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02/26/2016 Everyday Celebrations
As we come to the end of our second trimester, we celebrate many successes and achievements by our students. We also want to begin to highlighting some of the unique things that happen in our school that make Annunciation a special place. Below are two highlights to share:
02/20/2016 What is a Refugee?
Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor
“Grounded by our belief in Jesus Christ and Catholic teaching, Migration and Refugee Services (MRS) fulfills the commitment of the U.S. Catholic bishops to protect the life and dignity of the human person. We serve and advocate for refugees, asylees, migrants, unaccompanied children, and victims of human trafficking.
~Approved by the USCCB Committee on Migration
What is a Refugee?
“Refugees are individuals who have fled their countries of origin and who meet the United Nations' criteria of having a "well-founded fear of persecution for reasons of race, religion, nationality, membership in a particular social group, or political opinion.
At our Principal Breakfast last Thursday, Beth Sable and Sheila Loschy shared photos and stories from their first IB unit of inquiry they taught this year. It was exciting to hear the amazing interactions the students made with their learning, the connections and deeper understanding they gained from their inquiries, and the richness of their Carnaval experience this year with the connection to their IB unit.
The journey continues this year and we are anxious to see the continued impact on our teaching and learning. Please continue to use the Learner Profile Attributes with your children. They are listed below. Here are some highlights about the IB program:
The Primary Years Program (PYP) prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.
02/19/2016 Cookies and Milk Storytime during Bookfair!
Wednesday, March 9 at 5:30 - 7:30pm
We’ll have a story time for preschool and kindergarteners, and open up the book fair just for them. We’ll start in the extended day room with our special readers Beth Sable and Terry Heer. You’re invited back to the library for milk and cookies, and a chance to browse the book fair.
02/18/2016 Viva Las Vegas!
Our annual Live & Silent Auction will take place on Saturday, May 14th, 2016. This year’s theme is Viva Las Vegas! We can’t wait to celebrate our community ‘Las Vegas Style’.
Do you have an idea for a business donation or party idea for this year’s live and silent auction? Are you interested in making a cash donation to support the purchase of a great live auction prize or do you want to volunteer your time? We would love to hear from you!
Contact Liz Tromiczak and Jen Snodgrass, Auction Co-Chairs, at AnnunicationAuction2016@gmail.com.
We are so grateful for the support we have received so far.
02/18/2016 Girl Scouts Carnaval Service Project
6th graders, Libby Z, Maya P, Caitlin O, Juliet P, Hannah C, Maddie B, Grace R, Hannah O, Edith C from Girl Scout Troop 14210 built flag stands and poles for Carnaval. They learned how to use a miter saw, drill press, belt sander and cordless drills while earning the woodworking badge. Mrs. Crowley helped, too and is very excited the school won't need to rent them again!
02/17/2016 Early Dismissal
School will have an early dismissal on Wednesday, March 2nd. The Extended Day program will be open on the 2nd for our families.
On Wednesday, March 2nd, Extended Day will be open from 1:00pm to 6:00pm. We will be staying on school grounds. The children may bring Game Boys, Wii, board games, and their favorite music CD.
Extended Day will provide a snack at 2:30p.m. There will also be a 4:30p.m. snack time and this snack is brought from home.
Please dress the children appropriately. We will go outside in the afternoon.
02/17/2016 Wish List for Haiti
Your donations would be gratefully received by the Sisters of the Companion of Jesus and ladies at the Village of Jesus in Leogane, Haiti.
There is a permanent drop-off box in the church business office (lower level of Church) for your convenience. We will take these meds with us on every trip: over-the-counter meds for the ladies at the Village of Jesus: Ben Gay, hot/icy packs, lotions (Calamine, Galocur plus, and moisturizer lotion), Aspirin 81mg & 325mg, B100 complex tablets, Vitamin C tablets, Day-Quil Cold & Flu, Dulcolax (Colace) tablets, Ibuprofen/Advil, Naproxen/ Aleve, Tylenol EX strength, antifungal cream, Cortisone cream, Zantac/Prilosec, Iron tablets, Tums, Calcium 1200mg, Multivitamins.
Mission Haiti Board Members
02/17/2016 24 Hours for the Lord
Whether it’s been weeks, months, years or decades, Pope Francis wants you to come back to confession.
In announcing his “24 Hours for the Lord” initiative, he said “Let us place the Sacrament of Reconciliation at the center once more in such a way that it will enable people to touch the grandeur of God’s mercy with their own hands.” In response to his call, every diocese in the world will hold around-the-clock confessions from Friday, March 4 to Saturday, March 5.
Here in the Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis, the Basilica of Saint Mary and the Cathedral of Saint Paul will start the 24 hours with prayer and confession services for priests from noon to 1:30pm on Friday. Confessions for the faithful at both locations will begin at 1:30pm on Friday, and end at noon on Saturday. Spanish-speaking priests will be available at both sites on Friday from 6:00pm to 8:00pm.
For more information and additional sites that are hosting reconciliation services or additional time for confessions, please visit http://www.archspm.org/archspm_events/24-hours-for-the-lord/.
Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor
“We declare on each and every one of our creeds that modern slavery, in terms of human trafficking, forced labor and prostitution, and organ trafficking, is a crime against humanity. Its victims are from all walks of life, but are most frequently among the poorest and most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters.” ~Pope Francis
National Slavery and Human Trafficking Awareness Month
“This New Year we are aware that freedom has not yet come to all of our sisters and brothers. Slavery continues today in the form of human trafficking.
02/12/2016 Carnaval & Lent 2016
Our students, staff, and families had a wonderful day on Tuesday celebrating our Carnaval in preparation for the Lenten season. Hours of study, preparation, and planning went into this day. Everyone had a great time experiencing the many countries through the facts, games, food and decorations that the classes created. A big thanks to all who made this such a wonderful experience.
Starting with our Ash Wednesday mass, we now embark on the journey through Lent. It is a time for self-discovery as we remember how Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and was tempted. During our Lenten experience, we pray more, eat less, and give to the poor to prepare ourselves for the biggest event in our Christian faith – Christ’s Resurrection at Easter. But we must make ready our hearts and minds, like an athlete trains for a game or race. We need to strengthen our good habits as we remain God’s sons and daughters through the waters of Baptism.
As a school, we prepare for Easter by giving to our Mission Haiti banks, praying and reflecting daily, and participating in the Stations of the Cross. We pray as one community:
“Lord God, help us to be one with you during this season of Lent. Guide us as you led Jesus through the trying times in his life. May we let go of our negative habits and thoughts that make us feel distant from your loving presence. We look forward to the joy of Easter, for our hope is Jesus in this time of preparation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
02/12/2016 BE SMART presentation
An invitation to parents, grandparents, and all responsible for children’s safety.
The Annunciation Parent Organization and the Peace and Justice Committee from Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace are hosting a presentation on February 29, 2016 about the Be SMART campaign sponsored by MOMS Demand Action for Gun Sense. This presentation addresses simple solutions that adults can take to reduce child gun deaths through responsible gun storage and other safety steps.
Please join us for the Be SMART presentation in the Annunciation School Auditorium from 7-8 p.m.
Online Registration is now open for Budding Musician Piano Lessons
Registration for Hovland Conservatory's Budding Musician Scholarship is now open to all children in kindergarten at Annunciation. Budding Musician Scholarships are funded through donations and cover tuition for a student's first four private piano lessons and books.
02/06/2016 Refugees in Minnesota
Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor
“Migrants and refugees are not pawns on the chessboard of humanity. They are children, women and men who leave or who are forced to leave their homes for various reasons, who share a legitimate desire for knowing and having, but above all for being more.”
On Jan. 11 members of our Peace & Justice Committee attended the Catholic Charities’ Sowers of Justice Meet Up at St. John Neumann Parish on “Faithfully Embracing Refugees and Migrants: A Journey of Hope.” Along with thoughtful discussion, we heard a personal story from a refugee man from Burma/Myanmar who spent over 20 years in a refugee camp near Thailand. Here are some other facts we discovered:
02/05/2016 Staff Development Days
During Catholic Schools Week Annunciation teachers and staff worked with educational professional, Nancy Gerber on the IB focused topic: Inquiry Based Instruction.
Nancy Gerber is an instructional coach and curious lifelong learner. She has conducted trainings and evaluations across the nation. Over the years Nancy has held many roles from educational aide, teacher of primary and intermediate students, multi-age classroom teacher, charter school director, media specialist, as well as a participant on numerous committees. She is a fellow with the Science Museum of Minnesota, and a Certified Trainer for Lynn Erickson Concept Based Instruction network. Currently Nancy has the privilege of working with a variety of IB schools, and is working for the University of Minnesota as a mentor to teacher candidates.
In addition to Nancy's expertise in IB and inquiry, she is also renowned for her work in making thinking visible and developing cultures of thinking.
As we continue to shift our methods and learn more about the IB program, these staff development sessions are essential. I am very proud of the way that Annunciation teachers have become “risk-takers” and learners, too. It is so important that we continue to learn and grow so we can provide the best instruction and learning for all our students. I look forward to sharing more of our work with you in the coming weeks.
Thank you for accommodating these important sessions in the school year!
02/01/2016 Get a Life – a Prayer Life, That Is!
Imagine what your life would look like when you give yourself the opportunity to go deeper in your relationship with God! Beginning on this February, Annunciation will host the Oremus (Latin for “Let us pray) prayer study program, created by Ascension Press.
During the eight weeks of Oremus participants will learn the essentials of developing an effective and fruitful prayer life. Over the course of this study you will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice.