April 2017

  • 04/22/2017 Lenten Catholic Social Teaching Events


    Church News

    Thanks for Attending!

    This past Lent our Peace and Justice Committee sponsored two information events to help us appreciate more deeply the breadth of our Catholic Social Teaching.

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  • 04/21/2017 Math Masters Takes Top Honors


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation fifth graders were very successful at the Math Masters competition in Prior Lake this week!  Ten of the fifth graders competed both individually and on two teams of five against 91 individuals and 18 teams.  There are three elements to the competition:  the Fact Drill, Individual Problem Solving, and Team Problem Solving.  Annunciation won all three categories.

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  • 04/21/2017 An IB Thumbs Up for Annunciation!


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    On April 10th and 11th, we welcomed International Baccalaureate (IB) Consultant, Ms. Kathy Couillard. Ms. Couillard is the principal at Handley IB World School in Saginaw, Michigan. During her visit, Ms. Couillard toured our school, took part in the all-school morning meeting, observed teaching and learning in all K-5 and Specialists' classrooms, reviewed curriculum and instruction documents (planners), and met with parents and our staff.  After experiencing all of this, Ms. Couillard was able to help us craft an action plan for applying for authorization as an IB World School.  

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  • 04/21/2017 Earth Day 2017


    School Events, International Baccalaureate

    On April 22nd, the world will celebrate the 47th annual Earth Day. As a community, we honor this special day by renewing our committment to caring for creation and taking action to make our world a better place. 

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  • 04/21/2017 Safety First Part Duex


    School Events, Weekender

    Volunteers needed Saturday, April 29th to run wire in the main school for updated PA/Lockdown System. 

    Phase 2 of the new PC Lockdown system is ready to install and we could use some parent help in running wire from classroom to classroom to finish this important safety improvement. 

    We need to run a new line to each class room in the main school (middle school is complete) so the vendor can install and test the system.  We are looking for 10+ volunteers to accomplish this goal and make our school even more safe for our kids. 

    The work, in most cases, is as simple as helping keep wiring from tangling while its being pulled to a classroom.   

    Tools to bring: step ladder/stool, gloves, wire hanger, electrical tape, wire snips, screwdrivers. 

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  • 04/21/2017 Staff Appreciation Week 2017


    School Events, Weekender

    May 1 – 5: Thank you for helping us grow!

    Monday: Bring - a flower or plant for your teacher/favorite staff person today.

    Tuesday: Letter - write a thank you note to your teacher. 

    Wednesday: One Snack - to get them through the day. Whether it be salty or sweet find a way to ask them about their favorite treat.

    Thursday: Office Supplies - It's time to help the teachers grow by stocking their classroom supllies. See WISH LIST.

    Friday: Make or bring them something special. You decide what would make their week great!

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  • 04/20/2017 17th Annual Annunciation Golf Classic


    Church News, Weekender

    Friday, June 12th, 2017 

    Boulder Pointe Golf Course - Elko, Minnesota
    Registration Begins 10:30 AM
    Shotgun Start 11:30 AM
    $125 Men & Women

    Registration Includes: Green fees, golf cart, dinner & awards.

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  • 04/20/2017 A “Short” Sale


    Weekender

    Education Outfitters in St. Louis Park is having a sale on short sleeve polos and uniform shorts. This sale excludes Spirit Wear. Selected items will be 15% off. Visit them online or stop by the store.

    Educational Outfitters

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  • 04/19/2017 6th Grade Welcome Party


    AYM, Church News, Weekender

    It is time to join youth group!

    The junior high leadership team has planned a fun-filled evening of silly games, funny skits, wacky relays and bowling for fabulous prizes!
    Current 6th graders, this is a night you do not want to miss!

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  • 04/16/2017 Pancake Breakfast


    Church News, Weekender

    When:  Sunday, March 19, 9:30am-1:00pm

    Who: Everyone is welcome. No reservations required.

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  • 04/13/2017 Happy Easter!


    School Events, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 04/13/2017 Sunday Evening Mass


    Church News

    Starting Sunday, March 5 (First Sunday of Lent) we will begin having a weekly Sunday evening Mass at 5:30pm.

    The Sunday evening Mass will be offered every Sunday (except Easter Sunday) during the Lent and Easter seasons—ending on Sunday, June 4. This three-month time frame is meant to be a trial period to see if there is a legitimate need in our parish for a Sunday evening Mass. 

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  • 04/13/2017 Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?


    Church News

    WHAT: Parishioners gather to share a meal and good company.

    WHEN: Third Thursday of each month at 6:30pm, with November and June off. You can participate when you’re able. After you register, we’ll set your date(s) with you. We’ll contact you again two weeks before a scheduled dinner to confirm your attendance.

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  • 04/13/2017 Annunciation Awakening Retreat


    Church News

    Annunciation Church welcomes you to join us for our first biannual retreat called “Annunciation Awakening Retreat” on October 6-8, 2017.  At the retreat you will learn more about God the Father’s tremendous love for you and help you establish and deepen your personal relationship with Christ. 

    Come away with us to be with Jesus and experience God’s abiding love for you.

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  • 04/13/2017 Word Masters Challenge (round 2) 2017


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation proudly participates 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! The WordMasters Challenge consists of three 20-minute analogy-solving meets held at school throughout the year (December, February and April). 

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  • 04/13/2017 Let’s Get Creative!


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action.

    The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker. These IB-PYP Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

    In the IB, creativity is defined as "being creative and imaginative in their thinking and in their approach to problems and dilemmas." 

    Thanks to Ms. Caldwell’s class for sharing what they think it means to be creative.

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  • 04/12/2017 Calling all Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion (EMHC)


    Church News

    Are you currently bringing Holy Communion to the homebound?

    We are trying to assess the current pastoral care being provided to our community in order to ensure all our homebound parishioners are having their needs meet. If you are currently bringing Holy Communion to the homebound, will you please contact Ashleigh Varley at 612.824.9993 ext. 256, or email: avarley@annunciationmsp.org.

    Are you being called to serve as an EMHC? Do you have the desire to assist in the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass or to bring Holy Communion to the homebound?

    If so, EMHCs must be trained and commissioned every three years. If you need to renew your training or if you desire to be trained for the first time, you are invited to attend one of two spring trainings in the Community Room of the church:

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  • 04/07/2017 IB Consultant Visit


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    On April 10th and 11th, we will welcome our International Baccalaureate (IB) Consultant, Ms. Kathy Couillard.

    Ms. Couillard is the principal at Handley IB World School in Saginaw, Michigan. The role of the IB consultant is to support candidate schools in working towards meeting requirements for IB authorization. During her visit, Ms. Couillard will observe, document, and experience our progress as a candidate school. She will also collaborate with us in creating an action plan for achieving authorization. Annunciation is currently in its second year of being an International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) candidate program. We plan to apply for authorization during the 2017-2018 school year.

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  • 04/07/2017 Strategic Plan and IB Implementation Update


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Principal Cassidy's News & Notes

    During the 2013-14 school year, Annunciation completed our accreditation renewal process. Part of accreditation is to create a strategic plan for the next 7 years. As a community, we completed our plan and have been working to bring the strategic vision to life, using the plan to guide our work and improvement efforts.

    The first objective was to “Position Annunciation as a Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child.”  We want Annunciation School to provide the strongest academic experience within our Catholic environment. After research and discussion, we identified the International Baccalaureate program as a great fit for Annunciation School as we seek to become a Catholic school leader. We began the journey as a candidate school in fall of 2014 for the Primary Years Program (PYP), starting with our elementary program and building up. 

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  • 04/06/2017 Order Your Yearbook Today!


    School Events, Weekender

    Announcing the...Annunciation Catholic School 2016-17 YEARBOOK

    Our yearbook is planned to include:

    All color pages that vibrantly capture school memories
    Sturdy soft cover with an original design that reflects our school’s spirit and uniqueness

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  • 04/06/2017 Fourth Graders Experiment with Fermi Math Problems


    School Events, Enrichment

    Groups of 4th graders worked with parent volunteers on Fermi math problems this week. Fermi math is an enrichment program where students use rough approximations, inspired guesses, statistical estimates from very little data. 

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  • 04/06/2017 Thank You for Stuffing the Bus!


    School Events, Weekender

    Thank you to the Annunciation community for your wonderful response to the 5th grade Stuff the Bus service project.

    We collected 746 pounds of food and supplies for the Incarnation Food Shelf.

    Father Kevin McDonough sent us a thank you and said, “May God bless your Easter and Springtime!”

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  • 04/06/2017 Osmo Genius Kits are a Huge Hit


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Thank you to our Annunciation Parent Organization (APO) for granting the funds for every K-5 classroom to purchase an Osmo Genius kit.  

    The Osmo's word, number and spatial thinking activities are used with an iPad. The activities are completed using Osmo's unique reflective technology. Students manipulate letters, numbers, and shapes in front of the screen, to play games on the screen.

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  • 04/03/2017 March IB Award Winners


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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  • 04/03/2017 FYI, the POI is in the Foyer!


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Presenting...Annunciation's International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) Program of Inquiry (POI)

    Please check out our program of inquiry display in the foyer.  

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