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School Events

  • 12/13/2017 2nd and 3rd grade Basketball Registration


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    The basketball season starts the first week after Christmas break for 2nd & 3rd graders. Games will be on Saturday mornings and afternoons.  If your child is interested in playing, please fill out the registration form and return payment to school.

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  • 12/08/2017 A St. Peter Claver Thank You


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    With the arrival of our new Promethean boards this year, Annunciation was able to pass along the working Smartboards to St. Peter Claver Catholic School. We received this thank you note and felt it should be passed on to you!

    “A picture says a thousand words, doesn’t it? Thank you again for the Smartboards. They are in use every day.”

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  • 12/08/2017 4th Graders Taking Action


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    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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  • 12/08/2017 Annunciation’s READing without Walls Challenge


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    The Reading Without Walls Challenge promotes diversity and opens readers' eyes to new ideas and experiences.  Reading without walls is an inclusive way to spread appreciation and understanding for others - and to learn new and exciting things!

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  • 12/08/2017 Order Online for Barnes & Noble Bookfair


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    What a GREAT night at Barnes & Noble Galleria for the Bookfair! Thank you for braving the 1st bad weather day to support Annunciation and all these enthusiastic readers. 

    If you missed the Bookfair, you can join the fundraiser by purchasing books online and using this code at checkout: bookfair ID #12213203.

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  • 12/08/2017 DVD Order Form for the 2017 Christmas Program


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    If you wish to obtain a DVD of the program, simply complete the form below and attach a check for $20.00 for each DVD ordered. Please note that the recording does include the Kindergarten Class appearing in the morning performance.

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  • 12/01/2017 Holy Rosary Gift Collection


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    We will be collecting new unwrapped gifts (any age) for the good people of Holy Rosary again this year.  Holy Rosary will come on Tuesday, December 12th to pick up the toys. For details, please see the teacher your child's homeroom teacher sent today.

    Thank You!
    Annunciation 3rd Grade

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  • 12/01/2017 No School for Christmas Break


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    ANNUNCIATION EXTENDED DAY PROGRAM IS OPEN

    School will be closed December 25th through January 5th for Christmas Break.  The Extended Day program will be open on the following days for our families from 7:00a.m – 6:00p.m.

    Wednesday 12/27, Thursday 12/28, Friday 12/29, Wednesday 1/3, Thursday 1/4, and    Friday 1/5.

    We will provide a snack at 9:15a.m and at 2:30p.m.  The snack at 4:30p.m is brought from home. Please dress the children appropriately.  We go outside in the morning as well as the afternoon. Please note that Extended Day will be closed December 25, 26, January 1, and 2.

    REGISTRATION IS DUE FRIDAY, DECEMBER 22nd  BY 6:00 P.M.

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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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  • 12/01/2017 Maud Hart Lovelace Reading Challenge


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    The Annunciation library proudly presents the Maud Hart Lovelace Challenge for 2017-2018!

    Readers in grades 3-8th are invited to read the Maud Hart Lovelace Award nominated books, contribute their thoughts on the titles selected and join a reader’s celebration in April.  All students have access to the nominated titles here in the Annunciation library.

    Every year the members of the Minnesota Youth Reading Association choose books of different reading levels and genres.  Schools are invited to be a part of the reading challenge and the students vote for their favorite. The winners in both divisions are announced every year on Maud Hart Lovelace’s birthday, April 25th at the Red Balloon Bookshop in St. Paul. The last few years there have been over 20,000 students voting!

    This is optional. Students are not required to be a part of the reading challenge. It is another great way to encourage reading for pleasure and a chance to introduce them to a genre they may not typically read.

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  • 11/20/2017 Author Visit in 4th Grade


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    Annunciation parent & author, Karlyn Coleman was a guest of Mrs. Kuykendall's 4th grade today as they began "How We Express Ourselves" focusing on the central idea that "Authors use language to express and provoke ideas."

    She led the class through the process of book making and gave the students time/background music to begin sketching/writing.

    Karlyn's new book, "Where Are All the Minnesotans?" is available now! And she will be making a special guest appearance at the Barnes & Noble Bookfair on Tuesday, December 5th.


     

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  • 11/17/2017 Food Collection Prayer Service


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    Annunciation student body and teachers gathered to pray and bless the food collected to share and send to those in need in the Holy Rosary community. 

    Thank you for your generous donations for Holy Rosary at our Thanksgiving prayer service today.  We filled 2 pick-up trucks with abundant baskets of food, provided many gift cards to Cub Foods and collected many monetary donations as well. 

    Thank you for your kindness!

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  • 11/17/2017 Assessment Policy


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    All International Baccalaureate (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 policy at Annunciation is the result of a collaborative process between all staff members. It addresses:

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  • 11/17/2017 Boy Scout Tree Lot Sale


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    Buy a Tree, Help a Scout: The Annunciation Boy Scout Troop 103 Tree Lot is open (Friday, November 24 through Sunday, December 17) on the east side of the church.

    Tree Lot Hours:
    Wednesday, Thursday, Friday—6:00pm to 9:00pm
    Saturday & Sunday—10:00am to 8:00pm
    Monday & Tuesday CLOSED

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  • 11/17/2017 Snow Dogs Ski & Snowboard Club


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    Snow Dogs is an after school ski & snowboard club for students (3rd grade & over), parents and/or guardians. The club provides an excellent opportunity for your kids to skiing and/or snowboarding, get some exercise & hang-out with friends! Club Chaperones are both in the chalet and out on the hill skiing but do not ski 1:1 with the club members. Chaperones receive a complementary lift ticket!

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  • 11/10/2017 APO Fall 2017 Newsletter


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    What has APO been up to this Fall?

    We provided Fall teacher grants with the dues that were paid at Back to School Night.  We were able to distribute over $6000 to our wonderful teachers.

    Our Box Tops for Education Program has earned us almost $500 already this year.  Please keep sending them into the office!

    We have provided Hospitality for the First Friends Mixer, Parent Information Night and Breakfast with the Principal events.

    Our Wintergreen’s Sale is just concluding and all proceeds go to support APO events. THANK YOU!!

    The School Toolbox Kits/supplies raised $1200 & also due to partnership with Feed My Starving Children provided meals to over 340 kids for a year!

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  • 11/10/2017 Say Thanks with Scrip


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    Scrip is even easier than ever before! When you go to buy Thanksgiving host gifts, consider using gift cards purchased via the Scrip program. Check out Scrip at Annunciation for all you need to know about how simply shopping with Scrip can help Annunciation School.

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  • 11/03/2017 IB in Action


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    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 The Red Notes Come to Visit


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    The Benilde Saint Margaret choir, The Red Notes, came and visited the third, fourth, and fifth grade students at Annunciation today.

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  • 10/27/2017 El Día de los Muertos


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    ​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 Battle of the Books 2017


    School Events, Enrichment, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    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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  • 10/26/2017 Halloween Parade K-5


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    Students can bring Halloween costumes to school for the parade on Tuesday, October 31st. The parade will begin in the auditorium and will be followed by classroom parties at 2pm.  

    If you are planning to take your kids trick or treating, please take a look at these safety tips from Kid Smartz.

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  • 10/17/2017 Unity Day


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    UNITY DAY: Together against bullying. United for kindness, acceptance and inclusion. 

    Make it ORANGE and make it end! What are your true colors when it comes to bullying? If you care about safe and supportive schools and communities make your color ORANGE on Unity Day. That’s the day everyone can come together – in schools, communities, and online – and send one large ORANGE message of support, hope, and unity to show that we are together against bullying and united for kindness, acceptance and inclusion.

    Individuals across the nation, and even world-wide, and at ANNUNCIATION can participate in Unity Day.  Annunciation staff and students are encouraged to wear orange t-shirts or orange accessories (no hats, please) with their uniforms on the 25th.

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  • 10/06/2017 Special IB Guests at Annunciation


    School Events, International Baccalaureate

    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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  • 10/05/2017 U.S. Academic Triathlon (Middle School)


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    Is your middle-schooler an “outside-the-box” thinker?  Does your child love trivia and thinking on their feet?  Do you have a budding actor on your hands?  U.S. Academic Triathlon may be the perfect opportunity to channel those qualities.  U.S.A.T. is an after school, volunteer run, adventure.  

    U.S. Academic Triathlon is a creative thinking team competition that teaches and rewards creative and divergent thought processes, cooperative brainstorming, general intellect, leadership and a "flare" for the dramatics. Five-person teams compete in three distinct events at a USAT meet and are rewarded for their team-work, good sportmanship and positive risk-taking decisions. Those events are:

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  • 10/05/2017 Minneapolis Girls in Aviation Day


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    Annunciation Girl Scout Troop 15982 attended "Minneapolis Girls in Aviation Day" at Flying Cloud Airport.

    Sixth grade troop members connected with several women with careers in the aviation and aerospace industry. They explored the world of aviation, sat in various airplanes and heard what it is like to be a professional pilot.

    Pictured at right are Ingrid K., Mary H., Charlotte M., Lia D., Lily C., and Harper S.

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  • 10/05/2017 American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8 Test


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    On Tuesday, November 14, Annunciation will offer the American Mathematics Contest (AMC) 8 Test. The American Mathematics Competitions are a series of contests and curriculum materials that build problem-solving skills and mathematical knowledge in middle and high school students. 

    The AMC 8 is a 25 question, 40-minute, multiple choice exam. The contest/exam is designed to promote the development and enhancement of mathematical problem-solving skills.  

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  • 09/29/2017 One More Step on the IB Journey


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

    Dear Parents,

    This past week, I attend the Minnesota Independent Schools Forum Leadership (MISF) Conference. The annual conference offers informative and applicable sessions, but also is a chance to learn from fellow school leaders. Each year, I am inspired and come away with great new learnings, connections to the wisdom of a fantastic group of school leaders, and most importantly, affirmation that we are doing the right things at Annunciation.

    One session, presented by a Catholic high school administrator, shared findings from a Harvard study on skills our students need for the future.  He quoted Tony Wagner, a Senior Research Fellow from Harvard, “We are focused on our students passing the test at the expense of failing our kids at life”. Wagner identifies the seven skills students desperately need for their future:

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  • 09/29/2017 Blessing of the Animals


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    You are invited to join us for:
    “Blessing of the Animals”
    Celebrating St. Francis’ Feast Day
    Tuesday, October 3rd at 2:15 p.m.

    Blessing will be outside on the playground.
    Parents may bring animals to and from school.
    All students will return to school for dismissal after the blessing.

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  • 09/29/2017 Join the Robotics Team Today


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    Join the ROBOTICS Team Today!! For 6th, 7th, 8th Grade Students.

    The Annunciation Robotics team, GearHeadz, will begin it’s third year. Our team is part of the international robotics program called FIRST Tech Challenge. FTC Teams are for students in 7th through 12th grades. Each team includes 3 to 15 students and two adult coaches. The participants and coaches do not need to have prior engineering or computer science experience to participate.

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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 Battle of the Books 2017


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    We are about to have a battle royale...

    The 6th Annual Battle of the Books will take place at Annunciation on Tuesday, October 17th.  We have over 100 students registered and ready to battle.

    What is the Battle of the Books?

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

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  • 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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  • 09/29/2017 Lip Sync Battles


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    The seventh grade students performed their rendition of Lip Sync Battles this past Wednesday for their Creative Arts class. All grade levels were invited to participate as audience members and witness the spectacular performances which included memorizing lyrics, lip syncing, dancing, costumes, and props! 

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  • 09/29/2017 Preschool/Kindergarten Annual Bike Event


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    We had a great night with pizza, games, face painting, the jumpy slide and ending with our bike race!

    Thanks for joining us for this fun event.  A lot of fun was had by all!

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  • 09/28/2017 Introducing the Cast of Dancing with the Annunciation Stars 2018


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    Dancing with the Annunciation Stars made their SOLID GOLD debut at Septemberfest!!

    Introducing the Dancing with the Annunciation Stars 2018 cast: 

    Danielle Crowley
    Deb Ferrao
    John Jurich
    Teeny Mullady
    David Novak
    Dan Varley!!!!

    Save the date for the grooviest, hippest, most out of this world dance show of 2018!

    #DWAS@JANUARY272018 
     

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  • 09/28/2017 Thank You, Fall Sports Coaches!


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    We would like to thank the coaches for all of the work they have put in this fall.  The students have had a lot of fun playing this year and we could not do this without their continued support and dedication!  We would like to wish them the best of luck as we head into the final month of fall sports!

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  • 09/27/2017 We’re Hiring: Instructional Assistant


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    Annunciation Catholic School is seeking a caring, passionate, hard-working person to join our team as Instructional Assistant in the elementary classrooms. The Instructional Assistants provide additional learning support for students and help create a faith-filled, positive environment for learning. In addition, the position helps supervise lunchroom and recess for students.

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  • 09/22/2017 A Focus on Gratitude


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    Since our retreat last year, our staff has been focused on gratitude. One way to create a growth mindset and grow in our faith is to be grateful. While we have much work to do and can be overwhelmed by our daily “to-do” lists and tasks that busy our day, we don’t want to miss the blessings we have.  
     

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  • 09/22/2017 Annunciation Cub Scouts Pack 103 Fall Camping Trip


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    Sept 29, 30 & Oct 1 at Camp Philippo 

    Cub Scouts in 1st -5th grade are invited to join the rest of the Pack in our first camping trip of the school year. No cost to scouts and parents, siblings are also welcome to join us for $5 each.

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  • 09/22/2017 Emily M. Wins 1st Place at the MN State Fair


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    Annunciation middle school student, Emily M. submitted her 2017-18 Social Studies project titled, "The Trail of Tears" to the Minnesota State Fair K-12 Education competition and she won first place in the Reports category.

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  • 09/21/2017 Preview Night 2017


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    The dream is on.

    You’ll feel the magic in our classrooms. You’ll see the spark in your child’s eyes. You’ll love watching them become who they are meant to be. That’s called Potentiality.

    That is the Annunciation promise.
    It's coming to life for the world to see.

    Thursday, November 9 from 7-8pm.

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  • 09/15/2017 Basketball Registration 2017 (4th - 8th)


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    The grade 4-8 basketball season starts in the beginning of November with games starting in December.  We need to get a head count so we are prepared when the season gets rolling. We just need a little information from each student. 

    REGISTRATIONS ARE DUE ON OR BEFORE SEPTEMBER 29th. 

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  • 09/15/2017 SeptemberFest Starts Today!


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    Friday, September 15

    Home Run Derby

    Father Park is once again challenging the Annunciation community to a Home Run Derby! 

    7:00 PM Kids’ Derby: Friendly competition between the top 10 qualifiers from the kids’ preliminary derby!  Participation fee: $20

    (Preliminary Derby Sat, September 9th 7:00pm)

    8:00 PM Adult Derby: Two minutes to hit as many home runs as you can.  Batter chooses pitcher.  Participation fee: $250.

    Taqueria Victor Hugo Mexican Food Truck

    5:30-8:30 PM

    Enjoy an authentic Mexican dinner from a favorite neighborhood food truck!  Choose a burrito or two tacos (meat & vegetarian choices) with a Jarritos soda, chips & salsa, & cookie. 

    TICKETS REQUIRED: $15 Burrito/$10 Taco Dinner. 

    Buy online, between Sunday Masses, or weekdays at the church business office.

    Fun For All

    Carnival Rides 6:00-9:00 PM
    Bingo 6:30-8:30 PM
    Live Music from Peal 7:00-8:30 PM
    Pie Shop 6:00-9:00 PM 

    Farmers Market

    6:00-9:00 PM

    Eclectic vintage furnishings; decorations for home & 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; toys & more. Fresh, locally grown produce available on Saturday and Sunday. Credit cards accepted.

    Saturday, September 16

    Fun For All

    Carnival Rides 12N-9:00 PM
    Games for the Kids 12N-7:00 PM
    Silent Auction 12N-7:00 PM
    Farmers Market 12N-9:00 PM
    Pie Shop 12N-9:00 PM
    Fro Yo Soul Frozen Yogurt Truck 12N-6:00 PM

    Live Music

    12N-2:00 PM Jim Pellinger
    2:30-4:00 PM The Lids
    4:30-6:00 PM Tom, Dick, & Harry
    6:30-8:00 PM Brad McLemore

    Dolce Vita Dinner

    6:00-8:00PM

    New this year!  Enjoy the “sweet life” with a delicious dinner by Fat Lorenzo’s.  Garlic chicken alfredo & baked rigatoni with meatballs or vegetarian spinach manicotti, salad, focaccia, & cookies (compliments of Diane Healy & Sweet).

    TICKETS REQUIRED $15 Adults/$10 Kids.     

    Buy online, between Sunday Masses, or weekdays at the church business office.

    Magic Show with Matt Dunn

    9:00 PM

    Matt Dunn has dazzled the Minnesota Twins & captivated audiences at the Governor’s Mansion & Sever’s Corn Maze!  You won’t want to miss this amazing performance in the Music Tent!

    Sunday, September 17

    Outdoor Mass

    We are excited to announce that Bishop Cozzens will preside at the 10:30 AM Mass on the West Lawn.

    Breakfast Special

    After 10:30 Mass, enjoy a special breakfast & coffee in honor of our special guest!

    Live Music

    12N-2:00 PM The Capri Big Band

    Fun For All

    Bingo 12N-2:00 PM
    Carnival Rides 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Games for the Kids 11:30 AM-2:30 PM
    Silent Auction 11:30 AM-2:00 PM
    Farmers Market 11:30 AM-3:30 PM
    Pie Shop 11:30 AM-3:30 PM

    Great Food all Weekend

    Pie and Ice Cream Shop – church basement

    Food Booth – including vegetarian options, by the church

    Wine Booth & Beer Garden - near the Food Booth by the church

    Plus Candyland, mini-donuts, cheese curds

    Wiffle Ball Tourney

    Games on Friday, Saturday & Sunday - East lawn of the church

    Volunteer!

    We are using the web site We Join In to coordinate volunteers. Please sign up online!

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  • 09/14/2017 Middle School Math Club


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    Welcome to Annunciation Math Club! Math Club is open to middle school students who are interested in expanding their math experiences beyond the classroom. You will spend time solving problems and participating in small competitions. These activities are designed for students with advanced math skills. 

    This year, our Club will be utilizing MATHCOUNTS materials. MATHCOUNTS is a program that challenges students' critical-thinking and problem-solving skills, develops their self-confidence and rewards them for their achievements. We will be working with materials that will prepare students for participating in a MATHCOUNTS Chapter Competition.  

    Read the full notice with registration.

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  • 09/14/2017 Monthly APO Meeting


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    You're invited to the monthly APO meeting!

    When: This coming Tues, Sept. 19th at 6:45pm
    Where: In the Spirit Center Conference Room.  Please enter thru the side door #5 by Auto Zone (ring bell if not open).  
    Why:  We'd LOVE to get more people involved and aware of what APO is

    If they are not able to attend but would like more info or have any questions please contact the Co-Presidents: Sara Nuahn: brayo47@gmail.com and Christy McFadden: christy_rn@yahoo.com.
     

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  • 09/14/2017 Annunciation 5K/Fun Run: Sponsorship


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    The Annunciation 5K/Fun Run, sponsored by APO, is coming Oct 14th!

    It will be the primary fundraiser for APO this year. Do you have a business or know someone with a business who would like to sponsor this event? It is a great opportunity to advertise to the community. Please see the sponsorship form for more details! The deadline is Sept. 22nd. 

    Thank you in advance, APO. 

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  • 09/13/2017 Kids’ Preliminary Home Run Derby Results


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    Thank you for participating in the Kids’ Preliminary Home Run Derby!

    CONGRATULATIONS to the following sluggers who will advance to SeptemberFest on Friday, September 15 at 7:00pm!

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  • 09/07/2017 Showtime! with Stages Theatre Company


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    Calling all kids interested in being creative, confident, & even a little bit DRAMATIC— have we got the class for YOU! 

    SHOWTIME! Disney Shakedown with Stages Theatre Company

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  • 08/23/2017 Student Drop Off & Pick Up Procedures


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

    Drop-off and Pick-up:

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

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

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  • 08/23/2017 Back to School Night is Tonight!


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    We hope you all received the packet of paperwork earlier this month.  This packet included all of the required forms for next school year.  Please be sure to return all of the required forms to the office before Back To School Night (August 23 from 4-7pm).  The school office is open on Tuesday and Wednesday from 9am-4pm.

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  • 08/23/2017 Wiffle Ball Spirit Wear


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    Annunciation Friends and Wiffle Ball Enthusiasts,

    This year we are offering moms, dads, kids, and all other wiffle ball fans a way to show their spirit. We have an online store offering wiffle ball gear featuring our own Annunciation Wiffle Ball logo. 

    To keep costs low, this is a temporary store closing at midnight on August 30th. Items will be shipped to Annunciation prior to Septemberfest and distributed.

    Wiffle ball has been a way for our entire family to stay involved and active at Annunciation and we will donate $1 for each item purchased toward the wiffle ball account, which pays for new equipment and grounds keeping materials.

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  • 08/23/2017 Join Our Joy.


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    You feel the magic in our classrooms.
    You see the spark in your child’s eyes.
    You love watching them become who they are meant to be.

    That’s called Potentiality. That is the Annunciation promise. Join our joy. Choose Annunciation.

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  • 08/21/2017 Health Office Is Looking For More Volunteers


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    Can you put on a band aid?  Can you take a child’s temperature in their ear?  Can you make an ice pack with ice cubes and baggies? If you answered “yes” you’re qualified to help out in the Annunciation Health Office. We need one parent in the Health Office from 11am to 1pm each day. Any health related background is certainly a bonus, but not a requirement.

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  • 08/03/2017 Eli Pollock’s Goodbye Party


    School Events, Church News

    Please join us on Sunday, August 20 at the 9:30am Mass as we honor Eli’s nine years of service at Annunciation as our Director of Music and Liturgy. 

    Eli will sing at this Mass, and after Mass there will be coffee and donuts and a chance for people to thank Eli for all his hard work for our parish. We will miss you Eli! God bless you as you begin your work as the Music Teacher at St. Thomas More Catholic School in St. Paul!

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  • 08/02/2017 Summer Update & Fall Preparation


    School Events, 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 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:

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  • 07/25/2017 2017-18 Important Calendar Dates


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

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

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  • 07/16/2017 2nd Grade Grandparents & VIP Tea


    School Events, Weekender

    One of Annunciation's special traditions is the 2nd grade Grandparent and Very Important Person (VIP) Tea.  This year's celebration will be on Thursday, October 5th.  The Tea will start at 1:30 p.m. in the school auditorium.  We celebrate this special occasion with music, treats and socializing.  We understand that not all of our 2nd graders have a grandparent or grandparents who are able to attend; we encourage these students to invite a Very Important Person (VIP) to join us.  In addition to the afternoon tea, families, grandparents, and VIPs are welcome to join our school and church community for mass at 8:15 a.m in the church.  Invitations for the Tea will be mailed in September.  

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


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    What is it?  

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

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


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

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  • 06/19/2017 Middle School Honor Roll


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

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  • 06/13/2017 School Office Notes


    School Events, Weekender

    Dear Parents,

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

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

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

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

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

    Have a blessed summer!

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


    School Events, Weekender

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

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

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  • 06/01/2017 Class of 2017


    School Events, Weekender

    Congratulations class of 2017! 

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

    -Your Song by Elton John

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  • 05/31/2017 SeptemberFest T-Shirts!


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

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

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

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

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

     

    Proceeds benefit Annunciation Parish.

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  • 05/31/2017 Field Day and Early Dismissal


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    Last Day of School – June 1st

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

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

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


    School Events, Weekender

    Hello Annunciation families!  

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

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


    School Events, Weekender

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

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  • 05/26/2017 Parent Survey


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

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

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

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Annunciation Principal

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


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    Welcome to Annunciation Cross Country!   What is cross country?

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

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  • 05/25/2017 Prairie Project Update


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

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

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


    School Events, Weekender

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

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

    Thanks again, APO

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  • 05/19/2017 State of the School 2017


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

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

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

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  • 05/19/2017 National Math Challenge Results


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

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

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  • 05/19/2017 Billy McLaughlin Visits Annunciation


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

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

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  • 05/19/2017 Accelerated Math Pathway Information


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

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

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


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

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  • 05/18/2017 IB Attitude: Independence


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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

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

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

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

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

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


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

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

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

    Jennifer Cassidy
    Principal

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  • 05/12/2017 MISF Grant Awarded


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

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

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

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

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  • 05/11/2017 Rummage Sale 2017


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

    Recycling Since 1947

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

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  • 05/10/2017 Enthusiasm


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    Enthusiasm

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

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

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

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


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    It's not too late to BUY those TICKETS!

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

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

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

    Please RSVP if you can volunteer.

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

    Super bowl raffle tickets get them while they last!

    Live Auction 2017 will feature:

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

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

    The fun doesn't stop there!

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

    Please RSVP if you can volunteer.

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


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

    A Night in New Orleans

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

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

    Teacher Appreciation Week, Bloom

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

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


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

    We are so proud of you William!

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  • 05/04/2017 State of the School 2017


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

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

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  • 05/04/2017 R.E.S.P.E.C.T


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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

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

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


    School Events, Weekender

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

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

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

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  • 04/28/2017 Improv 2017


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

    This week the 7th & 8th grade classes present their Improv show. As a Catholic school, we believe each child is created by God with individual talents and gifts. We strive, in our time with them, to develop these gifts and help them grow in confidence and faith. We do this in many ways, but our Creative Arts program provides one of the most unique ways to achieve this goal.

    I was able to attend the Thursday night performance.  The students did a fabulous job of performing!  After many weeks of rehearsals and countless hours of preparation, the students shared these talents with us in a great way.  The Improv production is truly the crowning achievement for our students.

    When you watch the show, it is thrilling to see the students come into their own and literally speak up to be heard and stand tall to be noticed, sharing that pride in the work they have created together. Creative Arts teacher Mrs. Strickland, along with Mrs. Nesvig, coach the students to project their lines to the crowded auditorium and to physically expand their presence on the stage. If you look closely you can almost see the kids mature as the show progresses.

    Improv is a unique experience and one that Annunciation is very proud of and for good reason. Congratulations Improv class of 2017!

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  • 04/28/2017 IB Exhibition


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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

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


    School Events, Church News, Weekender

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

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

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  • 04/28/2017 Discovery Center Circus


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

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

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

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  • 04/27/2017 Academic Triathlon 2017


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

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

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  • 04/26/2017 IB Attitude: Curiosity


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

    The International Baccalaureate® (IB) Primary Years Program (PYP) balances the acquisition of knowledge and skills, the development of conceptual understanding, the formation of attitudes and the capacity to take responsible action. The IB Attributes include caring, balanced, risk-taker, open-minded, communicator, inquirer, knowledgeable, principled, reflective and thinker. 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


    School Events, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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

    Thank you for Sra. Franco and Sra. Lovera!

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  • 04/25/2017 Assessing Our Assessments


    School Events, Enrichment, International Baccalaureate, Weekender

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

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

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  • 04/24/2017 Curiosity Fair Thank You


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

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

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  • 04/21/2017 Math Masters Takes Top Honors


    School Events, Enrichment, Weekender

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

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


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

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

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  • 04/21/2017 Earth Day 2017


    School Events, International Baccalaureate

    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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