News & Events

School Events

  • 06/21/2017 Battle of the Books Summer 2017


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    What is it?  

    The ‘Battle’ is a collaborative reading competition for students entering 3rd- 8th grade. It is designed to enhance reading comprehension, provide opportunities for collaboration and encourage students to read quality literature. 

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  • 06/20/2017 Welcome New Teachers to Annunciation!


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    We are excited to announce the hiring of two new teachers to the Annunciation School staff! Please welcome grade 2 teacher Ashley Hannigan and Creative Arts teacher Lorissa Letwin.

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  • 06/19/2017 Middle School Honor Roll


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    Congratulations to these Annunciation Middle School students on their diligence and dedication in the 2nd semester.

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  • 06/13/2017 School Office Notes


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    Dear Parents,

    We hope everyone is enjoying their start to summer vacation!  We have a few announcements and reminders for you:

    The school office is open most Wednesdays during the summer from 9am-12pm.  Teachers are not at school during the summer.  If you have an urgent question for a staff member, please email Jen Renstrom at jrenstrom@annunciationmsp.org.

    MAP testing scores will be mailed home the week of June 12th.

    Report cards will be available the week of June 12th.  You can view your student’s report card by logging on to your Educate account.

    Mark your calendars!  Back To School Night will be Wednesday, August 23 from 4-7pm.  Students will meet their teachers, bring in their school supplies, purchase used uniforms and more!  The first day of school will be the following Monday, August 28. 

    Have a blessed summer!

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  • 06/12/2017 Annunciation 5k


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    Introducing the 2017 Annunciation 5K!! 

    The APO has decided that instead of the APEX Fun Run next fall we will be having an Annunciation 5K sponsored by APO.  This will allow for all proceeds to go to our school!

    The 5k run will be on Saturday, October 14th.  Many more details to come but we wanted people to get it on their fall calendars. We are hoping this change will give more families a chance to participate together as well. Anyone can join the fun and all skill levels are welcome. 

    Thanks in advance for your support,

    APO

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  • 06/12/2017 Learning Specialist Postion Open


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    Annunciation School is a vibrant, Catholic school serving students from preschool through 8th grade. We are seeking a qualified, passionate teacher for our Learning Specialist position. The role of the Learning Specialist is to support students with diverse learning needs by providing intervention and remediation, supporting teachers in their efforts to advance students with different learning needs in the classroom, and working with parents and outside professionals to better support students with specialized needs.

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  • 06/06/2017 We’re Hiring: Library/Media Specialist


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    Annunciation School is a vibrant, Catholic school serving students from preschool through 8th grade. We are seeking a qualified, passionate person for the part-time library/media position. The Library/Media Specialist will be part of a collaborative team, helping create a positive, engaging environment for learning. As an International Baccalaureate candidate school, Annunciation is looking for educators who use inquiry and student-focused activities to engage students in meaningful learning activities that meet the needs of a diverse group of students. IB educators are open-minded, life-long learners who bring a global perspective to the learning experience. Collaboration with the team of teachers and specialists is critical to our success.

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  • 06/01/2017 We’ve Got Spirit…The Bear!


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    Fifth grader Charlie B. knows that the Annunciation has spirit, but he also sees that something is missing.

    So when trying to come up with a topic for a persuasive paper in 5th grade, he came up with a proposal to find a mascot for school.

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  • 06/01/2017 Class of 2017


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    Congratulations class of 2017! 

    "And you can tell everybody this is your song
    It may be quite simple but now that it's done
    I hope you don't mind
    I hope you don't mind
    That I put down in words
    How wonderful life is while you're in the world"

    -Your Song by Elton John

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  • 05/31/2017 SeptemberFest T-Shirts!


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    Place your order by June 16th & pick up at Back-to-School Night!

    Youth and adult sizes available in five colors.  Each shirt is $16.95. Order by June 16th.

    To view t-shirts, size charts, and place your order visit: https://www.customink.com/g/cad0-00b1-dbdr

    Pick up your t-shirt order at the SeptemberFest table at Back-to-School Night (August 23rd)!

     

    Proceeds benefit Annunciation Parish.

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  • 05/31/2017 Field Day and Early Dismissal


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    Last Day of School – June 1st

    Thursday, June 1st is the last day of school. Following our summer blessing, all students will attend Field Day at Kenny Park. Students will be dismissed from Field Day at 12:30p.m. 

    Permission slips are online now. Parents must pick up their students from Kenny Park at 12:30p.m., after checking out with their teacher. If someone other than a parent will be picking up your child, please indicate that on the field trip form. 

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  • 05/31/2017 Fourth Annual School Supply Drive!


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    Hello Annunciation families!  

    I am proud to announce that I am one again coordinating the annual school supply drive at Annunciation.  As you clean out your desks and lockers this year, look for very gently used or new supplies to donate.  Each classroom will be given a grocery bag in which to collect supplies.

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  • 05/31/2017 Safety & Security over the Summer


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    Please see attached letter from Jim Weiland in the Business Office regarding the safety of our campus and the rekeying process that will take place this summer. 

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  • 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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  • 05/26/2017 Annunciation Cross Country Registration Fall 2017


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    Welcome to Annunciation Cross Country!   What is cross country?

    The Sport of Cross Country is a competitive team running sport offered in the Fall for Annunciation students. Teams consist of five or more runners who race/run together with other teams/schools. The top five finishers from each team are scored and their finishing places are added up for the team score. The lowest score wins.  All runners compete in the meets . . . no one sits on the bench.

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  • 05/25/2017 Prairie Project Update


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    A great community effort is at hand! Each of the classes involved were enthusiastic about this new garden installation and also willing to extend a hand for helping with clean-up, moving materials, even digging in the dirt.    

    Here is a break down of how the grades participated this spring in the prairie garden project at Annunciation:

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  • 05/24/2017 Turn in those Box Tops!


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    Thanks for all your support of the Box Tops for Education Program this year.  We are close to meeting our goal of $1000!!

    Please check your drawers and cupboards one last time. You can drop them off at the school office or in the bins in the Church basement located near the Restrooms.  Please continue to collect them throughout the Summer. You can bring them to the APO table on Back to School Night for a little treat for the kids. We will also have a special surprise for the grade that brings us the most that night!

    Thanks again, APO

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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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  • 05/19/2017 National Math Challenge Results


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    This past April, 30,446 students from over 765 schools and 47 states participated in the National Math Challenge Contest. 32 Annunciation students from our Math Challenge Enrichment program participated in the contest. William R, in 5th grade, achieved the highest score of any student in our school, 19/20.  In addition, our students accomplished the following honors:

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  • 05/19/2017 Billy McLaughlin Visits Annunciation


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    On Tuesday, Annunciation students were treated to a special performance by Billy McLaughlin, Annunciation alumni and professional musician.

    Mr. McLaughlin credits Mary Strickland as one of his early mentors and was honored to perform for the students. In his words, "That was super meaningful and fun for me yesterday everyone! Genuinely appreciate the opportunity to pay tribute to one of my heroes, Mary, and experience the great messaging that continues at Annunciation."

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  • 05/19/2017 Accelerated Math Pathway Information


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    The Annunciation middle school math department, the Annunciation math team, and our 5th grade team have spent time analyzing our math pathway over the past several years to ensure that we are meeting the needs of all of our learners. In 2017-2018, Annunciation will make available an additional accelerated math pathway that includes Geometry for students who demonstrate exceptional abilities in math. We have offered a one-year accelerated track for the past several years to students with advanced mathematical abilities.

    As part of our review process, we have consulted with many of the area high schools that Annunciation students go on to attend. Several expressed concern that some students who are accelerated during middle school go on to accelerated high school math and struggle. This may be the result of students who are “good at school” but not necessary “exceptional in math” finding themselves on an accelerated track in high school where they are unable to succeed. It is an important distinction to consider for placement.

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  • 05/18/2017 Notes from the School Office Staff


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    It is hard to believe that the school year is coming to a close!  We have several important reminders before we head off for summer break:

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  • 05/18/2017 IB Attitude: Independence


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

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

    In the IB, independence is defined as thinking and acting independently, making your own judgments based on reasoned argument, and being able to defend your judgements.

    As a school community, we are intentionally creating opportunities for students to balance collaborative and cooperative experiences with opportunities for independence.  Independent learning allows students to learn how to learn and focus on the process.  Independent learning can also enhance our ability to practice time management and other life skills.

    To learn more about the International Baccalaureate visit the IBO website.

    Anne LaLonde Laux
     
    International Baccalaureate (IB) Coordinator
    Enrichment Teacher & Coordinator

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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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  • 05/12/2017 MISF Grant Awarded


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    Minnesota Independent School Forum awarded Annunciation a $4,500 grant to support STEM inititatives in the classroom. A portion will go towards teacher development, curriculum development and also hands-on STEM tools.

    Included in the plan are 2 classroom sets of robots! BeeBots for the younger grades and Ozobots for the older grades. We are also using the money for a mobile stem cart and other hands on tools such as Knex energy sets and measurement tools. The tools will be available to all teachers and classrooms K-8.

    Thank you to Middle School math teacher Rachel Wiehoff for pursuing this grant for Annunciation students!

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  • 05/11/2017 Rummage Sale 2017


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    Recycling Since 1947

    For one week in June, Annunciation transforms its school to an "institution of higher earning" at the annual Rummage Sale. Donate your gently used treasures or volunteer your time and talents to support this long-running community event.

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  • 05/10/2017 School Tool Box School Supplies


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    It’s time to order SCHOOL TOOL BOXES for the 2017-18 School Year!

    Top 5 Reasons to order your child a tool box:

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  • 05/10/2017 Enthusiasm


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    Enthusiasm

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

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

    In the IB, enthusiasm is defined as an excitement for learning and life. It is enjoying the process and willingly putting the effort into the process.

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  • 05/05/2017 Our Biggest Night of the Year!


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    It's not too late to BUY those TICKETS!

    Prep for the big night in the 'big easy'!

    Online auction ends tonight at 11pm. Bidding will be fast and furious!  Check out the Bollywood party, $300 gift certificate for skin care, Vikings Packer tickets and out of uniform passes! 

    Come help set up today from after school till 7/8pm. Child-care, pizza, beer and wine will be there, so why not you? Meet in gym or auditorium!

    Please RSVP if you can volunteer.

    "Clear eyes, full hearts, can't lose:" here's what to keep your eyes on during A Night in New Orleans!

    Super bowl raffle tickets get them while they last!

    Live Auction 2017 will feature:

    Water Front Cabin Vacation,
    Vikings Home Opener Tickets,
    Ride the Bus with Jimmy,
    Week Vacation in Bucerias, Mexico,
    South American Dinner,
    4 front row seats to the 2017 Christmas Program,
    9 months of Family Meals,
    Principal for a Day,
    Reserved Parking Spot and Front Row Pew at Christmas Mass of your choice and
    Two Tickets to Mixology.

    Fund a need is for new interactive boards for classrooms and Help a Student fund!

    The fun doesn't stop there!

    We are in need of 10 more volunteers for clean up on Sunday at school.  Meet between 8am-11am. 

    Please RSVP if you can volunteer.

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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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  • 05/05/2017 Adding Up to a Big Success!


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    Congratulations to 5th-grader William R.!
     
    William placed 2nd overall in Individual Rounds for 2017 5th-grade Math Masters (MM) competitions. 
    William placed 1st in Individual Rounds at the district MM competition last month and 2nd in the State MM competition.

    We are so proud of you William!

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  • 05/04/2017 State of the School 2017


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    Please make time to attend the "State of the School" meeting on Thursday, May 11 at 7:00 pm.

    Principal Jennifer Cassidy will present on school initiatives and update everyone on the progress  towards Annunciation's International Baccalaureate candidacy. There will also be a presentation on the newest marketing and advertising campaign, "Potentiality."

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  • 05/04/2017 R.E.S.P.E.C.T


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

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

    In the IB, respect is defined as a reverence for themselves, others and the world around them.

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  • 05/03/2017 Mary Strickland’s Retirement Party


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    Friday, May 19, 6pm - 9pm
    Annunciation School Auditorium
    18+ event
    Cash bar

    The time has come to celebrate Mary Strickland’s career and commitment to Annunciation students! We will also honor Mary's Creative Arts Program partners, Liz Kramer and Sandy Nesvig. 

    *Plan to book a babysitter as this event will be for adults only.

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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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  • 04/28/2017 IB Exhibition


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

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

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


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

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

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  • 04/28/2017 Discovery Center Circus


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

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

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

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  • 04/27/2017 Academic Triathlon 2017


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

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  • 04/26/2017 IB Attitude: Curiosity


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    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action. The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker. The IB Attitudes include appreciation, commitment, confidence, cooperation, creativity, curiosity, empathy, enthusiasm, independence, integrity, respect, and tolerance.

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

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  • 04/25/2017 ‘Language B’ in Action


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

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

    Thank you for Sra. Franco and Sra. Lovera!

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  • 04/25/2017 Assessing Our Assessments


    School Events, Enrichment, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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

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  • 04/24/2017 Curiosity Fair Thank You


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

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  • 04/21/2017 Math Masters Takes Top Honors


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

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


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

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

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  • 04/21/2017 Earth Day 2017


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

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  • 04/13/2017 Happy Easter!


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


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    Annunciation proudly participates in the WordMasters Challenge. 

    The WordMasters Challenge helps students expand their vocabulary, develop verbal reasoning skills through the use of analogies, and most importantly, have fun! The WordMasters Challenge consists of three 20-minute analogy-solving meets held at school throughout the year (December, February and April). 

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  • 04/13/2017 Let’s Get Creative!


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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

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

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

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  • 04/07/2017 IB Consultant Visit


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

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

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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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


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

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

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

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


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

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

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  • 04/03/2017 March IB Award Winners


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

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


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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

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  • 03/27/2017 MN State Science & Engineering Fair


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    Annunciation seventh graders, Ava K.M. and Emily M. competed at the State Science & Engineering Fair, March 25-27, 2017 in downtown Minneapolis.  They participated in the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair on February 24-25, 2017 and were selected to move onto the State competition. Congratulations to both girls on their hard work and dedication!

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  • 03/24/2017 IB Attitude: Confidence


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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

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


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

    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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  • 03/15/2017 IB Attitude: Tolerance


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

    Teaching and learning in the IB program focus on developing attributes and attitudes in students and staff members. An attribute is a characteristic of a person (who s/he is). An attitude is the position or way a person acts (how s/he acts).

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

    Thank you to Ms.Guilliatt’s homebase for communicating with our school community what it means to practice tolerance.

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  • 03/15/2017 After School Enrichment (YEL) Schedule (Spring)


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    Youth Enrichment League is offering after school classes this spring. All registration is online at YouthEnrichmentLeague.com.

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  • 03/10/2017 Taking Action in International Baccalaureate (IB)


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Action is something you do, right? Actually, action is much more than that.  Action is a part of who we are.

    Has your child ever come home from school explaining all the reasons for shutting off the water while you brush your teeth?  If she has, then she is taking action because of what she has learned.  Taking action is one of the five essential elements of IB and part of the inquiry cycle, or part of learning. We ask, "How can we do something with what we have learned?" and "How has my thinking changed since the beginning of our inquiry?"  When we take action, we make connections to new knowledge. Our students are learning that inquiry can lead to action and that even the smallest actions can make a difference

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  • 03/10/2017 Kindergarteners Model Cooperation


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

    Teaching and learning in the IB program focuses on developing attributes and attitudes in students and staff members. An attribute is a characteristic of a person (who s/he is). An attitude is the position or way a person acts (how s/he acts).

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  • 03/09/2017 There Is a Time for Everything


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    Dear Annunciation Parents,

    When I was hired at Annunciation school 45 years ago, I was armed with the belief that if you develop a program for children that nurtures and encourages creativity through improvisation, movement, music and art, it would strengthen them in all aspects of their lives.  It would open up their potential and their possibilities, giving them confidence and courage to succeed. I was met with some misgivings, but more than enough support to get things started. And so began the Creative Arts Program. I will always be grateful to Sister Monique and Monsignor Colbert, who took a chance on me then, and to all the principals and pastors who have supported me since.

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


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

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

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  • 03/08/2017 Extended Day Summer Program


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    The Annunciation School Extended Day program is offering a summer program for children enrolled in our school.  The summer program will begin on Tuesday, June 6th and will end on Friday, August 18th.  We will be open every day except July 3rd and July 4th.

    Children who are registered for kindergarten at Annunciation for fall of 2017 are welcome along with all other Annunciation children. Our summer program is filled with fun and interesting field trips, sports, arts and crafts, science and nature, and recreational activities. Along with the many structured activities, there is also plenty of time for rest and relaxation with friends.  

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  • 03/08/2017 Annunciation Prairie Project


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The prairie project is going to be fun! Annunciation is partnering with Growing Green Hearts to plan and grow a prairie garden on campus. Growing Green Hearts specializes in environmental STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) with a focus on the basics of:  play, learn, and love nature.  You can find out more here: www.growinggreenhearts.com.  The goal of the project is to explore creation care and the engineering design process as we complete the garden space.  Students will experience a process that can be used year after year- building on the IB foundation and utilizing the outdoor spaces at Annunciation for nature play and science learning.  

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  • 03/07/2017 2nd & 3rd Grade Annual Basketball Tournament


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    These four 2nd & 3rd grade teams do not play one another during regular season, so the coaches put on a round robin tournament at the end of the season.

    Before the games began the teams gathered together for an opening prayer.

    What a great season! Thank you to all of the parents who volunteered!

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  • 03/02/2017 February IB Award Winners


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

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  • 03/01/2017 2017 Middle School Youth Ultimate League


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    Season Details:

    Registration open through March 20th
    Practices begin April 10th.  2 practices per week; tentative location and time – Pearl Park 3:15-5:15 Tuesday and Wednesday (subject to change based on coach availability).
    6 Game Season: Sunday Games 4/23, 4/30, 5/7 (makeup game day 5/14).  Each Sunday team will play 2 games.
    State Championship: May 20-21

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  • 02/28/2017 Carnaval Celebration!


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    As an IB candidate school Annunciation is part of the International Baccalaureate (IB) community. The IB aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through understanding and respect. 

    Our Carnaval celebration gives us the opportunity to intentionally build and reflect on our international mindedness by:

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  • 02/27/2017 A Visit from the Puppet Lady


    School Events, Weekender

    On Friday, Feb 24th, our Kindergartners, 1st, and 2nd-graders were treated to a puppet show. 'The Puppet Lady' shared a number of stories with our students. She modeled how creative expression provides many ways to communicate ideas and emotions.  

    Five of our six elementary grades are currently exploring the IB transdisciplinary unit 'How We Express Ourselves'. This unit is an inquiry into the ways in which we discover and express ideas, feelings, nature, culture, beliefs and values; the ways in which we reflect on, extend and enjoy our creativity; and our appreciation of the aesthetic.

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  • 02/24/2017 Creating Mathematicians


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

    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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  • 02/24/2017 Winter Conferences 2017


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    Sign-up now for second semester conferences - March 15-16: https://www.ptcfast.com/schools/annunciation

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  • 02/23/2017 Vacation Bible School 2017


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    June 19 – 23 from 9 am to Noon

    Get Prepared for Fun!  

    Incoming K-5th Graders may attend as participants.
    Incoming 6th Graders and above are welcome to volunteer as “Crew Leaders.”
    Pre-school program for 3, 4, and 5 year olds that are not entering Kindergarten.

    Registration opens Friday, March 10th

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  • 02/16/2017 We Strive to be Reflective!


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    We Strive to be Reflective!

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Learner Profile describes a broad range of human capacities and responsibilities that go beyond academic success.  The Profile implies a commitment to help all members of the school community learn to respect themselves, others, and the world around them. The Profile consists of 10 attributes.  This week we focused on the attribute, Reflective.

    Thank you to our elementary teaching staff for helping us all learn more about being reflective!

    When we are being reflective, we thoughtfully consider the world around us, our ideas and our experiences. We strive to understand our strengths and areas that need more development. We intentionally try to think about these things and make changes where we can. We give thoughtful consideration to our own learning and consider how to grow or improve in a constructive manner. We value self-awareness as an important skill.

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  • 02/10/2017 Ladysmith Black Mambaza Night Out for 8th Grade


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    The 8th grade has been studying South Africa and as part of our studies we watched the documentary, Under African Skies which chronicles Paul Simon’s visit to South Africa where he made the Grammy award winning album, Graceland. It was album of the year. In the process of making this album, Paul Simon was criticized for violating the U.N’s cultural boycott of South Africa. This was during the time of Apartheid and Nelson Mandela was still in prison.

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  • 02/01/2017 Science Fair 2017 Finalists


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    Eleven middle school students have been selected by judges at the Annunciation Science Fair to showcase their work at the Regional Fair. These students will be competing at the Twin Cities Regional Science Fair on February 24th and 25th at the University of Minnesota.  

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  • 01/30/2017 2017 Annunciation Basketball Season


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    The basketball season has officially started for all of the Annunciation teams. The 4th-8th grade teams started their games in December and will go until the beginning of March. The 2nd and 3rd grade teams had their first games last Saturday. It was a huge success! 

    We continue to have excellent participation in all grades with 180 total participants. We host games most Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Come on out and cheer on the players!!

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  • 01/30/2017 January IB Award Winners


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

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  • 01/27/2017 Middle School Honor Roll


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    Congratulations to the Middle School students on the 2016-17 1st semester Honor Roll:

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  • 01/25/2017 Catholic Schools Week Dress Schedule


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    Catholic Schools Week

    January 29 – February 4, 2016 
    MARK YOUR CALENDARS! Join us as we kick off our celebration on Sunday, January 29 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.

    Daily Dress Schedule:
    Monday - Sports Day
    Tuesday - Character Day (book or bible)
    Wednesday - Wacky Dress Day
    Thursday - Professional Day dress (all school mass day)
    Friday - Pajamas Day

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  • 01/25/2017 12 Reasons to Choose Catholic Schools


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    CATHOLIC SCHOOLS WEEK – A DOZEN REASONS TO CHOOSE CATHOLIC SCHOOLS:

    1) We offer an education that combines Catholic faith and teachings with academic excellence.

    2) We partner with parents in the faith formation of their children.

    3) We set high standards for student achievement and help them succeed.

    4) We provide a balanced academic curriculum that integrates faith, culture, and life.

    5) We use technology effectively to enhance education.

    6) We instill in students the value of service to others.

    7) We teach children respect of self and others.

    8) We emphasize moral development and self-discipline.

    9) We prepare students to be productive citizens and future leaders.

    10) We have a 99% high school graduation rate. 85% of our graduates go to college.

    11) We cultivate a faculty and staff of people who are dedicated, caring, and effective.

    12) We provide a safe and welcoming environment for all.

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  • 01/25/2017 2017 Trivia Winners


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    Congratulations to the 2017 Trivia Winners, Inquizition! They were able to hold onto their title for two years in a row. 

    Thank you to all of the Annunciation Trivia teams. Keep studying and memorizing trivial facts to get ready for next year!

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  • 01/19/2017 Band & Guitar Concerts


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    Band & Guitar Concerts will be held on February 2nd & 3rd in the school auditorium.

    The evening concert is Thursday, February 2 at 7pm. Please stay and support all the groups! These students have worked very hard on their songs and it is a thrill to play in front of a full audience.

    The school concerts are Friday, February 3. Band concert at 10 am. Guitars & Rock Bands at 1:15 pm.

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