honor Roll 2015


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    Congratulations to all of the following Annunciation middle school students for earning their spot on the honor roll this trimester.

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  • 04/10/2015 National Math Enrichment Contest


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    On Thursday, April 9th, 35 students in grades 2- 5 represented Annunciation in the National Math Enrichment Contest. Contestants were given 45 minutest to solve 20 CHALLENGING math word problems.  Tests were completed independently using only paper and pencil. 

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  • 04/08/2015 News from the Band Room


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    The marching band, Mpls Street Beat, is preparing for the 2015 season by practicing the fun marching songs. Our first gig is at the wonderful May Day Parade at Powderhorn Park on Sunday May 3 from 1-3pm. Last year we were 30 members strong!

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  • 03/27/2015 Happy Easter!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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  • 03/26/2015 AYM Jr High Spring Retreat


    Church News, Weekender

    What: Spring Retreat
    When: April 24-26, 2015
    Who: Junior High Youth (Grade 7 & 8)
    Where: Camp Castaway, Detroit Lakes, MN
    Cost: $170 before March 31, $190 after March 31. Retreat fee helps defray the cost of transportation, lodging and meals.

    Financial Aid available

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  • 03/26/2015 Discover the Way Retreat for 5th Graders


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    On Wednesday, April 8th, our 5th graders will spend their school day participating in the Discover the Way Retreat. They will work with a team of people representing the vocations of priesthood, religious life, married life, single life and the diaconate. The team will also include about 10 high school team members, some of whom are Annunciation School graduates.

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  • 03/24/2015 Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair


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    Claire L presented her poster on "Tsunamis: The Effect of Water Depth on Wave Velocity" at the Minnesota State Science and Engineering Fair on March 21 in Bloomington, MN.  After her project was awarded a purple ribbon at the recent Twin Cities Regional Science Fair, she was selected to move on to the State competition.  There was lots of excitement around her poster which was viewed by 8 different judges.  Results of the State judging are pending.

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  • 03/24/2015 Minnesota Seven County Metro Area Spelling Bee


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    Sadie R., Annunciation eighth grader, placed 5th at last Saturday’s Minnesota Seven County Metro Area Spelling Bee!  Sadie was one of 50 champion spellers who earned their way to compete in the central MN competition at Augsburg College, which sends the winner to the National Scripps Spelling Bee in Washington, D.C. in May.

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  • 03/20/2015 MathCounts State Competition


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    Lily S., Lucas W., Elizabeth W. and Charlie E. moved on to state because as a team, they took 2nd in the Regional Chapter Competition in February.  The competition has 3 sections; 2 are completed as individuals and 1 is completed as a team (they are allowed to collaborate on these questions).  We were happy to know that unlike some schools who have outliers of math geniuses, our kids scored consistently high across the board. 

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  • 03/20/2015 First Day of Spring 2015


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Happy Spring! We enter our last week before spring break busy with our Lenten prayers and reflections, Stations of the Cross, service projects including FMSC, “Stuff the Bus”, and lots of learning in our classrooms. Here are some updates from the past weeks:

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  • 03/19/2015 Weekly Update: Middle School


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  • 03/12/2015 Principal’s Breakfast


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Join Principal Cassidy for coffee & conversation on Thursday, March 26th from 8:15-9:15am in the Annunciation School Library.

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  • 03/12/2015 Trimester 2 Report Cards


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    The trimester 2 report cards have been finalized and are available on Cornerstone. If you would like to review the directions for accessing report cards, please use the link below and look for the 'Report Cards' heading:

    http://www.annunciationmsp.org/parents/

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  • 03/11/2015 Minnesota Metro Spelling Bee Finalist Named


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Congratulations to 8th Grader, Sadie R! 

    Sadie has qualified for participation in the Minnesota Metro Spelling Bee on March 21st at Augsburg College.  Only the top 50 spellers from across the Metro are invited to participate.

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  • 03/09/2015 MathMasters Competition Results


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    On Friday, March 6th, 2015, 11 sixth graders participated in the MathMasters competition in Chaska. Out of the 34 teams there, one of Annunciation's team placed third. Additionally, out of the 170 students there, Lizzie N., Libby S and Jack S. were recognized with individual awards. Way to go mathletes!

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  • 03/09/2015 Projects (Curiousity) Fair Wrap-Up


    Enrichment, Weekender

    I think it would be fair to say: We were beyond IMPRESSED with the creativity, research, attention to detail, effort AND curiosity displayed in this year's Project (Curiosity) Fair!

    Thank you to all of our participants (see list below) – You are AMAZING!

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  • 03/09/2015 Fund-A-Need Survey 2015


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    March 9, 2015

    It is that time of year again! We had a great response from our Annunciation community yet again, and would like your opinions on the proposals submitted to the School Advisory Committee (SAC) for consideration for this spring’s Auction Fund-A-Need. At next weeks meeting, SAC will recommend one project that will go forward to the Administration and Pastor for final consideration.

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  • 03/06/2015 School Updates


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    School Updates

    So much has been happening at Annunciation over the last couple of months. From Catholic Schools Week, Carnaval, and the Projects Fair, to Okee Dokee Brothers Concert, Book Fair, Open Houses, testing, service projects, and prayer – Lenten prayers, adoration, masses and more. During this time, students and teachers have been busy in classes continuing their teaching and learning as we head into the final trimester of the year.

    While all these events and activities are focused on this school year, we have also been busy with our strategic planning, looking at our future as well. Here are a few of the things we are working on:

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  • 03/05/2015 Twin City Regional Science Fair


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    Congratulations to Annunciation Middle School students who participated in the Twin City Regional Science Fair finals February 27 & 28, 2015.

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  • 03/05/2015 Sundae on Thursday – Are You Curious?


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    Find out the answer to this and many other questions at our Annunciation Family Night on March 5.  There will be something for everyone – the evening includes K-5 Project (Curiosity) Fair, Ice Cream Sundaes and the Scholastic Book Fair.

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  • 03/03/2015 Amazing Schulze Family Foundation Matching Grant News


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    WE DID IT… we completely matched the $50,000 Schulze Family Foundation Grant!  

    THANK YOU!

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  • 03/02/2015 7th Grader on his way to Minnesota National Geographic State Bee!


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    Congratulations to Annunciation 7th grader, Nate K. 

    Nate has been notified by the National Geographic Society that he is one of the semifinalists eligible to compete in the 2015 Minnesota National Geographic State Bee. The contest will be held at St. Cloud University on Friday, March 27, 2015.

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  • 02/26/2015 Middle School News


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    Final Schedule, 504 Breaks & Quiet Testing Room, Due Date for Work, End of Tri Celebration and Feed My Starving Children.

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  • 02/20/2015 Carnaval & Lent


    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.

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  • 02/19/2015 No School March 13


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    ANNUNCIATION EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM IS OPEN

    School will be closed on March 13th.  The Extended Day program will be open on the 13th for our families from 7:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

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  • 02/19/2015 Take the Taboo out of Talking About Money with Your Kids


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    APO is excited to host guest speaker and author Wendy Gillaspie on Monday February 23 at 7:00pm in the school library. Wendy is the author of a new book titled “MoneyBags: A Guide to Teaching Your Kids About Money.” She will be speaking to parents about how to teach their children to become financially smart and independent. APO will have 5 signed books to raffle off at the event! For more information on Wendy and her book, please visit the Moneybags website at moneybagslife.com.

    Please use the link below to let us know if you can make the event!

    http://goo.gl/forms/IYoXLn9R8d

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  • 02/11/2015 The Abstinence Advantage presented by Abby Ludvigson


    Church News, Weekender

    If you’re the Parent of a Teen…Please join us!

    Sunday, Feb 22, 7:00 to 8:30 PM, Community Room

    Who has more influence on teens than anyone or anything else? Their parents! With her humor and energetic style, Abby will both enlighten and entertain parents about their role in parenting teens as they face issues of sexuality. What do parents need to equip them for their task? What strategies work best in their relationship with their kids? Where is God in the picture? What’s he looking for? What kind of help does he give? Learn more about Abby at www.AbbyLudvigson.com. Parents of teens and younger kids who will some day grow up to be teens are welcome!

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  • 02/09/2015 MATHCOUNTS teams earns 2nd place


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    This past Friday, ten students from Annunciation participated in the MATHCOUNTS chapter competition at the University of Minnesota. This competition is for students who have a talent and passion for math. Competing against nine other teams, Annunciation took 2nd place and will advance to the MATHCOUNTS state competition to be held on March 13-14 in Plymouth, MN.

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  • 02/06/2015 Conferences, Concerts and Carnaval


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    Conferences

    Thank you to all who participated in our winter conferences. Many great stories were shared and lots of hard work by students, staff and parents to help each child be successful. We are blessed to partner with such amazing families and appreciate your dedication and time to support our work of educating each child to their full potential. It was great to see so many families and get a chance to visit with you.uled for a date in later March. Look for details to come.

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  • 11/14/2014 Spelling Bee 2014 Results Are In!


    Enrichment, Weekender

    The results are in for the 2014 Annunciation School Spelling Bee.  Our ten finalists from grades 4-8 displayed a stellar level of achievement.   The results:

    1st place:  Sadie R. (8th Grade)
    2nd place: Meryt W-W (8th Grade)
    3rd place:  Lizzie N. (8th Grade)

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  • 11/14/2014 Schulze Family Foundation Grant Update


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    Thank you for your overwhelming support of our Schulze Family Foundation Matching Grant campaign. We are closing in on having received 50% of the donations we need to hit the goal of raising $50,000. The grant is a tremendous honor and gift and we need everyone’s support in getting to 100%. This would result in a total of $100,000 dollars being donated to Annunciation School! If you would like to hear more about this golden opportunity, feel free to give me a call and stop by for a cup of coffee and we can discuss. Our goal is to have all funds raised by December 31, 2014. We are almost half way there.

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  • 11/12/2014 Academic Showcase Projects Timelines


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    We are proud to announce the first annual Middle School Academic Showcase. The Showcase will provide a forum for students to show their learning through projects centering on history and science. This year, all Annunciation middle school students will take part in our showcase:  6th graders will participate in History Day, all 7th graders will participate in Science Fair and 8th graders will have the opportunity to choose either History Day or Science Fair to showcase their academic talents in their area of interest.

    In case you missed it, here is the Middle School Academic Showcase announcement.

    Below are the timelines for History Day and for Science Fair.
     

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  • 11/12/2014 90-Second Newbery Film Festival


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    An Enrichment opportunity for Kid Filmmakers and Creative Types!

    The 90-Second Newbery is now accepting video submissions from Minnesota’s young filmmakers.  Selected Minnesota-made movies will be screened with submissions from other states at the first-ever Minnesota 90-Second Newbery Film Festival in February.

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  • 11/12/2014 Trimester 1 Finals


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    Middle School Finals will be at the end of Trimester I on November 19th-21st.

    The students will have a 30 minute study session before their final in which the students will be able to ask the teacher questions about the final. 6th grade will be taking a final test in social studies, math, science, and Spanish.

    NOTE- Finals will be taken as a section except math which is split into 3 sections. We want our math teachers to specifically give their final, so we had to modify so Mrs. Steege and Mrs. Makowski could test their sections. Due to this, we also will be testing Math 6Y on Tuesday with Mrs. Steege.

    Study guides will be available to the students by Friday 11/14 and online for you to have at home.

    On Friday after lunch, Middle School will have an End of Trimester Celebration Dance.

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  • 11/12/2014 Used Uniform Sale


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    It's time to clear out your closets of any uniforms that don't quite fit!  Annunciation will be holding a Used Uniform Sale on Thursday, November 20th from 230 PM to 6 PM.  Please send in any items that are in good, laundered condition free of rips, tears and stains prior to this date to the school office.

    WHEN:  Thursday, November 20th from 2:30 pm to 6 pm
    WHERE: Used Uniform Room (Spirit Area) - Enter the doors on the west side of the school by Walgreens and head up to the second floor
    WHAT'S AVAILABLE:  Jumpers $5; Pants & Skorts $4; Shirts $2; Sweatshirts & Sweaters $5

    All proceeds benefit Annunciation Parent Organization (APO).  Any questions, please contact Beth Woods at: bethwells7@yahoo.com.

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  • 11/08/2014 The Weekender Newsletter 11/7/14


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    If you missed the email, view the newsletter here: The Weekender November 7, 2014.

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  • 11/07/2014 Vision for the Future


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Last year, we completed our two year process for renewal of our Accreditation through MNSAA. In June, we received official notice that our accreditation is renewed for another seven years! This is exciting and an affirmation that we are doing great work at Annunciation School.

    This process also requires us to look at the strengths and our challenges and create a strategic plan with a vision for our school over the next seven years. While we have done great work, we can’t rest – education today requires us to continually evaluate what we do, how we do it, and what is best for our students.

    Through the work of our staff, parents, community leaders and the strategic planning steering committee, we wrote our strategic plan with a vision for our future. This plans calls us to build on our rich tradition of 90 years in Catholic education in our community. It also calls for us to be bold and look for innovative ways to educate the students of today, ensuring they reach their fullest potential.

    Our first strategic objective is: “Complete a visioning project that positions Annunciation School as a Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child”. To begin our plan, we have a visioning team that will lead the work of this first objective by learning what we need to educate the children of today and what tomorrow’s world will require. Then the team will look for innovative models or best practices in education to see would be the best fit for Annunciation School as we strive to reach this objective.

    If you are interested in being a part of the visioning team and this exciting work, we need 1-2 more members to join us. Please contact me if you are interested. We will keep you posted on our strategic plan as we bring it to life!

    “Share the Spirit” of Annunciation School

    Hopefully, you received the recent eblast with the information on our “Share the Spirit” campaign. The marketing committee and school staff have been hard at work finding new ways to get the word out about our great school. Annunciation School is an amazing place the offers a vibrant community and environment for learning with strong faith and academics – and we  are continuing to explore new ways to be even better for our students, as we stated above.

    We want to share this message with others and fill every seat in our school! Word of mouth is the best way to let people know about Annunciation School and all we have to offer. No one has a better story to share than our parents.

    In the flyer, you will find information about “Share the Spirit” – we are asking you to invite prospective families to attend learn more about Annunciation -  tour the school, come for a visit or attend an event. If the new family registers for next school year in grades K-8, you will receive a $500 tuition credit applied next year for your referral. See the flyer for details and a form to complete.

    Thanks for helping us “Share the Spirit” of Annunciation School! We have much to celebrate and share!


    “A TRADITION OF ACADEMIC RIGOR, SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT”

    Jennifer M. Cassidy, Principal
    Annunciation School
    612-823-4394 ext. 201

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  • 11/07/2014 2014 Maud Hart Lovelace Challenge


    Enrichment, Weekender

    I’m excited to introduce the 2014 Maud Hart Lovelace Challenge. I will be inviting the students and talking about each title the week of November 10th. The students who would like to participate can start that day. The Maude Hart Lovelace Challenge is designed to encourage recreational reading for students in 3rd-8th grade. The Maud Hart Lovelace selection committee chooses 12 titles for grades 3rd-5th and grades 6th-8th. The students that wish to participate and read at least 6 of the books by the end of the school year will be invited to Maud Hart Lovelace party.

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  • 11/06/2014 Alumni Earn Honors at De La Salle


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    We often hear from high schools that Annunciation alumni are among their best prepared students. On November 5, De La Salle hosted their annual Academic Awards Reception to salute academic achievement.

    "The DeLaSalle High School chapter of the National Honor Society is pleased to recognize the following students, all alums of Annunciation, as new or returning members.  At DeLaSalle, NHS membership is offered to students who have earned a cumulative grade point average or 3.5 or higher and meet high standards of scholarship, leadership, service and character.  A committee of teachers, assisted by the principal and other administrators, and with input from returning NHS members, make membership decisions.

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  • 11/05/2014 Teachers vs 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Game


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    Wednesday October 5th Annunciation 8th Grade Girls Volleyball Team VS Annunciation Teachers Team!

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  • 11/05/2014 Middle School Ambassadors 2014-15


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    We are excited to announce that we will be accepting applications for the Annunciation Middle School, Student Ambassadors program for the 2014-2015 school year.  The Annunciation School Ambassadors are students who live the school mission and strive to be positive representatives of the Annunciation community.  Student ambassadors will be determined by a selection process outlined in the attached form. 

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  • 10/31/2014 The Weekender Newsletter 10/31/14


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    If you missed the email, view the newsletter here: The Weekender October 31, 2014.

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  • 10/31/2014 Partners in Education


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We wrapped up our mid trimester conferences and are so grateful to have such a strong partnership with our parents. With almost 100% of our families attending, the conferences were a great success. We were excited to share the good news and progress of our students, but also discuss ways to challenge them to continue to learn new things and improve. I hope you found your conference time informative and encouraging. We are truly a “united and caring community” striving to help each child reach their fullest potential. Thank you for entrusting your children to us for their education – mind, body and spirit.

    Preview Night

    Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 pm is our Preview Night. Please help us spread the word and invite neighbors, family and friends to this great event.  Prospective parents will hear from school leaders, parents, 8th grade students along with a performance by our second graders. Then they will have a visit to the kindergarten classes to learn more about our programs. Preschool staff will be available for tours, too. You are the greatest marketing our school has! Help us share the good news of Annunciation School.

    Jennifer M. Cassidy, Principal
    Annunciation School
    612-823-4394 ext. 201

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  • 10/30/2014 School Spelling Bee Finalists


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    Congratulations to our Annunciation School Spelling Bee Finalists!

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  • 10/30/2014 Mission Haiti, Inc named a 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofit


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    GreatNonprofits has just named Mission Haiti, Inc one of the 2014 Top-Rated Nonprofits. We are so proud of you and the amazing work you do Mission Haiti, Inc!

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  • 10/28/2014 Children’s Envelopes Donation


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    Children Helping Children

    Each weekend when the adult collection is taking place you see the youth of Annunciation cheerfully, sometimes skipping, to the communion rail to make a donation in the basket. You may ask yourself where does that money go?

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  • 10/24/2014 Boosterthon Fun Run is here!


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    What a picture perfect fall day for Annunciation School’s first Boosterthon Fun Run! Students were cheering, singing, jumping and RUNNING! The event began with the national anthem and teachers and teacher aides checked off the runners “tally card” as they completed the laps.

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  • 10/24/2014 Notes from Boosterthon Friday


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    Boosterthon

    Today was the big day for our “fun run” and color run! With the sun shining, fall leaves on the trees, parents cheering us on, and an enthusiastic Boosterthon team leading the way, the students completed their laps and ended the day with the color run. The students had fun and it was a perfect day to be outside enjoying God’s gift of beautiful fall weather.

    A big thank you for the APO chairs, Sarah Johannes and Roberta Dietrick, for planning and organizing the event. Thanks to the awesome Boosterthon staff for their work and enthusiasm. And a huge thank you to all the students and parents who participated and helped make this a great fundraiser and fun event for our school.

    Pledging remains open this weekend and money collected can be turned in to school by Thursday, October 30 or paid online. Any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

    Check out our Boosterthon Fun Run web album!

    Conference Details

    Reminder – we have mid-trimester conferences this week. NOTE: 1:00 dismissal on Thursday. NO SCHOOL on Friday. Extended day is available.

    Wednesday, October 29 – 4:00-8:00
    Thursday, October 30 (1:00 dismissal) – 2:00-8:00
    If you prefer more than the scheduled time, please contact the teacher to schedule a separate conference so more time will be available.

    MAP testing results will be shared with you at conferences. Since this is our first time testing with MAP, the teachers will share basic data and numbers for you. The staff is training this year to learn more about how to use this information to help set goals for students, determine placement, along with teacher input, and look for growth over the year. We will take another test this spring. We will continue to keep you up to date as we learn more about the MAP tests and share resources with you so you can utilize this at home to help your students as well.

    Breakfast with the Principal

    We held our first Breakfast with the Principal this past Thursday. Thanks to APO for hosting and to all the parents who attended. We shared school updates and initiatives, along with some information that is helping guide us as we put our strategic plan into action. The Power Point is available here in PDF. If you have any questions after reviewing it, please feel free to contact me.

    Drop Off Reminder

    When dropping off students in the morning, please be mindful of the residential area surrounding our school. Some neighbors have expressed concern over the speed of cars heading into the parking area. For the safety of all, and to be good neighbors, please drive slowly as you enter the neighborhood area. Thanks for your attention to this.

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

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  • 10/24/2014 The Weekender Newsletter 10/24/14


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    If you missed the email, view the newsletter here: The Weekender October 24, 2014.

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  • 10/24/2014 Loaves and Fishes – the Whole Story!


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    Perhaps you hear someone talk about Loaves and Fishes and maybe you have some kind of an idea of what it’s about. For some of our Loaves and Fishes volunteers it entails a monthly commitment to serve a meal to those in need at St. Stephen’s. It’s all of this and so much more, and you are invited to come and learn about the whole Loaves and Fishes story and Annunciation’s long and proud history of making a significant contribution to Loaves and Fishes at St. Stephen’s.

    • Saturday, November 8th there will be a continental brunch and the Loaves and Fishes Story, delivered by guest speaker Cathy Maes, executive director of Loaves and Fishes for the Twin Cities Metro area
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  • 10/22/2014 Battle of the Books October 2014


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    Prepare for thrilling news!: We have over 100 students participating in our Annunciation Battle of the Books!  Our competition includes over 75 different titles covering multiple genres and reading levels. Here are the details:

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  • 10/22/2014 Middle School Fall Update


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    The first two months I have been here have been fantastic. I want to thank you for all of your support as I have transitioned in my position. It’s exciting to be part of a community that is so passionate about the education their children are receiving. I am excited to begin sending out a regular communication to you about Middle School specific topics. My hope is that this will provide you information that will make your day-to-day life a bit more simplistic. I hope you find it helpful and informative.

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  • 10/21/2014 Boosterthon Fun Run


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    Parents! We’re excited to host the 9-day Boosterthon Fun Run as this year’s main APO fundraiser. We kick off the fun, healthy, and character-building program on October 13.

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  • 10/16/2014 St. Francis to Pope Francis to You! Creating a Climate for Solidarity


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    Monday, October 20 at 7:00pm
    Visitation Room, Annunciation Church

    Rooted in the life of St. Francis and animated by Catholic teaching on climate change, this 90-minute multimedia presentation combines short video testimonials with group reflection in celebration of the Feast of St. Francis. The program highlights the impacts of climate change on the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people, and offers concrete ways that Catholic individuals and communities can respond.

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  • 10/16/2014 The Weekender Newsletter 10/16/14


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    If you missed the email, view the newsletter here: The Weekender October 16, 2014.

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  • 10/15/2014 Living Our Mission


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Our school mission is the foundation of all we do at Annunciation School. As staff, we reviewed our mission and broke it down into parts – our beliefs, the students’ expectations, the school expectations:

    OUR BELIEF: “We believe each student is a gift of God, a unique person, entrusted to our care.  The education, development and growth of our students are our reasons for existence.  Each student makes a unique contribution to our school.”  

    STUDENT EXPECTATIONS: “We expect our students to: use their individual talents to the best of their abilities; be responsible for their actions; treat all others with dignity and respect; follow the policies of the school; and contribute to the life of the school, parish and community.”

    SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS: “We provide them with: a Christian environment for learning; guidance, encouragement and discipline; love, respect and compassion; and nurture their spirit so they may achieve their full potential.”

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  • 10/15/2014 Early Dismissal & No School


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    Annunciation Extended Day Program is Open

    School will have an early dismissal on October 30th and no school on October 31st.  The Extended Day program will be open on the 30th and the 31st for our families.

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  • 10/14/2014 Schulze Family Foundation Grant


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    We are proud to announce that Annunciation School is the recipient of a Schulze Family Foundation Grant.  The Schulze Foundation’s philanthropic vision is to identify and fund organizations and programs with the capacity to achieve measurable and transformative results. The Foundation supports high performing educational institutions offering effective academic programs.

    The Grant provides up to a $50,000 gift matching support from Annunciation donors for a potential total of $100,000. Annunciation will use this funding to expand our Enrichment Programs, starting with our Middle School Dimensions Program to develop a School Wide Enrichment Program. Annunciation has a rich tradition of academic excellence.  Our students achieve at high levels and are well prepared for high school.  Annunciation seeks to enlarge its pool of the best and brightest students and engage them in rigorous and challenging learning. Our goal includes teaching all students to their potential using the School Wide Enrichment model.

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  • 10/10/2014 The Weekender Newsletter 10/10/14


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    If you missed the email, view the newsletter here: The Weekender October 10, 2014.
     

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  • 10/10/2014 Heart and Soul of Our School


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    “Do not be afraid….take courage, I am here.” Matthew 14:27

    As parents, I know you can’t be here each day to experience the life of our school, so I just wanted to take a minute to share some special moments from this week that demonstrated our mission alive:

    First, our school mass on Thursday ended with our song, “Send Down the Fire of Your Spirit”. Standing in the church, hearing the voices of the children singing with so much passion and energy was truly the Spirit shining through our children. It was a wonderful moment and confirms the special opportunity we have as a Catholic school to celebrate our faith together.

    Second was our grandparents’ tea which took place Thursday. What a wonderful moment to look out in the auditorium to see the many grandparents and friends who came to celebrate with our second graders and our school. These are people who have lived and modeled their faith in such an authentic and strong way, that they inspired the next generation to share this with their children as well. It is our privilege at Annunciation School to carry on and help form this next generation of children who can someday do the same for their children. The second graders sang and performed so well, ending with a song that brought tears to everyone’s eyes. Moments like this remind me how special our school is and how much we are blessed!

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  • 10/10/2014 Boosterthon Pep Rally!


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    The Boosterthon Rock’N Town Live fundraiser starts Monday Oct. 13 with a super charged, fun-filled pep rally! Parents are invited to come to the rally and find out what Boosterthon is all about. The K-5th grade pep rally will be from 1:00-1:30 and 6th-8th grade from 1:45-2:15. Come and cheer on the kids and help them get excited for Boosterthon!

    For more information on Boosterthon, open the Boosterthon FAQ.
     

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  • 10/09/2014 Confirmation Preparation at Annunciation


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    If you or your son/daughter are of high school age and want to learn more about preparing for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please contact Sr. Sue in the Faith Formation Office as soon as possible, storgersen@annunciationmsp.org, 612-824-9993 X 251.

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  • 10/08/2014 Sr. High Fall Retreat


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    When: October 16-19, 2014
    Who: Senior High Youth (Grades 9-12)
    Where: Camp Castaway
    Cost: $175*

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  • 10/04/2014 The Weekender Newsletter 10/3/14


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    If you missed the email, view the newsletter here: The Weekender October 3, 2014.

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  • 10/03/2014 Living our mission…


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Communication and Partnerships

    At Annunciation School, community and partnerships are key elements of our mission. To be successful, we rely on many members of our community to help us reach our goals. Parents, students, teachers, staff, parishioners, and others contribute to the work of developing the young people in our school. Without the work of so many, we could not accomplish all that we do! Thanks to those who step up and help make Annunciation School the vibrant, successful school it is.

    Partnerships are another key to our success. We know that you, as parents, are the primary educators of your children. The work we do builds on the foundation your family has laid and helps fulfill the vision and dreams you have for your children. To do this well, we need to be in communication with you. One of the most important communications is our parent/teacher conferences.

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  • 10/03/2014 LADC’s Annual Bike-a-Thon/Family Festival


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    Thursday, Oct. 9th, 5:30-7:30pm

    FREE Family Activities Include:

    BIKE PARADE- children bring decorated bikes, scooters, wagons, etc. and ride in the parade! Line up at 5:25...Kick-Off at 5:35
    Slide/Obstacle Course
    Craft Activities and Carnival Games
    Face Painting and Crazy Hair!
    FREE Dinner!
    ALL families invited!

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  • 09/30/2014 October Library News


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    Welcome back to another great school year. With a new school year comes new changes and opportunities. We’re all getting use to a new schedule. We have new signage in the library to make finding books on their own easier. I have been talking to all the classes about having a book bag for their library books, and finding a consistent place to keep their library books at home.

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  • 09/30/2014 October Scrip


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    Orders for Scrip are due October 10th.

    Purchase SCRIP Online or use this SCRIP Order Form.

    When placing your order or signing up for Scrip, use this Enrollment Code: E4C1CLLL15927.

    Questions? Read all about SCRIP at Annunciation or contact Janet Daley or Sandy Martinek.

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  • 09/26/2014 The Weekender Newsletter 9/26/14


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    If you missed the email, view the newsletter here: The Weekender September 26, 2014.

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  • 09/26/2014 Thank You SeptemberFest Co-Chairs!


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    Oh what a difference all in just one week! Last weekend the parking lot was transformed into our largest community gathering event. Now it is difficult to see any signs that it happened at all except for the smiles on everyone's faces.

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  • 09/26/2014 News & Notes: September 26, 2014


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    “Don’t be afraid...take courage, I am here.” Matt. 14:27

    Dancing with the Annunciation Stars!

    We are only a couple of weeks away for the debut of DWAS at Annunciation School! If you have not had a chance to check out the website and link to the event, I invite you to do so. Our Annunciation Stars have videos on the site along with information on event tickets and more. Take a look – it is fun and exciting to see! Thanks to the parents and staff who have worked diligently in preparation for this fun event. Hope to see you there!

    MAP Testing begins Monday:

    One of our goals from our accreditation and review of our programs, was the need to identify a comprehensive assessment for our school. The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) test has been chosen as the tool for students in grades K-8. We have chosen to use one test for all students so we have benchmark data starting fall of kindergarten all the way through grade 8. We will be testing this year in Reading, Math, and Language Usage.

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  • 09/24/2014 Happy Halloween Costume Drive


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    We are collecting new and gently used costumes, along with monetary donations, for St. Anne’s Place, an emergency homeless shelter for families in
    North Minneapolis.

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  • 09/19/2014 The Weekender Newsletter 9/19/14


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  • 09/19/2014 Students Earn Awards at MN State Fair 2014


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    Three Annunciation students earned ribbons for their art and/or school work at the Education, Individual Exhibits at Minnesota State Fair this year.  It is quite an accomplishment as there are many, many entries from students across Minnesota. 

    Congratulations to these students on their outstanding achievement!:

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  • 09/19/2014 SeptemberFest is Here!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    “Don’t be afraid….take courage, I am here.”                Matt. 14:27

    Parent Information Nights

    We had our second parent information night this week for our kindergarten – fifth grade parents. Thank you to all who attended. These information sessions are so important to help us build the partnership we have with you to educate and develop your children. Communication is always a key to any successful partnership, and we continue to offer many options and look for ways to improve our communication. Your participation makes it successful! I hope that these sessions provided you important information regarding your child’s classroom and teacher and allowed you to meet other parents in your child’s class. Most of all, I hope you felt the excitement and energy that has filled our school since school has begun! We truly do have a vibrant community and you have helped make it special. I look forward to seeing you at more events this year.

    SeptemberFest

    Speaking of community……what a great way to support Annunciation parish and school by attending this weekend’s SeptemberFest! The weekend is filled with fun events, food, games, prizes, and more. This is also a great way to meet new families and spend time with others in building our “family” here at Annunciation. Good luck to the many school wiffle ball teams, too! Hope to see you there!

    The year is off to a great start. Thanks to all the parents for their feedback and questions. I welcome any questions or comments as we work together to make Annunciation School the very best place for all! Hope to see you at Septemberfest!

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  • 09/12/2014 Weekender: September 12, 2014


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  • 09/12/2014 SeptemberFest Pie Shop Drop


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    Drop off pie donations on Friday, September 19th, 7:45am – 8:30am, curbside lower church.

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