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Weekender

  • 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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 09/10/2014 Annunciation Weekender


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    Web edition of School Newsletter, The Weekender: Friday, September 5, 2014

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  • 09/05/2014 A New School Year and a New Theme


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We begin school year 2014-2015 with a new theme – and a focus on not being afraid, being courageous and trusting that God is walking with us always. Our staff and teachers began workshop week with a talk from Father Jim on this theme. He emphasized how important it is for us to trust God, even when the “waters seem rough” or the boat appears to be tipping. As the apostle Peter learned, if we keep our focus on Jesus, we have nothing to fear.

    This is what we want to teach our students as well. Often, we have our best learning through our failures and struggles. It takes courage to try something new, to trust that we are on the right path, even when we slip. As a Catholic school, we can share the promise that God is with us – He is here! What a great lesson to learn for life. Together, we begin this year with the faith and courage to persevere, to take risks, learn new things, fall and know God is there to help us back up. And in the end, we will be wiser, stronger, and more faithful from the journey!

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  • 09/03/2014 Join Cub Scouts! Have Fun! Meet Friends!


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    Cub Scout Pack 103 is currently recruiting 1st through 5th grade boys to be members of Cub Scout Pack 103.

    Cub Scouting is an active program.  Everything we do is designed to have boys participating in active learning.  Activities happen at den and pack meetings as well as right at home with family members.  They are designed to be fun and to achieve the aims of Scouting – citizenship training, character development, and personal fitness.  Age-appropriate camping programs are packed with theme-oriented action that brings Cub Scouts into the world of imagination.

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  • 09/03/2014 What is APO?


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    APO, or the Annunciation Parent Organization, is a group of parent volunteers that serve as a source of communication between parents and teachers, fostering a sense of school support, raising funds to support school initiatives, and recognizing the contributions of the staff. We have a wide variety of volunteer positions available to fit your schedule and areas of expertise. If you would like to learn more about APO please join us at one of our meetings! They are held the first Wednesday of the month at 7:00pm in the Spirit Center. We’d love to see you there!

    Roberta Dietrick and Sarah Johanns
    APO Co-Presidents

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  • 08/29/2014 Ice Bucket Challenge Warms Hearts


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    Amidst the heavy news stories that have filled our airwaves of late, hasn’t it been refreshing and fun to see how the response to the Ice Bucket Challenge has gone viral? Yes, the summer of 2014 will go down in history for how the Ice Bucket Challenge has called all us to consider helping the cause of ALS research while challenging others to do the same. TV and device screen images of so many cold water dousings have warmed our hearts to and awakened our awareness of the sufferings that challenge our brothers and sisters with ALS and their families.

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  • 08/25/2014 First Morning Coffee


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    Wednesday, August 27th 7:45 - 8:45am

    Come to the school auditorium after dropping off the kids and enjoy coffee, juice and pastries. Catch up with fellow parents and welcome new parents to our amazing Annunciation community! 
     

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  • 08/05/2014 New Assistant Principal Anthony Degel


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    Greetings Annunciation Families,

    My name is Anthony Degel and I am the new Assistant Principal. It is exciting for me to be a partner in the upcoming school year in educating your children. I feel fortunate to be a part of school and spiritual community with a rich tradition.

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  • 07/23/2014 School Supply Lists


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    The summer is flying by! This is a reminder to order your 2014-15 school supplies using the School Tool Box program.

    Use this link to order from May 19 - August 1: https://www.schooltoolbox.com/stbDirect/index.php?r=site%2Findex

    Your school supplies from School Tool Box will be delivered directly to your home within 21 days of ordering.

    School Supply Lists

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

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  • 06/06/2014 Congratulations & Blessings


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    I want to extend my congratulations to the graduating eighth grade, kindergarten and preschool classes at Annunciation this year!  I feel blessed to have witnessed these classes and all of the hard working students and teachers of our wonderful school community.  A sincere thank you to you all for creating such an amazing community.

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  • 06/05/2014 End of the Year APO News


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    Did you know the most frequently asked question of the APO is, "Where does all of the money from your Fundraising efforts go?"  Do you want to know the answer to that question?!  Scroll down to find out what all your support and fundraising went towards this year.

    Thank you, thank you, Parents and Students, for all your support.  We are so grateful.

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  • 06/05/2014 Finals & Goodbyes


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    Dear Middle School Parents,

    Can you believe that the end of the school year is here?  As I listen to the sixth and seventh graders clean out their lockers, it seems like only a few weeks ago that they were just finding their feet.  Now we send them off for the summer, older and wiser.  What a year it’s been – we’ve welcomed wonderful new teachers and a new principal, weathered (literally) record high and low temperatures, and celebrated many middle school accomplishments.  We are so very proud of your children and their place in our community.

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  • 06/05/2014 Congratulations Class of 2014


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    "Because I knew you I have been changed for good."

    Congratulations to the Annunciation Class of 2014!

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  • 06/05/2014 National Math Enrichment Contest


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    On April 10, twenty-five of our 2- 5th grade Annunciation students participated in the National Math Enrichment Contest. This national contest is for offered for students who have demonstrated a strong aptitude for math. 25, 000 students nationwide participated representing over 600 schools in 44 states.

    During the contest, students are given 45 minutes to solve 20 problems that test computation, patterns, algebra, geometry, measurement, probability and statistics skills.

    We are PROUD to announce the following results for our Annunciation students:

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  • 05/30/2014 School Supplies for Haiti


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    At the end of the school year, there are many unused/gently used school supplies that are brought home and/or thrown away. This year, any of these school supplies can be donated to our sister school in Haiti. In each classroom, there will be brown paper bags to collect your donated items during the final week of school. Anything that is in good condition will be accepted (notebooks, folders, binders, crayons, pencils, pens, markers, paints, etc.)!

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  • 05/30/2014 MNSAA Acreditation & End of the Year News


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    MNSAA Accreditation News

    This week, we received our official notification that we have been renewed for accreditation through MNSAA for another seven years! The letter stated:

    “Congratulations! On Monday, May 19, 2014, the MNSAA Board of Directors renewed the seven-year eligibility status for the K-8 school program at Annunciation School of Minneapolis. Eligibility will now be extended through June 30, 2021. The Board wishes to recognize the leadership and the school community for the fine efforts in completing the renewal process. We especially want to affirm your school for your dedicated staff, as well as the community’s support of the school program.”

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  • 05/29/2014 An Exciting New Event!


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    Coming this fall on Saturday, October 11.

    You might have heard the buzz about Dancing with Annunciation Stars and now is your chance to get in on the action.

    Go to www.dancingannunciationstars.com to buy tickets, cast your votes and learn more about the dancers!

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  • 05/29/2014 Lunch Program News


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    The last day of lunch and milk service will be Friday May 30. Students will need to bring a lunch and beverage for the last week of school.

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  • 05/29/2014 Graduating Annunciation Families


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    With this year’s 8th grade graduation we will be saying goodbye to these longtime Annunciation families! 

    Best wishes to all of you –

    Cervantes, Dahl, Dolezal, Donsoy, Doyle, Jenewein, Jurich, Kurtyka, LaVine, Leonard, Loney, Phillips, Plouff, Vickerman and Wood

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  • 05/28/2014 Science Lab Productions


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    Middle School students have been very busy applying their creative skills in Science class!

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  • 05/28/2014 Summer 2014 Reading Raffle


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    We want Annunciation students reading this summer!

    The challenge this summer is simple: Each time you finish a book, send me a postcard about your reading. Each postcard will be an entry in our Summer Reading Raffle.  The drawing for the raffle will be on the 1st day of school.  The more you read – the more chances you have to WIN!

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  • 05/28/2014 Maud Hart Lovelace Challengers


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    It’s with great joy and pride that I am introducing you to this years students who met the Maud Hart Lovelace Challenge for this year.

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  • 05/28/2014 Middle School 3rd Tri Finals


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    The sun is shining, the birds are singing, and finals are upon us!  The eighth graders will take their finals Wednesday – Friday of next week (May 28-30).  Study guides will be posted on teachers’ Google Calendars this Friday, May 23.  Sixth and seventh graders will take their finals the following Monday – Wednesday (June 2-4).  Study guides will be posted on teachers’ Google Calendars by Wednesday, May 28.

    Here are the finals schedules for each grade. 

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  • 05/22/2014 Happy Memorial Day!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Silent & Live Auction: New York City

    A huge thank you is in order to everyone who helped make the Annunciation School Silent and Live Auction: New York City – such a success! Thanks to Courtney Steilen and Maranda McCarthy for their leadership, to all the volunteers who helped set up, take down, and run the event, to Jimmy Dunn for being the MC for the night, to all who attended and everyone who bid and donated that night. The auction’s success helps us continue to provide strong programs for our students at Annunciation School. We could not do it without your support! THANK YOU!

    Calendar 2014-15

    The initial calendar for next school year is now posted on the website with the major events and dates for start and end of school, holidays, conferences, etc. A more detailed calendar will be provided over the summer, but this calendar will provide you with the main dates for planning. A few notes or changes we have made for next year:

    Conferences 2014-15

    We have moved conferences earlier to be closer to the mid-trimester point so the students’ grades are not finalized yet and there is time for them to work to improve grades if needed before the end of the trimester. This will allow the conference time to be a good conversation between parents and teachers to help identify strengths and areas for growth. We also hope to have our fall testing results in time for conferences so there is good information to assist in the goal setting for each conference.

    We have changed the days off for conferences to only one day instead of two and have also added a second evening conference schedule to help accommodate our families. Conferences will be held on Wednesday after school. We will be in school on Thursday next year but will have a 1:00 dismissal so we can begin conferences earlier and still provide classes for students earlier in the day. Friday will be a day off.

    By having school on the second day of conferences, we have two non-teaching days that we are able to use during the year for staff development days for teacher workshops and planning. This time will be important for us to implement the goals and objectives we have identified for the coming year.

    Spring break will be during Easter week this year so it will include the Easter Monday day off.

    Last day of school 2015

    The last day of school will be on Thursday, June 4. On Friday, we will have a full day of staff meetings and planning on that final day of the week to help wrap up the year and set our goals for next year.

    Enjoy the Memorial weekend. Prayers and blessings to all who have served our country as we remember and honor them this weekend.

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  • 05/21/2014 Sweatshirt Order Form 2013-14


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  • 05/20/2014 2014-15 School Supplies


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    It's time to order your 2014-15 school supplies using the School Tool Box program.

    Use this link to order from May 19 - August 1.

    https://www.schooltoolbox.com/stbDirect/index.php?r=site/index

    Your school supplies from School Tool Box will be delivered directly to your home within 21 days of ordering.

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  • 05/16/2014 Live & Silent Auction – New York City:


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    The weekend is finally here! Saturday Night Live at Annunciation School! Join us for our live and silent auction – NEW YORK CITY!

    After months of planning, tons of volunteers are working hard to help make this event a success. The school is transforming as we speak into the “Big Apple” and is sure to offer a night of fun, many great auction items, fabulous entertainment and some surprises.

    Our thanks to Courtney Steilen and Maranda McCarthy for their leadership as chairs – and thanks also to the many helpful hands who are making the vision become real. Come and join in the fun while supporting a great cause - Annunciation School and students! Hope to see you there!

    Have you RSVP'd? Visit the official Live & Silent Auction New York City registration web site.

    Do you need to catch up and figure out what the Live & Silent Auction is all about this year?  Check out Maranday & Courtney's New York City blog.

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  • 05/15/2014 EARLY DISMISSAL June 6th and Extended Day IS OPEN


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    There will be an early dismissal from school on Friday, June 6th.  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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  • 05/09/2014 Rounding Up and Counting Down


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  • 05/09/2014 Computer Science Club Parent Volunteer Needed


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    A few middle school boys (Jack Holthusen, Peter Ortiz and Will Kurschner) have organized a computer science club. We are looking for a Virtus trained parent to hang out in the Annunciation Discovery Lab once a week from 2:30-3:30.

    Please contact Jack Holthusen, jackho2000@gmail.com

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  • 05/09/2014 Summer Tutoring Opportunities


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    This is a list of Annunciation teachers available for tutoring this summer 2014.  There are many opportunities for all grade level of students across subject areas.  If you need more information, please contact Heather Zerull, Learning Specialist at Annunciation hzerull@annunciationmsp.org.

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  • 05/05/2014 Battle of the Books Summer 2014


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    Last summer we had 90 – yes, 90 Annunciation students participate in Battle of the Books.

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  • 05/02/2014 8th Graders are Visited by Author, Geoff Herbach


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    On April 25th, the eighth graders had the opportunity to spend time with guest author, Geoff Herbach. The students just finished reading his novel, Stupid Fast, and were excited to talk to him about it and the craft of writing.

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  • 04/30/2014 Icon Art in the Auditorium


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    Annunciation School now houses three beautiful icons from the original Church of the Visitation.  We will be having a special blessing of the icons and prayer service in the school auditorium on Tuesday May 6th at 1:45 p.m.  Please join us.  The auditorium has a rich history as the first church for Annunciation parish and today is the scene of much activity and important events throughout the year.  The icons are a beautiful addition to the school and are so perfect for a school that has Mary as its patron saint.

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  • 04/25/2014 Alleluia! He is Risen!


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    Our preschool students shared the good news this week that Jesus is risen! We celebrate the good news during this Easter season. Spring brings new life, flowers blooming, green grass and busy school days! As we look to begin our last month of school next week, the calendar is filed with many learning activities, extra attention to meeting academic goals, field trips, events and more! It is a blessed time of year.

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  • 04/25/2014 Teacher Appreciation Week


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  • 04/24/2014 Annunciation Student Ambassadors


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    Congratulations to our newly selected Annunciation Student Ambassadors!  These students represent Annunciation well and live out the school mission in their social, academic, and spiritual development.  The Annunciation Student Ambassadors commit to make a strong positive impact on our community life, both within the school and in welcoming visitors.  Candidates were selected based on a written application, personal interview, academic standing, and teachers’ input. ....

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  • 04/22/2014 MS Spring Dance Details


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    The Spring Dance is coming up on Thursday, April 24, and the student council would appreciate your help in providing the food and beverages for the occasion. Below are some food and beverage recommendations. Please have your child bring in any food or beverage donations to their homebase by Thursday morning.

    The 8th grade students will be making a playlist of songs for the dance, so students can turn in any song suggestions to the student council by Thursday morning.

    Finally, Thursday is also an opportunity for students in grades 5-8 to be out of uniform if they bring in a dollar, which will help the student council’s efforts to raise money for purchasing monitors near the front office and in the foyer.

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  • 04/17/2014 Happy Easter


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

    “God our Father, during these special three days, hope us to honor the gift of your Son, who showed us how to love. Guide us to be compassionate with others as we move toward the Feast of the Resurrection. Amen”

    Annunciation School community wishes you a blessed Holy Week and Happy Easter.

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  • 04/16/2014 Feed My Starving Children


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    On Tuesday, April 29th 6-2 will be going to Feed My Starving Children to pack meals.  In order for us to go we will need seven parents to join us for supervision at the facility.  Please consider helping us.  If you do choose to help chaperone, we will need you at the facility by 9:30am until about noon.  You are welcome to ride the bus with us from school, or meet us at the facility.  The students will leave Annunciation at 9am.  We are working at the Eagan location, located at 990 Lone Oak Road, Suite 136, Eagan MN 55121.  Please let Guy Olson know if you are able to help chaperone. 

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  • 04/11/2014 Spring is Here!


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    The snow is finally melting and the sunshine is warm! Spring is here and that means our final stretch of the school year is ahead. Next week marks the mid-point for our last trimester of the 2013-2014 school year. With only 8 weeks or so to go, we have lots to do in a short amount of time! Here are some of the notable events coming:

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  • 04/11/2014 Saint Thomas Academy Cadet Camp


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    We invite you to join us for our two-week, morning camp! Learn to make a movie or write a book with an iPad; participate in hands-on explorations of the scientific world; create your own works of art in the ceramic studio. Camp sessions available in June, July and August for boys and girls entering grades 3-6. Learn more about this camp and others at Cadets.com/Camps.

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  • 04/11/2014 8th grade surveys


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    Information regarding 8th grade students surveys....

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  • 04/11/2014 Middle School News April 11


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    A new MS specific section of the Annunciationmsp.org web site and an update on standardized tests...

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  • 04/08/2014 MS Breakfast with Principal Cassidy


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    Save the date!  Join Principal Cassidy on Thursday, April 10, for a special middle school edition of Breakfast with the Principal.  Mrs. Cassidy will address all things middle school and answer any questions.  The breakfast will take place in the school library, from 8:05am-9:00am.  Further details to follow.  We hope to see you there!

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  • 04/07/2014 April SCRIP Fundraising


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    April order deadline is April 10th.

    Start thinking about Spring planting. Bachman's Scrip earns Annunciation 15%!!

    For more information go to the 'Parents'

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  • 03/28/2014 Principal Cassidy’s News & Notes


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    Accreditation Visit is Complete!

    Our visit for accreditation renewal was completed on Thursday afternoon. The visit team spent over 3 days interviewing staff, students, and parents, visiting classrooms, reviewing our self-study, onsite documentation and our strategic plan. It was a wonderful week with our visitors here and a chance to share our story.

    The team passed on their thanks to the APO for hosting their visit and to staff and the whole community for making them feel welcome and sharing information with them. The visit team does not make any final determination of renewal, but did pass on some thoughts before they left.

    Overall, the team was greatly impressed by the incredibly vibrant and supportive community. They could sense this and heard from so many at the school, new families and long-time families, that this is part of what makes our school special. The team also gave high praise to the school for the consultative and thorough process used to prepare for the MNSAA renewal.   From the self-study to the strategic plan, they were impressed with the involvement of so many within the community and the attention paid to making sure the plan was represented the whole school. In addition, they commented on the thoughtful process used to address our school’s mission. The mission statement is clearly lived here and was taken apart and addressed by each section to represent each dimension and how we live this out in our school. The team felt that many people participated in creating the self-study, strategic plan, and mission to make it a very authentic process.

    The team’s report will be submitted to the MNSAA board for review at their next meeting in May. Shortly after, we will receive their decision and summary of the visit. This summary will highlight strengths they noted as well as areas for improvement. Moving forward, we will use the strategic plan and summary report as our living document to guide our improvement efforts for the future of the school.

    It is an exciting and exhaustive process. The journey allows us to see what we do well and also where we need to improve. Having people from outside of our school community reflect and provide feedback also gives us a good perspective. All of these efforts are meant to create the strongest Catholic education for our children.

    Thanks to ALL who participated or supported this work in any way. We appreciate your time, talent, and prayers. As a community, we live our mission and once again come together to carry on our tradition of academic rigor, spiritual enrichment, and leadership development.

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  • 03/28/2014 Vacation Bible School Update


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    Elementary Camp is full, Preschool has openings, and we are looking for Youth Volunteers!.....

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  • 03/27/2014 Phyllis Sheehan


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    On Tuesday evening the Feast of Annunciation the founder of Mission Haiti Inc. Phyllis Sheehan departed this earth to be reunited with her husband Don in Heaven.

    For those of you who do not know Phyllis she was a pillar of Annunciation and dedicated her life both spiritually and in time and talents to her Parish. She was the President of the Annunciation Council of Catholic Woman for many years (Projects completed under her leadership include but not limited to Church kitchen renovation and Community room renovation) Parish Trustee, Minister of the Year and Annunciation life time achievement  award winner. She was a Champion for social justice with her dedication to the poor. She is the reason why Annunciation has a Parish Mission in Leogane, Haiti. Phyllis’s funeral will be here at Annunciation on Saturday 3/29/2014, please contact the parish office for more information.

    Read Phyllis Sheehan's obituary.

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  • 03/27/2014 Improv Letter March 27


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    Have you read seen the Improv Letter sent via email on March 27th?  Read the letter here for information on scheduling and the Improv class' progress so far.

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  • 03/25/2014 MS News


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    Happy Spring!  It was wonderful to see so many of you at conferences.  Working together to ensure our students’ success strengthens this caring community.  Thank you for your support.

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  • 03/21/2014 Accreditation Visit is here!


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    After two years of preparation, completion of community surveys, the self-study and the strategic plan, we will host our site visit to finalize the accreditation renewal process next week. Hopefully, you are all aware of the process we have been engaged in and the visit next week which will be the final chapter in this important process of self-reflection and affirmation of our strengths, challenges and opportunities for growth.

    The team will be spending 3 days in the school visiting classrooms, interviewing teachers and students, parent leaders, and also contacting parents for feedback as well. During the visit, the team will be validating our story, confirming what we have said in our self-study narratives and our strategic plan. This information will be added to their written report which is sent to the MNSAA Association and presented to the board for final approval. The MNSAA board will convene in May to review our application. We should hear the results sometime in June. This information will be shared with our community once it is received.

    The exciting result of this process is our strategic plan. You can review the objectives for the plan as presented at the last Principal Breakfast.  The plan will be our guide for the future improvement work we do and help us define our vision for the future of Annunciation School. Our plan is vibrant, exciting, and holds us to high standards, as we would expect for our community. I look forward to working with staff, students, parents, and community members over the next several years to launch this plan and make it a reality. In the end, our goal is to continue the tradition of academic excellence, spiritual enrichment, and leadership development that Annunciation School is known for – while adapting to the changing landscape of education today so we can be sure we are providing the strongest Catholic education for our students now and in the future.

    Thank you for the support and prayers you have given during this process. We look forward to a great visit next week and our final report in the months ahead. If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact me.  

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  • 03/19/2014 Feast of the Annunciation Mass


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    Families, you are very cordially invited to attend the all-school Mass on the Feast of the Annunciation, Tuesday March 25th at 8:15 a.m. in church.  First grade will be doing the readings and prayers.  Afterwards, please join us for coffee downstairs in the Community Room.

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  • 03/19/2014 Improv Gala Coordinator


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    We are looking for a sixth grade parent to help coordinate the Improv Gala on May 1.  Sixth grade parents staff this event; all the food and supplies will be provided.  The coordinator would be the point person for recruiting and scheduling volunteers.  If you are interested, please contact Christine Kelash (ckelash@annunciationmsp.org) for further details.  Thank you so much!

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  • 03/12/2014 Drop-off and Pick-up


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    Drop-off and Pick-up

    To help create a safe and efficient procedure for drop-off and pick-up, we are sending home a packet with a new number card for each family along with a few reminders about the process. If each person helps by following the procedure, we will have a faster and safer car pool line for students and families.

    Please review the procedures (see page 16 of the handbook) and use the number card for all pick-ups. This helps move the line along quicker. Thanks for your help!

    A few notes of importance:

    The car pool line is ONLY for parents dropping off or picking up students immediately. Once children are dropped off or picked up, please exit the car pool line.
    If you need to unbuckle children, get extra items out of the car, or take any extra time, please park and walk children to the entry area, using the crosswalk.
    Always pull forward as far as possible for all drop-off and pick-ups.
    Use the crosswalk area when walking to or from the parking lot.
    All children MUST walk with an adult. No child can run through the carpool lines to the lot.
    Students waiting to be picked up must wait in the south foyer of the school. This area is supervised by teachers for this purpose. Students should not wait in the church foyer for pick up.
    All students must be picked up within 15-20 minutes of dismissal. If you need to pick up your child later on a regular basis, please contact Jeff Wisdom to arrange for extended care.

    Please be patient and respectful of our neighbors and fellow parents/families and staff. We work hard to provide appropriate supervision and to move the carpool line as quickly as possible. By following the process, we can successfully clear the lot in adequate time.

    Thank you for your assistance in creating a safe and efficient space for our students each day. We appreciate your help!

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  • 03/12/2014 Regional History Day Competition


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    Congratulations to the following sixth graders who were selected to participate in the regional History Day competition! 

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  • 03/07/2014 MNSAA Accreditation visit is coming!


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  • 03/06/2014 Annunciation Middle School Student Ambassadors


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    We are thrilled to announce the implementation of an exciting new program in the Annunciation Middle School, Student Ambassadors.  For this pilot group, we will select 12-15 exemplary students (4-5 per grade) to initiate the efforts to be positive representatives of the Annunciation community...

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  • 03/05/2014 Principal Cassidy’s Breakfast Presentation


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    Principal Cassidy's Breakfast Presentation

    On February 27th Principal Cassidy addressed school parents with the intent to continue to build our communication and provide an update regarding the school. The presentation is available below...

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  • 03/02/2014 Winter Conferences Time is Coming!


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    "Encourage each other and build each other up".

    CONFERENCE TIME IS COMING - MARCH 12-13, 2014

    A key component of any successful school is the partnership with parents. We hold this as a priority and continue to seek ways to improve communication and expand the partnership.

    Twice a year, we take time off of school to host our parent teacher conferences. These are important and give us the chance to meet face to face and discuss each child's progress along with ways to keep learning and growth going.

    This winter, we are offering two evening conference sessions to better accommodate schedules of working families. Please make time to schedule a conference with each child's teacher. You can access the online sign up to schedule time. We look forward to seeing you then.

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  • 02/28/2014 New York City: Annunciation Live & Silent Auction 2014


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    Click on the logo below to take you to the 2014 Auction Website

    ANNUNCIATION LIVE & SILENT AUCTION
    SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014

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  • 02/28/2014 Travel Different Countries at Annunciation School’s Carnaval


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    Join us at this festival that precedes the beginning of Lent on Tuesday, March 4th, 2014 from 10:30am - 2:00 pm in the school auditorium.
    Tour the regions of El Salvador, Brazil, Greece, Korea, Australia, Czech Republic, Eritrea, Peru, and Lebanon.
    Sample food, try your hand at games, or just relax and enjoy the fun.
    Shop at the International Marketplace.
    Tour the school, view the costumes and see what the children are learning about the different countries.

    Any questions please call the school office: 612-823-4394

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