April 2017

  • 04/28/2017 Improv 2017


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

    This week the 7th & 8th grade classes present their Improv show. As a Catholic school, we believe each child is created by God with individual talents and gifts. We strive, in our time with them, to develop these gifts and help them grow in confidence and faith. We do this in many ways, but our Creative Arts program provides one of the most unique ways to achieve this goal.

    I was able to attend the Thursday night performance.  The students did a fabulous job of performing!  After many weeks of rehearsals and countless hours of preparation, the students shared these talents with us in a great way.  The Improv production is truly the crowning achievement for our students.

    When you watch the show, it is thrilling to see the students come into their own and literally speak up to be heard and stand tall to be noticed, sharing that pride in the work they have created together. Creative Arts teacher Mrs. Strickland, along with Mrs. Nesvig, coach the students to project their lines to the crowded auditorium and to physically expand their presence on the stage. If you look closely you can almost see the kids mature as the show progresses.

    Improv is a unique experience and one that Annunciation is very proud of and for good reason. Congratulations Improv class of 2017!

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  • 04/28/2017 IB Exhibition


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    IB Exhibition was the topic our professional development meeting this week.  Exhibition leaders Mrs. Loney, Mrs. Warnemunde and Ms. Paul, introduced our staff to and lead a guided discovery of Exhibition. 

    In the International Baccalaureate (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) Exhibition represents a significant event in the life of a PYP school and student, synthesizing the essential elements of the PYP and sharing them with the whole school community. As a culminating experience it is an opportunity for students to exhibit the attributes of the International Baccalaureate (IB) learner profile that they have been developing throughout their engagement with the PYP.

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  • 04/28/2017 Discover the Way Retreat for 5th Graders


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    On Thursday, April 27th of this week, our 5th graders participated in their Discover the Way Vocation Retreat. They spent the whole school day with a team of people representing the vocations of priesthood, religious life, married life, single life and the diaconate.

    The team also included 8 De LaSalle high school team members, some of whom are Annunciation School graduates.

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  • 04/28/2017 Discovery Center Circus


    School Events, Weekender

    Every spring, Annunciation's Discovery Center puts on a circus show. Instead of a singing concert the students put on their own version of a circus and invite their parents to enjoy the show!

    This year, children had the choice of picking from the following acts: acrobats, strong people, monkeys, seals, and lions and tigers. 

    Each act comes onstage when it's their turn and does a few tricks (ex. Lions and tigers jump through a hula hoop with flaming tulle tied to it, jump over a person, etc...) The circus was a thrill for students and parents! 

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  • 04/27/2017 Father Park Live


    Church News, Weekender

    Are you looking for a way to grow in your faith? Do you have questions about God, Jesus Christ, heaven, hell, purgatory, the Bible, morality, the sacraments, etc. that you have always wanted to ask or discuss? Are you looking for a place where there is open and honest conversation about the more “controversial” teachings of the Catholic Church? Do you want to know how to better explain and defend the Catholic faith?

    FATHER PARK LIVE is back this Tuesday, May 2 from 7:00pm to 8:30pm in the Community Room downstairs in the Church. This month our topic will be “Christian Anthropology—what does it mean to be a human person?” Come and learn more about who God has created us to be! Bring your questions!

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  • 04/27/2017 Academic Triathlon 2017


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    This is Annunciation's second year participating in the Academic Triathlon. Academic Triathlon encourages positive risk-taking by challenging triathletes to discover, refine and demonstrate their combined strengths and abilities as a team.  The Academic Tri is a dynamic way to nurture creativity, teamwork and real-world problem-solving skills.  Students compete in three distinct events - Party In a Box (improv), Mind Sprints (cooperative problem-solving) and Face-Off (knowledge bowl).

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  • 04/26/2017 Earth Day 2017


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Global warming continues, due in part to human activity…This is leading to ever more severe droughts, floods, fires and extreme weather events.  The world’s poor, though least responsible for climate change, are most vulnerable and already suffering its impact. For human beings to contaminate the earth’s waters, its land, its air, and its life — these are sins.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 04/26/2017 IB Attitude: Curiosity


    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. The IB Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

    In the IB, curiosity is defined as "being curious about the nature of learning and of the world, its people, and cultures." Thanks to Ms. Russell’s homebase for sharing what they think it means to be curious.

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  • 04/25/2017 Counseling Program at Catholic Charities


    Church News

    Easter and Spring remind us that we are people of new life and new growth, even after very difficult days.  The Counseling Program at Catholic Charities has openings ready in St. Paul, Blaine or Burnsville for anyone who is interested in working on some areas that need renewal, whether individually, or as a couple or family.  We also have Men’s Therapy Groups.  We will work with whatever financial situation you have, through insurance or sliding fee.  Call 651 647-3186.

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  • 04/25/2017 ‘Language B’ in Action


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    This past weekend our Spanish (Language B) teachers, Sra. Franco and Sra. Lovera, attended a 3-day International Baccalaureate (IB) training with other participants from all across the Americas. During the workshop, our teachers inquired into the basic philosophy and curricular model of the primary years program (PYP), PYP standards and practices, and appropriate applications for their specialized area of instruction.  

    On Monday afternoon, both teachers visited an IB school in St. Louis Park to see the PYP in practice.  

    Thank you for Sra. Franco and Sra. Lovera!

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  • 04/25/2017 Assessing Our Assessments


    School Events, Enrichment, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    All IB schools are required to have a written, published, assessment policy.  This assessment policy should reflect the school's philosophy and position on assessment.  

    Our goal, at Annunciation, is to create a policy that is the result of a collaborative process between all staff members and allows for a common and better understanding of the following:

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  • 04/24/2017 Curiosity Fair Thank You


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

    Curiosity Fair 2017 was a big success! Thank you to all 78 participants, the school staff, parent volunteers, APO, student ambassador judges, student council volunteers and to all others involved in this great event!

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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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  • 04/13/2017 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 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 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 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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