News & Events

  • 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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  • 11/01/2016 Maud Hart Lovelace Award


    Weekender

    I am pleased to let you know that your child has the opportunity to be a part of the Maud Hart Lovelace Award again this year. Since its beginning, the Maud Hart Lovelace Society has looked for a way to honor an author who was instrumental in changing the way books for children were written at that time. Maud Hart Lovelace believed that children could learn from good fiction. The Society came up with the Maud Hart Lovelace Awards.

    Every year the members of the Society choose 12 books for grades 3-5, and 12 books for grades 6-8. They choose books of different reading levels and genres.  Schools are invited to be a part of the reading challenge and the children vote for their favorite. The winners in both divisions are announced every year on Maud Hart Lovelace’s birthday April 25th at the Red Balloon Bookshop. The last few years there have been over 20,000 students voting, and we will be a part of this again this year.

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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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  • 10/26/2016 New Member to Student Support Team


    Weekender

    ​As we finalize our interim plan for this year’s intervention, we have created a learning support team to help create levels of intervention for students who need assistance outside of the classroom. Starting this week, Karin Cebulla will be joining our team to help with student support in classrooms, as liaison to Minneapolis District for services, and support to teachers and students.

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  • 10/19/2016 Tuition Assistance Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation


    Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation Catholic School is happy to be a recent recipient of a Tuition Assistance Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF). This grant was made possible by many donors – past and present – whose belief in the power of endowment has allowed CCF to steward and grow endowment funds. These funds provide annual grants to our Catholic schools in order to make Catholic education accessible to more and more students.

    The Catholic Community Foundation, located in St. Paul, is the largest Catholic community foundation in the nation and is committed to supporting the spiritual, educational and social needs of our community.

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  • 10/17/2016 Early Dismissal & No School


    Weekender

    School will have an early dismissal on November 3rd and no school on November 4th.  The Extended Day program will be open on the 3rd and the 4th for our families.

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  • 10/14/2016 Fall Conferences 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We will hold parent-teacher conferences on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND (4-8 PM) and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD (2 PM – 8 PM).  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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  • 10/14/2016 A Holy Hour for Haiti:


    Church News, Weekender

    A Gathering of Prayer in Solidarity for Our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti

    When: Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm

    Where: Annunciation Church

    In our tradition at Annunciation we designate Thursdays for Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament from 9:00am to 7:00pm. We invite everyone who carries a heartfelt love for the people of Haiti and concern for their welfare in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew to join us for this special time of prayer. We pray in thanksgiving that those whom we serve through Mission Haiti Inc. are all safe at this time. We pray too that people will be generous in their response to the needs of the Haitian people in the days, weeks and months ahead. Online donations can be made at Mission Haiti Inc. 

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  • 10/14/2016 Principal’s Breakfast Presentation


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    This morning we met in the Annunciation School Library for the first Principal's Breakfast of the 106-2017 school year. I always greet this event as an opportunity to present on all of the wonderful things happening every day here at Annunciation School. And there is certainly no shortage of happenings from week to week!

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  • 10/14/2016 WordMasters 2016-2017


    Enrichment, Weekender

    We are pleased to announce that once again, our 3rd- 5th grade students will be participating 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! 

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  • 10/14/2016 Fall Battle of the Books 2016


    Enrichment, Weekender

    This totally ROCKS!
     
    We have over 100 students participating in our Annunciation Battle of the Books!  Our competition includes over 75 different titles covering multiple genres and reading levels. 
     
    Important Event Details:

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  • 10/12/2016 Middle School Receives Microscope Donation


    Weekender

    Sheerin Scientific Company donated 26 microscopes, which while previously used, were serviced and tested and expected to provide many years of useful classroom service to Annunciation Middle School Students. 

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  • 10/08/2016 What ARE Our Catholic Social Teachings?


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:   “Far too many Catholics are not familiar with the basic content of Catholic social teaching. More fundamentally, many Catholics do not adequately understand that the social teaching of the Church is an essential part of Catholic faith. This poses a serious challenge for all Catholics, since it weakens our capacity to be a Church that is true to the demands of the Gospel. We need to do more to share the social mission and message of our Church.”  

    ~ Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, U.S. Catholic Bishops

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  • 10/07/2016 Creating a Positive and Productive Learning Environment


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    It is hard to believe we are already in October. School is well underway and we have had so many wonderful community events to kick off our year – Septemberfest, CSCOE All School Mass, Parent Information Night, Dancing with the Annunciation Stars, Blessing of the Animals, the 2nd Grade Grandparents Tea and more! What a blessing it is to be a part of such a vibrant community.

    As a school, we are working hard to create a positive and productive learning environment. Our staff worked hard this summer and continues to grow in their learning. In our 2nd year as an IB Candidate School, you should see more inquiry across grade levels, the Learner Profiles exhibited throughout the school, Spanish language use expanding outside the classroom, and evidence of the Units of Inquiry in our K-5 classrooms.  The framework of IB provides a wonderful common language and teaching process that creates a familiar space in every room for students. IB mission reflects many of the values we share:

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  • 10/07/2016 Washburn High School’s Fall Musical


    Church News, Weekender

    Washburn High School's musical, Zombie Prom, opened last night to rave reviews and a few proud parents of Annunciation alumni.

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  • 10/07/2016 2016 Minnesota State Fair Annunciation Student Results


    Weekender

    Congratulations to Annunciation students Emily M., Claire L., and Anika P. for their accomplishments at the Minnesota State Fair this summer!

    Students submitted their projects independently and recieved these awards for their contributions:

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  • 10/07/2016 Health Office Is Looking For More Volunteers


    Weekender

    Can you put on a band aid?  Can you take a child’s temperature in their ear?  Can you make an ice pack with ice cubes and baggies?  If you answered “yes” you’re qualified to help out in the Annunciation Health Office.  We need one parent in the Health Office from 11am to 1pm each day.  Any health related background is certainly a bonus, but not a requirement.

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  • 10/07/2016 Kindness In Chalk Day 2016


    Kindness in Chalk is an anti-bullying movement that Annunciation School is proud to be a part of for its' 2nd year. Students covered the sidewalks and parking lot with positive messages of encouragement in grade level buddy groups.

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  • 10/03/2016 Open House: Visitation School


    Visitation School, located at 2455 Visitation Drive in Mendota Heights, will host an Open House for prospective Upper School (grades 9–12) families on Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. We invite you to spend this time with us to learn more about all that Visitation School has to offer.

    For more information, visit our website or call 651-683-1700.

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  • 10/02/2016 Congratulations to DWAS Champion…


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  • 10/01/2016 Church Teaching on Racism


    Church News

    “Racism is a serious moral evil. It is a sin. This has been the clear message from the moral teaching of the Church. Both the Scriptures and contemporary Church teaching help us to understand why racism is such a serious violation of God’s will. 

    In our national pastoral letter on racism we bishops noted how racism is a rejection of the most basic values of the Scriptures: 

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  • 09/30/2016 Student Recognized for the 3rd Annual School Supply Drive


    Weekender

    Grace R. organized and led Annunciation's 3rd Annual School Supply Drive at the end of last school year.  After receiving a large volume of new and gently used school supplies that were donated by her fellow Annunciation students, Grace combed through, cleaned, organized, and packaged them.  She delivered 22 very full bags to the Twin Cities Kids in Need Foundation in June, who then gave them to local children in need of school supplies.

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  • 09/30/2016 Starting the Year with a New Mindset


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    After reading the book “Mindset” for our staff book study, we followed up with a session to bring some of the learnings into our work at Annunciation Catholic school. At our meeting this week, our staff, led by consultant - Nancy Gerber,  practiced using a “growth mindset” in working together as a collegial team and applying learned strategies for nurturing growth mindsets with our students and ourselves.  

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  • 09/29/2016 No School (MEA)


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    ANNUNCIATION EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM IS OPEN

    School will be closed on October 20th and 21st for MEA.  The Extended Day program will be open on the 20th and the 21st for our families from 7:00a.m.-6:00p.m.

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  • 09/29/2016 Vatican International Exhibition: Eucharistic Miracles of the World


    Church News

    St. Vincent de Paul, 9100 93rd Av N, Brooklyn Park, will be hosting the Vatican International Exhibit of the Eucharist Miracles of the World.  This photographic exhibit includes 126 historically documented Eucharistic miracles that have occurred in various countries since the Last Supper. They are visible proof of Jesus Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.  All are welcome to experience this rare opportunity!

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  • 09/24/2016 Despite Progress, Racism Persists


    Church News

    “During the past 40 years our nation has made significant progress in the struggle for racial justice. There is a greater appreciation for the value of racial and ethnic diversity and a greater willingness to condemn blatant and overt forms of racist behavior. Important legislation has been passed that officially protects civil rights and promotes greater racial equality. For many people of color this has meant an opportunity to make important advances in terms of economic and social wellbeing. 

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  • 09/23/2016 Schoology.com


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    I hope the year has gotten off to a great start. These past two weeks, the teachers and students spent a few days getting to know each other, practicing routines, and beginning classes for the year. We are very blessed to have such a strong school and have students achieve great things this year.

    This success comes from the wonderful support and partnerships that develop with our parents, students, and teachers. In addition, there is a lot of hard work and effort by staff to provide the care, academic challenges, and support needed for each child to succeed. Thanks for entrusting you child to us during these important years.

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  • 09/23/2016 What is “A Day in ‘The Life’”?


    Church News

    Pope Francis often implores us to work to eradicate all forms of human trafficking, including sex trafficking. “How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9). Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved?” (Pope Francis, 11/24/13, no. 211)

    Come join us on Saturday afternoon, October 15th, from 2:30 to 4:45, in the Annunciation Community Room where you will have the opportunity to learn about sex trafficking here in the Twin Cities Metro, pray in solidarity with those working to bring this form of enslavement to an end, and do something to help.

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  • 09/23/2016 Parent Information Night Survey


    Weekender

    Thank you for attending the Parent Information Night last evening.  It was great to see a full auditorium of parents and feel the excitement for the school year! We hope the night was energizing and informative. 

    To help us continue to improve and meet the needs of our parents and families, I would appreciate your feedback on the evening event. Please take a moment to respond to this survey. Your input is greatly appreciated! 

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  • 09/23/2016 Virtus; The Enhanced Essential 3


    Church News, Weekender

    ​We believe that our responsibility to create and maintain safe environment is not a one-time obligation; it is an ongoing commitment that must evolve to meet national best practices for ensuring the safety of children, youth and vulnerable adults. To that end, beginning in 2016-2017 school year, these Essential 3 requirements must be renewed every three years by all clergy, chancery staff, parish and Catholic school employees, and volunteers who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with minors or vulnerable adults.

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  • 09/22/2016 Basketball Registration, Grades 4-8


    Weekender

    The grade 4-8 basketball season starts in the beginning of November with games starting in December.  We need to get a head count so we are prepared when the season gets rolling. We just need a little information from each student. Please download the registration form.

    REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 28. Basketball fees for this season will be $100. 

    Please enclose a check or cash with the registration form. 

    We are looking forward to another great season of Annunciation Basketball. The basketball fee pays for the league we play in, equipment, referees, scoreboard operators, warm up shirts, and the jerseys.

    Scott Glenn, Athletic Director

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  • 09/22/2016 Prayer Before An Election


    Church News

    Lord God, as the election approaches,
    we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country,
    and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.

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  • 09/21/2016 APO & the Box Tops Collection Program


    Weekender

    APO is putting some life back into our Box Tops Collection Program! Box tops can be dropped at school office or in collection bins in Church basement (now located by Restrooms). 

    You can send them in a variety of ways:

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  • 09/21/2016 Learning Support Assistant


    Weekender

    Annunciation Catholic School is seeking caring, passionate, hard-working people to join our team as a learning support assistant. The learning support assistant works with our Learning Support Specialist to provide additional instruction and support in reading and math for students and helps create a faith-filled, positive environment for learning.

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  • 09/19/2016 Stars Girls Traveling Basketball Evaluations


    Weekender

    Save the Date!: Stars Girls Traveling Basketball Evaluations

    Girls in 4-8th grade are eligible

    Saturday October 8th, 1pm – 3:00 pm at Holy Angels Main Gym

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  • 09/18/2016 Virtus Training Schedule


    Church News

    In an effort to make Virtus Training the most convenient to all our volunteers, who have not attended, we have scheduled a training session in the Annunciation Church Community Room.

    VIRTUS TRAINING 2016-17
    ANNUNCIATION CHURCH - COMMUNITY ROOM
    6:30-9:30PM
    SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

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  • 09/18/2016 Parent Information Night


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    On September 22 at 6:30, we will gather in the auditorium together to officially kick off the new school year. Then, we invite you to visit your student’s classrooms to receive more information about each grade level for the coming year.

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  • 09/17/2016 Different Types of Racism


    “Racism takes many forms, but at its core it is a personal and social disorder rooted in the assumption that one race is superior to another. Racism occurs not only in the actions of the majority culture toward people of color, but also between and within ethnic communities. In one way or another, racism affects all of us. This letter will focus primarily on racism by people from the United States dominant culture against people of color. 

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  • 09/16/2016 APEX Fun Run is coming!


    Weekender

    We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major fundraiser!   The Apex program will be with our students from October 10 - October 19 teaching leadership and fitness as we raise pledges to help our school.  Please look in your child’s folder and e-mails that will be sent to you from your teachers as the fun run gets nearer.  

    Please feel free to visit www.apexfunrun.com to learn about this interactive program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership and fitness.  This year's theme is Dream Team, where students will join Johnny Dreamer and the Apex team in an exciting journey to learn what it means to become a Dream Team Leader:

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