December 2016

  • 12/16/2016 Promotion of Peace


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Peacemaking calls for courage, much more so than warfare. It calls for the courage to say yes to encounter and no to conflict: yes to dialogue and no to violence; yes to negotiations and no to hostilities; yes to respect for agreements and no to acts of provocation; yes to sincerity and no to duplicity. All of this takes courage, it takes strength and tenacity.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 12/16/2016 Geo Bee Finalists 2016


    Enrichment, Weekender

    We are proud to announce our Annunciation Geo Bee Finalists!

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  • 12/16/2016 December IB Award Winners


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Congratulations to the December IB awards winners in the Annunciation Middle School!

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  • 12/16/2016 Christmas 2016


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    Our Annunciation School students, led by the creative talents of Mary Strickland, Liz Kramer, and Sandy Nesvig, once again touched our hearts with their Christmas performance this year. Each year they find a way to make this the best program ever. With over 25 years of beloved Christmas performances, we realize what a gift this is to our school – students, staff, families and community! This truly is a celebration of God’s gifts to us and of the Christmas season to come.

    Congratulations to all who helped make the programs so special for those who were blessed to watch or participate – from the creative directors, teachers, students, volunteers, hosts, costume-makers, and all the families who have shared their children with us.  We are blessed with amazing people and a great program to celebrate this special time of year!

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  • 12/16/2016 Pathways to Prayer


    Church News

    Start the New Year on the right path - Pathways to Prayer

    January Women’s Mid-Week Retreat, January 17-19, 2017, Franciscan Retreats and Spirituality Center, Prior Lake, MN.

    What better place to begin a new year than on a retreat?  Set the tone for the year ahead while reflecting on the year past in a space designed precisely for prayer, contemplation, reflection and growth of faith.

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  • 12/14/2016 Congratulations Grandma Frank!


    Weekender

    On Saturday November 26, 2016, our Alumni Advancement Coordinator Chris Frank became a grandmother!  Her daughter Alison, Class of 1999, and husband Jim Dahlman made Chris an offer she couldn’t refuse – become the full-time granny caregiver to little Meredith Christine.  Our most sincere and hearty congratulations to Chris as she assumes this new role beginning February 6, 2017. 

    We are happy for her but will miss her presence and the many ways she has touched our community with her enthusiastic support.  She and her husband Mick will remain members of Annunciation Church so look for them there! 

    This position has been posted on the Archdiocesan website.  If you know anyone who would be interested in filling this position refer them to this link: http://careers.archspm.org/jobs/alumnidevelopment-coordinator/.

    They may also contact me: Tom Konz, 612-824-9993 ext 255, tkonz@annunciationmsp.org.

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  • 12/14/2016 We Strive to be Knowledgeable


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success. The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes. This week we focused on the attribute, Knowledgeable.

    Thank you to Ms. Urick's 3rd-grade class for sharing, (during our all-school assembly), what they think it means to be knowledgeable.

    At Annuciation, we strive to be knowledgeable.

    People who are knowledgeable develop and use conceptual understanding. They explore topics across a range of disciplines and they can draw on their knowledge and apply it in new situations. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

    How can parents help to develop children who are Knowledgeable?

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  • 12/13/2016 “Stand By Me”….


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    This year’s Christmas program, “Stand By Me” is here!

    We are so blessed at Annunciation School to have a renowned and treasured Creative Arts program that develops confidence and skills, along with a pride for each student. Alumni and friends all remember participating in the Christmas program share stories years later. It is truly a special event.

    Performances will begin on Wednesday, December 14 at 8:30 a.m. (note the earlier time – preschool will perform first at 8:40 and K-8 at 9:00) and Thursday, December 15 at 9:00 a.m. and 7:00 p.m. Because this is such a popular event, we have many guests attending. As a reminder, with the large crowds for each performance, we ask you to note the following:

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  • 12/09/2016 Role of Government


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good. We need to be convinced that charity “is the principle not only of micro-relationships (with friends, with family members or within small groups) but also of macro-relationships (social, economic and political ones)”. I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 12/09/2016 We Strive to be Thinkers


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    THINKERS work to solve problems. Thinkers try to imagine multiple solutions to a question or challenge. Thinkers make decisions and try to predict the outcomes of their actions. They think creatively and critically. Thinkers use thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. Thinkers exercise initiative.  

    How can parents help to develop children who are Thinkers?

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  • 12/07/2016 Hovland Conservatory Students Perform


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation students represented Hovland Conservatory by performing at the Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul last Saturday as part of the Historical Society's holiday festivities. Congratulations to Tierney M., Tate H. and Sully S. on great performances in the museum rotunda.

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  • 12/06/2016 Holiday Masses


    Church News

    Immaculate Conception 
    Thursday December 8, 8:15am and 6pm
    Vigil Mass, Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00pm

    Parish Penance Service & First Reconciliation
    Saturday, December 10, 10:00am
    Several priests will be available to hear confessions.

    Individual Confession: 
    Tuesdays 5:00pm; Fridays 8:45am & Saturdays 3:30pm
    Additional Confession Times:
    Thursday, December 22 from 10:00am to 11:00am & 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Friday, December 23 from 10:00am to 11:00am & 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Saturday, December 24 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

    Christmas Masses (Carols prior to each Mass)
    Saturday, December 24, 4:00pm & 10:00pm
    Sunday, December 25, 10:00am

    Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
    Vigil Mass, Saturday, December 31, 5:00pm
    Sunday, January 1, 8:45am & 10:30am

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  • 12/05/2016 How do I Get Notifications from Schoology?


    Weekender

    Thanks to some parent feedback we have heard that people may be having trouble getting Schoology to notify them when their student's teachers post updates. If you are having that issue, please use the link below to enable Schoology to email or text you when updates to your child's classroom group are made.

    How to Change Notification Settings on Schoology

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  • 12/02/2016 Barnes & Noble Bookfair Elves Sing their Wishes to You


    Weekender

    These Barnes & Noble Bookfair elves would like to sing you a little tune to get you in the mood for the big event on Tuesday, December 6th!

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  • 12/02/2016 Solidarity


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “We must recover the whole sense of gift, of gratuitousness, of solidarity. Rampant capitalism has taught the logic of profit at all costs, of giving to get, of exploitation without looking at the person… and we see the results in the crisis we are experiencing! This Home is a place that teaches charity, a ‘school’ of charity, which instructs me to go encounter every person, not for profit, but for love.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 12/02/2016 Spanish Dance & Arts Program (WERC)


    Weekender

    Spanish Dance and Arts program at Annunciation through WERC!

    It’s a 9 week program for K-8th grade students on Mondays or Thursdays after school. 

    The deadline for registering is Dec. 16th, 2016

    Visit their website at http://wercprogram.org/download-forms/ to access forms. Scroll down to see “For Annunciation Parents Only."

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  • 12/02/2016 We Strive to be Open-Minded


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annuciation, we strive to be open-minded. 

    People who are open-minded understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. Being open-minded means being comfortable with differences - respecting other people’s points of views and ways of doing things.  An OPEN-MINDED student knows that all people are different. They listen to the points of view of others and consider many possibilities before making decisions. It is okay to have different perspectives but we must understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

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  • 12/02/2016 Our Next Big Move: Report Cards


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    As we approach the end of the first semester of the school year and the excitement of Christmas is upon us, I would like to take this opportunity to make you aware of our ‘next big move’ as a staff.

    Annunciation is a vibrant, evolving community and that extends to all parts of our great school.  As we carry out our school’s vision, we are guided by our mission and our strategic plan. At the heart of our work is the desire to fulfill the Strategic Plan’s first objective to “Position Annunciation as a Catholic leader, educating the whole child.” Central to this goal is our continued implementation of the IB framework. The IB is guiding our development of “how” we teach, while “what” we teach is based on standards. While much of what we teach is the same, the way that we go about teaching it needs to change and match the way our students learn today. This process involves evaluating and reflection on all aspects of our school. IB becomes the framework for that evolution.

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  • 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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