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03/31/2018 Relevant Radio 1330 AM
Relevant Radio 1330 AM is Talk Radio for Catholic Life in the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis.
The Rediscover Hour is on Friday evenings from 9:00 - 10:00 pm, Saturday from 12:00 - 1:00 pm, and Sunday 9:00 - 10:00 am.
"Living the Gospel of Life" airs on Saturday morning from 11:30 am - Noon.
Tune in to Relevant Radio 1330AM or listen online at www.relevantradio1330.com.
03/30/2018 Respect Life Ministry Plant Sale
It is time for the Annual Spring Flower/Plant Sale at Annunciation Church. This year the sale is timed as a help for Mother’s Day. So many of us buy plants and hanging flower baskets for our mothers and grandmothers. Order here and avoid standing in line at crowded garden centers on Mother’s Day weekend!
03/29/2018 The School was Alive with Music
Music in Our Schools Month
The month of March has been filled with music performances, listening to and describing different genres of music, and presentations from guest in our Annunciation Community! It has been a wonderful way to showcase talents throughout our school and bring awareness to music and the opportunities it can provide.
Calling all kids interested in being creative, confident, & even a little bit DRAMATIC— have we got the classes for YOU!
April 10-May 22, 7 classes total
03/24/2018 The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil
The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood, 671 Vandalia St., in St. Paul will be on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
Throughout the years, Christians have experienced a powerful and moving commemoration of our Savior's death by attending the solemn Good Friday Prayer Vigil sponsored by Pro-Life Action Ministries. Plan now to set aside some time on Good Friday to commemorate Christ's redeeming act and to pray for innocent children who are killed daily by abortion. Prayer will be lead by area pastors of many denominations. Buses will be running all day from the University of St. Thomas ramp.
If you want to carpool to the prayer vigil, meet at the Annunciation parking lot at 9:30am to carpool.
Questions? Call Helen Trepanier at 612-822-8360.
03/23/2018 Thank You for Stuffing the Bus!
Thank you to the Annunciation community for your wonderful response to the 5th grade Stuff the Bus service project.
We collected 1,136 pounds of food and supplies for the Incarnation Food Shelf.
03/23/2018 Middle School IB Award Winners - March
Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for March!
03/23/2018 Facilitating Passionate Curiosity
On this past Wednesday at our weekly staff meeting, Nancy Van Erp led teachers through an engagement on techniques for formulating quality questions with our students.
Nancy Van Erp is a former K-12 teacher who taught and coached elementary, middle school and high school. She earned a Master of Arts in Learning Technology and has been teaching teachers for the past 12 years. Nancy earned her Ph.D. online and her dissertation focused on critical thinking in the online graduate environment. She is a big fan of student-centered, constructivist and collaborative learning environments for learners of all ages. Nancy actively tweets about education and advocacy at @IfNotUsThnWho.
03/23/2018 Same, Same, Different
What does it meant to be internationally-minded or to have intercultural understanding?
Our school's exploration of countries from around the world doesn't end with Carnaval! Over the past few weeks students in kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grades have been using literature to explore these questions. Students explored with texts like, Same, Same, Different and The Name Jar and then were given the opportunity to reflect on their values and the values of other communities.
The students are growing in their understanding of cultures from around the world while they realize that even if people look or live differently from them, they actually have a lot in common.
Anne LaLonde Laux
International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
Math and Literacy Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator
03/23/2018 Domo Arigato, Mr. Roboto
Thanks to everyone who joined us to explore STEM projects and tools on Tuesday! Students had a chance to explore STEM through our BeeBots and OzoBots as well as compete in a tower building challenge. A special thanks to all the teachers and middle school students who helped run the event!
03/23/2018 “Be the Nice Kid”
During the week of, March 19, Annunciation had the unique opportunity to host Mr. Bryan Skavnak who has started an organization/initiative called, “Be the Nice Kid.”
In addition to being a professional golf instructor, Bryan is an accomplished story-teller who uses stories and activities to help students look at situations from a broad perspective and make positive, kind decisions that fit hand-in-hand with our school essential agreements.
03/21/2018 Yearbook Ordering Information
Announcing the...Annunciation Catholic School 2017-18 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
Add on any of the following yearbook extras:
• Student's name printed in foil on the cover adds a personal touch
• Durable, high-quality hard cover protects treasured memories for a lifetime
On Sunday, March 25th our session will be from 11:45 to 12:30. In the adult part of our gathering, Fr. Park will speak to us about the graces of the Sacrament of Matrimony.
On Sunday, April 15th, ECFL will follow the pancake breakfast, meeting from 11:15 to 1:00. The final program of the year will focus on the Gifts of the Holy Spirit and will be a thanksgiving celebration for the year.
Each ECFL session is a mixture of family fun activities, and a time for parents to have facilitated faith conversation with other parents while also enjoying a bit of a break for themselves. If you’re a family with any children under the age of 5, we’d love to have you join us. We welcome newcomers who want to check it out to see if they would like to take part in ECFL starting next fall.
03/17/2018 Shopper Needed for Loaves & Fishes
Amy and Jedd Hanson coordinate the Loaves and Fishes ministry for Annunciation church on the first Monday of each month. Annunciation has worked with this ministry of providing and nutritious dinner at St. Stephen’s in Minneapolis. Amy and Jedd have an immediate need to find someone to who can do the shopping for this meal.
This volunteer shopper would to go to Sam's or Costco (membership card provided if needed) with a provided shopping list and have the food delivered to St. Stephen's school by 2-2:30. Other Loaves and Fishes volunteers from Annunciation then cook and serve these monthly meal to about 200 people. Though this job doesn’t require a lot of heavy lifting, there is a lot of food that needs to be purchased each month.
For more information about this needed service opportunity or to volunteer, Please call Amy at 612.827.1131. Shine your light!
03/17/2018 40 Days for Life Campaign
Thank you for praying during the 40 Days for Life Campaign. As of Monday, March 5th, 196 babies (and mothers) have been saved from an abortion. Our local 40 Days for Life Campaign is at Planned Parenthood at 671 Vandalia St. in St. Paul. Pray and fast regularly during the 40 days for the closing of Planned Parenthood and for an end to abortion. The Respect Life Ministry prays every Wednesday at 1:00 pm at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Richfield at 66th Street and Lyndale Ave. So.
The 35th Annual Good Friday Prayer Vigil at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul will be on Friday, March 30th from 8:30 am to 4:30 pm.
03/16/2018 Scholastic Book Fair has Closed
It was a bit of a whirlwind for 4 days down in the library! The annual Scholastic Book Fair was another testament to Annunciation's love of reading. Thank you to everyone for supporting the book fair. It was fun to meet those of you who stopped by during the Cookies & Milk storytime or when picking up your kids from school. I hope everyone is enjoying their new books (& pencils, journals and erasers!) on our day off from school. Also, thank you to the volunteers who helped set-up or took a shift at the register - I couldn't have done it without you!
03/16/2018 Community at the Core
What an amazing week we have had as a community – the Stuff the Bus service project, All School prayer service, Scholastic Book Fair, parent-teacher conferences, and even 'PI day' for our mathematicians. Our middle school students were great faith leaders as they created our prayer service for PEACE. As always, it was wonderful to see so many parents for conferences. We love being able to share the many moments of learning and growth with you.
03/12/2018 VBS Registration Open!
Annunciation Vacation Bible School, June 18 – 22 from 9 am to 12 noon
Because space is limited, registrations will be accepted on a first-come, first-served basis....
03/10/2018 Entering Into the Graces of Holy Week
In addition to your full participation in the Palm Sunday and Triduum liturgies, here are some additional resources to help deepen our love for Jesus and our gratitude for the life He has given to us in his Passion, Death and Resurrection.
03/09/2018 Prayer Service
In recognition of the national movement to keep all students safe in school, while being respectful to the nature of our preschool through 8th grade school community, we are planning a prayer service on Wednesday, March 14th in the school auditorium. Our middle school students will be helping plan and lead the prayer service to bring the student voice to this message.
Parents are welcome to join us as we come together as a community to pray for those impacted by school violence and for all students to be safe and secure in their schools.
03/09/2018 2018 Middle School Youth Ultimate League
What is Ultimate Frisbee?
Ultimate Frisbee (Ultimate) is a non-contact team sport, in which a seven-person team attempts to move a frisbee/flying disc into their opponents' end-zone, similar to football. However, when in possession of the disc, a player can pivot and pass, but may not take any steps. Ultimate is played in more than 42 countries by hundreds of thousands of men, women, girls and boys.
Spirit of the Game!
One aspect of Ultimate that sets it apart from other sports is its emphasis on “Spirit of the Game.” Spirit of the Game is a spirit of sportsmanship and respect that places the responsibility for fair play on the player. Since Ultimate is self-officiated, players are responsible for calling fouls and resolving disagreements on the field in a respectful and spirited manner.
Why Play Ultimate?
Ultimate is a fun team sport, and a great way to get outdoor exercise. It improves hand-eye coordination and athleticism, and above all, it encourages honesty, fair play and conflict resolution through the Spirit of the Game!
Who Can Join The Club/Team?
The Annunciation’s Ultimate Club is open to all girls and boys in 6th, 7th a
03/09/2018 Win a Garden Plant Stand
You could be the winner of this Garden Plant Stand, just place your Plant Sale order by Tuesday, April 3, to be entered into the drawing.
Information/order forms at church and school offices or download the form.
Respect Life Plant Sale is an annual fundraiser to benefit Tapestry Center & Sagrada Familia Life Care Center.
Direct questions to Helen Trepanier 612/822-8360, Lorna Taketa 612/823-0279 or Terri Bettin firstname.lastname@example.org.
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