October 2016

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


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  • 10/28/2016 Celebrations with a Global Perspective


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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  • 10/28/2016 El Día de los Muertos


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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

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


    Weekender

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

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


    Enrichment

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

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


    Weekender

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

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


    Church News, Weekender

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

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

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  • 10/17/2016 Early Dismissal & No School


    Weekender

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

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  • 10/14/2016 Fall Conferences 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    We will hold parent-teacher conferences on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND (4-8 PM) and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD (2 PM – 8 PM).  NOTE: Because we believe the conference time is important, we are offering two evening sessions for conferences to help accommodate parents’ schedules.  Please make every effort to attend a conference with your child’s teacher during these two days. We value this time to check in and continue to develop our partnership to help each child succeed. Your participation is appreciated.

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  • 10/14/2016 A Holy Hour for Haiti:


    Church News, Weekender

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

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

    Where: Annunciation Church

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

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  • 10/14/2016 Principal’s Breakfast Presentation


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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  • 10/14/2016 WordMasters 2016-2017


    Enrichment, Weekender

    We are pleased to announce that once again, our 3rd- 5th grade students will be participating in the WordMasters Challenge™. The WordMasters Challenge helps students:

    Expand their vocabulary
    Develop verbal reasoning skills through the use of analogies, and
    Most importantly, have fun! 

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


    Enrichment, Weekender

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

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  • 10/12/2016 Middle School Receives Microscope Donation


    Weekender

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

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


    Church News

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

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

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

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

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

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


    Church News, Weekender

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

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


    Weekender

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

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

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


    Weekender

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

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  • 10/07/2016 Kindness In Chalk Day 2016


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

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  • 10/03/2016 Open House: Visitation School


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

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

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  • 10/02/2016 Congratulations to DWAS Champion…


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  • 10/01/2016 Church Teaching on Racism


    Church News

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

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

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