News & Events

  • 04/07/2017 IB Consultant Visit


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

    On April 10th and 11th, we will welcome our International Baccalaureate (IB) Consultant, Ms. Kathy Couillard.

    Ms. Couillard is the principal at Handley IB World School in Saginaw, Michigan. The role of the IB consultant is to support candidate schools in working towards meeting requirements for IB authorization. During her visit, Ms. Couillard will observe, document, and experience our progress as a candidate school. She will also collaborate with us in creating an action plan for achieving authorization. Annunciation is currently in its second year of being an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) candidate program. We plan to apply for authorization during the 2017-2018 school year.

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  • 04/07/2017 Strategic Plan and IB Implementation Update


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

    During the 2013-14 school year, Annunciation completed our accreditation renewal process. Part of accreditation is to create a strategic plan for the next 7 years. As a community, we completed our plan and have been working to bring the strategic vision to life, using the plan to guide our work and improvement efforts.

    The first objective was to “Position Annunciation as a Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child.”  We want Annunciation School to provide the strongest academic experience within our Catholic environment. After research and discussion, we identified the International Baccalaureate program as a great fit for Annunciation School as we seek to become a Catholic school leader. We began the journey as a candidate school in fall of 2014 for the Primary Years Program (PYP), starting with our elementary program and building up. 

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  • 04/06/2017 Fourth Graders Experiment with Fermi Math Problems


    School Events, Enrichment

    Groups of 4th graders worked with parent volunteers on Fermi math problems this week. Fermi math is an enrichment program where students use rough approximations, inspired guesses, statistical estimates from very little data. 

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  • 04/06/2017 Thank You for Stuffing the Bus!


    School Events, Weekender

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

    We collected 746 pounds of food and supplies for the Incarnation Food Shelf.

    Father Kevin McDonough sent us a thank you and said, “May God bless your Easter and Springtime!”

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  • 04/06/2017 Osmo Genius Kits are a Huge Hit


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Thank you to our Annunciation Parent Organization (APO) for granting the funds for every K-5 classroom to purchase an Osmo Genius kit.  

    The Osmo's word, number and spatial thinking activities are used with an iPad. The activities are completed using Osmo's unique reflective technology. Students manipulate letters, numbers, and shapes in front of the screen, to play games on the screen.

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  • 04/03/2017 March IB Award Winners


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to the March IB awards winners in the Annunciation Middle School!

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  • 04/03/2017 FYI, the POI is in the Foyer!


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Presenting...Annunciation's International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) Program of Inquiry (POI)

    Please check out our program of inquiry display in the foyer.  

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  • 03/27/2017 MN State Science & Engineering Fair


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation seventh graders, Ava K.M. and Emily M. competed at the State Science & Engineering Fair, March 25-27, 2017 in downtown Minneapolis.  They participated in the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair on February 24-25, 2017 and were selected to move onto the State competition. Congratulations to both girls on their hard work and dedication!

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  • 03/24/2017 IB Attitude: Confidence


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action.

    The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker.  These IB-PYP Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

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  • 03/24/2017 Meeting the Needs of Each Child


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

    Annunciation is blessed to have amazing people and resources over the years to help us meet our mission to serve the diverse learners we have in our community. Our goal is to teach the whole child and to teach children the way they learn best – focusing on meeting the needs of each child to help them reach their full potential.

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  • 03/22/2017 Feast of the Annunciation


    Church News

    Come Celebrate the Feast of the Annunciation at Annunciation Catholic Church! 

    9 am Mass on Saturday, March 25th. Then join us for an egg-bake brunch following Mass, in the Community Room. 

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  • 03/15/2017 IB Attitude: Tolerance


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) program balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action.

    Teaching and learning in the IB program focus on developing attributes and attitudes in students and staff members. An attribute is a characteristic of a person (who s/he is). An attitude is the position or way a person acts (how s/he acts).

    The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker. These IB-PYP Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

    Thank you to Ms.Guilliatt’s homebase for communicating with our school community what it means to practice tolerance.

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  • 03/15/2017 After School Enrichment (YEL) Schedule (Spring)


    School Events, Weekender

    Youth Enrichment League is offering after school classes this spring. All registration is online at YouthEnrichmentLeague.com.

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  • 03/11/2017 RCIA Prepares for Easter and the Celebration of the Sacraments of Initiation


    Church News

    This year we have been preparing 5 people to fully enter the Sacramental Life of the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. As a catechumen, Autumn Kisling is preparing to be baptized and confirmed, and to make her 1st Communion at the 8:00pm Easter Vigil, Saturday, April 15th. We have 4 candidates who are already baptized and who preparing for reception into the Catholic Church: Angela Mauer Greene, Justin Nuahn, Peter Moe, and Steve Peterson.

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  • 03/10/2017 Taking Action in International Baccalaureate (IB)


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Action is something you do, right? Actually, action is much more than that.  Action is a part of who we are.

    Has your child ever come home from school explaining all the reasons for shutting off the water while you brush your teeth?  If she has, then she is taking action because of what she has learned.  Taking action is one of the five essential elements of IB and part of the inquiry cycle, or part of learning. We ask, "How can we do something with what we have learned?" and "How has my thinking changed since the beginning of our inquiry?"  When we take action, we make connections to new knowledge. Our students are learning that inquiry can lead to action and that even the smallest actions can make a difference

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  • 03/10/2017 Kindergarteners Model Cooperation


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Programme (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible actions.

    Teaching and learning in the IB program focuses on developing attributes and attitudes in students and staff members. An attribute is a characteristic of a person (who s/he is). An attitude is the position or way a person acts (how s/he acts).

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  • 03/10/2017 VBS Registration Open!


    Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation Vacation Bible School, June 19 – 23 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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  • 03/09/2017 There Is a Time for Everything


    School Events, Weekender

    Dear Annunciation Parents,

    When I was hired at Annunciation school 45 years ago, I was armed with the belief that if you develop a program for children that nurtures and encourages creativity through improvisation, movement, music and art, it would strengthen them in all aspects of their lives.  It would open up their potential and their possibilities, giving them confidence and courage to succeed. I was met with some misgivings, but more than enough support to get things started. And so began the Creative Arts Program. I will always be grateful to Sister Monique and Monsignor Colbert, who took a chance on me then, and to all the principals and pastors who have supported me since.

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  • 03/08/2017 Welcome our New Alumni/Development Coordinator


    Church News

    It is with great pleasure that I announce we have a new Alumni/Development Coordinator!  Jessica Knutson will begin working with us on March 13th.  You can read her introduction below.  Please join me in welcoming her!

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  • 03/08/2017 Extended Day Summer Program


    School Events, Weekender

    The Annunciation School Extended Day program is offering a summer program for children enrolled in our school.  The summer program will begin on Tuesday, June 6th and will end on Friday, August 18th.  We will be open every day except July 3rd and July 4th.

    Children who are registered for kindergarten at Annunciation for fall of 2017 are welcome along with all other Annunciation children. Our summer program is filled with fun and interesting field trips, sports, arts and crafts, science and nature, and recreational activities. Along with the many structured activities, there is also plenty of time for rest and relaxation with friends.  

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  • 03/08/2017 Annunciation Prairie Project


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The prairie project is going to be fun! Annunciation is partnering with Growing Green Hearts to plan and grow a prairie garden on campus. Growing Green Hearts specializes in environmental STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with a focus on the basics of:  play, learn, and love nature.  You can find out more here: www.growinggreenhearts.com.  The goal of the project is to explore creation care and the engineering design process as we complete the garden space.  Students will experience a process that can be used year after year- building on the IB foundation and utilizing the outdoor spaces at Annunciation for nature play and science learning.  

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  • 03/08/2017 Share Your Light – Join Us at Loaves and Fishes!


    Church News

    On the first Monday of each month, Amy & Jedd Hanson serve dinner to 150-250 people at St. Stephen's school (2123 Clinton Ave). They would love for you to join the ministry in any big or small way!

    There are many different ways and times to help out, so we're coordinating our efforts through VolunteerSpot  - just follow these 3 easy steps:

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  • 03/07/2017 2nd & 3rd Grade Annual Basketball Tournament


    School Events, Weekender

    These four 2nd & 3rd grade teams do not play one another during regular season, so the coaches put on a round robin tournament at the end of the season.

    Before the games began the teams gathered together for an opening prayer.

    What a great season! Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered!

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  • 03/02/2017 February IB Award Winners


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to the February IB awards winners in the Annunciation Middle School! 

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  • 03/01/2017 2017 Middle School Youth Ultimate League


    School Events, Weekender

    Season Details:

    Registration open through March 20th
    Practices begin April 10th.  2 practices per week; tentative location and time – Pearl Park 3:15-5:15 Tuesday and Wednesday (subject to change based on coach availability).
    6 Game Season: Sunday Games 4/23, 4/30, 5/7 (makeup game day 5/14).  Each Sunday team will play 2 games.
    State Championship: May 20-21

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  • 02/28/2017 Carnaval Celebration!


    School Events, Weekender

    As an IB candidate school Annunciation is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) community. The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through understanding and respect. 

    Our Carnaval celebration gives us the opportunity to intentionally build and reflect on our international mindedness by:

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  • 02/27/2017 A Visit from the Puppet Lady


    School Events, Weekender

    On Friday, Feb 24th, our Kindergartners, 1st, and 2nd-graders were treated to a puppet show. 'The Puppet Lady' shared a number of stories with our students. She modeled how creative expression provides many ways to communicate ideas and emotions.  

    Five of our six elementary grades are currently exploring the IB transdisciplinary unit 'How We Express Ourselves'. This unit is an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; and our appreciation of the aesthetic.

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  • 02/24/2017 Creating Mathematicians


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

    Over the last two years, as we carry out our strategic plan and implement the IB framework and inquiry throughout our school,  we have had the opportunity to review and reflect on what is working at Annunciation and also identify opportunities for growth. This process led us to look at our math curriculum to see how we can incorporate the IB approach in our math program, too. After much research and reflection, the staff identified resources that would provide student-centered approach to math and better prepare students for middle school and high school math.

    Starting with the elementary program, math teachers and staff selected the Math Expressions for use in kindergarten through 5th grade. This past summer, teachers received training on the new math curriculum. Fitting with the IB model, both teachers in the grade level are teaching math. This allows math concepts to be integrated across all the subjects during the school day. In order to support this development, teachers have been meeting every other week after school to learn the new program.

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  • 02/24/2017 Winter Conferences 2017


    School Events, Weekender

    Sign-up now for second semester conferences - March 15-16: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/annunciation

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  • 02/23/2017 Vacation Bible School 2017


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    June 19 – 23 from 9 am to Noon

    Get Prepared for Fun!  

    Incoming K-5th Graders may attend as participants.
    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 10th

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  • 02/22/2017 Exultate and Annunciation Church present, A Benefit Concert for Mission Haiti Inc.


    Church News

    Brahms Requiem

    Saturday, March 11, 2017 at 7:30 p.m.

    plus Haiti Arts & Crafts Sale before and after the performance!

    From Sorrow to Comfort – Johannes Brahms – Requiem

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  • 02/16/2017 We Strive to be Reflective!


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    We Strive to be Reflective!

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.  The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes.  This week we focused on the attribute, Reflective.

    Thank you to our elementary teaching staff for helping us all learn more about being reflective!

    When we are being reflective, we thoughtfully consider the world around us, our ideas and our experiences. We strive to understand our strengths and areas that need more development. We intentionally try to think about these things and make changes where we can. We give thoughtful consideration to our own learning and consider how to grow or improve in a constructive manner. We value self-awareness as an important skill.

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  • 02/14/2017 Saturday Adoration with The Missionaries of Charity Sisters


    Church News, Weekender

    The Missionaries of Charity Sisters invite Annunciation school and parish families to come and pray with them every third Saturday of the month at their Mother House in Minneapolis.

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  • 02/10/2017 What does it mean to be an IB World School?


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Annunciation is currently in its second year as an IB candidate school.  Next year, we will seek full authorization to be recognized by International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB global school.  The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  

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  • 02/10/2017 School Update at Principal’s Breakfast


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    At this morning's Principal's Breakfast, I had another opportunity to share the progress of our school so far this year. As principal, spending time with parents to share the story of our school with the accomplishments of our teachers and students is one of my favorite things to do!

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  • 02/10/2017 Ladysmith Black Mambaza Night Out for 8th Grade


    School Events, Weekender

    The 8th grade has been studying South Africa and as part of our studies we watched the documentary, Under African Skies which chronicles Paul Simon’s visit to South Africa where he made the Grammy award winning album, Graceland. It was album of the year. In the process of making this album, Paul Simon was criticized for violating the U.N’s cultural boycott of South Africa. This was during the time of Apartheid and Nelson Mandela was still in prison.

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  • 02/03/2017 We Strive to be Inquirers!


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.  The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes.  This week our focus is on the attribute, Inquirer.

    Thank you to Mrs. Rademachers’s class for helping us learn more about being inquirers!

    INQUIRERS are curious about the world. They can conduct research independently. We love learning and discovering new things and will sustain this love of learning throughout life.

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  • 02/01/2017 Science Fair 2017 Finalists


    School Events, Weekender

    Eleven middle school students have been selected by judges at the Annunciation Science Fair to showcase their work at the Regional Fair. These students will be competing at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair on February 24th and 25th at the University of Minnesota.  

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  • 01/30/2017 2017 Annunciation Basketball Season


    School Events, Weekender

    The basketball season has officially started for all of the Annunciation teams. The 4th-8th grade teams started their games in December and will go until the beginning of March. The 2nd and 3rd grade teams had their first games last Saturday. It was a huge success! 

    We continue to have excellent participation in all grades with 180 total participants. We host games most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Come on out and cheer on the players!!

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  • 01/30/2017 January IB Award Winners


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to the January IB awards winners in the Annunciation Middle School!

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  • 01/27/2017 We Strive to be Communicators!


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.  The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes.  This week we have focused on the attribute, Communicator.

    Thank you to Mrs. Nixon’s class for helping us learn more about being communicators!

    Communicators express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in different ways.  Communicators can express their ideas by speaking, drawing, using technology, and writing.  They can also communicate using mathematical, musical, and artistic language and symbols.  Communicators collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

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  • 01/27/2017 Middle School Honor Roll


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to the Middle School students on the 2016-17 1st semester Honor Roll:

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  • 01/25/2017 Catholic Schools Week Dress Schedule


    School Events, Weekender

    Catholic Schools Week

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

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

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


    School Events, Weekender

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

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

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

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

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

    5) We use technology effectively to enhance education.

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

    7) We teach children respect of self and others.

    8) We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.

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

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

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

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

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  • 01/25/2017 2017 Trivia Winners


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations to the 2017 Trivia Winners, Inquizition! They were able to hold onto their title for two years in a row. 

    Thank you to all of the Annunciation Trivia teams. Keep studying and memorizing trivial facts to get ready for next year!

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  • 01/20/2017 Teacher Training and Professional Development


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We know that great schools have great teachers – and to be the best teacher, you also need to be the best learner. At Annunciation, we are taking this call to heart and learning right along with our students. For teachers, one of the greatest parts of working in education is that we never stop learning. There are so many formal and informal opportunities for us to grow as educators. Our students lead the charge in the classroom and also by adapting the new IB principles to the learning process. We are part of a big learning community and join our students in a quest to be “Life-long learners.”

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  • 01/19/2017 Band & Guitar Concerts


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Band & Guitar Concerts will be held on February 2nd & 3rd in the school auditorium.

    The evening concert is Thursday, February 2 at 7pm. Please stay and support all the groups! These students have worked very hard on their songs and it is a thrill to play in front of a full audience.

    The school concerts are Friday, February 3. Band concert at 10 am. Guitars & Rock Bands at 1:15 pm.

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  • 01/14/2017 Peace and Justice Issues for the Month of January


    Church News

    There are two major Peace and Justice Issues that are brought to our attention during the month of January.

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  • 01/13/2017 Winter Parent Survey 2017


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    Last week, I shared some of our accomplishments so far at Annunciation School. As we mark the mid-year point, look forward to celebrating our gift as a Catholic School during Catholic Schools Week, and also work on making the second half of the year even better, we invite you to provide your feedback through a short online survey. To assist us in our efforts to continue to grow and develop the best Catholic School for our students, parents, staff and friends, we for your input, too. Thank you in advance for taking time to share your thoughts and help us improve the experience for all.

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  • 01/13/2017 We Strive to be Balanced


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.  The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them.  The Profile consists of 10 attributes.  This week we have focused on the attribute, Balanced.

    Thank you to Ms. Farstad's 4th-grade class for sharing, (during our all-school assembly), what they think it means to be balanced.

    At Annunciation, we strive to be balanced. 

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  • 01/13/2017 Annunciation Geo Bee News


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Seventh-grader, Auggie C is our 2017 Annunciation Geo Bee Champion!

    After 7 rounds, Auggie and 4th-grader, William D, battled it out for the championship in a three question Championship Round.

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

    Out of approximately 250 participants in our 4th – 8th grade classroom bees, we had ten Annunciation finalists:

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  • 01/13/2017 WordMasters Challenge Round 1, 2016


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation proudly participates in the WordMasters Challenge. The WordMasters Challenge helps students expand their vocabulary, develop verbal reasoning skills through the use of analogies, and most importantly, have fun!

    The WordMasters Challenge consists of three 20-minute analogy-solving meets held at school throughout the year (December, February and April). Prior to each meet, the students are given a list of 25 challenging vocabulary words that appear in the Challenge Test analogies. Excellence in the competition requires both a mastery of the word meanings and thoughtful reasoning about the relationships between the words.

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  • 01/09/2017 AMC 8 Math Contest Successes


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation is proud to partner with the Mathematical Association of America in offering the AMC 8 Math Contest. This year over 30 Annunciation students participated in the AMC 8.

    The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, middle-school mathematics, multiple-choice exam, designed to promote the development and enhancement of math problem-solving skills.

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  • 01/06/2017 Happy New Year!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

    Happy New Year! I hope each family had a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. We are back for the second semester of the year. Hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year. The mid-point is a great time to reflect on our successes so far and also on the work ahead. Here are a few highlights to celebrate at our school:

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  • 12/16/2016 Promotion of Peace


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity. All of this takes courage, it takes strength and tenacity.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 12/16/2016 Geo Bee Finalists 2016


    Enrichment, Weekender

    We are proud to announce our Annunciation Geo Bee Finalists!

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  • 12/16/2016 December IB Award Winners


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to the December IB awards winners in the Annunciation Middle School!

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  • 12/16/2016 Christmas 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Our Annunciation School students, led by the creative talents of Mary Strickland, Liz Kramer, and Sandy Nesvig, once again touched our hearts with their Christmas performance this year. Each year they find a way to make this the best program ever. With over 25 years of beloved Christmas performances, we realize what a gift this is to our school – students, staff, families and community! This truly is a celebration of God’s gifts to us and of the Christmas season to come.

    Congratulations to all who helped make the programs so special for those who were blessed to watch or participate – from the creative directors, teachers, students, volunteers, hosts, costume-makers, and all the families who have shared their children with us.  We are blessed with amazing people and a great program to celebrate this special time of year!

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  • 12/16/2016 Pathways to Prayer


    Church News

    Start the New Year on the right path - Pathways to Prayer

    January Women’s Mid-Week Retreat, January 17-19, 2017, Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, Prior Lake, MN.

    What better place to begin a new year than on a retreat?  Set the tone for the year ahead while reflecting on the year past in a space designed precisely for prayer, contemplation, reflection and growth of faith.

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  • 12/14/2016 Congratulations Grandma Frank!


    Weekender

    On Saturday November 26, 2016, our Alumni Advancement Coordinator Chris Frank became a grandmother!  Her daughter Alison, Class of 1999, and husband Jim Dahlman made Chris an offer she couldn’t refuse – become the full-time granny caregiver to little Meredith Christine.  Our most sincere and hearty congratulations to Chris as she assumes this new role beginning February 6, 2017. 

    We are happy for her but will miss her presence and the many ways she has touched our community with her enthusiastic support.  She and her husband Mick will remain members of Annunciation Church so look for them there! 

    This position has been posted on the Archdiocesan website.  If you know anyone who would be interested in filling this position refer them to this link: http://careers.archspm.org/jobs/alumnidevelopment-coordinator/.

    They may also contact me: Tom Konz, 612-824-9993 ext 255, tkonz@annunciationmsp.org.

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  • 12/14/2016 We Strive to be Knowledgeable


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes. This week we focused on the attribute, Knowledgeable.

    Thank you to Ms. Urick's 3rd-grade class for sharing, (during our all-school assembly), what they think it means to be knowledgeable.

    At Annuciation, we strive to be knowledgeable.

    People who are knowledgeable develop and use conceptual understanding. They explore topics across a range of disciplines and they can draw on their knowledge and apply it in new situations. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

    How can parents help to develop children who are Knowledgeable?

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  • 12/13/2016 “Stand By Me”….


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    This year’s Christmas program, “Stand By Me” is here!

    We are so blessed at Annunciation School to have a renowned and treasured Creative Arts program that develops confidence and skills, along with a pride for each student. Alumni and friends all remember participating in the Christmas program share stories years later. It is truly a special event.

    Performances will begin on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:30 a.m. (note the earlier time – preschool will perform first at 8:40 and K-8 at 9:00) and Thursday, December 15 at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Because this is such a popular event, we have many guests attending. As a reminder, with the large crowds for each performance, we ask you to note the following:

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  • 12/09/2016 Role of Government


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good. We need to be convinced that charity “is the principle not only of micro-relationships (with friends, with family members or within small groups) but also of macro-relationships (social, economic and political ones)”. I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 12/09/2016 We Strive to be Thinkers


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    THINKERS work to solve problems. Thinkers try to imagine multiple solutions to a question or challenge. Thinkers make decisions and try to predict the outcomes of their actions. They think creatively and critically. Thinkers use thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. Thinkers exercise initiative.  

    How can parents help to develop children who are Thinkers?

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  • 12/07/2016 Hovland Conservatory Students Perform


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation students represented Hovland Conservatory by performing at the Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul last Saturday as part of the Historical Society's holiday festivities. Congratulations to Tierney M., Tate H. and Sully S. on great performances in the museum rotunda.

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  • 12/06/2016 Holiday Masses


    Church News

    Immaculate Conception 
    Thursday December 8, 8:15am and 6pm
    Vigil Mass, Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00pm

    Parish Penance Service & First Reconciliation
    Saturday, December 10, 10:00am
    Several priests will be available to hear confessions.

    Individual Confession: 
    Tuesdays 5:00pm; Fridays 8:45am & Saturdays 3:30pm
    Additional Confession Times:
    Thursday, December 22 from 10:00am to 11:00am & 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Friday, December 23 from 10:00am to 11:00am & 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Saturday, December 24 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

    Christmas Masses (Carols prior to each Mass)
    Saturday, December 24, 4:00pm & 10:00pm
    Sunday, December 25, 10:00am

    Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
    Vigil Mass, Saturday, December 31, 5:00pm
    Sunday, January 1, 8:45am & 10:30am

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  • 12/05/2016 How do I Get Notifications from Schoology?


    Weekender

    Thanks to some parent feedback we have heard that people may be having trouble getting Schoology to notify them when their student's teachers post updates. If you are having that issue, please use the link below to enable Schoology to email or text you when updates to your child's classroom group are made.

    How to Change Notification Settings on Schoology

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  • 12/02/2016 Barnes & Noble Bookfair Elves Sing their Wishes to You


    Weekender

    These Barnes & Noble Bookfair elves would like to sing you a little tune to get you in the mood for the big event on Tuesday, December 6th!

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  • 12/02/2016 Solidarity


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “We must recover the whole sense of gift, of gratuitousness, of solidarity. Rampant capitalism has taught the logic of profit at all costs, of giving to get, of exploitation without looking at the person… and we see the results in the crisis we are experiencing! This Home is a place that teaches charity, a ‘school’ of charity, which instructs me to go encounter every person, not for profit, but for love.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 12/02/2016 Spanish Dance & Arts Program (WERC)


    Weekender

    Spanish Dance and Arts program at Annunciation through WERC!

    It’s a 9 week program for K-8th grade students on Mondays or Thursdays after school. 

    The deadline for registering is Dec. 16th, 2016

    Visit their website at http://wercprogram.org/download-forms/ to access forms. Scroll down to see “For Annunciation Parents Only."

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  • 12/02/2016 We Strive to be Open-Minded


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annuciation, we strive to be open-minded. 

    People who are open-minded understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. Being open-minded means being comfortable with differences - respecting other people’s points of views and ways of doing things.  An OPEN-MINDED student knows that all people are different. They listen to the points of view of others and consider many possibilities before making decisions. It is okay to have different perspectives but we must understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

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  • 12/02/2016 Our Next Big Move: Report Cards


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As we approach the end of the first semester of the school year and the excitement of Christmas is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of our ‘next big move’ as a staff.

    Annunciation is a vibrant, evolving community and that extends to all parts of our great school.  As we carry out our school’s vision, we are guided by our mission and our strategic plan. At the heart of our work is the desire to fulfill the Strategic Plan’s first objective to “Position Annunciation as a Catholic leader, educating the whole child.” Central to this goal is our continued implementation of the IB framework. The IB is guiding our development of “how” we teach, while “what” we teach is based on standards. While much of what we teach is the same, the way that we go about teaching it needs to change and match the way our students learn today. This process involves evaluating and reflection on all aspects of our school. IB becomes the framework for that evolution.

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  • 12/01/2016 Take a ride, Buy a Snack & Help Build a Rain Garden


    Weekender

    Looking for some holiday family fun or a date night while supporting a good cause? Come to the Como-Harriet Streetcar to enjoy a ride!

    While you wait you can purchase hot drinks and snacks from Donovan Peterson (Annunciation Class of 2013). He is raising money for his Eagle Scout project, a series of 5 raingardens at the front of the Church that will collect stormwater from over 16,000 square feet of impermeable surfaces.  

    This will keep dirty water from entering Minnehaha Creek, beautify the grounds with native plants and offer teaching opportunities for the school.

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  • 11/30/2016 Prayer Help For Advent


    Church News

    This year we are trying a new Advent Reflection Book called Theotokos, which is Greek for Mother of God. If you participated in Oremus last Lent, you may remember Fr. Mark Toups from the video reflections. He is the composer of booklet of daily Advent prayer reflections with journal questions for your prayer. We hope this resource will help you on your Advent journey.

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  • 11/30/2016 Advent Craft Making!


    Church News

    Sunday, December 4th, 2016, 10:15am - 12:15pm

    Come Join Us for a Morning of Holiday Fun!

    On Sunday, December 4th, after all masses from 10:15am - 12:15pm there will be a Children’s Advent Craft Making in the preschool classrooms.

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  • 11/29/2016 Wish List for Haiti


    Church News

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

    There is a permanent drop-off box in the church business office (lower level of Church) for your convenience. We will take these meds with us on every trip.

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  • 11/25/2016 Stewardship of Creation


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be ‘protector’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 11/21/2016 Cassini Scientist for a Day 2016-17


    Enrichment

    Independent Enrichment Opportunity for students in grades 5-8

    Be part of the Cassini science team with a spacecraft as your remote laboratory!

    The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in essay.

    Learn about Saturn, its fascinating features and mysterious moons. Once your research is complete, choose one of the three targets and defend your choice in an essay of up to 500 words. Your decision should be based on which target you think would yield the best scientific results. Just like real scientists do, explain what you hope to learn from the image you have selected.

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  • 11/18/2016 Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “In this Jubilee Year, I would also appeal to national leaders for concrete gestures in favor of our brothers and sisters who suffer from the lack of labor, land and lodging. I am thinking of the creation of dignified jobs to combat the social plague of unemployment, which affects many families and young people, with grave effects for society as a whole. Unemployment takes a heavy toll on people’s sense of dignity and hope, and can only be partially compensated for by welfare benefits, however necessary these may be, provided to the unemployed and their families.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 11/18/2016 We Strive to be Principled


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annunciation, we strive to be principled. This means we act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of other individuals, groups and communities. We take responsibility for our own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

    We understand the importance of academic honesty. We show integrity by giving credit to other’s ideas and words. We are sensitive to different points of view and we responsible with our words and actions. 

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  • 11/18/2016 No School - December 19-January 2 (Christmas Break)


    Weekender

    School will be closed December 19th through January 2nd for Christmas Break.  The Extended Day program will be open on the following days for our families from 7:00a.m – 6:00p.m.

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  • 11/18/2016 Food Collection Prayer Service


    Weekender

    Annunciation student body and teachers gathered to pray and bless the food collected to share and send to those in need in the Holy Rosary community. 

    Ms. Graham, the Outreach Coordinator at Holy Rosary, shared some personal stories from her community about the needs that exist and the appreciation for the gifts that we send. Fr. Park blessed the food and our 3rd graders closed the prayer service with a song. 

    Many, many bags of food were collected and dollars raised to purchase turkeys for families who will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast.

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  • 11/15/2016 A Simple Prayer


    Church News

    Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    Catholic Schools are the best.

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  • 11/11/2016 What Does the Data Tell Us?


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    This week, during our early dismissal working session, our teachers and staff participated in an “inquiry lesson”. As group, we wanted to know – “what does our testing data tell us?”

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  • 11/11/2016 Calling all Geographers


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Calling all Geographers –

    Our Annunciation Geo Bee is right around the corner.   Get your atlases, apps, and curiosity fired up!  The preliminary rounds of the Geo Bee, for grades 4-8, will be held in December. Each of these grades will send two finalists to our Annunciation School Bee in January. 

    From our Annunciation Bee, there will be one school champion who will have a chance to compete for a place in the state competition by taking a written, multiple-choice Qualifying test.  As many as one hundred of the highest-scoring students in the state will advance to state level.  The first-place winner from the state Bee advances to the national level, with an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the “National Geographic Bee.”

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  • 11/11/2016 We Strive to be Risk-Takers


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annuciation, we strive to be risk-takers. This means we explore new ideas and innovative strategies, challenge our ways of thinking, and encourage ourselves and others to be confident in making decisions. This lifelong skill requires us to step out of our comfort zone and become courageous in our choices and actions. 

    Here are some ways parents can help to develop children who are Risk-Takers:

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  • 11/10/2016 2nd Grade Service Project


    Weekender

    Since 2011, the Annunciation second grade has made treat bags for Our Lady of Peace Cancer Home in St. Paul as their class service project.  

    From donated napkins and ribbon the students make treat bags and fill them with candy. The people at the Cancer Home love to receive the bags. The students also make cards and pray for the patients in our daily prayers. It is a fun project for the students to learn about caring for the patients in the hospice community. 

    The children LOVE this project of making bags, cards and then remembering the patients throughout the year in their daily prayers.

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  • 11/09/2016 A New Tradition


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    One step in becoming an IB school is a recognition of multilingualism "as a fundamental part of increasing intercultural understanding and international-mindedness." 

    To that aim, Annunciation School prayed the El Padre Nuestro (The Our Father) in Spanish this Wednesday morning. This week we also kicked off "The Learner Profile - Who WE Are at Annunciation Catholic School."

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  • 11/08/2016 Gerald and Piggie’s Election Day


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As part of the Annunciation 1st grade's IB unit How We Organize Ourselves, we did an inquiry into Group Decision Making. As part of this inquiry we held a mock election where Mo Willems characters Gerald and Piggie had campaign managers (students in first grade). 

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  • 11/07/2016 Sr. High AYM Happy Mondays: Chipolte


    Church News

    Monthly prayer dinner & fellowship

    When: 3rd Monday of the month, October ‘16 - April ‘17, 7:00pm-8:30pm
    Who: Senior High Youth (Grades 9-12)
    Where: Local Restaurants at 76th & Lyndale
    Bring: Money to purchase dinner

    *Free t-shirt for attending 3 Happy Mondays Senior

    11/21 Chipolte

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  • 11/06/2016 40 days for Life


    Church News

    Today is the last day for 40 days for Life at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul. There will be a closing prayer service today, Nov. 6th, at 3:00pm at Planned Parenthood. As of Monday, October  24th, 410 babies have been saved from abortion since 40 Days for Life started in September. 

    The Respect Life Ministry will continue to have their prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Richfield every Wednesday at 1:00pm at 66th Street just east of Lyndale. 

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  • 11/05/2016 Baby Bottle Campaign


    Church News

    Thank you to everyone who has returned the baby bottle with money for Tapestry Center and for St. Stephen's Life Care Center (Sagrada Familia). If you still have a baby bottle, whether it has money or not, please drop it off at the church business office during the week or give it to one of the ushers at Mass next weekend. 

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  • 11/03/2016 2nd and 3rd grade Basketball Registration


    Weekender

    The basketball season starts the first week after Christmas break, but we need to get a head count so we are prepared when the season gets rolling.  Games will be on Saturday mornings and afternoons.  Please fill out the registration form and return it to school.

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  • 11/03/2016 October IB Awards


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    OCTOBER IB AWARD WINNERS

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  • 11/03/2016 Strong partnerships build a strong school


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    The past two days, we have had our parent-teacher conferences. We are truly blessed to have such committed and supportive parents who participate and join us over these two days. Conferences require time and effort from both the school and the family. But we believe that the time and effort is worth it!

    Education today is multi-faceted – it is active, engaging, changing, individualized - and can be challenging! To ensure we help each child reach their potential and utilizing their unique gifts, it is vital that we have strong partnerships with our families. We know when parents and teachers, along with the whole school community, work in unison to offer support and a consistent message, children are most successful.

    It was wonderful to see our parents and teachers connecting, feel the energy throughout the school, hear the laughter, see the smiles, and receive the great feedback from parents that their children are loving school and doing so well!

    Thank you, parents, for choosing Annunciation as your partner - for your support and belief in our teachers and staff - for working with us to help each child soar! Annunciation is truly an amazing place.

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  • 10/30/2016 Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (USCCB)


    Church News

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  • 10/28/2016 Celebrations with a Global Perspective


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As we head into the weekend with several holidays on the horizon, we reflect on the many ways we celebrate these traditions. Today, our middle school students have a Halloween Dance; Monday is the Halloween parade; and on Tuesday, we celebrate All Saints Day. The Spanish classes will be learning about and celebrating “El Día de los Muertos", one of the biggest holidays of the year in Mexico (and many Latin American countries). The students from Kindergarten through 8th grade will be helping create an altar that we will display in the foyer in honor of this special day.

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  • 10/28/2016 El Día de los Muertos


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As a part of our Spanish curriculum the students learn about the Latin American holiday, "El Día de los Muertos". This year we will be coming together to create a school altar in the foyer to honor family members, friends or pets who have passed away.

    “El Día de los Muertos" is one of the biggest holidays of the year in Mexico (and many Latin American countries). It is a family celebration that lasts for days.

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  • 10/28/2016 APEX Fun Run: Thank you!


    Weekender

    Thank you to everyone for the fantastic support and involvement with the APEX Fun Run. It was a beautiful day. The students enjoyed their time outdoors while running laps to support their wonderful school. This event takes many hands to be successful—marking laps, filling water cups, and cheering on the kids! Thank you to all the parents and APO members for taking time out of your schedules to help us with this event.

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  • 10/28/2016 100 students in Battle of the Books!


    Enrichment

    The Battle of the Books is a fun, highly collaborative, academic-based competition that has been very successful at Annunciation. This year we had over 100 students in grades 3- 8 participate. To maximize the excitement, students created team posters prior to the event and some wore themed costumes during the competition.  

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