News & Events

  • 10/03/2014 LADC’s Annual Bike-a-Thon/Family Festival


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    Thursday, Oct. 9th, 5:30-7:30pm

    FREE Family Activities Include:

    BIKE PARADE- children bring decorated bikes, scooters, wagons, etc. and ride in the parade! Line up at 5:25...Kick-Off at 5:35
    Slide/Obstacle Course
    Craft Activities and Carnival Games
    Face Painting and Crazy Hair!
    FREE Dinner!
    ALL families invited!

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  • 09/30/2014 October Library News


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    Welcome back to another great school year. With a new school year comes new changes and opportunities. We’re all getting use to a new schedule. We have new signage in the library to make finding books on their own easier. I have been talking to all the classes about having a book bag for their library books, and finding a consistent place to keep their library books at home.

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  • 09/30/2014 October Scrip


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    Orders for Scrip are due October 10th.

    Purchase SCRIP Online or use this SCRIP Order Form.

    When placing your order or signing up for Scrip, use this Enrollment Code: E4C1CLLL15927.

    Questions? Read all about SCRIP at Annunciation or contact Janet Daley or Sandy Martinek.

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  • 09/28/2014 2015 Mission Trip Registration Meeting & Lottery


    Church News

    What: 2015 Mission Trip Registration Meeting & Lottery
    When: Sunday, October 5th, 2014, 7-8:30pm
    Where: Annunciation Community Room
    Who: Grades 10-12

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  • 09/26/2014 The Weekender Newsletter 9/26/14


    Weekender

    If you missed the email, view the newsletter here: The Weekender September 26, 2014.

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  • 09/26/2014 Thank You SeptemberFest Co-Chairs!


    Church News, Weekender

    Oh what a difference all in just one week! Last weekend the parking lot was transformed into our largest community gathering event. Now it is difficult to see any signs that it happened at all except for the smiles on everyone's faces.

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  • 09/26/2014 News & Notes: September 26, 2014


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    “Don’t be afraid...take courage, I am here.” Matt. 14:27

    Dancing with the Annunciation Stars!

    We are only a couple of weeks away for the debut of DWAS at Annunciation School! If you have not had a chance to check out the website and link to the event, I invite you to do so. Our Annunciation Stars have videos on the site along with information on event tickets and more. Take a look – it is fun and exciting to see! Thanks to the parents and staff who have worked diligently in preparation for this fun event. Hope to see you there!

    MAP Testing begins Monday:

    One of our goals from our accreditation and review of our programs, was the need to identify a comprehensive assessment for our school. The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) test has been chosen as the tool for students in grades K-8. We have chosen to use one test for all students so we have benchmark data starting fall of kindergarten all the way through grade 8. We will be testing this year in Reading, Math, and Language Usage.

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  • 09/24/2014 Happy Halloween Costume Drive


    Church News, Weekender

    We are collecting new and gently used costumes, along with monetary donations, for St. Anne’s Place, an emergency homeless shelter for families in
    North Minneapolis.

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  • 09/19/2014 The Weekender Newsletter 9/19/14


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  • 09/19/2014 Students Earn Awards at MN State Fair 2014


    Weekender

    Three Annunciation students earned ribbons for their art and/or school work at the Education, Individual Exhibits at Minnesota State Fair this year.  It is quite an accomplishment as there are many, many entries from students across Minnesota. 

    Congratulations to these students on their outstanding achievement!:

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  • 09/19/2014 SeptemberFest is Here!


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    “Don’t be afraid….take courage, I am here.”                Matt. 14:27

    Parent Information Nights

    We had our second parent information night this week for our kindergarten – fifth grade parents. Thank you to all who attended. These information sessions are so important to help us build the partnership we have with you to educate and develop your children. Communication is always a key to any successful partnership, and we continue to offer many options and look for ways to improve our communication. Your participation makes it successful! I hope that these sessions provided you important information regarding your child’s classroom and teacher and allowed you to meet other parents in your child’s class. Most of all, I hope you felt the excitement and energy that has filled our school since school has begun! We truly do have a vibrant community and you have helped make it special. I look forward to seeing you at more events this year.

    SeptemberFest

    Speaking of community……what a great way to support Annunciation parish and school by attending this weekend’s SeptemberFest! The weekend is filled with fun events, food, games, prizes, and more. This is also a great way to meet new families and spend time with others in building our “family” here at Annunciation. Good luck to the many school wiffle ball teams, too! Hope to see you there!

    The year is off to a great start. Thanks to all the parents for their feedback and questions. I welcome any questions or comments as we work together to make Annunciation School the very best place for all! Hope to see you at Septemberfest!

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  • 09/12/2014 Weekender: September 12, 2014


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  • 09/12/2014 Updates from the MCC/Minnesota Catholic Conference


    Church News

    Rehabilitate, Heal and Restore: the MCC supports restoring the voting rights of those who has completed their incarceration period. This would be one step toward creating a criminal justice system in Minnesota that would better balance punishment with rehabilitation and provide an opportunity for people to be healed and restored, while establishing a concrete way to reintegrate the marginalized into the broader community. 

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  • 09/12/2014 Garden Sharing Harvest Campaign for Septemberfest Weekend


    Church News

    Because we will not have room storage room during Septemberfest Weekend, there will be no collection of garden produce next weekend. Donations can be made at Incarnation Parish (612-822-2101) or at VEAP in Bloomington (952.888.9616). Please call to arrange your delivery time.

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  • 09/12/2014 SeptemberFest Pie Shop Drop


    Church News, Weekender

    Drop off pie donations on Friday, September 19th, 7:45am – 8:30am, curbside lower church.

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  • 09/12/2014 Choir 2014-15


    Church News, Weekender

    The mission of the Annunciation Youth Choir is to provide parish youth an opportunity to experience the joy of music, learn to become leaders in worship, and inspire the assembly to worship God by sincerity, simplicity, and the beauty of the music they offer.  Youth are given the opportunity to learn and perform songs in various styles and languages, and also learn some of the fundamentals of liturgy and music with an emphasis on part singing, reading music notation, and healthy vocal production.

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  • 09/11/2014 Children’s Liturgy of the Word Begins!


    Church News

    It’s time for Children’s Liturgy of the Word to begin a brand new year on Sunday, September 28th, during the 8:45 and 10:30 Masses.

    So what is Children’s Liturgy of the Word? It might help to start with what it’s not:

    A free baby sitting service? - no
    A way to give kids an entertaining break from Mass? - no
    A classroom activity? - no

    When our young children leave the Gathered Assembly they go to a special room where they do on their level the same thing that the rest of us who remain in the main part of Church are doing. They experience the Word of God proclaimed to them in a way that is meaningful to children. Just as we have a homily – Breaking Open the Word – given by a priest of deacon, they have a presider who Breaks Open the Word for them in a way that they can understand as children. God is present and speaks to them through Scripture, with a translation appropriate for children. The presider leads them in a sharing that brings home the meaning of the Gospel to their young lives. Our Children’s Liturgy of the Word serves the needs of children from kindergarten through grade 3. Would you like to join our team of presiders? Contact Terry Heer at 612/702-1552 or theer@annunciationmsp.org.

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  • 09/10/2014 MS Information Night


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes

    Greeting Middle School Parents!

    On Thursday, September 11th, we will be having our Information Night. We have set it up this year as a “Day in the Life of a Middle School Student.”

    You, the parents, will live a day that is similar to what your students go through at Annunciation. This is how it will work:

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  • 09/10/2014 Happy 1st Birthday to Annunciation’s Library!


    Church News

    This weekend marks the 1-year anniversary of our parish library, for which we owe a debt of gratitude to Therese Moriarty and Mary Lockhart! Both Therese and Mary have enjoyed meeting parishioners during Sunday morning library hours and they thank those of you who have made recent contributions. Our library needs include:

    Donations of DVDs that deal with our Christian Faith, the lives of the Saints, etc. Family friendly and children’s DVDs are welcome. Currently book donations are not needed.
    Volunteers to staff the library for the Saturday 5 PM Mass. Please call Therese Moriarty at 612-968-2871 for information on volunteering.

    Congratulations Therese and Mary and thanks for all your work on our library’s 1st birthday!

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  • 09/10/2014 Christmas Boutique: Donations


    Church News

    Now is a good time to start making a craft item that you can donate to the Christmas Boutique in December. 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. Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.

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  • 09/10/2014 So What is Busted Halo?


    Church News

    I first became familiar with Busted Halo – http://bustedhalo.com (developed by the Paulist Fathers) a couple of years ago when one of our 1st Communion parents emailed me the link to the YouTube Eucharist (How We Receive). I enjoyed the lighthearted humor used to show both the wrong way and the right way to go to Communion. Since then I’ve been hooked on this resource and have incorporated it into our Confirmation, Sacramental prep, and RCIA ministries.

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  • 09/10/2014 Zero Waste Event


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Creation is not some possession that we can lord over for our own pleasure; nor, even less, is it the property of only some people, the few: creation is a gift, it is the marvelous gift that God has given us, so that we will take care of it and harness it for the benefit of all, always with great respect and gratitude” ~Pope Francis 

    Stewardship Tip:  SeptemberFest ZEE WEE.  Next weekend is our annual Church festival and ZERO WASTE EVENT (or Zee Wee!)  Once again, the goal is to either compost or recycle everything possible, leaving less than 5% going to our city’s incinerator.  Please do your share to make this a reality!  What do you need to do?  When you walk up to the waste containers, PLEASE PAUSE AND SORT as you do at home:  1) COMPOSTABLE?  ALL of the beverage cups, forks, spoons, knives and plates are compostable foodware.  (They look plastic but are made of corn.)  All food waste and soiled paper products are also compostable.  2) RECYCLABLE?  Glass & plastic bottles, aluminum, and other plastic containers and paper are recyclable. (Think of your Single-Stream Recycling at home) and 3) TRASH?  Candy wrappers, chip bags and plastic bags are for the trash.  Enjoy SeptemberFest, but please be thoughtful at the waste containers!  Peace & Justice Committee

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  • 09/10/2014 Sharing of Garden Abundance Continue


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    Thanks to all those who have already donated garden produce these last couple of weeks for distribution to our local food shelves. These items are so greatly appreciated by those who run food shelves as well as the people they serve. Continued garden produce donations will be welcome between now and September 28th and can be brought to the Marian Dining Room at our weekend Mass times. Any contributions you can make during Minnesota Food Share’s Harvest Campaign will go a long way in helping to supplement the diets of those in need with healthy fresh food.

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  • 09/10/2014 Annunciation Weekender


    Weekender

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

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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

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  • 09/05/2014 Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “I have always been distressed at the lot of those who are victims of various kinds of human trafficking. How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9)…Let us not look the other way.”  ~ Pope Francis, Evangelii Gaudium

    Stewardship Tip:  Prayer for an End to Human Trafficking

    The story of St. Josephine Bakhita can be found in last week’s bulletin. In prayer let us ask her to intercede for an end to human trafficking.

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


    Church News, Weekender

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

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

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  • 09/03/2014 What is APO?


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

    Roberta Dietrick and Sarah Johanns
    APO Co-Presidents

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  • 08/29/2014 Ice Bucket Challenge Warms Hearts


    Church News, Weekender

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

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  • 08/29/2014 Know Someone Thinking About Becoming Catholic?


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    Perhaps you do! What if the only thing this person needs is an invitation from you! Or maybe ‘the someone’ who is thinking about the Catholic Faith is you! RCIA is for someone:

    • who has never been baptized
    • from another Faith Tradition who wants to join the Catholic Church
    • who just wants to explore the possibility but not yet ready to commit
    • already Catholic who somehow missed Confirmation
    • already Catholic who wants to return to the Faith or who simply wants to update

    So come with your interests, your curiosity, your questions and concerns. If you feel uncertain about what you want to do, that’s OK. RCIA/Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults will begin at Annunciation during the 1st week of October and conclude in early May. We will meet on a night of the week that works out best for the group. Annunciation’s RCIA/Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults program will begin in early October. To learn more, please contact Sr. Sue at 612-824-9993 X 251 or storgersen@annunciationmsp.org.

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  • 08/29/2014 St. Josephine Bakhita


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “God of hope and freedom, inspire and strengthen us in our work to loosen the chains of human trafficking in our world, so that like St. Josephine Bakhita, we may stand firm in our resolve to create a slave‐free world. Through Christ our Lord.”  ~ From Prayer Service for an End to Human Trafficking, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops/USCCB

    St. Josephine Bakhita, Witness of Hope for Victims of Human Trafficking, was born in Sudan in 1869.

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  • 08/25/2014 First Morning Coffee


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

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

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  • 08/22/2014 Peace & Justice Titles Added to Library


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: "Rebuild the alliance between man and earth, before it is too late!" ~Pope Benedict XVI, Ten Commandments for the Environment..

     

    Stewardship Tip:  Peace & Justice Titles Added to Library.  There are 3 new titles available for check out at the Annunciation Parish Library, donated by the Peace & Justice Committee.  Here are the new additions:

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  • 08/15/2014 Caring for the Earth and Its People


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “And this should be our attitude towards Creation. Safeguard Creation. Because if we destroy Creation, Creation will destroy us! Never forget this.” ~Pope Francis, Papal Audience, Vatican Radio, May 21, 2014

    Stewardship Tip:  Caring for the Earth and its People – We are blessed in our times to have a Pope who encourages us to feel Wonder and Awe (one of the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit) over the beauty of the God’s gift of Creation, while at the same time exhorting us to the urgent need to protect this gift.

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  • 08/08/2014 U.S. Bishops Urge Action on Carbon Pollution to Stem Climate Change (PT 3)


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Act now to protect human life and dignity in the future.”  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 3 of 3) Archbishop Wenski urged the EPA to be guided by the following principles, outlined by both the U.S. bishops in their 2001 statement “Global Climate Change: A Plea for Dialogue, Prudence and the Common Good” and Pope Francis in recent comments.

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  • 08/05/2014 New Assistant Principal Anthony Degel


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    Greetings Annunciation Families,

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

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  • 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


    Weekender

    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


    Church News

    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!


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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


    Church News

    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


    Weekender

    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?


    Church News

    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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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


    Church News

    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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  • 05/16/2014 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!


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

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  • 04/25/2014 Teacher Appreciation Week


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  • 04/24/2014 Annunciation Student Ambassadors


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

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  • 04/22/2014 MS Spring Dance Details


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

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

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

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  • 04/22/2014 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


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

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

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

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  • 04/16/2014 Feed My Starving Children


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

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  • 04/16/2014 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


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    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


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    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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