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03/03/2018 Respect Life: Conscience Protection
Respect Life: Through their work, may lawmakers protect the conscience rights of those who stand up for life. We pray to the Lord.
USCCB: "O God our Creator...give us courage in making our voices heard on behalf of the rights of your Church and the freedom of conscience of all people of faith." USCCB, "Prayer for the Protection of Religious Liberty"
Conscience Protection: Health care providers, churches, and others are being forced to participate in abortion or provide coverage for it in their health care plans, in violation of federal conscience laws. Within a couple of weeks, Congress will likely decide whether to improve enforcement of these laws by enacting the Conscience Protection Act. Voice your support TODAY at humanlifeaction.org!
03/02/2018 Celebrating Mother Languages
On February 21st, Annunciation recognized International Mother Tongue/Home Language Day by honoring the home languages of our students.
Definition of mother tongue. 1 : one's native language. 2 :the language that a person has grown up speaking from early childhood.
International Mother Language Day has been observed every year since February 2000 to promote linguistic and cultural diversity and multilingualism.
At least 43% of the estimated 6000 languages spoken in the world are endangered. Only a few hundred languages have been given a place in education systems and the public domain, and less than a hundred are used in the digital world.
03/01/2018 Our Lenten Journey: Stations of the Cross
8th grade students led our Stations of the Cross as part of our Lenten journey. In Lent, we pray the Stations of the Cross as a way to remember the passion and death of Christ. The Stations of the Cross remind us how much God loves us.
As a school, we gather to remember Jesus’ journey with our students sharing their prayers and reflections.
“God proves his love for us, in that, while we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” – Romans 5:8
02/27/2018 Improv Class Update
Dates of Improv rehearsals in March:
Thursday, March 1 (until 3:45)
Monday, March 12
Monday, March 19
Thursday, March 22
Friday, March 23
Monday, March 26
Thursday, March 29
After break we will have a different schedule that hasn't been determined yet. We will send an email out and also post when there will be rehearsals and who should attend.
Sandy Nesvig and Mary Strickland
02/24/2018 Respect Life
Respect Life: For our culture: May we listen to God and follow his call to cherish every person's life. We pray to the Lord.
USCCB: "Sometimes our actions speak for themselves; other times, words are needed. Whatever the situation, Jesus knows how to speak to each person's heart; we simply need to follow where he leads." USCCB Secretariat of Pro-Life Activities, "How to Build a Culture of Life."
40 Days for Life is at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul. What is 40 Days for Life? Prayer and fasting: People of faith praying and fasting regularly during the 40 days for the closing of Planned Parenthood and for an end to abortion. Peaceful vigil: A peaceful vigil and witness outside the Planned Parenthood facility in St. Paul from February 14 to March 25, For more information, contact Brian Walker at email@example.com, or call 651-797-6363.
02/23/2018 Bringing Joy
One of the most rewarding parts of being the principal at Annunciation is watching how joy is spread throughout our community. This year, Lorissa Letwin joined our team and it has been truly a pleasure to watch her bring joy to our students, the Creative Arts curriculum and our school. We are really excited about the new programs she is starting.
In the newsletter today Ms. Letwin shares two new elements to Creative Arts: Music in Our Schools Month and Orchestral Instruments (2nd grade). Last week, I had the opportunity to witness the brand new open mic during middle school lunch first hand. Teachers and students took a chance to share talents on stage in front of their peers. It was truly entertaining!
Annunciation School Principal
02/23/2018 Music In Our Schools Month
Music In Our Schools Month (MIOSM) occurs in March, and it is a time to celebrate music education! Throughout the world, schools are celebrating the importance of music education and how music plays a role in academic learning. The purpose of celebrating this important month is to bring attention to the fact that children should have access to music in our schools. MIOSM provides music teachers and students an opportunity to display the benefits of music education through activities.
The second grade students have been learning about the instruments that make up the orchestra. They have learned about each instrument family, characteristics of each instrument, and recognizing themes and variations. We have just finished learning about the string family and to wrap up this section of the orchestra, Mr. Cron came and visited our second graders!
02/23/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - February
Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for February!
02/23/2018 Weekly Collaboration & Reflection
Strategic Plan Goal: Maximize student learning through continuous implementation of innovative and evolving curriculum, instruction, assessment and grading.
You may have noticed that our teachers have been actively realigning Annunciation's curriculum and instruction. What you may not have noticed is our process for making this happen. Every Wednesday, I have the honor of collaborating with different teams of grade-level and single-subject teachers. We use this time to create, plan, and reflect on teaching and learning at Annunciation. The process includes identifying and prioritizing the skills, understandings, and knowledge we believe students need to know (using the MN State Standards and IB themes) and creating engagements and opportunities for learning these things. After each unit of inquiry (every 6 weeks), we reflect on student growth and learning. In addition, we share evidence of action and inquiry that happened as a result of our learning.
02/22/2018 Be The Match: Marrow Donor Registry Drive
Every 4 minutes someone is diagnosed with a blood cancer. Thousands of patients with a blood cancer like leukemia or other disease like sickle cell anemia need a marrow transplant to survive. Most don't have a matching donor in their family. They turn to Be The Match a non-profit community of donors based here in Minneapolis.
Join us for Mass on Sunday, March 4th at 9:30am and then join us in the community room to take action for a Marrow Donor Registry Drive 10:30AM-NOON.
Ages 18-44. Please invite family, friends, neighbors, coworkers in this age range. Adding more members with diverse ethnic backgrounds to the registry increases the variety of tissue types available, helping more patients find the match they need.
This year we have three people in RCIA/the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults: Katie M., Stuart Ashworth, and Jennifer Kaufenberg.
On Sunday afternoon, February 18th, the candidates and their sponsors will participate in the “Rite of Election (for Catechumens, those not yet baptized) and the Call to Continuing Conversion (focused on those already baptized)”, at the Basilica. They will be introduced to our Annunciation Community and receive a blessing in our parish “Rite of Sending”, during this weekend’s 9:30 Mass.
Please pray for these three people as they enter this Season of Lent, a time of going deeper into the preparation for the celebration of the Easter Vigil as full members of the Catholic Church.
02/16/2018 Always Learning
Annunciation teachers and staff had a full day of learning today. While students were out of school, staff spent our workshop day learning new things to help us be better teachers for our students. We continue to learn and grow just as our children do.
We began our day with a presentation from PACER on Bullying Prevention. The presentation provided definitions of bullying, statistics, resources for school and home. The goal of the presentation was to help us better identify bullying and to be equipped with tools and resources to address issues when we see them. More importantly, we ended the session with planning time to create next steps and ways to make our school safe and welcoming for all.
02/16/2018 Winter Conferences Sign-Up
We will hold parent-teacher conferences on WEDNESDAY, MARCH 14TH (4-8 PM) and THURSDAY, MARCH 15TH (2 PM – 8 PM). There is early dismissal on Thursday, March 15 at 1pm and no school on Friday, March 16 because of conferences.
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.
Constructivism is an educational theory that students learn when they construct or make meaning. In a constructivist based classroom, the teacher and students pose problems and/or questions and students investigate and explore different ideas to find answers. Students build on previous knowledge, ideas, and experiences to grow their understanding.
In traditional classrooms, teachers present material one subject at a time and then test students on that material (think: sage on the stage). In an IB Primary Years Program (PYP) classroom, students are at the center stage as teachers coach them to discover (think: guide on the side). For some schools, the race to prepare for high-stakes assessments/testing, has resulted in a loss of instructional practices that foster meaningful learning. At Annunciation, we have intentionally sought to minimize standardized testing to find a balance that allows us to get an adequate amount of information (to identify each student’s needs and monitor their growth), with gradually increasing our use of inquiry and transdisciplinary learning in classrooms.
02/16/2018 Vacation Bible School 2018
June 18 – 22 from 9 am to Noon
Get Prepared for Fun!
Incoming K-5th Graders may attend as participants.
NEW THIS YEAR: 4th and 5th Graders will be “Jr. Crew Leaders,” registering as participants but taking on roles with leadership building and getting a Jr. Crew Leader Shirt
Incoming 6th Graders and above are welcome to volunteer as “Crew Leaders.”
Pre-school program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds that are not entering Kindergarten.
Registration opens Friday, March 9th
Cost is $50 per participant ($40 for each additional child in family).
Financial Aid Available.
02/10/2018 Peace and Justice Focus for Lent
The Peace and Justice Committee of Annunciation and Our Lady of Peace invites you to mark your calendars for our Lenten Series, Sundays March 4, 11 and 18, from 11:00am to noon.
Our hope is to shine the light of our Catholic Social Teaching on a troubling concern in our country today – structural racism.
With use of the DVD resource Mirrors of Privilege put out by the World Trust organization (an organization committed to social impact through film and dialogue), we will explore how it is that race can unknowingly play a part in the unevenness of opportunity for quality of life in today’s society. We will also seek to understand the kinds of change that are needed so that all people may realize the God-given dignity they are meant to enjoy and that our Gospel based Catholic Social Teaching supports.
We will meet in the lower level of the Church.
02/10/2018 Resources for Your Lenten Journey
During Lent God offers us a special opportunity to get close to Jesus in love, friendship and commitment to him and a Holy Spirit led way of life.
These resources can be of assistance to you as you live Lent.
1. Please help yourself to a copy of Bishop Barron’s Lenten Gospel Reflections. These are available to you in church, in the narthex as well as the south foyer.
2. Listen to a 5 minute daily Lenten audio reflection by Fr. Mark Toups by googling “the Journey to Jerusalem Reflections”.
3. On the Creighton University Online Ministries home page click on Praying Lent 2018. Here you will find an abundant variety of resources that can support you on your Lenten Journey.
4.Go to Loyola Press - Lent for a rich array of Lent resources, including activities for children and ideas for the observance of Lent in the home.
5.Google “3 minute Retreat” and have a daily reflection appear in your inbox or download the app. A short 3 minutes can bring you 24 hours of peace.
6.Google "BustedHalo Lent" and see all the creative resources that come up!
02/10/2018 Friday Night at the Friary
Men of God, are you interested in discovering the vocation that Jesus is calling you to? Perhaps you're already actively discerning a vocation in the Church?
We invite men, ages 18-35, to "Friday Night at the Friary" hosted, by the Franciscan Brothers of Peace, for a time of prayer, fellowship, and seeking God's call in your life, whatever that may be.
After opening with prayer, a short reading or reflection is shared with an emphasis on vocation discernment, prayer, or discipleship. Next, how about some socializing, outdoor/indoor recreation, and good eats? We've saved the best part for last by spending time adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, "Speak Lord, Your servant is listening." 1 Samuel 3:10. The evening then concludes with chanted Night Prayer (Compline).
Join us every third Friday of the month from 7-9 p.m. at Queen of Peace Friary, 1289 Lafond Avenue, Saint Paul, MN 55104.
For more information call: 651-646-8586 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
We'll see you Friday Night at the Friary!
02/10/2018 Prenatal Partners for Life
Prenatal Partners for Life offers support, information, and encouragement by connecting parents facing an adverse diagnosis with other parents whose child has had the same or similar diagnosis. Prenatal Partners for Life is made up of compassionate parents with special needs children as well as medical professionals, legal professionals and clergy. For more information call 763-772-3868 or go to their website, www.prenatalpartnersforlife.com.
02/10/2018 Catholic Bishops’ Statement on U.S. Senate Failure to Pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection
On January 29th, the U.S. Senate failed to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act (S. 2311) on a vote of 51 to 46. The bill was stopped on a procedural measure requiring 60 votes for the legislation to move to a final vote. Both of Minnesota’s senators voted against this bill.
Cardinal Timothy M. Dolan of New York chairs the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops’ (USCCB) Committee on Pro-Life Activities. He has called the Senate’s failure to pass the Pain-Capable Unborn Child Protection Act “appalling”. He urges Catholics from across the country to convey to their senators either their gratitude or their disappointment, depending on how their senators voted.
02/09/2018 We Are Called to Action
As I reflect over the last month of school, I am struck by the many ways that people have put their faith into action. We have parents, students, and staff who came together to prepare and celebrate the great gift of Catholic education during Catholic Schools Week. The Annunciation community stepped up in a special way to pray and support the Nixon family and mourn the sudden loss of Mrs. Nixon. Others in the community, including staff, traveled to Haiti as part of the mission of Annunciation.
In addition to these larger community actions, many students have been coming forward to share ideas and ways to make Annunciation a stronger and more vibrant place to learn and grow. I love it when students have ideas and meet with me to share their thoughts and dreams for our school. Many come with letters, proposals, plans or just an excited thought to share.
The Catholic faith calls us to take action and make a difference in the world, close or far away. As an IB candidate school, we are called to action as part of the inquiry process – "now that we know this, what can we do about it?"
02/09/2018 What to Expect at Carnaval
Annunciation has a long-standing tradition of celebrating Carnaval. Every year, we select different countries around the globe to inquirer into their geography, histories, traditional dress and traditions. As our students travel from Kindergarten through eighth-grade, grade levels focus on countries from different continents or regions of the world.
As we grow and develop into an International Baccalaureate World School, we believe that Carnaval fits well with the mission of IB “to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.”
What to expect:
02/09/2018 Flu Season
Flu season is upon us and we have had multiple reports of confirmed flu illness throughout our school. Please see the attached flu fact sheet, plus a guide about when your child is well enough to go to school for flu and other general illnesses. Our Minneapolis School Nurse said it is not too late to get a flu shot – it takes about 2 weeks to become effective.
If your child is sick or absent for any reason, you must contact the school office to report the absence. Please call 612-823-4394 x504 or email email@example.com. You can also contact your child’s teacher, but it is imperative that you let the office know of any absence as we track all illnesses and absences for state reporting purposes.
We hope to keep all of our students and staff healthy at Annunciation!
The Pontifical Council for Justice and Peace and the International Union of Superiors General has designated February 8 as an annual day of prayer and awareness against human trafficking. February 8 is the feast day of St. Josephine Bakhita, who was kidnapped as a child and sold into slavery in Sudan and Italy. Once Josephine was freed, she became a Canossian nun and dedicated her life to sharing her testament of deliverance from slavery and comforting the poor and suffering. She was declared a Saint in 2000.
On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.
Prayer to St. Josephine Bakhita
St. Josephine Bakhita, you were sold into slavery as a child and endured untold hardship and suffering.
Once liberated from your physical enslavement, you found true redemption in your encounter with Christ and his Church.
O St. Bakhita, assist all those who are trapped in a state of slavery; Intercede with God on their behalf so that they will be released from their chains of captivity.
Those whom man enslaves, let God set free. Provide comfort to survivors of slavery and let them look to you as an example of hope and faith. Help all survivors find healing from their wounds. We ask for your prayers and intercessions for those enslaved among us.
02/03/2018 Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale: Thank You!
The Respect Life Ministry wants to thank everyone who helped make the 37th Annual Christmas Boutique and Bake Sale very successful!
We raised over $3,600 for a number of "life" organizations.
02/02/2018 Annunciation Geo Bee News
Sixth-Grader, William R, is our 2017-18 Annunciation Geo Bee Champion. After just 4 rounds, William and 7th grader, Evan S battled it out in a three question Championship Round.
This week, William will take a qualifying exam to determine whether he advances to the Minnesota GeoBee.
02/02/2018 Units of Inquiry – January / February 2018
As we swing into the second half of the school year, our elementary classes are entering their fourth units of inquiry.
As with all units, we invite parents or community members with a passion or expertise in any of these areas to share their knowledge and/or experience with our students. We are always on the look-out for hands-on experiences, field trips, or guest speakers that are connected to our inquiries. Please let us know if you have any ideas or if you, or someone you know, might be willing to help us grow as learners and inquirers.
Congratulations to the nearly 30 middle school students who participated in the Level 8 American Mathematical Competition (AMC).
The AMC 8 is a 25-question, 40-minute, multiple choice examination in middle school mathematics designed to promote the development of problem-solving skills. The AMC 8 provides an opportunity for middle school students to develop positive attitudes towards analytical thinking and mathematics. Students apply classroom skills to unique problem-solving challenges in a low-stress and casual environment.
02/02/2018 Science Fair 2018
Congratulations to Science Fair Participants!
On Wednesday, January 24, 2018, 7th & 8th graders participated in our annual Annunciation School Science Fair. Each student was judged by 2 judges from our community. Sixteen students were recommended to move on to the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair. Thanks to all of the participants and their families for working so hard throughout the science fair process.
02/02/2018 Middle School Honor Roll
Congratulations to these Annunciation Middle School students who made the Honor Roll for 1st semester 2017-18!
02/01/2018 Seeking STEM Materials
Below is a list of household materials that we will be using to create our STEM projects. If you are willing to donate any of the items listed, you can send them to the classroom with your child at any time throughout the year. Thank you in advance for helping our classes collect these items for STEM projects:
02/01/2018 After School Enrichment (provided by YEL)
Click on Learn More for information on this winter's round of Youth Enrichment League after school enrichment classes.