November 2016

  • 12/01/2016 Take a ride, Buy a Snack & Help Build a Rain Garden


    Weekender

    Looking for some holiday family fun or a date night while supporting a good cause? Come to the Como-Harriet Streetcar to enjoy a ride!

    While you wait you can purchase hot drinks and snacks from Donovan Peterson (Annunciation Class of 2013). He is raising money for his Eagle Scout project, a series of 5 raingardens at the front of the Church that will collect stormwater from over 16,000 square feet of impermeable surfaces.  

    This will keep dirty water from entering Minnehaha Creek, beautify the grounds with native plants and offer teaching opportunities for the school.

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  • 11/30/2016 Prayer Help For Advent


    Church News

    This year we are trying a new Advent Reflection Book called Theotokos, which is Greek for Mother of God. If you participated in Oremus last Lent, you may remember Fr. Mark Toups from the video reflections. He is the composer of booklet of daily Advent prayer reflections with journal questions for your prayer. We hope this resource will help you on your Advent journey.

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  • 11/30/2016 Advent Craft Making!


    Church News

    Sunday, December 4th, 2016, 10:15am - 12:15pm

    Come Join Us for a Morning of Holiday Fun!

    On Sunday, December 4th, after all masses from 10:15am - 12:15pm there will be a Children’s Advent Craft Making in the preschool classrooms.

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  • 11/29/2016 Wish List for Haiti


    Church News

    Your donations would be gratefully received by the Sisters of the Companion of Jesus and ladies at the Village of Jesus in Leogane, Haiti. 

    There is a permanent drop-off box in the church business office (lower level of Church) for your convenience. We will take these meds with us on every trip.

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  • 11/25/2016 Stewardship of Creation


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be ‘protector’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 11/21/2016 Cassini Scientist for a Day 2016-17


    Enrichment

    Independent Enrichment Opportunity for students in grades 5-8

    Be part of the Cassini science team with a spacecraft as your remote laboratory!

    The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in essay.

    Learn about Saturn, its fascinating features and mysterious moons. Once your research is complete, choose one of the three targets and defend your choice in an essay of up to 500 words. Your decision should be based on which target you think would yield the best scientific results. Just like real scientists do, explain what you hope to learn from the image you have selected.

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  • 11/18/2016 Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “In this Jubilee Year, I would also appeal to national leaders for concrete gestures in favor of our brothers and sisters who suffer from the lack of labor, land and lodging. I am thinking of the creation of dignified jobs to combat the social plague of unemployment, which affects many families and young people, with grave effects for society as a whole. Unemployment takes a heavy toll on people’s sense of dignity and hope, and can only be partially compensated for by welfare benefits, however necessary these may be, provided to the unemployed and their families.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 11/18/2016 We Strive to be Principled


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annunciation, we strive to be principled. This means we act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of other individuals, groups and communities. We take responsibility for our own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

    We understand the importance of academic honesty. We show integrity by giving credit to other’s ideas and words. We are sensitive to different points of view and we responsible with our words and actions. 

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  • 11/18/2016 No School - December 19-January 2 (Christmas Break)


    Weekender

    School will be closed December 19th through January 2nd for Christmas Break.  The Extended Day program will be open on the following days for our families from 7:00a.m – 6:00p.m.

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  • 11/18/2016 Food Collection Prayer Service


    Weekender

    Annunciation student body and teachers gathered to pray and bless the food collected to share and send to those in need in the Holy Rosary community. 

    Ms. Graham, the Outreach Coordinator at Holy Rosary, shared some personal stories from her community about the needs that exist and the appreciation for the gifts that we send. Fr. Park blessed the food and our 3rd graders closed the prayer service with a song. 

    Many, many bags of food were collected and dollars raised to purchase turkeys for families who will enjoy a Thanksgiving feast.

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  • 11/15/2016 A Simple Prayer


    Church News

    Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    Catholic Schools are the best.

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  • 11/11/2016 What Does the Data Tell Us?


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    This week, during our early dismissal working session, our teachers and staff participated in an “inquiry lesson”. As group, we wanted to know – “what does our testing data tell us?”

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  • 11/11/2016 Calling all Geographers


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Calling all Geographers –

    Our Annunciation Geo Bee is right around the corner.   Get your atlases, apps, and curiosity fired up!  The preliminary rounds of the Geo Bee, for grades 4-8, will be held in December. Each of these grades will send two finalists to our Annunciation School Bee in January. 

    From our Annunciation Bee, there will be one school champion who will have a chance to compete for a place in the state competition by taking a written, multiple-choice Qualifying test.  As many as one hundred of the highest-scoring students in the state will advance to state level.  The first-place winner from the state Bee advances to the national level, with an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the “National Geographic Bee.”

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  • 11/11/2016 We Strive to be Risk-Takers


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annuciation, we strive to be risk-takers. This means we explore new ideas and innovative strategies, challenge our ways of thinking, and encourage ourselves and others to be confident in making decisions. This lifelong skill requires us to step out of our comfort zone and become courageous in our choices and actions. 

    Here are some ways parents can help to develop children who are Risk-Takers:

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  • 11/10/2016 2nd Grade Service Project


    Weekender

    Since 2011, the Annunciation second grade has made treat bags for Our Lady of Peace Cancer Home in St. Paul as their class service project.  

    From donated napkins and ribbon the students make treat bags and fill them with candy. The people at the Cancer Home love to receive the bags. The students also make cards and pray for the patients in our daily prayers. It is a fun project for the students to learn about caring for the patients in the hospice community. 

    The children LOVE this project of making bags, cards and then remembering the patients throughout the year in their daily prayers.

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  • 11/09/2016 A New Tradition


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    One step in becoming an IB school is a recognition of multilingualism "as a fundamental part of increasing intercultural understanding and international-mindedness." 

    To that aim, Annunciation School prayed the El Padre Nuestro (The Our Father) in Spanish this Wednesday morning. This week we also kicked off "The Learner Profile - Who WE Are at Annunciation Catholic School."

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  • 11/08/2016 Gerald and Piggie’s Election Day


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As part of the Annunciation 1st grade's IB unit How We Organize Ourselves, we did an inquiry into Group Decision Making. As part of this inquiry we held a mock election where Mo Willems characters Gerald and Piggie had campaign managers (students in first grade). 

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  • 11/07/2016 Sr. High AYM Happy Mondays: Chipolte


    Church News

    Monthly prayer dinner & fellowship

    When: 3rd Monday of the month, October ‘16 - April ‘17, 7:00pm-8:30pm
    Who: Senior High Youth (Grades 9-12)
    Where: Local Restaurants at 76th & Lyndale
    Bring: Money to purchase dinner

    *Free t-shirt for attending 3 Happy Mondays Senior

    11/21 Chipolte

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  • 11/06/2016 40 days for Life


    Church News

    Today is the last day for 40 days for Life at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul. There will be a closing prayer service today, Nov. 6th, at 3:00pm at Planned Parenthood. As of Monday, October  24th, 410 babies have been saved from abortion since 40 Days for Life started in September. 

    The Respect Life Ministry will continue to have their prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Richfield every Wednesday at 1:00pm at 66th Street just east of Lyndale. 

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  • 11/05/2016 Baby Bottle Campaign


    Church News

    Thank you to everyone who has returned the baby bottle with money for Tapestry Center and for St. Stephen's Life Care Center (Sagrada Familia). If you still have a baby bottle, whether it has money or not, please drop it off at the church business office during the week or give it to one of the ushers at Mass next weekend. 

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  • 11/03/2016 2nd and 3rd grade Basketball Registration


    Weekender

    The basketball season starts the first week after Christmas break, but we need to get a head count so we are prepared when the season gets rolling.  Games will be on Saturday mornings and afternoons.  Please fill out the registration form and return it to school.

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  • 11/03/2016 October IB Awards


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    OCTOBER IB AWARD WINNERS

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  • 11/03/2016 Strong partnerships build a strong school


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    The past two days, we have had our parent-teacher conferences. We are truly blessed to have such committed and supportive parents who participate and join us over these two days. Conferences require time and effort from both the school and the family. But we believe that the time and effort is worth it!

    Education today is multi-faceted – it is active, engaging, changing, individualized - and can be challenging! To ensure we help each child reach their potential and utilizing their unique gifts, it is vital that we have strong partnerships with our families. We know when parents and teachers, along with the whole school community, work in unison to offer support and a consistent message, children are most successful.

    It was wonderful to see our parents and teachers connecting, feel the energy throughout the school, hear the laughter, see the smiles, and receive the great feedback from parents that their children are loving school and doing so well!

    Thank you, parents, for choosing Annunciation as your partner - for your support and belief in our teachers and staff - for working with us to help each child soar! Annunciation is truly an amazing place.

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