News & Events

  • 08/01/2014 U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change (PT 2)


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Consider effects of pollution on poor, vulnerable people nationally, globally.” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 5/29/2014

    Stewardship Tip:  U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change...

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  • 07/25/2014 U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change (PT 1)


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Reduce carbon pollution to mitigate climate change.” U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 5/29/2014

    Stewardship Tip:  U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change.  (Part 1 of 3)

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  • 07/24/2014 Aim Higher 2nd Annual Night of Light


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    A Celebration of Catholic Education

    Save the Date!
    Hilton Minneapolis
    October 24, 2014

    Cocktail reception 6:00 pm
    Dinner 7-9:00 pm

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  • 07/23/2014 2nd Annual Texas Holdem for Sagrada Familia Life Care Center!


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  • 07/23/2014 School Supply Lists


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

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

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

    School Supply Lists

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

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  • 07/22/2014 Rediscover Hour on Relevant Radio


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    Tune in on Fridays at 9:00 am for the Rediscover Hour on Relevant Radio 1330 AM. The Rediscover Hour is all about bringing the New Evangelization to life here in our local Church - and in the lives of those we love.

    http://rediscover.archspm.org/rediscover_radio/

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  • 07/16/2014 Human Trafficking in Minnesota: What can be done?


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Responsibility is required towards those who have fallen victim to trafficking in order to protect their rights, to guarantee their safety and that of their families, and to prevent the corrupt and criminals from escaping justice and having the last word over the lives of others.” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip:  Human Trafficking in Minnesota:  What can be done?  Sister Ann Redmond, CSJ, PhD gave a presentation on May 19, 2014 at Annunciation on Modern Day Slavery:  Human Trafficking in Minnesota.  Last week’s Tip discussed the statistics; this week focuses on what we can do, along with resources…

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  • 07/16/2014 Planned Parenthood Alternatives


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    Now that Planned Parenthood has opened a satellite clinic Centro de Salud (Health Center) at 66th and Lyndale in Richfield, one thing that we at Annunciation can do to support life is to be well informed about the services offered by two nearby Life Care Centers. Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center (www.tapestryfamilies.org 4105 Chicago Ave S, 612-823-0301) and Sagrada Familia (www.ss-mpls.org/sagrada-familia  2211 Clinton Ave S, 612-767-2430), along with a number other Life Care Centers in the Twin Cities Metro area offer welcome, understanding, support, and care for women during pregnancy and after the child’s birth. Your support of these two centers will go a long way in providing help as well as hope to women so they can experience the support they need to choose life for their unborn child. Both centers are always in need of financial support as well as items needed to care for babies. A visit to their websites will give you information on the array of services they provide as well as the means to make a donation.

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  • 07/07/2014 Vacation Bible School was a Hit!


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    Thank You Vacation Bible School Co-Chairs Krista Richardson and Alisa Kirby. Your planning, coordinating and executing a wonderful and meaningful VBS is much appreciated by parents and youth!

    Congratulations on recruiting the best VBS volunteers both adults and youth, their willingness to share the unique gifts God has given them is a true blessing to this community!

    Thank You Eli Pollock VBS staff Liaison for your creativity, energy and joy you add so much to our summer!

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  • 07/03/2014 Transforming PayDay Lending Practices in MN


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “No one must say that they cannot be close to the poor because their own lifestyle demands more attention to other areas. This is an excuse commonly heard in academic, business or professional, and even ecclesial circles. While it is quite true that the essential vocation and mission of the lay faithful is to strive that earthly realities and all human activity may be transformed by the Gospel, none of us can think we are exempt from concern for the poor and for social justice.” ~Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaugium

    Stewardship Tip:  More work ahead to transform PayDay Lending Practices in MN! 

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  • 07/02/2014 Nursery Closed July 6th


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    The nursery will be closed on Sunday, July 6th, for the 4th of July weekend.

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  • 06/26/2014 Following up on Postcard Campaign


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “They are human people, I stress this, who are appealing for solidarity and assistance, who need urgent action but also and above all understanding and kindness. God is good, let us imitate God. Their condition cannot leave us indifferent.” ~Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

    Stewardship Tip:  Following up on Postcard Campaign: Being a Church for the poor through advocacy successes for housing stability and the homeless!


     

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  • 06/26/2014 Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center


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    If someone you cared about were in crisis pregnancy seeking help, wouldn’t you want to connect this person to a place of welcome, understanding, support, and care? A place that offers education, empowerment, and the tools needed to succeed? How about a place that helps thousands of women each year, the majority of whom, with peace of mind and heart, choose life for their unborn baby? This place really does exist and it’s so close by! This place is the Tapestry Pregnancy and Family Resource Center. http://www.tapestryfamilies.org/, 4105 Chicago Ave S, 612-823-0301. Tapestry is only one of a number of similar Life Care Centers located in the Twin Cities Metro.

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  • 06/19/2014 Support for Immigration Reform


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Migrants present a particular challenge for me, since I am the pastor of a Church without frontiers, a Church which considers herself mother to all. For this reason, I exhort all countries to a generous openness which, rather than fearing the loss of local identity, will prove capable of creating new forms of cultural synthesis”. ~Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

    Stewardship Tip:  Following up on Postcard Campaign:  The Time Is NOW to show your Support for Immigration Reform (Again)!

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  • 06/19/2014 Christmas Boutique: Items Request


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    Christmas Boutique: Summer is a good time to think about making a craft item that you could donate to the Christmas Boutique in December. Also, when you are shopping at sales, look for Christmas items that you can donate to the Boutique or Silent Auction. The Boutique is an annual Respect Life project. Proceeds are donated to a variety of Respect Life organizations. Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360

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  • 06/19/2014 Human Trafficking in Minnesota


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:

    “Together we can and must employ our energies so that these women, men and children can be freed, thus putting an end to this horrible trade.” ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip:  

    Human Trafficking in Minnesota.  On May 19, 2014 Sister Ann Redmond, CSJ, PhD gave a presentation at Annunciation on Modern Day Slavery:  Human Trafficking in Minnesota...

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  • 06/19/2014 Mother’s Day Plant Sale Success


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    The Respect Life Ministry wants to thank everyone who bought corsages and African violet plants for Mother's Day and everyone who bought plants at the plant sale. Thank you to everyone who worked or helped in any way at these sales to make them a success. We raised over $1,100 for various life organizations who help mothers and babies. We are grateful for support for "life." Questions or comments? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 06/18/2014 Relevant Radio


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    Relevant Radio, 1330 AM, is Talk Radio for Catholic Life in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis. "Living the Gospel of Life" airs on Saturday mornings from 11:30 am to Noon on 1330 AM Relevant Radio in the Twin Cities. "The Rediscover Hour" is on Friday mornings from 9:00 am to 10:00 am. Tune in to Relevant Radio 1330 AM or listen online at www.relevantradio1330.com.

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  • 06/13/2014 Intelligent Consumer Spending:  Resources for Informed Purchasing


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:   “People have to struggle to live and, frequently, to live in an undignified way. One cause of this situation, in my opinion, is in the our relationship with money, and our acceptance of its power over ourselves and our society.”  ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip:  Intelligent Consumer Spending:  Resources for Informed Purchasing.

    Consumer choices shape the economy. According to the most recent Consumer Expenditures survey, the average U.S. household spent $51,442 in 2012. This consumer spending is an essential part of the U.S. economic system and influences both methods of production and attitudes toward labor. In this context, consumer choice can be a tool for bringing greater justice into society. Each dollar spent is a chance to consider how our choices reflect the principles of Catholic Social Teaching. The following links illustrate how the marketplace can be used to support justice in labor and production practices.

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  • 06/06/2014 Congratulations & Blessings


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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


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

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

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  • 06/05/2014 Finals & Goodbyes


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    Dear Middle School Parents,

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

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  • 06/05/2014 Congratulations Class of 2014


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

    Congratulations to the Annunciation Class of 2014!

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  • 06/05/2014 National Math Enrichment Contest


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

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

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

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  • 06/01/2014 Why Stop Drinking Bottled Water?


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “All you who are thirsty, come to the water!” ~Isaiah 55: 1

    Stewardship Tip:  Why stop drinking bottled water?  Instead of buying bottled water, use a glass or ceramic cup, or carry a refillable bottle.

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  • 05/30/2014 School Supplies for Haiti


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

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


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    MNSAA Accreditation News

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

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

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  • 05/29/2014 An Exciting New Event!


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    Coming this fall on Saturday, October 11.

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

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

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  • 05/29/2014 Lunch Program News


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

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  • 05/29/2014 Graduating Annunciation Families


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

    Best wishes to all of you –

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

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  • 05/28/2014 Science Lab Productions


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

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  • 05/28/2014 Summer 2014 Reading Raffle


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    We want Annunciation students reading this summer!

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

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  • 05/28/2014 Maud Hart Lovelace Challengers


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

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


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

    Here are the finals schedules for each grade. 

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  • 05/25/2014 Spring is Time to Start Composting


    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  "Let us be protectors of creation, protectors of God's plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment." ~Pope Francis

    Stewardship Tip:  “Spring is a Great Time to Start Composting.  Food and yard waste accounts for about 21 percent of the garbage thrown away in the Twin Cities metro area. That's over two pounds per person per week! Much of this waste can be put to better use.  Many types of food scraps, along with leaves and yard trimmings, can be combined in a backyard compost bin to create a valuable soil additive for your lawn and garden. That's recycling at its best!

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  • 05/22/2014 Happy Memorial Day!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Silent & Live Auction: New York City

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

    Calendar 2014-15

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

    Conferences 2014-15

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

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

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

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

    Last day of school 2015

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

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

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  • 05/22/2014 Reception Open House for Retiring Staff


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    Sunday, June 8 10:30am Mass, followed by a Reception Open House for Retiring Staff. Please take time to come to the Church Community Room to say thank-you and goodbye to retiring staff members, cards are appreciated.

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


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  • 05/20/2014 2014-15 School Supplies


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

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

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

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

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  • 05/18/2014 The 4th Annual Spring Training Wiffle Ball Tournament


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    Sign UP ONLINE

    We expect this year’s event to be super fun!

    (Please Note: Depending on the number of teams that sign up we may have to start playing games on the last weekend in May possibly starting Sunday June 1st and play through Sunday June 8th with games on each day/night. Obviously each team will not play every day.)

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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

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

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

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

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


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    There will be an early dismissal from school on Friday, June 6th.  School will be let out at 12:30p.m.  Extended day will be open from 12:30p.m.-6:00p.m.

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  • 05/09/2014 Rounding Up and Counting Down


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


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

    Please contact Jack Holthusen, jackho2000@gmail.com

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  • 05/09/2014 Summer Tutoring Opportunities


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

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


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

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  • 05/02/2014 Thank You Annunciation Families!


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


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

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  • 05/02/2014 Respect Life Ministry Update


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    Respect Life: For those who mourn the death of a child, that they may be given the strength and courage needed to face the future, and that they may be understood and blessed. We pray to the Lord.
     
    The Respect Life Ministry will be selling orchid corsages and African violet plants next weekend, May 10th and 11th (Mother's Day weekend), after all the Masses. The donation for either the orchid corsage or the African violet plant is $5. Plan ahead to get a corsage or violet plant for your mother, grandmother, or a special woman in your life.
     
    Thank you to everyone who ordered plants from the Respect Life Ministry. The plants will be delivered on Friday, May 16th. If you ordered plants, please pick them up on Friday, May 16th, between 1:00 pm and 5:30 pm. We will have extra plants, tomatoes, and hanging baskets for sale on Friday afternoon, as well as after the Masses on May 17th and 18th. Please consider donating plants from your garden to the plant sale. Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 05/02/2014 Congratulations!


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    We wish to congratulate Annunciation’s 44 second graders at the time of their 1st Communion this weekend. It is wonderful to welcome you to the Table of the Eucharist and that you can now receive Jesus in Holy Communion!

    This weekend we wish to congratulate Annunciation’s 23 tenth graders who are being confirmed at the Basilica, on Monday, May 5th, during Mass at 7:00 PM. We rejoice with you as you complete your Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church and we pray for you and the blessing it will be in your life for you to receive the full outpouring of God’s Holy Spirit! As Annunciation parishioners we bless you in a special Rite of Sending at this weekend’s 10:30 Sunday Mass.

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  • 04/30/2014 Icon Art in the Auditorium


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

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  • 04/25/2014 Alleluia! He is Risen!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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  • 04/25/2014 Teacher Appreciation Week


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  • 04/24/2014 Annunciation Student Ambassadors


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

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  • 04/22/2014 MS Spring Dance Details


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

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

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

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  • 04/22/2014 Incarnation Food Shelf Accepts Fresh Produce


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    The food collected in Annunciation's Food Bins is donated to the Incarnation Food Shelf at Incarnation Church, 3817 Pleasant Ave., Minneapolis.  The donated food is kept safely secured until delivered weekly by our volunteers.  We have recently learned that the shelf does have a cooler and will accept fresh produce.  Those relying on food shelves frequently have poor nutrition, not only due to lack of food and hunger, but because much of the food is processed and less nutritional.  Thank you for your generosity!

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  • 04/22/2014 RCIA Welcome


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    Welcome to Our Newly Baptized, Received into the Church, and Confirmed!

    At our Holy Thursday Mass the RCIA faith journey of 5 of our RCIA candidates culminated in their full initiation into our Catholic Faith with the celebration of the Sacraments of Confirmation and Eucharist. Please welcome Kari Beth Shobe and Caitlin Niedzwiecki who were received into the Church, confirmed and made their 1st Communion, Danielle Wright who was confirmed and made 1st Matthew Hartloff and JoAnn O’Rourke who were confirmed. At the Easter Vigil on Holy Saturday, Jon Wright was baptized into our Faith, confirmed and made his 1st Communion.

    All of those who have been engaged in our RCIA experience this year have enjoyed and appreciated your prayerful support. Let us continue to hold one another in prayer that we may always grow deeper in God’s love and that through the use of our gifts we may always share this love where it is needed most in our world. Congratulations Kari, Caitlin, Danielle, Jon, Matt and JoAnn and thanks to those who walked with you as sponsors!

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  • 04/17/2014 Happy Easter


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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

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

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  • 04/16/2014 Feed My Starving Children


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

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  • 04/16/2014 Thanks to All Who Made Our Lent So Blessed!


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    Thanks to Cathy Dolan who organized and prepared such delicious soup suppers on four Lent Friday evenings before Stations of The Cross. Thanks to Dan O’Brien, Bob and Colleen Healy, and the Krocheski-Meyer family for helping with set-up, serving, and clean-up.

    Speaking of Stations of the Cross, Joan Moffatt provided us with a very special experience of praying this beloved Lenten traditional in our Catholic Church by involving many people from our parish to take the various parts of the Stations of the Cross that were composed by St. John’s Abbey. We have been truly blessed this Lent by the sharing these people’s gifts and those of so many others!

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  • 04/16/2014 The Triduum at Annunciation


    Church News

    This year at Annunciation 6 people will be confirmed at the Holy Thursday Mass. Some are being received into the Catholic Church while others are completing their initiation into the Catholic Faith with the celebration of Confirmation. At the Easter Vigil one of our RCIA members will be fully initiated into the Catholic Church – that is, he will be baptized, confirmed and receive his 1st Communion. RCIA is a year-long study and reflection process in which sponsors and candidates/catechumens explore our Catholic Faith through the topics of Creed, Sacraments, Scripture, Prayer, and Morality. On Palm Sunday our group will have an afternoon retreat as final preparation these sacraments. Please pray that these people will be richly blessed as they prepare to fully “Put on the Lord Jesus Christ” Sacramentally and through the way they live their lives.

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  • 04/11/2014 Spring is Here!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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  • 04/11/2014 Next Argument Club for Women


    Church News

    Medical Care.  School Choice.  Sexual Education.  Discipline.  More and more it seems that parents and the state are at odds regarding major decisions about the care and formation of children.  Who decides how children should be raised?  The family?  The village?  Or both?  The Argument Club for Women will meet the evening of Tuesday, May 27, at St. Hubert’s Catholic Church in Chanhassen to debate the topic, “Parents vs. State:  Who gets to raise our children?”  Mark your calendars for this important debate on a timely topic. 

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  • 04/11/2014 Saint Thomas Academy Cadet Camp


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

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  • 04/11/2014 8th grade surveys


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    Information regarding 8th grade students surveys....

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  • 04/11/2014 Middle School News April 11


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

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  • 04/08/2014 MS Breakfast with Principal Cassidy


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

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  • 04/07/2014 April SCRIP Fundraising


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    April order deadline is April 10th.

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

    For more information go to the 'Parents'

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Accreditation Visit is Complete!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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  • 03/28/2014 Vacation Bible School Update


    Church News, Weekender

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

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  • 03/27/2014 Phyllis Sheehan


    Church News, Weekender

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

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

    Read Phyllis Sheehan's obituary.

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  • 03/27/2014 Improv Letter March 27


    Weekender

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

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  • 03/25/2014 MS News


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

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  • 03/21/2014 Accreditation Visit is here!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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

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

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

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  • 03/19/2014 Feast of the Annunciation Mass


    Church News, Weekender

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

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  • 03/19/2014 Improv Gala Coordinator


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

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  • 03/12/2014 Drop-off and Pick-up


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Drop-off and Pick-up

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

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

    A few notes of importance:

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

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

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

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  • 03/12/2014 Regional History Day Competition


    Weekender

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

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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  • 03/06/2014 Annunciation Middle School Student Ambassadors


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

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Principal Cassidy's Breakfast Presentation

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

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    "Encourage each other and build each other up".

    CONFERENCE TIME IS COMING - MARCH 12-13, 2014

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

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

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

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


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

    ANNUNCIATION LIVE & SILENT AUCTION
    SATURDAY, MAY 17, 2014

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


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

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

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  • 02/13/2014 How do you spell fantastic?


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    S-A-D-I-E!!

    Congratulations to our own local super speller, 7th grader, Sadie R.

    Sadie qualified for the 2014 Minnesota Seven County Metro Area Regional Spelling Bee. There are only 45 school champions from the entire metro area who qualified based on results from a challenging online exam.

    Sadie scored a perfect score on the spelling portion of the exam by correctly spelling words including: azure, blitzkrieg, carnivore, gynarchy, maladroit, and oratorio.  Examples of vocabulary words that Sadie was able to define correctly included: aggregate, barrio, meticulous, pacifism and hedonism.

    The 2014 Minnesota Seven County Metro Area Regional Spelling Bee will be held on Saturday, March 15 at Augsburg College.  The champion of this Bee and one parent will win an expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C., to compete in the 2014 Scripps National Spelling Bee.

    Congratulations Sadie! 

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  • 02/13/2014 What’s New in the Library?


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    Maud Hart Lovelace Reading

    You may have heard the buzz about the Maud Hart Lovelace Awards.  They are children's choice book awards created to encourage reading in children grades 3-8. Visit the Maud Hart Lovelace Awards web site for more details.  Annunciation students will begin to participate in the program after Spring Break (first week of April).  Students and a parents will sign a contract stating which of the books they’ve read.  Then, students will vote for their favorite book and send the results into the official committee. We’ll have our celebration towards the end of the school year.

    Scholastic Book Fair

    Please save the date for this year's Scholastic Book Fair: Sunday March 16th-Friday March 21st.

    5th-8th grade students who would like to make a poster for the book fair can do so and recieve $2.00 in Scholastic dollars. The theme this year is Fiesta. Please have the posters back to me no later than Friday March 7th.

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  • 02/07/2014 Annunciation Scripture Studies Begins the Book of Job!


    Church News, Weekender

    Our Wednesday morning Scripture group has just completed its study of the Book of Exodus and we’re ready to move on to something new. So on February 19th we will begin our adventure of reading the Book of Job. We meet from 9:15 to 10:30 every Wednesday morning in the Hospitality Room. Thanks to Louise Fowler who serves as our facilitator, we not only study the Scripture, but we also spend some time in prayer together and enjoy one another’s company. Our gatherings have become quite dear to us and we would love to have you join us!

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  • 02/05/2014 Living Our Theme


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    “So encourage each other and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

    We continue to live our theme this year and encourage each other in many ways:

    Supporting each other in the classroom and learning
    Noting people’s skills and unique talents
    Reminding each other that we are special in God’s eyes
    Cheering each other on in competition and hard work
    Teaching and modeling for others
    Saying “hello” and valuing each person
    Welcoming all who come to our school
    Holding each other to high standards

    As part of our caring and vibrant community, this theme is central to our success. This week, the teachers attended a workshop on creating a positive school climate. We were reminded of ways we can work together and support each other, as well as our students, holding each other to high standards to create the best school environment.

    The teachers will be carrying this into the classroom to help students in their actions to support each other and create this positive learning environment. You can also help by reminding them of the importance of their “job” at school – to listen, to learn, to be respectful, and to work hard. When we all work together, great things happen!

    We are excited to continue this work with our students to live our mission of nurturing each child’s spirit to achieve their full potential. Thank you for all the help you give us in making our mission come alive at Annunciation School.

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  • 01/31/2014 Exciting End to January


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

    We are wrapping up our week of celebration and activities for our Catholic Schools Week. What a wonderful and fun week we had! Thank you to the student council for planning the week’s themes and events. Also, thank you to the staff and parents for supporting the students and for your commitment to Catholic education at Annunciation School! We are truly blessed!!...

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  • 01/24/2014 Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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  • 01/24/2014 2014-2015 Registration Now Open


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    Registration is open for the 2014-15 school year

    Please complete your registration before February 15, 2014....

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  • 01/24/2014 New Partnership with Lake Area Discovery Center (LADC) preschool


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    Preschool at Annunciation School

    We are excited to announce our partnership with Lake Area Discovery Center (LADC) preschool to expand our program for the 2014-2015 school year. Beginning this fall, Annunciation School’s LADC preschool will offer a 5 day per week program with full and part-time options. Included is wrap around care for before or after school and summer program starting in 2015.

    Registration opens on January 26, 2014. Program Information and Registration is on-line at www.ladcfamilies.org or call the LADC Main Office 651.762.7884.

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  • 01/24/2014 Budding Musician Scholarship for Kindergartners


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    Through a Budding Musician Scholarship at Hovland Conservatory of Music, your Kindergarten student can try piano lessons at no cost. Lessons take place at Annunciation School. More information and a registration form can be found at www.hovlandconservatory.org

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  • 11/15/2013 Winter Theater classes at Youth Performance Company!


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    Registration is now open for the 8-week session of Saturday classes, running January 18 through March 8...

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  • 11/15/2013 Presenting the 2013-14 Student Council


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    Congratulations to our 2013-14 Student Council members! 

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  • 11/08/2013 Uniform Outerwear Online ordering Until 11/13


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    The online store for uniform sweaters, sweatshirts and jackets is now available. Please follow the link below.

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  • 11/07/2013 November is buzzing with Academic Enrichment opportunities!


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    Tuesday, November 05: Battle of the Books Competition and Celebration (Grades 3, 4/5 and 6-8)

    Thursday, November 14 at 1:15pm: Spelling Bee (Grades 4-8)

    Tuesday, November 19 at 2:45pm: AMC 8 Math Contest (Registered Middle School Students)

    November 25/26: WordMasters Challenge Round 1 (Grades 3-8)...

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  • 11/07/2013 Supporting Mothers & Babies in Need


    Church News, Weekender

    Thank you for all the money donated during the Baby Bottle Campaign for our 2 Life Care Centers: Tapestry Center and St. Stephen's Life Care Center...

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  • 10/25/2013 Parish Stewardship Drive Fall 2013


    Church News, Weekender

    Stewardship invites everyone to help build the Kingdom of God together. St.James tells us “Every good and perfect gift is from above”. Stewardship demonstrates how we give of ourselves in love and service to create a just world and build the Kingdom of God.

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  • 10/04/2013 Letter to the Vikings


    Did you catch Mia M’s letter to Vikings Adrian Peterson?

    Watch the news clip: http://www.kare11.com/news/news_article.aspx?storyid=1040572
     

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