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International Baccalaureate

  • 12/08/2017 4th Graders Taking Action


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    Two fourth grade students were very motivated by their first IB unit of inquiry, Who We Are. As part of this government-focused unit, students chose an issue they were passionate about and wrote letters to leaders who could help.

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  • 12/01/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners - November


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    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for November!

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  • 11/03/2017 IB in Action


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    At Annunciation, we believe that education must extend beyond the classroom and include action. We encourage and expect the students and staff to take action as a result of their learning. Our action should extend learning and include reflection. Action can include explaining/discussing/informing others, giving, changing our behavior, changing our mind/attitude, having awareness/empathy, and/or showing respect/responsibility.  

    Our goal to always choose to act in ways that will make a positive difference in and to our world. Here are just a few examples (from the just past week!) of action as a result of learning at Annunciation.

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  • 10/27/2017 El Día de los Muertos


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    ​At Annunciation we are committed to building our awareness of global costumes and traditions and engaging in global issues and diverse perspectives. 

    Our students are currently learning about the Latin American holiday, "El Día de los Muertos". K-8 students collaborated in creating a school altar in the foyer to honor family members, friends or pets who have passed away.

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  • 10/27/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners - October


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    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winners for October!

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  • 10/27/2017 Battle of the Books 2017


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    Congratulations to Annunciation’s Battle of the Books participants!

    WOW – our Annunciation students never cease to amaze us!

    At Annunciaiton we value the importance and joy of reading and we understand that language is one of the ways we communicate thoughts, feelings, perspectives and beliefs.  As a learning community, we are committed to providing opportunities that promote reading.

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  • 10/06/2017 Special IB Guests at Annunciation


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    Annunciation was proud to host a conversation focused on literacy instruction within the Primary Years Program (PYP).  Our special guests included PYP Coordinator Stacy K,  Minnesota IB Vice President, Kirstin M and the Director of MN IB, Jon Peterson.

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  • 09/29/2017 IB Exhibition in 5th Grade


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    This morning our 5th-graders and their parents gathered to learn about an exciting new addition to Annunciation School - EXHIBITION.

    Exhibition involves the grade 5 teachers and students, the IB/PYP Coordinator, the Library/Media Specialists, the Principal, parents, students´ former teachers, and the entire Annunciation community. During Exhibition, students are expected to inquire into a real-life issue, and to take “action” on this issue. Action can be in the form of creating awareness, making a positive difference or affecting change. The central idea for the Exhibition unit is: A person's passions, interests, and responsibilities can lead to action. 

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  • 09/29/2017 Middle School IB Award Winners


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    Congratulations to these Middle School IB award winner for September!

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  • 05/25/2017 IB Attitude: Integrity


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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, integrity is defined as “the quality of being honest and having strong principles.” Integrity is knowing the difference between right and wrong and choosing to do the right thing, even when it is difficult.

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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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  • 05/10/2017 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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  • 05/04/2017 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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  • 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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  • 04/26/2017 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


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


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

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  • 04/21/2017 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 Let’s Get Creative!


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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, 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


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

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

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


    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 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!


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    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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  • 03/24/2017 IB Attitude: Confidence


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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.

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  • 03/15/2017 IB Attitude: Tolerance


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


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    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


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    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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  • 03/08/2017 Annunciation Prairie Project


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


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    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 What does it mean to be an IB World School?


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    Annunciation is currently in its second year as an IB candidate school.  Next year, we will seek full authorization to be recognized by International Baccalaureate Organization as an IB global school.  The IB Primary Years Program (PYP) aims to develop inquiring, knowledgeable and caring young people who help to create a better and more peaceful world through intercultural understanding and respect.  

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  • 02/03/2017 We Strive to be Inquirers!


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    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 our focus is on the attribute, Inquirer.

    Thank you to Mrs. Rademachers’s class for helping us learn more about being inquirers!

    INQUIRERS are curious about the world. They can conduct research independently. We love learning and discovering new things and will sustain this love of learning throughout life.

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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 We Strive to be Communicators!


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    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 have focused on the attribute, Communicator.

    Thank you to Mrs. Nixon’s class for helping us learn more about being communicators!

    Communicators express themselves confidently and creatively in more than one language and in different ways.  Communicators can express their ideas by speaking, drawing, using technology, and writing.  They can also communicate using mathematical, musical, and artistic language and symbols.  Communicators collaborate effectively, listening carefully to the perspectives of other individuals and groups.

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  • 01/13/2017 We Strive to be Balanced


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    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 have focused on the attribute, Balanced.

    Thank you to Ms. Farstad's 4th-grade class for sharing, (during our all-school assembly), what they think it means to be balanced.

    At Annunciation, we strive to be balanced. 

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  • 12/16/2016 December IB Award Winners


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

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  • 12/14/2016 We Strive to be Knowledgeable


    International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    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, Knowledgeable.

    Thank you to Ms. Urick's 3rd-grade class for sharing, (during our all-school assembly), what they think it means to be knowledgeable.

    At Annuciation, we strive to be knowledgeable.

    People who are knowledgeable develop and use conceptual understanding. They explore topics across a range of disciplines and they can draw on their knowledge and apply it in new situations. They engage with issues and ideas that have local and global significance.

    How can parents help to develop children who are Knowledgeable?

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  • 12/09/2016 We Strive to be Thinkers


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


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    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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  • 11/18/2016 We Strive to be Principled


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


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    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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  • 11/09/2016 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


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    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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  • 11/03/2016 October IB Awards


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    OCTOBER IB AWARD WINNERS

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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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