News & Events

  • 12/13/2016 “Stand By Me”….


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 12/09/2016 Role of Government


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “Politics, though often denigrated, remains a lofty vocation and one of the highest forms of charity, inasmuch as it seeks the common good. We need to be convinced that charity “is the principle not only of micro-relationships (with friends, with family members or within small groups) but also of macro-relationships (social, economic and political ones)”. I beg the Lord to grant us more politicians who are genuinely disturbed by the state of society, the people, the lives of the poor! It is vital that government leaders and financial leaders take heed and broaden their horizons, working to ensure that all citizens have dignified work, education and healthcare.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 12/09/2016 We Strive to be Thinkers


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    THINKERS work to solve problems. Thinkers try to imagine multiple solutions to a question or challenge. Thinkers make decisions and try to predict the outcomes of their actions. They think creatively and critically. Thinkers use thinking skills to analyze and take responsible action on complex problems. Thinkers exercise initiative.  

    How can parents help to develop children who are Thinkers?

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  • 12/07/2016 Hovland Conservatory Students Perform


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Annunciation students represented Hovland Conservatory by performing at the Minnesota History Center in downtown St. Paul last Saturday as part of the Historical Society's holiday festivities. Congratulations to Tierney M., Tate H. and Sully S. on great performances in the museum rotunda.

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  • 12/06/2016 Holiday Masses


    Church News

    Immaculate Conception 
    Thursday December 8, 8:15am and 6pm
    Vigil Mass, Wednesday, December 7 at 6:00pm

    Parish Penance Service & First Reconciliation
    Saturday, December 10, 10:00am
    Several priests will be available to hear confessions.

    Individual Confession: 
    Tuesdays 5:00pm; Fridays 8:45am & Saturdays 3:30pm
    Additional Confession Times:
    Thursday, December 22 from 10:00am to 11:00am & 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Friday, December 23 from 10:00am to 11:00am & 6:30pm to 7:30pm
    Saturday, December 24 from 10:00am to 11:00am.

    Christmas Masses (Carols prior to each Mass)
    Saturday, December 24, 4:00pm & 10:00pm
    Sunday, December 25, 10:00am

    Solemnity of Mary Mother of God
    Vigil Mass, Saturday, December 31, 5:00pm
    Sunday, January 1, 8:45am & 10:30am

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  • 12/05/2016 How do I Get Notifications from Schoology?


    Weekender

    Thanks to some parent feedback we have heard that people may be having trouble getting Schoology to notify them when their student's teachers post updates. If you are having that issue, please use the link below to enable Schoology to email or text you when updates to your child's classroom group are made.

    How to Change Notification Settings on Schoology

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  • 12/02/2016 Barnes & Noble Bookfair Elves Sing their Wishes to You


    Weekender

    These Barnes & Noble Bookfair elves would like to sing you a little tune to get you in the mood for the big event on Tuesday, December 6th!

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  • 12/02/2016 Solidarity


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “We must recover the whole sense of gift, of gratuitousness, of solidarity. Rampant capitalism has taught the logic of profit at all costs, of giving to get, of exploitation without looking at the person… and we see the results in the crisis we are experiencing! This Home is a place that teaches charity, a ‘school’ of charity, which instructs me to go encounter every person, not for profit, but for love.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 12/02/2016 Spanish Dance & Arts Program (WERC)


    Weekender

    Spanish Dance and Arts program at Annunciation through WERC!

    It’s a 9 week program for K-8th grade students on Mondays or Thursdays after school. 

    The deadline for registering is Dec. 16th, 2016

    Visit their website at http://wercprogram.org/download-forms/ to access forms. Scroll down to see “For Annunciation Parents Only."

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  • 12/02/2016 We Strive to be Open-Minded


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annuciation, we strive to be open-minded. 

    People who are open-minded understand and appreciate their own cultures and personal histories, and are open to the perspectives, values and traditions of other individuals and communities. Being open-minded means being comfortable with differences - respecting other people’s points of views and ways of doing things.  An OPEN-MINDED student knows that all people are different. They listen to the points of view of others and consider many possibilities before making decisions. It is okay to have different perspectives but we must understand that other people, with their differences, can also be right. 

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 12/01/2016 Take a ride, Buy a Snack & Help Build a Rain Garden


    Weekender

    Looking for some holiday family fun or a date night while supporting a good cause? Come to the Como-Harriet Streetcar to enjoy a ride!

    While you wait you can purchase hot drinks and snacks from Donovan Peterson (Annunciation Class of 2013). He is raising money for his Eagle Scout project, a series of 5 raingardens at the front of the Church that will collect stormwater from over 16,000 square feet of impermeable surfaces.  

    This will keep dirty water from entering Minnehaha Creek, beautify the grounds with native plants and offer teaching opportunities for the school.

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  • 11/30/2016 Prayer Help For Advent


    Church News

    This year we are trying a new Advent Reflection Book called Theotokos, which is Greek for Mother of God. If you participated in Oremus last Lent, you may remember Fr. Mark Toups from the video reflections. He is the composer of booklet of daily Advent prayer reflections with journal questions for your prayer. We hope this resource will help you on your Advent journey.

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  • 11/30/2016 Advent Craft Making!


    Church News

    Sunday, December 4th, 2016, 10:15am - 12:15pm

    Come Join Us for a Morning of Holiday Fun!

    On Sunday, December 4th, after all masses from 10:15am - 12:15pm there will be a Children’s Advent Craft Making in the preschool classrooms.

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  • 11/29/2016 Wish List for Haiti


    Church News

    Your donations would be gratefully received by the Sisters of the Companion of Jesus and ladies at the Village of Jesus in Leogane, Haiti. 

    There is a permanent drop-off box in the church business office (lower level of Church) for your convenience. We will take these meds with us on every trip.

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  • 11/25/2016 Stewardship of Creation


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:  “Please, I would like to ask all those who have positions of responsibility in economic, political and social life, and all men and women of goodwill: let us be ‘protector’ of creation, protectors of God’s plan inscribed in nature, protectors of one another and of the environment.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 11/21/2016 Cassini Scientist for a Day 2016-17


    Enrichment

    Independent Enrichment Opportunity for students in grades 5-8

    Be part of the Cassini science team with a spacecraft as your remote laboratory!

    The Cassini Scientist for a Day contest challenges students to become NASA scientists studying Saturn. Participants examine three possible observations taken by Cassini and are tasked to choose the one they think will yield the best scientific results. This choice must then be supported in essay.

    Learn about Saturn, its fascinating features and mysterious moons. Once your research is complete, choose one of the three targets and defend your choice in an essay of up to 500 words. Your decision should be based on which target you think would yield the best scientific results. Just like real scientists do, explain what you hope to learn from the image you have selected.

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  • 11/18/2016 Dignity of Work and Rights of Workers


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “In this Jubilee Year, I would also appeal to national leaders for concrete gestures in favor of our brothers and sisters who suffer from the lack of labor, land and lodging. I am thinking of the creation of dignified jobs to combat the social plague of unemployment, which affects many families and young people, with grave effects for society as a whole. Unemployment takes a heavy toll on people’s sense of dignity and hope, and can only be partially compensated for by welfare benefits, however necessary these may be, provided to the unemployed and their families.” ~Pope Francis

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  • 11/18/2016 We Strive to be Principled


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annunciation, we strive to be principled. This means we act with integrity and honesty, with a strong sense of fairness, justice and respect for the dignity of other individuals, groups and communities. We take responsibility for our own actions and the consequences that accompany them.

    We understand the importance of academic honesty. We show integrity by giving credit to other’s ideas and words. We are sensitive to different points of view and we responsible with our words and actions. 

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  • 11/18/2016 No School - December 19-January 2 (Christmas Break)


    Weekender

    School will be closed December 19th through January 2nd for Christmas Break.  The Extended Day program will be open on the following days for our families from 7:00a.m – 6:00p.m.

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  • 11/15/2016 A Simple Prayer


    Church News

    Jesus said, “Let the children come to me, and do not prevent them; for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

    Catholic Schools are the best.

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 11/11/2016 Calling all Geographers


    Enrichment, Weekender

    Calling all Geographers –

    Our Annunciation Geo Bee is right around the corner.   Get your atlases, apps, and curiosity fired up!  The preliminary rounds of the Geo Bee, for grades 4-8, will be held in December. Each of these grades will send two finalists to our Annunciation School Bee in January. 

    From our Annunciation Bee, there will be one school champion who will have a chance to compete for a place in the state competition by taking a written, multiple-choice Qualifying test.  As many as one hundred of the highest-scoring students in the state will advance to state level.  The first-place winner from the state Bee advances to the national level, with an all expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C., for the “National Geographic Bee.”

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  • 11/11/2016 We Strive to be Risk-Takers


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    At Annuciation, we strive to be risk-takers. This means we explore new ideas and innovative strategies, challenge our ways of thinking, and encourage ourselves and others to be confident in making decisions. This lifelong skill requires us to step out of our comfort zone and become courageous in our choices and actions. 

    Here are some ways parents can help to develop children who are Risk-Takers:

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  • 11/10/2016 2nd Grade Service Project


    Weekender

    Since 2011, the Annunciation second grade has made treat bags for Our Lady of Peace Cancer Home in St. Paul as their class service project.  

    From donated napkins and ribbon the students make treat bags and fill them with candy. The people at the Cancer Home love to receive the bags. The students also make cards and pray for the patients in our daily prayers. It is a fun project for the students to learn about caring for the patients in the hospice community. 

    The children LOVE this project of making bags, cards and then remembering the patients throughout the year in their daily prayers.

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  • 11/09/2016 A New Tradition


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    One step in becoming an IB school is a recognition of multilingualism "as a fundamental part of increasing intercultural understanding and international-mindedness." 

    To that aim, Annunciation School prayed the El Padre Nuestro (The Our Father) in Spanish this Wednesday morning. This week we also kicked off "The Learner Profile - Who WE Are at Annunciation Catholic School."

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  • 11/08/2016 Gerald and Piggie’s Election Day


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As part of the Annunciation 1st grade's IB unit How We Organize Ourselves, we did an inquiry into Group Decision Making. As part of this inquiry we held a mock election where Mo Willems characters Gerald and Piggie had campaign managers (students in first grade). 

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  • 11/07/2016 Sr. High AYM Happy Mondays: Chipolte


    Church News

    Monthly prayer dinner & fellowship

    When: 3rd Monday of the month, October ‘16 - April ‘17, 7:00pm-8:30pm
    Who: Senior High Youth (Grades 9-12)
    Where: Local Restaurants at 76th & Lyndale
    Bring: Money to purchase dinner

    *Free t-shirt for attending 3 Happy Mondays Senior

    11/21 Chipolte

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  • 11/06/2016 40 days for Life


    Church News

    Today is the last day for 40 days for Life at Planned Parenthood in St. Paul. There will be a closing prayer service today, Nov. 6th, at 3:00pm at Planned Parenthood. As of Monday, October  24th, 410 babies have been saved from abortion since 40 Days for Life started in September. 

    The Respect Life Ministry will continue to have their prayer vigil at the Planned Parenthood clinic in Richfield every Wednesday at 1:00pm at 66th Street just east of Lyndale. 

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  • 11/05/2016 Baby Bottle Campaign


    Church News

    Thank you to everyone who has returned the baby bottle with money for Tapestry Center and for St. Stephen's Life Care Center (Sagrada Familia). If you still have a baby bottle, whether it has money or not, please drop it off at the church business office during the week or give it to one of the ushers at Mass next weekend. 

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  • 11/03/2016 2nd and 3rd grade Basketball Registration


    Weekender

    The basketball season starts the first week after Christmas break, but we need to get a head count so we are prepared when the season gets rolling.  Games will be on Saturday mornings and afternoons.  Please fill out the registration form and return it to school.

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  • 11/03/2016 October IB Awards


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    OCTOBER IB AWARD WINNERS

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 10/30/2016 Forming Consciences for Faithful Citizenship (USCCB)


    Church News

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  • 10/28/2016 Celebrations with a Global Perspective


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 10/28/2016 El Día de los Muertos


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    As a part of our Spanish curriculum the students learn about the Latin American holiday, "El Día de los Muertos". This year we will be coming together to create a school altar in the foyer to honor family members, friends or pets who have passed away.

    “El Día de los Muertos" is one of the biggest holidays of the year in Mexico (and many Latin American countries). It is a family celebration that lasts for days.

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  • 10/28/2016 APEX Fun Run: Thank you!


    Weekender

    Thank you to everyone for the fantastic support and involvement with the APEX Fun Run. It was a beautiful day. The students enjoyed their time outdoors while running laps to support their wonderful school. This event takes many hands to be successful—marking laps, filling water cups, and cheering on the kids! Thank you to all the parents and APO members for taking time out of your schedules to help us with this event.

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  • 10/28/2016 100 students in Battle of the Books!


    Enrichment

    The Battle of the Books is a fun, highly collaborative, academic-based competition that has been very successful at Annunciation. This year we had over 100 students in grades 3- 8 participate. To maximize the excitement, students created team posters prior to the event and some wore themed costumes during the competition.  

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  • 10/26/2016 New Member to Student Support Team


    Weekender

    ​As we finalize our interim plan for this year’s intervention, we have created a learning support team to help create levels of intervention for students who need assistance outside of the classroom. Starting this week, Karin Cebulla will be joining our team to help with student support in classrooms, as liaison to Minneapolis District for services, and support to teachers and students.

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  • 10/19/2016 Tuition Assistance Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation


    Church News, Weekender

    Annunciation Catholic School is happy to be a recent recipient of a Tuition Assistance Grant from the Catholic Community Foundation (CCF). This grant was made possible by many donors – past and present – whose belief in the power of endowment has allowed CCF to steward and grow endowment funds. These funds provide annual grants to our Catholic schools in order to make Catholic education accessible to more and more students.

    The Catholic Community Foundation, located in St. Paul, is the largest Catholic community foundation in the nation and is committed to supporting the spiritual, educational and social needs of our community.

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  • 10/14/2016 A Holy Hour for Haiti:


    Church News, Weekender

    A Gathering of Prayer in Solidarity for Our Brothers and Sisters in Haiti

    When: Thursday, October 20th, from 6:00 to 7:00pm

    Where: Annunciation Church

    In our tradition at Annunciation we designate Thursdays for Adoration before the Blessed Sacrament from 9:00am to 7:00pm. We invite everyone who carries a heartfelt love for the people of Haiti and concern for their welfare in the aftermath of Hurricane Matthew to join us for this special time of prayer. We pray in thanksgiving that those whom we serve through Mission Haiti Inc. are all safe at this time. We pray too that people will be generous in their response to the needs of the Haitian people in the days, weeks and months ahead. Online donations can be made at Mission Haiti Inc. 

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  • 10/14/2016 Principal’s Breakfast Presentation


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 10/12/2016 Middle School Receives Microscope Donation


    Weekender

    Sheerin Scientific Company donated 26 microscopes, which while previously used, were serviced and tested and expected to provide many years of useful classroom service to Annunciation Middle School Students. 

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  • 10/08/2016 What ARE Our Catholic Social Teachings?


    Church News

    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor:   “Far too many Catholics are not familiar with the basic content of Catholic social teaching. More fundamentally, many Catholics do not adequately understand that the social teaching of the Church is an essential part of Catholic faith. This poses a serious challenge for all Catholics, since it weakens our capacity to be a Church that is true to the demands of the Gospel. We need to do more to share the social mission and message of our Church.”  

    ~ Sharing Catholic Social Teaching: Challenges and Directions, U.S. Catholic Bishops

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 10/07/2016 Washburn High School’s Fall Musical


    Church News, Weekender

    Washburn High School's musical, Zombie Prom, opened last night to rave reviews and a few proud parents of Annunciation alumni.

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  • 10/07/2016 2016 Minnesota State Fair Annunciation Student Results


    Weekender

    Congratulations to Annunciation students Emily M., Claire L., and Anika P. for their accomplishments at the Minnesota State Fair this summer!

    Students submitted their projects independently and recieved these awards for their contributions:

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  • 10/07/2016 Kindness In Chalk Day 2016


    Kindness in Chalk is an anti-bullying movement that Annunciation School is proud to be a part of for its' 2nd year. Students covered the sidewalks and parking lot with positive messages of encouragement in grade level buddy groups.

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  • 10/03/2016 Open House: Visitation School


    Visitation School, located at 2455 Visitation Drive in Mendota Heights, will host an Open House for prospective Upper School (grades 9–12) families on Tuesday, October 25 at 7 p.m. We invite you to spend this time with us to learn more about all that Visitation School has to offer.

    For more information, visit our website or call 651-683-1700.

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  • 10/02/2016 Congratulations to DWAS Champion…


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  • 10/01/2016 Church Teaching on Racism


    Church News

    “Racism is a serious moral evil. It is a sin. This has been the clear message from the moral teaching of the Church. Both the Scriptures and contemporary Church teaching help us to understand why racism is such a serious violation of God’s will. 

    In our national pastoral letter on racism we bishops noted how racism is a rejection of the most basic values of the Scriptures: 

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  • 09/30/2016 Student Recognized for the 3rd Annual School Supply Drive


    Weekender

    Grace R. organized and led Annunciation's 3rd Annual School Supply Drive at the end of last school year.  After receiving a large volume of new and gently used school supplies that were donated by her fellow Annunciation students, Grace combed through, cleaned, organized, and packaged them.  She delivered 22 very full bags to the Twin Cities Kids in Need Foundation in June, who then gave them to local children in need of school supplies.

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


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 09/29/2016 Vatican International Exhibition: Eucharistic Miracles of the World


    Church News

    St. Vincent de Paul, 9100 93rd Av N, Brooklyn Park, will be hosting the Vatican International Exhibit of the Eucharist Miracles of the World.  This photographic exhibit includes 126 historically documented Eucharistic miracles that have occurred in various countries since the Last Supper. They are visible proof of Jesus Christ’s Real Presence in the Holy Eucharist.  All are welcome to experience this rare opportunity!

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  • 09/24/2016 Despite Progress, Racism Persists


    Church News

    “During the past 40 years our nation has made significant progress in the struggle for racial justice. There is a greater appreciation for the value of racial and ethnic diversity and a greater willingness to condemn blatant and overt forms of racist behavior. Important legislation has been passed that officially protects civil rights and promotes greater racial equality. For many people of color this has meant an opportunity to make important advances in terms of economic and social wellbeing. 

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  • 09/23/2016 Schoology.com


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 09/23/2016 What is “A Day in ‘The Life’”?


    Church News

    Pope Francis often implores us to work to eradicate all forms of human trafficking, including sex trafficking. “How I wish that all of us would hear God’s cry: “Where is your brother?” (Gen 4:9). Where is your brother or sister who is enslaved?” (Pope Francis, 11/24/13, no. 211)

    Come join us on Saturday afternoon, October 15th, from 2:30 to 4:45, in the Annunciation Community Room where you will have the opportunity to learn about sex trafficking here in the Twin Cities Metro, pray in solidarity with those working to bring this form of enslavement to an end, and do something to help.

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  • 09/23/2016 Parent Information Night Survey


    Weekender

    Thank you for attending the Parent Information Night last evening.  It was great to see a full auditorium of parents and feel the excitement for the school year! We hope the night was energizing and informative. 

    To help us continue to improve and meet the needs of our parents and families, I would appreciate your feedback on the evening event. Please take a moment to respond to this survey. Your input is greatly appreciated! 

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  • 09/23/2016 Virtus; The Enhanced Essential 3


    Church News, Weekender

    ​We believe that our responsibility to create and maintain safe environment is not a one-time obligation; it is an ongoing commitment that must evolve to meet national best practices for ensuring the safety of children, youth and vulnerable adults. To that end, beginning in 2016-2017 school year, these Essential 3 requirements must be renewed every three years by all clergy, chancery staff, parish and Catholic school employees, and volunteers who have either regular or unsupervised interaction with minors or vulnerable adults.

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  • 09/22/2016 Prayer Before An Election


    Church News

    Lord God, as the election approaches,
    we seek to better understand the issues and concerns that confront our city/state/country,
    and how the Gospel compels us to respond as faithful citizens in our community.

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  • 09/21/2016 Learning Support Assistant


    Weekender

    Annunciation Catholic School is seeking caring, passionate, hard-working people to join our team as a learning support assistant. The learning support assistant works with our Learning Support Specialist to provide additional instruction and support in reading and math for students and helps create a faith-filled, positive environment for learning.

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  • 09/19/2016 Stars Girls Traveling Basketball Evaluations


    Weekender

    Save the Date!: Stars Girls Traveling Basketball Evaluations

    Girls in 4-8th grade are eligible

    Saturday October 8th, 1pm – 3:00 pm at Holy Angels Main Gym

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  • 09/18/2016 Virtus Training Schedule


    Church News

    In an effort to make Virtus Training the most convenient to all our volunteers, who have not attended, we have scheduled a training session in the Annunciation Church Community Room.

    VIRTUS TRAINING 2016-17
    ANNUNCIATION CHURCH - COMMUNITY ROOM
    6:30-9:30PM
    SEPTEMBER 20, 2016

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  • 09/17/2016 Different Types of Racism


    “Racism takes many forms, but at its core it is a personal and social disorder rooted in the assumption that one race is superior to another. Racism occurs not only in the actions of the majority culture toward people of color, but also between and within ethnic communities. In one way or another, racism affects all of us. This letter will focus primarily on racism by people from the United States dominant culture against people of color. 

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  • 09/16/2016 APEX Fun Run is coming!


    Weekender

    We are so excited to announce that our school will be participating in the Apex Fun Run this year as our major fundraiser!   The Apex program will be with our students from October 10 - October 19 teaching leadership and fitness as we raise pledges to help our school.  Please look in your child’s folder and e-mails that will be sent to you from your teachers as the fun run gets nearer.  

    Please feel free to visit www.apexfunrun.com to learn about this interactive program that helps schools all over the country raise money, while promoting leadership and fitness.  This year's theme is Dream Team, where students will join Johnny Dreamer and the Apex team in an exciting journey to learn what it means to become a Dream Team Leader:

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  • 09/16/2016 Night of Light Celebration of Catholic Education


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    Celebrate our Catholic schools by attending the third annual Night of Light celebration of Catholic education on September 24th at The Depot Minneapolis. The Aim Higher Foundation invites you to join hundreds of the most committed Catholic school supporters from this area for this fun and inspiring event. As an independent 501(C)3 non profit, the Aim Higher Foundation is committed to raising needed resources to keep our schools strong. More than 200 students from across the Archdiocese will provide entertainment and hospitality. Please support our Catholic schools by attending this great event.

    To buy a ticket or reserve a table, visit www.AimHigherFoundation.org.

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  • 09/16/2016 New Instructional Positions Open


    Church News, Weekender

    Instructional Assistant Positions – Annunciation Catholic School:

    Annunciation Catholic School is seeking caring, passionate, hard-working people to join our team as Instructional Assistants in the elementary classrooms. The Instructional Assistants provide additional learning support for students and help create a faith-filled, positive environment for learning.

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  • 09/14/2016 Photo Bombed by TC Bear


    Church News, Weekender

    This is your little one's chance to meet TC Bear and a few of his baseball friends. Join us on the field next to the church during the kids homerun derby, 7-8pm.

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  • 09/10/2016 Septemberfest trash and YOU


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    “The earth, our home, is beginning to look more and more like an immense pile of filth.” 
    ~Pope Francis 

    Septemberfest is a great time to build community, fun and friendships—unfortunately, it also is a time to build up a huge pile of filth. We are proud to be a part of a community that works very hard towards making Septemberfest a Zero Waste Event--meaning that most of our trash can be composted or recycled, resulting in very little actual trash. This is approximately the 10th year of working towards a Zero Waste Septemberfest, thanks to the leadership of the Green Team, namely Jimmy Dunn, Michael Reed, Wynne Yelland, and to the many “Garbage Gurus” who volunteer during the festival weekend to help separate trash from treasure. But it really relies on YOU, paying attention to what is compostable and recyclable. This year we have requested fewer “pods” of compost/recycle/trash bins to help all of us do a better job. (Hint: All the beverage cups and dinner ware are compostable.)

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  • 09/06/2016 Come Tour Breaking Free


    Church News

    Breaking Free serves the needs of those who have either escaped or are attempting to escape the bondage of sex trafficking. Located in St. Paul, Breaking Free serves the needs of nearly 500 trafficked persons each year. In order to come to a deeper understanding of both the needs of victim/survivors and the services offered at Breaking Free we have arranged a tour. We will meet members of Breaking Free staff and see first-hand some of the many ways they reach out to, care for, and support those who come to them.

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  • 09/06/2016 “Mass of the Holy Spirit 2016” at CHS Field


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    On September 22, CSCOE (Catholic Schools Center of Excellence) will be holding a "Mass of the Holy Spirit 2016" at CHS Field, home of the St. Paul Saints.  There will be 12,000 students from 77 schools attending where students will celebrate mass with over 60 priests, Archbishop Hebda and Bishop Cozzens.  

    Annunciation students in grades 4-8 will attend the mass that day.  All parents must sign the online permission slip no later than this Friday, September 9.  

    Students must bring a non-perishable, disposable lunch and drink to eat on the bus.  We will be departing Annunciation at 9:15am and returning at 2pm.  

    We look forward to our students being part of this amazing experience!

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  • 09/03/2016 Brothers & Sisters to Us


    Church News

    “Brothers and Sisters in Christ, More than 20 years ago the Catholic bishops of the United States issued a major pastoral letter on racism, ‘Brothers and Sisters to Us.’ In that letter we declared that Racism is a sin: a sin that divides the human family, blots out the image of God among specific members of that family and violates the fundamental human dignity of those called to be children of the same Father. 

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  • 09/02/2016 SeptemberFest: Pie Shop


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    Friday, September 16: 6-9pm
    Saturday, September 17: Noon-9pm
    Sunday, September 18: 11:30am-3:30pm

    Enjoy a delicious slice of pie with a scoop of ice cream - in the comfort of air conditioning! Join us in the Church basement for this SeptemberFest favorite.

    Donations:
    Pie donations can be dropped off in the Church basement on Friday, Saturday or Sunday of SeptemberFest weekend. All items must be store bought.

    Questions: Contact Peg Tuttle at Pegtuttle@msn.com or 612-242-0821.
     

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  • 09/02/2016 SeptemberFest Farmers Market


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    Friday, September 16: 6-9pm
    Saturday, September 17: Noon-9pm
    Sunday, September 18: 11:30am-3:30pm

    Eclectic vintage furnishings, decorations for your home and garden, handmade items such as aprons, pillows, hand embroidered dish towels, vintage linens, home canned goods, home baked goods, house plants, cookbooks, children’s furniture, pet toys and more!

    Fresh, locally grown produce available on Saturday and Sunday.

    Will accept credit cards.

    Questions: Contact Laura Pigozzi 612-825-7860 or pigoz002@umn.edu
     

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  • 09/02/2016 Saturday Night Surf or Turf!


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    Saturday, September 17, 6:00-8:00PM 

    Steak or salmon, grilled vegetables, garlic mashed potatoes, Caesar salad, cookie. TICKETS REQUIRED $25/ticket. Tickets will be sold between Sunday masses and weekdays at the church and school offices. Buy Tickets Online.

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  • 09/02/2016 SeptemberFest: Zero K


    Church News, Weekender

    September 16, 2016 from 6:00-8:00 PM

    Have you ever wanted to run a marathon, only 26.2 miles shorter? Then this event is for you. Come join Jimmy Dunn and walk across the finish line to the couch. You’ll win a medal, a meal from “Gastrotruck” food truck, and a drink coupon. Track suits strongly encouraged!

    Buy Tickets Online!

    $25/ticket on Friday night.

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  • 09/01/2016 Pre-Sale Carnival Ride Tickets


    Church News, Weekender

    We will have Carnival Rides again this year at SeptemberFest!

    Friday 6-9pm
    Saturday 12-9pm 
    Sunday 11:30am-3:30pm 

    J and K will sell ride tickets during SeptemberFest for $3 per ride/ ticket. BUT, Annunciation was able to purchase a limited number of discounted tickets for $2 per ride/ ticket. This allows Annunciation families to save some money!

    We will be selling the discounted ride tickets in the Church Business office from 8am-4pm while supplies last.

    Questions: Contact Jimmy Dunn 612-824-9993 ext 243.

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  • 09/01/2016 5th Grade Monarch Release


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    Since 2002, an alumna has provided the Annunciation 5th grade students with a Monarch experience.  Monarch butterflies arrive at school in triangular paper packets for the students to release for their ultimate migration south.  Before the children opened the paper packets, Mrs. Paul and Mrs. Warnemunde shared a Native American legend and asked the pairs of students to make a wish.

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  • 08/31/2016 SH Kick Off Night


    Church News

    When: 6:00pm-10:00pm, Sunday, September 25th, 2016

    Where: Brunswick Zone XL - Lakeville (Meet at the Youth Room)

    Cost: $30 will cover the cost of admission, snack, 2 games of laser tag, 1 hour of bowling, door prizes and transportation.

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  • 08/31/2016 Sign-up for The Weekender


    Church News, Weekender

    We are trying some new ways to enable good communication between school and families. Please take minute to sign up for the weekly school newsletter, The Weekender. By asking parents to sign up for the list we hope to improve the rate of successful transmission of each email. Thank you for your cooperation!

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  • 08/30/2016 Math Expressions Training


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    Beginning this fall, our Kindergarten through 5th grade students will use the Houghton Mifflin Math Expressions curriculum. Watch for more information in the weeks ahead about this exciting change and how you can support your child's math growth.

    To help us better prepare for this new curriculum, Math Instruction expert, Judy Rohde, worked with our Annunciation teachers and classroom aides (instructional assistants) this past week during our workshop. 

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  • 08/29/2016 Blessing of the New Playground 2016


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    We officially 'opened' the new playground with a blessing from Fr. Park while the whole school gathered together.

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  • 08/29/2016 Middle School Dances the Cancan


    Weekender

    Annunciation Middle School started the school year off with a 'paper plate cancan' in the playground. We are sure excited about the new year!

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  • 08/24/2016 Back to School Night


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    Please stop by your child’s classroom (K-8) to check in on your room assignments, talk to the teachers about the coming year, and get basic information for the classroom. Parent Information Night on September 22 will provide more details for the classrooms and year ahead.

    What to expect for the Back to School Night:

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  • 08/18/2016 SeptemberFest Raffle Tickets


    Church News

    Your Annunciation Raffle Tickets are available for pick up in the church south Foyer. The Grand Prize is $3,000.00 again this year, but the drawingwill take place Saturday, September 17th at 9:00pm just after the Homerun Derby!

    If each family sells or purchase $50 of tickets the Septemberfest raffle would raise over $50,000 for Annunciation so let the selling begin!

    If you need more tickets you can get more through the Business Office by talking to Mary Grace.

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  • 08/18/2016 Summer of Growth for School Staff


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    Nearly half of our Annunciation teachers took part in professional development, graduate school, conferences, or symposiums this summer. 

    Our teachers became more knowledgeable about a variety of topics including...

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  • 08/15/2016 NEW at SeptemberFest 2016! The Mediocritones


    Church News, Weekender

    After the Zero K, stick around and listen (dance?!) to the Twin Cities best average band, The Mediocritones, a unique cover & tribute band. 

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  • 08/06/2016 Gift of Being Grand: A Catholic Grand-parenting Conference


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    Saturday, August 27, 9 a.m. - 4 p.m. at Mary Mother of the Church, Burnsville 

    Learn about God's plan for grandparents about how to pass on a Heritage of Faith. Presenters include Archbishop Andrew Cozzens, Jeff Cavins, Judy Cozzens, Katherine Kersten and topics include: The Importance of Intergenerational Faith in Our Culture Today, God's Message for Grandparents, Pope Francis and the Role for Grandparents in the Family and Parish, How to Strengthen Faith with Adult Children and Grandchildren. Breakout sessions will address: Resources for Prayer and Passing on the Faith, Grand-parenting Through Difficulties, How to be a Grandparent When You Are Miles Away, Unleashing the Healing Power of Prayer, Discipling Grandchildren: Putting Faith into Practice. 

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  • 08/06/2016 God in All Things – Discernment. Attention. Ignatian


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    When I made my retreat this past June, my spiritual director pointed me in the direction of a wonderful website that is becoming for me a rich resource for prayer. I would like to share some of its treasures with you.

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  • 08/03/2016 Summer 2016 School News Update


    Principal Cassidy's News & Notes, Weekender

    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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  • 07/22/2016 Green Your Camping Trip


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “May the relationship between man and nature not be driven by greed, to manipulate and exploit, but may the divine harmony between beings and creation be conserved in the logic of respect and care” ~Pope Francis

    If you’re planning a camping trip for the warm weather months, we’ve got you covered. Here are our green tips for making the most of your outdoor experience, while taking care to leave a healthy environment when you pack up and head home.

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  • 07/19/2016 Battle of the Books at Washburn Library


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    Thank you to the Hennepin County Library for supporting Annunciation's Battle of the Books.  The Washburn Library has a special display in the front entry with featured (and available) books from this year's Battle of the Books list.  Stop in and check it out!  

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  • 07/15/2016 Golf and the Environment


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “As stewards of God’s creation, we are called to make the earth a beautiful garden for the human family.” ~Pope Francis

    Next time you are out on the greens, think about whether your own actions are "green." Here are some easy suggestions on what you can do to help the environment:

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  • 07/12/2016 School Supply Lists 2016-17


    Weekender

    School supply lists for the 2016-17 school year:

    Kindergarten
    Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
    Grade 5
    Grade 6
    Grade 7
    Grade 8

    Haiti

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  • 07/08/2016 Top Ten Summer Travel Tips


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    “A Christian who doesn’t safeguard creation, who doesn’t make it flourish, is a Christian who isn’t concerned with God’s work, that work born of God’s love for us.” ~Pope Francis 

    Whether you’re heading to the beach, the woods or a hotel this summer, keep these summer travel tips in mind to lessen your impact on the environment. 

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  • 07/02/2016 Green Picnic Guide


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “God always forgives, we men forgive sometimes, but nature never forgives.” ~Pope Francis 

    Gearing up for a summer picnic? Here are some earth-friendly ideas to help you keep your outdoor gatherings fun, simple and green.

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  • 06/25/2016 Bring Your Own Bag and Help Hunger


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    Caring for God’s Creation & the Poor: “You pray for the hungry, then you feed them. This is how prayer works.” ~Pope Francis 

    Our local grocery stores have shown a real commitment to helping fight local hunger. One chain automatically donates 5 cents to Second Harvest for every reusable bag you bring. (Adding up to 1,080,000 meals donated so far!) Another gives you a 5 cent credit for each bag, and donates to the charity of your choice based on receipts. Almost all of them partner with local food shelves, donating expired unsold food that is safe for consumption.

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  • 06/23/2016 Enrolling Students Now!


    Annunciation School is now enrolling for the 2016-17 school year.

    Thank you for your interest in our school. We welcome you to join our community whether you are Catholic or not. You just have to have a desire to make a difference and want to raise a well-rounded child. We are currently taking applications for kindergarten and new student transfers.

    See why this kids love Annunciation...

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  • 06/23/2016 Gift from the Relevant Radio Banquet


    Church News

    Our school received a check for $2,569 as a gift from a local anonymous donor, who matched contributions to Relevant Radio for participating Catholic Schools at their annual benefit banquet held in April.

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  • 06/23/2016 Summer Math in Khan Academy


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    Welcome to summer vacation! We hope this finds you and your student relaxed and rested as you transition into summer mode.

    In order for our students to return to middle school feeling confident in math, we want them to practice math over the summer, to reduce what some in education call “summer learning loss.” It is neither our intent to overwhelm students nor to cause undue stress, but rather to offer an opportunity for students to review and reinforce concepts learned during the school year. 

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