Summer Update & Fall Preparation

Aug 2nd, 2017

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 ahead, we know the first day of school will be here before we know it!

In this letter, we have several updates to share and some information regarding our Back to School Night on August 23:

  • Scripture Theme for 2016-17 – Each year, we have a scripture theme for our school. The theme for next year is “The Lord your God is with you wherever you go.”  Joshua 1:9
  • Campus projects – In addition to summer cleaning and shining up, we had a few other projects going on:
    • New paint and carpet – each summer, we plan to upgrade a few classrooms with new paint and carpet. Last year, first grade classes were upgraded. This year, the second grade classrooms are being refreshed.
    • Security– over the summer, new locks were installed throughout the campus.
    • Alert system – last year, with the help of parent volunteers, we began upgrading our PA system. The process should be complete this year and will provide us a more comprehensive PA system and alert system across the school campus.
  • Summer reading and math skills - Hopefully, most students have enjoyed the wonderful summer sun and shared smiles with friends and family. At the same time, we encourage students to stay sharp and practice their reading and thinking skills by reading books, playing games, and practicing academic challenges. This past spring, we offered students options for summer including RAZ kids, Battle of the Books, Khan Academy and IXL.  Our MS staff assigned summer reading for Social Studies and math practice on Khan Academy.  If you have not had a chance, there is still time to sharpen skills and get those MS assignments done.  Keep working hard! We can’t wait to see the progress this fall.  Some of our students work with tutors, take music lesson, learn to sail…We are proud off all of you and your efforts to continue to develop and grow.
  • Summer learning for teachers – in addition to students keeping their skills sharp, our teachers and staff have been working hard this summer to continue to grow and learn. This summer, our staff engaged in a variety of courses including:  Math for Math Teachers through Stanford University; Global Environmental Education – MN Rivers Institute; Reading the World (Promoting Awareness, Inclusivity and Empathy); Responsive Classroom Practices and Culture; Creating Electronic Student Portfolios; STEM and STEAM; School Maker Spaces; and Using and Understanding School Assessment Data. Other teachers are working on curriculum, planning for the coming year, and more. Thanks to our staff for the commitment of time and growth. It makes us a better school when we all continue to improve.  We are truly modeling lifelong learning.
  • Artist in Residence – We are very excited to share the addition of a visual arts program for our students starting this school year. Karron Nottingham, Director/Instructor of Off The Wall Studio, is a professional artist recognized nationally and internationally for both her mixed media constructions and her lectures / seminars on creative content.  She is a dynamic speaker with extensive experience in art education who enthusiastically embraces the development of “self” and using art to express self.  Ms. Nottingham has shared her love of art, by teaching students of all ages, for over 30 years.  She is the director of a private studio (Off The Wall) where she offers art enrichment classes and camps.  She is currently the Artist in Residence for the Stillwater School District.  To read more about Karron, visit her website: www.offthewallstudio.org.
  • Enrollment process – To help streamline the enrollment process for current families, during the 2017-18 school year, Annunciation School will begin implementing a continual enrollment model.  Students will be automatically enrolled unless a family contacts us by 1/31.  Tuition payment plans will be set up based on the plan you selected this year.  You will be able to log in to your billing account to review your plan.  More information will be available as we move forward in this Continuous Enrollment process.
  • New staff hires – we are completing the hiring process for the upcoming year. Once we have all new staff in place, we will send out a formal introduction. Thanks for the prayers and support as we welcome new staff to help us live our mission and join us in our exciting journey at Annunciation.  We are blessed with amazing people and are grateful to those we have worked with and those we now welcome.
  • Important information for the new year – Included with this letter are required forms for the new school year. Please take time to fill them out and either mail them to school or drop them off at the office before Back to School night on August 23. The School Office will be open every day starting Tuesday, August 15.

There is much to be excited about as we look ahead at the coming school year – the third year of IB implementation, continued progress on our Strategic plan, our potentiality campaign,  – all of this to help us engage students in their learning and create an exciting learning environment for all! Our mission is to develop the whole child to become who God has called them to be.  We know each of our children and familes are unique and special – you make Annunciation who we are. It is our blessing to work with you to help find the “potential” in every child.

As we begin this new year, we look forward to building on our success and continuing our school improvement efforts to insure we are providing the very best Catholic education your children can receive. We have been blessed for more than 90 years and ask for God’s blessings on the year ahead. We will see you at Back to School Night, August 23 and the first day of school, August 28. Enjoy the remaining summer days!

Sincerely,

Jennifer M. Cassidy, Principal