News & Events

  • 05/19/2018 2nd Annual “Let God Set Free” Retreat, June 8-9: Two Ways You Can Help!


    Church News

    "Every human being, man, woman, boy and girl, is made in God’s image.  Therefore, we declare on each and every one of our creeds that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity.”  Pope Francis  Jan. 2015

    2ndAnnual “Let God Set Free”Retreat, June 8-9: Two Ways You Can Help!

    In June of 2017, we held our 1st Annual “Let God Set Free” Retreat for those who staff the organization called Breaking Free, which does outreach and provides services to victims of sex trafficking. At that time many Annunciation parishioners wrote care and support notes to those who came to this retreat. The retreatants were amazed that people whom they had never met would write to them by name and tell of their prayer and personal sacrifice for them during their retreat. One year later they still display the notes they received in their work cubicles. 

    We will conduct our 2nd Annual “Let God Set Free” Retreat June 8-9, at the Carondelet Center in St. Paul. Our planning committee, made up of the Carondelet Peace and Justice Center, members of the Congregation of St. Joseph, and several volunteers, invites you to contribute personal notes for these women to receive during the Friday evening prayer time of their retreat. 

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  • 05/18/2018 Announcing Battle of the Books Summer 2018


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    What is it?  

    The ‘Battle’ is designed to enhance reading comprehension and breadth of reading in a fun, informative way.  Books included on the reading lists have been carefully read and selected by literacy leaders across the nation.  The books are selected for their high interest level, challenging vocabulary, reading levels and appropriate content. The books are purposefully selected to expose students to a variety of genres, quality authors, diverse races/cultures and historical eras.

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  • 05/18/2018 U.S. Academic Triathlon Team Wins at State Tournament


    School Events, Weekender

    ​A team of five 6th graders from Annunciation School has won second place at the 2018 Minnesota U.S. Academic Triathlon State Tournament, held recently at Woodbury Middle School, Woodbury, MN. Johnny, William, Fletcher, Ozzie and Charlie were coached by Julie Steege, middle school math teacher.

    During the Tournament, the team wrote, produced, and performed a skit with just 40 minutes to write and rehearse. The topic was “Monster in the House,” and students had to come up with a modern take on a classic story element. Students participated in a “Face-Off!,” a round of questions from history and math to literature and consumer issues; and rotated among three challenging “Mind Sprint”  problems, testing their verbal, critical, and creative problem-solving skills. The team has been practicing since last fall.

    Nearly 175 teams, grades 5-8, participated in U.S. Academic Triathlon this year in Minnesota alone. U.S. Academic Triathlon (USAT) is an academic and creativity competition aimed at fostering divergent thinking and building teamwork skills. USAT is a charter member of the Synergy & Leadership Exchange. To learn more about USAT, visit www.usacademictriathlon.com.    

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  • 05/18/2018 Living Up to Our Potentiality


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    At the start of school, we launched our new “Potentiality” campaign. Our mission calls us to educate and develop the whole child – bringing out their true “Potentiality” as children created uniquely by God to do something special in our world. This has been the focus for all we do at Annunciation – our training, teaching, planning and praying.

    As we near the end of the school year, I have been able to witness some amazing moments when I have seen the true potential of each child soar! Whether it is the 8th graders from the Washington D.C. trip who made a video to share with students from Mexico to teach them about Minnesota, to the kindergarteners sharing their learning about habitats or “wants and needs”, to the 5th graders teaching all of us important things through their Exhibition projects – all of these moments highlighted more than just learning content – it showcased that the students were learning about life. As I stop and talk to students or see them in their classrooms, I am struck by how they are now taking what they learn and seeing how this can make them better people.

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  • 05/18/2018 Painted Lady Butterfly Release in 1st Grade


    School Events, Weekender

    First graders watched Painted Lady Butterflies change through their life cycle from chrysalis to butterfly. And even though they were sad to let them go, they released them back into the wild this week.

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  • 05/18/2018 Spring Piano Recitals & Performances


    School Events, Weekender

    Students have been working hard in lessons and rehearsals for their recitals Tuesday, May 22nd 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. 

    Performers are asked to change into recital wardrobe at school before they play.  Grades will be divided by level to accommodate space and school schedules. 

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  • 05/18/2018 Lunch Room News


    Weekender

    Thanks to all who made this a successful lunch program this year! We will putting together a menu for next year, that will include several choices, so stay tuned for that menu in August.

    As we wrap up the year, please make sure your family account balance is at a positive or zero balance. If it is not, please make a payment before May 25th. When making a payment, please add the amount of lunches or milk your child will be purchasing for the rest of the month.

    Finally, the last day of the lunch program, including milk, will be May 25th.

    If you have any questions, please email me!

    Anne Stickney, astickney@annunciationmsp.org

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  • 05/18/2018 Astronaut Lands at Annunciation for a Special Visit


    School Events, Weekender

    On May the 4th, we were very blessed to have astronaut, Kjell Lindgren, visit our school!

    He gave two inspiring presentations to our students. Both presentations featured a video of his journey and time at the International Space Station.

    After the presentations, he visited all of the individual grades for questions and class photos. Students and staff even received signed photos of Kjell in his astronaut suit.

    We also learned some fun facts about astronaut, Kjell Lindgren. 

    A special thank you to Amy Smith for all her hard work supporting APO to get Kjell here!  

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  • 05/18/2018 5th Annual School Supply Drive


    School Events, Weekender

    It’s time to kick off Annunciation’s 5th Annual School Supply Drive!

    Let’s make this our best School Supply Drive yet!  Please know that all donations are VOLUNTARY; no need to give up your lucky pencil! 

    Here are some important things to keep in mind as you plan any donations:

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  • 05/18/2018 School Tool Box School Supplies


    School Events, Weekender

    It’s time to order SCHOOL TOOL BOXES for the 2018-19 School Year!

    Top 5 Reasons to order your child a tool box:

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  • 05/15/2018 We’re Hiring: Spanish Teacher


    School Events, Weekender

    Annunciation School is a vibrant, Catholic school serving students from preschool through 8th grade. We are seeking a qualified, passionate Spanish teacher for elementary and middle school. The Spanish teacher works with the classroom teachers and staff to provide strong academic and educational experience to our students. 

    As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation is looking for teachers who use inquiry instruction and student-focused activities to engage students in meaningful learning activities that meet the needs of a diverse group of students. We are seeking teachers who are open-minded, life-long learners and bring a global perspective to the learning experience.  As an IB school, Annunciation’s Spanish program is in integral part of our program. The opportunity to integrate the Spanish language into the school’s curriculum and throughout the school is a priority.  Collaboration with core teachers and specialists is critical to our success. 

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  • 05/14/2018 National Math Challenge Contest Results


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    In early April, 30 Annunciation students in grades 2-5 participated in the National Math Challenge Contest. 

    This Math Contest is a national contest for elementary students. The goal of the competition is to encourage students' interest in math, to develop their problem-solving skills, and to inspire them to excel in math. 

    More than 33,000 students representing 772 schools across the country took part in this spring’s contest.  

    The following students are our Annunciation School Team Leaders

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  • 05/11/2018 Welcome, Mr. LeTellier!


    School Events, Weekender

    Andrew LeTellier is delighted to bring his passion for reading and writing to the Annunciation middle school team. He comes to us from Seattle, WA, where he has been teaching 7th Grade ELA at Saint Joseph School, writing stories, hiking plenty, and wishing he were a sailor.

    Through the University of Portland’s PACE (Pacific Alliance for Catholic Education) program, he received a Masters of Education, a Reading Endorsement, and also met his wife, a Minnesota native. Now, as they move closer to family, Andrew looks forward to his new life in the Twin Cities, where he hopes to enkindle a love of reading and writing in every student he teaches, and maybe, one day, finally learn to sail.

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  • 05/11/2018 Early Dismissal


    School Events, Weekender

    Annunciation Extended Day Program is Open

    There will be an early dismissal from School on Thursday, May 31st.  School will be let out at 12:30p.m.  Extended day will be open from 12:30p.m.-6:00p.m.

    On Thursday, May 31st, the children coming to Extended Day will need to bring a bag lunch which will be eaten with their class during field day.  There will not be hot lunch or milk served on this day.  We will be staying on school grounds

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

    Please dress the children appropriately.  We will be going outside in the afternoon.

    REGISTRATION IS DUE TUESDAY, MAY 29th, BY 6:00 P.M.

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  • 05/11/2018 The Home Stretch


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Happy Spring! We survived our long winter and are enjoying the warmer, sunnier days. As we approach the final weeks of the school year, we also take this time to reflect on the past year and share our successes. Last night, we hosted the State of the School where we reviewed our strategic plan and vision, shared some of the highlights, and celebrated our achievements.

    Through our strategic vision, Annunciation Catholic School has been on a course that is unique to our school. Our journey to become an IB World School has transformed our teaching and learning. You can be proud of the growth and the choice you have made for your children and family. We are excited about the goals we have accomplished, but even more excited about what lies ahead.

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  • 05/11/2018 Wiffle Ball Spirit Wear


    School Events, Weekender

    The online store for all things Wiffle Ball is NOW OPEN!

    This is a special link, separate from the Identity Stores link on the school's website:

    Store Link: https://identitystores.com/Stores/StoreFront.aspx?StoreId=3318

    Teams, get your Wiffle Ball apparel ordered in time for delivery for the School's Out Tournament, May 31st- June 3rd. The online store is ONLY available NOW through MIDNIGHT, MONDAY, MAY 14th!! To ensure delivery by May 30th!!!

    If you have any questions, please contact:

    Jennifer Davis
    mndavisfamily@gmail.com

    Thank you!

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  • 05/08/2018 School’s Out Wiffle Ball Tournament


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    Registration is Now Open for the School's Out Tournament!

    The School's Out Tournament will be May 31st - June 3rd, 2018. 

    REGISTER ONLINE

    Wiffle Ball apparel store is now open!   Orders must be placed by midnight on Monday, May 14.

    The Annunciation Wiffle Ball tournaments are open to all ages and is not limited to the Annunciation Community. You play a minimum of 2 games. Bragging rights are at stake...as well as a picture with the traveling trophy. No fastballs are allowed. Junk can be served on a platter. Sliding is allowed, bunting is not, and no infield fly rule either. Trees are always out of play resulting in a dead ball. There is a home run fence, score board and lights for when the sun goes down. Balls, bats and volunteer umpires are provided.

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  • 05/08/2018 Rummage Sale 2018


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    Recycling Since 1947

    For one week in June, Annunciation transforms its school to an "institution of higher earning" at the annual Rummage Sale. Donate your gently used treasures or volunteer your time and talents to support this long-running community event.

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  • 05/08/2018 18th Annual Annunciation Golf Classic


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    Friday, June 15th, 2018

    Boulder Pointe Golf Course - Elko, Minnesota
    Registration Begins Noon
    Shotgun Start 1:00 PM
    $125 Men & Women

    Registration Includes: Green fees, golf cart, dinner & awards.

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  • 05/04/2018 Always Learning


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annunciation, we strive to prepare students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them.

    As a staff, we are committed to being lifelong learners.    

    This past weekend several staff members participated in a three-day International Baccalaureate professional development conference. Staff attended sessions including: Developing the Primary Years Program, Nurturing Creativity, and Pedagogical Leadership. We were learners along side over 400 International Baccalaureate educators from all over the world.

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  • 05/04/2018 Sagrada Familia Quilt Presentation


    School Events, Weekender

    Second graders were recognized at the all school mass this past Thursday where Fr. Park blessed their religious artifacts. We also held a small reception after mass and presented a quilt to Sagrada Familia. The quilt was created by 2nd graders during their First Communion preparations. 

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  • 05/04/2018 Working Hard on 5th Grade Exhibition


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    What is IB Exhibition? Fifth graders’ opportunity to demonstrate their learning throughout elementary school.

    Fifth grade students have been working very hard, colloborating in groups, to learn as much as they can about their given topic. The students are using all of the thinking, researching, synthesizing and social skills they have gathered from kindergarten through 5th grade to pull these extensive projects together. We are excited to view them at IB Exhibition on May 16 & 17!

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  • 05/04/2018 8th Graders in Washington D.C.


    School Events, Weekender

    Eighth graders have enjoyed their week visiting all of what Washington, D.C. has to offer! Here is a photo of the students at The Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial and in front of The White House.

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  • 05/04/2018 The Butterfly Life Cycle


    School Events, Weekender

    This week first graders explored life cycles and observed the life cycle of a butterfly with our very own caterpillars. Our favorite part of the week was finding books about caterpillars and butterflies to read to them.

    Mrs. Mullinax
    1st grade teacher

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  • 04/27/2018 Prayer Wall Blessing


    School Events, Weekender

    ​On Friday morning, Father Park joined staff members, Mr. Nixon and their daughter, Julianne, to bless the prayer wall we have created to honor and remember Mrs. Nixon, former 2nd grade teacher, who passed away unexpectedly this January.

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  • 04/27/2018 Improv Class of 2018


    School Events, Weekender

    One of the most outstanding events at Annunciation is Improv. It’s pretty amazing that we have over 90% of our seventh and eighth graders participate in an AFTER school elective!

    Congratulations to this year's cast and crew of Improv! Their show, "Somewhere", will have its last run tonight. We are so proud of you for all that you put into the show. A very special thank you goes to the esteemed directors of the show, Mrs. Mary Strickland, Mrs. Sandy Nesvig and Ms. Lorissa Letwin!

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  • 04/27/2018 First Holy Communion


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to all of the Annunciation 2nd graders on their First Holy Communion last Sunday...and their 2nd Holy Communion at the all school mass this past Thursday!

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  • 04/27/2018 3rd Grade MN Zoo Field Trip


    School Events, Weekender

    The third grade went to the MN Zoo to inquire about inherited and acquired traits and special adaptations that animals have to survive, reproduce and grow in their environment.


    Danielle Crowley & Anne Marie Urick, 3rd grade teachers

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  • 04/27/2018 Preschool Circus


    School Events, Weekender

    The Annunciation LADC preschool students had their annual Circus last week and for the first time they performed on the school stage!

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  • 04/27/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - April


    School Events, International Baccalaureate

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for April!

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  • 04/27/2018 A Clear Vision for Our Future


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Annunciation is blessed to have almost 100 years of Catholic education to thousands of children from South Minneapolis and surrounding communities. In this time, Annunciation has always sought to create a school that fits the needs of the students to help them be the person God has called them to be.

    In recent years, we have had the opportunity, through our strategic planning process, to once again seek the best way to educate our children for today. It is important to have a clear vision for our future and our strategic plan gives us that vision. It is also important to be able to communicate that well, so people know what we are all about. Our mission statement helps provide that message.

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  • 04/24/2018 SH Grand Finale


    AYM (Youth Group)

    When: Sunday, May 6th, 2018, 6:30-9:30PM
    Where: Annunciation Church / Grand Slam
    Cost: $30.00 (Includes Transportation, Admission and Dinner)

    Let's celebrate the end of the year at Grand Slam!
    Batting cages, Arcade games, Laser tag and Mini Golf!

    How Do I Register?
    Register Online

    Questions: Call Jimmy at 612-824-9993 x243 or email: jdunn@annunciationmsp.org

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  • 04/21/2018 The Plant Sale is this weekend


    Church News

    The Respect Life Plant Sale is this weekend. If plants are available, stop after the 5:00 Mass on Saturday or after the 9:30 Mass on Sunday.
    Come and buy a plant or a hanging basket for your mother or grandmother on this Mother's Day weekend. Proceeds from the sale will be donated to our two life care centers,
    and a few other "life" organizations. Thank you for supporting "life."

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  • 04/20/2018 JH Grand Finale


    AYM (Youth Group), Church News

    When: Friday, May 18th, 2018, 6:00-10:00PM
    Where: Annunciation Church / Grand Slam
    Cost: $30.00 (Includes Transportation, Admission and Dinner)

    Let's celebrate the end of the year at Grand Slam!
    Batting cages, Arcade games, Laser tag and Mini Golf!

    How Do I Register?:
    Register Online

    Questions: Call Jimmy at 612-824-9993 x243 or email: jim.dunn@annunciationmsp.org

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  • 04/20/2018 “The students are amazing, well spoken, and curious”


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Dear Annunciation Parents,

    The community of Annunciation set forth a vision to “Position Annunciation as a Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child”.  Over the last few years, the staff have collaborated as teams to take risks, learn new things, expand our experiences, grow and develop our teaching skills – all to help our children become the people God has called them to be – reaching their full “Potentiality”.

    This week, we took a major step in our journey of being a Catholic leader in education with our International Baccalaureate authorization visit. The team spent two days here at school to experience our school and look for evidence of the standards of best practices set to create a strong, student-centered inquiring environment – ultimately to bring out the best in our students! They visited classrooms, walked the halls, met with teachers and staff, talked to students, met with parent groups, student groups, and staff teams.

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  • 04/20/2018 Student Perspective on Becoming an International Baccalaureate School


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    This week an Authorization Team from the International Baccalaureate visited our school to learn about the changes that have occurred since our candidacy as an IB Candidate School.

    The team interviewed a group of 3rd and 5th grade students to hear their perspective.  I was fortunate enough to sit in on the interview. Below are just some of their comments.

    "How has your school changed since becoming an IB school?"

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  • 04/20/2018 Trivia Night Supports Creative Arts Program


    School Events, Weekender

    Thank you to all of the Annunciation Trivia teams. We did a GREAT job raising money for our Creative Arts program. Keep studying your trivia facts to get ready for next year!

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  • 04/20/2018 Staff Appreciation Week


    School Events, Weekender

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  • 04/16/2018 6th Grade Welcome Party


    AYM (Youth Group), Church News, Weekender

    It is time to join youth group!

    The junior high leadership team has planned a fun-filled evening of silly games, funny skits, wacky relays and bowling for fabulous prizes!
    Current 6th graders, this is a night you do not want to miss!

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  • 04/14/2018 Save the Date for This Opportunity!


    Church News

    Here at Annunciation Parish we will have a wonderful opportunity for parents and grandparents on Sunday, April 29th, as we welcome Judy Cozzens, the mother of Bishop Andrew Cozzens, to Annunciation. 

    Judy will share with us the amazing story of how she chose life, and how today we are all the beneficiaries of this choice she made. Her presentation is entitled, “Tips for Sharing Our Faith in Our Families”, will be from 11:00 to noon, In the Community Room, following our 9:30 Mass. Coffee and treats will be served.

    In order to make it easier for parents to come, childcare will also be provided. You are most welcome to join us! 

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  • 04/13/2018 We’re Hiring: Substitute Teachers


    School Events, Weekender

    Job Description

    We are seeking temporary substitute teachers throughout the course of each school year. These substitute teaching positions are responsible for teaching Grades K-5 core curriculum and Grades 6, 7 & 8 specific core subjects (Math, Science, Social Studies, ELA, Religion, Spanish) – depending on for which grade a substitute is needed. 

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  • 04/13/2018 We’re Hiring: 5th Grade Teacher


    School Events, Weekender

    Job Description

    We are seeking a qualified, enthusiastic and passionate teacher to join our school community. The 5th grade teacher will be part of a collaborative team, helping create a positive, engaging environment for learning. As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation is looking for teachers who use inquiry instruction and student-focused activities to engage students in meaningful learning activities that meet the needs of a diverse group of students. IB teachers are open-minded, life-long learners who bring a global perspective to the learning experience. Collaboration with the team of teachers and specialists is critical to our success. 

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  • 04/13/2018 English Language Arts/Learning Support Spclst


    School Events, Weekender

    Job Description

    Annunciation School is a vibrant, Catholic school serving students from preschool through 8th grade. 

    We are seeking a qualified, passionate middle school ELA and Learning Supports teacher. As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation is looking for teachers who use inquiry instruction and student-focused activities to engage students in meaningful learning activities that meet the needs of a diverse group of students. We are seeking teachers who are open-minded, life-long learners and bring a global perspective to the learning experience. Collaboration with the team of teachers and specialists is critical to our success.

    The ELA/Learning Supports teacher will provide instruction to 6th graders in English Language Arts as part of the ELA teaching team. In addition, this position will work with the administrative team and learning specialist to help oversee and support students with learning needs. We are seeking a teacher with leadership skills, experience with IEP/504 plans, interventions and supports for students with diverse learning styles. Experience with ELL and ability to communicate in Spanish is preferred, but not required.
     

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  • 04/13/2018 IB Authorization Visit is Coming!


    International Baccalaureate, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Several years ago, our school completed the re-accreditation process through MNSAA. The accreditation happens every 7 years and provides an opportunity for schools to reflect on every aspect of our school and also create a strategic plan for the next 7 years – focusing on school improvement. After a year of reflection and planning, meeting with parents, parishioners, staff and students, Annunciation created our strategic plan.

    In 2014, we began the journey. The first objective of our new plan was to:

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  • 04/13/2018 We’re Hiring: Middle School Math Teacher


    School Events, Weekender

    Annunciation School is a vibrant, Catholic school serving students from preschool through 8th grade. We are seeking a qualified, passionate middle school math teacher. The math teacher works with the middle school team and math teaching partner to provide strong academic and educational experience to our students.  

    As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation is looking for teachers who use inquiry instruction and student-focused activities to engage students in meaningful learning activities that meet the needs of a diverse group of students. We are seeking teachers who are open-minded, life-long learners and bring a global perspective to the learning experience. Collaboration with the team of teachers and specialists is critical to our success.

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  • 04/13/2018 WANTED: Annunciation School Council Members!


    School Events, Weekender

    Attention parents, are you interested in joining the Annunciation School Council?  We are currently seeking new members to join for the 2018-2019 school year!

    Areas of specific need include:

    Technology
    Campus Environment and Facilities
    Marketing/Events/Creative/Graphics
    Finance

    If you are willing to serve and share your talents and expertise by helping to guide and implement key school initiatives, please email Alison Golla (agolla98@gmail.com) or Allison O’Brien (obrienfamily4432@yahoo.com) for more information.

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  • 04/13/2018 Student Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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 two car pool number cards 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 Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Map (below) and use the number card for all pick-ups. This helps move the line along quicker. Thanks for your help!

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  • 04/07/2018 Thanks for the Soup!


    Church News

    During our Lenten Season, on Friday evenings before Stations of the Cross, we have been able to share the company of fellow parishioners while enjoying a variety of delicious homemade soups that were donated by those who served them.

    Thanks to Shawn Leighton, Joan Moffatt, Lorna Taketa, Tina Ham Peterson and Ric Peterson, Patrice Krocheski-Meyer, Tim and Annette Gagliardi, Stephanie Miller, Cathy Dolan and Bob Healy for donating, cooking, serving and cleaning up!

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  • 04/07/2018 Diapers for Haiti


    Church News

    The Respect Life Ministry supports two life care centers, Tandem and St. Stephen's, and there is always a need for diapers. The Respect Life Ministry has made a donation to Mission Haiti, Inc. for diapers, as they also need diapers. If you would like to support Mission Haiti and their need for diapers, write out a check to Mission Haiti, Inc., and on the memo line write: For diapers. Put it in an envelope and drop it off in the collection basket or in the business office. This will help the Missionaries of Charity as they care for babies. Thanks for supporting life.

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  • 04/06/2018 Caring for God’s Creation – A Wonderful Opportunity in Our Neighborhood


    Church News

    On Sunday, April 15, from 5-7 p.m., Mount Olivet Church will host a dinner and conversation with Paul Douglas.

    Many will recognize Paul as a meteorologist with more than 35 years of TV and radio experience in the Twin Cities area. Paul Douglas was one of the presenters at a symposium on Climate Change following the publication of Pope Francis’ Laudato Si, that was co-sponsored by the Minnesota Catholic Conference, the University of St. Thomas, and the Catholic Rural Life Conference on September 14, 2015.

    Paul will discuss the 2016 book Caring for Creation which he co-authored with Mitch Hescox. Bridging science and faith, he will show how Christians can take the lead in caring for God's Creation through realistic solutions that reflect our beliefs. From personal to global issues, he will show us ways we can act to protect our families, enhance our communities, and wisely steward the resources God has given us. View the flyer.

    The registration deadline is this weekend, Sunday, April 8th and there is a charge of $10. Visit: www.mtolivet.org/care/creation-care to register.

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  • 03/31/2018 Relevant Radio 1330 AM


    Church News

    Relevant Radio 1330 AM is Talk Radio for Catholic Life in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.

    The Rediscover Hour is on Friday evenings from 9:00 - 10:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, and Sunday 9:00 - 10:00 am.

    "Living the Gospel of Life" airs on Saturday morning from 11:30 am - Noon.

    Tune in to Relevant Radio 1330AM or listen online at www.relevantradio1330.com.

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  • 03/30/2018 Respect Life Ministry Plant Sale


    Church News

    It is time for the Annual Spring Flower/Plant Sale at Annunciation Church.  This year the sale is timed as a help for Mother’s Day.  So many of us buy plants and hanging flower baskets for our mothers and grandmothers. Order here and avoid standing in line at crowded garden centers on Mother’s Day weekend!   



     

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  • 03/29/2018 The School was Alive with Music


    School Events, Weekender

    Music in Our Schools Month

    The month of March has been filled with music performances, listening to and describing different genres of music, and presentations from guest in our Annunciation Community! It has been a wonderful way to showcase talents throughout our school and bring awareness to music and the opportunities it can provide.

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  • 03/29/2018 Stages Theatre Company at Annunciation School


    School Events, Weekender

    Calling all kids interested in being creative, confident, & even a little bit DRAMATIC— have we got the classes for YOU!

    Tuesdays, 2:45-4pm

    April 10-May 22, 7 classes total 

    Cost: $105/student

    Print the registration form

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  • 03/24/2018 The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil


    Church News

    The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood, 671 Vandalia St., in St. Paul will be on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

    Throughout the years, Christians have experienced a powerful and moving commemoration of our Savior's death by attending the solemn Good Friday Prayer Vigil sponsored by Pro-Life Action Ministries. Plan now to set aside some time on Good Friday to commemorate Christ's redeeming act and to pray for innocent children who are killed daily by abortion. Prayer will be lead by area pastors of many denominations. Buses will be running all day from the University of St. Thomas ramp.

    If you want to carpool to the prayer vigil, meet at the Annunciation parking lot at 9:30am to carpool.

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

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  • 03/23/2018 Thank You for Stuffing the Bus!


    School Events

    Thank you to the Annunciation community for your wonderful response to the 5th grade Stuff the Bus service project.

    We collected 1,136 pounds of food and supplies for the Incarnation Food Shelf.

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  • 03/23/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - March


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for March!

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  • 03/23/2018 Facilitating Passionate Curiosity


    School Events, Weekender

    On this past Wednesday at our weekly staff meeting, Nancy Van Erp led teachers through an engagement on techniques for formulating quality questions with our students. 

    Nancy Van Erp is a former K-12 teacher who taught and coached elementary, middle school and high school. She earned a Master of Arts in Learning Technology and has been teaching teachers for the past 12 years. Nancy earned her Ph.D. online and her dissertation focused on critical thinking in the online graduate environment. She is a big fan of student-centered, constructivist and collaborative learning environments for learners of all ages. Nancy actively tweets about education and advocacy at @IfNotUsThnWho.

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  • 03/23/2018 Same, Same, Different


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    What does it meant to be internationally-minded or to have intercultural understanding?

    Our school's exploration of countries from around the world doesn't end with Carnaval! Over the past few weeks students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades have been using literature to explore these questions. Students explored with texts like, Same, Same, Different and The Name Jar and then were given the opportunity to reflect on their values and the values of other communities. 

    The students are growing in their understanding of cultures from around the world while they realize that even if people look or live differently from them, they actually have a lot in common.

    Anne LaLonde Laux
     
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
    Math and Literacy Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator

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  • 03/23/2018 Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto


    School Events, Weekender

    Thanks to everyone who joined us to explore STEM projects and tools on Tuesday! Students had a chance to explore STEM through our BeeBots and OzoBots as well as compete in a tower building challenge. A special thanks to all the teachers and middle school students who helped run the event!

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  • 03/23/2018 “Be the Nice Kid”


    School Events, Weekender

    During the week of, March 19, Annunciation had the unique opportunity to host Mr. Bryan Skavnak who has started an organization/initiative called, “Be the Nice Kid.”  

    In addition to being a professional golf instructor, Bryan is an accomplished story-teller who uses stories and activities to help students look at situations from a broad perspective and make positive, kind decisions that fit hand-in-hand with our school essential agreements.  

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  • 03/21/2018 Yearbook Ordering Information


    School Events, Weekender

    Announcing the...Annunciation Catholic School 2017-18 YEARBOOK

    Our yearbook is planned to include:

    • All color pages that vibrantly capture school memories
    • Sturdy soft cover with an original design that reflects our school’s spirit and uniqueness

    Add on any of the following yearbook extras:

    • Student's name printed in foil on the cover adds a personal touch
    • Durable, high-quality hard cover protects treasured memories for a lifetime

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  • 03/17/2018 Early Catholic Family Life (ECFL): Two Upcoming Sessions


    Church News

    On Sunday, March 25th our session will be from 11:45 to 12:30. In the adult part of our gathering, Fr. Park will speak to us about the graces of the Sacrament of Matrimony.

    On Sunday, April 15th, ECFL will follow the pancake breakfast, meeting from 11:15 to 1:00. The final program of the year will focus on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and will be a thanksgiving celebration for the year.

    Each ECFL session is a mixture of family fun activities, and a time for parents to have facilitated faith conversation with other parents while also enjoying a bit of a break for themselves. If you’re a family with any children under the age of 5, we’d love to have you join us. We welcome newcomers who want to check it out to see if they would like to take part in ECFL starting next fall.

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  • 03/17/2018 Shopper Needed for Loaves & Fishes


    Church News

    Amy and Jedd Hanson coordinate the Loaves and Fishes ministry for Annunciation church on the first Monday of each month. Annunciation has worked with this ministry of providing and nutritious dinner at St. Stephen’s in Minneapolis. Amy and Jedd have an immediate need to find someone to who can do the shopping for this meal.

    This volunteer shopper would to go to Sam's or Costco (membership card provided if needed) with a provided shopping list and have the food delivered to St. Stephen's school by 2-2:30.  Other Loaves and Fishes volunteers from Annunciation then cook and serve these monthly meal to about 200 people. Though this job doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting, there is a lot of food that needs to be purchased each month. 

    For more information about this needed service opportunity or to volunteer, Please call Amy at 612.827.1131. Shine your light!  

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  • 03/17/2018 40 Days for Life Campaign


    Church News

    Thank you for praying during the 40 Days for Life Campaign. As of Monday, March 5th, 196 babies (and mothers) have been saved from an abortion. Our local 40 Days for Life Campaign is at Planned Parenthood at 671 Vandalia St. in St. Paul. Pray and fast regularly during the 40 days for the closing of Planned Parenthood and for an end to abortion. The Respect Life Ministry prays every Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Richfield at 66th Street and Lyndale Ave. So.

    The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul will be on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.

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  • 03/16/2018 Scholastic Book Fair has Closed


    School Events, Weekender

    It was a bit of a whirlwind for 4 days down in the library! The annual Scholastic Book Fair was another testament to Annunciation's love of reading. Thank you to everyone for supporting the book fair. It was fun to meet those of you who stopped by during the Cookies & Milk storytime or when picking up your kids from school. I hope everyone is enjoying their new books (& pencils, journals and erasers!) on our day off from school. Also, thank you to the volunteers who helped set-up or took a shift at the register - I couldn't have done it without you!

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  • 03/16/2018 Community at the Core


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    What an amazing week we have had as a community – the Stuff the Bus service project, All School prayer service, Scholastic Book Fair, parent-teacher conferences, and even 'PI day' for our mathematicians.  Our middle school students were great faith leaders as they created our prayer service for PEACE. As always, it was wonderful to see so many parents for conferences. We love being able to share the many moments of learning and growth with you.

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  • 03/12/2018 VBS Registration Open!


    Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation Vacation Bible School, June 18 – 22 from 9 am to 12 noon

    Because space is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis....

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  • 03/10/2018 Entering Into the Graces of Holy Week


    Church News

    In addition to your full participation in the Palm Sunday and Triduum liturgies, here are some additional resources to help deepen our love for Jesus and our gratitude for the life He has given to us in his Passion, Death and Resurrection.

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  • 03/09/2018 Prayer Service


    School Events, Weekender

    In recognition of the national movement to keep all students safe in school, while being respectful to the nature of our preschool through 8th grade school community, we are planning a prayer service on Wednesday, March 14th in the school auditorium. Our middle school students will be helping plan and lead the prayer service to bring the student voice to this message.

    Parents are welcome to join us as we come together as a community to pray for those impacted by school violence and for all students to be safe and secure in their schools.

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  • 03/09/2018 2018 Middle School Youth Ultimate League


    School Events, Weekender

    What is Ultimate Frisbee?

    Ultimate Frisbee (Ultimate) is a non-contact team sport, in which a seven-person team attempts to move a frisbee/flying disc into their opponents' end-zone, similar to football. However, when in possession of the disc, a player can pivot and pass, but may not take any steps. Ultimate is played in more than 42 countries by hundreds of thousands of men, women, girls and boys.

    Spirit of the Game!

    One aspect of Ultimate that sets it apart from other sports is its emphasis on “Spirit of the Game.” Spirit of the Game is a spirit of sportsmanship and respect that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Since Ultimate is self-officiated, players are responsible for calling fouls and resolving disagreements on the field in a respectful and spirited manner.

    Why Play Ultimate?

    Ultimate is a fun team sport, and a great way to get outdoor exercise. It improves hand-eye coordination and athleticism, and above all, it encourages honesty, fair play and conflict resolution through the Spirit of the Game! 

    Who Can Join The Club/Team?

    The Annunciation’s Ultimate Club is open to all girls and boys in 6th, 7th a

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  • 03/09/2018 Win a Garden Plant Stand


    Church News

    You could be the winner of this Garden Plant Stand, just place your Plant Sale order by Tuesday, April 3, to be entered into the drawing.

    Information/order forms at church and school offices or download the form.  

    Respect Life Plant Sale is an annual fundraiser to benefit Tapestry Center & Sagrada Familia Life Care Center.

    Direct questions to Helen Trepanier 612/822-8360, Lorna Taketa 612/823-0279 or Terri Bettin cookiebiscuit83@msn.com

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  • 03/03/2018 Respect Life: Conscience Protection


    Church News

    Respect Life: Through their work, may lawmakers protect the conscience rights of those who stand up for life. We pray to the Lord.

    USCCB: "O God our Creator...give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith." USCCB, "Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty"

    Conscience Protection: Health care providers, churches, and others are being forced to participate in abortion or provide coverage for it in their health care plans, in violation of federal conscience laws. Within a couple of weeks, Congress will likely decide whether to improve enforcement of these laws by enacting the Conscience Protection Act.  Voice your support TODAY at humanlifeaction.org!

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  • 03/02/2018 Celebrating Mother Languages


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    On February 21st, Annunciation  recognized International Mother Tongue/Home Language Day by honoring the home languages of our students.

    Definition of mother tongue. 1 : one's native language. 2 :the language that a person has grown up speaking from early childhood.

    International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.  

    At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.

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  • 03/01/2018 Our Lenten Journey: Stations of the Cross


    School Events

    8th grade students led our Stations of the Cross as part of our Lenten journey. In Lent, we pray the Stations of the Cross as a way to remember the passion and death of Christ. The Stations of the Cross remind us how much God loves us. 

    As a school, we gather to remember Jesus’ journey with our students sharing their prayers and reflections.

    “God proves his love for us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8

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  • 02/27/2018 Improv Class Update


    School Events, Weekender

    Dates of Improv rehearsals in March:

    Thursday, March 1 (until 3:45)
    Monday, March 12
    Monday, March 19
    Thursday,  March 22
    Friday, March 23
    Monday, March 26
    Thursday, March 29

    After break we will have a different schedule that hasn't been determined yet. We will send an email out and also post when there will be rehearsals and who should attend.


    Thank you,

    Sandy Nesvig and Mary Strickland

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  • 02/24/2018 Respect Life


    Church News

    Respect Life: For our culture: May we listen to God and follow his call to cherish every person's life. We pray to the Lord. 

    USCCB: "Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to each person's heart; we simply need to follow where he leads." USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, "How to Build a Culture of Life."

    40 Days for Life is at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul. What is 40 Days for Life? Prayer and fasting: People of faith praying and fasting regularly during the 40 days for the closing of Planned Parenthood and for an end to abortion. Peaceful vigil: A peaceful vigil and witness outside the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Paul from February 14 to March 25, For more information, contact Brian Walker at brianwalker@plam.org, or call 651-797-6363. 

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  • 02/23/2018 Bringing Joy


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    One of the most rewarding parts of being the principal at Annunciation is watching how joy is spread throughout our community. This year, Lorissa Letwin joined our team and it has been truly a pleasure to watch her bring joy to our students, the Creative Arts curriculum and our school. We are really excited about the new programs she is starting. 

    In the newsletter today Ms. Letwin shares two new elements to Creative Arts: Music in Our Schools Month and Orchestral Instruments (2nd grade). Last week, I had the opportunity to witness the brand new open mic during middle school lunch first hand. Teachers and students took a chance to share talents on stage in front of their peers. It was truly entertaining!

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation School Principal

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  • 02/23/2018 Music In Our Schools Month


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    Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) occurs in March, and it is a time to celebrate music education! Throughout the world, schools are celebrating the importance of music education and how music plays a role in academic learning. The purpose of celebrating this important month is to bring attention to the fact that children should have access to music in our schools. MIOSM provides music teachers and students an opportunity to display the benefits of music education through activities.

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  • 02/23/2018 Orchestral Learning with a Special Guest in Grade 2


    School Events, Weekender

    The second grade students have been learning about the instruments that make up the orchestra. They have learned about each instrument family, characteristics of each instrument, and recognizing themes and variations. We have just finished learning about the string family and to wrap up this section of the orchestra, Mr. Cron came and visited our second graders!

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  • 02/23/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - February


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for February!

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  • 02/23/2018 Weekly Collaboration & Reflection


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Strategic Plan Goal:  Maximize student learning through continuous implementation of innovative and evolving curriculum, instruction, assessment and grading.

    You may have noticed that our teachers have been actively realigning Annunciation's curriculum and instruction.  What you may not have noticed is our process for making this happen. Every Wednesday, I have the honor of collaborating with different teams of grade-level and single-subject teachers.  We use this time to create, plan, and reflect on teaching and learning at Annunciation. The process includes identifying and prioritizing the skills, understandings, and knowledge we believe students need to know (using the MN State Standards and IB themes) and creating engagements and opportunities for learning these things.  After each unit of inquiry (every 6 weeks), we reflect on student growth and learning.  In addition, we share evidence of action and inquiry that happened as a result of our learning. 

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  • 02/22/2018 Be The Match: Marrow Donor Registry Drive


    Church News

    Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Thousands of patients with a blood cancer like leukemia or other disease like sickle cell anemia need a marrow transplant to survive. Most don't have a matching donor in their family. They turn to Be The Match a non-profit community of donors based here in Minneapolis.

    Join us for Mass on Sunday, March 4th at 9:30am and then join us in the community room to take action for a Marrow Donor Registry Drive 10:30AM-NOON. 

    Ages 18-44. Please invite family, friends, neighbors, coworkers in this age range. Adding more members with diverse ethnic backgrounds to the registry increases the variety of tissue types available, helping more patients find the match they need.

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  • 02/17/2018 Our RCIA Candidates Prepare for Full Communion in the Catholic Church


    Church News

    This year we have three people in RCIA/the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Katie M., Stuart Ashworth, and Jennifer Kaufenberg.

    On Sunday afternoon, February 18th, the candidates and their sponsors will participate in the “Rite of Election (for Catechumens, those not yet baptized) and the Call to Continuing Conversion (focused on those already baptized)”, at the Basilica. They will be introduced to our Annunciation Community and receive a blessing in our parish “Rite of Sending”, during this weekend’s 9:30 Mass. 

    Please pray for these three people as they enter this Season of Lent, a time of going deeper into the preparation for the celebration of the Easter Vigil as full members of the Catholic Church.

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  • 02/16/2018 Always Learning


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Annunciation teachers and staff had a full day of learning today. While students were out of school, staff spent our workshop day learning new things to help us be better teachers for our students. We continue to learn and grow just as our children do.

    We began our day with a presentation from PACER on Bullying Prevention. The presentation provided definitions of bullying, statistics, resources for school and home. The goal of the presentation was to help us better identify bullying and to be equipped with tools and resources to address issues when we see them. More importantly, we ended the session with planning time to create next steps and ways to make our school safe and welcoming for all.

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  • 02/16/2018 Winter Conferences Sign-Up


    School Events, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    We will hold parent-teacher conferences on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH (4-8 PM) and THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH (2 PM – 8 PM).   There is early dismissal on Thursday, March 15 at 1pm and no school on Friday, March 16 because of conferences.

    NOTE: Because we believe the conference time is important, we are offering two evening sessions for conferences to help accommodate parents’ schedules. Please make every effort to attend a conference with your child’s teacher during these two days. We value this time to check in and continue to develop our partnership to help each child succeed. Your participation is appreciated.

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  • 02/16/2018 Becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Constructivism is an educational theory that students learn when they construct or make meaning. In a constructivist based classroom, the teacher and students pose problems and/or questions and students investigate and explore different ideas to find answers. Students build on previous knowledge, ideas, and experiences to grow their understanding.

    In traditional classrooms, teachers present material one subject at a time and then test students on that material (think: sage on the stage). In an IB Primary Years Program (PYP) classroom, students are at the center stage as teachers coach them to discover (think: guide on the side). For some schools, the race to prepare for high-stakes assessments/testing, has resulted in a loss of instructional practices that foster meaningful learning. At Annunciation, we have intentionally sought to minimize standardized testing to find a balance that allows us to get an adequate amount of information (to identify each student’s needs and monitor their growth), with gradually increasing our use of inquiry and transdisciplinary learning in classrooms.  

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  • 02/16/2018 Vacation Bible School 2018


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    June 18 – 22 from 9 am to Noon

    Get Prepared for Fun! 

    Incoming K-5th Graders may attend as participants.
    NEW THIS YEAR: 4th and 5th Graders will be “Jr. Crew Leaders,” registering as participants but taking on roles with leadership building and getting a Jr. Crew Leader Shirt
    Incoming 6th Graders and above are welcome to volunteer as “Crew Leaders.”
    Pre-school program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds that are not entering Kindergarten.

    Registration opens Friday, March 9th

    Register online!
    Cost is $50 per participant ($40 for each additional child in family).
    Financial Aid Available.

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  • 02/10/2018 Peace and Justice Focus for Lent


    Church News

    The Peace and Justice Committee of Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace invites you to mark your calendars for our Lenten Series, Sundays March 4, 11 and 18, from 11:00am to noon.

    Our hope is to shine the light of our Catholic Social Teaching on a troubling concern in our country today – structural racism.

    With use of the DVD resource Mirrors of Privilege put out by the World Trust organization (an organization committed to social impact through film and dialogue), we will explore how it is that race can unknowingly play a part in the unevenness of opportunity for quality of life in today’s society. We will also seek to understand the kinds of change that are needed so that all people may realize the God-given dignity they are meant to enjoy and that our Gospel based Catholic Social Teaching supports. 

    We will meet in the lower level of the Church. 

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  • 02/10/2018 Resources for Your Lenten Journey


    Church News

    During Lent God offers us a special opportunity to get close to Jesus in love, friendship and commitment to him and a Holy Spirit led way of life.
     

    These resources can be of assistance to you as you live Lent.

    1. Please help yourself to a copy of Bishop Barron’s Lenten Gospel Reflections. These are available to you in church, in the narthex as well as the south foyer.
    2. Listen to a 5 minute daily Lenten audio reflection by Fr. Mark Toups by googling “the Journey to Jerusalem Reflections”.
    3. On the Creighton University Online Ministries home page click on Praying Lent 2018. Here you will find an abundant variety of resources that can support you on your Lenten Journey.
    4.Go to Loyola Press - Lent for a rich array of Lent resources, including activities for children and ideas for the observance of Lent in the home.
    5.Google “3 minute Retreat” and have a daily reflection appear in your inbox or download the app. A short 3 minutes can bring you 24 hours of peace.
    6.Google "BustedHalo Lent" and see all the creative resources that come up!

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  • 02/10/2018 Friday Night at the Friary


    Church News

    Men of God, are you interested in discovering the vocation that Jesus is calling you to? Perhaps you're already actively discerning a vocation in the Church? 

    We invite men, ages 18-35, to "Friday Night at the Friary" hosted, by the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, for a time of prayer, fellowship, and seeking God's call in your life, whatever that may be. 

    After opening with prayer, a short reading or reflection is shared with an emphasis on vocation discernment, prayer, or discipleship. Next, how about some socializing, outdoor/indoor recreation, and good eats? We've saved the best part for last by spending time adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, "Speak Lord, Your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:10. The evening then concludes with chanted Night Prayer (Compline).

    Join us every third Friday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Queen of Peace Friary, 1289 Lafond Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104.

    For more information call: 651-646-8586 or email: vocation@brothersofpeace.org

    We'll see you Friday Night at the Friary!

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  • 02/10/2018 Prenatal Partners for Life


    Church News

    Prenatal Partners for Life offers support, information, and encouragement by connecting parents facing an adverse diagnosis with other parents whose child has had the same or similar diagnosis. Prenatal Partners for Life is made up of compassionate parents with special needs children as well as medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy. For more information call 763-772-3868 or go to their website, www.prenatalpartnersforlife.com

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  • 02/10/2018 Catholic Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Senate Failure to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection


    Church News

    On January 29th, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) on a vote of 51 to 46. The bill was stopped on a procedural measure requiring 60 votes for the legislation to move to a final vote. Both of Minnesota’s senators voted against this bill.  


    Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities. He has called the Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “appalling”. He urges Catholics from across the country to convey to their senators either their gratitude or their disappointment, depending on how their senators voted.

     

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  • 02/09/2018 We Are Called to Action


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As I reflect over the last month of school, I am struck by the many ways that people have put their faith into action. We have parents, students, and staff who came together to prepare and celebrate the great gift of Catholic education during Catholic Schools Week. The Annunciation community stepped up in a special way to pray and support the Nixon family and mourn the sudden loss of Mrs. Nixon. Others in the community, including staff, traveled to Haiti as part of the mission of Annunciation.

    In addition to these larger community actions, many students have been coming forward to share ideas and ways to make Annunciation a stronger and more vibrant place to learn and grow. I love it when students have ideas and meet with me to share their thoughts and dreams for our school. Many come with letters, proposals, plans or just an excited thought to share.

    The Catholic faith calls us to take action and make a difference in the world, close or far away. As an IB candidate school, we are called to action as part of the inquiry process – "now that we know this, what can we do about it?"

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  • 02/09/2018 What to Expect at Carnaval


    School Events, Weekender

    Annunciation has a long-standing tradition of celebrating Carnaval. Every year, we select different countries around the globe to inquirer into their geography, histories, traditional dress and traditions. As our students travel from Kindergarten through eighth-grade, grade levels focus on countries from different continents or regions of the world.

    As we grow and develop into an International Baccalaureate World School, we believe that Carnaval fits well with the mission of IB “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”

    What to expect:

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  • 02/09/2018 Flu Season


    School Events, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    Flu season is upon us and we have had multiple reports of confirmed flu illness throughout our school.  Please see the attached flu fact sheet, plus a guide about when your child is well enough to go to school for flu and other general illnesses.  Our Minneapolis School Nurse said it is not too late to get a flu shot – it takes about 2 weeks to become effective. 

    If your child is sick or absent for any reason, you must contact the school office to report the absence.  Please call 612-823-4394 x504 or email jrenstrom@annunciationmsp.org.  You can also contact your child’s teacher, but it is imperative that you let the office know of any absence as we track all illnesses and absences for state reporting purposes. 

    We hope to keep all of our students and staff healthy at Annunciation!

    Thank you.

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  • 02/03/2018 February 8th: International Day of Prayer and Awareness Against Human Trafficking


    Church News

    The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.

    On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors. 

    Prayer to St. Josephine Bakhita

    St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child and endured untold hardship and suffering.

    Once liberated from your physical enslavement, you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and his Church.

    O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery; Intercede with God on their behalf so that they will be released from their chains of captivity.

    Those whom man enslaves, let God set free. Provide comfort to survivors of slavery and let them look to you as an example of hope and faith. Help all survivors find healing from their wounds. We ask for your prayers and intercessions for those enslaved among us.

    Amen.

    View the Prayer Card

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  • 02/03/2018 Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale: Thank You!


    Church News

    The Respect Life Ministry wants to thank everyone who helped make the 37th Annual Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale very successful!

    We raised over $3,600 for a number of "life" organizations.

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  • 02/02/2018 Annunciation Geo Bee News


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Sixth-Grader, William R, is our 2017-18 Annunciation Geo Bee Champion.  After just 4 rounds, William and 7th grader, Evan S battled it out in a three question Championship Round.

    This week, William will take a qualifying exam to determine whether he advances to the Minnesota GeoBee.

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  • 02/02/2018 Units of Inquiry – January / February 2018


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As we swing into the second half of the school year, our elementary classes are entering their fourth units of inquiry. 

    As with all units, we invite parents or community members with a passion or expertise in any of these areas to share their knowledge and/or experience with our students.   We are always on the look-out for hands-on experiences, field trips, or guest speakers that are connected to our inquiries.  Please let us know if you have any ideas or if you, or someone you know, might be willing to help us grow as learners and inquirers.

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