Principal Cassidy's News & Notes

  • 05/26/2017 Parent Survey


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    If ever there were a week that proved Annunciation was a vibrant, creative, flexible learning environment than this was it. We had 4 guest principals of the day, band & guitar concerts, ukulele concerts, field trips, 3rd Grade Wax Museum, a photo shoot with a drone, a film crew in school and an all school mass!

    With just one week to go in the 2016-17 school year we ask that you take a few minutes to reflect on what we as a school do well and for input on what we could do better. Please share your thoughts with us in this Parent Survey. Thank you and have a fun and safe Memorial Day Weekend!

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation Principal

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  • 05/19/2017 State of the School 2017


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    Last week Principal Cassidy presented the annual, "State of the School" presentation in the school library.

    If you were unable to make the presentation, please take some time to view the power point (PDF). There are so many exciting things happening at Annunciation this year and next!

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  • 05/17/2017 Thank YOU: A Night in New Orleans


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    A HUGE thank you from everyone here at Annunciation School to all of you who planned, organized, rallied your friends, set up, cleaned up, dressed up and raised your hands for us!

    We feel blessed and grateful for the support and generosity that you showed us last weekend. And special recognition is due to Jen Snodgrass and Liz Tromizcak for their incredible work throwing a great party! The event raised over $170,000 in net proceeds for school. THANK YOU!

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Principal

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  • 05/05/2017 A Night in New Orleans, Live & Silent Auction


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    A Night in New Orleans

    Tomorrow is “A Night in New Orleans,” the Annunciation School Live and Silent Auction! It is our biggest fundraiser of the year and also a really great party. Please join us for a fun-filled evening that provides support to our school programs. It promises to be a great night! 

    If you haven't purchased tickets, it is not too late! If you haven't been to auction before, it's a great year to start the tradition! The strength of our community shines brightest when we all get together to support these wonderful students!
     

    Teacher Appreciation Week, Bloom

    We could not be more grateful for the special treatment and appreciation we have received all week. Thank you for all the extra effort and support during Teacher Appreciation Week and throughout the year. Our parents are the best! A special thank you to the parents in the APO and those who worked so hard to bring us so many treats.

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  • 04/28/2017 Improv 2017


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


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    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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  • 04/13/2017 Happy Easter!


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    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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  • 04/07/2017 IB Consultant Visit


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    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


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    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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  • 03/24/2017 Meeting the Needs of Each Child


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    Annunciation is blessed to have amazing people and resources over the years to help us meet our mission to serve the diverse learners we have in our community. Our goal is to teach the whole child and to teach children the way they learn best – focusing on meeting the needs of each child to help them reach their full potential.

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  • 03/09/2017 2017-18 Important Calendar Dates


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    Important school dates for 2017-18 have been posted to the school calendar on the website:

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  • 02/24/2017 Creating Mathematicians


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    Over the last two years, as we carry out our strategic plan and implement the IB framework and inquiry throughout our school,  we have had the opportunity to review and reflect on what is working at Annunciation and also identify opportunities for growth. This process led us to look at our math curriculum to see how we can incorporate the IB approach in our math program, too. After much research and reflection, the staff identified resources that would provide student-centered approach to math and better prepare students for middle school and high school math.

    Starting with the elementary program, math teachers and staff selected the Math Expressions for use in kindergarten through 5th grade. This past summer, teachers received training on the new math curriculum. Fitting with the IB model, both teachers in the grade level are teaching math. This allows math concepts to be integrated across all the subjects during the school day. In order to support this development, teachers have been meeting every other week after school to learn the new program.

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  • 02/10/2017 School Update at Principal’s Breakfast


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    At this morning's Principal's Breakfast, I had another opportunity to share the progress of our school so far this year. As principal, spending time with parents to share the story of our school with the accomplishments of our teachers and students is one of my favorite things to do!

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  • 01/20/2017 Teacher Training and Professional Development


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    We know that great schools have great teachers – and to be the best teacher, you also need to be the best learner. At Annunciation, we are taking this call to heart and learning right along with our students. For teachers, one of the greatest parts of working in education is that we never stop learning. There are so many formal and informal opportunities for us to grow as educators. Our students lead the charge in the classroom and also by adapting the new IB principles to the learning process. We are part of a big learning community and join our students in a quest to be “Life-long learners.”

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  • 01/13/2017 Winter Parent Survey 2017


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    Dear Parents,

    Last week, I shared some of our accomplishments so far at Annunciation School. As we mark the mid-year point, look forward to celebrating our gift as a Catholic School during Catholic Schools Week, and also work on making the second half of the year even better, we invite you to provide your feedback through a short online survey. To assist us in our efforts to continue to grow and develop the best Catholic School for our students, parents, staff and friends, we for your input, too. Thank you in advance for taking time to share your thoughts and help us improve the experience for all.

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  • 01/06/2017 Happy New Year!


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    Dear Parents,

    Happy New Year! I hope each family had a blessed Christmas and Happy New Year. We are back for the second semester of the year. Hard to believe that we are halfway through the school year. The mid-point is a great time to reflect on our successes so far and also on the work ahead. Here are a few highlights to celebrate at our school:

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  • 12/16/2016 Christmas 2016


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    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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  • 12/13/2016 “Stand By Me”….


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


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    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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  • 11/11/2016 What Does the Data Tell Us?


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    This week, during our early dismissal working session, our teachers and staff participated in an “inquiry lesson”. As group, we wanted to know – “what does our testing data tell us?”

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  • 11/03/2016 Strong partnerships build a strong school


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    The past two days, we have had our parent-teacher conferences. We are truly blessed to have such committed and supportive parents who participate and join us over these two days. Conferences require time and effort from both the school and the family. But we believe that the time and effort is worth it!

    Education today is multi-faceted – it is active, engaging, changing, individualized - and can be challenging! To ensure we help each child reach their potential and utilizing their unique gifts, it is vital that we have strong partnerships with our families. We know when parents and teachers, along with the whole school community, work in unison to offer support and a consistent message, children are most successful.

    It was wonderful to see our parents and teachers connecting, feel the energy throughout the school, hear the laughter, see the smiles, and receive the great feedback from parents that their children are loving school and doing so well!

    Thank you, parents, for choosing Annunciation as your partner - for your support and belief in our teachers and staff - for working with us to help each child soar! Annunciation is truly an amazing place.

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  • 10/28/2016 Celebrations with a Global Perspective


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    As we head into the weekend with several holidays on the horizon, we reflect on the many ways we celebrate these traditions. Today, our middle school students have a Halloween Dance; Monday is the Halloween parade; and on Tuesday, we celebrate All Saints Day. The Spanish classes will be learning about and celebrating “El Día de los Muertos", one of the biggest holidays of the year in Mexico (and many Latin American countries). The students from Kindergarten through 8th grade will be helping create an altar that we will display in the foyer in honor of this special day.

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  • 10/14/2016 Fall Conferences 2016


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    We will hold parent-teacher conferences on WEDNESDAY, NOVEMBER 2ND (4-8 PM) and THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 3RD (2 PM – 8 PM).  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.

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  • 10/14/2016 Principal’s Breakfast Presentation


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    This morning we met in the Annunciation School Library for the first Principal's Breakfast of the 106-2017 school year. I always greet this event as an opportunity to present on all of the wonderful things happening every day here at Annunciation School. And there is certainly no shortage of happenings from week to week!

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  • 10/07/2016 Creating a Positive and Productive Learning Environment


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    It is hard to believe we are already in October. School is well underway and we have had so many wonderful community events to kick off our year – Septemberfest, CSCOE All School Mass, Parent Information Night, Dancing with the Annunciation Stars, Blessing of the Animals, the 2nd Grade Grandparents Tea and more! What a blessing it is to be a part of such a vibrant community.

    As a school, we are working hard to create a positive and productive learning environment. Our staff worked hard this summer and continues to grow in their learning. In our 2nd year as an IB Candidate School, you should see more inquiry across grade levels, the Learner Profiles exhibited throughout the school, Spanish language use expanding outside the classroom, and evidence of the Units of Inquiry in our K-5 classrooms.  The framework of IB provides a wonderful common language and teaching process that creates a familiar space in every room for students. IB mission reflects many of the values we share:

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  • 09/30/2016 Starting the Year with a New Mindset


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    After reading the book “Mindset” for our staff book study, we followed up with a session to bring some of the learnings into our work at Annunciation Catholic school. At our meeting this week, our staff, led by consultant - Nancy Gerber,  practiced using a “growth mindset” in working together as a collegial team and applying learned strategies for nurturing growth mindsets with our students and ourselves.  

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  • 09/23/2016 Schoology.com


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    I hope the year has gotten off to a great start. These past two weeks, the teachers and students spent a few days getting to know each other, practicing routines, and beginning classes for the year. We are very blessed to have such a strong school and have students achieve great things this year.

    This success comes from the wonderful support and partnerships that develop with our parents, students, and teachers. In addition, there is a lot of hard work and effort by staff to provide the care, academic challenges, and support needed for each child to succeed. Thanks for entrusting you child to us during these important years.

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  • 09/18/2016 Parent Information Night


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    On September 22 at 6:30, we will gather in the auditorium together to officially kick off the new school year. Then, we invite you to visit your student’s classrooms to receive more information about each grade level for the coming year.

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  • 09/01/2016 Student Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures


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    Drop-off and Pick-up:

    To help create a safe and efficient procedure for drop-off and pick-up, we are sending home a packet with two car pool number cards for each family along with a few reminders about the process. If each person helps by following the procedure, we will have a faster and safer car pool line for students and families.

    Please review the Student Drop-Off and Pick-Up Map (below) and use the number card for all pick-ups. This helps move the line along quicker. Thanks for your help!

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  • 08/03/2016 Summer 2016 School News Update


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    Dear Annunciation School Families,

    We hope you are having a wonderful summer. Our summer has been busy as we prepare for the new school year ahead.  Though we still have a few weeks of summer before us, we know the first day of school will be here before we know it!

    In this letter, we have several updates to share and also some information regarding our Back to School Night (paperwork day):

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  • 06/22/2016 Welcome Ms. Caldwell


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    We are pleased to welcome Ms. Beth Caldwell to Annunciation School!

    Beth will be the middle school religion teacher. Ms. Caldwell brings varied experiences to our school. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Middle School Childhood Education (Grades 4-9) and a minor in Theology. After college, she was a ministry leader for SENT Ministries Youth Retreats and NET Ministries. Currently, she has been the Youth Minister and Confirmation Coordinator at St. Peter’s Catholic Church in Forest Lake. We are excited to have Beth join our staff. 

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  • 06/22/2016 2015-16 School Wrap Up


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    June 16, 2016

    Dear Annunciation School Parents,

    Happy summer!  School is humming with events this summer: the rummage sale, Vacation Bible School, end of the year wrap up work, auditorium and gym floor renovations, playground installation, and more. At the same time, we are planning for next school year. We wanted to share some final information with you and updates for the year ahead.

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  • 06/03/2016 End of the Year…..


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    It is hard to believe we are approaching our last week of school for the 2015-2016 school year. Our 8th graders are preparing to graduate next Tuesday, classes are wrapping up their lessons, heading out on field trips and class celebrations for their hard work and a job well done, and we are preparing for our final day with summer blessing and field day. 

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  • 05/18/2016 State of the School Spring 2016


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    On May 5th, Annunciation hosted a State of the School focused, Evening with Principal Cassidy. Attendees were welcomed by Father Park, who shared his commitment to the school as the largest mission of the parish. Parents then listened to Jennifer Cassidy give a State of the School presentation, which included an update on the IB candidacy by Anne Laux and they heard first hand accounts of IB in the classroom from kindergarten teacher, Beth Sable and middle school science teacher, Jeremie Nichols. The event was full of energy, great questions and excitement about all the progress made so far and where we are headed for the future!

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  • 05/06/2016 New & Notes May 6, 2016


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    Viva Las Vegas


    Next Saturday, May 14 is the Annunciation School Live and Silent Auction. Please join us for a fun-filled evening that provides support to our school programs. It promises to be a great night! See all the details here: www.vivalasvegas2016.org.
     

    Teacher Appreciation Week

    We ended our Teacher Appreciation Week with an amazing homemade lunch. Thanks, Chef Canda and all of you who went the extra mile make us feel like Super Heroes!!

    We could not be more grateful for the special treatment and appreciation we have received all week. Thank you for all the extra effort and support this week.

    Our parents are the best!

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  • 04/08/2016 IB Candidacy Update


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    We are coming near the end of our first year of our official IB implementation as a candidate school. We wanted to share some news about our progress so far: 

    IB LEVEL ONE TRAINING 

    April 2-4, 2016, Minneapolis Hilton, Official IB Training 

    Annunciation’s process for attaining International Baccalaureate authorization is based on a three-year plan. The International Baccalaureate Organization (IBO) provides a set of criteria against which both the IB World School and the IB can evaluate success. The foundation of what it means to be an IB school is articulated through a set of program standards and practices. 

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  • 03/18/2016 News & Notes: March 18, 2016


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    Holy Week – Next week is our last week before Easter and Spring break!

    NET Retreat – 7th and 8th graders will participate in a NET Ministries retreat all day next Tuesday.  The retreat will be lead by the NET Ministries team and take place in the basement of church. Please keep the students in your prayers!

    Stuff the Bus - Thanks for encouraging all your students to participate. 5th graders will help deliver the items next Thursday.

    Reminder – Gym painting will happen over spring break!! The floor will be refinished over the summer.

    IB Program Update

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  • 03/04/2016 Library & Technology Updates


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    The Library's Biggest Event is Here!

    Did you know that approximately ninety percent of the library's budget comes directly from the Scholastic Book Fair? Every day supplies such as the materials to create the bar coding system and protective plastic for popular books are purchased with the proceeds of the book fair. Anne Clubb was also able to add shorter, 'pre-school' sized sorting bins to the library along with new books for Annunciation's youngest learners.

    Be on the look out for the Teacher Wish List for classroom books and also a Teacher's Pick section if you need some help picking out books for the readers in your house. The Scholastic Book Fair, "Peace, Love & Books" will be open Sunday, March 6 - Friday, March 11. Please see full details below.

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  • 02/26/2016 Everyday Celebrations


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    As we come to the end of our second trimester, we celebrate many successes and achievements by our students. We also want to begin to highlighting some of the unique things that happen in our school that make Annunciation a special place. Below are two highlights to share:

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  • 02/20/2016 International Baccalaureate Transition Update


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    At our Principal Breakfast last Thursday, Beth Sable and Sheila Loschy shared photos and stories from their first IB unit of inquiry they taught this year. It was exciting to hear the amazing interactions the students made with their learning, the connections and deeper understanding they gained from their inquiries, and the richness of their Carnaval experience this year with the connection to their IB unit.

    The journey continues this year and we are anxious to see the continued impact on our teaching and learning. Please continue to use the Learner Profile Attributes with your children. They are listed below.  Here are some highlights about the IB program:

    The Primary Years Program (PYP) prepares students to become active, caring, lifelong learners who demonstrate respect for themselves and others and have the capacity to participate in the world around them. It focuses on the development of the whole child as an inquirer, both within and beyond the classroom.

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  • 02/12/2016 Carnaval & Lent 2016


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    Our students, staff, and families had a wonderful day on Tuesday celebrating our Carnaval in preparation for the Lenten season. Hours of study, preparation, and planning went into this day. Everyone had a great time experiencing the many countries through the facts, games, food and decorations that the classes created. A big thanks to all who made this such a wonderful experience. 

    Starting with our Ash Wednesday mass, we now embark on the journey through Lent. It is a time for self-discovery as we remember how Jesus went into the desert for 40 days and was tempted. During our Lenten experience, we pray more, eat less, and give to the poor to prepare ourselves for the biggest event in our Christian faith – Christ’s Resurrection at Easter. But we must make ready our hearts and minds, like an athlete trains for a game or race. We need to strengthen our good habits as we remain God’s sons and daughters through the waters of Baptism. 

    As a school, we prepare for Easter by giving to our Mission Haiti banks, praying and reflecting daily, and participating in the Stations of the Cross. We pray as one community: 

    “Lord God, help us to be one with you during this season of Lent. Guide us as you led Jesus through the trying times in his life. May we let go of our negative habits and thoughts that make us feel distant from your loving presence. We look forward to the joy of Easter, for our hope is Jesus in this time of preparation. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation Principal

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  • 02/05/2016 Staff Development Days


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    During Catholic Schools Week Annunciation teachers and staff worked with educational professional, Nancy Gerber on the IB focused topic: Inquiry Based Instruction. 

    Nancy Gerber is an instructional coach and curious lifelong learner. She has conducted trainings and evaluations across the nation. Over the years Nancy has held many roles from educational aide, teacher of primary and intermediate students, multi-age classroom teacher, charter school director, media specialist, as well as a participant on numerous committees. She is a fellow with the Science Museum of Minnesota, and a Certified Trainer for Lynn Erickson Concept Based Instruction network. Currently Nancy has the privilege of working with a variety of IB schools, and is working for the University of Minnesota as a mentor to teacher candidates. 

    In addition to Nancy's expertise in IB and inquiry, she is also renowned for her work in making thinking visible and developing cultures of thinking. 

    As we continue to shift our methods and learn more about the IB program, these staff development sessions are essential. I am very proud of the way that Annunciation teachers have become “risk-takers” and learners, too. It is so important that we continue to learn and grow so we can provide the best instruction and learning for all our students. I look forward to sharing more of our work with you in the coming weeks. 

    Thank you for accommodating these important sessions in the school year!

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  • 01/26/2016 Trivia Night Thank You


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    A huge thank you to APO and the Trivia Night 2016 chairs, Jenny Sharp and Angie Swan, for a fun, successful evening! Proceeds from the evening will go towards making the playground improvements. Watch for more on the initiative to upgrade our playground area for all our students. We are so grateful to everyone for their generosity and dedication to Annunciation!

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  • 01/24/2016 Catholic Schools Week 2016 Schedule


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    January 31 – February 5, 2016 

    Join us as we kick off our celebration on Sunday, January 31 at the 10:30 mass. 

    We would love to see all of our school families together to celebrate! The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We invite students to wear their uniforms and spirit wear to show their school pride. 

    Join us for the waffle breakfast after mass, too! Great way to kick of this wonderful celebration and show thanks to our parish for their support of Catholic education at Annunciation. 

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  • 01/14/2016 Catholic Schools Week 2016


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    January 31 – February 5, 2016

    Join us as we kick off our celebration on Sunday, January 31 at the 10:30 mass. We would love to see all of our school families together to celebrate! The theme this year is “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.” We invite students to wear their uniforms and spirit wear to show their school pride. Join us for the waffle breakfast after mass, too! Great way to kick of this wonderful celebration and show thanks to our parish for their support of Catholic education at Annunciation. 

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  • 01/08/2016 Happy New Year 2016!


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    Happy New Year! I hope everyone had a blessed Christmas and New Year. We are excited to be back together as a school community and had a wonderful first week back. 

    IB updates: 

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  • 12/18/2015 “Halleluiah”…. Christmas 2015


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    Our Annunciation School students, led by the creative talents of Mary Strickland, Liz Kramer, and Sandy Nesvig, reached new heights with their Christmas performance this year. While it seems impossible to top any previous years, this performance ranks among the best. 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. 

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  • 12/14/2015 “Hallelujah” Christmas Program


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    This year’s Christmas program is titled “Hallelujah”. We are so blessed at Annunciation School to have a renowned and treasured Creative Arts program that produces events that mark special moments and create lasting memories for our whole community. Alumni and friends share their memories of participating in the Christmas program and continue to sing songs and share stories years later. It is such a special event. 

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  • 11/20/2015 Living Our Faith During Thanksgiving


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    We truly are a blessed community with generous and caring families. Living our theme – “Do unto others as you would have them do to you”, we held our annual Thanksgiving prayer service and food drive for Holy Rosary church. It was wonderful to see all of our students, staff and famileis gather in prayer, hear stories about the people we are helping, and then carry out the many bags of food for Holy Rosary’s families. Our daily prayers call us to serve those in need. Today, we lived our theme and the Gospel message. We are thankful and grateful to be a part of this special Annunciation community!

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  • 11/13/2015 Excitement at Preview Night!


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    Last night we hosted Preview Night for new and prospective families to learn about our school. It was the biggest crowd we have had in years!! The word is spreading about the exciting things happening at Annunciation – our community, our programs, and our strategic vision for the future. Most families were new to Annunciation and are hearing about the great tradition and community in our school – and now with the addition of the IB program – are seeing we have something unique that no other school has to offer. It was fun to see such enthusiasm and feel the energy among students, staff, parents and friends.

    A special thanks to the School Advisory Council, APO, other parents volunteers, Lester Bagley, our parent speaker, Rosa Gerdts, our student council president speaker, the 2nd grade performers, Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Sable, Mrs. Heer, teacher aides, Father Park, and school and parish staff who made the evening spectacular and special for our visitors. It is an exciting time to be a part of Annunciation!!

    Special Tuition Announcement

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  • 11/06/2015 Risk Takers


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    The Road to International Baccalaureate Status

    This week Annunciation students learned about the IB learner attribute, "Risk Taker".

    "We approach uncertainty with forethought and determination; we work independently and cooperatively to explore new ideas and innovative strategies. We are resourceful and resilient in the face of challenges and change."  IB program materials

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  • 10/29/2015 Partners in Education


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    Today we wrapped up our mid trimester conferences. So after two full teaching days and an evening conferences, we will have Friday off as our compensation day. Thanks to all how helped make it a great two days!

    We are also so grateful to have such a strong partnership with our parents. With almost 100% of our families attending, the conferences were a great success. We were excited to share the good news and progress of our students, but also discuss ways to challenge them to continue to learn new things and improve. I hope you found your conference time informative and encouraging. We are truly a “united and caring community” striving to help each child reach their fullest potential. Thank you for entrusting your children to us for their education – mind, body and spirit. 

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  • 10/23/2015 Principal’s Breakfast Energy


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    We had an incredible turnout for the APO sponsored Principal's Breakfast yesterday morning! Thank you to all who attended. Be sure to look out for the next breakfast if you weren't able to make it. There was a lot of energy around the school's status as an International Bacu candidate school. Please check out the Learner Profile Activities for Parents for more information on how to develop these attributes at home as well.

    Coming up this week please be sure you've scheduled your student's fall conferences and remember that the school will be in "Orange & Black" dress to celebrate Halloween this Thursday, October, 29. 

    Please feel free to contact me,

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation Prinicpal
    jcassidy@annunciationmsp.org

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  • 10/14/2015 Essential Agreements


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    Today for our morning meeting, we gathered as a whole school in the auditorium. We began with our prayer and pledge together, birthday announcements, then talked about how exciting it is for us to be an official International Baccalaureate Candidate School! We should be very proud of this and know that we are joining other schools throughout the world. At Annunciation, we will begin learning about the IB and bringing this into our school.

    Today, students shared our all-school essential agreements. These are the basic rules that we, as a school, agree to that involve the playground, going to mass, using the restroom, and eating lunch and more. You will see the essential agreements posted in the halls and throughout the school.

    Next, students acted out skits that taught us about the Learner Profile Attributes. These are character traits we want us all to share. We will be introducing one new trait every two weeks.  Please use these at home or talk about them with your child.

    We are excited to begin this journey together as a school. We are all learners together!

    Please feel free to contact me with any IB questions,

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation Prinicpal
    jcassidy@annunciationmsp.org

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  • 10/02/2015 October early dismissal, MAP testing & DWAS


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    Dancing with Annunciation Stars

    We are only week away from DWAS at Annunciation School! The event next Saturday, October 10. Students had a “sneak peek” at a rehearsal performance today and I can promise you a fantastic show!  If you have not had a chance to check out the Dancing with Annunciation Stars event, I invite you to do so. Take a look – it is fun and exciting to see! Thanks to the parents and staff who have worked diligently in preparation for this fun event. It is guaranteed to be a fun-filled evening!

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  • 09/25/2015 THANK YOU…


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    A sincere thank you to APO chairs, Jennafer Wells and Nancy Hoyos, and all the volunteers who helped make the Apex Fun Run a success. Huge thanks also to the Varley and Steichen families, along with the many volunteers, who organized another fantastic Septemberfest weekend. Our community is truly blessed!

    Early dismissal days - Teachers are learners too!

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  • 09/17/2015 Big Weekend Ahead!


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    It is a big weekend ahead for Annunciation’s community. The campus has been buzzing as we prepare for our Fun Run and SeptemberFest. Here are details on the events:

    Annunciation’s Fun Run!

    Tomorrow is the BIG day of for our Fun Run which kicks off SeptemberFest. We are in our final day of preparation and the students, staff, APO, parents, and Apex team leaders have been busy promoting leadership, fitness and fundraising for our school. Here are some key points to note:

    Did you know……?

    -10% of the funds raised by the students will go directly back to their teacher to use in the classroom
    -APO will contribute funds raised towards helping update the school auditorium
    -To help support our local community - anytime a student reaches ten dollars per lap -  Apex Fun Run partners with the organization Will Play for Food to donate 40 meals to children in need in Minnesota. 

    Race Times:

    Please join our school, APEX staff and APO Friday morning for the Fun Run. (If the weather is nice, the run will take place between the school and the church. If it is raining, the run will take place at the same times in the gym.)

    The times for the APEX Fun Run are as follows:

    Grades K, 1, 2                        9:00am

    Grades 3, 4, 5                      10:10am

    Grades 6, 7, 8                      11:20am

    We hope you can join us to volunteer or just cheer your children on during this fun event.

    Thank you for helping make this event successful!

    SeptemberFest

    What a great way to support Annunciation parish and school by attending this weekend’s SeptemberFest! Invite your family and friends – all are welcome!

    The weekend is filled with fun events, food, games, prizes, and more. This is also a great way to meet new families and spend time with others in building our “family” here at Annunciation. Good luck to the many school wiffle ball teams, too! Looks like great weather and fun events ahead.

    New this year is the Zero K on Friday night and Father Park’s Home Run Challenge on Saturday night. See the Daily Schedule.

    See you there!

    *Remember - Bottle Boutique & Pie Drop off! Tomorrow is the last day to bring in bottles for the boutique. Unopened bottles can be donated and dropped off in the foyer.  Also, pies will be conveniently collected in car line tomorrow morning! 

    Thanks for your support!

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  • 09/11/2015 New School Year and a New Theme


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    Theme for the year

    The new school year is off to a busy and energetic start!  We begin with a new theme for the year – “Do to others as you would have them do to you.” Our focus is on how we treat one another as we create our community together. Each morning, we begin in prayer, share the Gospel of the day, reflecting on the readings as we consider how we live this theme each day. Classes take turns leading us in our Hail Mary and our pledge of allegiance. Together, we begin by asking God to guide us in all we do.

    As staff and parents, we want to model this for our children, too. We look for ways to consider others and treat them as we wish to be treated. What we do is a stronger lesson than what we say, so we work hard to live our theme each day as well.

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  • 06/09/2015 Annunciation Class of 2015


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    Congratulations to the Annunciation Class of 2015!

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  • 05/29/2015 End of the Year


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    It is hard to believe we are approaching our last week of school for the 2014-2015 school year. Our 8th graders are preparing to graduate next Tuesday, classes are wrapping up their lessons,  heading out on field trips and class celebrations for their hard work and a job well done, and we are preparing for our final day with summer blessing and field day.

    As a community, we are richly blessed. God has provided us amazing people who give of themselves every day to make the Annunciation School experience something special for our children. Students, teachers, staff, parents, parishioners, community members and more all share time, talent, and treasure so we can live the mission of Annunciation School – the vision the Dominican sisters set forth over 90 years ago.

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  • 05/21/2015 State of the School


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    Dear Annunciation Parents,

    Last Thursday, May 7, we hosted our first annual “State of the School” parent information night. The purpose of this spring’s meeting is to update parents on the work the school has accomplished in the past year, specifically, regarding our Strategic Plan.

    At the meeting, I shared information regarding our first strategic objective – “To Position Annunciation School to be a Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child.” After a yearlong process, led by a Vision team and participation by staff and parents, Annunciation is proud to announce that we will begin the process of becoming an International Baccalaureate (IB) school, implementing the Primary Years Program (PYP) and exploring the Middle Years Program (MYP) starting next fall.

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  • 05/15/2015 Bike Path Proposal: UPDATE


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    Update on 54th Street bike lane/parking restrictions:

    The city sent Annunciation a revised plan last night.  

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  • 05/08/2015 Thank You for a Great Teacher Appreciation Week!


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    On behalf of the staff at Annunciation School, I extend our heart-felt thanks to the Annunciation Families for the amazing week you created for us. Special thanks to those families who created the gifts decorated the halls, and provided the treats each day. We were truly spoiled during our “Giving Tree” week with the gestures of gratitude from delicious lunch, sweet treats, yogurt bar, replenishing the staff lounge, sharing the “Giving Tree” story each morning,  and of course the planting of a tree in honor of our staff.

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  • 05/01/2015 My Time Is Now


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    Improv Show “My Time is Now!”

    Congratulations to Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Nesvig, and the middle school performers for the fabulous production of this year’s Improv. The performances are amazing and the hard work and hours of rehearsal has paid off! If you did not get a chance to attend, you have one more chance – tonight, Friday, May 1, 2015 at 7:00 pm in the auditorium. Come and see the skits, lip syncs, songs and more! You don’t want to miss this great show.

    Knock It Out of the Park Live & Silent Auction

    Mark your calendars! The day is approaching - Saturday, May 16 is the Annunciation School Live and Silent Auction. The theme is “Knock It Out of the Park”. Please join us for a fun-filled evening that provides support to our school programs. It promises to be a great night!

    Parent Information Night

    Be sure to join us for a school update on our strategic planning this year and our goals as look into next year – an annual State of the School presenation. We will meet on Thursday, May 7, 2015 at 6:30 in the community room. APO is hosting this meeting and we look forward to sharing our hard work this year and excited about the plans we have for our school. Hope to see you there!

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  • 04/24/2015 Mark Your Calendars!


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    Parent Information Night: May 7, 2015 at 6:30

    Plan to join us for a “State of the School” presentation with updates on our Strategic Plan process this year and plans for the school as we look towards our future. This evening “Breakfast with the Principal” will take place on Thursday, May 7 at 6:30 in the Community Room.

    Hope you can join us!!

    Improv Show, “My Time is Now”: April 30 – May 1

    Mrs. Strickland, Mrs. Nesvig and the students are in their final days of preparation for the Improv Gala and performances. Plan to attend the gala on Thursday, April 30 with performance at 7:00 pm or Friday night at 7:00 pm. It promises to be a great show!!

    Knock It Out of the Park, Annunciation's Live & Silent Auction: May 16, 2015

    Saturday, May 16 is the annual Live and Silent Auction – “first pitch” is at 6:00 with food, fun, auction items, and live auction to wrap up the evening. Check out www.knockitoutofthepark2015.com for details. Purchase tickets now!

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  • 04/17/2015 MNSAA Update


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    April 17, 2015

    After two years of preparation, Annunciation School completed our renewal of Accreditation last year through MNSAA. We received the final approval this year as a fully accredited school through 2020-2021!  Part of the process is to create a strategic plan that guides our school improvement efforts over the next seven years.

    We have started to live the plan this year and implement the strategies. To update you on our work to date, we will have a “Parent/Principal Breakfast” at night to accommodate working parents. This will be a “State of the School” information night. At this event we will share the results of our work this year and our next steps as we move forward in living out our plan.

    Please mark your calendars for THURSDAY, MAY 7 at 6:30 pm (location TBD.) NOTE: This will replace the morning breakfast on April 23. I look forward to sharing the updates on our work with you that evening. Hope you can make it!

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Principal
    612 824-9993×201

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  • 04/10/2015 Principal’s Update


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    What a blessing Annunciation School is for us!

    We returned from Spring break and Easter celebrations this week, ready for our final months of the school year.  Though I enjoyed my time off and spending Easter with family, upon returning, I found myself smiling as I opened my office door and was back here at Annunciation. I missed being with my Annunciation family, too!

    I began our first day back by leading prayer, pledge and announcements as we do each morning. As I held the microphone for the 3rd graders who were leading our prayer and pledge, I had such a sense of joy, seeing their proud and happy faces as they led our school in our morning prayer.  Who could as for a better job than this?

    As the students headed back to class, I was reminded what a privilege it is to be a part of the community at Annunciation Catholic School where we share our faith every day, miss one another when we are gone, cheer for, support and pray for each other every day. There is truly something special here and we are blessed to be a part of it.

    In today’s morning prayer, we were reminded that we all have gifts and talents that God has given us. We are challenged to use those gifts. You have shared the gift of Catholic education at Annunciation with your child or children, allowing them to develop their God–given gifts in such a special way. Thank you for this privilege of sharing in the development of each child. We are truly blessed!

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  • 03/27/2015 Happy Easter!


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    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.

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  • 03/20/2015 First Day of Spring 2015


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    Happy Spring! We enter our last week before spring break busy with our Lenten prayers and reflections, Stations of the Cross, service projects including FMSC, “Stuff the Bus”, and lots of learning in our classrooms. Here are some updates from the past weeks:

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  • 03/12/2015 Principal’s Breakfast


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    Join Principal Cassidy for coffee & conversation on Thursday, March 26th from 8:15-9:15am in the Annunciation School Library.

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  • 03/06/2015 School Updates


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    School Updates

    So much has been happening at Annunciation over the last couple of months. From Catholic Schools Week, Carnaval, and the Projects Fair, to Okee Dokee Brothers Concert, Book Fair, Open Houses, testing, service projects, and prayer – Lenten prayers, adoration, masses and more. During this time, students and teachers have been busy in classes continuing their teaching and learning as we head into the final trimester of the year.

    While all these events and activities are focused on this school year, we have also been busy with our strategic planning, looking at our future as well. Here are a few of the things we are working on:

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  • 02/20/2015 Carnaval & Lent


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    Our students, staff, and families had a wonderful day on Tuesday celebrating our Carnaval in preparation for the Lenten season. Hours of study, preparation, and planning went into this day. Everyone had a great time experiencing the many countries through the facts, games, food and decorations that the classes created. A big thanks to all who made this such a wonderful experience.

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  • 02/06/2015 Conferences, Concerts and Carnaval


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    Conferences

    Thank you to all who participated in our winter conferences. Many great stories were shared and lots of hard work by students, staff and parents to help each child be successful. We are blessed to partner with such amazing families and appreciate your dedication and time to support our work of educating each child to their full potential. It was great to see so many families and get a chance to visit with you.uled for a date in later March. Look for details to come.

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  • 11/07/2014 Vision for the Future


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    Last year, we completed our two year process for renewal of our Accreditation through MNSAA. In June, we received official notice that our accreditation is renewed for another seven years! This is exciting and an affirmation that we are doing great work at Annunciation School.

    This process also requires us to look at the strengths and our challenges and create a strategic plan with a vision for our school over the next seven years. While we have done great work, we can’t rest – education today requires us to continually evaluate what we do, how we do it, and what is best for our students.

    Through the work of our staff, parents, community leaders and the strategic planning steering committee, we wrote our strategic plan with a vision for our future. This plans calls us to build on our rich tradition of 90 years in Catholic education in our community. It also calls for us to be bold and look for innovative ways to educate the students of today, ensuring they reach their fullest potential.

    Our first strategic objective is: “Complete a visioning project that positions Annunciation School as a Catholic leader, recognized for educating the whole child”. To begin our plan, we have a visioning team that will lead the work of this first objective by learning what we need to educate the children of today and what tomorrow’s world will require. Then the team will look for innovative models or best practices in education to see would be the best fit for Annunciation School as we strive to reach this objective.

    If you are interested in being a part of the visioning team and this exciting work, we need 1-2 more members to join us. Please contact me if you are interested. We will keep you posted on our strategic plan as we bring it to life!

    “Share the Spirit” of Annunciation School

    Hopefully, you received the recent eblast with the information on our “Share the Spirit” campaign. The marketing committee and school staff have been hard at work finding new ways to get the word out about our great school. Annunciation School is an amazing place the offers a vibrant community and environment for learning with strong faith and academics – and we  are continuing to explore new ways to be even better for our students, as we stated above.

    We want to share this message with others and fill every seat in our school! Word of mouth is the best way to let people know about Annunciation School and all we have to offer. No one has a better story to share than our parents.

    In the flyer, you will find information about “Share the Spirit” – we are asking you to invite prospective families to attend learn more about Annunciation -  tour the school, come for a visit or attend an event. If the new family registers for next school year in grades K-8, you will receive a $500 tuition credit applied next year for your referral. See the flyer for details and a form to complete.

    Thanks for helping us “Share the Spirit” of Annunciation School! We have much to celebrate and share!


    “A TRADITION OF ACADEMIC RIGOR, SPIRITUAL ENRICHMENT, AND LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT”

    Jennifer M. Cassidy, Principal
    Annunciation School
    612-823-4394 ext. 201

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  • 10/31/2014 Partners in Education


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    We wrapped up our mid trimester conferences and are so grateful to have such a strong partnership with our parents. With almost 100% of our families attending, the conferences were a great success. We were excited to share the good news and progress of our students, but also discuss ways to challenge them to continue to learn new things and improve. I hope you found your conference time informative and encouraging. We are truly a “united and caring community” striving to help each child reach their fullest potential. Thank you for entrusting your children to us for their education – mind, body and spirit.

    Preview Night

    Thursday, November 4 at 7:00 pm is our Preview Night. Please help us spread the word and invite neighbors, family and friends to this great event.  Prospective parents will hear from school leaders, parents, 8th grade students along with a performance by our second graders. Then they will have a visit to the kindergarten classes to learn more about our programs. Preschool staff will be available for tours, too. You are the greatest marketing our school has! Help us share the good news of Annunciation School.

    Jennifer M. Cassidy, Principal
    Annunciation School
    612-823-4394 ext. 201

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  • 10/24/2014 Notes from Boosterthon Friday


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    Boosterthon

    Today was the big day for our “fun run” and color run! With the sun shining, fall leaves on the trees, parents cheering us on, and an enthusiastic Boosterthon team leading the way, the students completed their laps and ended the day with the color run. The students had fun and it was a perfect day to be outside enjoying God’s gift of beautiful fall weather.

    A big thank you for the APO chairs, Sarah Johannes and Roberta Dietrick, for planning and organizing the event. Thanks to the awesome Boosterthon staff for their work and enthusiasm. And a huge thank you to all the students and parents who participated and helped make this a great fundraiser and fun event for our school.

    Pledging remains open this weekend and money collected can be turned in to school by Thursday, October 30 or paid online. Any questions, please feel free to contact the school.

    Check out our Boosterthon Fun Run web album!

    Conference Details

    Reminder – we have mid-trimester conferences this week. NOTE: 1:00 dismissal on Thursday. NO SCHOOL on Friday. Extended day is available.

    Wednesday, October 29 – 4:00-8:00
    Thursday, October 30 (1:00 dismissal) – 2:00-8:00
    If you prefer more than the scheduled time, please contact the teacher to schedule a separate conference so more time will be available.

    MAP testing results will be shared with you at conferences. Since this is our first time testing with MAP, the teachers will share basic data and numbers for you. The staff is training this year to learn more about how to use this information to help set goals for students, determine placement, along with teacher input, and look for growth over the year. We will take another test this spring. We will continue to keep you up to date as we learn more about the MAP tests and share resources with you so you can utilize this at home to help your students as well.

    Breakfast with the Principal

    We held our first Breakfast with the Principal this past Thursday. Thanks to APO for hosting and to all the parents who attended. We shared school updates and initiatives, along with some information that is helping guide us as we put our strategic plan into action. The Power Point is available here in PDF. If you have any questions after reviewing it, please feel free to contact me.

    Drop Off Reminder

    When dropping off students in the morning, please be mindful of the residential area surrounding our school. Some neighbors have expressed concern over the speed of cars heading into the parking area. For the safety of all, and to be good neighbors, please drive slowly as you enter the neighborhood area. Thanks for your attention to this.

    Have a wonderful weekend and enjoy the beautiful fall weather!

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  • 10/15/2014 Living Our Mission


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    Our school mission is the foundation of all we do at Annunciation School. As staff, we reviewed our mission and broke it down into parts – our beliefs, the students’ expectations, the school expectations:

    OUR BELIEF: “We believe each student is a gift of God, a unique person, entrusted to our care.  The education, development and growth of our students are our reasons for existence.  Each student makes a unique contribution to our school.”  

    STUDENT EXPECTATIONS: “We expect our students to: use their individual talents to the best of their abilities; be responsible for their actions; treat all others with dignity and respect; follow the policies of the school; and contribute to the life of the school, parish and community.”

    SCHOOL EXPECTATIONS: “We provide them with: a Christian environment for learning; guidance, encouragement and discipline; love, respect and compassion; and nurture their spirit so they may achieve their full potential.”

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  • 10/10/2014 Heart and Soul of Our School


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    “Do not be afraid….take courage, I am here.” Matthew 14:27

    As parents, I know you can’t be here each day to experience the life of our school, so I just wanted to take a minute to share some special moments from this week that demonstrated our mission alive:

    First, our school mass on Thursday ended with our song, “Send Down the Fire of Your Spirit”. Standing in the church, hearing the voices of the children singing with so much passion and energy was truly the Spirit shining through our children. It was a wonderful moment and confirms the special opportunity we have as a Catholic school to celebrate our faith together.

    Second was our grandparents’ tea which took place Thursday. What a wonderful moment to look out in the auditorium to see the many grandparents and friends who came to celebrate with our second graders and our school. These are people who have lived and modeled their faith in such an authentic and strong way, that they inspired the next generation to share this with their children as well. It is our privilege at Annunciation School to carry on and help form this next generation of children who can someday do the same for their children. The second graders sang and performed so well, ending with a song that brought tears to everyone’s eyes. Moments like this remind me how special our school is and how much we are blessed!

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  • 10/03/2014 Living our mission…


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    Communication and Partnerships

    At Annunciation School, community and partnerships are key elements of our mission. To be successful, we rely on many members of our community to help us reach our goals. Parents, students, teachers, staff, parishioners, and others contribute to the work of developing the young people in our school. Without the work of so many, we could not accomplish all that we do! Thanks to those who step up and help make Annunciation School the vibrant, successful school it is.

    Partnerships are another key to our success. We know that you, as parents, are the primary educators of your children. The work we do builds on the foundation your family has laid and helps fulfill the vision and dreams you have for your children. To do this well, we need to be in communication with you. One of the most important communications is our parent/teacher conferences.

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  • 09/26/2014 News & Notes: September 26, 2014


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    “Don’t be afraid...take courage, I am here.” Matt. 14:27

    Dancing with the Annunciation Stars!

    We are only a couple of weeks away for the debut of DWAS at Annunciation School! If you have not had a chance to check out the website and link to the event, I invite you to do so. Our Annunciation Stars have videos on the site along with information on event tickets and more. Take a look – it is fun and exciting to see! Thanks to the parents and staff who have worked diligently in preparation for this fun event. Hope to see you there!

    MAP Testing begins Monday:

    One of our goals from our accreditation and review of our programs, was the need to identify a comprehensive assessment for our school. The NWEA Measures of Academic Progress® (MAP®) test has been chosen as the tool for students in grades K-8. We have chosen to use one test for all students so we have benchmark data starting fall of kindergarten all the way through grade 8. We will be testing this year in Reading, Math, and Language Usage.

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  • 09/19/2014 SeptemberFest is Here!


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    “Don’t be afraid….take courage, I am here.”                Matt. 14:27

    Parent Information Nights

    We had our second parent information night this week for our kindergarten – fifth grade parents. Thank you to all who attended. These information sessions are so important to help us build the partnership we have with you to educate and develop your children. Communication is always a key to any successful partnership, and we continue to offer many options and look for ways to improve our communication. Your participation makes it successful! I hope that these sessions provided you important information regarding your child’s classroom and teacher and allowed you to meet other parents in your child’s class. Most of all, I hope you felt the excitement and energy that has filled our school since school has begun! We truly do have a vibrant community and you have helped make it special. I look forward to seeing you at more events this year.

    SeptemberFest

    Speaking of community……what a great way to support Annunciation parish and school by attending this weekend’s SeptemberFest! The weekend is filled with fun events, food, games, prizes, and more. This is also a great way to meet new families and spend time with others in building our “family” here at Annunciation. Good luck to the many school wiffle ball teams, too! Hope to see you there!

    The year is off to a great start. Thanks to all the parents for their feedback and questions. I welcome any questions or comments as we work together to make Annunciation School the very best place for all! Hope to see you at Septemberfest!

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  • 09/10/2014 MS Information Night


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    Greeting Middle School Parents!

    On Thursday, September 11th, we will be having our Information Night. We have set it up this year as a “Day in the Life of a Middle School Student.”

    You, the parents, will live a day that is similar to what your students go through at Annunciation. This is how it will work:

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  • 09/05/2014 A New School Year and a New Theme


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    We begin school year 2014-2015 with a new theme – and a focus on not being afraid, being courageous and trusting that God is walking with us always. Our staff and teachers began workshop week with a talk from Father Jim on this theme. He emphasized how important it is for us to trust God, even when the “waters seem rough” or the boat appears to be tipping. As the apostle Peter learned, if we keep our focus on Jesus, we have nothing to fear.

    This is what we want to teach our students as well. Often, we have our best learning through our failures and struggles. It takes courage to try something new, to trust that we are on the right path, even when we slip. As a Catholic school, we can share the promise that God is with us – He is here! What a great lesson to learn for life. Together, we begin this year with the faith and courage to persevere, to take risks, learn new things, fall and know God is there to help us back up. And in the end, we will be wiser, stronger, and more faithful from the journey!

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  • 06/06/2014 Congratulations & Blessings


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    I want to extend my congratulations to the graduating eighth grade, kindergarten and preschool classes at Annunciation this year!  I feel blessed to have witnessed these classes and all of the hard working students and teachers of our wonderful school community.  A sincere thank you to you all for creating such an amazing community.

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  • 05/30/2014 MNSAA Acreditation & End of the Year News


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    MNSAA Accreditation News

    This week, we received our official notification that we have been renewed for accreditation through MNSAA for another seven years! The letter stated:

    “Congratulations! On Monday, May 19, 2014, the MNSAA Board of Directors renewed the seven-year eligibility status for the K-8 school program at Annunciation School of Minneapolis. Eligibility will now be extended through June 30, 2021. The Board wishes to recognize the leadership and the school community for the fine efforts in completing the renewal process. We especially want to affirm your school for your dedicated staff, as well as the community’s support of the school program.”

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  • 05/22/2014 Happy Memorial Day!


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    Silent & Live Auction: New York City

    A huge thank you is in order to everyone who helped make the Annunciation School Silent and Live Auction: New York City – such a success! Thanks to Courtney Steilen and Maranda McCarthy for their leadership, to all the volunteers who helped set up, take down, and run the event, to Jimmy Dunn for being the MC for the night, to all who attended and everyone who bid and donated that night. The auction’s success helps us continue to provide strong programs for our students at Annunciation School. We could not do it without your support! THANK YOU!

    Calendar 2014-15

    The initial calendar for next school year is now posted on the website with the major events and dates for start and end of school, holidays, conferences, etc. A more detailed calendar will be provided over the summer, but this calendar will provide you with the main dates for planning. A few notes or changes we have made for next year:

    Conferences 2014-15

    We have moved conferences earlier to be closer to the mid-trimester point so the students’ grades are not finalized yet and there is time for them to work to improve grades if needed before the end of the trimester. This will allow the conference time to be a good conversation between parents and teachers to help identify strengths and areas for growth. We also hope to have our fall testing results in time for conferences so there is good information to assist in the goal setting for each conference.

    We have changed the days off for conferences to only one day instead of two and have also added a second evening conference schedule to help accommodate our families. Conferences will be held on Wednesday after school. We will be in school on Thursday next year but will have a 1:00 dismissal so we can begin conferences earlier and still provide classes for students earlier in the day. Friday will be a day off.

    By having school on the second day of conferences, we have two non-teaching days that we are able to use during the year for staff development days for teacher workshops and planning. This time will be important for us to implement the goals and objectives we have identified for the coming year.

    Spring break will be during Easter week this year so it will include the Easter Monday day off.

    Last day of school 2015

    The last day of school will be on Thursday, June 4. On Friday, we will have a full day of staff meetings and planning on that final day of the week to help wrap up the year and set our goals for next year.

    Enjoy the Memorial weekend. Prayers and blessings to all who have served our country as we remember and honor them this weekend.

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  • 05/16/2014 Live & Silent Auction – New York City:


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    The weekend is finally here! Saturday Night Live at Annunciation School! Join us for our live and silent auction – NEW YORK CITY!

    After months of planning, tons of volunteers are working hard to help make this event a success. The school is transforming as we speak into the “Big Apple” and is sure to offer a night of fun, many great auction items, fabulous entertainment and some surprises.

    Our thanks to Courtney Steilen and Maranda McCarthy for their leadership as chairs – and thanks also to the many helpful hands who are making the vision become real. Come and join in the fun while supporting a great cause - Annunciation School and students! Hope to see you there!

    Have you RSVP'd? Visit the official Live & Silent Auction New York City registration web site.

    Do you need to catch up and figure out what the Live & Silent Auction is all about this year?  Check out Maranday & Courtney's New York City blog.

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  • 05/09/2014 Rounding Up and Counting Down


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  • 05/02/2014 Thank You Annunciation Families!


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  • 04/25/2014 Alleluia! He is Risen!


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    Our preschool students shared the good news this week that Jesus is risen! We celebrate the good news during this Easter season. Spring brings new life, flowers blooming, green grass and busy school days! As we look to begin our last month of school next week, the calendar is filed with many learning activities, extra attention to meeting academic goals, field trips, events and more! It is a blessed time of year.

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  • 04/17/2014 Happy Easter


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    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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  • 04/11/2014 Spring is Here!


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    The snow is finally melting and the sunshine is warm! Spring is here and that means our final stretch of the school year is ahead. Next week marks the mid-point for our last trimester of the 2013-2014 school year. With only 8 weeks or so to go, we have lots to do in a short amount of time! Here are some of the notable events coming:

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  • 03/28/2014 Principal Cassidy’s News & Notes


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    Accreditation Visit is Complete!

    Our visit for accreditation renewal was completed on Thursday afternoon. The visit team spent over 3 days interviewing staff, students, and parents, visiting classrooms, reviewing our self-study, onsite documentation and our strategic plan. It was a wonderful week with our visitors here and a chance to share our story.

    The team passed on their thanks to the APO for hosting their visit and to staff and the whole community for making them feel welcome and sharing information with them. The visit team does not make any final determination of renewal, but did pass on some thoughts before they left.

    Overall, the team was greatly impressed by the incredibly vibrant and supportive community. They could sense this and heard from so many at the school, new families and long-time families, that this is part of what makes our school special. The team also gave high praise to the school for the consultative and thorough process used to prepare for the MNSAA renewal.   From the self-study to the strategic plan, they were impressed with the involvement of so many within the community and the attention paid to making sure the plan was represented the whole school. In addition, they commented on the thoughtful process used to address our school’s mission. The mission statement is clearly lived here and was taken apart and addressed by each section to represent each dimension and how we live this out in our school. The team felt that many people participated in creating the self-study, strategic plan, and mission to make it a very authentic process.

    The team’s report will be submitted to the MNSAA board for review at their next meeting in May. Shortly after, we will receive their decision and summary of the visit. This summary will highlight strengths they noted as well as areas for improvement. Moving forward, we will use the strategic plan and summary report as our living document to guide our improvement efforts for the future of the school.

    It is an exciting and exhaustive process. The journey allows us to see what we do well and also where we need to improve. Having people from outside of our school community reflect and provide feedback also gives us a good perspective. All of these efforts are meant to create the strongest Catholic education for our children.

    Thanks to ALL who participated or supported this work in any way. We appreciate your time, talent, and prayers. As a community, we live our mission and once again come together to carry on our tradition of academic rigor, spiritual enrichment, and leadership development.

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  • 03/21/2014 Accreditation Visit is here!


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    After two years of preparation, completion of community surveys, the self-study and the strategic plan, we will host our site visit to finalize the accreditation renewal process next week. Hopefully, you are all aware of the process we have been engaged in and the visit next week which will be the final chapter in this important process of self-reflection and affirmation of our strengths, challenges and opportunities for growth.

    The team will be spending 3 days in the school visiting classrooms, interviewing teachers and students, parent leaders, and also contacting parents for feedback as well. During the visit, the team will be validating our story, confirming what we have said in our self-study narratives and our strategic plan. This information will be added to their written report which is sent to the MNSAA Association and presented to the board for final approval. The MNSAA board will convene in May to review our application. We should hear the results sometime in June. This information will be shared with our community once it is received.

    The exciting result of this process is our strategic plan. You can review the objectives for the plan as presented at the last Principal Breakfast.  The plan will be our guide for the future improvement work we do and help us define our vision for the future of Annunciation School. Our plan is vibrant, exciting, and holds us to high standards, as we would expect for our community. I look forward to working with staff, students, parents, and community members over the next several years to launch this plan and make it a reality. In the end, our goal is to continue the tradition of academic excellence, spiritual enrichment, and leadership development that Annunciation School is known for – while adapting to the changing landscape of education today so we can be sure we are providing the strongest Catholic education for our students now and in the future.

    Thank you for the support and prayers you have given during this process. We look forward to a great visit next week and our final report in the months ahead. If you have any questions regarding this process, please feel free to contact me.  

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  • 03/12/2014 Drop-off and Pick-up


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    Drop-off and Pick-up

    To help create a safe and efficient procedure for drop-off and pick-up, we are sending home a packet with a new number card for each family along with a few reminders about the process. If each person helps by following the procedure, we will have a faster and safer car pool line for students and families.

    Please review the procedures (see page 16 of the handbook) and use the number card for all pick-ups. This helps move the line along quicker. Thanks for your help!

    A few notes of importance:

    The car pool line is ONLY for parents dropping off or picking up students immediately. Once children are dropped off or picked up, please exit the car pool line.
    If you need to unbuckle children, get extra items out of the car, or take any extra time, please park and walk children to the entry area, using the crosswalk.
    Always pull forward as far as possible for all drop-off and pick-ups.
    Use the crosswalk area when walking to or from the parking lot.
    All children MUST walk with an adult. No child can run through the carpool lines to the lot.
    Students waiting to be picked up must wait in the south foyer of the school. This area is supervised by teachers for this purpose. Students should not wait in the church foyer for pick up.
    All students must be picked up within 15-20 minutes of dismissal. If you need to pick up your child later on a regular basis, please contact Jeff Wisdom to arrange for extended care.

    Please be patient and respectful of our neighbors and fellow parents/families and staff. We work hard to provide appropriate supervision and to move the carpool line as quickly as possible. By following the process, we can successfully clear the lot in adequate time.

    Thank you for your assistance in creating a safe and efficient space for our students each day. We appreciate your help!

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  • 03/07/2014 MNSAA Accreditation visit is coming!


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  • 03/05/2014 Principal Cassidy’s Breakfast Presentation


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    Principal Cassidy's Breakfast Presentation

    On February 27th Principal Cassidy addressed school parents with the intent to continue to build our communication and provide an update regarding the school. The presentation is available below...

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  • 03/02/2014 Winter Conferences Time is Coming!


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    "Encourage each other and build each other up".

    CONFERENCE TIME IS COMING - MARCH 12-13, 2014

    A key component of any successful school is the partnership with parents. We hold this as a priority and continue to seek ways to improve communication and expand the partnership.

    Twice a year, we take time off of school to host our parent teacher conferences. These are important and give us the chance to meet face to face and discuss each child's progress along with ways to keep learning and growth going.

    This winter, we are offering two evening conference sessions to better accommodate schedules of working families. Please make time to schedule a conference with each child's teacher. You can access the online sign up to schedule time. We look forward to seeing you then.

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  • 02/05/2014 Living Our Theme


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    “So encourage each other and build each other up.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11

    We continue to live our theme this year and encourage each other in many ways:

    Supporting each other in the classroom and learning
    Noting people’s skills and unique talents
    Reminding each other that we are special in God’s eyes
    Cheering each other on in competition and hard work
    Teaching and modeling for others
    Saying “hello” and valuing each person
    Welcoming all who come to our school
    Holding each other to high standards

    As part of our caring and vibrant community, this theme is central to our success. This week, the teachers attended a workshop on creating a positive school climate. We were reminded of ways we can work together and support each other, as well as our students, holding each other to high standards to create the best school environment.

    The teachers will be carrying this into the classroom to help students in their actions to support each other and create this positive learning environment. You can also help by reminding them of the importance of their “job” at school – to listen, to learn, to be respectful, and to work hard. When we all work together, great things happen!

    We are excited to continue this work with our students to live our mission of nurturing each child’s spirit to achieve their full potential. Thank you for all the help you give us in making our mission come alive at Annunciation School.

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  • 01/31/2014 Exciting End to January


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    “Catholic Schools: Communities of Faith, Knowledge and Service.”

    We are wrapping up our week of celebration and activities for our Catholic Schools Week. What a wonderful and fun week we had! Thank you to the student council for planning the week’s themes and events. Also, thank you to the staff and parents for supporting the students and for your commitment to Catholic education at Annunciation School! We are truly blessed!!...

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